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Bartley, Leonard Lawrence (Flight Lieutenant)

Prisoner of War 1941-06-06

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Home: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

112 Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Swift In Destruction
Flight Lieutenant
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Service Numbers
Not flying when captured on Crete

Some 70 Officers and Other Ranks evacuated Crete in a Motorised Landing Craft on 1941-06-02, with the intension of sailing to Mersa Matruh. About 30 miles out of Crete, the M.L.C. was captured by an Italian submarine, the officers on the M.L.C. were taken onto the submarine and eventually landed at Taranto.

Later sent to Sulmoma POW Camp, Greece. After various unsuccessful tunnel esacapes, he took part the mass escape on 1943-09-12. He eventually reached British lines 1943-09-27

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General Bi-Plane Fighter Aces

Gloster Gladiator

(Alan Wilson Photos)(Source Harold A Skaarup Web Page)
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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Gladiator Mk. ll N5829


112 Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Swift In Destruction

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