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No.609 Sqn RAF - Squadron Details - Aviation Directory

No.609 Sqn RAF


Name : No.609 Sqn RAF
Founded : 10th February 1936
Disbanded : 10th March 1957
Country : UK
Fate : Disbanded 10th March 1957
More Details : West Riding (Auxiliary)

Tally ho!
Known Code Letters : , PR, BL,

609 (West Riding) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force: 609 Squadron came into being on the 10th February 1936 as part of the expanding Auxiliary Air Force. Initially a bomber squadron equipped with Hawker Harts. On 8th December, 1938, the Squadrons role was changed from bomber to fighter and the squadron took delivery of its first Spitfires Mk I during August 1939. The squadrons first victory was a Heinkel HE111 H-2 of 2/KG26 which was shot down near St. Abbs Head, 27th February 1940, by Flying Officer G. D. Ayre, Pilot Officer J R Buchanan and Flying Officer D Persse-Joynt. 609 squadron was, it is said, the first Spitfire Squadron to reach 100 victories (Ju88 A-5 1/KG51) on 21st October 1940. The victory was shared by Flight Lieutenant F J Howell and Pilot Officer S J Hill. During April 1942, 609 began to replace its Spitfires with Hawker Typhoons, and went on to become the first Typhoon squadron with 227 victories. Based at many RAF Stations 609 was in action throughout WWII, covering the Dunkirk evacuation, the Battle of Britain and supporting the D-Day landings as part of the 2nd TAF. There were many decorations awarded to squadron members, these included 3 DSOs, 22 DFCs and Bars and 4 DFMs. On 16th December 1947, King George VI gave permission for use of the Royal Prefix for all Auxiliary Air Force Squadrons. 609 Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force was disbanded on 10th March 1957, whilst equipped with Gloster Meteors F8 at RAF Church Fenton, Yorkshire. On 1st October, 1999, 609 (west Riding) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, was re-formed at RAF Leeming operating in the guise of Air Defence Support Squadron (ADSS).

Known Service Details :

Pilot or Aircrew

Rank

Start of Service

End of Service

Known Dates

Aircraft

Airframes

Notes

N. le C. Agazarian

unknown

unknown

P.A. Baillon

unknown

28th November 1940

27th November 1940

Spitfire

P9503

Killed in Action

P H Barron

unknown

11th July 1940

Spitfire

Killed in Action

John Maurice Bentley Beard

15th December 1940

unknown

Hurricane

joined 609 Squadron at Drem on 15th December. From 9th April to 14th April 1940 he was detached to Farnborough for an oxygen course

Geoffrey Charles Bennett

unknown

unknown

31st May 1940

D. M. Crook

30th June 1940

unknown

Joseph Dawson

flying officer

unknown

1st June 1940

Spitfire

Killed in Action

P Drummond - Hay

unknown

9th July 1940

Killed in Action

John Dundas

Flight Lieutenant

unknown

unknown

Spitfire

X4586

Paul Edge

flying officer

unknown

unknown

12th July 1940

Spitfire

R6636

T. H. T. Forshaw

unknown

unknown

G. N. Gaunt

Pilot Officer

unknown

15th September 1940

Spitfire

R6690

Killed in Action

John Charles Gilbert

unknown

31st May 1940

Spitfire

Killed in Action

H. McD. Goodwin

Flight Officer

unknown

14th August 1940

Spitfire

N3024

Killed in Action

Alec Ingle

unknown

unknown

V. C. Keough

unknown

unknown

Andrew Mamedoff

Pilot Officer

August 1940

18th September 1940

J. H. G. Mcarthur

Flight Lieutenant

unknown

unknown

07th September 1940

Spitfire

R. T. D. Mercer

unknown

unknown

R. F. G. Miller

Pilot Officer

unknown

27th September 1940

Spitfire

X4107

Killed in Action

G. T. M. Mitchell

Pilot Officer

unknown

11th July 1940

Spitfire

L1095

Killed in Action

T. Nowierski

Flight Officer

unknown

unknown

05th October 1940

Spitfire

N3223

Charles. Nevil. Overton

p/o

unknown

unknown

18th May 1940

Spitfire

OVERTON, Charles Nevil, joined 609 Squadron as a Pilot Officer in 1940, having served in 17 Squadron during 1939. He shot down a Bf110 on 12th August and next day got two Ju87's. He was injured and was off operations for some time. In 1942 he joined 145 Sq uadron as a flight commander, and on 3rd June damaged a Bf109. Six days later he destroyed one of these, and the following month became Commanding Officer. He received a DFC in October, by which time his score was 5. He did not claim any further victories. Charles Neville 'Teeny' Overton. Joined in November 1939 whilst 609 were at Drem. Postwar, bought RAF Wellingore airfield and farmed Wellingore Heath. Wing Commander Nevil (Teeny) Overton. DFC 17, 609, and 145, Squadrons, 59 OTU and 239 Wing Desert Air Force. The youngest pilot to serve in 609 sqd

M. E. Staples

Pilot Officer

unknown

unknown

07th October 1940

Spitfire

N3238

E. Q. Tobin

8th August 1940

unknown

Pilots and Aircrew for : No.609 Sqn RAF
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Adam, Ken
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Adam, Ken

One of only two German nationals (the other was his brother) to fly operationally for the RAF, Klaus Hugo Adam was a German national, born in Berlin, who left Germany in 1934 to escape the Nazi persecution. He joined the RAF in August 1942 and after flying training, mostly in the USA, joined 609 Squadron flying Typhoons in October 1943. Known to everyone in the Squadron as Heinie, he served with the squadron until the end of the war, the hazards of operational flying increased for him by the knowledge that capture as a POW would certainly end in death. Demobilised in 1946 he went on to a very successful career as an art director in the film industry and is best known, perhaps, for his work on the Bond films. -- I think what affected me most and I will remember for the rest of my life, was the aftermath of the battle for the Falaise Gap. After it was all over, 609 Squadron were given a day off and we decided to drive into the Falaise area to get a first hand view from the ground of the results of our rocket attacks. Unfortunately our truck was trapped in an armoured column moving at a snails pace, since the road or what was left of it was choked with wreckage, swollen corpses of men of the SS divisions, dead cattle and horses. The stench of death was everywhere. We tried to breath through our handkerchiefs which we knotted over our mouths and noses, to little avail. The sickly sweet smell of death stuck to our uniforms and bodies for days to come. This was my first contact on the ground with the dead and what had been the enemy. Attacking a target from the air, one felt strangely removed from the realities and horror on the ground. This was our first decisive defeat of the German army, in which 609 Squadron and other rocket Typhoon squadrons of 84 Group played such a vital role, but my feelings of elation at this victory were muted by the carnage of dead bodies and even more so the grotesque spectacle of countless dead horses with their limbs rigidly sticking up in the air. It was an experience I will never forget.
Agazarian, Noel le Chevalier
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   Died : 16 / 5 / 1941
Agazarian, Noel le Chevalier

Noël Agazarian joined the Royal Air Force as a Volunteer Reservist and was commissioned as a pilot officer on 14 February 1939 He completed his initial flying training at the same time as Richard Hillary, at RAF Lossiemouth after which both were assigned to RAF Old Sarum, to train as army co-operation pilots They flew Westland Lysander liaison aircraft and Hawker Hector biplanes; during the training, Agazarian crashed a Hawker Hector but was unscathed By the time his course ended (June 1940 ) Hillary and Agazarian were both amongst the majority of pilots from the graduating Army co-operation class who were immediately reassigned as fighter pilots, Agazarian joined 609 Squadron, a fighter squadron flying Supermarine Spitfires, based at RAF Warmwell in Dorset His first victory was on 11 August 1940, when he shot down a Messerschmitt Bf 110 heavy fighter around 15 miles south of the Isle of Portland It appears his victim was Gruppenkommandeur (Group Commander) Major Ernst Ott of Zerstörergeschwader 2. Ott was killed along with his gunner and radio operator On 12 August, he shot down two Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighters and damaged a Messerschmitt Bf 110 south of Portsmouth. This occurred during a large battle, when a formation of German bombers and their fighter escorts were intercepted by three RAF fighter squadrons after they bombed Portsmouth and its dockyards Having volunteered for the Middle East, Agazarian was posted there in late January 1941 and joined 274 Squadron on 6th April at Amriya in the Western Desert. He shot down a Me109 over Tobruk on 1st May 1941 but on the 16th May 1941 he was shot down and killed when 274 was intercepted by Me109’s over Gambut
Appleby, M. J.
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Appleby, M. J.


Baillon, P.A.
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   Died : 28 / 11 / 1940
Baillon, P.A.

P/O P.A.Baillon of No 609 Squadron bailed out of his Spitfire I (P9503) safely on the 27th of October 1940 after combat over Andover. P.A.Baillon was killed in action on the 28th of November 1940 when he was shot down by a Bf 109 near the Isle of Wight. Pilot Officer Baillon is buried at Bayeux in France. At time of death he was 26.
Baldwin, J
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   Died : 15 / 3 / 1952
Baldwin, J

John Baldwin joined the RAFVR in September 1939 and served as a ground crewman in France during 1940. Back in England, he spent the Blitz period on bomb-disposal duties. In 1941 he volunteered for aircrew duties, and was trained in California, United States. Back in the UK, he gained experience at No.59 OTU in the summer of 1942 and was posted at No 609 (West Reading) Squadron on November 17th, 1942, at that time equipped with Typhoons. He was posted to No. 198 Squadron as its Commanding Officer in November 1943, before taking command of 123 Airfield. He was ultimately to become the highest scoring Typhoon pilot of all, with 15 confirmed solo victories, 1 shared destroyed, a further 1 probable and 4 damaged. He was posted missing during the Korean War when he failed to return from a weather reconnaissance sortie on 15th March 1952. His body has never been recovered.



