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Peter Dawbarn - Part 6: Combat

by Genevieve

Contributed by 
Genevieve
People in story: 
Peter Dawbarn
Location of story: 
Debden, Essex
Background to story: 
Royal Air Force
Article ID: 
A4295577
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.

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