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Naylor,
Thomas
N. Newport

Married ...; ... children (one daughter?).
?
-
Ldg.Acm. ? [1520776]
P/O (prob) 30.04.1943 [151976]
(WS) F/O (prob) 30.10.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 30.04.1945
30.04.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Neile,
Sydney
S. Neile (Photo courtesy of Mr Gary Neile)
Son of William Neile, and Eliza F. Hodgson.
Married 1st Annie Calvert Bell (08.03.1923 - ), daughter of Robert Thomas Bell (1871-1923), and Jane Ann Johnstone (1881-1948); two sons.
Married 2nd ((12?).1971, Northwich, Cheshire) Barbara M. Priddey.
03.10.1921
Liverpool, West Derby district, Lancashire
-
19.10.2010
Northwich, Cheshire
Aircraftman 2nd cl. 30.04.1942 [1681101]
Leading Aircraftman ?
P/O (prob) 11.06.1943 [152466]
(WS) F/O (prob) 11.12.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 11.06.1945 (reld 14.09.1946)
Was in a reserved occupation at the start of the war, as an Apprentice Draughtsman in the steel industry in Liverpool. Served in the Home Guard as a Lance Corporal Weapon Training Instructor.
? - 1943 No. 13 Service Flying Training School RAF (St Hubert, Quebec, Canada) [gained his wings 06.1943]
1943     flight instructor, No. 15 Elementary Flying Training School RAF (Kingstown, Carlisle)
11.06.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 14.09.1946 Commanding Officer, Liverpool University Air Squadron [gained 05.07.946 civil aviator's licence No. 21394, being a qualified RAF pilot]
Newbery,
Thomas Arthur
"Tom"
T.A. Newbery
Son (with one sister) of Arthur Thomas Newbery (1890-1960), and Emma Kate Ethel Cave (1889-1966).
Married (16.01.1943, St Peter's Church, Gayhurst, Newport Pagnell, North Buckinghamshire district, Buckinghamshire) Mary Elizabeth Wylie, of Middlesbrough, Yorkshire.
(06?).1916
Sulgrave, Brackley district, Northamptonshire
-
15.05.1943
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 127]
Sgt. ? [1278425]
P/O (prob) 07.05.1942 [129260]
(WS) F/O (prob) 07.11.1942
07.05.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 15.05.1943 228 Squadron RAF
[missing, presumed killed over the Bay of Biscay whilst flying a Sunderland flying boat]
Newby,
Jim
J. Newby (Photo courtesy of Mr Tony Swaby) J. Newby (Photo courtesy of Mr Tony Swaby)
Son of Alfred Newby, coal miner, and Annie Elizabeth Mincher.

Mr Tony Swaby about his uncle's wartime career: "I knew Uncle Jim very well, particularly in my formative years, albeit he lived then in Beeston, Notts, over 30 miles or so from Mexborough. I do remember him telling me about his RAF service and the fact that he was a Navigator (Sgt) flying in Catalina flying boats. I would imagine that much of these operations took place over the North Atlantic, and he certainly mentioned visiting Ganda, Newfoundland, at some stage during his service. It was whilst he was in Canada that Jim received his wings, which were apparently presented to him by then then Princess Juliana of The Netherlands (later to be Queen Juliana), who was living in exile at Stornoway House, a suburb of Rockcliffe Park, Ottawa. Jim told me this himself, and there was further anecdotal evidence from my Mother (Jim's sister), together with other family members. On a point of interest, at some stage during his service and whilst navigating his Catalina, the crew were called upon the rescue a pilot at sea. According to Jim, there was a significant sea swell on that day but the catalina managed to land near to the downed pilot and rescue him, alive and well. But, as the aircraft was taking off (Catalinas apparently took off in stages), a large wave engulfed it, and they too were then in need of rescue. The fact that Jim and the other crew members were missing was relayed to my Grandfather/Grandmother Alfred and Annie Elizabeth, who were of the belief that Jim had perished. Grandfather was a coal miner working underground on the coal face at nearby Denaby Main Colliery, near to Mexborough, Doncaster, when, during his meal break, he read a newspaper which included a story about a number of air crew who had been rescued at sea. Jim Newby was one of those rescued, and this fact was later formally confirmed by the War Office, probably by telegram."

