3 Squadron RAAF



Tomahawk IIB AK354


This was one of five 3 Sqn aircraft which initiated operations against the Vichy French in Syria on June 8th 1941.
Six Morane Saulnier fighters were destroyed on the ground, for no losses, during a dawn raid on Rayak airfield.

This photograph was taken before AK354 had been repainted for service in the desert.


From: 'The P-40 Kittyhawk in Service' by Geoffrey Pentland - Larger Image



Tomahawks at Rayak


Tomahawk IIBs of 3 Squadron RAAF at Rayak, Lebanon during the Summer of 1941.


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Imperial War Museum - Larger Image


Tomahawk IIBs of 3 Squadron RAAF in flight over Syria, Summer 1941.


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Imperial War Museum



Flying Officers Turnbull and Saunders with two of 3 Squadron's Tomahawk IIBs at Rosh Pinna, Palestine.


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A fine portrait of Peter Turnbull.

He was killed during a ground attack sortie on August 27th, 1942 while commanding
76 Squadron, RAAF in New Guinea. He was credited with a total of twelve victories.


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Tomahawk IIB AK382
'Tindian'


This ship was flown by Flt.Lt. Tom Trimble from LG 109 in the desert. Trimble was shot down
in this aircraft on December 13th, 1941. He was able to effect a successful forced landing despite
being virtually blinded in the combat, was rescued by some Arabs and eventually returned to 3 Sqn.


From: 'The P-40 Kittyhawk in Service' by Geoffrey Pentland - Larger Image



Tomahawk IIB AN343


Sgt. Rex Wilson (in coveralls) seen after a fight on November 25th, 1941; he claimed three enemy destroyed
and two more damaged. Wilson was eventually credited with eight victories before being killed in action.


From: 'The P-40 Kittyhawk in Service' by Geoffrey Pentland - Larger Image



Hawks of Amariya


Kittyhawk IAs of 3 Squadron RAAF at Landing Ground 91, Summer of 1942.


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Imperial War Museum - Larger Image



Squadron-Leader Robert 'Bobby'Gibbes, C.O. of 3 Squadron RAAF, at LG 91, Egypt shortly after receiving the DFC.


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This Kittyhawk was the mount of Flt.Lt. Louis Thomas Spence, who later attained the rank of Wing
Commander and was killed in action during the Korean War while flying Mustangs with 77 Squadron.


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This 3 Squadron Kittyhawk carries the requisite wing-sitter whose job it was
to help navigate through the billowing dust clouds kicked up by the taxiing aircraft.


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Across the Med

F/Lt. Arthur Dawkins with his Kittyhawk II CV-B, serial FS449. Next in line is CV-<>, serial FS482.


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Bombing-up Kittyhawk IIs of 3 Squadron in Sicily, July 1943.


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