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    For those into their WWII Films based on true stories, catch this one before it slips the net. A little heavy handed on the CGI but it tells the tale of 303 squadron designed for the Polish that came over to fight the Germans during the War Effort.. It was good, I have to say and I'm glad I caught it.. such a shame they didn't get more recognition than what they did, a very strong and sterling effort and without them I think we would have struggled.. I doff my cap to them and the brave airmen of WWII...

    Go See... cheaply made but still good IMHO
     
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    That's what I thought when I saw the trailers :(

    I thought they did it quite well in the Battle of Britain :)

     
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    It seems the Hurricane has been severely under-rated in the Battle of Britain - IIRC while the Spits were tasked with looking after the ME109 etc. fighter escorts, the Hurris were tasked with the bombers, and as the Hurri had a fabric exterior rather than the metal exterior of the Spit, any damage was quickly rectified so they were back in action quicker than a damaged Spit. However, I think most would agree that the Spit is the more pleasing on the eye, and maybe that's why it's the more popular of the 2.
     
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    I'm not going to spoil it for you Bill, but I did think it was worth the effort.. needed a better marketing plan I thought.. but very good though..
     
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    'It seems ....... '

    Well I've been hearing this same basic explanation for several decades now - as if it wasn't generally known.

    What happens is that each new generation basically hears about the Spit and Me109 first and then other aircraft second. People who are less intersted know about these aircraft. The Hurricane's role gets rediscovered by people who look a bit deeper - and then this explanation is passed on as 'new'.

    What I have noticed is that as the decades slide away that other aircraft that were used slip away ... the Beaufighter and Me110 are examples of aircraft that are becoming more forgotten - along with their roles. In a sense this is also logical - apart from the distance in time - there is also the matter of what aircraft remain in museums or in flying condition. So quite a few Spitfires and Mustangs - disproportionately fewer of other types - particularly larger aircraft.
     
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    For sure. I suspect most people in the UK would only be able to name the Spitfire and possibly the Lancaster as RAF WW2 aircraft.
     
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    Tanks are not dissimilar. People tend to think of WW2 tanks as as being the M4 Sherman or T34 or Panther and Tiger. The tank destroyers tend to be passed over as if they never existed - so the Stug III was a very significant armoured vehicle in terms of numbers but how many have heard of it.
     
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    I think most of the general public would be hard pressed to name *any* WW2 AFV!
     
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    Probably ....

    I guess I should amend it to say that it is the case for the larger proportion of the minority who could name a few.
     
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    In in the minority. One of the first was the Gloucester Gladiator, and one of the last the Gloucester Meteor. One pretty much the last biplane to serve with the RAF, and one squadron did have them in the Battle of Britain, and the other the first Jet!
     
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    ^ " Faith, Hope & Charity" Defended Malta a good read if ever..say no more;)
     
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    Malta has a GC. We should be reminded why.

    The Arctic convoys have been given a bit more publicity over the last few years - the Mediterranean also needs to be remembered.

    PQ 17 and Operation Pedestal are not the only convoy battles but they stand as single significant examples that highlight the commitment undertaken and the terrible price paid by those involved.
     
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    GC = George Cross?? :dk:
     
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    I watched that last night and thought (as a 40+ year r/c flyer) it was quite well done (better than I was expecting). I recognised one of the Germans (Jurgen), who I'd flown a display with at Old Warden in 2001!
     
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    Well that is what is on their flag.
     
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    Excellent! The secrets you keep Bill Lols!

    I enjoyed it I like the blend of fact and flight..
     
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    In the 90’s I flew the parachute aircraft at strathallen, rainy day, no flying, bored reading paper spot classical guitar for sale nearby, call the number and go for a look, decide mega brownie points from wife if I buy it for her.

    So tells owner I am pilot at strathallen and will return next week with the money. We shake hands.

    Oh he says I was a pilot, oh what did you fly I asked, modest guy says oh just spitfires, collapse of one humble pilot. What a gentleman quiet, unassuming and very modest about his time in Malta, turned out he was one of the pilots who flew off the aircraft carrier in the spit to land at Malta.

    I asked if he could let me see his log book but he had given it to a friend who had since died and did not have the heart to ask for it back

    Never forgotten this guy, a true gentleman
     
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    My Tech Drawing teacher at school was an unassuming quiet Polish man. Only after I had left school did I find out that he was a decorated fighter pilot who had come here to fight in the war. Many do not like to recall their struggles during war time.

    Steve.
     
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    Did you down him in the drink ??
     
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