ROYAL AIR FORCE OPERATIONS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA, 1939-1943
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Curtiss Kittyhawk Mark I, AK772 'GA-Y' "London Pride", of No. 112 Squadron RAF is prepared for a sortie at Gambut Main, Libya. The ground crew can just be seen assisting the pilot to strap himself into the cockpit. The aircraft is carrying a 250-lb GP Bomb, fitted with a surface-burst impact fuse, under the fuselage. Note also the plugs placed in the exhaust stubs to keep the desert sand out. AK772 was lost on a ground attack mission near Bir Hacheim on 30 May 1942; its Australian pilot, Pilot Officer H G Burney, was killed.
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