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AIR81/9Pilot Officer A B Thompson, Squadron Leader S S Murray, Aircraftman 1st Class S A Burry, Aircraftman 1st Class P F Pacey and Sergeant C A Hill: prisoners of war; Whitley K8950 forced to land in Germany, 9 September 1939.C14141988
AIR81/10Acting Flight Lieutenant W C G Cogman, Pilot Officer A W Mack, Sergeant G T Henry, Aircraftman 1st Class A Steel and Corporal S R Wood: prisoners of war; Whitley L8985 forced to land in Belgium, 9 September 1939.C14141989
AIR81/26Acting Flight Lieutenant J W Allsop, Pilot Officer A G Salmon, Aircraftman 1st Class J R Bell, Aircraftman 1st Class A F Hill and Leading Aircraftman F Ellison: missing presumed dead; Whitley K9018 in air operations over the North Sea, 2 October 1939.C14142109
AIR81/30Flying Officer R Williams: report of death. Flying Officer J Tilsley, Corporal A R Gunton, Sergeant J W Lambert and Leading Aircraftman R E Fletcher: prisoners of war; Whitley K8947 shot down over Germany, 17 October 1939. Note: With photographsC14142113
AIR81/33Pilot Officer P E W Walker, Aircraftman 1st Class A B B MacDonald, Aircraftman 1st Class J A Topham, Sergeant R A Bigger and Sergeant G J Burrell: missing presumed dead; Whitley N1258 failed to return from an operational flight, 24 October 1939.C14142116

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Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
Pilot OfficerWadya Wellesley BELL-TOWERS (400010) Whitley  Ext Link 1941-08-15 NetherlandsTerschelling (West-Terschellin
SergeantCharles CULLEN (1053357) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Whitley  Forum Post 1941-10-109 AGS United KingdomBury Cemetery, Redvales
SergeantGeorge Russell Stewart GORDON (1160229) Observer Whitley  NA/PRO 1941-12-28138 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomHaverhill Cemetery
Leading AircraftmanWalter John LEE (545781) Whitley  NA/PRO 1941-10-30138 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomHuddersfield (Edgerton) Cemete
Flight LieutenantAlbert John OETTLE (40133) Pilot Whitley  NA/PRO 1941-10-30138 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomHove (St. Andrew) Churchyard
Flight SergeantJohn Russell PETTS (R/60373) Pilot Whitley  NA/PRO 1941-12-28138 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomChalk (St. Mary) Churchyard, G
SergeantHerbert Andrew PICKERING (530878) Whitley  NA/PRO 1941-12-28138 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomSaffron Walden Cemetery
Leading AircraftmanJohn POLLOCK (1340619) U/T Air Gunner Whitley  Forum Post 1941-10-109 AGS United KingdomNeilston Cemetery
Leading AircraftmanThomas Albert PRYCE (966681) Whitley  Forum Post 1941-10-109 AGS United KingdomShrewsbury General Cemetery
CorporalPeter Edward PURDY (986859) U/T Air Gunner Whitley  Forum Post 1941-10-109 AGS United KingdomStockport Crematorium
Leading AircraftmanHenry William RIGLEY (1206996) U/T Air Gunner Whitley  Forum Post 1941-10-109 AGS United KingdomBedford Cemetery, Bedfordshire
SergeantHugh Francis ROCHFORD (40947) Bomb Aimer/Navigator Whitley  NA/PRO 1941-10-30138 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomHaverhill Cemetery
Leading AircraftmanRaymond Bryan ROFFE (1199517) U/T Air Gunner Whitley  Forum Post 1941-10-109 AGS United KingdomWittering (All Saints) Churchy
Leading AircraftmanDavid Noel Pearman ROGER (1313459) U/T Air Gunner Whitley  Forum Post 1941-10-109 AGS United KingdomLlanbeblig Public Cemetery, Ca
Leading AircraftmanRonald William SEYMOUR (1131157) U/T Air Gunner Whitley  Forum Post 1941-10-109 AGS United KingdomSutton Bridge (St. Matthew) Ch
Leading AircraftmanJoseph Cromwell SMITH (1152497) U/T Air Gunner Whitley  Forum Post 1941-10-109 AGS United KingdomMerthyr Tydfil (Cefn) Cemetery
Leading AircraftmanWilliam Arthur SMITH-CROSS (943141) U/T Air Gunner Whitley  Forum Post 1941-10-109 AGS United KingdomHeanor Cemetery
