Australians in Redhill(?)

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Anonymous early-production Spitfire Mk. VB with a group of pilots – another photograph in our mystery photo series awaiting further information. This image has ...

Anonymous early-production Spitfire Mk. VB with a group of pilots – another photograph in our mystery photo series awaiting further information. This image has been sent to us via the Spitfire Association in Australia by Keith Webb who is working on clarifying the details around it.

Keith is looking for further information, as to the details of the photo as follows:

  1. Which Squadron,
  2. When it was taken,
  3. Where it was taken and
  4. The names of any of the personnel

Keith’s own hypothesis is it may be No. 452 Squadron RAAF, photographed in Redhill, some time during 1942.

Any help would be appreciated.
[Keit Webb via Spitfire Association]

3 Comments

By Tony Prince  |  2010-07-29 at 07:33  |  permalink

Re.the mystery Spitfire “VB”
Surely a Mk.Vc – the cannon fairing, the windscreen framing & the appearance of a deeper under cowl panel indicative of a Vokes filter all say “Vc”. Early Vbs would surely have had an external armour glass windscreen & cannon would have had the shorter fairing with the barrels protruding further?
Can’t help with timing beyond suggesting an Australian winter going by the greatcoats!

By Tim Prosser  |  2010-07-29 at 17:44  |  permalink

Mr Prince has beaten me to it with all the points he’s noted. Yes, A Mk Vc photographed in Australia. Is that future Prime Minister John Gorton at far left?

By Ed Jones  |  2010-10-23 at 18:34  |  permalink

I would agree with Tony Prince, but why Australia? This could be the Mediterranean Theatre. Let’s play investigators. All are commissioned officers. Windy, but not too cold to stop someone wearing a jumper. No sign of any desert khaki. Only one man wears a BD top so it is unlikely to be at a tactical front-line station – Gibraltar? Malta? There is no distinct camouflage colour change on the fuselage which is typical of the fighter when on Malta. Let’s try 185 Sqn, April 1941 – June 1943: Takali and Hal Far (Malta). I will emphasise the Aussie connection as many Australian pilots were stationed in the Med Theatre including Jack ‘Slim’ Yarra who was with 185 for a time.

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