This Is What Ted Gosling Wants to Share With You

The pilot he flew with after Tony Marks left the squadron.

He’s Dick Nathan, a Mosquito pilot with 219 Squadron. This picture was taken at Lubeck, Germany after the war when 219 was stationed there.

Gosling with Dick Nathan

The caption says it all…

This is another picture from the Gosling family collection. I wonder if it’s related to Dick Nathan’s death.

23 Squadron crews 3

A sad day in the life of 219 Squadron at Lubeck Germany

Happier days…

23 Squadron Mosquito and crews 3

A day in the life of Dick Nathan and his navigator Ted Gosling


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.

Tony Marks Is Just a Name

Tony Marks is just a name on a scoreboard probably taken down by Johnny Rivaz when 23 Squadron flew its last operational sortie.

Operational record 004

Johnny Rivaz collection

That’s what Peter Smith thinks.

Tony Marks is also just a name on a picture in a family album…

23 Squadron end of the war 3

Gosling family collection

Tony Marks was Ted Gosling’s pilot, and he is buzzing Little Snoring.

Operational record montage

I would like to show you who he is on that picture, but for now Tony Marks is just a name…

For now that is… waiting for a relative to find this blog about 23 Squadron and pay homage to Tony Marks who is just a name.

photo 23 Squadron Crest

Gosling family collection

Waiting for a relative, or someone who knew him, just like members of Ted Gosling’s family who are now sharing precious artefacts to pay homage to their grandather Flight Lieutenant Edwin Lawrence Gosling, Tony Marks’ navigator. 

Flight Lieutenant Edwin Lawrence Gosling is not just a name on a scoreboard taken down when 23 Squadron flew its last operational sortie. The whole cyberworld knows who he is.

23 Squadron Gosling Memorial

Gosling family collection

23 Squadron Gosling Info

Gosling family collection

Ted Gosling is now much more than just a name on a scoreboard thanks to the information shared.

For now Flight Lieutenant Tony Marks remains just a name… eternally buzzing the airfield at Little Snoring on the day 23 Squadron was disbanded.

Tony Marks

Just the name of someone who would like some help from his relatives to land his Mosquito…

Tony Marks buzzing the airfield

Post no. 126

This is post no. 126.

If you are interested in 23 Squadron a little known Mosquito Squadron in the RAF during World War II, then you should read this blog from the start.


One post a day will take you more than four months. Of course you don’t have to read everything.

But then you will miss a lot of great stories…

Paul Beaudet and George Stewart 1

Just use the search engine and type in a name of someone you know who could have been related to that squadron. That how people find about their relatives.

Diane Carlucci was the first one to do so.

Paul Beaudet DFC

Paul Beaudet


Members of the Gosling family also found it.

23 Squadron end of the war 3

Robert Harris is one of the latest to have done so. His father was Eugène Gagnon’s navigator.

No. 23 Squadron Aircrew 1945 R. Harris

R. C. Harris

He can now share with all of us what stories his father told him about 23 Squadron.

I don’t have any relatives related to 23 Squadron. In fact I never knew that squadron existed in the first place.

I owe it all to this man. He wanted me to help him find more about his hero when he was young.

Marcel Bergeron at the crash scene

Marcel Bergeron

Marcel Bergeron, who is now 85 years old, is seen here in front of Eugène Gagnon’s Republic Seabee.

Eugène died on October 21, 1947. Very little was known about Eugène during WWII. So I started looking in 2010 and wrote about it here on this blog.

Everything is on this blog! 


But this blog is not just only about Eugène Gagnon a little know French-Canadian Mosquito pilot, it’s about all those whose relatives are sharing what they know about 23 Squadron and thus will keep this squadron operational forever.

photo 23 Squadron Crest

Priceless Artefact

From the Gosling family collection again with a message…

photo 23 Squadron Crest

From 1945…


I believe my grandfather took it when the squadron was disbanded in Sept 1945. He had it on the wall of his study when I was a child growing up in Oxfordshire. After his death it was one of the things I wanted to keep as it reminded me of him and his war stories.


What about this?

What about this?

23 Squadron Group Picture

Gosling family collection

Eugene Gagnon is on that picture, but not under the nose this time.


23 Squadron Group Picture Eugene Gagnon

Ted Gosling in on the left and Eugene Gagnon is sitting on the tarmac.

Gosling and Gagnon

The picture is fuzzy but I could find Eugene in a haystack.

These pictures were taken in July 1945. 23 Squadron was disbanded in September 1945.

Here are some more pictures from the Gosling family collection.

23 Squadron end of the war 2


23 Squadron end of the war 3

Tony Marks beating up the airfield on the day it was disbanded

23 Squadron end of the war 1

More Mosquitos

Tony Marks?

Who is Buzzing Tony Marks from 23 Squadron?

I will have to look it up. Meantime, I wonder if Robert Harris can find his father in the Gosling family collection?

I have…

Déjà Vu?

23 Squadron Group Picture A Fight

Gosling family collection1945

Wing Commander Russell collection via Tommy Cushing via Peter Smith

What about this?

23 Squadron Group Picture

Gosling family collection

A member of the Gosling family sent many pictures of 23 Squadron and is willing to pay homage to Flight Lieutenant Gosling.

23 Squadron Gosling Memorial

Gosling family collection

As much as this blog serves as a memorial to Flight Lieutenant Eugène Gagnon, this blog is opened to all who wants to share their precious mementos.

You share and I share.

23 Squadron Crest

Gosling family collection

Another View From His Grandad Mossie

Marten is this navigator’s grandson.

Click here to get reacquainted.

Marten wrote back to contribute more to this blog.

Hi Pierre

It’s great to continue to read about the squadron, so keep up the good work! I have attached a better quality scan of the photo my grandfather took, as well as a scan of the 23 squadron entry from Martin Streetly’s ‘Aircraft of 100 Group’. I will get around to photographing my model, I promise.



This is a very picture of a Mosquito equipped with the ASH radar.

Grandad Mossie

page from book

About St. Chris…

1943-1944_Plane (bike)

We all know who flew St. Chris don’t we…Paul Beaudet and George Stewart 1About Marten’s grandad picture… I did a little touch-up.

ASH Radar

ASH Radar notes

More on One More Airman… Flight Lieutenant E. L. (Ted) Gosling

This is what his grandson wrote me…  I wanted to get his permission before posting it.

Hello Pierre

Thanks for creating this blog, it’s great to see that there are so many people keeping their memories alive.

My name is Marten Richens and I am the grandson of Flt/Lt E. L. Gosling (Ted). I have attached a photo highlighting him, but in the group shot he is right in the middle, next to Flt/Sgt Goody.

Flight Officer EL (Ted) Gosling

I thought you may like a photo that he took. I can’t remember when or why he took it and he unfortuantely died in 1989 so I am unable to ask him. It was published in a book (The Aircraft of 100 Group by Martin Streetly (ISBN: 978-0709010432)) but it has been out of print for many years now. I shall try to get a better scan for you.

Mossie in flight 23 Squadron

I am a member of a model club and have a model  built to commemorate him. I will send photos of it when I have taken them.

Best Regards