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Cuimhneachaidhean aig Pìleat Spitfire (9 de 10)
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_MFR_JOHN_NIVEN_09
DEIT
1986
LINN
1980an
CRUTHADAIR
John Niven
NEACH-FIOSRACHAIDH
Rèidio Linne Mhoireibh
AITHNEACHADH MAOINE
41172
KEYWORDS
luchd-iùil adhair
plèanaichean
an Dara Cogadh

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San earrann èisteachd seo on phrògram aig Rèidio Moray Firth 'Marshall a' Coinneachadh', tha Sam Marshall a' bruidhinn ri Iain Niven a bha na phìleat ann an Spitfire.

'Interviewer: Did you feel apprehensive about flying again after that experience?

Strangely enough, no, no. I had, I was very fortunate and I had a very pleasant convalescence, really, finishing up in the Palace Hotel in Torquay which was a rehabilitation centre, and receiving the ministrations of Dan MasKell and Henry Cotton, which was all very nice, who were both in the Air Force and it was quite pleasant, and quite brief; I was very fortunate in recovering so quickly. And I rejoined my squadron; they'd moved to the Orkneys by then - we'd flown from Biggin Hill for that show - and we moved to the Orkneys and Christmas in the Orkneys was a damn sight worse than a fighter sweep!

Interviewer: They get this programme in Orkney.

Interviewer: You had a couple of crash landings after that too, though. Did that not sort of, finally finish, sicken you of this business?

No they, nobody got hurt which is always a good thing. It's like the famous book '1066 and All That' which is good things and bad things, and that was a good thing. One where I had to land with wheels up was a ridiculous incident because it was an unwritten law that, if on a sweep you were separated from the main body of aircraft, you picked the nearest big gaggle of aircraft and flew home with it and my section, four of us, did get separated, and I picked the wrong gaggle of aircraft, because they had black crosses on them. And they knocked off three out of the four of us, and the stupid part was that they settled me with only two bullets, one of which went through the pipes that operated the flaps, and the other went through the pipes that operated the undercarriage.

Interviewer: Both needed for landing.

Both needed for landing, so it was a belly landing.

Interviewer: Absolutely amazing. Gosh, you could have found yourself in Berlin. What about the casualties between the two? We've talked about the Spitfire; we've reminisced about how the Germans thought it was a superb aeroplane but, in fact, it was pretty evenly matched, wasn't it?

Yes, they were evenly matched, and a German plane, one said that they didn't turn as tightly, we could always turn inside them, but if you got a German plane with a really good pilot in you could be in deep trouble if he was prepared to mix it with you. And if you did get a chap was prepared to mix it with you, you knew he as a good one because the other ones had a quick squirt and away. But if any of those chaps wanted to have a go, then you were in deep trouble, and it is a reflection. There was very little said at the time, I mean, a lot of people, I think quite, they didn't realise that there was any sort of air war going on in Europe at the time but, to give an example: between the 1st of March and the 9th of May in 1942, which is what, two, two months or so, the Germans lost 137 aircraft and we lost 174. So, our fighter sweeps were really, they were really quite costly but they at least showed that we were pinning down German aircraft, as was the purpose, of course.'


Rugadh is thogadh Iain Brown Niven ann an Dùn Èideann. An dèidh fhoghlam aig sgoil Sheòrais Heriot, chaidh e a-steach do ghnothachas an teaghlaich ag obair air mullaichean thogalaichean, Iain Low, Sglèatairean. B' e sgiathalaich, ge ta, a dheagh mhiann bho òige, agus aig aois naodh-deug san Òg-mhios 1939, chuir e a-steach ainm gu soirbheachail do Shaor-thoilichean Glèidhte an RAF (Volunteer Reserve). Chuir e steach airson Colaiste Feachd an Adhair ann an Cranwell agus fhuair e ann, ach mum b' urrainn dha tòiseachadh, chaidh èigheachd air san t-Sultain seirbheis a dhèanamh sa chogadh.

Tro bhliadhnachan a' chogaidh rinn e seirbheis chliùiteach san RAF, a' sgiathalaich Spitfires san RA, sna h-Innseachan agus ann an Iapan. B' e Ceannard a' Scuadrain ann an Scuadran 602 Baile-mòr Ghlaschu agus ann an Scuadran 485 Shealain Ùir. Bha e cuideachd a' sgiathalaich le 322 Scuadran Duitseach. Choisinn e an DFC (Crois na Sgiathalaich Cliùitich) le crann-tarsainn airson a dhìchill mhisneachail. (Tha crann-tarsainn air a chur ri ribean an DFC airson luchd-coisnidh a tha a' faighinn an dàrna duais.)

Às dèidh a' chogaidh chaidh Iain a-steach air ais do ghnothachas mhullaichean an teaghlaich, phòs e Dorothy Hood agus bha triùir chlann aca. Ghluais e a dh'Inbhir Theòrsa airson obair a dhèanamh ann an roinn na luchd-obrach aig UKAEA (Ùghdarras Lùth Atomaigeach na Rìoghachd Aonaichte) ann an Dùn Rath, mus deach e mu dheireadh a dh'fhuireach ann an Inbhir Nis na fhear-obrach aig an HIDB (Bòrd Leasachaidh na Gàidhealtachd 's nan Eilean).

Bha Iain fìor dhèidheil air goilf (chluich e bho bhacadh de 2) agus sna 1960an bha e na mheadhan air ath-ùrachadh is leudachadh a' chùrsa aig a' Mheaghrath faisg air Inbhir Theòrsa. Leig e dheth a dhreuchd ann an 1985 agus bhàsaich e san Dàmhair 1986. Tha a bhean, a mhac agus a dhithis nighean fhathast a' fuireach ann an Inbhir Nis 's an Inbhir Narann.

