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

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    On this day there were 30 Commonwealth Air Force Deaths.

    ATA 2

    RAF Iraq Levies

    RAF 13

    RAAF 10

    RCAF 2

    RIAF

    RNZAF 1

    SAAF 2

    Rhodesia Air Askari Corps

    WAAF 1

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    WAAF (SAAF)

    WAAC
    Type Short Empire S.23
    Manufacturer Short Brothers
    Registration G-AEUH
    Owners and operators Qantas Imperial Airways
    In service 1938–1942
    Fate Shot down

    BECKETT, WILLIAM OLIVER Aircraftman 1st Class 43169 HQ Darwin †
    DE PINNA, JAMES Aircraftman 1st Class 60211 Stn HQ Darwin †
    HOLLIDAY, JOHN HENRY Aircraftman 1st Class 403513 HQ Darwin †
    KERR, EDWARD GEORGE Corporal 18607 HQ Darwin †
    LEE, WILLIAM NORMAN Aircraftman 1st Class 34535 HQ Darwin †
    McMILLAN, JAMES CHARLES Sergeant 6544 HQ Darwin †
    VAN TREIGHT, GORDON CHARLES Leading Aircraftman 8041 HQ Darwin †


    04 Feb 1942 - 13 KILLED IN AIR CRASH Enemy Attack on Flying-boat

    RAAF deaths were reported as Non Military Deaths.

    13 KILLED IN AIR CRASH
    Enemy Attack on Flying-boat


    MELBOURNE, Tuesday—Thirteen persons were killed when a Qantas Empire Airways flying- boat was attacked by enemy fighters and crashed into the sea during a flight from Darwin to Koepang on Friday.
    Revealing this today, the Minister for Air, Mr. Drakeford, said that the aircraft carried 13 passengers and a crew of five, of whom three pas-
    sengers and two members of the crew had been saved.


    Those killed were:—
    Mr. G. A. Farrelly, of Sarawak. †
    Mr. D. W. McCulloch, married, of Nedlands, Western Australia. (RANR) †

    Mr. H. E. Cutfield, of Sarawak. †
    Mr. J. C McMillan, 31, married, of Sydney.
    Mr. E. G. Kerr, 31, single, of Melbourne.
    Mr. G. C. Van Treight, 21, single, of Sydney.
    Mr. W. N. Lee, 22, single, of Melbourne.
    Mr. W. O. Beckett, 21, single, of Brisbane.
    Mr. J. J. Holliday, 23, single, of Melbourne.
    Mr. J. Depinna, 18, single, of Sydney.
    Radio Officer A. S. Patterson, 39, single, of Leicestershire, England. (RAAF Reserve) †

    Purser G. W. Cruickshank, 31, married, of Sydney. (RAAF Reserve) †
    Flight Steward S. C. Elphick, 33, married, of Sydney. (RAAF Reserve) †


    The survivors are:—


    Captain A. A. Koch, 37, married, of Sydney (commander of the flying boat).
    First Officer V. Lyne, 26, married, of Sydney.
    Mr. F. A. Moore, of Sarawak.
    Mr. J. C. B. Fisher, of Sarawak.
    Mr. B. L. Westbrook, single, of Hobart.


    FIGHTERS ATTACK

    The aircraft was forced down by enemy fighters at the mouth of the Noelmans River, near Koepang, at about the same time as Japanese bombing raids were made on the town.
    Mr. Drakeford said that Captain Koch suffered a broken right leg, and machine-gun wounds in the left arm and left leg.
    When the flying-boat crashed into the sea its back was broken and it sank shortly afterwards.
    Medical aid had been sent to the injured persons, who were known to be on the mainland in the vicinity of Koepang.
    The aircraft carried one ton of mails and it was considered unlikely that they would be recovered.
    The next of kin had been notified of the disaster.


    1942 Qantas Short Empire shootdown

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    Corio [​IMG]


    A similar Short Empire flying boat operated by Qantas. Type Short Empire S.23 Manufacturer Short Brothers Registration G-AEUH Owners and operators Qantas
    Imperial Airways In service 1938–1942 Fate Shot down The 1942 Qantas Short Empire shoot-down was an incident that occurred in the early days of the Pacific War during World War II. A Short Empire flying boat airliner, Corio, operated by Qantas was shot down by Japanese aircraft off the coast of West Timor, Dutch East Indies, on 30 January 1942, killing 13 of the occupants.
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    Aircraft history

    Corio, named after Corio, Victoria, was built as an S.23 Empire by Short Brothers and entered service with Qantas in October 1938 registered as VH-ABD then was sold to Imperial Airways in September 1939.[1] The airliner, after being re-registered in the UK as G-AEUH, was then leased back to Qantas.
    Air attack

    On 30 January 1942, G-AEUH, captained by A. A. (Aub) Koch, left Darwin at dawn, for Kupang, West Timor, en route to Surabaya, where it was to pick up refugees from the Japanese invasion of Java and transport them to Australia.[2]
    When it was 13 nmi (24 km) from West Timor, travelling at a height of 400 ft (120 m), Corio was fired on by seven Mitsubishi A6M ("Zero") fighters.[3]
    Koch immediately increased the speed of the aircraft and dived it towards the coast, attempting to evade the attack; the aircraft reached its maximum speed — possibly 200 miles per hour (320 km/h) — and flew a zig-zagging course, so low that the airliner's wing floats were bouncing off the sea.[2] Nevertheless, the Zero pilots soon achieved numerous hits, perforating the fuselage and killing some passengers. Following a sudden loss of power when two engines caught fire, Corio hit the sea at high speed, nose first,[3] 3 nmi (5.6 km) from the mouth of the Noelmini River; the impact breaking the fuselage in half.
    Out of a total of 18 passengers and crew, 13 were killed in the attack.[4] Koch, wounded in an arm and leg, was thrown out of the wreckage by the impact.[3] However, he managed to swim ashore, a feat which took him three hours. Koch and the other survivors were later rescued by a Dornier Do 24 flying boat of the Royal Netherlands Navy.[2]
    Koch later survived another attack by Japanese aircraft and the crash of another Empire flying boat. On 19 February 1942, while he was recuperating in Darwin Hospital, the town experienced two major air raids.[5] On 22 April 1943, Koch was piloting Camilla, another Qantas Short Empire, on a flight from Australia to New Guinea, when it crashed in the sea off Port Moresby in bad weather.[1]



    G A Farrelly
    Remembered with Honour
    Air Crashes At Sea
    In Memory of
    Civilian
    Civilian War Dead who died on 30 January 1942
    Son of Mr. W. Farrelly.


    David William McCulloch
    Remembered with Honour
    Plymouth Naval Memorial
    In Memory of
    Paymaster Lieutenant
    H.M.A.S. Leeuwin, Royal Australian Naval Reserve who died on 30 January 1942 Age 28
    Son of David Frederick and Lily Margaret McCulloch; husband of Kimball Vaughan McCulloch, of
    Nedlands, Western Australia.

    H E Cutfield
    Remembered with Honour
    Air Crashes At Sea
    In Memory of
    Civilian
    Civilian War Dead who died on 30 January 1942

    James Charles McMillan
    Remembered with Honour
    Northern Territory Memorial
    In Memory of
    Sergeant
    6544, Royal Australian Air Force who died on 30 January 1942 Age 31
    Son of Oswald and Mary McMillan; husband of Joyce Florence May McMillan, of Cambewarra, New South
    Wales.


    Edward George Kerr
    Remembered with Honour
    Northern Territory Memorial
    In Memory of
    Corporal
    18607, Royal Australian Air Force who died on 30 January 1942 Age 40
    Son of Michael and Margaret Kerr, of Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Australia.


    Gordon Charles Van Treight
    Remembered with Honour
    Northern Territory Memorial
    In Memory of
    Leading Aircraftman
    8041, Royal Australian Air Force who died on 30 January 1942 Age 21
    Son of Leslie John and Emily Florence Van Treight, of Five Dock, New South Wales.

    William Norman Lee
    Remembered with Honour
    Northern Territory Memorial
    In Memory of
    Aircraftman 1st Class
    34535, Royal Australian Air Force who died on 30 January 1942 Age 22
    Son of William James Lee and Lida Matilda Lee, of Essendon, Victoria.


