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N.W. Wadham  to  C.S. Wynne-Eyton
Wadham,
Nicholas Wyndham
N.W. Wadham
Eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. John
Charles Wadham, of Hyde Park, later
Shanklin, Isle of Wight.
Engaged (1917) Barbara May, only
daughter of Mr & Mrs Morley May, of
Brendon, Weston-super-Mare.
Married (21.10.1922, St. John's
Church, Smith's Square, Westminster)
Agnes Moira Tillie (? - 02.08.1940),
of Field House, Buckden, Hampshire.
elder daughter of the late
WilliamTillie, and Mrs. Tillie, of
Elstow, Londonderry; ... children (son
Lt. John Mylan Wadham, RA,  was
killed in action 23.09.1943).
(03?).1894
Paddington, London
-
06.08.1940
[age 46]
[
Cambridge
Crematorium, Dry
Drayton, column 2]
Sq.Ldr. 27.02.1929 (retd 10.03.1935; own request)
Education: psa.
      Rifle Brigade
      RAF
Wake,
John Hugh Coulson
J.H.C. Wake

04.12.1899
Bromley, Greater London, Kent
-
(09?).1981
Bristol district, Avon
P/O 01.04.1918
Sq.Ldr. 01.10.1936
Gp.Capt. 01.07.1947 (retd 11.12.1949; own request, retaining rank of Air Cdre.)
Education: Bristol Grammar School; Bristol University; Imperial College of Science (psa).
      qualified at a specialist course in engineering; additionally qualified at university course in engineering
Wakefield,
Edgar W[r]ight
"Ted"
E.W. Wakefield (Photo courtesy of Mr Brian Deacon)
Son of Raymond Edgar Wakefield, of Toronto, Canada.
Married (23.03.1940) Jean Huddleston Abney-Hastings, daughter of Reginald Mowbray Chichester Huddleston and Edith Maud Rawdon-Hastings, Countess of Loudoun (marriage dissolved 1949); one daughter.
?
-
(A) P/O (prob) 15.04.1939 [41967] (commission terminated on cessation of duty 10.10.1939)
15.04.1939 - 10.10.1939 commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
Wakeford,
[Sir] Richard Gordon
R.G. Wakeford

20.04.1922
-
13.02.2007
Fochabers Moray
P/O
07.03.1942
...
...
Air Marshal
01.07.1975 (retd 31.03.1978)
1941


joined RAF
1942
-
1945
flying Catalina flying boats, Coastal Command, operating out of India, Scotland, N Ireland
1945
-
1947
flying Liberator and York transport aircraft on overseas routes
...
-
...
...
Wales,
Jack Bertram
J.B. Wales
(03?).1917
Ashton under Lyne
-
07.12.1956
Army:

2nd Lt.
26.02.1936
Lt.
26.02.1939 (reld 07.09.1940)
RAF:

P/O
07.09.1940 [44516]
(WS) F/O
07.09.1941
(WS) F/Lt.
07.09.1942 (reld 26.03.1947; retaining the rank of Sq.Ldr.)
(T) Sq.Ldr.
?
F/O RAuxAF
26.03.1947, seniority 21.01.1947
F/Lt. RAuxAF
17.05.1949
Sq.Ldr. RAuxAF
19.01.1951, seniority 17.05.1949
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE
01.01.1952
New Year 52
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
13.09.1944
Burma, 2nd half 43
Territorial Efficiency Decoration TD
03.10.1950
& 1st Clasp
Efficiency Medal (Territorial) EM
03.09.1948
?
26.02.1936

commissioned, 9th Battalion The Manchester Regiment (Territorial Army)
24.08.1939


mobilized TA
07.09.1940


commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [temporary commission]
(1943)


28 Squadron RAF (Burma)
26.03.1947


commissioned, RAuxAF (General Duties Branch)
17.05.1949


Commanding Officer, No. 613 (City of Manchester) Squadron RAuxAF
Crashed with an Avro Shackleton MR Mk 3 aircraft (WR970) as an Avro senior production test pilot at Foolow, Derby, 07.12.1956.
Walker,
Reginald Geoffrey Miles
R.G.M. Walker (Photo courtesy of Mr Patrick Walker) R.G.M. Walker (Photo courtesy of Mr Patrick Walker)
30.06.1917
-
04.09.1998
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
(A) P/O (prob)
08.06.1936 [37990]
P/O
08.06.1937
F/O
08.01.1939
F/Lt.
03.09.1940
(T) Sq.Ldr.
01.12.1941
(WS) Sq.Ldr.
22.05.1944
Sq.Ldr.
25.02.1947, seniority 01.06.1944
Sq.Ldr.
18.12.1948, seniority 01.08.1947 (retd 30.06.1966; retaining rank of W/Cdr.)
(T) W/Cdr.
01.07.1944-01.11.1947
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
30.01.1942
?
08.06.1936


commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
08.06.1942
 
 
transferred to Reserve of Air Force Officers (and called up for air force service)



spent most of his time in the Mediterranean flying from Malta on photo reconnaissance missions (No. 2 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit RAF)



244 Squadron RAF (Middle East)
23.01.1946


extended service commission
18.12.1948


permanent commission
21.02.1949


transferred, Secretarial Branch
Wallis,
Geoffrey
G. Wallis (Photo courtesy of Mrs Diana Davies)
?
-
Wt.Offr. ? [362225]
(A) P/O (prob) 31.12.1941, seniority 20.10.1941 [47635]
31.12.1941     commissioned, RAF (Technical Branch) [emergency commission]
Wallis,
John Beresford Martin
J.B.M. Wallis
Married 1st Helen Laila ...
Married 2nd Phyllis Eileen ...

26.05.1905
-
19.04.1974
South Africa
P/O 16.12.1925
Sq.Ldr. 01.04.1937
A/Cdre. 01.01.1952 (retd 29.06.1957)
Education: psa.
       
Walter,
Ernest Luis Acton
E.L.A. Walter
Son of ... Walter, and ... Collins.
Married Agnes Braybrooke (1908-1989).
11.01.1912
Wandsworth district, Greater London
-
09.1988
West Oxfordshire district, Oxfordshire
(A) P/O (prob)
02.09.1932 [32237]
P/O (prob)
02.09.1933
P/O
28.11.1933
F/O
02.04.1935
F/Lt.
02.04.1937
(T) Sq.Ldr.
16.10.1941
(WS) Sq.Ldr.
25.05.1942
Sq.Ldr.
26.03.1946, seniority 01.09.1945
25.02.1947, seniority 01.01.1941
(A) W/Cdr.
(1943)
(T) W/Cdr.
01.01.1944
W/Cdr.
01.07.1947, seniority 01.10.1946 (retd 28.02.1957; own request)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
08.01.1943
*
Air Force Cross AFC
01.01.1941
?
Mention in Despatches MID
01.01.1946
?
Bur St
-
-
* During the past 3 months Wing Commander Walter has taken part in many operational sorties. In November, 1942, he led an attack from low level against enemy shipping off Akyab. In the face of strong opposition from anti-aircraft defences and enemy fighters direct hits were obtained on 2 enemy vessels. This officer's skill and courage under difficult and hazardous circumstances have been an inspiration to all.
Education: Dover College.
02.09.1932


commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
02.09.1932
 
 
short disciplinary course, RAF Depot Uxbridge
17.09.1932
 
 
flying training, No. 5 Flying Training School (Sealand)
28.08.1933
 
 
56 (Fighter) Squadron RAF (North Weald)
14.03.1935
 
 
39 (Bomber) Squadron RAF (Risalpur, India)
02.09.1938


transferred, Reserve of Air Force Officers (Class A)
01.09.1939
 
 
mobilized RAFO
07.1942
-
12.1942
Commanding Officer, 113 Squadron RAF
10.1945
-
09.1946
Commanding Officer, 24 Squadron RAF
26.03.1946
 
 
permanent commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)
Walter,
Cyril
C. Walter
06.01.1900
Wandsworth district, London
-
(03.).1967
Chelmsford district, Essex
Sq.Ldr.
01.12.1936
W/Cdr.
?
(T) Gp.Capt.
01.12.1941 (retd 08.03.1946)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE
?
?
01.04.1918     first commission RAF
       
