Flying Officer George Arnold Costello

Remembering George Arnold Costello

Lest We Forget II

This is another pilot who flew Hurricane 5389 and who did not survive the war.


Flying Officer (Pilot) George Arnold Costello
J39820 / R116052

He transferred into 111 Squadron on May 16, 1943 from 133 (f) Squadron at Boundary Bay where he had been flying Hurricanes. I believe he was placed with 111 Squadron so he could become operational in a new, for him, fighter type, the P-40. On June 21, 1943, he transferred to 14 Squadron and went to Europe with that squadron renumbered as 442 Squadron. He died after his Spitfire (PL207) was hit by flak near Hennewig, Germany. He managed to bail out and land safely. His wing mate, Frosty Young (also formerly of 111 Squadron), circled overhead to cover for him for as long as he could. F/O Costello got away from the crash scene only to be captured later. His death, on October…

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