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World War II Allied Aircraft Crashes in the Netherlands,  North Sea & English Channel:  

    www.airwar4045.nl/

1385 crashed aircraft (of which 15 of 10 Sqn) , 6573 crew members, and 660 cemeteries/memorials are listed by this Dutch website.

The website promoter suggests that Tablet users may not receive all the info on the website.

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February 2018

10 SQN WW2 HALIFAXES NAMED FAROUK

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There appear to have been 3 x Halifaxes named Farouk which flew on 10 Sqn from RAF Melbourne in WW2.

The first was a Mk2 with Reg No: DT 792 which crash-landed at Melbourne on 3 August 1943 when flown by Fg Off J.G. Jenkins and crew who all survived. It is believed that the aircraft was written off.

The second possible Farouk was also a Mk2, Reg No: HR924 which when again being flown by Jenkins and crew, was attacked by a German fighter and unable to release their bombs, the crew returned to UK but were advised to bale out before abandoning the aircraft over the Noth Sea off Patrington. Again the crew all survived.  It would seem highly lightly that this crew may have also named HR924 Farouk although this fact cannot as yet be proven.Dopey

The third Halifax with that name was a Mk 3, Reg No: LW 167.  A photo of its nose-art above seems to show a catoon figure with a bomb dangling on the end of a fishing line.  It has been suggested that the cartoon character bears a similarity to a variation of the Disney cartoon Snow-White’s ‘Dopey’ dwarf character.

 

This third aircraft was often flown by the 10 Sqn CO, Wg Cdr Dudley Radford during his time on the Squadron between April  and October 1944 but other crews also flew it.  After Radford had left the Squadron this aircraft was later shot down on a raid to Magdeburg three months later on 16 Jan 1945, when flown by Fg Off W.E.L. Whitbread and his crew.  There were no survivors but are this crew are remembered at the Runnymede Memorial.

 

Whilst it is known that a detachment from 10 Sqn in July 1942 went to Aqir,Palestine and later Fayid, Egypt, where King Farouk was the ruler, it is unlkely that any of these crews would have later returned to Melbourne since the detachment was to form a separate squadron. - King Farouk was not particularly popular with the British during WW2. However, some of 10/227 ground crews may have returned to 10 Sqn. This detachment was designated 10/227 Sqn and on 7 September 1942 joined with 76/462 Sqn at Fayid, Egypt and was then redesignated 462 (RAAF) Sqn (although there were in fact no Australians on it).

 

The 10 Sqn Association is attempting to trace the reason why the name Farouk adorned its aircraft as late as 1944/45 since any links with those who had named it back in 1942 would be long lapsed.

If anyone with any knowledge or collection of ‘nose-art’ can throw any light on this query they are invited to get in touch with the 10 Sqn Association via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


April 2017 

A photograph of a Blazer Badge has been sent to our Historian. It was found amongst some other memorabilia which inferred that the badge's owner had been a member of 10 Sqn whist based in Poona, India, between 1945 -47. The badge raises some doubts about its authenticity though since unusually it contains the words 'Transport Squadron' and to the best of our knowledge the official Squadron Crest for that era never had these words on it.  During WW2 the Squadron Crest did indeed have the words 'Bomber Squadron' contained below the 'King's Crown' but after VE-Day when the Squadron was transferred  to Transport Command the crest just had the words 'Squadron' at the top and 'Royal Air Force' below the winged arrow, as today.

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The blazer badge is interesting as it has the authorised Squadron insignia in a form not seen before. When RAF badges began to be authorised by George V, via the Chester Herald in 1937, that for 10 Squadron had the word Bomber where you see Transport in the photo above.  Later on, and still today, the authorised badge had simply the word 'Squadron', with no qualifier, and we have one image where that’s the case but still with a King’s Crown, so clearly pre-1952/3. we are really just left wondering if this was a variation worked up by a local tailor in India, but it’s certainly curious.  Can anyone throw any light on the subject?

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  4 Oct 2015

SGT ALEC HUNTER      - WW2 Haifax Wireless Operator -Evaded capture after                                                being shot down in France 3 June 1944.

