Make do and mend…with a parachute

We’re all familiar with the stories about WWII parachutes being made into underwear or wedding dresses, but a new twist to this tale has appeared.

A Scottish airman who was shot down over Belgium buried his parachute and escaped through France to re-join the RAF.  Two years later, a family who sheltered some of his colleagues recovered the parachute and used it to make a First Communion dress for their daughter Paulette.

Over 60 years later, Paulette has now traced the airman’s family to let them know just how his parachute was used.

You can read the full story and see a photo of the dress at


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