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“Silver Lining”
Signed by Doug Lindsay – Canadian Spitfire Ace – DFC

Doug Lindsay shoots down three Me 109s with his Spitfire Mark XVI in this encounter.

The scene:

In this scene Canadian Spitfire ace Doug Lindsay takes on 40 Me 109 fighters.  As Doug describes the event, he and three other Spitfires were directed by ground control to intercept two groups of twenty aircraft over France.  Another six Spitfires approached from the right but as Doug broke through the clouds there were twenty Me 109s directly in front of him and twenty more right behind those.

Doug immediately took a long shot with his two 20mm canon and blew the canopy right off the first Me 109.  The pilot of the 109 bailed out immediately.

Even with those overwhelming odds, Doug pressed on and shot down two more Me 109s for a total of three, then managed to escape with his life.  When asked what it was like to see that many enemy aircraft so close he said “It was a little scary”.

Doug went on to shoot down a total of 7 aircraft in WWII.  He then went on to fly F-86 Sabres in Korea where he shot down 2 Migs during his time there.

Doug now lives in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada.

The machine:

In this scene, Doug is flying his Mark XVI Spitfire. This model had a bubble canopy and was powered by the 1,400 HP Packard built Merlin engine, licenced from Rolls Royce and similar to the Mustang.

It was armed with two 20mm canon and two .50 calibre machine guns. With a great view from the cockpit and powerful armament, it was a formidable fighter indeed.


Title: “First of Many”
Don Laubman shoots down a Fw 190, the first of 15 during his services in WWII.

Signed by Don Laubman – Canadian Spitfire Ace – DFC

The Scene:

In this scene Canadian Spitfire ace Don Laubman was in hot pursuit of a German Fw 190 at very low level.  After a lengthy chase Don scored a few hits on the 190 which slowed it down.  

After a few more hits, the 190’s undercarriage came down and it landed in a field, heavily damaged.  Don circled and made sure the aircraft was completely destroyed before heading home.  

Don went on to destroy 15 aircraft making him a high ranking Canadian ace.  He received the distinguished flying cross among other medals for his outstanding efforts.   After WWII, Don had a long and successful career in the air force which included flying the F104 Starfighter for Canada.  

Don now lives in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada.