41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946

A Brief History

Nominal Roll 1916-1919

Nominal Roll 1923-1939

Nominal Roll 1939-1946

Ground Staff 1939-1945

Officers Commanding

Roll of Honour

Prisoners of War

Base Locations

Aircraft in Service

Statistical Data

Data Sought

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This website 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.

41(R) 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 Yugoslavia.

At least 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.

41 Squadron 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 Chief Marshals.

A further 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.

It is 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.

Blood, Sweat and Courage 

Blood, Sweat and Courage (1939-1942)

Blood, Sweat and Valour 

Blood, Sweat and Valour (1942-1945)


This website was created on 31 January 2003 and was last updated on 22 October 2015

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