Presentation by Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) Frederick Anthony Owen (Tony) Gaze DFC and Bar to members of the Australian Historical Aviation Society about his service in the Royal Air Force (RAF) flying Spitfires during the Second World War

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Accession Number S02132
Collection type Sound
Measurement 1 hr 32 min
Object type Talk
Physical description maxell UR 90; audio cassette
Maker Gaze, Frederick Anthony Owen (Tony)
Date made July 1999
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
Copying Provisions Copy provided for personal non-commercial use
Description

SIDE A: Tony Gaze relates: history of the development of the Supermarine Spitfire aircraft; pilot training in the Royal Air Force (RAF); completed first operational tour and sent as a Flight Commander to No.57 Operational Training Unit (OTU) RAF; flew Spitfire Mark 6 with 616 Squadron RAF; describes flying Spitfires Mark 7 to Mark 19; discusses air speed, armaments, long wing tips, external fuel tanks; sorties protecting bombers in particular flying with B17 Flying Fortresses over Spain; work promoting RAF and Spitfires to factory workers in Britain; shot down in 1943 and escape to Britain; flew with Canadians on D-Day; flew Gloster Meteors and test pilot at end of war; postwar interests; motor racing; gliding. SIDE B: gliding; answers members questions about the Air Fighter Development Unit; fighter affiliation with bombers and training; flying bombs; Gloster Meteors - fire power and design; attack on Tiger tank and Panther tank; usefulness of a Glostor Meteor as an interceptor fighter; explains how he was shot down in France, rescue by the Resistance, escape over the Pyrenees Mountains to Spain, injuries; heating in aircraft; mid-air collisions. END TAPE.