Lucky 13

There was a great deal of pride involved in Royal Hellenic Air Force squadron 13 Mira’s fight against the Axis powers. That, for a long time, it went to war with inadequate equipment makes the unit’s achievements all the more heroic


A 13 Mira naval co-operation Anson patrolling the Aegean Sea circa 1940.

Running out of fuel at night in a raging sandstorm was not what WO Panayotis Frangoyannis of the Royal Hellenic Air Force had been trained for. Yet, on 8 May 1943, he and the crew of his 13 Mira Bristol Blenheim V found themselves in precisely that predicament.

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