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Jeremy Clarkson and VCs

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103129.  Sat Oct 14, 2006 3:06 pm Reply with quote

Jeremy mentioned a VC winner on 13 Oct episode...what was his name again, I didn't catch it?

103150.  Sat Oct 14, 2006 4:31 pm Reply with quote

Hi Gandyg,

I can't remember the name offhand. If you send a private message to Flash he will help you out, I'm sure. He has the full transcripts of every show.

103151.  Sat Oct 14, 2006 4:32 pm Reply with quote

I don't believe that he gave the name. He just described him as his favourite VC winner.

103191.  Sat Oct 14, 2006 6:15 pm Reply with quote

His name was Ferdinand West.

103194.  Sat Oct 14, 2006 6:19 pm Reply with quote


103226.  Sun Oct 15, 2006 3:07 am Reply with quote

Thank you samivel.

103378.  Sun Oct 15, 2006 10:27 am Reply with quote

Just for completion:

Jeremy Said:
It was my favourite VC winner was a First World War fighter pilot, and he was called Ferdinand West, I think. And they were attacked by seven German planes. And in the first sort of wave he had his leg shot off, completely off. So he, it was jamming the controls, he took it out and threw it out of the plane, maneouvered his plane so they could get off some good bursts into the Germans. Drove them away, dropped his bombs, landed back at base, apologised for the poor quality of his landing and then sought medical attention.

103389.  Sun Oct 15, 2006 11:09 am Reply with quote

I believe that Mrs Clarkson's Dad got a VC at Arnhem, not posthumously, unless she is a fair bit older than Jeremy.

Forgive me, but it has just struck me that the word 'posthumous' could be the name of a course during a Greek meal, just between the chickpea-based starter and the main course. I will never think of it the same way again.

I'll go now...


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