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    Default Mixed Hart and Demon squadrons

    Hello all

    I have come across a reference to 6 Sqn in Palestine in the 1930s when they reequipped from the Fairey Gordon to the Hawker Hart. When they received the Hart, an extra flight was formed to operate the Demon. I'm wondering what the idea behind this was - a mixed bomber/fighter squadron?

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    As was later seen with the Blenheim units. A case of making best use of limited resources whilst unable to form an additional specialised unit.

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    It seems that quite a few units had two types of aircraft and that is excluding elongated conversion periods. The trouble I can't recall which squadrons they were. I suspect it was probably Army Co-op squadrons who seemed to hang on to Lysanders far longer, probably because they were better for spotting on artillery shoots. I wonder if 6 squadron had the same issue although the difference between a Demon and a Hart is not that great. Have you looked at the 6 Sqn ORB online as it may explain it if you are lucky?

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    I presume that even Demons (nominally fighters) were capable of being fitted with light or universal bomb carriers at a pinch, so could also be utilised for bombing? Cannot imagine they were expected to meet any aerial opposition during their normal duties.
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    Remember that there was considerable concern about possible Italian actions, following their invasion of Ethiopia. The RAF in the Middle East was expected to cover a wide area, much of which was within range of possible Italian deployments. Palestine itself perhaps not, but they were concerned about rather more.

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    During the Abyssinian Crisis No 29 Sqn (Demons) was sent to the Middle Eat and in January 1936 absorbed 'D' Flight of 6 Sqn.

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