Gloster Gladiator in 3 RAAF Squadron service

3 RAAF Squadron
Helwan and Gambut, September 1940 to January 1941.
Operated under RAF control using mainly ex-112, 33 and 80 Sqn Gladiators. Until December 1940, was mixed with one flight of Lysanders and four Gauntlets.
Code letters: "NW".
Serials Code Arrival Note Departure
K6142   31/12/40 From 80 Sq. 31/12/40 ~16:10 Crashed during take-off from Ikingi, Maryut. The aircraft run into a wadi and the aircraft turned up on its nose, causing fairly extensive damage to the mainplane and undercarriage; F/O J. Jackson safe.
No court of inquiry was held.
The aircraft was not repairable in the unit and was collected by 51 RSU.
27/01/41 SOC.
K7893   From 112 Sq.
12/12/40 To 51 RSU.
To 3 RAAF.
16/01/41 13:00-13:45 Prot. patrol F/O Arthur.
16/01/41 15:45-17:45 Prot. patrol F/O Arthur.
17/01/41 07:30-08:15 Returned to Gambut after patrol previous day F/O Arthur.
07/41 To 1411 (Met) Flight.
K7901   From 80 Sq.
29/06/40 To 1 Aircraft Repair Section.
To 3 RAAF Sq.
16/01/41 13:00-13:45 Prot. patrol F/L Pelly.
16/01/41 15:45-17:45 Prot. patrol F/L Pelly.
17/01/41 07:30-08:15 Returned to Gambut after patrol previous day F/L Pelly.
21/01/41 10:00-12:00 Prot. patrol F/L Pelly.
21/01/41 14:30-16:30 Prot. patrol F/L Pelly.
23/01/41 07:00-09:05 Prot. patrol F/L Pelly.
24/01/41 10:00-12:00 Prot. patrol F/O J. M. Davidson. Hit portable battery during landing at Tmimi and damaged tail unit, the aircraft wasn’t repairable at the unit; the pilot was safe.
 
