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AOD72019 - Eagle Squadron Spitfires - 71, 121, & 133 Sqns

 The aircraft depicted in this collection are: 

71 Squadron
> AB875 / XR*X, Martlesham Heath, February 1942
aircraft nicknamed 'Little Joe' with Eagle Squadron motif nose art, P/O Joe Kelly. (pt.1)
 
> AB908 / XR*Y, Kirton-in-Lindsey, November 1941
P/O Carrol 'Red' McCoplin. (pt.1)
 
> AD196 / XR*Q, Martlesham Heath, February 1942
one of several squadron aircraft nicknamed 'Miss North Dallas' with Victor France originated Texas Flag nose art, various pilots. (pt.1)
 
> BL287 / XR*C, Martlesham Heath, March 1942
Sioux Chief's head motif nose art, P/O Leo Nomis. (pt.1)
 
121 Squadron
> W3711 / AV*H, Kirton-in-Lindsey, December 1941
P/O Richard Patterson (features neat gambler-theme "tail art" adjacent to serial number on port side). (pt.1)
 
> BM405 / AV*J, Southend, June 1942
aircraft nicknamed 'Barry', P/O "Barry" Mahon. (pt.2)
 
> BM581 / AV*P, Southend, July 1942
Uncle Sam's Hat & 13 stars nose art, P/O Bill Kelly. (pt.2)
 
> BM590 / AV*R, Southend, July 1942
aircraft nicknamed 'Olga', P/O Gilbert Halsey. (pt.2)
 
133 Squadron
> BM263 / MD*A, Kirton-in-Lindsey, April 1942
'Mine's a Bitter' nose art with Squadron Leader's rank pennant, S/L Eric Thomas. (pt.2)
 
> EN951 / MD*U, Biggin Hill, late summer 1942
P/O Don Blakeslee. (pt.2)
 The aircraft depicted in this set are:
> Canso A 9750 / DZ*A, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, 1942-43 - representative of a Consolidated-built Canso A in the Squadron's initial Eastern Air Command finish and markings scheme.
 
> Canso A 9754 / P, "MARY K", Wick, Scotland - U-1225 sunk but aircraft lost with some fatalities, 24 June 1944 - F/L Hornell's Victoria Cross action aircraft - one of the earliest Boeing Canada-built Canso As on squadron. Besides the VC, other awards as a result of this action included a DSO, 2 DFCs, 2 DFMs, and 2 MiDs.
 
 
> Canso A 9759 / W Reykjavík, Iceland - F/O Marshall & crew , U-300 damaged during extended Ubat, 4 August 1944.
 
> Canso A 9808 / O, Wick & Reykjavík - Hornell & others flew this early Canadian Vickers-production example extensively throughout 1944
 
> Canso A 9840 / J, "HAIRLESS JOE"- Reykjavík - a representative Canadian Vickers built attrition replacement aircraft (received after the June/July Ubat losses).
 
> Canso A 11090 / X, Reykjavík - late 1944 / early 1945 - representative of the late Canadian Vickers built, ASV polyplexer-equipped Canso As received during the last phase of the Squadron's ops from Iceland.
 
Bonus Options:
> Canso A 9767 / S, Reykjavík - F/O Cooke & crew, U-342 sunk, 17 April 1944 - action resulted in multiple DFC & MiD awards.
 
> Canso A 9816 / T, Wick - F/L MacBride & crew, U-477 sunk, 3 June 1944 / 9816 was also used by W/C Chapman & crew, U-715 sunk, 13 June 1944 - aircraft shot down during battle, with some fatalities. Action resulted in awards of a DSO, multiple DFCs, and a DFM.
 
> Canso A 9841 / A, Reykjavík & Wick - the squadron's first Ubat recorded while based outside of Canada, F/L Cunningham (U-boat escaped), 22 February 1944 - multiple DFC action / 9841 was also later used by F/L MacBride & crew, U-478 sunk (a shared victory), 30 June 1944, a triple DFC action.
 
> Canso A 9842 / B, Wick - F/O Sherman & crew, U-980 sunk, 11 June 1944, and again during U-480 Ubat on 13 June 1944 when the aircraft was shot down with the loss of all of the crew.
 

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