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No. 620 Squadron Royal Air Force
No 619 Squadron was formed at Chedburgh from C Flight of No 214 Squadron, on 17 June 1943. It was a heavy bomber squadron with 3 Group Bomber Command, equipped with the Short Stirling, and carrying out night bombing missions until 19th November 1943. It moved to Leicester East to become an airborne forces squadron, training in glider-towing and supply drops, including operations over France dropping supplies to resistance forces from February 1944. Early on D-Day, the squadron dropped paratroops near Caen. No 619 resupplied ground forces, towed gliders and dropped paratroops from 1st Airborne. In January 1945 tactical bombing operations were flown against major German target, and troops were flown to Norway in May to disarm German occupational forces.
On 1st September 1946 the squadron moved to Palestine and was re-numbered No 113 Squadron.
Airfields No. 620 Squadron flew from:
- RAF Chedburgh, Suffolk from 17th June 1943 (formed. Stirling I, Stirling III)
- RAF Leicester East, Leicestershire from 23rd November 1943 (Bomber Command)
- RAF Leicester East from 22nd November 1943 (Fighter Command)
- RAF Fairford, Gloscestershire from 18th March 1944
- RAF Great Dunmow, Essex from 18th August 1944 (Stirling IV, Halifax VII)
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Those known to have served with
No. 620 Squadron Royal Air Force
during the Second World War 1939-1945.
- Andrews Frank.
- Finn Michael Joseph Thomas. Flt.Sgt. (d.6th Sep 1943)
- Giles Bernard Robert. Sgt. (d.6th Sep 1943)
- Jones Frederick Arthur. Sgt. (d.6th Sep 1943)
- Quayle Peter Geoffrey. P/O (d.6th Sep 1943)
- Smith Cecil Henry. LAC
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LAC Cecil Henry "Charlie" Smith 620 SquadronLeading Aircraftsman Cecil Henry Smith, known as Charlie enlisted in 1940 and trained at RAF Padgate. He served in various bomber squadrons as an engine fitter and from June 1943 served in 620 Squadron as an engine fitter, being part of the ground crew for Stirling marks I to IV, notably Stirling S for Sugar. He was demobbed in September 1945Terry Smith
Frank "Andy" Andrews 620 SquadronFrank Andrews served as a wireless op/air gunner.Tony Andrews
Flt.Sgt. Michael Joseph Thomas Finn 620 Squadron (d.6th Sep 1943)Flight Sergeant (Wireless Operator)Michael Finn was the Son of Patrick and Anne Finn of Holme-next-the Sea, Norfolk. He was aged 21 when he died and is buried in the Altdorf Protestant Cemetery in Germany.s flynn
Sgt. Bernard Robert Giles 620 Squadron (d.6th Sep 1943)Sergeant (Air Gunner) Bernard Giles was the Son of Charles Bernard and Alice Giles, husband of Margery Lillian Rose Giles of Catford, London. He was 31 years old when he died and is buried in the Altdorf Protestant Cemetery in Germany.s flynn
Sgt. Frederick Arthur Jones 620 Squadron (d.6th Sep 1943)Sergeant (Flight Engineer) Frederick Jones was the son of Walter Stamford Jones and Emily Jones. He is buried in the Altdorf Protestant Cemetery in Germany.s flynn
P/O Peter Geoffrey Quayle 620 Squadron (d.6th Sep 1943)Pilot Officer (Pilot) Peter Quayle was the son of Herbert Ernest and Myra May Quayle of Cleveleys, Lancashire. He was aged 20 when he died and is buried in the Protestant Cemetery in Germany.s flynn
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