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DIRTY-MAC
12-07-2004, 03:29 PM
here are some I just found:

(P-39)
Quote a flight instructor once upon a time: "This here airplane is perfectly
safe as long as you don't crash it."


A combat report of John "Shady" Lane, 35FG 39FS, gives you a sense of the
airfighting going on in those days, and the attitude of the kids fighting it:
"One definite, one probable, one damaged, one possible, twenty impossible and
hell knows how many I didn't see."

When asked by a
journalist what aspect of the P-39 he liked,
7 victory ace George Welch
said, "Well, it's got 12 hundred pounds of Allison armor plate."

DIRTY-MAC
12-07-2004, 03:29 PM
here are some I just found:

(P-39)
Quote a flight instructor once upon a time: "This here airplane is perfectly
safe as long as you don't crash it."


A combat report of John "Shady" Lane, 35FG 39FS, gives you a sense of the
airfighting going on in those days, and the attitude of the kids fighting it:
"One definite, one probable, one damaged, one possible, twenty impossible and
hell knows how many I didn't see."

When asked by a
journalist what aspect of the P-39 he liked,
7 victory ace George Welch
said, "Well, it's got 12 hundred pounds of Allison armor plate."

DRB_Hookech0
12-07-2004, 03:29 PM
2 weeks...really....2 weeks

DIRTY-MAC
12-07-2004, 03:31 PM
he he

Po-cat
12-07-2004, 03:58 PM
No.1 The P-400: A P-40 with a Zero on it's Tail.

No.2 Test Pilot's report on the not-so successful Blackburn Botha: 'First impression was that the aircraft is very hard to get into. Having now flown it, it should be made impossible'

Mjollnir111675
12-07-2004, 04:05 PM
Not mine but I added a lil:


"PATCHific Fighters is Pacifiriffic!!!"

hobnail
12-07-2004, 04:15 PM
My favourite, as retold in Len Deighton's Fighter:

12 Hurricanes of 72 Squadron were scrambled on 15 August 1940 to intercept what Radar operators estimated was a 30 ship raid.

On sighting the group over the North Sea, the flight leader found himself confronted by 2 whole Gruppen of He-111 and an entire Gruppe of Bf110s, nearly 100 bandits in all.

The flight leader led his formation further out to sea in order to attack from the sun, at that time one of his pilots asked him "Haven't you seen them?"

To which the leader said, "Of course I've seen the b-b-b-bastards. I'm trying to w-w-w-work out what to do."

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shieldsyy
12-07-2004, 04:22 PM
"No carriers Pearl Harbor."

Mjollnir111675
12-07-2004, 04:32 PM
"Honestly: it's a "flu bug" goin round!!!"

Mjollnir111675
12-07-2004, 04:33 PM
"It's in the read-me or the manual!!" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

Philipscdrw
12-07-2004, 04:37 PM
2 weeks - be sure.

tHeBaLrOgRoCkS
12-07-2004, 04:44 PM
Not WW2 but still a good one

"Well, we've killed all the stupid ones"

reddevil49
12-07-2004, 05:41 PM
Lone corsair pilot "How about some help down here. I've got 20 Zeros cornered in the lower forty."

3.JG51_BigBear
12-07-2004, 05:48 PM
Didn't Gregory Boyington say that.

eddiemac0
12-07-2004, 05:53 PM
My personal favorite:

"The first time I saw a jet, I shot it down."
- Chuck Yeager

cpirrmann
12-07-2004, 06:24 PM
I have two...
From Navy instructor to cadets: 'Don't fly along the railroads because you'll have a collision with an Army pilot coming the other way because they can't navigate.'

2nd is from WWI...'find the enemy, shoot him down. Anyhting else is rubbish' Manfred von Richthofen

Bolt40
12-07-2004, 06:30 PM
" How I liked to dogfight ? " Well..I liked to fly right up thar butt & let 'em have it ! "


Col. Don Blakeslee
in a Discovery Wings Interview on P-51

SkyChimp
12-07-2004, 06:49 PM
The first time I ever saw a jet, I shot it down. --Chuck Yeager.

Jetenginedr
12-07-2004, 07:03 PM
the quote to end all quotes from many pilots:

Oh SH**!!!!!

Chuck_Older
12-07-2004, 07:23 PM
Balrog, I knew you were a Young Ones fan http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif


"This is my friend Mike, this is Neil, and this is a complete b@stard I know called Rick" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

My current favorite WWII pilot quote would be from Denis Robinson, 152 Squadron:

"My actions now became somewhat comic. It was obvious that I could easily jump clear and I commenced to do so without much hesitation. To my utter horror, I couldn't move. Suddenly, I realised I was struggling against the Sutton harness, still buckeled firmly in place. An instant pull released the pin. I was free. As I stood up to jump my head was pulled violently backwards. This time it was my flying helmet still attached to the radio and oxygen sockets in the cockpit. Removing this final impediment I jumped to the ground, leaving my helmet in the cockpit. To my surprise the Spitfire didn't burn. I stood back and took in the scene as locals arrived to convey me off to a Pub in nearby Wareham and fill me with whisky"

tHeBaLrOgRoCkS
12-07-2004, 07:37 PM
Uh oh http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif rumbled again http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

9th_Spitin
12-07-2004, 10:57 PM
I fly close to my man, aim well and then of course he falls down.

€" Captain Oswald Boelcke, probably the world's first ace.


I know it's not WWII, but its a great quote.

Copperhead310th
12-08-2004, 01:14 AM
i think it was Chuck Yeager...can't remember was on Wings or Discovery....as he was sliping in to the cockpit of a modern F-16 for the 1st time. "gdam this thing is a B*tch to get into for an old guy like me." lol

Kerosine18
12-08-2004, 02:37 AM
i'm a beurling fan and this one is taken from the book Malta Spitfire's conclusion

speaking about the defenders of malta, he concluded that "It had been defended, too, by 250,000 men and women who were hopping mad and never knew the meaning of the verb 'to quit' "
[commented by Leslie Roberts]

this refers to a 'particular' way of bailing out...

"The engine was streaming flame by this time, but somehow I managed to wrigle my way out of the cockpit onto the port wing, from which time I could bale into the inside of the spin."

while parachuting down, that same time, beurling wanted to check the distance to sea level.

"I caught my breath, then pulled off a glove and dropped it, to get some idea of the distance between me and the sea. A breeze caught it and the glove weny up past my face, I heard myself laugh like a fool. I tugged off my flying boots and dropped them. Just as I did I hit the water."

while still training...
"Once in a while we'd come down low over workmen in the fields or on the roads, then pull up suddenly and blow their caps off with our slipsteams".

the best one...having been 'double-dared to zoom up the side of the control tower', beurling accepted the challenge..."as i whisked past i saw a guy on the gallery dive over the railing for the roof of the hangar, ten feet below him. It was the sentry. He went one way, his rifle the other."

that chap was quite a great ace but knew how to enjoy his flying..that's why i'm off to do some work then i get to shoot down some crafts myself!

see ya

also

LLv26_Morko
12-08-2004, 03:02 AM
Couple of years ago me and few of my friends from virtualpilots ry took a trip to hallinportti museum..if someone wants to read more go here http://www.virtualpilots.fi/feature/photoreports/hallinportti2002/

well there was a wartime pilot Birger Wesoma
who flew at one point me 109:s ,anyway somebody
said to him that i must have been good to have such a gunsight on 109 that you could turn away in case of a crashlanding so you wont hit your forehead on it...well the old gentleman stared at the guy who had spoken and started laughing and said ..well listen boy...
when your engine has jus died ,your cabin is filling with smoke and fumes,everywhere around you is nothing but forest and your speed and altitude are running out you have better things to do at that point than worry if your gunsight is turned to crashlanding position..

Ruy Horta
12-08-2004, 04:10 AM
"Yeah, but these "fokkers" were flying Messerschmitts."

Soapy_112th
12-08-2004, 04:21 AM
A relative of mine during operation Goodwood, outside Caen in 1944, when asked if he was sure that they were German tanks, he told his CO.

"Yes, they had large crosses on the sides but they were not acting religious" http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

dazza9806482
12-08-2004, 05:56 AM
Two quotes not properly referenced or perhaps true or even relevant! funny tho!

"The first time I saw Chuck Yeager I shot him down"

used to be on someones sig.

and:

alain de cadenet after he was buzzed by a spit flying about 10 feet off the ground for some history program (outtake): "**** me!
**** me! **** me! etc. ad infinitum...

(he was pretty shook up)

BSS_Goat
12-08-2004, 06:12 AM
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RACFrankenstein
12-08-2004, 06:54 AM
When Herman Goering asked what he could do to help the German Luftwaffe stop losing the battle and start winning it, Gen. Adolph Galland, commander of all Luftwaffe fighters, respectfully responded, ``Give us Spitfires.''

copef1
12-08-2004, 07:07 AM
This is a Buerling quote I came across on a website. When asked about a plane he had shot down, where his bullets had gone into the cockpit, and blown the pilots head off.

