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No.457 Sqn RAAF - Squadron Details - Aviation Directory

No.457 Sqn RAAF


Name : No.457 Sqn RAAF
Founded : 16th June 1941
Disbanded : 21st June 1942
Country : Australia
Fate : Disbanded 21st June 1942
Known Code Letters : , ZP, RG, BP, XB,

Known Service Details :

Pilot or Aircrew

Rank

Start of Service

End of Service

Known Dates

Aircraft

Airframes

Notes

Richard Arthur George Halliday

Sergeant

unknown

9th May 1942

Spitfire

AA851

Killed in Action

Pilots and Aircrew for : No.457 Sqn RAAF
A list of all aircrew from our database who are associated with this squadron. A profile page is available by clicking their name.
NameInfo
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.
Gibbes, Bobby
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   Died : 11 / 4 / 2007
Gibbes, Bobby

Born 6th May 1916. Bobby Gibbes began pilot training in 1940, and by June 1941 was flying Tomahawks with No3 RAAF Sqn. By February 1942, he was commanding the squadron. Upgrading to the Kittyhawk, he had more aerial victories, before being forced to bale out on May 26th 1942. On December 21st 1942, during an action in the Western Desert, an aircraft from the squadron was forced to crash land a few miles from the target. Gibbes landed his aircraft in the rocky desert, aiming to pick up the downed pilot. He ditched his own parachute, sitting on the pilots lap in the cockpit. On take-off, one wheel fell off the aircraft after colliding with an object on the groud, but he managed to land the aircraft on the one remaining wheel, avoiding a damaging belly landing. He was then shot down behind enemy lines, evading capture for three days before being rescued. He returned to Australia, and was injured during a training flight crash. He died 11th April 2007.
Gould, A J Nat
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Gould, A J Nat

Joined the RAAF in April 1940 and trained in Australia. Nat sailed to the UK in December 1940 and attended 56 OTU at Sutton Bridge. In April 1941 he joined 17 Sqn RAF and in September joined 134 Sqn equipped with Hurricanes and sailed aboard HMS Argus for Murmansk, USSR. After some ops, Nat returned to the UK in December and converted to Spitfires. He then sailed for Australia in March 1942 and joined 75 Sqn RAAF equipped with Kittyhawks. He flew to New Guinea in July and participated in the Battle of Milne Bay and on 28th August twice flew S A29-133 on ops and remained with 75 Sqn until December. After instructing at 2 OTU, Nat was posted in October 1943 to 457 Sqn equipped with Spitfires at Darwin. After 12 months of operations he returned to 2 OTU. In June 1945, Gould transferred to RANVR for service with the RN. Nat Gould commanded 816 Firefly and 806 Sea Fury Sqns during Korea.
Halliday, Richard Arthur George
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   Died : 9 / 5 / 1942
Halliday, Richard Arthur George

Killed aged 27 when the Spitfire (AA851) he was flying was abandoned off Deal while returning from escort duties on 9th May 1942. He is buried at Aylesham cemetery in Kent. Son of Richard Blair Halliday and Maggie Muriel Halliday; husband of Una Joyce Halliday, of Springton, South Australia.
James, Ken
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James, Ken

A native of Victoria, Squadron Leader Ken James first served in the UK before going back to Australia in August 1944. He became CO of No.85 Squadron RAAF from September 1944 to March 1945, then No.790 Squadron RAAF in May 1945. Squadron Leader Ken James made the first Spitfire flight in Australia just before midday on the 25th August. He demonstrated the aircraft to an audience of assembled VIPs and film-camera men. After assembly the six aircraft were ferried up to RAAF Richmond, near Sydney, NSW. Leader Ken ‘Skeeter’ James later took charge of 457 squadron and ended the war with 2.5 victories.
MacLean, Don
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MacLean, Don

Flight Commander, 457 Squadron. In mid 1940 Don Maclean joined the RAAF, arriving in the UK in April 1941. Commissioned two months later he joined 457 Squadron, which, based at Redhill, became part of the Kenley Wing. By the time the squadron departed for Australia in July 1942, when he was made a Flight Commander, he had claimed 3 Fw190s destroyed. His tour of operations in Darwin began on 16th January 1943 and during the next 12 months his total score had risen to 4 destroyed, 3 probables and 5 damaged. After a short tour as an instructor, Don finished the war back with 457 Squadron in Borneo, and was acting C.O. until disbandment. Don was awarded the DFC.
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.



