Mike, a veteran participating in IWM's We Were There programme
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9 Questions...

  • Where do you call home?

    Braintree, Essex.

  • What conflict(s) do you discuss when volunteering for We Were There?

    The Cold War.

  • How were you involved in that conflict?

    I was a pilot in the Royal Navy (Fleet Air Arm) on HMS Ark Royal on the tour East of Suez 1965-66 and covered Malaysian and Indonesian conflicts, and the Beira Patrol.

  • How long have you been volunteering for WWT?

    Two years.

  • What do you enjoy most about participating in WWT?

    Explaining aspects of life at sea and the operation of fast jets. I discuss what daily life was like on an aircraft carrier which was built during the Second World War, covering living accommodation, the food I ate, work routines, operations and the places visited.

  • Tell us your favourite moment so far during the sessions?

    The engagement of 10-11 year olds when I told them the story of my UFO sighting.

  • What’s your favourite object in IWM’s collections and why?

    The De Havilland Sea Vixen, because I flew that model of aircraft.

  • What do you like to do in your spare time?

    Voluntary work, gardening and landscaping, as well as studying history.

  • What is your favourite biscuit?

    Millionaire’s shortbread.

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