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E.J. Kain  to  G.E. Kosh
Kain,
Edgar James
"Cobber"
E.J. Kain E.J. Kain
E.J. Kain
E.J. Kain
Son of Reginald G. Kain, and of
Nellie Kain, of Wadestown,
Wellington, New Zealand.
27.06.1918
Hastings, New
Zealand

-
07.06.1940
[age 21]
Choloy War Cemetery,
France, 1A.C.8]
(A) P/O (prob) 08.03.1937 [39534]
F/O 21.07.1939
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 29.03.1940 *
Mentioned in Despatches MID 02.1940 ?
* In March, 1940, while on patrol with another aircraft, Flying Officer Kain
sighted seven enemy bombers about 5,000 feet above him, and while giving
chase well into Germany, he was attacked from behind by an enemy fighter.
Showing the finest fighting spirit this officer out-manoeuvred the enemy and
although his own aircraft was badly damaged he succeeded in bringing the
hostile aircraft down. Thick smoke and oil fumes had filled his cockpit and
although unable to see his compass, he skilfully piloted his aircraft inside allied
lines in spite of being choked and blinded by the smoke.
08.03.1937     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service
commission]
11.1937 - 07.06.1940 73 Squadron RAF
Kean,
Raymond Thomas
R.T. Kean
Son of Michael and Margaret Kean, of Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand.

05.04.1918
Green Island, NZ
-
05.08.1940
(KIA) [age 22]
[New Hunstanton Cemetery, O.52]
(A) P/O (prob) 29.10.1938 [41295]
P/O 29.08.1939
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 09.07.1940 *
* The award followed an early morning shipping strike off the Elbe Estuary, where the Hudson was attacked by three ME109’s. E.A. Deverill (at that time a Sergeant) was the navigator in the three-man crew. The gunner, Townend, was killed after shooting down one fighter and Deverill and the pilot (P/O R T Kean) were injured. Deverill helped the pilot fly the plane back to Bircham Newton. Deverill was awarded the DFM, Kean the DFC.
08.1938     joined RAF
29.10.1938     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
      training at Prestwick (Scotland), in Shropshire and at Kings Lynn
? - 05.08.1940 pilot, 206 Squadron RAF
[the Hudson P5133 from Bircham Newton stalled and crashed at Syderstone, Norfolk, at 18.05 hrs after a search patrol]
Keary,
John D'Arcy
J.D'A. Keary
05.08.1905
Lymington, Hampshire
-
P/O 30.07.1925
Sq.Ldr. 01.04.1937
W/Cdr. 01.04.1941 (retd 01.02.1948)
       
Kee,
James
J. Kee
Son of Robert and Janet Kee, of Bothstown, Manchester.
1917 ?
-
28.10.1941
[age 24]
[Worsley (St Mark) Churchyard, Lancashire, grave 847]
(A) P/O (prob) 18.09.1939 [42713]
P/O (prob) 20.04.1940
P/O 24.07.1940
(WS) F/O 20.04.1941
Education: B.A. Hons. (Cantab.).
18.09.1939     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
      pilot, 101 Squadron RAF
? - 28.10.1941 pilot, 219 Squadron RAF
[His Beaufighter on a dusk patrol crashed four miles west of Merston soon after take-off in the evening. Both F/O J. Kee and Sgt. T.G.F. Dixon were killed.]
Kellaway,
Winston Herbert
W.H. Kellaway
Son of ... Kellaway, and ... Endacott.
16.11.1915
Honiton district, Devon
-
04.1994
Torbay district, Devon
P/O (prob)
22.07.1942 [49688]
(WS) F/O (prob)
22.01.1943
(A) F/Lt.
?
(WS) F/Lt.
22.07.1944
F/Lt.
01.07.1946
Sq.Ldr.
01.01.1951 (retd 01.10.1957)
DSO
30.03.1943
*
DSO
09.05.1944
**
Air Force Cross AFC
10.06.1954
?
* Flight Lieutenant Kellaway has completed a large.number of operational 'sorties. In March, 1943, he was captain of an aircraft detailed to attack Hamburg. Shortly after the target had been bombed, the aircraft was caught in a cone of searchlights and subjected to heavy and concentrated anti-aircraft fire. The aircraft was hit - many times, sustaining very severe damage. A considerable quantity of fuel was lost from holed tanks in both mainplanes. The starboard outer engine failed shortly afterwards and the propeller was feathered. As the English coast was crossed the port outer engine also stopped. Though all petrol gauges were now reading zero, this engine was restarted and Flight Lieutenant Kellaway then effected a 'masterly landing at the nearest airfield. This officer has achieved a fine record of sustained. gallantry and has been a source of inspiration to all with whom he has come into contact.
** This officer has completed a third tour of operations and has continued .to display, the highest standard of skill and bravery. Notable amongst his achievements on his last tour are five attacks on Berlin, missions which he completed with great skill and determination. His example has been outstanding and' has done much to foster a high standard of morale throughout the squadron. His record is worthy of the greatest praise.
22.07.1942
 
