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Gilly, the Australian mascot of an RAF Training School, saw the first enemy plane brought

Gilly, the Australian mascot of an RAF Training School, saw the first enemy plane brought


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Gilly, the Australian mascot of an RAF Training School, saw the first enemy plane brought

Gilly, the Australian mascot of an RAF Training School, saw the first enemy plane brought down over this country in the early months of the war.
It is possible, but not confirmed, that this picture was taken at Netheravon Airfield, Salisbury, Wiltshire, the then home of the No. 1 Flying Training School RAF.
Lucky charms were often used during wartime. The danger and stress of operational life tended to encourage belief in a favourite mascot. They helped to maintain morale and give aircrews the courage and confidence to face each operation. Even highly experienced aircrew had their own lucky mascots, showing that they knew skill alone was not enough to ensure their well being.
Note to editors, the caption suggest Gilly saw the first German plane shot down over Britain in World War Two. That plane, according to the internet was Heinkel HE-111.
Following the outbreak of the war in September 1939, the Spitfires of 602 Squadron were posted to RAF Drem in East Lothian. On 28 October he shot down a Heinkel HE-111 Bomber over Humbie - the first German aircraft shot down on to British soil in the war. This information may be correct, or incorrect regarding Gilly the dog.
Picture taken 14th December 1940

Northcliffe House Newspaper Grou
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Salisbury
Wiltshire
England
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1940 Bi Plane Cockpit Goggles Mascot Royal Airforce


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