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XyZspineZyX
09-02-2003, 04:06 PM
Picked this up at a B&N discount rack a few years ago, nice book. Author is Norman Franks.

Covers air combat from WWI to the First Iraq war. Each section has good information on aircraft types, armament, combat tactics, pilot accounts, and so forth.

Just re-reading this, and there is an account of a Gladiator pilot operating from Malta. The Gladiators could hardly catch the faster Italian bombers of the period, Mostly SM79s. One fellow, named Stuckey, snuck up on a bomber and killed the rear gunner and knocked out one engine on his first pass. Damaged, the bomber fell back from it's formation and couldn't pull away from the Gladiator. Stuckey fired up all his ammo without further effect. Frustrated, Stuckey pulled alongside, opened his canopy, and fired a Very pistol at the enemy cockpit!

The Italians bailed out, and the bomber, now on fire from the flare, fell into the sea.

That's determination.

XyZspineZyX
09-02-2003, 04:06 PM
Picked this up at a B&N discount rack a few years ago, nice book. Author is Norman Franks.

Covers air combat from WWI to the First Iraq war. Each section has good information on aircraft types, armament, combat tactics, pilot accounts, and so forth.

Just re-reading this, and there is an account of a Gladiator pilot operating from Malta. The Gladiators could hardly catch the faster Italian bombers of the period, Mostly SM79s. One fellow, named Stuckey, snuck up on a bomber and killed the rear gunner and knocked out one engine on his first pass. Damaged, the bomber fell back from it's formation and couldn't pull away from the Gladiator. Stuckey fired up all his ammo without further effect. Frustrated, Stuckey pulled alongside, opened his canopy, and fired a Very pistol at the enemy cockpit!

The Italians bailed out, and the bomber, now on fire from the flare, fell into the sea.

That's determination.

XyZspineZyX
09-02-2003, 04:34 PM
this deserves a bump!

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fluke39
09-02-2003, 04:36 PM
Cool (well not for the pilot of the sm.79!)

nice snippet

is that very pistol as in "very light" as in flare gun?

bet that caused a bit of a commotion in the cockpit !!

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XyZspineZyX
09-02-2003, 04:42 PM
I love reading these accounts of actual events. Anymore anyone?

"the empty can rattles the most"

XyZspineZyX
09-02-2003, 04:43 PM
Has got to be one helluva marksman to fire a flare pistol against a plane flying through the air at 90degrees deflection, penetrating via the only route by canopy glass.. with a pistol that fires a slow-velocity, large, lumbering projectile.

Either that, or he pulled in front of the bomber and shot straight rearwards.




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XyZspineZyX
09-02-2003, 04:50 PM
Bikewer, please tell us another story!!!
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XyZspineZyX
09-02-2003, 05:22 PM
its more the poilt really remeber the gladiators faith hope and charity that defended malta against 109's till some hurricanes could get in to help