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What an AWESOME wife!!!!
Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, May 08, 2019 3:46 PM
She has planned this trip around my historical interests! We leave on the 22 of this month to London where we honeymooned in 1985.  Can’t wait to see the HMS Belfast again and the Imperial War Museum. The next day we board our ship nearby and head off to Liverpool. By the by, the Belfast fought the mighty Bismarck and lived to tell the story.
At Liverpool she got tickets to see U-534, there as a museum and will then see the Beatles Museum after that. At Liverpool we board the ship later that day and head to Ireland, Scotland, then on to Guernsey in the Channel off the coast of Normandy (was German occupied in WWII and has a fantastic small museum housing lots of German goodies).
The following day the ship will be at Le Havre in Normandy where she booked a private tour taking us to several places along the D Day Invasion area including bloody Omaha Beach, the US Cemetery there where 9,380 Americans are buried and other locations including Pointe Du Hoc where the 5th US Rangers scaled the cliffs suffereing heavy losses but eventually  capturing the gun positions there overlooking the landings.
We will be in Normandy on June 5th and will miss the 75th D Day Invasion Anniversary the following day as we fly back to the colonies. I still can't believe it!!

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Wednesday, May 08, 2019 4:05 PM

PANIT... ME... JEALOUS! I know you’ll have a great time!

Chad

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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, May 08, 2019 4:16 PM

Don't i feel guilty. Your flying across the Atlantic and seeing things that are on my doorstep and still on my to view list. I have been trying to get the Mrs to visit her family in Manchester just so i can pop over to see the U-534.

Sure you will have a great trip, just hope the weather holds out.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, May 08, 2019 4:19 PM

Looks like the weather will be on the cooler side mostly in the 50s. Glad to get away from the Florida heat.

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Posted by crown r n7 on Wednesday, May 08, 2019 4:38 PM

Enjoy have a few pints across the pond.

Nick.

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, May 08, 2019 4:48 PM

That sounds like a great time.  Enjoy!

Thanks,

John

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Wednesday, May 08, 2019 4:53 PM

Lucky you. My wife won’t go to anything WW2 related. She hates them and thinks they’re boring. I‘ve been wanting to go to Reading PA in the first weekend in June where they have a huge air show, WW2 re-enactments, dinner and a show. My plan: travel Friday, spend all day and night Saturday, come home Sunday. Saturday night they have a dinner show with Big Band music and swing dancing just as they done back during WW2. 

Hell, I can’t even convince her to go to the Geneseo Air Show and museum where Whiskey 7 is based.

I’ve already told her a long time ago, me and my sister have planned on taking the Band of Brothers Tour upon our retirements from our jobs. 

Enjoy your time across the pond!

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Posted by goldhammer on Wednesday, May 08, 2019 5:02 PM

Don't fall overboard on any of the boat trips......you'll go straight to the bottom with all the extra batteries and chips for your camera.

 

Lot of things on that list I know I'll never see, enjoy the daylights out of it.

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, May 08, 2019 5:04 PM

In London, try to see the Cutty Sark.

Jump ship in Portsmouth to see the Victory.

 

Great trip!

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, May 08, 2019 5:19 PM

goldhammer

Don't fall overboard on any of the boat trips......you'll go straight to the bottom 

Believe me GH, I won’t! I must be the only Cuban that can’t swim!Propeller 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, May 08, 2019 5:26 PM

GMorrison

In London, try to see the Cutty Sark.

Jump ship in Portsmouth to see the Victory.

 

Great trip!

 

 

We will try GM, thanks!

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Posted by Tojo72 on Wednesday, May 08, 2019 5:50 PM
Thats great,congrats

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Wednesday, May 08, 2019 6:05 PM

My biggest dream is to spend at least 2 - 3 months in England and the surrounding countryside. Definitely around the air show circuit.

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Posted by Greg on Wednesday, May 08, 2019 6:08 PM

That's awesome, Ernie! So glad you shared your excitement with us. I join with everyone in wishing you a fantastic trip!

plasticjunkie
I must be the only Cuban that can’t swim!Propeller

That's the funniest thing I've seen this month. Smile

On the FL weather, uh, wait a sec, it just finally warmed up (for us yankees......and then we left for the frozen north). I hardly had a chance to enjoy the heat! But I know how it goes for y'all year-rounders down there. I'm just yanking your chain a little.

-Greg

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Posted by Tosh on Wednesday, May 08, 2019 6:49 PM

You’ll have a fantasric time!  Good luck my friend!!

Your Friend, Toshi

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Thursday, May 09, 2019 12:56 AM

Wow and Wow! Your are going to not just one but many places that would be on most of our bucket lists. I hope you bring some of us less fortunate ones some photos and discussions from your trip. Most of all have fun, but be safe....

P.S.: and YES, nice wife...

Ben

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Posted by snapdragonxxx on Thursday, May 09, 2019 5:56 AM

I'll be there somewhere with my vehicles, probably somewhere in the British sectors. See if you can extend to experience the celebrations.

 

Belfast never sawe action against the Bismarck. SHe was being repaird at the time

In November 1939, Belfast struck a German mine and, in spite of fears that she would be scrapped, spent more than two years undergoing extensive repairs. Belfast returned to action in November 1942 with improved firepower, radar equipment, and armour.

In December 1943 Belfast played an important role in the Battle of North Cape, assisting in the destruction of the German warship Scharnhorst. She also took part providing support during the D-Day landings and also in Korea.

 

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Posted by Bish on Thursday, May 09, 2019 6:21 AM

BlackSheepTwoOneFour

My biggest dream is to spend at least 2 - 3 months in England and the surrounding countryside. Definitely around the air show circuit.

