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KRISTORF
11-04-2005, 06:40 AM
Spitfire Vc BR126, 3-X flown by Pilot Officer James Smith of the USS Wasp as part of Operation Bowery on 6th May 1942.

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This was the largest single operation to ferry Spitfires to Malta to date with 64 A/C schedueled to take off.
Plt Off Smith (a Canadian in the RAF) managed to get airborne, only to find that the fuel transfer system on 3-X was not working.
Deciding against bailing out or ditching Smith landed on the 'Wasp' on his second attempt, stopping 6ft short of the end of the flight deck.
In admiration of a no hook landing the American pilots onboard presented Smith with his own set of US Naval Aviation Wings.
The next day, with his A/C repaired Smith took of for Malta.
Unfortunataly James Smith was killed in combat later that year.

Included are 3 skins, full, rounds and blank

Uploaded here http://www.flying-legends.net/php/downloads/useruploads.php?u=kristorf

Thx again Robo for template elements.

KRISTORF
11-04-2005, 06:40 AM
Spitfire Vc BR126, 3-X flown by Pilot Officer James Smith of the USS Wasp as part of Operation Bowery on 6th May 1942.

http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/5260/spitvcjsmith30yn.jpg
http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/8672/spitvcjsmith42ik.jpg
http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/9143/spitvcjsmith04ei.jpg

This was the largest single operation to ferry Spitfires to Malta to date with 64 A/C schedueled to take off.
Plt Off Smith (a Canadian in the RAF) managed to get airborne, only to find that the fuel transfer system on 3-X was not working.
Deciding against bailing out or ditching Smith landed on the 'Wasp' on his second attempt, stopping 6ft short of the end of the flight deck.
In admiration of a no hook landing the American pilots onboard presented Smith with his own set of US Naval Aviation Wings.
The next day, with his A/C repaired Smith took of for Malta.
Unfortunataly James Smith was killed in combat later that year.

Included are 3 skins, full, rounds and blank

Uploaded here http://www.flying-legends.net/php/downloads/useruploads.php?u=kristorf

Thx again Robo for template elements.

AH_Gonzo
11-04-2005, 06:05 PM
Excellent skin and amazing airmanship!