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Snipe Artwork Collection



Major William Barker VC, DSO - Nearly an Ace in a Day by Ivan Berryman.

Dolphin and Snipe Aces of World War One.

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No.56 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 9th June 1916
Punjab

Quid si coelum ruat - What if heaven falls

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No.56 Sqn RAF

56 Squadron was formed on 8th June 1916 and in April 1917 was posted to France as part of the Royal Flying Corps. 56 squadron was equipped with the new SE5 fighter. One of the major aerial combats of the squadron was the shooting down of Lt Werner Voss. By the end of the first world war 56 Squadron had scored 402 victories, and many famous fighter aces flew with 56 Squadron including James McCudden, Reginald Hoidge, Gerald Maxwell, Arthur Rhys-Davies, Geoffrey Hilton Bowman, Richard Mayberry, Leonard Monteagle Barlow, Cyril Crowe, Maurice Mealing, Albert Ball, Harold Walkerdine, William Roy Irwin, Eric Broadberry, Kenneth William Junor, Cecil Leiws, Keith Muspratt, Duncan Grinnell-Milne, William Spurret Fielding-Johnson, William Otway Boger, Charles Jeffs, and Harold Molyneux. The squadron lost 40 pilots during the first world war with another twenty wounded and thirty one taken prisoner. When world war two broke out on the 6th of September 1939, 56 Squadron was based at North Weald. 56 Squadron flew Hurricanes during the Battle of France and during the Battle of Britain. 56 Squadron claimed just over 100 enenmy aircraft shot down during 1940. In 1941 as part of the Duxford Wing it was the first squadron to be equipped with the new Hawker Typhoon and during 1942 and 1943 was based ay RAF Matlaske as part of No.12 Group. No 56 Squadron was the frist squadron to confirm a victory while flying the Hawker Typhoon. In 1944 56 Squadron moved to RAF Newchurch and was re equipped with the new Hawker Tempest V, becoming part of the No.150 Wing under the command of the Ace Wing Commander Roland Beamont. 56 Squadron's new role was to defend Britian against the V1 flying bombs, and the squadron shot down around 75 V1s. The squadron moved to Europe on the 28th of September 1944 to Grimbergen in Belgium as part fo 122 Wing of the Second Tactical Air Force. During this period to the end of the war 56 Squadron became joint top scorers with a total of 149 aircraft cliamed. Over its history the squadron flew, SE5's Sopwith Snipes, Gloster Grebes, Armstrong Whitworth Siskins, Bristol Bulldogs, Gloster Gauntlets, Gloster Gladiators, Harker Hurricanes, Hawker Typhoon, and Hawker Tempests. Battle of Honours of the Squadron are : Western front 1917 - 1918 , Arras, Ypres 1917, Cambrai 1917, Soome 1918, Amiens, Hindenburg Line. During World war two : France and the Low Countries 1940, Battle of Britian, Fortress Europe 1942 - 1944, Dieppe, France, Germany 1944 - 1945, Home Defence 1942 - 1945 and Arnhem.

Aviation History Timeline : 19th August
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
19August1917Otto Jager, a WW1 Ace with 7.00 victories, died on this day
19August1927William Erwin, a WW1 Ace with 8.00 victories, died on this day
19August1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O J. A. P. Studd of 66 Squadron, was Killed.
19August1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. M. P. Digby-Worsley of 248 Squadron, was Killed.
19August1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. W. H. Want of 248 Squadron, was Killed.
19August1940Hauptmann Anton Keil of II./Sturzkampfgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19August1940Hauptmann Walter Rubensdörffer of Erprobungsgruppe 210 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19August1941 David Scott-Malden of No.603 Sqn RAF shot down a Me109
19August1942 David Scott-Malden of North Weald Wing, shot down a Do217
19August1942Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O G. R. Bennette of 17 Squadron, was Killed.
19August1942Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O P. D. Pool of 266 & 72 Squadrons, was Killed.
19August1942Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. A. E. Scott of 73 Squadron, was Killed.
19August1942Wing Commander Edward Philip Patrick Gibbs of Middle Wallop Wing shot down a Do217
19August1943 Robert Johnson of 56th Fighter Group, 61st Fighter Squadron shot down a Me109
19August1943Feldwebel Werner Stein of 1./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19August1943Hauptmann Friedrich-Wilhelm Strakeljahn of 14. (Jabo)/Jagdgeschwader 5 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19August1943Knight's Cross recipient Max Stotz of 5./Jagdgeschwader 54 died on this day
19August1943Leutnant Karl Schmid of 14. (Eis)/Kampfgeschwader 27 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
19August1943Maximilian Stotz, a WW2 Ace with 189.00 victories, died on this day
19August1943Oberfeldwebel Rudolf Trenkel of 2./Jagdgeschwader 52 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
19August1943Oberleutnant Franz Schmidt of III./Kampfgeschwader 55 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19August1944Fahnenjunker-Oberfeldwebel Heinz Hackler of III./Jagdgeschwader 77 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
19August1944Fahnenjunker-Oberfeldwebel Johann Pichler of 7./Jagdgeschwader 77 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19August1944Hauptmann Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow of 1./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19August1944Hauptmann Franz Dörr of III./Jagdgeschwader 5 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
19August1944Hauptmann Werner Schmidt of 9./Kampfgeschwader 55 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19August1944Oberleutnant Alfred Teumer of Staffelkapitän of 7./Jagdgeschwader 54 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
19August1944Oberleutnant Hans-Heinrich Koenig of I./Jagdgeschwader 11 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19August1944Oberleutnant Manfred Goetze of 8./Schlachtgeschwader 10 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19August1944Oberst Adolf Jäckel of Transportgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19August1944Stabsarzt Dr. med. Ernst Gadermann of III./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19August1986W Beaver, a WW1 Ace with 19.00 victories, died on this day

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