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    Default Riding the tail of a Spitfire, Polish pilot, 21 Nov 40

    From the diary of a pilot serving with No. 1 PRU at Heston:

    Thursday 21st
    Saw the most amazing thing in afternoon. Ike went for a ride on the tail of a Spit. Pilot, (Polish) made a good job of a crash landing & both are ok. Heavens knows how he hung on. It was not so hot to watch.

    Anyone have further details about this, please? Name of the Polish Pilot?

    'Ike' was (probably Brian Bertram) Considine, RAFVR.

    Possibly the first instance of someone going for a 'ride' on the tail of a Spitfire (there were other instances)?

    TIA,
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    Default Re: Riding the tail of a Spitfire, Polish pilot, 21 Nov 40

    Hi Errol,

    P.0689 Dyrgała Ryszard Wincenty, Dyrgałła Ricardo

    https://listakrzystka.pl/en/dyrgala-ryszard-wincenty/
    https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryszar...a%C5%82%C5%82a

    p. 96 : F/O Richard Drygalla and AC Rhodes

    https://books.google.cz/books?id=iBE...ygalla&f=false

    Regards

    Mojmir

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    Default Re: Riding the tail of a Spitfire, Polish pilot, 21 Nov 40

    Hello,

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...ever-carry-two people

    I have used the accepted spelling of Dyrgala's name:

    https://listakrzystka.pl/en/dyrgala-ryszard-wincenty

    A few interesting snippets on Dyrgala's life, here:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...-rocket-engine

    PS.

    I have 949649 AC1 Harry RHODES RAFVR, as the unwanted baggage! Sources: CCL1/McNeill/78 and AIR 78/133/5, Image 4 of 216.

    Col.
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    Default Re: Riding the tail of a Spitfire, Polish pilot, 21 Nov 40

    Many thanks Gents, though we now have two different names for the tail rider. 'Ike' Considine, a flying officer, was a mate of the diary writer and so one would have thought he knew for certain who the rider was - especially as he claims to have witnessed the event. Or did he not see clearly exactly who the rider was and was perhaps spun a tale by Ike?

    Chees,
    Errol

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    Default Re: Riding the tail of a Spitfire, Polish pilot, 21 Nov 40

    There was a WAAF too, Margaret Horton at Hibaldstowe. See http://www.bcar.org.uk/hibaldstow-history

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    Default Re: Riding the tail of a Spitfire, Polish pilot, 21 Nov 40

    Spitfire P9426 (Just to bring this thread up in the search results of that aircraft!)

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