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Reginald Warneford

This is Flight Sub Lieutenant Reginald Warneford. You probably won’t have heard of him, nor had I but I just read this about him in ‘Churchill’s Wizards’ by Nicholas Rankin.

In the First World War, after attacking a Zeppelin:

“The ensuing explosions turned his plane upside down, hundreds of feet in the air (where only his safety straps prevented him from falling out), and silenced his engine. He managed to glide down, land in enemy territory, fix his fuel line with a cigarette holder and a handkerchief, take off again and coast with an empty tank until he could crash land…”

Now that’s the way to do it


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