41 (R) Squadron Tornado GR.4
Filed under: RAF, Panavia, Battle of Britain, RAF Northolt, Panavia Tornado, Royal Air Force, 41 (R) Squadron, 41 Reserve Squadron, EB-G, Flight Lieutenant Eric "Ernie" Lock, TES, Test and Evaluation Squadron, Tornado GR.4, ZA600
Panavia Tornado GR.4 ZA600 of 41 Reserve Squadron, the RAF's Test and Evaluation Squadron (TES), is seen at one of RAF Northolt's Night Photocalls wearing the code "EB-G" of Spitfire Mk.1A N3162, which was on strength with 41 Squadron at RAF Hornchurch during the Battle of Britain. N3162 was flown by Flight Lieutenant Eric "Ernie" Lock DSO, DFC and Bar, the RAF's most successful British-born pilot during the battle, having shot down 16.5 German aircraft. He went missing in action over the Pas de Calais area in August 1941 with 26.5 kills to his name. Titles were added to eight of 41 (R) Squadron's aircraft, four Tornado GR.4s and four Harrier GR.9s respectively, to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain in 2010 and the squadron's 95th Anniversary in 2011.