Tom Picalli’s boast was that he could fly any type of plane, so it wasn’t long before he was flying Dakotas for the American Air Force.
But he wasn’t boasting now, as he flew over enemy‑held Sicily, for Tom had never been so scared in all his life. Flak was bursting all around his aircraft and a British Commando stood beside him, ready to stick a knife in him!
Story: Roger Sanderson
Cover: Ian Kennedy