(Login EWJ) Forum Member from IP address 188.8.131.52
I've just finished re-reading Hugh Verity "We Landed by Moonlight" on 161 Special Duty Squadron and I was cross-referencing with the Offical History 'SOE in France' by M.R.D. Foot.
On page 92 Foot states that the aircrews were armed but Verity, who flew the missions, never mensions them carring pistols. Likewise , there is no refeerence to armed pilots in Verity's "Notes for pilots on Lysander & Hudson pick-up operations' quoted verbatim by Foot pages 478-488.
This led me to thinking, how far were air crews armed in NW Europe? I've seen pictures of some fighter pilots in 1944 carrying firearms, but can't recall any of bomber crews. So who carried arms and when?
If air crew did go armed, what did they carry? Normal choices for the Commonwealth seem to be Enfield No 2, Mk 1, or Webley Mk IV revolvers or the Browning Automatic No 2, Mk 1 manufactured by John Inglis and Co.
Again, reason for checking is authentisty standards and I don't want to end up as a Farb - ever.