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    Default 104 Sqn in Malta and Egypt

    I have the following dates for 104 Sqn's move to the Middle East and I am trying to sort out where the squadron actually was on May 29 when the a/c was lost. According to the report Wellington II Z8366 'T' it took off from Luqa, headed for Sicily, and came back on one engine, only to crash on approach - and yet according to below the Sqn was in Egypt.

    Were there different detachments in both places? Does anyone have the Sqn ORB?

    17 October 1941: Detachment to Luqa (Malta)
    3 January 1942-19 May 1942: Kabrit (Egypt)
    19 May-26 June 1942: L.G. 106 (Egypt)
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    Default No. 104 (B) Squadron

    G'day Dave

    No. 104 (B) Squadron sent a detachment of 15 Vickers Wellington MK. II's to Luqa on the 14th of October 1941. The home echelon continued to fly ops from Driffield, Yorkshire until the 14th of February 1942 when it was re-numbered No. 158 (B) Squadron.

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    Hello Dave,

    From 'Jeff' Jefford's, R.A.F. Squadrons.

    104 Sqn.

    7 Mar 41 Reformed at Driffield.
    Apr 41 Wellington II (Aug 43).
    14 Oct 41 15 aircraft det Luqa.
    14 Feb 42 UK echelon renumbered as No.158 Sqn.
    14 Jan 42 To Kabrit.
    13 May 42 To LG 106.
    det Luqa.
    26 Jun 42 To Kabrit.
    7 Nov 42 To LG 224.
    det Luqa.
    12 Nov 42 To LG 104.
    det Luqa.
    27 Nov 42 To LG 237.
    det Luqa.

    These were the movements up to the end of 1942.

    See:
    RAF Squadrons.
    Jefford,C.G. (W/C,MBE,RAF).
    Shrewsbury:Airlife,1988.
    p.54

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    David
    Not answering your question but 104 RAF was at Foggia Main, Italy, 1944 & possibly late 1943 ?
    I have also posted a reply to your KH159 post ---on page 2 at the moment

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    Last edited by aestorm; 8th February 2009 at 12:33.

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    Thanks Col and Chris, so it looks like the main group moved on to LG106 from Kabrit and a detachment (of how many?) went back to Malta.

    I have read that at this point in the siege of Malta, that the Spitfires were gaining the upper hand while the Axis had also let up to assist Rommel, so they probably felt it was safe enough to go back and take on their tormentors based at Catania, does this sound right?
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    You've probably got a lot more info since this thread was originally posted, but Chappell in his book "Wellington Wings" says that on 23rd May 1942 he attended briefing that his squadron (104) "is sending a detachment of ten wellingtons off to Malta under the command of Squadron Leader D.M.Young."

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    Hello Simon, and Welcome,

    Your "Squadron Leader D. M. Young", is actually, 72478 S/L Henry Melvin "Dinghy" YOUNG DFC (later Bar), who was killed in action on the Dams Raid (16/17 May 1943).

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    My interest in this is contained in another thread about Bob Coxworth, another of my Malvern men.

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...light=coxworth
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    For a fuller account, see Pen&Sword's "Bombers over Sand and Snow: 205 Group RAF in World War II" by Alun Granfield. According to this work the mission was one of three aircraft of 104 Sq attacking Catania, although he does not distinguish between the nights 28/29 and 29/30 May.

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    Did you ever find the ORBs for 104 sqn whilst at Luga

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