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No. 219 Squadron Royal Air Force
No. 219 Squadron were formed at Catterick in October 1939 flying Blenheims. They converted to Beaufighters in October 1940 and from February 1944 flew Mosquitos.
Airfields at which No. 219 Squadron were based:
- Catterick. 4th Oct 1939 to 12 Oct 1940 & 25 Apr 1943 14 May 1945
- Redhill 12 Oct 1940 to 12 Dec 1940.
- Tangmere. 12 Dec 1940 to 23 June 1942.
- Acklington. 23 June 1942 to 21 Oct 1942
- Scorton 21 Oct 1942 to 25 Apr 1943
- Bone 14 May 1945 to ?
- Sidi Amor. ? to 27 Feb 1944
- Woodvale 27 Feb 1944 to 15 Mar 1944
- Honiley 15 Mar 1944 to 1 Apr 1944
- Bradwell Bay. 1 Apr 1944 to 29 Aug 1944
- Hunsdon. 29 Aug 1944 to 10 Oct 1944
- Amiens, B48. from 10 Oct 1944
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Those known to have served with
No. 219 Squadron Royal Air Force
during the Second World War 1939-1945.
- Holtrop Hilbrand Gerrit . F/O. (d.10th Jun 1944)
- Mills Kenneth Freeman. F/Lt.
- Reynolds Frederick Thomas. F/Lt. (d.6th Mar 1945)
- Smee James. (d.8th May 1942)
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F/Lt. Frederick Thomas "Eric" Reynolds 65 Squadron (d.6th Mar 1945)Flight Lieutenant Frederick Thomas Reynolds joined the R.A.F.V.R. in 1938, his original Service Number was 742592, This changed to 86373 on or around 29th September 1940 when he was promoted to 'Pilot Officer' (on probation) Ref 'London Gazette No 34986 Tuesday 5th November 1940'. He served in RAF No 65 Squadron and we know from a letter to his family he was stationed in with them at RAF Turnhouse near Edinburgh in the period August-November 1940. We also know from another letter he was with RAF Squadron 256 stationed February - March 1941 at Colerne near Chippenham, he flew Hurricanes at this time, and that he was involved in the defence of Liverpool. His sister (my mother) says she knew he destroyed a German aircraft in this period but we have no details, she also recalls he crashed his aircraft on Rhyl Beach but again we have no details.
In 1944/45 he was with 219 Squadron flying Mosquito NF30's under Wing Commander Peter Green based at Amiens-Glisy in France and he is recorded as destroying a Messerschmitt Me110 on night of 1-2 January 1945. He was killed when his Mosquito crashed in flames in the town of Amiens (eye witness account) on 6th March 1945. This was officially recorded as an Aircraft Accident but we do not know the cause or any details.Peter L. Young
F/Lt. Kenneth Freeman Mills DFC 219 SquadronKenneth Freeman Mills DFC served in Bristol Blenheims, later converting to Bristol Beaufighters in 219 Squadron based at RAF Tangmere. He flew over 36 sorties and was involved in destroying a Heinkel He III. He then moved on to 264 Squadron flying Mosquitos from RAF Colerne, Wiltshire and RAF Predannack, Cornwall.Peter H Mills
James Smee 219 Sqdn. (d.8th May 1942)My uncle was killed in air crash at Tangmere while in 219 Sqdn. in 1942 any information or photos around that time would be appreciated.
Update: The only fatal crash between the dates 7-8 May 1942 was: Beaufighter R2267. Pilot 1380996 Sergeant James Kenneth Smee, age 20. Son of Mr John Smee and Mrs Valetta Smee of Mayfield, New South Wales, Australia. Buried in Hayes and Harlington Cemetery. AI Operator 926261 Sergeant Claude Stanley Bassett, age 22. Son of Mr Arthur Henry Cash Bassett and Mrs Gertrude Alice Bassett of Ropley, Hampshire, England. Buried in Hillingdon and Uxbridge Cemetery. They were flying Night Fighter Duty on Search Light co-operation and took-off from Tangmere 8 May 1942 0005 hrs and crashed 0359 hrs.Ken Smee
F/O. Hilbrand Gerrit Holtrop 219 Squadron (d.10th Jun 1944)Hilbrand Holtrop was a Dutch airman serving with 219 Squadron based at RAf Bradwell Bay.
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