Discussion in 'Veteran Accounts.' started by Ron Goldstein, Mar 9, 2008.
Hehe, that's really funny. I enjoyed Paul's interview with Wilf on his podcast.
Just by chance I was also out yesterday at my local U3A monthly meeting.
I was chatting to someone about a talk I hope to give next year and was asked what the title of the talk would be.
When I replied " I was a D Day Dodger" I was asked if that meant I was a conscientious objector !
If nothing else, it has confirmed my original feelings that it will be a story worth telling.
Former WW2 Flight Lieutenant Douglas Newham, LVO, DFC has been in the news because he was caught in what is effectively a hospital car park charges 'trap' recently, as reported here:
War veteran's parking fine for over-running Carlisle hospital appointment
The mean-spirited characters issuing and upholding the the ticket for the overrun are evidently not interested in any extenuating circumstances!
I gather Mr Newham was a navigator with 156, 150 and eventually No 10 Squadron (Lancasters). On a happier day in June 2015 he was presented with one of a replica WW2 secret pencil kit that was issued to airmen during the war, as reported here:
Second World War Bomber Command veteran honoured
For the misdeed of being a D Day Dodger (for which there are no excuses), I know you were sentenced to another 11 months of hard labour in Italy..with no parole possible..I hope you learnt your lesson.
Whilst writing about my visit to the U3A I realised that it would have been better to have placed my comments on a "I was a D-Day Dodger" thread so I am going post haste to find a suitable one and continue my musings there.
I hope that you put the person well and truly in their place
(Son of another "Day Dodger")
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