A Soldier in the Cockpit

A Soldier in the Cockpit

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Ron Pottinger started the war as a rifleman in the Royal Fusiliers, then transferred to the Royal Air Force, where he began flying the 7.5-ton Hawker Typhoon. He flew dozens of dangerous ground attack missions over occupied Europe through bad weather, heavy flak, and enemy fighters before being shot down and taken prisoner. I could see a carpet of twinkling lights from the ack ack all along the rail sidings which bordered the canal. I dove onto these with my cannons going. Then suddenly, when the attention of all the guns turned on me, I realised how foolhardy I was being. I ran the guns along the row of rail trucks -- opened the throttle wide and pulled straight up for the clouds - with tracers crossing in front and on all sides of the plane.We spent a couple of weeks at Harrogate and were then moved to Bournemouth which was just about bursting at the seams with brand new R.A.F. ... I believe they got him down safely somewhere and eventually returned to camp. ... Wooden huts standing in a sea of mud, you needed gum boots to reach the roadway.

Title:A Soldier in the Cockpit
Author: Ron Pottinger
Publisher:Stackpole Books - 2007-03-20

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