“On a flat piece of ground…”

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Click to enlarge image In mid-1942, No. 54 Spitfire Squadron left for Australia to help deploy a Spitfire force in defence of the Northern ...

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In mid-1942, No. 54 Spitfire Squadron left for Australia to help deploy a Spitfire force in defence of the Northern Territory against the Japanese. In January, 1943, it joined No. 1 Wing (Spitfire Wing) of the Royal Australian Air Force.

Heavily depleted during the Battle of Britain and the 1941 air offensive, No. 54 Squadron had mainly new personnel for the task. However, both flight commanders, Bob Foster and Robin Norwood, were Battle of Britain veterans.

This photo, recently unearthed by the Australian Spitfire Association, shows the squadron’s flying personnel “on a flat piece of ground with a tree in the background.”, somewhere in Australia. In other words, information is sought about the location, time, and perhaps the names of the people. All leads, however small, would be appreciated.

The aircraft is obviously a Spitfire Mk. VC Trop. Another Spitfire in the background is serialled BR4??.

[Spitfire Association]

3 Comments

By Gavin Thomas  |  2013-11-07 at 21:28  |  permalink

My uncle F/O Frederick Francis Thomas was with 54 Squadron. I don’t know when he joined it but he crashed and died in July 1945 in Darwin. I have a picture of him in a Spitfire but you can’t tell what MK it is. He could be in this picture but the quality is not very good. He kept a diary which has some information about the Squadron.

By Ric Stubley  |  2014-04-08 at 10:01  |  permalink

Gavin, I am researching 54 Sqn’s history. I’d be extremely grateful if we could correspond on the subject of your uncle. Kind regards, Ric.

By Ross Ebzery  |  2016-02-05 at 08:09  |  permalink

The photo is either taken at Richmond or Laverton in late 1942 at a Public Relations showing the new MkV Spitfires.

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