The Pilot by Philip Nicholson

Ken Marshall, whose father was a Flight Engineer with RAF 578 Squadron, posted this poem on a Facebook page.

This poem was written by a gentleman called Philip Nicholson. Ken knows nothing more about the author. The poem is about…


Who is the man up front, this Driver-Airframe?

Pilot? Captain? What’s in a name?

Let’s say he’s just another member of the crew

But this description will not do. He’s trained to fly this kite – agreed.

But more, much more, he’s there to lead: To bring us back, unscathed and sane,

Not once, but time and time again.

We looked to him for miracles of mind and will.

For deeds beyond the range of human skill:

What words of ours describe him well?

No words suffice: we called him Skip and followed him to Hell.

This is Ken’s father.


Ken W. Marshall DFC (courtesy Ken Marshall)

Ken W. Marshall DFC wrote some poems also.

I will show you more next time. Meantime here are some pictures from my collection of pilots with 425 Alouettes.

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