A Passage to India

The logbooks and photos of a No 27 Squadron Wapiti pilot, together with the unit’s records, provide a valuable insight into the Westland biplane’s sterling service over the North-West Frontier during the early 1930s


Amixed nine-aircraft formation of Wapiti IIas from the two squadrons in No 1 (Indian) Wing, 27 and 60, over the hilly and desolate terrain of the North-West Frontier.

Wrote Chaz Bowyer in ‘The Flying Elephants’, his history of No 27 Squadron, RAF, “it could never be said of the North- West Frontier that any period in its long history was entirely peaceful”. Indeed so, for this area of what was then British India was beset by tribal conflict, and British forces enveloped in it.

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