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Daeppen,
James Christian
J.C. Daeppen (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
(A) P/O (prob) 18.07.1941 [101655]
(WS) F/O ?
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Daglish,
Eric Fitch
E.F. Daglish (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken) E.F. Daglish
E.F. Daglish (Photo courtesy of Mr Stephen Daglish) E.F. Daglish (Photo courtesy of Mr Stephen Daglish)
Son of James William Daglish, and Kate Annie Fitch.
Married 1st (08.03.1918, St John the Evangelist's Church, Finsbury Park, Hackney district, London; divorced 12.1933) Alice Lesley Mary Archer (02.11.1896 - 01.2000), daughter of Percy George Archer; one daughter, two sons.

Married 2nd ((06?).1934, Honiton district, Devon) Esther Lena Rutland (30.10.1910 - 08.1996); one daughter, one son.

29.08.1892
Hackney district, London
-
05.04.1966
St Mary's Hospital, Paddington district, London W2
P/O (prob) 16.05.1941 [68217]
(T) F/Lt. 01.01.1945
(WS) F/Lt. 23.04.1946
F/Lt. 01.11.1947, seniority 01.09.1945 (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
Education: Hereford County College; University of London.
WW I     2nd Lt., 78th Brigade Royal Field Artillery - Supplementary Reserve (went to France 1917; British War Medal; Victory Medal)
16.05.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
Naturalist, book illustrator (wood engraver) & writer.
Dale,
Alfred
"Freddy"
I. Davies (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath) I. Davies (Photo courtesy of Susan Dale)
I. Davies (Photo courtesy of Susan Dale) I. Davies (Photo courtesy of Susan Dale)
I. Davies (Photo courtesy of Susan Dale) I. Davies (Photo courtesy of Susan Dale)
Son (with six brothers and three sisters) of William Dale (1865?-1929), and Janet McHarg (1865-1945), of Bucknall, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire.
Unmarried.
26.11.1902
Bucknall, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

-
08.05.1983
Nursing Home, Brighton, East Sussex (formerly of Hove, Sussex)
[Hove Cemetery]
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [103316]
P/O (prob) 18.09.1941
P/O 15.08.1942
(WS) F/O 18.09.1942
(T) F/Lt. 01.04.1944, seniority 01.07.1943 (demobilized 28.02.1946) (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
(A) Sq.Ldr. ?
Mentioned in Despatches MID 14.06.1945 ?
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
15.11.1945 - 28.02.1946 No. 104 Personnel Despatch Centre RAF (Hednesford)
Worked for the Michelin Tyre Company pre-war and afterwards until his retirement as a Sales Representative for the south coast.
Dane,
Eric John
E.J. Dane
Son of Herbert Victor Dane, and Beryl Florence Dane (née Bayley), of Belvedere, Kent.
His brother P/O G.H. Dane, RAFVR also died on service.
(03?).1921
Dartford district, Kent
-
04.05.1944
(KIA) [age 23]
[Villers-le-Chateau Churchyard, France, military plot, row 1, collective grave 1]
Ldg.Acm.
? [1394932]
P/O (prob)
29.05.1943 [144340]
(WS) F/O (prob)
29.11.1943

29.05.1943


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
?
-
04.05.1944
navigator, 103 Squadron RAF (Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire)
[his Lancaster III [ND905 PM-B] had taken off at 21.58 hrs from Elsham Wolds for an operation against the military camp at Mailly-le-Camp; while outbound, believed shot down by a night-fighter and crashed at Vlilliers-le-Chateau (Marne), killing all crew members]
Dane,
Gerald Herbert
E.J. Dane
Son of Herbert Victor Dane, and Beryl Florence Dane (née Bayley), of Belvedere, Kent.

His brother F/O E.J. Dane, RAFVR also died on service.
(03?).1923
Dartford district, Kent
-
13.05.1943
(KIA) [age 20]
[Haasrode Churchyard, Belgium, grave 1]
Sgt.
? [1389038]
P/O (prob)
19.04.1943 [146425]
Mentioned in Despatches MID
13.06.1946
?

 


19.04.1943
    commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
?
- 13.05.1943 pilot, 78 Squadron RAF
[his Halifax II [JB873 EY-J] had taken off at 23.29 hrs from Linton-on-Ouse for an operation against Bochum; shot down by a night-fighter (Lt. Heinz Wolfgang Schnaufer, II./NJG1) and crashed between Oud-Heverlee and Haasrode; only both pilots were killed]
Daniels,
Harry Joseph
H.J. Daniels (Photo courtesy of Mr Marcus Watson)
Son of Joseph Daniels, and Caroline Annie Statham, of Coventry.
1917 ?
-
26.07.1941
(KIA) [age 24]
[Koersel Communal Cemetery, Belgium, grave 2]
[commemorated at Stivichall (St. James) Churchyard, Warwickshire]
Ldg.Acm. ? [925262]
P/O (prob) 20.04.1941 [68738]
Commendation for gallantry Comdn 01.07.1941 ?
Solicitor.
20.04.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 26.07.1941 navigator, 10 Squadron RAF (Leeming)
[
Whitley V [T4231 ZA-A] took off 22:28 hrs for an operation against Hannover. Crashed at Koersel, 15 km NNW of Hasselt, Belgium. All 5 crew members were killed.]
Daniels,
Walter Percy Frank
W.P.F. Daniels
Son of ... Daniels, and ... Middleditch.
Married ((06?).1943, Chatham district, Kent) Norah Edith Channon (02.07.1921 - 03.1987); one son.
20.02.1922
Medway district, Surrey
-
04.1993
Truro district, Cornwall
Sgt. ? [1800781]
P/O (prob) 13.06.1944 [179279]
(WS) F/O 13.12.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 13.06.1946
F/O 13.08.1948
03.05.1951, seniority 09.01.1950
F/Lt. 19.11.1953
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 22.05.1945 ?
13.06.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
17.09.1944 - 06.11.1944 550 Squadron RAF (13 operations)
07.11.1944 - (1945) 150 Squadron RAF (23 operations) (DFC)
13.08.1948     RAFVR (Reconstituted Section) (General Duties Branch)
03.05.1951     short service commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)
03.05.1959 - 03.05.1963 Reserve of Air Force Officers
Darby,
Leslie John
L.J. Darby (Photo courtesy of Mr Bill Darby)
Son of Henry John Darby, and Beatrice Eleanor Baldock (1889-1961).
Married (22.12.1943, Blackpool district, Lancashire) Barbara Cheek, of Tolworth, Surbiton, Surrey; one son.
12.05.1914
Mile End Old Town, London
-
19.09.1944
(KIA) [age 30]
[Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, 7.G.9]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1375670]
P/O (prob) 15.10.1943 [153895]
(WS) F/O 15.04.1944
Served in the police, London.
08.1940     joined RAFVR
      served Air Sea Rescue
13.02.1943     trained as bomb aimer in Canada
15.10.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
12.08.1944 - 19.09.1944 air bomber, 106 Squadron RAF
[Lancaster PB359 [ZN-T] was airborne 19:10 hrs from Metheringham for an operation against Rheydt. Cause of loss not established. Crashed 23:50 hrs at Giesenkirchen, 5 km ESE from the centre of Rheydt.]
Davey,
Horace Balfour
H.B. Davey (Photo courtesy of Mr Ed van Engeland) H.B. Davey

Eldest son (with one sister and two brothers) of Col. the Hon. Horace Scott Davey, CMG (1865-1935), and Annie Caroline Cunningham (1871-1931).
Married ((09?).1938, Wandsworth district, London) Eva Skudder.
14.02.1894
Amballa, India

