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Ginger Lacey after the Battle of Britain
"You may have played the 'Battle of Britain Fighter Ace' about Ginger Lacey. This quiz follows Ginger and what he did during the rest of World War II. Enjoy!"
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On 15 January 1941 Sergeant Pilot J H Lacey was formally discharged from the RAF and re-entered service as what?
Able Seaman J H Lacey
Sergeant Pilot Ginger Lacey
First Lieutenant J H Lacey
Pilot Officer J H Lacey
On 24 July 1941, flying a Spitfire Mk II equipped with 30 gallon long-range tanks under its wings, Ginger Lacey ran out of ammunition and only lived because the two Me109s pursuing him collided. He was over Brest, proving cover for Wellingtons attempting to bomb what?
The Graf Spee
The German battleship Bismarck
The German pocket battleships Scharnhost and Gneisenau
The French fleet at Brest
On 18 August 1941 Lacey was posted as an instructor to No.57 Operational Training Unit at Hawarden in Flintshire. Whilst there he had a memorable student, who he described as 'a wonderful pilot, and even better shot'. This Canadian student, whose given first name was George, became known as 'The Falcon of Malta' and was one of the best aces of World War II. What was his best-known nickname?
In 1942 Ginger Lacey joined 602 (City of Glasgow) Squadron, led by Squadron Leader 'Paddy' Finucane, another Battle of Britain ace. On 24 March, which aircraft did Ginger Lacey encounter for the first time, damaging it, but was left with the impression of a fighter 'which could walk away from a Spitfire with no trouble at all'?
On 25 April 1942 the Squadron had a visitor. Lacey, always a hospitable type, promptly bought him a pint of beer, which he drank, but Lacey noticed a small frown on C-in-C Fighter Command's face. The visitor had a sherry as his next drink. Who had Lacey bought a pint for without ascertaining his taste?
King George VI
After a spell as 'Tactics Officer' with HQ No. 18 Group and some time at Boscombe Down as a test pilot, followed by instructing again, Lacey was posted overseas. He travelled on the SS Aorangi to an unknown destination. Who did he meet on the ship?
His future wife, Sheila Latchford
His old CO from 501 Squadron, who he now outranked
A German fighter pilot he had shot down
His first student from Yorkshire Flying club
Arriving in Bombay, Lacey was having a drink with an Indian Army subaltern from Probyn's Horse, when he was set upon by an American Air Corps Captain. How did Lacey take his revenge?
Had him arrested for insubordination
Got him drunk and put him on a train to Bengal
Broke his jaw
Got him drunk and had a Union Jack tatooed on his chest
Desperate to command a squadron, the then Squadron Leader Lacey became Squadron Leader Training of Third Tactical Air Force HQ in Komila, sharing an office with the only Fighter Command VC of WWII. Who was this man?
Following another course, Lacey was given temporary command of 155 Squadron for three weeks and then, at last, on 23 November 1944 was given his first squadron, No. 17 Squadron at Sapam in Assam. Does this squadron still exist in the RAF?
On 14 December 1944, 17 Squadron moved to Takkuyan in Burma. What unconventional order did Lacey issue in order for 17 to become 'the first Gurkha squadron in the RAF'?
All ranks to carry the Kukhri (the Gurkha knife)
The Squadron to celebrate the Festival of light
All ranks to sacrifice a goat with a Kukhri
All ranks to shave their heads in the Gurkha style
On 19 February Lacey shot down his only Japanese aircraft of the war, an Oscar. A worried flight-sergeant fitter asked him if he was sure he'd got the Oscar, as he had only used 9 rounds of ammunition. What was Lacey's reply?
'Was that too many, Flight'?
'Of course I am Flight, I reloaded'
'Oh, really Flight? As many as nine? You surprise me!'
'Gosh, perhaps I didn't hit him then, Flight'
What did Ginger Lacey do on 8 July 1945?
Got shot down
Married his Wren, Sheila
Was stung 3 times by a scorpion
Went back to the UK
On 16 July, only 8 days after his wedding, Lacey returned to his Squadron to try out the new Spitfire XIV - and promptly nearly killed himself! Trying out what manoeuvre?
Loop the loop
Sixteen-point hesitation roll
Although the war ended on 15 August 1945 (VJ Day), the invasion of Malaysia was planned, and although it had changed from 'Operation Zipper' to 'Exercise Zipper', Lacey was on the way to Malaysia. What did he do from HMS Trumpeter?
Swam in shark-infested waters
Flew the first operationally loaded Spitfire XIV from an escort carrier
Dived into the sea from the bridge
Became the RAF deck quoit champion
With the war over, it's time to end this quiz. However, Lacey became the first Spitfire to fly over Japan at the end of the war on 20 April 1946. What was his logbook comment?
I'm glad I'm going home
What a pretty country
Hiroshima is flat, repeat flat
Thank Heaven the war is over
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