Allan Scott became an “ace” Spitfire pilot during the Siege of Malta in 1942. He had flown to the besieged island after taking off from the aircraft carrier Eagle and fought during the hectic “Second Blitz” when he shot down at least five enemy aircraft and damaged others. During Operation Pedestal, the crucial re-supply convoy, Scott provided support as the remnants, including the tanker Ohio, sailed into Valetta. He was awarded an immediate DFM. He returned to the UK to become an instructor at a fighter training unit before become a test and ferry pilot. He served post war and transferred to the air traffic control branch after his flying days were over. During the RAF 100 celebrations in 1918, he flew in a Spitfire and had hoped to do so again on his 100th birthday, but it was not to be.
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Bernard Brown was the last surviving New Zealand born fighter pilot who flew in the Battle of Britain. He flew army co-operation sorties during the Dunkirk evacuation before volunteering for Fighter Command at the height of the Battle. He later became an instructor and after the war flew with British European Airways until his retirement.
A Norwegian Army Air Force pilot who fought after the German invasion of his country before escaping across the North Sea in a fishing boat. He later commanded a Norwegian Spitfire squadron which he led during the Dieppe raid for which he was awarded the DFC. He later landed in France with his Norwegian Spitfire Wing.
Post war he served in NATO, rose to be the Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Norwegian Air Force and was Director of the National Defence College in Oslo.
(In the photograph he is receiving the Norwegian War Cross from King Haakon of Norway)