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The following information has been assembled from various sources including: Squadron Records, Victory Claims of WW2 by John Foreman, The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website (cwgc.org) and the Battle of Britain Historical Society.
Battle of Britain Pilots
Aldous P/O E.S.
Davies-Cooke P/O JP
Manton Sgt E. +
Tanner F/Sgt J. H. +
Aldridge P/O F.J.
Denchfield Sgt H.D
Merrick P/O C.
Wallace Sgt T.Y
Arnfield Sgt S.J.
Douglas P/O W.A
Murray Sgt J.
Warden Sgt N.P.
Bacon P/O C.H.+-
Draper P/O G.G.F.
Neville Sgt W.J.+
Ward-Smith Sgt P.
Baker Sgt A.C.
Drever F/O N.G.
Norris F/Lt S.C.
Warner, F/Lt W.H.C.+
Bamberger Sgt C.S.
Ellis F/Lt J.
Ogilvy P/O C.A.
Watson-Parker Sgt P.I.+
Beardsley P/O R.A.
Else Sgt P.
Page Sgt V.D.
Webster P/O F.K.+
Bowen-Morris Sgt H.
Fenwick P/O C.R.
Parsons Sgt C.A.
Willcocks Sgt P.H. +-
Brown P/O B.W.
Gardiner F/O F.T.
Payne Sgt A.D.
Wilson F/O D.S.
Carter Sgt L.R. +o
Gardner Sgt B.G.T.
Pegge P/O C.O.J.
York Sgt R.L.
Chandler Sgt H.H.
Gray P/O D. Mc I +-
Raine Sgt W.
Webster P/O F.K.+
Clarke Sgt. H.R.
Hallam F/O I.L.
Mc Ramsay Sgt N.H.D.
Cooper Sgt J.E.
Hamlyn Sgt R.F.
Rees P/O B.V.
Cooper Sgt R.N.
Horner Sgt F.G.
Richardson Sgt R.W.
Corbin Sgt W.J.
Keighley P/O G
Ross P/O A.R.
Corfe Sgt D.F.
Kirkwood P/O M.T.+o
Robinson F/Lt M.L.
Cosby F/Lt I.H.
Lamb F/O P.G
Smith S/Ldr A.T. +
Cox P/O K.H.+
Lecky P/O J.G.+o
Smith P/O E.B.B.
Cranwell Sgt E.W.
Litchfield P. P/O +
Sutcliffe Sgt W.A.
All the above served with 610 Squadron and flew operationally during the BoB period between the dates 10/7/40 to 31/10/40. Those names marked with a cross + lost their lives while serving with the Squadron.
W/C Aitken J.W. Max O/C 68 Sqn. Flew as a ‘guest’ with 610 Sqn as part of Wing formation with 616 and 145 Squadrons (not recorded in ORB). Destroyed a Bf 109 over Le Touquet 25/6/41 and another 2/7/41 over Le Touquet.
82708 P/O Aldous, Eric Stanley was born in 1918 and educated at Dulwich College. He joined No 610 Squadron on the 27/7/40 at Biggin Hill posted from 9 FTS. Flying as ‘Dogrose Green 3’ P/O Aldous destroyed a Bf 109 (probable) on 24/8/40. He damaged a Do 215 near Mayfield 29/8/40 and destroyed a He 111 of 11/KG1 on 30/8/40 flying Spitfire K9970 ‘DW-V’. He moved to No 41 Squadron 12/9/40 and on the 28th of the month forced landed his Spitfire I (X4345) after combat over Charing at 10:40hrs. E.S.Aldous was killed on 16/10/41 aged 23 in a Hurricane IIb of No 615 Squadron. He was hit by AA fire over Flushing, Netherlands.
He was the son of Stanley George Aldous, and Winifred Mary Aldous (nee Reade), of Sanderstead, Surrey. Remembered with honour FLUSHING (VLISSINGEN) NORTHERN CEMETERY
42381 P/O Aldridge, Frederick Joseph. Born Dublin. Joined 610 Squadron on 3/9/40, posted from 7 OTU. Hawarden then to 41 Sqn at Hornchurch on 1/10/40. He was commended for Valuable Service in the Air. Released from RAF in 1947.
926339 Sgt Anderson, J.E. (RAF) Posted to 610 Sqn at Westhampnett 5/7/41 from 616 Sqn. Flew on four consecutive days in Spitfire IIb ‘DW-Q’ before being shot down. Flew in Circus 40, 41(9/7/41), and 42 (10/7/41). Missing from Circus 42 escorting bombers to Chocques. MPD 10/07/41. POW #39314. In Hospital at St Omer 10/7/41, Homemark, Frankfurt 7/41 and Statroda 10/41. Prison camp Stalag IXC (army camp) in 3/42, Stalag Luft III, Sagan, 5/42, Luft I, Barth 10/42, Luft VI, Hyderkrug, Lithuania 11/43, Luft IV Gross Tyschow, Poland 7/44. Then in Fallingbostel, 4/56 for two weeks. On 6th Feb 1945 was marched out of Luft IV on the longest march of any POW group at least 500Km in winter to Fallingbostel then turned round and went East for three weeks until released by British Army in late April 1945. Now lives in Stouffville, Ontario, Canada (2009).
564115 Sgt Arnfield, S.J. ‘Johnny’ D.F.C. (New Zealand) Posted to 610 Sqn 24/9/39. At Wittering as part of ‘B’ Flight was stationed at RAF Bircham Newton 9/2/40. Attached to RAF Farnborough for Oxygen course 20/3/40. Served with 610 Squadron at Biggin Hill. Destroyed one aircraft before the Battle of Britain and damaged one Bf 109 15/8/40 flying DW-S K9975 and destroyed two further Bf 109s, one over Edenbridge and another over Dungeness 18/8/40 in DW-X.
On 24/8/40, when at 08:50hrs he was shot down by a Bf 109 of JG 51 off Ramsgate in K9975 DW-S. He bailed out and broke an ankle on landing, ending his part in the Battle. He was admitted to Victoria Hospital, Deal – injuries received due to enemy action.
Sgt S.J.Arnfield was awarded the D.F.C. on 30/6/44. On 12/06/40 a He111 of Wekusta 51 flown by Oblt Gerd Nissen, the Staffelkapitän, was shot down off Margate. Attacked at 0700 by two Spitfires from 610 Squadron flown by Flt Lt John Ellis (P9451/DW-M) and Sgt Stanley Arnfield (P9495 DW-K) the crippled reconnaissance machine then ditched a few miles offshore. Three of the crew managed to get out before the aircraft sank but two others – Uffz Franz Bolinski and Uffz Willi Stiegelmeier – were lost. However, one of the survivors – Reg. Rat. Dr Hermann Freudenberg, a weather specialist – drowned before help arrived in the form of the fishing boat Golden Spray. The boat’s crew of three, including 16-year-ohd Ken Ross, dragged the two injured crewmen aboard, including the pilot, who had suffered head injuries and a machine-gun bullet lodged in his arm. Young Ken ripped his own underwear into strips to use as bandages and, in return, Nissen – who had only a shirt, trousers and socks – gave him his socks suspenders as a gift of gratitude. The other survivor, the portly 16-stone observer Obfw Hans Peckhaus, was also seriously injured. On reaching land, both airmen were rushed to a nearby hospital for emergency treatment.
Sgt Arnfield flew P9495 (DW-K) on 17/6/40 & 18/6/40.
74324 F/O Bacon, Charles Harvey (RAFVR) Posted to 610 Sqn 16/9/40 from No 7 O.T.U. Hawarden. On Monday, 30/9/40 Spitfire K9818 ‘DW-H’ from 610 Squadron stationed at Acklington, crashed on the beach at Alnmouth following a mid-air collision with Sgt Clarke. The aircraft was written off, and the 21-year-old pilot, Flying Officer C. H. Bacon, was killed. Son of William Charles and Charlotte Bacon, of Windermere, Demi of Magdalen College, Oxford. He is buried in the family grave at WINDERMERE (ST. MARY’S) CEMETERY Sec. B.1. Grave 52.
810145/ 64892 Sgt Baker, Aubrey Cyril D.F.C. joined No 610 Squadron as an Aircrafthand (ACH) (810145) 4-years before the war. He re-mustered as an Airman u/t pilot and rejoined 610 Sqn on 27/7/40 posted from 9 FTS. Baker destroyed a Bf 109 on 24/8/40 W of Sheppey while flying Spitfire R6599. He scored a Bf 110 (probable) on 29/8/40 flying Spitfire X4011 and also probably destroyed a Do 215 over Mayfield on the same date as well as a Bf 109 over Hawkinge. On 30/8/40 he probably destroyed a Do 215 over Ashford in Spitfire X4011. He was shot down in Spitfire X4011 following this action and landed at Gatwick (aircraft written off). He joined 41 Sqn then 112 Sqn in Feb ‘42. Sgt Baker was awarded the DFC on 4/12/42. Promoted to Flt/Lt (WS) on 24/4/43. Released from RAF in 1946. He died in 1978.
40875 A/F/Lt Bartlett, S.P. posted from 154 Sqn. 15/3/42 to 610 Sqn at Hutton Cranswick. Posted to RAF Sutton Bridge 12/5/42. Returned to 610 Sqn then posted to 61 O.T.U for flying instructor duties 13/7/42.
657987 Sgt Barff, Edward Dennis Tootal Posted to 610 Sqn 14/6/43 from 193 Sqn. At Bolt Head in 1943. Aircraft crashed in poor visibility five minutes after take off on Ramrod 73 operation killing Sgt Barff 08/08/43. OVINGHAM BURIAL GROUND Grave 501 (Northumberland). Funeral attended by F/O Wood, Sgt Higgs and Sgt Samuels 10/8/43.
1151431 Sgt Blackman, Horace Cecil Donald Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Posted from 616 Squadron 4/7/41. MPD (Missing Presumed Dead) aged 24 years 10/7/41; MAIZIERES COMMUNAL CEMETERY. Shot down during ‘Circus 42’ escorting Blenheims to Chocques flying Spitfire P8374 ‘DW-K’ led by Wg/Cdr Bader. Previously with 616 & 145 Squadrons.
758084 Sgt Bowen-Morris, Hugh Born in Dorset, lived in Bath then Coventry. Posted from 66 Sqn to 610 Sqn 1940. Then to 92 Sqn Sept 1940. Shot down 23/6/41 became POW – exchanged by Red Cross Oct 1941. Died 1991.
41548 P/O Brown, Bernard Walter ‘Bernie’ (New Zealand) Accepted for a short service commission in 1938 and arrived in England in September. He started training at 5 E&RFTS, Hanworth and in late January 1939 he was posted to 5FTS, Sealand. He then went to No 1 School of Army Co-Operation at Old Sarum for a course on Lysanders in August 1939, and soon after joined 613 Squadron. Bernard Brown was flying one of six Hectors detailed to dive-bomb gun emplacements near Calais. On the way to the target, he test-fired his forward gun but a fault caused the muzzle attachment to fly off, penetrate the fuselage and hole the main fuel tank. He jettisoned his bombs and turned back to make a forced-landing.
In August 1940 he volunteered for Fighter Command, converting to Spitfires. He joined 610 Squadron at Biggin Hill then Acklington (picture below). Posted to 72 Sqn 20/9/40. While on patrol on 23/9/40 in his Spitfire I (X4063) with 72 Sqn, he was shot down by a Bf 109 during combat over Gravesend at 10:30hrs. He bailed out of the aircraft, badly wounded. His aircraft crashed and burned out but he escaped injury. Returning to active duty in November 1940, he was posted to 8FTS, Montrose for an instructor’s course, after which he went to Rhodesia, subsequently instructing at Cumalo. In 1943, he trained with Transport Command, becoming a ferry pilot. He flew between the United Kingdom and the Middle East. He transferred to the RNZAF in January 1944. On 1/1/44 he transferred to the RNZAF and by the end of the year was flying Halifaxes. He was released in 1945 to be a first officer on Dakotas with BOAC. Brown later joined BEA and flew with the airline until his retirement in 1972. He was living in New Zealand in 2011.
410035 P/O Brown, Brian William RAAF (Australia) was on patrol on 23rd September 1940 in his Spitfire I (X4063) . He was shot down by a Bf 109 during combat over Gravesend at 10:30hrs. His aircraft crashed and burned out but he escaped injury. He later joined 72 Sqn. Killed age 23 05/04/1945. Son of George and Maie Josephine Brown, of Caulfield, Victoria, Australia. Commonwealth War Dead IV. G. 4. UDINE WAR CEMETERY
745731 Sgt Ballard, James Eric William Joined 610 Sqn from 7 OT.U. He was (pictured) at Acklington in 1940 and at Westhampnett Aug 1941 (‘B’Flight). Destroyed Ju88 shared with F/lt Norris 3/4/41. Flew in Circus 85 from Westhampnett in Spitfire VB (DW-Q W3503?) led by Sqn/Ldr Holden on 27/8/41. Sgt Ballard failed to return. Died 27/8/41 age 23. Son of Harold Edward Ballard, and of Elizabeth Beatrice Ballard, of Tooting, Surrey. RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL Panel 39.
810024 S/Ldr Bamberger DFC**, Cyril Stanley: Known simply as ‘Bam’, his RAF career started as RAFVR ground crew with 610 Squadron in 1936. In late 1938 he was accepted for pilot training, after which he rejoined 610 at Biggin Hill on 27/7/40. However, with no experience flying Spitfires he was sent to 7 OTU, Hawarden (near Chester) for three weeks. Again, he rejoined 610 Squadron claiming a probable Bf 109 on 28/8/40 over Deal/Dover. He was posted to 41 Squadron at Hornchurch on 17/9/40, and on 5 October 1940 he claimed a Bf 109. In mid-October 1940 Bam departed for Malta, arriving on 28/11/40. He flew a Hurricane off HMS Argus to the Island on 17/11/40, joining 261 Squadron. He shot down two Ju 87s in successive days over Grand Harbour in January 1941 before returning to the UK in June 1941. He returned to Malta in 1943 with 243 Squadron and shot down another Ju 87 on 13/7/41 over Sicily. In August No 243 Squadron moved to Sicily, and Bam received his DFC on 28/9/43. On 16/10/43 he claimed a Bf 109, another on 25/5/44 and a Me 262 damaged on 15/6/44. In July 1944 he returned to the UK and was awarded the bar to his DFC on 14/11/44. He destroyed 6 enemy aircraft during the war and was released from the RAF in 1945.
Main Squadrons: 610 and 41. Stations: Biggin Hill; Hornchurch. Kills: 6½.
Cyril ‘Bam’ Bamberger was a veteran of more than 100 sorties. ‘In mid-September 1940 I was hit by enemy fire near the Kent coast. All I heard was a bang and then I was going down in a spin. I un-strapped myself ready to bale out, but then decided I would try the technique I had used in biplanes to get out of the spin. I strapped myself back in, and felt cocky when I regained control. ‘But when I came in to land at Hornchurch there was a “twang” and both my wing flaps dropped down. I would have been a dead man if that had happened in the air. All the staff sergeant would say was, “Another bloody aircraft unserviceable.”
In 1946, Squadron Leader Bamberger was recalled to the RAF for the Korean War. He became C/O of 610 (County of Chester) Squadron, then stationed at Hooton Park, Cheshire from 1950 – 52 . He oversaw the introduction of Meteor jet fighters. He finally retired from the RAF in 1959. He later became managing director of a packaging company. He and his wife, Heather, had four children and seven grandchildren. He died on 3/2/08 (21 in 1940).
124911 F/Lt Bangerter, Patrick M. On attachment to RAF Colerne, he returned to 610 Sqn on 17/4/44. First flying bomb (½) destroyed with S/Ldr Newbery 24/6/44. Destroyed two more 28/8/44 and another shared with P/O Finbow 29/844. F/Lt. Bangerter added one to the score 31/7/44. Four Flying bombs destroyed in total. F/O Bangerter took ashes of F/Lt Ronnie West from Harrowbeer to Lossiemouth for burial.
656374 W/O Bonfield , John James Dew, (‘Jack) Posted to 610 Sqn from RAF Exeter 20/11/43. Son of Ernest Fred Bonfield and of Kate Sybella Bonfield (nee Dew), of Victoria Park, Bristol. Destroyed one Flying bomb 5/7/44 while stationed at Friston. Went missing on flying bomb patrol with Spitfire XIV RB150 ‘DW-A’ off Boulogne 30/8/44. The body of W/O Bonfield aged 25years was washed ashore on the coast of Holland and initially was buried in the village of Haamstede on the island of Schouwen. It seems however that he crashed somewhere near Boulogne (via Erwin van Loo). Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: 14. A. 12. BERGEN-OP-ZOOM WAR CEMETERY.
113910 F/O Barrie, Andrew Stuart RAF VR Posted from 93 Sqn 18/9/42. Was at Perranporth with 610 in June ‘43. ‘One of its most popular members’. Killed 22/06/43 aged 25. Son of Andrew and Sarah Ann Barrie and husband of Patricia Barrie of Cowley Middlesex. Flying Spitfire V EE726 he was shot down by Feldwebel Reinhardt Flecks of II.JG1 during ‘Ramrod operation escorting Mitchells to Rotterdam. Buried 12/8/43 in HOOK OF HOLLAND GENERAL CEMETERY Row F. Grave 14.
41542 A/F/Lt Barthropp, Patrick Peter Colum ‘Paddy’ DFC AFC : At the outbreak of war Paddy flew obsolete Hinds, Hectors and Lysanders in combat, but converted to Spitfires and joined 602 Squadron at Tangmere. During the Battle of Britain he flew with some of the great aces – Douglas Bader, Sailor Malan, and Bob Stanford Tuck. In August 1941 he was a Flight Commander with 610 Squadron. He flew Spitfire VB DW-N on 26/8/41 and DW-R on 27/8/41, Spitfire IIA ‘DW-P’ 3/9/41 & ‘DW-Z’ 4/9/41. He was awarded the DFC in September 1941. On 4/2/41 posted to 91 Sqn at Hawkinge. On 22/10/41 posted to 61 OTU at Heston. Continuing to fly Spitfires, now with 122 Squadron based at Hornchurch, he flew fighter sweeps and escort missions. On 17/5/42 he was shot down over St Omer. He bailed out but was captured, spending the next three years as a POW in Stalag Luft III.
100607 P/O Beardsley, Robert (‘Bob’) A. DFC AE RAFVR was born at Old Charlton, London 19/1/20. He carried out his flying training at 20 E&RFTS. Joined No 610 Squadron at Biggin Hill on 12/8/40. He flew X4011 DW-O 24/8/40: R6599 DW-J 24/8/40; DW-Y 29/8/40; DW-G 30/8/40. Beardsley had three confirmed victories before the end of the Battle. He destroyed a Bf 109 over Dungeness/Dover 25/8/40 while flying R6599 DW-J. He probably destroyed a Bf 109 near Dungeness/ Hawkinge and a Do 215 near Mayfield 29/8/40. On 30/8/40 he destroyed a He 111 W. of Hawkinge flying DW-G. He was posted to 41 Squadron 18/9/40 and spent months with the Tangmere Wing in 1941. He was in action on the 30/9/40, having attacked a Do 17 and a Bf 109 he became the prey. Six Bf 109s chased him and shot up his Spitfire with cannon and machine gun fire, He managed to land at Hawkinge and jumped clear while the aircraft was still rolling, well alight with the airfield tender giving chase. Commissioned in June 1941, Beardsley remained with 41 Squadron until November. After a period instructing, he went to North Africa with 93 Squadron, covering the Allied invasion. After D-Day he went to France with 222 Squadron on Spitfires Also flew with 93 & 222 Sqns. He was later awarded the DFC. Beardsley left the RAF in 1945 but rejoined in 1949, flying Meteors with 74 Squadron. He died in October 2003.
Capt. Berg, Russell A. (Russ) USAAC was born in 1917 in Wichita, Kansas. He was at Bolt Head in August 1943 attached to 610 Sqn and flew Spitfire AB276 on 03/08/43. Returned to his own unit 16/9/43. He flew around thirty combat missions with 610 Sqn over a period of five weeks. Later, he flew 42 combat missions in Mustangs, P-38s and A-20 aircraft.
In 1952 he commanded the 67th Tactical Wing and flew 52 combat missions in jet reconnaissance aircraft.
He became a Brigadier General with the USAF in 1966 and retained the rank until has retirement on 1st August 1970. In 1967 he became Director of the Office of Space Systems with NASA.
His military decorations include the Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster, DFC and bar, Air Medal with eight oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star, Croix de Guere and Palm (both French and Belgian) and Presidential Unit Citation (Republic of Korea).
He died c. 2006.
1184031 Sgt Bray, A.R. was at Hutton Cranswick 1/42. Flew Spitfire VB ‘DW-L’ 5/1/42. Posted to RAF Hutton Cranswick pending overseas 31/1/41.
953613 Sgt Burgess, James Edward Posted to 610 Sqn 1/6/43 from O.T.U. Aircraft turned too close to water – wing tip of Spitfire EE743 struck and wing ripped off. Killed 27/06/43 RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL Panel 144.
133997 F/O Campbell, James Smith Crichton (‘Jock’), a Yorkshireman, was at Bolt Head in July 1943. In early July 1943 he flew as No 2 to Freddie Crewe on a Rhubarb operation to Morlaix. The weather was good and ‘Jock’ attacked some of the installations while I (F. Crewe) stooged around and drew some of the flak. 16 days later (29/07/43) Campbell led a section on another Rhubarb operation and was shot down in Spitfire AD139 ‘DW-U’ and killed on 29th July 1943 at Vieux-Marche (13 km south of Lannion) at the age of 24. He was buried at Lannion on 31st July 1943 and exhumed by a US Army Grave Registration team in September 1944. It is assumed that his body was identified at an American cemetery then taken to the Bayeux War Cemetery in Normandy – where he now rests. ‘He was a pleasant chap and a good Squadron member’ (Freddie Crewe).
510604 F/O Colgan, Brian Thomas (‘Butch’) Posted to 610 Sqn from 132 Sqn 13/6/43. Flew W3707 on patrol and escort 28/6/43 from RAF Bolt Head. With 610 at RAF Exeter in Feb 1944. After landing hit a vehicle when taxiing in EP388 13/2/44. Flew RB152 22/2/44. Flew shipping recce from St Malo to Morlaix 20/5/44. Flying over France from RAF Harrowbeer in Devon on 27/05/44, Colgan’s Spitfire XIV RB175 ‘DW-L’ was hit by flak and forced landed at SAINT RIEUL near to Lamballe in Britanny. It was thought to be the first Mk XIV Spitfire to have been shot down. Accordingly, four 610 Sqn aircraft were sent out that evening to destroy the downed aircraft but were unsuccessful. Colgan was reported missing. It was confirmed that he was a POW and held in Stalag Luft III, Sagan and IIIA Luckenwalde.
His civilian address was ‘Locomotive Inn’, Garratt Street, Manchester 10, Lancs, England. His occupation was shown as plumber and his birth date as 5/4/15.
F/O Corbett posted to 610 Sqn from 83 GSU. 16/12/44. F/O Corbett’s promotion came through 10/1/45 to take affect from 11th October 1944 – ‘all are hopeful of a drink on the strength of this’.
118919 F/O Cameron, J.S. posted from RAF Hednesford and with 610 in ’43. Attached to RAF Redhill for exercise Spartan 14/2/43.
W/O Chalmers posted to 610 Sqn 25/12/44.
90343 F/O Chambers, Graham Tim Lambert (AAF) was a pre-war member of the Squadron. Appointed Intelligence Officer 12/9/39. Flew Spitfire K9960 ‘DW-P’ from RAF Wittering on 2/1/40. As part of ‘B’ Flight stationed at RAF Bircham Newton 9/2/40. He was with 610 Sqn at Biggin Hill. Flew on patrol 21/5/40 and over Calais – Boulogne in Spitfire K9960 ‘DW-P’ 24/5/40. Flew L1062 ‘DW-K’ on 25/5/40, N3274 on 28/5/40, 29/5/40 and 31/5/40. On patrol over Dunkirk the Squadron was attacked by Me 109s. Chambers (Yellow 2) reported shot down 31/5/40 in Spitfire N3274. Confirmed KIA 31st May 1940. Runnymede Memorial Panel 5.
810021 Sgt Chandler, Horatio Herbert AAF of Bexhill, Sussex was a non-flying member of No 610 Squadron before the war. He qualified as a Sergeant-Pilot and then rejoined 610 Squadron in April 1940. He was engaged in operations against the enemy since April 1940. On 24/7/40 and 25/7/40 he destroyed Bf 109s over Dover. He damaged a Bf 109 over Lympne 12/8/40 and destroyed another 14/8/40. On 18/8/40 he destroyed two Do 215s over S Croydon and damaged another on 29/8/40 flying K9974 DW-M N. of Dungeness. On 30/8/40 he shot down a Bf 109 4miles East of Bromley and a Bf 110 (probable) over Lympne. He was awarded the DFM on 22/10/40, with six enemy aircraft destroyed at that time, and also the A.F.C. on the 2nd of April 1943. His citation in the London Gazette (22 October 1940) read, “This airman has been continuously engaged in operational flights against the enemy since April 1940 and has destroyed six of their aircraft. He has displayed courage, skill and determination.”
403898 Sgt Chapman G. (New Zealand) with 610 Sqn at Hutton Cranswick 3/42. Posted to 55 O.T.U. Usworth 7/4/42.
754383 Sgt Clarke, Henry Reginald (‘Harry’) RAFVR Joined the RAF in 1939 and took part in the Battle of Britain. He joined 610 Sqn at Acklington from 66 Sqn 10/9/40. During dogfight practice he collided head-on with another Spitfire flown by Sgt Bacon who was killed at Alnmouth 30/9/40. Sgt Clarke bailed out at 14,000 ft but was hit by the tail of the aircraft and lost consciousness. He came to connected to his parachute by one strap curled around his leg. His injuries were some bruising and a deep cut to the chin, His aircraft lost a wing and crashed one mile north of Alnmouth at Wildhope Hill on Hipsburn Farm. The remains of this Spitfire are now in a museum at Bamburgh Castle (see below). Clarke flew two patrols 14/9/40 in X4245 ‘DW-M’ and P9311 ‘DW-L’. He was posted to 602 Squadron at Prestwick 14/12/40. Later posted to 266 and 255 Squadrons going to North Africa. Returned to NI to the village of Saintfield, County Down and continued to fly as a test pilot with 23 MU. He was living in Northern Ireland 2010 and died 26/7/2010.
610 Sqn pilot Bacon collided with Sgt Clarke during a practise dog fight and the remains of Clarke’s Spitfire are in Bamburgh Castle military museum in Northumbria.
114724 F/Lt Collinge, Douglas Owen DFC RAF VR was with 610 on 20/03/42 and at Ludham (September 1942). Posted to RAF Sutton Bridge 6/8/42. Returned to 610 Sqn 4/9/42. Received DFC from King at Buckingham Palace 20/11/42. Shot down while flying Spitfire BL731 ‘DW-J’ by fighters when escorting Venturas nr Cayeux 21/4/43. F/Lt D O Collinge DFC killed. RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL Panel 119.
405123 P/O Creagh, Southwell C. (‘South’) (Australia) posted to 610 Sqn from 53 O.T.U. Llandow 3/3/42.was with ‘A’ Flight at Hutton Cranswick ’42 and at Ludham in July 1942. Flew Spitfire EP253 DW-K 7/8/42. Shared a Bf 109 (destroyed) with S/L Johnson and P/O Smith 19/8/42. Shared with Sgt Gregory a Me 210 destroyed E. of Southend 5/9/42 in EP253 DW-K. At Perranporth May 1943. Flew AD499 (‘DW-L’) 2/4/43, 3/5/43, 4/5/43. Bailed out 19/8/42 and was picked up from sea. Posted back to 610 Sqn on appointment to commissioned rank 29/9/42. Posted from 610 Sqn to 5 PDC for overseas 19/5/43.
He was living in Queensland, Victoria (2012).
407941 Sgt Crocker, Henry Bert (Australia) posted to 610 Sqn from 53 O.T.U. Llandow 3/3/42.was at Hutton Cranswick ’42. Flew ‘DW-H’ 2/4/42, ‘DW-D’ on 5th, ‘DW-A’ on 8th, ‘DW-F’ on 10th,14th, 15th 22nd 26th and 27th ‘DW-J’ on 29th.Flew Magister from Hutton C. to Ludham. Killed as a result of flying accident in Spitfire VB ‘DW-H’ BL267 18/5/42. Grave 270. SCOTTOW CEMETERY.
745777 Sgt Cooper, James Enerton ‘Ollie’ RAFVR Posted to 610 Sqn 6/10/40 from 7 O.T.U. Hawarden. Flew DW-M 11/10/40. DW-U 26/10/40. DW-X 27/10/40. DW-S 1/11/40. DW-M 5/12/40. DW-W 8/12/40. Posted to 602 Sqn Prestwick 14/12/40. He was in the Battle of Britain later killed 09/09/1941. Worked for Post Office. Friend of D. Denchfield. Grave 1807B LUTON GENERAL CEMETERY
756092 Fg/O Cooper, Roy Norman of Portsmouth joined the RAFVR as an Airman u/t Pilot. Posted to 610 Sqn 6/10/40 at Acklington from 7 O.T.U. Hawarden. Posted to 65 Sqn 11/10/40. Took part in the Battle of Britain, later killed 28/10/1945. British Plot. Grave 5. KAMPALA (JINJA ROAD) EUROPEAN CEMETERY.
754013 F/Lt Corbin, W. ‘Jimmy’ was born (5/8/1920) and educated in Maidstone, Kent. Following teacher training he joined the RAFVR in April 1939 learning to fly at Rochester. Then sent to 14 FTS at Kinloss in April 1940. Posted to 66 Sqn 7/9/40 then to 610 Sqn at Acklington 10/9/40, returning to 66 Sqn stationed at Gravesend 24th October 1940. Stations: Kirton-in-Lindsey; Coltishall; Kenley; Acklington; Gravesend, Kent.
‘My most frightening time was being jumped by 30 Messerschmitt 109s towards the end of October 1940, and we had an amazing dogfight four miles off Dover. When you are jumped from behind you do a “split-arse” turn – a very quick turn – with no regard to direction – and you almost blackout in the process. I wasn’t a very good fighter pilot but I had a good sense of preservation. You were too busy getting out of the way to think you’d get hit. You always think it’s going to happen to some other poor devil. During the Battle of Britain I had one definite kill and a few I sprayed at’.
After the war, Flt/Lieut. Corbin went back to teaching engineering at school. He and his wife, Jeanne, have one son, two daughters and five grandchildren.
His book ‘Last of the Ten Fighter Boys’ was published in 2007. Jimmy Corbin died on 7th December 2012 aged 92 years.
80273 P/O Cooke, Regie S. (Rhodesia) was posted to 610 at Hutton Cranswick 16/3/42. Flew Spitfire VB ‘DW-P’ on 23 & 27/3/42. Moved with Squadron to Ludham. Flew ‘DW-L’ 14/4/42, then ‘DW-P’ on 15th, 16th and 26th, ‘DW-X on 17th and ‘DW-R on 18th Posted from 610 Sqn to RAF Coltishall pending overseas posting 30/4/42.
