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Regrettable Losses

Regrettable Losses

Mr. Wilson rues the fact that many of Canada’s brightest young men were lost lost while serving with Allied Air Command, and speculates about what their contributions to Canada could have been.

Stress, Fatigue and Consequences

Stress, Fatigue and Consequences

Mr. Wilson discusses how the continuous stress of combat flying impacted even the most decorated pilots.

Advancement and Team Strategy

Advancement and Team Strategy

Mr. Wilson discusses advancing one’s position in a flight’s hierarchy, and the discipline required to maintain a flight’s safety while on patrol.

Flying an Unencumbered Spitfire 9

Flying an Unencumbered Spitfire 9

Mr. Wilson describes flying his Spitfire 9 out of the farmer’s field in Sicily after removing all unnecessary weight. He tells us that the experience of flying an unencumbered Spitfire 9 was a pilot’s dream.

A Close Call in Sicily

A Close Call in Sicily

Mr. Wilson describes being forced to land in a field after running low on fuel, and how his Command was relieved by the positive treatment he'd received at the hands of local Sicilians.

Attacked by Friendlies

Attacked by Friendlies

Mr. Wilson describes being attacked by American fighters, evading their fire without engaging, and being advised by his commander to fire back if it happened again.

Oxygen Starvation - A Deadly Adversary

Oxygen Starvation - A Deadly Adversary

Mr. Wilson describes being mystified by pilots, in sound aircraft, who plummeted from formations and crashed. He finds out that the cause is 'oxygen starvation', and on one sortie experiences its nearly deadly consequences himself.

Dogfights

Dogfights

Mr. Wilson dispels some myths about what a dogfight was, considering how fast World War Two fighter aircraft had become. He adds a personal footnote about privilege.

Strafing at Cap Bon

Strafing at Cap Bon

Mr. Wilson describes attacking and destroying five German cargo aircraft on the air strip at Cape Bon, Tunisia.

Combat Roles in North Africa

Combat Roles in North Africa

Mr. Wilson itemizes the Royal Air Force's role at El Alamein, namely neutralizing German Stuka dive bombers, supporting the infantry, and strafing German troops and road traffic.

RAF Air Patrol Tactics

RAF Air Patrol Tactics

Mr. Wilson describes how the Royal Air Force, after sustaining heavy losses to the Luftwaffe, changed its patrol tactics by stacking groups of four aircraft in three tiers, thus decreasing its losses substantially.

Butterfly Bombs and Strafing

Butterfly Bombs and Strafing

Mr. Wilson describes how the Germans harassed their airfield by dropping butterfly bombs and occasionally strafing the landing strip, once while he sat helplessly in his cockpit.

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