RCAF No 417Sqn 'City of Windsor' Squadron Crest
RCAF No 417Sqn 'City of Windsor' Squadron

RCAF No 417Sqn 'City of Windsor' Squadron Spitfire photographs

Aircrew RCAF 417Sqn personnel Goubrine airfield Tunisia April 1943 IWM TR830

Aircrew RCAF 417Sqn personnel Goubrine airfield Tunisia April 1943 IWM TR830

The Commander of No 417 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force works out the course for a sortie on the tailboard of a trailer which was used as an Operations Room at Goubrine.

Imperial War Museum IWM TR 830 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205188503

Aircrew RCAF 417Sqn personnel Goubrine airfield Tunisia April 1943 IWM TR835

Aircrew RCAF 417Sqn personnel Goubrine airfield Tunisia April 1943 IWM TR835

A pilot of No 417 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force climbing into the cockpit of his Supermarine Spitfire fighter at Goubrine.

Imperial War Museum IWM TR 835 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205188507

Aircrew RCAF 417Sqn pilot about to embark on a mission Goubrine Tunisia April 1943 IWM TR832

Aircrew RCAF 417Sqn pilot about to embark on a mission Goubrine Tunisia April 1943 IWM TR832

A pilot of No 417 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force climbing into the cockpit of his Supermarine Spitfire fighter at Goubrine.

Imperial War Museum IWM TR 832 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205188505

Aircrew RCAF 417Sqn pilots planning another mission Goubrine airfield Tunisia April 1943 IWM TR829

Aircrew RCAF 417Sqn pilots planning another mission Goubrine airfield Tunisia April 1943 IWM TR829

The Commander of No 417 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force works out the course for a sortie on the tailboard of a trailer which was used as an Operations Room at Goubrine.

Imperial War Museum IWM TR 829 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205188502

Aircrew RCAF 417Sqn pilots planning another mission Goubrine airfield Tunisia April 1943 IWM TR829a

Aircrew RCAF 417Sqn taxiing at Goubrine Tunisia IWM TR827

Spitfire LFVIII RCAF 417Sqn ANU JF880 01

Spitfire LFVIII RCAF 417Sqn ANU JF880 02

Spitfire MkIX RCAF 417Sqn ANL JG726 at Gabes Tunisia 19 Apr 1943 IWM TR1009

Spitfire MkIX RCAF 417Sqn ANL JG726 at Gabes Tunisia 19 Apr 1943 IWM TR1009

Supermarine Spitfire JG726 AN L of No 417 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force being cannibalized for parts at Gabes. The aircraft was scrapped after colliding with a Hudson during take off on 19 April 1943.

Imperial War Museum IWM TR 1008 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205188615

Spitfire MkVb RCAF 417Sqn ANV BR41x over the Tunisian desert 1943 01

Spitfire MkVb RCAF 417Sqn ANV BR41x over the Tunisian desert 1943 02

Spitfire MkVb RCAF 417Sqn ANV BR41x over the Tunisian desert 1943 03

Spitfire MkVbTrop RCAF 417Sqn ANT BR195 at Goubrine Tunisia Apr 1943 IWM TR823

Spitfire MkVbTrop RCAF 417Sqn ANT BR195 at Goubrine Tunisia Apr 1943 IWM TR823a

Spitfire MkVbTrop RCAF 417Sqn ANV ANW ANH ANU over Tunisia Apr 1943 IWM TR8286

Spitfire MkVbTrop RCAF 417Sqn ANV ANW ANT ANY ANH ANU over Tunisia Apr 1943 IWM TR845

Spitfire MkVbTrop RCAF 417Sqn ANV ANW ANH ANU over Tunisia Apr 1943 IWM TR845

Supermarine Spitfire Mark Vs of No 417 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force in loose formation over the Tunisian Desert.

Imperial War Museum IWM TR 845 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205188513

Spitfire MkVbTrop RCAF 417Sqn ANV and ANW over Tunisia Apr 1943 IWM TR8286

Spitfire MkVbTrop RCAF 417Sqn ANV ANW over Tunisia Apr 1943 IWM TR8286

Supermarine Spitfire Mark Vs of No 417 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force in loose formation over the Tunisian desert. The red propeller spinner was a theatre marking for day flying allied aircraft.

Imperial War Museum IWM TR 828 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205188501

Spitfire MkVbTrop RCAF 417Sqn ANW over Tunisia Apr 1943 IWM TR826

Spitfire MkVbTrop RCAF 417Sqn ANW over Tunisia Apr 1943 IWM TR826

Supermarine Spitfire Mark Vs of No 417 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force in loose formation over the Tunisian desert. The red propeller spinner was a theatre marking for day flying allied aircraft.

