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No.257 Sqn RAF - Squadron Details - Aviation Directory

No.257 Sqn RAF


Name : No.257 Sqn RAF
Founded : 18th August 1918
Disbanded : 31st December 1963
Country : UK
Fate : Disbanded 31st December 1963
More Details : Burma

Thay myay gyee shin shwe hti - Death or glory
Known Code Letters : , DT, A6, FM,

Known Service Details :

Pilot or Aircrew

Rank

Start of Service

End of Service

Known Dates

Aircraft

Airframes

Notes

D. J. Aslin

Sergeant

September 1940

unknown

23rd September 1940

Hurricane

P2960

H. R. A. Beresford

Pilot Officer

unknown

7th September 1940

Hurricane

P3049

Killed in Action

H. E. Black

unknown

unknown

Howard Peter Blatchford

Flight Officer

unknown

unknown

Hurricane

C. R. Bonsigneur

Pilot Officer

unknown

3rd September 1940

Hurricane

L2071
P3518

Killed in Action

C. F. A. Capon

Sergeant

unknown

unknown

12th October 1940

Hurricane

V7298

J. A. G. Chomley

Pilot Officer

unknown

12th August 1940

Hurricane

P3362

Killed in Action

D. A. Coke

Flight Officer

unknown

unknown

12th August 1940

Hurricane

P3776

B. W. J. D'arcy-Irvine

Flight Officer

unknown

8th August 1940

Hurricane

P3058

Thomas Arthur Francis Elsdon

Flight Lieutenant

unknown

unknown

24th July 1941

Hurricane

Z3489

R. V. Forward

Sergeant

unknown

unknown

28th July 1940

Hurricane

P3622

R. H. B. Fraser

Sergeant

unknown

22nd October 1940

Hurricane

V6851

Killed in Action

C. G. Frizell

Pilot Officer

unknown

unknown

15th August 1940

Hurricane

L1703

A. G. Girdwood

Sergeant

unknown

29th October 1940

Hurricane

P3708
V6852

Killed in Action

N. M. Hall

Flight Lieutenant

unknown

8th August 1940

Hurricane

P2981

Killed in Action

B. Henson

Sergeant

unknown

17th November 1940

Hurricane

N2342

R. D. Hogg

unknown

unknown

G. H. Maffett

unknown

unknown

L. R. G. Mitchell

Flight Officer

unknown

7th September 1940

Hurricane

V7254

Killed in Action

G. North

unknown

unknown

R. J. Parrott

Sergeant

unknown

5th May 1941

Hurricane

P3866

Killed in Action

K. Pniak

unknown

unknown

L. H. Schwind

unknown

unknown

K. B. Smith

Sergeant

unknown

8th August 1940

Hurricane

R4094

Killed in Action

Robert Stanford-Tuck

unknown

unknown

Hurricane

F. Surma

Pilot Officer

unknown

unknown

29th October 1940

Hurricane

P3893

K. W. Tait

Flight Lieutenant

unknown

4th August 1941

Hurricane

Z3164

Killed in Action

Pilots and Aircrew for : No.257 Sqn RAF
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Allen, K M
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Allen, K M


Andrews, S. E.
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   Died : 9 / 8 / 1942
Andrews, S. E.

Killed in flying accident August 9th 1942
Aslin, D. J.
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Aslin, D. J.

Sergeant D.J. Aslin joined No 32 Squadron on the 4th of August 1940. Sergeant Aslin was posted to No 257 Squadron on 22nd of September and shot down by a Bf 109 on the 23rd of September 1940. Sergeant Aslin was wounded after he baled out of his Hurricane I (P2960).
Bailey, G. G.
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   Died : 9 / 11 / 1941
Bailey, G. G.

Killed November 9th 1941**
Barnes, L. D.
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Barnes, L. D.


Bayne, D. W.
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Bayne, D. W.


Beresford, H. R. A.
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   Died : 7 / 9 / 1940
Beresford, H. R. A.

Flight Lieutenant Hugh R.A.Beresford of No 257 Squadron was shot down and killed over the Thames Estuary on 7th of September 1940 in His Hurricane I (P3049). His body was later found and recovered in 1979.
Black, H. E.
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   Died : 9 / 11 / 1940
Black, H. E.

