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Eades,
Frank Herriot Darlaston
F.H.D. Eades
Son (with two brothers) of Frank Darlaston Eades (1885-1939), and Caroline Georgina Alberta Nott (1877-1942).
Married ((06?).1943, Gloucester Rural district, Gloucestershire) Doris Coates (02.03.1919 - 21.05.2005); two daughters, one son
25.05.1914
Blaby district, Leicestershire
-
25.02.1975
Swinstead, Bourne district, Lincolnshire
P/O (prob) [Hon. F/O] 25.04.1939 [73168]
(WS) F/O 07.09.1939
F/Lt. 21.05.1947
Sq.Ldr. 21.01.1950 (Emgcy List) (reld 25.05.1959; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
Education:  BSc, ARCS.
25.04.1939     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
09.1939 - 10.1939 RAF Halton
21.05.1947     short service commission, RAF (Education Branch) [HQ Flying Training Command]
08.1947     RAF Cranwell
1950     RAF Yatesbury
21.05.1952     transferred to reserve (and called up for air force service)
26.01.1953     reversion to reserve
Earl,
Geoffrey
G. Earl (Photo courtesy of Mr Philip Cleland)
?
-
?
P/O (prob) 03.02.1944 [170579]
... ...
F/Lt. (07.1945)
03.02.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(07.1945)     Supreme HQ Allied Expeditionary Force/Air (Rear)
Earl,
Harvey
H. Earl (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
31.12.1899 ?
-
12.1987 ?
(A) P/O (prob) 18.07.1941 [102226]
(WS) F/O ?
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Earnshaw,
John Alfred
J.A. Earnshaw
Son of John Alfred Earnshaw and Janet Ada Thompson.
Married (20.12.1951) Rose Nadaud, from Buenos Aires, Argentina; two daughters, one son.
02.02.1905
Buenos Aires, Argentina
-
12.12.1991
Acm. 2nd cl. ? [1625394]
P/O (prob) 10.12.1942 [134835]
(WS) F/O (prob) 10.06.1943 (reld 15.08.1946; retaining his rank)
Education: Marlborough College (01.1919-03.1923; Fleur de Lys House); Pembroke College, Cambridge.
10.12.1942     commissioned, Royal Air Force Regiment [emergency commission]
His son writes: "While he was born in Buenos Aires, his parents spent as much time in the UK as in Argentina, so he did his schooling at Marlborough College and later accounting at Pembroke College, Cambridge. Back in Argentina he worked in insurance and years later set up a small company in Buenos Aires to administrate farms (estancias). He was a scratch golfer winning all the amateur tournaments in Buenos Aires, during the summer he enjoyed fly-fishing in the Andean lakes and rivers, and he had dashing looks, with white hear resulting from an almost deadly lung infection in his youth. All this made him one of the most sought-after bachelors in the BA Anglo-Argentine community. But he only married about 5 years since his return to BA after volunteering for WWII. His administration work included tending to the commercial aspects of the family farm, which earlier had allowed his parents to essentially commute to the UK every winter by transatlantic liner, getting away from the cold months in the southern hemisphere. But economies now were totally different to the Belle Epoque, and the family was now larger too.
During WWII he was a "liaison officer" and I recall him mentioning the chore of having to read personal correspondence to ensure that no military information was being disclosed by others at the airbase in Kent, where he was posted. Later he visited many places on the continent, including Antwerp, from where he recalled seeing the V2 rockets in flight (although I had understood that he only crossed after the invasion, so these dates may well be incompatible). He also visited Hitler's bunker, where he picked up some blank Iron Cross forms, with Hitler's printed signature, which I still have. I guess that must have been quite soon after the downfall. Other than these isolated memories, I have no other knowledge of his war life. As a Liaison Officer I can imagine him organizing the parties at the airbase! He was almost 40 when we enrolled, so he had not been selected to train as a pilot, even though his rank was Flying Officer."
Earp,
Leonard Bertram
L.B. Earp
27.06.1906
Eastbourne district, Sussex / East Sussex
-
05.2002
Lewes, East Sussex
P/O (prob)
12.07.1940 [82330]
(WS) F/O (prob)
18.02.1941
(WS) F/O
12.07.1941
F/Lt.
?
(T) Sq.Ldr.
01.07.1944 (emgcy) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
12.07.1940


commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) (for administrative duties) [emergency commission]
Ecclestone,
Colin
C. Ecclestone
?
-
Acm. 1st cl.
? [1221356]
(A) P/O (prob)
24.09.1942 [130014]
P/O (prob)
24.11.1942
(WS) F/O (prob)
24.05.1943
F/O
10.04.1951
F/Lt.
07.05.1951
24.09.1942


commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
10.04.1951


permanent commission, RAF (Aircraft Control Branch)
30.11.1953

 
transferred, RAF (Secretarial Branch)
Eden,
E
E. Eden (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
?
(A) P/O (prob) 18.11.1940 [953]
(WS) F/O ?
18.11.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
 
