Battle of Britain: Casualties R.A.F. or Fleet Air Arm during the period 10 July to 31 October 1940

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  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

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    Name: BLAKE, ARTHUR GILES
    Initials: A G
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Sub-Lieutenant (A) (Pilot)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Navy
    Unit Text: H.M.S. Daedalus (Fleet Air Arm)
    Secondary Regiment: Royal Air Force
    Secondary Unit Text: attd. 19 Sqdn.
    Age: 23
    Date of Death: 29/10/1940
    Additional information: Son of John Henry Laws Blake and Mary Jayne Blake.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Row 13. Grave 3.
    Cemetery: LANGLEY MARISH (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD
     

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  2. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Update
    Name: BLAKE, ARTHUR GILES
    Initials: A G
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Sub-Lieutenant (A) (Pilot)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Navy
    Unit Text: H.M.S. Daedalus (Fleet Air Arm)
    Secondary Regiment: Royal Air Force
    Secondary Unit Text: attd. 19 Sqdn.
    Age: 23
    Date of Death: 29/10/1940
    Additional information: Son of John Henry Laws Blake and Mary Jayne Blake.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Row 13. Grave 3.
    Cemetery: LANGLEY MARISH (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD

    Details of the above loss.......

    29 October 1940

    19 Squadron
    Spitfire IIa P7423

    Patrol. Shot down be Me109 near Chelmsford at 1715 hrs

    Sub-Lt (A) A G. Blake +

    FCL Vol.1 - N L R. Franks.
     
  3. BFBSM

    BFBSM Very Senior Member

    Flight Lieutenant STUART CROSBY WALCH

    40063, 238 Sqdn., Royal Air Force
    who died age 23
    on 11 August 1940
    Son of Percival Bell Crosby Walch and Florence Hester Jane Walch, of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

    F/Lt S.C.Walch an Australian of No 238 Squadron was shot down East of Weymouth in his Hurricane I (R4097) and killed on the 11th of August 1940, at 10:50hrs.

    Just found out this chap is a distant relative.
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  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Remembered St Laurence Church Ludlow Shropshire

    Pilot Officer HERBERT LAURANCE WHITBREAD

    42034, 222 Sqdn., Royal Air Force
    who died age 26
    on 20 September 1940
    Son of Herbert Harley Whitbread and Alice Whitbread, of Ludlow.
    Remembered with honour
    LUDLOW NEW CEMETERY
     

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  5. upthestakes

    upthestakes Junior Member

    Hi CL1,

    I'm getting in touch with regards your post (16-10-2010, 03:35 PM), a P/O Sears. I'm currently doing some work on tracing his fathers history, a Charles Henry Argent Sears, who was a Hon. Capt of the 1st Vol. Bn., Middlesex Regt VTC around 1916.

    Have you any advice on where I could find out more info or even photos of the gentleman and his unit? I believe the unit met at the Cherry Tree Inn on the old Great North Road at Southgate in the Borough of Enfield.

    Anything you could offer would be greatly appreciated.

    Karl
     
  6. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  7. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Remembered St Laurence Church Ludlow Shropshire

    Pilot Officer HERBERT LAURANCE WHITBREAD

    42034, 222 Sqdn., Royal Air Force
    who died age 26
    on 20 September 1940
    Son of Herbert Harley Whitbread and Alice Whitbread, of Ludlow.
    Remembered with honour
    LUDLOW NEW CEMETERY

    Details of the above loss.....

    20 September 1940.

    222 Squadron
    Spitfire I N3203

    Patrol. Shot down by Me109 at 1115 hrs, over Rochester.

    'Fighter Command Losses' Vol.1 - N L R. Franks.
     
