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    Morning clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


    Question: What warbird pilot do I describe?

    Clues:

    (1) Even before being shot down and taken prisoner, the question often asked about this pilot was (para) “How has he managed to stay alive?”.

    (2) He had already been shot down four times.

    (3) He had been wounded twice.

    (4) He had bailed out.

    (5) He had crash landed after being shot up.

    (6) He had survived two midair collisions.

    (7) He had come down in the water.

    (8) He had a long, visible scar from a pre-war accident.

    (9) One one occasion, enemy fire had set his aircraft on fire.

    (10) On another, enemy fire had shattered his windscreen.

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    Evening clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


    Question: What warbird pilot do I describe?

    Clues:

    (1) Even before being shot down and taken prisoner, the question often asked about this pilot was (para) “How has he managed to stay alive?”.

    (2) He had already been shot down four times.

    (3) He had been wounded twice.

    (4) He had bailed out.

    (5) He had crash landed after being shot up.

    (6) He had survived two midair collisions.

    (7) He had come down in the water.

    (8) He had a long, visible scar from a pre-war accident.

    (9) On one occasion, enemy fire had set his aircraft on fire.

    (10) On another, enemy fire had shattered his windscreen.

    (11) On yet another, enemy fire had shot his throttle out of his hand.
    Last edited by Ernie P.; 08-18-2013 at 03:30 PM. Reason: typo

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    Question: What warbird pilot do I describe?

    Clues:

    (1) Even before being shot down and taken prisoner, the question often asked about this pilot was (para) “How has he managed to stay alive?”.

    (2) He had already been shot down four times.

    (3) He had been wounded twice.

    (4) He had bailed out.

    (5) He had crash landed after being shot up.

    (6) He had survived two midair collisions.

    (7) He had come down in the water.

    (8) He had a long, visible scar from a pre-war accident.

    (9) On one occasion, enemy fire had set his aircraft on fire.

    (10) On another, enemy fire had shattered his windscreen.

    (11) On yet another, enemy fire had shot his throttle out of his hand.

    (12) And on yet another, enemy fire had struck and deformed loose coins in his pocket.

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    Evening clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


    Question: What warbird pilot do I describe?

    Clues:

    (1) Even before being shot down and taken prisoner, the question often asked about this pilot was (para) “How has he managed to stay alive?”.

    (2) He had already been shot down four times.

    (3) He had been wounded twice.

    (4) He had bailed out.

    (5) He had crash landed after being shot up.

    (6) He had survived two midair collisions.

    (7) He had come down in the water.

    (8) He had a long, visible scar from a pre-war accident.

    (9) On one occasion, enemy fire had set his aircraft on fire.

    (10) On another, enemy fire had shattered his windscreen.

    (11) On yet another, enemy fire had shot his throttle out of his hand.

    (12) And on yet another, enemy fire had struck and deformed loose coins in his pocket.

    (13) An enemy bullet had knocked his oxygen mask off his face.

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    Question: What warbird pilot do I describe?

    Clues:

    (1) Even before being shot down and taken prisoner, the question often asked about this pilot was (para) “How has he managed to stay alive?”.

    (2) He had already been shot down four times.

    (3) He had been wounded twice.

    (4) He had bailed out.

    (5) He had crash landed after being shot up.

    (6) He had survived two midair collisions.

    (7) He had come down in the water.

    (8) He had a long, visible scar from a pre-war accident.

    (9) On one occasion, enemy fire had set his aircraft on fire.

    (10) On another, enemy fire had shattered his windscreen.

    (11) On yet another, enemy fire had shot his throttle out of his hand.

    (12) And on yet another, enemy fire had struck and deformed loose coins in his pocket.

    (13) An enemy bullet had knocked his oxygen mask off his face.

    (14) Yet, after all that, he was still eager for the fight.

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    Don't have an answer but do know this guy or girl should by a LOTTERY Ticket !!!
    Look towards the Horizon......your death awaits you there So Enjoy today ,,,,,,

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    Quote Originally Posted by uncljoe View Post
    Don't have an answer but do know this guy or girl should by a LOTTERY Ticket !!!

    If you knew all of the actual details, it would seem even more so, uncljoe. Thanks; Ernie P.


    Question: What warbird pilot do I describe?