41987 F/Lt Cotes-Preedy GM, DFC, Digby Vawdre Cartmel (‘Digger’) joined the RAF on a Short Service Commission in Fenruary 1939. His first squadron posting was to 236 squadron, flying Blenheim IF’s at Middle Wallop. In January 1941 as a Flying Officer he crashed on a dawn take-off in a Blenheim IVF at St Eval and the aircraft caught fire with the air gunner trapped inside his turret and the observer thrown clear but with his clothing ablaze. Cotes-Preedy dragged the observer clear and extinguished the burning clothes before returning to the aircraft and forcing his way to the air gunner in order to rescue him from the fire. For his actions in saving his crew he was awarded the George Medal. He was posted to 609 Sqn 10/3/42 from 610 Squadron on 11th March 1942 under S/Ldr Gilroy at RAF Digby. He was promoted to Flight Lieutenant in command of B Flight. On 30th July whilst 609 were in the process of converting onto Typhoons at Duxford, Cotes-Preedy was involved in an accident in a Spitfire at Digby on his way to an umpiring job in Scotland, landing with an oil-obscured windscreen, and hitting an obstacle. Posted from 609 to the Air Ministry, by January 1945 he was Commanding Officer of 56 Squadron flying Tempest V’s from Volkel as part of 122 Wing under W/Cdr Wray, DFC. He spent the final months of the war as a Forward Air Controller directing Cab-Rank Typhoon operations. In April 1947 he flew Meteor IV G-AIDC as a civil demonstrator on a continental tour.
42295 F/Lt Cosby I. H. Posted to 610 Sqn at Acklington from 13 Sqn 3/9/40. Later with 72 Squadron.
Sgt Cranwell E W (Ted) was in the Battle of Britain with 610 Sqn at Acklington. His Spitfire DW-Q collided with the aircraft of Sgt D. Denchfield and crashed. Both pilots survived.
810075 W/O Corfe, Douglas Frederick of Meols, Wirral rejoined No 610 Squadron 25/7/40 after a spell with No 73 Squadron. He shot down a Bf 109 on 14/8/40 over Dover/Folkestone and damaged another. On 15/8/40 flying Spitfire ‘DW-O’ X4011 he damaged a Bf 109 S. of Maidstone. On 22/8/40 his Spitfire R6695 ‘DW-P’ was written off when he crashed at Hawkinge after combat with Bf 109s at 14:15hrs. Later he was posted to 66 Sqn 10/9/40. Then he moved to 73 Squadron and later to 229 Sqn. He was killed in Malta aged 23 years 25/04/1942. Born on 24th August 1918, he was the son of Fredrick and Charlotte Corfe of Meols, Hoylake.
Commonwealth War Dead Prot. Sec. (Men’s). Plot F. Coll. Grave 99. MALTA (CAPUCCINI) NAVAL CEMETERY.
Corfe attended Rock Ferry Higher Grade School then Park High School, Birkenhead in September 1929. He gained his School Certificate in 1934 and left in April 1935 to begin work as a clerk with the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board in Liverpool, where his father was employed in a similar capacity.
In 1936 Corfe joined the Auxiliary Air Force to serve on the ground staff of the newly-formed 610 (County of Chester) Squadron at Hooton Park. He transferred to the RAFVR in late 1938 to begin pilot training. He was called up on 1st September 1939, completed his training and arrived at 6 OTU on 28th April 1940. After converting to Hurricanes he was posted to 73 Squadron in France. Corfe was forced to flee France on 18th June 1940 flying Hurricane L2047.
On 25th July as a Sergeant Pilot he re-joined 610 Squadron, then stationed at Biggin Hill and involved in the Battle of Britain. At 12:00pm on 14th August, Red, Yellow, Blue, and Green sections of No.610 squadron took off from Biggin Hill, for a one-hour patrol of Manston, and then Hawkinge. They engaged German Ju87s, Bf109s and Bf110s over Folkestone at 15,000 feet. Sergeant Corfe piloting Spitfire X4011 shot down a Bf109E-1 from 4/JG52 over the Channel off Dover. The Bf109 crashed into the sea, the pilot, Oberfeldwebel (Flight Sergeant) Georg Weiss was killed, and his body was washed up in Joss Bay north of Broardstairs jetty on 24th October. He was initially buried in Margate, but later reinterred at the Soldatenfriedhof at Cannock Chase.
On 15th August, at 6:45pm, the squadron was ordered to intercept German aircraft approaching Biggin Hill from the southeast. Over Maidstone they met about 25 Do215s escorted by many Bf109s. The bombers were flying at 14,000 feet and the fighters at 16,000 feet. Corfe again flying Spitfire serial number X4011 ‘DW-O’, fired three short bursts at a Bf109. The tracer appeared to hit the German aircraft about the rear of the fuselage and wings. Corfe was able to claim one damaged German aircraft while the rest of the squadron claimed, one Bf109 destroyed, one Bf109 probable, and another Bf109 damaged.
On 22nd August the squadron records show that between 1:0 pm and 2:30pm, Red, Yellow, Blue and Green sections of 610 Squadron were ordered to patrol the Folkestone area at 15,000 feet, when they were attacked from above out of the sun by about 20 Bf109s which made one attack and continued their dive into cloud. The Squadron was unable to engage but Sergeant Corfe’s Spitfire R6695 ‘DW-P’ was hit by cannon fire and crash landed at Petham Wood near Hawkinge Airfield, Corfe jumped clear of the aircraft but sustained burns. The Spitfire was a write off.
Corfe was posted to No.66 Squadron at Kenley on 10th September. While flying Spitfire Mk.Ia serial number R6603 on patrol over Canterbury on the morning of 18th September, he was shot down by a Bf109 near Gravesend. He tried to bale out, but found that the cockpit door had jammed. At a height of a few hundred feet, he was jerked clear of the cockpit. On landing he suffered a severe leg injury, and was admitted to Chatham Hospital with the injuries, which disabled him for some time. The aircraft crashed at Denge Wood, Petham and was Struck off Charge on the 3rd October.
In April 1941 Corfe was with No.229 Squadron at Speke Airport, Liverpool. The Squadron embarked on the aircraft carrier HMS Furious in May en route for the Middle East. No.229 flew its Hurricane IIs off to Malta on the 6th June. The aircraft were left in Malta and the 229 Squadron pilots took Mark Is on to Mersa Matruh the next day. Pending the arrival of squadron ground crews, the pilots were attached to No’s 6, 73, and 208 Squadrons for desert operations. On 19th April 1942 Sgt Corfe flew one of 6 Hurricane IIcs from Gambut 720 miles across the Mediterranean to Malta, to join the nineteen other Hurricanes of.229 Squadron, which had flown there.
On 25th April 1942 Corfe, now a Warrant Officer, flew with five other Hurricanes to intercept Ju88s, Ju87s and Bf109s over St Paul’s Bay. Corfe was shot down by a Bf109 while flying Hurricane serial number BE708. This was the last ‘kill’ of the pilot of the Bf109, Oberst (Group Captain) Wolf-Dietrich Wilcke, a German ace with 162 ‘kills’.
There is some uncertainty on the location of Corfe’s crash site. At Ras Il-Qammieh on the northwest coast of Malta, a Hurricane crashed into the cliff face. Several years ago, the tail section of a Hurricane was recovered from there complete with cannon shell damage indicating that the aircraft was lost in combat. So far, records have not yet been able to positively confirm the pilot’s identity. It could possibly have been Corfe or Flying Officer John Southwell of 261 Squadron. Corfe was aged 23 and was buried in collective grave in the Capuccini Naval Cemetery on Malta along with five other personnel, including the Canadian pilot, who were also killed on the same day.
Corfe is commemorated on the War Memorial (column) on Grange Hill, overlooking West Kirby.
F/Lt Costello, A.A. (supernumerary Flight Commander) posted to 610 Sqn from 313 Sqn 14/10/43. Posted to Junior Commanders course at Dallachy, after which, returned to 610 Squadron. Posted to C.T.U. Woodlands 12/1/44 for Sector Controller Training.
127940 P/O Cremer, Jeffrey Martin was with 610 Squadron in Feb ’43. Posted from 1 PDC 23/2/43. He was killed when he stalled off a climbing turn in his Spitfire AD575 ‘DW-Y’ and crashed into the sea off Bognor 14/03/43. He died aged 19. RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL Panel 124
78274 F/Lt Crowley-Milling, Dennis, DSO, DFC, AE (‘Crow’):
Educated at Aysgarth Prep School, Bedale, Yorks. At the outbreak of war, as a RAF Volunteer Reserve Sgt pilot and former Rolls-Royce engineering apprentice, he was called up, joining 615 Squadron in France, later posted to 242 Squadron. During the Battle of Britain he flew in Douglas Bader’s section, and joined his Spitfire Wing at Tangmere as a Flight Commander of 610 Squadron (11/6/41). He shot down and prob destroyed a Bf 109 25/6/41 over Hazebrouk. On 21/8/41, on his second mission of the day, escorting Stirling bombers to Lille, his Spitfire W3455 ‘DW-U’ was shot down (probably by 4/JG 26-1) southwest of St Omer. He was rescued by French civilians and taken first to Hucqueliers and then to Renty where he stayed with Norbert Fillerin and “put in touch with the organisation” before being driven to St Omer by Désiré Didry then taking the train to Lille. He stayed either at Madeleine Deram’s house or the flat of Jeannine Voglimacci in La Madeleine where he first met Harold Cole and Rudolf Ptacek, until 1 September.
From Miranda, when the rest of the party went on to Gibraltar, Crowley-Milling was in hospital in Madrid with typhus. He was later repatriated via Gibraltar and flown home by Sunderland on 2/12/41.
On his return to the UK C-M resumed command of E Flight of 610 Squadron. He flew BL599 DW-T 1/6/42. Damaged and destroyed a FW190 and Bf 109 (respectively) over Dieppe 19/8/42 flying EP361 DW-X. He was posted to 181 Squadron (4/9/42), which formed as the first Typhoon Bomber Squadron for ground attack. He became Wing Commander the following summer until eyesight problems took him off wartime flying. That autumn he joined the USAAF HQ to co-ordinate fighters with B-17 bombers on their daylight missions. He finished the war with 8 victories. He retired from the RAF in 1975 as Air Marshall Sir Denis Crowley-Milling, KCB,CBE, DSO, DFC and Vice President of the RAF Escaping Society. He was appointed Controller of the RAF Benevolent Fund and also took over the Bader Foundation after Bader’s death in 1982. C-M died in 1996
70852 F/Lt Courtney R.N.H. (‘Buck’) Was with 151 Squadron over Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain. He was posted from 53 O.T.U Llandow, then to 610 Sqn as a flight commander at Hutton Cranswick 19/4/42. Destroyed Do 217 (half share) 15/5/42 N. Sherringham. Damaged a Ju 88 off Dutch Coast 4/6/42 (shared with P/O Pabiot. He was with 610 Sqn at Ludham in late 1941 through to ‘42. Posted to RAF Coltishall for overseas 1/8/42.
920490 Sgt Courtney L. Posted from 56 O.T.U. 25/8/42. Posted to SHQ Castletown pending overseas 25/11/42.
81367 P/O Cox, Kenneth Henry RAFVR joined No 610 Squadron on 27/7/40 posted from 5 O.T.U. Aston Down. Cox destroyed two Bf 109s, on 12/8/40 (one probable) and another on the 15/8/40. On 18/8/40 he destroyed a Bf 109 S Biggin Hill flying K9970 DW-V. Cox was shot down by Bf 109s and killed in his Spitfire I (P9511) on 28/8/40 at 17:00hrs over Dover, aged 24. His aircraft hit a house at Stelling Minnis. BIRMINGHAM MUNICIPAL CREMATORIUM Column 1.
Ashes scattered at Old Castle Bromwich aerodrome.
403322 Sgt Cuthbertson (Australian) was with 610 Squadron at Hutton Cranswick 1/42 from 61 O.T.U.
122922 F/O Crewe, Freddie J. was at Bolt Head in August 1943. Flew BL956 DW-N on 1/4/43, AD320 on 2/08/43. Led several Rhubarb operations into France. Following return from wedding of Sousse Venesoen (see Lightbourn) the next day was spent testing his aircraft, which had had a major overhaul. Led sweep to Guipavas with Lightbourn as No 2. Freddie was shot down, captured and interned in Stalag Luft III as POW. Died Friday 12th May 2000.
152668 F/O Cresswell-Turner (‘Crosswind’) posted to 610 Sqn at Exeter from 61 O.T.U. 7/3/44. Posted to RAF Colerne for Personnel Leaders Course 8/44. Destroyed ½ Flying Bomb 11/7/44.
402854 F/O Dodson R.E. (Australia) was posted to 610 Sqn at Exeter 22/1/44 from 53 O.T.U. for flying duties. Married in London 10/3/44. Posted 09/10/44 for return to Australia.
126592 P/O Davidson, Alan Hubert born 31/1/1917 in Putney London. Posted from 531 Sqn 23/1/43. At Westhampnett Jan/April ’43 (C/O Squadron Leader ‘Johnnie’ Johnson DFC – later Sqn Leader Laurie), then briefly to Perranporth.
7/2/43 flew Spitfire AA931 (‘DW-K’) on patrol over convoy ‘Bosum’ – no e/a. 20/2/43 BL370 (‘DW-F’) on patrol Beachy Head to Selsey – no e/a. 24/2/43 BL370 (‘DW-F’) patrol St Catherine’s Point to Selsey. 27/2/43 EE747 (‘DW-A’) convoy patrol – no e/a. 3/3/43 BM428 (‘DW-H’) convoy patrol – no e/a. 7/3/43 AD248 (‘DW-A’) convoy patrol ‘Peewit’– no e/a. 9/3/43 BM428 (‘DW-H’) Rodeo 177 with 485 Sqn from Selsey to Havre re-crossing coast at Fecamp; BM428 (‘DW-H’) scramble patrol St Catherine’s – no e/a. 11/3/43 AR393 (‘DW-E’) shipping recco. 13/3/43 BM428 (‘DW-H’) patrol Beachy Head to Shoreham – no e/a. 14/3/43 BM428 (‘DW-H’) ‘Rodeo 186’, Wing, led by Wg/Cdr Thomas, crossed French coast at St Aubin sur Mer, encountered e/a but out of range. Returned via Fecamp. 16/3/43 BM428 (‘DW-H’) scramble patrol Selsey – no e/a. 20/3/43 BM428 (‘DW-H’) convoy patrol ‘Bacon’ – no e/a. 21/3/43 BM532 (‘DW-B’), Wing, led by Wg/Cdr Thomas, crossed at St Vaast. Returned via Cap de Flamanville. 22/3/43 BM532 (‘DW-B’) patrol Selsey – Shoreham – no e/a. 22/3/43 EE766 (‘DW-G’) ‘Circus 276’ Wing escorting Ventura bombers to Caen – abandoned due poor visibility. 24/3/43 EE766 (‘DW-G’) patrol to St Catherines Point – no e/a. 2/4/43 EP183 (‘DW-K’) Scramble patrol Selsey – no e/a. 3/4/43 EP183 (‘DW-K’) patrol to Brighton – Ford – no e/a. EP183 (‘DW-K’) ‘Rodeo 191’, Wing led by Sqn/Ldr Baker crossed French coast at St Valery, encountered two pairs of Fw 190s and were attacked by Fw 190s, returned between Fecamp and Entretat. 4/4/43 EE612 (‘DW-G’) ‘Ramrod 51’ escort Ventura bombers to Caen aerodrome – Wing led by Wg/Cdr Thomas rendezvoused with Venturas and crossed at St Aubin – airfield bombed successfully – aircraft followed by enemy fighter a/c (Me 109s) but all returned safely. EE612 (‘DW-G’) local patrol – no e/a. 8/4/43 EE612 (‘DW-G’) Balbo and Stooge patrol – no e/a. 9/4/43 EE612 (‘DW-G’) convoy patrol ‘Peewit’– no e/a. 10/4/43 EE612 (‘DW-G’) Shipping Recco. Harfleur/Havre – no e/a. 13/04/43 EE612 (‘DW-G’) convoy ‘Bacon’ patrol – no e/a. EE612 (‘DW-G’) ‘Circus 282’ wing escort of Ventura bombers to Caen marshalling yards, formation attacked by 8 – Fw 190s. 14/4/43 EE612 (‘DW-G’) 1st Fighter Echelon with 485 and 411 Squadrons crossed French coast at Port en Bassin, Squadron provided cover for 411 Squadron to carry out ground attacks, left France west of Isigny. 15/4/43 EE612 (‘DW-G’) scramble – no e/a. 17/4/43 EE612 (‘DW-G’) ‘Circus 286’ escort to 12 Ventura bombers to Caen marshalling yards, crossed N. of Caen, experienced flak, recrossing at Rivabella, followed by Fw 190s who attacked and shot down a/c of 132 Squadron, bombers returned safely. 18/4/43 EE612 ‘DW-G’) ‘Circus 287’ escort 12 Venturas to Dieppe harbour, successful raid , moderate flak, no e/s. 1/5/43 Squadron moved to Perranporth. 5/5/43 Posted to 5 PDC pending overseas.
R56086 Sgt Davies, G.J. (Canada) Joined 610 Sqn from 57 O.T.U. 7/5/41. Left 610 Sqn 19/9/41 for 129 Sqn.
90963 P/O Davies Alfred Eric was posted to 610 Sqn from No 7 O.T.U. Hawarden 3/9/40. Pictured at Acklington. Posted to 222 Sqn 28/9/40. Shot down Me 109 and was killed aged 23 years 30/10/40. Son of Alfred Evan Davies and Norah Davies of Tanworth in Arden. Husband of Audrey Maud Phylis Davies of Tanworth in Arden. Tanworth St Mary Magdalen Grave 1601.
36167 F/O Davies-Cooke, Paul John was at Shrewsbury School 1930-35 then to Trinity College, Cambridge. He was a pre-war member of the Squadron and relinquished his commission in 610 on appointment to a permanent commission in the RAF 18/3/39. He was posted back to 610 Sqn 3/9/40 from No 7 O.T.U. Hawarden and was later pictured at Acklington. Flew Spitfire X4028 ‘DW-F’ & X9892 ‘DW-B’ on 14/9/40 (three sorties). Posted to 72 Squadron 20/9/40 and was killed in Spitfire N3068 aged 23 years 27/9/40. Parents lived at Gwysaney Estate, Mold. Commonwealth War Dead South side of Church. RHYDYMWYN (ST. JOHN) CHURCHYARD
1251611 P/O Day, Albert George Posted to 610 Sqn from 124 Sqn 11/7/41. Flew DW-L on 15/7/41, DW-G on 20/7/41 & 21/7/41, DW-L on 24/7/41. At Westhampnett Aug ’41. Killed 12/12/41 aged 20 flying Spitfire Vb AD466 ‘DW- J’ (Yellow One) from Leconfield. As Yellow Leader attacked Ju 88 and fired all ammunition at e/a. Then experienced loss of oil pressure. Aircraft came down 40 miles E. of Withernsea near Spurn Head Remembered with honour RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL Panel 32.
87684 P/O De Patoul Guy R.J.M.G. (Belgium) was posted to 610 7/10/41 at Leconfield from 61 OTU at Heston. He was with 610 at Ludham in July 1942. Flew Spitfire VB EP298 ‘DW-A’ (28/7/42) and EP198 ‘DW-H’ (29/7/42) Posted to 350 Sqn 2/9/42.
Lieut. Delange P.G (Free French) posted to 610 Sqn from 154 Sqn 13/3/42. Posted to 19 Sqn 13/4/42.
748168 Sgt Denchfield, David Herbert Age: 90 (20 in 1940) Joined 610 Squadron 7th October 1940 and was stationed at Acklington, Northumberland
‘On October 7, 1940, Flight Commander Joe Pegge led us off in tight formation, flying along the beaches and hopping over the dunes, heading towards Berwick. Suddenly he said, “Listen to this, you two.” I looked across and he was holding a book his right hand and flying with his left at just 100ft. He was reading excerpts from the raunchy ‘Karma Sutra’ and still managed to get over the dunes. ‘He was a helluva bloke. When he was returning from honeymoon by train, three of us decided to welcome him back in our Spitfires, crisscrossing over the top of the carriages at about 50ft, and, in our boyish enthusiasm, forgetting about telegraph poles. He told us we were silly sods who’d put his bride off flying for ever.’
W/O Denchfield flew Spitfire ‘DW-P’ N3249 and on 5/2/41, as part of Circus 3, Warrant Officer Denchfield’s aircraft was hit by Maj Walthe Oësau and he bailed out over France. He was captured and held as a POW until May 1945 when he flew back to the UK in a Lancaster of 617 Squadron.
After the War he worked as a draughtsman and engineer with Napier at Luton, Avro at Yeadon and Chadderton and then de Havilland at Hatfield. In the latter job he spent a lot of time at Broughton on electrical work for the DH 125 executive jet, with visits to Beech at Wichita in 1963. He and his late wife, Barbara, had three children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Died 5th December 2012 aged 93 years.
754184 Sgt Doley, Anthony S (‘Joe’). Joined 610 Sqn from 7 O.T.U. 6/10/40. He was at Acklington in 1940 and later Westhampnett in August 1941. He was posted to 59 O.T.U 17/1/42. He flew Spitfire DW-B and this aircraft was written off at Acklington (after mid-air collision). Doley survived. Died 1996.
111545 F/O Donohoo, T.L ‘Tex’ (U.S.A.) was at Perranporth then Bolt Head. Received promotion to F/O 14/5/43. Posted to 41 O.T.U for 83 Training course.
P/O Doherty Half a diver destroyed by F/Lt, Shepherd & P/O Doherty 4.8.44. F/Lt Doherty proceeded to 13 P.T.C. on posting – operationally tired 17/2/45.
87445 P/O Doll, J.C.S. was posted to 610 at Westhampnett 13/8/41 ‘B’ Flight from 258 Squadron, Martlesham.
90896 P/O Douglas William Anderson DFC* Born Jan 1921. On 16/9/40 posted from No 7 O.T.U. Hawarden to 610 Sqn at Acklington. Ceased to be attached to Squadron 26/2/41. Posted to 229 Sqn. Later became C/O of 611 (West Lancashire) Squadron 26/8/43 to 26/8/44. Finished war with a score of 15 enemy aircraft destroyed. Died January 1977.
42742 F/O Draper G.G.F. was posted to 610 3/9/40 from No 7 O.T.U. Hawarden. Later with 41 Sqn. Pictured at Acklington.
42399 P/O Drever, Nigel G. Posted to 610 Sqn from No 7 O.T.U. at Hawarden 22/9/40. With 610 at Acklington 1940. POW 5/03/41. Shot down in Spitfire DW-N following Wing escort of Blenheims to Boulogne. POW 5/03/41 and spending time in several camps including Stalag Luft III. Was alive in 2010.
F/Lt Dundas, Hugh Spencer Lisle ‘Cocky’ CBE DSO DFC DI (Later Sir Hugh) Educated at Wellington School. After receiving the DFC, Dundas joined 610 in August 1941 from 616 (South Yorkshire) Sqn and became a Flight Commander. December 1941 brought another promotion as commanding officer of 56 Squadron, the first in the RAF to be converted to Typhoons 4/4/43, 8/4/43.
F/Lt Easby R.S. Posted to 610 Sqn 2/4/43. Flew EP288 DW-E 6/4/43; EE634 ‘DW-A’ 3/4/43,
1312672 Sgt Edden, K.A. Posted from 61 O.T.U. 26/8/42. Posted to 1 PDC RAF West Kirby for overseas 4/1/43.
Sgt Edwards, K. was at Ludham in July 1942. posted to 242 Sqn 2/10/42
1331418 Sgt Pilot Edwards T.J. was posted to 610 Sqn at Hutton Cranswick from 52 O.T.U. Aston Down 10/2/42. Later posted to SHQ Hutton Cranswick pending overseas 16/2/42.
778549 Sgt Edington, Allan Stewart was with 610 Sqn at Hutton Cranswick. Flew DW-U 10/3/42. Posted to No 1 NE depot on being reported missing. Killed Aged 20 on 16/03/42 flying Spitfire P8749. Son of Allan Edington, and of Jean Edington, of Highlands, Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia. Commonwealth War Dead anel 82 RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL. Flew DW-S on 8 & 10/3/42.
37850 S/Ldr Ellis, John L CBE, OBE, DFC* Posted to 610 Sqn for flying duties 15/9/39. Promoted to A/F/Lt 16/9/39. Crashed Spitfire L 1015 on landing 29/12/39. Flew Spitfire L1000 D-WM from Wittering 2/1/40; patrol 17/2/40. He was employed on offensive patrols over Dunkirk during the evacuation of the British Expeditionary force and led his Flight with great courage (London Gazette 13 August 1940. He shot down five enemy aircraft before the Battle of Britain, three of them were fighters. Destroyed a Bf 109 over Dunkirk 29/5/40 and a Do 215 E. Dover 29/5/40. On 7/6/40 he destroyed a Bf 109. On 12/06/40 a He 111 of Wekusta 51 flown by Oblt Gerd Nissen, the Staffelkapitän, was shot down off Margate. The He 111 was attacked at 0700 by two Spitfires from 610 Squadron flown by F/Lt Lt John Ellis (P9451/DW-M) and Sgt Stanley Arnfield (P9495 DW-K), the crippled reconnaissance machine then ditched a few miles offshore. Three of the crew managed to get out before the aircraft sank but two others – Uffz Franz Bolinski and Uffz Willi Stiegelmeier – were lost. However, one of the survivors – Reg.Rat. Dr Hermann Freudenberg, a weather specialist – drowned before help arrived in the form of the fishing boat, Golden Spray. The boat’s crew of three, including 16-year-ohd Ken Ross, dragged the two injured crewmen aboard, including the pilot, who had suffered head injuries and a machine-gun bullet lodged in his arm. Young Ken ripped his own underwear into strips to use as bandages and, in return, Nissen – who had only a shirt, trousers and socks – gave him his socks suspenders as a gift of gratitude. The other survivor, the portly 16-stone observer Obfw Hans Peckhaus, was also seriously injured. On reaching land, both airmen were rushed to a nearby hospital for emergency treatment.
On 3/7/40 he shared a Do 17 damaged with P/O Smith, F/O Lamb, Sgt Hamlyn, Sgt Else and Sgt Ramsay. F/Lt Ellis shot down a Bf 109 on 24/7/40 and three more Bf 109s (one unconfirmed) on 25/7/40 in R6806 DW-N. On 26/7/40 Ellis was made an acting Squadron Leader and given command of No 610 Squadron. He shot down three Bf 109s on 12/8/40 (one probable and two destroyed). On 15/8/40 he damaged a Ju 88 over Dungeness. He destroyed a He 111 on 18/8/40 over Biggin Hill. On 26/8/40 he destroyed a Bf 109 over Dover and on 27/8/40 he destroyed a He 111over Cranbrook. J. Ellis received a DFC 13/8/40. He shot down a He 111 on 11/3/41 and shared a Ju 88 14/3/41. He was awarded the Bar to the DFC on 2/5/41. He was posted away to instruct at 55 OTU. He ended the war with 14 enemy aircraft destroyed and as a POW but returned to the UK and took part in the first Battle of Britain fly-past in September 1945. He lived at Petersfield, Hants post-war.
741332 Sgt Pilot Else P. enlisted in 1938 and was discharged in April 1941. He was posted to 610 from 72 Sqn, Acklington 6/6/40. Took part in Battle of Britain. He shared a Do 17 damaged off Margate 3/7/40 with P/O Smith, F/O Lamb, Sgt Hamlyn, F/Lt Ellis and Sgt Ramsay. He damaged a Do 215 off Dover 8/7/40 and shot down a Bf109 0n 20/7/40. On 25/7/40. Else destroyed a Bf 109 over Folkestone and damaged another over Dover 14/8/40. He damaged two Do 215s over Biggin Hill 18/8/40. He bailed out wounded 25/8/40 following combats over Folkestone when five Messerschmitts were claimed by the Squadron. At 12:40hrs he was admitted to Kent and Canterbury Hospital very badly wounded with injuries received due to enemy action. He lost his left arm above the elbow after being attacked from above and behind by a yellow-nosed Bf 109 on 25/8/40. He was posted to RAF Station Biggin Hill, non-effective sick. His Spitfire I (P9496) had been shot up by a Bf 109 over Folkestone and crashed at Paddlesworth. He last remembered seeing his left hand still attached to the control column after he and his aircraft had been raked by cannon fire and forced to bale out of his burning aircraft. He was also flash burnt on leaving the aircraft and spent many months recovering
Peter Else was born 28/2/17 at Newmarket, Suffolk. Pre-war he worked as a licensed aero engineer. Post-war he worked as an aero engine engineer for Marshalls of Cambridge. After the war he held a private pilot’s license and lived at ‘Ramure’, Whitehill Road, Cambridge.
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P/O English C.E. posted to 610 Sqn 17/3/40 from 7 FTS. Accident in Tiger Moth N6934 at RAF Digby 27/3/40. Posted to 213 Sqn 8/5/40.
41003 P/O Ensor P.S.B. Posted to 610 from 12 Group Pool 23/1/40. Posted from 610 Sqn to 23 Sqn 1/3/40.
135757 F/O Evrard, P.J.N. (Belgium) Promoted to F/O 20/5/43. Aircraft (Spitfire Vc EE612) turned over on landing after tyre blew out. Evrard suffered spinal injury 21/5/43. Returned to 610 Sqn 13/9/43. Killed 04/11/43 while on ASR patrol wing tip touched water and aircraft disappeared. Son of M. et Mme. N. Evrard, of Liege, Belgium. Commonwealth War Dead Panel 124. RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL. Flying Spitfire BM427 ‘DW-A’ on ASR duty struck water crashed off Lizard Point.
655685 P/O Fallon, H. Posted to 610 Sqn 8/6/42. Posted to 253 Sqn 4/9/42. Posted from 253 Sqn back to 610 29/9/42. He was at Bolt Head during 1943 and damaged a Bf 109 off the Dutch Coast 22/6/43 while flying AD374. He flew AD320 on 03/08/43. Claimed one FW 190 shot down 12/8/43. Appointed to commissioned rank as P/O wef 18/5/43. Promoted to F/O 11/11/43. Posted from 610 at Exeter to 56 O. T.U. for flying duties after over two years with 610 Sqn. Attended a¬ Selection Board at Air Ministry for Flying Instructor Duties 14/1/44. Was with the Squadron longer than any individual pilot, since the commencement of hostilities. F/O Fallon joined 610 Sqn as a Sergeant Pilot and was commissioned in May 1943, being promoted to the rank of Flying Officer on 11th November 1943.
Sgt S.D. Fallon was with 610 at Ludham July 1942
F/O Featherstone A.K. posted from 83GSU to 610 Sqn 23/12/44. Flew patrols in Spitfire XIV on 2, 6, 8, 10, 13, 14, 16 & 21/2/45.
175964 P/O Finbow, Haydn Clarence. Learned to fly in USA. Posted to 610 Sqn from 53 O.T.U. 12/8/43. Flew EN765 on escort duty for MGBs 25/9/43. Flew EN 765 26/9/43, 9/11/43, 20/11/43; AB849 4/10/43, EP288 8/10/43; EP388 23/11/43; BM538 17/10/43, AA979 19/11/43. With 610 at Exeter Jan 1944. Granted commission 5/6/44. Destroyed a flying bomb (half share) with F/Lt Bangerter 29/8/44. Living in Tauranga, New Zealand 2010.
