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Hackett,
John Jefferson
J.J. Hackett
Son of ... Hackett, and ... McLaughlin.
16.10.1914
Sunderland district, Durham / Tyne and Wear
-
12.1999
Thanet district, Kent
Cpl.
? [749677]
P/O (prob)
19.05.1944 [165252]
P/O
19.11.1944
(WS) F/O
19.11.1944
19.05.1944


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Hahn,
Charles Leslie
C.L. Hahn (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
?
(A) P/O (prob) 18.07.1941 [101668]
(WS) F/O ?
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Haigh,
Michael Lister
W.J. Hart
Son of Charles H. Haigh, and Maude Read.
Married ((03?).1940, Northumberland Central district, Northumberland) Joyce Violet Swinney (09.01.1915 - 11.1998), daughter of Edward Swinney, and Violet Amelia H. Percy, of Morpeth; one son, one daughter.
29.09.1914
Macclesfield district, Cheshire / Derbyshire
-
(06?).1966
Richmond upon Thames district
Sgt. ? [700640]
P/O (prob) 10.12.1939 [77034]
F/O 10.12.1940
(WS) F/Lt. 10.12.1941
(A) Sq.Ldr. ?
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) MBE 02.06.1943 HM's birthday 43
10.12.1939     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
09.1940 - 26.03.1941 pilot, A Flight, 264 Squadron RAF (flying Defiants)
26.03.1941 - 10.1942 HQ Fighter Command RAF
1945     Middle East
Hale,
Harold Wilkes
H.W. Hale (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
18.07.1907
Harnsey, London
-
10.1984
Enfield district, Middlesex
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [103325]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
 

Halfpenny,
William John
W.J. Halfpenny
Son of James William Halfpenny (1891-1950), and Adelaide ..., of Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.

(09?).1922
Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
-
08.11.1943
(MPK) [age21]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 131]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1580701]
P/O (prob) 28.05.1943 [152239]
28.05.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 08.11.1943 C Flight, 20 Operational Training Unit RAF
[Wellington III DF544 (-L) took off 07.11.1943 18:47 hrs from Lossiemouth for a navigational exercise. Failed to return by its scheduled time of 01:26 hrs. Lost without trace. All six crew members were missing, presumed killed.]
Hall,
Charles Eric
C.E. Hall
Son (with one sister) of Charles Hall (1891-1974), and Charlotte Gladys Alma Tivey (1897-1992).
11.07.1921
Shepshed, Loughborough, Leicestershire
-
14.09.1945
[age 24]
[Karachi War Cemetery, Pakistan, 1.D.15] [also commemmorated at Bassingbourne cum Kneesworth, Cambs., and at grandparents grave at Shepsed, Loughborough]
Wt.Offr. ? [1575963]
P/O (prob) 21.05.1945 [199321]

Photo courtesy of Mr Bryan Chinn.

21.05.1945     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 14.09.1945 pilot
Hall,
Hugh Lloyd
D.C. Hargrove (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
15.01.1907
Seven Kings, Romford district, Essex
-
(03?).1982
Hillingdon district, London
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [103326]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Hallows,
Brian Roger Wakefield
B.R.W. Hallows
B.R.W. Hallows
03.06.1916
-
09.2004
North Walsham,
Norfolk
Sgt.
? [741687]
P/O (prob)
07.03.1940 [77787]
P/O
07.03.1941
(WS) F/O
07.03.1941
(WS) F/Lt.
07.03.1942
(WS) Sq.Ldr.
12.07.1943
Sq.Ldr.
25.02.1947, seniority 01.09.1945
(A) W/Cdr.
?
W/Cdr.
01.01.1952 (retd 16.06.1960)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) OBE
01.01.1951
New Year 51
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
28.04.1942
operation against diesel engine factory at Augsburg 17.04.42
Mentioned in Despatches MID
14.01.1944
?
07.03.1940


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
(04.1942)
 
 
97 Squadron RAF
01.1945
-
04.1945
Commanding Officer, 627 Squadron RAF
01.09.1945
 
 
permanent commission RAF
Hallows,
Eric Stewart Isaacson

E.S.I. Hallows
Married ((09?).1937, St Marylebone district, London) Murlis MacFarquhar.
(12?).1906
Camberwell district, London

-
30.10.1940
Northumberland North Second district
(accident) [age 33/34?]

[Willesden Jewish Cemetery, Middlesex, FX.13.554]
(A) P/O (prob) 29.03.1940 [78684]
P/O (prob) 18.05.1940
29.03.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 30.10.1940 99 Squadron RAF

From: Jewish Pilots and Aircrews in the Battle of Britain / by Martin Sugarman
His AJEX card says he was first with 79 Squadron and had been stationed at Harwell, Didcot and Mildenhall. He was husband of Mrs M Hallows, of Russley, Wood Ditton Rd., Newmarket. He was killed in action on 30/10/40 and buried at Willesden Jewish cemetery in London in grave FX-13-554. His AJEX card states that the JC was notified on 1/11/40, published notification of his death on 8/11/40 and that he was buried on 4/11/40, the funeral being officiated by Rev. Gollomb, HCF. He is named in Morris’s book.

Hampson,
Royston Percy
R.P. Hampson
Son (with three? brothers) of Percy Hampson, and Bessie Woodward.
Married ((06?).1944, Smethwick district, Staffordshire) Rita J. Bartlett. Rita Hampson remarried ((06?).1950, Smethwick district, Staffordshire) to Bernard S. Stanton.
(03?).1923
Kings Norton district, Staffordshire / Warwickshire

-
21.07.1944
(MPK) [age 21]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 211]
F/Sgt. ? [1431603]
P/O (prob) 11.07.1944 [179285]
11.07.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 21.07.1944 51 Squadron RAF
[Halifax MZ821 (MH-H) was airborne 23:05 hrs 20.07.1944 from Snaith for a bombardment operation over Bottrop, Germany. Lost without trace. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.]
Hanbury,
Osgood Villiers
"Pedro"
O.V. Hanbury
Son of Maj. Philip Hanbury and Dorothy Maude Hanbury (née Margary), of Herriard, Hampshire.
Married (23.05.1943) Cecil Patricia Hanbury (she re-married later to Kenneth Ruttledge Thompson); one son.
(12?).1917
Richmond York district, Yorkshire - North Riding / North Yorkshire
-
03.06.1943
(KIA) [age 25]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 200]
Sgt.
? [742867]
P/O (prob)
30.06.1940 [81357]
 [17.04.1941, seniority 30.08.1940]
P/O
30.08.1941
(WS) F/O
30.08.1941
(WS) F/Lt.
23.06.1942
(A) Sq.Ldr.
?
Distinguished Service Order DSO
30.04.1943
*
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
22.05.1942
**
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
28.07.1942
**
* [Personal No. is given here as 91537.] This officer is an inspiring leader whose courageous example has contributed materially to the high standard of operational efficiency of the squadron he commands. In operations covering the great advance from El Alamein, Squadron Leader Hanbury led formations of aircraft with great skill, attacking and harassing the enemy with destructive effect. In attacks on the enemy's dispositions near Ksar Rhilane and at El Hamma, Squadron Leader Hanbury exhibited great dash. His fearlessness, efficiency and unswerving devotion to duty have been worthy of the highest praise.
** In April, 1942, this officer led a successful sortie against an enemy force of bombers, escorted by fighters, which attempted to raid Tobruk. At least 4 of the raiding aircraft were destroyed, of which Squadron Leader Hanbury destroyed 1. This officer continued to engage the enemy until his aircraft was so extensively damaged that he was compelled to land. Throughout, he displayed magnificent leadership and courage. Squadron Leader Hanbury has destroyed at least 5 enemy aircraft.
*** This officer continues to display outstanding skill, courage and fine leadership. Under his leadership his squadron has inflicted heavy losses on the enemy both in air combat and on the ground. During a recent sortie he led a formation as escort to our bombers, far behind the enemy lines, and heavy damage was caused. All our bombers returned safely.
03.09.1940
-
?
602 Squadron RAF



flew Spitfire X4882
(1942)
-
(1943)
Commanding Officer, 260 Squadron RAF
?
-
03.06.1943
117 Squadron RAF (killed in action)

15.09.1940
21.09.1940
30.09.1940
30.10.1944
    total of 11 victories:
1 Do 17
½ Ju 88
1 Ju 88
1 Bf 109, etc.
Hanbury,
Philip Hugh Capel
P.H.C. Hanbury (© National Portrait Gallery, London) P.H.C. Hanbury (© National Portrait Gallery, London)

P.H.C. Hanbury (© National Portrait Gallery, London)
Son (with three sisters) of Brig.Gen. Philip Lewis Hanbury, CMG, DSO (1879-1966), and of Jessie Allan (?-1963).
15.09.1920
Kensington district, London
-
07.04.1945
(KIA) [age 24]
[Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany, 19.A.13]
Army:  
2nd Lt. 16.12.1939 [109395]
Lt. 16.06.1941 (reld 23.01.1942? *)
RAFVR:  
P/O (prob) 24.01.1942 [118400]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 24.01.1944
(A) Sq.Ldr. 1945?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 28.09.1943 ?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 27.03.1945 *
* Remained, inexplicably, on the Active List of the Army List. Even promotion to Capt. is shown in the London Gazette, dated 01.07.1946.
** Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Squadron Leader Hanbury has participated in very many sorties. In February, 1945, he took
part in a sortie over Germany. After successfully attacking a storage building in the railway sidings at Atterndorf, he also bombed a road/railway bridge. Later, he raked a train with machine gun fire, obtaining numerous hits. After attacking the last named target, Squadron Leader Hanbury had to feather the propeller of one of the engines, which had become overheated. On the return flight his aircraft twice came under considerable light anti-aircraft fire and sustained some damage. In spite of this, Squadron Leader Hanbury flew back to base. He effected a safe landing although both the tyres on the landing wheels had been punctured. This officer has consistently displayed a high standard of skill and courage.
Education: Wellington College (1934.1-1938.3; Hardinge Dormitory; School Prefect; Head of Dormotiry; Boxing VIII); Royal Military Academy, Woolwich (1939).
      ex-Gentleman Cadet, Royal Military Academy, Woolwich
? - 16.12.1939 131st or 132nd Officer Cadet Training Unit
16.12.1939     commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery
24.01.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1943)     18 Squadron RAF
? - 01.02.1945 613 Squadron RAF
01.02.1945 - 07.04.1945 305 (Polish) Squadron RAF
[D.H. Mosquito no. SZ982 (SM-Q) swung on landing and undercarriage collapsed at Varrelbusch. Hanbury and his observer F/Lt. J.P. Hart were killed. Hanbury flew 15 missions with 305 mostly bombing and strafing trains, railway stations, and other roads and buildings to disrupt German troop movements.]
Hancock,
Ernest William
E.W. Hancock (Photo courtesy of Mrs Ann Wilkinson)
Son (with four brothers and six sisters) of George Robert Hancock (1874-1949), and Florence Clara Haskins (1879-1961).
Married (19.07.1941, Southampton, Hampshire) Edna M. Chandler; two daughters.
16.01.1909
Southampton, Hampshire

-
30.04.1945
(MPK) [age 36]
[Alamein Memorial, Egypt, column 283]
Ldg.Acm. ? [861787]
(T) Wt.Offr. ?
P/O (prob) 26.09.1944 [185556]
(WS) F/O 26.03.1945
26.09.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 30.04.1945 air gunner [instructor], 178 Squadron RAF (Middle East)
[last entry in his flying log: "(Pilot) F/O Berrigan  X Country - Bombing - Air to sea"]
Hargrove,
Dennis Clive
D.C. Hargrove (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
(09?).1904
St George Hanover Square district, London
-
26.06.1965
General Hospital, Brighton
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [104782]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Harker,
Richard Allen
D. Harris
Son of John Allen Harker, and Ada Laura Maud Richardson.
01.09.1905
Teddington, Kingston district, Middlesex / Surrey
-
(12?).1983
Surrey South Eastern district, Surrey
P/O (prob) 01.12.1940 [88884]
(WS) F/O 01.03.1941
(WS) F/Lt. (prob) ?
(WS) F/Lt. 01.12.1941
(WS) Sq.Ldr. 25.03.1944 (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of W/Cdr.)
Education: Cambridge University.
01.12.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Technical Branch) [emergency commission]
      probably involved in the development of radar
At some point he was Managing Director of a company called Tensometer in Surrey which is believed to have manufactured radar equipment.
Harland,
Leslie Leetall
"Les"
L.L. Harland
Son of Norman L. Harland, and Betsy Milner.
Married ((03?).1945, York) Enid Ruth Hudson (died 06.02.2009); one son, one daughter.