Sergeant H.E.Black flew with No 46 Hurricane Squadron, No 257 Squadron and No 32 Squadron. Sergeant Black was on patrol on the 29th October 1940 when he was shot down by a Bf 109 near Ashford, Kent. Sergeant Black later died of his wounds on the 9th of November 1940.
Blatchford, Howard Peter
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   Died : 3 / 5 / 1943
Blatchford, Howard Peter

Joined 41 Sqd 10 January 1937 Departed 20th April 1940 n April 1940 he was posted to No. 212 Squadron RAF, flying photo-reconnaissance operations. In June he joined the Photographic Development Unit as a flight commander, later transferring to No. 17 Squadron RAF in September, flying Hurricanes. He soon joined No. 257 Squadron RAF, under the command of Sqn Ldr Robert Stanford Tuck Flight Officer H.Peter Blatchford was a Canadian, he served with No 17 Squadron & No 257 Squadron's during the Battle of Britain flying Hurricane's. He became Commanding Officer of No. 257 Squadron RAF in July 1941. Blatchford was then promoted to Wing Commander in September that year, becoming Wing leader of the Digby Wing. He finished his tour of duty in April 1942, returning to operations in February 1943 and Wing Commander of the Coltishall Wing. Leading the wing to escort bomber attacking a power station in Amsterdam, Blatchford was shot down and killed in action on 3 May 1943 by Obfw. Hans Ehlers of II Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 1. His body was never found. Blatchford had by this time claimed 5 aircraft shot down, 3 shared aircraft shot down, 3 'probables', 4 damaged and 1 shared damaged
Bonsigneur, C. R.
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   Died : 3 / 9 / 1940
Bonsigneur, C. R.

Pilot Officer Amille Robespirre Bonsigneur a Canadian of No 257 Squadron. He baled out of his Hurricane I (P3518) but was killed on the 3rd of September 1940 after combat over Ingatestone, Essex.
Bowyer, W. S.
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   Died : 24 / 1 / 1942
Bowyer, W. S.

Killed January 24th 1942
Brothers, Peter
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   Died : 18 / 12 / 2008
Brothers, Peter

Learnt to fly at the age of 16 and joined the RAF two years later in 1936. He first saw action in 1940 when as a Flight Commander in 32 Squadron, based at Biggin Hill, he flew his Hurricane against the fighters and bombers of the Luftwaffe. He recalls this as an intensely busy period, during which he shot down an Me109 - his first enemy aircraft; by the end of August that same year his tally of enemy aircraft shot down increased to eight. Awarded the DFC, he was transferred to 257 Squadron where he joined Bob-Stanford Tuck as a Flight Commander. Promoted in 1941 to Squadron Leader, Pete Brothers then took command of 457 Squadron RAAF, equipped with Spitfires. A year later when 457 Squadron returned to Australia, Pete took command of 602 Squadron. In the early autumn of 1942 he went on to become Wing Leader of the Tangmere Wing, succeeding his old friend, Douglas Bader. By the end of the war Pete Brothers had amassed 875 operational hours over a 44-month period. He was credited with having personally shot down 16 enemy aircraft and damaged many more. He later went on to command 57 Squadron during the Malaya campaign. Upon return to the UK Pete Brothers joined the V-Force, flying Valiant-4 jet bombers. He retired in 1973. Sadly, Pete Brothers died 18th December 2008.
Capon, C. F. A.
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   Died : 1 / 1 / 1941
Capon, C. F. A.

Pilot Officer C.F.A. Capon flew with No 257 Squadron. He was wounded after combat with a Bf 109 over Dungeness on the 12th of October 1940. He baled out of his Hurricane I (V7298)
Chomley, J. A. G.
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   Died : 12 / 8 / 1940
Chomley, J. A. G.

Pilot Officer J.A.G.Chomley flew with No 257 Squadron. Pilot Officer Chomley was shot down over the Channel off Portsmouth on the 12th of August 1940, he was killed.
Cochrane, A. C.
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   Died : 31 / 3 / 1943
Cochrane, A. C.

Missing March 31st 1943
Coke, D. A.
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   Died : 9 / 12 / 1941
Coke, D. A.

Flight Officer the Honourary D.A.Coke of No.257 Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane (P3776) on August 12th of 1940.
Crowe, Steve
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Crowe, Steve

Steve Crowe flew Hurricanes with 257 Squadron RAF. and undertook his first combat operation in November 1941. Along with other Americans he was then posted to join 133 Eagle Squadron, flying Spitfires, transferring to the USAAF in September 1942 as the 336th Fighter Squadron. He flew over 70 combat missions in both the European and Mediterranean theatres of operations.
D'arcy-Irvine, B. W. J.
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   Died : 8 / 8 / 1940
D'arcy-Irvine, B. W. J.

