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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:- Colin Campbell KANE, "Paddy", 122503 RAFVR, Pilot (May 1943 Jan 1944);
Centre:- W/Cdr William Taylor RUSSELL, 39341 RAF, Pilot and Commanding Officer of 462 Squadron (July 1943 – Feb 1944);
Right:- Edward Peter LANDON, "Pete", 49062 RAF, Pilot (Feb 1943 Jan 1944).

 

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; the Australian War Memorial; and Thomas Latham Archives.

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, with list of names.

 

Pages yet to be created for Pilot KANE and Crew.
If you can assist with photos or information, please make contact.

 

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 mid-1943 – on 30 April 1943 permission was granted for the removal of the Mid Upper and Front turrets of 462 Squadron's Halifax II aircraft. The last Op with Mid-Upper Gunner listed was on 12 June 1943.
Location – Solluch (January to mid-February 1943); or Gardabia Main (mid-February to early May 1943); or Hosc Raui May – Sept 1943); but probably not Terria (Oct – Dec 1943), but probably Hosc Raui.
Front row, number 6 from left, wearing Officer's cap, possibly W/Cdr William Taylor RUSSELL (462 Squadron Jul 1943 – Feb 1944; see also photo at top of page).
Front row, number 5 from left, hands on crossed leg, was named as S/Ldr W R KOFOED by the authors of book "To See the Dawn Again". Their photo caption also included "A Flight at Benghazi, June 1943" (perhaps meaning Hosc Raui?). However KOFOED's grand-daughter (and her father, KOFOED's son) have confirmed that it is not KOFOED (462 Squadron Sept-Oct 1942; and again Feb-Oct 1943).
Front row, number 5 from left, hands on crossed leg, possibly F/O or F/Lt William Charles Ernest CRAIG (462 Squadron Feb-Oct 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).

 

 

Kofoed and crew 01
Photo from the Australian War Memorial collection, ID MEA0514

AWM caption: crew and Halifax of 14 Squadron, 1942 - which should be 462 Squadron, 1943.

Above, L - R: 1. not named, 2. DOAK; 3. TURNER; 4. SCOTT; 5. KOFOED; 6. not named.

DOAK (Feb-Nov 1943) and TURNER (Feb-Aug 1943) were from the LANDON crew. SCOTT (Jan 1943 - KIA 18 Aug 1943) was from the BIRMINGHAM Crew; KOFOED (Feb-Oct 1943) second posting.

From these postings, the photos were taken sometime after Feb 1943 and before 18 August 1943; but not December 1943.

DOAK, TURNER, and SCOTT had never flown with the KOFOED Crew; so it appears that the photo was for publicity or morale purposes, with KOFOED at rank of S/Ldr, and extras called in order to make a "Crew", with Nav, and MU/AG or B/A not named.

 

Kofoed and crew 02
Photo from the Australian War Memorial collection, ID MEC0534

AWM caption: Dec 1943, Terria, Halifax and crew of 462 Squadron.

After some research, the identification is as follows .......
Above, L - R: 1. not named,
2. Leonard Charles DOAK 408568 RAAF (Tail Gunner);
3. Charles Kenneth TURNER 954184 RAFVR (Wireless Operator);
4. Albert Arthur SCOTT 16890 RAAF (Flight Engineer);
5. William Robert KOFOED 404380 RNZAF (Pilot);
6. not named. (Please contact if you can identify 1 or 6)

Above, left and two below - all 4 photos from Laurence Craddock Le Guay collection at the AWM. Also included are individual portraits of each man, with 4 of the 6 identified in their photo (MEA0515 KOFOED; MEA0516 SCOTT; MEA0517 TURNER; MEA0518 DOAK; MEA0537 not named, 1, left; MEC0571 not named, 6, right). Location Gardabia Main or Hosc Raui

AWM identified F/Sgt G D TURNER 15340 UK; however pages of a photo album once belonging to F/Sgt Charles Kenneth TURNER 954184 RAFVR (later PO, FO, and F/Lt 178994) shows the same group photo MEA0514 (left), as well as the Le Guay portraits MEA0515 of KOFOED; and MEA0517 of TURNER.)

 

Kofoed and crew 03
Photo from the Australian War Memorial collection, ID MEC0536

AWM caption: Dec 1943, Terria, Halifax and crew of 462 Squadron.

Above, L - R: 1. not named, 2. DOAK; 3. TURNER; 4. SCOTT; 5. KOFOED; 6. not named.

The Halifax in the distance has not been identified by Serial or Letter code, even at high magnification of all 3 photos; nor has the Halifax and rear turret used as photo background.

 

Kofoed and crew 04
Photo from the Australian War Memorial collection, ID MEC0572

AWM caption: 1943, Terria, Halifax and crew of 462 Squadron.

Above, L - R: 1. not named, 2. SCOTT; 3. KOFOED; 4. TURNER;
5. DOAK; 6. not named.

The Halifax used as "photo frame" has not been identified by Serial or Letter code. Note also the vehicle visible in the background, to the right.

 

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 (white shirt), 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.
DOAK (of LANDON crew) is front row, centre, white shirt.

 

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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