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Shooting down a Junkers JU-88

Shooting down a Junkers JU-88

Mr. Smith describes his strategy for successfully shooting down a German JU-88, and then describes his evasive measures.

Posted to Malta

Posted to Malta

Mr. Smith describes taking off from an aircraft carrier and flying over North Africa on his way to the airfields in Malta.

First mission

First mission

Mr. Smith describes several aspects of his first flying mission: seeing a friendly pilot eject over the English Channel, viewing the French landscape, and experiencing German flak along the French coast.

Declared Operational

Declared Operational

Mr. Smith describes the process of ‘working up’, wherein the squadron practised formation flying and aerial target shooting. After this training they were declared battle ready.

Dogfight Training and Confidence Building

Dogfight Training and Confidence Building

Mr. Smith discusses learning how to dogfight and his decreased reliance on his instruments, learning instead to trust the “feel” of his Spitfire. This experience renews his confidence as a pilot.

I’ll Never Master This

I’ll Never Master This

Mr. Smith describes his impressions of the Spitfire, his initial flight in one, and his feeling that he’d never be able to fly one properly.

Army Co-op and Spitfires

Army Co-op and Spitfires

Mr. Smith describes disappointment of being assigned to army co-op duty at Grangemouth, Scotland but later perks up learning that it was a Spitfire base.

Hand in your Flying Gear!

Hand in your Flying Gear!

Mr. Smith describes the exhilaration or disappointment of being selected or not for Overseas pilot duty.

Flying a Yale

Flying a Yale

Mr. Smith offers a detailed description of the Yale. aircraft, in which he completed his pilot training in Canada.

signing up

signing up

Mrs. Wilson talks about why she joined the air force, she explains she joined up after her brother was lost by being shot down as a tall gunner.

The Eyes of the Aircraft

The Eyes of the Aircraft

Mr. Muir explains being on constant lookout for enemy attack.

Opportunities After the War

Opportunities After the War

After returning home, Mr. Muir speaks about his decision to return to school and the success he later achieved.

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