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#1 jonesy1275

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 05:28 AM

Back in August, my wife and I combined our annual holiday with a bit of WWII when we spent two weeks in Washington state. In amongst Whale Watching and generally being tourists we attended Mark Bando's Trigger Time convention hosted by Rob Stark.

 
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We then headed back to Seattle on the Friday meeting up with Rob Stark for some lunch and then to the gun range to pop off some rounds from his M1 Garand. This is Helen having a go shooting a rifle for the first time.
 
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On the Friday night before the convention the drinks and banter flowed. It was the first time I'd met Terry Poyser who is publishing a book about Fox Company 506th PIR. Unfortunately I never got a photo of me and Terry but I did get a photo of two very good friends together - Merlin Shennum and Bob Noody. Two Fox Company veterans. It was fantastic to be sat with them.
 
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Saturday was convention day. It was fantastic meeting everybody and I really enjoyed the presentations by Mark Bando and the National Glider Pilots association.
 
A big highlight for me was to meet Lt Orlando 'Bill' Allin. C-47 pilot in the 87th TCS, 438th TCG flying the famous C-47 Drag 'em oot which I photographed last year and is a regular over Normandy in June conducting paradrops.
 
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It was certainly a privilege to witness the BSM ceremony for Major Swenson, a glider pilot who took part in Operation Varsity and a great presentation by him and Patricia.
 
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MB and Bob discuss shirts.
 
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Just before Terry Poyser and Merlin left on their epic journey back to California via Montana, Terry kindly gave me a note of French invasion money which had been issued to Cpl. Marion Grodowski, F/506. In the picture below, he is sitting first on the left as part of stick #77 as they waited to take of from Upottery airfield for their jump into Normandy. The invasion money was in Grodowski's pocket when the photo was taken and survived the jump, combat and all the way back home. Thank you Terry.
 
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#2 Sabrejet

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 07:10 AM

Looks like a jolly good time was had by all Neil! Splendid old gentlemen...the epitomy of "the greatest generation"...and as fine a collection of shirts as you'll see anywhere!  :D



#3 67Rally

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 07:29 AM

I was planning on attending that as I am friends with Rob...but my wife's plans were in direct conflict. It sounded like loads of fun...sorry I missed out.



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Posted 13 November 2013 - 11:01 PM

I'll be darned, I had no idea this had even happened and I live in the area...




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