In Memoriam - Those Air Force Pilots/Crews who died on this day in WW2.

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    65 years ago today were these lads from 202sq:

    CRASHED 20TH NOVEMBER 1944 AT LOUGH AN LABAN ENISKILLEN
    RANK - NAME - SERVICE
    W/O Ernest Slack RAF - Buried Stanley New Cemetery - Durham
    F/Sgt. John W. Geldert RAF - Buried MORECAMBE AND HEYSHAM (TORRISHOLME) CEMETERY Lancashire
    F/Lt. George Vincent Forbes-Lloyd (Pilot) RAF - Buried RADLETT (CHRIST CHURCH) CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, ALDENHAM
    Sgt. Douglas W. Nater RAF - Buried ALDBOROUGH HATCH (ST. PETER) CHURCHYARD Essex
    F/Sgt Gordon F.Tribble RAF - Buried DORKING CEMETERY Surrey
    F/Sgt Peter B.Marshall RAF - Buried CHICHESTER CEMETERY Sussex
    Sgt. Fred J. Deem RAF - Buried WELLINGTON CEMETERY, Somerset
    P/O William John Sharp RAAF - Buried IRVINESTOWN CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCHYARD County Fermanagh and was from Burwood in Victoria.


     
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    67 years ago today were these lads from 38 Wing RAF:

    DAVIES, NORMAN ARTHUR Pilot Officer 401422 38 Wing RAF HQ 20/11/1942 28 Royal Australian Air Force Australian Z. 9. STAVANGER (EIGANES) CHURCHYARD Norway Eiganes

    FRASER, HERBERT JOHN Pilot Officer 401601 38 Wing RAF HQ 20/11/1942 28 Royal Australian Air Force Australian Z. 10. STAVANGER (EIGANES) CHURCHYARD Norway Eiganes

    Details from : Glider Crews

    Operation Freshman was an attempt to deliver a small force by glider to destroy the hydro-electric power station at Vermork, in Telemark, Norway, where heavy water was being produced for German atomic research. Two gliders containing men of the Royal Engineers towed by two Halifax bombers, set off on the night of 19-20 November 1942. The mission was a disaster. One Halifax and both gliders crashed in southern Norway. The occupants were either killed in the crash or subsequently executed by the Germans in compliance with Adolf Hitler’s notorious ‘commando order’. The order denied members of enemy ‘special forces’ any protection under the terms of the Geneva Convention and Allied commandos were to be executed as soon as they were captured.

    Two of the glider pilots were Australians attached to 38 Wing RAF: Pilot Officer Norman Arthur Davies, of Melbourne, Victoria, and Pilot Officer Herbert John Fraser, of Bendigo, Victoria. Davies and Fraser are buried in adjoining graves at Stavanger (Eighanes) Churchyard, Norway. The two Australians are commemorated on a memorial at Skitten Airfield, near Wick in Caithness, Scotland.
     
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    65 years ago today were these lads from 202sq:

    CRASHED 20TH NOVEMBER 1944 AT LOUGH AN LABAN ENISKILLEN
    RANK - NAME - SERVICE
    W/O Ernest Slack RAF - Buried Stanley New Cemetery - Durham
    F/Sgt. John W. Geldert RAF - Buried MORECAMBE AND HEYSHAM (TORRISHOLME) CEMETERY Lancashire
    F/Lt. George Vincent Forbes-Lloyd (Pilot) RAF - Buried RADLETT (CHRIST CHURCH) CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, ALDENHAM
    Sgt. Douglas W. Nater RAF - Buried ALDBOROUGH HATCH (ST. PETER) CHURCHYARD Essex
    F/Sgt Gordon F.Tribble RAF - Buried DORKING CEMETERY Surrey
    F/Sgt Peter B.Marshall RAF - Buried CHICHESTER CEMETERY Sussex
    Sgt. Fred J. Deem RAF - Buried WELLINGTON CEMETERY, Somerset
    P/O William John Sharp RAAF - Buried IRVINESTOWN CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCHYARD County Fermanagh and was from Burwood in Victoria.

    A photo of the memorial.

