An article appears today in the EASTERN DAILY PRESS about Flight Lieutenant Bryan Wild’s memoirs of his time in East Anglia with 26 Squadron from October 1944 to June 1946.
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Sophie Wyllie interviewed me over the Christmas holidays, and asked particularly what it was like to read my father’s diaries for the first time:
Mrs Halls, 56, from Herefordshire, said reading his diaries was like meeting her father when he was in his 20s.
She said: “Diary entries are very different to how people present themselves. It was quite extraordinary reading my father’s diary. When I was growing up he never talked about the war. When I read the diaries I felt as though I was with him in the cockpit.
“He was young and adored flying aircraft. The RAF was a family for him.”
Before arriving in Norfolk, Flt Lt Wild flew with 46 Squadron from Egypt and Cyprus between 1943 and 1944.
While at Coltishall between October 10 and October 27, 1944, he flew Mosquitos which he described as breathtaking.
“He liked East Anglia, its pubs and friendly local people. He was very happy there,” Mrs Halls added.