RAF No 64 Squadron emblem
RAF No 64 Squadron

RAF No 64 Squadron Spitfire photographs

Aircrew RAF 64Sqn RNZAF WV Crawford Compton at Kenley Surrey IWM CH5064

Aircrew RAF 64Sqn RNZAF WV Crawford-Compton at Kenley Surrey IWM CH5064

Pilot Officer W V Crawford-Compton of No 485 (New Zealand) Squadron RAF, sitting in the cockpit of his Supermarine Spitfire Mark VB, "Samson", at Kenley, Surrey. At the time this photograph was taken, Crawford-Compton had shot down 3 enemy aircraft. He joined No. 611 Squadron RAF as a flight commander in August 1942, and in December 1942 was given the command of No. 64 Squadron RAF, which he led until July 1943. After promotion to Wing Commander Flying at Hornchurch he lectured on tactics in the USA, returning to operations in April 1944 in command of No. 145 (Free French) Wing of the 2nd Tactical Air Force. His final total was 21.5 victories and, having been awarded the DSO and Bar and DFC and Bar, he became the most highly-decorated New Zealand fighter pilot of the war.

Imperial War Museum IWM CH 5064 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205210161

Hurricane Vb RAF 64Sqn SHZ BM476 and SHN at Hornchurch Essex IWM CH5756

Hurricane Vb RAF 64Sqn SHZ BM476 and SHN at Hornchurch Essex IWM CH5756

Spitfire Mark VBs of No. 64 Squadron RAF in revetments at Hornchurch, Essex. The nearest aircraft, (probably) BM476 SH-Z Atchashikar, was flown by the Squadron’s Commanding Officer, Squadron Leader W G G D Smith.

Imperial War Museum IWM CH 5756 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205126929

Spitfire IX RAF 64Sqn at Fairlop airfield in Essex IWM TR513

Spitfire IX RAF 64Sqn at Fairlop airfield in Essex IWM TR513

A Supermarine Spitfire Mark IX of No 64 Squadron, Royal Air Force undergoing an engine overhaul just outside a blister hangar on the north side of Fairlop airfield in Essex. The aircraft had been pushed outside the hangar for the photograph.

Imperial War Museum IWM TR 513 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205188365

Spitfire IX RAF 64Sqn at Fairlop airfield in Essex IWM TR514

Spitfire IX RAF 64Sqn at Fairlop airfield in Essex IWM TR514

A Supermarine Spitfire Mark IX of No 64 Squadron, Royal Air Force undergoing an engine overhaul just outside a blister hangar on the north side of Fairlop airfield in Essex. The aircraft had been pushed outside the hangar for the photograph.

Imperial War Museum IWM TR 514 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205188366

Spitfire IX RAF 64Sqn at Fairlop airfield in Essex IWM TR516

Spitfire IX RAF 64Sqn at Fairlop airfield in Essex IWM TR516

A Supermarine Spitfire Mark IX of No 64 Squadron, Royal Air Force undergoing an engine overhaul just outside a blister hangar on the north side of Fairlop airfield in Essex. The aircraft had been pushed outside the hangar for the photograph.

Imperial War Museum IWM TR 516 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205188369

Spitfire IX RAF 64Sqn SHA at Fairlop airfield in Essex 2 Nov 1942 IWM CH7730

Spitfire IX RAF 64Sqn SHA at Fairlop airfield in Essex 2 Nov 1942 IWM CH7730

A Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX of No 64 Squadron RAF, the first unit of Fighter Command to be equipped with the type, taxying before take-off at Fairlop, Essex, 2 November 1942.

Imperial War Museum IWM CH 7730 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205210282

Spitfire IX RAF 64Sqn SHV BR600 at Fairlop airfield in Essex IWM TR517

Spitfire IX RAF 64Sqn SHV BR600 at Fairlop airfield in Essex IWM TR517

A few words from a fellow pilot before the engine-start of Supermarine Spitfire Mark IX, BR600 `SH-V', of No 64 Squadron, Royal Air Force at Fairlop airfield in Essex.

