The following images are of varying quality and in no particular order.

Quality is dependent upon original photo quality and scan rates used.

More images will be added as time goes on, and all photos will be considered for inclusion,especially from other era’s.

 Due to the logistics of handling original photos, I am afraid I can only accept digitised images.


Archive Bob Cossey–Compilation John Crow & Tony Clay

World War 1

 Keith Caldwell Sqn CO 1918

The sign says `74 Squadron RAF Officers Mess.` The place was Clairmarais Ira `Taffy` Jones DSO MC DFC MM - Sqn CO post Armistice

74 Sqn C Flight. B. Row L to R. Lt Mathieson, Captain Glynn, Lt Shoemaker

SE5a. The prop is about to be swungSE5A F8990 showing the white rectangle on the rear fuselage which distinguished 74 Squadron aircraft.


(Demons and Gauntlets)

Demon at Hal Far - with early camo6

7Demons ver Malta 1936

Unloading 74 at Valetta Sept 1935Demons unloading at ValettaSailor in Demon May 1937Unloadingf 74 at Valetta Sept 1935 2

Tiger GauntletHornchurch 1937


74 Sqn hangar Hornchurch 74 Hornchurch circa 1937

1937 Gauntlet. Tiger's head in Fighter Comand spear marking74 Squadron, Hornchurch March 1938.Engine Change - one man and toolboxErnie MayneFirst Spit delivered Feb 1939 See file for names. Sassoon rophy.Gauntlet - but whereHornchurch 1936ish - Gauntlets and Demons, the latter of 65 Sqn - or both 74 as re-equipment in progress perhaps.Gauntlets. Unknown location. Thanks to Ian SimpsonGauntlet maintenanceGauntlet II - Air Pictorial May 1973Gauntlet controlsHornchurch 1938. Pilot Sgt or Pl Off PettigrewUnknown location. GauntletsTiger Gauntlet markingsTaffy Jones in full ceremonial regalia - pre WWIISee file for names 2See file for names 1Scramble 1938Unmarked Gauntlets presumably 74 at Hornhurchvia Ian Simpson. Camo Gauntlet with pre war code. A rare photo.

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World War 2

Spits 1 Spits 3 Spits 2 Hornchurch 1939 [1]

Hornchurch 1939 [2] Hornchurch 1939 [3] Hornchurch 1939 [4] Hornchurch 1939 [5]

The camera crew prepare for another film shot at the opening of the 74 squadron Bell tent, known as 'The Tiger's Den' Left to right FL Treacy, FO Hoare and FSgt Maine B' Flight pilots posing for this very casual photograph, they are from left to right FO Thom, PO Dowding, FL Treacy standing at the doorway of tent, FO Hoare, FSgt Maine and Sgt Bushell

Summer 1940. Back Row Freeborn, Draper,Franklin. Front Row Munggo Park, Peter St. John

Sailor Malan


Sailor`s signature_small

Memorial window Biggin Hill chapel


A famous photograph - John Freeborn on his Spitfire's wing.

 John Freeborn John Freeborn by Cuthbert Orde

74 Sqn Gremlin in the Middle East

At Dekheila Western Desert Temporary camp Hornchurh 1939 Tony Reeves (CO Dec 44 to May 45) kite. Drope. May 45 Spit LF XVIEs in Holland at Schijndel Spud Hayter CO Apr 43 to Dec 44 Rangitata - the ship on which 74 sailed to the Middle East Mungo Park and H M Stephen Groundcrew LG106 El Daba Western Desert Fl Sgt Ray Racy - with 74b in 1945 Doc Ferris Military Cross

74 Squadron Spitfire IX with rockets and 500 pounder.



The following selection of photographs were sent in by Jill Jones, daughter of the late Lawrence Hamblin who served as a Tiger in the Middle East between 1942/46.

1. Laurie Hamblin 22. Location and date unknown - but certainly plenty of sunshine! 18. Idku Christmas at work! 21. Dekheila January 1944. After the dates! (1) 17. Idku Christmas at play! 8. Laurie in Alexandria July1943 9. On leave in Alexandria October 1943 5. 74 Sqn Maintenance Flight at RAF Meherabad March 1943. 4. Laurie and the lads relaxing at Meherabad February 1943

An account of the life of ‘Laurie’ will feature in a future ‘TIger News’



