408 Squadron Halifax "Chesty"

408 Squadron Halifax "Chesty"

Joined: February 27th, 2006, 5:53 am

March 4th, 2006, 7:51 am #1

In a small collection of photos believed taken by my grandfather late in the war at Linton-on-Ouse is a photo of a Halifax named "Chesty". I've found a few other photos of the plane on the internet but none of them show a code letter. Anyone know anything about this plane? The nose art is a lady from the waist up and a there is a dog painted below the pilot's window.
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Anonymous
Anonymous

March 5th, 2006, 4:20 pm #2

C - "Chesty" adorned with a buxom female figue and a Scotty dog as nose art may have been a Halifax B MkVII of No. 408 Goose Squadron RCAF Linton-On-Ouse serialled NP780 and coded EQ-C. If so, I believe she survived the war and was sold for scrap in December of 1949.

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Joined: February 27th, 2006, 5:53 am

March 10th, 2006, 6:32 pm #3

Thanks. I have the Fonderie Miniature 1/48 Halifax model and I am going to attempt to build it as "Chesty".
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Robert Fulford
Robert Fulford

April 23rd, 2006, 5:06 pm #4

Richard Koval's site www. rcaf.com has an good detail shot of the Nose Art adorned by "C" Chesty under the Nose Art Section but mistakenly (I believe)she is placed as an unidentified Halifax of No. 426 squadron.

Still the shot reveals the figures and the bomb tally log as well as a Tour of Duty operational wings.

Hope you get this, Gerrid - couldn't get your address to receive this directly.

B.
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Ian Hamilton
Ian Hamilton

May 7th, 2008, 6:45 pm #5

As it happens my wife's father was the mid-turret gunner of EQ-C "Chesty". His name was F/O Louis C. Arsenault of Montreal, who died in 1966 and left behind his log book and - among other items - several original navigator maps drawn in flight during OPS into Germany by the navigator, F/O Donald MacKinnon,who won a Distinguished Flying Cross and was best man at her dad's wedding when they got back from the war. Chesty's pilot was F/L Gall. The bomb aimer was F/O C. Draycott of Toronto and the others in the crew of seven were F/O Kindness, F/Sgt Cline and a Pilot Officer named Dawson. A small newspaper item pasted among others in the back of the log book details an incident that must have given the crew a few needed laughs. In an attack on Dusseldorf, it says, bomb aimer Draycott narrowly missed serious injury. He was hunched over his maps in search of a landmark when a piece of flak penetrated the aircraft, grazed his knuckles and tore an oval-shaped hole in the map. Enough of the map remained to "prang" his target. "Through special arrangements with the Intelligence Section," the story concludes, "he will be permitted to retain the flak-penetrated map as a souvenir." Among the items left behind by my wife's father is a small piece of shrapnel taken out of his leg that he had placed on a key ring, still complete with his keys.

The one thing I haven't been able to find as yet, strangely enough, are pictures of Chesty. Can anyone help?

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stephen orr
stephen orr

June 13th, 2013, 10:02 pm #6

Richard Koval's site www. rcaf.com has an good detail shot of the Nose Art adorned by "C" Chesty under the Nose Art Section but mistakenly (I believe)she is placed as an unidentified Halifax of No. 426 squadron.

Still the shot reveals the figures and the bomb tally log as well as a Tour of Duty operational wings.

Hope you get this, Gerrid - couldn't get your address to receive this directly.

B.
looking through my fathers log book (F.S. Norris Orr) I see that he flew on this plane NP 780 call letters EQ-C
Does anyone have or know where there might be a picture of the nose art
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Henry Goodall
Henry Goodall

August 19th, 2013, 2:54 pm #7

Stephen,
Your quest for a photo is over!"
Look no further than the following RAF Station website.
http://www.raf.mod.uk/raflintononouse/a ... rialrm.cfm
Photo number three is an excellent photo of the Nose Art of Halifax EQ-C serial NP780, probably taken 1942 or early 1943. If you wish to contact them, write to Wing Commander Alan Mawby OBE, BSc, RAF (Ret'd), who manages the Memorial Room at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, which houses the most comprehensive record of aircraft, memorabilia and personnel stationed there in WWII.
Kind Regards,
Henry Goodall
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Henry Goodall
Henry Goodall

August 21st, 2013, 9:05 am #8

Further research suggests a later date for the photo on the Linton-on-Ouse website, as 408 Sqn was equipped with the Halifax Mk III/VII from September 1944 to May 1945. W/C Alan Mawby will be able to provide further details.
Henry Goodall.
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Marc Magee
Marc Magee

November 14th, 2017, 11:10 pm #9

As it happens my wife's father was the mid-turret gunner of EQ-C "Chesty". His name was F/O Louis C. Arsenault of Montreal, who died in 1966 and left behind his log book and - among other items - several original navigator maps drawn in flight during OPS into Germany by the navigator, F/O Donald MacKinnon,who won a Distinguished Flying Cross and was best man at her dad's wedding when they got back from the war. Chesty's pilot was F/L Gall. The bomb aimer was F/O C. Draycott of Toronto and the others in the crew of seven were F/O Kindness, F/Sgt Cline and a Pilot Officer named Dawson. A small newspaper item pasted among others in the back of the log book details an incident that must have given the crew a few needed laughs. In an attack on Dusseldorf, it says, bomb aimer Draycott narrowly missed serious injury. He was hunched over his maps in search of a landmark when a piece of flak penetrated the aircraft, grazed his knuckles and tore an oval-shaped hole in the map. Enough of the map remained to "prang" his target. "Through special arrangements with the Intelligence Section," the story concludes, "he will be permitted to retain the flak-penetrated map as a souvenir." Among the items left behind by my wife's father is a small piece of shrapnel taken out of his leg that he had placed on a key ring, still complete with his keys.

The one thing I haven't been able to find as yet, strangely enough, are pictures of Chesty. Can anyone help?
Was your dad with 408 or 426 Sqn?

Cheers
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