Never Been Hit is a story about an Australian fighter pilot, Flying Officer Leslie Theodore Streete who flew Mk XVI Spitfires.   Les was a country boy from New South Wales.  He transferred from the Australian Infantry Forces to the Royal Australian Air Force in 1943.

scan0010_c_Les_in_CockpitThe book presents his journey, from preliminary flight training at Narromine, a country town in New South Wales, to becoming a fighter pilot.   From the relative safety of Australia, Les makes the risky voyage across the Pacific Ocean and on to Canada where he receives advanced flight training at Dunnville and Bagotville, Canada.  From there he voyages across the Atlantic to Britain where he undergoes further training before his posting to 66 Squadron R.A.F.   By late 1944 66 Squadron is based at Grimbergen, Belgium and is operating as an international squadron. 

             Les Streete 12-8-1922 to 15-4-2013

Les flies the clipped wing Mk XVI Spitfire, configured for low level dive bombing operations, on patrols over Belgium and Holland as his squadron drives the enemy back towards Germany.

As Les powers his Spitfire around Belgium, Holland and Germany during the Battle of the Bulge and the Great Rhine Crossing, he witnesses the unfolding collapse of the once mighty Wehrmacht.   Many of his mates went west, but through skill, luck and tenacity, Les becomes one of the lucky ones.

A Fighter Pilot's Story        
 
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