Brian Bird"I shall never forget I turned the aircraft on a straight line... and I was on my way on my first trip over the German lines and it was really, quite the most dramatic experience I've ever had in my life"
Brian Bird – RAF Spitfire PilotBrian Bird was just 20 years old when he was flying Spitfires in 185 Squadron. In this film we are introduced to Brian as a young man who has decided he wants to be part of the war effort. He then talks about his flight training and the terrifying experience of being attacked by Stuka's on his way to Africa.
Brian Bird 2 of 7Brian gets into more detail about the dreadful conditions onboard the troopship.
Brian Bird 3 of 7Brian makes it to North Africa and gets stuck into some pretty intense flight training. He's also one of the lucky WWII pilots to have flown both the Hurricane and the Spitfire and offers an insight into how they differ.
Brian Bird 4 of 7Brian's first combat sortie was against an German SS position behind enemy lines. It's a memory firmly imprinted in his mind and recalled in thrilling detail.
Brian Bird 5 of 7Brian says, Our close air support was unbelievably close as he describes how he bombed enemy troops 200 yards in front of our troops.
Brian Bird 6 of 7Brian explains how he was mesmorised the first time he unknowingly flew through flak whilst on a mission to attack a German convoy.
“I shall never forget I turned the aircraft on a straight line… and I was on my way on my first trip over the German lines and it was really, quite the most dramatic experience I’ve ever had in my life”