Flight Officer B.W.J.D'Arcy-Irvine of No 257 Squadron was killed on the 8th of August 1940 after he was shot down in his Hurricane I (P3058) over the Channel.
Eaton, Jerry
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Eaton, Jerry

Jerry Eaton learnt to fly in Oklahoma USA. Jerry Eaton Flew with 257 Sqn as part of the 2nd Tactical Air Force ( based at Warmwell in Dorset during 1943 ) and converted to Typhoon 1Bs in 1943 on escorts supporting troops as part of the Allied advances. Jerry Eaton was based at Tangmere, Lymington, Hurn, Normandy and the Low Countries. He remained in service with the RAF until 1972 and left the RAF as a Wing Commander.
Elsdon, Thomas Arthur Francis
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   Died : 9 / 9 / 2003
Elsdon, Thomas Arthur Francis

Flight Officer Thomas Arthur Francis Elsdon of No 72 Squadron was wounded on the 7th of September 1940 following combat. He crash landed his Spitfire I (X4254) near Biggin Hill. Born January 22, 1917 in Broughty Ferry Dundee, "Jimmi" Elsdon at the Academy of the RAF in 1936 and received his promotion to the rank of officer in December 1937. Posted to 72 Squadron, was was witht he squadron when war broke out and participated in the first battles of the phoney war. During the Battle of Britain, his Spitfire was shot down by a Me 110 on 7 September. Injuring his knee and foot, As a reward of 8 wins that totals at this time (including 6 obtained after August 31), he received the DFC in early October. he returned flying in mid-July 1941 and was assigned to Squadron 257. On the 24th of July, he was again wounded slightly. On August 25th, he was promoted to commander of Squadron 136 that has just been set up to go to the middle east. While on route to its new destination, the Japanese attacked on Pearl Harbour . The Squadron was ordered to Burma where he arrived in January 1942. The squadrons Hurricane were the first in combat in this sector. After the retreat from Burma to India, he was promoted Wing Commander Wing 165 in Dum Dum, September 8, 1942 before taking command of Wing 293 in October and 169 in February 1943 and then to 185. Finally, in October 1943 he returned to Wing 165 and led the offensive at the front of Arakan in late November. In July 1944, he was assigned to District General Far East in Calcutta before returning to Britain in September 1944. He then served in the Transport Command in April 1945 and became commander of the base Boreham. He received the OBE in January 1945 and continued serving in the RAF becoming Wing Commander in 1949 before retiring as a (acting) Group Captain in October 1959
Farquhar, A. D. DFC
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Farquhar, A. D. DFC


Forward, R. V.
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Forward, R. V.

Sergeant Ronald V.Forward of No 257 Squadron was injured when his Hurricane was badly damaged near Dover. He managed to land at Hawkinge on the 28th of July 1940 but the aircraft was a write off.
Francis, D. N.
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Francis, D. N.


Fraser, R. H. B.
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   Died : 22 / 10 / 1940
Fraser, R. H. B.

Sergeant R.H.B.Fraser of No 257 Squadron was killed when his Hurricane I (V6851)was shot down on October 22nd 1940 near Folkstone.
Frizell, C. G.
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Frizell, C. G.

Pilot Officer Charles G.Frizell was a Canadian who flew with No 257 Squadron. On August 15th 1940 he baled out of his burning Hurricane I (L1703) and the aircraft crashed near Edgware. He was left unhurt.
Frizell, Charles G
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Frizell, Charles G

Squadron Leader Charles George Frizell flew with RAF Squadron No. 257. His Hurricane fighter was shot down on Aug. 15, 1940, but Frizell bailed out of the burning aircraft and landed safely. Subsequently he fought in Africa and flew long-range shipping patrols from Gibraltar. He lives today in Tsawwassen, Canada.
Girdwood, A. G.
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   Died : 29 / 10 / 1940
Girdwood, A. G.

Sergeant A.G.Girdwood of No 257 Squadron was on patrol in his Hurricane I (P3708) on the 18th of August 1940. He baled safely out after combat over the Thames Estuary. Girdwood was killed on October 29th 1940 whilst attempting to take off in his Hurricane I (V6852) from North Weald as the airfield was under enemy attack.
Gundry, K. C.
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   Died : 22 / 5 / 1942
Gundry, K. C.

Killed May 22nd 1942**
Hall, N. M.
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   Died : 8 / 8 / 1940
Hall, N. M.

Flight Lieutenant N.M.Hall of No 257 Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane I (P2981) and killed over the Channel on the 8th of August 1940.
Harkness, H.
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Harkness, H.


Hedges, A. L.
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Hedges, A. L.


Henderson, J. A. Mc.D.
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Henderson, J. A. Mc.D.


Henson, B.
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   Died : 17 / 11 / 1940
Henson, B.

