Sep 1939 to June 1940 150 Squadron AASF Fairey Battle’s involved

K9483 Shot down near Bulson 14 May 1940 Plt Off Arthur Posselt; Sgt Donald Bowen; AC2 Norman Vano (18) all Kia.

The 150 Squadron were active in France as part of the Advanced Air Strike Force from 2nd September 1939 to 17th June 1940. During that time there were some 480 personnel based in the unit to support and crew their quota of 16 Fairey Battle aircraft. On the 2nd September 39 the unit flew 14 Fairey Battles from Benson to Challerange along with one Miles Magister. On 12th September they relocated to Ecury sur Coole and flew 16 Fairey battles to their new base. Of the original 16 planes 10 were lost with 14 crew killed and 8 injured.

During their stay in France a total of 57 planes were allocated to the unit over the period trying to maintain 16 fully functional planes ready for combat, 29 planes were lost either through combat or accidents. The sad part is that of these brave men 36 were killed in action with a further 13 injured and 13 made prisoners of war.

Below are compiled all the aircraft involved as per the records available, it just gives a picture of 150 Squadron’s involvement with the AASF and lists what happened to the crews. It is organized in a timeline arrival to departure. Note the JN-? numbers are as accurate as possible.

We should remember these lads who put their lives in the line of fire knowing the odds. Where I have photos of them I will put them in so if you have a photo of an individual please send it to me so we can put faces on these heros.



2 Sep 39 150 Squadron move from Benson UK to Challerange, France
L5220 Flown Benson to Challerange Sgt Pay  2 Sep 39. Plane survived and Served at No. 5 Bombing and Gunnery School, Dafoe, Saskatchewan Canada
L4947 Flown Benson to Challerange Sgt Beale 2 Sep 39 the plane  ended up in Canada
K9392 Flown Benson to Challerange Sgt Andrews 2 Sep 39. The plane survived  then transferred to the SAAF on 09/07/41 where it became 981.
K9380 Flown Benson to Challerange Barker 2 Sep 39. This plane eventually ended up in Australia and was lost in an training air collision.
P2394 Miles Magister p2394 Flown Benson to Challerange by P/O Weeks 3 Sep 39 left there and later went to 103 sq.
K9389 9 Sep 1939  recon first operation for 150 squadron from Challerange
12 Sep 1939 150 squadron move to Ecury sur Coole with 16 Fairey Battles
L4945 17 Sep 1939  recon survived. Ended up in 15 Elementary Flight Training School EFTS Redhill UK
K9379 20 Sep 39 2.5 hour recon F/O Beale all ok.
L5225 JN-L Crashes on takeoff from Ecury-sur-Coole on September 20, 1939. P/O James Lionel Calvert, Sgt Thomas B Woodmanson, AC John L Marsh, all killed

Sgt. Thomas Woodmanson Photo 1938
K9283 JN-P Crash landed and destroyed at Ecury-sur-Coole on September 30, 1939 after combat. Sqn Ldr MacDonald, AC1 Alexander Murcar (inj), Sgt Fred Gardiner (inj)
K9387 JN-R Shot down by Bf 109 on 30 September 1939. Fg Off Fernald Corelli kia, Sgt Leslie B. Webber bailed ok , AC Kenneth Gay kia,
K9484 JN-Y Shot down by Bf 109s over Germany 30 September 1939. Plt. Off John Saunders (aged 20), and WOp/AG AC1 Donald Thomas (19) died but the observer, Sgt George J. Springett, ” Spike” baled out over German territory and was made a POW

