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No. 171 Squadron Royal Air Force

   No 171 Squadron was formed at Gatwick in June, 1942 as a tactical reconnaissance unit of Army Co-operation Command. It began operations in October 1942, flying along the coast of France. It was disbanded and its equipment was passed to No 430 Squadron RCAF.

in September 1944 Flight C of No 199 Squadron was detached and became No 171 Squadron at North Creake, in No 100 Group. No 171 was engaged in bomber support duties, dropping 'window' to foil enemy radar. The squadron was disbanded on 27th July 1945.

Airfields No. 171 Squadron flew from:

  • RAF Gatwick from 15th June 1942 (Army Co-operation Command. Tomahawks, Mustangs)
  • disbanded 31st December 1942
  • RAF North Creake, Norfolk from the 8th September 1944. (re-formed, Bomber Command. Stirling III, Halifax III)
  • disbanded 27th July 1945


26th Nov 1944 Halifax Lost

4th Dec 1944 Halifax Lost

9th Dec 1944 Halifax Lost

 Halifax Lost

4th March 1945 Halifax Lost

6th Jan 1945 Halifax Lost

7th March 1945 Halifax Lost

17th April 1945 Halifax Lost

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Those known to have served with

No. 171 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Cheese Alfred Charles. W/O (d.6th Jan 1945)
  • Loyer Wilfred Joseph. Sgt.
  • Maden Ronald. F/O. (d.6th Jan 1945)

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W/O Alfred Charles Cheese Air Bomber 171 Sqn (d.6th Jan 1945)

My great uncle Alf Cheese was an air bomber with 171 Squadron and went down with his crew on the 6th of January 1945 over Belgium where he and his crew were layed to rest in Ambly Communal Cemetery.

His plane was Halifax 111 NA687 6Y-A and his crew were:

  • F/Lt G Cox,Sgt
  • S R Fenwick,
  • F/O R Maden,
  • F/S A E Meekings,
  • W/O F E T Davy,
  • W/O2 C D Mison (RCAF) and
  • F/S C D C Farlie

W/O Davy was the specialist equipment operator and Alf was W/O A C Cheese and they flew out of North Creake but never to return. The poor crew were buried a total of three times; first after the crash then after the war as one of the crew was RCAF. They were all reburied as RCAF but then they were dug up and reburied where they are now at rest in Ambly.

In May 2010 I drove and found him and the crew in Belgium in a very lovely cemetery. Not long after the war my mother went to see him. His sister (my nan) is no longer with us but now with him and he still has a sister and brother living life but are to old to go and see him.

Tom Lewis

F/O. Ronald Maden 171 Squadron (d.6th Jan 1945)

My Uncle, Ronald Maden was killed in action with the rest of his crew on 6th of January 1945 after taking off from RAF North Creake in Norfolk. He flew first with 199 Squadron from RAF North Creake and then with 171 Squadron also from RAF North Creake.

John Maden

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