Citation for the Distinguished Flying Cross, gazetted 26th February 1943.

This officer has participated in numerous sorties, invariably displaying great courage and operational efficiency. This was amply demonstrated during a sortie one day in January, 1943, when he attacked a formation of three enemy aircraft. In his first attack, Flying Officer Baldwin shot down the leading aircraft of the hostile formation. Following this success he destroyed another of the formation before his own aircraft was hit in one of the wings. When the third enemy fighter attempted to attack from the rear, Flying Officer Baldwin outmanoeuvred the attacker and shot it down. On another occasion during a sortie over Belgium, he damaged four locomotives.

London Gazette, 1943.

Baraldi, F. H. R.
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Baraldi, F. H. R.


Barran, P. H.
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   Died : 11 / 7 / 1940
Barran, P. H.

Killed July 11th 1940
Barron, P H
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   Died : 11 / 7 / 1940
Barron, P H

while flying Spitfire I L1069 Shot down over Portland by ME109 of JG 27 at 18:10hrs, on the 11th of July 1940. F/Lt P.H.Barron baled out with wounds and burns but he died later. 11th July 1940
Beamont, Roland Bee
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   Died : 19 / 11 / 2001
Beamont, Roland Bee

One of World War IIs great characters, Bee flew Hurricanes with 87 Squadron, later leading a Tempest Wing. He had 8 victories plus a further 32 VIs destroyed. After the war he became a highly respected Chief Test Pilot.Wing Commander Roland Beamont, one of the RAFs top buzz bomb interceptors, was born in Enfield England on August 10, 1920. Educated at Eastborne College, Beamont accepted a short service commission with the Royal Air Force in 1938. He commenced flying in 1939 at the the No. 13 Reserve Flying School at White Waltham. His initial duty was with the Group Fighter Pool at St. Athan where he learned to fly the Hurricane. Beamont was soon posted with the No. 87 Squadron which was part of the Advanced Air Striking Force in France. Seeing action in both France and Belgium prior to the Allied withdrawl, Beamont rejoined 87 Squadron in England during the Battle of Britain. In the spring of 1941 Beamont was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross after destroying five enemy aircraft. As Commanding Officer of 609 Squadron, Beamont pioneered both day and night ground attack missions utilizing the Typhoon. Beamont was credited with destroying 25 trains in a three month period. He was then made responsible for organizing and commanding the first Tempest Wing at Newchurch. Three days after D-Day Bearnont shot down an Me-109, marking the first aerial combat victory for the Hawker Tempest. In the summer of 1944 Beamont destroyed 32 buzz bombs prior to leading his wing to a Dutch Airfield at Volkel on the Continent. In October of 1944 Beamont was shot down during a ground attack mission over Germany, and he remained a prisoner of war until wars end. Following repatriation Beamont became an experimental test pilot with the Gloster Aircraft Company, which had developed the RAFs first jet aircraft. Turning down a permanent commission with the RAF, Beamont then joined English Electric Company in Wharton as the Chief Test Pilot for the B3/45 (Canberra) jet bomber program. He managed all prototype testing on the Canberra, and in the process set two Atlantic speed records. Later Beamont was involved with the supersonic P1/Lightning program, and became the first British pilot to fly at twice the speed of sound. From 1965 until 1970 he was a founding member of Britains highly succesful Saudi Arabian export program. For several years prior to his retirement in 1979, Beamont was Director of Operations for British Aerospace and Panavia where he was in charge of flight testing for the Tornado. Since his retirement Beamont has authored nine books, and published numerous magazine articles. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Scociety and an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots in America. He died 19th November 2001.



Bee Beamont in the cockpit.


Beard, John Maurice Bentley
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   Died : 21 / 11 / 2000
Beard, John Maurice Bentley

Sergeant J.M.Beard of No 249 Squadron. On the 25th of October 1940 Sergeant Beard was wounded after combat with a Bf 109 over Linton, he baled out of his stricken Hurricane I (P3615). He began his flying at 9 E&RFTS Ansty on 10th July and trained on Avro Cadets and Hawker Harts. Called up on 2nd September 1939, he went to 2 FTS Brize Norton on 7th October. With the course completed he joined 609 Squadron at Drem on 15th December. From 9th April to 14th April 1940 he was detached to Farnborough for an oxygen course. Beard was posted to 249 Squadron on 14th May 1940 when it was reforming at Church Fenton. On 2nd September Beard damaged a Do17, on the 6th destroyed a Me109, on the 18th a Me110, on the 27th two Me109's, a Me110 and another probable and a Do17 damaged, on the 28th a Me109 destroyed and on 12th October a Me109 damaged. Beard was shot down by Me109's over North Kent on 25th October. He baled out, wounded, and was admitted to Pembury Hospital. His Hurricane, P3615, is believed to have crashed on Rankins Farm, Linton. He was posted from 249 to SHQ North Weald on 6th November as non-effective sick but later rejoined 249. Commissioned in December 1940, Beard was sent to RAF White Waltham for ferrying duties on 6th February 1941 as 249 prepared to re-equip with the Hurricane II. The next day he crashed whilst flying a Spitfire and went to hospital. On recovering he went directly to 52 OTU at Debden on 30th April 1941 as an instructor. He moved to CGS Sutton Bridge on 18th March 1942 as a founder-member of the Pilot Gunnery Wing there and took charge of the Live Firing Flight. The PGW later moved to Catfoss to become part of the Central Gunnery School. Beard was a member of the Fighter Command Test Board and made visits to the Gunnery Research Unit at Exeter in order to carry out tests on new pieces of armament equipment. He was awarded the AFC In May 1945 Beard went to Millfield to take charge of a Tempest rocket-training unit. In July he moved to RAF Charter Hall to be Station Admin Officer. He was sent to HQ 229 Group, New Delhi in October 1945 as Air Training Deputy. His last job was to arrange the return of 120 Lease-Lend Expeditors to the Americans at Munich in early 1946. He flew the last one back himself. Beard was released from the RAF back in the UK as a Squadron Leader.
Beaumont, S. G.
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Beaumont, S. G.


Bennett, Geoffrey Charles
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   Died : 0 / 4 / 1941
Bennett, Geoffrey Charles

31st May 1940 Baled out over Dunkirk Bailed out after being damaged by an Me109. Rescued. Geoffrey Charles Bennett went missing in April 1941 still with 609.
Bisdee, John
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   Died : 21 / 10 / 2000
Bisdee, John

John Derek Bisdee was born on November 20th 1915 at Weston-Super-Mare, and educated at Marlborough. He joined the RAF Voluntary Reserve, and began the war as a sergeant pilot. His combat career started while with 609 (West Riding) squadron RAAF, flying Spitfires when the squadron was moved from Edinburgh to Drem in December 1939. They participated in the air cover of the evacuation of the BEF form Dunkirk. John Bisdee destroyed six aircraft between July 1940 and July 1941, including an Me110 during an eventful day n August 1940 when they attacked a strong Luftwaffe force of 45 JU88's escorted by many Me109s and Me110s. In July 1941 he became instructor at No 61 Operational training unit. While here he had a small speaking roll in the classic wartime film The First of the Few. John Bisdee became commander of 601 (County of London) auxiliary Spitfire squadron and embarked (along with 603 (Edinburgh) Squadron) for Malta on board the US carrier Wasp. While off Algiers 47 Spitfires took of for Malta. and almost immedniatly upon arriving took part in combat. John Bisdee shot down JU88. He himself had to bail out. with a damaged parachute dangling by one leg, he had to disentangle himself as he fell, managing just in time and landing in the sea, paddling his way 6 miles in his dinghy to Malta. in June 1942 the squadron went to Egypt. In August John Bisdee became flight training officer at the Middle East Headquarters, Cairo, moving in 1943 as Wing Commander for day fighters in Tunisia. In July 1943, after the capture of the island of Lampedusa, halfway between Malta and Sicily, Bisdee was appointed its governor - the first governor in liberated Europe, as he liked to claim. Returning to North Africa, Bisdee trained Free French pilots at Bone. Later, after a brief spell in Corsica, he commanded No 322 Wing at Bone. In 322 Wing wre three Spitfire squadrons, a Beaufighter Squadron a Wellington Squadon used in anti shipping role and an Air Sea Rescue unit. Group Captain John Bisdee left the Royal Air Force in 1945 with his offcial score of 8 but it is likely there were a few others. Sadly John Bidee died at the age of 84 on the 21st October 2000. Group Captain John Bisdee was awarded the DFC in 1941 and appointed OBE in 1943.
Blayney, A. J.
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Blayney, A. J.


Buchanan, J. R.
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   Died : 27 / 7 / 1940
Buchanan, J. R.

27th Feb 1940 shared in the shooting down of a HE111H-2 over St Abbs Head with F/O G D Ayre and F/O Persse-Joynt D 31st May 1940 covering the evacuation of Dunkirk 609 sqd Twelve aircraft taxied out to patrol Dunkirk, but only eleven took off. Flt Lt Barran in L1083 struck a contractors wagon on the taxiway and wrote off his starboard wingtip Plt Off Buchanan in N3023 shot down a Me109 and a ME110. - Missing July 27th 1940** after combat with ME109 of JG27 (10.30 time) off Weymouth
Chappell, C. G.
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Chappell, C. G.


Crook, D. M.
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   Died : 18 / 12 / 1944
Crook, D. M.

Flight Lieutenant David M. Crook joined No 609 Squadron on the 30th of June 1940 at Northolt Sector Station near London. He was killed in action post-Battle of Britain.
Curchin, Johnny
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   Died : 4 / 6 / 1941
Curchin, Johnny

Flt-Lt Frank Howell in R6691, Fg-Off Paul Edge in R6636 and Plt-Off Johnny Curchin R6634 shot down a Heinkel 111 (later only credited with a 'Probable'). P/O John "Johnnie" Curchin flew 130 sorties with No 609 Squadron RAF between July and October 1940, earning himself a DFC on 1 November. The citation credited the 22-year-old pilot with at least 7 victories and shares in more. He crash-landed Spitfire Mk I PR-F at RAF Middle Wallop on 25 October due to failing to lower the undercarriage. The aircraft had been flown by P/O Sydney J Hill 4 days earlier, Curchin's close friend, who shared a Ju 88, the unit's 100th victory. Missing June 4th 1941 after combat with ME109 over Manche
Darley, H. S.
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Darley, H. S.


Dawson, Joseph
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   Died : 1 / 6 / 1940
Dawson, Joseph

Commissioned pilot Officer 8th July 1938 Flying Officer Joseph Dawson, RAF (AAF) 90331, 609 Sqdn., age 24, 01/06/1940, missing Shot down by a Me110. Plot 4. Row K. Grave 8. Cemetery: FOUQUIERES CHURCHYARD EXTENSION Son of John Parker Colling and Annie Colling, of Darlington, Co. Durham.
Drummond - Hay, P
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   Died : 9 / 7 / 1940
Drummond - Hay, P

31st May 1940 over Dunkirk Fg Off Drummond Hay in spitfire L1095 met a Dornier flying alone on one engine. He put a burst into the other engine and put that out of action. Crew baled out and Dornier 8TH July 1940 over portland share din a victory of a JU87 and two unconfirmed JU87s 9th July 1940 while flying Spitfire I R667 "Q" was killed during combat with a ME109 near PORTLAND there is a brief combat film footage of Drummond Hay witht he Yorkshire film archive title – Combat Film No 43 F/O Drummond Hay 609 Sqd 31-540
Dundas, John
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   Died : 28 / 11 / 1941
Dundas, John

Flight Lieutenant John Charles Dundas joined No 609 Squadron before the war. He was awarded the D.F.C. He was shot down and killed on the 28th of November 1941.
Dupre, Rik A C
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Dupre, Rik A C

Rik Dupre joined the RAF in 1940 and on completing his pilot training in Canada returned to England to join 609 Typhoon Squadron at Manston. After D-Day the squadron moved to France and continued to serve in occupied Europe, providing close support for the Army. He stayed with 609 for the duration of the war, and in 1945 took a permanent commission serving mainly in the Far East. He retired from the RAF in 1967.
Edge, A. R.
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Edge, A. R.


Edge, Paul
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Edge, Paul

On 12th July 40, Red Section, consisting of Flt-Lt Frank Howell in R6691, Fg-Off Paul Edge in R6636 and Plt-Off Johnny Curchin R6634 shot down a Heinkel 111 (later only credited with a 'Probable'). 18th July 1940 Paul Edge spitfire was shot down was also shot down,
Feary, Alan Norman
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   Died : 7 / 10 / 1940
Feary, Alan Norman

Sgt. Alan Norman FEARY, Service Number : 742301 of the 609 (West Riding) Squadron is a recognised Spitfire Ace of the Battle of Britain who flew with 609 Squadron out of Northolt, Middle Wallop and Warmwell. Alan Norman Feary was born in Derby on 18th April 1912. He was educated at Derby Municipal Secondary School and worked in the Borough Treasurer's Department. Alan joined Class F of the RAF Reserve as an Airman u/t Pilot (700193) in July 1936 and transferred to the RAFVR in October 1938 and did his flying training at Burnaston aerodrome, gaining his wings and awarded his flying badge on 18th November 1938. Alan Norman Feary was called up on 1st September 1939 and posted to 9 FTS, Hullavington for advanced training in No 12 Course which ran from October 9 to December 9. On 6th April 1940 he went to 5 OTU Aston Down, converted to Blenheims before joining 25 Squadron for six days at North Weald, on May 4. Sgt A. N. Feary was then posted to 600 Squadron at Manston on May 10 and finally to 609 Squadron at Northolt on 11th June 1940. The 18th July was Alan's baptism of fire as he experienced his first claim as he shared in a one third destruction of a Junkers 88. Less than a month later he destroyed a Me109 on 12th August. The following day 13th August 1940, during the German aerial offensive Adlertag (Eagle Day) 609 scrambled from Warmwell at 3:30 pm. Alan flying as Red 2 piloting L1065 (PR-E) destroyed a Ju87 and damaged a Me110. John Dundas recorded in his war diary; +A major effort was made by the Luftwaffe on 13 August 1940. Christened Adlertag ('Eagle Day'), the Germans began a series of heavy air attacks. At 15:30 NO. 609 Squadron was scrambled, with Dundas flying in R6690 as number four in red section. At 10,000 feet (3,000 m) he spotted German fighters. Red leader could not see the enemy and instructed Dundas to take the lead. Climbing into the sun at 18,000 feet (5,500 m), Dundas saw Junkers Ju 87 Stuka dive-bombers below him. Attacking he shot down one of the Ju 87s from Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 ('dive bombing wing 2'). Dundas damaged another before being hit. He made a 'dead-stick' landing at RAF Warmwell. The German unit that 609 attacked was badly hit. One Staffel of II./StG 2 lost six out of nine Ju 87s.+ The 13th of August 1940 became known as 'Unlucky 13' because +On this day, 609 Squadron's 13 pilots shot down 13 Luftwaffe aircraft.+ Why unlucky? It was unlucky for the Germans. On the following day the 14th August 1940 Sgt. Alan Norman Feary shot down a Ju88, which had just bombed Middle Wallop Airfield, killing three airmen who were trying to close the doors of Hangar 5. The bomb went through the roof and blew the doors off, which fell on the airmen, crushing them. Feary, already airborne, shot the enemy aircraft down about thirty seconds later. It crashed five miles away. Feary's Yellow Section were the only section in the air at the time of the attack and by the time the squadron scrambled and were airborne the attack was over and the enemy aircraft retreating. 14 August 1940 Place; Grateley, Middle Wallop Airfield Airplane; Spitfire Mk 1 L1065 (PR-E) Destroyed a Junkers 88A from 2/LG1. The following is an extract from Barry M. Marsden's +A Few of the Derbyshire 'Few'+, +Alan Feary's third victim was well authenticated in every way. One witness was David Crook, who served in 609 at the time... Around 5.00p.m. on the 14th, Feary, Yellow 2 to the famous F/O John Dundas, was flying PR-E on base patrol over Wallop, above an unbroken layer of heavy cloud. A Ju 88 flashed overhead, rapidly seeking cover as Dundas hurtled after it. Feary followed through the thick murk, emerging over the airfield in time to see a second 88, of 2/LG1, release a salvo of bombs which straddled the hangers, killing three brave airmen who were attempting to close the massive steel doors of Hanger 5 to protect the Spitfires inside. Retribution was close behind as Feary converged on the diving Junkers over Boscombe Down, squeezing his firing button at 250 yards range and seeing most of the 2800 rounds from his eight machine guns slam into the bandit, riddling the 88 and its crew. Feary pulled away as the bomber's dive steepened; it crashed and exploded near Grateley railway station...+ On 25th August 1940 he destroyed a Me110 and damaged another on 7th September he claimed a probable Me109 and a damaged Ju88, on 24th September he destroyed a Do17 and the next day damaged another. He was the only Sergeant Pilot with No 609 Squadron during the Summer Battles. Sgt Alan N. Feary was killed when he baled out of his Spitfire Mk IIa (N3238) after combat with a Bf 109 over Yeovil at 16:30hrs on the 7th October 1940. Sgt. Alan Norman Feary was shot down in a surprise attack by Bf 109's in the area around Yeovil and Weymouth. The Spitfire Mk IIa (N3238) he was flying went into an unintentional and uncontrolled 'victory roll'. After his machine had executed a second unintentional uncontrolled victory roll Sgt. Alan Norman Feary bailed out but by this time he had stayed too long trying to save the aircraft from crashing and was too low to the ground. As his parachute began to deploy it did not have time to fully open before his body slammed into the ground killing him instantly. His Spitfire Mk IIa sporting a Merlin III engine (N3238) crashed at Watercombe Farm south of Warmwell. Official wartime records show; The Battle of Britain – +7 October 1940: There was considerable activity today, with hostile aircraft intercepted over Kent and an attack on the Westland works at Yeovil. Westhampnett and Tangmere were among airfields threatened. There were casualties amongst the aircraft engaged on both sides. The raid on Yeovil, for example, led to the death of Sergeant Alan Feary, an 'ace' on No 609 Squadron. His Spitfire was hit as he attacked a Bf 110 and he eventually bailed out too low.+ Barry M. Marsden wrote in his book; +A Few of the Derbyshire 'Few'+- +The afternoon was glaringly bright and visibility exceptional, the sort of day when high-flying 109s could bounce unsuspecting opponents with ease in the dazzle. At 20,000 feet over Weymouth a cluster of Ju 88s was seen, returning from a raid on Yeovil. Protecting them were a number of screening 110s, and sections of yellow-nosed 109s in line-astern above. 'A' Flight, with Alan in the veteran N3238 opened formation as they saw the 109s. Robinson ordered sections line-astern and the Spitfires went into action against a circle of 110s ahead. Alan concentrating on the targets in front of him, was probably hit by a 109 coming from above and behind in the glare. He broke away but the enemy’s fire must have damaged his controls and his Spitfire fell away in a spin. Struggling hard, he pulled out after losing precious height, but N3238 immediately flicked into a second deadly gyration. He righted his aircraft a second time, only for its impaired controls to cause a third fatal oscillation almost immediately. Desperate to level his aeroplane, he only appreciated his personal danger too late. He should have bailed out immediately his Spitfire was hit - aircraft were far more expendable then the pilots who flew them. When he finally ejected, he had left it too late. He cleared his doomed fighter easily, but his parachute had no time to deploy, and his body, partly covered by his half-open canopy was found at Watercombe Farm, less than a mile from the airstrip at Warmwell he was doubtless hopelessly trying to reach. N3238 crashed and burst into flames not far away.” The Squadron Diary perhaps encapsulated Alan's attitude and attachment to the machines he flew, and some prescient hand wrote of him- +He seemed to regard his Spitfire with the kind of jealous care and affection that some others bestow upon animals, and the notion has been advanced by those who knew him well that this trait in his character may have contributed to the loss of his life, causing reluctance to bale out from a spin which he was unable to control.+ Sgt. Alan Norman Feary was 28 and was buried with full military honours in Holy Trinity churchyard, Warmwell on the 12th October 1940. Tributes to his courage and bravery by his Squadron companions were generous and sincere. Crook called him 'a very good and resolute pilot' Thirty years later 'George' Darley described him as 'most reliable at all times. I never found a single fault in him', as well as 'worthy and reliable, and a sad loss to 609.' Michael Robinson had the unenviable task of writing to Alan's mother about the fate of his fellow airman. At the time Squadron Leader Michael Robinson had just taken over from 'George' Darley as CO of 609. Darley had moved to take command of RAF Exeter as a Wing Commander. Robinson wrote to Alan Feary's widowed mother in Derby: +His reputation as a brave and fearless fighter pilot was handed over to me by his previous commanding officer and I could say that he died as he would have wished – for his country. It would be difficult to tell you how much he will be missed by his fellow pilots.+ At the time of his death Sgt. Alan Norman Feary had confirmed 5 1/3 Destroyed, 1 Probable and 5 Damaged making him a recognised Spitfire Ace of the Battle of Britain. Some 45 years after his death Sgt. Alan N. Feary was posthumously awarded the 1939-1945 Star with Battle of Britain clasp, the Air Crew Europe Star and the 1939-1945 War Medal.
Forshaw, T. H. T.
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Gaunt, G. N.
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   Died : 15 / 9 / 1940
Gaunt, G. N.

