BASH ON! GOUGH’S RECCE MEN

THE STORY OF ARNHEM IS A FAMILIAR ONE. NOT SO FAMILIAR IS THE STORY OF MAJOR ‘FREDDIE’ GOUGH’S 1ST AIRBORNE RECONNAISSANCE SQUADRON. RICHARD DOHERTY DESCRIBES HOW THE EMBATTLED UNIT DOGGEDLY FOUGHT ON AND ON.

Originally 1st Airlanding Reconnaissance Squadron, Major Charles Frederick ‘Freddie’ Gough’s men were part of Reconnaissance Corps, a formation much-lauded by the media and resultantly, in the eyes of the contemporary public akin to commando and airborne forces. The Airlanding Squadron had fought in the early phase of the Italian campaign, where Freddie Gough had earned the Military Cross and, returning to the UK, personnel were trained in parachuting with the squadron’s title amended to reflect that.

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