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RAF No.602 Sqn, L1004, Alexander Johnstone, RAF Tangmere, England, Battle of Britain, August 1940
The now legendary Supermarine Spitfire needs no introduction. It is quite simply one of the most iconic aircraft in the world. L1004 was flown by Squadron Leader Alexander Sandy Johnstone, CO of No. 602 Squadron. During the early parts of the War, the Squadron performed defensive duties in Scotland, however, in August 1940 the Squadron moved south to join the Battle of Britain in the skies over Southern England. They went on to have a truly remarkable record during the battle â scoring the second highest toll of enemy aircraft! Their performance is aptly summed up in a message from HQ11 Group.
'Group Commander sends warmest congratulations to 602 Squadron on their magnificent combat at midday when they destroyed eight fighters and shot down two others without loss of pilots or aircraft creating a record for months past'