  8. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Flight Lieutenant WILLIAM PERCIVAL CAMBRIDGE

    37791, 253 Sqdn., Royal Air Force
    who died
    on 06 September 1940
    Son of Sidney John and Agnes Helen Cambridge; husband of Mary Margaret Blackwell Cambridge, of Caversham, Reading, Berkshire.
    Remembered with honour
    READING (HENLEY ROAD) CEMETERY

    S/L W.P.Cambridge of No 253 Squadron was shot down and killed on the 6th of September 1940 at 09:15hrs. He baled out of his Hurricane I (P3032) but was dead on landing.
    Ca-pilots
     

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  9. Wills

    Wills Very Senior Member

    145 Squadron RAF. Tangmere.Westhampnett:

    images.jpg Motto; 'We fight by day and night' Politcal correctness even in those days, 145 Sqns Badge originally had a Scimitar (shades of the Crusades) not a straight blade sword, this was changed in case it offended when the Sqn went back to the Middle East!


    scan0004.jpg

    My late father (In service dress) photo right-Fitter/Armourer (Guns and Bombs) And at this time trade armourers acted as turret air gunners. October 1939. A pre war regular he was with 145 Sqn through to wars end, occasionally on attachment to 145- sister Squadron 92 Sqn.

    Bristol Blenheim 1F S-OR of 145 Sqn RAF at Croydon. Before converting to Hurricanes.
     
  10. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Flying Officer IAN WELSH SUTHERLAND

    72508, 15 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 21
    on 04 August 1940
    Son of Duncan Welsh Sutherland and Eva Sarah Elizabeth Sutherland, of Great Crosby, Liverpool.
    Remembered with honour
    HALTON (ST. MICHAEL) CHURCHYARD


    On the 4th Sutherland was a passenger in Blenheim R3771 of 15 Squadron, engaged in a fighter affiliation exercise with Hurricanes of 1 Squadron. Whilst taking evasive action at low level, the Blenheim crashed at Norbury, near Whitchurch, Shropshire killing Sutherland and the three other crew members, these were P/O M Hohnen, Sgt. HN Beard and Sgt. W Watson.
    Battle of Britain London Monument - F/O I W Sutherland
     

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  11. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Flying Officer HENRY MACDONALD GOODWIN

    90269, 609 Sqdn., Royal Air Force (Auxiliary Air Force)
    who died age 25
    on 14 August 1940
    Son of Laughton and Jessie Goodwin, of Hagley.
    Remembered with honour
    CHADDESLEY CORBETT (ST. CASSIAN) CHURCHYARD

    his Brother also died in Service
    Pilot Officer BARRY LAUGHTON GOODWIN

    90504, 605 Sqdn., Royal Air Force (Auxiliary Air Force)
    who died age 23
    on 24 June 1940
    Son of Laughton and Jessie Goodwin, of Hagley.
    Remembered with honour
    CHADDESLEY CORBETT (ST. CASSIAN) CHURCHYARD
     

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  12. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    GILLMAN, KEITH REGINALD

    Rank:

    Pilot Officer

    Service No:

    42053

    Date of Death:

    25/08/1940

    Age:

    19

    Regiment/Service:

    Royal Air Force



    32 Sqdn.

    Panel Reference

    Panel 8.

    Memorial

    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

    Additional Information:
    Son of Richard Gordon Gillman and Gladys Annie Gillman, of River, Kent.













    Pilot Officer KEITH REGINALD GILLMAN 42053, 32 Sqdn., Royal Air Force who died age 19 on 25 August 1940 Son of Richard Gordon Gillman and Gladys Annie Gillman, of River, Kent. Remembered with honour RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL P/O K.R.Gillman joined No 32 Squadron on the 10th of May 1940, but did not fly his first operational sortie until the 7th of June 1940. K.R.Gillman shot down a Bf 109 on the 19th of July 1940. P/O KR Gillman was shot down and killed on the 25th of August 1940, at 19:00hrs off Dover in a Hurricane I (P2755), aged 19. POGillman http://www.life.com/gallery/36332/image/3315164/world-war-ii-in-praise-of-the-raf#index/7
     