K7913   From 80 Sq. 16/01/41 13:00-13:45 Prot. patrol F/L D. Campbell.
16/01/41 15:45-17:45 Prot. patrol F/L D. Campbell.
17/01/41 07:30-08:15 Returned to Gambut after patrol previous day F/L D. Campbell.
21/01/41 08:30-10:30 Prot. patrol F/L D. Campbell.
21/01/41 13:00-15:00 Prot. patrol F/L D. Campbell.
22/01/41 15:30-17:35 Prot. patrol F/O Trimble.
23/01/41 07:00-09:05 Prot. patrol F/L D. Campbell.
24/01/41 10:00-12:00 Prot. patrol P/O Campbell.
24/01/41 13:00-14:50 Prot. patrol F/O B. L. Bracegirdle.
28/01/41 09:58-10:20 Off. patrol F/L D. Campbell.
29/01/41 15:20-17:00 Tac. recc. F/L D. Campbell.
31/01/41 11:20-12:10 Recc. F/L D. Campbell.
02/12/42 To East Africa.
To 1414 (Met) Flight.
K7922   31/12/40 From 112 Sq.   01/11/41 To SAAF.
K7947   From 33 Sq. 16/01/41 13:00-13:45 Prot. patrol F/O J. M. Davidson.
16/01/41 15:45-17:45 Prot. patrol F/O J. M. Davidson.
17/01/41 07:30-08:15 Returned to Gambut after patrol previous day F/O J. M. Davidson.
21/01/41 07:00-09:00 Prot. patrol F/L Jeffrey.
21/01/41 11:30-13:30 Prot. patrol F/L Jeffrey.
21/01/41 14:30-16:30 Prot. patrol F/O J. M. Davidson.
21/01/41 16:00-17:50 Prot. patrol F/O J. H. Saunders.
28/01/41 09:58-10:20 Off. patrol F/O Turnbull.
29/01/41 15:20-17:00 Tac. recc. F/O Trimble.
31/01/41 11:20-12:10 Recc. F/O Knowles.
04/04/41 To Iraq.
06/06/41 To ‘X’ Flight.
K7963   From 112 Sq. 16/01/41 13:00-13:45 Prot. patrol F/O Rawlinson.
16/01/41 15:45-17:45 Prot. patrol F/O Rawlinson.
17/01/41 07:30-08:15 Returned to Gambut after patrol previous day F/O Rawlinson.
21/01/41 10:00-12:00 Prot. patrol F/O Rawlinson.
21/01/41 14:30-16:30 Prot. patrol F/O Rawlinson.
22/01/41 10:20-11:10 Schooner set on fire on the sea by F/O Rawlinson.
22/01/41 15:30-17:35 Prot. patrol F/O Rawlinson.
23/01/41 07:00-09:05 Prot. patrol F/O Rawlinson.
24/01/41 10:00-12:00 Prot. patrol F/L D. Campbell.
24/01/41 15:30-17:55 Prot. patrol F/O Trimble.
25/01/41 07:30-08:45 Prot. patrol F/L Rawlinson; 2 G.50s damaged and aircraft damaged.
Possibly to 267 Sq.
07/41 To 1411 (Met) Flight.
K8008   From 80 Sq.   To 1411 (Met) Flight.
K8009   From 80 Sq. 08/02/41 Engine lost power on take-off and crash-landed at Martuba.
To 51 RSU (RAF) for repair.
Returned to 3 RAAF Sq.
30/03/41 Tyre burst on landing, swung and undercarriage collapsed at El Adem.
30/03/41 To 51 RSU.
SOC.
K8020   From Communication Flight, Air Headquarters Western Desert.
04/42 At 3 RAAF Sq.
  01/08/43 SOC.
K8022   From 80 Sq. 16/01/41 13:00-13:45 Prot. patrol F/O Gatward.
16/01/41 15:45-17:45 Prot. patrol F/O Gatward.
17/01/41 07:30-08:15 Returned to Gambut after patrol previous day F/O Gatward.
21/01/41 11:30-13:30 Prot. patrol F/O Gatward.
21/01/41 16:00-17:50 Prot. patrol F/O Gatward.
22/01/41 15:30-17:35 Prot. patrol P/O Campbell.
23/01/41 07:00-09:05 Prot. patrol F/O B. L. Bracegirdle.
25/01/41 07:30-08:45 Prot. patrol P/O J. C. Campbell KIA.
04/02/41 SOC.
K8048   31/12/40 From 112 Sq. 23/01/41 07:00-09:05 Prot. patrol F/O J. M. Davidson. 29/04/41 To 127 Sq.
L7615   31/12/40 From 112 Sq. 31/12/40 To A.L.G. S/L McLachlan.
21/01/41 07:00-09:00 Prot. patrol F/O J. H. Saunders.
21/01/41 11:30-13:30 Prot. patrol F/O J. H. Saunders. Force-landed after engine trouble; pilot safe.
21/04/41 SOC.
L7616   31/12/40 From 112 Sq. 04/01/41 From Gerawla to the detached Flight at the LG at Bir Mella by F/L D. Campbell.
16/01/41 13:00-13:45 Prot. patrol F/O J. Jackson.
16/01/41 15:45-17:45 Prot. patrol F/O J. Jackson.
17/01/41 07:30-08:15 Returned to Gambut after patrol previous day F/O J. Jackson.
21/01/41 07:00-09:00 Prot. patrol F/O J. Jackson.
21/01/41 16:00-17:50 Prot. patrol F/O J. Jackson.
22/01/41 15:30-17:35 Prot. patrol F/L D. Campbell.
23/01/41 07:00-09:05 Prot. patrol F/O Arthur.
24/01/41 15:30-17:55 Prot. patrol F/O V. East.
28/01/41 09:58-10:20 Off. patrol F/O J. M. Davidson.
29/01/41 15:20-17:00 Tac. recc. F/O V. East.
31/01/41 11:20-12:10 Recc. F/O Arthur.
To Wadi Halfa Flight.
L7617   31/12/40 From 112 Sq. 05/01/41 From Gerawla to the detached Flight at the LG at Bir Mella by F/O Gatward.
21/01/41 13:00-15:00 Prot. patrol P/O Campbell.
22/01/41 15:30-17:35 Prot. patrol F/O V. East.
24/01/41 13:00-14:50 Prot. patrol F/L D. Campbell.
 
