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No. 65 (East India) Squadron Royal Air Force



   No. 65 Squadron was formed at Wyton in 1916 and went to France in November 1917. It operated variously in a fighter, light bomber and ground attack role until the armistice, and was disbanded in October 1919.

The Squadron was reformed as a fighter squadron in 1934, equipped with Gladiators, converting to Spitfires in 1939. At the outbreak of war it was based at RAF Hornchurch



 

17th May 1940  Patrol over Belgium

26th May 1940 Pilot lost

28th May 1940 Gunnery training

18th June 1940 Patrols over France

25th June 1940 air battle

20th July 1940 Battle of Britain

24th July 1940 Battle of the Thames Estuary

25th July 1940 Channel Convoy attacked

5th August 1940  Battle of Britain

8th August 1940 Convoy attacked

12th August 1940 Battle of Britain

13th August 1940  Battle of Britain

14th August 1940  airfields attacked

16th August 1940 Eagle Day

18th August 1940 Airfields attacked

20th August 1940 Battle of Britain

20th August 1940  Battle of Britain

22nd August 1940 Battle of Britain

24th August 1940  Airfields bombed

27th August 1940  Relocated to Scotland

29th November 1940 Sorties Over France

5th February 1941 Pilots lost

26th February 1941 On the move

7th October 1941  Ground attack role

26th September 1942  Back to Scotland

3rd January 1943 Aircraft carrier training

29th March 1943 Move to Cornwall

18th May 1943  Tactical Airforce

December 1943 Re-equipped

15th April 1944 New Wing

6th June 1944 D-Day landings

25th June 1944 Move to France

29th September 1944 Bomber escort role

16th January 1945 To Coastal Command

29th January 1945 Lost in bad weather

15th May 1945 


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Those known to have served with

No. 65 (East India) Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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P/O Franklin 65 Squadron

P/O Franklin was stationed at RAF Hornchurch in 1940. I believe he was killed shortly after. I am seeking any information about him, especially a photograph. There is a road in Hornchurch named after him....Why?

Dr Garrod Hollis



F/O Owen Robison 65 Sqd

Owen Robinson was born in Jamaica he took a Banana boat to Ireland in 1941 then joined the RAF becoming a pilot in January 1943. He flew with 65 Squadron 1944-45. He had two brothers in the Canadian Air Force and another in the Army.

Hugh Robison



P/O. William Henry Franklin DFM & Bar 65 Squadron (d.12th Dec 1940)

William Henry Franklin is my uncle. I have been trying recently to find information on him. I have found out a little. He was one of the ace pilots in the Battle of Britain. He has a street named after him in Hornchurch where his squadron was based, which I thought was lovely. He was just 29 when he died on 12/12/1940. He was married, but had no children. I am hoping, as a near relation (niece), I will be ble to retrieve some information, records, photo, etc.

If anyone knows the best way to do this could they advise me, as I am new to this. I would appreciate any help with my search at this time. I will add more as I find out more information.

Christine Hawkwell



F/Lt. Frederick Thomas "Eric" Reynolds 65 Squadron (d.6th Mar 1945)

Flight Lieutenant Frederick Thomas Reynolds joined the R.A.F.V.R. in 1938, his original Service Number was 742592, This changed to 86373 on or around 29th September 1940 when he was promoted to 'Pilot Officer' (on probation) Ref 'London Gazette No 34986 Tuesday 5th November 1940'. He served in RAF No 65 Squadron and we know from a letter to his family he was stationed in with them at RAF Turnhouse near Edinburgh in the period August-November 1940. We also know from another letter he was with RAF Squadron 256 stationed February - March 1941 at Colerne near Chippenham, he flew Hurricanes at this time, and that he was involved in the defence of Liverpool. His sister (my mother) says she knew he destroyed a German aircraft in this period but we have no details, she also recalls he crashed his aircraft on Rhyl Beach but again we have no details.

In 1944/45 he was with 219 Squadron flying Mosquito NF30's under Wing Commander Peter Green based at Amiens-Glisy in France and he is recorded as destroying a Messerschmitt Me110 on night of 1-2 January 1945. He was killed when his Mosquito crashed in flames in the town of Amiens (eye witness account) on 6th March 1945. This was officially recorded as an Aircraft Accident but we do not know the cause or any details.

Peter L. Young







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