Leading AircraftmanJohn William STONEHAM (1208585) U/T Air Gunner Whitley  Forum Post 1941-10-109 AGS United KingdomChelmsford (Writtle Road) Ceme
Leading AircraftmanCharles William STUBBERFIELD (1166142) U/T Air Gunner Whitley  Forum Post 1941-10-109 AGS United KingdomFulham Palace Road Cemetery
Leading AircraftmanBert William TUCKER (1382261) Air Gunner Whitley  Forum Post 1941-10-109 AGS United KingdomIslington Cemetery And Cremato


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Len Whittle-704(AC) Sqdn.,Odiham,HantsHi Linda On the date you have for the loss of Sgt Whittle ,58 Sqn were flying Whitleys from Linton-on-Ouse and according to Jefford's RAF Sqns never operated from Odiham. The Sqns in the 700 and 800 series were Fleet Air Arm. From the casualty list of HMS Glorious,sunk in June 1940, it seems that some FAA Sqns had some RAF personnel on their strength but how long this went on and which Sqns in total I don't know.The (AC) could be Army Co-operation but the Sqn No is FAA. It might a Raf Regt unit but again the Sqn no. doesn't seem to fit Regards Dick ....Read More.Dick on 17th November 2007 05:31:06
'Heston' call signThanks Chris, The aircraft crashed just inland of St. Mary's Island, Whitley Bay. It seems that Denis Sharpe (the Wop/Ag) was either badly injured or dead but certainly unable to operate the wireless on the return journey from Sylt, the request being made just prior (about 15 minutes) to the aircraft being over the target (another a/c saw what is thought to have been L4054 coned over the target and being fired at by tracer). It seems therefore that the request was not for any homing signal as they had not yet reached the target and there were as yet no radio bombing aids so it is a mystery. This quote was from the RAF's official investigation of the crash and like you I cannot make any sense of it. Russ ....Read More.RussG on 25th November 2007 01:37:50
Whitley(?) 'B' shot down by U-338Have read conflicting identities for aircraft shot down by U-boat U-338 on March 22, 1943. I think it should be a Whitley of 502 Squadron (rather than a 'Halifax'). Can anyone confirm this and its serial? Regards: Robert ....Read More.robstitt on 25th November 2007 01:48:17
Whitley(?) 'B' shot down by U-338Not Whitley it was a Halifax. BB314 took off from St Eval at 06:55 hrs on Covoy Escort duties. P/O L J McCullock Sgt L Shepherd F/Sgt J S Henderson RAAF Sgt H Hope Sgt P Shmigelsky RCAF Sgt S Ellam Sgt J Taylor Sgt Taylor survived to become a PoW. Regards Ross ....Read More.Ross_McNeill on 25th November 2007 01:56:15
'Heston' call signHi Russ Your mystery deepens a little as Chorley reports this loss on the 6/7 Apr 40 as being from a patrol (no target specified) when the a/c ran out of fuel and was abandonned at 0415 over Whitley Bay with the Hampden as "crashed into the sea in the vicinity of St. Mary's Lighthouse". The bodies of the pilot P/O W Roberts, the Observer P/O K Brooke-Taylor, and one of the W/op-AGs Sgt A McNicol, were recovered and are buried in UK but the body of the other W/op-AG LAC D W Sharpe clearly wasn't and he is on the Runnymede Memorial. There is no mention of W/T Communication and it would be interesting to know how anyone knew that Sharpe was unable to communicate if they all died, unless 1 was found living but died of injuries later and reported it.Like Chris I haven't heard of Heston in connection with Radio Comms but given the Frequencies in use and the vagaries of Wireless propagation on those Frequencies it can't be ruled out. Post war in the 50's and 60's the RAF had long range comms at both Uxbridge and Gloucester among other places to provide world-wide communication. Regards Dick ....Read More.Dick on 25th November 2007 02:42:16
