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  • 1999-058.30
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    Image from the Bryan Young personal collection. Air to air view of a Spitfire in flight over the Mediterranean Sea. Bryan Young's information supplied "I took this photo of Al Swann, [from] New Plymouth sometime during April 1943 while over the Mediterranean on a ferry flight from Maison Blanche to Setif. A glorious day of blue sky above and blue sea as calm as a mill-pond below. The port aileron and wing tip of my aircraft can be seen in the bottom right corner of the photo."
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    RAF
    RNZAF
    WW2
    World War Two
    Young
    air to air
    Spitfire
    Swann
  • 1999-058.19
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    Image from the Bryan Young personal collection. Bryan Young sitting in the cockpit with his Fitter, Englishman Jackie Laird, sitting on the wing of No. 81 Squadron Spitfire JL188 FL-S. Gioia, Italy. Bryan Young's information supplied "Same as for No. 7 [1999-058.18]. Each aircraft had its own fitter and rigger appointed whose sole responsibility was to look after that particular machine. We had an Englishman and a Scot respectively, Jackie Laird and Jock Clements and we operated on very familiar terms with both. This shot shows Jackie Laird's happy face just above the wing. The rough patch on the leading edge in the foreground is a protection for the guns to prevent dust and debris from entering the gun-ports and was easily replaced after firing had shot then away."
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    RAF
    RNZAF
    WW2
    World War Two
    Young
    No. 81 Squadron
    81 Sqn
    Spitfire
    nose art
    JL188
    Italy
    Gioia
  • 1999-058.15
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    Image from the Bryan Young personal collection. Bryan Young's information supplied "August 1943. Self, Bryan Young showing his nervousness on instant readiness at the end of the runway of Te Kali [sic] on Malta while serving a short while with 154 Squadron. A tiresome and nerve wracking duty hated by most pilots."
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    RAF
    RNZAF
    WW2
    World War Two
    Young
    Malta
    Ta Kali
    No. 154 Squadron
    154 Sqn
    Spitfire
    cockpit
  • 1999-058.14
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    Image from the Bryan Young personal collection. Bryan Young's information supplied "April 1943. Red Weller on ferry duties in North Africa."
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    RAF
    RNZAF
    WW2
    World War Two
    Young
    Weller
    Spitfire
  • 1999-058.13
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    Image from the Bryan Young personal collection. Bryan Young standing in front of hi No. 81 Squadron Spitfire at RAF Station Kangla, India. Bryan Young's information supplied "Location - Kangla airstrip on the Imphal plain in the Indian State of Mauripur, north east Assam on the Burmese border during the siege of Imphal 1944. Occasion - 81 Squadron was then attached to 170 Wing of 221 Group flying the Spitfire Mk VIII depicted here, a refined and superior version of the Mk IX. The aircraft is my own, squadron code FL-S serial number JF698, it is parked in an earth revetment under a bamboo framework and camouflage netting with metal tracking covering the ground, the spinner as with all 81 Squadron aircraft is painted a brilliant scarlet, Jock Clements my fitter is at the starboard wing tip with myself in front complete with NZ Army lemon-squeezer hat given to Kiwi squadron members when passing through Cairo when we flew our machines out to India on transfer from Italy and the walking stick to help with a sprained ankle inflicted when I slipped, complete with parachute off a muddied wing. It was during the monsoon season when everything was flooded and covered with mud."
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    RAF
    RNZAF
    WW2
    World War Two
    Young
    No. 81 Squadron
    81 Sqn
    Spitfire
    JF698
    Kangla
    India
  • 1999-058.50
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    Image from the Bryan Young personal collection. Line up of Spitfires and a Beaufighter on an airfield. Unknown location, believed to be in North Africa.
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    RAF
    RNZAF
    WW2
    World War Two
    Young
    Spitfire
    Beaufighter
  • 1999-058.48
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    Image from the Bryan Young personal collection. No. 81 Squadron ground crew working on the engine of Spitfire JL188 FL-S, at Gioia, Italy.
