This photograph was taken between October 17th 1943 and November 18th1943. Squadron commander, Wing Commander Geoffrey Trevor Wynne Powell centre

This photograph was taken between October 17th 1943 and November 18th 1943. (Squadron commander, Wing Commander G.T. Wynne Powell centre)

The aim of this site is simple, to perpetuate the memory of a generation of young men drawn from every part of Britain its Commonwealth and the Dominions who served with No.623 Squadron RAF Bomber Command.


The last remaining dispersal point and remaining piece of run way dug-up !!  (click here)

The RAF Downham Market Memorial Appeal.

PLEASE NOTE, 214(FMS) 218 (Gold Coast) and 623 Squadron have no connection or dealings with this appeal.

CAN YOU HELP, looking for any information on this forgotten squadron.

As the association historian for No.218 (Gold Coast) Squadron (click here to visit the 218 Squadron  site ) it was inevitable that my research into the exploits of No.218 Squadron would cross with that of No.623 Squadron. It soon became clear that there was very little information available on  623 squadron and even more obvious that survivors of the squadron were sadly in the minority.  In 1991 I set about researching the squadron and its crews. I was fortunate that at the time I was able to contact some of those who served including the squadrons last commanding officer Wing Commander Milligan AFC.  Thankfully of those I managed to contact all were  willing to help me in my research. In the ensuring 24-years there is still virtually no information on the squadron so I decided that via this blog I will attempt  to fill in the gap and try and record the history of this squadron.  My eventual aim is to record in detail the squadron activities during the five months it was operational and record the crew’s subsequent operational history.


A Short War. Available from September 2015.


Published and available from Mention The War Publications

A new book on the Short Stirling operations flown from RAF Downham Market 1942-1944.

Both my books will be  available from Amazon, or via Mention The War Publications, see all available books from this exciting new publisher on  Face Book.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mention-the-War/1500689573478678




Please Respect the site and the reason behind it. (c) S C Smith

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