WWII Royal Air Force Fighter Pilot

AT A ROYAL AIR FORCE FIGHTER STATION IN BRITAIN, NOVEMBER 1942At a Royal Air Force Fighter Station in Britain, November 1942

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Ian February 14, 2012 at 7:05 pm

About as British as it gets! Great photo

AJ February 14, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Simon Pegg? aka Shaun? (Shaun of the Dead)

Svend February 15, 2012 at 6:09 am

Any infos on what he is reading?

TJK February 15, 2012 at 11:30 am

Haircut, reading, warrior, sitting like a man, awesome. The book looks like something Egyptian.

Bill M February 15, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Those are some cool boots. .. I wonder if they were British Govt. issue?

Andrew Garceau February 15, 2012 at 7:25 pm

That is pretty manly.
And he does look like Simon Pegg.

Mark Bickham February 18, 2012 at 12:05 pm

My uncle flew for the RAF in WWII (Hurricanes and Mosquitos. Not a part of the Eagle squadrons but an American in the RAF.) He had a pair of those flying boots and told me they were not standard issue but that it was a coveted item for fighter pilots. The most prized items he left me when he died was his service pistol (S&W ,38, lend-lease issue, and his RAF wings. as well as an insatiable thirst for flight. I have followed in his footsteps and became involved in aerial firefighting, suppressing forest fires for the previous 30 years. retired 01-01-11.

Bill M February 19, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Thanks Mark for the boot info… My dad flew in a B-17 out of England during WWII, and was wounded on his 11th mission. .. Maybe they crossed paths in the air.

Stuart A February 19, 2012 at 7:05 pm

My grandfather was a navigator on a Lancaster in the RCAF during WWII as a Pathfinder (they went in ahead of the rest of the bomber force and left flares or dropped incendiaries on the target at night). Hasn’t shown me much of his things (except a Distinguished Flying Cross) but he has given me lots of advice on my own military career. Good photo.

Kirby G. February 25, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Look at the sharp haircut on the barber. Hard to find cut’s like that.

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The book is Greenmantle by John Buchan.

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