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No. 48 Squadron Royal Air Force

   No 48 Squadron was formed at Netheravon on the 15th of April 1916. After almost a year of training at Rendcomb aerodrome, it was re-equipped with the first ‘Brisfit’ fighters and sent to France where they spent the remainder of the war. Following the Armistice the squadron remained in France until it moved to India in June 1919, but was renumbered as No. 5 Squadron on 1 February 1920. No. 48 Squadron was reformed on 25 November 1935 at RAF Bicester from a nucleus of personnel provided by 'C' Flight of No 101 Squadron, and in December moved to Manston where it formed part of the School of Air Navigation. In March 1936 No.48 received the first Avro Ansons, a multi-purpose aircraft used for both reconnaissance and light bombing. During that year the Squadron was enlarged to eighty aircraft to cope with the number of pupil navigators. In September 1938 No. 48 joined Coastal Command and moved to RAF Eastchurch.

No.48 Squadron moved to RAF Thorney Island a few days before the outbreak of WW2. Upon the outbreak of war No.48 squadron began to fly anti-submarine patrols off the Channel coast, operating from a number of different stations as required.

During the course of the war 48 Squadron served at the following locations:

  • 25 August 1939-16 July 1940: Thorney Island
  • 16 July 1940-24 July 1941: Hooton Park
  • 24 July-20 October 1941: Stornoway
  • 20 October 1941-6 January 1942: Skitten
  • 6 January-23 September 1942: Wick
  • 23 September-19 November 1942: Sumburgh
  • 19 November-23 December 1942: Gosport
  • 23 December 1942-21 February 1944: Gibraltar
  • 21-24 February 1944: Bircham Newton
  • 24 February 1944-August 1945: Down Ampney
  • August 1945-16 January 1946: Patenga, India


6th Jan 1940 Aircraft Lost

28th May 1940 Dunkirk

June 1940 Detachment

December 1940 Patrols

7th August 1941 Conversion

20th Oct 1941 

6th Jan 1942 On the Move

23rd Sept 1942 

19th Nov 1942 

24th Feb 1944 On the Move

6th June 1944 In Action

24th Sept 1944 Battle of Arnhem

24th March 1945 Gliders

August 1945 On the Move

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Those known to have served with

No. 48 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Best Robert.
  • Carless Clifford. Sgt. (d.10th Feb 1942)
  • Holmes Winifred.
  • Hunter Douglas Chisholm. Pilot Officer (d.7th Jan 1942)
  • King Edward.
  • Mclean John Joseph. LAC.

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

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Edward "Ginger" King 48 Squadron

I was a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner on Ansons flying Coastal Command out of Wick. I married WAAF Winifred Holmes, ambulance driver and chief's car driver. Does anyone know me, Win or of the whereabouts of Bob Best?

Ted King

Pilot Officer Douglas Chisholm "Pym" Hunter 48 Squadron (d.7th Jan 1942)

My uncle Douglas Chisholm Hunter was based in Wick with 48 Squadron. He was killed in action and my grandmother (who lost two brothers killed in action in WW1) thought that Douglas had been killed on a bombing raid over Bergen, Norway. As my father, his brother, died in 1956 and their sister died in 2006 I am now trying to find out as much as I can about Douglas. He went to Highgate School in North London. I have a few pictures of him as a young boy but nothing else.

Matthew Hunter

LAC. John Joseph Mclean 48 Sqd.

Jack McClean served as an Airframes fitter with 48 Squadron.

Bernard Mclean

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