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Yates,
Kenneth Bernard Helen
K.B.H. Yates (Photo courtesy of Mrs Diana Davies)
?
-
(A) P/O (prob) 31.12.1941 [114995]
31.12.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Yeo-Thomas,
Forest Frederick Edward
"Tommy"
F.F.E. Yeo-Thomas F.F.E. Yeo-Thomas
F.F.E. Yeo-Thomas F.F.E. Yeo-Thomas
F.F.E. Yeo-Thomas F.F.E. Yeo-Thomas
F.F.E. Yeo-Thomas F.F.E. Yeo-Thomas
F.F.E. Yeo-Thomas F.F.E. Yeo-Thomas
F.F.E. Yeo-Thomas F.F.E. Yeo-Thomas
Eldest son of John Yeo Thomas (1877?-), a coal merchant, and Daisy Ethel Burrows (1883-).
Married 1st (c. 1921/25, Paris, France) Lillian Margaret Walker (1903?- 14.02.1977); one daughter.
His 2nd common-law wife was Barbara Joan Dean (24.12.1915 - 09.1999).

17.06.1902
Holborn, St Marylebone district, London
-
26.02.1964
Paris, France
[Brookwood Cemetery, Surrey]
Sgt. ? [504896]
P/O (prob) 28.11.1940, seniority 24.10.1940 [89215]
(WS) F/O 28.11.1941, seniority 24.10.1941
(T) F/Lt. 01.01.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 27.08.1944 (reld 28.06.1946; retaining rank of W/Cdr.)
(A) W/Cdr. ?
(T) W/Cdr. ?
George Cross GC 15.02.1946 * [investiture 26.03.46]
Military Cross MC 14.03.1944 in recognition of gallant and
distinguished service
Military Cross MC 16.05.1944 in recognition of gallant and
distinguished service
Légion d'Honneur (France) LegH ? ?
Croix de Guerre (France) CdeG ? ?
Krzyż Zasługi = Cross of Merit (Poland) KZ ? ?
Education: Dieppe Naval College; Lycée Concordet, Paris.
Manager for fashion house Molyneux in France, 1932-1939.
1939     enlisted, RAFVR (Sergeant-interpreter with the Advanced Air Striking Force)
28.11.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
10.1941 - 02.1942 intelligence officer, 308 Polish Squadron (Baginton)
02.1942 - 03.1944 served Special Operations Executive (SOE), responsible for planning in the RF French section which worked in close association with General de Gaulle's Bureau Central de Renseignements et d'Action (BCRA)
02.1943 - 03.1944 parachuted three times in France (under the codenames "Shelley" & "The white rabbit") 02/04.1943, 09/11.1943 & 02/03.1944
02.1944 - 04.1945 captured, imprisoned in Fresnes prison & finally transferred to concentration camp Buchenwald, from which he escaped in April 1945
Returned to Molyneux after the war but left in 1948 for reasons of health. Representative in France, Federation of British Industries, since 1950.
Literature: Bruce Marshall, The White Rabbit (1952); Mark Seaman, Bravest of the brave : true story of Wing Commander Tommy Yeo-Thomas - SOE secret agent codename, the White Rabbit (1997)
* This officer was parachuted into France on the 25th February, 1943. He showed much courage and initiative during his mission, particularly when he enabled a French officer who was being followed by a Gestapo agent in Paris to reach safety and resume clandestine work in another area. He also took charge of a U.S. Army Air Corps officer who had been shot down and, speaking no French, was in danger of capture. This officer returned to England on the 15th April, 1943, in the aircraft which picked up Wing Commander Yeo-Thomas. Wing Commander Yeo-Thomas undertook a second mission on the 17th September, 1943. Soon after his arrival in France many patriots were arrested. Undeterred, he continued his enquiries and obtained information which enabled the desperate situation to be rectified. On six occasions he narrowly escaped arrest. He returned to England on the 15th November, 1943, bringing British intelligence archives which he had secured from a house watched by the Gestapo. This officer was again parachuted into France in February, 19144. Despite every security precaution he was betrayed to the Gestapo in Paris on the 21st March. While being taken by car to Headquarters he was badly beaten up. He then underwent 4 days continuous interrogation, interspersed with beatings and torture, including immersions, head downwards, in ice-cold water, with legs and arms chained. Interrogations later continued for 2 months and Wing Commander Yeo-Thomas was offered his freedom in return for information concerning the Head of a Resistance Secretariat. Owing to his wrist being cut by chains, he contracted blood-poisoning and nearly lost his left arm. He made two daring but unsuccessful attempts to escape. He was then confined in solitude in Fresnes prison for 4 months, including 3 weeks in a darkened cell with very little food. Throughout these months of almost continuous torture, he steadfastly refused to disclose any information. On the 17th July, Wing Commander Yeo-Thomas was sent with a party to Compiegne prison, from which he twice attempted to escape. He and 36 others were then transferred to Buchenwald. On the way, they stopped for 3 days at Saarbrucken, where they were beaten and kept in a tiny hut. They arrived at Buchenwald on the 16th August and 16 of them were executed and cremated on the 10th September. Wing Commander Yeo-Thomas had already commenced to organise resistance within the camp and remained undaunted by the prospect of a similar fate. He accepted an opportunity of changing his identity with that of a dead French prisoner, on condition that other officers would also be enabled to do so. In this way, he was instrumental in saving the lives of two officers. Wing Commander Yeo-Thomas was later transferred to a work kommando for Jews. In
attempting to escape he was picked up by a German patrol and, claiming French nationality, was transferred to a camp near Marienburg for French prisoners of war. On the 16th April, 1945, he led a party of 20 in a most gallant attempt to escape in broad daylight. 10 were killed by fire from the guards. Those who reached cover split up into small groups. Wing Commander Yeo-Thomas became separated from his companions after 3 days without food. He continued alone for a week and was recaptured when only 800 yards from the American lines. A few days later he escaped with a party of 10 French prisoners of war, whom he led through German patrols to the American lines. Wing Commander Yeo-Thomas thus turned his final mission into a success by his determined opposition to the enemy, his strenuous efforts to maintain the morale of his fellow-prisoners and his brilliant escape activities. He endured brutal treatment and torture without flinching and showed the most amazing fortitude and devotion to duty throughout his service abroad, during which he was under the constant threat of death.
Young,
Frank Clifford
F.C. Young  

