No. 40 Squadron RAF


No. 40 Squadron RAF

No. 40 Squadron of the Royal Air Force was formed in 1916 at Gosport as No 40 Squadron RFC and was disbanded for the last time in 1957. Edward Mannock gained 16 of his 73 victories while with 40 Squadron, 15 of which he shot down while flying a Nieuport Scout. Highest scoring ace of the unit in World War I was Irish-born pilot George McElroy, having scored 30 of his total 47 aerial victories with the unit while flying an S.E.5a single seater scout. Others among the two dozen aces who served were Roderic Dallas, Albert Earl Godfrey, Arthur Keen, Reed G. Landis, Ian Napier, William Leeming Harrison, Gwilym Hugh Lewis, Indra Lal Roy, John Henry Tudhope, Edwin Benbow, Herbert Ellis, William Bond, Gerard Crole, Robert Hall, John Wallwork.[1] and Arthur Thomas Drinkwater.[2]

No. 40 operated Bristol Blenheim Mk IV light bombers from RAF Wyton in December 1940.

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Sources of information

  1. ^ http://www.theaerodrome.com/services/gbritain/rfc/40.php Retrieved on 12 February 2010.
  2. ^ Franks, et al, p. 63.

References

  • Franks, Norman; Guest, Russell; Alegi, Gregory. Above the War Fronts: the British Two-seater Bomber Pilot and Observer Aces, the British Two-seater Fighter Observer Aces, and the Belgian, Italian, Austro-Hungarian and Russian Fighter Aces, 1914-1918: Volume 4 of Fighting Airmen of WWI Series: Volume 4 of Air Aces of WWI. Grub Street, 1997. ISBN 1898697566, 978189869756.

Endnotes

  1. ^ http://www.theaerodrome.com/services/gbritain/rfc/40.php Retrieved on 12 February 2010.
  2. ^ Franks, et al, p. 63.

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