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No. 64 Squadron Royal Air Force

   No. 64 Squadron was formed in 1916 and disbanded on 31 December 1919. In 1936, No. 64 reformed at Heliopolis during the Abyssinian crisis.

At the outbreak of war, the squadron patrolled Britain's east coast and in December 1939 provided fighter defence for the Home Fleet from Evanton. In April 1940, with conversion to Spitfires the squadron helped cover the evacuation from Dunkirk. It later took part in the Battle of Britain. In May 1941, No. 64 Squadron moved to Scotland for air defence duties, moved south in November to take part in sweeps over northern France, then in March 1943 it moved back to Scotland. In August 1943 it moved south again to resume offensive operations and in June 1944, moved to Cornwall for 2 months before beginning long-range escort missions from East Anglia. In November 1944 the Squadron received Mustangs and flew these for the rest of the war in support of Bomber Command's daylight raids on Germany.
Airfields No. 64 Squadron flew from.

  • RAF Church Fenton, Yorkshire from 3rd September 1939
  • RAF Usworth, Durham from 1st May 1940
  • RAF Kenley, Surrey from 16th May 1940
  • RAF Leconfield, Yorkshire from 19th August 1940
  • RAF Biggin Hill, Kent from 13th October 1940
  • RAF Coltishall, Norfold from 15th October 1940
  • RAF Hornchurch, Essex from 11th November 1940
  • RAF Rochford, Essex from 27th January 1941
  • RAF Hornchurch from 31st March 1941
  • RAF Turnhouse, Midlothian from 16th May 1941
  • RAF Drem, East Lothian from 17th May 1941
  • RAF Turnhouse from 6th August 1941
  • RAF Drem, East Lothian from 4th October 1941
  • RAF Hornchurch from 16th November 1941
  • RAF Rochford from 31st March 1942
  • RAF Hornchurch from 1st May 1942
  • RAF Fairlop, Essex from 8th September 1942
  • RAF Hornchurch from 14th November 1942
  • RAF Predannack, Cornwall from 9th December 1942
  • RAF Fairlop from 2nd January 1943
  • RAF Hornchurch from 15th March 1943
  • RAF Ayr, Ayrshire from 28th March 1943
  • RAF Friston, Sussex from 6th August 1943
  • RAF Gravesend, Kent from 19th August 1943
  • RAF West Malling, Kent from 6th September 1943
  • RAF Coltishall from 25th September 1943
  • RAF Ayr from 21st January 1944
  • RAF Coltishall from 2nd February 1944
  • RAF Deanland, Sussex from 29th April 1944
  • RAF Harrowbeer, Devon from 26th June 1944
  • RAF Bradwell Bay, Essex from 30th August 1944
  • RAF Bentwaters, Suffolk from 29th December 1944 to 15th August 1945


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Those known to have served with

No. 64 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Duncan Ian. Flt.Sgt. (d.16th Jun 1944)
  • Hackney Herbert Branwell. PO (d.29th May 1940)

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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Flt.Sgt. Ian "Jock" Duncan 64 Squadron (d.16th Jun 1944)

I have just discovered Ian Duncan was my uncle and would like to know more about him. His nick name was Jock and he served with 64 Squadron.


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