FORMER US President George HW Bush will be laid to rest today at the Washington National Cathedral as mourners and world leaders arrive to bid farewell to the WW2 hero. Bush, who died last week aged 94, had lied in state in Washington DC for the past three days, during which, more than 50,000 people arrived to pay their respects. Among the people expected at his funeral today includes four former presidents, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and the Prince of Wales. Despite this, Bush Snr was once worried that his funeral would be a non-event when he was planning it in 2011, his spokesman has revealed. Jim McGrath tweeted: "Briefed in 2011 about his funeral and lying in state, the 41st President asked with typical humility, "Do you think anyone will come?''' He added: "Tonight, people are waiting hours to pay their respects." Political feuds have already been agreed to be set aside, with George P. Bush revealing his late grandfather would have wanted Americans of all political … [Read more...] about George HW Bush funeral – mourners and world leaders arrive to bid farewell to former president and WW2 hero
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Science & Environment By Laura Foster BBC Science News 26 September 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45655149 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsWorld War Two The bombs used by Allied forces during … [Read more...] about World War II bombs ‘felt in space’
THE Blitz was a devastating bombing campaign unleashed by the German air force on cities across Britain during the Second World War. Let's take a look at the air assault which began in September 1940. What was The Blitz? The Second World War bombing campaign, which lasted for eight months from September 1940 to May 1941, targeted industrial and civilian areas. The British press coined the deadly attack as “The Blitz” after the German phrase “Blitzkrieg” meaning “lightning war.” The air assault began towards the end of the Battle of Britain on September 7, 1940, with heavy raids on London. Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's initial plan to destroy the Royal Air Force and invade Britain had failed. And an RAF assault on Berlin prompted Hitler and his military chief Hermann Goering to attack heavily populated areas of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in retaliation. Tragically, the raids by the German air force, known as the Luftwaffe, killed … [Read more...] about What was The Blitz during WW2, how did it start, where in the UK was worst hit and how many bombs were dropped in total?
London (CNN)Mary Ellis, a "pioneering aviator" who was one of the last surviving female World War II pilots, has died at the age of 101. Ellis helped deliver Spitfires and bombers to the front line as part of the UK's Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) during the war. UK Air Chief Marshal Stephen Hillier mourned her on Twitter. Another terrible loss. Mary Ellis, pioneering female aviator, Air Transport Auxiliary veteran, an inspiration to generations. I'll always remember her proudly reminding us at RAF100 events that she was older than the RAF itself! RIP Mary. pic.twitter.com/xktUU6R7Qn— ACM Stephen Hillier (@ChiefofAirStaff) July 26, 2018 "Another terrible loss," Hillier wrote. "Mary Ellis, pioneering female aviator, Air Transport Auxiliary veteran, an inspiration to generations. I'll always remember her proudly reminding us at RAF100 events that she was older than the RAF itself! RIP Mary." Ellis, then Mary Wilkins, joined the ATA in 1941 after hearing a radio commercial. … [Read more...] about World War II pilot Mary Ellis dies at 101
THE United Sates plotted to use exploding “kamikaze bats” against the Japanese during World War Two. American weapons boffins fitted the winged critters with tiny napalm laden devices and planned to drop them over cities in the Land of the Rising Sun. The idea was for the bats to roost in Japanese buildings which would then be incinerated. Many of the buildings in the Far Eastern country were mainly made from paper and bamboo meaning they were highly susceptible to incendiary attack. The idea came from a Pennsylvania dentist pal of the then First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt who despised the little nocturnal beasts. Following the attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941 Dr Lytle Adams a penned a letter to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt saying: “The lowest form of life is the BAT, associated in history with the underworld and regions of darkness and evil. “This lowly creature, the bat, is capable of carrying in flight a sufficient quantity of incendiary material to ignite … [Read more...] about How America used ‘kamikaze bats’ loaded with napalm as part of a doomed bizarre experiment with combat animals during WW2