British officer served as pilot with 54 and 164 Sqdns RAF in GB, 1940-1942
REEL 1: Aspects of training at No 5 Flying Training School, Sealand 1939-1940: training aircraft used including Miles Master and fatalities during training; amusing story of Heinkel; training on Spitfire and opinion of aircraft. Aspects of operations with 54 and 164 Sqdns RAF in GB, 1940-1942: posted to 54 Sqdn in Hornchurch, 9/1940; opinion of Messerschmitt Me 109; problem of flak; role in defensive sweeps over France and use of bombers; problem of range and fuel; comparison of Supermarine Spitfire and Messerschmitt Me 109; description of evading Messerschmitt Me109s; loss of friends; story of receiving leg wound and treatment; posted as Flight Commander 164 Sqdn RAF, 1942 and nature of duties; memory of emergency night landing. Aspects of further operations with RAF in Italy and France; conversion of Supermarine Spitfires to anti-tank role, 1944; further comments on Supermarine Spitfire. Aspects of post-war career as flying instructor and staff officer with RAF in GB.
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.