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Fagan,
Arthur William
A.W. Fagan (Photo courtesy of Mr Kimberley John Lindsay)
Son of the Rev. William Feltrim Fagan (1853-1909), and Ellen Brooks (1864-1952).
Married (07.11.1930) Kathleen Mary Ferard (04.04.1904 - 21.05.1963); no children.
10.12.1890
Hersham, Chertsey district, Surrey
-
08.07.1977

Chelsea, London
P/O (prob) 01.07.1940 [81263]
(WS) F/O 01.07.1941
(T) F/Lt. 01.09.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 16.09.1944 (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
(A?) Sq.Ldr. 1944/45?
British War Medal 1914-1920 BWM - -
Victory Medal VM - -
General Service Medal GenSM - & clasp S Persia
Defence Medal Def M - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
Education: Winchester (1904-1909); New College, Oxford.
Indian Civil Service, later Indian Political Service. Participated in the 1912 Stockholm Olympics as the youngest member of the British Fencing Team (Foil). Served WWI in Terriorial Force, then Indian Army Reserve of Officers (Capt.). Merchant. Director of Tea Companies.
01.07.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1940)     Intelligence Officer, 64 Squadron RAF
? - 1945 Sqd.Ldr. (Intelligence)
Literature: Donald MacDonell, From dogfight to diplomacy : a Spitfire pilot's log 1932-1958 (2005; memoirs of the CO of 64 Sqdn).
Fahie,
William Cusack
W.C. Fahie
Married (02.06.1945, Brompton Oratory, London) Sen.Cmdr. Pauline Mary de Peauly Gower (22.07.1910 - 02.03.1947); twin sons.
27.04.1918
Dublin, Ireland
-
27.07.1972
Johannesburg, South Africa
[commemorated at Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin]
P/O (prob) 29.09.1939 [75521]
P/O 29.09.1940
(WS) F/O 11.03.1940
(T) F/Lt. 01.12.1941
(WS) F/Lt. 30.11.1942
(A) Sq.Ldr. ?
(T) Sq.Ldr. 01.01.1945
(A) W/Cdr. ?
Mention in Despatches MID 01.01.1943 ?
Mention in Despatches MID 17.09.1943 ?
Mention in Despatches MID 08.06.1944 ?
Bronze Star Medal BSM 13.09.1949 ?
29.09.1939     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch)
24.04.1940     transferred, RAFVR (Technical Branch)
Fairbairn,
Douglas Thomas George
D.T.G. Fairbairn (Photo courtesy of Mr Doug Douglas)
Only son of Thomas Francis Fairbairn, senior departmental clerk, and Georgina Margaret Douglas, of Holloway, London.
06.06.1923
St Pancras district, London
-
11.06.1944
[age 21]
[Serazereux Communal Cemetery, Eure-et-Loir, France, collective grave]
Sgt. ? [1397220]
P/O (prob) 27.03.1944 [173760]
27.03.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 11.06.1944 100 Squadron RAF
[Lancaster III ND594 (HW-P) had taken off 22:53 hrs from Grimsby to bomb rail facilities near Acheres. Crashed at Serazereux, 15 km SSE of Dreux. Complete crew of eight died.]
 
Falconer,
Hugh Mallory
H.M. Falconer (Photo courtesy of Mr john Mackenzie)
Son of Rev. Hugh Falconer, and Edith Augusta Falconer (née ...), of Carlisle.
Married Simone ...; ... children (one daughter?).
Residence: (1970) Bournemouth.
12.08.1910
Carlisle, Cumberland
-
Army:  
2nd Lt. 28.08.1930 (removed from the Army for absence without leave 25.07.1932)
RAFVR:  
(A) P/O (prob) 06.04.1940 [78696]
P/O (prob) 19.05.1940
P/O 06.04.1941
(WS) F/O 14.05.1941
(WS) F/Lt. 14.05.1942 (reld 21.09.1948; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
(T) Sq.Ldr. ?
Education: Cheltenham College (09.1922-12.1928; Upper 2aJ-Upper 6Military; Junior House; Day Boy); Royal Military Academy, Woolwich (1928-1930).
28.08.1930 - 25.07.1932 commissioned, Royal Corps of Signals
Served French Foreign Legion.
06.04.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 29.01.1943 served Special Operations Executive (SOE) as signals officer at Gibraltar
[captured 29.01.1943 after landing with two other agents in the Gulf of Hammarnet, Tunisia; they had travelled from Malta on MTB 307 and were engaged on SOE mission Operation Felice II]
29.01.1943 - 05.1945 in German captivity (in concentration camps Sachsenhausen & Buchenwald, being liberated at Tyrol)
      served Control Commission for Germany
Cement engineer (Portland Cement).
Falgate,
Donald
"Don"
D. Falgate
Son of Robert Thomas Falgate, and Ethel Doughty.
Married ((03?).1946, Upper Agbrigg district, West Riding of Yorkshire) Mildred Iris Pell (30.11.1923 - 05.1997); one son.
(06?).1921
Louth district, Lincolnshire
-
21.01.2013
Ldg.Acm. ? [1454195]
P/O (prob) 18.12.1942
(WS) F/O (prob) 18.06.1943
(A) F/Lt. (1944)
(WS) F/Lt. 18.12.1944 (reld 30.01.1950)
(A) Sq.Ldr. ?
F/O 30.01.1950?
F/Lt. 04.12.1952  (reld 30.01.1962)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 16.02.1945 ?
18.12.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
?     air bomber, 463 Squadron RAF
(1945)     air bomber, 50 Squadron RAF (DFC)
30.01.1950     short service commission, RAF
25.02.1956 - 30.01.1962 RAF Reserve of Officers (retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
 
Fallowes,
Edward Peter Ivan
E.P.I. Fallowes
Son of Joseph Edward Fallowes, and of Constance Davenport, of Bargate.
(03?).1922
Ashbourne district, Derbyshire
-
23.12.1943

Scotland
[age 21]
[Doveridge (St Cuthbert] Church Cemetery, Derby, grave 57]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1579085]
P/O (prob) 30.04.1943 [152032]
(WS) F/O 30.10.1943
30.04.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 23.12.1943 No. 2 Flying Instructors' School RAF
 
Fancett,
Henry Fawcett
H.F. Fancett
Married (Essex) ... Malby.
(03?).1891
Medway district, Kent
-
L/Cpl. ? [15809]
2nd Lt. 29.08.1917
Lt. 01.03.1919 (reld 30.09.1921)
Cpl. ? [1268209]
P/O (prob) 13.02.1942, seniority 18.11.1941 [118728]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942 (emgcy; reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
Military Medal MM 11.11.1916 bravery in the field
      served in the ranks, Essex Regiment
      Officer Cadet Unit
29.08.1917     commissioned, 4th Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers - Territorial Force
13.02.1942     commissioned, RAF Regiment [emergency commission]
25.08.1943     transferred, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch)
EsqStJ, 01.1956.

