No. 214 (Federated Malay States)
Royal Air Force
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ON CREWING UP
were put together in a rather haphazard manner. There being no ridged formal
assignment, crews were formed largely by picking and choosing amongst themselves.
During the training sessions friendships would develop as the pilots, Aimers,
Gunners and Navigators trained along side one another, and subsequently spent
time in the barracks and local pub together. Over the course of these training
and recreational activities, groups would begin to form up based on these friendships
and the casual assessments they made of each others skills, personality and
sense of humour. In the end, a crew with a common bond and trust in each others
skills would emerge. Notwithstanding, adjustments might have to be made, "and
were made" if the crew could not function as a team.
Source: Shiela Bryne, 214 family member
Fortresses - 1225
sorties 13 aircraft lost (13 obviously wrong, 17 identified to date)
Harrows - Unknown
Stirlings - 1432 sorties 54 aircraft lost (29 Stirlings
lost in crashes)
Wellingtons - 1532 sorties 45 aircraft lost
The 214 Squadron suffered the highest percentage losses in 3 Group