1. WWII unit T-Force that inspired Ian Fleming gets bravery recognition

    By Devin Zydel on 2010-03-04

    An elite fighting force from World War Two which inspired James Bond creator Ian Fleming has received an official bravey recognition more than 65 years since they were last in action.

    Ian Fleming's 'Moonraker'

    Ian Fleming’s Moonraker

    The Daily Mail reports that the Target Force unit, also known as T-Force were a lightly armed and highly mobile unit, tasked with capturing Nazi scientific and technical military materials.

    Surviving members have been officially thanked for their services in letter of appreciation from army chief, Sir David Richards.

    A link has been shown to possibly exist between Fleming’s experiences serving in the unit and his 1955 James Bond novel Moonraker. Further information on this is available in Sean Longden’s book T-Force: The Race for Nazi War Secrets, 1945, which was published last year in the UK.

    While never meeting Fleming personally, Fred Tapper, who served as a bomb disposal expert in the squadron, stated: ‘He got the inspiration for James Bond when we stormed a chateau in search of military secrets before the Russians got there.’

    ‘I suppose I was a bit like James Bond. I can see that’s where he got his ideas from.’

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