Ted’s Log Book page – March 17th, 1945

First entry: Freshman operation

Take-off 18:18

Plane Mosquito Mk VI YP-D

Pilot Flight Lieutenant Marks

Biblis area – Uneventful

Duration: 4:10

On March 17th, 1945, Ted Gosling flew on his first operation of the war. Ted Gosling’s relatives have been sharing information since 2013.

Jeremy is the latest one.

Hi Pierre

Hope you are very well. It’s been a long time since I sent you the information on my grandfather Ft Lt E L Gosling, a navigator on Mosquitos at the end of the war with 23 Squadron.

I’ve kept in touch with your page with interest since though. Congratulations on collating such body of work to commemorate these brave men.

I have recently come into possession of my grandfather’s RAF log book through his niece and thought I’d share some pages of interest with you. They are from 1945 and show operation info (including shooting up a train and a sighting of an Me 262), the VE Day fly past over London and the final day of the squadron at Little Snoring. Thought they might be of interest to you and your readers.

I’ve also got his original navigation books and a letter to the author of a book on 100 Group in which he details the use of different radar in Mosquitos.

My best wishes


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