Last updated: 12 December 2017, 13:25

Update List & Site Map
News has moved to the Association page



Quick Access Menu

A copy of this menu appears at the foot of most pages. For more detailed information about page content, please see below.


Compass Rose artwork reproduced under licence.



What’s new?

Added:New or substantially updated content:
12.Dec.2017Photos of Reggie Hiles and Ron Weston added to Roll of Honour.
30.Nov.2017New page regarding the loss of Beaufighter MM838.
25.Nov.2017Additional song found: The Intruder’s Lament.
27.Oct.2017Self-enrollment mailing list facility deleted. Reason here.
07.Oct.2017Biography : Peter Dunning-White DFC.
13.Sep.2017Biography : Kevin O'Sullivan DFC.



Full Content and Update status

The update status of each individual page or section is indicated by the following icons:


Icon

Work in progress
creating new pages
Icon

New or recently
updated
Icon

Page (or chapter)
up-to-date
Icon

Further research
in progress
Icon

Page (or chapter)
upgrade awaited


Some Search Engine results list the date and time of a page’s latest revision, but note that the most recent change listed there may be of a purely technical nature rather than an introduction of substantial new content.



Icon   The Home Page



Icon   Squadron History : World War One
Subheadings:

Icon   Place of formation of No.255 Squadron
Icon   Squadron numbering at the time of formation of the RAF
Icon   Uncertainties regarding both the date of formation and just what was formed
Icon   Aircraft
Icon   Load limitations of DH6 aircraft
Icon   Strategic purpose of operations at Pembroke
Icon   Officers commanding
Icon   Aircrew
Icon   Signalling Codes and Squared Charts
Icon   Enlarged image of a Squared Chart Decoder
Icon   First reported sighting of a U-boat
Icon   First reported engagement with a U-boat
Icon   Known errors and omissions in WWI records
Icon   Disbanding



Icon   Squadron History : World War Two - England, 1940-42
Subheadings:

Icon   RAF Kirton Lindsey  (later known as RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey), 1940-41
Icon   RAF Hibaldstow, 1941
Icon   RAF Coltishall  (with a Detachment at RAF West Malling), 1941-42
Icon   RAF High Ercall, 1942
Icon   RAF Honiley, 1942
Icon   Officers & Aircrew Photo, RAF Honiley, July 1942



Icon   Squadron History : World War Two - North Africa, 1942-43
Subheadings:

Icon   18 Beaufighters fly to Maison Blanche via Gibraltar, November 1942
Icon   The Ground Crew travel by train and boat to Bône, November-December 1942
Icon   255’s contribution to the defeat of the Afrika Korps + intruder operations into Sardinia
Icon   Aerial photograph of Souk-el-Arba taken by the Luftwaffe – May 1943
Icon   Preparing to enter "The soft under-belly of Europe"



Icon   Squadron History : World War Two - Sicily, August–November 1943
Subheadings:

Icon   Operations whilst still based in Tunisia, August 1943
Icon   Nearly four months at Bo Rizzo, August–November 1943
Icon   Description and photograph of Resin Lights (visual IFF signalling)
Icon   The move from Sicily to Mainland Italy, November 1943



Icon   Squadron History : World War Two - Mainland Italy & France, November 1943–May 1945
Subheadings:

Icon    Early days at Grottaglie
Icon    Maps showing deployments in Italy in the context of the war in Europe
Icon    The Squadron HQ moves to Foggia
Icon    Photographs of the Squadron at Foggia Main
Icon    Details of the loss of Beaufighter MM838
Icon    1945 : The final months of the war
Icon    The big move North, when HQ relocated to Rosignano
Icon    The first move into France
Icon    The Detachment’s role in France



Icon   Squadron History : the period from VE Day to Disbanding in 1946
Subheadings:

Icon    Re-grouping at The Casa in Tuscany
Icon    Peacetime in Malta
Icon    The move from Hal Far, Malta, to Gianaclis, Egypt
Icon    Egypt - Where and why?
Icon    The mysterious disbanding
Icon    Farewell



Icon   "The Score" in World War Two
Subheadings:

Icon   Enemy aircraft destroyed, probably destroyed, or damaged
Icon   Squadron aircraft losses to all causes
Records await re-examination following discovery of Peter Croft’s 1992 assertion that the "Damaged" count for North Africa is incomplete in the ORB.



Icon   The Roll of Honour



Icon   The Squadron’s Crest, Badge and Motto



Icon   The people
Subheadings:

Icon   WWI Aircrew mini-biographies
Icon   Squadron Leaders 1940-1946
Icon   Nickname Decoder
Icon   WWII suviviors biographies
Icon   Tales from the Dispersal Hut
Icon   Family Album photosMore wanted!



Icon   Bruce, the Squadron’s official Mascot in the UK, and the Squadron’s other pet dogs
Icon   Bruce with No.255 Squadron
Icon   Bruce after posting to No.488 Squadron (Photo, January 1944)
Icon   Wilbur – A pet dog in Italy



Icon   The Squadron’s Trophies
Subheadings:

Icon   The Chain of Jerries, years 1941–1943 (Before it went missing)
Icon   The re-appearance of the Chain of Jerries in the 21st Century
Icon   The German glider tailfin – a trophy common to the whole of No.325 Wing



Icon   No.255 Squadron in Music and Art
Subheadings:

Icon   The proposal to adopt Ar Hyd y Nos
Icon   Sheet Music for Ar Hyd y Nos
Icon   The ongoing debate about music
Icon   The Squadron’s songs
Icon   The Squadron in Paintings & Drawings
Icon   Poetry
Icon   Modern Tribute Photographs
Icon   Other RAF-related music you might enjoy



Icon   255 Squadron Association
Subheadings:

Icon   Forthcoming events
Icon   News
Icon   News Archive
Icon   Reprint with corrections and footnotes – Peter Croft’s 1992 version of Squadron history (Download)
Icon   History of the Association



Icon   Miscellany
Subheadings:

Icon   WWII phonetic alphabet
Icon   Acronyms, Abbreviations and Slang
Icon   Aircraft types, fitting of Pip-squeak, Radar and IFF
Icon   Known aircraft serials
Icon   WWI serials
Icon   WWII within the UK
Icon   WWII in Africa
Icon   WWII in Europe + Peacetime
Icon   Damage Category definitions
Icon   Availability of TNA records online
Icon   Recommended reading (WWI)
Icon   Recommended reading (Inter-War)
Icon   Recommended reading (WWII)



Icon   Feedback:

Mail icon Click on the mail icon to e-mail a contribution or enquiry to the website editor. Be patient, this link to your mail software may take a few moments to activate. If you normally sign into your mail software each time you use it, do that first, before clicking on the icon. Alternatively, send a normal e-mail to "office at 255 dot org dot uk".



Copyright © 2014–2017.  All rights reserved except where otherwise stated.



Unicode logo (1896 bytes). W3C code verification logo (1894 bytes).