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AIR81/2Sergeant D E Jarvis, Acting Sergeant B G Walton, Flight Sergeant A J Turner, Aircraftman 2nd Class G T Brocking and Aircraftman 2nd Class K G Day: report of deaths; raid by Wellington L5275 on Brunsbuttel, 4 September 1939.C14141981
AIR81/4Flight Sergeant I E M Borley, Sergeant G Miller, Corporal G W Park, Aircraftman First Class H Dore and Aircraftman Second Class R Henderson: missing presumed dead; Wellington L4268 failed to return from a raid on Kiel Canal, 4 September 1939.C14141983
AIR81/56Aircraftman 1st Class A D F Craig, Sergeant L W Parton and Pilot Officer A J Payn: injured. Aircraftman 1st Class R Entwistle, Corporal A Sharp and Acting Flight Lieutenant E J Hetherington: report of deaths; Wellington N2957 crash landed, Newmarket, 14 December 1939.C14142173
AIR81/57Aircraftman 1st Class C Watson, Corporal T Hunter, Aircraftman 1st Class R Heywood, Acting Sergeant W J Atkins, Sergeant H Hulme and Pilot Officer N L Lewis: missing presumed dead; Wellington N2870 failed to return from an operational flight, believed tohave crashed at sea, 14 December 1939.C14142174
AIR81/58Corporal D H Whitehouse, Aircraftman 1st Class F G Hooker, Leading Aircraftman R T Carr, Sergeant G E F Martin, Flying Officer J A H Cooper and Flying Officer J P Trewby: missing presumed dead; Wellington N2956 failed to return from an operational flight,believed to have been hit by anti-aircraft fire, 14 December 1939.C14142175

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Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
Pilot OfficerJohn Kerr ANDREWS (J/90251) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Wellington  NA/PRO 1945-03-07407 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomBrookwood Military Cemetery
Squadron LeaderHedley BEATTIE (45311) Wellington  NA/PRO 1945-01-1726 Sqdn AIR27 NigeriaYaba Cemetery
Flying OfficerCyril Joseph BUTLER (J/88278) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Wellington  NA/PRO 1945-03-07407 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomBrookwood Military Cemetery
LieutenantWalter Herbert CURRIE (542531V) Wellington  NA/PRO 1945-01-1726 Sqdn AIR27 NigeriaYaba Cemetery
Second LieutenantIan B DELL (77570V) Wellington  NA/PRO 1945-03-1026 Sqdn SAAF AIR27 MaltaMalta Memorial
Flight LieutenantErnest Verdon DUCKWORTH (J/25370) Wellington  NA/PRO 1945-03-07407 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomBrookwood Military Cemetery
LieutenantLouis Philippus FOURIE (328266V) Wellington  NA/PRO 1945-03-1026 Sqdn SAAF AIR27 MaltaMalta Memorial
Flying OfficerStuart Alexander Wilson HEPBURN (J/38441) Navigator Wellington  NA/PRO 1945-02-13407 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomBrookwood Military Cemetery
Air MechanicThomas Corbett HIATT (577227V) Wellington  NA/PRO 1945-01-1726 Sqdn AIR27 NigeriaYaba Cemetery
Flight LieutenantJohn Weldon HOBBS (J/14454) Wellington  NA/PRO 1945-02-13407 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomBrookwood Military Cemetery
Air MechanicJohn James A JORDAN (279491V) Wellington  NA/PRO 1945-01-1726 Sqdn AIR27 NigeriaYaba Cemetery
LieutenantAdolph KLATZKIN (329188V) Wellington  NA/PRO 1945-01-1726 Sqdn AIR27 NigeriaYaba Cemetery
Flying OfficerRobert KUKURSKI (J/36678) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Wellington  NA/PRO 1945-02-13407 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomBrookwood Military Cemetery
Warrant Officer Class ILeo De Wet LEVITON (328321V) Wellington  NA/PRO 1945-03-1026 Sqdn SAAF AIR27 MaltaMalta Memorial
Warrant Officer Class IGarnet Charles MAYHEW (336576V) Wellington  NA/PRO 1945-03-1026 Sqdn SAAF AIR27 MaltaMalta Memorial
Pilot OfficerGeorge Lafricain MULHALL (J/93809) Wellington  NA/PRO 1945-02-13407 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
Air MechanicHerbert John Miles McLOUGHLIN (210296V) Wellington  NA/PRO 1945-01-1726 Sqdn AIR27 NigeriaYaba Cemetery
LieutenantGeorge Chistoffel NEL (542724V) Wellington  NA/PRO 1945-03-1026 Sqdn SAAF AIR27 MaltaMalta Memorial
Flight LieutenantAustin Robert QUINN (133472) Wellington  NA/PRO 1945-01-1726 Sqdn AIR27 NigeriaYaba Cemetery
LieutenantDouglas George SARSON (206473V) Wellington  NA/PRO 1945-01-1726 Sqdn AIR27 NigeriaYaba Cemetery
Warrant Officer Class IFrederick John SLATER (577815V) Wellington  NA/PRO 1945-03-1026 Sqdn SAAF AIR27 MaltaMalta Memorial
LieutenantJ S VILJOEN (328804V) Wellington  NA/PRO 1945-01-1726 Sqdn AIR27 NigeriaYaba Cemetery
SergeantJames Deane ANDERSON (1372860) Pilot Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-12-27101 Sqdn AIR27 GermanyRheinberg War Cemetery
SergeantEdward John BEARD (567064) Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-10-2640 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomWyton (St. Margaret And All Sa