-
12.05.1972
Hampstead district, London
Army:  
2nd Lt. 01.02.1913
Lt. 26.08.1914
T/Capt. 10.08.1916
Capt. 08.12.1916, seniority 08.05.1916
T/Maj. 07.01.1917
RAF:  
F/O (Obs.) 22.11.1915
F/Cdr. 10.08.1916
Sq.Cdr. 07.01.1917
F/Lt. (Hon. Sq.Ldr.) 30.08.1939 (reld 01.03.1940)
F/Lt. 01.03.1940, seniority 30.08.1939 [79006]
(T) Sq.Ldr. 01.03.1942 (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
Military Cross MC 25.11.1916 *
1915 Star 15 St - -
British War Medal 1914-1920 BWM 14|20 - -
Victory Medal VM - -
* For conspicuous gallantry in action. He led a reconnaissance of six machines with great courage and skill. Later, although attacked by ten hostile machines, he continued to carry out this reconnaissance. He has previously done fine work.
Received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 2752 on a Maurice Farman biplane at Military School, Norwich on 6 March 1916. An F.E.2b pilot, he and his observers scored six victories in France with 25 and 11 Squadrons in 1916.
      late Cadet, Rugby School Contingent, Junior Division, Officers Training Corps
01.02.1913     commissioned, 6th Battalion, The Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire Regiment) - Territorial Force
22.11.1915     seconded, Royal Flying Corps (Military Wing)
[An F.E.2b pilot, he and his observers scored six victories in France with 25 and 11 Squadrons in 1916.]
21.08.1921     transferred to unemployed list - RAF (Flying Branch)
30.08.1939 - 01.03.1940 commissioned, Reserve of Air Force Officers (General Duties Branch) (Class CC)
01.03.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch)
18.11.1940     transferred, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
Director for 40 years of E.M.G. Handmade Gramophones Ltd.
Davidson,
Donald
D. Davidson (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
?
-
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [103317]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Davidson,
Henry John
H.J. Davidson (Photo courtesy of Phil, pmfroom)
Son of Sidney John Davidson (1885-), and Eliza Jessie Jones (1887-).
Married ((09?).1940, Barton district, Greater Manchester, Lancashire) Muriel Dawson, of Stretford, Manchester.
(09?).1915
Barton upon Irwell district, Lancashire
-
06.10.1942
(KIA) [age 27]
[Manchester Crematorium, Lancashire, panel 10]
Airm. 02.1938? [741340]
Sgt. ?
P/O (prob) 12.03.1941, seniority 05.03.1941 [61945]
(WS) F/O 12.03.1942, seniority 05.03.1942
02.1938?     joined RAFVR (under training as pilot)
01.09.1939     mobilized
19.05.1940     5 Operational Training Unit RAF (Aston Down)
09.06.1940     pilot, 249 Squadron RAF
[Crash landed 15.07.1940 his Hurricane I (L1715) at RAF Acklington, Northumberland, but due to enemy action or simply in error is not clear. He was apparently uninjured in the crash. Claimed a Dornier Do17 destroyed 07.08.1940. On 15.08 & 02.09 he shared in the destruction of Me110’s, on 05.09 he got a probable Me109, on 07.09 claimed a Do17 destroyed and a Me109 damaged, on 27.09 he shot down a Ju88 (3Z+DC of Stab II/KG77) and shared another Me110 and on 29.10 he destroyed a Me109.]
12.03.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
09.05.1941     pilot, Merchant Ship Fighter Unit (MSFU) (Speke)
[Operating on what were known as CAM ships. Made the first experimental launch from the SS 'Empire Rainbow' on 31.05. First operational MSFU voyage 08.06, without seeing action.]
? - 06.10.1942 pilot, 285 Squadron RAF (Calveley, Cheshire)
[Crashing after stalling his Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.I (coded AA297, msn 667) while in the circuit after an anti-aircraft co-operation exercise. Both F/O Davidson and his passenger were killed.]
Davidson,
Robert Hunter
"Bob"
R.H. Davidson (Photo courtesy of Mr Mike Davidson) R.H. Davidson (Photo courtesy of Mr Mike Davidson)
R.H. Davidson (Photo courtesy of Mr Mike Davidson) R.H. Davidson (Photo courtesy of Mr Mike Davidson)
R.H. Davidson (Photo courtesy of Mr Mike Davidson) R.H. Davidson (Photo courtesy of Mr Mike Davidson)
R.H. Davidson (Photo courtesy of Mr Mike Davidson) R.H. Davidson (Photo courtesy of Mr Mike Davidson)
Son (with three sisters and one brother) of Andrew Davidson (1886-1924), and Margaret Skinner (1892-1980).
Married (10.04.1933, Aberdeen South, Scotland) Helen Ann Maitland (03.06.1912 - 20.12.1970), daughter (with one sister) of Thomas Jaffrey Maitland (1884-1965), and Christina Ingram (1886-1957); two daughters, one son.
09.04.1913
Aberdeen, Scotland
-
18.06.1984
Karori, Wellington, New Zealand
Wt.Offr. ? [1050880]
P/O (prob) 17.12.1943 [170258]
(WS) F/O 17.06.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 17.12.1945 (Emgcy List) (reld 09.04.1958)
17.12.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 1945 - 1946 180 Squadron RAF
Read the detailed war service history which has been prepared by his son.
Davies,
Emanuel Raymond
E.R. Davies (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
16.12.1907
Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales
-
12.1998
East Dorset district, Dorset
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [103318]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Davies,
Ianto
I. Davies (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
10.03.1909
Kensington district, London
-
08.1993
Surrey Northern district, Surrey
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [103319]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Davies,
John Rathliegn
J.R. Davies
20.08.1921
-
LAC
? [1151428]
P/O (prob)
18.01.1941, seniority 10.01.1941 [60107]
P/O
10.01.1942
(WS) F/O
10.01.1942
23.12.1942, seniority 10.03.1942
(WS) F/Lt.
10.09.1943

10.01.1941


emergency commission RAFVR



Flying instructor (Miles Master)



Glider Instructor (Hotspur)



501 Squadron RAF (Spitfires)



274 Squadron RAF (Tempests)



Comm. Squadrons (Austers)
Davies,
John Wingett
J.W. Davies
Son (with two sisters) of Capt. William Davies (1862-1937), and Emma Maud Oldaker (1874-1951).
Married (11.06.1931, Epping, Essex) Elizabeth Mary Mann (? - 01.11.1994), daughter (with one sister and one half-brother) of George Walter Mann (1869-1931), and May Blurton (1872-1929); four children.
22.05.1908
St Luke, Wandsworth district, London
-
11.09.1991
Kensington and Chelsea district, London
P/O (prob) 16.02.1940 [77581]
P/O 16.02.1941
(WS) F/O 16.11.1940
(T) F/Lt. 01.03.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 01.09.1942
(WS) Sq.Ldr. 15.09.1943 (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of W/Cdr.)
(A) W/Cdr. ?
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) OBE 01.01.1977 New Year 1977: Chairman, British Cinematograph Theatres Ltd.:
For services to the Cinematograph Films Council
Legion of Merit (USA) LoM 17.08.1945 ?

