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No. 635 Squadron Royal Air Force

   No. 635 Squadron was formed on the 20th March 1944 from "B" Flight of No 35 Squadron and "C" Flight of No 97 Squadron. The aircraft they flew were: Lancaster MkI, MkIII and Mk VI and operational trials of Lancaster Mk VI. The Squadron was disbanded 1st September 1945 Airfields at which No. 635 Squadron were based:
  • Downham Market. 20th March 1944 to 1st September 1945


22nd May 1944 635 Squadron Lancaster lost

30th Mar 1944 Aircraft Lost

31st Mar 1944 635 Squadron Lancaster lost

4th Jun 1944 Lancaster Lost

27th Aug 1944 635 Squadron Lancaster lost

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Those known to have served with

No. 635 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • James Leslie Stuart. F/Lt.
  • Jones John Hugh.
  • Mansbridge . Capt. (d.20th April 1944)
  • Newman Cecil. W/O
  • Pethard William. P/O (d.7th Jan 1945)
  • Riches Wilfred Cyril. Sqd.Ldr. (d.6th July 1944)
  • Westhorp Ronald Kenneth. F/Lt.
  • White G D. Flight Sgt

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Flight Sgt G D White MiD navigator 635 squadron

Flight Sgt G D White is still alive and the father of my friend. He was "mentioned in a despatch for distinguished service", he cannot recall what for, would anybody have any idea. He trained in Canada in 1941, went to 76 squadron and then to 635 squadron as a navigator. Any help or pointers would be appericated.

Neville Morrow

Sqd.Ldr. Wilfred Cyril Riches DFC & Bar 635 Squadron (d.6th July 1944)

My uncle Wilfred Riches served with the Pathfinders of 635 Squadron and was shot down during the raid on one of the 'doodlebug' sights in Northern France.

Mrs.Gillian Lloyd

P/O William Pethard 635 Squadron (d.7th Jan 1945)

These are photos of the 635 Squadron crew of the Lancaster who were on Pathfinder duties and who collided with another Lancaster of 405 squadron on the 7th of January 1915. The crew is photographed in July 1944, and Pilot Officer Bill Pethard is in the single photo. He was the best friend of my Dad, William Robert Kenrick, also RAF Far East

Jo Phleps

F/Lt. Leslie Stuart "Jimmy" James DFC. 635 Squadron.

My father, Flight Lieutenant Leslie S. James, was awarded the D.F.C on the 31st of October 1944. He has an excellent war record. As a Wireless Operator he became a Flight Lieutenant and he completed 66 operations from North Africa and England. Those in England being 33 with a Pathfinder crew on 635 Squadron.

I am one of four children, me being the eldest daughter, and three brothers, who are all so very proud of his achievement, and who we will always miss. My mother's name was Vera and they had a very special lifetime together. So glad I have been able to add to this information.

Linda Korte

John Hugh Jones 635 Squadron

My Grandfather John Hugh Jones served in the RAF as an Armourer in 635 Squadron in 1944. My grandfather has just turned 90 in May of this year and I am looking for something really special as a gift for him, and dont honestly know where to start looking for a special plaque or print of Downham Market. I can get photographs of Lancasters etc but would like something a bit more personal if anyone has any ideas or can be of any help it would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.

Sarah Louise Bullock

W/O Cecil Newman DFC 50 Sqd.

My Uncle, Cecil Newman, was a rear gunner with 50 and 635 squadrons, he was decorated with the D.F.C. He survived the war but passed away several years ago whilst living in Marsden near South Shields. Any information and further contacts would be gratefully received.

Vaughn Dearling

Capt. Mansbridge 635 Squadron (d.20th April 1944)

Since two years, I have been interested by the Railways Ottingies station bombing in Belgium on April 20th, 1944. I also find out the crash of the Lancaster III ND 826 F2-W with the crew of Captain Mansbridge. I succeeded to identify the crash location close to Ottignies : Bois des chauweres; we collected small aircraft fragments but not enough for a complete identification. That is why, I look for further information about the crash: Flak or nightfighter; how was the impact ?; description of the impact etc. I have contact with the niece of the pilot navigator Cruywys. Are there other family relatives of the crew members? Is it possible to collect "souvenirs" document about the crash announcement? The aim of this search is to implement a video film and to organize together with the town authorities a monument in honour of the crew pilot heroes. It is important to get fragments with real identification.

Alain Libert

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