The Bomb

In the 1960s, we were a young family living in Oxfordshire. Close by was USAF Upper Hayford where huge B52 Stratofortress strategic bombers, armed with thermonuclear weapons, were based. When they were landing they would fly very low, directly over us. From our garden, we could look up and almost touch the nuclear bomb strapped…

Details

The Merlin Engine and Rolls Royce

It is said that the Merlin Engine made by Rolls Royce made the difference between winning and losing the war with Germany.  Designed and built in Derby, Crewe, Glasgow and Manchester, the Merlin engine, an extraordinary feat of engineering brilliance provided the heft that the Lancaster needed and went on to assume mythical status. The…

Details

Only one more plus five more to go

….the debriefing officer spoke quietly and casually. “The tour has been increased” We dropped back into our seats, wide awake now, staring at him in shocked silence. “It couldn’t mean us, we’ve only one more to go!” Jock said in a tone of disbelief. SGT JJ Baldwin When my father Joe Baldwin showed me a…

Details