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102 Squadron (RAF) ( 162)

No. 102 Squadron RFC was formed in August 1917 and served on the Western Front in WWI as a night bomber unit equipped with FE2b aircraft. It continued in this night bomber role until the cessation of hostilities. The squadron was disbanded on July 3, 1919. It was re-formed on October 1, 1935 as a bomber unit, at Worthy Down, Hampshire, where it remained until it moved to Finningley, Yorkshire in September, 1936. Further moves were to Honington, Suffolk in July of 1937, and to Driffield, Yorkshire in July 1938. The squadron originally flew Handley Page Heyford aircrft, but re-equipped with Armstrong Whitworth Whitleys before the outbreak of WWII. While the squadron remained based at Driffield, detachments were sent to Villeneuve, France between October 1939 and February 1940. There were also detachments seconded to Coastal Command at Kinloss, Scotland in November and December 1939.

The squadron's first operation was on the second night of the war, when it dropped leaflets over the Ruhr in Germany. The first bombing attack was on the night of 12/13 December 1939, when a seaplane was attacked at its base at Sylt, Germany. When Italy entered the war on 10/11 June, 1940, the squadron flew from Jersey airport in the Channel Islands to attack Turin. Between August and September 1940 the squadron was based at Leeming, Yorkshire.

The squadron was seconded to Coastal Command from September to October 1940, flying from Prestwick, Scotland. It moved to Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire in October and November of 1940, and then to Dalton, Yorkshire in November 1941. In June of 1942 the squadron moved to Topcliffe, Yorkshire and in August moved to Pocklington, from which it flew until the end of hostilities, as a member of No. 4 Group of Bomber Command. From December 1941 until the end of the war, the squadron flew Handley Page Halifax aircraft. Although most of their missions were bombing sorties, the squadron also transported 134,280 gallons of petrol to Belgium to help fuel the Second Army in September/October 1944.

One of the remarkable airmen who flew with the squadron was P/O Leonard Cheshire, later G/C and VC holder. His aircraft P5005 N-Nuts was very badly holed on an attack to an oil refinery at Wesseling, Germany on the night of 12/13 November 1940. The aircraft suffered a huge hole on the port fuselage, but Cheshire was able to stabilize it and brought the aircraft home, to be awarded an immediate DSO. Overall in the course of the war, the squadron dropped 14,118 tons of bombs and laid 1865 mines. Among the awards gained by squadron personnel were 5 DSOs, 115 DFCs, 2 Bars to DFC and 34 DFMs.

The squadron was transferred to Transport Command on May 7, 1945 and was disbanded on February 28, 1946.


Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1943‑02‑03
Halifax (W7921)
Dryden, Ontario
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑12‑12
Halifax (W7933)
Pleasantdale, Saskatchewan
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑06‑17
Halifax (MZ652)
Kitchener, Ontario
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1941‑09‑01
Whitley (Z6837)
Calgary, Alberta
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1945‑01‑05
Halifax (MZ796)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑07‑27
Halifax (W1153)
Arnprior, Ontario
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1942‑06‑17
Halifax (R9530)
Verdun, Quebec
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1943‑04‑21
Halifax (HR712)
Hanna, Alberta
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1944‑06‑17
Halifax (MZ642)
Montreal, Quebec
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑10‑01
Halifax (W7858)
Stratford, Ontario
Flying Officer
Prisoner of War
1945‑01‑05
Halifax (MZ796)
 
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1941‑09‑03
Whitley (Z6946)
Toronto, Ontario
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1941‑09‑03
Whitley (Z6946)
Lennoxville, Quebec
Flight Lieutenant
Prisoner of War
1944‑01‑22
Halifax (HX149)
Beverley, Alberta
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1944‑01‑20
Halifax (LW337)
Newcastle-on-Tyne, England
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑01‑06
Whitley (Z9289)
Bralorne, British Columbia
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1943‑05‑05
Halifax (HR667)
Owen Sound, Ontario
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑02‑26
Halifax (LW331)
Port Credit, Ontario
Sergeant
Prisoner of War
1944‑01‑20
Halifax (LW337)
 
