The website was born because Im severely disabled with osteoarthritis which affects every bone in my body,but one thing it hasnt is my hands and mind.
I originally started writing little A5 Booklets of my Norfolk Journey and one book came about called Hands Across the Sea the front cover designed by Tony Brooks. I started writing about the the USAAF and didn't know anything about the B-17 or B-24's. Now I have devoloped my skills somewhat further and lo and behold I know a bit more of what the USAAF stands for.
My first breakthrough came in attempting to write about a group called the 303rdbg at Molesworth it was called Chariots of Thunder (124) pages of different stories,and further friendship was struck with the site owner Gary Moncur the son of one of the fliers Vern Moncur of the 359th.
In God We Trust was my first attempt at A4, the cover above by Tony Brooks, a beautiful book and stories that was to lead to greater acolades, I decided to write another A4 called Hands Across the Sea a revamp of the original little A5, but it turned out to be a book of books some say a book of dreams. In this, was a story written my yet another friend, a story of her gramps, and this book was seen and read in many a country even as far as Dubai. The United Arab Emirates.
This book of Dreams has opened many a door and now Im a fully afledged hobbyist author and proud owner of this website created by Fakenham Prepress.
With his latest Yesterdays heroes men of steel priced from £8.95- £18.95. please contact fakenham prepress for books as David only holds 20 at a time. We can produce bulk requests. Thankyou
Books sold by David who only holds 15-20 books on each edition made , he posts by Royal Mail Ist class . Tracking is extra . If more than one book is required we can assist as we use couriers . Please contact us https://www.fakprepress.co.uk
Thankyou for viewing this site I am a disabled gentleman whose hobby is writing books. Ive dedicated my books to the USAAF and RAF and RCAF and AAF and everyone caught up in those terrible second world war years. I am raising funds by selling my books to help the MNDA charity close to my heart and through my sheer determination has raised over £1337.27. I recently went on Norfolk Radio and a kind lady whose husband died of this terrible disease donated £200.
I want to continue to raise as much as I can and have written successfully many A4 books since writing began. Books given accolades are; Hands Across the Sea, In God we Trust, Lest we Forget, and coming to join these is a 188 page Yesterdays Heroes Men of Steel, and hopefully January 2021 will see a revamp of Chariots of Thunder. Living in the County of Norfolk I also write stories of this great county and life within, two books so far in A4 format are Norfolk a Nostalgic Journey and going these are my new Norfolk book which hs given accolades is Dew Something Differunt a Norfolk Sentimental journey and hopefully to join this carousel of books is a new Norfolk book with a commissioned work of art and the book is being called ‘Reflections of Norfolk Past’.
MNDA is a silent killer their is no medicines yet to halt it and my fund raising I hope families the world over benefit from a little help from the funds I raise. I am also a very proud owner of a commanders coin given to me by the commander of the 501st which used to in WW2 be the 303rdbg Molesworth. My research into the B-17s came about by visiting the 3o3rdBG website the owner a Mr Gary Moncur the son of a flier Mr Vern Moncur and as a result my first A5 Chariots of Thunder was born.
I thank you all for reading this introduction and I hope you will after viewing the site spare a few coppers please you can send monies direct to MNDA to their bank at Northampton Loyds TSB George Row NN1-1DJ their sort code 30-96-09 A/C 02-95-26-79 and clearly put ref jdbbooklets or you can send donations to my PayPal account PayPal.me/david72ok you can text me on 07949082523 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The above prices are a guide however, there may be occasions where large, heavy books may have to be charged at cost at our discretion and equally, smaller, lighter books; we will happily reduce the price.
Due to increased postage costs, Royal Mail books and parcels if needed over 2 kgs attract a more expensive price. We may have to charge extra at our discretion, however, we are always trying to find more competitive methods of carriage to these areas. For UK orders, stock items will be despatched within 24/48 hours by Royal Mail, when stock runs out please contact fakenham prepress at email@example.com.Overseas orders will be sent 1st class Royal Mail . Please allow 28 days for delivery.
Supporting David are his Sponsors and the talented artist Jan Heath who has some beautiful paintings on here and at her Norfolk Studio.
David would also like to thank his supporting friend Tony Brooks along with Tony’s wife Tracey who have generated stories, support and guidance in the production of Hands Across the Sea, which is where David got the inspiration to write about the B-17’s, (David dedicated his first book to the 303rd bg(heavy) which is now the 501st JIOCEUR ANALYTIC CENTER Molesworth Cambridge as the site owner of the 303rd, Hells Angels 303rd Bomb group (H). Mr Gary L Moncur the son of the B-17 Pilot Vern Moncur who flew from Molesworth a B-17 in WW2, allowed David to do his research, from this group and through this he has made several friends in the USA which have given him the insight to do more research which has led to the homeland stories of the RAF where David hopes that he can continue writing and raising funds and awareness for MND, which kills a third of people within a year, it is a fatal disease that affect the brain and spinal cord, and it attacks the nerves that control movement so muscles no longer work.