Tiger's meteor, Germany post warMeteor F3 Colerne74 Squadron Colerne 1945. Hugh in cockpit. CO Wg Cdr Kennard immediately below Hugh.74 Squadron Colerne. Lanc swings on take off and crashes into 74`s dispersal.AVM MacDonald AOC 11 Group talking to Hugh inspects 74 at Colerne. CO Jim Cooksey is 4th from the left. F3sAH03AH12AH22Taffy Rees GravePERSON~1Peggy DicksMay 1951. Sqn Armament NCO Flt Sgt Blake checks the ammoMay 1951. Flt Lt Edmonds B Flight beats up H st F towerMay 1951. A Flight scrambleMeteor F Mk 8s May 1951Meteor F Mk 4s 2Meteor F Mk 8s May 1951. Still carrying wartime 4D codes

From Ian Cadwallader’s archive

2 Four pairs Meatboxes 31 Photo for Xmas card 56 29 Boats Loaded 30 1956 Xmas Card 27 Boat Talk (1) 26 Meteor Aeros Team 25 Aeros Team Boss, Dick, Chuck, Dunc. 24 Aeros Team 23 Aeros over Norfolk 22 Aeros Team 1956 21 John Robertson & Pete McWhirr. Aeros Team 1956 20 Capt Chuck Sewall USMC Flt Lt Bluey Whitehead RAAF 18 Bluey Whitehead 19 Stand-by 17 John Whitehead, Jack Southward,& Brian Jackson --- 16 Mc P very alert 15. Seven Pairs Ex Stronghold 14 My Hand painted Tiger 13 A Flt Winners Morse Trophy 1956 12 Flt Cdr's Transport John Robertson 11 Jenny. John Robertson's dog 10 A Model OO. Dick Lewis 9 PAI Mike Thomas1956 8 A P Hilton 7 Chuck Sewell 6 In the Hangar 5 Officers Mess Horsham St Faith (1) 4 Bernie McP & Pip Smith 3 Sqn Ldr K Haselwood




A selection of  ‘Meteor Memories’  kindly offered for publishing by Ex Tiger pilot, Derek Morter– 52/54

1 IMG_0002 23 IMG 21 22 (1) 19 20 17 18 (1) 15 16 13 14 12 10 11 9A 3 1A 2




From Ian Cadwallader’s archive

11 Begum c

1 Aeros Team 42 Pete and Janet 41 In Beverley for wedding 40 Well Dressed at Rayner Wedding 39 Ian Cad a scramble 38 Barbara & Tony Dean 37 The 9 Pilots Nick Tester,Glyn Roberts, Mike Ginn, Boz Rob 35 On final 36 A landing 34. 9 Hunter 6s 32 Tony & Judy Davies & Jack S 31 T7 30 Publicity Pic. 29 74 T7_edited 27 Nick Tester's Roller 26 New Aircraft 24 Line-up for AOC 23 In a Hurry Clive Wallis 22 Hunter 6s 21 Hunter 4s, Javelins 23 Sqn 17 Hilton Back half 16 Happy with new aircraft 15 Foxtrot XK141 7 Dropping Gunpack 6 Op Turn-round 5. Hunter 4s 4 Clive Wallis 3 Beach Party 1958


