gambia, west africa, coastal command

On 15th January 1941 No. 210 Squadron was ordered to leave OBAN and send three of its Sunderlands to Freetown to form No.95 Squadron

With W/Com. FJ Fressanges as its C/O and Sqn/Ldr Lombard as Flight Commander, the Squadron began to arrive at its base in Freetown, Sierra Leone in March to start anti-submarine patrols and reconnaissance over the South Atlantic.

OBAN 15th January 1941 10:00 hrs: No 210 (G.R.) Sqdn RAF received orders to detach 3 Sunderland flying boats with pilots and crews, maintenance personnel and spares to proceed to FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE for operations.

The three aircraft; P9623 “E”, L2163 “G” and T9041 “D” left for PEMBROKE DOCK on 16th January 12:00 hrs. During the next few days, W/C FRESSANGES and S/L LOMBARD joined the flight as O.C. and Flight Commander respectively and the flight became 95 Sqdn. Both officers were from 210 Sqdn... Read More »

Crew of D/95 - Alan Gardner

Alan Gardner W6076 Sunderland Pilot and Crew

Alan Gardner flew W6076 through until VE Day.
From the photo collection of his son Chris Gardner

Flt/Lt George Gregory

George W. Gregory, 95 Suadron

Crew of P/95 - Phil Christopher

Sunderland Pilot Phil Christopher

DV963 was Phil Christopher's Aircraft,
From the photo collection of Chris Gardner


Part of 95 Squadron - Bathurst (Banjul)

Part 95 Squadron Bathurst Bathurst 1945 - Ops Room in background

Bathurst (Banjul), Gambia
From the photo collection of George W Gregory

Sunderlands G/95 and K/95

Sunderland G/95

Sunderland K/95, Alan Gardner, 95 Squadron

G/95 - John Bowering (No1)

John Bowering

Sunderland Pilot based in Jui, Sierra Leone
From the photo collection of his son Robert Bowering


Dedicated to my father 159861 Flt/Lt George "Tiddler" Gregory; Alan Gardner, who flew W6076 through until VE Day,
and all the men they served with