Spitfire ML248 KH-J + F/O W.H. Rhodes, RCAF 403 Squadron

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Flying Officer J.25141 William Horace ‘Bill’ Rhodes was born on 11 Feb 1913 and enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force on 22 Jan 1942, flying with RCAF 403 Squadron from RAF stations in the UK and France. Here’s a transcription of the 1944 Operations Record Book (Form 540: ‘Summary of Events’) for 403 Sqn, where he appears thirteen times…


In Jun 1944 he made two Combat Reports, for his encounters with enemy aircraft on the 17th and the 26th…

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There is no Combat Report for his 28 Jun encounter, mentioned in the Summary of Events and in these blurry photos of Form 541…

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This is because on 28 Jun 1944 he made a forced landing, and went on the run. He met up with men also evading capture, and for several weeks did the same, managing to cut a German comms wire. Almost back to Allied lines, he…

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