AERONAUTICS: Beat The Yanks!

A huge Vickers Amphibian left the waters of the Calshot airdrome near Southampton for a flight of 25,000 miles 'round the world. Squadron Leader A. Stuart MacLaren, Flying Officer J. Prenderleigh and Sergeant Andrews had a telegram from the King, enthusiastic plaudits from the crowd, loud shouts of "Beat the Yanks!" to speed them on their way. As the amphibian soared above Southampton, a huge fleet of vessels of all descriptions, including several transatlantic liners, filled the air with shrill siren blasts.

To cry "Beat the Yanks!" makes no sense, of course. There...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!