    William Oliver Beckett
    Remembered with Honour
    Northern Territory Memorial
    In Memory of
    Aircraftman 1st Class
    43169, Royal Australian Air Force who died on 30 January 1942 Age 21
    Son of James Oliver Beckett and Helen Beckett, of Stafford, Queensland.


    John Henry Holliday
    Remembered with Honour
    Northern Territory Memorial
    In Memory of
    Aircraftman 1st Class
    403513, Royal Australian Air Force who died on 30 January 1942 Age 23
    Son of Ernest George and Ethel Maud Holliday, of Tempe, New South Wales.


    James De Pinna
    Remembered with Honour
    Northern Territory Memorial
    In Memory of
    Aircraftman 1st Class
    60211, Royal Australian Air Force who died on 30 January 1942 Age 18
    Son of Dr. Herbert Alfred De Pinna and Claire De Pinna, of Chatswood, New South Wales.


    Archibald Sloan Patterson
    Remembered with Honour
    Ambon Memorial
    In Memory of
    Pilot Officer
    268075, (Reserve), Royal Australian Air Force who died on 30 January 1942 Age 40
    Son of David and Janet Ann Patterson.


    William George Cruickshank
    Remembered with Honour
    Ambon Memorial
    In Memory of
    Pilot Officer
    267534, (Reserve), Royal Australian Air Force who died on 30 January 1942
    Son of Mrs. J. Cruickshank, of Torphin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.


    Sidney Charles Elphick
    Remembered with Honour
    Ambon Memorial
    In Memory of
    Leading Aircraftman
    301034, (Reserve), Royal Australian Air Force who died on 30 January 1942
     
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    On this day there were 28 Commonwealth Air Force Deaths.

    ATA

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    RAF 25

    RAAF 1

    RCAF 1

    RIAF

    RNZAF 1

    SAAF

    Rhodesia Air Askari Corps

    WAAF

    WAAAF

    WAAF (SAAF)

    WAAC

    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT IN ROYAL AIR FORCE
    SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS IN WORLD WAR 2 AND MISSING WITH
    NO KNOWN GRAVE.

    400408 Flying Officer BURT, Alan Gladstone

    Source:

    NAA: A705
    Aircraft Type: Manchester
    Serial number: L 7296
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: 61 Sqn RAF

    Summary:

    FO Burt was a member of an eight man crew of Manchester L 7296 of 61 Sqn RAF
    which departed base at 1852 hours on 31 January 1942, for a bombing raid on Brest. Two
    fixes were requested from the aircraft on the return journey. The second request was in
    the form of an SOS and a fix placed the aircraft fifty miles due south of Southampton.
    Searches next morning to locate the aircraft and crew were unsuccessful. It is assumed
    that the crew lost their lives at sea.

    Crew:

    RAF Flt Lt Page, H C S, DFC †
    RAF PO Atkinson, D C †
    RAF Sqn Ldr Borrough, T N C †
    RAAF 400408 FO Burt, A G (Observer) †
    RAF Flt Sgt Turner, H E †
    RAF Sgt Dann, L W †
    RAF Sgt Evans, T A †
    RAF Sgt Jones, R S †

    The body of Flt Lt Page was recovered from the sea and buried at Scilly Isles.


    In Memory of
    Flight Lieutenant Pilot
    Harry Charles Shaw Page
    D F C
    41315, 61 Sqdn., Royal Air Force who died on 31 January 1942 Age 27
    Son of Charles Alexander Shaw Page and Beatrice Ellen Page; husband of Nancy Mary Heather Page, of
    Retford, Nottinghamshire. Also served in The Middlesex Regt.
    Remembered with Honour
    Old Church Cemetery, Isles of Scilly

    In Memory of
    Pilot Officer
    Denys Lowe Atkinson
    62694, 61 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 31 January 1942 Age 21
    Son of Bernard Norman and Katherine Matilda Atkinson, of West Kirby, Cheshire.
    Remembered with Honour
    Runnymede Memorial

    In Memory of
    Squadron Leader
    Thomas Noel Challoner Burrough
    D F C
    84274, 61 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 31 January 1942 Age 35
    Son of the Revd. Canon Charles James Burrough, M.A. (Oxon.), and Lucy Mabel Burrough, of Sneyd Park,
    Gloucestershire. M.A. (Oxon.), Barrister.
    Remembered with Honour
    Runnymede Memorial

    In Memory of
    Flying Officer
    Alan Gladstone Burt
    400408, Royal Australian Air Force who died on 31 January 1942 Age 23
    Son of Walter Oswald and Esther Burt, of Toorak, Victoria, Australia.
    Remembered with Honour
    Runnymede Memorial

    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant
    Harry Edward Turner
    645043, 61 Sqdn., Royal Air Force who died on 31 January 1942
    NO NOK Listed
    Remembered with Honour
    Runnymede Memorial

    In Memory of
    Sergeant
    Leonard William Dann
    929868, 61 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 31 January 1942 Age 24
    Son of Albert William and Emily Dann, of Shepherd's Bush, London.
    Remembered with Honour
    Runnymede Memorial

    In Memory of
    Sergeant
    Thomas Alfred Evans
    913939, 61 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 31 January 1942 Age 23
    Son of Thomas Henry and Elizabeth Evans, of Walthamstow, Essex.
    Remembered with Honour
    Runnymede Memorial

    In Memory of
    Sergeant
    Ronald Sidney Jones
    645045, 61 Sqdn., Royal Air Force who died on 31 January 1942 Age 23
    Son of Sidney George and May Victoria Jones, of Romford, Essex.
    Remembered with Honour
    Runnymede Memorial
     
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    On this day there were 16 Commonwealth Air Force Deaths.

    ATA 1

    RAF Iraq Levies

    RAF 13

    RAAF 1

    RCAF

    RIAF

    RNZAF

    SAAF

    Rhodesia Air Askari Corps

    WAAF 1

    WAAAF

    WAAF (SAAF)

    WAAC
    SECOND WORLD WAR FATALITIES
    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING IN RAF
    BEAUFORT SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS

    215 Flight Lieutenant OAKLEY, Richard Arthur

    Source:

    AWM 237 (65) NAA : A705, 163/50/19 Commonwealth war Graves records
    Roger Hayward : The Beaufort File, Page 37: Coastal Command Losses, Vol 1, Ross McNeill

    Aircraft Type: Beaufort 1
    Serial number: L 9835
    Radio call sign: MW-W
    Unit: ATTD 217 SQN RAF
    Op: Brest

    Summary:

    T/o from St Eval 14:55 to attack the Admiral Hipper in Brest Harbour.

    On 1st February 1941, L9835 failed to return from a bombing raid on Brest, France. It was believed that the aircraft crashed into the sea between Ushant and the UK after a daylight bombing raid. A message had been received from the aircraft at 1616 hours saying that the port engine had failed and the aircraft was losing height. The aircraft failed to return to base.

    Crew:

    RAAF 215 Flt Lt Oakley, R A Captain (Pilot) †
    RAF 580515 Sgt A.G. Hayman †
    RAF 527080 Sgt A.J. Croker †
    RAF 755531 Sgt K. G. Rowley †

    Flt Lt Oakley is buried in the Phen-les-Guines Communal Cemetery, Locality Pas-de-Calais, France. Pas-de-Calais is a village 10kms SSW of Calais and about 3kms east of the main Calais to Boulogne road while the others are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
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    In Memory of
    Flight Lieutenant
    Richard Arthur Oakley
    215, Royal Australian Air Force who died on 01 February 1941 Age 23
    Son of Leonard Joseph and Mary Dorrell Oakley, of Ashburton, Victoria, Australia.
    Remembered with Honour
    Pihen-Les-Guines Communal Cemetery

    In Memory of
    Sergeant
    Arthur George Hayman
    580515, 217 Sqdn., Royal Air Force who died on 01 February 1941
    NO NOK Listed
    Remembered with Honour
    Runnymede Memorial

    In Memory of
    Sergeant
    Arthur James Croker
    527080, 217 Sqdn., Royal Air Force who died on 01 February 1941 Age 23
    Son of Frank and Ethel Croker; husband of M. Croker, of Newquay, Cornwall.
    Remembered with Honour
    Runnymede Memorial

    In Memory of
    Sergeant
    Kenneth George Rowley
    755531, 217 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 01 February 1941 Age 26
    Son of Thomas and Annie Rose Rowley.
    Remembered with Honour
    Runnymede Memorial
     

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    On this day there were 56 Commonwealth Air Force Deaths.

