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RAF Marham



   RAF Marham was situated in Norfolk, it was built in 1935, as part of the airfields expansion project. It had previously been used by the RFC during the Great War and is still in use today.

Squadrons stationed at RAF Marham

  • No: 115 Squadron. 1939 to Sep 1942
  • No: 38 Squadron. 1939 to Nov 1940
  • No: 149 Squadron. 1939
  • No: 218 Squadron. Nov 1940 to July 1942
  • No: 1483 (Bomber) Gunnery Training Flight. July to Oct 1942
  • 105 Squadron Sep 1942 to Mar 1944
  • No:139 Squadron. Sep 1942 to Jul 1943
  • No: 1655 Mosquito TU. to Apr 1943
  • No: 109 Squadron. Jul 1943


 

3rd September 1939 

3rd Dec 1939 Ops

May 1940 Ops

10th May 1940 Aircraft Lost

10th May 1940 Aircraft Lost

8th Nov 1940 In Support

24th Apr 1941 Aircraft Lost

16th Jun 1941 Aircraft Lost

24th Jul 1941 218 Squadron Wellington lost

8th Sep 1941 115 Squadron Wellington lost

15th Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost

12th Oct 1941 Aircraft Lost

14th Oct 1941 Aircraft Lost

16th Oct 1941 Aircraft Lost

15th Jan 1942 Aircraft Lost

2nd Sep 1942 218 Squadron Stirling lost

8th Dec 1942 105 Squadron Mosquito lost


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Those known to have served at

RAF Marham

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Barber Frederick Edward. P/O. (d.12th Apr 1940)
  • Bradbury Robert Thomas.
  • Bull Peter Edward Tucker. P/O. (d.12th Apr 1940)
  • Eades John Henry. Sgt. (d.22nd Feb 1941)
  • Green Frederick George. Flt.Sgt. (d.27th Sep 1942)
  • Hughes L. I..
  • Juby Geoffrey William James. Sgt. (d.12th Apr 1940)
  • Pearce Alan Sydney. Sgt. (d.12th Apr 1940)
  • Rankin David Alexander. P/O. (d.12th Apr 1940)
  • Westcott Lionel Allen. LAC. (d.12th Apr 1940)

The names on this list have been submitted by relatives, friends, neighbours and others who wish to remember them, if you have any names to add or any recollections or photos of those listed, please Add a Name to this List

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L. I. Hughes 38 Sqd

My Uncle tells me he joined the RAF at Uxbridge then trained as a fitter's mate at Marham. In Nov 1940 he was put in a Navy ship, possibly Southampton, with a hundred or so other RAF personnel. They entered the Mediterranean. They were all told to go below while the ship engaged with the Italian fleet (at what came to be known as Spartivento), with an Italian ship that had bigger guns, (16"?). They could hear the shells overhead. His chums took a dim view of this it seems. Eventually, he tells me, he spent 4 yrs in Egypt as a mechanic and refuelling on different planes. He has endless stories and I'd like to give him some news of his old outfit.

Dai Lloyd-Hughes



Robert Thomas Bradbury 115 Squadron

My Dad, Robert Thomas Bradbury, served as an engineer with Bomber Command in 115 Squadron. He did his initial training at Cardington. He is second left on this picture which was taken at Marham in 1940. He transferred to Honeybourne at the end of 1941 and to Honley in 1943. The second picture was taken there and Dad is in the centre of the back row. It is labelled MU Honley 1944/45

David



P/O. Frederick Edward Barber 115 Squadron (d.12th Apr 1940)

On 12th April 1940 he took part in a raid on Stavanger, Norway. The aircraft was the lead aircraft of 2nd section. It was shot down over Stavanger and crashed on top of a bakery. All in the aircraft were killed.

Wditor's Note:- In April 1940 115 Squadron were operating out of RAF Marham, Norfolk. The full crew of the aircraft, a Vickers Wellington Mk1C, P9284, KO-J, were: -

  • Pilot Officer 36223 Frederick Edward Barber, 26 years
  • Pilot Officer 36180 David Alexander Rankin, (New Zealand) 25 years
  • Sgt 580805 Alan Sydney Pearce, 20 years
  • Sgt 514904 Geoffrey William James Juby, 28 years
  • Leading Aircraftman 545537 Lionel Allen Westcott, 21 years
  • Pilot Officer 76004 (RAFVR) Peter Edward Tucker Bull, 26 years.
They are all buried in the Stavanger (Eiganes) Churchyard.

Roger Barber



P/O. David Alexander Rankin 115 Squadron (d.12th Apr 1940)

On 12th April 1940 115 Squadron were operating out of RAF Marham, Norfolk. David Rankin took part in a raid on Stavanger, Norway. The aircraft was the lead aircraft of 2nd section. It was shot down over Stavanger and crashed on top of a bakery. The full crew of the aircraft, a Vickers Wellington Mk1C, P9284, KO-J, were killed, they are all buried in the Stavanger (Eiganes) Churchyard:
  • Pilot Officer 36223 Frederick Edward Barber, 26 years
  • Pilot Officer 36180 David Alexander Rankin, (New Zealand) 25 years
  • Sgt 580805 Alan Sydney Pearce, 20 years
  • Sgt 514904 Geoffrey William James Juby, 28 years
  • Leading Aircraftman 545537 Lionel Allen Westcott, 21 years
  • Pilot Officer 76004(RAFVR) Peter Edward Tucker Bull, 26 years.

