Bio / Text:
Service No: 198805
Authorised to wear flying badge 18 February 1944
First flew SPITFIRE V on 10 May 1944, 73 OTU. His logbook lists five SPITFIRES by OTU number but not serial number. They are listed as: 22, 31, 48, 49, 54. Others are listed as shown with one exception. SPITFIRE V 'EE359' is listed twice: but is not recorded on this database. (ES359, perhaps? RAF records show EE359 as a MkIII Meteor...)
Joined No5 RFU in Aug '44
Blagdon Cecil BRITTON joined 145 Squadron (Loreto) on 28 August 1944. First Op on 30 Aug 'Sector recce' (SPITFIRE VIII JF838).
Flew from Fano from 2 Sep '44 (SPITFIRE VIII). Log entry for 16 Sep '44 (re: SPITFIRE JF810) states "2 D.H. on A/C R/T and hydraulics U/S belly landed base." JF810 is possibly the aircraft pictured with damaged prop and cannons removed.
Flew from Bellaria from 2 Dec '44 (SPITFIRE VIII and SPITFIRE IX)
Flew from Treviso from 3 May 1945 - took part in the Desert Air Force fly past on 28 May
Commissioned on 11 May 1945: Officer's number - 198805
Joined 237 (Rhodesia) Squadron in October 1945: flying first from Rosignano then Lavariano. Converted from Spitfire to Mustang on 19 October
Joined 93 Squadron in January 1946