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The Spitfire Fund

by dvjtmatthews

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dvjtmatthews
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Douglas Victor John Temple Matthews
Location of story: 
Sunderland, County Durham
Article ID: 
A4423466
Contributed on: 
11 July 2005

The Spitfire Fund

In August 1940 I was taken shopping by my mother and aunt in Sunderland, County Durham. I was just over two years old and I was wearing a replica RAF uniform that had been made by my mother and aunt from one of my father's cut-down uniforms.
That day Binns, a large Sunderland department store, had dedicated one of its shop windows to collecting for the Spitfire Fund, collecting money from the public to help build Spitfire fighter aircraft for the RAF. The shop window had a collection of model aircraft displayed.
The store manager saw me and asked my mother if he could "borrow" me to enhance the shop window display. My mother agreed and I sat in the shop window for some time playing with the model aircraft and entertaining the shoppers outside.
This was my tiny little bit that I did for the war effort. I don't know how much was collected but I think my little uniform helped to boost the collection.

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