From the squadron archives 

Wv272 XF511 Wethersfield May 1960 or 1961 XK141 006. Ian Cadwallader Taxiing out Horsham St Faith Ted Nance`s HunterOn deployment to NicosiaPersonalised HunterJohn Atkinson in his Hunter.Rock Hudson, Ian Sheppard, Mike Ginn, Pete Budd, Ian Cadwallader, John AtkinsonNicosia Detachment [5]Nicosia Detachment [6]Hunter T7 [3]Hunterlocation unknownIan Cadwallader (cockpit) , Peter Budd, Ian Sheppard, John Atkinson, Rock Hudson, Mike Ginn.Ian Cadwallder and carHunter T7 [1]Hunter T7 [2]Hunter F.6. Profile publications 1959.Hunter F.6Hunter formationG in flightHangared Hunters Horsham St FaithHenry RileyHunter - details not knownFlypast Nicosia [probably]77 Wallis, Rayner Cadwallader, Allison80 Looks good John83 Tony Davies, Jack AtkinsonAalhorn Dec 1957 . Wallis, Dean, Rayner, Cadwallader, AllisonAalhorn Dec 1957 SunsetAalhorn Dec 1957. Curtis (CO)Aalhorn. Boz in the snow Dec 1957Air Pictorial September 1960 Jerry Cohu is the pilot.Aldergrove June 1957 Tony Dean in cockpit. Boz top row 2nd from left. Bernie Brennan next to him. Pete Rayner bottom row on leftBoz and colleagues relaxing at H St FBoz Hunter in flightCricket at Coltishall [1]Crisket at Coltishall [2]74 guys in the sun 174 guys in the sun 274 in Belgium for the World`s Fair flypast. Via Henry Riley74 Peter Budd74 sqd Hunter XE683 May 1957 Ian Simpson74 sqdn Hunter XE612 Coltishall July 28, 195974 Sqn 374 Sqn 474 Sqn 574 Sqn 1174 Sqn 1274 Sqn 1374 Sqn 1574 Sqn 1774 Sqn 1874 Sqn 2474 Sqn accident 174 Sqn accident 274 Sqn Adoption of Begum Bertram Mills Circus London74 Sqn Car donated by Testers74 Squadron, RAF Horsham St. Faith 195875 Belgian Air Force Pilots76 Stranded at Alhorn46 Crew Room Rod, Tim Pete Guy Mike Cooke.47 Clive Wallis & Pete Budd.48 My car Tiger49 All 74 Sqn aircraft50 Cleaning for AOC51 We joined to fly them not to clean them.52 Bulb !53 Ian Cad55 Party 256 Fun on the Range57 Javelin58 Clive and Trog Bennett59. The Squadron RAF Horsham St Faith 195860 Visit to USAF Sculthorpe61 Ian & his Hunter64 Wg Cdr John Hill Wingco Flying.66 Alex Kerr & Begum67 With Our Sqn Mascot68 Tony Hilton & Begum69. Sqn with Begum. mAY 195770 Our Mascot73 Belgian Boss,& Mike Norman74 guys at H St F1 Aeros Team4 Clive Wallis5. Hunter 4s6 Op Turn-round7 Dropping Gunpack11 Begum c15 Foxtrot XK14116 Happy with new aircraft17 Hilton Back half21 Hunter 4s, Javelins 23 Sqn22 Hunter 6s23 In a Hurry Clive Wallis24 Line-up for AOC26 New Aircraft27 Nick Tester's Roller29 74 T7_edited30 Publicity Pic.31 T733 Boss briefing for Flypast37 The 9 Pilots Nick Tester,Glyn Roberts, Mike Ginn, Boz Rob39 Ian Cad a scramble43 Publicity Eastern Evening News44 Rock, Ian, Mike, Pete, Ian, Jack45. Hunters, Norwich Cathedral


74 Lightning2

Compilation by John Crow

74 John Crow (1963) (1) Group 003 DSC00461 DSC00004 BBQ Tengah1 105-0526_IMG 105-0525_IMG 105-0524_IMG 105-0523_IMG (1) 105-0522_IMG (1) 105-0520_IMG 105-0519_IMG 105-0518_IMG (1) 105-0516_IMG 105-0513_IMG 105-0511_IMG 105-0509_IMG (1)74 - 1962JJ-8JC-6JC-5JC-4JC-3JC-2 (1)JC-1Group1967 001Group 004Ground Crew001Ground Crew002Chris LongtonBBQ Tengah2 (1)Bangkok197174 Sqdn Tengah 174 LightningDACT Exercise (1)JS - Slide IJJ-16JJ-14JJ-15JJ-12JJ-9JJ-10JJ-7JJ-5JJ-6JJ-4 (1)JJ-3JJ-1JC Coltishall 1963 (01)Funeral Frank Whitehouse74 Sqdn Tengah (1)Cyprus 1965Lightning Aircrew 009Lightning 017Lightning 004 (1)Lightning 009Lightning 003Lightning 002Lee Kuan Yew 1970JS - Slide GJS - Slide FJS - Slide DJS - Slide CJS - Slide AJJ-19JJ-17JJ-18JJ-11Lightning 005Tengah1967 001Standard CeremonySingapore 1971 001Singapore 003Singapore 002Princess Margaret4Princess Margaret2Princess Margaret1Open Day 1970Lightning Aircrew 011Lightning Aircrew 010Lightning Aircrew 008Lightning Aircrew 007Lightning Aircrew 006Lightning Aircrew 005Lightning Aircrew 004Lightning Aircrew 003Lightning Aircrew 002Lightning Aircrew 001Lightning 1967Lightning 019Lightning 016Lightning 014Lightning 015Lightning 013Lightning 012Lightning 010Lightning 011Lightning 008Lightning 007Lightning 00674 Aeros team 1962 1069Trev Taylor (17)Tengah1971 02Simon Bostok1968Tengah1967 002Princess Margaret8Princess Margaret7Princess Margaret6Princess Margaret5Princess Margaret3March PastLightnings re-fueling 002Lightnings re-fueling 001LIGHTNING TOLightning DJLightning 001JS - Slide EJJ-13JJ-2JC Coltishall 1963 (02)Jim Jewel 1967Group1967 002Dave Roome 68-7174 lineupInverted Lightning

