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Those known to have served at

RAF Padgate

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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LAC Cecil Henry "Charlie" Smith 620 Squadron

Leading Aircraftsman Cecil Henry Smith, known as Charlie enlisted in 1940 and trained at RAF Padgate. He served in various bomber squadrons as an engine fitter and from June 1943 served in 620 Squadron as an engine fitter, being part of the ground crew for Stirling marks I to IV, notably Stirling S for Sugar. He was demobbed in September 1945

Terry Smith



LAC William Fenton

My father, William Fenton was at RAF Predannack in Cornwall. He was an LAC and worked on Lancasters. He was also a great sportsman and played football. My father was also at RAF Padgate and RAF Blackpool. I have many photos of him and his team and also taken with his CO. Does anyone remember him?

Shirley Mason



W/O. Raymond Michael McDermott 100 Squadron

Mick with aircrew

My grandfather, Mick McDermott, served as a wireless operator air gunner in a Lancaster crew. The other members of the crew included:
  • Gordon Kerr: Bomb Aimer
  • "Butch" Craven: Tail Gunner
  • Peter Wyga: Pilot
  • Ralph Robertson: Navigator
  • "Nigger" Crane: Mid Upper Gunner

He arrived in the UK from Sydney in January 1944 and went initially to RAF Station Whitley Bay, then Padgate and Hoylake. Between July 1944 and March 1945 he was in 8 AFU, 29 OTU and 26 OTU. On 9 March 1945 he was at 71 Base, on 16th March 72 Base, 31 March RAF Bottesford and 11th May (ie after VE Day) 100 Squadron. On 26 June 1945 he went to 9 ACHU, then 11 PDRC and home to Australia in Nov 1945.

Sharon McDermott







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