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No.32 Sqn RAF - Squadron Details - Aviation Directory

No.32 Sqn RAF


Name : No.32 Sqn RAF
Founded : 12th January 1916
Country : UK
More Details :

Adeste comites - Rally round, comrades
Known Code Letters : , GZ, KT,

Known Service Details :

Pilot or Aircrew

Rank

Start of Service

End of Service

Known Dates

Aircraft

Airframes

Notes

K. R. Aldridge

unknown

unknown

D. K. Ashton

unknown

unknown

D. J. Aslin

Sergeant

4th August 1940

22nd September 1940

A. R. H. Barton

Pilot Officer

4th August 1940

20th September 1940

Hurricane

N2596

Shot down and injured by cannon shell.

E. A. Bayley

Sergeant

unknown

unknown

03rd July 1940
18th August 1940

H. E. Black

unknown

unknown

G. G. R. Bulmer

Sub Lieutenant (FAA)

unknown

20th July 1940

Hurricane

N2670

Killed in Action

G. I. Cherrington

Pilot Officer

unknown

8th June 1940

Hurricane

N2582

Killed in Action

Michael Crossley

Squadron Leader

unknown

unknown

18th August 1940
24th August 1940

Hurricane

P3481

J. D. Crossman

Pilot Officer

unknown

unknown

S. Czternastek

unknown

unknown

R. G. C. de H. De Grunne

Pilot Officer

unknown

unknown

Hurricane

V6535

Jan P. Falkowski

Flight Officer

unknown

unknown

16th January 1941

Hurricane

P2984

Cecil Alfred Arthur Fell

unknown

13th February 1930

Killed in Action

J. Flinders

Pilot Officer

unknown

unknown

Hurricane

D. Flynn

Sergeant

unknown

unknown

02nd June 1940

Hurricane

P2727

P. M. Gardner

Flight Officer

unknown

unknown

R. J. K. Gent

Sergeant

unknown

August 1940

K. R. Gillman

Pilot Officer

unknown

25th August 1940

Hurricane

P2755

Killed in Action

D. H. Grice

Pilot Officer

unknown

unknown

08th June 1940
15th August 1940

Hurricane

P3353
N2459

T. Grier

Squadron Leader

unknown

5th December 1941

Hurricane

Z3237

Killed in Action

B. Henson

unknown

unknown

D. T. Hick

unknown

unknown

Jones

Sergeant

unknown

10th June 1940

Hurricane

N2533

Taken prisoner

K. Kirkcaldie

Pilot Officer

unknown

8th June 1940

N2406

Killed in Action

L. N. Landels

unknown

unknown

G. North

Sergeant

unknown

unknown

20th May 1940

Hurricane

N2583

J. F. Pain

Pilot Officer

unknown

unknown

18th August 1940

Hurricane

P3147

R. J. Parrott

unknown

unknown

Tony Pickering

Sergeant

July 1940

unknown

Hurricane

K. Pniak

Pilot Officer

unknown

unknown

24th August 1940

Hurricane

V6572

H. a'B. Russell

Flight Lieutenant

unknown

unknown

18th August 1940

V7363

E. G. A. Seghers

Pilot Officer

unknown

unknown

24th August 1940

V6567

Killed in Action

R. F. Smythe

Pilot Officer

unknown

unknown

14th August 1940
24th August 1940

Hurricane

P3171
V6568

G. A. Stroud

unknown

unknown

G. Turner

Flight Sergeant

unknown

unknown

19th July 1940

Hurricane

P3144

B. A. Wlasnowolski

Pilot Officer

August 1940

1st November 1940

Hurricane

N2608
R4081

Killed in Action

J. Worrall

Squadron Leader

unknown

unknown

20th July 1940

Hurricane

N2532

Pilots and Aircrew for : No.32 Sqn RAF
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Aldridge, K. R.
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Aldridge, K. R.

Pilot Officer K.R.Aldridge of No 501 Squadron on August 24th 1940. Pilot Officer Aldridge baled out of his Hurricane I (L1865) following combat with a Bf 109 over West Kingsdown. He was injured and sustained a broken arm.
Andrews, S. E.
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   Died : 9 / 8 / 1942
Andrews, S. E.

Killed in flying accident August 9th 1942
Ashton, D. K.
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   Died : 26 / 11 / 1940
Ashton, D. K.

Killed November 26th 1940
Aslin, D. J.
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Aslin, D. J.

Sergeant D.J. Aslin joined No 32 Squadron on the 4th of August 1940. Sergeant Aslin was posted to No 257 Squadron on 22nd of September and shot down by a Bf 109 on the 23rd of September 1940. Sergeant Aslin was wounded after he baled out of his Hurricane I (P2960).
Banks, W. H.
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Banks, W. H.


Barton, A. R. H.
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   Died : 4 / 4 / 1943
Barton, A. R. H.

Pilot Officer A.R.H. Barton was an experienced pilot with both the RAF and F.A.A. before the war. On the 20th September 1940 he was shot down again in a Hurricane I (R2686) by a Bf 109 over Kent. Barton was severely wounded and did not return to operations until February 1941. He was awarded the D.F.C. on the 10th of April 1942, credited with five kills during the Battle of Britain. He was awarded the Bar to the D.F.C. on the 7th of July 1942 for destroying a five enemy aircraft while in Malta. A.R.H.Barton was killed in a flying accident while an instructor on the 4th of April 1943, aged 29.
Bayley, E. A.
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   Died : 10 / 10 / 1940
Bayley, E. A.