Edwards,
Arthur
A. Edwards
Son of Arthur Edwards, and [Florence Spencer ?], of Dinnington, South Yorkshire.
(06?).1920 ?
Rotherham district, South Yorkshire ?
-
25.09.1945
[Singapore Memorial, column 447]
Ldg.Acm. ? [986100]
P/O (prob) 10.03.1944 [176689]
(WS) F/O 10.09.1944
10.03.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Edwards,
Bernard Noel
B.N. Edwards (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
30.06.1906
Lewes, Sussex
-
08.1996
Colchester district, Essex
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [103321]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
Edwards,
Evan Harold
E.H. Edwards (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
(07?).1903
West Derby district, Lancashire
-
(03?).1967
Hammersmith district, London
P/O (prob) 13.06.1941 [68881]
... ...
13.06.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(08.1941)     staff, No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
 
Edwards,
George Hassall Nelson
G.H.N. Edwards(Photo courtesy of Mr Lee Lidbury)

08.03.1918
-
21.09.1994
P/O (prob) 26.09.1939 [74355]
... ...
Sq.Ldr. ?
26.09.1939     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
03.06.1943 - 23.09.1943 training course, Staff College, Camberley
Edwards,
Ieuan Trebor
J.T. Edwards
26.08.1908
-
(03?).1979
Rhuddlan district, Clwyd, Wales
(A) P/O (prob)
30.08.1941 [105756]
P/O (prob)
14.11.1941
(WS) F/O (prob)
01.10.1942
(T) F/Lt.
01.07.1944
F/Lt.
? (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of F.Lt.)
30.08.1941


commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
Edwards,
Ivo Arthyr Exley
I.A.E. Edwards
Son of Henry Exley Edwards (1851-), of Westhill, Parkstone, Dorset.
Married 1st ((03?).1906, Farehams district, Hampshire) Olive Maude Amy Donaldson (1885?-1957), daughter of Alexander L. Donaldson, of Hatton Hall, Windlesham; one daughter (Olive Thelma Exley Edwards (1907-1971), who married Gp.Capt. Sir Douglas Robert Steuart Bader, CBE, DSO*, DFC*, RAF). Olive Edwards remarried (1919) Arthur M. Addison.
Married 2nd ((09?).1922, Paddington district, London) Evelyn Marion Stuart, daughter of Gerald Boydell, of London; three sons.

01.01.1881
Singlewell, North Aylesford district, Kent
-
(09?).1947
Battersea district, London
2nd Lt. 27.02.1901
2nd Lt. 04.05.1901
Lt. 10.02.1904 (supernumerary ...-02.04.1910)
Capt. ?
Maj. 1916
Lt.Col. RARO 07.05.1919, seniority 08.07.1918
Lt.Col. Army 07.05.1919 (retd 07.05.1919)
P/O (prob) 19.09.1939 [74092]
P/O 19.09.1940
(WS) F/Lt. 28.12.1939
(T) Sq.Ldr. 01.03.1942
(WS) Sq.Ldr. 24.11.1943
(A) W/Cdr. 1943
RFC / RAF:  
F/O 22.06.1916
F/Cdr. 01.11.1916
Sq.Cdr. 01.12.1916
W/Cdr. (T/Lt.Col.) 02.06.1917 (reld 07.05.1916)
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George CMG 01.01.1919 New Year 19
Chevalier, Légion d'Honneur (France) LegH 14.07.1917 ?
1914-1915 Star 14|15 St - -
British War Medal 1914-1920 BWM 14|20 - -
Victory Medal VM - -
Mentioned in Despatches MID 28.01.1916 ?
Mentioned in Despatches MID 31.12.1918 ?
Mentioned in Despatches MID ? ?
Education: Malvern.
27.02.1901     1st Volunteer Battalion The Northumberland Fusiliers - Volunteer Corps (Extra Supernumerary) (University Candidates)
04.05.1901     commissioned, Royal Garrison Artillery - Royal Regiment of Artillery
19.07.1909 - 02.04.1910 Adjutant, ...
1910 - 1914 served in India
20.09.1915 - 1916 served Dardanelles
12.05.1916     obtained aviator's certificate (No. 2902), taken on a Maurice Farman biplane at the Military School, Ruislip
22.06.1916     seconded, Royal Flying Corps (Military Wing) (France) (CMG, despatches thrice, Chevalier Légion d'Honneur)
(1918)     HQ 15th (Corps) Wing, Villers-Carbonnel (France)
25.06.1918 - 1919 Staff Officer, 1st class, Air Ministry
07.05.1919 - 01.01.1936 Regular Army Reserve of Officers [attained age limit]
Deputy Director of Air Transport, Air Ministry & Chief Technical Adviser, Directorate of Civil Aviation, 1922-1928. Managing director, National Flying Services, Ltd., 1929.
19.09.1939     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Published: Commercial air transport (1926).
Edwards,
Jack Trevor
J.T. Edwards
23.06.1920 ?
-
11.2002 ?
(A) P/O (prob)
07.11.1941 [111147]
P/O (prob)
13.06.1942
(WS) F/O (prob)
13.12.1942
(WS) F/Lt.
01.07.1945
(A) Sq.Ldr.
?
Mentioned in Despatches MID
01.01.1945
?
07.11.1941