Entered films in 1931.
16.02.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch)
1940?     transferred, RAFVR (Technical Branch)
Managing director, Davies Cinemas, Ltd.; British Cinematograph Theatres, Ltd. National president CEA., 1953-54; chairman London Branch CEA., 1948; member Cinematograph Films Council; director FIDO.
Davies,
Leonard
"Len"
L. Davies (Photo courtesy of Mr Rex Gaskell)

17.11.1920
-
04.2014
Cardiff
Wt.Offr. ? [808429]
P/O (prob) 02.12.1942 [143088]
(WS) F/O (prob) 02.06.1943
Education: BSc (Eng) Durham.
15.07.1940     151 Squadron RAF in the Battle of Britain (badly injured 28.08.1940)
02.12.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Res. Engineer, Head Wrightson, 1949-1952. Mechanical Engineer, ICI Ltd., 1952-1956. Chief Works Engineer, Imperial Aluminium Co. (Wales) Ltd., 1956.
Davies,
Trefardoe Rudolph
T.R. Davies
Mother's maiden name: Davies.
Married Marian Pomeroy; .. children (one son?).
(03?).1914
Pontypridd district, Glamorgan / Mid Glamorgan
-
Wt.Offr.
? [747885]
P/O (prob)
16.12.1942 [141411]
(WS) F/O (prob)
16.06.1943
(WS) F/Lt.
16.12.1944 (Emergency List; retd 16.01.1959)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
13.07.1943
?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
13.10.1944
?
16.12.1942


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1943)
 
 
103 Squadron RAF
(1944)
 
 
647 Squadron RAF
Davis,
Alexander
"Alec"
A. Davis (Photo courtesy of Ms Judith Kramer) A. Davis (Photo courtesy of Ms Judith Kramer)
Son of Harris and Clara Davis, of Cricklewood, Middlesex.
17.11.1917
-
21.11.1943
[age 26]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 124]
Ldg.Acm.
? [655724]
P/O (prob)
23.10.1942 [132781]
(WS) F/O
23.03.1943
23.10.1942


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
?
-
21.11.1943
153 Squadron RAF
Davis,
Derek Henry Victor
D.H.V. Davis
Son of ... Davis, and ... Cohen.
(03?).1924
Wandsworth district, London
-
26.06.1943

(KIA) [age 19]
[Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery, the Netherlands, plot EE, grave 19]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1336308]
P/O (prob) 31.07.1942 [127541]
(WS) F/O (prob) 31.01.1943
31.07.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 26.06.1943 pilot, 51 Squadron RAF
[Pilot of Halifax JD261, MH-J. Airborne 23:40 hrs 25.06.1943 for an operation against Gelsenkirchen. Shot down by a night-fighter (Maj Günter Radusch, 1./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1) and crashed 01:58 hrs 1 km E of Wanroij (Noord Brabant) on land belonging to a Mr Nabuurs, 11 km E of Uden, Holland.]
Davis,
Lyndhurst Sydney
L.S. Davis
Son (with four sisters and two brothers) of James Davis, and Violet Ella Domeney.
09.08.1891
Hobart, Tasmania
-
27.03.1991
P/O (prob)
11.05.1941 [117054] (reld 30.06.1941 [published 16.11.1943]; on appointment to the RAAF)
(A) Sq.Ldr.
?
Mentioned in Despatches MID
01.01.1943
?
1914
-
1918
Lieutenant, Australian Imperial Forces (France) (mentioned in despatches)
15.03.1940
 
 
enlisted, Australian Army (Plympton, South Australia)
11.05.1941


commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch)



sent to Tavoy in Burma in charge of ground staff, and was involved in the commandeering of a river steamer to get the ground crew to Rangoon; thereon he retreated with the RAF through Burma and then to Chittagong
16.11.1943
 
 
transferred, RAAF (to date 30.06.1941)
15.01.1944


repatriated as a casualty from Ranchi, India
Davis,
Wilfred Ernest
W.E. Davis (Photo courtesy of Mr John Davis)
Married ...; one son.
28.11.1907
St Marylebone district, London
-
30.03.1980
Brent district, Greater London
Ldg.Acm. ? [1617657]
(A) P/O (prob) 29.07.1943 [148342]
P/O/ (prob) 23.09.1943
(WS) F/O 23.03.1944 (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of F/O)
29.07.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
His son writes: "After a couple of years in the Home Guard, he joined the air force and “graduated” from No. 48 Special Course Officers’ Training School in the summer of 1943. The only other information I have on this is that I think I can remember my father saying this was in or near Yeovil, Somerset. Immediately after this he was posted to India, and was in Bombay in November 1943 and presumably thereafter. I have no information as to what his role was, I assume administrative because of his age, but on the other hand I am fairly sure that he “had his wings”. After an unknown period of time he returned to the UK and was stationed at Fighter Command HQ at Bentley Priory for the rest of the war. Like most personnel he was awarded the Defence Medal and 1939-45 Medal. After the war he worked in the Book Section of the Admiralty (Whitehall) and then took a post as Head of Print and Production (i.e. publicity and advertisements) for the English Electric Company."
Davison,
Derek Harold
D.H. Davison

20.08.1921
Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire
-
19.10.2007
[Westoning, Bedfordshire ?]
A/Wt.Offr.
? [1425261]
P/O (prob)
29.04.1945 [197787]
P/O
29.10.1945
(WS) F/O
29.10.1945
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) CBE
?
?
29.04.1945


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



614 Squadron RAF
Chairman, Britannia Airways.
Davison,
Wilfred Edmund
W.E. Davison (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
(12?).1903
Coventry district, Warwickshire
-
(03?).1967
Christchurch district, Hampshire
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941, seniority 07.07.1941 [104153]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Daw,
Stanley
S. Daw
03.12.1909
-
2000

North Yorkshire district, Yorkshire
F/Sgt. ? [508153]
(A) P/O (prob) 25.03.1943 [141425]
P/O (prob) 23.09.1943
(WS) F/O 23.03.1944
(A) F/Lt. (1944)
(WS) F/Lt. 23.03.1947, seniority 01.07.1946
01.11.1947, seniority 25.09.1946
24.02.1948, seniority 25.09.1946
(T) F/Lt. RAF 01.10.1948, seniority 25.09.1946 (retd 01.12.1949
F/Lt. RAF 04.02.1952 (retd 21.03.1962)
Mentioned in Despatches MID 01.01.1945 ?
25.03.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (Technical Branch) [emergency commission]
01.10.1948     commissioned, RAF (Technical Branch) [permanent commission]
04.02.1952 - 21.03.1962 restored to the active list from the retired list, RAF (Equipment [later: Supply] Branch)
Dawson,
John Stafford
J.S. Dawson
?
-

Sgt.
? [1452270]
P/O (prob)
09.02.1944 [173305]
(WS) F/O
09.08.1944
(WS) F/Lt.
09.02.1946
09.02.1944


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



Wireless Operator, 630 Squadron RAF (East Kirkby)
Dawson,
Leslie James
L.J. Dawson (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
23.06.1908
Surrey
-
11.1990
Chichester district, Sussex
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [104758]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Day,
Colin James
C.J. Day
Son of Henry Colin James Day and Ethel Alice Day, of Reading, Berkshire.
1921 ?
-
12.08.1941
[age 20]
[Reading (Henley Road) Cemetery, block 10, grave 16013]
Sgt.
? [1190807]
P/O (prob)
22.06.1941 [102080]
22.06.1941


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Daynton,
Cyril John
C.J. Daynton (Photo courtesy of Mr Anold Daynton) C.J. Daynton (Photo courtesy of Mr Anold Daynton)
Son of Claudian Penrose Daynton (1895-1968), omnibus driver, and Mary "Molly" O'Connor (1891-1960), of Sutton, Surrey.
(03?).1920
Lambeth district, London
-
31.12.1944
(KIA) [age 24]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 205]
F/Sgt. ? [1160708]
P/O (prob) 26.04.1943 [146297]
(WS) F/O (prob) 26.10.1943
26.04.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 31.12.1944 248 Squadron RAF
[Mosquito HP922 (U) was subsequently lost returning from an Anti -shipping strike in Flekkefjord Norway after sustaining flak damage to one engine. Ditched returning. 31.12.1944. An attack on shipping in Flekkefjord left two German vessels badly damaged and two sunk. The merchant vessels sunk were the PALERMO of 1461 tons, the ACHIlLLES of 998 tons with one of the damaged ships being the WALLY FAULBAUM of 1675 tons. 143, 235 and 248 Sqns returned to Banff with an aircraft missing from 248 Sqn. This was Mosquito "U" which was ‘seen to be hit’ by flak. Whilst attempting to return to base on one engine it was forced to ditch after apparent failure of the live engine. The aircraft broke up after hitting the water, the pilot was seen to evacuate the plane and get into the aircraft’s dinghy, but despite an intensive air sea search of the area, was not found. The crew were; F/Lt J.F. Lown who was never found and F/O Daynton who went down with the aircraft.]
de Amodio,
The Marquis Julio
The Marquis de Amodio (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
?
-
?
(A) P/O (prob) 27.06.1940 [81212]
... ...
27.06.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
 