Sergeant B.Henson of No.257 Squadron was killed on November 17th 1940. His Hurricane (N2342) was shot down east of Harwich. Hensons body was later recovered and buried at Cambridge.
Heywood, N. B.
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   Died : 22 / 10 / 1940
Heywood, N. B.

Killed October 22nd 1940
Hogg, R. D.
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   Died : 11 / 11 / 1940
Hogg, R. D.

Sergeant R.D.Hogg from No 17 Squadron was killed on November 11th 1940 in a Hurricane I (P2794) which crashed near Burnham, Kent following combat.
Hoyle, H. N.
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Hoyle, H. N.


Hulbert, D. J.
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Hulbert, D. J.


Hunt, D. W.
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Hunt, D. W.


Ince, David
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Ince, David

Flt. Lt. David Ince DFC was born in Glasgow and was educated at Aysgarth School and Cheltenham College. Failing to meet the eyesight standards for aircrew he became a gunner officer in 1940 and managed to pass a wartime RAF medical board at his third attempt. Seconded for Army Cooperation duties, he trained in Canada at 35 EFTS and 37 SFTS before returning to the UK to fly Hurricanes and Mustangs at 41 OTU. Subsequently converting to Typhoons he flew with 193 and 257 Squadrons, from Normandy until the end of hostilities in Europe, completing almost 150 sorties and being awarded an immediate DFC. He took a leading part in trials, demonstrations and the early operational use of Napalm. Almost shot down on one reconnaissance flight, he later devised and proved a camera installation for low level close up target photography, which was an immediate success. In the closing stages of the war he was leading 193 Squadron on shipping strikes in the Baltic. After attending the first post war course at The Empire Test Pilots School he returned to University to complete an engineering degree.
Jessop, E. R.
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   Died : 15 / 11 / 1941
Jessop, E. R.

Killed in flying accident November 15th 1941
Kay, J. K.
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Kay, J. K.


Lucas, S. E.
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Lucas, S. E.


Maffett, G. H.
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   Died : 31 / 8 / 1940
Maffett, G. H.

Pilot Officer G.H.Maffett of No 257 Squadron was shot down on August 31st 1940. His Hurricane I (P3175) was in combat over Clackton and Maffett was killed. The wreckage of Hurricane I (P3175) is now on show at the R.A.F. Museum, Hendon.
Martin, J. C.
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   Died : 27 / 8 / 1941
Martin, J. C.

Missing August 27th 1941
Mitchell, L. R. G.
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   Died : 7 / 9 / 1940
Mitchell, L. R. G.

Flight Officer L.R.G.Mitchell of No.257 Squadron was killed on September 7th 1940. His Hurricane (V7254) was shot down over Thames Estuary. He was 24.
Mortimer, P. A.
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   Died : 6 / 11 / 1942
Mortimer, P. A.

Killed November 6th 1942
North, G.
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   Died : 10 / 2 / 1943
North, G.

Sergeant G.North of No.32 Squadron was flying in Hurricane (N2583) on May 20th 1940 when he crash-landed near Arras following combat. He baled out safely.
Nutter, Reginald C
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Nutter, Reginald C

257 Squadron, Canada, Hurricanes.
O'Brian, P. G. St. G.
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O'Brian, P. G. St. G.


Page, A. J.
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   Died : 24 / 10 / 1941
Page, A. J.

Killed October 24th 1941
Parrott, R. J.
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   Died : 5 / 5 / 1941
Parrott, R. J.

Sergeant R.J.Parrott of No.257 Squadron was killed on May 5th 1941. His Hurricane (P3866) was shot down whilst coming into land at Duxford. He was buried at Whittlesford, Cambs. He was 25.
Pfeiffer, J. P.
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   Died : 20 / 12 / 1943
Pfeiffer, J. P.

Missing December 20th 1943
Pniak, K.
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Pniak, K.

Pilot Officer K.Pniak from No 32 Squadron was slightly wounded in action on August 24th 1940. He was shot down in his Hurricane I (V6572)over Folkestone and he baled out.
Priak, K
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Priak, K


Redman, J.
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Redman, J.

Listed as POW - Date unkown
Robinson, P. T.
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Robinson, P. T.


Schwind, L. H.
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   Died : 27 / 9 / 1940
Schwind, L. H.

Flight Lieutenant L.H.Schwind flew with No 213 Squadron & No 257 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. He was killed on September 27th 1940 when his Hurricane I (N2401) was shot down over Gatwick and crashed.
Shead, H. F. W.
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Shead, H. F. W.


Smith, K. B.
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   Died : 8 / 8 / 1940
Smith, K. B.

