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No. 619 Squadron Royal Air Force

   No 619 Squadron was formed at Woodhall Spa on 18th April 1943 from a nucleus of three crews from No 97 Squadron. Equipped with Lancasters, the squadron was operational by 11th June 1943 as a heavy bomber squadron with 5 Group Bomber Command for the duration of the war. This included targets in Dusseldorf, the SS barracks at Berchtesgaden and the Oslo Fjord. It ferried ex-POWs from Belgium to Britain (Operation Exodus). No 619 was disbanded on 18th July 1945.

Airfields No. 619 Squadron flew from:
  • RAF Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire from 18th April 1943 (formed. Lancaster I, Lancaster III)
  • RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire from 9th January 1944
  • RAF Dunholme Lodge, Lincolnshire from 17th April 1944
  • RAF Strubby, Lincolnshire from 28th September 1944
  • RAF Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire from 30th June 1945
  • disbanded 19th July 1945


3rd Dec 1943 619 Squadron Lancaster lost

12th Apr 1944 619 Squadron Lancaster lost

19th Jul 1944 619 Squadron Lancaster lost

8th Mar 1945 619 Squadron Lancaster lost

If you can provide any additional information, please add it here.

Those known to have served with

No. 619 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Archibald William. Sgt. (d.27th November 1943)
  • Cook Charles Smith. F/Sgt. (d.27th Nov 1943)
  • Cook Charles Smith. Sgt. (d.27th November 1943)
  • Davies Lionel Henry. F.O. Sargent
  • Day Alfred. F/O (d.6th January 1944)
  • Edwards Thomas. Sgt.
  • Fowler Joseph Arthur. F/Sgt (d.27th November 1943)
  • Fullwood T H. Sergeant
  • Hesketh Harold Thomas. Flying Officer (d.8th Feb 1945)
  • Hesketh Haronl. Flying Officer (d.8th February 1945)
  • Hudson R A. Flying Officer
  • Kellett John. F/O (d.27th November 1943)
  • Kilburn Herbert Edward. Sgt. (d.31st Aug 1943)
  • Lynch Martin John. Sgt. (d.27th November 1943)
  • MacDonald J L. Flight Sergeant (d.8th February 1945)
  • Marsh M M. Flight Sergeant
  • Mather Roy. F/Lt
  • Moyle J F E. Flight Sergeant
  • Rayment Ronald David. F/Lt (d.27th November 1943)
  • Reid Matthew William. F/Sgt.
  • Richards John Thomas. F/Sgt (d.27th November 1943)
  • Ricketts Frederick James. F/O. (d.21st Mar 1945)
  • St Leger A C. Sergeant (d.8th February 1945)
  • Stephenson George.

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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Flying Officer Haronl Hesketh 619 Squadron (d.8th February 1945)

I am the widow of F/O/Harold Hesketh, he did not come back from his sortie 8.2.1945 flying with 619 squadron. I came to Australia with his son and I stayed here. It is so sad, so many brave boys. I have been in touch with a relative of 2 of his crew. If anyone knew him I would love to hear from you. Wishing who ever reads this all the best. His crew was: * F/O H.T.Hesketh RAAF * Sgt T.H.Fullwood * F/O R.A.Hudson * F/S J.F.E.Moyle RCAF * Sgt A.C.St.Leger * F/S J.L.MacDonald RCAF * F/S M.M.Marsh

Joan Vlietman

Flying Officer Harold Thomas Hesketh (d.8th Feb 1945)

My husband was F/O Harry Hesketh, he did not come home from a sortie. I worked at Rolls Royce in the payroll, where we met.

Joan Vlietman

Sgt. Thomas Edwards flt. eng. 619 Squadron

My Father's Crew were:
  • F/lt Holmes F.
  • Sgt Edwards T (my Dad)
  • F/Sgt Kennedy A. O.
  • F/O Stringer A.
  • F/O Cunningham J.
  • F/O Cunningham L.
  • P/O James or Jones S.
They joined 619 squadron 18th Apr 1945 from 1654 HCU. I can find no records of them from that time to end of war. Does anyone have any more information?

Pat Edwards

F/Sgt. Matthew William Reid 619 Sqn.

I am afraid I do not have a story to give as Dad, Matthew Reid spoke very little of the war. What he tell me was that he had great friends, a great crew, and flew on a beautiful aircraft. I do know that some of the crew were South African. I have his log book and knew that he flew all missions with Lt (later Capt) Meter with the exception of one mission - Operation Dresden, where he flew with a F/Lt Willets. He flew 28 missions in total. He was with 1654 HCU from 26 Jun 44 - 20 Aug 44; No5 LFS 01 Sep 44 - 17 Sep 44; 619 Sqn from 17 Sep 44 - 26 May 45; and 617 Sqn from 26 May 45 - 20 Jul 45. That is all the information I have.

