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RAF Pocklington

   RAF Pocklington was situated 12 miles South East of York and was constructed in August 1940, the airfield had the usual three 3 runways and the technical site, located to the southwest, included three hangars. 405 Squadron flying Wellingtons, were the first operational unit at Pocklington they later exchanged bases with 102 Sqn from RAF Topcliffe. The airfield was then put on care and maintenance in September 1945 and in September 1946 the airfield was permanently closed. Today the airfield is home to the Wolds Gliding Club.


 History of RAF Pocklington

23rd Mar 1944 Aircraft Lost

15th Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost

12th Oct 1941 Aircraft Lost

24th Oct 1941 Aircraft Lost

22nd Dec 1941 Aircraft Lost

13th Mar 1943 102 Squadron Halifax lost

22nd Nov 1943 Aircraft Lost

3rd Mar 1945 Bomber Command Targetted

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Those known to have served at

RAF Pocklington

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Adams Alan.
  • Brown Peter William.
  • Dudley John. Sgt. (d.25th Feb 1943)
  • James William Henry. PO (d.14th September 1943)
  • Mountney DFC.. Kingsley. PO.
  • Smith William J.. LAC.

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LAC. William J. Smith 102 Squadron

My grandad, William Smith, served mainly at Pocklington from 39-46 and was part of bomber commands ground crew. I found out last year he had never been decorated and I managed to get him his defence and WW2 medal and had a huge presentation day helped by the RAF. I would love to find some people he served with.

His health isn't what it was any more and I'd love to do this while he is still with us.

Sandra Smith

Sgt. John Dudley 102 Squadron. (d.25th Feb 1943)

My late Uncle, Sgt Air Gunner John Dudley, died 25/02/1943 in Halifax DT800 flying from Pocklington to bomb Nuremburg. They crashed at Ardleigh, Essex. Like so many more he needs to be remembered.

Jon Dudley

Peter William Brown 102 Squadron

My father, Peter William Brown, served with 102 in Halifaxes and, I think, wireless operator at at Pocklington, Yorkshire. His knowledge on wartime radio/ radar equipment was unbelievable. As far as I can remember, as a young lad, was him telling me and my brother about Pocklington, and his training in the Isle of Man, and being at Wing in Buckinghamshire.

Alan Brown

Alan Adams 102 Squadron

I am Alan Adams and was a POW at Stalag IVb from December 1943 until the end of the war. I was mid upper gunner on Halifax DY 'R' for Robert. The Rear Gunner Sandy Currie and I were the only survivors. My Squadron was 102 Pocklington.

I am now 88 yrs old. Sandy was several years older than me. Sandy and I were both convinced that we were shot down by a 4 engine plane with British markings as we had reported a plane coming too close. Our theory was that the Germans had put together a plane from parts salvaged from various crashed ones and we had warned our skipper that one aircraft was coming far too close to us for comfort. Of course we were never to fire at 4 engine plane since the Germans did not have any. I have never actually heard if our theories were correct. Gus Walker was senior officer at that time at Pocklington.

Alan Adams

PO. Kingsley Mountney DFC. 102 (Ceylon) Squadron

Halifax HX150M Oct 1943

PO Kingsley Mountney was the pilot of my father's crew flying Halifax aircraft (MkI & MkII) with 102 (Ceylon) Squadron, RAF Pocklington, Yorkshire. They flew together for a full operational tour plus numerous mine laying sorties (which didn't count towards their 30 Ops tour) from June 1943 to January 1944. The remainder of the the crew were:
  • Navigator: Sgt R.G. Pharo
  • Bomb Aimer: Sgt D. Cullen
  • Flight Engineer: Sgt H.D. Proctor
  • Wireless Operator & Air Gunner; Sgt H. Bartlett
  • Air Gunner: Sgt R. Learmond & Sgt R.L. Dutton

Harry Bartlett

PO William Henry James 138 Sqd. (d.14th September 1943)

Pilot Officer (Pilot) James was the Son of William James, and of Clara Emily James, of Monmouth.

He was 23 when he died and is buried in Grave D IV. 65. 95 in the Korsor Churchyard in Denmark.

s flynn

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