by Fred J. Calfior and Douglas W. Miller
“Perhaps the shortest air combat on record was carried out by Flight Leader Findlay Boyd of No. 602 (City of Glasgow) Squadron. On August 16, 1940, in the early afternoon, Tangmere airdrome came under attack from 25 Junkers 87 dive bombers. With bombs striking the airfield and bullets zinging all over the place, Fin' Boyd ran to his aircraft and took off. As he was reaching down to retract his gear, he caught sight of a Stuka streaking across his sights. He pressed his gun tit and his eight machine guns blasted the Stuka right out of the sky! Boyd pulled up, banked sharply and went back to land! One takeoff, one enemy aircraft destroyed, one circuit around the airfield!”
1) Takeoff on runway 22L, JFK International airport
2) When passing “500” feet, make a LEFT crosswind departure
3) Germany's highest-scoring ace in World War II scored how many victories?
If your answer is “348”, go to AirLeg 52
If your answer is “352”, go to AirLeg 17