On 7 July 1941 a Wellington bomber of the Royal Air Force
was making for home after striking the
city of Münster, in the Rhineland, when it was caught by a Bf 110 night fighter. The resulting damage sustained caused a fuel leak from the starboard wing, beginning a fire at the rear of the
engine. The crew made a hole in the fuselage and attempted to douse the flames with extinguishers and coffee from their flasks to no effect. They were left with little option but to abandon the aircraft until a 22-year-old James Allen Ward, a sergeant pilot from New Zealand, volunteered for a last ditch effort to put out the fire. What ensued is simply incredible.
Ward climbed out of the astrodome in the roof of the fuselage - there for celestial navigation and labelled ‘1.’ in the second photograph - with a fire axe in hand. Once out of the aircraft, he put on a parachute and cutting holes in the fabric skin of the Wellington for purchase made his way down onto the wing and across to the burning engine, all while the aircraft was in flight at as best a reduced speed as could be managed. Nearly blown from the wing by the
slipstream from the propeller a few feet ahead, he managed to extinguish the fire and by removing fabric from the area later starved another fire from material to burn. With difficulty he made it safely back into the aircraft, which limped home and made a successful landing.
Ward won the Victoria Cross for his phenomenal efforts, a rare case of doing so and surviving. Sadly however, he was killed on 15 September the same year, still just 22. Piloting another Wellington, his aircraft was hit by flak over Hamburg, Germany; two of the five crew survived.
He is buried in the Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery in Hamburg.
Simca 1000 Rallye, 1970. The Simca “Mille” actually had its origins in Fiat’s development department, because of Fiat’s shareholding in Simca the French firm were able to to “piggy-back” on Fiat’s development program for the 600 in the late 1950s. Fiat’s Project 122 for a 4-door saloon based on the rear-engined 600 was adopted by Simca who wanted to add a small car to their range. The 1000 debuted in 1961 and because of Simca’s relationship with Fiat Abarth began tuning the 1000. Seeing a gap in the market Simca themselves began making a “high performance” version in 1970
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Manufactured by Peugeot c.1936-42. 4,85m long, straight-4 engine, 100km/h max speed, front-engine, rear-wheel layout cabriolet. This isn’t even an ostentatious car by 1930′s standards, what did we do to get the turds they make today ?
Manufactured by Peugeot c.1899-1902. 2,47m long, chain drive, rear engine, four seats. Look at that French horn honky machine. The little brass container on the right front side is an acetylene tank for the headlights. That’s one of the last chain drive car produced in France, before Peugeot switched to drive shafts.