134 results found for: Aircraft Servicing Under Fire

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CURTIS, Lettice (#77)

…as a technician and flight test observer at the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment before becoming the senior flight development engineer with Fairey Aviation in 1953. She also flew as a test observer in the Royal Navy’s Gannet anti-submarine aircraft and regularly flew Fairey’s communication aircraft. Her love of flying…

DRAKE, Billy (#168)

…Leone, at the conclusion of his command of No. 128 Squadron RAF. Note Drake’s personal emblem (“Zut”) painted on the nose, and the red, white and blue spinner sported by many of this unit’s aircraft. Drake joined the RAF in 1936 and was posted to No. 1 Squadron RAF with…

VRACIU, Alexander (#303)

…the Japanese aircraft carrier Zuikaku (center) and the destroyers Akizuki and Wakatsuki maneuvering, while under attack by U.S. Navy carrier aircraft, during the late afternoon of 20 June 1944. Zuikaku was hit by several bombs during these attacks, but survived. The Ace: Hoosier Fighter Pilot Alex Vraciu Article by Alex…

KILMARTIN, JI (#35)

…England not a single further loss of either aircraft or pilot was suffered, although claims for 16 more opposing aircraft were submitted, to bring the total since the outbreak of war to at least 125 (17 of which remained unconfirmed). Total losses in combat since September 1939 amounted to 22…

HALLOWES, HJL (#14)

…on water and after stopping he let go his dinghy and emerged from the aircraft, minus his boots, into the snow, only to be confronted by a soldier with a fixed bayonet. Both rear gunners were dead. First enemy aircraft shot shot down in England: “This Heinkel was first picked…

DEERE, Alan C (#49)

…#197). He was also once scrambled after a lone German aircraft was spotted near Scotland – he didn’t find it, but it was later identified as the plane Rudolph Hess, Hitler’s Deputy, flew to Scotland. Part of the remains of the Messerschmitt BF-110 aircraft which Rudolph Hess flew to Britain…

BEAMONT, Roland Prosper ‘Bee’ (#8)

…was chief test pilot of the ill-fated British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) TSR2 supersonic bomber-reconnaissance programme until the aircraft’s abrupt and brutal cancellation by the government. Later Beamont directed British Aerospace and Panavia international flight operations of the multi-role combat Tornado until its introduction to RAF and other NATO operational squadrons….

GIBBS, R Patrick M (#84)

…as a replacement flight commander. He led his first attack on June 4 when his was the only aircraft in the formation successfully to reach the target. Against heavy anti-aircraft fire he released his torpedo from 50ft and hit the 6,847-ton Italian merchantman Reginaldo Trieste, which sank after the destroyer…

ERCOLANI, Lucian (#215)

…to attack Berlin. The target was obscured by cloud, and Ercolani dropped his high-explosive bombs but decided not to release the incendiaries as, if dropped in the wrong place, they might cause confusion for the following aircraft. Over Munster on the return journey, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire,…

SISMORE, Edward ‘Ted’ Barnes ‘Daisy’ (#79)

…several times bigger than a present-day mobile phone, a ruler, a map, dividers, and a mental picture in his head of landmarks as seen from a Mosquito aircraft flying at wave-top and then tree-top height to avoid detection. The aircraft was in constant danger not only from anti-aircraft fire but…

ELKINGTON, JFD (#16)

…association with the Cotswolds. He commanded the multi-engine squadron at the school and, on one occasion, flew a Vickers Varsity aircraft on a visit to Ghana in support of a detachment of Jet Provost training aircraft. He remained in the RAF for a further 12 years, which included a tour…

SMITH, Irving S (#109)

…German forces of sleep; lack of German fighter opposition; effectiveness of German anti-aircraft fire; vulnerability of wooden De Havilland Mosquito to damage; abortive bombing raid flown below anti-aircraft level; second bombing raid on Le Havre using Oboe; German anti-aircraft opposition to attacks on V1 Flying Bomb sites near Dieppe, France….

