Korean War: RAF Meteor pilot on Australian combat ops

How an RAF pilot ended up flying 105 combat missions for the Royal Australian Air Force during the Korean War

By the time Joe Blyth first flew the Meteor in 1948 he had already had an exciting time in the RAF. A teenage wireless operator/air gunner, his Armstrong Whitworth Whitley had an engine failure while delivering supplies to the Belgian Resistance in September 1942. The aircraft crashed in the Ardennes and Blyth spent the next few weeks making his way to the Pyrenees – with the aid of the escape lines – before reaching Gibraltar. After the war he trained as a pilot and became a flying instructor.

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