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The scars of the Second World War still line bomber country

17/07/2012 Posted by chris

This is the moving article written by Neil Tweedie in the Daily Telegraph on the 27 June 2012 explaining the role of WW2 RAF Bomber crews and how their sacrifices still affect families today. It features Patrick Otter whose father was a Lancaster Bomber Pilot with 9 Squadron based at RAF Bardney and flew during the “Battle of Berlin”. The Daily Telegraph and its readers raised 1 million pounds towards the cost of building the Bomber Command Memorial which was Unveiled by the Queen on 28 June 2012. Patrick Otter has also written an excellent book called ‘Lincolnshire Airfields in the Second World War’. (Countryside Books, £12.95)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/raf-bomber-command/9356538/The-scars-of-the-Second-World-War-still-line-bomber-country.html

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The Unveiling of The Bomber Command Memorial, 28 June 2012.

17/07/2012 Posted by chris

Hi everybody. On the 28 June 2012 the Queen Unveiled The Bomber Command Memorial. A fitting, long awaited tribute to the 55,573 RAF Bomber crewmen lost during WW2. I attended the event with Bill North’s Mid-Upper Gunner, Dennis Bartlett and aviation artist Simon Atack. I also met the family of Peter Knox who was a crew member  of Lancaster ME846 http://www.knoxetal.com/raf/raf.asp Please follow this link to read his amazing story which has two connections to Bill North’s crew, through his Bomb Aimer Norman Jarvis to Peter Knox and through Dennis Bartlett to George Moggridge.

It was an extremley moving day and I felt honoured to be in the presence of so many veterans. We got to meet and talk to Prince Charles who spoke to many of the Veterans afterwards, showing real appreciation. Carol Vorderman and Jane MacDonald were wonderful and also helped to make it a day to remember.

The book Riding In The Shadow of Death is nearly complete, with some minor editing, photos and documents to be added. I was hoping to have it ready by the 28 June, but it has been delayed again. We are very close now and I will let you all know as soon as it is ready. It will be well worth the wait, it is an extrordinary story and I would like to thank everybody for their support.

Best Wishes Chris Keltie

The Bomber Command Memorial

61 Squadron RAF Bomber Command Veteran Dennis Bartlett and I speaking to HRH. (Photo by Elisabeth Cox)

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50/61 Squadron Memorial Day. 10 June 2012

14/06/2012 Posted by chris

50/61 Squadron Memorial Day, Skellingthorpe. 10 June 2012
PA474. BBMF Lancaster. Beautifully menacing.Treetop height, Skellingthorpe Village. (more…)
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Bomber Command Memorial Unveiling Ceremony

30/05/2012 Posted by chris

Hi everybody,

The Bomber Command Memorial Unveiling Ceremony will take place in Green Park on the 28 June 2012 by HM the Queen. I am hoping to attend the event with Bill North’s Mid-Upper Gunner Dennis Bartlett. Dennis Bartlett’s friend Sgt George Moggridge was lost on Operations 21/22 June 1944 to Wessling in 619 Squadron Lancaster ME846, PG-C.

Sir Michael Beetham who is the president of the Bomber Command Association and 50/61 Squadron Association has worked tirlessly to get recognition for the ultimate sacrifice of the 55,573 lost Bomber Crewmen. Robin Gibb who sadly recently passed away was also a major contributer to this memorial. Sir Michael was a Lancaster Pilot with 50 Squadron during WW2, later becoming Marshal of The Royal Air Force. He masterminded Operation Black Buck, the long range Vulcan Bomber attack on Port Stanley airport during the Falklands Campaign. He has kindly contributed a foreward section to my book Riding In The Shadow Of Death.

I will also be attending the 50/61 Squadron Memorial Day in Skellingthorpe on 9/10 June to commemorate Bill and his crew and their lost commrades. There will also be a fly past by the BBMF (Battle of Britain Memorial Flight) Lancaster Bomber.

The book is in the last stages of editing now and will be available before 28 June. The launch venue will be at Newark Air Museum which is on the site of former RAF Winthorpe 1661 Heavy Conversion Unit (HCU). This is where Bill North and his crew had two near fatal crash landings in Stirling Bombers whilst training for Operations. It is also where the picture of Bill and his crew standing next to a Stirling was taken in March 1944. This was the photo that fascinated me me I was 7 years old in 1970 and has done ever since. RAF Winthorpe was the starting place and now the ending point for the long journey Bill and I have been on, so it is a perfect ending. As soon as the date is available for the launch I will let everybody know.

Thank you again, Chris.

 

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Sad news and book update.

12/03/2012 Posted by admin

Hi everybody, thank you for being patient with the book, we are nearly finished. The release day was due for 29 February 2012 and there is a slight delay.

We have some very sad news to pass on. On 15 December 2011 Bill North passed peacefully away at Basingstoke Hospital. His funeral was at the beginning of January 2012 and was a true celebration of his incredible life. The progress of the book was delayed while the family dealt with the funeral and his affairs.

We are now proofing, editing and sending it to print. We hope to have it available in paper, hardback and on Amazon Kindle in the next two weeks.

It is available as a pre-order on Amazon and Waterstones, but we will keep you all informed through the website of exactly when.

Thank you again and looking forward to sharing Bill’s amazing life with you all.

Best Wishes, Chris Keltie and the North family.

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Daily Mirror article published last Thursday

04/12/2011 Posted by admin

bill north and his crew with a stirling bomber picture phil harris

© Bill North

“Bullets ripped into our plane and we had to bail out… but I couldn’t leave my pal behind”

That was the headline in the article about Bill North and Dennis Bartlett that was published in the Daily Mirror last Thursday.

If you would like to read it, the article is online line here:-

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/hero-bomber-pilots-amazing-untold-94615

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Riding In The Shadow Of Death

09/11/2011 Posted by admin

Hello

My name is Chris and for the past few years I have been writing the book ‘Riding In The Shadow Of Death’, the true life story of Bill North, Lancaster Bomber Pilot from 61 Squadron.

The book is almost ready and will be published very soon.

I will be keeping you up to date on the progress of the book and some of the history of how I came to write the book.

Please sign-up by email for information on updates on the website and for when the book will be available to buy.

Chris

Riding In The Shadow Of Death book cover

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