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No.264 Sqn RAF

Founded : 27th September 1918
Country : UK
Fate : Disbanded 30th November 1962
Known Aircraft Codes : PS, VA

Madras Presidency

We defy

264 Squadron was formed from two former Royal Naval Air Service flights, No.439 and No.440, on 27th September 1918 at Souda bay in Crete with the role of anti-submarine patrols, and equipped with the Short 184 floatplanes. The Squadron was disbanded on 1 March 1919. On 8th December 1939 at Martlesham Heath, 264 Squadron was reformed and equipped with the new Boulton Paul Defiant fighter. In March 1940 the squadron started operations doing convoy patrols. After initial successes the Luftwaffe soon realised that the Defiant was vulnerable to frontal attack, and 264 Squadron along with the other Boulton Paul Defiant squadrons started to suffer heavy losses of aircraft and crew. At the end of May 1940, 264 Squadron was withdrawn from operations as a day-fighter squadron and began to train in the night-fighter role. During the Battle of Britain 264 Squadron was used again for day fighting but again suffered losses and returned to the night-fighter role. In May 1942 the squadron was re-equipped with Mosquito II and moved to RAF Colerne, and later receieved the new Mark VI. The squadron operated as night-fighters in the west of England and also in the role of day patrols in the Bay of Biscay and western approaches. 264 Squadron later became part of the 2nd Tactical Air Force providing night patrols over Europe and near the end of the war it was based at Twente in Holland patrolling over Berlin. 264 squadron was disbanded at Twente on 25th August 1945.

No.264 Sqn RAF

No.264 Sqn RAF Artwork Collection



Defiant but Doomed by Stan Stokes.

Aces for : No.264 Sqn RAF
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Frederick Barker12.00The signature of Frederick Barker features on some of our artwork - click here to see what is available.
Aircraft for : No.264 Sqn RAF
A list of all aircraft known to have been flown by No.264 Sqn RAF. A profile page including a list of all art prints for the aircraft is available by clicking the aircraft name.
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Defiant



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Manufacturer : Boulton Paul
Production Began : 1939
Number Built : 1075

Defiant

BOULTON PAUL DEFIANT Built as a fighter, with a crew of two. Maximum speed of 304 mph, and a ceiling of 30,350 feet. armament on the defiant was four .303 browing machine guns in the Boulton Paul Turret. Designed as a intercepter fighter, the Defiant first flew in August 1937. and entered service with the Royal Air Force in October 1939 with no 264 squadron. and first flew in operations in march 1940 the Boulton Paul Defiant was certainly no match for the German Fighters, due to their lack of fire power as the defiant had no wing mounted machine guns. Heavy losses. The aircraft was re deployed as a night -Fighter in the autumn of 1940. This role also being taken over by Bristol Beaufighters in 1941, leaving the defiant for training, target tug, and air-sea rescue roles. A Total of 1075 Boulton Paul Defiant's were built

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.

Mosquito



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Manufacturer : De Havilland
Production Began : 1940
Retired : 1955
Number Built : 7781

Mosquito

Used as a night fighter, fighter bomber, bomber and Photo-reconnaissance, with a crew of two, Maximum speed was 425 mph, at 30,300 feet, 380mph at 17,000ft. and a ceiling of 36,000feet, maximum range 3,500 miles. the Mosquito was armed with four 20mm Hospano cannon in belly and four .303 inch browning machine guns in nose. Coastal strike aircraft had eight 3-inch Rockets under the wings, and one 57mm shell gun in belly. The Mossie at it was known made its first flight on 25th November 1940, and the mosquito made its first operational flight for the Royal Air Force as a reconnaissance unit based at Benson. In early 1942, a modified version (mark II) operated as a night fighter with 157 and 23 squadron's. In April 1943 the first De Haviland Mosquito saw service in the Far east and in 1944 The Mosquito was used at Coastal Command in its strike wings. Bomber Commands offensive against Germany saw many Mosquitos, used as photo Reconnaissance aircraft, Fighter Escorts, and Path Finders. The Mosquito stayed in service with the Royal Air Force until 1955. and a total of 7781 mosquito's were built.

Oxford

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Manufacturer : Airspeed

Oxford

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Signatures for : No.264 Sqn RAF
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Flying Officer Frederick Barker DFM*
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2003Ace : 12.00 Victories
Flying Officer Frederick Barker DFM*

Flew Defiants with No.264 Sqn.



Wing Commander Eric Barwell
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12 / 12 / 2007Died : 12 / 12 / 2007
Wing Commander Eric Barwell

Born in Suffolk in August 1913, Eric Barwell joined the RAFVR in 1938 to train as a pilot. He was commissioned into No.264 Sqn in February 1940, flying the Boulton-Paul Defiant. His squadron flew in support of the evacuation of Dunkirk, and he claimed two Me109s, two Ju87 Stukas and a Heinkel during this evacuation. However, in the combat with the Heinkel, his aircraft was damaged and he was forced to ditch, managing to put it down in the water between two British destroyers. He and his gunner were rescued by HMS Malcolm. On 24th August, while scrambling to intercept bombers, he and his wingman were attacked by five fighters, his wingman being immediately shot down. His gunner managed to shoot down one of the enemy fighters before the Defiant managed to escape, but it was clear that the aircraft was no match for the German fighters. They were withdrawn from combat and used in a night-time training role. Barwell was awarded the DFC for the six victories scored. In April 1941, he scored a night-time victory over a Heinkel, with a second also probable. He transferred to No.125 Sqn flying Beaufighters, claiming a Dornier damaged on 1st July 1942. By March 1943, No.125 Sqn were equipped with Mosquitoes. He shot down two Ju-88s in this aircraft, and also recorded his final victory, over a V-1 rocket. He was awarded the bar to his DFC and transferred to various experimental squadrons before leaving the RAF in September 1945. Sadly, Eric Barwell died on 12th December 2007.




J R Toombs
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11 / 12 / 2006Died : 11 / 12 / 2006
J R Toombs

John Richard Jack Toombs flew Blenheims during the Battle of Britain with No.236 Sqn, and also flew with No.264 Sqn and has also flown Defiants. Jack Toombs passed away on 11th December 2006.


Battle of Britain Pilots for this Squadron
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Sgt. R. T. AdamsBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Missing June 30th 1942
Sgt M. R. AndrewsNew Zealand, Served with : 264 Squadron
F/Lt. R. C. V. AshBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Killed August 28th 1940
P/O J. R. A. BaileyBritish, Served with : 264 & 85 Squadrons
Passed away.
Sgt. B. BakerBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Missing August 26th 1940**
S/L. A. J. BanhamBritish, Served with : 264 & 229 Squadrons
Passed away 1987.
Sgt. F. J. Barker

Signed Artwork

British, Served with : 264 Squadron
Passed away.

Flew Defiants with No.264 Sqn.
P/O E. G. Barwell

Signed Artwork
British, Served with : 264 & 242 Squadrons
Passed away 12th December 2007.

Born in Suffolk in August 1913, Eric Barwell joined the RAFVR in 1938 to train as a pilot. He was commissioned into No.264 Sqn in February 1940, flying the Boulton-Paul Defiant. His squadron flew in support of the evacuation of Dunkirk, and he claimed two Me109s, two Ju87 Stukas and a Heinkel during this evacuation. However, in the combat with the Heinkel, his aircraft was damaged and he was forced to ditch, managing to put it down in the water between two British destroyers. He and his gunner were rescued by HMS Malcolm. On 24th August, while scrambling to intercept bombers, he and his wingman were attacked by five fighters, his wingman being immediately shot down. His gunner managed to shoot down one of the enemy fighters before the Defiant managed to escape, but it was clear that the aircraft was no match for the German fighters. They were withdrawn from combat and used in a night-time training role. Barwell was awarded the DFC for the six victories scored. In April 1941, he scored a night-time victory over a Heinkel, with a second also probable. He transferred to No.125 Sqn flying Beaufighters, claiming a Dornier damaged on 1st July 1942. By March 1943, No.125 Sqn were equipped with Mosquitoes. He shot down two Ju-88s in this aircraft, and also recorded his final victory, over a V-1 rocket. He was awarded the bar to his DFC and transferred to various experimental squadrons before leaving the RAF in September 1945. Sadly, Eric Barwell died on 12th December 2007.
S/Ldr. L. G. BelchemBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Killed July 14th 1942**
Sgt. A. BerryBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Missing August 24th 1940**
P/O P. D. BowenBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Missing February 13th 1944**
Sgt A. CampbellNew Zealand, Served with : 264 Squadron
Killed July 28th 1942
F/Lt. E. W. Campbell-ColquhounBritish, Served with : 264 & 66 Squadrons
Passed away 1989.
P/O S. CarlinBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Killed May 9th 1941
F/O W. F. CarnabyBritish, Served with : 264 & 85 Squadrons
Killed February 5th 1943
Sgt. V. R. ChapmanBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
P/O M. C. CornerCanadian, Served with : 264 Squadron
Died April 23rd 1945
Sgt. W. E. CoxBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Passed away 23rd January 1953.
Sgt V. W. J. CrookAustralian, Served with : 264 Squadron
F/O N. R. DobreeBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
P/O C. C. ElleryBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Passed away 20th March 1977.
Sgt C. S. EmenyNew Zealand, Served with : 264 Squadron
S/Ldr. G. D. GarvinBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Sgt. F. GashBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
P/O R. S. GaskellBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
P/O H. I. GoodallBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Killed October 10th 1940
P/O G. H. HackwoodBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Killed November 20th 1940
Sgt. O. A. HardyBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Sgt. L. H. HaydenBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
F/O F. D. HughesBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Passed away 11th January 1992.
S/Ldr P. A. DSO Hunter

