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The War Up North by Stan Stokes.

Squadrons for : Ventura
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No.21 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 23rd July 1915
Fate : Disbanded 31st January 1976

Viribus vincimus - By strength we conquer

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No.299 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 4th November 1943
Fate : Disbanded 15th February 1946

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No.458 Sqn RAAF

Country : Australia
Founded : 10th July 1941
Fate : Disbanded 9th June 1945

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No.464 Sqn RAAF

Country : UK
Founded : 15th August 1942
Fate : Disbanded 25th September 1945

Aequo anumo - Equanimity

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No.487 Sqn RNZAF

Country : New Zealand
Founded : 15th August 1942
Fate : Disbanded 19th September 1945

Ki te mutunga - Through to the end



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No.487 Sqn RNZAF

487 squadron was formed at Feltwell, Norfolk, 15th August 1942, equipped with Lockheed Ventura aircraft, commencing operations on 6th December. 487 contributed 16 aircraft to the famous low-level raid on the Phillips radio and valve factory at Eindhoven, and continued in the daylight role with Venturas until June 1943. On one operation during this period, the squadron suffered heavy losses. On May 3rd during a raid on Amsterdam, ten out of 11 aircraft were shot down. After the war when the full account of the raid became known, the B Flight Commander Sqd Ldr L.H. Trent, a New Zealander in the RAF, who had been a prisoner of war since being shot down on the raid was awarded the Victoria Cross for his outstanding leadership during the Amsterdam raid. On 1st June 1943, 487 was transferred from Bomber Command to the newly formed 2nd Tactical Air Force (TAF). During September 1943, 487 re-equipped with the De Havilland Mosquito F.B VI and was mainly used on night bombing, although the squadron took part in several daylight precision operations. These included the Amiens prison raid 18th February 1944, Gestapo Headquarters, Aarhus in Denmark on 31st October 1944 and Gestapo Headquarters in Copenhagen on 21st March 1945. The squadron operated from the continent from February until September 1945 where at Cambrai/Epinoy, France it was renumbered 16 Squadron RAF (later amended to 268 Squadron). In addition to Sqd Ldr Trent's Victoria Cross, the New Zealand personnel of 487 squadron were awarded 1 DSO, 7 DFC's, one bar to DFC and 1 DFM.


No.519 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 7th August 1943
Fate : Disbanded 31st May 1946

Undaunted by weather

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No.521 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 1st August 1941.
Fate : Disbanded 1st April 1946

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No.521 Sqn RAF

521 Squadron was formed on the 1st August 1941 from No 1401 Flight at Bircham Newton, it continued to conduct meteorological reconnaissance duties. 521 Squadron flew Hudsons and Blenheims for North Sea patrol duties, Spitfires and Mosquitoes over Europe. It was disbanded when it was divided into Flights again, No's 1401 and 1409. But on the 1st September 1943 it was reformed in its previous role at Docking. 521 Squadron was re equipped with Hampdens, Hudsons and Gladiators, with Venturas arriving in December 1943. In August 1944 Hurricanes joined the Gladiators and Hudsons returned to replace the Venturas in September 1944. In December 1944 Flying Fortress IIs arrived for long range sorties and these were operated together with Mk IIIs from May 1945 until February 1946. Halifax Mk.III bombers replaced the Flying Fortresses in December 1945 and following the withdrawal of the Fortresses, 521 Squadorn was disbanded on 1st April 1946 at Chivenor.
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Flight Lieutenant Maxwell N. Sparks A.F.C., R.A.F.
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Flight Lieutenant Maxwell N. Sparks A.F.C., R.A.F.

Flight Lieutenant M.N. Sparks A.F.C., R.A.F., gained his pilots wings with the R.N.Z.A.F. in December 1941. Posted to the United Kingdom he joined the newly formed 487(N.Z.) Squadron in September 1942. Equipped with the Lockheed Ventura (a bomber version of the Hudson) the squadron was meant for medium-level daylight “circus” operations, but after losing 10 out of 11 aircraft and crews over Holland in March 1943 it was wisely decided to re-equip the depleted squadron with a different type of aircraft. In September 1943 the Squadron was again operational with the new Mosquito Mk.V1 aircraft, attacking daylight pinpoint targets such as V1 and V2 rocket sites and night intruder sorties against enemy airfields. From D-Day on, 487 sqn. in company with 464 (R.A.A.F.) and 21 (R.A.F.) was part of the 2nd T.A.F., operating behind enemy lines day and night, searching out enemy road convoys, railway troop trains, enemy airfields, etc. – all designed to cause maximum disruption to the enemy forces. Flt. Lt. Max Sparks completed 42 operational sorties with 487 squadron and returned to New Zealand in March 1945.