L8008   From 80 Sq. 16/01/41 13:00-13:45 Prot. patrol F/O Turnbull.
16/01/41 15:45-17:45 Prot. patrol F/O Turnbull.
17/01/41 07:30-08:15 Returned to Gambut after patrol previous day F/O Turnbull.
21/01/41 08:30-10:30 Prot. patrol F/O Turnbull.
21/01/41 13:00-15:00 Prot. patrol F/O Turnbull.
22/01/41 15:30-17:35 Prot. patrol F/O Turnbull.
23/01/41 07:00-09:05 Prot. patrol F/O Turnbull.
24/01/41 10:00-12:00 Prot. patrol F/O Turnbull.
24/01/41 13:00-14:50 Prot. patrol F/O Rawlinson.
24/01/41 15:30-17:55 Prot. patrol F/O J. M. Davidson. Hit by Hurricane into the port mainplane by mistake; the pilot was safe.
29/01/41 15:20-17:00 Tac. recc. F/O Turnbull.
31/01/41 11:20-12:10 Recc. F/O Turnbull.
01/41 SOC.
L8009   From 80 Sq. The aircraft was shot down on 04/08/40 while in use by 80 Sq.. The aircraft was either repairable, misidentified or the serial given to another aircraft.
21/01/41 10:00-12:00 Prot. patrol F/O Arthur.
22/01/41 10:20-11:10 Schooner set on fire on the sea by F/O Arthur.
22/01/41 15:30-17:35 Prot. patrol F/O Arthur.
28/01/41 09:58-10:20 Off. patrol S/L Jeffrey.
29/01/41 15:20-17:00 Tac. recc. F/O Arthur.
 
L9044 NW-Z From 33 Sq. Gladiator Mk.II with Egyptian serial.
15/11/40 09:00-11:15 Escort F/O Arthur.
19/11/40 13:20-14:40 Escort F/L Rawlinson; 1 CR.42 damaged.
08/12/40 07:10-08:45 Off. patrol F/O Arthur.
08/12/40 14:45-16:45 Off. patrol F/O Arthur.
09/12/40 06:50-08:40 Off. patrol F/O Boyd.
04/01/41 To No. 51 Repair & Salvage Unit for 180 hours inspection.
22/01/41 15:30-17:35 Prot. patrol F/O J. M. Davidson.
23/01/41 07:00-09:05 Prot. patrol P/O Campbell.
24/01/41 10:00-12:00 Prot. patrol F/O Arthur.
24/01/41 13:00-14:50 Prot. patrol F/O Arthur.
24/01/41 15:30-17:55 Prot. patrol P/O Campbell.
25/01/41 07:30-08:45 Prot. patrol F/O Turnbull; 1 G.50 damaged and aircraft damaged.
29/01/41 15:20-17:00 Tac. recc. F/O J. M. Davidson.
31/01/41 11:20-12:10 Recc. F/O J. M. Davidson.
 
N5750   From 274 Sq. 17/11/40 10:05-12:25 Tac. Rec. F/O B. Bracegirdle.
19/11/40 13:20- Escort S/L P. R. Heath; shot down E Rabia by CR.42s and pilot KIA.
 
N5752 NW-G From 33 Sq. 15/11/40 10:25-12:50 Escort F/O Boyd.
17/11/40 10:05-12:25 Escort F/L Gaden.
19/11/40 13:20-14:50 Escort F/O Boyd; 3 and 1 probable CR.42 claimed.
08/12/40 07:10-08:45 Off. patrol F/O Turnbull.
08/12/40 14:45-16:45 Off. patrol F/O Boyd.
09/12/40 06:50-08:40 Off. patrol F/O Arthur.
09/12/40 11:25-13:07 Off. patrol F/O Arthur.
10/12/40 06:00-07:55 Off. patrol F/O Arthur.
10/12/40 10:55-13:10 Off. patrol F/O V. East.
11/12/40 06:15-08:15 Off. patrol F/O V. East.
11/12/40 11:30-13:10 Off. patrol F/O V. East.
11/12/40 14:10-16:35 Off. patrol F/O Arthur.
13/12/40 08:00- Shot down by CR.42s near Sollum; F/O Arthur parachuted.
 
