View Full Version : Llosgi'r Ysgol Fomio - The Burning of the Bombing School
The original NIMBYs?
'saying that the English government was intent upon turning one of the essential homes of Welsh culture, idiom and literature into a place for promoting a barbaric method of warfare'.
Obviously never been out in Cardiff on a Friday night in the 1970's then!
It was believed that this incident convinced the Luftwaffe that Penrhos was an important target resulting in six attacks in July and October 1940. Nos 611 and .312 (Czech) Sqns sent detachments to protect the airfield.
There is a file in TNA - AIR 14/2342, Enemy raid on No 9 Bombing and Gunnery School.
A case of bringing it upon yourselves!
My wife's cousin is a professor who worked with Saunders Lewis at Cardiff University. He describes Lewis as "a strange old bird". I suppose they were doing what they thought was right but like many of that ilk, they were blinkered and unworldly. Fortunately, there were many other Welshman who thought differently. Wing Commander Ira 'Taffy' Jones the World War One ace, for example. As an instructor at the Hawarden Spitfire OTU he used to tell his pupils "Up the f---ing jaksy, gentlemen, that's where to get them!" I have that in a letter from one of his pupils.
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