Farquharson,
James Miller
J.M. Farquharson
Married; four sons, one daughter.
10.06.1922
Kingston, Jamaica
-
25.06.2003
Trinidad and Tobago
Ldg.Acm.
? [1388674]
P/O (prob)
07.01.1943 [133249]
(WS) F/O
07.07.1943
(WS) F/Lt.
07.01.1945 (reld 27.03.1947)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
15.05.1945
* [this and other medals donated to the Military and Aviation Museum in Trinidad and Tobago]
* This officer has completed a large number of sorties over various battle areas in Burma. He has displayed the greatest keenness to engage the enemy and has been responsible for the. destruction of mudh enemy equipment. On one occasion he took part in an attack on a force of Japanese tanks, 13 of which were destroyed. In this spirited action, Flight Lieutenant Farquharson pressed home his attacks with
exceptional determination.
07.01.1943


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
(1945?)


Hurricane pilot, 20 Squadron RAF (Burma)
Farrow,
Dudley Selwyn
D.S. Farrow
Son (with one sister) of Ernest H. Farrow, and Ethel Ditton.
Married ((03?).1941, Honiton district, Devon) May Robins; two sons, one daughter.
18.02.1914
Wandsworth district, London
-
04.09.2008
Wymondley Nursing Home, Hitchin (late of Mill Hill & Hendon, London NW)
(A) P/O (prob) 08.08.1941 [102652]
P/O (prob) 03.03.1942, seniority 08.08.1941
(WS) F/O (prob) 08.08.1942
(T) F/Lt. 01.01.1944 (emgcy) (reld 18.02.1959; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
08.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Technical Branch) [emergency commission]
      Radar duties throughout the war, ending up in Ceylon / Burma and India in the latter part of the war (returned from Rangoon [181 Wing RAF ?] 13.10.1945, arriving back in the UK 06.11.1945]
 
Faulkner,
Edward Charles
E.C. Faulkner (Photo courtesy of Mr John Faulkner)
Son of ... Faulkner, and ... Creighton.
Married ((09?).1939, Lincoln, Lincolnshire) Mabel F. Speed; one son, one daughter.
02.05.1914
Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland
-
11.06.1999
Alicante, Spain
Acm. 2nd cl. ? [1596193]
P/O (prob) 18.08.1944 [182314]
(WS) F/O 18.02.1945 (Emgcy List) (reld 02.05.1959; retaining rank of F/O)
Police constable, Sheffield.
18.08.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      626 Squadron RAF (Wickenby)
His son writes: "After WWII, he did some sort of supply work for the RAF at RAF Station Cagliari-Elmas in Sardinia. I believe it was commonly referred to as RAF Elmas. His discharge was around August 1946."
Faulkner,
Keith Appleby
K.A. Faulkner
Son of Alfred Appleby Faulkner, and Emma Harwood Bromhead.
Married Kathleen Ellen Byrt (05.07.1914 - 01.02.2011); one son.
(12?).1914
Edmonton district, Essex / Hertfordshire / Middlesex
-
?
Sgt. ? [745503]
P/O (prob) 27.07.1940 [82696]
(WS) F/O 27.07.1941
(WS) F/Lt. 27.07.1942
(A) Sq.Ldr. ?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 28.09.1943 *
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 14.12.1943 **
* Flight Lieutenant Faulkner and Sergeant G.V. Goodes were pilot and observer respectively of the leading aircraft of a formation which attached a medium sized ship near Preveza harbour in August, 1943. The attack was pressed home with great vigour and the vessel was hit repeatedly. Afterwards, Flight Lieutenant Faulkner attacked a tug leaving the harbour. On the return flight, this pilot attacked a heavily armed vessel. Although his aircraft was hit, Flight Lieutenant Faulkner pressed home a determined attack. Throughout the operations, Sergeant Goodes accomplished much good work and obtained excellent photographs. These members of aircraft crew displayed great courage and resolution.
** Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross this officer has participated in numerous sorties and his great skill and fine fighting qualities have been amply demonstrated on many occasions. In September, 1943, he led a formation of aircraft in an attack on a heavily armed and escorted convoy near Amorgos Island. In the engagement Squadron Leader Faulkner attacked an Arado 196, which he forced down on to the sea, and afterwards attacked a merchant ship and an escorting vessel. This officer is a highly efficient flight commander, whose outstanding qualities have inspired all.
27.07.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1943)     252 Squadron RAF (DFC and Bar)
 
Fawcett,
James Kenning
J.K. Fawcett
Married ((09?).1948, Dartford district, Kent) Barbara E. Dell.
30.10.1910
Rugby
-
(06?).1972

Newark district, Lincolnshire
F/Sgt. ? [1577735]
P/O (prob) 20.04.1945 [197277]
(WS) F/O 20.10.1945 (emgcy) (reld 30.10.1955)
20.04.1945     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      bomb aimer/navigator on Lancasters and did his training in Winnipeg, Canada
 
Fechtner,
Emil

E. Fechtner
16.09.1916
-
29.10.1940
(KIA) [age 24]
[Brookwood Military Cemetery, 28.E.1]
P/O (prob) ? [81887]
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC ? ?
?     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]

From: Jewish Pilots and Aircrews in the Battle of Britain / by Martin Sugarman
Escaped Czech Air Force on March 15th 1939, joined the Foreign Legion in France. Sept. 1939 he was seconded to French l’Armee de l’Air and later escaped to England after France fell. He was posted to Duxford to form the Czech 310 Sqdn. July 12th 1940. Crashed in accident Aug 1st and on 15th landed after a collision at Upwood. On Aug 26th he shot down a 110 and on 31st a Do. 215 in Hurricane V3889, which was damaged. On Sept 3rd he shot down a 110 and the on 18th a Do 215. Awarded DFC Oct. 1940. but sadly was killed in a crash landing at Duxford on Oct 29th 1940, after a collision with P. Off. J M Maly. Buried at Brookwood. Information on Jewish background from web site math.fce.vutbr.cz/safarik/ACES1/ww2-commonwealth-jewish.html

Feilding,
the Hon. Hugh Richard
H.R. Feilding
Son of Rudolph Edmund Aloysius Feilding, Viscount Feilding (1885-1937) and Agnes Imelda Mary Harding (1885-1937).
Brother of Lt. the Hon. David Charles Feilding, Maj. the Earl of Denbigh, Capt. the Hon. Basil Egerton Feilding & Capt. the Hon. Henry Anthony Feilding, MC.
Married (28.03.1944) Sheila Katharine Bolton (died 10.04.2001), daughter of Brig. Charles Arthur Bolton; one son.
15.07.1920
-
03.04.1996
Yorkshire
Sgt.
? [1162486]
P/O (prob)
05.03.1941 [64882]
P/O
05.03.1942
(WS) F/O
05.03.1942
(WS) F/Lt.
05.03.1943
(A) Sq.Ldr.
(1945?)
Mention in Despatches MID
14.06.1945
?
Education: Ampleforth College
05.03.1941


