As a pilot of the famous Spitfire fighter planes, Brian MacConnell knows he had one of the more exciting gigs in the Second World War. MacConnell can regale any eager youngster with tales of dive-bombing and shooting down enemy aircraft.

But even he can appreciate the challenge facing high school history teachers trying to make the war interesting to today’s wired teens.

MacConnell is one of more than 700 Second World War veterans across the country who have participated in The Memory Project: Stories of the Second World War, a growing digital archive of veterans’ personal stories and memorabilia.

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