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No. 107 Squadron Royal Air Force



   No 107 Squadron, RFC, was formed at Lake Down, Salisbury, on 15th May 1918, and early in June it went to the Western Front as a day-bomber squadron. Disbanded in 1919, No 107 re-formed at Upavon in 1936, again as a bomber unit, with Hawker Hinds, then Blenheims. On 4th September 1939 the squadron contributed four Blenheims to the RAF's first air attack of WWII on German warships near Wilhelmshaven.

No 107 Squadron, flying Blenheims, then Bostons and, finally, Mosquitos, took part in scores of raids, including the mass low-level daylight raid on the Knapsack and Quadrath power stations near Cologne, on 12th August 1941, the combined raid on Dieppe on 19th August 1942, bombing hostile shore batteries reducing enemy opposition to the landing force and the low-level daylight raid on the Philips radio and valve factory at Eindhoven on 6th December 1942. For a brief spell in 1941/42 the squadron operated from Malta. In the closing stages of the European war it operated from the Continent.

Airfields No. 107 Squadron flew from:

  • RAF Wattisham, Suffolk. from 3rd September 1939 to 11th May 1941
  • RAF Great Massingham, Norfolk. from 11th May to 20th August 1941
  • Luqa, Malta from 20th August 1941 to 1st January 1942
  • Great Massingham from 1st January 1942 to June 1943
  • 2TAF from June 1943.


 

4th Sep 1939 107 Squadron Blenheim lost

4th Sep 1939 107 Squadron Blemheim lost

4th Sep 1939 107 Squadron Blenheim lost

4th Sep 1939 107 Squadron Blemheim lost

4th Sep 1940 Air Raid

27th Dec 1939 107 Squadron Blemheim lost

27th Mar 1940 107 Squadron Blenheim lost

17th Apr 1940 107 Squadron Bleheim lost

17th Apr 1940 107 Squadron Blenheim lost

19th Apr 1940 107 Squadron Blenheim lost

24th Apr 1940 107 Squadron Blenheim lost

12th May 1940 107 Squadron Blenheim lost

12th May 1940 107 Squadron Blemheim lost

12th May 1940 107 Squadron Bleheim lost

12th May 1940 107 Squadron Bleheim lost

27th May 1940 107 Squadron Blenheim lost

2nd Jun 1940 107 Squadron Blenheim lost

2nd Jun 1940 107 Squadron Blenheim lost

9th Jun 1940 107 Squadron Blemheim lost

23rd Jun 1940 107 Squadron Blenheim lost

30th Jun 1940 107 Squadron Blemheim lost

30th Jun 1940 107 Squadron Blenheim lost

10th Jul 1940 107 Squadron Blenheim lost

30th Aug 1940 107 Squadron Blemheim lost

1st Oct 1940 107 Squadron Bleheim lost

11th Dec 1940 107 Squadron Bleheim lost

20th Dec 1940 107 Squadron Bleheim lost

21st May 1941 107 Squadron Blenheim lost

21st May 1941 Aircraft Lost

7th Jun 1941 Aircraft Lost

11th Jun 1941 Aircraft Lost

23rd Jun 1941 107 Squadron Bleheim lost

23rd Jun 1941 Aircraft Lost

30th Jun 1941 107 Squadron Blemheim lost

30th Jun 1941 Aircraft Lost

4th Jul 1941 107 Squadron Blemheim lost

4th Jul 1941 Aircraft Lost

6th Jul 1941 107 Squadron Blenheim lost

6th Jul 1941 Aircraft Lost

12th Jul 1941 107 Squadron Bleheim lost

12th Jul 1941 Aircraft Lost

1st Aug 1941 107 Squadron Blenheim lost

1st Aug 1941 Aircraft Lost

18th Nov 1941 Operation Crusader

12th Apr 1942 107 Squadron Boston lost

25th Apr 1942 107 Squadron Boston lost

27th Apr 1942 107 Squadron Boston lost

6th Dec 1942 107 Squadron Boston lost

6th Dec 1942 107 Squadron Boston lost

6th Dec 1942 107 Squadron Boston lost

6th Dec 1942 107 Squadron Boston lost

11th Feb 1943 107 Squadron Boston lost

3rd May 1944 107 Squadron Boston lost


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Those known to have served with