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Fellow, Institute of Chartered Accountants (FCA).
Fenn,
Herbert Francis
H.F. Fenn (Photo courtesy of Mr Richard Woods)
Son of J. Fenn, of Glebe Hill Lodge, The Glebe, Blackheath, London S.E.
Married 1st (09.08.1909, St Mary, Barnes, Richmond, Surrey; divorced 1915) Gladys Violet Archbutt.
Married 2nd ((06?).1923, St Marylebone district, London) Elise D. Collis.
Married 3rd (1930, St Marylebone district, London) Gladys M. Betts.
02.1882
Blackheath, Lewisham district, London
-
2nd Lt. 23.07.1901
... ...
T/Lt.Col. 16.05.1916 (reld 03.12.1919)
P/O (prob) 09.07.1940 [82312]
(WS) F/O 01.11.1940
(WS) F/Lt. 20.02.1941 (reld 26.03.1943; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
(A) Sq.Ldr. ?
Distinguished Service Order DSO 01.01.1917 New Year 17
Mention in Despatches MID ? ?
Mention in Despatches MID ? ?
Mention in Despatches MID ? ?
Education: Uppingham School (05.1896-12.1899; Meadhurst House); Royal Military Academy, Woolwich.
23.07.1901 - 03.12.1919 commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery (Lt.Col, Lancaster Regiment in WW I; DSO, despatches thrice)
09.07.1940 - 26.03.1943 commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) (for administrative and miscellaneous duties)
Fennell,
Lewis Kenneth
L.K. Fennell (Photo courtesy of Mr Michel Darribehaude)
Son of ... Fennell, and ... Taylor.
Married ((12?).1942, Chorley district, Lancashire) Marjorie Moir; one daughter, one son.
(03?).1917
Romford district, Suffolk
-
07.08.1946
Mistberget, Eidsooll, Norway (formerly of Knowle, Bristol)
(T) Wt.Offr. ? [745419]
P/O (prob) 01.02.1943 [146696]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.08.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 01.02.1945
F/Lt. 23.03.1946
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 17.08.1943 ?
(1943)     10 Squadron RAF (DFC)
01.02.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      1663 Heavy Conversion Unit RAF (Rufforth, Yorkshire)
23.03.1946     transferred, Reserve of Air Force Officers (Administrative and Special Duties Branch)
Civil aviator. Died in an air accident when his European Airways Dakota air liner (in which he was first pilot) crashed in foggy conditions into a hill near the airport at Oslo, Norway. Two other crew members died, two were injured. The ten passengers were only bruised.
Fenwick,
Charles Raymond
C.R. Fenwick C.R. Fenwick
Son of ... Fenwick, and ... Lambord.
03.11.1920
Louth district, Leicestershire / Lincolnshire / Rutland
-
03.1999
York district, Yorkshire
Sgt. ? [748345]
P/O (prob) 07.09.1940 [85648]
(WS) F/O 07.12.1941
(WS) F/Lt. 07.12.1942 (reld 25.08.1946; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
(T) Sq.Ldr. ?
07.09.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
29.09.1940     joined 610 Squadron RAF
Ferguson,
William Glen
W.G. Ferguson (Photo courtesy of Mr Iain Woodhouse)
Married ...; ... children.
20.01.1912
-
Sgt. ?
(A) P/O (prob) 21.11.1941 [112113]
(WS) F/O (prob) 22.02.1943
(A) F/Lt. ? ?
21.11.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Technical Branch (Signals)) [emergency commission]
Fewtrell,
Kenneth George
"Ken"
K.G. Fewtrell (Photo courtesy of Mr Douglas S. Fewtrell)
Son (with five brothers) of Ernest George Fewtrell (1884-1964), and Minnie Albanette Simms (1886-1951), of Southsea, Hampshire.
Brother of F/O Ronald Norman Fewtrell, RAFVR.
Married ((06?).1942, Swindon district, Wiltshire) Phyllis M. Ferris.
05.09.1920
Reading district, Berkshire
-
10.2000
Swindon district, Wiltshire
Acm. 2nd cl. ? [1608412]
P/O (prob) 23.09.1944 [181607]
(WS) F/O 23.03.1945
23.09.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      observer/navigator
Fewtrell,
Ronald Norman
"Ron"
R.N. Fewtrell (Photo courtesy of Mr Douglas S. Fewtrell)
Son (with five brothers) of Ernest George Fewtrell (1884-1964), and Minnie Albanette Simms (1886-1951), of Southsea, Hampshire.
Brother of F/O Kenneth George Fewtrell, RAFVR.
(03?).1911
Isle of Wight
-
28.05.1943
(KIA) [age 32]
[Wieringen (Hippolytushoef) General Cemetery, North Holland, The Netherlands, C.13, coll. grave 378-380]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1316880]
P/O (prob) 10.10.1942 [130288]
(WS) F/O (prob) 10.04.1943
10.10.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 28.05.1943 bomb aimer, 102 Squadron RAF
[Halifax JD149 (DY-H) was airborne 23:26 hrs 27.05.1943 from Pocklington for a bombing operation against Essen. Last heard on W/T at 01:40 hrs 28.05.1943 calling for help. The Halifax was plotted in position 5310N 0504E. Shot down four minutes later by a night-fighter (Lt Heinz Grimm, 1V./NJG1) and crashed in the Waddenzee near Hippolytushoef (Noord Holland), 14 km ESE of Den Helder.]
Ffinch,
Ronald John Maule
R.J.M. Ffinch (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
?
P/O (prob) 18.04.1941 [101662]
(WS) F/O ?
18.04.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(07.1941)     No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
 
Figgins,
David Peter
D.P. Figgins
Son of James Forrester Figgins, Lieutenant of the Coast Guard, located in Ireland.
Brother of R.Adm. James Figgins, RN.
Married; two sons.
06.1889
Drogheda, Co Louth
-
11.1979
Army:

2nd Lt.
12.10.1915
Lt.
1916 ? (reld 30.09.1921)
A/Capt.
17.11.1917-10.05.1919
Hon. Capt.
30.09.1921
RAFVR:

