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No. 626 Squadron Royal Air Force

   No 625 Squadron was formed from 'C' flight of No 12 Squadron, at Wickenby, on 7th November 1943. It flew Lancasters in a strategic bombing role until April 1945. After a short period of dropping food to the Dutch, POW repatriation flights and transporting troops from Italy back to Britain, it disbanded 14th October 1945.

Airfields No. 626 Squadron flew from:
  • RAF Wickenby, Lincolnshire from 7th November 1943 (formed. Lancaster I, Lancaster III)
  • disbanded 14th October 1945.


26th Nov 1943 Aircraft Lost

27th Nov 1943 Aircraft Lost

29th Nov 1943 Aircraft Lost

2nd Jan 1944 Aircraft Lost

25th Apr 1944 Aircraft Lost

3rd May 1944 Aircraft Lost

20th July 1944 Bomber Command

20th July 1944 Bomber Command

13th Sep 1944 626 Squadron Lancaster lost

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

Those known to have served with

No. 626 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Dartnell. Fred
  • Bennet. R C. P/O.
  • Bennett. R. J.. P/O
  • Binder Hector. W/O
  • Bishop. Tommy P.. F/S
  • Bock Earl William. Flt.Sgt. (d.22nd Oct 1944)
  • Bowditch Brian. Sergeant
  • Cassidy Jim. F/O
  • Clarke. Robert. P/O
  • Colles. J. W. L.. Sgt
  • Craddock Ronald Gerrard. Flt.Sgt. (d.24th Apr 1944)
  • Cruickshank William. Sgt
  • Currie. Jack. P/O
  • Drew. Harry. F/O
  • Dwyer. Pat.
  • Edgeworth Bob. Sergeant
  • Fairbairn. Charlie. Sgt
  • Goodall Arthur Manley. FltSgt (d.14th Jan 1944)
  • Goodkey Leonard. P/O
  • Gregory. George.
  • Hames. Denis Charles. Sgt
  • Hewitt Gordon Hedley.
  • Hodgson Arthur. F/S
  • Hutchinson Jack Pierce. F/O
  • Landells. Les.
  • Lanham Charlie Wesley. P/O
  • Luke. Albert George. Sgt (d.2nd Dec 1943)
  • Macey Ken. F/S
  • Macey. Kenneth Joseph. F/Sgt. (d.25th Feb 1944)
  • Martindale. Eric.
  • McLaughlin Benjamin Edward. F/Lt.
  • Neeson. John. Andrew
  • Newman. William Howe. F/O
  • Rees E T M . P/O
  • Storey. Albert.
  • Street. Leslie Charles John. Sgt (d.2nd Dec 1943)
  • Threadgold. . Boris
  • Turgoose Ernest .
  • VanHal. Henrui Antonius. Sgt (d.2nd Dec 1943)
  • White Thomas. Sergeant (d.1st July 1944)
  • Wilkinson. John. F/O (d.31st Jan 1944)
  • Wood G H . F/Sgt
  • Young Peter Henry Wilson. F/O

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Sergeant Thomas White 626 Squadron (d.1st July 1944)

Thomas White was in 626 Squadron of the Royal Air Force, service no 925205 and flew the Lancaster bomber for Bomber Command. He was a Sergeant (Flt. Engineer). On the 30 June/1 July 1944 (quote from RAF) "118 Lancasters of No: 1 Group attacked railway yards at the small town of Vierzon, south of Orleans and bombed with great accuracy, a success for No: 1 Group's own marking flight. 11 Lancasters were lost, nearly 12% of the force". Tom was shot down over France and killed on 1 July 1944. He is commemorated at Theillay Communal Cemetery, Loire et Cher, France.

He had covered a certain amount of flights but due to the shortage of pilots was given extra flights to do and it was on this final flight that he got shot down and killed.

