Tag Archives: Air War

Know Your Enemies

Issue Number: 5246

Instant recognition of all other aircraft in the sky — that was an asset for any fighter pilot in the clash between the RAF and Hitler’s Luftwaffe. And Dick Marsh was better than most at knowing which aircraft were hostile and which were friendly. All the hard work he had put into perfecting this had […]

Jinx Raid

Issue Number: 5190

One by one the Heinkel bombers of the Luftwaffe lifted into the air from their French airfield, heavily laden with bombs, setting a course to blitz London. And across the Channel, the defenders waited – radar teams, air crews, anti-aircraft gunners, rescue workers. They knew these bombers could hit hard, but they were determined that […]

Coward in the Cockpit

Issue Number: 5184

“You’re on your own, Warren. You tackle the Stukas and we’ll take care of the Focke Wulf 190s upstairs…” Sergeant Pilot Jack Warren’s face went as white as chalk, and sweat gathered on his brow as he heard his flight leader’s voice crackle in the earphones. Four Stukas were bombing the convoy. Nine FWs screamed […]

Clip His Wings!

Issue Number: 5162

Bill Thornton was a spotter pilot, working as the eyes of the artillery, and for the military planners masterminding the advance across France towards Germany in the closing stages of the war. So take away his plane, clip his wings, and he would be almost useless? No, not Bill. He was looking for the first […]

Low-Level Ace

Issue Number: 5112

The other airmen in Pilot Officer Bob Tanner’s squadron reckoned Bob should have joined the Navy. Sometimes he flew his Beaufort so low over the North Sea that his crew thought they were in a submarine! But that same crew would follow Bob anywhere and obey his every order, even when it meant fighting beside […]

Fly Fast – Hit Hard

Issue Number: 5076

In a rubber dinghy tossing about in the English Channel, ace R.A.F. pilot, Nick Nichols, told – for the first time – the truth about the day he shot down a British Hurricane in cold blood. It was some story… Story: McOwan Art: Amador Cover: Sanfeliz

The Loner

Issue Number: 5016

French pilot Jacques Ledoux was a loner. He fought the war in the air by his own rules, even when it brought bitter criticism from the British pilots he flew with. And when the ugly rumours began to circulate that he was a “Nazi spy”, Jacques just gritted his teeth and fought on as before. […]

Launch The Wildcats!

Issue Number: 5012

He went to school in Germany, and was brought ip among the Nazis. His name was Braun, but he spelt it Brown. He had enough cheek to join the Fleet Air Arm, and when he won his pilot’s wings he felt he was one of the lads. Then, one day, after he had crash-landed on […]

Trouble Squadron

Issue Number: 5004

Squadron leader Scatty Wilson was the only surviving pilot of a whole squadron. One by one the Luftwaffe had shot down his friends and as each one died, Scatty became that much more bitter. Here in Trouble Squadron the strange story of how he made both Nazis and his own squadron suffer is told for […]