    Your Place And Mine - Fermanagh - Lough Navar Forest memorials
     
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    65 years ago today were these lads from 460sq RAAF

    Type Lancaster
    Serial Number NE141
    Squadron 460
    X1D AR-P
    Operation Aschaffenburg


    NE141 was one of two 460 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation. See:PB469 Airborne 1537 21Nov44 from Binbrook. The first four crewmen are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. The others are buried in Durnbach War Cemetery.

    P/O McMaster was the son of Sir Fergus and Lady McMaster of Clayfield, Queensland.
    At 37, F/S Herbertson was well above the average age of Bomber Command aircrew.

    P/O R.F.McMaster RAAF KIA
    Sgt Harold.Henry.Day RAFVR KIA
    (Son of Harry Christmas Day and Hilda Polly Day, of Birmingham; husband of Marjorie Constance Day, of Perry Barr, Birmingham.)

    F/O F.J.Pettiford RAAF KIA
    F/O K.R.Stewart RAAF KIA
    F/S W.Herbertson RAAF KIA
    F/S M.A.Jones RAAF KIA
    F/S R.S.Chandler RAAF KIA
     
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    Thought it might be appropriate to include the (9) RAAF lads who died on Christmas Day during WW2.

    CRAVEN, GEORGE EDWARD JAMES
    Sergeant
    405721
    RAF FERRY COMMAND DORVAL
    25/12/1942
    21
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    Panel 2. Column 1.
    OTTAWA MEMORIAL
    Canada Ontario

    ARTHUR, KEITH
    Sergeant
    416736
    1 ANS PARKES
    25/12/1942
    22
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    Plot A. Row D. Grave 1.
    PARKES GENERAL CEMETERY
    Australia New South Wales

    FREAK, CHARLES RONALD
    Leading Aircraftman
    39886
    4 SOTT
    25/12/1943
    35
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    Plot C. Row A. Grave 1.
    ADELAIDE (CENTENNIAL PARK) CEMETERY
    Australia South Australia

    KLEINIG, THEODORE VICTOR BENNO
    Flying Officer
    416433
    8sq
    25/12/1943
    26
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    A3. E. 9.
    PORT MORESBY (BOMANA) WAR CEMETERY
    Papua New Guinea Port Moresby

    MILLER, STANLEY JAMES
    Flying Officer
    420699
    8sq
    25/12/1943
    24
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    A3. E. 7.
    PORT MORESBY (BOMANA) WAR CEMETERY
    Papua New Guinea Port Moresby

    TURK, EDWIN JOHN
    Pilot Officer
    428376
    8sq
    25/12/1943
    31
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    A3. E. 8.
    PORT MORESBY (BOMANA) WAR CEMETERY
    Papua New Guinea Port Moresby

    WHITE, BARRY CAMERON
    Flight Sergeant
    418030
    8sq
    25/12/1943
    23
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    A3. E. 10.
    PORT MORESBY (BOMANA) WAR CEMETERY
    Papua New Guinea Port Moresby

    These four crew were in A9-444 which served with 8 Sqn. Destroyed by bomb blast 25/12/43,on return from operations at Vivigani. Crew; PLTOFF Edwin John Turk 428376, FLGOFF Stanley James Miller420699, FLGOFF Victor Theodore Benno Kleinig 416433 and FLTSGT Barry Cameron White 418030 killed.

    ADF Aircraft Serial Numbers - A9 Bristol Beaufort

    TREMAYNE, SYDNEY HORATIO
    Aircraftman 1st Class
    128944
    12 ARD
    25/12/1944
    19
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    D.C.13.
    ADELAIDE RIVER WAR CEMETERY
    Australia Northern Territory

    GEE, HOWARD WALTER
    Flying Officer
    413980
    38sq
    25/12/1945
    23
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    Sec. 73. Grave 26.
    BRISBANE (LUTWYCHE) CEMETERY
    Australia Queensland
     
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    Flight Lieutenant John Aloysius Siebert DFC killed on this day 28th March 1941.

    Eindhoven (Woensel) 36155 Siebert_JA.JPG

    From Adelaide, he was 23 when he was awarded the D.F.C. late in 1940. Siebert received his flying training at Point Cook Victoria, gaining his wings in June 1938. He left the following month for England for service with the R.A.F. Siebert gained the award for successfully carrying out 200 hours' operational flying, many of the flights having been made in adverse weather conditions. His courage and determination in attacking the enemy had been outstanding, and he had a long record of consistently good work.

