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Formed: 8 June 1916 at Gosport
Mobilized: April 1917
Disbanded: 22 January 1920 at Bircham Newton
Insignia:  
Aces: 26  
Victories: 210 Destroyed (DES)
186 Out of Control (OOC)
6 Balloons
Losses: 40 Killed
20 Wounded in Action (WIA)
31 Prisoners of War (POW)
 
56 Squadron was formed at Gosport on 8 June 1916 and was posted to France in April 1917. It was the first unit equipped with the S.E.5.
 
Aces Aircraft COs Aerodromes
1 England James McCudden 51
2 Canada Reginald Hoidge 27
3 England Gerald Maxwell 26
4 England Arthur Rhys Davids 25
5 England Geoffrey Bowman 22
6 Wales Richard Maybery 21
7 England Leonard Barlow 20
8 Canada Henry Burden 16
9 England Cyril Crowe 14
10 England Maurice Mealing 14
11 England Albert Ball 13
12 Canada William Irwin 11
13 England Trevor Durrant 10
14 South Africa Robert Sloley 9
15 England Edric Broadberry 8
16 Canada Kenneth Junor 8
17 England Cecil Lewis 8
18 England Keith Muspratt 8
19 England Louis Jarvis 7
20 England Harold Walkerdine 7
21 England William Fielding-Johnson 6
22 Scotland Phillip Prothero 6
23 Canada William Boger 5
24 England Duncan Grinnell-Milne 5
25 England Charles Jeffs 5
26 Canada Harold Molyneux 5
1 S.E.5
Mar 1917
1 Maj. Ernest Leslie Gossage
08 Jun 1916
2 Maj. Arthur Ashford Benjamin Thomson
17 Aug 1916
3 Maj. Ralph Montgomery Vaughan
03 Nov 1916
4 Maj. Hubert Dunsterville Harvey-Kelly
21 Dec 1916
5 Capt. Reginald Clive Gallop
31 Jan 1917
6 Maj. Richard Graham Blomfield
06 Feb 1917
7 Maj. Rainsford Balcombe Brown (KIA)
29 Oct 1917
8 Maj. Euan James Leslie Warren Gilchrist
05 May 1918
9 Capt. Duncan Grinnell-Milne
17 Dec 1918
1 Gosport
08 Jun 1916
2 London Colney
14 Jul 1916
3 Vert Galant
07 Apr 1917
4 Liettres(Estrée Blanche)
31 May 1917
5 Bekesbourne
21 Jun 1917
6 Liettres
05 Jul 1917
7 Laviéville
12 Nov 1917
8 Baizieux
21 Jan 1918
9 Valheureux
25 Mar 1918
10 Lechelle
15-16 Oct 1918
11 Esnes
27 Oct 1918
12 La Targette
29 Oct 1918
13 Béthencourt (Beauvois)
21 Nov 1918
14 Narborough
15 Feb 1919
15 Bircham Newton
30 Dec 1919
 
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