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RAF 280 Squadron

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Motto:      We shall be there


In front of a fountain, a hand holding a pole flying therefrom two flags representing the International distress signal N.C


Squadron Codes used: -  

FX Allocated Apr - Sep 1939
YF Feb 1942 - Aug 1943
3 Aug 1943 - Jul 1944
ME 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

Special thanks to:
 James Stewart     N.Ireland 
Joe O'Loughlin     N.Ireland
    Breege Mc Cusker  N.Ireland 
John Newall         Canada
                               Richard Lebek  Canada ( crew member U-672)
Norman Lebek   Canada
 Roland Berr      Germany
                                Harry Lorkin   U.K. (RAF 226 Squadron)          
     John Rogers          UK            
                                    N.Jack Logan       Canada   (RCAF 422 Squadron)
              Les and Maureen Ingram  Scotland
   Bill Barber            Canada    
  Robert Walsh        N.Ireland  
                         Capt. Jerry Mason USN (ret.)  Canada         
             Blake Wimperis      Canada              
                                   Robert Quirk     Canada                                          
                                    Norm Muffitt          Canada                                      
                         Lt/Col S. Beaton     Canada  (Camp Borden)
       Stephanie Pinder     USA            
    Alec (Johnny) Johnston    N.Z.
                 Stephen Kerr           N.Ireland             
                                   Reg Firby               Canada (RCAF 423 Squadron)
         Maurice Duffill         Australia     
                   John Hartshorn              UK                     
                                  Don Macfie      Canada ( RCAF 422/423 Squadron)
                               Frank Cauley   Canada  ( RCAF 422 Squadron)
                                Harold O'Brien  Canada  ( RCAF 423 Squadron)
                                   James Newall          UK        ( RAF 423 Squadron)
      Ian Meadows                    UK
                     Bill Baker                 Canada               
John Taylor      Canada
            Gordon Burke              Canada
          Carol Whittle                    U.K.

Last Update on Dec 07 , 2010