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The RAF pilot who dropped the Tricolor on occupied Paris
Daily Telegraph (London) ^ | 27th November 2012 | anon

Posted on 11/27/2012 10:36:15 AM PST by Winniesboy

The audacious story of how a RAF pilot flew down the Champs-Elysees to drop a French Tricolor over Nazi-occupied Paris has emerged after his medals were put up for sale.

In a daring raid intended to boost the morale of the French, Wing Commander Ken Gatward flew just feet off the ground to put the wind up the Germans.

After dropping a huge French flag on top of the Arc de Triomphe, the British pilot headed towards the Gestapo headquarters which he raked with 20mm shells.

The attack sent the German SS troops running for their lives, to the delight of Parisians.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


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1 posted on 11/27/2012 10:36:21 AM PST by Winniesboy
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To: Winniesboy

Bookmark


2 posted on 11/27/2012 10:43:47 AM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: Winniesboy

That type of bravado would get you grounded these days. I will however admit to being in a flight that entered Iraqi airspace playing Queen’s “We Will Rock You” over an open UHF channel.


3 posted on 11/27/2012 10:44:04 AM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Winniesboy

AWESOME story!


4 posted on 11/27/2012 10:44:27 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Winniesboy

At least he never saw Londonistan. That there were once Brits like him...


5 posted on 11/27/2012 10:48:23 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: USNBandit

why not The Clash’s “Rock the Casbah”?


6 posted on 11/27/2012 10:50:16 AM PST by SpinnerWebb (In 2012 you will awaken from your HOPEnosis and have no recollection of this... "Constitution")
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To: USNBandit

that’s good - but Rock the Casbah would have been even better. :-)


7 posted on 11/27/2012 10:50:26 AM PST by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: Winniesboy

The French Government should buy the whole collection and then donate it to the British War Museum.


8 posted on 11/27/2012 10:52:11 AM PST by Strategerist
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To: Winniesboy
The British had been informed the Germans held daily parades down the Champs-Elysees and he was asked to strafe the parade.

If people like this were running the war in Afghanistan, it would have been won years ago.

9 posted on 11/27/2012 10:55:56 AM PST by PGR88
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To: USNBandit

Why would this kind of thing get anyone grounded? The mission was fully vetted and approved. Anyone carrying out their orders to do such a thing today would probably not get much publicity, but they’d not be grounded, either.

That said, I don’t know what kind of aircraft anyone has anymore that could carry out a similar mission.


10 posted on 11/27/2012 10:56:15 AM PST by MeganC (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: MeganC

I think bandit’s point is there are no governments who would allow such a thing. 0dumbo wouldn’t want to “ offend” the muslims.
and the vbrits are afraid of all the muuslims in their country


11 posted on 11/27/2012 11:03:08 AM PST by RWGinger (Simpl)
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To: Winniesboy

Bump.


12 posted on 11/27/2012 11:03:12 AM PST by Jaxter ("Pro Aris et Focis")
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To: Winniesboy

Back when England still had balls.


13 posted on 11/27/2012 11:04:15 AM PST by servo1969
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To: Winniesboy

That’s one huge flag draped straegically over the Arc de Triomphe and one good looking pilot who looks like he has what it takes.


14 posted on 11/27/2012 11:05:41 AM PST by ArmyTeach ( Videteco eos prius (See 'em first) Sculpin 191)
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To: MeganC; Winniesboy
I don't know what kind of aircraft anyone has anymore that could carry out a similar mission

An A-10 Warthog maybe?

Bristol Beaufighter of type used for the Tricolor-SS strafing run.

15 posted on 11/27/2012 11:09:53 AM PST by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: ArmyTeach
That’s one huge flag draped strategically over the Arc de Triomph

Not sure the flag was quite as big as shown in the illustration...cvould be the artist's imagination getting a little carried away...

16 posted on 11/27/2012 11:26:03 AM PST by Winniesboy
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To: MeganC

You could probably pack a flag in the speed brake of a plane. I know a guy that got grounded for dropping several thousand invitations to a party over the beaches near Sydney Australia.


17 posted on 11/27/2012 11:27:45 AM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Winniesboy

Would make a good movie....


18 posted on 11/27/2012 11:31:24 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Bigg Red

mark


19 posted on 11/27/2012 11:31:45 AM PST by Bigg Red (Sorry, Mr. Franklin, I guess we couldn't keep it.)
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To: Winniesboy

Yep, probably... :-)


20 posted on 11/27/2012 11:31:45 AM PST by ArmyTeach ( Videteco eos prius (See 'em first) Sculpin 191)
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To: Covenantor

The Beaufighter was one of the undersung successes of British military aviation in the Second World War. May have lacked the glamour of the Spitfire or Mosquito, but was a superbly tough and powerful night fighter/fighter-bomber which proved adaptable to many different roles and did invaluable service in widely differing theatres, including the Pacific (the Japanese called it ‘whispering death’).


