207 SQUADRON ROYAL AIR FORCE HISTORY
ROYAL AIR FORCE BOMBER COMMAND
Rob Davis's site is a 'must visit' for all with any interest in Bomber Command.
Greg says he has always had something of an interest in Britain's aviation heritage of the 1939-45 period, but it was whilst he was researching his Grandfather's service history with 100 Squadron that his interest centered on Bomber Command.
He has records of all the types that operated with the Command between the years 1939 and 1945, but by far the most extensive records relate to the two Avro planes, the Lancaster and the Manchester, and to the Handley Page Halifax.
Bob says: "Whilst at Rochester Air Show in 1978, I watched as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight were performing their fly-past, and was rooted to the spot completely unable to move as the Lancaster PA474 flew overhead.
... I am now in the process of compiling a database which I hope will eventually log the service history of every aircraft that flew with Bomber Command, each airman that flew in it, every raid in which it was involved, any published photograph of the individual aircraft, along with the details of the ultimate end of the aircraft and final resting place or memorial location of every aircrew member that made the ultimate sacrifice. "
From January 1 1943 to May 8 1945 the Canadian component of Bomber Command, No. 6 Group, launched more than 40,000 sorties over enemy held territory, sometimes with grievous losses.
This site is dedicated to the men and women of No.6 Group, in the air and on the ground, and their airfields in North Yorkshire.
Bill Chorley's nine book series on RAF Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War (Ian Allan Publishing) was completed in 2007 by the publication of the final volume, Roll of Honour.
Bill was an Honorary Member of 207 Squadron Royal Air Force Association.
The books are kept up to date on-line by a website set up in July 2008 by Frank Haslam website editor of 207 Sqn RAF Association and Bill Chorley.
BOMBER COMMAND MEMORIAL
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