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No. 627 Squadron Royal Air Force

   No 627 Squadron was formed from a nucleus from No 139 Squadron, at Oakington, on 12th November 1943. It flew Mosquito fighter-bombers was part of the Light Night Striking Force, 8 Group, Bomber Command. It performed night attacks on Germany and pathfinder duties, supplementing Bomber Command's major raids. In April 1944 it was transferred to 5 Group, moved to Woodhall Spa and carried out target marking, photographic reconnaissance, night raids and daylight operations.

It was renumbered No 109 Squadron on 1st October 1945.

Airfields No. 627 Squadron flew from:

  • RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire from 12th November 1943 (formed. Mosquito IV. 8 Group)
  • RAF Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire from 15th April 1944 (Mosquito XX, MOsquito XXV, Mosquito XVI. 5 Group)


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Those known to have served with

No. 627 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Beeching John Benjamin. W/O
  • Gibson Guy Penrose. Wing Cdr. (d.19th Sep 1944)
  • Gibson Guy Penrose. Wg. Cdr. (d.19 Sept 1944)
  • Pike Herbert John.

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W/O John Benjamin "Curly" Beeching 169 Squadron

I was stationed at Spitalgate being transferred from Cranwell in the early part of 1944. Both of these places were equipped with Blenheim Mark 1 and Mark IV twin enginged aircraft. I was a pilot being trained for night-fighters and these aircraft were considered to be a suitable transition, which, although fairly obsolescent, they were. Pilots stationed there were given a pretty thorough training, including Standard Beam Approach and 'Day-Night', a system using dark goggles simulating night flying. We were subsequently posted to a night-fighter Operational Training Unit, (OTU), either to Cranfield in Bedfordshire or Charter Hall in Scotland, where we did a further transition via Bristol Beauforts, Beaufighters and subsequently on to De Havilland Mosquitoes, before finishing up, generally, on a 100 Group, Bomber Command station somewhere in Norfolk. I was on 169 Squadron at Great Massingham, from where I flew my operations over Germany, but was transferred to Pathfinder Mosquitoes on 627 Squadron at war's end to engage in operations from Okinawa against the Japanese, but the atomic bombs knocked that on the head.

Spitalgate was a pretty good station, being built in peacetime with comfortable accommodation and messes; a far cry from most Bomber Command places rapidly established for war-time. About the only dramatic incident at Spitalgate which I can recall was having to land a Blenheim with one wheel fully retracted, due to a hydraulic failure, but apart from a bent propeller the aircraft wasn't very damaged at all. I was twenty years old when that happened and things like that during the war never even made the local paper ! Sic transit and all that. I regret I have no photos.

John Beeching

Wg. Cdr. Guy Penrose Gibson VC, DSO, DFC Pathfinder 627th Sqd. (d.19 Sept 1944)

109 Squadron is showing a Mosquito loss in 1944. In 1943 109 Sqn was merged to 627 Sqn. The loss of the Mosquito in 1944 you have is incorrect. The Mosquito loss in 1944 is one of the most famous and was September 18/19 1944. The Pilot Wing Commander Guy Gibson DFC DSO his navigator was Sqn Ldr Jim Warwick. They were on an operation as Pathfinder and Gibson was MASTER BOMBER when they crashed on the way home in Holland at Steenbergen where there is a memorial at the crash site and in a local park.

Jim Drummond

Herbert John "Bert" Pike Carpenter 109 & 627 Sqds.

Grandfather of Sarah Pike Ellis remained with the Squadron for the duration of the war.

J. Drummond

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