ROYAL AIR FORCE FIGHTER COMMAND, 1939-1945.
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Squadron Leader J G Sanders, poses on Supermarine Spitfire LF Mark IXB, MH819 "Red Rose III", at Squires Gate airport, Blackpool, Lancashire, before flying it to Biggin Hill, Kent, to join No. 485 Squadron RNZAF. The photograph was taken on the occasion of the presentation of three Spitfires ("Red Rose II, III and IV") to the RAF by the Lancashire Constabulary at Squires Gate. Sanders was a noted fighter pilot himself, having shot down 16 enemy aircraft (5 of them at night) between 1939 and 1941.
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