Sergeant E.A.Bayley was with No 32 Squadron and recorded two victories with them. E.A.Bayley was posted to No 249 Squadron in September, Bayley was killed on the 10th of October 1940, when his Hurricane I (V7537) crashed due to oxygen failure while on a routine patrol.
Black, H. E.
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   Died : 9 / 11 / 1940
Black, H. E.

Sergeant H.E.Black flew with No 46 Hurricane Squadron, No 257 Squadron and No 32 Squadron. Sergeant Black was on patrol on the 29th October 1940 when he was shot down by a Bf 109 near Ashford, Kent. Sergeant Black later died of his wounds on the 9th of November 1940.
Brothers, Peter
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   Died : 18 / 12 / 2008
Brothers, Peter

Learnt to fly at the age of 16 and joined the RAF two years later in 1936. He first saw action in 1940 when as a Flight Commander in 32 Squadron, based at Biggin Hill, he flew his Hurricane against the fighters and bombers of the Luftwaffe. He recalls this as an intensely busy period, during which he shot down an Me109 - his first enemy aircraft; by the end of August that same year his tally of enemy aircraft shot down increased to eight. Awarded the DFC, he was transferred to 257 Squadron where he joined Bob-Stanford Tuck as a Flight Commander. Promoted in 1941 to Squadron Leader, Pete Brothers then took command of 457 Squadron RAAF, equipped with Spitfires. A year later when 457 Squadron returned to Australia, Pete took command of 602 Squadron. In the early autumn of 1942 he went on to become Wing Leader of the Tangmere Wing, succeeding his old friend, Douglas Bader. By the end of the war Pete Brothers had amassed 875 operational hours over a 44-month period. He was credited with having personally shot down 16 enemy aircraft and damaged many more. He later went on to command 57 Squadron during the Malaya campaign. Upon return to the UK Pete Brothers joined the V-Force, flying Valiant-4 jet bombers. He retired in 1973. Sadly, Pete Brothers died 18th December 2008.
Bulmer, G. G. R.
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   Died : 20 / 7 / 1940
Bulmer, G. G. R.

Sub-Lieutenant G.G.R.Bulmer of No.32 Squadron was killed on July 20th 1940. He was on patrol when his Hurricane was shot down by a Me109 off Dover. He was aged 20.
Cherrington, G. I.
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   Died : 8 / 6 / 1940
Cherrington, G. I.

Pilot Officer G.I.Cherrington of No.32 Squadron was killed whilst on patrol in his Hurricane (N2582) on June 8th 1940 when he was shot down. He was buried at St Marie in Le Havre.
Clerke, R. F. H.
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Clerke, R. F. H.


Connell, W. C.
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Connell, W. C.


Crossley, Michael
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   Died : 0 / 0 / 1987
Crossley, Michael

Squadron Leader Mike Nicholson Crossley joined the R.A.F in 1936 and joined No 32 Squadron. During the Battle for France Crossley had shot down seven enemy aircraft and was awarded the D.F.C. on the 21st of June 1940. During the Battle he was promoted to Squadron Leader and he shot down another 14 German aircraft while being shot down twice. At around 13:30hrs on the 18th of August he helped to shoot down a He 111 flown by R.Ahrens from I Gruppe of Kg 1. Later on that day he baled out of his Hurricane I (N2461) safely over Gillingham after combat. He was shot down again on the 24th of August 1940 over Folkestone in his Hurricane I (P3481). Crossley was awarded the D.S.O. on the 20th of August 1940. He was sent to America in 1941 as a test pilot with the British Air Commission. He returned to England in 1943, but his operational flying career ended when he contracted tuberculosis.
Crossman, J. D.
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   Died : 30 / 9 / 1940
Crossman, J. D.

Pilot Officer J.D.Crossman an Australian flew with No 46 Squadron and No 32 Squadron. He was shot down in his Hurricane I (V6748) on the 30th of September 1940 at Forest Row, Sussex and was killed.
Czternastek, S.
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   Died : 5 / 2 / 1941
Czternastek, S.

Pilot Officer S.Czternastek of No.615 Squadron was killed on February 5th 1940. His Hurricane (V7598) was involved in a collision over Dover with another Hurricane (V6618).
Davey, B.
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   Died : 12 / 6 / 1941
Davey, B.

Killed June 12th 1941
Daw, V. G.
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Daw, V. G.


De Grunne, R. G. C. de H.
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   Died : 25 / 5 / 1942
De Grunne, R. G. C. de H.

Pilot Officer Rodolphe.G.C.deH de Grunne, a Belgian of No 32 Squadron. On the 18th of August he baled out of his Hurricane I (V6535) badly burned after combat near Biggin Hill. On the 21st of May 1941 he was flying with No 609 Squadron and was killed when his Spitfire II (P7436) broke up during combat over the Channel.
Duckenfield, Byron
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   Died : 19 / 11 / 2010
Duckenfield, Byron

