After watching this video of the spitfire pilot, Lt. Col. Colonel John S. Blyth USAF I thought I would include 3 video’s of spitfire dog fights from world war 11 piloted by Dads Brother Uncle Evan. I searched YouTube to see if there was anything there about him and sure enough I found these 3 video’s. I dont know who did the video graphics. They may be a bit boring to some but for those like me who have always had an infatuation with these planes it will be quite interesting. You will realise how my Uncle manuvoured this plane with great skill. But of course that was the nature of the beast as he was a very maticulous man in all things.
There has been a book written about him by Max Avery and Christopher Shores called ‘Spitfire Leader.’
It has been recorded that Evan shot down 25 enemy aircraft which is pretty impressive. I can always remember Evan saying in one of his few conversations on the matter, that when he was flying, there were times he wished he was the person who made the small plaque on the dash with the planes identification number. I am sure there would be a lot of things going through ones mind when heading off to battle. Actually I think my Dad told me that Story.
Evan always maintained his own spitfire as he felt his ability to check it out was his responsibility for the safeguard of his own life.
He was pretty young when he died, only 68. Maybe the stress of it all shortened his life but he certainly has left his mark. As Evans coffin was being carried from the funeral chapel on the afternoon of 1st May, 1986 an RNZAF Douglas Skyhawk of 75 Squadron thundered low overhead in a final salute. The timing precise just as Evan would have expected.