The Sea Fury.

"Eight MiGs came at us out of the sun. I did not see them at first, and my No. 4, 'Smoo' Ellis, gave a break when he noticed tracer streaming past his fuselage.  We all turned towards the MiGs and commenced a 'scissors'. It soon became apparent that four MiGs were after each section of two Furies, but by continuing our break turns, we presented impossible targets.  They made no attempt to bracket us. One MiG came at me head on. I saw his heavy tracer shells. I fired a burst, then he flashed past me. I believe Carl got some hits on him too. This aircraft then broke away, and went head on to my Nos 3 and 4, Lieutenant Pete Davies and 'Smoo' Ellis. They were seen to get good hits on one who broke away with smoke coming from him." -  Lieutenant Peter "Hoagy" Carmichael, 802 Squadron, HMS Ocean, August 8th 1952

“Eight MiGs came at us out of the sun. I did not see them at first, and my No. 4, ‘Smoo’ Ellis, gave a break when he noticed tracer streaming past his fuselage. We all turned towards the MiGs and commenced a ‘scissors’. It soon became apparent that four MiGs were after each section of two Furies, but by continuing our break turns, we presented impossible targets. They made no attempt to bracket us.
One MiG came at me head on. I saw his heavy tracer shells. I fired a burst, then he flashed past me. I believe Carl got some hits on him too. This aircraft then broke away, and went head on to my Nos 3 and 4, Lieutenant Pete Davies and ‘Smoo’ Ellis. They were seen to get good hits on one who broke away with smoke coming from him.” – Lieutenant Peter “Hoagy” Carmichael, 802 Squadron, HMS Ocean, August 8th 1952

 

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Slightly greying, bequiffed and enterprising visual artist from Up North.
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