"Even though they were less documented overall, Teddy Girls were arguably the real statement makers out of the two cultural groups. They shunned the conventional perception of women by adopting boyish hairstyles and imitating the Teddy Boys dress sense and characteristics"
Wing Commander Foster was born in year 1920. He saw the clouds of war rising over the Europe, and decided to join the Royal Air Force Voluntary Reserve in January 1939. He didn’t want to go to the trenches, but while the death in the sky was still possible, it was at least a more glorious way to go. Here he talks about joining up and learning to fly.
A remarkable story of learning to fly with the RAF in the 1930s and crashing at 200 mph, after 40 minutes of instruction.The plane was a complete write-off, but the pilot picked himself up and walked back to the crew room, passing the ambulance sent to recover his body on the way! Via storyvault.com
On 25th May 1982, one of Argentina’s National days, HMS Coventry, accompanied by HMS Broadsword was ordered to take up position in Falkland Sound to act as a decoy to draw away Argentinian aircraft from other ships at San Carlos Bay. But Coventry was attacked…and David Wood was onboard and only metres away from where the bomb hit.. Via storyvault.com
BOMB EXPLODES ON HMS ANTELOPE Part 1 Falklands War | StoryVault
Via Scoop.it - The Best of StoryVault On May 23rd 1982, having diffused a bomb dropped by the Argentinians onto HMS Argonaut, Warrant Officer John Phillips who was Sergeant Major in bomb disposal during the Falklands War, and his colleague Staff Sergeant James Prescott were called to HMS Antelope. Two 1,100 pound (500 kg) bombs had struck the ship on the starboard side, killing one crewman, Steward Mark R. Stephens. Here John Phillips talks through the numerous attempts to defuse the bombs. But on the fourth attempt one of the bombs exploded Via storyvault.com
FIRST WORLD WAR MEMORY Seeing a Zeppelin | StoryVault
Flt Lt Walker has contributed some fascinating and jaw-dropping tales on StoryVault of his time as a Spitfire pilot during WW2. As an introduction, here he is talking about his earliest memory - somewhat prophetically it was of seeing a German Zeppelin in WW1 Via www.storyvault.com
What happens when your Spitfire gets shot down by a Messerschmidt...
Flt Lt William Walker was called to full time service in September 1939 and joined 616 Squadron at Lakenfield Aerodrome. Here he tells the amazing story of being shot down in his Spitfire by a Messerschmidt over the English Channel - and surviving! Via www.storyvault.com
The British army were hampered in their preparations for war because the politicians did not want it to be thought that they had made up their minds ahead of a UN Resolution. And when a Major General heard Rumsfeld say “we don’t do nation-building” he knew it would all go wrong. Via www.storyvault.com
A gripping story on StoryVault of a German teenager escaping from the advancing Russian army in 1945. She jumped out of the window of her home to flee in her nightdress in the snow, made her way to Berlin, and survived for months in a corpse strewn cellar, thanks to the occasional dead dog and an unexpected protector.