F/O Faulkner, G.S.L. posted to 610 Sqn from 52 O.T.U. to fill Engineering Officer’s job 19/7/43.
85648 / 748345 P/O Fenwick, Charles R. Was (pictured) with 610 Sqn at Acklington in September 1940. He was attached to 601 Sqn at Exeter from 30/9/40 until 17/10/40. He returned to 610 on 18/10/40. He was with 610 at Westhampnett in 1941 and posted to MSFU at Speke 6/6/41. Born Louth, Lincs 03/11/20. Died York March 1999.
122410 F/Lt Finucane Raymond P. R. (brother of ‘Paddy’) orignally qualified as a Wireless Operator/Airgunner and did a tour in 3 Group, with 101 Bomber Squadron. He had then re-mustered as a pilot, late in the war, and before his posting to Vokel had previously flown Spitfires with 41 Squadron and joined 610 Sqn in December 1944 posted from 83 GSU. 25/12/44. Flew patrols in Spitfire XIV on 6, 9, 10, 13, 14, 16/2/45.
41570 Fisher, G posted from 610 Sqn to 91 Sqn at Hawkinge 4/2/41.
119438 P/O Feyton, Edward Jean Francis Joseph ‘Eddie’ (Belgian) RAFVR Croix de Guerre1940-45 avec Palme en Bronze avec Citation, Croix de Chevalier de l’Ordre de Leopold avec Palme. Born 26/06/1909 at Mechelen, Belgum. Feyten was with 610 at Leconfield 1941. Posted again to 610 at Hutton Cranswick 24/3/42 and with ‘A’ Flight of 610 at Hutton Cranswick and Ludham, Norfolk in 1942. Missing in low level operations over sea off Dutch Coast. Killed 18/04/42 flying Spitfire AA942 which was damaged by Flak.
Repatriated to Belgium. Buried Evere – Brussels Town Cemetery Air force plot IV/25. Commonwealth War Dead THE MAIDENHEAD REGISTER
1118705 Sgt Fleming W.J. was posted to 610 Sqn from 616 Sqn 16/2/42 at Hutton Cranswick. He was with ‘A’ Flight of 610. Later he was posted from 610 Sqn to 154 Sqn 7/3/42.
P/O Fox ‘Harry’ was with 610 at Hutton Cranswick Feb ’42.
26053 S/Ldr Franks AFC, Alexander Lumsden (‘Bonzo’) (RAF) C/O of 610 at Prestwick April 1940. Flew spitfire L1014 ‘DW-E’ 7/3/40. Destroyed a Bf 110 and may have destroyed another over Dunkirk 27/5/40. Destroyed Bf 109 over Dunkirk 29/5/40. On patrol over Dunkirk in Spitfire P9452 ‘DW-T’, S/Ldr Franks was shot down by Me 110 and killed 29/5/40 aged 32 . Son of James and Margaret Franks. Buried at Sage War Cemetery, Germany 7. F. 15. (25 miles south of Oldenburg).
Sgt Freese, L.E.
P/O 101570 Fry, Charles Rawdon Keith RAFVR was with 610 Squadron at Leconfield, Yorkshire. Died age 19 years 4/10/41. Son of Charles Rawdon Manders Fry and of Florence Magdalen Fry (nee Scudamore), of Seaford, Sussex.
Remembered with honour HORLEY (ST. BARTHOLOMEW) NEW CHURCHYARD
An aircraft of 610 Squadron crashed 3/10/41. Details as follows: Spitfire P7839 was delivered to 610 Squadron 11/9/41. Aircraft hit ground recovering from dive nr Bewholme, Yorks 3/10/41.
Lieut Fuchs, B. (Free French) was with. Posted from 154 Sqn 9/3/42 to 610 at Hutton Cranswick. Flew DW-D 10/3/42. Posted to 19 Sqn 13/4/42.
1338984 F/Sgt Furler, W.P. posted to 610 Sqn from 129 Sqn 14/8/43. Flew BM538 7/12/43. Posted to 7 F.I.S. 15/12/43.
83248 P/O Gage, Douglas Hugh (RAFVR) Posted from 610 Sqn to 91 Sqn. Died age 23 on 06/6/1941. Son of Charles Henry Gage,F.R.I.B.A., and Elizabeth Mary Gage, of Staines, Middlesex. Remembered with honour RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL.
P/O Graham A.D. (Del) was with 610 Sqn pre-war
P/O Graham A.H. was with 610 pre-war
R73438 F/Sgt Graham C.L (Canada) was with 610 in Feb 1942 at Hutton Cranswick
740601 Sgt Gardner, Bernard George Derry of Basset, Hampshire completed his training at 11 FTS and was posted to 610 Sqn at Biggin Hill 27/07/40 from 5 O.T.U. Aston Down. He took part in the Battle of Britain and shot down two Bf 109s on the 12th of August (probables) and destroyed another 14/8/40 in Spitfire 1a K9947. He was shot down and forced-landed at Wye 14/8/40. He was wounded in the arm and admitted to Ashford Hospital. Sgt Gardner was killed 28/06/1941 by ‘friendly fire’ aged 24 years (while flying unofficially during his convalescence in a Blenheim IV aircraft of another squadron). SOUTHAMPTON (HOLLYBROOK) CEMETERY Sec. A. 2. Grave 88.
72100 F/O Gardiner Frederick Thomas went to Stowe School and Trinity College Cambridge. A member of the UAS from ’35-’37 He was commissioned in the RAFVR in 1938. Following further training at 6 OTU at Sutton Bridge he was posted to unit at Gravesend on 16/5/40. He served during Battle of Britain. Damaged a Bf 109 over Dover/Folkestone 25/7/40. Returned to 610 after being non-effective sick 21/08/40 following an attack by Bf109 over New Romney. He probably destroyed a Bf 109 over Lympne 12/8/40. On 18/8/40 He destroyed a Bf 110 SE Biggin Hill flying X4239 DW-P. On 25/8/40 was wounded in combat and forced to crash-land at Sandwich in Kent. His Spitfire, K9931, was written off. He was admitted to Waldershaw Hospital 24/08/40. Posted to Central Landing Establishment, Ringway from Acklington 27/11/40. In early 1944 he was O/C 254 Sqn at North Coates. Awarded DFC (10/3/44) later settled in Canada.
By TOM HAWTHORN- Special to The Globe and Mail
UPDATED AT 11:18 PM EST Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004
VICTORIA — Fred Gardiner was a Battle of Britain pilot who escaped from a burning Spitfire, lived to tell the tale but was forever listed as killed in action. Last fall, after a life of adventure, he died in Victoria at age 86.
His flying career included untold close calls and near misses, both as a civilian and a military pilot.
At 7:20 p.m. on Aug. 25, 1940, Flight Officer Gardiner was fighting in his fourth engagement of the day. He was flying north of Dover when attacked by a German fighter he never saw. “The engine stopped and everything in front of me was on fire,” he wrote in an unpublished memoir. “Needless to say, I was in a hurry to get out.”
He bailed from his Spitfire and landed in a stubble field in Kent. Two soldiers took him to a farmhouse, where he was picked up by an ambulance. Despite the drama, the flight officer’s log entry was an exercise in brevity. “Shot down near Deal,” he wrote, “parachute descent, aircraft destroyed.”
Mr. Gardiner, who was later awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, spent a month in hospital recuperating from injuries, which included burns to his hands. Curiously, he has been listed as killed in action during the Battle of Britain on the official Web site of the Royal Air Force. The error was discovered only after his death.
Frederick Thomas Gardiner, who was born in Belfast on Sept. 24, 1917, grew up in Northern Ireland. He studied engineering at Cambridge, where he joined the university air squadron. He was flying a trainer one summer day when the engine seized, forcing him to make an unscheduled landing in a field.
A member of the air reserves, he was mobilized at the outbreak of war. He found the training a breeze, except for one practice that he found disturbing.
“One thing we did was firing the machine gun through the propeller,” he wrote, “which I found very unnerving, because if you got it wrong you were liable to chop your propeller to pieces.”
Attached to No. 610 Squadron at Biggin Hill, Kent, Mr. Gardiner lost his first Spitfire during heavy fighting over the English Channel on July 25, 1940. A dogfight with a German resulted in his plane being shot up. Despite a wound to his arm, Mr. Gardiner landed his plane safely. The aircraft was a writeoff.
In the month before he parachuted from his burning fighter, Mr. Gardiner would shoot down an enemy airplane and once again be injured himself.
In an exchange with a Bf 109 on Aug. 12, his Spitfire was hit by cannon shell, damaging the left aileron and wing. The gas tank was also hit. Mr. Gardiner suffered a shrapnel wound to his left leg.
Six days later, he joined 13 other Spitfires from his base in attacking 50 German bombers and 50 escorting fighters. According to the squadron’s operations diary, Mr. Gardiner “fired a continuous burst — 8-10 seconds — port engine of e/a [enemy aircraft] started to smoking heavily, large pieces falling off as e/a appeared to catch fire.” He was credited with destroying a Bf-110, a long-range fighter.
After one dawn operation, Mr. Gardiner returned to base to eat breakfast before falling asleep in a chair. While he dozed, Winston Churchill made a surprise visit to the base. The British Prime Minister noted the sleeping airman. “Churchill saw me, but I never saw Churchill,” he liked to say.
After recovering from his burns, Mr. Gardiner was posted to a glider training school in preparation for the invasion of Europe. The assignment was monotonous, enlivened only by near disaster. One day, he flew Air Vice-Marshall Keith Park in a demonstration. “We were waiting for the tractor to tow us back when there was a big bang.
The tow plane had landed on top of us, narrowly missing the air vice-marshal’s head — and mine — and demolishing one of the glider’s wings.”
Mr. Gardiner was attached to Coastal Command in May, 1943, serving as squadron leader of No. 254 at North Coates. He was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross on March 10, 1944, a month before being named wing commander at Shalufa, a base adjacent to the Suez Canal in Egypt. He then commanded a squadron at Aden.
In 1948, unhappy with Britain’s economic prospects, Mr. Gardiner immigrated to Canada with his new bride and stepdaughter. He worked for several seasons as a deckhand on B.C. fishing boats before opening an engineering firm in Victoria.
Mr. Gardiner died on 2/11/14. He leaves his wife Josephine; a daughter and stepdaughter.
Sgt Garrie posted to 610 Sqn 1/6/43.
1190047 Sgt Gass M.I. posted to 610 Sqn at Leconfield from 57OTU, Hawarden 1/9/41. Flew DW-Z 13/2/42 & 15/2/42; DW-U 17/2/42; DW-Z 21/2/42; DW-N 24/2/42.Posted to 154 Sqn from 610 Sqn 10/3/42.
30244 P/O Gaudard R. Maurice [R.M. Saint Remy] (France) Born 21/1/20 at Rive de Gier (Loire). Re-posted to 610 Sqn on appointment to commissioned rank 15/8/42. At Ludham Summer ’42. Killed following mid-air collision in Spitfire EP390 ‘DW-U’. Alternative identity of P/O R.M. St Remy indicated in ORB??
60097 P/O Gaze, Irvine Scott Owen (Australia) RAFVR brother of Tony. Joined 610 Sqn at Westhampnett 10/3/41. Killed as a result of a flying accident at West Dean, Sussex 23/3/41.
Recently, (July ’09) the grave of Tony’s brother, I.S.O. (Scott), Gaze has been visited and arrangements made with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to tidy it up. Scott is buried behind the now decommissioned Church Of All Saints, Portfield, Sussex. The church is now a doll museum. Son of Sqdn. Ldr. Irvine Owen Gaze, R.A.A.F., and Freda Gaze (nee Sadler), of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The mother of Tony and Scott had a paternal grandfather who owned the old Westhampnett Mill.
60096 P/O Gaze, Frederick Anthony Owen, (‘Tony’) DFC** (Australia)
Born in Melbourne on 03/02/20 was studying in Cambridge at the outbreak of war; joined RAFVR, 1939; relinquished RAFVR commission, July 1947; joined RAAF, January 1949; retired 1950; see also Squadron Leader F.A.O. “Tony” Gaze, DFC**; An Australian Ace.
Tony Gaze joined Bader’s Wing at Tangmere in March 1941 flying with 610 Sqn, scoring several victories during the high summer of that famous year. He destroyed a Bf 109 over Gravelines 26/6/41 and another shared with Sqn/Ldr Holden 5/7/41. On 17/7/41 he destroyed a Bf 109 over Hardelot. On 19/11/41 he left 610 Sqn to join 51 O.T.U. In 1942 he was posted to 61 Sqn and then commanded 64 Sqn. In Sept 1943 he joined 66 Sqn but was shot down. Evading capture he escaped back to England. In July 1944 he flew again with 610 Sqn. One diver was destroyed by F/Lt Gaze 5/8/44.
By 1/1/45 he had shot down 8½ enemy aircraft. He shot down a Me 262 – the first German jet to be shot down by a Spitfire in the 2nd TAF 14/2/45. Later he transferred to 41 Sqn. In the final days of the war he flew meteor jets with 616 Sqn. Tony Gaze finished the war an Ace with 11 and 3 shared destroyed, 4 probable and one V1. He was awarded the DFC in 05/08/41. Later he was awarded a bar to the DFC and a second bar in 31/05/45.
A Spitfire pilot in Britain from the age of 21, Gaze flew as Douglas Bader’s wingman from March 1941. One of Tangmere’s satellite aerodromes was called Westhampnett and when not flying Gaze and others raced around the circuit’s perimeter roads in MGs. He was shot down over Le Treport in 1943 but escaped back to England and in June 1944 became the first Allied airman to land back on European soil. He later switched to Meteor jets and ended the war as a Squadron Leader with two awards of the Distinguished Flying Cross and “ace” status having been credited with 12.5 “kills” in aerial combat.
In 1946 Gaze suggested to the Duke of Richmond and Gordon – better known in the motor racing world as Freddy March – that the perimeter roads of the Westhampnett aerodrome – which had been built on land belonging to the Duke – would make a very fine racing circuit. March tried a few laps and agreed and Westhampnett became the Goodwood racing circuit.
Gaze raced in Australia in the immediate postwar period in a prewar Alta and then returned to Britain to race one of Geoffrey Taylor’s Alta F2 cars in 1951, although without any success.
In 1952 he began the year with the same car but then bought a new HWM-Alta and competed in the Belgian, British and German Grands Prix. He failed to qualify at Monza. He later switched to sportscar racing in which he enjoyed more success both in Europe and Australia. He later retired and took up farming and eventually married Di Davison, the widow of Australia’s famous racer Lex Davidson and an accomplished racing driver in her own right.
Sgt Goblet, H.F. was at Hutton Cranswick & Ludham 1942. Flew DW-U 25/3/42 & 6/4/42, DW-Q 11/4/42, 16/4/42 & 21/4/42, DW-S 12/4/42 & 28/3/42, DW-D & DW-T 13/4/42, 14/4/42 & 28/4/42, DW-R 17/4/42 & 27/4/42, DW-S 18/4/42, DW-P 30/4/42.
F/O H.J. Gorman, H.J. arrived on Squadron April 1943. Posted to RAF Perranporth 30/1/44.
83255 P/O Gray, Donald McIntosh (RAF) of Middlesex joined the RAFVR in 1938 as an Airman u/t pilot and was called up on 1/9/39. After completing his training he joined 610 Squadron at Biggin Hill on 27/7/40. He destroyed a Bf 109 (probable) over Dungeness 16/8/40 flying L1037 DW-D. He was shot down and crash-landed his Spitfire (X4102 DW-K) near Shepherdswell following combat with a Bf109 over Dover on 24/8/40 and was admitted to Waldershaw Hospital 25/8/40 – injuries due to enemy action, transferred to Royal Masonic Hospital 28/08/40. He was killed in an accident night flying from Acklington in Spitfire on 5/11/40, aged 21 and is buried at E.Chevington Sec. H. Grave 285.
F/O Graves, M.A. DFC posted to 610 Sqn from 57 O.T.U. 14/5/43. Promoted to F/Lt 31/7/43. Flew AB276 23/0843. Posted to 616 Sqn at Exeter.
401944 P/O Gregory Rupert Henry William (Australia) was with 610 at Ludham in July 1942. Posted from 53 O.T.U. 22/7/42. Shot down the first Me 210 flying Spitfire V AR509 DW- H ‘Red 2’ shared with Sgt Creagh 5/9/42. Promoted to P/O 12/9/42 and posted to SHQ Coltishall 20/90/42. Posted back to 610 Sqn on appointment to commissioned rank 20/9/42. Posted to RAF Coltishall SHQ 12/9/42. Living in Victoria, Australia; died 2009.
742423 Sgt Greig J.N. posted to 610 Sqn from 7 O.T.U. Hawarden 6/10/40.
86368 F/Lt Grey J.E.I. ‘Jimmie’ Joined 610 Sqn at Acklington 14/10/40. With 610 at Leconfield & Westhampnett 1941 (‘B’ Flight). Damaged a Bf 109 over NE France 11/7/41 and probably destroyed another at Mazingarbe 23/7/41. At Hutton Cranswick Feb 1942. Posted to No 55 O.T.U. for instructor duties 9/2/42.
A408226 W/O Gurr, William Pearce ‘Bill’ (Tasmania) was born on 14th April, 1922, and enlisted in Tasmania on 26th April, 1941 just after his nineteenth birthday. He became a member of 14 Course and travelled to Rhodesia with the ninth draft. There he was trained on Tiger Moths and Harvards, left the country on 14th November with the rank of Sergeant, bound for the United Kingdom. He was posted to 610 Sqn from RAF Exeter 20/11/43 and attached to RAF Bolt Head for flying duties 7/2/44.
While with the Squadron he flew Spitfire XIVs : RB144 1/3/44, RB175 2/3/44, RB156 2/3/44,24/3/44, RB164 3/3/44, 12/3/44, 27/3/44; RB163 5/3/44, RB148 7/3/44, RB149 17/3/44, 28/3/44; RB151 17/3/44; RB153 25/3/44. W/O Gurr also flew unidentified aircraft on 2,3,4,5,8,9,19, 20,22,23,24,27 & 31/5/44. Then: 10 & 18/6/44. Also 3,4,5,6, 8, 9,11,14,18,19,20, 22,23,25,26, 28,29,30/7/44. Then: 1,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,23,24,25,26,27/8/44. Then:1,3,11,12,13,17,18,19,29,30/9/44. Then: 14/10/44; 11,15,18,24,25/12/44; 1,2,5,13,14,21,22,23,28/1/45; 3,8,11,13,14/2/45.
He continued with the RAF until September, 1945, when he was posted home to Australia and was discharged as a Flying Officer on 8/11/45. On 14/05/51, he rejoined the RAAF, was given the rank of Flight Lieutenant, and posted to Korea. There he flew Sabres until the end of hostilities and consequently, as well as his stars and medals from the Second World War, became eligible for the Korea Medal and the United Nations Medal. After his second discharge. Bill settled in Yanchep. W.A. and lived there until his untimely death on 7/5/75. He is survived by his widow, who still lives at Yanchep and by a son and daughter.
130202 P/O Geerts, LEJM was posted to 610 from 124 Sqn 2/2/43 at Westhampnett. He was posted to 609 Sqn 22/2/43.
116518 P/O Grestock, D.J. Posted to 610 Sqn 9/2/42. Stationed at Hutton Cranswick. Flew Posted to 615 Sqn 22/2/42.
1270265 Sgt Griffiths, P.F. posted to 610 Sqn from 61 O.T.U. 12/5/42. Posted to RAF Coltishall 20/5/42.
P/O Hadland G.H. posted to 610 Sqn from 7 O.T.U. Hawarden to Acklington 28/10/40.
742106 Sgt Haines, Ronald William (RAF) Posted to 610 19/06/40 from No 5 FTS Sealand. Killed on take off from Gravesend in accident aged 20 years 29/6/40 in Spitfire P9498 which crashed into concrete pill-box. Son of Ernest W. Haines and Alice Haines, of Gillingham. Remembered with honour GILLINGHAM (WOODLANDS) CEMETERY Sec. B. Grave 431
39730 F/O Hallam I.L.McG Posted to 610 Sqn from No 7 O.T.U. Hawarden 3/9/40. He was pictured at Acklington in September 1940. Posted to 322 Sqn Hornchurch 30/9/40.
758049 Sgt Hamer, Samuel (RAFVR) Following Wing escort to meet up with Blenheims Sgt Hamer was killed 05/03/41 as a result of a flying accident at Wilmington in Spitfire DW-O Green 3. Remembered with honour
THORNTON-LE-FYLDE (CHRIST CHURCH) CHURCHYARD.
580244 / 45277 Wg/Cdr Hamlyn, Ronald Fairfax DFM, AFC. Born 26/2/14 in Harrogate he joined the RAF as a direct entry for pilot training in 1936. His flying training was carried out at Perth (11 EFTS). He joined 72 Sqn at church Fenton and after Dunkirk was attached to 610 Sqn then at Gravesend. His attachment became a posting on 6/6/40. He flew Spitfire R6694 DW-F 1/7/40.
(‘The Pied Piper’) of Harrogate joined No 610 Squadron on the 6/6/40, when he was 23 years old. He damaged a Do 17 shared with F/O Smith, F/O Lamb, F/Lt Ellis, Sgt Else and Sgt Ramsay. He damaged a Do 17 near Sangatte on 29/7/40 – shared with F/Lt Smith, P/O Norris and Sgt Parsons. Hamlyn damaged a Bf 109 over Folkestone /Dover 14/8/40. While on offensive patrol 24/8/40 he destroyed a Ju 88 and four Bf 109s in Spitfire R6891 (DW-Q). He was the first pilot in the RAF to shoot down five enemy aircraft in one day.
On 26/8/40 he destroyed a Bf109 and another probable over Folkestone in Spitfire R6891 DW-Q. On 28/8/40 he destroyed a Bf 109 over Deal/Dover. On 30/8/40 he destroyed a Bf 109 over Maidstone. He was awarded the D.F.M. on 13/9/40 and the A.F.C. on 1/1/43. His citation in the London Gazette read: “In August 1940, while on an offensive patrol, Sgt Hamlyn attacked and destroyed a Junkers 88 and one Messerschmitt 109. A few hours later he engaged a Messerschmitt 109, chased it across the Channel and finally shot it down over Calais where it crashed in flames. Shortly afterwards he attacked and destroyed two further enemy aircraft, thus making a total of five in one day. Altogether this airman pilot has personally destroyed at least seven enemy aircraft. He has displayed great courage and good marksmanship”.
He was apppointed to the Acting rank of Flight Lieutenant 5/6/41. He left 610 to command a flight in 242 (Canadian) Squadron (11/6/41). He rose to the rank of Wing Commander. He had destroyed 13 enemy aircraft by the end of the war. He died on 7/5/91.
37879 S/Ldr Haywood, Gordon Stanley K. Flew with 616 squadron prior to commanding 610. Posted from 610 Sqn supernumerary to 610 Sqn command 9/3/42. Probably destroyed a Ju 88 off Southwold 14/5/42 (shared with Sgt Mares). Also half share of Do 217 (also shared with Sgt Mares)15/4/42 and quarter share of Do 217 on same date (shared with Sgt Mares, P/O Hokan and P/O Smith. Probably destroyed Ju 88 off Lowestoft 16/5/42 (shared with Sgt Mares and W/C Hanks (Colt Wg). – July ’42 married the Earl of Darnley’s daughter. On May 1942 flew Spitfire V BL564 (DW-E) from Hutton Cranswick 20/3/42 & 23/3/42 & 27/3/42.
1219447 Sgt Hayes, Keith RAFVR Posted to 610 Sqn from 58 O.T.U. 4/5/43. Killed 11/6/43 age 21. Aircraft (AR463) had engine trouble Hayes tried to bale out near to Lizard. No trace found. Son of Percy Wheatley Hayes and Edith Sarah Hayes, of Leicester. RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL Panel 137.
1213829 Sgt Hayes, W. posted from 610 Sqn to 1 PDC pending overseas.
1400328 Sgt Hawkins, R.L. posted to 610 Sqn from 57 O.T.U. 19/5/42. Posted to RAF Coltishall for overseas 28/7/42.
F/O Higson was at Westhampnett Aug ’41.
Sub Lieut. P.A.L Hill, RNVR., Vickers Supermarine test pilot at Eastleigh, arrived on attachment to the Squadron 29/7/44. ‘He is spending a fortnight with the Squadron, during his leave while the works are closed for summer holidays’.
P/O Hodgkinson was at Westhampnett Jan 1942.
90705 S/Ldr Holden, Kenneth Posted to 610 Sqn 5/6/41 from 616 Sqn. C/O 610 6/6/41 at Westhampnett Aug 1941, then Tangmere until 4/11/41. Holden was a pre-war Auxiliary pilot with 616 (South Yorkshire) Squadron. . He shot down a Bf 109 over Hazebrouk 22/6/41, damaged another near St Omer 25/6/41. On 26/6/41 he destroyed another Bf 109 over Gravelines and two more on 5/7/41 S. Lille (one shared with P/O Gaze). Another Bf 109 was destroyed in Cherbourg area 10/7/41. Left 610 Sqn 27/6/41 for HQ 12 Group. Died 1980s.
754728 / 100034 P/O Horner F.G. (‘Jackie’) Posted to 610 Sqn from No 7 O.T.U. Hawarden 16/9/40. At Acklington (pictured) then at Westhampnett. Commissioned from Sgt 12/6/41. Flew DW-U 5/10/40, DW-F 6/10/40 & 10/11/40, DW-E 8/10/40, 12/10/40, 23/6/41, DW-C 11/10/40, 4/12/40, 6/12/40, DW-P 27/10/40, DW-L 4/11/40, 25/11/40, 13/6/41, DW-X 8/1/41, DW-Y 10/1/41, DW-J 10/2/41, DW-Z 15/2/41 & 22/2/41, DW-A 17/2/41, 18/3/41, 26/6/41, P7679 1/3/41, DW-F 4/3/41, 5/3/41, 9/3/41, 10/3/41, 11/3/41, 13/3/41, 14/3/41, 3/4/41, 6/4/41, 7/4/41, 9.4.41, 10/4/41, 11/4/41, 14/4/41, 16/4/41, 20/4/41, 21/4/41, 22/4/41, 23/4/41, 26/4/4, 27/4/41, 28/4/41, 5/5/41, 6/5/41, 7/5/41, 8/5/41, 9/5/41, 17/5/41, 18/5/41, 24/5/41, 25/5/41, 4/6/41, 7/6/41, 22/6/41, 23/6/41, 24/6/41, 25/6/41, 27/6/41, 28/6/41, 30/6/41, 1/7/41, 4/7/41, 6/7/41, 7/7/41, 8/7/41, DW-K 20/5/41, 21/5/41, 29/5/41, DW-H 25/5/41. Shot down a Bf109 26/2/41 and another 5/3/41 and on 13/3/41. Shot down further Bf 109 22/6/41 over Hazebrouk. He destroyed a further Bf 109 25/6/41 over St Omer. Reported missing shot down by Bf 109s following Circus 39 8/7/41 in Spitfire P8504 following escort of Stirlings to Lille. Later POW.in Stalag Luft 3.
NZ413066 F/Sgt Harris, Harold Richard (New Zealand) Posted to 610 Sqn from 57 O.T.U. 9/6/42. MPD 10/02/43. Age 26 years. He was lost in Spitfire Vb EE724 ‘DW-T’ in combat with Fw 190s over Caen while escorting Venturas (Circus 261) raiding railway yards at Caen. Operating from RAF Westhampnett, Sussex – 11 Group). His loss was claimed by Uffz Walter Leber. He had 436 hrs and this was his 53 operation. Son of Harold William Harris and of Mabel Harris (nee Daniels), of Wellington, New Zealand; husband of Dorothy Joyce Harris, of Wellington. Commonwealth War Dead Panel 199. RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL.
1064 2/Lt Hvinden, Arnt (Norway) Awarded Norwegian Krigs Medalie for gallantry during operations in Norway. Posted to 610 Sqn 8/6/42 from Norwegian Headquarters. With 610 Squadron at Ludham in Summer ’42. Posted to RAF Tangmere (sick) 3/3/43. Later at Bolt Head in July 1943. Having completed over 200 operational hours, on 12/9/43 Capt Hvinden was posted to RAF Exeter pending posting to HQ Fighter Command. He later joined 34 O.T.U. as an instructor in Nova Scotia, Canada.
He was with 610 Sqn for nearly 18 months and was very well liked. He flew Spitfires BL691 (‘DW-P’) 11/6/42; AD560 (‘DW-S’) 14/6/42, W3375 (‘DW-N’) 16/6/42, 17/6/42, 24/6/42, 26/6/42, 28/6/42, 29/6/42; AD560 (‘DW-S’) 18/6/42, 20/6/42, 23/6/42; BL599 (‘DW-V’) 27/6/42; BL529 (‘DW-U’) 30/6/42; EP342 (‘DW-S’) 14/7/42, 26/7/42, 28/7/42, 29/7/42, 30/7/42,31/7/42, 1/8/42, 2/8/42, 3/8/42, 5/8/42; EP392 (‘DW-S’) 7/8/42; EP360 (‘DW-N’) 8/8/42; EP335 (‘DW-Q’) 19/7/42, 20/7/42; AR507 (‘DW-D’) 27/8/42; EP393 (‘DW-Z’) 28/8/24, 29/8/42, 6/9/42, 8/9/42; EP361 (‘DW-X’) 5/9/42; EP395 (‘DW-V’) 21/9/42; EP443 (‘DW-Q’) 27/9/42; EP383 (‘DW-?) 3/10/42; AR612 9/10/42; BL378 16/10/42; BL415 (‘DW-Z’) 24/10/42, 28/10/42, 2/11/42 5/11/42; BL760 (‘DW-X’) 31/10/42, 30/12/42; BL714 (DW-Q) 2/11/42, 8/1/43; AD453 (DW-N) 19/11/42; AD238 (DW-U) 23/11/42; AA833 (DW-T) 11/12/42, 12/12/42, 18/12/42; BM195 (DW-E) 18/1/43;EN965 (DW-E) 4/2/43; EP564 (DW-D) 6/2/43, ; AA931 (DW-K) 10/2/43, 13/2/43; BL907 (DW-L) 15/2/43), 20/2/43, 24/2/43; BL731 (DW-J) 18/2/43; BM117 (DW-T) 28/3/43, 6/4/43; BL435 (DW-V) 1/4/43: BL956 (DW-N) 2/4/43, 3/4/43, 4/4/43, 16/4/43; BL772 (DW-Z) 9/4/43, 13/4/43, 14/4/43, 17/4/43, 20/4/43, 21/4/43, 23/4/43, 22/6/43, 24/6/43, 28/6/43, 29/6/43, 4/7/43, 16/7/43, 20/7/43, 26/7/43, 30/7/43, 31/7/43, 3/8/43, 7/8/43; EE738 (DW-P) 25/4/43; AD374 3/7/43, 10/7/43; EE753 9/7/43; BL722 13/7/43, 03/08/43; AD348 3/8/43;. Commanded ‘B’ Flight, of which Freddie Crewe was a member, from 19/3/43.