    Siebert_JA Painting.jpg

    Head and shoulders portrait of Flight Lieutenant John Aloysius Siebert DFC (service no.36155) wearing the flight uniform leather helmet with protective ear muffs and a fur lined jacket. Squadron leader J.A.Siebert was reportedly killed in action in a flight mission near Bakel (near Helmond) on 28 March 1941. This drawing was reproduced in the in the 1942 publication, 'R.A.F: war pictures by British artists'.

    207 Squadron graves: Eindhoven

    Avro Manchester L7303 EM-P: Dusseldorf, 27/28 March 1941: pilot Flt Lt JA Siebert DFC RAAFJohn Aloysius Siebert DFC: note that his grave, Plot FF, Grave 4, like all the 207 Squadron graves has a poppy cross planted in front bearing the inscription From 207 Squadron RAF Association.
    John Siebert, aged 23, was the son of Francis Joseph and Ella Mary Siebert, of Kingswood, South Australia. He was the first Allied airman to be buried in Eindhoven after his 207 Squadron Avro Manchester, based at RAF Waddington, was shot down on the night of 27/28 March 1941. L7303 EM-P was attacking Dusseldorf : the rest of the crew were POWs - 2nd Pilot Peter Robson, Observer George Fomison, W/Op AG Jim Taylor, M/U William McDougall and R/G Peter Gurnell.
    The remaining members of his crew were able to bale out in time. John Siebert stayed in his Manchester until everybody else had jumped to safety, The next morning it appeared that his parachute was only half open when he hit the ground.
    Siebert's Manchester was shot down by Stabs Feldwebel Gerhard Herzog of NachtJagdGeschwader 1 flying a Messerschmitt Me-110. Stfw Herzog himself was killed in action on 20 October 1943 having shot down between 9 and 12 aircraft.
     
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    1942

    BAILEY, RONALD SUMMERSON
    Sergeant
    401770
    75sq
    Townsville
    28/03/1942
    21
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    Panel 9. PORT MORESBY MEMORIAL
    Papua New Guinea
    Port Moresby

    BLOOMFIELD, DAVID I'ANSON
    Flight Sergeant
    402721
    457sq
    28/03/1942
    25
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    Panel 111. RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
    UK Surrey

    BOWER, FRANK GRAHAM
    Sergeant
    404478
    109sq
    RAF
    28/03/1942
    21
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    Panel 112. RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
    UK Surrey

    CASSELLS, FRANCIS JOHN
    Sergeant
    404933
    109sq
    RAF
    28/03/1942
    21
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    Panel 112. RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
    UK Surrey

    EDWARDS, JAMES GEORGE
    Sergeant
    403043
    457sq
    28/03/1942
    26
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    Panel 112. RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
    UK Surrey

    GREEN, MERVYN RICHARD ROBERTS
    Pilot Officer
    400707
    7sq RAF
    28/03/1942
    23
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    4A. G. 3. HAMBURG CEMETERY
    Germany Hamburg,
    Hamburg

    MAHER, JAMES BRIAN
    Flying Officer
    402517
    115sq
    28/03/1942
    25
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    Coll. grave 13. D. 1-4.
    BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    Germany
    Saltau-Niedersachsen

    TAYLOR, ARCHIE WILLIAM
    Flight Sergeant
    402417
    236sq
    RAF
    28/03/1942
    28
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    Panel 111. RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
    UK Surrey

    WELLER, JOHN ALLAN
    Pilot Officer
    404518
    115sq
    28/03/1942
    26
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    Coll. grave 13. D. 1-4.
    BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    Germany
    Saltau-Niedersachsen
     
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    1943

    Such was his popularity in England that the Marquess of Donegall organized a public fund to which red-headed Britons paid £5000 to 'buy' Bluey his own Spitfire.


