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32 Squadron R.F.C./R.A.F.


Rory Reynolds
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Grandad was at one time attached to 32 Squadron - anyone out there know what they were all about and where I could dig up more info on them online.

All assistance appreciated.

Regards

Rory

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Rory

No 32 Sqn RFC was a fighter squadron on the Western Front. It was formed at Netheravon on 12 January 1916 and first equipped with Henry Farmans and Vickers FB 5s. It re-equipped with the DH 2 in February and left the UK for the Western Front in May. The first commanding officer was Major L W B Rees, who was awarded the VC for an aerial action on 1 July 1916. Some Nieuport Scouts were used in early 1917, and the unit fully re-equipped with the DH 5 in May that year. Capt A Coningham claimed nine victories while flying the DH 5. In January 1918 the DH 5s were replaced with the SE 5a, and No 32 Sqn kept these until March 1919, when it was reduced to a cadre before being disbanded at Croydon on 31 December 1919. The most successful pilot in No 32 Sqn was Capt W A Tyrell, who was credited with 18 victories. Sixteen pilots were credited with five or more victories.

The unit marking on its DH 5s was a white vertical bar aft of the fuselage roundel, and this was retained on the SE 5a until it was changed to a pair of inward sloping white bars aft of the roundel in March 1918.

There's more about No 32 Sqn at: http://www.rafweb.org/Index1.htm

I hope that this helps.

Gareth

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