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101 Squadron (RAF)

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.

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Name ⬆⬇
WarStatus ⬆⬇
EventDate ⬆⬇
Aircraft ⬆⬇
 
Serial ⬆⬇
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑06‑17
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
LM474
First Lieutenant
PoW
1944‑01‑02
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
DV308
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑04‑28
Lancaster
Mk.I
LL750
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑08‑13
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
PB258
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑01‑16
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
LM472
Flying Officer
PoW
1944‑08‑13
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
PB258
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑03‑31
Lancaster
Mk.I
ME618
Pilot Officer
PoW
1944‑08‑13
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
PB258
Flying Officer
PoW
1945‑02‑24
Lancaster
Mk.I
RA523
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑05‑25
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
DV389
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑11‑06
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
PB692
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑07‑01
Lancaster
Mk.I
LL863
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑05‑23
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
LM395
Sergeant
KIA
1944‑01‑02
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
DV269
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
KIA
1943‑01‑31
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
ED447
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1943‑11‑27
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
DV289
Flight Sergeant
PoW
1945‑02‑24
Lancaster
Mk.I
RA523
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑07‑21
Lancaster
Mk.I
LL862
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑12‑28
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
PB634
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑09‑13
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
PB456
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑03‑23
Lancaster
Mk.I
LL755
Pilot Officer
KIA
1942‑08‑18
Wellington
Mk. III
X3654
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑06‑28
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
ED377
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑12‑28
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
PB634
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
KIA
1943‑01‑31
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
ED447
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑04‑28
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
LM493
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1944‑08‑30
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
LM479
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1941‑09‑20
Wellington
IC
X9922
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1943‑09‑04
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
ED659
Sergeant
KIA
1944‑12‑28
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
PB634
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑12‑28
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
PB634
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑11‑04
Lancaster
Mk.I
ME865
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑06‑22
Lancaster
Mk.I
ME613
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1943‑09‑23
Lancaster
Mk.III
JA977
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑04‑03
Wellington
Mk. III
X3709
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1944‑07‑01
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
DV301
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑12‑17
Lancaster
Mk.I
NG131
Flight Sergeant
Evader
1944‑08‑30
Lancaster
Mk.I
ME592
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
PoW
1942‑12‑08
Lancaster
Mk.I
W4782
PoW
1944‑05‑23
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
LM395
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑12‑17
Lancaster
Mk.I
NG131
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1943‑05‑05
Lancaster
Mk.I
W4863
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑12‑17
Lancaster
Mk.I
NG131
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑07‑21
Lancaster
Mk.I
LL862
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
KIA
1944‑01‑20
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
LM387
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑08‑25
Wellington
Mk. III
Z1594
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑02‑01
Lancaster
Mk.I
ME863
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1943‑04‑17
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
ED379
Flight Sergeant
PoW
1945‑02‑24
Lancaster
Mk.I
RA523
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑07‑22
Wellington
Mk. III
X3312
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑08‑30
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
LM479
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
KIA
1944‑05‑28
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
LM459
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑11‑04
Lancaster
Mk.I
ME865
Sergeant
KIA
1942‑12‑17
Lancaster
Mk.I
W4319
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑07‑12
Wellington
Mk. lll
BJ583
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑12‑28
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
PB634
Flying Officer
PoW
1944‑06‑22
Lancaster
Mk.I
ME613
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
PoW
1942‑08‑25
Wellington
Mk. III
Z1594
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑11‑04
Lancaster
Mk.I
ME865
Flight Sergeant
KIFA
1942‑11‑16
Lancaster
Mk.I
W4326
PoW
1944‑05‑23
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
LM395
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑09‑16
Wellington
Mk. lll
BJ897
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑02‑21
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
PB671
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑11‑06
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
PB692
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑07‑21
Lancaster
Mk.I
LL779
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1944‑05‑25
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
DV389
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑03‑31
Lancaster
Mk.I
ME618
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑07‑21
Lancaster
Mk.I
LL779
KIA
1944‑05‑23
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
LM395
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
KIA
1943‑11‑18
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
LM370
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑03‑14
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
DV298
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑12‑17
Lancaster
Mk.I
NG131
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
KIA
1943‑03‑27
Lancaster
Mk.I
W4322
Pilot Officer
KIA
1942‑04‑18
Wellington
Mk. lll
X3655
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑07‑12
Wellington
Mk. lll
BJ583
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑08‑30
Lancaster
Mk.I
ME592
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑03‑19
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
LM464
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
KIA
1943‑01‑31
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
ED447
Sergeant
KIA
1944‑05‑25
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
DV389
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑07‑21
Lancaster
Mk.I
LL862
Flying Officer
PoW
1945‑02‑24
Lancaster
Mk.I
RA523
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑12‑17
Lancaster
Mk.I
NG131
Sergeant
KIA
1944‑06‑17
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
LM474
PoW
1944‑05‑23
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
LM395
KIA
1944‑05‑23
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
LM395
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑08‑25
Lancaster
Mk.I
ME857
Sergeant
KIA
1943‑09‑22
Lancaster
Mk.I
W4324
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑03‑12
Lancaster
Mk.I
W4862
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑08‑30
Lancaster
Mk.I
ME592
Warrant Officer 1st Class
PoW
1945‑02‑24
Lancaster
Mk.I
RA523
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1943‑11‑27
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
DV289
Pilot Officer
KIA
1945‑02‑01
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
PB256
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑07‑01
Lancaster
Mk.I
ME616
Sergeant
KIA
1944‑12‑28
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
PB634
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑10‑05
Lancaster
Mk.I
LL758
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑03‑23
Lancaster
Mk.I
LL755
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑11‑06
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
PB692
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑05‑05
Lancaster
Mk.I
W4888
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑03‑23
Lancaster
Mk.I
LL755
Pilot Officer
KIA
1941‑09‑20
Wellington
IC
X9922
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
PoW
1942‑12‑08
Lancaster
Mk.I
W4782
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑06‑20
Wellington
 
