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The Smelter fully operational.
Picture added on 27 May 2012 at 10:50
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This factory was not there when I was there on the B17 that had to land because we were low on fuel. It was in early January 1944. There was only one runway and very short. The pilot had to apply the breaks almost instantly and this blew the tires. We had to wait a few days for our replacements. We took the children, who were brought out by teachers or parents, on the plane and treated them to D bars (solid chocolate) which was our nourishment on long flights.
Added by Charles J Mueller on 19 July 2012
Hi Charles, I heard the story about your B17 landing at Evanton many years ago. When I repeated the story to others about it I don't think they thought it was true. You now confirm for me it was true. My father owned the the farm adjacent to the airfield (still in their family) - you probably flew over it on your approach for landing. Another thing you could confirm for me, is there any truth in the story here that the plane was re-named the Evanton Babe before it left?
Added by Colin Crow on 25 July 2012
Colin, yes, while wating for new tires some of the English airmen and some of the town's people painted a beautiful girl on the front of the plane and wrote beautifully "The Evanton Babe".
Added by Charles J Mueller on 27 July 2012
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