102 (Ceylon) Squadron

Pocklington Airfield was completed in April 1941 and the first Royal Canadian Air Force heavy bomber squadron 405 (Vancouver) was formed on 23rd April 1941 and commenced operations from Pocklington in June 1941 flying Wellington bombers.  In April 1942 they converted to Halifax bombers and continued operations from Pocklington until 7th August 1942 when they moved to Topcliffe.  On the same day 102 (Ceylon) squadron moved into Pocklington where they were to stay until September 1945.

Pocklington airfield became No. 42 Air Base in March 1943 under the command of Air Commodore 'Gus' Walker.

Altogether 1015 (729 whilst operating from Pocklington) 102 squadron members were killed during the war, 319 were taken prisoner 47 were injured and 22 either escaped custody or evaded capture. It is estimated 150 members of the 405 RCAF  were killed in action whilst stationed at RAF Pocklington.

Surviving members  of the 102 (Ceylon) Squadron hold annual re-unions at Pocklington where they are fondly remembered.  Their Chairman is Tom Wingham DFC (Amer) who can be contacted on telephone 01284 754906.