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I posted this before. But if anyone seen the Dan Snow documentary about the Spitfire that crash landed in Donegal in Ireland.They dug it out of a bog,and even got one of its 303 machine guns firing again. Any hoo,interesting wee side story to it.This Spitfire was flown by an American guy called Bud Wolfe who had joined one of the RAF Eagle Sqns before the septics officially joined the war effort ( Late again) He was interned in Eire as was the custom. Now this camp was quiet good. Allies and Germans in separate camps, but conditions were quiet good,and they even got an allowance and weekend passes on parole to go to the local towns and socialise. It was the custom that the Allied prisoners were quietly released across the border to NI after a month or so, while the Germans were in for the duration. Anyway Bud gets his weekend pass,and promptly scarpers north, and reports to RAF HQ Northern Ireland. The senior officer de briefing him asks him if he broke his parole to effect the escape,and Bud says yes, but as there's a war on,and he came to Britain to fight fascism he thought it was acceptable. Well, the SO NI didn't think it was acceptable, called him a cad and a bounder, not to mention a rotter,and promptly sent him back. Due to him absconding the parole and pass system had been suspended,so he got a shoeing from his peers back in camp,for fecking things up. (It was reinstated soon after) He was released shortly after and continued flying with the RAF. transferring to the USAAC when the Americans came into the war. He went on to fly in Korea and Vietnam. Must have seemed strange to him. comes to Britain to defend freedom from the nefarious Hun,and ends up in an Ealing comedy.
 

Val the Gal

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I posted this before. But if anyone seen the Dan Snow documentary about the Spitfire that crash landed in Donegal in Ireland.They dug it out of a bog,and even got one of its 303 machine guns firing again. Any hoo,interesting wee side story to it.This Spitfire was flown by an American guy called Bud Wolfe who had joined one of the RAF Eagle Sqns before the septics officially joined the war effort ( Late again) He was interned in Eire as was the custom. Now this camp was quiet good. Allies and Germans in separate camps, but conditions were quiet good,and they even got an allowance and weekend passes on parole to go to the local towns and socialise. It was the custom that the Allied prisoners were quietly released across the border to NI after a month or so, while the Germans were in for the duration. Anyway Bud gets his weekend pass,and promptly scarpers north, and reports to RAF HQ Northern Ireland. The senior officer de briefing him asks him if he broke his parole to effect the escape,and Bud says yes, but as there's a war on,and he came to Britain to fight fascism he thought it was acceptable. Well, the SO NI didn't think it was acceptable, called him a cad and a bounder, not to mention a rotter,and promptly sent him back. Due to him absconding the parole and pass system had been suspended,so he got a shoeing from his peers back in camp,for fecking things up. (It was reinstated soon after) He was released shortly after and continued flying with the RAF. transferring to the USAAC when the Americans came into the war. He went on to fly in Korea and Vietnam. Must have seemed strange to him. comes to Britain to defend freedom from the nefarious Hun,and ends up in an Ealing comedy.
There's a reasonably good film called "The Bryclcreem Boys" starring Gabriel Byrne, about the internment of Germans and Allies in the Curragh Camp in Co. Kildare. There was a 'gentleman's agreement' that no one would try to escape if passes were allowed. My understanding is that both the British and German governments sent back any prisoners who broke their 'parole' in an effort to ensure that Ireland remained neutral.
 

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