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Caiger,
Charles Edmund
C.E. Caiger
Formerly of Charlbury, Oxon.
07.11.1923
-
24.03.2005
Torridge district, Devon
F/Sgt.
? [1294170]
P/O (prob)
13.12.1942 [136937]
(WS) F/O (prob)
13.06.1943
(WS) F/Lt.
13.12.1944
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
21.09.1945
?
13.12.1942
 
 
commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)



flew for 149 Squadron in Sterlings early in the war, then Mosquitos out of Downham Market; also flew out of Oakley in Bucks doing fighter pilot training, and had a spell at Stanton Harcourt Oxfordshire for special operations 
(1945)
 
 
608 Squadron RAF
Cakebread,
John Robert Gordon
J.R.G. Cakebread
Son of ... Cakebread, and ... Durant.
Married Clare (née ...); two daughters.
18.04.1923
Brentford district, Middlesex
-
30.10.2007
Oulton Broad
F/Sgt.
? [1262905]
P/O (prob)
27.10.1943 [161652]
P/O
27.04.1944
(WS) F/O
27.04.1944
(WS) F/Lt.
27.10.1944
F/Lt.
 27.04.1947 (retd 01.09.1961)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
17.07.1945
?
27.10.1943
 
 
commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
(1945)
 
 
115 Squadron RAF
22.08.1946
 
 
extended service commission, RAF
30.12.1948
 
 
permanent commission, RAF
07.09.1949
 
 
transferred, Technical (later: Engineer) Branch, RAF
Caldwell-Cook,
Reginald
R. Caldwell-Cook
Youngest son of William and Jessie Cook, of London and Buenos Aires.
Unmarried.
(12?).1890
Hampstead district, London

-
16.04.1942
Surrey North Eastern district, Surrey
Army:  
T/2nd Lt. 01.02.1915
T/Lt. ? (reld 1922)
RAFVR:  
P/O (prob) 01.06.1940 [79681]
(WS) F/O 01.06.1941 (reld 02.02.1942; ill-health)
01.02.1915     commissioned, The Bedfordshire Regiment
01.09.1916     transferred, Training Reserve
09.02.1917     transferred, The Bedfordshire Regiment
(1917)     6th Battalion, The Bedfordshire Regiment (07.08.1917 wounded)
06.10.1918     1st Battalion, The Bedfordshire Regiment
01.06.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Camden,
Henry Matthews
H.M. Camden (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
30.03.1894
Lewisham district, London

-
(12?).1972
Gosport district, Hampshire
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [104745]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Cameron,
David Peacock Robertson
D.P.R. Cameron

1887 ??
Glasgow, Scotland ??
-
20.05.1945
[Edinburgh (Morningside) Cemetery, E.856]
F/Sgt.
? [1368808]
P/O (prob)
18.09.1944 [186773]
P/O
18.03.1945
(WS) F/O
18.03.1945

18.09.1944
 
 
commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
?
-
20.05.1945
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, No. 20 Operational Training Unit RAF (killed in action while their Wellington X [NC594 A1-W]] crashed during an air test into a house on take off from RAF Lossiemouth)
Cameron,
Frederick John Alastair
F.J.A. Cameron
Son of Alastair and Mary Addison Cameron, of Bourne End, Buckinghamshire; husband of Helen (Curits) Cameron.
05.09.1916
Mayfair, London
-
19.08.1940
(flying accident) [age 23]
[Chilbolton (St Mary The Less) Churchyard, near NW corner of churchyard]
P/O
? [79525]




pilot of an Avro Anson
Campbell,
David Mark
D.M. Campbell
Son of David and Elizabeth Campbell, of Kerrykeel.
1913 ?
-
17.03.1944
(killed on active service) [age 31]
[Clondevaddock (Christ the Redeemer) Church of Ireland Churchyard]
Sgt. ? [1122248]
P/O (prob) 07.01.1942 [120419]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 07.01.1944
Education: Queen's University, Belfast (B.Agr. 1935).
07.01.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 17.03.1944 107 Squadron RAF (Lasham, Hampshire)
[Mosquito VI LR384 (-B) took part in the Squadron's first Mosquito operation on 15.03.1944 attacking "Noball" sites (V weapons sites) in France. On this operation aircraft B was damaged by an explosion in the target area and hydraulics became unserviceable. Pilot F/Lt. Campbell made a crash landing upon returning to base. Neither he nor his navigator were injured.
Two days later he flew Mosquito VI HJ763 which aircraft lost a wing in a dive at Woodcott Range and crashed. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair. Both F/Lt. Campbell and his navigator F/Lt. K.S. Dodrill were killed.]
Campbell,
Joseph Love
D.M. Campbell
Son (with one sister) of Joseph Campbell (1879-1968), and Mary Campbell (1876-1965).
Married Helen May Lyons, daughter of Henry Charles Lyons (1893-1974), and Agnes Thompson Litson (1897-); two sons.
04.08.1922
Antrim, Northern Ireland
-
11.12.2013
 
F/Sgt. ? [1489030]
P/O (prob) 24.06.1944 [179299]
(WS) F/O 24.12.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 24.06.1946
(A) Sq.Ldr. 1946?
24.06.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
His son writes: "Trained in Texas. RAF Hornchurh in 1943 in a Photo Reconnaissance Unit and then served as an Instructor in India, I think Jodpur."
Campbell,
Victor Hamilton
D.M. Campbell
Son (with four brothers and four sisters) of David Clarke Campbell (?-1936), and Elizabeth Hamilton (?-1956).
Married Gladys Irene Doak (27.08.1907 - 08.06.2003), daughter of Edwin Doak (1877-1957), and Mary Jane McIlveen (?-1965); one son.
22.03.1903
Lisburn district, Antrim, Northern Ireland
-
04.02.1973
Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland
Sgt. ? [816146]
(A) P/O (prob) 20.01.1944 [169808] (commission terminated 22.08.1944)
20.01.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (Technical Branch) [emergency commission]
His son writes: "Commenced in 502 squadron. Then to mainland squadron ? ? Tail gunner in Lancasters, then to Pilot Officer. Many missions. Eventually I think to South Africa to train their pilots."
Campbell-Cooper,
Edmond Saffery
E.S. Campbell-Cooper (Photo courtesy of Mr Ben Gillam)
Son (with one sister) of Edmond Campbell Cooper (1858-1932), solicitor, and Edith May Chadbourn (1875-1971).
Married (23.07.1921, Register Office, Windsor, Berkshire and Surrey) Doris Queenie Foster (1896-1980), daughter (with six sisters) of David Derby Foster (1852-1943), cemetery superintendent, and Agnes Barningham (1852-); one son, one daughter.
20.05.1901
Crowborough, Uckfield district, Sussex
-
18.12.1944
RAF Station Culmhead Taunton, Somerset
(due to war operations) [age 43]
(formerly of Reigate, Surrey)
[Chipstead (St Margaret) Churchyard, Surrey, SE of church]
Sgt. ? [1388774]
(A) P/O (prob) 23.08.1942 [131250]
(WS) F/O (prob) 23.02.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 23.08.1944
Motor engineer and trader. Obtained civil aviator's licence (No. 17520), taken on DH60g Gipsy 1,85 on 31.03.1939 at Malling Aero Club.
23.08.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Camps,
Ernest Edgar
E.E. Camps (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
10.10.1901
Harringay, Middlesex
-
07.1997
Bury St Edmunds district, Suffolk
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [104746]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Candler,
Frederick Charles Alfred
F.C.A. Candler

Son of ... Candler, and ... Crouch.
(06?).1916
Camberwell district, Greater London / London / Surrey
-
02.12.2008
[age 92]
[St Michaels and All Angels Cemetery, Sunninghill]
Ldg.Acm.
? [1188198]
P/O (prob)
12.07.1941 [101085]
(WS) F/O
12.07.1942
(WS) F/Lt.
12.07.1943
(A) Sq.Ldr. ?
?
(T) F/Lt.
03.12.1946, seniority 12.07.1943
F/O
19.05.1949 (reld 12.11.1949)

12.07.1941


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
23.05.1944


transferred, Administrative and Special Duties Branch
19.05.1949
-
12.11.1949
commissioned, RAFVR (Training Branch)
Canfield,
Harold Ernest
C.B. Carter
Married ((06?).1945, Blackpool district, Lancashire) Joan Turner; ... children (one daughter?).
(03?).1923
Southwark district, London
-
18.12.1964
Blackpool, Lancashire
Sgt. ? [1801491]
P/O (prob) 05.07.1944 [179419]
Distinguished Flying Medal DFM 18.08.1944 ?
(1944)     138 Squadron RAF (DFM)
05.07.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Carcasson,
George Vincent
see: Plaut-Carcasson,
George Vincent
 
Carey,
Gordon Vero
G.V. Carey
Youngest son of Francis Carey (1840–1911), and Elizabeth Harrowell (1852–1930/31), of Burgess Hill.
Married 1st (01.04.1919) Eila Reynolds (died 1932), daughter of late G.W. Reynolds; two sons (Lt. Ronald Clive Adrian Carey, RNVR & Lt. Hugh Francis Gordon Carey, Rifle Brigade).
Married 2nd (1934) Dorothy Armstrong, second daughter (with brother Lt. Lloyd Armstrong, RNVR) of late Ernest Armstrong; one son.

09.10.1886
Sible Hedingham, Essex
-
21.11.1969
Victoria Hospital, Lewes, Sussex
P/O (prob)
22.05.1940 [79616]
(WS) F/O (prob)
22.11.1940
(WS) F/O
22.05.1941
(WS) F/Lt.
? (emgcy) (retd 10.02.1954; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
(A) Sq.Ldr.
1941?
(T) Sq.Ldr.
?
Education: King's Choir School, Cambridge (chorister); Eastbourne College (scholar); Caius College, Cambridge (MA; schol.); 2nd Class (1st Div.) Classical Tripos. Pt I; two years in Univ. Rugby XV; Harlequins, 1906-1910, Barbarians, 1909.
Assistant Master at Eastbourne College and Trinity College, Glenalmond, 1909-1913; Assistant Secretary, Cambridge University Press, 1913; Educational Secretary, 1922-1929; Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, 1919-1925; Headmaster of Eastbourne College, 1929-1938.



Commissioned in 8th Batt. The Rifle Brigade, 1914; wounded, 1915; Captain, 1915; Major, 1917; Acting Lieut­Col; attached RFC, 1917; Staff Officer in RAF, 1918-1919 (despatches, Belgian Croix de Guerre)
22.05.1940
 
 
commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special DutiesBranch) [emergency commission]
1942
-
1945
Librarian, RAF Staff College
On Governing Body of Felsted School, 1938-1947; President of Society of Indexers, 1962-1966.
Published: Mind the Stop, 1939, 1958; American into English, 1953; Cambridge Authors' and Printers' Guides; Making an Index, 1951, 1963, and Punctuation, 1957; compiled Cambridge University War List, 1921; part­author of An Outline History of the Great
War, 1928.
Carlson,
Stanley Carl Walter
S.C.W. Carlson
Son of Charles John Carlson, and Edith Elizabeth Willson.
Married ((09?).1934, Lambeth district, London) Katherine Emily Louisa Russell, of Minster in Sheppey, Kent.
(03?).1911
Hampstead district, London
-
28.10.1942
(MPK) [age 31]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 66]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1270595]
P/O (prob) 07.11.1941 [117445]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942
Solicitor.
07.11.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 28.10.1942 489 (RNZAF) Squadron
Carlyle,
Stanley
S. Carlyle (Photo courtesy of Mr Bill Langley) S. Carlyle (Photo courtesy of Mr Bill Langley)
Son of ... Carlyle, and ... Shoobridge ?
(12?).1922 ?
Cranbrook district, Kent ?

-
04.05.1944
(KIA) [age 22?]
[St Desir War Cemetery, Calvados, France, coll. grave VIII.B.5-8]
F/Sgt. ? [1575851]
P/O (prob) 25.11.1943 [170257]
Distinguished Flying Medal DFM 11.02.1944 ?
25.11.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1943) - 04.05.1944 navigator, 97 Squadron RAF
[Lancaster III ND706 [OF-A] took off from Coningsby 21:59 hrs 03.05.1944 to bomb the military camp at Mailly-le-Camp. Aircraft was shot down by a night fighter, crashing at 02:00 hrs some 3 km SW of Allainville (Seine-et-Oise), 20 km SSE of Rambouilly. Complete crew of seven was killed.]
Carmichael,
James
J. Carmichael
From Kirkcaldy, Scotland.
01.01.1920
-
2000
Wt.Offr. ? [755101]
P/O (prob) 15.06.1944 [178498]
(WS) F/O 15.12.1944
15.06.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      served as Air Gunner / Bomb Aimer / Radio Operator in Europe, North Africa, Burma
Carnie,
Robert
R. Carnie
Son of William and Isabella Carnie, of Edinburgh; husband of Jessie S. Carnie, of Edinburgh.
1897
Leith South district, Edinburgh City / Midlothian, Scotland
-
20.06.1944
[age 46]
[Edinburgh (Warriston) Cemetery, A.1.191]
P/O (prob)
05.07.1940 [81517]
P/O
05.07.1941
(WS) F/O
05.07.1941
(T) F/Lt.
01.09.1942
05.07.1940
 
 
commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Carpenter,
George Robert
G.R. Carpenter
08.02.1900
-
?
P/O (prob) 07.10.1940 [85924]
(WS) F/O 07.10.1941
(WS) F/Lt. 07.10.1942 (reld 07.01.1947; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
(A) Sq.Ldr. ?
07.10.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      103 Squadron RAF (Elsham Wolds)
Carter,
Charles Bindon
C.B. Carter
Husband of Helena Herdman Carter, of Belfast.
1919 ?
Birmingham ?
-
25.09.1944
Arnhem, the Netherlands
(MPK) [age 25]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 201]
Sgt. ? [1151995]
P/O (prob) 03.09.1942 [132348]
(WS) F/O (prob) 03.03.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 03.09.1944
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 25.01.1944 ?
Distinguished Flying Medal DFM 14.08.1942 *
* In July, 1942, Sergeant Carter was the wireless operator/air gunner of an aircraft detailed to attack a target near Lille. Owing to bad visibility the primary objective could not be located but an alternative was attacked from a low level in spite of heavy fire from the ground defences. During the run up, Sergeant Carter silenced one enemy gun position but the aircraft was repeatedly hit by light anti-aircraft fire. A cannon shell .entered the gunner's cockpit, wounded Sergeant Carter in the right hand and arm, exploded a verey cartridge and set some ammunition on fire. Despite his wounds, Sergeant Carter continued to engage the enemy, delivering effective fire at the enemy's gun positions. When the aircraft flew clear of the fire zone, Sergeant Carter extinguished the fire in
the well of the aircraft and continued to man his guns. By his skilful gunnery this airman contributed materially to the success of the operation. He has completed numerous sorties and has always set a high standard of efficiency.
(1942)     88 Squadron RAF (DFM)
03.09.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1943)     107 Squadron RAF (DFC)
? - 25.09.1944 98 Squadron RAF
[Mitchell FW194 was detailed on 25th September 1944 to carry out an attack on Arnhem, Holland. The aircraft was seen by other aircraft of the squadron being attacked by enemy aircraft over the target, and later seen on fire. FW194 crashed in Arnhem behind a Red Cross hospital.]
Carter,
Charles Leo
C.L. Carter
Son of George Herbert Carter, and Mary McGowan Lennox.
19.01.1915
Salford district, Greater Manchester / Lancashire
-
10.2001
Stockport district, Cheshire / Lancashire
Sgt. ? [969322]
P/O (prob) 01.09.1943 [157681]
(WS) F/O 01.03.1944
Employed in photographic engraving. Gained aviator's licence (No. 20047) at Northern Aviation Club, 02.09.1939, taken on a Hillson Praga, Praga 40.
1940     enlisted RAFVR
01.09.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Carter,
Leonard Charles
L.C. Carter
Married ...; ... children.
02.10.1900
-
(09?).1969
Colchester district, Essex
(T) Cpl. ? [844847]
P/O (prob) 29.04.1940, seniority 25.04.1940 [79591]
(WS) F/O 29.04.1941, seniority 25.04.1941
(T) F/Lt. 01.06.1942
03.1947, seniority 11.09.1943
F/Lt. 01.11.1947, seniority 01.09.1945 (reld 22.12.1948)
F/Lt. RAF 22.12.1948, seniority 12.06.1947 (reld 31.03.1951; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
29.04.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Balloon Branch) [emergency commission]
24.01.1945     transferred, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch)
03.1947     recalled to active list
22.12.1948     extended service commission, RAF (Catering Branch)
Carter,
Rowland William
R.W. Carter
Married ...; ... children (one son?).
04.07.1915
-
05.02.2009
Ldg.Acm. ? [1368519]
P/O (prob) 01.01.1943 [150064]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.07.1943
01.01.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
08.12.1944     transferred, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch)
Carter,
Victor Arthur
V.A. Carter

Son of ... Carter, and ... Backhouse.
Married (1943) Elise Hamilton Rankin (1919 - 2003).
08.10.1917
Poole district, Dorset

-
08.1991
Bromley district, Kent
Sgt. ? [745884]
P/O (prob) 07.09.1940 [84966]
(WS) F/O 07.09.1941
(WS) F/Lt. 07.09.1942 (reld 25.10.1945; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
07.09.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Castle,
Hugh Wilfred
H.W. Castle (Photo courtesy of Mr Geoff Castle)
Son of Henry James W. Castle (1889-), and Alice Elizabeth Norris.
Married ((06?).1939, Westminster district, London) Vera F.M. Allnutt ((12?).1915 - ), of Beddington, Surrey, daughter of Cyril Bruce Allnutt (1885-1952), and Florence Emma Moule (1887-1925); ... children (one son, one daughter?). Vera Castle remarried P. O'Gorman.

