By Alan Riding
On June 14, 1940, German tanks rolled right into a silent and abandoned Paris. 8 days later, a humbled France authorized defeat besides international career.
While the swastika now flew over Paris, the town of sunshine used to be undamaged, and shortly a weird form of normalcy again as theaters, opera homes, motion picture theaters, and nightclubs reopened for company. laying off gentle in this severe second of twentieth-century ecu cultural heritage, And the express Went On focuses anew on no matter if artists and writers have a distinct accountability to teach ethical management in moments of nationwide trauma.
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He claimed a 'Sally' destroyed for his third victory, and his first in the Spitfire; 'I was scrambled as "Drumstick Leader". About 40 minutes later I had R/T trouble, and "White 1" took over the lead. Whilst looking for my No 2, I lost sight of the squadron and proceeded alone on the same course. About ten minutes later I saw approximately 40 bombers, escorted by approximately 15 fighters, at 24,000 ft. There were only two fighters to port of the formation, so I attacked one from up sun that was 2000 ft above me, coming up dead astern of it at about 300 mph.
As a result, No 81 Sqn was ordered to send a detachment of Spitfires, along with a small servicing party, to 'Broadway' to offer a modicum of immediate air defence for the Chindit's vital landing strip. Fig Off Larry Cronin described the latter as a 'terribly small, and rough, runway. Jungle all round - aircraft drop in from over the treetops. Wrecked gliders lying everywhere'. The Japanese quickly discovered 'Broadway', and in the early afternoon of 13 March some 40 Ki-43s appeared overhead. In a savage action lasting 45 minutes, No 81 Sqn's detachment destroyed four and damaged several others.
Chat" got another flamer and mine stayed put, although I saw numerous strikes on him. ' Fit Sgt Bert Chatfield was credited with two of the 'Sallys' destroyed while Andrews claimed both a Ki-21 and a Ki-43 destroyed, plus a second 'Oscar' damaged. However, as Andrews continued; 'Through a colossal balls up, "Chat" and I and a section of No 136 Sqn aircraft were the only ones to intercept the enemy. Pilots from the latter unit got three destroyed. 'I was always struck by the beautiful paintwork and turn out of the "Oscars".
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