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C.S. Cadell  to  C.R. Cuthill
Cadell,
Colin Simson
C.S. Cadell

Son of late Lt.Col. John Macfarlane Cadell, DL, Foxhall, Kirkliston, West Lothian, and Mary Simson.
Married (1939) Rosemary Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Edward Pooley; two sons one daughter.
07.08.1905
Colinton, Edinburgh
-
29.10.1996
[Edinburgh ?]
P/O 18.09.1925 [05131]
F/Lt. 1933
Sq.Ldr. 01.02.1937
Gp.Capt. 01.01.1946
(T) A/Cdre. 01.01.1946 (retd 10.05.1947)
Commander of the Order of the British Empire CBE 19.09.1944 ?
Officer, Legion of Merit (US) LM 15.03.1946 ?
Education: Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh; Edinburgh University (MA); Ecole Supérieur d'électricité, Paris (Ingénieur ESE, 1932-1933); RAF College, Cranwell; RAF Staff College (1937-1938, psa); AMIEE.
18.09.1925     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch)
      qualified at specialist signals course; additionally qualified at university course in electrical engineering and wireless telegraphy; qualified by examination as interpreter
1927 - 1929 served with 4 Sqn, RAF Farnborough
1929 - 1931 service with 208 Sqn, Heliopolis, Egypt
1933 - 1934 served with 2 Sqn, RAF Manston, Kent
1934 - 1936 Aide de Camp to Sir Miles Wedderburn Lampson, Ambassador to Egypt and High Commissioner for the Sudan
1936     service with 45 Sqn, Helwan, Egypt
1936 - 1937 Senior Technical Officer, RAF Signals School, Cranwell, Lincolnshire
1938 - 1940 Operations Branch, Air Ministry
16.01.1939    

Air Staff, Deputy Directorate of Operations (Overseas)

29.04.1940    

Staff, Directorate of Signals
[employed on the 'Beetle Scheme', the establishment of a nationwide combined services communications network]

1940    

Officer Commanding, RCM Unit, No 80 Wing

1940 - 1941

Wing Commander - Operations, HQ No 80 Wing, RAF Countermeasures Unit, Radlett, Hertfordshire

07.03.1941 - 22.04.1942

Staff, Deputy Directorate of Intelligence (4), Intelligence Department, Air Ministry

22.04.1942 - 1943 Deputy Director of Intelligence (4), Intelligence Department, Air Ministry
[involved in the development of the intelligence listening station at Chicksands, Bedfordshire]
22.04.1943    

Chief Signals Officer, HQ Middle East Command (Cairo, Egypt)

30.11.1943 - 1946 Director of Telecommunications and of Signals, Air Ministry
1946 - 1947 RAF Turnhouse, Lothian
Managing Director, International Aeradio, 1947-1958; Director: Carron Company, 1958-1971; Royal Bank of Scotland, 1963-1969. Member, Edinburgh Airport Consultative Committee, 1972 (Chairman, 1972-1982).
Member Queen's Body Guard for Scotland (Royal Company of Archers). DL Linlithgowshire, 1963-1972. Vice Lieutenant for West Lothian, 1972-1988.
Caiger,
John Jeffrey
J.J. Caiger
08.02.1900
-
1996
F/O (prob) 20.02.1922 [11164]
F/Lt. 01.01.1929 (retd 31.03.1931) (reactivated 26.08.1939)
(T) Sq.Ldr. 01.09.1940 (reverted to retd 21.12.1944; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
20.02.1922     short service commission, RAF (Stores Branch; for accountant duties) [later: Accountant Branch]
15.10.1924     permanent commission
... - ... ...
Callingham,
Clarence Judge
"Clarrie"
C.J. Callingham (Photo courtesy of Mrs Carol Gilbert) C.J. Callingham (Photo courtesy of Mrs Carol Gilbert)
C.J. Callingham (Photo courtesy of Mrs Carol Gilbert) C.J. Callingham (Photo courtesy of Mrs Carol Gilbert)
C.J. Callingham (Photo courtesy of Mrs Carol Gilbert) C.J. Callingham (Photo courtesy of Mrs Carol Gilbert)
Son (with two brothers and two half siblings) of Thomas Henry Callingham (1887-1952), and Julia Ann Foothead (1884-1970).
Married 1st (23.12.1939, Welton, Yorkshire) Gladys Mary Kellington (05.03.1916 - 20.04.1966), daughter of Alfred William Kellington (1880-1959), and Martha Stather (1884-1965); one daughter.
Married 2nd (08.06.1968, Hull, Yorkshire) Eileen Ida Chinnery (? - 08.12.1969).
Married 3rd (18.03.1972, Hull, Yorkshire) Joan Mary Martin (13.07.1929 - 29.11.2004).
14.05.1912
Upper Hut, Wellington, New Zealand
-
07.11.1999
Brough, Yorkshire
(A) P/O (prob) 24.08.1937 [40206]
P/O 24.08.1938
F/O 24.03.1940
(WS) F/Lt. 24.03.1941
(T) Sq.Ldr. 01.09.1942
F/Lt. 23.01.1946
25.02.1947, seniority 01.12.1942
Sq.Ldr. 01.08.1947 (retd 24.02.1959)
Air Force Cross AFC 08.06.1944 ?
24.08.1937     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
08.1937 - 10.1937 9th Regular Course, Sywell
11.1937     No. 5 Flying Training School RAF
04.06.1938 - 20.08.1938 7 (Bomber) Squadron RAF
20.08.1938 - 02.09.1939 76 (Bomber) Squadron RAF
16.05.1940 - 21.04.1941 4 Ferry Pilots' Pool RAF
21.04.1941     24 Maintenance Unit RAF, then 32 Maintenance Unit RAF (test pilot)
24.08.1941     transferred, Reserve of Air Force Officers (and called up for Air Force service)
23.01.1946     extended service commission
15.10.1947 - 1951 serving in MEDME Ismailia
20.12.1948     permanent commission
19.03.1951 - 1954 Officer Commanding, Target Towing Flight, RAF Acklington
1954 - 1957 Commanding Officer, RAF Hucknall, Nottinghamshire
1957 - 1959 Commanding Officer, RAF Fazakerley, near Liverpool
Campbell,
John Hunter McNeill
J.H.M. Campbell
29.06.1905
-
1974
Inverness district, Inverness-shire, Scotland
Sq.Ldr. 01.04.1937 [16148] (retd 16.04.1940)
17.12.1924     commissioned
      qualified at specialist navigation course
Campbell,
John James
J.J. Campbell

Son of Henry and Rose Sarah Amelia Campbell; husband of Beryl Lilian Dolman Campbell, of Merry Hill, Wolverhampton.
1912 ?
-
20.04.1941
[age 29]
[Saint Andrew Churchyard
Cranwell, Lincolnshire, 2.B.17]
P/O 01.04.1940 [43184]
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC ? ?
? - 20.04.1941 Pilot Instructor
Campbell,
Peter Purvis
P.P. Campbell
12.11.1918
Ballymoney district, Ireland

-
01.1997
Lincoln district, Lincolnshire
F/Sgt. ? [550566]
P/O (prob) 03.08.1944 [55752]
(WS) F/O 03.02.1945
F/O 24.10.1946
06.05.1947, seniority 03.08.1945
F/Lt. 03.02.1948 (retd 24.10.1953)
03.08.1944     commissioned, RAF (Technical Branch) [emergency commission]
24.10.1946 - 24.10.1953 extended service commission
Campbell,
Roland William
"Rollo"
R.W. Campbell
Married Naomi Campbell (died 07.02.2007, aged 90).
21.04.1915
-
12.1996
Kingston upon Thames, Surrey
2nd Lt. 31.01.1935 [64652]
Lt. 31.01.1938
Capt. 31.01.1943
Maj. 31.01.1948 (retd 31.12.1956)
RAF:
(T) F/O 31.10.1938 [25120]
F/Lt. ?
(T) Sq.Ldr. 01.12.1941 (reld 05.02.1946)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 14.09.1945 ?
31.01.1935     commissioned, Royal Tank Corps (later: Royal Tank Regiment - Royal Armoured Corps)
31.10.1938 - 05.02.1946 specially employed [seconded to RAF]:
(1945)     175 Squadron RAF
31.12.1956 - 21.04.1965 Regular Army Reserve of Officers [age limit]
Campbell,
William Gardner
W.G. Campbell
?
-
Sq.Ldr.
01.04.1937 [22040]
W/Cdr.
01.07.1948
Education: AMIMechE, AFRAeS



qualified at a specialist course in engineering
(1954)