No. 107 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Broom Ivor Gordon. Wing Co.
  • Delanchy Louis. P/O (d.12th Jun 1942)
  • Dwyer Brian Robert. F/O. (d.2nd Sep 1944)
  • Edwards William Henry. Flying Officer
  • Gilliatt Courtney. Lt.
  • Goodfellow Colin G.. F/Sgt. (d.12th Jul 1941)
  • Hall D. F/O. (d.2nd Sep 1944)
  • Hill John. F/O
  • Hoeg Thorkild. P/O. (d.22nd Oct 1943)
  • Hughes John Wilson. F/O. (d.15th Oct 1944)
  • Luter Vincent George Lovelock. Sgt.
  • McKirgan John. Sgt.
  • Merrett Jack Edwin. Sgt. (d.30th Sep 1940)
  • Plimmer Charles Francis. Sgt.
  • Porritt Donald George. A.C.I/LAC
  • Staple Owen David. Wing Commander
  • Thompson John Williams. Corporal

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Wing Commander Owen David Staple DFC 107 Squadron 14 Squadron 75 squadron 41 Squadron 40 Squadron

Owen David Staple was from Dec-1942 with 36(Mosquito) Operational Training Unit in Canada as a pilot; from February 1944 with 60 OTU in the United Kingdom; from June 1944 with 107 Squadron (Mosquito); from April 1948 14 Squadron in Japan; from November 1954 75 Squadron; from September 1959 with 41 Squadron in Malaya.

Decorations,Medals,Awards: DFC-1945, AFC-1960, 1939/45 STAR, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal 1939/45 War Medal, New Zealand War Service Medal, General Service Medal (Malaya).

Wing Commander Owen David Staple past away in 1974 at the age of 49. I am looking for more information on him as he died when I was 3 months old. The information is going towards the family tree so we do not forget the memories of the brave men and women of war.

Michael David Staple



Flying Officer William Henry Edwards DFC. 107 Squadron

My Grandfather, William Henry Edwards DFC, was posted to 107 Squadron, after war was declared, when on a Bristol Blenheim Ferry flight from Palestine to England. After numerous missions flying from RAF Wattisham and RAF Lossiemouth, he was awarded the DFC for gallantry displayed during a bombing mission over Stavanger in Norway. He was awarded this at an Investiture at Buckingham Palace in April 1940 by the King, along-side his C.O Wing Commander Basil Embry DFC and another pilot Peter Townsend. 8 Days later he was shot down bombing the Maastricht bridges over Belgium, and spent the rest of the war in German Prison camps including Camp 357. His Navigator, Sgt V G L Luter, also was captured, and spent time at camp 357. Their story can be found on the 211 Squadron website. I would sincerely love to hear any stories that may exist about my Grandfather`s time in the camps.

Ross Edwards



Corporal John Williams Thompson Armourer 107 Squadron

I am John Thompson's niece and have photographs,de mob papers etc.that I wish to forward to an association/museum to display or looked at by interested parties.

Could you advise of any address I could forward Uncle John's memorobilia to of his time in 107 squadron?

Celia hazlett



Lt. Courtney Gilliatt 107 Squadron

Canadian flying with the RAF. Mosquito Pilot

Steven Johnson



P/O Louis Delanchy 107 Sqn (d.12th Jun 1942)

I am making searches about Louis Delanchy, He was a Free French, posted at 107 Sqn. He took part to the raid onto Eindhoven together with W/C Dutton. I am looking for more information about him and the crew, text or pictures I have discovered traces of him at the Sister Laurence RAF Museum of Massingham but I need to get more info, does anyone remember him?

Jean Pierre Fitamen



Sgt. Vincent George Lovelock Luter 107 Squadron

My grandfather, Vincent Luter was a navigator and flew in Blenheims. He was shot down in 1940 during a bombing raid and although helped by some locals in Belgium was captured. One of these kind people contacted him after the war and sent him a goose. I know he spent time in Stalag 357, and 3 I think. He was voted by his camp mates to help distribute Red Cross parcels. He died in November 2007 at the grand old age of 96 having shared many memories of his time during the war.

Louise Luter



F/Sgt. Colin G. Goodfellow 107 Squadon (d.12th Jul 1941)

Flight Sergeant Colin G Goodfellow was originally from Ellesmere in Shropshire. I understand that he was sadly killed during a sortie over Ijmuiden in Holland whilst serving with 107 Squadron flying Blenheims on 12 July 1941. The family has always understood that no body was found although there may be a memorial.

On behalf of his family I am looking for any further information, which would be gratefuly recieved and help to ensure his sacrifice and those of his colleagues are never forgotten.




P/O. Thorkild "Teddy" Hoeg 107 Squadron (d.22nd Oct 1943)

Teddy Hoeg was the fourth son of Danish parents and was born in 1921 at Wallington, a small village near Baldock, Hertfordshire. He always wanted to fly and he got his chance by volunteering for flying duties with the Royal Air Force. After an intensive period of training to become a pilot in Tampa, Florida, USA he was awarded his wings and returned to the UK as a Sgt. Pilot, flying mostly Harvards and Stearmans. Teddy was selected for multi-engined aircraft and posted to OTU at Bicester, Oxford, piloting Ansens, Oxfords and Blenheims as the next stage of his training. It was at Bicester that he flew with his crew for the first time.

