Just a Survivor: A RAF Airman's Experiences with Bomber Command and as a POW in World War Two - Phil Potts
Phil Potts is at pains to point out that he deserves no special credit for having survived the war when so many of his colleagues were killed, hence the...... more
Phil Potts is at pains to point out that he deserves no special credit for having survived the war when so many of his colleagues were killed, hence the modest title of his book of wartime reminiscences. Phil, from Luton in Bedfordshire, was too young for military service when the war broke out in 1939 and had to content himself with his job at a local aircraft factory and night-time duties as an ARP warden until he was old enough to volunteer for the Royal Air Force in 1942. He was accepted for aircrew training and, after induction at Regent's Park Zoo Reception Centre, progressed via Brighton, Newquay, Sywell and Heaton Park, then Moncton, Bowdon and Edmonton in Canada, where he gained his navigator's wings in 1943 before returning to the UK in November that year to join RAF Bomber Command. His advanced training then continued at Mona, Wymeswold, Lindholme and Hemswell before he and the six-man Lancaster crew he had joined finally became operational when posted to 103 Squadron, part of 1 Group, based at RAF Elsham Wolds in Lincolnshire. Their operational flying career was to be short-lived, however. On 18 August 1944, on only their fourth operational sortie, they were shot down whilst attacking German flying bomb installations in northern France. Three crewmembers were killed and the rest were captured and became prisoners of war. After interrogation at Dulag Luft, Phil was sent to Stalag Luft 7 at Bankau, Upper Silesia, where he remained until January 1945, when he and his fellow POWs were marched in freezing weather to Stalag Luft 3a at Luckenwalde, near Berlin, where they were to spend the remaining months of the war in increasingly unpleasant conditions until liberated by the Russian army in April that year. Phil's recollections of his experiences, told without ornament or exaggeration, provide a valuable insight into his training and flying activities and the conditions endured by the thousands of Allied aircrew who became POWs.
Advantages: Raises some interesting issues Disadvantages: Is not objective at all
...?t believe he did it according to the evidence.
It make hard reading, it?s a case of slogging through it rather then leaving us anticipating what she uncovers, there is also a sense of disbelief at some parts, for example when she consults the mediums. And the updated bits do not really make us any the wiser. In the past years her belief that she doesn?t know where the body is, to insisting the body is...
Advantages: Close to city centre Disadvantages: None for me
...for wheelchairs. A fourth entrance is hidden just behind the War Memorial next to the Guildhall and runs under a railway bridge. As you come into the park, you are met by beautiful towering trees.
In warm weather, Victoria Park is a popular place where city centre workers and students can spend some time in the open air and even lie on the grass and sunbathe. The flower beds are well kept and there are plenty...
Advantages: Well written, sympathetic, detailed, no preaching, thorough Disadvantages: Might not be for you
...a graph with a single peak and a surrounding plain, the peak would be Life with a capital L - the place where happiness and pain meet. The surrounding plain would be sleep, apathy or death.
Part Two - Is pain a message from God?
The Groaning Planet - 'Nature is our fallen sister, not our mother. And earth, though God's showplace, is a good creation that has been bent.' In this chapter Phillip...