"Bazooka Charlie" and his L-4H Piper

Discussions on WW2 in Western Europe & the Atlantic.
South
Financial supporter
Posts: 3590
Joined: 06 Sep 2007 09:01
Location: USA

"Bazooka Charlie" and his L-4H Piper

Post by South » 01 Apr 2019 07:10

https://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate ... by-bazooka


Good morning all,

Per ...

He engaged German armor with his modification.

His "Rosie the Rocketer" is now being restored.


~ Bob

eastern Virginia, USA

Michael Kenny
Member
Posts: 5739
Joined: 07 May 2002 19:40
Location: Teesside

Re: "Bazooka Charlie" and his L-4H Piper

Post by Michael Kenny » 01 Apr 2019 14:07

You have to ask just what this pilot thought was his real role in Normandy.
Is this is a Wochenschau clip (from film 726 of 2-8-44)of a fighter attack on one of the Allied spotter aircraft? The 'spotter' comes into frame at O5:56:10 of the onscreen timecode

https://youtu.be/0HgIjw1Znss?t=353

User avatar
Sheldrake
Member
Posts: 2066
Joined: 28 Apr 2013 17:14
Location: London

Re: "Bazooka Charlie" and his L-4H Piper

Post by Sheldrake » 01 Apr 2019 14:53

Michael Kenny wrote:
01 Apr 2019 14:07
You have to ask just what this pilot thought was his real role in Normandy.
Is this is a Wochenschau clip (from film 726 of 2-8-44)of a fighter attack on one of the Allied spotter aircraft? The 'spotter' comes into frame at O5:56:10 of the onscreen timecode

https://youtu.be/0HgIjw1Znss?t=353
Looks like British Roundels? The Luftwaffe were more active over the British sector, which was nearer to German airfields.

There were several accounts of AOPs being targeted by fighters, but the AOP planes were quite nimble, as can be seen in the film. Very few were shot down by enemy fighters. Light AA units provided early warning radar and 40mm protected refuges for AOPs. This was pioneered by Lt Col Jack Bazeley CO 92 Light AA, himself an AOP pioneer.

Return to “WW2 in Western Europe & the Atlantic”