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No. 227 Squadron Royal Air Force

   No 227 Squadron was formed in April 1918 at Pizzone from part of No 67 Wing, based on three flights of the Caproni Squadron of the RNAS. It was never operational however, and disbanded in December 1918.

No 277 reappears as the number of a detachment of Beaufighters in the Middle East in June of 1942 which was amalgamated by September 1942 with Nos 76 and 462 Squadrons. Another detachment of Beaufighters of No 235 Squadron based at Luqa was designated No 227 Squadron in August 1942. It escorted Beauforts and attacked enemy shipping from Malta, then moved to Egypt and Libya for sweeps over the eastern Mediterranean in March 1943. It moved to Italy in August 1944, but was renumbered No 19 Squadron, South African Air Force in August 1944.

In October 1944 No 227 was re-formed at Bardney with Lancasters, taking part in bombing raids on Germany for the rest of the war. In May 1945 it helped to repatriate British ex-POWs. It disbanded in September 1945.

Airfields No. 227 Squadron flew from:

  • Luqa, Malta from 20th August 1942
  • RAF Bardney, Lincolnshire from 7th October 1944 (re-formed. Lancaster I, Lancaster III)
  • RAF Balderton, Nottinghamshire from 21st October 1944
  • RAF Strubby, Lincolnshire from 5th April 1945
  • RAF Graveley, Huntingdonshire from 8th June 1945


6th Nov 1941 Moves

6th Sept 1942 Convoy attacked

22nd Sept t1942 Mid-air collision

23rd Sept 1942  Aircraft Lost

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No. 227 Squadron Royal Air Force

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William Marquis 227 Squadron / 102 Squadron (d.1945/11/08)

I have been researching my family history and have obtained the personnel records for my half-brother William Marquis.

The record shows that he was assigned to 227 Squadron on 12th April 1945 after discharge and appointment to RAF VR. There is a further entry for 227 Squadron dated 18th June 1945 which is some 10 days after 227 Squadron either moved from RAF Strubby or was disbanded. The next entry is at RAF Snaith dated 17th September 1945 followed by what seems to be an entry for 102 Squadron dated 20th or possibly 26th September 1945. He was with 102 Squadron based at RAF Bassingbourn when he was killed on active service at Abington Piggotts on 08/11/1945 when his plane crashed shortly after take off.

I know it is a long shot but any information anyone may have on William would be appreciated.

Keith Marquis

Flt.Sgt. Edwin Stanley Power 227 Sqd.

Edwin Power served as a wireless operation, air gunner with 227, 252 & 272 Squadrons in Egypt at Idku, Malta at Takali and in Italy.

Brian Power

F/Sgt. Edwin Stanley Power 106 Squadron

My Father Flight Sgt Edwin Stanley Francis Power 755045 joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Air Crew Section in June 1939. He trained at Cranwell, Evanton in Scotland and Pembrey in Wales.

He was posted to 106 Sqdn in 1940 to March 1942. Based at Cottesmore & Finningley as an Air Gunner wireless op. He flew in Hampdens over Germany dropping leaflets. He took part in bombing of the invasion barges at Antwerp, mine laying and bombing of Mannheim and other cities. In March 1942 he was posted to Idku in Egypt with 227 and 252 Sqdn and flew in Halifaxes and Beaufighters. He was posted to 272 Beaufighter Sqdn based at Takali Airfield, Malta. During this time he was involved in various missions including shipping strikes, ground attacks in North Africa and attacking troop carrying planes. He was posted to Sicily and then returned to England. From Jan 1945 to November 1945 he was posted to 577 Sqdn Bomber Command Naval cooperation.

Brian Power

F/Lt. Frank Steadman 227 Squadron


Douglas Marwood 227 Sqd.

My late father Douglas Marwood was a crew member of stricken a RAF Lancaster bomber PB649.K that crash landed at Wick early in the morning of 22nd December 1944. The aircraft was badly damaged and losing fuel after a raid on Politz. The aircraft was based at RAF Balderton, Nottingham and belonged to 227 Squadron. The aircraft was guided back to Wick by a Scottish female controller and the plane landed, narrowly missing a torpedo dump. The aircraft was a write-off with no fatalities.

The crew spent 5 days at Wick and had a very enjoyable Christmas. In the words of a New Zealander pilot Mervyn Croker: "we were treated at a bit of a novelty at Wick and thoroughly spoilt". I wonder has anyone any information about these unexpected Christmas guests?

The crew consisted of:

  • Flying Officer M.R. Croker (NZ426913)
  • Sgt. V Mitchell
  • Flying Officer S.J. Pirt
  • Flight Sgt. D Marwood
  • Warrant Officer W.A. Henshaw (NZ181638)
  • SGT. J.P. Wilcox
  • Sgt. W.J Williams

Jennifer Godfrey

P/O. Richard Geytenbeck 227 Squadron

I met the son of an Australian pilot in 227 Sqn with the surname Geytenbeck or Geytenbeek and am trying to find information for him. The man I am searching for only served in the last period of the war (approximately Sep 1944 to July 1945) and flew out of Strubby for 5 operations. I believe his last operation was to Berchtesgarten. He did not die in the war and therefore his name does not appear on 'Honour Rolls'. I have also searched Autralian War Memorial site to no avail. Does anyone have any information?

Richard Chmielewski

W/O. J. J. "Paddy" Blanche 227 Squadron

Lancaster mid-upper gunner Paddy Blanche was from Northern Ireland. Having completed a tour of operations in N Africa, he joined 83 Pathfinder Squadron in 1944 before transferring in June 1944 to 617 (Dambusters) Squadron. Subsequently Paddy served in 227 squadron and was discharged on 12th December 1945. He died in London in the 1970s. Part of his service is recorded by Clayton Moore in his book Lancaster Valour

Sgt. Harry Monks 227 Sqd (d.6th Dec 1944)

Harry Monks was a flight engineer with 227 Squadron. He was killed in action with all his crew on a raid to Giessen, and is buried in Hanover War Cemetery.

V Leicester

Dennis Over 106 Sqdn.

I served in the wartime RAF as aircrew with bomber command, No. 5 group, 106 and 227 squadrons. We were based at Andreas IOM, Market Harborough, Wigsley, Swinderby, Metheringham, Balderton, Strubby and Gravelly.

Dennis Over

F/O. Edward Kimpton Whitechurch 227 Squadron (d.22nd Mar 1945)

Flying Officer (Pilot) Edward Whitechurch was the son of Edward Robert and Lucy Jane Whitechurch, husband of Myra Whitechurch of Mission Bay, Auckland, New Zealand. He was 28 years old when he died and is buried in the Mosevraa Churchyard in Denmark.

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