12.02.1920
York, East Riding of Yorkshire
-
20.07.2009
Lincoln County Hospital
(T) F/Sgt.
? [1053709]
P/O
19.07.1942 [129961]
(WS) F/O (prob)
19.01.1943
(WS) F/Lt.
20.05.1944
(A) Sq.Ldr.
?
(WS) F/Lt. RAF
03.03.1947, seniority 14.12.1944
F/O RAF
15.01.1947
16.01.1947, seniority 02.05.1946
F/Lt. RAF
16.01.1947
16.01.1947, seniority 02.05.1946
Sq.Ldr. RAF
01.01.1952
W/Cdr. RAF
01.01.1958 (retd 24.02.1967)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
08.09.1944
?
Education: Archbishop Holgate's Grammar School.
09.1940
 
 
joined RAFVR



pilot training, Southern Rhodesia
19.07.1942


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(06?).1942
-
1943?
pilot, 223 Squadron RAF (Western Desert)
1943?
-
1944?
instructor
1944?
-
10.1944
Flight Commander, 55 Squadron RAF (Italy; DFC)
15.01.1947
  

commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch)
Harper,
Donald Glenny
D.G. Harper (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
?
(A) P/O (prob) 18.07.1941 [101669]
(WS) F/O ?
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Harper,
George Edward
G.E. Harper (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
?
-
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [104783]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Harries,
Reginald Henry
R.H. Harries (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
?
(A) P/O (prob) 18.07.1941 [101670]
(WS) F/O ?
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Harris,
Dennis [David]
D. Harris
?
-
F/Sgt. ? [1296913]
P/O (prob) 14.10.1944 [186981]
(WS) F/O 14.04.1945
30.06.1944 - 01.11.1944 wireless operator, 57 Squadron RAF
14.10.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
1945?     transferred to Transport Command
Harris,
Dennis David
D.D. Harris
?
-
Ldg.Acm. ? [1397352]
P/O (prob) 28.07.1943 [150517]
(WS) F/O 28.01.1944 (reld 20.08.1944; ill-health)
28.07.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Harris,
G H
G.H. Harris (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
?
(A) P/O (prob) 18.07.1941?
(WS) F/O ?
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch?) [emergency commission]
 
Harris,
James Richard
J.R. Harris (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
?
(A) P/O (prob) 18.07.1941 [101671]
(WS) F/O ?
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Harris,
Reginald Bernard Victor
R.B.V. Harris
Son of Thomas Charles and Olive Dora Harris.
Married ((09?).1928, Kensington district, London) Nelly Elizabeth Birch, of Seven Kings, Essex.
(12?).1904
Warwick district, Warwickshire
-
25.07.1944
(KIA) [age 39]
[Choloy War Cemetery, France, 1A.C.6]
Sgt. ? [1896476]
P/O (prob) 03.05.1944 [176168]
03.05.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 25.07.1944 air bomber, 622 Squadron RAF
[Lancaster NE146 (GI-F) was airborne 21:50 hrs 24.07.1944 from Mildenhall for an operation against Stuttgart. Crashed at about 02:30 hrs 25.07.1944 near the water-mill at Avrainville (Meurthe-et-Moselle, some 12 km NNE of Toul. Complete crew of seven was killed.]
Harris,
William Tyrell
W.T. Harris (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
19.12.1916
-
(12?).1972
Oxford district, Oxfordshire
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941, seniority 07.07.1941 [104159]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Harrison,
Graham William
G.W. Harrison (Photo courtesy of Mr Michael Harrison)
G.W. Harrison (Photo courtesy of Mr Michael Harrison)
G.W. Harrison (Photo courtesy of Mr Michael Harrison)
G.W. Harrison (Photo courtesy of Mr Michael Harrison)
G.W. Harrison (Photo courtesy of Mr Michael Harrison)  

Son of Sq.Ldr. William Herbert Harrison, RAF, and Lillian Amy Elizabeth Hyde, of Dirleton, East Lothian.
Husband of Kathleen Doris Harrison, of London Colney, Hertfordshire; one son, two daughters.
21.09.1912
Baldock, Hitchin district, Bedfordshire / Hertfordshire
-
20.04.1944

(KIA) [age 31]
[Bilbao British Cemetery, Spain, 1.B.10]
Acm.
13.05.1935 [700178]
Sgt.
16.05.1935 (reld 14.01.1938)
Acm.
15.01.1938 [741107]
Sgt.
16.01.1938
P/O (prob)
18.07.1941 [102093]
P/O
18.04.1942
(WS) F/O
18.04.1942
(WS) F/Lt.
18.07.1943
1939-1945 Star 39|45 St
-
-
Atlantic Star Atl St
-
-
Defence Medal Def M
-
-
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45
-
-
Air Efficiency Award AEA
-
-
Education: Golfes Grammar School Lewisham Hill (1924-1930)
Aero engineer having completed his apprenticeship at De Havillands Hatfield and then being employed as an aero engine mechanic at Barton Airport Manchester for Empire Airways. Chief Flying Instructor, Melling Aviation Ltd., West Malling, Kent.
13.05.1935
 
 
enlisted, RAFVR (Section II Class F Reserve as untrained pilot) [gained his wings 16.05.1936; flying licence #15073 01.07.1937 at Northern School of Aviation Ltd.]
02.09.1939
 
 
mobilized
?
-
18.07.1941
No. 2 Central Flying School RAF (Supp p.p.)
18.07.1941


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
18.07.1941
-
25.06.1942
Flying Instructor, No. 6 Elementary Flying Training School RAF [HQ No. 50 Group RAF]
26.06.1942
-
14.07.1942
No. 2 (Pilot) Advanced Flying Unit RAF (AFU course p.p. operational training)
15.07.1942
-
28.09.1942
No. 3 (Pilot) Advanced Flying Unit RAF (advanced flying training)
29.09.1942
-
17.03.1943
No. 60 Operational Training Unit RAF (operational training fighter pilots)
18.03.1943
-
25.06.1943
Central Gunnery School, No. 132 Operational Training Unit (pilot's front gun course)
25.06.1943
-
10.07.1943
pilot, 235 Squadron RAF
11.07.1943
-
1943?
No. 2 Operational Training Unit RAF (pilot operational training)
1943?
-
20.04.1944
pilot, 235 Squadron RAF
[killed in action in an operation over the Bay of Biscay; his body was recovered from the sea and buried at Bilbao 06.06.1944]
Flying times as pilot 1942 3457 hours.
Harrison,
Victor
V. Harrison
?
-
(A) P/O (prob) 22.08.1941 [104866]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942 (reld 22.06.1945; on account of medical unfitness for Air Force service; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
(A?) Sq.Ldr. ?
22.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Harrop,
Sidney James
S.J. Harrop
Son of Hedley James Harrop (1884-1955), and Emily Mary A. Raven (1888-1981), of Rugby, Warwickshire.
(03?).1921
Rugby district, Warwickshire
-
18.03.1945
[age 24]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 268]
Wt.Offr. ? [1193301]
P/O (prob) 09.10.1944 [186871]
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 23.05.1944 ?
(1944)     600 Squadron RAF (DFC)
09.10.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 18.03.1945 85 Squadron RAF
[Mosquito NT254 (VY-?) was airborne from Swannington to patrol off the Dutch Frisians hoping to intercept enemy intruders heading for the English east coast. Lost without trace. Both airmen are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.]
Hart,
William James
W.J. Hart
Son of Sidney Herbert Hart, and Frances Margaret Blacktop, of Weybridge, Surrey.
(03?).1922
Lambeth district, London / Surrey
-
03.02.1943
[age 20]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 125]
Ldg.Acm.
? [1314282]
P/O (prob)
28.06.1942 [125306]
F/O (prob)
28.12.1942
Education: Woking County Grammar School for Boys, Surrey.
28.06.1942


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Hartstein,
Emmanuel
"Monty"
J.R. Harvey
Son of Abraham Hartstein (1885-1936), and Hannah "Anna" Hartstein (1884-1981), of Willesden, Middlesex.
Brother of P/O Philip Hartstein, RAFVR.
Married ((06?).1940, Hendon district, Middlesex) Renee S. Berenbaum.

(12?).1917
Henley district, Buckinghamshire / Berkshire / Oxfordshire

-
23.08.1944
South Cardiganshire
(aircraft accident) [age 26]
[Willesden Jewish Cemetery, KX.20.14]
Wt.Offr. ? [655361]
P/O (prob) 21.08.1944 [184006]
21.08.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
? - 23.08.1944 83 Operational Training Unit RAF
[Wellington X JA453 (-X) took off for a night navigation training sortie. Lost power from the starboard engine and, at around 23:30 hrs, crash-landed at Cenarth some 6 miles SW of Aberporth airfield in Cardiganshire. Four crew members lost their lives, two were injured.]
Hartstein,
Philip
J.R. Harvey
Son of Abraham Hartstein (1885-1936), and Hannah "Anna" Herman (1884-1981), of Willesden, Middlesex.
Brother of P/O Emmanuel Hartstein, RAFVR.

28.09.1921
Hackney district, London

-
09.10.1943
(KIA) [age 22]
[Hanover War Cemetery, Germany, 3.E.16]
(A) Wt.Offr. ? [1390001]
P/O (prob) 08.09.1943 [158031]
08.09.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
? - 09.10.1943 pilot, 7 Squadron RAF
[Lancaster III JA706 (MG-C) took off 23:05 hrs from Oakington for an operation against Hanover. The aircraft crashed 01:47 hrs at Wormstal Bauernhof, Altenhagen, 8 km SE of Stadthagen. Three members of the crew became prisoners of war. Four were killed, three were taken POW.]
Harvey,
Albert Brenton
"Len"
A.B. Harvey (Photo courtesy of Mr Peter Harvey) A.B. Harvey (Photo courtesy of Mr Peter Harvey)
A.B. Harvey (Photo courtesy of Mr Peter Harvey)
Son of Richard George Harvey, and Lily Hooper.
Married (18.03.1939, Falmouth, Cornwall) Veronica Mary Peters; two daughters, one son.
30.01.1917
Headland Hotel, Coverack, H
elston district, Cornwall
-
28.02.1981
Falmouth, Cornwall
Ldg.Acm. ? [1206055]
P/O (prob) 13.09.1941 [106869]
(WS) F/O 13.09.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 13.09.1943 (reld 20.03.1946)
Distinguished Service Order DSO 20.06.1942 *
1939-1945 Star 39|45 St - -
Air Crew Europe Star AirCr Eur St - & clasp France & Germany
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
Mentioned in Despatches MID ? ?
* One evening in [7] June, 1942, Pilot Officer Harvey and Flying Officer [Bernard Blake] Wicksteed were the pilot and observer respectively of a Beaufighter [V1 BQ-O] which attacked a Heinkel in flying at sea level. During the combat the starboard engine of the Beaufighter was set on fire and put out of action and the port engine also sustained damage. Despite this Pilot Officer Harvey continued his attack and set the port engine of the Heinkel on fire. The enemy aircraft was soon burning fiercely and was lost to the sight of Pilot Officer Harvey through the smoke and flames from his own engine. Knowing that he would be unable to regain his base Pilot Officer Harvey advised his observer to abandon the aircraft. Displaying great coolness and exemplary courage Flying Officer Wicksteed, however, continued his duties, preparing for the crash by strapping his pilot in and refusing to prepare for his own escape. When the crash occurred, Flying Officer Wicksteed was momentarily trapped in the aircraft but eventually succeeded in escaping in an exhausted condition and without a dinghy. Pilot Officer Harvey assisted Flying Officer Wicksteed into his own dinghy and swam towards the shore, about 7 miles distant, pushing the dinghy in the process. After an hour Pilot Officer Harvey became exhausted and got on to the dinghy himself. When some 200 yards from the shore he left the dinghy and swam to the shore, scaled a cliff and walked to the Sector Operations Room where he organised a search party to return and rescue his observer. The courage and devotion to duty displayed by Pilot Officer Harvey undoubtedly saved the observer's life. Both officers displayed considerable gallantry during this sortie.
22.05.1941     No. 22 Elementary Flying Training School RAF (Bottisham, Cambridge)
04.07.1941     RAF College Service Flying Training School (Cranwell)
13.09.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
13.10.1941     54 Operational Training Unit RAF (Church Fenton)
27.12.1941     600 Squadron RAF (Predannack) (DSO)
07.10.1942     54 Operational Training Unit RAF (Winfield)
03.01.1943     58 Operational Training Unit RAF (Grangemouth)
18.01.1943     Central Gunnery School RAF, Sutton Bridge
13.03.1943     54 Operational Training Unit RAF (Winfield)
14.06.1943     68 Squadron RAF (Coltishall)
23.09.1944     Central Gunnery School RAF, Catfoss
1941 - 1946 aircraft flown: D.H.82 Tiger Moth; Miles Magister; Lysander; Master II; Master III; Martinet; Spitfire II; Spitfire V; Airspeed Oxford; Blenheim; Beaufighter II; Beaufighter VI; Mosquito II; Mosquito XVII; Mosquito XIX; Beaufighter I;  Beaufighter XI; Mosquito VI
Harvey,
Guy Thomas
G.T. Harvey
Son of Colonel Francis George Harvey, CBE, DSO (1872-1944), and Angela Harvey, of Southern Rhodesia.
1901 ?
-
01.08.1944
[age 43]
[Llantwitfardre (St Illtyd) Churchyard, grave A4]
Acm. 2nd cl.
? [777820]
(A) P/O (prob)
27.06.1941, seniority 23.05.1941 [80280]
P/O (prob)
27.08.1941, seniority 23.07.1941
P/O
27.06.1942
(WS) F/O
27.08.1942, seniority 23.07.1942
Mentioned in Despatches MID
01.01.1943
?
Mentioned in Despatches MID
02.06.1943
?
27.06.1941


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
Harvey,
Henry Stanley
H.S. Harvey (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
Sgt. ? [504886]
(A) P/O (prob) 18.07.1941, seniority 08.05.1941 [101739]
(WS) F/O ?
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Harvey,
John Renny
J.R. Harvey (Photo courtesy of Mr Phil Harvey)
Son of Sidney D. Harvey, and Louisa E. Renny.
Married; one daughter, two sons.
23.03.1923
Fulham district, London

-
08.2001
Cirencester district, Gloucestershire / Wiltshire
Ldg.Acm. ? [1622024]
P/O (prob) 14.08.1943 [148543]
P/O 14.02.1944, seniority 14.08.1943
(WS) F/O 14.02.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 14.08.1945
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 19.01.1945 ?
Mentioned in Despatches MID 01.01.1945 ?
      flying training, Southern Rhodesia
14.08.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
      225 Squadron RAF (flying Spitfires, Italy & Southern France)

Harvey,
Stuart James
S.J. Harvey
Son of Harry Harvey, and Ada Mary Guy.
Married ((12?).1939, Portsmouth district, Hampshire) Phyllis Meryl Stevens, of Cosham. Hampshire; one son.

