Autobiographical forgetting, social forgetting, and situated forgetting: Forgetting in context
We have a striking ability to alter our psychological access to past experiences. Consider the following case. Andrew “Nicky” Barr, OBE, MC, DFC (1915-2006), was one of Australia’s most decorated World War II ﬁghter pilots. He was the top ace of the Western Desert’s 3 Squadron, the pre-eminent ﬁghter squadron in the Middle East, ﬂying P-40 Kittyhawks over Africa. From October 1941, when Nicky Barr’s war began, he ﬂew 22 missions and shot down 8 enemy planes in his ﬁrst 35 operational hours. He was shot down 3 times, once 25 miles behind enemy lines while trying to rescue a downed pilot. He escaped from prisoner-of-war camps four times, once jumping out of a train as it travelled from Italy into Austria. His wife Dot, whom he married only weeks before the war, waited for him at home. She was told on at least three occasions that he was missing in action or dead.