provides a nominal role of every pilot known to have
served on 41 (F) Squadron RAF during its first 30 years,
from April 1916 to March 1946, plus key data pertaining
to the Squadron during this period.
Squadron is one of the oldest Royal Air Force squadrons
in existence; it will celebrate its Centenary in 2016.
The unit has seen service from World War I, through
Policing Duties in Aden in the 1930s, throughout World
War II, and more recently in the First Gulf War and
187 pilots served with the Squadron during World War
I. Of these, 39 were killed in action or died on active
service, 48 were wounded or injured, and 21 became Prisoners
of War. They were credited with destroying 111 aircraft
and 14 balloons, sending down 112 aircraft out of control,
and driving down a further 25 aircraft and five balloons.
The men were awarded four DSOs, six MCs, nine DFCs,
four Mentions in Dispatches, and two French and two
Belgian Croix de Guerre; two of the ground crew also
received Military Medals.
was formally disbanded on 31 December 1919, but re-formed
again at RAF Northolt on 1 April 1923. At least 204
pilots served with the unit between 1 April 1923 and
2 September 1939. During this period, eleven men were
killed and three injured in flying accidents, three
injured in airscrew accidents on the ground, and one
pilot killed and a second injured in automobile accidents.
Although no Battle Honours were granted nor any decorations
awarded during this time, the era produced ten Air Commodores,
nine Air Vice-Marshals, two Air Marshals and two Air
325 pilots served with 41 Squadron during World War
II, of whom 64 were killed in action or flying accidents,
or died of injuries, wounds or other causes on active
service. Fifty-eight were wounded in action, or injured
in flying or non-flying accidents. Three pilots were
shot down over enemy territory and evaded capture, and
four were shot down or ditched in the Channel and were
rescued. Another 21 pilots became Prisoners of War.
The men were awarded three DSOs, twelve DFCs, one DFM,
and one Mention in Dispatches.
believed that at least another 29 pilots also served
with the unit between 1 June 1945 and its disbanding
on 31 March 1946. This suggests that almost 700 pilots
served on 41 Squadron during its first thirty years.
Biographical details and information on the service
of every one of these men are included in this website.