I do assume that any quotes of 'Jesus fucking Christ, where the fuck did that Boxhead c*nt come from?' might not have made it into Bomber Command's archives
There's a little bit of swearing in this one although 'you bastards' while you're being coned by searchlights with 88s all round you is still pretty mild.
Meant to post this the other day.
Here's a bit of coolness under pressure. Operation Oyster - The Phillips factory at Eindoven daylight raid. The Pilot at 3.19, flying in at at rooftop level below 100ft, winking to the camera.http://www.youtube.com/v/AZzgDkFvHbI&hl=en_US&fs=1
These aircraft are all from 2 Group, later hived off from Bomber command to form 2nd TAF. The Venturas on this raid suffered particularly severe casualties.
My Dad was actually trained initially to fly Venturas, though by the time he returned to the UK from Pilot training in Canada, they had just about been withdrawn and fortunately for him, replaced with Mitchells which he then converted onto and subsequently flew on daylight operations for his combat tour with 2nd TAF. He was grateful, as the Ventura had an appalling reputation in the RAF. Underpowered, underarmed, unmaneuverable, poor hydraulic systems, and he said the biggest problem was the escape hatch for the pilot was in the bottom of the fuselage so if you belly landed you had to try and smash through the cockpit window with an axe to get out, a design flaw as there was no proper escape hatch in the cockpit glass. Combined with a fuel tank in the lower fuselage it was a real widow maker. In Canada on the first day of his twin engine training, he witnessed a Pilot screaming and burning up when he was unable to escape after a crash landing and subsequent predictable brew up in one on a routine flight. And they were still expected to fly these things.
In the Mitchell, he bellied in twice at Friston after being badly shot up, a huge emergency landing grass airfield on the south coast specifically designed for returning damaged aircraft from raids on the continent to do just that, and all of his crew walked away uninjured. He always said that after he finished operations, and he was only 21, like so many just a lad, he regarded every day of the rest of his life as a bonus.
On the swearing on air bit....I don’t know the extent to which it would have been used on operations but there are numerous reports of male officers on the ground being embarrassed in front of female WAAF radio operators by the stream of bad language coming over the radio from aircrew – the WAAFs usually not batting an eyelid! In one I have read (but don’t remember the source), the WAAF replied matter-of-factly “That’s nothing, before this I worked in a racing stable.” Johnnie Johnson’s book has another account of something similar. The Canadians in particular were famous for it, and I imagine the Canadians on the Dams Raid were no different.http://dambustersblog.com/2011/11/08/dambusters-remake-quiet-progress/
and..When the film Reach for the Sky was released, people associated Bader with the quiet, and amiable personality of actor Kenneth More who played Bader in the film. Bader recognised the producers had deleted all those habits he displayed when on operations, particularly his prolific use of bad language. Bader once said, "[they] still think [I'm] the dashing chap Kenneth More was". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Bader#Personality
(I know I shouldn't but I loved this bit from there.....During one visit to Munich, Germany, as a guest of Adolf Galland, he walked into a room full of ex-Luftwaffe pilots and said, "My God, I had no idea we left so many of you bastards alive"
I bet he really said 'fucking bastards'