commissioned, RAFVR (Technical Branch) [emergency commission]
Edwards,
John Trevor
J.T. Edwards
?
-
Sgt.
? [997207]
P/O (prob)
11.03.1943 [142509]
(WS) F/O (prob)
11.09.1943
(WS) F/Lt.
11.03.1945
08.04.1947, seniority 28.01.1946
F/O RAF
05.01.1949
F/Lt. RAF
06.12.1956 (reld 02.07.1963)
Distinguished Service Order DSO
26.10.1945
?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
12.11.1943
?
11.03.1943


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1943)
-
(1945)
12 Squadron RAF
08.04.1947


recalled to active list, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
05.01.1949
-
01.02.1952
transferred, RAFVR (Training Branch) [extended service commission]
02.07.1953


transferred, Reconstituted RAFVR (Secretarial Branch)
Edwards,
Malcolm Finney
"Eddy"
M.F. Edwards (Photo courtesy of Mr James Atkinson)
Son of William Arthur Edwards (1887-1941), and Elsie Maud Finney (1887-1965).
Married ((12?).1939, Weston super Mare district, Somerset) Ursula Eileen Colin Roynon (08.09.1915 - (06?).1981), of Bath, Somerset; one son, one daughter.
03.08.1917
Poole district, Dorset
-
29.12.1944
(KIA) [age 27]
[Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany, 14.A.13]
Wt.Offr. ? [745861]
P/O (prob) 01.09.1942 [133358]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.03.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 01.09.1944
      9 (P) Advanced Flying Unit RAF (Hullavington)
      7 (P) Advanced Flying Unit RAF (Peterborough)
17.08.1940 - 24.08.1940 609 Squadron RAF (Middle Wallop)
01.09.1940 - 30.11.1940 247 Squadron RAF (Roborough, Plymouth & St Eval)
01.09.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
08.1943 - 09.1943 55 Operational Training Unit RAF (Annan)
09.10.1943 - 29.12.1944 pilot, 3 Squadron RAF (Manston, Swanton Morley, Ayr, Bradwell Bay, Newchurch & Volkel, The Netherlands)
[Shot down in his Tempest V [EJ803] by a Messerschmitt Me109 of Jagdgeschwader 27 north of the Rhine. The aircraft crashed into the moorland next to the railway line at Spelle ,Germany, around 11.30am.]
Edwards,
Ronald
R. Edwards
Son of Herbert Aaron Edwards, and Dorothy Frances Roberts, of Earley, Berkshire.
Married ((09?).1940, Reading district, Berkshire) Peggy Jarvis; one son.
(03?).1918
Reading district, Berkshire
-
11.07.1941
(MPK) [age 23]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 32]
Sgt. ? [741994]
P/O (prob) 07.09.1940 [84917]
07.09.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 11.07.1941 221 Squadron RAF
[Wellington VIII W5631 DF- took off at 16:00 hrs 11.07.1941 from St Eval for an anti-submarine patrol. On returning F/O I.C.M. Sanderson was in W/T communication with base and was plotted in the vicinity of the Scilly Islands. Contact with the Wellington was lost and information was received that an aircraft had exploded in the air off the islands. It was believed that F/O Sanderson was shot down by an enemy aircraft. A search by fighter aircraft from St Eval failed to find any trace of the Wellington.]
Efford,
Frederick Henry Charles
F.H.C. Efford
Son of Frederick Efford, and Harriet Louisa Wade.
Married ((03?).1943, Tonbridge district, Kent) Joan D. Firmin.
03.06.1920
Westminster, St George Hanover Square district, London
-
08.1996
Worthing district, West Sussex
(T) F/Sgt. ? [1375482]
P/O (prob) 01.05.1942 [126942]
(WS) F/O (prob) 21.11.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 21.05.1944
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 20.04.1943 ?
29.10.1941 - 19.11.1941 pilot,  41 Squadron RAF
01.05.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1943)     pilot, 542 Squadron RAF
Secretary, Hain Steamship Company.
Elder,
Ian Nicol
J.N. Elder (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
23.11.1896
-
1981
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [104605]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Technical Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Eley,
Norman James
"Jim"
N.J. Eley (Photo courtsey of Mr N.J. Eley)
Son (with one brother) of Arthur Lionel Eley (1892-1946), and Nellie Jeannette H. Wyeth (1894-1979).
Married 1st (26.05.1951, Green Street Green, Bromley district, Kent) Hazel Blanche Purton (14.02.1927 - 05.10.1988), daughter of Ernest David Purton (1898-1968), and Blanche J. Rickard (1897-1969); two daughters.
Married 2nd (01.1990) Vivian Arnaiz, from Cebu, Philippines.

