British officer served as pilot with 605 Sqdn RAF in GB, 1940-1941, including Battle of Britain, 1940
REEL 1: Background in GB, 1937-1939: employment with Shell Mex and BP, 1937-1939; reason for joining RAF Volunteer Reserve, 1939. Aspects of training with RAF in GB, 1939-1940: called up, 9/1939; initial training on Avro Tutor and Tiger Moth; posted to Grantham, 1/1940; description of training on Hawker Hart, Hawker Hind and North American Harvard; posted to Hurricane Operational Training Unit, Sutton Bridge. Aspects of operations with 605 Sqdn RAF in GB, 1940-1941: posted to 605 Sqdn at Drem, 7/1940; morale; role of 605 Sqdn as auxiliary unit; opinion of CO Walter Churchill; question of relative levels of flying experience in squadron; description of flying in Vic formation; take-off; composition of squadron and question of image; censorship and security; attitude to flying in Vic formation; tactical manoeuvres; question of invasion of GB and role of RAF; combat routine and relaxation; comparison of flying Hurricane and Spitfire; question of Battle of Britain being remembered; role of Fighter Command in preventing German invasion; importance of Battle of Britain in nation's history; communications and radar; opinion of 11 Group tactics during Battle of Britain; attitude to use of radar during Battle of Britain; opinion of Me 109; attitude to Nazi regime; sense of pride in belonging to RAF; question of fear; description of attack by Me 109s; story of emergency landing at Gatwick airport and taking German's ear as souvenir; question of perception of time during combat; reaction to death of friends; communication with ground control and aerial manoeuvres.
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.