"Its really brilliant when you actually do blow their brains out"

TgD Thunderbolt56
12-08-2004, 07:10 AM
Another George "Buzz" Beurling quote speaking of the apparent respect the Spit pilots over Malta got from their Italian and German adversaries:

" The Ities were more inclined to engage with wonton abandon while their German brethren were more likely to hang high looking for the "cold meat"...not very interested in a slice of "hot roast".

Towards the end of the Battle it seemed the Axis had lost most of their desire to fly and fight over the rock.

Jebo44
12-08-2004, 08:31 AM
My favorite is from Boyington. On an overcast day he and his mates were on a patrol. The jumped a flight and lost each other as the fight drew into the clouds. His wingman got seperated and called out for Boyington on the radio. Boyington's reply was;

"I'm over here, I have five of em cornered."

9th_Spitin
12-08-2004, 09:18 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by RACFrankenstein:
When Herman Goering asked what he could do to help the German Luftwaffe stop losing the battle and start winning it, Gen. Adolph Galland, commander of all Luftwaffe fighters, respectfully responded, ``Give us Spitfires.'' <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

LOL, they obviously wern't flying the IL2 modeled 109's or 190's

geetarman
12-08-2004, 09:46 AM
"I loved the Hellcat! If it could cook, I'd marry one!"

Alex Vraciu, USN 19 victories.

DeerHunterUK
12-08-2004, 10:17 AM
1 of my favourite WWII quotes comes from Gerald Stapleton, a Spitfire pilot with 603 Squadron who was talking to a captured Luftwaffe 109 pilot during the Battle of Britain.
"Do you know why the Spitfire is a better plane than the 109?"
"No."
"Because any idiot can fly a Spitfire."

PraetorHonoris
12-08-2004, 11:22 AM
Martin Drewes, 52 aerial victories:

€žThe reason why we continued fighting, although we knew, that the war was lost, was the following:
We were Nightfighters and we have seen every German city burning.

Once you have seen this ... seen the flames slaughtering the people down there ... then you knew, why you had to start, trying to save their lives, trying to help them.

We did not fight for glory. It was our duty.€œ

USAflyer
12-08-2004, 11:45 AM
"Its time to obilterate overmodeled spitfires and chew bubble gum. But Im all out of gum..."
-Anon Ace

horseback
12-08-2004, 12:12 PM
A 4th FG pilot (I think it was Howard Millikan), back from one of the first Mustang escort missions over Berlin:

"I claim two Messerschmitts shot down and one hell of a lot of intrepidity."

cheers

horseback

Soulyss
12-08-2004, 12:14 PM
Lets see... going from memory here...

Spider Webb: "To any allied pilots near Orote Penninsula, I have 40 Jap planes surrounded and could use a little help"

Bud Anderson: "Sorry can't talk now, gotta shoot"

Sakai9745
12-08-2004, 12:47 PM
I've always liked the one I posted under my sig. Probably not WW2, but still fun. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

catahoulak9
12-08-2004, 06:09 PM
Here it is Soulyss, from Eric Hammel's Aces Against Japan interview of Ensign Wilber "Spider" Webb. Webb was alone circling a downed navy pilot when he spotted 30 to 40 Vals Zeros.

As I started to slide in, I again picked up the microphone and made a blanket broadcast:

"Any American fighter, I have forty Jap planes surrounded at Orote Airfield. I need some help!"

LEXX_Luthor
12-08-2004, 06:20 PM
Lancaster crewmember in that olde DamBuster movie, when the bombers were flying low over the Dam and surrounding waters against German flak...

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>About 20 guns, some on the ground, some on the towers. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

This movie script was taken for use--slightly modified ("surface" in place of "ground")--in the 1976 StarWars movie final battle flying low over the DeathStar against Imperial laser-flak. I had long heard that George Lucas had found some StarWars inspiraton in World War 2 RAF...and when I heard that quote in DamBusters I freaked out. Wow, Lucas really did use inspiration from RAF.

Bluedog72
12-08-2004, 06:27 PM
Apparently a lot of the 'dogfight' radio chatter in Starwars
ie."Red Two, you have one on your tail" etc etc, was taken almost word for word from recordings of BoB radio transmissions.


My favourite...

"For you Tommie, ze var ist over!"...probably every 'Commando' comic i ever read http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

flemsha
12-08-2004, 06:32 PM
Not a flying quote, but a WWII quote from Brig. Gen. (later Maj. Gen.) McAuliffe, 101st Airborne when he was asked to surrender at Bastogne:

"Nuts!"