(09?).1915
Wandsworth district, London
-
15.11.1944
(MPK) [age 29]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 200]
Wt.Offr. ? [740117]
P/O (prob) 21.02.1942 [122360]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 21.02.1944
(A) Sq.Ldr. 1944
Education: BSc.
21.02.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 15.11.1944 115 Squadron RAF
[His Lancaster HK595 [KO-A] took off at 12:40 hrs from Witchford near Ely in Cambridgeshire to attack Dortmund. 177 Lancaster's took part in this G-H attack (1) on the oil plant in Dortmund which had been classed as very accurate even though the raid took place with thick cloud. This Lancaster HK595 collided with another Lancaster NN706 in a mid air collision also from the same squadron. These were the only aircraft to be lost on this raid. Complete crew of nine were killed.]
Castle,
William Arthur
W.A. Castle (Photo courtesy of Kathryn Castle)

Son (with two sisters and one brother) of Arthur James Castle, and Mary Ann Long.
Married (18.09.1937, Werrington near Peterborough) Dorothy May Hadman; one son, three daughters.
25.10.1907
Putney, Wandsworth district, London
-
08.1989
Ulverston district, Lancashire
Ldg.Acm. ? [?]
(A) P/O (prob) 31.12.1941 [114703]
P/O (prob) 28.02.1942
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 01.10.1945? (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
(A) Sq.Ldr. ?
31.12.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) (for administrative and miscellaneous duties) [emergency commission]
Catnach,
Robert
R. Catnach

Son of William Catnach, and ... Codling.
Married ...; ... children (one daughter?).
02.03.1919
Newcastle upon Tyne district, Cumberland
-
18.11.1973
Northumberland West district, Northumberland
Ldg.Acm. ? [984480]
P/O (prob) 22.02.1941 [61255] (reld > 09.1941, < 11.1941; medical unfitness)
22.02.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Catterns,
John Burleigh Compton
R. Carnie
Only son of Basil Gage Catterns, and Evelyn Nancy Dodd, of Westminster, London.
(06?).1923
Croydon district, London
-
16.09.1945
(flying accident) [age 22]
[Harrogate Stonefall Cemetery, Yorkshire, sect G, row K, grave 13]
Ldg.Acm.
? [1394129]
P/O (prob)
27.05.1943 [144938]
(WS) F/O (prob)
27.11.1943
(WS) F/Lt.
27.05.1945
Croix de Guerre CdeG
?
?
27.05.1943
 
 
commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(01.1945)
 
 
pilot, 168 Squadron RAF
[combat report 23.01.1945]
?
-
16.09.1945
pilot, 567 Squadron RAF
[flew a Spitfire M16 in the first “At Home” display at the RAF Base at Acklington, Northumberland]
Caunce,
Harry Donald
H.D. Caunce (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
03.09.1903
Birkenhead, Cheshire
-
(12?).1978
Chester and Ellesmere Port district, Cheshire
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [104747]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Causton,
John Lindley
J.L. Causton
Son (with one brother) of Dudley Kinght Causton (1890-1969), and Winifred Mary Loudon (1895?-).
Married ((09?).1944, Camberwell district, Surrey) Pamela F. Thomas.
13.08.1923
Greenwich district, London
-
05.1986
Andover district, Hampshire
Ldg.Acm. ? [1385500]
P/O (prob) 07.08.1942 [127905]
(WS) F/O (prob) 07.02.1943
(A) F/Lt. (1943)
(WS) F/Lt. 07.08.1944
F/Lt. RAF 01.07.1946
25.02.1947, seniority 07.02.1946
Sq.Ldr. RAF 01.01.1952
(A) W/Cdr. RAF 14.09.1959
W/Cdr. RAF 01.01.1960 (retd 01.07.1966; own request)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) OBE 12.06.1965 HM's birthday 65
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 07.11.1943 ?
07.08.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1943)     102 Squadron RAF (DFC)
01.07.1946     short service commission
15.12.1948     permanent commission
14.09.1959     Central Reconnaissance Establishment RAF
Cazenove,
Peter Frederick
P.F. Cazenove
Only son of Maj. Percy Cazenove (1875-1954), and Beatrice Gwendolen Olive (1882-1966), of New Hall, Thorpe-le-Soken, Essex.
Married 1st (08.11.1945, St Saviour's, Walton Street, Chelsea district, London) Ann Jean Martineau, only daughter of Cyril Edgar Martineau (1872-1918), and Katherine Dawson Clarke (1872-1901), of 35 Sloane Avenue, London SW3.
Married 2nd ((06?).1957, Westminster district, London / Middlesex) Edna Marjorie Hollis (27.09.1908 - 03.1995).

30.03.1908
Ware district, Hertfordshire
-
(12?).1980
Worthing district, West Sussex
P/O AuxAF 16.05.1938 [90458] (reld 24.08.1939)
P/O 24.08.1939, seniority 16.05.1938 [73727]
F/O 16.11.1939
(WS) F/Lt. 05.01.1941 (reld 11.03.1946; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
Education: Eton.
Stockbroker's clerk.
16.05.1938 - 24.08.1939 commissioned, AuxAF (General Duties Branch) [615 (County of Surrey) (Army Co-operation) Squadron AuxAF]
24.08.1939     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 05.1940 92 Squadron RAF (shot down over Calais in Spitfire P9374; captured)
05.1940 - 04?.1945 POW in German captivity (Stalag Luft III)
Challis,
George Christopher
G.C. Challis
Son of Christopher Thomas Challis, and Eliza Maria Marshall.
Husband of Marie Antoinette Challis, of Blairgowrie, Perthshire.

17.03.1888
Clayton, Brighton district, Sussex
-
23.11.1941
Buchanan Military Hospital, Stirlingshire, Scotland (formerly of Poges, Buckinghamshire)
[age 53]
[Buchanan Churchyard Extension, Stirlingshire, plot 2, section A, grave 7]
P/O (prob) 06.08.1940 [83165]
(WS) F/O 06.08.1941
(A) F/Lt. 1941?
Croix de Guerre (France) CdeG ? ?
Trained as a Motor Mechanic, enlisted with British Army prior to 1914: served with 2nd Motor Ambulance Corps, Army Service Corps. Regimental Number MI/6138. Awarded 1914 Star (aka as 'Mons Star) and 'Croix de Guerre' (Attachment level unknown) assumed to be for WW1 conflict in France/Belgium.
06.08.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Challis,
Michael Bruce Henry
M.B.H. Challis
Son of Henry Charles Challis (Private in the Royal Sussex Regiment), and Mabel Florence Laura Boyce, of Hornsey, Middlesex.
(09?).1922
Edmonton district, Middlesex
-
07.04.1944
(KIA) [age 21]
[Alamein Memorial, column 279]
Sgt.
? [1382528]
P/O (prob)
15.07.1943 [156336]
P/O
15.01.1944, seniority 15.07.1943
(WS) F/O
15.01.1944
(A) F/Lt.
1944
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
07.04.1944
*
1939-1945 Star 39|45 St - -
Africa Star Afr St - & clasp North Africa 42-43
Italy Star It St - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
15.07.1943


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
03.1943
-
1944?
pilot, 37 Squadron RAF
1944?
-
07.04.1944
76 Operational Training Unit (Aqir, Palestine)
* Pilot Officer Challis was posted to this unit in March 1943, and completed his tour of operations as a sergeant. He was commissioned whilst still on the Squadron, and joined for duty as an officer in October 1943. His operations were carried out over Tunisia, Pantellaria, Sicily and Italy. Pilot Officer Challis was an outstanding captain and pilot. He had high qualities of leadership, courage, and fighting spirit and skill in the air. In addition to these qualities, he had attributes of mind and personality which made him an excellent influence on his fellow aircrew. His keenness and care, both in the preparation and execution of operations, was mainly responsible for his crew achieving a model standard of co-operation with correspondingly good results. On his fist three operations, (on the nights of 20th, 23rd and 24th March 1943) he dropped a total of 18 sticks of bombs on enemy concentrations in areas between Mereth and El Hamma. His attacks resulted in the probable destruction of a Wadi bridge and Army M.T. vehicles. Bursts were also observed on a tented camp, and on gun emplacements. This is an example of his determination to achieve the maximum possible results from his operations, throughout his tour this determination never flagged. On at least six occasions, Pilot Officer Challis has been detailed to illuminate targets for bombing and he has carried out these tasks successfully. On the last occasion, on the night of 25th September 1943, he was ordered to drop flares over Forlia road junction on the west coast of Italy. In spite of considerable cloud and bad visibility on the target area he searched until identifying the target. The flares he dropped enabled four crews to bomb the target which they would not otherwise have located. On the night of 26th July 1943, when detailed to bomb Monte Corvino Cavella landing ground he found on arriving in the target area that the illuminating flares had been dropped over Battapaglia Village instead of over the target. He set course from Battapaglia and found the target, illuminating it with his own flares, and observed his bomb bursts across the aerodrome buildings and landing area. This is a typical example of the thorough manner in which Pilot Officer Challis prepared for his operations by famailiarising himself and his crew with the target identification data. Many other examples would be quoted from Pilot Officer Challis’ operational tour with this unit to illustrate the excellent standard which he consistently attained. It is submitted that, in all aspects, he is worthy of special recognition, with regard to his most successful tour of operations.
Chamberlain,
Joseph Samuel
J.S. Chamberlain (Photo courtesy of Mr Craig W. Hitchcock)
Son (with two brothers and five sisters) of William Chamberlain (1872-1958), and Gertrude Ellen Hitchcock (1879-1961).
Married ((03?).1936, Brentford district, Middlesex) Doreen Florence "Betty" Hitchcock (16.07.1912 - 06.1984), daughter of William Hasler Dann Hitchcock (1883-1953), and Elizabeth Hannah Bowbrick (1883-1970); one son, two daughters.
Brother-in-law of F/O William Joseph John Hitchcock, RAFVR.
12.05.1917
Hammersmith, London
-
12.2003
Ealing, Middlesex
F/Sgt. ? [1213270]
(A) P/O (prob) 04.12.1943 [169479]
(WS) F/O 04.06.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 04.12.1945 (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
04.12.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      navigator in night fighters
 
Champion,
William James
W.J. Champion
Son of Edward and Mary Champion.
Husband of Edna Champion, of Woking, Surrey.
1918 ?
-
04.11.1943
(KIA) [age 25]
[Frederikshavn Cemetery, Denmark, allied plot, grave 48]
Sgt.
? [624043]
P/O (prob)
23.09.1943 [53774]
Education: Woking County Grammar School for Boys, Surrey.
23.09.1943


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
?
-
04.11.1943
Wireless Operator/Air gunner, 75 (New Zealand) Squadron RAF
[Stirling III BF461 was airborne 1601 4Nov43 from Mepal to lay mines in the Kattegat (Silverthorne Region). Shot down by a night-fighter and crashed at Kallerup, 8 km SW of Thisted, Denmark.]
Chandler,
Eric Francis
C.B. Carter
Son of William Hubert Chandler, and Winifred Mary Kenway.
(03?).1919
Bristol district, Gloucestershire
-
12.2010 still alive
(T) F/Sgt. ? [755026]
P/O (prob) 30.01.1942 [115851]
(WS) F/O (prob) 17.09.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 17.09.1943
Distinguished Flying Medal DFM 13.03.1942 *
* On 22nd June 1941 his aircraft was attacking an enemy convoy off the island of Lampedusa, but gunfire from the ships hit the pilot in both legs, and moments later the aircraft came under attack from an Italian fighter plane. Sergeant Chandler, the Gunner believed he shot down the fighter. From his injuries and loss of blood the pilot lapsed into unconsciousness from time to time, and the Observer Sergeant J.S. Sargent took over the controls and piloted the aircraft back to Malta. When over Malta Flight Lieutenant T.J. Watkins resumed as pilot and made a successful landing. He was subsequently awarded the DSO, and Sergeants Chandler and Sargent the DFM. Citation read: "As wireless operator/air gunner this airman has completed numerous sorties. These have in
eluded several low-flying attacks in daylight on shipping and the large-scale attack on Cologne power station in August, 1941. By night he has taken part in attacks on targets in Germany and Northern France. Throughout he has shown
praiseworthy determination and keenness. "
(1941)     wireless operator/air gunner, 107 Squadron RAF (flying Blenheims)
(1941)     wireless operator/air gunner, 82 Squadron RAF (DFM)
30.01.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Chandler,
Stanley Edwin
S.E. Chandler (Photo courtesy of Mr Richard Meakin) S.E. Chandler (Photo courtesy of Mr Richard Meakin)
Son of George Chandler, and Rose Hope, of Dartford, Kent.
(12?).1911
Dartford, Kent
-
16.12.1957
(took his own life by jumping from the cliff at Beachy Head in Sussex)
Ldg.Acm. ? [1360018]
P/O (prob) 14.02.1942 [116497 *]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 14.02.1944
F/Lt. 01.11.1947, seniority 01.01.1943
F/Lt. RAF 13.07.1948, seniority 14.02.1948

* Initially shown as 115497, which is probably incorrect.

Held a personnel job in Wyton, Cambridgeshire, UK.
14.02.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      initially flew with Coastal Command; during this period he had a ‘bad crash’ and it is believed his aircraft was shot down in the sea in the Western Approaches
01.1943 - 05.1945 wireless operator/air gunner, 160 Squadron RAF (Salbani, Eastern India (near Calcutta), from 04.1943 Ceylon)
05.1945 - 1945/46? 222 Group RAF (Colombo, Ceylon)
13.07.1948     short service commission, RAF (Secretarial Branch)
23.02.1952     permanent commssion, RAF (Secretarial Branch)
Chapman,
Lionel Marsh
L.M. Chapman (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
16.06.1907
Macclesfield, Cheshire
-
08.1991
Poole district, Dorset
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [103310]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Chappell,
Peter Anthony
P.A. Chappell
Son of Percy Reuben Chappell, and Jessie Brown, of Beckenham, Kent.
(09?).1920
Beckenham, Bromley district, Kent
-
05.10.1943
(KIA) [age 23]
[St Desir War Cemetery, Calvados, France, VII.B.5]
Sgt.
? [1174905]
P/O (prob)
11.06.1942 [125753]
(WS) F/O (prob)
11.12.1942
11.06.1942
 
 
commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
?
-
05.10.1943
pilot, 247 Squadron RAF
[was shot down in the morning by a Messerschmitt Me 109 in his Typhoon Ib [JP581 'V'] while on a Rhubarb mission (freelance fighter sortie against ground targets of opportunity) in the Courtrai/Kortrijk area of Belgium]
Charalambous,
Christakis
C. Charalambous
Son of Charalambous and Haji Maritsa Charalambous, of Nicosia, Cyprus.

09.09.1914
-
13.07.1944
[age 30]
[Padua War Cemetery, Italy, III.F.8]
P/O ? [162971]
?     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 13.07.1944 40 Squadron RAF
[Lost in Wellington X LN270 'O' on an operation against the Milan Lambrate Marshalling Yards]
Charlwood,
Kenneth Enefer
K.E. Charlwood
Son of Charles William Charlwood (1883-1966), and Kate Enefer (1882-1930).
Married ((06?).1931, Elham district, Kent) Phylliss Florence Watker (16.09.1908 - (12?).1978); one daughter.
12.11.1908
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
-
06.1994
Canterbury district, Kent
P/O (prob) 23.08.1940 [85073] (dismissed the service by sentence of a General Court Martial 12.07.1942)
(WS) F/O 23.08.1941 (cancelled 20.01.1942)
23.08.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Photographer.

 
Chatwin,
Francis Reginald
F.R. Chatwin
Son of Frank Chatwin, and Dorothy Ettey Riley, of Birmingham.
Married ((12?).1943, Hereford, Herefordshire) Phyllis Irene Mitchell, of Bolton, Lancashire.
(09?).1917
Kings Norton district, Staffordshire / Warwickshire
-
25.09.1944
[age 26]
[Birmingham Municipal Crematorium, column 1]
F/Sgt. ? [1577484]
P/O (prob) 06.07.1944 [179033]
06.07.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 25.09.1944 199 Squadron RAF
[Stirling LJ518 (EX-K) was airborne 19:02 hrs from North Creake tasked to provide a Mandrel Screen. On completion of the sortie the pilot was descending through cloud when the Stirling ploughed into tree tops. Power was applied and the Stirling climbed steeply before diving into the ground at 21:45 hrs at Edgefield Street, 3 miles NNW of Sculthorpe, Norfolk. The complete crew was killed.]
Chave,
Owen Cecil
O.C. Chave (Photo courtesy of Mr Christopher Chave, via Mr Martyn R. Ford-Jones)
Son of Capt. Sir Benjamin Chave, KBE (1870-1954), and of Lady Rachel Agnes Chave (née Morgan), of Highfield, Southampton.
Husband of Joan Chave (née Sanders); three children.
29.04.1912
Southampton district, Hampshire
-
14.02.1943
(KIA) [age 30]
[Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium, collective grave 10.E.2-8]
[commemorated at Great Ballard School Roll of Honour
1939/45]
Acm. ?
10.01.1937 [741000]
Sgt.
?
P/O (prob)
05.08.1940, seniority 30.07.1940 [82955]
P/O
05.08.1941
(WS) F/O
05.08.1941, seniority 30.07.1941
(WS) F/Lt.
05.08.1942, seniority 30.07.1942
04.08.1936
-
09.01.1937
joined RAF Reserve (Class F, Section II)
10.01.1937
-
04.08.1940
served in the ranks, RAFVR
05.08.1940
 
 
fcommissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
1939
-
late 1942
RAF South Cerney (near Cirencester, Gloucestershire), ending up as Flight Commander, C Flight, No. 3 Service Flying Training School
late 1942
-
14.02.1943
pilot, 15 Squadron RAF (Bourn)
[Stirling I BF448 LS-T shot down by a night-fighter flown by Ofw Fritz Schellwat of 5./Nachtjagd- Geschwader 1 crashing at Helchteren, Belgium]
Published: (under pseudonym Ariel) Winged victory : poems of a Flight Lieutenant (1942)
Checklin,
Donald Simpson
D.S. Checklin (Photo courtesy of Jill Simmons)
Son (with one brother) of George Thomas Checklin, and Mary Jane Simpson Donald.
29.05.1920
Leeds district, West Riding of Yorkshire
-
02.08.1947
(of Bridgford, Nottinghamshire)
Sgt. ? [951769]
P/O (prob) 15.05.1942 [124551]
(WS) F/O (prob) 15.11.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 15.05.1944
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 17.07.1945 ?
15.05.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1945)     158 Squadron RAF (DFC)
Pilot's "B" Licence No. 24205 issued Jamuary 20th 1947, endorsed for York aircraft and valid until November 19th 1947. The Lancastrian endorsement is dated May 8th, 1947. Killed in an accident to Lancastrian III G-AGWH which occurred on 2nd August 1947 in the Andes Mountains South America, known as the Star Dust accident. His total flying time as a pilot in the R.A.F. and B.S.A.A.C. was 2,074 hours 14 minutes. R.A.F. Experience: Time flown as pilot Day: 1,443 hrs. Night: 356 hrs. Total: 1,799 hrs. Time flown as pilot in Lancastrian aircraft: Day: 14 hrs. Night: 8 hrs. Total: 22 hrs. Time flown as pilot in York aircraft: Day: 511 hrs. Night: 86 hrs. Total: 597 hrs. B.S.A.A.C. Experience: Total flying time: 275 hrs. 14 min. This was as follows: Flying time in Lancastrian aircraft. Day: 11 hrs. 47 min. Night: 30 min. Total: 12 hrs. 17 min. Flying time in York aircraft. Day: 180 hrs. 14 min. Night: 82 hrs. 43 min. Total: 262 hrs. 57 min. Mr. Checklin had previously crossed the Andes Mountains on four occasions.
Cheney,
Jack
J. Cheney
Son of Richard Cheney, and Annie Barker, of Spalding, Lincolnshire.
(03?).1922
Spalding, Lincolnshire
-
13.06.1943
[age 21]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 123]
Sgt. ? [1067433]
P/O 01.05.1942 [122306]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.11.1942
01.05.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 13.06.1943 25 Squadron RAF
[Mosquito II DZ688 undertook a so-called Instep patrol (fighter patrol over the Bay of Biscay looking for U-boats and Ju88s of KG40) south west of Brest in the afternoon. The aircraft was lost after combat with Fw190s of Jagdgeschwader 2, with crew F/O J. Cheney and F/O J.K. Mycock.]
Chessell,
Henry
H. Chessell (Photo courtesy of Mr Antony Chessell)
Married; ... children (one son?).
10.06.1902
North Manchester, Prestwich district, Lancashire
-
15.12.1976
Lyme Regis, Bridport district, Dorset
P/O (prob)
29.09.1941 [107468]
(A) F/O
02.05.1942
(WS) F/O (prob)
01.10.1942 (reld 26.01.1946) (emgcy list) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
(A) F/Lt.
06.03.1944
Education: Manchester University (BA (Commerce), 1930).
29.09.1941
 
 
commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
27.10.1941


Education Officer, RAF Snailwell
01.04.1942


RAF Intelligence Branch (appointed Air Ministry 30.04.1942)
20.12.1943
 
 
Inter Service Topographical Department (ISTD), Oxford
13.09.1945
 
 
ISTD Check Recce Team, Holland
Published: National parks for Britain (1946); A portrait of Lyme (1969); (ed. by Antony Chessell) A small share in the conflict (2009; wartime diaries & letters)
Chiappa-Sinclair,
Alfred Joseph
A.J. Chiappa-Sinclair
Changed name from Alfred Joseph Chiappa by deed poll of 15.05.1922.
Son of Luigi "Lewis / Louis" Chiappa (1867-1958), musical instruments manufacturer, and Emilia ... (1871-1944).
Married Dora Louise Marchi (19.01.1903 - 04.1994); ... children (daughter Helen Dora Chiappa-Sinclair married Maj. Norman Martin Mischler, Indian Army).
04.1896
Holborn, London
-
05.10.1944
South of France
(died from injuries as the result of an accident)
[Naples War Cemetery, Italy, III.S.3]
F/O 13.06.1941 [69971]
(WS) F/Lt. 13.06.1942
Mention in Despatches MID 14.01.1944 ?
Education: Middlesex Hospital (LRCP 1922, MRCS 1922, LDS 1919).
After holding appointments at the Dental Hospital, Great Portland Street, he entered general practice.
13.06.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Medical Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 05.10.1944 medical officer at a mobile field hospital overseas
Chichester,
[Sir] Francis Charles
F.C. Chichester F.C. Chichester
F.C. Chichester F.C. Chichester
Younger son (there were later two daughters) of Charles Chichester, vicar of Shirwell, seventh son of the eighth baronet, and his wife, Emily Annie, the daughter of Samuel Page, of Chitt's Hill, Wood Green, London.
Married 1st (1923) Muriel Eileen Blakiston (died 1929); two sons (one stillborn, the other died in 1967).
Married 2nd (1937) Sheila Mary Craven; one son.

biography
17.09.1901
Shirwell, Devon
-
26.08.1972
Plymouth
P/O (prob)
11.02.1941 [61089]
F/O (prob)
11.08.1941
(WS) F/O
11.02.1942
(T) F/Lt.
01.07.1944 (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) KBE
28.01.1967

for individual achievements and sustained endeavour in the navigation and seamanship of small craft 

Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) CBE
01.01.1964
for services to yachting
Education: infants' school, Barnstaple; preparatory schools, Ellerslie & Bournemouth; Marlborough College
Emigrated to NZ, 12.1919; Director, Godwin Chichester Aviation Co. Ltd, 1927-1930; second pilot to fly solo, England-Australia, 1929; NZ (Territorial) AF, 1930; first E. to W. solo flight from New Zealand to Australia across Tasman Sea, 1931 (Johnston Memorial Trophy for 1931, for navigation); first long-distance solo seaplane flight (NZ-Japan), 1931; cruising flight in Puss Moth with one passenger Sydney to London via Peking, 1936.
11.02.1941


commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
1943
-
1945
Senior Navigation Instructor, Empire Central Flying School
1945
-
10.02.1954
Emergency List, RAFVR
Chairman, Francis Chichester Ltd, Map and Guide Publishers since 1945; air navigator and pilot; yachtsman. Fellow, Institute of Navigation (FIN).
Director, Straight Aviation Training Ltd, 1946-1949. Ex-Warden, Guild of Air Pilots and
Air Navigators; winner of first Single-handed Trans-Atlantic Yacht Race, Plymouth-New York, 1960; awarded Yachtsman of the Year Trophy, 1960; record solo East-West Crossing, Plymouth-New York, 1962; 2nd in Second Solo Trans-Atlantic Yacht Race,
1964; First solo circumnavigation of world via Capes of Good Hope, Leeuwin and the Horn, 1966-1967 (fastest true circumnavigation port to port by any small boat: 29,600 miles in 226 days sailing time, Plymouth-Sydney-Plymouth); world speed records for long distance solo sailing: 1966, in Gipsy Moth IV; 1971, in Gipsy Moth V (1,017.75 miles in 5 days). Trustee, National Maritime Museum, 1965-1970; Vice-President, RGS, 1970; Honorary Vice-President, Cutty Sark Society, 1967. Freeman of Barnstaple, Devon.
Vice-President, Institute of Navigation, 1964; Younger Brother of Trinity House, 1968. Membre d'Honneur, Yacht Club de France, 1967 (Special Centenary Award, 1967). Hon. Master of Bench, Middle Temple, 1967. Special Gold Medal, RGS; Institute of Navigation Gold Medal, 1961; Special Award, Inst. of Navigation; Superior Achievement Award, American Inst. of Navigation; Aust. Inst. of Navigation Gold Medal, 1967. Marconi Memorial Medal of Honour, NY, 1967; Italian Polhena da Bravura, San Remo, 1967; Capitani Coraggiosi, Riposto, Sicily; Blue Water Medal (Cruising Club of America), 1960 and 1967; Special Bronze Medal, and Chichester Award, Royal Yacht Squadron, 1967. Gold Medal, Guild of Yachting Writers, 1967; Medal for Seamanship, Royal Cruising Club, 1967; Livingstone Gold Medal, Royal Scottish Geographical Society, 1969.
Published: Navigation Notes for Instructors and Students (Air Ministry), 1941-1943; Solo to Sydney, 1930; Seaplane Solo, 1932 (republished as Alone Over the Tasman Sea, 1946, and in Aviation Classics series, 1965); Ride on the Wind, 1937; Spotters' Hand Book, 1940; Astro­Navigation, 1940 (4 parts); Pocket Planisphere, 1941; Pinpoint the Bombers, 1941; Star Recognition, 1941; The Star Compass, 1961; The Sun Compass, 1961; Alone Across the Atlantic, 1961 (published in France, Seul en Course, 1962); Atlantic Adventure, 1962; The Lonely Sea and the Sky, 1964 (memoirs; translated in 8 languages); Along the Clipper Way, 1966; Gipsy Moth Circles the World, 1967 (trans. 13 languages); How to Keep Fit, 1969; The Romantic Challenge, 1971.
Christie,
Brian Hamilton
B.H. Christie
?
Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland
-
25.07.1994
Sileby, Leicestershire
Wt.Offr. ? [1795055]
P/O (prob) 19.05.1945 [199943]
(WS) F/O 19.11.1945
Education: Coleraine Academical Institution; Queen's University, Belfast (MB, BCh, BAO Belf 20.07.1949).
     
pilot training in Canada (on Harvards etc.); returned to UK (flying Hawker Hurricanes, Supermarine Spitfires up to Griffin Engine variants, also later ferry machines to maintenance/repair facilities including Auster at Rearsby, Leicestershire, while awaiting posting to India and Burma; finally operating North American Thunderbolts, until VJ-Day
19.05.1945     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
General practitioner, Sileby, Leicestershire.
Christopherson,
Alec
A. Christopherson (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
(12?).1903
Bexley, Dartford district, Kent
-
1973
Salisbury, Rhodesia
(A) P/O (prob) 18.07.1941 [101652]
(WS) F/O 18.09.1942
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Christy,
Leslie Joseph
L.J. Christy (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
Son (with one sister) of Joseph William Christy (1873-1927), and Helena Barbara Dance (1878-1961).
07.06.1907
Enfield Wash, Edmonton district, Middlesex
-
(12?).1978
Havering district, London
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [104748]
P/O (prob) 15.10.1941
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942 (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Clarabut,
Frank Stone
P.G. Clarabut
?
-
P/O (prob)
25.05.1940 [79495]
P/O
25.05.1941
(WS) F/O
25.01.1941
(T) F/Lt.
01.06.1942 (reld 22.12.1945; medical unfitness; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
25.05.1940


commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
Clarabut,
Percy George
P.G. Clarabut
?
-
P/O (prob)
22.11.1939 [76516]
P/O
22.11.1940
(WS) F/O
22.11.1940
(T) F/Lt.
01.01.1944 (dismissed by sentence of General Court Martial 06.12.1944)
22.11.1939


commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Clark,
Bernard William
B.W. Clark (Photo courtesy of Mr Michael Clark)
Married; two sons.
Lived in Cuffley, Hertfordshire.
03.05.1908
St George Hanover Square district, London
-
12.1994
Enfield district, London
(A) P/O (prob)
03.10.1941 [107566]
P/O (prob)
03.12.1941
(WS) F/O (prob)
01.10.1942
(WS) F/Lt.
01.10.1944 (emgcy) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
(T) Sq.Ldr.
?
03.10.1941


commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Banker.
Clark,
Denis Elliot Irwin
C.W. Clarke

?
-
(A) P/O (prob)
30.12.1939 [76597]
P/O (prob)
04.02.1940
(WS) F/O (prob)
21.12.1940
(WS) F/O
30.12.1940
(WS) F/Lt.
21.12.1941
(WS) Sq.Ldr.
31.08.1944
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
12.01.1943
?
30.12.1939


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1943)
 
 
15 Squadron RAF
Clark,
Henry Alan
H.A. Clark
Son of Henry and Gladys Clark.
Husband of Rosemary Clark, of Boughton Monchelsea.
09.1912
-
14.07.1940
(KIA) [age 28]
[Boughton Monchelsea (St Peter) Churchyard, Kent]
P/O
? [72590]
?


