Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

[Brit] Hero, 91,takes controls of rare aircraft 70 years after he first flew legendary plane
Daily Mail ^ | 8-19-12 | Ben Griffiths

Posted on 08/19/2012 4:22:49 PM PDT by Dysart

He survived the daily dangers of being a pilot in the Second World War and even risked his life on a clandestine operation in the Soviet Union.

Now aged 91, and seven decades on from his wartime exploits, Eric Carter has taken to the skies again at the controls of a rare two-seater Spitfire.

Earlier this year, museum officials denied Mr Carter the chance even to sit in the cockpit of a Spitfire because of health and safety rules.

'Just as I remembered it': Eric Carter, 91, said it 'all came back' after ten minutes of flying in the Spitfire. The pilot is the last surviving member of a task force sent to northern Russia in 1941 to protect supply routes

Mr Carter, the last surviving member of a 38-strong task force sent to northern Russia in 1941 to protect supply routes, said: ‘Amazing as it may seem it all came back to me after about ten minutes in the air.

‘The firing button and all the controls were right there, exactly as they were when I last flew the Spitfire.

'Amazing experience': The former World War II pilot is pictured flying in the rear of the plane, with co-pilot Dave Ratcliffe in the front

Mr Carter, from Chaddesley Corbett, Worcestershire, was sent to Russia with 37 other pilots as part of Force Benedict. They flew 365 sorties over four months to keep the port of Murmansk open, shooting down 11 Messerschmitt fighters and three Junkers 88 bombers.

The operation remained a secret for years because Stalin did not want to admit he had asked for help.

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


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: spitfire; wwii
The actual title could not be posted, but: Flying high again... the Spitfire pilot shot down by elf 'n' safety: Hero, 91, takes controls of rare two-seat aircraft 70 years after he first flew legendary plane
1 posted on 08/19/2012 4:22:58 PM PDT by Dysart
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Dysart

Hero: Mr Carter pictured during World War II, when he was part of a task force dispatched to northen Russia to protect supply routes

2 posted on 08/19/2012 4:24:17 PM PDT by Dysart (Obama Faults Profit. Reject That.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dysart
"The firing button and all the controls were right there, exactly as they were when I last flew the Spitfire."

I hope so!

3 posted on 08/19/2012 4:31:01 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (Kyrie Eleison)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dysart
Matt Jones, of the Boultbee Flight Academy, organised for him to fly in a dual control Spitfire TR9 over Goodwood Aerodrome in West Sussex. The plane, PV202, was built as a single-seater in 1944 and flown in combat in Northern France. .....

Mr Jones said: ‘I found it was ridiculous that Eric wasn’t allowed to sit in a museum Spitfire due to inane modern health and safety rules.

Good on you, Mr. Jones.

4 posted on 08/19/2012 4:39:53 PM PDT by workerbee (June 28, 2012 -- 9/11 From Within)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dysart

I just logged in and this was the first thread I saw.
What a wonderful story about a wonderful man.

Thanks, Dysart.


5 posted on 08/19/2012 4:43:42 PM PDT by Dartman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Dartman

Glad you appreciated the story.


6 posted on 08/19/2012 4:51:07 PM PDT by Dysart (Obama Faults Profit. Reject That.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Dysart
My old man flew Spits for RCAF during Battle of Britain. I'm sure he would be queing up for a flight were he still around.

Great story...thanks for posting it.

7 posted on 08/19/2012 4:53:45 PM PDT by diogenes ghost
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dysart

Great story and post! The good guys win again!


8 posted on 08/19/2012 4:56:45 PM PDT by GBA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dysart

I’m trying to eat my dinner but there is a big lump in my throat and I’m having trouble with my vision.


9 posted on 08/19/2012 4:57:52 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dysart
Best thing I've read on FR today!

----

Send treats to the troops...
Great because you did it.
www.AnySoldier.com
(An entirely free service)

10 posted on 08/19/2012 4:59:46 PM PDT by JCG
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: vetvetdoug

What a wonderful story!


11 posted on 08/19/2012 5:01:07 PM PDT by Shady (The Tea Party is the Party of the American People, Working and creating wealth in SPITE of OBAMA!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Dysart

Good to celebrate a hero’s life.

Congratulations, troop - and thank you!

You and others like you are the reason we’re not all speaking German today.