12.01.1923
Croydon district, London
-
04.2017 still alive
Ldg.Acm. ? [1802442]
P/O (prob) 10.12.1943 [163588]
(WS) F/O 10.06.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 10.12.1945 (reld 1947)
F/O 13.05.1948
F/Lt. 01.03.1951, seniority 13.10.1949 (reld 13.05.1963)
1939-1945 Star 39|45 St - -
France & Germany Star Fr&G St - -
Defence Medal Def M - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
Air Efficiency Award Air Eff 1955? -
09.1942     joined RAF as air crew
1943     pilot training, 33 Elementary Flying Training School RCAF (Caron) & 41 Service Flying Training School RCAF (Weyburn) (Saskatchewan, Canada)
10.12.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
1944     18 Advanced Flying Unit RAF (Snitterfield)
      11 Operational Training Unit RAF (Westcott)
      1668 Heavy Conversion Unit RAF (Bottesford)
1945     514 Squadron RAF (Waterbeach, Cambridge)
      207 Squadron RAF (at termination of the war)
1946     Central Bomber Establishment RAF (Marham)
13.05.1948     commissioned, RAFVR (Reconstituted Section) (General Duties Branch)
1948 - 1951 24 Reserve Flying School RAF (Rochester)
1951     recalled special 3 month active service at 1 Flying Training School RAF (Oakington) 102 Flying Training School RAF (North Luffenham)
1951 - 1953 staff pilot at 24  Reserve Flying School RAF (Rochester) (Short Bros. & Harland)
1953 - 1954 recalled for active service at 3 Air Navigation School RAF (Bishops Court, N. Ireland)
1954 - 1955 Central Gunnery School RAF (Leconfield)
Civil aviation: Skyway of London Euravia (London) Ltd., Britannia Airways, Transglobe Airways; Tradewinds Airways. Retired 11.1980, having flown 25 different types of aircraft.
Ellingham,
Toni Arthur *
T.A. Ellingham
Son of Arthur Stanley  Ellingham, and Marjorie F.M. Sworder.
Married ((09?).1953, Marylebone district, Middlesex) Elizabeth A. Renyard

* birth registration under the name Toni A.S. Ellingham
(06?).1924
Steyning district, Sussex
-
Ldg.Acm.
? [1494731]
P/O (prob)
21.04.1944 [165050]
(WS) F/O
21.04.1945
(WS) F/Lt.
21.04.1946 (reld 18.05.1947; medical unfitness, retaining rank of F/Lt.)
21.04.1944


