RCAF No. 412 Squadron: Horatio Nelson

Wally Dove was transfered to 412 after the war.

He had some pictures.

Pictures never seen before with names of pilots I have never heard before except this one.  

Walter Neil Dove

Last pilot… Horatio Nelson

About Horatio Nelson… Not much.

I found this on 412 Squadron.

ONE OF the longest and most successful histories of a Canadian fighter squadron in the Second World War is that of No. 412, the squadron that proudly bore the badge of the flying falcon. Sixteen D.F.C.s, seven bars to that decoration and four mentions in despatches testified to this unit’s outstanding record. Its Spitfires accounted for 106 Luftwaffe aircraft destroyed, 11 more probably destroyed and 46 damaged in combat.

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All these pictures from 412 are taken after V-E Day.

And then it was all over. Rumours that the Reich was “Kaput” had been rife since the beginning of May. By the time the capitulation was official the Falcons had nearly worn themselves out with rejoicing, but they summoned enough strength on 4 May to greet the proclamation with “enthusiastic and spontaneous celebration.”

The squadron, with other units of 126 Wing, then moved to Fassberg, one of the largest and most comfortable airdromes in Germany, in May, and in July to Utersen, near Hamburg, as part of the British Air Forces of Occupation. But everything now was an anticlimax. The burning question in nearly every mind—far more important even than “scrounging” and souvenir-hunting—was when do we go home? The answer did not come until the Ides of March 1946. A few days after that the Spits took off for Topcliffe, the “sausage machine” of demobbing, and the Ile de France draft for Canadian shores.

Wally came home aboard the Queen E in December 1945.