Sqn Ldr Hart Finley – trying a Focke-Wulf Fw 190

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Sqn Ldr Hart Finley

trying a Focke-Wulf Fw 190

Click on the image to enlarge Another RCAF Spitfire pilot, this time Squadron Leader Hart Finley DFC. He is standing in front of his ...

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Another RCAF Spitfire pilot, this time Squadron Leader Hart Finley DFC. He is standing in front of his No. 403 Squadron RCAF Spitfire Mk. IX during the summer of 1943. Finley went on to command No. 443 Squadron in April 1944 and remained in command until the end of the war.

The second picture shows Finley in a captured Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-8 that had been commandeered by W/Cdr “Stocky” Edwards at Saltau, Germany. Edwards’ initials are clearly visible on the Fw 190 fuselage. Edwards and Finley flew both aircraft to determine the merits of each aircraft in a combat roll. Both pilots were convinced that the Spitfire had the advantage except for top speed. [Pat Murphy coll.]

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By Cameron Shepherd  |  2011-10-19 at 21:21  |  permalink

There is a notable error in the text. Finley did not lead the 443 until after the war. Wally McLeod was 443 Squadron Leader from unit formation until KIA in September ’44. Art Sager then got the 443 lead, if memory serves, and remained in command until the end of hostilities. Hart Finley was actually promoted Flight Leader in April or May ’44, and then Sqdn Ldr in July ’45, after VE.

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