Blue Mossies, Pink Spits and Flashing Wimpys

Mick Britton details the important role of the RAF’s 34 (PR) wing in World War Two

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De Havilland Mosquito PR.XVI NS777, of 34 Wing’s 140 Squadron, during a reconnaissance sortie over continental Europe. The crest of 140 Squadron, which was a component of the RAF’s 34 Wing.

The inspiration to write this story came from a chance wartime meeting in a village pub, The Blacksmiths Arms, in Naburn just south of York. It was between my father, George Britton, and the landlady’s son, Fg Off Jerald ‘Jerry’ Winter who was an RAF pilot on a weekend’s leave during that summer in 1944. As a 17-year-old air cadet, dad was interested in aircraft and so asked Jerry what he was currently flying. Upon receiving the answer “a pink Spitfire”, dad thought he was the victim of a joke and invited him to “pull the other one”, but the pilot assured him he was serious and that he would prove it the next day when he was due to return to France.

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