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No. 14 Squadron Royal Air Force

   No. 14 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps was formed on 3 February 1915 at Shoreham, and, after initial training, was dispatched to Egypt for the defence of the Suez Canal - the first squadron to be based outside Europe. The Squadron supported Captain T N Lawrence (‘Lawrence of Arabia’) in the war in the Hejaz, and provided Army Support in Gaza and Palestine. In August 1917 the Squadron was split with fighter aircraft and crews becoming 111 Squadron, a specialist fighter unit. 14 Squadron was disbanded after the armistice in November 1918, but on 1 February 1920 the squadron was recreated by renumbering No. 111 Squadron in Ramleh, Palestine (now in Israel) back to 14 Squadron.

The squadron undertook various duties in the Middle East for the next 20 years including photo surveying and air policing. At the outbreak of World War II the squadron was based at Amman, equipped with Vickers Wellesley monoplane bombers.


10th June 1940 Defence

14th June 1940 Bomber lost

15th May 1941 On the Move

21st May 1941 Long Range Raids

12th June 1941 Operation Battleaxe

23rd October 1941 In Action

May 1942  Conversion

March 1943 On the Move

September 1943 Sucess

29th June 1944 Detachment

2nd Feb 1945 On the Move

7th February 1945 Training

June 1945 

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Those known to have served with

No. 14 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Staple Owen David. Wing Commander

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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.

Michael David Staple

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Winged Crusaders The Exploits of 14 Squadron RFC & RAF 1915-1945

Michael Napier

Formed in 1915, and still operational today, 14 Squadron is one of the RAF's longest serving and most senior Squadrons. Spending the first thirty years of its operational life in the Middle East, the history of this Squadron is a rich one, but one which, until now, has gone largely unrecorded. Napier effectively brings together all the historical scraps and shreds of stories which make up the collective history of this unit, from 1915 -1945, a period of great military and social upheaval. The author himself attests to the fact that the work is not merely about the aeroplanes operational history during this period, or the stark military facts (although enthusiasts of both these areas will find much here); rather, the work concerns itself to a large extent with the people who flew such aircraft. Recording the dramatic trials and tribulations of the people who were 14 Squadron, Napier provides a sympathetic and engaging account of this period of Military History.


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