War survivors tribute to hero commander

Discussion in 'Military History and Militaria' started by oldbaldy, Oct 13, 2007.

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  1. oldbaldy

    oldbaldy LE Moderator Good Egg (charities)
    1. Battlefield Tours


    Cool men.
  2. Brian Kingcome of 92 Squadron was flying in support of the 'Stringbags' out of the 5 Squadrons promised, only himself and 10 Spitfires were in support.

    They couldnt support the Stringbags due to the fact that the speed of the swordfish was slower than the stalling speed of the Spitfires. They where bounced by the Germans including the latest plane the FW190s, led by Adolf Galland.

    He watched the swordfish flying in, and the German ships firing their main guns into the water setting up splashes higher than the swordfish.

    Their was in his words a 'whitehall cover-up' about this episode were he attended 2 inquirys but nothing came out of it, he also said that all deserved the VC

    Helmuth Giessler navigation officer on the Scharnhorst said afterwards about the Swordfish
    'Their bravery was devoted and incredible. They knowingly and ungrudgingly gave their all to their country and went to their doom without hesitation'
  3. I saw one of these things up close at the FAA museum and you woudn't get me up in it for a pension. What it must have taken to go into combat at all, let alone against such odds, beggars belief.
  4. Incredible.

    And what is so awful is that on another thread, Irish arrsers are bemoaning the fact that the Irish ambassador will still be in his pit when all the other ambassadors in London are paying their respects at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday......