We English really do have rednecks you know

At least, along the lines of most redneck entries into the Darwin Awards starting with “hold my beer and watch this”:

While in India he crashed his Tiger Moth when trying out a “my next trick is impossible!” manoeuvre.

2 thoughts on “We English really do have rednecks you know”

  1. Not entriely uncommon back then – the accident that cost Bader his legs was down to some low level aeros, apparently on a dare. That led to possibly the finest logbook entry ever: “Crashed slow-rolling near ground. Bad show.”

  2. So Much for Subtlety

    Makes you proud to be British really.

    We need people like this. As everyone used to acknowledge. To take a story from our American cousins:

    For looping the Golden Gate Bridge, for flying at low level down Market Street in San Francisco and for blowing the clothes off of an Oakland woman’s clothesline, Bong was reprimanded by General George C. Kenney, commanding officer of the Fourth Air Force, who told him, “If you didn’t want to fly down Market Street, I wouldn’t have you in my Air Force, but you are not to do it any more and I mean what I say.”

    That would be Richard I. Bong. Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross with one silver and one bronze oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with two silver and four bronze oak leaf clusters, Presidential Unit Citation with bronze oak leaf cluster, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with silver campaign star, World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal with one bronze service star, and the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation.

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