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Details about  RAF WW2 111 SQDN ldr 1942 NORTH WEALD PHOTO ALBUM etc SPITFIRE ACE KILLED RARE

RAF WW2 111 SQDN ldr 1942 NORTH WEALD PHOTO ALBUM etc SPITFIRE ACE KILLED RARE See original listing
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vg historical items highly recommended orig collection must read

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Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
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Seller notes: vg historical items highly recommended orig collection must read
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Photographs

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Air Force

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

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S/Ldr George F. BROTCHIE - 39708.

'Wee Brotch' joined 111 Squadron in April 1941, becoming CO on 11 September. On 14-3-42 the squadron was operating from Debden, taking part in Wing practice. Two sections had got airborne, and Brotchie was leading the third onto the runway when his No 2, the Czech Sgt Zadrobilek*,( in R7192 ), inexplicably opened up and ran hard into the leader who was in BL429. Both Spitfires burst into flames with Brotchie being killed and the sergeant badly burned. The 111 record for the day notes that the Czech was, unlike so many of his tearaway companions, an excellent, and careful pilot, who had served with the squadron for a considerable time with no accidents. Brotchie was buried in his home town of Dundee.

At least one of the photographs shows him in the company of the Czech pilot who caused the accident !
 See:
The History of 73 Squadron. Part I, 1917 to November 1940.
Minterne,Don
Dorchester,Tudor Pubs.,1994.
p.196

 

 

 

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
** Squadron Leader Frank Brotchie joined the RAF in 1937 and served in France with the Advanced Air Striking Force. He was responsible for shooting down an Dornier in Battle of France --  was wounded in  France .After his recovery, a Squadron leader he  and then went on to serve in a Fighter squadron. 73  and 111 ..(CO )

 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



Supermarine Spitfire Mk. VB
111 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Debden, Essex
March 1942
Pilot: Squadron Leader G.F. Brotchie (Squadron Commander)

 

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.
The officers grouped around him are (clockwise from Kain):

  • Flying Officer R E Lovett
  • Pilot Officer P V Ayerst
  • Pilot Officer J G "Tubs" Perry
  • Flying Officer N "Fanny" Orton
  • Pilot Officers G F Brotchie
  • A B "Tommy" Tucker
  • "Smooth" Holliday.
  • Holliday's left can be seen the head of a Greek journalist who was visiting the Squadron

Standing in a line on the roof are (left to right) :

  • Sergeants R M Perry
  • L J W "Humph" Humphris
  • B Speake
  • D A Sewell
  • G H Phillips
  • J Winn
  • Pilot Officer E "Henry" Hall (Squadron Adjutant)
  • Sergeants C N S Campbell
  • S G Stuckey.

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
Hauptmann

Wolfgang Lippert

    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.
    Wolfgang Lippert was credited with 30 victories. His score included five victories gained during the Spanish Civil War and four victories claimed over the Eastern front.
 

No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
15.7.1938
-
I-153. J/88Spain
2
23.7.1938
-
I-163. J/88Spain
3
14.8.1938
-
I-163. J/88Spain
4
4.10.1938
-
I-163. J/88Spain
5
29.12.1938
-
I-153. J/88Spain
6
30.9.1939
14:45
Morane3./JG 53Büdingen
-
7.4.1940
-
Hurricane3./JG 53Near Thionville / not confirmed
7
7.4.1940
12:50
Spitfire3./JG 53SW Diedenhofen / Hurricane of 73 Sqn RAF flown by P/O GF Brotchie, baled out, wounded
8
10.5.1940
13:55
Curtiss Hawk3./JG 53SE Metz
9
14.5.1940
19:30
Wellington3./JG 53Sedan
10
15.5.1940
16:13
Bloch 1513./JG 53S Charleville
11
20.5.1940
18:35
Curtiss Hawk3./JG 53Noyon
12
3.6.1940
14:20
Spitfire3./JG 53S Paris
13
9.6.1940
14:50
Curtiss Hawk3./JG 53Proult
14
16.8.1940
18:00
Spitfire3./JG 53-
15
26.8.1940
17:35
Spitfire3./JG 53Portsmouth
16
2.9.1940
8:55
Hurricane3./JG 53-
17
7.9.1940
19:05
SpitfireStab II./JG 27London
18
17.9.1940
16:48
HurricaneStab II./JG 27Maidstone
19
25.10.1940
13:05
HurricaneStab II./JG 27London
20
25.10.1940
13:06
HurricaneStab II./JG 27London
21
1.11.1940
9:15
HurricaneStab II./JG 27Canterbury
22
22.6.1941
4:15
I-15Stab II./JG 27S Knyszyn
23
22.6.1941
4:18
I-17Stab II./JG 27NW Wizna
24
25.6.1941
-
SB-3Stab II./JG 27N Njemenczin
25
25.6.1941
12:15
DB-3Stab II./JG 27SW Wilna
26
23.10.1941
9:30
HurricaneStab II./JG 27S Bug Bug / Hurricane of 1 Sqn, SAAF flown by Lt Mackenzie
27
22.11.1941
10:20
P-40Stab II./JG 27S Ain el Gazala
28
22.11.1941
16:30
P-40Stab II./JG 27NW Bir Hacheim / Tomahawk of 112 Sqn, RAF or 3 Sqn, RAAF
29
22.11.1941
16:45
WellingtonStab II./JG 27Bir Hacheim / Wellington of 109 Sqn, RAF
30
23.11.1941
12:25
HurricaneStab II./JG 27S Bir Hacheim / Hurricane of 229 or 238 Sqn, RAF

Victories : 30
Awards : Ritterkreuz (24 September 1940)
Units : JG 134, J/88, JG 53, JG 27

 

 

 

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