How this all started?
With this message from Dean Black.
Would you like to help me with a little project? For the past ten years I have been trying to collect photographs of 403 Squadron Spitfires – I’m trying to get the whole alphabet. I will start with KH A, and work my way through the alphabet. Can you post them so that if anyone out there has a missing letter they can help by sending their photos to you? Does this sound like a fun game?
I hope you are interested in playing.
Before flying on Spitfires, RCAF 403 Squadron pilots flew Curtiss P-40s.
ROYAL AIR FORCE FIGHTER COMMAND, 1939-1945.© IWM (CH 2573)
Curtiss Tomahawk 403 Squadron RCAF in flight 1941
No. 403 Squadron
Formed at Baginton, England, in March 1941, and began to receive Tomahawks on 13 March. These were Mark Is, and were used mainly for training. The squadron became operational on 11 May 1941, and that day Squadron Leader B.0. Morris and Pilot Officer K.H. Anthony carried out a patrol at 25,000 feet. The same day three Tomahawks on a firing practice flight were diverted to intercept a raider, but without success. During the month only 29 operational sorties were flown, chiefly scrambles, but without incident. During the month a Lt. Zemke, U.S. Army Air Corps, was attached to the squadron as an observer. Late in May, however, the squadron began to receive Spitfire Is. The Tomahawks were finally traded for Spits on 11 June 1941.
|No. 403 flew the following Tomahawks:|
|*crashed 9 May 1941|
AMERICAN AIRCRAFT IN ROYAL AIR FORCE SERVICE: CURTISS HAWK 81A TOMAHAWK.© IWM (CH 17252)