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Love Gift Memento From WW2.

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Maywalk Sun 02-May-21 14:56:28

I am very proud to think that I own a piece of a Halifax that had been on many bombing raids during WW2.

After the war these planes were put to service by helping to train glider pilots.

During 1947 the circular engine Halifax was sent to North Luffenham airfield where my hubby used to be a fitter on the engines. The Halifax Bomber was a replacement sent to teach Glider Pilots.

Before it was accepted it had to go on a test flight to make sure that it was safe to tow the gliders. On its first test flight it crashed through a fault in the control column. It turned right over on to its back and crashed in a ploughed field at the end of the drome.

One big cloud of dust that scared the living daylights out of the ground crew. My hubby said everyone was terrified of what they would find but the pilot, engineer and the radio operator all climbed out dusting themselves down and getting the dust out of their eyes.

Everyone was relieved and pleased to see all three climb out unhurt but to this day my hubby says he will never know how they did. I have to point out that my hubby was NOT one of those that had serviced this aircraft but there was a big enquiry as to what happened.

From what hubby could gather a bolt at the bottom of the control column had snapped.
Hubby said out of the Halifax and the Lancaster he preferred the Halifax because you could walk down the middle of it but with the Lancaster you had to crawl on your hands and knees to service them.

After his stint at North Luffenham my hubby was sent to Cottesmore to work on Mosquitoes. He also worked on the first Meteor. Hubby said he enjoyed his time in the National Service and only wished it was brought back again to straighten some of the yobs out of today.

Out of the wreck of the Halifax my hubby had a piece of perspex from the windscreen and made this brooch for me.
Its now well over 72 years since he first gave it to me.
Although it is worthless moneywise to me it is priceless and will be kept in the family and I very often wonder how many bombing raids has that little piece of perspex been on.

I am allergic to any metal against my skin but with the brooch it can be pinned on my coat or a scarf so that it does not touch my skin. I wear it for all family occasions.

If only it could talk what hair raising tales it could tell.

Chestnut Sun 02-May-21 15:11:02

How absolutely beautiful and priceless. Do make sure it is clearly marked and stored safely as things can get thrown out by accident when people die if their history is not evident.
My father was a wireless air gunner in WW2 and flew in Lancasters but mostly Wellington bombers, which have sadly disappeared as there are none operational now. He was in a crash and walked away unharmed. I have his Flying Log Book and his wristwatch, which went on air raids with him over the channel. Luckily he wrote a note saying that, which was kept with the watch!

Blossoming Sun 02-May-21 15:11:51

Beautiful! I still have the Royal Artillery‘sweetheart’ brooch that my father gave to my mother.

Maywalk Sun 02-May-21 21:17:06

It has already got its new place of honour sorted out Chestnut because my granddaughter wants it.

Strangely enough my hubby never made any more brooches.

He did manage to get me some parachute silk though that my wedding dress was made out of.

Kim19 Mon 03-May-21 04:05:23

Quite beautiful in looks as well as the moving history that accompanies it. Thank you for sharing.

fiorentina51 Mon 03-May-21 08:34:43

What a lovely, interesting story. Like another poster said, please make sure family know about it and don't accidentally throw it out when you are no longer around.
My father made a heart shaped pendant for my mum out of some aluminium from a crashed British plane.
He carved their names on one side and on the other he inscribed a list of the refugees who were living with my grandparents their farmhouse in Italy.
Sadly I was allowed to play with it when a child and lost it. 🙄

Chestnut Mon 03-May-21 10:38:58

I probably played with these but luckily didn't lose them. Copper preserving pans made of Queen Victoria pennies and a barrel made from the decking of RMS Mauritania (1906). They are on my list of family heirlooms to be passed down.