207 Squadron, Royal Air Force

formed on April 1st 1918 from 7 Squadron RNAS at Couderkerque, France. motto: Seper paratus (Always prepared). Code: EM
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Three Avro Lancaster B1's of No 207 Squadron RAF, over the English countryside - World War 2

Three Avro Lancaster of No 207 Squadron RAF, over the English countryside - World War My father was the pilot of top Lancaster EM-C

Armourers make final checks on the bomb load of an Avro Lancaster B Mark I of No. 207 Squadron RAF at Syerston, Nottinghamshire, before a night bombing operation to Bremen, Germany. The mixed load (Bomber Command executive codeword ‘Usual’), consists of a 4,000-lb HC bomb (‘cookie’) and small bomb containers (SBCs) filled with 30-lb incendiaries, with the addition of four 250-lb target indicators (TI).

Lancaster bomb bay showing "Usual" Area bombardment mix of "Cookie" blast bomb and incendiary bombs

Avro Manchester Mark I, L7284 EM-D, of No. 207 Squadron RAF based at Waddington, Lincolnshire, in flight.

Avro Manchester Mark I, EM-D, of No. 207 Squadron RAF based at Waddington, Lincolnshire, in flight.

Handley PageHP.12 (O/400) Unit: 207 Sqn, RAF Serial: B-I (D4563) Based at Ligescourt, France in 1918, the squadron was the first to operate Handley Page...

Handley Unit: 207 Sqn, RAF Serial: B-I Based at Ligescourt, France in the squadron was the first to operate Handley Page.

JUL 21 1942 Churchill: “severe, ruthless bombing of Germany” needed Two Avro Lancaster B Mk Is, R5509 ‘EM-G’ and R5570 ‘EM-F’, of No. 207 Squadron RAF based at Bottesford, Linclonshire, in flight. Both aircraft were eventually lost on operations, R5509 while minelaying in the Baltic on 17 August 1942, and R5570 which crashed near Milan while on a night bombing raid to Turin on 9 December 1942.

July Churchill: severe, ruthless bombing of Germany needed


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