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RAF Wattisham



4th Sep 1939 107 Squadron Blenheim lost

4th Sep 1939 107 Squadron Blemheim lost

4th Sep 1939 110 Squadron Blenheim lost

27th Dec 1939 107 Squadron Blemheim lost

10th Jan 1940 110 Squadron Blenheim lost

27th Mar 1940 107 Squadron Blenheim lost

15th Apr 1940 110 Squadron Blenheim lost

11th May 1940 110 Squadron Blenheim lost

12th May 1940 107 Squadron Blenheim lost

22nd May 1940 110 Squadron Blenheim lost

9th Jun 1940 107 Squadron Blemheim lost

30th Aug 1940 107 Squadron Blemheim lost

3rd Jun 1941 Aircraft Lost

13th May 1942 Reformed in Scotland


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Those known to have served at

RAF Wattisham

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Bushby P.. Sgt. (d.11th Aug 1942)
  • Edwards DFC.. William Henry. Flying Officer
  • Eyre W. E.. WO2
  • Hammond J. B.. Sgt. (d.11th Aug 1942)
  • McCausland A. A. B.. F/S (d.11th Aug 1942)
  • Merrett Jack Edwin. Sgt. (d.30th Sep 1940)
  • Mile J.. Sgt. (d.11th Aug 1942)
  • Nixon F.. Sgt. (d.11th Aug 1942)

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F/S A. A. B. McCausland 15 Sqd. (d.11th Aug 1942)

F/S McCausalnd lost his life when Stirling LS-C crashed into a pond at Potash Farm, Brettenham, near Ipswich, on the 11th of August 1942 at 03:37 while trying to land at RAF Wattisham. The aircraft had been badly damaged by two Ju88s, one of which was claimed damaged by return fire.




WO2 W. E. Eyre 514 Sqd.

Having been shot down on the 3rd of August 1944, WO2 Eyre was interned in Stalag Luft 7. He had previously flown with 15 Sqd. and had a narrow escape from death by burning when Stirling LS-C crashed into a pond at Potash Farm, Brettenham, near Ipswitch, on the 11th of August 1942 at 03:37 while trying to land at RAF Wattisham. The aircraft had been badly damaged by two Ju88s, one of which was claimed damaged by return fire. F/S Eyre was saved by the heroic actions of three men, Jim, John and Stan Arbons, who chopped their way into the fuselage and dragged the injured airman to safety. The rest of the crew perished. They were: F/S A.A.B.McCausland, Sgt P.Bushby, Sgt J.B.Hammond, Sgt F.Nixon, Sgt R.Tree and Sgt J.Mile.




Sgt. J. Mile 15 Sqd. (d.11th Aug 1942)

Sgt Mile lost his life when Stirling LS-C crashed into a pond at Potash Farm, Brettenham, near Ipswich, on the 11th of August 1942 at 03:37 while trying to land at RAF Wattisham. The aircraft had been badly damaged by two Ju88s, one of which was claimed damaged by return fire.




Sgt. F. Nixon 15 Sqd. (d.11th Aug 1942)

Sgt Nixon lost his life when Stirling LS-C crashed into a pond at Potash Farm, Brettenham, near Ipswich, on the 11th of August 1942 at 03:37 while trying to land at RAF Wattisham. The aircraft had been badly damaged by two Ju88s, one of which was claimed damaged by return fire.




Sgt. J. B. Hammond 15 Sqd. (d.11th Aug 1942)

Sgt Hammond lost his life when Stirling LS-C crashed into a pond at Potash Farm, Brettenham, near Ipswich, on the 11th of August 1942 at 03:37 while trying to land at RAF Wattisham. The aircraft had been badly damaged by two Ju88s, one of which was claimed damaged by return fire.




Sgt. P. Bushby 15 Sqd. (d.11th Aug 1942)

Sgt Bushby lost his life when Stirling LS-C crashed into a pond at Potash Farm, Brettenham, near Ipswich, on the 11th of August 1942 at 03:37 while trying to land at RAF Wattisham. The aircraft had been badly damaged by two Ju88s, one of which was claimed damaged by return fire.




Flying Officer William Henry Edwards DFC. 107 Squadron

My Grandfather, William Henry Edwards DFC, was posted to 107 Squadron, after war was declared, when on a Bristol Blenheim Ferry flight from Palestine to England. After numerous missions flying from RAF Wattisham and RAF Lossiemouth, he was awarded the DFC for gallantry displayed during a bombing mission over Stavanger in Norway. He was awarded this at an Investiture at Buckingham Palace in April 1940 by the King, along-side his C.O Wing Commander Basil Embry DFC and another pilot Peter Townsend. 8 Days later he was shot down bombing the Maastricht bridges over Belgium, and spent the rest of the war in German Prison camps including Camp 357. His Navigator, Sgt V G L Luter, also was captured, and spent time at camp 357. Their story can be found on the 211 Squadron website. I would sincerely love to hear any stories that may exist about my Grandfather`s time in the camps.

Ross Edwards



Sgt. Jack Edwin Merrett 107 Squadron (d.30th Sep 1940)

Jack Merrett was my wife's uncle's brother. I don't know much of the circumstances of his RAF Service or the circumstances of his death. However, I do know that he served with the 107 Squadron and died in an accident at take off at RAF Wattisham on Monday 30th September 1940. From my research, it appears that the aircraft (Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV N6191) crashed on take off and burst into flames. There were three people on board the aircraft, Sgt. Jack Merrett, Sgt J. Waters and Wing Commander L.F. Sinclair (Observer). It is, at present not known who the pilot was, or what the purpose of the flight was. More investigation will be carried out at a later stage.

Clive Emsley







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