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No. 128 Squadron (RAF): Second World War

No. 128 Squadron (RAF): Second World War



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No. 128 Squadron (RAF) during the Second World War

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No.128 Squadron had two incarnations during the Second World War, first as a fighter squadron in West Africa and then as a night intruder squadron based in Britain.

The first incarnation of the squadron was formed on 7 October 1941 from the Fighter Flight of No.95 Squadron at Hastings, Sierra Leone. Its role was to defend the British West African colony against any possible attacks from the Vicky French at Dakar. The squadron remained in existence until 8 March 1943, by which time the Vichy French position in Africa had collapsed and their air forces at Dakar had joined with the Allies.

No.128 Squadron reformed at Wyton on 5 September 1944 as a Mosquito squadron in No.8 Group, and was part of the Light Night Striking Force. The squadron flew night intruder missions over Germany for the rest of the war, helping to create the 'Mosquito panic' that so badly affected German aircrew in this period.

At the end of the war the squadron joined No.2 Group, surviving until 1 April 1946 when it was renumbered as No.14 Squadron.

Aircraft
October 1941-January 1943: Hawker Hurricane I
November 1942-March 1943: Hawker Hurricane IIB
September-November 1944: de Havilland Mosquito XX
October-November 1944: de Havilland Mosquito 25
November 1944-April 1946: de Havilland Mosquito XVI

Location
October 1941-March 1943: Hastings

September 1944-June 1945: Wyton
June-October 1945: Warboys
October 1945-March 1946: B.58 Melsbroek
March 1946: B.119 Wahn

Squadron Codes: WG, M5

Duty
1941-1943: Fighter Squadron, West Africa
1943-1945: Night Fighter Intruder, UK

Books

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The Battle of Britain Monument Shotgate Wickford Essex – RAF Pilot Officer W H Hodgson Hurricane Pilot – Royal Air Force No. 85 Squadron Group Captain Peter Townsend CVO DFC DSO Bar – HRH The Prince of Wales Duke of Rothesay + HRH Prince Andrew Duke of York + HRH Prince Edward Earl of Wessex – “Reflection” – THE WAR OFFICE WHITEHALL LONDON – CHURCHILL COLLEGE CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY – THE ROYAL AIR SQUADRON – THE AIR LEAGUE “PRESIDENT” GEORGE 5TH DUKE OF SUTHERLAND – THE ROYAL AERO CLUB “PATRON” GEORGE 5TH DUKE OF SUTHERLAND – HRH PRINCE EDWARD DUKE OF KENT – HRH PRINCE MICHAEL OF KENT – SIR WINSTON S. CHURCHILL “THE GODFATHER” = FARNBOROUGH AEROSPACE CORPORATION TRUST = CARROLL AIRCRAFT MUSEUM TRUST = “THE WICKFORD BUSINESS PARK SHOTGATE WICKFORD ESSEX STORY” = GERALD 6TH DUKE OF SUTHERLAND TRUST = HRH THE PRINCESS MARINA DUCHESS OF KENT = PRINCESS MARINA CENTRE SEER GREEN BEACONSFIELD – PRINCESS MARINA HOUSE RUSTINGTON LITTLEHAMPTON – ROYAL AIR FORCE COLLEGE CRANWELL – ROYAL AIR FORCES ASSOCIATION – ROYAL AIR FORCE BENEVOLENT FUND – ROYAL AIR FORCE CLUB 128 PICCADILLY LONDON – ESSEX POLICE CHIEF CONSTABLE BEN-JULIAN HARRINGTON QPM – ESSEX POLICE CRIME COMMISSIONER ROGER HIRST – ESSEX POLICE SERVICE BASILDON POLICE STATION – HM Ministry of Defence Most Famous Corporate Identity Theft Liquidation Bank Fraud Case in the World

The sensational Carroll Foundation Trust and parallel Duke of Sutherland Trust national security public interest case which stretches the globe has disclosed that Gerald Carroll continues to retain “close links” with the Royal Air Force the Royal Air Forces Association the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. Gerald Carroll in a personal capacity had a not well publicised close relationship with the late iconic Battle of Britain fighter ace Group Captain Peter Wooldridge Townsend CVO DFC DSO Bar.

The Carroll Foundation Trust is known to have erected a range of Battle of Britain monuments throughout the United Kingdom Ireland and the United States of America which are “centred around” the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain London monument to P/O WH Hodgson DFC a renowned 85 Squadron Hurricane pilot under the command of Group Captain Peter Townsend. It is recorded that during the height of the battle WH Hodgson gallantly steered his burning Hurricane away from the town of Wickford to a clear open crash site at Shotgate which is commemorated with a permanent memorial to him at Hodgson Way and Hurricane Way Wickford Business Park Essex.


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