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No. 226 Squadron Royal Air Force



   No 226 Squadron started as No 6 Wing, RNAS, in Otranto, Italy to combat submarine activity in the Adriatic and Mediterranean. With the formation of the RAF in April 1918, units were reorganised into squadrons and No 226 was based in Taranto, doing anti-submarine patrols, reconnaissance of the coasts and bombing Austrian submarine bases. In December 1918, it was disbanded in Taranto.

No 223 was re-formed in March 1937 at Upper Heyford under the RAF Expansion Scheme. In September 1939 it landed at Rheims as part of No 72 Wing of the Advanced Air Striking Force (AASF) attempting to delay the German advance through Belgium and France. It withdrew to England in June 1940, and from July was based in Northern Ireland, sharing with No 88 Squadron dawn and dusk patrols along the coast of Northern Ireland.

In May 1941 No 226 moved to Wattisham, converting to Blenheims and engaged in anti-shipping operations against fringe targets in north-west Europe. In the summer of 1942 No 226 was joined at Swanton Morley by the 15th Bombardment Squadron of the USA Eighth Air Force. In the summer of 1943 the squadron converted to Mitchells and took part in pre-invasion attacks on northern France and Noball sites in the Pas de Calais. After D-Day it closely supported the advancing Allied armies, and from October 1944 was based on the continent.

Airfields No. 226 Squadron flew from:

  • AASF Reims-Champagne, France from the 3rd of September 1939 (72 Wing. Battle I)
  • AASF Faux-Villecerf from 16th May 1940 (76 Wing)
  • AASF Artins from 1st June 1940
  • to Coastal Command from the 16th June 1940
  • RAF Thirsk from 18th June 1940
  • RAF Sydenham from 27th June 1941
  • RAF Wattisham, Norfolk from the 26th May 1941(ex-Coastal Command. Blenheim IV, Boston III, Boston IIIa)
  • RAF Swanton Morley, Norfolk from the 9th December 1941 (Mitchell II)
  • RAF Hartfordbridge from 13th February 1944
  • B.50 Vitry-en-Artois from 17th October 1945
  • B.77 Gilze-Rijen from 22nd April 1945


 

10th May 1940 226 Squadron Battle lost

11th May 1940 Aircraft Lost

14th May 1940 226 Squadron Battle lost

14th May 1940 226 Squadron Battle lost

14th May 1940 226 Squadron Battle lost

16th May 1940 226 Squadron Battle lost

16th May 1940 226 Squadron Battle lost

16th May 1940 226 Squadron Battle lost

16th May 1940 226 Squadron Battle lost

21st May 1940 226 Squadron Battle lost

13th Jun 1940 Aircraft Lost

14th Jun 1940 226 Squadron Battle lost

15th June 1940 Souge airfield abandoned

3rd Jun 1941 Aircraft Lost

19th Jun 1941 Aircraft Lost

2nd Jul 1941 226 Squadron Blenheim lost

2nd Jul 1941 Aircraft Lost

4th Jul 1941 226 Squadron Blenheim lost

4th Jul 1941 Aircraft Lost

6th Jul 1941 Aircraft Lost

10th Aug 1941 Aircraft Lost

12th Aug 1941 Aircraft Lost

26th Aug 1941 Aircraft Lost

27th Aug 1941 Aircraft Lost

28th Aug 1941 226 Squadron Blenheim lost

28th Aug 1941 Aircraft Lost

7th Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost

20th Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost

3rd Oct 1941 Aircraft Lost

15th Oct 1941 Aircraft Lost

7th Nov 1941 Aircraft Lost

27th Apr 1942 226 Squadron Battle lost

19th Aug 1942 226 Squadron Boston lost

19th Aug 1942 226 Squadron Boston lost

19th Aug 1942 226 Squadron Boston lost

19th Aug 1942 226 Squadron Boston lost

19th Aug 1942 226 Squadron Boston lost

22nd Sep 1942 226 Squadron Boston lost

22nd Sep 1942 226 Squadron Boston lost


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No. 226 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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Sgt. S. J. Roache 226 Squadron (d.3rd Feb 1943)

Sgt Roache was killed in Boston mk 3, z2261 on the 3rd of February 1943 whilst serving with 226 Squadron. His grave Sidcup Cemetery Kent,is in very poor condition, I have tried to contact cwgc, but had no luck so far.

Mike Digby



C. Toppings 226 Sqdn.

My great uncle C. Toppings (WO/AG) who was Canadian, and Australian pilot V. Smith along with British bomb aimer S. Burdon were shot down by navy flak on an anti-shipping strike on 26th August 1941 off the coast of Holland. Their plane was Blenheim No. 27305 was stationed at Wattisham.

Bill Houle



V. Smith 226 Sqdn.

Australian pilot V. Smith, Canadian C. Toppings (WO/AG) along with British bomb aimer S. Burdon were shot down by navy flak on an anti-shipping strike on 26th August 1941 off the coast of Holland. Their plane was Blenheim No. 27305 was stationed at Wattisham.




Sgt. Stanley Burdon 226 Sqdn. (d.26th August 1941)

British Bomb Aimer Stanley Burdon, Australian pilot V. Smith and Canadian C. Toppings (WO/AG) were shot down by navy flak on an anti-shipping strike on 26th August 1941 off the coast of Holland. Their plane was Blenheim No. 27305 was stationed at Wattisham.




S/Ldr John Marchbank "Jimmy" Betts DFC,AFC 226 squadron

Jimmy Betts served with 226 & 88 Squadrons.

John Betts







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