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    Default 19 Squadron circa 1938/9

    I came across this photo in the wallet of a BOB pilot who transferred from 19 Squadron to 222 Squadron in 1940. I also am making a transcription of his diary for activity at 19 squadron where he was with Douglas Bader amongst others during April 1940 at Duxford. I am wondering if anyone can recognize the others in this rather blurry old picture. The wallet belonged to Geoffrey Charles Matheson 39363.


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    Howdie, Hi,
    The 1940’s winters were pretty severe (I was a young lad in ‘em!).
    Note the snow on the ground, the heavy Great-Coats, the Wellies & Sea-Boot Socks, and the scarves.
    And what was that trike u/c a/c behind the bloke (far left, and without a Great Coat)? Might be a Havoc (or similar) my 1940’s a/c recognition has disappeared into the memory Big Black Hole!!
    Interesting pic!
    HTH
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    Is it me? I can't see a picture but obviously Peter can. Anyone?

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    Hello Peter,

    It's been many years since we corresponded.

    I am putting together a document for the family about Geoffrey Matheson 39363 who was killed in 1943 with my wife's father. Included are the weather maps for the day they died which you so kindly sent me many years ago. Thank you.

    Geoff's brother, Bryan Matheson, the actor, died last year at the grand old age of 96. A few months earlier he had passed to my wife some of the things that he had kept from his dearly beloved brother including Geoff's diary for April 1940 with 19 Squadron at Duxford and that photo which I posted on Photobucket as a publicly available image. ( not sure why others cannot see it)

    I too was intrigued by the 'trike'.

    Best wishes,

    Howard

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    Bruce

    I couldn't see it on Firefox, but Safari can see the image (or a little blue box with a question mark, anyway), for some strange reason. I right clicked on the blue square, and selected 'open image in a new tab', and it's posted on Photobucket - here's a direct link:

    http://photobucket.com/gallery/user/...LmpwZw==/?ref=

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    Thanks Simon. I tried it in different browsers as well and no picture, link or icon is there for me. I would appreciate comments from anyone who can get past this (or has always been able to see the photo) before I pass it on to the broad techie shoulders of Jagan.
    The thread should not be hijacked but a bit of feedback is welcome.

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    Thanks all - Not quite sure what happened there - you type for a bit, post a reply and it gets blocked! I've also posted the picture to twitter. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DkGjZKBXsAEuuup.jpg:large Best,

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    Certainly looks like a Havoc to me, or one of that family (Boston/DB-7 etc.)
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    Peter, I think from the photo of Geoffrey Matheson that it was 1939/40 winter. He is wearing a Sergeant's coat, possibly not his own though. He went to 222 Squadron in June 1940 based at Kirton Lindsey then Hornchurch from where he was shot down on 30 August 1940 and crash landed at Sittingbourne. There is a scene of winter at Duxford in late December 1939 on the Imperial War Museum's blog re Duxford. http://blogs.iwm.org.uk/historic-dux...377.-small.jpg

    Best, Howard

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    Hello,

    According to this ref:

    Your IWM photo (IWM HU 2377), depicts 119881 Sgt Frederick Neal Robertson RAFVR* standing alone against a backdrop of 66 Squadron Spitfires at snow-covered Duxford airield in February 1940.

    * + 13-8-1943 MAC with B-17 at night near Norwich

    See:
    RAF Duxford A History in Photographs from 1917 to the Present Day.
    Smith,Richard C.
    London:Grub Street,2006.
    p.64

    Col.
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