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FlakMagnent
01-27-2005, 07:25 PM
During the early months of siege of Malta in Afrika, What was the Nick names of the 3 Gloster Gladiators that were the mainstay of the British Air Force?

FlakMagnent
01-27-2005, 07:25 PM
During the early months of siege of Malta in Afrika, What was the Nick names of the 3 Gloster Gladiators that were the mainstay of the British Air Force?

3.JG51_BigBear
01-27-2005, 07:28 PM
Faith, Hope, and Charity

PE_Mosor
01-27-2005, 07:29 PM
Faith, Hope and Charity.

Yimmy
01-27-2005, 07:29 PM
Faith, Hope and Charity.

Three times lucky I win!

hehehe

lronSight
01-27-2005, 08:26 PM
Though this story is only myth, Faith, Hope, and Charity helped to fortify the defenders when 'faith' was sorely needed.

Jungmann
01-27-2005, 08:48 PM
One of them--forget which--is still in Malta, at a military museum in the old prison.

woofiedog
01-28-2005, 12:31 AM
Link:
http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/malta.htm

http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/images/gladiator_26.jpg http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/images/gladiator_27.jpg
Left: Sea Gladiator (either N5519 or N5520) after being fitted with a Mercury VIII and Hamilton-D.H. propeller from a Blenheim Mk.I. The tail unit of another Sea Gladiator can be seen on the left.
Right: Sea Gladiator N5519 displays the remnants of its naval colour scheme and the aft arrester hook cradle. This aircraft is fitted with a Fairey Reed 3-blade propeller, whereas the aircraft beyond has a Watts 2-blade airscrew.


End of January 1941
At the end of the month A.H.Q. Malta reported following fighter strength on Malta:
261 Squadron:
28 Hurricanes (5 unserviceable)
4 Gladiators
806 Squadron:
3 Fulmars (1 unserviceable)
Jointly between these two squadrons there was 43 fighter pilots.
During the next few days the remaining Gladiators were transferred to 806 Squadron, where they were used mainly for meteorological reconnaissance duties.

http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/images/gladiator_51.jpg
N5520 as it looks today in Malta.
http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/images/gladiator_49.jpg

27/11/41
During the day Pilot Officer George Charles Calder Palliser of 249 Squadron flew one sortie in Gladiator N5520. Palliser had served with 249 Squadron during the Battle of Britain.

December 1941
Sometimes during this month Gladiator N5520 sustained heavy damage after ground looping while landing on Hal Far airfield. Pilot on this occasion was Flight Sergeant A. W. Jolly of 185 Squadron, who had been on a meteorological flight. LAC Kenneth Cox of 185 Squadron recalled:

€œAt the time of the crash I was waiting on the runway ready to refuel N5520, painted silver all over, Flight Sergeant Jolly came out of it in one piece. We then righted the aircraft by lifting the tail up as low as possible, and pulling it over with a length of rope that already been attached. The Gladiator was in a sorry state. Both wings sagging down to the ground we had quite a job pushing it the 200 yards or so to a place between two damaged hangars. The engine fitted to N5520 then was a Blenheim€s Mercury, with a three bladed variable-pitch propeller.€
N5520 was repaired but this ended the Gladiator flying from Malta during 1941. Interesting to note however is that during 1941 the O.K.W. credited the Luftwaffe with shooting down two Gladiators over Malta during 1941.

http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/images/gladiator_40.jpg
Remains of the Gladiator destroyed in the raid on Hal Far on 4 February 1941. This is believed to be N5531, €˜Hope€, the €˜Six-gun€ Gladiator

Waldo.Pepper
01-28-2005, 06:01 AM
There were something like 21 Gladiators in STORAGE on Malta (which is why they don't appear on such lists).
Faith Hope Charity war a propaganda device.

