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Läs här en underbar introduktion till Biggles värld
ur Stefan Mählqvist: Biggles i Sverige:

Stridsflygaren Bigglesworth kom att konkretisera en ödeskamp där vi själva aldrig deltog, men ändå gladde oss över att rätt sida vann.
För många vuxna i efterkrigsårens Sverige tedde sig nog Biggles-böckerna som uppbygglig lektyr, det var ungefär som att i frikyrkliga barnahänder sätta fromma berättelser om hednamissionens framgångar i mörkaste Afrika.

Biggles bidrog till att inlemma oss i en västlig gemenskap, politiskt och kulturellt. Att läsa om de engelska piloternas bedrifter gav en känsla av lättnad i efterhand, att retrospektiv rättvisa råder. Det är de duktigaste och modigaste pojkarna som vinner till slut, så var det under andra världskriget och analogt bör det vara så i alla historiska konflikter.

Förr eller senare blir det rätt. Caligula mördas, Rickard Lejonhjärta kommer hem från fångenskapen, Richelieu dör - om inte förr så på dödsbädden.

Världshistorien blev rationell och teodicéproblemet fick sin lösning.

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Biggles, kärleken och järnridån
Rolf Englund blog 19 december 2014

Biggles i öknen - South Atlantic air ferry route
Rolf Englund blog 25 december 2014


Battle of Britain and WW II


Så såg de amerikanska jaktplanen ut när Andra Världskriget närmade sig

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Ytterligare en Spitfire i Ängelholm
HD/NST 18 maj 2009

— Engelsmännen gråter när man tar ett flygplan därifrån. Men jag tror de känner sig trygga med att vi har det här i Sverige, säger Bertil Gerhardt.
Enligt honom finns i dag endast 40 Spitfireplan i världen som är flygbara. 28 av dessa återfinns i Europa och de två flygbara som finns i Sverige har sitt hem på Valhall Park.
— Annars finns en Spitfire på museum i Sverige men det planet går inte att flyga, säger Bertil Gerhardt.
För många representerar en Spitfire något speciellt.
— Tittar man på andra världskriget så användes Spitfire främst för att försvara London och södra England. Planen har kort räckvidd men visst gjorde de räder in i Tyskland och Frankrike. Den nya Spitfire vi har här är en kombinerad spanings- och jaktversion, säger Bertil Gerhardt.

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Spitfire

Nu har Sverige fått sin egen flygande Spitfire.
Bilden visar Spitfiren med Kullabergs fyr i bakgrunden.
Dagens Nyheter 24/11 2007


Nu lyfter Sveriges enda Spitfire mot den skånska himlen.
SvD 19 maj 2008


Ängelholms Flygmuseum (bra site med bra länkar) - Svenska militära flygplan


Back in 1938, for instance, Popular Mechanics magazine ran a cover story on“The Flying Wing of the Future,” an amazing machine in which the fuselage was almost indistinguishable from the wide V of the wings



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Joan Worralson ("Worrals") - International Biggles Association - YABS Yet Another Biggles Site


It's time to shatter the myths of the Battle of Britain
'The Few' were immensely courageous, but the image of plucky Little Britain, David against the Goliath of Nazi Germany, is completely misleading
While individual squadrons were often sent to attack much larger formations, collectively they were not always so hopelessly outnumbered.
On September 15 1940, for example, the morning raid of some 75 Luftwaffe aircraft were attacked by around 275 British fighters,
while the afternoon raid of 300-plus enemy aircraft was met by 330 Spitfires and Hurricanes.
James Holland, Telegraph 15 September 2015

Knowing this in no way diminishes the immense courage of the pilots, however. Rather, it underlines the effectiveness of the RAF.

Nice pic of Members of No 249 Squadron, the top-scoring fighter squadron of the RAF in the war

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Battle of Britain: Historic flypast for 75th anniversary
BBC 15 September 2015
Highly Recommended

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BBC: Why do we love the Spitfire?

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Aldrig har så få hyllats så länge
2900 unga män, medelåldern var 22 år
Dan Lucas, DN print sidan 31, 21/8 2010

The prefrontal cortex is a little immature in teenagers as compared to adults; it may not fully develop until your mid-20s
Are teenage brains really different from adult brains?


Exactly 70 years ago war-time leader Winston Churchill stood up and addressed parliament to hail the efforts of the aircrew who were fighting overhead.
"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few," he pronounced in the midst of his speech.
"You shouldn't say it, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, I think most of the chaps enjoyed it," said Wing Commander Paul Farnes.
BBC 19 August 2010

"After all, a lot of us were volunteer reserves, we joined to fly and here we were flying one of the best aircraft as many times a day, more or less, as you could wish for. It was good fun."

