You are not logged in.
No. 39 Squadron Royal Air Force in the Second World War 1939-1945 - The Wartime Memories Project -

The Wartime Memories Project

- No. 39 Squadron Royal Air Force during the Second World War -

Air Force Index
skip to content

This website uses cookies. By continuing to use this site you agree to accept cookies.

If you enjoy this site

please consider making a donation.

    Site Home

    WW2 Home

    Add Stories

    WW2 Search

 WW2 Features


    Allied Army

    Allied Air Forces

    Allied Navy

    Axis Forces

    Home Front

    Prisoners of War

    Allied Ships

    Women at War

    Those Who Served



    The Great War


    Add Stories

    Time Capsule

    TWMP on Facebook

    Childrens Bookshop


    Your Family History


    Contact us




World War 2 Two II WW2 WWII

No. 39 Squadron Royal Air Force


May 1940 Move to Middle East

28th June 1940 Attack Made

January 1941 Maritime role

29th July 1941 Aircraft Lost

August 1941 New Aircraft

2nd Nov 1941 Aircraft Lost

26th Dec 1941 Aircraft Lost

23rd Jan 1942 Torpedo Attack

28th January 1942 Troop ship sunk

March 1942 Detachment

March 1942 Defence

14th April 1942 Aircraft Lost

15th June 1942 Italian convoy attacked

18th June 1942 Squadron Departs

23rd June 1942 Convoy attacked

August 1942 Reorganisation

20th Aug 1942 Aircraft Lost

20th August 1942 Aircraft shot down

24th Aug 1942 Aircraft shot down

27th August 1942 Ship sunk

29th August 1942 Tanker destroyed

6th Sept 1942 Convoy attacked

22nd Sept 1942 Mid-air collision

23rd Sept 1942  Aircraft Lost

October 1942 Rest

26th Oct 1942 Battle of El Alamein

6th November 1942 Bomber force for Malta

8th Nov 1942 Operation Torch

29th Nov 1942 

30th Nov 1942 Aircraft Lost

3rd March 1943 Aircraft Lost

15th May 1943 Aircraft Lost

June 1943 Squadron Departure

Feb 1944 Move

July 1944 New Targets

October 1944 New Operations

7th February 1945 Training

May 1945 Operations

June 1945 

If you can provide any additional information, please add it here.

Those known to have served with

No. 39 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Dawson Richard John Secord . (d.24th Feb1943)

The names on this list have been submitted by relatives, friends, neighbours and others who wish to remember them, if you have any names to add or any recollections or photos of those listed, please Add a Name to this List

The Wartime Memories Project is the original WW1 and WW2 commemoration website.


  • The 1st of September 2017 is The Wartime Memories Project's 18th Birthday. If you would like to send us a present, a donation, no matter how small, would be much appreciated, annually we need to raise enough funds to pay for our web hosting or this site will vanish from the web.
  • To commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day, we are launching a new feature, Second World War Day by Day and also a new Library to allow access to records which have previously been held in our offline archive.
  • Looking for help with Family History Research?   Please read our Family History FAQ's
  • The Wartime Memories Project is run by volunteers and this website is funded by donations from our visitors. If the information here has been helpful or you have enjoyed reaching the stories please conside making a donation, no matter how small, would be much appreciated, annually we need to raise enough funds to pay for our web hosting or this site will vanish from the web. In these difficult times current donations are falling far short of this target.
    If you enjoy this site

    please consider making a donation.

  • We are also looking for volunteers to help with the website. We currently have a huge backlog of submissions which need to be edited for display online, if you have a good standard of written English, an interest in the two World Wars and a little time to spare online we would appreciate your help. For more information please see our page on Volunteering.

Research your own Family History.

Feb 2018 - Please note we currently have a large backlog of submitted material, our volunteers are working through this as quickly as possible and all names, stories and photos will be added to the site. If you have already submitted a story to the site and your UID reference number is higher than 239080, your information is still in the queue, please do not resubmit without contacting us first.


We are aware of the issue with missing images, this is due to the redesign of the website, images will reappear as soon as the new version of the page is completed, thank you for your patience.

We are now on Facebook. Like this page to receive our updates.

If you have a general question please post it on our Facebook page.

Wanted: Digital copies of Group photographs, Scrapbooks, Autograph books, photo albums, newspaper clippings, letters, postcards and ephemera relating to WW2. We would like to obtain digital copies of any documents or photographs relating to WW2 you may have at home.

If you have any unwanted photographs, documents or items from the First or Second World War, please do not destroy them. The Wartime Memories Project will give them a good home and ensure that they are used for educational purposes. Please get in touch for the postal address, do not sent them to our PO Box as packages are not accepted. World War 1 One ww1 wwII greatwar great
Did you know? We also have a section on The Great War. and a Timecapsule to preserve stories from other conflicts for future generations.

Richard John Secord Dawson 39th Sqn Bomber Command (d.24th Feb1943)

Richard John Secord Dawson was killed on thne 24th Feb 1943. He was a friend of my Uncle Jack Pearson RAF who survived the war,but who has since died. My auntie who is in her nineties seems to think Dawson had a wife and children but her memory is fading. I am looking for descendants, any information would be gratefully received as I would like to make contact.

Linda Campbell

Recomended Reading.

Available at discounted prices.


    Suggest a link

    The Wartime Memories Project is a non profit organisation run by volunteers.

    This website is paid for out of our own pockets, library subscriptions and from donations made by visitors. The popularity of the site means that it is far exceeding available resources.

    If you are enjoying the site, please consider making a donation, however small to help with the costs of keeping the site running.

    Hosted by:

    The Wartime Memories Project Website

    is archived for preservation by the British Library

    Website Copyright MCMXCIX - MMXVIII
    - All Rights Reserved