Discussion in 'Airborne' started by DPas, Dec 25, 2013.

  1. DPas

    DPas Member

    About 11 months ago I decided that I would look into my Grandad's experiences and supplement his short account with other letters and information, in order to turn it into a "mini-book" and give it to my mother as her Christmas present.

    When doing a Google search I came across this site and not knowing anything about it, jumped in and started asking questions. I was not very knowledgeable at the time, but all of my questions were answered and further advice was given.

    So here we are 11 months later, and a much better read and informed Dave was able to present his mother with what is photographed below. It is not the finest piece of literature or historical writing but it is my small way of remembering Grandad and his mates who flew in their gliders to Arnhem. And hopefully it will help my nephews, nieces and future kids realise what he did and also what his 1st Pilot Spud (1920 to 1944 :poppy: ) did, who as far as I know had no children of his own to remember him.

    I very much doubt I would have got it done as well or on time without the members of the forum.

    So to all of you who helped me (Lindsay, Tom, Graham, Nicola, John, Neil, Andrew, Paul, Marc and Steve - sorry if I have forgotten anyone!!!)

    To all all of you who welcomed me to the forum (too many to mention but you know who you are!!!)

    To Adam and the mods for keeping the lights on

    And to the veterans for being veterans,

    THANK YOU!!!

    Looking forward to more discussions and research on the forum over 2014 - and you never know, I might be able to answer some questions rather than just asking them!!!


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  2. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

    Well done Dave, lovely tribute.

  3. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Fantastic Dave, well done.

  4. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  5. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Dave well done mate

  6. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    Very nicely done Dave, a fitting tribute.

    Bet your Mother was chuffed to bits!
  7. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Bloody hell that does look good.
    A most excellent prsent for your Mum.
  8. Theobob

    Theobob Senior Member

    Top Job!
    well done mate!
  9. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Well done young man !

  10. Bernard85

    Bernard85 WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    good day you.well done dave,a happy new year to you and your family.regards bernard85 :lol: :lol:
  11. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    Excellent job Dave

  12. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    A fitting tribute - well done Dave

  13. Sussex by the Sea

    Sussex by the Sea Senior Member

    That is superb Dave, well done.

  14. Cee

    Cee Senior Member Patron

    Wow that's a beauty Dave, and a lovely gift for your Mother!
  15. DPas

    DPas Member

    Thanks for all the compliments. I did a similar one for my Dad on his family history ranging from 1735 to present but presented in such a way that it can be updated as more information becomes available. No WWII in that one but a few WWI and pre-WWI service people. Interesting stuff though.

    They were both very happy. I told them that next year they would be getting socks, to which mum replied "I hope they will be hand made!!!"
  16. Lindsay Aspin

    Lindsay Aspin Senior Member

    Due to loss of power and telephone connection I've been off-line since the pre-Christmas storm. Both services were restored late last night. Today I've read Dave's WW2 Talk thread .... "Thank You".

    Congratulations Dave, you've successfully accomplished and completed a goal set by yourself many months ago. A remarkable achievement and a fine written tribute to your grandfather for future family generations to read and discover more about their family heritage.

    During the last 11 months it has been good to be part of your "help team" alongside other members of WW2 Talk. It goes without saying how fortunate we all are that members on this forum are always so very willing to offer friendly advice and help to others.

    A moment to remember is the day Peter and I met you and your mother ...
    four people standing in silence next to the GPR Memorial Stone after the Dedication at the NMA in September, watching and waving good-bye to the pilots of the Army Lynx helicopter as it took off to leave. Being drowned by the noise, we didn't for a moment, realise who we might all be!

    Now today on WW2 Talk, whenever your avatar pops-up showing the photograph of your grandfather as a young man proudly wearing his maroon beret, it reminds me of that day in September ... your family resemblance to this photograph is quite amazing !

    So glad Mum was thrilled with her Christmas present.

    With all good wishes to you both,
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  17. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Awww proper chuffed for you. I now know why you wanted those files done so quickly before Christmas!
  18. DPas

    DPas Member

    Thanks Drew. The files were very helpful and I am sure will be useful again. If you get a chance PM me with your e-mail address - I seem to have misplaced it.

    Hope the young fella had a great first Christmas,
  19. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran


    A well worthwhile project for the family

  20. JJS

    JJS Senior Member

    Looks excellent, well done...........You've got a lot to live up to, best get knitting!

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