Deacon,
Henry Hazard
"Harry"
H.H. Deacon
(06?).1920 ?
Edmonton district ?
-
1989 ?
Buckinghamshire ?
F/Sgt.
? [932943]
P/O (prob)
23.03.1943 [143239]
F/O (prob)
23.09.1943
(WS) F/Lt.
23.03.1945
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 07.01.1944 ?
(1941)
-
(1943)
39 Squadron RAF (Malta)
23.03.1943


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Dearden,
Jack
J. Dearden
?
-
 
F/Sgt. ? [1483511]
P/O (prob) 19.12.1943 [170893]
(WS) F/O 19.06.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 19.12.1945
F/O 08.07.1963 (reld 08.07.1967)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 15.09.1944 ?
Air Medal (USA) AM 18.01.1944 for meritorious achievements in photographic reconnaissance for the USAAF [presented 10.43 at a US Army Air Station in the UK]
19.12.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1944)     542 Squadron RAF (DFC)
08.07.1963 - 08.07.1967 commissioned, RAFVR (Training Branch)
 
Deck,
Charles George Frederick
C.G.F. Deck (Photo courtesy of Mrs Jenny Johnson)
Son of Frederick James Deck (1884-1939), and Violet Mabel MacFarlane, of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Brother of P/O James Frederick Deck, RAFVR, and of P/O Harold Frederick Deck, RAFVR.
Married ((09?).1944, Shrewsbury district, Shropshire) Pauline Anne Foggo, of Shrewsbury, Shropshire; one son.
24.05.1918
-
19.04.1945
Neumünster, Germany
(KIA)
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 265]
[commemorated at a memorial window at St Peter, Westleton, Suffolk]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1395263]
P/O (prob) 25.09.1942 [131032]
(WS) F/O (prob) 09.04.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 09.11.1944
25.09.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 19.04.1945 222 Squadron RAF
[Tempest V EJ883 was shot down by Flak from Neumünster airfield.]
Deck,
Harold Frederick
H.F. Deck
Son of Frederick James Deck (1884-1939), and Violet Mabel MacFarlane, of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Brother of F/Lt. Charles George Frederick Deck, RAFVR, and of P/O James Frederick Deck, RAFVR.
Married ((03?).1942, Fakenham district, Norfolk) of Delia Maria Battistessa, of Tunbridge Wells, Kent; one daughter.
14.01.1913
-
26.07.1942
[age 29]
[Sage War Cemetery, Oldenburg, Germany, 13.A.6]
[commemorated at a memorial window at St Peter, Westleton, Suffolk]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1267631]
P/O (prob) 09.08.1941 [104388]
09.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 26.07.1942 observer, 226 Squadron RAF
[Boston III AL746 (MQ-S) had taken off 21:23 hrs from Swanton Morley and headed for Jever for an intruder operation. Crashed on the eastern edge of Langeoog, and all four killed crew members were buried on Wangerooge. Since 1945 their bodies have been brought to Sage War Cemetery.]
Deck,
James Frederick
J.F. Deck
Son of Frederick James Deck (1884-1939), and Violet Mabel MacFarlane, of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Brother of F/Lt. Charles George Frederick Deck, RAFVR, and of P/O Harold Frederick Deck, RAFVR.
12.11.1914
-
01.11.1941
[age 27]
[Honington (All Saints) Churchyard, Suffolk, D.5]
[commemorated at a memorial window at St Peter, Westleton, Suffolk]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1377722]
P/O (prob) 06.07.1941 [100648]
06.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 01.11.1941 pilot, 56 Squadron RAF
Larry Forrester, Fly for your life, p. 277 on the last mission of P/O J.F. Deck: "They were having a little teething trouble with the Tiffies. Carbon monoxide fumes were coming back from the stub exhausts into the cockpit, sometimes in sufficient quantity to nauseate the pilots. The boffins came and tinkered with the exhausts and said they thought they'd reduced the amount of fumes. To make sure, they fitted in the cockpit of one machine a little box which could measure the exact percentage of carbon monoxide in the air inside the cabin. They asked for a number of test flights: Prosser Hanks did most. Tuck [W/Cdr Roland Robert Stanford-Tuck, DSO DFC and bar] a few. There seemed to be a definite improvement. One day [1st November 1941], towards the end of the test programme, he [Tuck] was walking out to the test Tiffie with his parachute over his shoulder when an airman stuck his head out of the dispersal office and called: "Telephone, sir!" At that moment the ground crew finished their starting drill and the Typhoon's [R7592] huge Napier Sabre engine exploded into life: if she wasn't taken-off quickly she would overheat. He signalled that he couldn't take the call and continued out to the aircraft, but the airman came running after him and bawled through cupped hands: "It's the station commander, sir. Says it's very important!" He groaned, dumped his 'chute and started back. At the door of the dispersal hut stood one of his best pilots, a young Argentinean named [sic; P/O James Frederick Deck] Dack. This boy had flown one or two of the tests. "Dacky, you take her. You know the drill." The kid nodded, grabbed his gear and hurried out as Tuck lifted the 'phone. Group Captain MacDonald wanted to discuss arrangements for night-flying during the coming week. It was important, but it could have waited an hour or so. They talked for perhaps ten minutes, then Tuck went out and sat in one of the cane chairs, smoking and looking out over the fields. Out of the hazy blue he saw a Tiffie diving. It didn't pull out. It disappeared behind some trees about a mile on the other side and raised a tremendous cone of flame and smoke.  He rode out with the crash trucks. A big, smoking crater and a field littered with scraps of metal. Twelve feet down in the brown earth: the remains of the big engine. Of the pilot: only little red lumps, half a shoe, scraps of clothing, part of a watch strap. A check with control proved it could only be Dack. There had been no enemy activity all day, so he hadn't been shot down. The cause of his death might always be a mystery, because there wasn't enough left of his machine to give the technical experts a clue.  But the Aviation Medicine people solved it. They found a piece of Dack's liver and analysed the contents: enough carbon monoxide to kill an elephant.  Probably something had gone wrong with the Boffins' little box. Instead of trapping the fumes it must have pumped out enough to make the pilot pass out. There but for the grace of a 'phone call. . . . He got through to Group Captain MacDonald and in a quiet, earnest tone said: "Sir, I want you to know you can ring me up just any time."
Deeley,
Geoffrey Hampton
J.R. Davies
?
-
13.02.2007
[aged 95]
F/Sgt.
? [1269767]
P/O (prob)
20.05.1942, seniority 27.04.1942 [121491]
...
...
(A) Sq.Ldr.
?
Member of the Order of the British Empire MBE
?
?
Legionnaire, Legion of Merit (US) LM
?
?
1940
-
1946
in RAF with 'V' Section A.C.I.U.
20.05.1942


emergency commission RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch)
ARCA. Formerly with the Art Department of the Goldsmiths College and the
Polytechnic, Regents Street.
Deere,
Robert [Cuthbert]
R.C. Deere
Son of Sydney Robert Deere (1880-1953), and Mary Cuhtbert, of East Finchley, Middlesex.
(06?).1918
Barnet district, Middlesex
-
23.04.1943
(MPK) [age 25]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 124]
Ldg.Acm. ? [658267]
P/O (prob) 27.04.1942 [123982]
(WS) F/O (prob) 27.10.1942
27.04.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 23.04.1943 navigator/bomb aimer, 547 Squadron RAF (Chivenor, Barnstaple, North Devon) (Coastal Command)
[Wellington Mk. VIII HX743 was lost with loss of life of all six crew members on a "minor operation" assisting Bomber Command]
De Keyser,
John Lionel

J.L. De Keyser
Son of William and Asneth de Keyser, of Johannesburg, South Africa.
1915 ?
-
15.10.1940
(MPK) [age 25]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 8]
Sgt. ? [754912]
P/O (prob) 12.05.1940 [79166]
12.05.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]

From: Jewish Pilots and Aircrews in the Battle of Britain / by Martin Sugarman
Pilot Officer with 206 Squadron RAFVR, Coastal Command. His AJEX card says he was a former member of Stepney Jewish Boys club and his name occurs in Morris. He was killed in action 15/10/40 age 25 years and is inscribed on the Runnymede memorial on panel 8. He was the son of William and Asneth of Johannesburg, South Africa. His death was announced in “The Stepnian” club journal in August 1941 and in the JC of 13/2/40.