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
?
-
14.07.1940
59 Squadron RAF (Coastal Command)
[took off from Thorney Island at 22.50 hrs 13.07.1940 in Belnheim IV [R3665 TR-P] for an operation against Bruges; the aircraft, believed to be shot down by enemy fighters, fell into the sea 2 miles south of Saltdean at 02.22 hrs; the bodies of all three crew members were recovered from the sea]
Clark,
Stanley William
H.A. Clark
Son (with three sisters) of Stanley Clark (1874-1963), and Ethel Latrielle Farrow (1878-1955).
Married ((06?).1927, Kingston district, Middlesex/Surrey) Kathleen Elsie Piper (07.09.1903 - 03.01.1992), of New Malden; ... children. She remarried Alexander Gallagher.
(09?).1903
Clapham, London
-
21.12.1942
military hospital, Oxford, Oxfordshire
[age 39]
[Kingston-upon-Thames Cemetery, Surrey, class C (Gen.) grave 2726]
Sgt. ? [760287]
P/O (prob) 30.12.1941, seniority 01.08.1941 [118134]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942
Amateur radio operator.
30.12.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Technical Branch) [emergency commission]
      spent time in both Belfast and Aden
Clarke,
Charles William
C.W. Clarke
Son of Charles and Johan Clarke, of Southampton.
Husband of Kathleen Mary Clarke, of Bitterne, Southampton.
(12?).1910
Southampton
-
13.05.1943
[age 32]
[Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery, The Netherlands, plot 13, row 7, grave 134]
Sgt.
? [1185390]
P/O (prob)
13.03.1943 [144446]
Education: King Edward VI School, Southampton (Watts House, 19.09.1922-29.07.1927)
13.03.1943


commissioned, RAFVR [emergency commission]
?
-
13.05.1943
Navigator-Bomber, 50 Squadron RAF
[his Lancaster I bomber (W4762 VN-) had taken off at 23.58 hrs [12.05.1943] at Skellingthorpe on an operation against Duisburg; it was shot down by a night-fighter and crashed at 03.32 hrs in the IJsselmeer, 6 km NW of Nijkerk]
Clarke,
Ernest Sumner
"Paddy"
E.S. Clarke
Son of Frederick Ernest and Adah Mary Clarke, of Belfast, Northern Ireland.

02.06.1921
Belfast, Northern Ireland
-
30.01.1944
[age 22]
[Barsingerhorn (Kolhorn) Cemetery, The Netherlands, grave 3]
Sgt. ? [758141]
P/O (prob) 03.08.1941 [107142]
P/O 03.08.1942
(WS) F/O 03.08.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 03.08.1943
Mention in Despatches MID 01.01.1942 ?
spring 1939 - 1941 training, No 2 Squadron, 3 Initial Training Wing RAF (Hastings), then 144 Squadron RAF (Hemswell & North Luffenham), 14 Operational Training Unit RAF (Cottesmore) & No. 7 F.S.I. RAF (Upavon)
03.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 30.01.1944 pilot, 97 Squadron RAF
[Lancaster III JB535 OF-Q. believed shot down on an operation against Berlin by a night-fighter crashing at Kolhorn, Northern Holland, the Netherlands]
Clarke,
Gordon Harvey
G.H. Clarke
Son of Arthur Clarke, and Lily Sophia Harvey.
Married ((09?).1936, Tonbridge district, Kent)Phyllis Marjorie Clara Smith (21.07.1913 - 11.1996), of Southborough, Kent; ... children (one daughter?).
20.08.1910
Bramley, Surrey
-
12.08.1943
(KIA) [age 32]
[St Desir War Cemetery, Calvados, France, coll. grave VIII.A.1-8]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1390467]
P/O (prob) 18.03.1943 [139592]
Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ACA).
18.03.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 12.08.1943 pilot, 620 Squadron RAF (Chedburgh, Suffolk)
[Stirling III (BK713, QS-E) took off 21:36 hrs 12.08.1943 for an operation against Torino. The aircraft crashed at Mittainvilliers (Eure-et-Loir), 14 km WNW of Chartres, France. Complete crew of eight was killed.]
Clarke,
Herbert Alfred
H.A. Clarke (Photo courtesy of Mrs Debbie Whitby)
Son (with one brother and one sister) of William James Clarke (1873-1942), mechanic, later draper, and Alice Emily Beamish (1873-1958).
Married 1st Bertha Winifred "Masie" Beggs (03.03.1904 - 21.08.1981), daughter of Thomas Alfred Beggs, and Elizabeth Annie McMurtrey; two daughters.
Married 2nd Celia ... (1904 - 2008).
20.12.1903
Leicester, Leicestershire
-
08.06.1975
Crosby, Merseyside
Sgt. ? [855102]
P/O (prob) 30.06.1941, seniority 10.06.1941 [100668]
(WS) F/O 30.06.1942, seniority 10.06.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 10.06.1945 (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
(A) Sq.Ldr. (1945)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) MBE 01.01.1946 New Year 46
Education: Alderman Newton Grammar School.
Went to Australia at about 18/19 years of age, and worked in various jobs in the outback, then as a salesman for Dunlop Rubber Company, for which he returned to the UK in 1930.
1938     enlisted RAFVR
30.06.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Balloon Branch) [emergency commission]
14.07.1943     transferred, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch)
? - 1945 Air HQ, India Command
Clarke,
Robert Barclay *
R.B. Clarke (Photo courtesy of Mr Andrew Clarke) R.B. Clarke (Photo courtesy of Mr Andrew Clarke)
Son (with three brother and one sister) of William Richard Barclay Clarke, civil engineer, and Jessie Fargie Russel Jack (1886-1965), of Ealing, Middlesex.
* Birth registration as Robert Baillie Clarke.
12.10.1915
Paisley, Lanarkshire, Scotland
-
30.08.1944
(MPK) [age 28]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 210]
Sgt. ? [1607240]
P/O (prob) 24.08.1944 [184151]
Education: St Mary's, Richmond, Surrey (1928-1931).
Turret Lathe Setter Operator, W.Kidde Ltd, Belyve works, Northolt, Middlesex, 10.1940.
29.01.1942     enlisted, RAF
24.08.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 30.08.1944 flight engineer, 106 Squadron RAF (Metheringham)
[Lancaster III JB593 (ZN-T) took off 20:30 hrs for an operation against Königsberg. The aircraft was lost without trace. Crew of seven was missing, presumed killed.]
Clarke,
Samuel Archibald Reddington
S.A.R. Clarke
Married ...; ... children (one son?).
20.01.1919
Kilkeel district, Ireland
-
02.1990
Southwark district, London
Acm. 2nd cl. ? [1795056]
P/O (prob) 09.10.1942 [131028]
(WS) F/O (prob) 09.04.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 09.10.1944
F/Lt. 01.11.1947, seniority 09.04.1946
Education: Queen's University, Belfast (medicine; 1938; LDS 1951).
09.10.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Dentist (registered 02.01.1952), Larne, Co. Antrim.
Clay,
Edward Ralph
E.R. Clay
Son of Edward Clay, and Annie Mary Astle.
Married ((06?).1945, Basford district, Derbyshire / Nottinghamshire) Kathleen Daley; ... children (two daughters?).
16.05.1923
Belper district, Derbyshire
-
1987
Norwich district, Norfolk
Acm. 2nd cl. ? [1583049]
P/O (prob) 12.08.1942 [181484]
(WS) F/O 12.02.1945
12.08.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      navigator / air observer
Clayton,
Peter Levinge
P.L. Clayton (Photo courtesy of Jackie Williams)
Son of Charles Levinge Clayton (1890-), and Esta Edith Stephenson (1899-1996), of Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England.
Of Stoke Row, Oxon.
(06?).1923
Ormskirk district, Lancashire
-
06.06.1942
(KIA) [age 20]
[Adegem Canadian War Cemetery, Belgium, XII.F.12]
[commemorated at Wootton War Memorial]
Sgt. ? [1176996]
P/O (prob) 01.05.1942 [121334]
01.05.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 06.06.1942 pilot, 149 Squadron RAF
[Pilot of Stirling I W7508 (OJ-D) that took off 23:15 hrs 05.06.1942 from Lakenheath for an operation against Essen.
Shot down by a night-fighter (Oberleutnant Walter Barte, 4./Nachtjagdgeschwader 4) and crashed at l'Ecluse (Brabant), 10 km SW of Tienen, Belgium.]
Cleary,
William Peter Bruce
W.P.B. Cleary
Son (with one brother) of Peter Morris Cameron Cleary (1876-1926), coal merchant, and Frances Louisa Stubbs (1887-1956).
Married 1st (07.03.1945, St Mark's Church, North Audley Street, London; divorced 26.10.1951) Patricia Mary Elizabeth Beardmore (11.07.1925 - 20.10.1998), daughter of George Lissant Beardine J. Beardmore (1877-1936), and Phyllis Mary Webster (1897-1953); one son.
Married 2nd (28.12.1955, Christchurch, New Zealand) Anna Joy Gallop (13.04.1931 - 02.08.2009), daughter (with two sisters) of Harry George Gallop (1904-1958), and Ethel May Turner (1907-1995); four sons.
19.01.1916
Christchurch, New Zealand
-
07.01.1997
Howick, Auckland, New Zealand
Pupil Pilot 27.07.1939
(A) P/O (prob) 09.11.1939 [75768]
P/O (prob) 20.01.1940
P/O 09.11.1940
(WS) F/O 20.01.1941 (reld 01.07.1945; on appointment to RNZAF)
(T) F/Lt. 01.03.1942
F/Lt. RNZAF 01.07.1945 [NZ 2458] (reld 02.10.1946)
Education: Boys' high school (1930-1933); Canterbury Agricultural College, Lincoln (1935-1936).
Instructor in agriculture, 1934. Clerk, public service, 1936-1939.
23.03.1939     left New Zealand for the UK to serve with RAF under the Cochrane Scheme; failed necessary standard and was transferred to non-flying duties
09.11.1939     commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
09.11.1939     attached, Equipment Training School (Officers) RAF, Halton (for instruction)
20.01.1940     posted, Air HQ Iraq (supernumerary)
30.01.1940     posted, Aircraft Depot RAF, Habaniya (for equipment duties)
19.02.1940     posted, Supplies Depot RAF, Habaniya (for equipment duties)
12.07.1940     posted, Middle East Command RAF (supernumerary)
13.07.1940     posted, HQ 254 Wing RAF (for equipment duties)
27.08.1940     posted, Station HQ RAF, Khartoum (for equipment duties)
22.04.1941     posted, Middle East Pool (non-effective sick)
27.04.1941     posted, No. 1 Depot RAF (supernumerary; H Establishment)
01.05.1941     posted, H Establishment (for disposal)
02.12.1941     RAF Station Honeybourne
19.11.1942     posted, HQ Bomber Command (supernumerary; for liaison duties with 8th Bomber Command USAAF) (UK)
18.08.1943     posted, RAF Station Scampton (for RAF Station Dunholme Lodge)
11.11.1943     attached, 51 Base (for equipment duties)
09.12.1943     posted, No. 2 RAF Beach Unit
15.02.1944     attached, Combined Operations (Troon, Scotland) (for beach ... (?))
17.02.1944     attached, 407 AAP (Aircraft Acceptance Park / Air Ammunition Park ?) RAF
24.08.1944     attached, 34 Air Stores Park RAF
27.08.1944     posted, Base Personnel Centre RAF
06.09.1944     posted, HQ 40 Group RAF (supernumerary)
09.09.1944     225 Maintenance Unit RAF (for equipment duties)
02.11.1944     attached, from 05.03.1945 posted 7 (Wing) Maintenance Unit (RAF Station Quedgeley) (for equipment duties)
01.07.1945     transferred to RNZAF (remained attached to RAF)
25.03.1946     12 (RNZAF) Personnel Despatch Reception Centre
21.05.1946     embarked for New Zealand
30.06.1946     disembarked New Zealand (S/Nep)
02.10.1946 - 01.09.1950 RNZAF Reserve of Officers (Class "B")
Cleaver,
Peter Hunt
P.H. Cleaver (Photo courtesy of Mrs Margaret Bradford) P.H. Cleaver (Photo courtesy of Mrs Margaret Bradford)
Son of Percival A. "Percy" Cleaver, a commercial traveller, and Ellen Hunt.
Married (23.06.1947, Aldershot, Hampshire) Sheila D. Walters; one daughter, one son.
31.12.1921
Oxhey, Watford district, Hertfordshire
-
23.06.1991
St Richard's Hospital, Chichester, West Sussex
Boy Acm. 2nd cl. 11.11.1940 [1294389]
Ldg.Acm. ?
P/O (prob) 16.08.1941 [103590]
(WS) F/O 16.08.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 16.08.1943 (demobilized 23.05.1946)
F/Lt. 02.10.1946
1947, seniority 25.12.1943
Sq.Ldr. 01.07.1952
W/Cdr. 01.01.1960 (retd 31.12.1968)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 13.04.1945 ?
Air Force Cross AFC 01.01.1954 ?
Education: London Road Boys Elementary School, Watford; Watford Grammar School.
Junior draughtsman at the Colne Valley Water Board, Statistical Department, 1939-1940.
18.11.1940 - 21.12.1940 No. 1 Receiving Centre RAF (Babbacombe)
21.12.1940 - 18.04.1941 4 Initial Training Wing RAF (Paignton)
18.04.1941 - 31.05.1941 No. 5 Elementary Flying Training School RAF (Meir)
03.06.1941 - 15.08.1941 No. 15 Service Flying Training School RAF (Kidlington, Oxfordshire)
16.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
31.08.1941 - 04.12.1941 54 Operational Training Unit RAF (Church Fenton) (spent one week at RAF Catterick 09.1941; parachuted to safety from a damaged Blenheim IV T2324 half a mile due east of Wetherby)
04.12.1941 - 16.09.1942 68 Squadron RAF (High Ercall, from 08.03.1942 Coltishall)
[0
4.04.1942-12.04.1942 (1 week) attached to No 1529 Blind Approach Training Flight RAF (Wittering); 28.04.1942-22.05.1942 (3 weeks) Central Flying School RAF (Upavon); 05.07.1942-19.07.1942 (2 weeks)  No. 2 School of Air Navigation RAF (Cranage)]
18.09.1942 - 09.11.1942 60 Operational Training Unit RAF (East Fortune)
09.11.1942 - 09.04.1943 51 Operational Training Unit RAF (Twinwood/Cranfield)
09.04.1943 - 06.04.1945 85 Squadron RAF (Hunsdon, from 13.05.1943 West Malling, from 01.05.1944 Swannington) (DFC)
06.04.1945 - 23.05.1946 test pilot, Royal Aircraft Establishment (Farnborough)
02.10.1946     permanent commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)
02.10.1946 - 07.10.1946 RAF Uxbridge
07.10.1946 - 13.05.1947 Central Signals Establishment RAF (Shepherds Grove) [08.01.1947-19.03.1947 attached to Officers Advanced Training School RAF (Digby)]
13.05.1947 - 06.08.1947 HQ Training Command RAF
06.08.1947 - 07.11.1949 204 Advanced Flying School RAF (Cottesmore / Driffield / Brize Norton) [from 01.07.1948-31.09.1948 No. 1 Junior Weapons Course RAF (Leconfield)]
07.11.1949 - 30.04.1951 HQ 21 Group RAF (Morton Hall)
30.04.1951 - 21.11.1951 103 Flying Refresher School RAF (Full Sutton)
21.11.1951 - 05.08.1953 207 Advanced Flying School RAF (Full Sutton)
05.08.1953 - 12.03.1955 HQ Middle East Air Force (Abu Sueir, from 24.11.1954 Nicosia)
12.03.1955 - 02.05.1955 No. 1 Personnel Holding Unit RAF
02.05.1955 - 09.04.1956 RAF Staff College (Andover) (psc)
09.04.1956 - 03.03.1959 AM ACAS (OR)
03.03.1959 - 08.01.1962 in command of Administrative Wing, RAF Jever ((A) W/Cdr.)
04.02.1962 - 14.03.1962 attached RAF Manby
14.03.1962 - 21.05.1962 attached RAF Stradishall
10.08.1964 - 31.12.1968 Department of Air Mbr. (for Supply & Organization)
Hotel and Catering Industries Training Board. Training the people who trained chefs to cook and prepare food. Company car and some travelling. Retired in 1983.
Clegg,
Ivan Hanson
I.H. Clegg
Son of ... Clegg, and ... Holroyd.
15.03.1912
Burnley district, Lancashire / Yorkshire - West Riding
-
29.12.1995
Newton on the Moor, Morpeth, Northumberland
Ldg.Acm.
? [1501337]
P/O (prob)
28.01.1944 [163702]
P/O
28.07.1944
(WS) F/O
28.07.1944
(WS) F/Lt.
28.01.1946 (Emgcy List) (retd 15.03.1957)
28.01.1944


