tinkll1 (tinkll1) wrote,

Eric "Winkle" Brown: "Wings on My Sleeve"

I have no business writing a book report on the first 39 pages, but I am reading a fascinating book about this remarkable man's achievements during World War II. He flew 487 different aircraft and made 2,407 carrier landings. I have just read about his pioneering efforts aboard HMS Audacity, the first escort carrier in the Royal Navy, countering the U-boat threat and the threat posed by Focke Wulf Kurriers to Atlantic convoys in 1941. He flew Martlets, from the Audacity, a version of the Grumman Wildcat of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. He is an excellent writer, and it appears that he is still alive. I feel like I've discovered a whole new area to explore, and I might add, before the Spitfire stole my heart, I was in love with this tubby little fighter that "Butch" O'Hare flew. Going back to my childhood, I fear.

There is an even better biography of Captain Brown at this site, Air University.

This is the O'Hare Wildcat that suehypno refers to, below:

Tags: pilots, royal navy, world war ii
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