13th March 1941Bonjour Fred and Joss, Being from Vierzon and my grandfather and father worked in the SNCF during the war, I have heard of these little intrusions over the tracks. I think that Whitley and Hampden were able to play the role of these ghost raiders.Looking at the logbook of Grimy Cooke a pilot of 106 Sq, coming back from ops in North of France or in Germany, he liked to flew at low level and told to his airgunner to fire all targets of opportunity! They even took photographs of germans soldiers running to escape the gun of their aircraft !! For example Grimy wrote in a letter to his mother on 31/12/41: " Had a very exciting daylight raid over Germany a couple of weeks back,bombed a factory from 50', blowing it sky high and then flew low for 150 miles over Germany, machine gunning trains lorries and jerries,plate glass windows,chickens and goodness only knows what not .It was really a wonderful trip ." It was like a game ?! I think he was not the only one to do this !SO .... Amicalement Alain ....Read More.alain charpentier on 29th November 2007 03:44:52
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Historian wantedDear all Over the years I have been collecting accounts relating to Whitleys - training/ops/manufacture/accidents etc. Unfortunately this has never received the true level of attention it deserves and as times passes by memories become fewer and fewer. I am looking for someone who might be prepared to take on the task of collecting these stories. Eventually I would like to publish these accounts - but this is probably a long way off! Reliable and committed people only please! Cheers Elliott __________________ ....Read More.whitley_project on 3rd December 2007 04:31:03
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Historian wantedHi Tom I certainly have a lot of material already - collected over 7 years. What I am looking for is someone who is prepared to seek out new material - principally by writing to local newspapers (Coventry area - where the a/c were built), contacting veterans groups around the world etc. (UK, Canada, Australia, NZ etc.) Not a huge amount of work, but I have my hands full with the rebuild project and cannot afford to divert any energy from it. Yes, ultimately I would like to compile a book on the human aspect of the aircraft - i.e. those who built, flew, attacked, rescued crew, witnessed Whitley accidents etc. I will be happy to share this task with someone. Ideally I would like to use any profits from the book to help fund the Whitley rebuild. I hope that answers your question! What do you think? I already have one offer from a publisher to put it into print. I'm sure there will be others - I haven't even started looking. All the best Elliott ....Read More.whitley_project on 4th December 2007 03:57:31
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Historian wantedWhat is the status of your Whitley project please? Keith Bryers ....Read More.Keith Bryers on 5th December 2007 04:04:16
Escape packetHi Soren, The mentioned Mathews was on board Whitley V Z9387 from 51 Sqdn (Chivenor). Lost on a BP 29 patrol. Regards Finn Buch ....Read More.Argus on 6th December 2007 10:45:20
Avro Lancaster Roll of Honour.This is a new series of Publications recording the losses of all Lancasters. Written by Doug Cuthbertson, they list each Lancaster loss chronologically. The information given is similar to that found in BCL but is written in a much more readable format and contains additional information to that found in BCL where such information exists. I have Volume 2, January to April 1943, which runs to some 120 pages in a soft cover A4 format. This volume is priced at £12.99 and, in my opinion, represents excellent value for money. It is available from: The National Archives at Kew. Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre. Newark Air Museum. You can contact the Publisher directly by ordering from SixEightThree Publishing at 31, Whitley Crescent, Bicester, OX26 4XP or by emailing them at sixeightthreepub@yahoo.co.uk I hope you finds this as useful a publication as I am. Regards, Kevin Mears ....Read More.Kevin Mears on 12th December 2007 03:40:58