Texas LongHorn
12-08-2004, 08:26 PM
One of my favorites has always been from Adolf Galland, the Fighter General of the Luftwaffe. He was flying an early Me-262 prototype that didn't have the nose wheel but was setup as a taildragger. You had to get up to speed and then TAP the brakes to bring the tail up and the nose down to take off! Galland just about tore off the main gear from the wind drag as he didn't realize how fast the AC was going after he lifted off. He commented upon landing- "I felt as if Angels were pushing." Forty years later when lecturing American audiences he would comment on the tail wheel 262 brake trick; "It's a good thing we don't have to do this with our commercial airliners today." &lt;ggg.&gt; All the best, LongHorn

Ob.Emann
12-08-2004, 08:31 PM
When the British bomb, the Axis hide.
When the Axis bomb, the British hide.
When the Americans bomb, EVERYONE HIDES!

ImpStarDuece
12-08-2004, 08:48 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by LEXX_Luthor:
Lancaster crewmember in that olde DamBuster movie, when the bombers were flying low over the Dam and surrounding waters against German flak...

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>About 20 guns, some on the ground, some on the towers. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

This movie script was taken for use--slightly modified ("surface" in place of "ground")--in the 1976 _StarWars_ movie final battle flying low over the DeathStar against Imperial laser-flak. I had long heard that George Lucas had found some StarWars inspiraton in World War 2 RAF...and when I heard that quote in DamBusters I freaked out. Wow, Lucas really did use inspiration from RAF. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Lucas WAS directly inspired by a lot of WW2 stuff. The Stormtrooper blasters are hybrids of the Sten and M3 'grease gun' and the large rifles they carry are directly taken from a Vickers WW1 LMG.

Lucas sent hours and hours of edited ww2 combat footage to ILM so that they would have a reference for the way the fighters were supposed to move. He included gun cam footage and camera footage from B-17 and B-29 gun positions. The guys at ILM copied almost directly the motions of flight from this footage. So as they stand now, the Death Star fight scene (one of the best dogfight scenes IMO), at least in terms of the relative speed and motion of the fighter, plays out almost like a WW2 dogfight.

Oh and as a hopeless Star Wars fanboy (check my forum name, obscure movie reference), Star Wars was released in 1977 and the quote from the movie goes

Red Two: How many guns do you think, Red Leader?

Red Leader: Say about twenty guns, Red Two, some on the surface and some in the towers.

BigA21
12-08-2004, 09:33 PM
It was in the movie "The Longest day" and some ways into the show after they had pushed inland through a beachhead and a couple of "Lost" soldiers approached a wounded General (John Wayne)being carted around in a wheelbarrow.

The General asked the soldiers "You boys 82nd or 101?"

The lost soldiers replied "82nd Sir."

Then John Wayne said, as only he could, "Well, your 101 now."

Docjonel
12-08-2004, 11:30 PM
Supposedly, during a dogfight in the Pacific, an American pilot being shot down screamed over the radio to which another US pilot calmly responded, with a note of exasperation in his voice, "Shut up and die like an aviator."

If anyone can provide some documentation for this I'd love to see it as I heard this story a while ago but have never seen an account since.

Docjonel
12-08-2004, 11:50 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Docjonel:
Supposedly, during a dogfight in the Pacific, an American pilot being shot down screamed over the radio to which another US pilot calmly responded, with a note of exasperation in his voice, "Shut up and die like an aviator."

If anyone can provide some documentation for this I'd love to see it as I heard this story a while ago but have never seen an account since. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Ah, found it:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>In Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff, the essence of mental discipline in combat is revealed by an anecdote from the Korean war:

Combat had its own infinite series of tests, and one of the greatest sins was "chattering" or "jabbering" on the radio. The combat frequency was to be kept clear of all but strategically essential messages, and all unenlightening comments were regarded as evidence of funk, of the wrong stuff.

A Navy pilot (in legend, at any rate) began shouting, "I've got a MIG at zero! A MIG at zero!" €" meaning that it had maneuvered in behind him and was locked in on his tail. An irritated voice cut in and said, "Shut up and die like an aviator."
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Feathered_IV
12-09-2004, 02:56 AM
A non historical one from derek Robinson's 'Piece of Cake'.

When confronted with a very green replacement pilot, the squadron leader exclaims: "my God, you don't know one end of a Hurricane from the other!'

To which the replacement replies, 'Lets see... the pointy end goes first dosent it?'

