TESTING THE 1932 pattern RAF - (Battle of Britain) MAE WEST Interesting facts - “For an RAF airman to be shot down over the sea was an almost certain death sentence if the German rescue services were not close at hand.
“Many a good fighter pilot was lost who would have been invaluable in the days that followed.”
An estimated 80 per cent of downed pilots died over the sea whereas the rate dropped to 50 per cent over land. On Aug 8 it is believed 15 out of 18 airmen who bailed out were lost at sea.
Frustrated at the poor rescue effort a New Zealand pilot, Flt Lt RF Aitken, “scrounged” a Walrus flying boat from the Fleet Air Arm and saved 35 British and German airmen over the summer.
Air chiefs had assumed that the high volume of shipping in British coastal waters meant that downed airmen would be spotted and recovered.
But by August 19, Air Vice Marshal Sir Keith Park, who commanded the fighter group in the south east, ordered his flight controllers not to vector pilots over the sea because “too many were getting drowned”.
The critical shortage of pilots came very close to costing the British the campaign and it was only when the dogfights were fought over land did the tide begin to turn. By Thomas Harding, Defence Correspondent https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FasQH73doPg#maewest#lifevest#battleofbritain#fun#mythbusters#whynot#dosomething#getoffyaass xfordairshow #avgeeks#avgeek#pilotlife#pilotslife#aviator#t6harvard#t6texan#warbird#warbirds#andygoodallpilot#pilot#lowflying#warbird#aviation#warbirds
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