As we draw close to the 100th anniversary of the RAF (1st April 1918) I’m reminded of my brother Tommy, in 1942 he turned 16 and was anxious to join up. At the time he worked in the shipyard as an apprentice machinist. One day he headed to the Naval recruiting offices to join up. They asked him what he worked at and when he explained they turned him down because he was in an essential service. He was very disappointed and returned to work depressed. A co-worker asked him what was wrong, then told Tommy the next time you go to the recruiters tell them all you do is sweep the floor. The rest is history! Tommy joined the RAF and served for most of the war in Burma . He went through the war unscathed and retuned home in 1946.
In the photo Tommy is first on the left.
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