We had the absolute pleasure today of taking 99-year-old (soon to be 100) George Pritchard on a flight around some of his old Cambridgeshire WW2 Airfields, including former RAF Bourn, Wyton and Alconbury, with a flypast of Duxford IWM landing finally at Fowlmere. WW2 Pilot F/Sgt George Pritchard was a Wellington pilot and then a Mosquito pilot with 544Sqn during WW2.
He ended the war with 140 Wing flying rocket Mosquitos in Europe. George flew the Harvard a couple of times during his training 80 years ago. This was an extremely emotive and nostalgic day for him, and it was no surprise that he could remember everything about flying the Harvard.
A fantastic day with friends and family finished off in style with a couple of pints and a big dinner in our local pub, ‘Chequers’ in Fowlmere, a pub familiar to any pilot from the Battle of Britain based at Fowlmere.
Read Georges’s book “Here we go again” Buy this on Amazon.
By the age of 18, he was a pilot in a Mosquito unit. His simple ambitions and motivation were shared by his fellow comrades – to survive! Although a traumatic period of history, humour and inspiration was always to be found, and this is the focus of many of the anecdotes shared by George in his memoirs.
This intriguing and captivating read invites you into George’s world, sharing his joyful times, sorrow, and stories of wonderful friends, family, and events. His innovative designs helped save lives in the field of medicine and beyond, being involved in the development of the ‘pacemaker’ and ‘heart-lung’ machine, and a consultant for Nuclear Power, amongst many other things.
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