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In the wake of D-Day on June 6th 1944, Operation PLUTO swung into action. It was a daring mission to pump petrol through secret undersea pipes that connected the Isle of Wight to Normandy and Kent to Calais. Without PLUTO, 75,000 vehicles would have run dry and the liberation of Europe would have faltered. As the Allies moved forward the pipelines was extended fuelling the liberation of occupied Europe. At one point there was an unbroken supply line from England to Germany.
The PLUTO Pipeline from the Isle of Wight to Normandy was laid in one night by HMS Latimer, formerly the SS Empire Ridley. That cable laying ship was named after two Bishops who burned at the stake in Oxford in 1555. As they died Bishop Latimer shouted across to Bishop Ridley "Be of good cheer brother Ridley for today, by God's grace, we light a candle in England that will never be extinguished"

Those words were inscribed onto a plaque, riveted to the hull of HMS Latimer as it laid the PLUTO Pipeline 400 years later. It was the battle cry of Force PLUTO. How badly we need the flame of the Gospel that Latimer spoke of to burn across our spiritually stricken continent.
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