Battle of Britain Day 2013
Flying Heritage Collection
3407 109th st SW
September 7, 2013 was the Flying Heritage Collection's "Battle of Britain Day" featuring their Supermarine Spitfire Mk. Vc and Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 at Paine Field located in Everett, Washington. The Spitfire was flown by local pilot Greg Anders and the Messerschmitt was flown by air racer John Penney.
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|Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 (flown by John Penney) Supermarine Spitfire Mk. Vc (flown by Greg Anders)|
|Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 (flown by John Penney) |
This aircraft: Allocated to the British-based Czech 312 Squadron on September 11, 1942, it was piloted by Squadron Leader Tomas Vybiral. On May 14, 1943, Vybiral led his squadron on a daring wave-top raid against enemy shipping at St. Peters Port, Guernsey. AR 614 was heavily damaged by flak, killing its wingman and narrowly missing Vybiral in the cockpit, but he was able to lead his squadron safely back to England.
This aircraft: This Bf 109-E was manufactured in Germany and deployed in October 1939. Piloted by Eduard Hemmerling, it flew primarily over France. Hemmerling shot down a British Spitfire on July 7, 1940, while escorting Stuka dive-bombers that were attacking British ships in Dover harbor. Later that month he destroyed a British Blenheim bomber and another British plane. But his own aircraft was mortally wounded, and Hemmerling turned back toward France. His failing airplane crashed off the coast of Cap Blanc Nez, killing the 27-year-old pilot. In 1988, a man walking on the beach near Calais noticed a piece of metal sticking out of the sand -- the tip of this plane's wing.