JF476, No. 92 Squadron, Triolo, Sicily, November 1943
Originally No. 92 Fighter Squadron fighting in WWI
was cancelled in August 1919. On October 10, 1939
a squadron bearing the same number was established. It was first equipped with Bristol Blenheims.
Right at the beginning of year 1940 it got Spitfires,
which were fighting above Dunkerque and also
fought in the Battle of Britain. In February 1942 the
squadron was sent to Africa where it served against
German and Italian armed forces. After the fights in
Africa terminated, the squadron fought above Malta
and Sicily, later the squadron served above Italy. The
squadron was disbanded on December 30, 1946, in
Austrian Zeltweg. During WWII it reached the highest
number of shot downs of the enemy aircraft among
the RAF Wings, 317 victories over the enemy aircraft.
No. 92 Squadron aircraft had a Desert Scheme Camouflage. This consisted of Dark Earth and Middle
Stone colours on the top surfaces, the undersides
were painted in Azure Blue colour. The colour of the
letters of coding of the squadron could not be clearly
determined, various sources state blue and red. Both
sides of the fuselage bore Desert Air Force sign.
308th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Group, Castel Volturno, Italy, 1944
308th Fighter Squadron was armed with P-39s and
P-40s. The performance of these fighters was not
enough to keep up with German opponents, which
led to a relatively quick rearmament to Spitfires
Mk.V. The Spitfires were used by 31st Fighter Group in
a two-month heavy fights above northern France.
Later the group was transferred to Gibraltar to use
the base for take offs for Algeria as part of the disembarkation of the Allies in North Africa (Operation
Torch). What followed were the fights against the forces of the Axis in North Africa. In May 1943 the 308th
Fighter Squadron received Spitfires Mk.VIII, which
were than used in the fights above Sicily and Italy.
In March 1944, the Spitfires were replaced by P-51
Mustangs, which were used by 308th Fighter Squadron pilots till the end of war.