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RAF - No. 106 Squadron
10/05/1940 - 30/06/1940

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106 SQUADRON - Bomber, Handley Page Hampden

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At the outbreak of the Second World War the squadron was flying Hampdens with No. 5 Group, and until early 1941 had a training role. It then reverted to front-line status and began regular night bombing operations against Fortress Europe.

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Operations and losses 10/05/1940 - 30/06/1940
Not all operations listed; those with fatal losses are.

24/05/1940: cross-country flight, UK. 1 Plane lost, 3 KIA

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24/05/1940: cross-country flight, UK

Type: Handley Page Hampden
Serial number: P1336, ?-?
Operation: cross-country flight, UK
Lost: 24/05/1940
Sergeant (Obs.) John Raymond Collingham, RAF 564603, 106 Sqdn., age 25, 24/05/1940, Coventry (London Road) Cemetery, UK
Aircraftman 1st Class Sydney E. Firth, RAF 615843, 106 Sqdn., age 35, 24/05/1940, Maghull (St. Andrew) Churchyard, UK
Pilot Officer (Pilot) James M.D. Irvine, RAF , 106 Sqdn., age 21, 24/05/1940, Coventry (London Road) Cemetery, UK
Collided with a balloon cable in Coventry while on a cross-country flight.

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Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Lost Bombers
Military crashes in the South Midlands, 1940
Royal Air Force - 106 Squadron
RAF History - Bomber Command
RAF Museum: British Military Aviation in 1940
RAF Order of Battle, France, 10th May 1940
Royal Air Force History Section
The Royal Air Force, 1939-1945
The Second World War - a day by day account

War over Holland


H Besley 'Pilot-Prisoner-Survivor' (Darling Downs Institute Press 1986)
N Starkey 'A Lancaster Pilots impression on Germany' (1943-44)
Bill Knaggs 'The easy trip'
W Thompson 'Lancaster to Berlin'
Chris Ward '106 Squadron' (Bomber Command Profile no. 38)
L Wheatley 'An Erksome War' (Merlin 1991)


Air Aces
Airwar over Denmark
Allied World War II Casualties in the Netherlands
Armée de l'Air - Order of Battle, 10th May 1940
Australian Wargraves
Axis History Factbook
De Belgen in Engeland 1940-1945 (in Dutch)
Belgian Aviation History Association Archaeological Team
British Aircraft Directory
British Aviation Archaeological Council - Books and research links
Canada's Air Force History
HMS Cavalier
Ciel de Gloire (in French) RAF Squadrons
CWGC Cemeteries Germany
CWGC Cemeteries Netherlands
Czechoslovak airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
Danish WW2 Pilots

Dutch Pilots in RAF Squadrons
Eagles Squadrons (American pilots in the RAF)
Håkans aviation page (from Sweden, in English)
'High flight', poem by John Gillespie Magee
An Irish Airman Foresees His Death, poem by W.B. Yeats
Jagdgeschwader 27 (in German)
Luchtoorlog ('Arial War', in Dutch, with many photos)
Land Forces of Britain, the Empire and Commonwealth
The Luftwaffe, 1933-1945
Luftwaffe and Allied Air Forces Discussion Forum
The National Ex-Prisoners of War Association
Nordic Aviation during WW2 aircraft of WW2
Polish Air Force 1940-1947 Operations Record Books
RAF Battle of Britain
RAF Upwood
De Slag om de Grebbeberg
Warbird Alley
War over Holland
World War II Aircraft wrecksites in Norway
The Lancastershire Aircraft Investigation Team
Luftfahrt-Archäologie in Schleswig Holstein (in German)
North East Diary 1939-1945
Wartime Leicester and Leicestershire

The Aerodrome - Aces and Aircraft of World War 1
WW1 Cemeteries

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This page is dedicated to the men of 106 Squadron.

© Bart FM Droog / Rottend Staal Online 2008. Permission granted for use of the data gathered here for non commercial purposes, if this source is mentioned with a link to