Saturday, July 27, 2013

Jul

27

1943

French Spitfire pilot Pierre Closterman opens his score

Supermarine Spitfire Mark Vs banking over Tunisia during a sortie to provide top cover for Allied bombers.

I climbed steeply, did a half-roll and, before they could complete the 180° of their turn, there I was — within easy range this time – behind the second one. A slight pressure on the rudder and I had him in my sights. I could scarcely believe my eyes, only a simple deflection necessary, at less than 200 yards range. Quickly I squeezed the ring-button. Whoopee! Flashes all over his fuselage. My first burst had struck home and no mistake.