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Sergeant William Green - On 29th August 1940 was shot down by Bf109's and baled out at 16,000 feet, falling to just 300 feet above the English Channel before his parachute opened properly, the pilot chute cords having been severed by cannon shell splinters. He was rescued from the sea off Folkestone, his Hurricane crashing near Hawkinge.

Sergeant William Green - On 29th August 1940 was shot down by Bf109's and baled out at 16,000 feet, falling to just 300 feet above the English Channel before his parachute opened properly, the pilot chute cords having been severed by cannon shell splinters. He was rescued from the sea off Folkestone, his Hurricane crashing near Hawkinge.

F/Lt. Denys E, Gillam was posted to 312 (Czech) Squadron at Speke on 6th September as a Flight Commander. He destroyed a Ju88 as he took off on 8th October, the squadron's first victory and probably the fastest confirmed victory of the war.

F/Lt. Denys E, Gillam was posted to 312 (Czech) Squadron at Speke on 6th September as a Flight Commander. He destroyed a Ju88 as he took off on 8th October, the squadron's first victory and probably the fastest confirmed victory of the war.

P/O John G. Pattison 266Sqn - On his first operation the squadron intercepted a force of 40 enemy bombers and their fighter escort. Pattison became separated from the rest of his squadron, ran out of fuel and made a wheels-up landing in a field bristling with anti-aircraft obstacles. He was greeted by pitchfork-wielding farmers who took the New Zealander for a German.

P/O John G. Pattison 266Sqn - On his first operation the squadron intercepted a force of 40 enemy bombers and their fighter escort. Pattison became separated from the rest of his squadron, ran out of fuel and made a wheels-up landing in a field bristling with anti-aircraft obstacles. He was greeted by pitchfork-wielding farmers who took the New Zealander for a German.

German Albatros D.III's of Jagdstaffel 11 and Jagdstaffel 4 at Roucourt, near Douai, France. April 1917.

German Albatros D.III's of Jagdstaffel 11 and Jagdstaffel 4 at Roucourt, near Douai, France. April 1917.

F/O John R. Cock 87Sqn. - 11th August he shot down a Ju88 and a Me109 and probably shot down a Me110 and another Ju88. In this engagement Cock's Hurricane, V7233, was hit by a Me109 and he baled out, slightly wounded. He landed in the sea off Portland Bill, swam ashore at Chesil Beach and was admitted to hospital. 24th October, after his engine cut out, Cock was unable to avoid colliding with P/O D.T Jay. Cock managed to make a forced-landing but Jay was killed while attempting to bale out.

F/O John R. Cock 87Sqn. - 11th August he shot down a Ju88 and a Me109 and probably shot down a Me110 and another Ju88. In this engagement Cock's Hurricane, V7233, was hit by a Me109 and he baled out, slightly wounded. He landed in the sea off Portland Bill, swam ashore at Chesil Beach and was admitted to hospital. 24th October, after his engine cut out, Cock was unable to avoid colliding with P/O D.T Jay. Cock managed to make a forced-landing but Jay was killed while attempting to bale out.

Working on a bomber’s ball-turret during World War II, England, 1942

Working on a bomber’s ball-turret during World War II, England, 1942

Sgt. Tony G. Pickering 501Sqn - 1st September. Pickering was shot down in Hurricane P5200 "They got my engine, they destroyed the sump. And all the oil and everything poured away. It was a case of getting out or stopping in and going down with an aircraft in flames and you didn't want that." He baled out unhurt, and landed in the Guards Depot at Caterham, where he was initially suspected of being German. His aircraft crashed at Happy Valley, Old Coulsdon.

Sgt. Tony G. Pickering 501Sqn - 1st September. Pickering was shot down in Hurricane P5200 "They got my engine, they destroyed the sump. And all the oil and everything poured away. It was a case of getting out or stopping in and going down with an aircraft in flames and you didn't want that." He baled out unhurt, and landed in the Guards Depot at Caterham, where he was initially suspected of being German. His aircraft crashed at Happy Valley, Old Coulsdon.

US Navy Seabees recrutement Ad imprimer des années par BloominLuvly

US Navy Seabees recrutement Ad imprimer des années par BloominLuvly

P/O Alexander G. Osmand 213Sqn - 11th August. "We ran into E/A at 15000. About sixty Ju87's, sixty Bf110's and several Bf109's. We went for the 110's. I got in a good head on burst at one, a long deflection shot at another, then lost the flight chasing a 109 into cloud." - The hydraulic system of his Hurricane, N2708, was damaged by return fire from a Ju88 engaged over Portland. He crashed on landing back at base. Two days later Osmand claimed a Bf109 destroyed

P/O Alexander G. Osmand 213Sqn - 11th August. "We ran into E/A at 15000. About sixty Ju87's, sixty Bf110's and several Bf109's. We went for the 110's. I got in a good head on burst at one, a long deflection shot at another, then lost the flight chasing a 109 into cloud." - The hydraulic system of his Hurricane, N2708, was damaged by return fire from a Ju88 engaged over Portland. He crashed on landing back at base. Two days later Osmand claimed a Bf109 destroyed

Squadron Leader Frederick Anthony Owen Gaze D.F.C.  Born February 3 1920, Melbourne, Australia. Died July 29 2013.  Gaze shot down at least 12.5 enemy aircraft; and was three times awarded the DFC – one of only 47 men in the Second World War to be so honoured. He also became, in the latter days of the war, the first Australian to shoot down a German jet before becoming the first Australian to fly the RAF’s first jet fighter, the Meteor, in combat.

Squadron Leader Frederick Anthony Owen Gaze D.F.C. Born February 3 1920, Melbourne, Australia. Died July 29 2013. Gaze shot down at least 12.5 enemy aircraft; and was three times awarded the DFC – one of only 47 men in the Second World War to be so honoured. He also became, in the latter days of the war, the first Australian to shoot down a German jet before becoming the first Australian to fly the RAF’s first jet fighter, the Meteor, in combat.

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