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Updated: 14 May 04

Formed: ??

Disbanded: ??

Reformed: Nov 1940

Disbanded: ??

Squadron was based at:

RAF Waddington :: Nov 1940 - Nov 1941

RAF Bottesford :: Nov 1941 - 20 Sep 1942

RAF Langar :: 20 Sep 1942 - 12 Oct 1943

RAF Spilsby :: 12 Oct 1943 - Jul 1945

RAF Methwold :: Oct 1945 - Apr 1946

RAF Tuddenham :: Apr 1946 - Nov 1946

RAF Stradishall :: Nov 1946 - Feb 1949

RAF Mildenhall :: Feb 1949 -

Squadron code: EM

Aircraft operated:

Manchester :: Nov 1940 -

Hampden :: Jul 1941 - Aug 1941

Lancaster Mk I, Mk III ::

Washington B MkI ::

207 Sqn reformed at RAF Waddington in Nov 1940 and was the first squadron to receive the Avro Manchester heavy bomber. The Hampden was used during July and August 1941 to supplement 207 Sqn's Manchester aircraft which were having reliability problems.

During its two years at RAF Spilsby, 207 Sqn suffered its heaviest losses. 154 Lancasters were lost with 511 aircrew killed.

On 25 Feb 1941 part of the 207 Sqn complement became the third reformation of 97 Sqn.


Gunning for the Enemy (Wallace McIntosh of 207 Sqn, DFC and Bar, DFM)

An air gunner who flew over 50 sorties with 207 Sqn, Wallace was believed to be Bomber Command's leading sharpshooter. He is among the most decorated of the Command's airmen.
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207 Sqn booklist

207 Sqn memorials

207 Sqn RAF Association

207 Sqn website

A navigator's story on 97 Sqn website (also on 207 Sqn)

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