Tag Archives: Air

Hurricane!

Issue Number: 4996
Hurricane!, cover by Ken Barr

Imagine a Russian squadron whose ancient biplanes have been swept out of the sky by speedy Me 109s. They’re thirsting for revenge. Then comes along Kirk Roland with a trainload of superfast Hurricanes, ready to risk his life in teaching the Russian pilots how to hit back hard. You’d have thought they would welcome him […]

Ground Strike!

Issue Number: 4994
Ground Strike!, cover by Ian Kennedy

The Bristol Beaufighter packed an awesome punch with its arsenal of machine guns and cannons. Turned against an enemy, it was a lethal weapon of war. But one Beaufighter pilot, Andy Shaw, knew to his cost that it could be just as deadly against a friendly target hit by mistake…

Very Important Passenger

Issue Number: 4986
Very Important Passenger, cover by Terry Patrick

Ferrying a V.I.P. to England from North Africa might sound like a simple enough mission, but not when it’s a worn-out old bomber only fit for the scrapheap that you’re given to do the job. And it doesn’t help when your Very Important Passenger panics at the first sign of an enemy aircraft… or when […]

Everything Under Control

Issue Number: 4982
Everything Under Control, cover by Ian Kennedy

Jim Farrow’s war as a navigator had got off to quite a start. Before he’d even qualified, he’d dragged an injured pilot out of his seat and landed the aircraft by himself. When he was transferred to a Hampden squadron, someone told him that if the same thing happened again, he didn’t stand a chance […]

Flying Phantom

Issue Number: 4980
Flying Phantom, cover by Ken Barr

Tom Hardy, ex-spitfire ace and Dave Rogers, Radar operator, were a night-fighter team. They flew in a Beaufighter, but they never got results. Sometimes the radar broke down, once it caught fire. They even found themselves chasing friendly planes. Then something new was added to the team. On their night flights it was always with […]

The Stolen Lanc

Issue Number: 4976
The Stolen Lanc, cover by Ken Barr

Tom Cornish flew Spitfires and had lightning reactions to match. His brother, Mike, flew a Lancaster bomber, and was safe and steady as a rock. Too bad that Tom had a nasty habit of referring to “flying tramcars” and lumbering Lancs”, or saying fighter pilots needed twice the skill and courage of bomber crews. To […]

Flying Blind

Issue Number: 4975
Flying Blind, cover by Janek Matysiak

Sergeant Owain Howell was too headstrong for the R.A.F. Charged with insubordination, he found himself consigned to the ground crew, servicing the planes he had once hoped to fly. Travelling with his crew to Africa, he was shot down and stranded in Italy. Squadron leader Leonard Brinkley, on the other hand, was a cool and […]

Stringbag Ace

Issue Number: 4972
Stringbag Ace, cover by Ken Barr

They said H.M.S. Adventurer was a haunted ship; haunted by a shadowy figure bent on sending the carrier to the bottom with all her planes and crew. Mystery lights flashed at night to guide enemy bombers to her. Men were struck down in shadowy corners and never knew what hit them. Guns jammed, planes blew […]

MIDNIGHT MISSION

Issue Number: 4955
Midnight Mission

Flight Sergeant Nick Nolan was a reliable, thoughtful type. He yearned to fly a fighter like a Spitfire or Hurricane but his superiors reckoned he “didn’t have enough fire in his belly”. Nonetheless, he undoubtedly had skills so Nick was selected to transport secret agents and supplies into German-held France. Aboard his Westland Lysander, the […]

FIGHTER ACE

Issue Number: 4936
Fighter Ace

“Flame Squadron” they were called in the R.A.F. But to the baffled pilots of the Luftwaffe they were known as “Flame Devils”. When an aircraft was shot to pieces, cartwheeling across the sky in a mass of flames, somewhere in that blazing Spitfire a cool fighting brain still functioned, a finger still pressed the firing […]