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No. 54 Squadron

No. 54 Squadron was formed in 1916, and disbanded in 1919. It was reformed in 1930 as a fighter squadron (flying Siskins, Bulldogs, Gauntlets and Gladiators) receiving Spirfires in 1939.

No. 54 patrolled the Kent coast, until, in May-June 1940, the unit provided air cover for the evacuation of Dunkirk. Following this, the Squadron was heavily engaged in the Battle of Britain until moving north in November 1940 to regroup prior to undertaking coastal patrols. In mid-1942, the Squadron left for Australia, joining No. 1 Wing of the RAAF, a Spitfire unit responsible for air defence against Japanese aircraft in the Darwin area. No. 54 was disbanded in Melbourne in October 1945.
Airfields No. 54 Squadron flew from.

  • RAF Hornchurch, Essex from 3rd September 1939
  • RAF Rochford, Essex from 28th October 1939
  • RAF Hornchurch from 3rd November 1939
  • RAF Rochford from 17th November 1939
  • RAF Hornchurch from 2nd December 1939
  • RAF Rochford from 16th December 1939
  • RAF Hornchurch from 29th December 1939
  • RAF Rochford from 16th January 1940
  • RAF Hornchurch from 14th February 1940
  • RAF Rochford from 23rd March 1940
  • RAF Catterick, Yorkshire from 28th April 1940
  • RAF Hornchurch from 4th May 1940
  • RAF Rochford from 25th June 1940
  • RAF Hornchurch from 24th July 1940
  • RAF Catterick from 28th July 1940
  • RAF Hornchurch from 8th August 1940
  • RAF Catterick from 3rd September 1940
  • RAF Hornchurch from 23rd February 1941
  • RAF Rochford from 31st March 1941
  • RAF Hornchurch from 20th May 1941
  • NRF Debden, Essex from 11th June 1941
  • RAF Hornchurch from 13th June 1941
  • RAF Martlesham Heath, Suffolk from 4th August 1941
  • RAF Hornchurch from 25th August 1941
  • RAF Castletown, Caithness from 17th November 1941
  • RAF Willingore, Lincolnshire from 2nd June 1942 to 19th June 1942
  • RAAF Ascot Vale, Melbourne, Victoria from 13th August 1942
  • RAAF Richmond, Syndney, NSW from 24th August 1942
  • RAAF Sydney from 13th January 1943
  • RAAF Parap, Darwin, NT from 25th January 1943
  • RAAF Potshot, Exmouth Gulf Western Australia from 9th May 1944
  • RAF Livingstone, NT from 19th May 1944
  • RAAF Parap from 23rd October 1945
  • RAAF Melbourne from 30 October 1945

List of those who served with No. 54 Squadron during The Second World War

Sgt. Stanley Longstaff 254 Squadron (d.24th June 1940)

Sgt. Stanley Longstaff was a volunteer for the Royal Air Force during World War 2. He was in the 254 Squadron. On 24th June 1940 he was with Sgt. Hugh G. Hughes and Sgt. James F Borrows. They were part of an operation named Stavanger. The reports are unclear however the three men and the aircraft were reported missing. The plane was shot down west of Stavanger. The men nor the plane has ever been recovered. However the three men are not forgotten and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

C. Longstaff

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