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Posted on Wednesday 31st July

Squadron Leader Tony Gaze died on Monday at his home in Victoria, Australia, aged 93. A highly regarded Spitfire pilot, he served as Battle of Britain ace Douglas Bader's wingman during the Second World War, and later became the first Australian to compete in a Grand Prix.

Squadron Leader Gaze was credited with 12 kills and won the prestigious Distinguished Flying Cross 3 times. In 1943, his Spitfire was shot down over Occupied France and he made the 8 week long journey back to Britain by foot.

He famously enjoyed motor racing, and after the war he suggested creating what is now the Goodwood Motor Circuit from the track at his West Sussex wartime base, RAF Westhampnett. He became the first Australian to compete in Formula One, and launched the country's first international driving team.

He followed in the footsteps of his father, Irvin, who was a fighter pilot during the First World War.

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