Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: R W Gilbert - Bomber Command Poet

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Lincolnshire, UK
    Posts
    143
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default R W Gilbert - Bomber Command Poet

    Hello all,
    I stumbled across this very moving poem by the ex-Halifax flier R W Gilbert yesterday and in the back of my mind I am sure I have seen it published in print somewhere, but I think it was perhaps 20 years ago.
    Can anyone tell me of a book that i could find this brave chaps' poem in?

    My brief sweet life is over
    My eyes no longer see
    No Christmas trees No summer walks
    No pretty girls for me
    I've got the chop I've had it
    My nightly Op's are done
    Yet in another 100 years
    I'll still be twenty one.
    R.W. Gilbert.

    Many thanks,
    Tom

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Grantham, Lincs
    Posts
    565
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Hello Tom,

    It appears in " Lost Voices of The Royal Air Force" By Max Arthur

    Regards,

    Ian

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Lincolnshire, UK
    Posts
    143
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Many thanks Ian.
    I am sure I had seen it published much earlier than '93 - had thought it was in the Lancaster at War series, but having looked through the first four volumes (can't find Vol 5!) it isn't there.
    Will look out for of a copy of the book you named.
    Regards,
    Tom

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Northumberland
    Posts
    238
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Amazon from a penny upwards.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    6,488
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 38 Times in 36 Posts

    Default

    Tom,

    http://www.trasksdad.com/PopsProgress/Duisberg.html

    See also: BCL5/252

    2/3-6-1944 - No.158 Sqn. Halifax III LK841:NP-X.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 3rd October 2012 at 03:25.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Lincolnshire, UK
    Posts
    143
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    northeagle and Col Bruggy that's much appreciated.
    I still think I saw it published much earlier though...
    Thanks to all.
    Tom

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Grantham, Lincs
    Posts
    565
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Another version,

    The pain has stopped,
    For I am dead.
    My time on earth is done.
    But in a hundred years from now,
    I'll still be twenty one.
    My brief, sweet life is over,
    My eyes no longer see,
    No summer walks,
    No Christmas trees,
    No pretty girls for me.
    I've got the chop,I've had it.
    My nightly ops are done.
    Yet in another hundred years,
    I'll still be twenty one.

    R.W.Gilbert

    Internet search suggests this is an abbreviated version
    Last edited by ian94avenge; 3rd October 2012 at 22:29.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Cornwall
    Posts
    2,701
    Thanks
    20
    Thanked 12 Times in 11 Posts

    Default Airmans Poetry book ?

    Hello,

    This is a little off the thread subject of R.W.Gilbert I think unless it was one of his books (?)
    Some years ago, and now how i wish that I bought it...

    A small book of poems that was written by an RAF POW that was seen by the pow camp Commandant, who thought it good enough to put into print. He saw to it that the book of poems was printed by the local German printer.
    This must be a rare book to get hold of - has anyone heard of this book or own a copy ?
    Sorry that I cannot even now recall the name of writer or book title.
    Anyone ??

    Alex

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Lincolnshire, UK
    Posts
    143
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Thanks Ian
    Does anyone know any more about R W Gilbert?
    Is he still with us?
    Tom

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    1,736
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts

    Default

    Tom

    Ralph Wilson Gilbert died in Mar 2000, aged 84. There is a brief resumee of his life at:

    http://50and61squadronassociation.sharepoint.com/Documents/Issue%2057%20Dec%2010.pdf

    Regards

    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •