This is an impressive list of pilots - a huge effort of research. I am most grateful for you adding my father (I've just added some photos), and discovering the aircraft numbers he flew. This latter information is not in the flying logs (just the aircraft designation letter - 'E', 'G' etc.). I can now complete that part. I have several photos of your father, and Hodge and Dad in Italy which I can forward if you wish.
Thank you for adding Blag (Blagdon Cecil Britton, 145 Squadron DAF)! I have only just found this site and now my spare time is directed towards locating images to add to the Spitfire page and 'missing' pilots. Your example is inspiring!
All the very best.
Hello Kevin !
Regarding Anthony John Adrian Bryan, would you have more details ? Because Ive some for you !
by: Paul Beadle
Pilot & Spitfire reunited 44 years later2021-06-24 14:41:52
Kevin, thankyou for your hard work, I stumbled across details for my father, James Laurie Beadle. I posted some photos which include a reunion of him with his Spitfire (JXU) from 1989! He had flown the plane whilst with No.1 Squadron & it had eventually ended up as a sentinel outside an RAF base in Northants. Base commander enquired in the Spitfire Magazine if anyone knew of its history? My father thought that JXU looked familiar, looked it up, it had been his plane. I posted a pic of him with it in 1945 at Tangmere (JXU tail is extreme left, my father hands on hips in front row looking at squadron dog) and one of him at the reunion. The Base Commander invited him to the base to reunite him & his "kite", & gave him a good lunch where he spent a couple of hours answering questions on WW2 for current pilots. Needless to say he was overwhelmed!
Hi Kevin, Found you while researching family member Ralph Farmer that you have added here. Wondering the connection to your research?
by: Marnix Alexander de Paula Lopes
542 SQ pictures2022-01-18 09:19:34
Dear Kevin. I saw you added a picture of Robert Bernard Farmer and also a plane. Of the 12 planes he flew, my father [Derrick Hendry de Paula Lopes] flew 10! I was wondering if you might have more pictures, perhaps of the whole SQ 542 or other planes? firstname.lastname@example.org With reagrd, Marnix Alexander de Paula Lopes