WLM

William (Bill) Lloyd Marr Bill Marr is gone now. We knew the end was near for him but it was still a shock. For Ann and I, it will probably remain so. We had our parents for over 70 years. They shaped our lives, supported us, guided us, and they were always there. We...
Remembrance 2016

Remembrance 2016

The Langley Cenotaph Remembrance Day 2016 Well, Grandpa is 99 now and getting very frail. He has been in Langley Lodge for a few months and it has worked out really well. He is now more active than he was at home and he has actually been gaining strength. He has his...

1945

1945 As the new year dawned S/L Bower, who had now taken over the diarist duties from F/O D. J. G. (Red) Wilkes, indulged in a bit of reminiscing about the old: It has been one of the most eventful (years) in our history, taking the squadron from practically non-op in...

1944

1943 409 get Mosquitos and finally sees some serious action! Grandpa’s Logs / 409 Squadron / 1944 Mozzies for Beaus In March 1944 the squadron realized the fulfilment of a long-awaited desire when they began turning in their valiant old Beaus for sleek new...

1943

1943 Grandpa joins 409 Squadron A Quiet Winter In a subsequent reshuffle of fighter squadrons No. 409 was moved from Coleby to Acklington, Northumberland, in February 1943. Their new role was to defend the approaches to the industrial area of Newcastle which the...

1942

1942 The Squadron embarks upon its second year …. Personnel of Flight “B” of 409 Squadron pose with a Beafughter Mk. II at RAF Station Acklington in January 1942. It looks cold! On 8 March 1942 S/L R. M. Trousdale, DFC, a hard flying, sharp shooting New...
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