Vipez-
12-09-2004, 07:12 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by 9th_Spitin:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by RACFrankenstein:
When Herman Goering asked what he could do to help the German Luftwaffe stop losing the battle and start winning it, Gen. Adolph Galland, commander of all Luftwaffe fighters, respectfully responded, ``Give us Spitfires.'' <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

LOL, they obviously wern't flying the IL2 modeled 109's or 190's <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

well, they werent flying the Spits modelled from IL-2s, I might say...

and to be accurate, Goering asked Ace Adolf Galland if there was anything he needed in the battle of Britain, he famously replied, 'A squadron of Spitfires!' http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

allmenroder
12-09-2004, 07:34 AM
From Gerd Barkorn after having crash landed an F104 IIRC in the refurnished German Airforce:

"Drei Hundert und Zwei": "302"

The190Flyer
12-09-2004, 11:41 AM
http://store4.yimg.com/l/virginiabader_1774_815321

My favorite one is from Bud Anderson "Old Crow" from 357th. Anderson spotted 3 109's in formation, group leader Tommy Hayes called out "Andy, where are you?" to which Anderson replied, "Can't Talk, Gotta Shoot!"

S! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

a.k.a. BIFF P-51 PILOT in ubi.com lobbies

The190Flyer
12-09-2004, 11:44 AM
Cant Talk Gotta Shoot (http://www.milartgl.com/HTML_3a?cant_talk_gotta_shoot.htm)

Hartford688
12-09-2004, 12:16 PM
"I had applied for immediate demobilisation and it had been granted.I had that morning gone to say my farewells to Broadhurst and to the R.A.F. I had made a point of going to H.Q. in my 'Grand Charles'. Coming back I had taken him high up into the cloudless summer sky, for it was only there that I could properly say goodbye.Together we climbed for the last time straight towards the sun. We looped once, perhaps twice, we slowly did a few slow, meticulous rolls, so that I could take away in my finger-tips the vibration of his supple, docile wings.

And in that narrow cockpit I wept, as I shall never weep again, when I felt the concrete brush against his wheels and, with a great sweep of the wrist, dropped him on the ground like a cut flower.

As always, I carefully cleared the engine, turned of all the switches one by one, removed the straps, the wires and tubes which tied me to him, like a child to his mother. And when my waiting pilots and my mechanics saw my downcast eyes and shaking shoulders, they understood and returned to Dispersal in silence."

CaptArnold
12-09-2004, 12:33 PM
This quote always struck me as being funny. Here's the story behind it.

The 384th Bomb Group participated in the Oct. 14 1943 raid on Schweinfurt(Black Thursday)against the ball bearing plants there. One particular Fortress, El Rauncho, came back to England with 2 engines out and the control lines nearly severed. The pilot, Randolph Jacobs, brought the ship in, wheels up and hit the runway at 150 mph. The plane careened off the runmay, whirled itself over an AA emplacement, and stopped 25 yards short of another parked B-17. Jacobs, emerging unscathed, nonchalantly lit up a cigar and said,

"I guess they didn't want us to get at their little nut and bolt factory"

CaptArnold

Ruy Horta
12-09-2004, 01:49 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by allmenroder:
From Gerd Barkorn after having crash landed an F104 IIRC in the refurnished German Airforce:

"Drei Hundert und Zwei": "302" <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Heard this same line but while testing an early Harrier (Kestrel?).

Ruy Horta
12-09-2004, 01:51 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Docjonel:
Supposedly, during a dogfight in the Pacific, an American pilot being shot down screamed over the radio to which another US pilot calmly responded, with a note of exasperation in his voice, "Shut up and die like an aviator."

If anyone can provide some documentation for this I'd love to see it as I heard this story a while ago but have never seen an account since. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thing is that I read the same story, but it wasn't "an aviator", but the idea was the same - die like a man.

Stackhouse25th
12-09-2004, 02:57 PM
"Watch This"

Dont tell me you've never said this

WUAF_LtC_Prop
12-09-2004, 03:17 PM
Quote from the movie Memphis Belle:

".....And your mother too"

said after ball turret gunner blows away a bf109

The_Gorey
12-09-2004, 03:39 PM
"Fighting in the air is not sport, it is scientific murder" - Eddie Rickenbacker

Jaws2002
12-09-2004, 03:44 PM
Heard this somewhere on this forums:
" well boy, if you can't hit with four guns, you'll miss with eight".

J_Weaver
12-09-2004, 04:25 PM
This one is from "Mosqutio Squadron"

While in route to their target:
Navigator:"Do you have your driver's license?"

Pilot:"No,Why?"

