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In 1804, William Wordsworth wrote his famous and much loved poem;

“I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance”

It is said that Wordsworth was inspired to write this poem by seeing a ‘long belt’ of daffodils; if he was in Britain right now, he would be inspired many, many times over, as along numerous grass verges in our hamlets, villages, towns and cities, daffodils are blooming, heralding the return of spring and the promise of new life.

The first three months of 2017 have shown that 5BFTS is very much alive. Recently, I received a letter from a Course 4 cadet who was very pleased to hear that the 5BFTS Association had been brought back to life. Sons and daughters of cadets are getting in touch, visits have been made to and from both sides of the Atlantic, our links with IWM Duxford are strengthening, we are sharing 5BFTS information with the 1BFTS museum in Texas and we are hearing from people who are just interested in the young men who went to Florida as cadets and came back as pilots over 70 years ago.

‘Their efforts to preserve the freedom of the world were not in vain
and will never be forgotten’



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