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‘Coming Down in the Drink”

“Coming Down in the Drink” is the (slightly misleading) title of an Irish airman’s full-blown war-time flying record. The book covers most of his life, from the bleak days of his youth in County Kilkenny, all through the 2nd World … Continue reading

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The other side – The Nakajima Ki.27

The air war in Malaya began on December 8, 1941. And contrary to popular belief,  the few Commonwealth fighter squadrons were not opposed by the lethal Mitsubishi A6M “Zero’s” but initially by the nimble Nakajima Ki.27 fighter. This airplane was … Continue reading

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Forgotten Heroes of the 1941 Malayan campaign – 3

Squadron Leader Arthur Stewart King Scarf was the first RAF officer to win (posthumously) a Victoria Cross during the Malayan campaign. Arthur “Pongo” Scarf was a regular, Cranwell educated RAF officer who had joined the RAF in 1936. He served … Continue reading

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Forgotten Heroes of the 1941 Malayan Campaign – 2

Author’s note: This fragment is based upon the experiences of Flight-Lieutenant Tim Vigors DFC, who was acting CO of No. 453 Sqn RAAF from December 1 until December 13, 1941. Vigors was educated at Eton and joined the RAF in … Continue reading

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Forgotten Heroes of the Malayan Campaign – 1

‘” There are now sixty barges on the beach Sir”, the young lieutenant said, still out of breath after his run to the command post. “Our guess is each of them held something like sixty soldiers.” Brigadier ‘Billy’ Key, commander … Continue reading

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