Pilot Officer G.N.Gaunt of No 609 Squadron was shot down in his Spitfire I (R6690) on September 15th 1940 near Kenly, he was killed.
Gilbert, John Charles
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   Died : 31 / 5 / 1940
Gilbert, John Charles

25th Juky 1937 became a Pilot Officer, 30th May 1939 promoted to Flying Officer RAF (AAF) 90327, 609 Sqdn., age 27, 31/05/1940, missing Shot down by a Me109.over Dunkirk while flying Spitfire Mk. I L1081 on of Harold Francis Charles and Emma Gilbert, of Smethwick, Staffordshire.
Goodwin, H. McD.
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   Died : 14 / 8 / 1940
Goodwin, H. McD.

Flight Officer H.MacD. Goodwin of No 609 Squadron was shot down in his Spitfire I (N3024) on August 14th 1940 near Bournemouth and was killed.
Grant, Ron
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Grant, Ron

Ron was serving with the Auxilliary Air Force when war broke out. After operational training he joined 183 Squadron flying Typhoons. In March 1944 his Typhoon was converted to rockets for attacking ships, barges, rocket and radar sites in preparation for the Invasion. In July 1944 he transferred to 609 Squadron in Normandy. In August 1944 Ron was forced to bail out after engine failure and became a POW.
Hancock, E. L.
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Hancock, E. L.


Hill, S. J.
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   Died : 18 / 6 / 1941
Hill, S. J.

Killed June 18th 1941
Howell, Frank J.
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   Died : 9 / 5 / 1948
Howell, Frank J.

F/Lt Frank Howell, DFC*, was born at Golders Green in London on 25th January 1912. Frank Howell took a short service commission in the Royal Air Force. He trained at AST Antsy 1st March - 30th April 1937, moving on to No 3 FTS at Grantham from 1st May - 7th August 37. On 3rd May 37 he was made Acting Pilot Officer. 1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesTraining was completed at South Cerney from 24th August - 26th November 37, whereupon he was posted to No 25 (F) Squadron at Hawkinge, flying Hawker Demon aircraft on 3rd December 37. He became a Pilot Officer on 1st March 1938. His next posting was to No 80 Sqdn flying Gloster Gladiators at Ismailia from 27th March 1938, during which time he was attached to No 4 FTS at Abu Sueir from 13th June - 25th September 38. No 80 Sqdn moved to Amiriya on 24th September 1938, returning to Ismailia on 9th October 38. On 16th January 1939, they again moved to Helwan, where they remained until Frank was posted back to the UK on 28th August 1939. 1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesHe was stationed at the Uxbridge depot from the 29th August 1939 until being posted to 609 (West Riding) Squadron at Drem on 14th November 1939. On 1st September 39 his promotion to Flying Officer had taken place, and it was with this rank that he joined the squadron. From Drem, Frank followed the movements of the squadron, going to Kinloss from 5th December 1939 - 12th January 1940, whereupon they returned to Drem until 19th May 40. From Drem, the Squadron moved south to Northolt, where they stayed until moving to Middle Wallop in Hampshire on the 4th July 40, finally heading to Warmwell in Dorset on 29th November 40. 1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesFrank Howell force landed Spitfire N3203 on 30th May 40 at Martlesham (with no damage) due to foul weather. His first combat came the next day, 31st May 40, while flying an offensive patrol at 15,000ft over Dunkirk in Spitfire N3024. He attacked a Junkers Ju88 with Joe Dawson, which is believed to have crashed, and, in conjunction with John Dundas, attacked a Heinkel He111, setting fire to the starboard engine. Both were claimed as 'Damaged Probable'. The following day 1Jun40, again over Dunkirk, he attacked another He111, seeing no result, before attacking 3 more and setting the starboard engine alight on one of them - claiming one 'Damaged' and one 'Damaged Probable'. 1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesThis was also the day, 1Jun40, he became 'A' Flight Commander. He was amongst the party that escorted Winston Churchill to France and back on 11th and 13th June 40. On 12th July 40, Red Section, consisting of Flt-Lt Frank Howell in R6691, Fg-Off Paul Edge in R6636 and Plt-Off Johnny Curchin R6634 shot down a Heinkel 111 (later only credited with a 'Probable'). On 18th July 40, whilst flying Spitfire R6634, he shared in the destruction of a Junkers Ju88 of 1/KG54, engaging it 5 miles off Swanage. His aircraft was hit in the glycol tank by return fire and he baled out uninjured, landing 4 miles south of Poole at 15.15 hours and being picked up by the Royal Navy. Paul Edge was also shot down, and the aircraft was finally shot down by Alan Feary. 1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesHe was scrambled on 13th August 40 in R6691 and flying at 18,000ft saw "50 plus Ju87's with Escort". He promptly shot down 2 of them. On August 15th 1940, in his own words: "Middle Wallop attacked again by 12 Ju88's. Took off as a salvo hit hangar and chased a Ju88 to Warmwell, and shot it down in flames". On the 25th August 1940, flying X4104 he damaged two Messerschmitt 110's in head on attacks. He was credited on this day with 1 Bf110 'Destroyed' in X4234. On the 3rd September 1940 he was promoted to Flight Lieutenant. 1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesOn 7th September 1940, whilst patrolling Northolt - Brooklands at 20,000ft in R6691, he encountered a large formation of Messerschmitt 110's. Having shot one down, he then spotted a large formation of Ju88's and attacked one, setting its engine on fire, before attacking another, on which he observed no result - although the cine-gun film shows a fire starting. He was also shot at by another Spitfire during this engagement. He was credited with one Bf110 Destroyed, and 2 Ju88's Probably Destroyed. Patrolling Brooklands at 20,000ft in R6691 on 15th September 1940, he took 2 snap shots at a formation of Dornier Do17's with escort, with no visible result. During his second patrol that day, over Hastings, he shot down 1 Dornier Do17 out of a formation of 18. On 7th October 1940, he force landed Spitfire X4472 at Shaftesbury after combat with Messerschmitt Bf 109's over Yeovil. He had been hit in the oil tank, but had shot down a Bf110. On 21st October 1940, in conjunction with Sydney Hill, he shared in the destruction of a Ju88 which had been machine-gunning Old Sarum. This was 609 Squadrons 100th Kill. 4 Days later, on the 25th October 1940, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. rom 609, Frank was posted to Filton on 23rd February 1941 to form and command 118 Squadron on Spitfires. Whilst with 118, Howell claimed the squadron's first victory, a Heinkel He111 on the night of July 7th. He also claimed a 'Probable' Bf109 and shared another on October 13th. 118 subsequently moved to Colerne, Warmwell and Ibsley, from where Frank was posted on 23rd October 1941, joining HMS Prince of Wales and heading out to the Far East theatre of war. During his command of 118 Sqn as an actinbg Squadron Leader, Frank won a bar to his DFC. "The King has approved the following awards in recognition of gallantry displayed in flying operations against the enemy:- Bat to DFC: Acting/Sq Ldr. F. J. Howell, D.F.C. 118 Sq. This officer has displayed fine qualities as a fighter pilot, combined with outstanding leadership and talents for organisation. He has played a large part in raising and maintaining a high standard of efficiency in his squadron, which had distinguished itself. He has destroyed at least ten enemy aircraft and possibly a further seven." His promotion to Squadron Leader came through on 1st December. Joining 243 Sqdn on 6th December, which was reforming at Kallang with Brewster Buffalos, he was almost immediately posted a few days later to Headquarters Fighter Command in Singapore. He was on the Prince of Wales when it was sunk on 10th December, and was taken prisoner by Japanese forces on 16th February 1942 whilst trying to reach Sumatra - being held at Muntok, Palembane, Singapore, Changi, until 15th August 1945. Frank returned to the UK, arriving back at Cosford on 24th October. 1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesFrom 18th March - 9th April 1946, Frank Howell was posted to No. 110 Refresher Unit at Wittering, before moving on to No 17 SFTS at Coleby Grange until 24th May. On 17th August he was sent to HQ Fighter Command until 30th June 1947, becoming Squadron Leader again on 15th November, before a posting to No 1 Squadron at Tangmere on IF Course 5th -23rd January 1948. He was subsequently posted to take over as Commanding Officer of No 54 Squadron at Odiham on 12th January, which was equipped with De Havilland Vampire's. 1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesOn 9th May 1948, Frank Howell was making a cine film of his squadron's aircraft, when the wingtip of one of them struck him, severing his jugular vein. Squadron Leader Frank Howell, DFC, bled to death before he could be treated.
Hughes-Rees, J. A.
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   Died : 30 / 4 / 1943
Hughes-Rees, J. A.

