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Squadron Leader Moreton Pinfold I took command of 56 Squadron at North Weald on the 24th August 1940. Both the previous flight commanders had been shot down before my arrival so the omens weren't good. My first five days as Squadron Leader were intense to say the least. I flew 14 sorties - three of them in one day and with only eight operational pilots available. After a week of this the Squadron was so depleted we had to rebuild taking in pilots from Poland and Czechoslavakia.
A still from camera-gun film taken from a Supermarine Spitfire Mark I flown by the Commanding Officer of No. 609 Squadron RAF, Squadron Leader H S Darley, as he opens fire amongst a formation of Heinkel He 111s of KG 55 which have just bombed the Supermarine aircraft works at Woolston, Southampton.
Four pilots of No 92 Squadron RAF based at Manston, Kent, pick through the wreckage of a Junkers Ju 87B, which they shot down while it was attempting to attack a convoy in the English Channel. The Squadron Commander, Squadron Leader J A Kent, who led the section, examines a fire extinguisher at far left.