WW2 Ace - 10.50 victories
British, Served with : 264 Squadron
Missing August 24th 1940**

P/O C. E. JohnsonBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Killed August 28th 1940
P/O J. T. JonesBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Missing August 24th 1940**
P/O D. H. S. DFC KayBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Killed October 19th 1944
P/O P. L. KennerBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Killed August 28th 1940
P/O F. H. DFM King

WW2 Ace - 10.50 victories
British, Served with : 264 Squadron
Missing August 24th 1940**

F/O W. R. A. KnockerBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Sgt. A. J. LauderBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Sgt. P. LillieBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Sgt. W. H. MachinBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Killed August 24th 1940
P/O M. H. MaggsBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Passed away November 1987.
Sgt. A. MartinBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
(Service details unknown)
Sgt. W. MaxwellBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Missing August 26th 1940**
F/O J. C. MelvilleBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
F/Lt. A. M. Montague-SmithBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
P/O W. R. MooreBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Passed away 1984.
Sgt W. J. MurlandNew Zealand, Served with : 264 Squadron
P/O A. O'ConnellBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Passed away 17th December 1976.
F/O D. K. C. O'malleyBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Killed September 4th 1940
F/O H. H. PercyBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Killed May 22nd 1944**
P/O W. A. PontingBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Missing August 24th 1940**
Sgt L. A. W. RasmussenNew Zealand, Served with : 264 Squadron
Killed September 4th 1940
P/O G. RobinsonBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Sgt L. P. RussellNew Zealand, Served with : 264 Squadron
Killed May 19th 1942
Sgt W. J. ScottNew Zealand, Served with : 264 Squadron
F/O I. G. ShawBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Missing August 24th 1940**
Sgt F. W. ShepherdBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Killed July 27th 1944
P/O L. W. SimpsonBritish, Served with : 264 & 141 Squadrons
Sgt. G. E. SmithBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Passed away 1980.
P/O D. M. A. SmytheBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
F/O I. R. StephensonBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Killed November 26th 1943**
P/O R. W. StokesBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Killed May 29th 1942
P/O A. J. StorrieBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Killed November 20th 1940
P/O F. C. SuttonBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Passed away 1981.
F/O K. R. SuttonNew Zealand, Served with : 264 Squadron
P/O S. R. ThomasBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Captured as POW. Date unknown
Sgt. E.R. Thorn DFM

WW2 Ace - 12.00 victories
British, Served with : 264 Squadron
Killed 12th February 1946.

P/O F. A. ToombsBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Killed November 15th 1940
F/Lt. A. J. TrumbleBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Taken POW in Greece April 1941. Passed away.
Sgt. R. C. TurnerBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Killed August 28th 1940
Sgt. F. W. WakeBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
P/O T. D. WelshBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Passed away 1980.
P/O D. WhitleyBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Killed August 28th 1940
P/O M. H. YoungBritish, Served with : 264 Squadron
Sgt R. B. M. YoungNew Zealand, Served with : 264 Squadron
Killed October 8th 1940

Battle of Britain Timeline of Related Info : 20th November
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