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No. 29 Squadron Royal Air Force

3rd Sept 1939 

27th June 1940 Trial with Hurricanes

27th June 1940 Re-equipped

25th August 1940 Battle of Britain

27th April 1941 On the Move

18th August 1942 Dieppe Raid

13th May 1943 New aircraft

3rd September 1943 On the move

1st May 1944 D-Day air cover

19th June 1944 On the move

22nd Feb 1945 Training role

May 1945   
Airfields No. 29 Squadron flew from during WW2.
  • RAF Debden, Essex from 3rd September 1939 (Blenheim If)
  • RAF Drem, East Lothian from 4th April 1940
  • RAF Debden from 10th May 1940
  • RAF Digby, Lincolnshire from 27th June 1940
  • RAF Wellingore, Lincolnshire from 27th July 1940 (Beaufighter If)
  • RAF West Malling, Kent from 27 April 1941 (Beaufighter VIf)
  • RAF Bradwell Bay, Essex from 13th May 1943 (Mosquito XII)
  • RAF Ford, Sussex from 3rd September 1943 (Mosquito XIII)
  • RAF Drem, East Lothian from 1st March 1944
  • RAF West Malling, Kent from 1st May 1944
  • RAF Hunsdon, Hertfordshire from 19th June 1944 (Mosquito NF30)
  • RAF Colerne, Wiltshire from 22nd February 1945
  • RAF Manston, Kent from 11th April 1945

May 1945 

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Those known to have served with

No. 29 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Ellis Henry William. F/O. (d.7th Jun 1944)
  • Mack Robert Ewart Xavier. Wing Cmdr. (d.26th Jun 1945)
  • Rogers James Alexander. P/O. (d.6th Oct 1944)
  • Todd W. Wylton. Flt. Offr

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Wing Cmdr. Robert Ewart Xavier Mack 29 Squadron (d.26th Jun 1945)

My Grandad, Robert Ewart Xavier Mack, (my Mum's dad), was in 29th Squadron and was Wing Commander. He flew Mosquitos and was shot down over the English Channel on 26 June 1945. He was killed along with F/Lt (118784) Bertram Cecil Towmsom (obs) RAFVR

Nicola Lowe

F/O. Henry William Ellis DFM. 29 Squadron (d.7th Jun 1944)

Harry Ellis was my Grandfather. He was shot down over France in June 1944 with his pilot Ronald Densham. They were flying a Mosquito which was buried (along with its occupants) by a local farmer to hide it from the Germans. When the war ended the farmer informed the British who recovered the remains which were then buried at Bayeaux in a joint grave.

Harry left behind a wife, Joan, and three daughters under 5. We are always on the lookout for information about him and the internet has been a great help.

Lucy Harris

Flt. Offr W. Wylton Todd Biggin Hill & Little Snoring 29th and 169th Sq

My mother is the daughter of W. Wylton Todd. Wylton was an RAF navigator who designed the memorial for the fallen 50 officers who were shot after the Great Escape. It still stands in Zagan, Poland. He was assigned to the North camp after being shot down in a Mosquito on Feb 15, 1944. The pilot was the famous Commander "Jumbo" Gracie, who unfortunately went down with the plane in Hannover. Cmdr. Gracie was an older, decorated pilot who was instrumental in organizing flight standards for pilots in Malta and North Africa. Wylton was older too, but lied about his age so that he could join the war effort. He was 38 by the time he was shot down. Wylton was a piano virtuoso. He designed, wrote and produced several of the musicals during his capture (i.e., Messalina, Paulina Panic). He worked with Rupert Davies, Peter Butterworth, Talbot Rothwell and a few others. They signed his war log. I'm certain that theater kept him and many others sane. He was not only a great musician, he was already a successful architect in London before the war. King Edward honored him with recognition at the last Levee in 1936. A remarkable distinction for the young professional. Since he was first held in Dulag Luft, then brought to SL3, he would have arrived just before the great escape on March 25. My mother maintains that he told her that he worked on the tunnels and escape efforts. His drafting abilities and keen eye probably made him a good forger or mapmaker. After the war, Wylton was commissioned to design a memorial at Biggin Hill, from which most of the Battle of Britain pilots tenaciously defended their country. He stayed in the UK to rebuild London. He also designed a palace for a Maharaja in India, Redesigned The Elms in London, a mansion in Mexico and designed plans for a massive luxury complex for Arthur Vining Davis in Eleuthera, Bahamas. Unfortunately it never came to fruition because of political complications. He died shortly afterwards from a freak accident in 1961. I never met him, but have learned quite a bit about this amazing man. I'm currently working on research about his activities in the North camp theater. If anyone knows more about him or particular info about the North camp theater I would appreciate it.

Peter Hynes

P/O. James Alexander Rogers 29 Squadron (d.6th Oct 1944)

Pilot Officer James Rogers served with 29 Squadron and died on 6th October 1944.

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