82 Squadron

The cemetery at Vadum where those lost on the Aalborg raid are buried.

Video: Aalborg raid 13th August 1940

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This video was shot and put together by Steve Connor of Flying Machines TV It relates the story of the raid on Aalborg by 82 Squadron flying from Watton on 13th August 1940. I am very grateful to Steve for his allowing it to be included here. The full story of the raid has been researched and documented by Ole Ronnest from Denmark and will be included on this site soon. See also this page telling the story of the discovery and recovery […]

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Pictured is R3821 with left to right, Sgt. Don A.W. McFarlane, Observer, Sgt. Peter K. Eames, Wireless operator/airgunner and Pilot Officer Donald M. Wellings, Pilot, in flying kit by R 3821. 
On 22 October1940, Eames and McFarlane were awarded the D.F.M., Wellings the D.F.C. 

Video: 1995 – The discovery, and recovery of Blenheim R3821 UX-N

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Don Macfarlane remembers: On 17th May, 1940, twelve aircraft of 82 Squadron, based at Watton, in Norfolk, took off to attack troop concentrations at Gembloux, Belgium, where the German army was sweeping West towards the Channel ports. Eleven of them were shot down and the survivor, badly damaged, managed to reach Watton, but it was written off due to the damage sustained. Fortunately, for me, my name did not appear on the flying programme for that day! Shortly afterwards, replacement […]

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Squadron Leader John Vincent Hadland DFC.

Squadron Leader John Vincent Hadland DFC.

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By Hugh Hadland My father married my mother on 6th September 1939 in Oxford while he was learning to fly at Kidlington. As they came out of the church the first air raid siren of their war was sounding – a false alarm – but no one bothered about it. Ironically, she was half Danish, her father being a farmer who came to the UK from Jutland before the war. Olaf Frederik Hansen. I am named after W/Cdr Hugh Malcolm […]

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Don ‘Mac’ McFarlane and R3821

Don ‘Mac’ McFarlane and R3821

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Don “Mac” McFarlane, an Observer on 82 Squadron flew in R3821 on a number of occasions prior to 13th August 1940 and was scheduled to fly on the 13th August. After engine start on the morning of the 13th and just prior to taxying out for take-off, a member of the squadron ground crew gave the signal to cut the engines. At fist they thought the raid had been scrubbed after all but on talking on the telephone to Mac’s […]

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