Walters,
W E
W.E. Walters
F/O ?
(07.1942)     Commanding Officer, HSL 138
Warburton,
James
J. Warburton
?
-
Sq.Ldr. 01.04.1937
      qualified by examination as interpreter
Ward,
Ellacott Lyne Stephens
E.L.S. Ward
22.08.1905
Plymouth, Devon
-
10.1991
Bournemouth, Hampshire
Sq.Ldr. 01.04.1947
      qualified at specialist engineering course; completed satisfactorily a course at the Military or Naval Staff College
Ward,
John Maxwell
J.M. Ward (Photo courtesy of Mrs Diana Davies)
?
-
Wt.Offr. ? [515109]
(A) P/O (prob) 31.12.1941, seniority 17.10.1941 [48338]
31.12.1941     commissioned, RAF (Accountant Branch) [emergency commission]
Wardlaw,
John Millar
J.M. Wardlaw (Photo courtesy of Mr John Wardlaw)
Had four sisters & two brothers.
24.09.1920
Linlithgow, Scotland
-
14.01.1948
[Ohlsdorf Military Cemetery, near Hamburg, Germany]
Acm. 29.07.1936 [591118]
F/Sgt. 31.12.1943
P/O (prob) 16.04.1944 [55149]
P/O 16.10.1944
(WS) F/O 16.10.1944
F/O 25.02.1947, seniority 16.04.1945
(WS) F/Lt. 16.04.1946
F/Lt. 16.10.1947
Mention in Despatches MID 02.06.1943 ?
29.07.1936     enlisted RAF
(1943)     18 Group RAF (Donibristle)
16.04.1944     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission to 21.08.1946]
      No. 4 British Flying Training School (Falcon Field, Mesa, Arizona, USA)
07.10.1944     glider pilot training, 23 Group, No. 5 Glider Training School
22.08.1946     extended service commission
06.06.1947     supply fighter pilot for BAFO Area 84
12.06.1947     pilot, 33 Squadron RAF
14.06.1947 - 14.01.1948 pliot, 3 (F) Squadron RAF (killed as a result of an air to ground firing exercise; his aircraft, a Tempest Mk V [SN339],  crashed into Lubeck Bay; the court of inquiry lists several possible causes: pilot's error, ricochet from own tanks firing in area or misfire of own cannon shells) 
Washington,
George
G. Washington
?
-
13.10.1941
(MPK)
[Alamein Memorial, Egypt, column 241]
(A) P/O (prob) 10.06.1939 [42287]
P/O (prob) 16.12.1939
P/O 17.04.1940
(WS) F/O 16.12.1940
10.06.1939     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
? - 13.10.1941 203 Squadron RAF
Watkins,
Douglas Herbert
"Dirty"
E.L.S. Ward
Married & moved to Dunsford, Devon.
c. 1912/13
Heswall, Cheshire
-
23.03.1969
Dunsford, Devon
P/O
26.08.1939 [90363]
F/O
21.09.1939
F/Lt.
21.09.1940
(T) Sq.Ldr.
?
(WS) Sq.Ldr.
26.12.1943
Sq.Ldr.
? (reld 10.02.1958, retaining the rank of W/Cdr.)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
?
?
26.08.1939


first commission, Auxiliary Air Force (General Duties Branch)
26.08.1939
-
16.11.1941
pilot, 611 (West Lancashire) Squadron AuxAF
17.11.1941
-
12.09.1942
Commanding Officer, 611 (West Lancashire) Squadron AuxAF
[flew cover operations during the raid on Dieppe 08.1942]

21.08.1940
11.10.1940
 


1½ victories:
½ Do 17
1 Do 17
Became a founding member of the Devon Cricket Umpires Society and was made Honorary Secretary & Treasurer. Acting Secretary of Devon County Cricket Club and during the 1968 Annual General Meeting he was elected Secretary.
Watts,
Peter Harris
P.H. Watts
Son (with one brother) of P.J. Watts, and ... Harris, of Morecambe.
06.12.1920
Lancaster district, Lancashire
-
15.06.1941
(MPK) [age 20]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 30]
(A) P/O (prob) 15.04.1939 [41970]
P/O (prob) 06.11.1939
P/O 06.02.1940
F/O 06.11.1940
15.04.1939     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
? - 15.06.1941 105 Squadron RAF
[Blenheim V6319 [GB-F] was airborne 18:44 hrs from Swanton Morley to patrol Beat 10. Shot down 19:50 hrs while attacking a flotilla of 10 E-Boats off Scheveningen. F/O Watts has no known grave, but his crew are buried at Hoek van Holland. F/O P.H. Watts KIA F/S D.D. Milroy KIA Sgt P.B. Murray KIA .]
Way,
Stanley Douglas
"Ron"
S.D. Way (Photo courtesy of Mrs Carolyn Way Mitchell)
09.06.1911
Aberdare, Glamorgan
-
07.1997
Ealing, London
F/Sgt. ? [561225]
P/O (prob) 05.06.1941 [45976]
... ...
F/Lt. 01.01.1947, seniority 01.09.1945
Sq.Ldr. 01.08.1947 (retd 01.01.1956)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE 01.01.1946 New Year 46
05.06.1941     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission to 31.12.1946]
01.01.1947     extended service commission, RAF (Technical Branch, later Engineering Branch)
Webb,
Eric Bingham
E.B. Webb
Younger son of Lt.Col. George Ambrose Congreve Webb, DSO, and Hilda Dynely Schreiber, of Hythe, Kent.
26.09.1905
[Cork?], Ireland
-
02.04.1942
(KIA) [age 37]
[Les Gonards Cemetery, Versailles France, row 5, collective grave 31-34]
Flight Cadet
18.01.1924
P/O
16.12.1925 [16212]
F/O
16.06.1927
F/Lt.
06.05.1931
Sq.Ldr.
01.04.1937
(T) W/Cdr.
01.03.1940
(T) Gp.Capt.
01.06.1942
Education: Warden House Preparatory School, Deal; The College Storrington and Wellington College; RAF Cadet College, Cranwell
18.01.1924
-
16.12.1925
"A" Squadron, RAF Cadet College, Cranwell (won the Sword of Honour)
16.12.1925


first commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch)
23.09.1941
-
02.04.1942
Commanding Officer, RAF Station Snaith, Yorkshire
02.04.1942

  was killed in action while flying an operation (as Pilot) with 150 Squadron RAF against Poissy, France; his Wellington IC bomber [X9814 JN-O] crashed near Villacoublay, Paris
Weir,
Archibald Graham
A.G. Weir
Married Mary E.O. ...; ... children (F/O Archibald Nigel Charles Weir, DFC, RAFVR (killed in action over the Channel 07.11.1940) and Maj. Adrian John Anthony Weir, Scots Guards (killed in action at Anzio 28.02.1944).
11.07.1885
Enfield, Edmonton district, Essex
-
01.05.1941
lost at sea
Sq.Ldr. (retd) 01.07.1925
      qualified at university course in meteorology
Wellings,
Donald Maitland
D.M. Wellings (Photo courtesy of Mr Jaap Vermeer)
Younger son of T/Maj. Evelyn Valentine Wellings, RASC (1880-1958), of Walton-on-the-Hill, Surrey.
Married (06.09.1941) Stella Villiers-Stuart (born 25.03.1918), formerly Assistant SO WAAF, younger daughter of Col. John Patrick Villiers-Stuart, CB, DSO, OBE (1879-1958) and Phyllis Mary Read (1895?-1933), of Upper Ostaig, Skye; one son. Stella Wellings re-married Lt.Col. Anthony Hamilton Gerald Barton, MC, RA.
(09?).1913
Warwick, Warwickshire

-
09.10.1944
(KIA) [age 31]
[Barneveld (Voorthuizen) General Cemetery, The Netherlands, grave 122]
(A) P/O (prob) 04.03.1939 [41762]
P/O (prob) 02.10.1939
P/O 06.02.1940
F/O 02.10.1940
(WS) F/Lt. 02.10.1941
(A) Sq.Ldr.  (1942)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 22.10.1940 ?
Mention in Despatches MID 11.06.1942 ?
04.03.1939     commissioned RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
? - 18.05.1940 101 Squadron RAF (02.12.1939-... detached to AOS Prestwick for flying duties)
18.05.1940     82 Squadron RAF
06.02.1943     transferred to reserve (and called up for Air Force duty)
07.07.1943     member of the court of inquiry into the aircraft crash resulting in the death of Polish General Sikorski
? - 09.10.1944 613 Squadron RAF
[his Mosquito VI [HR362] crashed at the Hunneweg at Voorthuizen due to hitting an electricity cable]
 
Wellum,
Geoffrey Harry Augustus
G.H.A. Wellum G.H.A. Wellum
G.H.A. Wellum
Married; three children.

