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    Default Sussex Squadrons

    I am trying to compile a list of all squadrons and units that have been based in East and West Sussex including those of the RFC as well as the RAF and any overseas units.

    Can anyone advise where to start please?

    Once i have the squadrons i intend to do a little research on each one to keep me occupied during the long winter nights!

    Thanks in advance for any tips..............

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    A good start would be the book Military Airfields of Britain - Southern England: (Kent, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex) by Ken Delve.
    Also I would recomend the book Action Stations: Military Airfields of the Central South and South-east by Chris Ashworth.
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    "Heroes of Fighter Command - SUSSEX" by Rupert Matthews (Countryside Books 2007) ISBN 978 1 84674 0367 may be useful. It doesn't claim to be comprehensive but it does have a lot of personal accounts.

    Bruce

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    I'm no expert in English geography, so please forgive any mistakes. The book "RCAF Squadrons and Aircraft" by Kostenuk and Griffin lists these Canadian units with (I think) a Sussex link:

    No. 1 Canadian Wing, RAF, HQ plus No. 1 Sdn CAF and No. 2 Sdn CAF at Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex 1919/1920

    No. 401 (F) Sdn RCAF at Tangmere, Sussex 18 April to 17 June 1944

    No. 402 (F) Sdn RCAF at Merston, Sussex 7 August to 18 Sept 1943; Westhampnett, Sussex 19 to 26 June 1944; Merston, Sussex 27 June to 7 Aug 1944

    No. 403 (F) Sdn RCAF at Tangmere 18 April to 15 June 1944

    No. 411 (F) Sdn RCAF at Tangmere 16 Apr to 18 June 1944

    No. 412 (F) Sdn RCAF at North Weald 4 to 18 June 1942; Merston 19 June to 23 Aug 1942; Tangmere 24 Aug to 22 Sept 1942; Friston 21 June to 13 July 1943; Tangmere again 15 Apr to 18 June 1944 (Tangmere appears to be the last stop for many 2 TAF units going to France)

    No. 416 (F) Sdn RCAF at Merston 9 Aug to 18 Sept 1943; Tangmere 17 Apr to 15 June 1944

    No. 418 (I) Sdn RCAF at Ford 15 Mar 1943 to 7 Apr 1944

    No. 421 (F) Sdn RCAF at Tangmere 18 Apr to 15 June 1944

    No. 438 (FB) Sdn RCAF at Funtington 3 to 19 Apr 1944

    No. 439 (FB) Sdn RCAF at Funtington 2 to 18 Apr 1944

    No. 440 (FB) Sdn RCAF at Funtington 3 to 19 April 1944

    No. 441 (F) Sdn RCAF at Westhampnett 1 to 11 Apr 1944; Funtington 23 Apr to 13 May 1944; Ford 14 May to 14 June 1944

    No. 442 (F) Sdn RCAF at Westhamptnett 1 to 22 Apr 1944; Funtington 23 Apr to 14 May 1944; Ford 15 May to 14 June 1944

    No. 443 (F) Sdn at Westhamptnett 8 to 21 Apr 1944; Funtington 22 Apr to 14 May 1944; Ford 15 May to 14 June 1944

    No. 666 (AOP) Sdn RCAF at Friston 18 Apr to 26 May 1945

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    Hi
    Try and get a look at RAF Squadrons by C J Jefford. It lists all RAF/RFC Sqns with where they were stationed, dates of arrival and leaving, and what they flew. Also in the book is a list of RAF Stations with simple lists of the Sqns that served there. You would need to cross refer to the Sqn entries for dates. The book should be available,to buy, via somewhere like Bookfinder or possibly via your local library
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    Dick

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    Thank you to all who replied this will give me a great starting point!

    Regards

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