The Tempsford Special Duties Squadrons
"Look for me by moonlight, watch for me by moonlight,
I'll come to thee by moonlight, though Hell should bar the way.
Alfred Noyes - The Highwayman
138 & 161 Special Duties Squadrons
operated from Tempsford Airfield
Tempsford Airfield was the base for some of the most secret squadrons of World War 2. They specialised in the delivery of agents either by parachute or by landing at night in a moonlit field, usually by the light of just three torches. The squadrons also conducted 'pick up' operations, again landing in the chosen fields to collect agents who needed to return to England.
Agents in the field needed equipment, and the Tempsford Squadrons supplied it; they delivered arms, ammunition, radios and other equipment to the resistance movements in German occupied countries.
These Squadrons acquired, over the years, various nicknames. They have been referred to as the Moonlight Squadrons, The Cloak and Dagger Squadrons and, perhaps somewhat tongue in cheek, The Tempsford Taxis!
More than 80 years have passed since their formation, and it is time to bring these moonlight squadrons into the daylight so that their efforts and sacrifices are recorded and acknowledged.
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HELP NEEDED for In Memoriam!
You will all be aware that 2025 marks the 80th Anniversary of the end of WW2. We would very much like to have as many photographs as possible of Tempsford Personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice. More than 600 men from RAF Tempsford were killed in action, so please search your family archives and let us have photographs, so that we can honour them.
Alain Godignon has provided a fascinating account of the crash of Halifax DK119. You can read it here.
Saturday, December 30, 2023 15:08