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.


2 thoughts on “RCAF Station Torbay, January 3, 1944 revisited – Update

  1. My father was an electrician with the 128th fighter squadron in Sydney, N.S. from 9 June 1942 to 22 April 1943. At that time the squadron was equipped with ex-RAF Hurricanes Mk. I. One story that my Dad told me was that after the sinking of the ferry Caribou on the 14th of Oct., 1942, the squadron’s Hurricanes were modified to carry rockets, and that he installed the wiring for the rockets.

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