'' SPITFIRE Mk.Ia ''
"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few"
Battle of Britain 70th Anniversary
Robert Doe joined the Royal Air Force in January 1939 and in November he was posted to No. 234 Sqn, a Spitfire squadron, at RAF Leconfield. From the moment he received his first Spitfire Doe insisted on having the identification letter ‘D’ for Doe and indeed 90% of his combat flying was in an aircraft identified with a ‘D’. During the Battle of Britain 234 Sqn were deployed to Middle Wallop where Doe flew initially with ‘B’ flight. On August 17th he took delivery of newly delivered Spitfire X4036 and moved to fly as wingman to the CO of ‘A’ flight, where he remained until he transferred to 238 (Hurricane) Sqn on 27th Sept 1940. By the end of August Doe had already achieved ‘Ace’ status and he ended the Battle of Britain as one of Britain’s top scoring pilots with a total of 14 kills and 2 shared. He was awarded the DFC in October 1940 and received a bar a month later. In 1945 he was awarded the DSO. Bob Doe survived the war and remained with the RAF until 1966 by which time he had achieved the rank of Wing Commander. He then ran a successful garage business. Sadly, Bob Doe passed away in February this year aged 89, this model serves as a reminder of the heroism shown by Doe and all the brave RAF staff during the dark days of 1940.
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- Spitfire Mk.Ia - Royal Air Force X4036, pilot Officer Robert Doe, No.234 Squadron, Middle Wallop, August 1940.