April 13, 2007

YET NOW WE'RE SUPPOSED TO WEEP IF THEY'RE IN THEATER MORE THAN A FEW MONTHS?:

One of Britain's greatest WW2 flying aces dies after one last flight with his wife (Daily Mail, 13th April 2007)

Aviation historians have been paying tribute to one of Britain's most decorated Second World War fighter pilots who died shortly after his last flight with his wife.

Squadron Leader Neville Duke, 85, flew 485 operational sorties during the war and achieved 28 air combat victories, including seven aircraft shot down in seven days, to become the most successful pilot in the Mediterranean theatre of war.

Sqdn Ldr Duke, from Lymington, Hants, was flying his aircraft G-Zero with his wife Gwen, 86, when he landed at Popham airfield in Coxford Down, Winchester, on Saturday afternoon and collapsed a short time later.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 13, 2007 12:58 PM
Comments

Why beat around the bush: it's not the deployment times, it's the 4000 fatalities in 5 years which are supposed to rival Antietam and Paschendaele.

Posted by: Lou Gots at April 13, 2007 4:04 PM

In a perfect world 1 casualty is too many. War bad. The problem with the current conflict is the felt need to placate the irrational emotions of the entrenched left in DC and the MSM while fighting a war against a demented enemy. Imagine fighting a more tradional war in the current environment? No D-Day, Iwo or Gettysburg would be remotely possible unless we were fighting to save the chestnuts of some leftist tyranny. The country is slowly losing it's mind.

Neville Duke sounds like quite a guy. Flying in his 80's. RIP.

Posted by: at April 14, 2007 9:23 AM

He has now truly slipped the surly bounds of earth.

Godspeed, Sqdn Ldr Duke. My heartfelt sympathies, Mrs. Duke.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 14, 2007 12:15 PM
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