W/C Hugh H. Miller (43041) RAF / RNZAFCan anyone provide me with any information about the above named airman who saw out the war gaining a number of awards, possibly retiring as W/C H.H. Miller DFC AFC OBE MiD (x4). There should be something somewhere written about him. I understand he was a New Zealander, serving in the RAF in the early part of the War. He crash landed Whitley T4138 on the North Yorkshire Moors on 15th Dec 1940, an incident which I am researching. Many thanks. Rich Allenby ....Read More.Rich Allenby on 15th December 2007 12:25:03
W/C Hugh H. Miller (43041) RAF / RNZAFRich, From Colin Hanson's splendid 'By Such Deeds - Honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force 1923-1999': MILLER, Wing Commander Hayden Hugh James, OBE, DFC, AFC, mid(4). NZ1996 & 132166; Born Eureka, 31 Mar 1914; RAF 29 Aug 1939 to 21 Sep 1943, 43041; RNZAF 22 Sep 1943 to 16 Dec 1946, Res. 17 Aug 1950 to 31 Mar 1969; Pilot. Citation Distinguished Flying Cross (6 Jun 1941): [77 Sqn RAF (Whitley)] This officer has completed numerous operational missions. Throughout these flights he has displayed great determination and a complete disregard of enemy opposition. He has attacked many objectives in enemy and enemy occupied territory with marked success. On one occasion, he completed an operation over Turin in almost impossible weather conditions. His courage and skill have inspired confidence in every crew of which he has acted as captain. Citation Mention in Despatches (1) (11 Jun 1942): For meritorious service with 22 OTU RAF (Wellington) as a Flt Lt. Participated in the first ‘1000’ bomber raids on 30/31 May and 1/2 Jun 1942. Citation Mention in Despatches (2) (NY1943): For meritorious service with 22 OTU, 91 Group RAF (Wellington), as an Actg Sqn Ldr. Citation Mention in Despatches (3) (14 Jan 1944): For meritorious service with HQ 91 Group RAF, as a Sqn Ldr. Citation Air Force Cross (8 Jun 1944): [HQ 91 Group RAF] This officer has been employed as Group flying instructor at this unit since November, 1943. Previously, as a flying instructor and flight commander he did outstanding work in No 22 OTU. His new duties, which he has performed with conspicuous success, entail visiting all Operational Training Units, where he examines and tests flying instructors and air crews under training in their various duties, both in the air, by day and night, and on the ground, paying particular attention to detail. To this work, Squadron Leader Miller has brought the utmost tact, patience and efficiency. He has completed a total of 680 hours flying on OTU instructional duties. Citation Mention in Despatches (4) (14 Jun 1945): For meritorious service with 24 OTU RAF (Wellington). Citation Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (NY1946): [24 OTU RAF (Wellington)] Wing Commander Miller has been employed as the Chief Instructor at this unit for nearly a year. During this time the Training Wing has been completely re-organised and has changed its record within [93] Group from being the Station which had sustained the greatest number of flying accidents per hour flown, to the Station with the fewest number of accidents per hour flown. For the first three months of the year no less than 6,800 hours per accident were flown which was in itself a very notable achievement. In addition, during one month the Unit achieved top place in every subject in the Group Order of Merit. This outstanding improvement has been largely the result of Wing Commander Miller’s self-sacrificing efforts and devotion to duty. He has always been availab ....Read More.Errol Martyn on 15th December 2007 03:52:53
