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A R Charlesworth

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Volunteered at the age of 18 in 1942 and trained as a pilot in Canada. On returning to England in spring of 1942, he trained on Whitley Bombers and converted to Stirlings in January 1945. He took part in the Rhine Crossing towing a Horsa glider, which was his last operation. He joined 299 Sqdn at Shepherds Gove in April 1945 and was heavily engaged in towing gliders (Horsas) and supply drop training. Before the end of the European was, he flew Stirling [Vs supplying our advancing armies through Europe and completed one operational supply drop to Denmark underground forces. He left the RAF in 1947.

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As night falls, Short Stirlings of XV Squadron based at Mildenhall, Cambridgeshire, await their crews for yet another nocturnal mission. One of the almost forgotten Bomber Command aircraft that made a very significant contribution to the war effort. ......Teamwork by Philip West.
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As night falls, Short Stirlings of XV Squadron based at Mildenhall, Cambridgeshire, await their crews for yet another nocturnal mission. One of the almost forgotten Bomber Command aircraft that made a very significant contribution to the war effort. ......

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 As night falls, Short Stirlings of XV Squadron based at Mildenhall, Cambridgeshire, await their crews for yet another nocturnal mission. One of the almost forgotten Bomber Command aircraft that made a very significant contribution to the war effort.......Teamwork by Philip West. (AP)
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As night falls, Short Stirlings of XV Squadron based at Mildenhall, Cambridgeshire, await their crews for yet another nocturnal mission. One of the almost forgotten Bomber Command aircraft that made a very significant contribution to the war effort.......

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Short Stirling Print Pack.
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Teamwork by Philip West.
Tribute to the Crews of the Stirling by Graeme Lothian.
Stirlings of No.90 Squadron by Ivan Berryman.
Preparing To Go - Crew of a Short Stirling by Ivan Berryman.

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Short Stirling Bomber Prints by Philip West and Ivan Berryman.
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Teamwork by Philip West.
Stirlings of No.90 Squadron by Ivan Berryman.

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Bomber Command Stirling Aircraft Prints by Ivan Berryman and Philip West.
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Teamwork by Philip West.
Preparing To Go - Crew of a Short Stirling by Ivan Berryman.

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Stirling Bomber Prints by Graeme Lothian and Philip West.
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Teamwork by Philip West.
Tribute to the Crews of the Stirling by Graeme Lothian.

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Short Stirling Aircraft Prints by Ivan Berryman and Philip West.
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Teamwork by Philip West.
Tugs of War (Stirling & Gliders) by Ivan Berryman.

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A R Charlesworth

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No.299 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 4th November 1943
Fate : Disbanded 15th February 1946

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No.299 Sqn RAF

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Stirling



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Manufacturer : Short
Production Began : 1939
Number Built : 2381

Stirling

The Royal Air Force's first four engined monoplane Bomber, the Short Stirling first flew in May 1939 and entered front line service in August 1940 with no. 7 squadron. Due to its poor operational ceiling the aircraft sustained heavy losses and by mid 1942 the Stirling was beginning to be replaced by the Lancaster. Improved versions of the Short Stirling were built for Glider towing, paratroopers and heavy transport. also from 1943 many of the Stirling's were used for mine laying. A total of 2381 Stirling's were built for the Royal air Force and from this total 641 Stirling bombers were lost to enemy action. Crew 7 or 8: Speed: 260 mph (MK1) 275mph (MKIII) and 280mph (MKV)Service ceiling 17,000 feet Range: 2330 miles. (MK1) 2010 miles (MKIII) and 3,000 miles (MKV) Armament: two .303 Vickers machine guns. in nose turret, two .303 in browning machine guns in dorsal turret , Four .303 Browning machine guns in tail turret. Bomb Load 14,000 Lbs Engines: four 1150 Hp Bristol Hercules II (MK1) four 1650 hp Bristol Hercules XVI (MK111 and MKV)

Whitley

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Manufacturer : Armstrong Whitworth
Production Began : 1937
Retired : 1942
Number Built : 1814