04.08.1921
Walthamstow, Essex
-

Mullion, Cornwall
(A) P/O (prob)
23.10.1939 [42925]
P/O (prob)
20.05.1940
P/O
14.08.1940
(WS) F/O
20.05.1941
(WS) F/Lt.
20.05.1942
F/Lt.
01.07.1946, seniority 01.09.1945 (retd 30.06.1961; retaining the rank of Sq.Ldr.)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
05.08.1941
*
* This officer has been with his squadron since the evacuation from Dunkirk. During the recent offensive operations over France he has led his section and flight.with great skill and determination. He has destroyed at least three enemy aircraft and damaged several others.
Education: Forest School
23.10.1939


first commission, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
10.1939
-
05.1940
training
21.05.1940
-
08.1941
92 Squadron RAF (Northolt)
08.1941
-
03.1942
instructor, 52 Officer Training Unit (Aston Down)
03.1942
-

Flight Commander, 65 Squadron RAF (Debden & Malta)



test pilot on Typhoons at Gloster Aircraft



gunnery instructor
01.07.1946


permanent commission



staff officer in Germany
Commodities broker, London.
Published
: First light (2002; memoir)
West,
Hamish
H. West
Son of David West (1868-1936), artist, and Jessie Garden Shiach Christie (1883-1974).
Married Ann West (née ....); one daughter, one son.
15.02.1914
-
17.02.1993
Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire
(A) P/O (prob)
24.03.1933 [34058]
P/O
24.03.1934
F/O
24.09.1935
F/Lt.
24.09.1937
(WS) Sq.Ldr.
01.06.1940
Sq.Ldr.
09.08.1947, seniority 01.09.1945
(A) Wg.Cdr.
? (reld 01.07.1953, retaining the rank of Wg.Cdr.)
24.03.1933


first commission RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
(07.1940)
-
08.09.1940
Commanding Officer, 41 Squadron RAF (Hornchurch, then Catterick)
08.09.1940
-
?
Commanding Officer, 151 Squadron RAF
24.03.1944
-
01.07.1953
transferred to RAF Reserve of Officers (and called up for air force service) (extension of service for 5 years w.e.f. 30.06.1952)
Westaway,
Leslie Gordon
L.G. Westaway (Photo courtesy of Mrs Diana Davies)
?
-
F/Sgt. ? [363761]
(A) P/O (prob) 31.12.1941, seniority 28.10.1941 [47866]
31.12.1941     commissioned, RAF (Technical Branch) [emergency commission]
Wheeler,
Albert Edward
A.E. Wheeler
Son of Augustus and Matilda Wheeler.
Married ((09?).1931, Chester district, Cheshire) Doris Haddock Potts, of Chester.
1911 ?
-
20.03.1943
[age 32]
[Birkenhead (Landican) Crematorium, Cheshire]
Wt.Offr. ? [590017]
P/O (prob) 15.10.1942 [50363]
F/O ?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 25.07.1941 ?
(1941)     210 Squadron RAF (DFC)
01.01.1942     4 Operational Training Unit RAF
17.06.1942 - 14.10.1942 RAF College, Cranwell
15.10.1942     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
20.03.1943     15:30 hrs approx. In the course of this afternoon, two aircraft, one a Wellington from Lichfield and one an Oxford from Cranwell, crashed after hitting balloon cables at Crewe. All the occupants 8 from the Wellington and 4 from the Oxford, were killed.
Wheeler,
Allen Henry
A.H. Wheeler
?
-
Sq.Ldr. 01.04.1937
Education: psa
      qualified at specialist engineering course
Wheeler,
Eric Donald
E.D. Wheeler
Last address: 47, Corhampton Road, Bournemouth, Hampshire
?
Bournemouth, Hampshire
-
06.11.1949
(died of cancer in his late 30's)
Sgt.
? [977620]
(A) P/O (prob) 
31.08.1944 [182459]
F/O
01.11.1947, seniority 26.10.1946
F/Lt.
01.01.1949
31.08.1944


first commission RAFVR - Administrative and Special Duties Branch [emergency commission]
18.01.1945


transferred to Provost Branch - RAF (as a Deputy Assistant Provost Marshal)
01.01.1948


short service commission
?
-
06.11.1949
Assistant to the Provost Marshal
Wheeler,
Vashon James
"Pop"
V.J. Wheeler V.J. Wheeler

Son of James Volant Wheeler, and of Sybil Grace Wheeler (née Tyrrwhit).
Husband of Josephine Hermione Wheeler (née Spencer-Phillips), of Clee Stanton, Shropshire.
16.09.1898
Ludlow, Bridgnorth district, Shropshire

-
23.03.1944
[Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany, 9.D.6]
P/O ? [76594]
W/Cdr. ?

MC and Bar, DFC and Bar. Order of St. Stanislaus (Russia).

29.12.1942 - 08.1943 Commanding Officer, 157 Squadron RAF
26.02.1944 - 23.03.1944 Commanding Officer, 207 Squadron RAF
[killed in action during a raid on Hamburg]
Whitehouse,
Noel Vincent Blundell
N.V.B. Whitehouse (Photo courtesy of Mr Bob Gerritsen)
Son of Henry W.A.S. Whitehouse and Martha F.E. Whitehouse; husband of Grace Wallis Whitehouse.
(03?).1916
Leicester district, Leicestershire
-
08.08.1944
[age 28]
[Evington (St Denys) Churchyard, Leicestershire]
P/O ? [45610]
Sq.Ldr. ?
(06.1944)     personal pilot of General Officer Commanding, 1st Airborne Division
Whitle,
Robert Cecil
R.C. Whitle
28.07.1902
Darlington, Durham, Yorkshire
-
(06?).1981
Worthing district, West Sussex
Sq.Ldr. RAFO 06.09.1939
       
Whittle,
Humphrey Montagu
H.M. Whittle
Married Margret Macfarlane.
(12?).1899
Chorley district, Lancashire
-
25.10.1942
(KIA) [age 43]
[Torquay Cemetery and Extension, sec. M.X, grave 15187]
Sq.Ldr. 01.12.1936
Gp.Capt. ?
      151 Squadron RAF, transferred to No. 1 R.A.F. Depot, Uxbridge
Whittlesey,
William Thomas
"Bill"
W.T. Whittlesey (Photo courtesy of Mr W.T. Whittlesey, via Mr Martin Carter) W.T. Whittlesey (Photo courtesy of Mr W.T. Whittlesey, via Mr Martin Carter)
W.T. Whittlesey (Photo courtesy of Mr W.T. Whittlesey, via Mr Martin Carter)
Married.
27.05.1917
March, Cambridgeshire
-
07.11.2006
Chatteris, Cambridgeshire
AC 2nd cl.
? [590853]
Cpl.
?
F/Sgt.
?
W/O
?
P/O (prob)
02.12.1943 [53667]
P/O
02.06.1944
(WS) F/O
02.06.1944 (reld 20.10.1945; on account of medical unfitness for Air Force service; retaining the rank of F/Lt.)
(T) F/Lt.
?
25.04.1934


enlisted RAF (served in the ranks)
1940?
-
1941
"B" Flight, 113 Squadron RAF (Heliopolis, Egypt)
mid 1942


returned to the UK
1942
-
1945
driving instructor, RAF Blakehill Farm, Gloucestershire
[very seriously injured on his motorcycle after being accidently run over by a tank transporter with tank on Birdlip Hill, Gloucs]
02.12.1943


first commission RAF (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Returned home to Cambridgeshire and retrained as a teacher. Retired 1977.
Wigglesworth,
Cecil George
C.G. Wigglesworth (Photo courtesy of Mrs Rosemary Irving)
Second son of late George Wigglesworth, BA, BSc.
Married Margaret Cade, youngest daughter of late Cade Bemrose, Derby; one son, one daughter.