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Elliott,
James Irving
J.I. Elliott (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
28.04.1907
Manchester district, Lancashire
-
03.1987
Carlisle district, Cumberland
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [103322]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Ellis,
Henry William
"Bill"
H.W. Ellis
Son of Henry Frederick and Laura Emily Ellis.
Husband of Joan Lillian Ellis, of Hornchurch, Essex.
1916 ?
-
07.06.1944
(KIA) [age 28]
[Bayeux War Cemetery, France, joint grave XXVI.B.15]
F/Sgt. ? [911932]
P/O (prob) 10.06.1942 [126080]
(WS) F/O (prob) 10.12.1942
Distinguished Flying Medal DFM 18.08.1942 *
* During the past 12 months, Flight Sgt. Ellis has carried out many operational sorties. He has displayed a high degree of skill and initiative. In January 1942 he assisted in the destruction of a hostile aircraft after a long pursuit. Some time later, in extremely unfavourable flying weather his skill and accurate directions enabled his pilot to overcome a difficult situation and make a safe landing. During a sortie in June 1942 he performed excellent work in an engagement with an enemy aircraft which was probably destroyed. This airman has always maintained a very high standard of efficiency, while his devotion to duty has set a very fine example.
10.06.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
? - 07.06.1944 navigator, 29 Squadron RAF
[Mosquito NF.XIII (HK413) crashed into the Channel off Bayeux during a defensive patrol]
      victories: Do 217 14.01.1942,  Do 217 06/07.06.1942
Emerson,
John Christopher
J.C. Emerson (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
21.12.1906
Mexborough, Doncaster district, West Riding of Yorkshire
-
02.2000
Hastings and Rother district, East Sussex
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [104606]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Technical Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Emmanuel,
William Henry
W.H. Emmanuel
Son of ... Emmanuel, and ... Jones.
Married 1st ((06?).1935, Liverpool district, Lancashire) Daisie Lavinia Boulter ((03?).1916 - 05.11.1953), daughter of William Ernest Boulter (1886-1972), and Daisy Sammons (1888-); one son.
Married 2nd (09.10.1954, Liverpool district, Lancashire) Lilian Augusta Gilbart (18.11.1920 - 07.09.2006); one daughter.
19.03.1912
St Asaph district, Denbighshire
-
14.01.1987
Liverpool district, Lancashire
Sgt. ? [108753]
P/O (prob) 17.06.1944 [176639]
(WS) F/O 17.12.1944 (reld 24.01.1950)
F/O 24.01.1950, seniority 19.12.1949
F/Lt. 01.10.1951
17.06.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
24.01.1950     commissioned, Royal Auxiliary Air Force Regiment (Fighter Control Branch)
02.02.1958     transferred, RAuxAF (General List)
30.09.1959 - 24.01.1962 RAuxAF Reserve of Officers
 
Enever,
William Baxter
K.A. Embery
Son of Charles Richard Enever (1868-1960), and Rose Elizabeth Hyde (1867?-).
Married 1st (04.09.1930, All Saints Church, Harrow Weald, Hendon district, Middlesex) Isla Valentina Howard-Williams (14.02.1908 - 06.1990), daughter of W. Howard-Williams; two sons, two daughters. Isla Enever remarried ... Halmshaw.
Married 2nd ((09?).1948, Chelsea district, London) Dorothy Frances L. Abbott (18.07.1920 - 29.08.1975), formerly Mrs Richard Kellett, daughter of Aubrey Abbott, and Hilda G. Harnett; one daughter.
(09?).1904
Muswell Hill, Edmonton district, Middlesex
-
P/O (prob) 05.07.1940 [81523]
(WS) F/O (prob) 05.05.1941
(WS) F/O 05.07.1941
(T) F/Lt. 01.09.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 01.10.1942
(A) W/Cdr. (1945)
Mentioned in Despatches MID 01.01.1945 ?
05.07.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Solicitor & company director. Emigrated to Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Enticott,
George Charles
G.C. Enticott (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
(12?).1897 ?
-
06.11.1954 ?
Cpl. ? [770745]
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941, seniority 09.06.1941 [104115]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Eshelby,
John Theodore
J.T. Eshelby
Son of Edgar Boulton Eshelby, and Alma Eshelby.
Husband of Yvonne Eshelby of Maida Vale, London.
1909 ?
-
03.01.1945
[age 36]
[Tenby (St Mary) Church Cemetery, old part]
F/Sgt.
? [1382067]
P/O (prob)
07.08.1944 [185304]
07.08.1944


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



Flight Engineer
Eperon,
Arthur George
A.G. Eperon
Son of ... Eperon, and ... Capon.
Married ((09?).1945, Croydon district, Surrey) Barbara Klagge ((06?).1923 - ), daughter of Oskar Carl Johann Klagge (1893-1975), and Edith Louise Menah (1896-1989); two daughters.
25.12.1919
Croydon, Surrey
-
11.10.2000
Tunbridge Wells district, Kent
Ldg.Acm. ? [759195]
P/O (prob) 11.08.1940 [84713]
(WS) F/O 11.08.1941
(WS) F/Lt. 11.08.1942
Joined the Steatham News as a trainee.
11.08.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 24.07.1941 35 Squadron RAF
[Halifax I L9527 TL-M had taken off from Stanton Harcourt at 10:40 hrs for an operation against La Pallice. Shot down near Angles (Vendée), 15 km WSW of Lucon, France. Five crew members were killed. P/O Eperon and Sgt. E.O.T. Balcomb were captured.]
24.07.1941 - 1945? POW (No. 2870) in German captivity (Stalag Luft III, Sagan; one of the 'wooden horse' jumpers during the escape attempts)
Journalist & travel writer. Joined the Daily Herald post-war, transferring to The Sun in 1969. Consultant to ITV's Wish You Were Here, then published the bestseller Traveller's France and a host of follow-ups, as well as contributing columns to magazines and newspapers.
Errington,
John Francis
see: RNVR officers' section  
Esbester,
Frederick William
F.W. Esbester (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
22.01.1900
St Paul's, Bristol, Gloucestershire
-
(12?).1977
Lewes district, East Sussex
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [104753]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Eshelby,
John Harold
"Jack"
J.H. Eshelby
Son of George Eshelby, and Winifred I. Rogers.
Married; ... children (one daughter?).
14.01.1920
Lewisham district, Greater London / Kent / London
-
13.10.1979
Southend district
[ashes interred in the church at the side of the airfield at Finingley]
(T) Wt.Offr. ? [745728]
P/O (prob) 07.06.1942 [124746]
(WS) F/O (prob) 07.12.1942
(A) F/Lt. ?
(WS) F/Lt. 07.06.1944
F/O RAF 18.12.1945
F/Lt. RAF 01.07.1946
25.02.1947, seniority 07.12.1945
Air Force Cross AFC 08.06.1944 ?
1939-1945 Star 39|45 St - -
Air Crew Europe Star AC Eur - -
Defence Medal Def M - -
British War Medal 1939-1945 BWM 39|45 - -
Air Efficiency Award Air Eff - -
07.06.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      stationed at Finningley at some point
18.12.1945     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [extended service commission]
25.09.1947     transferred to reserve (class C)
Eshelby,
John Theodore
J.T. Eshelby
Son of Edgar Boulton Eshelby, and Alma Eshelby.
Husband of Yvonne Eshelby of Maida Vale, London.
1909 ?
-
03.01.1945
[age 36]
[Tenby (St Mary) Church Cemetery, old part]
F/Sgt.
? [1382067]
P/O (prob)
07.08.1944 [185304]
07.08.1944


