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RAF North Weald

    RAF North Weald first opened 1916 to protect London from the Zeppelin raids of the First World War. The airfield again saw action during the Second World War being an 11 Group Fighter Command airfield in the front line of The Battle of Britain

The airfield was in RAF hands until 1964, today it is used as a museum and for private flying.

Squadrons stationed at RAF North Weald

  • No: 56 Squadron
  • No: 249 Squadron
  • No: 71 "Eagle" Squadron
  • No. 111 Squadron
  • No: 121 "Eagle" Squadron
  • 331 Norwegian Squadron
  • 332 Norwegian Squadron


22nd October 1939 On the Move

16th Jan 1940 Night patrols

22nd February 1940 On the Move

16th May 1940 Move into France

27th May 1940 

28th May 1940 Dunkirk

29th May 1940 Aircraft Lost

31st May 1940 On the Move

19th June 1940 Convoy protection

16th August 1940 Eagle Day

24th August 1940  Airfields bombed

31st August 1940  Battle of Britain

1st Sept 1940 Move

1st September 1940 Aircrew exchanged

2nd Sept 1940 Battle of Britain

3rd September 1940 

3rd September 1940 Airfields bombed

5th September 1940 Battle of Britain

29th November 1940 

26th June 1941  On the Move

17th Sept 1943 Training exercises

14th Nov 1943 Moves

30th Nov 1943 Tactical reconnaissance

16th January 1944 Naval work resumed

23rd April 1944 Moved to Britain

19th Sept 1944 

14th Jan 1945 Reconnaissance

30th Jan 1945 

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Those known to have served at

RAF North Weald

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Bayley. Edward Alan . Sgt/Plt. (d.10th Oct 1940)
  • Kennard. Hugh . Sqd Ldr
  • Mooney. Jack .
  • Pattullo William Blair . Pilot Officer
  • Robinson. Peter .
  • Robinson. Thomas Kenneth . Pilot Officer (d.8th Dec 1941 )
  • Tilley. Reade .
  • Vaughan Arthur James. Sgt. (d.26th April 1941)

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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Sgt. Arthur James Vaughan 242 Squadron (d.26th April 1941)

I live on the south coast in a place called Telscombe Cliffs, near to Newhaven Harbour. About 2 miles going inland from the coast is a little hamlet of about 6 cottages and a lovely old Saxon church and it goes by the name of Southease. In the little churchyard the graves go back 200 plus years apart from one and it is a typical war grave headstone with the RAF arms on the front, buried in the grave is Pilot Sgt. Vaughan. What we would like to unravel is the mystery of how Sgt. Vaughan came to be buried in our little churchyard. We are more than honoured to have Sgt. Vaughan in our church grounds but it would be nice just to know a little more about this very brave man.

Sgt. Vaughan was flying Hurricanes in 242 Squadron, being based at Stapleford Tawney, North Weald from April 9th to May 22nd and was shot down and killed near Chartham in Kent. We know he was married to a lady called Christine. Another strange thing was his age, he was 41 when he was shot down. As he was RAF Volunteer Reserve could he have been a ferry pilot who was in the wrong place at the wrong time? Does anybody know how Sgt. Vaughan came to be laid to rest in our little churchyard? If there is anyone with any clues no matter how small we would love to be able to put his story to rest.

We always place flowers on his grave on the anniversary of his death and say a little pray and thanks for the ultimate price he paid so we can tell this story.


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