Down to Earth: A Fighter Pilot's Experiences of Surviving by Squadron Leader Kenneth Butterworth McGlashan,Owen Zupp

By Squadron Leader Kenneth Butterworth McGlashan,Owen Zupp

In all the way down to Earth, Squadron chief McGlashan displays truthfully on his enchanting and numerous RAF profession, one who begun with the rag and tube of Hawker biplanes in 1939 and closed within the jet period of the past due Fifties.

Shot down over the shores of Dunkirk in heated aerial wrestle, we keep on with the footsteps of the 19 yr outdated alongside the debris-littered sands and past. From the safety of susceptible convoys to the pioneering days of night-fighting and airborne radar, McGlashan is in the course of the motion.

Flying in aid of the ill-fated touchdown at Dieppe and on clandestine evening operations ahead of D-Day, he is taking an lively function in the various RAF’s most important operations of global struggle . Interspersed all through are stories of camaraderie and humour. clear of front line, McGlashan used to be seconded to BOAC to fly airliners out of Cairo, tasked to ferry all demeanour of plane on the war’s finish and serve Cyprus on the top of a really nasty crusade.

It is a trip of great range, punctuated through a chain of shut calls and inevitable losses. part a century later, retired and dwelling in Australia, Kenneth McGlashan is drawn again to 1940 with the invention of his crashed typhoon surfacing in the course of the sands of Dunkirk. In an emotional pilgrimage, he's reunited with the steed of his early life and its bullet-ridden cockpit. even with the various hazards he confronted and regardless of proof on the contrary, McGlashan looked himself as not anything greater than simply one other pilot; a normal guy in amazing instances.

Of the 3,000 allied airmen who flew within the conflict of england, simply 3 percentage may lay declare to the identify of ‘ace’, Squadron chief Kenneth McGlashan AFC constantly felt nice honor in being counted among the ninety seven percentage.

Zupp’s writing has featured in lots of aviation magazines together with Flypast, Flightpath and Rag and Tube.

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