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No. 101 Squadron RAF was originally formed within the RFC as a bomber unit in July 1917. It was disbanded in December 1919, then re-formed at Bircham Newton, Norfolk, in 1928, being the only operational squadron to fly the Boulton Paul Sidestrand and Overstrand aircraft. These were the first RAF bombers to have enclosed and power-operated turrets. When WWII broke out, the squadron was based at West Raynham, Norfolk, having now equipped with Bristol Blenheim aircraft. It was a reserve squadron until its first operation against Germany in July, 1940, and it later spent the greater part of its attacks on the barges in the channel and North Sea ports, which had been gathered for operation SEALION, the projected German invasion of Britain. In April 1941, a flight of the squadron's Blenheims was detached to Manston in Fighter Command's No. 11 Group, and from there it attacked enemy shipping during daylight, in an operation known as Channel Stop. In June, 1940 the squadron moved to Oakington, Cambridgeshire, where it remained until February 1942, when it moved to Bourne, Cambridgeshire.

During May and June 1941, the squadron converted to Vickers Wellingtons and flew with Bomber Command. It participated in all three 1000-bomber raids to Cologne, Essen and Bremen in 1942. In August 1942 the squadron moved to Stradishall, Suffolk, and in September to Holme-on-Spalding Moor, Yorkshire. Later in the year the squadron converted to Avro Lancaster aircraft, and continued the Bomber Command assault on Germany and Italy. In June 1943 the squadron moved again, to Ludford Magna, Lincolnshire. It participated in the raid on the rocket development centre at Peenemunde, and was fortunate enough to evade the enemy night fighters on that occasion.

In late 1943 the squadron was given a new function within Bomber Command, that of Radio Counter Measures, to attempt to cut the radio communications between the German night fighter controllers and the fighter pilots. Each aircraft was equipped with the radio device known as A.B.C. or Airborne Cigar. A special German-speaking radio operator in the aircraft used the ABC equipment to scan the appropriate frequencies, and when the German signals were detected, jamming was started by transmitting a warbling note. The Lancaster aircraft carrying ABC were easily distinguished because they carried three large aerials, two dorsally and one under the nose. In addition to the ABC equipment, the Lancasters carried a full bomb load. Unfortunately, because they transmitted strong signals, it was possible for night fighters to seek them out, and squadron losses were relatively high as a consequence; only three other Lancaster squadrons had higher losses. On the night of 5/6 June 1944, the squadron put up 21 ABC Lancasters to jam enemy wireless communications to prevent night fighters from being directed to the airborne invasion forces.

After its last operational mission, to Berchtesgaden in late April 1945, the squadron participated in operation MANNA, dropping food to help the staving populace of the Netherlands. It also was part of operation DODGE, bringing back British troops from Italy. The squadron moved to Binbrook, Lincolnshire in October 1945. It was successively equipped with Avro Lincoln, English Electric Canberra and Avro Vulcan aircraft.


Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑06‑17
Lancaster (LM474)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
First Lieutenant
Prisoner of War
1944‑01‑02
Lancaster (DV308)
New York, New York, USA
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑04‑28
Lancaster (LL750)
Toronto, Ontario
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑08‑13
Lancaster (PB258)
Kennedy, Saskatchewan
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1945‑01‑16
Lancaster (LM472)
Hamilton, Ontario
Flying Officer
Prisoner of War
1944‑08‑13
Lancaster (PB258)
 
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑03‑31
Lancaster (ME618)
Windsor, Ontario
Pilot Officer
Prisoner of War
1944‑08‑13
Lancaster (PB258)
 
Flying Officer
Prisoner of War
1945‑02‑24
Lancaster (RA523)
 
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑05‑25
Lancaster (DV389)
Lansdowne Station, Pictou County, Nova Scotia
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑11‑06
Lancaster (PB692)
Transcona, Manitoba
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑07‑01
Lancaster (LL863)
Toronto, Ontario
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑05‑23
Lancaster (LM395)
Salmon Valley, British Columbia
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1944‑01‑02
Lancaster (DV269)
Toronto, Ontario
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Killed in Action
1943‑01‑31
Lancaster (ED447)
Toronto, Ontario
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1943‑11‑27
Lancaster (DV289)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Flight Sergeant
Prisoner of War
1945‑02‑24
Lancaster (RA523)
 
