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Surviving Few

PostPosted: 23 Jul 2014, 13:35
by OzBiggles1963
Sadly, there are very few surviving members left of "The Few":

http://www.battleofbritain1940.net/bobhsoc/

Re: Surviving Few

PostPosted: 23 Jul 2014, 14:27
by Frederique
Yes, it is very sad, but as the website says, they shan't be forgotten. They are heroes! :salute:

Re: Surviving Few

PostPosted: 23 Jul 2014, 14:32
by OzBiggles1963
Frederique wrote:Yes, it is very sad, but as the website says, they shan't be forgotten. They are heroes! :salute:


Absolutely! I am always on the lookout for biographies & info on these amazing, fearless & ageless heroes.

Re: Surviving Few

PostPosted: 23 Jul 2014, 14:34
by Frederique
Yes - they are so interesting! :yay:

It's always good to get an accurate perspective, too.

Re: Surviving Few

PostPosted: 14 Jul 2018, 18:13
by Fairblue
I see that another hero of WW2 has passed on., RIP Tom Neil.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/1 ... tain-aces/

Re: Surviving Few

PostPosted: 15 Jul 2018, 08:42
by OzBiggles1963
Fairblue wrote:I see that another hero of WW2 has passed on., RIP Tom Neil.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/1 ... tain-aces/


Very sad indeed, which only leaves 4 men from this era now. I forgot I created this thread a few yrs ago, otherwise I would have posted in here as follows: [i.e. My 8-7-18 post from a week ago, listing Tom Neil as one of the surviving few including the newly "discovered" BOB veteran, Irishman John Hemingway]. Happy 100th to Paul Farnes on 16-7-18!



Battle of Britain [Last of the Few]

Postby OzBiggles1963 ยป Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:46 pm

Frecks wrote:
Yes I should imagine there will only be a small number of them left now.


Further to this [nearly] 3 year old post, I found a recent article tonight which indicates another Battle of Britain pilot has been found, who "went off the radar" in 1969. Sadly though, it seems only 5 in total remain now: Geoffrey Wellum, Tom Neil, Paul Farnes, Tim Elkington & John Hemingway.
Best wishes to Wing Commander Paul Farnes, DFM, AE, who turns 100 on 16-7-18! What an incredible milestone.

https://www.irishpost.com/life-style/wa ... and-152977

Re: Surviving Few

PostPosted: 20 Jul 2018, 02:21
by tiffinata
I heard a couple of hours ago that Geoffrey Wellum died today.

Through his book 'First Light' he helped me and many others realise what BOB pilots did and went through, rather than it just being a line in a history book.

Blue skies and soft landings, Mr Wellum.

Re: Surviving Few

PostPosted: 20 Jul 2018, 06:01
by OzBiggles1963
tiffinata wrote:I heard a couple of hours ago that Geoffrey Wellum died today.

Through his book 'First Light' he helped me and many others realise what BOB pilots did and went through, rather than it just being a line in a history book.

Blue skies and soft landings, Mr Wellum.


I read his excellent book some yrs ago, plus saw the documentary of the same name. Youngest BOB pilot at the time, & known as 'Boy' Wellum well into his later yrs. Rest easy Sir. Only 3 left now.

Re: Surviving Few

PostPosted: 20 Jul 2018, 07:55
by StoneRoad
Smooth fields and no crosswinds, Mr Wellum, rest easy sir.

*salutes the western sun*

Re: Surviving Few

PostPosted: 20 Jul 2018, 15:56
by OzBiggles1963
Something I did a while back & posted on YouTube, most appropriate now imho.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5CrcJML7g0I&t=147s

Re: Surviving Few

PostPosted: 20 Jul 2018, 17:48
by Tracer
AAAHHHHHHHHHH lovely, OzB.

Re: Surviving Few

PostPosted: 26 Jul 2018, 08:22
by OzBiggles1963
And now Mary Ellis has gone: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44962253

Re: Surviving Few

PostPosted: 26 Jul 2018, 08:49
by StoneRoad
I was just coming here to post that.
obituary link ... https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-h ... e-43518517

Coincidentally, I'm just reading the last few pages of "Spitfire Girls"

Re: Surviving Few

PostPosted: 26 Jul 2018, 09:23
by Tracer
I have that in the pile of 'yet to be read'.

Those redoubtable ladies took a snatched opportunity and proved themselves beyond all doubt, in the face of some obnoxious opposition. But they were appreciated where it mattered. And we still honour them.

Re: Surviving Few

PostPosted: 01 Aug 2018, 09:03
by Spitfire666
I am puzzled that there seems to be an obit. on the internet for Johnny Johnson in 2001, but he collected an award last year.?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-41903492

Re: Surviving Few

PostPosted: 01 Aug 2018, 09:09
by Fairblue
Confusingly, S666, there are two 'Johnnie' Johnsons. Air Vice Marshall 'Johnnie' Johnson, Battle of Britain pilot, who died in January 2001 and Squadron Leader 'George Leonard "Johnny" Johnson,' last of the Dambusters. He wasn't a pilot but a bomb-aimer. He is still alive.

'Johnny' is a nickname which was given to a lot of people with Johnson as a surname.

Re: Surviving Few

PostPosted: 01 Aug 2018, 09:39
by Spitfire666
Fairblue wrote:Confusingly, S666, there are two 'Johnnie' Johnsons. Air Vice Marshall 'Johnnie' Johnson, Battle of Britain pilot, who died in January 2001 and Squadron Leader 'George Leonard "Johnny" Johnson,' last of the Dambusters. He wasn't a pilot but a bomb-aimer. He is still alive.

'Johnny' is a nickname which was given to a lot of people with Johnson as a surname.

Thanks Fairblue.

Re: Surviving Few

PostPosted: 01 Aug 2018, 13:26
by OzBiggles1963
Yes, I recall being tricked by that a few yrs ago myself when I read about last remaining Dambuster 'Johnny' Johnson, lol.