Sunday, 11 January 2015

Sausage side

5th January 1945
The bald statistics;
Hannover: 664 aircraft - 340 Halifaxes, 310 Lancasters, 14 Mosquitos - of Nos 1, 4, 6 and 8 Groups. 23 Halifaxes and 8 Lancasters lost, 4.7 per cent of the force. This was the first large raid on Hannover since October 1943.
131 Lancasters and 9 Mosquitos of No 5 Group attacked Houffalize, a bottleneck in the German supply system in the Ardennes. The target was bombed with great accuracy. 2 Lancasters lost.
69 Mosquitos to Berlin, 8 to Neuss and 6 to Castrop-Rauxel, 58 RCM sorties, 55 Mosquito patrols. 4 Mosquitos lost, 2 from the Berlin raid and 2 from No 100 Group.
Total effort for the night: 1,000 sorties, 37 aircraft (3.7 per cent) lost.
Last Monday was the 75th anniversary of that mission to Hannover, one in which my Grandfather was killed by his aircraft being hit by a night fighter.
10 years ago my mother and I visited, this year she was too ill so with my sons we drove over and stayed for 2 nights.
It was a chance to lay a wreath at the graves of my Grand father, his crew mates Eddie Rhind and Jim Clarke.
 




The graves below were all shot down on the same night;
















It was a sobering time, me introducing my sons to their great Grand father and a good amount of Kultur being taken in;








Friday, 19 December 2014

Bah Humbug

With Christmas close upon us, I would like to share a personal
experience with my fellow Bloggers about drinking and driving.

As you know, the police are very hot on random breath tests especially
at this time of year. Well, a couple of nights ago I was out with some
friends for an Oriental buffet and a few ales followed by a few more.

Although relaxed, I still had the common sense to know I was somewhat
over the limit, and decided to do something I've never done before - I
took a taxi home. Sure enough on the way there was a copper
stopping cars breathalysing the drivers, but since it was a taxi they
waved it past and I arrived home safely without incident.

This was a real surprise to me because I had never driven a taxi
before. I don't know where I got it, and now that it's in my garage I
don't know what to do with it. So anyway, if you want to borrow it,
pm me.

Merry Christmas

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

It must be approaching Christmas

Frost on the ground, dark in the morning and deer in the fields;
Time to zero the deer rifle?


 Yes Dad!

Monday, 8 December 2014

Peg gunning at the willows

Right I have discovered that taking a peg with a 28 bore lightweight gun is bonkers, I'm sticking to a walking gun in future;
Ignore the date time group, I've since downloaded the software and changed that. Interesting little camera the IKAM Extreme!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Remembrance Sunday

On the 9th I spent the day in town with my Keeper, a top chap, he took some lovely pics;

 Here I am placing a memorial cross at the Bomber Command Memorial, its for Grandad, shot down and killed in Jan 1945 aged 24.
Waiting on Whitehall showing Sophie Raworth my hat hair;
The old and the bold





A very nice MC there!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

More misty shooting

Believe it or not with a 3x or 4x it was quite easy to see the target.

 
 
 

Shooting again

ell the pheasant season has started, I have done reasonably well so far with my new 28 bore and also have managed to find time for a range day. Bisley at 600 yards was the plan but the weather gods decided to tease us, No wind but a mist so dense that we couldn't see 200 yards in front. Eventually the grown ups moved us to the 200 yard point on Short Siberia and even that was sticky. Eventually about an hour of shooting was had and as the lunch klaxon went it took the mist with it and a glorious afternoon ensued.

 
Noisy buggers next door to us:
video
 
So all in all not too bad.