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RAF - No. 6 Squadron
10/05/1940 - 30/06/1940

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6 SQUADRON - Army Air Cooperation, Westland Lysander

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Following problems in Palestine, the squadron relocated there in 1938 reverting to the Army Co-operation role with Hawker Hardy's, adding Gauntlets and Lysanders later.

It eventually left Palestine and started operations in the Western Desert, with Lysanders, in September 1940, although the squadron HQ remained in Palestine. Gradually Hurricanes replaced Lysanders in the tactical reconnaissance role, being fully equipped by June 1941. However, in August, these were replaced by Lysanders and Gladiators with some Blenheims and Hurricanes being added later, but all were removed again in January 1942 when the squadron assumed maintenance duties.

Receiving Hurricane IIDs in April 1942, the squadron now took on the role for which it would excel - 'tank busting', its Hurricanes being fitted with two 40mm under the wings. This role is commemorated in the nickname and its unofficial badge - 'The Flying Can-openers'. Converting to rocket firing Hurricanes, it fought through Italy and over the Adriatic and Balkans, returning to Palestine in July 1945.

Squadron Code: JV

Ramleh, Palestine, 1938-1940

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Operations and losses 10/05/1940 - 30/06/1940
Not all operations listed; those with fatal losses are. (june incomplete)

May 1940: no losses
03/06/1940: ?, Palestine. 1 Plane lost, 2 KIA

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03/06/1940: ?, Palestine

Type: Westland Lysander
Serial number: L6888, JV-?
Operation: ?
Lost: 03/06/1940
Flying Officer (Pilot) Edward T. Williams, RAF 37953, 6 Sqdn., DFC, age 27, 03/06/1940, Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel
Sergeant (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Edward M. Mould, RAF 531169, 6 Sqdn., age 25, 03/06/1940, Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel

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Air of Authority - 6 Squadron
Bail-outs for 1940
Comando Supremo: Italy at War

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Middle East - the opening rounds (from the RAF 1939-1945)
New Zealanders in the Royal Air Force (Vol III) - Africa and Middle East
RAF Museum: British Military Aviation in 1940
Royal Air Force History Section
The Royal Air Force, 1939-1945
The Second World War - a day by day account
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P Hearne 'Flying Rebel' (RFC 1915) (HMSO 1994)
F.K. Mason 'The Westland Lysander', Profile Publications, ca. 1966
L A Strange 'Recollections of an airman' (RFC 1915) (1989)
M Westrop 'A history of no. 6 Squadron RNAS' (Schiffer 2006)

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Armée de l'Air - Order of Battle, 10th May 1940
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Belgian Aviation History Association Archaeological Team
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'High flight', poem by John Gillespie Magee
An Irish Airman Foresees His Death, poem by W.B. Yeats
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Luftwaffe and Allied Air Forces Discussion Forum
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This page is dedicated to the men of 6 Squadron.

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