 

Hate to tell you this mate, but the only thing surrounding England is water. Unless of course you cound Scotland and Wales Big Smile

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Posted by murph on Thursday, May 09, 2019 6:26 AM

plasticjunkie,

I can relate, sir.  We leave tomorrow for a two week Canadian themed battlefield tour; Amsterdam, The Scheldt Estuary, Nijmegen, Arras, Vimy Ridge, Beaumont-Hamel, Ypres, Paaschendaele, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Caen, Dunkirk, Dieppe, Juno Beach at Normandy and a couple of other places.  Although we've done a few of these locations previously, this is a guided tour with a retired army historian as the tour guide.  Although this wasn't high on The Boss's list of things to do, she knew how much it would mean to me so it was a great Christmas present.  I will get to see where my great uncle fought at Vimy Ridge and gassed at the Third Battle of Ypres (Paaschendaele).  We are very luck men to have such generous spouses.  Enjoy your trip and the memories it provides.

Mike

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Posted by Eagle90 on Thursday, May 09, 2019 7:47 AM

WOW!  Cooler weather, great place to visit...awesome wife to be with!  You da LUCKY man!!!  Can't wait to hear about the adventure!

 

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, May 09, 2019 9:50 AM

snapdragonxxx

I'll be there somewhere with my vehicles, probably somewhere in the British sectors. See if you can extend to experience the celebrations.

 

Belfast never sawe action against the Bismarck. SHe was being repaird at the time

In November 1939, Belfast struck a German mine and, in spite of fears that she would be scrapped, spent more than two years undergoing extensive repairs. Belfast returned to action in November 1942 with improved firepower, radar equipment, and armour.

In December 1943 Belfast played an important role in the Battle of North Cape, assisting in the destruction of the German warship Scharnhorst. She also took part providing support during the D-Day landings and also in Korea.

 

James

 

James, thanks for the info as I was going from memory from being there 34 years ago. I do recall a piece of a ship debris on display that must be the Scharnhorst’s.

I would love to extend my stay but unable to do so.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, May 09, 2019 9:53 AM

Mike

That sounds very interesting indeed. I believe we will visit the Pegasus Bridge that was captured by the 6th Brit Airborne. Lots of history!

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, May 09, 2019 9:54 AM

Thanks for the nice comments guys. I’ll be sure to post some pictures.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, May 09, 2019 9:56 AM

Eagle90

WOW!  Cooler weather, great place to visit...awesome wife to be with!  You da LUCKY man!!!  Can't wait to hear about the adventure!

 

 

Thsnks Bobby. Hey tried to pm you but it’s not going thru for some reason.

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Posted by Eagle90 on Thursday, May 09, 2019 10:03 AM

plasticjunkie

 

 
Eagle90

WOW!  Cooler weather, great place to visit...awesome wife to be with!  You da LUCKY man!!!  Can't wait to hear about the adventure!

 

 

 

 

Thsnks Bobby. Hey tried to pm you but it’s not going thru for some reason.

 

Hey Ernie,

Just sent you a PM.  Let me know if you got it.

 

 

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Posted by Bakster on Thursday, May 09, 2019 10:27 AM

Dude!  You da man. I am very jealous. Enjoy!

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, May 09, 2019 10:38 AM

Man that sounds like a super vacation PJ. Enjoy the historical tour, and don’t forget to sample the local food & drink. You’ve got a great old lady to have arranged such a holiday.

Side note: Pt Du Hoc was scaled and captured by D, E, & F Companies of 2nd Ranger Battalion. A, B, & C companies of 2nd Rangers, along with 5th Ranger Battalion, landed on Omaha beach in the Dog White and Dog Green sectors. Theirs is one tale among many from that day and event.

 

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Posted by WillysMB on Thursday, May 09, 2019 11:22 AM

Black sheep - you will really enjoy Reading when you go. We've been going every year for 12 years now. Our group runs the Home Front area which includes the theater, 40's house, O-club, Radio Station, USO Canteen (new this year) and small period shopping area. They're expecting over 100 re-enacting groups this year, B-17, B-24, B-29, several B-25s, several Mustangs, P-63, Tora Val and Kate, a real Zero, Wildcat, Corsair, Helldiver, Dauntless, Avenger, C-46, C-47s, C-45 and the usual plethora of trainers and liaison types. The planes are in the air virtually all day, and the heavy equipment (tanks, half tracks) moves around all day as well. The period entertainers are live all day and the evening swing dance is a hopping place.

Saturday is usually the best day to go, but it really takes two days to see it all.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, May 09, 2019 12:20 PM

stikpusher

Man that sounds like a super vacation PJ. Enjoy the historical tour, and don’t forget to sample the local food & drink. You’ve got a great old lady to have arranged such a holiday.

Side note: Pt Du Hoc was scaled and captured by D, E, & F Companies of 2nd Ranger Battalion. A, B, & C companies of 2nd Rangers, along with 5th Ranger Battalion, landed on Omaha beach in the Dog White and Dog Green sectors. Theirs is one tale among many from that day and event.

 

 

 I read somewhere over 200 Rangers went against Pointe Du Hoc and at the end of the fight only 90 were left. What bunch of brave young men! I will be honored and humbled at placing my small US flag at the American Cemetery.

Hey stik you can bet we will be sampling lots of food and drink! My wife booked a tour of the Jamison facility in Dublin, with whiskey tasting included. Big Smile 

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, May 09, 2019 12:24 PM

Whatya Mean :

 A Cuban that can't swim ? LOL.LOL. That's alright I didn't learn that, till the Navy taught me . T.B.

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