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  1. ReichFeldpost

    RAF Pilot Sketches

    I have posted this before on another forum, but thought that you guys might like to see these sketches. Whilst researching for the 'Quest for a Panzer' project, I was trawling through RAF Squadron documents at the National Archives, when I stumbled across an RAF Squadron Diary, for one of the Typhoon squadrons involved with the attack. This was an incredible find, as I was able to cross reference detail from the Squadron Mission Reports, along with entries from the diary. It would seem that this diary was a personal squadron record of daily events by the pilots, and that each squadron member took a turn of writing the diary memoirs, with each turn taking a week (as per entries in the record). There was one pilot in particular, a Canadian named Macintosh, who alongside his very detailed and articulate entries, would sketch little cartoons, making light hearted humour of the situation that the squadron pilots found themselves in. These sketches show a lighter side of what must have been a very stressful time for these brave men. These are the first couple of sketches in a series. It is probable that these sketches haven't been seen before by many, as they were tucked away in this squadron diary for the best part of 70 years. I thought that they needed to be seen, rather than lay tucked away for ever. The first sketch, titled 'The Spartan' shows the joy of living in tents, as pilots took turns in sleeping in tents on 'Readiness' in cold and windy fields, ready to scramble, just yards from their aircraft. The second sketch titled 'Shooting the big eye' shows what I perceive as a bit of light hearted banter aimed at a squadron member who had bulbous eyes. In this sketch he is flying his Typhoon over Normandy and 'Shooting the big eye'..