Sergeant K.B.Smith of No 257 Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane I (R4094) and killed over the Channel on August 8th 1940.
Stanford-Tuck, Robert
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   Died : 5 / 5 / 1987
Stanford-Tuck, Robert

Bob Stanford Tuck was a flamboyant fighter pilot, Tuck was born in Catford, SE London. After a less-than-stellar school career he left St Dunstan's College, Catford in 1932 to join the Merchant Navy as a sea cadet (seaman's Discharge Number R112769) aboard the ss.Marconi from 19 May 1933 before joining the RAF on a short service commission as an acting pilot officer in 1935.[5] Following flying training, Tuck joined 65 Squadron in September 1935 as an acting probationary pilot officer. He became a pilot officer on probation in September 1936 and his pilot officer rank was confirmed in early 1937 (which was backdated to December 1936). On 17th January 1938 Tuck was involved in a Mid air collision flying Gladiator I K7940 he had to bail out of the aircraft over Ridgewood, near Uckfield, Sussex . The other Pilot was not so lucky, also of 65 Squadron in Gladiator K8014, Sgt Geoffrey Edwin Gaskell (24) was killed In September 1938 he was promoted to Flying Officer Tuck led his first combat patrol on 23 May 1940, over Dunkirk, claiming three German fighters shot down. The following day he shot down two German bombers and as aerial fighting intensified over the next two weeks his score rapidly mounted. Tuck was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) on 11 June and received it from King George VI at RAF Hornchurch on 28 June. His combat successes continued into July and August as the Battle of Britain gathered pace, although he himself was forced to bail out on 18 August. While attacking a formation of Junkers Ju 88s over Kent, he shot one down and damaged another. However, during the head on attack at Ju 88, when he overtook it, cannon shells hit his Spitfire and he was forced to bail out near Tunbridge Wells. He fell at Tucks Cottage, near Park Farm, Horsmonden. In another incident on 25 August Tuck's Spitfire was badly damaged during combat with a Dornier Do 17 bomber, which he destroyed 15 miles off the coast. His aircraft had a dead engine, but he glided it back to dry land and made a forced landing To the British public he was a hero in the mould of the knights of old, and today his name is legend. In the early stages of the Battle of Britain Bob fought with 92 Squadron flying Spitfires, quickly becoming one of the leading aces. Promoted to command 257 Squadron, now flying Hurricanes, Bob's dashing style of leadership inspired his pilots to great success. He went on to command the Duxford and Biggin Hill Wings, taking his personal score to 29 air victories before being shot down by ground fire over Northern France in 1942. Tuck then spent the next couple of years in Stalag Luft III at Żagań (Sagan), before making a number of unsuccessful escape attempts from several other prisoner of war camps across Germany and Poland. In company with the Polish pilot Zbigniew Kustrzyński, he finally escaped successfully on 1 February 1945 as his camp was being evacuated westwards from Russian forces advancing into Germany. Tuck's Russian, learned from his childhood nanny, was now crucial as he spent some time fighting alongside the Russian troops until he managed eventually to find his way to the British Embassy in Moscow. He eventually boarded a ship from Russia to Southampton, England. He died on 5th May 1987.
Stapleton, Basil
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   Died : 13 / 4 / 2010
Stapleton, Basil

Born in South Africa, Basil Stapleton joined the RAF in Jan 1939, being posted to 603 Sqn flying Spitfires. He first saw action off Scotland, sharing in the destruction of two bombers, before the Squadron was posted south to Hornchurch during the height of the Battle of Britain. By Nov 1940 his tally had risen to 6 and 2 shared victories and 8 probables. In March 1942 he was posted to 257 Sqn as flight commander. In August 1944 he commanded 247 Sqn flying Typhoons, taking part in the Arnhem operations. In December 1944, whilst attacking a train, debris hit his aircraft forcing him to land behind enemy lines where he was taken prisoner of war. Stapme Stapleton had scored 6 victories, plus 2 shared, 5 probable and 2 damaged. Sadly, we have learned that Basil Stapleton passed away on 13th April 2010.
Surma, F.
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   Died : 8 / 11 / 1941
Surma, F.

Pilot Officer F.Surma from Poland flew Hurricane's with No 151 Squadron, No 607 Squadron & No 257 Squadrons during the Battle of Britain. Pilot Officer F.Surma was with No 257 Squadron when he baled out of his Hurricane I (P3893) safely on the 29th of October 1940 over Bobbingworth, Essex. F.Surma was shot down and killed over Dunkirk on November 8th 1941 in a Spitfire Vb (AB930) of No 308 Squadron whilst on Circus 110.
Tait, K. W.
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   Died : 6 / 7 / 1941
Tait, K. W.

