Researching two Bisley aircraft that my father helped recover after both force landed (Listen to ‘A New Goolie Chit’ episode), I discovered numerous other, similar incidents, some with fatal consequences. I also discovered how much pilots despised the aircraft, dubbing it the ‘Grisly Bisley’. Shockingly the plane’s failings were well known to senior RAF leaders and while the Middle East was somewhat of a backwater, risks it posed had to be weighed against keeping vital supply lines moving.
Episode photo: Wing Commander ‘Ronnie’ Rotherham.
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Diary entries read by granddaughter Maeve. Additional voices: Chris Proffitt, Wing Commander ‘Ronnie’ Rotherham.