Above and Beyond

Graham Pitchfork outlines the career of the Royal Air Force’s only Icelandic fighter pilot, Thorsteinn Jonsson

 
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Born in Reykjavík, Iceland, in 1921, Thorsteinn ‘Tony’ Jonsson travelled to England in April 1940 and joined the RAF. After training as a pilot, he joined 17 Squadron in July 1941 as a sergeant, to fly Hurricanes. Three months later, he transferred to 111 Squadron, flying Spitfires from North Weald, Essex. He flew squadron sweeps and bomber escort missions, including ‘Rhubarbs’ (roving low-level patrols by aircraft pairs) over northern France. By the time the squadron was withdrawn from the front line, he had completed 31 sweeps.

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