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RAF - No. 608 Squadron
10/05/1940 - 30/06/1940

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608 SQUADRON - Blackburn Botha I | June 1940 Anson I

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On 20 March 1939 No. 608 Squadron was re-designated as a general reconnaissance unit equipped with Ansons. It became one of the few squadrons to fly the Blackburn Botha which it flew alongside Anson from October 1939 to November 1940, when the type was relegated to a training role.

Blenheim IVs arrived early in 1941 but were soon replaced by Hudsons, moving to Scotland in January 1942 and then to North Africa in October, where it flew anti submarine patrols over the Mediterranean. It moved to Sicily in September 1943 and then onto Italy in October, were it disbanded on 31 July 1944

It reformed in No 8 (Pathfinder) Group the following day as a Mosquito squadron at Downham Market. It formed part of 8 Group's Light Night Striking Force. It continued in this role until disbanding on 28 August 1944.

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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: air raid, UK. 1 DOW
10/06/1940: accident, UK. 1 KIA
16/06/1940: ?, UK. 1 plane lost, 1 DOW, 3 WIA

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06/06/1940: air raid

Aircraftman 2nd Class Frederick W. Nutter, RAFVR 986799, [608 Sqdn.], age 18, 06/06/1940, Burnley Cemetery, UK
Died as the result of wounds received during air raid.

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10/06/1940: accident, UK

Corporal John Wilson, RAF (AAF) 807066, 608 Sqdn., age unknown, 10/06/1940, Billingham (St. Cuthbert) Churchyard, UK
Accidentally struck by a propeller blade during the blackout.

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16/06/1940: ?, UK

Type: Avro Anson I
Serial number: N5067, UL-L
Operation: ?
Lost: 16/06/1940
P/O Duncan. Injured
Sergeant (Pilot) Leslie B. Walpole, RAFVR 745085, 608 Sqdn., age 22, 19/06/1940, Castle Bromwich (SS. Mary and Margaret) Churchyard, UK
?- Sgt O Shepherd RAF, injured.
? - AC George E Lumley RAF, injured.
In bad visibility, the aircraft hit high-tension cables and crashed near Brotten. Sgt Walpole died of wounds.

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Air of Authority - 608 Squadron
Aircraft crashes on and around the North Yorkshire Moors
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database
Bail-outs for 1940
BBC WW2 People's War - 608 Squadron (1)
BBC WW2 People's War - 608 Squadron (2)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
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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This page is dedicated to the men of 608 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