By Edmund Cosgrove
First released within the Nineteen Sixties and lengthy out of print, Edmund Cosgrove recounts the lives of Canada's notable pilots and their exploits within the international wars. From the bright individualists who flew within the First international struggle to the cruel and devoted bomber crews of the second one, this is often the tale of Canadian airmen and their striking contribution to the warfare attempt. an important e-book for any aviation and background fanatic, the perfectly readable unique textual content that made this booklet a vintage in its day is now supplemented with new and unpublished photos.
Gathered jointly listed here are the tales of a few of Canada's so much celebrated pilots; William "Billy" Bishop, whose bold, solo sunrise raid on a German airfield received him the Victoria go; William Barker, who fought single-handedly a complete squadron of enemy airplane; George "Buzz" Beurling, the ace of Malta who completed a amazing rating of victories battling from an island below siege; and Andrew Mynarski, whose makes an attempt to save lots of the lifetime of a trapped comrade, excessive over Germany, finally price him his personal. this is often their unforgettable tale.
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23 The concerns of pilots regarding their aircraft did not go unheeded, reflecting the respect the RAF had for its technically specialist, volunteer crewmen. 24 Oﬃcers and other ranks from all commands were able to raise issues and concerns that they had with their aircraft or training. When the war moved to British airspace in August, the War Experience Committee actively sought out the opinions of those at its very sharpest end, despatching investigators to learn what they could from aircrew who had survived being shot down or crashing.
It was not an unreasonable assumption that as older Hurricanes were continually being replaced by the new production models it was not worth taking aircraft currently on active service prematurely out of the front line. Pilots, like Pat Wells, continued to burn in the interim, and although such casualties were no longer the manpower emergency for Fighter Command that they had been in August and September 1940, it had become as serious an emergency for the RAF Medical Service, as it struggled to come to terms with both the survival and treatment of the men who had come into its care.
Late in 1939 the RAE had begun testing a material known as Linatex with a view to installing it in fighters and reported it to be ‘very promising’. A Blenheim fitted with a full set of Linatex-sealed pipes and tanks was fitted out and sent for service in France, returning for testing in 1940 to the satisfaction of all concerned. The RAE described Linatex thus: ‘Linatex is the trade name for a special form of rubber which is manufactured in British Malaya from fresh rubber latex using a patented process which is claimed to preserve and impart valuable qualities in a degree peculiar to the material.
Canada's Fighting Pilots by Edmund Cosgrove