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RECENT UPDATES TO OUR AVIATION HISTORY DATABASES
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No.455 Sqn RAAF

Founded : 6th June 1941
Country : Australia
Fate : Disbanded 25th May 1945
Known Aircraft Codes : UB

Strike and strike again

No.455 Sqn RAAF

No.455 Sqn RAAF Artwork Collection



Strike and Strike Again by Robert Taylor.

Turmoil in Norwegian Waters by Marii Chernev.

Aircraft for : No.455 Sqn RAAF
A list of all aircraft known to have been flown by No.455 Sqn RAAF. A profile page including a list of all art prints for the aircraft is available by clicking the aircraft name.
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Blenheim

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Manufacturer : Bristol

Blenheim

The Bristol Blenheim, the most plentiful aircraft in the RAFs inventory when WWII began, was designed by Frank Barnwell, and when first flown in 1936 was unique with its all metal monoplane design incorporating a retractable undercarriage, wing flaps, metal props, and supercharged engines. A typical bomb load for a Blenheim was 1,000 pounds. In the early stages of the war Blenheims were used on many daylight bombing missions. While great heroism was displayed by the air crews, tremendous losses were sustained during these missions. The Blenhiem was easy pickings at altitude for German Bf-109 fighters who quickly learned to attack from below. To protect the vulnerable bellies of the Blenheims many missions were shifted to low altitude, but this increased the aircrafts exposure to anti-aircraft fire.

Hampden



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Manufacturer : Handley Page
Retired : 1942
Number Built : 1500

Hampden

The Handley Page HP.52 Hampden was a twin-engine medium bomber built for the Royal Air Force and was used by Bomber Command in the early years of world war two. Along with the other medium bombers the Whitley and Wellington, the Hampden bore the brunt of the early bombing war over Europe, taking part in the first night raid on Berlin and the first 1,000-plane raid on Cologne. The newest of the three medium bombers, the Hampden was known as the Flying Suitcase because of its cramped crew conditions. A total of 226 Hampdens were in service with eight Royal Air Force squadrons by the start of the Second World War. Despite its speed and agility, in operational use the Hampden was no match for the fighters of the Luftwaffe (ME109 and FW 190) and the Hampdens role as a day bomber was brief, but Hampdens continued to operate at night on bombing raids over Germany and in mine laying (code-named gardening) in the North Sea. Almost half of the Hampdens built – 714, were lost on operations, witht he loss of 1,077 crew killed and another 739 missing. German flak accounted for 108; with one Hampden being lost due to German Barrage balloons; 263 Hampdens crashed due to a variety of causes, and 214 others were classed as missing. Luftwaffe pilots claimed 128 Hampdens, shooting down 92 at night. The Hampden soon became obsolete for its roll as a medium modern bomber, after operating mainly at night, it was retired from Bomber Command service in late 1942. but continued with Coastal Command throughout 1943 as a long-range Torpedo Bomber (the Hampden TB Mk I which carried the Mk XII torpedo in an open bomb-bay and a single 500 lb (230 kg) bomb under each wing) The Hampden was also used by the Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal New Zealand Air Force.
Signatures for : No.455 Sqn RAAF
A list of all signatures from our database who are associated with this squadron. A profile page is available by clicking their name.
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Air Marshal Sir Harold (Mick) Martin KCB CB DSO* AFC RAAF
Click the name or photo above to see prints signed by or with the mounted signature of Air Marshal Sir Harold (Mick) Martin KCB CB DSO* AFC RAAF

3 / 11 / 1988Died : 3 / 11 / 1988
Air Marshal Sir Harold (Mick) Martin KCB CB DSO* AFC RAAF

Born 27th February 1918, Australian Mick Martin joined the RAF in 1940 and had flown tours with 455 Squadron RAAF and 50 Squadron RAF before joining Guy Gibson at 617 Squadron. Pilot of AJ-P, Mick Martin was Deputy Leader of the Dams Raid and flew in Gibsons lead group. Third aircraft to attack the Mohne Dam, he was awarded the DSO for his part in the raid. Mick Martin later served with Leonard Cheshire, and went on to a distinguished career after the war. ADC to the Queen in 1963, he eventually retired from the RAF as an Air Marshal in 1974. Mick Martin died 3rd November 1988.


Aviation History Timeline : 31st July
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
31July1918G McElroy, a WW1 Ace with 47.00 victories, died on this day
31July1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O H. R. Gunn of 74 Squadron, was Killed.
31July1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt E. Waite of 29 Squadron, was Killed.
31July1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. F. W. Eley of 74 Squadron, was Killed.
31July1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. J. B. Thompson of 25 Squadron, was Killed.
31July1940Leutnant of the Reserves Albert von Schwerin of I./Kampfgeschwader 26 was awarded the Knight's Cross
31July1940Oberfeldwebel Gerhard Renz of II./Kampfgeschwader 26 was awarded the Knight's Cross
31July1942Oberleutnant Walter Giehrl of 7./Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 138 was awarded the Knight's Cross
31July1942Rudolf Pflanz, a WW2 Ace with 52.00 victories, died on this day
31July1943Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/Lt. J. A. F. DFC Maclachlan of 145 & 73 Squadrons, Died as POW.
31July1943Hauptmann Friedrich Lorenz of 1./Sturzkampfgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
31July1943Oberfeldwebel Josef Kociok of 10. (NJ)/Zerstörergeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
31July1943Oberleutnant Erich Baumgartl of 3./Kampfgeschwader 55 was awarded the Knight's Cross
31July1944Former Canadian Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt O. W. Porter of 111 Squadron, was Killed.
31July1965Ruggiero Piccio, a WW1 Ace with 24.00 victories, died on this day
31July1989George Vaughn, a WW1 Ace with 13.00 victories, died on this day
31July1992Group Captain Leonard Cheshire VC OM DSO** DFC*, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
31July1992Victoria Cross recipient Leonard Cheshire of No.35 Squadron RAF died on this day
31July1999Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/Lt. A. Ingle of 605 Squadron, Passed away.
31July1999Group Captain Alec Ingle, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
31July2007John Asmussen, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day

 

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