Motto: We shall be there
In front of a fountain, a hand holding a pole flying therefrom two flags representing the International distress
Squadron Codes used: -
||Allocated Apr - Sep 1939|
||Feb 1942 - Aug 1943|
||Aug 1943 - Jul 1944|
||Jul 1944 - Jun 1946 |
On December 10, 1941 the 280 Squadron was formed att RAF Thorney Island.
My grandfather, F.G. "Jerry" Fellows joined the 280 squadron on Dec 23, 1941.
The 280 squadron was responsible for air-sea rescue along the south coast of England as well as East Anglia.
The 280 squadron did not receive any aircraft until February , 1942, when the Ansons arrived.
The squadron disbanded on June 21, 1946 at Thornaby.
F.G."Jerry" Fellows dressed in "Full Tank" while with 280 squadron.
Photo of very first Christmas dinner for 280 squadron, taken by my grandfather, F.G. Fellows. He had arrived
on Dec 23rd 1941, only 13 days after the formation of the squadron. Below is the back of the photo. My grandfather stayed
with 280 squadron until March 9, 1943. While with the 280 squadron, my grandfather flew the Anson aircraft.
Front and back, secret photo of Anson, RAF 280 Squadron
Photo of my cousin, Matthew, standing in front of an Anson in Calgary, 2005.
The only flying example of an Avro Anson in the world
View of Thorney Island from the air