still serving
Candy,
John Geoffrey Sadler
J.G.S. Candy
19.02.1897
Alton, Hampshire
-
11.05.1955
East Kingston, nr Littehampton, Sussex
Sq.Ldr. 12.12.1928 [02080] (retd 12.09.1937)
(T) W/Cdr. ?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC ? ?
01.04.1918     commissioned, RAF
      qualified at a specialist course in engineering
25.08.1939 - 26.01.1946 recalled to active service
Cann,
Gilbert Howard
G.H. Cann
Son (with one sister and one brother) of William James Cann, RN (1867-1930), and Laura Bunker (1867-1942).
Brother of Maj. Cyril William Roy Cann, Royal Artillery.
Cousin of Capt. Wilfred Lancelot Lillicrap, RAPC.
Brother-in-law of Cdr. Eric Stanley Oatley, RN.
Married (24.04.1931, Chichester, Sussex) Evelyn Violet Dalby ((12?).1906 - 20.12.1999); one son, one daughter.
11.07.1907
Plymouth, Devon
-
25.08.1979
New Zealand
[Fairhall Cemetery, Marlborough district, New Zealand]
Wt.Offr. ? [365126]
F/O (prob) 01.02.1942, seniority 16.01.1942 [48767]
(T) F/Lt. 01.07.1944, seniority 01.07.1943 (retd 19.08.1947; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
01.02.1942     commissioned, RAF (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
01.04.1942     transferred, RAF (Technical Branch)
Went to New Zealand and served RNZAF. Bookseller.
Cannam,
Peter
P. Cannam (Photo courtesy of Mr Rick Cannam) P. Cannam (Photo courtesy of Mr Rick Cannam)
Son of Harry Gould Cannam (1887-1959), and Gladys Mary Winson (1889-1983).
Married ((12?).1955, Brixworth district, Northamptonshire) Thelma Playford; ... children (two sons, one daughter?).
12.10.1916
Steyning district, Sussex
-
08.04.1972
Stroud district, Gloucestershire
(A) P/O (prob) 21.12.1936 [70114]
P/O (prob) 12.10.1937
P/O 16.10.1937
F/O 12.04.1939
F/Lt. 03.09.1940
03.06.1941, seniority 03.06.1941 [reduction in rank] (dispersal 05.07.1946) (demobilized 20.10.1946) (reld 01.07.1959; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
(T) Sq.Ldr. 01.07.1945
(A) Sq.Ldr. 18.09.1945
1939-1945 Star 39|45 St - -
Africa Star Afr St - & clasp
Italy Star It St - -
Defence Medal Def M - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
Distinguished Flying Cross (United States of America) DFC (US) 14.06.1946 ?
21.12.1936     commissioned, Reserve of Air Force Officers (General Duties Branch) (Class A)
21.12.1936     RAF Depot, Uxbridge, Middlesex
16.01.1937     No. 8 Flying Training School RAF (Montrose, Angus)
07.08.1937     65 (Fighter) Squadron RAF (Hornchurch, Essex)
13.09.1937     54 (Fighter) Squadron RAF (Hornchurch, Essex)
01.01.1940     No. 24 Elementary Flying Training School RAF (Belfast, Northern Ireland) (for flying instructor duties)
16.06.1941     No. 5 Elementary Flying Training School RAF (Reading, Berkshire) (for flying instructor duties) [attached to HQ No. 50 Group RAF]
07.10.1941     52 Operational Training Unit RAF (Aston Down, Gloucestershire) (supernumerary; for operational training)
18.11.1941     256 Squadron RAF (Squires Gate, Lancashire) (for flying duties)
22.12.1941     74 Squadron RAF (Llanbedr, Merionethshire, from 10.04.1942 Middle East) (for flying duties)
28.08.1942     145 Squadron RAF (Egypt) (for flying duties)
12.12.1942     244 Wing RAF (Haseiat, Egypt) (for flying instructor duties)
22.02.1943     No. 1 Middle East Training School RAF (Ballah, Egypt) (for flying instructor duties)
23.02.1943     71 Operational Training Unit RAF (Egypt) (for flying instructor duties)
21.08.1943     Rear HQ Desert Air Force (Lentini, Sicily) (supernumerary pending postig; for operational flying)
24.08.1943     145 Squadron RAF (Sicily) (for operational flying)
24.12.1943     No. 2 Base Personnel Depot RAF (Tunis) (for diposal)
22.01.1944     No. 162 Maintenance Unit RAF (Algeria) (for test pilot duties)
01.06.1944     Mediterranean Allied Air Forces, Italy (supernumerary)
07.02.1945     No. 5 Refresher Flying Unit (Perugia, Italy) (for disposal)
08.03.1945     244 Wing RAF (Bellaria, Italy) (supernumerary pending posting)
15.03.1945     92 Squadron RAF (Bellaria, Italy) (for flying duties)
21.04.1945     241 Squadron RAF (Treviso, Italy) (as Flight Commander on flying duties) (US DFC)
14.08.1945     No. 1 Mobile Operations Room Unit (Pavia D'Undine, Italy) (for embarkation operations)
18.09.1945     Commanding Officer, 111 Squadron RAF (Austria)
28.12.1945     No. 59 Personnel Transit Centre (Milan, Italy) (supernumerary pending posting to Middle East)
22.06.1946     No. 1 Release Embarkation Centre (Milan) (supernumerary pending posting to Home Establishment)
01.07.1946     No. 104 Personnel Dispersal Centre (Hednesford, Staffordshire) (for Class A release)
Optician, Gloucester.
Cannon,
Leslie William
L.W. Cannon
Son of late Capt. W.E. Cannon, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment, and of Cathleen Mary (née Jackson), of Bedford.
Married ((12?).1930, Biggleswade district, Bedfordshire) Beryl Heyworth.

09.04.1904
Colchester district, Essex
-
27.01.1986
Slough district, Berkshire
P/O 30.07.1925 [16166]
... ...
Sq.Ldr. 01.04.1937
(T) W/Cdr. 01.03.1940
W/Cdr. 20.11.1942, seniority 01.07.1941
(T) Gp.Capt. 01.03.1942
(WS) Gp.Capt. 24.06.1945
... ...
Air Vice Marshal 01.01.1953 (retd 04.11.1958)

CB, CBE, mid (4x), SSM

Education: Hertford Grammar School; RAF College, Cranwell.
1920 - 1923 RAF boy mechanic
1923 - 1925 officer cadet
      qualified at specialist engineering course
... - ... ...
25.08.1939 - 1940 Staff Officer, Directorate of Operations (Home), Air Ministry
27.05.1940     Engineering Staff Officer, HQ Bomber Command RAF
1941     Chief Technical Officer, 21 Operation Training Unit RAF
1942     Directing Staff Officer, RAF Staff College
1942     Commanding Officer, RAF Watton (No. 2 Bomber Group RAF)
19.03.1943     Deputy Senior Air Staff Officer, HQ No 83 (Composite) Group RAF
08.12.1943     Staff Officer Air Plans, HQ No 2 Group RAF
24.12.1944 - 1946 Air Officer-in-Charge of Administration, HQ No 2 Group RAF
... - ... ...
Carey,
Denis Holcombe
D.H. Carey
28.02.1899
Alverstoke, Hampshire
-
Sq.Ldr.
01.12.1936 [07003]
(T) W/Cdr.
? (retd 25.07.1943)
01.04.1918


first commission RAF



qualified at specialist armament course
Carter,
John Edward
J.E. Carter
Son of Jesse Stephen and Lucy Margaret Carter, of Herne Bay.
Husband of Vera Mason Carter (née Cooper).
(06?).1915
Herne Bay, Kent
-
22.07.1941
[age 26]
[Herne Bay Cemetery, Kent, BB.93]
(A) P/O (prob)
18.05.1937 [39711]
P/O
15.03.1938
F/O
15.10.1939
F/Lt.
15.10.1940
Mention in Despatches MID
24.09.1941
?
18.05.1937


first commission, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
08.01.1938
-
(02.1939)
97 Squadron RAF
...
-
22.07.1941
Officer Commanding, B Flight, 10 Operational Training Unit RAF
[killed when his Anson I [N5070] crashed on a night navigation exercise at around 0330 on high ground a mile or so NW of Westbury, Wilsthire; Carter had 1,065 of his 1,338 flying hours being logged on Anson trainers]
Cartmel,
Bryan Spencer
B.S. Cartmel
28.02.1899
-
05.1989
Exeter, Devon
P/O (prob)
10.01.1930 [21131]
P/O
10.01.1931
F/O
10.01.1931
F/Lt.
10.01.1937
Sq.Ldr.
?
(T) W/Cdr.
01.06.1941
(WS) W/Cdr.
23.05.1945
W/Cdr.
01.10.1946
Gp.Capt.
01.07.1950 (retd 13.08.1960)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE
< 11.1946
?
Mention in Despatches MID
17.09.1943
?
10.01.1930


first commission RAF (Stores Branch, later renamed Equipment Branch)
?
-
?
?
27.02.1956
-
(04.1956)
Senior Equipment Staff Officer, Bomber Command HQ (RAF High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire)
27.03.1963
-
30.04.1968
Flying Officer (four years + one year extension + one month extension), RAF Volunteer Reserve (Training Branch)
Cartwright-Terry,
Dudley Stuart
R. Carnie
Son of George H.C. Terry, and Rose E.X. Procter.
Married ((09?).1946, Tavistock district, Cornwall / Devon) Kathleen M. Ryder.
(03?).1920
Hartley Wintney district, Hampshire
-
Sgt. ? [591100]
(A) P/O (prob) 29.08.1941, seniority 05.08.1941 [46477]
P/O (prob) 19.09.1941
P/O 29.08.1942
(WS) F/O 19.09.1942
(T) F/Lt. 01.07.1944
F/Lt. 12.07.1946, seniority 01.09.1945
25.02.1947, seniority 01.09.1945
Sq.Ldr. 01.01.1949
W/Cdr. 01.07.1958
Gp.Capt. 01.07.1963
1936     joined RAF
29.08.1941     commissioned, RAF (Accountant Branch, later Secretarial Branch) [emergency commission]
12.07.1946     permanent commission
Carvell,
Ronald Joseph
R.J. Carvell
Married; one son.
22.04.1906
Leicester district, Leicestershire
-
?
P/O (prob) 17.07.1926 [22238]
P/O 17.07.1927
F/O 17.01.1928
F/Lt. 01.02.1932
Sq.Ldr. 01.08.1937
(T) W/Cdr. 01.06.1940
(WS) W/Cdr. 05.10.1943
W/Cdr. 01.12.1943
(T) Gp.Capt. 01.01.1944, seniority 01.07.1943
Gp.Capt. 01.07.1947 (retd 22.04.1956)
17.07.1926     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
17.07.1926     No. 2 Flying Training School RAF (Digby)
21.06.1927     4 Squadron RAF (South Farnborough)
08.06.1929     Home Aircraft Depot RAF (Henlow)
01.09.1930     permanent commission
28.07.1932     No. 3 Stores Depot RAF (Milton)
27.10.1934     28 (Army Co-operation) Squadron RAF (Ambala, India)
25.09.1936     20 (Army Co-operation) Squadron RAF (Peshawar, India)
31.03.1938     No. 8 Flying Training School (Montrose) (for engineer duties)
24.04.1940     transferred, RAF (Technical Branch)
1946 - 1949 Ministry of Supply Representative in Australia
3 years     Coastal Command HQ
(1953) - 1956 Senior Training Officer & Assistant Commandant, No. 1 School of Technical Training RAF (Halton)
Worked for Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft), Ltd. at Weybridge.
Casson,
Lionel Harwood
"Buck"
L.H. Casson

