When stories are told or written of Allied WW2 pilots’ exploits, most of the time, they are from Europe or the USA.
There is one story that needs to be shared, of a brave Asian pilot from Singapore, who flew for the RAF against the Germans during WW2 in many aircraft, including a P-51 Mustang photo-recon over the D-Day beaches, and was a member of the Caterpillar Club, and an escapee from a Stalag Luft POW camp!
The man is Wing Commander Tan Kay Hai, DFC.
You can read his amazing life story at https://mothership.sg/2018/02/singaporean-ww2-pilot-fight-germans-europe/
I wish to inject some life into our new Militaria section in the eHangar.com Forum by sharing some of my own pieces of militaria I have collected over the years.
My pride and joy in my collection is a rare complete Hawker Hurricane Mk I control column.
I acquired this on eBay about 15 years ago. I can’t remember how much I paid for it but it must have been a lot.
It is a restored display piece, complete with name plate showing the serial number of the Hurri, which is AH 2040. I have yet to do research on this particular aircraft, but if anyone has info on it, I would love to hear from you.
I had it stored away for all this time, never displayed because initially I hid it from my wife (!) and later because I was moving around a lot. I decided to finally display it in my home a few days ago so I can enjoy looking at it.
Please enjoy the photos and share your comments with me here, if any. 🙂
Operation Chastise was the code name given to one of the most audacious air raids of World War Two.
When, on the night of 16/17 May, 1943, nineteen Lancasters with 133 men of the specially formed No. 617 Squadron took off from RAF Scampton, it was the culmination of months of training shrouded in secrecy. Their target – revealed to the crews only a short time before departure – were the mighty hydroelectric dams that lay in the heart of the Ruhr; the Mohne, Sorpe, Ennepe and Eder Dams.
Led by the mercurial Wing Commander Guy Gibson, already a veteran of over 170 bomber missions, the elite unit were under no illusions about the dangers of the attack. They would face night-fighter interception and heavy flak on the way to and from the target, and a barrage of ground fire as they ran in to drop their lethal cargo. To add to the danger they would need to fly, in complete darkness, at precisely 60 feet above the water to release the unique 10,000lb hydrostatic bombs designed by Barnes Wallis.