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Tiverton Road and the War Memorial

Tiverton Road and the War Memorial

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martin in toronto 24-Mar-2006 03:16
A friend of mine wrote for our school students, "When I was a boy in England the Canadians came to help out a bit during the war. RCAF they were. One night there was to be a gigantic bombing in Germany, and Pilot Officer McMullen was 21 years old. This was his first large-scale sortie in the left seat of a Lanc. He went out with his crew, but the bomb jammed in the release mechanism. He flew back to the base and ordered his men, his friends, out by 'chute. They all went, knowing what would happen. P/O McMullen took his wounded plane about a mile past the town and finally hit the field, causing a gigantic explosion. To this day the high street in my little town is McMullen Road." Thanks, Hugo; it is the little towns all over England where you can meet up with these Cenotaphs which tell a story of great sacrifice by all concerned.