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  1. The Kindness of Strangers WW2 Campaign - Chapter 2 - Introductions

    Early morning, 10 May 1940, Berry-au-Bac, France

    Tendrils of mist curled skyward as the last vestiges of night fled before the dawn. The muted sounds of a little village waking up filled the air, heralding a day full of promise. The air was crisp and clean; the showers of the previous evening having dispersed. It was, by almost any standard, a beautiful morning.

    Sergeant (Pilot) Christopher George Raymond, No. 1 Squadron RAF, noticed none of these things. Instead, ...
  2. The Kindness of Strangers WW2 Campaign - Prologue 4 (A Spanish Tale)

    May 29, 1940

    "So, Joachim, is this your real name?" "Joaquim..." "Joaquim?" "Yes. Joaquim Ferreira." "So you are a Portuguese?" "Yes." "Not a Polish?" "No." "So why being a Polish?" "A draft RAF sergeant decided my nationality." "Really? Why?" "I don't know, Kyte... Probably..." Don't call me Kyte, call me David." "David Kyte?" "David John Kyte." ...
  3. The Kindness of Strangers WW2 Campaign - Prologue 3 (Letters Home)

    7.1.1940, Amesbury, Wiltshire, England

    To Mother and Dad,

    I don’t want to provide too much for the censors, so I will be brief. I am well, and my training continues apace. Much has fallen into place so that soon, I hope, I will have achieved my ultimate goal. The photo I have enclosed was taken just after being awarded my “wings.” Please do not worry overmuch. As you can see, I am quite content, for I am in good company and we are engaged in the most important ...

    Updated 12-31-2013 at 07:26 by fast.git (Amended Title)

  4. The Kindness of Strangers WW2 Campaign - Prologue 2 (A New Day)

    1 May 1940. A small airfield just outside Berry-au-Bac, France.


    To be honest, the France of 1940 struck me as somewhat less impressive than the one fondly remembered by my mother. True, much of her time here had been spent in turn-of-the-century Paris, but this was ridiculous. Slightly more than eighteen hours old, my relationship with the country that was to be my home for the foreseeable future was getting off to a ...

    Updated 12-31-2013 at 07:25 by fast.git (Amended Title)

  5. The Kindness of Strangers WW2 Campaign - Chapter 1 - A Target in Dunkirk

    May 28, 1940

    "Pilot Officer Franciszek!" "Yes, Flying Officer Kyte?" "Squadron Leader Barrie Heath gave me permission to take you in my section and we must hurry and get to the briefing room." "Thank you, sir. Are we going on a sortie?" "On a sortie Franciszek?! We'll bloody go on too many sorties these next days." "Right sir."