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]



possibly flew with 159 Squadron RAF
Banker.
Clement,
Edward John
E.J. Clement (Photo courtesy of Mr John Coombs)
Son of Francis George Clement, and Winifred Elizabeth Bryan, of Gorseinon, Glamorgan. Birth registered as Edward F.J. Clement.
03.11.1921
Swansea district, Glamorgan
-
18.11.1943
(KIA) [age 22]
[Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany, collective grave 2.F.22-26]
Sgt. ? [1316111]
P/O (prob) 05.07.1943 [149152]
(A?) F/Lt. ?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 19.10.1943 ?
Education: Gowerton School (1934-1939).
05.07.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 18.11.1943 navigator, 7 Squadron RAF
[Lancaster JA970 (MG-N) was airborne at 1713 hrs from Oakington for a night air raid on the  Ludwigshafen / Mannheim area. Failed to return. The seven crew members were killed.]
Clements,
Ronald Cyril Saville
"Ron"
R.C.S. Clements R.C.S. Clements
R.C.S. Clements R.C.S. Clements
R.C.S. Clements R.C.S. Clements
R.C.S. Clements R.C.S. Clements
R.C.S. Clements R.C.S. Clements
Son (with two sisters and two brothers) of Frank Clements (1878-), and Olive Martin (1878-).
Married (16.06.1938, South Manchester district, Lancashire) Gertrude Muriel Kelly (03.04.1911 - 03.02.1977), of Sale, Cheshire; two daughters.
(06?).1916
Sheppey district, Kent
-
20.10.1943
(KIA) [age 27]
[Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany, 9.E.11]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1066632]
P/O (prob) 10.11.1942 [134106]
(WS) F/O  (prob) 10.05.1943
10.11.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 20.10.1943 115 Squadron RAF
[Lancaster II DS275 (KO-F) took off from Little Snoring at 18:17 hrs 20.10.1943 for a bombing raid on Leipzig. Believed to have come down at Engersen, 12 km ESE of Klötze. Complete crew of 8 lost their lives.]
Clifford,
Peter William
P.W. Clifford

Son of George Clifford, Ministry of Food official, and Marie Ernestine Vizetelly, of Easton, nr Winchester, Hampshire.
(09?).1922
Winchester district, Hampshire
-
30.07.1944
[age 21]
[Malta Memorial, panel 13, column 1]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1324745]
P/O (prob) 25.05.1943 [150370]
(WS) F/O (prob) 25.11.1943
25.05.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 30.07.1944 148 (Special Duties) Squadron RAF
[Halifax JP239 took off from Brindisi
Airfield at 1750 hours on 30 July 1944 and was tasked to drop supplies in Northern Italy. The drop had been completed and during the home bound flight and while flying at medium level on of the starboard engines malfunctioned and the aircraft filled with smoke. The captain ordered the aircraft to be abandoned but only one crew member survived being rescued from the sea by a US launch. Those died were: F/O P W. Clifford, F/Sgt. A.F. Joyce RAAF, Sgt. J B. Humphrey, F/O J R. Mackney. Sgt. R W. McCormick, Sgt. R J. Pocock. Only air gunner Sgt. J.A. Humble survived.]
Clinton,
John Alfred Thomas
J.A.T. Clinton (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
?
Acm. 1st cl. ? [869543]
(A) P/O (prob) 18.07.1941, seniority 16.06.1941 [101757]
(WS) F/O ?
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Clive-Griffin,
Raymond
R. Clive-Griffin (Photo courtesy of Julia Piercy) R. Clive-Griffin (Photo courtesy of Julia Piercy)
R. Clive-Griffin (Photo courtesy of Julia Piercy) R. Clive-Griffin (Photo courtesy of Julia Piercy)
R. Clive-Griffin (Photo courtesy of Julia Piercy) R. Clive-Griffin (Photo courtesy of Julia Piercy)
R. Clive-Griffin (Photo courtesy of Julia Piercy) R. Clive-Griffin (Photo courtesy of Julia Piercy)
R. Clive-Griffin (Photo courtesy of Julia Piercy)

Son (with one sister and two brothers) of George Edward Clive Griffin (1883-1966), and Daisy Elizabeth Pett Walker (1884-).
Married 1st (29.12.1936, St Peter's Church, Belsize Park, Hampstead, London; divorced 09.01.1957) Violet Theodora "Theo" Maling (07.12.1908 - 11.05.2006), daughter (with two brothers) of Frederick Theodore Maling (1865-1937), and Violet Ismay (1882-1971); one daughter.
Married 2nd (08.08.1957, New Forest Register Office, Hampshire) Flight Officer Joan Beatrice Hart, WRAF [earlier Second Officer WRNS] (07.04.1914 - 23.09.1999), daughter of ... Hart, and ... Mitchell.
23.06.1909
Bethesda Hospital, County Bourke, Richmond, Victoria, Australia
-
26.06.1993
Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, Cornwall (formerly of Crocknagodna, Flushing, Cornwall)
Sgt. ? [1807686]
P/O (prob) 28.08.1944 [187371]
(WS) F/O 27.02.1945
F/O RAF 27.08.1946
F/Lt. RAF 29.11.1951 (retd 18.04.1964; own request)
Distinguished Flying Medal DFM 29.12.1944 ?
08.07.1942     enlisted, RAFVR
(1944)     150 Squadron RAF (DFM)
28.08.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch - Air Bomber) [emergency commission]
27.08.1946     RAF (General Duties Branch) [extended service commission]
24.07.1947     transferred, RAF (Secretarial Branch)
21.05.1952     permanent commission
 
Coad,
Jack Ian
J.I. Coad
Son of Benjamin and Ada Coad.
Husband of Rita Dorothy Coad, of Freshwater, Isle of Wight.
1917 ?
-
05.01.1945
(KIA) [age 28]
[Cognac (Crouin) Communal Cemetery, Charente, France, row 2, grave 5]
F/Sgt. ? [659118]
P/O (prob) 28.08.1944 [183812]
(A) F/O ?
28.08.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      pilot, 44 Squadron RAF (flew 3 operations)
? - 05.01.1945 pilot, 189 Squadron RAF
[Lancaster III ME300 CA-P had taken off 00.40 hrs from Fulbeck for an operation against Royan to bomb a German garrison dominating the entrance to the Gironde river. Homebound, collided with a 467 Squadron Lancaster, both machines coming down at 04:22 hrs over Allied held territory near Cognac.]
Coates,
John Arthur Gordon
"Jack" / "Camel"
J.A.G. Coates
J.A.G. Coates
J.A.G. Coates
J.A.G. Coates
J.A.G. Coates
J.A.G. Coates
J.A.G. Coates
J.A.G. Coates
Son of George Henry Duncan Coates, and Stella Mary Beatrice Morcom.
Married 1st Barbara Butler (died 1985); one son, two daughters.
Married 2nd (1993) Patricia Cossart; one step-daughter.

28.09.1920
Rugby, Warwickshire
-
16.07.2009
[Hungerford ?]
P/O
03.10.1939 [74699]
F/O
03.10.1940
(A) F/Lt.
07.08.1941
(WS) F/Lt.
03.10.1941
(A) Sq.Ldr.
26.01.1942
(WS) Sq.Ldr.
04.01.1944
(A) W/Cdr.
04.10.1943 (reld 08.07.1946)
Sq.Ldr. RAuxAF
01.08.1950 (reld 01.08.1960)
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) CBE
31.12.1980
New Year 81: for services to industry, as consultant, Confederation of British Industry
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
07.07.1942
*
Mention in Despatches MID
14.01.1944
reconnaissance sortie of Freya radar at Crete
* During his tour of operations Sqd.Ldr. Coates has set an inspiring example to all air crews of the squadron. On one occasion he commanded a detachment detailed to intercept and shadow the enemy battle fleet which was escorting a convoy. Although worried by lack of fuel and the presence of enemy fighters he performed his task by skilful flying and extremely good judgment. Eventually a successful night landing was made.
Education: Wellington College; read Mechanical Sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge (1938; joined University Air Squadron).
03.10.1939


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
30.12.1939
-
29.07.1941 
Service Flying Training School
30.07.1940
-
09.06.1941
608 Squadron RAF (flew Ansons and Blenheims)
10.06.1941
-
19.06.1942
203 Squadron RAF (Burg el Arab) (DFC)
20.06.1942
-
28.08.1943
HQ 201 Group RAF (Alexandria)
29.08.1943
 -
31.03.1944
Commanding Officer, 454 (Baltimore) Squadron RAAF (Western Desert) (despatches)
01.04.1944
-
24.07.1945
Air HQ, Eastern Mediterranean
25.07.1945
-
10.09.1945
Commanding Officer, RAF Sambury
11.09.1945
-
22.04.1946
20 Air Crew Holding Unit RAF
23.04.1946
-
08.07.1946
21 Air Crew Holding Unit RAF
01.08.1950
-
05.11.1951
Commanding Officer, 2608 (North Riding) Light Anti-Aircraft Squadron RAuxAF Regiment
05.11.1951
-
01.08.1960
Royal Auxiliary Air Force Reserve of Officers (General duties Branch)
Studied personnel management at the London School of Economics before joining ICI in 1948, retiring in 1980 as general manager for the co-ordination of the company's worldwide personnel. President Institute of Personnel Management. Member of Governing Body International Labour Organisation. Chairman Salmon and Trout Association.
Coates,
Kenneth John
K.J. Coates (Photo courtesy of Di Banks) K.J. Coates (Photo courtesy of Di Banks)
Son of Frederick Josiah Coates, and Edith May Taylor, of Pellsall, Staffordshire.
(03?).1923
Pelsall, Walsall district, Staffordshire
-
04.12.1943
(MPK) [age 20]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 131]
F/Sgt. ? [1433656]
P/O (prob) 14.10.1943 [168679]
14.10.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 04.12.1943 pilot, 487 (RNZAF) Squadron RAF
[With three other Mosquito FB.VI HX864/E took off from Sculthorpe, Norfolk at 12:10 hrs for attacks on rail and transport targets in NW Germany. Low cloud and fog were encountered off the Dutch coast, forcing abandonement of the sortie. The Mosquito was last seen in a skidding dive at position 5331N:0624E at 13:25 hrs. Presumed to have crashed into the sea, its two crew were missing, presumed killed.]
Cobley,
Peter Charles
P.C. Cobley
Son (with two brothers and one sister) of John Cowan Cobley (1881-1959), and Minnie May Kitts (1892-1982), of St George's Hill, Weybridge.
27.03.1923
Enfield, Edmonton district, Middlesex
-
11.1947
Burma
Ldg.Acm. ? [1293718]
P/O (prob) 23.07.1941 [102296]
(WS) F/O 23.07.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 23.07.1943
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 05.02.1943 ?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 11.08.1944 ?
Market gardener.
23.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1943)     272 Squadron RAF
(1944)     613 Squadron RAF (03.1944 wounded or injured in action)
Cogill,
John Charles
J.C. Cogill
17.07.1920
Tamworth district, Derbyshire / Staffordshire / Warwickshire
-
01.2003
Surrey Northern district, Surrey
Ldg.Acm.
? [1152530]
P/O (prob)
20.06.1942 [123932]
(WS) F/O (prob)
20.12.1942
(WS) F/Lt.
20.06.1944
F/O
01.07.1946, seniority 20.06.1943
F/Lt.
02.07.1946, seniority 20.12.1945
Sq.Ldr.
01.01.1952
W/Cdr.
01.01.1958 (retd 17.10.1968)
Distinguished Service Order DSO
21.09.1945
?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
25.05.1943
?
20.06.1942


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1943)
 
 
143 Squadron RAF
(1945)
 
 
192 Squadron RAF
01.07.1946
 
 
permanent commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)
1951
-
?
Commanding Officer, 39 Squadron RAF
Cohen,
Lionel [Frederick William]
"Sos"
L. Cohen
Son of Andrew Meyer Cohen, and Augusta Cohen.

07.06.1875
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
-
28.08.1960
Slingfold
P/O (prob) 14.02.1939 [72629]
P/O 19.08.1939
F/O 19.08.1939
Sq.Ldr. ?
(A) W.Cdr. ?
(T) W/Cdr. 01.07.1944
W/Cdr. ? (emgcy ...) (reld 10.02.1954)
Distinguished Service Order DSO 27.07.1918 ?
Military Cross MC 01.02.1917 ?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 01.02.1944 ?
Mention in Despatches MID 11.10.1917 ?
Mention in Despatches MID 31.01.1919 ?
Mention in Despatches MID 08.12.1920 ?
Mention in Despatches MID 01.01.1941 ?
Mention in Despatches MID 02.06.1943 ?
Air Medal (USA) AM 15.10.1946 ?
14.02.1939     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch)
... - ... ...
Literature: Richardson, Anthony. The crowded hours : the story of 'Sos' Cohen (1952).
Cole,
Norman
L. Cohen
Married Betty ...
1922
Wallasey
-
1970
Cpl. ? [955973]
P/O (prob) 10.02.1945 [193149]
(WS) F/O 10.08.1945 (reld 23.06.1947; on appointment to the reconstituted RAFVR)
F/O 23.06.1947
F/Lt. 01.03.1951, seniority 30.11.1950 (reld 23.06.1957; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
10.02.1945     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
23.06.1947     commissioned, RAFVR (Reconstituted Section) (General Duties Branch)
 
Cole,
Ralph Fielding
R.F. Cole (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
(A) P/O (prob) 18.07.1941 [101653]
(WS) F/O ?
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Coleman,
Reginald Stanley
R.S. Coleman (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
07.12.1907
-
10.2002
New Forest district, Hampshire
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [103311]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Collacott,
Ralph Albert
R.A. Collacott (Photo courtesy of Mr Peter Collacott) R.A. Collacott (Photo courtesy of Mr Peter Collacott)
Son of Sidney Albert Collacott (1886-1956), and Lily Grace Salt (1890-1973).
Married (09.07.1941, St Nicholas Church, Strood, Chatham district, Kent) Ruby Hilda Nash (27.11.1920 - 18.04.1995), daughter of Earnest Nathaniel Nash (1893-), and Hilda Emily Ellard (1894-1984); two sons.
19.01.1918
Medway district, Kent
-
01.10.1996
Leicester district, Leicestershire
P/O (prob) 13.09.1940 [85812]
P/O 13.09.1941
(WS) F/O 21.04.1942
(T) F/Lt. 01.01.1944
13.09.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
21.04.1941     transferred, RAFVR (Technical Branch)
 
Collingwood,
William Edward
W.E. Collingwood
Son of ... Collingwood, and ... Nicholas.
14.01.1920
St Pancras district, London
-
10.1989
Peterborough
(T) F/Sgt.
? [751206]
P/O (prob)
05.01.1942 [115636]
(WS) F/O (prob)
01.10.1942
(WS) F/Lt.
05.01.1944
F/Lt. RAF
03.04.1947, seniority 01.09.1945
Sq.Ldr. RAF
01.07.1952 (retd 31.05.1973; at own request)
Distinguished Flying Medal DFM
23.09.1941
?