Navagator:"Well if you fly any lower your gonna need them."

pain.......
12-09-2004, 05:13 PM
see, decide, attack, reverse

If an enemy was superior then I would go home to fight another day


Major Erich " Bubi " Hartmann

DarkCanuck420
12-09-2004, 06:00 PM
Im not sure if this correct: Out of speed, out out altitdude and out of ideas.

ginger_cat
12-09-2004, 06:01 PM
Not a pilot quote but I felt I had to post it:

"Take cat in night fighter. Aim guns where cat is looking." - Suggestion sent to Fighter Command, late 1940.

Acme70
12-09-2004, 06:15 PM
Cmdr. Eugene A. Valancia "If the F6F could cook i'd marry it"

Aztek_Eagle
12-09-2004, 06:19 PM
my 2 favorites but not from pilots... the war to end all wars...... peace in our time.. lol

Aztek_Eagle
12-09-2004, 06:21 PM
lol this one is one i read in a book about american pilots and his 50 cals....... why do they need so many guns some one said...... because the pilots cant shoot straight

ginger_cat
12-09-2004, 06:27 PM
Said by George Lord, Hurricane pilot:

"Don't try to be the best pilot in the air force, try to be the oldest!"

copef1
12-09-2004, 09:08 PM
Don Bochkay, a P51 pilot who usually flew with Yeager, and Bud Anderson, after obtaining some silk underwear said to an English barmaid

"Stick with me honey, and you'll be farting through silk."

Bochkay is credited with 14.8 kills

Tom Mcguire, after being bounced by a by a Tojo fighter while trying to land at Tacloban airfield, hit the gear and flap levers, and procedeed to shoot down the Tojo, in full view of the strip. He was quoted as saying upon landing after the incident.

"This is my kind of place. You have to shoot down Japs to land on your own field."

McGuire was credited with 38 kills

Bussard_1
12-10-2004, 02:04 AM
Frederick Wilhelm{I think},
Many Enemies,
Much Glory!


S!,
Bussard.

DIRTY-MAC
12-10-2004, 02:55 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by pain.......:
see, decide, attack, reverse

If an enemy was superior then I would go home to fight another day


Major Erich " Bubi " Hartmann <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

he was a smart man
this is why he lived to tell the story
this is why he was one of the greatest of them all

ericson
12-10-2004, 08:48 AM
Radio chatter.
J Johnson."Its Johnie here there is a Spitfire ahead I have 109's on my tail. I want help".
D Bader. "Douglas here, Johnie I'm turning starboard. Join up. Pretend you havn't seen them!And we'll get one each".


Kiffin Rockwell. Braves. The Escadrille Americaine. WW1. "Elijah was reputed to be the patron saint of aviators, but as he went to Heaven in a chariot of fire, this was something we wern't too keen about.

NegativeGee
12-10-2004, 09:01 AM
Another great Goering gaffe:

"If the RAF ever bombs Berlin you can call me Meyer!"

Mjollnir111675
12-10-2004, 09:15 AM
Quote from a pilot on the deck of the Sara:

Pilot 1:" Why aint tha ship movin'? We need the extra wind!"

Pilot 2: "Man, that only happens when we are in campaign mode.Right now we are in dogfight mode so the ship doesn't move!!You KNOW that! Now git rid of those bombs,fuel tanks, anything else you can spare, take-off and git outta me way!!"

NawlinzVoodoo
12-10-2004, 10:22 AM
"Fight to fly, fly to fight, fight to win!"

Motto, U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School (TopGun)

PlaneEater
12-10-2004, 10:53 AM
My grandfather, right after a 190 chewed the tail off of his recon P-38:

"I believe it's time to step outside."

KaRaYa-X
12-10-2004, 01:10 PM
I'm an Experten-fan...
Günther Rall commenting on the Bf109:

"Die Bf109? Passt wie ein Handschuh"

translation

"The Bf109? Fits like a glove"

Billy_BigBoy
12-10-2004, 03:11 PM
"Good flying never killed an ememy yet"
Major Edward "Mick" Mannock

"Check belly because 50 percent of your aircraft is below you"
Jim "Huck" Harris

Robert L Shaw's Fighter Combat contains loads of this kind of oneliners.

Blottogg
12-10-2004, 04:22 PM
To expand on Sakai9745's sig (still not WWII specific):

The only thing I wanna hear outta you is "2", "Joker", "Bingo", "Nice bombs, lead", "I'll take the ugly one", and "Lead, you're trailing smoke." Don't tell me "You're on fire." Fire is a judgement call, and as a wingman, you have no judgement.