Although David himself is disabled he likes writing and spends hours in front of his computer and wants to help other who are less fortunate.
Photo overlay by David Banks
Davids next book is a re -run of Hands Across the sea with much much more within, plus he is hoping to bring out a new Norfolk book called Norfolk: A Nostalgic Journey
Thank you, David hopes you will support his worthy cause, and his sponsors.
From glen to glen, and down the mountain side.
The summer's gone, and all the roses falling,
It's you, it's you must go and I must bide.
But come ye back when summer's in the meadow,
Or when the valley's hushed and white with snow,
It's I'll be here in sunshine or in shadow,
Oh, Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so!
But when ye come, and all the flowers are dying,
If I am dead, as dead I well may be,
You'll come and find the place where I am lying,
And kneel and say an Ave there for me.
And I shall hear, though soft you tread above me,
And all my grave will warmer, sweeter be,
For you will bend and tell me that you love me,
And I shall sleep in peace until you come to me!
Thank you very much for your enquiry regarding my Long March songs. I am very happy for you to share my poems, and/or the song recordings if you have a website. I wrote them because I was passionate about getting the story of our brave POWs and the dreadful tale of their Long March to a wider audience. I am continually saddened that no-one I speak to has ever heard of the event, unless of course they have a relative or friend who was also on the march. As a folk singer, part of the duo ‘Greensand Ridge’, I thought writing some songs might be one way of doing this, as we do occasionally sing the songs when we attend folk clubs and festivals especially on Remembrance week, or like this January, Long March anniversaries. I wonder if, along with naming me, you would be able to put a link to our website www.greensand-ridge.co.uk into your bibliography and then, if anyone is interested they can read how we came to be involved via my father-in-law who was, himself, a Long Marcher.
For your information The Long March of 1945 was written in collaboration with Linda Huxley, and it would be nice if you would add her name along with mine. It was written using words and experiences of the POWs who contributed to the BBC documentary called The Long March to Freedom. The Long March to Freedom song was written solely by me Lesley Loughlin and was inspired by the story as written down by my father-in-law shortly before he died.
Thank you once again for your interest.
The Long March to Freedom - Lesley Loughlin
(from the account of Bernard Loughlin my father-in-law written for his son, my husband Hugh with love)
It is my privilege and it is my pain to share this story here today
It started not so long ago, in a land not far away
The country’s now called Poland, ‘twas in nineteen forty-five
When my father joined the Long, cold March to Freedom.
There were thousands of those prisoners a product of the war
Confined within the stalags, working on farms were thousands more
Away from friends and family, who little knew if they’d lived or died
Till they began their Long, cold March to Freedom.
The Russians were advancing, they could set the prisoners free
So to keep his hold upon his foe, Hitler made this cruel decree
That all the P.O.Ws. who were held on Prussian lands
Should be rounded up to start a Long, cold March for Freedom.
It was January of forty-five that Hitler’s orders came
For weeks on end they trudged their way over European plain
No special clothes, no rations, half conscious and half starved
They shivered their way as they made their bid for freedom.
The winter months of forty-five, so all the records show
Brought bitter winds to freeze the bones, minus 40c or so,
They plodded some seven hundred miles, at barely eight a day
A torturous ordeal was that Long, cold March to Freedom.
And one by one, by night and day, their numbers did decrease,
As life itself had lost its charm, death would be welcome release
But for the few who made it back, no cheers of welcome came
For no-one seemed to know about this March to Freedom.
Though thousands had set out upon, that long, cold road through hell
Only twelve of father’s group remained their story for to tell
Of how they’d trudged through blinding snow with frostbite on their feet
And with courage stepped that harsh, Long March to Freedom.
by Vera Lyn
I give you a toast, ladies and gentlemen.
I give you a toast, ladies and gentlemen.
May this fair dear land we love so well
In dignity and freedom dwell.
Though worlds may change and go awry
While there is still one voice to cry
There'll always be an England
While there's a country lane,
Wherever there's a cottage small
Beside a field of grain.
There'll always be an England
While there's a busy street,
Wherever there's a turning wheel,
A million marching feet.
Red, white and blue; what does it mean to you?
Surely you're proud, shout it aloud,
The empire too, we can depend on you.
Freedom remains. These are the chains
Nothing can break.
There'll always be an England,
And England shall be free
If England means as much to you
As England means to me.
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