By Nick Thomas
Air Commodore Peter Malam 'Pete' Brothers CBE, DSO, DFC, and Bar (1917-2008) was once some of the most heroic and hugely praised pilots of the second one global warfare. adorned broadly, he secured a complete of sixteen 'kills' over the process the clash, with 10 of those happening throughout the conflict of england. Pivotal moments in his occupation contain the time, in August 1940, while his flight encountered round 100 enemy airplane, together with Messerschmitt 110's; he led the flight in assault opposed to them, and shortly came upon himself in a stalled place, out of which he spun, in simple terms to be faced by means of a Dornier 215, which he shot down, ahead of later destroying a Messerschmitt 109. rankings of those form of dicy manoeuvres and successful victories punctuated a profession outlined through nice braveness, management and initiative within the face of fierce competition. This new and interesting biography profiles a pilot who, in the past, hasn't been the topic of one of these thorough book-length examine. the tale of his occupation is quite enjoyable, that includes a couple of hair-raising episodes, and is certain to attract fanatics of aviation heritage in addition to the extra common reader looking for an action-packed biography providing clean insights into essentially the most pivotal conflicts of the 20th century.
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Extra info for Hurricane Squadron Ace: The Story of Battle of Britain Ace, Air Commodore Peter Brothers, CBE, DSO, DFC and Bar
Their luck was typified by the following day’s events. Up and at dispersals since before dawn, Flight Lieutenant Brothers led ‘B’ Flight on a scramble at 0935 hours with orders to patrol Biggin Hill. After an hour and a half of stooging around the patrol landed. False alarms caused by flocks of birds, thunderstorms and training flights that got lost became commonplace, causing the pilots of No. 32 Squadron to compose a little ditty which, according to Flying Officer ‘Grubby’ Grice, went something like this: ‘The plots that appear on the screen, tra la, Have nothing to do with the Hun.
He was locked up for the rest of the war. ’ Recaptured, Milner was transferred to Stalag Luft III, from where he made further escape attempts, although he was not one of those who took part in the Great Escape: ‘He got out much earlier. He got himself to a German airfield and lay and watched it for a couple of days to check out the routine. He chose an aircraft but he couldn’t get it started – it was awaiting an engine change! ’ Despite the loss of one Hurricane, the squadron’s haul led to a message from HQ No.
36 Hurricane Squadron Ace Once back at Biggin Hill the pilots reported to their Intelligence Officer, Flying Officer Leighton. C. /JG 2 near Le Cateau, but had made his escape by parachute. Brothers recalled: ‘The first chap we lost was my great chum, Johnny Milner. ’) He bailed out and became a PoW. ‘Nobody saw what happened [sic] and we just hoped for the best. It took about two months … we got a card from a Kriegsgefangenenlager, which read, “Sorry I left you the other day; I wasn’t looking!