    TRUSCOTT, KEITH WILLIAM (DFC & Bar) (MID)
    Squadron Leader
    400213
    76sq
    28/03/1943
    26
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    H.A.12.
    PERTH WAR CEMETERY AND ANNEX
    Australia
    Western Australia

    TRUSCOTT, KEITH WILLIAM (1916-1943), Australian Rules footballer and air force officer, was born on 17 May 1916 at Prahran, Melbourne, second child of William Edward Truscott, wickerworker, and his wife Maude Mabel, née Powell, both Victorian born. Keith was educated at Melbourne High School, where he captained the first XI and the first XVIII, and proved a good scholar. He practised as a student-teacher at Spensley Street State School, Clifton Hill, in 1935-36 before working as a clerk with W. Angliss & Co. Pty Ltd, at Footscray. A powerfully built man, 5 ft 9 ins (175 cm) tall and 12 st. 13 lb. (82 kg) in weight, he had auburn hair and dark grey eyes.

    From 1937 'Bluey' Truscott played for the Melbourne Football Club. A half-forward flanker in Melbourne's premiership team in 1939, he kicked two goals and was among the best players. His decision to enlist in the Royal Australian Air Force on 21 July 1940 attracted much publicity. Curiously, for someone of his mental and physical ability, he struggled with flying lessons; had he not been a prominent sportsman he would have been suspended from pilot training. Given extra time denied to others, he began to demonstrate the qualities of co-ordination, anticipation, judgement and determination which had made him a champion footballer. Yet he never fully came to terms with landing and persistently levelled out about 20 ft (6 m) too high. Granted leave by the air force in September 1940, he again played in Melbourne's winning grand-final side.

    In November that year Truscott reached Canada under the Empire Air Training Scheme. He was commissioned in February 1941 and sent to England where he joined No.452 Squadron in May. Flying Spitfires, he took part in offensive patrols and escorted bombers. He was promoted acting flight lieutenant in September. Next month he won the Distinguished Flying Cross for destroying six enemy aircraft. In January 1942 he rose to acting squadron leader (substantive October) and became commanding officer of No.452. By March, when he was awarded a Bar to his D.F.C., he had shot down eleven German aircraft, probably destroyed another three, and damaged two. He was, by then, the best-known pilot in the R.A.A.F., with a reputation that rested as much on his appealing personality as it did on his considerable achievements. Such was his popularity in England that the Marquess of Donegall organized a public fund to which red-headed Britons paid £5000 to 'buy' Bluey his own Spitfire.

    Returning to Australia on leave in May 1942, Truscott turned out one last time for the Melbourne Football Club. He was unfit and out of touch, and struggled to keep up with the play, but he was given a hero's reception by thousands of supporters. Several days later he encountered his former teacher, Bill Woodfull, who asked him how he had enjoyed his return to football. 'Not for me. Too dangerous', Truscott answered.

    Truscott's talent for being in the thick of the action saw him posted to No.76 Squadron. Its members reached Papua in July 1942, only weeks before a Japanese force landed at Milne Bay. The Kittyhawk fighter-bombers of No.75 and No.76 squadrons played a decisive role in driving back the enemy: for the first time in World War II a Japanese land offensive was defeated. On 27 August, when No.76 Squadron's commanding officer was killed at a critical stage of the battle, Truscott took command. For several days, while the outcome hung in the balance, he led from the front as the Kittyhawk pilots strafed and bombed enemy land and sea forces, and repelled occasional air-attacks. Conditions were appalling, with near-constant rain, mist and low cloud, a perilously slippery airstrip, and often intense anti-aircraft fire. Truscott was mentioned in dispatches (1943).

    After the battle of Milne Bay, No.76 Squadron performed a relatively routine, sometimes tedious, garrison role in north-west Australia, though Truscott did manage to shoot down a Japanese bomber, increasing his tally to fourteen enemy aircraft destroyed, three probables and three damaged. On 28 March 1943, while carrying out mock attacks over Exmouth Gulf, Western Australia, he misjudged his height, struck the water and was killed. He was buried with Anglican rites and full air force honours in Karrakatta cemetery, Perth. Alfred Cook's portrait of Truscott is held by the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.
    Select Bibliography

    J. Herington, Air War Against Germany and Italy 1939-1943 (Canb, 1954); I. Southall, Bluey Truscott (Syd, 1958); D. Gillison, Royal Australian Air Force 1939-1942 (Canb, 1962); C. Shores and C. Williams, Aces High (Lond, 1994); A. Stephens, High Fliers (Canb, 1996); A. D. Garrison, Australian Fighter Aces 1914-1953 (Canb, 1999). More on the resources

    Author: Alan Stephens

    Print Publication Details: Alan Stephens, 'Truscott, Keith William (Bluey) (1916 - 1943)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 16, Melbourne University Press, 2002, pp 415-416.

    BERESFORD, JOHN FRANCIS
    Sergeant
    5593
    53 RASU
    28/03/1943
    21
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    C. A. 17.
    KHAYAT BEACH WAR CEMETERY
    Israel

    CLARK, KEITH JAMES
    Aircraftman 1st Class
    79872
    23sq
    28/03/1943
    18
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    Grave 811.
    ESK CEMETERY
    Australia
    Queensland

    SOMERVELL, DAVID EDWARD
    Flight Sergeant
    415189
    235sq
    RAF
    28/03/1943
    33
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    Panel 193.
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
    UK Surrey
     
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    1944

    BERTHELSEN, MERVIN LEE
    Sergeant
    426451
    25sq
    28/03/1944
    20
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    N.C.15.
    PERTH WAR CEMETERY AND ANNEX
    Australia Western Australia

    CRICHTON, GEORGE OWEN
    Flight Sergeant
    415893
    25sq
    28/03/1944
    20
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    N.C.16.
    PERTH WAR CEMETERY AND ANNEX
    Australia Western Australia

    FITTON, KEITH ALEXANDER
    Flight Lieutenant
    403730
    31sq
    28/03/1944
    27
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    Joint grave 7. A. 5-6.
    AMBON WAR CEMETERY
    Indonesia Ambon

    FOX, RONALD MARK
    Sergeant
    3470
    6sq
    28/03/1944
    27
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    Panel 36.
    RABAUL MEMORIAL
    Papua New Guinea Rabaul

    FOYLE, RAYMOND CHARLES
    Flight
    Sergeant
    410970
    31sq
    28/03/1944
    22
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    Joint grave 7. A. 5-6.
    AMBON WAR CEMETERY
    Indonesia Ambon

    GRANT, CLIVE DOUGLAS
    Flight Sergeant
    417070
    6sq
    28/03/1944
    20
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    Panel 35.
    RABAUL MEMORIAL
    Papua New Guinea Rabaul

    JONES, HERBERT GEORGE
    Aircraftman
    1st Class
    124652
    3 Emb Dep Sandgate
    28/03/1944
    29
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    Anzac Plot 1. Portion 7. Sec. 84. Grave 52.
    BRISBANE (LUTWYCHE) CEMETERY
    Australia Queensland

    NASH, JAMES ALEXANDER (DFM)
    Pilot Officer
    410368
    6sq
    28/03/1944
    21
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    Panel 35.
    RABAUL MEMORIAL
    Papua New Guinea Rabaul

    PENALUNA, FRANK ARTHUR
    Pilot Officer
    416887
    6sq
    28/03/1944
    30
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    Panel 35.
    RABAUL MEMORIAL
    Papua New Guinea Rabaul

    WADE, HORACE MILWARD
    Flying Officer
    415201
    6sq
    28/03/1944
    27
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    Panel 34.
    RABAUL MEMORIAL
    Papua New Guinea Rabaul
     
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    1945

    DAY, JOHN ALFRED
    Flight Sergeant
    431092
    627sq
    RAF
    28/03/1945
    20
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    Panel 284.
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
    UK Surrey

    HANNAFORD, HECTOR ROY (DFC) Part of Operation Husky 1943
    Flight Lieutenant
    407427
    105 OTU (T)
    28/03/1945
    27
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    Panel 4. Column 3.
    OTTAWA MEMORIAL
    Canada Ontario

    HODGES, LYLE WILLIAM
    Aircraftman 1st Class
    163160
    2 O T U Mildura
    28/03/1945
    32
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    2W. A. 9.
    SYDNEY WAR CEMETERY
    Australia New South Wales
     
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    1941

    In Memoriam - Those Air Force Pilots/Crews who died on this day in WW2.