    ATA

    RAF Iraq Levies

    RAF 43

    RAAF 1

    RCAF 8

    RIAF 1

    RNZAF 2

    SAAF 1

    Rhodesia Air Askari Corps

    WAAF

    WAAAF

    WAAF (SAAF)

    WAAC
    FO Bousfield was promoted to Flight Lieutenant and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) on 6 June 1941.

    He was killed whilst on operations on 2 February 1943 and remembered at Air Forces Memorial to the Missing, Surrey, United Kingdom.

    Lancaster III
    EDA88

    VN-M
    50sqn
    Op: Koln


    Summary:


    T/o 1826 Skellingthorpe. Shot down by a night-fighter and crashed 2127 into a swamp 1 km NW of Hamont (Limburg), 13 km NNW of Bree, Belgium. F/0 Power RCAF is buried in Heverlee War Cemetery, but the air gunners have no known graves. Through the efforts of 1st Sergeant Peter Loncke of the Belgian Air Force, a propeller blade from this aircraft was presented in 1983 to 50 Squadron at Waddington, while in the same year a memorial plate was mounted at Hamont-Haart accompanied by a brochure prepared and written by 1st Sergeant Loncke.


    Crew:


    F/O D A Power RCAF †
    Sgt D N Clark pow
    F/O T H L Church RCAF pow
    Sgt R A Holland pow
    Sgt V J Mitchell pow
    F/L J M Bousfield DFC † (of Australia)
    Sgt S D Beadon †


    (From WR Chorley BCL 1943 Page 33)
    Honours and Awards - Jack Matthew Bousfield

    Service number: 79226
    Rank: Flying Officer
    Unit: 83 Sqn RAF (Should be 50sqn)

    Service: RAF
    Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945
    Award: Distinguished Flying Cross
    Date of London Gazette: 6 June 1941
    Location in London Gazette: Page 3229, position 1
    NSW AIRGUNNER AWARDED DFC

    For outstanding air gunnery work with the RAF, Flt-Off Jack Matthew Bousfield, 29, formerly of Waratah, NSW, has been awarded the DFC.

    Mr. McEwen, Air Minister, said yesterday he was delighted to learn that an Australian had won the coveted decoration. All reports received showed that Australians made first-class air gunners. They displayed a uniform aggressive spirit, stamina, and accuracy.

    Flt-Off Bousfield had taken part in numerous operations, and had shown great courage and keenness.

    Since the outbreak of war, said Mr. McEwen, 43 Australian airmen had been awarded the DFC. All but 9 had been trained in Australia. Of the 9 RAAF members to be decorated 4 were Sunderland pilots, 4 were pilots of the fighter squadron in the Middle East, and one a pilot allotted to HMAS Sydney for aircraft duty
    Photo of Jack Matthew Bousfield DFC
    Bousfield_JM.jpg

    In Memory of
    Flying Officer Pilot
    David Allan Power
    J/9418, 50 (R.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal Canadian Air Force who died on 02 February 1943 Age 28
    Son of David and Eva Emily Power, of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.
    Remembered with Honour
    Heverlee War Cemetery

    In Memory of
    Flight Lieutenant
    Jack Matthew Bousfield
    D F C
    79226, 50 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 02 February 1943
    No NOK Listed
    Remembered with Honour
    Runnymede Memorial

    In Memory of
    Sergeant
    Stanley David Beadon
    647383, 50 Sqdn., Royal Air Force who died on 02 February 1943
    NO NOK Listed
    Remembered with Honour
    Runnymede Memorial
     
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    On this day there were 146 Commonwealth Air Force Deaths.

    ATA

    RAF Iraq Levies

    RAF 88

    RAAF 14

    RCAF 35

    RIAF

    RNZAF 6

    SAAF 1

    Rhodesia Air Askari Corps

    WAAF 1

    WAAAF

    WAAF (SAAF)

    WAAC

    West African Air Corps 1


    460 SQUADRON RAAF, WORLD WAR 2 FATALITIES

    Date of Death: 3 February 1945

    Source:

    AWM 64 (1/295); AWM 237 (63) (64)
    NAA: A705, 166/10/399

    Aircraft Type:L ancaster
    Serial number: PB 301
    Radio call sign: AR – J
    Unit: 460 Sqn RAAF

    Summary:

    Lancaster PB301 took off from RAF Binbrook at 1627 hours on 3 February 1945 to bomb a synthetic oil and benzol plant at Bottrop, Germany. Bomb load 1 x 4000lb and 15 x 500lb bombs. Seventeen aircraft from the squadron took part in the raid and PB301 failed to return to base.

    Crew:

    RAAF 400365 Flt Lt Davies, G A T Captain (Pilot) (POW)
    RAAF 429652 FO Dunn, V (Navigator) †
    RAAF 431564 FO Avery, J D (Bomb Aimer) (POW)
    RAAF 437490 FO Brown, G S (Wireless Operator Air) †
    RAF Sgt Winstanley, R F (Flight Engineer) †
    RAAF 431012 Flt Sgt Bird, N B (Mid Upper Gunner) †
    RAAF 429034 Flt Sgt Wilkins, F H DFC (Rear Gunner) †

    Post war it was established that the aircraft crashed in the middle of a wood approx 8kms NNW of a German airstrip at Kirchhellan. Both Flt Lt Davies and FO Avery became POW’s and the remaining five crew members who were killed are interred in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Cleves, Germany.

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    Wilkins_FH.JPG
    Reichswald.JPG


    In Memory of
    Flying Officer
    Victor Dunn
    429652, Royal Australian Air Force who died on 03 February 1945 Age 31
    Son of David James Dunn and Jane Dunn, of Elsternwick, Victoria; husband of Elma Helena Dunn, of East
    St. Kilda, Victoria, Australia.
    Remembered with Honour
    Reichswald Forest War Cemetery

    In Memory of
    Flying Officer
    Gordon Scott Brown
    437490, Royal Australian Air Force who died on 03 February 1945 Age 25
    Son of Henry Wyndham Brown and Ethel Blanche Brown; husband of Margaret Heather Brown, of Gawler,
    South Australia. Dip. Agric. (Roseworthy).
    Remembered with Honour
    Reichswald Forest War Cemetery

    In Memory of
    Sergeant Flt. Engr.
    Roger Francis Winstanley
    1868423, 460 (R.A.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 03 February 1945 Age 28
    Son of Charles William Winstanley, and of Marie Clemence Winstanley (nee Maille), of Chorley Wood,
    Hertfordshire; husband of Mary Alicia Winstanley (nee Farrington).
    Remembered with Honour
    Reichswald Forest War Cemetery

    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant
    Norman Brian Bird
    431012, Royal Australian Air Force who died on 03 February 1945 Age 20
    Son of Norman John and Katie Clarke Bird, of Corowa, New South Wales, Australia.
    Remembered with Honour
    Reichswald Forest War Cemetery

    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant
    Frank Herbert Wilkins
    429034, Royal Australian Air Force who died on 03 February 1945 Age 21
    Son of Frank and Elsie Wilkins, of Vaucluse, New South Wales. Australia.
    Remembered with Honour
    Reichswald Forest War Cemetery
     

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    On this day there were 72 Commonwealth Air Force Deaths.

