102 Squadron RAF, surrounded by service personnel and visiting journalists.
This aircraft may have been the first aircraft to deliberately drop bombs on Germany when it took part in the important raid on Hornum on the night of 19/20 March 1940.
Driffield became a Bomber Command airfield, occupied by 58 and 215 Squadron, flying Vickers Virginia bombers under control of No. However, when 4 Group was formed in April 1937, Driffield was taken over by the new Group.
The RAF expanded rapidly, and 215 Sqn's 'B' flight was used to form 75 Sqn.
Before the year was over both converted to Armstrong Whitley IIIs, however.
However, Driffield was not attacked again in force.On 15 August 1940 a large formation of KG30 Ju88 bombers raided the airfield, scoring 171 direct hits, causing 14 deaths and the destruction of 12 Whitley bombers.Several other bombers, as well as buildings were damaged, and the airfield was put out of action for several days.( Three Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark Vs take off on a leaflet-dropping ("Nickelling") sortie from Driffield, Yorkshire.