 
commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]



12 Squadron RAF (flying Fairey Battles in France 1940 and then Wellingtons from Binbrook)



149 Squadron RAF (flying Stirlings from Lakenheath)



617 Squadron RAF (flying Lancasters from Scampton from 1.7.1943 until a flying accident on 5.8.1943)



630 Squadron RAF (flying Lancasters from East Kirby)



post-war he was involved with the introduction of the English Electric Canberra into 231 Conversion
Unit at RAF Bassingbourn in the '50's
Kellett,
Richard
R. Kellett
see: RAFweb.org
12.10.1905
East Stonehouse, Devon
-
03.01.1990
Hastings and Rother, East Sussex
P/O
30.07.1925 [16177]
F/O
30.01.1927
F/Lt.
05.11.1930
Sq.Ldr.
01.04.1937
(A) Wg.Cdr.
?
(T) W/Cdr.
01.03.1940
W/Cdr.
01.10.1946, seniority 01.10.1941
(A) Gp.Capt.
?
Gp.Capt.
?
(A) A/Cdre.
?
(T) A/Cdre.
01.01.1946 (retd 10.04.1947)
Commander of the Order of the British Empire CBE
01.01.1943
prisoner of war
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
16.01.1940
*
Air Force Cross AFC
28.04.1939
?
Mentioned in Despatches MID
07.01.1947
?
* This officer displayed courage, coolness and determination in leading his squadron and a combined formation of aircraft in operations over an enemy naval base in December, 1939, which resulted in the infliction of heavy casualties on enemy aircraft. In spite of the formidable opposition by aircraft and ground defences, he so controlled the formation for which he was personally responsible that casualties were slight and by his personal example and cool leadership he won the confidence of all pilots under him.
30.07.1925


first commission RAF



qualified at specialist engineering course
1939
-
1940?
Commanding Officer, 149 Squadron RAF (Mildenhall)



Senior Air Staff Officer, 205 Group RAF
13/09.1942
-
20.09.1942
joined a crew of 70 Squadron RAF as second pilot for a raid against Tobruk (13/14 Sept.); on the return journey the aircraft was force landed and the crew evaded capture until 20 Sept.
20.09.1942
-
1945?
prisoner of war
Kelly,
Charles Edmund
C.E. Kelly (Photo courtesy of Mr Bernard Bush)
Son of William Kelly (1855-1914), and Bridget Kane (?-1934).

