Dirk Bogarde-Not just an actor.

I don’t know why but ever since I moved to Ireland I have found myself explaining my name quite a bit. I have been called Derek,Declan,Kirk and other variations.Nowadays I usually say “Dirk like Dirk Bogarde” it mostly takes another few minutes for people to get my last name right. Most people will have heardContinue reading “Dirk Bogarde-Not just an actor.”

Willem Jacob van Stockum-Scientist and WWII Hero.

This is one of those men that makes me proud to be Dutch, and like me he has also a connection with Ireland. He was born in Hattem, a small town  in the east of the Netherlands. His father was an officer in the Dutch Navy. Willem studied mathematics at Trinity College, Dublin, where heContinue reading “Willem Jacob van Stockum-Scientist and WWII Hero.”

The Gloster Meteor

On this day 75 years ago the Gloster Meteor,  the first British jet fighter and the Allies’ only jet aircraft to achieve combat operations during WWII, made it’s first flight. Neill Michael Daunt was the first pilot to fly the Gloster Meteor on March  5 1943.   Despite Germany’s technological advantage, the Meteor was the first operationalContinue reading “The Gloster Meteor”


I am not an aviation expert and even less of a military aviation expert, far from it. But that is what makes the Spitfire so special. Despite my ignorance in all matters aviation I do know what a Spitfire is, and like me anyone who doesn’t have a clue about airplanes they still will recognizeContinue reading “Spitfire”

the Battle of Britain

The Battle of Britain was a military campaign of the Second World War, when the Royal Air Force (RAF) defended the United Kingdom (UK) against the German Air Force (Luftwaffe). The British officially recognise its duration as from 10 July until 31 October 1940, which overlaps with the period of large-scale night attacks known as the Blitz,while German historians do not accept this subdivision andContinue reading “the Battle of Britain”

Oberleutnant Armin Faber-Oops I did not mean that to happen.

Oberleutnant Armin Faber was a Luftwaffe pilot in World War II who mistook the Bristol Channel for the English Channel and landed his Focke-Wulf 190 (Fw 190) intact at RAF Pembrey in south Wales. His plane was the first Fw 190 to be captured by the Allies and was tested to reveal any weaknesses thatContinue reading “Oberleutnant Armin Faber-Oops I did not mean that to happen.”

Imber friendly fire incident

The Imber friendly fire incident took place on the 13 April 1942 at Imber, England, during the Second World War. One of the Royal Air Force fighter aircraft taking part in a firepower demonstration accidentally opened fire on a crowd of spectators, killing 25 and wounding 71. Pilot error and bad weather were blamed forContinue reading “Imber friendly fire incident”

Operation Oyster-The Bombing of Philips Eindhoven

  For 10 years I worked for Philips and was not aware of this bit of the company’s history, although I worked in a different plant in another city, the links to Eindhoven were substantial because HQ was located there. On this day 74 years ago the Philips Radio Works in Eindhoven, in the Netherlands wasContinue reading “Operation Oyster-The Bombing of Philips Eindhoven”

Roald Dahl-WWII Flying Ace and Spy.

For decades I have been enjoying his stories from ‘Charlie and the chocolate factory’ and ‘BfG’ to the creepy ‘Tales of the Unexpected’ stories. In all those years I never realized that Roald Dahl had actively been involved in WWII,it was only because of the release of the new movie ‘BfG’ I looked into RoaldContinue reading “Roald Dahl-WWII Flying Ace and Spy.”

The Beamish Brothers-Irish RAF heroes

Sometimes it is difficult enough to find a compelling story relating to WWII. But then there are times when you are having your lunch and are listening to a radio show. On the Irish radio talk show, Liveline, a lady called in to talk about the ordeal her 98 year old mother had to goContinue reading “The Beamish Brothers-Irish RAF heroes”