A Thames TV programme "Reporting London" ran a piece on Sgt Hunter on 8 October 1988.  He had been reunited with his uniform which had been kept hidden and looked after, by the French family who helped him escape. It is believed that he met the daughter of the lady who helped him at an event in France where the uniform was then donated to the Military Museum in Caen.

If anyone knows of this and can supply details of Sgt Hunter and his family's whereabouts now in 2015, please email us on the website. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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 OFFICIAL RECORDS 

Readers are advised that pdf files of RAF squadron Operations Records Books may be purchased online from the National Archives at Kew. For 10 Sqn, your search should start by looking in the AIR 27  Category. (eg Catalogue Reference: AIR 27/141/13 & 14 for the month of March 1940)

Downloads cost £3.30 each. Before purchasing a particular month it is advisable to click on the " View Details " block to see how many pages your download contains.  Some number over 100 whereas others, for the same fee, only include a few (less than 10) pages. Simply click on the red words NATIONAL ARCHIVES below and it will take you directly to the 10 Sqn Catalogue Search page. Do not forget that there were also Royal Australian (Sunderlands), Indian (Spitfires) and South African, Air Forces that had their own 10 Sqns. Do not get confused and purchase records for the wrong squadron!

On detachment overseas in the Middle East 10 Sqn RAF served under the number 10/227 Sqn...............  

Unfortunately not all NA downloads are in their correct chronological place, possibly due to errors  made when they were scanned from the original documents. If you cannot find the period that you require for your research it may still be available in some other date period...Most frustrating, we know, from personal experience! 

We are slowly building up a collection of these Forms 540/541* (see below) for our website members. It is our hope and intention to obtain the full set at some future date. If you already have some, in pdf format, please consider donating a copy to our website. We would be most grateful.  Use our contactus facility for this, please.

* Note: The records themselves are in two separate styles:

1. The Form 540, which we in the Association simply call the "Diary", is a summary of the monthly events and lists the day-to-day occurrences on the Squadron. Sometimes these contain humorous remarks, details of the weather and other significant events, together with Postings In/Out, Medal Awards and are therefore, as our name suggests, a Diary of the Events. They usually contain between 2 and 5 pages.

2. The Form 541, which we have termed as "Ops", is more structured in its writing.  It is essentially a listing of the "work done" and contains crew lists, aircraft registrations and targets, together with events that occurred to specific crews/aircraft on their missions. Sadly this is also where the phrase, "Missing - Nothing was heard from this aircraft after take-off", frequently occurred in the WW2 F541s. These can contain up to 50 or even more pages. 

3.  There are also Combat Reports available for download from the National Archives @ £3.30 each.  They are under the reference AIR 50/180.  Bear in mind that the dates are often a day after those listed in the F541 and they may also be filed under the Air Gunner's name.

 

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BOOKS

The following books may all contain references to 10 Sqn.  We cannot guarantee that all are still in print. 

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Firstly we must describe our very own glossy, hard-backed publication...........

 'From Brooklands to Brize'     The definitive history of 10 Squadron's 100 year history, published in 2015, its Centennial year, and written by the 10 Sqn Association Historian Ian Macmillan, with help from Richard King.  344 pages of offical records, anecdotes, photos and much much more.  £25 +£5 p&p available from the 10 Sqn Association via the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email address.    - (Now also available on Amazon)

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‘FROM BROOKLANDS TO BRIZE’

 Army cooperation over the trenches in the Great War, introducing four new aircraft types to RAF service, the Bomber Offensive in WW2, Suez and Cold War crises, carrying HM The Queen, Prime Ministers, thousands of servicemen and families, the wounded returning from the Falklands conflict, and now refuelling fighters over Iraq and Syria – Shiny Ten has done it all.

This illustrated history of No 10 Squadron’s first 100 years draws extensively on the official records wherever possible, and is amplified by personal contributions from people who were there.

