By Wayne Ralph
A party and a tribute to the soldiers of the air who as younger males served their state with unselfish devotion. pay attention their phrases. sign up for those younger Canadians in combat.AN EXCERPT FROM THE ACCOUNT OF team CAPTAIN RAYNE SCHULTZ, 410 SQUADRON.
It used to be heading domestic very quick, a Junkers 188, in skinny cloud, good out over the North Sea. We hit it badly, and it was once flaming, two-three hundred yards [of] flames streaming behind... my navigator, being a serious-minded person stated, "Let's get in nearer and take an exceptional examine it, because it is a unique kind of plane and that i can document on it once we get down." So I closed in, which used to be the stupidest factor I ever did....
The mid-upper gunner used to be now not useless; he was once sitting inside the flames. the following factor I observed the gun traversing down towards us. I broke as speedy as i may, yet he positioned 40 to forty-four 13mm cannon shells into us. I had pistons blown out of 1 engine and the consistent pace unit blown out within the different. We have been going to bail out! We jettisoned the door and the navigator was once midway out whilst the chap got here again from the floor keep watch over Intercept (GCI) and acknowledged, "There is a strength nine to ten sea and we'll by no means give you the option [to rescue] you."
So we introduced that airplane again to Bradwell Bay and that i can inform you it close to flew back. My navigator was once wounded, bleeding from the face. i'll see the engines working purple sizzling, one was once really working on molten metal... the whole lot sparkling inside of. The air bottles have been shot away and that i had no brakes for touchdown. The Mosquito was once in ribbons
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His operational tour on Malta cut short, Bob was patched up and shipped out. He ﬁnished his convalescence in England, but did not want a rest flying at an OTU for six months. He wanted to be back on operations and one day went looking for a job in 41 Squadron—stationed at Merston, England—which was a unit of the Tangmere Wing. On the way he stopped in at The Unicorn, one of the squadron’s favourite pubs in Chichester, to have tea. His hands started to shake as he picked up his cup. They shook so badly that he had to lay the cup down.
It was coloured lights inside my head, not someone shooting at me. Rod’s problems were not over. Being so tall, he had removed the ﬂotation kapok from his Mae West to give him more room to look over his shoulder in the conﬁned cockpit of the Spitﬁre. First, his Mae West was failing to keep his head above the water, and then his rubber dinghy deﬂated and sank. His wet ﬂying gear weighed him down as he tried to tread water: I was so weak because I had been in Malta for months ... so I thought, at one point: “I am so tired.
Who had graduated from No. 2 SFTS at Uplands three months after Smith had received his wings there. Less than a month before Magee’s death in a mid-air collision on December 11, 1941, a poem he had composed on the back of a letter to his family in Washington, DC, was published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 1 It has become a kind of anthem of ﬂight—not just for ﬁghter pilots, but for all those who ﬂy in war or peace. It is the best evocation of what it feels like to ﬂy a high-performance ﬁghter, especially one so beautifully crafted as the Spitﬁre.