TheGozr
12-10-2004, 05:26 PM
Best quote during a fight of a pilot..
"****ing J** a *** **** on my six G*d ***** *** **** ****ing D*****d ... Roger "

French Aces pilot from the Normandie Niemen

"****ain J** a *** **** ***** Voila *** Holala**** ****ain Da*****e ... *****.ARRGGHH je t'****e fin de transmission "

pendragon1984
12-10-2004, 08:49 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by TheGozr:
Best quote during a fight of a pilot..
"****ing J** a *** **** on my six G*d ***** *** **** ****ing D*****d ... Roger "

French Aces pilot from the Normandie Niemen

"****ain J** a *** **** ***** Voila *** Holala**** ****ain Da*****e ... *****.ARRGGHH je t'****e fin de transmission " <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yeah, but how do you pronounce all those asterisks?

One of my favorites, paraphrased from the autobiography of Manfred von Richthofen:

"If I should survive this war, I will have had more luck than brains."

Incidentally, for those unfamiliar, he did not. The highest-scoring pilot of WWI made the most basic rookie mistake of becoming too transfixed on his target and was shot through the heart from behind by either a ground gunner or a Canadian pilot, depending on who you ask.

VMF-451_DWolf
12-10-2004, 10:45 PM
Chuck Yeager, on adiscovery program, talking about training in a P-39 in the states.he said " I was telling my crew chief that think I hit a bird on that last flight. " Crew chief "Well it must of had a tree with it. " There was about 4 feet of tree branches stuck on his tail. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

Akronnick
12-11-2004, 06:23 AM
Told to me by a veteran who flew C-47s over the Hump:

written on aircraft maintenance log by pilot:
"Ship bounces excessively on landing"

written by crew cheif:
"Loose nut removed from cockpit, ship OK"

x6BL_Brando
12-11-2004, 07:29 AM
€œLet`s get at the bastards!€ €" Sir Douglas Bader

Ruy Horta
12-11-2004, 01:25 PM
Not strictly correct here, but I always liked the ring of this line:

<span class="ev_code_RED">I´ll show you where the Iron Crosses grow</span>

It has the right amount of irony...

PraetorHonoris
12-11-2004, 04:37 PM
Feldwebel Steiner wasn't a pilot, he was not even a Luftwaffe soldier...

http://img26.exs.cx/img26/7708/sigstei9mh.jpg
James Coburn as Steiner

Great quote nevertheless!

Chuck_Older
12-11-2004, 05:06 PM
Is that out on DVD? haven't see it in ages

Chuck_Older
12-11-2004, 05:08 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by WUAF_LtC_Prop:
Quote from the movie Memphis Belle:

".....And your mother too"

said after ball turret gunner blows away a bf109 <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

that's a funny line. But Rascal's funniest line? Not even close.

How about:

"There's a hole in the wing as big as my d!ck!"

or, when he was asked what he'd do after the war:
"I'm gonna go to your restaurant....and rob it." http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

PraetorHonoris
12-11-2004, 05:17 PM
There are several DVD editions in Germany. But I guess the film is more popular here than in the US.

another quote, written letter addressing the Russians:

by Hermann Graf (212 aerial victories) and other 1941:

"Comrads from the other side, we invite you to a dogfight over the don delta south of Rostov tomorrow, Wednesday, at 12:00 hours, altitude 4000m.
We guartantee that we will come with only 8 maschine, you can bring as many Soviet machines as you want!

Horrido,
in sincere friendship,

your enemy"

They were obviously a bit bored, because the Russians did not want to fight http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
BTW: the Russians did not accept this invitation.

No601_prangster
12-11-2004, 06:16 PM
Not so much a quote as an amusing anecdote from a book about the Battle of Britain called €˜The Most Dangerous Enemy€ by Stephen Bungay. In it he gives an excellent account of 601 squadron€s valiant defence of one of Britain€s most valuable assets.



This convoy (codenamed €˜Bosom€) was sailing east from Dorset and Park was confident that it had been seen. Accordingly, in the late afternoon he anticipated German intentions by stationing elements of two Hurricane squadrons, 32 and 615, above it, and two Spitfire squadrons, 65 and 610, above them. Earlier attempts to station 601 squadron above it failed because their leader, Sir Archibald Hope, could never remember the code-names of convoys, and understood the controller, an old chum of his, to be asking him to patrol Bosham, a village outside Chichester. This made perfect sense, especially as Bosham was the home of a nice pub called The Ship, a regular squadron haunt, and worthy of vigorous defence. When 601 arrived over Bosham, and the controller asked whether they could see where the ships were, Hope corrected: €˜Where The Ship is€, and then realised there had been some misunderstanding.

ginger_cat
12-11-2004, 06:56 PM
I like that one, Prangster!

