- Oct 29, 2002
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- East of Suez
My utmost respect goes to any man that flew with the allies in the war--and the Pathfinders were real pioneers--but the fact that some Irish lads didn't have to be there makes their service even more worthy of thanks.A Pathfinder pilot has earned new wings.
Born: January 19th, 1923
Died: August 4th, 2019
Francis Leadon, who died on August 4th in Mullingar Regional Hospital, was was one of the 70,000 Irish men and women who contributed to the Allied War effort.
For boys growing up in the 1930s aviation was as exotic as space exploration is today. Flying was confined to the privileged and wealthy. The advent of hostilities changed that at a stroke. Frank seized the opportunity and enlisted for the Royal Air Force, by falsifying his age. He showed exceptional flying ability and was despatched to the USAF Flying Academy at Pensacola, Florida, to train as a torpedo bomber pilot.
Frank was invited to join the all-volunteer Pathfinder Force by the legendary Hamish Mahaddie, on the personal recommendation of his Commanding Officer. The Pathfinder Force were Bomber Commands elite. Their role was to remain over the target, marking and remarking specific targets with incandescent flares for the bomb aiming guidance of the Main Force that followed behind them. Main Force crews spent a few minutes over the target. Pathfinder crews spent many times longer and their life expectancy was therefore significantly shorter than that of their Main Force counterparts.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-49382175Roger Rabbit animator Richard Williams dies at 86
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Richard Williams, the Oscar-winning animator who worked on the hit film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, has died aged 86.
Williams, who was born in Toronto but moved to the UK in the 1950s, won two Oscars and a Bafta for his work as animation director on the 1988 film, which starred Bob Hoskins.
The triple Oscar and triple Bafta winner also worked on two of the Pink Panther films and Casino Royale.
Williams died at his home in Bristol on Friday, his family announced.
Sad news. My girls and I were just talking about a rewatch of WFRR earlier today. It is genuinely among my favourite films.
It's more connected to the US obsession with Satan that was all over their horror movies in the 1970s, crossed with a car chase flick. Surprised it hasn't been remade. Calling Nicolas Cage?Race With The Devil, Fonda fights Satanists. I remember enjoying it decades ago, sort of Folk Horror.
https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/aust...-leukaemia-aged-73/ar-AAG9PQM?ocid=spartandhpFormer Nationals leader and deputy prime minister Tim Fischer has died at the age of 73 from an acute form of leukaemia.
A widely respected and quirky political figure, Mr Fischer's remarkable career began as a 20-year-old conscript fighting in the jungles in Vietnam and ended in the Vatican as Australia's top diplomat.
But the Boy from Boree Creek (a tiny town near Wagga Wagga) made his greatest contribution in politics and will be remembered for the key role he played in reforming Australia's gun laws.
He was a good egg, and shall be greatly missed...An all round good bloke...
Tim Fischer (Australian politician), former Nationals leader and deputy PM, dies from leukaemia, aged 73
Dallas (AP) -- Jim Leavelle, the longtime Dallas lawman who was captured in one of history's most iconic photographs as he escorted President John F. Kennedy's assassin as he was fatally shot, has died. He was 99.
Leavelle, distinctive in his light-colored suit and white Stetson, is seen in the photograph with his hand on Lee Harvey Oswald, Leavelle's body stiffening as nightclub owner Jack Ruby shot the handcuffed presidential assassin at close range on live TV in 1963. Leavelle appears shocked as Oswald grimaces in pain.
https://www.news.com.au/sport/sport...u/news-story/2dd93e926733b042c0adaa6c7280067eArnold Schwarzenegger has paid tribute to his best friend Franco Columbu, a former two-time Mr Olympia, who died in Italy aged 78.
Columbu was a legend in the strength sports industry as he competed in body building, powerlifting and strongman competitions.
He twice won the Mr. Olympia contest in 1976 and 1981 and built a close friendship with Schwarzenegger over the years.
Reports out of Italy state the former strongman champion lost his life in an incident at sea in Sardinia, Italy.
Schwarzenegger often referred to Columbu as the strongest man he ever knew, with the two men building a friendship after first meeting in Munich 54 years ago.
He appeared alongside Schwarzenegger in blockbuster movies “The Terminator”, “The Running Man” and “Conan the Barbarian”.
The movie star and former Governor of California paid tribute to his best friend in a touching post on social media and with a moving tribute on website medium.
84 not 89. Nice guy, met him loads of times and he always had time for everyone.
For someone who really struggled a fair bit with reading early on, he helped me a great deal with his Target books.
Very sad now...
As a boy, I was engrossed by Roger Lancelyn Green's version of the Robin Hood stories (1956). It was not prettified for young readers. I was forever haunted by the ending, in which he is bled to death by his aunt, the prioress. Her sinister visits to loosen his bandages were much more quietly upsetting than any number of deaths in combat! RIP.widow of Roger Lancelyn Green