 

06.01.1915
Sheffield, Yorkshire
-
10.2003
Sheffield, Yorkshire
(A) P/O
? [91000]
P/O
06.04.1940
02.1941, seniority 03.12.1939
(WS) F/O
03.12.1940
(WS) F/Lt.
03.12.1941
F/O
03.05.1947, seniority 31.01.1947
Sq.Ldr.
02.10.1950 (transferred to reserve 02.11.1954) (reld 03.05.1957)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
16.09.1941
*
Air Force Cross AFC
01.06.1953
HM's coronation
* This officer has been engaged on operations over a long period and has destroyed two, probably destroyed four and damaged" a further two enemy aircraft. Flight Lieutenant Casson carried out many offensive patrols following the Dunkirk evacuation and later fought in the Battle of Britain. This year he has participated in a large number of offensive patrols over Northern France. His efficiency, leadership and courage have set an excellent example.



first commission, Auxiliary Air Force (General Duties Branch)



616 Squadron RAF
03.05.1947


Flying Officer, Auxiliary Air Force
02.10.1950
-
02.11.1954
Commanding Officer, 616 (South Yorkshire) Squadron RAF
Cator,
Francis Gerald
F.G. Cator
02.07.1902
Fulham, London
-
30.12.1995
Hothfield, Ashford, Kent
P/O 20.12.1922
Sq.Ldr. 01.02.1937 [16072]
Gp.Capt. 01.10.1946 (retd 24.05.1951)

CBE

Education: psa
20.12.1922     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch)
      qualified at specialist photographic course
... - ... ...
Cawte,
William John
W.J. Cawte (Photo courtesy of Mr Michael Cawte)
01.09.1904
Portsmouth district, Hampshire
-
1975
Dorset
Wt.Offr. ? [335375]
F/O (prob) 26.04.1940, seniority 15.02.1940 [43560]
F/O 26.04.1941
(T) F/Lt. 01.12.1941
(WS) F/Lt. 25.09.1943
(T) Sq.Ldr. 01.07.1943-01.11.1947, seniority 01.03.1942
F/Lt. 03.10.1946, seniority 01.03.1945 (retd 03.10.1953; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
26.04.1940     commissioned, RAF (Technical Branch) (Armament Officer) [emergency commission]
03.10.1946     extended service commission
Cawthorne,
Charles Alfred
C.A. Cawthorne (Photo courtesy of Mr Pierre van Dalen)
Son of ... Cawthorne, and ... Bennett.
22.02.1924
Hackney district, Greater London / London / Middlesex
-
1997 still alive
Sgt. ? [577064]
F/Sgt. ?
P/O (prob) 11.05.1944 [54753]
P/O 11.11.1944
(WS) F/O 11.11.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 11.05.1946
F/O 10.10.1946, seniority 11.05.1945
F/Lt. 11.11.1947
Sq.Ldr. 01.01.1959
W/Cdr. 01.01.1967 (retd 04.07.1974; own request)
Distinguished Flying Medal DFM 19.10.1943 ?
(1943)     467 (RAAF) Squadron
11.05.1944     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1944)     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; P/O Cawthorne evaded capture]
10.10.1946     extended service commission
07.09.1948     permanent commission
06.06.1950     transferred, RAF (Technical Branch)
CEng, MRAeS, MIMgt
Chaloner Lindsey,
Patrick
P. Chaloner Lindsey
Son of The Revd. Charles Chaloner Lindsey, OBE, and May Lindsey, of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
16.07.1920
Daresbury Cheshire
-
26.07.1940
(KIA) [age 20]
[Wimereux Communal Cemetery, France, 7.B.4]
(A) P/O (prob)
20.08.1938 [41036]
P/O
27.06.1939
Letter of Appreciation from the Air Council LoA
1939?
mid-air collision 17.08.39
Education: St John's School, Leatherhead (1934-1937; member of the Officer Training Corps)
27.06.1938
-
19.08.1938
ab initio course, No. 1 Elementary & Reserve Flying Training School, RAF (Hatfield)
20.08.1938
-
02.09.1938
first commission, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission] (disciplinary course, No. 1 Depot, RAF (Uxbridge))
03.09.1938
-
14.04.1939
No. 2 Flying Training School, RAF (Brize Norton) (got his wings 12.12.1938)
15.04.1939
-
17.08.1939
staff pilot, No. 2 Air Observers School RAF (17.08.1939 pilot of one of three aircraft involved in a mid-air collision near Berwick-on-Tweed, after which he landed the aircraft safely)
17.08.1939
-
21.02.1940
Berwick infirmary, transferred to the RAF hospital at Halton on 23.10.1939 and went to convalescence at Torquay five days later
22.02.1940
-
11.03.1940
No. 1 Depot RAF (Uxbridge) (temporary administrative duties)
12.03.1940
-
22.03.1940
29 Squadron RAF (Debden)
23.03.1940
-
19.04.1940
5 Operational Training Unit RAF (Aston Down)
20.04.1940
-
26.07.1940
pilot, 601 Squadron RAF (Tangmere)
(11.07.1940 claimed a Bf 110 destroyed)
[while on patrol in his Hurricane I [P2753 'T'] shot down by a Me 109 of Oberleutnant Dobislav of III./Jagdgeschwader 27 two miles off St Catherine's Point; his body later washed up on the French coast]
Chamberlain,
George Philip
G.P. Chamberlain
Son of G.A.R. Chamberlain, MA, FLAS, FRICS, Enville, Staffordshire.
Married (1930) Alfreda Rosamond Kedward; one son, one daughter.

18.08.1905
Enville, Wolverhampton district, Staffordshire
-
02.11.1995
Stanmore, Brent district, Middlesex
P/O 30.07.1925 [16168]
Sq.Ldr. 01.02.1937
Air Vice Marshal 01.07.1955 (retd 25.09.1960)

CB, OBE

Education: Denstone College; Royal Air Force College, Cranwell; psa.
30.07.1925     commissioned RAF; qualified at specialist signals course
... - ... ...
      on loan to Min. of Civil Aviation, 1947-48; Imperial Defence Coll., 1949; AOA 205 Group, MEAF, 1950; AOC Transport Wing, MEAF, 1951-52; Commandant, RAF Staff Coll., Andover, 1953-54; AO i c A, HQ Fighter Command, 1954-57; Dep. Controller of Electronics, Min. of Supply, 1957-59, Min. of Aviation, 1959-60
Managing Director, Collins Radio Co. of England, 1961-66, non­executive director, 1967-75.
Chandler,
Louis James
L.J. Chandler
?
-
Sq.Ldr.
01.07.1932 [?]
  MBE
?
?



qualified at specialist signals course



observer officer
Chapman,
Cyril
C. Chapman
12.10.1893
-
Sq.Ldr.
01.04.1934 [03178] (retd 16.05.1938)
(T) W/Cdr.
?
  DSC
?
?
01.04.1918


first commission RAF
25.08.1939
-
10.04.1946
recalled to active service
Chatfield,
Ivor Lewis Saer
I.L.S. Chatfield (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
(03?).1907
Portsmouth district, Hampshire

-
01.06.1963
Chichester, Sussex
F/Sgt. ? [362860]
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941, seniority 08.07.1941 [46358]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAF (Technical Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Cheatle,
George Anthony Lenthall
G.A.L. Cheatle
Son of ... Cheatle, and ... Jopp.
29.01.1913
St Marylebone district, Greater London / London
-
03.1987
Haywards Heath district, West Sussex
(A) P/O (prob)
16.04.1935  [37155]
P/O
16.04.1936
F/O
16.10.1937
F/Lt.
16.10.1939
(T) Sq.Ldr.
01.12.1940
(T) W/Cdr.
01.03.1942
(WS) W/Cdr.
01.10.1945 (Emgcy List) (reld 27.01.1958; retaining rank of Gp.Capt.)
Mention in Despatches MID
11.06.1942
?
Mention in Despatches MID
01.01.1945
?
16.04.1935


first commission RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
15.10.1936
-
02.04.1941
served in India:
09.02.1938
-
(10.1940)
Personal Assistant to Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Air Forces in India (Air Marshal Sir Philip B. Joubert de la Ferté) 



trained and flew Spitfires and served in various locations in the UK such as, Biggin Hill, Wittering, Stamford, Fowimere
16.04.1946
 
 
transferred to reserve (and called up for Air Force service)
Cheshire,
Geoffrey Leonard;
Baron created 17.07.1991 (Life Peer), of Woodhall in the county of Lincolnshire
G.L. Cheshire


Son of late Geoffrey Chevalier Cheshire, DCL, FBA, and Primrose Barstow; married 1st, 1941, Constance Binney (marr. diss.); married 2nd, 1959, (Margaret) Susan Ryder (later Baroness Ryder of Warsaw); one son one daughter.
07.09.1917
Chester
-
31.07.1992
Cavendish,
Suffolk
P/O (RAFVR)
16.11.1937 [72021]
P/O (RAF)
07.01.1938
F/O
07.04.1940, seniority 07.01.1940
(WS) F/Lt.
07.04.1941, seniority 07.01.1941
F/Lt.
01.03.1942
Sq.Ldr.
1942?
(A) W/Cdr.
?
(A) Gp.Capt.
03.1943 (retd 22.01.1946; on account of medical unfitness for Air Force service)
(WS) W/Cdr.
30.09.1943 [reverted to this rank for operational flying]
Victoria Cross VC
08.09.1944
*
Order of Merit OM
06.02.1981
?
Distinguished Service Order DSO
06.12.1940

gallantry displayed in flying operations against the enemy

Distinguished Service Order DSO
1941
?
Distinguished Service Order DSO
20.04.1943
?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
07.03.1941
?
Mention in Despatches MID
17.03.1941
?
 
