The cover theme for this issue of Everyone’s War focuses on material donated by servicemen who were held in captivity during the Second World War.
D-Day 75 – In this year of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day we remember what took place – why not join us and keep these memories for the future generations so that they will know from first hand voices what occurred.
D-Day 75 – Please support us – those who were there are becoming few but while we hold their memories and memorabilia we will keep their thoughts and feelings alive and available for all to share.
The ninth in our so far 38 Journals – D-Day – available in print. Written with the voices of those who were there.
Captain Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown CBE DSC AFC
The Centre was saddened to hear the news that wartime Fleet Air Arm pilot and later RN Chief Test Pilot Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown died on the 21st February 2016
Eric had a distinguished career in war and in peacetime as a naval pilot, and made a superb recording for the Centre in 2007 in which he related his wartime experiences. He survived the sinking of his first operational posting on HMS Audacity in 1941, going on to become a ‘trials pilot’ testing new aircraft types at the Services Trials Unit, and later at Farnborough in the Aerodynamics Flight, High Speed Flight, and Jet Flight.
As the war ended he was sent to Germany as head of the Enemy Aircraft Flight tasked to find German advanced aircraft and technicians. On arrival at Fassberg, near Hanover he found German jet aircraft which he described as ‘.. very advanced. I would put them at a year to a year and a half ahead of us’.
Eric’s command of the German language was also used by the Allies at the end of the war in the interrogation of Belsen Concentration camp commanders Josef Kramer and Irma Grese, and following the capture of Heinrich Himmler.