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Under Their Own Flag - A History of 47 Squadron 1916 - 1946

Fighting High Books

Under Their Own Flag - A History of 47 Squadron 1916 - 1946


by Owen Clark

Foreword by Group Captain Michael Neville CBE

Hardback - 160pp - 275 x 210mm. Approx 100 b&w photographs and 8 aircraft profiles

World Rights - Fighting High Ltd. ISBN - 978-0-9932129-9-4.


To mark the centenary of the formation of one of the Royal Air Force’s longest serving squadrons Fighting High Publishing presents Owen Clark’s Under Their Own Flag, which details the remarkable story of No. 47 Squadron from its birth in 1916 through to the culmination of the Second World War.

Formed at Beverley, Yorkshire, on 1 March 1916, No. 47 Squadron went on to operate in far flung corners of the world, frequently as the sole representatives of the Royal Air Force and the United Kingdom. During the First World War the squadron flying Armstrong Whitworth FK3s, amongst other types, was stationed in Greece fighting the Bulgarian forces, and in 1919 the squadron was deployed to southern Russia to support the White Army during the Russian Civil War, operating aircraft such as the Airco DH9 and Sopwith Camel. The 1920s and 30s found the squadron, equipped with aircraft such as the de Havilland DH9a, Fairey IIIF, and Fairey Gordon, deployed to Egypt and the Sudan on ‘policing duties’, before engaging the Italians during the early Second World War campaigns in East Africa, operating Vickers Wellesleys. During 1942 and 1943, equipped with the Bristol Beaufort and Beaufighter, the squadron undertook numerous ‘armed rover’ patrols in support of the fighting in North Africa and Tunisia, subsequently assisting in the Allied attempts to prevent the Aegean islands from coming under enemy control. A transfer to the Far East followed and a conversion to de Havilland Mosquitos. With the Japanese defeated the squadron went on to fulfil peace keeping duties on the Island of Java.

Author Owen Clark has drawn on his considerable archive, and utilized a wealth of previously unpublished photographs, to tell the story of this unique and distinguished squadron. Also included is a selection of specially commissioned aircraft profiles. The squadron of today prides itself on its ability ‘to get the job done’, an approach that is as present today as it was in the beginning. Under Their Own Flag presents the first three decades of this unique and extraordinary squadron, and the men who served ‘Sans Peur’.


Author: Owen Clark is a Chartered Surveyor specialising in corporate property. His interest in 47 Squadron comes from his father, a Second World War wireless operator/air gunner who later joined 47 Squadron and flew during the Berlin Air Lift. Owen lives in Norfolk, with his wife, Sarah.    

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