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Frank Austen, Commander of the HMS Elephant

Jane Austen’s brother Frank (Sir Francis William Austen 1774-1865), with whom she lived in Southampton from 1806 to 1809, was a Captain (later Admiral of the Fleet) in the Royal Navy. At that time Southampton was home to many naval officers who could live in the comfort of the walled town, much patronised by the […]

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Bombing of the Spitfire Factory in Woolston

Did you know that during the bombing of the Spitfire Factory in Woolston cialis generique pour femme generic levitra on 26TH September 1940 a Polish Squadron intercepted the raiders and claimed three victories! That afternoon 67 Luftwaffe aircraft, HE 111’s, JU88’s and single engine ME 109 fighter escorts, assembled over Brittany and headed for Southampton […]

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Battle over Southampton

The only Battle of Britain or World War II Fighter Pilot VC was won by Flight https://www.acheterviagrafr24.com/generique-viagra-cialis/ Lieutenant (later Wing Commander) Eric Nicolson over Southampton Water on 16TH August 1940. One can do no better than repeat the Citation: “Air Ministry, 15 November 1940. The KING has been graciously pleased to confer the Victoria Cross […]

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History can be fun around Southampton

Southamptons City of Vaults

In the Middle Ages Southampton exported wool and imported wine. In the main the wine came from the Gascony region of France and once unloaded in Southampton it had to be stored before being sold or redistributed. Importantly there was a need to store wine for the Royal Household. Each merchant was obliged to give […]

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Remembering Reginald Mitchell and the Spitfire

The Supermarine Spitfire was a private design! Reginald Mitchell, Chief Designer, supported by the sildenafil citrate femme ld50 Supermarine board, was dissatisfied with the Air Ministries official specification which would have produced the Supermarine 224, a clumsy machine with fixed undercarriage. Instead he created the revolutionary type 300, streamlined and with retractable undercarriage. Manufactured in […]

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