Coincidental movie of American Pilot ditching a Spitfire

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Nice movie. Thanks Rich, I passed this along to a friend who flew the RF-4C.
 
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Fascinating story. I had no idea that American pilots flew Spitfires and also the fact that photo reconnaissance were unarmed and no fighter escort!
 
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Very cool, thanks for posting. I met an American spitfire pilot in January, I will forward this on to him, just in case he has not seen it, my guess is he has seen it, as he is a historian, writer of many books of WWII, and conducts yearly battlefield tours.
What is amazing is all the bombs that missed their target, really plowed some fields back then. maybe my cousin dropped some of those.

He is here, http://www.pbase.com/solorguy/376_bomber_group
 
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That is possibly the coolest thing I have seen on the internet, bloody fantastic, the look on the guys face when he says "that's me", is priceless.

(I never knew we let you yanks have a go in our spitfires though ;) )
 
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Amazing story, Rich! Thanks for sharing the link. Truly the greatest generation!

- Bill
 
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This is great thank you, I know a lot of people who will appreciate seeing this.

As well as the USAF flying Spitfires, the RAF also flew Mustangs. In fact the RAF took them into combat before the USAF did.
 

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The look on the pilot's face when he saw the footage of his plane for the first time is just priceless.

A great story, and thanks for posting this, Rich!
 
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Absolute wonderful.

My father in law was a flight surgeon for two squadrons in the South Pacific, first P38 photo recon and then a B25 bomber group, so there is a little family history there. They went to reunions for many years, but the group kept getting smaller and smaller.

They took the guns out of the P38 nose and installed camera(s). They went alone and went fast which was the defense.
 
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Youngsters today should see these films to just show them how courageous these men were, WHAT a MAN and a gentleman, without the US we would certainly have seen a different conclusion.
 
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Youngsters today should see these films to just show them how courageous these men were, WHAT a MAN and a gentleman, without the US we would certainly have seen a different conclusion.

To be fair, youngsters today are doing a pretty courageous job in Afghanistan too :wink:
 
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Youngsters today should see these films to just show them how courageous these men were, WHAT a MAN and a gentleman, without the US we would certainly have seen a different conclusion.

There's a reason they called it the 'Greatest Generation.' My uncle, after whom I am named was in the Carlson's Raiders in the Pacific.
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