Another one, based on Ginger Lacey.
The Instructor – RAF pilot biography
Born on $[birthdate], $[name] grew up amongst the quiet streets of the market town of Wetherby, West Riding of Yorkshire. He left King James Grammar School, Knaresborough to continue his education at Leeds Technical College, where he mostly flew under the radar of his professors and maintained average grades. For a few years after graduating, he worked as an apprentice pharmacist and loathed his mediocre future. As the threat of war over Western Europe began to loom larger, he joined the RAF Volunteer reserve as a trainee Pilot in Perth, Scotland. He accumulated 1,000 hours of flight time before the war. $[lastName] was called up when war was declared, after having become an instructor at the Yorkshire Flying School.
His squadron was transferred to France in order to support the French army and stem the tide of Blitzkrieg. In one May afternoon, $[lastName] claimed his first victories of the war, shooting down three German aircraft: a He-111, a Bf-109, and a Bf-110. He was shot down a few days later, crash landing in a swamp and almost drowning. He then shot down two more He-111’s before his unit returned to the UK, earning him the Croix de Guerre for his efforts during the Battle of France.
Enormous success during the Battle of Britain followed. He flew a Hawker Hurricane with No. 501 squadron based at Gravesend, becoming one of the highest scoring pilots of the battle. During one of the heaviest days of fighting, $[lastName] attacked a formation of 12 Bf-109s, shooting down two before the others noticed and escaping into the clouds. However, it didn’t all go his way, as he was forced to bail out or crash land his damaged aircraft no less than nine times. On one specific occasion, $[lastName] bailed out of his Hurricane, swearing to himself as his airfield was nowhere to be seen in the dreadful visibility.
Success over the channel continued thereafter, as $[lastName] skillfully flew the Spitfire Mk V with No. 602 squadron, based at Kenley. He claimed two Fw-190s as shot down in April, having made them collide. One of Britian’s top aces, $[lastName]’s reputation preceded him, and he was in huge demand as an instructor. As a result, he became a Tactics Officer and Chief Instructor at No1 Special Instructors School within a year.
The following year, $[lastName] was posted to India but was recalled to the European Theatre to lend a hand in attaining complete air superiority over Western Europe. Although he had been in and out of the war as an instructor pilot, he remained supremely confident in his combat abilities and was admired by his fellow pilots as one to learn from. $[lastName] was $[age] when he arrived at the headquarters of $[startSquadronName]. The date was $[startDate].