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  13. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Sergeant JOSEPH INKERMAN JOHNSON 520406, 222 Sqdn., Royal Air Force who died age 26 on 30 August 1940 Son of John Inkerman Johnson and Ellen Amelia Johnson, of Leicester. Remembered with honour TOWCESTER CEMETERY Sgt J.I.Johnson from No 222 Squadron was shot down and killed in his Spitfire I (R6629) by a Bf 109 at Bishopsbourne, Kent on the 30th of August 1940. Ja-pilots-details Whoever else you may be thinking of on Remembrance Sunday, I would ask that you spare a thought for the Battle of Britain airman shot down and killed in Bishopsbourne at 18:05 on 30th August 1940. He was Sergeant Joseph Inkerman Johnson and he was 26. "Joe" Johnson, as he was known, joined the RAF in June 1935 as an Aircrafthand, in fact a carpenter, but his heart was really set on being a flier. He was later re-mustered as an Airman-in-training Pilot and finally won his wings on 11th August 1939, three weeks before Britain declared war on Germany on 3rd September. Joe Johnson was in 222 Squadron and had flown 25 missions with them before they were posted to Hornchurch in Essex on 29th August 1940. They were scrambled on Friday 30th August to intercept a big formation of bombers approaching the coast which they did, but they were, in their turn, attacked by the German fighters whose job it was to protect the bombers. Joe's Spitfire, number R6628, and a number of others were shot down that day. The exact location of the crash is not, as yet, known but there are some important pointers. One of the reference books kept at the Battle of Britain Museum at Hawkinge states that he came down at Longhampark Lodge, now known as Langhampark Lodge. The museum also displays a letter written by the man who lived at Langhampark Lodge, which was also known as Woodgate. His name was H. E. Friend and his letter, addressed to Joe's parents, is dated 16th October 1940. In it Mr Friend says he saw the Spitfire come down and he and his family ran to the spot and pulled Joe's body clear. He describes the place as being "in a meadow adjoining my meadow" which seems to indicate a meadow nearer to the Farm than to the Lodge and on the slope that lies between the two. Four small trees still standing in a straight line across the slope may well mark the line of a hedgerow that might have been the dividing line between the two meadows at the time. Mr Friend's description of the place seems more accurate than the one given in the story of Joe Johnson on the museum display which says he came down "in a field above Longhampark Lodge", because the Lodge is on the top of the hill and there is, therefore, nothing "above" it. Mr Friend also tells Joe's parents that he was sure that Joe was already dead, killed by machine gun bullets, before his plane hit the ground and burst into flames. This, of course, may have been the case, but it is equally possible that Mr Friend was being kind in re-assuring Joe's parents that Joe had not been burnt to death. Joe's parents, John Inkerman Johnson and Ellen Amelia, buried their son at Towcester Cemetery in Northamptonshire, near the family home at Hulcote. His grave is Row G. Grave 2, and gives his Service Number 520406. I urge anyone who is interested in this story to visit the Battle of Britain Museum at Hawkinge where, in addition to all the information on his individual display board, there is a portrait of Joe Johnson. If anyone can shed any more light on the story or knows more on the question of where his Spitfire came down, or if any one can tell me any more about Mr H. E. Friend and his family, I would be most grateful. Mark Jopling - November, 2007 If you have any information about these events, people and places, please use this link to send me a mail which I'll happily pass on to Mark. Johnson would have been flying a Mk I Spitfire as the Mk II didn't enter service until late in 1940. The Mk I was in production from 1937 and over 1,580 were built. It had a Rolls Royce Merlin II engine which delivered 1030 hp with a speed of 355 mph and a climb rate of 2,515 ft/min. With oxygen this aircraft had a ceiling of 34,500 ft. Three .303 Browning machine guns in each wing provided the firepower. Johnson's aircraft was produced at Eastleigh and production details can be found on the Spitfire Production pages Battle-of-britain.co.uk lists Johnson's death and gives the aircraft number as R6629 but the Battle of Britain Historical Society confirm that the aircraft number was R6628 and that R6629 was shot down the day before over Hurst Green and belonged to 610 Squadron based at Biggin Hill. Johnson is shown on the RAF roll of honour which also confirms that he is one of "The Few" Back to the top Last updated: 08/30/2011 19:47:30Last updated: 12/27/2007 17:18:20 Kent Parish Councils - Bishopsbourne Parish Council
     