12 posted on 08/19/2012 5:05:04 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JCG
I've told this story before on FR but what the heck. I love all these guys from WW2 and from every other conflict. Thank you all all for your service!!

Dad passed in 2008.

Before that, a chance came up to have him take a flight in a b-24. He'd flown 50 missions flying out of Italy, Pancraznio<-spelling? It was $4-5 hundred each for Dad & I to go for the flight and when I asked him (he was in his mid eighties at the time) he shocked me... "Do you realize how many times I thought I'd never come back from a flight in a B-24? No thank you! I rather die right here on the ground than in one of those."

So we who are left behind get to glorify the equipment. Some of which helped win the war without necessarily winning the hearts of those that operated them. Probably because many died right along side them. Our country owes much to the men like my Dad.

I for one, will never forget.

13 posted on 08/19/2012 5:31:43 PM PDT by WhoisAlanGreenspan?
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Dysart

Go, Mr. Carter! You rock!


14 posted on 08/19/2012 5:38:22 PM PDT by ArmyTeach (Our liberties, we prize and our rights we will maintain ... USS Iowa BB 61)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Dysart

I just posted this story on Facebook. I want it to go “viral”!


15 posted on 08/19/2012 5:39:25 PM PDT by WellyP (question!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: WhoisAlanGreenspan?
Our country owes much to the men like my Dad.

Agreed -- with many thanks!

----

Send treats to the troops...
Great because you did it.
www.AnySoldier.com
(An entirely free service)

16 posted on 08/19/2012 5:40:45 PM PDT by JCG
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: WhoisAlanGreenspan?

great story. sounds like your Dad was a practical man!


17 posted on 08/19/2012 5:46:22 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Dysart

awesome! thanks for posting


18 posted on 08/19/2012 5:50:24 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dysart

I remember the story of an old pilot who got a similar experience but then came a cropper because of his glib tongue.

He flew the plane expertly and landed safely, and when he got out he was all smiles and pumped up.

“Did you remember how to do it all?”, someone asked.

And without thinking, he replied, “Oh yes! It was as easy to remember as boffing your first girlfriend!”

And then he realized his wife was standing behind him.


19 posted on 08/19/2012 6:42:43 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dysart; SunkenCiv

SC, just for your personal info—great story.


20 posted on 08/19/2012 6:46:05 PM PDT by exit82 (Pass the word: Obama is a FAILURE!! Democrats are the enemies of freedom!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

I didn’t realize Joe Biden was a pilot.


21 posted on 08/19/2012 6:46:37 PM PDT by Dysart (Obama Faults Profit. Reject That.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: WhoisAlanGreenspan?

LOL! Sounds like my dad! Spent WWII in the Navy in the South Pacific. Never wanted to get on a museum ship and when I told him I was thinking about going into the Navy ROTC, he talked me out of it. Said it would be no better being an officer stuck in a tin can than enlisted.


22 posted on 08/19/2012 6:47:35 PM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Dysart

I love this. Thanks for posting it, Dysart. This really touched my heart and choked me up.


23 posted on 08/19/2012 6:56:00 PM PDT by Miss Behave (All ways, always.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Miss Behave

I know, it’s touching. We won’t be reading too many more of these tales far along into the future. But this one’s preserved now.


24 posted on 08/19/2012 7:23:53 PM PDT by Dysart (Obama Faults Profit. Reject That.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: WellyP
I want it to go “viral”!

I sent it to my 81 year old father who loves these stories, and maintains a sizable email list for just this sort of thing. He sounded giddy in response to it. I suspect a lot people are having this dropped into their inbox tonight.

25 posted on 08/19/2012 7:28:54 PM PDT by Dysart (Obama Faults Profit. Reject That.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Dysart; zot; SeraphimApprentice

Thanks for the WW2 Spitfire pilot flys again post.


26 posted on 08/19/2012 7:46:27 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GreyFriar

Yay!


27 posted on 08/19/2012 9:08:26 PM PDT by zot
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: Dysart

“High Flight”


28 posted on 08/19/2012 9:13:51 PM PDT by onedoug
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dysart

Good on Mr. Carter. And the Supermarine Spitfire... one of the most beautiful aircraft ever to fly. Lucky dog!


29 posted on 08/23/2012 9:04:32 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson