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[Home] [Profiles - 576 Squadron.] [B A Templeman-Rooke and crew 576 Sqn]

Basil A Templeman-Rooke DSO DFC and bar AFC

Basil ( or TR as he was sometimes known ) served with 576 Sqn at Elsham Wolds from April 1944. He had already flown a tour with 100 Squadron at Grimsby in 1943 with Stan Slater and they both teamed up again with 576. Basil was promoted Sqn Ldr and appointed A Flight Commander in June 44.

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Basil pictured at Elsham Wolds

He trained at 81 OTU with notable 103 Squadron pilots and crews, those of Doug Finlay, Forent Van Rolleghem and Horace England

81 OTU Whitchurch Heath Early 43

81 OTU Whitchurch Heath Early 43.

The above is a good photo featuring Basil Templeman-Rooke on the extreme right. The others are - L to R Doug Finlay former 103 Sqn and POW, Horace England former 103 Sqn and Flight Commander and Florent Van Rolleghem former Flight Commander and 3 tour pilot with 103 Sqn.

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Templeman Rooke 576 Squadron tour

Crew

B A Templeman-Rooke

Sgt F N Ashton

F/S F R Strand

F/S W E Sellis

Sgt B G Holmes

Sgt J Boyd

Sgt F A West

He flew with this crew for most of his operations sharing it on occasions with W/C Boyd Sellick.

When this crew completed their tour TR flew his last few trips with a composite crew.

19/05/1944 – Orleans - Railway yards – NE115 – F/O BA Templeman-Rooke

21/05/1944 – Duisburg – NE115 – F/O BA Templeman-Rooke

22/05/1944 – Dortmund – NE115 – F/O BA Templeman-Rooke

27/05/1944 – Aachen - Railway yards – ND994 – F/L BA Templeman-Rooke

05/06/1944 - St Martin-de-Varreville/Crisbeq - Coastal gun batteries – LM594 – F/L BA Templeman-Rooke

12/06/1944 – Gelsenkirchen – Oil – LM594 – S/L BA Templeman-Rooke

24/06/1944 – Flers - V weapon – LM594 – S/L BA Templeman-Rooke

04/07/1944 – Orleans - Railway yards – LM594 – S/L BA Templeman-Rooke

05/07/1944 – Dijon - Railway yards – LM594 – S/L BA Templeman-Rooke

07/07/1944 – Caen - Army support – LM594 – S/L BA Templeman-Rooke

17/07/1944 – Sanneville - V weapon  - LM594 – S/L BA Templeman-Rooke

20/07/1944 – Wizernes - V weapon – LM594 – S/L BA Templeman-Rooke

24/07/1944 - Stuttgart – LM594 – S/L BA Templeman-Rooke

25/07/1944 – Bois-des-Jardine - V weapon – LM594 – S/L BA Templeman-Rooke

05/08/1944 – Blaye – Oil – LM594 – S/L BA Templeman-Rooke

13/08/1944 – Falaise - Army support – ME854 – S/L BA Templeman-Rooke

25/08/1944 – Russelheim - Factory LM294 – S/L BA Templeman-Rooke

10/09/1944 - Le Havre - Army support – LM294 – S/L BA Templeman-Rooke

16/09/1944 – Leeuwarden – Airfield – LM294 – S/L BA Templeman-Rooke

14/10/1944 – Duisburg - Operation Hurricane – LM294 – S/L BA Templeman-Rooke

15/10/1944 – Wilhelmshafen – PD309 - S/L  BA Templeman-Rooke

27/10/1944 - Cologne  - PA173 - S/L  BA Templeman-Rooke

06/11/1944 – Gelsenkirchen – Oil – PD363 – S/L BA Templeman-Rooke

21/11/1944 – Aschaffenburg - Railway yards – NN749 – S/L BA Templeman-Rooke

12/12/1944 – Essen – NN749 – S/L BA Templeman-Rooke

28/12/1944 – Bonn - Railway yards NN749 – S/L BA Templeman-Rooke

02/02/1945 – Wiesbaden – SW276 – S/L BA Templeman-Rooke

07/02/1945 – Kleve -  Army support – SW276 – S/L BA Templeman-Rooke

13/02/1945 – Dresden - Operation Thunderclap – SW276 – S/L BA Templeman-Rooke

576 Sqn transferred Fiskerton in Autumn 44 and in Feb 45 TR was promoted Wing Commander and appointed OC 170 Squadron at Hemswell.

During WW2 he was awarded a DSO and DFC and bar.

576 Squadron Templeman Rooke 2

Basil Templeman-Rooke pictured giving a briefing whilst OC 170 Squadron at Hemswell. Screen capture from the film Night Bombers.

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After the war Basil became OC 210 Squadron of Coastal Command flying Lancasters from St Eval Cornwall. In 1951 he was awarded an  Air Force Cross. After tours of duty in Malta, he commanded No 205 Squadron, flying Shackletons from RAF Changi, Singapore.

Avro Shackleton

205 Squadron Shackleton Singapore

He retired from the RAF in 1971 and joined the Singapore Air Defence Command (SADC) with the rank of Major.

More info and pics about Basil here on the RAF Fiskerton website.

Item compiled by David Fell. TR photo on motor cycle courtesy of the late Stan Slater. The other 2 from my archive

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