12.10.1893
-
08.08.1961
Gp.Capt.
01.12.1943
(A) A/Cdre.
1943?
Education: Chesterfield; London



Served European War, 1914-1918, with RNAS and RAF Inter­Allied Aeronautical Commission of Control (Germany), 1919-1921; Army of Occupation, Constantinople, 1922-1923; RAF Far East Flight, 1927-1929, Coastal Command, HQ (Air Staff), 1931-1933; Commanding Officer, 201 Squadron RAF, 1933-1935; Air Ministry (Operational Requirements), 1935-1939
01.1939
-
1940
Commanding Officer, 209 Squadron RAF
06.1940


Commanding Officer, RAF Silloth
18.04.1941


Staff, Directorate of Operations (Naval Co-operation)
20.09.1943
-
1944
Air Officer Commanding, RAF Iceland
08.02.1945
-
1949
Air Attaché, Ankara (Turkey)
Wigley,
John Gilbert
J.G. Wigley (Photo courtesy of Mr David Craig)
10.04.1905
Walsall district, Staffordshire
-
01.03.1978
Surrey Mid Eastern district, Surrey
[Brookwood Cemetery]
P/O (prob)
02.06.1930 [21204]
P/O
02.06.1931
F/O
02.06.1931
F/Lt.
02.06.1937
(T) Sq.Ldr.
01.06.1940
(WS Sq.Ldr.
23.08.1943
Sq.Ldr.
01.10.1946
25.02.1947, seniority 01.06.1945
(T) W/Cdr.
01.01.1944
W/Cdr.
01.07.1947
Gp.Capt.
01.07.1953
Mention in Despatches MID
01.01.1945
?
02.06.1930


commissioned, RAF (Accountant Branch, later: Secretarial Branch)
11.08.1930


RAF MT Depot, Shrewsbury
06.10.1930


No. 2 Flying Training School, Digby
16.07.1936


HQ Bomber Command, Uxbridge
30.07.1936
 
 
RAF Station, Finningley



served Fighter Command, D-Day landings, liberation of Belsen



served Supreme HQ Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE)
AACCA, ACCS
Wilcock,
Clifford Arthur Bowman
C.A.B. Wilcock C.A.B. Wilcock
Son of Arthur and Alice Wilcock.

28.04.1896
Southwark, Luton district, Bedfordshire / Hertfordshire
-
14.01.1962
Westminster district, London
Sq.Ldr. 01.07.1935 (retd 05.09.1938)
(WS) W/Cdr. 21.02.1942
(A) Gp.Capt. ?
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE 1944 ?
Air Force Cross AFC 1940 ?
01.04.1918     commissioned, RAF
04.09.1939 - 26.01.1946 recalled
Wild,
Alfred James
A.J. Wild
?
-
Wt.Offr. (Signals) ?
F/O (prob) 23.06.1939 [35294]
F/O 23.06.1940
(A) F/Lt. (1940)
(T) F/Lt. 16.04.1943, seniority 01.12.1941
(WS) F/Lt. 23.06.1942, seniority 12.06.1942
28.05.1943, seniority 14.12.1941
(T) Sq.Ldr. 01.07.1943, seniority 01.12.1941
(WS) Sq.Ldr. 14.01.1944, seniority 17.12.1942
Sq.Ldr. 01.10.1946
25.02.1947, seniority 01.06.1945
(T) W/Cdr. 01.07.1944
W/Cdr. 01.07.1947 (retd 06.07.1957; own request)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE 31.05.1956 HM's birthday 56
Mention in Despatches MID 01.01.1941 ?
23.06.1939     commissioned, RAF (Technical Duties Branch)
... - ... ...
(1948)     RAF Hemswell
1956     RAF Honington (for technical duties)
Willetts,
Alfred Henry
A.H. Willetts A.H. Willetts
Second son of Mr & Mrs A.J. Willetts.
Married ((06?).1931, Havant district, Hampshire) Nancy Hughes Whatley, elder daughter of Mr & Mrs W. Hughes Whatley, of Emsworth, Hampshire.
08.05.1904
Southwark district, Greater London
-
21.07.1971
Pollensa, Mallorca, Spain
F/Cadet ?
P/O 16.05.1925 [16163]
F/O 16.11.1926
F/Lt. 09.07.1930
Sq.Ldr. 01.02.1937
W/Cdr. 01.03.1940 (retd 24.01.1946; retaining rank of Gp.Capt.)
(A) Gp.Capt. 1941?
(T) Gp.Capt. 01.03.1942
Distinguished Service Order DSO 03.04.1942 Vaagso raid *
Officer, Royal Order of George I (with Swords) (Greece) GeoI 29.12.1942 ?
Bronze Star medal (US) BSM 24.01.1947 ?
* This officer is air adviser to the Chief of Combined Operations. He took part in the successful raid on Vaagso carried out by the three Services on the 27th December, 1941, and was responsible for the organisation of the air plan adopted for this combined operation. Group Captain Willetts flew in the leading Hampden bomber and much of the success which attended the operation may be attributed to his skill and devotion to duty.
Education: RAF Cadet College, Cranwell; qualified at specialist engineering course (psa).
16.05.1925     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch)
05.11.1941 - (1942) Assistant Advisor on Combined Operations (Air) to Chief of Combined Operations
01.07.1943 - 24.08.1943 Station Commander, RAF Oakington (captured while going along on a Pathfinder mission of No. 7 Squadron RAF over Berlin)
24.08.1943 - 1945? POW in German captivity
Williams,
Ernest Leslie
E.L. Williams
24.06.1910
Portsmouth district, Hampshire
-
(03?).1979
Southampton district, Hampshire
F/Sgt.
? [366233]
P/O (prob)
10.06.1940, seniority 30.05.1940 [44375]
P/O
10.06.1941, seniority 30.05.1940
(WS) F/O
10.06.1941, seniority 30.05.1941
(A) F/Lt.
(1942)
(WS) F/Lt.
06.06.1943
F/Lt.
01.11.1947, seniority 01.03.1945 (retd 09.01.1948; own request; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
(T) Sq.Ldr.
01.01.1946 to 01.11.1947
George Medal GM
08.06.1942
rescue work aircraft accident Malta 03.42 *
* One night in March, 1942, two aircraft, carrying bombs, collided on an aerodrome in Malta and burst into flames. [Acting] Squadron Leader [Robert] Hill [MB, ChB, RAFVR] (the station medical officer), Flight Lieutenant Williams and Leading Aircraftmen [Cyril John] Boarman and [Hyman] Sumray immediately proceeded to the scene. Shortly afterwards the bombs began to explode and enemy aircraft began to bomb the area. Despite the great danger, Squadron Leader Hill, assisted by Flight Lieutenant Williams and the two airmen, successfully extricated four members of the crews from the wreckage. The prompt and gallant action of these officers and airmen undoubtedly saved the four lives. Squadron Leader Hill has invariably performed exemplary work in dealing with casualties during heavy bombing raids and both he and Flight Lieutenant Williams have set a magnificent example which has done much to maintain a high standard of morale on the station. The bravery shown by Leading Aircraftmen Boarman and Sumray has been an inspiration to others.
10.06.1940
 
