Movie Stars, Politicians and Celebs

Discussion in 'General' started by morse1001, Mar 24, 2006.

  1. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    As a belated follow-up, the Austrian civilian mentioned in that article, the chap who substantiates Bogarde's claim to have been at Belsen, has had his interview uploaded at the IWM (Reel 8):

    Kodin, Andrey (IWM interview)
  2. DunkirkDude

    DunkirkDude Member

    A list of famous people who served in WW2. You may add more in comments

    George H.W Bush - Navy pilot best known for being shot down over Chichi Jima and almost dying on that day. He survived on a life boat for several hours and was later rescued by a ship. No doubt one of the closest brushes with death!

    John Glenn - Served as a pilot before becoming an astronaut. Also served in Korea where he was known for taking lots of shots and still landing.

    Mel Brooks - The famous comedian and actor served in the 78th Division and he job was to defuse land mines

    Murray Walker - The legendary racing commentator served as a tank commander. Not much is known about his service

    Also want to give a honorable mention to a not as well known person. His name is Marcel Marceau and he joined the French Resistance after a cousin Georges Loinger urged him to do so. Marcel entertained children with his mime acts and helped them cross the border to Switzerland. According to Georges "The kids loved Marcel and felt safe with him". He also pretended to be a soldier and made an entire German army surrender. His entertaining skills had saved the lives of around 75 children. His cousin Georges saved around 90 children I believe.
  3. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

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  4. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    These photos of Jimmy Stewart, the first taken in 1942 and the second in 1944, are a study of the effects of stress.

    He was the real deal with 20 verified sorties that later led to his PTSD.

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  5. HA96

    HA96 Member

    How about Tony Rolt, a well known British race car driver, , winning the 24h of Le Mans, together with Duncan Hamilton in 1953.

    Tony was a POW in Colditz and involved with making the para glider.

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  7. DunkirkDude

    DunkirkDude Member

    Tony Rolt also is the last survivor of the 1950 British GP. Not the 1950 F1 Season as Robert Manzon outlived him by quite a while. Manzon himself served in WW2 but his wikipedia page doesnt state the details of his service
  8. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    I am surprised that no one has mentioned Bill Travers. 4/9th Gurkha Rifles and Chindit, served with Morris Force.

    Bill Travers - Wikipedia
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  9. DunkirkDude

    DunkirkDude Member

    Kirk Douglas enlisted in the Navy but was discharged after getting badly injured when a depth charge got dropped accidentally near him
  10. DunkirkDude

    DunkirkDude Member

    Jaguar's test driver Norman Dewis served in the RAF as a gunner.
  11. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    Angus Wallace has an interview with the author of a new book about Jimmy Stewart in the war. I did not know that his was a very military family - one of his grandfathers a sergeant in the Civil War, and the other a general who did key stuff at Gettysburg. His father served in WW1 as well.
  12. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    I've only browsed it, but I just received a copy of the late Sir Michael Hordern CBE's autobiography, A World Elsewhere.

    The whole of Chapter 4 covers his time during the war. He volunteered first for 'Heavy Rescue' in the ARP in Bristol, but when this amounted to nothing (no bombs early on), he joined the Navy. He was not immediately required and was allowed to defer his service and returned to acting until 1941, when he commenced training. He volunteered as a DEMS gunner (Defensively Equipped Merchant Ship) and was posted to the City of Florence, an old 7000-ton, two-deck cargo ship. She was then carrying weapons and ammunition for Alexandria.

    He describes their attack by a 'wolf pack' of U-boats on their second night at sea as 'when he grew up'. Five ships in the convoy were sinking within the first five minutes of the engagement. Details of other voyages follow.

    Moving on, 1942 saw him begin two-and-a-half years' service on HMS Illustrious as Flight Direction Officer (he had the right voice). Within six months he was at the rank of lieutenant-commander as his boss left, and--inevitably--he ended up also fulfilling the role of Entertainments Officer. There was pressure for him to go ashore and take a training role, but this he resisted, and promotion took him to senior Flight Direction Officer.

    His last naval posting was in the Admiralty, where he served in the department of the Naval Assistant to the Second Sea Lord, appointing and overseeing other Fighter Direction Officers.

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