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No. 192 Squadron Royal Air Force


Airfields at which 192 Squadron were based:

  • Gransden Lodge. Jan - April 1943
  • Feltwell. April - Nov 1943
  • Foulsham. Nov 1943 onwards


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No. 192 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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Sdq. Ldr John Crotch DFC. 192 Squadron

I have a photograph of 192 Squadron given to me some years ago by my late friend John Herbert Crotch then serving in Foulsham. It was taken the very day the squadron was moved to Watton. If you are interested I can scan it and send it to you. Regards

Mano Arsenyadis

John Leonard Goode 192 Squadron

I wish that I had known about this site a few years ago when my dad, John Goode, was still alive. He would have loved to chat. He contacted his 192 squadron pilot Archie Gilmour in Australia and we had communicated with Geoff Start when he was researching his uncle's (192 squadron crew) family tree. Geoff has most of the information that I had available; Log Book, memories that he'd written down and a few photos. I think there was even a picture of his Halifax bomber before they painted out the 'Virgins Prayer' Cockrel.

Peter Goode

Tech Sgt. Ray Sidney Pearson 192 Squadron

My brother and I were in Coventry during the Blitz in 1940 and 1941. Ray joined the RAF in 1941 and after training in Terrill Texas and Ontario Canada qualified as Air Bomber. He actually passed as a pilot but developed a phobia about flying the aircraft so did extra training to be an air bomber. He arrived to 424 Squadron at Topcliffe and took part in approximate 19 raids including 'gardening- laying mines' until Mar 5th 1943 when he reported sick with a painful lump in the groin. He had an operation for a hernia and was off flying until April 21st. When he returned from leave he found that 424 Squadron had left for North Africa and No 1659 Heavy Conversion Unit had arrived At Topcliffe.

Ray then did a mad thing, he volunteered for the secret 192 Squadron at Feltwell (see Espionage in the Ether by W and J Rees). These guys did all sort of things with RADAR and Wireless some of which involved arriving over the target before the bomber streams and hanging about after the raid had finished. Rays career at flying finished after the raid on Hamburg 27th July 1943 when the German defences were baffled by the anti Radar action with 'Window' and misdirection of their fighters by wireless and Hamburg was destroyed. It was Ray's last raid of his tour and he refused to fly any more. He was transferred to the Royal Signals. After the war he went to reunions and one of his comrades told me 'They should have given him a medal, not thrown him out. He brought the plane back three times'. And this was inspite of his phobia about flying the aircraft! A condition not unknown in commercial flying.

Derek Pearson

harold stanley wigley 24/O.T.U

I am looking at my fathers' log book dated from 20th Feb 43 - 10th Oct 45. his squadron # 192 was on a 30 year secrecy, which of course has now expired. The entries for Honeybourne date aircraft pilot duty 12.3.43 s whitley f/lt. thomas air gunner 13.3.43 x whitley sgt cass air gunner 13.3.43 q whitley f/lt thomas air gunner 14.3.43 p whitley s/l king air gunner 18.3.43 r whitley f/lt thomas air gunner 21.3.43 r whitley f/lt thomas air gunner 22.3.43 s whitley sgt cass air gunner If you have any further information on this squadron and my fathers' stay would be appreciated. I do have a photo of his crew members if you are interested. Thank you for your time.

Suzelle Beavan

Frederick James Young 192 Squadron

My Father Frederick James Young passed away in 2004 having kept many of his WW2 memories to himself. However I do have his flying log book detailing his training in Lethbridge, Alberta (April to June 1943) and his subsequent time with 192 Squadron (Special Duty Operations) based at Foulsham (April to October 1944) where he served as an Air Bomber. He completed his tour of operations (40 1/2 operational sorties) flying Wellingtons with F/Lt Dixon on 21st October 1944.

Clifford Young

F/Sgt Donald Cromar DFM. 192 squadron (d.3rd Jan 1944)

My great uncle Donald Cromar got his DFM whilst with 192 squadron having flown 191 hours over 28 sorties. His citation states:-

This Flight Engineer has completed 28 sorties and his energy, cheerfulness and understanding of his aircraft has been of the highest order throughout. His keenness to enter on operational flying is outstanding and Cromar seems happiest when flak is bursting near his aircraft, and on other occasions when the element of danger is great. This spirit has had a tremendously good effect on the morale of the remainder of the crew. The care and interest that he takes in his aircraft, whether it is on the ground or in the air, has always been of an exceptionally high standard and has been an inspiring influence to the ground maintenance personnel as well as giving added confidence to his aircrew. 20th August 1943

Remarks by Station Commander:- An exceptionally keen and courageous N.C.O. who is held in high esteem by his crew and also by the ground crew for his constant cheerfulness and personal interest in his aircraft. Award recommended.

He moved to 83 squadron in Oct or Nov 1943. He along with all his crew members were killed on their way back from a raid on Berlin on the 3rd of January 1944.

Graham Bassett

F/O. Edouard Raizenne 192 Squadron

Flying Officer Edouard Raizenne flew with 192 Squadron. I am looking for imformation on him, and his missions. We know he made 40 missions.

Andre Raizenne Quesnel

P/O. Edmund Pius Fernbank DFC. 192 Squadron

My father, Wing Commander E.P.M. Fernbank DFC was acting C.O. OF 192 Sqd. I have photographs of the squadron reunion in the 1950's, of his crew, and of the reunion with Professor Jones in the 1980's.

Christine Fernbank

F/Sgt. Bertie Edward Hilling 192 Squadron

Bertie Hilling flew as a Navigator with 192 Squadron from RAF Foulsham

Judith Hilling

Recomended Reading.

Available at discounted prices.

Espionage in the Ether - the Wartime Story of Electronic Intelligence and Radio Countermeasures Carried Out By 192 Bomber Support Squadron

William J Rees & John E Rees


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