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View Diary: Curtiss Kittyhawk IV, a rugged warrior – RAF Museum, London (63 comments)

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  •  The RAF used them(and the earlier... (5+ / 0-)

    ...P-40 Tomahawk) in North Africa and Italy. I was incredibly fortunate to know (and meet up each year) with  Squadron Leader Neville Frederick Duke DSO, OBE, DFC & Two Bars, AFC, FRAeS, Czech War Cross, RAF

    He was the top-scoring RAF ace in North Africa and Italy with 27 victories, many of them on the Kittyhawk. He also instructed on the 'Hawk at the RAF's Operational Training Unit in Egypt, between tours of action.

    A consummate pilot, he took up test flying after the war, and broke the world speed record in a Hawker Hunter. I only wish you guys could have met him!

    By the way, his wife Gwendoline was a pretty special individual, too!

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