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No. 58 Squadron Royal Air Force
3rd September 1939
No. 58 Squadron first went into action on the night of 3rd/4th September, 1939, when it made a leaflet raid over Germany.
3rd September 1939
6th Oct 1930 Convoy Duties
February 1940 On the Move
April 1940 Long Range Ops
12th May 1940 Bombing Raid
12th May 1940 Massed raid
7th June 1940 Coastal patrols
11th June 1940 First attack on Italy
18th Jun 1940 58 Squadron Whitley lost
3rd Oct 1940 58 Squadron Whitley lost
7th Apr 1941 Aircraft Lost
17th Apr 1941 Eleven Aircraft Lost
4th May 1941 Aircraft Lost
16th Jun 1941 Aircraft Lost
17th Jun 1941 Aircraft Lost
7th Jul 1941 Aircraft Lost
8th Jul 1941 Aircraft Lost
24th Jul 1941 Aircraft Lost
6th Aug 1941 Aircraft Lost
16th Aug 1941 Aircraft Lost
29th Aug 1941 Aircraft Lost
3rd Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost
7th Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost
11th Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost
19th Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost
20th Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost
29th Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost
10th Oct 1941 Aircraft Lost
12th Oct 1941 Aircraft Lost
7th Nov 1941 Aircraft Lost
30th Nov 1941 Aircraft Lost
27th Dec 1941 Aircraft Lost
8th April 1942 Patrols
August 1942 Move
December 1942 On the Move
March 1943 Another Move
31st May 1943 U-Boat sunk
August 1944 On the Move
25th May 1945
10th June 1945 Transfers to Transport Command
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Those known to have served with
No. 58 Squadron Royal Air Force
during the Second World War 1939-1945.
- Adlam Leonard F P. Sgt (d.20th Oct 1940 )
- Brown. Ernest Henry . P/O (d.20th Oct 1940)
- Caryll-Tilkin Marcel C.. Sgt.
- Caryll-Tilkin Marcel C . Sgt (d.20th Oct 1940)
- Crisp . Sgt
- Eades. George Hadley Templeton . (d.26th March 1943 )
- Gosling. . Sgt
- Green Cyril S G . Sgt (d.23rd Oct 1940 )
- Kerry . P/O
- Kirby . Sgt
- Langfield. Robert E . Sgt
- Laws. Andrew. A. . P/O
- Leahy Patrick J. Sgt. (d.20th April 1942)
- Philp John Adam. P/O. (d.4th Jun 1942)
- Smith Norman Sidney. Sgt (d.14th Nov 1940)
- Uff . Sgt
- Williams Leonard Stanley. Flt.Sgt. (d.10th Aug 1942)
- Wright Charles Austin. SgtPilot. (d.9th Oct 1940)
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Flt.Sgt. Leonard Stanley Williams 58 Squadron (d.10th Aug 1942)Leonard Williams took off from Wick, northern Scotland at 12.00 hrs on 6th of August 1942 in Whitley Mk VII, Z 9525 for and anti submarine patrol. The aircraft and crew failed to return.Keith Williams
P/O. John Adam Philp 76 Sqd. (d.4th Jun 1942)John Philp served with 58 and 76 squadrons operationally flying Whitleys and Halifaxs. Details from his Pilots flying log book state: John Adams Philp was born on 28th February 1921 at 44 Henleage Avenue, Bristol. He attended Dover College and then the Medical School at the University of Bristol where he volunteered for service with the RAFVR. His flying training commenced at No.17 EFTS (elementary flying training school) RAF North Luffenham on 19th April 1941, where he flew DH 82As, finally flying solo and then being assessed as a pilot with average proficiency after 51 hours 30 min flying time on 30th May. After a period of leave he continued at the EFTS from 8th June to 18th June where he received further training flying DH 82As. On 19th of June, John transferred to No 6 SFTS at RAF Little Rissington achieving flying A/S Oxfords. His first solo flight in an Oxford was on 3rd July. He qualified for the award of the Flying Badge as a Pilot on 30th August 1941, after a total of 136 hours 35 minutes flying time. John was then posted to No.19 OTU (officers training unit) at Kinloss on 18th September for further training, this time on Whitley IV and Vs to 6th November.
John then joined 58 Squadron `B’ flight on 20th of November 1941 at RAF Linton on Ouse and, after further training practice including 5 days at No.2 BAT Flight Driffield, he flew his first nine missions on Whitley Vs. These included bombing operations to Stavanger on 6th January 1942, Brest on 8th January, Emden on 10th January, Rotterdam on 28th January, Mannheim on 11th February, Le Harve on 14 February (abandoned operation due to failure of aircraft to climb plus bad icing and suffered a forced landing at Digby with bombs still on board on his return), Emden on 12th March (Johnny missing) Boulogne on 13th March (docks targeted 16.250 lbs bombs nickels) and on Paris 26th March (nickel raid).
On 7th April 1942 he commenced a Halifax conversion course, completing this on 17th May when he was posted to 76 Squadron `A' flight on 19th May 1942. His first mission with 76 Squadron was on 30th May 1942 and was part of the 1000 bomber raid on Cologne; he was to fly Halifax 11 F-W1104. The Flight crew of F for Freddie were F.O. Philp - Pilot. F.Sgt Mullhauser - Wireless Operator, F.Sgt Ormerod - Obs/Navigator, F.Sgt – Lofts Bomb Aimer, Sgt Watson - Rear Gunner, Sgt Battersby - Flight Engineer, Sgt Hart - Mid-Gunner. He noted in his log book; `aircraft on target in biggest raid ever whole Cologne area ablaze and fires seen for miles. Our load dropped well on target'. His second operational mission with F-W1104 was to Essen on 1st June.
He was killed in action on only his 3rd mission with F-W1104 of 76 Squadron (his 12th operational) on 3rd/4th June 1942, flying on a raid over Bremen. His log book was noted as missing and stamped ‘death presumed’ by his commanding officer. John Adams Philp was aged 21 years the son of Leslie and Evelyn Philp of Bristol and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.Tim Kirby
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