Imperial War Museum IWM TR 517 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205188370

Spitfire MkIa RAF 64Sqn SHW Roberts K9964 shot down Calais France 14th Aug 1940

Spitfire MkI factory fresh P9450 Apr 1940 later RAF 64Sqn IWM HU103970

Spitfire MkI factory fresh P9450 Apr 1940 later RAF 64Sqn IWM HU103970

Spitfire Mk I P9450 in flight, April 1940.

Imperial War Museum IWM HU 103970 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205224608

Spitfire MkI factory fresh P9450 Apr 1940 later RAF 64Sqn IWM HU104743

Spitfire MkI factory fresh P9450 Apr 1940 later RAF 64Sqn IWM HU104743

Spitfire Mk I P9450 in flight, April 1940.

Imperial War Museum IWM HU 104743 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205224609

Spitfire MkI factory fresh P9450 Apr 1940 later RAF 64Sqn IWM HU104745

Spitfire MkI factory fresh P9450 Apr 1940 later RAF 64Sqn IWM HU104745

Spitfire Mk I P9450 in flight, April 1940.

Imperial War Museum IWM HU 104745 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205224604

Spitfire MkI factory fresh P9450 Apr 1940 later RAF 64Sqn IWM HU104746

Spitfire MkI factory fresh P9450 Apr 1940 later RAF 64Sqn IWM HU104746

Spitfire Mk I P9450 in flight, April 1940.

Imperial War Museum IWM HU 104746 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205224605

Spitfire MkI factory fresh P9450 Apr 1940 later RAF 64Sqn IWM HU104747

Spitfire MkI factory fresh P9450 Apr 1940 later RAF 64Sqn IWM HU104747

Spitfire Mk I P9450 in flight, April 1940.

Imperial War Museum IWM HU 104747 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205224606

Spitfire MkI factory fresh P9450 Apr 1940 later RAF 64Sqn IWM HU104748

Spitfire MkI factory fresh P9450 Apr 1940 later RAF 64Sqn IWM HU10474

Spitfire Mk I P9450 in flight, April 1940.

Imperial War Museum IWM HU 104748 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205224607

Spitfire MkI RAF 64Sqn at Kenley England 18th Aug 1940 01

Spitfire MkI RAF 64Sqn SHS scrambled at Kenley 15 Aug 1940 IWM HU54420

Spitfire MkI RAF 64Sqn scrambled at Kenley 15 Aug 1940 IWM HU54420

Pilot of No. 64 Squadron RAF running towards his Supermarine Spitfire Mark 1A as the Squadron is scrambled at Kenley, 10.45 am, 15 August 1940.

Imperial War Museum IWM HU 54420 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205059586

Spitfire MkVb RAF 64Sqn SHB at Hornchurch Essex IWM CH5753

Spitfire MkVb RAF 64Sqn SHQ AAxxx Normandy 1944 01

Spitfire MkVb RAF 64Sqn SHS SHV after landing at Hornchurch Essex May 1942 IWM CH5780

Spitfire Vb RAF 64Sqn JA Plagis and AJ Hancock at Hornchurch Essex IWM CH10464

Spitfire Vb RAF 64Sqn JA Plagis and AJ Hancock at Hornchurch Essex IWM CH10464

Flight Lieutenant J A Plagis and Flying Officer A J Hancock of No. 64 Squadron RAF, standing in front of a Supermarine Spitfire Mark V at Hornchurch, Essex. They had, between them, shot down 16 enemy aircraft in the air battles over Malta in 1941 and 1942.

Imperial War Museum IWM CH 10464 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205210411

Spitfire Vc RAF 64Sqn AA873 at Boscombe Down Wiltshire IWM ATP9857B

Spitfire Vc RAF 64Sqn AA873 at Boscombe Down Wiltshire IWM ATP9857B

Spitfire Mark VC, AA873 Manchester Air Cadet, at the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment at Boscombe Down, Wiltshire, shortly before conversion to a Mark IX. It subsequently served with No. 64 Squadron RAF.

