I know a number of New Zealanders flew the Sea Gladiator whilst training at RNAS Yeovilton and perhaps on other stations in the Fleet Air Arm, including Don Nairn, but does anyone know if any kiwis flew the type in actual combat?
Is there much difference between the Sea Gladiator and the plain RAF Gladiator? Cambridge-born airman Hal Thomas flew Gladiators in Africa doing weather flights. I guess a lot of kiwis flew them in the RAF too?
I think the main difference between a Gladiator and a Sea Gladiator was the installation of catapult points, a deck-arrester hook and a collapsible dinghy in a fairing beneath the fuselage between the undercarriage legs
It looks like there were kiwi's flying Gladiators in Combat in Norway, etc. This website: www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2-1RAF-c3.html , names: Group Captain P. G. Jameson, DSO, DFC and bar, born Wellington, 10 Nov 1912; Flying Officer H. E. Vickery; born Invercargill, 7 Sep 1913; Pilot Officer L. R. Jacobsen, DFC; born Wellington, 5 Mar 1915 all flew Gladiators.