Friday, 8 May 2020

8th May 2020

Today is VE Day - Victory in Europe, the commemoration of the ceasing of hostilities in Europe in 1945 and the surrender of Germany.  We've come quite a long way since then in our corner of the world, thankfully.  I've been to Germany a few times and am blessed with quite a few German friends - wonderful people and a wonderful country.

That is not to say we can't remember those who sacrificed so much to enable the peace and friendship we enjoy today... so it's perhaps odd that I've chosen a few very similar photographs today featuring weapons of war, not peace.  It remains important, though, to remember the reason for these aeroplanes in order that we remember this history, and more important that we honour the bravery of those that flew in them.

Two feature the classic Battle Of Britain flight: one Supermarine Spitfire, One Hawker Hurricane and of course the AVRO Lancaster bomber, and the third, in a courteous nod of thanks to our cousins across the Atlantic, a North American Mustang P45.

The first was taken when I went to the Bicester Flywheel festival in 2018, the second was from my visit to the Goodwood Revival in 2007 (the first awe-inspiring time I'd seen the official Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight), and the Mustang photo was again at the Goodwood Revival, but from 2013.

Hopefully by clicking on the photos (as usual) will bring them to a pretty big size.

Dexi Delite Altrincham Escort
Dexi Delite Altrincham Escort
Dexi Delite Altrincham Escort
And here's one of me in sutable 1940's style - vintage coat, stockings and suspenders.  This was taken at my visit to the North Norfolk 1940s Weekend back in 2013 - a truly beautiful part of the country, but by God it's a boring journey!

Dexi Delite Altrincham Escort

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