Peter Lecoq’s Latest Contribution: Spitfire 944

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A FEEL GOOD STORY OF AN AMERICAN PILOT FLYING PHOTO RECON MISSIONS IN A SPITFIRE WITH AMERICAN MARKINGS DURING WW II, ALL THE WAY TO BERLIN AND BACK WITH LONG RANGE FUEL TANKS IN THE WINGS.

8 mm footage recovered 50 years later and converted to modern media by the photographers grandchildren and presented to the Spitfire pilot in the film.  
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12 thoughts on “Peter Lecoq’s Latest Contribution: Spitfire 944

      • Thanks, I have found the site. Flight Lieut. J. Maurice Briggs DSO DFC DFM and Flying Officer John Custance Baker DFC and Bar were both British and had completed 105 operations together. They were on a visit to demonstrate Mosquitos. The Aircraft LR503, F for Freddie had survived 211 operations.

      • Yes. A couple of years ago Richard de Boer got in touch with my family via his researcher Mike Cox in the UK. I met Mike and we sent Richard copies of all the material I have on my Uncle. I hope the story gets written. My uncle was an unlikely hero, small, lightly built, with very bad asthma. He had to fight every inch of the way to be allowed to fly at all, but by all accounts, he had great charm and humour.

      • These stories have to be written.
        This is why I write so much on my blogs.
        I am glad you have dropped in.
        You will love my blog about 23 Squadron.
        Start with the first post.
        It’s like a movie. I have written a lot since 2010 on that little known Mosquito squadron based at Little Snoring.
        This is my reward.
        Everything is true.
        I have met so many wonderful people along the way.

        Pierre

      • I have watched the film from Italy already. Incidentally, I know Little Snoring. I was at University in Norwich and a relative lived in Little Snoring. I live not so far away now and maybe will go and look for the remains of the airfield. My husband’s father was a WWII Pilot (Halifaxes), he patrolled the Atlantic routes and spent time in Canada (training Commonwealth pilots).

      • I know a lot about BCATP (British Commonwealth Air Training Plan) in Canada.
        I have met several airmen who flew on Halifaxes with RCAF 425 Squadron.
        I have scanned most of their pictures and logbooks.
        Peter Smith knows Tom Cushing who bought the land where Little Snoring airbase was.
        We owe a lot to Tom Cushing. The group picture taken in July 1945 is from Tom Cushing.

      • I mentioned this to my husband. His father was based in Tiree. He has his father’s logbook. Thank you for all you are doing to remember these men. My efforts are with the Far East POWs (where my father and his men spent 3 years of their war) and their relatives at home. I am writing their story. It is great to be in touch.

      • Logbooks are so precious.
        This is how this blog evolved in the first place using it with the pictures.
        Greg trusted me with what he had from his grandfather.
        I wanted to pay homage to Walter Neil Dove.
        Doing that I have reached out in cyberspace and met wonderful people along the way who shared so many stories and pictures.
        I am getting close to 300 posts on this blog. It evolved from the 23 Squadron blog. I went to Hamilton to meet George Stewart in person. I stayed in a B&B. The man’s son told me about his father-in-law being a Spitfire pilot. He said if I wanted to meet his son who had his grandfather’s logbooks and some pictures…

        Some pictures!

        I told Greg we had to do something about it and I told him about the blogs I had been writing about vétérans both in French (mother tongue) and in English.

        The rest is history.

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