Joining 107 Squadron at Great Massingham, Norfolk in early 1943 he learnt to fly the twin-engined Boston 111 and with his crew flew on several low-level operations, bombing targets in Belgium and Holland. Being made up to Pilot Officer in late 1943, flying from 107's new posting at Hartford Bridge, the Squadron mounted a low-level bombing operation to strafe busy railway marshaling yards at Ceurcelles in Belgium on 22nd October 1943. This proved to be the tragic end of Teddy's short career as a pilot, for the raiding Bostons made a faulty landfall over the Dutch coast and several were shot down by a nest of German light ack-ack that opened up on them as they flew in. Shot down and killed with his crew, Teddy has no known grave, but his two colleagues are buried in a cemetery in Holland. In addition to the other crews lost on the raid, the CO of 107, Wing- Commander Geoffrey England, DFC, who led the Squadron, perished with his comrades.

Teddy is remembered on a Memorial Panel, (No 132), at the RAF Memorial at Runneymead in Surrey. His crew P/O Neville Gardner, (Navigator), and Sgt. Cliff Rodham, (W/0p A/G), are buried at Flushing North Cemetery, Holland, graves No's 29 and 30. Information about this tragic operation and the 107 crews who took part, including those brave men who never returned, is available at Great Massingham in the Air Museum set up by Sister Laurie who, sadly, is no longer with us.

The above information has been related to me by Teddy's brother John who lives in Hempton, Norfolk and at the time of writing, (2014), has just celebrated his 89th birthday.

Alan Tickle



Sgt. John McKirgan 107 Squadron

Sgt John McKirgan was my father, sadly he passed away in 2005. He told me he flew from Great Massingham with Bostons and he named me after his crew Robert McBride, Arnold Joe Kueber (Canadian) and James Abrahms. He was a wireless operator/airgunner with 107 Squadron. He served from 26th December 1940 to 15th April 1947.

Robert McKirgan



Sgt. Jack Edwin Merrett 107 Squadron (d.30th Sep 1940)

Jack Merrett was my wife's uncle's brother. I don't know much of the circumstances of his RAF Service or the circumstances of his death. However, I do know that he served with the 107 Squadron and died in an accident at take off at RAF Wattisham on Monday 30th September 1940. From my research, it appears that the aircraft (Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV N6191) crashed on take off and burst into flames. There were three people on board the aircraft, Sgt. Jack Merrett, Sgt J. Waters and Wing Commander L.F. Sinclair (Observer). It is, at present not known who the pilot was, or what the purpose of the flight was. More investigation will be carried out at a later stage.

Clive Emsley



F/O. D Hall 107 Squadron (d.2nd Sep 1944)

Aa Memorial Service will take place on Saturday 4 October 2014 in Mertert, Luxembourg at the graves of Flying Officer D D Hall and Flying Officer B R Dwyer both of 107 Squadron RAF. They were shot down on the 2nd September 1944 and are buried in a local cemetery. It will be attended by Senior Officers of the RAF and local dignitaries. Anyone with information on the crew and their mission should contact me.

Brian Darke



F/O. John Wilson Hughes 107 Sqd. (d.15th Oct 1944)

I am trying to find out more about John Wilson Hughes who served with 107 Squadron.

He was a Flying Officer (Navigator) in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. His number was 154746 and he died on 15 Oct 1944, age 22. He is buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery (grave number 20. D. 17).

He was the son of Arthur George and Ethel Hilda Hughes, of Isleworth, Middlesex.

His girlfriend was Margaret Anne Hynard of Eynsford, Kent. Margaret Hynard is my mother and has just celebrated her 80th birthday. She would love to know more information about how John was killed and would also love to be in touch with any living relatives (John had a younger brother, but Margaret cannot remember his name) or colleagues from the RAF.

Anne Richards



Wing Co. Ivor Gordon Broom DSO, DFC. 163 Squadron

Ivor Broom was born at Cardiff on June 2 1920 where his father was district manager for the Prudential Assurance Company and a Baptist preacher. Ivor was educated at the Boys' County School, Pontypridd. When he was 17, Broom passed the Civil Service exam and began work with the Inland Revenue.

He joined the RAF in 1940 and was posted to No 114 Squadron at the rank of Sergeant, where he flew Bristol Blenheim bombers against targets in the Channel along the French and Dutch coasts as well as in Germany. In September 1941 he was detailed to lead six Blenheims to Malta, en route to reinforce Singapore. At Malta Air Vice Marshal Hugh Lloyd commandeered Broom and his aircraft due to the heavy losses his squadron had suffered, leaving the other five planes to proceed to the Far East. Broom was then transferred to 107 Squadron, which was engaged in attacks upon Axis shipping, and land targets in North Africa and Italy.

