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RAF - No. 214 Squadron
10/05/1940 - 30/06/1940

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214 SQUADRON - Bomber, Vickers Wellington
Bomber Command, 3 Group

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For the greater part of the Second World War the squadron served in No. 3 Group and during that time flew many missions against naval and industrial targets in Fortress Europe and played an active part in Gardening or minelaying operations.

Beginning operations with Wellingtons in June 1940, it was given Stirlings in the early part of 1942 and continued with these until January 1944, when its tour of duty with No. 3 Group ended. Transferred to No.100 (Bomber Support) Group, it was subsequently re-equipped with American Flying Fortress aircraft and employed until May 1945, on radio counter-measures, i.e. the detection and jamming of enemy radio and radar equipment.

Stradishall: Feb 1940-Jan 1942

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

06/06/1940: ?, UK. 1 Plane lost, 5 KIA
08/06/1940: ?, UK. 1 KIA or DOW
14-15/06/1940: Black Forest, D

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

Pilot Officer (Air Gnr.) John D. Hargreaves, RAF 77035, 214 Sqdn., age 20, 04/04/1940, West Row Baptist Churchyard, UK
Flying Officer (Pilot) Herome A. Innes, RAF 40227, DFC, 214 Sqdn., age 27, 04/04/1940, West Row Baptist Churchyard, UK
Sergeant (Obs.) Robert M. Nelson, RAF 580853, 214 Sqdn., age 22, 04/04/1940, Bathgate Cemetery, UK

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06/06/1940: ?, UK

Vickers Wellington
Serial number: ?, HU-?
Operation: ?
Lost: 06/06/1940
Flying Officer (Pilot) John F. Nicholson, RAF 70501, 214 Sqdn., age 22, 06/06/1940, Stradishall (St. Margaret) Churchyard, UK
Sergeant (Obs.) Augustine D.F. O'Driscoll, RAF 580123, 214 Sqdn., age 30, 06/06/1940, Plymouth (Weston Mill) Cemetery, UK
Leading Aircraftman Maurice Pelling, RAFVR 749447, 214 Sqdn., age unknown, 06/06/1940, Portslade Cemetery, UK
Sergeant (W. Op.) Bernard Raper, RAF 548176, 214 Sqdn., age unknown, 06/06/1940, Liverpool (Ford) Roman Catholic Cemetery, UK
Sergeant (Air Gnr) Ernest A. Revell, RAF 514831, 214 Sqdn., 06/06/1940, age unknown, Sutton Cemetery, UK

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08/06/1940: ?, UK

Sergeant (Pilot) Peter F. Kay, RAFVR 742168, 214 Sqdn., age 20, 08/06/1940, Hengoed (St. Barnabas) Cemetery, UK

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14-15/06/1940: Black Forest, D

2 Wellingtons bombed, with incendiary bombs, part of Black Forest east of line Oberkirch-Geubach.

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214 (Federated Malay States) Squadron (click advertisement away)
Air of Authority - 214 Squadron
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database
Bail-outs for 1940
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Lost Bombers (no info on 214 Sqdn.)
RAF Bomber Command - 214 Squadron
RAF - Campaign Diary - The Battle of France (May-June 1940)
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

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

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R James 'Avenging in the shadows' (Abington 1989; reprinted 2006)
Christopher Jary 'Portrait of a bomber pilot' (Sidney Jary 1990)
Chris Ward '214 Squadron' (Bomber Command Profile no. 71)

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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
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 214 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