Flying OfficerPeter Arnold BITMEAD (86421) Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-11-16148 Sqdn AIR27 EgyptAlamein Memorial
SergeantNorman BORROWS (1055841) Observer Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-11-25142 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomBinbrook (St. Mary) Churchyard
SergeantCollan Michael Anthony Bawden BRETT (1168185) Pilot Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-11-25142 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomGreat Coates (St. Nicholas) Ch
Flight SergeantMarc Roger CHABOT (R/67034) Wellington  Ext Link 1941-11-2540 Sqdn AIR27 MaltaMalta Memorial
SergeantDavid Thorburn CLARK (1058476) Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-11-16148 Sqdn AIR27 EgyptAlamein Memorial
SergeantDavid Aubrey CONNOLLY (401457) Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-06-2138 Sqdn AIR27 EgyptAlamein Memorial
SergeantDavid Young Nurse CROSBY (R/64467) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-10-2640 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomWyton (St. Margaret And All Sa
CorporalGeorge Ian Frederick DAVIES (916408) Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-10-2640 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomThatcham Cemetery
SergeantDavid Smith EDMOND (969492) Air Gunner Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-12-27101 Sqdn AIR27 GermanyRheinberg War Cemetery
SergeantHarry Morton EXLEY (1152143) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-11-25142 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomBarnsley Cemetery
SergeantJames FORREST (1060749) Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-10-21142 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
Flight SergeantJohn Frederick GAULEY (R/69514) Air Observer Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-10-21142 Sqdn AIR27 GermanySage War Cemetery
SergeantHarry GODFREY (906079) Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-06-2138 Sqdn AIR27 EgyptAlamein Memorial
Flight LieutenantRobert Hugh GORDON (74675) Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-11-16148 Sqdn AIR27 EgyptAlamein Memorial
SergeantVictor John HALE (923928) Observer Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-10-2640 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomCrowthorne (St. John The Bapti
Flight SergeantHarry HIGGINSON (564652) Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-10-2640 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomLeicester (Gilroes) Cemetery
Flight SergeantAngus Gillespie Connan HUNTER (654132) Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-11-16148 Sqdn AIR27 EgyptAlamein Memorial
SergeantAllister Nelson IRVING (R/65177) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-10-2640 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomWyton (St. Margaret And All Sa
SergeantCyril JAKINS (933166) Pilot Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-11-25142 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomAlbury (St. Martha) Churchyard
SergeantStanley JOHNSON (958966) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-12-27101 Sqdn AIR27 GermanyRheinberg War Cemetery
SergeantDenis Roberts KELLY (993801) Wellington  Ext Link 1941-11-2540 Sqdn AIR27 MaltaMalta Memorial
Flight SergeantHenry LILLEY (518242) Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-06-2138 Sqdn AIR27 EgyptAlamein Memorial
Pilot OfficerAlan LODGE (100631) Air Gunner Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-10-2640 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomWyton (St. Margaret And All Sa
SergeantRonald MURPHY (970518) Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-11-16148 Sqdn AIR27 EgyptAlamein Memorial
Flight SergeantThomas Edwards PARKER (R/59119) Pilot Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-10-21142 Sqdn AIR27 GermanySage War Cemetery
Pilot OfficerGerald Kurt Kenneth Keston PELMORE (69461) Pilot Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-12-27101 Sqdn AIR27 GermanyRheinberg War Cemetery
Flight SergeantEdwin Leslie PHILLIPS (751196) Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-10-21142 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
SergeantDennis Frederick PICKERILL (530378) Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-11-16148 Sqdn AIR27 EgyptAlamein Memorial
SergeantOwen Ernest RANCE (1168173) Observer Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-12-27101 Sqdn AIR27 GermanyRheinberg War Cemetery
Leading AircraftmanClifford ROBSON (991762) Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-10-2640 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomWarley Congregational Cemetery
Pilot OfficerClyffurde George Randall SAUNDERS (J/5344) Pilot Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-10-2640 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomWyton (St. Margaret And All Sa