Education: Stowe School; Merton College, Oxford University (2nd Class Honours School of Jurisprudence, 1939)
1936


Oxford University Air Squadron
16.11.1937


joined RAFVR, General Duties Branch
07.10.1939


permanent commission RAF, General Duties Branch



trained Hullavington
1940
-
1945
served Bomber Command:
06.1940
-
1941
102 Squadron
1941


35 Squadron
08.1942
-
03.1943
CO 76 Squadron
03.1943


CO RAF Station, Marston Moor
11.1943
-
07.1944
CO 617 Squadron (Dambusters)
1944


attached Eastern Air Command, South­East Asia
1945


British Joint Staff Mission, Washington
15.08.1945


official British observer at dropping of Atomic Bomb on Nagasaki
Founder of Cheshire Foundation Homes (270 Homes in 50 countries); Co-founder of Ryder Cheshire Mission for the Relief of Suffering; Founder Chairman, Memorial Fund for Disaster Relief, 1989-; President, SPARKS. Member: Pathfinders Association; Air Crew Association. President, British Society of the Turin Shroud. Hon. LLD: Liverpool, 1973; Manchester Polytechnic, 1979; Nottingham, 1981; Birmingham, 1986; Hon. DCL: Oxon, 1984; Kent, 1986. Variety Club Humanitarian Award (jointly with wife), 1975.
Published: Bomber pilot (1943); Pilgrimage to the shroud (1956); The face of victory (1961); The hidden world (1981); The light of many suns (1985); Where is God in all this? (1991).
Literature: Russell Braddon, Cheshire, VC : a study of war and peace (1954); Andrew Boyle, No passing glory : the full and authentic biography of Group Captain Cheshire, V.C., D.S.O., D.F.C. (1955); W.W. Russell, New lives for old (1963); Richard Morris, Cheshire : the biography of Leonard Cheshire VC, OM (2000).
* This officer began his operational career in June, 1940. Against strongly-defended targets he soon displayed the courage and determination of an exceptional leader. He was always ready to accept extra risks to ensure success. Defying the formidable Ruhr defences, he frequently released his bombs from below 2,000 feet. Over Cologne in November, 1940, a shell burst inside his aircraft, blowing out one side and starting a fire; undeterred, he went on to bomb his target. About this time, he carried out a number of convoy, patrols in addition to his bombing missions. At the end of his first tour of operational duty in January, 1941, he immediately volunteered for a second. Again, he pressed home his attacks with the utmost gallantry. Berlin, Bremen, Cologne, Duisberg, Essen and Kiel were among the heavily-defended targets which he attacked. When he was posted for  instructional duties in January, 1942, he undertook four more operational missions. He started a third operational tour in August, 1942, when he was given command of a squadron. He led the squadron with outstanding skill on a number of missions, before being appointed in March, 1943, as a station commander. In October, 1943, he undertook a fourth operational tour, relinquishing the rank of Group Captain at his own request so that he could again take part in operations. He immediately set to work as the pioneer of a new method of marking enemy targets involving very low flying. In June, 1944, when marking a target in the harbour at Le Havre in broad daylight and without cloud cover, he dived well below the range of the light batteries before releasing his markerbombs, and he came very near to being destroyed by the strong barrage which concentrated on him. During his fourth tour which ended in July, 1944, Wing Commander Cheshire led his squadron personally on every occasion, always undertaking the most dangerous and difficult task of marking the target alone from a low level in the face of strong defences. Wing Commander Cheshire's cold and calculated acceptance of risks is exemplified by his conduct in an. attack on Munich in April, 1944. This was an experimental attack to test out the new method of target marking at low level against a heavily-defended target situated deep in Reich territory. Munich was selected, at Wing Commander Cheshire's request, because of the formidable nature of its light anti-aircraft and searchlight defences. He was obliged to follow, in bad weather, a direct route which took him over the defences of Augsburg and thereafter he was continuously under fire. As he reached the target, flares were .being released by our high-flying aircraft. He was illuminated from above and below. All guns within range opened fire on him. Diving to 700 feet, he dropped his markers with great precision and began to climb away. So blinding were the searchlights that he almost lost control. He then flew over the city at 1,000 feet to assess the accuracy of his work and direct other aircraft. His own was badly hit by shell fragments but he continued to fly over the target area until he was satisfied that, he had done all in his power to ensure success. Eventually, when he set course for base, the task of disengaging himself from the defences proved even more hazardous than the approach., For a full twelve minutes after leaving the target'area he was under withering fire but he came safely through.
Wing Commander Cheshire has now completed a total of 100 missions. In four years of fighting against the bitterest opposition he has maintained a record of outstanding personal achievement, placing himself invariably in the forefront of the battle. What he did in the Munich operation was typical of the careful planning, brilliant, execution and contempt for danger which has established for Wing Commander Cheshire a reputation second to none in Bomber Command.
Chichester,
Patrick George
P.G. Chichester
18.03.1901
Barnstaple, Devon
-
Sq.Ldr.
01.02.1937 [17241]
W/Cdr.
?
(T) Gp.Capt.
01.07.1943 (retd 15.09.1947)
14.07.1923


commissioned
       
Child,
John
J. Child
Younger son of Dr. Noel Child, and Elspeth Child (later Guilfoyle), of Shackerley Hall, Albrighton, Wolverhampton.
14.06.1918
-
03.09.1948
[burial from RAF Turnhouse, Edinburgh, locality Musselburgh]
P/O 29.07.1939 [33435]
F/O 03.09.1940
(WS) F/Lt. 03.09.1941
F/Lt. 21.05.1946, seniority 29.01.1943
(T) Sq.Ldr. 03.12.1946, seniority 01.07.1944
Sq.Ldr. 01.10.1946
25.02.1947, seniority 01.06.1945
Education: RAF College, Cranwell.
29.07.1939     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch)
? - ? ?
08.1948 - 03.09.1948 Commanding Officer, 612 Squadron RAF (Dyce)
[
Killed in a flying accident in Spitfire FR14 TP240 that crashed near Holmside, Co. Durham. The pilot, who was out of current flying practice and had no instrument flying rating, entered cu-nim cloud whilst flying in formation at 6500 feet. He lost control of the aircraft and it dived steeply into the ground.]
Churchman,
Allan Robert
A.R. Churchman (Imperial War Museum © IWM (A 29830))

02.01.1896
-
13.01.1970
... ...
(T) A/Cdre. 01.06.1943, seniority 01.11.1942
      for details see: RAFweb.org
Clark,
Hubert Percival
"Bert"
H.P. Clark (Photo courtesy of Mr Brian Deacon)
1918
Moose Jaw, Manitoba, Canada
-
(A) P/O (prob)
13.05.1939 [42106]
P/O (prob)
06.11.1939
P/O
13.03.1940
(WS) F/O
06.11.1940
(WS) F/Lt.
06.11.1941
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
22.11.1940
*
* This pilot has successfully carried out 168 hours operational flying. He has always displayed the utmost coolness and determination in pressing home his attacks. Some of the missions undertaken have been of an arduous nature and under adverse weather conditions. This officer was reported missing on 14th August 1940, and according to the German broadcast, on the night of 18th/19th August 1940, he was reported a Prisoner of War.
Education: in Brandon and Forest, Manitoba
13.05.1939


first commission, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
?
-
14.08.1940
pilot, 44 Squadron RAF
[His Hampden I [P2077 KM-] had taken off 13.08.1940 from Waddington for an operation against Bernburg. Hit by Flak and crashed to the south of Oosthuizen (Noord-Holland, The Netherlands), 18 km ESE of Alkmaar. Captured.]
14.08.1940
-
1945?
POW (# 157) in German captivity at Stalag Luft III
13.11.1945


transferred to reserve (dated 13.03.1943) and called up for Air Force service
Clarkson,
Bertrand David
B.D. Clarkson (Photo courtesy of Mr Matthew J. Moore)
B.D. Clarkson (Photo courtesy of Mr Matthew J. Moore)
Son of Hugh Ken and Margaret Thomlin Clarkson, of Edinburgh.
His brother, Lt. Alastair Duncan Clarkson, also died on service.
1921 ?
-
23.08.1940
(DOW) [age 19]
[Edinburgh (Piershill) Cemetery, section J, grave 989]
(A) P/O (prob)
02.09.1939 [42677]
P/O (prob)
27.04.1940
02.09.1939


commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
?
-
23.08.1940
pilot, 224 Squadron RAF (Coastal Command)
[the Hudson I N7244 QX, after having taken off at 12.15 hrs at Leuchars, crashed into a river near Leuchars due to unknown causes; Clarkson died of injuries in St Andrews Cottage Hospital]
Clay,
Ralph Arden
R.A. Clay (Photo courtsey of Robin Clay)
Lived at Albury, Surrey.
Married
(02.08.1950, Compton, Surrey) Maj. Diana Bridget Negus, WRAC.
18.04.1908
Burton upon Trent
-
04.01.2006
North Cheriton, Somerset
P/O
20.10.1934 [90301]
F/O
10.08.1936
F/Lt.
12.03.1940
(T) Sq.Ldr.
01.06.1941
(WS) Sq.Ldr.
01.09.1942 (reld 12.01.1948; retaining the rank of W/Cdr.)
(T) W/Cdr.
01.03.1942
Mention in Despatches MID
01.01.1945
?
20.10.1934


first commission, Auxiliary Air Force (General Duties Branch): 608 (North Riding) (Bomber) Squadron AuxAF



served at Gibraltar, then Malta, then to Egypt, then to "the Middle East", where he was involved in the setting up an establishment to re-assemble aircraft sent out in crates
13.06.1942


transferred, Technical Branch
Associate Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (A.M.I.E.E.); Associate Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (A.M.I.Mech.E.). Emigrated to Northern Rhodesia, employed by Rhokana Corporation (part of Anglo American Mining Corp, Southern Africa) as an electric / mechanical engineer, employed on the design of underground pumping stations for the copper mines.
Clayton,
[Sir] Gareth Thomas Butler
G.T.B. Clayton
Son of Thomas and Katherine Clayton.
Married (1938) Elisabeth Marian Keates (died 1990); three daughters.

