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« on: May 08, 2011, 03:50:14 am »

Kate's grandad, the doodlebug nudger: Newlywed royal pays tribute to pilot who knocked V1 missiles off course with his plane's wing
William and Kate are to make a poignant visit to the Canadian airfield where her grandfather trained scores of British pilots to fly frontline aircraft against the Luftwaffe in the Second World War.

Peter Middleton later served as an RAF fighter pilot who used the wing tips of his Mosquito warplane to divert deadly German 'doodlebug' flying bombs away from London.

Kate was close to her grandfather and after his death at the age of 90 last winter, she delayed the announcement of her engagement to Prince William by several days.
Peter served as an RAF fighter pilot during WWII  - and used the wing tips of his Mosquito warplane to divert deadly German 'doodlebug' flying bombs away from London
Now, as part of a nine-day official visit to Canada with William next month, Kate -- who has never before visited the country -- will trace her grandfather's roots.

Flying Officer Middleton was posted to the No 37 Service Flying School in Calgary in 1942, when he was a volunteer reservist aged just 22. He spent two-and-a-half years as an instructor, training Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster pilots.

He was said to have excellent flying and communication skills, so it was no surprise that he later became an unsung hero in the air war against Hitler's Luftwaffe.

After joining the reservist 605 Squadron at Manston, near Ramsgate, Kent, in August 1944, Middleton embarked on numerous dangerous missions.
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« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2011, 04:29:19 am »

Are we sure this is HER grandfather? He sounds awesome.  She sure didn't inherit his nerves of steel or courage or commitment to duty or ethics.  Well, it's endless, really....

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« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2011, 09:20:07 am »

Reading this, MM must have been a bit of a disappointment to his - literally - high flying father. English at Cambridge, WWII service etc but poor old MM ended up as a steward with BA. Such is the turn of the dice but perhaps it spurred him on to achieve great things by turning base metal into gold with Party Pieces. Heart warming stuff.

" Kate, Pippa and Carole Middleton seen at Manolo Blahnik today.. overheard asking if they carried shoes for cloven hooves. "
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