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an old postcard.....
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Kittyhawk Mark IV of 11 Squadron, 8 Wing, S.A.A.F. , Perugia, Italy, 31 October 1944. This is a print from the original oil painting by Alan Hindle, depicting the the first operational flight against "That bloody bridge" - the railbridge four miles east of Bologna. I always enjoyed looking at this picture, I don't know if it is the name of this plane or if it is just the skies where one can fly free....

What I never asked Papa is the meaning of the ID marks, and why the coloring. If someone has some history about these little hawks, please share, I'd be so happy to know more.
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A Thunderstorm and a Composer
Night of 9 January 2015 at Kroonstad, Free State Province, South Africa. Majestic storm which I could see over 10km away, a magnificent play of lightning. Within two hours it was over me, I was waiting for it. Music was born as I photographed it, I actually...
Night of 9 January 2015 at Kroonstad, Free State Province, South Africa. Majestic storm which I could see over 10km away, a magnificent play of lightning. Within two hours it was over me, I was waiting for it. Music was born ...
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I had Papa with me in Norway a few years ago and took him with to visit another old chap, also a WWII veteran. They didn't understand each others language, yet they could communicate. There was one question Onkel Alf had which Papa couldn't understand and in Norwegian Alf asked me if my Pa had any bad injuries.

With a smile I answered for Papa - No. I've been born to this world as living proof that there was no serious injury.

The two old chaps giggled, yet with tears behind their eyes and then they got silent, knowing how blessed they were to have been able to produce children, a generation. Both of them have seen some tragic injuries where other chaps lost most or all of their manhood during this terrible war and would remain childless forever.
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How I hear Music
A dear
friend shared this sweet ♫picture quote♫ from Shakespeare: at my Facebook
page, saying it reminded her of me. That is
true how I am, I listen and hear. I replied to her immediately as it flowed
out of me: this is
so true how I LISTEN, was watching so...
A dear friend shared this sweet ♫picture quote♫ from Shakespeare: at my Facebook page, saying it reminded her of me. That is true how I am, I listen and hear. I replied to her immediately as it flowed out of m...
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With loving memories of my late Papa who joined the South African Air Force when he was 16y old, and very soon was he absorbed in WWII, stationed mainly in Egypt where he worked as electrician on these old planes.

I was inspired by more people's stories and then I composed, remembering the happy side of this terrible war: 8 May 1945 when the first peace came.....

To all of you who.... celebrate with me 70 years of post WWII as we raise our glasses to them
and you and me
and each absentee

We Shall Remember Them
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Rest in peace soldiers rest in peace.may god bless you all.
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My pretty Pappy, Izak Els, Cairo, 22 May 1945, just discharged from hospital. Pale an thin after he barely survived food poisoning. He went back to duties soon and it was quite a while before the final peace arrived for him as well and they could return home. By then he was all 'filled up' again and bronzed up by the desert sun. "Until we meet again" are the few words he wrote later years on the back of this photo.
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Aaah, sweet memories of Papa. Miss all the nice fresh fish he'd fry.
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Feeling as if I've found siblings at this community, knowing we all are in this world coz at least one of our ancestors survived this terrible war. Looking at all these old planes, remembering Papa's stories about some whose hearts he took care of, I couldn't help to dig up all the memories he kept of those years when he was but a young boy, still growing to adulthood.

He and his two brothers as well as Grandpa survived. The eldest brother Willem Els (SAAF, mostly southern Italia) survived a flight that was doomed to be shot down shortly after it took off, because he was rescheduled on the next plane.....

Willem had a beautiful Italian sweetheart but they separated eventually, she didn't want to leave Italia and he didn't want to live there. Two broken hearts, those were also casualties of that war.
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Celebrating 70y  #victoryday 8th May when the first surrenders began during #WWII . I was inspired to compose a music of what I could imagine from the stories I've heard, from the moment the first knowledge of this first surrender reached the soldiers, and the surrenders that followed during the coming months.

Cheers to to all in this world and to those already "over there" (we shall remember them)
http://youtu.be/5ov4Ukj8vE4
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Herøy, Norway - Katima Mulilo, Caprivi, Namibia - Kroonstad, Free State, South Africa - Swakopmund, Namibia - Walvis Bay, Namibia - Upington, South Africa - Windhoek, Namibia - Mazelspoort, Bloemfontein, South Africa - Allemanskraaldam, Ventersburg, South Africa - Pretoria, South Africa - Kempton Park, South Africa - Northriding, Gauteng, South Africa - Florida, Gauteng, South Africa - Bloemfontein, South Africa - Johannesburg, South Africa
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Passionate about human- and animal rights; Love to 'disappear' into my world of music; I forgive my enemies and go on with my life; Honest; Hardworking; zero toleration for politics, racism, bad mothers, child abuse, animal abuse; I hate lies.
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Grew up mostly in Free State Province, South Africa, Lived in Namibia for 10y, also live in Norway since 2001
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World's best Mom and Granny
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Composing music - natural flair for Fugue
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Self-taught composer uninfluenced by people - birds taught me music.
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