No.40 Squadron, RFC, was formed at Gosport, Hampshire, on 26th February 1916, and from August 1916, to the Armistice served on the Western Front as a fighter squadron. During its service on the Western Front it claimed the destruction of 130 enemy aircraft and 30 kite balloons, and the driving down of a further 144 aircraft out of control and ten balloons in a damaged condition. Disbanded in 1919, No.40 was re-formed as a bomber squadron in 1931 and in the Second World War operated in several theatres: flying Blenheims and Wellingtons from bases in England it bombed targets in France, the Low Countries and Germany; flying Wellingtons from bases in the Middle East it bombed targets in North Africa, Sicily, Sardinia, Rhodes, Crete, Greece, Pantellaria, Lampedusa and Italy; and flying Wellingtons and Liberators from a base in Italy (Foggia Main) it bombed targets in Italy and the Balkans. In March 1945 the Squadron converted to Liberators which were moved to Egypt in October. In January 1946 the Liberators were replaced with Lancasters which were flown until No. 40 was disbanded on 1 April 1947. On 1 December 1947 the Squadron reformed at Abingdon as a transport unit, its Yorks taking part in the Berlin Airlift. The Squadron was disbanded on 15 March 1950 but was reformed on 28 October 1953 at Coningsby flying Canberras in the light bomber role until it was merged with No. 50 Squadron and formally disbanded on 1 February 1957
Wellington X crew at Foggia Main Italy. End of October 1944, this was taken after the crew had completed a tour of 33 missions. A well earned fag! From left to right, Sgt N Mair (nav), F/O F Maccabee (w/o), 2L/t Bayley (pilot SAAF?), Sgt R Strutt (b/a) and Sgt A Gibb (r/g and my Dad).
'Yea, Though I Fly Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 50,000 Feet and Climbing.'
StruttArbuckle replied the topic: No. 40 Squadron R.A.F.
I am the son of R Strutt! I want to find out anything about my father while in 40 Squadron and any pictures. After the war he ddn't talk very much about it. He said he had lost too many close friends. I can not believe I have found a picture of my dad! I only have two while in the RAF. He sadly died in 1998.
Good to hear from you. I was the one who posted the photograph of the aircrew. My Dad is on the right, then Sgt A Gibb. I have tried to find some links to any of the crew. Dad passed away in 1996 and I never really asked all the questions I should have. I have Dad's log book together with aerial photographs of most of the targets.
I have not been on this site for a long time but I do hope that this message gets to you.