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Discussion in 'What Granddad did in the War' started by Autumn Hendrickson, Aug 19, 2020.

  1. Autumn Hendrickson

    Autumn Hendrickson New Member

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    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Welcome, Autumn and it is good to see you post your articles here.

    I hope the other members appreciate and enjoy your work as much as I have.
     
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    LRusso216 Graybeard Staff Member Patron  

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    Amazing stuff, Autumn. Well researched and interesting to read. I hope you keep up your stories.
     
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    Looking forward to reading your articles. It is good to read short stories such as these, along with personal info and activities of the participants.
     
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    Welcome as well! Glad Jeff recommend your articles. You are quite a fine writer. words well-chosen, clear as to meaning, stories are insightful and succinct, and prolific! Not many young people have such an interest in the past. WW2 affected every town in America for 5 years. We are all excited about Corvid 19 today but that generation really knew what hardship was.

    It is rather wonderful that you are keeping the lives of all these veterans alive by telling their stories. Thank you for giving us this material to read. I think you will have a good future and hope it included writing, you do it with such grace and ease.....but we all know it is earned
    with warm regards,
    Gaines.
     
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    George Patton Canadian Refugee

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    Excellent work Autumn. I am looking forward to reading more of your articles.
     
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    Welcome to the forum and thank you for adding to the growing number of first hand accounts. It is people like yourself that help keep, not just the memories of those who Stepped up when so few do, but Honors their contributions and sacrifices.

    I echo the others in encouraging you to continue with what we all agree is a outstanding endeavor to preserve the true nature of War.
     
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    I won't fault you for writing about the wrong Reading.

    Excellent and informative articles. Keep posting your works here.

    and Greetings from Reading, Pennsylvania.
     
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    So good to hear the "cold facts" brought to life...

    I clicked on the very first story and got excited...I'm from Darwin. It mentions the Spitfires chasing the Japanese bombers...my avatar is Clive Caldwell:

    During 1942, Australia came under increasing pressure from Japanese forces, and Caldwell was recalled by the RAAF, to serve as the wing leader of No. 1 (Fighter) Wing, comprising No. 54 Squadron RAF, No. 452 Squadron RAAF and No. 457 Squadron RAAF. The wing was equipped with the Supermarine Spitfire and in early 1943 was posted to Darwin, to defend it against Japanese air raids - Wiki
    [​IMG] He claimed 6.5 Japanese destroyed (with 28 including German and Italian aircraft)

    Fenton Airstrip: I've said a while ago that Darwin teenagers used to learn to drive on the WW2 airstrips beside the Stuart Highway - I don't think so anymore for various reasons. But Fenton is still there:
    Fenton Airfield was a World War II military airfield in the Northern Territory of Australia located at Tipperary Station in what is now the locality of Douglas-Daly and named after flight lieutenant Clyde Fenton.[1]

    Abandoned since 1945, the site is one of three surviving World War II-era heavy bomber airfields in the KatherineDarwin region. The airfield is open to the public, and the main runway, taxiways and hardstands are accessible. Remnants of the control tower remain and aircraft wreckage can be found in the area. - Wiki
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    I think this could be the damaged aircraft Gus's Bus
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    That is so amazing! Yes, I do know the field is still there. I've been creating a Google Map tracking all of the boys' movements and ended up researching the current state of Fenton Field on the process. They definitely saw a lot of things there. Unfortunately, Frederick, who was the man stationed there, would be killed in action in January 1944.
     
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    Hi Autumn,
    Finally managed to read those articles. Very interesting and well-researched, looking forward to further instalments.
     
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    Autumn, I am impressed with the articles you have written. Anyone who can make the information on the back of a draft registration card interesting to read about is a very gifted writer! I have researched and written about the WWII service of several family members so I understand that it is not easy to write about so many different servicemen and branches of service.

    I really like how you are telling their stories. Rather than writing about one serviceman's entire service in each article, you are telling multiple stories in chronological installments. It's a good way of keeping your readers interested by creating a bit of suspense in the individual stories. It also provides a sense of the global scope of the War with each article covering multiple geographic locations. Nicely done.

    Thank you for honoring the WWII veterans of your hometown by telling their stories. Their service and sacrifice should never be forgotten.
     
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    I finally finished all the articles. I am most impressed with your own insights as well as telling the stories of the Reading boys. it is truly a work of dedication on your part to find what you can and infer the rest. Most rewarding to read.
     
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    You are doing great work with these stories, Autumn. Keep it up.
     

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