Byron Duckenfield started at Flying Training School on 25th November 1935 in a Blackburn B2 at Brough. As a Sergeant, he joined No.32 Sqn at Biggin Hill on 8th August 1936 and flew Gauntlets and Hurricanes. He joined 74 Squadron at Hornchurch on 11th April 1940, flying Spitfires, and on 5th May was posted to 501 Squadron flying Hurricanes at Tangmere. On the 11th of May at Betheniville, he survived a crash in a passenger transport Bombay aircraft in an aircraft in which he was a passenger, While comin ginto land the aircraft at 200 feet the aircraft stalled and the aircrfat fell backwards just levelly out as it histhe ground. 5 of th epassengers were killed when the centre section collapsed and crushed them. Duckenfield was fortunate as he had moved position during the flight. as the two passengers sitting each side of where he was sitting had died in the crash. (it was found later that the Bombay had beeb loaded with to much weight in the aft sectiion. ) recovering in hospital in Roehampton. On 23rd July 1940, he rejoined No.501 Sqn at Middle Wallop, then moved to to Gravesend two days later, scoring his first victory, a Ju87, on the 29th of July 1940. During August and September he scored three more victories. After a spell as a test pilot from 14th September 1940, he was posted to command 66 Squadron on 20th December 1941, flying Spitfires. On 26th February 1942 he took command of 615 Squadron flying Hurricanes from Fairwood Common, taking the squadron to the Far East. In late December 1942 he was shot down in Burma and captured by the Japanese. He remained a POW until release in May 1945. After a refresher course at the Flying Training School in November 1949, he took command of No.19 Squadron flying Hornets and Meteors from Chruch Fenton. After a series of staff positions, he retired from the RAF as a Group Captain on 28th May 1969. Duckenfield would write later his details :

Burma

At first light, 12 Hurricanes IIC aircraft of 615 Squadron, myself in the lead, took off from Chittagong for central Burma to attack the Japanese air base at Magwe, 300 miles away on the banks of the River Irrawaddy. Arriving at Yenangyaung, we turned downstream at minimum height for Magwe, 30 miles to the South and jettisoned drop tanks. Just before sighting the enemy base, the squadron climbed to 1200 feet and positioned to attack from up sun. On the ramp at the base, in front of the hangers, were 10 or 12 Nakajima KI - 43 Oscars in a rough line up (not dispersed) perhaps readying for take. These aircraft and the hangars behind them were attacked in a single pass, before withdrawing westward at low level and maximum speed. A few minutes later perhaps 20 miles away form Magwe, I was following the line of a cheung (small creek), height about 250 feet, speed aboput 280 mph, when the aircraft gave a violent shudder, accompanied by a very lound, unusual noise. The cause was instantly apparent: the airscrew has disappeared completely, leaving only the spinning hub. My immediate reaction was to throttle back fully and switch off to stop the violently overspeeding engine. Further action was obvious: I was committed to staying with the aircraft because, with a high initial speed, not enough height to eject could be gained without the help of an airscrew. So I jettisoned the canopy and acknowledged gratefully the fact that I was following a creek; the banks of either side were hillocky ground, hostile to a forced landing aircraft. Flying the course of the creek, I soon found the aircraft to be near the stall (luckily, a lower than normal figure without an airscrew) extended the flaps and touched down wheels-up with minimum impact ( I have done worse landings on a smooth runway!) My luck was holding, if one can talk of luck in such a situation. December is the height of the dry season in that area and the creek had little water, it was shallow and narrow at the point where I came down: shallow enough to support the fusalage and narrow enough to support wing tips. So I released the harness, pushed the IFF Destruct switch, climed out and walked the wing ashore, dryshod. The question may occur -Why did not others in the squadron see their leader go down? - the answer is simple, the usual tatctic of withdrawal from an enemy target was to fly single at high speed and low level on parallel courses until a safe distance from target was attained. Then, the formation would climb to re-assemble. Having left the aircraft, I now faced a formidable escape problem? I was 300 miles from friendly territory: my desired route would be westward but 80% of that 300 miles was covered by steep north-south ridges impenetrably clothed in virgin jungle; these were natural impediments, there was also the enemy to consider. Having thought over my predicament, I decided the best I could do - having heard reports of mean herted plainspeope - was to get as far into the hills as possible and then find a (hopefully sympathetic) village. I suppose I may have covered about 15 miles by nightfall when I came upon this small hill village and walked into the village square. Nobody seemed surprised to see me (I suspect I had been followed for some time) I wa given a quiet welcome, seated at a table in the open and given food. Then exhaustion took over, I fell asleep in the chair and woke later to find myself tied up in it. Next day I was handed over to a Japanese sergeant and escort who took me back to Magwe and, soon after that, 2.5 years captivity in Rangoon jail.

Sadly we have learned that Byron Duckenfield passed away on 19th November 2010.


Byron Duckenfield during a signing session in March 2010.

Cranston Fine Arts extend our many thanks to Byron Duckenfield for signing a number of our art prints over a number of sessions.

Byron Duckenfield at a signing session in 2010.

Byron Duckenfield's Hurricane P3059 (SD-N) of 501 Squadron.




Byron Duckenfield signing the print Quartet by Gerald Coulson at a signing session in February 2010.

Cranston Fine Arts extend our many thanks to Byron Duckenfield for spending the day (21/2/2010) signing a number of our art prints.

Falkowski, Jan P.
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Falkowski, Jan P.

Flight Officer Jan P.Falkowski from Poland flew Hurricane's with No 32 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. He later became a Wing Commander.
Falkowskj, J. P.
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Falkowskj, J. P.


Fell, Cecil Alfred Arthur
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   Died : 13 / 2 / 1930
Fell, Cecil Alfred Arthur

Killed 13 February 1930 in a Siskin of No.32 (Fighter) Squadron. Jumped form aiorcraft and parachute was not deployed
Flinders, J.
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Flinders, J.

Pilot Officer J.L.Flinders of No 32 Hurricane Squadron has scored 5 victories by the conclusion of the Battle of Britain.
Flynn, D.
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Flynn, D.

Sergeant D.Flynn of No.32 Squadron was reported missing on June 2nd 1940 whilst on patrol in his Hurricane (P2727), he had been shot down and made a prisoner of war.
Fumerton, R. C.
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Fumerton, R. C.


