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Howard Peter Blatchford - Aircrew Details - Aviation Directory

Howard Peter Blatchford


Name : Howard Peter Blatchford
Died : 3rd May 1943
Service Number : 37715
Air Victories : 8.00

Flight Officer H.Peter Blatchford was a Canadian, he served with No 17 Squadron & No 257 Squadron's during the Battle of Britain flying Hurricane's.

COMBAT REPORTS

7 Squadron Operational Record Book 2 October 1940 The Squadron took off from Debden at 08:40 hours, joining 73 Squadron over base, and patrolled Hornchurch. While returning after 90 minutes patrol the Squadron was vectored to intercept a Do17. 4 a/c returned to base short of fuel and the remainder chased and attacked the Do17. Yellow Section after making an attack landed at Martlesham to re-arm and re-fuel, later returning to Debden. Flt Lt Bayne attacked, but had to return to base owing to lack of fuel. FO Blatchford and PO Fajtl (Czech) continued the attack, and force-landed in fields near Pulham Aerodrome, returning by transport later. PO Ross force landed in a field after seeing the Do crash nearby. He inspected the crash and saw the crew taken prisoner, after which he managed to take off and return to Debden having been refuelled from Martlesham.

Known Service Details :

Squadron

Rank

Start of Service

End of Service

Known Dates

Aircraft

Airframes

Notes

No.17 Sqn RAF

Flight Officer

unknown

unknown

02nd October 1940

Hurricane

No.257 Sqn RAF

Flight Officer

unknown

unknown

Hurricane

No.41 Sqn RAF

unknown

unknown

No.212 Sqn RAF

unknown

unknown




Aircraft for : Howard Peter Blatchford
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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.

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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No.17 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 1st February 1915

Excellere contende - Strive to excel

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No.17 Sqn RAF

Full profile not yet available.

No.212 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 20th August 1918
Fate : Disbanded 1st July 1945

Amari ad astra - From the sea to the stars

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No.212 Sqn RAF

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No.257 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 18th August 1918
Fate : Disbanded 31st December 1963
Burma

Thay myay gyee shin shwe hti - Death or glory

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No.257 Sqn RAF

Full profile not yet available.

No.41 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 15th April 1916

Seek and destroy

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No.41 Sqn RAF

Founded in 1916, 41 Squadron was disbanded at the end of World War One, but reformed on 1st April 1923.




Last edited : 10:31, February 8, 2013
Last editor : kc

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