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What I posted came from a retired RCAF pilot ...

September 12 2017 at 8:45 PM
Mark Allen M  (Login MarkAllenM)
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Response to Boundary Bay, in 1943. Perhaps a Canadian can respond

Perhaps he mean't 135 instead of 133 therefore the original photos I posted are correctly titled.

"Although this image below was taken in Lethbridge Alberta in late 1942-early 43, it was one of the No. 133 Fighter Squadron Hawker Hurricanes that made an historic trip to Boundary Bay Feb.1943. Boundary Bay had been re-designated a Home War Defense Station and No. 133 was tasked with protecting the Air space of the Greater Vancouver Area from possible attack from Japanese Forces. The Squadron made the trip non stop from Lethbridge and by the time they reached Boundary Bay they were "sucking fumes", recalled Pilot Officer McGowan. "We had no fuel left, not even enough to circle the aerodrome and so we landed in Squadron Formation of three at a time, all twelve aircraft. As far as I know it was never done before or since, (during WW2), as it was very dangerous, if someone screwed up it would be catastrophic."

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Below 135 Squadron Hurricanes at RCAF Station Patricia Bay near Victoria, BC around the time they left for Annette Island.1943

135 Squadron Hurricanes at RCAF Station Patricia Bay near Victoria, BC around ther time they left for Annette Island.1943



    
This message has been edited by MarkAllenM from IP address 24.4.84.232 on Sep 12, 2017 8:56 PM


 
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