F/O K.P. Marshall – Update

Update

Comment on a post dated January 2019

I have been trying to match names to the men not yet listed in the wonderful colourized photo of 403 pilots at Catterick in August 1942. I believe P/O H.J. Murphy is 4th from the left second row. P/O M. Johnston may be 5th from the left first row. I found photos of these two pilots on the site flyingforyourlife.com. Hope this helps some in completing your research in finding those remaining names.

Stephen Nickerson


Original photo

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Colorised by Doug Banks and posting it on Facebook…

 

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Trying to find who is who…

Help needed to identify the remaining 9 of these 20 airman, mainly Canadian with a few American volunteers

403 Squadron RCAF, at Catterick on 21 August 1942 (update October 7, 2019)

Identified so far:
Standing –
Sgt Victor Nicholas Cabas (USA)
F/Sgt John T Norman (USA)
F/O William Thompson Lane
Sgt Fred Turner
Middle row –
F/O Roy Wozniak
P/O Harry James Dowding
F/O George Dennis Aitken
Front row –
F/L Charles McLaughlin Magwood
F/L Patrick Terrance O’Leary
S/Ldr Leslie Ford
F/L George Urquhart Hill

 

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Add this one…

Flying Officer Ken Marshall

With regards to your July 12, 2018 posting of the 403 squadron in front of a Spitfire (the colourized version of the photo with the men’s names). The man in the second row and second from the right is F/O K.P. Marshall.

Update

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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 – maybe George Aitken sitting on the right.

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Spitfire Mk.IX — THE SCALE MODEL HANGAR

Hello there! Yes, it has been a while hasn’t it? I’ve been busier than ever and finding time to write build articles has been at a premium since I began commission building. I must say I feel blessed to have met so many great people through my commission work. Only last month I dropped off […]

via Spitfire Mk.IX — THE SCALE MODEL HANGAR

Collection Walter Neil Dove (courtesy his grandson Greg Bell)

 

74 years ago… Harold Chauncy Byrd

Flowers laid by Maarten and Ronny.

De Spitfire van Landfort

Op 19 maart 1945 tussen 14.00 en 14.30 komt er een Spitfire neer bij Landfort, ten Noorden van Megchelen. De Spitfire Mk XVI met het serienummer SM-208 behoorde tot 403 squadron RCAF en was die dag om 13.30 uur met nog 11 toestellen opgestegen van de basis Petit Brogel in België voor een “sweep” (veegactie) in de omgeving van Rheine en Osnabrück. De piloot F/O BYRD rapporteert aan de basis dat hij te kampen heeft met motorproblemen en terugvliegt naar de basis. Ter Hoogte van Dwardefeld, even ten noorden van Landfort wordt hij getroffen door 2 cm Flak. De Spitfire crasht bij Landfort en de 28 jarige F/O Harold Chauncey Byrd komt hierbij om het leven. Hij wordt begraven in een veldgraf bij zijn toestel en op 14 oktober 1947 herbegraven op het RK kerkhof te Gendringen.

F/O Harold Chauncey Byrd afkomstig uit Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

©Karl Lusink-ARGA

The Spitfire of Landfort

On March 19, 1945 between 14.00 and 14.30 a Spitfire comes down at Landfort, north of Megchelen. The Spitfire Mk XVI with serial number SM-208 belonged to 403 squadron RCAF and was that day at 13.30 hours with 11 more aircraft that took off from the base Petit Brogel in Belgium for a “sweep” (sweeping) in the area of Rheine and Osnabrück. The pilot F/O BYRD reports at the base that he has engine problems and flies back to the base. At the height of Dwardefeld, just north of Landfort, he is hit by 2 cm Flak. The Spitfire crashes at Landfort and the 28 year old F/O Harold Chauncey Byrd is killed. He is buried in a field grave by his aircraft and on October 14, 1947 reburied at the RK cemetery in Gendringen.

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Joseph Pierre Auguste “Peter ‘Pete’ Logan” Lecoq Redux

Turning back the clock to 15 March 2014 on this blog…

RCAF No. 403 Squadron

To read once more what I wrote back in 2011 about the pilot who flew the plane that Pat Murphy built a model of…

This picture was not in Walter Neil Dove’s photo album…

But this is most interesting about a 403 Squadron pilot.

Click here…

Excerpt

Quoted from an email from Pierre’s son Peter :

“During the war, my father flew under an alias, Pete Logan.

Why?

During WW2, my father’s mother and siblings lived in Bonneville, France, and my father’s superiors felt that his family could face retaliation should the Germans ever learn of my father’s French roots.

My father did have some claims; however, his records are incomplete. When he went from being Pierre Lecoq (R77174) to Peter Logan, the official records for Pierre Lecoq were totally erased or lost …

What I do know, is that after my father’s tour of duty ended in July of…

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