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When Harry met Joy and her
Battle of Britain comrades

Telegraph [UK], by Patrick Sawer

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 2/16/2014 10:38:10 AM

To Churchill and all Britons of a certain age they were ´The Few’, that band of brave men and women who kept Hitler’s Luftwaffe at bay during the dark days of the Battle of Britain. [Snip] Visiting Goodwood, close to former RAF Westhampnett--from where many of the Battle of Britain sorties flew--the Prince, himself a helicopter pilot and co-gunner during the more recent campaign in Afghanistan, inspected a Spitfire fighter, one of the aircraft which did so much in defending these islands. During his visit, which saw him sit briefly in the cockpit of the rare two seater model, Prince Harry met Joy Lofthouse, 91, who, as a member of the

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 2/16/2014 11:29:29 AM     (No. 9734712)

Lest we forget.
don´t expect to the Washington Compost, the New York Slimes, McClatchy, or the Gannett papers doing something like this -- they´d be more likely to be hunting up homosexual pilots from that era if anything.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: pearlyjo, 2/16/2014 11:37:04 AM     (No. 9734720)

Good read, thanks for posting.
I was in London about twenty years ago and went down to the Mall to see Queen Elizabeth II go by on her way to the opening of Parliament. I had to get there early to get a good spot and I ended up chatting with this beautiful elderly lady named Jenny. She had spent WWII in London during the Blitz and she had some wonderful stories about that time. I am so glad I had that opportunity. I was taking a WWII class in college at the time and I added her stories to my term paper. She, IMHO, was one of the reasons England survived. Very tough lady indeed.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Vaquero45, 2/16/2014 1:34:48 PM     (No. 9734848)

The people described in this article saved England, and the Spitfire was exactly the airplane they needed.

A number of years ago, I lived next door to the first American fighter "ace" of WWII. He did it 3 months before Pearl Harbor, flying a Spitfire in a RAF Eagle Squadron. He later transferred to the U.S. Army Air Forces and flew P-47´s and P-51´s in combat, but he told me that the Spitfire was still his favorite.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: dman, 2/16/2014 2:27:58 PM     (No. 9734910)

Lest we forget, indeed. The Greatest Generation proved the case that history is not shaped by those who play the odds - but by those who defy them.

If only the GOP Elites could understand that.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: vigilant, 2/16/2014 2:41:03 PM     (No. 9734932)

there should be a rule (as in Britain) that the monarchs or leaders must serve in the military before running for office.

That way we would have been spared this Axxhxxx.



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Reply 6 - Posted by: thelmalou, 2/16/2014 3:39:54 PM     (No. 9734983)

Oh, that is a precious article!!! I simply ADORE Prince Harry, who has a passion for soldiers, and esp. wounded soldiers.

And what more can be said of those stalwart members of the Greatest Generation? How utterly precious. God bless them every one.


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Reply 7 - Posted by: thewarden, 2/16/2014 5:50:04 PM     (No. 9735094)

Harry is the spitting image of his grandfather, Prince Phillip, in the photo. No question he´s a Windsor! Nice young man, all things considered.

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