Died of polio April 30th 1943
Ingle, Alec
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   Died : 31 / 7 / 1999
Ingle, Alec

Alec Ingle was commissioned in June 1940 and joined 615 Squadron at Drem flying Hurricanes before moving to Croydon during the Battle of Britain. He probably destroyed a Do17 in September; in October he shot down an Me109 and probably two more, and yet another victory in November, at which time he was appointed B Flight Commander. He later commanded 609 Squadron at Manston before leading 124 Wing in 1943 flying Typhoons. He was shot down in September 1943 after his Typhoon blew up in combat with an Fw190. Badly burned, he spent the remainder of the war as a POW in Stalag Luft III. Alec Ingle was awarded the AFC and DFC. Sadly Alec Ingle died on 31st July 1999.
Keough, V. C.
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   Died : 15 / 2 / 1941
Keough, V. C.

Pilot Officer V.C.Keough of No.71 Squadron was killed on February 15th 1941. His Hurricane (V7606) was lost during combat with Do17 near Skegness. He was 29.
Little, B. W.
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Little, B. W.


Mamedoff, Andrew
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   Died : 8 / 10 / 1941
Mamedoff, Andrew

Pilot Officer Andrew Mamedoff was an American and had originally planned and even signed up to fight for Finland against Russia, but arrived in Europe too late for that war. He spent time in France, before moving to England on the last ship from the port of St Jean-de-Luz, this led to him joining the R.A.F. He was accepted and on the 5th of July went to 7 O.T.U. Hawarden. He was later posted to fly with No 609 Squadron on August 8th 1940 and became operational on the 16th of August on his first patrol encountered the enemy. He was involved in combat before transferring on September 18th 1940 to help form the No 71 'Eagle' Squadron at Kirton-in-Lindsey, Lincoinshire. On 8 October 1941, Mamedoff was flying with 133 Squadron on a standard transit flight from Fowlmere Airfield to RAF Eglinton in Northern Ireland in his Hurricane Z3781. The wreckage of his plane was found near Maughold on the Isle of Man and it is thought that he crashed due to poor weather conditions. His body was later recovered for burial at Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey
Mcarthur, J. H. G.
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Mcarthur, J. H. G.

Flight Lieutenant J.H.G.McArthur flew Spitfire's with No 609 Squadron.
Mercer, R. T. D.
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   Died : 9 / 5 / 1941
Mercer, R. T. D.

Killed May 9th 1941
Miller, R. F. G.
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   Died : 27 / 9 / 1940
Miller, R. F. G.

Pilot Officer R.F.G.Miller an Australian of No 609 Squadron was killed on September 27th 1940. His Spitfire I (X4107) was involved in a collision over Kingcome, Dorset.
Mitchell, G. T. M.
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   Died : 11 / 7 / 1940
Mitchell, G. T. M.

Pilot Officer G.T.M.Mitchell from No 609 Squadron was killed when he was shot down while in combat with ME109 of JG27at 18.25 off Portland on July 11th 1940 whilst on convoy patrol in his Spitfire (L1095). His body was later washed ashore.
Newbury, J. C.
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Newbury, J. C.


Nowierski, T.
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Nowierski, T.

Flight Officer T.Nowierski from Poland of No 609 Squadron was saved when he baled out of his Spitfire I (N3223) over Sailsbury Plain after undercarriage failure on October 5th 1940.
Ogilvie, A. K.
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Ogilvie, A. K.

Taken prisoner January 9th 1941
Olenski, Z.
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Olenski, Z.


Ostaszewski-Ostoja, P.
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Overton, Charles. Nevil.
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Overton, Charles. Nevil.

In 1938 as the pace of rearmament accelerated, Overton – known as ‘Teeny’ because of his fondness for Ovaltine (advertised with the ditty "We are the Ovalteenies") – had been granted a short service commission. He did his elementary training at 13 E&RFTS White Waltham, going on to 8 FTS Montrose on 9th April. His first posting was to the School of Naval Co-Operation at Ford on 29th October 1938. In late September 1939 he joined 17 Squadron, operating Hurricanes from Debden, Essex. In November 1939 Overton was posted to 609 (West Riding) squadron flying defensive patrols from Drem in Scotland. On 18th May 1940, after the German invasion of the Low Countries and France, 609 was ordered south to Northolt. Barely 20, Overton was the youngest pilot in the squadron. He later reflected: ........I don't think that I had a clue what was happening. From being a small, semi-isolated unit we suddenly found ourselves part of a big and often baffling circus. Abruptly we were really in the war. On 30th May Overton and his fellow pilots refuelled at Biggin Hill and at lunchtime flew 609's first patrol of the war to cover the Dunkirk evacuation. In the evening, loss and damage having depleted the squadron, Overton and eight others returned to Dunkirk. On 609's approach run, Overton encountered 15 He111 bombers and 20 Me109 fighters. There followed a superb display of air fighting; Overton and Flying Officer Hank Russell, an American volunteer, making simultaneous beam attacks, destroying a Heinkel. Overton then noticed that he had a Me109 on his tail. After a six minute dogfight he was in a stall turn when he got the 109 in his sights and opened fire at 70 yards. The 109 plunged into the sea. Shortly afterwards Overton piloted one of nine Spitfires which escorted Winston Churchill to see the French Prime Minister, Paul Reynaud. Having got lost on the way home Overton refuelled in Jersey and loaded his aircraft up with brandy. In mid-summer 1940, 609 operated from Middle Wallop and Warmwell in the south west. On 12th August, led by Squadron Leader George Darley, 609 intercepted 80 Me110 twin-engine fighters circling east of the Isle of Wight. Darley led Overton and his fellow pilots straight through the circle of enemy aircraft, taking beam shots and breaking away downwards. Overton accounted for two of six 110’s shot down. The next day, 609 intercepted 40 Ju87 Stuka dive-bombers over Lyme Bay; of 10 destroyed, Overton was credited with two. In April 1941, Overton, now a flight commander, had survived long enough to become the doyen of the squadron. He was posted as an instructor to No 59 Operational Training Unit at Crosby-in--Eden for a "rest". Charles Nevil Overton was born on 25th September 1919, the youngest of six children at Navenby, Lincolnshire where his father farmed the Blankney Estate. Nevil was one of the first entry of boys to attend St Hugh’s School, Woodhall Spa, from where he went on to Denstone College, Staffordshlre. Before joining the RAF he trained briefly in land agency with Woodruffe Walters. In December 1941, keen to return to operations , Overton was posted as a flight commander to No 145, a Spitfire squadron at Catterick. In New Year 1942, 145 was the first Spitfire squadron to be sent to the Middle East where in April Overton received command, at Helwan in Egypt. The next month, operating from Western Desert landing grounds, Overton began to lead the squadron in sustained fighter and bomber support operations. On 10th June 1942 Overton damaged a 109, following it up with a kill. After a spell with No 239 Wing's four squadrons of Kittyhawks, Overton was appointed Wing Commander Operations at Desert Air Force Headquarters. He was awarded the DFC (gazetted 6th October 1942) and was twice mentioned in despatches.
Roberts, David
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Roberts, David

Battle of Britain pilot, with 609 & 238 Squadrons
Staples, M. E.
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   Died : 9 / 11 / 1941
Staples, M. E.

Pilot Officer M.E.Staples of No 609 Squadron was wounded when he baled out of his Spitfire I (N3238) after combat over Yeovil on October 7th 1940.
Stark, L F W
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   Died : 1 / 8 / 2004
Stark, L F W

Lawrence W F Stark was born on 16th November 1920 in Bolton, Lancashire and was educated at Bolton School and then The Lancashire and Manchester Technical College. Pinkie Stark joined the RAF in 1941 and trained to be a pilot in Canada. On his return to England he spent some time flying Avro Ansons and Boulton Paul Defiants before being sent to a Typhoon OTU and and to 182 Squadron, then posted on operations the 10th January 1943 to 609 Typhoon Fighter Squadron, based at Manston. The squadron had been tasked to counter the hit and run attacks over South-East England by Fw190s. On 12 March 1943 Lawrence W F Stark had his first victory when he downed a Fw190 over Dunkirk. He shot down two Ju88 bombers over France, one in October and the other on 2 November 1943. He flew so low when claiming the first of these Ju88s that he clipped the top of some trees, returning to base with branches in the now misshapen nose of his Typhoon. On 4th January 1944 he shared in the destruction of a Dornier Do217, he also shot down a Caudron Goeland transport and another Fw 190, with 5½ victories and another aircraft destroyed on the ground he qualified as an Ace. He served on with 609 Squadron throughout occupied Europe, eventually taking over as the Squadron Commander and, awarded the DFC, became an Ace as one of the most successful Typhoon pilots in aerial combat. In February 1944 he moved to 263 Typhoon Fighter Squadron as a flight commander, to carry out ground-attack operations, still with the Typhoon. He flew sorties in support of the D-Day landing attacking ground targets in Northern France but in July 1944 he was shot down in Brittany. With the help of the French resistance he evaded capture and returned to England in a motor boat. Stark later returned to 609 Squadron as commanding officer to continue the ground-attack work. Stark continued flying in the RAF and gained a Bar to his DFC. In 1947 he completed the Empire Test Course and was posted to Boscombe Down as a test pilot, in particular with the Blind Landing Experimental Unit performing automatic landing trials. He was awarded the AFC and C de G (Belg). He retired from the RAF in 1963 and later became manager of Rochester Airport.. Sadly Squadron Leader Stark passed away on the 1st of August 2004.



