WWII: The Battle of Britain | Memories of 'Britain's finest hour'
BBC ARCHIVE DOCUMENT 1940
Undated letter to the BBC
I attach an article concerning the vital importance of members of the general public handing over any articles recovered from German planes.
No doubt you have either read this, or similar articles on the matter and are fully aware of the importance of the matter, but - as a very ordinary member of the public - I did not realise just how important it is to give up EVERYTHING so recovered, until I read this article.
I understand some reference has been made to the matter over the wireless, but it has evidently not sunk in, for I know of a man who is in possession of a German Log Book, which fell from a plane when it
crashed last Friday. He is an educated and sensible man, but obviously attached no importance to it except as a souvenir, although he will probably hand it in now that I have drawn his attention to this newspaper article.
Is it not possible for the B.B.C., each time it gives out the number of planes which we have brought down in this country, to make some reference to 'souvenirs', for most people would not wilfully commit an act which, while unpatriotic, might prevent dozens of lives from being saved.
British Broadcasting Corporation
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Document Type | Letter
01 August 1940
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