By Norman Franks
This is often the desirable tale of the 4 uncooked brothers, all of whom served with the Royal Air strength. The eldest 3 flew in the course of WW2 and all 3 died.
The youngest, now not the right age to determine wartime flying, flew night-fighters within the postwar years, finishing up flying Spitfires with the conflict of england Memorial Flight. The eldest brother, John, used to be killed in a flying twist of fate simply as he was once beginning a task as a flying teacher, in 1941. Peter used to be a fighter pilot, flying Typhoons with 609 Squadron, successful the DFC. unfortunately he was once killed in motion with 183 Squadron in 1944. Tony flew Hampden and Lancaster bombers, bought the DFC and AFC, yet used to be additionally killed in motion in 1944.
Their father have been a naval officer, serving typically in destroyers in WW1, successful the DSC. He remained within the military publish warfare to develop into a commander yet then grew to become a barrister at legislations earlier than his premature dying in 1932. All 4 boys saved up a fit and loving correspondence with their mom, correct from their time at Wellington university, until eventually their passing.
The booklet tells in their lives via those letters, written at a time while humans wrote virtually day-by-day to one another, if just a couple of traces. it's a touching memorial to 4 younger males who served their state and its air strength good. unfortunately too, Michael, whose RAF occupation introduced him the AFC, died of melanoma in 1986, yet all 4 left residing testaments to their younger lives and gallantry as RAF pilots in battle and peace.