Group Captain Leonard Trent VC DFC ADC
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Group Captain Leonard Trent VC DFC ADC

Leonard Trent was in the war from the start, and at a time when aircrew losses were appalling. In May 1943, before Trent took off for the Amsterdam power station raid, he said - Im going over the target whatever happens - Of the twelve Ventura aircraft that set out against murderous fighter attacks and heavy flak, only Trent made it to the target - he was as good as his word. Trent was shot down on the return home, but his VC ranks amongst the most courageous of all.



Citation for the Victoria Cross, gazetted 1st March 1946.

On the 3rd May, 1943, Squadron Leader Trent was detailed to lead a formation of Ventura aircraft in a daylight attack on the power station at Amsterdam. This operation was intended to encourage the Dutch workmen in their resistance to enemy pressure. The target was known to be heavily defended. The importance of bombing it, regardless of enemy fighters or antiaircraft fire, was strongly impressed on the air crews taking part in the operation. Before taking off, Squadron Leader Trent told the deputy leader that he was going over the target, whatever happened. All went well until the Venturas and their fighter escort were nearing the Dutch coast. Then one bomber was hit and had to turn back. Suddenly large numbers of enemy fighters appeared. Our escorting fighters were hotly engaged and lost touch with the bombing force. The Venturas closed up for mutual protection and commenced their run up to the target. Unfortunately, the fighters detailed to support them over the target had reached the area too early and had been recalled. Soon the bombers were attacked. They were at the mercy of 15 to 20 Messerschmitts which dived on them incessantly. Within four minutes six Venturas were destroyed. Squadron Leader Trent continued on his course with the 3 remaining aircraft. In a short time 2 more Venturas went down in flames. Heedless of the murderous attacks and of the heavy anti-aircraft fire which was now encountered, Squadron Leader Trent completed an accurate bombing run and even shot down a Messerschmitt at point-blank range. Dropping his bombs in the target area, he turned away. The aircraft following him was shot down on reaching the target. Immediately afterwards his own aircraft was hit, went into a spin and broke up. Squadron Leader Trent and his navigator were thrown clear and became prisoners of war. The other two members of the crew perished. On this, his 24th sortie, Squadron Leader Trent showed outstanding leadership. Such was the trust placed in this gallant officer that the other pilots followed him unwaveringly. His cool, unflinching courage and devotion to duty in the face of overwhelming odds rank with the finest examples of these virtues.London Gazette, 1946.


Hon Gough Whitlam AC QC
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Hon Gough Whitlam AC QC

Gough Whitlam enlisted in the RAAF on 20th June 1942. After training as a navigator bomb aimer, Pilot Officer Whitlam joined 13 Sqn when they re-equipped with the Navy Ventura (PV1) at Fairbairn airport, Canberra in September 1943. In February 1944 the squadron moved to Coffs Harbour, fromwhich it searched for Japanese submarines and escorted Allied ships. Based at Cooktown Mission from June to August 1944 and then at Gove, Northern Territory, it bomber Japanese held islands in the Arafura Sea and as far as Lombok. The squadron was last based in Labuan. From March to September 1945 Goughs Ventura was the only Empire aircraft at MacArthurs headquarters in Leyte and Manila. They transported British, Canadian, New Zealand and Australian Admirals, Generals and Air Marshals from and back to Morotai. Whitlams crew flew 750 hours on Venturas. He was discharged on 17th October 1945. Edward Gough Whitlam was born in Melbourne on 11th July 1916 and joined the Australian Labor Party in 1945. He won the Federal seat or Werriwa at a by-election in November 1952 and was deputy leader of his party from February 1960 to February 1967 and thereafter leader until December 1977. Gough Whitlam was Prime Minister of Australia from 5th December 1972 to 11th November 1975. He resigned from Parliament in July 1978 to pursue an academic career.


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