21 Squadron Pilots 1939

Pilots of 21 Squadron pose in front of a Mk IV Blenheim

The picture was taken at the eastern exit of Hangar 1 (it is only at this position that the houses in the background are visible). Note the white ‘coveralls’ which were the pre-war flying suit worn at public displays. The MkIV Blenheim would tend to date the picture at the outbreak of the war. Perhaps this was their first MkIV or perhaps this was intended to be a record of A Flight and the Squadron at the outbreak of World War 2 .

Known to be missing from this picture is P/O H.D.S. Dunford-Wood (A Flight) but since this picture came from his photo’ albulm it is considered likely that he took it. Officers known to be on Squadron strength at the time this picture was taken, but who have not been identified yet include F/O M.W. Hamlyn, S/Ldr G.E. McDonald, P/O R.G.M. Gilmore, P/O F.C. Gibbs, F/O S.W.B. Menaul, P/O R.J. MacDonough. All of those with the exception of Hamlyn were B Flight members.

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  • Gibson became a publisher. He was the owner of Robert Gibson & Son. He died in 1994. He was posted to Abbotsinch and he said it was there he formed 21 Squadron with Hinds. He took over 602s aircraft after a storm. He was master navigator and flew the Blenheim’s to Turkey in formation just before the war. When the war finished he asked if he could be released and he was off the station in 40 minutes. He left with his Italian motor bike, pistol and parachute. He lived in Kilcregan and had a Blenheim prop outside his house. When his dad died he took over the Gibson publishing.
    At one time he was CO of a combined Swordfish/Albacore squadron on anti E Boat operations

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