Bosham is indeed pronounced the same as bosom and is a beautiful place. My good lady used to live a short walk away from 'Old Bosham' ('New' Bosham is a bit inland and quite a separate settlement).

From 'Dogsbody' by Group Captain J.E. Johnson DSO DFC:

"Cocky walks in. He came back on the deck after losing us over Lille and landed at Hawkinge short of petrol.
'Dinner and a bottle at Bosham tonight, Jonnie?
'Right,' I answer at once."

9th_Spitin
12-11-2004, 07:18 PM
The most important thing to a fighter pilot is speed; the faster an aircraft is moving when he spots an enemy aircraft, the sooner he will be able to take the bounce and get to the Hun. If you have any advantage on him, keep it and use it. When attacking, plan to overshoot him if possible, hold fire until within range, then shoot and clobber him down to the last instant before breaking away. It's like sneaking up behind someone and hitting them with a baseball bat.

€" Duane W. Beeson, P-51 pilot, 4th Fighter Group.

FF_Trozaka
12-12-2004, 07:13 AM
A great quote that fits nicely with flying online:
"If you return from a mission with a victory, but without Rottenflieger, you have lost your battle." Oberstleutnant Dietrich Hrabak, Kommodore JG54

We keep this quote posted on our German squadron message board.

FA_Maddog
12-12-2004, 09:34 AM
If you're in a fair fight, you didn't plan it properly.

€" Nick Lappos, Chief R&D Pilot, Sikorsky Aircraft.

IKG26Redcoat
12-12-2004, 12:28 PM
The best I ever heard was from Doug Bader, who was scupulous about combat reports, who after a sweep into france, described his flight shooting down two 109s, himself claiming a third destroyed, and the fourth enemy aircraft...... " as I got behind him, I observed the canopy detach and the pilot bailed out. Im claiming it as a frightened..."

Sakai9745
12-13-2004, 06:23 AM
The book Slipping The Surly Bonds has a ton of great ones. Here's the latest one I've latched onto:

"Throttle back, son. You ain't gonna make the boat go any faster.

Airboss to nugget pilot who remains at maximum power after a trap.

LLv26_Morko
12-13-2004, 07:44 AM
This is not a pilots quote..actually..and i dont know whether this is true or not but
there were two guys disarming some kind of explosives during the war and there was an explosion and the other guy died in it...
after the funeral the widow asked the
survivor that do you think did pekka got to heaven after he died..
the man replied i dont know that mam..but the last time i saw him he shure was headed that way..

Ruy Horta
12-13-2004, 09:30 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by PraetorHonoris:
Feldwebel Steiner wasn't a pilot, he was not even a Luftwaffe soldier...

Great quote nevertheless! <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Well I did mention that it wasn't strictly correct. BTW what did you think of the book?

Although I love the film, because its different, I thought the book made a lot more sense.

Steiner is a great character who hates ALL officers, even those who are fond of him. He's the perfect anti-hero.

The film has that line, don't think the book has it, but the film does have that great finish at the train station - H¤nschenlein ging alein...

Not as good as Remarque, but of course it is not meant to be in the same kind of genre.

PraetorHonoris
12-13-2004, 11:46 AM
"Das geduldige Fleisch", the novel on wich "Steiner - Das Eiserne Kreuz" bases is absolutly great.

BTW: I don't like Remarque that much. He spend most of his service in a military hospital, having been in combat for about a week... not the most credible source.
I prefer Ernst Jünger's early novels like "In Stahlgewittern", although they were abused for Nazi-propaganda, too.
Jünger served the whole war at the front, was wounded 14 times (!) and deserved the Pour-le-Merit, the highest German medal. He died 1998 at the age of 103.

TROOPER117
12-13-2004, 01:44 PM
American fighter ace Bud Anderson...
"Staying alive was no simple thing in the skies over Europe in the spring of 1944. Alot of men couldn't. It was a bad thing to dwell on if you were a fighter pilot, and so we told ourselves we were dead men and lived for the moment with no thought of the future at all. It wasn't to difficult. Lots of us had no future and everyone knew it."
From the book 'To Fly and Fight, memoirs of a triple ace' If you haven't read this book, put it on your 'must have'list!

horseback
12-13-2004, 01:51 PM
A week in the trenches was a lot longer than a significant number of the combatants survived in WWI, PH. My paternal grandfather spent three weeks on the front in France before he was pulled into an aero squadron as a mechanic, and he said that the great majority of his company of over 100 men were dead or wounded by that time.

He said that the only positive result of his combat experience was that he never missed a first shot at a deer again...

cheers

horseback