RCAF 128 Squadron

A little known squadron stationed in Newfoundland during the war.

Collection Walter Neil Dove

Lest we forget


From Charles Redeker’s Collection


A poem about 128 (F) Squadron…

To The Foxes

Here’s to the gallant Flying Foxes,

Gone to the land of bogs and rockses,

Far from the comforts of civilisation,

The abundance of rum is their sole consolation.

Departed, alas, from the shores of Cape Breton

And leaving a lost of Glace Bay gals a-setting

With time on their hands and their hearts filled with woe,

Cause Ulmer and Fowler have both had to go.

While the Rowley and Mabel the goat

Their loss brings a lump to this editor’s throat

Sit sadly together and wait for the day

When the squadron heads homeward down Cottage Road Way.

Author unknown


RCAF Station Torbay, January 3, 1944 revisited – Update

Remember this picture of a prang...?

Click on the image for a larger view.

And what was written on the back…?

This was not Walter Neil Dove’s prang…

Someone had written me about it…


Find attached an excerpt from 128’s diary telling about F/O Dove’s prang on 3 January 1944. Before the arrival of 128 at Torbay, 125 Squadron handled fighter defence duties. No. 125’s diary for 29 January 1943 tells how Hurricane 5501 nosed up in a deep snow bank at the edge of the runway. The aircraft ground looped to the right due to a strong crosswind. The aircraft suffered damaged prop and undercarriage. The pilot was P/O W.O. Young.


Darrell had sent me this to prove that I was wrong.


Chris Charland has confirmed once more what did happen.

Salut Pierre

According to official R.C.A.F. documentation, the Hurricane in the photo s/n 5501 was with No. 125 (F) Squadron at R.C.A.F. Station Torbay, Newfoundland. I have the squadron’s Operational Record Books and a copy of the crash card.

Although Hurricane 5501 did serve with No. 128 (F) Squadron, it had no accidents during the winter. The only accident was when 5501 jumped off the tow bar while being towed at Torbay on the 5th of July 1943 damaging the rudder. The aircraft was repaired.

Having said that, Dove was actually flying Hurricane s/n 5705. I have attached a page from the No. 128 Squadron’s O.R.B. that shows what was recorded. I also have the crash cards as well.



I just saw the light!

I never realised before that the serial number was not the same!

5501 versus 5705.

I guess everything was due to too much excitement on my part.


Such a beautiful picture.

Typhoon and Tempest – Reminiscences

William Robert Gibbs was one of 440 Squadron pilots.


William Gibbs did not come back.

CANAV Books Blog

Spectacular Typhoon MN235 dressed in 440 Squadron markings for the CASM’s 2014 D-Day remembrance event. (Larry Milberry) Spectacular Typhoon MN235 dressed in 440 Squadron markings for the CASM’s 2014 D-Day remembrance event. (Larry Milberry)

Typhoon dust jacketPublished in 1989, Typhoon and Tempest: The Canadian Story is the only book dedicated to the heroic young Canadians who fought in these rugged World War II fighters. With some justification, through the postwar years these fellows felt sidelined by historians specializing in the 1939-45 air war. Their gripe was about how history eagerly embraced the Hurricane, Mustang, Spitfire, Thunderbolt, etc., but where were the books about the Typhoon and Tempest? Well, the books (all by UK publishers) were there, but only a handful by comparison. Their authors, the renowned Francis K. Mason, Christopher Shores and Christopher Thomas included, did outstanding work.

In the early 1980s, Hugh A. Halliday, a historian at the Canadian War Museum, became interested in the Typhoon and Tempest and the Canadians who fought and (often) died in…

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