Details about RAF WW2 111 SQDN ldr 1942 NORTH WEALD PHOTO ALBUM etc SPITFIRE ACE KILLED RARESee original listing
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|Seller notes:||“vg historical items highly recommended orig collection must read”|
|Era:||1914-1945||Country/ Organization:||Great Britain|
|Conflict:||World War II (1939-1945)|
A RARE WW2 BATTLE OF FRANCE / BRITAIN ERA STORY-- FOR SALE OTHER LOCATIONS -- ENCOMPASSED IN A FIANCES PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM ----- SUIT PUBLICATION AND FURTHER RESEARCH
S/Ldr George F. BROTCHIE - 39708.
At least one of the photographs shows him in the company of the Czech pilot who caused the accident !
Brotchie RAF Commanding Officer -- Sqdn leader 73 & 111 PRE /POST BATTLE OF BRITAIN
KILLED DEBDEN 1942
FEATURED IN BRITISH PROPOGANDA PUBLICATIONS !
SPITFIRE NIGHT FIGHTER PILOT OVER LONDON
A Very Interesting Album of Second World War Personal Photographs and Ephemera Relating to Squadron Leader Frank Brotchie RAF, who was killed 14th March 1942. The photographs include him at work, play and convalescence; also a volume of The Royal Air Force at War (in which he is featured), a silver sweetheart brooch, a cap badge and VR badges etc
Photographs of him were used in official RAF recruiting posters and in an exhibition entitled "Opportunity for Hero Worship" at the Grafton Galleries in London. The above items belonged to his fiancé Miss Edna May Spark who is pictured in the album and from whom a telegram to North Weald congratulates him on his appointment to CO 111 Sqdn plus announcments death etc . He was just 25 !
Approx 30 photographs large and small see ruler for dimensions by album
One of the lesser known episodes in the operational history of the Spitfire is its use as a night fighter. During the winter 1941/1942 it was feared that the night Blitz of the year before might be repeated in 1942. During 1941, the Hurricane was deployed by several squadrons for night duties, proving largely indifferent as the night fighter but having some success in the night intruder role. For interception duties, higher performance was required and therefore a decision was made to convert some of the Spitfire Mk. V squadrons to night fighting duties.
The Nos. 111, 65 and 41 Squadrons were assigned for the new role. The aircraft were repainted in night camouflage and the units commenced training in night flying and interception during winter 1941/1942.
It was envisaged that the Spitfires would be gradually vectored to their targets by searchlights pointing in the direction of flight. At the right moment, the searchlights would also need to keep the bomber illuminated so that the fighter's pilot could open fire. This tactics received a code name Smack.
Like the contemporary Turbinlite concept, the Smack tactics was short-lived. After three months' flying it was apparent that the idea of using Spitfires at night would render only meagre results at the cost of prohibitive accident rate. Of all RAF combat aircraft, the Spitfire was perhaps the most difficult to fly at night because of the poor visibility over the nose and the necessity of flying a curved landing approach. The pilot was virtually blind during the final stages of the landing and the problem was exacerbated by the narrow-track undercarriage. The latter combined with massive torque of the engine posed also a severe problem on night take-offs. As one of the pilots put it: ""If you were flying the Mosquito you had two engines, so you had no swing on take-off. It was balanced. In a Spitfire there’s one engine and torque going one way. It scared the shit out of you. The first time you took off you didn’t know where you’re going, the swing was terrific and had to be corrected right away"
THIS ILLUSTRATION/ DIAGRAM OF SPITFIRE IS FOR INFO ONLY TO SHOW HOW WELL DOCUMENTED THIS UNIT IS TODAY //IT IS NOT PART OF THE LOT FOR SALE
In January 1938, no. 111 Suqadron had the distinction of becoming the first Hurricane squadron of the RAF Fighter Command. The Squadron flew as part of both Nos 11 and 12 Groups during the Battle of Britain and replaced its Hurricanes with Spitfires in April 1941
WATSONS COLLEGE OBITUARY
Frank Brotchie, Squadron Leader, Royal Air Force, and only son of Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Brotchie, formerly of Calcutta, was born on 2nd July 1916, and was a pupil at Watson's from 1922 to 1926, when he proceeded to Dundee High School. His Studies were continued with distinction at Dundee Technical College. Joining the R.A.F. in 1937, he quickly won promotion and became an ace fighter-pilot, serving with the Advanced Air Striking Force in France, where he was wounded. After convalescence he resumed flying as an instructor. He was later posted to a fighter squadron and was promoted to the rank of Squadron Leader in September 1941. He met his death in England in March 1942 at the age of twenty-five
The 73 Sqdn photo in France can be identified as
Pilots of No. 73 Squadron RAF grouped round the Duty Office dugout at Rouvres. Standing in the dugout entrance, wearing a balaclava, is Pilot Officer E J "Cobber" Kain, later to achieve distinction as the first Allied 'ace' of the War.
Standing in a line on the roof are (left to right) :
Sgts Perry and Winn became the Squadron's first casualties when they were both shot down and killed north-east of Metz on 22 December 1939 by Messerschmitt Bf 109s of III/JG53.
Shot down ( baled out with injuries ) in 1940 by German Ace Lippert see details
Wolfgang Lippert was born on 14 September 1914 at Fraureuth in the Werdau region of Sachsen. He joined the Luftwaffe and, following fighter pilot training, was posted to I./JG 134 “Horst Wessel”. On 15 March 1937, Oberleutnant Lippert was transferred, as a founding member, to I./JG 53 based at Wiesbaden-Erbenheim. Lippert gained his first aerial victories during the Spanish Civil War flying with the Condor Legion. Leutnant Lippert was assigned to 3. Staffel of J 88. He amassed five victories in this conflict between the middle of 1938 and March 1939, receiving the award of the Spanienkreuz in Gold mit Schwerten. Following his return to Germany, Lippert was appointed Staffelkapitän of 3./JG 53 on 1 May 1939. He led the unit during the French campaign. He claimed his first victory of World War 2 on 30 September 1939, when he shot down a French Morane fighter in the Wissembourg area. Hauptmann Lippert was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG 27 on 4 September 1940. He gained five victories with the unit over England during the Battle of Britain, all RAF fighters. He was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 24 September after 13 victories gained in World War 2. Lippert was to lead II./JG 27 in the invasion of Russia, after a brief sojourn in the Balkans. Lippert had compiled 25 victories, including his Spanish Civil War victories, by the time the Gruppe was relocated to North Africa at the end of September 1941. He claimed two RAF P-40 fighters and a Wellington twin-engine bomber shot down on 22 November to record his 27th through 29th victories. On 23 November 1941, after shooting down a RAF Hurricane fighter, Lippert’s Bf 109 F-4 (W.Nr. 8469) was hit in the engine while engaged with Curtiss P-40s and Blenheim bombers. In baling out of his stricken aircraft, he broke both his legs when he struck the vertical stabiliser. He landed behind British lines, was captured and taken to a hospital in Egypt. Both legs became infected and required amputation. He died from an embolism after the operation without regaining consciousness. Some sources indicate that Lippert was shot down by the Australian ace Clive Caldwell (28.5 confirmed, 6 probable and 15 damaged victories) of 250 Sqn, RAF.
Victories : 30