10.03.1898
Belfast, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland
-
P/O ? [70939]
F/O 24.06.1921 (reld 23.06.1930)
F/O 14.10.1933 (reld 14.10.1937)
F/Lt. 08.04.1941 (reld 08.01.1947; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
(T) Sq.Ldr. 01.01.1944
1917     enlisted, Royal Flying Corps (Canada)
24.06.1921     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
08.03.1925     RAF Depot (on transfer to Home Establishment)
24.06.1926 - 23.06.1930 Reserve of Air Force Officers (General Duties Branch) (Class C)
14.10.1933 - 14.10.1937 Reserve of Air Force Officers (General Duties Branch) (Class A, from 16.06.1934 Class C)
29.08.1939     transferred, RAFO (Administrative and Special Duties Branch)
Kelsey,
Richard John
R.J. Kelsey
Son of John C. Kelsey, and Norah Guard.
17.07.1917
Portsmouth district, Sussex
-
(A) P/O (prob) 29.06.1936 [39117]
P/O 03.07.1937
F/O 03.02.1939
F/Lt. 03.09.1940
(T) Sq.Ldr. 01,12,1941
(WS) Sq.Ldr. 15.03.1945
(T) W/Cdr. 01.07.1945
Sq.Ldr. 01.07.1946, seniority 01.06.1944
(T) W/Cdr. 25.02.1947, seniority 26.01.1946
W/Cdr. 01.07.1950 (retd 15.09.1959)
29.06.1936     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
29.09.1936     No. 6 Flying Training School (Netheravon)
22.05.1937     213 (Fighter) Squadron RAF (Northolt)
03.07.1942     transferred to reserve (and called up for air force service)
25.06.1946     extended service commission
01.07.1946     permanent commission
03?.1958     HQ Flying Training Command (for planning staff duties)
Kendall,
Colin Franklin
C.F. Kendall (Photo courtesy of Mrs Merelina Finlay)
Only son of Edward William Allen Kendall (1871-1952), and Minna Octavia Gibson (1877-1972).
Married (23.10.1936, Kensington district, London) Dorothy Merelina Louise Dennis (16.04.1910 - 01.2000) (she remarried 1950 MacKendrick), of Broxbourne, Hertfordshire; two daughters.
24.05.1909
-
11.11.1940
(MIA) [age 32]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 6]
P/O (prob) 09.07.1934 [70358]
P/O 09.07.1935
F/O 09.01.1936
09.07.1934     commissioned, Reserve of Air Force Officers (General Duties Branch)
? - 11.11.1940 pilot, 83 Squadron RAF
[his Handley Page Hampden Mk.I [L4095 OL-R] had taken off from Scampton and ditched in the north Sea off the coast of the Netherlands returning from a raid on rail targets in the Danzig area; all four occupants were killed]
Kennedy,
Frederick Williams
F.W. Kennedy

Son of ... Kennedy, and ... Williams.
26.05.1917
Houghton district, Durham
-
11.1992

Surrey Mid-Eastern district, Surrey
Sgt.
? [566726]
(A) P/O (prob)
19.08.1942 [49463]
28.09.1943, seniority 25.10.1941 
P/O (prob)
23.04.1943, senioirity 21.11.1942
(WS) F/O (prob)
21.05.1943
05.11.1943, seniority 27.01.1943
(A) F/Lt.
(1945)
Mentioned in Despatches MID
01.01.1946
?
1940


was in Paris in 1940 returning to the UK on 26th June
19.08.1942


commissioned, RAF (Technical Branch) [emergency commission]
Kennedy,
William Maxwell Cassilis
W.M.C. Kennedy
27.08.1905
-
01.03.1957
Surrey South Western district, Surrey
(lately of Fleet, Hampshire, formerly of Chettle, nr Blandford, Dorset)
P/O 30.07.1925
Sq.Ldr. 01.04.1937
Gp.Capt. 01.07.1947 (retd 27.08.1955)

CBE




qualified by examination as interpreter
Kent,
John Alexander
"Johnny [Kentowski]"
J.A. Kent J.A. Kent
J.A. Kent J.A. Kent
J.A. Kent J.A. Kent
J.A. Kent J.A. Kent
J.A. Kent J.A. Kent
Married 1st (11.1939, Surrey NW district; marriage dissolved) Janet Jensen, WAAF ((06?).1919 - ), elder daughter of J. Jensen, and ... Palmer, of Camberley. Janet Kent remarried (1946) Capt. Quentin Lyon Cazalet, Nottinghamshire Yeomanry.
Married 2nd ((06?).1948, Surrey NW district) Elizabeth Nora Weale (16.03.1922 - 28.03.1973); one son, two daughters.