13.11.1914
-
05.02.1992
Polstead, nr Colchester, Essex
(A) P/O (prob)
09.03.1936 [37624]
...
...
(T) W/Cdr.
01.07.1943
...
...
Air Marshal
01.07.1969 (retd 10.06.1972)
Education: Rossall School

 
 
for details see: RAFweb.org
Clifford,
George Richard Melville
G.R.M. Clifford
Eldest son of the Rev. Richard Frederick Martin Clifford (1874-?), and Frances Georgina Martin (1874-?).
Married 1st (1930) Dorothy Gordon Black (12.09.1906-23.01.1962), daughter of William Black; three daughters.
Married 2nd (04.1963) Daphne Speechly.
14.03.1903
-
31.03.1971
Maidenhead, Berkshire
P/O 15.08.1928 [16091]
Sq.Ldr. 01.12.1936
W/Cdr. 01.01.1940 (retd 14.03.1953; retaining rank of Gp.Capt.)
(T) Gp.Capt. 01.12.1941
15.08.1928     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch)
       
Clift,
Victor Hugh
V.H. Clift
28.05.1897
Stoke Damerel, Devon
-
P/O
01.04.1918 [15130]
F/O
17.08.1921
F/Lt.
?
Sq.Ldr.
01.10.1937
(T) W/Cdr.
01.06.1940
(WS) W/Cdr.
03.01.1942 (retd 11.02.1947; retaining rank of Gp.Capt.)
Mention in Despatches MID
01.01.1941
?
01.04.1918


first commission RAF (General Duties Branch)
17.08.1921


short service commission
(1923)


267 Squadron RAF
26.11.1924


permanent commission
...
-
...
...
Coaker,
Charles Francis Carey
C.F.C. Coaker
Son of Dr. F.W.J. Coaker, of Battlefield, Bromsgrove.
Married ((06?).1933, St George Hanover Square district, London) Audrey A. Mulroney.
(03?).1903
Bromsgrove district
-
(03?).1954
Bristol district, Gloucestershire
P/O 26.09.1925, seniority 26.09.1924 [05119]
F/O 26.03.1926
F/Lt. 14.05.1930
Sq.Ldr. 01.04.1937 (retd 29.01.1947; medical unfitness; retaining the rank of W/Cdr.)
(T) W/Cdr. 01.03.1940
26.09.1925     permanent commission RAF (General Duties Branch)
      qualified at a specialist course in engineering
24.04.1940     tranferred to Technical Branch
07.04.1942     transferred to General Duties Branch
29.06.1944     tranferred to Technical Branch
(1945)     stationed at Pershore, Worcestershire
Cocks,
Adrian Harry William James
A.H.W.J. Cocks
07.11.1904
Devonport, Devon
-
12.1986
West Super Mare, Somerset
Sq.Ldr.
01.04.1937 [16149]



qualified at specialist signals course; additionally qualified at university course in electrical engineering and wireless telegraphy
Cochrane,
Sir Ralph Alexander
R.A. Cochrane
24.02.1895
Springfield, Fife
-
17.12.1977
Burford,
Oxfordshire
(A) Air Marshal
15.02.1944



for details, see: www.rafweb.org & the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography
Coe,
Richard
R. Coe
Son of Walter John and Kate Coe.
Husband of Hazel Pauline Coe, of Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada.
1912 ?
Winfield, British Columbia, Canada
-
10.01.1940
(KIA} [age 28]
[Kirkby Wharfe (St John the Baptist) Churchyard Extension, Yorkshire, A.4]
(A) P/O (prob)
21.12.1936 [39273]
P/O
12.10.1937
F/O
12.04.1939
21.12.1936


first commission, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
09.1939
-
11.1939
pilot, 56 Squadron RAF (North Weald)
11.1939
-
10.01.1940
pilot, 242 Squadron RAF (Church Fenton)
[killed when the Hurricane he was ferrying from St. Athan (South Wales) to Turnhill crashed during a storm while attempting to force land at Appleton (near Warrington, Lancashire)]
Coggle,
Cyril Kenneth Joseph
C.K.J. Coggle
Married ((12?).1927, Nottingham district, Nottinghamshire) Phylis M.M. Anstey.
28.05.1903
Ilkeston, Basford district, Derbyshire
-
(03?).1960
Basford district, Nottinghamshire
Sq.Ldr. 01.04.1937 [16092]
       
Cohu,
John Messurier
J.M. Cohu
29.04.1904
-
05.2003
South Hams, Hampshire
P/O 15.03.1924 [18205]
Sq.Ldr. 01.02.1937
A/Cdre. 01.01.1950 (retd 10.05.1957; retaining rank of Air Vice Marshal)

CBE

Education: psa
15.03.1924     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch)
      qualified at a specialist course in engineering
Cole,
Robert Arthur Alexander
R.A.A. Cole
?
-
Sq.Ldr.
01.02.1937 [17158]
       
Collingwood,
Cuthbert John
C.J. Collingwood
12.01.1901
Alnwick, Northumberland
-
01.1996
Northumberland North First
P/O 21.12.1920 [16003]
Sq.Ldr. 01.04.1936
W/Cdr. 01.04.1941
(A) Gp.Capt. ? (retd 28.04.1948)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE
?
?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
?
?
Education: psa.
21.12.1920     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch)
       
Collins,
William Edwin
W.E. Collins (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
?
-
F/Sgt. ? [364796]
(A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941, seniority 15.07.1941 [46362]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
15.08.1941     commissioned, RAF (Technical Branch) [emergency commission]
Colquhoun,
James Woods
J.W. Colquhoun
20.03.1904
Kensington, London, Middlesex
-
05.1985
Wallingford, Berkshire
Sq.Ldr.
01.12.1936 [17242]
Education: psa



qualified at a specialist course in engineering
Combe,
Andrew Nicholson
A.N. Combe A.N. Combe
A.N. Combe
Younger son of Robert George Nicholson Combe, MA, LLM (c. 1879-1941), barrister-at-law, and Hilda Ada Engelhardt (1880-1973), of Blakeney, Norfolk.
Engaged (03.1937; cancelled 09.1937) Valerie Lockhart, younger daughter of Capt. & Mrs Ian Lockhart, of Kingswode Hoe, Colchester, Essex.
Married (13.05.1939, Christ Church, Kensington, London; divorced 1953) Eileen Marion Jessop (26.08.1917-13.12.2006), elder daughter of the late Mr & Mrs A.W. Jessop, of Alexandria, Egypt; one son, four daughters.
07.07.1911
Kensington, London
-
03.1978
Cromer, North Walsham district, Norfolk
P/O 23.07.1932 [26258]
F/O 23.01.1934
F/Lt. 01.10.1936
Sq.Ldr. 01.04.1939
(A) W/Cdr. 1940?
(T) W/Cdr. 01.03.1941
(WS) W/Cdr. 06.12.1943
W/Cdr. 01.10.1946 (retd 29.09.1957; retaining rank of Gp.Capt.)
(T) Gp.Capt. 01.07.1944-01.11.1947
Air Force Cross AFC 28.04.1939 for his participation in the RAF long distance record flight between Egypt & Australia 11.1938, in Vickers Wellesley aircraft [for which he also got the FAI - De La Vaulx Medal of the Royal Aero Club]
Bronze Star Medal (USA) BSM 15.03.1946 ?
Education: RAF College, Cranwell (winner of Sword of Honour and J.A. Chance Memorial Prize); qualified at specialist armaments course, Air Armamament School, Eastchurch (06.01.1936-02.1937).
23.07.1932     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch)
23.07.1932     RAF Base, Calshot
05.03.1934     203 (FB) Squadron RAF (Basrah, Iraq)
? - 28.06.1940 71 Wing RAF
29.06.1940 - 02.02.1941 Commanding Officer, 218 (Gold Coast) Squadron RAF (Mildenhall)
      posted to the United States
c. 1953     Officer-in-Charge of Administration, RAF Station Habbaniya (Iraq)
Chief Planning Engineer for Aeropleen Ltd, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, 1960.
Coningham,
Sir Arthur
A. Coningham
A. Coningham
A. Coningham
A. Coningham
A. Coningham A. Coningham
19.01.1895
Brisbane, Australia
-
30.01.1948
plane crash north-east of Bermuda
...
...
Air Marshal
1946 (retd 1947)
KCB, 1942; KBE, 1946; CB 1941; DSO 1917; MC; DFC; AFC
...
-
...
...
03.07.1939


Air Officer Commanding, No. 4 Group RAF (Bomber Command (CB))
30.07.1941


Air Officer Commanding, No. 204 Group RAF
21.10.1941


Air Officer Commanding, AHQ Western Desert (worked with 8th Army in North Africa (KCB))
01.03.1943


Air Officer Commanding, 1st Tactical Air Force (French North Africa & operations, Sicily and Italy)
21.01.1944
-
1945
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, 2nd Tactical Air Force (NW Europe)
06.10.1945
-
1947
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Flying Training Command
Literature: Vincent Orange, Coningham : a biography of Air Marshal Sir Arthur Coningham, KCB, KBE, DSO, MC, DFC, AFC (1990)
Constable-Maxwell,
Michael Hugh
M.H. Constable-Maxwell
Seventh son out of 13 children of Hon. Bernard Constable-Maxwell, fourth son of the 10th Lord Herries, and Alice Mary Charlotte Fraser, second daughter of the 13th Lord Lovat.
Married (20.01.1962) Susan Joan Davies; two sons.