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  14. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Flight Lieutenant REGINALD ERIC LOVETT D F C 37543, 73 Sqdn., Royal Air Force who died age 36 on 07 September 1940 Son of Reginald and Lily Lovett, of Golders Green. Remembered with honour HENDON CEMETERY AND CREMATORIUM F/Lt R.E.Lovett of No 73 Squadron was shot down on the 7th of September 1940 at 15:30hrs. He baled out of his Hurricane I (P3204) over Burnham. He was unhurt.
     

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  15. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Pilot Officer GORDON THOMAS MANNERS MITCHELL

    90484, 609 Sqdn., Royal Air Force (Auxiliary Air Force)
    who died
    on 11 July 1940
    Son of Thomas Robert and Sarah Agnes Mitchell, of Letchworth. B.A. Hons. (Cantab.).
    Remembered with honour
    WILLIAN (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD
    P/O G.T.M.Mitchell from No 609 Squadron was shot down and killed off Portland on the 11th of July 1940 at 18:25hrs, by a Bf 109 of JG 27while on convoy patrol in his Spitfire (L1095) at 18:25hrs. His body was washed ashore later.
     

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  16. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Flying Officer DONALD SYDNEY SMITH

    40859, 616 Sqdn., Royal Air Force
    who died age 26
    on 28 September 1940
    Son of Maj. Frederick Cyril Smith and Florence L. Smith, of Highley.
    Remembered with honour
    HIGHLEY (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD
     

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  17. Peter Clare

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  18. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Saturday 5 October

    233 Squadron
    Hudson P5117

    The aircraft failed to return from patrol. An investigation revealed that the crew returned to the coast in appalling weather but were unable to fix their position. The crew baled out but came down in the North Sea and were lost. The abandoned aircraft flew on and eventually crashed at the hamlet of Oxford, Northumberland.

    F/O. G K. Brackenridge. CWGC :: Casualty Details
    P/O. J. McIntosh. CWGC :: Casualty Details
    Sgt. D. Bruce. CWGC :: Casualty Details
    Sgt. A. Russell. CWGC :: Casualty Details
     
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  19. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Saturday 5 October

    233 Squadron
    Hudson P5117

    The aircraft failed to return from patrol. An investigation revealed that the crew returned to the coast in appalling weather but were unable to fix their position. The crew baled out but came down in the North Sea and were lost. The abandoned aircraft flew on and eventually crashed at the hamlet of Oxford, Northumberland.

    F/O. G K. Brackenridge. CWGC :: Casualty Details
    P/O. J. McIntosh. CWGC :: Casualty Details
    Sgt. D. Bruce. CWGC :: Casualty Details
    Sgt. A. Russell. CWGC :: Casualty Details

    Hi Peter,

    I have P/O McIntosh as an Australian from New South Wales. He is on the Australian Commemorative Roll.

    This report says a Blenheim which is an error.

    43298 PO McINTOSH, JOHN.
    (Enlisted/served in the Royal Air Force. Missing on 4/10/1940.
    REFERENCES.
    (1) AWM Commemorative Roll :
    Name : McIntosh, John. Unit : 233 Sqn RAF.
    Date of Death : 4/10/1940.
    (2) Commonwealth War Graves :
    Date of Death : 5/10/1940 Nationality : United Kingdom.
    Memorial : Panel 9, Runnymede, Surrey. UK.
    (3) Archives : RAAF Casualty file ref A705, 163/47/82.
    PO McIntosh reported missing on air operations on 5/10/1940.
    The aircraft crashed off the east coast of England on 5/10/1940. The body of one
    member of the crew was picked up by a trawler shortly after and buried at sea.
    Crew details are not available on the Casualty file.
    At the time the Squadron was located at Leuchars, Scotland, and the aircraft type
    being flown was Blenheim.
     
  20. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

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