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No. 109 Squadron Royal Air Force


5th Nov 1941 Aircraft Lost

21st Nov 1941 Aircraft Lost

31st May 1942 109 Squadron Wellington lost

28th May 1943 109 Squadron Mosquito lost

30th Sep 1944 109 Squadron Mosquito lost

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Those known to have served with

No. 109 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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George William Thompson 84 Sqd.

My late Father George William Thompson, Royal Air Force was on-board the ss Aslem when she was sunk. Thankfully he was rescued after several hours in the water, I will always remember my Father saying that he was full of praise for the bravery of The Reverend Pugh tendering to the injured Airman who were trapped in the sinking ship. Dad always insisted on wearing his life jacket when on-board, he was ordered by a senior officer (no name though) to take it off & pass it him, Dad refused to do this & thus saved his life when the torpedo struck. I have seen a photo of my Mother, taken in his cabin, that is now at the bottom of the Atlantic having gone down in the Anselm.

Thankfully Dad survived 1939 45 after serving in 84, 101, 109 & 2nd TAF from the beginning of the war, prior to that had served with the RAF in Iraq & Egypt (84 Sqd.) flying in such delights as Westland Wapitis & the Vickers Virginia transport.

I believe there is a plaque, statue & bust of the Rev Pugh commemorating his bravery & sacrifice, does anyone know where this is please? Any info would be appreciated.

Ann Jones

F/O Albert Smith DFC 109, 427, 142 Squadrons

My father, F/O Albert Smith, flew with the 109 Squadron from July 1944 until November 1944. He flew with the 427 Squadron and the 142 Squadron before joining 109. He completed 89 missions before colliding with another Mosquito over Aachen, Germany on the night of 30th November 1944 on the way to Karlsruhe. He bailed out just behind enemy lines but walked into the American sector with the help of local farmers. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. We have his log book, flying jacket, and surprisingly, pieces of the plane which were recovered by a war time archeological group in Aachen.

Steve Smith

T/Sgt Leslie Coulton Goodhead 1473 Flight 11 FTS 109 Squadron 77 Squadron

My father served with 77 Squadron from 24/10/42 to 13/1/44, when he was discharged unfit for further service.

He joined the RFC as a boy, serving from 25/9/1917 to 26/4/19, training as a fitter. He re-enlisted 3/5/1921 to 1/2/1927 becoming an engine fitter and serving in Egypt and Aden. He was in E class reserve and was recalled to service 25/8/1939. He served in France 27/4/1940 to 17/6/1940, when he was able to get a ship to the UK from Brest.

Prior to 77 Sqdn. he served at 11 FTS, 109 Sqdn., Leuchars, and 1473 Flight.

He died in 1967. I have his service papers and a number of photographs from the 1920s of various subjects, plane crashes, Aden countryside, sports teams, etc.

Brian Goodhead

Leonard "Len" Gatrill DFC Pathfinder 109

Flight Lieutenant Len Gatril of 109 Pathfinder Squadron. RAF Little Staughton. DFC. Flew 63 Sorties and helped Bomb Dresdend. Landed Plane which was on fire after bailing his crew out safely.

Barry Stones

P/O. John Daniel Staincliffe Garratt DFC & BAR, DFM. 109 Sqn.

John Garratt served with 109 (Pathfinder) Sqn. as a navigator. He flew 88 missions. After the war he joined Rolls Royce and later worked at Aston Hall Hospital.

David Turner

Flt.Lt. James Arthur Neve DFC. 109 Squadron

My father James Arthur Neve DFC joined 109 Squadron at Little Staughton in March 1945. He was a navigator. He had already completed 28 operations in 1943-4 on Halifaxes with 51 Squadron at Snaith.

At 109 Squadron his pilot was F/O John McIntosh DFC and Bar. They completed 16 operations including targets at Bremen, Weimar, Berlin, Dessau, Paderborn and Eggebeck (the last operation of the war). They also took part in several missions for operation 'Manna' marking aiming points for dropping supplies to the Dutch. My father went on one operation on a Lancaster during Operation Dodge to Italy to bring back servicemen who could not return easily due to transport hold-ups.

My father's Authorisation of Release for Demobilisation was 3 November 1945 and his effective date of release was 6 January 1946. After the war he retrained as a teacher and ended up as the Headmaster of Sandhurst Primary School in Kent. He married Staff Nurse Eileen Stubbs in May 1947 having met her at a dance near Little Staughton in May 1945. Eileen was a nurse at The Royal Free Hospital in London and had been relocated with other nurses and patients to Arlesey in Bedfordshire after bombing damaged part of the Royal Free. They had a daughter, Hilary in 1948 and a son, James in 1957.

Jamie Neve

Herbert John "Bert" Pike Carpenter 109 & 627 Sqds.

Grandfather of Sarah Pike Ellis remained with the Squadron for the duration of the war.

J. Drummond

FO Alfred Edward Kitchen DFC 109 Sqd. (d.28th November 1944)

Alf was part of a two man Mosquito crew out of Little Staughton, Beds 109 Squadron (Pathfinders)

The aircraft developed problems and crashed. The pilot escaped but Alf was trapped and was killed. His body was washed ashore in 1945 and is buried at Kempen, Holland

Robert Brown

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