Whitley

The Whitley first entered service with No. 10 Squadron in March 1937, replacing Handley Page Heyford biplanes. By the outbreak of the Second World War, seven squadrons were operational, the majority flying Whitley IIIs or IVs, as the Whitley V had only just been introduced. ] With the Handley Page Hampden and the Vickers Wellington, Whitleys bore the brunt of the early fighting and saw action on the first night of the war, when they dropped propaganda leaflets over Germany.[8] Among the many aircrew who flew the Whitley in operations over Germany, was Leonard Cheshire who spent most of his first three years at war flying them. Unlike the Hampden and Wellingtonwhich met specification B.9/32 for a day bomberthe Whitley was always intended for night operations and escaped the early heavy losses received in daylight raids on German shipping, early in the war. With Hampdens, the Whitley made the first bombing raid on German soil on the night of 19/20 March 1940, attacking the Hornum seaplane base on the Island of Sylt. Whitleys also carried out Operation Haddock the first RAF raid on Italy, on the night of 11/12 June 1940. As the oldest of the three bombers, the Whitley was obsolete by the start of the war, yet over 1,000 more were produced before a suitable replacement was found. A particular problem with the twin-engine aircraft, was that it could not maintain altitude on one engine. Whitleys flew 8,996 operations with RAF Bomber Command, dropped 9,845 tons (8,931 tonnes) of bombs and 269 aircraft were lost in action. From April 1942, the Whitley was retired as first-line bomber. It continued to serve as glider tug, paratroop trainer, transport, or radio countermeasures aircraft. It also played an important role in Coastal Command . No. 100 Group RAF used Whitleys to carry airborne radar and electronic counter-measures. In February 1942, Whitleys carried the paratroops who participated in the Bruneval raid (Operation Biting) in which German radar technology was captured from a German base on the coast of France. The British Overseas Airways Corporation operated 15 Whitley Mk Vs converted into freighters in 1942. Running night supply flights from Gibraltar to Malta, they took seven hours to reach the island, often landing during air attacks. They used large quantities of fuel for a small payload and were replaced in August 1942 by the Lockheed Hudson, with the 14 survivors being returned to the Royal Air Force. Long-range Coastal Command Mk VII variants, were among the last in front-line service, with the first kill attributed to them being the sinking of the German submarine U-751, on 17 July 1942, in combination with a Lancaster heavy bomber.

Aviation History Timeline : 22nd February
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
22February1941Flight Lieutenant J Scoular of No.112 Sqn RAF shot down a SM79
22February1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O H. Morgan-Gray of 46 Squadron, was Killed.
22February1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O J. H. Rothwell of 601, 605 & 32 Squadrons, was Killed.
22February1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. D. S. Wallis of 23 & 235 Squadrons, was Killed.
22February1941Former New Zealand Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt R. W. A. Brookman of 253 Squadron, was Killed.
22February1942Feldwebel Bruno Sassen of 10./Fallschirmjger-Regiment 3 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
22February1942Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O R. I. Chaffe of 245 and 43 Squadrons, was Killed.
22February1942General der Flieger Helmuth Frster of I. Fliegerkorps was awarded the Knight's Cross
22February1942Leutnant Hans-Joachim Marseille of 3./Jagdgeschwader 27 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
22February1942Oberfeldwebel Otto Schulz of II./Jagdgeschwader 27 was awarded the Knight's Cross
22February1945 Charles Price of 352nd Fighter Group, 486th Fighter Squadron shot down a Me262
22February1945 David Fox of 366th Fighter Group, 391st Fighter Squadron shot down a Me262
22February1945 Gordon Compton of 353rd Fighter Group, 351st Fighter Squadron shot down a Me262
22February1945 Oliven Cowan of 365th Fighter Group, 388th Fighter Squadron shot down a Me262
22February1945 Wayne Blickenstaff of 353rd Fighter Group, 350th Fighter Squadron shot down a Me262
22February1945Flight Lieutenant John Stafford of No.486 Sqn RAF shot down a Me109
22February1946Gerhard Michalski, a WW2 Ace with 73.00 victories, died on this day
22February1946Knight's Cross recipient Gerhard Michalski of 4./Jagdgeschwader 53 died on this day
22February1988Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/Lt B. Heath of 611 Squadron, Passed away.
22February2007Commander Sidney Hal Jim Suthers DSC DFC RN, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
22February2009Squadron Leader Tom McPhee CB DFC*, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day

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