Heather Landry

F/O. Frederick James Ricketts DFM. 619 Squadron (d.21st Mar 1945)

Flying Officer Frederick James Ricketts DFM, served with 619 Squadron, Royal Air Force. He died age 23 on the 21st March 1945. He had been awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal.

Frederick was born in Jarrow 1921, the son of Henry George and Edith Beatrice Ricketts (nee Fraser) of Benwell Newcastle. He is commemorated on the WW2 Roll of Honour Plaque in the entrance of Jarrow Town Hall and is buried in Hanover War Cemetery.

Vin Mullen

Sgt. Herbert Edward Kilburn 619 Squadron (d.31st Aug 1943)

Herbert Edward Kilburn was my 1st Cousin once removed. He joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve which accounted for 95% of Lancaster Bomber crews by 1943. He was a Sergeant in 619 Squadron stationed at Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire. This Squadron was formed in 1943 by merging several other squadrons, and was in No. 5 Group of Bomber Command. In 23 months Squadron 619 lost 85 aircraft and 600 men. Sadly Herbert's Lancaster Bomber was shot down above Hanover in Germany on 31st August 1943. He is buried in a War Graves Cemetery in Hanover, Germany.

Susan Stone

George Stephenson 619 Sqdn.

George Stephenson was a navigator who survived the war. He may have been with 619, 617 or 83 Squadrons. We know he was at Woodhall and at Wyton. He completed his service, we believe, as a navigator instructor, possibly in Canada. If you have any information about George please contact me.

Des Evans

F/Sgt. Charles Smith "Chick" Cook 617 Sqdn. (d.27th Nov 1943)

I am looking for any members of 617 and 619 Squadrons who remember my uncle, Charles Smith Cook. He was often called "Chick" or because of his boxing, the "brown bomber". My father told me that that sometime between 1940 and 1943 there was a photo of Charlies' crew and the Lancaster printed in an Edinburgh newspaper. They were standing in front of the plane along with the Lord Provost of Edinburgh. I would love to hear from anyone that has memories of my uncle or any of the families of his fellow crew members listed below. If anyone could be kind enough to find the photo I have mentioned I would be so grateful. I'd like to be able to show it to my father, Charlies' brother.

DV381 619Sqdn Lancaster BI PG-B Took off ofr Berlin from Woodhall Spa at 17:22 on the 26th of November 1943. Believed to have crashed into the sea.

  • Pilot F/Lt Ronald David Rayment 50657 V. Buried in Becklingen War Cemetery.
  • F.Engr Sgt Martin John Lynch 904871 V. Buried in Becklingen War Cemetery.
  • Nav F/O John Kellett 129552 V. Commemorated on the Royal Air Forces Memorial, Runnymede.
  • B/Aim Sgt William Archibald 1344176 V. Commemorated on the Royal Air Forces Memorial, Runnymede.
  • W/Op F/Sgt John Thomas Richards 1271196 V. Commemorated on the Royal Air Forces Memorial, Runnymede. Panel 138
  • AG F/SgtCharles Smith Cook 1351535 V. Commemorated on the Royal Air Forces Memorial, Runnymede.Panel 135
  • AG F/Sgt Joseph Arthur Fowler 1394170 V. Commemorated on the Royal Air Forces Memorial, Runnymede. Panel 136

Tricia Cook-Bosnell

F/Sgt Joseph Arthur Fowler 619 Sqdn. (d.27th November 1943)

Lost during the Berlin campaign. DV381 619 Sqdn. PG-B Op. Lancaster BI.

F/Sgt John Thomas Richards 619 Sqdn. (d.27th November 1943)

Lost during the Berlin campaign. DV381 619 Sqdn. PG-B Op. Lancaster BI.

Sgt. Charles Smith Cook 619 Sqdn. (d.27th November 1943)

Lost during the Berlin campaign. DV381 619 Sqdn. PG-B Op. Lancaster BI.

F/O John Kellett 619 Sqdn. (d.27th November 1943)

Lost during the Berlin campaign. DV381 619 Sqdn. PG-B Op. Lancaster BI.

Sgt. William Archibald 619 Sqdn. (d.27th November 1943)

Lost during the Berlin campaign. DV381 619 Sqdn. PG-B Op. Lancaster BI.

Sgt. Martin John Lynch 619 Sqdn. (d.27th November 1943)

Lost during the Berlin campaign. DV381 619 Sqdn. PG-B Op. Lancaster BI.

F/Lt Ronald David Rayment 619 Sqdn. (d.27th November 1943)

Lost during the Berlin campaign. DV381 619 Sqdn. PG-B Op. Lancaster BI.

F/O Alfred Day 619 Sqdn. (d.6th January 1944)

Does anyone have any photos of 619 Squadron predating 6th January 1944? My relative, F/O Alfred Day was pilot of this flight: ED586 - I - EM-F Ebert and crashed near the target, all d, Stettin 6.1.44. He died along with six members of the crew.


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