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  •  I have a copy of 'The Big Show', also his... (5+ / 0-)

    ...'Flames in the Sky'. Both are excellent books.

    The catastrophic collision you mention came during a victory flypast, and Clostermann was one of the few survivors.

    One thing to remember. Clostermann's 'Vieux Charles', and all the other Tempests in the book, were Mk V's. This was the only version to see wartime service. The Mk V was powered by the Napier Sabre engine, not the magnificent Bristol Centaurus, as seen here.

    'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

    by shortfinals on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 06:21:54 PM PST

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