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A Very Special Second World War Lady Pilot

  Herewith details of Mary Ellis the last femaleSecond World War Pilot who passed away on 24th July at the ripe old age of 101. An amazing achievement. Trust you have enjoyed this article. Until next time Regards...

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The Last of ” The Few “

Further to my news letter on the 26th July I have now received details of the remaining few alive  pilots that flew in The Battle of Britain. Of the 2917 pilots that flew in The Battle of Britain, ( this being the official number of pilots ) from 10th July 1940 to...

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A sad July. The passing of two Battle of Britain Pilots

There are only a very few Battle of Britain Pilots that are still alive. Sadly within the space of one week 2 of the remaining pilots passed away, the one on 11th July and the other on the 18th July.  Herewith some information on these two exceptional BoB pilots....

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5th March 1936

Can you believe just how quickly time flys by. It was on 5th March 1936 that the first Supermarine Spitfire prototype took to the skies. It was two years later that the first operational Spitfire served at RAF Duxford,  home to 19 Squadron. 82 years later this Icon of...

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” Sailor ” Malan painting

Many years ago  a painting of " Sailor " Malan, by a very well known British artist, John Mansbridge, was commisioned to paint " Sailor " in the cockpit of his Spitfire. On completion is was hung for a number of years in the Art Gallery of South Africa House in...

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Ian Smith and his Altimeter

As you all probably know Ian Douglas Smith, the late Prime Minister of the then Rhodesia, and who declared UDI which caused a lot of controversy was a RAF Spitfire Pilot during WW11. I will give you a brief summary about his time in the war but what I want to tell you...

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” Dutch ” Hugo’s Homestead and Grave Yard

My special thanks to Tinus le Roux who is very active for the SAAF Museum and has many articles and information about the SAAF during WW 11. He paid a visit to Pampoenpoort the farm which belonged to the Hugo family, and where " Dutch " Hugo farmed and lived before he...

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Petrus ” Dutch ” Hugo – Portraitn

My special thanks to Tinus le Roux for this very fine Portrait, done for him by Brent Best, on our famous Battle of Britain pilot Petrus " Dutch " Hugo together with his service and awards. I'm sure you will all agree what a fine portrait this is. For those of you who...

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