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑07‑21
Lancaster (LL862)
Kimberley, Ontario
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑12‑28
Lancaster (PB634)
Hamilton, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑09‑13
Lancaster (PB456)
Young's Point, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1945‑03‑23
Lancaster (LL755)
Edmonton, Alberta
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1942‑08‑18
Wellington (X3654)
Ottawa, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1943‑06‑28
Lancaster (ED377)
Toronto, Ontario
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑12‑28
Lancaster (PB634)
Long Branch, Ontario
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Killed in Action
1943‑01‑31
Lancaster (ED447)
St Peters, Nova Scotia
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑04‑28
Lancaster (LM493)
Hartington, Ontario
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1944‑08‑30
Lancaster (LM479)
Toronto, Ontario
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1941‑09‑20
Wellington (X9922)
Edmonton, Alberta (parents)
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1943‑09‑04
Lancaster (ED659)
Vancouver, British Columbia (parents)
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1944‑12‑28
Lancaster (PB634)
East Dulwich, London, England (parents)
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑12‑28
Lancaster (PB634)
Windsor, Ontario (parents)
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑08‑18
Wellington (BJ844)
Ottawa, Ontario (parents)
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑11‑05
Lancaster (ME865)
St Stephen, New Brunswick (parents)
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑06‑22
Lancaster (ME613)
Santa Fe, Tennessee, USA (parents)
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1943‑09‑23
Lancaster (JA977)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (parents)
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑04‑03
Wellington (X3709)
Plumas, Manitoba
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1944‑07‑01
Lancaster (DV301)
Stanford Centre, Ontario
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑12‑17
Lancaster (NG131)
Toronto, Ontario
Flight Sergeant
Evader
1944‑08‑30
Lancaster (ME592)
 
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Prisoner of War
1942‑12‑08
Lancaster (W4782)
St John, New Brunswick
Prisoner of War
1944‑05‑23
Lancaster (LM395)
 
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑12‑17
Lancaster (NG131)
Tisdale, Saskatchewan
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1943‑05‑05
Lancaster (W4863)
St Anthony, Idaho, USA
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑12‑17
Lancaster (NG131)
Smiley, Saskatchewan
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑07‑21
Lancaster (LL862)
London, Ontario
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Killed in Action
1944‑01‑20
Lancaster (LM387)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑08‑25
Wellington (Z1594)
Brantford, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1945‑02‑01
Lancaster (ME863)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1943‑04‑17
Lancaster (ED379)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Flight Sergeant
Prisoner of War
1945‑02‑24
Lancaster (RA523)
 
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑07‑22
Wellington (X3312)
St Urbain, Charlevoix County, Quebec
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑08‑30
Lancaster (LM479)
Arcola, Saskatchewan
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Killed in Action
1944‑05‑28
Lancaster (LM459)
Mend, Saskatchewan
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑11‑04
Lancaster (ME865)
Summerside, Prince Edward Island
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑12‑17
Lancaster (W4319)
Whitman, Massachusetts, USA
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑07‑12
Wellington (BJ583)
Odessa, Saskatchewan
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑12‑28
Lancaster (PB634)
Sholing, Southampton, England
Flying Officer
Prisoner of War
1944‑06‑22
Lancaster (ME613)
Victoria, British Columbia
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Prisoner of War
1942‑08‑25
Wellington (Z1594)
Westmount, Quebec
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑11‑04
Lancaster (ME865)
Toronto, Ontario
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Flying Accident
1942‑11‑16
Lancaster (W4326)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Prisoner of War
1944‑05‑23
Lancaster (LM395)
 
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑09‑16
Wellington (BJ897)
Grimsby, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1945‑02‑21
Lancaster (PB671)
St John, New Brunswick
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑11‑06
Lancaster (PB692)
Kingston, Ontario
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑07‑21
Lancaster (LL779)
Edmonton, Alberta
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1944‑05‑25
Lancaster (DV389)
Caron, Saskatchewan
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑03‑31
Lancaster (ME618)
Hubbards, Halifax County, Nova Scotia
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑07‑21
Lancaster (LL779)
Milden, Saskatchewan
Killed in Action
1944‑05‑23
Lancaster (LM395)
 