N5753   09/40 From 33 Sq. 15/11/40 09:00-11:15 Tac. Rec. F/L Pelly.
19/11/40 13:20-14:45 Tac. Rec. F/L Pelly; 1 and 1 damaged CR.42 claimed before damaged in combat E Rabia and force-landed at Minqar Qaim (the pilot safe).
20/11/40 Aircraft returned to Gerawla.
08/12/40 07:10-08:45 Off. patrol F/L Pelly.
08/12/40 14:45-16:45 Off. patrol F/O Perrin.
09/12/40 06:50-08:40 Off. patrol F/O J. Jackson.
09/12/40 14:55-16:25 Off. patrol F/O J. Jackson.
10/12/40 06:00-07:55 Off. patrol F/O J. Jackson.
10/12/40 10:55-12:07 Off. patrol F/O J. Jackson; returned to base early with oil system trouble.
11/12/40 06:15-08:15 Off. patrol F/O Arthur.
26/12/40 14:05 Patrol; 1 and 1 damaged CR.42 claimed by F/O Arthur.
31/05/41 SOC.
N5754   From 33 Sq. 17/12/40 Aircraft to Gerawla from Abu Sueir and then to the LG at Bir Mella.
04/01/41 To Gerawla from the LG at Bir Mella by F/O B. Bracegirdle and then to Workshops Section for 30 hour inspection.
06/01/41 30 hour inspection completed at the aircraft to the LG at Bir Mella by F/O B. Bracegirdle.
31/05/41 SOC.
N5756   From 274 Sq. 08/12/40 07:10-08:45 Off. patrol F/O L. Winten.
08/12/40 14:45-16:45 Off. patrol F/O L. Winten.
09/12/40 06:50-08:40 Off. patrol F/O D. Ellerton.
18/12/40 F/O Jackson to Gerawla from the LG at Bir Mella with the aircraft U/S. Aircraft made serviceable and tested by F/O Jackson.
19/12/40 F/O Jackson returned to A.L.G.
To 117 Sq.
N5763   From 80 Sq. 17/12/40 Aircraft to Gerawla from Abu Sueir and then to the LG at Bir Mella.
05/01/41 Tyre burst on take-off, swung and tipped up at Tobruk; F/L D. Campbell safe.
 
N5764   From 33 Sq. 07/10/40 Suffered an accident while performing formation flying but force-landed successfully. F/O Perrin uninjured and the damage to the aircraft was not extensive, repairs being effected within the unit.
15/11/40 10:25-12:50 Tac. Rec. S/L P. R. Heath.
17/11/40 10:05-12:25 Escort F/L Steege.
08/12/40 07:10-08:45 Off. patrol F/O Perrin.
13/12/40 08:00- 2 CR.42s claimed by F/O Boyd or 1 and 1 prob. S.79s claimed by F/L Steege. Damaged in same combat by CR.42s but F/O Boyd or F/L Steege returned safe.
16/12/40 SOC.
N5765   From 33 Sq. 17/11/40 10:05-12:25 Escort F/O M. Ellerton.
19/11/40 13:35-14:40 Escort F/O V. East.
08/12/40 07:10-08:45 Off. patrol F/L Gaden.
08/12/40 14:45-16:45 Off. patrol F/L Gaden.
09/12/40 06:50-08:40 Off. patrol F/L Gaden.
09/12/40 11:25-13:07 Off. patrol F/O D. Ellerton.
09/12/40 14:55-16:25 Off. patrol F/O D. Ellerton.
10/12/40 06:00-07:55 Off. patrol F/O V. East.
13/12/40 08:00- Shot down in combat by CR.42s near Sollum; F/L Gaden KIA.
 
N5766   From 33 Sq. 19/11/40 13:35-14:40 Escort F/O Gatward.
05/12/40 12:15-14:05 Escort F/L Gaden.
08/12/40 07:10-08:45 Off. patrol F/O Gatward.
08/12/40 14:45-16:45 Off. patrol F/O Gatward.
09/12/40 06:50-08:40 Off. patrol F/O Gatward.
13/12/40 08:00- Shot down in combat by CR.42s near Sollum.
 
