So what did you do in the War?

Possibly the most bizarre fishery tale I’ll ever hear, relayed to me at a Cheshire water on Tuesday.

While they’re no longer with us, there was a time when the proprietor had a knot of WWII veterans among his regular customers, along with an elderly Austrian gentleman, generally a man of few words.

One day, they were all fishing the same end of the lake, the old-timers recounting wartime tales, while the Austrian fished quietly just a few yards away.

One younger chap in the group, anxious not to be left out, let the others know that his father, too, was a veteran, who had seen out the war as a POW. Ears pricked up around him. How did that come about, they asked?

He was a pilot in the RAF and was shot down by anti-aircraft fire over Dresden, the younger man explained, proudly rattling off the precise date to his fellow anglers.

At which point the Austrian gentleman looked up from the water.

“My goodness,” he declared, “I think that may have been me…”

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Pic of the Day – Moosehead Lake, Maine

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