75 Years Ago ..........
Wg Cdr Richard Kemp Wildey DFC
OC 10 Squadron from: 1 August to 15 October 1942 was Killed in Action
Richard (Dick) Wildey became OC 10 Squadron after Wg Cdr Don Bennett vacated the command to form the Pathfinders unit in August 1942. He was only the second Officer Commanding No 10 Squadron to be killed in action to date: the first being Major George Bernard Ward, MC & bar, who commanded the Squadron from December 1916 until September 1917.
Sadly Dick Wildey’s posting to 10 Squadron was to end abruptly on just his third mission in mid-October 1942 when he was killed in action whilst flying a 10 Sqn Halifax Mk ll, W1058 (ZA-S) on a raid involving 8 crews from the Squadron to Cologne on the night of 15/16 October 1942. He was buried at Rheinberg War Cemetery, 50 miles north of Cologne. October 1942 was a month of heavy losses on the Squadron.
Sqn Ldr A.I.S. Debenham, OC ‘B’ Flight, was put in immediate temporary command of the Squadron and five days later on 20 October Sqn Ldr W. Carter, OC ‘A’ Flight, who had arrived on the Squadron from No 13 OTU on 4 July, was recalled from leave, promoted to acting wing commander rank and formally assumed command of the Squadron with effect from 23 October 1942.
Dick Wildey and his family had long associations with his former Emmanuel School, Wandsworth, London SW11, to whom we are grateful for allowing us access to their archives. At the time of his death Dick Wildey left a widow Eileen, pregnant with a son whom Wildey never saw; Peter Wildey now lives in Sussex.
75 years on, this month we remember Dick Wildey's life, given in the service of his country.
For further details of Wildey’s life see: Wg Cdr Dick Wildey
A warm welcome to the 10 Squadron Association website. The Association was created 31 years ago with the aims of preserving the spirit and comradeship formed during service on the unit and developing a close relationship with the present day Squadron. Membership is open to all who have served, or continue to serve, on 10 Squadron and also to relatives and friends of former Squadron members.
Our membership includes those from the Whitley and Halifax days, through the Dakota, Canberra, Victor and VC10 eras and now the new A330 Voyager.
Based at RAF Brize Norton, as part of the AirTanker Hub, 10 Squadron operates the magnificent Voyager aircraft in the AT (Air Transport), AAR (Air-to-Air Refuelling) and VVIP roles and is co-located with the second unit to fly the type, No 101 Squadron. The two squadrons employ a joint manning strategy on flying tasks, without losing a strong sense of individual unit identity. This close relationship between the squadrons can be traced back to 1984 when 101 Squadron reformed at Brize Norton to fly VC10 tankers alongside 10 Squadron's VC10 transport aircraft. Between 2005 and 2011, whilst 10 Squadron was disbanded, 101 Squadron was still operating the VC10 and the Association was privileged to be hosted by the unit during our annual visits to the station.The Association organizes two main events during the year. We hold a reunion at Brize Norton held over two days each May, to promote a strong fellowship amongst our members. In November a Remembrance Day Service takes place at the 10 Squadron Memorial located near the entrance to the former RAF Melbourne in Yorkshire, where the Squadron was based in WW2. The ceremony preserves the memory of the personnel who sacrificed their lives when serving on the Squadron. All are welcome to attend.
This website is primarily for the interest of current, paid-up members of
The 10 Sqn Association.
The front page and Obituaries are available to all viewers but the second level will require registration and a log-in to enable access to the more detailed aspects of the site, once you have joined the 10 Squadron Association.
We are always interested to hear from past Squadron members : aircrew, groundcrew and admin staff.
See also our past Newsletters that have been compiled since the Association was formed in 1984.
( MEMBERS ONLY) - Click on the image above for the last paper version Newsletter before being discontinued in the Spring of 2014, in favour of adding latest news into the Crewroom or Events Menus on this website.
By joining the Association you will also be able to view past Squadron Operations Record Books which have been collected in our Archives Project 540 section.
In this age of identity theft and other nasties, we endeavour never to pass on personal and private information to anyone accessing either level of the site without the owner's specific permission being given to one of the site's listed administrators.
AIMS OF THE 10 SQUADRON ASSOCIATION
■ To preserve the spirit of comradeship founded during RAF service with 10 Squadron
■ To encourage and sustain a special relationship between 10 Squadron and its Association
■ To provide a focus for maintaining contact with former Squadron colleagues, by encouraging attendance at the Annual Reunion and Remembrance Day Service at the 10 Squadron Memorial
■ To encourage the collection and preservation of documents, photographs, anecdotes and memorabilia with which the Squadron's history may be enhanced
WERE YOU ON 10 SQN?
The website would greatly appreciate stories from your time on the Squadron and photos too, if you have any. We owe it to our successors to keep the memories alive.