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Name : Robert Stanford-Tuck
Died : 5th May 1987
Air Victories : 29.00
Distinguished Flying Cross
Distinguished Flying Cross with 1 Bar
Distinguished Flying Cross with 2 Bars
Bob Stanford Tuck was a flamboyant fighter pilot, his dashing good looks, courage, and success in the air coming to epitomise the young flyers who fought and won the Battle of Britain. To the British public he was a hero in the mould of the knights of old, and today his name is legend. In the early stages of the Battle of Britain Bob fought with 92 Squadron flying Spitfires, quickly becoming one of the leading aces. Promoted to command 257 Squadron, now flying Hurricanes, Bob's dashing style of leadership inspired his pilots to great success. He went on to command the Duxford and Biggin Hill Wings, taking his personal score to 29 air victories before being shot down by ground fire over Northern France in 1942. He died on 5th May 1987.
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Artwork signed by this Pilot or Aircrew
Those Valiant Few by Robert Taylor. (AP)
Bob Stanford-Tuck Tribute Folio by Nicolas Trudgian.
Victory over Dunkirk by Robert Taylor.
First of Many by Robert Taylor.
Coming Home Together by Robert Taylor.
Return of the Few by Robert Taylor.
Dawn Scramble by Robert Taylor.
Artwork featuring the mounted signature of this Pilot or Aircrew
Close Encounter by Ivan Berryman. (B)
Ground Force by Ivan Berryman. (APB)
Hurricane Mk.IIC by Ivan Berryman. (B)
501 Squadron Hurricanes by Ivan Berryman. (B)
Stragglers End by Ivan Berryman. (B)
A Welcome Shore by Ivan Berryman. (B)
Desperate Measures by Ivan Berryman. (B)
Merlin Roar by Anthony Saunders. (B)
Night Reaper, 4th May 1942 by David Pentland. (C)
Hurricane Patrol by Graeme Lothian. (APB)
Tribute to Johannes Steinhoff by Graeme Lothian. (C)
Battle of Britain by Graeme Lothian. (APC)
Close Combat by Ivan Berryman. (D)
Guardian Angels by Ivan Berryman. (B)
3 Squadron Hurricanes by Ivan Berryman. (C)
Known Individual Aircraft :
Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory
|Aircraft for : Robert Stanford-Tuck|
|A list of all aircraft associated with Robert Stanford-Tuck. A profile page including a list of all art prints for the aircraft is available by clicking the aircraft name.|
Manufacturer : Hawker
Production Began : 1936
Number Built : 14533
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.
Manufacturer : Supermarine
Production Began : 1936
Retired : 1948
Number Built : 20351
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.
|Squadrons for : Robert Stanford-Tuck|
|A list of all squadrons known to have been served with by Robert Stanford-Tuck. A profile page is available by clicking the squadron name.|
No.257 Sqn RAF
Country : UK
Founded : 18th August 1918
Fate : Disbanded 31st December 1963
Thay myay gyee shin shwe hti - Death or glory
|No.257 Sqn RAF|
Full profile not yet available.
No.65 Sqn RAF
Country : UK
Founded : 1st August 1916
Fate : Disbanded 30th June 1992
Vi e tarmis - By force of arms
|No.65 Sqn RAF|
Flew Mustangs from December 1943.
No.92 Sqn RAF
Country : UK
Founded : 1st September 1917
Fate : Disbanded 1st October 1994
Aut pugna aut morere - Either fight or die
|No.92 Sqn RAF|
92 Squadron was formed in the First World War, as a squadron of the Royal Flying Corps, on 1st September 1917. It flew Pups, Spads and SE5s during the war, becoming an RAF squadron on the formation of the RAF on 1st April 1918, before being disbanded on 7th August 1919. On the outbreak of hostilities of World War Two, 92 Sqn reformed on 10th October 1939, flying Blenheims before converting to Spitfires. It transferred to North Africa, and for some time flew as part of 244 Wing RAF. After the war, the squadron was disbanded on 30th December 1946. On 31st January 1947, the former 91 Squadron was redesignated 92 Squadron, flying the Meteor before re-equipping with the Sabre and then the Hunter. While flying the Hunter in 1960, the squadron was designated as the RAF's aerobatic squadron, with the name Blue Diamonds, a name the squadron carried on after tranferring to the Lightning. The squadron then re-equipped with Phantoms, before being disbanded on 1st July 1991. It was reformed from a rserve squadron on 23rd September 1992, and became No.92 (Reserve) Squadron, flying the Hawk aircraft before being disbanded once more on 1st October 1994.
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