British NCO served as flight mechanic with 19 and 112 Sqdns, RAF during Battle of Britain, 1940; served with 409 Sqdn, RAF in GB, 1941-1942
REEL 1 Enlistment and training as flight mechanic with RAF, prior to 1940: background to enlistment; pattern of flight mechanic training RAF. Recollections of period as flight mechanic with 19 and 112 Sqdns, RAF 1939-1940 including Battle of Britain: posting to 19 Sqdn at RAF Duxford; degree of 'ownership' of aircraft between flight mechanics and armourers; move RAF Horsham St Faith near Cromer; incident when Douglas Bader had a accident on take off at RAF Horsham St Faith; posting to 112 Sqdn at RAF Hornchurch; story of attachment to 409 Sqdn at RAF Digby, 1942; dispersal of 19 Sqdn aircraft at RAF Duxford; role as flight mechanic to Douglas Bader.
REEL 2 Continues: description of Supermarine Spitfire's gunsight; adapting tape sling to stop Douglas Bader falling forward; adapting Douglas Bader's aircraft so he could fly hands off; background to Douglas Bader posting to 19 Sqdn; relations between Douglas Bader and commanding officer Squadron Leader Stephenson; opinion of big wing tactic; story of wearing special insignia whilst working at RAF Tangmere; character of Douglas Bader.
Over two million American servicemen passed through Britain during the Second World War. In 1944, at the height of activity, up to half a million were based there with the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). Their job was to man and maintain the vast fleets of aircraft needed to attack German cities and industry.