Son of ... Young, and ... Kaye ?
17.08.1914 ?
Cardiff district, Glamorgan ?
-
09.1981 ?
Epping Forest district, Essex ?
Ldg.Acm. ? [1286598]
(A) P/O (prob) 29.05.1941 [67692]
(WS) F/O 29.05.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 29.05.1943
(A) Sq.Ldr. (1945)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 21.09.1945 ?
29.05.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1945)     142 Squadron RAF
School headmaster.
Young,
Henry Melvin
"Dinghy"
H.M. Young H.M. Young
H.M. Young H.M. Young
Son of Henry George Melvin Young and Fannie Rowan.
Married (10.08.1942) Priscilla Rawson Young, of Kent, Connecticut, USA.

20.05.1915
St George Hanover Square district, London
-
17.05.1943
(KIA) [age 27]
[Bergen General Cemetery, The Netherlands, 2.D.4]
P/O
13.09.1938 [72478]
F/O
13.03.1940
(A) F/Lt.
?
(WS) F/Lt.
06.04.1941
(T) Sq.Ldr.
01.06.1942
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
09.05.1941
for flying 28 operations
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
18.09.1942
for flying 51 operations
Education: Kent College, Conn., USA; Westminster School, London; Oxford University (M.A. (Oxon.)) [of 1938 boat race fame]
13.09.1938


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
25.08.1939


mobilized
25.08.1939


No. 1 Initial Training Wing RAF
07.10.1939


No. 9 Elementary Flying Training School RAF
06.04.1940


RAF Abingdon
10.06.1940


102 Squadron RAF (flying Whitley bombers)
07.02.1941


No. 10 Operational Training Unit
30.04.1941


No. 22 Operational Training Unit
04.09.1941


104 Squadron RAF (Middle East; flying Wellington bombers)
29.06.1942


HQ 205 Bomber Group RAF (Middle East)
15.10.1942


special duties (USA)
13.03.1943


57 Squadron RAF
10.04.1943
-
17.05.1943
A Flight Commander, 617 Squadron RAF
[took off in his Lancaster III [ED887 AJ-A] at 21.47 hrs at Scampton for Operation Chastise, tasked to bomb the Möhne Dam; dropped its weapon as briefed; set course, as deputy leader, for the Eder Dam before heading for base; shot down by flak while clearing the Dutch coast and crashed 02.58 hrs off Castricum aan Zee]
Young,
John Alfred
J.A. Young (Photo courtesy of Mrs Diana Davies)
?
-
(A) P/O (prob) 31.12.1941 [114997]
31.12.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Technical Branch) [emergency commission]
Young,
John Kenneth
J.K. Young  
Son of Leonard Warburton Young (1875-), and Annie Stokoe, of Capelulo, Caernarvonshire.
Husband of Mary Elizabeth Young; ... children (one daughter?).
(06?).1906
Bucklow district, Cheshire / Lancashire
-
03.06.1943
(MPK) [age 37]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 119]
P/O (prob) 22.11.1940 [88799]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.08.1941
(WS) F/O 22.11.1941
(A) F/Lt. (1943)
(A) Sq.Ldr. 1943?
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) MBE 02.06.1943 HM's birthday 43
22.11.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      North West African Air Forces
03.06.1943     missing, presumed killed as passenger aboard Hudson FK386 of 117 Squadron RAF, that was flying at 17:37 hrs from Portreath to North Africa, but failed to reach Gibraltar; Lt. Heinz Olbrecht of 15./Kampfgeschwader 40 claimed to have shot down two Hudsons, possibly one them being FK386
Young,
Norman Dudley
N.D. Young  
Son of Norman Dudley Young, and Evelyn Ernestine Young.
1916 ?
-
31.07.1942
(KIA) [age 26]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 72]
P/O
? [116163]
?
-
31.07.1942
121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF
[while in his Spitfire Vb [AA732] on Circus mission 201 (bomber escort) shot down over Abbeville (France) by Jagdgeschwader 26]
Young,
Robert Eric
R.E. Young  
18.12.1910
-
02.09.1987
Mid Warwickshire
F/O (prob) 16.12.1940 [60504]
F/O 16.12.1941
(T) F/Lt. 01.03.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 14.02.1945
(T) Sq.Ldr. 01.07.1945 (Emgcy List) (reld 18.12.1955)
Mentioned in Despatches MID 08.06.1944 ?
16.12.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
06.1941     transferred, RAFVR (Technical Branch) [dated 16.12.1940]
       

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