Gloster Gladiator in 615 RAF Squadron service

615 Squadron
Kenley, June 1939 to September 1939. Croydon, September 1939 to October 1939. France, November 1939 to May 1940.
Code letters: "RR", changed to "KW" in September 1939.
Serials Code Arrival Note Departure
K6145   06/07/39 From 3 Sq.   04/10/39 To 605 Sq.
K7946 HE-R (?) 03/06/39 From 54 Sq.   30/11/39 At HQP Kenley.
13/01/40 To 6 MU:
13/02/40 To RAE.
18/06/42 To Marshalls.
10/09/42 To RAE for DTD..
09/06/43 Abandoned out of control and crashed West Heath, Yateley, Hants. DBF.
K7949 RR-E 13/06/39 From 54 Sq.   30/11/39 At HQP Kenley.
10/02/40 To 6 MU:
10/03/41 To Odiham.
06/41 To the Middle East.
To Meteorological Flight, Ramleh.
K7956   08/09/39 From 3 Sq.   30/11/39 At HQP Kenley.
13/01/40 To 6 MU.
28/02/41 To 52 MU.
11/03/41 To Middle East for Greek Air Force.
16/06/41 To 107 MU.
31/06/44 SOC.
K7957   03/07/39 From 3 Sq.   30/11/39 At HQP Kenley.
10/02/40 To 6 MU.
28/02/41 To 19 MU.
08/03/41 To Odiham.
27/06/41 To the Middle East.
To 94 Sq.
K7958   19/06/39 From 3 Sq. 02/07/39 Service Training, Aeros, Ide Hill, Kent. Engine Failure, overshot field and hit trees; P/O P. N. Merton-Neale unhurt.  
K7960   03/06/39 From 3 Sq. 11/06/39 Collided with Hurricane L1934 on landing at Biggin Hill. 29/08/39 SOC.
K7961   03/06/39 From 54 Sq.   04/10/39 To 605 Sq.
K7965   06/07/39 From 3 Sq.   04/10/39 To 605 Sq.
K7979   30/06/39 From 65 Sq. 01/07/39 Night, 1st solo on type, Kenley, Engine failure (Mishandling) overshot and opened up for 2nd circuit. Inadvertently opened mixture control while opening throttle and EF, landed heavily, tail first. P/O A. Eyre unhurt.
ROS.
04/10/39 To 605 Sq.
K7984   06/07/39 From 3 Sq.   30/11/39 At HQP Kenley.
12/01/40 To 12 Group Pool
K7985   01/08/39 From 3 Sq.   04/10/39 To 605 Sq.
K7987   29/08/39 From 54 Sq. 11/09/39 Crashed during night formation practice 1m N of Bletchingly, Surrey. 10/10/39 SOC.
K8004   10/07/39 From 72 Sq.   04/10/39 To 605 Sq.
K8032   06/07/39 From 3 Sq.   05/10/39 To 605 Sq.
K8044   12/06/39 From 54 Sq. 21/09/39 Taxied into floodlight at Croydon.
ROS.
05/10/39 To 605 Sq.
N2303   From 605 Sq. 11/05/40 15:45 Patrol to reconnaissance of new airfield at Evere by F/L James Sanders.
18/05/40 Destroyed on the ground at Vitry-En-Artois. Redundant aircraft awaiting disposal. Reportedly destroyed or badly damaged in enemy bombing at 04:30 and 19:30. Aircraft write-off.
 
N2304     Also served in 16, 605 and 239 Squadrons.
18/05/40 Destroyed on the ground at Vitry-En-Artois. Redundant aircraft awaiting disposal. Reportedly destroyed or badly damaged in enemy bombing at 04:30 and 19:30. Aircraft write-off.
 
N2306     Also served in 16, 605 and 239 Squadrons.
18/05/40 Destroyed on the ground at Vitry-En-Artois. Redundant aircraft awaiting disposal. Reportedly destroyed or badly damaged in enemy bombing at 04:30 and 19:30. Aircraft write-off.
 
N2308 KW-T From 605 Sq. 29/12/39 13:10 F/L James Sanders scrambled from St. Inglevert and intercepted He 111 from WeKuSta 26 over Wissant. He 111 claimed as damaged. Only RAF Gladiator claim in France.
22/05/40 Evacuated from France to Redhill by F/O Tony Eyre.
To 247 Sq.
N2309   From 605 Sq. 11/05/40 15:45 Patrol to reconnaissance of new airfield at Evere by Joe Kayal. To 18 Sq.
N2310   From 605 Sq.   To 18 Sq.
N2312 KW-M From 605 Sq.   To 2 AACU.
N2314 KW-M From 605 Sq. 01/10/39 Flew into ground on night patrol at Beare Green, Holmwood Common, Surrey; P/O John Charles Mackenzie Hanbury (RAF no. 90893) KIFA.  
N5577   From 605 Sq.    
N5578 KW-D 30/06/39 From 605 Sq.    
N5580 KW-H From 605 Sq.   To 18 Sq.
N5581 RR-C
KW-K
30/06/39 From 605 Sq. 18/11/39 12:15 Transit flight Lille-Seclin to Merville. Damaged in forced landing at in bad weather. Aircraft write-off; F/L L. T. W. Thornley unhurt. 16/12/39 SOC.
N5582 KW-S From 605 Sq. 23/10/39 Force-landed near Guildford.
18/12/39 Crashed at St. Inglevert when it stalled during landing break and dived into the ground; the pilot was KIFA.
 
N5583   From 605 Sq.   To 18 Sq.
N5585   From 605 Sq.   To 247 Sq.
N5586   From 605 Sq. No further trace after April 1940.  
N5587 KW-J   No further trace after March 1940.  
N5590     Probably served at 615 Sq. To Air Ministry Meteorological Flight, Aldergrove.
N5717   From 1 Sq.   To 18 Sq.
N5899     18/05/40 Destroyed on the ground at Vitry-En-Artois. Redundant aircraft awaiting disposal. Reportedly destroyed or badly damaged in enemy bombing at 04:30 and 19:30. Aircraft write-off.  
N5900       To 18 Sq.
?     18/11/39 Transit flight Lille-Seclin to Merville. Overturned after forced landing at in bad weather. Aircraft damaged but repairable; S/L A. V. Harvey unhurt.  
?     12/12/39 Force landed at Beck-sur-Mer due to engine problems. Aircraft repairable; P/O B. P. Young unhurt.  
?     18/12/39 01:40 Escort for leave boat from Boulogne. Stalled and crashed on landing approach to St. Inglevert in bad weather; P/O Stanley Macdonald Wickham (RAF no. 40773) KIFA.  
?     03/01/40 Affiliation exercise. Tailwheel damaged in forced-landing near Crécy due to broken oil pipe. Aircraft repairable; F/O J. H. R. Gayner unhurt.  


Gloster Gladiator Mk.II (N5581) of 615 Squadron operating from Kenley, Surrey, in August 1939.
© 1999 Rick Kent


Gloster Gladiator Mk.II of 615 Squadron operating from St. Inglevert, France, in April 1940.
© 1999 Rick Kent


Gloster Gladiator Mk.II, probably of 615 Squadron, at Le Bourge airfield, France, in the end of June 1940.
Image from “The War in the Air” by Gene Curney, 1964 kindly via Yuriy Svoyskiy.

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