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RAAF 462 Squadron, Middle East Command

 

C C Kane 21579 RAF, W/Cdr William Taylor Russell 39341 RAF, and E P Landon 49062 RAF, all of 462 Squadron, Middle East Command, 1943.
Photo from The Aviation Heritage Museum of Western Australia.

Above, left:- C C Kane, "Paddy", 21579 RAF, Pilot;
Centre:- W/Cdr William Taylor Russell, 39341 RAF, Pilot, and Commanding Officer of 462 Squadron, August 1943 – February 1944;
Above, right:- E P Landon, "Pete", 49062 RAF, Pilot.

 

462 Squadron was formed on 6 September 1942, in Middle East Command. The squadron was based in various locations in Egypt and Cyrenaica (Libya). It was disbanded on 01 March 1944.

Due to inquiries received and interest in 462 Squadron during its life in the Middle East Command, this page of photos has been created. Many of the people shown in the following group photos are not named, so if you can assist with identification and location, please make contact.

The photos were received from The Aviation Heritage Museum of Western Australia, and thanks also go to the RAAFA Bull Creek, WA.

Link to identified crews of 462 Squadron in Middle East Command.

Link to Cemeteries and Memorials for 462 Squadron personnel who served in Middle East Command, and list of names.

 

Group of 462 Squadron personnel at Fayid, Egypt, late 1942, including Thomas Latham, 570482 RAF.
Thomas Latham Archives, with permission of Mark Sewell.

Above: Group of 462 Squadron personnel at Fayid, Egypt, late 1942.

Back row: 14 men, all unidentified.
Middle row: 15 men; 1. kneeling, no ID; 2 – 6 seated no ID; 7. Robert George Albert BURGESS 403601 RNZAF; 8 – 15 no ID.
Front row: 10 men; 1 – 7 no ID; 8. Thomas LATHAM 570482 RAF; 9 – 10 no ID.

In the middle row, numbers 8, 9, and 10 seem to be high ranking Officers, based on the stripes on their shoulder epaulettes.
BURGESS was the Observer for the KENNY Crew in late 1942, previously of 10 Squadron; and was identified by his son Martyn Burgess.
LATHAM was Flight Engineer for the KOFOED Crew in late 1942, and previously of 76 Squadron, and was identified by his grandson Mark Sewell. A smaller version of the original photo with aircraft, may be seen on the Kofoed Crew page.
The identification of both BURGESS and LATHAM confirm that the photo is after the merger of 10 Squadron and 76 Squadron, to create the new 462 Squadron in early September 1942. Only 38 men of various crew positions and different rank, so possibly one Flight (?).
All operationally expired aircrew were posted from 462 Squadron on 10 December 1942, and returned to the UK. The squadron was then temporarily non-operational, pending arrival of fresh air crew . Please make contact if you can assist with identification.

 

462 Squadron, Middle East Command, Halifax and personnel.
Photo from The Aviation Heritage Museum of Western Australia.

462 Squadron, Middle East Command, Halifax and personnel.

Those wearing wide brim 'slouch hats' are most likely Aussies in the RAAF.
Note the presence of the front turret, which dates the photo as being prior to mid-April 1943, when permission was granted for the removal of the Mid Upper and Front turrets of 462 Squadron's Halifax II aircraft.
Location – either Solluch (January to mid-February 1943); or Gardabia Main (mid-February to early May 1943).
Front row, number 6 from left, wearing Officer's cap, may be W/Cdr William Taylor RUSSELL (see also photo at top of page).
Front row, number 5 from left, hands on crossed leg, named as S/Ldr W R KOFOED by the authors of book "To See the Dawn Again". However it looks more like F/O or F/Lt W C E CRAIG (S/Ldr in October 1943). Please make contact if you can assist with identification.

 

462 Squadron, Middle East Command, Halifax and squadron personnel.
Photo from The Aviation Heritage Museum of Western Australia.

462 Squadron, Middle East Command, Halifax and squadron personnel.
Those wearing wide brim 'slouch hats' are most likely Aussies in the RAAF.
The absence of a Front Turret dates this photo as being after mid-April 1943, or at least in the second half of 1943.
Location – either Hosc Raui (late May to September 1943); or Terria (October to December 1943).

 

462 Squadron, Middle East Command - Officers, and Mess staff.
Photo from The Aviation Heritage Museum of Western Australia.

462 Squadron Officers, and Mess staff.

 

462 Squadron, Middle East Command - Aircrew Soccer Team ready for a Fancy Dress soccer match.
Photo from The Aviation Heritage Museum of Western Australia.

462 Squadron Aircrew Soccer Team, ready for a Fancy Dress soccer match.

 

462 Squadron, Middle East Command - squadron Rugby Team, late 1943.
Photo from The Aviation Heritage Museum of Western Australia.

462 Squadron Rugby Team, late 1943, perhaps before a match.

 

462 Squadron, Middle East Command - squadron Rugby Team, late 1943, after the match.
Photo from The Aviation Heritage Museum of Western Australia.

462 Squadron Rugby Team, late 1943, perhaps after a match.

Some of the same faces can be recognised in the photos above and left, but names are not yet known.

 

462 Squadron, Middle East Command - squadron Aussie Rules Team, late 1943.
Photo from The Aviation Heritage Museum of Western Australia.

462 Squadron Aussie Rules Team, late 1943.

The same photo as above, also appears in "To See The Dawn Again" on page 48 with names listed as follows ..... (quote) .....
Rear: Hosking, Houston, Atcheson, Anderson, Baker, Greene, Cargeig (Captain).
Centre: Goode, Henshall, Gallaford, McPherson, Chaston, Brydson, Dalziel.
Front: Connell, Polson, Brodie, Doak, Lout, Croote, McMahon, Skipworth.

 

462 Squadron, Middle East Command - squadron Aussie Rules Team, late 1943.
Photo from The Aviation Heritage Museum of Western Australia.

462 Squadron Aussie Rules Team, late 1943.

Some of the same faces can be recognised in the photos above and on the left. There seems to be a mix of aircrew and ground crew – some of the names listed are included in Ops, but not others.

 

462 Squadron, Middle East Command - Cast of "Aladdin" - December 1943.
Photo from The Aviation Heritage Museum of Western Australia.

462 Squadron personnel in the Cast of "Aladdin" – December 1943.

 

462 Squadron, Middle East Command - squadron personnel - December 1943.
Photo from The Aviation Heritage Museum of Western Australia.

462 Squadron personnel celebrating – December 1943.

 

A scan of the 1943 Christmas Menu for 462 Squadron at Terria, was added to the Hogan Crew page, for the website renewal on 06 November 2018. The family of the crew's Bomb Aimer James Angus Ward, have the original menu with the Christmas theme artwork. The Menu details have been transcribed, as have bombing targets listed.

 

A scan of the reverse of 1943 Christmas Menu (462 Squadron, Terria) was added to the Hogan Crew page, for the website renewal on 06 November 2018. There are over 30 original signatures of personnel from 462 Squadron, many of whom would be in the photo above. Names have been transcribed, with other identifying details.

 

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