woofiedog
01-28-2005, 06:12 AM
As the remaining six Sea Gladiators (N5512-N5517) were no longer needed for 801 Squadron, they were delivered to 36 Maintenance Unit to be shipped to the Middle East with the 18 planes of 802 Squadron. These 24 Gladiators were delivered by the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious to Malta in 1939. Of these 24, one (1) was lost pre-war, one (1) was lost prior to HMS Glorious€ departure from the Mediterranean, six (6) were delivered to Alexandria, nine (9) were on board HMS Glorious when she departed for Norway in April 1940, and seven (7) remained on Malta when war was declared by Italy on 10 June 1940.
The twenty-four arrived in Malta as follows:
N5512: 8/5/39; to Alexandria by 6/40; to HMS Eagle€s Fighter Flight 6/40; lost at sea 29/7/40.
N5513: 8/5/39; to Alexandria by 6/40; to HMS Eagle€s Fighter Flight 6/40; to 806 Sq. FAA (6F) 12/40; to Dekheila 2/41; to 805 Sq., FAA 3/41; to 33 Sq. 5/41; lost on Crete.
N5514: to Alexandria; disposition unknown other than was is in the Middle East (parts?).
N5515: 22/4/39; to Alexandria; disposition unknown (parts?); struck on charge 25/9/40.
N5516: 22/4/39; to Alexandria; disposition unknown (parts?); returned to UK by 12/39.
N5517: 8/5/39; 102 MU Abu Sueir 6/40; to HMS Eagel Fighter Flight 6/40; to 805 Sq. FAA 24/3/41; lost 15/5/41 on ferry flight from Maleme to Alexandria.
N5518: 19/4/39; 802 Sq. FAA 5/39-6/39; re-embarked in 802 Sq. on HMS Glorious 11/4/40; believed lost with her on 8/6/40.
N5519: 19/4/39; 802 Sq. FAA 6/39-9/39; Hal Far Fighter Flight 19/4/40-29/4/40; re-assigned Hal Far Fighter Flight from 3/5/40; "R" "Charity"; lost 31/7/40.
N5520: 19/4/39; 802 Sq. FAA 6/39-11/39; Hal Far Fighter Flight 19/4/40-29/4/40; re-assigned Hal Far Fighter Flight from 3/5/40; "Faith"; fuselage preserved on Malta.
N5521: 19/4/39; 802 Sq. FAA 5/39-10/39; Hal Far Fighter Flight 03/40-04/40; re-embarked in 802 Sq. on HMS Glorious 11/4/40; believed lost with her on 8/6/40.
N5522: 19/4/39; stored at Kalafrana 25/5/39; Hal Far Fighter Flight 5/40.
N5523: 19/4/39; stored at Kalafrana 25/5/39; to Alexandria; to HMS Eagle€s Fighter Flight by 10/40.
N5524: 19/4/39; to 802 Sq. FAA 17/5/39; Hal Far Fighter Flight 19/4/40-29/4/40; re-assigned Hal Far Fighter Flight from 3/5/40; wrecked after landing accident on 12/4/41.
N5525: 19/4/39; 802 Sq. FAA 6/39-10/39; Hal Far Fighter Flight 03/40-04/40; re-embarked in 802 Sq. on HMS Glorious 11/4/40; believed lost with her on 8/6/40.
N5526: 19/4/39; stored at Kalafrana 25/5/39; 802 Sq. FAA 12/39-1/40; re-embarked in 802 Sq. on HMS Glorious 11/4/40; believed lost with her on 8/6/40.
N5527: 19/4/39; stored at Kalafrana 25/5/39; 802 Sq. FAA 6/39-7/39; Hal Far Fighter Flight 03/40-04/40; re-embarked in 802 Sq. on HMS Glorious 11/4/40; believed lost with her on 8/6/40.
N5528: 19/4/39; stored at Kalafrana 25/5/39; 802 Sq. FAA 7/39-10/39; crashed into lake during training flight on 11/10/39.
N5529: 19/4/39; 802 Sq. FAA 25/5/39-11/39; Hal Far Fighter Flight from 5/40.
N5530: 19/4/39; 802 Sq. FAA 5/39-10/39; Hal Far Fighter Flight 03/40-04/40; re-embarked in 802 Sq. on HMS Glorious 11/4/40; believed lost with her on 8/6/40.
N5531: 19/4/39; 802 Sq. FAA 6/39-1/40; Hal Far Fighter Flight 19/4/40-29/4/40; re-assigned Hal Far Fighter Flight from 3/5/40; "Hope"; destroyed on the ground 4/2/41.
N5532: 19/4/39; stored at Kalafrana 25/5/39; re-embarked in 802 Sq. FAA on HMS Glorious 11/4/40; to 804 Sq. FAA.
N5533: 19/4/39; stored at Kalafrana 25/5/39; Hal Far Fighter Flight 03/40-04/40; re-embarked in 802 Sq. FAA on HMS Glorious 11/4/40; to 804 Sq. FAA.
N5534: 19/4/39; stored at Kalafrana 25/5/39; 802 Sq. FAA 5/39; crashed into the sea during a training flight on 19/5/39.
N5535: 19/4/39; stored at Kalafrana 25/5/39; re-embarked in 802 Sq. FAA on HMS Glorious 11/4/40; to 804 Sq. FAA; to Egypt; to 805 Sq. FAA; 33 Sq. RAF; to Egypt 11/5/41; to UK.


By January 1940, HMS Glorious had landed all of 802 Squadrons aircraft in Malta, her Captain having elected not to carry her fighters during her cruises in the Red Sea and elsewhere. This left 21 of the original Sea Gladiators in Malta, two others having been lost and the last having been returned to the UK.

Hoatee
01-28-2005, 07:11 AM
In straightjacket online you have to play against three spits named One, Five, and Nine.

FlakMagnent
01-28-2005, 07:30 AM
****!! I just cant seem to stump any of you. What do you think of the trivia questions? Would any of you like to see more?