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Killed in Action
1943‑11‑18
Lancaster (LM370)
Netherhill, Saskatchewan
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1945‑03‑14
Lancaster (DV298)
New York City, New York, USA
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑12‑17
Lancaster (NG131)
Osage, Saskatchewan
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Killed in Action
1943‑03‑27
Lancaster (W4322)
Montreal, Quebec
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1942‑04‑18
Wellington (X3655)
Corner Brook, Newfoundland
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑07‑12
Wellington (BJ583)
Toronto, Ontario
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑08‑30
Lancaster (ME592)
Glace Bay, Nova Scotia
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑03‑19
Lancaster (LM464)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Killed in Action
1943‑01‑31
Lancaster (ED447)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1944‑05‑25
Lancaster (DV389)
Toronto, Ontario
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑07‑21
Lancaster (LL862)
Toronto, Ontario
Flying Officer
Prisoner of War
1945‑02‑24
Lancaster (RA523)
 
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑12‑17
Lancaster (NG131)
Killarney, Manitoba
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1944‑06‑17
Lancaster (LM474)
Holmfield, Manitoba
Prisoner of War
1944‑05‑23
Lancaster (LM395)
 
Killed in Action
1944‑05‑23
Lancaster (LM395)
 
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑08‑25
Lancaster (ME857)
Victoria, British Columbia
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1943‑09‑22
Lancaster (W4324)
Matachewan, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1943‑03‑12
Lancaster (W4862)
Fort Erie, Ontario
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑08‑30
Lancaster (ME592)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Warrant Officer 1st Class
Prisoner of War
1945‑02‑24
Lancaster (RA523)
 
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1943‑11‑27
Lancaster (DV289)
Kingston, Ontario
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1945‑02‑01
Lancaster (PB256)
New York City, New York, USA
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑07‑01
Lancaster (ME616)
Newdale, Manitoba
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1944‑12‑28
Lancaster (PB634)
 
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑10‑05
Lancaster (LL758)
Montreal, Quebec
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1945‑03‑23
Lancaster (LL755)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑11‑06
Lancaster (PB692)
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1943‑05‑05
Lancaster (W4888)
Montreal, Quebec
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1945‑03‑23
Lancaster (LL755)
Lockport, New York, USA
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1941‑09‑20
Wellington (X9922)
Bedford, Nova Scotia
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Prisoner of War
1942‑12‑08
Lancaster (W4782)
Banff, Alberta
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑06‑20
Wellington (X3669)
New Aberdeen, Nova Scotia
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑08‑30
Lancaster (LM479)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑11‑06
Lancaster (PB692)
Toronto, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑01‑30
Lancaster (DV303)
Trail, British Columbia
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Killed in Action
1942‑08‑18
Wellington (X3654)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Flying Officer
Prisoner of War
1944‑01‑02
Lancaster (DV269)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Pilot Officer
Prisoner of War
1944‑03‑31
Lancaster (ME618)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑12‑28
Lancaster (PB634)
Edmonton, Alberta
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1944‑03‑31
Lancaster (ME618)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑12‑08
Lancaster (W4782)
Shelburne, Ontario
Flight Lieutenant
Prisoner of War
1945‑02‑24
Lancaster (RA523)
 
Flying Officer
Prisoner of War
1944‑08‑25
Lancaster (ME857)
 
Killed in Action
1944‑05‑23
Lancaster (LM395)
 
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1944‑03‑31
Lancaster (DV290)
Toronto, Ontario
Pilot Officer
Prisoner of War
1944‑07‑21
Lancaster (LL862)
 
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑12‑07
Lancaster (ED322)
Toronto, Ontario
Killed in Action
1944‑05‑23
Lancaster (LM395)
 
Flight Lieutenant
Prisoner of War
1942‑09‑22
Wellington (X3815)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑11‑06
Lancaster (PB692)
Windsor, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑11‑04
Lancaster (ME865)
Trenton, Ontario
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑07‑12
Wellington (BJ583)
Balcarres, Saskatchewan
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑12‑17
Lancaster (NG131)
Calgary, Alberta
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑07‑21
Lancaster (LL862)
Brampton, Ontario
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Prisoner of War
1944‑07‑21
Lancaster (W4967)
Moosomin, Saskatchewan
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1945‑03‑23
Lancaster (DV245)
Windsor, Ontario
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1944‑07‑21
Lancaster (LL779)
Bellis, Alberta
Flight Lieutenant
Killed in Action
1944‑12‑28
Lancaster (PB634)
St Lambert, Quebec
Flight Lieutenant
Prisoner of War
1945‑03‑23
Lancaster (DV245)
 