Rachel Merritt

Gordon Hedley Hewitt DFC 626 Squadron

My father was a pilot of a Lancaster bomber during WW2. He served with 626 Squadron out of Lincolnshire. His name was Gordon Hedley Hewitt, DFC. It is sad for me to say, but he passed away in 2006. The plane he flew was nicknamed the Pony Express. He was a born in New Zealand and trained here and in Canada before joining the RNZAF in 1939. His number was NZ415225.

Stephen Hewitt

F/O Jack Pierce Hutchinson DFC 626 Squadron

On 24/25 February 1944 Lancaster ll797 of 626 Squadron from Wickenby was brought down over Marsal France on the way to bomb Schweinfurt. This was to be the 30th operation of their first tour.

The crew were:

  • F/O Jack Pierce Hutchinson DFC RAAF (Pilot)
  • F/O Peter Henry Wilson Young (Air Bomber)
  • P/O Leonard Goodkey RCAF
  • F/S Arthur Hodgson
  • F/S Ken Macey
  • Sgt Bob Edgeworth
  • W/O Hector Binder RCAF
  • and second pilot Sgt Brian Bowditch.

    I believe an issue of the Wickenby Register from around 2002 contains a report about this crew. If anybody should have a copy of this, or any information at all about the crew and the circumstances of their crash, I would be very pleased to hear from them.

  • A Varten

    Ernest Turgoose 626 Sqd.

    My wife's late grandfather, Ernie Turgoose, volunteered and entered the RAF in 1939/40, aged approx 35. He was in Groundcrew throughout WW2, in the UK. I believe he ended the war at Wickenby, I saw his squadron photo taken in front of a Lanc, which I believe was shot there when was he with 626 Squadron. My wife recalls him saying he was also at Honiley (Warwickshire) which is our 'local' airfield. He may also have been at Honeybourne (Worcs). Does anyone remember him or know anything more about his service?

    Richard Pratt

    Flt.Sgt. Ronald Gerrard Craddock 626 Sqd. (d.24th Apr 1944)

    Flt Sgt Ronald Gerrard Craddock was a W-Op/Air Gunner, on Lancaster ED424, lost April 24th, 1944 returning from mission over Karlsruhe. His wife, my late aunt Vera Craddock nee Davidson was in the Airforce also stationed at Wickenby and was on duty on that night. Their daughter, my cousin Joy was born in November 1944. I am investigating my family history and would be grateful for any info.

    Keith Oliver

    FltSgt Arthur Manley "Buster" Goodall 626 Squadron (d.14th Jan 1944)

    Arthur M. Goodall is my great uncle. He served in WWII in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a bomb aimer and was killed on January 14 1944, when the Lancaster was shot down at Halderstadt, Germany. Five other crew members also lost their lives, and I believe there was one crew member who survived.

    Brandi Goodall

    P/O. R C Bennet. 626 Sqd.

    My father, Pilot Officer Bennet R.C. served at Wickenby from April to August 1944 on 626 Squadron.

    Robert Bennett

    Sgt Albert George Luke. 626Sqd. (d.2nd Dec 1943)

    Rear Gnr. Albert Lake was killed on 2nd December 1943 flying with 626 sqd.

    Sgt Leslie Charles John Street. 626 Sqd. (d.2nd Dec 1943)

    Nav. Leslie Street was killed on 2nd December 1943 with 626 Sqn

    Sgt Henrui Antonius VanHal. 626 Sqd. (d.2nd Dec 1943)

    Flt Eng. Henrui Van Hal was killed on 2nd December 1943 flying with 626 Sqn

    F/O John Wilkinson. 626Sqd. (d.31st Jan 1944)

    Mid Upper Gnr. John Wilkinson was killed on 31st Jan 1944

    Flt.Sgt. Earl William Bock 626 Squadron (d.22nd Oct 1944)

    Flight Sergeant Earl William Bock served as a Lancaster rear gunner with 626 Squadron. He died age 21, when his severely damaged Lancaster barely made it back to England, and crashed on return.

    Art Osborne

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