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Brian Lane – a contrasting photograph

Brian Lane IWM neg no CH001391

Following on from our last post, this is another, but very different, photograph of Brian Lane.¬†Lane was No. 19 Squadron’s fourth Commanding Officer in less than 12 months. Of his predecessors, one was posted away, one was shot down and made a prisoner of war, and one was killed. Lane was extremely well-liked by his men, and was a very gifted fighter pilot. He wrote a book about his experiences in the Battle, Spitfire!, which was published in 1942.¬† Tragically, Lane was killed in December that year. He was 25 years old.

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  1. Ann Hallows says: July 20, 201112:42 am

    The quality of this Stanley Devon portrait of Brian Lane is outstanding, the more research I have done about Sqn Ldr Lane the more I want to know about him, I read his log book at kew and he comes across as very bright,charming and his sense of humour is very clear. He is the person I would most like to have met.


    • Carl says: July 20, 201111:29 am

      Hi Ann,

      I agree about his logbook – the entry for 15 September is wonderful, containing this line:

      “Party. 242 leading wing. Ran into the whole Luftwaffe…”

      A genuinely inspirational figure.


  2. Carl says: September 21, 20119:14 am

    Quick update to this post – a new memorial to Brian Lane is being unveiled in Pinner this Sunday. See for more information.

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