On Mother Earth they walked with pride,
Up in the air they fought and died,
They are no more, The Service sees
No future use now for A/Gs,
Their time is past, their day is o’er
And we shall see them nevermore,
In modern aircrew there will be
No Tail-End Charlie or W/OP/AG.
A little box will now compute,
How when and where and what to shoot,
So we invent, advance, adjust
As every modern Air Force must,
And little boxes will succeed
In firing guns in time of need,
But aircrew they can never be
Like Tail-End Charlie and W/OP/AG.
And little boxes cannot breed
The kind of men they supersede,
The men whose place in history
Inviolate will always be,
And when the rolls of fame unfold
And tales of valour are retold,
Full many a story there will be
Of Tail-End Charlie and W/OP/AG.
Written by Harry Whittaker, shot down in August 1944 on an operation over Hungary in August 1944. Wellington LN751 shot down - two crew members killed, three taken PoW.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning we will remember
them. - Laurence
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