Tuesday, 4 October 2016

ABC Wednesday, M for Memorials


When we were in England this year  we stayed in Withern- Alford. The first day  we were met in Hull by my brother-in-law. It was a long trip to his house in Withern, but he still had some time to show us the airport for the gliding club in Lincolnshire . We heard that this was an important airfield during WW II. From this place the Lancaster bombers flew to Germany to drop their bombs on the German cities. There are several memorials to remind us of this period. It is remarkable to see and read how young these pilots and other crew members were.

We saw a painting of one of the bombers, made by one of the members of the gliding club.

Please enlarge these photos, in order to see how young the pilots, who were killed, 


Several of these planes never returned and were shot down while flying over the Netherlands..This painting was painted by one of the members of the gliding club.

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Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Such a loss of promising young men. So sad. When will we ever learn. It is a fitting memorial.

your header shot of the swan family is beautiful.

Leslie: said...

So sad so many young lives were lost. My Dad was 21 when he went into the RCAF and trained other pilots to fly overseas. Thankfully, he never saw action but he did patrol the east coast of Canada for submarines and airplanes. He never talked about the war because he lost so many of his friends in it. Wonderful memorial, Wil.

abcw team

Reader Wil said...

Your father did a great job, Leslie. At that time my father sailed from Canada to other allied countries taking weapons and soldiers to the UK, Australia and Canada.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

That's a wonderful tribute to the brave pilots. That's good that they put photos of them to remind us of how they looked.

Trubes said...

hello Wil,
It sure 'hits home' when you read all the names of the
young men who lost their lives in a futile war, so sad.
My first husband's father was in the RCAF he was a flight
sergeant (rear gunner) in a Lancaster bomber.
Sadly he was shot down over Holland where his grave is.
I love your swans xx
Best wishes,
ABCW team.

Melody Steenkamp said...

Prachtige woordkeuze Wil.... zit zelf ook nog in een rouwproces van een goede vriend vorige week dus het komt nu wel bij mij binnen

Have a wonderful ABC-day / - week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

Ann said...

My Dad was a radio tower operator in WWII and helped guide those planes in.

Roger Owen Green said...

Very moving stuff!