De la Coze,
John Rushbrook
J.R. de la Coze (Photo courtesy of Mrs Philippa Ann le Roux)
Son of America Rushbrook de la Coze (1884-1957), and Evelyn Madge Wales (1899-1965).
Married ((12?).1939, Hailsham district, Sussex) Rita Andrew * (23.04.1918 - 21.03.2004), only daughter of Mr & Mrs H.V. Andrew, of Eastbourne and London W1; one daughter.
* She remarried (1951) Douglas Charles Rogers.
19.01.1915
Midhurst, Sussex
-
13.03.1943
(MPK) [age 28]
[Malta Memorial, panel 6, column 2]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1330874]
P/O (prob) 13.09.1941 [106876]
(WS) F/O 13.09.1942
Education: BSc; MIME.
Officer of Customs and Excise, 29.09.1934.
13.09.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 13.03.1943 270 (Flying Boat) Squadron RAF
[He was employed as a Pilot of Catalina PBY-5B. Aircraft serial number FP248 of 270 Squadron, West Africa Command. On 13th March, 1943 the aircraft took off on an operation flight. At 05.30 hours the aircraft crashed into the sea near West Bunce River, Sierra Leone. Missing, presumed killed.]
De La Torre,
Bernard Eugene
B.E. De La Torre
?
-
1965
Ireland
P/O (prob) 29.07.1940 [83828]
P/O 29.07.1941
(WS) F/O 05.09.1941, seniority 28.04.1941
(T) F/Lt. 01.09.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 12.12.1942 (Emgcy, List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
(A) Sq.Ldr. ?
29.07.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Delve,
Arthur Archibald
A.A. Delve
Son of Frederick and Lily Delve.
Married ((06?).1933, Lambeth district, London) Phyllis Amelia Hicks, of Shirley, Surrey; one daughter.
(03?).1909
Barnstaple district, Devon
-
04.07.1942
[age 33]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 69]
Cpl. ? [1177487]
P/O (prob) 20.01.1942 [116592]
20.01.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 04.07.1942 a navigator, helping to transport Bristol Beauforts from Malta to Alexandria when his plane got in to trouble and crashed in to the sea about 10 miles from Alexandria; the other planes circled but no survivors were spotted.
Densham,
Ronald Richard
R.R. Densham
Son of William Richard Densham, and Edith Maria Ellicott.
Husband of Beatrice Elizabeth Densham, of Whitfield, Kent.
(09?).1918
Eastry district, Kent
-
07.06.1944
(KIA) [age 25]
[Bayeux War Cemetery, France, joint grave XXVI.B.15]
[commemorated at St Peter Church, Whitfield]
F/Sgt.
? [904423]
P/O (prob)
28.04.1942 [121088]
(WS) F/O (prob)
28.10.1942
(WS) F/Lt.
28.04.1944
28.04.1942


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
?
-
07.06.1944
pilot, 29 Squadron RAF
[Mosquito NF.XIII (HK413) lost on a defensive patrol over the Channel]
Denson,
George James
G.J. Denson
Son of George Edward Denson, and Lily Neill.
(06?).1922
Birkenhead district, Cheshire / Merseyside
-
24.02.1944
(KIA) [age 21]
[Dürnbach War Cemetery, Germany, joint grave 9.K.26-28]
Sgt.
? [1451533]
P/O (prob)
15.01.1944 [170954]
15.01.1944


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
02.1944
-
24.02.1944
pilot, 9 Squadron RAF
[Lancaster LM433 WS-H was airborne 18:44 hrs 24.02.1944 from Bardney for an operation against Schweinfurt. The aircraft crashed at Tiefenbronn, some 12 km SE of Pforzheim. P/O Denson and his crew had been on 9 Squadron for less than a week.]
Denton,
Jack Banfield
J.B. Denton (Photo courtesy of Nicola Carter)
Son of ... Denton, and ... Hunt.
(03?).1923
Amesbury district, Wiltshire
-
24.05.1943
(KIA) [age 20/21]
[Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein- Westfalen, 
Germany, 5.D.7]
F/Sgt. ? [1330297]
P/O (prob) 10.05.1943 [146336]
10.05.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 24.05.1943 pilot, 10 Squadron RAF
[Halifax HR696 [ZA-G] took off 22:32 hrs 23.05.1943 from Melbourne for an operation against Dortmund. Cause of loss and crash-site not established. All were buried in the Nordfriedhof at Düsseldorf, later transferred to Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.]
Derrick,
Christopher Hugh
C.H. Derrick
Son (with three brothers and one sister) of Thomas Corrie Derrick (1885-1954), illustrator & cartoonist, and Margaret Mary Clausen (1884-1946).
Married ((06?).1943, Wolverhampton district, Shropshire / Staffordshire / West Midlands) Katharine Helen Sharratt; eight sons, one daughter.

12.06.1921
Hungerford district, Berkshire / Hampshire / Wiltshire
-
02.10.2007
F/Sgt. ? [1353383]
P/O (prob) 22.10.1944 [186364]
(WS) F/O 22.04.1945
22.10.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Author, reviewer, publisher's reader & lecturer.
Derry,
Archibald Frederick
A.F. Derry
(03?).1909
Mile End Old Town, London, Middlesex
-
26.12.1994

Hampshire
F/Sgt.
? [846160]
P/O (prob)
08.3.1944 [172200]
P/O
08.09.1944
(WS) F/O
08.09.1944
F/O
08.03.1946
Sq.Ldr. (Suppl. List)
01.07.1959 (retd 10.03.1964; retaining the rank of W/Cdr.)
(T) W/Cdr.
?
Member of the Order of the British Empire MBE
20.05.1955
Malaya
08.03.1944


emergency commission RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch)
01.11.1947