03.06.1917
Beauly, Inverness-shire, Scotland
-
15.08.2000
P/O
07.10.1939, seniority 07.07.1938 [36219]
F/O
07.04.1940, seniority 07.01.1940
(WS) F/Lt.
07.04.1941, seniority 07.01.1941
(T) Sq.Ldr.
01.03.1942
Sq.Ldr.
20.11.1942, seniority 01.03.1942 (retd 14.04.1949; retaining rank of W/Cdr.)
(A) W/Cdr.
?
Sq.Ldr.
01.11.1952, seniority 18.09.1946
W/Cdr.
01.01.1955 (retd 03.06.1964)
Distinguished Service Order DSO
22.09.1944
*
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
18.05.1943
**
Mention in Despatches MID
11.02.1947
SE Asia
* Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross this officer has completed many sorties. As commander of his squadron his high courage and sense of duty have been a great inspiration to all those under his command. His consistent 1 good work has produced a high standard of efficiency in the squadron, which has destroyed numerous enemy aircraft during operations in Normandy.
** This officer has a fine operational record. He fought in the Battle of Britain, destroying 1 and
probably destroying another enemy aircraft. Since the beginning of 1943, he has taken part in many operations. In attacks on the enemy's lines of communication he has damaged a number of locomotives. In February, 1943, he pressed home an attack on a power station, causing much destruction. Squadron Leader Constable-Maxwell has displayed great skill and inspiring leadership.
Education: Ampleforth; Hertford College, Oxford (MA)
07.10.1939


commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [permanent commission]
01.1940
-
01.1941
56 Squadron RAF (North Weald)
01.1941
-
10.1941
flying instructor
10.1941
-
08.1942
604 (County of Middlesex) Squadron RAuxAF
08.1942
-
12.1942
54 Operational Training Unit RAF
12.1942
-
04.1943
Flight commander, 264 Squadron RAF
04.1943
-
07.1944
Commanding Officer, 604 (County of Middlesex) Squadron RAuxAF
07.1944
-
(12?).1944
fighter staff and training duties
(12?).1944
-
1945?
Commanding Officer, 84 Squadron RAF (Charra, Bengal)
1945?
-
1947?
Commanding Officer, 60 Squadron RAF (Malaya & Java)
Entered Ampleforth Abbey as a novice monk, Brother Paul, and for short periods taught in the school, 1949-1951.
07.10.1951
-
01.11.1952
Flying Officer, RAFVR (Training Branch)
01.11.1952


resumed permanent commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)



Commanding Officer, 23 Squadron RAF
1956
-
1958
Commanding Officer, Oxford University Air Squadron
1958
-
03.1960
Central Fighter Establishment
03.1960
-
09.1960
commander of Gan, an RAF staging post in the Indian Ocean
?
-
1964
posting in Scottish Command
Joined Robert Stuart, the family business (contractor to various aircraft companies), being Chairman at the time of his death.
Literature: Alex Revell, The vivid air : Gerald and Michael Constable Maxwell, fighter pilots in both world wars (1978)
Cooke,
Charles Alfred
C.A. Cooke

?
-
Sgt.
? [580219]
P/O (prob)
01.04.1940 [43634]
P/O
?
(WS) F/O (prob)
05.01.1941
F/O
01.04.1941
(WS) F/Lt.
05.01.1942
F/Lt.
01.01.1947, seniority 01.09.1945
(A) Sq.Ldr.
(1942)
Sq.Ldr.
01.11.1947, seniority 01.08.1947 (retd 11.07.1958)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
13.10.1942
*
* This officer has been engaged on operational flying since the war began and has completed many sorties. He fought in the Battle of Britain and, on one occasion, he participated in an engagement against a very large force of enemy fighters and bombers. During.the battle, he probably destroyed several fighters before his own aircraft was so badly damaged that he was forced to leave it by parachute. One night in July, 1942, he skilfully intercepted a Junkers 88 and destroyed it. This officer has always displayed fine fighting qualities.
01.04.1940


commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(09.1940)


66 Squadron RAF
[Baled out of his Spitfire I (R6689) on 04.09.1940 at 13:40hrs. He was slightly wounded and had been attacked by a Bf 109 over Ashford, Kent.]
(1942)
 
 
264 Squadron RAF
01.01.1947
 
 
commissioned, RAF (Secretarial Branch) [extended service commission]
15.04.1948
 
 
commissioned, RAF (Secretarial Branch) [permanent commission]
Coole,
Arthur Morris
A.M. Coole

24.07.1909
-
1996 still alive
F/Sgt.
? [365680]
(A) P/O (prob)
30.05.1941, seniority 20.03.1941 [45863]
P/O (prob)
02.08.1941
P/O
30.05.1942
(WS) F/O
02.08.1942, seniority 23.05.1942
(WS) F/Lt.
21.11.1943
(T) F/Lt.
03.12.1946, seniority 01.01.1944
F/Lt.
05.06.1947, seniority 01.09.1945 (retd 04.08.1958; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
30.05.1941


first commission, RAF (Technical Branch) [emergency commission]
05.06.1947
 
 
extended service commission
05.04.1952


permanent commission
Cooper,
Rowland
R. Costa
?
-
Sq.Ldr.
01.12.1936 [16189]
Education: psa



qualified at a specialist course in engineering; additionally qualified at university course in engineering
Cooper,
William Charles
W.C. Cooper W.C. Cooper
Son of Charles Edward Cooper, of Falmouth, Cornwall.
Married (1928) Gweneth Barnes Hughes, daughter of Dr. Barnes Hughes.
03.07.1906
Nottingham district, nottinghamshire
-
10.1984
Newark district, Nottinghamshire
P/O
11.12.1926 [16241]
F/O
11.06.1928
F/Lt.
01.04.1932
Sq.Ldr.
01.07.1938
(T) W/Cdr.
01.12.1940
(WS) W/Cdr.
09.04.1943
(T) Gp.Capt.
01.07.1943
Gp.Capt.
? (retd 01.10.1946; retaining rank of A/Cdre.)
(T) A/Cdre.
01.01.1946
Commander of the Order of the British Empire CBE
13.06.1946
HM's birthday 46
Education: Falmouth Grammar School; RAF Cadet College, Cranwell (Air Ministry prize in humanistic subjects); St Catherine's College, Cambridge University (BA 1933, MA 1945).
1922
 
 
joined RAF as a Boy Mechanic
11.12.1926


commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch)
11.12.1926
 
 
9 Squadron RAF (Manston)
26.07.1930
 
 
Electrical and Wireless School, Cranwell
30.07.1931
 
 
Cambridge University Air Squadron
25.07.1933
 
 
13 (A.C.) Squadron RAF (Netheravon)
30.08.1935
 
 
HQ RAF Iraq (Hinaidi)
27.07.1937
 
 
No. 1 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit, Biggin Hill
24.04.1940
 
 
transferred, RAF (Technical Branch)
(10.1940)
 
 
attached for special duty, Royal Aircraft Establishment (South Farnborough, Hampshire) 
1943
-
1945
Deputy Director of Communications Development, Ministry of Aircraft Production
1945
-
1946
Director of Communications Development, Ministry of Supply
Factory manager of Ericsson Telephones Ltd. of Beeston, Nottinghamshire. MIEE. MBRIE. Chairman and managing director, Manlove Alliott and Company, Engineers, 1956-1964.
Costa,
Rowland
R. Costa
?
-
Sq.Ldr.
01.12.1936 [16189]
Education: psa



qualified at a specialist course in engineering; additionally qualified at university course in engineering
Costin,
William Alexander
W.A. Costin (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
17.01.1907
-
(12?).1973
Preston district, Lancashire
Wt.Offr. ? [370014]
F/O (prob) 18.07.1941, seniority 28.04.1941 [46198]
(WS) F/O ?
F/Lt. RAF 01.09.1945 (reverted to retd 01.10.1952)
? - 07.1941 No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAF (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
?     RAF (Equipment Branch)
Cousins,
Arthur Robert
A.R. Cousins
Only son (with one sister) of Lt.Col. Arthur George Cousins, CBE (1882-1949), and Kate Riches, of Henley-on-Thames.
Married (16.04.1936, Bix Church, Henley-on-Thames) Iris Mary Formby (1914 - ), only child of Rev. Dr. Charles Wykeham Formby, and Doris Marjorie Woodhouse, of Henley-on-Thames; one son.
09.01.1911
Finchley, Middlesex
-
12.1990
Cirencester district, Gloucestershire
(A) P/O (prob) 31.08.1939 [91104]
P/O 02.12.1939
(WS) F/O 02.12.1940
F/Lt. 02.12.1941 (retd 09.01.1956; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
(A) Sq.Ldr. (1945)
Commendation Comdn 07.09.1945 for valuable service in the air
Journalist. Gained aviator's certificate (No. 9928) on a D.H. Moth 60 X. 75 h.p. Cirrus II, taken at Reading Aero Club, 30.06.1931.
31.08.1939     commissioned, 500 (County of Kent) Squadron, AuxAF (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Cowan,
Neville Lawrence Roy
N.L.R. Cowan
27.12.1919
Hastings, New Zealand
-
1985
P/O 20.07.1940 [44229]
(WS) F/O 20.07.1941
(WS) F/Lt. 20.07.1942 (reld 21.07.1945; on appointment to RNZAF)
F/O 18.10.1947, seniority 01.09.1945
(WS) F/Lt. 18.10.1947, seniority 20.02.1944
F/Lt. 29.10.1948
Sq.Ldr. 01.07.1953 (retd 11.02.1959)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 07.04.1942 ?
Mention in Despatches MID 04.05.1954 Malaya
Accountant.
20.07.1940     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
(1942)     148 Squadron RAF (DFC)
20.07.1945     transferred to reserve (and called up for air force service)
18.10.1947     extended service commission
29.10.1948     permanent commission
Cozens,
Henry Iliffe
H.I. Cozens
13.05.1904
Lewisham, Greater London, Kent
-
21.06.1995
Banbury, Oxfordshire
Sq.Ldr. 01.12.1936 [17205]
A/Cdre. ?
? CB ? ?
Air Force Cross AFC
?
?
Education: psa



qualified at a specialist course in engineering; additionally qualified at university course in engineering
Craig,
George Dudley
G.D. Craig G.D. Craig
G.D. Craig G.D. Craig
G.D. Craig  

