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No. 64 Squadron Royal Air Force

   No.64 Squadron was formed at Sedgeford on 1 August 1916 as a training unit specialising in low-level flying. 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.

In October 1935 Italy invaded Ethiopia, and fearing that war might spread into the Suez Canal Zone, 64 Squadron was reformed at Heliopolis, Egypt, by taking one flight from each of No. 6 and No. 208 Squadrons. The Squadron was equipped with the Hawker Demon biplane fighter. As the risk of the Italian invasion receded, the 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. In May 1938 the squadron moved to RAF Church Fenton, North Yorkshire and the unit was re-equipped with Bristol Blenheim Mk I(F) fighters in December 1938.


December 1939 Coastal patrols

April 1940 Re-equipped with Spitfires

16th May 1940 Relocated

29th May 1940 Three pilots lost

1st June 1940 Aircraft lost

10th July 1940 Battle of Britain begins

13th July 1940  Battle of Britain

24th July 1940 Battle of the Thames Estuary

25th July 1940 Channel Convoy attacked

29th July 1940 Battle of Britain

5th August 1940  Battle of Britain

8th August 1940 Convoy attacked

11th August 1940  Ports and ships attacked

12th August 1940 Battle of Britain

13th August 1940  Battle of Britain

15th Aug 1940 Eagle Day

15th August 1940  Airfields attacked

16th August 1940 Eagle Day

18th August 1940 Airfields attacked

19th August 1940 Respite

27th September 1940 Aircraft missing

30th September 1940 Aircraft lost

6th October 1940 Lost at sea

15th Oct 1940 The Blitz

11th Nov 1940 Relocation

17th May 1941 New duties

16th Nov 1941 New role

31st March 1942 Temporary move

8th September 1942  Relocated

 New territory

28th March 1943 Relocated

6th August 1943 Operations over Europe

29th April 1944 Air cover over Normandy Landings

26th June 1944 Move to Devon

30th August 1944 Relocated

17th September 1944 Operation Market Garden

2nd October 1944 Battle of The Scheldt

Nov 1944 Re-equipped with Mustangs

29th December 1944 Escorts

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

  • RAF Church Fenton, Yorkshire from 3rd September 1939
    • Detachment to Evanton December 1939-January 1940
    • Detachment to Catterick April-May 1940
  • RAF Usworth, Durham from 1st May 1940
  • RAF Kenley, Surrey from 16th May 1940
  • RAF Leconfield, Yorkshire from 19th August 1940
  • RAF Boscombe Down, Kent from 1st September 1940
  • RAF Biggin Hill, Kent from 13th October 1940
  • RAF Coltishall, Norfolk 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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May 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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