    WATTON ST MARY CHURCHYARD ROLL OF HONOUR


    RAF Watton was a permanent RAF station built in the late 1930s and first used as a light bomber airfield housing for varying periods Nos. 18, 21, 34, 82, 90 and 105 Squadrons, In 1943 it was taken over by USAF. This memorial at the station remembers the airmen lost. The plaques read as follows
    "To the memory of those of the Royal Air Force and Commonwealth Air Forces who lost their lives while serving at RAF Watton and Bodney."
    and
    "This propeller was recovered from Blenheim R3800 which was shot down over Aalborg, Norway on 13th August 1940 while operating out of Watton."
    On this raid 82 Squadron lost 11 of the 12 aircraft despatched.
    =======================================================

    Both of these lads are buried at Watton

    Pilot Officer FREDERIC NORMAN GRANT 404461, 21 squadron, Royal Australian Air Force who died age 25 on 13 September 1941. Son of Norman Frederic and Maud Florence Grant, of Auchenflower, Queensland, Australia.

    Sergeant PETER ERNEST RITTER 1375091, Observer, 21 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died age 20 on 13 September 1941. Son of Ernest George and Beatrice L. Ritter, of Northolt Park, Middlesex.

    Grant_FN 2.jpg

    Watton church.jpg

    Watton Graves (2).jpg
     
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    1942

    In Memoriam - Those Air Force Pilots/Crews who died on this day in WW2.


    FLETCHER, WILLIAM JOHN PERCIVAL
    Sergeant
    406476
    27 O T U
    13/09/1942
    21
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    Row 3. Grave 1.
    FRADLEY (ST. STEPHEN) CHURCHYARD UK Staffordshire

    Fletcher_WJP.jpg

    MILNE, JAMES GORDON
    Sergeant
    408774
    27 O T U
    13/09/1942
    26
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    Row 3. Grave 4.
    FRADLEY (ST. STEPHEN) CHURCHYARD UK Staffordshire

    Fradley Milne_JG 2.jpg

    TURNBULL, JOSEPH ALBERT
    Sergeant
    411555
    27 O T U
    13/09/1942
    30
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    Row 3. Grave 2.
    FRADLEY (ST. STEPHEN) CHURCHYARD UK Staffordshire

    View attachment 37714

    ROBERTSON, GRAHAM BRINDLEY JOHN
    Pilot Officer
    412717
    19 Bombardment sq
    13/09/1942
    28
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    Protestant Plot. Grave D593. (GRM/4).
    MAREEBA OLD CEMETERY Australia Queensland
    (headstone not yet available)
     
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    1940

    Missed this one which is very sad! Roll of Honour states that he died of Self Inflicted Wounds.:poppy: I have been unable to find any further details on his death.

    PARBUTT, PERCY FRANCIS
    Aircraftman 1st Class
    17525
    4 Recruit Depot Pearce
    13/09/1940
    35
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    O.B.8.
    PERTH WAR CEMETERY AND ANNEX Australia Western Australia

    Perth War Cemetery 17525 Parbutt_PF.jpg

    The family was originally from Shifnal (a small market town) in Shropshire.
     
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    1943


    GILES, LESLIE LLOYD Sergeant 417633 1 O T U EAST SALE 13/09/1943 22 Royal Australian Air Force Australian Plot B. Row A. Grave 16.
    SALE WAR CEMETERY
    Giles_LL.jpg
    HARPER, NOEL JAMES Leading Aircraftman 430167 1 SFTS Point Cook 13/09/1943 19 Royal Australian Air Force Australian 1.N.A.7. SPRINGVALE WAR CEMETERY, MELBOURNE
    Harper_NJ.jpg
    NOLAN, MERVYN FRANCIS Flight Sergeant 414505 453sq 13/09/1943 24 Royal Australian Air Force Australian Row 2. Grave 20. ILLOGAN (ST. ILLOGAN) CHURCHYARD
    Illogan 414505 Nolan_MF.JPG
    PROUDFOOT, SAMUEL GEORGE Squadron Leader 403006 11sq 13/09/1943 28 Royal Australian Air Force Australian 1. H. 11. MADRAS WAR CEMETERY, CHENNAI
    PROUDFOOT, SAMUEL GEORGE, RAAF.jpg
    PURKISS, VINCENT MARTIN Leading Aircraftman 432972 1 SFTS Point Cook 13/09/1943 19 Royal Australian Air Force Australian 1.N.A.9. SPRINGVALE WAR CEMETERY, MELBOURNE
    Purkiss_VM.jpg
    REEVE, GEOFFREY NORMAN Flight Lieutenant 401081 1 O T U EAST SALE 13/09/1943 28 Royal Australian Air Force Australian Plot B. Row A. Grave 15. SALE WAR CEMETERY
    Reeve_GN.jpg
     
