Back Cover SummaryEdit
When war came to the island of Silau, south east of New Guinea, the pilots of a Royal Australian Air Force squadron laughed at two freakish-looking planes already operating there. “Pop” Onslow and his son, Willie, ran an air-freight business which used an ancient Vickers Virginia bomber and an odd little crate called a “Flying Flea” — the Aussies reckoned it looked like a motor bike with wings.
When Willie took the Flea into the air and ran rings around the latest Tomahawk fighter the RAAF men considered letting the plucky civilians join the war effort.
The little machine at the heart of the late Ken Barr's wonderful cover is, of course, a real aircraft, and not some kind of artistic licence on our behalf. Created by Frenchman Henri Mignet, his HM14 was known colloquially as the 'Flying Flea' because of the translation of it's nickname , 'Pou du Ciel' - literally 'Louse of the Sky'.
I think it's fantastic when Commando features these real life curios, and it is even better when they practically become characters in their own right - and that's certainly the case here.
Scott Montgomery, Deputy Editor.