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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

War Grave Wednesday - Leading Aircraftman Frank Manders

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them".
Frank Manders was born sometime around 1912.  In 1940 he married Beryl Cox.
After the out break of war Frank enlisted with the Royal Auxiliary Air Force with the 911 County of Warwick Balloon Squadron. 
The Balloon Command, set up on 1st November 1938, was responsible for maintaining the barrage balloon defence system throughout the British Isles.  Large balloons, some containing explosives were teathered around key targets, such as industrial areas, ports and harbours to protect them from dive bombers, forcing them to fly above the balloons into the concentrated anti aircraft fire. 
Frank sadly passed away on 18th March 1942 at Sutton Coldfield aged only 30 years.
Barrage Balloons over London

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