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Fl/Sgt Edward Kent, Flight Engineer, 220 Squadron 4 years 10 months ago #1352

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THE WAR YEARS AND MY TIME IN THE RAF

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Fl/Sgt Edward Kent, Flight Engineer, 220 Squadron based in the Azores

I was 16 when the war started and serving my time as an apprentice painter and decorator in South Shields.  Time went on and air raids became a very regular thing: houses were blown up, people were killed. Conscription was on the way and I wanted to become a pilot. Bomb shelters had been built in the streets for people to gather in for protection.  At night, no lights were allowed to be shown, and there was a complete black out, being near the river living not far from the sea made the town a perfect target for bombers overhead. One night I remember in particular, it was my turn to stand-by with a work mate on fire-watch duty at my place of work. At midnight the air-raid sirens sounded and the town was heavily bombed. A few yards from where we were two shops were hit, resulting in several people being seriously hurt. Further along the street a department store was demolished and bombs had dropped on the market place, killing a lot of people.

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'Yea, Though I Fly Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 50,000 Feet and Climbing.'
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Fl/Sgt Edward Kent, Flight Engineer, 220 Squadron 1 year 4 months ago #4855

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Just sat and read this article, and it has brought tears to my eyes. Reading names that my uncle has mentioned aswell brought a smile to my face, The Canadian F/O Harry Shaak,the old timer Sgt McMahon and the W/O Sgt Barry Beeston.
We should be so proud of our family\'s wartime history.

Regards Andy Rogers.
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Fl/Sgt Edward Kent, Flight Engineer, 220 Squadron 1 year 2 weeks ago #4879

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hi I cannot view the photo with this article. How can I get to see it, as there are some names in the list that my uncle served with.

regards Andy Rogers.
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Fl/Sgt Edward Kent, Flight Engineer, 220 Squadron 1 year 2 weeks ago #4880

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I'll have to fish it out as it seems to have been lost from the site.
'Yea, Though I Fly Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 50,000 Feet and Climbing.'
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Fl/Sgt Edward Kent, Flight Engineer, 220 Squadron 9 months 2 weeks ago #4887

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Hi Gary
Here is the photo - I can resend if you want - are you on the same email address? I've also added a few other pics.

Cynthia Kent
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Fl/Sgt Edward Kent, Flight Engineer, 220 Squadron 9 months 2 weeks ago #4888

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Hi Gary

Here is a pic of Edward Kent and Sgt McMahon.

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