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No. 80 Squadron Royal Air Force

   No. 80 Squadron was formed in 1917 as a fighter Squadron which in 1919 left for Egypt, where it was renumbered No. 56 in 1920. In 1937, No. 80 reformed at Kenley as a fighter Squadron equipped with Gauntlets, then Gladiators.

In April 1938 the Squadron moved to Egypt, moving to the Libyan front in June 1940 after Italy joined the war, and then on to Greece in November after Italy invaded that country. In February 1941, No. 80 started to convert to Hurricanes, and after evacuation from Greece the Squadron spent a period in Syria, with detachments in Palestine and Cyprus, before returning to the Western Desert in October flying patrols in the area until the Battle of Alamein. With the retreat of the Afrika Corps, No. 80 returned to Britain and provided air defence of the long line of communication and coastal convoys supplying the 8th army until January 1944. No. 80 Squadron then moved to Italy and in April 1944 moved back to the UK. Equipped with Spitfires, it began flying sweeps, escort duties and armed reconnaissance over France, the Netherlands and Belgium. In August 1944 it converted to Tempests used to combat V-I flying bomb attacks against the south of England. No. 80 moved to the Continent at the end of September 1944 to fly armed reconnaissance missions for the rest of the war.

Airfields No. 80 Squadron flew from.

  • RAF Sawbridge from April 1944 (ex-Naples. Spitfire IX)
  • RAF Hornchurch, Essex from 5th May 1944
  • RAF Detling, Kent from 19th May 1944
  • RAF Merston, Sussex from 22nd June 1944
  • RAF Gatwick, Surrey from 27th June 1944
  • RAF West Malling, Kent from 5th July 1944 (Tempest V)
  • RAF Manston, Kent from 29th August 1944
  • RAF Coltishall, Norfolk from 20th September 1944 (to Deurne, B70 29th September 1944)


27th February 1941 Deployment to Greece

15th April 1941 Evacuation from Greece

16th April 1941 Airfield bombed

19th April 1941 Battle of Athens

19th May 1941 Defence of Crete

20th May 1941 On the Move

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Those known to have served with

No. 80 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Cullen Richard Nigel. Flt.Lt. (d.4th March 1941)
  • Fraser Kenneth William. F/Lt.
  • Poole Albert Henry.
  • Sykes Harold Ugo. F/O. (d.28th Nov 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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F/Lt. Kenneth William Fraser 80 Squadron

My father Ken Fraser joined the RAF in 1939 and served until 1945. He was in 80 Squadron in Communications (wireless). He was in West Sussex at the end of war and I remember him telling us when Radar first came in. I have not been able to find anything about his service. He had a driver called Reynolds.

In 1945-6 he was in Belgium and Germany and sent many letters to my mother . I have photos of him with jeep in Belgium. He left service as Squadron Leader but have very little knowledge of his records which must be somewhere. I would be grateful for any information!!

M Davis

Albert Henry Poole 80 Squadron

Albert Henry Poole served as ground crew for 80 Squadron RAF

Frances Poole

F/O. Harold Ugo Sykes 80 Squadron (d.28th Nov 1940)

Harold Sykes was 22 when he died. He was the son of Jack Sykes and of Inez Sykes (nee Barbier); husband of Dea Valerie Sykes, of Monkseaton, Northumberland. He is buried in the Churchyard of the Twelve Apostles, Drovian, Albania

s flynn

Flt.Lt. Richard Nigel "Ape" Cullen DFC. 80 Squadron. (d.4th March 1941)

Richard Cullen was the son of Horace David and H. Cullen, of Putney, London. He was aged 23 when he was killed in action during the Battle of Greece. He is buried in the Tirana Park Memorial Cemetery in Albania.

s flynn

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