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RAF West Wickham



23rd Jun 1943 90 Squadron Stirling lost


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Those known to have served at

RAF West Wickham

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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Ron "Jimmy" James 90 Squadron

My father Ron James joined 90 Squadron at West Wickham in July 1943 as mid-upper gunner in the crew of F/O Bill Day (RCAF). He flew on Stirling 'R' Roger and took part in raids on Hamburg, Essen, Turin, Peenemunde, Berlin and Mannheim. Later he transferred to 214 Squadron where he completed a second tour of operations on B-17 Flying Fortresses as part of 100 Group secret countermeasures operations. His autobiography 'I Was One of the Brylcreem Boys' has just been published and is available on Amazon. It details his personal experiences and contains some photographs.

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I Was One of the Brylcreem Boys

Ron James


Ron James was born in Northampton, England in 1923 and he joined the RAF in 1942, aged 18. After the war, he served two years in South East Asia as Movements Control Officer, helping to release the prisoners of war and internees held by the Japanese in the prison camps of Java. Ron later worked in the commercial side of the engineering industry, owned a transport motel and later fulfilled his lifetime ambition by opening a bookshop in Northampton. He was a keen amateur historian and published a history of 214 Squadron 'Avenging in the Shadows' in 1989. His autobiographies 'I was one of the Brylcreem Boys' and 'Mercy Mission to Java' were completed a couple of years before his death in 1995 and published by his daughter in 2013.
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I Was One of the Brylcreem Boys








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