So here he is again, our intrepid hero, preparing to go off again, on yet another adventure.
The aircraft is fuelled and prepared, a Gloster Meteor, as No.6 climbs into the navigators seat in the two man cockpit, with the Group Captain makes last minute checks, before climbing aboard himself.
'He's an old, old, friend who never gives up' the Colonel tells Thorpe. The two twin Rolls Royce Derwent 5 Turbojet engines are fired up, and the Gloster Meteor jet aircraft taxis to the end of the runway. The Colonel and Thorpe look on and give a cheery wave to their old friend.
Just as the aircraft takes to the skies, the Colonel and Thorpe return to their car, and take their leave of the aerodrome, perhaps with but one thought in their minds, when next might they see their old friend and ex-colleague again?
A few days later, it was reported that contact with the Gloter Meteor had been lost. That it is possible that the aircraft, and crew had been lost at sea. A search had been instigated at the command of the Colonel, but so far there has been no sign of any wreckage, or the crew. But the search will go on, but hope is now fast running out for the two man crew of the aircaft. BCNU