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No 107 Squadron, RFC, was formed at Lake Down, Salisbury, on 15th May 1918, and early in June it went to the Western Front as a day-bomber squadron. Disbanded in 1919, No 107 re-formed at Upavon in 1936, again as a bomber unit, with Hawker Hinds, then Blenheims. On 4th September 1939 the squadron contributed four Blenheims to the RAF's first air attack of WWII on German warships near Wilhelmshaven.
No 107 Squadron, flying Blenheims, then Bostons and, finally, Mosquitos, took part in scores of raids, including the mass low-level daylight raid on the Knapsack and Quadrath power stations near Cologne, on 12th August 1941, the combined raid on Dieppe on 19th August 1942, bombing hostile shore batteries reducing enemy opposition to the landing force and the low-level daylight raid on the Philips radio and valve factory at Eindhoven on 6th December 1942. For a brief spell in 1941/42 the squadron operated from Malta. In the closing stages of the European war it operated from the Continent.
Airfields No. 107 Squadron flew from:
- RAF Wattisham, Suffolk. from 3rd September 1939 to 11th May 1941
- RAF Great Massingham, Norfolk. from 11th May to 20th August 1941
- Luqa, Malta from 20th August 1941 to 1st January 1942
- Great Massingham from 1st January 1942 to June 1943
- 2TAF from June 1943.
List of those who served with No. 107 Squadron RAF during the Second World War.
- P/O Louis Delanchy (d.12th Jun 1942) Read their Story.
- Flying Officer William Henry Edwards DFC. Read their Story.
- Lt. Courtney Gilliatt Read their Story.
- F/Sgt. Colin G. Goodfellow (d.12th Jul 1941) Read their Story.
- F/O John Hill
- Sgt. Vincent George Lovelock Luter Read their Story.
- Wing Commander Owen David Staple DFC Read their Story.
- Corporal John Williams Thompson Armourer Read their Story.
If you have any names to add to this list, or any recollections or photos of those listed, please get in touch.
Wing Commander Owen David Staple DFC 107 Squadron 14 Squadron 75 squadron 41 Squadron 40 Squadron
Owen David Staple was from Dec-1942 with 36(Mosquito) Operational Training Unit in Canada as a pilot; from February 1944 with 60 OTU in the United Kingdom; from June 1944 with 107 Squadron (Mosquito); from April 1948 14 Squadron in Japan; from November 1954 75 Squadron; from September 1959 with 41 Squadron in Malaya.
Decorations,Medals,Awards: DFC-1945, AFC-1960, 1939/45 STAR, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal 1939/45 War Medal, New Zealand War Service Medal, General Service Medal (Malaya).
Wing Commander Owen David Staple past away in 1974 at the age of 49. I am looking for more information on him as he died when I was 3 months old. The information is going towards the family tree so we do not forget the memories of the brave men and women of war.
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.
Corporal John Williams Thompson Armourer 107 Squadron
I am John Thompson's niece and have photographs,de mob papers etc.that I wish to forward to an association/museum to display or looked at by interested parties.
Could you advise of any address I could forward Uncle John's memorobilia to of his time in 107 squadron?
Lt. Courtney Gilliatt 107 Squadron
Canadian flying with the RAF. Mosquito Pilot
P/O Louis Delanchy 107 Sqn (d.12th Jun 1942)
I am making searches about Louis Delanchy, He was a Free French, posted at 107 Sqn. He took part to the raid onto Eindhoven together with W/C Dutton. I am looking for more information about him and the crew, text or pictures I have discovered traces of him at the Sister Laurence RAF Museum of Massingham but I need to get more info, does anyone remember him?
Sgt. Vincent George Lovelock Luter 107 Squadron
My grandfather, Vincent Luter was a navigator and flew in Blenheims. He was shot down in 1940 during a bombing raid and although helped by some locals in Belgium was captured. One of these kind people contacted him after the war and sent him a goose. I know he spent time in Stalag 357, and 3 I think. He was voted by his camp mates to help distribute Red Cross parcels. He died in November 2007 at the grand old age of 96 having shared many memories of his time during the war.
F/Sgt. Colin G. Goodfellow 107 Squadon (d.12th Jul 1941)
Flight Sergeant Colin G Goodfellow was originally from Ellesmere in Shropshire. I understand that he was sadly killed during a sortie over Ijmuiden in Holland whilst serving with 107 Squadron flying Blenheims on 12 July 1941. The family has always understood that no body was found although there may be a memorial.
On behalf of his family I am looking for any further information, which would be gratefuly recieved and help to ensure his sacrifice and those of his colleagues are never forgotten.
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