JOE BERRY DFC.

Geschreven en gezongen door Tom Patterson. (Birmingham - UK) ©
Written and composed by Tom Patterson. (Birmingham - UK) ©

   Upon the walls of Duke’s School hall are the names of Servicemen whose duty led them to an early grave
Within the rows of heroes who will live for evermore, one man among the bravest of the brave
Joe Berry joined the Airforce but was stationed far away, flying missions from a foreign base
He gained his cross in Italy destroying German planes, in battles high up over Naples Bay.

(Chorus)
‘Carry on Chaps – I’ve had it’, were the final words he said, when his blazing Tempest ploughed down in a field
But there was no mention of his death in The Journal or The Times – no tribute to Joe Berry DFC

Promoted Squadron Leader for his daring in the air, with orders to resist a deadly threat
Hitler’s flying rockets had brought terror to the South, killing many hundreds while they slept
Launched into the darkness heading out across the sea, the V1 bombs were silent in their flight
Lighting up the night sky at 400 miles per hour – a ton of high explosives packed inside.

(Chorus)
‘Carry on Chaps – I’ve had it’, were the final words he said, when his blazing Tempest ploughed down in a field
But there was no mention of his death in The Journal or The Times – no tribute to Joe Berry DFC

He had no gauge to give the range when closing on his pray but Joe survived with courage and great skill
It only took a moment, some misfortune or mistake, for a pilot to be blown up with his kill
One single summers evening when the ‘Divers’ came in waves, Joe was up there leading in the fray
He followed in the slipstream firing though a trail of flames, blasting seven ‘Doodle-Bugs’ away.

(Chorus)
‘Carry on Chaps – I’ve had it’, were the final words he said, when his blazing Tempest ploughed down in a field
But there was no mention of his death in The Journal or The Times – no tribute to Joe Berry DFC

 Above the shores of Holland in the final months of war, just 24 years old he came to grief
Fire in the cockpit and the sight of his own blood, confirmed this time there could be no reprieve
A posthumous Victoria Cross was certainly deserved; the Distinguished Service Order never came
Forgotten by the nation he saved from the ‘Doodle-Bugs’ – no other British Pilot matched his claim.

(Chorus)
‘Carry on Chaps – I’ve had it’, were the final words he said, when his blazing Tempest ploughed down in a field
But there was no mention of his death in The Journal or The Times – no tribute to Joe Berry DFC

 

TOM PATTERSON

Tom Patterson was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne but left the region in 1967.
After studying at Leeds University and teaching in Norfolk, Tom moved to the Midlands where he developed his interest in folk music and began writing songs.
In the mid 1970s, he teamed up with multi - instrumentalist Dave Morton and since then they have  appeared together at numerous folk clubs, guested at festivals and played on local radio.
Tom's songs deal with a variety of subjects but his material exploring
north - eastern themes has made him the most successful songwriter in the history of the annual Traditional Gathering held every Easter at Morpeth, Northumberland.
The story of Joe Berry first captured Tom's imagination when he read about the brave fighter pilot's exploits in a magazine published by an organisation called "The Fellowship of The Services." Tom returned to the article a number of years later and tried to find out more about Joe, but with only limited success. His song about Joe was finally completed in 2002 - the year that  it was placed first in the original song composition category at the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering.