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No. 141 Squadron Royal Air Force
No. 141 Squadron was formed in 1918 as a home defence unit in London, moving to Ireland in 1919, and disbanding in 1920.
In October 1939, No 141 re-formed at Turnhouse with Gladiators and Blenheims and in early 1940, Defiants. No 141's first operational patrol was June 1940. A maintenance flight was based at Biggin Hill; Hawkinge was the base for the Defiants. The squadron withdrew to Prestwick after its first engagement as the ineffectiveness of the Defiant against single-seat fighters became evident. In September 1940 a detachment was sent to southern England for night patrols, the whole squadron moving there in October.
In April 1941, No. 141 returned to Scotland where it converted to Beaufighters for the defence of central Scotland and north-east England. In June 1942 it moved to Tangmere for local defence and in February 1943 to south-west England where it began flying intruder missions over north-west France. At the end of April 1943, it was transferred to Wittering and began flying intruder sorties over German airfields in support of Bomber Command in June. Mosquitoes began to replace the Beaufighters in October and in December the Squadron joined No. 100 Group, sending aircraft with Bomber Command's main force to attack enemy night-fighters and their bases. This type of operation continued until the German surrender and on 7 September 1945 the Squadron was disbanded.
Airfields No. 141 Squadron flew from:
- RAF Turnhouse, Midlothian, from 4th October 1939 (re-formed. Gladiator I)
- RAF Grangemouth, Stirlingshire, from 19th October 1939 (Blenheim If)
- RAF Prestwick, Ayrshire, from 13th February 1940
- RAF Grangemouth, from 22nd February 1940 (Defiant I)
- RAF Turnhouse, from 28th June 1940
- RAF West Malling, Kent, from 11th July 1940
- RAF Prestwick, from 25th July 1940
- RAF Dyce, Aberdeenshire , from 22nd October 1940
- RAF Turnhouse from 30th October 1940
- RAF Drem, East Lothian, from 15th October 1940
- RAF Gatwick, Surrey, from 22nd October 1940
- RAF Gravesend, Kent, from 3rd November 1940
- RAF Ayr, Ayrshire, from 29th April 1941 (Beaufighter If)
- RAF Drem, from November 1941
- RAF Acklington, Northumberland, from 29th January 1942
- RAF Tangmere, Sussex, from 23rd June 1942
- RAF Ford, Sussex, from 19th August 1942
- RAF Predannack, Cornwall, from 18th February 1943
- RAF Wittering, Northamptonshire, from 30th April 1943 (Beaufighter VIf, Mosquito II)
- to Bomber Command, RAF West Raynham, Norfolk, 4th December 1943
- RAF Little Snoring, Norfolk, from 3rd July 1945
19th July 1940 Battle of Britain
26th Mar 1944 141 Squadron Mosquito lost
6th Jul 1944 141 Squadron Mosquito lost
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No. 141 Squadron Royal Air Force
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PO. Frederick Drummond Blower 141 Squadron (d.11th May 1943)Warrant Officer (658317) Frederick Drummond Blower was made Pilot Officer (146165) on 19th March 1943. He served in 141 Squadron. His death was registered in Peterborough, so it is likely that he died in the vicinity of his home airfield RAF Wittering. I do not know whether his death was due to enemy action or not.Alan Clegg
William Boylson DFC & Bar 7 Sqdn. (d.25th June 1944)I am trying to find out more about my great uncle, William `Bill' Boylson, DFC & Bar. He was Australian but flew with the RAF. He was with 7 Squadron and also 141 Squadron. He took off with Squadron Leader G. H. Wilson, DSO/DFC, from Upwood at 23.25 in a Mosquito XX on a night bombing run, and was intercepted by a night fighter at approximately 01.30am on the night of 24/25th June 1944, northwest of Berlin. Does anyone know him or G. H. Wilson?Michael Frank
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