P7666, flown by S/Ldr Donald O. Finlay, CO of No. 41 Squadron,
RAF Hornchurch, Great Britain, November 1940
Donald Finlay was a famous British athlete. He was the European champion in the 110 metre hurdle in 1938. He won the bronze medal at the
1932 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, and the silver medal at the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin, both in the 110m hurdle event.
After the war, he was British team captain at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, where he was chosen to take the Olympic Oath. He joined
the RAF in 1935. He led No. 54 Squadron in the Battle of Britain, and he was shot down over Ramsgate on August 28th and was wounded.
After recovering, he took command of No. 41 Squadron and he achieved four kills during the BoB. His aircraft here illustrates the camouflage
scheme and markings of Fighter Command aircraft in late 1940 and early 1941. The black painted (Night) left wing, Sky fuselage band and Sky
spinner were ordered by the Air Ministry on November 27th, 1940.
INFO Eduard - July 2021