RAF 219 Squadron

Try finding some information on RAF 219 Squadron on the Internet.

After, come back here. I won’t start a new blog about 216 Squadron, but Ted Gosling has some pictures to share with you.

History of 219 Squadron:

219 Squadron crest 1

No 219 Squadron was formed in August 1918 at Westgate from units of the seaplane station there and at nearby Manston. No 442 Flight flew seaplanes from Westgate while Nos 555 and 556 Flights used DH9s at Manston, covered by No 470 Flight’s Camels. On 7 February the squadron was disbanded.

On 4 October 1939, No 219 was reformed at Catterick with Blenheim fighters for shipping protection duties and became operational on 21 February 1940. It soon became fully employed on night patrols and based detachments at various points for night defence. In October 1940, the squadron moved south to protect London and began to convert to Beaufighters.

It was June 1942 before it returned north, where it remained until leaving for North Africa in May 1943. It stationed detachments to protect ports and bases in Algeria and Tunisia and in September sent aircraft to Sicily for local defence. In January 1944, No.219 left for the UK and joined second TAF with Mosquitoes. Intruder patrols were flown over France and the low countries and covered the Normandy beaches after D-day. In October 1944 the squadron moved to France for the rest of the war, returning to the UK in August 1945, where it disbanded on 1 September 1946.

No.219 reformed on 1 March 1951 at Kabrit as a night fighter squadron in Egypt. It replaced its Mosquitoes with Meteors in 1953 and disbanded on 1 September 1954, when its aircraft left for the UK. On 5 September 1955, No.219 reformed at Driffield with Venom NF.2 all weather fighters, disbanding again on 31 July 1957.

8 thoughts on “RAF 219 Squadron

  1. My Uncle, Flight-Lieutenant Frederick Thomas Reynolds R.A.F.V.R. 86373 was a pilot with 219 Squadron and was killed on 6th March 1945 when taking off from an airfield near Bethune, (he is buried in the Town Cemetery) France (officially a Flying Accident) but unofficially and according friends at the time it was suspected sabotage. Very difficult to find out much about 219 Squadron, or this event, would like to know more.

    1. I did some research about the navigator of your uncle’s Mosquito being F/O Ferdinand Van den Heuvel who was a Belgian. He is buried in Belgium.

  2. One more here

    http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205211716

    A successful night-fighter crew, Wing Commander W P Green (pilot, right), Commanding Officer of No. 219 Squadron RAF, and his radar-operator, Flight Lieutenant D A Oxby, head towards their De Havilland Mosquito NF Mark XXX for a sortie at B48/Amiens-Glisy, France. On their previous night sortie they shot down a Junkers Ju 87, constituting Green’s 14th victory, and the 22nd enemy aircraft which Oxby had helped to destroy, – more than any other operator during the war. On 1 March 1945, Green took off from Amiens-Glisy to air-test a Mosquito, but crashed and was killed.

  3. I am searching for the place where F/O Ferdinand Vanden Heuvel is burried in Belgium. F/O Vanden Heuvel was the navigator of F/Lt Reynolds and was killed together with his pilot in the crash of mosquito NT258 on 6.3.1945. I like to place a flower at his grave to remember the 70th anniversary of his death. Maybe somebody can help me with this search ? CWGC is not stating any info re burial details. Many thanks in advance.

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