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ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE/RAF 200 SQUADRON
The ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE serving in

RAF 200 SQUADRON Unofficial/Personal Web Page

by Gary Heighington


200 Squadron formed at Birchan Newton in May 1941, equiped with HUDSONS, and proceeded to Bathurst, Gambia, during the following month.

Operations consisted of u-boat patrols, convoy escorts, reconnaissant flights and photographic reconnaisant patrols.

My Father, Albert Andrew Heighington served as a wireless/air gunner during WW II

Before arriving in Africa, he was stationed in Great Britain. My Aunt Thelma recounts the story of how cold it was in Great Britain. She knit a turtle neck sweater for him and sent it overseas. He received the package in Africa. During his tour of Africa and India, he took photos to send home. Here is A.A. Heighington in the Jungle in Africa.


In the next photo he is in front of a famous Temple in India (notice: no shoes)

Scroll down for more Photos and Excerpts of A. A. Heighington's Flying Log


My Father, Albert Andrew Heighington served as a wireless/air gunner during WW II

At the beginning of 1943, anti-blockade runner patrols were flown, and in July the Sqandron converted to Liberators. During March 1944 the Sqandron's aircraft made one of the longest Sqandron moves of the war, flying from YUNDUM, WEST AFRICA to MADRAS INDIA. The Squadron commenced convoy escort operations in the Bay of Bengal, and various sorties were flown off the West coast of India, including, anti-shipping and anti-U-boat patrols, and Air/Sea rescue searches.

He served with the rank of Sergeant and retired at the end of the WAR as a Flying Officer.

During his tour of Africa and India, he took photos to send home. Here is A.A. Heighington in New Delhi with his buddies watching a Snake Charmer. Notice the Street scape. The left side of photo is a bit blurred but then photography in these conditions was a bit crude.




He served with the rank of Sergeant and retired at the end of the WAR as a Flying Officer.

YUMDUM GAMBIA B.W.A. 200 SQUARON

Pages from A.A. Heighington's actual Log Book

during July and August 1943.




YUMDUM GAMBIA B.W.A. 200 SQUARON

Pages from A.A. Heighington's actual Log Book during July and August 1943. Most WWII veterans never really talked about their role. My Father's photos were sent back to to the young girl who was going to be my Mother. He would address these photos as a tourist in a foreign land. The next excerpt from the Log Book includes a convoy escort with the recording of " BLEW UP LIGHT SHIP WITH .5". This is the real side of war time conditions. I only learned about this by reading my Father's Log Book. Vets, even after the War, did not want to talk about the details of their wartime experiences.



Training at Wireless Flying School at Burtch Ontario Canada



Note that this is certified by FL W.O. Maclean. He was also known as Roy Maclean and was a family friend who worked at Warner Brothers after the war. He would bring us the cartoons and one famous film entitled: Sink the Bismarck.



































In Debeat Nova Scotia Canada, Albert Heighington received navigation and gunnery training.



































Click on the HUDSON to see the Crash Report that my Father survived in 43









Text Books or History Books have very few if any references to the Battle Front in Burma. I have included two links to Internet Sites dedicated to Remembering this Part of WWII.

Data and Flight Details for the 200 Squadron- New Link



Visit this great site on the Burma Theater of WWII


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