    Clues:

    (1) Even before being shot down and taken prisoner, the question often asked about this pilot was (para) “How has he managed to stay alive?”.

    (2) He had already been shot down four times.

    (3) He had been wounded twice.

    (4) He had bailed out.

    (5) He had crash landed after being shot up.

    (6) He had survived two midair collisions.

    (7) He had come down in the water.

    (8) He had a long, visible scar from a pre-war accident.

    (9) On one occasion, enemy fire had set his aircraft on fire.

    (10) On another, enemy fire had shattered his windscreen.

    (11) On yet another, enemy fire had shot his throttle out of his hand.

    (12) And on yet another, enemy fire had struck and deformed loose coins in his pocket.

    (13) An enemy bullet had knocked his oxygen mask off his face.

    (14) Yet, after all that, he was still eager for the fight.

    (15) When shot down the final time, he was a noted ace; perhaps the best his country had.
    Last edited by Ernie P.; 08-20-2013 at 07:57 PM.

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    Question: What warbird pilot do I describe?

    Clues:

    (1) Even before being shot down and taken prisoner, the question often asked about this pilot was (para) “How has he managed to stay alive?”.

    (2) He had already been shot down four times.

    (3) He had been wounded twice.

    (4) He had bailed out.

    (5) He had crash landed after being shot up.

    (6) He had survived two midair collisions.

    (7) He had come down in the water.

    (8) He had a long, visible scar from a pre-war accident.

    (9) On one occasion, enemy fire had set his aircraft on fire.

    (10) On another, enemy fire had shattered his windscreen.

    (11) On yet another, enemy fire had shot his throttle out of his hand.

    (12) And on yet another, enemy fire had struck and deformed loose coins in his pocket.

    (13) An enemy bullet had knocked his oxygen mask off his face.

    (14) Yet, after all that, he was still eager for the fight.

    (15) When shot down the final time, he was a noted ace; perhaps the best his country had.

    (16) As a college student, he was never a noted scholar. He couldn’t sit still long enough to learn anything. But, he had a knack for languages and excelled in sports. A good gymnast and boxer, outstanding swimmer and by far the best on the rifle team.

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    Sounds Like Bob Stanford Tuck to me?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mein Duff View Post
    Sounds Like Bob Stanford Tuck to me?

    Right you are, Mein Duff; Tommy Tuck it is! And, you're up! Tuck was about as good as they get. Although he had the luck of the devil, he was also badly shot up by German gunners a number of times. Either the German gunners were very lucky, or very good, or Tuck was somewhat unlucky. One of these days, I'd like to see some research as to how the German gunners scored so many hits with a single 8mm machine gun. Take it away, Mein Duff. Thanks; Ernie P.


    Question: What warbird pilot do I describe?

    Clues:

    (1) Even before being shot down and taken prisoner, the question often asked about this pilot was (para) “How has he managed to stay alive?”.

    (2) He had already been shot down four times.

    (3) He had been wounded twice.

    (4) He had bailed out.

    (5) He had crash landed after being shot up.

    (6) He had survived two midair collisions.

    (7) He had come down in the water.

    (8) He had a long, visible scar from a pre-war accident.

    (9) On one occasion, enemy fire had set his aircraft on fire.

    (10) On another, enemy fire had shattered his windscreen.

    (11) On yet another, enemy fire had shot his throttle out of his hand.

    (12) And on yet another, enemy fire had struck and deformed loose coins in his pocket.

    (13) An enemy bullet had knocked his oxygen mask off his face.

    (14) Yet, after all that, he was still eager for the fight.

    (15) When shot down the final time, he was a noted ace; perhaps the best his country had.

    (16) As a college student, he was never a noted scholar. He couldn’t sit still long enough to learn anything. But, he had a knack for languages and excelled in sports. A good gymnast and boxer, outstanding swimmer and by far the best on the rifle team.

    (17) Even as a boy, he had quite a collection of firearms.

    (18) As a student pilot, he came very close to washing out. Then, on the point of being sent home, he finally learned to fly instinctively, without thinking about his actions and how his hands should move.

    (19) After that, he was always rated as an “above average or exceptional” pilot; although one who was apt to be “over confident”.

