October 2015: Fairey Gordon – 32 photos

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Photo Gordon 01: Built as an Fairey IIIF in June 1927 as S1197, it was re-built as an Gordon in February 1934 and re-serialled SR1197 serving with Nos. 6 and 14 Sqns later on.

Photo Gordon 02: Fairey Gordon K2624 was delivered in April 1932 and served with No. 47 Sqn. It crashed on 10.04.34 killing two, but was repaired and received a new serial KR2624. It was eventually struck off charge in October 1939.

Photo Gordon 03: Two Fairey Gordons re-built, KR2607 was built as a Gordon in March 1932 but was victim of an accident in November 1936 and was repaired as KR2607. Behind, formerly Fairey IIIF J9648 which was converted as a Gordon in December 1932 to become JR9648. Both belongs to HQ Flight Ramleh in 1936.

Photo Gordon 04: Fairey Gordon KR1715 of No. 14 Sqn in 1937. This Gordon was actually built as an Fairey IIIF in December 1932 and converted to a Gordon two years later, its serial being changed from K1715 to KR1715.  This Gordon was passed on to the RNAF in April 1939 with 1,405.9 hours on the airframe.

Photo Gordon 05: Another Fairey IIIF, K1159 which was converted to a Gordon in October 1934 as KR1159. It was struck off charge in May 1937 with 1,210.7 hours. KR1159 is seen here while serving with No. 14 Sqn in Jordan.

Photo Gordon 06: Fairey Gordon K3992 was delivered in February 1934 and was serving with No. 14 Sqn in Jordan by 1936 and coded F. K3992 would crashed on 06.07.41 while serving with Iraq CF.

Photo Gordon 07: Delivered in January 1933, Fairey Gordon K2757 was serving with No. 47 Sqn based in Sudan in 1937. He was destroyed in an accident on 24.10.38 when one of its floats collapsed on landing, overturning and sinking.

Photo Gordon 08: Fairey Gordon K2705 was delivered in July 1932 and during the next year was issued to No. 47 Sqn in Sudan and was coded W. This specific aircraft was handed over to the REAF in May 1939 for target twoing duties.

Photo Gordon 09: Fairey Gordon K2649 served briefly in UK between 1933 and 1935 with No. 207 Sqn. K2649 was eventually shipped to the ME to serve with No. 35 Sqn when it was wrecked in a forcelanding on 05.06.36.

Photo Gordon 10: Another view of Fairey Gordon K2649 flying in formation.

Photo Gordon 11: Fairey Gordon K2645 of No. 14 Sqn in 1933. Delivered in May 1932 it was shipped to the ME in August the same year. It would crashed on landing on 31.05.39

Photo Gordon 12: Fairey Gordon K2645 of No. 47 Sqn seen on its floats around 1935. It crashed on landing on 31.05.39.

Photo Gordon 13: Fairey Gordon K2639 was delivered in May 1932 and shipped to the ME in August where it served with No. 14 Sqn based in Jordan. Its career was short as it was lost in an accident two years later.

Photo Gordon 14: End of the road for this Fairey Gordon K2635. Used by No. 14 Sqn, it was also fitted with dual control and crashed on landing on 13.11.35 with 699.3 hours on the airframe.

Photo Gordon 15: Six Fairey Gordons of No. 47 Sqn based in Sudan flying in formation in 1933. K2622 is leading and was later passed on to No. 14 Sqn with which he would find its final fate in crashing in landing on 30.01.37.

Photo Gordon 16: Fairey Gordon K2620 of No. 6 Sqn and coded 3. This Gordon, delivered in April 1932, would eventually handed over to the RNZAF in April 1939, with 1,078 hours on the airframe.

Photo Gordon 17: Fairey Gordon K2619 of No. 6 Sqn in 1935. No. 6 Sqn was based in Palestine. It later served with No. 47 Sqn and eventually became an instructional airframe in June 1939.

Photo Gordon 18: Fairey Gordon K2609 was delivered in March 1932 and was part of No. 6 Sqn inventory in Palestine three months later. K2609 survived until August 1942 when it was struck off charge.

Photo Gordon 19: Fairey Gordon K2608 seen while serving with No. 6 Sqn in 1933. It was later rebuilt as KR2608. It would be part of the RAF inventory until November 1942!

Photo Gordon 20: Fairey Gordon K2603 was the first of the second batch of Gordons ordered in 1931. He was seen while serving with No. 6 Sqn in Palestine. It was later re-built as a Mk. II with the serial KR2603.

Photo Gordon 21: Ordered as a Fairey IIIF K1776, it was actually converted before being issued to any unit.  It was lost in an accident when it spun into ground out of cloud on 27.01.36, killing three on board.

Photo Gordon 22: Fairey Gordon K1776 seen when it was serving with No. 35 Sqn in Sudan.

Photo Gordon 23: Fairey Gordons of No. 40 Sqn on parade at Abington. Gordon K1743 was delivered on April 1931 to No. 40 Sqn and was struck off charge in December 1933.

Photo Gordon 24: Fairey Gordon K1736 of No. 40 Sqn was delivered to this squadron in April 1931 when it was re-formed that month. This Gordon was never shipped to the ME and was struck off charge in May 1935 and converted to components.

Photo Gordon 25: Fairey Gordon K1730 of No. 6 Sqn in 1931 with a Bristol F2b.

Photo Gordon 26: Fairey Gordon K1729 was the first Gordon built and was delivered to the RAF in March 1931. Later converted as dual control trainer he is seen here while serving with No. 4 FTS. Its was struck off charge in December 1939.

Photo Gordon 27: Built as a Fairey IIIF in June 1929, J9648, it was rebuilt and converted as a Gordon in December 1932 as JR9648. It would served with No. 47 Sqn between March 1933 and February 1935. JR9648 is seen here on floats. (see also photo 30).

Photo Gordon 28: A Fairey IIIF as first in September 1929, J9161 was converted to a Fairey Gordon in January 1933 and beccame JR9161 and served with No. 47 Sqn between March 1933 and April 1935. Stored it was eventually struck off charge in October 1936.

Photo Gordon 29: Fairey Gordon J9787 was originally a Fairey IIIF delivered in November 1929 and which was converted in July 1934. It is seen here while serving with No. 3 Air Training Camp (ATC) with an ‘X’ painted on the fin. It belonged to 3 ATC between August 1935 and January 1937. Note that the serial was maintained.

 

Photo Gordon 30: Fairey Gordon JR9648 seen at factory after its conversion froma Fairey IIIF in December 1932.

Photo Gordon 31: Fairey Gordon K2725 of No. 14 Sqn in 1935

Photo Gordon 30: Fairey Gordon K2706 of No. 14 Sqn. It was lost in a mid-air collsion with K2816 on 25.10.34. Behind Gordon K2612

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