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No. 235 Squadron Royal Air Force



   No 235 Squadron was formed in August 1918 at the seaplane station at Newlyn, Cornwall for anti-submarine patrols. It disbanded in February 1919 .

No 235 re-formed in October 1939 at Manston as a fighter squadron, training on Battles in December. Equipped with Blenheims in February 1940, it was transferred to Coastal Command for fighter-reconnaissance duties. It flew patrols over Holland and in the Battle of Britain was engaged in convoy protection and reconnaissance missions over the North Sea.

In 1941 No 235 attacked enemy shipping, and moved to Scotland for operations along the Norwegian coast. It converted to Beaufighters in December 1941, moving to East Anglia in May 1942 for attacks off the Dutch coast, then returning to Scotland in January 1943. In August 1943, it patrolled the BAy of Biscay in support of anti-submarine aircraft and in June 1944 was re-equipped with Mosquitoes. It moved to Banff in September 1944, attacking enemy shipping off Norway and Denmark until the end of the war. It was disbanded in July 1945.

Airfields No. 235 Squadron flew from:

  • RAF Manston, Kent from the 30th October 1939 (re-formed)
  • to Coastal Command, 27th February 1940
  • RAF North Coates, Lincolnshire from 27th February 1940 (Blenheim I, Blenheim IVf)
  • RAF Bircham Newton, Norfolk from 25th April 1940 (Beaufighter Ic)
  • RAF Dyce, Aberdeenshire from 3rd June 1941
  • RAF Sumburgh, Shetland, March 1942
  • RAF Docking, Norfold from the 31st May 1942
  • RAF Chivenor, Devon from the 16th July 1942 (Beaufighter VIc)
  • RAF Leuchars, Fife, January 1943
  • RAF Sumburgh, Shetland, February 1943
  • RAF Leuchars, Fife, end of February 1943
  • RAF Portreath, Cornwall, August 1943 (Beaufighter X, Beaufighter XI, Mosquito VI)
  • RAF Banff, Aberdeenshire, September 1944
  • disbanded the 10th July 1945


 

26th June 1940 Aircraft Lost


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Those known to have served with

No. 235 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Gilmore John.
  • Davies William Charles. Cpl.
  • Graves Edward Arthur. Sergeant (d.30th August 1940)
  • Harrison Graham William. F/Lt. (d.20th April 1944)
  • Priestley John Sinclair. Pilot Officer (d.2nd August 1940)
  • Wilkinson William Alfred. Sgt. (d.5th Feb 1943)

The names on this list have been submitted by relatives, friends, neighbours and others who wish to remember them, if you have any names to add or any recollections or photos of those listed, please Add a Name to this List

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John Gilmore 235 Squadron

I have just aquired a letter dated 28 Feb. 1941 from my mother to my father, John Gilmore, addressed B Flight. 235 Squadron, R.A.F.Station Bircham Newton, Norfolk. They were about to get married. I just wondered what my father did there - is there any way of finding out? Like most people in the war years they never spoke about it. I know he wasn't a flyer.

Trevor Gilmore



Pilot Officer John Sinclair Priestley 235 Squadron (d.2nd August 1940)

Although I am not directly related I have been researching P/O Priestley:

PRIESTLEY, J.S. Pilot Officer, RNZAF. Pilot. 235 Sqn RAF. Died 30 Aug 40 Aged 27

Killed in crash of Bristol Blenheim Mk IVf, serial L9262, after take-off from RAF Bircham Newton to practice circuits. The aircraft spun into the ground at Barwick farm, Bagthorpe near the airfield at 11.15hrs killing both the crew. John Priestly, a New Zealander from Wellington, was buried with full military honours on 2 September 1940. The other crew member, Sgt. E.Graves was taken to his home town of Eastbourne for burial.

Mark Scott Priestley



Sergeant Edward Arthur Graves 235 Squadron (d.30th August 1940)

Graves, E A. Sergeant RAF. Died 30 August 1940.

Killed in crash of Bristol Blenheim Mk IVf, serial L9262, after take-off from RAF Bircham Newton to practice circuits. The aircraft spun into the ground at Barwick farm, Bagthorpe near the airfield at 11.15hrs killing both the crew. John Priestly, a New Zealander from Wellington, was buried with full military honours on 2 September 1940. The other crew member, Sgt. E.Graves was taken to his home town of Eastbourne for burial.

Mark Scott Priestley



Sgt. William Alfred Wilkinson 235 Squadron (d.5th Feb 1943)

My uncle, Billy Wilkinson, I know very little about. He, I think, was on a recce flight looking for one of the main German warships (Turpitz I think) when he and his pilot (Sgt. Barkham) went missing. I have only this one photo, that I can verify as my uncle - he looks very much like my late mother. I would, of course, like to know more but...

John Ferguson



F/Lt. Graham William Harrison AEA. 235 Squadron (d.20th April 1944)

Graham William Harrison's orignal grave

Later moved here

At Leuchars

My Father, Graham Harrison went down into sea about 20 miles north of Spanish Coast, his body was recovered by Spanish fisherman and buried in Inglis Cemetery in village of Sondika (right beside Bilbao Airport) on 6th June 1944. He was re-interred into CWGC in early 50's. The body of his Navigator, Sgt Jones, was not recovered although both were seen to escape the aircraft. An International distress signal was sent out by the other aircraft in the flight of 4 Beaufighters. German Inteligence from Madrid reported to Berlin of British aircraft down. A Spanish destroyer was tasked to look for them but didn't leave until the next day. Far too late as they both were in the water in their MayWests. The dingy had popped up but had blown away from them, probably both died shortly after the crash in such cold water.

Michael G Harrison



Cpl. William Charles "Davy" Davies MID. 235 Sqd.

I found this letter in Dad's keepsakes after he died. Dad did have lots of stories and lots of pilots would give him stuff before they took off on missions. He did say that he loaded bombs up to attack the Turpits in Norway. I know he spent some time in Canada near the end of the war.

"Looking for John Merrit Observer, 235 Beaufighter Sqd. Coastal Command mentioned Battle of Britain survived. He could well be the only one left of his unit. I sent him on many missions with a full tank of octain I am interested in perhaps is final mission from Solum vo Shetlands to the Norwegian cost line I knew many (I was perhaps the longest serving member of 235 squadron ) 645875 Davies W.C."

Alan Davies







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