23.06.1914
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
-
07.10.1985
Surrey North Western district
(A) P/O (prob) 15.03.1935 [37106]
P/O 15.03.1936
F/O 15.09.1937
F/Lt. 15.09.1939
(T) Sq.Ldr. 01.12.1940
Sq.Ldr. 11.1942, seniority 01.12.1940
(A) W/Cdr. (1941)
W/Cdr. 01.07.1947
Gp.Capt. 01.07.1952 (retd 01.12.1956)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 10.1940 *
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 21.10.1941 **
Air Force Cross AFC 01.02.1939 made over 300 airborne collisions with various types of barrage balloon
1939-1945 Star 39|45 St - & clasp Battle of Britain
Air Crew Europe Star AirCrEur St - -
Africa Star Afr St - & clasp North Africa 42-43
Italy Star It St - -
Defence Medal Def M - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
? ? ? ?
Virtuti Militari, 5th class (Poland) VM 31.01.1941 ?
* Early in October, 1940, this officer, when entirely alone, attacked 40 Messerschmitt 109's, and shot down two of them. He has personally destroyed at least four enemy aircraft. Flight Lieutenant Kent has been responsible in a large measure for the fighting efficiency of his squadron and has materially contributed to its successes. He has proved himself a born leader.
** This officer has led his wing in an efficient and fearless manner on many operational sorties within the last two months. He has now destroyed a further 6 enemy aircraft, bringing his total successes to 13 destroyed and 3 probably destroyed. Wing Commander Kent has set a grand example.
15.03.1935     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
15.03.1935     No. 5 Flying Training School RAF
29.02.1936     19 Squadron RAF (Duxford)
10.1937     Royal Aircraft Establishment (Farnborough)
05.1940     Photographic Development Unit RAF
07.1940     RAF Hawarden (flying Hawker Hurricanes)
02.08.1940     Flight Commander, 303 (Polish) Squadron RAF (Northolt)
26.10.1940     Commanding Officer, 92 Squadron RAF (Biggin Hill)
15.03.1941     permanent commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)
06.1941     Wing Leader, Polish Wing (Northolt)
08.1941     Wing Leader, Kenley Wing
10.1941     53 Operational Training Unit RAF (Heston, then Llandow)
12?.1941     lecture tour of Canada and America
06.1942     Station Commander, RAF Church Stanton
10.1942     Wing Commander of Training, Fighter Command HQ
12.1942     Commander, 17 Sector RAF (Benghazi, Libya)
?     Command Training Inspector at Air Defences East Mediterranean, Air HQ
03.1944     instructor's course, Central Flying School RAF (Upavon)
? - 1956? Commanding Officer, RAF Tangmere
Published: One of the few (1970; memoirs of pre-war test flying & Battle of Britain).
Ker-Ramsay *,
Robert Gerald
"Crump"
R.G. Ker-Ramsay
Son (with two sisters) of Robert Ker-Ramsey, and Ellie Grace Stringer.
Married 1st ((06?).1938, Wirral district, Cheshire) Barbara H. Metcalfe; one son.
Married 2nd ((09?).1948, Surrey South Eastern district) Diana McGee.

* Born as Ker-Ramsey. Obviously chose to write the last part of his surname with an "a".
25.09.1916
Wirral district, Cheshire
-
(03?).1981
Petersfield district, Hampshire
(A) P/O 30.09.1935 [37321]
P/O 06.08.1936
F/O 06.04.1938
F/Lt. 06.04.1940
(T) Sq.Ldr. 01.03.1941
(WS) Sq.Ldr. 01.09.1946
Sq.Ldr. 22.07.1947, dated 23.05.1946, seniority 01.06.1944 (reld 21.02.1948; medical unfitness for Air Force service; retaining rank of W/Cdr.)
(T) W/Cdr. 01.11.1946-01.11.1947, seniority 01.06.1942
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) MBE 28.06.1946 for services as prisoner of war
30.09.1935     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
19.10.1935     No. 5 Flying Training School RAF (Sealand)
28.06.1936     17 Squadron RAF (Kenley)
11.02.1937     staff, Home Aircraft Depot RAF (Henlow)
30.05.1938     staff, No. 8 Flying Training School (Montrose)
07.1940     25 Squadron RAF (Marlesham Heath)
12.07.1940     Fighter Interception Unit RAF (Shoreham)
[Shot down in Blenheim Z5721 13.9.40 which crashed in the English Channel off Calais. He and his crew of 2 bailed out and were captured.]
09.1940 - 04.1945 POW in German captivity
[1941 on Escape Committee of Stalag Luft 1. At Stalag Luft 3 in 1944 . Organiser and controller of the tunnel exit during the Great Escape. Appointed Camp Security Officer in April 1944. In charge of radio at Westortimke from Feb to April 1945.]
06.08.1941     transferred to Reserve of Air Force Officers (and called up for Air Force service)
23.05.1946     extended service commission
Kerr,
Robert Ernest
R.E. Kerr (Photo courtesy of Mr Peter Kerr)

