On This Day…February 24th
These first three photos were taken in an English scrapyard, full of Luftwaffe wrecks, on February 24th, 1942.
Valentine Mk III tank of ‘A’ Division (17/21st Lancers) which was captured during Operation Torch in November 1942 and used by the Germans until it was knocked out at Kasserine Pass 24th February, 1943.
“This situation was not in the training manual”
The following two photos are actual mission reports of Sgt Douglas Hicks (first on the left, below) after a bombing mission on 24th February, 1945.
24th February, 1941; RAF Brewster Buffalo at the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment, Wiltshire, England during a display of new aircraft types acquired from the USA. This Buffalo (AS426) was one of 33 aircraft from a Belgian contract which was taken over by the British following the German invasion of Belgium – most were passed to the Fleet Air Arm.
During ‘research’ (lounging on the sofa looking at photos) I found this beautiful photo of a Buffalo. I might need to build and paint this…
Carrying on the theme of Luftwaffe wrecks, this Dornier was shot down in Westcott, England, on 24th February 1942. Two of the crew died and two managed to parachute, being captured at a nearby Inn.