The Path Finder Force (PFF) was colloquially known as the Pathfinders but officially it was 8 Group. A target-marking force, it was one of the most important Groups in RAF Bomber Command during the Second World War. One of its Lancaster squadrons was 97 Squadron which, for its year with the PFF, was stationed at RAF Station Bourn in Cambridgeshire from April 1943 to April 1944.

The leader of the PFF was a brilliant Australian airman, Air Commodore Donald Bennett, who can be seen in two of the photographs below. From June 1943, the Pathfinder HQ was in Castle Hill House in Huntingdon, within easy reach of all the Pathfinder airfields.

Bennett (centre) at PFF HQ
A dispersal at Bourn, 1943







Lancaster of Alabaster and Eaton-Clarke at Bourn
Bennett with the King and Queen
Bennett with the King and Queen
Bennett with Aircrew, probably taken 1943,
Airfield possibly Bourn
Jimmy Munro’s Lancaster at a dispersal at Bourn,
1943, with the signatures of the crew
Flying Control at Bourn, 1942.
Flying Control at RAF Station Bourn, 1942
Prince George, Duke of Kent, is third from the left; this photograph must have been taken shortly before his death in an RAF aircrash in August 1942

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