Sgt. G. J Springett 1938
N2028 JN-T ?Shot down by Bf 109 on 30 September 1939. Plt Off M.A. Poulton with Sgt T.A. Bates and AC1 H.E.A. Rose all bailed ok. But injuries
N2093 JN-W Shot down by Bf 109 on 30 September 1939.Flt Lt Laurence Hyde-Parker bailed injured, with his observer, Sgt William Cole (19 kia), and WOp/AG AC1 D.E. Jones injured.
L4942 4 Nov 39 Formation flying, replacement battle arrived from Benson on 3 Oct 1939 flown by P/O Bennett. Ended up in No. 4 Bombing and Gunnery School. Ontario
K9204 9 Oct 1939 arrived as a replacement Aircraft but after testing proved to be unserviceable. Later went to 142 Sqdn. Eventually joining the RCAF in 1941 as a training aircraft.
K9417 was replacement on 15/10/39 , Dec 39 Formation flying, eventually ended up in Canada as a training craft
L4948 JN-F ? Crashes while landing at night in Perpignan on March 3, 1940. over ran landing strip All Ok 24/10/39 this plane was fitted with a mockup of a gun from observer position.

Is Fairey Battle JN-F  L4948 ? read the examination  Is Fairey Battle JN-F L4948

Possibly L4948 Photo supplied by Dave
P2244 Crashed at St Hilaire-le-Grand during an exercise on March 31, 1940. P/O David Devoto, Sgt Clifford Wall, AC William F. Taylor, all killed

Perhaps image of Sgt. William Taylor 1938
? Accidentally destroyed by fire at Ecury-sur-Coole on April 22, 1940. faulty parachute flare
K9369  JN-G. Damaged on May 10, 1940 and abandoned at Ecury-sur-Coole. Did a belly landing Blom, Sgt E.D. Martin, AC Clifford Cooper All safe.

K9390 JN-I. Crash Landed  in Merl on May 10, 1940.  F/Lt Eric Parker kia, Sgt J Whalley, PoW, AC Rodney Rye, PoW
L5539 JN-B Shot down near Thionville on May 10, 1940. Sgt Raymond White, Sgt CWJ Booth, LAC Robert Burrows. All returned safely on 13th
L5540 JN-C. Shot down at Bonnevoie on 10 May 1940. Three PoWs. F/O A. C. Roberts, Sgt E. H. Ward, AC D Mayrick

P2335 Damaged by by bombs at Ecury-sur-Coole on May 11, 1940.
P2334 Destroyed by bombs at Ecury-sur-Coole on May 11, 1940.

P2334 bombed out remains in the foreground.
P2262 12 May 40 attack mechanized column near Bertrik
P2184 JN-P 12 May 1940 Returned to base badly damaged by AA fire during attack on enemy column between Neufchâteau and Bertrix 3.00 p.m. Sergeant S. E. Andrews, Sergeant N. J. Ingram, and LAC H. R. Figg all unhurt. Aircraft JN*P damaged but repairable – abandoned May 15. P2184 was a replacement on 4 /10/39 More info Here

P2184 Image supplied by Dave


P2336 JN-M Shot down near Neufchâteau on May 12, 1940. Three killed. P/O Ian Campbell-Irons, Sgt. Thomas Barker and LAC Reg Hinder

Fairey Battle JN-M at No 21 Aircraft Depot Nantes/ Château Bougen B/W Photo supplied by Dave


P2179 Plt Off Peacock-Edwards, Sgt. A Scott, AC Dearnley  all ok P2179. 14/May/40 attacked pontoon bridges. P2179 was a replacement on 5/10/39
L5457 14 May 40 attacked pontoon bridges
K9483 Shot down in the Sedan sector on May 14, 1940. Plt. Off Arthur Posselt; Sgt. Donald Bowen; AC2 Norman Vano (18) Kia.

Arthur Posselt 21, Donald Bowen 21, Norman Vano 18

L4946 JN-W Shot down at Donchéry on May 14, 1940. Ft Off John Ing; Sgt. John Turner; AC1 William Nolan (from Limerick) ,all Kia

John Ing 25, John D. Turner 25, William Nolan 20
P2182 Shot down at Douzy on May 14, 1940. Plt. Off John Boon; Sgt. Thomas Fortune; AC1 Sydney Martin  all Kia. P2182 was a replacement  4/10/39