transferred, Secretarial Branch
15.04.1948


permanent commission, RAF
29.12.1955


transferred to Branch List category
Published: an article on the psychological warfare in Malaya
De Ste Croix,
Geoffrey Ernest Maurice
G.E.M. De Ste Croix (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
?
Ldg.Acm. ? [1273048]
(A) P/O (prob) 18.07.1941, seniority 12.07.1941 [101768]
(WS) F/O ?
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
De Ville,
Eric
E. De Ville (Photo courtesy of Judith DeVille)
Son (with one sister and two brothers) of Martin De Ville (1871-1944), and Harriett Elizabeth Saltmarsh (1871-1941).
Married ((09?).1940, Surrey Mid Eastern district, Surrey) Irene Frances Hills (21.01.1908 - 1987); one son.
22.07.1905
Coulsdon, Croydon district, London
-
26.09.1982
Eckington, Pershore district, Worcestershire
(A) P/O (prob) 19.07.1938 [72383]
(A) P/O 25.08.1939 (reld 06.07.1950)
Education: University of London (1924-1928; BSc (Eng.)); Selwyn College, Cambridge (MA 1931).
Joined Oundle School 1929 as Assistant Master.
19.07.1938     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Published: Elements of electrical engineering (1935); Electricity simplified (1939); 1,000 questions and answers for A.T.C. Cadets (1943); Electricity (1955); Heat engines (1960).
A relative writes: "
At the beginning of the war he took over the organization of the Air section of the Officer Training Corps at Oundle School and he remained in charge throughout the war. After leaving Oundle in 1957 he went to the Naval College at Dartmouth."
Dewhurst,
Vernon Bramwell
V.B. Dewhurst (Photo courtesy of Mr Vernon Dewhurst) V.B. Dewhurst (Photo courtesy of Mr Vernon Dewhurst)
Son of William Edward Dewhurst, and Ada Sophia Gregory, of Penrhyn Bay, Llandudno, Caernarvonshire.
(03?).1922
Huddersfield district, West Yorkshire
-
02.05.1941
[age 19]
[Kirk Malew (St Malew) Churchyard Extension, row W, collective grave 10]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1164820]
P/O (prob) 02.03.1941 [61506]
02.03.1941     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch)
02.05.1941     co-pilot to F/O J.W.L. Bruxner-Randall RAF on a Blackburn Botha on training flight from his base at St. Annes, Lancashire; it came down in the sea just a few hundred yards from the coast of the Isle of Man (Port St. Mary)
Dibbins,
Douglas Robert
"Doug"
D.R. Dibbins D.R. Dibbins
Son (with two brothers and two sisters)of Robert Henry Dibbins (1895-1961), and Kate Elizabeth Stannard (1888-1976), of Southmead.
(06?).1923
Bristol district, Avon / Gloucestershire
-
25.04.1944
[age 21]
[Bristol (Canford) Cemetery, section SS, grave 253]
F/Sgt. ? [1316323]
P/O (prob) 07.02.1944 [171730]
07.02.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 25.04.1944 pilot, 76 Squadron RAF
[On 24th April 1944, the crew of Halifax III LK789 (MP-L) took off at 2209 hours from Holme-on-Spalding Moor to attack Karlsruhe, a large industrial city in south-west Germany. They were part of operation involving 637 aircraft – 369 Lancasters, 259 Halifaxes,9 Mosquitoes – of all groups except 5 Group. Later, as main force recrossed the English coast enemy intruders were patrolling over England. At 0420 hours, the Halifax was over Ely, Cambridgeshire when attacked by a Me410 (piloted by Ltn. Wolfgang Wenning of II./KG 51). Heavily damaged, the pilot made an attempt to land the aircraft, but crashed near Welney, 7 miles south west of Downham Market, Norfolk. Only the rear gunner, Flight Sergeant J. Anderson escaped alive to be admitted to hospital with injuries.]
Dickins,
Frederick James Douglas
F.J.D. Dickins (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
(A) P/O (prob) 18.07.1941 [101656]
(WS) F/O ?
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Dickinson,
Bernard Nelson
"Barney"
B.N. Dickinson (Photo courtesy of Mr José Fernandez-Calvo)
1913
Argentina
-
Sgt. ? [1392817]
P/O (prob) 04.08.1942 [131793]
(WS) F/O (prob) 04.02.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 04.08.1944 (reld 25.05.1946; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
04.08.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 28.04.1944 101 Squadron RAF
[His Lancaster LM493 [SR-X] was airborne 21:40 hrs 27.04.1944 from Ludford Magna on ABC duties to Friedrichshaven. Flying at 17,000 feet outbound, intercepted by a night-fighter and shot down, crashing at Oberwinden, 3 km SW of Elzach. Three crew members (including Dickinson) captured plus two injured, and three killed in action.]
28.04.1944 - 1945 POW in German captivity (Stalag Luft III)
Dickinson,
John Hellewell
J.H. Dickinson
Married ...; ... children (one son?).
17.10.1922
Doncaster district, West Riding of Yorkshire
-
(03?).1971
Don Valley district, West Riding of Yorkshire
F/Sgt. ? [1452310]
P/O (prob) 21.06.1944 [178058]
(WS) F/O 21.12.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 21.06.1946
21.06.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
His son writes: "Served RAF North Creak amongst others."
Dickinson,
John Patrick
J.P. Dickinson (Photo courtesy of Mr Dave Clark)
Son (with one sister) of William John Wentworth Dickinson (1884-1952), and Madeline Blanche Beresford (1885-1959).
Married ...; ... children.
29.01.1918
Axbridge district, Somerset
-
(09?).1971
Wexham Park Hospital, Slough, Berkshire
Ldg.Acm. ? [903304]
P/O (prob) 30.11.1940, seniority 14.11.1940 [88863]
(WS) F/O (prob) 30.11.1941, seniority 14.11.1941
(WS) F/Lt. 30.11.1942, seniority 14.11.1942
F/Lt. 20.10.1947, seniority 30.11.1946 (commission resigned 07.01.1958)
(A) Sq.Ldr. (1947)
Mentioned in Despatches MID 07.01.1947 ?
30.11.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 07.11.1941 pilot, 99 Squadron RAF (Waterbeach)
[His Vickers Wellington T2554 (LN-F) had taken off 17:21 hrs for a bombing mission of Berlin. Aircraft was lost. Five of the crew were taken prisoner, one was killed.]
1941 - 1945 POW in German captivity
20.10.1947     short service commission, RAF (Secretarial Branch)
His grandson writes: "He was in Stalag luft 3 in April 1942 and was involved in a tunnel escape there, this was discovered and he ended up in solitary. Two further escape attempts with Vincent " Bush " Parker resulted in him being transferred to Colditz in May 1945. He took part in 4 escape attempts while in colditz, the tunnel from the attic in the British officers quarters (discovered),  he also jumped the wall on 2 occasions and rode to Chemnitz. He also hid under a bread van..... Unfortunately the tail gate fell down as it was leaving and a German guard noticed him while putting it back up. His nicknames were "Bag" and "Ming". He was also stationed in Cyprus and Bridgnorth."
Dickinson,
Vernon Francis
V.F. Dickinson
Son of ... Dickinson, and ... Mitchell.
Married ((03?).1944, Welton district, Lincolnshire) Annie MacLaren, of Foyers, Inverness-shire.
(06?).1918
Fylde district, Lancashire
-
29.01.1944
[age 25]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 211]
Sgt. ? [1481300]
P/O (prob) 16.01.1944 [170952]
16.01.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 29.01.1944 1660 Heavy Conversion Unit RAF
[Stirling III EF246 [-C] took off from Swinderby, being briefed for a combined Bullseye and searchlight cooperation exercise. At around 22:00 hrs the Stirling dived into the Humber, not far from Killingholme on the Lincolnshire bank of the river. It is suggested that the pilot may have been dazzled by the searchlights, whereupon he took violent evasive action and, in doing so, lost control. Four, including the staff pilot instructor (F/O J.M. Greig DFC) have no known graves and four were taken to their home towns for interment.]
Dickson,
John
J. Dickson
Son (with one sister) of John Dick Dickson (1878-1960), and Jessie Kerr (1881-1944).
Married (10.07.1939) Jessie Gow Frame; one daughter.
15.02.1911
Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland
-
30.03.1978
Sgt. ? [1366738]
(A) P/O (prob) 23.03.1944 [172661]
P/O (prob) 18.05.1944
(WS) F/O 18.11.1944 (Emgcy List) (reld 15.02.1956; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
23.03.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 02.02.1946 an Assistant to the Provost Marshal
 
