15 hours ago
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Look at his eyes
I change my computer background photo almost every day, but for the past three weeks this has been in place. I'm mesmerized by a photo of 3 men taken early in WWII. The airman on the left is cipher, on the right a Canadian flight sergeant, it's the squadron leader in his Mae West life preserver, dead center which holds my gaze. Look at his eyes.
Perhaps all of 25, became squadron leader through attrition and because he attended college, at least for a while, he also fit within the tight confines of a British warplane. Likely as not none of these men survived the war. Look at his eyes and you begin to wonder if dying may have become welcome. These brave men saved the Empire in spite of their former king.
For a great story of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flights latest Spitfire resurrection follow the link to Eclectic Ephemera
J Peterman has dropped the hammer on squadron leaders scarf. It's $50 this weekend, it was $119. Believing they would never drop the price to a level I was willing to pay I purchased an alternative yesterday. Having acted in haste I am now repenting at leisure.