N5768   From 33 Sq. 08/12/40 07:10-08:45 Off. patrol F/O V. East.
08/12/40 14:45-16:45 Off. patrol F/O V. East.
09/12/40 06:50-08:40 Off. patrol F/O L. Winten.
09/12/40 11:25-13:07 Off. patrol F/O L. Winten.
09/12/40 14:55-15:50 Off. patrol F/O Arthur; returned early with oil system trouble.
10/12/40 06:00-07:55 Off. patrol F/O L. Winten.
10/12/40 10:55-13:10 Off. patrol F/O L. Winten.
11/12/40 06:15-08:15 Off. patrol F/O D. Ellerton.
11/12/40 11:30-13:10 Off. patrol F/O D. Ellerton.
11/12/40 14:10-16:35 Off. patrol F/O L. Winten.
31/05/41 SOC.
N5769   From 33 Sq. 05/10/40 Engine cut and it hit a drum in a forced landing 1/4m NW of Helwan; F/O Arthur safe.  
N5776   From 33 Sq.   To 80 Sq.
N5777   From 33 Sq. 13/11/40 14:20-16:30 Tac. Rec. F/L Steege; damaged in landing accident (pilot safe).
Aircraft salvaged by No. 53 Repair & Salvage Unit to which it was allotted for repair.
21/12/40 Collected from 103 MU by F/O Boyd as a replacement.
22/12/40 F/O Boyd to the LG at Bir Mella from Gerawla.
To 94 Sq.
N5779   From 33 Sq. 11/12/40 Collected from 102 MU. 01/12/43 SOC.
N5780   From 33 Sq. 13/11/40 14:20-16:30 Escort F/L Gaden.
19/11/40 13:35-14:40 Tac. Rec. F/L Steege.
08/12/40 07:10-08:45 Off. patrol F/O B. Bracegirdle.
08/12/40 14:45-16:45 Off. patrol F/O B. Bracegirdle.
09/12/40 06:50-08:40 Off. patrol F/O B. Bracegirdle.
To 94 Sq.
N5782   From 33 Sq. 05/12/40 12:15-14:05 Escort F/O Arthur.
08/12/40 07:10-08:45 Off. patrol F/O Rawlinson.
08/12/40 14:45-16:45 Off. patrol F/O Rawlinson.
09/12/40 06:50-08:40 Off. patrol F/O Rawlinson.
13/12/40 08:00- 2 CR.42s claimed by F/O Boyd or 1 and 1 prob. S.79s claimed by F/L Steege.
26/12/40 14:05 Patrol; 1 probable CR.42 claimed by F/O Rawlinson.
06/01/41 To Gerawla from the detached Flight at the LG at Bir Mella by F/O Boyd for 30 hours inspection.
To 112 Sq.
N5786   From 274 Sq. 17/12/40 Aircraft to Gerawla from Abu Sueir and then to the LG at Bir Mella.
19/12/40 F/L Pelly returned from the LG at Bir Mella to Gerawla with the aircraft U/S.
22/12/40 F/O Gatward to the LG at Bir Mella from Gerawla.
To 80 Sq.
N5799     RAAF serial?
13/12/40 Burst a tyre on landing at the LG at Bir Mella, causing the aircraft to ground loop, damaging the undercarriage and lower mainplane; F/O Jackson safe.
No court of inquiry was held.
The aircraft couldn’t be repaired at the unit and was salvaged and sent to No. 51 RSU.
 
N5810   From 274 Sq. 08/12/40 07:10-08:45 Off. patrol F/L Steege.
08/12/40 14:45-16:45 Off. patrol F/L Steege.
09/12/40 06:50-08:40 Off. patrol F/L Steege.
15/12/40 F/L Steege to Gerawla from the LG at Bir Mella with the aircraft U/S.
To 112 Sq.
N5857   From ‘X’ Flight. 17/12/40 Aircraft to Gerawla from Abu Sueir and then to the LG at Bir Mella.
16/01/41 13:00-13:45 Prot. patrol F/O J. H. Saunders.
17/01/41 07:30-08:15 Returned to Gambut after patrol previous day F/O J. H. Saunders.
24/01/41 10:00-12:00 Prot. patrol F/O B. L. Bracegirdle.
24/01/41 15:30-17:55 Prot. patrol F/L D. Campbell.
25/01/41 07:30-08:45 Prot. patrol F/L D. Campbell; aircraft damaged in combat with Fiat G.50s but pilot safe.
29/01/41 15:20-17:00 Tac. recc. F/L Rawlinson.
To 123 Sq.
N5878        
N5889   From 94 Sq.   To 33 Sq.

Gloster Gladiator in Commonwealth squadron service






Last modified 02 February 2016