served in the ranks RAFVR
(1941)


150 Squadron RAF
05.01.1942


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
03.04.1947


extended service commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)
25.05.1949


permanent commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)
07.09.1949


transferred to RAF (Technical Branch - Signals)
31.05.1973


retired from the Engineer Branch
AMBIM
Collins,
Arthur Norman
L.M. Chapman (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
07.07.1906
Brighton, Sussex
-
01.1993
Haywards Heath district, West Sussex
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941, seniority 27.06.1941 [104171]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Collins,
William Richard
W.R. Collins (Photo courtesy of Mr Mike Armstrong) W.R. Collins (Photo courtesy of Mr Mike Armstrong)
Son of Richard Collins, and Margaret "Maggie" Jacob, of Pontypridd, Glamorgan.
(12?).1912
Pontypridd, Glamorgan
-
10.09.1943
[age 30]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 123]
Sgt. ? [1270337]
P/O (prob) 15.12.1942 [138822]
(WS) F/O (prob) 15.06.1943
15.12.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 10.09.1943 224 Squadron RAF
[Liberator FL959 (F/O G.H. Wharram) took off from Gibraltar at 10:30 hrs on 02.09.1943, to carry out anti-submarine sweep in the Bay of Biscay. At 16:15 hrs, whilst in position 44.00 N, 11.00 W, Liberator was attacked by four Ju.88s. After combat, Liberator was forced to ditch. The captain (F/O Wharram) was killed in action. The remaining members of the crew (Flight Sergeant Foss, F/O Collins, Sergeant Bareham, F/O Miller, Sergeant Dilks, F/O Wilcox and F/O Johnston) were in a dinghy for some days. F/O Miller and F/O [sic] Wilcox died on 07.09.1943 and 08.09.1943, respectively, and were both buried at sea. The remaining members of the crew were rescued at 09:45 hrs on 09.09.1943 by HMS Wildgoose, but P/O Collins and Sergeant Bareham died on board ship. For more details click here.]
Collison,
Harry
H. Collison
Married ...; ... children (one son?).
10.06.1885
-
?
P/O (prob) 19.07.1940 [82811]
(WS) F/O 19.07.1941
(T) F/Lt. 01.09.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 09.01.1944 (reld 12.06.1945; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
(A) Sq.Ldr. 1945?
19.07.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
> 05.1942,
< 07.1942
    transferred, RAF Regiment
His son writes: "Served [pre-WW2] in India either with the Indian Army or with the British Army in India and attained Captain rank."
Colson,
William Alfred
"Billy"
W.A. Colson (Photo courtesy of Mr Wyn Harrison)
Son (with two younger brothers and one sister) of Alfred Colson (1890-1949), a car attendant on the Great Western Railway, and Gladys Dora Maude Jeffery (1897-1956).
Married (04.04.1936, Paddington district, London) Florence Amelia "Millie" Burden ((07?).1913 - ), of Washford, Somerset; one daughter, one son.
08.01.1915
Paddington, London

-
17.12.1943
[age 28]
[Willesden New Cemetery, London, section E, grave 2342]
Sgt. ? [1475395]
P/O (prob) 31.01.1943 [141402]
(WS) F/O (prob) 31.07.1943
(A) F/Lt. 1943?
Distinguished Flying Medal DFM 18.05.1943 ?
1939-1945 Star 39|45 St - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
(1942)     9 Squadron RAF (DFM)
31.01.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 17.12.1943 air bomber, 97 Squadron RAF (Bourn, Cambridgeshire)
[Lancaster JB119. Airborne 16:45 hrs 16.12.1943 from Bourn. Crashed 00:42 hrs on return to base. Details of P/O Pratt's award were published 19.10.1943, while that for F/O Colson was gazetted 18.05.1943. S/L Mackenzie is buried in Cambridge City cemetery; the others who were killed were buried in their home towns. S/L D.F.MacKenzie DFC KIA P/O J.T.Pratt DFM KIA F/S R.F.Marshall Inj F/O W.A.colson DFM KIA F/S A.Hunter Inj F/S W.A.Lang RAAF Inj F/S K.L.Kirby.]
A relative writes: "On the night of 16th/17th December 1943 the Lancasters from Bourn, 6 miles from Cambridge, set out for a raid on Berlin. The fog was already very bad and the crews thought that the mission would be called off, but it went ahead. Bomber Command had not sent a raid on Berlin for 2 weeks and the orders were that they should go. Billy should not have been flying that night but the usual bomb aimer, of Lancaster F-Freddy was unable to go, therefore Billy took his place. As they began to return to base at Bourn, just after midnight on 17th December, there was a dense fog and the ‘planes could not find the airfield and those that did could not see the runways. There was a flarepath but they couldn’t see it from the air through the fog and they were running out of fuel. Some of the ‘planes with enough fuel made it to nearby airfields, many Lancasters crashed at Bourn with terrible loss of life and men burned and injured. Billy’s plane, almost safely home, missed the runway and crashed on the edge of a road, bursting into flames. The pilot, the flight engineer, and Billy Colson were killed and the other four members of the crew were badly injured but survived. This night became known as Black Thursday. A great number of aircraft crashed that night in other parts of the country due to the weather."
Colwell,
Fred Edmundson
F.E. Colwell
Son of Fred Colwell, and Ada Edmondson.
Married 1st ((03?).1944, Blackpool district, Lancashire) Katheen Cardwell; two sons.
Married 2nd ((06?).1970, Haslingden district, Lancashire) Jean M. Aspden.
24.04.1920
Burnley district, Lancashire

-
07.2001
Kendal district, Westmorland
Sgt. ? [1208956]
P/O (prob) 07.06.1943 [149230]
(WS) F/O (prob) 07.12.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 07.06.1945
King's Commendation Cmdn 01.01.1944 for valuable service in the air
07.06.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      pilot, No. 3 Aircraft Delivery Unit (No. 216 Group RAF) (Middle East)
Colwell,
Leonard John
L.J. Colwell (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
17.02.1906
Greenwich district, London

-
04.1987
Eastbourne district, Sussex
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [103312]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Compton,
Donald Wilfred
D.W. Compton (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
22.06.1908
Edmonton district, Middlesex
-
02.1989
Cardiganshire North district, Dyfed, Wales
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [103313]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Compton,
Percy Norman
P.N. Compton (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
?
-
?
Ldg.Acm. ? [1162620]
(A) P/O (prob) 18.07.1941, seniority 04.06.1941 [101779]
(WS) F/O ...
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Condy,
Thomas Dowling
T.D. Condy
07.03.1915
Belfast, Northern Ireland

-
(12?).1973
Nottingham district, Nottinghamshire
Sgt. ? [748192]
P/O (prob) 06.10.1940 [85692]
(WS) F/O 06.10.1941
(T) F/Lt. 01.01.1943
(A) Sq.Ldr. ?
06.10.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
06.06.1941     transferred, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch)
Illustrated: A. Wylie Blue, Fossicker's Fare: Rakings & Recollections (1946).
Connolly,
Christopher
C. Connolly
1902 ?
Dunbarton, Scotland
-
Acm 2nd cl.
? [998070]
(A) P/O (prob)
10.01.1941, seniority 18.11.1940 [89744]
P/O (prob)
31.01.1941
P/O
10.01.1942
(WS) F/O
31.01.1942, seniority 23.11.1941 (reld 06.12.1945; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
(T) F/Lt.
01.01.1943
Mention in Despatches MID
01.01.1946
?
10.01.1941


commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]



served in India & Burma (1943-1945)
Conroy,
James
J. Conroy (Photo courtesy of Mr Charles Conroy)
Son of Charles Henry Conroy, and Mary Rooney.
Married (15.09.1945) Joyce Mary Castledine, from Nottingham; two daughters, two sons.
08.08.1922
Accrington, Haslingden district, Lancashire
-
20.06.1966
Nelson, Burnley district, Lancashire
Wt.Offr.
? [1081669]
P/O (prob)
29.06.1944 [179284]
P/O
29.12.1944
(WS) F/O
29.12.1944
(WS) F/Lt.
29.06.1946
F/O
01.11.1947, seniority 29.06.1945
F/Lt.
29.12.1947
F/O
22.11.1949
F/Lt.
01.03.1951, seniority 02.10.1950 (reld 25.01.1963)
29.06.1944
 
 
commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
02.1945
-
04.1945
127 Squadron RAF



611 Squadron RAF
22.11.1949
-
25.01.1953
commissioned, RAFVR (Reconstituted Section) (General Duties Branch)
25.01.1953
-
11.03.1957
commissioned, reconstituted RAuxAF (General Duties Branch)
11.03.1957
-
25.01.1963
commissioned, reconstituted RAuxAF Reserve of Officers (General Duties Branch)
Cook,
John Sutherland
J.S. Cook

Son (with twelve siblings) of William Cook (1898-1983), and Isabella Sutherland (1896-1974).
Married (20.12.1952, Twickenham, London) Gwendolene E.M. Charlish (27.04.1926 - ), daughter of Joseph Charlish, and Maggie E. Salter; three sons, one daughter..
22.06.1922
Findochty, Banffshire, Scotland

-
01.12.2010
Eastbourne, East Sussex
F/Sgt. ? [1553865]
P/O (prob) 17.03.1944 [174008]
(WS) F/O 17.09.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 17.03.1946
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 08.12.1944 ?
Education: University of St Andrews (MB, ChB 02.03.1955); DTM&H Liverp 1956.
      61 Squadron RAF
17.03.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 (1944)     207 Squadron RAF (DFC)
      617 Squadron RAF
Cook,
Leonard
L. Cook
?
-
P/O (prob) 15.02.1940 [77574]
(WS) F/O 15.02.1941
(T) F/Lt. 01.09.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 01.09.1943
(A) Sq.Ldr. (1945)
F/Lt. 17.07.1947, seniority 01.09.1945
Sq.Ldr. 01.11.1947, seniority 01.08.1947 (transferred to reserve and called up for air force service 17.07.1951) (reversed to reserve 17.01.1952) (retd 17.07.1960; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) MBE 01.01.1946 New Year 46
15.02.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
22.06.1940     transferred, RAFVR (Technical Branch)
17.07.1947     extended service commission, RAF (Technical Branch)
Cook,
Terence Frank
T.F. Cook
?
-
(A) Wt.Offr.
? [1395207]
P/O (prob)
19.04.1944 [174619]
P/O
19.10.1944, seniority 19.04.1944
(WS) F/O
19.10.1944
(WS) F/Lt.
19.04.1946
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
18.08.1944
?
19.04.1944
 
 
commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1944)
 
 
100 Squadron RAF
Cook,
Victor Chandler
V.C. Cook (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
(12?).1885
Mile End Old Town district, London
-
18.12.1945
Hillingdon, Middlesex
(A) P/O (prob) 18.07.1941 [110547]
(WS) F/O ? (reld 16.07.1943; ill-health)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) OBE WW I ?
Education: Cambridge (BA 1907).
Solicitor. Admitted June 1911, practising at 11 Mansion House Chambers, Queen Victoria Street, E.C.
      Joined Sept. 6, 1914, as Private, Honourable Artillery Company, promoted Lance-Corporal June 1915, Corporal July 1915. Gazetted 2nd
Lieut. Royal Army Service Corps Sept. 21, 1915, promoted Lieut. May 1916, Capt. Dec. 1917. Once mentioned in Dispatches. Awarded O.B.E. Served in France Dec. 1914 to June 1919.
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Cooke,
Gerald Frank Russell
G.F.R. Cooke
Son of Charles Ernest Cooke, and Margaret Beatrice Wood, of Shanklin, Isle of Wight.
(06?).1922
West Ham district, London
-
29.07.1942
[age 20]
[Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany, 14.F.6]
Sgt. ? [1336150]
P/O (prob) 06.12.1941 [115185]
      training in Florida and then service at Grantham, Middleton St George, Bassingbourne and finally in Steeple Morden
06.12.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
23.07.1942 - 29.07.1942 pilot, 156 Squadron RAF
[Wellington III BJ 592 had taken off
at 22:42 hrs from Alconbury for an operation against Hamburg. Crashed in the vicinity of Oldenburg, where the crew were originally buried. Since the cessation of hostilities, their remains have been taken to Becklingham War Cemetery.]
Cooke,
Horace
H. Cooke (Photo courtesy of Mrs Shirley Cooke)

Son of Bert W. Cooke, and Mabel Caunt.
Married 1st ((12?).1949, Basford district, Nottinghamshire; divorced) Rosemary Edwards; two sons.
Married 2nd ...; one daughter.
03.04.1919
Basford district, Nottinghamshire

-
03.1990
Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
Sgt. ? [751877]
P/O (prob) 19.01.1942 [115312]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 19.01.1944 (reld 26.08.1946; medical unfitness; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
F/O 06.12.1965 (reld 06.12.1070)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 14.05.1943 ?
19.01.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1943)     156 Squadron RAF (DFC)
06.12.1965 - 06.12.1970 commissioned, RAFVR (Training Branch) (for four years; 06.12.1969 extended by one year) [2054 Squadron (Southwell)]
Cooke,
William Pebody
W.P. Cooke
Son (with two brothers) of Reginald Cooke (1868-1964), and May Atkinson (1878-1966).
Married ((06?).1936, Wharfedale district, West Riding of Yorkshire) Beryl Laura Bigland (20.06.1909 - 05.1990); one daughter, one son.
02.07.1909
Gomersal, Dewsbury district, West Riding of Yorkshire
-
15.01.1994
Sheffield district, Yorkshire
Acm. 2nd cl. ? [1671721]
(A) P/O (prob) 27.05.1943 [144824]
P/O (prob) 22.07.1943
(WS) F/O 22.01.1944 (Emgcy List) (reld 02.07.1954; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
27.05.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) (for administrative and miscellaneous duties) [emergency commission]
His son writes: "I have almost no information about my Father's war service, only he has the Italy Star so was in the Mediterranean for a large period. He could have been in Intelligence and attached to America Forces for some time. Family lived in the Ilkley, Yorkshire area during the war years."

 
Cooper,
Albert Victor
A.V. Cooper (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
?
-
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941, seniority 27.06.1941 [104164]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Cooper,
Anthony George Hamilton
"Tony"
A.G.H. Cooper A.G.H. Cooper
A.G.H. Cooper A.G.H. Cooper
A.G.H. Cooper A.G.H. Cooper
Married Pearl Cooper; one son, one daughter.