Flight Lieutenant K.W.Tait of No.257 Squadron was killed on August 4th 1941. His Hurricane (Z3164) was involved in combat east of Norfolk before he baled out. He was 22.
Tatham, Basil Tatters
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   Died : 2 / 12 / 2007
Tatham, Basil Tatters

Basil Tatham was born on the 13th of March 1921 in Bardolfs, Knebworth and later went to St Edwards in 1936 following many months in Middlesex hospital with osteomyelitis, which nearly cost him his leg. Despite this he went on to follow his father in to the 1st XI cricket team, became captain of shooting, entered the Officer Training Corps and passed his school certificates. After finishing school in 1940 he could have gone on to university but felt duty bound to join the RAF. Basil was training in the Battle of Britain, but served through two tours as a pilot flying Hurricanes, Spitfires, Typhoons and Tempests. Tatters Tatham first flew Hurricanes with 79 Squadron, and then in 1941 on Atlantic convoys with the MSFU before being torpedoed. In May 1942 he was posted to 257 Squadron on Hurricane night fighters, before joining 247 Squadron on Typhoons. After a brief rest period instructing, he rejoined 247 Squadron the day before D-day, and spent the following months destroying German tanks and other ground targets. Basil Tatham ended the war as a Flight-Lieutenant, (he was an acting Squadron Leader) with a number of medals including the Croix de Guerre Avec Etoile de Vermeil (F). He survived being shot down twice. Sadly he passed away on 2nd December 2007.