Pinkie Stark with his damaged Typhoon, most likely taken after his scrape with treetops while shooting down a Ju88 in October 1943.

Citation for DFC, 7th March 1944 :

This officer is a cool and resourceful fighter who had invariably displayed great keenness and determination. He has shot down 6 enemy aircraft in combat, whilst in attacks on the enemy targets on the ground he has destroyed an aircraft and a locomotive; he has also attacked a number of small vessels such as tugs and barges with damaging effect.

Citation for the Bar to the DFC, 3rd October 1944 :

Flight Lieutenant Stark has a completed a large number of sorties. He has led his flight against many difficult and dangerous targets and despite heavy enemy opposition he has always pressed home his attacks to a successful conclusion. His excellent leadership, courage and fine fighting spirit have set a splendid example to all.

Titley, E. G.
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   Died : 17 / 7 / 1943
Titley, E. G.

Killed July 17th 1943
Tobin, E. Q.
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   Died : 7 / 9 / 1941
Tobin, E. Q.

Pilot Officer Eugene Quimby 'Red' Tobin an American signed originally to fight for Finland against Russia, but arrived in Europe too late for that war. After a spell in France, they came to England on the last ship from the port of St Jean-de-Luz and joined the RAF. He was sent to No 609 Squadron on August 8th 1940 and they became operational on the 16th of August 1940 and on his first patrol encountered the enemy. He saw combat during August - September, before transferring on September 18th 1940 to the to help form the No 71 'Eagle' Squadron at Kirton-in-Lindsey, Lincolnshire. E.Q. "Red" Tobin crashed into a hillside near Boulogne in combat with some Bf 109's. He was killed on September 7th 1941, on No 71 Squadron's first sweep over France. He was 24, and is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France.
Zurakowski, J.
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Pilots or Aircrew :
Richard Arthur George Halliday
Historical Notes :
07-11-1941 - Joined No.609 Sqn RAF.
18-11-1941 - Joined No.124 Sqn RAF.
25-11-1941 - Joined No.401 Sqn RAF.
01-03-1942 - Joined No.452 Sqn RAAF.
14-03-1942 - Damaged on operations.
20-03-1942 - Joined No.457 Sqn RAAF.
09-05-1942 - Destroyed when abandoned off Deal while returning from escort duties. Sergeant Richard Arthur George Halliday killed.
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
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No.609 Sqn RAF
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No.609 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Historical Notes :
26-07-1940 - Pilot blinded by glycol fumes crash-landed Piddlehinton Dorset.
Pilots or Aircrew :
E. E. Males
Historical Notes :
12-08-1940 - Damaged on operations.
18-08-1940 - Damaged by strafing Me109s at Manston.
10-09-1940 - Damaged by return fire from Do17. Undercarriage collapsed during forced landing at Little Hutchings Farm, Etchingham. Pilot Officer Males ok.
Pilots or Aircrew :
G. P. Christie
Historical Notes :
05-09-1940 - Shot down by Me109s near Gillingham. Flight Lieutenant Christie injured.
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12-08-1940 - Damaged by enemy action.
Pilots or Aircrew :
J. A. Hughes-Rees
Historical Notes :
25-09-1940 - Damaged and force landed at Glastonbury. Sergeant Hughes-Rees ok.
Historical Notes :
03-10-1940 - Crash landed near Torquay.
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
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28-08-1940 - Dived into beach at Hoylake.
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
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10-08-1940 - Damaged in collision with Blenheim L6799 Aston Down.
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
P. J. Simpson
Historical Notes :
16-08-1940 - Damaged by anti aircraft fire. Pilot Officer Simpson injured.
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
P. H. Barran
Historical Notes :
11-07-1940 - Failed to return from combat over Portland. F/Lt Barran killed
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
P H Barron
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
John Charles Gilbert
Pilots or Aircrew :
Andrew Mamedoff
Historical Notes :
24-08-1940 - Shot down by Me110 near Ryde. Pilot Officer Mamedoff ok.
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
Geoffrey Charles Bennett
Pilots or Aircrew :
G. T. M. Mitchell
Historical Notes :
11-07-1940 - Failed to returned - abandoned over Portland. P/O Mitchell missing in sea
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Historical Notes :
19-03-1940 - (PR-E). Aircraft was being run up by a fitter when the wheel chocks slipped on the frozen ground and the aircraft moved forward. The fitter, with his head down in the cockpit monitoring the instruments, failed to notice and the noise of the engine drowned out the shouts of his fellow ground crew. The propeller crashed into the wing of Spitfire N3025. Engine Fitter OK.
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
J. R. Buchanan
Historical Notes :
27-07-1940 - Shot down over Weymouth Bay by Me109 of German Ace Gert Framm. P/O Buchanan killed.
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
H. McD. Goodwin
Historical Notes :
14-08-1940 - Missing off Sussex coast after air raid on Middle Wallop. F/O McD Goodwin missing.
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
Ben Bennions
Historical Notes :
29-07-1940 - Crash landed.
30-09-1940 - Damaged on operations.
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
Dudley Persse Joynt
Pilots or Aircrew :
H. L. Whitbread
Historical Notes :
17-07-1940 - Damaged on operations.
20-09-1940 - Shot down by Me109 near Rochford. Pilot Officer Whitbread killed.
Pilots or Aircrew :
Frank J. Howell
Historical Notes :
22-08-1940 - Damaged on operations.
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
T. Nowierski
Historical Notes :
25-07-1940 - Damaged on operations.
Pilots or Aircrew :
M. E. Staples
Historical Notes :
25-09-1940 - Damaged on operations.
Historical Notes :
26-07-1940 - Damaged on landing at Dyce. P/O Kilroy safe.
01-09-1940 - Damaged on operations.
26-09-1940 - Damaged on operations.
Pilots or Aircrew :
Johnny Curchin
Historical Notes :
21-08-1940 - Damaged by enemy action.
Pilots or Aircrew :
A. S. Darling
J. W. Lund
Historical Notes :
21-08-1940 - Damaged on landing after combat with Do17 over Mablethorpe. Sergeant Darling ok.
17-09-1940 - Struck obstacle on landing at Duxford. Pilot Officer Lund ok.
Pilots or Aircrew :
R. G. C. de H. De Grunne
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Historical Notes :
25-08-1940 - Damaged by Me110.
Pilots or Aircrew :
A. R. Sarre
Historical Notes :
12-07-1940 - Damaged on operations.
07-09-1940 - Damaged in combat with Me109. Sergeant Sarre parachuted to safety but was injured.
Pilots or Aircrew :
P.A. Baillon
Historical Notes :
31-07-1940 - Damaged on operations.
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF

Pilots or Aircrew :
Johnny Curchin
Historical Notes :
18-07-1940 - Damaged by return fire from Ju88 and abandoned 5 miles off Swanage, Dorset.
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
A. R. Edge
Paul Edge
Historical Notes :
18-07-1940 - Shot down by Ju88 and force-landed on Studland Beach. F/O Edge safe.
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
G. N. Gaunt
T. C. Iveson
Historical Notes :
15-09-1940 - Shot down by Me110 over south London. Pilot Officer Daunt killed.
Pilots or Aircrew :
Frank J. Howell
Historical Notes :
25-09-1940 - Damaged on operations.
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
Frank J. Howell
Historical Notes :
12-08-1940 - Damaged after being overstressed attacking a Ju88.
Historical Notes :
25-09-1940 - Damaged on operations.
Historical Notes :
28-07-1940 - Damaged by Me109.
Historical Notes :
02-09-1940 - Damaged in night landing accident.
Pilots or Aircrew :

Historical Notes :
07-09-1940 - Damaged by He111 and force landed at White Waltham.
30-09-1940 - Damaged by He111 and force landed at White Waltham.
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Historical Notes :
26-09-1940 - Damaged in flying accident.
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
James Rankin
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Historical Notes :
08-07-1941 - Joined No.609 Sqn.
04-09-1943 - Joined No.416 Sqn RCAF.
03-10-1943 - Damaged in flying accident.
08-04-1944 - Joined No.63 Sqn.
06-06-1944 - Hit by flak and abandoned over the English Channel. Flying Officer G R Duff rescued slightly injured.
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
Frank J. Howell
Historical Notes :
24-08-1940 - Damaged by Me110. Flight Lieutenant Howell safe.
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
R. F. G. Miller
Historical Notes :
27-09-1940 - Crashed after collision with Me110 near Weybridge. Pilot Officer R F G Miller killed.
Pilots or Aircrew :
M. E. Staples
Historical Notes :
27-09-1940 - Damaged in combat. Pilot Officer Staples ok.
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
John Dundas
Squadrons :
No.609 Sqn RAF



Known Individual Aircraft of No.609 Sqn RAF :

