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PANTHER494
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« on: November 11, 2009, 02:06:05 PM »

looking for info on spitfire ix flown by tony gaze with 442 sqn during d-day.
it is said he was the first spitfire pilot to land in normandy?
i know the sqn used the y2k codes.
also looking for info on any other spits he flew during his service apart from 610sqn period which seems well documented.
for possible project on making a model of any of his spitfires.
many thanks
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Spits
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« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2009, 01:10:16 AM »

Was Tony Gaze Canadian or Australian?
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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2009, 01:16:04 AM »

Australian :-)
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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2009, 02:58:30 AM »

Tony Gaze (Brisbane, Australia): First posted to 610 Sqn, 1941 (Spitfire IIs and VBs; 3.5 kills):
616 Sqn (Spitfire VI) recorded VI's first kill, an Fw 190 of 4./JG 26 13 July 1942.  plus two more kills:
Posted to 64 Sqn as C/O. Did a very short ("controversial" [Price, '95]) tour before being 'rested'. The reason for the controversy was that Gaze was blamed for the loss of a number of 133(Eagle) Sqn Spitfire IXs and pilots over the English Channel whilst leading a Wing sortie, escorting B-17s, on 26 September '42. The loss was due to unanticipated high  winds, something for which Gaze could hardly be responsible. See 133 Sqn history, Pilot roster/casualties Three days later 133 Sqn was transferred into the USAAF as 336 FS, 4th FG.
Posted to 129 Sqn (Spitfire IX)  sometime in 1943, after stint as instructor on OTU. Shot down another Fw 190 and a 109G probable in August 1943 flying DV-A MA621
Posted to 66 Sqn. (Spitfire VB) September '43. Scored kill, but was shot down over France. Escaped back to England and was hospitalised
Posted to Air Fighting Development Unit (AFDU) January 1944. Surreptitously flew with 442 Sqn, 144 Wing (Johnnie Johnson) when he is reputed to have been the first pilot to land in Normandy - there is a photo of this landing...
Finally posted to 610 Sqn (Spitfire XIV) July '44; shot down Fw 190D-9, 1 Jan '45, Me 262 14 Feb '45
610 Sqn disbanded in March '45, Gaze posted to 41 Sqn, also on XIVs. April shot down Ju 52/3m while flying EB-E SM826, an Ar 234 shared (flying RB143), a shared Fw 19D-9 (SM826  EB-E) and an Fw 190D-9 on 30 April (SM823)
Post war posted to 616 Sqn, Meteor III.

(Info Alfred Price Late Marque[sic] Spitfire Aces 1942-1945 Osprey, 1995 pp. 85-86) Hope this helps.
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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2009, 12:55:57 PM »

Have a talk to Oscar Duck over at WIX or the Flypast forums.He knows Tony Gaze personally.
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« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2010, 02:32:19 PM »

Tony Gaze was Australian, biography recently published by Chevron Publishing. Author is Stewart Wilson. Book available on Amazon.com Title is Almost Unknown - a very good read and an amazing chap.
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