(12?).1915
Plymouth district, Devon
-
17.05.1941
[age 25]
[Wittering (All Saints) Churchyard, Northamptonshire, row C, grave 3]
Sgt. ? [902484]
P/O (prob) 14.04.1941 [65986]
14.04.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 17.05.1941 pilot, 106 Squadron RAF
[Hampden I P2099 (ZN-K) stalled and crashed at 15:45 hrs while training to make an emergency landing at Uffington, 12 miles ESE of Oakham, Rutland. Three of the crew were killed, one was injured.]

Harwood,
Ronald
R. Harwood
Son of Walter and Elsie Harwood of Limbe, Nyasaland.

17.07.1921 ?
Zomba, Nyasaland
-
12.01.1943
[age 20]
[Ruddington (St Peter)Churchyard, Nottinghamshire, section A, grave 114]
Sgt. ? [778856]
P/O (prob) 01.08.1942 [80394]
01.08.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 12.01.1943 pilot, 86 Squadron RAF
Haviland,
Richard Haviland
R.H. Haviland
Son of Philip Charles and Effide Haviland, of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Married (1940) Anne Margaret Bunbury (born 1918), daughter of Capt. Charles Thomas Alexander Bunbury, OBE, RN, and Aimée Haviland, of Crowborough, Sussex. She remarried (1946) Air Marshal Sir Frederick Beresford Sowrey.
1913 ?
South Africa
-
28.08.1940
[age 27]
[Aberdeen Crematorium]
Sgt.
? [740716]
P/O (prob)
10.12.1939 [76571]
Education: King Edward VII School, Johannesburg; BSc; AMICE.
10.12.1939


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
?
-
28.08.1940
248 Squadron RAF
[14.08. 1940 operating out of Sullom Voe ditched in the sea off St Abb's Head while on an anit-invasion patrol to Trondheim; all crew picked up out of the sea and the aircraft retrieved and restored]
[28.08.1940 killed in a flying accident while a passenger in Magister R1832 along with Acmn 2 R. Moon at Dyce Airport Aberdeen]

Hawkes,
Joseph Walter
"Joe"
J.W. Hawkes J.W. Hawkes
J.W. Hawkes J.W. Hawkes
Son of ... Hawkes, and ... Jackson ?
Married ((12?).1938, Islington, London)
Ethel Beatrice Kinsman (20.02.1914 - 16.06.1949), daughter (with two brothers and two sisters) of Albert Henry Kinsman (1877-1960), and Louisa Agnes Keeley (1881-1971). Ethel Hawkes remarried (1947) Frederick Leonard Arrowsmith (1916-1994).

(12?).1911 ?
Tamworth district, Staffordshire ?
-
09.09.1942
(MIA) [age 31 ?]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 70
Sgt. ? [1376106]
P/O (prob) 24.07.1942 [128405]
24.07.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 09.09.1942 77 Squadron RAF
[Whitley bomber Z 9209, G for George took off from RAF Chivenor for an anti-submarine patrol in the Bay of Biscay. Failed to return. Last heard on w/t at 13:53 hrs but believed to have been shot down by Hptm. P. Heide of 13./Kampfgeschwader 40.]

Hawkey,
Leslie Alexander Terrence
C.S. Hill
Son of Sidney George D'Arcy Dance Hawkey, and Winifred Marion Stevens, of Leytonstone, Essex.

(06?).1923
West Ham district, London
-
05.10.1945
[age 22]
[Karachi War Cemetery, Pakistan, 1.D.12]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1602570]
P/O (prob) 15.10.1943 [153742]
(WS) F/O 15.04.1944
15.10.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Hawkins,
David James
D.J. Hawkins
Married ...; ... children (one daughter?).
?
-
1997
Devon
Sgt. ? [1383161]
P/O (prob) 28.02.1942 [129465]
(WS) F/O (prob) 07.11.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 07.05.1944 (reld 02.07.1948; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 20.10.1944 *
* Flight Squadron Hawkins is an excellent pilot and a courageous and skilful leader. On various occasions he has led attacks on superior forces of enemy aircraft without loss to his section. He has participated in many sorties over enemy occupied territory, and has been responsible for the destruction of much enemy mechanical transport.
28.02.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1944)     132 Squadron RAF (DFC)
Hawkins,
William Francis
W.F. Hawkins (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
?
-
P/O (prob) 16.12.1940 [88811]
(WS) F/O ?
16.12.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
 
Hawkyard,
Cyril Bate
C.B. Hawkyard (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
21.12.1904
Litherland, West Derby district, Lancashire
-
(06?).1975
Southport district, Merseyside
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [104784]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Hay,
Jack Valentine
J.V. Hay (Photo courtesy of Ms Rhona Hay)

His daughter writes: "He was sent to France in August 1914. Since he spoke fluent French it is believed he was a despatch rider (with his motorbicycle !!) between the British (?) Army and the French (?) Army prior to the Battle of the Marne. He was awarded the Legion d'Honneur by the French in 1914, and until he joined the RFC he was in "Intelligence". He was posted to France in 1939. In May 1940 he claimed that the squadron escaped because he remembered the old cavalry tracks between Abbeville and Amiens! After 1954 he worked with Group Captain Horner, Air Training Corps (Ox and Bucks Wing) in Oxford. Some of his papers are in the Imperial War Museum; other artefacts/photos in the RAF Museum, Hendon."

19.11.1893
Inverness, Scotland
-
07.04.1978
T/Lt.
?
Lt.
01.04.1918
A/Capt.
30.09.1918 (unemployed list 15.04.1919)
F/O (Obs)
08.02.1917
F/O (prob) RAFO
18.09.1923 [70287]
F/O RAFO
18.03.1924
?, seniority 04.09.1922
F/Lt.
01.09.1939
(T) Sq.Ldr.
01.12.1941
(WS) Sq.Ldr.
01.04.1946
(T) W/Cdr.
01.01.1946 (reld 10.02.1954)
Légion d'Honneur (France) LegH
1914
?



Temporary Lieutenant, General List (Army) (served in France as a despatch rider prior to the Battle of the Marne(09. 1914 liaising with French 2nd Army; served afterwards for 2½ years in intelligence, chiefly on Centre espionage)
08.02.1917
-
15.04.1919
served as Observer, Royal Flying Corps
18.09.1923
-
30.01.1945
transferred to Reserve of Air Force Officers (General Duties Branch) - Class "B", from 18.09.1927 Class "C"
01.09.1939


commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative & Special Duties Branch (for administrative duties))
1939


posted to France; squadron escaped to UK (05.1940)
After 1954 served in the Air Training Corps (Ox and Bucks Wing) in Oxford.
Hay,
James Eric Marshal
J.E.M. Hay J.E.M. Hay
Son (with two sisters and one brother) of James William Hay (1890-1951), and Margaret Leonora Hewitt (1893-1985).
Married 1st ((03?).1945, Battersea district, London) Ethel Jessica Flood (02.04.1922 - 11.1995); one daughter.
Married 2nd ((06?).1963, Westminster district, London) Suzanne Dulcie Goddard (28.12.1932 - 10.1994).
21.09.1922
Wandsworth district, London
-
02.1987
Wandsworth district, London
Sgt. ?
P/O (prob) 25.08.1944 [166156]
(WS) F/O (prob) 25.02.1945
F/O 01.11.1947, seniority 25.08.1945
F/Lt. 25.02.1948
F/Lt. 08.09.1948, seniority 20.04.1948
25.08.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
08.09.1948     short service commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)
08.09.1954     transferred to reserve
A relative writes: "He was stationed at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, where he trained Lancaster Bomber Pilots. Also served in South Africa and until 1954 Middle Wallop, Hampshire. Also boxed for the RAF."
Hayhoe,
Reginald Herbert
R.H. Hayhoe (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
09.02.1908
Norwich district, Norfolk
-
02.1986
Exeter district, Devon
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [103327]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Hayward,
Frederick James
F.J. Hayward (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
?
(A) P/O (prob) 18.07.1941 [105209]
(WS) F/O ?
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Hayward,
Herbert Cecil
H.C. Hayward (Photo courtesy of Mr Albert Hayward) H.C. Hayward (Photo courtesy of Mr Albert Hayward)
Son of Albert Harris Hayward, and Mary Ellen Eyes.
Married (29.09.1929, Warrington district, Lancashire) Doris Knight; ... children (three daughters, one son?).
16.06.1900
Leigh, Lancashire
-
01.12.1968
Leigh, Lancashire
P/O (prob) 07.12.1940 [89137]
(WS) F/O 07.12.1941 (reld 27.07.1944; retaning rank of F/O)
07.12.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) (for administrative and miscellaneous duties) [emergency commission]
07.12.1940     HQ 54 (Flying Training) Group RAF (for training administrative duties)
08.01.1941     No. 6 School of Technical Training RAF (Hednesford) [from 31.01.1941-20.02.1941 disciplinary course at RAF Station Loughborough]
26.04.1941     No. 2 Personnel Despatch Centre RAF (for service overseas)
10.05.1941     31 Operational Training Unit RAF (Canada) (for administrative duties)
22.04.1942     No. 31 Personnel Depot RAF (Canada) (for administrative duties)
16.05.1943     No. 1 Personnel Despatch Centre RAF (28 Group) (supplementary personnel) [from 25.05 to 07.06.1943 leave]
08.06.1943     No. 2 Personnel Despatch Centre RAF (28 Group) (administrative supplementary personnel)
30.12.1943     No. 1 Personnel Despatch Centre RAF (28 Group) (for administrative duties (Adjutant) to 3 Personnel Despatch Wing)
08.03.1944     No. 1 Personnel Despatch Centre RAF (25 Group) (for administrative duties, supplementary)
Solicitor, Hayward & Sons at Leigh, Lancashire.

