97 Squadron, Books, Family, fire by night, History, World War 2

Coincidence is so cool and the Kevin bacon game

So it dawned on me on the drive home from work last night when listening to the Audible copy of The Last British Dambuster how small a world we really live in. I started to think of the Kevin Bacon game in which it is surmised by the fact that all people in the world can be connected by 6 or less people. So by the Kevin Bacon game It could be that there is a connection to Johnny Johnson in 3 moves.

1. me to Nigel via work
2. Nigel to Tom “Nigel” Leak via Tom is Nigel’s great uncle
3. Tom to Johnny Johnson via they both fly in 97 Squadron

And then I got to thinking some more with how using the same game who else it would work for, Guy Gibson in 4? And so let me know what connections you can make?

My last one would be Jennie Gray who’s webpage http://raf-pathfinders.com led me to her book Fire By Night: The Dramatic Story of One Pathfinder Crew and Black Thursday, 16 December 1943 Paperback – 19 May 2011 and works out like this

1. me to Nigel via work
2. Nigel to Tom “Nigel” Leak via Tom is Nigel’s great uncle
3. Tom to Joe Mack via Tom fly in 97 squadron and looks as well as if flew in the plane that Joe crashed in the mission before!
4. Joe To Jennie via Joe being Jennie’s father

And that is also coincidence as without trying to find out more about Tom and his RAF days I wouldn’t have found all these links!

Reference:
http://www.audible.co.uk
The Last British Dambuster, by George Jonny Johnson
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_Degrees_of_Kevin_Bacon
Jennie Gray http://raf-pathfinders.com
Fire By Night: The Dramatic Story of One Pathfinder Crew and Black Thursday, 16 December 1943 Paperback – 19 May 2011

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