The British Empire and its effect on Plymouth

Gloster Gladiator at Roborough Airport

This photograph shows one of the three Gloster Gladiators stationed at Roborough from August 1940 until December 1940. 247 Squadron became operational from August 13th and could and did intercept Heinkel He111s during daylight hours and lived to tell the tale. They did not confirm any German bombers as shot down but they were credited with damaging He111s. Their main issue was that they were too slow to intercept the fast moving modern German bombers. Hence 247 was reequipped with Hurricanes after the Battle of Britain in December as a stop gap until RAF Harrowbeer was up and running the following year.

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