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First Shots in Anger - Skeets Ogilvie - 7th September 1940

First Shots in Anger - Skeets Ogilvie - 7th September 1940

In Battle of Britain pilot Skeet Ogilvie's biography, 'You Never Know Your Luck', written by his son Keith C. Ogilvie, Keith draws on Skeets' recollections and diary, regarding one of the most significant days during the battle, 7th September 1940, when the Luftwaffe targeted London direct. ('You Never Know Your Luck' is currently available with a £5 discount - just click on the cover below. The discount will be automatically applied at checkout.) 7th September 1940 Skeets was sitting in the crew room in the dispersal hut with the other pilots on standby. The weather was good, around 70 degrees...

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'Our Story - Your History'. International Bomber Command Centre book

'Our Story - Your History'. International Bomber Command Centre book

We have been working with the International Bomber Command Centre on plans for a book detailing their extraordinary project and its relation to the story of Bomber Command. The book is titled ‘Our Story – Your History. The International Bomber Command Centre’ and attached to this post is the cover. The aim is to publish the book at the end of November 2017. Bomber Command historians Steve Darlow, Sean Feast and Robert Owen will tell the story of Bomber Command, focusing on the human story, the military history, and the sacrifice made. Mark Dodds, from the IBCC, will write the...

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'Stirling to Essen' cover released

We are delighted to present the cover of Roger Leivers forthcoming 'A Stirling to Essen - The Godmanchester Stirling: A Bomber Command Story of Courage and Tragedy'. The book is due out late Spring and there will be numerous launch and signing events so watch this space.

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Fundraising for a John Gillespie Magee Memorial

We have received some excellent news from Roger Cole who has launched the appeal to fund a long over due memorial to John Gillespie Magee, who wrote the famous 'High Flight' Poem. Roger wrote the definitive book on John Magee's life called 'High Flight' and he is the Chairman of the Wellingore Parish Council where the John Magee Memorial Statue will be situated. Further details of the appeal can be found on the respective JustGiving page - https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/john-magee?utm_id=2&utm_term=rJB6xg27p

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Reginald Charles Wilson - Obituary

Reginald Charles Wilson - Obituary by Janet Hughes (Reg's daughter) He was known, quite simply, as Reg.  He had no pretentions.  He was born on 26th January 1923, in Hackney, London, the third of five children.  The family later moved to Essex, where Reg attended Beal Modern School.  As was the case for many of his generation, his education there came to an abrupt end in 1939, with the outbreak of World War II.  After working briefly for Unilever in London, Reg signed up for the RAF Volunteer Reserve in 1941, at the age of 18.  He had been inspired...

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