Pilot Profile - Ray Harington
Service No: *****
603 squadron was a famous Battle of Britain squadron. Post the Battle it had
spells in Scotland, back to Souet England, and Malta. In June 1942, 603's ground
crew were posted to Cyprus as a servicing unit.
In February 1943 the unit moved
to Egypt; Bristol Beaufighters and crews arrived to begin convoy patrols and
escort missions along the African coast. After a few months sweeps over German
held islands in the Aegean and off Greece began.
Ray Harington and his navigator Bert Winwood joined the squadron during this
period and had their first solo op during the night of 2nd / 3rd September,
attacking transport shipping, and Ray remembers the heavy flak that greeted
them. Despite his later flying experiences with Mosquitos, Ray remembers with
fondness the Beaufigher - with rugged construction, the single seat cockpit and
two big engines out front the craft felt solid and safe.
The squadron was disbanded in December 1944; Ray and Bert returned to England
and were posted to Banff in January 1945, swapping the sun of Alexandria for the
snows and winds of Banff.
Click here to see Ray
Harington's diary from 1945.
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