Fumerton, Robert
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   Died : 10 / 7 / 2006
Fumerton, Robert

One of the finest Canadian Beaufighter and Mosquito Aces, 14 victories. Moose Fumerton flew in the Battle of Britain with 32 Sqn before joining 1 RCAF Sqn. Converting to night fighting, he flew successfully in Egypt with 89 Sqn. In June 1942 he and his radar operator Sgt L.P.S. Bing flew with the squadron detachment to Malta. Here they were rapidly to become the island's top scoring night fighter team with 9 victories, Fumerton receiving the DFC and bar, and Bing the DFC and bar and a commission. On his second tour Fumerton commanded 406 Sqn on Mosquitoes, where he claimed the last of his 14 victories. He died 10th July 2006.
Gardner, P. M.
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Gardner, P. M.

Flight Officer P.M.Gardner firstly flew with No 3 Squadron, then No 32 Squadron in France before returning to the UK. Gardner was awarded the D.F.C. on the 30th of August 1940. On July 11th 1941 he was shot down over France and became a prisoner of war.
Gear, A. W.
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Gear, A. W.


Gent, R. J. K.
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   Died : 2 / 1 / 1941
Gent, R. J. K.

Sergeant R.J.K.Gent was flew with both No 32 Squadron and No 501 Squadron. Gent was posted from No 32 Squadron to No 501 Squadron in late August. Sergeant R.J.K.Gent was killed in a flying accident January 2nd 1941, he was 24.
Gillman, K. R.
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   Died : 25 / 8 / 1940
Gillman, K. R.

Pilot Officer K.R.Gillman joined No 32 Squadron on May 10th 1940, but did not first fly until June 7th. Gillman was shot down and killed on August 25th 1940 near Dover in a Hurricane I (P2755), he was 19.
Gould, D. L.
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Gould, D. L.


Grice, D. H.
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Grice, D. H.

Pilot Officer D.H.Grice of No.32 Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane (P3353) on June 8th 1940. He crash-landed near Rouen and escaped unhurt.
Grier, T.
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   Died : 5 / 12 / 1941
Grier, T.

Squadron Leader T.Grier of No.32 Squadron was killed on December 5th 1941. His Hurricane (Z3237) was shot down off Le Havre whilst attacking ships. He was 23.
Griffith, C. G.
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Griffith, C. G.


Henson, B.
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   Died : 17 / 11 / 1940
Henson, B.

Sergeant B.Henson of No.257 Squadron was killed on November 17th 1940. His Hurricane (N2342) was shot down east of Harwich. Hensons body was later recovered and buried at Cambridge.
Heywood, N. B.
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   Died : 22 / 10 / 1940
Heywood, N. B.

Killed October 22nd 1940
Hick, D. T.
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Hick, D. T.


Higgins, W. B.
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   Died : 14 / 9 / 1940
Higgins, W. B.

Killed September 14th 1940
Humpherson, J. B. W.
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   Died : 22 / 6 / 1941
Humpherson, J. B. W.

Killed June 22nd 1941
Humphreys, P. C.
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Humphreys, P. C.


Hutley, R. R.
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   Died : 29 / 10 / 1940
Hutley, R. R.

Killed October 29th 1940
Janicki, Z.
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   Died : 13 / 6 / 1944
Janicki, Z.

Killed June 13th 1944
Jones,
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Jones,

Taken prisoner on 10th June 1940 when his Hurricane Mk.I N2533 GZ-X of No.32 Sqn was in combat with a Hs126 and force landed near Le Treport.
Kirkcaldie, K.
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   Died : 8 / 6 / 1940
Kirkcaldie, K.

Pilot Officer K.Kirkcaldie of No.32 Squadron was killed on June 8th 1940 when his Hurricane (N2406) was shot down. He was 28 and buried at Houville-en-Vexin.
Korber, K.
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   Died : 3 / 5 / 1943
Korber, K.

Missing May 3rd 1943
Kosinski, B. K.
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   Died : 26 / 1 / 1942
Kosinski, B. K.

Missing January 26th 1942
Landels, L. N.
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   Died : 20 / 1 / 1942
Landels, L. N.

Killed January 20th 1942**
Lucas, S. E.
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Lucas, S. E.


Milnes, A. H.
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Milnes, A. H.


North, G.
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   Died : 10 / 2 / 1943
North, G.

Sergeant G.North of No.32 Squadron was flying in Hurricane (N2583) on May 20th 1940 when he crash-landed near Arras following combat. He baled out safely.
Pain, J. F.
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Pain, J. F.

Pilot Officer J.F.Pain of No.32 Squadron was seriously wounded on August 18th 1940. He baled out of his Hurricane (P3147) which was involved in combat over Biggin Hill and crashed near Herne Bay.
Parrott, R. J.
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   Died : 5 / 5 / 1941
Parrott, R. J.

Sergeant R.J.Parrott of No.257 Squadron was killed on May 5th 1941. His Hurricane (P3866) was shot down whilst coming into land at Duxford. He was buried at Whittlesford, Cambs. He was 25.
Pearce, L. H. B.
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   Died : 9 / 4 / 1941
Pearce, L. H. B.

Sergeant L.H.B.Pearce of No.32 Squadron was wounded on August 18th 1940, he baled out of his Hurricane (R4106) after combat near Canterbury.
Pfeiffer, J. P.
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   Died : 20 / 12 / 1943
Pfeiffer, J. P.

