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Ross Paton
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Jack Satchell

November 26, 2022 · in Aviation · · 9 · 0.8K

Friend of mine's Grandfather was S/Ldr. W A J Satchell (

He gave me access to the log books for which I am extremely grateful and he has given me permission to share them here.
I have built two Hurricanes for him. One - WX-L- seems to have been flown a fair bit in BOB. The kit in the box has decals for 302 Polish Squadron, but for a period after Satchell had been posted away. I had to revert to proper BOB scheme. The other is a Malta night fighter based at Taquali when he was there. Malta was so chaotic I have no idea if he flew this. His logbooks give no id. Not even a Squadron letter. He did fly a few Night missions though.

The Malta scheme isn't what's on the box but I wanted to vary it a bit.

These are Hesegawa based kits. I had to get Vaccform canopies in order to open them.On reflection I wish I'd bought the Airfix Mk 1.
Eduard cokpit detailing. Tamiya paints.
Decals haven't settled yet on the Malta kit.

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9 responses

  1. Fantastic both of them, Ross! What a tribute!

  2. Two great looking Hurricanes !

  3. Excellent builds, Ross @ross4
    Both do look perfectly fine.
    It must have been amazing to go through those log books and see what happened back then.

  4. Interesting histories and nice Hurricanes.

  5. Thanks for looking and kind comments. Yes, it's always good to have a story attatched to a build. All the better if you know someone with a story!

  6. Great story! Log book looks impressive! Nice to see Hurricane from 302 polish squadron!

  7. Nicely done builds! The logbooks are amazing!

  8. Great pair of Hurricanes - well done! Always interesting to review log books - I have my dads from Vietnam.

    • Yes it's fascinating. Families are not always ok about sharing. I'm glad Jack's have been. I once read a vet saying "combat's for enduring. Not for sharing" which was pause for thought.

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