SergeantLeonard Walter SHEARING (1160566) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-10-21142 Sqdn AIR27 GermanySage War Cemetery
SergeantHoyt Leslie STEADMAN (R/65417) Pilot Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-10-2640 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomWyton (St. Margaret And All Sa
SergeantGranville Stewart STEPHENS (1100044) Wellington  Ext Link 1941-11-2540 Sqdn AIR27 MaltaMalta Memorial
SergeantBryan Robert THOMAS (1051799) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-10-21142 Sqdn AIR27 GermanySage War Cemetery
SergeantHarold WHITAKER (1379266) Wellington  Ext Link 1941-11-2540 Sqdn AIR27 MaltaMalta Memorial
SergeantPeter Cedric WILLIAMS (746731) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Wellington  NA/PRO 1941-12-27101 Sqdn AIR27 GermanyRheinberg War Cemetery


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Wellington loss November 1943 AberdeenshireIn the letters page of my local paper today someone was asking for info re the loss of a Wellington on a training flight from Lossiemouth. The only information given was that the aircraft ran short of fuel on a training flight and the pilot ordered the crew to bale out. The body of a Canadian Pilot Officer (a Navigator) was recovered at Drumoak and his death recorded as having occurred on 25th November 1943. The aircraft eventually crashed at Maryculter (these places not far from one another). It is said that the Pilot and four others onboard survived. No names of crew are mentioned and no serial number for the aircraft. I have consulted the OTU losses by W R Chorley and also his 1943 volume and can't find any aircraft that ties in with this loss. I can't be sure if the date of the crash was 25th of November as the letter only states that the death was registered as having occurred on that date but it must be on or around then yet I can find no mention in the loss books. Can anyone shed any light on the situation? Thanks & Regards Linzee ....Read More.Linzee on 27th November 2007 06:55:39
Wellington 142 sqNot a grave, but a memorial for Sgt/P V.P. Sutton, died on 31-7-1941. Other crew killed were F/S H.A.V. Vidler, Sgt W. Brooks, F/S A. Cave, Sgt T. Hathaway and Sgt L. Saunders. Wellington W5364 QT-H of 142 Squadron on return from Cologne. Regards, Leendert Brugge/Belgium ....Read More.Leendert on 28th November 2007 02:30:04
Jarrett 149 Sqn Missing 9/4/41 X3167Dear All, I am trying to find out more about the loss of Wellington X3167 of 149 Squadron that was lost on the night of the 9th of April while on operations to Kiel after taking off from Mildenhall. The crew were: Sgt J.B.C.Jago, Sgt F.M.Jarrett, P/O J.A.Graham RNZAF, Sgt A.W.Rose, Sgt P.E.M.Mertens, and Sgt A.G.Coster. All of the crew (except Jarrett and Martens) were recovered and are buried in Kiel cemetery. I know Jarrett was from London, and that he was a pre war pilot, however I was wondering if anybody had the ORB's to check if he was the second pilot on this trip as I think it may have been his first op. I was also wondering if anybody had any further details about the loss of the aircraft, other than what I have above from Bomber Command Losses. Any help would be great, Johnnie ....Read More.johnnie214 on 28th November 2007 11:37:52
Wellington loss November 1943 AberdeenshireP/O Jack Eckersley Harrison (J/26639) Aged 31 Nav. on Wellington MS482 of 20 OTU killed 25/11/43 buried Atherton Cem., Lancs. crashed Middleton, Kincardineshire. (They Shall not Grow Old) ....Read More.John Larder on 28th November 2007 11:57:56
Jarrett 149 Sqn Missing 9/4/41 X3167Johnnie, From my 'For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services Since 1915 (Vol One: Fates 1915-1942)': Tue 8/Wed 9 Apr 1941 Bomber Command Raid on Kiel, Germany (by 160 aircraft - 4 lost) 149 Squadron, RAF (Mildenhall, Suffolk - 3 Group) Wellington IC X3167/H - captained by Sgt J B C Jago, RAF, and brought down near Holtenau, on the northern outskirts of Kiel. Two of the crew were lost without trace and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. The bodies of their four comrades were recovered, including that of the observer, who was buried in the Garrison cemetery at Kiel, but later reinterred in the Kiel War Cemetery. Observer: NZ401207 Plt Off John Alastair GRAHAM, RNZAF - Age 24. 180hrs. 3rd op. And draft bio for Graham for Vol Three: GRAHAM, Plt Off John Alastair. NZ401207 (prev. A401207); b Hastings 31 May 16; Hastings HS & Wanganui Collegiate; sheep farmer - father's farm at Mangatahi. RNZAF Levin/GTS as Air Observer u/t 7 May 40, 1AOS 3 Jun 40, Air Observer Badge [wef 21.9.40] & Comm 23 Sep 40, att RAF & emb for UK 6 Oct 40, 1 Depôt 30 Nov 40, 11OTU (Wellington) 14 Dec 40, 149 Sqn (Wellington - 3 ops) 22 Mar 41, kao 9 Apr 41. Kiel War Cemetery - 2.B.11, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Son of John & Catherine Graham, Netherby, Mangatahi. [phot. TWN 23.4.41]. TWN = 'The Weekly News', the illustrated pages of which feature a small photo of him (scan or print available from the RNZAF Museum at a modest fee - info@airforcemuseum.co.nz) Errol ....Read More.Errol Martyn on 28th November 2007 04:33:48