X3669
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑08‑30
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
LM479
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑11‑06
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
PB692
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑01‑30
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
DV303
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
KIA
1942‑08‑18
Wellington
Mk. III
X3654
Flying Officer
PoW
1944‑01‑02
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
DV269
Pilot Officer
PoW
1944‑03‑31
Lancaster
Mk.I
ME618
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑12‑28
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
PB634
Sergeant
KIA
1944‑03‑31
Lancaster
Mk.I
ME618
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑12‑08
Lancaster
Mk.I
W4782
Flight Lieutenant
PoW
1945‑02‑24
Lancaster
Mk.I
RA523
Flying Officer
PoW
1944‑08‑25
Lancaster
Mk.I
ME857
KIA
1944‑05‑23
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
LM395
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1944‑03‑31
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
DV290
Pilot Officer
PoW
1944‑07‑21
Lancaster
Mk.I
LL862
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑12‑07
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
ED322
KIA
1944‑05‑23
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
LM395
Flight Lieutenant
PoW
1942‑09‑22
Wellington
Mk. lll
X3815
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑11‑06
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
PB692
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑11‑04
Lancaster
Mk.I
ME865
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑07‑12
Wellington
Mk. lll
BJ583
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑12‑17
Lancaster
Mk.I
NG131
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑07‑21
Lancaster
Mk.I
LL862
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
PoW
1944‑07‑21
Lancaster
Mk.I
W4967
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑03‑23
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
DV245
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1944‑07‑21
Lancaster
Mk.I
LL779
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1944‑12‑28
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
PB634
Flight Lieutenant
PoW
1945‑03‑23
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
DV245
Flying Officer
PoW
1944‑08‑13
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
PB258
Pilot Officer
PoW
1944‑08‑13
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
PB258
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑09‑13
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
PB456
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑08‑13
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
LM598
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑11‑29
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
LM755
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1944‑01‑20
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
LM387
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑08‑30
Lancaster
Mk.I
ME592
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1944‑08‑25
Lancaster
Mk.I
ME857
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑08‑25
Lancaster
Mk.I
ME857
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑03‑31
Lancaster
Mk.I
LL832
Pilot Officer
KIA
1943‑03‑27
Lancaster
Mk.I
W4322
Flying Officer
Interned
1944‑04‑28
Lancaster
Mk.I
LL750
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
KIA
1942‑12‑08
Lancaster
Mk.I
W4782
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑11‑04
Lancaster
Mk.I
ME865
Sergeant
KIA
1941‑09‑01
Wellington
IC
R1703
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1943‑05‑05
Lancaster
Mk.I
W4888
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
KIA
1944‑03‑31
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
DV290
Pilot Officer
PoW
1944‑03‑31
Lancaster
Mk.I
ME618
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑08‑26
Lancaster
Mk.I
NN705
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1943‑10‑18
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
DV230
Flight Sergeant
Evader
1944‑08‑25
Lancaster
Mk.I
ME857
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑05‑04
Lancaster
Mk.I
ME564
Flight Lieutenant W.Op./Air Gnr.
KIA
1943‑06‑22
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
ED650
Sergeant
KIA
1943‑05‑24
Lancaster
Mk.I
W4919
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1944‑05‑25
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
DV389
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑07‑21
Lancaster
Mk.I
W4967
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1943‑05‑24
Lancaster
Mk.I
W4919
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑12‑07
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
ED322
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑07‑21
Lancaster
Mk.I
W4967
Flying Officer
PoW
1944‑04‑23
Lancaster
Mk.I
ME619
Sergeant
KIFA
1942‑11‑16
Lancaster
Mk.I
W4326
Flight Lieutenant
PoW Died
1943‑11‑27
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
DV289
Pilot Officer
PoW
1944‑06‑22
Lancaster
Mk.I
ME613
Warrant Officer 1st Class
KIA
1943‑04‑09
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
ED618
Sergeant
KIA
1942‑07‑09
Wellington
Mk. III
X3634
Sergeant
KIA
1944‑09‑13
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
PB456
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑01‑02
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
DV308
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑08‑29
Lancaster
Mk.I
LL757
Sergeant
KIA
1943‑05‑26
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
ED660
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑03‑23
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
DV245
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑07‑28
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
LM462
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1944‑07‑01
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
DV301
Sergeant
KIA
1944‑09‑13
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
PB456
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑11‑04
Lancaster
Mk.I
ME865
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑06‑17
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
LM474
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑04‑18
Wellington
Mk. lll
X3655
Flight Sergeant
PoW
1944‑11‑29
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
LM755
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑06‑17
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
LM474
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑07‑21
Lancaster
Mk.I
W4967
Flight Sergeant
PoW
1941‑09‑01
Wellington
IC
R1703
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
PoW
1942‑08‑25
Wellington
Mk. III
Z1594
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑11‑04
Lancaster
Mk.I
NF936
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑01‑02
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
DV308

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