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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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A list of all squadrons from known to have used this aircraft. A profile page is available by clicking the squadron name.
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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 : 27th September
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
27September1918Fritz Rumey, a WW1 Ace with 45.00 victories, died on this day
27September1918S Thompson, a WW1 Ace with 11.00 victories, died on this day
27September1940 Tom Neil of No.249 Sqn RAF shot down a Ju88
27September1940 Tom Neil of No.249 Sqn RAF shot down a Ju88
27September1940 Tom Neil of No.249 Sqn RAF shot down a Me110
27September1940 Tom Neil of No.249 Sqn RAF shot down a Me110
27September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O L. H. Schwind of 257, 43 & 213 Squadrons, was Killed.
27September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O M. G. DFC Homer of 242 & 1 Squadrons, was Killed.
27September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, F/Sgt. C. Sydney of 19, 266 & 92 Squadrons, was Killed.
27September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O D. S. Smith of 616 Squadron, was Shot down (died next day).
27September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O E. Burgoyne of 19 Squadron, was Killed.
27September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O E. E. Males of 72 Squadron, was Killed.
27September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O E. M. Gunter of 43 & 501 Squadrons, was Killed.
27September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O J. R. B. DFC Meaker of 249 Squadron, was Killed.
27September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O P. J. Davis-Cooke of 72 & 610 Squadrons, was Killed.
27September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O P. M. Cardell of 603 Squadron, was Killed.
27September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O R. F. G. Miller of 609 Squadron, was Killed.
27September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. E. Scott of 222 Squadron, was Killed.
27September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. L. A. Dyke of 64 Squadron, was Killed.
27September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. T. G. Oldfield of 64 & 92 Squadrons, was Killed.
27September1940Canadian Battle of Britain pilot, P/O O. J. Peterson of 1 RCAF Squadron, was Killed.
27September1940Flight Lieutenant Charles Palliser of No.249 Sqn RAF shot down a Me109
27September1940Flight Lieutenant Charles Palliser of No.249 Sqn RAF shot down a Me109
27September1940Flight Lieutenant Charlton Haw of No.504 Sqn RAF shot down a Me110
27September1940Flight Lieutenant Kenneth McLeod Gillies of No.66 Sqn RAF shot down a Do17
27September1940Flying Officer Allan Wright of No.92 Sqn RAF shot down a He111
27September1940Flying Officer Allan Wright of No.92 Sqn RAF shot down a Ju88
27September1940New Zealand Battle of Britain pilot, F/O J. A. Paterson of 92 Squadron, was Killed.
27September1940Oberstleutnant Theodor Rowehl of Aufklärungs-Gruppe des OBdL was awarded the Knight's Cross
27September1940Polish Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt T. Andruszkow of 303 Squadron, was Killed.
27September1940South African Battle of Britain pilot, F/O P. R. F. Burton of 249 Squadron, was Killed.
27September1940Sub Lieutenant Arthur Giles Blake of No.19 Sqn RAF shot down a Me109
27September1940Sub Lieutenant Arthur Giles Blake of No.19 Sqn RAF shot down a Me109
27September1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/Lt. R. A. L. Knight of 23 Squadron, was Killed.
27September1942 Marion Carl of VMF-223 shot down a Betty
27September1942 Marion Carl of VMF-223 shot down a Betty
27September1942Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O J. Waddingham of 141 Squadron, was Killed.
27September1993General Jimmy Doolittle, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
27September2007Knight's Cross recipient Wolfgang Ensle of 3./Schlachtgeschwader 2 died on this day

 

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