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No. 157 Squadron Royal Air Force

   No 157 Squadron was formed as a ground attack unit in July 1918, and disbanded in February 1919. It reformed at Debden on 13th December 1941, receiving Mosquitoes in January 1942 and becoming the first Mosquito night fighter squadron. No 157 patrolled East Anglia and in July 1943 Mosquito VI fighter bombers were added, taking part in intruder missions over France and the Netherlands. In November 1943 the squadron performed similar duties from Cornwal, and in 1944 did defensive patrols over the Irish Sea. In May 1944 it joined No 100 Group, providing support for heavy bombers over Germany by flying sweeps in search of enemy night fighters. No 157 was disbanded in August 1945.

Airfields No. 157 Squadron flew from:
  • RAF Debden, Essex from 13th December 1941
  • RAF Castle Camps, Essex from 18th December 1941 (Mosquito II)
  • RAF Bradwell Bay, Essex from the 15th March 1943
  • RAF Hunsdon, Hertfordshire from 13th May 19443
  • RAF Predannack, Cornwall from the 9th November 1943
  • RAF Valley, Anglesey from the 26th March 1944 (to Bomber command 7th May 1944)
  • RAF Swannington, Norfolk from 7th May 1944 (Mosquito XIX)
  • RAF West Malling, Kent from 21st July 1944 (detached for anti-Diver operations)
  • RAF Swannington from 28th August 1944 (Mosquito NF30)
  • disbanded 16th August 1945


27th April 1942 Sacking of Norwich

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Those known to have served with

No. 157 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Ashcroft Alfred Edward David. F/Lt (d.6th Oct 1944)
  • Astley Sydney. Fl.Lt./Pilot

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F/Lt Alfred Edward David Ashcroft 157 Squadron (d.6th Oct 1944)

F/Lt Navigator Alfred E. D. Ashcroft, was killed in an air-crash with a Mosquito NF.MkXIX, serial number 678 of 157 Squadron, X1D: RS-A . His pilot William Vale was also killed. They were airborne at 1805 6 Oct 1944 from Swannington Airfield in support of the Main Force Dortmund operation.

Although the crash-site is unknown, my mother was a witness: it happened in Belgium, in the village of Drieslinter, Province: Vlaams-Brabant,at approximately 5 miles of the city Tienan (Tirlemont in French). I am looking for a photo of him and contact with any family members for the VVF Tienen Heritage Association.

Marc Lambeets

Fl.Lt./Pilot Sydney Astley 157 Sqdn.

Syd Astley was a Mosquito pilot night flyer. He died in 2012.

Janet Vaughan

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