107 Squadron

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Motto: "Nous y serons" ("We shall be there").
Badge: A double-headed eagle displayed, gorged with a collar of fleur-de-lys. The double-headed eagle is one of the supporters from the armorial bearings of Salisbury, in which district the squadron was formed. The collar of fleur-de-lys was introduced in reference to service in France in the First World War during a period when the unit was attached to the French Army. The motto is said to have been derived from the squadron magazine produced in the First World War and entitled The Objective 107th (Squadron Always Gets There).

History

At the start of the Second World War No.107 Squadron was a light bomber squadron, equipped with the Bristol Blenheim. It was one of the few bomber squadrons to begin active operations in 1939, taking part in the attack on Wilhelmshaven on the second day of the war.

The squadron was then involved in the fighting in Norway (April 1940), before taking part in the desperate attacks on German columns during the Battle of France. After the fall of France No. 107 Squadron took part in the attack on German invasion barges.

In March 1941 the squadron moved to Scotland and to Coastal Command, and spent the next two months carrying out anti-submarine patrols and attacks on German shipping in the North Sea, before returning to Bomber Command and to Great Massingham in Norfolk.

In August 1941 the squadron's Blenheims flew out to Malta, from where they attacked Axis targets in Italy, Sicily and North Africa. This lasted until 9 January 1942 when the surviving aircraft were withdrawn, and the detachment was dissolved.

In the same month the squadron began to receive Boston bombers back at Great Massingham, and in March operations from Britain resumed. For the next two years the squadron attacked German airfields and transport targets in occupied Europe.

The squadron's final chance of duty came in February 1944 when it received the Mosquito FB.VI, and began to fly night intruder missions over Germany and occupied Europe. The squadron moved to Cambrai in November 1944, and remained there until the end of the war, still performing its night intruder duties. For three years after the war the squadron was part of the occupation force in Germany, before being renumbered as No. 11 Squadron in 1948.

Aircraft
August 1938-May 1939: Bristol Blenheim I
May 1939-January 1942: Bristol Blenheim IV
January 1942-February 1944: Boston III and IIIA
February 1944-September 1948:
De Havilland Mosquito FB.VI

Location
11 May 1939-3 March 1941: Wattisham(Suffolk)
3 March-11 May 1941: Leuchars (Fife, Scotland)
11 May 1941-20 August 1941: Great Massingham (Norfolk)
20 August 1941-12 January 1942: Luqa (Malta)
January 1942-1 August 1943: Great Massingham
1 August 1943-3 February 1944: Hartfordbridge
3 February 1944-30 October 1944: Lasham
30 October-19 November 1944: Hartfordbridge
19 November 1944-3 July 1945: A.75 Cambrai/ Epinoy (France)

Squadron Codes: BZ, OM

Group and Duty
26 September 1939: Bomber squadron with No.2 Group, 83 Wing Force
March-May 1941: Coastal Command
August 1941-January 1942: Aircraft to Malta
January 1942-January 1944: Bomber squadron
February 1944- : Night intruder with Mosquitoes

Rickard, J (24 March 2007), No. 107 Squadron (RAF): Second World War)

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Casualties of the squadron, buried in the Netherlands.

Number of known casualties: 37

United Kingdom 34
New Zealand 1
Canada 1
U.S.A. 1

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Adams Sgt Peter Edward Frederick   Jonkerbos 23 June 1940
Allen P/O Frank Edward   Vlissingen 1 August 1942
Anderson F/O Peter   Vlissingen 22 October 1943
Barnes Sgt Ronald Arthur   Bergen op Zoom War 6 December 1942
Barrett Sgt William John   Amsterdam 23 June 1940
Bentham Sgt Henry   Bergen op Zoom War 30 August 1940
Berry F/O Ernest Reginald   Bergen op Zoom War 30 August 1940
Brice F/O John Robertson   Vlissingen 22 October 1943
Brown F/O Donald Rowland Rennie   Vlissingen 22 October 1943
Brown F/S William Austin   Bergen op Zoom War 11 February 1943
Burns Sgt Walter Eric   Bergen op Zoom War 11 February 1943
Butler F/S Richard   Bergen op Zoom War 3 May 1943
Collins F/S John Robert   Bergen 28 July 1942
Corah P/O Geoffrey Peter   Vlissingen 1 August 1942
Esson P/O Stephen George   Willemsoord 23 June 1940
Gardner P/O Neville   Vlissingen 22 October 1943
Gauntlett F/O Herbert Horatio   Bergen 3 May 1943
Gibson Sgt Robert   Vlissingen 22 October 1943
Griffin F/S Gabriel George   Arnhem Oosterbeek 17 September 1944
Kindell P/O Albert Ernest   Vlissingen 22 October 1944
Lewis WO Alfred George   Arnhem Oosterbeek 17 September 1944
Lindley P/O Arthur Alan Hewson   Vlissingen 1 August 1942
MacPherson P/O Alasdair Charles   Vlissingen 1 August 1941
McNair Sgt Charles Aitchison   Bergen op Zoom War 18 February 1943
McPhee DFM WO John Sim   Olburgen 17 September 1944
Muddell P/O Vincent George   Vlissingen 22 October 1943
Murchison Sgt George Ross   Willemsoord 26 June 1940
Percival Sgt Joseph Eric   Bergen 28 July 1942
Redbourn F/O Derrick Redvers   Vlissingen 6 December 1942
Rodham Sgt Clifford   Vlissingen 22 October 1943
Russell F/S Richard Anderson   Bergen 28 July 1942
Scofield Sgt Siddle Henry   Bergen 28 July 1942
Sully Sgt Alfred Peter   Bergen op Zoom War 30 August 1940
Thomson SL Hugh Frederick   Vlissingen 1 August 1941
Tozer P/O James Johnstone   Willemsoord 23 June 1943
Williams F/S Leonard Charles   Vlissingen 1 August 1941
Woodhouse WO Robert Arnold Roger Miles   Rheden 17 September 1944