- Contributed by
- People in story:
- Peter Dawbarn
- Location of story:
- Debden, Essex
- Background to story:
- Royal Air Force
- Article ID:
- Contributed on:
- 28 June 2005
Combat all happens so quickly, it’s difficult to describe. It’s almost instinctive, well it was for me anyway, and I think the main instinct is to make sure there’s nobody on your tail. It might be different for other pilots. A lot of these Aces were very good shots for a start. And that’s very difficult because you never get right behind them, they’re always coming from an angle. Some people were absolutely brilliant at it. But when I was doing it I was shooting at the machines, I didn’t like to think about the people inside.
This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Becky Barugh of the BBC Radio Shropshire CSV Action Desk on behalf of Peter Dawbarn and has been added to the site with his permission. The author fully understands the site's terms and conditions.
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- 'It’s like riding a horse'
- Flippin' Heinkel 111
- Good Idea, Bad Idea
- A Close Encounter with the Equine Kind
- No Brakes And No Hydraulics, But It’ll Fly!
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