The role played by people living in the New Forest during the Second World War has been highlighted at a special event. It's part of a two year project run by the New Forest National Park Authority to make sure personal wartime memories are not lost with the passing of time. Martin Dowse reports.
They were terribly injured serving their country - one of them lost both legs and an arm. Yet a group of amputee soldiers and veterans are planning to honour the fallen of the Second World War by retracing a famous daring mission.
Operation Frankton - immortalised in the film the Cockleshell Heroes - was an attack in 1942 on German shipping in the French port of Bordeaux carried out by a small unit of Royal Marines in canoes. All but two lost their lives.
More than 70 years later a charity has brought together modern day war heroes to make the same gruelling journey. Mike Witt is from the Pilgrim Bandits.
A Rolls-Royce used as a mobile dental surgery during the First World War will join the impressive line-up of motor cars at this year’s Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale on Friday 12th July.
The 1913 Rolls-Royce 45/50hp ‘Silver Ghost’ London-to-Edinburgh Tourer was bought by a wealthy Englishman for £1,016 (approximately £100,000 in today’s money) in September 1913, before passing to its second owner Auguste Charles Valadier in October 1915.
On the outbreak of hostilities in 1914 Valadier had been keen to help the war effort in some way. He volunteered his services to the British Red Cross Society in Paris, who accepted him for duty in October that year.
Valadier established the first unit dedicated to the treatment of facial injuries, which helped facilitate the later progress of plastic surgery for use in facial reconstruction.
By the end of 1916 he was stationed at Boulogne and the Rolls-Royce – then bodied in limousine style – had been modified to incorporate a dentist’s chair in the rear.
A colleague who worked alongside Valadier at the time noted: “In Boulogne there was a great fat man with sandy hair and a florid face, who had equipped his Rolls-Royce with a dental chair, drills and the necessary heavy metals. The name of this man... was Charles Valadier.”
Organisers will try again to lift a World War Two German bomber from the Goodwin Sands. Last night's attempt was abandoned due to bad weather. Crews could head out on Thursday or postpone the operation for a week.
We speak to Air Vice-Marshal Peter Dye from organisers RAF Museum Hendon, Martin Barker from the diving company, Paddy Hughes the son of an RAF pilot, and aviation author Chris Goss.
Experts are excited by the find because other than the effects of sea life, such as barnacles, coral and marine life, it is largely intact.
Amazingly the main undercarriage tyres remain inflated but the propellers clearly show the damage inflicted during the bomber's fateful final landing, experts have said.
Lifting it from the sea will use pioneering technology and but will be tricky because of tide and weather conditions.
Once it has been lifted, work will start to conserve and prepare the Dornier for display. The work will take place at the Michael Beetham Conservation centre, the RAF Museum's conservation centre at Cosford, Shropshire.
It will be placed in two hydration tunnels and soaked in citric acid for the first stage of its conservation. Once the delicate process is complete, the aircraft will be displayed at the museum's London site within the context of the Battle of Britain story.
Sonar scans by the RAF Museum, Wessex Archaeology and the Port of London Authority then confirmed the identity of the aircraft as the Dornier Do 17Z Werke number 1160.
Nicknamed the Luftwaffe's "flying pencil" bombers because of their narrow fuselage.
A platform is now above the wreck and divers have started to build a cage around the aircraft - working in 45-minute shifts - at the start of the salvage operation which should take around three weeks.
Work has started to raise the only surviving German Second World War Dornier Do 17 bomber from its watery grave in the English Channel.
The aircraft was shot down more than 70 years ago during the Battle of Britain and the project will be the biggest recovery of its kind in British waters, the RAF Museum said.
The existence of the aircraft at Goodwin Sands, off the Kent coast, became known when it was spotted by divers in 2008 at a depth of some 50ft lying on a chalk bed with a small debris field around it.
Hundreds flocked to The Wings Museum in Sussex to meet 14 veterans of Bomber Command. It may end up being one of the last events of its kind in the South as the former flyers and air crew are all in their 90s now.
Our reporter Derek Johnson speaks to Wing Commander John Bell and Air Commodore John Langston as well as Daniel Hunt from the Wings Museum and Aidan Mars, whose grandfather was a navigator on Lancaster bombers.
Veterans of the convoys that supplied Allied forces in the Arctic had their first glimpse today of the campaign medal they've waited 70 years to see. The Royal Mint has finally begun production of the Arctic Star. Fred and Sangeeta introduce our coverage.
World War II war heroes who served on the Arctic Convoys and in Bomber Command will begin receiving brand new awards in recognition of their heroism and bravery within weeks, the Defence Minister Mark Francois has announced.
Production of the new Arctic Star and Bomber Command clasp will kick start this week. Up to a quarter of a million veterans and the families of those who have sadly died could be eligible to receive the new awards in recognition of their unique contribution protecting Britain during World War II.
Living veterans and widows will be the first in line to receive the awards from as early as March.
Mark Francois, Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans, said: “All those who served our country in Bomber Command and on the Arctic Convoys deserve nothing but the utmost respect and admiration.
"That’s why I am delighted that these special individuals will in the next few weeks begin to receive the Bomber Command clasp and Arctic Star that they have so long deserved.
“I am also pleased to announce that the families of those no longer alive will also be able to apply for these awards in recognition of their loved one’s bravery.”
The Prime Minister announced the new awards last December and after extensive consultation the final designs have now been agreed.
The Arctic Star will be based on the World War II Stars and the Bomber Command clasp, to be worn on the ribbon of the 1939 to 1945 Star, will follow the design of the Battle of Britain clasp.