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No. 52 Squadron Royal Air Force

7th September 1939   No. 52 Squadron, RFC, was formed at Hounslow, Middlesex in 1916, serving as an army co-operation squadron on the Western Front. Disbanded in 1919, it re-formed at Abingdon from a nucleus provided by No 15 Squadron as a bomber squadron in January 1937. In November/December 1937 it was equipped with Fairey Battles and for special training purposes, Avro Ansons. In February 1939, the squadron became a group pool squadron tasked with training crews for the other units in its group. At the outbreak of war it was based at RAF Alconbury in Huntingdonshire, but four days later it moved to RAF Upwood.  More info.

7th September 1939 

9th Sept 1939 

8th April 1940 Training

1st July 1941 Reorganisation

17th August 1942 

October 1942 Active

11th February 1941 On the Move

14th June 1943 

1st Nov 1943 On the Move

20th Feb 1944 Moved and disbanded

1st July 1944 Reorganisation

7th October 1944 On the Move

April 1945 Jungle rescue


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Those known to have served with

No. 52 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Brown Douglas Edwin William. P/O (d.7th November 1941)
  • Eatwell Arthur.
  • Willsher Ronald Joseph Hicks. Sergeant

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Sergeant Ronald Joseph Hicks Willsher 52 Squadron

My Grandfather served in WW2. My Nan & Grandad were supposed to be getting married & everything was ready for the big day. My Grandfather could not get back in time so they had the party with all the guests as planned & then when he got back they were married.

He died whilst in service & had a military funeral. He was stationed all over the place. I know he was in Penang, Singapore for a while. He was at RAF Leconfield,Yorkshire when he died & is buried at the church there. I do have some photos of his funeral. However there are some missing & I was wondering if anyone knew if there were any copies of the funeral photos?

Cathy Rimmington

P/O Douglas Edwin William Brown 58 Sqd. (d.7th November 1941)

My brother, Pilot Officer Douglas Brown, served with 58 Sqdn at Linton on Ouse during 1941. His last mission was to Berlin night of 7.11.41 being shot down by ack ack over Kiel Canal returning from the Operation. I am hoping to visit the Memorial Room at Linton.

Eric Brown

Arthur Eatwell 52 Squadron

My Father, Arthur Eatwell, served with 52 Squadron. I know he was based in Burma, at Dum Dum Airfield. I believe he was an aircraft technician, I'm not sure. He passed away when I was 12 years old, 38 years ago. I would love to know more info on his life, and who he worked with in those days.

Barry Eatwell

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