Lancaster questions.Thanks Max, Sorry, I had overlooked your post (#6). Interesting that Avro and Handley Page should have had different policies in that respect (see Eddie Fell's #2). Perhaps there was a change in the Air Staff (?) requirement at some point? The apparent lack of depth in training presumably led to higher hull and crew losses on ops, although they seem to have lost a lot during the training process itself. With, perhaps, a limited number of first-rate instructors, I wonder if they got the trade-off about right? My informant suggested that his period as instructor on Whitleys with 19 OTU at Kinloss (1941) was almost as hazardous as his preceeding tour (36 sorties) on Whitley ops with 102 Sqn at Driffield. The F/E's chore of laboriously logging parameters every 20 or 30 minutes on large aeroplanes persisted until we started to lose them, sadly, with the advent of the A310, B767, B747-400, MD-11, etc.. That part of their role was taken over by the QAR cassette and some telemetry. We lost a useful pair of eyes. Regards, Chris ....Read More.Chris Scott on 15th December 2007 08:37:15
Bomber crashlanding on Ouessant (Ushant)Hi Gildas, I was considering your crash for this loss on 04/02/42 At 00:38 hrs Whitley V, P5050, No.502 Sqn, YG-M took off for a Stopper Patrol from RAF St Eval. Crew was S/L N S F Davie Sgt B C Gillespie RAAF Sgt M F Sikal RCAF Sgt T R Calder Sgt G S Harris Sgt J F Barnes Missing from patrol off Ushant. Several w/t messages were passed between 08:15 hrs and 08:38 hrs before the Whitley was possibly shot down by Fw H Baudach of 1./JG 2 at 09:55 hrs. All the crew are listed as PoW. A Stopper Patrol was a patrol during darkness off Brest. 48 35N 05 25W 48 03N 05 23W 47 43N 04 40W Modified Stopper Patrol was 48 25N 05 25W 47 52N 05 25W 47 17N 04 38W There were two Mosquito losses into the sea off Ushant in 1944 21/07/44 248 Sqn HP973 Hit by return fire from He177 and caught fire. Crashed into the sea off Ushant. 10/06/44 248 Sqn HR117 Hit by flak from R boat and crashed into the sea off Ushant. L9851 crashed 24/12/40 on solo flying training at Denzel Downs, UK. Gosden was the pilot of L9859. Regards Ross ....Read More.Ross_McNeill on 18th December 2007 08:16:27
Bomber crashlanding on Ouessant (Ushant)Hi Ross, What makes me think it may be the good one is the time, and moreover a complete crew POW for a crash « off Brest ». I found on Avions magazine « hors série n°21 » (by Pierre Watteuw, in the serie « Les pertes de la chasse de jour allemande en France (German day fighters losses) 1939-1945» the following for the date you gave : « Wednesday 4 Febr 1942 :Bf 109 E-7 (6496) 80 % damaged. Unit 1./JG2. Fw Helmut Baudach craslands after combat with a Whitley. Near Brest ». This also may be correct, as one of the two fighters did crashlanded on the island, with the pilot safe. But no record of the second pilot who crashed in the sea east of the island… So, this may be possible, but how to prove it. I may post a new querry in the case a member would have the POW report of one of this crew, This may answer the question where they fell, and say which one was lightly wounded. I enclose a link to a Whitley picture that appeared in a book whose author is feeling very bad today, and can’t be contacted. It’s legend is « N° YG 502 Sqn Armstrong Whitley crashed near Brest » source ECPA. Someone maybe can at least identify this Whitley as a Mk V. it may be the only 502 Sqn Whitley lost near Brest, the others I know not being from the same squadron. http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l229/Gildas4044/Whitley-502-Sqn.jpg I’ll have to send a copy of this picture to my contact on the island, hoping there are still some witnesses alive… But on the 3 views drawings I have found of Whitleys, there are not so many antenna masts over the fuselage. About 10/06/44 248 Sqn Mosquito HR117, Hit by flak from R boat and crashed into the sea off Ushant, I have the copy of a letter written to Ouessant from someone who asked one of his friends to make a monument « in memory of the two airmen from the british aircraft that fell into the sea at Kenzy on June 