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264 Squadron Aircraft Specifications:

Boulton Paul Defiant

Boulton Paul Defiant

Specification F.9/35 called for a two seater fighter. The pilot occupying the front, while a gunner occupied the rear with a swinging turret. The result was the acceptance of the Defiant built by the Boulton Paul Aircraft Company, which took over the aviation department of the Boulton and Paul Aircraft Company in June 1934. The range of the Defiant was reasonably good, more than the Spitfire but not as much as the Hurricane. Maximum speed was a bit of a problem, but its main disadvantage was that it had no forward firing power relying only on the hydraulically operated dorsal turret.

Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I Specifications Type Monoplane Military Use Fighter Power Plant Rolls Royce Merlin III Horsepower 1,030 hp @ 16,250ft (4,953m) Maximum Speed 304 mph (489 kph) @ 17,000 ft Climbing Rate 1,900 ft/min (9.65m/sec) Working Range 465 miles (748 kms) Empty Weight 6,078 lb (2,757 kg) Loaded Weight 8,318 lb (3,773 kg) Service Ceiling 30,000 ft ( 9140 metres) Wingspan 39 feet 4 inches (11.9 metres) Overall length 35 feet 4 inches (10.77 metres) Overall height 11 feet 4 inches (3.45 metres) Total Wing Area 250 square feet (23.2 square metres)

The Mk 2 Defiant version and was an improved with a better range, and now based more on its role as a specific Night Fighter. With a top speed of 313 mph and a 30,300ft ceiling, and with an increased range of 465 miles.

Further details can be obtained from various sites on the www.


De Haviland Mosquito

The Wooden Wonder’, as the Mosquito is affectionately known, almost never came to be. Air Ministry opposition to de Havilland’s original proposal for an unarmed, all-wooden bomber almost forced de Havilland to abandon the design, but thanks to some behind-the-scenes lobbying, the Air Ministry reluctantly agreed to progress with the design.

De Haviland Mosquito

Technical Specifications

1943 MK X111

The Mosquito Mark 13 had to Rolls-Royce Merlin 21 or 23 engines. A four cannon night fighter developed from and similar to the F Mk 11 with special airborne interception radar equipment in place of the four machine guns in the nose.

The over all dimensions of the mosquito did very, but from my research, not very much. In this specific specification is for a B .1V model with its typical dimensions. For more accurate and detailed information, it is suggested that it has obtained from various aeronautical sources.

The first flight: November 25, 1940. Power plant: two Rolls Royce 1230 HP Merlin 21, 12 cylinder liquid cooled in-line tested engines. Armament: 4 x 20 mm Hispano cannons. Size: wingspan 54’2″, Length: 40’10”, Height: 15’3″, Wing area: 45 ft.². Weight.: empty; 13,100 lbs, maximum takeoff weight; 22,380 lbs. Performance: maximum speed; 380 mph, service ceiling, 31,000 feet, will range; 1220 miles. Climb; 2880 ft./m

In 1945, 264 Squadron was initially disbanded and then reformed in November from 125 Squadron and were re-equipped with Mosquito Mk 36 aircraft, which they continued to fly until the disbandment of the Squadron in 1945 but then reformed in Nov. 1945 and continued to fly these aircraft until they were re-equiped with Glousester Meteor Mk 11 Night Fighters in 1951.


Gloucester Meteor Mk 11

Gloucester Meteor Mk 11

The Meteor NF Mk.11 became the standard RAF night fighter, until replaced by the NF.13. It was a capable night fighter, but not a brilliant one. It just about had the speed required to catch possible enemy bombers. However the heavily framed two-man cockpit canopy made night landings difficult, and the under wing fuel tanks were prone to collapse at high speed or when the cannon fired. The NF Mk.11 was sold in small numbers to Belgium, Denmark and France.

Engine: Two Rolls-Royce Derwent 8 engines
Thrust: 3,700lb/ 16.4kN each
Span: 43ft
Length: 48.5ft
Gross Weight: 16,542lb
Maximum level speed at sea level: 580mph Maximum level speed at 30,000ft: 547mph Rate of climb at sea level: 4,800ft
Ceiling: 40,000ft
Cruise Range at normal load: 860 miles
Armament: Four 20mm Hispano cannon in wings.


Gloster Meteor Mk 14 – 264 Squadron was re-equipped with this later mode in 1955 and based at Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire.

Gloster Meteor Mk 14

 

Engine: Two Rolls-Royce Derwent 9 engines
Thrust: 3,800lb/ 16.9kN each
Span: 43ft
Length: 49.9ft or 49.9ft
Gross Weight: 17,287lb
Maximum level speed at 10,000ft: 585mph Rate of climb at sea level: 5,800ft/min Ceiling: 43,000ft
Cruise Range at normal load: 875 miles Armament: Four 20mm cannon in wings Crew: Two, Pilot and Navigator


Y-Yankee, WS795

Y-Yankee, WS795

 

This is a picture taken in November 1955 and was used for the Squadron’s Christmas card.

The Aircraft is Y-Yankee, WS795. and, under Squadron Leader H.M.H.Tudor DFC won the Ingpen Trophy (most proficient all-weather Squadron) in 1954 and some subsequent years.

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