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Remember Winston Churchill’s phrase about "fighting them on the beaches". Well our beaches are entirely subject to the European Commission’s directives.
One of the great clichés of politics is that Britain has no written Constitution. Britain’s constitution is called the Treaty of Accession.
It has been supplemented by the Treaties of Maastricht and Nice.
John Blundell in the Business 12/3 2006

History in maps
Trace the century through Europe's changing borders
BBC


The version of the Spitfire that fought in the Battle of Britain
was powered by a Merlin engine of 1,030 horsepower and
reached a maximum speed of 580 km per hour and a ceiling of 10,400 metres.

Source: EB


No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron
The highest scoring RAF squadron of the Battle of Britain.
No Poles in the Victory Parade 1945

wikipedia

Polish 303 Squadron - Battle of Britain
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As the nation yesterday marked the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the battle between the RAF and the German Luftwaffe, Les Taylor, writer of Luftwaffe Over Scotland, said a three-day attack in April, 1940, when Germany's Air Force targeted Royal Navy shipping off Orkney and in Scapa Flow, was the true beginning of the famous battle
The Scotsman, 11 July 2010

It was during the Battle of Orkney that the Luftwaffe first attempted to dominate British airspace and it was the first time the RAF used radar to direct fighters to specific points to intercept enemy planes.

James Holland, the author of bestseller The Battle of Britain, said he was sympathetic to Taylor's argument that the air battle began over Orkney:

"I don't completely disagree with him. It depends on what you call 'the Battle of Britain'.

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Började Battle of Britain i Skottland?
Rolf Englund blog 2010-07-11

Hanna Schygulla - "Lili Marleen"

Lili Marleen - Hanna Schygulla


It was the morning after the night before and I was riding an elevator to the 13th floor in the European Commission.
Two men smiled at each other and one said "I hear Greece has been saved". "Couldn't be better," beamed the other, before disappearing into the vastness of bureaucracy.
It felt like news shared from a distant front: "Bastogne has been relieved" or "Malta is holding out".
Gavin Hewitt, the BBC's Europe editor blog 26 March 2010


Rome, Habsburg and the European Union


Wings over Malta

The Siege of Malta in World War Two
In May Wasp and Eagle flew in almost 80 Spitfires, and the following month Eagle delivered 55 more.
Then the Luftwaffe was diverted in order to support Rommel's further advances in North Africa
BBC

This is just a flight over malta with a spitfire mk1 and hurrican mk2

Operation Pedestal 1942: The epic relief convoy for Malta

År 2004 blev Malta medlem i Europeiska unionen. Euron infördes den 1 januari 2008
Wikipedia


".......the Battle of France is over. The Battle of Britain is about to begin, upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization, upon it depends our own British life and the long continuity of our institution and our Empire."
Winston Churchill, June 18, 1940

Battle of Britain

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Book: AMONG THE DEAD CITIES:
Was the Allied Bombing of Civilians in WWII a Necessity or a Crime?
by A.C. Grayling
Financial Times 25/2 2006

Was the deliberate targeting of German cities by the Royal Air Force in the last three years of the second world war justified by the threat to Britain and its allies, and by the moral depravity of the Nazi regime? This historical and moral question - also of contemporary relevance - is asked by the philosopher A.C. Grayling in Among the Dead Cities.
His answer is: no.

Grayling's villain is Sir Arthur Harris, head of Bomber Command from February 1942.

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Under the names of "relativism" and "postmodernism", today's prevailing style of thought has it that we can believe what we like and that all beliefs are equally valid, because there is no such thing as truth or objectivity.
RE: Exempelvis, att en uppstoppad get med ett bildäck om sig kan vara konst...
A.C. Grayling, Financial Times, 23/7 2005

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The Battle of Britain History Site

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BBC World War II site

Mer om Andra Världskriget


Five Spitfires have taken part in a re-enactment of the first test flight - 70 years after the planes first took to the skies.
BBC 5/3 2006 - In pictures BBC 5/3 2006


Film moguls to make a new man of Biggles
THE TIMES, FRIDAY MAY 12, 2000

Erich von Stalhein
Major Snowdon Le Cornu, D.S.O., D.F.C.

Erich von Stalhein
Svenskspråkig version, övers. Guy Jamais


BIGGLES - 100 år, av Mats Averkvist
i Svensk Flyghistorisk Tidskrift 2/2000

Books about Biggles-books

about Major James Bigglesworth, known to all as "Biggles" at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Sixty years after the Battle of Britain, the Blitz on London and devastating raids on other UK cities, there will be memorial services and tributes to those, especially pilots, who prevented an invasion in 1940 by German forces during the Second World War.

The greatest onslaught came on September 15 as the Luftwaffe attempted to flatten London to prepare for an invasion two days later. But a strong defence by Allied fighter aircraft repulsed the attack and ended the attempt to invade.


Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the pilot and author of the beloved tale "The Little Prince," took off on a World War II spy mission for the Allies and was never seen again. After 60 years, officials have confirmed that the twisted wreckage of a Lockheed P-38 Lightning, found on the Mediterranean seabed not far from the rugged cliffs of Provence, belonged to Saint-Exupery
http://edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/europe/04/07/saint.exupery.ap/index.htmlhttp://www.saint-exupery.org/
http://www.westegg.com/exupery/


Alfa Bravo Charlie - Delta Echo
Foxtrot Golf Hotel - India Juliet
Kilo Lima Mike - November Oscar
Papa Quebec Romeo - Sierra Tango
Uniform Victor Whiskey - X-Ray, Yankee
Zulu

Å Alfa Alfa
Ä Alfa Echo
Ö Oscar Echo

Zero One Two - Three Four
Five Six Seven - Eight Niner

Adam Bertil Cesar - David Erik
Filip Gustav Helge - Ivar Johan
Kalle Ludvig Martin - Niklas Olof
Petter Quintus Rudolf - Sigurd Tore
Urban Viktor Wilhelm - Xerxes Yngve
Zäta Åke Ärlig - Östen

Nolla Ett Tvåa - Trea Fyra
Femma Sexa Sju - Åtta Nia

Phonetic alphabet in popular culture


"Biggles i Sverige", Författare: Mählqvist, Stefan, 1943-

Titel: Biggles i Sverige : en litteratursociologisk studie av W E Johns Bigglesböcker / Stefan Mählqvist Ort/Förlag: Stockholm : Gidlund Utgivningsår: 1983, Omfång: 320, [1] s. : ill., tab. Serie: Skrifter / utgivna av Svenska barnboksinstitutet ; 18 ISBN/ISSN: 91-7021-465-4

SAB/Ämnesord: Gez, Litteraturhistoria Engelsk


About the Spitfire in The Financial Times 1996-05-07:

"Spitfire pilots scramble again"

Twenty-one Spitfires flew across central England yesterday in one of the biggest gatherings of the aircraft since the second world war.

The crowd of more than 30,000 people at the Imperial War Museum's airfield about 80 km north-east of London included Mr Gordon Mitchell, the 75-year-old son of Reginald Mitchell, who died soon after the first Spitfire made its first flight 60 years ago.

Air Vice Marshal "Johnnie" Johnsson, one of the top-scoring allied pilots of the war, said at the airfield: "I am surprised at the interest, but I think the Spitfire has become a kind of immortal thing that people feel helped gain them freedom."

The Supermarine Spitfire, powered by Rolls-Royce engines, was the most famous fighter flown by the Royal Air Force in the war. Forty-seven Spitfires are believed still to exist.


BBC World Service economics correspondent James Morgan in The Financial Times 1996-04-06:

"Biggles and the bleating bulldog"

"Those were the days - of modesty, responsibility and British stiff upper lips"

Last week ... members of parliament spoke of Europe's plot to bring down Britains agriculture. So the two patriotic themes of the past fortnight evolvet: blame the foreigner and demand his cash.

Some readers may, like me, have been reared on a literary diet of Biggles and G.A. Henty. The former was a gallant airman and detective who outwitted the King's enemies from the Somme to Singapore. The latter told tales of schoolboys who could, with a piece of string and a catapult, save their friends from certain death at the hands of Neptune or a Fuzzy-Wuzzy.

Biggles and Henty were not, as the shrewder reader will have deduced, politically correct. But knew what it meant to be British. It meant taking the blame, even when unfairly blamed; accepting responsibility for one's actions, relying on oneself to get out of the mess, and it meant not talking about money.

In a politically correct world, everyone has the right to be a victim. Everyone has the right to other people's money to compensate for self-inflicted wounds. And patriotism is to bleat about foreigners whose sole aim is to do us down.

Today Sir James Bigglesworth, MC, is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Derring & Pluck . In a speech to the House on Mad Cow day he said:

- We are faced today of a crisis of our own, albeit unwitting, making. It may have been exacerbated by foreigners but we recognise that the actions they have taken conform with their national interests. And we accept that these have saved us from the humiliation of seeing Salvador ban our meat one day and Somalia the next.

- We all recognise that mistakes, quite innocently, have been made. We shall overcome their consequences as we have overcome other crisis in our long history; by ourselves, and with our own resources. If that means sacrifices, so be it. If that means lifting burdens from the few and placing them on the shoulders of the many, so be it. If there be guilty men let them come forward - but we seek no scapegoats. This may not be our finest hour, let history not judge it our least worthy.

This, of course, is pure fiction: who would have voted for someone who could spout such nonsense and so flagrantly undemine his country's interests?



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