While flying over Italy, this had most of her tail shot away. Still, the pilot managed to get her home. When she was hit, the tail-gunner was blown out into her slipstream. Miraculously, he was uninjured and managed to get his chute open and land safely.
Spitfire pilot Lettice Curtis during World War II. The civilian Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) pilots, which included female flyers known as Spitfire women, delivered more than aircraft to frontline airfields.
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