FlyPast - January 2017

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Features

Buffalo Stance
Andrew Thomas pays tribute to the Brewster Buffalo-equipped Allied squadrons that took a stand against the Japanese in Malaya.

What’s Up? ‘Doc’!
After an epic restoration, B-29 Superfortress ‘Doc’ has returned to US skies.

Chalgrove Meteors
Martin-Baker has operated Meteors as ejection seat test-beds for seven decades. Darren Harbar discovers the twin jet still has much to offer.

Return of the Mitchell
Four veterans of the wartime Dutch 320 Squadron gathered at Dunsfold for an emotional reunion. Darren Harbar reports.

Stalin’s Captives
Vladimir Kotelnikov begins a two-part examination of the Soviet Union’s aviation ‘war trophies’.

Bomber Command: Lest We Forget

WE REFLECT ON THE COURAGE OF THE MEN OF RAF BOMBER COMMAND, HIGHLIGHTING PERSONAL STORIES FROM WORLD WAR TWO AND EXAMINING CURRENT AIRCRAFT RESTORATION ENDEAVOURS.

ARCTIC WELLINGTONS
In April 1940, a pair of Vickers Wellingtons were deployed to Norway in response to a Royal Navy request for reconnaissance, as Tom Spencer explains.

DITCHED HALIFAX
Trusted with his CO’s Halifax, Canadian Steve Puskas came home without it. Ken Cothliff tells the tale of a fortunate escape.

TIGER FORCE
With its task over in Europe, Bomber Command examined its next objective – Japan. Graham Pitchfork describes the force that never was.

FAILED TO RETURN
A total of 55,573 men lost their lives while serving with Bomber Command in the war. Tom Milner reflects on the fate of one young crew who were part of that number.

STOPPING ‘SEALION’
Hampdens of 83 Squadron played a vital role in thwarting Hitler’s proposed Operation Sealion – the invasion of Britain, as Andrew Thomas relates.

STIRLING EFFORT
John Lathwell and David Collins of the Stirling Aircraft Project explain how a famous bomber is being brought back from extinction.

MEMORIAL FLIGHT LANC
Chris Gilson visits Duxford’s Aircraft Restoration Company, which is carrying out essential maintenance on the BBMF’s Avro Lancaster.

Regulars

Museums
A visit to Johannesburg’s South African National Museum of Military History where a number of unusual aviation treasures are on public display.

What’s New
The latest aviation-related books, prints and collectibles receive the FlyPast verdict.

FlyPost and ‘Ops’ Board
Readers’ letters and dates for your diary.

For Valor
Graham Pitchfork pays tribute to highly decorated World War One ace Albert Ball.

Finals
Planes of Fame.

Flypast Spotlight Messerschmitt Me 262 

Origin and History
We recount the German fighter’s history.

Men Behind the Machine
Robert Forsyth describes how Adolf Galland gathered an elite group of pilots to defend the Reich with the potent Me 262 jets.

Tempest in Pro¬file
Andy Hay artwork of a JV 44 Messerschmitt.

In Combat
The German jets arrived too late to make a significant difference, as Robert Forsyth explains.

From the Archive
A selection of rarely seen images.