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Prisoner of War
1942‑10‑06
Halifax (W7824)
Roblin, Manitoba
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1941‑12‑16
Whitley (Z6973)
Carberry, Manitoba
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑11‑10
Halifax (DT539)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Flight Lieutenant
Prisoner of War
1943‑12‑30
Halifax (HR867)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1941‑08‑30
Whitley (Z6951)
Ottawa, Ontario (parents)
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑07‑30
Halifax (R9442)
Red Deer, Alberta
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑11‑22
Halifax (W7914)
Whelley, Wigan, Lancashire, England
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑01‑20
Halifax (LW337)
Tottenham, Middlesex, England
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1944‑02‑20
Halifax (JN972)
 
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑11‑22
Halifax (W7914)
 
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑12‑06
Halifax (W7911)
Toronto, Ontario (parents)
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑01‑22
Halifax (LW274)
Toronto, Ontario (parents)
Warrant Officer 1st Class
Prisoner of War
1944‑01‑29
Halifax (LW277)
Forget, Saskatchewan
Flight Sergeant
Prisoner of War
1943‑08‑31
Halifax (JN909)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Flying Officer
Prisoner of War
1943‑01‑28
Halifax (W7918)
Morrisburg, Ontario
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Killed in Action
1943‑03‑29
Halifax (JB848)
Fargo, North Dakota, USA (parents)
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Killed in Action
1943‑02‑14
Halifax (W7880)
Toronto, Ontario (parents)
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Killed in Action
1942‑06‑17
Halifax (R9530)
New Waterford, Nova Scotia (parents)
Flight Sergeant
Prisoner of War
1943‑05‑14
Halifax (JB964)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Wing Commander
Killed in Action
1943‑07‑14
Halifax (JD297)
Victoria, British Columbia
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑01‑26
Whitley (Z9283)
Fitzroy Harbour, Ontario (parents)
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑02‑20
Halifax (JN972)
Ottawa, Ontario (parents)
Flying Officer
Prisoner of War
1945‑01‑05
Halifax (MZ796)
 
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1943‑08‑10
Halifax (JD369)
Durham, Ontario
Warrant Officer 1st Class
Killed in Action
1942‑06‑17
Halifax (W7651)
Peterborough, Ontario
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1945‑01‑16
Halifax (LW179)
Webb, Saskatchewan
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1943‑11‑12
Halifax (HX158)
Cranbrook, British Columbia
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Prisoner of War
1942‑07‑27
Halifax (W1142)
Guelph, Ontario
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑06‑26
Halifax (V9987)
Toronto, Ontario
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑10‑01
Halifax (W7858)
Weston, Ontario
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1945‑01‑05
Halifax (MZ796)
Schreiber, Ontario
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Killed in Action
1944‑01‑20
Halifax (LW337)
Regina, Saskatchewan
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑12‑03
Halifax (W7884)
Sechelt, British Columbia
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1942‑09‑10
Halifax (W7752)
GrandAIlee, Quebec
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1943‑05‑13
Halifax (JB799)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Killed in Action
1943‑02‑14
Halifax (W7880)
Toronto, Ontario
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑09‑10
Halifax (W7752)
Prince George, British Columbia
2nd-Lieutenant
Survived
1918‑11‑09
F.E.2 (D9998)
 
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1941‑07‑04
Whitley (Z6573)
St Thomas, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1942‑11‑22
Halifax (W7914)
Alperton, Wembley, Middlesex, England
Sergeant
Killed in Flying Accident
1943‑10‑03
Halifax (JD276)
Sault Ste Marie, Ontario (parents)
Sergeant
Prisoner of War
1944‑02‑20
Halifax (JN972)
 
