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RAF Bodney

   RAF Bodney opened as a Bomber Command satellite to Watton and was home to 21, 82, 90 and 105 squadrons. 90 Sqn were the first RAF Squadron to fly the new Fortress Mk1s on operations.

The base was transferred to 8th USAAF in May 1943, being home to the 352nd FG from July 1943 flying P-47D Thunderbolts. Later converting to P-51 Mustangs in April 1944. The 8th USAAF top scoring P-51 ace, Major George Preddy (27 victories) was based at Bodney until his death 25th December 44. The control tower was badly damaged by a mustang in a flying accident on D-Day and was later rebuilt. The Group left for the USA in November 1945 and the station closed.

Squadrons stationed at RAF Bodney

  • No. 21 Squadron
  • No. 82 Squadron. 1st Oct 1940 to 18 Apr 1941 & 3 May 1941 to 30 Jun 1942
  • No. 90 Squadron
  • No. 105 Squadron
  • 352nd Fighter Group. July 1943 to Nov 1945


1st Apr 1940 82 Squadron Blenheim lost

29th Oct 1940 Patrols

10th Nov 1940 82 Squadron Blenheim lost

5th Dec 1941 Aircraft Lost

27th Dec 1941 Aircraft Lost

14th March 1942 Disbanded and reformed

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Those known to have served at

RAF Bodney

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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F/Sgt Stan Pascoe 82 Squadron

This is a photo of Pilot Officer Dennis Gibbs and myself, F/Sgt Stan Pascoe after we returned to Bodney airfield after the raid on power stations near Cologne in 1941. Losses were 12 aircraft out of 56. Our Observer, Laurie Cash died of wounds when we crash landed near Acklington, Northumberland. Dennis eventually became Administrator of the Island of Montserrat and passed away suffering a brain haemorrhage.

I live in Australia just South of Brisbane in Queensland, and have just passed my 91st birthday. If anyone seeing this maybe remembers us, I would love to hear from them. A picture at the time may help my fading memory.

Stan Pascoe

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