A little known squadron stationed in Newfoundland during the war.
Collection Walter Neil Dove
Lest we forget
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.
Collection Walter Neil Dove
Collection Charles Redeker
courtesy Charles Elliott Redeker
Much more coming up…
Remember this picture of a prang...?
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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.
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.
Published 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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