Son of Ernest Kerr, and May Clarabel Kerr, of Ingleburn, New South Wales, Australia.
1917 ?
-
05.07.1941
(KIA) [age 24]
[Brest (Kerfautras) Cemetery, France, 40.1.13]
(A) P/O (prob) 12.04.1940 [43295]
P/O (prob) 27.07.1940
P/O 16.10.1940
Mentioned in Despatches MID ? ?
12.04.1940     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
? - 05.07.1941 pilot, 51 Squadron RAF
[Whitley V [Z7641 MH-] had taken off from Dishforth at 23:10 hrs 04.07.1941 for an operation against Brest; the aircraft crashed near Brest, where the crew of four is buried.]
King-Lewis,
Arthur
A. King-Lewis
22.06.1900
-
(03?).1965
Uxbridge district, Middlesex
Sq.Ldr.
01.02.1937
W/Cdr.
01.03.1940
(A) Gp.Capt.
? (retd 04.02.1948)
16.08.1922


first commission
       
Kirk,
Philip
P. Kirk (Photo courtesy of Mr Karl Munford)

Son of ... Kirk, and ... Barber.
Married ...; ... children.
05.07.1919
Macclesfield district, Cheshire
-
07.1999
Wayland district, Norfolk
F/Sgt. ? [550733]
P/O (prob) 30.04.1942 [48727]
(WS) F/O (prob) 30.10.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 30.04.1944
F/O 18.12.1945
F/Lt. 01.07.1946, seniority 30.10.1945
15.06.1948, seniority 30.10.1946
Sq.Ldr. 01.01.1953
W/Cdr. 01.07.1961 (retd 05.07.1974)
Distinguished Flying Medal DFM 23.12.1941 ?
(1941)     226 Squadron RAF (DSM)
30.04.1942     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
18.12.1945     extended service commission
15.06.1948     permanent commission
17.11.1948     transferred, RAF (Secretarial Branch)
AMBIM.
Knocker,
Kenneth Duke
K.D. Knocker

Son of Leslie Duke Knocker, and of The Baroness Elizabeth de T'Serclaes, M.M., of Ashtead, Surrey; husband of Susan Knocker.

(03?)1907
Marlborough, Wiltshire
-
03.07.1942
(KIA) [age 35]
[Westernieland General Cemetery, De Marne, The Netherlands, N.474]
Fl.Lt. RAFO
01.04.1936 [28043]
(T) Sq.Ldr.
01.09.1940
W/Cdr.
?

 




Reserve of Air Force Officers
04.1942
-
03.07.1942
Commanding Officer, 214 Squadron RAF
Kosh,
George Edward
"Ted"
G.E. Kosh

Son of Charles Kosh, and Kate Mary Wood, of Folkestone, Kent.
(09?).1922
Elham district, Kent
-
01.07.1944
(KIA) [age 21]
[Hawkinge Cemetery, JJ.B.917]
Ldg.Acm. ? [575060]
P/O (prob) 19.03.1943 [55058]
(WS) F/O (prob) 20.09.1943
19.03.1.943     commissioned into the RAF [emergency commission]
? - 01.07.1944 3 Squadron RAF
[crashed at 05.45 with his Hawker Tempest JN765 at House Field, Winchelsea Marsh, Icklesham, Sussex, on a mission to shoot down a V1 flying bomb]


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