During 1941 Broom was promoted to Pilot Officer. On November 17 1941 he bombed and set ablaze a 4,000-ton ship in the Gulf of Sirte, and helped attack a destroyer for which he was awarded the DFC. By January 1942 when he returned to England he had survived 43 operations with 107 Squadron.

After his return from Malta, Broom took an instructor's course at the Central Flying School at Upavon, and he then spent a year there teaching novice Blenheim pilots how to attack at low level. Later he became an instructor for pilots on the de Havilland Mosquito twin-engined fighter-bombers for No 8 Pathfinder Group.

In May 1944 Broom went back onto operational flying and joined No 571 squadron, flying the Mosquito XVI. There he teaming up with his navigator (and namesake), Flt Lt Tommy Broom, and they became known as the 'Flying Brooms' and had their plane emblazoned with crossed broomsticks. At this time 571 squadron was part of the Light Night Striking Force (LNSF) making targeted raids into Germany. In their Mosquito - modified to carry a 4,000lb bomb known as 'cookies' they made numerous raids over Germany undertaking precision bombing of selected targets. They also excelled at mine-laying, and Ivor Broom was awarded his second DFC followed a neat low-level operation in which he dropped mines in the path of shipping in the Dortmund-Ems canal. On another raid the Flying Brooms with two fighters on their tail dropped a cookie up the mouth of a railway tunnel in Germany, for which Ivor Broom received a second Bar to his DFC.

In autumn 1944 he was promoted acting squadron leader in command of a flight in No 128 (another LNSF Mosquito squadron). A few months later he was appointed acting wing commander to lead No 163 Squadron. Tommy Broom, now DFC and Bar, joined him as squadron navigation officer. The pair then led a series of brilliant offensive operations over Germany and Occupied Europe. When the war in Europe ended on May 8 1945, the Flying Brooms had undertaken 58 missions together (including 22 raids on Berlin). Ivor Broom was awarded a DSO, and Tommy a third DFC.

After VE Day, Broom was posted to Ceylon, but was spared further action by the Japanese surrender.

Ivor Broom remained in the RAF for the rest of his career, commanding No 28 Spitfire fighter squadron in Singapore and then 57 squadron flying English Electric Canberra jet bombers. In 1955 Broom piloted a specially-modified Canberra from Ottawa to London via the North Pole after which Broom was awarded the AFC. In 1956 he was made responsible for the Bomber Command Development Unit at Wittering, where he led intensive trials on Valiants and Canberras of the nascent nuclear deterrent, V-Force. In 1959 he moved into the Air Secretary's department until 1962, when he was appointed station commander at RAF Bruggen in Germany. Following a year at the Imperial Defence College, two years at the Ministry of Defence, and a spell as commandant of the Central Flying School (relocated by then to Rissington), Broom took command in 1970 of No 11 fighter Group. He was appointed CB in 1972, and KCB in 1975. He concluded his RAF career as controller of National Air Traffic Services and retired in 1980.

He died on the 24th January 2003.




Sgt. Charles Francis Plimmer DFM. A Flight 107 Sqdn.

As far as I can gather from information in my father, Charles Plimmer's log book, he joined 107 Squadron in April 1940 flying Blenheims. However, that could have been earlier, as his log book previous to this date had him flying Blenheims, but without Squadron details. He flew around 160 hours up to the end of 1940, subsequently being posted to North Africa. On 5th May 1940 while on a bombing raid over Albert, France in A/C P4856 he was attacked by four ME109s but managed a forced landing back at base. He was back in the air six days later.

John Plimmer



F/O. Brian Robert Dwyer 107 Sqdn. (d.2nd Sep 1944)

Brian Dwyer was my father's cousin, my dad was so proud of him.

Sally Dwyer



A.C.I/LAC Donald George Porritt MU/MEF 107 B Squadron

I have found many photos of my father,- Palestine, Egypt, RAF Halton and Cosford.

I think he may have joined up in Jan 1940? - RAF Malton, in A Squadron initially. He was in Egypt by June 1941. One or two of the photos, have all the names on the back, a group, with names, is dated 28th Aug. Cosford. Block 3. A squadron. 2 Wing. RAF Malton. I will happily attempt to copy some of the photos if needed.

My father was in the RAF after the war, based in Ismalia, by now married, with mum and me as a baby.

He died in 1950, polio, having left the RAF in approx.1949.

Mrs Elizabeth Carrick







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