Majors Balcombe-Brown and Blomfield, Oct 1917

The Firebirds and their Stories

This section of the website aims to tell the tales of those who served on No. 56.  In many cases, this will be done via an external link to an already-existing biography or story.  These should open in a new window or tab.  In cases where numerous relevant external pages exist, a link page for that individual will be provided.  For those whose web-presence is not that large, efforts will be made over time to record their biographies here.

Personal 56 Squadron stories are cordially invited:

The Firebirds

From Rank* Name  
1916 Sgt Fitter William Sanfrid Appleton MSM
Apr 1917 Capt Albert Ball VC DSO MC
Feb 1917 Maj Richard Graham Blomfield DSO
Apr 1917 Capt Edric William Broadberry MC
Jun 1916 Maj Sir Ernest Leslie Gossage KCB CVO DSO MC
Dec 1916 Maj Hubert Dunsterville Harvey- Kelly DSO
Dec 1916 2Lt John Leask  
Jul 1917 Capt James Thomas Byford McCudden VC DSO MC MM
Mar 1917 Capt Henry Meintjes MC AFC
Aug 1918 1st Lt Jarvis Jenness Offutt  
Aug 1916 Maj Arthur Ashford Benjamin Thomson MC AFC
1941 Flt Lt Ted Sparrow DFC AFC

*Highest rank on Squadron
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