ROYAL AIR FORCE OPERATIONS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA, 1939-1943.
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Operation TORCH: the RAF commences operations from Maison Blanche, Algeria, following its capture on the morning of 8 November 1943. In the foreground lie kit bags dumped by No. 3201 Servicing Commando, who marched eight miles to the airfield after disembarking at 'Charlie' Beach, and who can be seen re-arming and servicing the Supermarine Spitfire Mark Vs of No. 322 Wing RAF which arrived in the afternoon. Note the discarded long-range 'slipper' fuel tanks used by the Spitfires in their flight from Gibraltar.
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