Haywood,
John Benjamin
J.B. Haywood
Son of Benjamin Haywood (1873-?), and Margaret Pamela Naomi Styles.
Married (06.09.1937, Walsall, Staffordshire) Celia Anne Hawker (10.08.1908 - 05.04.1993); ... children (two sons?).
10.02.1907
Wednesbury, Staffordshire
-
01.04.1965
Stourbridge, West Midlands
(A) P/O (prob)
01.08.1941 [103365]
P/O (prob)
03.10.1941
(WS) F/O (prob)
01.10.1942
(T) F/Lt.
01.07.1944
(WS) F/Lt.
27.01.1947 (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
01.08.1941


commissioned, RAFVR (Accountant Branch) [emergency commission]
Company director.
Haywood,
John Mason
J.M. Haywood (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
20.08.1908
Calcutta, India
-
(03?).1975
St Pancras district, London
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941, seniority 05.06.941 [104147]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Head,
Harold George
H.G. Head (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
?
P/O (prob) 18.07.1941 [101617]
(WS) F/O ?
Military Cross MC ? ?
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Head,
Laurence Walter George
J.B. Haywood
Son of Thomas Walter and Grace Head, of Thornton Heath, Surrey.
Married (06.08.1938, Croydon district, Surrey) Betty Edith Pierson (died 2009, aged 95), of Norbury, Surrey. Betty Head remarried Stanley Johnson.
28.05.1910
Croydon district, Surrey

-
29.04.1943
(KIA) [age 33]
[Malbork Commonwealth War Cemetery, Poland, 3.B.9]
F/Sgt. ? [1377926]
P/O (prob) 16.03.1943 [143900]
Distinguished Flying Medal DFM 20.06.1944 [posthumously]
16.03.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 29.04.1943 pilot, 12 Squadron RAF
[Lancaster I ED325 (PH-J) took off from Wickenby for a "Gardening" [= minelaying] operation in the Spinach region of the Baltic. The aircraft was presumed lost in the target area. Complete crew of 7 were killed.]
Healey,
Francis William
"Bill"
F.W. Healey (Photo courtesy of Danny Hall)
?
-
30.08.1944
(MPK)
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 202]
F/Sgt.
? [1331568]
P/O (prob)
11.01.1944 [170211]
P/O
11.07.1944, seniority 11.01.1944
(WS) F/O
11.07.1944
(A) F/Lt.
1944
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
25.01.1946
? [with effect from 29.08.1944; posthumously]
11.01.1944


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
?
-
30.08.1944
635 Squadron RAF
[Lancaster NE131 (F2-D) took off 21:28 hrs 29.08.1944 from Downham Market for an operation against Stettin; complete crew was missing, presumed killed when aircraft was lost without trace]
Hebb,
Alan Charles Oswald
A.C.O. Hebb (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
20.02.1902
Souhthampton, Hampshire
-
(12?).1975
Hillingdon district, London
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [105216]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Hedger,
John Henry
"Jack"
C.S. Hill
Son of ... Hedger, and ... Twigg.
15.04.1923
Hackney district, Greater London / London / Middlesex
-
26.11.2007
P/O
13.12.1942 [135738]
...
...
Gp.Capt.
01.07.1973 (retd 31.03.1978)
13.12.1942


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



permanent commission, RAF
Heggarty,
John
J. Heggarty
?
-
10.04.1945
(KIA)
[
Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany, grave 4.Z.12]
F/Sgt. ? [1238295]
Wt.Offr. ?
P/O (prob) 21.07.1944 [179888]
(WS) F/O 21.01.1945
Mentioned in Despatches MID 14.01.1944 ?
21.07.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 10.04.1945 Air Gunner, 462 (RAAF) Squadron RAF
[killed in Halifax NA-240, Airborne 1910 hrs from Foulsham on RCM duties in support of a No.5 Group Operation (see here for details)]
Hemming,
Douglas Leonard
D.L. Hemming
Son of Benjamin Herbert Hemming, and Daisy Lilian Downs, of Wallington, Surrey.
(09?).1920
Camberwell district, London
-
15.10.1942
(MPK) [age 22]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 70]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1377361]
P/O (prob) 25.06.1942 [123945]
25.06.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 15.10.1942 150 Squadron RAF
[Wellington III X3522 JN-? was airborne 18:50 hrs from Snaith for an operation against Cologne. Crashed in the sea off the coast of Holland.]
Henty,
Richard Iltid
R.I. Henty (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
?
P/O (prob) 18.07.1941 [101672]
(WS) F/O ?
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Herbert,
Daniell
D. Herbert (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
?
P/O (prob) 18.07.1941 [101673]
(WS) F/O ?
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Herbert,
William Harold
W.H. Herbert (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
03.04.1907
-
(09?).1982
Leicestershire Central district, Leicestershire
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [104785]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Herniman,
Albert Edward
A.E. Herniman
(09?).1910
Lambeth district, London
-
1957
Napier, New Zealand
P/O (prob) 23.04.1940 [78895]
(WS) F/O 01.01.1941
F/O 23.04.1941
(WS) F/Lt. 01.08.1942 (retd 17.09.1955; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
      Served in Malaya in Swordfish Torpedo bombers  with 100 Squadron in Penang. One time with Vickers-Armstrong as an Air Ministry Inspector and finished up in Coastal Command at St Eval in Cornwall:
23.04.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Joined B.O.A.C. after the war and served in Karachi where he was chief of air traffic control and chief accident inspector for South East Asia.
Herrick,
Peter Gershom
P.G. Herrick
Son of Frank Duncan and Flora de Bathe Herrick, of Herbertville, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.
Cousin of Capt. T.D. Herrick, RN (and his siblings).

see also: New Zealands Roll of honour
1921
Wellington, New Zealand
-
25.09.1941
[age 20]
[Brookwood Military Cemetery, 2.D.7]
Ldg.Acm.
? [908349]
P/O (prob)
25.11.1940 [88246]

1939-1945 Star; Aircrew Europe Star; War Medal 1939-1945; New Zealand War Medal

25.11.1940


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
?
-
25.09.1941
245 Squadron RAF
[his aircraft [Hurricane IIB BD738] possibly on weather test and collided with another of its kind]
Herrington,
William James
"Billy"
W.J. Herrington
Son of William Mark Herrington (1888-1967), and Betsy Lowans (1891-1983?) (from 1939 Mrs Joseph Reilly), of St. Helens, Lancashire.
(09?).1915
Toxteth Park district, Lancashire
-
24.06.1943
(KIA) [age 29?]
[The Hague (Westduin) General Cemetery, The Netherlands, Allied Plot, row 4, grave 70]
Sgt. ? [1504265]
(A) P/O (prob) 14.06.1943 [160733]
Police officer in Liverpool.
14.06.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 24.06.1943 navigator, 192 Squadron RAF
[Wellington X HZ412 (DT-U) took off 23:20 hrs 23.06.1943 from Feltwell for special signal duties off the coast of Holland. Believed to be shot down by a night-fighter at 02:25 hrs, some 30 km West of Katwijk. Of the crew of six, one has no known grave, the others being buried at various Dutch cemeteries.]
Hewetson,
James Cecil William
"Jimmy"
J.C.W. Hewetson
Son of Mrs. M.L. Hewetson, of Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia.
21.02.1921
Duns, Berwick
-
25.02.1943
(MIA) [age21]
[Malta Memorial, panel 7, column 1]
F/Sgt.
? [778414]
P/O (prob)
12.11.1942 [80457]

Medals possibly: 1939-1945 Star, Aircrew Europe Star, Aircrew Africa Star and Bar, and War medal with M.I.D.

Education: Lloyd House, Plumtree High School, Rhodesia (09.1935-12.1938)
Entered the Public Works Department, Salisbury.
11.1940
 
 
joined RAFVR



received preliminary training in Southern Rhodesia and the Union before proceeding overseas in August 1941
12.11.1942


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
12.06.1942
-
25.02.1943
39 Squadron RAF (Malta) (flying Beauforts)
[Whilst taking part in nighttime attack with his aircraft Beaufort [DD910] on enemy shipping on the 25th February 1943 his aircraft was brought down in the sea. He was killed but his three crew members survived the crash and climbed out of the plane and managed to launch the rubber dinghy, being picked up later by an Italian torpedo boat and taken into captivity.]
Higgs,
William Henry
W.H. Higgs (Photo courtesy of Mr Paul Beach)
19.06.1917
-
21.07.1985
Banbury, Oxfordshire
Sgt. 12.04.1943 [985335]
P/O (prob) 22.02.1944 [172152]
(WS) F/O 22.08.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 22.02.1946
F/O 01.05.1947, seniority 22.02.1945
F/Lt. 22.08.1947 (retd 28.02.1959)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 06.06.1944 ?
22.02.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
(1944)     51 Squadron RAF
01.05.1947     extended service commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)
27.08.1954     permanent commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)
Hill,
Allen Barrett
A.B. Hill
Son of George Harry Hill, and Mary Cartwright, of Stourbridge.
Married ((03?).1942, Stourbridge, Worcestershire) Winifred Jessie Homer, of Stourbridge.
(09?).1920
Stourbridge, Worcestershire
-
23.07.1944
[age 23]
[Stourbridge (Lye and Wollescote) Cemetery, Worcestershire, sec. N, row G, grave 5]
Sgt. ? [1192784]
P/O (prob) 01.09.1941 [108018]
(WS) F/O 01.09.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 01.09.1943
Education: BA.
01.09.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
? - 23.07.1944 pilot, 276 Squadron RAF
Hill,
Colin David
C.D. Hill
Son of ... Hill, and ... Lewer.
Married ...; ... children (one daughter?).
(03?).1925
Smallburgh district, Norfolk
-
11.05.2010
Woodside Nursing Home, Norwich
Sgt. ? [1883010]
P/O (prob) 17.03.1944 [178376]
(WS) F/O 17.09.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 17.03.1946 (reld 22.06.1948)
F/O 22.06.1948
F/Lt. 01.03.1951, seniority 07.05.1950 (reld 18.09.1959)
F/O 18.09.1959 (reld 19.09.1969)
28.01.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
      153 Squadron RAF
      101 Squadron RAF
22.06.1948 - 18.09.1959 commissioned, RAFVR (Reconstituted Section) (General Duties Branch)
18.09.1959 - 19.09.1969 commissioned, RAFVR (Reconstituted Section) (Training Branch)
Hill,
Colin Stewart
C.S. Hill
?
-
P/O (prob)
28.01.1941 [60625]
P/O
28.01.1942
(WS) F/O
28.01.1942
(WS) F/Lt.
06.11.1943 (Emergency List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
(A) Sq.Ldr.
?
28.01.1941


commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative & Special Duties Branch)
?
-
10.02.1954
Emergency List
Hill,
Douglas Robert
D.R. Hill
?
-
Cpl. ? [1281257]
P/O (prob) 09.12.1943 [161550]
(WS) F/O 09.06.1944 (reld 1945/46?) (Emgcy List)
09.12.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Hill,
John Kenneth
J.K. Hill (Photo courtesy of Mr Colin Hill)
Son of John Henry James Hill, and Maud Williams, of East Croydon, Surrey.
(03?).1918
Croydon district, Surrey
-
18.04.1941
(KIA) [age 23]
[Blessington (St Mary) Church of Ireland Churchyard, Co. Wicklow, Ireland, North East corner]
Sgt. ? [748262]
P/O (prob) 27.07.1940 [83253]
1938     joined RAFVR
27.07.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 18.04.1941 pilot, 50 Squadron RAF
[Handley Page Hampden [AD 730 VMN-?] had taken off from Lindholme 20:30 hrs 17.04.1941 for a bombing raid on Berlin. Overflew the UK on return, crossed the Irish Sea and crashed on a hillside at Lackan, near Blessington, County Wicklow, Ireland, killing all four crew members. See details.]
Hill,
William Charles
W.C. Hill (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
?
-
P/O (prob) 12.04.1941 [63513]
... ...
12.04.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
 
Hillan,
Ian Rutherford
I.R. Hillan
Son of Hugh and Mary Rutherford Hillan, of Partick, Glasgow.
1922 ?
-
01.06.1943
[age 21]
[Gandcourt War Cemetery, Seine-Maritime, France, A.3]
F/Sgt. ? [1293492]
P/O (prob) ? [144795]
22.04.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 01.06.1943 pilot, 219 Squadron RAF
Hindle,
William Lascelles
W.L. Hindle
Son of William Lascelles Hindle (1888-), and Ivy Muriel M. Weigh (1896-).
(03?).1923
Fylde district, Lancashire
-
30.04.1945
[Malta Memorial, panel 18, column 1]
Sgt. ? [1535659]
P/O (prob) 02.10.1943 [162847]
(WS) F/O 02.04.1944
02.10.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 30.04.1945 253 Squadron RAF
Hindley,
Norman
N. Hindley
Son of Walter Hindley, and Sarah Hannah Goode, of Merton.
Married ((12?).1939, Lewisham district, Kent) Maisie Patricia Stark. She remarried (1946) John A. Carstairs.
(09?).1916
Aston district, Warwickshire
-
24.03.1944
[age 27]
[Morden Cemetery, Surrey, section G.4, grave 5703]
Sgt. ? [1391209]
P/O (prob) 09.03.1943 [144450]
(WS) F/O (prob) 09.09.1943
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 21.04.1944 ?
09.03.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 24.03.1944 navigator, 158 Squadron RAF (DFC)
[Halifax III LW718 [NP-T] took off 18:55 hrs from Lissett for an operation against Berlin. At 22:40 hrs a radio message was received indicating very serious engine trouble and that the sortie was being abandoned. This was the last contact with the crew and at 23:11 hrs the Halifax crashed onto sand dunes just bove Winterton-on-Sea, Norfolk, in an area known as the Horsey Gap. Tragically, the aircraft had come down in a coastal minefield and in doing so touched off a mine and exploded. Civil defence workers were quickly on the scene and after rmoving the bodies from the shattered remains of the fuselage, they dealt with an unexploded bomb found lying nearby. More details may be found in the casualty report for Australian crew member F/Sgt. M.J. McKay.]
Hinds,
William Torrens
W.T. Hinds (Photo courtesy of Mr M. Horsfall)
Son of William Geoffrey Hinds, and Doreen Hinds (née Kenny), of "Gillett's Grange" Smarden, Kent.
(12?).1921
West Ashford district, Kent
-
07.09.1943
Pioneer Creek, Darwin, Northern Territories
(KIA)
[Adelaide River War Cemetery, Australia, G.C.7]

Sgt.
? [1330820]
P/O (prob)
17.08.1942 [129948]
(WS) F/O (prob)
17.02.1943
Education: King's College, Cambridge.



flying training in Canada
17.08.1942


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
?
-
07.09.1943
pilot, 54 Squadron RAF
[flying accident in Spitfire EF 558]
Hirons,
Arthur Walter
A.W. Hirons
Son of Arthur Frank Hirons (1894-), and Elizabeth Davey.
Married ((06?).1942, Wandsworth district, London) of Ellen Catherine Maguire (22.09.1918 - (12?).1978), of Streatham Hill, London.
(09?).1920
Wandsworth district, London
-
19.03.1945
(KIA) [age 24]
[Hotton War Cemetery, Belgium, collective grave I.C.1-7]
Sgt. ? [754803]
P/O 03.10.1939 [74678]
F/O 03.10.1940
(WS) F/Lt. 03.10.1941
(A) Sq.Ldr. (1941)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 21.11.1941 ?
03.10.1939     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1941)     49 Squadron RAF (DFC)
? - 19.03.1945 pilot, 515 Squadron RAF
[Mosquito NS957 (3P-) had taken off 00.35 hrs from Little Snoring on a bomber support mission to patrol Kitzingen airfield. Collided in mid-air with Halifax MZ482 of 425 Squadron RAF, both machines crashing near Ciney (Namur), 14 km ENE from Dinant.]
Hitchcock,
William Joseph John
"Jack"
W.J.J. Hitchcock (Photo courtesy of Mr Craig Hitchcock) W.J.J. Hitchcock (Photo courtesy of Mr Craig Hitchcock)
Son (with two sisters and two brothers) of William Hasler Dann Hitchcock (1883-1953), and Elizabeth Hannah Bowbrick (1883-1970).
Married (10.06.1937, St Barnabas, Ealing, Brentford district, London) Thelma Mary Gibbings (04.01.1915 - 25.02.2003), daughter (with one sister) of John Bennett Gibbings (1887-1951), and Mabel Harriet Maria Tozer (1888-1951), of Ealing, Middlesex; one daughter, one son. She remarried (1946) Leonard Arthur Brewster.
01.03.1911
Camberwell district, London
-
28.07.1943
(KIA) [age 32]
[Kiel War Cemetery, collective grave 1.A.1-2]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1324698]
P/O (prob) 25.09.1942 [131601]
(WS) F/O (prob) 25.03.1943
25.09.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
? - 28.07.1943 navigator, 102 Squadron RAF
[his Halifax II [JD150 DY-A] took off 22.32 hrs 27.07.1943 from Pocklington for an operation against Hamburg; shot down by a night-fighter (flown by Feldwebel Hans Meissner, II./Nachtjagdgeschwader 3), crashing near Rendsburg]
Hitchman,
Percy James
P.J. Hitchman (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
13.05.1906
-
01.1993
Nottingham district, Nottinghamshire
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [104787]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Hoare,
Christopher
C. Hoare (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
?
(A) P/O (prob) 18.07.1941 [101672]
(WS) F/O ?
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Technical Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Hockley,
Edward Ernest
E.E. Hockley (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
?
(A) P/O (prob) 18.07.1941 [102230]
(WS) F/O ?
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Hodges,
Bernard Percival
B.P. Hodges (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
28.04.1906
Christchurch district, Hampshire
-
(12?).1975
Thanet district, Kent
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [103328]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Hodgson,
Tom Maxwell
T.M. Hodgson

30.05.1897
-
1986
Wiltshire
2nd Lt. ?
2nd Lt. (A) 23.09.1918
F/Lt. ? 01.09.1939 [75255]
(T) Sq.Ldr. 01.12.1941
(WS) Sq.Ldr. 13.03.1944 (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of W/Cdr.)
F/Lt. 09.09.1951 (reld 31.05.1956)
      commissioned, Army Service Corps
22.09.1918     commissioned, RAF (Flying Branch)
      Reserve of Air Force Officers (Class CC)
01.09.1939     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch)
09.07.1951 - 31.05.1956 commissioned, RAF Reserve of Officers (Class J)
Hodgson,
William McKellar
W.M. Hodgson (Photo courtesy of Mr Malcolm MacCormack)
Son of Dr. Ernest Ralph Waterhouse Hodgson (1887-), bone specialist, and Mary Lees McKellar (1888-), of Cardal, Florida, Uruguay.
1920 ?
-
27.12.1944
(KIA) [age 24]
[Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, the Netherlands, XII.F.6]
Sgt. ? [1381627]
P/O (prob) 08.07.1942 [129945]
(WS) F/O (prob) 08.01.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 08.07.1944
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 23.03.1945 ? [posthumously]
Air Force Medal AFM 01.01.1943 ?
08.07.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 27.12.1944 pilot, 109 Squadron RAF
[Mosquito Mk.XVI ML961 [HS-?] was airborne 1300 hrs from Little Staughton for an operation against Rheydt. Cause of loss not established. Crashed at Keent (Limburg), a hamlet 3 km S of Weert, Holland.]
Hogg,
Douglas William
D.W. Hogg
Son of Thomas and Helen Hogg, of Thornliebank, Glasgow.
1917
Buckhaven district, Fife, Scotland
-
03.09.1940
(KIA) [age 23]
[Glasgow (Eastwood) Cemetery, Scotland, section H (new part), grave 278]

P/O (prob)
01.02.1940 [77977]
01.02.1940


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
?
-
03.09.1940
pilot, 25 Squadron RAF (North Weald)
[flew a Bristol Blenheim Mk. I (L1512) which was mistaken for a Messerschmitt Bf. 110 and was shot down by a Hurricane at 1115 hrs at Greensted Green, nr. Ongar, Essex]
Holbech,
Edward Ambrose
E.A. Holbech
Eldest son (with two brothers) of Ronald Herbert Acland Holbech, OBE, JP (1887-1956), and Catherine Emma Hoskyns (1887-1977), of Farnborough.
Married (03.09.1938, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire) Doris Joan Nicholas, daughter of Capt. Basil Gordon Nicholas; one daughter. Joan Holbech remarried (1948) Harold L. White.
21.05.1917
Warmington, Banbury district, Oxfordshire
-
06.09.1945
(motor accident) [age 28]
[Farnborough (St. Botolph) Churchyard, Warwickshire, South East corner]
2nd Lt. 26.07.1939 [93844]
WS/Lt. 26.01.1941 (reld 26.05.1942)
P/O (prob) 26.05.1942 [122420]
(WS) F/O 26.11.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 26.05.1944
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 08.05.1945 *
* This officer has completed a large number of sorties, many of them in adverse weather. In the execution of many low-level photographic reconnaissances, Flight Lieutenant Holbech has invariably displayed the highest qualities of skill and courage in the face of much opposing fire. On one occasion, Flight Lieutenant Holbech was detailed to reconnoitre the causeway leading to the island of South Beveland, prior to the assault by our ground forces. Owing to low cloud, he had to fly at low level down the causeway in the face of continuous anti-aircraft fire. Despite this, Flight Lieutenant Holbech secured excellent photographs which proved of immense value. His work was of the highest standard.
Education: Eton.
      late Cadet, Eton College Contingent, Junior Division, Officer Training Corps
26.07.1939     commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery - Territorial Army
24.08.1939     mobilized TA
26.05.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1945)     2 Squadron RAF (DFC)
Holcroft,
Reginald Culcheth
R.C. Holcroft (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
06.04.1899
Stourbridge, Worcestershire
-
(06?).1978
Shrewsbury district, Shropshire
P/O (prob) 18.07.1941 [102221]
(WS) F/O 18.07.1942
(WS) F/Lt. ?  (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Holdcroft,
Gregory James
G.J. Holdcroft

11.01.1899
Wolstanton district, Staffordshire
-
04.1984
Stoke on Trent district, Staffordshire
T/2nd Lt. (Obs.Offr.) 11.09.1918
P/O (prob) 23.12.1924
P/O RAFO 23.06.1925
F/O RAFO 27.07.1925 (reld 23.12.1928)
P/O 1939? [72677]
F/O 04.09.1939
(T) F/Lt. 01.12.1941
(WS) F/Lt. 11.12.1942 (reld 19.11.1948; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
(A) Sq,Ldr. (1944)
F/O 19.11.1948
F/Lt. 01.03.1951, seniority 19.02.1949 (reld 19.11.1955)
Mentioned in Despatches MID 14.01.1944 ?
Math and French teacher at Hanley High School Stoke-on-Trent between wars.
11.09.1918     commissioned, Army Air Corps [temporary commission]
23.12.1924     commissioned, Reserve of Air Force Officers (General Duties Branch)
1939?     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch)
19.11.1948     commissioned, RAFVR (Reconstituted Section) (Secretarial Branch)
Returned to Hanley High School.
Holden,
Alec
A. Holden
Son (with two sisters and two brothers) of Arthur Thomas Holden (1879-1939), and Frances Edith Louise Bartlett (1876-1960).
Married ((03?).1934, West Ham district, London) Ida Florence Stokes (01.1904-), daughter of William Frederick Stock (1863-), and Eliza Stokes (1865-); ... children (one son?)
10.02.1905
Leytonstone, West Ham district, Essex
-
09.08.1979
Wycombe district, Buckinghamshire
P/O (prob) 02.09.1940 [85134]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.04.1941 (reld 08.12.1945; retaining the rank of Sq.Ldr.)
(WS) F/O 02.09.1941
(T) F/Lt. 01.01.1943
(A) Sq.Ldr. ?
02.09.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]

Holden,
Leslie
L. Holden (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)

?
-
?
(A) P/O (prob) 18.07.1941 [101674]
(WS) F/O ? (reld 29.11.1943; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Holderness,
Harold Hardwicke Clarke
H.H.C. Holderness

06.01.1915
Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia
-
21.03.2007
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
P/O
26.09.1939 [74351]
...
.
W/Cdr.
?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
?
?
26.09.1939


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
08.1943


502 (Ulster) Squadron RAF
Published: Lost chance : Southern Rhodesia, 1945-58 (1985).
Holland,
John Edward
J.E. Holland

18.04.1920
-
15.05.2010
Sgt. ? [754826]
P/O (prob) 20.07.1940, seniority 11.07.1940 [81936]
(WS) F/O 20.07.1941, seniority 11.07.1941
(WS) F/Lt. 20.07.1942, seniority 11.07.1942 ?
(A) Sq.Ldr. (1945)
F/Lt. 04.02.1947, seniority 01.07.1946
25.02.1947, seniority 01.01.1943
Sq.Ldr. 01.07.1950
W/Cdr. 01.07.1956 (retd 18.04.1967)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 26.10.1945 ?
Air Efficiency Award AEA ? ?
20.07.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
10.1944 - 05.05.1945 103 Squadron RAF (Elsham) (flew 31 operations; DFC)
04.02.1947     permanent commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)
After leaving the RAF he took up an appointment in Saudi Arabia with Airwork as chief flying instructor at the King Faisal Flying Academy. After British Aerospace took over the contract, he spent 10 years at its headquarters. He was chairman of the local Conservative Association in East Devon and a keen advocate of a national memorial to those who lost their lives in Bomber Command.
Holland,
William Henry
"Bill"
W.H. Holland
1917 ?
-
F/Sgt. ? [1059402]
P/O (prob) 05.02.1943 [141397]
(WS) F/O 05.08.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 05.02.1945
Mentioned in Despatches MID 01.01.1945 ?
12.1938     joined, RAFVR
09.1940     gained his wings
? - 27.06.1941 pilot, 266 Squadron RAF
[Spitfire II (P8185) failed to return after a sweep over Northern France in the late afternoon.]
05.02.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Hollick,
Stuart Trevor
S.T. Hollick
Son of Stuart Dudley Hollick (1891-), and Eveline Edith Homewood (1894-1976).
Married (Hertfordshire) Violet Marguerite Wood, of Tooting, Surrey.
12.1917
Brighton district, Sussex
-
29.12.1942
Barrow upon Soar district, Leicestershire
[age 25]
[Burton-on-the-Wolds Burial Ground, Leicestershire, row F, grave 3]
(T) F/Sgt. ? [745658]
P/O (prob) 25.11.1941 [112409]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942
Employee of Employers' Liability Assurance Corporation Ltd.
25.11.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      flying instructor (lost his life testing aircraft at Rolls-Royce, Hucknall)
Holliman,
Stanley Thomas
S.T. Holliman
Son (with one brother) of Thomas Robert Holliman (1885-1959), and Ada Elizabeth Porter (1889-1966).
Married ((09?).1937, Brentwood, Romford district, Essex) Betty Dorothea Lacey (10.03.1916 - 08.1993), daughter (with three sisters)of William Abrams Lacey (1884-), and Annie Dorothea Guttridge (1887-1983); two daughters, one son.
29.04.1915
Billericay district, Essex
-
06.1986
Waveney district, Suffolk
Sgt. ? [753598]
P/O (prob) 13.02.1942 [116539]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 13.02.1944 (reld 12.01.1949; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
F/O 12.01.1949
F/Lt. 01.03.1951, seniority 01.05.1950 (reld 05.11.1953)
Army:  
Capt. 05.11.1953, seniority 18.04.1949 [432834] (reld 10.06.1959)
Male Assistant Preventive Officer, Customs and Excise Department, 08.1935.
      No. 17 Elementary Flying Training School (Stanley, Nova Scotia, Canada)
13.02.1942 - 12.01.1949 commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
12.01.1949 - 05.11.1953 commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) (Reconstituted Section)
05.11.1953 - 10.06.1959 commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery - Territorial Army
Holman,
Charles Patrick
"Paddy"
C.P. Holman (Photo courtesy of Mr Stephen van der Kiste) C.P. Holman (Photo courtesy of Mr Stephen van der Kiste)
C.P. Holman
Son of Dr Alec George Holman, MRCS, LRCP (1891-1956), and Grace Kathleen Brown (1899-1985), of Aylsham, Norfolk.
Brother-in-law of W/Cdr. Robert Edgard Guy Van der Kiste, DSO, OBE, RAF.
11.05.1919
Bristol district, Gloucestershire
-
25.10.1944
(KIA) [age 25]

[Malta Memorial, panel 13, column 1]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1280569]
P/O 27.12.1941 [115604]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 27.12.1943
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 10.09.1943 *
1939-1945 Star 39|45 St - -
Atlantic Star Atl St - -
Africa Star Afr St - -
Italy Star It St - -
Defence Medal Def M - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
* As navigator, this officer has participated in 49 sorties in the Middle East theatre and has displayed commendable skill and devotion to duty. In July, 1943, he navigated one of two aircraft which attacked a gun boat escorted by three fighters. During the operation the aircraft were engaged by the fighters and, in the ensuing fight, Flying Officer Holman manned a gun most effectively whilst giving skilful evading directions to his pilot. Flying Officer Holman has proved himself to be a valuable member of aircraft crew.
Education: Wellington College, Berkshire (won a scholarship 01.1933; Hopetoun House, 1933-1938; Head of the Classical VIth, a Prefect, and winner of the Benson Scholarship); Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University (1938-1940).
1940     joined RAFVR
27.12.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1943)     navigator, 227 Squadron RAF
      16 (SAAF) Squadron RAF
? - 25.10.1944 272 Squadron RAF
      He and his pilot (F/Lt. Tom Freer, DFC) were shot down probably three times, once over Turkey where they escaped, the 2nd time believed to be over the North African desert (this is based on some photos) and the 3rd and final time on the 25th October 1944 while attacking German naval vessels off the coast of Venice. Paddy went down with the aircraft while Tom survived and was picked up by the Germans.
Holmes,
A S
A.S. Holmes (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
?
P/O (prob) 18.07.1941?
(WS) F/O ?
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
07.1941?     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch?) [emergency commission]
 
Holmes,
George Henry
G.H. Holmes
Son of George Henry Charles Holmes (1882-1917), and Florence May Daniel (1892-1918).
Married ((06?).1940, Uxbridge district, Middlesex) Joyce Margaret Murden.
Residence: (1940) Petts Wood, Kent.
04.02.1914
Dalston, SW Hackney, London
-
26.12.1940
Richmond district, North Riding of Yorkshire
(DOW) [age 26]

[Catterick Cemetery, North Yorkshire, C. of E. section, row M, grave 17]
Cpl. ? [800513]
Sgt. ?
P/O (prob) 19.08.1940, seniority 08.08.1940 [84682]
Distinguished Flying Medal DFM 24.05.1940 *
* This airman was air gunner in one of six aircraft which attacked Rotterdam aerodrome in May, 1940. After the attack, the formation was engaged from astern by twelve Messerschmitt 110's. Corporal Holmes displayed coolness and initiative in advising his pilot how best to manoeuvre his aircraft to evade the enemy. Even when handicapped by petrol fumes from a tank burst by enemy action, he continued to give accurate information. His gallant conduct under intense fire was largely responsible for the pilot being able to take evasive action and to bring the aircraft safely home.
19.08.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 26.12.1940 air gunner, 600 Squadron RAF
[
Seriously injured as the result of the crash of his Blenheim L1467 on Skelton Moor, Hurst, Richmond on 20 December 1940. He died of his injuries on 26 Dec 1940.]
 
Holtrop,
Hilbrand Gerrit
H.G. Holtrop (Photo courtesy of Mr Paul Holtrop)
Of Dutch descent.
Son of Jan and Gertrude Holtrop, of Hengelo, the Netherlands.
Husband of Winifred Louie Holtrop, of Bath, Somerset.
21.01.1911
Hengelo, Overijssel, the Netherlands
-
10.06.1944
North Sea
(KIA) [age 33]
[Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey, 22.D.8]

(WS) F/O
? [124272]
Emigrated to South Africa, 1936.



served Dutch Air Force ("Militaire Luchtvaart") as Reserve 2e Luitenant-Vlieger
?
-
10.06.1944
seconded to 219 Squadron RAF (RAF Bradwell Bay)
[crashed with his plane, a Mosquito NF.XVII [HK358] during a defensive patrol over the Channel]
Hone,
Cyril Monro
C.M. Hone
Son of A.R. Hone.
Married (1945) Doris de Lannoy Hayes; one son.
14.06.1914
-
Ldg.Acm. ? [778246]
P/O (prob) 12.02.1941 [62297]
(WS) F/O 12.02.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 12.02.1943
Education: Wellington College (1928.1-1931.3); Rhodes University College, Grahamstown (1932-1935, BA); Trinity College (1935-1938; Hist. 3rd cl. BA 1937, Dipl.Educ. 1938).
1940 - 1945 Southern Rhodesia Public Relations Officer, Cape Town
12.02.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      served in UK
(1942?)     601 Squadron RAF (Malta)
      served in Middle East
Southern Rhodesia Civil Service, 1938-1940 & 1945-1946. Native Affairs Department, 1946-...
Hook,
Kenneth Gordon
K.G. Hook (Photo courtesy of Mr Iain Hook)
Son of ... Hook, and ... Avery.
Married; ... children.
20.05.1923
Hambledon district, Surrey / Kent

-
11.1989
Kingsbridge district, Devon
Sgt. ? [1335989]
F/Sgt. ?
P/O (prob) 22.02.1945 [195765]
(WS) F/O 22.08.1945
F/O 01.11.1947, seniority 22.02.1946 (reld 10.02.1951)
Distinguished Flying Medal DFM 19.09.1944 ?
1939-1945 Star 39|45 St - -
Air Crew Europe Star ACEur St - -
Defence Medal Def M - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
Africa General Service Medal Afr GSM - & clasp Kenya
RAF Long Service Good Conduct Medal RAF LSGCM - -
(12.1943) - (03.1944) mid upper gunner, 75 (New Zealand) Squadron RAF
[01.12.1943 22.40 hrs. Tragedy struck the North-East district when several bombers returning from minelaying operations off Denmark were diverted to RAF Acklington because of poor weather conditions. A Stirling from 75 Squadron based at Mepal, on its second approach, crashed into the farmhouse of Cliff House Farm, Togston near Amble, killing five children of the Robson family - Sheila, 19m, William, 3, Margery, 5, Ethel, 7, and Sylvia, 9 - and all of the aircraft's crew except the mid upper gunner, 20 year-old Sgt Kenneth Gordon Hook. Despite serious injuries Sgt Hook was flying again two months later. Crashed 13.03.1944 in a Stirling piloted by F/O Colin R. Baker, RNZAF (see there for details)]
22.02.1945     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      by the end of the war he had flown more than 75 operational missions
10.02.1951     enlisted, RAF (remained in the RAF until 1977 when he retired with the rank of Flight Lieutenant)
Hope,
Albert Henry
A.H. Hope (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
?
-
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941, seniority 15.07.1941 [46368]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Technical Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Hopgood,
John Vere
"Hoppy"
J.V. Hopgood 
Son of Harold Burn Hopgood and Grace Hopgood, of Seaford, Sussex.
29.08.1921
London
-
17.05.1943
(KIA) [age 21]
[Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany, collective grave 17.E.2-6]
Ldg.Acm.
12.08.1940 [1182427]
P/O (prob)
16.02.1941 [61281]
P/O
16.02.1942
(WS) F/O
16.02.1942
(A) F/Lt.
?
(WS) F/Lt.
16.02.1943
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
27.10.1942
for flying 32 operations
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
12.01.1943
for flying 45 operations
12.08.1940


No. 12 Initial Training Wing RAF (St Andrews?)
21.09.1940


No. 50 Pool RAF
30.10.1940


RAF Cranwell
16.02.1941


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
22.02.1941


No. 2 Navigation School RAF
26.04.1941


No. 14 Operational Training Unit RAF
10.07.1941


50 Squadron RAF
24.10.1941


No. 25 Operational Training Unit
25.02.1942


pilot, 106 Squadron RAF
04.11.1942


No. 1660 Heavy Conversion Unit RAF
31.03.1943
-
17.05.1943
pilot, 617 Squadron RAF
[took off in his Lancaster III [ED925 AJ-M] at 21.39 hrs at Scampton for Operation Chastise, tasked to bomb the Möhne dam; was hit by flak while approaching the target before being crippled by the blast from its own weapon which overshot and exploded beyond the parapet; crashed at 00.34 hrs at Ostönnen, 6 km ESE of Werl]
Hopkins,
Mervyn
M. Hopkins
?
-
F/Sgt.
? [1601041]
P/O (prob)
11.01.1944 [171701]
11.01.1944


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Horne,
Sydney
S. Horne (Photo courtesy of Mr Graeme Horne)
S. Horne (Photo courtesy of Mr Graeme Horne)
Son of Henry Horne, and Violet Hilda Hearne.
Married (1944) Edith Rigby (12.12.1922-06.03.1984); three daughters, three sons.
12.01.1924
Birmingham, Warwickshire
-
22.09.2003
Rugeley, Staffordshire
Ldg.Acm.
? [1434581]
P/O (prob)
26.11.1943 [154549]
P/O
26.05.1944
(WS) F/O
26.05.1944
(WS) F/Lt.
26.11.1945 (reld 03.09.1946) (last day of service 10.11.1946)
1939-1945 Star 39|45 St
-
-
France & Germany Star Fr&G St
-
-
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45
-
-
Mentioned in Despatches MID
01.01.1946
?
19.05.1941
-
25.11.1943
served in the ranks, RAFVR
26.11.1943


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(12.1943)

23.06.1944 
36 Operational Training Unit RAF (Greenwood)
24.06.1944
-
31.07.1944
13 Operational Training Unit RAF (Bicester)
01.08.1944
-
13.08.1944
2 Geographically Separated Unit RAF (Swanton Morley)
14.08.1944
-
28.04.1945
observer, 464 (RAAF) Squadron) (Thorney Island, from 15.02.1945 Rosieres-en-Santerres, France) (in Mosquitos) 
[
flew 50 missions in 1st tour of operations ending 22.02.1945; 10.02.1945 injured when aircraft was strafed near Paderborn; with 2nd tour 29.03.1945-17.04.1945 total amounted 62 missions; last mission (63) 19.20.04.1945]
29.04.1945
-
?
instructional duties, 13 Operational Training Unit (Finmere, Buckinghamshire)
Horner,
Andrew Todd
A.T. Horner
Married (01.12.1942, Surrey North Eastern district) Joyce Short; one daughter.
14.08.1917
Glasgow, Scotland
-
18.06.1994
Crawley district, West Sussex
F/Sgt. ? [657176]
P/O (prob) 29.02.1944 [173264]
(WS) F/O 29.08.1944
29.02.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
His daughter writes: "He trained as a pilot and navigator and the first part of his service history is not clear, however it seems that after a short spell in hospital he was moved to air sea rescue around 1943/44 - and according to the report I received his Unit No was 275 Squadron."
Horrex,
Edwin Philip Andrew
E.P.A. Horrex
Son of Gp.Capt. Charles Edwin Horrex, RAF, and ... Bentham.
Married; at least one daughter.
12.12.1920
Brentford district, Middlesex
-
10.1996
Tower Hamlets,
London
F/Sgt.
? [1313144]
P/O (prob)
28.04.1942 [121093]
(WS) F/O (prob)
28.10.1942
(WS) F/Lt.
28.04.1944 (reld 28.09.1945; medical unfitness)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 02.06.1944 gallantry displayed in flying operations against the enemy *
* As pilot and observer respectively, Squadron Leader Harrison and Flying Officer Horrex have completed a large number of sorties. They have invariably displayed a high standard of skill, courage and determination, and have destroyed 3 enemy aircraft at night; they have also severely damaged several locomotives. These officers have set a fine example of keenness and devotion to duty.
28.04.1942


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
?
-
22.07.1944
observer, 151 Squadron RAF
[crash-landed in France with his Mosquito VI [PZ218], piloted by Sq.Ldr. R.H. Harrison, while on an evening "ranger" mission to the St Felix area; was captured, but repatriated by American forces some 2 months later]
09.03.1945


transferred to Administrative and Special Duties Branch
Horrocks,
John
J. Horrocks
Married Doreen ...; one daughter.
25.06.1922
-
06.07.2006
Torbay hospital
Sgt. ? [1333125]
P/O (prob) 22.12.1943 [170714]
(WS) F/O 22.06.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 22.12.1945 (reld 10.07.1948)
F/O 10.07.1948
F/O 28.05.1951, seniority 24.08.1949
F/O 27.03.1953
F/Lt. 04.06.1953 (retd 25.06.1973; own request)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 17.08.1945 ?
22.12.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1945)     20 Squadron RAF (DFC)
10.07.1948 - 28.05.1951 commissioned, RAFVR (Reconstituted Section) (General Duties Branch)
28.05.1951     commissoned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
27.03.1953     permanent commission
Horsley,
Hugh Wilkinson
H.W. Horsley (Photo courtesy of Mr Nigel Horsley)
Son (with four brothers and one sister) of Edgar Horsley, and Renee Wilkinson.
Brother of W/Cdr. Robert Milham Horsley.
Married Mildred Elsie Horsley, of York; one daughter.
(03?).1916
Great Ouseburn district, Yorkshire
-
01.02.1945
[age 28]
[Leeds (Lawn Wood) Crematorium, screen wall, panel 2]
Ldg.Acm.
? [1112409]
P/O (prob)
15.06.1941 [68786]
P/O
15.06.1942
(WS) F/O
15.06.1942
(WS) F/Lt.
15.06.1943
(A) Sq.Ldr.
?
Air Force Cross AFC
31.03.1944
?
FCII (Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute)
15.06.1941
 
 
commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1944)
-
01.02.1945
61 Squadron RAF *
* Lancaster LM718 (QR-K) was airborne 1917 hrs 23.09.1944 from Skellingthorpe to breach the Dortmund-Eems Canal at Ladbergen, just to the N of Münster; the aircraft crashed onto farmland near Deurne (Noord-Brabant, The Netherlands), some 9 km ESE of Helmond, after being abandoned by the crew; Sq.Ldr. Horsley evaded capture & rejoined his unit. On 01.02.1945 he was briefed for a raid on Siegen but his Lancaster NF912 (QR-) crashed on take-off, killing him. ’The aircraft started to take off for Siegen at around 15.15 hours. As usual a large number of Squadron personnel were standing by the flying control caravan at the end of the runway to cheer the kites off. At 15.42 Hugh Horsley taxied NF912 onto the runway, received a green light from the flying control caravan and after he opened up the four engines the aircraft soon gathered speed and lifted off in a steady climb. The aircraft climbed to about 500 feet when some of the onlookers noticed the propeller on the port outer engine had been feathered. This was quickly followed by the feathering of props on the remaining three engines. The powerless aircraft was now in a slow diving turn heading back over the airfield. As it rapidly lost height it just managed to skim over QR-P Peter which was still in its dispersal, before making what seemed like a perfect wheels up landing in the overshoot area at the end of the main runway. Shortly afterwards tragedy struck when the underside of S/Ldr’s aircraft collapsed under the weight of fuel and bombs as it skidded along the runway. Within seconds the friction detonated the unstable thin skinned 4000lb Cookie and this in turn detonated the remainder of the bomb load. This resulted in a blinding flash followed by a loud explosion which resonated around the airfield. Some of the watching ground staff started to run towards the crash site to see if they could help the crew. When they got there they found a huge crater. The aircraft had broken up into small pieces of distorted metal scattered over a large area, except for the engines and the rear turret which was lying on its side a short distance away from the crater. By this time the station emergency services had arrived on the scene and found to their amazement the rear gunner,Sgt Reg Hoskisson still alive sitting in his turret (the seventh crew member). As the firemen carefully extracted him from the wreckage, his first concern was for the rest of his crew. He was then taken to hospital suffering from severe shock and a piece of shrapnel embedded in his back. S/Ldr Horsley and Sgt Hoskisson had flown together many times.
Horsley,
Robert Milham
R.M. Horsley (Photo courtesy of Mr Robert Nigel Horsley) R.M. Horsley (Photo courtesy of Mr Robert Nigel Horsley)
Son of Edgar Horsley, and Renee Wilkinson.
Brother of Sq.Ldr. Hugh Wilkinson Horsley.
Married; one son, one daughter + three adopted children.
04.05.1921
Great Ouseburn district, Yorkshire
-
05.2009 still alive in Australia
Sgt.
? [1005345]
P/O (prob)
20.04.1942 [120849]
(WS) F/O (prob)
20.10.1942
(WS) F/Lt.
20.04.1944
F/Lt. 
06.06.1947, seniority 20.10.1945
F/O RAF
05.06.1947. seniority 20.04.1943
F/Lt. RAF
29.10.1948
Sq.Ldr. RAF
01.07.1951
W/Cdr. RAF
01.07.1960 (retd 01.07.1968; own request)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
06.10.1942

as member of the crew of an aircraft, in the most hazardous circumstances, displayed courage, determination and devotion to duty, in keeping with the highest traditions of the Royal Air Force

Air Force Cross AFC
01.01.1953
?
King's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air Cmdn
01.01.1952
?
20.04.1942
 
 
commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
?
-
30.05.1942
50 Squadron RAF
[Manchester L7301, airborne 30th May 1942 from Skellingthorpe, was hit by flak over Cologne and very severely damaged. Subsequently abandoned by six of the crew, after which the Manchester crashed 0200 31st May 1942 into a dyke at Bree (Limburg), 21 km NNE of Genk, Belgium. P/O Horsley evaded capture. The testimonies of the five evaders were instrumental in the posthumous award of the VC made to their skipper, P/O Manser.]
(11.1944)
 
 
617 Squadron RAF
05.06.1947
 
 
extended service commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)
29.10.1948
 
 
permanent commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)
1959
-
1961
Air Attaché, Baghdad
1966
-
1968
Air Attaché, Jeddah
Worked for the Foreign Office in Beirut, Lebanon.
Horwood,
Cyril Ernest
C.E. Horwood (Photo courtesy of Mr David E. Birrowes)
Son of Arthur Anderson Horwood, and Lena May Gilbert.
Married ((06?).1941, Surrey NW district) Betty Silk, of Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.
(03?).1920
Guildford district, Surrey
-
02.10.1941
[age 21]
[Thornaby-on-Tees Cemetery, Yorkshire, O.N.11]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1164168]
P/O (prob) 06.05.1941 [66538]
Education: Woking County Grammar School for Boys, Surrey.
06.05.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 02.10.1941 pilot, 489 (New Zealand) Squadron RAF (Coastal Command)
[Took off 12.30 hrs from Leuchars in his Beaufort I [N1075 A] for solo training, but crashed in the mouth of the river Eden on the approach. His body was later recovered off Thornaby.] 
Houghton,
Harold
"Harry"
H. Houghton
Married ...; ... children (one son?).
24.03.1923
-
13.05.1964
Manchester district, Lancashire
F/Sgt. ? [1046309]
P/O (prob) 14.05.1944 [176202]
(WS) F/O 14.11.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 14.05.1946
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 17.10.1944

?

14.05.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
10.1943 - 1945? 76 Squadron RAF (Holme-on-Spalding-Moor) (DFC) [Halifax (Navigator); first operation Hanover - 8/10/43]
1945? - 1946 Training Officer, 52 Squadron RAF
Howard,
Alexander Edward
A.E. Howard (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
?
P/O (prob) 04.11.1940 [87280]
(WS) F/O ?
16.05.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
 
Howard,
Leslie Kenneth
L.K. Howard
?
-
Cpl. ? [1169970]
(A) P/O (prob) 07.01.1942, seniority 28.11.1941 [115263]
P/O (prob) 25.03.1942
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 01.04.1946
(A) Sq.Ldr. (1945)
Mentioned in Despatches MID 01.01.1946 ?
07.01.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
      served in India and stayed in Jodhpur for some time
Howard,
Philip Norman
P.N. Howard
Son of Henry and Harriet Howard, of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
?
-
01.10.1944
[Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, 24.A.15]
Sgt. ? [1393076]
P/O (prob) 05.06.1942 [126785]
(WS) F/O (prob) 05.12.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 05.06.1944
05.06.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 01.10.1944 pilot, 129 Squadron RAF
[His Mustang IIIB [FB147 'K'] took part in Ramrod operation 1295 (fighters escorting bombers, with the intention of destroying enemy targets) in the afternoon. Came into combat with fighters of Jagdgeschwader 26 near Arnhem, the Netherlands, and crashed at about 18:00 hrs at the Holtslagweg in Baak, about 10 km south of Zutphen, the Netherlands.]
Howell,
[Sir] Ralph Frederic
R.F. Howell
Married (1950) Margaret (née Bone); two sons, one daughter.
25.05.1923
-

Wendling, Dereham, Norfolk
Wt.Offr.
? [1335288]
P/O (prob)
29.04.1945 [197358]
P/O
29.10.1945
(WS) F/O
29.10.1945
- Kt
1993
?
Education: Diss Grammar School, Norfolk
1941
-
1946
Navigator/Bomb­aimer, RAF
29.04.1945


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Farmer, 1946-. Member, European Parliament, 1974-1979. MP (C) N Norfolk, 1970-1997. Member: Treasury and Civil Service Select Committee, 1981-1987; Select Committee on Employment, 1994-1997. Vice-Chairman, Conservative Parliamentary Finance Committee, 1979-1984; Chairman: Conservative Parliamentary Employment Committee, 1984-1987; Conservative Parliamentary Agriculture Committee, 1988; Member Executive, 1922 Committee, 1984-1990; Member, Council of Europe and WEU, 1987-1997.
Published: Why Work, 1976, 2nd edn 1981; Why Not Work, 1991; Putting Britain Back to Work, 1995
Howell,
Richard Reginald
R.R. Howell
Son of ... Howell, and ... Garner.
Married ...; ... children (one daughter?).
03.05.1918
Toxteth Park district, Staffordshire
-
08.1993
Tunbridge Wells district, Kent
P/O (prob) 25.06.1942 [123957]
(WS) F/O 25.12.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 25.06.1944
25.06.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
?     225 Group RAF
28.09.1945     transferred, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch)
Hubbard,
Charles Richardson
C.R. Hubbard
25.04.1915
-
01.1991
Portsmouth district, Hampshire
Sgt. ? [748258]
P/O (prob) 07.09.1940, seniority 31.08.1940 [84934]
(WS) F/O 07.09.1941, senioirtiy 31.08.1941
(WS) F/Lt. 07.09.1942, senioirtiy 31.08.1942
07.09.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 15.02.1941 pilot, 77 Squadron RAF
[Whitley Mk. V T4164 was airborne from Topcliffe 18:39 hrs for an operation against Sterkenrade. Was shot down by Oblt. Jüsgen, 1./NJG3) and came down 23:19 hrs near Malden (Het Heumensch Oord), the Netherlands, 5 km south of Nijmegen; captured]
15.02.1941 - 1945 POW (No. 466) in German captivity (camps Luft I, Luft III, 21B, Luft III)
Hulley,
John Richmond
"Jack"
J.R. Hulley J.R. Hulley (Photo courtesy of J. Chadwick)
J.R. Hulley
Son (with one brother) of George Hulley (1896-1983), and Elsie Richmond.
Married ((09?).1944, Manchester district, Lancashire) Edna H. Robinson.
(03?).1921
Manchester, Chorlton district, Lancashire
-
1979
F/Sgt. ? [1132626]
P/O (prob) 03.08.1943 [155120]
(WS) F/O 03.02.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 03.08.1945 (reld 04.04.1948; on account of medical unfitness for air force service)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 16.11.1943 ?
(1943)     10 Squadron RAF (flew on Halifaxes)
[was a member of the crew of aircraft ZA-R (R for Robert) that shot down a Bf 110 nightfighter in May 1943]
03.08.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
09.1943     15 Operational Training Unit RAF (Harwell)
Humphrey,
Arthur Richard James
A.R.J. Humphrey
Son of ... Humphrey, and ... Miles.
Married ((09?).1957, Darlington district, Durham) Mollie T. Reed.
30.06.1915
East Preston, West Sussex
-
12.1997
Bromley district, Kent
Ldg.Acm. ? [744032]
P/O (prob) 26.11.1943 [158778]
(WS) F/O 26.05.1944
(WS) F/Lt. ? (reld 27.07.1950)
F/O 27.07.1950
F/Lt. 14.10.1955 (reld 27.07.1960)
1939-1945 Star 39|45 St - -
Africa Star Afr St - -
Italy Star It St - -
Defence Medal Def M - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
Air Efficiency Award AEA 07.12.1960 with effect 14.06.1944
Air Efficiency Award AEA 07.12.1960 with effect 27.07.1960
      served in North African & Italian campaigns:
      enlisted, RAFVR
26.11.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
01.1945     Assistant Directorate of Intelligence (‘K’), Directorate of Intelligence (Operations), Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Intelligence), Department of the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Ministry
27.07.1950 - 27.07.1960 commissioned, RAFVR (Reconstituted Section) (Secretarial Branch)
Humphreys,
John George
J.G. Humphreys
Son of John Humphreys, and Charlotte Merritt.
Married (15.08.1942, York, Yorkshire) Phyllis Fawcett; two sons, one daughter.
19.05.1918
West Ham, Essex
-
18.05.1993
Kerang, Victoria, Australia
Sgt. ? [905254]
P/O (prob) 11.09.1942 [134523]
(WS) F/O (prob) 11.03.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 11.09.1944 (forfeiture of seniority; takes rank and precedence with effect from 27.02.1946 as if his appoinment bore date 11.09.1945)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 07.12.1943 *
* This officer has a varied and excellent operational record during which he has set a splendid example of courage and devotion to duty. Despite being forced down on to the sea on two occasions, on the first of which he spent twelve hours in a dinghy and on the second 52 hours before being rescued, Flying Officer Humphreys keenness for operational flying remains undiminished. In addition, during an anti-submarine patrol, his aircraft was attacked by an Arado 196 and in the subsequent engagement the hostile aircraft was destroyed.
11.09.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      35 Squadron RAF
18.06.1943 - ? 156 Squadron RAF (DFC)
Hunter,
Donald James
D.J. Hunter
Son of James Brown Hunter, and Elsie Gladys Hunter, of Upminster, Essex.
Husband of Betty Jean Hunter, of Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
1923 ?
-
08.05.1945
(KIA) [age 22]
[Becklinghausen War Cemetery, Germany, 11.C.4]
Ldg.Acm.
? [1293620]
P/O (prob)
23.01.1943 [150142]
(WS) F/O
23.01.1944
(WS) F/Lt.
23.01.1945
Joined Royal Bank of Canada (London Branch, UK), 15.04.1940.
02.11.1940
 
 
enlisted, RAFVR
23.01.1943


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
23.04.1945
-
08.05.1945
spitfire pilot, 322 (Dutch) Squadron RAF (2nd Tactical Air Force)
[died as the result of injuries from a flying accident on V.E. Day; his plane crashed nr. Varrelbusch (Germany) during Victory Fly Past]
Hunter,
John
"Jack"
D.J. Hunter (Photo courtesy of Mr Keith P.W. Hunter) D.J. Hunter (Photo courtesy of Mr Keith P.W. Hunter)
Son of John Hunter, mining engineer Manor-Powis Coal Mine, Stirling, and Margaret Williamson.
Married (14.10.1945, Alexandria, Egypt) Gwendolyn Aileen Wraxall (16.11.1927 - ), daughter (with one brother) of Sir Charles Frederick Lascelles Wraxall, 7th Bt (1896-1951), and Marceline Cauro (1902-1959); two sons.
24.12.1921
Menstrie, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
-
25.04.1987

Bromley district, Kent
Sgt. ? [1365340]
P/O (prob) 07.01.1942 [117495]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 07.01.1944 (reld 24.12.1947; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
F/O 24.12.1947
F/Lt. 01.03.1951, seniority 16.05.1948 (reld 24.12.1952)
FIMechE, AFRAeS, FInstPet, CEng.
07.01.1942 - 24.12.1947 commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
24.12.1947 - 24.12.1952 commissioned, RAFVR (Reconstituted Section) (General Duties Branch)
His youngest son writes: "As an RAFVR he was in the first group of thirty ‘RAF’ pilots selected and sent to be trained secretly in America six months before the USA joined the war. He was sent by the RAF to Canada as RCAF where he was ‘resigned’ from the RCAF which meant he was allowed to cross into neutral USA and enlist in the US Army Air Corp to do their training. Thus he got his USA silver pilot wings before his RAF wings and proudly wore both during the war. His training history in US Air Corps (1941) was as follows: Embray - Riddle - Flying School (civil); Primary Flying School – Acadia – Florida – U.S.A. June 1941; Basic Flying School – U.S. Army Air Corp – Gunter Field – Montgomery – USA; Advanced Flying School – U.S. Army Air Corps – Craig Field – Selma – Alabama – U.S.A.; Gunnery School – U.S. Army Air Corps – Elgin Field – Florida – U.S.A.; He graduated 3rd January 1942 as Pilot U.S. Army Air Corp (Fighter) School , Craig Field, Selma, Alabama Class 42A.  On 3rd January 1942 he was re-designated to RAF and commissioned with the rank of Pilot Officer and posted back to England and assigned to No 167 Squadron which was reformed on 6th April 1942. Initially in early April he was posted to No. 9. P.A.F.U. Hullavington (Wilts) where he did a few hours on Miles MASTER Mk. 1 before converting to Hurricane I. Two weeks later was posted to RAF Station Rednal Shropshire, 61 O.T.U. where he did several more hours on Miles MASTER Mk. III before converting to Spitfire Mk. I and then Spitfire Mk. II during a two month period. On 23rd June 1942 he was posted back to No. 167 Squadron which had become operational on 8th May 1942. Posted Overseas in July 1942 to the Middle East where he commenced flying No 7 SAAF Wing M.E.F. 1st September 1942 promoted to the rank of Flying Officer. On Jan 9th 1943 was posted to No. 80 Squadron ‘somewhere in Libya’. On Jan 18th 1943 was posted to 601 Squadron Hamraiet Airfield, Libya. On Jan 27th 1943 reposted back to No. 80 Squadron. Notable action: During early summer 1943 the German Air Force started making photo reconnaissance missions of Mediterranean Convoys and North Africa Port and Costal assets using a pressurised JU86P at very high altitude 44,000ft+ operating without impediment. No 80 squadron had to develop a response. F/O John Hunter worked on an experimental conversion of a Spitfire Mk IX to attain high altitude. All armour was removed, weapons and ammunition were reduced and anything non critical stripped out to reduce the weight of the aeroplane; the engine was pushed to its limit. During this experimental development he set a new Allied Altitude record for Middle East. On 2nd July 1943 his flight consisting of the modified Spitfire MK IX and two heavily armed Spitfire Mk Vc, one piloted by him (No. EYX) and the other by his wingman P/O Pratley were scrambled to Max Angels. At 23,000ft he sighted the JU86P at 44,000ft+ and shadowed it, eventually climbing to 31,000ft whilst the modified Mk IX climbed to 44,000ft and forced the JU86P down. At 31,000ft he and P/O Pratley engaged. F/O John Hunter’s first burst set the starboard engine on fire. After several attacks each, the JU86P broke up and went down in flames. Confirmed ½ kill of JU86P credited to each. P/O Pratley was forced to bail out into the sea as his aircraft caught fire. F/O John Hunter descended and continued to circle his wingman in the sea until he was relieved by a friendly Beaufighter and they had sighted P/O Pratley in the water who was subsequently rescued. 15th August 1943 W.I.A. grounded by squadron doctor (impaled by canopy fragment between right eye socket and bridge of nose) and sent to hospital Abassia, Cairo Egypt discharged 30th Sept 1943. Left with permanent injury - severed right eye tear duct. 4th Oct 1943 posted to 76 O.T.U. VA 203 Group, still grounded assigned as temporary S.F.C.O RAF Squadron Aqui – Palestine 1st Oct 1943 until 1st January 1944. Reassigned to operational flying status 2nd January 1944 as O.C. “C” Flight No 76 O.T.U. as Instructor. 7th January 1944 Promoted to rank of F/Lt. 14th November 1944 posted to No. 132 M.U. for Test Pilot duties. 12th December 1944 posted to No 136 M.U. as Chief Test Pilot. 8th June 1945 posted to No. 103 M.U. Aboukir, Egypt to Test Flight as Chief Test Pilot. Posted back to U.K. Jan 1946. Left RAF February 1946. Continued as RAFVR joining Edinburgh University Air Squadron in December 1947 (rank reverted to F/O V.R.) until 1954. Total War Service Flying Hours 1941-1945: 1,132 Hrs 45 Mins. Aircraft Flown 47 types: Stearman PT 17, Vultee B.T.13 & 15, North American A.T. 6A, Miles Master I, Hurricane I, Miles Master III, Spitfire I, Spitfire II & IIB, Hurricane II, Hurricane II A&C, Spitfire V B&C, Spitfire IX, Defiant II, Anson II, Proctor II, Magister I, Thunderbolt P47D, Wellington Mk X, Fairchild II, Domine IIA, Lockheed Electra, Ju. 87D (captured Stuka), Tiger Moth, Spitfire XI, Baltimore IV, Baltimore V, Beaufighter X, Lysander, KittyHawk, Hudson III, Dakota III, Mitchel II, Mosquito VI, Hornet Moth, D.H. Chipmunk 45, 50A, 50M, 55M 46M 52A & 63, Oxford, Gloster Meteor MK 7."
Hunter,
Thomas Stark
T.S. Hunter (Photo courtesy of Cathy Coyle) T.S. Hunter (Photo courtesy of Cathy Coyle)
Son of George and Jeanie Hunter, of Burbank, California, U.S.A.
1922
Old Kilpatrick district, Dunbarton, Scotland
-
01.03.1945
[age 22]
[Sai Wan War Cemetery, China, coll. grave II.B.-2-4]
Ldg.Acm. ? [605554]
P/O (prob) 05.05.1944 [165151]
(WS) F/O 05.11.1944
05.05.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 01.03.1945 357 Squadron RAF
[Died in an airplane crash in the China-India-Burma theater in Dakota KJ921. KJ921 and an American C-47 of the 322nd Troop Carrier Squadron, US 14th Air Force, went in tandem to French Indo-China to do a daylight drop to a British Army Aid Group party at Yanping. There were clouds, and KJ921 disappeared. On 8 March word reached Kunming that the Dakota had hit a 1200 ft hill, impacting some 50 feet below the crest.]
Hurley,
John Joseph
J.J. Hurley
?
-
11.08.1942
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 65]
Ldg.Acm. ? [776030]
P/O (prob) 24.12.1940 [66003]
(WS) F/O 24.12.1941
(A) F/Lt. 1942?
24.12.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 11.08.1942 489 (RNZAF) Squadron RAF
Hussey,
Robert Charles
"Bob"
R.C. Hussey
Married Joy A. Hussey; one son (Maj.Gen. Paul R. Hussey. OMM, CD), one daughter.
1922 ?
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
-
27.02.2007
London, Ont., Canada
[aged 84]
F/Sgt.
? [798732]
P/O (prob)
16.11.1943 [162504]
P/O
16.05.1944
(WS) F/O
16.05.1944
(WS) F/Lt.
16.11.1945 (reld 04.07.1946)
1941
-
1946
Spitfire pilot:
26.11.1943


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



610 Squadron RAF
1952
-
1974
re-enlisted RCAF and served as an Officer in the Ground Observer Corps and then in Air Traffic Control from 1960 until his retirement
Hussey,
Roy Jack Hubert
R.C. Hussey

?
-
20.02.1945
[Coxley (Christ Church) Churchyard, Somerset, NW of church]
P/O (prob) ? [145116]
... .
(WS) F/Lt. ?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC ? ?
Distinguished Flying Medal DFM ? ?
?     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 20.02.1945 19 Squadron RAF
Hutchinson,
Brian Ruckman
B.R. Hutchinson
Son of ... Hutchinson, and ... Halliday.
02.07.1919
Bolton district, Lancashire
-
04.2000
Surrey Northern district, Surrey
P/O (prob) 19.07.1940 [82402]
P/O 19.07.1941
(WS) F/O 24.11.1941
(T) F/Lt. 01.01.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 16.11.1945
19.07.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
24.11.1940     transferred, RAFVR (Technical Branch)
Hutchinson,
John Thompson
J.T. Hutchinson (Photo courtesy of Mr Alex Hutchinson)
Son of ... Hutchinson, and ... Thompson.
Married (marriage dissolved) ...; three sons.
22.12.1921
Sunderland, Durham
-
01.1989
Kensington and Chelsea district, London
Sgt. ? [1138262]
P/O (prob) 12.02.1943 [141812]
(WS) F/O (prob) 12.08.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 12.02.1945
F/Lt. 01.11.1947, seniority 12.08.1946
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 02.11.1943 ?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 15.09.1944 ?
12.02.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1943) - (1944) 138 Squadron RAF
Hutchison,
James Cochrane
J.C. Hutchison
?
-
P/O (prob) 28.02.1941 [61553]
(WS) F/O 28.02.1942 (emgcy list) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
(T) F/Lt. 1943?
28.02.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      served as intelligence officer & interrogator; captured at Guidonia 06.1944
06.1944 - 05?.1945 POW in German captivity (Dulag Luft)
Hyslop,
William Geoffrey
W.G. Hyslop (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
?
?
-
?
?
(A) P/O (prob) 04.07.1941 [101627]
... ...
04.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
 
       

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