133 (f) Squadron Hurricane Mk XII

I got a present from RCAF Boundary Bay 1941-1945 Facebook Page.

A picture of a Hurricane Mk XII.

133 Squadron Hurricane

133 Hurricane credit

DesMazes collection

This is the caption.

Although this image was taken in Lethbridge Alberta in late 1942-early 43, it was one of the No. 133 Fighter Squadron Hawker Hurricanes that made an historic trip to Boundary Bay Feb.1943. Boundary Bay had been re-designated a Home War Defense Station and No. 133 was tasked with protecting the Air space of the Greater Vancouver Area from possible attack from Japanese Forces. The Squadron made the trip non stop from Lethbridge and by the time they reached Boundary Bay they were “sucking fumes”, recalled Pilot Officer McGowan. “We had no fuel left, not even enough to circle the aerodrome and so we landed in Squadron Formation of three at a time, all twelve aircraft. As far as I know it was never done before or since, (during WW2), as it was very dangerous, if someone screwed up it would be catastrophic.”


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