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RAF - No. 204 Squadron
10/05/1940 - 30/06/1940

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204 SQUADRON - Bomber, Short Sunderland
Coastal Command

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In June 1939, the squadron began to receive Sunderlands and following the outbreak of war the squadron began patrols of the English Channel and Western Approaches. When Germany invaded Norway in April 1940 and British forces were sent to support the Norwegians, the squadron was moved to Sullom Voe to patrol the North Sea and Norwegian coast.

The squadron remained in the Shetlands after the withdrawal of British forces and the collapse of Norway, but in April 1941 it moved to Reykjavik in Iceland. However, its stay in Iceland was brief and in July it was sent to Gibraltar and the following month, even further south to Gambia in West Africa, where it remained for the rest of the war, disbanding on 30 June 1945.

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

21/06/1940: Shadowing duty, Norway

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Fatalities 01/01/1940 - 09/05/1940 (incomplete)

Sunderland I
Serial Number: L5799, KG-D
Operation: Reconnaissance
Lost: 08/04/1940
Flight Lieutenant Robert P.A. Harrison, RAF 37599, 204 Sqdn., age 23, 08/04/1940, missing.
Pilot Officer Ronald F. Hoskins, RAF 43152, 204 Sqdn., age 27, 08/04/1940, missing.
Leading Aircraftman Albert F. Roberts, RAF 522093, 204 Sqdn., age 25, 08/04/1940, missing
Leading Aircraftman Dennis S. Lloyd, RAF 547593, 204 Sqdn., age 19, 08/04/1940, missing
Aircraftman 1st Class Bernard V.H. Bulmer, RAF 569834, 204 Sqdn., age 20, 08/04/1940, missing.
Aircraftman 1st Class Charles A. Hughes, RAF 333908, 204 Sqdn., age 38, 08/04/1940, missing
Aircraftman 1st Class Leonard J. Fowell, RAF 622095, 204 Sqdn., age 20, 08/04/1940, missing.
Aircraftman 2nd Class Herbert Harrott, RAF 618068, 204 Sqdn., age unknown, 08/04/1940, missing.
Aircraftman 2nd Class William H.U. Dolley, RAF 648552, 204 Sqdn., age 18, 08/04/1940, missing.
Took off 10.30 hrs from Sullom Voe, tasked with a recce mission off the coast of Norway. the Sunderland failed to return after signalling an ETA 30 minutes before it was due to start the return leg and was shot down in a running dogfight with a Heinkel 111 of 1(F)./122 and crashed into the sea west of Bergen, Norway. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

Sources: CWGC; Ross McNeill, Coastal Command Losses of the Second World War, Volume 1 (1939-1941)

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21/06/1940: Shadowing duty, Norway

Sqdn Ldr Thomas in F/204 N9046 and Flt Lt. Phillips in A/204 N9028 were on shadowing duty escorted by 254 Squadron Blenheims from Sumburgh. Unfortunately the Blenheims peeled off to attack a Do 18 and then left for Base, leaving the Sunderland's on their own.

Later on Me109's attacked and after one went down into the sea in flames A/204 returned to Base with holed fuel tanks and the Rear Turret out of action.

Source: Halley, Famous Maritime Squadrons of the RAF, via Alex Smart, TOCH Forum)

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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

The War in France and Flanders, 1939-1940, by Major L.F. Ellis, 1954

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Peter D. Cornwell, The Battle of France, Then and Now, 2008
Ross McNeill, Coastal Command Losses of the Second World War, Volume 1 (1939-1941), Midland publishing, 2003. ISBN: 1 85780 128 8

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This page is dedicated to the men of 204 Squadron.

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