 
commissioned, RAF (Technical Branch) [emergency commission]
(03.1942)
 
 
serving at Malta



serving at some point with B Flight, 10 Squadron RAF
01.11.1947
 
 
permanent commission
Williams,
Francis George Maxwell
F.G.M. Williams
Married ... Wallace; ... children (one daughter, one son [F/O John Stewart Maxwell Williams, RAFVR] ?).
23.12.1887
Calcutta, India
-
24.01.1961
Nairobi, Kenya
2nd Lt. (prob) 15.09.1915
2nd Lt. 10.11.1915
... ...
W/Cdr. 01.07.1931
Gp.Capt. 01.11.1938 (retd 16.08.1946)
Education: psa.
15.09.1915     commissioned, Royal Flying Corps (Military Wing) - Special Reserve of Officers
23.10.1915     Assistant Equipment Officer
?     Equipment Officer, 3rd Class
23.02.1917     Equipment Officer, 2nd Class
01.04.1918     commissioned, RAF (Stores Branch, later Equipment Branch)
? - 31.12.1921 British Naval Mission, Greece
31.12.1921 - 01.03.1922 RAF Depot (Inland Area) (supernumerary)
02.01.1922     permanent commission
01.03.1922     HQ 10 Group RAF (Coastal Area)
14.11.1928     HQ 21 Group RAF (West Drayton)
20.12.1931     HQ 23 Group RAF (Grantham)
27.10.1934     Aircraft Depot, India (Karachi)
01.05.1939 - (10.1940) Deputy Director, Deputy Directorate of Equipment (6) [= No. 3 Branch], Department of the Air Member for Supply and Organisation, Air Ministry
Williams,
George Frederick
G.F. Williams (Photo courtesy of Mrs Diana Davies)
?
-
Cpl. ? [526406]
(A) P/O (prob) 31.12.1941, seniority 20.10.1941 [47633]
31.12.1941     commissioned, RAF (Technical Branch) [emergency commission]
Williams,
George Gilbert Algernon
G.G.A. Williams
His daughter Elizabeth Kathleen Williams married (1949) Capt. Sir Hugh Fitzgerald Arbuthnot, 7th Bt.
10.08.1888
Market Bosworth, Leicestershire
-
(12?).1965
Bridgwater district, Somerset
Sq.Ldr. 01.04.1918 (retd 10.08.1933)
01.04.1918     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch)
      qualified at specialist engineering course
26.08.1939 - 31.10.1940 recalled to service
Williams,
Herbert Edward
H.E. Williams (Photo courtesy of Mrs Diana Davies)
?
-
Wt.Offr. ? [358182]
(A) P/O (prob) 31.12.1941, seniority 17.10.1941 [47634]
31.12.1941     commissioned, RAF (Accountant Branch) [emergency commission]
Williams,
Mervyn Francis Douglas
"Willy" / "Taffy"
M.F.D. Williams (Photo courtesy of Mrs Jane Williams)
Son of Herbert Douglas Williams (1876-?), and Alice Elizabeth Piper (1873-?).
Married (28.01.1972, Kensington district) Jane Hull.

24.03.1911
Steyning district, Sussex
-
13.03.1987
St Albans district, Hertfordshire
F/Cadet ?
P/O 19.12.1931 [26250]
F/O 19.06.1933
F/Lt. 19.06.1936
Sq.Ldr. 01.02.1939
(T) W/Cdr. 01.03.1941
(WS) W/Cdr. 24.01.1946
W/Cdr. 01.10.1946
Gp.Capt. 01.01.1950 (retd 03.07.1958)
Commander of the Order of the British Empire CBE 07.06.1951 HM's birthday 51
Distinguished Service Order DSO 04.08.1942 attack on Prinz Eugen *
Mention in Despatches MID 11.07.1940 ?
Mention in Despatches MID 01.01.1943 ?
Mention in Despatches MID 31.01.1947 ?
* During the time this officer commanded No. 42 Squadron he was responsible for raising it to a high standard of operational efficiency. On the night of May 17th, 1942, he led a force comprising Beauforts, Hudsons, Blenheims and Beaufighters in an attack on the Prinz Eugen. Despite intense defensive fire from the cruiser and four escorting destroyers, Wing Cdr. Williams led his force into the attack with great courage and determination. Unfortunately, he was shot down during the engagement and is a prisoner of war. He always displayed inspiring leadership.
Education: Hove; Brighton College; RAF College, Cranwell.
19.12.1931     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch)
12.09.1933 - 06.04.1934 811 (FTB) Squadron RAF
06.04.1934 - 05.03.1935 812 (FTB) Squadron RAF
05.03.1935 - 20.12.1935 successfully completed the specialist armament course ats the Air Armament School RAF (Eastchurch)
01.01.1936 - ? RAF Station Gosport
(1942) - 17.05.1942 Commanding Officer, 42 Squadron RAF
[attacked German battleship "Prinz Eugen"; shot down & captured]
05.1942 - (05?).1945 POW in German captivity (Oflag XXIB, then Stalag Luft III)
01.01.1949 - (04.1949) Operations Division, HQ Coastal Command (RAF Northwood, Middlesex)
Williams,
William Ogwyn
W.O. Williams
Son of Johnny and Sarah Williams.
Husband of Elizabeth Williams, of Lower Cwmtwrch, Swansea.
1919 ?
-
16.09.1942
(KIA) [age 23]
[Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, 12.F.2]
Sgt. ? [655177]
P/O 04.10.1941 [46839]
04.10.1941     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 16.09.1942 pilot, 106 Squadron RAF
[was lost in operation against Essen in his Lancaster R5681 ZN-?, after having taken off from Coningsby at 20.30 hrs; the aircraft was shot down in the vicinity of Oererkenschwick and Datteln, some 30 km NE of Essen]
Willoughby de Broke,
Lord;
20th Baron, cr. 1492, succ. 1923;
Verney, John Henry Peyto
Lord Willoughby de Broke (J.H.P. Verney)
Only child of 19th Baron (Richard Grenville Verney) and Marie Frances Lisette, OBE (died 1941), youngest daughter of C.A. Hanbury,
Strathgarve, Ross­shire; married 04.10.1933, Rachel, daughter of Sir Bourchier Wrey, 11th Bt, and Mrs Godfrey Heseltine; one son one daughter.
21.05.1896
Chelsea, Greater London, Middlesex
-
25.05.1986
Chelsea, Greater London, Middlesex
Army:
Lt. ? (half-pay 25.10.1919)
TARO:
Capt. ? [3157]
Hon. Col. 10.06.1942 (retd 26.09.1946; age limit)
AAF:
Sq.Ldr. 26.08.1939 [90238]
(T) W/Cdr. 01.01.1940
(A) Gp.Capt.
(T) Gp.Capt. 01.01.1943
(WS) Gp.Capt. 01.10.1945
A/Cdre. ? (retd)
Military Cross MC 22.06.1918 *
Air Force Cross AFC 11.07.1940  

* For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Though heavily shelled and attacked from several directions and in imminent danger of being cut off he held a position against greatly superior numbers and covered the withdrawal, of other troops. He showed splendid coolness and determination.

