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No. 342 (Lorraine) Squadron Royal Air Force

   No 342 Squadron (Groupe Lorraine) was formed at West Raynham on the 7th April 1943 from members of the Free French air unit, Groupe de Bombardement No 1, Escadrilles Metz (Flight A) and Nancy (Flight B), transferred from Palestine. Equipped with Bostons, it flew daylight raids on northern France from the 12th of June 1943. It flew low-level missions in the Pas-de-Calais in early 1944, and was part of an interdiction campaign that isolated the Normandy area from the rest of France in advance of the Normandy landings. Both day and night missions were flown against communications targets until the Squadron moved to France in October 1944. Moving to the Netherlands in early April 1945 with Mitchells, No 342 was engaged in tactical bombing from 9th April until 2nd May.
On December 1945, No 342 was transferred back to the Armée de l'Air.

Airfields No. 342 Squadron flew from:
  • RAF West Raynham, Norfolk from formation on the 7th April 1943 (Boston III, Boston IIIa)
  • RAF Sculthorpe, Norfold from the 15th May 1943
  • to 2TAF June 1943
  • RAF Hartford Bridge, Essex from June 1943 (Boston IIIa, Boston IV)
  • France from October 1944


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Those known to have served with

No. 342 (Lorraine) Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Gramont Gabriel Armand. (d.10th April 1943)

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Gabriel Armand Gramont 342 Squadron (d.10th April 1943)

Gabriel Garmont died in a Flying Training accident, after 342 Squadron formed up at West Raynham. His plane spun whilst trying to land at RAF Great Massingham. He is buried in Queens Road Cemetery, Fakenham. He was a member of one of Frances oldest and most noble families, the Dukes of Gramont, that has links to Charles I.

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