After the war became Training Captain for SAS. He qualified on DC-8s and Convair Coronados. He tried to ensure that the Corronado was not chosen for SAS. For a short time he served as the flag captain of Convair between Europe and the US, after which he switched to the DC-8, which he loved. His favourite route was Copenhagen-NY, which he liked even more than the routes to the Far East.
He was born in the County of Hadeland in Norway in 1917 and died of cancer in 1987.
Dear Mike, Arnt never talked about the war. As his son, beside my two sisters, we spent a lot of time hiking and fishing together. So now and then he would draw a story. The shell passing in between the two gas tanks and exploding once out of the aircraft. His shoot down in nomansland between France and Germany, where he faded just after seeing the two Canadian Red-Cross soldiers both being blown up by a land mine close to his Spitfire. He woke up in desolation on hearing the popular German hymn at the hospital. He was very glad to experience later that he was actually in the hospital at the French side.
F/O Haider, N. (India) was posted to 610 1/2/43 at Westhampnett. He left 610 on 26/02/43 posted to 122 Sqn.
1314524 W/O Harding, Maurice Frank (RAF VR) arrived at 610 Sqn at Exeter on posting from No.2. T.E.U. Tealing 29/1/44. Son of William and Kate Harding of Chesham, Buckinghamshire. Flew Spitfire XIV RB164 on Convoy Patrol 13/2/44; VB AD374 on Convoy ‘Cloak’duty 15/2/44. Flew VB AA979 on convoy Patrol 21/2/44. Flew XIV RB153 on Convoy Patrol 6/3/44. RB164 on Anti-Rhubarb Patrol 7/3/44. RB151 on Anti-Rhubarb Patrol 10/3/44. RB153 on Anti-Rhubarb Patrol 12/3/44. RB156 Scramble 17/3/44. RB151 Rodeo 101 to Morlaix. RB148 Anti-Rhubarb Patrol 20/3/44. RB153 Rodeo 102 22/3/44. RB156 Anti-Rhubarb Patrol 24/3/44. Squadron moved to Culmhead, Soms, 7/4/44. Provided Withdrawl Cover 17/4/44. Standing Patrol 3/5/44 , 5/5/44, 8/5/44 & 9/5/44. Rodeo 135 – Attacked German HQ building near Plouay 11/5/44. Rodeo – Sweep to Vannes area, return then Scramble 19/5/44. Squadron to Bolt Head, Devon 6/5/44. Rhubarb – Sweep over Guingamp/Landiviseau/Morlaix – attacked train 22/5/44. Scramble 23/5/44. Squadron to Harrowbeer, Devon 24/5/44. Standing Patrol 29/5/44. Sweep to Lamballe 14/6/44. Armed Shipping Recce to Jersey/Guernsey/St Malo 17/6/44. Typhoon Escorts to St Malo 17/6/44 & 18/6/44 Squadron moved to West Malling, Kent 19/6/44 to commence Anti-diver Patrols (Anti-Flying Bomb). Anti-diver Patrol 20/6/44. Squadron re-positioned to Westhampnett, Sussex 27/6/44. Anti-diver Patrols on 27, 28 & 30/6/44. Squadron moved to Friston, Sussex 2/7/44. Anti-diver Patrols on 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12/7/44. F/Sgt Harding destroyed one ‘Diver’ 12/7/44. Anti-Diver Patrol 14, 20/7/44. Anti-diver Patrols on 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 23, 25, 26, 27, 29, 31/8/44 also 1, 3/9/44. Squadron moved to Lympne, Kent 12/9/44. Anti-diver Patrols 13/9/44. Armed recce for ‘Big Ben’ targets in The Hague 16/9/44. Escort for Operation Market 19, (on return aircraft skidded and crashed), 20/9/44.
Escort Dakotas North Foreland to Ostend, Antwerp & Eindhoven 26/9/44. Escort to 600 Halifaxes & Lancasters to Essen 25/10/44. Ramrod 1350 Escort to 384 Lancasters to Cologne 28/10/44. Ramrod 1352 Escort 100 Lancasters to Wesseling 30/10/44. Ramrod 1361 Escort 220 Lancasters to Gelsenkirchen 6/11/44. Squadron moved to B. 56 (Evere, Belgium) 4/12/44. Patrol Veert area 8/12/44. Patrol Volkel Nijmegen area 11/12/44. Patrol Aachen – Trier 18/12/44. Patrol Malmedy area 24/12/44. Patrol Malmedy area 25/12/44. Cover for Lancasters bombing Rheydt 27/12/44. Sweep Cologne/Mayen/Rochfort 31/12/44. Squadron moved to Y.32 Ophoven, Brussels 31/12/44. Two patrols Malmedy Area 1/1/45. Escort Mitchell bombers to St Vith followed by sweep around Duren area. Scramble and recce in Blankenbiern-Dorsel area 14/1/45. Recce of Wessel-Coesfeld-Hamm area 21/1/45. Armed recce of Munster area 22/1/45, Armed recces of Nijmegen and Blankenheim areas – military transports and tanks attacked 23/1/45. Patrol Coesfeld/Munster area 24/1/45. Patrol Weert area 25/1/45. Armed recce Munster area 26/1/45. Squadron moved to B.78 Eindhoven. Armed recce Dorsten/Munster area 8/2/45. Weather and armed reconnaissance of Dorsten area then cover to medium bombers to Xanten area then recce Bocholt/Borchen area 10/2/45. Armed recce Munster/Soest Padderborne area 11/2/45
W/O Harding was shot down and killed 11/2/45 aged 23years in Spitfire XIV RN120. He claimed one FW 190 damaged 7/3/44 and destroyed two Flying Bombs 1944. He was pictured with other pilots of Squadron in June/July 1944. Commemorated on Runnymede Memorial Panel 269. He is also commemorated on the War Memorial at Chesham, Bucks.
657789 W/O Higgs, Thomas Francis was at Bolt Head in July 1943. Crash landed Spitfire RM746 at Lympne . He went MPD on 25.10.44 in Spitfire XIV. Death confirmed on 18th December 1944 aged 23. buried at Hotton Cemetary
148436 F/O Hill, Eric Gordon RAF VR was killed 15/12/44. Pictured with group of other pilots of the Squadron June/July 1944. Took part in an armed recce., sweep of the Munster area. Went down to the deck in Dulmen area to attack a goods train, which was carried out successfully. F/O Hill who was in Orange 2 Spitfire RB149 was hit by flak. Two black puffs being seen under the tail of his aircraft. He was seen to go down. He has been reported missing believed killed but there would appear to be little hope. Son of James Thomas Hill and Caroline Helen Hill, of Northwood, Middlesex. Commonwealth War Dead 12. E. 12 REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY
416858 W/O Hurrel, E. (Australia) posted to 610 Sqn 20/6/44. Posted to Typhoon squadron 16/08/1944.
162504 F/O Hussey R.C. (Bob) (Newfoundland) Posted to 610 Sqn from 61 O.T.U. 4/5/43. At Bolt Head in 1943. Promoted to F/Sgt 8/9/43. Flew W3707 on 03/08/43. At Exeter Jan ’44. Destroyed Me 110 8/10/43 – own aircraft (W3707) badly damaged by bullets. Posted to Rolls-Royce, Derby 27/5/44 for engine course. Promoted to commissioned rank 14/12/43. Destroyed 1 flying bomb 20/6/44. When landing back at base 27/12/44, F/O Hussey and F/O McFarlane collided on the runway, after touching down the aircraft were categorised as Cat B and Cat E respectively.
Departed 610 Sqn for 9 PDC, Uxbridge with 158 hours and 20 months with the Squadron. Died at London, Ontario 2008.
129261 F/Lt Hodgkinson Colin G. (‘Hoppy’) Posted to 610 Sqn 20/1/43 from 131 Sqn. 20/1/43. From Bridgwater, Somerset. Lost both legs in a civilian flying accident. Ex- Fleet Air Arm. With 610 from Jan – April 1943. Then joined 501 Squadron and shortly afterwards transferred to 611 Squadron. While with 501 as a flight commander he crashed his Spitfire and became a POW. After the war in 1946 he became a Vampire pilot with 501 and 604 Squadrons. He died aged 76 in September 1996.
1575089 F/Sgt Håkansson, Ingvar Fredrik (‘Hakkie’) RAFVR (Sweden) Posted to 610 Sqn from 165 Sqn for flying duties 10/2/44. Pictured with group of other Squadron pilots June/July. Destroyed three flying bombs; two on 9/7/44. Missing on flying bomb patrol 08/07/44. Took off as Blue 2 Spitfire XIV RB153 ‘DW-Y’
Engine cut while chasing V-1 abandoned off Dungeness 9/7/44. F/Sgt Hakansson killed. He went alone on an anti-diver patrol. Ground Control heard him say he had got one, and he is being credited with a second as our Green Section saw it destroyed, and no other aircraft were in the area. Just after this, at 17.30, he called up on the R/T to say his engine had cut and he was bailing out at once. Despite an intensive search by A.S.R. and Green section immediately afterwards, nothing was seen of him. There is a hope that he may have been picked up by a ship in a convoy in the area. Killed 09/07/1944 aged 23 years. Son of Henfrid Håkansson and of Ethel Maud Håkansson (nee Brookes), Gothenburg, Sweden. Commonwealth War Dead Panel 218 RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL.
J/6833 F/O Hokan, Junius Lyman Edward (Canada) Posted to 610 Sqn 17/2/42 from 56 OTU Sutton Bridge. Was at Hutton Cranswick with ‘A’ Flight of 610 in 1942. Flew DW-A 13/2/42, DW-H 16/3/42. He destroyed a Ju 88 off Lowestoft 27/4/42. Destroyed a Do 217 (quarter share with S/L Haywood, Sgt Mares and P/O Smith – 15/5/42. Destroyed Ju 88 E.Yarmouth 22/6/42. Damaged FW 190 over Dieppe 19/8/42. Son of Kauri Lyman Hokan and Ella Grace Hokan, of St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada.. Posted to 401 Sqn 24/8/42. Killed 26/09/42 aged 20 years RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL Panel 99.
61055 P/O Hugill, Graham T. Joined 610 Sqn 2/4/41 from 58 O.T.U. He was with 610 at Leconfield 1941 and Westhampnett Aug ’41 as member of ‘B’ Flight. Flew DW-T 7/8/41, 9/8/41, 12/8/41, 14/8/41 DW-Q 12/8/41. Posted to 154 Sqn 10/3/42.
745103 Sgt Ireland, Sidney (RAF) from Newtonbreda near Belfast. Posted to unit 19/06/40 from No 5 FTS Sealand. Killed during dogfight practice with Sgt Chandler, H.H. on 12/07/40 aged 22. Crashed at Pitchfont Farm, Titsey Park, Surrey four miles south of Biggin Hill. Crash site later excavated by London Air Museum. Buried at Knockbreda Church of Ireland Sec E grave 78. Aircraft was ‘DW-Q’ P9502. Loved to play rugby and the guitar.
On display in the Shoreham Aircraft Museum Tea garden is the hub assembly and propeller blades from Supermarine Spitfire P9502 coded ‘DW-Q’, that crashed at Titsey Park near Westerham, Kent.
Sgt Ireland, a 22 years old Ulsterman had taken off in this aircraft to conduct some practise dog-fighting. He was seen to perform several steep turns in the sky above Biggin Hill before carrying out a half-roll in the Spitfire and putting the nose down into a steep dive. Passing through some cloud, the pilot appeared to lose control of his machine and doubtless struggling hard to regain level flight, Sgt Ireland did not recover from his manoeuvre and the Spitfire fatally crashed onto the southern slope of the North Downs about 3 miles to the south of Biggin Hill.
Cruelly for the young pilot who, despite losing his life just after the official start to the Battle of Britain, is not recorded as ‘One of The Few’, because he had not flown an operational sortie. He is not forgotten.
P/O James, R.W was posted to 610 Sqn from 266 Sqn, Duxford 6/2/42.
R71708 W/O Jackson W. M. ‘Jacko’ (Canada) was from Winnipeg. He was the son of Mr & Mrs George R. Jackson and grandson of Mrs Jessie Maclennan of the Winnipeg public school. He joined the Air Force in Toronto in 1940 and was with 610 at Leconfield 1/1/42 and with ‘A’ Flight of 610 at Hutton Cranswick Feb 1942 and at Ludham July ’42. Promoted to rank of T/F/Sgt 1/1/42. Flew DW-U 5/1/42, 31/1/42; DW-T & DW-N 15/1/42 & 15/2/42; DW-Z 6/2/42, 7/5/42, 9/5/42, 10/5/42, 15/5/42, 16/5/42, 17/5/42, 18/5/42 (AD457), 20/5/42, 23/5/42, 24/5/42. 26/5/42, 27/5/42, 28/5/42; DW-V 8/2/42, 21/4/42, DW-T 8/2/42, 13/2/42, 15/4/42, 16/4/42, 17/4/42, 24/4/42, DW-R 25/4/42, 26/4/42, 27/4/42, 28/4/42, DW-X 18/4/42. AD457 DW-Z 2/7/42, 8/7/42. EN901 DW-R Damaged a Ju 88 9/7/42 shared with Sgt Leach. BL599 DW-V 9/7/42. EP393 DW-Z 19/7/42, 20/7/42. Promoted to rank of T/W/O on 1/1/42. Posted to RAF Coltishall.
R103121 Sgt Jamieson R.A. (Canada) Posted to 610 Sqn 8/10/42. Slightly injured in aircraft accident 21/10/42. With 610 in Feb ’43 and posted to No 6 Sqn 25/2/43.
740830 Sgt Jenkins, Peter Douglas (RAF) was with 610 in 1939 at Wittering. He flew patrol in L1016 ‘DW-Q’ on 22/10/39, 2/1/40 7/3/40; L1075 DW-N 9/2/40; . Following action with the enemy during which he shot down one Bf109 29/5/40, Jenkins was shot down by AA fire from destroyers – wings came off, had to bail out of his Spitfire L1062 ‘DW-K’ into sea. Killed aged 20 years. Attempts by F/Lt J. Ellis to attract attention of destroyers only resulted in more flak. Son of Frederick and Dorothy Jenkins of Breage, Cornwall. Runnymede Memorial Panel 6.
F/Lt Jolly posted to 610 Sqn from 83 G.S.U. 10/2/45. Flew patrol with Tony Gaze when he shot down Me262 14/2/45.
83267 Air Vice Marshal Johnnie Johnson CB, CBE, DSO**, DFC*: The top scoring Allied Ace of World War II with 38 victories, Johnnie Johnson had joined 92 Squadron in August 1940. He flew with Douglas Bader in the famous Tangmere Wing, and then, flying Spitfire Mk Vb EP215 (DW-B), led 610 Squadron on the Dieppe Raid. After commanding the Canadian Wing at Kenley, he led 144 Wing again flying Spitfires, 127 Wing, and then 125 Wing.
James Edgar (Johnnie) Johnson was born at Barrow-upon-Soar, Leicestershire, England, on 9th March, 1916. He studied at Loughborough College and Nottingham University but after being rejected by the Royal Air Force he became a civil engineer.
Known locally as Johnnie Johnson, James Edgar Johnson was born in Barrow on Soar near Loughborough on 9th March 1915. He lived in Melton, the first house on the left of Welby Lane as you leave Nottingham Road, with his parents – his father being a local Police Inspector.
Johnnie qualified as a Civil Engineer at Nottingham University in 1937. He joined the RAFVR and did his flying training at 21 E&RFTS, Stapleford before enlisting for full-time service in the RAF at the beginning of WWII.
He first went to ITW at Jesus College, Cambridge, completed his ab initio flying at 22 EFTS, Cambridge and his intermediate and advanced flying at 5 FTS, Sealand. He was posted to 7 OTU, Hawarden in August 1940, joined 19 Squadron the same month and moved to 616 Squadron at Kenley on 5th September 1940. He was 83267 Pilot Officer, (Aircrew category Pilot) on the RAF’s books.
Johnson was also initially rejected by the RAF Volunteer Reserve but they changed their mind after the outbreak of the Second World War. Selected for pilot training he was sent to Hawarden in Cheshire to learn to fly the Supermarine Spitfire.
In September, 1940, Johnson was posted to 19 Squadron but missed most of the Battle of Britain after being forced to have an operation on his shoulder. When he recovered he joined 616 Squadron where he joined Douglas Bader, Hugh Dundas and Jeff West.
Johnson soon emerged as an outstanding fighter pilot. A master of accurate deflection shooting, a skill he had developed as a child when he hunted rabbits with a shotgun. In September 1941 Johnson was promoted to flight lieutenant and was given command of B Flight.
On 9/7/42 Johnson was posted to 610 Sqn as A/F/Lt from 19 Sqn. He took command of 610 Squadron 13/7/42 as acting (initially unpaid) S/Ldr until March 1943. He was promoted to wing commander and took over the Canadian wing in the recently formed 2nd Tactical Air Force.
By the end of the Second World War Johnson had flown in over 1,000 combat missions. He holds the remarkable record of never being shot down and on only one occasion was his Spitfire damaged by the enemy. Johnson has been credited with 38 kills. Officially this is the highest total of any RAF pilot but some experts believe that John Pattle scored more than 40.
Johnson, who was awarded the DSO and two bars, the DFC and bar, the Legion d’Honneur and the Croix de Guerre, stayed in the Royal Air Force after the war. He served with the United States Air Force in the Korean War where he was awarded the American DFC.
In 1960 Johnson was appointed senior air staff officer in 3 Group, Bomber Command. He eventually retired in 1966 as Air Officer Commanding, Air Forces Middle East in Aden.
James Edgar Johnson, who lived for a while in Jersey before retiring to Buxton, Derbyshire, died on 30th January, 2001.
Flying Spitfire 1Ia P7837 with 616 Squadron, his first victory came on 26/6/41, a Bf 109e. On 6th and 14th July he destroyed Bf109s and on 21/9/41 two more. He was awarded the DFC on 30/9/41 and made Flight Commander. He was awarded a Bar to his DFC on 26th June 1942. The next month, he was given command of 610 Squadron at Ludham. On 19/8/42 flying Spitfire Vb EP215 (DW-B),he destroyed a Bf 109 (shared with F/S Creagh, & P/O Smith), also two FW 190s all over Dieppe. On 20/8/42 flying the same aircraft he probably destroyed a FW 190 over Cayeux. On 13/2/43 flying Spitfire Vb EP121 (DW-B), he claimed a probable FW190 over LeTouquet.
In March 1943 he was posted to Kenley to lead the Canadian Wing. Between 3rd April and 4th September 1943 he destroyed 10 FW 190s and shared another, destroyed 4 Me 109s and shared three more and shared an Me 110. He gained the DSO on 4th June 1943 and a Bar to it on 24th September 1943. He was posted to the Planning Staff at 11 Group in September but returned to operations in March 1944 when he was posted to Digby to lead 144 Wing. Between 25th April and 27th September 1944 he destroyed 8 FW 190s and 5 Me 109s. He was awarded a second Bar to his DSO on 7th July 1944. The Wing was disbanded in October 1944 and he was posted to lead 127 Wing. On 6th April 1945 he was promoted to Acting Group Captain and given command of 125 Wing.
He ended the War as the top-scoring Allied pilot, with 38 confirmed victories. He received the DFC (US) on 18th January 1944, the Order of Leopold (Belgium) in 1947 and the Croix de Guerre (Belgium) in the same year.
He remained in the RAF and in 1950 was attached to the US Air Force, serving in the United States and in Korea. He was awarded the Air Medal (US) in December 1950 and the Legion of Merit (US) in October 1951. He retired on 15th March 1966 at the age of 51 as an Air Vice-Marshal. He was made a CBE on 1st January 1960 and a CB on 1st January 1965. He died on 30th January 2001 in Derbyshire, where he had lived for many years and where he enjoyed his fishing at the Ladybower Reservoir.
His RAF promotions were:-
• P/O 10 August 1940
• F/O 10 August 1941
• F/L 10 August 1942
• S/L 16 June 1943
• W/C 4 October 1945
• W/C 1 July 1947
• G/C 1 January 1955
• A/CM 1 July 1960
• A/VM 1 January 1963
1383036 F/Sgt Jones, D.T. (Dai). Posted from 61 O.T.U. 26/8/42. At Castletown and crashed on landing after convoy patrol 12/11/42 but was unhurt. Posted back to 610 Sqn from RAF Tangmere (sick) 2/3/43. Undercarriage collapsed on landing 20/3/43. Promoted to F/Sgt 12/6/43. Was at Westhampnett in April 1943 and Bolt Head in July 1943. Flew BM378 DW-H 6,7,8/4/43. Flew AB270 on 29/07/43. Destroyed ¼ Flying bomb, shared another with P/O Scaman 23/6/44. Appointed to commissioned rank as P/O wef 18/5/43. Attended a¬ Selection Board at Air Ministry for Flying Instructor Duties 14/1/44. Selected and subsequently posted to No.7 F.I.S. at Montrose, Scotland on 19/1/44 to No 42 Fighter Instructors (War) Course. Had a long record with the Squadron and was a popular member.
137292 F/O Jones, S.A. ‘Jonah’ DFM posted to 610 Sqn from HQ. ADCB 20/4/44. Posted to RAF Millfield for Air Support course 24/4/44. With 610 at Bolt Head in 1943, Harrobeer, West Malling and Westhampnett in ‘44. Destroyed first ⅓ flying bomb 23/6/44. Forced (belly) landed at Loochristi, E.of Ghent 9/11/44. Posted to 9 PDC (operationally tired) 24/12/44.
J10289 P/O Jones, D.W. (Canada) Posted from 59 O.T.U. 26/8/42. Promoted to F/O 1/10/42. Posted to 412 Sqn 4/12/42.
400831 Sgt Kerville, C.E. (Australian) posted from 253 Sqn 8/9/42. Posted to 253 Sqn 11/9/42.
411907 Sgt Kebbell, T.R. (NZ) was posted to RAF Coltishall 9/7/42.
90667 F/O Keighley, Peter G. was a pre-war member of No 610 Squadron. He was granted a commission as Acting Pilot Officer 21/3/39. Posted to 2 FTS. Brize Norton for advanced flying training 11/10/39. At RAF Wittering with 610 Sqn flew Spitfire L1076 7/3/40. He rejoined 610 Squadron 10/5/40 at RAF Prestwick then moved with Squadron to RAF Biggin Hill. Flew L1013 DW-E on patrol Manston & Dungeness 13/5/40. L1011 DW-F patrol Maidstone 18/5/40. L1013 DW-E patrol Manston & Dover 20/5/40. L1013 DW-E patrol over Calais- Boulogne 21/5/40. Flew N3201 DW-S to Manston 24/5/40. N3284 DW-J on patrol over Dunkirk 28/5/40. L1013 DW-E patrol over Dunkirk 29/5/40. N3274 patrol Dunkirk 30/5/40. L1013 DW-F patrol Dunkirk 31/5/40 – aircraft severely damaged by fire from enemy aircraft (Do 215) pilot returned home and bailed out of Spitfire into the Channel. P/O Keighley picked up by a trawler then transferred to naval pinnace and taken to Ramsgate 31/5/40. R6629 DW-E Patrol Canterbury 7/6/40. P9452 DW-T Patrol Dover 10/6/40. R6629 DW-E Patrol – recalled 11/6/40 12/6/40 R6629 DW-E Patrol Dover/Folkestone. Confirmed in appointment and graded as Pilot officer 14/6/40. R6629 DW-E Vectors and Orbit over Dungeness 15/6/40. R6629 DW-E Vectors and Orbit over Rye 18/6/40. R6629 DW-E Patrol Manston 20/6/40. R6629 DW-E 1/7/40. He bailed out of Spitfire R6621 DW-S (from ORB) 20/7/40 when his tail was shot off by Oberfeldwebel Schmid of I Gruppe of JG 51. The Spitfire he was flying crashed at Lydden near Canterbury 18:30hrs. Keighley was wounded in the leg.
40396 P/O Kennard H.C. Posted to 610 Sqn from 66 Sqn for flying duties 23/10/39. Flew Spitfire L1010 on patrol 9/2/40; 3/3/40. Posted to 66 Sqn 10/3/40
90336 F/O Kerr, Gerald Malcolm Theodore.(AAF) Was a pre-war member of the Squadron. Appeared on the Squadron’s Roll of Officers in November 1938. During this time the were flying Hawker Hind biplane bombers. The Squadron changed its role to that of a fighter squadron and received Spitfire Mk 1s. It moved from RAF Hooton Park to RAF Wittering, Northants when it was put on ‘War Footing’. F/O Kerr flew with’B’ Flight in Spitfire L1006 ‘DW-R’ 29/12/39 & 11/1/40 patrolling over Wells and Skegness on interception duty from Advance Landing Ground (ALG) at Bircham Newton. Flew patrol in Spitfire L1006 ‘DW-R’ 5-miles out to sea from Wells 12/1/40 and on 13/1/40 patrolled over Cromer. Returned to RAF Wittering. On 18/2/40 back at ALG patrolled Cromer in L1003 ‘DW-J’. On 22/2/40 convoy patrol in L1003 ‘DW-J’. On 23/3/40 patrolled off Sherringham at 25,000 ft in L1017 ‘DW- L’. On 24/2/40 patrolled over Wells in L1017 and convoy patrol in L1014 ‘DW-G’. On 1/3/40 flew two convoy patrols and another air patrol over Sherringham in L1010 ‘DW-D’. On 3/3/40 flew two convoy patrols in K9960 ‘DW-P’. Flew Spitfire L1045 ‘DW-O’ on two convoy patrols 16/3/40. Flew L1010 ‘DW-D’ on two convoy patrols 23/3/40. Squadron moved to RAF Prestwick during April 1940 then to RAF Biggin Hill on 10/5/40. Flew P9452 ‘DW-T’ 21/5/40 on two patrols Dover to Boulogne to provide cover for the Allied retreat from Dunkirk. Also flew two similar patrols over Calais-Boulogne area later the same day in L1062 ‘DW-K’. Flew P9452 ‘DW-T’ to investigate raid on Manston 24/5/40. On 25/5/40 patrolled over Calais in N3289. On 27/5/40 flew N3289 on patrol over Dunkirk with eleven other squadron aircraft at 18,000ft. A Heinkel 111 was shot down by F/O EBB Smith. Crew of stricken enemy aircraft fired signals for help and 30-40 Messerschmidt 110s closed on Squadron. A dogfight ensued during which F/O Kerr shot down one Me 110. F/O Medcalf and Sgt Medway failed to return. During this action, Squadron accounted for four enemy aircraft (confirmed) and three e/a unconfirmed. On 28/5/40 F/O Kerr flew N3289 ‘DW-N’ on squadron patrol over Dunkirk flying in pairs at 25,000 ft. Squadron was attacked by a squadron of Bf 109s – four of which were shot down. Two of the 610 Squadron aircraft failed to return. These were F/O Kerr and F/O Kerr Wilson.
F/O Kerr was shot down by Bf 109 and killed aged 30 flying L1000 ‘DW-R’on patrol over Dunkirk. MIA 29/5/40. RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL Panel 6. Husband of Barbara (Kerr) of Frodsham who died 2011.
39827 F/O Kirkwood, Mark Tyzac posted to 610 Sqn from No 7 O.T.U. Hawarden 22/9/40. Flew DW-T and DW-U 12/10/40. Posted to 603 Sqn, Hornchurch 4/11/40. Killed 08/11/40. Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference Panel 4 RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
787389 Sgt Kohout, Joseph (Czech) served firstly with 601 Sqn. flying Hurricane IIb and Airacobras since July 1941. Himself and Sgt Mares were posted to 610. Sqn 28/3/42. Later posted to 313. Sqn 19/5/42. He finished operations in Jan 1945 as F/O. He died later in Australia.
37772 F/Lt Lee-Knight, Roland Anthony Awarded DFC 5/4/41. At Westhampnett Aug 1941. Shot down a Bf 109 17/6/41 off Griz Nez, another two109s 21/6/41 – one damaged, one destroyed also off Griz Nez. On 26/6/41 he damaged a Bf 109 over Dunkirk and on 3/7/41 destroyed one Bf 109 and damaged another SW Lille. On 8/7/41 destroyed another Bf 109 N. Lille. He probably destroyed another Bf 109 E. Boulogne 14/8/41. Posted to 403 Squadron, Hornchurch 23/8/41. He finished the war having destroyed 6 enemy aircraft.
403087 Sgt Knox-Williams, W.B. (Australian) posted from 278 Sqn to 610 Sqn 14/5/42. Posted to RAF Coltishall for overseas.
Sgt Lafferty (Australia) posted to 610 Sqn 1/6/43. Posted to PDC for overseas 5/10/43 but returned to 610 on 7/10/43.
90349 S/Ldr Lamb, Peter G. AFC had been a member of No 610 Squadron since 1938 and was called to full time service with the Squadron in October 1939. From Wittering he flew L1017 DW-L on patrol 9/2/40. Flew R6650 6/6/40. Shared a Do 17 damaged with P/O Smith, Sgt Hamlyn, F/Lt Ellis, Sgt Else and Sgt Ramsay 3/7/40. He shot down a Bf 109 on the 24/8/40 and a Do 215 in R6976 DW-A on 26/8/40. Lamb also shot down a Bf 110 on 29/8/40 over Tunbridge Wells/Rye. He damaged another Bf 110 on 30/8/40. Posted to No 10 F.T.S. Ternhill for flying staff pilot duties 28/10/40. He was awarded the AFC on the 26/10/43. Became C/O of 610 in 1946 when re-formed at Hooton Park until 1950.
F/Lt Lang TFU. Was adjutant and flying instructor in 1938 but moved away on promotion to HQ No 11 Fighter Group at Hillingdon.
Sgt Leach J.G was at Ludham in July 1942. Flew Spitfire BL691 DW-T 2/7/42, BM573 DW-T 9/7/42 Damaged a Ju 88 E. Spurn Head (shared with W/O Jackson). W3128 DW-S 10/7/42; EP251 DW-T 30/7/42; EP355 DW-Q 31/7/42.
A/C Leathart, James A. CG, DSO, was an early member of 610 Sqn. Son of surgeon Percival Leathart.
33570 P/O Lecky, John Gage. Born in Yokohama, Japan and educated at Preparatory Schhool, Liphook and Wrekin College. Flew with No 610 Squadron and No 41 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. He died aged 19 years after bailing out of his Spitfire I (P9447) on the 11/10/40 October1940 during combat with Bf 109s near Maidstone, Kent at 16:30hrs. Son of Lt.-Col. John Gage Lecky and Marion Dorothy Hume Lecky, of Lower Bourne. He is buried at TILFORD (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD, Surrey to the S.W of cemetery.
402196 P/O Leckie, Thomas William McClure (New Zealand) Killed 27/10/41 age 24 years. Pilot blacked-out and crashed during aerobatics at Driffield. Son of Frank Maxwell Leckie and Irene M. L. Leckie, of Heretaunga, Wellington, New Zealand. LECONFIELD (ST. CATHERINE) CHURCHYARD Row B. Grave 8.