    ATA 1

    RAF Iraq Levies

    RAF 51

    RAAF 5

    RCAF 14

    RIAF

    RNZAF

    SAAF 1

    Rhodesia Air Askari Corps

    WAAF

    WAAAF

    WAAF (SAAF)

    WAAC

    West African Air Corps

    464 SQUADRON RAAF WORLD WAR 2 FATALITIES
    Date of Death: 4 February 1945

    Source:

    AWM 64 1/348 1/354 AWM 237 (64) NAA : A705 166/43/1135 166/28/511
    Aircraft Type: Mosquito
    Serial number: PZ 452
    Radio call sign: SB -
    Unit: 464 Sqn RAAF

    Summary:

    Mosquito PZ452 took off from RAF Thorney Island at 2115 hours on the night of 3/4th February 1945, being part of a force of 17 aircraft from the Squadron detailed to attack enemy targets including barges, woods, and factories behind the battle area. PZ452 crashed on return from the mission.

    Crew:

    RAAF 422783 PO Wicky, E G DFC Captain (Pilot) †
    RAAF 422628 PO Mountford, O DFC (Navigator) †

    The aircraft crashed on high ground at Horndean, UK and both the crew were killed. At the time the weather was very bad over the base with the cloud base down to 100-800 feet. The Pilot was in touch by R/T a few minutes before the crash and made no mention of difficulties.

    Both members of the crew are buried in the Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey, UK.


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    Brookwood3.JPG

    In Memory of
    Pilot Officer
    Edward George Wicky
    D F C
    422783, Royal Australian Air Force who died on 04 February 1945 Age 22
    Son of Edouard Jean and Rita Wicky, of Cremorne, New South Wales, Australia.
    Remembered with Honour
    Brookwood Military Cemetery


    In Memory of
    Pilot Officer
    Oswald Mountford
    D F C
    422628, Royal Australian Air Force who died on 04 February 1945 Age 21
    Son of Oswald Denis and Ivy Dorothy May Mountford, of Guildford, New South Wales, Australia.
    Remembered with Honour
    Brookwood Military Cemetery
     

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    On this day there were 69 Commonwealth Air Force Deaths.

    ATA

    RAF Iraq Levies

    RAF 50

    RAAF 6

    RCAF 8

    RIAF

    RNZAF 5

    SAAF

    Rhodesia Air Askari Corps

    WAAF

    WAAAF

    WAAF (SAAF)

    WAAC
    RAAF FATALITIES IN SECOND WORLD WAR AMONG
    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT
    IN ROYAL AIR FORCE SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS

    406240 Warrant Officer EDDY, Albert George

    Source :

    AWM 237 (65) NAA : A705, 166/11/15
    Commonwealth War Graves records
    Aircraft Type: Hudson
    Serial number:
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: ATTD 117 SQN RAF

    Summary:

    WO Eddy (Pilot) was killed when the Hudson aircraft he was flying crashed at 4.30am on
    5th February 1943, during a take off at El Adem on a flight to Malta. No other
    information is available on the above RAAF Casualty file held at Archives.
    WO Eddy is buried in the Tobruk War Cemetery, Libya. Tobruk is a sea port on the
    Mediterranean coast. Leaving the port of Tobruk on the main toad to Alexandria, the
    Cemetery is located about 7kms inland, set back about 100 metres along an access track
    branching from the left side of the road, and clearly visible from the road.



    Australian Warrant Officer Albert George Eddy was the pilot however very difficult to sort the RAF passengers from the crew.

    Crew:

    RAAF 406240 Warrant Officer Albert George Eddy, 29, (Pilot) †

    RAF Flight Sergeant Leslie John Corfield, 22, navigator †
    RAF Flight Sergeant George Wallace Dixon, 22, wireless operator †
    RAF Sergeant William Henry Gladwell, 22, pilot †
    RAF Flight Sergeant Brian Godfrey Hancorn, 24, wireless operator †
    RAF Flight Lieutenant Howard Otis Knowles, 22, pilot †
    RAF Sergeant Jack Herbert Manning, 28 †
    RAF Flight Lieutenant Denis Joseph Passadoro †
    RAF Squadron Leader Reginald John Peacock, 25, DFC (Battle of Britain Clasp) (Ace with 235 Sqdn) †
    RAF Sergeant Thomas Charlton Toy, 21, navigator †
    RAF Sergeant Eugene Joseph Patrick Bergna, 22, pilot †

    Army

    Major General Harry Willans, 50, CB, CBE, DSO, MC, TD †
    Colonel Cyprian Francis Thurlow Baker, 46, OBE †


    Eddy_AG 2.JPG
    Tobruk War Cemetery 6.JPG
    Colonel Cyprian Francis Thurlow Baker Old Framlinghamians Memorial.JPG
    Willans_Harry Major General Photo.jpg


    In Memory of
    Warrant Officer
    Albert George Eddy
    406240, Royal Australian Air Force who died on 05 February 1943 Age 29
    Son of Albert Ernest and Jessie Marie Eddy; husband of Gladys Eddy, of Shenton Park, Western Australia.
    Remembered with Honour
    Tobruk War Cemetery


    In Memory of
    Sergeant Pilot
    William Henry Gladwell
    1292395, 117 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 05 February 1943 Age 22
    Son of Albert David and Priscilla Gladwell, of St. Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex.
    Remembered with Honour
    Tobruk War Cemetery


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant W.Op.
    George Wallace Dixon
    614842, 117 Sqdn., Royal Air Force who died on 05 February 1943 Age 22
    Son of Harry and Henrietta Dixon, of Botcherby, Carlisle.
    Remembered with Honour
    Tobruk War Cemetery


    In Memory of
    Flight Lieutenant Pilot
    Howard Otis Knowles
    63449, 117 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 05 February 1943 Age 22
    Son of St. John Knowles and Arta Otis Knowles, of South Ascot, Berkshire.
    Remembered with Honour
    Tobruk War Cemetery


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant W.Op./Air Gnr.
    Brian Godfrey Hancorn
    642375, 117 Sqdn., Royal Air Force who died on 05 February 1943 Age 24
    Son of John Davies Hancorn and Alice Gertrude Hancorn, of Hereford.
    Remembered with Honour
    Tobruk War Cemetery


    In Memory of
    Sergeant Nav.
    Thomas Charlton Toy
    1541849, 117 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 05 February 1943 Age 21
    Son of Sarah Toy, of Whitefield, Lancashire.
    Remembered with Honour
    Tobruk War Cemetery


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant Nav.
    Leslie John Corfield
    928686, 117 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 05 February 1943 Age 22
    Son of Jack and Ethel Mary Corfield, of Croxley Green, Hertfordshire.
    Remembered with Honour
    Tobruk War Cemetery


    In Memory of
    Flight Lieutenant
    Denis Joseph Passadoro
    79476, 117 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 05 February 1943
    No NOK Listed
    Remembered with Honour
    Tobruk War Cemetery


    In Memory of
    Squadron Leader
    Reginald John Peacock
    D F C
    40257, 117 Sqdn., Royal Air Force who died on 05 February 1943 Age 25
    Son of Charles Thomas Peacock and Eliza Munro Peacock, of Earls Court, London.
    Remembered with Honour
    Tobruk War Cemetery


    In Memory of
    Sergeant
    Jack Herbert Manning
    932188, 117 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 05 February 1943 Age 28
    Son of Herbert Christie and Mary Dolores Manning, of St. Philip, Barbados, British West Indies.
    Remembered with Honour
    Tobruk War Cemetery


    In Memory of
    Sergeant Pilot
    Eugene Joseph Patrick Bergna (Thought to have been on this flight)
    1342769, 272 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 07 February 1943 Age 22
    Son of Joseph and Georgina Bergna, of Partick, Glasgow.
    Remembered with Honour
    Heliopolis War Cemetery


    In Memory of
    Major General
    Harry Willans
    C B, C B E, D S O, M C, T D
    General Staff who died on 05 February 1943 Age 50
    Son of James Tetley Willans and Henrietta Mary Willans; husband of Dorothy Joan Willans, of Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Served
    in the 1914-18 war with the Bedfordshire Regiment (Mentioned in Dispatches twice).
    Remembered with Honour
    Tobruk War Cemetery


    In Memory of
    Colonel
    Cyprian Francis Thurlow Baker
    O B E
    9071, King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster) who died on 05 February 1943 Age 46
    Son of Reginald Thurlow Baker and Alice Augusta Baker; husband of Clare Roche Baker, of Notting Hill,
    London.
    Remembered with Honour
    Tobruk War Cemetery
     

    Attached Files:

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    On this day there were 70 Commonwealth Air Force Deaths.

