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RAF Leeming

   RAF Leeming is in North Yorkshire. The base is still in use by the RAF today.

Squadrons stationed at RAF Leeming

  • No: 10 Squadron. July 1940 to Aug 1942.
  • 35 Squadron. Nov 1940 to Dec 1940
  • 77 Squadron. 5th Sep 1941 to 5th Oct 1942
  • 102 Squadron.
  • No: 408 Squadron
  • 419 Squadron. 13 Aug 42 to 18 Aug 42
  • 427 Squadron. May 1943 to 31st May 1946.
  • No: 609 Squadron


8th July 1940 On the move

1st Aug 1940 Reformed yet again

7th Sep 1940 10 Squadron Whitley lost

November 1940 Reformed

Dec 1940 Moved for Operations

5th Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost

29th Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost

1st Dec 1941 77 Squadron Whitley lost

7th Dec 1941 Aircraft Lost

31st May 1942 10 Squadron Halifax lost

19th August 1942 On the move

22nd Nov 1942 44 Squadron Lancaster lost

31st Jan 1943 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

4th Feb 1943 408 Squadron Halifax lost

1st Mar 1943 Aircraft Lost

11th Jun 1943 Halifax JB972 lost

28th Jul 1943 408 Squadron Halifax lost

16th Mar 1944 427 Squadron Lancaster lost

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Those known to have served at

RAF Leeming

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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P/O Albert Charles Middleton 427 RCAF Squadron (d.25th Feb 1944)

My Uncle served with 427 RCAF Squadron at REF Leeming as an Air Gunner flying Halifax's. On the night of 25th Feb 1944 he took off from RAF Leeming at 2130 for a bobming raid on Augsburg. The crew comprised of
  • F/L R G Milton (Pilot),
  • Sgt F C Barker,
  • F/O A W Shirley RACF,
  • P/O K K Hignett,
  • F/O F J Thompson,
  • Sgt M R Singer,
  • P/O A C Middleton.
      Weather on 25th Feb 1944: Cloudy with rain durning morning. Visibilty modrate to good. Of the 10 aircraft that became airborne one returned soon after take off when oil pressure on starboard outer engine seriously dropped and caused dangerous overheating. This aircraft was "R" piloted by F/S C H Coathup. The aircraft LK759 was attacked and shot down by an ME110 flown by Hptm Hans-Karl Kamp (NJG4) and crashed at Beuren, 18km ESE of Trier. All the crew died with the exception of F/O F. J. Thompson who was thrown clear as the Halifax exploded and he spent several weeks in hospital. On his release from hospital he was interned in Camp L3, POW No 3711. P/O Albert Charles Middleton is buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery, Plot 4 Row AA, Grave 14

A B Middleton

Sgt. Norman Johnston 10 Squadron. (d.27th Aug 1940)

I recently came into possession of the above letter. It was sent to my wife's father, Corporal Stanley Johnston to inform him of the loss of his brother Norman Johnston of 10 Sqd Leeming. He had been shot down on a mission to bomb an aircraft factory in Northern Italy.

Peter Howard

Sgt. Frank Albert Charles Harris 427 Sqn. (d.21st Feb 1944)

Frank Harris was my Uncle. I have recently been delving into my family history and although I had heard of him from family members I was not told where he died. With many thanks to a gentleman named John Belcher of Chippenham, Wilts I have learnt that he was killed on a mission to Stuttgart. The Halifax ZL-Y LV836 took off from Leeming at 0015 with three Canadians and four British crew but crashed approx. nine minutes later in a field one mile north west of Northallerton.

The names of the crew were:

  • F/O R K Laut RCAF
  • Sgt.E J Rove
  • F/O W N Hegy RCAF
  • P/O R W Moody RCAF
  • Sgt.G H Jones
  • Sgt. A F Fitton

Sheila Cooper

F/O Arthur James Freer 429 (Bison) Squadron

I volunteered for aircrew service in the RAF and served with ITW Torquay followed by technical Training at St. Athan South Wales. Commenced flying at Wombleton 1666HCU with a Canadian RCAF crew captained by F/O J.M.C (Jack) Wade DFC. The crew completed 33 ops with 429 (Bison) Squadron at Leeming Yorks in 1944.

The crew returned to Canada soon afterwards, but I was retrained as a Signals Officer and on completion was posted to the Far East. We were flown in a "Liberator" from Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire to Castel Benito (Tripoli) thence to Karachi via Cairo and Habbaniya, Iraq. On arrival at Karachi we were told that no Signal Officers were required there but that teams were required to set up and operate RAF Post to improve the transit of Forces mail to and from the U.K. With the end of hostilities in the Far East servicemen and women were keen to return home and morale was at a very low level. Initially, I served in Bombay and in Calcutta at the time of the race problems following the partition of India and Pakistan which was very unpleasant indeed. My next posting in India was to AHQ New Delhi and finally back to Bombay and repatriation to the U.K on SS Moultan.

Jim Freer

Gp/Capt J G Bryans

Station Commander of RAF Leeming Nov 1943 to Jun 1944

Gp/Capt H M Carscallan

Station Commander RAF Leeming Apr to Jun 1943

Gp/Capt C R Dunlap

Station Commander at RAF Leeming Jan to Apr 1943

Gp/Capt E C Evans.

Station Commander RAF Leeming May 1945 to Jul 1946

Gp/Capt S Graham.

Station Commander RAF Leeming Jan 1942 to Jan 1943

Gp/Capt A C Hull.

Station Commander RAF Leeming Apr to May 1945

F/O Harry Arthur Lode Lindsay

My father, retired in 1959 as Wing Commander Harry Arthur Lode Lindsay, RCAF. During the second world war he was Flying Officer and navigator with Six Group Bomber Command. I do not know which squadron but I do recall him being based at Leeming, Yorkshire. He passed away in 1981 but he did 75 pen sketches of the life and times of Bomber Command (detailed and all 5" X 7") which he mailed home to my mother. I still have all of these original sketches. Something should be done to publish and protect them. Also I have a photo album he had with perhaps 50 plus photos mostly air shots taken during the war. These too should be preserved somewhere.

Paton Lodge Lindsay

Gp/Capt J B Millward

Station Commander RAF Leeming Oct 1944 to Apr 1945

Gp/Capt W F M Newson

Station Commander RAF Leeming Jun to Oct 1944

Gp/Capt J L Plant

Station Commander RAF Leeming Jun to Nov 1943

Gp/Capt W E Staton.

Station Commander RAF Leeming June 1940 to Jul 1941

Wg/Cdr K E Ward.

Station Commander RAF Leeming to June 1940

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