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295 Sqd. based at RAF Hurn

295 Sqd. based at RAF Hurn
Author: Carolyn Perkins (Guest)
Time Stamp:
11:49:54 22 July 2001
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Am interested in finding out about 295 Sqd and their activities prior to Nov '43 when one flight was converted to 298 Sqd and sent to Tarrant Rushton.

Any info. would be useful



RE: 295 Sqd. based at RAF Hurn
Author: Chris Charland (Guest)
Time Stamp:
20:47:16 23 July 2001
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Hi Carolyn

Here's a bit of background history on the squadron for the time period you mentioned.

Cheers...Chris

No.295 Squadron's operational role during the Second World War was in support of airborne forces. The squadron was formed at R.A.F. Station Netheravon, Wiltshire on the 3rd of August 1942. The squadron's initial aircraft was the Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk.V. No.295 Squadron commenced operations in November with the dropping of leaflets (codename Nickel) over occupied France. The squadron received a number of Handley Page Halifax Mk.V's to supplement the Whitleys February 1943.

No.295 Squadron relocated to R.A.F. Station Holmsley South, Hampshire on the 1st of May 1943. During June 1943, Halifaxes embarked to Goubrine II, Tunisia where they were tasked with towing gliders in North Africa. This detachment lasted until September 1943. While the Halifaxes were deployed overseas, the squadron moved to R.A.F. Station Hurn, Hampshire (30th of June 1943).

No.295 Squadron started their conversion to the Armstrong Whitworth Albermarle Mk.II in October 1943 and the Mk.I the following month. These aircraft were used to drop supplies to the French Resistance.



RE: 295 Sqd. based at RAF Hurn
Author: Carolyn Perkins (Guest)
Time Stamp:
09:47:17 03 August 2001
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Chris,

Many thanks for the information. Much appreciated.

I am tracking a particular individual who was part of the transfer to 298 Sqd. do you have any other information that might help in this?

Regards

Carolyn



RE: 295 Sqd. based at RAF Hurn
Author: Steve (Guest)
Time Stamp:
14:29:06 11 August 2001
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I have been researching 295 Sqn recently. My grandfathers brother, Sgt Upperton, was shot down in the Bay of Biscay on the 14 June 1943. The operation that they were on was called 'Op Beggar', Which was the transportation of 40 Horsa Gliders from Portreath to North Africa in preparation for the Sicily landings.

I have not had much luck with 295 Sqn or 38 Wing, however the best information I have gathered is from books on the Glider Pilot Regiment. One book in particular called 'Glider Soldiers' (authors name i cannot remember)is very informative on 295 and the other 38 Wing Sqns. I have found the search engine google to be quite informative also.



RE: 295 Sqd. based at RAF Hurn
Author: Alan
Time Stamp:
18:59:24 11 August 2001
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Carolyn/Steve,

Carolyn, i've got a few pages fron 295sqdn ORB for Sept/Oct 43 if you want copies.

Steve, Have you tried the P.R.O. for the ORBs for 295sqdn, the ref number for 43 is Air 27/1644, you'll find everthing you want here.


RE: 295 Sqd. based at RAF Hurn
Author: Chris_Pointon
Time Stamp:
01:41:23 12 August 2001
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I am diverting here from the original question but I have been looking for information on the activities of 295 and 570 Sqdn whilst at Hurn and flying Albermarles for dropping of supplies to the French Resistance. I looked at the 570 Sqdn ORB for March 44 to research one Albermarle lost over Orleans in France and got the expected answer 'Special Duties'. Does anyone know of any books or information written about how these supply drops were organised.

For the benefit of readers who are interested in the glider towing activities by Stirlings of these Squadrons from October 1944 and Operation Varsity there is a very good small book 'RAF Rivenhall' by B.A. Stait. Stirling S/No's and Pilots of 295 Sqdn on Varsity are listed The book also covers the American Mustang Sqdns of the 363rd Fighter Group from Jan 44 and in April Marauders of the 397th Bomber Group. All the Operations of the latter are listed from April 20th to August 4th 44 with the names of lead Pilots - all aircraft lost are listed by S/No and Codes.


RE: 295 Sqd. based at RAF Hurn
Author: errolmartyn (Guest)
Time Stamp:
11:16:51 12 August 2001
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Chris (and others),

K A Merrick's 'Flights of the Forgotten: Special Duties Operations in World War Two', pub 1989 by Arms & Armour might provide some of the info you seek. My own copy is out on loan at present, so not able to check the details. The book is, however, literally crammed full of detailed text. Not the easiest read at a long sitting, but it is chronologically set out (in three parts/theatres) and includes an index. I've not come across anything else as good between two covers on SD Ops and it's well worth going to the trouble of getting hold of a copy if you can.


RE: 295 Sqd. based at RAF Hurn
Author: Chris_Pointon
Time Stamp:
10:10:37 13 August 2001
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Many thanks Errol for info on book 'Flights of the Forgotten'

Chris