Eight Days

By lex, on February 19th, 2012

Kid had a pretty good run:

Flying Officer Derek Allen crammed more aviation heroics into eight days than many RAF comrades did in six years of World War II.

The 22-year-old flyer saw frenetic fighting almost every day in his short career and was credited with four outright and three shared enemy kills.

He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for bringing down a German bomber wreaking havoc on British armour during the Battle of France in May 1940.

In the same action his Hurricane plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire, forcing him to bale out. He spent 24 hours walking through enemy territory to get back to his squadron.

Exhausted, he went into battle again two days later but his plane was hit and crashed on farmland in northern France, killing him.

I have to think that FO Allen wreaked havoc on German armor, though.

The other way doesn’t make much sense, from a DFC perspective.

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