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



Flight Engineer
Etherington,
Arthur Frederick
A.F. Etherington (Photo courtesy of Mrs Barbara Stewart)
Son of George Ernest Etherington, and Emily Susannah Cattermole, of Barnes, Surrey.
(03?).1920
Richmond district, Surrey
-
25.09.1940
[age 20]
[Guemps Churchyard, Pas de Calais, France, joint gave 2-3]
Ldg.Acm.
? [746904]
P/O (prob)
07.04.1940 [78460]
07.04.1940


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(03.1940)
 
 
flying training, Warmwell
?
-
26.06.1940
101 Squadron RAF
26.06.1940
-
25.09.1940
observer, 107 Squadron RAF (Wattisham)
[killed whilst flying in Blenheim IV, T1883 QM- which crashed on a raid to Calais]
Etherton,
William Henry
W.H. Etherton
Son of William Lewis Etherton, and Rose Knapp.
Married (06?).1945, Leek district, Staffordshire) Ann E. Dawson; ... children (one daughter?).
22.07.1914
Wandsworth district, London
-
(06?).1971
Sutton district, London
Sgt. ? [1332127]
P/O (prob) 01.06.1943 [147212]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.12.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 01.06.1945
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 19.10.1943 ?
Air Force Cross AFC 01.01.1946 ?
01.06.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1943)     166 Squadron RAF
Euinton,
Leslie Edwin
L.E. Euinton (Photo courtesy of Mr L.E. Euinton) L.E. Euinton (Photo courtesy of Mr L.E. Euinton)
L.E. Euinton (Photo courtesy of Mr L.E. Euinton)
Son of Henry Charles Euinton, and Jennie Carter.

26.11.1920
St Pancras district, London
-
09.2012 still alive at Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
Ldg.Acm. ? [1602156]
P/O (prob) 23.10.1943 [158631]
(WS) F/O 23.04.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 23.10.1945 (reld 23.10.1946)
Education: graduated Leeds Medical School (04.11.1953; MB, ChB); DIH Eng 1978. MFOM RCP Lond 1980.
04.1942     joined RAFVR (from reserved occupation)
23.10.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission] (in South Africa)
1944     Operational Training Unit RAF (Ashbourne, Derbyshire)
      117 Squadron RAF (India & Burma)
08.1945 - 10.1946 staff appointment, HQ 229 Group RAF (transport part of Third Tactical Air Force, South East Asia Command)
General practitioner, initially at Leeds (W.E. & S.A. Smith & Euinton).
Evans,
Arthur Vicary
A.V. Evans

Son of Frederic and Harriet Emily Evans.
22.06.1902
Market Drayton, Shropshire
-
P/O (prob) 11.05.1941 [117062]
(WS) F/O (prob) 11.05.1942
Electrical engineer. Moved to Australia.
11.05.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
13.09.1941     transferred, RAFVR (Technical Branch)
Evans,
Rev. Brinley Arthur
B.A. Evans (Photo courtesy of Mr Jon Bailey)
Son of David Evans, and Eliza Hannah Harrison.
14.10.1901
Pontygwaith, Pontypridd district, Glamorgan
-
05.02.1974
Freckenham, Suffolk
Chaplain (with the relative rank of Sq.Ldr.) 01.12.1943 [158657] (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954)
01.12.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (Chaplains Branch) [emergency commission]
Evans,
David Gwynne
D.G. Evans
Son of Sydney Charles Evans, and Evelyn Caroline Allington, of Tenby.
(03?).1921
Pembroke district, Pembrokeshire
-
23.10.1943
[age 22]
[Tenby (St Mary) Church Cemetery, row T, grave 14]
Cpl.
? [1320289]
P/O (prob)
23.10.1942 [132703]
(WS) F/O
23.10.1943?
23.10.1942


