Sunday, April 18, 2010

A Wartime Ordination

(1) Harry O. Fitzsimons as a Senior Seminarian for the priesthood
(early in WW2)

(2) Newly-ordained Father Harry O. Fitzsimons with his parents and sister
(Photograph taken in May 1940)
[Use of Photographs courtesy of the Talbot Library, UCLAN, Preston]
For additional information about the wartime ordination of Reverend Henry Oswald Fitzsimons on Sunday 19 May 1940 please click on ‘Comments’ below’

The 'Spitfire Summer' of 1940

Spitfire on display at the Imperial War Museum Main Hall
(Photograph: J. Ritson)

After the German breakthrough on the Western Front in the spring of 1940 the summertime in Britain that year later became known as 'Spitfire Summer'. This was because of the 'Battle of Britain' with the RAF battling against the German Luftwaffe to control the skies above Britain. While there were other aircraft in combat against the Luftwaffe at this stage in the war (notably the 'Hurricane') it was the 'Spitfire', and the young pilots in control of them, that most people remember.

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Thursday, April 08, 2010

June 6th 1944 by Lt. G.P. Baxter, Royal Marines

2004 photograph of the Cenotaph, Whitehall, London
(Photograph by J. Ritson)

For Lieutenant Baxter's account of the D-Day Landings please click on 'Comments' below'