Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


Band of mothers: Bravery of women who confronted downed Luftwaffe airman with pitchforks… to steal his parachute and make silk knickers for entire village!

When a German bomber crashed in a field on May 10, 1941, the women of Earlswood were quick to mobilise.

Seizing pitchforks, brooms and scissors, they marched two miles across the countryside towards the wreckage – and wounded wireless operator, Rudolph Budde, who ran off in fear as they approached.

But they didn’t want revenge. They wanted his silk parachute. for more click here

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