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(Daily Mail)   And you try and tell the young people about the bomber pilot who in 1942 flew at window height down the Champs-Élysées to drop the French flag and then shoot up Gestapo headquarters.. they won't believe you   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 125
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2012-11-27 06:49:53 PM
I would have thought that the British (or maybe even the French) government would have bought the man's medals at the auction and put them in a museum.

In any case, nice job, Commander.
 
2012-11-27 06:52:34 PM
Pics or it didn't happen.
 
2012-11-27 06:57:37 PM
So cabbage crates chased over the briny?
 
2012-11-27 08:43:30 PM
How'd he fly that low with his balls dragging on the ground?
 
2012-11-27 08:51:34 PM
His actual logbook entry of the flight:

'dropped Tricolour on Arc D'Triomphe, shot up German HQ, dead bird in radiator...'

One cool dude.
 
2012-11-27 08:54:25 PM

Barfmaker: His actual logbook entry of the flight:

'dropped Tricolour on Arc D'Triomphe, shot up German HQ, dead bird in radiator...'

One cool dude.


That tells you it didn't happen right there. Why's he writing in English? Huh?
 
2012-11-27 09:36:54 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: Barfmaker: His actual logbook entry of the flight:

'dropped Tricolour on Arc D'Triomphe, shot up German HQ, dead bird in radiator...'

One cool dude.

That tells you it didn't happen right there. Why's he writing in English? Huh?


Because he was British.
 
2012-11-27 09:59:56 PM
And you try and tell the young people about the bomber pilot who in 1942 flew at window height down the Champs-Élysées to drop the French flag and then shoot up Gestapo headquarters.. they won't believe you

simhq.com


// Yes, I know the plane is from the wrong war. Find a better one flying over the Arc de Triomphe.
 
2012-11-27 10:16:14 PM
I'd be more impressed if he'd done it in something like a Lancaster

/but still pretty damned impressive
 
2012-11-27 10:17:37 PM

mr_a: I would have thought that the British (or maybe even the French) government would have bought the man's medals at the auction and put them in a museum.

In any case, nice job, Commander.


In all likelihood, I would expect places like the Imperial War Museum and the RAF Museum to bid on his medals. Hopefully a public institution will make a successful bid. This ensures his family gets the best price for them.
 
2012-11-27 10:27:25 PM
www.dudelol.com
 
2012-11-27 10:27:31 PM
Ken Gatward's bland log book entry for 12th June 1942 reads 'dropped Tricolour on Arc D'Triomphe, shot up German HQ, dead bird in radiator...'

It's dusty in here.
 
2012-11-27 10:30:49 PM

mr_a: I would have thought that the British (or maybe even the French) government would have bought the man's medals at the auction and put them in a museum.

In any case, nice job, Commander.


I was thinking the same thing.

At any rate, whoever wins the auction, if they're worth a shiat, will donate/loan them to a British/French museum.
 
2012-11-27 10:31:19 PM

Gulper Eel: How'd he fly that low with his balls dragging on the ground?


Exactly.
 
2012-11-27 10:31:31 PM
Men were men then.
Not sniveling pussies waiting in queue for a TSA to shake down granny pants for shampoo bottles.

Farking faries.
I hope you all get your butts checked out by a farking french fry school drop out who has visions of grandeur while shuffeling your cell phones down the line to the showers.

This is how it starts.
Some fat ass tells you they will tase you if you get out of line.

How it ends is up to you.
 
2012-11-27 10:32:46 PM
We can only hope that Cary Elwes plays him in the remake.
 
2012-11-27 10:32:56 PM
With brass balls that big it's a wonder the plane got off the ground.
 
2012-11-27 10:33:44 PM

jasimo: mr_a: I would have thought that the British (or maybe even the French) government would have bought the man's medals at the auction and put them in a museum.

In any case, nice job, Commander.

I was thinking the same thing.

At any rate, whoever wins the auction, if they're worth a shiat, will donate/loan them to a British/French museum give them back.

 
2012-11-27 10:37:46 PM
thisdistractedglobe.com

Captain Wild Bill Kelso, United States Army Air Corps. Where the hell am I?
 
2012-11-27 10:38:11 PM
That logbook entry is awesome. People like that can't exist today because of mass media though. Humility isn't going to make you famous!
 
