Alone, Above All

The Photo Recon pilot had no wingman, no flight, no formation. He flew alone in radio silence for hours at a time, navigating on dead reckoning all over mainland Europe; in his unarmed Spitfire he had only its altitude and speed, along with his wits and airmanship as protection.

“Imshi”

One Christmas my parents gave me Chaz Bowyer’s "The History of the RAF". Within its pages is a captivating photo of a pilot resting on the ground, smiling. The pilot's name was S/Ldr Ernest M. Mason DFC, known to all as "Imshi". This is his story.

F/O Les Clisby’s Hawker Hurricane Mk.I of No.1 Squadron RAF, France May 1940

I present my first previously unpublished Feature Article. The subject is F/O Les Clisby and his Hawker Hurricane Mk.1. This remarkable Australian fighter pilot was noted for his aggression, both in the air and on the ground... "Remarkably, Clisby landed nearby, drew his service sidearm and chased the German crewmen across the field as they tried to escape! He captured one in a rugby tackle..." I hope you enjoy the article.