(A) P/O (prob)
28.03.1941
P/O
1942?  (reld 04.07.1944)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) MBE
01.01.1955
New Year 55
12.10.1915


commissioned, The London Regiment



survived gassing at the Battle of Paschendale
01.02.1918
-
10.05.1919
Company Commander, 18th Battalion The London Regiment
Principal school teacher, Belfast.
28.03.1941


commissioned, RAFVR (Training Branch)
28.03.1941
-
04.07.1944
training instructor
Principal, Antrim Road Primary School, Belfast.
Finlayson,
Joseph [Pius John] Duthac *
J.D. Finlayson (Photo courtesy of Mr Andrew Finlayson)
Son of James and Caroline Finlayson.
Married Jean Gentle (1915 - 1963); two sons, two daughters.
* Also found as: Joseph Duthac John Pius
(06?).1908
Roehampton, Wandsworth district, London
-
1961
Glasgow, Scotland
F/Sgt. ? [1564478]
P/O (prob) 23.04.1945 [198190]
(WS) F/O 23.10.1945
F/O 24.02.1949
F/Lt. 28.07.1955 (reld 31.05.1959)
Education: Glasgow University.
23.04.1945     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      627 Squadron RAF
[Mosquito KB416 (AZ-P) s
talled on asymmetric overshoot Woodhall Spa 03.07.1945. T/o 14:50 hrs but during the flight the port engine failed. On return, the crew were not sure that the undercarriage was locked, and the aircraft bounced back into the air after a hard touchdown, followed by a crash landing, when the aircraft caught fire. The fire section NCO, Cpl Stephen Cogger entered the aircraft and freed the navigator, but was burned and beaten back by the heat when he returned to free the pilot, who was knocked unconscious in the crash. He received the George medal for this. Pilot F/Lt. D.N. Johnson, RAFVR, was killed. Finlayson was injured. Click for more details.]
      515 Squadron RAF
24.02.1949     commissioned, RAFVR (Training Branch)
31.05.1949     commissioned RAFVR (Reconstistuted Section) (Aircraft Control Branch)
 
Finucane,
Arthur John
A.J. Finucane (Photo courtesy of Mr Martin Finucane)
Son of Henry Thomas Finucane and Dorothy Davies, of Fulham, London.

medal bar at RAF Museum
05.06.1912
Fulham, London
-
16.11.1977
Radcliff Infirmary, Oxford, Oxfordshire
Sgt.
? [1264072]
P/O (prob)
02.01.1942 [118188]
(WS) F/O
02.01.1943
(WS) F/Lt.
02.01.1944
F/O
11.10.1948, seniority 24.07.1946
F/Lt.
19.06.1952 (retd 12.09.1964; own request)
Member of the Royal Victorian Order MVO
01.01.1972
New Year 72
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
11.02.1944
*
1939-1945 Star 39|45St
?
?
Atlantic Star AtlSt
?
?
Defence Medal Def Med
?
?
British War Medal 1939-1945 BWM
?
?
GenSM
?
& clasp "Cyprus"
* As captain of aircraft, Flight Lieutenant Finucane had taken part in numerous operational sorties, invariably displaying skill and courage of a high order. In November 1943, during an anti-submarine sortie in the Bay of Biscay, this pilot's aircraft was attacked by four Junkers 88s. A combat lasting 45 minutes ensured in which the persistent attacks of the enemy aircraft were beaten off by the skilful airmanship of Flight Lieutenant Finucane and the efficient coordination of his crew. Three of the enemy aircraft were damaged. In addition to the distinguished flying by this officer on that occasion and again a month later when he drove off a Focke Wulf 200 from the vicinity of an aircraft dinghy containing survivors, Flight Lieutenant Finucane displayed exceptional skill in December 1943 when he flew his aircraft safely back having lost a propeller and the use of the port engine. He made a masterly landing in the dark alongside a boat, with the aid of an Aldis lamp.
02.01.1942

commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1942?)
-
(1944)
flew Sunderlands with 228 Squadron RAF
11.10.1948
-
31.07.1952
short service commission RAF, and transferred to the Secretarial Branch
01.08.1952
-
12.09.1964
permanent commission
 
Fisher,
[Sir] Antony George Anson
A.G.A. Fisher
Son of Capt. George Kenneth Thompson Fisher, Norfolk Regiment (1879-1917; died from wounds ), and Janet Katherine Mary Anson (died 1938).
Married 1st (29.07.1939; divorced 1968) Eve Lilian Naylor; two sons, two daughters.
Married 2nd (08.10.1977) Dorian Dodge Crocker (? - 03.04.2007).

28.06.1915
Kensington, London
-
08.07.1988
St Francis Memorial Hospital, San Francisco, California, USA
P/O 25.09.1939 [73708]
F/O 25.09.1940
(WS) F/Lt. 25.09.1941
(A) Sq.LDr. (1944)
(T) Sq.Ldr. 01.07.1945
Knight Bachelor Kt 11.06.1988 HM's birthday 88: for political and public service
Air Force Cross AFC 01.09.1944 ?
Mention in Despatches MID 14.01.1944 ?
Education: St Michael's School, Uckfield; Eton College (1928-1933); Trinity College, Cambridge University (1933-1936; BA Eng).
25.09.1939     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
1939 - 1940 pilot, 111 Squadron RAF
      developed the Fisher Trainer, a training device to improve gunnery practice
Chicken farmer (Buxted Chickens) & entrepreneur. Libertarian think-tank founder (including Atlas Economic Research Foundation, Centre for Independent Studies, Fraser Institute, Institute of Economic Affairs, Institute for Humane Studies, International Institute for Economic Research, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, Pacific Research Institute).
Fisher,
Basil Mark
B.M. Fisher
Son of Capt. George Kenneth Thompson Fisher, Norfolk Regiment (died from wounds 1917, aged 38), and Janet Katherine Mary Anson (died 1938).
(12?).1916
Kensington district, Greater London
-
15.08.1940
[age 33]
[Eton (St John) Church Cemetery, Buckinghamshire, grave 41]
P/O 26.01.1938 [72382]
F/O 26.01.1940

Photo courtesy of Mr Dave Cotton

Education: Eton; Trinity College, Cambridge University.
26.01.1938     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
? - 15.08.1940 pilot, 111 Squadron RAF (Croydon)
[1751 hrs at Selsey Bill, Hurricane P3944 was shot down while on patrol by a Ju-88 and exploded; pilot baled out of burning plane and was killed]
Fisher,
Douglas *
D. Fisher
* uncertain at the moment whether this is his full name or not; even uncertain whether he was RAFVR or RAF
1921 ?
-
18.02.2007
[aged 86]
F/Lt.
?
?

commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)