Mel Ogden



Sgt. Alan Sydney Pearce 115 Squadron (d.12th Apr 1940)

On 12th April 1940 Alan Pearce took part in a raid on Stavanger, Norway. Vickers Wellington Mk1C, P9284, KO-J from RAF Marham, Norfolk was the lead aircraft of 2nd section. It was shot down over Stavanger and crashed on top of a bakery. All in the aircraft were killed.
  • Pilot Officer 36223 Frederick Edward Barber, 26 years
  • Pilot Officer 36180 David Alexander Rankin, (New Zealand) 25 years
  • Sgt 580805 Alan Sydney Pearce, 20 years
  • Sgt 514904 Geoffrey William James Juby, 28 years
  • Leading Aircraftman 545537 Lionel Allen Westcott, 21 years
  • Pilot Officer 76004 (RAFVR) Peter Edward Tucker Bull, 26 years.

They are all buried in the Stavanger (Eiganes) Churchyard.

Mel Ogden



Sgt. Geoffrey William James Juby 115 Squadron (d.12th Apr 1940)

On 12th April 1940 Geoffrey Juby took part in a raid on Stavanger, Norway. Operating out of RAF Marham, Norfolk, Vickers Wellington Mk1C, P9284, KO-J was the lead aircraft of 2nd section. It was shot down over Stavanger and crashed on top of a bakery. All in the aircraft were killed. They are all buried in the Stavanger (Eiganes) Churchyard.
  • Pilot Officer 36223 Frederick Edward Barber, 26 years
  • Pilot Officer 36180 David Alexander Rankin, (New Zealand) 25 years
  • Sgt 580805 Alan Sydney Pearce, 20 years
  • Sgt 514904 Geoffrey William James Juby, 28 years
  • Leading Aircraftman 545537 Lionel Allen Westcott, 21 years
  • Pilot Officer 76004(RAFVR) Peter Edward Tucker Bull, 26 years.

Sgt Juby was the husband of Hilda Gladys Juby and the son of William Mark and Maud Juby.

Mel Ogden



LAC. Lionel Allen Westcott 115 Squadron (d.12th Apr 1940)

On 12th April 1940 Lionel Westcott took part in a raid on Stavanger, Norway. Vickers Wellington Mk1C, P9284, KO-J operating out of RAF Marham, Norfolk was the lead aircraft of 2nd section. It was shot down over Stavanger and crashed on top of a bakery. All in the aircraft were killed.
  • Pilot Officer 36223 Frederick Edward Barber, 26 years
  • Pilot Officer 36180 David Alexander Rankin, (New Zealand) 25 years
  • Sgt 580805 Alan Sydney Pearce, 20 years
  • Sgt 514904 Geoffrey William James Juby, 28 years
  • Leading Aircraftman 545537 Lionel Allen Westcott, 21 years
  • Pilot Officer 76004(RAFVR) Peter Edward Tucker Bull, 26 years.
They are all buried in the Stavanger (Eiganes) Churchyard. Lionel was the son of Leonard Edgar and Elsie Westcott of Pershore, Worcestershire.

Mel Ogden



P/O. Peter Edward Tucker Bull 115 Squadron (d.12th Apr 1940)

On 12th April 1940 Peter Bull took part in a raid on Stavanger, Norway. Operating out of RAF Marham, Norfolk, Vickers Wellington Mk1C, P9284, KO-J was the lead aircraft of 2nd section. It was shot down over Stavanger and crashed on top of a bakery. All in the aircraft were killed. They are all buried in the Stavanger (Eiganes) Churchyard.
  • Pilot Officer 36223 Frederick Edward Barber, 26 years
  • Pilot Officer 36180 David Alexander Rankin, (New Zealand) 25 years
  • Sgt 580805 Alan Sydney Pearce, 20 years
  • Sgt 514904 Geoffrey William James Juby, 28 years
  • Leading Aircraftman 545537 Lionel Allen Westcott, 21 years
  • Pilot Officer 76004 (RAFVR) Peter Edward Tucker Bull, 26 years.

Peter was the son of Walter William and Edith Bull of Potters Bar, Middlesex.

Mel Ogden



Flt.Sgt. Frederick George Green 138 Squadron (d.27th Sep 1942)

Fred Green joined the R.A.F in August 1938. After training as a Wireless Operator he joined 38 Squadron at RAF Marham, he completed two operational tours before being posted to No 11 O.T.U at RAF Bassingbourne. On the 21st April 1942 he started his third tour with No 138 (Special Duty) Squadron based at RAF Tempsford.

On the 27th September 1942 while carrying out an S.O.E mission (code named Incomparable 1) to Belgium his aircraft which had been damaged by FLAK, crashed in a field in Northern France, sadly Fred and two other crew members, David Harrison Freeland the pilot, and Edmond George Hayhoe C/O pilot were killed in the crash.

Peter Green



Sgt. John Henry Eades 115th Sqd. (d.22nd Feb 1941)

Jack Eades was my mother's friend and she had a photograph of him in his flying gear, standing beside a Wellington bomber. In her jewellery box she kept an RAF sweetheart brooch. All mum ever told us was that he was killed in the war.

I have done some research and found the following information:

John (Jack) Henry Eades son of Henry and Amy Eades of Salisbury died aged 20 on 22 February 1941 when he was part of the crew of a Wellington Bomber who went on a raid to Brest at 02.51 on that day. On returning to Marham they were diverted to East Winch in Norfolk at 08.30 and the plane crashed into a tree and burst into flames. All six crew were killed.

Jennifer Morgan-Russell







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