486 Squadron RNZAF at Volkel, Holland in March - July The aircraft pictured is one of the squadron’s own Hawker Tempest Mk Vs. Philip “Joe” Kendall, a British national and a highly regarded member of the unit is from left sitting on stbd wing.
Previous pinner"Consolidated Liberator Air Force Liberators on the mission to Muhldorf,Germany on March This series of pins are not "Good Memories", but pinned in memory of my husband who was a pilot with the Air Force.
Boulton Paul Defiant.Following disastrous showing of No.141 Sqn against Bf109 on 19 July 1940 in which they lost 6 of 9 Defiants,it was withdrawn from daylight duties & became a night fighter.As appropriate to their new role,Defiants were now painted in a matt black finish called RDM2.Note non-standard yellow outline to the roundel & retracted fairings on the rear fuselage & canopy to allow unobstructed movement of the turret.These automatically collapsed as the turret revolved.
SEP 30 1941 An airman’s first and last operational flight The crew of a Whitley bomber preparing for an operation. The Whitley was the backbone of RAF Bomber Command until more modern four engined bombers came into service.
Junkers Ju 87 Stuka in itself was nothing spectacular, however, used closely with advancing ground forces and without significant fighter opposition it was one of the great arial artillery weapons of WW II." KB JUNKER 87 - STUKA CAPTURED BY RAF ~ BFD