46 (Uganda) Squadron, Royal Air Force

Formed at Wyton 19th April 1916. Motto: We rise to conquer Code: PO, XK (45-46)
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Formation: Javelins of 46 Squadron lined up neatly on the hard surface of RAF Odiham in July 1956. 'Even at the height of the Cold War, the armed forces were not immune to cuts,' Mr Proctor said. 'A number of defence reviews were undertaken during the period'

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Javelins of 46 sqn at RAF Odiham in Photo: Ian Proctor. Front bird in line: Javelin Delivered to the RAF. 46 Squadron as "O". Squadron as "H". Withdrawn from use. Sold for scrap.

Czech Pilot Officer Karel "Charlie" Mrázek standing by his Hawker Hurricane Mk I (PO-M) of 46 Squadron at RAF Digby, Lincolnshire, UK. January- February 1941.

Czech Pilot Officer Karel "Charlie" Mrázek standing by his Hawker Hurricane Mk I (PO-M) of 46 Squadron at RAF Digby, Lincolnshire, UK.

S/L Kenneth BB "Bing" Cross (left) sits on the wing of Hurricane Mk I LK-O with pilots of No 46 Squadron RAF at RAF Digby on 2 November 1939, following a visit of King George VI to the station. While the royal inspection was still underway, the pilots were ordered to its forward base at RAF North Coates, from which they returned the same evening, with the exception of Red Section. The aircraft from No 87 Squadron RAF was collected by a pilot from the Ferry Pool and flown for service in…

S/L Kenneth BB "Bing" Cross (left) sits on the wing of Hurricane Mk I LK-O with…

P/O Karel "Charlie" Mrázek flew with No 46 Squadron RAF on 11 November 1940 when he fell behind in Hurricane Mk I PO-M due to partial engine failure. Sighting a number of bogeys identified as BR20 bombers, the 29-year-old Czech destroyed 2 of the CR42 fighter escort. The first biplane fell into the sea 4m and the second 3m from Ofordness. After the combat he recrossed the coast to land at RAF Rochester, with empty tanks and 10 machine gun holes in his wings and fuselage.

P/O Karel "Charlie" Mrázek flew with No 46 Squadron RAF on 11 November 1940 when…

Hawker Siddeley Andover C.1s of No 46 Squadron flying in echelon starboard from their base at RAF Abingdon, Oxfordshire, in Transport Command.

Hawker Siddeley Andover of No 46 Squadron flying in echelon starboard from their base at RAF Abingdon, Oxfordshire, in Transport Command.

Joining No 46 Squadron RAF at RAF Digby in June 1940, P/O Robert Reid claimed an Me 109 destroyed on 18 September and 15 October, as well as one probably destroyed on 29 October.

Joining No 46 Squadron RAF at RAF Digby in June P/O Robert Reid claimed an Me 109 destroyed on 18 September and 15 October, as well as one probably destroyed on 29 October.

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The only example of the Andover to wear the grey/green camouflage.

Returning to RAF North Weald from a patrol 10m out to sea over Dungeness, led by F/L Alexander C "Rags" Rabagliati on 5 December 1940, P/O Cecil R "Charlie" Young of No 46 Squadron RAF, pictured with dog Henry, was seen to go into an uncontrollable dive in Hurricane Mk I PO-B at 11.25hrs, crashing to his death at Daughton House near Wrotham. It is believed that the 20-year-old pilot's attacker was Oblt Kurt Ebersberger of JG26, who claimed a Hawker fighter destroyed near Rochester at the…

Returning to RAF North Weald from a patrol 10m out to sea over Dungeness, led by F/L Alexander C "Rags" Rabagliati on 5 December 1940, P/O Cecil R "Charlie" Young of No 46 Squadron RAF, pictured with dog Henry, was seen to go into an uncontrollable dive in Hurricane Mk I PO-B at 11.25hrs, crashing to his death at Daughton House near Wrotham. It is believed that the 20-year-old pilot's attacker was Oblt Kurt Ebersberger of JG26, who claimed a Hawker fighter destroyed near Rochester at the…

Having departed No 32 Squadron RAF for No 46 Squadron RAF at RAF Stapleford Tawney on 12 September 1940, P/O John D Crossman was seen shooting down an Me 109 on his 19th operational sortie at 20,000ft at 13.30hrs on 30 September, but in turn became the victim of his stricken opponent. The 21-year-old Australian dived in flames and crashed at Tablehurst Farm, Forest Row. Bombardiers of 17th Field Regt RA were detailed to guard the wreck and to pick up the pilot's remains in sandbags.

