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No. 120 Squadron Royal Air Force



12th May 1943 Turning Point

16th Oct 1943 Aircraft Lost

17th Oct 1943 U-Boat Attack

10th June 1945 Transfers to Transport Command


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Those known to have served with

No. 120 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Alvey Raymond Henry. Sgt. (d.22nd Nov 1942)
  • Alvey Raymond Henry. Sgt. (d.22nd Nov 1942)

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Sgt. Raymond Henry Alvey 144 Sqdn. (d.22nd Nov 1942)

Raymond Alvey was my mother's younger brother. He was in the RAF Volunteer Reserve and was called up in September 1939. He served in Coastal Command with 120, 489 and 144 squadrons as a wireless operator/air gunner. He was on an operation over the Norwegian coast in a Handley Page Hampden, when he was shot down and reported 'missing believed killed in action'. Raymond's father (my grandfather) George Alvey spent a lot of time trying to find out the details but to no avail. Later research suggests that his body was probably recovered by the Germans and buried at sea, although this is not confirmed. Raymond's fellow crew members were Sqn Ldr John Richard Darbyshire Hird, Sgt Davidson William Hepplewhite and Sgt Robert John Coles.

Raymond wrote detailed diaries of his three years of service. I also have his father's correspondence with the Air Ministry and Red Cross when he was trying to find out what had happened and where Raymond and the other crew members might have been buried. (It seems likely that they were buried at sea by the Germans). There is a commemorative plaque near the site of the crash and the crew are also commemorated at Runnymede.

I am intending to write a biography of my uncle, based on the above sources, operations record books etc, and would be pleased to receive any information that might be relevant. I would particularly like to hear from descendants of the other crew members, and from those who might have served in 144 squadron at RAF Leuchars in November 1942, or in 489 squadron earlier that year.

David Venner



Sgt. Raymond Henry "Bill" Alvey 144 Squadron (d.22nd Nov 1942)

Raymond and unknown crew

Raymond and unknown crew

Raymond Alvey was my mother's brother. He served in Coastal Command, firstly with 120 Sqn, then with 489 Sqn and finally (and very briefly) with 144 Sqn. His final flight, on 22 November 1942, left RAF Wick for a nuisance bombing raid over the coast of Norway north of Stavanger. Their Hampden was shot down on Karmoy Island. All four crew were killed.

  • The pilot was Sqn Ldr John Hird,
  • the navigator/bomb aimer was Sgt Davidson Hepplewhite,
  • and the wireless operator/air gunners were Sgt Robert Coles and my uncle.

Raymond Alvey wrote detailed diaries of his three years of service. I also have his father's correspondence with the Air Ministry and Red Cross when he was trying to find out what had happened and where Raymond and the other crew members might have been buried. (It seems likely that they were buried at sea by the Germans). There is a commemorative plaque near the site of the crash and the crew are also commemorated at Runnymede.

I am intending to write a biography of my uncle, based on the above sources, operations record books etc, and would be pleased to receive any information that might be relevant. I would particularly like to hear from descendants of the other crew members, and from those who might have served in 144 squadron at RAF Leuchars in November 1942, or in 489 squadron earlier that year.

David Venner







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