    (20) Two mid air collisions, both with friendly aircraft, changed his outlook and taught him to channel his recklessness. Neither incident was his fault; but one incident left him trapped in the cockpit of a crippled and out of control aircraft for a (relatively) long time. His escape was a near thing.

    (21) Although his personal luck always seemed to hold, it didn’t extend to friends or family. He once damaged an enemy bomber, which jettisoned its bombs. One of the bombs landed in an army training base… and killed his sister’s husband.

    (22) He was shot down by enemy ground fire, after violating the old rule against crash landing or bailing out near an enemy you have just bombed (in this case, shot up with cannon fire). One of his cannon shells actually went straight down the barrel of one of the AA guns. The AA gun was the same caliber as the guns he carried on his fighter!

    (23) In his first 24 hours of actual combat, he destroyed five enemy planes.

    (24) When he was shot down and captured, he was his country’s leading ace.

    (25) He is credited with 29 enemy aircraft shot down, and multiple “probables”. And this in less than two year’s combat.

    Answer: RAF Wing Commander Robert Stanford Tuck, D.S.O., D.F.C. and two bars.

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    Ahh... I found him but not all the details about the luck he had...

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    Quote Originally Posted by perttime View Post
    Ahh... I found him but not all the details about the luck he had...

    A book I can highly recommend. It also mentions Tuck once insisted on quickly leaving a pub he normally frequented until closing. When his girlfriend asked why he was acting so strangely, he replied "I don't know why, but I had to get out of there." Shortly after, a German bomber dropped a 500lb bomb on the pub and killed a number of his fellow fliers and friends. Strange things do happen. Thanks; Ernie P.

    Forrester, Larry. Fly for Your Life: The Story of RR Stanford Tuck, DSO, DFC (Fortunes of War). London: Cerberus Publishing Ltd., 2005, 2001. ISBN 1-84145-025-1.

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    Mein Duff; you are up. Please post your question. Thanks; Ernie P.


    Another close call for Tommy Tuck: He was testing an aircraft (early Typhoon) fitted with a device to monitor CO levels in the cockpit. He was about to take off when he received a "must answer" telephone call and turned the aircraft over to another pilot. It turned out the device was actually channeling CO into the cockpit. The other pilot passed out and crashed fatally. In fact, the phone call could have waited; it wasn't urgent.

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    Mein Duff;

    Please post your question quickly. Otherwise, we will have to move on. Thanks; Ernie P.

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    All;

    Mein Duff is apparently occupied elsewhere. The floor is now open. If you have a question, please post it. First to post has the floor. Thanks; Ernie P.

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    Sorry for the delay....This thread is no longer informing me that I have messages...I will post a question later today.........Stanford Tuck also shot down a German aircraft in England that released its bomb and killed his brother in law at an airbase...how bizzare !! ...he was the only person killed
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    Which German pilot?

    1. This young pilot was shot down over Kent, after having flown 150 missions. He later escaped from prison in Canada only to be recaptured.
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    1. This young pilot was shot down over Kent, after having flown 150 missions. He later escaped from prison in Canada only to be recaptured.
    2. He was intrumental in getting the Luftwaffe to use radios in their aircraft. He had a few bad run-ins with Adolf Galland. He was an Ace.
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    Ulrich Steinhilper ?
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    Looks like he had a pretty influential idea later in life:
    http://www.steinhilper.de/steinhilp/index.php

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    Tail Skid.. You got it !!!
    Quite an amazing life story, from the fledgling Luftwaffe Kadett, the Battle of Britain, Internment in Canada, Self induced Psychotic condition while interned.
    His three part book series, Spitfire on my tail, Ten Minutes to Buffalo and Full Circle is quite and amazing story, well worth the reading.
    Tail Skid.... You are up Sir !
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    Going to have to do some 'research' to come up with this one.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by tailskid View Post
    Going to have to do some 'research' to come up with this one.........

    Tailskid; please post your question. Thanks; Ernie P.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tailskid View Post
    Going to have to do some 'research' to come up with this one.........

    Tailskid;

    Unless you post your question soon, we will have to move along. Thanks; Ernie P.

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    Tailskid;

    Last chance before the floor is declared open to whomever wishes to ask a question. As a reminder, whomever has the floor has 24 hours to post their question, and must post at least one new clue (or respond to posted guesses) each 24 hours. Thanks; Ernie P.


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