A day in Shrewsbury

With the lockdown easing here in the UK we are, at long last, able to travel around and visit places. It's been a long time since we could do this and the freedom, instead of being taken for granted, is truly appreciated. So, just to test the the waters, my wife and i left the … Continue reading A day in Shrewsbury

A New Hope

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away......................... That's how pre-covid days feel. It's a strange time to be British. The nation mourns the loss one of our father figures, Prince Phillip, while also feeling glad over the easing of some important lockdown measures. Like a mole surfacing after hibernation we crawl slowly … Continue reading A New Hope

The Shotwick 9 – The airfield

A few weeks ago i wrote a number of posts about 9 young trainee airmen from the first world war, buried in a small village cemetary on the English/ Welsh border. I wrote their stories, as best i could and what happened to them. The Shotwick 9 – South Africa and England. The Shotwick 9 – … Continue reading The Shotwick 9 – The airfield

The last U-Boat

This is the home of what remains of U534, the last U-Boat ever to set sail. On May 5th 1945, the day after all German forces had surrenderd U534 was spotted sailing of the Danish coast and was sunk by an RAF Liberator. Amazingly all the crew escaped but sadly two died waiting to be … Continue reading The last U-Boat

The Shotwick 9 – The American pilots

Three of the airmen buried in Shotwick were from the USA, New York, Hyde Park & Arlington Heights to be specific. These are their stories. Lieutenant Leornard Sowersby Morange RAF 55th Training Dept Station - died 11 August 1918 - age 22 Son of Edward A and Julia Sowersby Morange of Bronxville, New York, USA. … Continue reading The Shotwick 9 – The American pilots

Remembering the Shotwick 9 – Two incidents on one day

I wrote yesterday about the WW1 pilots graves i have discovered in a village not far from where i live. This is the first of their stories. Flying Cadet Vernon Francis Gibson 51st Training Depot Station - British - died saturday November 9th 1918 aged 19 Vernon Gibson was only 19 years old when he … Continue reading Remembering the Shotwick 9 – Two incidents on one day