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No. 23 Squadron Royal Air Force

   23 Squadron was formed at Gosport on 1st September 1915 and served in France throughout the remainder of WW1 primarily as a fighter squadron. The squadron was disbanded at Waddington in December 1919. It was reformed again as a fighter Squadron on 1st July 1925 at Henlow, and played a major publicity role with acrobatic doisplays at air-shows. It was whilst practising for one of these that P/O Douglas Bader crashed, severely damaging both legs. In 1938 in preparation for the expected war 23 Squadron was re-equipped with the Bristol Blenheim as a night fighter and on the 3rd September 1939 it moved to RAF Wittering. No. 23 Squadron was disbanded in September 1945.
Airfields No. 23 Squadron flew from during the war.
  • RAF Wittering, Northamptonshire from 3rd September 1939
  • RAF Collyweston, Northamptionshire from 31st May 1940
  • RAF Wittering from 16th August 1940
  • RAF Ford, Sussex from 12th September 1940
  • RAF Manston, Kent from 6th August 1942
  • RAF Bradwell Bay, Essex from 14th August 1942
  • RAF Manston from 21st August 1942
  • RAF Bradwell Bay from 13th October 1942
  • RAF Luqa, Malta from 27th December 1942
  • RAF Alghero, Sardinia from 7th December 1943
  • RAF Blida, Sardinia from 8th May 1944 to 19th May
  • RAF Little Snoring from 2nd June 1944


12th Aug 1940 Shipping

21st Dec 1940 Night Ops

6th Aug 1942 

27th Dec 1942 Move to the Mediterranean

7th Dec 1943 On the Move

12th Feb 1944 Public Relations

2nd June 1944 Return to Britain

18th Sep 1944 23 Squadron Mosquito lost

30th Sep 1944 23 Squadron Mosquito lost

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Those known to have served with

No. 23 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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Harry Clerbaut 23 Sqdn.

Does anyone know the whereabouts or knowledge of the demise of Harry Clerbaut? He was born in Belgium but came to England aged two. He trained as a Mosquito pilot with 60 O.T.U at RAF High Ercall during WWII then joined 23 Squadron at Little Snoring some time later. Despite delving into the most obvious sources, nothing can be traced. Any information no matter how small would be appreciated.

Anne Owen

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