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RAF - No. 605 Squadron
10/05/1940 - 30/06/1940

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605 SQUADRON - Fighter, Hawker Hurricane Mk I

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On 1 January 1939 No 605 was redesignated a fighter squadron and re-equipped with Gladiators. Hurricanes began to arrive a few weeks before the outbreak of World War Two and the squadron took up its war station at Tangmere with a mixture of six Hurricanes and ten Gladiators, completing re-equipment during October.

In February 1940 the squadron moved to Scotland, but returned south in May to fly patrols over northern France for a week before moving back to Drem. It moved south again in September for the closing stages of the Battle of Britain.

RAF Wick, Caithness, 27 February 1940
RAF Hawkinge, Kent, 21 May 1940
Drem 28 May 1940
Croydon 7 September 1940

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

17/05/1940: ? 1 Plane lost, 1 MIA
22/05/1940: ?, F. 1 Plane lost, 1 KIA
26/05/1940: ?, F. 1 Plane lost
27/05/1940: ?. 1 Plane lost, 1 MIA
31/05/1940: ?, UK. 1 Plane lost, 1 KIA
24/06/1940: ?, UK. 1 Plane lost, 1 KIA

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

Aircraftman 2nd Class Harry J. Taylor, RAF 645484, 605 Sqdn., age unknown, 01/04/1940, Southchurch (Holy Trinity) Churchyard, UK

Sergeant (Pilot) Robert M. Mainland, RAF 566418, 605 Sqdn., age unknown, 25/04/1940, Wick Cemetery, UK

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17/05/1940: ?

Hawker Hurricane Mk I
Serial number: ?, UP-?
Operation: ?
Flying Officer Peter J. Danielsen, RAF (AAF) 90248, 605 Sqdn., age 26, 17/05/1940, missing

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22/05/1940: ?, F

Hawker Hurricane Mk I
Serial number: ?, UP-?
Operation: ?
Lost: 22/05/1940
Flying Officer (Pilot) Gilbert F.M. Wright, RAF (AAF) 90265, 605 Sqdn., age 36, 22/05/1940, Berneville Communal Cemetery, F

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26/05/1940: ?, F

Type: Hawker Hurricane Mk I
Serial number: ?, UP-?
Operation: ?
Lost: 26/05/1940
P/O I.J. Muirhead
Shot down by Me 110 in the Dunkirk area. Pilot bailed out, was fired on by Belgian troops, returned to base.

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27/05/1940: ?

Hawker Hurricane Mk I
Serial number: ?, UP-?
Operation: ?
Lost: 27/05/1940
Squadron Leader George V. Perry, RAF (AAF) 90263, 605 Sqdn., age unknown, 27/05/1940, missing

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31/05/1940: ?

Hawker Hurricane Mk I
Serial number: ?, UP-?
Operation: ?
Lost: 31/05/1940
Pilot Officer (Pilot) Antonio S. Dini, RAF 40609 (NZ), 605 Sqdn., age 22, 31/05/1940, Hawkinge Cemetery, UK
'Killed in an aircraft accident'. See his page on the Cenotaph Database for photos of him and his headstone.

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24/06/1940: ?, UK

Hawker Hurricane Mk I
Serial number: ?, UP-?
Operation: ?
Lost: 24/06/1940
Pilot Officer (Pilot) Barry L. Goodwin, RAF (AAF) 90504, 605 Sqdn., age 23, 24/06/1940, Chaddesley Corbett (St. Cassian) Churchyard, UK

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605 (County of Warwick) Squadron
Air of Authority - 605 Squadron
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database
Bail-outs for 1940
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
RAF Battle of Britain - 605 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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M Ford-Jones 'Desert flyer: log of F/O William Marsh' (605 Sqn 1941) (Schiffer)
I Piper 'We never slept - story of 605 Sqn' (Piper 1997)
I Piper '605 County of Warwick Squadron' (605 Association 2003)

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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
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 605 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