Dineen,
Thomas George
T.G. Dineen (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
(A) P/O (prob) 18.07.1941 [101657]
(WS) F/O ?
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Disley,
Ronald Max
R.M. Disley (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
?
(A) P/O (prob) 18.07.1941 [101658]
(WS) F/O ?
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Disney,
Philip Allan
P.A. Disney
Son (with one brother and two sisters) of Alec Robert Disney, and Margaret Dodd.
Residence: Hickling, Norfolk.
(12?).1921
Smallburgh district, Suffolk
-
22.03.1945
(KIA) [age 23]
[Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, 18.E.16]
F/Sgt. ? [1333909]
P/O (prob) 03.10.1942 [139616]
(WS) F/O (prob) 03.04.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 03.10.1944

(Photo courtesy of Mr Egbert Theune)

03.10.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      169 Squadron RAF (Great Massingham)
05.02.1945 - 22.03.1945 navigator/wireless operator, 23 Squadron RAF (Little Snoring, Norfolk)
[Airborne 19:35 hrs from Little Snoring for Intruder operations (bomber support) in the Handorf and Münster area in Mosquito RS577 (YP-T). Cause of loss and crash-site not established.]
Dix,
Reginald John Henry
"Reg"
R.J.H. Dix (Photo courtesy of Mr David Thrower)
Son of Henry Alfred Dix (1887-1945), and Grace Florence Bentley (1891-1978).
Married ((09?).1952, Surrey Mid Eastern district) Evelyn Martha Ormston; no children.
26.08.1921
Stoke Newington, Hackney district, London
-
14.05.1995
Kingston upon Thames district, Surrey
(T) F/Sgt. ? [1181873]
P/O (prob) 01.05.1942 [122822]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.11.1942
07.1940     enlisted, RAFVR
01.05.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      141 Squadron RAF
      239 Squadron RAF
10.1943     169 Squadron RAF (eventually in India; commanded the squadron's 173 Group, finishing as a wing leader)
Construction and engineering consultant. Sales Manager, Celotex Ltd., United Kingdom, 1961 (joined the company in 1953 as London representative and in June 1956 was promoted Manager, Standard Products Sales). Then moved to The Stone Firms, Ltd., then Building Management and Marketing Consultants. Chairman of the Council, The Modular Society.
Dixon,
George David Stuart
G.D.S. Dixon
Married ((09?).1936, Hendon district, Middlesex) Mildred Mary Maple ((03?).1907 - ); two sons.
24.10.1908
Fulham, London
-
1962
Bournemouth, Hampshire
(A) P/O (prob) 20.06.1941 [69576]
P/O (prob) 20.08.1941
(WS) F/O 20.08.1942 (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
(A) F/Lt. (1945)
Mentioned in Despatches MID 14.06.1945 ?
Education: Latymer Upper School, Hammersmith; University of Cambridge.
Worked in banking.
20.06.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      probably serving as an Intelligence Officer
Dixon,
Walter Harry
W.H. Dixon
Married ...; ... children (one son?).
?
-
?
Ldg.Acm. ? [1439925]
P/O (prob) 26.06.1943 [146078]
(WS) F/O (prob) 26.12.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 25.06.1945 (reld 21.10.1945; medical unfitness for Air Force service)
26.06.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Doak,
George Collins
G.C. Doak
Son of ... Doak, and ... Meharg.
(12?).1921
Wandsworth district, Greater London / London / Surrey
-
Sgt.
? [1194926]
P/O (prob)
02.12.1941 [115621]
(WS) F/O (prob)
01.10.1942
(WS) F/Lt.
02.12.1943
F/Lt.
18.07.1949, seniority 22.04.1947
Sq.Ldr.
01.04.1955 (retd 11.10.1970)
02.12.1941
 
 
commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
18.07.1949
 
 
short service commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)
01.10.1951
 
 
permanent commission, RAF
(1960)
 
 
Commanding Officer of Edinburgh University Air Squadron
Dobson,
Eric George
E.G. Dobson (Photo courtesy of Mr Colin Dobson) E.G. Dobson (Photo courtesy of Mr Colin Dobson)
Son of ... Dobson, and ... Hammond.
Married ...; ... children (one son?).
28.11.1920
Ilford, Romford district, Essex
-
04.1999
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
F/Sgt. ? [1394317]
P/O (prob) 21.03.1944 [175306]
(WS) F/O 21.09.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 21.03.1946
21.03.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
His son writes: "He volunteered for RAF in 1942 and was part of Arnold Scheme and gained his wings in Alabama USA. Served with AFU, 2 AGS, 74 Squadron, 11 Squadron."
Dodd,
Frank Leslie
F.L. Dodd (Photo courtesy of Mr Andrew Wilson)

05.03.1919
-
30.04.1993
Sgt. ? [741875]
P/O (prob) 28.12.1940, seniority 15.12.1940 [89766]
... ...
Air Vice Marshal 01.01.1972
Distinguished Service Order DSO 08.09.1944 ?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 08.09.1945 ?
Air Force Cross AFC 08.06.1944 ?
28.12.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Dodge,
Stanley Wilbur
S.W. Dodge
Son of Ralph Salem Dodge, and Amy Harlow Dodge, of Redwood City, California, U.S.A.
1921 ?
?
-
17.09.1942
[age 21]
[Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium, 7.K.1]
P/O ? [118574]
?     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 17.09.1942 pilot, 21 Operational Training Unit RAF
[Wellington IC HE110 (SJ-Q) took off 19:53 hrs 16.09.1942 from Edgehill for an operation over Essen, Germany. Shot down at 01:23 hrs by Oberleutnant Walter Barte, 4. Staffel/Nachtjagdgeschwader 1, crashing at Spalbeek, Limburg, 8 km WSW of Hasselt, Belgium. All six crew members were killed.]
Dodson,
Ernest
E. Dodson (Photo courtesy of Mr Nick Dodson)
Married ...; ... children (one son?).
(06?).1911
Burnley district, Lancashire
-
18.01.1992
Cpl. ? [1000301]
(A) P/O (prob) 11.11.1943 [159559]
(WS) F/O 06.07.1944 (Emgcy List) (reld 30.03.1956)
09.1943     No 60 Initial Course Officers' School
11.11.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Doherty,
Robert Aubrey Alexander
R.A.A. Doherty
Son of Robert John and Sarah Doherty, of Knock, Co. Down.
(12?).1918
Belfast district, Northern Ireland
-
24.02.1945
(MPK) [age 27]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 265]
Sgt. ? [754384]
P/O (prob) 07.08.1941 [102594]
(WS) F/O 07.08.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 27.07.1944
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 24.10.1941 ?
Mentioned in Despatches MID 01.01.1945 ?
Education: Queen's University, Belfast (Faculty of Applied Science and Technology, 1934-1936).
07.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1941)     104 Squadron RAF (DFC)
07.04.1943     transferred, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch)
27.03.1944     transferred, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
? - 24.02.1945 608 Squadron RAF
[Missing, presumed killed as pilot with the crash of de Havilland Mosquito B. Mk.XX "KB350" near Hohn/Rendsburg/Kiel, Germany. The aircraft, in which he and Navigator Flying Officer Leonard Moore were on their way for an operation over Berlin (taken off form Downham Market at 18:16 hrs) , was reported missing in action in the night of February 23rd/24th, 1945.]
Dorrell,
Stanley George
"Stan"
S.G. Dorrell
Son of ... Dorrell, and ... Jones.
Married ((06?).1941, Thurrock district, Essex) Ellen Mary Harvey (12.05.1920 - 12.08.2003), daughter of John Huron Daniel Harvey (1893-1926), and Sarah Ann Boone (1897-1951); one son.
(12?).1919
Atcham district, Shropshire
-
23.11.1943
[Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany, collective grave 3.K.17-21]
Wt.Offr. ? [655352]
P/O (prob) 10.10.1943 [169445]
Worked for Batas in Tilbury, Essex.
10.10.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 23.11.1943 7 Squadron RAF
[Lancaster III EE119 (MG-N) had taken off from Oakington on 16:48 hrs on 22.11.1943 for an bombing operation over Berlin. Aircraft was lost, all seven crew members were killed.]
 