Missing December 20th 1943
Pickering, Tony
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   Died : 24 / 3 / 2016
Pickering, Tony

With the RAFVR just before the war commenced, Tony Pickering joined 32 Squadron at Biggin Hill in July 1940, flying Hurricanes, and in August 1940 to 501 Squadron at Gravesend. In September he was shot down in Hurricane P5200, but unhurt in a duel with an Me109, destroying another 109 a few weeks later. In December he joined 601 Squadron at Northolt. After a spell instructing, he joined 131 as a Flight Commander in February 1943, and later served as a Squadron Commander in the Middle East.
Pniak, K.
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Pniak, K.

Pilot Officer K.Pniak from No 32 Squadron was slightly wounded in action on August 24th 1940. He was shot down in his Hurricane I (V6572)over Folkestone and he baled out.
Priak, K
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Priak, K


Proctor, J. E.
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Proctor, J. E.

P/O J.E.Proctor was a pre-war pilot, he went to France with No 501 Squadron and claimed seven kills during this time. He was posted to No 32 Squadron on the 10th of July 1940. P/O J.E.Proctor shot down 2 Bf 110's on the 20th and Bf 109's on the 12th and the 24th of August 1940. He was awarded the D.F.C. on the 18th of March 1941, He received the Bar for the D.F.C. some later time.
Rose, Jack
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   Died : 10 / 10 / 2009
Rose, Jack

Jack Rose was born on January 18 1917 at Blackheath, London, and was educated at Shooters Hill School before studying Science at University College London where he represented the university at rugby. He joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve in October 1938, completing his training as a fighter pilot just before the outbreak of war. With the British Expeditionary force under constant air attack, fighter reinforcements were requested and Jack Rose flew one of the Hurricanes sent to Merville to reinforce No.3 Squadron. He was in action immediately and on the 15th he shared in the destruction of a Messerschmitt Bf109 as the air battle reached its climax. For the next few days the Hurricane squadrons operated at maximum intensity. During the afternoon of the 18th Rose intercepted a lone Messerschmitt Bf110 fighter over Douai and shot it down. A few hours earlier, his elder brother Tommy, of No 56 Squadron, had been shot down and killed in his Hurricane. The following day Rose attacked a Heinkel 111 and closed to within a few yards to shoot the bombers port engine. Oil from the engine covered the windscreen of his Hurricane so he climbed away, slowed the aircraft down to almost stalling speed, loosened his harness, stood on his seat and leant out of the cockpit in an attempt to clean the windscreen. As he did, tracer from an enemy fighter hit his aircraft. Seeing Rose standing in the cockpit, the German pilot claimed he had shot down the Hurricane, but Rose managed to break away. His aircraft was badly damaged but he managed a forced landing at a forward airfield where the aircraft was destroyed. Orders were given to evacuate the Hurricanes on the 20th. Without an aircraft, Rose joined others on a French transport and was flown to England. In the 10 days of the air war, No 3 Squadron lost seven pilots killed with another taken prisoner. A further nine Hurricanes were lost. He formed the new 184 Squadron in 1942, initially on Hurricanes, later Spitfires. In late 1943 the squadron converted to rocket firing Typhoons, and were heavily involved in the build up to D-Day, moving to France in late 1944. He later transferred to the Far East, finishing the war with 3 victories. Leading the rocket-firing Hawker Typhoons of 184 Squadron, Jack Rose swept down on German armour concentrations south of Caen on D-Day, the first of many such sorties over Normandy Constantly on call during the battle, the squadrons targets ranged from enemy armour and convoys, to gun and mortar positions, bridges and railway targets. From June 14, they operated from Advanced Landing Grounds in France, with the enemy close enough to fire at them on landing and take-off. Rose joined his first squadron, No 32, at Biggin Hill flying Hurricanes. In the Battle for France he scored three victories before returning to England to take part in the Battle of Britain. In 1942 he formed 184 Squadron from scratch, leading it until October 1944. He later flew Hurricanes again in the Far East. He left the RAF in October 1945. Sadly, Jack Rose died on 10th October 2009.
Rothwell, J. H.
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   Died : 22 / 2 / 1941
Rothwell, J. H.

Killed February 22nd 1941
Russell, H. a'B.
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Russell, H. a'B.

Flight Lieutenant H.a'B.Russell of No.32 squadron was seriously wounded on August 18th of 1940. His Hurricane (V7363) was in combat over Biggin Hill and he baled out.
Sasak, W.
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   Died : 30 / 11 / 1940
Sasak, W.

Killed November 30th 1940
Seghers, E. G. A.
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   Died : 26 / 7 / 1944
Seghers, E. G. A.

Pilot Officer Eugene Seghers a Belgian with No 32 Squadron was shot down into the sea on August 24th 1940 near Eltham in his Hurricane I (V6567). He got away with an enforced bath, he went on patrol the next day and had his first success three days later.
Seredyn, A.
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Seredyn, A.


Shead, H. F. W.
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Shead, H. F. W.


Smythe, R. F.
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Smythe, R. F.

Pilot Officer R.F.Smythe of No.32 Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane (P3171) on August 14th 1940 after combat with Me109s.
Stroud, G. A.
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Stroud, G. A.


Thacker, D. J.
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Thacker, D. J.


Thompson, P. D.
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Thompson, P. D.


Turner, G.
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Turner, G.

Flight Sergeant G.Turner in a Hurricane (P3144) from No 32 Squadron was in combat with a Bf 109 over Dover on July 19th. He baled out but was badly burned. The aircraft later crashed at Hougham.
Ward, J. L.
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   Died : 20 / 3 / 1942
Ward, J. L.