15.11.1918
Mexborough, Doncaster district, Yorkshire
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10.1987
Barnsley district, Yorkshire
Acm. 2nd cl. 29.09.1941 [1579183]
Ldg.Acm. 13.07.1942
T/Sgt. 15.10.1943
P/O (prob) 04.08.1944 [184091]
P/O 04.02.1945, seniority 28.08.1944
(WS) F/O 04.02.1945 (emgcy list) (reld 01.07.1959; retaining rank of F/O)
Tool setter operator (Ericsson Telephone Engineering Company, Beeston, Nottinghamshire, 1935-1941.
29.09.1941     enlisted, RAFVR (served in the ranks for 2 years, 310 days)
30.09.1941     Air Crew Holding Unit RAF Birmingham (Reserve)
16.03.1942     No. 1 Air Crew Reception Centre RAF
01.04.1942     171 TW [Training Wing?] RAF
13.06.1942     under training Pilot
17.07.1942     Air Crew Despatch Centre 15, 51 Group Pool, Elementary Flying Training School, RAF
09.12.1942     Air Crew Despatch Centre RAF Bridgnorth
16.12.1942 - 17.12.1942 passage to Canada
17.12.1942     under training Navigator B
23.12.1942     No. 31 Personnel Despatch Centre RAF
02.04.1943     No. 31 Bombing & Gunnery School RAF
30.05.1943     Air Observer School RAF
19.10.1943     under training Navigator B
31.10.1943     34 Operational Training Unit RAF
29.01.1944     No. 1 "Y" Depot (Halifax, NS)
01.02.1944     HQ 45 Group RAF
12.04.1944     45 Group RAF (North Bay)
04.08.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      may have served in Air-Sea Rescue
Newell,
Donald
"Don"
D. Newell (Photo courtesy of Gp.Capt. D. Newell, RAF)

Son of Harry Newell, and Francis Maude Turner.
Married (03.09.1948, Cardiff district, Glamorgan / Monmouthshire) Lorna Evenden ((06?).1928 - 12.07.2008), daughter of Edward P. Evenden, and Bessie Burrows; one son.
15.06.1924
Wakefield district, West Yorkshire
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Ldg.Acm. ? [1621057]
P/O (prob) 11.02.1944 [164022]
(WS) F/O 11.08.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 11.02.1946
F/Lt. RAF 24.04.1947, seniority 11.02.1945
F/O RAF 21.10.1949, seniority 11.02.1946
F/Lt. RAF 29.06.1950
Sq.Ldr. RAF 01.01.1958
W/Cdr. RAF 01.07.1965
Gp.Capt. RAF 01.07.1971 (retd 04.04.1976; own request)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) OBE 01.01.1968 New Year 68
11.1941     attestation Cardington
09.1942     Aircrew Reception Centre RAF (London)
01.1943     Initial Training Wing RAF (Torquay)
05.1943     Elementary Flying Training School RAF (Carlisle) (flying aptitude testing)
1943     Elementary Flying Training School RAF & Service Flying Training School RAF (Canada) (flying Harvards)
01.1944     Operational Training Unit RAF (Bagotville) (flying Hurricanes)
11.02.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
05.1944     Advance Operational Training Unit RAF (Greenwood, Nova Scotia) (flying Hurricanes), from 08.1944 Eshott/Boulmer (flying Spitfires)
11.1944     154 Squadron RAF (Biggin Hill) (flying Spitfires VII, then Mustangs IV)
?     611 Squadron RAF (Hunsdon) (flying Mustangs IV) (fighter sweeps & long range escort; Rhine crossing)
[Encountered FW 190's , Me 262's and attacked a Me 163 over Leipzig but  reached "compression" (Mach 1). 15 April 1945 when southeast of Berlin heading south reported to wing leader 2 'unknowns' 11 o'clock ' below. Ordered to drop tanks and engage. When about to open fire saw red star markings on fuselage so broke away. Identified as Stormoviks. 9 May 1945 Squadron posters to RAF Peterhead.]
      completed 24 operational sorties
08.1945     flying instructors' course, RAF Upavon
1946 - 1947 instructor, RAF Cranwell
24.04.1947     extended service commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)
1947 - 1947 Empire Flying School course Hullavington
1947 - 1950 instructor, Central Flying School (on four types, Tiger Moth, Mosquito and Lancaster; appointed Instrument Rating Examiner. Lost flying medical category.)
21.10.1949     transferred, RAF (Aircraft Control Branch)
01.10.1950     permanent commission, RAF (Aircraft Control Branch)
21.05.1951     transferred, RAF (Fight Control Branch)
?     transferred, RAF (General Duties (Ground) Branch)
1952     posted to Hong Kong; OC Cap d'Agular
1953     posted to RAF Ping Shan as OC (as Sqd.Ldr.)
1955     Northern Sector HQ
1956 - 1958 Master Radar Station Boulmer (Presented to Her Majesty the Queen at HQ Fighter Command)
1958 - 1961 posted to Norway as Fighter Command Liaison Officer
1961 - 1964 RAF Bishops Court as Senior Operations Officer
1964 - 1965 posted to HQ MATO Uxbridge as Plans 2
1965     OC Eastern Radar
1968 - 1971 HQ MATO NR as Wg.Cdr. Operations
02.1971     posted to HQ National Air Traffic Service, London as DDCP 2
1974     posted to Uxbridge OC MATO Southern Region
FIMgt.
Newport,
Norman
N. Newport

