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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.
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My father (Flt Lt Bryan Wild) learned to fly at Prestwick in 1940, on Tiger Moths. Amazingly, and thanks to some legwork by Ian Grace of Prewar Prescott, he has traced one of the Tiger Moths which my father flew back in those days, and it is still flying. Perhaps you can imagine how wonderful a connection that is for me. Moreover, its owner has kindly agreed to fly it overhead at Prewar Prescott, where Chattie will be on show. If only my Dad could see this! While working on his memoirs ‘Flying Blind: the story of a night-fighter pilot’ (to be published in August this year by Fonthill Media), I have discovered the networked world of aviation enthusiasts to be highly knowledgeable and helpful, and here is another case in point.
Ian Grace’s is from a family that worked for the De Havilland factory during the war, and he himself is restoring a Tiger Moth of his own. If you’re interested in Tiger Moths, visit http://www.n5490.org/.