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
?
-
23.10.1943
pilot, 86 Squadron RAF
Evans,
E
E. Evans (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
?
(A) P/O (prob) 18.07.1941?
(WS) F/O ?
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
?     commissioned, RAFVR (... Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Evans,
Harold George
H.G. Evans (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
08.07.1904
-
28.01.1989
Isle of Wight
(A) P/O (prob) 18.07.1941 [102227]
P/O (prob) 18.09.1941
P/O 18.07.1942
(WS) F/O 18.09.1942
(T) F/Lt. 01.01.1944, seniority 01.07.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 01.11.1944
(A) Sq.Ldr. (1945)
F/Lt. 12.09.1946 (reld 12.09.1954)
28.02.1947, seniority 01.09.1945
Member of the Order of the British Empire MBE 01.01.1946 New Year 46
Mentioned in Despatches MID 08.06.1944 ?
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
12.09.1946     extended service commission
04.10.1949     transferred to reserve (class B) (retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
Member of Cricklewood Lodge No. 2361 in London, 1949-1989.
Evans,
Kenneth Maurice
"Ken"
K.M. Evans (Photo courtesy of Mrs Bronwen Fowley)
14.12.1922
-
03.1993
Trowbridge district, Wiltshire
F/Sgt.
? [1652004]
P/O (prob)
10.06.1944 [178561]
P/O
10.12.1944
(WS) F/O
10.12.1944
(WS) F/Lt.
10.06.1946
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
03.10.1944
*
* This officer has completed a tour of operational duty during which very many strongly defended targets in Germany have been attacked. He has displayed a high standard of navigational ability throughout and has proved himself to be a most reliable member of aircraft crew. One night in July, 1944, when returning from Hamburg, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and sustained extensive damage. Pilot Officer Evans was badly wounded in the leg. Although in much distress he insisted on fulfilling his duties after receiving first aid. Although much of his equipment had been destroyed, Pilot Officer Evans navigated the aircraft home with his usual skill. This officer displayed great courage, fortitude and devotion to duty.
Education: BSc.
10.06.1944


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1944)


429 (RCAF) Squadron (navigator on a Halifax bomber)
Evans-Evans,
Roland Gwynne
R.G. Evans-Evans (Photo courtesy of Caron Evans-Evans) 
Youngest son (with three brothers and one sister) of Lt.Col. Anthony Arthur Evans, OBE, MC, MICE (1874-1947), and Margaret Ann Evans (1877-1960), of Stilton, Peterborough.
Brother of Gp.Capt. Anthony Caron Evans-Evans, DFC, RAF.
Married ((12?).1938, Basford district, Nottinghamshire) Hilda Spink, of Eastfield.
1914 ?
-
02.10.1944
(DOW) [age 30]
[Leopoldsburg War Cemetery, Belgium, VI.D.16]
Acm. 2nd cl. ? [1681666]
P/O (prob) 26.06.1942, seniority 30.03.1942 [123750]
(WS) F/O (prob) 28.12.1942
(A) F/Lt. 1943?
Education: King's School, Peterborough (boarder for 10 years).
Partner with a brother in a garage business in Stilton, Huntingdonshire.
26.06.1942     commissioned, Royal Air Force Regiment [emergency commission]
? - 02.10.1944 2804 Squadron RAF Regiment (died of wounds received on active service)
COLONEL'S LETTER. In a letter to the widow Flt.-Lieut. Evans-Evans' Colonel writes: "I am writing to try to express in some small way my sympathy in the loss of your husband. He came to me on a course when I commanded the battle school, and he was always so unfailingly cheerful and hard-working that it was a pleasure to have him. I have been down to see his flight, who were quite lost without him. I am more than sympathetic with you, as I lost my own wife at the Guards' Chapel. From our own points of view these are just inevitable disasters. I feel that there is nothing for us but to realise that we are just two among hundreds of thousands who are suffering some kind of loss. From a personal look at the ground I feel sure that he carried out a very gallant little patrol. By seeing that his armoured cars did not close up, and were ready to move off, after being already turned round, he saved many more losses. As I see it, what happened was as follows: The unit had just moved to a new position, actually in the front line, and your husband, with a troop of A.F.V.'s and two rifle flights from another squadron, had been detailed for their protection. In view of the tricky situation in front, your husband moved to go out with a patrol to try to clear it up, and find out exactly where the enemy were. Just before getting to a crossroads overlooked by buildings on the far side of a canal, he appears to have become suspicious, and halted his three armoured vehicles under cover. He had been told that the enemy were in this vicinity. He himself dismounted and went forward alone to investigate more closely, and it was at this point that the enemy opened fire. He was hit with the first shot, but returned the fire. The enemy then brought very heavy mortar fire to bear on the whole patrol. It was by one of these mortar shells that your husband was hit. He is buried nearby a little shrine." OTHER LETTERS. The padre and other officers have also written letters of consolation, In which they extol Flt.-Lt. Evans Evans' courage and leadership. One officer says: "In the presence of his men, he was buried at the foot of a wayside Calvary".
Everington,
Harry
H. Everington (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
?
-
(A) P/O (prob) 25.07.1941 [102328]
... ...
25.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
 
