What was R.C. Harris doing on this picture. He was a navigator/observer not a fighter pilot?
Was he visiting a friend from another squadron flying Hurricanes IIc?
His son Robert Harris had the answer with his chronology I posted last time.
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No.535 Squadron was one of ten Turbinlite squadrons formed on 2 September 1942 to operate a mix of searchlight-equipped Havocs and Hurricane fighters. The aim was for the Havoc to find an enemy bomber with its radar, then illuminate it with its searchlight, allowing a pair of Hurricanes to shoot it down. The initial scheme, using special Turbinlite flights and fighters from nearby fighter squadrons failed, partly because the fighters often failed to arrive. In an attempt to solve this problem the Turbinlite flights were turned into squadrons, and given both types of aircraft, but by the autumn of 1942 more suitable night fighters were entering service in significant numbers, and the Turbinlite squadrons were disbanded on 25 January 1943.
No.535 Squadron was formed from No.1456 Flight at High Ercall (Shropshire) and remained there until it was disbanded.
Location September 1942-January 1943: High Ercall
Squadron Codes: –
Duty September 1942-January 1943: Turbinlite Squadron
Richard Craig Harris joined 535 Squadron on 2 September 1942 to 21 January 1943. Aircraft types flown in: Havoc, Tiger Moth, Boston.
Turbinlite Havoc IWM image
RAF 535 Squadron
Mysterious Hurricane IIc? Not anymore…