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No. 640 Squadron Royal Air Force

   No 640 Squadron was formed from C Flight of No 158 Squadron, at Leconfield, on 7th January 1944. It flew Halifaxes as part of 4 Group, Bomber Command until disbanding 7th May 1945.

Airfields No. 640 Squadron flew from:
  • RAF Leconfield, Yorkshire from 7th January 1944 (formed. Halifax III, Halifax VI)
  • disbanded 7th May 1945


16th Feb 1944 Halifax Lost

30th Mar 1944 Aircraft Lost

28th Jun 1944 Aircraft Lost

12th Sep 1944 640 Squadron Halifax lost

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Those known to have served with

No. 640 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Dawson Tom. Flt Sgt (d.31st March 1944)
  • Jaques Ronald Thornley. Flt Sgt. (d.18 Apr 1945)
  • Kearney Robert. Sgt. (d.24th Dec 1944)
  • Lishman Archibald Rowan. Sgt. (d.18th May 1945)
  • Stendel Francis Ernest.

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Flt Sgt. Ronald Thornley " " Jaques Wireless Operator (d.18 Apr 1945)

Ronald Thornley Jaques was my cousin and I am trying to find out more information about him as I have only a vague recollection of him, being only 5 when war broke out. I have found his memorial at Runnymede via the Internet whilst researching family history. I can still recall seeing him in his RAF uniform with his Wireless Operator "flash" over his left pocket. I do not know date of his enlistment but he volunteered before his time due to the sad ending of his relationship with his girlfriend. He was the only child of Joseph and Millicent Jaques and his father in particular never recovered from his loss.

Alan Thornley Jaques

Francis Ernest Stendel 640 Sqd

My Uncle Frank served with 640 squadron with the following people:-
  • Fl/Lt John Skinner - Pilot
  • Fl/Sgt Peter Tannen - Navigator
  • Fl/Sgt Jack Masters - Wireless Operator
  • Fl/Sgt Bertram Wright - Bomb Aimer
  • Fl/Sergt Bill Hasial - M.U. Gunner
  • Frank Stendel - Rear Gunner
We were told that they landed badly on returning to England and Frank was out of action the next time the crew took off. I have found records to say that the Halifax crashed at Boutigny sur Opton on 2nd/3rd June 1944 and that John Skinner was killed. Bert Wright, Peter Tannen and Jack masters were POWs. Cannot find anything about Bill Hasial. Frank never recovered from the fact that he wasn't with them as he was the oldest member of the crew. If anyone has any information about any of the crew members I would love to hear from them.


Sgt. Archibald Rowan Lishman 640 Squadron (d.18th May 1945)

Archibald Lishman was born in Jarrow in 1921. He was the son of Thomas B. and Elizabeth Ann Lishman (nee Rowan) of Keighley and husband of Catherine Lishman (nee McKeown) of 210 Hope Street, Jarrow.

He is buried in Hamburg Cemetery and is commemorated on the WW2 Roll of Honour Plaque in the entrance of Jarrow Town Hall.

Vin Mullen

Sgt. Robert Kearney 640 Squadron (d.24th Dec 1944)

Robert Kearney was the husband of Mary Kearney of West Douglas. He is buried in the Bandon (St. Patrick) Catholic Churchyard in Bandon, Co. Cork, Ireland.

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