Battle of Britain Day - The Fleet Air Arm

Discussion in 'The Fleet Air Arm' started by Naval_Gazer, Sep 15, 2011.

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  1. Spare a thought for 'The Few' today, not forgetting the two Fleet Air Arm squadrons and 50 or so FAA aviators who served under RAF Fighter Command, many of whom paid the ultimate price:
    242 (Canadian) Hurricane squadron RAF under the celebrated
    command of Sqn Ldr Douglas RS "Tinlegs" Bader which included
    three Fleet Air Arm pilots: Sub Lt RJ Cork RN (Bader's wingman),
    Sub Lt RE Gardner RNVR and Mid PJ Patterson RN

    (Fleet Air Arm Archive)
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  2. :angel7:Thanks for that..... nice one:salute::salute:
  3. Indeed, a thought for all those who can be considered part of the "few". As time passes , so these become less and less, let them never be forgotten.
  4. Seaweed

    Seaweed War Hero Book Reviewer

    I Think Dickie Cork went on to be a leading FAA player in the BPF?
  5. Not quite. Just checked Wikipedia:
    Contribution to the Battle of Britain:

    Worth reading the entire article. Only Royal Navy pilot to shoot down five aircraft in one day (Operation PEDESTAL - Malta convoys in 1942). His final score was nine destroyed, two shared, one probable, four damaged and seven destroyed on the ground which put him fifth in the table of Royal Navy Second World War aces.
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  6. Anyone hear Archive on BBC Radio 4 last night? The journalist Wynfrid Vaughan Thomas went on a bombing raid over Berlin. Whatever about debates on the morality of the bombing of Germany, and our ribbing of the Crabs.That took a special kind of courage, to keep doing that night after night, knowing your chances of surviving an operational tour.
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  7. However ask the ex crabs who come around work collecting for wings/undercarriage/ flaps? Day and this fact is conveniently forgotten about.

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