While flying over Italy, this had most of her tail shot away. Still, the pilot managed to get her home. When she was hit, the tail-gunner was blown out into her slipstream. Miraculously, he was uninjured and managed to get his chute open and land safely.
This photo, originating from HMSO publications of the time, had been entitled “Spitfires can take it. Riddled fighter makes safe landing in Italy”. It is believed to be taken in 1944 and the aircraft is a Spitfire Mk.
Flying Officer R. Stewart, a wireless operator on board an Avro Lancaster B Mark I of No. 57 Squadron RAF based at Scampton, Lincolnshire, speaking to the pilot from his position in front of the Marconi TR transmitter/receiver set.