A Fine Blue Day - WH 'Dizzy' Allen

Wing Commander Allen speaks openly about how he feels the battle was managed. In this unedited interview for A Fine Blue Day, he has high praise for his fellow pilots and the ground staff ("marvellous chaps"), but is less impressed by the top brass. He also paints a vivid portrait of daily life in the squadron and reveals how pilots spent their spare time, as well as giving details about handling oneself in a dogfight. The inflatable life jackets worn by pilots (as pictured here) were nicknamed 'Mae Wests' after the voluptuous American stage and film actress of that name. She was famous for portraying women of dubious virtue and quick wit, "I used to be Snow White, but I drifted" being one noted example of her repartee.

Originally broadcast circa August 1978.

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