Lieutenant R.D.C. "Jock" Gibson was with 21 from September '36
to July 1940. He was to be awarded the DFC later in the war and survived
Officer L.V. E. Petley was nicknamed "Petters". He joined
the Squadron in November 1936 and was posted MIA on 13th June 1940 - later
safe and moved to 107 Squadron. Ultimate fate not known
Officer S.F. Coutts-Wood joined 21 in January 1937. He was posted 13 OTU
on 21st June 1940 where he was killed in a flying accident whilst teaching
others his skills.
P/O S.L. Sigurdson
. "Barney" joined 21 in May 1938 and left in July 1940. Was one
of the pilots involved in the ferrying of 12 Blenheims to Finland in 1940.
Posted to Canada and survived the war.
Sarll - Peter joined 21 in June 1938 and was posted to 13 OTU during June
1940. Peter flew on and off throughout the war and was awarded a DFC. He
was with us for the 2000 re-union.
L.T. Keens. Squadron Commander at the outbreak of war, he joined July 1938
and was posted as Wing Commander in March 1940. Was awarded OBE. Ultimate
fate not known.
Meston. Peter joined the squadron in July 1937 and was posted as Flight
Lieutenant in February 1940. Elsewhere on this site is the story of the
discovery of clandestine activity by Peter and another pilot. Peter was
with us for the 2000 reunion
Watson "Doc" Watson joined the squadron in June 1937 he and his
crew were killed 12th May 1940. The crash was witnessed by Jack Bartley:
"Looking out to port saw great pieces of metal flying by which found
on return to be part of machine of Doc Watson, Hymer Webb and Butch Burgess
who must have got a direct hit from the Ack-Ack and slapped straight into
the deck with their bombs on and exploded on the target area."
Stapledon. Ian joined the squadron in August 1938. On the 6th April1940
his aircraft was armed with armour piercing bombs ready for a U-boat search.
Ian, Sergeant Bill Wetton and Leading Aircraftman 'Johnnie' Ball were killed
when the aircraft crashed on take-off.
G.H. Tice. 'Nick' Tice joined the squadron November 1939. At 0500 on 16th
February 1940 Nick and his crew of Sergeant J.H.Wadmore and, Australian
Aircraftman F.Birch took off on a recce of Borkum. They were not seen again.
German radio reported - ‘One Blenheim was shot down into the North