The BRISTOL BRIGAND
It's all quite true that one of the "tricks" which the Bristol Brigand B1. aircraft was able to perform during it's active service life in the Malayan skies was it's ability to shoot itself down (More of that later).
Some facts, figures, truths and his personal account of his time flying Bristol Brigands in Malaya are aired here by Terry Stringer in the hope that it will be of interest to aviation and military history enthusiasts as well as perhaps expelling some of the myths that have surrounded the Bristol Brigand B1 aircraft. It may also serve to tell a small part of the story of the role the RAF played in the conflict and help keep alive the memory of those friends and colleagues who sadly never returned from Malaya having made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country but whose contribution seems to have been largely forgotten in the history books.
In his 2 1/2 years with 84 Squadron at R.A.F. Tengah on the island of Singapore, from June 1950 until December 1952 during the "Malayan Emergency", flying in 27 different Bristol Brigands, Terry notched up in excess of 950 flying hours in the 'brutes' including 218 Operational Air Strikes against the so called Communist Terrorists of the MLA (Malayan Liberation Army) which consisted mainly of Chinese Communists. He also carried out 111 of those sorties in the 'Bridal Brigand' RH813 'H' which, incidentally, didn't once cause trouble in the air.