A low-flying Royal Air Force Hurricane directs a
Type Two HSL Whaleback rescue craft
to an American pilot downed off the North
Africa Coast, 1943. RAF Whalebacks were essentially stripped down PT boats, good for around 36 knots.
Personnel of No. 53 Repair and Salvage Unit use a Coles Crane to haul the fuselage of damaged Hawker Hurricane Mark IIB, BD930 ‘R’, of No. 73 Squadron RAF onto a 'Queen Mary’ trailer in the Western Desert. Following repair, BD930 saw further service with No. 335 (Hellenic) Squadron and No. 127 Squadron RAF.