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A couple of years ago, in March 2009, I recorded a Podcast interview with my own Father, Leslie Burns. I'm glad I did so because, just ten months later, he passed away.

After his death I found a neatly typed manuscript which he had hoped to get published, about a big event in his life that had occurred only weeks before the end of the war.

The story was never taken up by any editors. I'm sure that would have disappointed him. So, instead, I'm providing the opportunity for it to be heard.

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  • Dru Marland

    That was an interesting listen; thank you. I enjoyed reading Ivan Southall’s series of books based on his experience flying Sunderlands; and a colleague describing his father’s experience, when returning to the UK from the Far East to participate in D-Day ops (he was RAF TAF); tried to hitch a lift on a Sunderland at Gibraltar, the crew were happy for him to go along, but a senior officer among the passengers vetoed it. He watched the aircraft on the take off run, hit a submerged object and plough in; everyone killed. So many stories like this from those times…

    Aug 11, 2011 at 9:35 am
  • Christine Burns

    It is on small chance events like that the history turns.

    Thanks for your thoughts Dru

    Aug 12, 2011 at 8:28 pm