06.02.1916
-
26.01.2017
Ritson Lodge Care Home, Hopton-on-Sea
Sgt. ? [741792]
P/O (prob) 06.07.1940 [81665]
(WS) F/O 06.07.1941
(WS) F/Lt. 06.07.1942
Mention in Despatches MID 14.06.1945 ?
Légion d'Honneur (France) LegH 2015 -
06.07.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      64 Squadron RAF
 
Cooper,
Dan
D. Cooper (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
(12?).1903
Dewsbury, West Riding of Yorkshire
-
(09?).1951
Dewsbury, West Riding of Yorkshire
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [103314]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Cooper,
Douglas Roland
D.R. Cooper
Son of Henry Thomas Cooper, and Eleanor Emma Hollingsworth.
Married ((06?).1943, Surrey Mid Eastern district) Brigid Pauline Brady (28.04.1919 - 01.2000), of Sutton, Surrey. She remarried (1970) Graham A. Lambert.
(03?).1916
Islington district, London
-
15.11.1943
(KIA) [age 26]
[Lymington Cemetery, Hampshire, RC plot, grave 18]
Sgt. ? [1260680]
P/O (prob) 12.09.1942 [130853]
(WS) F/O (prob) 12.03.1943
12.09.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 15.11.1943 53 Squadron RAF
Cooper,
Dudley George
D.G. Cooper
Son of ... Cooper, and ... Shervell.
Married ...; ... children (one daughter?).
25.09.1917
Portsmouth district, Hampshire

-
15.02.1997
Basingstoke district, Hampshire
P/O (prob) 21.06.1940 [81117]
(WS) F/O 21.06.1941
(T) F/Lt. 01.07.1943 (reld 03.07.1949; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
(A) Sq.Ldr. ?
Education: Portsmouth Grammar School (Officer Training Corps 1934).
21.06.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
10.02.1941     transferred, RAFVR (Technical Branch)
His daughter writes: "My father was a radar engineer, serving in Burma and India during WWII."
Cooper,
Henry Myer Albert
H.M.A. Cooper (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
Ldg.Acm. ? [749945]
(A) P/O (prob) 18.07.1941, seniority 16.06.1941 [101752]
(WS) F/O ?
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Copping,
Ivor John
I.J. Copping
Son of William Frederick Copping (1892-1970), and Amy Georgina Roome (1893-1979).
Married ((06?).1944, Oxford district, Oxfordshire) Doris Margaret Poulter (12.02.1925 - 23.01.2000), daughter of William Wharton Poulter (1899-1951), and Edith Marjorie Henstock (1899-1985); two sons, one daughter.
30.11.1919
Plaistow, West Ham district, Essex
-
11.03.1973
Oxford district, Oxfordshire
F/Sgt. ? [922429]
P/O (prob) 14.01.1944 [170755]
(WS) F/O 14.07.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 14.01.1946
Distinguished Flying Medal DFM 07.11.1943 ?
      served in the ranks RAFVR
(1942?)     possibly 108 Squadron RAF
(1943)     12 Squadron RAF (DFM)
14.01.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Corbett,
Reginald John Roberts
R.J.R. Corbett (Photo courtesy of Mr Mark Morris-Jones)
Son of ... Corbett, and ... Hardy.
Married ((03?).1936, Wellington district, Shropshire / Somerset) Rosetta Mary Bailey (1917 - 29.12.2010); one daughter, three sons.
01.07.1917
Shifnal district, Shropshire
-
(03?).1977
Wrexham district, Clwyd, Wales
Ldg.Acm. ? [656260]
P/O (prob) 20.01.1942 [119681]
P/O 1943?, seniority 20.01.1942
(WS) F/O 24.01.1944
      No. 1 Flight, 2 Squadron, 10 Initial Training Wing (Scarborough)
20.01.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) (navigator) [emergency commission]
24.01.1944     transferred, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) (for administrative and miscellaneous duties)
 
Corder,
Charles Clayton
C.C. Corder

29.07.1917
West Thurrock, Essex
-
31.05.2005
hospital, Chelmsford, Essex
F/Sgt.
? [1161447]
P/O (prob)
30.01.1943 [141015]
(WS) F/O (prob)
30.07.1943
(WS) F/Lt.
30.01.1945 (reld 1946)
Conspicuous Gallantry Medal CGM
13.04.1943
71 operational missions [citation]
Croix de Guerre (France) CdeG
?
?



navigator, 248 Squadron RAF
30.01.1943
 
 
commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]



404 Squadron RAF
Corney,
Douglas
"Jack"
D. Corney
Son of Thomas Corney, and Edith Holroyd.
19.03.1924
Halifax district, West Riding of Yorkshire
-
08.2003
Isle of Wight
Acm. 2nd cl. ? [412161]
P/O (prob) 24.12.1944 [189374]
(WS) F/O 24.06.1945
24.12.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      served possibly with 614 Squadron RAF
Cosgrove,
Brian Alphonsus
B.A. Cosgrove (Photo courtesy of Mr Oliver Cosgrove)
Married Cornelia Christine van Sillevoldt (12.02.1915 - 12.04.1997), who, being Dutch, acted as translator at war crimes tribunals in the mid-1940s.
(12?).1908
Belfast, Northern Ireland

-
11.12.1956
Batu Gajah Hospital (Ipoh, Malaysia) [buried Batu Gajah]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1353534]
(A) P/O (prob) 20.12.1940 [89549]
P/O (prob) 10.01.1941
P/O 20.12.1941
(WS) F/O 10.01.1942, seniority 10.12.1941
(T) F/Lt. ?
(WS) F/Lt. 15.07.1943
(A) Sq.Ldr. (1944)
Mention in Despatches MID 01.01.1945 ?
Lawyer at Belfast and Irish Dancing judge.
20.12.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
01.02.1942     transferred, Royal Air Force Regiment
03.04.1943     transferred, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch)
      acting judge at war crimes tribunal (Luneberg?)
Partner Gibb & Co, Malaya.
Cotesworth,
William Lethbridge
W.L. Cotesworth (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
Cpl. ? [1266375]
(A) P/O (prob) 18.07.1941, seniority 04.02.1941 [101653]
(WS) F/O ?
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Cottle,
Arthur Roy
A.R. Cottle (Photo courtesy of Mr Philip Cleland)
07.03.1908
Paddington, London

-
02.1995
Surrey Mid-Eastern district, Surrey
P/O (prob) 21.10.1940 [87516]
... ...
(T) F/Lt. 01.01.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 16.01.1945
(A) Sq.Ldr. (07.1945)
21.10.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) (for administrative and miscellaneous duties) [emergency commission]
(07.1945)     Supreme HQ Allied Expeditionary Force/Air (Rear)
Cotton,
Kenneth [Roy]
K. Cotton (Photo courtesy of Mary Cotton)
Son (with one sister) of Joseph Henry Cotton (1892-1938), and Frances Fannie Henwood (1892-1985).
Married (14.09.1940) Josephine Mildred Burnett Poole (16.06.1917 - 2008); two daughters, one son..
05.09.1916
Reading, Berkshire

-
11.05.1974
Sudbury district, Suffolk
Ldg.Acm. ? [1239329]
P/O (prob) 24.10.1942 [131615]
(WS) F/O 24.04.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 24.10.1944 (reld 13.09.1946; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
Commendation Comdn 14.06.1945 for valuable service in the air
24.10.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
1943 - 1945 navigational instructor in Canada
Coull,
John
"Jack"
J. Coull
?
-
08.12.1944
[Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany, 7.D.10]
F/Sgt. ? [1559212]
P/O (prob) 25.11.1944 [188892]
25.11.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 08.12.1944 pilot, 247 Squadron RAF
[shot down by flak in his Typhoon 1B [MM951 "V"] near Lette]
Cowen,
Francis Bolam
see: Army officers' section  
Cowper,
David Ruxton
D.R. Cowper (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
1903
Scotland
-
1972
Scotland
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [103315]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Cox,
Arthur Cromwell Llewellyn
A.C.L. Cox (Photo courtesy of Mrs Avryl Douglass, née Cox)
Son of Walter George Cox, and Sarah Ann Charles.
Married ((06?).1934, Fylde district, Lancashire) Emily Winstanley Jones, of South Shore, Blackpool, Lancashire; ... children (one daughter?).
(03?).1912
Croydon district, London

-
12.09.1944
(MPK) [age 33]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 210]
F/Sgt. ? [1623247]
P/O (prob) 30.07.1944 [182638]
30.07.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 12.09.1944 626 Squadron RAF
[Lancaster LM137 (UM-G2) was a
irborne 18:25 hrs 12.09.1944 from Wickenby for an operation against Frankfurt. Cause of loss not established. Crashed 22:40 hrs at Plittersdorf, 4 km NW of Rastatt.]
Cox,
Neill Dudley
N.D. Cox

12.06.1923
Weybridge, Surrey
-
16.07.2011
Sgt. ? [1385775]
P/O (prob) 19.06.1942 [124417]
(WS) F/O 19.12.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 19.06.1944
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 16.10.1942 *
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 08.09.1944 ?
* This officer has participated in many sorties and has displayed great keenness and devotion to duty. On one occasion in September, 1943, Flying Officer Cox took part in an engagement against a force of enemy aircraft, i of which he shot down. The following day, during a similiar sortie, Flying Officer Cox destroyed a Junkers 52. Shortly afterwards, he was engaged by 2 fighters. In the combat his aircraft was extensively damaged and his observer was seriously wounded. Later, when his aircraft could no longer be flown, Flying Officer Cox skilfully brought it down on to the sea. After assisting his gravely wounded comrade into the dinghy, Flying Officer Cox clambered aboard. Seeing his comrade was in dire need of assistance and that no progress could be made by paddling the dinghy, this gallant officer jumped overboard and swam to the shore a mile distant towing the dinghy as he went. His determination and forethought set a very fine example.
Education: Charterhouse; short course at Oxford.
19.06.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1943/44)     39 Squadron RAF (DFC & Bar)
Cox,
Percival Maynard
P.M. Cox (Photo courtesy of Mrs Sheila Gore)
Son of Alfred Henry Cox (1880-1952), and Charlotte Elizabeth Robinson (1880-1911).
Married (17.09.1932, St Mary, Mortlake, Richmond South district, Surrey) Doris Annie Crew ((09?).1907 - ); ... children (one daughter, two sons?).
15.06.1906
Barnes, Richmond district, Surrey

-
11.01.1985
Surrey Northern district, Surrey
Sgt. ? [1437799]
(A) P/O (prob) 17.02.1944 [171148]
P/O (prob) 13.04.1944
(WS) F/O 13.10.1944
17.02.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) (for administrative and miscellaneous duties) [emergency commission]
His daughter writes: "Served at RAF Cardington and other stations. When commissioned was a LINK training officer."
Coxall,
Frank Thomas
F.T. Coxall (Photo courtesy of Mr Simon Coxall) F.T. Coxall (Photo courtesy of Mr Simon Coxall)
F.T. Coxall (Photo courtesy of Mr Simon Coxall) F.T. Coxall (Photo courtesy of Mr Simon Coxall)
F.T. Coxall (Photo courtesy of Mr Simon Coxall)
Son of James Coxall (1883-), and Ethel Lizzie Wilson (1883-1974).
Married 1st ((09?).1943, Camberwell district, Surrey) Kathleen Lillian Tait (16.07.1912 - 07.1995); no children. Kathleen Coxall remarried (1958) Thomas G. Castle.
Married 2nd (21.03.1955, Westminster district, London) Moira Grace Rogers (02.06.1928 - 03.03.2010), daughter (with one sister) of Albert Henry Rogers (1895-1977), and Mary Gwendolyn Smith (1894-1979); three sons.
24.06.1919
Camberwell district, Greater London
-
15.12.1998
Kelvedon Hatch, Havering district, Essex
[buried St Nicholas Church, Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood Borough, Essex]
Sgt. ? [921908]
P/O (prob) 10.06.1941 [108044]
P/O 10.06.1942
(WS) F/O 10.06.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 10.06.1943
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 16.10.1942 *
* In September, 1942, Flying Officers Grundy and Coxall were captain and navigator respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack a target in Northern France. Owing to adverse weather, it was impossible to locate the target but, as an alternative, a large industrial plant was vigorously attacked. Whilst flying over the objective, at chimney height, bombs were released and several hits obtained. Both these officers have completed many sorties and have always displayed great determination, combined with a high degree of operational efficiency.
10.06.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1942)     observer/navigator, 88 Squadron RAF (regular crew in Douglas Boston "D for Donald"; flew from Oulton aerodrome in Norfolk and Swanton Morley at some stage)
Coyle,
Michael John
F.W. Crawley
Son of George and Bridget Coyle.
1915 ?
Ireland
-
04.10.1943
(KIA) [age 28]
[Dürnbach War Cemetery, Germany, 9.G.2]
Wt.Offr. ? [1272633]
P/O (prob) 30.09.1943 [159015]
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 17.04.1945 with effect from 03.10.1943 [posthumously]
30.09.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 04.10.1943 wireless operator/air gunner, 156 Squadron RAF (DFC)
[Lancaster JB242 [GT-Y] took off 18:29 hrs from Warboys for an operation against Frankfurt. Aircraft was brought down by Flak at Frankfurt West of Streckengabelung Homburger Landstraße/Berkersheimer Weg. Complete crew of 8 was killed.]
Craig,
Allan John Laird
A.J.L. Craig A.J.L. Craig
A.J.L. Craig A.J.L. Craig
A.J.L. Craig A.J.L. Craig

Only son of Jock Laird Craig, and Alethea M. Le Flay, of Gloucester, Gloucestershire.
Married ((12?).1946, St Marylebone district, London) Flight Officer Mary Stanley Smith, WAAF, elder daughter of Mr & Mrs E. Smith, of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire; two sons, one daughter.
09.05.1923
Leighton Buzzard
-
09.06.1971
Leicester Clinic, Leicester, Leicestershire
Ldg.Acm. ? [1194243]
P/O (prob) 30.07.1941 [103561]
(WS) F/O 30.07.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 30.07.1943
(WS) Sq.Ldr. 10.07.1945-01.01.1948
(A) W/Cdr. 1944?
F/Lt. 02.04.1946, seniority 01.09.1945
25.02.1947, seniority 01.09.1945
Sq.Ldr. 01.07.1951 (retd 11.04.1956; own request; retaining rank of W/Cdr.)
Distinguished Service Order DSO 24.10.1944 *
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) MBE 01.06.1953 HM's coronation
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 21.07.1944 **
Air Force Cross AFC 01.01.1947 New Year 47
Officer of the National Order of the Southern Cross (Brazil), 13.11.1945.
* In September, 1944, Squadron Leader Craig and Warrant Officer [J.E.] Davidson [who got the DFC for this action] were pilot and flight engineer respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack an enemy airfield. Whilst over the target the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire. The starboard fuel system was damaged, causing a serious leakage of petrol. Despite this, Squadron Leader Craig pressed home his attack. The two starboard engines were now useless. Nevertheless, this pilot set course for home. The enemy coast was safely crossed but, whilst over the sea, height was gradually being lost. All movable equipment was jettisoned to assist in maintaining height and finally a landing was made at the nearest airfield. Throughout the return flight, Warrant Officer Davidson well proved his engineering skill and his efforts were of immense value to his captain. In perilous circumstances these members of aircraft crew displayed the highest standard of coolness, courage and determination. Squadron Leader Craig has completed a very large number of sorties and has proved himself to be an inspiring leader; Warrant Officer Davidson has also participated in many bombing missions and has always displayed the greatest keenness and devotion to duty.
** This officer has completed a large number of sorties, many of them demanding a high degree
of skill and resolution Throughout his tour he has displayed exceptional' keenness whilst his good judgment and outstanding ability have contributed in a large measure to the success of many important missions in which he has taken part.
26.08.1939     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1944)     7 Squadron RAF (DSO, DFC)
10.04.1945 - 10.09.1945 Commanding Officer, 156 Squadron RAF
11.09.1945 - 23.10.1946 Commanding Officer, 35 Squadron RAF
02.04.1946     permanent commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)
"Youngest Wing Commander in the RAF at age 21."
Craig,
William Nicholas
"Bill"
W.N. Craig
Elder son of the Rev. & Mrs William Craig, BD, of The Manse, Fortrose, Ross-shire.
Married (02.03.1945, Greyfriars Church, Dumfries) Section Officer Dorothy Robson, WAAF, younger daughter of Thomas Nixon Robson (1877-1954), and Marguerite Grey Murphy, of Roker, Sunderland; one daughter.
1916
Kelty district, Fife, Scotland
-
05.12.2009
P/O (prob) 26.08.1939 [72808]
F/O 26.08.1939
(T) F/Lt. 01.06.1942, seniority 01.12.1940
(WS) F/Lt. 01.04.1943
(T) Sq.Ldr. 01.01.1943, seniority 01.12.1941
(WS) Sq.Ldr. 26.03.1944
(A?) W/Cdr. (1945)
W/Cdr. ? (reld 03.09.1951; retaining rank of W/Cdr.)
Sq.Ldr. 03.09.1951 (reld 01.03.1959)
Education: BSc.
26.08.1939     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch)
24.04.1940     transferred, RAFVR (Technical Branch) (Signals Officer)
03.09.1951     commissioned, RAFVR (Reconstituted Section) (Technical Branch)
Crail,
Duncan William
D.W. Crail (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
19.03.1901
-
(12?).1981
North East Hampshire district, Hampshire
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [106834]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Crawfurd,
Edward Reginald Payne
"Ted"
E.R.P. Crawfurd
Son (with one sister and a twin-brother) of Proby Edward Payne Crawfurd (1863-1949), and Ade Violet Marguerite Edith Wynne-Roberts (1880-1965).
Married 1st (21.03.1945, Surrey) Alfreda A.D. Wells (1910 - ); one daughter.
Married 2nd (05.06.1965, Surrey South Western district, Surrey) Pauline J. Hart.
Married 3rd (1986) Frances Jelbert (née Wooding).
29.03.1917
Haywards Heath, Cuckfield district, Hampshire

