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12 Squadron (RAF)

No 12 Squadron RFC was formed at Netheravon on 4th February 1915. From 1916 to 1918 it was employed in a ground support role. It was part of the Army of Occupation at the end of WWI and was then disbanded at Bickendorf, Germany in July 1922. It was re-formed at Northolt, Middlesex in April 1923 as a bomber squadron flying DH 9A's. In 1924 it received Fairey Fawn aircraft, and later these were replaced with Fairey Foxes. From October 1935 until August 1936 it was based at Aden to reinforce RAF Middle East Command. On returning to England it re-equipped with Hawker Hinds and was based at Andover, Hampshire, until May 1939, by which time it was equipped with Fairey Battles.

From May 1939 until the outbreak of WWII the squadron was based at Bicester, Oxfordshire, the moved to France in September of 1939. It was based at a number of airfields in France, successively Berry-au-Bac, Amifontaine, Echemines and Souge. It returned to England in July 1940. During its stay in France, the squadron formed part of the Advanced Air Striking Force. During the German invasion of Belgium and France in May 1940, the squadron attacked the German invading forces, principally by trying to destroy bridges which could be used by the invading forces. On one such attack, F/O D.E. Garland (pilot) and Sgt T. Gray (observer) attacked a bridge over the Albert Canal. They were shot down and perished, but their attack appeared to have been successful and they were both awarded posthumous Victoria Crosses, the first VCs awarded to the RAF in WWII. It was clear from the heavy losses of the Fairey Battle squadrons that the aircraft was hopelessly outclassed as an effective weapon of war.

After withdrawing from France, the squadron spent a month at Finningley, Yorkshire, before moving to Binbrook, Lincolnshire in early July 1940. It was used to attack shipping in the German-held Channel ports, where shipping was being collected for the invasion of Britain, operation SEALION. During the period August-September 1940 it operated from Thorney Island, Hampshire and Eastchurch, Kent: it returned to Binbrook in September 1940. In November, the squadron began to re-equip with Vickers Wellingtons. It now flew as part of No. 1 Group of Bomber Command in its strategic bombing of Germany. It remained at Binbrook from September 1940 to September 1942, with a short diversion to Thruxton in June-July 1942. In September 1942 the squadron settled into its final home of WWI, Wickenby in Lincolnshire, where it remained until September 1945, when it returned to Binbrook.

The squadron later continued to fly bomber aircraft, namely Avro Lincoln and English Electric Canberra before being disbanded in July 1961. It was later reinstated as part of the V-bomber force, flying Avro Vulcans.

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Nationality ⬆⬇
Name ⬆⬇
WarStatus ⬆⬇
EventDate ⬆⬇
Aircraft ⬆⬇
 
Serial ⬆⬇
Lieutenant
PoW
1918‑11‑10
 
 
C2691
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑02‑25
Lancaster
Mk.III
JB540
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1943‑04‑14
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
ED714
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑01‑16
Lancaster
Mk.I
LM213
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1943‑04‑14
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
ED714
Pilot Officer
KIA
1945‑03‑16
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
RF188
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑04‑05
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
RF182
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑03‑24
Lancaster
Mk.III
ND439
Flight Sergeant
Interned
1944‑01‑06
Lancaster
Mk.III
ND324
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1945‑04‑05
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
RF182
Pilot Officer
KIA
1945‑03‑16
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
RF181
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑08‑13
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
PB247
Flying Officer
Interned
1944‑01‑06
Lancaster
Mk.III
ND324
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1943‑01‑23
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
ED386
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1944‑03‑31
Lancaster
Mk.III
ND441
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑09‑06
Wellington
Mk. lll
BJ691
Sergeant
KIA
1941‑02‑08
Wellington
Mk. II
W5365
Sergeant
KIA
1941‑10‑11
Wellington
Mk. II
W5379
Flight Lieutenant
PoW
1940‑05‑14
Battle
Mk. l
L4952
Sergeant
KIA
1941‑08‑31
Wellington
Mk. II
W5577
Flying Officer
PoW
1945‑03‑16
Lancaster
Mk.I
PD275
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1944‑10‑14
Lancaster
Mk.I
NF928
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑02‑07
Lancaster
Mk.I
NF925
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑07‑29
Lancaster
Mk.III
ND699
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1943‑07‑04
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
ED820
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1943‑02‑27
Lancaster
Mk.I
W4792
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1943‑06‑12
Lancaster
Mk.I
W4791
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1945‑03‑16
Lancaster
Mk.I
PD275
Captain, CAF
Survived
1920‑05‑17
 
