56 Squadron, Royal Air Force

Formed at Gosport 9th June 1916. motto: Quid si coelum ruat (What if heaven falls?) Code: LR (39-41) US , ON(46-48), US. Fighter Squadron
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Hawker Typhoon Mark IB of No. 56 Squadron RAF runs up its engine in a revetment at Matlask, Norfolk, before taking off on a 'Rhubarb' (a harassing fighter operation) over Holland.

Hawker Typhoon Mark IB of No. 56 Squadron RAF runs up its engine in a revetment at Matlask, Norfolk, before taking off on a 'Rhubarb' (a harassing fighter operation) over Holland.

A very colorful British Electric Lightning from the No. 56 Squadron.

A very colorful British Electric Lightning from the No.

English Electric Lightning F.Mk 1A of 56Sqn 'The Firebirds' display team

From 1963 the official aerobatic team of the Royal Air Force became the Firebirds which fly nine English Electric Lightning F.

Pilots and Hurricanes of No 56 Punjab Squadron at Duxford 2 January 1942

Pilots and Hurricanes of No. 56 'Punjab' Sqn at Duxford, 2 January The official caption reads: 'Fighter aircraft donated by the Province of the Punjab have been in action and have scored numerous victories over the Hun'.

'The Firebirds': 56 Squadron Lightnings .

Lightning Of The Day on

“Possibly one of the most eye catching schemes of the Lightning era was this chequered tail livery of 56 Sqn”

Sleek: A Hawker Hunter F5 WP183 of 56 Squadron in flight from former station RAF Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire on 16 April 1956

In Cold War pictures, how the RAF has always been ready to face Russia

Sleek: A Hawker Hunter of 56 Squadron in flight from former station RAF Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire on 16 April 1956

A Royal Air Force Hawker Typhoon Mk.IB (EK183, "US-A") of No. 56 Squadron RAF at RAF Matlaske, Norfolk (UK), on 21 April 1943. This aircraft was flown by Squadron Leader T.H.V Pheloung (Oamaru, New Zealand).

The Hawker Typhoon . The Typhoon was the only fighter in the RAF inventory capable of catching the Fw 190 at low altitudes and, as a result, secured it's role as a low-altitude interceptor.


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