No. 443 Squadron RCAF in Belgium, 1945

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Click on the image to enlarge A pair of Spitfires of No. 443 Squadron, 127 Wing RCAF, beat up the airfield over the squadron’s ...

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A pair of Spitfires of No. 443 Squadron, 127 Wing RCAF, beat up the airfield over the squadron’s flying control unit at Petit Brogel, Belgium, March 1945.

The aircraft nearest to the camera is a clipped-wing Spitfire Mk. XVIe coded 2I-D serial no. TB476, piloted by the unit’s CO, Sqn/Ldr Art Sager. His aircraft wore the name “LADYKILLER” painted on the cowling.

Art Sager commenced his operational flying duties in April 1942 and flew an array of Spitfire marks with Nos. 421, 403, 416 and 443 Squadrons. He destroyed 5 enemy aircraft during his operational career and proved to be a most skillful leader. Sager loved the Spitfire and of all the marks he preferred the reliable Rolls-Royce equipped Mk IX. [Public Archives of Canada, via Pat Murphy]

2 Comments

By Nicole  |  2013-03-05 at 21:29  |  permalink

Hi: My name is Nicole Morley and my Great Uncle Arthur James Horrell was in squadron 443. I think it’s great that you have a picture of spitfires that belonged to squadron 443 back then.I’m doing some research on my Uncle and it’s always nice when I come across a picture or some bit of information about the squadron he use to belong to.

By Brad Main  |  2015-07-09 at 15:49  |  permalink

Hi,

I knew Art Sager during the Y2-K Spitfire Restoration Project, and used to take him up for the annual fund raising event in Comox. I also introduced him to the current 443 RCAF Helicopter Squadron gang, which he enjoyed very much. He was a fine man. I am familiar with his Mk XVIe aircraft pictured here, but was wondering about info regarding the other aircraft in the photo. Do we have any info as to the serial and codes? There also appears to be an inscription on the cowling, and idea what it might have been? I asked Art one day if he remembered the other aircraft flying with him that day, and he couldn’t recall.

Thanks
Brad Main

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