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2nd Sept 1939 No. 12 Squadron was formed in 1915 and moved to St Omer, France to undertake long-range reconnaissance. By 1918, it was engaged in night bombing and ground attack missions. After the armistice at the end of WW1, 12 squadron moved to Germany as part of the army of occupation and by November 1919 was the sole operational squadron in Germany. The squadron was disbanded in 1922.
It was reformed in 1923 as a bomber squadron. As well as training in day and night bombing and formation flying, the squadron undertook trials of parachutes. The Squadron was also tasked with experimental trials with oxygen systems, high altitude photography, and low temperature operations. In October 1935 the Squadron moved to Aden in response to the Italian invasion of Abyssinia, but they returned home in August 1936 without being deployed.
With the political situation in Europe deteriorating, rearming Britain became a priority and in February 1938, the Squadron was re-equipped with Fairey Battles and relocated to RAF Bicester. The Squadron deployed to France at Berry-au-Bac, about 15 miles north of Rheims on 2 September 1939, the day before war was declared.
2nd Sept 1939
6th Dec 1941 Aircraft Lost
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Flight Lieutenant Ernest Robert WoofMy Grandfather served at RAF Biscester during WW2. His name was Flt. Lt. Ernest Robert Woof. He was a ground engineering officer. All my aunts and uncles were either born or brought up in the area. It is my plan to take my mother for a visit in the near future if possible at the location of the airfield.Atb. R. Mogliazzi
F/Sgt. John Simeon McPhail MacAskill 98 SquadronMy late father, F/Sgt John MacAskill, trained in Oudtshoorn, South Africa, from 31st August 1942 to 2nd January 1943. He was then with 13 OTU RAF Bicester before his first tour of duty with 98 Squadron on 3rd May 1944. The aircraft he flew were Anson, Oxford, Blenheim(1V), Boston (IIIA) and Mitchell (IID).
If anyone reading this flew with my father, especially a Sgt. Nicholson with whom he seemed to spend most of his tour of duty, please contact me.Fiona MacAskill
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