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Links to poignant wartime tale

Posted on September 30 2018 at 1:54:30

Your online article [originally published in July 2011] about the tragic crash of the wartime Blenheim aircraft was very interesting.

I’ve now lived in Kinver for about 18 months, just a short (but steep) walk from the church of St Peter’s.

I often walk up there but today I visited the graves of Pilot Officer Shirlaw and his Observer, Pilot Officer Dugdale.

I thought it very poignant that they are interred side by side with the two headstones joined as one.

It’s a beautiful quiet spot up there and from just across the little lane to the main churchyard, there are magnificent views looking over Kinver and the surrounding countryside.

Many years ago I lived in Birmingham, for a while in Northfield, and am very familiar with the areas you represent, but for well over 50 years I’ve lived in West Wiltshire, about seven miles from the city of Bath.

I’ve returned to the West Midlands, not without some trepidation at first, but now I don’t regret the move at all.

David West, via email


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