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07-27-07, 02:40 PM #1
Gone but not Forgotten
This monument was recently erected near to where I live.
The land is now in use by industrial units but was formely inaccesible agricultural land.
It took a while but illustrates that people do not forget such sacrifices.the sole advantage of power is that you can do more good.
( Baltasar Gracian )
07-27-07, 02:42 PM #2
Thats a nice picure!
Man, your grass is really green,YEAH, IM THE BERRIES, AND CHERRIES IN YOUR REAR VIEW MIRROR.
Handle every stressful situation like a dog.
Eat it, Play with it, or piss on it, and walk away!
As smart as man is, we haven't been able to invent a machine that can smell drugs or tell us where a person has walked,” Dogs are sophisticated investigative tools!
07-27-07, 02:45 PM #3
Wow.....what a beautiful monument. What a hero!**********************
"I used to care
but now I take a pill for that"
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Thank you for sharing this, Motorwaycop.
'Saviour of Stafford' WW2 pilot Captain Perrin
Stanley Jones' boyhood memories of a plane crash in Stafford took him on a journey that would last well into his adult life. Uncovering the tale behind the crash and the people involved has taken some fifty years - now the mystery has been solved...
In the summer of 1944, an American Mustang aircraft crashed at Creswell, Stafford, England, killing the pilot.
This is the author’s boyhood eyewitness account of that tragic accident along with a reconstruction of the final moments of the flight based on official USAAF & Staffordshire Police Reports and witness statements.
Suddenly and incredibly there it was, out of nowhere, a silver-coloured fighter plane trailing black smoke.
It approached from the south, losing altitude fast, before levelling out over Holmcroft Road, moving left to right along the line of Second Avenue.
Scanning the skies
Standing outside our house on First Avenue, my brother John and I scanned the high bright clouds of the late summer afternoon looking for the German plane that might have shot it down, for this was wartime England.
However, there were no other aircraft in the sky, only the lone plane flying above the red rooftops of the houses, a five-pointed, white-star emblem visible on its side. As it flew past, I could make out the pilot silhouetted in a bubble-type cockpit.
Seemingly composed, he was hunched within the canopy close up to the front of the dome, intent no doubt on what lay beyond the plane’s nose.
I wondered then, and to this day, whether he chanced to look down to see us standing there looking up, and what in the entire world he would have given in that desperate moment to have been there with us.
I could now see that orange flame laced the smoke. It belched out the right side of the fuselage, enveloping the cockpit before streaming back over the tail. The engine coughed and spluttered, cutting in and out as if having its speed regulated with bursts of throttle.
John and I, eight and seven years old respectively, could do little but stand and stare, open-mouthed, our minds filled with a heady mixture of fear and fascination.
The aircraft was a North American Mustang that minutes later would crash and explode in a field of ripening wheat – a half-mile beyond the 'dead-end' of Second Avenue – killing the pilot, twenty-five year old Captain John Pershing Perrin, of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) 312th Ferrying Squadron.
Others from nearby houses had rushed out to stand and stare. Many, like us, excited children, along with anxious looking grown-ups, all turning to run up First Avenue in the direction of a column of black smoke rising ominously from a distant field.
There was not much left of the plane. At least that was in one piece. A torn wing here, a section of fuselage there, and of course somewhere around – I didn’t know where, or in how many places, nor did I dare ask – the remains of the pilot.
A policeman shepherded me back from the scene, but not before a picture of it had been etched in memory – the excitement of being in a dangerous area, the realization of being present at a death.
The acrid smell of seared metal and burning aviation fuel permeated the smoke-hazed air. Shapeless pieces of material burned and smouldered; sinister blackened clumps scattered amid the jade-green wheat.
Hushed groups of grown-ups stood about. Knots of grim faces turned toward one another, arms folded, speaking in hushed tones.
And coming fast; ploughing through the waist-high wheat like a launch at sea, a bright red fire engine.
Sadness is what we remember most. Along with a sense of awe for the unknown pilot. A profound feeling. One that has stayed with us to this day.
A strange mix of admiration and wonderment for what he had faced – and how terribly bravely he had endured it.
Parts two and three...
To see parts two and three of the story click on the links situated in the top right of the page.
Part 2 : http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/content/a..._feature.shtml
Part 3: http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/content/a..._feature.shtml
07-27-07, 04:09 PM #5
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