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turret round, pointed his gun upwards, and let lly. The German, thinking he was coming down on a defenceless machine, suddenly found himself flying into a concentrated fire which he had never even dreamt of. Bullets began to come through the front of his machine—too late he tried to turn away, but another burst had gone into his engine and flames licked back along the wings and the cockpit. A desperate pull out from the dive and the whole belly of his machine was presented to the Defiant s gunner. Another well-aimed burst and the German was spinning helplessly down into the sea. And that is how the Deliants puzzled, upset, and shot down scores of enemy machines in those tense and dangerous days of the evacuation. Ilow We Are Defended. Apart from the glorious episode of Dunkirk, the Metropolitan f ighter Command, which is the name given to the fighters whose bases are in England, has had plenty of what might be called routine work. You remember that, before the start of the Blitz­ krieg (or lightning war), German bombers had been attacking our shipping, and had made numbers of flights to our East Coast. They had also raided the Orkneys and the great naval base at Scapa Flow. All these raids came within the scope of our home fighters, and they fought so well during the winter and early spring that over fifty enemy machines had been brought down round our shores. Those of you who saw the film The Lion Hits I
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