29 Squadron RAF
Captain of Caledonian Airways.
Fisher,
Richard George
R.G. Fisher
?
-
?
Cpl. ? [1306540]
(A) P/O (prob) 09.06.1941, seniority 27.05.1941 [68941]
P/O (prob) 09.08.1941
(WS) F/O 09.08.1942, seniority 27.07.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 02.05.1944
(WS) Sq.Ldr. 05.08.1946
Sq.Ldr. 01.07.1946, seniority 01.09.1945 (reld 01.10.1955)
09.06.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
01.02.1942     transferred, RAF Regiment
01.07.1946     permanent commission, RAF Regiment
Fisher,
Ronald William
R.W. Fisher
Married ...; ... children (one son?).
?
-
?
Ldg.Acm. ? [1028367]
P/O (prob) 03.10.1942 [129168]
(WS) F/O (prob) 03.04.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 03.10.1944 (Emcgy List) (reld 30.10.1957)
03.10.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - ? 151 Squadron RAF
11.06.1945     transferred, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch)
Fitton *,
Alec Knowles
A.K. Fitton
Son of Edgar Fitton (?-1941), and Charlotte Knowles.
Later known as Knowles Fitton, Alec.
09.03.1901
Dewsbury district, West Riding of Yorkshire
-
01.1989
Keighly district, Yorkshire
P/O (prob) 01.02.1941 [67817]
F/O 01.04.1947 (reld  01.02.1961; retaining rank of W/Cdr.)
(A) W/Cdr. (1947)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) MBE 12.06.1947 HM's birthday 47
09.06.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (Training Branch) [emergency commission]
post-war     extended service commission
Secretary/Honorary Secretary/Chairman of the Yorkshire Branch of the Air League of the British Empire, based at Yeadon Airport around 1962-67.
Fitzgerald,
Arthur Marcus
A.M. Fitzgerald A.M. Fitzgerald
A.M. Fitzgerald A.M. Fitzgerald
Son (with two brothers) of Gerald Fitzgerald, and Harriet McGuire.

13.02.1923
Newport, Monmouthshire
-
28.08.1943
(KIA) [age 20]
[Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany, 9.J.22]
Sgt. ? [1316799]
P/O (prob) 09.06.1943 [148128]
04.04.1941     joined RAF (Oxford Reserve)
1941 - 1942 training in the UK & North America (Turner Field, Carleston Field, Gunter Field and Craig Field)
09.06.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
09.06.1943 - 28.08.1943 207 Squadron RAF (Langar, Nottinghamshire)
[flew 13 operations, first one being 12/13.06 bombing Bochum, a memorable one being 17/18.08 bombing the V-weapons site Peenemünde, and the last one bombing Nuremburg; Lancaster MKIII (ED627), EM-N was shot down by a German nightfighter aircraft, piloted by Hauptmann Ludwig Meister near the town of Schwäbisch Hall, Germany before it had reached its target]
Flack,
Leslie John
L.J. Flack (Photo courtesy of Mr James Baptie) L.J. Flack
Son (with one brother [died in infancy] and one sister) of John Henry Flack (1886-1960), and Alice Elizabeth Widden (1885-1936).
Married (07.07.1937, Brompton Oratory, Kensington, London) Winifred Nancy Rickson (27.12.1913 - 04.1997), daughter of Robert Rickson, and Agnes Duffy, of Neath, Port Talbot, Wales; three sons, one daughter.
09.07.1912
Kensington, London
-
26.06.1983
Ealing, London
Sgt. ? [740145]
P/O (prob) 29.08.1940, seniority 15.08.1940 [84705]
P/O 29.08.1941, seniority 15.08.1941
(WS) F/O 29.08.1941, seniority 15.08.1941
(A) F/Lt. ?
(WS) F/Lt. 29.08.1942, seniority 15.08.1942 (Emgcy List) (reld 09.07.1957; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
(T) Sq.Ldr. ?
Air Force Cross AFC 11.06.1942 ?
Supervisor. Obtained civil aviator's certificate (No. 12450) taken on a D.H. Gipsy Moth 1 85 h.p. at Brooklands Flying Club, 01.11.1934. Member of London flying club, 1938.
29.08.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
Flanagan,
William Joseph
W.J. Flanagan
?
-
Ldg.Acm. ? [1415598]
(A) P/O (prob) 14.10.1943 [157708]
P/O (prob) 09.12.1943
(WS) F/O 09.06.1944
(A) F/Lt. 05.06.1945
(A) Sq.Ldr. 10.11.1945 (reld 21.11.1945) (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
14.10.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Flewitt,
Leslie Collard
L.C. Flewitt (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
30.04.1908
Brentford district, Middlesex
-
(03?).1979
Surrey South Western district, Surrey
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [13323]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Foden,
George Thomas
G.T. Foden (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
Sgt. ? [562109]
(A) P/O (prob) 18.07.1941, seniority 10.06.1941 [46235]
(WS) F/O ?
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Technical Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Folwell,
Eric
E. Folwell (Photo courtesy of Mr Rick Cannam)
?
-
P/O (prob) 09.01.1943 [136514]
... ...
19.03.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1944)     145 Squadron RAF
Foreman,
Leslie Bertram
L.B. Foreman (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
16.07.1908
Trowbridge, Melksham district, Wiltshire
-
09.2004
Bath and North East Somerset district, Somerset
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [104755]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Forssander,
Denis Ragner
D.R. Forssander (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
?
Ldg.Acm. ? [1158661]
(A) P/O (prob) 18.07.1941, seniority 20.06.1941 [101783]
(WS) F/O ?
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Foskett,
Leslie Bernard
R.J.A. Ford
17.08.1921
-
Ldg.Acm.
? [1152499]
P/O (prob)
01.01.1943 [150047]
(WS) F/O (prob)
01.07.1943
(WS) F/Lt.
01.01.1945
F/O
23.01.1946
F/Lt.
01.07.1946
(A) Sq.Ldr.
(1952)
Sq.Ldr.
01.07.1952
W/Cdr.
01.01.1958
Gp.Capt.
01.01.1965 (retd 17.08.1976)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE
13.06.1964
HM's birthday 64
Air Force Cross AFC
05.06.1952
?
01.01.1943


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
23.01.1946


extended service, RAF
15.04.1947


permanent commission, RAF (dated 01.07.1946)
Foster,
David Kay
D.K. Foster
Son of ... Foster, and ... Hall.
02.07.1922
Fulham district, London
-
28.05.1944
(KIA) [age 21]
[Leeuwarden Northern General Cemetery, the Netherlands, row 2, grave 1]
Sgt. ? [1268893]
P/O (prob) 14.09.1942 [133357]
(WS) F/O (prob) 14.03.1943
14.09.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 28.05.1944 pilot, 515 Squadron RAF
[Mosquito VI NS931 [3P-] took off from Little Snoring at 01:55 hrs on a bomber support sortie. It was hit by flak and came down on Leeuwarden airfield in northern Holland. Both crew members were killed.]
Foster,
Joseph Eric Arthur
J.E.A. Foster
Married 1st ((06?).1941, Wigan district, Greater Manchester / Lancashire) Doris Winstanley.
Married 2nd (1950s, London?) Mignonne, a French beautician; no children.

