Monday, July 10, 2017


Half way through Air Commodore Henry Probert's biography of Bert 'Bomber' Harris.     It's a warts and all account.

Harris was not one for niceties.   Love the bit where William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury, came to visit and, looking out the window murmured 'the precipitation may congeal' to which Harris responded 'you mean its bloody well going to snow'.

There's no mention as to whether the good Archbishop was amused.


Adolf Fiinkensein said...

A pretty damn stupid thing for a church cleaner to say, let alone an Archbishop.

Ray said...

Right up there with "New Zealand is an irredeemable pluvial country"
High class wind baggery.

Anonymous said...

Strange coincidence veteran... My first UK flat was fifty yards from his birth place in Montpelier Cheltenham and I knew a man in Bulawayo who knew him well...a dour humourless character by all accounts.

Lord Egbut

The Veteran said...

Egbut ... the book is a little kinder in the assessment of his personality (but not by much). He was totally fixated on beating the 'Hun' and that consumed him.