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No. 521 Squadron Royal Air Force

   No 521 was formed from No 1401 Flight at Bircham Newton on 1st August 1942. It conducted meteorological duites over the North Sea and Europe using Hudsons and Blenheims over the North Sea and Spitfires and Mosquitoes over Europe. It used Gladiators for weather flights, measuring temperature and humidity from 40,000 ft down. On 31st March 1943 the squadron was divided into No 1401 and No 1409 (Met) Flights.

No 521 re-formed on 1st September 1943 at Docking, flying Hampdens, Hudsons, Gladiators, Venturas and Hurricanes. By the end of the war No 521 was flying only Fortresses. No 521 disbanded in Devon on 1st April 1946.

Airfields No. 521 Squadron flew from:

  • RAF Bircham Newton, Norfolk from 1st August 1942 (Blenheim IV, Spitfire V, Hudons III, Hudson V, Spitfire Va, Spitfire Vb, Mosquito IV, Gladiator II. disbanded the 31st of March 1943)
  • RAF Docking, Norfolk from 1st September 1943 (re-formed. Hudson III, Hampden I, Gladiator II, Spitfire IX, Ventura V, Hurricane IIc)
  • RAF Langham, Norfolk from 30th October 1944 (Fortress II)


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Those known to have served with

No. 521 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Workman Douglas Alfred. Flight Sergeant

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Flight Sergeant Douglas Alfred Workman 521 Squadron

My father was Flight Sergeant Douglas Alfred Workman of No 521 Squadron, Bircham Newton between 1941-1945. My father past away in 1960, of cancer of the nose and throat, he was 38 years old, I was 9 years old at the time. We think it was caused by his flying in the war years. I remember my father telling me stories about flying in the war but not in too much detail. My mother sadly passed away recently and I am now in possession of his logbook and pictures. Can anyone please put me in touch with someone from my father's squadron or an association through which I can find out more information

Paul Workman

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