I got letters from my brother of course, what had happened. He’d gone and he became an air gunner. And on one of the big bombing raids, over in Dusseldorf, he was in the aircraft that did this and that aircraft after, was shot, when it was over Dusseldorf.
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I figured that where the war was at that time and I was serving as a soldier and that I wanted to do my bit. And also, the fact that my brother ended up killed in the Second World War, in the air force, flying in the air force. And when we asked those who could go, I volunteered.
My brother joined the air force. He got air crew and I had joined the air force about the same time as he did. But I was washed out for flying after I went to the initial training school, when they gave me another medical. And so I wasn’t able to do that. Like I said, my brother, he joined about the same time as I was going to join, the air force that is. And he then went as an airman. And of course, I was still here, I hadn’t gone anywhere. So that’s when I really decided that I would like to go to Korea.
I got letters from my brother of course, what had happened. He’d gone and he became an air gunner. And on one of the big bombing raids, over in Dusseldorf, he was in the aircraft that did this and that aircraft after, was shot, when it was over Dusseldorf. The pilot saw this good field that he could do the crash landing in and he did the crash landing and he had decided that that’s what he would do. On the edge of that field, there was about seven I think they said, seven big trees. It just so happened though that they had the wounded from the anti-aircraft artillery and that they weren’t able to see very well. And the pilot, he crashed into these trees and the whole aircraft, all the people flying in that aircraft were killed.