Flying Officer
Prisoner of War
1944‑08‑13
Lancaster (PB258)
Windsor, Ontario
Pilot Officer
Prisoner of War
1944‑08‑13
Lancaster (PB258)
 
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑09‑13
Lancaster (PB456)
New Westminster, British Columbia
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑08‑13
Lancaster (LM598)
Pugwash, Nova Scotia
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑11‑29
Lancaster (LM755)
Seeley's Bay, Ontario
Flight Lieutenant
Killed in Action
1944‑01‑20
Lancaster (LM387)
PeIly, Saskatchewan
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑08‑30
Lancaster (ME592)
Borden, Saskatchewan
Flight Lieutenant
Killed in Action
1944‑08‑25
Lancaster (ME857)
Victoria, British Columbia
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑08‑25
Lancaster (ME857)
Brantford, Ontario
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑03‑31
Lancaster (LL832)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1943‑03‑27
Lancaster (W4322)
Ottawa, Ontario
Flying Officer
Interned Prisoner
1944‑04‑28
Lancaster (LL750)
 
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Killed in Action
1942‑12‑08
Lancaster (W4782)
Ottawa, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑11‑04
Lancaster (ME865)
Peterborough, Ontario
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1941‑09‑01
Wellington (R1703)
Middleton, Nova Scotia
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1943‑05‑05
Lancaster (W4888)
Elora, Ontario
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Killed in Action
1944‑03‑31
Lancaster (DV290)
Toronto, Ontario
Pilot Officer
Prisoner of War
1944‑03‑31
Lancaster (ME618)
Toronto, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑08‑26
Lancaster (NN705)
Mount Vernon, New York, USA
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1943‑10‑18
Lancaster (DV230)
Chateauguay Basin, Quebec
Flight Sergeant
Evader
1944‑08‑25
Lancaster (ME857)
 
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑05‑04
Lancaster (ME564)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Flight Lieutenant W.Op./Air Gnr.
Killed in Action
1943‑06‑22
Lancaster (ED650)
Toronto, Ontario
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1943‑05‑24
Lancaster (W4919)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1944‑05‑25
Lancaster (DV389)
Ottawa, Ontario
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑07‑21
Lancaster (W4967)
Montreal, Quebec
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1943‑05‑24
Lancaster (W4919)
Regina, Saskatchewan
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑12‑07
Lancaster (ED322)
Toronto, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑07‑21
Lancaster (W4967)
Toronto, Ontario
Flying Officer
Prisoner of War
1944‑04‑23
Lancaster (ME619)
Sifton, Manitoba
Sergeant
Killed in Flying Accident
1942‑11‑16
Lancaster (W4326)
Stellarton, Nova Scotia
Flight Lieutenant
Prisoner of War Died
1943‑11‑27
Lancaster (DV289)
Toronto, Ontario
Pilot Officer
Prisoner of War
1944‑06‑22
Lancaster (ME613)
 
Warrant Officer 1st Class
Killed in Action
1943‑04‑09
Lancaster (ED618)
Arcola, Saskatchewan
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑07‑09
Wellington (X3634)
St John's, Newfoundland
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1944‑09‑13
Lancaster (PB456)
Lucan, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑01‑02
Lancaster (DV308)
Toronto, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑08‑29
Lancaster (LL757)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1943‑05‑26
Lancaster (ED660)
Newcastle, New Brunswick
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1945‑03‑23
Lancaster (DV245)
Warren, Ontario
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑07‑28
Lancaster (LM462)
Pearl, Ontario
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1944‑07‑01
Lancaster (DV301)
St Anns, Ontario
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1944‑09‑13
Lancaster (PB456)
Banff, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑11‑04
Lancaster (ME865)
Toronto, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑06‑17
Lancaster (LM474)
Windsor, Ontario
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑04‑18
Wellington (X3655)
Parrsboro, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia
Flight Sergeant
Prisoner of War
1944‑11‑29
Lancaster (LM755)
 
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑06‑17
Lancaster (LM474)
Onanole, Manitoba
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑07‑21
Lancaster (W4967)
Tavistock, Ontario
Flight Sergeant
Prisoner of War
1941‑09‑01
Wellington (R1703)
Dallas, Texas, USA
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Prisoner of War
1942‑08‑25
Wellington (Z1594)
St Stephen, New Brunswick
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑11‑04
Lancaster (NF936)
Montreal, Quebec
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑01‑02
Lancaster (DV308)
London, Ontario

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