11.11.1903
Hendon district, London
-
26.03.2006
Bishop's Cleeve, Gloucestershire
(A) P/O (prob) 09.03.1940 [77933]
P/O (prob) 20.04.1940
P/O 09.03.1941
(WS) F/O 20.04.1941
(WS) F/Lt. 20.04.1942 (emgcy list) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
(T) Sq.Ldr. 1944?
Mention in Despatches MID 01.01.1946 ?
Education: St Paul's school; Loughborough College.
Worked as a trichologist, while learning to fly, building an aeroplane, and mountaineering.
09.03.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 14.06.1940 navigator, 38 Squadron RAF
[His Wellington IA bomber [N2953 HD-R] had taken off 22:24 hrs 14.06.1940 from Marham for an operation against the Black Forest. They were shot down over Belgium, Foster fell into a tree, broke both his legs and was captured soon afterwards by German soldiers. Three fellow crew members were also captured, two lost their lives.]
14.06.1940 - 1944? POW in German captivity
[Escaped seven times from POW camps, sometimes dressed as a German officer.  He was taken to a German prisoner of war camp at Homark, near the Polish border, and tried to break out by shinning down a fire escape. At Spangenberg Castle, which was surrounded by a moat, he sneaked out disguised as a member of the Hitler Youth. He took a train to Switzerland but was caught during a chase. He was taken to the Polish camp of Schubin, where he spent eight months digging escape tunnels, which guards discovered. He was then taken to Stalag Luft III camp on which The Great Escape was based. He convinced his captors he was insane and was sent home.]
Ran a successful West Country travel agency specialising in Alpine holidays. In retirement the couple moved to Spain (where his wfie died in 1983), returning to Gloucestershire in 1998. Chairman of the parish council of Bishop's Cleeve for many years.
Published
: Life hangs by a silken thread : an autobiography (1992).
Foster,
Patrick
P. Foster
Married ((09?).1948, Hitchin district, Hertforshire) Marie H.Y. Tojeiro ((09?).1925 - ); one son.
1924?
-
1989?
Wt.Offr. ? [1282658]
P/O (prob) 31.07.1944 [182591]
(WS) F/O (prob) 31.01.1945
31.07.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Foulsham,
Robert
R. Foulsham (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
P/O (prob) 18.07.1941 [101616]
(WS) F/O ?
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Fowler,
Peter Lucian
P.L. Fowler (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
(A) P/O (prob) 18.07.1941 [101663]
(WS) F/O ?
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Fox,
John Elston
J.E. Fox
Son of William Fox (1872?-), mercantile cashier, and Maud Appleton Scarr (1880-).
Husband of Mary Fox, of Roundhay, Leeds.
(06?).1909
York district, Yorkshire
-
10.07.1944
[age 35]
[Roundhay (St John) Churchyard, section B, grave 29]
Sgt. ? [1006355]
Wt.Offr. ?
P/O (prob) 09.06.1944 [177086]
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 18.08.1944 ?
Education: BSc.
? - 03.03.1942 observer, 142 (City of Worcester) Squadron
09.06.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 10.07.1944 observer, 105 Squadron RAF
Fox,
Sidney Horace
S.H. Fox (Photo courtesy of Mr Rodney Fox) S.H. Fox
Son of James Richard Fox, and Annie Clark, of Woking, Surrey.
Married ((09?).1940, Surrey North Western district, Surrey) Bessie Gwendoline Bleach, of Woking.

08.11.1914
Kingston district, Surrey
-
25.10.1942
(KIA) [age 27]
[Nant-le-Grand Communal Cemetery, France, grave 1]
Sgt. ? [741012]
P/O (prob) 05.03.1941, seniority 26.02.1941 [61467]
P/O 05.03.1942, seniority 26.02.1941
(WS) F/O 05.03.1942, seniority 26.02.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 30.09.1942
(A?) Sq.Ldr. ?
Distinguished Flying Medal DFM 11.02.1941 ?
Education: Woking County Grammar School for Boys, Surrey.
05.03.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1941)     pilot, 83 Squadron RAF
? - 25.10.1942 pilot, 103 Squadron RAF
Francis,
Robin Keith
R.K. Francis (Photo courtesy of Mr Ian Scarr) R.K. Francis (Photo courtesy of Mr Ian Scarr)
29.01.1918
Cordoba, La Playosa,
Argentine

-
27.06.1943
(MIA) [age 25]
[Malta Memorial,
panel 7, column 1]
Wt.Offr. ? [964971]
P/O (prob) 01.01.1943 [141729]
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 20.06.1944 with effect from 26.06.1943 [posthumously]
Electrician. Served in the Argentine Navy as a 1st Class Electrician, 01.07.1936-01.07.1939.
26.04.1940 - 31.12.1942 volunteered RAFVR (being a British subject, born in Argentine), serving in the ranks before being commissioned; recommended for training as a pilot; awarded his Flying Badge 05.12.1940
01.01.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(12.1942) - 27.06.1943 14 Squadron RAF (Bone, Algeria)
[his aircraft Marauder Mk. IA FK363 (G) went missing from a reconnaissance mission]
Freeborn,
Leonard
L. Freeborn

11.01.1888
Grays, Essex
-
1967
Essex
2nd Lt. ?
Lt. ?
P/O ?
F/O (Grade A) 01.10.1919 (unemployed list 07.07.1920)
P/O (prob) 30.08.1940
(WS) F/O 30.08.1941 (reld 16.11.1944; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
(T) F/Lt. 01.07.1943
Member of the Order of the British Empire MBE 03.06.1919 HM's birthday 19: Aegean
Mention in Despatches MID 22.12.1919 South Russia
      served as a Seaman in the Royal Navy (number F390)
WW I     served in the Great War in the Royal Flying Corps
30.08.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
26.01.1941     transferred, RAFVR (Technical Branch)
Freeman,
Benson [Fletcher] Railton Metcalf
B.R.M. Freeman B.R.M. Freeman
Son of Cdr. Fletcher Freeman, RN.
Married ((12?).1927, St George Hanover Square district, London) Irene M.A. Treharne.
06.10.1903
Newbury, Berkshire
-
Army:  
2nd Lt. 27.08.1924
Lt. 27.08.1926 (reld 01.08.1930)
RAF:  
(T) F/O 18.09.1926 (reld 01.08.1930)
RAFVR:  
P/O (prob) 15.01.1940 (77107) (cashiered by sentence of a General Court-Martial 02.11.1945)
Education: St Helen's College, Southsea; Royal Military College, Sandhurst (1922-1924).
27.08.1924     commissioned, King's Own Royal Regiment
18.09.1926     instructor, No. 5 Flying Training School (Sealand)
22.08.1927     16 Squadron RAF (Old Sarum)
21.02.1929     26 Squadron RAF (Catterick)

Farmer, Gloucestershire. Member, British Union of Fascists.