    Young
    World War Two
    WW2
    RNZAF
    RAF
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    No. 81 Squadron
    81 Sqn
    Gioia
    Italy
    Spitfire
    JL188
  • 1999-058.46
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    Image from the Bryan Young personal collection. Three No. 81 Squadron New Zealand pilots with their Fiat car in front of Spitfire JL188 FL-S at Gioia, Italy. Bryan Young's information supplied "Location, date and aircraft same as for photo [1999-058.18]. The full squadron code on the aircraft can be clearly seen. From left to right Al Swann. Jim Robinson and self, all Kiwis. The motorcar, a Fiat, was one we purloined from the Italians as spoils of war. We shared its use."
    Young
    World War Two
    WW2
    RNZAF
    RAF
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    No. 81 Squadron
    81 Sqn
    Gioia
    Italy
    Spitfire
    Fiat
    JL188
  • 1999-058.45
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    Image from the Bryan Young personal collection. No. 81 Squadron New Zealand pilots Al Swann (left) and Bryan young (right) on Spitfire JL188 FL-S at Gioia, Italy. Bryan Young's information supplied "Location Gioia, Italy October 1943. Occasion and aircraft same as for photos [1999-058.18, 1999-058.19 and 1999-058.46]. The car in foreground is the purloined and battered Fiat. Al Swann on wing with self on edge of cockpit. Our fitter and rigger Jackie Laird and Jock Clements can be seen at work under the engine."
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    RAF
    RNZAF
    WW2
    World War Two
    Young
    No. 81 Squadron
    81 Sqn
    Gioia
    Italy
    Spitfire
    nose art
    Fiat
    JL188
  • 1999-058.44
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    Image from the Bryan Young personal collection. Spitfire EN444 with some others, at Setif, Algeria. Bryan Young's information supplied "Spitfire Mk IX serial number EM444 [sic] with 90 gallon overload tank slung between the wheels at Setif, Algeria while I was taking it to a squadron in Tunisia during April 1943."
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    RAF
    RNZAF
    WW2
    World War Two
    Young
    Spitfire
    Setif
    Algeria
    EN444
  • 1999-058.43
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    Image from the Bryan Young personal collection. Bryan Young sitting on the propeller of Spitfire EN444, which he was ferrying to an operational squadron. Setif, Algeria. Bryan Young's information supplied "Same occasion as in photo [1999-058.44] and same aircraft showing the extremely sleek lines of the Spitfire. Also portrayed is a line-shooting pose of myself."
    Young
    World War Two
    WW2
    RNZAF
    RAF
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    Spitfire
    Setif
    Algeria
    EN444
  • 1999-058.42
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    Image from the Bryan Young personal collection. Rear fuselage of No. 81 Squadron Spitfire JL188 FL-S with a Lysander behind. Gioia, Italy. Bryan Young's information supplied "Location - Gioia, Italy October 1943. Refer captions [1999-058.18, 1999-058.19, 1999-058.46 and 1999-058.45]. Foreground is tail end of my Spitfire FL-S while in the background can be seen a Lysander used by one of the 'cloak and dagger' squadrons for dropping agents and supplies behind enemy lines."
    Young
    World War Two
    WW2
    RNZAF
    RAF
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    No. 81 Squadron
    81 Sqn
    Gioia
    Italy
    Spitfire
    JL188
    Lysander
  • 1999-058.40
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    Image from the Bryan Young personal collection. Top view of No. 81 Squadron Spitfire JF358 inside a hangar at Cairo West, Egypt. Bryan Young's information supplied "Date - December 1943. Location - Cairo West desert airfield. Subject - Hangared Spitfire Mk VIII of 81 Squadron serial number JF358 before I flew it out to India. Bird's eye view taken from the hangar rafters! The previous month the squadron had left their Mk Vs and Mk IXs in Italy bringing all else by sea from Taranto to Alexandria where the pilots disembarked and left the ground crews and ground staff with the squadron stores onboard to sail by sea to Calcutta. We, the pilots, took possession of factory fresh Mk VIIIs which, in stages, we flew out from Egypt to Burma."
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    RAF
    RNZAF
    WW2
    World War Two
    Young
    Cairo
    Egypt
    Spitfire
    81 Sqn
    No. 81 Squadron
    JF358
    hangar
  • 1999-058.39
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    Image from the Bryan Young personal collection. 3/4 view of No. 81 Squadron Spitfire JF358 inside a hangar at Cairo West, Egypt. See 1999-058.40 for Bryan Young's information supplied.
