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Paul,

From Jefford, RAF Squadrons: 52 formed at Hounslow from a nucleus of 39 Sqn on 15 May 1916, equipped with BE2C and BE12 from 5/16 to 11/16 and RE8 from 11/16 to 2/17. During the latter period the squadron was at St Omer, Bertangles, Chipilly, and Meaulte. 2/17 to 5/17 BE2F and BE2G and a move to Longavesnes in March. 5/17 to 2/19 = RE8. Airfields from 6/17: Bray-Dunes, Izel-le-Hameau, Lahoussoye, Matigny, Golancourt, Catigny, Lahoussoye, Poulainville, Abbeville, Mont-de-Soissons, Fismes, Cramaille, La Ferte, Trecon, Auxi-le-Chateau, Izel-le-Hameau,Savy, Bourlon, Escadoeuvres, Avesnes-le-Sec, Aulnoy, Linselles, Aulnoy, Netheravon, Lopcombe Corner.

When was your grandfather with them?

Hope this helps,

David

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Looking for information on 52 squadron, as my grandfather served with them in france. Any old photos would also be a gret help...

HI,

My grandfather served with the 52 squadon, and I have recently acquired his fascinating photo album and logbook. When I get a change I will scan in some of the pics and send them to you. What was your grandfathers name?

regards

Nix

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My grandad was also with th 52nd in France. His name was John K. Watson (went by Ken) If you're still looking for info let me know.

You can reference a fictional history book with real photos of the 52nd by google "Son of a rich man" by John Anthony (Tony) Watson.

Regards,

Mark Watson

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There are very few documents with the National Archives at Kew. The ones that are available are

AIR1/1731/204/127/1 Record book June 1917.

AIR1/1731/204/127/3 18 Wing Routine Orders Oct-Nov 1916.

AIR1/1731/204/127/4 various returns.

Depending on when he served with the squadron you might need to check documents in the relevant Wings.

There is an AIR76 record for a John Kenneth Watson born 04/08/1898

http://discovery.nat...ls?uri=D8239242

There are no records of him in WO339 or 374.

Hope this helps

John-G

http://www.66squadro...biogs/capon.htm

John -G

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I've a single reference to a J.K. Watson in my RE8 file and none in my BE2 file:

B5015 Presentation a/c Baroda No.18. 1 AAP Coventry 28.8.1917 allotted to BEF, VTBF. 1 AD dd ex England 24.9.1917. 9 Sqn dd ex 1 AD 5.9.1917, in combats on Photo sortie, Houthulst Forest, 8.11.1917 (2Lt W.J.H. Courtis/Pte P.A. Cuka both OK – the machine was attacked by 6 Albatros, one being driven down toward the NE side of the forest) and on Artillery Observation 9.11.1917 (Lt F.R. Walker/Lt R.B. Cameron both OK – the machine was attacked by 3 Albatros, which were driven off) the wrecked on Practice Flight 14.11.1917 (2Lt L.H. Cryer injured – the machine lost flying speed, stalled and the pilot put full engine on and nose dived into the ground). 1 ASD Repair Park ex 9 Sqn 16.11.1917. 1 AIS ex 1 ASD Repair Park 7.12.1917. 2 ASD dd ex 1 ASD 23.2.1918. 52 Sqn dd ex 2 ASD 10.3.1918 and damaged on Bombing 29.3.1918 (2Lt J.K. Watson/2Lt J.W. Benton both OK – the machine was hit by gunfire). 2 ASD ex 52 Sqn 1.4.1918 and for deletion 22.4.1918 (not worth reconstruction). Presumed re-taken on charge. 21 Sqn and wrecked on return from 10.10 Artillery Observation 18.5.1918 (Lt M. Mullen/2Lt W.A. Tagg both OK – the machine crashed on landing). 3 Sqn AFC dd ex 2 ASD 27.10.1918 in exchange for B6576 (Lt J.R. Bell/Lt W.S. Scrivener).

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I am looking for information regarding Lt William James Ramsay and 2Lt Robert Douglas Turnell killed in action 27 Mark 1918 both buried in Saint Pierre Cemetery, both served with 52 Sqn, R.F.C.

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HI,

My grandfather served with the 52 squadon, and I have recently acquired his fascinating photo album and logbook. When I get a change I will scan in some of the pics and send them to you. What was your grandfathers name?

regards

Nix

Hello Nix,

Any possibility to look at the photos?

I am researching Lt William James Ramsay.

Regards

Andy

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They were aboard RE8 B5114 (Turnell pilot) which set out bomb the front lines at 2:15 pm (2 x 20lb bomb racks)

When turning at 200ft after takeoff the aircraft sideslipped and nosedived into the ground where it burst into flames and was completely destroyed in the field adjoining the aerodrome (presume Poulainville - they officially moved to Abbeville on the 28th)

Aircraft had flown total of 15hrs 10min

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