Tag: Veteran

Flight Lieutenant Bill Green ✝

Flight Lieutenant Bill Green, who has died aged 97, was twice shot down: first flying a Hurricane during the Battle of Britain; five years later he was taken prisoner after again being shot down whilst flying a Tempest over Germany. Read his obituary from The Telegraph.

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Wing Commander Bob Bray †

Wing Commander Bob Bray, who has died aged 93, was a bomber pilot with the RAF who lit up targets in the Ruhr and during the lead-up to D-Day. He flew 94 missions over Europe and was twice awarded the DFC. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

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Jimmy Dodds †

Jimmy Dodds, one of the Royal Air Force’s most successful fighter pilots, has passed away aged 92. Flying outclassed Hurricane fighters in North Africa in 1941 and 1942, he shot down many Italian and German fighters. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

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Jean Sauvage, Normandie-Niémen fighter pilot and ace †

The commandant Jean Sauvage, who fought with the famous Normandie-Niémen fighter group on the Eastern Front, recently passed away aged 97. Flying Morane-Saulnier MS. 406 fighters with GC III/3 during the Battle of France, he was credited with three shared aerial victories. He was sent to North Africa after the armistice and joined the Allied …

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Wing Commander Bob Foster †

Wing Commander Bob Foster, who has died aged 94,  was a Battle of Britain fighter pilot who went on to become an ace flying Spitfires in defence of Australia. In 2004, Bob Foster was reunited with Hawker Hurricane R4118, which he flew during the Battle of Britain. After the war Foster worked for Shell-Mex and …

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Lt Charles “Sox” Hosegood †

Lt Charles “Sox” Hosegood, who has died aged 93, was among a select group of British pilots who trained to use the first helicopters in combat, during the Second World War. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

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Maj. James Goodson †

Major James Goodson, one of the top aces of the US 4th Fighter Group in World War II, passed away on May 1, aged 93. After the war, Major Goodson went on to a successful post-war business career. Goodson joined the war in 1939, at the age of 18, when he went to the United …

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Colonel Miloslav Bitton †

Colonel Miloslav Bitton, who has died aged 94, ran escape lines out of Czechoslovakia in the Second World War before serving with the Desert Rats in the Eighth Army and then as an RAF fighter pilot in bombing raids over Germany. Read his obituary on The Telegraph

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William Ash †

William Ash, who has died aged 96, was a Texan ‘hobo’ turned Spitfire pilot who became celebrated for his numerous failed attempts to escape from Stalag Luft III. Read his biography on The Telegraph

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Air Commodore Gordon Steege †

Air Commodore Gordon Henry Steege DSO, DFC (30 October 1917 – 1 September 2013) was a senior officer in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). He became a fighter ace in World War II, credited with eight aerial victories. Joining the RAAF in July 1937, Steege first saw action with No. 3 Squadron in the Middle East, where he was …

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George Marcelin †

Georges Marcelin, who served as a mechanic with the famous “Normandie-Niémen” Free French fighter group during World War Two, died yesterday at the age of 92. In october 1943, the French mechanics of the group were replaced by Soviet mechanics and Georges Marcelin was assigned to the “Ardennes” fighter group, flying the P-40 Warhawk and …

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Squadron Leader Tony Gaze †

Squadron Leader Tony Gaze, who died on 29 July 2013 at the age of 93, was a Second World War Spitfire fighter ace and later became a highly successful motor racing driver.  Born on 3 February 1920, he was credited with 12.5 aerial victories during the Second World War and flew jets and gliders after …

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Doolittle raiders gather for final meeting

Three of the four surviving members of the 18 April 1942 Doolittle Raid on Tokyo gathered from April 17 to 21 at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida for a final meeting. The members who were present were Lt. Col. Richard Cole, le Lt. Col. Edward Saylor and Staff Sgt. David Thatcher. Lt. Col. Robert …

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Henri Bourrassier †

We are saddened to learn the death of Henri Bourrassier, who passed away on April 6. Henri Bourrassier flew the B-26 Marauder with the Free French  “Bretagne” bomber group during World War Two. He later flew Dakotas and Noratlas transport aircraft for the French Air Force in during the wars in Indochina and Algeria. He …

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Col. Robert J. “Shorty” Rankin †

Col. Robert J. “Shorty” Rankin, a World War II fighter ace of the 56th Fighter Group, passed away on March 14, 2013 in his winter home in Florida, aged 94. He was credited with 10 confirmed, 1 probable victories and 2 damaged e/a, and was the first P-47 Thunderbolt to achieve “ace-in-a-day” status by destroying …

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