June 16, 1944

Mario Fernandez Luis Perez-Gomez
Builder: Mario Fernandez (MaRiO FDZ)
Model: 1/48 ICM Spitfire Mk.IX
Details: RCAF 443rd Sqn., Louis Perez Gomez
I hope Mario will read my blog one day and write a comment.
He paid homage to Luis with this model of Luis’ Spitfire.
It took the picture on this Website.
This is taken from Walter Neil Dove’s logbook when he was an instructor in Uplands.
Wally Dove was also paying homage to LAC Perez-Gomez.

11 thoughts on “June 16, 1944

    • All the Spitfires of 443 Squadron carried the code letters 2I with another letter after.

      I just wanted you to correct the information about that plane.

      A P-40 does not look like the plane you have.

      The caption should read…

      A Spitfire from RCAF 443 Squadron

  1. About the P-40…

    The RCAF used them a little but not that much.
    That’s another plane story I won’t go into.

    RCAF 403 (not 443) used them a little earlier in the war but the P-40 was not able to fight against the Luftwaffe in Europe so they switched to Spitfires. The P-40 was flown by the British in North Africa and they made good use of them.

    The P-40 was also flown by the Flying Tigers in China. They had to adopt new tactics against the nimble Japanese fighters. They used their speed and never started to dogfight with them.

    As a footnote…

    I love P-40s.

  2. Bonjour! Ce jour est arrivé!! I built that Spitfire back in 2005 or 2006. An article came out in the local newspaper about a Mexican pilot in Normandy in WW2. Me being Mexican, it immediately caught my attention and decided I would build it. Since he flew with the RCAF, he hasn’t received as much historic publicity as the other Mexican Squadron in WW2, the 201 unit out in the Pacific Ocean. I started doing some research and quickly I figured out Pérez-Gómez’s details. The picture was the best I could find back then. I also noticed it was 443rd Sqdn – I had already built McLeod’s Spitfire.

    The build currently rests in Corpus Christi, Texas. It is a permanent resident in the USS Lexington, the Aircraft Carrier turned Museum, on their model airplane exhibit. I plan to build another one in the future, and this time I will most definetely check out more info on your blog. Tu as beaucoup d’information très intéressantes sur le 443ème Squadron!

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