Britain at War - February 2010

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THEY WERE ALWAYS SPITFIRES...!

Andy Saunders investigates a term that was sometimes used in relation to Luftwaffe aircrew who were shot down by British fighters: "Spitfire snobbery".

A TALE OF TWO SPITFIRES
Thursday, 15 August 1940 would be another memorable day in the Battle of Britain. Known afterwards by the Germans as Schwarzer Donnerstag, Black Thursday, the day saw extensive air operations from one end of the United Kingdom to the other. However, from the British side, the day would remembered not just for the bitter fighting that took place but for the fact that three RAF fighter pilots were taken prisoner and two of their Spitfires were captured by the Germans.

A TRUE HEROINE
To date, some 404 George Crosses have been awarded - of this number, just thirteen were to women. Not only was Corporal Joan Pearson, Women's Auxiliary Air Force, one of this thirteen, she was also the first woman to be decorated for gallantry in the Second World War.

THE NELSON TOUCH
In scenes reminiscent of the swashbuckling days of the Napoleonic Wars, in February 1940 the crew of HMS Cossack boarded the German supply ship Altmark - with sword in hand! Robert Mitchell tells the story of the last major engagement where the Royal Navy drew cutlasses to capture an enemy ship.

DON'T TOUCH!
As they set out for a walk on the South Downs on Sunday, 8 October 1944, Peter French and his friends would soon realise that the effects of the war were never far away. The recent discovery of a series of wartime Police reports, explains Martin Mace, reveals what happened.

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