Type

Serial

Codes

First Flew

Squadron History

Aircrew History

History Notes

Engine

Factory

Spitfire Vb

AA732

10/09/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Chattis Hill

Spitfire Vb

AA757

LO-V

08/10/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Chattis Hill

Spitfire Vb

AA766

PR-J

17/10/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45M

Chattis Hill

Spitfire Vb

AA851

05/10/1941

details

details

details

Merlin 46

Eastleigh

Spitfire Vb

AA857

07/10/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Eastleigh

Spitfire Vb

AA965

30/10/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Eastleigh

Spitfire Vc

AB188

29/11/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Eastleigh

Spitfire Vb

AB787

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

AB802

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

AB859

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

AB872

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

AB901

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

AB975

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

AD136

PR-K

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

AD137

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

AD186

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

AD202

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

AD205

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

AD292

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

AD348

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XX

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

AD352

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

AD358

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

AD396

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

AD507

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BL263

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BL324

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BL335

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45M

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BL486

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45M

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BM176

MN-F

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vc

BP961

23/03/1942

details

no information

no information

Merlin 46

Chattis Hill

Spitfire Ia

K9815

-

details

no information

details

Merlin II

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

K9825

AH-Z

09/12/1938

details

no information

no information

Merlin II

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

K9841

QJ-R

11/01/1939

details

details

details

Merlin II

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

K9944

22/04/1939

details

details

details

Merlin II

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

K9997

01/06/1939

details

no information

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

L1007

XT-K

15/06/1939

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

L1008

07/06/1939

details

details

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

L1048

07/07/1939

details

no information

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

L1060

15/07/1939

details

no information

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

L1063

18/07/1939

details

no information

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

L1064

19/07/1939

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

L1065

20/07/1939

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

L1068

24/07/1939

details

details

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

L1069

21/07/1939

details

details

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

L1071

26/07/1939

details

details

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

L1081

17/08/1939

details

details

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

L1082

17/08/1939

details

details

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

L1083

19/08/1939

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

L1084

22/08/1939

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

L1085

22/08/1939

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

L1086

22/08/1939

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

L1087

23/08/1939

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

L1088

24/08/1939

details

details

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

L1095

04/09/1939

details

details

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

L1096

Y2W
PR-E

05/09/1939

details

no information

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

N3023

06/09/1939

details

details

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

N3024

07/09/1939

details

details

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

N3025

08/09/1939

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

N3113

25/10/1939

details

details

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

N3202

30/11/1939

details

details

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

N3203

01/12/1939

details

details

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

N3221

02/12/1939

details

details

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

N3222

03/12/1939

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

N3223

03/12/1939

details

details

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

N3231

07/12/1939

details

no information

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

N3238

12/12/1939

details

details

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

N3270

LZ-F

01/01/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

N3273

03/01/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

N3280

09/01/1940

details

no information

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

N3288

XT-H

13/01/1940

details

no information

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire IIa

P7292

-

details

details

details

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7305

-

details

details

details

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7310

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7436

-

details

details

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7440

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7490

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7521

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7538

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7540

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7542

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7598

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7600

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7602

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7616

DL-B
FN-T

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7621

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7625

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7668

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7669

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7691

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7734

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7785

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7830

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7834

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7835

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7881

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7917

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P8023

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P8094

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P8098

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P8241

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P8264

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P8266

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P8270

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P8271

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P8369

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P8381

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P8422

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P8429

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P8430

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

P8564

JH-D

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

P8585

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

P8606

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

P8640

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P8654

PR-L

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

P8699

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

P8745

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

P8753

SZ-R

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Ia

P9322

02/02/1940

details

no information

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

P9427

19/03/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

P9467

12/04/1940

details

details

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

P9503

DW-D

19/04/1940

details

details

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

R6631

25/05/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

R6634

26/05/1940

details

details

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

R6636

PR-F

27/05/1940

details

details

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

R6637

PR-Q

27/05/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

R6690

PR-A

02/06/1940

details

details

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

R6691

03/06/1940

details

details

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

R6692

03/06/1940

details

details

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

R6699

05/06/1940

details

no information

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

R6706

07/06/1940

details

no information

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

R6769

19/06/1940

details

no information

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

R6801

UM-B

03/07/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

R6882

QJ-N

01/07/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

R6915

PR-U

11/07/1940

details

details

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

R6917

11/07/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

R6922

12/07/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

R6961

15/07/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

R6977

18/07/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

R6979

18/07/1940

details

no information

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

R6986

20/07/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

R7020

24/07/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Vb

R7224

UZ-E

20/03/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Eastleigh

Spitfire LFXVI

RW359

PR-G

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire LFXVI

RW378

PR-B

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire LFXVI

RW381

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire LFXVIe

RW382

NG-C

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire LFXVI

SL561

RAJ-H
PR-H
RAP-H

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire LFXVI

SL609

RAJ-M
PR-C
RAP-C

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire LFXVI

SL719

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Cosford

Spitfire LFXVI

SM316

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire LFXVI

TB294

PR-N
RAP-N

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire LFXVI

TB591

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire LFXVI

TB625

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire LFXVI

TB911

PR-F

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire LFXVIe

TD136

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire LFXVI

TE250

RAJ-C

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire LFXVI

TE302

PR-E

-

details

no information

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Merlin 266

Spitfire LFXVI

TE338

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Spitfire LFXVI

TE347

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Spitfire LFXVI

TE437

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Spitfire LFXVI

TE463

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TE477

PR-D

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Spitfire LFXVI

TE478

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Merlin 266

Spitfire Vb

W3115

16/05/1941

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Merlin 45

Chattis Hill

Spitfire Vb

W3116

PR-T

10/05/1941

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Merlin 45

Chattis Hill

Spitfire Vb

W3117

16/05/1941

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Chattis Hill

Spitfire Vb

W3173

03/05/1941

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Vb

W3179

14/05/1941

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High Post

Spitfire Vb

W3180

17/05/1941

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High Post

Spitfire Vb

W3187

10/05/1941

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Eastleigh

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W3207

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W3209

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W3211

PR-H

14/05/1941

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Eastleigh

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W3215

15/05/1941

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Vb

W3236

16/05/1941

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Eastleigh

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W3238

PR-B

17/05/1941

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Eastleigh

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W3239

PR-N

17/05/1941

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Va

W3240

17/05/1941

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Vb

W3241

19/05/1941

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Vb

W3254

24/05/1941

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Vb

W3307

04/06/1941

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Vb

W3312

QJ-J

06/06/1941

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W3315

PR-U

07/06/1941

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Vb

W3365

20/05/1941

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Chattis Hill

Spitfire Vb

W3368

MT-V

24/05/1941

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Chattis Hill

Spitfire Vb

W3370

30/05/1941

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Chattis Hill

Spitfire Vb

W3371

30/05/1941

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Merlin 45

Chattis Hill

Spitfire Vb

W3372

04/06/1941

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Chattis Hill

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W3373

GE-X

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Chattis Hill

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W3378

11/06/1941

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Chattis Hill

Spitfire Vb

W3404

11/06/1941

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High Post

Spitfire Vb

W3423

21/06/1941

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Vb

W3443

03/07/1941

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Eastleigh

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W3574

FU-Q

17/07/1941

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High Post

Spitfire Vb

W3603

17/07/1941

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Chattis Hill

Spitfire Vb

W3621

02/08/1941

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Vb

W3625

08/08/1941

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Chattis Hill

Spitfire Vb

W3648

02/08/1941

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Vb

W3651

02/08/1941

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Merlin 45

Eastleigh

Spitfire Vb

W3705

GW-X

27/08/1941

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High Post

Spitfire Vb

W3707

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Chattis Hill

Spitfire Vb

W3766

14/08/1941

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Vb

W3767

14/08/1941

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Merlin 45

Eastleigh

Spitfire Vb

W3850

11/09/1941

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4104

06/08/1940

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Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4107

06/08/1940

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4165

09/08/1940

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4173

11/08/1940

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4179

12/08/1940

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4234

15/08/1940

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4331

31/08/1940

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4471

14/09/1940

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4472

14/09/1940

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4539

20/09/1940

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4560

27/09/1940

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4586

PR-O

29/09/1940

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4587

30/09/1940

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4588

30/09/1940

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4590

30/09/1940

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4598

03/10/1940

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4641

21/10/1940

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4642

19/10/1940

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4657

26/10/1940

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4660

28/10/1940

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Vb

X4664

05/05/1941

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Vb

X4666

07/05/1941

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4773

14/11/1940

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4778

15/11/1940

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Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4991

24/01/1941

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Eastleigh

Aircraft for : No.609 Sqn RAF
A list of all aircraft associated with No.609 Sqn RAF. A profile page including a list of all art prints for the aircraft is available by clicking the aircraft name.
AircraftInfo

Hart



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Manufacturer : Hawker
Production Began : 1930
Number Built : 1042

Hart

During the mid 1920’s The British Air Ministry recoignised the need for a light Bomber. The options were proposed the Avro Antelope, Fairey Fox and the Hawker Hart. Due to the low cost of maintenance for the hawker hart. It was chosen over the other two. The first prototype flew in June 1928 (J9052). Hawker Harts were first used in 1930 by No.33 Squadron at Eastchurch. Many of these aircraft were used overseas in India, the Middle East and South Africa, with some alterations being made to tropicalise the aircraft. With the Outcome being the Hart India. The Hawker Hart saw service during the Abyssinian Crisis in 1935/36 and served also in the North West Frontier of India. However, in Britain, most were being replaced by 1936, some still operating well into World War Two. Mainly in communication and Training roles until 1943 having been used by a total of 20 RAF and AAF Squadrons. A total of 1042 of this aircraft were built. The Hawker Hart saw service with many air forces. Including The Swedish Air Force who used it to great success as a dive bomber. (calling the Hart the B4), Egyptian Air Force, Royal Indian Air Force, Southern Rhodesian Air Force and Yugoslavian air force.