10 1944. This place is not far from the island, not really « off », but 3 km to the north/north west of Lampaul (the main harbour), and some 400 meters from the little island of « Keller », just north of Ouessant, very close. The R boat would have had on board the survivors of U-821, following the attack of two Tsetse and four FB Mk VI. The submarine would have been later sunk by 206 Sqn Liberator EV943 (from a copy of a french book whose author may have used Mosquito Bomber/Fighter-Bomber Units 1942-45) I enclose also a copy of Ouessant death register for Gosden. http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l229/Gildas4044/Gosden-registre-dcs-24.jpg Thanks and Regards Gildas ....Read More.Gildas on 20th December 2007 02:05:01
Bomber crashlanding on Ouessant (Ushant)Hi Ross, I called today one of the witnesses I’ll send a letter to on Monday, with Whitley drawings and pictures, and can already confirm this bomber had a grey colour. One girl who got in it said the seats were red. Was this usual in some particular aircraft ? This man is going to show the Whitley picture from the book « Les bombardements de Brest » from Frédérick Jacquin (This author, at the time he wrote the book, belonged to Brest bomb disposal) to the last few others witnesses he know. Am of course impatient to hear more from them and willof coure let you know about it. Regards Gildas ....Read More.Gildas on 22nd December 2007 05:10:07
138 sqdn Whitley Z9275 NFG26-27 september 1942 138 Squadron Whitley V Z9275 NF-G Op. SOE Crew F/S. D H. Freeland. + F/S. E G. Hayhoe + Sgt. J H. Cox pow F/S. F G. Green + Sgt. P G. Moore pow took off Tempsford. Crashed in the vicinity of Merville (Nord) a town on the north bank of the river Lys, 12 km SE of Hazebrouck, France. Those who died rest in Merville Communal Cemetery Extension. RAF Bomber Command Losses Volume 3. W R. Chorley. Regards Peter. ....Read More.peter on 22nd December 2007 06:53:44
German raid of British radar station in WWIIThank you Martin, I'd still be worried for a number of reasons, the first being that no date appears to have been given and the second that Laycock was not operational in the south and, indeed, could well have been abroad at the time of the alleged incident. Had he either access to files or first hand knowledge the least he could have done was to give a date. The Bruneval raid, Operation BITING, took place on the night of 27/28th Feb (not 17th as recorded in the link you give Finn). The operation is described in a number of books, and although I can't recall if there was a practice 'attack' on Ventnor, but I'm reasonably sure it wasn't by the paratroops selected for the operation (I don't have the book to hand). When selected these had not even completed their paratroop training, and they immediately transferred to Tilshead on Salisbury Plain to practice the assault. However, a couple of exercises were conducted on the south coast to practice the disembarkation of the troops. BITING was a combined services exercise, insertion of paratroops ('C' Company 2nd Battalion, 1 Para Brigade) by 12 Whitleys of 51 Squadron, and extraction by the Navy, so there would have been no reason to conduct a full scale landing and attack on Ventnor from the sea. The optimum requirements for the operation were a combination of a full moon and a high tide (so the landing craft extracting the paratroops could reach the shore), which limited the time frame to 23-26 Feb. In the event the operation was almost abandoned because of strong winds and snow along the French coast, but on 27th (the day it should have been cancelled) the met officer, Flt Lt Crichton-Miller forecast ideal conditions for the coming night, and on that basis the operation went ahead. Sources: 'The Red Beret' by H. St. George Sanders (1950) and my (as yet unpublished) biography of Crichton-Miller. Brian ....Read More.Lyffe on 23rd December 2007 05:44:35