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2012-11-27 10:38:44 PM

mr_a: I would have thought that the British (or maybe even the French) government would have bought the man's medals at the auction and put them in a museum.




dailygrindhouse.com
 
2012-11-27 10:39:40 PM

notmtwain: Find a better one flying over the Arc de Triomphe.


cdn7.wn.com
Charles Godefrey


/ Ooops, sorry, you said "over".
 
2012-11-27 10:46:54 PM
My wife's grandad was in the RAF. He told me about this "op" and others he had heard about and participated in.

I have always wondered how they could fly those planes with those big brass balls.

God Bless the RAF. Not the RAF March, but more of you will recognize this.
 
2012-11-27 10:49:08 PM
There's something about the British two engined fighter-bombers. It's like they needed the extra engine to handle the extra weight from the titanium balls the pilots hauled around. The Mosquito and the Beaufighter were astoundingly annoying to the Germans. I still think the Mossie is the most beautiful plane that ever flew.
 
2012-11-27 10:52:12 PM
i.dailymail.co.uk

Mine's the plane that says "bad motherfarker."
 
2012-11-27 10:53:00 PM
Operation Jericho, a low-level raid by RAF Mosquitos on a Gestapo prison in Amiens.
 
2012-11-27 10:54:01 PM

herrDrFarkenstein: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 306x522]

Mine's the plane that says "bad motherfarker."


THIS.
 
2012-11-27 10:54:25 PM

jaytkay: notmtwain: Find a better one flying over the Arc de Triomphe.


Charles Godefrey

/ Ooops, sorry, you said "over".


That's crazy! I never realized that Arch was THAT big.
 
2012-11-27 10:56:41 PM

Rusty Shackleford: Operation Jericho, a low-level raid by RAF Mosquitos on a Gestapo prison in Amiens.


That's... kind of insane. I'm amazed.
 
2012-11-27 10:58:14 PM
i14.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-27 11:01:53 PM

r1niceboy: There's something about the British two engined fighter-bombers. It's like they needed the extra engine to handle the extra weight from the titanium balls the pilots hauled around. The Mosquito and the Beaufighter were astoundingly annoying to the Germans. I still think the Mossie is the most beautiful plane that ever flew.


Always thought of both as more of a light-attack type then a bomber, but I guess back then, it qualified, so I won't quibble with subby.

Beaufighters tore the fark out of a lot of Kreigsmarine assets too, IIRC.
 
2012-11-27 11:05:28 PM

freewill: Rusty Shackleford: Operation Jericho, a low-level raid by RAF Mosquitos on a Gestapo prison in Amiens.

That's... kind of insane. I'm amazed.


They did the same in Denmark with great success at Aarhus, in 1944, but tragically when they attempted to raid the Copenhagen Gestapo HQ in early 1945, one Mosquito crashed into a girls' school (after striking a lamp post--that's how low they flew), which led some of the following bombers to mistakenly bomb the burning school, thinking it was the target. 100 kids and teachers were killed.
 
2012-11-27 11:05:41 PM
lh3.ggpht.com

Right. I had to get up in the morning at 2200 half an hour before I went to bed, drink a cup of sulphuric acid, fly twenty-nine hours to Berlin, and pay Hitler for permission to bomb him, and when we got home, our flight sergeant and group captain would kill us and dance about on our graves singing Hallelujah.
 
2012-11-27 11:13:03 PM

Rusty Shackleford: freewill: Rusty Shackleford: Operation Jericho, a low-level raid by RAF Mosquitos on a Gestapo prison in Amiens.

That's... kind of insane. I'm amazed.

They did the same in Denmark with great success at Aarhus, in 1944, but tragically when they attempted to raid the Copenhagen Gestapo HQ in early 1945, one Mosquito crashed into a girls' school (after striking a lamp post--that's how low they flew), which led some of the following bombers to mistakenly bomb the burning school, thinking it was the target. 100 kids and teachers were killed.


In the modern American media they'd be labelled as terrorist collaborators.
 
2012-11-27 11:17:39 PM

Rusty Shackleford: freewill: Rusty Shackleford: Operation Jericho, a low-level raid by RAF Mosquitos on a Gestapo prison in Amiens.

That's... kind of insane. I'm amazed.

They did the same in Denmark with great success at Aarhus, in 1944, but tragically when they attempted to raid the Copenhagen Gestapo HQ in early 1945, one Mosquito crashed into a girls' school (after striking a lamp post--that's how low they flew), which led some of the following bombers to mistakenly bomb the burning school, thinking it was the target. 100 kids and teachers were killed.


