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This is the Mk V Spitfire that fighter ace Wing Commander Bob Stanford Tuck was flying when he was finally brought down by ground fire while attacking German troops in France in January 1942, becoming a prisoner-of-war.

Tuck joined the RAF in 1935 and fought through the Battle of France in Spitfires with No 92 Squadron before being promoted to Squadron Leader at No 257 Squadron during the height of the Battle of Britain, flying Hurricanes. In July 1941 he was made Wing Leader at RAF Duxford from where, back in Spitfires, he led fighter sweeps into northern France. On one of these on 28 January 1942 his plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire and forced to land. He remained a POW for three years until finally managing to escape and eventually making his way back to England via Moscow.

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  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyeralmost 2 years ago

    Excellent Gary. – Ted

  • Cheers Ted.

    – Gary Eason + Flight Artworks

  • Woodie
    Woodiealmost 2 years ago

    Excellent choice of sky Gary, Could be a Charles E Brown photo.
    Tuck did the testing of the two position rudder pedals on the Spitfire, Aug.1940. Used to raise the “blacking out threshold” and enabling tighter turns to be done. Knee up into stomach.

  • I didn’t know that. Fascinating, thanks.

    – Gary Eason + Flight Artworks

  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...almost 2 years ago

    Brilliant Work !

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