A WW2 R.A.F. pilot's survival story…

823 Squadron Over The Glorious

823 Squadron over the "Glorious" in 1938

823 Squadron over the "Glorious" in 1938

Taken during fleet exercises in March 1938. On the outbreak of war, this torpedo spotter reconnaissance Swordfish squadron embarked from Dekheila, Egypt to HMS Glorious in search of enemy shipping in the Indian Ocean and Red Sea.  The author, Wing Commander Garlick served on 802 Squadron attached to the Glorious before the war.  HMS Glorious was sunk by the German battleships Gneisenau and Scharnhorst in the Norwegian Sea on 8 June 1940, having been recalled from Malta for the defence of Norway. Half of 823 squadron were lost.  Only two on-board pilots survived who were picked up in life rafts three days later.  The remainder of 823 were stationed at Hatston, on the Orkney Islands.

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2 responses

  1. Another great shot, I think this is the link which google used to get me to your site. I was researching Dekheila whilst reading Carrier Pilot.

    March 18, 2017 at 10:17

    • This shot may have been a press photo as the print was 6 x 8 in. It would have been shot with something like a Speed Graphics which used 5 x 4 inch slide film delivering very high quality prints.

      March 18, 2017 at 10:45

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