RAF Station Matlaske, Sussex, England. 1945-04-14. Standing in the cockpit of his aircraft, ...

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Accession Number UK2743
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white
Physical description Black & white
Maker Mccourtney, (given names unknown)
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

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Description

RAF Station Matlaske, Sussex, England. 1945-04-14. Standing in the cockpit of his aircraft, 404795 Wing Commander Donald George Andrews DFC, of Southport, Qld, the leader of the first Australian fighter Wing to operate in Europe, a Spitfire wing which includes No. 451 and No. 453 Squadron RAAF, devoted itself entirely to counter-measures against the V2 long-range rocket bomb. Operating from bases in Britain and on the Continent, the wing flew 1,328 sorties over Holland, bombing and strafing launching sites, workshops and transport, and cutting railway lines leading to the firing sites. Note the noseart and letters 'DGA'.