- Mackinlay, Gordon Angus
- Biographies and personal histories, Ship histories and stories, WWII operations
- RAN Ships
- None noted.
- September 2005 edition of the Naval Historical Review (all rights reserved)
On VJ Day a signal was sent to the British Pacific Fleet that, following complaints from the Sydney authorities, any pilot flying under the Sydney Harbour Bridge would be court-martialled. The next day Bobby led his whole Squadron under the bridge in formation while giving the “V” for Victory sign to Their Lordships. (Not recommended!)
(This composite article was contributed by Gordon Angus Mackinlay from an obituary of Vice Admiral D A Collins, RCN – then the ship’s captain’s secretary, as a Pay Lieutenant – in the Canadian Globe and Mail (Tim Hawthorn 19 July 2005) and from a dramatic picture postcard purchased by your editor from the FAA Museum, Yeovilton UK, depicting the incredible feat of Bobby Bradshaw landing on the disabled HMS Nabob.)