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​This is a story of an 18 year-old just out of high school who was trained to take pictures of damage done to German targets by B-17s. He flew in a British Spitfire fitted with extra fuel tanks where the guns originally were located and his assignment was to fly over Germany totally unarmed just to take videos (aka photo recon)...unbelievable that he survived!

WWII American Spitfire Pilot...This is probably one of the best WWII film clips out there. Stored for 61 years in two suitcases of 16mm home movies that were inherited by filmmaker William Lorton from his great uncle who served as a Flight Surgeon during WWII. Those suitcases contained 3 hours of war footage that included a compelling crash landing of a Spitfire in 1944.Filmed in a 2005 interview with the now 83 year old pilot of the Spitfire in the video and seeing the expression on his face when he realizes it is him in the cockpit, is something you won't soon forget. At 18 years old, he was all alone, behind enemy lines, with no guns, no escort, and he gladly did it. They just don't make men like him anymore. He and his peers serving during that time were truly members of the greatest generation and we owe them so, so much.

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Great story Ross. His attitude about just ignoring being shot at was impressive. Quite a contrast between him and today's 18 year olds who need safe spaces where they can go cry when things don't go their way.

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Really great video. Downloaded it for my senior group since one of the principles lives in our county. The courage he showed is remarkable, and yes, the expression he showed when he realized the film was of him was fun to watch. Watching him make that emergency landing seemed to bring it all back to him.

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What an amazing story and great video.
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What a great part of history. I'm 59 and both of my grandfathers fought in WW2.
Interesting to me was one was Army Air as a bombardier in Pacific theater and the
other was in North Africa with Gen. Patton. I used to bug them for hours for
war stories as a child. They both lived until I was in my early 30's.

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That's a very nice video and I was happy to watch it, that war was won by boys, The Spitfire and the Hurricane were great aircraft. N
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A wonderful video Ross, thanks for posting. You get lots of first class videos, it's about time that you started to post them.


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Thanks for sharing that was awesome !!
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My dad was a Flying Sargent, too. He flew B26's out of Great Dunmow (Lady Astor's estate) which is just north of London.

The bravery and patriotism of that generation puts today's generation of a like age to shame. I shudder to think what would have happened if there had been the same level of "news" coverage on D-Day that we have today. Today's high school graduates, for the most part, would probably just cower in the LCP's and would NEVER make those photo recon flights over Germany, even with a fighter squadron for their escort.

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