Squadrons :
No.257 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
D. W. Hunt
Historical Notes :
03-09-1940 - Hurricane flown by Pilot Officer D.W.Hunt was shot down by a Me109 near Essex. Pilot Hunt baled out and was severely burned.
Squadrons :
No.257 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
C. G. Frizell
Historical Notes :
15-08-1940 - Hurricane flown by Pilot Officer Charles G.Frizell crashed near Edgware. Pilot Frizell was unhurt.
Squadrons :
No.257 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
B. Henson
Historical Notes :
17-11-1940 - Hurricane flown by Sergeant B.Henson was shot down east of Harwich.
Squadrons :
No.257 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
D. J. Aslin
Historical Notes :
23-09-1940 - Hurricane flown by Sergeant D.J. Aslin crashed after coming under enemy fire, Sergeant Aslin baled out.
Squadrons :
No.257 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
N. M. Hall
Historical Notes :
08-08-1940 - Hurricane flown by Flight Lieutenant N.M.Hall was shot down over the Channel. Pilot Hall was killed.
Squadrons :
No.257 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
H. R. A. Beresford
Historical Notes :
07-09-1940 - Hurricane flown by Flight Lieutenant Hugh R.A.Beresford was shot down over the Thames Estuary, pilot Bereseford was killed.
Squadrons :
No.257 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
B. W. J. D'arcy-Irvine
Historical Notes :
08-08-1940 - Hurricane flown by B.W.J.D'Arcy-Irvine was shot down over the Channel. Pilot was killed.
Squadrons :
No.257 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
G. H. Maffett
Historical Notes :
31-08-1940 - Hurricane flown by Pilot Officer G.H.Maffett was shot down following combat over Clackton, Pilot Maffett was killed. The wreckage of is now on show at the R.A.F. Museum in Hendon.
Squadrons :
No.257 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
J. A. G. Chomley
Historical Notes :
12-08-1940 - Hurricane flown by Pilot Officer J.A.G.Chomley was shot down over the Channel off Portsmouth. Pilot Chomley was killed.
Squadrons :
No.257 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
C. R. Bonsigneur
Historical Notes :
03-09-1940 - Hurricane flown by Pilot Officer Amille Robespirre Bonsigneur crashed after combat over Ingatestone, Essex. Pilot baled out but was killed.
Squadrons :
No.257 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
R. V. Forward
Historical Notes :
28-07-1940 - Hurricane flown by Sergeant R.V.Forward was damaged in combat off Dover and landed at RAF Hawkinge.
Squadrons :
No.257 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.257 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
A. G. Girdwood
Historical Notes :
18-08-1940 - Hurricane flown by Sergeant A.G.Girdwood was involved in combat during a patrol over the Thames Estuary. Pilot Girdwood baled out safely.
Squadrons :
No.257 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
D. A. Coke
Historical Notes :
12-08-1940 - Hurricane flown by Flight Officer D.A.Coke was badly shot up over the Channel off Portsmouth. The aircraft was repaired and used again. Pilot Coke was injured.
Squadrons :
No.257 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
R. J. Parrott
Historical Notes :
05-05-1941 - Hurricane flown by Sergeant R.J.Parrott was shot down over Duxford when coming into land.
Squadrons :
No.257 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
F. Surma
Historical Notes :
29-10-1940 - Hurricane flown by Pilot Officer F.Surma was shot down following combat over Bobbingworth, Essex. Pilot Surma baled out safely.
Squadrons :
No.257 Sqn RAF
Historical Notes :
24-02-1941 - Hurricane flown by Pilot Officer E.H.Atkins was lost in combat off Happisburgh in Norfolk.
Squadrons :
No.257 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
K. B. Smith
Historical Notes :
08-08-1940 - Hurricane flown by Sergeant K.B.Smith of No 257 Squadron was shot down over the Channel by a Bf 109. Pilot Smith was killed.
Squadrons :
No.257 Sqn RAF
Squadrons :
No.257 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
R. H. B. Fraser
Historical Notes :
22-10-1940 - Hurricane flown by Sergeant R.H.B.Fraser was shot down near Folkestone. Pilot Fraser was killed.
Squadrons :
No.257 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
A. G. Girdwood
Historical Notes :
29-10-1940 - Hurricane flown by Sergeant Girdwood came under attack when attempting to take off from North Weald as the airfield was under attack, Pilot Girdwood was killed.
Squadrons :
No.257 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
A. D. Page
Squadrons :
No.257 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
L. R. G. Mitchell
Historical Notes :
07-09-1940 - Hurricane flown by Flight Officer L.R.G.Mitchell was shot down over the Thames Estuary. Pilot Mitchell was killed.
Squadrons :
No.257 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
C. F. A. Capon
Historical Notes :
12-10-1940 - Hurricane flown by C.F.A.Capon crashed near Dungeness after combat with a Bf 109. Pilot Capon baled out.
Squadrons :
No.257 Sqn RAF
Historical Notes :
21-06-1941 - Hurricane flown by Squadron Leader R.R.S.Tuck was shot down by a Me109 over the North Sea.
Squadrons :
No.257 Sqn RAF
Historical Notes :
30-06-1941 - Hurricane flown by Sergeant V.Uher crashed into the sea off Happisburgh.
Squadrons :
No.257 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
K. W. Tait
Historical Notes :
04-08-1941 - Hurricane flown by Flight Lieutenant K.W.Tait was involved in combat east of Norfolk before pilot Tait baled out.
Squadrons :
No.257 Sqn RAF
Historical Notes :
15-09-1941 - Hurricane flown by Sergeant P.Cowen was shot down by a Me109 off the Dutch Coast.
Squadrons :
No.257 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
Thomas Arthur Francis Elsdon
Historical Notes :
24-07-1941 - Hurricane flown by Flight Lieutenant T.A.F.Elsdon was involved in combat with Me109s before it crash-landed at Hawkinge.
Squadrons :
No.257 Sqn RAF
Historical Notes :
07-08-1941 - Hurricane flown by Sergeant P.Cowan was involved in combat and later repaired.
12-09-1941 - Hurricane flown by Flight Lieutenant R.A.Jarvis failed to return from an early morning patrol.
Squadrons :
No.257 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
F. J. Soper
Historical Notes :
05-10-1941 - Hurricane flown by Squadron Leader F.J.Soper was lost in an engagement with Ju88 off Suffolk.
Pilots or Aircrew :
H. J. Akroyd
Historical Notes :
26-09-1940 - P/O Akroyd of 152 sqd was shot down and made a forced landing force-landed Worthy Down but died the following day
Squadrons :
No.257 Sqn RAF
Historical Notes :
12-08-1940 - Damaged by Bf109 nr Dover.
Squadrons :
No.257 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
P.A. Baillon
Historical Notes :
31-07-1940 - Damaged on operations.
Squadrons :
No.257 Sqn RAF
Historical Notes :
14-09-1940 - Damaged on operations.
Historical Notes :
24-09-1940 - Damaged in flying accident.
Pilots or Aircrew :
T. S. Wade
Historical Notes :
27-09-1940 - Damaged on operations and crash landed on Lewes racecourse. Pilot Officer Wade ok.
Historical Notes :
12-08-1940 - Damaged by Me109 nr Dover



Known Individual Aircraft of No.257 Sqn RAF :

