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The stories behind the story

Great, unpublished


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Coffees with WW2 Lancaster veteran Claude Reynolds- WW2 Podcasts 5 and 12

A privileged opportunity to hear 95 year old Flight Sergeant Claude Reynolds' WW2 memories, sometimes frightening, often fascinating, frequently funny!

Claude had the unenviable role of being rear gunner in a Lancaster during the 2nd world war and flew many sorties all over Europe. And he experienced no end of scary moments during his time as a member of 49 Squadron in the much-regaled No 5 Group Bomber Command. So he’s got plenty of stories to tell.

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Bill Cheall's published memoirs, which depict his Dunkirk exploits and much more. Link to more information.

"The first five and the last five missions were the worst" (Episode 12)

The Officer walked forward ten yards then stopped and turned round to face me. "Why didn't you stop me and challenge me?" he demanded!

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Useful WW2 Links


Websites: - Companion web site to the published book. Many stories and photos.

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Two podcast episodes to hear.

"The ice was cracking off the wings" (Episode 5)

Award-winning Wymondham station

The historic, award-winning station at Wymondham, Nofolk, England, where Claude lives. Claude worked on the local railways throughout his career after the war. Tourist information on historic market town Wymondham.

My Mum, Anne Cheall mentioned in the podcast

My Mum, Anne Cheall, loves listening to Audio Books and the Fighting Through podcast

Names of some of Claude's crew members:

John Barrie

Ted Reynolds

Leonard Smart (Australian)

Perry - Bomb aimer

Link to Apple Podcasts