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    1944

    ABEL, VICTOR Pilot Officer 422089 82sq 13/09/1944 23 Royal Australian Air Force Australian 14. D. 1. MADRAS WAR CEMETERY, CHENNAI India
    ABEL, VICTOR, RAAF.jpg
    HATCH, CYRIL FREDERICK Pilot Officer 185204 640sq RAF 13/09/1944 35 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve UK 10. A. 14. REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY GERMANY
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    LAING, AINSWORTH Flight Sergeant 429583 158sq RAF 13/09/1944 20 Royal Australian Air Force Australian 20. F. 3. REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY Germany
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    MacDOUGALL, ALLAN DOUGLAS Pilot Officer 405955 15sq 13/09/1944 26 Royal Australian Air Force Australian 7. B. 22. DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY Germany
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    TUFNELL, WILLIAM CLARKE Flying Officer 415700 82sq 13/09/1944 22 Royal Australian Air Force Australian 4. C. 18. MADRAS WAR CEMETERY, CHENNAI India
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  16. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    1945

    MILLEDGE, RONALD WILLIAM Flight Sergeant 438258 2 O T U Mildura 13/09/1945 20 Royal Australian Air Force Australian Plot C. Row C. Grave 8. MILDURA PUBLIC CEMETERY
    Milledge_RW.JPG
     
  17. TomTAS

    TomTAS Very Senior Member

    Hi Geoff,

    Not sure if I have them if not can I have copies of The Glider Pilots photos ??

    Two of the glider pilots were Australians attached to 38 Wing RAF: Pilot Officer Norman Arthur Davies, of Melbourne, Victoria, and Pilot Officer Herbert John Fraser, of Bendigo, Victoria. Davies and Fraser are buried in adjoining graves at Stavanger (Eighanes) Churchyard, Norway.

    Cheers
    Tom
     
  18. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    Hi Geoff,

    Not sure if I have them if not can I have copies of The Glider Pilots photos ??

    Two of the glider pilots were Australians attached to 38 Wing RAF: Pilot Officer Norman Arthur Davies, of Melbourne, Victoria, and Pilot Officer Herbert John Fraser, of Bendigo, Victoria. Davies and Fraser are buried in adjoining graves at Stavanger (Eighanes) Churchyard, Norway.

    Cheers
    Tom

    Hi Tom,

    Are these the ones you want?

    Stavanger Slettleboe Plaque Davis and Fraser.jpg

    Fraser_HJ and Davies_NA.jpg

    Stavanger (Eiganes) Churchyard 2.jpg

    Cheers

    Geoff

    Operation Freshman was an attempt to deliver a small force by glider to destroy the hydro-electric power station at Vermork, in Telemark, Norway, where heavy water was being produced for German atomic research. Two gliders containing men of the Royal Engineers towed by two Halifax bombers, set off on the night of 19-20 November 1942. The mission was a disaster. One Halifax and both gliders crashed in southern Norway. The occupants were either killed in the crash or subsequently executed by the Germans in compliance with Adolf Hitler’s notorious ‘commando order’. The order denied members of enemy ‘special forces’ any protection under the terms of the Geneva Convention and Allied commandos were to be executed as soon as they were captured.

    Two of the glider pilots were Australians attached to 38 Wing RAF: Pilot Officer Norman Arthur Davies, of Melbourne, Victoria, and Pilot Officer Herbert John Fraser, of Bendigo, Victoria. Davies and Fraser are buried in adjoining graves at Stavanger (Eighanes) Churchyard, Norway. The two Australians are commemorated on a memorial at Skitten Airfield, near Wick in Caithness, Scotland.
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  19. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    1939
    BISHOP, FREDERICK ALAN Pilot Officer 41821 13 SFTS 14/09/1939 23 Royal Air Force UK Sec. E. Grave 1002. DIRLETON CEMETERY UK East Lothian