Aircraft crash 9 Nov 43 - ChippenhamHello Doug, I've F/O's BELL and CRUTCHER (both pilots) on Whitley BD512 of HGCU; collided with Whitley BD502 and crashed 2 miles NE of Brize Norton, 17.30h. For obscure reasons both McLAUGHLIN and CABLE were not in my files. McLaughlin (a pilot) and Cable (a nav/radar) may have been the crew of Mosquito HK401. Thanks for the missing names. Regards, Henk. ....Read More.Henk Welting on 25th December 2007 09:52:41
Aircraft crash 9 Nov 43 - ChippenhamHello Henk, Nice to hear from you again. As you have confirmed Bell & Crutcher to a Whitley, I will accept your thoughts on the Mosquito crew. If I had been able to locate my research notes for Oxfordshire, I would have come to the same conclusion. For your help in the past, I owe you a copy of Volume One of my book series on the Avro Lancaster. Would you like to PM me with your address? Regards, Doug. ....Read More.Doug Cuthbertson on 25th December 2007 12:00:26
RAF officer deaths 1.1.29-3.9.39First of all, my thanks to Errol for making the data available. A great piece of useful information. I have no doubt that a lot of checking is already underway and I look forward to seeing the results. Perhaps Ross can clarify where the replies should be posted - on this board or the Main Category board? For my own part I have checked the 1939/1938 entries; the following names need to be added: Fg.Off YATES, Eric Wilson, killed 1.8.39, (Oxford N6297/N6329 collision) APlt.Off ALWOOD, Derek Henry Kitson, killed 1.8.39, (as above) Fg.Off. BELL, A.G.H. killed 31.8.39, (Hudson N7248 lost off Norway) Plt.Off PHILIPS, Peter, killed 4.8.38 ( RAF aircraft crashed Goring on Thames) Plt. Off. DE MERLE TYRRELL, John Nugent, killed 31.3.38 (collision Hinds K6643/K6753) Flt. Lt NELSON killed 20.7.38 (aircraft crash in India) Fg.Off WADDELL, Robert Cassells, killed 18.8.38, (Hardy K4517) Fg.Off MAY, Francis Thomas killed 26.8.38 (a/c accident in India) Plt.Off FRENCH, G.P. killed 29.8.38 (Wapiti K1284 at Kohat) Flt. Lt. Monks, R, killed 12.9.38 (Whitley K7207 at Farnborough) Sqn.Ldr. ADAMS, Maurice James, killed 12.9.38 (Whitley K7207 at Farnborough) APlt.Off. WINTER, Robert Ernest, killed 13.9.38 (Oxford L4580 at S.Poulton) Fg.Off. STODART, Kenneth Gerald, killed 13.9.38 Attribution of serials may not be correct in all cases- comments welcome. May I wish all members a Happy New Year and a big thank you to Ross for all his hard work in 2007. MTIA David Molyneux ....Read More.dave bristol on 1st January 2008 05:57:07
RAF officer deaths 1.1.29-3.9.39David, "Flt. Lt NELSON killed 20.7.38 (aircraft crash in India)" This has to be Flt Lt George Nelson. He appears in the Mar 1938 AFL as serving in India as a Signals Officer from 5 Oct 37. His name is missing from the Jun 1939 AFL. "Fg.Off. BELL, A.G.H. killed 31.8.39, (Hudson N7248 lost off Norway)" First names - Andrew George Henry "Plt.Off FRENCH, G.P. killed 29.8.38 (Wapiti K1284 at Kohat)" First names - Gilbert Prowse "Flt. Lt. Monks, R, killed 12.9.38 (Whitley K7207 at Farnborough)" First name - Reginald Errol ....Read More.Errol Martyn on 2nd January 2008 03:36:02
Test Pilots MemorialGoing through the list of outstanding issues for this as detailed in Feb 2008 Issue of Aeroplane - Of 10 I have nailed 7 - So looking for help on other 3 1) http://www.davidsiddall.com/testflyingmemorial/1939-45.htm Can anyone supply initals of Mr Godfrey of Air Service Training and missing crew member Mr ?, DH Propeller Co FTO for Whitley K7243 at Coventry on March 6th 1940 - A look on the death register for 3rd Qtr 1940 may reveal this for Godfrey - but I do not have free access 2) Pilot name and location of crash of Beaufort JM551 - June 3rd 1943 3) Location of Tempest Crash: Jan 20th 1944 - Killing P.E. Raw - Serial either JN741 or JN747 Thanks and Kind Regards Paul ....Read More.paulmcmillan on 2nd January 2008 06:35:29


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