Alexander Kerr - I didn't have time to get scared
I was shot down on my fourth trip. I didn't have time to get scared about it or anything, it was only four trips.
I can understand that pilots who went on for 20, 30 trips could become very traumatised.
That didn't happen to me because I never had a chance to be really to be, I mean, you know, when you were over the target and there was flak going everywhere and you could smell the cordite and so on you became aware of the fact that there was danger there but that was about all and I never ever thought about being shot down or of being a prisoner.