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Death of a Munnkey


Cruimh

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One of those stories to lighten things up :

BBC News - Statue for Tojo, the monkey who dropped in for a drink

A Flying Fortress got in trouble in 1943 and, of all places, ended up in Clonakilty.

The airmen who initially thought they had landed in German-occupied Norway were armed and preparing to take the cyanide tablets in their possession until they were reassured that they were on friendly soil.

A crowd gathered as they were taken into custody by local police.

"The custody consisted of them being in a local hotel where a party ensued for three days," he said.
They were eventually sent on to N.I. and the RAF but alas, their poor monkey, Tojo, couldn't take the pace of the party and

During their stay, the US airmen were able to reciprocate the warm Irish welcome they had received by sharing their 36 bottles of rum with their hosts and Tojo.
Now the sad part :

"The efforts of local doctors, chemists, and vets failed to save the monkey and Tojo died of pneumonia," said Mr Tupper.

"It was a great tragedy and people lined up and queued to see the dead monkey laid out on a sheet in a bed upstairs in the hotel."

But Tojo had made a lasting impression during his short stay and was given a funeral, with full military honours.
 

NYCKY

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Cute trick with the spelling. You will have the brown-nosers here salivating at the thought of a vacancy in the mod ranks.
 

Bleu Poppy

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One of those stories to lighten things up :

BBC News - Statue for Tojo, the monkey who dropped in for a drink

A Flying Fortress got in trouble in 1943 and, of all places, ended up in Clonakilty.



They were eventually sent on to N.I. and the RAF but alas, their poor monkey, Tojo, couldn't take the pace of the party and



Now the sad part :
See this list-

Foreign Aircraft in Ireland 1939 - 1945

Scroll down to April 7, 1943- no mention of the monkey in the list of those on board!
 

RobertW

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Cute trick with the spelling. You will have the brown-nosers here salivating at the thought of a vacancy in the mod ranks.
If you wish to become a mod just put the word "munnkey" in every post.

They're Dave's standards. . . . Before he apparently fecked off to the IT only to be replaced by Dave "Redfly" Cochrane.
 

Mitsui2

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Cute trick with the spelling. You will have the brown-nosers here salivating at the thought of a vacancy in the mod ranks.
Not to mention those howling about undocumented immigrants abusing our health sevices -

"The efforts of local doctors, chemists, and vets failed to save the monkey..."
 

Munnkeyman

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What kind of Rum? If it wasn't good quality Anéjo it wasn't worth it.
 

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Boy M5

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Interesting how many aircraft diverted to Rineanna (Shannon) were refueled and headed off again.
That as the Battle of Atlantic was lost, German ac didn't appear over our skies, so Luftwaffe bombers were replaced bt 8th USAAF aircraft ferrying over to the UK (these were the West Cork and Clare crashes / diversions).

Also how many of the USAAF aircrew sent on their way died later over Europe.
 

shutuplaura

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There is a plaque commemorating this outside one of the hotels on the main street in Clon. Think it is O' Donovans. Doesn't mention a monkey though.
 

Astral Peaks

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If you wish to become a mod just put the word "munnkey" in every post.

They're Dave's standards. . . . Before he apparently fecked off to the IT only to be replaced by Dave "Redfly" Cochrane.
Despite the fact that Redfly has posted his full real name on here, you still believe that David Cochrane is Redfly? You really are irredeemably stupid.
 

Eire1976

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Despite the fact that Redfly has posted his full real name on here, you still believe that David Cochrane is Redfly? You really are irredeemably stupid.
I thought for a while that you were Dave.

That IT arrogance and all that. petunia
 

DuineEile

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Imagine. Instead of being interned, they were sorted out. In DeValera's Ireland.

Remember that next time someone criticises Ireland's neutrality.


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Boy M5

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Imagine. Instead of being interned, they were sorted out. In DeValera's Ireland.

Remember that next time someone criticises Ireland's neutrality.


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Sligo / Donegal flyover too.

But all well known stories.

I'm sure Cruimh knows those stories well
 

Podolski1.5

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Was the USAF that short of qualified air crews that it had to recruit monkeys?
 

mr. jings

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"The efforts of local doctors, chemists, and vets failed to save the monkey and Tojo died of pneumonia"

Such selfless heroism - I hear they even did it all pro bonobo.
 

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"the efforts of local doctors, chemists, and vets failed to save the monkey and tojo died of pneumonia"

such selfless heroism - i hear they even did it all pro bonobo.

boom boom!
 

DuineEile

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"The efforts of local doctors, chemists, and vets failed to save the monkey and Tojo died of pneumonia"

Such selfless heroism - I hear they even did it all pro bonobo.
Actually, that was so good, it deserved two likes from me.


Can't do that, so I'll say BOOM BOOM! again.


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Malbekh

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Damn, thought there was going to be some scandal.
 

Andrew49

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Just as well these airmen and Tojo didn't land in Harlepool!

According to BBC series QI: During the Napoleonic wars, a French ship of the type chasse marée was wrecked off the coast of Hartlepool. The only survivor was a monkey, allegedly wearing a French uniform to provide amusement for the crew. On finding the monkey, some locals decided to hold an impromptu trial in the town square; since the monkey was unable to answer their questions, and many locals were unaware of what a Frenchman may look like, they concluded that the monkey was in fact a French sailor. Just to make sure, the animal was thus sentenced to death and hanged in the town square on the Headland.

The Hartlepool Monkey
 
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