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The New Spitfire 9

Heroes Remember

We came south again and our life improved a hundred percent. We got the better Spitfires when we went south. And it was just a wonderful relief to feel that you were on an equal footing with the Germans. And they were called Spit 9's, Spitfire 9's and the first ones we got were the A- model which was a high altitude and you could get up to forty thousand feet and freeze to death with no trouble at all. There was no heat in the cockpits, no heat in the cockpits and oh they were cold. And at forty thousand feet it's minus 50, 40, 50 centigrade you know it's really cold. And they gave us sort of submarine socks that pull up here and submarine shirts, sweaters that come down to here. But it was a wonderful feeling to have that and also we started using some long range tanks which would allow you to stay up longer.

Mr. Warren receives a newer Spitfire 9 fighter which is the equal of German fighter aircraft. The new Spitfire can fly at much higher altitude, and with its auxiliary fuel tanks, has a much greater combat range.

Douglas Warren

Douglas Warren was born on May 28, 1922 in Nanton, Alberta. His father, a farmer, was an isolationist emigrant from the United States. One of four children, Mr. Warren had an identical twin brother with whom he was very close. They had always wanted to fly, and enlisted in the Air Force in 1940. Mr. Warren completed his pilot training in High River, Alberta. Once overseas, he joined #165 Spitfire Squadron in Ayr, Scotland, and was involved in the air battle during the Dieppe Raid, as well as later flying cover on bombing raids. He then joined #66 Squadron at Falaise, France, flying the new SpitfireMK9B in ground attack operations. Mr. Warren was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war, Mr. Warren's exemplary career continued after permanently joining the RCAF. He became Fighter Leader for Canada's Meteor Jet Squadron, served in the Korean War, was a NATO pilot instructor in Germany, and served time with NORAD. Mr. Warren eventually became Assistant Base Commander at Comox from where he retired with the rank of Wing Commander.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
May 7, 1999
Person Interviewed:
Douglas Warren
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Western Europe
Air Force
166 Squadron
Wing Commander

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