Discussion in 'Veteran Accounts.' started by Ron Goldstein, Mar 9, 2008.
Hehe, that's really funny. I enjoyed Paul's interview with Wilf on his podcast.
Just by chance I was also out yesterday at my local U3A monthly meeting.
I was chatting to someone about a talk I hope to give next year and was asked what the title of the talk would be.
When I replied " I was a D Day Dodger" I was asked if that meant I was a conscientious objector !
If nothing else, it has confirmed my original feelings that it will be a story worth telling.
Former WW2 Flight Lieutenant Douglas Newham, LVO, DFC has been in the news because he was caught in what is effectively a hospital car park charges 'trap' recently, as reported here:
War veteran's parking fine for over-running Carlisle hospital appointment
The mean-spirited characters issuing and upholding the the ticket for the overrun are evidently not interested in any extenuating circumstances!
I gather Mr Newham was a navigator with 156, 150 and eventually No 10 Squadron (Lancasters). On a happier day in June 2015 he was presented with one of a replica WW2 secret pencil kit that was issued to airmen during the war, as reported here:
Second World War Bomber Command veteran honoured
For the misdeed of being a D Day Dodger (for which there are no excuses), I know you were sentenced to another 11 months of hard labour in Italy..with no parole possible..I hope you learnt your lesson.
Whilst writing about my visit to the U3A I realised that it would have been better to have placed my comments on a "I was a D-Day Dodger" thread so I am going post haste to find a suitable one and continue my musings there.
I hope that you put the person well and truly in their place
(Son of another "Day Dodger")
Mr Joe Rawlings of Carlisle, Cumberland was interviewed on 12 July 2017, his 104th birthday. During WW2 he served in the Royal Navy.
Hopefully this link to the BBC F/book page about Mr Rawlings will work:
BBC Local Live: Cumbria for Wednesday 12 July 2017 - BBC News
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