Type

Serial

Codes

First Flew

Squadron History

Aircrew History

History Notes

Engine

Factory

Hurricane I

L1585

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

L1703

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

N2342

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

P2960

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

P2981

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

P3049

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

P3058

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

P3175

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

P3362

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

P3518

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

P3622

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

P3662

-

details

no information

no information

Hurricane I

P3708

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

P3776

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

P3866

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

P3893

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

P5186

-

details

no information

details

Hurricane I

R4094

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

V6611

-

details

no information

no information

Hurricane I

V6851

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

V6852

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

V6870

-

details

details

no information

Hurricane I

V7254

-

details

details

details

Hurricane I

V7298

-

details

details

details

Hurricane IIB

Z3152

-

details

no information

details

Hurricane IIB

Z3163

-

details

no information

details

Hurricane IIB

Z3164

-

details

details

details

Hurricane IIB

Z3322

-

details

no information

details

Hurricane IIb

Z3489

-

details

details

details

Hurricane IIB

Z3744

-

details

no information

details

Hurricane IIB

Z5045

-

details

details

details

Spitfire LFIX

MJ382

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 66

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire LFIXe

MK777

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 66

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Ia

N3039

20/09/1939

details

details

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

N3235

10/12/1939

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

P9329

07/02/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

P9330

DW-V

07/02/1940

details

no information

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

P9386

QV-K

01/03/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

P9395

08/03/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

P9503

DW-D

19/04/1940

details

details

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

P9540

30/04/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

P9541

30/04/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

P9542

30/04/1940

details

no information

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

P9543

01/05/1940

details

no information

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

P9544

02/05/1940

details

details

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

P9545

DW-Q

03/05/1940

details

no information

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

P9546

03/05/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire LFIX

PL149

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 66

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire LFIX

PT643

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 66

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Aircraft for : No.257 Sqn RAF
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AircraftInfo

Hurricane



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Manufacturer : Hawker
Production Began : 1936
Number Built : 14533

Hurricane

Royal Air Force Fighter, the Hawker Hurricane had a top speed of 320mph, at 18,200 feet and 340mph at 17,500, ceiling of 34,200 and a range of 935 miles. The Hurricane was armed with eight fixed wing mounted .303 browning machine guns in the Mark I and twelve .303 browning's in the MKIIB in the Hurricane MKIIC it had four 20mm cannon. All time classic fighter the Hurricane was designed in 1933-1934, the first prototype flew in June 1936 and a contract for 600 for the Royal Air Force was placed. The first production model flew ion the 12th October 1937 and 111 squadron of the Royal Air Force received the first Hurricanes in January 1938. By the outbreak of World war two the Royal Air Force had 18 operational squadrons of Hurricanes. During the Battle of Britain a total of 1715 Hurricanes took part, (which was more than the rest of the aircraft of the Royal air force put together) and almost 75% of the Victories during the Battle of Britain went to hurricane pilots. The Hawker Hurricane was used in all theatres during World war two, and in many roles. in total 14,533 Hurricanes were built.

Meteor

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Manufacturer : Gloster
Production Began : 1944
Number Built : 3947

Meteor

The Gloster Meteor was the first British jet fighter and the Allies' first operational jet. Designed by George Carter, and built by the Gloster Aircraft Company, Armstrong-Whitworth, the Meteor first flew in 1943 and commenced operations on 27 July 1944 with 616 Squadron of the Royal Air Force (RAF). The Gloster Meteor was not an aerodynamically advanced aircraft but the Gloster design team succeeded in producing an effective jet fighter that served the RAF and other air forces for decades. Meteors saw action with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in the Korean War and other air forces used the Meteor. The Royal Danish Air Force, The Belgian Air Force and Isreali Air Force kept the Meteor in service until the early 1970's. A Total of 3947 meteors were built and two Meteors, WL419 and WA638, remain in service with the Martin-Baker company as ejection seat testbeds.

Typhoon



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Manufacturer : Hawker
Production Began : 1941
Number Built : 3330

Typhoon

Single engine fighter with a maximum speed of 412 mph at 19,000 feet and a ceiling of 35,200 feet. range 510 miles. The Typhoon was armed with twelve browning .303inch machine guns in the wings (MK1A) Four 20mm Hispano cannon in wings (MK!B) Two 1000ilb bombs or eight 3-inch rockets under wings. The first proto type flew in February 1940, but due to production problems the first production model flew in May 1941. with The Royal Air Force receiving their first aircraft in September 1941. Due to accidents due to engine problems (Sabre engine) The Hawker Typhoon started front line service in December 1941.The Hawker Typhoon started life in the role of interceptor around the cost of England but soon found its real role as a ground attack aircraft. especially with its 20mm cannon and rockets. This role was proved during the Normandy landings and the period after. The total number of Hawker typhoons built was 3,330.




Last edited : 11:47, June 13, 2013
Last editor : DataStream

No.257 Sqn RAF Artwork



Typhoons Over Normandy by Ivan Berryman.

Bob Stanford-Tuck Tribute Folio by Nicolas Trudgian.


Winter's Day at Coltishall by John Young.


Hurricane Force by Robert Taylor.

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