1068365 F/Sgt Lee, Don was with 610 at Hutton Cranswick 1942. Posted to 601 Sqn 27/3/42.
133032 F/Lt Lee, John DFC joined 610 Sqn 23/7/1944 as Flg/O. F/O Lee and F/O McFarlane fired at a ‘diver’ and slowed it before having to break off on reaching the gun zone. Plots faded on it afterwards, so it was claimed as destroyed 20/8/44 (half each). Was with 610 Sqn at Lympne 7/11/44. Hit by flak and forced-landed at Brussels 9/2/45. Awarded DFC and went to London to attend an investiture at Buckingham Palace to receive the DFC he was awarded on 12/12/44. Promoted to F/Lt (WS) on 6/10/44. Posted to 130 Sqn 3/3/45. to 41 Sqn 9/5/45 and to SEAC Ferry command as instructor 5/8/45.
61221 S/Ldr Laurie, W.A. DFC Posted to 610 Sqn as F/Lt 8/9/42 from 5 PDC Wilmslow. From Boswell Street, Liverpool he was C/O of 610 at Bolt Head in March 1943 to Jan ’44. Flew EE753 DW-X on 3/4/43, 4/4/43 and 21/4/43 damaged a FW 190 at Cayeux flying EE753. Flew KK753 on 03/08/43. Married in church local to Bolt Head 9/10/43. Posted to Millfield, Northumberland 21/1/44 and in his place Squadron Leader R.A. Newbery DFC and bar was posted from Headquarters No 10 Group to take command.
119573 F/Lt Lightbourn, Warren Maurice (Bahamas) RAF VR. Posted to 610 Sqn from 286 Sqn 8/5/43. At Bolt Head in July 1943. Flew BL787 on 03/08/43. At Eindhoven (B.78) in Feb 1945. Son of Maurice S. and Ida L. Lightbourn of Nassau. He was shot down and killed on 14/2/45 aged 25 flying RM677 East of Boxmeer, Netherlands. Buried at Reichwald Forest War Cemetery, Cleves, Germany.
Destroyed ½ Flying Bomb. Flew as No 2 to Freddie Crewe. Lightbourn and Freddie Crewe were Squadron representatives at wedding of Sousse Venesoen (Belgian member) in Anglesey. Flew from Bolt Head to RAF Valley in Tiger Moth on 1st August returning to Bolt Head on 2nd. Winds so strong that trains were overtaking the Tiger on return journey. .
41717 F/O Linney, Arthur Stuart Joined 610 Sqn at Tangmere 11/6/41. Left 610 to join M.S.F.U. at Speke 27/6/41. Died 1983.
P781410 Sgt Lubicz-Lisowski, Tadeusz. (Poland) Born 20.1.1920 in Lwow, Poland, was promoted to officers’ rank in 1944. Posted to 610 Sqn 14/1/43 from 602 Sqn. Posted from 610 Sqn 3/4/43. Killed on 23/12/44 flying Mustang PK-J HB885 (315 Polish Sqn) over N.Sea (engine failure).
1073652 Sgt Leech, John Graham Killed 19/08/42 aged 24 years flying Spitfire EP342 DW-S. Shot down on ‘Operation Jubillee’patrolling over Dieppe by Fw190 19-8-42 Sgt J G Leech killed. Son of Nelson and Gertrude E. Leech, of Belfast.
Remembered with honour RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL Panel 88.
1073643 Sgt Leech, T.G. Posted to 610 Sqn 9/6/42 from 57 O.T.U.
137648 W/O Leslie, D. (Canada) was with 610 Sqn at Friston in mid 1944. . Proceeded to Stamford, Lincs, for a Junior Officers Course 4/6/44. F/Sgt. Higgs and W/O Leslie destroyed one diver 26/7/44. Granted a commission in the RCAF which was back-dated to be effective from 7/4/44 (7/8/44). Posted to 83 GSU. Spitfire Pool 9/8/44.
Sgt Libert, P.A.L.G. (Belgium) Posted to 349 Sqn 8/6/43.
76461 P/O Litchfield, Peter was born 30th April 1915 at Croydon. While he was at Jesus College, Cambridge he was called up and joined No 1 Initial Training Wing. He became part of the 14 Course RAFVR that arrived at 11 FTS at Shawbury on 27/9/1939 (source ORB). This course was completed on 18th November 1939 (source ORB). Sgt Litchfield Peter was posted to 611 Squadron at Digby and arrived there 20th November 1939: ‘741035 Sergeant PETER LITCHFIELD, RAFVR (Pilot) reported on posting form No. 11 Service Flying Training School. On 30/11/1939 (ORB).’ Training flying, included his first successful solo in a Spitfire (30/11/39).
On 4/12/39 it was written: ‘741035 Sergeant PETER LITCHFIELD commissioned as Pilot Officer on probation in the RAFVR w.e.f. 1/12/39 and seniority of 18/11/39’. On 11th December 1939 ‘Pilot Officer P. LITCHFIELD left on posting to No. 610 Squadron at RAF WITTERING’. As part of ‘B’ Flight he was stationed at RAF Bircham Newton 9/2/40.
On 11/12/39: ‘P/O P. LITCHFIELD was posted from 611 Squadron to 610 Squadron, then stationed at RAF Wittering, where on 10/5/40 a signal was received at approximately 1000 hours for the Squadron to move at once to Biggin Hill. There is mention in the ORB that: ‘HOLLAND and BELGIUM had been invaded’.
Combat Reports signed by Peter Litchfield, cover actions on 27/5/40 when he shot down an Me 110 over Dunkirk. 31/5/40 destroyed a Do 215 East of Dover. He also had victories on 3/7/40 – Do 17 (unconfirmed) near Marquise and two Bf 109s destroyed over Dover Straits 14/7/40.
Official sources state that on 18/7/40 P/O Litchfield was shot down in Spitfire P9452 (DW-T), however in the ORB it is indicated that this was the Spitfire of Sq/Ldr A.L. Franks when he was shot down on 29/5/40 (aircraft and pilot missing over the Channel). Some ORB entries maintain that Litchfield was in P9452 after that date. Later ORB pages mention Litchfield in Spitfire R6765 (DW-T), and according to the ORB that was the aircraft in which he was shot down in on 18/7/40.
P/O Litchfield was on patrol on the 18/07/40 in a Spitfire I (P9452 ‘DW-T’). He was K.I.A. when shot down by a Bf 109 from Gruppe II of JG 51 flown by Hauptman H.Tietzen north of Calais at 10:00hrs. He died aged 25.
RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL Panel 9.
S/Ldr Littler J.M. joined 610 18/5/43 for experience before taking command of No 276 Air-Sea Rescue Squadron 4/9/43 where he replaced S/Ldr Hamlyn (ex-610 Sqn).
R78623 F/Sgt Linton, D. ‘Tex’ (USA) was with ‘A’ Flight of 610 at Hutton Cranswick 1942 and at Ludham. Posted from 412 Squadron. Posted to 411 sqn. 10/5/42.
79271 F/O Lloyd W.E. Intelligence Officer with 610 Sqn at Biggin Hill. Went to Acklington with other members of Sqn 1/6/40. Returned to Biggin 6/6/40. Promoted to F/O w.e.f.12/7/40. Probably not aircrew.
86990 F/Lt Lloyd-Davies. D.G. posted to RAF Gravesend 31/5/42.
76077 F/O Le Fleming, R.W.C.H. Adjutant Was posted to 610 Sqn at Wittering 17/11/39. Was at Westhampnett ’41.
P/O Lepel Cointet M.M. posted to 610 Sqn at Hutton Cranswick 15/3/42 from 154 Sqn.
1382703 Sgt Leighton posted to 610 Sqn 10/10/42. Posted to 1 PDC for overseas 30/1/43.
45981 P/O Maggs posted to 610 Sqn 10/42
R70978 Sgt MacLennan, Ian R. DFM (Canada) – joined the RCAF in October 1940, arriving in England in August 1941. He joined 610 Squadron in February 1942 at Hutton Cranswick then posted to 401 Sqn 1/5/42 where he destroyed an Fw190. Posted to Malta, he flew his Spitfire off HMS Eagle on 9th June, and shortly after transferred to 1435 Flight. On Malta he claimed 7 victories and was awarded the DFM. He was commissioned, becoming a flight commander in November. In December he returned to England. In February 1944 he joined 433 Squadron as a flight commander. On 7th June he was hit by ground fire whilst covering the Normandy beaches, crash landed, and was taken POW.
86323 Madle S.J.
745346 / 116519 F/Sgt Mains S. George Posted to 610 Sqn at Acklington from No 7 O.T.U. Hawarden 4/11/40. With 610 at Leconfield 1941. Operating from Westhampnett destroyed a Bf109 and another probable 8/5/41. On 2/7/41 destroyed Bf 109 over N. France. On 3/7/41 destroyed a Bf 109 over Lille. Left 610 Sqn 28/2/42 to Montrose.
41314 F/Lt Mathieson R.M (New Zealand) Posted to 610 Sqn at Exeter 17/2/44 from RAF Station Acklington, Northumberland. With 610 at Harrowbeer in 1944. Attached to RAF Largs for course of instruction 6/3/44. Returned to 610 Sqn 10/3/44. Posted to 130 Sqn. 27/5/44. F/Lt Mathieson, at one time with the Squadron, arrived on attachment 9/8/44 .
401989 P/O Matthews, Ernest Vivian (Australia) No. 14 at No1 ITS (Initial Training School) Summers (Victoria, Australia). Became a Pilot trainee. Then to Western Junction (Tasmania) to Elementry Flying Training School (EFTS) on Tiger Moths. Went Solo after 7 hours. To Empire Air Training Scheme in Cananda for Service Flying Training on Harvards at Aylmer. Received Wings 12/1/41. To England to Australian Air Crew Reception Center, Bournemouth 1942. To Advanced flying unit in Watton Norfolk and then to 53 OTU (Operational Training Unit) Llandow, South Wales. Posted to 610 Squadron from 53 O.T.U. 22/7/42 was with 610 at Ludham July 1942. Posted to RAF Coltishall for overseas 18/8/42.
Living in Victoria 2012.
754416 Sgt McDougal-Black (RAF) Posted to 610 Sqn from No 7 O.T.U Hawarden 4/11/40. MPD 21/08/41
73001 P/O McGowan R.A Posted to 610 Sqn at Wittering from 46 Sqn 30/10/39. Flew Spitfire L1062 with 610 Sqn. Flew patrol 23/1/40 in Spitfire L1043 DW-O; L1045 on 1/3/40, 19/3/40 & 20/3/40; K9960 on19/3/40.
P/O Maskens, P.M.L. (Belgium) Promoted to F/O 20/5/43. Flew EE726 3/5/43 & 4/5/43 & 5/5/43 & 15/5/43 & 18/5/43 EP699 4/5/43 Posted to 349 Sqn 8/6/43.
J7437 P/O MacIntosh, J.G. was at Ludham ’42 posted from 58 O.T.U 3/3/42 to Hutton Cranswick.
G/C McGregor H.D. DSO was C/O of 610 Squadron at Westhampnett in January 1943.
754347 F/Sgt McGregor, Hugh Biggans Posted to 610 Sqn from No 7 O.T.U Hawarden 4/11/40. Killed in Spitfire P9451 at Eglingham, Northumberland (11/12/40) aged 24 years. Son of Robert Clark McGregor and Elizabeth Harkness McGregor, of Larkhall. Div. 3. Sec. K. Grave 2 LARKHALL CEMETERY, DALSERF
R2535 Sgt McDonald, A. (Canada) was with ‘A’ Flight of 610 Sqn at Hutton Cranswick Feb ’42. Posted to 601 Sqn 29/3/42.
935213 F/Sgt McWatt, Frank joined 610 Sqn from 616 Sqn 4/5/41. He was at Westhampnett & Leconfield Aug 1941. Left 610 Sqn for C.F.S. Upavon. Flew Spitfire V R7298 ‘DW-A’. Sgt McWatt wounded when crash landed in R7298 at Friston 7/8/41.
909430 Sgt McPherson, Ronald Bertram RAFVR posted from O.T.U. 16/3/43. Killed 21/4/43. Under the command of Wg/Cdr Thomas Wing took part in Circus 290 escorting Venturas to Abbeville. Shot down by fighters nr Cayeux in Spitfire EE634 DW-A. Commonwealth War Dead Plot 6. Row A. Grave 9 ABBEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION
810081 Sgt Manton, Edward (Ted) (AAF) Born 26th July 1915 in Rock Ferry, son of Edward Frederick and Sarah Manton, of Bebington, Cheshire. Former postman of Bebington, Cheshire. Joined 610 Squadron in 1936 (same day as ‘Bam’ Bamberger) as ground crew member. After flying training at 9 FTS he was re-posted to 610 Squadron then at Biggin Hill in Kent (27/7/40).
During the period described as ‘The Battle of the Airfields’, 14 aircraft of 610 Squadron took off on 29th August 1940 at 15.30 hrs to engage about 60 enemy aircraft. These included Do 215s, Me Jaguars and Me 110s. The enemy formation was engaged at various heights from 18,000 to 20,000 feet over Mayfield. It was broken up and last seen returning towards the French Coast. The Squadron destroyed two e/a, damaged three and probably destroyed a further five e/a. Following a fierce engagement over Mayfield at 16:00hrs Sgt Manton was shot down by Me 110 and killed aged 25 years on 29/8/40. His aircraft, Spitfire R6970, crashed on the Great Wigsell Estate, Hurst Green, Essex
He is buried at Hawkhurst Cemetery Plot A. Grave J.62..
787653 F/Sgt Mares, Frantisek (Czech) started his combat career in November 1940 with 601 Sqdn. flying Hurricanne I/IIb and Airacobras. There he opened his score with one and half e/a destroyed, gained on Hurricane. Then he was posted to 610. Sqn.at Hutton Cranswick 28/3/42. Later served at Ludham between 26/3 and 20/5/42. During his combat stay there he achieved the following results:
14/5/42 – Spit Vb W3128 (DW-B) – one half Ju 88 destroyed over sea off Lowestoft (shared with S/Ldr Haywood). 15/5/42 – Spit Vb BL978 (DW-G) – one quarter Do 217 destroyed over sea off Yarmouth (shared with S/Ldr Haywood) also on same date Do 217 destroyed off Yarmouth (quarter share with S/L Haywood, P/O Hoken and P/O Smith. 16/5/42 – Spit Vb BL267 (DW-H) – one third Ju 88 destroyed over sea off Southwold. Posted to 313. Sqn 19/5/42. Until Dec 1944 Mares spent his two operational tours (except rest Sept 42 – March 43) with Nos. 313, 312 and 310. Sqn., and ended as P/O. In 2000 he published his memoirs in the Czech Republic under the title “Mission Accomplished”. This was published in English 2007. He died in February 2008.
129031 Sgt Martyn A.S. posted to 610 Sqn from 52 OT.U. Posted to RAF Coltishall for overseas 15/7/42.
P/O Mason, T.A. was with 610 pre-war.
90339 F/O Medcalf, Albert Rupert John (‘Tod’) (AAF) Pictured at Hooton Park soccer match 13/4/38. He was also shown in a photograph taken at RAF Wittering. As part of ‘B’ Flight, he was then stationed at RAF Bircham Newton (ALG) with Spitfire L1016 ‘DW-Q’ in which he carried out sorties on 9/2/40 and 11/2/40. On 2/3/40 & 3/3/40 he flew convoy patrols in Spitfire K9960 ‘DW-P’. On 7/3/40 flew convoy patrol in Spitfire L1075 ‘DW-K’. On 9/3/40 he undertook convoy patrols in L1016 ‘DW-Q’. On 11/3/40 he did a convoy patrol in L1073 ‘DW-N’. On 12/3/40 convoy patrol in L9960 ‘DW-P’. On 15/3/40 & 16/3/40 convoy patrols in K9960 ‘DW-P’. On 23/3/40 convoy patrols in L1044 ‘DW-H’ and K9960 ‘DW-P’. No Squadron records were kept for April 1940. On 10/5/40 moved with 610 Squadron to RAF Station Biggin Hill as part of ‘B’ Flight. On 14/5/40 in response to an ‘X’ raid, he flew on patrol over Manston area in L1016 ‘DW-Q.’ On 21/5/40 he flew patrols over Bolougne & Calais in L1074. On 24/5/40 flew over Manston to investigate an enemy raid in L1075 ‘DW-N’. On 26/5/40 flew patrols over Manston and out to sea – no e/a sighted in N3274 & N3289. On 27/5/40 the Squadron was ordered to patrol Dunkirk – Medcalf in L1016 ‘DW-Q’ – enemy aircraft sighted and attacked by Squadron – four enemy aircraft were destroyed but Medcalf failed to return. MIA 27/5/40.
Son of Rupert and Florence Medcalf of Willaston, Cheshire. Shot down (KIA) on 27/5/40 aged 26 years near Dunkirk in Spitfire L1016 ‘DW-Q’.
Commemorated on Runnymede Memorial Panel 6. Also on Willaston War Memorial.
740320 Sgt Medway, William Thomas (Bill) (RAFVR) with 610 Squadron in 1939 at RAF Hooton Park, then at Wittering, Prestwick and Biggin Hill.With ‘A’ Flight. Flew Spitfire L1014 ‘DW-G’ 10/10/39 from Hooton Park to RAF Wittering. Flew K9960 ‘DW-P’ 9/1/40, L1016 ‘DW-Q’ 18/2/40, L1062 ‘DW-K’ & L1043 ‘DW-O’ 22/2/40, L1044 ‘DW-H’ 23/2/40, L1010 ‘DW-D’ & L1076 2/3/40, L1009 ‘DW-B’ 9/3/40, L1003 ‘DW-J’ 11/3/40, L1076 12/3/40, L1003 ‘DW-J’ 13/3/40, L1074 11/5/40, 13/5/40, N3201 ‘DW-S’ 21/5/40, L1003 ‘DW-J’ 21/5/40, L10045 ‘DW-G’ 23/5/40, L1003 ‘DW-J’ 24/5/40, L1045 DW-G 25/5/40. Shot down and killed aged 24 years Monday 27/5/40 while in Spitfire L1003 ‘DW-J’. He was married to Muriel Madge London at Stoke Bishop, Gloc 11/11/39 and lived at Westbury-on-Trym.
He is interred at Oostduinkerke Communal Cemetery, Kolksijde, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium Row E. Grave 111.
37414 F/O Mee, C.M.F. was with 610 Sqn ‘A’ Flight 16/9/39. Posted to No 1 Ferry Pilots Pool 21/9/39 then to 416 Sqn. Flew L1010 DW-D 21/10/39.
R84146 Mercer, G.F (Canada) Posted from 59 O.T.U. 26/8/42.
1164046 Sgt Merriman, Edward William. (aka ‘Happy’ or ‘Peter’) Joined 610 Sqn 21/4/41 from 53 O.T.U. He was at RAF Station Leckonfield. Destroyed Bf 109 18/6/41 S. Dungeness and a Hs 126 at Hazebrouk 3/7/41. On 8/7/41 he destroyed a Bf 109 and probably destroyed another both S. Portsmouth. He damaged a Bf 109f near Gravelines 14/8/41. He was in the fighter escort of Blenheim bombing raid Aug 1941 that delivered artificial leg to Douglas Bader in prison camp. He was posted to 129 Sqn, Westhampnett 11/10/41. Died 22nd September 2013.
From London Gazette 23 Sep 1941: “Distinguished Flying Medal.
1164046 Sergeant Edward William MERRIMAN, – No. 610 Squadron.
This airman has participated in twenty operational sorties over enemy-occupied
territory and has destroyed at least four hostile aircraft. He has at all times shown
great keenness and courage.”
Promoted to Flight Sergeant 1 Dec 1941. Promoted to Warrant Officer 1 Dec 1942
Promoted to Pilot Officer 14 Dec 1942
From London Gazette 5 Mar 1943:
“ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE. GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH. To be Plt. Offs. on. prob. (emergency): – Wt. Offs.
1164046 Edward William MERRIMAN, D.F.M. (137289). 15th Dec. 1942.”
From London Gazette 27 Jul 1943:
“Plt. Offs. (prob.) to-be Flg. Offs. on prob. (war subs.): – 15th June 1943.
E. W. MERRIMAN, D.F.M. (137289).”
Nominated for Air Force Cross after safely landing an aircarft with engine on fire and with trainee pilot; awarded commendation, Certificate of Good Service AMO 191/43 (A561523/43).
From London Gazette 2 Jan 1945:
“Flg. Off. to Flt. Lt. (war subs.): – E. W. MERRIMAN, D.F.M. (137289).”
From London Gazette: 8 June 1945:
To be Additional Members of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order:
Flight Lieutenant Edward William MERRIMAN, D.F.M. (137289), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.”
From London Gazette 23 Aug 1946:
“As Flg. Offs. (permanent)*: – 1st Sept. 1945. Edward William MERRIMAN, D.F.M. (137289).”
From London Gazette 11 Oct 1946: “Flight Lieutenants (war subs.) to Flight
Lieutenant:— E. W. MERRIMAN, M.B.E., D.F.M. (137289).”
From London Gazette 25 Feb 1947:
“Flt Lt E. W. MERRIMAN, M.B.E., D.F.M. (137289).
15th June 1946″ Seconded to serve with United States air Force 1946-47.
27 July 1951.
125 S E R V I C E A V I A T I O N . . .
North Pole in College Curriculum
FOR the past week five aircraft of the R.A.F. Flying College, Manby, Lincs,
have undertaken a series of navigational training flights, operating from Keflavik,
in Iceland. In the course of these exercises ‘Aries’, one of the Avro Lincolns, flew over
the geographic North Pole. Ground crews were transported to Iceland by a Hastings in
the charge of S/L. E. W. Merriman, M.B.E.”
From London Gazette 28 Dec 1951:
Flight Lieutenant to Squadron Leader:— E. W. MERRIMAN, M.B.E., D.F.M. (137289).
From London Gazette 27 Dec 1957:
“Squadron Leader to Wing Commander:—E. W. MERRIMAN, M.B.E., D.F.M. (137289).”
From London Gazette 30 Dec 1958:
“To be Ordinary Officers of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order:
Wing Commander Edward William MERRIMAN,
M.B.E., D.F.M. (137289), Royal Air Force.”
From London Gazette 28 Dec 1962:
“Wing Commander to Group Captain :
E. W. MERRIMAN, O.B.E., D.F.M. (137289).”
Oct 1965 – lead the RAF element of the Zambia airlift following sanctions imposed on Rhodesia. 1966 – Flew Ian Smith, Prime Minister of Rhodesia, from Africa to Gibraltar for the post Rhodesia UDI “Tiger Talks” with Harold Wilson, UK Prime Minister and flew Harold Wilson back to London.
OC RAF Changi
Sep 1969 – first RAF pilot to accrue 1,000 flying hours in a Hercules.
From London Gazette 30 Dec 1969:
“To be Ordinary Commanders of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order :
Group Captain Edward William MERRIMAN, O.B.E., D.F.M., Royal Air Force.”
From London Gazette 5 July 1971: “Group Captain to Air Commodore:
E. W. MERRIMAN, C.B.E., D.F.M., M.B.I.M.”
From London Gazette 13 May 1974:
“Retirement Air Commodore E. W. MERRIMAN, C.B.E., D.F.M., M.B.I.M. 1st May 1974.” Seconded to serve with French Air Force post WW2.
Note: There is another reasonbly contemporaneous senior RAF Officer surname Merriman. Without forenames/initials, can be confusion.
Born Ilkeston, Derbyshire 12th august 1920. Father Edward Merriman, mother Lilian Ferguson. Educated at Hallcroft School, Ilkeston. Spouse Winifred Bonser. Two sons; Peter and David. Educated at Hallcroft School, Ilkeston. Became an electrician at Stanton Ironworks, Derbyshire.
Daily Telegraph Obituary
Air Commodore Peter Merriman, who has died aged 93, flew Spitfires with Douglas Bader’s Wing and, in a long career in the RAF, specialised in air transport operations.
As a recently qualified pilot, Merriman joined No 610 (County of Cheshire) Squadron in May 1941. The squadron was one of three that formed the Tangmere Wing commanded by the legless fighter “ace” Douglas Bader. Merriman’s arrival coincided with Fighter Command squadrons going on the offensive over northern France to engage with the Luftwaffe.
Bader’s Wing boasted some of the RAF’s most illustrious fighter pilots – Johnnie Johnson, “Cocky” Dundas, Dennis Crowley-Milling and Billy Burton among others. The young Sergeant Merriman soon made his mark. On June 18 the engine of his Spitfire malfunctioned as he crossed the French coast and he turned back for base. A Messerschmitt Bf 109 pursued him and, undaunted, he turned to face his attacker and shot it down, the pilot taking to his parachute.
Activity increased in what became known as the “High Summer” and it reached a peak during July when Merriman accounted for three more Bf 109s and probably destroyed two others, in addition to damaging two more.
On August 9, Bader was brought down over France and became a prisoner of war. He landed without one of his artificial legs and the Luftwaffe agreed to give free passage to an aircraft to drop a replacement. The RAF refused the offer and a Blenheim bomber dropped spare legs during a raid on St Omer on August 19. Bader’s Spitfire Wing escorted the bombers and Merriman flew in the formation.
Merriman’s fighting spirit was soon recognised and in September he was awarded an immediate DFM for his “courage and keenness to engage the enemy at all times”.
Edward William Merriman (always known as Peter) was born in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, on August 12 1920. He was educated at Hallcroft Boys School and was an apprentice electrical engineer with a keen interest in motorcycle racing when he joined the RAF to train as a pilot in June 1940.
After his time with No 610 Squadron he spent much of the rest of the war as a flying instructor. On one occasion in 1943 he was awarded a commendation for “extreme flying skill” when he saved his aircraft after it caught fire shortly after taking off. In the early post-war years he became a flying instructor at the Central Flying School and later taught aerodynamics and test flying at the RAF Flying College.
In October 1952 Merriman began his long association with air transport operations when he was given command of No 47 Squadron, equipped with the Hastings aircraft, an appointment that took him to the many RAF airfields worldwide.
He served in Libya for three years and returned to command the Flying Wing at Colerne, the home of three Hastings squadrons. His expertise in transport operations was widely acknowledged and, after studying at the US Armed Forces Staff College, he remained in America on the transport operations staff in USAF’s Tactical Air Command. He returned in January 1963 to be the chief instructor of the air transport department at the Joint Warfare Establishment.
From 1965 to 1967 he was the Deputy Director of Transport Operations in the MoD. As Britain’s relationship with Ian Smith’s government in Rhodesia became increasingly strained, Merriman was sent to Zambia as the head of a nine-man team to survey airfields and to discuss possible airlift operations to support the Zambian government in the event of Smith’s making a unilateral declaration of Independence.
Zambia’s main links with the world ran through Rhodesia by road and rail to Beira in Mozambique; and if these were cut, food and essential supplies would be flown in to Zambia. Merriman and his team developed plans for such a contingency. In the event, UDI came in November 1965, the British government imposed selective sanctions and Merriman’s plans were activated. An oil embargo came into effect on December 17 and, two days later, RAF transport aircraft began the airlift of oil to airfields in Zambia.
A year later, in December 1966, he flew to Salisbury, Rhodesia, in an RAF Comet aircraft to escort Ian Smith to the fruitless “Tiger Talks” with Harold Wilson in Gibraltar.
In June 1967 he assumed command of the RAF airfield at Changi, Singapore – at 13,000-strong the RAF’s largest base in the Far East. During his two-year appointment, he had to prepare for the withdrawal of British forces from Singapore. He also flew whenever possible and reached the milestone of completing 1,000 hours flying the Hercules transport aircraft.
He later served as commandant of the Joint Air Transport Establishment. His final appointment in the RAF was at HQ Training Command, where he described his task as “training every man, woman, boy and dog that joined the RAF”.
After his retirement in May 1974, he and his family moved to Lincoln, where he took up an appointment with MA Ashley and Sons, a wholesale outlet for china and glass. He was also the managing director of Eastern Air Executive, an air taxi firm operating from a former bomber airfield north of Lincoln.
He served as the President of the Lincolnshire Wing of the Air Training Corps. He was a keen golfer, and on his 90th birthday attended a reunion of the RAF Changi Golf Club, meeting many of his old friends from his days serving in Singapore.
A popular and caring commander, he was appointed MBE in 1945, and advanced to OBE in 1959 and CBE in 1970.
Peter Merriman married Winifred Bonser in 1941. She died in 1999 and he is survived by their two sons; the eldest followed him into the RAF.
Air Commodore Peter Merriman, born August 12 1920, died September 22 2013
P/O Merrick, Claude joined No 610 Squadron on 27/7/40 posted from 15 SFTS, Chipping Norton. Merrick’s Spitfire I (L1037) was attacked on 24/8/40 at 16:30hrs by Bf 109s and he crash- landed at Fyfield and was wounded, he took no further part in the Battle. Merrick was awarded the D.F.C. on 14/7/44. He was pilot of an Albermarle paratroop transport in the Caen area of Normandy on the night of the 5/6/44 when, despite bad weather he executed his mission faultlessly. He also received the Bronze Star (US) on 30/10/45 for this operation.
66768 P/O Mileham D.E. was posted to 610 Sqn from No 7 O.T.U. Hawarden 3/9/40. Pictured at Acklington in September 1940. Later posted to 41 Sqn, Hornchurch 29/9/40.
754480 Sgt Miller, Ian Malcolm Keith (RAF) was posted to 610 Sqn 29/9/40. He was attached to 601 Sqn at Exeter from 30/9/40 to 17/10/40. He returned to 610 Sqn at Acklington 18/10/40. He crashed in Spitfire L1049 near Eglingham while on a training flight from Acklington 4/11/40 and was killed. He is now buried at St Mary’s Church, Thame Oxon. His body was recovered in 1950 at the request of his parents.
28195 F/O Milson D.E. was posted to 610 Sqn 1/12/39. Flew Spitfire L1014 DW-G 3/3/40; L1010 DW-D 7/3/40 20/3/40; L1043 DW-O 19/3/40. He was involved in taxiing accident in L1074 with P/O Marples in L1008. Milson sustained two broken clavicles and was sent to Stamford Infirmary. A court of Inquiry was set up to investigate accident. President was W/Cdr P.R. Barwell DFC. Milson returned to 610 Sqn 1/3/40. Posted to RAF Church Fenton 22/6/40.
Sgt Mills, M.F. posted to 610 Sqn 26/9/39. Posted to 22 MU Silloth 10/11/39.
1392462 Sgt Mincher, Thomas Leon RAFVR posted from 609 Sqn 22/7/42.
The Son of Samuel and Edith May Mincher, of Hitchin, Hertfordshire, Thomas was killed on 5th December 1942 while serving with 93 Squadron and is remembered with Honour on the Malta Memorial.
Leon was born in Wednesbury, Staffordshire in 1922. He attended the ‘Sunshine School’. Following his Father’s transfer to London he went to live in Welwyn Garden City where he went to Apple Tree School. Leon took, and passed the Scholarship Examination and started at Hitchin Grammar School, travelling the 13 miles daily to school by train. There was no Grammar School at that time in Welwyn. The fares, fees and uniform were a serious drain on family resources. After about three years his Father was transferred again, this time to the Income Tax Office in Hitchin and the family went to live in Langbridge Close, Hitchin and also in the parish of St. Ippollitts. Leon was quite intelligent but liked ‘playing around’, getting into minor trouble. He was a founder member of St. Ippollitts Scout Troop, staying with them until he left school at 16 years to join the Civil Service, in the Ministry of Pensions in the Centre of London.
The outbreak of war in 1939 made the daily journey by train to London (30 miles) difficult and sometimes he slept in his office, particularly when doing Fire Warden Service or Home Guard duties, both based on his office. There was little time during those months for social activities, but he was a member of the Tilehouse Street Baptist Chapel Youth Club, where he met Mary Boxall, the sister of his friend Don. Leon and Mary became engaged in 1941/1942. He was artistic and had lessons in Calligraphy from his neighbour Leo Vernon who was a professional artist. He was musical and played the mouth organ. When his Mother’s new piano arrived he had a few lessons. He was the proud possessor of a small collection of records, at a time when they were rare. His favourite singer was Deanna Durbin. His uniform was later donated to Lawrence House Museum, Castle Street, Launceston, where it is now on view.
Early in the war Leon volunteered for the RAF and became a Sergeant-Pilot, training on a De Havilland Moth and Airspeed Oxford aircraft. On several occasions he ‘buzzed’ over his home until neighbours complained of the ‘danger’. Sergeant Mincher arrived at RAF Duxford, where he joined 609 (West Riding) Squadron, Motto: Tally Ho! from No.56 Operational Training Unit, flying Hawker Hurricanes on 16th June 1942 under S/Ldr Richey. 609 was at this time operating the new Hawker Typhoon. The Form 540 Operational Records Book records the following: 29th June 1942: Sgt Mincher on his second Typhoon flight makes a heavy landing and sheers the tail unit. 7th July 1942: Sgt Mincher grieves F/O Atkinson by pranging his aircraft. Speaking with F/Lt Sir Alec ‘Joe’ Atkinson, KCB, DFC, in March 2005, he could not recall this occasion, as he himself states that ‘I pranged a few myself’. Although he can vaguely recall the name from 63 years ago, he cannot remember Sgt Mincher.
On 19/7/42 Sgt Mincher was posted to 610 Squadron with effect today’s date. 610 (County of Chester) Squadron, stationed at RAF Ludham in Norfolk (during which time the Squadron moved for a week to West Malling in Kent), where they predominantly flew shipping reconnaissance missions in Spitfire Mk Vbs. He also flew sweeps over Northern France, either with 610 or 93 Sqn. His squadron was withdrawn for extra training ready for the North African invasion in 1942. As 610 Sqn remained in the UK, it must be presumed that he had by this time been posted to No.93 Sqn, (Motto: Ad arma parati – ‘Ready for Battle’). They moved from RAF Kingscliffe in Northamptonshire to Maison Blanche on 20/10/42.
On 1/6/42 No. 93 had been reformed at Andreas with Spitfires for convoy patrols over the Irish Sea. In September it became non-operational and moved to Gibraltar, moving on to Algeria in November, its Spitfires providing fighter cover for the British 1st Army in Algeria and Tunisia. 93 Squadron was based at Soul-el-Arba and Soul-el-Khemis in December 1942 flying Spitfire MkVbs under the command of S/Ldr C.H. Nelson-Edwards DFC.
After only a few weeks in action near Bone in Algeria, Sergeant Mincher was shot down by a German fighter plane and the fateful telegram arrived at home – ‘Missing believed killed in action’. On the 22nd July 1943 this was confirmed by the Air Council and Leon’s date of death was given as 5th December, 1942. On the day of his loss there were two Spitfire MkVbs of 93 Squadron shot down after take-off from Medjez-el-Bab (ER330 and ER594). ‘Fighters over Tunisia’ by Chris Shores, Hans Ring and William Hess has the following for 5th December 1942: ‘In an effort to counteract the Stuka attacks which were seriously worrying the troops at the front it was decided to try and make use of the landing ground at Medjez el Bab and during the day 6 Spitfires from 93 Squadron arrived there from Souk el Arba. On arrival it was discovered that there was a standing patrol of German fighters, identified as Fw.190s over the airfield and these attacked the Spitfires. P/O Haley and Sgt Mincher were shot down. Haley became a POW and the other 4 Spitfires were badly damaged and managed with difficulty to get back to Souk el Arba.’
German Luftwaffe Combat Claims for the day, for Spitfires in this theatre, were: Oblt. Julius Meimberg: Stab II./JG53. Spitfire 1km East of Mateur: 100m. 09:08. Oblt. Julius Meimberg: Stab II./JG53. Spitfire 2km Southeast of Mateur 300m. 09:12. Hptm. Hartmann Grasser: Stab II./JG51. Spitfire 8km West of Tebourba. 3000m. 10:45. Fw. Erich Paczia: 6./JG53. Spitfire 10 km West of Mateur: 100m. 11:02. Oblt. Julius Meimberg: Stab II./JG53. Spitfire 10km South of Mateur 5m. 11:03. Fw. Anton Hafner. 4./JG51. Spitfire 5 km North of Tebourba: 2.200m. 12:18. The name of Sergeant Thomas Leon Mincher is recorded on the RAF Memorial in Floriana, along with another Hitchin ‘Old Boy’ – John Kingsley Russell, who had been a member of the same scout troop as Thomas.
15362 F/O Moody V.K. DFC (Canada) Posted to 610 Sqn at Bolt Head 16/7/43. Flew AD374 on 03/08/43. Destroyed Me 110 8/10/43. Attached to 131 Sqn for flying duties 10/2/44. Posted to 131 Sqn as Flight Commander 16/2/44. Attended a¬ Selection Board at Air Ministry for Flying Instructor duties 14/1/44.
86488 P/O Morgans, B.H. (Engineering Officer) at Westhampnett August 1941. Posted to 154 Sqn 10/3/42. (probably not aircrew)
1380709 Sgt Motion, D.P. posted to 610 Sqn from 601 Sqn 2/5/42. Posted to RAF Coltishall 20/5/42.
519400 Sgt Murray J. was posted from No 7 O.T.U. Hawarden 16/9/40. Pictured at Acklington in September 1940. Posted to 74 Sqn, Biggin Hill 28/10/40.
J7610 P/O Murray J.H.posted from 610 Sqn to 601 Sqn 27/3/42.
W/O Morden arrived from 83 G.S.U 23.2.45
11704 P/O Musgrove F. was pictured at Ludham July ’42 and was later at Castletown. Posted to Castletown SHQ pending overseas 15/11/42.
70868 P/O Marples, Roy was posted to 610 Squadron at Hooton Park 08/09/1939. Flew with ‘B’ Flight under F/Lt Ellis. Flew Spitfire L1008 1/12/39. Involved in taxiing accident in L1008 with Spitfire L1074 with F/O D.E. Milson 16/12/39 at Wittering. F/O Milson was kept in hospital with two broken clavicles. Court of Inquiry was set up to investigate the incident under the presidency of W/Cdr P.R. Barwell DFC. Marples posted to 616 Squadron.
2535 Sgt MacDonald, R.R. (Canada) was posted to 610 Sqn from 56 O.T.U 18/2/42.
J.24092 F/O McFarlane, F.Norman (Canada) (‘Mac Mk III’) posted from No .2. T.E.U. Tealing to 610 Sqn at Exeter Jan ’44. Attached to Rolls-Royce at Derby for engine handling course 14/3/44. Returned to unit 18/3/44. Pictured in a group with other pilots June/July 1944. F/O Lee and F/O McFarlane fired at a diver and slowed it before having to break off on reaching the gun zone. Plots faded on it afterwards, so it was claimed as destroyed (half each). Promoted to F/Lt 30/1/45. Died in Ottawa, Ontario 12/5/2002.
53740 Flg/Off McFetridge W. (Bill) Posted to 610 Sqn 13/3/43. At Bolt Head in 1943. Flew EE744 21/5/43, 17/6/43, 24/6/43, 30/7/43; AR448 30/5/43, 20/6/43, 2/7/43; EP699 13/6/43; EE726 14/6/43; AB276 on 03/08/43, 30/7/43,31/7/43; AD139 27/6/43; W3707 3/7/43; AB370 7/7/43; BM538 10/7/43. Lived at Parkgate Road, Chester post-war and was manager of Crabwall Manor Hotel and died 2005.
136433 F/O McKinlay, George Mercer, RAFVR (‘Mac MkII’) Posted to 610 Sqn at Bolt Head from 2 TEU 4/12/43. To Rolls-Royce at Derby for engine handling course 8/5/44. Returned to Sqn 13/5/44. Destroyed first flying bomb shared with F/Lt Shepherd 22/6/44, two more 7/7/44. Killed 12/7/44 (age 23). After destroying a flying bomb, his aircraft (Spitfire XIV RB142 ‘DW-B’) hit debris from destroyed V1 and went out of control over Newhaven. Mac managed to avoid a built up area and in doing so lost his life. Witnesses state that he came in low across the town and was seen standing in the cockpit as if ready to bale out. Had he done so the a/c would have hit the town. It is said he climbed back into the cockpit and crash landed on marshes to the East of the town (near what is now the Drove) which was a minefield. ‘Approaching from Seaford, watchers on the ground observed a V1 with a Spitfire in hot pursuit and then, following a burst of gunfire, the doodlebug exploded violently in mid-air. Flying straight into the blast the Spitfire pilot lost control of his aeroplane (which then dived into the ground at The Brooks, Drove Road and burst into flames killing McKinley instantly. To the witnesses it seemed that the young pilot had sacrificed his own life in steering the crippled fighter away from a built up area. Impressed by his courage, the town clerk wrote to Mrs McKinlay telling her of the brave way in which her son had died.
He lived at 2, Norwood Gardens, Low Fell, Gateshead. Destroyed 4 ½ flying bombs. Son of William and Bessie McKinlay of Gateshead. Commonwealth War Dead Div. 5. Grave 5701. GATESHEAD (SALTWELL) CEMETERY.
P/O McQuillin V.O. was posted to 610 Sqn at Hooton Park 3/7/39 as Accountant. Graded as a P/O 27/7/39.
41521 F/Lt Madden, Brian Minden (NZ) Posted to 610 Sqn 18/2/44 from RAF Acklington. Flight Commander ‘B’ Flight. Destroyed ½ Flying Bomb 11/7/44. Reported missing 18/12/44 on patrol of Aachen-Trier area in Spitfire RM736 which crashed at Rabotrath. Killed aged 25. Buried at Hotton War Cemetery, Belgium VIII B.12.
J.9684 F/O Malton, George Samuel (RCAF) Posted to 610 Sqn from 59 O.T.U. 26/8/42. Promoted to F/O 1/10/42. Posted to Tangmere 14/2/43 (sick). Reported MPD 28/03/43 flying Spitfire EE739 escorting B-17s nr Fecamp. Attacked by FW 190s aircraft crashed into sea 25-30 miles north of Fecamp.Killed 28/03/1943 Commonwealth War Dead Panel 174 RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL.
P/O Martens posted to 610 Sqn from 83 GSU. 23/12/44. To Junior Officers course at RAF Hereford 1/1/45.
P784123 Sgt Michalkiewicz, Karol (Poland) Born 13/10/21 – died 27/9/88 in Birmingham. Posted to 610 Sqn at Castletown from 316 Sqn 21/11/42. Flew Spitfire Vb EN896 DW-Q 3/2/43, 6/3/43,10/2/43; V-OU of 485 Sqn; BL563 DW-U 7/343; BL956 ‘DW-N’ on patrol 1/4/43. Posted from 610 Sqn 3/4/43.
30286 Capt Millet, A.P. (Belgium) Born 4/8/13 in Spa, Belgium. Posted from 58 O.T.U. 16/3/43. MPD 28/03/43 flying Spitfire V BM143 on Ramrod operation escorting B-17s to Rouen Shot down by fighters nr Fecamp 28/3/43 FH181.55. Died aged 30 years.
Sub/Lieut Moores A. RNVR attached to 610 Sqn from 65 Sqn for flying duties 18/5/43. Flew EE726 20/5/43, 21/5/43.
1332694 Sgt Nicholls,
160679 F/O Nicholls, W.A. Adjutant. Posted to 610 Sqn from 165 Sqn 13/3/43. At Bolt Head in 1943. Destroyed Me110 24/9/43 (shared with Venesoen). At Exeter 2/44. Detailed to beat up US forces at Axminster in Spitfire 5B EE288. Flew too low and hit trees – crashed – aircraft wrecked, pilot returned to duty. Claimed Me 110 damaged 23/3/44. Destroyed one flying bomb 7/7/44. Reported missing 10/12/44. POW.
60104 S/L Newbery Richard Alfred (‘Dicky’) DFC* Enlisted in the RAFVR in May 1940 and was commissioned LAC in Jan 1941 on completion of his flying training. Having attended OTU he then joined 501 Squadron in March of that year and a year later was posted to 118 Squadron as a flight commander where he was awarded a DFC, Gazetted on the 23rd June 1942 and a Bar to this on the 4th June 1943. Squadron Leader W.A. Laurie, D.F.C. was posted to Millfield, Northumberland 21/1/44 and in his place Squadron Leader R.A. Newbery DFC and bar was posted to 610 Squadron from Headquarters No 10 Group to take command. He was C/O of 610 at Exeter, Harrowbeer, West Malling and Friston Jan ’44 – Feb ‘45. He opened the Squadron’s flying bomb account 20/6/44 with destruction of two divers, two more on 22/6/44, half on 23/6/44, 1½ on 24/6/44, one on 5/7/44 and two more 11/7/44. He destroyed 9 flying bombs in total. Flew RB159 ‘DW-D’.
741783 Sgt Neville, William John (Bill) (RAF) of Shepperton, Middlesex was posted to No 610 Squadron from 5 O.T.U. Aston Down 27/7/40. Flew DW-X 11/8/40. Forced-landed in a marsh on the 8/8/40, overturning, but escaped unhurt. Following a patrol off Calais in his Spitfire I (R6630 DW-X) on the 11th August 1940 he was reported MIA. aged 26. He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial , Panel 17.
Lieut Nido, Alberto A. USAAC (Puerto Rico) was on detachment to 610 Sqn 1/10/43. Flew Spitfire V BL850 14/10/43 on Circus 56; flew EE753 on Rodeo 43; flew AD577 on Convoy Patrol 20/10/43; flew BL990 on Naval Patrol 23/10/43; flew AD348 on Shipping Recco 24/10/43; flew Escort to Ramrod 94 (Cherbourg)in AD348 24/10/43; flew AD557 on Escort to Ramrod 95 on 25/10/43; flew BL787 on Circus to Guipavas Airfield 26/10/43; flew AD577 on Patrol 26/10/43; flew BL787 on Ramrod to Cherbourg 27/10/43; Made a forced landing because of engine failure in Spitfire Vc EE615 at ‘Halfway House’ on Langport to Somerton Road, Somerset while operating from Bolt Head and was uninjured. Flew AD271 on Recco to Sept Isles 10/11/43; Flew AD577 on Convoy Patrol 11/11/43; Returned to home unit 16/11/43. Captain Alberto A. Nido, Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Air Force and the USAAF. He flew missions as a bomber pilot for the RCAF and as a Supermarine Spitfire fighter pilot for the RAF. As member of the RAF, he belonged to 67th Reconnaissance Squadron who participated in 275 combat missions. Nido later transferred to the USAAF’s 67th Fighter Group as a P-51 Mustang fighter pilot. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with four oak leaf clusters and the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters. Nido co-founded the Puerto Rico Air National Guard and retired a Brigadier General.
40561 AF/Lt Norris, Stanley Charles DFC Born Tooting, London in 1919, Norris joined the RAF on a short service commission in December 1937. Posted to 610 Sqn at Wittering in November 1939 from 66 Sqn. As part of ‘B’ Flight he was stationed at Bircham Newton 9/2/40 with L1044 DW-H. He also flew on 11/2/40. Flew N3201 DW-S 1/7/40. Over Dunkirk he claimed a Bf109 destroyed on 29/5/40. He probably destroyed a Bf109 on 24/7/40 and destroyed two more on 25/7/40. He damaged a Do 17 on 29th (shared with Smith, Hamlyn and Parsons). On 14/8/40 he destroyed two Ju 87s and damaged another in the Folkestone/Dover area. On 14/8/40 Norris was leading his flight on an offensive patrol; when twenty Ju 88 bombers were sighted. He ordered his flight to attack them but twenty Messerschmitt fighters attacked it. It became necessary to abandon the attack on the bombers and to engage the enemy fighters. During the combat Norris destroyed a Bf 109. He destroyed a Bf 109 24/8/40 20 miles N of Sheppey. He probably destroyed a Bf 110 over Tunbridge Wells 29/8/40 flying X4064 DW-T.
Norris was awarded the DFC on the 24th of September 1940. His citation in The London Gazette of September 1940 read “This officer has personally destroyed six enemy aircraft and damaged a further two. He has displayed outstanding determination and skill as a leader.” He was at Acklington later in 1940 (pictured). On 3/4/41 he destroyed a Ju88 shared with Sgt Ballard. He was posted away to serve with an OTU in March 1941. He received a Bar to his DFC on the 23rd of May 1944. In March 1944 Norris was promoted to Wing Commander of a Fighter wing at Imphal. He finished the war with 10 enemy aircraft destroyed. After leaving the service he became a King’s (and later Queen’s) Messenger. He died in 1991.
30043 Sgt Oury, R. posted from 154 Sqn to 610 Sqn 10/3/42.
88466 P/O Owen, Raymond Edwin (RAF VR) Posted to 610 Sqn from 57 O.T.U. Hawarden. P7596 flown by P/O Owen 1/3/41. Flew DW-G 3/3/41; DW-A and DW-E 5/3/41. Wing sweep and escort to Boulogne. MPD 06/03/41. Killed 05/03/41 Commonwealth War Dead Panel 34. RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL.
405981 Sgt O’ Shanesy, R.A. (Australia) posted to 610 at Westhampnett 07/02/43 from 124 Sqn. Flew BM117 ‘DW-T’ on patrol 1/4/43. Posted to 5 PDC for overseas.
Sgt Oddy C. was at Bolt Head 19/10/43. Posted to 610 Sqn from RAF Exeter. Flew BL787 on 19/10/43.
83681 P/O Ogilvy, Charles Alexander (known as Alastair) born in Kelso, Roxburghshire, 30/11/15. He was posted to 610 Sqn at Acklington from 7 OTU Hawarden 14/10/40. Bailed out of Spitfire R6891 DW-Q at Acklington following mid air collision 19/11/40. Attached to Station Flight, Acklington 14/12/40. Then posted to No 2 CFS Cranwell 12/1/41 as a flying instructor where he trained more than 120 pilots over a three-year period in over 1,000 flights.. Moved to 622 Squadron flying Lancasters at Mildenhall in 1945. He took part in 16 bombing raids, as well as Operations ‘Manna’, ‘Exodus’, ‘Baedecker’, and ‘Dodge Bari’. After the end of the war, he returned to the insurance business, finally retiring in 1985 at which time he was a director and secretary of the Reinsurance Offices Association. He enjoyed his golf and garden and was a Church warden. He died on 23/2/95 aged 79 years. Finished war service as Acting Sqn/Ldr.
884565 P/O Ormond M.C.W. Posted to 610 Sqn from 57 O.T.U. Hawarden 10/2/41. Flew DW-N 26/2/41; 3/3/41. Reported missing over enemy territory 6/3/41 following Wing escort to Bolougne in Spitfire DW-N (Green 2)(not listed in CWGC lists nor POW lists). Reported POW 17/3/41.
Sgt O’Shanesy, R.A.
120576 F/Lt Paddock, Gordon William Ewing. Born on 24/4/1922 he lived at 4 Corporation Oaks, Nottingham and worked as a petroleum engineer. While at university (Cambridge), he learned to fly with the UAS. In January 1942 he was to sent to Carlstrom Field, Arcadia Fla for a Primary Course flying PT-17. He then went to Gunter Field Ala on a Basic course flying BT-13. Next he went on an instructors’ course at the ACAFS at Maxwell, Alabama. Back in the UK he continued training on the Miles Master with 7 PAFU, then in Jan/Feb 1943 to 57 O.T.U. at Eshott where he transferred to Spitfires. He was posted to 610 Sqn at Westhampnett 3/43 later at Perranporth, then at Bolt Head, Devon. Flew EE743 DW-Q as part of Blue Section 2/4/43. MIA and then reported POW 27/6/43. Flying spitfire EE738 he was on a ‘Ramrod’ operation escorting Mitchell bombers to Amsterdam. He was shot down by Feldwebel Reinhardt Flecks of II.JG1 and crashed into the North Sea off Island of Walcheren, Netherlands. He was sent to Stalag Luft III Sagan.
30504 Lieut Pabiot, Pierre R. (France) was with 610 at Ludham Summer ’42. Posted from 19 Sqn 13/4/42. Damaged a Ju 88 off Dutch Coast 4/6/42 (shared with F/L Courtney). Was at Castletown where he took part in hind shoot 17/11/42. Posted to 341 Sqn 21/1/43.
742443 / 65502 P/O Page, Vernon Douglas Geoffrey, later to become one of the RAF’s most highly decorated fighter aces
His widow, Molly, wrote the following account of Douglas’s life:
’Doug’ was born on 14/12/13 at Oldcroft in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire and grew up nearby in Blakeney where he went to the village school at which his father was a teacher. In 1924 he obtained a scholarship to Rendcomb College, Cirencester, where he remained until he matriculated in 1931. Instead of proceeding to university he took a student apprenticeship with the English Electric Co. at Stafford and on completion of his studies, qualified as a transformer designer. By coincidence the sales manager of the company was also from Blakeney in Gloucestershire. He married Molly Hawkes in July 1935 at Stafford and they had their only child, Bill, in 1936 living happily in Stafford until 1939.
After Munich, when it became obvious that war was imminent he joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve as a sergeant pilot and had completed his initial training when war broke out. After further training he was posted in to 610 Squadron 18/10/40. After the end of the Battle of Britain, 610 Squadron was transferred to 11 Group on 19th December 1940 and operated under Group Captain Bader with Tangmere Wing. Page shot down a Bf109 5/3/41. He was commissioned as a pilot officer in June 1941 and posted to 54 Squadron Hornchurch 12/6/41. He was posted overseas to Egypt in August 1942 and joined 127 Squadron in the desert near Alamein. After the battle of Alamein 127 Squadron was transferred to Haifa. In October 1943 he was posted to India and joined 11 Squadron at Madras. In December 1943 the squadron was moved to support the army opposing the Japanese offensive. In March 1944 a further transfer was made to Tulihall in the Imphal plain where the squadron remained during the Imphal siege when the Japanese controlled all road access to the area. During this period in May 1944 he was awarded the D.F.C. (and a bar to this in April 1945). He had very little to say about his operational war service. Most of his war history was extracted from his flight logbook and other papers, without his knowledge, for a Battle of Britain 50th anniversary publication. He preferred to tell of the amusing incidents that took place away from the action and delighted in recounting the exploits of himself and his comrades in defeating the RAF bureaucracy. After repatriation to England in August 1945 and demobilisation, he returned to his previous employment as a transformer designer in various English Electric factories before being offered a position as chief designer for English Electric in Australia, which he accepted and all three of the Page family arrived in Australia in 1950. Until his retirement in 1978 he was chief designer, then chief engineer and manager of the transformer division of English Electric Co. in Brisbane. He moved from Brisbane to Bega in 1984 where he lived at Tarraganda next to the golf course, which readily allowed him to enjoy his favourite sport. He managed many trips to England, usually every two years or so to attend the Battle of Britain ceremonies in September and renew acquaintance with his brothers, RAF comrades and friends. Although comfortable at Tarraganda he had become a little frail, so he and Molly decided to take up the offer to live with their son and daughter-in-law at Jellat. The move was completed in July 2001 and he was very happy until his recent illness, which sadly took him from us.”
The above was taken from The Old Rendcombian Society Newsletter
748043 Sgt Parsons, Claude Arthur. Born at Halterworth, Romsey, Hants worked for Vickers Supermarine at Eastleigh. Joined RAFVR as an airman u/t pilot. He completed his training at 6 OTU Sutton Bridge and joined No 610 Squadron at Gravesend 15/6/40. He shared a Do 215 Destroyed off Griz Nez 9/7/40 with S/L Smith. Shot down a Bf 109 25/7/40 (unconfirmed over Folkestone). He damaged a Do 17 over Sangatte (shared with Hamlyn, EB Smith and Norris). He probably destroyed a Ju 87 S. Folkestone 14/8/40. On 18/8/40 he destroyed a Do 215 over S. Croydon. After leaving 610 Sqn he destroyed another four aircraft. Posted to 66 Sqn 10/9/40 as a F/Sgt. He was killed on 8/11/41, aged 27 having been credited with 5.5 enemy aircraft destroyed.
P/O Pascallis, M.G. was with 610 Squadron 21/10/39.
414331 P/O Parker, Howard Russell (New Zealand) Posted from 56 O.T.U. 25/8/42. At Westhampnett missing from Rhubarb patrol 06/02/43 in DW-P BL769 north of Cherbourg. Killed aged 24 years 6/2/43. Son of Thompson Ferguson Parker and Lucy Alice Parker; husband of Olive Thelma Parker, of Auckland, New Zealand. Commonwealth War Dead Panel 198. RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
S/Ldr Parker, IR. First C/O of 610 1936-39. Promoted to C/O RAF Digby in September 1939.
F/Lt Paul, Basil J. assistant adjutant 1938. Promoted to S/Ldr 1/8/39. Moved to RAF Andover
41317 S/Ldr Pegge, Constantine Oliver Joseph ‘Joe’ DFC Posted No 610 Squadron from No 6 O.T.U. 16/6/40, Pegge flew P9503 DW-D 1/7/40. On 8/7/40 Pegge destroyed a Bf 109 S. Hythe and on 12/8/40 he destroyed two more. On 18/8/40 he destroyed a Bf 109 and damaged a He 111 – both in the Dungeness area flying K9975 DW-S. He scored another probable Bf 109 N Gravesend 24/8/40. On 28/8/40 he destroyed a Bf 109 over Dover/Deal during enemy attacks on radar stations. He damaged a Do 215 over Mayfield 29/8/40. On 30/8/40 he destroyed a He 111 over Dungeness flying DW-B X4166. He damaged He 111 over Guildford 10/5/41.
Combat Report for 12/8/40 reads: F/O C. O. J. Pegge, 610 Squadron. Spitfire P9433 ‘DW-E’
On 12th August 1940 I was No.3 of Yellow section of A Flight, 610 Squadron. At about 08.10, after a fight with Me109s in which I did not fire, I got detached from the rest of the squadron so I climbed up to 23,000 feet. At 08.15 I saw six Me109s going round in a circle about 3,000 feet below me. I came down and from a range of about 100 yards I gave a burst of 1-2 seconds. Smoke and flame came from it and it went down slightly inland – I climbed back to 23,000 feet again. At 08.25 I again saw 5 Me109s in a circle below me. I attacked one with a short burst from about 100 yards astern and saw bits fly off as it went into a spin just over the sea.
He was promoted to F/O 3/9/40. Pegge was awarded the D.F.C. on the 22nd of October 1940. Pegge Commanded No 610 Squadron (As Acting Sqn/Ldr) from December 1941 to 9/3/42 when posted to 610 Sqn supp’y.
In the London Gazette of 22nd October 1940, his citation read, “Since July 1940, this officer has destroyed seven enemy aircraft. His great skill and initiative in air combat were particularly shown when, although wounded in the eye, with his aircraft damaged and the windscreen rendered opaque by bullets, he brought his aircraft back to base and made a successful landing. He has proved a fearless fighter when attacking superior numbers of enemy aircraft.”
He was awarded the Bar to his DFC on 29/1/46. On 18/5/41 F/Lt. Pegge was posted from 610 Squadron to 57 OTU Hawarden for duty as flying instructor. Pegge returned to 610 as Squadron Leader in November 1941 until February 1942.
A Heinkel He 111H-2 (2750) was shot down by Pilot Officer Pegge during an attack on Farnborough. The abandoned aircraft crashed at Roy Hill, Blackboys 11.25 a.m. Oberfw. Rauschert and Flgr. Zinoegger killed. Oberfw. Riemann, Fw. Ester and Uffz. Stein captured wounded. Fw. Ester died later of his injuries. Aircraft V4+DW a write off. A7.92mm MG15 machine gun from this aircraft is in the Halstead War Museum. Also represented in the Robertsbridge Aviation Society Museum. February ‘42 posted to Middle East. He finished the war having destroyed 7 enemy aircraft. He died 9/5/50.
R.64642 F/Sgt Phillpotts L.E (Canada) Joined 610 Sqn from 57 O.T.U. 7/5/41. He was at Westhampnett Aug ’41. Left 610 Sqn 27/8/41.
658073 W/O Philpott J.N. was posted to 610 Sqn at Bolt Head 5/12/43 from 2 TEU. Destroyed 3 Flying Bombs; one on 11/7/44. Posted to Typhoon squadron 16/08/1944.
517755/ 48821 P/O Pearson, R.W.H. joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve in 1936. Was sent for training at Farnborough as a gunner. While there, he also trained as a photographer. He was then posted to 84 bomber squadron at Port Sabiah in Iraq. I vaguely remember seeing a photo of the squadron in front of an ageing single engined bi-plane which I now know was a Westland Wapati. The squadron was relocated to Greece using Bristol Blenheims. It then moved to Sumatra. Having spent 6 months there, Reg was re-posted to Calshott in Hampshire to fly in Short Sunderlands. He was posted to 610 Sqn from154 squadron 10/3/42. Was reposted to 610 at Ludham 1/5/42 following appointment to commissioned rank. According to the London Gazette, he received his commission to P/O on 1/11/42. Posted to 61 O.T.U. 18/1/43. After the war as an enlisted man, he was seconded to the then Colonial Office & was sent to Sierra Leone in charge of Imports & Exports. He contracted TB while there & died in The Royal Herbert Military Hospital in Woolwich in 1953.
At Castletown Christmas ’42.
R93712 Sgt Plachner, Edward Christopher (Canada) Posted from 59 O.T.U. 26/8/42. Killed as a result of a flying accident 26/09/42 in Spitfire Vc AR508 26/09/42 at Ditchingham, Norfolk. Son of Marian and Anna Plachner, of Skaro, Alberta, Canada. Commonwealth War Dead, Grave 287 SCOTTOW CEMETERY
83281 F/Lt Pool, Peter Desmond Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Posted to 610 Sqn from AFDU. Duxford. Killed 19/8/42 aged 26 years. Shot down flying EP235 DW-F’ on ‘Operation Jubillee’patrolling over Dieppe. Son of Gordon Desmond and Agatha Eleanor Pool; husband of Diana Eileen Pool, of Thriplow, Cambridgeshire. Commonwealth War Dead Panel 66 RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL.
1059585 Sgt Pollock, D.P. Posted to 610 Sqn from 123 Sqn 13/7/41.
P/O Pritchard C.R. Was a pre-war member of the Squadron and at Hawkinge in ’37
120576 F/O Paddock, Gordon W.E. posted to 610 Sqn 23/3/43. Received promotion to F/O 14/5/43. Missing 27/6/43, later reported P.O.W.
F/Sgt Pain, M.T.W. Mal (Australia) posted to 610 Sqn 1/6/43. At Bolt Head in July 1943. Flew W3707 on 02/08/43.
F/Sgt Palin, M.W.T. (Australia) with 610 sqn at Exeter. Posted to No 5. P.D.C. Blackpool 6.1.44 pending posting overseas.
754956 Sgt Payne William John Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Posted to 610 Sqn 10/2/41 from 57 O.T.U Hawarden. As ‘Red 3’ he destroyed a Bf109 19/3/41 flying Spitfire DW-J. Also destroyed Ju 88 22/4/41 and a similar aircraft 12/5/41 over Brighton. He died 13/1/43 while serving with 541 Sqdn. He destroyed 9 enemy aircraft. Remembered with honour Panel 134 RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL.
745798 W/O Payne, Alec Dawson Posted to 610 Sqn from No 7 O.T.U. Hawarden 23/9/40. Died 16/12/40. He flew with 610 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. He left to join 74 Squadron in December 1940. Warrant Officer Payne died on 16th December 2011. He flew with 610 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. He left 610 to join 74 Squadron in December 1940. He claimed a 109 in February 1941 and was seriously injured in an accident whilst taking off for a night patrol in May 1941.
412729 Sgt (F/Lt) Peart, Alan McGreggor (N.Z.) Born Nelson, New Zealand in 1922. Posted from 55 O.T.U. 1/7/42. At Ludham in July 1942. Flew EP235 DW-F 25/7/42. EP198 DW-H 28/7/42; EP298 DW-A 29/7/42, 7/8/42, 10/9/42, 4/10/42, 12/10/42; EP346 DW-J 1/8/42; EP253 DW-K 4/8/42, 18/9/42; EP198 DW-H 12/8/42; EP346 DW-J 13/8/42, 28/8/42, 20/9/42; EP398 DW-E 20/8/42; AR509 DW-H 27/8/42, 6/9/42; EP250 DW-G 5/9/42; AR528 DW-F 16/9/42, 20/9/42,3/10/42 . Posted overseas 21/10/42. Fought in Tunisia, Sicily, Italy, Malta and Burma where he fought against the Japanese. He became a fighter ace. Now lives in Hamilton, New Zealand. Wrote memoirs ‘From North Africa to The Arakan’ published in 2008 (Grub Street).
74688 F/Lt Percy, Hugh Harold RAFVR Joined 610 Sqn and took over as commander ‘B’ Flight replacing Arnt Hvinden 23/9/43. Son of John Hugh and Josephine Percy of Chwilog, Caernarfonshire. Killed age 24 on Monday 22nd May 1944 flying Spitfire RB162 on shipping recce to Guernsey when hit by flak from Pleinmont Fort during sweep. Crashed into sea 22/5/44 Flt/Lt Percy climbed aircraft to 1,500ft abandoned aircraft but was killed when chute failed. This was a combined operation involving eight Typhoons of 263 Sqn escorted by eight Spitfires of 610 Sqn and succeeded in sinking one big German minesweeper (M4623 – Ludwig Janssen) and damaging a big minelayer (3H30). Later the second assault was lead by eight other Typhoons + eight Spitfires from same units.
Flt/Lt Percy is commemorated on Commonwealth War Dead, Panel 203 RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
1351611 W/O Pope, J. Alan R. was at Bolt Head, Exeter and Ophoven. Trained to fly at Ponca City, USA. Flew Spitfires NH653, RM880 and RN681. At Exeter 2/44 Promoted to F/Sgt 8/9/43. Attached to Bolt Head for flying duties 7/2/44.
Later flew for Sir Harry Broadhurst.
87697 F/O Plas, Emile Jean (Belgium) RAFVR
Posted to 610 from 350 Sqn 13/3/43. Reported missing 28/03/43 flying Spitfire V EE766 DW- G on Ramrod escorting B-17s to Rouen Shot down by fighters nr Fecamp 28-3-43 FH181.55. Killed 28/03/43 Son of Joseph and Adele Plas; husband of Irene G. L. Plas, of Ipswich, Suffolk. Native of Belgium. Commonwealth War Dead Panel 128 RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
84925 P/O Poulton H. R. G. 610 & 64 Squadrons. Captured and taken POW January 1944
88250 F/Lt Pound, Peter was with 610 Sqn posted from 57 O.T.U. 19/2/43. Sent on Fighter Leader’s course at Charmy Down 17/5/43. At Bolt Head in July 1943. Flew AD449 on 02/08/43.
656032 Sgt Powell N.S. Posted to 610 Sqn from 57 O.T.U. Posted to Coltishall 1/7/42.
48573 F/Lt Price, H.D. Posted to 610 Sqn from 57 O.T.U. 16/8/43. Posted to No 1 Sqn 10/5/44. Returned to 610 Sqn 16/6/44. Destroyed 1 Flying Bomb 8/7/44.
656038 Sgt Roberts E.S. was with 610 in 1943 and posted to RAF Tangmere 20/2/43 (sick). He was back with 610 at Bolt Head in mid 1943 and flew AD348 on 03/08/43. Posted to 313 Sqn 23/8/43.
1313800 W/O Roberts R.H. 14/1/44 F/Sgt Roberts attended a¬ Selection Board at Air Ministry for Flying Instructor Duties. Was at Brussels 1944. Destroyed one flying bomb 22/6/44. Pictured with other members of squadron June/July 1944. Sent on gyro gunsight course 10/8/44.
101704 F/O Race, Arthur was Adjutant with 610 from Oct 1941 – Aug 1942 at Ludham July ’42. Posted from Air Ministry D.P.R. 17/8/42.
754118 Sgt Raine, Woodrow RAFVR Joined 610 Sqn from 7 O.T.U. 5/10/40. Destroyed Bf 109 over Hazebrouk 22/6/41 and another probable near St Omer 25/6/41. On 19/7/41 probably destroyed a Bf 109 over Dunkirk. Destroyed a Bf 109 shared with W/C Bader of Tangmere Wing 23/7/41. FTR flying Spitfire P8721 ‘DW-P’ reported missing 21/8/1941 – killed aged 22years. Son of James Henry and Annie Raine, of Greenhead. Cumberland. Commonwealth War Dead Plot 9. Row A. Grave 13 LONGUENESSE (ST. OMER) SOUVENIR CEMETERY, France.
F/Lt Rampling K.J. Adjutant joined 610 at Hooton in 7/8/39 as Adjutant and Flying Instructor vice S/Ldr SJ Paul. Ferried Tiger Moth N6934 to Wittering. Was replaced as Adj by Le Flemming.
745176 Sgt Ramsay, Norman Hugh Donald was born in 1919 at Eastcote, Middlesex. He was an apprentice at Vickers Supermarine at Southampton and joined the RAFVR in March 1939 and started training at 3 E&RFTS Hamble. He completed training at 10 FTS, Tern Hill and joined 92 Sqn at Croydon on 11/5/40. He moved to 610 Squadron at Gravesend in 11/6/40. He shared damaged a Do 17 over Margate/Hawkinge with P/O Smith, F/O Lamb, Sgt Hamlyn, F/Lt Ellis, and Sgt Else on 3/7/40. On 14/08/40 he destroyed a Bf 110 over Folkestone/Dover. He had a probable Bf 109 on 26/8/40 over Folkestone in N3124 DW-N. On 15/9/40 he joined 222 Squadron at Hornchurch. He later went to live in New Zealand.
403002 Sgt Rankin, N.F. (Australian) was at Hutton Cranswick 1/1942
91089 P/O Raven, Arthur Lionel Boultbee (AAF) With 610 Squadron pre-war. Later at Gravesend. Granted a commission 22/9/39 w.e.f 18/8/39. Ceased to be attached to No 6 O.T.U, Sutton Bridge 23/5/40. Flew Spitfire P9502 DW-Q 12/6/40, 25/6/40; P6595 DW-O 17/6/40, 30/6/40, 1/7/40; P9512 DW-N 27/6/40; L1075 DW-N 18/6/40, 23/6/40, 29/6/40; R6695 DW-P 20/6/40 and R6806 DW-N on 8/7/40. Reported missing 8/7/40 following an engagement with Do 215s off Dover. Killed off Dover believed drowned after damaging a Bf 109 over a convoy. Remembered with honour RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL Commonwealth War Dead, Panel 9.
40942 F/O Rees, Brian V. Posted to unit from No 6 O.T.U. 16/6/40. Claimed a Bf 109 on 12/8/40 (probable) off Dungeness and another Bf 109 plus a Dornier Do17 on 18/8/40. He got a probable Ju 87 14/8/40 near Hawkinge. Destroyed a Bf 109 and a Do 215 18/8/40 SE Biggin Hill. Promoted to F/O 3/9/40. F/O Rees left the service in January 1944.
R86846 Sgt Reesor, R.D (Canada) was posted to 610 Sqn at Hutton Cranswick 10/2/42. Later at Ludham 1942.
R85809 Sgt Richards, F.H. (Canada) posted to 154 Sqn from 610 Sqn 10/3/42.
748340 / 113339 Sgt Richardson, Roland Wharrier. Joined 610 Sqn from 7 O.T.U. 14/10/40. Commissioned 3/12/41. Destroyed Ju 88 15/4/41 shared with P/O Ross. His Spitfire crashed at Little Bigknowle, Broad Oak after returning from an operational “sweep”. He was lucky to escape his forced landing when the aeroplane ran through a hedge and overturned. Was at Westhampnett Aug ’41 and Leconfield with ‘B’ Flight . Flew DW-T 3/8/41; DW-V 7/8/41; DW-P 9/8/41; DW-E 12/8/41; DW-R 16/8/41, 17/8/41, 18/8/41, 19/8/41; DW-W 29/8/41. Left 610 Sqn 21/12/41 at Hutton Cranswick. Died 1988.
1331868 Sgt Richardson G.S. posted from 485 Sqn 22/7/42. At Ludham in July 1942.
904492 / 114032 P/O Rigler, Thomas Charles ‘Tommy / Hairwave’ DFC DFM Posted to 610 Sqn from 609 Sqn 8/5/42. Born on 13th July 1909 in Poole, Dorset, Rigler joined the RAF in 1940 and was posted to 609 Squadron as a Sergeant Pilot in February 1941 at Warmwell under S/Ldr Michael Robinson. On his first sortie on 8th May 1941 he destroyed two Bf.109s, and destroyed another and shared in damaging one on 4th June. On the 22nd he destroyed a Bf.109F and two Bf.109Es, for which he received the DFM. On 24th June he claimed a ‘probable’ and a ‘damaged’ and destroyed another Bf.109 on 24th July. On 7th August he claimed a ‘damaged ‘ but was (subsequently wounded whilst attacking a Flak ship, his aircraft being badly damaged, although he managed to fly back to England – nb, check this) and after some weeks in hospital he returned to the squadron. On 27th August he taxied a new Spitfire, PR-R, into a Spitfire of 92 Squadron and it was subsequently written off. He was Commissioned as a Pilot Officer on 1st December 1941and on 15th December was attacking shipping off the Dutch coast, in Spitfire AB859 when he was hit by flak and wounded in shoulder, right arm and leg. (He landed at RAF Martlesham Heath and was found unconscious in the cockpit, being lifted out and taken to hospital nb, check this). Returning to 609 later he claimed the last Spitfire victory for 609 before re-equipping with Typhoons on 25th April 1942, when he destroyed his eighth Bf.109. On 6th May 1942 he was posted to 610 Squadron at Ludham flying Spifire Mk Vbs before his tour ended and he was rested from operations and (posted to the Air Ministry nb, check this). On 1/12/43 he was promoted to the rank of Squadron Leader and in July 1944 he joined 504 Squadron as a Flight Commander, being posted to 229 Squadron at Matlaske on Spitfire MkIXs in October. This unit was renamed 603 Squadron shortly afterwards and in January 1945 he became the Commanding Officer, leading 603 on dive bombing missions over Holland and Northern Germany until in April 1945 he was posted to Catfoss as an instructor, being awarded the DFC on 1st May 1945 with the following citation: ‘This officer has completed a very large number of sorties and throughout has displayed keenness and devotion to duty worthy of the highest praise. He has led the squadron on very many low level and harassing attacks on a variety of enemy targets and much success has been achieved. By his great skill and fine fighting qualities, Squadron Leader Rigler has contributed materially to the high standard of operational efficiency of the squadron he commands.’ He was posted to the Administration and Special Duties Branch on 26th March 1946 having dropped a rank to Flight lieutenant.
ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
To be Plt. Offs. on prob. (emergency): — 1st Dec. 1941. 904492 Thomas Charles RIGLER, D.F.M. (114032).
ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
Promotion. The undermtd. are granted the rank of Sqn Ldr. (war subs.): — 1st Dec. 1943. T. C. RIGLER, D.F.M. (114032).
1st May 1945 Distinguished Flying Cross. Acting Squadron Leader Thomas Charles RIGLER, D.F.M. (114032), R.A.F.V.R., 603 Sqn. This officer has completed a very large number of sorties and throughout has displayed keenness and devotion to duty worthy of the highest praise. He has led the squadron on very many low level and harassing attacks on a variety of enemy targets and much success has been achieved. By his great skill and fine fighting qualities, Squadron Leader Rigler has contributed materially to the high standard of operational efficiency of the squadron he commands.
Transfer between branches. The undermtd., to the Admin, and Spec. Duties
Br.: — Fit. Lt. T. C. RIGLER, D.F.C., D.F.M. (114032).
26th Mar. 1946.Posted to RAF Coltishall 1/6/42.
37422 F/O Riley W. was with 610 at Wittering 3/3/40. Flew patrol in Spitfire L1043 DW-O 25/1/40 in L1014 DW-G 9/2/40. L1076 & K9960 DW-P on 1/3/40; L1045 DW-L on 2/3/40. Flew L1045 in taxiing accident 3/3/40.
Lieut Robertson USAAC was on detachment to 610 Sqn 1/10/43. Returned to home unit 16/11/43.
39472 Sqd/Ldr Robinson, Anthony Edward (‘Tony’)(Australian) (supernumerary with 610)
Served at 11 FTS, Shawbury prewar as P/O (Instructor) (ex R Australian AF). He was commissioned P/O on 19th February 1937. The LG lists him as being on strength of 11 FTS, Shawbury (Shropshire) in October 1938. Promoted F/O 19/11/37 and then F/Lt 3/9/40. Also served with 619, 238 & 66 Squadrons. MPD 10/02/43 aged 28 years. While with 610 flew Spitfire EE767 ‘DW-E’ 2/3/43 and BL563 ‘DW-U’ 6/2/43. Shot down by flak/Fw 190s nr Caen in Spitfire Vb EE767 ‘DW-N’ on Circus 261 escorting bombers.
Son of Alfred Edward Robinson and of Florence Emily Maria Robinson (nee Crowther); husband of Joan Patricia Myrtle Robinson (nee Leigh), of North Stoke, Oxfordshire. Born 28/7/1914 at Wollongong, NSW, Australia. Commonwealth War Dead Joint grave A, 5. GRANDCOURT WAR CEMETERY. WW2 Ace with 12 victories.
84922 P/O Ross, Alexander Richard (Sandy) (RAF VR) Posted to 610 Sqn from No 7 O.T.U. Hawarden 22/9/40. Was (pictured) at Acklington. As Green 1 destroyed a Ju88 shared with Sgt Richardson (Green 2) 15/4/41. Reported missing after interception of Do 215 off Isle of Wight 15/4/41 in Spitfire P7684 ‘DW-S’. He had previously been involved in attack on Ju 88. Before this had been involved in mid-air collision with Sgt HB. McGregor on 24/10/40. Killed aged 21 years 15/04/41. Son of William and Helen Robertson Ross, of Surbiton Commonwealth War Dead Sec. 9. Grave 2675. SURBITON CEMETERY.
Lt Rousselot M. (Free French) Posted from 19 Sqn 13/4/42. With 610 at Ludham in April 1942.
R83949 Sgt Russel, H.R. (Canada) was at Hutton Cranswick 1942 posted from 57 OUT 6/1/42.
Lt Rusten A. USAAF was attached to 610 Sqn at Bolt Head in August 1943. Returned to unit 16/9/43.
1313233 W/O Samuels N.D.‘Sammy’ Initially flying Typhoons with 193 Sqn then posted to 610 Sqn 14/6/43. At Bolt Head in 1943. Destroyed Me 110 24/9/43. Flew AB276 on 03/08/43. On fighter sweeps over France, heavy-bomber missions, and operations against V-Is. Pictured with other pilots in June/July 1944. Returning to ground attack Typhoons over Europe with 193 Sqn, he was shot down in March 1945 and taken prisoner of war.
Born Newbury1921. To Oxford UAS 1940.
47167 F/O Sanderson, C.H. posted from 19 Sqn to 610 Sqn 19/3/42. posted to 56 Sqn for engineering duties 19/7/43.
85698 P/O Scaman, Ben R. (Canada) Arrived at the unit on posting from No.2. T.E.U. Tealing 29/1/44. Destroyed first ⅓ flying bomb 23/6/44, second 4/7/44 flying from Friston turned diver over with wing tip. He destroyed another diver 28/7/44. He was vectored on to it and closed very quickly having time only for a very short burst (six rounds of cannon). He therefore formated on it and tipped it over with his wing, the third time he has done this.
Destroyed 4 ¼ Flying bombs in total. Crash landed at B.80 3/2/45 – uninjured. Proceeded to Colerne for Personnel Leaders Course 4/6/44. Lives at Banff in Canada.
” Flying Officer Ben R Scaman was first mentioned in the book, “The Great Coup” by Robert Hill. Flight Sargeant Scaman with 165 Squadron was scrambled with Flight Lieutenant Roscoe to intercept a “Bogey” over the North Sea. The JU 88 was forced to land at Dyce airfield where it became the “Great Coup” for British Intelligence as it contained the very latest “gen” on German night fighters equipped with the “Liechtenstein” radar. After the war, this particular Ju 88 with registration D5-EV was moved to the Hendon Air Museum where it is on display today.
Pilot Officer Ben Scaman was later posted to the 610 Squadron where V-1 (Doodlebugs) were chased and destroyed. On one of the very early patrols Flying Officer Jones and Pilot Officer BR Scaman intercepted a V-1 and when they began firing at it, it exploded directly in front of them. They hit a wall of shrapnel, punctured both the radiators and put both aircraft unserviceable. Flying Officer B Scaman thought this was extremely dangerous. On subsequent interceptions with V-1’s, F/O BR Scaman flew in formation and put his wing under the Doodlebug wing and tipped them violently enough that the gyros were upset and they would tumble to the earth. F/O BR Scaman was successful in this tactic and claimed 3 1/2 V-1’s. This was mentioned in the official “Royal Canadian Air Forces Journals”.
I read Dad the info below you had sent. He said that after the first doodlebug blew up around him, he decided he would no longer attempt firing at them and would try to tip them over and therefore, did not fire at the second one but tipped it over. Dad said he credits himself with destroying 3 1/2 doodlebugs. I have attached some information I wrote some time ago about his experiences with the doodlebugs as well as his experience with the Ju 88.
After the war, Dad returned to Canada, proposed to my Mom (after not seeing each other for 3 years) and were married 3 weeks later! They were married for 64 years. What a great story! They lived in Banff in the early 1950’s and then moved to Edmonton and raised my brother and me. In 1975, they retired and moved back to Banff. Dad has 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
424528 F/Sgt Shaw, W.J. (New Zealand) Crash landed Spitfire NH709 (Red.4 in ‘A’Flight) 18/9/44 following escort in connection with ‘Market Garden’. The aircraft was completely written off with both wings broken off, the tail assembly broken almost –completely off and the spinner pounded nearly flat. Bystanders reported that the aircraft completed three somersaults. One side of the Perspex cockpit cover was broken open, and Shaw got out through the hole, without a scratch.
104447 S/Ldr Shepherd, John Bean DFC (‘Shep’) was a Scott from Edinburgh. He joined RAF at outbreak of war and was posted to 234 Sqn in September 1940. Later posted to 118 Sqn as a flight commander early in 1942. He received a DFC in September 1942 and bar in August ‘43. Joined 610 Sqn at Bolt Head in 18/5/44. He became temporary C/O of 610 Sqn Feb ’44 to Mar ‘45. Destroyed first flying bomb 20/6/44. Shared another with F/O McKinlay 22/6/44. Destroyed another 7/7/44 flying from Friston and another 8/7/44. F/Lt Shepherd added a further diver to his score 29/7/44. Accounted for 6 flying bombs in total. Crashed ‘DW-C’ when engine cut on takeoff 28/8/44. He was awarded a bar to his DFC 12/12/44 and a second in 9/45. After 610 Squadron he was posted to 41 Sqn in April 1945. He was killed in a flying accident in Germany aged 26 in January 1946. He was the son of Mr and Mrs William Shepherd, Northfield Farm Road, Edinburgh
F/O Sibeth posted to 610 Sqn from 83 GSU 3/2/45.
F/O Seaman, B.R. was with 610 Sqn 1/45.
J16103 F/O Shewell, Stanley Joseph (Canada) posted to 610 Sqn at Bolt Head 16/7/43. Flew BL990 on 2/08/43, Killed 02/10/43 aged 23 years. When practice flying in Spitfire Vb AB453 DW-J over Ivybridge area he stalled on turning at less than 1,000ft and crashed into a hillside at Wesden Beacon. A very popular member of the Squadron missed greatly. Son of Thomas and Margaret Shewell; husband of Mabel Shewell, of Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada. Commonwealth War Dead Plot 39. Sec. H. Row C. Grave 258. BATH (HAYCOMBE) CEMETERY.
86414 P/O Scott J.R. (RAF) Posted to 610 Sqn from 7 O.T.U. Hawarden 4/11/40. Flew DW-V 2/6/41, DW-R 16/6/41 & 17,19,20,21,22,23, Destroyed Bf 109 over Le Touquet 21/6/41 and another 25/6/41 over Gravelines. Flew ‘DW-O’ on 24/6/41 & 25 from Westhampnett . MPD 25/06/41 as ‘Green 1’ in Spitfire Mk IIb DW-O P8399 on Circus operation 15 miles inland from Gravlines. POW Stalag Luft III.
42082 F/L Sherrington, T.B.A. Posted to 610 Sqn supy 10/3/42 was with ‘A’ Flight of 610 at Hutton Cranswick 1942
136571 F/O Small, J.G.A. was with 610 at Westhampnett Jan ’42. Posted to MSFU from Perranporth. Returned to 610 Sqn 2/6/43. With 610 at Bolt Head in August 1943. He flew KE744 on 02/08/43. At Exeter in 1944. To Air Ministry for selection board for instructor duties 13/1/44.
90340 F/Lt Smith, Edward Brian Bretherton (AAF) Born 1914 at Formby and was a founder member of the Squadron in 1935/36. Granted a commission (P/O) 22/9/36. Promoted to F/Lt 1/6/40. Flew L1062 DW-K (21/10/39) L1015 DW-E on patrol from RAF Wittering 1/3/40, 2/3/40, 3/3/40, L1009 DW-B 7/3/40, 11/3/40, 12/3/40, 20/5/40, 21/5/40 23/5/40, 24/5/40, 25/5/40, 1/6/40, 11/6/40, 12/6/40, 14/6/40, 18/6/40, 3/7/40, 4/7/40, 25/7/40, 30/7/40; L1045 16/3/40, 19/3/40, L1003 DW-J 21/3/40, L1010 DW-D 11/5/40, 27/5/40; L1001 DW-A 13/5/40; L1076 DW-B 21/5/40; N3201 DW-S 27/5/40; L1044 DW-E 5/6/40, 12/7/40, 13/7/40; N3284 DW-J 7/6/40; R6694 DW-F 15/6/40; R6693 DW-A 17/6/40; R6975 DW-A 7/7/40; P9503 DW-D 10/7/40, R6694 DW-F 19/7/40, R6976 DW-A 24/7/40, 27/7/40, 29/7/40, R6630 DW-X 31/7/40, X4166 DW-B 11/8/40; K9818 DW-H 12/8/40. Destroyed a Heinkel He 111 27/5/40 (shared) while flying L1010 DW-D. Damaged a Do 17 over Margate/Hawkinge shared between Lamb, Hamlyn, Else , Ellis and Ramsay on 3/7/40. He shot down Bf 109s on the 24/7/40 over Dover & 25/7/40 (Dover/Folkestone). He damaged a Do 17 near Sangatte shared with Sgt Hamlyn, P/O Norris and Sgt Parsons. He shot down a He 59 ambulance seaplane engaged in clandestine activity on 11/8/40 off Calais. On 12/8/40, he was on patrol in his Spitfire I (K9818 ‘DW-H’) when he was shot down in flames over New Romney at 08:00hrs, he bailed out, and was rescued from eight miles out to sea and taken to hospital with burns. P/O Smith was awarded the D.F.C. on 30/8/40. By the end of the war he had destroyed 6 enemy aircraft. He lived at Tattenhall near Chester and latterly at Pershore, Worcester.
Wing Commander E.B.B.(Brian) Smith DFC died on Sunday September 15th 2013 at the age of 98.
90337 S/Ldr Smith, Andrew Thomas (‘Big Bill’) (AAF) born in Liverpool, lived at Fulwood Park, Aigburth. Granted acting rank of F/Lt 11/8/39. Flew Spitfire L1001 DW-A on patrol 25/1/40; 9/2/40 from RAF Wittering and L1010 DW-D on 30/1/40 and L1011 on 27/5/40; L1001 DW-A on 1/3/40. He shot down a Me 110 27/5/40 with another unconfirmed. Destroyed a Do 215 off Griz Nez 9/7/40 shared with Sgt Parsons. Destroyed a Bf109 between Dover and Margate on 25/07/40 but was killed aged 34 years at Hawkinge following this encounter when his aircraft stalled on landing and hit a disused engine testing shed. He was flying Spitfire R6976 DW-A (from ORB) or R6693 DW-A (more probably).
He is buried in St Peter’s Church, Delamere, Cheshire.
114060 F/O Smith, Lawrence Arthur DFC, RAF VR with ‘A’ Flight of 610 in Jan 1942. Posted sick to SHQ Hutton Cranswick 18/3/42. Posted from SHQ to 610 28/3/42. Destroyed Do 217 (quarter share with S/L Haywood, P/O Hokan and Sgt Mares) 15/5/42 off Yarmouth. Shared a FW 190 destroyed (with S/L Johnson) and damaged another both at Dieppe 19/8/42. At Ludham in July ‘42 and Castletown Christmas ’42. Sampled hind shooting at Castletown 25/11/42 & 4/12. Awarded DFC 20/11/42 for action against Fw 190s. Flew BL256 DW-R 6/2/43 & 10/2/43, Missing, Killed 10/02/43 aged 22 years. Son of Arthur Alfred and Edith Mary Smith; husband of Elsie Ellen Smith, of Barnehurst, Bexleyheath, Kent. Commonwealth War Dead XXVIII. J. 13 BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY.
411669 Sgt Smith J.(Australia) posted to 610 Sqn 27/1/43 and posted to No 1 PDC 16/2/43. Posted back to 610 Sqn from West Kirby 23/2/43. Posted to 5 PDC for overseas 8/6/43.
754069 Sgt Smith, Alan RAFVR (later Sir Alan). Posted to 610 Sqn from No 7 O.T.U. Hawarden was posted to 610 Squadron in October 1940. and then to 616 Squadron in December 1940. Alan Smith often flew as wingman to Douglas Bader and would have been flying in that position on the fateful August 9th had he not been suffering from a head cold and instead set off for London to buy a uniform to match his newly granted commission. Johnnie Johnson described him as the perfect No 2. He usually flew in the same section with Bader, Cocky Dundas and Johnson. He received the DFC and Bar and recorded five confirmed victories. After the war he had a very successful career in the textile industry.
F/Lt Smith K. DFC arrived on posting for flying duties with 610 Sqn 12/10/44.
1085054 Sgt Stark, W.J. Posted to 610 Sqn from 59 O.T.U. At Ludham in July 1942. Posted overseas 21/10/42.
R87394 Sgt Stauble, W.B. (Canada) was posted from 57O.T.U. Hawarden to 610 Sqn 14/4/42. Posted to RAF Coltishall pending overseas.
R59652 F/Sgt Stevenson, J.D. (Canada) was with ‘A Flight of 610 at Hutton Cranswick 1942. Posted to 412 Sqn 25/3/42.
P/O Stevens T.A. Posted from No 7 O.T.U. Hawarden 4/11/40 to 610 Sqn at RAF Acklington.. Flew DW-C 28/11/40,
61058 P/O Stoop J.Richard Joined 610 Sqn 21/4/41 from 58 O.T.U. He was at at Hawkinge and Westhampnett Aug ’41. In company with S/Ldr Woodhouse shot down Ju 88 off Brighton. Posted to 56 Sqn. Duxford 25/1/42. Killed in Motor
Racing accident during 1950s.
F/Lt Stratton, JAC. First Squadron Adjutant
P1369 F/O Stutzman Ferdynand K. (Poland) (20/11/18 – 4/10/94) died in Katowice, Poland); posted to 610 Sqn, Castletown 20/10/42. Posted to 315 Sqn 28/1/43.
30244 P/O St Remy R.M. was posted to 610 Squadron at Ludham in 15/8/1942. Flew EP390 ‘DW-U’. Alternative identity of W/O R.M. Gaudard indicated in ORB??
565302 F/Sgt Sutcliffe William Alfred Posted to 610 Sqn from No 7 O.T.U. Hawarden 23/9/40. Killed 17/12/40 Aged 25. Son of Robert Sutcliffe, and of Blanche Maria Sutcliffe, of Heston, Middlesex; husband of Mary Sutcliffe. Commonwealth War Dead LANTEGLOS-BY-FOWEY (ST. WYLLOW) CHURCHYARD
The Sky Above Lanteglos
by Joan McLaren
The playful breeze off the sea, sweeps the verdant valley floor,
Caresses a long green ridge of hills beyond,
Then rising above it, dips over the mighty cliff,
To plague the already tossing waves, once more.
The seagulls riding the thermals; climb carefree in their flight,
Avoiding the square church tower below,
Where lies the one who, growing not old, once shared
Those same clear blue skies, in youthful delight.
He too soared, and dived above the sea,
rode the wind, scaled the sky,
Wrote his signature bravely in the plane’s slipstream,
Selflessly scorned the fear of death, and pain; then died for
us. Now, all that remains on the lively breeze,
is the seagull’s triumphant cry.
For Sgt W. A. Sutcliffe, 610 Squadron
Published in ‘Battle Of Britain Remembered’
P1622 F/O Skibinski, Jerzy Tadeusz ‘Jerry’ (Poland) (born 15/11/19 in Bielow) Posted to 610 Sqn at Castletown from 316 Sqn at Hutton Cranswick 27/11/42. Sampled hind shooting at Castletown 25/11/42 & 4/12. Flew 6/2/43 BL563 DW-U. Shot down 10-15 miles south of Boulogne MPD13/02/43 KIA over Le Touquet.
There were quite a lot of Skibinskis in Polish Air Forces (9). Skibinski’s first and second name (who was awarded by MBE) was Bronislaw Jerzy Skibinski. Pilot killed flying with 610 Sqn was Jerzy Tadeusz Skibinski. Wojtek Matusiak – well known PAF expert confirmed that the Skiibinski mentioned as a surivior was Bronislaw Jerzy.