    ATA

    RAF Iraq Levies

    RAF 49

    RAAF 12

    RCAF 5

    RIAF

    RNZAF 4

    SAAF

    Rhodesia Air Askari Corps

    WAAF

    WAAAF

    WAAF (SAAF)

    WAAC

    RAAF FATALITIES IN SECOND WORLD WAR AMONG
    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT
    IN ROYAL AIR FORCE SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS

    406378 Pilot Officer WORKMAN, Frederick John

    Source:

    AWM 237 (65) NAA : A705, 163/64/134 Commonwealth War Graves records
    Aircraft Type: Blenheim
    Serial number: DZ 9812
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: ATTD 21 SQN RAF

    Summary:

    Blenheim DZ9812 crashed in Palermo Harbour, Sicily, at approx 1115 hours on
    4thFebruary 1942.

    Crew:

    RAAF 406378 PO Workman, F J Captain (Pilot) †
    RAF PO Smethurst, K J E (Observer) †
    RAF Sgt V T Lewis, (Wireless Air Gunner) †

    Both PO Smethurst and Sgt Lewis were killed in the crash and PO Workman died after
    capture on 6 February 1942.

    All the crew are buried in the Catania War Cemetery, Sicily, Italy. The cemetery is 7kms
    south-west of Catania.


    Catania British Cem 406378 Workman_FJ.JPG
    Catania British Cemetery 10.JPG


    In Memory of
    Flying Officer
    Frederick John Workman
    406378, Royal Australian Air Force who died on 06 February 1942 Age 24
    Son of William John Proudford Workman and Victoria Matilda Workman, of North Perth, Western Australia.
    Remembered with Honour
    Catania War Cemetery, Sicily


    In Memory of
    Pilot Officer Obs.
    Kenneth James Edward Smethurst
    106538, 21 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 04 February 1942 Age 20
    Son of Herbert and Elsie Josephine Smethurst, of Lancing, Sussex.
    Remembered with Honour
    Catania War Cemetery, Sicily


    In Memory of
    Sergeant W.Op./Air Gnr.
    Vivian Thomas Lewis
    931608, 21 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 04 February 1942 Age 21
    Son of Archie Vivian and Eva May Lewis, of Cardiff.
    Remembered with Honour
    Catania War Cemetery, Sicily
     

    Attached Files:

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    On this day there were 40 Commonwealth Air Force Deaths.

    ATA 1

    RAF Iraq Levies

    RAF 35

    RAAF 3

    RCAF 1

    RIAF

    RNZAF

    SAAF

    Rhodesia Air Askari Corps

    WAAF

    WAAAF

    WAAF (SAAF)

    WAAC

    RAAF FATALITIES IN SECOND WORLD WAR AMONG
    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT
    IN ROYAL AIR FORCE SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS

    400345 Sergeant GREENWOOD, Stanley Wheatley

    Source:

    AWM 237 (65) NAA : A705, 166/118/275 Commonwealth War Graves records
    Aircraft Type: Defiant
    Serial number: V 1116
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: ATTD 256 SQN RAF

    Summary:

    On 7th February 1942, Defiant V116 crashed at 4.30 pm at the Lytham Pier, Lancashire,
    and the crew were killed. The aircraft was carrying out an exercise with the local AA
    Batteries.

    Crew:

    RAF PO Olney, W J (Pilot) †
    RAAF 400345 Sgt S W Greenwood, (Air Gunner) †

    PO Olney has no known grave and his name is commemorated on the Runnymede
    Memorial, UK.

    Sgt Greenwood is buried in the Haltemprice (Hessle) Cemetery, UK.

    A Court of Inquiry found that : “ In our opinion the cause of the accident was an error of
    judgement by the Pilot when carrying out a steep turn at low altitude, which was indirect
    contravention of flying Standing Orders and a specific verbal instruction by an officer
    authorising the flight.

    The Group Commander No 9 Group stated : “I agree the accident resulted from
    disobedience of orders on the part of the Pilot, who was experienced and well qualified to
    carry out the exercise. The Squadron will not be permitted to take part in such exercises
    in the future.”

    Haltemprice(Hessle) Cemetery Greenwood_SW 2.jpg

    In Memory of
    Pilot Officer
    William John Paterson Olney
    112509, 256 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 07 February 1942
    No NOK Listed
    Remembered with Honour
    Runnymede Memorial


    In Memory of
    Sergeant
    Stanley Wheatley Greenwood
    400345, Royal Australian Air Force who died on 07 February 1942 Age 29
    Son of George Albert and Harriett Greenwood, of Hessle Hill, Yorkshire.
    Remembered with Honour
    Haltemprice (Hessle) Cemetery
     

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    On this day there were 47 Commonwealth Air Force Deaths.

    ATA

    RAF Iraq Levies

    RAF 24

    RAAF 7

    RCAF 13

    RIAF 1

    RNZAF 1

    SAAF 1

    Rhodesia Air Askari Corps

    WAAF

    WAAAF

    WAAF (SAAF)

    WAAC
    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT IN ROYAL AIR FORCE
    SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS IN WORLD WAR 2 AND MISSING WITH
    NO KNOWN GRAVE.

    412217 Sergeant WADDELL, Harold Theodore

    403519 Sergeant KNIGHT, Alan

    Source:

    NAA : A705, 166/23/5...Chorley 1943, Page 38
    Aircraft Type: Lancaster
    Serial number: W4832
    Radio call sign: KM-U
    Unit: 44 Sqn RAF

    Summary:

    Lancaster W 4832 took off from RAF Station Waddington at 1802 hours on 7th/8th of February 1943. Shot down off the French coast.

    Crew:

    RAF Flt Sgt Skinner, D Captain (Pilot) †
    RAF Sgt Hunter, J (Flight Engineer) †
    RAAF 412217 Sgt Waddell, H T (Navigator) †
    RAF Sgt Vincent, G T (Air Bomber) †
    RAAF 403519 Sgt Knight, A (Wireless Operator Air Gunner) †
    RAF Sgt Howells, A (Mid Upper Gunner) †
    RAF Sgt Walton, F (Rear Gunner) †

    The body of Flt Sgt Skinner (RAF) was washed ashore on the French coast, 7 miles north
    west of Lorient on the south coast of Brittany Peninsula. He is buried in the Guidel
    Communal Cemetery. Following post war enquiries and investigations, it was recorded in
    1949 that the remaining missing crew members had lost their lives at sea and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

    Prior to joining the RAAF, Sgt Waddell was employed in the Probate branch of the Public Trust Office in New South Wales as an accountant. Sgt Vincent's brother, Maurice Howard Vincent, died while on active service.

    From the Australian War Memorial Website:
    P01993.016 | Australian War Memorial

    Waddell_Harold Theodore Photo.jpg

    More than half of this group did not survive the war.

    Edmonton, Canada. 1941. Group portrait of members of an Air Observers Course, Empire Air Training Scheme.

