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  • German Night Fighter Defection - Junkers 88, Ireland 1945

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uqN8zIOMpY

  • #2
    when I was growing up, I can remember my father and uncle talking about seeing this plane and that there was quite a bit of excitement about it. They said it had some difficulty taking off again, apparently the runway at Gormo was a bit short for it!
    'He died who loved to live,' they'll say,
    'Unselfishly so we might have today!'
    Like hell! He fought because he had to fight;
    He died that's all. It was his unlucky night.
    http://www.salamanderoasis.org/poems...nnis/luck.html

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Flamingo View Post

      when I was growing up, I can remember my father and uncle talking about seeing this plane and that there was quite a bit of excitement about it. They said it had some difficulty taking off again, apparently the runway at Gormo was a bit short for it!
      It was only a grass runway..
      "We will hold out until our last bullet is spent. Could do with some whiskey"
      Radio transmission, siege of Jadotville DR Congo. September 1961.
      Illegitimi non carborundum

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Turkey View Post

        It was only a grass runway..
        I'm going back over 40 years (and they were going back over 30). I just remembered them saying that there was difficulty in getting it to take off, they had heard there wasn't enough room. I also remember them saying the original German pilot had to fly it out again, so obviously there was some inaccuracies in their memories of it. They wouldn't have been involved in any way, they just lived in Gormanstown and it would have been a subject of local gossip.

        It's just interesting to hear the facts about something unusual I heard discussed as a child by family members who witnessed it.
        'He died who loved to live,' they'll say,
        'Unselfishly so we might have today!'
        Like hell! He fought because he had to fight;
        He died that's all. It was his unlucky night.
        http://www.salamanderoasis.org/poems...nnis/luck.html

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        • #5
          Winkle Brown flew it out after being briefed by the German pilot because he hadn't flown that subtype before. He had flown the original Ju 88 A-4. The aircraft was exchanged for a job lot of spares for our existing vehicle and aircraft fleet from the UK.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by GoneToTheCanner View Post
            Winkle Brown flew it out after being briefed by the German pilot because he hadn't flown that subtype before. He had flown the original Ju 88 A-4. The aircraft was exchanged for a job lot of spares for our existing vehicle and aircraft fleet from the UK.
            I googled him...wow

            https://www.memorialflightclub.com/b...c-winkle-brown
            'History is a vast early warning system'. Norman Cousins

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            • #7
              Winkle Brown was as tough as old boots, fantastically skilled and a friend who met him said he was a real charmer.

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