Typical of the hard days in September 1940 a lone Spitfire of 616 Sqdn has found a height and sun advantage on the group of Bf 109s. Based at Kenley 616 was in the thick of the Battle of Britain from mid August onwards, however within two weeks the Squadron had lost over half it’s pilots (4 killed, 5 injured and 1 pow) and it was withdrawn to Yorkshire to reform. 616 was credited with 15 confirmed ’kills’ and 6 probables in this very short period.
The squadron went on to find further fame as the first operational jet squadron with Meteor 1 aircraft in July 1944. The Luftwaffe formed it’s first jet squadron, as a trials unit with the Me 262, in the same month!
|Camera:||Canon EOS 20D |
|Lens:||24.0-60.0 mm |
|Recording media:||JPEG (digital)|
|Date Taken:||16 Sep 2010 - 6:27 PM|
|Lens Max Aperture:||f/2.8|
|Exposure Mode:||Aperture-priority AE|
|Flash:||Off, Did not fire|