... 'I can still remember what the padre told us, the day before the jump: ‘Fear knocked at the door. Faith opened it. And there was nobody there ...’' (from Chapter 24 of Wingwatch)
These were the authentic words of Revd John Gwinnet (photo), who enjoyed no special privileges that were not granted to the other men of the 9th Battalion. He would jump alongside them; but unarmed, of course. During the service, he blessed the silk flag bearing the Battalion's name, which was then entrusted to Gordon Newton.