Pentland - Bad Landing
Pilot of Ottawa Landed With Bomb Load Mayor Lewis received a letter from FO. C, F. Osborne, adjutant of the Beaver Squadron; .which the City of Ottawa ha? adopted. The letter reviews the squadron's activities France up 'to Aug. 5. It foUows:' "For a number of days after I A a ' A " Wi . sm . last wroiev ine weaver aquaaron due to rain and- inclement weather. After almost a week of idleness the squadron resumed operations and on one day flew almosts many sorties arid dropped jiearly" the same tonnage of bombs as on lhe-18th of July, when- all -previous; records were shattered. . ;' " .. "The V; type . of operations remained very much the same as before- The targets were in most instances in direct support of the advancing army. A number of oir aircraft were hit by flak, which Is always to be expected in this type pf operations.- . "Oh July 26, after taking off, Sqdn. Ldr. Bill Pentland experienced engine trouble and before he could make a forced landing It cut out completely. Rather than jettison his bombs on our troops below : and land, or bale out of his aircraft, he decided to 'make a forced landing with bombs on, and save the aircraft He was . gliding at such a high rate of speed that the wheels could not come down before he landed.. On landing on an airdrome, quite recently vacated by the Germans, one bomb dropped off and blew the tail end of his aircraft completely off; the- other Sduadron . bomb fell off as- lie came, to a stop, but fortunately did not explode. , Sqdn. Ldr. Pentland immediately got out. of his .aircraft and ran a safe distance, but nothing happened, so . he returned to his aircraft and took stock of the damage. One Urge bomb splinter weighing - approximately five pounds had torn through .the cockpit very close tb Sqdn. Ldr. Pentland. It was - a narrow escape' and a 'commendable piece of work on his part. "The targets attacked consisted mostly of enemy . troop formations, tank 'and motor transport concentrations, motorized columns of troops moving to the front,' mortar and - gun positions and a Gestapo headquarters, All targets were successfully attacked and a high percentage of bombs landed in the,. target .areas. In most - instances Ithe detailed results could not be pbserved owing to haze and poor visibility. : "The squadron personnel are extremely pleased with the change in diet. Fresh rations are provided every other day. Larger supplies of . white bread, are. being received and also "an increased quantity of fresh milk. 'It is expected that very soon compo rations will be discontinued. '" ' "Films remain the centre of attraction in the evenings and are well attended. Volley ball and horseshoes have also drawn a lot of interest recently and challenge matches are being played between squadrons when the work slackens off. Intrust this will be, of some- interest to the people of Ottawa." ' .