Killed March 20th 1942
Watson, Bruce D
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Watson, Bruce D

Joined the RAAF in December 1940. After initial training in Australia, gained his wings and graduated as a Pilot Officer in Canada. He sailed to the UK in 1941, then posted to 32 Sqn equipped with Hurricanes at Manston, gaining 2.5 victories. He then returned to Australia and joined 75 Sqn in June 1942. Flying Kittyhawks, Bruce took part in the Battle of Milne Bay as A Flight Commander and on 27th August 1942 he and Flg Off Peter Jones attacked 3 Val Dive Bombers over the Bay. They were credited with sharing 1 destroyed, 1 probable and 1 damaged. After serving at Milne Bay, he was posted to 2 OTU as an instructor. When Clive Caldwell formed 80 Fighter Wing RAAF in April 1944, he selected Watson to lead 457 Sqn. Bruce led the squadron from Darwin to, and operated from Morotai. Watsons Spitfire marked ZP-W was the first to wear the famed Grey Nurse scheme which the entire squadron adopted.
White, J. S.
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White, J. S.


Whitehouse, S. A. H.
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Whitehouse, S. A. H.


Wlasnowolski, B. A.
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   Died : 1 / 11 / 1940
Wlasnowolski, B. A.

Pilot Officer Boleslaw A. Wlasnowolski from Poland he flew with No 607 Squadron, No 32 Squadron & No 213 Squadron's. He joined No 32 Squadron on the 8th of August 1940. On August 18th 1940 he damaged his Hurricane I (R4081) when he ran into a tree stump at Biggin Hill after combat. He scored four kills during the Battle of Britain. He was shot down by a Bf 109 over Portsmouth in his Hurricane I (N2608) and killed on November 1st 1940, he was 23 years of age. Wlasnowolski was awarded V.M. (5th Class) on February 1st 1941 and K.W. on October 31st 1947.
Worrall, J.
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Worrall, J.

Squadron Leader John 'Baron' Worrall was Commanding Officer of No 32 Squadron in May of 1940. On July 20th 1940 he force landed his Hurricane I (N2532) near Hawkinge following combat with a Bf 109. Worrall was awarded the D.F.C. on August 6th 1940, although it is unclear what for, his only listed victory is noted as occurring on August 15th as a half-share.



Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Historical Notes :
05-12-1941 - Hurricane flown by Sergeant W.Fitch was shot down off Le Havre.
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
K. Kirkcaldie
Historical Notes :
08-06-1940 - Hurricane flown by Pilot Officer K.Kirkcaldie was shot down whilst on patrol, killing pilot Kirkcaldie.
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
D. H. Grice
Historical Notes :
15-08-1940 - Hurricane flown by Pilot Officer D.H.Grice was shot down and crash-landed near Rouen, pilot Grice escaped unhurt.
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
Michael Crossley
Historical Notes :
18-08-1940 - Hurricane flown by Squadron Leader Mike Nicholson Crossley crashed following combat over Gillingham. Pilot Crossley safely baled out.
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
J. Worrall
Historical Notes :
20-07-1940 - Hurricane flown by Squadron Leader John Worrall was forced to land near Hawkinge following combat with a Bf 109.
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
Jones
Historical Notes :
10-06-1940 - Hurricane flown by Sergeant Jones went missing whilst on patrol over Le Treport. It was last seen involved in a fight with a Hs126.
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
G. I. Cherrington
Historical Notes :
08-06-1940 - Hurricane flown by Pilot Officer G.I.Cherrington was shot down whilst on patrol, killing pilot Cherrington.
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
G. North
Historical Notes :
20-05-1940 - Hurricane flown by Sergeant G.North crash-landed near Arras following combat with Me109s. The aircraft was burnt out.
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
A. R. H. Barton
Historical Notes :
12-08-1940 - Hurricane flown by Pilot Officer A.R.H. Barton was shot down and crashed near Hawkinge, pilot Barton escaped unscathed.
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
B. A. Wlasnowolski
Historical Notes :
01-11-1940 - Hurricane flown by Pilot Officer Boleslaw A. Wlasnowolski was shot down by a Bf 109 over Portsmouth, pilot Wlasnowolski was killed.
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
G. G. R. Bulmer
Historical Notes :
20-07-1940 - Hurricane flown by Sub-Lieutenant G.G.R.Bulmer was shot down by a Me109 whilst on patrol near Dover.
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
D. Flynn
Historical Notes :
02-06-1940 - Hurricane flown by Sergeant D.Flynn was shot down and pilot Flynn was made a prisoner of war.
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
K. R. Gillman
Historical Notes :
25-08-1940 - Hurricane flown by Pilot Officer K.R. Gillman was shot down near Dover. Pilot Gillman was killed.
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
Jan P. Falkowski
Historical Notes :
16-01-1940 - Hurricane flown by Flight Officer J.P.Falkowski was involved in combat with a He111, before pilot Falkowski baled out and was injured on landing.
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
G. Turner
Historical Notes :
19-07-1940 - Hurricane flown by Flight Sergeant G.Turner was in combat with a Bf 109 over Dover and the aircraft crashed at Hougham.
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
J. F. Pain
Historical Notes :
18-08-1940 - Hurricane flown by Pilot Officer J.F.Pain was involved in combat over Biggin Hill and crashed near Herne Bay.
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
R. F. Smythe
Historical Notes :
14-08-1940 - Hurricane flown by Pilot Officer R.F.Smythe was written off after battle damage by Me109s over Dover.
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
D. H. Grice
Historical Notes :
08-06-1940 - Hurricane flown by Pilot Officer D.H.Grace was on patrol over Le Treport when it was forced to crash-land following combat with He111s near Rouen.
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
Michael Crossley
Historical Notes :
24-08-1940 - Hurricane flown by Squadron Leader Mike Nicholson Crossley was shot down over Folkestone.
Historical Notes :
xx-05-1940 - Joined 32 Squadron at Biggin Hill the following month and on 26th May 1940 moved with unit to Wittering then on 4th June 1940 it moved with the unit to Biggin Hill.
15-08-1940 - sustained Cat.R/FB when it was damaged by return fire from Dornier Do.17's Bombers the squadron were attacking at 18.00hrs off Selsey Bill. The pilot was Sgt B. Henson, managed to land the aircraft at Tangmere and he was unhurt. Later that month it was dismantled and removed to Hawker's for repair
10-01-1941 - Sgt Eric Gordon Bruce RAFVR (748618) wasa flying this Hurricane in formation as part of a formation flying exercise and had left base of Leconfield at 09.40hrs. During the exercise the formation entered cloud and this aircraft became detached from the pilot's section leader, the pilot then became lost when flying in the cloud. It eventually crashed into high ground in the snow covered Yorkshire Dales on Caldbergh Moor, south of Scrafton near Middleham and the pilot was sadly killed in the crash, he was probably flying level at the time of the crash. The wreckage was not found for some time, the police records state that it was discovered at 14.00hrs on 22nd January 1941. In the years after the crash the pilot's mother erected a memorial on the site of the crash. The pilot had only seventeen hours flying a Hurricane at the time of this incident
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
Gareth L. Nowell
Historical Notes :
23-05-1940 - Hurricane flown by Sergeant G.L.Nowell was on patrol over northern France when it was shot down by Me109s, pilot Nowell baled out safely.
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
B. A. Wlasnowolski
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
L. H. B. Pearce
Historical Notes :
18-08-1940 - Hurricane flown by Sergeant L.H.B.Pearce was involved in combat with a Me109 near Canterbury.
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
R. G. C. de H. De Grunne
Historical Notes :
18-08-1940 - Hurricane flown by Pilot Officer de Grunne was involved in combat over Biggin Hill.
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
E. G. A. Seghers
Historical Notes :
24-08-1940 - Hurricane flown by Pilot Officer Eugene Seghers was shot down into the sea off Eltham.
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
R. F. Smythe
Historical Notes :
24-08-1940 - Hurricane flown by Pilot Officer R.F.Smythe was written off. It was involved in combat over Folkmore with a Me109.
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
K. Pniak
Historical Notes :
24-08-1940 - Hurricane flown by Pilot Officer K.Pniak was shot down over Folkestone. Pilot Pniak baled out and suffered slight wounds.
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
J. D. Crossman
Historical Notes :
30-09-1940 - Hurricane flown by Pilot Officer J.D.Crossman was shot down at Forest Row, Sussex. Pilot Crossman was killed.
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
H. a'B. Russell
Historical Notes :
18-08-1940 - Hurricane flown by Flight Lieutenant H.a'B.Russell was in combat over Biggin Hill and pilot Russell baled out, he was wounded.
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
E. A. Bayley
Historical Notes :
10-10-1940 - Hurricane flown by Sergeant E.A.Bayley crashed due to oxygen failure while on a routine patrol. Sergeant Bayley was killed.
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Historical Notes :
10-06-1941 - Hurricane flown by Pilot Officer M.Remy crash-landed at Ireland following combat.
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
T. Grier
Historical Notes :
05-12-1941 - Hurricane flown by Squadron Leader T.Grier was shot down off Le Havre whilst attacking ships.
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Historical Notes :
05-12-1941 - Hurricane flown by Flight Officer A.A.S.Law went down after sustaining flak damage. Was later repaired.
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
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No.32 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
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No.32 Sqn RAF
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No.32 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
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No.32 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.32 Sqn RAF
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No.32 Sqn RAF
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No.32 Sqn RAF
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No.32 Sqn RAF
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No.32 Sqn RAF
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No.32 Sqn RAF
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No.32 Sqn RAF
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Known Individual Aircraft of No.32 Sqn RAF :