Having departed No 32 Squadron RAF for No 46 Squadron RAF at RAF Stapleford Tawney on 12 September 1940, P/O John D Crossman was seen shooting down an Me 109 on his 19th operational sortie at 20,000ft at 13.30hrs on 30 September, but in turn became the victim of his stricken opponent. The 21-year-old Australian dived in flames and crashed at Tablehurst Farm, Forest Row. Bombardiers of 17th Field Regt RA were detailed to guard the wreck and to pick up the pilot's remains in sandbags.

After his move south with No 46 Squadron RAF from RAF Digby on 1 September 1940, P/O William B "Billy" Pattullo smiles down from Hurricane Mk I PO-Y at RAF Stapleford Tawney, days before crashing to his death on 25 October. Flying out of RAF North Weald, the Anglo-Chilean pilot died of injuries the following day, aged 21, after the aircraft had fallen onto a house in Romford while returning to base from a patrol.

After his move south with No 46 Squadron RAF from RAF Digby on 1 September

F/L Norman W Burnett, P/O William B "Billy" Pattullo, P/O Cecil R "Charlie" Young, Sgt Raymond F "Ray" Sellers and Sgt Roger E de Cannart d'Hamale (left to right) of No 46 Squadron RAF wait out at dispersal at RAF Stapleford Tawney in October 1940. On 11 November, whilst on patrol over Foulness, B Flight encountered the CAI of the Regia Aeronautica, of which they destroying at least 8, with no casualties or damage to the unit, scattering the remainder of the enemy formation in disorder.

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F/L Alexander C "Rags" Rabagliati led No 46 Squadron RAF into the first major combat against the CAI of the Regia Aeronautica on 11 November 1940. In command of A Flight, the 26-year-old South African had claimed 7 destroyed, 2 probables and 2 damaged, flying Hurricane Mk I PO-B, an experimental aircraft fitted with 4 20mm Hispano cannon and trialled on the unit during 2 weeks in September. He was awarded the DFC on 22 October and assumed command in December, promoted to acting squadron…

F/L Alexander C "Rags" Rabagliati led No 46 Squadron RAF into the first major combat against the CAI of the Regia Aeronautica on 11 November 1940. In command of A Flight, the 26-year-old South African had claimed 7 destroyed, 2 probables and 2 damaged, flying Hurricane Mk I PO-B, an experimental aircraft fitted with 4 20mm Hispano cannon and trialled on the unit during 2 weeks in September. He was awarded the DFC on 22 October and assumed command in December, promoted to acting squadron…

Pilots of No 46 Squadron RAF meet King George VI at their dispersal point at RAF Digby on 2 November 1939. The royal visitor was welcomed by S/L Kenneth BB "Bing" Cross and spend nearly 10 minutes with the airmen, before moving on to inspect other units, passing on the way maintenance and HQ flights who were drawn up near the hangar.

Pilots of No 46 Squadron RAF meet King George VI at their dispersal point at RAF Digby on 2 November 1939. The royal visitor was welcomed by S/L Kenneth BB "Bing" Cross and spend nearly 10 minutes with the airmen, before moving on to inspect other units, passing on the way maintenance and HQ flights who were drawn up near the hangar.

P/O John F Drummond (left), camera in hand, poses with F/O Philip J "Jack" Frost of No 46 Squadron RAF in the cockpit of Hurricane Mk I PO-N at Bardufoss, following combat with a Ju 87 over Harstad, photographed after landing at 15.40hrs on 2 June 1940. The windscreen was smashed by crossfire from the dive bomber.

P/O John F Drummond (left), camera in hand, poses with F/O Philip J "Jack" Frost of No 46 Squadron RAF in the cockpit of Hurricane Mk I PO-N at Bardufoss, following combat with a Ju 87 over Harstad, photographed after landing at 15.40hrs on 2 June 1940. The windscreen was smashed by crossfire from the dive bomber.

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