MATTHEW KILLINGBECK R.A.F.
ADDED 17 APRIL 2007
Mrs Audrey Milner’s story of her husband
Matthew Killingbeck's wartime experiences in
the R.A.F. were most interesting and especially so to ex R.A.F.
With regards to the identification of the aircraft in the photograph
submitted by Mrs Milner, Mr. Barry Howell of Pontefract, ex R.A.F., and
a member of the Vulcan Club, telephoned me to confirm that the aircraft
was a twin-engine Whitley Bomber. No. 10 Squadron was a prestigious and
historic squadron. It was formed in January 1915 at Farnborough and
served at various stations around the country. In 1937 it arrived at the
new airfield at Dishforth and received the Whitley Bombers.
Due to the expansion of the R.A.F., squadrons detached flights to form
new squadrons and No. 10 formed the new 97 Squadron, which I myself
later joined. In July 1940, No. 10 moved to Leeming, was brought up to
force and supplied with the Halifax four-engine bombers, which formed
part of the main force of Bomber Command for the duration of the war.
New recruits were always made well aware of the important part that the
wartime personnel, such as Mr. Killingbeck and his colleagues, played.
No. 97 Squadron flew Whitley and Lancaster Bombers throughout the war.
It remained in post war Bomber Command as a bombing school and was
equipped with Lincoln Bombers and Canberra’s at Helmswell in
Lincolnshire where I was stationed with them.
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