15.01.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      Sent to France on a mission in May 1940 (believed Transport Command possibly 24 Sqn). Aircraft he was in crashed on take off (22nd May) as he was returning to UK and he was captured.
1940 - 1945 POW in German captivity
[Dulag Luft 1940. 1942-43 wrote scripts for German English Speaking Propaganda program ‘Germany Calling’. Used alias of ‘P Royston’. Did not broadcast despite being asked to. Aug 1944 -May 1945 Served as SS-Untersturmführer with Waffen-SS Standarte Kurt Eggers (Propaganda) on administration duties. Surrendered to US Forces 9th May 1945.]
02.11.1945     Sentenced to 10 years penal servitude and to be cashiered at Uxbridge General Court Martial [petition] (held for five days up to 10.09.1945) for having, as a POW, served in the Waffen-SS and written broadcasting scripts for the Germans at a salary of 200 marks a week.
Freer,
Peter Foster
P.F. Freer (Photo courtesy of Freer Family)
Son of Herbert Freer, and Mary Edith Foster, of Cottingham.
(06?).1919
York district, Yorkshire
-
11.05.1941
Maidstone district, Kent
[age 22]
[Cottingham Cemetery, Yorkshire, sec. A, grave 215]
Sgt. ? [741695]
P/O (prob) 24.04.1941 [65990]
06.1938     joined RAFVR as "Airman under training Pilot"
01.09.1939     mobilized
11.12.1939     No. 12 Group Pool RAF (Aston Down)
24.04.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
12.01.1940 - 11.05.1941 pilot, 29 Squadron RAF (Debden)
[killed with his crew member Sgt. VJ Wingfield when their Beaufighter IF, R2245, crashed on the approach to West Malling, having been damaged by return fire from an enemy bomber.]
Freestone,
Jack Bernard
J.B. Freestone
Son of Albert Ernest Freestone, and Jane Staples.
Married ((12?).1940, Leicester district, Leicestershire) Joan B. Smith
08.01.1916
51 Earl Howe Street, Leicester, Leicestershire
-
Sgt. ? [740625]
P/O (prob) 09.04.1941, seniority 05.03.1941 [64887]
(WS) F/O 09.04.1942, seniority 05.03.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 09.04.1943, seniority 05.03.1943
09.04.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      served briefly on HMS Furious flying a Swordfish, but he didn't like it and transferred to Coastal Command flying Avro Ansons
French,
John Kenneth Gillman
"Ken" / "Paddy"
J.K.G. French (Photo courtesy of Mr Paddy French) J.K.G. French
Married (30.08.1947, Merten, Surrey Mid Eastern district) Joan Louise Warner; four children.

30.08.1920
Skibbereen, Ireland
-
08.2013 still alive at Leigh
F/Sgt. ? [1390866]
P/O (prob) 12.04.1944 [179034]
P/O 12.10.1944
(WS) F/O 12.10.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 12.04.1946
F/O 07.04.1949
F/Lt. 28.04.1952 (reld 07.04.1959)
Came to UK to work for a London-based insurance company, 1938. Joined Home Guard.
08.1941     enlisted, RAFVR
12.04.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      234 Squadron RAF
      66 Squadron RAF
07.04.1949     commissioned, RAFVR (Reconstituted Section) (General Duties Branch)
Published: My early life (2001; memoirs).
Friend,
Donald Henry
D.H. Friend (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
16.05.1899
Hornchurch district, Essex
-
04.1985
Chiltern and Beaconsfield district, Buckinghamshire
(A) P/O (prob) 18.07.1941 [101664]
(WS) F/O ? (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of F/O)
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Friesner,
Simeon
"Tim"
S. Friesner (Photo courtesy of Mr David Friesner)

Son (with one sister and two brothers) of William Abraham Friesner (1891-1978), and Florence Cotton (1887-1938).
Married ((12?).1948, Crewe district, Cheshire) Gertrude Margery Cooper (19.02.1926 - 17.09.1990); two sons.

30.07.1921
Stoke on Trent district, Lancashire
-
04.01.1986
Wistaston, Congleton and Crewe district, Cheshire
F/Sgt. ? [1578590]
P/O (prob) 03.03.1944 [172988]
(WS) F/O 03.09.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 03.03.1946
03.03.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      149 Squadron RAF
Frogley,
Philip George
P.G. Frogley (Photo courtesy of Mrs Pamela Austin)
Son of Walter Frogley, and Nelly Cleal.
Married (01.11.1940, Southampton district, Hampshire) Rene Marion Crosbie (21.01.1917 - 08.2003); one daughter.
18.05.1912
Southampton district, Hampshire
-
27.12.1998
Oxford district, Oxfordshire
Acm. 21.12.1940 [1313138]
Sgt. ?
(A) P/O (prob) 24.08.1944 [182059]
P/O (prob) 19.10.1944
(WS) F/O 19.04.1945 (Emgcy List) (reld 18.05.1957; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
(A) F/Lt. 12.09.1945?
21.12.1940     enlisted RAFVR (Oxford)
24.05.1941 - 07.06.1941 Receiving Centre RAF (Stratford-on-Avon)
07.06.1941 - 05.07.1941 10 Initial Training Wing RAF (LAC) (Scarborough)
00.07.1941 - 00.09.1941 No. 19 Elementary Flying Training School RAF (Sealand)
00.09.1941 - 23.12.1941

No. 14 Service Flying Training School RAF (Lyneham)

23.12.1941 - 21.02.1942 No. 6 Service Flying Training School RAF (Sgt pilot) (Little Rissington)
28.03.1942 - 30.05.1942 No. 3 School of General Reconnaissance RAF (Squires Gate)
23.06.1942 - 15.09.1942 1 (C) Operational Training Unit RAF (Silloth)
16.10.1942     embarked for Iceland
22.10.1942 - 01.03.1943 269 Squadron RAF (Kaldardanes)
03.03.1943 - 21.06.1943

Station HQ, RAF Uxbridge (NE) (Uxbridge)