13.09.1914
Bangkok, Thailand
-
1974
P/O
28.05.1937 [90285]
F/O
28.11.1938
F/Lt.
03.09.1940 (reld 27.07.1947; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
A/Sq.Ldr.
?
F/O
27.07.1947, seniority 30.05.1947
F/Lt.
06.02.1950
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE
26.07.1946
distinguished service while POW *
Mention in Despatches MID
28.12.1945
distinguished service while POW
* Squadron Leader Craig was captured in November 1941, and imprisoned in various camps in Germany. In 1942 he attempted to walk out of the camp at Stalag Luft III, disguised as a German guard, but was unsuccessful. Whilst at Oflag XXIB Squadron Leader Craig took part in a tunnel break in which 36 officers escaped. With a companion he walked south towards Gneisen, but was recaptured 3 days later by Mihtary Police. Throughout his imprisonment Squadron Leader Craig devoted his energy and ability to escaping and intelligence activities.
Education: Winchester College and Pembroke College, Cambridge (BA Law 1936; MA 1940)
Practised in a solicitors’ office.
28.05.1937
 
 
commissioned, AuxAF (General Duties Branch) (mobilized 24.08.1939)
28.05.1937
-
1940
607 (County of Durham) Squadron, AuxAF (Usworth, nr Sunderland, from 10.09.1939 Acklington, Northumberland, from 15.11.1939 Vitry-en-Artois (France), from 22.05.1940 Croydon, from 08.09.1940 Tangmere, Sussex)
1940
-
31.03.1941
controller, RAF Tangmere (Sussex)
01.04.1941
-
04.11.1941
Commanding Officer, 607 (County of Durham) Squadron, AuxAF (Skitten, near Wick, Scotland, from 20.08.1941 Martlesham Heath, Suffolk, later Manston, Kent)
[shot down by AA in Hurricane ‘L’ whilst making a low-level attack on Le Touquet airfield and captured]
04.11.1941
-
05.1945
POW in German captivity (Dulag Luft, near Frankfurt, then Stalag Luft I near the Baltic town of Barth), then Stalag Luft III, then Oflag XXIB at Schubin; several escape attempts)
27.07.1947


commissioned, reconstituted AuxAF (Secretarial Branch)
06.02.1950


transferred, RAuxAF (Fighter Control Branch)
?
-
24.07.1957
RAuxAF Reserve of Officers
Returned to continue his law practice, later becoming a partner. Deputy Lieutenant (DL), Northumberland, 02.02.1968.
Crawford,
James Stuart
"Jim"
J.S. Crawford
31.05.1921
-
06.11.2007
P/O
20.02.1943 [55019]
...
...
Sq.Ldr.
01.07.1962 (retd 26.07.1971)
20.02.1943
 
 
commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch)
Cribb,
Peter Henry
P.H. Cribb P.H. Cribb

28.09.1918
Yorkshire Dales
-
20.06.2011
Merriwa
P/O 30.07.1938 [33360]
... ...
(WS) W/Cdr. 21.02.1945
... ...
A/Cdre. 01.01.1962 (retd 28.09.1966)

CBE (01.01.1957), DSO (12.01.1943) & Bar (23.03.1945), DFC (26.06.1942)

Education: RAF College, Cranwell.
30.07.1938     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch)
25.07.1944 - 11.1944 Commanding Officer, 582 Squadron RAF
[Master Bomber at the breaching of the sea dykes at Walcheren Island 03.10.1944]
Cridland,
John Ryan
J.R. Cridland (Photo courtesy of Mr Patrick Casey)
Son of Henry James Cridland (died 1944) and Rachel Mary Cridland, of Bristol.
Married (29.06.1940, Bristol) Jean Patricia Croom-Johnson (born 1920) [she re-married 02.05.1944 Lt.Col. Alan Russell, London Scottish]; one son.

03.12.1910
Bristol, Gloucestershire
-
31.05.1943
[age 32]
[Medjez-el-Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia, 18.D.9]
Army:

2nd Lt.
29.06.1931
Lt.
29.06.1934 (reld 20.07.1936)
RAF:

P/O
05.07.1938 [90459]
F/O
05.01.1940
(WS) F/Lt.
05.01.1941
(T) Sq.Ldr.
01.03.1942
(WS) Sq.Ldr.
09.02.1943
(A) W/Cdr.
?
Education: Radley College (1924-1928)
Worked in the family firm called "Cridland and Rose" which made boots and shoes.



late Cadet Corporal, Radley College Contingent, Junior Division, Officer Training Corps
29.06.1931
-
20.07.1936
commissioned, 4th (City of Bristol) Battalion The Gloucestershire Regiment - Territorial Army
05.07.1938


first commission, Auxiliary Air Force (General Duties Branch)
05.07.1938
-
?
501 (County of Gloucester) Squadron AAF (Filton) (fought in the battle for France)
?
-
17.02.1941
No. 57 Operational Training Unit (OTU) (based RAF Hawarden (Flintshire, Wales))
18.02.1941
-
?
501 (County of Gloucester) Squadron AAF (Filton)



trained fighter pilots somewhere up near Chester
?
-
31.05.1943
liaison officer in North Africa
Croce,
Frank Edgar
F.E. Croce
Married ((12?).1937, Portsmouth district, Hampshire) ... Sheppard.
25.11.1913
-
02.1991
Portsmouth district, Hampshire
F/Cadet
09.1933
P/O
27.07.1935 [33162]
F/O
27.01.1937
F/Lt.
27.01.1939
(T) Sq.Ldr.
01.09.1940
Sq.Ldr.
14.04.1942, seniority 01.09.1940
(T) W/Cdr.
01.12.1941-01.11.1947
W/Cdr.
01.07.1948 (retd 26.11.1963; own request; retaining rank of Gp.Capt.)
Education: RAF College, Cranwell.
?
-
09.1933
Aircraft Apprentice, No. 1 School of Technical Training (Apprentices) RAF (Halton)
27.07.1935
 
 
commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch)
26.11.1936
 
 
No. 2 Flying Training School RAF (Digby)
24.04.1940
 
 
transferred, Technical Branch
06.06.1943
 
 
transferred, General Duties Branch
26.12.1944
 
 
transferred, Technical Branch
09.1956


HQ Coastal Command (for technical staff duties)
05.10.1960
 
 
Department of Chief of the Air Staff
Crompton,
Ralph Kenyon
"Ken"
R.K. Crompton (Photo courtesy of Mr Edward Gill)
First son of Ralph Crompton, and Josephine Helen Kenyon, of Betton Hall, Market Drayton.
Brother of W/Cdr. Philipp Richardson Crompton, RAFVR, and Sq.Ldr. John anthony Crompton, RAFVR.
Married ((03?).1939, St Boniface, Bunbury, Crewe district, Cheshire) Ellen Mawdsley "Lell" Paterson ((12?).1917 - ), daughter of John C. Paterson, and Katherine L. Dobell, of Oaklands, Tarporley, Cheshire. Lell Crompton remarried (15.04.1946, Singapore) Lt.Cdr. Anthony d'Evelyn Trevor Sangster, RN.
18.03.1916
Bury district, Lancashire
-
02.06.1940
(KIA) [age 24]
[Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France, 46.C.17]
P/O 13.11.1937 [90361]
F/O 13.05.1939
Education: Charterhouse (Verites House; long quarter 1930-oration quarter 1933)
13.11.1937     commissioned, RAuxAF (General Duties Branch)
13.11.1937 - 02.06.1940 pilot, 611 (West Lancashire) Squadron RAF
[While on patrol over Dunkirk in Spitfire N3064, he was attacked and shot down by an enemy ME 109 fighter.]
Cross,
Ian Kingston Pembroke
I.K.P. Cross 
Younger son of Pembroke Henry Cokayne Cross (1884-1964), chartered surveyor, and Jeanie Boyd (1888-1944), of Hayling Island, Hampshire.
Brother of Air Chief Marshal Sir Kenneth B.B. Cross, RAF.

04.04.1918
Cosham, Fareham, Hampshire
-
31.03.1944
(executed) [age 25]
[Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery, Poland, 7.C.2]
(A) P/O (prob) 21.12.1936 [39305]
P/O 12.10.1937
F/O 12.05.1939
F/Lt. 03.09.1940
(T) Sq.Ldr. 01.12.1941
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 09.1940 for gallantry an devotion to duty in the execution of air operations
Mention in Despatches MID 08.06.1944 posthumously
21.12.1936     commissioned RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
16.01.1937     No. 8 Flying Training School RAF (Montrose)
07.08.1937 - 07.1940 38 (Bomber) Squadron RAF (Marham) (DFC)
07.1940 - 08.08.1941 instructor, 11 Operational Training Unit RAF (Bassingbourne)
12.10.1940     tranferred to Reserve of Air Force Officers (and called up for air force service)
09.08.1941 - 12.02.1942 "B" Flight Commander, 103 Squadron RAF
[His Wellington Z8714 PM-? was airborne 14:52 hrs from Elsham Wolds to hunt for and attack enemy battleships making the 'Channel Dash' (Operation Fuller). Presumed to have ditched. Captured.]
12.02.1942 - 31.03.1944 POW in German captivity in Oflag 21-B & Stalag Luft III
[In March 1944 he was amongst the large group of officers who escaped from Sagan (L3). After being recaptured he was handed over to the Gestapo and murdered.]
Cross,
[Sir] Kenneth Brian Boyd
"Bing"
K.B.B. Cross K.B.B. Cross
K.B.B. Cross K.B.B. Cross
Eldest son of Pembroke Henry Cokayne Cross (1884-1964), chartered surveyor, and Jeanie Boyd (1888-1944), of Hayling Island, Hampshire.
Brother of Sq.Ldr. Ian K.P. Cross, RAF.
Married (15.01.1945, St Luke's, Chelsea) Flight Officer Brenda Megan Powell, WAAF (28.09.1917 - 04.09.1991), eldest daughter of W/Cdr. F.J.B. Powell, MBE, RAF, of Colerne, Wiltshire; two sons, one daughter.

