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Waldo.Pepper
03-29-2005, 01:53 PM
Ironically that was his handle/moniker/nickname as well.

Here's the story.

P/O Cyril D. "*****" Palmer had a narrow escape while attacking a German Dornier in his Mk 1 Hurricane. After setting one engine of the enemy aircraft on fire and seeing two of the crew bale out, Palmer flew alongside the stricken aircraft; and saw the pilot slumped over the controls. presumably dead. To his (Palmer's) surprise the engines of the bomber were suddenly throttled back and the plane swung onto his tail. The enemy pilot left his seat and grabbed a gun (moved to a gunner position) and fired a burst at Palmers aircraft before taking to his parachute. Palmer ducked as he heard bullets whizzing past his head and slamming into his headrest. One bullet shattered his windscreen and another punctured his glycol tank causing the engine to seize. Oh hearing the story S/L Halahan went to work.

He scrounged some armour plate from a crashed Fairey Battle, and fitted it behind the seat of one of the Squadron's Hurricanes. His experiment was opposed by 'higher authorities' on the grounds that it would upset the trim of the aircraft. Hilly Brown flew modified aircraft to the RAF Experimental Establishment at Farnborough, and put on a sizzling display of aerobatics which convinced the experts that this was not the case. From then on, armour plates were fitted behind the pilots' seats throughout Fighter Command. Countless pilots own their lives to Halahan's initiative.

Waldo.Pepper
03-29-2005, 01:53 PM
Ironically that was his handle/moniker/nickname as well.

Here's the story.

P/O Cyril D. "*****" Palmer had a narrow escape while attacking a German Dornier in his Mk 1 Hurricane. After setting one engine of the enemy aircraft on fire and seeing two of the crew bale out, Palmer flew alongside the stricken aircraft; and saw the pilot slumped over the controls. presumably dead. To his (Palmer's) surprise the engines of the bomber were suddenly throttled back and the plane swung onto his tail. The enemy pilot left his seat and grabbed a gun (moved to a gunner position) and fired a burst at Palmers aircraft before taking to his parachute. Palmer ducked as he heard bullets whizzing past his head and slamming into his headrest. One bullet shattered his windscreen and another punctured his glycol tank causing the engine to seize. Oh hearing the story S/L Halahan went to work.

He scrounged some armour plate from a crashed Fairey Battle, and fitted it behind the seat of one of the Squadron's Hurricanes. His experiment was opposed by 'higher authorities' on the grounds that it would upset the trim of the aircraft. Hilly Brown flew modified aircraft to the RAF Experimental Establishment at Farnborough, and put on a sizzling display of aerobatics which convinced the experts that this was not the case. From then on, armour plates were fitted behind the pilots' seats throughout Fighter Command. Countless pilots own their lives to Halahan's initiative.

-HH-Dubbo
03-29-2005, 02:42 PM
Great story. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif
(Mr Pepper, did you ever see the pic of "The Spook" after the Iwo Jima landing where she landed on top of "Midnite Madness"??)

This thread has a highly disproportionate amount of views to responses....or will have. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Airmail109
03-29-2005, 03:18 PM
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Waldo.Pepper
03-29-2005, 07:01 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by -HH-Dubbo:
Great story. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif
(Mr Pepper, did you ever see the pic of "The Spook" after the Iwo Jima landing where she landed on top of "Midnite Madness"??)

This thread has a highly disproportionate amount of views to responses....or will have. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

RE picture of the Spook - please check your PM. Thanks.

jarink
03-29-2005, 08:41 PM
Man, was my wife mad when she saw the title of this topic!

I actually had to read it aloud to her to get her to calm down. Good way to attract readers, though!

Iggy-Snaps
03-29-2005, 09:01 PM
S! Jarink: Excellent flick.


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DuxCorvan
03-29-2005, 10:33 PM
Where? Where? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

EagleDeer
03-30-2005, 01:30 AM
The Dornier pilot's ruse is what I call true fighting spirit.

Pusy_Galore
03-30-2005, 04:56 AM
You talking to me?

***** Galore