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RECENT UPDATES TO OUR AVIATION HISTORY DATABASES
Warrant Officer Dennis Baker added to aircrew database :
Originally a Halton Brat, Dennis qualified as a Flight Engineer serving with 75 Sqn on Stirlings. Shot down on his third operation returning from Frankfurt on 3rd December 1942, he was held as a PoW for nearly three years in camps including Stalag Luft I, Lutz VI and 357.
Updates made to Aircrew database for : E. S. C. Halsall : Squadrons updated (added No.51 Sqn RAF), Squadron service dates updated
Updates made to Aircrew database for : Hoy : Squadrons updated (added No.115 Sqn RAF), Squadron service dates updated
Updates made to Aircrew database for : Sergeant P E Wilks : Squadron service dates updated
Updates made to Airframes database for : Hampden P4359 : Airframe notes updated (added 08-02-1941 : Hampden was abandoned after it crashed and burst into flames at Taverham Park in the early morning.)
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Snipe

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 : 24th April
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
24April1942Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/Lt R. R. Miller of 3 Squadron, was Killed.
24April1944Emil Omert, a WW2 Ace with 70.00 victories, died on this day
24April1944Franz Schwaiger, a WW2 Ace with 67.00 victories, died on this day
24April1944Knight's Cross recipient Emil Omert of III./Jagdgeschwader 77 died on this day
24April1945 Jerry Mast of 365th Fighter Group, 388th Fighter Squadron shot down a Me262
24April1945 William Myers of 365th Fighter Group, 388th Fighter Squadron shot down a Me262
24April1945Gunther Lutzow, a WW2 Ace with 110.00 victories, died on this day
24April1945Leutnant Hermann Wolf of 9./Jagdgeschwader 11 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24April1945Paul-Heinrich Dahne, a WW2 Ace with 100.00 victories, died on this day
24April1965A Bell-Irving, a WW1 Ace with 19.00 victories, died on this day
24April1974K Leaske, a WW1 Ace with 11.00 victories, died on this day
24April1984Philip Fullard, a WW1 Ace with 52.00 victories, died on this day
24April2008Knight's Cross recipient Johannes Richter of Nachtjagdgeschwader 10 died on this day
24April2009Knight's Cross recipient Richard Czekay of 3./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 died on this day

 

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