Patrick Hollins – Film 1After completing his training Patrick joined Coastal Command, the RAF's premier maritime arm. 502 Sqn flew in converted Armstrong Whitleys. They were known as flying coffins and on his third flight his plane was forced to ditch in the Atlantic. The Captain managed to fly the plane towards the coast and they were very lucky to survive.
Patrick Hollins – Film 2The first inflatable life vest jackets were invented in 1928 by Peter Markus. During WWII members of the RAF referred to them as Mae Wests. Mae West was an iconic actress/sex symbol of the 1930's and the nickname originated due to someone wearing the life vest appeared as a physically gifted as the actress herself!.
Patrick Hollins – Film 3
The A.W.38 Whitley was a front-line bomber used by the RAF during WWII. It was originally used in Bomber Command during the Germany offensive but was replaced in 1942. Despite it's poor safety record, Coastal Command used the aircraft for sea-based reconnaissance missions in all weathers.
Patrick Hollins – Film 4
Although the Avro Anson began the war as the RAF's first monoplane, the immense technological advances throughout the war soon rendered it obsolete. It was then used primarily to train members of Bomber Command, as well as operational coastal patrols and air-sea rescue.