AE; KStJ (05.01.1948); JP

Education: Eton; Sandhurst
1914 - 1918 served European War: 17th/21st Lancers (MC)
1919 - 1922 ADC to Governor of Bombay
1925 - 1929 Adjutant, Warwickshire Yeomanry
1929 - 1935 Joint Master Warwickshire Hounds
1936 - 1939 Commanding Officer, 605 (County of Warwick) AAF Squadron (AFCAEA)
1940     Staff Officer 11 Fighter Group (despatches)
1941 - 1944 Deputy Director Public Relations, Air Ministry
1945 - 1946 Director Public Relations
Member: National Hunt Cttee, 1940 (Steward, 1942-44, 1950-53, and 1964-67); Jockey Club, 1941 (Steward, 1944-47 and 1954-56). Chm., Tattersall's Cttee, 1948-53. Chairman: Birmingham Racecourse Co. Ltd, 1952-65 (Dir, 1932-65); The Steeplechase Co. (Cheltenham) Ltd, 1953-71 (Dir, 1944-71); Wolverhampton Racecourse Co. Ltd, 1947-71; Race­Finish Recording Co. Ltd, later Racecourse Technical Services Ltd, 1959-70 (Dir, 1947-70). Mem., Bloodstock Industry Cttee, Animal Health Trust, 1944- (Chm., 1964-77). President: Hunters' Improvement Society, 1957-58; Warwickshire Association of Boys' Clubs; Scouts Association; Council for Order of St John, 1946-68. Honorary Colonel, The Warwickshire Yeomanry, 10.06.1942-1963. Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, 28.08.1939-68.
Wilson,
Alan Gatenby
L.D. Wilson
Son of ... Wilson, and ... Gatenby.
19.12.1916
Southgate, Edmonton district, Middlesex
-
10.1989
Torbay district, Devon
(A) P/O (prob) 24.11.1937 [70831]
P/O (prob) 10.07.1938
P/O 10.07.1939
F/O 10.01.1940
(WS) F/Lt. 10.01.1941
(T) Sq.Ldr. 01.03.1942
(WS) Sq.Ldr. 17.08.1943
Sq.Ldr. 01.07.1946, seniority 01.09.1945
(A) W/Cdr. (1943)
W/Cdr. 01.07.1951
Gp.Capt. 01.01.1958 (retd 19.12.1966)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) OBE 11.10.1955 Malaya
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 03.12.1943 *
Mention in Despatches MID 14.06.1945 ?
* One day in October, 1943, this officer led a formation of bombers in an attack on a target in Northern France. When crossing the enemy coast, heavy anti-aircraft fire was encountered. Wing Commander Wilson's aircraft was repeatedly hit and sustained much damage. The navigator was mortally wounded and his parachute and equipment were set on fire. Wing Commander Wilson, unable to obtain the fire extinguisher, promptly smothered the flames with his hands and threw the smouldering equipment overboard. He afterwards flew the damaged bomber home to an airfield where he effected a successful crash-landing. This officer displayed great courage, skill and determination in the face of very trying circumstances.
24.11.1937     commissioned, Reserve of Air Force Officers (General Duties Branch)
10.07.1938     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
10.07.1942     transferred, Reserve of Air Force Officers (and called up for air force service)
05.1943 - 02.1944 Commanding Officer, 487 (New Zealand) Squadron RAF (DFC)
1945     Commanding Officer, 21 Squadron RAF
01.07.1946     permanent commision, RAF (General Duties Branch)
Wilson,
Hugh Joseph
"Willie"
H.J. Wilson H.J. Wilson
H.J. Wilson H.J. Wilson
H.J. Wilson H.J. Wilson
Only son of Alfred Wilson (1878-1952), and Jessie Wood Young (1882-1922).
Married 1st (22.02.1947, Westminster district, London) Thom Isobel Moira Sergeant (06.03.1913 - 19.07.2003) (earlier married 1935 to Robert Garnham), of Stonehanger, Salcombe, South Devon, daughter of John Noel Sergeant, MB, BS, MRCS, LRCP (1880-1966), and Isobel Thom Bennett Macfarlane (1885-1919); one son.
Married 2nd (04.12.1959, Westminster district, London) Patricia Frances Shanley Warren ((25.06.1927 - ), only daughter of John Edgar Warren (1898-1978), and Mabel Frances Shanly (1894-1959); two sons.

28.05.1908
Islington district, London
-
05.09.1990
Westminster district, London
P/O (prob) 13.09.1929 [28170]
P/O 13.09.1930
F/O 13.03.1931
F/Lt. 01.04.1937, seniority 01.04.1936
(A) Sq.Ldr. (1940)
(T) Sq.Ldr. 01.09.1940
Sq.Ldr. 01.09.1945
25.02.1947, seniority 01.08.1940
(T) W/Cdr. 01.03.1942
(WS) W/Cdr. 20.08.1945
W/Cdr. 01.07.1947, seniority 01.10.1946 (retd 20.06.1948; own request; retaining rank of Gp.Capt.)
Commander of the Order of the British Empire CBE 13.06.1946 HM's birthday 46
Air Force Cross AFC 01.01.1941 ?
Air Force Cross AFC 01.07.1941 ?
Air Force Cross AFC 08.06.1944 ?
Education: University School, Hastings; Merchant Taylors and City of London School (1922-1925).
Apprenticeship in the cotton trade, 1925-1929.
13.09.1929     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
      No 5 Flight Training School, Sealand, Flintshire
1930 - 1932 111 Squadron RAF (Hornchurch, Essex)
1932 - 1934 School of Naval Co-operation, Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire
13.09.1934     transferred, Reserve of Air Force Officers (Class A) [took a conversion course on flying boats while on Reserve, and qualified as Flying Instructor in 1935; became Chief Instructor and Manager, York County Aviation Club and a Flying Instructor at the RAF Reserve School]
13.09.1938     transferred, Reserve of Air Force Officers (Class C)

In 1936 be became a Flying Instructor at Blackburns, Hanworth, Surrey, and Brough, Yorkshire. He was a test pilot for Blackburn Aircraft Ltd, and in that capacity performed the maiden flight of the Blackburn Roc in 1938. He became a Civil Test Pilot at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, Hampshire.

1939     recalled to active service
      He was the Commanding Officer, Aerodynamic Flight, Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, Hampshire, and during this time he was temporarily attached to 74 Fighter Squadron RAF, Biggin Hill, Kent, to assess fighter requirements. Became Chief Test Pilot, Royal Aircraft Establishment, responsible for initial test flights on all captured enemy aircraft between 1941-1945 and was a Test Pilot at the British Air Commission in Washington DC, on loan to US Army Air Force, US Navy and US Marine Corps. Seconded to 616 Squadron RAF to train pilots on the Gloster Meteor jet fighter in 1944 and then went to the Empire Test Pilots' School, Cranfield, as Commandant. 07.11.1945 set the world speed record with Gloster Meteor "Britannia" at Herne Bay with average of 606 m.p.h.
Managing Director and Chief Test Pilot for Planet Aircraft, followed by appointments as Sales Manager (Engines), Blackburn and General Aircraft Limited and Rolls Royce Limited, Small Engine Division.
Wilson,
Louis Douglas
L.D. Wilson
Son of a station manager of Eastern Telegraph.
Married 1st (1940, Middlesex; marriage dissolved 1953) Valerie Roche; twin daughters, one son.
Married 2nd (1953) Eileen Farrell.

31.03.1917
Vigo, Spain
-
06.06.2004
East Dorset district, Dorset
P/O 19.12.1936 [33295]
F/O 19.06.1938
(A) F/Lt. 25.04.1939-20.04.1940
F/Lt. 19.06.1940
(T) Sq.Ldr. 01.09.1941
Sq.Ldr. 20.11.1942, seniority 01.09.1941
(T) W/Cdr. 01.07.1943-01.11.1947
W/Cdr. 01.01.1951 (retd 30.09.1959)
Distinguished Service Order DSO 23.03.1945 bombardment sorties
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 22.11.1940 photographic reconnaissance
Air Force Cross AFC 01.01.1943 test flying
Mention in Despatches MID ? photographic reconnaissance
Educated in Lisbon and Alexandria; King's School, Bruton; RAF College, Cranwell (Groves Memorial Prize).
19.12.1936     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch)
19.12.1936 - 1939 40 (Bomber) Squadron RAF (Abingdon) (flying Hinds, Battles & Blenheims)
1939 - 1940 Photographic Development Unit
01.1941 - 1943 test pilot, Vickers Armstrong (Farnborough)
1943? - 1944? briefing pilots in the United States on RAF flight testing methods
1944? - 1945? Commanding Officer, 102 Squadron RAF (flying Halifaxes)
post-war     appointments in Iraq and the Far East, commanded Nos 9 and 49 Squadrons, had a series of appointments at the Air Ministry, served in Germany before flying fighters as the chief instructor at the Central Gunnery School and taking a two-year appointment on the operations staff of the Second Allied Tactical Air Force in Germany
Joined the export department of the aero-engine division of Rolls-Royce, retiring in 1973.
Wilson,
Ronald Christopher
R.C. Wilson
Son of Capt. R.S. Wilson, Seaforth Highlanders.
15.05.1905
-
1956
St Andrew district, Edinburgh, Scotland
F/Cadet ?
P/O 31.07.1925 [16185]
F/O ?
F/Lt. 05.11.1930
Sq.Ldr. 01.04.1937
(T) W/Cdr. 01.03.1940
(T) Gp.Capt. 01.06.1942
Gp.Capt. 01.10.1946 (retd 15.05.1952)
Education: Trinity College, Glenalmond (1917-1918); RAF Cadet College, Cranwell.
31.07.1925     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch)
... - ... ...
Winning,
Deryck Selkirk
G.A. Winter
Son (with three brothers and one sister) of Theodore Norman Winning, KC (1884-1946), barrister-at-law, and Florence Marshall Bonner (?-1955).
Brother of F/Lt. Theodore Norman Gerald Winning, RAFVR.
His brother Sgt. William Burton Cecil "Borton" Winning, RAFVR (born 04.11.19??) , was missing, presumed killed 06.01.1941.
Married ((03?).1944, Derby district, Derbyshire) Jean E.M. Offiler.
(06?).1916
Derby, Derbyshire
-
04.11.1967
Derby, Derbyshire
(A) P/O (prob) 01.07.1937 [39836]
P/O 06.05.1938
F/O 06.12.1939
(WS) F/Lt. 06.03.1941
(T) Sq.Ldr. 01.06.1942-01.11.1947
F/Lt. 01.11.1947, seniority 01.12.1942
01.07.1937     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
06.05.1941     transferred, Reserve of Air Force Officers (and called up for air force service)
Solicitor, Derby, 1950-1967.
Woodhall,
Alfred Basil
"Woody"
A.B. Woodhall, 1916 (Photo courtesy of Mr Martin Woodhall)
A.B. Woodhall, Squadron Leader 824 Squadron, 1938 (Photo courtesy of Mr Martin Woodhall)
A.B. Woodhall, Wing Commander, Duxford, 1940 (Photo courtesy of Mr Martin Woodhall)
A.B. Woodhall, Group Captain, Brindisi, 1944 (Photo courtesy of Mr Martin Woodhall)
A.B. Woodhall, pencil drawing (Source: http://avion.runway.cz/index.php?f=galerie-1)
Son of Job Woodhall, a shrebroker, and Clara Richards.
Married 1st ((12?).1921, Portsmouth district) Dorothy Seymour Wingfield (born (06?).1894, Portsea Island district) (marriage dissolved 04.03.1935).
Married 2nd (16.09.1935, Adlerton Parish Church, Suffolk) Mrs Helen Holden (née Kayler), divorced wife of Harold E.B. Holden (marriage dissolved 13.11.1939).
Married 3rd (09.01.1941, Cambridge Registry Office) Flight Officer Margot Isabel Mason Robinson, WAAF.

09.01.1897
Kirkby-in-Furness, Ulverston district, Cumbria, Lancashire
-
11.06.1968
Dunedin, NZ
RM:

T/Lt.
08.10.1916
Prob. 2nd Lt.
22.07.1918, seniority 08.10.1916
Lt.
> 01.1919, seniority 08.10.1916
Capt.
20.10.1926
RAF:

(T) F/O
12.01.1925 [05176]
(T) F/Lt.
01.07.1929
F/Lt.
01.08.1930, seniority  01.07.1929
Sq.Ldr.
01.12.1936
W/Cdr.
01.01.1940 (retd 14.07.1945; own request; retaining the rank of Gp.Capt.)
(T) Gp.Capt.
01.12.1941
RCAF:

P/O
05.07.1950 [205038]
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE
17.03.1941
distinguished services rendered in operational commands of the RAF
Czechoslovak War Cross 1939 CzWC
10.01.1941
valuable services in connection with the war
Officer, Legion of Merit (US) LM
06.05.1947

in recognition of valuable services rendered in connection with the war [actually awarded 05.05.45]

British War Medal 1914-1920 BWM 14|20
02.11.1924
-
VM
02.11.1924
-
c. 1913
 
 
Corporal, South African Defence Force
08.1915
 
 
Manchester University Officer Training Unit
08.01.1916
-
06.1916
joined the Royal Marines (traning)
06.1916
-
06.12.1916
2nd RM Light Infantry Battalion (France; wounded 06.12.1916)
06.12.1916
-
early 1917
hospital Vimereux (France) & Withington (UK)
early 1917
-
08.1917
RM Training Battalion (Blandford) [made first flight at RFC School of Special Flying, Gosport]
08.1917
-
01.1918
Officer Commanding Hoy sound coastal battery
01.1918
-
05.1918
naval gunnery course, HMS Excellent & torpedo course, HMS Vernon
22.07.1918
 
 
permanent commission, Royal Marines
05.09.1918
-
early 1919
RM gunnery officer, HMS Agincourt (battleship)
early 1919
-
1919
assistant musketry instructor Browndown Camp
1919
-
1921
HMS Hawkins (light cruiser) (China Station)
1922
-
1923
8th RM Battalion (Ireland)
03.01.1923
-
1924
HMS Constance (light cruiser) (West Indies, Bermuda, Newfoundland, Canada)
(01.1925)


Plymouth Division, RM
12.01.1925
-
09.08.1925
flying training, RAF Netheravon [attached to RAF] [awarded wings 08.08.1925]
10.08.1925
-
12.1925
flying training, RAF Gosport [attached to RAF]
21.01.1926


attached, RAF Gosport [attached to RAF] (during Atlantic Fleet spring crise)
05.05.1926
-
08.1927
pilot, No. 461 Flight FAA [HMS Furious (aircraft carrier)] (Atlantic Fleet) [attached to RAF]
08.1927
-
06.1928
pilot, No. 460 Flight FAA [HMS Eagle (aircraft carrier)] (Mediterranean) [attached to RAF]
06.1928
-
07.1930
pilot, No. 464 Flight FAA [HMS Courageous (aircraft carrier), later HMS Furious] (Mediterranean, then Home Fleet) [attached to RAF]
[(04.1930) indicated as Flight Commander]
01.08.1930


permanent commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)
01.09.1930
-
01.1933
111 Squadron RAF (Hornchurch)
01.1933
-
08.1935
test pilot, 22 Squadron RAF (Martlesham Heath) [Officer Commanding "C" Flight, from 12.1934 "A" Flight]
09.1935
 
 
posted as Adjutant General Baghdad but cancelled when Mussolini invaded Abyssinia
10.1935
-
12.1935
41 Squadron RAF (Khormaksar) (27.11.1935 cartilage injury; invalided home)
04.1936
-
01.1937
No. 1 Flight Training School (Leuchars) (instructing deck landing and catapult launching)
18.01.1937
-
27.04.1938
Commanding Officer, TSR Squadron 824 FAA [HMS Eagle (aircraft carrier)] (China)
1938
-
1939
Air Ministry, London
03.1939
-
01.1940
Squadron Leader Flying (Operations), RAF Duxford
01.1940
-
03.1940
Senior Personnel Staff Officer (SPSO), No. 20 Technical Training Group (Market Drayton)
03.1940
-
04.1941?
Commanding Officer, RAF Duxford [08.1940 reported as radar controller, Duxford Sector (Kent), No. 12 Group, Fighter Command, RAF]
28.04.1941
-
01.1942
Commanding Officer, RAF Tangmere
02.1942
-
07.1942
Officer Commanding Fighters, Malta
(1944)


334 Wing (Brindisi)
Published: Soldier, sailor and airman too : the fighting life of Group Captain A.B. "Woody" Woodhall (2008; ed. by Martin Woodhall).
Woodin,
John Horton
J.H. Woodin
(06?).1902
Stockbridge, Hampshire
-
(03?).1967
West Bromwich district, Staffordshire
Sq.Ldr.
01.02.1937
       
Woodroffe,
Gordon Cyril Butler
G.C.B. Woodroffe
Son of the Rev. Cyril Atwell Woodroffe, and Edythe Maud Somes.
Married (14.09.1940) Leila Sophia Hentriette Woodroffe (née Anderson) (08.06.1919 - 26.12.1999), of Bulkeley, Alexandria, Egypt, daughter of the Rev. James Fergusson Anderson, and Frances Muriel Victoria Swayne. She re-married (1947) Rev. George Edward Hope.
(09?).1915
Hastings district, Sussex
-
13.10.1940
(KIA) [age 25]
[Asmara War Cemetery, Eritrea, collective grave 3.A.1-3]
(A) P/O (prob)
01.07.1937 [39837]
P/O
06.05.1938
F/O
06.01.1940
Education: St John's School, Leatherhead
?
-
13.10.1940
pilot, 45 Squadron RAF
(killed whilst flying Blenheim I, L8464 of No 45 Sqn, which was shot down by fighters on a raid against a fuel dump at Gura)
Woods,
William Daniel
W.D. Woods (Photo courtsey of Liz Bestic)
29.09.1910
-
07.1997
Petersfield district, Hampshire
P/O 07.06.1934, seniority 07.06.1933 [36006]
21.07.1936, seniority 07.12.1932
F/O 07.12.1934
F/Lt. 01.10.1936
Sq.Ldr. 01.04.1939
(T) W/Cdr. 01.03.1941
W/Cdr. 01.07.1947 (retd 09.10.1962)
Education: Dalhousie University, Nova Scoatia (BEng, BSc 1931); MRAeS.
07.06.1934     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch)
07.06.1934     No. 3 Flying Training School RAF (Grantham)
11.09.1936     504 (Co. Nottingham) (Bomber) Squadron RAF (Hucknall)
03.01.1938     Home Aircraft Depot RAF (Henlow)
24.04.1940     transferred, RAF (Technical Branch [later: Engineering Branch])
      POW in Japanese captivity
12?.1957     HQ 18 Group RAF (for technical staff duties)
Worthington,
Francis Richard
F.R. Worthington
(03?).1907
Mutford district, Norfolk / Suffolk
-
05.09.1953
Wales
(air accident) [age 46]
(lately of Moulsford, Berkshire)
P/O
30.07.1927 [26022]
F/O
30.01.1929
F/Lt.
?
Sq.Ldr.
01.08.1937
(T) W/Cdr.
01.06.1940
W/Cdr.
?
(T) Gp.Capt.
01.07.1943-01.11.1947
Gp.Capt.
01.07.1948
Education: RAF College, Cranwell (1927 Sword of Honour as best all-round Flight Cadet Under Officer in the Senior Term).
30.07.1927


commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch)
30.07.1927
 
 
RAF Base, Calshot
(1931)
 
 
204 (Flying Boat) Squadron RAF
05.01.1932
 
 
RAF Base, Calshot
12.10.1933
 
 
No. 4 Flying Training School (Abu Sueir) [passed preliminary examination in French 06.1934]
?
-
?
?
01.07.1948
-
(04.1949)
Navigation Officer on air staff of HQ Air Command, Far East (Changi)
(1951)
-
05.09.1953
Commanding Officer, No. 1 Initial Training School RAF (Jurby)
[flying an Avro Anson T. Mk.20 VM418 based at Jurby, which crashed on Clagh Ouyr near Ramsey]
Worthington,
Godfrey David Puget
"Dave"
G.D.P. Worthington
Son of Maj. Godfrey Francis Puget Worthington, MC, Green Howards, and Dorothy Isabel Worthington.
11.08.1920
Harrow, London
-
30.05.2007
Cape Town, South Africa
Cpl.
? [571864]
P/O (prob)
12.02.1944 [55516]
(WS) F/O
12.02.1945?
(WS) F/Lt.
12.02.1946 (reld 09.08.1947)
24.08.1937


started training at No. 1 Squadron RAF (Pembroke) as apprentice aircraft mechanic



saw service in operational theatres such as the UK, Singapore, Java, India and Burma
1943


flying training as a pilot in Rhodesia
?
-
?
111 Squadron RAF (Duxford)
12.02.1944


first commission, RAF (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
His post-war flying career saw him fly a Miles Gemini to South Africa in 1947 and upon arrival, started instructing locally. In 1955 he moved to Youngsfield where he assisted the SAAF in its C.C.F. Pupil Pilot training scheme. During this phase he also flew charter flights which prepared him for his move to Afric Air at the end of the year. At Afric Air he flew DC-3’s operating primarily out of Blantyre and Francistown. A career move in 1956, led to his appointment at Anglo American as corporate pilot. He was promoted to chief pilot of Anglo in 1965 and retired 1976. Hereafter simulator instructor.
Published
: The private pilot's handbook (1955); Flight planning (1962); Airline instrument flying (1968); The private pilot's helicopter handbook (1960s?)
Wright,
Allan Richard
A.R. Wright
?
-
[West Sussex]
P/O (prob)
23.10.1939 [33499]
P/O
23.10.1940
(T?) F/O
23.10.1940
(A) F/Lt.
27.09.1940
(WS) F/Lt.
23.10.1941
F/Lt.
21.05.1946, seniority 23.04.1943
(WS) Sq.Ldr.
10.03.1944
Sq.Ldr.
01.08.1947
(A) W/Cdr.
1944?
W/Cdr.
01.07.1952
(T) Gp.Capt.
03.12.1946, seniority 01.07.1945
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
22.10.1940
*
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
15.07.1941
**
Air Force Cross AFC
01.09.1944
?
Commendation Cmdn
02.06.1943
for brave conduct
* One night in August, 1940, this officer displayed great determination and skill in destroying a Heinkel in, under difficult conditions. Pilot Officer Wright has consistently shown a keen desire to engage the enemy on all occasions. He has brought down a total of four enemy aircraft and has badly damaged four more.
** This officer has been continually engaged in operational flying since May, 1940. He has led his flight and sometimes his squadron
with great skill and determination. Flight Lieutenant Wright has destroyed at least nine enemy aircraft. On one occasion he flew his damaged aircraft back from France making .a successful landing despite extreme difficulties. His keenness and devotion to duty have been outstanding.
Education: qs
?     80 Squadron
(01.07.1940)     92 Squadron
30.09.1940     foce landed his Spitfire I X4069 near Shoreham after Bf 109 attack at 1700 hrs; wounded

29.08.1940
11.09.1940
26.09.1940
27.09.1940
27.09.1940
    .. victories:
1 He 111
1 He 111
1 Ju 88
½ He 111
1 Ju 88, etc.
(1965)     still serving
Wright,
Harold Marshall Stanley
H.M.S. Wright
08.08.1902
Fulham, Greater London, Middlesex
-
02.1984
Crawley, West Sussex
Sq.Ldr. 01.02.1937
      qualified at a specialist course in engineering; additionally qualified at university course in engineering
Wright,
James Gregory
J.G. Wright (Photo courtesy of Mrs Diana Davies)
?
-
Sgt. ? [560233]
(A) P/O (prob) 31.12.1941, seniority 27.10.1941 [47868]
31.12.1941     commissioned, RAF (Technical Branch) [emergency commission]
Wynne-Eyton,
Charles Sandford
C.S. Wynne-Eyton
10.1888
Flintshire, Wales
-
14.11.1944
[Choloy War Cemetery, France, 2A.A.9]
Sq.Ldr. (retd) 01.04.1918 [9186]
W/Cdr. ?
Distinguished Service Order DSO ? ?
Air Force Cross AFC ? ?
       


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