22.06.1943 - 18.07.1943 Station HQ, RAF Leuchars (Leuchars)
18.07.1943 - 07.08.1943 50 Group pool RAF (Watchfield)
07.08.1943 - 17.08.1943 Station HQ, RAF Watton (Watton)
17.08.1943 - 19.02.1944 Station HQ 12 Group RAF (Scorton)
19.02.1944 - 22.05.1944 142 Wing HQ 85 Group RAF, British Liberation Army
22.05.1944 - 10.07.1944 50 Group pool RAF (Watchfield)
12.07.1944 - 23.08.1944 No. 1 Officers’ School RAF (Cosford)
24.08.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
20.09.1944 - 25.09.1944 No. 5 Personnel Dispersal Centre RAF (Blackpool)
26.09.1944     embarked HMT “Athlone Castle”
25.10.1944     disembarked Bombay
01.11.1944 - 19.01.1945 posted to Air Traffic Control Santa Cruz
19.01.1945 - 16.04.1945 detached to No. 20 Care & Maintenance Party RAF (Raipur)
16.04.1945 - 10.05.1945 returned to Santa Cruz
21.05.1945 - 15.07.1945 posted to Air Traffic Control Vizagapatam
15.07.1945 - 26.10.1945 attached as supernumerary 225 Group RAF HQ (Bangalore)
12.09.1945 - 27.10.1945 posted to Area Control Bangalore (A/Flt Lt) (attached to Yelahanka (SATCO))
27.10.1945    

Yelahanka - Poona - Mauripur - Shaibah - Lydda - Castel Benito- Waterbeach (returned to UK)

Frost,
Christopher Ronald
C.R. Frost
Son of Christopher Henry A. Frost (1894-), and Lilian "Lily" Whitaker, of Beverley, Yorkshire.
(03?).1917
Sculcoates district, East Riding of Yorkshire
-
09.03.1942
(KIA) [age 25]
[Bergen General Cemetery, the Netherlands, 1.D.27]
Sgt. ? [741372]
(T) F/Sgt. ?
P/O (prob) 17.11.1941 [114266]
Distinguished Flying Medal DFM 11.02.1941 ?
17.11.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1941)     144 Squadron RAF (DFM)
? - 09.03.1942 83 Squadron RAF
[Manchester Mk. I L7426 (OL-D) took off 22:50 hrs 08.03.1942 from Scampton for an operation against Essen. Shot down by a night fighter (Oberleutnant Ludwig Becker, 6. Staffel/Nachtjagdgeschwader 2) and crashed 03.24 hrs in the (at the time frozen) IJsselmeer, 3 km ENE of Enkhuizen, the Netherlands, while homebound. Three bodies, those of the two pilots and the tail gunner, were washed ashore and they are buried in Bergen General Cemetery. The rest of the crew have no known graves.]
Fry,
Charles Rawdon Keith
C.R.K. Fry
Son of Charles Rawdon Manders Fry and of Florence Magdalen Fry (née Scudamore), of Seaford, Sussex.
1922 ?
-
04.10.1941
[age 19]
[Horley (St Bartholomew) New Churchyard, Surrey, A.O.3]
Ldg.Acm.
? [1269153]
P/O (prob)
09.07.1941 [101570]
Education: Hailebury College, Hertford
09.07.1941


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
?
-
04.10.1941
610 Squadron RAF
Fry,
Herbert Edward
H.E. Fry
Son (with two brothers and one sister) of Henry George Fry (1886-1966), and Frances Alice Wragg (1883-1961).
Married Ivy Bertha Farley; two daughters, one son.
03.11.1916
Brighton district, Sussex
-
(09?).1970
Bexley district, London
P/O (prob) (Hon. F/O) 04.04.1939 [73193]
F/O 02.09.1939 (reld 24.07.1947)
04.04.1939     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch)
      trained at RAF Cranwell (1937-1939) and was posted to Edinburgh, Malta, Italy and North Africa
Fry,
Montague Philip
M.P. Fry (Photo courtesy of Mrs Diana Davies)

Married ((09?).1933, Cambridge district, Cambridgeshire) Margery M. Marshall; ... children (one son?).
17.02.1908
St Barnabas, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

-
14.03.1989
Southampton district, Hampshire (formerly of Amersbury, Wiltshire)
(A) P/O (prob) 29.08.1941 [105233]
P/O (prob) 29.10.1941
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942
(A) F/Lt. ? (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
29.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Fry,
Patrick John
"Pat"
P.J. Fry
19.12.1922
-
14.10.2007
Hove, Sussex
Wt.Off.
? [1386077]
P/O (prob)
26.11.1944 [189130]
(WS) F/O
26.05.1945
F/O
30.05.1946, seniority 26.11.1945
F/Lt.
26.05.1948
Sq.Ldr.
01.07.1955 (retd 01.02.1961)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
06.03.1945
*
Croix de Guerre (France) CdeG
?
**
* Pilot Officer Fry is a keen and competent pilot. He has completed very many operational missions, including numerous attacks on enemy shipping. On a recent occasion he took part in an attack against shipping in the harbour at Den Helder. Opposition was intense. Nevertheless, Pilot Officer Fry pressed home his attack with great courage and determination, setting a very fine example.
** For sinking two German boats on a Bordeaux river, after surprising them by swinging round and flying in over land.
26.11.1944


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
(1945)


236 Squadron RAF
30.05.1946


extension of service for 7 years, RAF (General Duties Branch)
01.10.1950


permanent commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)
Furness,
Hereward Wilfrid
H.W. Furness
Brother of Sq.Ldr. Walter Harold Furness, RAFVR.
Married ((03?).1929, Paddington district, London) Edna A. Robins.
10.03.1902
Scarborough district, Yorkshire
-
(03?).1976
Merton district, Greater London
(A) P/O (prob) 17.05.1938, seniority 26.04.1938 [72220]
F/O 17.11.1939
(T) F/Lt. 01.12.1940
(T) Sq.Ldr. 01.12.1941 (emgcy list; reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
17.05.1938     commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
Furness,
Walter Harold
W.H. Furness
Brother of Sq.Ldr. Hereward Wilfrid Furness, RAFVR.
Married ((09?).1924, Paddington district, London) Gabrielle H.Z.M. Verhaeghe.
(06?).1898
Lincoln district, Lincolnshire
-
P/O (prob) 21.08.1940 [84186]
(WS) F/O 21.08.1941
(T) F/Lt. 01.09.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 02.11.1943
(A) Sq.Ldr. (1945)
Mention in Despatches MID 01.01.1946 ?
21.08.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Futcher,
Stanley Montague
S.M. Futcher
Son of Montague Adolphus Futcher, and Catherine Vilven May Grose, of Horsell, Surrey.
(06?).1923
Axbridge district, Somerset
-
05.07.1944
(KIA) [age 21]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 211]
F/Sgt.
? [1320403]
P/O (prob)
10.06.1944 [177861]
Education: Woking County Grammar School for Boys, Surrey.
10.06.1944


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
?
-
05.07.1944
106 Squadron RAF
[Lancaster ME832 ZN-J was airborne 2325 4Jul44 from Metheringham to destroy the flying-bomb storage site at St Leu d'Esserent; crashed 0130 5Jul44 some 2 km SW of the village of St-Germain-la-Poterie (Oise), 8 km WSW from Beauvais.]
       

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