James 'Ginger' Lacey
James Lacey recounts the daily life of a sergeant
fighter pilot during the Battle of Britain. He talks about the importance
of training, how pilots felt about the enemy, dealing with the death of comrades, the differences
between Hurricanes and Spitfires and the issue of class barriers in the squadrons.
James Lacey was the RAF's top scorer during the Battle of Britain. He later went on to command
No 17 Squadron in Assam, India. The total number of enemy aircraft he had brought down by the end of
the war was 28. He was also the first pilot to fly a Spitfire over Japan.
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