I got an e-mail this morning from WordPress that I had a comment on “our” blog. I want to share it with you.
It was about a post I wrote about a Spitfire pilot…
21 August 1942 – Pilot Officer Mitch Johnston?
There is a comment left in the comment section by Pilot Officer Mitch Johnston’s son to which I have replied. I wrote him about how you and I met the first and only time around a dinner table in 2011.
Do you remember what I had told you on how this blog would evolve?
Now and then, I come across old images that have been filed away and forgotten. Two such images are attached.
You can use these two from No. 403 [Wolf} Squadron City of Calgary. They came from Lynn Garrison and were the early March 1941 Curtiss Tomahawk fighters.
Clarence Simonsen and I are passionnate about aviation. He is sharing these photos…
Every picture tells a story. Airframe mechanic Robert Brookes poses for posterity. Date unknown.
Spitfire KW*A also poses for posterity.
Found on the Internet
Served with No. 403 (F) Squadron, RCAF from 12 September 1941, coded “KH*Z”. Category AC damage in a flying accident on 10 March 1943. Left this unit by July 1943.
I guess KW*Z became KW*A after the accident.
Hi Pierre, attached is a picture of NJ667 (the squadron Auster) in its original scheme which was completed a couple of months ago.
This Harvard was flown by an unknown pilot over Bagotville.
This is how I got it.
Collection Walter Neil Dove via Greg Bell
Greg Bell is Wally Dove’s grandson who shared everything he had of his grandfather’s war memorabilia.
Walter Neil Dove was stationed at No. 1 O.T.U. in Bagotville, Quebec, on June 29, 1943.
There is a lot of information on these log book pages.
He flew FE628 only once… July 15, 1943.
Wally Dove was not the pilot flying FE628, but I am sure he was the one who took that picture.
See you after Christmas.
Comment just in…
The camouflage of the hangar looks like it was taken in Fassberg.
Rheinmetall and Blohm & Voss were at the End of 1944 in Fassberg for tests of the Bv 246 gliding bomb with the Fw 190A.
Original post below
Another guest post from Mark
Here is another photograph from my father George White’s collection. It was likely taken in Schleswig Germany.
It is a Junkers Ju 86 R-1 high altitude reconnaissance aircraft. The code lettering DD+GE 5161 Rheinmetall (AirMin 82).
The wing of a second Ju 86 can be seen on the right side of the picture. This aircraft may be T5+PM 5132, a Ju 86 R-1 that was flown from Fassberg to Schleswig on August 8, 1945.
This aircraft was rather unique. It was powered by Jumo 207 diesel engines, had a pressurized cockpit and was capable of flying up to 50,000 feet.
These 2 stroke diesel engines had 6 cylinders, 12 pistons and 2 crankshafts and no combustion chambers. Combustion is achieved between the domes of 12 horizontally opposed pistons.
This is indeed a very interesting configuration for an aircraft engine.
Mark White – February 2014
I got this e-mail last week.
Dear Mr. Lagacé,
I am a Swiss author who has published a book about captured German WWII aircraft in 2011 (see my website vintageeagle.com). My book showed about 90 previously unpublished photos taken by Allied soldiers when they marched through Europe in 1944/45.
I recently acquired a photo of a Fw 190 fighter wreck that was taken at Fassberg. It had a distinctive colored propeller spinner. On your website, I found a photo of another aircraft captured at Fassberg that featured the same colored spinner, but was definitely a different aircraft than the one on my photo as it carried another tactical code on the engine hood.
I found your photo at the following page:
And the direct link is:
I assume you received the scans from the family of Reg Morris and that you don’t have the originals. But I would be very glad if you could either make contact with the family or forward my e-mail to them. I’d be very grateful if I could use that photo for my 2nd book to show it next to the photo I recently acquired.
I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Greg… Are you still reading the blog?
Please contact me.
This should get some people’s attention…
My name is Mehdi Schneyders and I live in Belgium. I am a colored half Belgian – half South African, and a R.A.F. enthusiast as well. There are three Belgian pilots on this picture concerning No. 122 Squadron :
– First row ( standing ), first from the left : Léopold ” Coco ” Collignon.
– First row ( standing ), the short one next to the civilian : Léon Prévot.
– Second row ( seated on one wing ), fourth from the right : Raymond ” Van ” Van de Poel.
Posted to No. 350 ” Belgian ” Squadron, two of them ( Prévot and Collignon ) are becoming the C.O.’s of the unit. Van de Poel died on collision with another pilot.