Images from 209 Squadron RAF Coastal Command

These images were shared with me by Australian Denis Saunders, whose father, a pilot with the RAF, served with 209 Squadron off the coast of East Africa for much of WWII. RAF 209 Squadron began life in 1918 as No: 9 Squadron Royal Naval Air Service in 1918, being renamed 209 Squadron in March 1930 when all former RNAS squadrons had 200 added to their flight numbers. The Squadron saw service in both world wars, as well as the Malay Emergency and the Korean War, being effectively disbanded after 1968. From March 1942 until July 1945, No.209 was stationed in East Africa. It flew patrols over the Indian Ocean with detached bases in South Africa, Madagascar, Oman and the Seychelles to extend its cover.

The Squadron operated from bases in East Africa (Mombasa), South Africa (Durban), Madagascar and Seychelles. Denis’ father, Eric Saunders, was an aircraft captain with 209 Squadron who flew his flying boat (WQ-Q) from Pembroke Dock (Wales) to Mombasa in June 1942. He flew via Gibraltar, Cairo, Wadi Halfa, Khartoum, Kisumu to Mombasa. The photographs come from his album, or that of Bruce Daymond, his co-pilot during that period.

If any of these images are utilized please credit ©Denis Saunders Collection

Please click here for a much larger image of the Adjutants Nightmare

A fascinating excerpt from the journal of Bruce Daymond DSO DFC

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