In Defence of Britain
Overall size: 25½” x 13½”
By Philip E West
two Spitfire pilots.
Flying Officer T W (Terry) Green was trained by the United States Army in Georgia and Alabama. He was awarded his wings in March 1942 and joined 501 Sqdn at Middle Wallop later that year. He was posted overseas when 501 were rested in Northern Ireland. He joined 232 Sqdn in North Africa in March 1943 and stayed with them through Tunisia on to Malta to cover the invasion of Sicily and then on to Sicily to cover the invasion of Italy at Salerno. The Sqdn then flew their Spitfires some 2,500 miles to the north of Syria on the Turkish border to cover what Churchill called the invasion of “the soft underbelly of Europe”. Since this was aborted they moved us back to Corsica to cover the invasion of the south of France at Frejus. They stayed in France until September 1944 where the Sqdn was disbanded after handing over their Spitfires to the Free French Air Force.
Finally, Terry was posted to 1675 Heavy Conversion Unit at Abu Sueir, Egypt for fighter affiliation duties with aircrews converting from twins to B24 Liberators.
He was demobilised in June 1945 and carried on as a weekend flyer in the RAF Volunteer Reserve at Woodley and Fairoaks until 1952.
If you recall the film “Reach for the Sky” featuring Kenneth Moore – Alec was the pilot who actually flew the Spitfire sequences in place of Kenneth Moore!
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