Type

Serial

Codes

First Flew

Squadron History

Aircrew History

History Notes

Engine

Factory

Hurricane IIB

BE582

-

details

no information

details

Hurricane I

N2406

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

N2459

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

N2461

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

N2532

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

N2533

GZ-X

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

N2582

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

N2583

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

N2596

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

N2608

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

N2670

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

P2727

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

P2755

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

P2984

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

P3144

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

P3147

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

P3171

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

P3353

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

P3481

-

details

details

details

Hurricane

P3522

-

details

no information

details

The Hawker Aircraft Co. Ltd Brooklands

Hurricane I

P3550

-

details

details

details

Hurricane

R4081

-

details

details

no information

Hurricane I

R4106

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

V6535

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

V6547

-

details

no information

no information

Hurricane I

V6567

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

V6568

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

V6572

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

V6748

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

V7363

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

V7537

-

details

details

details

Hurricane IIA

Z2832

-

details

no information

details

Hurricane IIB

Z3237

-

details

details

details

Hurricane IIB

Z4992

-

details

no information

details

Spitfire Vc

EE664

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 46

Westland

Spitfire Vc

EF635

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 50

Westland

Spitfire IX

EN552

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 63

Rolls Royce Hucknall

Spitfire VbT

EP343

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 46

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vc

JG733

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 46

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vc

JK226

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 46

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire VcT

JK337

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 46

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vc

JK340

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 46

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vc

JK434

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 46

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vc

JK652

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 46

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vc

JK873

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 50

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire VcT

JL131

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire VcT

JL235

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 50

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IX

JL256

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 63

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire VcT

JL325

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 50

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vc

LZ815

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire VcT

MA291

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 50

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IX

MA311

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 63

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IX

MA639

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 63

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IX

MA640

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 63

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IX

MA693

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 63

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire VcT

MA698

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 50

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IX

MA802

GZ-D

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 63

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IX

MA808

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 63

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IX

MH359

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 61

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire LFIX

MJ238

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 66

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire LFIX

MJ393

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 66

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire LFIX

PT539

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 66

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire FRXVIII

TP364

-

details

no information

no information

Griffon 67

Aldermaston

Spitfire FRXVIII

TP365

-

details

no information

no information

Griffon 67

Aldermaston

Spitfire FRXVIII

TP368

-

details

no information

no information

Griffon 67

Aldermaston

Spitfire FRXVIII

TP386

-

details

no information

no information

Griffon 67

Keevil

Spitfire FRXVIII

TP429

-

details

no information

no information

Griffon 65

Keevil

Spitfire FRXVIII

TP440

-

details

no information

no information

Griffon 65

Aldermaston

Spitfire FRXVIII

TP443

-

details

no information

no information

Griffon 67

Aldermaston

Spitfire FRXVIII

TP446

-

details

no information

no information

Griffon 67

Aldermaston

Spitfire FRXVIII

TZ203

-

details

no information

no information

Griffon 67

Aldermaston

Spitfire FRXVIII

TZ211

-

details

no information

no information

Griffon 67

Aldermaston

Spitfire FRXVIII

TZ214

-

details

no information

no information

Griffon 67

Aldermaston

Spitfire FRXVIII

TZ229

-

details

no information

no information

Griffon 67

Keevil

Spitfire FRXVIII

TZ232

-

details

no information

no information

Griffon 67

Keevil

Spitfire FRXVIII

TZ236

-

details

no information

no information

Griffon 67

Aldermaston

Aircraft for : No.32 Sqn RAF
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Gauntlet

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Manufacturer : Gloster

Gauntlet

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Hurricane



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Manufacturer : Hawker
Production Began : 1936
Number Built : 14533

Hurricane

Royal Air Force Fighter, the Hawker Hurricane had a top speed of 320mph, at 18,200 feet and 340mph at 17,500, ceiling of 34,200 and a range of 935 miles. The Hurricane was armed with eight fixed wing mounted .303 browning machine guns in the Mark I and twelve .303 browning's in the MKIIB in the Hurricane MKIIC it had four 20mm cannon. All time classic fighter the Hurricane was designed in 1933-1934, the first prototype flew in June 1936 and a contract for 600 for the Royal Air Force was placed. The first production model flew ion the 12th October 1937 and 111 squadron of the Royal Air Force received the first Hurricanes in January 1938. By the outbreak of World war two the Royal Air Force had 18 operational squadrons of Hurricanes. During the Battle of Britain a total of 1715 Hurricanes took part, (which was more than the rest of the aircraft of the Royal air force put together) and almost 75% of the Victories during the Battle of Britain went to hurricane pilots. The Hawker Hurricane was used in all theatres during World war two, and in many roles. in total 14,533 Hurricanes were built.




Last edited : 12:21, June 23, 2016
Last editor : HMS
Latest No.32 Sqn RAF Artwork Releases !
 Australian by birth and serving with the New Zealand army in the middle east at the outbreak of World War 1, Arthur Coningham joined the RFC in 1917 and was posted to 32 Squadron, flying DH.2s, as depicted here. It was in such a machine that Coningham scored the first of his 14 victories, sending down a German two seater over Ervillers. He survived the war and was made AOC Desert Air Force in 1941 before taking command of 2nd Tactical Air Force until the Second World War's end whereupon he became Air Marshal and was awarded a knighthood. He died in January 1948.

Major Arthur Coningham by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 You can almost hear the roar of their mighty Merlin engines and feel the prop-wash in this salute to the Hawker Hurricane.  This classic portrayal of this much-loved fighter depicts a pair of Mk.I Hurricanes from No.32 Sqn leading the scramble away from their forward airfield.  Often making three, four or five such scrambles a day at the height of the battle, this time they are racing to intercept Luftwaffe intruders who have been spotted crossing the Kent coast.

Response to Call by Robert Taylor.
 Pete Brothers in GZ-L leads Hurricanes of No.32 Squadron on patrol during the Battle of Britain.

32 Squadron Hurricanes - Battle of Britain by Graeme Lothian. (P)
 If you had the height, you controlled the battle. If you came out of the sun, the enemy could not see you. If you held your fire until you were very close, you seldom missed. These three basic rules contributed to the prowess in aerial combat of some of the most successful fighter pilots in history and seldom were they more valuable than when outnumbered. Between July and October 1940 the brave young pilots of RAF Fighter Command were under intense pressure from the constant attacks of the Luftwaffe and the Hawker Hurricane was <i>the</i> machine of the Battle of Britain, accounting for 80 percent of Allied victories.  In this painting, Hurricanes of 32 Sqn climb high into the morning sky, gaining Height and Sun in an attempt to take the advantage over the onslaught of enemy fighters - August, 1940.  This image captures the surreal calmness above the clouds, belying the fury of action and ultimate sacrifices made in those crisp blue skies.

Height and Sun by Robert Taylor.

No.32 Sqn RAF Artwork



32 Squadron Hurricanes - Battle of Britain by Graeme Lothian. (P)

Battle for Biggin by Kenneth McDonough.


Major Arthur Coningham by Ivan Berryman.


Height and Sun by Robert Taylor.


Steinhoff Tribute by Robert Taylor.


The Guardians by Philip West.


Response to Call by Robert Taylor.

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