Members of 2744 Squadron in North Africa circa 1942 with a captured Italian Light Armoured Vehicle.

Aircraftman 1st Class Robert Quigley MM

By early 1943 the RAF Regt units which had landed in North West Africa, as part of Operation TORCH, were well established. They had been allotted to RAF fighter and light bomber Wings, defending advanced landing grounds.

One such unit was No 2744 Field Squadron which, together with No 4091 AA Flight was responsible for the airfields at Bône and Souk el Arba defending No 324 Fighter Wing.

Map of Sicily for Operation Husky

Operation Husky – Sicily and Italy

With the North African shore cleared, the whole of the Southern Europe landscape was open to the Allies for invasion. The decision was taken to take one of the Axis powers out of the coalition facing us – Italy. The traditional route of invasion through Sicily was chosen partly because of the airfields it would yield to support the main effort on mainland Italy later.