443 squad

Fl.Off M.J. CLOW RCAF 443 Sqdn.

SPITFIRE PILOT / Mid 44 till August 1945.(Spit IX).

Clow medals
Last ‘kill’ by RCAF of a Junkers 88 on 2nd May 45, less than a week prior to the European war end.


39/45 Star, France &Germany Star, Defence medal39/45, Canadian Vol. (silver) and bar, 39/45 War medal (silver)
Official RCAF Logbook period 1942 – 1945RCAF Service.
Official RCAF Logbook period 1942 – 1945 RCAF Service.Personal Logbook – finely covered in Doe-skin.
RCAF Logbook period 1945 – till death in 1950.
History document.. reproduced mainly below.


Victory Claim Statement Ju 88.
Victory Claim by FG OFF M.J. CLOW (J42132) RCAF – (Confirmed by 2nd Tactical Air force Intelligence).
Date 2nd May 1945/ Squadron 443 /Type of Aircraft Spit IX / Time Up/Down 1519-1635 / Time of Attack 1610 / Place of Attack Bad Segebarg / Height of Enemy 2,500 feet / own height 3,000 feet.
Other casualties Nil/
Enemy casualties: one Ju .88 destroyed, shared with F/L Finley.
I was flying Red 4 on a sweep to Neumunster area. We were flying south-west on our way home when my no.1 (Red 3), F/L Finley spotted a Ju.88 approaching from one o’clock at about 2,500 feet, near the Town of Bad Segeberg. The JU.88 started turning to port and we gave chase; it then did a diving turn to starboard. F/L Finley closed to about 400 years, 20 degrees astern and gave it a burst. I observed several strikes as he broke off, I dived onto its tail. I closed from 400 yards to 200 yards, firing a steady burst. I observed strikes and a flash on the fuselage aft of the cockpit. The enemy aircraft continued its dive and crashed in a field. Gyro sight and cine gun used. I claim one Ju. 88 destroyed, shared with F/L Finley.

CLOW, Mantague James Stuart
Born 20th May 1922.
Enlisted RCAF, Toronto 16 September 1942.
No.1 Manning Depot, 8 October 1942.
No.1 Wireless School (non flying duties), 20 January 1943.
No.1 Equipment Depot, 14 April 19432.
No.6 Initial Training School, 1 may 1943.
Promoted Leading Aircraftman, 9 July 1943.
No.10 Elementary Flying Train9ing School, 10 July 1943. No.2 Service Flying Training School, 2 October 1943.
No.1 Air Gunner Training School, 10 March 1943.
Seconded overseas – att.RAF.
No.3 Personnel Reception Centre, Bournemouth, 10 April 1944. – a reception/intake Camp, which took in a large number of Overseas and Canadian personnel.  61 OTU Nov 1944 / 88 GSU Feb 1945. Commenced Operational flying Spitfires 443 Sqdn. RCAF Feb.1945. A Kill May 45.
Repatriated Canada 7th August 1945.
No.1 Air Command, 15th August 1945.
Station Mountain View, 17th September 1945.
Release centre 7th October 1945.
Retired 15th October 1945.
Rejoined RCAF Toronto – short service commission 8 November 1948
413 Squadron 30th November 1948.
No.1 (Fighter) OUT 11 April 1950.
Station St.Hubert 23 September 1950.
Killed (Accident) 4th October 1950.. Red 6 – Vampire Marke III.Ste.Julie de Vercheres.

443 Squadron RCAF.
On arrival at Digby in February 1944 for service in Europe, No. 127 Squadron, RCAF was renumbered as No. 443. Initially equipped with the Spitfire Mk VB for familiarization, these were exchanged for Spitfire Mk IXB’s in March when a move was made to Holmesley South to form No. 144 Wing, 2nd TAF (Tactical Air Force). Pre-invasion operations were flown from a number of south coast airfields, culminating at Ford in mid May. Cover to the Normandy invasion was given during June and a move to airfield B-3 at St. Croix-sur-Mer was made on the 15th of June. Air superiority patrols were flown from here over the beachhead for a month, at which time the wing was disbanded and the Squadron was sent instead to No. 127 Wing, which was also in France with No. 83 Group. Activities continued until the breakout, following which a move was made to Belgium. In January 1945 the Squadron re-equipped with the Spitfire Mk XIV’s. At the end of March the squadron moved to Holland and then into Germany in April 36 aerial victories were claimed when the war ended. The Squadrons’ aircraft carried the unit code 2I


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