149 Squadron - RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk, UK

RAF Mildenhall was established in the 1930s as part of the airfield expansion programme. It opened in October 1934 and is known by locals as Beck Row after the nearby village. It had a concrete runway surface. 99 Squadron were the initial residents equipped with the Handley Page Heyford which was a biplane. One flight then became 38 Squadron the following year and they were also equipped with the Fairey Hendon night-bombers which was the first all-metal low-wing monoplane to enter service. In 1935 the airfield hosted 350 RAF aircraft for the Silver Jubilee Review by King George V, which served to demonstrate RAF air power to visiting German military. At this time the majority of the aircraft were biplanes. 

In April 1937 149 Squadron was re-formed from B-flight of 99 Squadron. It had originally been formed in 1918 but disbanded in 1919. A fourth unit, 211 Squadron was formed later in the year but departed the base by that September. By January 1939 149 Squadron were equipped with the more advanced Vickers Wellington. 149 Squadron remained at RAF Mildenhall until April 1942.

149 Squadron Wellington Aircraft and Aircrew that took part in The Battle of Heligoland Bight 18th December 1939

Note: There was a 6th crew member in aircraft N2943 - LAC Greig

We are in contact with family members of the following 149 Squadron crew members:

       Sgt Austin                            P/O R.E.C.J. Beeny             F/O Briden

       P/O W.S.F.Brown               AC1 Coalter                          P/O Cruickshank                   AC1 Doxsey                          AC2 Foster                           AC2 Francis                             Sgt Hammond                     S/Ldr Harris                        AC2 Hoey                                 W/C Kellett                           F/Sgt Kelly                          Sgt D.J. Kirkness

       AC2 Leighton                       Sgt Parker                           LAC Prior                                 Sgt Richardson                    F/O A.F. Riddlesworth       Lt/Cdr Rotherham (RN)         LAC Sinton                           F/O J.H.C. Speirs               AC1 P.J. Warren                  

       We would still like to make contact with family members of the following 149 Squadron crew members:   

               

       Sgt R. Ballantyne               LAC Bingham                           LAC A.A. Brown                   F/O H.L. McL. Bulloch       F/Lt Duguid                              AC2 W.J. Ellis                     AC1 H. Gillott                      AC2 A.G. Gouldson                  AC2 J. Graydon                 LAC W. Greig                      AC2 D.H. Grove                       Sgt Hough  (RN)                 P/O H.A. Innes                   Sgt R.T. Johns                         P/O F.N. Lines

       Sgt McLeod                        AC1 J.J. Mullineaux                  Sgt J.C. Murdoch

       Sgt R.E. Osbourne             AC2 T.E. Smith                         F/O F.W.S. Turner           AC2 G. Watson                  Sgt H.J. Wheller                        AC2 Williams 

       Sgt F.A. Woodcock                                                        

        

Wellington N2980

 

Also known as 'R' for Robert and 'The Loch Ness Wellington'

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