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    What did you do in the war daddy?

    Got a mail from sis in UK ..my nephew a Met police officer.. has a friend/officer who's grandad served with Spike Milligan and my dad in D battery...photo from Mussolini hHs Part In My Downfall ...Spike's book...


    Photo from Spike Milligan's book."Mussolini His part in my Downfall"

    Miss ya dad!!!

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    Deck officer on a tanker with BP, transporting petrol from Persian Gulf to India.

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    RAF mechanic, India.

    He once told me that anything which wasn't nailed down got stolen. He hated anything and everything to do with India after that.

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    Served in Alexandria and then sent back to Blighty to be an instructor after all his mates got killed.

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    yup: makes ya wonder hugh..read lotsa stories re convoys and escorts...sad frickin world ..and what for?

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    My dad and his younger brother tried to join the RCAF. Pop was told he could not as he had a "war critical" job but my uncle joined. He was the tail gunner on a RCAF Wellington X bomber. Got shot up pretty good but still alive and kicking to this day.


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    Armored recon squadron troop leader in the fighting dash across Europe. Then, as he spoke French, German and Russian, served as an Intelligence Officer in occupied Germany for a year or two after the war ended. My Mom, who also had good French and German language skills, also served in Intelligence in Berlin after the war.

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    The old man was born in 1938, so he didn't do much.

    When he was old enough though, he signed up and did 22 years.

    Spent most of it either in Germany or having a crack at the Mick.


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    Royal Artillery got his forefinger and thumb shot of by a jerry sniper.
    Died in 1987 17 days before collecting his old-age pension on his sixty-fifth birthday.

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    I drank through both of them actually.

    Gulf War I and II that is.

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    ^It's about yer Dad, 'Arry. Try to keep up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    My dad and his younger brother tried to join the RCAF. Pop was told he could not as he had a "war critical" job but my uncle joined. He was the tail gunner on a RCAF Wellington X bomber. Got shot up pretty good but still alive and kicking to this day.

    very brave men. my dad was a bit young but my uncle was also a rear gunner on the lancasters. he spent the rest of his time in the raf, and when finished worked with the air cadets till he passed away.

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    Dad was in the Leicestershire Regiment, served Germany and N Africa and spent the last few years of the war in Rawalpindi India.
    He demobbed in 1946 and I finished my 22 yrs in 1997.

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    Dad was nowt but a nipper, but grandad (mothers father) was a bevin boy.

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    ^Had to look up Bevin Boy....learn something new every day. Wonders of TD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crepitas View Post
    Got a mail from sis in UK ..my nephew a Met police officer.. has a friend/officer who's grandad served with Spike Milligan and my dad in D battery...photo from Mussolini hHs Part In My Downfall ...Spike's book...


    Photo from Spike Milligan's book."Mussolini His part in my Downfall"

    Miss ya dad!!!
    Awesome.
    I loved that Spike Milligan series.
    Ufortunately that site seems to be blocked it China.
    Can you upload it to the TD gallery and post from there?
    Please?

    Terrible photo but the only one we have of grandad in the war.
    Grand dad (on our right) in Egypt.
    (Circa kicking Romells arse)

    (I have his medals)
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    My dad dribbled a bit, teethed and pooped his nappy.

    My granddad helped liberate Burma via Ceylon.


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    Quote Originally Posted by barrylad66
    my uncle was also a rear gunner on the lancasters
    Maybe our uncles knew each other. My uncle moved to Avro Lancaster crew in 1944. He was upper gunner on it.


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    Dad joined the Royal Marines during WW2. Floated around Asia for a while ducking and diving else I wouldn't be here now. Luckily his unit wasn't called upon during 1944 invasions into Europe (D-Day)

    The old fella still kicking around at 89. Very nationalistic my dad, I've tried to cure him of that but he's having none of it.

    His dad was in WW1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Lick
    Very nationalistic my dad
    Dad's of our generation tend to be. For good reason I suspect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    ^It's about yer Dad, 'Arry. Try to keep up.
    Well if you're going to be that specific... he was in short trousers probably getting into trouble like I did when I were a lad.

    Scrumping and stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Lick View Post
    Very nationalistic my dad,
    Why wouldn't he be.
    I've tried to cure him of that
    Why, it's the nation he fought for.
    but he's having none of it.
    Fair enough.

    His dad was in WW1.
    And what war will you be in? Hiding under the covers?

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    Dad was a captain and fought in New Guinea (not Kokoda) Mum was #2 woman to join the RAAF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozcol
    fought in New Guinea
    Nasty place to have a war. If the enemy didn't get you the mossies would.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koojo
    And what war will you be in? Hiding under the covers?

    I never fancied serving on foreign soil so Liz gave me a job looking after her family in the UK and more importantly of course, protecting her peasants.

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