Who Remembers?

While searching for people who might be related somehow to Pilot Officer Joseph Simpson Shaw, I found this Website.

This is a case similar to what happened to Pilot Officer Shaw, but with another OTU…


It is about this air gunner.


The whole Websiste is quite impressive.

Overwhelming might be more appropriate

Which brings me to this point.

Who remembers?

This blogger who remembers her father a Hurricane pilot with 127 Squadron and then a Typhoon pilot, a rare breed to survive the war…

This blogger who remembers his father with 75 (NZ) Squadron part of Bomber Command…

This blogger’s father who was a Pacific paratrooper

This blogger who remembers her father who became a prisoner of war…

Also Robert Dixon whose Website is hard a little to navigate but merits to be visited.

This part of the site sets out to cover an area of the Battle of Britain that is not so well known: the attack on the North East of England, August 15, 1940. To access an account of this engagement press the ‘Next’ button below.

By pressing the Next button you will have access to his text about Northern Flank…





The words sound loud and clear over the radio: ‘OK chaps, help yourselves there’s no fighter escort.’ This was the raid on the North East of England during the Battle of Britain: Hollywood version, courtesy of the 1969 film ‘Battle Of Britain’. This was the only film that took the Battle of Britain as its subject matter. It was the film, that set out to show the ‘Battle’ as it really was, warts and all. Sadly, like all films, that set out to tell the true story, there were to be historical errors. The above ‘bloomer’ was to be one. However, for many this was the way it actually happened. It must have, they made a film about it. Had to be true then. Apart from the event happening the rest, where it concerns the north East, is artistic licence. Today many think this ‘faction’ is a true enactment. As recently as the year 2000 the updated version of the ‘bible’ on the Battle of Britain: ‘ The Battle Of Britain Then And Now’ states; ‘A major attack took place towards Newcastle with unescorted bombers’. So what really did happen on August 15, 1940? The operation was known as the ‘Northern Flank’. The day came to be remembered by the Germans as ‘Black Thursday.’

The Adler Angriff’, the attack of the Eagles, was to commence on August 12, 1940. What came to be passed down in history, as the Battle of Britain would be over in a week. Reichmarschall Goering had promised Hitler and the Luftwaffe this would be so. The plan was simple, defeat RAF Fighter Command in the air and on the ground. The prize: aerial supremacy. However, things were not to go so well as expected. Inclement weather postponed some of the operations. Of those raids that did go ahead, there were casualties. Many of the bombers had missed their targets, their bombs dropped mainly on open ground. The RAF did not come out of the conflict smelling of roses either. Enemy bombers had forced their way through the defences and pressed home attacks against some targets. Result? A draw, at best. With the weather not looking too good, Reichsmarschall Goering summoned his Commanders to Karinhall, his HQ near Berlin. There he would give them an ear bashing.

So who remembers?

People who believe we all have to remember the Fallen and those lucky enough to come back and leave descendants to write how history should be written in the first place.