?
-
(A) P/O (prob) 10.10.1941 [107961]
P/O (prob) 10.12.1941
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942 (emgcy list) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
(T) F/Lt. ?
10.10.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      served in North Africa & Italy
Nicholas ,
Arnold Drysdale
A.D. Nicholas (Photo courtesy of Mrs Diana Davies)
Son of William and Margaret Nicholas.
Married ((12?).1937, Conway district, Caernarvonshire) Mary Webster.
07.06.1909
Swansea district, Glamorgan, Wales
-
(06?).1969
St Asaph district, Denbighshire, Wales
(A) P/O (prob) 30.12.1941 [114931]
P/O (prob) 28.02.1942
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942 (Emgcy List) (reld 07.06.1954; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
30.12.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
08.04.1942     transferred, RAFVR (Equipment Branch)
Nicholls,
John Hamilton
"Jack"
J.H. Nicholls

J.H. Nicholls writes: "I  think about this time I was shot down but managed to get the plane back to base. I was then sent on rest to Egypt as Chief Flying Instructor at Ismailia, a switch to the Middle East Command. When I returned to Italy and promoted to Wing Commander, a return to the European Command."

20.03.1916
-
04.2016 still alive [aged 100]
Sgt.
? [1056935]
P/O (prob)
19.02.1942 [116982]
(WS) F/O (prob)
01.10.1942
(WS) F/Lt.
01.10.1943?
(WS) Sq.Ldr.
27.07.1945
(A?) W/Cdr.
?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
06.04.1943
?
19.02.1942
 
 
commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1943)


601 (County of London) Squadron RAuxAF
03.1944
-
07.1944
Commanding Officer, 601 (County of London) Squadron RAuxAF



achieved 5.7 victories
Nichols,
Edward Compton Lowther
E.C.L. Nichols (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath) E.C.L. Nichols
Youngest son (with two sisters and two brothers) of George Nichols (1872-1956), and Frances Saunder Barrett (1874-1943), of Northampton.
Married ((09?).1935, Northampton, Northamptonshire) Dorothy Norah West (01.12.1910 - 03.07.1994), of Northampton; one son.
(03?).1910
Northampton, Northamptonshire

-
22.11.1945
Cambridgeshire
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 265]
P/O (prob) 28.02.1941 [61558]
(WS) F/O 28.02.1942 (reld rank at own request 02.04.1943)
P/O 02.04.1943
(WS) F/O 02.10.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 02.04.1945
Solicitor.
28.02.1941     commissioned, RAF (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(08.1941)     staff, Officers' School RAF
02.04.1943     transferred, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
22.11.1945     killed on a training flight with 691 Squadron RAF while piloting a Vengeance aircraft over The Channel
Nicholson ,
Alexander John
A.J. Nicholson (Photo courtesy of Dawn Nicolson)

