126 Squadron Spitfires

© Steve H Clark

The Forest of Dean, United Kingdom

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A Digital artwork depicting two spitfires of 126 Squadron in June 1944.
Spitfire Mk.IX, 5J-L, Pilot Warrant Officer L. Hinton ( R.A.A.F. ) crash land at USAAF base Upottery Field, 19th June 1944 with fuel transfer problems.
Spitfire Mk.IX, 5J-K, Pilot Johnny Plagis. Johnny Plagis took command of No. 126 (Persian Gulf) Squadron in June 1944. He chose 5J-K because of the large letter “K” on its tail (echoing his sister’s name which was also painted on the port side)
For some unknown reason, certain fighter units of the UK-based No 10 Group, Air Defence of Great Britain (ADGB), painted non-standard, narrower stripes on their aircraft (nine inches wide instead of the standard eighteen) and this was how the 126 Squadron Spitfires were marked.

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