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Have you ever heard of the poem “High Flight? (see below for the text)
On this day in 1941, Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee Jr. started the poem that has become both an aviator's anthem and a frequent epitaph used by fliers, astronauts and Presidents alike.
Magee was inspired to write “High Flight” while on a high altitude (30,000 feet) test flight in a new Spitfire Mk V.
A charcoal sketch for a posthumous portrait of John Gillespie Magee Jr. by artist Jere R. Wickwire was donated to the Canadian War Museum in 2012 by the family.
Magee was killed in December, 1941, when his Spitfire collided with another plane over England. He was 19 years old. The portrait was completed in 1943 and hung in the Magee family home in Washington D.C.
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air,
Up, up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
– Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
Sketch of John Magee Jr by Jere Wickwire
Wild Cargo and Mosquito KA114
Halifax Pilot Showing Off In 1942
From our XII Manitoba Dragoons Site
XII Manitoba Dragoons
26 Field Regiment
Then and Now: Life in the Regiment
View the Trailer HERE
This documentary soon will be available on the
MTS TV Stories From Home service.
Join Cinematographer and Public Historian, Graham Street, as he follows in
the footsteps of the XII Manitoba Dragoons during World War 2.
The Latest WWI Wall / Cabinet Displays and Brochure
At the XII Manitoba Dragoons Museum
WWI / Great War Brochure
WWI/Great War Displays
The men on the left are some of the 25 veterans from the East Anglia branch
of the Parachute Regimental Association who visited Colchester’s Merville Barracks in Nov 2011
The one on the right is Arnhem 17 September 1944 as British paratroopers
prepare for take off in a Dakota DC-3 aircraft which will drop them in Holland. (Photoshopped)
Previous 2016 Issues:
Vets Home for Xmas Plus The Japan Homefront
Photo Story: WWII Remembered
Canadian Women in WWII
RCAF Flyers wrote Olympic history
Imperial War Museums Memories
Lancaster Cockpit and Crew Stations ~ Pearl Harbor Mastermind
BCATP Bases and Aircraft ~ Battle of Britain ~ War Brides
RCAF and WWII Polish Resistance ~ F/L Donald Hillman ~ WWI Camp Hughes
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