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RAF Leuchars

   RAF Leuchars has been a Military aviation based since 1911. Throughout the Second World War it was an 18 Group Coastal Command Station and today is still in use by the RAF as a fighter and rescue base.

Squadrons stationed at RAF Leuchars

  • No: 105 Squadron. Sep 1942. (Detachment)
  • No: 224 Squadron. from 1938
  • No: 233 Squadron. from 1938
  • No: 235 Squadron. Jan to Feb 1943
  • No: 236 Squadron. Feb to Jul 1942
  • No: 320 Squadron.
  • No: 540 Squadron.
  • No: 547 Squadron.


21st June 1940 

March 41 

12th June 1941 

17th May 1942 Attack on cruiser Prinz Eugen

18th June 1942 Squadron Departs

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Those known to have served at

RAF Leuchars

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Alvey Raymond Henry. Sgt. (d.22nd Nov 1942)
  • Baker Bill . F/O
  • Bouwman. Henry .
  • Boux Jerry . P/O
  • Deare Arthur. W/O
  • Goodhead Leslie Coulton. T/Sgt
  • Hansell . Roy .
  • Harrison AEA.. Graham William. F/Lt. (d.20th April 1944)
  • Hughes Glen . F/S
  • Lalliberte Gerry . F/O
  • Maier. Walt .
  • Wallace Kay .

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T/Sgt Leslie Coulton Goodhead 1473 Flight 11 FTS 109 Squadron 77 Squadron

My father served with 77 Squadron from 24/10/42 to 13/1/44, when he was discharged unfit for further service.

He joined the RFC as a boy, serving from 25/9/1917 to 26/4/19, training as a fitter. He re-enlisted 3/5/1921 to 1/2/1927 becoming an engine fitter and serving in Egypt and Aden. He was in E class reserve and was recalled to service 25/8/1939. He served in France 27/4/1940 to 17/6/1940, when he was able to get a ship to the UK from Brest.

Prior to 77 Sqdn. he served at 11 FTS, 109 Sqdn., Leuchars, and 1473 Flight.

He died in 1967. I have his service papers and a number of photographs from the 1920s of various subjects, plane crashes, Aden countryside, sports teams, etc.

Brian Goodhead

Roy Hansell

I am searching for any information regarding Roy Hansell of the US Air Force who based at Leuchars in or around 1944. From the information that I have he survived the war and returned to the US. He would have been a friend of Mary Conway, my grandmother, who I believe was in the WAAF, (married name Mary Ferris, I am not sure which name she would have gone by at the time). I would be very grateful for any information in relation to Roy or Mary that might give me any leads. I have been using several research sites but as I do not know anything more am having difficulty narrowing my search.

Tara Greenway

W/O Arthur Deare

Half my family worked at the 'drome' from before the war (Collins, Gregory, Theobald) I heard lots of little stories heard from my parents and relatives; including how Mum & Dad met at a party arranged at the Village Hall after Dadís crew sunk a u-boat. My Dad, Arthur Deare was W/O1 Signals (aircrew, Coastal Command) and was at Leuchars in 1945 but I don't know which squadron he was with. If someone can provide me with his squadron No. would be a great help.

If anyone can remember my grandparents, Grace and Will Collins; Molly (my Mum) and her cousin Janet 'Jenny' McFarlane. Please get in touch.

Ian Deare

Walt Maier. 547 Sqd

Walt Maier, Glen Hughes, Bill Baker at Leuchars Scotland 1944.

I was stationed at Leuchars with S/L Sherwoods crew from 1944 till 'D' Day. We all flew with RAF 547 Coastal Command Squadron and did VLR over the North Atlantic in search of German U boats and submarines. The names of the crew were: F/O W.Maier Cdn. F/O Bill Baker Cdn. F/O Gerry Lalliberte Cdn. F/S Glen Hughes Welsh F/S Pete Reed Cdn. and P/O Jerry Boux Cdn.

Here are selection of photos, Regretably, I have misplaced the one picture of the "Skipper", S/L Sherwood. If you ever come across another, please let me know.

547 Squadron.

Our crew:

Our crew: On bottom Gerry Laliberte, Pete Reed, myself [Walt Maier]. Top Jerry Boux on my shoulders and the other man was from a different crew and I only knew his first name (Jack).

Henry Bouwman

Henry Bouwman, Navigator Bomber, 547 Sqd at Leuchars

WAAF's Olive & Carmel (Paddy) 1943, I have forgotten the girls' surnames.

WAAF Cpl. Mary at Leuchars 1944

The Dutch airmen who flew with the 300 group squadrons all of flew Mosquitos, Canadian. built Aircraft and were support for the Liberator aircraft squadrons. If we ran into enemy aircraft on our return to base, we would radio for help and they were with us within 15 to 20 minutes to engage the Germans which were either FW190's or Me109's

F/Lt. Graham William Harrison AEA. 235 Squadron (d.20th April 1944)

Graham William Harrison's orignal grave

Later moved here

At Leuchars

My Father, Graham Harrison went down into sea about 20 miles north of Spanish Coast, his body was recovered by Spanish fisherman and buried in Inglis Cemetery in village of Sondika (right beside Bilbao Airport) on 6th June 1944. He was re-interred into CWGC in early 50's. The body of his Navigator, Sgt Jones, was not recovered although both were seen to escape the aircraft. An International distress signal was sent out by the other aircraft in the flight of 4 Beaufighters. German Inteligence from Madrid reported to Berlin of British aircraft down. A Spanish destroyer was tasked to look for them but didn't leave until the next day. Far too late as they both were in the water in their MayWests. The dingy had popped up but had blown away from them, probably both died shortly after the crash in such cold water.

Michael G Harrison

Sgt. Raymond Henry Alvey 144 Sqdn. (d.22nd Nov 1942)

Raymond Alvey was my mother's younger brother. He was in the RAF Volunteer Reserve and was called up in September 1939. He served in Coastal Command with 120, 489 and 144 squadrons as a wireless operator/air gunner. He was on an operation over the Norwegian coast in a Handley Page Hampden, when he was shot down and reported 'missing believed killed in action'. Raymond's father (my grandfather) George Alvey spent a lot of time trying to find out the details but to no avail. Later research suggests that his body was probably recovered by the Germans and buried at sea, although this is not confirmed. Raymond's fellow crew members were Sqn Ldr John Richard Darbyshire Hird, Sgt Davidson William Hepplewhite and Sgt Robert John Coles.

Raymond wrote detailed diaries of his three years of service. I also have his father's correspondence with the Air Ministry and Red Cross when he was trying to find out what had happened and where Raymond and the other crew members might have been buried. (It seems likely that they were buried at sea by the Germans). There is a commemorative plaque near the site of the crash and the crew are also commemorated at Runnymede.

I am intending to write a biography of my uncle, based on the above sources, operations record books etc, and would be pleased to receive any information that might be relevant. I would particularly like to hear from descendants of the other crew members, and from those who might have served in 144 squadron at RAF Leuchars in November 1942, or in 489 squadron earlier that year.

David Venner

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