    Young
    World War Two
    WW2
    RNZAF
    RAF
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    Cairo
    Egypt
    Spitfire
    81 Sqn
    No. 81 Squadron
    JF358
    hangar
  • 1999-058.31
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    Image from the Bryan Young personal collection. Air to air view of a Spitfire in flight over the Mediterranean Sea. Bryan Young's information supplied "I took this photo of Al Swann, [from] New Plymouth sometime during April 1943 while over the Mediterranean on a ferry flight from Maison Blanche to Setif. A glorious day of blue sky above and blue sea as calm as a mill-pond below. The port aileron and wing tip of my aircraft can be seen in the bottom right corner of the photo."
    Young
    World War Two
    WW2
    RNZAF
    RAF
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    air to air
    Spitfire
    Swann
  • 1999-058.24
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    Image from the Bryan Young personal collection. No. 81 Squadron (?) pilot sitting in the cockpit of a Spitfire. Unknown location. Bryan Young's information supplied "Red Weller, English April 1943."
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    RAF
    WW2
    World War Two
    Young
    No. 81 Squadron
    81 Sqn
    Spitfire
    Weller
  • 1999-058.21
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    Image from the Bryan Young personal collection. RAAF pilot sitting in the cockpit of a Spitfire in North Africa. Bryan Young's information supplied "Dave Hughes, Australian, in a Spitfire Mk IX on a landing ground somewhere between Maison Blanche base Algiers and Montesque airstrip in Tunisia."
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    RAF
    WW2
    World War Two
    Young
    RAAF
    Spitfire
    Hughes
  • 1999-058.22
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    Image from the Bryan Young personal collection. Sergeant pilot Bryan Young sitting in the cockpit of a Spitfire. Unknown location, believed to be in North Africa.
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    RAF
    RNZAF
    WW2
    World War Two
    Young
    Spitfire
    cockpit
  • 1999-058.20
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    Image from the Bryan Young personal collection. Bryan Young's information supplied "Pip Piper NZ pilot making a clown of himself in a Spit' Mk IX at Setif in Algeria"
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    RAF
    RNZAF
    WW2
    World War Two
    Young
    Piper
    Setif
    Algeria
    Spitfire
    cockpit
  • PR10074
    RNZAF
    RAF
    Flight Lieutenant CM Simpson (left) shaking hands with Squadron Leader RW Day (right), in front of No. 67 Squadron Spitfire JG567 RD-A "Mary Ann", at Akyab, Burma. CF249
    Burma
    RAF
    RNZAF
    WW2
    World War Two
    Spitfire
    Mary Ann
    nose art
    No. 67 Squadron
    67 Sqn
    Akyab
  • PR5354
    RNZAF
    Flying Officer P Grant in the cockpit of an RAF Spitfire. Unknown location in Burma or India.
    RNZAF
    RAF
    World War Two
    WW2
    Burma
    India
    Spitfire
    Grant
  • MUS980798
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    Image from the Reginald William Baker personal collection. No. 485 Squadron Spitfire BM642 OU-A, after a taxiing accident. Unknown location.
    Spitfire
    485 Sqn
    No. 485 Squadron
    RNZAF
    RAF
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    Baker
    BM642
    accident
  • MUS980799
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    Image from the Reginald William Baker personal collection. No. 485 Squadron Spitfire BM642 OU-A, after a taxiing accident. Unknown location.
    Spitfire
    485 Sqn
    No. 485 Squadron
    RNZAF
    RAF
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    Baker
    BM642
    accident
  • MUS980797
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    Image from the Reginald William Baker personal collection. No. 485 Squadron pilots wearing flying gear, standing near a dispersal hut, at RAF Station Westhampnett, England. L-R: Flying Officer Moorhead, Flight Lieutenant RW Baker, Sergeant White.
    Baker
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    RAF
    RNZAF
    Spitfire
    485 Sqn
    No. 485 Squadron
    Westhampnett
  • MUS980796
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    Image from the Reginald William Baker personal collection. Flight Lieutenant RW Baker (left) and Pilot Officer Ian Irvine DFM, standing in front of a No. 485 Squadron Spitfire. Unknown location.
    Baker
    Air Force Museum of New Zealand
    RAF
    RNZAF
    Spitfire
    485 Sqn
    No. 485 Squadron
    Irvine