1939-45 STAR; AIR CREW EUROPE STAR; WAR MEDAL 1939-45
Alfred Edward Charles Squire was the son of Mr and Mrs. R. Squire of South Norwood, Surrey. He served during the Second War as a Sergeant with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, and having undergone training as a navigator in 1941, was posted for operational flying to 408 (Goose Squadron), R.C.A.F. (Hampdens) at Balderton in May 1942. Squire flew in at least 6 operational sorties with the Squadron, including: Mannheim, Cologne, 30 May 1942, Essen (3), including 1/2 June 1942, and a mining operation off the coast of France.
Squire’s short flying career included both of the first Thousand Bomber Raids, before he was killed in action with the rest of his crew, 19 June 1942, when Hampden I AT189 EQ-G, ‘T/O 2240 Balderton for a mining operation in the Artichokes area off Lorient. All are buried in the Bayeux War Cemetery, France.’ (Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War refers).
See the following for details on 408 Squadron:
Condition GVF. Sold with Royal Canadian Observer’s and Air Gunner’s Flying Log Book (28 April 1941 - 5 June 1942), annotated ‘Death Presumed 19.6.42.’ and a photocopy of the same logbook.