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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 68931
Last updated: 19 November 2017
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Type:Gloster Gladiator Mk I
Owner/operator:3 Sqn RAAF
Registration: K7901
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tmimi airfield -   Libya
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Tmimi ALG
Destination airport:Tmimi ALG
On 23 January 1941 eight Gladiators of 3 Sqn RAAF landed at a new ALG at Tmimi after a patrol over an armoured brigade in the Mechili area.

The next day six of them took off from this new airfield at 1000 hrs to carry out a patrol over forward troops in the Martuba-Derna area for protection against ground strafing Italian aircraft. None were encountered and the formation returned to Tmimi at 1200 hrs. Whilst landing, Flg Off J M Davidson in Gladiator K7901 struck a portable battery on the edge of the aerodrome and damaged the tail unit. The pilot was unhurt, but the aircraft wasn’t repairable at the unit. Actually it was not repaired.


3 Sqn RAAF History Sheet, available online on the Australian Archives website (

Revision history:

13-Oct-2009 00:14 JINX Added
26-Jun-2012 14:53 Nepa Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
06-Jul-2013 05:45 JINX Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
20-Oct-2015 17:46 Jixn Updated [Operator]
24-Jan-2017 11:39 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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