Commemorating the 85th. anniversary of the first flight of the Spitfire, this piece depicts the Spitfire flown by legendary fighter leader Sir Douglas Bader. The signature included is that of Hugh 'Cocky' Dundas, who flew with Bader at Tangmere.
Dundas was called up early in the war, serving with No. 616 Squadron, flying Spitfires. He was shot down on 22 August and wounded during the Battle of Britain, but returned to his squadron in September 1940.
In early 1941, 616 Sqdn was part of the Tangmere Wing, commanded by Douglas Bader, Dundas frequently flew with Bader's section, and and built his reputation as a competent fighter pilot and tactician. He was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross on 5 August 1941.
In September 1941, he was posted as an instructor to No. 59 Operational Training Unit, but his scruffiness and unruly pet dog did not endear him to the commanding officer, and he was transferred promptly as a Flight Commander with No. 610 Squadron.
He was promoted to squadron leader and posted as commanding officer of No. 56 Squadron RAF in December, the first to be equipped with the Hawker Typhoon. Posted to the Mediterranean in 1943, he led 324 Wing from Malta and through Italy until the end of the war. In June 1944, Dundas was promoted to the acting rank of group captain at the age of only 23. He was promoted to wing commander on 11 May 1945. His war time score was 4 destroyed, 6 shared destroyed, 2 shared probables, and 2 and 1 shared damaged.