Imperial War Museum IWM ATP 9857B https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205127142

Spitfire Vc RAF 64Sqn SHH at Hornchurch 7 May 1942 IWM CH5772

Spitfire Vc RAF 64Sqn SHH at Hornchurch 7 May 1942 IWM CH5772a

Spitfire Vc RAF 64Sqn SHH at Hornchurch 7 May 1942 IWM CH5772

This image is part of a sequence of five photographs taken on 7 May 1942 at Hornchurch, and later released by the Ministry of Information to illustrate a typical offensive operation. In the bright spring sunshine, a No 64 Squadron Spitfire VB is readied for another sortie.

Imperial War Museum IWM CH 5772 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205219409

Spitfire MkI RAF 64Sqn SH-K Plt Off James O'Meara P9554 Kenley, August 1940

Supermarine Spitfire RAF 64Sqn at Kenley, England August 18, 1940 01

Photo 01: Another of Rolf von Pebal's photographs taken from one of the low flying Do-l7s of 9./KG76 during the 18 August attack on Kenley in which the airfield was seriously damaged. In this view, a Spitfire of 64Sqn is seen parked unattended and exposed to attack in a blast pen on the northern edge of the airfield perimeter.

Spitfire MkI RAF 64Sqn SH-W P/O Roberts K9964 shot down Calais France 14th Aug 1940

Photo 01: well published photo of Spitfire MkI RAF 64Sqn SH-W P/O Roberts K9964 shot down Calais France 14th Aug 1940. Roberts became a POW and was most likely shot down by 1./JG26 pilot Eberhard Henrici for his second victory

Spitfire Mk Ia P9554 flown by Plt Off James O'Meara of No 64 Sqn, Kenley, August 1940. While flying P9554 on 12 and 15 August 1940 O'Meara destroyed three enemy planes, two Bf 109E's and a Ju 88 and further damaged three He 111s. By the end of the war he had achieved 11 and 2 shared destroyed, 1 unconfirmed destroyed. 4 probably destroyed, 11 damaged and 1 shared damaged. On 16 August the CO of No 64 Sqn Donald McDonald (9 destroyed, 1 shared destroyed, 3 unconfirmed destroyed, 1 probably destroyed and 7 damaged) flew this aircraft and claimed one Bf 109E destroyed another as a probable and a third as damaged and also claiming a shared destruction of a He 111 and another one damaged over Kent. When on his way back to Hawkinge McDonald was jumped by a 109 and was forced to bail out of P9554.

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    Magazine References: +

  • Airfix Magazines (English) - http://www.airfix.com/
  • Avions (French) - http://www.aerostories.org/~aerobiblio/rubrique10.html
  • FlyPast (English) - http://www.flypast.com/
  • Flugzeug Publikations GmbH (German) - http://vdmedien.com/flugzeug-publikations-gmbh-hersteller_verlag-vdm-heinz-nickel-33.html
  • Flugzeug Classic (German) - http://www.flugzeugclassic.de/
  • Klassiker (German) - http://shop.flugrevue.de/abo/klassiker-der-luftfahrt
  • Le Fana de L'Aviation (French) - http://boutique.editions-lariviere.fr/site/abonnement-le-fana-de-l-aviation-626-4-6.html
  • Le Fana de L'Aviation (French) - http://www.pdfmagazines.org/tags/Le+Fana+De+L+Aviation/
  • Osprey (English) - http://www.ospreypublishing.com/
  • Revi Magazines (Czech) - http://www.revi.cz/

    Web References: +

  • History of RAF Organisation: http://www.rafweb.org
  • History of RAAF: http://www.airpages.ru/eng/ot/raaf_01.shtml
  • Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/

 

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