Gloster Gladiator in 3 RAF Squadron service

3 Squadron
Kenley, March 1937 to March 1938 and July 1938 to May 1939. Biggin Hill, May 1939 to July 1939.
Code letters: "OP".
Serials Code Arrival Note Departure
K6145   19/03/37 From 74 Sq.
04/07/38 Returned from 73 Sq.
  04/04/38 To 56 Sq.
06/07/39 To 615 Sq.
K6146   19/03/37 From 74 Sq.
  29/03/38 To Packing Depot
10/05/38 To Aircraft Depot Aboukir for 80 Sq.
K6147   19/03/37 From 74 Sq.
  04/04/38 To 56 Sq.
K6148   19/03/37 From 74 Sq.
  29/03/38 To Packing Depot
28/04/38 To Aircraft Depot Aboukir for 80 Sq.
K6149   03/04/37 From Manufacturer.   08/04/38 To 56 Sq.
K6150   19/03/37 From Manufacturer. 24/01/38 Abandoned in spin and crashed in front garden, Lyndhurst Road, Hove, Sussex; Sgt. E. H. Lomas safe. 26/02/38 SOC (130.20 hrs).
K6151   03/04/37 From Manufacturer.
11/07/38 Returned from 73 Sq.
17/01/39 Flew into house on high ground in bad visibility, Crowborough, Sussex, and DBR; Act P/O Donald James Catt (RAFO) KIFA. Miss Ella Coomber was killed in the house. 21/04/38 To 73 Sq. on loan and then returned.
14/03/39 SOC (22.15 hrs).
K7892   05/04/37 From Manufacturer.   30/03/38 To Packing Depot.
05/05/38 To Aboukir for 80 Sq.
K7893   09/04/37 From Manufacturer.
04/07/38 Returned from 73 Sq.
27/05/37 Overshot landing and hit hedge, Kenley. 21/04/38 To 73 Sq.
07/05/39 To 72 Sq.
K7894   13/04/37 From Manufacturer.   12/04/38 To 54 Sq.
K7895   05/04/37 From Manufacturer.   11/04/38 To 65 Sq.
K7896   03/04/37 From Manufacturer. 23/11/37 Flew into trees on hill in low cloud on weather test, Warlingham, Surrey. P/O Harold Edward Vickery safe with a sprained ankle (this pilot later served with 263 Sqn - see The sinking of HMS Glorious and loss of 263 Squadron). 03/01/38 SOC (99.05 hrs).
K7897   01/04/37 From Manufacturer.   18/05/38 To 72 Sq.
K7898   03/04/37 From Manufacturer. 23/11/37 Crashed in mist.
ROS.
18/06/38 To 72 Sq.
K7899   13/04/37 From Manufacturer.   30/03/38 To Packing Depot
05/05/38 To Aircraft Depot Aboukir as reserves.
To 112 Sq.
K7900   09/04/37 From Manufacturer.   29/03/38 To Packing Depot.
05/05/38 To Aircraft Depot Aboukir for 80 Sq..
K7952 ’S’ 04/07/38 From 73 Sq.   04/10/39 To 605 Sq.
K7954   04/07/38 From 73 Sq.   07/05/39 To 72 Sq.
K7955   04/07/38 From 73 Sq. 10/02/39 Hit ground in cloud, Firle Beacon, south-east of Lewes, Sussex, and destroyed by fire; P/O Jack Driscoll Mills KIFA.  
K7956   11/07/38 From 73 Sq. 17/08/38 Undershot landing and overturned, Sutton Bridge.
ROS.
08/09/39 To 615 Sq.
K7957   07/07/38 From 73 Sq.   03/07/39 To 615 Sq.
K7958 OP-Q 18/09/38 From 73 Sq.   19/06/39 To 615 Sq.
K7960 ’P’ 04/07/38 From 73 Sq.   03/06/39 To 615 Sq.
K7962   07/07/38 From 73 Sq. 18/04/39 Collided with K8023 in formation at night and crashed near Caterham-on-the-Hill, Surrey; Acting P/O Frank Brian Stiven and F/O Dennis Thomas Collins KIFA. (269.45 hrs)
K7963   01/11/38 From 73 Sq.   07/05/39 To 72 Sq.
K7965 ’A’ 07/07/38 From 73 Sq.   06/07/39 To 615 Sq.
K7984   07/07/38 From 73 Sq.   06/07/39 To 615 Sq.
K7985   30/03/38 From 73 Sq.   01/08/39 To 615 Sq.
K7986   28/07/38 From 73 Sq.   07/05/39 To 72 Sq.
K8008   16/08/37 From Manufacturer.   29/03/38 To Packing Depot
05/05/38 To Aircraft Depot Aboukir for 80 Sq.
K8009   16/08/37 From Manufacturer.   30/03/38 To Packing Depot
05/05/38 To Aircraft Depot Aboukir for 80 Sq.
K8017   26/08/37 From Manufacturer.   30/03/38 To Packing Depot
05/05/38 To Aircraft Depot Aboukir for 80 Sq.
K8023   04/07/38 From 73 Sq. 18/04/39 Collided with K7962 in formation at night and crashed near Caterham-on-the-Hill, Surrey; Acting P/O Frank Brian Stiven and F/O Dennis Thomas Collins KIFA. (266.50 hrs)
K8024   04/07/38 From 73 Sq.   07/05/39 To 72 Sq.
K8032   04/07/38 From 73 Sq.   06/07/39 To 615 Sq.
K8044   12/10/37 Delivered to 1 ASU.
03/02/38 To 3 Sq.
  06/05/38 To 65 Sq.


Gloster Gladiator Mk.I (K6150) of 3 Squadron operating from Kenley, Surrey, in April 1937.
© 1999 Rick Kent


Gloster Gladiator Mk.I (K7960) of 3 Squadron flown by the Commanding Officer, Sqn. Ldr. H. L. P. Lester while operating from Kenley, Surrey in June 1938.
© 1999 Rick Kent


Gloster Gladiator Mk.I of 3 Squadron operating from Kenley, Surrey, in March 1939.
© 1999 Rick Kent

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