Dossett,
Trevor Arthur
T.A. Dossett T.A. Dossett
Son of Arthur L. Dossett, and Dorothy Baldry.
Married 1st (Canada) Zita Sampson; two sons, one daughter.
Married 2nd Janet Borlase.

29.11.1920
Rochford district, Essex
-
07.2012 living at Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Sgt. ? [754127]
Wt.Off. ?
P/O (prob) 10.08.1943 [159850]
(WS) F/O 10.02.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 10.08.1945 (reld 11.03.1946; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
(09.1940)     No. 15 Intermediate Flying School (Oxfordshire)
late 1940 - mid 1942 pilot, 222 Squadron RAF (Coltishall, North Weald, Rochford, Manston etc.)
1942 - 1944 flight instructor, Weyburn, Saskatchewan & Kingston, Ontario (Canada)
10.08.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
1944 - 1946 1401 Meteorological Flight RAF (Belgium & Holland)
Property developer.
Dowse,
Arthur Patrick
"Paddy"
A.P. Dowse
Son of Herbert Dowse, and Florence Anne Andrews (1886-1956), of Dalkey.
08.02.1915
Dublin
-
17.04.1943
(KIA) [age 28]
[Durnbach War Cemetery, Bayern, Germany, 11.D.28]
[commemorated at Deansgrange Cemetery, Blackrock, Co. Dublin]
Sgt. ? [968410]
P/O (prob) 09.11.1940, seniority 03.11.1940 [88035]
(WS) F/O 09.11.1941, seniority 03.11.1941
(WS) F/Lt. 09.11.1942, seniority 03.11.1942
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 30.01.1942 ?
Mentioned in Despatches MID 14.01.1944 ?
09.11.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1941)     144 Squadron RAF (DFC)
? - 17.04.1943 pilot instructor, 78 Squadron RAF
[Taken off from Linton On Ouse. His aircraft Halifax DT773 was shot down on returning form operations to Pilzen (Skoda works). Crashed dry lake bed of Max Eyth See in the Hofen district of Stuttgart. Night fighter. Lt. Joseph Nabrich III./NJG101 03:17 hours.]
Du Boulay,
[Sir] Roger William Houssemayne
R.W.H. Du Boulay
Son of Capt. Charles John Houssemayne Du Boulay, RN (1894-1967), and Mary Alice Veronica Morgan (1895-1964).
Brother of Lt. Hubert Charles Houssemayne Du Boulay, RNVR.

Married (1957) Elizabeth, daughter of late Brig. Francis Wyville Home, late RM, and Molly Eveline Louise Mary, Lady Pile; one daughter, and two step sons.
30.03.1922
-
01.2008 still alive in Hertfordshire
Ldg.Acm.
? [1321688]
P/O (prob)
06.11.1942 [134135]
(WS) F/O (prob)
10.05.1943
(WS) F/Lt.
10.11.1944 (reld 28.02.1947)
F/O
28.02.1947 (reld 28.02.1957)
Kinght Commander of the Royal Victorian Order KCVO
26.03.1982
?
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order CVO
19.05.1972
?
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George CMG
14.06.1975
HM's birthday 75
Education: Winchester College; Oxford University
06.11.1942


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
28.02.1947


commissioned, reconstituted RAFVR
28.02.1952


extension of service (5 years)
HM Colonial Service, Nigeria, 1949-1958; HM Foreign, later Diplomatic, Service, 1959; FO, 1959; Washington, 1960-1964; FCO 1964-1967; Manila, 1967-1971; Alternate Director, Asian Development Bank, Manila, 1967-1969, and Director, 1969-1971; Counsellor and Head of Chancery, Paris, 1971-1973; Resident Commissioner, New Hebrides, 1973-1975.Vice Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps, 12.12.1975-09.04.1982 Adviser: Solomon Islands Government, 1986; Swaziland Government, 1992.
Dufour,
Walter Raymond
W.R. Dufour (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
22.09.1906
Eton district, Buckinghamshire
-
01.1989
Torbay district, Devon
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [103320]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Duncan,
James Robert
J.R. Duncan (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
?
-
P/O (prob) 12.04.1941 [63511]
... ...
12.04.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
 
Duncan,
Kenneth Charles
K.C. Duncan (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
?
(A) P/O (prob) 18.07.1941 [101659]
(WS) F/O ?
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Duncan,
Robert Lawson
R.L. Duncan
Married; at least one child.
Residence: Cupar, Fife.
19.01.1920
-
03.01.1982
Rochester, Kent (while on holiday)
Wt.Off.
? [748351]
P/O (prob)
17.11.1942 [138293]
(WS) F/O (prob)
17.05.1943
(WS) F/Lt.
17.11.1944
F/Lt.
01.07.1946
25.02.1947, seniority 17.05.1946 (retd 13.08.1953; medical unfitness for air force service; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
(T) Sq.Ldr.
?
Air Force Cross AFC
01.01.1947
?
17.11.1942
 
 
commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
12.02.1946


extended service commission RAF
12.10.1948
 
 
permanent commission
Dunn,
Maurice
M. Dunn
Son of Sidney Thomas Dunn (1883-1946), and Elizabeth Ann Smith, of Hendon.
28.06.1914
Reading, Berkshire
-
31.08.1942
[age 28]
[Hendon Cemetery and Crematorium, Middlesex, sec. G9, grave 53753]
F/Sgt. ? [1375737]
P/O (prob) 01.05.1942 [126682]
01.05.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 31.08.1942 21 Operational Training Unit
[Wellington Mk. IC R1232 took off from Moreton-in-Marsh for night flying training. While attempting to overshoot the runway at 21:10 hrs, it went out of control and hit a tree.  P/O M. Dunn, Sgt. B.A. Smith and Sgt. A. Perrett were killed.  Sgt. J.F. Boyer RCAF was injured.]
Dwyer,
Brian Robert
B.R. Dwyer
Son (with two brothers) of
John Harold Dwyer (1896-1981), and Elsie Noakes (1901-1979).
Married (01.04.1944, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) ... Kingston.
21.11.1923
Leicester, Leicestershire
-
02.09.1944
(KIA) [age 20]
[Mertert Communal Cemetery, Luxembourg, joint grave]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1579581]
P/O (prob) 23.12.1943 [154846]
(WS) F/O 23.06.1944
23.12.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 02.09.1944 navigator, 107 Squadron RAF (Lasham, Hampshire)
[de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito FB.Mk VI (NS912) went missing from attack on railways in NW Germany; F/Lt. D.D. Hall RAFVR was also killed.]
 
Dyke,
George Oswald Leonard
G.O.L. Dyke
Son of ... Dyke, and ... Brown.
Married ((09?).1953, St Marylebone district, London) Susanna Exiner.
(12?).1920
Calne district, Dorset
-
02.04.2010
St Saud, France
Sgt. ? [1180505]
P/O (prob) 17.05.1941 [100564]
(WS) F/O 14.05.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 14.05.1943
(A) Sq.Ldr. (1945?)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 29.01.1946 ?
Education: Cambridge University (MA 1953; BA 1949).
17.05.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
1943 - 1944 pilot, 157 Squadron RAF (UK)
[flying Mosquito VI - HJ647; 2 confirmed victories (01.12.1943), 1 probable victory (20.11.1943), 1 enemy aircraft damaged (20.11.1943)]
1944 - 1945 Flight Commander, 45 Squadron RAF (Far East)
Barrister-at-Law (Middle Temple), 11.1952. Chief Justice of Botswana; Resident Magistrate Uganda 1954-60; Legal Draftsman Kenya 1960- 66; Parliamentary Draftsman Malawi.
Dyson,
James Herbert
J.H. Dyson (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
?
(A) P/O (prob) 18.07.1941 [101660]
(WS) F/O ?
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
       

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