The Mediterranean Theater
Including Squadrons in the Middle East, and West Africa
While working on the Squadrons in SEAC, I have accumulated some information on activities in the Mediterranean Theatre.
Some of this relates to the activities of 159 and 160 Squadron's activities on the way to their posting in India and Ceylon.
This information is covered in the SEAC area of this site.
One of the "SEAC" Liberator squadrons which served previously in the Mediterranean Theater was 203 Squadron RAF.
For a portion of their time there they were equipped with Martin Baltimore aircraft.
614 Squadron Flew Liberator aircraft from Italy starting August, 1944.
On 27th of July, 1945, it was renumbered as 214 Squadron.
Sgt. G. L. Trafford flew on the Liberators from September 1944 to August 1945.
A photocopy of his log book for this period was kindly provided by his daughter.
Transcript of Sgt. G. L. Trafford's Log Book, Sept. 1944 - Aug. 1945. (PDF format)
244 Squadron RAF was based in the Iraq and Persian Gulf area.
8 Squadron RAF served in Aden until their "number plate" was passed to 200 Squadron RAF, in SEAC.
8 Squadron had received only two Liberators for conversion training, prior to the change.
Transcript of the Squadron's records for the last few months in Aden.
West Africa was a separate command, from the "Middle East", but I have included some information on 200 Squadron on this page.
A number of years ago, Garth Rice, ex 200 Squadron received a copy of a "story" written by George Johnston, who had also served on the squadron. The "story" covers the time when the Squadron was converting to Liberators.
Contact with George Johnston has been lost. It is believed that he is F/O. G. B. Johnston J7743 (and at one time, Acting F/Lt.) who served on 200 Squadron until October 15, 1943. He flew both Hudson and Liberator aircraft.
The name of people listed in the story are fictitious, but a review of the records can tie them to their real names in many cases. Some of the incidents are also in the records.
"Lost Horizon" by George Johnston
Last updated:March 1, 2016