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Post  Ivanhoe on Tue May 15, 2012 5:44 am

Some while ago we had a discussion going about US pilots who volunteered to fly in the RAF before America entered the war. Recently a Spitfire which crashed in 1941 into a bog near to my home was rediscovered and excavated. The pilot was a US citizen flying with the RAF, he baled out before the crash, but unfortunately landed over the border in the Irish Republic, and was promptly interned!
The BBC have made a TV series about this, among other WW2 stories from this area, this is the local paper's review of the series......

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Eglington airfield, which was his base, is now a small civilian airport, about 7 miles from here, I actually flew from there to Portugal last week!

I thought this story might be of interest to our US members, since it shows how a lot of Americans decided they wanted to help us Limies out, long before their government did!

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Post  John Goddard on Tue May 15, 2012 7:54 am

The fairy story of Irish Neutrality always makes me smile.

Great article Wilf
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