The  Authors:
 

Ian Macmillan - Serving on 10 Sqn in the 1970s, VC 10 navigator Ian Macmillan was the Squadron’s Flight Commander Ops whose role included that of Deputy Squadron Commander.  Ian's service tours in the Air Transport (AT) force both before and after his tour on 10 Sqn, including a staff duty at the RAF Upavon, Wilts. AT HQ, more than qualify his sound personal knowledge of a period in the Squadron's history covering at least 40 out of the 100 year coverage of this book. Ian served in the Middle-East, the UK and also with the USAF in the western USA, flying globally to virtually everywhere else during his full career in the RAF which culminated in his retirement with wing commander rank.  His diligent study and research of past Squadron records now make him the most qualified person in all aspects of the Squadron's history.

 

Dick King - served in the AT force prior to joining 10 Sqn in 1980, after a 4 yr intermediate tour as a flying instructor. His time on the Squadron engaged him in all aspects of the Squadron's operations, taking him all over the world, as a VC10 copilot during the Falklands conflict, and later as a Squadron Pilot Leader, VC10 air-display pilot and VIP captain, before leaving the RAF for an airline career.  He was even engaged in some of the intentionally less-publicised aspects of the Squadron activities, which one may read about in the Book.  As a former 10 Squadron Standard Bearer he was particularly honoured to attend the 2015 Centenary year's new 10 Sqn Standard Presentation by HRH The Princess Royal, who also writes the Foreword to the book.

 

Review

Immediately on publication, a review of the book was written in Dcember 2015 by the noted RAF historian and author, Guy Warner.

Click this link to open a pdf file of Guy Warner's Review 


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PIGEONS IN WW2  

            Nottm Eve Post Apr 45         Coo

ThAssociation has had  few letters in the past querying the use of pigeons on Bomber Command aircraft in WW2.  Some reports suggest that they were carried on missions to be dropped to Resistance agents.  On a few occasions, as in the newspaper cutting above, it has been reported that after aircraft had crash-landed on the North Sea and in Holland, the birds were released by their crews and flew home thus advising the UK authorities of the fact.  Some gallant birds were later awarded the Dickin Medal ...the animal equivalent to the VC.  However we have no specific details of any 10 Sqn crew releasing any birds.      

That said, readers may be interested in a book which was reviewed in the Saturday Times dated 24 February 2018.

Click What a Coo ! to read the informative review.

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'VC10 - The Story of a Classic Jet airliner'     From Key Publishing the A4 size booklet with 118 pages costs £7.95.

 VC10 The Story

This excellent book covers the type's development, its service with the RAF, including the Gulf War and ops over Iraq, plus data files and production lists. Two of the contributors are Jelle Hieminga and our own Paul Morris. -It also contains a 2-page spread of a certain Capt R KIng landing the Omani VC10 at Brooklands some years ago! So doubly good value!

 Click here to visit Key Publishing

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From the Ladies Point of View

"Life in the Slipstream", edited by Alison Bairsto, Jill Black and Holly Jeffers, with a forward by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.

  • Publisher: Book Guild Publishing Ltd and available from Amazon or The Book Depository  cost £16.99 - hardback published 2014.

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 WW1 - The men and the aircraft....

 

"The Sky Their Battlefield", by Trevor Henshaw Published by Fetubi.

 

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An authorative account of The RFC and RAF during WW1, by a recognised historian.

Interested potential purchasers make learn more about the book, its cost and how to purchase, by clicking this link:

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Trevor writes to the 10 Sqn Assoc,.......

"I have decided to write to a few squadron associations like yours, hoping that you might want to know about this book.  Without a doubt, 10 Squadron RAF gets on my list! ..........   If I tell you that 141 of these entries  specifically refer to your Squadron's involvement in the Great War, and relate the individual stories of over 233 of your own airmen and men, you'll see why I am writing to you."

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  "Silent, Swift, Superb"

  The Story of the VC10 ,with many photos and articles - first published in 1998 and shortly to be re-printed.

 By Scott Henderson and published by Scoval Publishing Ltd.

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AND NOW........The Sequel......

due out soon

" For The Queen of The Skies "

also by Scott Henderson

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Do Not Confuse Scott Henderson's book above with another similar title  'Vickers VC-10 Queen of the Sky' by Peter R. Foster 

see 

http://www.blurb.com/b/4877976-vickers-vc-10-queen-of-the-sky

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