    Left to right, back row:

    Colin C. Cooper,

    411783 Flying Officer (FO) Guy B. Herring, No. 100 Squadron (Sqn) RAF (killed in action (KIA) 20 April 1943, over the North Sea in a flying battle),

    J. Harris,

    411739 Pilot Officer (PO) Wilfred G. Burrows, No. 12 Sqn RAF (KIA 18 January 1943, in a flying battle over North West Europe),

    412217 Sergeant (Sgt) Harold T. Waddell, No. 44 Sqn RAF (KIA 8 February 1943, in a flying battle off France),

    J. G. Turnbull,

    T. J. J. Cunliffe,

    411748 FO Robert Maxwell Bryant, No. 156 Sqn RAF (KIA 11 June 1943, in a flying battle over Holland).

    Middle row:

    401848 Flight Sergeant (Flt Sgt) Colin McDowell Miller, No. 12 Sqn RAF (KIA 18 January 1943, in a flying battle over Germany),

    Don Charlwood RAAF,

    E. Freeman,

    412053 FO Ronald Wheatley, No. 35 Sqn RAF (KIA 15 April 1943, in a flying battle over Germany),

    R. Bannister,

    G. O'Sullivan,

    405310 Flt Sgt Ian V. Heatley, No. 12 Sqn RAF (KIA 3 March 1943, in a flying battle over Germany),

    412160 Flight Lieutenant George B. Loder, No. 156 Sqn RAF, awarded the Distinguised Flying Cross (DFC) for skill and fortitude against the emeny (KIA 20 December 1943, in a flying battle over Germany),

    R. Pender.

    Front row:

    O. B. Lloyd,

    405381 FO Thomas H. McNeill, No. 460 Sqn (KIA 30 March 1943, in a flying battle over Holland),

    H. J. Wright,

    H. J. Barker,

    411479 FO John S. Braithwaite, No. 463 Sqn (KIA 25 April 1944, in a flying battle over Germany),

    411562 Flt Sgt Keith R. Webber, No. 103 Sqn RAF (KIA 21 January 1943, in a flying battle over Holland),

    412218 FO John I. Gordon, No. 617 Sqn RAF, he was awarded the DFC for skill and fortitude in operations against the enemy (killed on 13 February 1944, in the United Kingdom),

    411121 PO William R. K. Charlton, No. 460 Sqn (KIA 17 April 1943, in a flying battle over Germany).



    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant Pilot
    Desmond Skinner
    1269101, 44 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 07 February 1943
    No NOK Listed
    Remembered with Honour
    Guidel Communal Cemetery


    In Memory of
    Sergeant
    John Hunter
    617249, 44 Sqdn., Royal Air Force who died on 08 February 1943 Age 24
    Son of Alexander and Elizabeth Hunter; husband of Mary Hunter, of Pimlico, London.
    Remembered with Honour
    Runnymede Memorial


    In Memory of
    Sergeant
    Harold Theodore Waddell
    412217, Royal Australian Air Force who died on 08 February 1943 Age 24
    Son of Theodore Fletcher Waddell and Elsie Manning Waddell, of Ashbury, New South Wales, Australia.
    Accountant, Public Trust Office, Probate Branch.
    Remembered with Honour
    Runnymede Memorial


    In Memory of
    Sergeant
    George Taylor Vincent
    1180892, 44 (Rhodesia) Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 08 February 1943 Age 30
    Son of Harry Taylor Vincent and Catherine Sarah Vincent, of Andover, Hampshire; husband of Eva Lilian
    Elizabeth Vincent, of Andover. His brother, Maurice Howard Vincent, also died on service.
    Remembered with Honour
    Runnymede Memorial


    In Memory of
    Sergeant
    Alan Knight
    403519, Royal Australian Air Force who died on 08 February 1943 Age 25
    Son of Charles Frederick and Grace Knight, of Campbelltown, New South Wales, Australia.
    Remembered with Honour
    Runnymede Memorial


    In Memory of
    Sergeant
    Arthur Howells
    1419577, 44 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 08 February 1943 Age 20
    Son of Evan and Mary Maria Howells, of Rhymney, Monmouthshire.
    Remembered with Honour
    Runnymede Memorial


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant
    Raymond Walton
    952997, 44 (Rhodesia) Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 08 February 1943 Age 25
    Son of Arthur and Annie Walton; husband of Lilian Walton, of Throckley, Northumberland.
    Remembered with Honour
    Runnymede Memorial
     
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    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Remembered Croxley Green Memorial Hertfordshire









    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant Nav.
    Leslie John Corfield
    928686, 117 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 05 February 1943 Age 22
    Son of Jack and Ethel Mary Corfield, of Croxley Green, Hertfordshire.
    Remembered with Honour
    Tobruk War Cemetery
     

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    Remembered Croxley Green Memorial Hertfordshire

    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant Nav.
    Leslie John Corfield
    928686, 117 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 05 February 1943 Age 22
    Son of Jack and Ethel Mary Corfield, of Croxley Green, Hertfordshire.
    Remembered with Honour
    Tobruk War Cemetery

    Thanks Clive.

    Still trying to work out the "crew" of this aircraft. The Hudson usually had a crew of six so sorting will require something official on paper. Was possibly another crew as Corfield was one of two navigators.

    Cheers

    Geoff
     
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    On this day there were 25 Commonwealth Air Force Deaths.

    ATA

    RAF Iraq Levies

    RAF 22

    RAAF 1

    RCAF

    RIAF

    RNZAF 2

    SAAF

    Rhodesia Air Askari Corps

    WAAF

    WAAAF

    WAAF (SAAF)

    WAAC
    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT IN ROYAL AIR FORCE
    SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS IN WORLD WAR 2 AND MISSING WITH
    NO KNOWN GRAVE.

    413683 Pilot Officer STANGER, Frank Phillip

    Source:

    NAA: A705, 166/38/420

    Aircraft Type: Beaufighter
    Serial number: LZ 141
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: 252 Sqn RAF

    Summary

    Beaufighter LZ 141 of 252 Sqn RAF took off on 9 February 1944 in a formation of four Beaufighters making an offensive sweep of
    the Eastern Aegean Sea. At 1313 hours at Patmos whilst off Zulufi, a convoy of 2 small vessels of 1000/2000 tons plus an escort vessel in position 37.20N, 26.47E, course 11deg, speed 11 knots. It is thought that two Arado’s were also circling the convoy.

    An R/T message from LZ 141 stated “Turn about port”. About this time another Beaufighter sighted 3 enemy aircraft slightly above and some 2000 yards north west of the formation. In the ensuing encounter this same aircraft saw one Beaufighter dive into the sea pursued by an enemy aircraft 50 yards behind. It is thought that the remaining two Beaufighters were chased towards the south west by the other two enemy machines.

    Three Beaufighters were reported missing from this encounter, including LZ141.

    Crew:

    RAAF 413683 PO Stanger, F P (Pilot) †
    RAF Flt Sgt Reynolds, S L (Navigator/Wireless) †

    Following post war enquiries and investigations, it was recorded in 1949 that the missing crew had no known grave.

    Alamein Memorial.JPG

    In Memory of
    Pilot Officer
    Frank Phillip Stanger
    413683, Royal Australian Air Force who died on 09 February 1944 Age 22
    Son of Frank Howard Stanger and Evelyn Maude Victoria Stanger, of Beecroft, New South Wales,
    Australia.
    Remembered with Honour
    Alamein Memorial


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant
    James Samuel Loriot Reynolds
    1320816, 252 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 09 February 1944 Age 20
    Son of Harry Morgan Reynolds and Marguerite Loriot Reynolds, of Streatham Vale, London.
    Remembered with Honour
    Alamein Memorial
     
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    On this day there were 60 Commonwealth Air Force Deaths.

    ATA

    RAF Iraq Levies

    RAF 32

    RAAF 14

    RCAF 11

    RIAF

    RNZAF 1

    SAAF 1

    Rhodesia Air Askari Corps

    WAAF

    WAAAF

    WAAF (SAAF)

    WAAC 1


    460 SQUADRON RAAF, WORLD WAR 2 FATALITIES

    Date of Death: 10 February 1945



    Source:


    AWM 64 (1/295); AWM 237 (63) (64)
    NAA: A705, 166/10/407

    Aircraft Type: Lancaster
    Serial number: PB 812
    Radio call sign:AR -
    Unit: 460 Sqn RAAF



    Summary:


    Lancaster PB812 took off from RAF Binbrook at 1124am on 10 February 1945 on a cross country training flight. The aircraft was flying the last leg of the exercise from Luton to Scunthorpe when it crashed at 3.45pm
    near the Caythorpe Railway Station near Fulbech, Lincoln, UK. Witnesses in another aircraft saw the aircraft diving almost vertically on fire. The crash was of a severe nature and all the crew were killed.


    The usual Bomb Aimer of this crew was not in the aircraft being a patient in hospital at the time.



    Crew:


    RAAF 429723 PO Miller, R A G Captain (Pilot) †
    RAAF 418648 FO Downing, J J (Navigator) †
    RAAF 437951 Flt Sgt Pope, R L (Wireless Operator Air) †
    RAF Flt Sgt Nesbit-Bell, F A C (Flight Engineer) †
    RAAF 435913 Flt Sgt Robinson, A G (Air Gunner) †
    RAAF 430736 Flt Sgt Dockery, G M (Air Gunner) †



    The crew of six are buried in the RAF Cemetery, Cambridge, UK.



