Middle East Central Gunnery School, EI Ballah, Egypt 5t/Jul/43-
Using mainly the Hurricane IIB and Spitfire VB, Desmond flew up to 4 sorties a day. After completing his own course there, he stayed on as an instructor alongside his course flight commander, the Canadian ace Flt. Lt. James Francis “Eddie” Edwards DFC DFM, eventually succeeding him as Flight Commander just before his posting ended on the 14th September.Ten days later he reported to boukir for “Test and Despatch” duties.
Test & Delivery Duties, 103 Maintenance Unit Aboukir, Egypt 15/Sept/43 -
Desmond finished test flying in early November and took a series of flights across North Africa, before boarding a Dakota for Sicily then, via Bari, on to Foggia in Italy to rejoin 601 and begin his second tour on operations.
Above: 24/May/43. Spitfire Mk VCs peeling off over Cap Bon Tunisia during a sortie to provide top cover for Allied Bombers. IWM (TR857)
Above: April 1942, three notable pilots of 112 Sqn Left to right: Flt. Lt. Derek Fitzgerald “Gerry” Westernra (RNZAF); Flg. Off. Neville F. Duke (RAF); Flt. Lt. P. H. “Hunk” Humphreys. IWM (CM2504).