136571 F/O Small, Paddy was at Bolt Head in July 1943. Flew KK744 on 02/08/43.
1112916 Sgt Small, J.G.A. posted to 610 Sqn from 278 Sqn 10/9/42. Posted to No 2 F.I.S Montrose, Scotland 19/1/44 for No 42 Fighter Instructors (War) Course. Had a long record with the Squadron and was a popular member.
42538 F/Lt Stavert C.M. posted to 610 Sqn from 1491 Fighter Gunnery Flight 4/12/42. Posted to 1 PDC for overseas 14/1/43.
42274 P/O Stewart I.H. posted to unit from 92 Sqn 11/6/40.
Sgt Sutton, E.C. At Westhampnett April ’43. Flew EE738 DW-P 8/4/43,EE743 DW-Q 9/4/43. Posted to 5 PDC for overseas 5/5/43.
1433255 W/O Tate, George ‘Spud’ (RAF) posted to 610 Sqn 14/8/43 from 22 sqn 14/8/43. Completed engine handling course at Rolls-Royce, Derby 19/2/44. At Exeter when 610 Squadron re-equipped with Spitfire XIVs and Ophoven (Jan 1945). Destroyed 1 Flying Bomb 4/7/44. Hit by flak while attacking MT 23/1/45. W/O Tate bailed out of Spitfire RM731 but was killed aged 24 years. Son of George and Gladys Tate, of Liverton Mines, Yorkshire; husband of Marjorie Tate, of Marlborough, Devon. Commonwealth War Dead VIII. C. 2. LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
1237643 Sgt Taylor, Maurice Edward Posted to 610 Sqn from 165 Sqn 13/3/43. Flew BL435 DW-V 1/4/43, 2/4/43. Flew EE726 DW-R 3/4/43. Shot down in DW-V by fighters nr St.Aubin on Ramrod escort of Venturas to Caen 4/4/43. Sgt M E Taylor killed aged 21 years. Son of Alfred and Anna Elizabeth Taylor, of Northfield, Birmingham. Commonwealth War Dead Panel 166 RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL.
403911 F/Sgt Taylor, Andrew Albert (New Zealand) killed 03/10/41 flying Spitfire P7839 aged 21 years. Aircraft hit ground recovering from a dive nr Bewholme. Son of George William and Florence Gertrude Taylor, of Wanganui, Wellington, New Zealand. Commonwealth War Dead Row B. Grave 7. LECONFIELD (ST. CATHERINE) CHURCHYARD
Sub/Lieut Taylor D. RNVR attached to 610 Sqn from 65 Sqn for flying duties 18/5/43.
1088120 Sgt Todd, J.B. Posted from 56 O.T.U. 25/8/42. Posted to 152 Sqn 2/10/42
90341 P/O Topham resigned his commission 1/10/39 (Possibly moved to Lockheed Aviation at Speke as test pilot). He was a director of Aintree Race course from 1936.
F/Sgt Turner, Edward Albert with 610 at Hutton Cranswick Feb 1942. Killed when Fg.Off 29-Nov-44 Halifax II Pilot.
778443 Sgt Turner Gabriel William ‘Scottie’ (S. Rhodesia) with 610 at Hutton Cranswick Feb 1942 and at Ludham. Posted to RAF Coltishall for overseas 28/7/42.
1383335 Sgt Trew, Leonard F. Posted to 610 Sqn from 61 O.T.U. 4/5/43 at Perranporth and was engaged in convoy protection along the north and south coasts of Cornwall. In March 1943 the Squadron moved to Bolt Head and… (see ‘The Hope Cove Area 1939-45” by Arthur J. Clamp). Flew AD449 on 03/08/43. Promoted to F/Sgt 8/10/43. Posted to 2 FIS. Montrose.
565125 F/Sgt Tanner, John Henry (RAF) was a pre-war airman pilot. Posted to 610
Sqn from HQME 15/6/40. Flew N3284 DW-J 1/7/40, 12/7/40,18/7/40, L1037 DW-D 11/8/40. He was killed aged 25 years 11/8/40 during a patrol off Calais when his Spitfire I N3264?? (more likely to have been L1037 DW-D from ORB) was shot down at 11:30hrs 11/8/40. Son of John William and Eva Eleanor Tnner, of Enfield, Middlesex; husband of Helen Maria Tanner. He is buried at Calais Southern Cemetery, France Plot P. Grave 17.
41960 Sgt Tanner, J.H. (New Zealand) Flew Spitfire BL302 DW-R 10/5/42; BL691 DW-P 13/5/42; BL304 DW-K 16/5/42; BL599 DW-T 20/5/42; BL439 DW-A 21/5/42 also BL262 DW-L 21/4/42 – Damaged Ju 88 off Cromer (shared with P/O Wright); EN780 DW-E 25/5/42; AD549 DW-D 27/5/42; BL439 DW-A 30/5/42, 31/5/42. Posted to RAF Coltishall for overseas 1/6/42.
P/O Topham M.C. was a pre-war member of the Squadron.
1088331 Sgt Twigg, E. posted to 610 Sqn 20/10/42. Posted to 164 Sqn 23/10/42.
F/Lt VanDam Arrived on posting to the Squadron at Friston, to gain fighter experience 22/8/44 having been on P.R.U. Mosquitoes. F/Lt.VanDamm left the Squadron on posting to 616 Squadron at Manston 11/10/44.
M30638 Cpt Vaissier, J. posted to 610 Sqn at Hutton Cranswick from 154 Sqn 3/3/42. Posted to 616 Sqn 18/3/42. Posted to 610 Sqn 7/9/42.
107235 F/O Venesoen, Francois A. ‘Sous’ (Belgium) Born in Antwerp 19/10/20 became member of Aéronautique Militaire. However in May 1939 he failed pilot training, but re-mustered to become an air-gunner. François was sent to Nivelles aerodrome situated northwest of Charleroi to a squadron within III Groupe of the 2e Regiment d’ Aéronautique to fly in obsolete Avions Fairey Fox two-seat biplane fighters. Like many of his compatriots François Venesoen managed to escape across the English Channel via France, arriving in England on 23rd June, where he immediately sought to enlist in the Royal Air Force to continue the fight against the Nazi conquerors. It was not until 27th August with the Battle of Britain finely balanced that François was posted to serve as an NCO air-gunner with the Bristol Blenheim MkIVF’s of No.235 Squadron based at Bircham Newton in Norfolk, though the squadron often used Thorney Island on the south coast as a forward operating base. The Blenheims were not ideally suited to the tasks the squadron undertook, which consisted mainly of convoy protection patrols and reconnaissance missions over the North Sea with occasional forays to attack the French Channel ports.
Despite the risks involved on such missions, the squadron suffered comparatively light losses of 6 aircraft on operations from July to October of 1940, and with claims for at least 12 Luftwaffe aircraft, achieved what could be considered a good return! Sadly however, most of the crews No.235 Squadron lost went missing, but François survived the Battle of Britain as one of the Belgians to have proudly served amongst the ranks of ‘The Few’.
The dream of François Venesoen to become a fighter pilot was re-ignited when he applied for pilot training whilst with No.272 Squadron, which had reformed in November 1940 at RAF Aldergrove in Northern Ireland for shipping escort duties, when one flight from No.235 and No.236 Squadron respectively were merged together. He began his ab-initio pilot training with No.13 Service Flying Training School, and on successfully completing his elementary flying moved to No.5 Flying Training School at RAF Sealand near Chester on 9/7/41, where he was soon granted a Commission. In October Pilot Officer Venesoen at long last realised his dream, for he gained his ‘wings’ and went to No.61 Operational Training Unit at Heston in Middlesex.
On 18th December he joined the newly formed No.350 (Belgian) Squadron flying Spitfire Mk IIA’s at RAF Valley on the island of Anglesey for operational defensive duties and convoy escorts over the Irish Sea.
The squadron had to wait until April 1942 before moving to Southern England to join the Debden Fighter Wing for the hazardous task of fighter sweeps over occupied Northern France. Now the Belgians could hit back at their German enemy as a unit by themselves! In a prelude to the launching of a sea-borne invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe, plans were put together for an Operation amphibious attack on the heavily defended port of Dieppe under the codename of Jubilee.
The day of the attack on 19th August proved costly for the Allies with heavy casualties both on the beaches and in the air, with RAF Fighter Command losing around 100 aircraft whilst covering the assault! Valuable future lessons were learned from the ill-fated operation, but Flying Officer Venesoen achieved success for himself that day when he claimed the destruction of 2 Focke-Wulf Fw190’s ¬ his first personal victories over the Luftwaffe! However during the squadrons fourth sortie of the day François had a wingtip on his Spitfire shot away, but he returned safely.
His next success came on 16th November when he shared in the destruction of a Junkers Ju52 transport over St.Aubin airfield in France during a Rhubarb sortie. In March 1943 No.350 Squadron moved north, but François remained in the frontline. He was posted to 610 Sqn from 350 Sqn 13/3/43. He scored another victory on 29th March in BM117 DW-T when he claimed a raiding Fw190 off the coast near to Brighton. Flew EE726 ‘DW-R’ on 1/4/43. On 21/4/43 flying AD320 DW-N in Circus 290 he claimed two Focke-Wulfs damaged over Cap St Mathieu. At bolt Head in July 1943 with 610 Squadron he destroyed a Bf 110 24/9/43 (shared with Nicholls). Married in Anglesey on 31st July 1943 attended by Freddie Crewe and Tex Donohoo in Tiger Moth. It was during Ramrod 87 on 24th September 1943 that Venesoen achieved his last credited victory when he shared in the shooting down of a Messerschmitt Bf 110 at Cap St-Mathieu near Caen in Normandy.
His success in combat was recognised with the award of a Distinguished Flying Cross on 15th December. In the early months of 1944 planning began for Operation Overlord ¬ (D-Day)! François now found himself back with his countrymen of No.350 Squadron to conduct offensive missions with the Second Tactical Air Force, in readiness for the invasion of Mainland Europe and liberation of their beloved country! On 6th June at 04:35 hours, François took off for an early morning patrol over the Normandy beachhead in a war-weary Spitfire MkV serial EN950 [MN-H]. The Squadron record book takes up the story: “Over the Channel F/Lt Venesoen had to bale out owing to an internal glycol leak. His parachute opened alright and he was last seen by his Number 2 (F/O L. Siroux) alighting on the rough sea and struggling in the water, trying to inflate his dinghy. After F/O Siroux had pulled up to lead 3 launches to the spot, no trace of F/Lt Venesoen could be found”. He is now commemorated on Panel 203 of the Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede. The badge of No.350 Squadron has an ancient Belgian warrior; François Venesoen typified that image and we should never forget his sacrifice. Belgae Gallorum Fortissimi (“The Belgae, bravest of the Gauls”). Dean Sumner.
The word ‘disparu’ that is inscribed on the headstone translates as ‘missing person’
Venesoen and Plisnier talking with an ATA pilot
Photo: André Bar
Venesoen is 5th from right – Photo: André Bar
69459 P/O Vernon, Phillip Peter RAF VR
Killed aged 28 years on 24/11/41. Remembered with honour
BIRKENHEAD (LANDICAN) CREMATORIUM
Lt Volkersz, Gerry (R. Netherlands Naval Air Service) Joined 610 in Feb 1943. Flew (6/2/43) EP564 from Bolt Head. Left 610 in March 1943 to join Fleet Air Arm. He was living in Germiston, South Africa in 1987. C/O 860 Sqn RNNAS Feb ’46. Died 9/8/94.
40768 A/F/Lt Walker, J.A. posted from 610 at Leconfield to Hutton Cranswick pending overseas 18/10/41.
149635 Squadron Leader Wallace DFM, Thomas Young ‘Bob / Wally’
The son of Captain William and Mrs Ruth Wallace of Kensington Johannesburg, Wallace joined 610 Squadron as a P/O 20/6/40 at Gravesend from 6 FTS. On 17/7/40 he was posted to 111 Squadron under S/Ldr Thompson DFC at Croydon where he flew Hurricanes. On 15th August he destroyed a Bf.110 and Shared a second destroyed. He claimed a Bf.109 Destroyed and Damaged a Do.17 the following day and on the 18th Destroyed a Do.17 and Damaged two more. On the 24th he Damaged another Bf.109 and Shared a Do.17 Destroyed on the 26th. On the 31st August he Destroyed a Bf.110 and Damaged a second and on 4th September he claimed a Bf109 Destroyed and Damaged three more. On 7th September he bailed out after combat over the channel, his Hurricane P3025 crashing at Gammons Farm, Newchurch. In October 1940 he was awarded the DFM after claiming 5 Destroyed and 2 Shared Destroyed, with 4 more probably destroyed. His final total was 8 destroyed. In March 1943 he was commissioned, from Warrant Officer and was promoted to Flying Officer on 10/9/43. Wallace is first mentioned in 609 Squadron’s Form 540 on 10th August 1944 at B.7 Martragny. As a Flight Lieutenant and Flight Commander he was unusually promoted to Squadron Leader and Commanding Officer within the squadron, on 17th September when S/Ldr Lallemand was shot down. On 22nd September he crashed the Group Captain’s Auster on take-off. On 11th November 1944 flying Typhoon MN205, S/Ldr Wallace led the squadron in an attack on the German Garrisons ration store in the centre of Dunkirk. Taking off at 14:35/14:50 hrs the squadron reached Dunkirk flying at 3,000ft and encountered lots of cloud. Declining to fire on his first pass, Wallace went around again and on his second run was met by lots of light flak. His Typhoon was hit and crashed out of control on the beach at Dunkirk, bursting into flames on impact and he was killed aged 28 years. He is buried in Pihen les Guines War Cemetery. Post-war, his Mother visited Dunkirk and the day she was there the tail fin of Typhoon MN205 became visible above the sand. Excavation revealed the aircraft with Squadron Leader Wallace still strapped in his cockpit.
748342 / 100592 P/O Warden, Noel Proctor Joined 610 Sqn from 7 O.T.U 6/10/40. Flew in Battle of Britain with 610 Squadron. On Patrol over Beachy Head flying DW-H encountered and fired at – damaged Ju88 over Guildford 11/5/41. Flew Convoy Patrol in DW-H 12/5/41. Commissioned 12/6/41. With 91 Sqn. From 26/6/41. Born 1918 Killed 01/10/1941 RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL Panel 35 British. Son of Norman Charles and Eva Warden of Andover, Hants.
90344 Acting F/Lt Warner, William Henry Cromwell (AAF) (son of Sir Lionel Warner) was a pre-war member of No 610 Squadron. Flew Spitfire L1011 DW-F 21/10/39, 25/1/40; 9/2/40. He destroyed (probable) a Bf 109 over Maidstone 15/8/40. Warner’s Spitfire I (DW-Z R6802) was shot down in combat with with Bf 109s over the Channel on 16/8/40 at 17:15hrs off Dungeness. He died, aged 21 years. See picture (from ‘Hevucnit’) taken at Wittering and another at Prestwick. He is remembered at Runneymede Memorial Panel 5.
1337640 Sgt Warren, F.R. posted to 610 Sqn from RAF Exeter 20/10/43. Hit radio mast on landing in Spitfire 14 RB175. Unhurt but a/c to AST, Exeter 5/3/44.
741823 / 100039 P/O Ward-Smith, Peter RAFVR An Insurance Broker at Lloyds before the war. Posted to 610 Sqn from No 7 O.T.U. Hawarden 18/09/40. Was pictured at Acklington in September 1940. Commissioned 12/6/41. MIA on Circus 42 escorting Stirlings to Chocques led by Wg/Cdr Bader 10/7/41 in Spitfire P8523 DW-R. Became POW in Stalag Luft 3 27/07/41.
18708 F/O Watkin, G.H. (Canada) posted to 610 Sqn 20/6/44. Posted to 92 GSU Spitfire Pool 9/8/44. F/Lt. Lightbourn and F/O Watkin tipped over a diver, which exploded in the sea 12/7/44.
741433 Sgt. Watson-Parker, Patrick Ian RAFVR crashed and was killed aged 22 years while on patrol in Spitfire R6807 on the 13th July 1940 at 11:35hrs at Skid House, Tatsfield near Biggin Hill. Burried at CUDHAM (SS. PETER AND PAUL) CHURCHYARD, ORPINGTON, Sec. NN. Grave 24. He was the tenth BoB pilot to be killed.
(Also see Sergeant (Pilot) Derek P. Watson-Parker, RAFVR 741702, age unknown, Killed 31/01/1940, (St. Catherine) Church of Ireland Churchyard, UK).
84927 F/Lt Watson, E.O. posted to 610 Sqn from 93 Sqn. At Ludham then Castletown.
119154 P/O Watson, William Kenneth Posted from 52 O.T.U. 25/8/42. With 610 at Ludham Summer 1942. Posted to S.H.Q Castletown pending overseas 7/11/42. Under S/Ldr JE Johnson flew Spitfire V EP251 ‘DW-T’ 8/9/42 from RAF Ludham, Norfolk on patrol – no e/a sighted also EP360 ‘DW-N’ escorting damaged MGBs – no e/a. 11/9/42 EP393 ‘DW-Z’ on patrol over Dutch Coast; 13/9/42 EP393 Patrol over Convoy ‘Passage’ – no e/a. 16/9/42 flew AR508 ‘DW-P’ on escort patrol to Bostons en route Den Helder. 17/9/42 scramble AR508 ‘DW-P’ to ident unknown a/c. also EP393 ‘DW-Z’ scramble to patrol Lowestoft – no e/a. 18/9/42 EP398 ‘DW-E’ offensive patrol to Dutch Coast. 27/9/42 EP360 ‘DW-N’ patrol Convoy ‘Platform’ – no e/a. 1/10/42 AR612 scramble – no e/a. From RAF Castletown, Caithness 25/10/42 Dusk Patrol AA969 – no e/a. Later served in North Africa.
Sgt Watts P.G Posted to 610 Sqn from 61 O.T.U. 4/5/43. At Bolt Head in 1943 and flew W3707 on 03/08/43.
37316 F/Lt Watts-Farmer DFC, James Nigel. Joined 610 Sqn 9/4/41from 302 Sqn. O/C ‘B’ Flight 610 Sqn at Westhampnett ’41. Married Jo Frazer-Nash. Flew during Battle of Britain with 302 (Polish) Squadron. Left 610 Sqn 11/6/41 for 91 Sqn.
82682 P/O Webster, Frank Kinnersley was a former member of the RAFVR as an Airman u/t pilot. He completed training at 15 EFTS and 5 FTS Sealand He was commissioned and joined No 610 Squadron 28/7/40. On 26/8/40, Webster`s Spitfire I (R6965 – ORB shows as X4011 DW-O) was damaged by Bf 109s over Folkestone. Webster crashed in flames while he attempted to land at Hawkinge and he was killed, aged 26. SANDOWN-SHANKLIN (SANDOWN) CEMETERY, Isle of White.
89405 F/Lt West, Ronald ‘Ronnie’ DFC* RAF VR Killed 24/05/44 On returning to Bolt Head from an anti-shipping strike off Brittany his aircraft burst into flames on landing and he was badly burned before he could be rescued. F/Lt West died of his injuries in the station sick quarters during the early hours of 24/05/44. Son of David West and Jessie G. West, of Lossiemouth.He is buried at Lossiemouth, Scotland. Commonwealth War Dead Grave 369 LOSSIEMOUTH BURIAL GROUND. F/O Bangerter took ashes from Harrowbeer to Lossiemouth for burial.
P/O Westmacott JB was posted to No 6 FTS for flying instructor duties 23/8/39
1313024 W/O White, R.G. ‘Chalky’ Posted to 610 Sqn from RAF Exeter 20/11/43. At Brussels 1944. Destroyed 1 Flying Bomb 5/7/44. Squadron left RAF Lympne today and proceeded to 127 Wing, (B56) B.L.A 4/12/44. One pilot W/O White and. one aircraft unserviceable left behind at Lympne, which will be flown to Brussels by W/O White when serviceable. W/O White landed 16.00 hours 7/12/44 having flown aircraft left behind at Lympne.
33569 F/Lt Howard-Williams, P.I. DFC Posted from 10 Group Del. Flight 22/2/43. Posted back to 610 Sqn from 2 Sqn 19/7/43.was posted to 610 Sqn from 57 OTU (Hawarden) in 1943. On 11/3/43 destroyed FW 190 S. Beachy Head in BL496 DW-Q. He was awarded DFC for destroying this aircraft which had been attacking a rescue launch carrying picked-up airmen.. At Westhampnett in 4/43. Flew EE743 DW-Q 2,3,4/4/43. At Bolt Head in July 1943 and flew W3690 on 28/07/43. He had also served in the Battle of Britain with 19 Sqn. Posted to 10 Group Practice Camp at RAF Fairwood Common 26/10/43.
409262 Sgt Williams, Alan Samuel (Australia) was posted to 610 Squadron on 1st September 1943. Flew Spitfire EP388 (7/10/43), EP288 (10/3/43), BM427 (23/10/43), EN765 (24/10/43), BL772 (15/11/43) and AB182 (17/11/43) on convoy patrols. He also flew BM538 (19/11/43),EP388 (25/11/43). Carried out escort of Whirlwind bombers to Cherbourg docks in EP388 (26/11/43) then two Air/Sea Rescue patrols in EP388 (7/12/43). Later posted to 80 Sqn and KIA on Island of Goeree-Overflakkee, in the SW of Netherlands. 25/9/44. Australian War Memorial 148 Roll of Honour cards, 1939-1945 War, Air Force
P/O Williams, J.W. was posted to No 1 PRU Training Flight 2/2/42
F/O Wilson, W.H. ‘Jock’ (Canada) Arrived on posting to the Squadron for flying duties at Friston 1/9/44 and was at Lympne 30/10/44. Crashed Spitfire RB140 ‘DW-K’ on that date on landing after an air test. The aircraft was written off, but F/O Wilson escaped with minor scratches and slight burns. From the dispersal the crash looked very bad. All that could be seen was a big fire with volumes of black smoke. This was due to the almost full 90-gallon tank coming away and igniting between us and the aircraft.
Reported missing 26/01/45 having been hit by flak while on armed recce of Munster area – POW.
90338 F/O Kerr Wilson, John Aux AF was a pre-war member of the Squadron. Flew Spitfire L1017 on patrol 9/1/40. As part of ‘B’ Flight was stationed at RAF Bircham Newton 9/2/40. Flew L1017 ‘DW-L’ 9/2/40. Attacked eight Ju 87s and some Ju 88s 27/5/40 – action inconclusive. Destroyed Bf 110 27/5/40 over Dunkirk. He was Shot down and killed by AA fire from ships aged 32 years 29/5/40 flying N3289. Son of Henry Kerr Wilson and Lucy Gladys Kerr Wilson, of Heswall, Cheshire M.A., B.Sc. Commonwealth War Dead Panel 6 RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL.
958880 Sgt Wilson, R.J.M. Posted to 610 Sqn 20/10/42. Posted to 164 Sqn 23/10/42.
90342 F/L Wilson, Douglas Strachan. was a pre-war member of No 610 Squadron, joining in 1936. He was called to full time service with the Squadron on 26/8/39. He claimed a Bf 109 on the 25/7/40 in Spitfire R6695 ‘DW-P’ and another Bf 109 on the 26/8/40. Flew R6805 DW-N 24/7/40, on 29/7/40 DW-Q, R6806 DW-N 30/7/40. Promoted to F/Lt 3/9/40. Attached to RAF Station Woolsington 22/11/40. Posted to RAF Usworth for Controller duties 16/1/41. He was released from the RAF as Wing Commander in 1945. He died in 1985.
61968 P/O Wilson, H.E. (Australia) Joined 610 Sqn 21/4/41 from 53 O.T.U.
Sgt 1263867 Wilson, S.F. was posted from 610 Sqn to 154 Sqn 7/3/42.
40774 S/Ldr Wicks, B.J. DFC C/O, Posted from 56 Sqn 4/11/41 to 610 Sqn at Leconfield. Flew DW-B 7/11/41; DW-A 15/11/41
742044 Sgt Willcocks, Peter Hamilton (RAFVR) of South Croydon was educated at Selhurst Grammar School. Posted to 610 Sqn from 5 O.T.U. Aston Down 27/7/40. Flew K9975 DW-S 12/8/40; L1037 DW-D 22/8/40; X4067 DW-K 24/8/40. P9433 DW-E 25/8/40; DW-Y 26/8/40; He moved to No 66 Squadron on 10/9/40 and crash-landed in Spitfire Mk 1 N3029 14/9/40. He was killed on 28/11/40 (aged 20 years) when he collided with P/O H.R. Allen over Edenbridge and crashed at Skinners Farm in Spitfire P7491. Son of George Hamilton Willcocks and Elsie Gertrude Willcocks, of South Norwood. SOUTH LONDON CREMATORIUM, MITCHAM. Panel 29.
70882 F/O Willcock C.P.L. was posted to 610 Squadron from 58 O.T.U. Grangemouth 24/6/41. Flew Spitfire Mk II b ‘DW-S’ on sweep and patrol 1/7/41. DW-S & DW-X on Reconnaissance and Sweep 2/7/41. DW-X on Circus to Le Touquet 3/7/41. Posted from 610 Sqn to 501 Sqn at Middle Wallop 14/7/41.
34189 S/Ldr Woodhouse, Henry de C. A. AFC Joined 610 Sqn 12/4/41 from 71 Sqn. C/O 610 at Westhampnett April – June 1941. Shot down a Ju 88 destroyed share with P/O Stoop 25/4/41 S. Brighton. Posted to take command of No 71 (Eagle) Squadron (mainly American volunteers) 5/6/41. Took over from Bader as W/Cdr when the latter was shot down.
39921 P/O Wood V.T.L. Posted to 610 Sqn from 23 Sqn for flying duties 1/3/40. Flew L1013 DW-E 7/3/40. Posted to No 4 Ferry Pilots Pool, Filton 7/6/40. See cartoon of AT Smith by Wood in Squadron scrapbook.
F/O Wood, R. ‘Timber’ DFC. was at Bolt Head in July 1943. Damaged FW 190 off Dutch Coast 22/6/43 flying AB453. Flew AB453 on 03/08/43. Awarded DFC 28/10/43. Posted to 313 Sqn 23/8/43.
1192188 F/Sgt Worley, G.W. posted from 154 Sqn 10/3/42. Was at Ludham in July 1942. Posted to RAF Coltishall 24/8/42. Posted to 610 Sqn at Castletown 21/10/42
925409 Sgt Wright, D. Flew DW-S 19/8/41 and DW-K 21/8/41. He was shot down (FTR) flying Spitfire W3504‘DW-Z’ on 21/8/41 Missing escorting Blenheims to Le Trait.
P/O Wright K.S. was with 610 Feb ‘43
925409 F/O Wright P.B. DFC . (The Old Man of the Squadron) was posted to 610 Sqn from 124 Sqn at Castletown 13/7/41. At Hutton Cranswick with 610 3/42 and at Ludham in Summer 1942. Flew BL978 DW-G 2/5/42, 6/5/42, 8/5/42, 8/7/42; AB549 DW-B 20/5/42; BL564 DW-E 21/5/42; EN780 DW-E 23/5/42, 26/5/42. Damaged a Ju 88 off Cromer 21/5/42 (shared with Tanner). He was awarded DFC 22/11/43.At Castletown took part in hind shoot 17/11/42. Awarded DFC 12/1/43. Posted to 616 Sqn as F/Lt 14/1/43.
F/Lt Wyatt-Smith, P. Posted from 57 O.T.U. for flying duties 5/8/43. Flew AD374 23/8/43. Posted to Aston Down for Fighter Leaders Course 30/8/43. Seriously injured on course.
1440169 Sgt Wyse, William Alexander RAFVR. Served with 610 Squadron at RAF Westhampnett.
6/2/43 ASR Search & escort two launches in R7336 ‘DW-F’. 15/2/43 Convoy Patrol in EP564 ‘DW-D’ – no e/a. 17/2/43 Scramble Patrol to Selsey in BL731 ‘DW-J’ – no e/a. Also Patrol to St Catherines in BL731 ‘DW-J’ – no e/a. 27/2/43 Convoy Patrol in EP564 ‘DW-D’ – no e/a. 3/3/43 Rhubarb Patrol in AD469 ‘DW-G’ to Point de la Percee – weather unsuitable returned. Also Convoy Patrol ‘Bosom’ in AD469 ‘DW-G’- no e/a. 7/3/43 Convoy Patrol ‘Totem’ in AD248 ‘DW-A’ – no e/a. 8/3/43 Wing Patrol ‘Ramrod 48’ in AD248 ‘DW-A’ to Montebourg. 9/3/43 Patrol to St Catherines in AD248 ‘DW-A’ – no e/a. 10/3/43 Wing Patrol ‘Rodeo 180’ in BL370 ‘DW-F’ led by S/Ldr Johnnie Johnson to Fecamp – no e/a. 11/3/43 Patrol ‘Bacon’ in BL370 ‘DW-F’ no e/a. Also ASR Patrol in BL956 DW-N’ 13/3/43 Patrol in BL370 ‘DW-F’ to Beachy Head & Shoreham – no e/a. Also patrol Brighton & Hastings – no e/a. Also Patrol Beachy Head & Selsey – no e/a. 14/3/43 Patrol in AR393 ‘DW-E’ no e/a. Also Wing Patrol (Rodeo 186) in AB 259 ‘DW-V’ to St Aubin Sur Mer – no e/a. 15/3/43 patrol Shelsey & Shoreham in BM428 ‘DW-H’ – no e/a. also Patrol Beachy Head & St Catherines no e/a. 16/3/43 Patrol to Selsey & Shoreham in AD469 ‘DW-G’ – no e/a. 21/3/43 Wing Patrol to St Vaast in BL370 ‘DW-F’ Ramrod 192 no e/a sighted. 22/3/43 Patrol to St Catherines area – no e/a. Also flew Spitfire EE739 ‘DW-E’ on Circus 276 – escort for Ventura bombers to Caen (mission aborted). 24/3/42 flew patrol in EP699 ‘DW-F’ – no e/a. Also ‘Rhubarb’ to Le Port/Carentan area in EP699 ‘DW-F’- hit by Flack, slightly wounded. 28/3/43 Scramble in EE766 ‘DW-G’ – no e/a. Reported MPD 28/03/43 Killed 28/03/1943 age 28 years flying Spitfire EE766 ‘DW-G’ following escort for Fortresses. Attacked by FW 190 and Me 109s – aircraft thought to have crashed into sea 25-30 miles north of Fecamp.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Wyse, of Glasgow; husband of Alberta Clara Alice Wyse, of Folkestone.
Commonwealth War Dead Panel 170, RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL.
Sgt Yates, ‘Frankie’ was at Hutton Cranswick Feb ’42.
758009 Sgt York, Ronald Lewis of West Favell, joined the RAFVR in July 1939 as an airman u/t pilot. Called up on 1/9/39. Posted to 610 Sqn from No 7 O.T.U. Hawarden 23/9/40. In late 1940 he was with 74 Squadron at Biggin Hill. He was killed on 28/3/42, as a Flight Sergeant with 57 OTU, Hawarden. He was flying with a pupil in a Master on a spinning test when the main spar snapped at 8,000 feet and the aircraft went straight into the ground. Both were killed. York was aged 22 years. He is buried in the Churchyard of St Peter and St Paul, Abingdon, Northampton.