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Cuimhneachaidhean aig Pìleat Spitfire (9 de 10)

1980an

luchd-iùil adhair; plèanaichean; an Dara Cogadh

Rèidio Linne Mhoireibh

MFR: Memories of a Spitfire Pilot

San earrann èisteachd seo on phrògram aig Rèidio Moray Firth 'Marshall a' Coinneachadh', tha Sam Marshall a' bruidhinn ri Iain Niven a bha na phìleat ann an Spitfire.<br /> <br /> 'Interviewer: Did you feel apprehensive about flying again after that experience?<br /> <br /> Strangely enough, no, no. I had, I was very fortunate and I had a very pleasant convalescence, really, finishing up in the Palace Hotel in Torquay which was a rehabilitation centre, and receiving the ministrations of Dan MasKell and Henry Cotton, which was all very nice, who were both in the Air Force and it was quite pleasant, and quite brief; I was very fortunate in recovering so quickly. And I rejoined my squadron; they'd moved to the Orkneys by then - we'd flown from Biggin Hill for that show - and we moved to the Orkneys and Christmas in the Orkneys was a damn sight worse than a fighter sweep!<br /> <br /> Interviewer: They get this programme in Orkney.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: You had a couple of crash landings after that too, though. Did that not sort of, finally finish, sicken you of this business?<br /> <br /> No they, nobody got hurt which is always a good thing. It's like the famous book '1066 and All That' which is good things and bad things, and that was a good thing. One where I had to land with wheels up was a ridiculous incident because it was an unwritten law that, if on a sweep you were separated from the main body of aircraft, you picked the nearest big gaggle of aircraft and flew home with it and my section, four of us, did get separated, and I picked the wrong gaggle of aircraft, because they had black crosses on them. And they knocked off three out of the four of us, and the stupid part was that they settled me with only two bullets, one of which went through the pipes that operated the flaps, and the other went through the pipes that operated the undercarriage.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Both needed for landing.<br /> <br /> Both needed for landing, so it was a belly landing.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Absolutely amazing. Gosh, you could have found yourself in Berlin. What about the casualties between the two? We've talked about the Spitfire; we've reminisced about how the Germans thought it was a superb aeroplane but, in fact, it was pretty evenly matched, wasn't it?<br /> <br /> Yes, they were evenly matched, and a German plane, one said that they didn't turn as tightly, we could always turn inside them, but if you got a German plane with a really good pilot in you could be in deep trouble if he was prepared to mix it with you. And if you did get a chap was prepared to mix it with you, you knew he as a good one because the other ones had a quick squirt and away. But if any of those chaps wanted to have a go, then you were in deep trouble, and it is a reflection. There was very little said at the time, I mean, a lot of people, I think quite, they didn't realise that there was any sort of air war going on in Europe at the time but, to give an example: between the 1st of March and the 9th of May in 1942, which is what, two, two months or so, the Germans lost 137 aircraft and we lost 174. So, our fighter sweeps were really, they were really quite costly but they at least showed that we were pinning down German aircraft, as was the purpose, of course.'<br /> <br /> <br /> Rugadh is thogadh Iain Brown Niven ann an Dùn Èideann. An dèidh fhoghlam aig sgoil Sheòrais Heriot, chaidh e a-steach do ghnothachas an teaghlaich ag obair air mullaichean thogalaichean, Iain Low, Sglèatairean. B' e sgiathalaich, ge ta, a dheagh mhiann bho òige, agus aig aois naodh-deug san Òg-mhios 1939, chuir e a-steach ainm gu soirbheachail do Shaor-thoilichean Glèidhte an RAF (Volunteer Reserve). Chuir e steach airson Colaiste Feachd an Adhair ann an Cranwell agus fhuair e ann, ach mum b' urrainn dha tòiseachadh, chaidh èigheachd air san t-Sultain seirbheis a dhèanamh sa chogadh. <br /> <br /> Tro bhliadhnachan a' chogaidh rinn e seirbheis chliùiteach san RAF, a' sgiathalaich Spitfires san RA, sna h-Innseachan agus ann an Iapan. B' e Ceannard a' Scuadrain ann an Scuadran 602 Baile-mòr Ghlaschu agus ann an Scuadran 485 Shealain Ùir. Bha e cuideachd a' sgiathalaich le 322 Scuadran Duitseach. Choisinn e an DFC (Crois na Sgiathalaich Cliùitich) le crann-tarsainn airson a dhìchill mhisneachail. (Tha crann-tarsainn air a chur ri ribean an DFC airson luchd-coisnidh a tha a' faighinn an dàrna duais.) <br /> <br /> Às dèidh a' chogaidh chaidh Iain a-steach air ais do ghnothachas mhullaichean an teaghlaich, phòs e Dorothy Hood agus bha triùir chlann aca. Ghluais e a dh'Inbhir Theòrsa airson obair a dhèanamh ann an roinn na luchd-obrach aig UKAEA (Ùghdarras Lùth Atomaigeach na Rìoghachd Aonaichte) ann an Dùn Rath, mus deach e mu dheireadh a dh'fhuireach ann an Inbhir Nis na fhear-obrach aig an HIDB (Bòrd Leasachaidh na Gàidhealtachd 's nan Eilean). <br /> <br /> Bha Iain fìor dhèidheil air goilf (chluich e bho bhacadh de 2) agus sna 1960an bha e na mheadhan air ath-ùrachadh is leudachadh a' chùrsa aig a' Mheaghrath faisg air Inbhir Theòrsa. Leig e dheth a dhreuchd ann an 1985 agus bhàsaich e san Dàmhair 1986. Tha a bhean, a mhac agus a dhithis nighean fhathast a' fuireach ann an Inbhir Nis 's an Inbhir Narann.