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1943‑07‑10
Halifax (BB249)
Kirkfield Park, Manitoba
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1943‑05‑13
Halifax (JB799)
Toronto, Ontario
Flight Lieutenant
Killed in Action
1942‑10‑24
Halifax (DT512)
Montreal, Quebec
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑01‑31
Halifax (JD165)
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1943‑04‑27
Halifax (JB918)
Toronto, Ontario
Flying Officer
Prisoner of War
1944‑01‑20
Halifax (LW337)
 
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑12‑08
Halifax (W7925)
Toronto, Ontario
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1941‑08‑15
Whitley (Z6877)
Montreal, Quebec
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑06‑26
Halifax (W7759)
Sydney, Nova Scotia
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑12‑07
Halifax (W7924)
Nobel, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑06‑09
Halifax (LW140)
Beaurepaire, Quebec
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1943‑07‑04
Halifax (BB428)
Mimico, Ontario
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Killed in Action
1942‑06‑03
Halifax (R9491)
Elnora, Alberta
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1941‑09‑01
Whitley (Z6837)
Fort William, Ontario
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑12‑06
Halifax (W7911)
Toronto, Ontario
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑11‑22
Halifax (W7914)
Brighton, Sussex, England
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Prisoner of War
1942‑08‑10
Halifax (BB211)
Thorold, Ontario
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1942‑11‑22
Halifax (W7914)
Enfield, Middlesex, England
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑11‑10
Halifax (DT539)
Ottawa, Ontario
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Killed in Action
1944‑02‑26
Halifax (LW331)
Bourget, Ontario
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1944‑02‑20
Halifax (JN972)
 
Warrant Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑09‑17
Halifax (MZ289)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Prisoner of War
1942‑08‑10
Halifax (BB211)
Westmount, Quebec
Flight Sergeant
Prisoner of War
1941‑11‑08
Whitley (Z9212)
Deer Island, New Brunswick
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑08‑06
Halifax (R9495)
Chatham, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1942‑10‑01
Halifax (W1066)
Cornwall, Ontario
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑07‑27
Halifax (W1153)
Montreal, Quebec
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Killed in Action
1942‑06‑03
Halifax (R9491)
Montreal, Quebec
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑11‑10
Halifax (DT539)
Edmonton, Alberta
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑12‑08
Halifax (W7925)
Morganston, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑06‑17
Halifax (MZ652)
Sackville, New Brunswick
Warrant Officer 1st Class
Prisoner of War
1942‑12‑03
Halifax (W7884)
 
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1942‑08‑10
Halifax (BB211)
St Thomas, Ontario
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑12‑06
Halifax (W7911)
Edmonton, Alberta
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1943‑08‑31
Halifax (JN909)
Roland, Manitoba
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑04‑28
Halifax (JN948)
Pembroke, Ontario
Flight Lieutenant
Prisoner of War
1944‑02‑20
Halifax (JN972)
Edmonton, Alberta
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑06‑17
Halifax (MZ652)
North Bay, Ontario
Flying Officer
Prisoner of War
1942‑12‑03
Halifax (W7884)
Delhi, Ontario
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑08‑06
Halifax (R9495)
Revelstoke, British Columbia
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑12‑12
Halifax (W7933)
Brock, Saskatchewan
Flight Lieutenant
Prisoner of War
1942‑06‑17
Halifax (W7652)
Whitney, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1942‑10‑05
Halifax (W7746)
Westlock, Alberta
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑02‑26
Halifax (LW331)
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Pilot Officer
Prisoner of War
1944‑01‑21
Halifax (HX150)
 
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1941‑09‑03
Whitley (Z6946)
Montreal, Quebec
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1943‑05‑13
Halifax (JB799)
Toronto, Ontario
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1941‑09‑11
Whitley (Z6870)
Lawson, Saskatchewan
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑12‑03
Halifax (W7913)
Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, USA
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑11‑22
Halifax (W7914)
 
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1941‑09‑03
Whitley (Z6946)
St George, Ontario
Flight Lieutenant
Killed in Action
1943‑01‑28
Halifax (W7918)
St Peters, Prince Edward Island
Pilot Officer
Prisoner of War
1944‑09‑12
Halifax (MZ699)
 