21 posted on 11/27/2012 11:34:20 AM PST by Winniesboy
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To: muir_redwoods

I’m sure the 10,000 Brits who are fighting in Afghanistan would take issue with that comment, especially the c 450 who’ve paid the ultimate price. A fallen rate that, on a per capita basis, could arguably be higher than the US. Just sayin’.


22 posted on 11/27/2012 11:37:27 AM PST by Natufian (t)
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To: Winniesboy
"... After dropping a huge French flag on top of the Arc de Triomphe, the British pilot headed towards the Gestapo headquarters which he raked with 20mm shells... The attack sent the German SS troops running for their lives, to the delight of Parisians."

And every once in awhile, only just so often, war is a hell of a lot of fun.

23 posted on 11/27/2012 11:59:01 AM PST by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi)
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To: Natufian

Not taking anything from those currently serving but flying a WWII issue prop plane a few feet off of “main street” in gestapo held Paris does put one in rare company. That’s Jimmie Doolittle territory.


24 posted on 11/27/2012 12:40:25 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: USNBandit
Been there, done that. In 1972, one of our pilots was undergoing S.E.R.E. training in the Rangley mountains in Maine. We cooked up flyers about him and then, two TA-4J Skyhawks loaded them into the speedbrakes, flew over the POW camp and let them go...all 2000 of them. Direct hits on the camp commandant's office and the prisoner compound. His interrogations were (as reported later) a real hoot. Loved that "Scooter", a great aircraft. VA-43, NAS Oceana, VA 1970-1972. A great time to be a Naval Aviator.
25 posted on 11/27/2012 1:39:37 PM PST by a6intruder (downtown with big bombs, 24/7, rain or shine, day or night)
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To: Winniesboy
The Beaufighter was one of the undersung successes of British military aviation in the Second World War. May have lacked the glamour of the Spitfire or Mosquito, but was a superbly tough and powerful night fighter/fighter-bomber which proved adaptable to many different roles and did invaluable service in widely differing theatres, including the Pacific (the Japanese called it "whispering death").

I had to look it up despite being a avid boyhood fan of WWII aviation. They were still flying in the DC area of my early childhood.

Despite being called the "whispering death" the two big radials must still have been something to hear, echoing off the building walls at the second floor level. (That's US count, UK and continental I guess is first floor.)

26 posted on 11/27/2012 1:45:09 PM PST by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: Winniesboy

There is no CIC this side of the former iron curtain who would permit such a mission THESE days. Fly down the boulevard at BR window height, and then strafe enemy headquarters? Never! The politicians who pass for leaders these days are far too PC to allow our enemy to be EMBARASSED!


27 posted on 11/27/2012 1:55:49 PM PST by Tucker39
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To: Winniesboy

I NEVER heard of this one! That is so cool!


28 posted on 11/27/2012 4:06:22 PM PST by dljordan (Voltaire: "To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.")
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To: muir_redwoods

At least he never saw Londonistan.

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I miss my parents, who were part of the Greatest Generation, but after the stolen election of 2012, I am so glad they did not live to see this day.

A few years ago, the husband and I visited the D-Day Memorial that is in Virginia’s Bedford County. It just so happened that we had the honor of meeting a WWII vet and his wife, who were there to see the memorial, although his service had been in the Pacific. It broke my heart to hear him say that he would not do it all over again for the country that we have today. So sad what we have come to....


29 posted on 11/27/2012 4:15:28 PM PST by Bigg Red (Sorry, Mr. Franklin, I guess we couldn't keep it.)
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To: a6intruder

agree on scooter VA 81 1965-66 Oceana with 2 boat rides to the Med on CVA 59


30 posted on 11/27/2012 7:40:20 PM PST by Ret Cop 187 (Cain killed Able with a rock. Ban rocks)
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To: a6intruder

agree on scooter VA 81 1965-66 Oceana with 2 boat rides to the Med on CVA 59


31 posted on 11/27/2012 7:40:36 PM PST by Ret Cop 187 (Cain killed Able with a rock. Ban rocks)
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To: Winniesboy

So the article - probably wrong. More likely the observer/radio operator was the one who dropped the flag, while the officer took the credit.


32 posted on 11/27/2012 7:59:01 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (By doubting we come to inquiry, and through inquiry we perceive truth. -; Peter Abelard)
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To: Oztrich Boy
More likely the observer/radio operator was the one who dropped the flag, while the officer took the credit.

Whichever it was, to hit the Arc with a soft object ejected at that height and that speed took great skill - or luck. Probably both.

33 posted on 11/27/2012 10:30:06 PM PST by Winniesboy
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To: Winniesboy

IMHO, that is the very definition of a “fun run”: “bumping” your allies and “busting” your mutual enemies...

Nicely done!


34 posted on 11/29/2012 5:33:24 AM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias... "Barack": Allah's current ally...)
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