27 April 1944

Broom R R (Plt Off), Royal Air Force official photographer. Air Ministry Second World War Official Collection

Broom R R (Plt Off), Royal Air Force official photographer. Air Ministry Second World War Official Collection.

No. 132 Squadron with Commanding Officer Squadron Leader Alan Geoffrey Page (with map), and his Spitfire LF IX, Ford, 27 April 1944. Twenty-four hours earlier they were in the first offensive Spitfire operation between Aachen and Cologne.

Alan Geoffrey Page was born in Boxmoor on 16th May 1920. Shortly after the outbreak of World War II he joined the RAF and was posted to 66 Squadron, flying Supermarine Spitfires but was re-assigned to 56 Squadron with a Hawker Hurricane. He took part in the Battles of France and Britain, where he was shot down on 12th August 1940 resulting in terrible burns to his face and hands. He spent the next two years undergoing plastic surgeries.

Page became a founding member of the Guinea Pig Club. In late 1942 he re-joined operations  on No.132 Squadron, but volunteered for North Africa. In July 1943 he won his first DFC. Later he joined 122 Squadron as Flight Commander, before re-joining No.132 Squadron in January 1944 as Commanding Officer. On 29th April 1944 Page led his squadron to Deelen airfield, Holland, and attacked a Bf110 night fighter. The pilot of the Bf110 was Major Hans-Joachim Jabs, who survived. Page was promoted Wing Leader of 125 wing, and after another DFC he won the DSO at the end of 1944. Page had achieved 15 victories. He left the R.A.F. in 1948. Alan Geoffrey Page died 3rd August 2000.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s