Summer of 42 at Catterick

Same day in August 1942

I have updated a post written in May 2018 with a comment made by Stephen Nickerson. I have the wrong caption with this photo.

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The group photo that you have as listed as being at Kenley, April 1943 is incorrect. That photo was taken after the Dieppe Raid. The Spitfire in the photo is a Mk.V not Mk.IX which the 403 was flying in April 1943. Also F/L George Hill is sitting to the right of S/L Ford in that photo. Hill left the 403 in November 1942 to serve in the North Africa.

I believe this photo was taken on the same day in August 1942 after the Dieppe raid when the squadron moved back to Catterick by just looking at the trees in the back.

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Revisiting the Past – Sergeant Robert Brookes’ Collection


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Bob Brookes, Gibby, and Roy

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403 Squadron Chaplain
Most probably at Kenley, Surrey – April 1943

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403 Squadron Chaplain
Most probably at Kenley, Surrey – April 1943

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Unknown ground crew

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George Aitken

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Most probably at St. Thomas, Ontario –  circa summer 1941

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Unknown ground crew

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St. Thomas, Ontario – August 22, 1941

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Names for group photo St. Thomas, Ontario – August 22, 1941

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Village in France

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RCAF 439 “Westmount” Squadron at ALG B9, Creully, France

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RCAF 439 “Westmount” Squadron at ALG B9, Creully, France

More on Advanced Landing Ground Creully

https://www.ete44.fr/temps-de-guerre/actions-de-guerre/108-ete-44-aerodrome-de-campagne-b9-a-creully

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Jerry Spencer and Jim Day

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403 Squadron group photo – this photo was taken after the Dieppe Raid.
Bob Brookes is in top row, number 2 

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Pete Marley and Jim Day

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Whet, Pete, Hammie, Jim

George Aitken

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403 Squadron group photo photo was taken after the Dieppe Raid. 

More about 403 Squadron at Kenley

http://www.kenleyrevival.org/content/history/archive/faces-of-kenley/the-canadians-at-kenley

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Kenley, Surrey – April 1943 – Bob Brookes is furthest to upper right.

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North Weald – 1942

Bob Brookes when he enlisted – Toronto, 1941.

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403 Squadron group photo at Kenley, Surrey – April 1943

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Villers Bocage

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Amiens

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“A rigger at work – Brooksie”

Spitfire Mk Vb

History:

6MU 7-9-41

403 Squadron 12-9-41

FAAC 10-2-43 Scottish Aviation

165 S 1-7-43

501 S 19-7-43

504 S 15-12-43

129 S 26-1-44

278 S 17-6-44

SOC 15-5-45

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“A rigger at work – Brooksie”

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Bob Brookes,  second row, second person.

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Elmer – Catterick, Summer 1942

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Gibson, Roger, and I – Catterick, Summer 1942

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19 April 1942

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Unknown – maybe George Aitken sitting on the right.

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Unknown

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