Hello again! I had a doubt according to the equipment of the English and the German pilots. Besides the revolver and the flare gun of the Spitifre Pilot, and the Stuka Pilot's Luger (I ain't too sure about this last one, correct me if I am wrong), did they carry canteens or other provisions in the event of crashing in the desert?
As memo serves additionally there could be a small box called the Esacape Kit. It contains : some amount of money ( the currency depended on the operational area ), a map printed on a siliky fabric sheet, a small compass, a knife, a whistle. And a request for help from the locals, with the promise of a large reward if they help the carrier back to British lines, printed on silk sheet in various languages eg ... the Arabic and the English. There could be a tin with the Emergency Flying Ration.
It would be rare (but not impossible) for the antenna to be damaged/destroyed, but in such an event, the aircraft could still send/receive to other aircraft close by.
The exception would be if the antenna's damage was such, that the emitter wire was grounded, creating a direct short. If that's the case, the radio will lose it's ability to transmit, but *may* still receive.
I don't think so. Some pilots would go for the man, others wouldn't dream of it. I have read pilots sometimes shot down their own CO when they weren't popular. I think unless a unit was strictly run one way or the other, it was entirely up to the character of the individual pilot. As they say, 'All is fair in love and war...'
George Beurling.....".....As the air war over Malta continued through the summer and into autumn, the fighting became more brutal. Atrocities were committed by both sides. Although Beurling always carried a Bible with him when he went into the air, he nevertheless shot and killed Axis pilots who were bailing out or were parachuting from their burning planes. He justified this brutal behavior by telling a reporter, "The way I figure it, he might get down, get back to Germany, and come back to shoot me down."
Beurling also pointed out that his shootings were an act of revenge. A Spitfire pilot had been shot dead while parachuting down......"