Just another group picture?

Think again.

I love this group picture taken late March 1945 at Petit Brogel in Belgium.

403 Petit Brogel March 1945

Loved it so much I added labels.

403PetitBrogleMarch1945_0002 identification

I wanted to use it as a reference tool.

That was before I met virtually Josette Nadon on the Internet. Her father was a Spitfire pilot who was only remembered by a picture and a one liner.

Georges Nadon 122 Squadron

Girlfriends and beer…

Georges Nadon has now his own blog to be remembered…

What kind of motorcycle is pictured here? – Redux

Mark White had some answers…

I don’t think they are the same bikes.

The top one with the clipped wing Spitfire in the back ground is an Ariel.
Similar to this bike with the 403 Squadron Erks.

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 Ariel

 

 

Gil Gillis

It also makes a cameo appearance here…

403 Petit Brogel March 1945

Update

Tom says:
November 20, 2014 at 2:38 pm
Triumph. Just a guess.

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Peter Lecoq says:
November 20, 2014 at 2:39 pm
Most probably a Royal Enfield.

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A Gray says:
November 20, 2014 at 2:52 pm
I am guessing maybe a Triumph or BSA?

The Rafwaffe – No. 1426 (Enemy Aircraft) Flight

Pierre Lagacé:

Interesting post about the RAFWaffe

Originally posted on Defence of the Realm:

No.1426 Flight was formed on the 21st November 1941 with the task of demonstrating captured enemy aircraft to RAF and allied personnel with the aim of exposing them to their appearance, performance, and even their sound. Based at RAF Duxford all the aircrew involved in flying the captured types had engineering backgrounds so as to help with evaluation of the aircraft. The unit’s first aircraft was a Heinkel He.111 that was shot down over the UK in 1940. Landing relatively intact it was repaired and flown by the unit. Other aircraft included a Bf109 and a Ju88.

Over the course of the war the Flight acquired aircraft through numerous means. Most were the result of the aircraft being damaged in combat with Allied pilots. Some were captured on the ground during the fighting in North Africa and Italy while a handful were effectively “delivered” to the RAF when their pilots landed…

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The Franken-Spitfire

Pierre Lagacé:

Interesting Spitfire

Originally posted on Defence of the Realm:

Spitfire DB605 (1)

Large numbers of aircraft were captured by opposing forces during the Second World War and in some cases these aircraft were airworthy allowing for the captor to assess it’s performance and develop countermeasures. One such aircraft was Spitfire Vb EN830/NX-X which crashed in German-occupied Jersey having been hit by flak over France on November 18th 1942. It’s pilot, Pilot Officer (Sous Lt.) Bernard Scheidhauer of the Free French Air Force, crash landed the aircraft relatively intact in a turnip field and both he and his aircraft were transported back to Germany where he would later be shot for his part in a mass break out of allied PoWs.

The captured EN830 before fitting of the DB 605A-1 engine

The captured EN830 before fitting of the DB 605A-1 engine

With the aircraft repaired the Germans went about assessing it and it’s Merlin 45 engine comparing it to previous captured Spitfire marks and of course to their own Bf109 and Fw190 fighter…

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No son they gave us a pistol

Red Ryder

Pierre:
 
I have attached a pic of the print.  Sorry but it is hard to get a good shot as it is under glass.
 
Another memory of Red:
 
I saw him at one of our retirees parties and joked with him that I still flew spits.  Red knew that I flew models.  He replied that one of his grand kids had asked if he had a parachute in his plane.  He said no son they gave us a pistol.  Got a lot more respect from the grand kids after that.

Red Ryder will never be forgotten.

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Henry Percy Duval – Redux – A Comment

Hi there,
I am Madeleine Campbell’s grandson.
My Father Duncan Campbell being the son of Ken Campbell- Madeleine’s second marriage after the death of Hank.
It is lovely to see people speak of my ‘Nanna’ and Hank and see similar pages with the story of Hank and Kens fateful day.
We celebrated Nanna’s 95th birthday last month- but she is in no state to recount memories of her past. So it’s down to reading my Grandpa’s memoirs (Ken) an my father Duncan filling in any holes.

Thank you

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I write so people can find lost loved one.

We had very little information on Henry Percy Duval before the war.

Henry Percy Duval

Dean Black had sent this taken from the year album of McGill University. He had sent a painting done by someone at the former base where he was a commander.

Col Blacks picture

That painting was done by Robin S. McQueen

Henry Percy Duval was a Spitfire pilot with 403 Squadron.

Someone has just left a comment.

We now know much more about Henry Percy Duval.

Henry Percy Duval was my great-uncle. I grew up with his sister(my grandmother) so I was familiar with stories about Uncle Harry who was killed in the war. I knew he was a pilot but not much else. He looks a lot like my grandmother. Thank you for posting this.
Regards,
Darryl Hunter
Los Angeles, CA