gambia, west africa, coastal command

On 16 January 1941, a detachment of three RAF Sunderlands from 210 Squadron at Pembroke Dock became 95 Squadron Coastal Command flying its first boat out to Gibraltar early in February.

With W/Com. F. J. Fressanges as its CO and Squadron Leader Lombard as Flight Commander, the Squadron began to arrive at its base in Freetown, Sierra Leone in March of that year to start anti-submarine patrols and reconnaissance over the South Atlantic. In March 1943, No. 95 completed it's move to Bathurst (now Banjul), Gambia West Africa, operating detachments from Sierra Leone, Dakar, Liberia, Jui, Bathurst, Hallf-Die and Port-Etienne in Mauritania for the rest of the war. The Squadron disbanded on 30th June 1945.

Dedicated to my father, 159861 Flt/Lt George "Tiddler" Gregory and the men he served with.

A Remarkable Remembrance...

436 sqn -  Dakar (Bel-Air Cemetery) Senegal.

Amazed to receive this photo on the 11th day of the 11th month 2018, taken at Dakar (Bel-Air Cemetery) Senegal.

A Flight Engineer in the RCAF with his colleague 23 years old. as customary, the youngest member read the poem "In Flanders Field" during the ceremony, from 436 sqn based in Trenton, Ontario.

612326 Sgt. Mutter of 95 Squadron RAFVR died on 19/06/1944,aged 22 and is also remembered on this day by his twin brother.

"Lest We Forget "

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Coastal Command

Westminster Abbey
We will remember them

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Crew of D/95
Alan Gardner

Alan Gardner

Alan Gardner flew W6076 through until VE Day.

From the photo collection of his son Chris Gardner


Crew of B/95
Phil Christopher

Sunderland Pilot Phil Christopher

DV963 was Phil Christopher's Aircraft,

From the photo collection of Chris Gardner


John Bowering (No1)

Sunderland Pilot G/95 John Bowering

Sunderland Pilot based in Jui, Sierra Leone

From the photo collection of his son
Robert Bowering, (friend of my father's)

Part of 95 Squadron
Bathurst (Banjul)

Part RAF 95

Bathurst (Banjul), Gambia

From the photo collection of
George W Gregory