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No. 56 Squadron Royal Air Force
56 Squadron was formed at Gosport on 8 June 1916 and trained at London Colney. It was the first unit equipped with the S.E.5. fighter and was posted to France on 7th April 1917 to serve as a fighter and ground attack force on the Western Front throughout the remainder of the war.
The Squadron was disbanded on 22 January 1920; however, eight days later it was reformed at Aboukir Egypt with the renumbering of No 80 Squadron. The Squadron was officially disbanded again on 23 September 1922, but only days later elements were hastily formed into a flight and moved to Constantinople in support of the Chanak crisis where it was under the control of No 208 Squadron whilst maintaining the No 56 Squadron identity.
Not long after that flight had left for Turkey, two other flights were reformed at RAF Hawkinge in November 1922. The Squadron was re-united in August 1923, with all three flights located at RAF Biggin Hill. In October 1927 the Squadron settled at RAF North Weald, where it would remain until the start of the Second World War. In May 1938 it was re-equipped with the Hawker Hurricane.
6th Sept 1939
22nd October 1939 On the Move
22nd February 1940 On the Move
16th May 1940
27th May 1940
29th May 1940 Aircraft Lost
31st May 1940 On the Move
10th July 1940 In Action
16th August 1940
1st September 1940
29th November 1940
26th June 1941 On the Move
30th March 1942
19th August 1942
24th August 1942 New Role
15th February 1944 Refitting
28th February 1944 Change of Duty
28th September 1944 On the Move
May 1945 Airfields No. 56 Squadron flew from during the war:
- RAF North Weald, Essex from 3rd September 1939
- RAF Martlesham Heath, Suffolk from 22nd October 1939
- RAF North Weald from 22nd February 1940
- France from 16th May 1940 (Detachment)
- RAF Digby, Lincolnshire from 31st May 1940
- RAF North Weald from 5th June 1940
- RAF Boscombe Down, Wiltshire from 1st September 1940
- RAF Middle Wallop, Hampshire from 29th November 1940
- RAF North Weald from 17th December 1940
- RAF Martlesham Heath from 23rd June 1941
- RAF Duxford, Cambridgeshire from 26th June 1941
- RAF Snailwell, Suffolk from 30th March 1942
- RAF Manston, Kent from 29th May 1942
- RAF Snailwell from 1st June 1942
- RAF Matlaske, Norfolk from 24th August 1942
- RAF Manston from 22nd July 1943
- RAF Martlesham Heath, Suffolk from 6th August 1943
- RAF Manston from 15th August 1943
- RAF Bradwell Bay, Essex from 23rd August 1943
- RAF Martlesham Heath from 4th October 1943
- RAF Scorton, Yorkshire from 15th February 1944
- RAF Acklington, Northumberland from 23rd February 1944
- RAF Scorton from 7th March 1944
- RAF Ayr, Ayrshire from 30th March 1944
- RAF Scorton from 7th April 1944
- RAF Newchurch, Kent from 28th April 1944
- RAF Matlaske from 23rd September 1944
- Grimbergen, B60 from 28th Sept 1944
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Those known to have served with
No. 56 Squadron Royal Air Force
during the Second World War 1939-1945.
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