The Caption

Above: Flight Sergeant Georges Nadon of No 122 Squadron was the focus of another photo-story taken at Hornchurch in May 1942. This time, the photographer’s brief was to record the movements of a single pilot over the course of the day. The 27-year-old French-Canadian, seen striking a pose in the cockpit of his Spitfire was asked to list his hobbies. Somewhat predictably, the response was ‘girlfriends and beer’! He survived the war after service on Malta and in northwest Europe.

About 122 Squadron… Click here.

Original picture.

More info here.

Georges Nadon is also mentioned on this Webpage.

Sgt Ribout is 27 years old and on his 5th mission only. His death must have been terrible news to his cousin Sgt George Nadon, who flies in the Red Section of 122 Sqn. alongside Roland on this fateful day. They served together in 122 Sqn. since February 1942.

(Sgt Nadon finishes his RAF career as B F/Lt in December 1945, with 177 missions under his belt.)

I have read somewhere that he flew with 403 Squadron.

This comment from John Engelsted…

Raymond Alexandre Georges Nadon (J/17915) flew with 403 Squadron from June 1944 to September 1945.

6 thoughts on “The Caption

  1. Je vous ai écrit à propos de Chuck Thornton. je signale que j’habite dans la région où est tombé le sergent pilote Joffre Roland Ribout le 5 mai 1942.. Un monument représentant la queue d’un spitfire a été érigé en sa mémoire. Vous avez la photo sur la webpage.
    Un article a été écrit dans le livre d’histoire de notre région racontant cet épisode. Un morceau de son spitfire venant de chez nous a été remis à un neveu de Joffre Ribout. Ce neveu a déposé cette relique à un musée de Matawa le 12 novembre 2005. J’essaierai de vous envoyer une copie de l’article qui raconte l’histoire de ce morceau de spitfire.

  2. More here…

    RAF “Operation Circus 157” 5th May 1942

    On May 5th, 1942, 6 Douglas Boston light bombers from 226 Sqn were dispatched to bomb an electrical power station near Lille in France. The bombers were escorted by 36 Spitfires from 64, 313 and 122 Sqn. This was a truly international effort with pilots from many allied nations including British, Canadian, Belgian, Czech, Norwegian, Rhodesian and Dutch taking part. Unfortunately, the bombers were unable to locate their target due to cloud cover so they turned for home.

    The Luftwaffe scrambled 21 Focke Wulf 190 fighters to intercept the RAF fleet. However,
    only 6 enemy fighters managed to make contact, but that was enough.

    Within a few minutes, 5 Spitfires were shot down with several more only just making home stations due to battle damage. Four of the Spitfire pilots were killed outright and one pilot crash landed, managed to escape and went on to become a Czechoslovak hero.

    One of the intercepting German pilots was “Pips” Priller of J26.
    He would survive WW II with 101 kills, 81 of them being Spitfire kills making him one of the most lethal Spitfire predators of WW II.

    The 5 RAF Spitfire pilots shot down were:

    Flt Lt Baudouin De Hemptinne ( Belgian ) KIA
    F/Sgt Stacey Jones ( British ) KIA
    Sgt Joffre Roland Ribout ( Canadian ) KIA
    Sgt Karel Pavlik ( Czech ) KIA

    Sqn/Leader Frantisek Fajtl DFC ( Czech ) survived

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