Message from Nicole whose Great Uncle was Arthur James Horrell…
My Great Uncle Arthur is located on the right hand side backrow top of the picture. His hat is tipped. He is behind the man holding a hat in his hands.
Hope this helps.
I think the pilot was holding gloves, but that’s beside the point.
Arthur James Horrell is not just a name on a headstone anymore.
The Canadian Virtual War Memorial
- Service Number: J/21413
- Age: 24
- Force: Air Force
- Unit: Royal Canadian Air Force
- Division: 443 Sqdn.
Son of Herbert John and Anna Horrell, of Windsor, Ontario, Canada; husband of Shirley Edith Horrell, of Windsor, Ontario.
That picture was found on this site.
About 443 Squadron
No 443 (Hornet) Squadron
Originally formed as No 127 Squadron RCAF as a fighter unit in July 1942, it operated along the East Coast of Canada until late 1943, when it was selected for overseas service. Arriving in Britain on 8 February 1944, it was redesignated No 443 Squadron at Bournemouth and was soon based at Digby, together with No’s 441 and 442 Squadrons.
Working up on Spitfire Vs, the squadron received Spitfire IXs the following month and became operational. From then until the invasion in June the squadron carried out deep penetration missions using 90 gallon drop tanks. During the landings themselves, the squadron provided low level fighter cover and on 15 June it moved onto the continent.
It was now heavily involved in ground attack sorties and continued to move forward in order to maintain its close air support of the ground forces. Having returned to Warmwell for an air-firing course the squadron missed the Luftwaffe’s New Years attack on Allied airfields. Unlike its two fellow squadrons, it did not return to Britain, but stayed on the continent, following the Allied armies advance into Germany. With the end of the war the squadron joined the British Air Forces of Occupation until disbanding at Utersen on 15 March 1946.
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