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    Default Pass on information about WW2 Before I pass away.

    I am now 80yrs and have Cancer. In the late 50s early 60s I was fitting a new Bathroom and Hotwater system in a house on Fore-Hill ,Ely ,Cambs, England. During a lunch break I heard something, maybe a cough in a Barn in backyard. Of course I had a look and found Two old men sitting on wooden boards weaving Willow Baskets of all sizes and shapes. I got talking to them and was told that in WW2 they were employed on secret Gov't Work making Baskets to a spec' and size provided by SOE.They said they worked all hours inc' nights. These Baskets were collected weekly by a RAF Vehicle and taken to Newmarket ,Suffolk. There were 2 Airfields there ,NKT Heath and Snailwell. Apparently these Baskets were the only thing that were Light and Strong enough to enable supplies to be dropped by Parachute and be carried away intact.
    I have never heard of this before or since, and felt I should pass it on.

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    Interesting. I bet there are all kinds of obscure stories like this that have since been lost to time. I'd be interested to know "the rest of the story".

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    yes, an interesting story; thanks for posting.

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    here are some images of wicker panniers airborne which may be relevant -














    these images belong to Bodston from WW2Talk.

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    Thanks for Pictures of Wicker Panniers(Baskets) there was truth in what these 2 old guys told me all those years ago. Very nice to have story confirmed.

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    Great story and follow-up images!

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    Brilliant, thank you so much for starting this thread H27.
    And thanks to Dave who supplied the follow up pics and info, as he almost always does.
    Farewell to WTU

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    Default here's a better image


    Men of a Royal Army Service Corps Despatch Unit prepare to drop panniers from a Douglas Dakota during an airborne exercise.



    IWM (CH 18851)


    http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205210849

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