and can't really see anything pointed or offensive in it. If taken that way, then that is not the way it was meant. I am only an amateur who's interests spark my research. Not having been there, I can only rely upon books or info about the subject I dreg up. The net and history being what it is, many times info is incomplete or lacking or even completely wrong. That is why I put things out there, to see if and what I'm missing.
As for the writter of the poem, I have checked only a couple of sources that say he was a Spitfire pilot, but the question brought up made me wonder if an 19 year old volunteer from another country would in fact be put into a Spitfire and maybe he was indeed a Hurricane pilot.