The Old Man was intended to go to Germany to fly them but he and his mate Ron, from Hatfield, volunteered to go to Malaya to fly Hornets. As he has always said : “If you’re still alive, you made the right decision.”
IIRC, when the Italians tied their colours to the Nazi mast, some of the Italian Air Force took part in bombing Britain.
It was generally ineffective, as I recall. German planes were closer, and quicker.
Anyone else remember this?
ISTR the press got it wrong, Tuck's squadron shot them down, but he wasn't flying (injured? can't remember - I'll dig out his memoir). Tuck was a famous fighter pilot, and the press were a sucker for an Errol Flynn moustache:
Yep we had some just like the B29, B47 and I'm sure a bunch of other stuff I can't be bothered to remember right now.The F-86 Sabre? In British service?
There was a problem with early models...We had 370 of them ordered, built in Canada. We retired them 22 June 56.
They were retired because the priority was Hunters and Scimitars,not because they were bad or ineffective. Sabres were always popular aircraft to sell on and always found a ready market.