NORWEGIAN PILOTS SERVING WITH R.A.F. COASTAL COMMAND IN ICELAND FLY NORTHROP PLANES
Original wartime caption: The only float planes used by the R.A.F. belong to a squadron enitrely manned by Norwegian airmen who operatre from Iceland and patrol the Arctic waters. They play their part in the Battle of the Atlantic by hunting U-boats which attempt to make the passage from Norway, and in watching for surface raiders, which means monotonous patrols in all weathers entailing hard and skilful flying and often great physical discomfort. But they display all their national toughness. They have, too, the comfort of all the Coastal Command air crews on anti-submarine work - that although a U-boat is not seen and attacked on every patrol, that patrol has not been a waste of time and effort. One of the most important functions of air patrol is that it forces the submarines to stay submerged and thus cuts down their endurance, as their speed is much less when beneath the surface. Moreover, if the U-boats can be kept down long enough they may be forced to surface. Picture (issued 1942) shows - Aboard a high speed motor launch, R.A.F. look-out waits and watches, prepared to act in any emergency.