Harvard

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Manufacturer : North American Aviation
Production Began : 1935
Retired : 1995
Number Built : 15495

Harvard

The Texan originated from the North American NA-16 prototype (first flown on April 1, 1935) which, modified as the NA-26, was submitted as an entry for a USAAC "Basic Combat" aircraft competition in March, 1937. The first model went into production and 180 were supplied to the USAAC as the BC-1 and 400 to the RAF as the Harvard I. The US Navy received 16 modified aircraft, designated the SNJ-1, and a further 61 as the SNJ-2 with a different engine. The BC-1 was the production version of the NA-26 prototype, with retractable tailwheel landing gear and the provision for armament, a two-way radio, and the 550-hp (410 kW) R-1340-47 engine as standard equipment. Production versions included the BC-1 (Model NA-36) with only minor modifications (177 built), of which 30 were modified as BC-1I instrument trainers; the BC-1A (NA-55) with airframe revisions (92 built); and a single BC-1B with a modified wing center-section. Three BC-2 aircraft were built before the shift to the "advanced trainer" designation, AT-6, which was equivalent to the BC-1A. The differences between the AT-6 and the BC-1 were new outer wing panels with a swept-forward trailing edge, squared-off wingtips, and a triangular rudder, producing the canonical Texan silhouette. After a change to the rear of the canopy, the AT-6 was designated the Harvard II for RAF/RCAF orders and 1,173 were supplied by purchase or Lend Lease, mostly operating in Canada as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Next came the AT-6A which was based on the NA-77 design and was powered by the Pratt & Whitney R-1340-49 Wasp radial engine. The USAAF received 1,549 and the US Navy 270 (as the SNJ-3). The AT-6B was built for gunnery training and could mount a .30 in machine gun on the forward fuselage. It used the R-1340-AN-1 engine, which was to become the standard for the remaining T-6 production. Canada's Noorduyn Aviation built an R-1340-AN-1-powered version of the AT-6A, which was supplied to the USAAF as the AT-16 (1,500 aircraft) and the RAF/RCAF as the Harvard IIB (2,485 aircraft), some of which also served with the Fleet Air Arm and Royal Canadian Navy. No. 1340 Flight RAF used the Harvard in Kenya against the Mau Mau in the 1950s, where they operated with 20-lb bombs and machine guns against the rebels. Some operations took place at altitudes around 20,000 ft above mean sea level. A Harvard was the longest-serving RAF aeroplane,

Hind

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Manufacturer : Hawker
Production Began : 1935

Hind

The Hawker Hind entered service with the Royal Air Force in November1935 and eventually 20 RAF bomber squadrons equipped with Hawker Hinds. Many Hinds were also sold to foreign customers including Afghanistan, the Irish Free State, Latvia, Persia (Iran), Portugal, South Africa, Switzerland, and Yugoslavia. The Hawker Hind was gradually phased out of frontline service from 1936 onwards and replaced by the Fairey Battle and Bristol Blenheim. At the outbreak of world war two only 613 squadorn was still equipped with Hawker Hinds in the roll of Army co-operation before re-equipping the Hawker Hector in November 1939. The Hawker Hind became a training aircraft from 1938 being the next step up from basic training on Tiger Moths. In 1941, Hinds flew combat missions in their original role as light bombers. South African Hinds were employed against Italian forces in Kenya, Yugoslav Hinds were used against the Germans and Italians.

Meteor

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Manufacturer : Gloster
Production Began : 1944
Number Built : 3947

Meteor

The Gloster Meteor was the first British jet fighter and the Allies' first operational jet. Designed by George Carter, and built by the Gloster Aircraft Company, Armstrong-Whitworth, the Meteor first flew in 1943 and commenced operations on 27 July 1944 with 616 Squadron of the Royal Air Force (RAF). The Gloster Meteor was not an aerodynamically advanced aircraft but the Gloster design team succeeded in producing an effective jet fighter that served the RAF and other air forces for decades. Meteors saw action with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in the Korean War and other air forces used the Meteor. The Royal Danish Air Force, The Belgian Air Force and Isreali Air Force kept the Meteor in service until the early 1970's. A Total of 3947 meteors were built and two Meteors, WL419 and WA638, remain in service with the Martin-Baker company as ejection seat testbeds.

Spitfire



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Manufacturer : Supermarine
Production Began : 1936
Retired : 1948
Number Built : 20351

Spitfire

Royal Air Force fighter aircraft, maximum speed for mark I Supermarine Spitfire, 362mph up to The Seafire 47 with a top speed of 452mph. maximum ceiling for Mk I 34,000feet up to 44,500 for the mark XIV. Maximum range for MK I 575 miles . up to 1475 miles for the Seafire 47. Armament for the various Marks of Spitfire. for MK I, and II . eight fixed .303 browning Machine guns, for MKs V-IX and XVI two 20mm Hispano cannons and four .303 browning machine guns. and on later Marks, six to eight Rockets under the wings or a maximum bomb load of 1,000 lbs. Designed by R J Mitchell, The proto type Spitfire first flew on the 5th March 1936. and entered service with the Royal Air Force in August 1938, with 19 squadron based and RAF Duxford. by the outbreak of World war two, there were twelve squadrons with a total of 187 spitfires, with another 83 in store. Between 1939 and 1945, a large variety of modifications and developments produced a variety of MK,s from I to XVI. The mark II came into service in late 1940, and in March 1941, the Mk,V came into service. To counter the Improvements in fighters of the Luftwaffe especially the FW190, the MK,XII was introduced with its Griffin engine. The Fleet Air Arm used the Mk,I and II and were named Seafires. By the end of production in 1948 a total of 20,351 spitfires had been made and 2408 Seafires. The most produced variant was the Spitfire Mark V, with a total of 6479 spitfires produced. The Royal Air Force kept Spitfires in front line use until April 1954.

Typhoon



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Manufacturer : Hawker
Production Began : 1941
Number Built : 3330

Typhoon

Single engine fighter with a maximum speed of 412 mph at 19,000 feet and a ceiling of 35,200 feet. range 510 miles. The Typhoon was armed with twelve browning .303inch machine guns in the wings (MK1A) Four 20mm Hispano cannon in wings (MK!B) Two 1000ilb bombs or eight 3-inch rockets under wings. The first proto type flew in February 1940, but due to production problems the first production model flew in May 1941. with The Royal Air Force receiving their first aircraft in September 1941. Due to accidents due to engine problems (Sabre engine) The Hawker Typhoon started front line service in December 1941.The Hawker Typhoon started life in the role of interceptor around the cost of England but soon found its real role as a ground attack aircraft. especially with its 20mm cannon and rockets. This role was proved during the Normandy landings and the period after. The total number of Hawker typhoons built was 3,330.




Last edited : 01:13, July 5, 2016
Last editor : HMS
Latest No.609 Sqn RAF Artwork Releases !
 609 Sqn Hawker Typhoons are shown taking off from Manson in Kent in February 1943. Nearest aircraft, R7872 (PR-S) is that of Sgt John <i>Johnny</i> Wiseman, the other, DN294 (PR-O) being the mount of Fl Sgt Alan <i>Babe</i> Haddon.  Both aircraft were tragically lost during an action on 14th February, the pair being taken by surprise by Focke-Wulf 190s over the Channel, Wiseman losing his life in the incident.

Red Section Scramble by Ivan Berryman. (D)
 Flt/Lt John Dundas, having already notched up eleven victories to his name during the Battle of Britain 1940, is viewed out on the last patrol of the day off the Isle of Wight.  In a few moments he will be heading back to his base at Middle Wallop.  Days later, John Dundas shot down the then leading German air-ace, Major Helmut Wick.  Sadly Dundas, in turn, lost his life to Wick's wingman.  He had fought with bravery but like so many of <i>the few</i> he paid the ultimate price, fighting for our freedom.
Top Cover by Philip West.
 The leadership qualities and grim determination of Squadron Leader J R Baldwin was seldom better demonstrated that when he led a small flight of Hawker Typhoons against a force of some thirty Focke-Wulf Fw.190s in January 1944.  Nine of the German aircraft were shot down that day, Baldwin himself being responsible for two of them.  He is shown here in Typhoon PR-A of No.609 Squadron.

A Busy Day at the Office by Ivan Berryman.
 Whilst in command of 609 Sqn in January 1944, F/Lt (later Wing Commander) J R Baldwin, leading a small formation of Hawker Typhoon 1Bs, encountered thirty Focke-Wulf  Fw190s and engaged them in a furious battle.  Nine enemy aircraft were shot down in the action, Baldwin accounting for two of them himself.  He went on to finish the war as the highest-scoring Typhoon pilot of all with 15 confirmed victories, one shared, one probable and four damaged. He is depicted here, flying  DN360 with the codes PR-A.

Hard Hitter by Ivan Berryman.

No.609 Sqn RAF Artwork



Vickers Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia X4590 PR-F. by M A Kinnear.


Typhoon Attack by Robert Taylor.


F/Lt J R Baldwin by Ivan Berryman.


Hard Hitter by Ivan Berryman.


Red Section Scramble by Ivan Berryman.


Spitfire Tally-Ho by Geoff Lea.


Spitfires Over the Needles by Philip West.


Typhoon! by Ivan Berryman.


A Busy Day at the Office by Ivan Berryman.

Supermarine Spitfire MkI by Philip West.


Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1a by Keith Woodcock.

Southern Patrol by Philip West.


Into the Blue by Simon Atack.

Typhoon Scramble by Stephen Brown.

Top Cover by Philip West.

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