    Pope R L [1600x1200].JPG .JPG]
    Dockery G M.JPG
    Cambridge Cemetery.JPG


    In Memory of
    Pilot Officer Pilot
    Richard Albert George Miller
    429723, 460 (R.A.F.) Sqdn., Royal Australian Air Force who died on 10 February 1945 Age 27
    Son of Richard and Henrietta Miller, of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia; husband of Roma Tasma Miller, of
    Perth, Western Australia.
    Remembered with Honour
    Cambridge City Cemetery

    In Memory of
    Flying Officer Navigator
    Jeffrey John Downing
    418648, 460 (R.A.F.) Sqdn., Royal Australian Air Force who died on 10 February 1945 Age 22
    Son of Dr. Joseph Horace Downing and Elsie May Downing, of Blackburn, Victoria, Australia.
    Remembered with Honour
    Cambridge City Cemetery

    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant W.Op/Air Gnr
    Rhodric Leslie Pope
    437951, 460 (R.A.F.) Sqdn., Royal Australian Air Force who died on 10 February 1945 Age 19
    Son of John Leslie and Amy Pope, of Quorn, South Australia.
    Remembered with Honour
    Cambridge City Cemetery

    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant Flt. Engr.
    Frederick Albert Cecil Nesbit-Bell
    1587443, 460 (R.A.A.F.) Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 10 February 1945 Age 27
    Son of Joseph and Lily Nesbit-Bell; husband of Muriel Joyce Nesbit-Bell, of Horfield, Bristol.
    Remembered with Honour
    Cambridge City Cemetery

    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant Air Gunner
    Anthony Gatward Robinson
    435913, 460 (R.A.F.) Sqdn., Royal Australian Air Force who died on 10 February 1945 Age 19
    Son of Leonard Charteris Robinson and Frances Nina Robinson, of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
    Remembered with Honour
    Cambridge City Cemetery

    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant Air Gunner
    Graeme Mark Dockery
    430736, 460 (R.A.F.) Sqdn., Royal Australian Air Force who died on 10 February 1945 Age 21
    Son of Seymour and Veronica Nora Dockery, of Mirboo North, Victoria, Australia.
    Remembered with Honour
    Cambridge City Cemetery
     

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    On this day there were 36 Commonwealth Air Force Deaths.

    ATA

    RAF Iraq Levies

    RAF 26

    RAAF 4

    RCAF 5

    RIAF

    RNZAF 1

    SAAF

    Rhodesia Air Askari Corps

    WAAF

    WAAAF

    WAAF (SAAF)

    WAAC


    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT IN ROYAL AIR FORCE
    SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS IN WORLD WAR 2 AND MISSING WITH
    NO KNOWN GRAVE.

    416280 Flight Sergeant PEARCE, Allan Edgar

    Source:

    NAA : A705, 166/32/31
    Aircraft Type: Spitfire
    Serial number: BS 318
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: 611 Sqn RAF

    Summary:

    At 1520 hours on 11 February 1943, White Section with Flt Sgt Pearce (White 1) Leader
    flying Spitfire BS 318, and Sgt Davren, RAF (White 2), took off from Biggin Hill for a
    low level operational patrol. When patrolling at zero feet about ten miles off Beachy
    Head, White 2 saw his Leader’s aircraft touch the water and immediately disappear.
    White 2 gave a mayday and began a search followed immediately by an organised search
    but no trace of Flt Sgt Pearce was found. There was no enemy aircraft in the vicinity at
    the time.

    Crew:

    RAAF 416280 Flt Sgt Pearce, A E (Pilot) †

    In 1948 it was recorded that Flt Sgt Pearce had lost his life at sea.


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant
    Allan Edgar Pearce
    416280, Royal Australian Air Force who died on 11 February 1943 Age 21
    Son of Edgar Wakeum Pearce and Florence Trenerry Pearce, of Malvern, South Australia.
    Remembered with Honour
    Runnymede Memorial
     
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    On this day there were 39 Commonwealth Air Force Deaths.

    ATA

    RAF Iraq Levies

    RAF 34

    RAAF 1

    RCAF 1

    RIAF 1

    RNZAF

    SAAF 2

    Rhodesia Air Askari Corps

    WAAF

    WAAAF

    WAAF (SAAF)

    WAAC

    From: RAF Commands

    From the No.451 Squadron RAAF ORB: F.540

    403536 RAAF Flying Officer SHIELS, Martin Desmond.

    Place: IDKU.

    Date: 12th February 1943.

    Aircraft: Hurricane II

    Serial: BP541

    Flying Officer M.D.SHIELS was killed in an aircraft accident at IDKU at 1620 hours today, whilst taking off on active operations, and struck off the strength of the R.A.A.F wef. same day. Fatality classed as Flying Battle Casualty. He was buried on the 14/Feb/43 in the New British War Memorial Cemetery, ALEXANDRIA.

    F.541

    12/Feb/43 Hurr. II. BP541 P/O M.D.SHIELS Interception 1600

    On taking off in strong cross winds P/O M.D.SHIELS, just after becoming airborne, struck buttress of a dispersal bay causing the aircraft to somersault in the air, P/O M.D.SHIELS being killed. The other section and aircraft pancaked shortly after.

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    In Memory of
    Flying Officer
    Martin Desmond Shiels
    403536, Royal Australian Air Force who died on 12 February 1943 Age 28
    Son of Finbar Patrick and Evelyn Augustine Shiels, of Lindfield, New South Wales, Australia.
    Remembered with Honour
    Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery
     

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    On this day there were 45 Commonwealth Air Force Deaths.

    ATA

    RAF Iraq Levies

    RAF 28

    RAAF 10

    RCAF 3

    RIAF

    RNZAF 2

    SAAF 2

    Rhodesia Air Askari Corps

    WAAF

    WAAAF

    WAAF (SAAF)

    WAAC

    RAAF FATALITIES IN SECOND WORLD WAR AMONG
    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT
    IN ROYAL AIR FORCE SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS

    407074 Flight Lieutenant HAY, Robert Claude, DFC and Bar

    Source:

    AWM 237 (65) NAA : A705, 166/17/481 Commonwealth War Graves records
    Aircraft Type: Lancaster
    Serial number: DV 402
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: 617 Sqn RAF

    Summary:

    On the 13th February 1944, Lancaster DV402 took off from an airfield in England at 2312
    hours on the 12th February 1994, detailed to carry out an attack against the Antheor
    Viaduct, Sardinia, Italy. As the aircraft was making its bombing run, it was attacked by
    enemy fighters, and a shell hit the nose of the aircraft. Flt Lt Hay was killed, and
    fragments of the shell injured Flt Lt Whittaker in the legs. The others in the crew were
    uninjured, and Sqn Ldr Martin, the Captain, landed the aircraft safely at Sardinia.

    One other aircraft from 617 Sqn was lost on the same mission (see page 74, volume 1944
    W R Chorley)

    Crew:

    RAF Sqn Ldr Martin, K M Captain (Pilot)
    RAF Flt Lt Whittaker, (Flight Engineer)
    RAAF FO Scott, (Navigator)
    RAAF 407074 Flt Lt Hay, E C DFC and Bar, (Air Bomber) †
    RAF FO Gordon, L T (Wireless Operator)
    RAAF Sgt Fowler, (Mid Upper Gunner)
    RAAF 408076 FO Simpson, T D DFC, DFM (Rear Gunner)

    Note : The circumstantial report on the above mission is set out at Enclosure 22A of
    above RAAF Casualty file 166/17/481.held at archives. The copy of the report is almost
    unreadable so that there is uncertainty as to the correct names of the crew.
    Flt Lt Hay is buried in the Cagliari (St Michelle) Communal Cemetery, Italy. Cagliari is
    the chief town on the Isle of Sardinia, and the cemetery is 3.5kms north of the town
    centre.