 
 
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑07‑29
Lancaster
Mk.I
LM107
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑03‑26
Wellington
Mk. II
W5372
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1941‑10‑11
Wellington
Mk. II
Z8397
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑09‑07
Wellington
Mk. II
Z8517
Pilot Officer
KIA
1945‑01‑08
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
PB851
Pilot Officer
PoW
1943‑01‑18
Lancaster
Mk.I
W4368
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑06‑24
Lancaster
Mk.III
ND528
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑09‑30
Wellington
Mk. lll
BJ964
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑01‑16
Lancaster
Mk.I
NN712
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑07‑29
Lancaster
Mk.I
LM107
Flight Sergeant
PoW
1943‑11‑03
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
DV218
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑10‑14
Lancaster
Mk.I
LL909
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑02‑20
Lancaster
Mk.III
ND410
Pilot Officer
KIA
1945‑01‑16
Lancaster
Mk.I
LM213
Warrant Officer
PoW
1942‑01‑21
Wellington
Mk. ll
Z8370
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑01‑14
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
LM714
Pilot Officer
KIA
1945‑01‑08
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
PB851
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑07‑21
Lancaster
Mk.I
LM106
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1944‑12‑12
Lancaster
Mk.III
ND342
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑07‑22
Wellington
Mk. II
Z8420
Flight Sergeant
PoW
1944‑02‑16
Lancaster
Mk.III
ND404
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑03‑16
Lancaster
Mk.III
ND447
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑01‑08
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
PB851
Sergeant
KIA
1945‑03‑16
Lancaster
Mk.I
PD275
Pilot Officer
PoW
1944‑08‑13
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
PB247
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑07‑04
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
ED820
Flying Officer
PoW
1945‑03‑16
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
RF188
Sergeant
PoW
1945‑01‑16
Lancaster
Mk.I
LM213
Flight Sergeant
PoW
1945‑03‑17
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
RF188
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑06‑24
Lancaster
Mk.III
ND528
Lieutenant
KIA
1918‑09‑03
 
 
B7888
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑07‑01
Lancaster
Mk.III
ND842
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1943‑08‑28
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
DV187
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
KIA
1943‑02‑27
Lancaster
Mk.I
W4792
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑01‑16
Lancaster
Mk.I
LM213
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑03‑16
Lancaster
Mk.I
PD275
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1945‑04‑05
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
RF182
Flight Lieutenant
Interned
1944‑01‑06
Lancaster
Mk.III
ND324
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑03‑31
Lancaster
Mk.III
ND441
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑08‑01
Wellington
Mk. II
Z8499
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
PoW
1941‑10‑13
Wellington
Mk. II
W5552
Pilot Officer
KIA
1945‑01‑16
Lancaster
Mk.I
LM213
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
PoW
1942‑02‑26
Wellington
Mk. ll
Z8410
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑03‑26
Wellington
Mk. II
W5371
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑03‑16
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
RF188
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑07‑21
Lancaster
Mk.I
LM106
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑02‑07
Lancaster
Mk.I
NF925
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑04‑23
Lancaster
Mk.III
ND715
Pilot Officer
KIA
1945‑03‑16
Lancaster
Mk.I
PD275
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑07‑29
Wellington
Mk. II
W5424
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑02‑20
Lancaster
Mk.III
JB609
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
KIA
1943‑10‑09
Lancaster
Mk.III
JB406
Flight Lieutenant
PoW
1941‑09‑08
 
 
W5598
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑03‑31
Lancaster
Mk.III
ND562
Flight Sergeant
PoW
1943‑04‑17
Lancaster
Mk.I
W4366
Sergeant
KIA
1945‑03‑16
Lancaster
Mk.I
PD275
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑03‑09
Wellington
Mk. II
Z8409
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑01‑14
Lancaster
Mk.III
JB542
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑04‑05
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
RF182
Flight Lieutenant
Interned
1944‑01‑06
Lancaster
Mk.III
ND324
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑05‑30
Wellington
 
