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Out Of The Blue
Spitfire FY-F was flown by the Commanding Officer of 611 Squadron, Sqn Ldr Hugo Armstrong. Armstrong scored a victory in this aircraft on 2nd November 1942, bringing down an Fw190. With a total of nine victories, he was awarded the DFC in May 1942, and the Bar to the DFC in January 1943, before being shot down and killed over the English Channel in Feb, 1943.Hugo Armstrong was the nephew of Captain Hugo Throssell of the 10th Light Horse Regiment, who won the VC at Gallipoli during WW1. He was born in Perth on 9th June 1916, and joined 257 Sqn RAF. Summer 41 - Posted to 129 Sqn with the rank of Pilot Officer. 21 Sep 41 - Over Le Touquet destroyed one Bf 109E.14 Mar 42 - Flying Spitfire, escorting Bostons attacking shipping at the port of Le
Sqn Leader Hugo Armstrong DFC - Spitfire Mk. lX
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Harve, destroys one Bf 109F one mile off Fecamp.In April 1942 he was promoted to Flight Lieutenant and posted to 72 Sqn RAF.27 May 42 - During a sweep near Fecamp probably destroys one Bf 109Armstrong was awarded the DFC in July 1942, he was one of three pilots who simultaneously shot down three seperate enemy aircraft. In September 1942 he was promoted to Squadron Leader, then later that year in November he was posted to 611 Sqn RAF as Commanding Officer. At twenty six years old he was the first Australian J.A.T.P. trainee to command an RAF Squadron in Britain. 2 Nov 42 - Destroyed one Fw 190 and was awarded a Bar to his DFC. 20 Jan 43 - Destroyed two Bf 109s. On the 5 February 1943 whilst attempting to intercept a hit and run raid, "Sinker" and two others were bounced by eight Fw 190s and he was killed in action his aircraft was shot down into the English Channel.