Sergeant Alan Smith recalled. “Many of us had these and we filled them with aviation fuel. One lunchtime we were hanging around when the military police came around and started testing the fuel in the cars. Of course, they found a number with aviation fuel and were set to arrest us all!
Thankfully, a car pulled up and Bader got out, saying ‘what the hell’s going on here’. The military policeman tried to explain what was happening but Bader started on the poor chap and cut him down stating something along the lines of ‘get your buggers out of here, and fast, or I will sort you out’. They left and we never heard any more about it”.
It is clear that the fighter pilots loved their motor cars as much as they did their aircraft and the two often went hand in hand.