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My name is Nicole Morley and my Great Uncle Arthur James Horrell was in the 443 squadron. I don’t know if my Great Uncle ever knew William Irvine Gould but I imagine he probably did. I’m doing some research on my Uncle and was wondering if there was anyone who had pictures or information about the 443 squadron or anything related to my Uncle.
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A comment made on my other blog about RCAF 403 Squadron, a blog I started in September 2011 when I first met Greg Bell whose grandfather was this Spitfire pilot.
How I met Greg is a very long story that you can read on the blog.
Walter Neil Dove was a Spitfire pilot with RCAF 403 Squadron. The 403 and the 443 were squadrons that were part of 127 Wing which was part of 2 TAF. TAF is Tactical Air Force.
Before September 2011, I knew nothing about the 403, the 443, the 127 Wing, 2 TAF, etc.
But I knew who was Johnny Johnson seen here with 403 pilots at the end of March 1945. Most of these pilots were identified.
I thought I knew a lot about WWII but I knew nothing about that RCAF Squadron. In fact nothing about any RCAF Squadrons.
So I started getting interested with all those precious pictures Walter Neil Dove’s grandson had kept. I told him we had to share those with everyone so people would remember not only Johnnie Johnson RAF top ace, but his grandfather and all his comrades-in-arms.
This is how I got to write more than 250 articles on RCAF 403 Squadron with people’s help and share hundreds of exclusive pictures and many untold stories.
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RCAF 403 Squadron blog grew some more in February 2012 with its spin-off RCAF 128 Squadron because Greg and I found out Walter Neil Dove was with that almost unknown squadron before being posted overseas.
Nicole, without suspecting anything, wrote that comment at the beginning on the RCAF 403 Squadron blog and she found someone passionate enough to tell all about RCAF 127 Squadron which became RCAF 443 Squadron.
No. 443 was originally known as No. 127 (F.) Squadron, one of several new fighter units formed in Canada as a result of Japan’s entrance into the war and the extension of German U-boat operations to the western shores of the Atlantic. It was originally planned to form No. 127 in April 1942, but the unit did not actually come into existence until the end of June, when Flt. Lt. W. P. Roberts was named commanding officer. Equipped with Hurricanes and Harvards, the squadron carried out training at Dartmouth until the middle of August. Then it moved to its “war station” at Gander, Nfld., where it completed a one-year tour of routine patrols on fighter defence of the great air base. As enemy raiders never appeared, most of the time was devoted to operational training varied with occasional searches for missing aircraft.
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