-
13.02.2003
West Surrey district, Surrey
Army:  
2nd Lt. 28.01.1937 (reld 30.09.1938)
RAFVR:  
Cpl. ? [920240]
(A) P/O (prob) 10.12.1942 [134641]
P/O (prob) 11.03.1943
(WS) F/O (prob) 11.09.1943
F/O 08.09.1948
F/Lt. 01.03.1951, seniority 02.02.1951 (reld 08.09.1953)
Education: Bradfield College (09.1930-07.1935; 'H' House); Royal Military College, Sandhurst (30.08.1935-12.1936).
Obtained civil aviators' licence (No. 16150) taken on a Miles Magister, Gipsy Major, 120, at Plymouth & District Aero Club on 12.08.1938. Aeronautical engineer, 1939.
28.01.1937     commissioned, Royal Sussex Regiment
10.12.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (Technical Branch) [emergency commission]
08.09.1948     commissioned, RAFVR (Reconstituted Section) (Technical Branch)
Photographer.
Crawley,
Frederick William
F.W. Crawley
?
-
Wt.Offr. ? [759197]
P/O (prob) 03.05.1943 [146012]
(WS) F/O (prob) 03.11.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 03.05.1945
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 18.01.1944 ?
03.05.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1943/44)     158 Squadron RAF (DFC)
Crawley,
Harold Charles
H.C. Crawley (Photo courtesy of Mr Rick Crawley)

Only son of Harry Charles Crawley and Charlotte Elizabeth Crawley of Leamington Spa, Warwicks. Grandson of Charles Chapman, Captain of the SS 
Great Britain.
Married; at least one son.
06.01.1901
Warwick, Warwickshire
-
07.1992
Sheffield, Yorkshire
Ldg.Acm.
? [1021495]
(A) P/O (prob)
12.10.1943 [147739]
P/O
12.04.1944
(WS) F/O
12.04.1944 (emcgy) (reld 10.02.1954, retaining rank of F/Lt.)
12.10.1943


commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Crisfield,
Cyril Raymond
C.R. Crisfield
03.10.1908
Thames Ditton, Kingston district, Surrey
-
02.1988
Reading and Wokingham district, Berkshire
Sgt. ?
(A) P/O (prob) 31.12.1941 [114729]
P/O (prob) 28.02.1942
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 05.03.1946 (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
31.12.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
His son writes: "He served in Coastal Command, and was stationed for some time in Shetland Islands, and also in Bombay Harbour India. He was not a flier, but was an intelligence officer. At the D-day invasion in 1944 he was a liaison officer on Admiral Ramsay's staff, and was based for some while at Southwick House, Portsmouth. Along with many of his generation, he did not talk much about his war-time experiences, although I believe he played cricket with Bombay Gymkhana whilst there! He was good cricketer!"
Crompton,
John Anthony
J.A. Crompton (Photo courtesy of Mr Edward Gill)
Third son of Ralph Crompton, and Josephine Helen Kenyon, of Betton Hall, Market Drayton.
Brother of F/O Ralph Kenyon Crompton, RAuxAF, and W/Cdr. Philipp Richardson Crompton, RAFVR.
21.08.1919
Bury district, Lancashire
-
23.08.1943
(KIA) [age 24]
[Phaleron War Cemetery, Greece, 5.D.14]
Sgt. ? [754276]
P/O 03.10.1939 [74668]
F/O 03.10.1940
(WS) F/Lt. 03.10.1941
(A) Sq.Ldr. ?
Education: Junior Scholar, Charterhouse; Charterhouse (Verites House; oration quarter 1933-summer quarter 1938); Brasenose College, Oxford University (BA).
?     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 23.08.1943 pilot, 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron RAF
[Pilot of Beaufighter JL 625 which took off from its base in Lybia on 23rd August 1943 for a sortie over enemy occupied territory. It was later reported that his aircraft had been shot down by anti-aircraft fire and had crashed into the sea near Ionian island of Zante killing both pilot and navigator, Sgt Henry Griffiths. Both crew members were buried on the island but were later transferred to Phaleron War Cemetery.]
Crompton,
Philipp Richardson
P.R. Crompton (Photo courtesy of Mr Edward Gill)
Second son of Ralph Crompton, and Josephine Helen Kenyon, of Betton Hall, Market Drayton.
Brother of F/O Ralph Kenyon Crompton, RAuxAF, and Sq.Ldr. John Anthony Crompton, RAFVR.
Married (18.10.1940, Christ Church, Harrow, Hendon district, Middlesex) Cecily Muriel Orton, only daughter (with two brothers) of Brig. Sidney Bernard Orton, CB (1881-1933), Indian Army, and Muriel Julia Eddis (1885?-1947), of Harrow; two daughters.
10.07.1917
Bury district, Greater Manchester / Lancashire
-
06.1981
Stoke on Trent district, Staffordshire
P/O 05.04.1938 [72250]
F/O 16.02.1940
(A) F/Lt. ?
(WS) F/Lt. 01.06.1941
(T) Sq.Ldr. 01.06.1942
(WS) Sq.Ldr. 01.08.1943
(A) W/Cdr. (1944)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 11.02.1941 ?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 29.12.1942 *
Air Force Cross AFC 08.06.1944 ?
Mention in Despatches MID 14.01.1944 ?
* In September, 1942, Sq.Ldr. Crompton was detailed to take part in an attack on Düsseldorf. After crossing the Dutch coast he was attacked by a hostile aircraft, which secured many hits. Despite his badly damaged bomber, Sq.Ldr. Crompton proceeded to the target, bombed it, and flew safely back to base.
Education: Charterhouse (Verites House; summer quarter 1931-summer quarter 1936); Brasenose College, Oxford University (BA; OU Football 1938).
05.04.1938     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1941)     9 Squadron RAF (DFC)
      7 Squadron RAF
Executive Director of family business, James R. Crompton & Bros, paper manufacturers.
Croney,
Frederick Don
F.D. Croney (Photo courtesy of Heidi Petzer)
Married ((06?).1944, Chatham district, Kent) Peggy Doreen Jones (03.02.1924 - ?); ... children.
22.06.1922
Mile End district, London
-
?
South Africa
F/Sgt. ? [1477104]
P/O (prob) 01.05.1944 [175728]
(WS) F/O 01.11.1944
(A) F/Lt. 1945?
(WS) F/Lt. 01.05.1946
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 12.1944 *
Mention in Despatches MID 01.01.1946 ?
* In November, 1944, this officer was the navigator bomb aimer in an aircraft detailed to attack Bochum. When approaching the target, accurate and concentrated anti-aircraft fire was encountered. Despite this. Pilot Officer Croney directed his captain on a steady bombing run to execute a successful attack. Shortly after the bombs had been released the aircraft was struck. Much damage was sustained and the wireless operator was wounded. Pilot Officer Croney immediately went to the assistance of his wounded comrade, to whom he rendered efficient first aid and administered morphia. Pilot Officer Croney afterwards gave valuable assistance in navigating the aircraft safely, to base. This officer set a fine example of coolness and efficiency.
01.05.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1944)     navigator, 582 Squadron RAF (DFC)
 
Cronin,
Harry Francis Edward
H.F.E. Cronin (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
?
(A) P/O (prob) 18.07.1941 [101654]
(WS) F/O ?
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Cross,
Philip Andrew
P.A. Cross (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath) P.A. Cross
(12?)1891
Lancashire

-
04.01.1962
Hertfordshire
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [104749]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(03.1945)     officer in a RAF unit in Iceland
 
Cross,
Robert Walter
"Bob"
R.W. Cross (Photo courtesy of Mr Max Samuel-Camps) R.W. Cross (Photo courtesy of Mr Max Samuel-Camps)
Son (with three sisters and one brother) of George Reginald Cross, and Florence Mary Emery.

Biographical sketch courtesy of Mr Terry Fox
(courtesy of Mr Terry Fox)

29.06.1918
Halesworth, Blything district, Suffolk

-
09.07.1963
Southampton, Hampshire
F/Sgt. ? [924906]
P/O (prob) 22.09.1943 [173280]
(WS) F/O 22.03.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 22.09.1945
Distinguished Flying Medal DFM 08.02.1944 *
* Flight Sergeant Cross has taken part in many sorties and has destroyed 7 and damaged several more enemy aircraft. In December, 1943, he participated in an attack against a formation of enemy bombers escorted by fighters. In the engagement Flight Sergeant Cross fought with rare determination, and shot down a fighter and afterwards hit a bomber which was seen to go down
in flames. Throughout this spirited action, Flight Sergeant Cross displayed great skill and courage, setting a splendid example.
(1943)     136 Squadron RAF (Burma) (DFM)
22.09.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Returned to Southampton where he joined accountants practice Alfred H Brown eventually becoming senior partner with many clients from the world of show business.
Crossley,
Donald Marshall
W.E. Collingwood
Son of Francis Marshall Crossley, and Muriel Crossley, of Hollingbourne, Kent.
(09?).1913
Hollingbourne, Kent
-
24.11.1943
[age 30]
[Staglieno Cemetery, Genoa, Italy, I.B.9]
Ldg.Acm.
? [1253405]
P/O (prob)
10.04.1941 [63455]
P/O
10.04.1942
(WS) F/O
10.04.1942
(WS) F/Lt.
08.01.1943
(A) Sq.Ldr.
1943?
(A) W/Cdr.
1943?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
02.06.1942
?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
25.05.1943
?
10.04.1941


commissioned, RAFVR [emergency commission]
(06.1942?)


148 Squadron RAF
(05.1943?)


70 Squadron RAF
1943
-
24.11.1943
104 Squadron RAF
Crow,
Henry Charles
H.C. Crow (Photo courtesy of Julia Rose)
Son (with five brothers and one sister) of John Lavender Crow (1872-1963), and Jessie Caroline Moon (1871-1964).
Married Mary Elizabeth Thompson (09.08.1906 - 19.10.1981), daughter (with fourt sisters and four brothers) of Henry Joseph Thompson (1873-1925), and Catherine Wyse (1887-1967); three daughters, one son.
05.12.1903
Battersea, London
-
08.11.1976
Vale Royal district, Cheshire
Cpl.. ? [1484357]
P/O (prob) 26.06.1942, seniority 30.03.1942 [123742]
(WS) F/O 26.12.1942 (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
Mention in Despatches MID 14.01.1944 ?
26.06.1942     commissioned, Royal Air Force Regiment - RAFVR [emergency commission]
Cruickshank,
William Alexander
W.A. Cruikckshank
Son of William and Margaret Cruickshank, of Aberdeen, Scotland.
1910
St Nicholas district, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
-
19.10.1943
[age 22]
[Malta (Capuccini) Naval Cemetery, Prot. Sec. (Men's), plot F, coll. grave 44]
Sgt.
? [1346154]
P/O (prob)
25.08.1943 [157415]
25.08.1943


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
?
-
19.10.1943
pilot, 185 Squadron RAF (Malta)
[killed in a landing accident]
Cunningham,
Wallace
"Jock"
W. Cunningham W. Cunningham

04.12.1916
Glasgow, Scotland
-
04.10.2011
Sgt. ? [741899]
P/O 08.06.1940 [80545]
(WS) F/O 01.06.1941
(WS) F/Lt. 01.06.1942
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 08.10.1940 *
* This officer has shot down five hostile aircraft. He has shown great personal gallantry and splendid skill in action.
1938     joined RAFVR
      commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
      83 Squadron RAF
(01.07.1940) - 28.08.1941 19 Squadron RAF
28.08.1941     Circus mission, shot down in his Spitfire IIa P8439 by flak and crash-landed on a Dutch beach; PoW

16.08.1940
07.09.1940
09.09.1940
15.09.1940
15.09.1940
18.09.1940
    victories:
1 Bf 110
1 He 111
1 Bf 109
1 Bf 109
½ Bf 110
½ Ju 88
Currie,
Vivian Lester
V.L. Currie (Photo courtesy of Mr Mike Currie)
Son of Samuel Currie, and Margaret Wray, of Stormont, Co. Down.
17.07.1920
Newhaven, Sussex
-
23.07.1942
[age 22]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 69]
Sgt. ? [1108129]
P/O (prob) 19.08.1941 [106035]
19.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 23.07.1942 pilot, 263 Squadron RAF
[Lost in Whirlwind P 7035 off Morlaix.]
Curtis,
Colin Hubert
C.H. Curtis (Photo courtesy of Mr Mike Curtis)
Son (with two sisters and two brothers) of Rev. Harold Eaton Curtis (1865-1941), and Lilian Estella Veall (1882-1969), of Wyberton, Lincolnshire.
06.1919
Holbeach district, Lincolnshire
-
20.01.1942
(MPK) [age 22]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 69]
Sgt. ? [1311049]
P/O (prob) 05.08.1941 [107980]
Education: Moulton All Saints, Grammar School.
05.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 20.01.1942 101 Squadron RAF
[Wellington IC Z1110 (SR-) took off from Oakington for a bombing raid on Emden. The aircraft was lost without trace. Complete crew of six was missing, presumed killed. Oberleutnant Ludwig Becker and his radar operator Oberfeldwebel Joseph Straub in a Messerschmitt Bf110 of the 6. Staffel/Nachtjagdgeschawder 2 claimed Z1110 (one of three Wellingtons claimed that night at 21:00, 21:37 & 22:07 hrs) off Terschelling.]
Curtis,
Richard Osborne
"Dick"
R.O. Curtis
Son of Maj.Gen. Henry Osborne Curtis, CB, DSO, MC, and Jean Mackenzie Low.
Married (03.07.1943) Bernadette Mary Lees (born 11.04.1923), of Watcombe, Devon, daughter of Capt. Bernard Percy Turnbull Lees and Mary Radcliffe. She married again in 1956 Maj. Gordon Robert Kingston Lyon.
1921 ?
-
20.01.1944
[age 22]
[Le Parcq Churchyard]
Ldg.Acm.
? [926973]
P/O (prob)
08.04.1941 [63456]
P/O
08.04.1942
(WS) F/O (prob)
08.04.1942
(WS) F/Lt.
08.04.1943
08.04.1941


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
?
-
20.01.1944
pilot, 198 Squadron RAF
[flew in his Typhoon 1b [JR361 "Y"] a weather reconnaissance to St Omer in the morning; encountered flak and was shot down]

 

Cutter,
William George
W.G. Cutter
10.06.1922 ?
Cardiff district, Wales ?
-
31.07.1983 ?
Ogwr district, Mid Glamorgan ?
Ldg.Acm. ? [1651560]
P/O (prob) 14.01.1944 [163567]
(WS) F/O 14.07.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 14.01.1946
14.01.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Cutting,
Harold Leslie
H.L. Cutting
Son (with one brother and one sister) of
Joseph Sansom Cutting (1883-1961), and Selina Flew (1889-1963).
Married ((12?).1937, Barnet, Middlesex) Emma Elizabeth Reader (1911 - 24.09.2011); two daughters, one son.
26.09.1911
Weymouth district, Dorset
-
30.03.2009
Scunthorpe
F/Sgt. ? [1380439]
P/O (prob) 03.06.1943 [147963]
(WS) F/O (prob) 03.12.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 03.06.1945 (Emgcy List) (reld 26.09.1956)
03.06.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1945)     309 Squadron RAF
       

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