Some number of months ago I (Alan Cairns) found myself wondering about a second cousin of mine who had served in the R.C.A.F. during World War 11. The more I thought about him the more questions arose. I started looking on the internet and found one item then another. It was hard to ignore all those who served in all the services during the war. For myself and millions of others we owe our entire quality of life (if not life itself) to them. My individual search soon became a tribute to each and every one of them. I have chosen the 424 Squadron to highlight my personal respect for:
ALL WHO SERVED. THEY DO DESERVE TO BE REMEMBERED.
My listings here are by no means complete and I would be delighted to add any and all additions or corrections.
R.C.A.F. 424 SQUADRON 6TH. BOMBER GROUP
15 Oct. 1942 Formed at Topcliffe Air Base.
15/16 Jan. 1943 First operational mission to Lorient.
6 Nov. 1943 Moved to Skipton on Swales
located 4 miles west of Thirsk, North Yorkshire, England.
Jan 1945 converted to Lancasters
25 April 1945 Last operational mission to Wangerooge.
15 Oct, 1945 Unit Disbanded
Apr. 1943 to 15 Feb. 1944 Tunisia