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Gladiator (Canadian: 4 )

Gloster Gladiator

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Gloster Gladiator Mk. I (Serial No. N5903), Reg. No. G-GLAD, The Fighter Collection, Duxford, Cambridgeshire.

The Gloster Gladiator is a British-built biplane fighter. It was used by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Fleet Air Arm (FAA) (as the Sea Gladiator variant) and was exported to a number of other air forces during the late 1930s.

Developed privately as the Gloster SS.37, it was the RAF's last biplane fighter aircraft, and was rendered obsolete by newer monoplane designs even as it was being introduced. Though often pitted against more formidable foes during the early days of the Second World War, it acquitted itself reasonably well in combat.

The Gladiator saw action in almost all theatres during the Second World War, with a large number of air forces, some of them on the Axis side. The RAF used it in France, Norway, Greece, the defence of Malta, the Middle East, and the brief Anglo-Iraqi War (during which the Royal Iraqi Air Force was similarly equipped). Other countries deploying the Gladiator included China against Japan, beginning in 1938; Finland (along with Swedish volunteers) against the Soviet Union in the Winter War and the Continuation War; Sweden as a neutral noncombatant (although Swedish volunteers fought for Finland against USSR as stated above); and Norway, Belgium, and Greece resisting Axis invasion of their respective lands. Wikipedia

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CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
Canadian Aircraft Losses (4)
last update: 2021-09-21 11:37:03

Gladiator N5590


Known Squadron Assignments: ;263

last update: 2024-February-19
1940-March-29 KIFA RAF Pilot Officer Patrick John Muriel Nettleton 2021-04-29

Gladiator N5821


Known Squadron Assignments: ;1414

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-October-25 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Howard Pearson Ralph 2021-08-11

Gladiator N5829


Known Squadron Assignments: 112

See last update: 2024-February-19
1941-June-06 PoW RAF Flight Lieutenant Leonard Lawrence Bartley 2023-10-15

Gladiator N5831


Known Squadron Assignments: ;1412

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-March-10 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Charles Righter Dixon 2023-08-05

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