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Duxford and the Big Wings 1940-45 by Martin W. Bowman

By Martin W. Bowman

An account of the younger RAF and American fighter pilots who flew Spitfires, Hurricanes, Thunderbolts and Mustangs from the Duxford quarter among 1940 and 1945.

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I have been so busy I have hardly had any chance to think about it. I can remember how worried we used to be when Stanley was at sea and there wasn’t even a war on. I did not get a paper today as it was full of stories about the Germans so I just had a look at Emily’s when I went to lunch at hers. She roasted a chicken. WEDNESDAY 25th I’ve written to Stanley to tell him I will be coming next Monday assuming I can get a train. I will go and see Cissie when I’m there as well. I called in to see George about Saturday and to tell him that Mavis and Jack will be going.

Wentworth leaned politically to the left – much to the displeasure of her family. Betty frequently helped Mrs. Wentworth and was well accepted as a close family friend and most trusted confidante of both the Wentworths. Jimmy West A friend of Betty who lived in a village some miles away. He was from a poor family, and a most thoughtful and selfless individual. Blank page PAR T E N O ‘We are warriors all’ September 3rd 1939 – Christmas 1940 26 B E T T Y ’ S W A R T I M E D I A RY 1 9 3 9 - 1 9 4 5 • P A R T O N E September 1939 SUNDAY 3rd We are now at war with Germany.

SUNDAY 4th I had a busy day clearing up and packing. I expect we will be leaving either tomorrow or the day after. Having an early night. My goodness it is cold tonight. I have had two hot water bottles and a fair old nip of the hard stuff to drive out the damp. W E A R E WA R R I O R S A L L • S E P T E M B E R 1 9 3 9 – C H R I S T M A S 1 9 4 0 35 Back in Norfolk THURSDAY 9th The news today is not good. It looks as if the Germans will be in Holland very soon. If they are then Belgium could fall soon after.

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