54 Base 1944hello, from http://www.rafweb.org/Bases.htm The expansion of Bomber Command in 1942/3 began to put a severe strain on the organisational administration of it's units resulting in the introduction of an intermediate level of command between Group HQ's and Station. Thus in March 1943 was born the Base system. A Base consisted of a Base Station with one or two sub-stations. Each Base was commanded by an Air Commodore and initially identified by the name of the Base Station and the role of the Base, e.g. Topcliffe Training Base, Leeming Operational Base. However, from September 1943 Bases were re-designated by a two-number identifier, the first number indicating the Group and the second the number of the Base within that Group, the first in each Group being the Group's training Base. Basic crew training was undertaken at Operational Training Units (OTU), controlled by the three training Groups and did not come under this system. However, having completed crew training, usually on Wellingtons, conversion to the four engined 'heavies' was conducted at a Heavy Conversion Unit (HCU). These HCU's were located at the group's training base until November 1944, when all HCU's were transferred to No 7 (Training) Group. On transfer the Base identifier changed, with the first number a 7, still indicating the Group but the second number now indicated the base's original Group, e.g. 71 came from No 1 Group and 75 came from No 5 Group. Besides the three training Groups (No's 91, 92 and 93), No's 8 and 100 Groups did not use this system. [...] No 5 Group [...] No 54 Base Coningsby, Woodhall Spa, Metheringham (October 1943). Formed August 1943 So this is more an administrative level, in the organisation. Reference to Base is frequent in service records of personnel. The mention of Mosquitoes might imply flying with No. 617 Squadron, which used them, as did No. 627 Squadron. As for Lightnings, I know that Guy Gibson used one at least once. And when he was killed in action (with No. 627 Squadron) he was flying a Mosquito Joss ....Read More.jossleclercq on 29th November 2007 12:57:13
Sort-of ATA Casualty - SadJust a note about the ATA pilot. Kenneth Meryl Seeds was killed on the 8th October 1941 in Wellington Z8424 when the aircraft struck Snaefell on the Isle of Man in cloud. He was flying the aircraft from Hawarden to Aldergrove. His headstone makes no reference to him being married only that he was the son of Fred and Mary E. Seeds of Burley, Idaho. For info about the crash see the page in the Isle of Man section on my site. ....Read More.alclark on 5th December 2007 10:32:17
W/C Swales DSO DFC DFMSWALES, Ian Clifford Kirby, F/O (44835, Royal Air Force) - No.15 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 13 March 1942. Enlisted as aircraft apprentice in 1931. Later trained as a pilot. Commissioned 1940. Reverted in rank in postwar RAF; promoted from Squadron Leader to Wing Commander, 1 July 1947. Public Record Office Air 2/9262 has citation drafted when he had flown 45 sorties (242 operational hours). "This officer has carried out 28 sorties on Wellington and 18 on Stirling aircraft, involving attacks against the majority of important and highly defended targets in Germany and in occupied territory. Flying Officer Swales took part in five "Trinity" raids against enemy warships at Brest and played a good part in the success of these attacks in their experimental stages. On 7th November 1941, he participated in a raid on Berlin and, despite intense opposition, he cooly carried out a successful bombing attack. This officer has always shown courage and determination in the face of the enemy." ....Read More.HughAHalliday on 6th December 2007 06:39:27
REGINALD HARLEY CULP, 142 Sqdn RCAFHi It is not entirely clear if you have had access to Chorley's Bomber Command Losses Vol 3, but just in case, Wellington IV,Z1214, QT-C, came down in the sea off Callantsoog. Holland,no cause given. Culp and his fellow Canadian pilot Sgt I C Lamont have no known graves but the bodies of the other 3 were recovered. Sgt H J Balkwill,W/op and Sgt A Roy A/G lie in Bergen-op-Zoom, Sgt F W Baker,Nav ,lies in Vredenhof Cemetery on Schiermonnikoog in the Dutch Freisian Is.The 2 in Bergen-op-Zoom might have been moved there postwar. Regards Dick ....Read More.Dick on 7th December 2007 04:17:52


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