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#1 Martin Bull

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Posted 01 October 2009 - 05:45 AM

I'd nearly have miseed this without the help of another WWII Forums member....:o

Regulars may remember last years' highly successful event : -

http://www.ww2f.com/...ans-gather.html

Well, they're doing it again this weekend ! :cool: And this time, the list of intended participants is even more impressive.....

Mosquito Pilots Signing Event 2009
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Posted 01 October 2009 - 03:14 PM

you are attending correct Martin ?
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Posted 01 October 2009 - 03:17 PM

It's a tough one as I have family commitments. However - I am quite determined to get up to the Museum somehow, maybe early in the morning....

This is something not to be missed ! :)
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Posted 04 October 2009 - 06:26 PM

Well, I promised to get there somehow, and I did it....

I was there very early to help set up and move aircraft around, but the queue of enthusiasts ( some of whom had travelled considerable distances ) were already gathering outside the gate...

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Inside the hangar, there was an amusing 'role reversal' as Museum member and author Ian Thirsk was surprised to be asked to sign a copy of his book for Ken Tempest DFC ( ex 139 Squadron ) and his wife...

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I really wanted to be able to have a few words with Squadron Leader Tom Bennett DFM, the only surviving member of 617 ( 'Dambuster' ) Squadron's Mosquito low-level marker crews. My wish was granted - he was one of the first veterans to arrive and I had the privilege of a few minutes' conversation. Here he is....

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And one has to keep in mind that here he is again, back then in 1944.....

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..on the left, with his pilot Gerry Fawke and their Mosquito FBVI.

Good to see a complete Mossie crew ; Sqn Ldr Joe Patient DFC in the centre and, on the right, Flt. Lt George Cash DFM who flew together in 139 Squadron.....

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George Cash is famous for later having baled out of a stricken Mossie directly over Berlin.

Another famous Mossie squadron was 487 ( RNZAF ) , here represented by Flt. Lt. Doug Chapman...

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In all, there were 30 veterans present, and a huge number of people queuing for signatures. Other well-known 'aviation personalities' were there, including aviation artist Nicolas Trudgian ( on the right )....

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So, another wonderful signing event at the Mossie Museum, and for the second year in perfect weather - the sun shining in all day through the hangar doors over a familiar silhouette...

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Great stuff.
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Posted 05 October 2009 - 04:03 AM

super deal Martin glad you were able to attend, poor Nick looks like hell.......too much stress in his life
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Posted 06 October 2009 - 04:02 PM

Wow! In the right place at the right time, Martin!!! Great pics, thanx!!
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Posted 06 October 2009 - 06:27 PM

It's an effort worth making - it really is now very apparent that we won't be privileged to be in the company of such men for too much longer.
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