A few weeks ago there was a thread which focused on World War Two fighter aircraft.
Not so many American pilots flew the Spitfire. Very few pilots of any nationality flew it in photo-reconnaisance. But here we have both, in one story.
Make yourself a cup of tea and watch this 15 minute movie, sent to me by the CMC historian Roger Gardner (thanks Roger!). I thought a number of you here would enjoy this too.
Excellent. I work in a military museum. It's hard to grasp the significance of something like this unless you've seen it first hand.
One day an old man wearing a USS Hornet cap came in. I directed him to a certain display and handed him a piece of the deck from the USS Hornet. For him, it was like meeting an old friend he hadn't seen since WW2. One of several such occasions that really makes my job worthwhile.
Thank you, John. I had actually seen that film before but it was well worth another look. Bob
There was a special program about RAF flying ace Douglas Bader,who helped defend England,during the Battle of Britain on this past week.
In 1931 he lost both legs in an airplane crash.He learned to drive a car & fly again using artificial legs.Its an interesting story.
A movie was made in the mid 50,s called Reach for the Sky.
Scott, I watched the same special. What I liked was what a pain in the butt he was for the German's.
I have the greatest respect for Douglas Bader He and his colleagues ( the few ) successfully defended England when they stood alone against (at that stage) a seemingly invincible Nazi Germany. However by all accounts he didn't restrict being a pain in the butt to Germans alone. One of my friends actually flies a restored Mk 9 Spitfire. They are an amazing plane.
very cool John, thanks!
i loved it, today is my dads 88th birthday, he was in the war thanks