    Dirleton Cemetery 41821 Bishop_FA.jpg

    Dirleton Cemetery Small.jpg

    The first (2) Commonwealth Airmen killed while flying from Drem Scotland occurred on 14th September 1939.
    Pilot Officer Frederick Alan Bishop 41821, RAF, an Australian born in Melbourne, was 23 years old and the son of Albert and Susannah Mary Bishop, of Oakleigh, Victoria, Australia.
    Pilot Officer Keith Bartram Chiazzari, 41827, RAF, a South African, was 19 years old and the son of Henry William and Elsie Honoria Chiazzari, of Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa.
    Both men were killed when Hawker Audax K7479, of No 1 Course, 13 Flying Training School crashed and was destroyed by fire, in the grounds of Whittinghame Farm school, a few miles E of Drem. Pilot Officer Keith Bartram Chiazzari was the pilot and Pilot Officer Frederick Alan Bishop was the passenger.
    Dirleton Cemetery contained the CWGC plot for RAF Drem, which before and immediately after the outbreak of WW2 was a training station. It then became the main Scottish fighter airfield, defending the naval bases on the River Forth from German air attacks from Norway.
    Photo’s and crash information courtesy of Frank McPherson – Scotland.

    Born in Melbourne
    Hawker Audax K7479
    13 Fighter Training School
    Flew into hill near East Linton, East Lothian

    P/O 41821 Frederick Alan Bishop 23 (pilot) killed.
    P/O 41827 Keith Bartram Chiazzari 19 (pilot) killed

    In Memory of
    Pilot Officer KEITH BARTRAM CHIAZZARI

    41827, Royal Air Force
    who died age 19
    on 14 September 1939
    Son of Henry William and Elsie Honoria Chiazzari, of Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa.
    Remembered with honour
    DIRLETON CEMETERY

    In Memory of
    Pilot Officer FREDERICK ALAN BISHOP

    41821, Royal Air Force
    who died age 23
    on 14 September 1939
    Son of Albert and Susannah Mary Bishop, of Oakleigh, Victoria, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    DIRLETON CEMETERY

    In the grounds of Dirleton

    Dirleton contained the CWGC plot for RAF Drem, which before and immediately after the outbreak of WW2 was a training station. It then became the main Scottish fighter airfield, defending the naval bases on the River Forth from German air attacks from Norway. The three Aussies reflect these roles.

    (Acting) PO Bishop, RAF (14/09/39) was killed when Hawker Audax K7479,
    of No 1 Course, 13 Flying Training School crashed and was destroyed by fire,
    in the grounds of Whittinghame Farm school, a few miles E of Drem. APO Bishop was the passenger, the pilot also being killed.

    Sgt Steele (28/08/42) was killed when Spitfire Vb BM647 of 453 RAAF Sq dived into the ground, 5 ½ miles SE of Garvald, a few miles from Drem. 453 Sq had reformed at Drem in June 1942.

    Sgt Millingen (01/10/42) was killed when Spitfire Vb AD235 of 222 (Natal) Sq crashed 2 ½ miles S of Dunbar, following (presumed) structural failure.

    Alan Frederick on the commemorative roll.


    Alan Frederick Bishop

    Service number: 41821

    Rank: Pilot Officer

    Unit: Unknown unit

    Service: Royal Air Force

    Conflict: 1939-1945

    Date of death: 12 September 1939

    Place of death: Scotland

    Cause of death: Killed in action

    Cemetery or memorial details: DIRLETON CEMETERY, East Lothian, United Kingdom. Sec. E. Grave 1002

    Notes: Born in Melbourne.
     
  20. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    1941

    Do not have any info on these lads at all.

    CORLEY, COLIN JAMES Sergeant 404065 148sq 14/09/1941 26 Royal Australian Air Force Australian A I. A. 2. EL ALAMEIN WAR CEMETERY Egypt

    ROGERS, COLIN LINDSAY Sergeant 400209 33sq RAF 14/09/1941 21 Royal Australian Air Force Australian Column 246. ALAMEIN MEMORIAL Egypt Alamein
    Photo here: Australian War Memorial - P04626.001

    SKERMAN, VERDUN VICTOR Sergeant 404057 148sq 14/09/1941 25 Royal Australian Air Force Australian AI. B. 4. EL ALAMEIN WAR CEMETERY Egypt
     

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