War is a son of a biatch like that, it seems.
 
2012-11-27 11:18:59 PM

Girion47: Rusty Shackleford: freewill: Rusty Shackleford: Operation Jericho, a low-level raid by RAF Mosquitos on a Gestapo prison in Amiens.

That's... kind of insane. I'm amazed.

They did the same in Denmark with great success at Aarhus, in 1944, but tragically when they attempted to raid the Copenhagen Gestapo HQ in early 1945, one Mosquito crashed into a girls' school (after striking a lamp post--that's how low they flew), which led some of the following bombers to mistakenly bomb the burning school, thinking it was the target. 100 kids and teachers were killed.

In the modern American media they'd be labelled as terrorist collaborators.


In the contemporary Danish media they probably were labeled as terrorists.
 
2012-11-27 11:19:09 PM
Chapman: Well, we said it was Gestapo headquarters, but it were actually an orphanage.

Palin: Aye, for the blind. But Gestapo headquarters was nearby, probably. I sure they heard it though, what with all the crying burning blind orphans running around the Champs-Élysées.

Gilliam: It were Gestapo headquarters to us!

Idle: Aye.
 
2012-11-27 11:19:24 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I'd be more impressed if he'd done it in something like a Lancaster

/but still pretty damned impressive


You don't strafe in a Lancaster...I suppose bombing would be more damaging.
 
2012-11-27 11:19:32 PM

Rusty Shackleford: Operation Jericho, a low-level raid by RAF Mosquitos on a Gestapo prison in Amiens.


Mossies were beautiful, fast, deadly pieces of furniture. Were I a billionaire, I'd own a Spitfire and a Mosquito. The US made good workmanlike planes during WWII, but the British made sexy planes. I recall the story of a Mossie recon pilot who got some branches caught in the elevator flaps, so landed in occupied France, removed the offending brush, used his recon camera to have his picture taken with a local French girl, took off as Germans were approaching, and returned to base with a wheel of cheese and a bottle of wine.
 
2012-11-27 11:19:49 PM

Gulper Eel: How'd he fly that low with his balls dragging on the ground?


Sparks. For effect.
 
2012-11-27 11:21:25 PM

freewill: Rusty Shackleford: Operation Jericho, a low-level raid by RAF Mosquitos on a Gestapo prison in Amiens.

That's... kind of insane. I'm amazed.


The Brits did some pretty crazy shiat during WWII, on land, sea and air.

Don't know what's happened to them since, but you could say that about the states as well.
 
2012-11-27 11:22:15 PM
"I used to bulls-eye Gestapo offices in my Beaufighter back home, they're not much more than two meters."
 
2012-11-27 11:23:00 PM

Johnsnownw: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I'd be more impressed if he'd done it in something like a Lancaster

/but still pretty damned impressive

You don't strafe in a Lancaster...I suppose bombing would be more damaging.


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2012-11-27 11:24:32 PM

Johnsnownw: You don't strafe in a Lancaster.


Not normally, but you can certainly do a lot of damage from the nose turret.
 
2012-11-27 11:24:36 PM
Big. farking. Balls.
 
2012-11-27 11:25:32 PM

Johnsnownw: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I'd be more impressed if he'd done it in something like a Lancaster

/but still pretty damned impressive

You don't strafe in a Lancaster...I suppose bombing would be more damaging.


Actually, if you're flying right at a low level target with a Lancaster you could just drop concrete blocks.

Example

/Bullseye a womprat, etc.
 
2012-11-27 11:28:19 PM

What_Would_Jimi_Do: [thisdistractedglobe.com image 500x210]

Captain Wild Bill Kelso, United States Army Air Corps. Where the hell am I?


"Private!"
"Yes,sir!"
"Check him for stilts."
 
2012-11-27 11:30:48 PM
Wow. Just wow.
 
2012-11-27 11:34:07 PM

r1niceboy: There's something about the British two engined fighter-bombers. It's like they needed the extra engine to handle the extra weight from the titanium balls the pilots hauled around. The Mosquito and the Beaufighter were astoundingly annoying to the Germans. I still think the Mossie is the most beautiful plane that ever flew.


/it could carry the weight of titanium balls despite the fact that it was made of wood
 
2012-11-27 11:39:56 PM
But did he lick the road clean with his tongue?
 
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