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No. 82 Squadron Royal Air Force
No. 82 Squadron was first formed in 1917 and served as an army co-operation unit on the Western Front flying Armstrong Whitworth FK8 aircraft. Disbanded in 1919. The Squadron was re-formed as a bomber unit in 1937 flying Blenheims with No. 2 Group.
In June 1942, 82 Squadron moved to the Far East and were re-equipped with Vengeance dive-bombers in August taking on the duty of Anti-submarine patrols and from June 1943 bombing raids began against Japanese targets in Burma. In 1943 82 Squadron were re-equipped with Mosquitoes.
82 Squadron was disbanded on 15 March 1946. Post war the squadron was reformed.
Airfields at which No.82 Squadron were based:
- Watton. 1939 to 1st Oct 1940
- Bodney. 1st Oct 1940 to 18 Apr 1941 & 3 May 1941 to 30 Jun 1942
- Lossiemouth. 18 Apr 1941 to 3 May 1941 Detached to Coastal Command
- Luqa Malta. June 1941 Detached to Mediterranean
- Far East. from June 1942
15th May 1940 Ops
29th Oct 1940 Patrols
26th Dec 1941 Move to Malta
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Those known to have served with
No. 82 Squadron Royal Air Force
during the Second World War 1939-1945.
- Cash Eric Laurence. (d.20th Aug 1941)
- Chandler Eric.
- Holland Norman Alexandra.
- Littlewood Eric John. Flt.Sgt.
- Martin Ernest G.. Sgt. (d.30th July 1941)
- McConnell Robert James. F/Lt.
- Pascoe Stan.
- Pascoe Stan. F/Sgt
- Sargent James Samuel. Sgt.
- Watkins .
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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Stan Pascoe 82 SquadronI am a survivor of a Blenheim V6445 which crash landed in Northumberland 20th August 1941. My Pilot was F/Lt Dennis Gibbs and our Observer was Laurie Cash. The aircraft was damaged during an attack on shipping and the Observer was seriously wounded bearing the brunt of the nose damage that occurred. Dennis Gibbs and I went on to continue our operational flying until I was admitted into Ely Hospital with suspect lung damage. I was grounded for a number of months, the Squadron moved on to the Far East and Dennis survived to become an Administrator of Montserrat. He died from a brain haemorrhage in 1985. I am now 91 and reasonably fit. I would like to hear from anyone who may remember us from those days at RAF Bodney.Stan Pascoe
Eric Laurence Cash 82 Sqd. (d.20th Aug 1941)Our Observer, Laurie Cash died of wounds when we crash landed near Acklington, Northumberland. I live in Australia just South of Brisbane in Queensland, and have just passed my 91st birthday. If anyone seeing this maybe remembers us, I would love to hear from them.Stan Pascoe
F/Sgt Stan Pascoe 82 SquadronThis is a photo of Pilot Officer Dennis Gibbs and myself, F/Sgt Stan Pascoe after we returned to Bodney airfield after the raid on power stations near Cologne in 1941. Losses were 12 aircraft out of 56. Our Observer, Laurie Cash died of wounds when we crash landed near Acklington, Northumberland. Dennis eventually became Administrator of the Island of Montserrat and passed away suffering a brain haemorrhage.
I live in Australia just South of Brisbane in Queensland, and have just passed my 91st birthday. If anyone seeing this maybe remembers us, I would love to hear from them. A picture at the time may help my fading memory.Stan Pascoe
Sgt. Ernest G. Martin Blenheim 82 Sqn (d.30th July 1941)Ernest Martin was killed on the 30th July 1941 along with P/O J Bell and Sgt J Tague. They never returned from operation Kiel Canal. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Norman Alexandra "Dutch" Holland 82 Sqd.My father, Norman Holland, nick name Dutch, was a pilot in India in World World War 2. He flew many missions and flew with many co-pilots. His squadron was #82. I have his log book from the war and it has many names in it that he flew with. He writes about some of the missions in short. My father's plane was hit on two different missions. In the first, two of his men bailed out and were shot in the air and my dad managed to bring the plane and the rest of the crew home safely. The story goes the next time he got hit he asked if any one wanted to bail out or stick with him and try and make it back. No one bailed out and they lived to tell the story.Blair Holland
Flt.Sgt. Eric John "Rick" Littlewood 82 SquadronEric John Littlewood served in WW2 in 75 and 82 Squadrons. He served in New Guinea, Labuan Borneo and Milne Bay. He flew Kitty Hawks, Spitfires and others.Gaye
Sgt. James Samuel Sargent DFM. 82 SquadronJames Sargent is my father but, as I was not born until 1945, I don't know too much about his time at RAF Watton except that he was a member of 82 Squadron, flying Blenheim bombers. He was a navigator and flew with Taff Watkins (pilot) and Eric Chandler (gunner). Later, when 82 sqn. was sent to Malta, his aircraft was badly damaged by flak and the pilot (Taff Watkins)was badly wounded in the legs. Although not trained as a pilot, my dad managed to fly the aircraft back to base (Luqa)and Taff Watkins regained enough consciousness to land safely. For this, he was awarded the DSO and Eric Chandler and my father were both awarded the DFM.
My dad continued to fly throughout the war and had a long career in the RAF, retiring as a Sqn. Ldr. Taff, Eric and my dad remained lifelong and both Taff and Eric were my godfathers.G Sergent
"Taff" Watkins DSO 82 SquadronTaff Watkins was a pilot in 82 squadron at RAF Watton flying Blenheim bombers, with James Sargent (Navigator) and Eric Chandler (gunner). When 82 sqn. was sent to Malta, his aircraft was badly damaged by flak and he was badly wounded in the legs. Although not trained as a pilot, James Sargent managed to fly the aircraft back to base (Luqa) and Taff Watkins regained enough consciousness to land safely. For this, he was awarded the DSO and Eric Chandler and James Sargent were both awarded the DFM.
Eric Chandler DFM 82 SquadronEric Chandler was a gunner flying in Blenheim bombers with 82 Squadron from RAF Watton. Later, when 82 sqn. was sent to Malta his aircraft was badly damaged by flak and the pilot (Taff Watkins)was badly wounded in the legs. Although not trained as a pilot, navigator James Sargent managed to fly the aircraft back to base (Luqa) and Taff Watkins regained enough consciousness to land safely. For this, Taff Watkins was awarded the DSO and Eric Chandler and James Sargent were both awarded the DFM.
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