R54605, Payer, Philippe Cpl. enlisted: October 10,1939.
With information on the back.
Corporal Payer is the man on the right. According to the caption we are in 1941.
St-Hubert P. Que
Moi et mes hommes ce que l’on appelle un Crew
L’avion est un Tiger Shark
I am sure we are at the St-Hubert airbase in 1941, but this is not a Spitfire on this photo. It’s an American P-40 Kittyhawk bearing the code VW.
There were few P-40 Kittyhawk in Canada.
Very rares photos on the Internet. These are from the personal collection of Leonard Weston who would have served in Alaska!
His son had shared them so everyone could see them on the Internet.
What golden opportunity then to share this incredible photo taken in June 1941 at St-Hubert.
R54605, Payer, Philippe Cpl. enlisted: October 10,1939
No. 13 SFTS St. Hubert
Comment left by a knowledgeable reader
They are indeed Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawks. The VW indicates 118 Squadron. The photo with the Kitty in the glassed hanger was probably taken in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia where 118 was stationed before it went to Western Air Command in June, 1942. (Although it could be Rockcliffe where they formed). It is unusual to see the shark teeth nose on a 118 aircraft, a design they discontinued out west (14 Squadron was also using that design out west when they got there in March, 1942.
The other photos, also Kittyhawks (all Mark 1s), were taken, most likely on Annette Island, Alaska where 118 was stationed until they went overseas to become 438 Squadron flying Typhoons. The photographs were all taken before October 31, 1942 when the order went out to remove the squadron identification letters on all RCAF aircraft.
There must be hundreds of shots like these slumbering in shoeboxes in attics all over Canada. I wish there was a way to get them out.