Lightning 1




The following 20 photos taken by Trevor Taylor during the ‘Tengah Days’

Trev Taylor (2) Trev Taylor (20) Trev Taylor (21) Trev Taylor (18) Trev Taylor (19) Trev Taylor (15) Trev Taylor (16) Trev Taylor (14) Trev Taylor (12) Trev Taylor (13) Trev Taylor (10) Trev Taylor (11) Trev Taylor (8) Trev Taylor (9) Trev Taylor (7) Trev Taylor (6) Trev Taylor (5) Trev Taylor (3) Trev Taylor (4) Trev Taylor (1)



Images scanned from original slides and kindly provided by Jim Jolly

AJ1 Tengah Tigers start DJJ21 Vulcan sunset landing at Darwin DJJ23 Working by floodlights2 DJJ19 Darwin Sunset DJJ20 Darwin Sunset2 DJJ17 Lightning Landing at Darwin DJJ18 Darwin Line DJJ16 Vulcan landing at Darwin DJJ15 Vulcan takeoff at DarwinSE DJJ14Vulcan taxi at Darwin DJJ11 Aboriginal Reserve4 DJJ13 RAAF Darwin2 DJJ10 aboriginal Reserve3 DJJ8 Aboriginal Reserve we were taken to by the Aussies DJJ7 Termite nests in the outback DJJ6 Tigers outback waterhole swimming DJJ4 Arriving 3 DJJ2 Arriving at Darwin DJJ3 Arriving 2 BJJ12 BJJ13 BJJ11 BJJ9 BJJ10 BJJ8 BJJ7 BJJ6 BJJ4 BJJ5 BJJ3 BJJ2 BJJ1 Lightnings at Tengah start AJJ12. Jim Jolly AJJ14 Christmas bar 2 AJJ9 AJJ11 AJJ5 AJJ4 AJJ3 AJJ1 Tengah Main Gate AJJ2 Sqn. Hangar


Images kindly provided by Mic McCreadie

Baba's 001

This is what time does to us

Bishop Tickle With Lady With Guitar Mic, Billy K + Joe Mic in Suit Mic + Ken McNulty Mic + Harry Green Mic + Billy Killen Mic + Billy K Christmas Bar 3 Christmas Bar 2 Christmas Bar 1

With the kind permission of David, son of Ian Papworth, please click on the link below to view to some interesting and unique personal photo`s taken from the detachment to Butterworth and Darwin around 1969.


Tengah Tigers Butterworth/Darwin Detachment


Following pictures provided by New Zealander,Selwyn Rodda,

F4J 3 tank The Boys USA HAS F4J air_1 F4J air

RAF Wattisham  

23rd March 1985

The following images are reproduced with the kind permission of Ian who took this set of shots from the fence line.


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(If your one of the aircrew in these pictures, let me know so we can add some detail).


RAF Coningsby 14th June 1985

Coningsby 14th June 1985 ZE364 Z Shaun Haselden

Reproduced courtesy of Shaun Haselden


Further Phantom pictures kindly sent in by Pete Williams 1985/86

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Reproduced courtesy of Tony Dixon

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Supplied from the Squadron Scrap Book

Probe capture KC135 ifr

Reproduced courtesy of Grant Race

Grant Race 1 Grant Race 3 Grant Race 2Grant Race 4 Grant Race 7 Grant Race 6 Grant Race 5

Further Phantom pictures kindly sent in by Dave Pilsworth

F4 display team 1992– (Mark Mainwaring-Nav)  (Archie Liggat–Pilot)

74 Squadron

Tail Code P Tail Code W Tail Code V Tail Code T


Further Phantom pictures kindly sent in by Norman Wells

F4J-ZE361 F4J-ZE361-5 F4J-ZE361-4 F4J-ZE361-3 F4J-ZE361-2


Hawk Tiger

Hawk XX165 at Brize Norton Photoshoot 1993

(With thanks to Peter Wilkins)

74 Sqn Ramp

74`s Ramp at RAF Valley circa 1998`ish

(With thanks to Kevin Wills)

TK Hawk Tiger Meet tc HawkBlack Tiger

(images from the 74`s scrapbook)