Tag Archives: Jose Maria Jorge

“Squadron – Scramble!”

Issue Number: 5230

All that stood between Britain and defeat by the Luftwaffe in the high summer of 1940, were the brave young pilots of RAF Fighter Command. They could be expected to fly several sorties a day and had to be ready for take off at a moment’s notice, constantly on the alert for that stomach‑churning call […]

Carrier Pilot

Issue Number: 5154

For some jet pilots, take‑offs and landings on an aircraft carrier were a tad frightening to say the least. It was like that for rookie Garry Carter, operating off the coast of Vietnam, and it didn’t help that superior types like senator’s son, Scott Bradey, boasted that he found it all very easy. But once […]

The Nelson Spirit

Issue Number: 5146

Schoolboy Billy Peters loved the old stories of swashbuckling pirates — and, living on an island in the Caribbean, there were plenty of tales to hear. But this was 1941 and Britain was at war with Germany. There were other pirates to worry about now — the kind who sailed U-boats and threatened to cripple […]

Air Pirates

Issue Number: 5130

Officially they were called Forward Air Controllers, but air pirates was nearer the mark. What else would you call pilots who sneaked about all over the Vietnamese jungle tops, ambushing the enemy from the air then withdrawing before they had time to retaliate? Roy Armour was one of these men. He flew with a secret […]

The Waiting Game

Issue Number: 5114

Pilot Officer Bob Barnes was bored. He’d joined the RAF hoping to be a fighter pilot, always in the thick of things. Yet, here he was, a navigator in a Catalina, searching the seemingly endless oceans for U-boats which they never seemed to find. There was none of the action he’d craved, this was more […]

Squadron Pride

Issue Number: 5042

Young Sergeant Pilots, Stewart Wright and Tommy Miller, did not think much of their new squadron – and even less of their squadron leader. But, flying their outdated Brewster Buffalo aircraft into battle against efficient Japanese Zero fighters, they discovered just how wrong they were when the chips were down. They had found pride in […]

Zig-Zag-Or Die!

Issue Number: 5002

Never fly straight for more than four seconds. That was a lesson learned in the fierce dog-fights of the Spanish Civil War. It was a lesson Andy Roe was to take back with him to the R.A.F. when the Second World War broke out. But Andy’s past misdeeds were to make it very difficult for him […]

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 […]