At 91 Ted amazed us all with his encyclopaedic memory of his time as 2nd in command of 15 Rhino LST landing crafts on D Day. He not only provides a genuinely rare insight into the planning and execution of D Day he also recalls terror in Norway and adventure in Holland.
Bernard offers an amusing and insightful take on conscription in the fifties. He secured himself a place in the RAF in air craft movements at Beachy Head but was very nearly Court Marshalled after a Viscount commercial airliner was mistaken for a Russian spy plane.
Stan Overend always believed he had salt in his veins so he was gutted when he was unable to join the Navy and had to settle for the RAF. In fact the sea did come a calling and he ended up in 67 Squadron, Air Sea Rescue. On his first rescue operation he starts to think the RAF was probably a safer option when he is almost drowned at sea.
When the the Russians blockaded Berlin in 1948, one astute man calculated that supplies could be air-lifted in to the city. His name was Air Commodore Waite and David Edwards was a Signalman working in his office.
William Walker was the oldest surviving veteran of the Battle of Britain. In March 2012 he gave an amazingly lucid and detailed account of his RAF service. He was 99 at the time.
Captain Bob Montgomery was awarded the Military Cross for his part in Operation Chariot. Better known as the Assault on the St Nazaire docks, Bob’s eye witness account from both the Bridge of HMS Campbletown and quayside provides a fascinating insight in to the operation. An operation that earned the greatest number of VC’s in any single action during WWII.
Michael Wainwright is one of the Battle of Britain fighter pilots we filmed with the help of the Roger De Haan trust and Group Captain Patrick Tootal. This is just a taste of the interview...
Tony was a pilot in 501 Squadron. He was 19 when he flew his first sortie in the Battle of Britain and this was after just a few practice flights.
During World War II, Fred Danckwardt survived 45 Operations with Bomber Command. He then returned to help on the Berlin Airlift. He had something of a charmed life.