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I wrote this 15 years ago today - before I'd learned to fly, before I'd written anything other than The Winter Prince, ten years before I wrote Code Name Verity. We hadn't been in Scotland for a full year. It seems appropriate to share it this week, 75 years on from the Battle of Britain.

We went to the Leuchars Airshow yesterday. It was fun - Sara went on a bunch of fairground rides, we watched lots of noisy flying displays and incredible team aerobatics, Mark and Sara took turns in the backpack. But the best part was after we left - old Lancaster bomber, a Hurricane & a Spitfire swooping in and out of the air show. They kept making these long circles, parting and coming together again, over the golden stubble of the mown corn fields, in the long northern afternoon September light. No sound but twittering birds and the low whirr and chug of the aeroplanes, swooping low over the yellow fields, the old warriors, the survivors, remembering sixty years ago.

"...and the old men still answer the call
But year after year
the numbers get fewer...
Someday no one will march there at all."

But this, I think, we should not forget. It scares me that we may forget.

-E Wein, 17 Sept. 2000




Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Leuchars Air Show, 2010

Date: 2015-09-17 01:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarah laurence (from livejournal.com)
It's amazing to think that it's been 75 years since the Battle of Britain. I enjoyed this glimpse of creative inspiration. Historical YA novels help a new generation remember the past.

Date: 2015-09-17 05:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wcg.livejournal.com
Thank you.

For Codename Verity, for Rose Under Fire, for stories like this. For daring to tell them, and for telling them so well.

Date: 2015-09-20 04:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] singersdd.livejournal.com
Wow. So beautifully written. You're right: we should never forget. I'm glad for books like yours, and Band of Brothers, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, so we have less chance of forgetting.

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