Evetts,
Geoffrey Charles
G.C. Evetts
Son of ... Evetts, and ... Grimes.
Married ((12?).1941,
Nuneaton district, Warwickshire) Gladys E. Pinner.
(12?).1919
Nuneaton district, Warwickshire
-
Ldg.Acm. ? [1578825]
P/O (prob) 23.12.1943 [154913]
(WS) F/O 23.06.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 23.12.1945
F/Lt. 01.11.1947, seniority 23.06.1947
23.12.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Ewing,
Henry Kirk
H.K. Ewing (Photo courtesy of Dee Bowker) H.K. Ewing (Photo courtesy of Dee Bowker)
H.K. Ewing (Photo courtesy of Dee Bowker) H.K. Ewing (Photo courtesy of Dee Bowker)
H.K. Ewing (Photo courtesy of Dee Bowker) H.K. Ewing (Photo courtesy of Dee Bowker)
Son (with one sister) of Henry Ewing (1893-1974), and Agnes Lees Ewing (1894-1937).
Married (01.1947, Nottingham district, Nottinghamshire) Marjorie E. Knowles (03.06.1922 - 15.03.2015), daughter (with one brother) of Robert Knowles (1897-1969), and Florence Ann Bevan (1903-1990); one son, one daughter.
27.08.1917
Pollokshields, Glasgow, Scotland
-
01.1988
Torquay Hospital, Torbay district, Devon
Sgt. ? [967478]
P/O (prob) 07.11.1941 [110549]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.11.1942
(A) F/Lt. (1943)
(WS) F/Lt. 07.11.1943 (reld 30.01.1947)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 11.06.1943 *

* Acting Flight Lieut. Ewing has taken part in a large number of operations, during which he has invariably shown the greatest skill and determination as an air gunner. His excellent technical knowledge, combined with his courage when face to face with the enemy, has made him a most valuable member of air crew. As Gunnery Leader, Flight Lieutenant Ewing has been largely responsible for the high standard attained by the gunners in his squadron.

Education: Uddingston Grammar School.
1939     enlisted, RAFVR
23.09.1940 - 19.10.1940 No. 9 Bombing & Gunnery School RAF (Penrhos)
04.11.1940 - 25.08.1941 103 Squadron RAF (Newton and Elsham Wolds) (flying Wellington Ic)
25.08.1941 - 30.04.1942 18 Operational Training Unit RAF (Bramcote) (for instructional duties) [qualified as Gunnery Leader at Central Gunnery School, Chelveston 04.03.1942]
07.11.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
30.04.1942 - 04.12.1943 156 Squadron RAF (Acconbury) (flying Wellington III) & 90 Squadron RAF (Ridgewell, Wratting Common and Tuddenham) (flying Stirling III as Squadron Gunnery Leader) (DFC)
04.12.1943 - 21.08.1944 1653 Heavy Conversion Unit RAF (Chedburgh) (flying Stirling I & III as Unit Gunnery Officer)
21.08.1944 - 19.04.1945 138 (Special Duties) Squadron RAF (Tempsford) (flying Stirling IV as Squadron Gunnery Leader)
[completed 71 operational sorties on 3 tours]
19.04.1945 - 24.09.1945 HQ 33 Base RAF (Waterbeach) (as Base Gunnery Leader)
24.09.1945 - 01.06.1946 HQ 3 Group RAF (Exning, Newmarket) (as Group Gunnery Leader)
01.06.1946 - 11.08.1946 HQ Bomber Command (High Wycombe) (as Gunnery Leader)
11.08.1946     HQ 1 Group RAF (Bawtry) (as Group Gunnery Leader)
       

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