04.10.1911
The Rest, East Cosham, Fareham, Hampshire
-
18.06.2003
Gorseway House, a retirement home in Hayling Island, Hampshire
P/O (prob) 11.04.1930 [29065]
... ...
Sq.Ldr. 01.10.1938
(A) W/Cdr. 1940
(T) W/Cdr. 01.12.1940
(A) Gp.Capt. 07.1941
(T) Gp.Capt. 01.07.1943
(WS) Gp.Capt. 12.07.1943
(A) A/Cdre. 12.01.1943
... ...
Air Chief Marshal 01.10.1965

KCB 1959 (CB 1954); CBE 1945; DSO 1943; DFC 1940.

Education: Kingswood School, Bath.
11.04.1930     commissioned RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
... - ... ...
01.06.1936     permanent commission
08.12.1938     Auxiliary Liaison Officer, HQ 12 (Fighter) Group RAF
28.10.1939     Commanding Officer, 46 (Fighter) Squadron RAF (UK, Norway)
06.1940     convalescing
08.1940     Group Controller, HQ 12 Group RAF
12.1940     Commander, 252 Wing RAF (Middle East Air Force)
13.11.1941     supernumerary, HQ Western Desert Air Force
12.12.1941     Commander, 258 Wing RAF (Western Desert Air Force)
04.1942     Commander, 252 Wing RAF (Middle East Air Force)
01.1943     Air Officer Commanding, 212 Group RAF (Western Desert Air Force)
22.02.1943     Air Officer Commanding, 242 Group RAF (North West African Tactical Air Force / North West African Coastal Air Force)
03.1944     Air Commodore - Training, HQ Allied Expeditionary Air Force
12.06.1944     Director of Overseas Operations (Tactical), Air Ministry
1945     attended Imperial Defence College
... - ... ...
Published: Straight and level (memoirs; 1993).
Cumming,
William Neville
"Bill"
W.N. Cumming
Son of Robert Cumming.
Married (14.09.1920, Christ Church, Westminster) Phyllis Maude Martin, daughter of William Whistler Martin.
22.09.1899
Edinburgh, Scotland
-
(06?).1955
Paddington district, London
Sq.Ldr. RAFO
02.03.1938 [09196]

OBE, DFC (For gallantry whilst flying during the operations. This officer set a splendid example to his squadron, and performed 72 hours war flying, including 41 bomb raids.)

       
With regret we announce the death, following an illness, of G/C. William Neville Cumming, O.B.E., D.F.C., A.F.R.Ae., F.R.Met.S. He was 55 years of age. Known to his friends as "Bill," though sometimes as "Neville," G/C. Cumming had devoted most of his working life to aviation, in which his career was both active and distinguished. Between 1917 and 1926 he served first in the R.N.A.S. and then in the R.A.F., in France and India. He next went to Canada for four years, where he did much pioneer civil flying. In 1931 he joined Imperial Airways, with whom he remained until 1938. During this period he was concerned with the introduction of flying-boat services, carrying out the first tests of the Short Caledonia from Southampton to Alexandria on March 4th, 1937. He also inaugurated the New York to Bermuda service on June 12th, 1937. It was in 1936 that he obtained his first-class navigator's ticket. Between 1939 and 1945 he again served with the R.A.F., first in Coastal Command and later as staff officer in charge of anti-U-boat defences in the Indian Ocean. Since the war he had been associated with several air transport companies and had been director of TSIorth-West Airlines (I.O.M.), G/C. Cumming. Ltd., and Southern Engineering Co., Ltd. In 1949, G/C. Cumming served for a year as Master of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators of the British Empire. This was the year in which the Queen, as Princess Elizabeth, was installed as Grand Master of the Guild. She in turn installed the Master. G/C. Cumming was also a past chairman of the British Air Charter Association, a past-president of F.I.T.A.P., a member of the Council of the Air League of the British Empire and a member of the Helicopter Association of Great Britain. Sympathy is extended to his widow, son and daughter.
Currant,
Christopher Frederick
"Bunny"
C.F. Currant C.F. Currant
C.F. Currant C.F. Currant
C.F. Currant C.F. Currant
Youngest son of Alderman Percy William Currant, JP, and Annie Tearle, of Luton and Harpenden.
Married ((09?).1942, Christchurch district, Hampshire) Cynthia M.L. Brown, younger daughter of Mr & Mrs Leslie Brown, of Green Hollow, Poulner, Hampshire; three sons, one daughter.
14.12.1911
Luton, Bedfordshire
-
12.03.2006
Taunton, Somerset
Sgt. ? [580097]
P/O 01.04.1940 [43367]
F/O (prob) ?
F/O 01.04.1941
(WS) F/Lt. 23.06.1941
(WS) Sq.Ldr. 23.09.1942
Sq.Ldr. 01.09.1945
W/Cdr. 01.07.1947 (retd 11.01.1959)
Distinguished Service Order DSO 07.07.1942 *
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 08.10.1940 **
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 15.11.1940 ***
Mention in Despatches MID 14.01.1944 ?
Mention in Despatches MID 01.01.1945 ?
Croix de Guerre (Belgium) CdeG 09.04.1943 ?
Chevalier, Order of St Olav (Norway) Olav 30.09.1960 Adviser at the Royal Norwegian Air Force Staff College
* Squadron Leader Currant is a most courageous pilot and brilliant leader. His untiring efforts and outstanding ability have been reflected in the splendid work accomplished by the squadron which he commands. One day in March, 1942, he was wounded in the head during a sortie. Despite this, he flew his aircraft safely back to base. Following a short enforced rest, he returned with renewed vigour. Squadron Leader Currant has destroyed at least 14 and damaged many more enemy aircraft.
** This officer has led his flight with great skill and courage in air combats in the defence of London. He has destroyed seven enemy aircraft and damaged a number of others. His splendid example and fine fighting spirit have inspired the other pilots in his flight.
*** Since September, 1940, this officer has personally destroyed six enemy aircraft and damaged several others, bringing his total to thirteen. He has lead his flight, and occasions his squadron, with great success, and shows a sound knowledge of tactics against the enemy.
      46 Squadron RAF
      151 Squadron RAF
01.04.1940     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(05.1940) - (10.1940) 605 Squadron RAF (Wick, Caithness, then Hawkinge, Kent, then Drem, then Croydon) (DFC and Bar)
? - 08.1941 Chief Flying Instructor, 52 Operational Training Unit (Debden)
08.1941 - 06.1942 Commanding Officer, 501 Squadron RAF (DSO)
06.1942 - 08.1942 Wing Commander Flying, Ibsley
08.1942 - 12.1942 a four month lecturing tour in Eastern America
12.1942 - 02.1943 84 Group RAF Control Centre
02.1943 - 07.1944 Commander, 122nd Wing RAF (2nd TAF) (despatches twice)
      victories: 10 destroyed, 5 shared destroyed, 2 probably destroyed, 12 damaged
01.09.1945     permanent commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)

 

Curwen,
Richard Christopher Chaloner
R.C.C. Curwen (Photo courtesy of Mr Hendrik Land)
Only son of Lt. Chaloner Eldred Curwen, MC (1893-1935), and Katherine Diana Hannah Burford-Hancock (1894-1963) [remarried Malcolm, then D'Oyly], of Withcote Hall, Oakham, Rutland.
Engaged (1946) Joanna Pearce, daughter of Lt. J.T. Pearce, India Command, and Mrs Olive Partridge, of Beckenham Cottage, Whissendine, Rutland.
08.01.1920
Upton on Severn district, Worcestershire
-
10.04.1947
Barleythorpe, Oakham district, Rutland (motoring accident)
Army:  
2nd Lt. 03.07.1939 [93179]
Lt. 03.01.1941
WS/Capt. ? (reld 19.05.1946)
RAF:  
(T) P/O 11.10.1941 [47265]
F/O 01.10.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 11.10.1943 (reld 19.06.1946)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 13.02.1945 ?
Education: Wellington College (1933.3-1938; Talbot House; Boxing VIII, Swimming VIII); Royal Military Academy, Woolwich (1938-1939).
03.07.1939     commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery
11.10.1941     employed, RAF (General Duties Branch) [temporary commission]
(1945)     197 Squadron RAF (DFC)
Cuthill,
Charles Robert
C.R. Cuthill
Son of Charles W. Cuthill, and Cissie A.A. French.
12.05.1923
Colchester, Essex
-
20.09.2010
F/Sgt. ? [574146]
P/O (prob) 30.09.1944 [56121]
(WS) F/O 30.03.1945
F/O 01.11.1947, seniority 30.09.1945
F/Lt. 18.03.1949, seniority 30.03.1948 (retd 12.05.1961)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 22.05.1945 ?
Air Force Cross AFC 09.06.1949 ?
30.09.1944     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      149 Squadron RAF (DFC)
18.03.1949     short service commission
01.11.1954     permanent commission


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