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In this 1940 recording, Australian RAF pilot Richard HIllary recalls his first day in action as a Spitfire pilot. He claimed five enemy aircraft before getting shot down over the North Sea a few weeks later.
Hillary sustained grave burning injuries as a result and was treated by Archibald McIndoe, the pioneering plastic surgeon whose patients became known as the “Guinea Pig Club”. The recording is then cut with a battle report from Charles Gardner. Afterwards, Flight Lieutenant J.B. Nicholson remembers a lucky escape as he parachuted after being shot down over the English Channel.