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5. Bringing the Hally home

from National Post

From Aug. 5, 2016: If there ever were a combat pilot cat-like in survival, it would be John Alwyn (Pee Wee) Phillips. But what made his successful wartime record of walking away from crashes so amazing? In each case he ensured his crew walked away safely with him. His first "prang," as he called it, occurred at the RAF No. 22 Operational Training Unit in England, in 1943, while training in Wellington bombers with a Canadian crew of five on board. On the approach to land, Phillips couldn't get the undercarriage down, so he got permission from the control tower to land wheels up on the aerodrome grass. more

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