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No. 455 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force

   No 455 Squadron was formed at Williamtown, New South Wales on the 23rd of May 1941 and consisted of RAAF ground staff for a Wellington Bomber squadron. It established itself in Britain in No 5 Group Bomber Command in June 1941. Awaiting its Williamtown contingent, it was equipped with Hampdens in July and flew its first operational flight in late August 1941 against Frankfurt. It was the first Australian bomber squadron to form in Britain and was employed in both bombing and minelaying, attacking the German Fleet in 1942. No 455 was transferred to Coastal Command in April 1942 in a torpedo-bombing role. While with Coastal Command, it sent detachments to Skitten, Wick, Sumburgh, Vaenga in Russia, all between May 1942 and April 1944. No 455 was equipped with Beaufighters in October 1943 operating against German shipping off Norway and in the Baltic Sea until the end of the war. The squadron was disbanded on 25th May 1945

Airfields No. 455 Squadron flew from:
  • RAAF Williamtown NSW from the 23rd May 1941 (formed in Australia)
  • RAF Swinderby, Lincolnshire from the 6th of June 1941 (Hampden I)
  • RAF Wigsley, Nottinghamshire from the 8th of February 1942
  • RAF Leuchars, Fife from the 21st April 1942 (Coastal Command. Hampden I, Beaufort Ia, Beaufighter X)
  • RAF Langham, Norfolk from April 1944
  • RAF Dallachy, Caithness from the 19th of October 1944
  • disbanded the 25th May 1945


29th Aug 1941 Aircraft Lost

15th Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost

5th Nov 1941 Aircraft Lost

7th Nov 1941 Aircraft Lost

8th Nov 1941 455 Squadron Hampden lost

30th Nov 1941 Aircraft Lost

2nd Jan 1942 Aircraft Lost

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No. 455 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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Sgt. Maurice A. Jenkins 455 Sqn (d.6/7th Nov. 1941)

Maurice A Jenkins was a pilot with 455 Squadron.

Tony Gordon 455 Squadron

My father, Tony Gordon flew with Sgt M N Stokes in 455 Squadron and was also a POW from 7th of Nov 1945. I am trying to contact Sgt Stokes grandaughter, Tara Dickens. If anyone knows Tara can she please get in touch.

Drew Gordon

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