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No. 129 (Mysore) Squadron Royal Air Force

   No. 129 Squadron was first formed on the 1st of March 1918 at Duxford but was disbanded in July 1918, before becoming operational. On the 16th June 1941, No. 129 reformed at Leconfield as a fighter Squadron flying Spitfires. They provided escorts for day bombers and in December 1941 began taking part in offensive operations over France. In June 1943 the Squadron joined Second TAF, converting to Mustangs in April 1944 in preparation for their role in the D-Day Landings. Later that year they took on the role of intercepting flying bombs then moved to East Anglia to provide long-range escorts for Bomber Command's daylight raids. In June 1945 No. 129 moved to Norway with Spitfires, they returned to Britain in November and were renumbered to become No. 257 in Sept. 1946
Airfields No. 129 Squadron flew from.
  • Leconfield. 16th June 1941 to 29th Aug 1941
  • Westhampnett, Sussex. 29th Aug 1941 to 1st Nov 1941 & 22nd Dec 1941 to 6th Jul 1942
  • Debden, Essex. 1st Nov 1941 to 22nd Dec 1941
  • Thorney Island, Hampshire. 6th Jul 1942 to 25th Sep 1942
  • Grimsetter, Orkney. 25th Sep 1942 to 19th Jan 1943
  • Skeabrae, Orkney. 19th Jan 1943 to 13th Feb 1943
  • Ibsley, Hampshire. 13th Feb 1943 to 28th Feb 1943 & 13th Mar 1943 to 28th Jun 1943
  • Tangmere, Sussex. 28th Feb 1943 to 13th Mar 1943
  • Hornchurch, Essex. 28th Jun 1943 to 17 Jan 1944
  • Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. 17 Jan 1944 to 16th Mar 1944
  • Heston, Middlesex. 16th Mar 1944 to 30th Mar 1944
  • Llanbedr, Merioneth. 30th Mar 1944 to 3rd Apr 1944
  • Coolham, Sussex. 3rd Apr 1944 to 22 Jun 1944
  • Holmsley, South Hampshire. 22 Jun 1944 to 24th Jun 1944
  • Ford, Sussex. 24th Jun 1944 to 8th Jul 1944
  • Brenzett, Kent. 8th Jul 1944 to 11th Oct 1944
  • Andrew's Field, Essex. 11th Oct 1944 to 11 Dec 1944
  • Bentwaters, Suffolk. 11 Dec 1944 to 26th May 1945
  • Norway. June to Nov 1945.


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Those known to have served with

No. 129 (Mysore) Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Bowman Henry Cyril Francis. Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) (d.28 July 1942)
  • Buiskool H. F.. 2nd Lt. (d.13th Feb 1944)
  • Buiskool Henri Francis. P/O. (d.13th Feb 1944)
  • Hagan Samuel. T/Cpl.
  • MacDonald Charles Lloyd. PO (d.21st Sep 1941)
  • Waghorn Bryan Dickson. Sgt (d.28th Oct 1941)
  • Young Mervyn F.S.. F/Lt.

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Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) Henry Cyril Francis "Harry" Bowman DFC 129 Squadron (d.28 July 1942)

This is my Grandad. My grandmother was pregnant with my dad when my grandad died and therefore my dad never knew his dad and I never knew my grandad. I was wondering if there was anyone out there that served with him or is family of someone that served with him that could tell me anything about him

Update: His Father Rfn. Henry Frederick Bowman, the King's Royal Rifle Corps was killed in action in France, 23rd April, 1917. Henry was a member of Hertfordshire and Essex Flying Club.

Jane Thyrza Bowman

Sgt Bryan Dickson Waghorn 129 Squadron (d.28th Oct 1941)

Bryan Waghorn was the younger brother of Battle of Britain pilot Sgt Peter Waghorn. He flew the Spitfires of 129 squadron based at Westhampnett but unfortunately was lost over the English Channel on 28 October 1941, six months after his brother was killed flying his Hurricane in the defence of Malta. The brother's father, Harry Waghorn, had enlisted in the army in WW1, was commissioned and after being posted to Mesopotamia was transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in Egypt. The photo shows the pilots of 129 Squadron at Westhampnett, possibly in September of 1941, with one of their Spitfires behind them.

Ian Pursey

2nd Lt. H. F. Buiskool No. 129 Squadron    (d.13th Feb 1944)

On 13th February 1944 on a pratice formation flight in bad weather, a Spitfire aircraft flew into the top of a low hill near Peterhead killing 2nd Lt. Buiskool.

He was buried on 18th February 1944 at Old Churchyard, Peterhead (UK). His grave is now at Mill Hill, UK.

S Flynn

F/Lt. Mervyn F.S. Young 129 Sqn, 72 Sqn

Mervyn Young with 129 Sqn at RAF Ibsley in the summer of 1943

A good friend of mine was based at RAF Hornchurch in 1943 - Flt Lt Mervyn Young of 129 Sqn & later 72 Sqn in Italy & Europe. He flew Spitfire DV-R (Serial No MH384). Mervyn told me that he was inspired to become a fighter pilot after watching the Howard Hughes Movie Hells Angels about WW1 Fighter pilots. He said his flight commander ‘Wag’ Haw had the same thoughts after seeing the movie.

He flew many missions in Europe including Ram-rod missions in support of the daylight bombing raids, mostly B17’s including the famous Memphis Belle at one time. On one sortie his No 2 Sgt Carmichael was shot down & killed but in 2003 his aircraft was recovered & in Sept' 2003 Mervyn was among the memorial parade with full miltary honours for Sgt Carmichael; lost on a sortie over Belgium & located 60 years later, the fateful sortie was flown while Mervyn was based at RAF Hornchurch.

Sadly Mervyn passed away in March 2006, I enclose a photo taken at RAF Ibsley in his Spit' DV-R (MH384) complete with his mascot logo of Jiminy Cricket.

David Perry

T/Cpl. Samuel Hagan 129 Sqdn.

crew members of Squadron 129

I asked my father about what he did during the war and all he ever said was that he was a mechanic and worked on Spitfires. My father, Samuel Hagan was trained as fitter of engines at No.2 School of Technical Training. He served time as a mechanic at the maintenance unit before moving to 6129 Servicing Echelon associated with No.129 Squadron where the Spitfire picture was taken.

When my father passed at 98 he left me with a small shadow box that showed him sitting on the left wing 2nd from left on a Spitfire, along with 23 other crew members, a picture of him standing on a barrel working on a Spitfire, and his Squadron patch.

Richard Hagan

PO Charles Lloyd MacDonald 129 Sqdn. (d.21st Sep 1941)

At present we know that Charles MacDonald was shot down over France on 21st September 1941 and is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. My father, his brother named me after him and I am trying to locate pictures of either him and or the brave men he flew with. All that I have at present is a picture of the graveyard and his Mysore Medallion. I have just started this quest and would be very appreciative of any information.

Charles LLoyd MacDonald

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