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Just Another Day during the Blitz

by oldcodger

Contributed by 
oldcodger
People in story: 
Geoff Bartlett
Location of story: 
Paddington London
Article ID: 
A2091836
Contributed on: 
29 November 2003

I was nearly 4 years old when ww2 broke out and living in Lydford Road in Paddington W9. one day during during the blitz an air raid was in progress and a dog fight ( English and German planes chasing each other around the skies)was taking place above our houses when i saw a pilot bale out of his damaged plane and slowly begin to float to earth, while doing so i noticed that his boots fell off as he floated down( later on in life (2001) i saw this very same pilot on a TV Programme telling his story of what happened on that day), while he was floating down a crowd of people started to chase down the road in the direction that he was going, waving bromb sticks and the such like thinking that he might be a German pilot.at about the same time though i am not sure if it was the same day a tail of a shot down plane landed in the basement area of our house and the ARP (Air Raid Police)were shouting to everyone to get into the shelters.
This was just one of the many things that i can remember from those far off days, Now i have a request, I am looking for a copy of a book which is called Barbed Wire Memories of Stalag 383 by M N McKibbin which gives a prisoners account of life in that camp during the war, the reason why i am looking for this book is that my late father spent the greater part of the war as a prisoner in that camp having been captured at Dunkirk at the start of the war and after the war he obtained a copy of this book which sadly has got lost during many moves since then, I have aquired 3 copies of this book during last year and given them too my brother and older sister but I am looking for 1 other copy for my younger sister, so if anybody knows where i can obtain another copy i would be greatful.
Geoff Bartlett.

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Message 1 - BARBED WIRE MEMORIES OF STALAG 383

Posted on: 15 December 2003 by Peter - WW2 Site Helper

Geoff

I've found you a copy here [Unsuitable link removed by Moderator]

The cost is £12.26 plus £7.66 pp
a total of £19.91. It's in Australia, hence the high postage.

Peter

 

Message 2 - BARBED WIRE MEMORIES OF STALAG 383

Posted on: 17 December 2003 by Member no. U229957

Geoff,

This is a case of utter stupidity by people who are known as moderators.
You have been denied a link to what is obviously a book seller in Aus-----a for who knows what reason.

I have on at least two instances, drawn the attention of the site staff to a non-world War 2 story that was welcomed to, and still resides on the site. This site has links to dating agencies and other non suitable dubious material but, you want to buy a history book and the link is CENSORED!!!

This site is becoming an utter farce!

A very annoyed Ken Williams

 

Message 3 - BARBED WIRE MEMORIES OF STALAG 383

Posted on: 17 December 2003 by Peter - WW2 Site Helper

Geoff

Let's try another method. Go here http://www.bookfinder.com/About links and enter the title only. That is the way I found you a copy (hopefully it hasn't been sold yet).

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Moderators,
The above Bookfinder link is to a non-commercial site, their fees come from bookshops not from the public. Otherwise, and I here agree with Ken, there will be no way of helping someone obtain a respected history book
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Peter

 

Message 4 - BARBED WIRE MEMORIES OF STALAG 383

Posted on: 06 January 2004 by oldcodger

Peter I have checked that web site but there is no sing of the book, so it must of been sold but thanks any way for the help I will keep looking

 

Message 5 - BARBED WIRE MEMORIES OF STALAG 383

Posted on: 06 January 2004 by oldcodger

Peter I have checked that web site but there is no sign of the book, so it must of been sold but thanks any way for the help I will keep looking
Geoff

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