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Published on 6 December 2019

British Pilots Become First To Fly Restored Spitfire Around The World

Steve Brooks, 58, from Burford, Oxfordshire, and Matt Jones, 45, from Exeter, Devon, took four months to circumnavigate the globe in the first trip of its kind in a Spitfire, which involved stopping off at 100 locations in 30 countries. The project, called Silver Spitfire - The Longest Flight, started and finished at Goodwood Aerodrome, the base of Boultbee Flight Academy, the first-ever school for Spitfire pilots, in West Sussex. An event was held for the departure in August was attended...

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Published on 4 December 2019

Ashamed thief returns cannon 30 years later with letter of apology

The 19th century device was taken from Tealby Village Hall in 1989 with residents left in the dark as to its whereabouts. However, they were left shocked when the 400lb gun reappeared "out of the blue" last week in exactly the same spot it had been taken from all those years ago. It was accompanied by a letter claiming to be from the person who helped take it, in which they confessed to the robbery and said they were "ashamed" by their actions.   The writer, whose identity is not known, exp...

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Published on 4 December 2019

WW2 Dunkirk & Lancaster explosion survivor dies peacefully aged 101

Les Rutherford, from North Hykeham, died peacefully in his sleep in hospital on Sunday, December 1, surrounded by his family. He was one of the UK's oldest Bomber Command veterans. During the Second World War he fled the Nazis at Dunkirk and even survived after the nose of his Lancaster was blown off at 20,000ft over Germany. Mr Rutherford had first served in the Army during the Second World War, when he was rescued at Dunkirk in 1940 after he paddled out to sea on a door.  He then transfer...

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Published on 3 December 2019

HMS Belfast Fighting Corrosion

A new system is being installed on HMS Belfast to help protect the ship's hull from corrosion.  The Second World War warship, which is permanently moored on the River Thames in London, is being fitted with a new self-regulated system which uses electricity to prevent rust building up.  The latest Cathodic Protection System monitors the water and adjusts to any changes by inserting titanium rods or anodes into the water. A low voltage current is then passed through the rods&n...

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Published on 2 December 2019

Search for WW1 Luger Souvenir Soldier

A military museum is appealing for information on a First World War gun which was handed in during a police firearms amnesty. The German-issued Luger pistol was made in 1911, and it is believed a British soldier took it as a souvenir at Cambrai in 1917. It was recently donated to the Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset after being handed in to police in Wiltshire, who connected it to the battle 102 years ago. The museum's staff are asking for anyone who may know more to get in touch...

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Published on 4 November 2019

So help the many small charities!

Britain’s biggest military charities have been accused of “hoarding money” whilst 100’s of smaller veterans organisations struggle to survive!   The nation’s ten biggest military charities have combined assets of £1.4bn and cash reserves of £275m.    The Royal British Legion, the wealthiest military charity, recorded a total income of £163.2m last year. Its reserves totalled £70m, about 40% of its annual income.   Th...

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Published on 12 October 2019

Government Seriously Failing Medically Discharged Veterans

A total of 36,696 service personnel have been medically discharged from the British military over the last two decades. Almost half of those surveyed said they were discharged without being given a diagnosis or treatment.   The Government is accused of "seriously failing" tens of thousands of military veterans who have been medically discharged from service.   An armed forces charity is calling for an independent review of the discharge process which was described as "ne...

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Published on 22 September 2019

War Veteran Lifeboat skipper quits RNLI

Anthony Kelly has quit the Royal National Lifeboat Institution because it has become gripped by political correctness and is ‘misleading’ the public. The pub and arcade business manager, who had been a member of the Skegness crew for 14 years said: ‘I have chosen to leave the institution as this culture needs exposing. If I were to do it from within, I would be sacked immediately for being disloyal.’ Last week The Mail on Sunday reported how the RNLI is spending millions...

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Published on 21 September 2019

Royal Navy veteran viciously attacked by gang of teenage thugs

Patrick Murphy, 77, was left black & blue when he was knocked to the ground in South Ham, Basingstoke when he was returning home from Lidl on Saturday night. The grandfather-of-four now says he's too afraid to venture out of his house at night. He said: "I heard a cyclist coming, so I went to move out of the way then suddenly it was ‘whack’ ‘whack’ ‘whack’ around the head. "Next thing I was on the floor and my shopping had gone." The thugs cycled off "laug...

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Published on 19 September 2019

WWII Heroes Who Died Liberating The Netherlands

British troops on route to Holland (Picture: PA). A Dutch town is granting unique honorary citizenship to 328 British soldiers who died fighting to free the Netherlands during the Second World War. Troops parachute from the sky in Operation Market Garden (Picture: PA). The special honour is being given to the men buried in Brunssum, to mark the 75th anniversary of the town's liberation. This comes as part of a series of memorial events held near Arnhem in...

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