Memories of World War Two

Scafell Class enjoyed a rare opportunity to interview two Levens residents about their experiences of World War Two.

Our first visitor was a pilot for The Flying Horse Squadron 267.  Hew flew a Dakota delivering provisions as far as Singapore and Burma.  He also brought the wounded and the dead back to safety.  He showed us his Pilot’s log book as well as a photograph of himself in his uniform standing on the wing of his plane.   Alan was at the young age of 17 when he joined the airforce.  Luckily he was not hurt in the war but remembers lost friends fondly.

Our second visitor was only 2 when the war started but clearly remembers having to leave his home as a family from Salford needed their house as theirs had been bombed in the Salford bombings.  He told of seeing and sharing his first banana with 8 family members, he told us all about rationing.  He shared how his father had left to go to war when he was only two and didn’t return until he was seven.

The pupils of Scafell valued this very special opportunity to talk to two local people about their very different experiences of war as part of our themed week related to Remembrance.