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No. 45 Squadron Royal Air Force



   No 45 Squadron formed at Gosport on the 1st of March 1916 as a fighter-reconnaissance squadron. They served on the Western Front in France from October 1916 to November 1917, and then in Italy. Upon return to France in September 1918 they provided escorts to long range bombers. The Squadron was disbanded after its return to England in 1919 but was reformed at Helwan, Egypt in 1921. It received Vernon bomber-transports and used these in Iraq where troops would be transported to trouble spots and then the aircraft would be used to bomb rebel villages. The aircraft also flew the Cairo-Baghdad mail route.

In June 1939 the Squadron was re-equipped with Blenheim bombers.

 

11th June 1940 Aircraft lost

14th June 1940 In Action

14th June 1940 Aircraft Lost

July 1940 Into Sudan

Dec 1940 The Western Desert

Feb 1941 Missions to Greece

19th May 1941 Bomber lost

26th May 1941 Aircraft lost

27th May 1941 Six aircraft lost in accidents

8th June 1941 Operation Exporter

10th July 1941 Aircraft Lost

20th December 1941 Detachment

7th January 1942 60 Squadron dispersed

8th January 1942 Bombers attack Bangkok

21st Jan 1942 Defence of Rangoon

25th January 1942 Bangkok bombed

Feb 1942 Relocated to Burma

1st February 1942 Withdrawal to India

March 1942 Squadron disbanded

May 1942 Reformed

27th June 1943 Conversion

13th May 1944 Aircraft failures

28th Sept 1944 Reequipped with Mosquitos

12th May 1945 Respite

August 1945 


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Sq/Ldr Harold Par "Happy " Williams DFC nav. 106 Squadron

Happy Williams, my father-in-law, trained in Canada & the USA (like many others) during the early part of WW2 and then passed as Navigator and flew for the rest of the war, mainly in Lancasters of 106 Squadron. He also had a short spell flying for the RAF in the Korean War. He died in the 1980's without saying much about his wartime service.

Roger Seaburne-May







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