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Prisoner of War
1942‑07‑09
Halifax (W1107)
Owen Sound, Ontario
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑06‑17
Halifax (W7651)
Dauphin, Manitoba
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑10‑01
Halifax (W7858)
Pembroke, Ontario
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1943‑06‑13
Halifax (JB868)
Kirkland Lake, Ontario
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Prisoner of War
1942‑04‑28
Halifax (W7653)
 
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑11‑10
Halifax (DT539)
Bethune, Saskatchewan
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1944‑02‑20
Halifax (JN972)
 
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑09‑24
Halifax (W1055)
Granby, Quebec
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑02‑26
Halifax (LW331)
Buchanan, Saskatchewan
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑09‑20
Halifax (W1271)
Pembroke, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑06‑17
Halifax (MZ652)
Eriksdale, Manitoba
Flight Sergeant
Prisoner of War
1943‑05‑24
Halifax (JD112)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑10‑05
Halifax (W7746)
Toronto, Ontario
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Prisoner of War
1944‑01‑29
Halifax (LW277)
 
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1945‑01‑05
Halifax (MZ796)
 
Flying Officer
Prisoner of War
1943‑07‑28
Halifax (JB864)
Woodstock, New Brunswick
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1945‑01‑05
Halifax (MZ796)
 
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑06‑17
Halifax (R9530)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1944‑01‑20
Halifax (JD461)
Chateauguay Heights, Quebec
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1944‑01‑20
Halifax (LW337)
Salisbury, South Australia
Survived
1918‑08‑24
F.E.2 ()
 
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1941‑11‑08
Whitley (Z9212)
Montreal, Quebec
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1945‑01‑05
Halifax (MZ796)
Bear River, Digby County, Nova Scotia
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1941‑09‑07
Whitley (Z6970)
London, Ontario
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1942‑06‑17
Halifax (W7651)
Pipestone, Manitoba
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑02‑15
Halifax (LW339)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Flight Lieutenant
Prisoner of War
1939‑09‑09
Whitley (K8950)
Penetang, Ontario
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑11‑22
Halifax (W7914)
Keewatin, Ontario
Warrant Officer 1st Class
Prisoner of War
1943‑01‑28
Halifax (W7918)
Lebanon, Tennessee, USA
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1944‑02‑20
Halifax (JN972)
 
Warrant Officer 1st Class
Prisoner of War Died
1943‑01‑28
Halifax (W7918)
Calgary, Alberta
Flying Officer
Prisoner of War
1944‑01‑20
Halifax (LW337)
 
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1943‑07‑30
Halifax (HR711)
Strongfield, Saskatchewan
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Killed in Action
1943‑02‑02
Halifax (W7882)
Scudder, Pelee Island, Ontario
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1943‑04‑21
Halifax (DT747)
Minaki , Ontario
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑04‑24
Halifax (HX151)
Belmont, Manitoba
Captain
Killed in Flying Accident
1919‑04‑23
O/400 (F3748)
Victoria, B.C.
Sergeant
Prisoner of War
1942‑07‑27
Halifax (W1142)
 
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1943‑11‑22
Halifax (LW333)
Fort Fraser, British Columbia
Pilot Officer
Prisoner of War
1944‑01‑20
Halifax (LW337)
 
Warrant Officer 1st Class
Killed in Action
1944‑06‑29
Halifax (LW159)
Palmerston, Ontario
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1943‑07‑25
Halifax (JD316)
Toronto, Ontario
Sergeant
Killed in Action
1941‑09‑01
Whitley (Z6837)
Hamilton, Ontario
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Prisoner of War
1944‑01‑21
Halifax (LW227)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑09‑24
Halifax (DT517)
Toronto, Ontario
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1943‑08‑31
Halifax (JD128)
Handel, Saskatchewan
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1943‑05‑28
Halifax (JD149)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1942‑11‑10
Halifax (DT539)
Hamilton, Ontario

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