LOATS, Norman (#300)

…the 10th Army at Matsuyama and Nagoya. Thence tactical training took her to the Philippines, Hong Kong, and the Marianas. Loading surplus aircraft in Apra Harbor, Guam, she put to sea on 6 January 1946 en route to Pearl Harbor, where she offloaded the surplus aircraft. At San Diego on…

JOHNSON, James E (#21)

…shot down and killed within a few months. Johnson was credited with 34 individual victories over enemy aircraft, as well as seven shared victories, three shared probable, 10 damaged, three shared damaged and one destroyed on the ground. Johnson flew 700 operational sorties and engaged enemy aircraft on 57 occasions.[10]…

SWETT, James Elms (#302)

…to refuel at Henderson Field. While his fighter, Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat, Bu. No. 12084, was being serviced, word came of a large group of enemy aircraft approaching from the north. Swett and his flight joined a number of other fighters to intercept the attacking enemy aircraft. Near the Russell Islands,…

CUNNINGHAM, John (#50)

…altitudes, reducing the accuracy of their bombing and bringing them within range of anti-aircraft guns.” From 1972 he began to deliver Tridents, one by one, to Kwangchow. Part of the deal was that he had to do a test flight with a Chinese crew on each aircraft from Kwangchow to…

FRASER-HARRIS, Alexander B (#218)

…back into the fuselage, with the result that more Seafires were lost in hard landings than enemy action. But Fraser-Harris demonstrated the aircraft’s effectiveness as a low-level fighter. During Operation Torch, the Allied landings in North Africa, his squadron shot down three aircraft and destroyed 20 others on the ground….

CURTIS, Lawrence (#260)

…and, after converting to the Halifax, joined No 158 Squadron. During an attack against Berlin in March 1943 his aircraft was hit by flak over the target. All four engines stopped and the aircraft spiralled towards the ground. As the crew prepared to bale out, one engine picked up and…

CAREY, Frank R (#27)

…1927 as a 15-year-old apprentice, a “Halton brat”.He was first employed as a ground crew fitter and metal rigger before being selected in 1935 for a pilot’s course. He was then posted as a sergeant pilot to No 43 Squadron, the Fighting Cocks, whose aircraft he had been servicing.Demonstrating exceptional…

DUNN, Patrick Hunter (#15)

…No 33 and No 274. With some optimism, the Italians claimed that they had shot down 18 Hurricanes at a cost of 12 of their own aircraft though, in fact, RAF casualties seem to have been limited to two. Dunn claimed one aircraft destroyed and two “probables”. On December 14,…

MACLENNAN, Ian R (#128)

…32 pilots, MacLennan among them, headed towards Malta on board the aircraft carrier HMS Eagle. Roughly 1000 km (621 miles) from the island, the Spitfires were launched, attempting to fly through a hotbed of Axis aircraft and warships. After a four-hour flight, they landed, with little fuel left. Immediately, Malta-based…

GICK, Philip D (#206)

aircraft in the early years of the Second World War; he served in a total of eight aircraft carriers, and was awarded the DSC and Bar and twice mentioned in dispatches. Less than a month after joining 825 Squadron, flying Swordfish biplanes from the carrier Victorious, Lieutenant Gick was involved…

REID, William I (#61)

“Wounded in two attacks, without oxygen, suffering severely from cold, his navigator dead, his wireless operator fatally wounded, his aircraft crippled and helpless, Flight Lieutenant Reid showed superb courage and leadership in penetrating a further 200 miles into enemy territory…” “FLIGHT LIEUTENANT WILLIAM REID, who has died aged 79, won…

DUDGEON, AG (#187)

…in which he had had only 45 minutes experience. Dudgeon took off in atrocious weather, and almost immediately the aircraft’s electrics and all the instruments failed. The trainee navigator could not cope in the thick cloud, and, with no radio to assist with navigation bearings, Dudgeon flew the aircraft through…

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