William Henry Morris Service History Timeline
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UnitLocationDetailsLinks to airfieldAdditional Notes73 Squadron Links to Sources:
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73 SquadronFranceSeptember 1939: Le Havre/ Octevillehttp://www.forgottenairfields.com/france/upper-normandy/seine-maritime/saint-valery-vittefleur-s1180.htmlSaint-valery-vittefleur airfield (also known to Americans as Lucky Strike Camp, ICAO: LFOS) is a smal airfield 160 kilometers northwest of Paris and 30 kilometers west of Dieppe. The airfield was started in 1939 before World War II. At the time, it was located on the west side of the current airfield featuring a 1000m long runway running North/South. The airfield was started in 1939 before World War II. At the time, it was located on the west side of the current airfield featuring a 1000m long runway running North/South.http://www.rquirk.com/hist73.html
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September-October 1939: Norrent Fonteshttps://goo.gl/maps/jGNMUrqzo232Map of 73 Squadron's trek through France...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._73_Squadron_RAF
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October 1939-April 1940: Rouvreshttp://www.forgottenairfields.com/france/lorraine/meuse/marville-s1144.htmlhttps://goo.gl/maps/X8ZorJsUQRE2http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/RAF/73_wwII.html
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April 1940: Reims/ Champagnehttp://www.forgottenairfields.com/france/champagne-ardenne/marne/reims-champagne-s1384.htmlhttp://www.wartimememoriesproject.com/ww2/allied/royalairforce/sqdview.php?pid=272
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April-May 1940: RouvresSquadron operated between Rouvres and Reims/Champagne up to the beginning of the German invasion, and then performed a fighting retreat east and south around Paris before finally heading for St Nazaire where they lost 40 ground crew when the Lancastria was sunk - Bill missed that and got out of Brest two days laterhttp://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/73_squadron.html
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May 1940: Reims/ Champagne
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May 1940: Rouvres
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May 1940: Reims/ Champagne
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May 1940: Villeneuve-les-Vertushttps://goo.gl/maps/ug4ZkoSxtrq
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May-June 1940: Gayehttps://goo.gl/maps/CnFR8mhGs792
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June 1940: Echemineshttps://goo.gl/maps/Ew72XaPDpes
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June 1940: Ruaudinhttps://goo.gl/maps/27Z1yFpEpVnnear LeMans
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June 1940: Nanteshttps://goo.gl/maps/c48qxmKvnHU2The squadron suffered tragedy during the withdrawal when RMS Lancastria was sunk off the coast of St. Nazaire with the loss of around 40 ground crew.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Aerial
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Bill SecondedEngland - KentPossible Units/Bases: July 1940-Nov 194073 Squardon: June-September 1940: Church Fenton
September-November 1940: Castle Camps
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Tangmere
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Recovering downed planes during the Battle of Britain73 Squadron oversaw the last of the retreat from France - Tangmere is where they went after
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73 SquadronEast AfricaNovember-December 1940: Takoradi, GhanaAutumn 1940 - End of 1941The squadron Hurricanes were shipped to Takoradi on the Gold Coast onboard HMS Furious, and were then flown in stages across Africa to Egypt. The squadron took part in the series of campaigns in the Western Desert and Tunisia, helping cover the supply routes to Tobruk and taking part in ground-attack operations. In December 1942 the squadron recorded their 300th victory when F/S Beard shot down a Ju 88 over the sea of Benghazi.
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EgyptDecember 1940: Heliopolis (green means found on map)
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December 1940-January 1941: Sidi Haneish
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January-March 1941: Gazala West (can't find on map)
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March-April 1941: Bu Amud
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April 1941: El Gubbi
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April-September 1941: Sidi Haneish
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September 1941: Amriya
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September 1941-February 1942: Port Said/ Gamilhttp://www.cieldegloire.com/sq_raf_073.php
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October-December 1941: Detachment to Kilo 8
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December 1941-April 1942: Detachment to Shandur
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February 1942: El Adem1942 1st halfhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamal_Abdul_El_Nasser_Airbase
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February 1942: Gasr-el-AridMAP FROM GHANA, ACROSS THE SAHARA TO EGYPT:
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February 1942: Gambut IIhttps://goo.gl/maps/b5QDbtRZ3ju
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February-March 1942: Gasr-el-Arid
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March-April 1942: Gambut I
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April-May 1942: Gambut Main
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May 1942: El Adem
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May-June 1942: Gambut Main
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June 1942: LG.115
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June 1942: LG.76
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June 1942: Qasaba
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June 1942: El Daba
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June-July 1942: Burg-el-Arab
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July 1942: LG.89
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July 1942: El Ballah
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July-August 1942: ShandurEnd of 1942https://storyofwar.com/2012/12/01/december-1st-1942-shandur-egypt/
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August-November 1942: LG.85https://www.laetusinpraesens.org/guests/jwbj/jwb1.htm
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November 1942: LG.21Good source above: "73 Squadron (fighters) were stationed at Bur Amud to cover Tobruk, with a flight at El Gazala for the same purpose plus the protection of Derna."
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November 1942: LG.13At El Gazala: The southern most aerodrome was occupied by 73 Squadron and the other near the coast by 55 Squadron and 45 Squadron.
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November 1942: LG.155We landed at Buamud which is a few miles outside the Tobruk perimeter and proceeded the rest of the way by a vehicle borrowed from 73 Squadron who were then stationed at that aerodrome having withdrawn their detachment from El Gazala.
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November 1942: Gambut WestThere were three aerodromes within the Tobruk perimeter, Bir el Gubi which in actual fact was two aerodromes, Tobruk town landing ground which was situated very close to the water front and which had been obstructed by disused vehicles and broken down tanks, and El Achroma. 73 Squadron (fighters) were brought inside the perimeter from Buamud to Bir el Gubi
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November 1942: El Adem
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November 1942: El Magrum
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November 1942-January 1943: Merduma
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January 1943: Alemel Chel1943
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January 1943: Tamet
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January-February 1943: Bir Dufan
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February 1943: Gasr Garabulli
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February-March 1943: El Assa
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March-April 1943: Nefatia South
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April 1943: Gabes Main
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April 1943: Sfax/ El Maoui
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April 1943: Kairouan/ Alem
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April 1943: Monastir
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April-October 1943: La Sebala II
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