Discussion in 'All Anniversaries' started by Owen, Sep 1, 2019.
It kicked off in Europe somewhat 80 years ago today.
80 Year ago today, the Germans invaded Holland.
12th May 1940 the police in Chatham took the Austrian born helicopter pioneer Raoul Hafner into custardy as an Enemy Alien despite the fact that he had been working on a secret helicopter project for the Fleet Air Arm. Those working with him didn't want him interned and neither did the Air Ministry but his partners on the helicopter, Pobjoy/Shorts at Rochester was within a restricted area and rules are rules so all enemy aliens had to go. Despite having been in England since 1932, gaining an English wife and child along the way and requesting British nationality in 1938 he would remain interned until October 1940 and finally gaining his British nationality in 1941
This is the PD7 helicopter design he was working on at the time of his arrest.
80 Years ago today, the 51st Highland Division and its supporting troops were forced to surrender to Rommel at St Valery-en-Caux. They had fought on against superior numbers and weaponry for a further 8 days after the Dunkirk evacuation had finished. Many say that they were sacrificed and forgotten by Churchill. Unfortunately, (in my humble opinion) they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
80 years ago today on the 17 June 1940 the former Cunard liner, now troopship, "Lancastria" was bombed and sunk off St Nazaire. The ship was overloaded with service and civilian evacuees escaping from the German advance into France. The huge loss of life may have reached 6000 in the biggest ever British maritime disaster. The total killed certainly dwarfed the combined casualties of the "Titanic" and "Lusitania" put together but wartime censorship ensured that little has been heard of the "Lancastria" disaster.
First service post-lockdown held at Westminster Abbey to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Lovely to see the flypast, and to remember those who lost their lives, shame there were no veterans present. You would think that by video link or social distancing something could have been arranged, seemingly not.
Flypast marks Battle of Britain 80th anniversary
And only one fighter pilot still alive, Flying Officer John Hemingway, aged 101.
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