John Boon 27, Thomas Fortune 29, Sydney Martin 21
P5232 Shot down in the Sedan sector on May 14, 1940. Flt Sgt. George Barker and Sgt. James Williams Kia. LAC Alan Summerson injured

George Thomas Barker 27, James Williams 27, Alan Summerson

15 May 1940 150 Squadron Abandon Ecury sur Coole and relocated to Pouan near Arcis sur Aube
L5583 JN-B Very damaged in a mission on May 19, 1940 and abandoned in Sommesous. F/O Allen D Frank , ok

P5235 JN-H. Shot down in action on May 19, 1940. Three PoW’s. P/O David Ernest Osment, Sgt. G. W. Clifford, AC W. G. Slade more info here

L5237 delivered to 150 Sqdn 21 May 40 from 218 Sqdn
L5543 23 May 40 Target road Echtenarch Sgt. Andrews. This plane crashed on 3 Aug 1940 at Cottesmore in Rutland
P2337 23 May 40 Target road Echtenarch P/O Long
L5113 23 May 40 Target road Echtenarch the plane eventually moved to 142 squadron
L5106 23 May 40 Target road Echtenarch P/O Frank. eventually Assigned to No. 1 Training Command in Ontario.
L5510 25 May 40 Target Monthanes F/O Blom. Ended up in No. 1 Training Command on 10 May 1941 Canada
L5545 24 May 40 Target Libramont  F/Lt Beall
L5474 Delivered May 25, 1940 at 150 Sq. JN-. Probably abandoned in France. ?
P6602 26/may/40 Thionvill bomb mission all returned. Moved to 142 squadron then Apr 41 to RAAF Australia
L5459 JN-L Shot down at Avioth by hunters on 26 May 1940. P/O James Edward Vernon ok , Sgt. G Busby PoW, LAC A. W. Ruthland PoW

Photo supplied by Dave of L5459 JN-L note the Props are not twisted so the engine was stopped when landing.
June 3, 1940, departure for Houssay, Loire-et-Cher, France
L5579 7 June 40  P/O Frank new battle ?
L5288 Shot down at Vergies on June 7, 1940. .P/O James Edward Vernon Kia, Sgt. George William Clawley Kia, LAC Jack Fredrick Atkins Kia
L5112 JN-K Shot down near Falencourt on June 8, 1940. Three killed. P/O Reginald A Weeks, Sgt. William David Pittar, AC Leonard Grant
L5437 Shot down at Merey on June 13, 1940. Three killed. F/Sgt. Roy Cuthbert Beale, Sgt. Harold. J.F Tutt, Cpl. Douglas Barfield Carter
L5524 JN-V Shot down by Bf 109 at Aigleville on June 13, 1940. P/O Alfred Gulley kia, Sgt. Harold Berry PoW/escape, AC Donald Leslie Phillips PoW/escape

L5591 JN-X Shot down by Bf 109 at Rebais on June 13, 1940. S/L R. M. Bradley, F/Sgt. A. Leitch, AC Rickard (inj) all ok
L5541 JN-A Shot down by Bf 109 at La Ferté-Vidame on June 15, 1940.  P/O E. A. Benjamin, Sgt. Armstrong, LAC Hillyard (inj), All ok but Hillyard lost his right arm.

K9323 11 June 1940 appears on a mission from Houssay, eventually ending up in Canada as a trainer aircraft
L5563  15 June 1940 Target any movement in Evraux- Vernon area F/Lt Blom. Aircraft lost with the sinking of the S.S Huntingdon en route to South Africa Feb. 1941
L5593  15 June 1940 Target any movement in Evraux- Vernon area P/O Elliott
P2227  15 June 1940 Target any movement in Evraux- Vernon area P/O Long
L5528 ?
Returned to Abingdon, UK 15 June 1940
Of 57 planes used 29 were lost, 36 crew Kia, 13 injured, 13 PoW
Of the first 16 Fairey Battles to arrive in Ecury 10 were lost with 14 killed and 8 injured.

Here is one we need to Identify JN-F  Any Ideas which serial number it is?

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