Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings....
Howdy, you fo'c'sle hands! It's almost November!!!!!!!!!! Nanowrimo is upon us, whether we would risk it or no. Tonight is the night when writers around the world write out the title page in their notebooks, head the first page with AMDG and write the long anticipated date: 11/1/13, at 11:55 PM. Tonight is the night when writers around the world cease their eager chatter as the clock strikes twelve and the world echoes with the sound of the first pencil strokes and the first clacking of keys of the newest novels. Tonight is the night!!!!!!
But other than that.....I have drawn a Fighter base swarming with men in Air Force Blue, as they all shout and talk loudly to keep their minds from what lies ahead or smoke their pipes and cigarettes reflectively thinking on that very same topic.
Royal Air Force Pilots again! (saith you) However, there are eighteen ground crewmen. It was especial fun to make their faces all grey and the shadows of the Mustangs, and to try to give it all a cold effect. Did I succeed? Also the pilot lighting his fag with his lucifer was fun!
Besides, gifted was the poet who said: Never was so much owed by so many to so few, or something like that.
One of the great American fighter aces (in England) Robert Johnson, having flown two five hour sorties in a day:
"It was really quite a lot, when you stop and think that my breakfast was a piece of brown bread and peanut butter and a cup of really heavy stuff they called coffee. We came home, had a quick sandwich and a little shot of whiskey, and then back in the airplanes and off we'd go again. We'd come home and flop on our beds with our clothes on and never moved again until they waked us for another mission early the next morning."
Here's to the Fighter Pilots who flew two five hour sorties a day!
Here's to the Bomber crews who nearly froze in their B-17s!
Here's to the Mechanics who kept 'em flying!
The above is a bonus, the back of the picture.
There'll always be an England, and England shall be free, if England means as much to you as England means to me.
posted by Mary Rose