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No. 12 Squadron (IAF): Second World War

No. 12 Squadron (IAF): Second World War

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No. 12 Squadron (IAF) during the Second World War

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No.12 Squadron, RIAF, was a post-war fighter squadron that became a transport squadron before Indian independence.

No.12 Squadron formed after the end of the Second World War as a fighter squadron equipped with the Supermarine Spitfire.

In 1946 it was decided to equip the squadron with the de Havilland Mosquito, and a number of Airspeed Oxfords arrived as part of the conversion plan. Three months later this plan was dropped, and No.12 Squadron became a transport squadron. The first Douglas Dakotas arrived in September 1946. In April 1947 the squadron took over responsibility for parachute training in India, before in August joining the independent Royal Indian Air Force.

December 1945-June 1946: Supermarine Spitfire VIII
January-December 1946: Airspeed Oxford I
September 1946-August 1947: Douglas Dakota III

December 1945-January 1946: Kohat
January-June 1946: Risalpur
June 1946-April 1947: Bhopal
April-August 1947: Chaklala

Squadron Codes: -

1945-46: Fighter Squadron
1946-47: Transport Squadron



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The Last Post Ceremony commemorating the service of (436545) Flight Sergeant Alan Cryer, No. 12 Squadron, Royal Air Force, Second World War.

The Last Post Ceremony is presented in the Commemorative area of the Australian War Memorial each day. The ceremony commemorates more than 102,000 Australians who have given their lives in war and other operations and whose names are recorded on the Roll of Honour. At each ceremony the story behind one of the names on the Roll of Honour is told. Hosted by Richard Cruise, the story for this day was on (436545) Flight Sergeant Alan Cryer, No. 12 Squadron, Royal Air Force, Second World War.

436545 Flight Sergeant Alan Cryer, No. 12 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Killed in flying battle 4 March 1945

Story delivered 22 October 2017

Today we pay tribute to Flight Sergeant Alan Cryer.

Alan Cryer was born on 26 March 1923, in the Perth suburb of Subiaco, to Walter and Lily Cryer.

He attended Perth Boys School, where he was a keen sportsman, playing football and cricket, and enjoying swimming. Following his schooling he worked as a shipping clerk for R.G. Lynn Limited in Fremantle.

Cryer enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force on 5 February 1943, at the age of 19, and began training as an air gunner.

After his initial training in Australia, in August 1943 he left Melbourne for overseas service.

As part of the Empire Air Training Scheme, he was one of almost 27,500 RAAF pilots, navigators, wireless operators, gunners, and engineers who, throughout the course of the war, joined Royal Air Force squadrons or Australian squadrons based in Britain.

Cryer’s journey took him first to Canada, where he arrived in mid-September 1943. After ten months of training in Canada, he travelled to Britain, where he undertook further specialist training before he was posted to No. 12 Squadron, Royal Air Force, in late February 1945.

As part of the Royal Air Force’s Bomber Command, No. 12 Squadron was equipped with four-engined Avro Lancaster heavy bombers.

On the night of 3 March 1945, the Lancaster in which Cryer was the mid upper gunner was undertaking a training flight and was shot down near Stockwith, Lincolnshire. Cryer and all six of his fellow crewmates – Australian Flight Sergeants Ronald Horstmann, Walter Pridmore, George Davis and Alexander Weston and British crewmates Pilot Officer Arthur Thomas and Flight Sergeant Thomas McCaffrey – were killed.

The bodies of the crew were recovered from the crash and Cryer and his Australian crewmates were buried side by side in the RAF plot at Cambridge city cemetery.

Alan Cryer had been with the squadron for less than a week. He was 21 years old.

His name is listed here on the Roll of Honour on my left, among some 40,000 Australians who died while serving in the Second World War.

This is but one of the many stories of service and sacrifice told here at the Australian War Memorial. We now remember Flight Sergeant Alan Cryer, who gave his life for us, for our freedoms, and in the hope of a better world.

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Pilot Officer Jack Heathcote Morphett 83 Squadron (d.9th April 1942)

Flight Sergeant Geoffrey Douglas Hutchinson 83 Squadron (d.9th April 1942)

Sergeant Reginald Stanley Williams 83 Squadron (d.9th April 1942)

Flight Sergeant Albert Henry Salter 83 Squadron (d.9th April 1942)

Wing Commander Francis Sidney "Logger" Powley DFC, AFC B flight 166 Squadron (d.5th April, 1945)

Flying Officer Peter Anthony Lovegrove 83 Squadron (d.12th November 1942)

Pilot Officer Jack Heathcote Morphett 83 Squadron (d.9th April 1942)

Flight Sergeant Geoffrey Douglas Hutchinson 83 Squadron (d.9th April 1942)

Sergeant Reginald Stanley Williams 83 Squadron (d.9th April 1942)

Flight Sergeant Albert Henry Salter 83 Squadron (d.9th April 1942)

Flight Sergeant George Charles Fisk 83 Squadron (d.9th April 1942)

Flight Sergeant Charles Dewitt Gellatly 83 Squadron (d.9th April 1942)

Sgt. John Alexander Carpenter 57 Squadron (d.13th Jul 1943)

Sgt. Sydney James Hitchings 49 Squadron

  • Pilot F/O LM Hodges POW escape report WO 208/3304 S/PG 345
  • Observer Sgt SJ Hitchings POW 276
  • WOp/AG Sgt JH Wyatt POW escape report WO 208/3303 S/PG 280
  • Wop/AG Sgt LC Turnbull POW 285

A group photo in front of what appears to be stage set. The reverse shows that it was posted from Stalag Luft 1 and I think the postmark is 1942-7-18. S.J.Hitchings is second from left front row

A propaganda “Christmas Spread” photo but my father told me all of the items were made of paper! SJH 3rd from right. 4th from left (with beard) is Sgt JC Shaw

Sgt JC Shaw (middle) and SJH back right. Others unknown. Sgt Shaw was shot while attempting to escape on the night of 2/3 Jan 42 (see Footprints in the Sands of Time, Clutton-Brock. p46.)

Sgt LC Turnbull

Sgt LC Turnbull (front) and SJH

6. S.J.Hitchings back left, others unknown.

In 2015 I visited Pordic and met members of the Association Bretagne de Sovenir Arien ( who took me to the site of the crash. One of the old men was a boy of seven at the time and he saw the two parachutes of my father and Sgt Turnbull, both of whom were subsequently captured.

Photos of Hampden P1347 in which my father, Sgt SJ Hitchings, was observer on the raid to Stettin on the night of 4th Sept 1949, after it crash landed in a field near Pordic, Brittany, were sent to me by Rick of to whom I am grateful.

F/O Aliston Rank Gray Ritch 57 Squadron (d.5th Feb 1943)

  • F/O Aliston Rank Gray Ritch J/10305 RCAF, pilot
  • Sgt Thomas Cosford 1244294, Flight Engineer
  • Sgt Eric Atkins 1318855 RAF, Navigator
  • Sgt D.G.Busby 1391156 RAF, Bombardier
  • Sgt Douglas McNeil 1025811 RAF, Wireless Operator
  • Sgt Eric Norman Perkins 1601353 RAF, Gunner
  • F/Sgt Ronald Shears 542963 RAF, Gunner

F/Sgt George William Osborne Crocker

Robert John Webb 617 Squadron

My father, Robert John Webb, will be 84 years old this year and we are taking him for a visit to RAF Scampton, Lincoln as a surprise where he was stationed in his teens in 1944-1945, as ground crew with 617 Squadron

If you re-call my father could you please let me know.

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