15 July 1941 Air Marshal Sir Sholto Douglas promised to form an RAF
Squadron with only Belgian pilots and mechanics. Confirmation from the Air
Ministry followed on 1 November 1941. The Squadron would be stationed at
RAF Valley, Anglesey.
The Belgian Military Attaché immediately created a list of 39
pilots that were either dispersed over other Squadrons or were still in
the OTU. He also proposed to make Le Roy du Vivier Squadron Leader, but
this proposal was not accepted and the British Squadron Leader J M
Thompson D.F.C. of 131 (County of Kent) Squadron RAF received the
The Squadron formed at Valley, Anglesey, North
Wales, on 12 November 1941 with the C.O. and a nucleus of 12 Belgian
pilots from 131 (County of Kent) Squadron, and was funded almost
completely by money rolling in from the raw materials (copper, etc) that
were coming from the Belgian colonies (Congo, Ruanda and Burundi) and used
by the British war industry.
No. 350 (Belgian) Squadron formed at R.A.F.
Station, Valley (Station Commander, W/Cdr. J.C.W. Oliver, D.S.O., D.F.C.)
on 12th November, 1941 from Belgian Flight, 131 Squadron and various other
Belgian pilots in Squadrons in the Command. Squadron to be Commanded by
British Squadron Leader.
Personnel to be comprised so far as possible
of Belgian Nationals.
Squadron Leader J. M. Thompson, D.F.C. appointed
to Command from No. 131 Squadron.
Squadron Leader J. M. Thompson, D.F.C. posted in
from No. 131 Squadron to Command No. 350 (Belgian) Squadron.
Officer/Acting Flying Officer H. Robinson posted in from No. 131 Squadron
for duties as Adjudant, No. 350 (Belgian) Squadron.
L.M.V. Peters posted in from No. 124 Squadron for flying
Flying Officer/Acting Flight Lieutenant H.A.C.
Gonay posted in from No. 131 Squadron for duties as flight commander in
No. 350 Squadron. Pilot Officers X.L.A. Menu, M.J. Plas, J.J.L. Smets,
G.F.D. Deltour, J.V. De Puysseleyr, A.H.A. Plisnier, Sergeant Pilots
Seydel G.M.H., Ester J., and Harmel L.J. posted in from No. 131 Squadron
for flying duties. Sergeant Vanlerberghe J.L.E.
posted in for flying duties from No. 122 Squadron.
Sergeant Blairon J.A. posted in from No. 74
Squadron, Sergeant Van Moffaort H.E.R. posted in from No. 124 Squadron and
Sergeant Alexandre R.A.G. posted in from No. 124 Squadron for flying
Sergeant Heimes L. posted in from No. 122 Squadron
for flying duties.
Pilot Officer A.M.J. Custers posted in from No. 43
Squadron for flying duties. Pilot Officer J.A.M.J.G. Carlier posted in
from No. 135 Squadron for duties as flight commander in No. 350
Pilot Officer C.F.E. Regnier posted in from No. 56 O.T.U. for
duties as Squadron Engineer Officer after attachment to No. 74 Squadron
for period 14th to 21st November.
Sergeant Hansez J.L. posted in from No. 122
Squadron for flying duties.
Notified by No. 3 Delivery flight, Hawarden that
five Spitfire IIA Aircraft would be delivered. Weather later deteriorated.
One pilot of Delivery Flight crashed near Menai Straits and was killed;
the aircraft was burnt out. Sergeant Claeson, posted to No. 350 (Belgian)
Squadron, on attachment to No. 3 Delivery Flight pending his arrival with
aircraft, crashed off the runways and was seriously injured; the aircraft
was totally wrecked. Three remaining aircraft did not attempt
Spitfire Aircraft Mark IIA Nos. P7613, P8020 and
P8652 received from No. 610 Squadron and delivery by Ferry Pool
Pilot Officer R. de Wever reported in on the expiration of 7
days leave, posted from No. 131 Squadron for flying
Pilot Officer H.A. Picard reported in from
attachment to R.A.F. Station, Atcham. Posted in from No. 131 Squadron for
Lecture given to Squadron pilots on Operational
tactics by Squadron Leader D. Sheen, D.F.C. No. 9 Group Tactics
Pilot Officer W.H. Evans posted in from Headquarters Fighter
Command for duties as Squadron Intelligence Officer.
Spitfire Aircraft Mark IIA Nos. P7976, P8702 and
P7826 received from No. 74 Squadron.
Unit:- Officers –
British 3. Belgian
Airmen – British 75.
J. M. Thompson
No. 350 (Belgian) Squadron