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No. 195 Squadron Royal Air Force

   No. 195 Squadron was formed at RAF Duxford on 16 November 1942 using Hawker Typhoon aircraft. After a long training phase the squadron became operational at RAF Ludham with the Typhoon operating offensive sorties and from the end of the year was involved with operations using the Typhoons as bombers. The squadron was disbanded at RAF Fairlop on 15 February 1944.

195 Squadron moved from Witchford to Wratting Common on the 13th November 1944 having re-formed as recently as 1 October 1944 from a nucleus of 'C' Flight of 115 Squadron. 195 Squadron, under the command of W/Cdr. D. H. Burnside DFC and Bar, consisted of three Flights: 'A' Flight, commanded by S/Ldr W. L. Farquharson DFC; 'B' Flight, under F/Lt. D. Ft. Forster; and 'C' Flight, which was not quite ready for operations, under S/Ldr. H. E. Prager DFC. Part of No. 3 Group it operated the Avro Lancaster in the heavy bomber role and operated from RAF Wratting Common until the end of the war in Europe. At the end of the European war the squadron was involved in supply drops over the Netherlands and transporting Prisoners of War to the UK from Germany and Italy. The squadron was disbanded for the final time on 14 August 1945.
Airfields No. 195 Squadron flew from:

  • RAF Witchford, Cambridgeshire from the 1st October 1944 (re-formed. Lancaster I, Lancaster III)
  • RAF Wratting Common, Cambridgeshire from the 13th November 1944
  • disbanded the 14th August 1945


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Those known to have served with

No. 195 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Gardner Ernest Rodney. F/Lt.
  • Whitcombe Sydney.

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Sydney Whitcombe DFC. 195 Squadron

My father Sydney Whitcombe did not talk much about his experiences of his service in the RAF. He was a navigator for the 195 Squadron and received the DFC for his bravery.

Interestingly enough he was at first a conscientious objector when war broke out, later joining the RAF having spent most of the initial years dragging bodies from bombed buildings in London. I have a photograph of him and some of his crew with their names but would love to find out more about anyone connected to the 195 squadron and any other photographs.

The names of the crew members were: Frank Wilcock (wireless operator) Len Parsons (bomber) ‘Paddy’ (air gunner) Stan Renaut (air gunner)

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