Son of Alexander John Nicholson, and Marion Mackey.
Married ... (divorced).
11.01.1911
Achmore, Island of Lewis, Scotland
-
17.02.1971
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Sgt. ? [968967]
P/O (prob) 19.10.1940 [86708]
(WS) F/O 19.10.1941
(WS) F/Lt. 19.10.1942 (reld 01.02.1945; on appointment to RCAF)
George Medal GM 31.10.1941 crash at Stornoway Airport, Isle of Lewis, Scotland *
* In August, 1941, this officer was a passenger in an aircraft which was involved in a collision when taking off and crashed. The aircraft immediately caught fire but Pilot Officer Nicholson managed to get clear. He remembered that when the plane crashed someone in the wireless compartment had been thrown across him. Ammunition and pyrotechnics were exploding and the whole front of the aircraft was in flames but Pilot Officer Nicholson, with complete disregard for his own safety, reentered and, making his way forward, found the wireless operator, whom he managed to drag to the door, when an explosion occurred which blew Pilot Officer Nicholson a distance of 20 yards. The wireless operator was finally extricated by others but without doubt, his life was saved by Pilot Officer Nicholson's gallantry in the first instance.
19.10.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Nicholson ,
Francis Joseph
F.J. Nicholson

Son of Francis Joseph Nicholson, and Jane Beardwood, of Waterloo, Liverpool.
Married ((09?).1934, West Derby district, Lancashire) Laura May Naylor, of Waterloo; ... children (one daughter?).
(06?).1909
West Derby district, Lancashire
-
05.01.1945
(MPK) [age 35]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 268]
Sgt. ? [2219041]
P/O (prob) 21.09.1944 [185768]
21.09.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 05.01.1945 429 Squadron RAF
[Airborne 16:33 hrs from Leeming in Halifax LV964 for an operation against Hanover. Cause of loss not established. Crashed about 19:15 hrs just to the SW of Wachendorf, 7 km SE of Syke.]
Nicholson ,
John Boyd
J.B. Nicholson
Married ...; ... children (one son?).
07.1922
-
Ldg.Acm. ? [1349712]
P/O (prob) 30.04.1943 [149384]
(WS) F/O (prob) 30.10.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 30.04.1945 (reld 18.09.1946; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
21.09.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Noakes,
Leon Francis George
L.F.G. Noakes (Photo courtesy of http://www.bombercrew.com/7/noakes.htm) L.F.G. Noakes (Photo courtesy of http://www.bombercrew.com/7/noakes.htm)

L.F.G. Noakes (Photo courtesy of http://www.bombercrew.com/7/noakes.htm) L.F.G. Noakes (Photo courtesy of http://www.bombercrew.com/7/noakes.htm)

03.03.1919
-
23.04.1944
[age 25]
[Maizy Churchyard, Aisen, France, grave 1]
Wt.Offr. ? [903074]
(A) P/O (prob) 17.01.1944 [171457]
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 19.05.1944 [posthumously]
17.01.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 23.04.1944 7 Squadron RAF (DFC)
Nono,
Vincent Anthony
V.A. Nono (Photo courtesy of Mr John Leaf)
Son of Joseph Nono, and Nora Connolly.
Husband of Jean Ramsay Henry Nono.
29.04.1910
Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland
-
01.05.1943
(KIA) [age 33]
[Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany, 17.B.10]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1386501]
P/O (prob) 11.08.1942 [127018]
F/O (prob) 21.05.1943, seniority 11.02.1943
11.08.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 01.05.1943 navigator, 106 Squadron RAF
[His Lancaster [ED451 ZN-O] took off 2355 hrs 30.04.1943 from Syerston for an operation against Essen. Crashed at Wulfen, a town on the E bank of the River Wient, 7 km NE of Dorsten. Complete crew was killed. See here for more details.]
Norfolk,
Howard
H. Norfolk (Photo courtesy of Mr Alan Reeves)
Son (with fourt brothers and four sisters) of John Ive Norfolk (1880-), and Mabel Cross (1884-), of Northampton.
(06?).1917
King's Norton district, Warwickshire
-
20.06.1942
(KIA) [age 25]
[Ulrum General Cemetery, De Marne, Groningen, the Netherlands, Row 1st Class G/H. Grave 4]
Sgt. ? [964029]
P/O (prob) 22.06.1941 [102559]

 

22.06.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 20.06.1942 76 Squadron RAF
[Halifax II W1114 (MP-F) took off 23:28 hrs from Middleton St George for a bombing raid on Emden. The iarcraft was hit by flak while flying at 15,000 feet and then attacked by a night-fighter and sent down at 01:43 hrs near Ulrum (Groningen). Five of the crew baled out with F/Sgt. Salway clinging to Sgt. Smith. Tragically he was thrown to his death when Sgt. Smith's parachute deployed. Four of the crew were captured, three others did not survive the crash, including the pilot P/O H. Norfolk.]

