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Killed aged 22 on 4th July 1943 when his Stirling BK718 WP-M of No.90 Sqn was shot down and crashed near Cologne. He is buried in Overloon War Cemetery. Son of John and Marion Freeland, of Hamilton, Lanarkshire.
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|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Leading Aircraftsman H Cooke : Squadron service dates updated|
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No.455 Sqn RAAF
Founded : 6th June 1941
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.|
Manufacturer : Bristol
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.
Manufacturer : Handley Page
Retired : 1942
Number Built : 1500
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.|
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
| 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 : 1st April|
|1||April||1917||Alfred Mohr, a WW1 Ace with 6.00 victories, died on this day|
|1||April||1942||Oberfeldwebel Erhard Stahl of 3.(K)/Lehrgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross|
|1||April||1944||Oberleutnant Martin Becker of IV./Nachtjagdgeschwader 6 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross|
|1||April||1945||Hauptmann Karl Peters of II./Lehrgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross|
|1||April||1945||Hauptmann Robert Zimmermann of I./Flak-Regiment 29 was awarded the Knight's Cross|
|1||April||1945||Leutnant Karl Spreitzer of 10.(Pz)/Schlachtgeschwader 2 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross|
|1||April||1977||J Hedley, a WW1 Ace with 13.00 victories, died on this day|
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