Imperial War Museum IWM TR 826 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205188500

Spitfire MkVcTrop RCAF 417Sqn ANQ an Italian farmhouse used as HQ near Lentini Sicily Aug 26 1943 01

Spitfire MkVcTrop RCAF 417Sqn ANT BR195 WH Pentland at Goubrine IWM TR872

Spitfire V RCAF 417Sqn ANT BR195 WH Pentland at Goubrine IWM TR872

Flight Lieutenant W H Pentland, of No 417 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, awaiting start up in his Supermarine Spitfire V (BR195/AN-T) at Goubrine.

Imperial War Museum IWM TR 872 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205188533

Spitfire MkVII c wing RCAF 417 ANH JF703 taking off at Canne Italy IWM CNA278

Spitfire MkVb RCAF 417 ANH JF70 taking off at Canne Italy IWM CNA278

Spitfire LF Mark VIII, JF70- AN-H of No. 417 Squadron RCAF, taking off from a newly-completed landing ground at Canne, Italy.

Imperial War Museum IWM CNA 278 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205209189

Spitfire MkVII c wing RCAF 417Sqn ANM JF627 Italy 1944 01

Spitfire MkVII c wing RCAF 417Sqn ANO Italy 1944 01

Spitfire MkVIII RCAF 417Sqn ANF Italy 1944 01

Spitfire RCAF 417Sqn ANY provide top cover for Allied bombers Tunisia May 1943 IWM TR857

Spitfire RCAF 417Sqn ANY provide top cover for Allied bombers Tunisia May 1943 IWM TR857

Supermarine Spitfire Mark Vs banking over Tunisia during a sortie to provide top cover for Allied bombers.

Imperial War Museum IWM TR 857 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205188521

Supermarine Spitfire MkVc Trop RCAF 417Sqn AN-L Italy 1943

Supermarine Spitfire PRIVT RCAF 417Sqn AN-T BR195 Tunisia 1943

Flight Lieutenant W H Pentland, of No 417 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, awaiting start up in his Supermarine Spitfire V (BR195/AN-T) at Goubrine. Goubrine Airfield is an abandoned military airfield in Tunisia, about 10 km south of Manzil Kāmil; 145 km south-southeast of Tunis

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Spitfire pilots of No. 417 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, planning another operation from their airfield at Goubrine in Tunisia, April 1943

Goubrine Airfield is an abandoned military airfield in Tunisia, about 10 km south of Manzil Kāmil; 145 km south-southeast of Tunis. Its last known use was by the United States Army Air Force Twelfth Air Force in 1943 during the North African Campaign against the German Afrika Korps. It was used by the following units:
HQ 51st Troop Carrier Wing, 24 July-29 August 1943
4th Troop Carrier Squadron (62d Troop Carrier Group) 25 June-7 September 1943 C-47 Skytrain
7th Troop Carrier Squadron (62d Troop Carrier Group) 26 July-6 September 1943 C-47 Skytrain
8th Troop Carrier Squadron (62d Troop Carrier Group) 28 July-7 September 1943 C-47 Skytrain
51st Troop Carrier Squadron (62d Troop Carrier Group) 2 July-6 September 1943 C-47 Skytrain
After the Americans moved out, the airfield was dismantled and abandoned. Today, the precise location of the field can not be determined, as agricultural use has erased all evidence of its existence.

Mk Vc flown by 417 Sqn out of Libya in 1943. History. No 417 (City of Windsor) Squadron Formed at Charmy Down on 27 November 1941, the squadron soon received Spitfires and began working up and was called to readiness on 12 February 1942, as part of Operation Fuller, the attempt to stop the Gneisenau and Scharnhorst sailing up The Channel. Later that month it moved to Tain in Scotland, but in March it was withdrawn from operations in preparation of a move overseas. Arriving in Egypt in June 1942 after a trip around the Cape, the pilots where initially attached to the Aircraft Delivery Unit, whilst the ground personnel serviced US Bombers in the Area. The squadron re-assembled on 6 September 1942, equipped with Hurricanes and immediately began defensive duties in the Canal Zone. In October, Spitfire began to arrive and by February 1943, it was fully equipped. It used these to carry out offensive patrols in support of the 8th Army advancing west and following the Allied victory in north Africa, the squadron moved to Luqa in Malta in July. From here it covered the invasion of Sicily, moving to the island itself on 13 July. It was now able to support the invasion of Italy, to where it moved in September. Following the Anzio landings, the squadron flew high level cover to the re-supply convoys. In June it returned to the 8th Army area of operations and continued to provide both fighter and close air support to the ground forces as they advanced northwards until the end of the war. It was disbanded at Treviso on 1 July 1945 Motto: Supporting Liberty and Justice Battle Honours Defence of Britain 1942, Egypt and Libya 1942-43, North Africa 1943, Sicily 1943, Italy 1943-45 Salerno Anzio and Nettuno Gustav Line Gothic Line

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    Web References: +

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