Tag Archives: KP MacKenzie

“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 […]

Battling Boneshakers

Issue Number: 5182

They were “wood-and-wire wonders”, these early aircraft of World War One – hard enough to fly, let alone fight in! To make things worse for the pilots of the newly formed Royal Flying Corps, the enemy were quick enough to perfect a gun that fired successfully through the propeller arc of their Fokker Eindeckers.   […]

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 […]