Justified & Ancient
- Nov 23, 2005
- Under the highest tree top in Kent
An old boss of mine was just too young to be called up but he said how odd it was as a civilian living near an air base. He was used to people going off to the army and then perhaps hearing some time later that they wouldn't be coming back. However the airmen he would see and talk to in the shop or the pub garden one day and the next day or even that afternoon some of them wouldn't be there. I guess it's comparable to talking to someone in the morning and hearing they've died in a car crash in the afternoon; only having that happen every day.RAF pilots operating on bases in the UK underwent some fairly unique stresses.
As I discussed here:
Soldiers who literally 'went to war' no doubt had their own crosses to bear, but Man was not made to switch between the hellish and the mundane on a daily basis—least of all on his own metaphorical doorstep.
Whether one signs up to such beliefs is entirely one's own affair, but many of those who have written on the subject of ghosts posit a link between intense psychological traumas and the haunting of locations linked with those extreme experiences.
Not the same for the civilians as they weren't in (as much) danger, but the situation must have created a strange atmosphere over the surrounding communities.