They were the unseen heroes of the Second World War--the men who risked their lives to help others escape from German prisoner of war camps. And none did it for longer than Alfie ‘Bill’ Fripp, an RAF navigator shot down in the first weeks of battle to become a veteran of 12 different camps across Nazi-occupied Europe. His job was to make sure secret consignments of equipment vital for escape were smuggled in under the noses of German guards. Thus, you could often find Alfie starting a heated argument or engineering some administrative catastrophe to create the distraction
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Another one gone. These stories are becoming more frequent as a generation which rose to greatness against a tide of evil we in the generations who followed really do not understand. It is our human burden that these stories are now on the rise, God alots us each only so much time on this plane.
It will be even sadder in a few years when these stories disappear from our newspapers and blogposts, as they inevitably will. The generation who fought in Europe, Asia and the atolls of the Pacific is leaving us.
They saved us once in their youth, and now in the storys told in their obituaries they are reminding us again of our duty. They go to a well deserved peace they were denied in life.
I lost a good freind in November. A veteran of D-Day and the bulge, who crossed the Rhine at Remagen and then returned to home to build several very successful business´ and raise a good family. Only one of my freinds who served in WWII is still with us. He will go home soon.
May they all rest in peace finally freed of the burdens they were forced to carry.
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