    Citation :

    The Citation for the DFC awarded to Flt Lt Hay is as follows
    “ Joint Citation for the Dam Busters raid on the Moehne, Eder and Scorpe Dams in
    Germany. on the night of 16th May 1943, with the award of the DSO to Acting Flt Lt D J
    Shannon RAAF, and PO L G Knight RAAF, a bar to the DFC of Acting Flt Lt J F Leggo
    (see page 408), the DFC to Pilot Officers C L Howard (see page 180) and FM Spafford,
    DFM, RAAF (see Page 338) and the DFM to Flt Sgt T D Simpson, RAAF.
    On the night of 16th May 1943, a force of Lancaster bombers was detailed to attack the
    Moehne, Eder and Scorpe dams in Germany. The operation was one of great difficulty
    and hazard, demanding a great degree of skill and courage and close cooperation between
    the crews of the aircraft engaged. Nevertheless a telling blow was struck at the enemy by
    the successful breaching of the Moehne and Eder dams. This outstanding success reflects
    the greatest credit on the efforts of the following personnel who participated in the
    operation in various capacities as members of aircraft crews. (London Gazette 28/5/1943
    P2361)

    Citation :

    To FO R C Hay, 407074, of 50 Sqn RAF, a Joint Citation with the award of a Bar to the
    DFC to Act Sqn Ldr G H Everitt, RAFVR.
    One night in August 1942, these Officers as Captain and Navigator (Hay) of aircraft
    respectively, were detailed to execute a special bombing sortie. In spite of difficulties,
    they accomplished their task successfully:, and brought back excellent photographs. Sqn Ldr Everitt and FO Hay have completed many sorties and they have always displayed
    great skill and determination to make every mission a success. Their outstanding
    operational efficiency and devotion to duty have set a fine example. (London Gazette
    20/201942, P4541)

    FO Hay was awarded a Bar to his DFC in 1943 (see Page 405) and was killed in action
    on 13th February 1944.


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    In Memory of
    Flight Lieutenant
    Robert Claude Hay
    D F C and Bar
    407074, Royal Australian Air Force who died on 13 February 1944 Age 30
    Son of John Robert Clare Hay and Margaret Kate Hay; husband of Honoria Edna Millicent Hay, of
    Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia.
    Remembered with Honour
    Cagliari (St. Michele) Communal Cemetery
     

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    Somerset Bath 435399 Allen_JO.jpg
    Somerset Bath 436177 Shaddick_AG.jpg
    Bath (Haycombe) Cemetery 2.JPG

    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant
    John Ogilvy Allen
    435399, Royal Australian Air Force who died on 19 February 1945 Age 21
    Son of Leslie Thomas Allen and Ruby Millicent Allen, of Dalby, Queensland, Australia.
    Remembered with Honour
    Bath (Haycombe) Cemetery


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant
    Alan Geoffrey Shaddick
    436177, Royal Australian Air Force who died on 19 February 1945 Age 20
    Son of George and Ada Gertrude Shaddick, of Coolgardie, Western Australia.
    Remembered with Honour
    Bath (Haycombe) Cemetery


    In Memory of
    Corporal
    Kenneth Stanley Anderson
    1270728, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 19 February 1945
    Son of Harry and Gertrude Anderson; husband of Jessie Isabel Anderson, of Cambridge.
    Remembered with Honour
    Gorefield (St. Paul) Churchyard


    In Memory of
    Aircraftman 2nd Class
    Walter James Colby
    1883307, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 19 February 1945 Age 44
    Son of John and Florence Louisa Colby, of Northampton.
    Remembered with Honour
    Northampton (Dallington) Cemetery


    In Memory of
    Flight Lieutenant Pilot
    Thomas Arthur Evans
    148171, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 19 February 1945 Age 23
    Son of Evan John and Elizabeth Evans, of Llanaelhaiarn.
    Remembered with Honour
    Llanaelhaiarn (St. Aelhaiarn) Churchyard


    In Memory of
    Sergeant Flt. Engr.
    Maxwell Vernon Gilder
    1456151, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 19 February 1945
    No NOK Listed
    Remembered with Honour
    Thurrock (Chadwell St. Mary) Cemetery


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant Nav.
    Donald Grant
    1623481, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 19 February 1945 Age 21
    Son of the Revd. John Grant and N. Violet B. Grant, of The Manse, Chichester, Sussex.
    Remembered with Honour
    Bath (Haycombe) Cemetery


    In Memory of
    Flying Officer W.Op./Air Gnr.
    Gerard Jean Guay
    J/47530, Royal Canadian Air Force who died on 19 February 1945 Age 24
    Son of Philippe and Alexandrine Guay; husband of Helen Edith Guay, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
    Remembered with Honour
    Brookwood Military Cemetery

    In Memory of
    Flight Lieutenant
    James Cassels Howden
    J/41266, Royal Canadian Air Force who died on 19 February 1945 Age 29
    Son of James Cassels Howden and Olive Grace Howden, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; husband of Shirley
    E. Howden.

    Remembered with Honour
    Brookwood Military Cemetery


    In Memory of
    Flight Lieutenant
    John Heywood
    113221, 925/6 Balloon Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 19 February 1945 Age 33
    Son of Joseph Heywood and of Ruth Heywood (nee Clegg), of Rochdale; husband of Eunice Heywood
    (nee Butterworth), of Rochdale.

    Remembered with Honour
    Rochdale Crematorium


    In Memory of
    Flight Lieutenant
    Reed Tilton Hyde
    Mentioned in Despatches

    C/14912, Royal Canadian Air Force who died on 19 February 1945 Age 33
    Son of George Tilton Hyde and Emma Nibley Hyde; husband of Marie Palmer Hyde, of Malad, Idaho,
    U.S.A.

    Remembered with Honour
    Brookwood Military Cemetery


    In Memory of
    Sergeant Flt. Engr.
    Ronald Edward Jelfs
    1412097, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 19 February 1945 Age 23
    Son of Charles James Jelfs and Lilian Alice Jelfs, of Bristol.
    Remembered with Honour
    Bath (Haycombe) Cemetery


    In Memory of
    Flying Officer Nav.
    Frank Joseph Plant
    54532, Royal Air Force who died on 19 February 1945 Age 27
    Son of Frederick Joseph and Edith Ellen Plant, of Sisland.
    Remembered with Honour
    Norwich Cemetery, Norfolk


    In Memory of
    Flight Lieutenant Pilot
    Alan James Roberts
    125612, Royal Air Force who died on 19 February 1945 Age 23
    Son of Harry Carter Roberts and Doris Emlyn Roberts, of Purley, Surrey.
    Remembered with Honour
    Bath (Haycombe) Cemetery


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant Flt. Engr.
    James Ross
    1777222, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 19 February 1945 Age 24
    Son of John and Catherine Ross, of Gateshead; husband of Irene Ross, of Newcastle-on-Tyne.
    Remembered with Honour
    Gateshead East Cemetery


    In Memory of
    Flying Officer Nav./Bomber
    Mervyn Esmond Llewellyn Scovell
    J/28472, Royal Canadian Air Force who died on 19 February 1945 Age 33
    Son of Holland Rockwell Scovell and Polly Ann Scovell, of Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada. B. Comm.
    Remembered with Honour
    Brookwood Military Cemetery


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant Pilot
    Leslie Daniel Slipper
    1603126, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 19 February 1945 Age 21
    Son of Frederick Daniel and Daisy Emily Slipper; husband of Joan Millicent Slipper, of Willesden.
    Remembered with Honour
    Acton Cemetery


    In Memory of
    Aircraftman 2nd Class
    Reginald Ernest Suggars
    1447140, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 19 February 1945
    No NOK Listed
    Remembered with Honour
    Camberwell New Cemetery


    In Memory of
    Flight Lieutenant W. Op./Air Gnr.
    Douglas Elliott Turnbull
    136387, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 19 February 1945 Age 23
    Son of Robert Barnard Elliott Turnbull and of Edith Muriel Turnbull (nee Dowsing), of Mexico City.
    Remembered with Honour
    Bath (Haycombe) Cemetery


    In Memory of
    Flying Officer Nav.
    Sidney Graham Williams
    165187, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 19 February 1945
    No NOK Listed
    Remembered with Honour
    Blaenavon (St. Peter) Churchyard
     

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