I just get curious, then one thing leads to another then another…

A personal message I received last week…

My father Donald Armstrong trained in Class 71 at 13 SFTS St. Hubert and I have a photo of the graduating class’s dinner at Mount Royal Hotel on 14 April 1943 that I would be happy to share.

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Mostly all happy faces…

How many survived the war?

An update on the picture…

My dad has an orange circle around his head – he was a Spitfire pilot with RAF 229 squadron followed by RCAF 401 Squadron. I will see if I can find the scan that has no circle. Sorry the photo was in bad shape when I found it after he died.
To be continued…
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3 thoughts on “I just get curious, then one thing leads to another then another…

  1. About Donald Armstrong

    Found on a forum

    Hauptmann Robert Wiess, Gruppenkommandeur of III./JG 54, and Unteroffizier Walter Enser of 9./JG 54 claimed three Spitfire fighters at around 17:00 over Caen on 23 June 1944. I have read that possibly their opponents were Spitfire fighters of 229 Sqn, RAF and that this unit lost two fighters in the encounter, Spitfire IX (MA817) “R9-P” flown by F/Lt RH Small, killed and Spitfire IX (MH871) “R9-Z” flown by F/O DR Armstrong, who force-landed at an advanced landing ground. I must say that I have also seen the tactical code for (MA817) given as “R9-O” according to some sources. Does anyone have more information regarding this air battle? I noticed that Leutnant Alfred Gross of the Gruppenstab of III./JG 54 and Unteroffizier Erwin Schleef of 9./JG 54 claimed a pair of Spitfire fighters that day at around 13:30 over Caen. Many thanks.

    “412727 F/L Ronald Harold Small was flying a Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX s/n MA817 and coded 9R-P of No.229 (F) Squadron, based at R.A.F. Station Tangmere, Sussex. On the 23rd of June 1944, he was shot down by Luftwaffe Fw-190’s while conducting an afternoon beachhead patrol north of the city of Caen, France. The squadron had taken part in the D-Day landings flying shipping escort to the invasion fleet. It also escorted the aircraft towing gliders as part of the airborne assault. The Commanding Officer of No.229 (F) Squadron was a South African, Major N.F. Harrison.

    F/L Small was the son of Harold Campbell and Ettie Small from Epping, New South Wales. He was only 22 years old when he was killed in action. F/L Small is buried in the St. Samson Churchyard, at Calvados, France.”

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