Gloster Gladiator

Gloster Gladiator, copyright RAF Museum Hendon

This aircraft represented the tail end of the bi-plane fighter which had been standard in Fighter Command before the arrival of the single seater fighter. Several squadrons of Gladiators had been lost in the Norwegian campaign in April and they had also served in France with the BEF. Fortunately they never saw serious operational service in the Battle of Britain with only one RAF squadron equipped with them. Had they done so, they would have been very vulnerable in the company of Me109s.