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No. 64 Squadron Royal Air Force

   No.64 Squadron was formed at Sedgeford on 1st of August 1916 as a training unit. It went to France in October 1917 and spent the remainder of the war engaged in low-level fighter patrols and ground attack on the Western front. It returned to Narborough in February 1919, where it was disbanded on 31 December 1919.

On 1 March 1936, it was reformed at Heliopolis, Egypt, by redesignating flights detached from 6 and 208 Squadrons, both equipped with the Hawker Demon two-seat biplane fighters. Italy had invaded Ethiopia in October 1935, and Britain feared that the war could escalate into a conflict between Britain and Italy. However by August 1936 it was clear there was no longer any risk that Britain would be caught up in the conflict, and squadron left Egypt for the United Kingdom in August 1936. It was then based at RAF Martlesham Heath, Suffolk, as part of the UK air defences for London. From May 1938 the squadron was based at RAF Church Fenton, North Yorkshire and the unit was reequipped with Bristol Blenheim Mk I(F) fighters in December 1938.


December 1939 Coastal patrols

April 1940 Re-equipped with Sptfires

16th May 1940 Relocated

29th May 1940 Three pilots lost

1st June 1940 Aircraft lost

May 1945    Airfields at which No. 64 Squadron had been based:

  • 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)

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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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