Squadron leader allan scott, spitfire ‘ace’ who saw fierce fighting in the siege of malta – obituary
The following day his squadron was scrambled to meet a large bomber force approaching the island. That saved my life a of times.
Returning from Malta at the end ofhe became an instructor at a fighter-training unit. In the build up to D-Day, the Mustangs were fitted with bombs and Scott flew dive-bombing sorties.
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He later served in Iraq and flew transport aircraft worldwide. His twin sister died in childhood and his brother was killed in Germany in the last year of the war. I can still taste it. Over Malta he had ed for five enemy aircraft, probably destroyed two more and damaged four.
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Ww2 spitfire flying ace sqn ldr allan scott dies at 99
It was a German spoof, not an unusual ruse in this area where Malta at its closest was less than miles from Sicily, deed to lure Spitfires whose crews were coming to the end of long flights, with fuel running low into enemy-held territory. Two days later he claimed another Bf that was escorting a large bomber force. The merchant ships of Operation Pedestal came under intense attack and losses were very high. Sep 14, — Scott was awarded the DFM for displaying 'the greatest courage and determination to engage the enemy'.
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In the meantime Scott had probably shot down a Bf and damaged another, his final successful action. On August 10 a convoy of 50 ships entered the Mediterranean with crucial supplies for the beleaguered island. As the formations passed Cape Bon in Tunisia, a cultured English voice gave them a heading to steer towards that would have taken them to enemy-held Sicily.
After the war he became a test pilot. He ed the RAF in and took part in aerial combat in Malta.
If the pilot had the skill he could use it to out-manoeuvre all enemies and beat the Ezcort. Jan 31, — David Escor Scott was a trusted guardian of state child support records, met through an escort service and a fur coat and car for another lover. She added: "The news of his passing comes at a time when we are turning our thoughts to the brave men who defended our skies during the Battle of Britain, 80 years ago.
He flew more than 80 esfort aircraft types in subsequent test flights, and survived a Tiger Moth crash in Malta was saved and George VI awarded the people of the island the George Cross for their tenacity during the siege. He recalled how he was spotted by the then year-old princess smoking and she politely admonished him. Allan ed the RAF in March to train as a pilot.
He flew intruder missions over northern France attacking road and rail transports from low level. He was later commissioned, and ed Squadron equipped with Spitfires.
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Air Vice-Marshal Elliot said Sqn Ldr Scott, from Witney, Oxfordshire, was "one of a kind" whose "love of flying was evident in his determination to return to the cockpit of a Spitfire". By the time he left the service in late he had tested more than 80 different types of aircraft. I remember it trickling down inside my mask and into my mouth.
He saw the crew bail out. The island of Malta was under siege from relentless bombing attacks, and additional fighters were desperately needed. When the aircraft moved, you moved with it. In January the squadron received long-range Mustang fighters and Scott flew bomber escort missions.
Early on the morning of July 21, Scott and his fellow pilots took off from the deck, and the 30 that became airborne successfully set off for Malta in four groups. After that he was ordered to Gibraltar in June Sqn Ldr Allan Scott took a flight in one of the iconic planes to mark the centenary of the RAF inand had hoped to do so again to celebrate his own th birthday.
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Scott was soon in action, first with Squadron and then with Squadron. During the engagement, another Bf fell to his guns and he damaged two Junker 88 bombers.
Sep 11, — Sqn Ldr Allan Scott had hoped to take a Spitfire to the air again to He also flew Mustang fighters to escort heavy-bomber raids into Germany. He flew more patrols in support of the convoy until the few remaining ships, including the oil escrt Ohio, reached the safety of Valletta harbour.
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He fscort flew Mustang fighters to escort heavy-bomber raids into Germany. Thirty-two Spitfires were embarked on the aircraft carrier Eagle, which then sailed eastwards into the Mediterranean. Scott was sscott injured and was unable to return to flying for two years. In he transferred to the air traffic control branch and retired from the RAF in After a brief period as an airline pilot, Scott re-ed the RAF in He retained his great interest in flying.
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In Octoberthe Tiger Moth bi-plane he was flying suffered a structural failure secort crashed. Having ed up shortly after the end of the Battle of Britain, Scott had been flying Spitfires with Squadron for six months, during which time he shared in the destruction of a Junkers 88 bomber near Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.