W.R. Chorley, To See the Dawn Breaking: 76 Squadron Operations (1996): "The port of Emden was raided on two consecutive nights in late June. From the eleven sorties sent to this target, Pilot Officer Norfolk was the only casualty. Hit by flak over Emden, Norfolk was gamely making his way towards the North Sea when his Halifax was intercepted in the early hours of 21 June by Oberleutnant Prinz zur Lippe. A sharp exchange of fire followed Lippe's opening burst, but to no avail. Norfolk called to his crew to bale out, holding the crippled bomber as level as possible to aid their chances of survival. Initially five, at least, made good this chance, Flight Sergeant Salway the rear gunner who was unable to reach his parachute making his jump clinging to his friend Sergeant Smith. This was a brave decision for both airmen to take, and sadly for Salway the jerk of Smith’s deploying canopy tore free his tenuous grip and he fell to his death near the little hamlet of Houwerzijl. Smith and three others survived; at Vierhuizen the bodies of Pilot Officer Norfolk and Sergeant Charlesworthy were removed from the remains of their aircraft."
 

To the right the last entries in P/O Norfolk's personal log book.

H. Norfolk (Photo courtesy of Mr Alan Reeves)

Norman,
Joseph Percival
J.P. Norman (Photo courtesy of Mrs Diana Davies)
?
-
(A) P/O (prob) 31.12.1941 [114932]
31.12.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Accountant Branch) [emergency commission]
Norman,
Stephen
S. Norman (Photo courtesy of Mrs Diana Davies)
?
-
(A) P/O (prob) 31.12.1941 [114933]
31.12.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Northend,
John Edward
J.E. Northend (Photo courtesy of Mr Shaun Parkes)
Son of William Frederick Northend (1887-1968), and Phyllis Lawton (1891-1985), of Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire.
(12?).1920
Ecclesall Bierlow district, Derbyshire / West Riding of Yorkshire
-
13.01.1943
(KIA) [age 22]
[Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany, 8.G.2]
Sgt. ? [1378643]
P/O (prob) 31.01.1942 [119289]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942
Education: King Edward VII School, Sheffield (1930-1937).
31.01.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 13.01.1943 navigator, 61 Squadron RAF
[Lancaster Mk. I W4192 (QR-E) took off at 03:35 hrs from RAF Syerston for an operation against Essen. It crashed at Mettman, 14 km ENE of Düsseldorf, where the crew, who were all killed, were buried in the Nordfriedhof, later to be transferred to the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.]
His Wing Commander wrote after the loss: "He was a member of a very fine crew that had carried out many most praiseworthy sorties, including the famous raids on Italy. I feel that we have lost seven exceptionally good men who were welded into the finest of crews. Of John Northend I had the highest opinion; his work was of the highest standard, and so too was the example he set as an officer, while I admired his inherent cheerfulness. Popular in the Mess and with all ranks in the Squadron, we are going to miss him very much."
Norton,
[Rev.] Edgar John
E.J. Norton
Married ((06?).1945, Scunthorpe district, Lincolnshire) Winifred Haigh (predeceased him); one daughter, two sons.
?
-
17.11.2009
Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, Devon (formerly of Lympstone and latterly of Wellington)
Wt.Offr. ? [1337546]
P/O (prob) 17.01.1944 [170622]
(WS) F/O 17.07.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 17.01.1946
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 15.02.1944 ?
      12 Squadron RAF (DFC)
17.01.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Joined the clergy.
Nutt,
John Alfred
J.A. Nutt
Son of Herbert Nutt, and Ethel May Harding.
Married ((06?).1941, Lynton, Barnstaple district, Devon) Hilda Maud Bennett, of Horfield, Bristol.
(06?).1913
Merthyr Tydfil district, Glamorgan
-
08.11.1941
(KIA) [age 28]
[Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery, the Netherlands, 34.B.1]
[commemorated at Lynton Wal Memorial, Devon]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1187621]
P/O (prob) 03.07.1941 [101556]
03.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 08.11.1941 pilot, 51 Squadron RAF
[Whitley Z6567 (MH-Z) was airborne 17:52 hrs 08.11.1941 from Dishforth for an operation against Essen. Shot down by a night-fighter (Oberleutnant Egmont Prinz zur Lippe Weissenfeld, 4. Staffel/Nachtjagdgeschwader 1) and crashed 23:03 hrs near Barsingerhorn, 20 km SSE of Den Helder, Holland. Complete crew of five was killed.]
       

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