Pilots or Aircrew :
Richard Arthur George Halliday
Historical Notes :
07-11-1941 - Joined No.609 Sqn RAF.
18-11-1941 - Joined No.124 Sqn RAF.
25-11-1941 - Joined No.401 Sqn RAF.
01-03-1942 - Joined No.452 Sqn RAAF.
14-03-1942 - Damaged on operations.
20-03-1942 - Joined No.457 Sqn RAAF.
09-05-1942 - Destroyed when abandoned off Deal while returning from escort duties. Sergeant Richard Arthur George Halliday killed.
Pilots or Aircrew :
J L J Croquet
Historical Notes :
09-12-1941 - Joined No.457 Sqn RAAF.
23-03-1942 - Joined No452 Sqn RAAF.
04-06-1942 - Joined No.93 Sqn.
18-08-1943 - Joined No.308 Sqn.
29-10-1943 - Joined No.349 Sqn with code GE-U.
10-02-1944 - Crashed near Epinay. Pilot Officer J L J Croquet evaded capture.
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Historical Notes :
27-04-1942 - Joined No.457 Sqn
24-05-1942 - Joined No.602 Sqn
16-07-1942 - Joined No.416 Sqn
23-01-1943 - Damaged on operations.
03-02-1943 - Missing near Calais.
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Pilots or Aircrew :
Bobby Gibbes
Historical Notes :
31-08-1940 - Damaged on operations.
Pilots or Aircrew :
P. W. Horton
Historical Notes :
26-08-1940 - Damaged by Me109 near Portsmouth and completed wheels up landing at Middle Wallop. Pilot Officer Horton ok.
Pilots or Aircrew :
J. Mann
Historical Notes :
04-09-1940 - Damaged and force landed at Biggin Hill. Sergeant Mann injured.
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Known Individual Aircraft of No.457 Sqn RAAF :

Type

Serial

Codes

First Flew

Squadron History

Aircrew History

History Notes

Engine

Factory

Spitfire Vb

AA842

25/09/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Eastleigh

Spitfire Vb

AA851

05/10/1941

details

details

details

Merlin 46

Eastleigh

Spitfire Vb

AA935

30/10/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

High Post

Spitfire Vb

AA982

17/11/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Eastleigh

Spitfire Vb

AB138

15/11/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Chattis Hill

Spitfire Vb

AB140

GW-E

19/11/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Chattis Hill

Spitfire Vb

AB142

20/11/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Chattis Hill

Spitfire Vb

AB148

25/11/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

High Post

Spitfire Vb

AB171

20/11/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Eastleigh

Spitfire Vb

AB175

GE-U

20/11/1941

details

details

details

Merlin 45

Eastleigh

Spitfire Vb

AB185

25/11/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Eastleigh

Spitfire Vb

AB243

22/11/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Chattis Hill

Spitfire Vb

AB244

25/11/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Chattis Hill

Spitfire Vb

AB245

26/11/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Chattis Hill

Spitfire Vb

AB260

SK-K

25/01/1942

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Spitfire Vc

AB495

16/01/1942

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Spitfire Vb

AB967

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

AB994

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

AD187

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

AD517

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

AD537

UD-R

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

AD570

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vc

AR523

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 46

Westland

Spitfire Vc

AR526

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 46

Westland

Spitfire Vc

AR558

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 46

Westland

Spitfire Vb

BL294

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45M

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BL333

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BL351

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BL384

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BL418

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45M

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BL422

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BL467

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BL468

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BL491

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BL548

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BL633

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BL636

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BL810

02/04/1942

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BM122

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BM143

DW-Y

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BM159

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BM180

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BM181

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 46

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BM188

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BM189

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BM190

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 46

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BM192

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BM193

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BM211

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BM243

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BM251

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BM303

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BM305

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BM325

24/03/1942

details

no information

details

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BM366

A

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vc

BP858

12/02/1942

details

no information

no information

Merlin 46

Chattis Hill

Spitfire Vc

BP859

14/02/1942

details

no information

no information

Merlin 46

Chattis Hill

Spitfire VcT

BR238

21/06/1942

details

no information

no information

Merlin 46

Supermarine (dispersal)

