By Norman Franks
This intended that aircrew in problems will be compelled to come back down in either one of those our bodies of water. for this reason it used to be crucial that a few type of rescue carrier be made to be had to fish those airman from the water. yet there have been no airplane in life at the moment that have been designed for this sort of job: firstly all that may be performed was once to take advantage of land ‘planes to assist find a person within the water, drop a dinghy to them, after which consultant a ship to their position.
Obviously a swifter and extra trustworthy technique of rescue used to be wanted, and this got here within the form of the Supermarine Walrus, an amphibian plane which could land on either sea and land. a number of Flights of those airplanes have been arrange round the coast of england, focused generally round the south and southeast of britain. The Air Sea Rescue airmen did an impressive activity from 1941-45, rescuing countless numbers of downed RAF and USAAF aircrew. It took a unique form of airman to adopt those rescues – and one other type of courage.
As the struggle in North Africa built, Walrus airplane have been wanted within the Mediterranean, and in a while each side of the Italian coast. Walrus squadrons operated simply as effectively during this theater as round Britain. Aircrew working over any stretch of water may regularly anticipate the ASR boys coming to their aid.
This is their story.
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