Spitfire in Syria

Discussion in 'Biographies' started by Antipodean Andy, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. Antipodean Andy

    Antipodean Andy New Member

    A good mate of mine sent me this photo of his Uncle Butch (in fez) in front of his Spit "Thelma" in Syria in 1943. Barry, my mate, said Butch flew a number of other types including the Beaufighter and Beaufort and also spent a bit of time with 11 Squadron in India/Burma in late 1943 soon after they had re-equipped with Hurri IIcs. An interesting character indeed. Barry has Butch's complete service history so it'll be interesting to find out some more. In the meantime, enjoy this wonderful photo.

    The Spit appears to be a Mk V with tropical chin radiator.

    Another relative, Keith Frearson DFC, did 34 trips as a nav in Bomber Command.
  2. Golden Wattle

    Golden Wattle New Member

    Hi AA,
    From Syria to Burma....not bad, then where? ....will be interesting.

  3. Kyt

    Kyt Άρης

    It would be interesting to find which squadrons he was with, especially when in Syria.
  4. Heidi

    Heidi New Member

    The plane looks like an older type Spitfire!one of the earlier types.
    Those men must be the ground crew and onw pilot?
  5. spidge

    spidge Active Member

    Not a Spitfire pilot however this is the only RAAF lad that I have on my database as killed in Syria.


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