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“I shall never forget I turned the aircraft on a straight line... and I was on my way on my first trip over the German lines and it was really, quite the most dramatic experience I’ve ever had in my life”
“and as we were rowing, bang, he'd put another torpedo in her and she just went and all you could think were oh hell, and then it came very calm and you had great big bubbles coming up”
“The very first plane that left Saigon for home was a Red Cross plane and those that was most sick were on that plane unfortunately it crashed as it was approaching Rangoon so everybody onboard was lost.”
“he had a grenade in his hand which is classed as dangerous, he's a threat, I spun him round and at arm's length I fired two bursts of MP5 into him.”
“what the army prides itself in doing is making the best out of you and finding out what you can do best and investing in you they'll make you an expert in any field you want to be.”
“we succeeded with the airlift I’m very proud to of taken part in it... I’m a cold war warrior, I was in at the beginning I came out before it ended, but it had reached the stage where it wasn’t going to be a war”
“Then the Duke of York joined in, and when we left she was on fire, nothing much left of the ship really, poor muckers inside, and then the Admiral says ‘any ships with torpedoes left, go and sink Bismarck”