Z8598
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑08‑13
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
PB247
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑03‑31
Lancaster
Mk.III
ND562
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑07‑01
Lancaster
Mk.III
JB462
Flight Sergeant
PoW
1944‑01‑28
Lancaster
Mk.III
JB358
Flying Officer
PoW
1945‑01‑14
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
LM714
Sergeant
KIA
1944‑08‑27
Lancaster
Mk.I
LM225
Flying Officer
PoW
1944‑02‑16
Lancaster
Mk.III
ND404
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑01‑10
Wellington
Mk. II
W5611
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
PoW
1942‑10‑14
Wellington
Mk. lll
BJ653
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑12‑12
Lancaster
Mk.III
ND342
Flight Lieutenant
PoW
1941‑09‑08
Wellington
 
Z8328
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑03‑31
Lancaster
Mk.III
ND441
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1943‑11‑23
Lancaster
Mk.III
JB537
Warrant Officer
PoW
1943‑06‑12
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
ED357
Sergeant
KIA
1943‑12‑29
Lancaster
Mk.III
JB407
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑06‑24
Lancaster
Mk.III
ND528
Pilot Officer
KIA
1942‑06‑18
Wellington
Mk. II
W5381
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑04‑10
Lancaster
Mk.III
JB709
Pilot Officer
KIA
1945‑03‑16
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
RF188
Flying Officer
PoW
1944‑10‑14
Lancaster
Mk.I
LL909
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑01‑14
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
LM714
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1943‑06‑25
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
ED968
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑10‑15
Wellington
Mk. lll
BJ606
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑05‑28
Lancaster
Mk.III
ND679
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1943‑05‑14
Lancaster
Mk.I
W4366
Warrant Officer 1st Class
PoW
1943‑01‑18
Lancaster
Mk.I
W4368
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑04‑10
Lancaster
Mk.III
JB709
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑05‑09
Wellington
Mk. II
W5574
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1943‑07‑10
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
DV164
Pilot Officer
PoW
1944‑03‑25
Lancaster
Mk.III
ND650
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1943‑06‑18
Lancaster
Mk.I
W4374
Flying Officer
PoW
1944‑05‑23
Lancaster
Mk.III
NE134
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑07‑01
Lancaster
Mk.III
JB462
Flight Lieutenant 
KIA
1945‑04‑05
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
RF182
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1943‑06‑25
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
ED968
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1945‑02‑07
Lancaster
Mk.I
NF925
WO2
PoW
1944‑06‑28
Lancaster
Mk.III
ND424
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1943‑08‑03
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
DV224
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
PoW
1943‑06‑12
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
ED357
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
PoW
1943‑05‑14
Lancaster
Mk.I
W4366
Flying Officer
PoW
1945‑01‑16
Lancaster
Mk.I
NN712
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑10‑12
Wellington
Mk. II
Z8532
2nd-Lieutenant
Survived
1918‑10‑28
 
 
 
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1943‑10‑09
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
ED995
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑10‑25
Wellington
Mk. II
W5394
Sergeant
KIA
1944‑01‑06
Lancaster
Mk.III
JB357
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
PoW
1942‑10‑09
Wellington
Mk. lll
BJ780
Flight Lieutenant
PoW
1942‑07‑26
Wellington
 
Z8591
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1943‑11‑03
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
DV218
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑06‑29
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
EE195
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
PoW
1942‑10‑09
Wellington
Mk. lll
BJ780
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑09‑30
Wellington
Mk. lll
BJ964
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
PoW
1944‑01‑02
Lancaster
Mk.III
ND325
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑07‑01
Lancaster
Mk.III
JB462
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1945‑01‑16
Lancaster
Mk.I
NN712
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑10‑25
Wellington
Mk. II
W5394
Pilot Officer
KIA
1945‑02‑07
Lancaster
Mk.I
NF925
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑08‑11
Lancaster
Mk.III
JB716
Pilot Officer
KIA
1945‑03‑16
Lancaster
Mk.I
PD275
Pilot Officer
KIA
1945‑02‑07
Lancaster
Mk.I
NF925
Flying Officer
Interned
1944‑01‑06
Lancaster
Mk.III
ND324
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑04‑05
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
RF182
Flight Sergeant
Interned
1944‑01‑06
Lancaster
Mk.III
ND324
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1945‑04‑05
Lancaster
Mk.I/III
RF182
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑06‑24
Lancaster
Mk.III
ND528
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑10‑12
Wellington
Mk. II
Z8532

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