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No. 86 Squadron Royal Air Force



August 1941 New Aircraft

1st Feb 1942 Crews reassigned

17th May 1942 Attack on cruiser Prinz Eugen

August 1942 Reorganisation

11th May 1943 Posting to Northern Ireland

12th May 1943 Turning Point

16th Oct 1943 U-Boats


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Those known to have served with

No. 86 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Daly Morris James. Flt.Sgt. (d.27th May 1942)
  • Goodwin Dennis Raymond.
  • Harper Denis Reginald James. PO (d.24th November 1941)
  • Pordage Harry. F/Sgt. (d.18th November 1944)

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Flt.Sgt. Morris James "Rastus" Daly pilot 86 Squadron (d.27th May 1942)

Morris James Daly

Flt Sgt M J Daly, pilots course graduation photograph

I am looking for further information about a tragic accident at Wick Aerodrome in May 1942. My Uncle, Flt Sgt (Pilot) Morris James Daly, Pilot of Beaufort AW345 BX-A with 86 Sqn, was returning home from a patrol I believe near Norway. In his pilots log, the mission was listed as 'Rover Opps' which I still would like to know the meaning of.

On the 27th of May 1942, the weather apparently bad and on approach to Wick Aerodrome, AW345 struck the unlit Tannach Chain Home Radar Station tower south west of the aerodrome. All on board were killed.

  • F/Sgt M J Daly RAAF
  • F/Sgt R Dunn
  • Sgt H J Stone
  • Sgt F G White

The Chain Home Radar Station I believe was part of the coastal radar defence system linking up many towers for a full coastal observation and early warning system. I understand they were 225 feet in height.

RAF 86 Sqn was based at Wick and Skitten, Caithness from 9th Mar 1942 to 31st July 1942 mainly patroling the Norwegian Coast. Flt Sgt Daly's log reports only 10 days earlier on 17th May 1942 he and his crew flew on 'Strike Opps' Beaufort AW341 from their base in Wick to Skitten, then on to Norway. A strike (I presume torpedo) on the "Eugen" (I presume the 'Prinz Eugen', sister ship to the 'Bismark' breaking out of a Norwegian Fjiord making for the Atlantic). Me 109 attack, Lost 4, Got 6 Me, Badly shot up. A short passage, however, a chilling read.

Scan of original Pilots Log as photographs of )

On the news of his younger brothers death, my Father, William Daly enlisted and flew as a F/Lt (Navigator) on Avro Lancasters with Bomber Command.

Joseph Daly



Dennis Raymond Goodwin 462 Squadron

My father Dennis Goodwin, served as an Air Gunner in 462 Squadron from December 1942 until August 1943. His total flying time was 60.5 hours in daytime and 189.45 hours at night. He flew in Halifax aeroplanes mostly (from what I can tell from his log book) and the pilot was usually Flight Sergent Spencer. From October 43 to November 44 he was with the 1675 Heavy Conversion Unit and from December 1944 until May 1945 he was with 86 Squadron. He died about five years ago and never spoke of the war much at all. Apparently twice, if not three times, his crew went out without him and never returned which left Dad with a strong feeling of guilt.

Helen Gash







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