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Legend or Myth?

3 Gloster Sea Gladiators over Malta 1940.
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Martin Powell   [Jun 01, 2008 at 03:30 AM]
Although it tends to spoil a good story George Burges, one of the original pilots of Malta's Gladiators, was adamant that they were not called Faith Hope & Charity until years later. Other sources claim that the names were applied to three Hurricanes that later joined the flight. There are many ideas as to who coined the actual names. As to how many Gladiators there were, for the anoraks out there the full chapter & verse is at LINK . Whether they were obsolete, so probably were the Swordfish, but they had only entered service in 1937 and 1936 respectively. Being biplanes they were both chosen for their very short take off run from the decks of the old small carriers in service at the outbreak of war.

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