In this environmental portrait, D-Day and WWII Veteran Ben Bainbridge poses in his front room. Ben was a Sergeant in the Royal Air Force Regiment manning a gun position to protect an airfield behind Sword Beach shortly after D-Day. One of the RAF Squadrons landing and taking off from here included 'The Battle of Britain ace - Johnnie Johnston'.
Sadly Ben passed away in 2004. In my own humble opinion he belonged to a unique and special generation (some would even say 'Our Greatest Generation', I would not argue with them on that). I therefore thought it very appropriate to post this photograph today, in response to the remembrance events of VE Day. Lest We Forget this generation, and all similar subsequent ones who have served and fought for this country.
From my A Different Time and a Different Place Project, 2000-2001.
Hawthorn Avenue, Kingston-upon-Hull, East Yorkshire, 2001. Photographed with a Mamiya 645 camera with bounced and fill in flash used from a Metz 45CT Flashgun.
Copyright of all images displayed upon this blog spot are the exclusive property of Trevor David Betts. All rights reserved.