Spitfire VcT

BR462

16/05/1942

details

no information

no information

Merlin 46

Chattis Hill

Spitfire VcT

BR468

16/05/1942

details

no information

no information

Merlin 46

Chattis Hill

Spitfire VcT

BR490

07/06/1942

details

no information

no information

Merlin 46

Chattis Hill

Spitfire VcT

BR493

11/06/1942

details

no information

no information

Merlin 46

Chattis Hill

Spitfire VcT

BR499

13/06/1942

details

no information

no information

Merlin 46

Chattis Hill

Spitfire VcT

BR527

13/06/1942

details

no information

no information

Merlin 46

High Post

Spitfire VcT

BR531

20/06/1942

details

no information

no information

Merlin 46

High Post

Spitfire VcT

BR533

20/06/1942

details

no information

no information

Merlin 46

High Post

Spitfire VcT

BR538

25/06/1942

details

no information

no information

Merlin 46

High Post

Spitfire VcT

BR540

29/06/1942

details

no information

no information

Merlin 46

High Post

Spitfire VcT

BR541

02/07/1942

details

no information

no information

Merlin 46

High Post

Spitfire VcT

BR542

05/07/1942

details

no information

no information

Merlin 46

High Post

Spitfire HFVIII

MV133

-

details

details

no information

Merlin 70

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

N3246

18/12/1939

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire IIa

P7280

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Morris Motors

Spitfire IIa

P7368

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7438

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7445

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7502

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7529

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7611

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIb

P7696

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7743

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7756

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7776

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7814

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7818

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7905

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7917

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7998

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P8017

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P8090

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P8175

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P8360

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P8380

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P8425

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Ia

P9546

03/05/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

R6835

XT-W

28/06/1940

details

no information

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Vb

R7348

19/04/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Eastleigh

Spitfire Vb

W3950

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45M

High Post

Spitfire Ia

X4023

26/07/1940

details

details

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4051

30/07/1940

details

details

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4473

16/09/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4817

BP-C

22/11/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4818

24/11/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4824

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4840

06/12/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4842

07/12/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4844

10/12/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4845

09/12/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4905

23/12/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4906

26/12/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4908

27/12/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4911

29/12/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4912

29/12/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4936

17/01/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4938

17/01/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4993

24/01/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4996

27/01/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Aircraft for : No.457 Sqn RAAF
A list of all aircraft associated with No.457 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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Spitfire



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Manufacturer : Supermarine
Production Began : 1936
Retired : 1948
Number Built : 20351

Spitfire

Royal Air Force fighter aircraft, maximum speed for mark I Supermarine Spitfire, 362mph up to The Seafire 47 with a top speed of 452mph. maximum ceiling for Mk I 34,000feet up to 44,500 for the mark XIV. Maximum range for MK I 575 miles . up to 1475 miles for the Seafire 47. Armament for the various Marks of Spitfire. for MK I, and II . eight fixed .303 browning Machine guns, for MKs V-IX and XVI two 20mm Hispano cannons and four .303 browning machine guns. and on later Marks, six to eight Rockets under the wings or a maximum bomb load of 1,000 lbs. Designed by R J Mitchell, The proto type Spitfire first flew on the 5th March 1936. and entered service with the Royal Air Force in August 1938, with 19 squadron based and RAF Duxford. by the outbreak of World war two, there were twelve squadrons with a total of 187 spitfires, with another 83 in store. Between 1939 and 1945, a large variety of modifications and developments produced a variety of MK,s from I to XVI. The mark II came into service in late 1940, and in March 1941, the Mk,V came into service. To counter the Improvements in fighters of the Luftwaffe especially the FW190, the MK,XII was introduced with its Griffin engine. The Fleet Air Arm used the Mk,I and II and were named Seafires. By the end of production in 1948 a total of 20,351 spitfires had been made and 2408 Seafires. The most produced variant was the Spitfire Mark V, with a total of 6479 spitfires produced. The Royal Air Force kept Spitfires in front line use until April 1954.




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