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23 SQUADRON – 1925 to 1943 – AIR27/287
After the first world War, 23 Squadron was reformed in 1925. During the Battle of Britain period the unit operated Bristol Blenheims from Collyweston near Wittering. Other places formally recorded in this batch include Kenley, Biggin Hill, Ford, Manston, Luqa in Malta and Sigonella in Sicily. It was while he was a member of 23 Squadron that Douglas Bader lost his legs following an accident in December 1931, duly noted in that months’ Summary of Events [nb. our search function looks for the first month of each record – Bader’s December accident can be found on the page starting with October records]. Aircraft in service with squadron during this period included the Boston (and Havoc variant), Mosquito, Blenheim and Snipe.

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