Wednesday, 1 February 2017

War flying ace

Today is the centenary of "Ginger" Lacey who shot down 28 enemy aircraft in several theatres of the second world war. He did have the advantage of training as a pilot before the outbreak of war, but he also benefited in the words of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography,  from "sharp eyesight, gritty determination, and skilful shooting".

The ODNB sums him up: "A modest, yet independent and straightforward man, he was the finest exemplar of the many sergeant-pilots of the volunteer reserve who so ably served their country during the battle of Britain."

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