Aki Solomos

Traveler, writer, reviewer, all-round observer. I like anything cool & fast, but occasionally sit at a cafe watching the world go by.

NEWS FLASH – Feb. 7, 1940 – The Roving Reporter, Aki Solomos, Covering The News 75 Years Ago Today

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In honor of WWII and the vets who served during that time period, this is my reporting and take of the news, 75 years ago today…

February 7, 1940
As war rages on in Europe, Asia, and other parts around the world, as your roving reporter, I’ll bring you the news to give you folks at home the stories of the day…

Bader climbing into his Spitfire. Image taken from www.thisdayinaviation.com

Bader climbing into his Spitfire.
Image taken from http://www.thisdayinaviation.com

The spirit of the fight against evil shines through as British pilot Douglas Bader joins RAF’s 16th Squadron. What’s the significance you ask? Douglas Bader will be fighting the Germans in his sleek Spitfire using two artificial legs after having lost them from a serious crash in 1931. Ata boy Douglas -keep those wings flying and the skies safe for us!

In Birmingham, the 2 suspected IRA bombers, Peter Barnes and James MacCormack, from the Coventry bomb that killed 5 people on August 25, 1939, were hung today in Winson Green Prison. And emphasizing the dangers surrounding the waters of England, an unfortunate incident occurred as the Belfast-Liverpool ferry SS Munster, Queen of the Irish Sea, attempted to cross the waters around 6am this morning. As luck would have it, after hitting and sunk by what may have been one of the mines laid last month from Germany’s U-30, all 235 passengers and crew on board were rescued by British steamer Ringwal.

SS Munster, Queen of the Irish Sea. Image taken from www.simplonpc.co.uk

SS Munster, Queen of the Irish Sea.
Image taken from http://www.simplonpc.co.uk

On the lighter side of the news, back in New York City, Disney stretches the imagination and wonder with their second full length animated feature, Pinocchio, at Radio City Music Hall.

That’s it for now. Your Roving Reporter, Aki Solomos, signing off.

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