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A Spitfire Mk XVI clearly shslide0006_image013owing its clipped wings and its bombload.   These Packard Merlin powered Spitfires could carry a single 500lb centreline bomb and two underwing 250lb bombs.

If distance was an issue, then the centreline bomb would not be carried, instead a slipper fuel tank in its place to give the aircraft added range.


A German V1 flying bomb being prepared for launch.   Quality of the image is poor due to the fact that I got it from Der Adler, a Wehrmacht wartime publication for the troops.  

The V1 flying bomb was produced in the tens of thousands.   Powered by a pulse jet, it was launched from an upward sloping rail.   The rail seemed to be its archilles heel, for they could be attacked by aircraft and destroyed, placing the V1's out of action.  

At the time the V1 was designed, it was faster than the fighters of the day, but by the time it was operational it no longer had that advantage.    The fastest Allied aircraft could catch it.    But a greater problem for the Wehrmacht was that the U.S. had installed their latest anti aircraft guns along the British coastline and they could shoot them down as they approached from the sea.   As their skills improved, the coastal gunners were shooting most of them down before they could overfly British soil.


Back from a sortie.  Les in the middle of this group image.   They're walking on marsden matting, a hastily built surface that overcame the mud and slush that was a feature of flying onto unprepared surfaces.

Les with his life-long friend, Vic Cannon.   Both pilots shown as Flight Sergeants.   Throughout his operational service Les held the rank of Flight Sergeant, receiving his commission towards the end of his active service.

In his post-war life, Les's interest in his fellow ex-servicemen and women led to his involvement in the
Rye Returned Servicemen's League. Les held the post of Secretary for over twenty years.  He was a recipient of the RSL's Meritorious Medal, awarded for outstanding service.


My signature image of the Mk XVI Spitfire comes courtesy of artist GaŽtan Marie /Bravo Bravo Aviation.  
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