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LITTLE STAUGHTON - RAF Book of Remembrance
No 109 & No 582 Squadrons

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Compiled and copyright © 2000 Lynda Smith & Rob Davis
& Neil Coburn

Book of Remembrance to the members of No 109 & No 582 Squadrons of the Royal Air Force who flew from Little Staughton and lost their lives.

The book is hand scripted.

PER ARDUA AD ASTRA
IN MEMORY OF
THOSE MEMBERS OF AIRCREW OF
NO. 109 SQUADRON
AND NO. 582 SQUADRON
ROYAL AIR FORCE
WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN
OPERATIONAL MISSIONS

The following list is in chronological order of air crashes, with some information about the circumstances of the crash. Surviving crew members are also named. With thanks to Rob Davis http://www.elsham.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/raf_bc/

Whose databases have provided much of the information.

109 SQUADRON

AIRCRAFT TYPE: MOSQUITO

28/29 March 1942

Took off from Tempsford for a raid on Lubeck in Vickers Wellington 1C, X9913. Aircraft lost without trace. Names of the crew are commemorated on the Runnymeade Memorial. Other crew members were Sgt. F Cassells; Sgt. F Bower; P/O R Cussen; LAC R Rendell; P/O B Sadler and F/Sgt R Walker. .

CONVEY

Leo Joseph

Pilot Officer J/6161. 109 Sqdn., Royal Canadian Air Force. Died Saturday 28 March 1942. Age 23. Son of Phillip Leo and Noreene Convey, of Arnprior, Ontario, Canada. Commemorated: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey, United Kingdom. Panel 100. Note: P/O Convey was a member of the crew of a Wellington which took off from Tempsford. It is not known why the other 6 members of the crew are not recorded in the Memorial book.

19 March 1943

Took off from unknown airfield. Mosquito IV. Training flight. Flight Lieutenant C. R. Henry was also killed, but is not recorded in the Memorial book.

OLDE

William James

Pilot Officer 134657. Nav. 109 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Friday 19 March 1943. Age 25. Son of William Symons Moyse Olde and Violet Blanche Searle Olde, of Boscastle. Buried: FORRABURY (ST. SYMPHORIAN) CHURCHYARD, Cornwall, United Kingdom.

26 March 1943

Took off from Wyton. Mosquito IV.

ACKLAND, DFC

Leslie James

Flight Lieutenant 114192. 109 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Friday 26 March 1943. Age 23. Son of Philip and Mabel Annie Ackland, of Barnstaple, Devon; husband of Joyce Elisebeth Ackland, of Barnstaple. Commemorated: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey, United Kingdom Panel 119.

STROUTS, DFC

Frederick Stanley

Pilot Officer J/17228. 109 Sqdn., Royal Canadian Air Force. Died Friday 26 March 1943. Commemorated: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey, United Kingdom. Panel 178.

8 April 1943

Took off from Wyton. Mosquito IV.

McKENNA

Charles Daniel

Flying Officer J/6665. 109 (R.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal Canadian Air Force. Died Thursday 8 April 1943. Age 24. Son of Charles E. McKenna and Sarah McKenna, of New Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Buried: ALTRINCHAM BOWDON AND HALE (ALTRINCHAM) CEMETERY, Cheshire, United Kingdom. Ref. Sec. X. Grave 429B.

WALKER

John

Flying Officer 117425. 109 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 8 April 1943. Age 20. Son of Harold and Mabel Walker, of Hull. Buried: HULL NORTHERN CEMETERY, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Ref. 264. Grave 50.

27/28 May 1943

Took off from Wyton. Mosquito IV. Flight Sergeant C.K. Chrysler Royal Canadian Air Force was taken prisoner.

LOGAN

Ray Hutchings

Pilot Officer J/17599. Nav. 109 (R.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal Canadian Air Force. Died Friday 28 May 1943. Buried: ROTTERDAM (CROOSWIJK) GENERAL CEMETERY, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands. Ref. Plot LL. Row 1. Grave 40.

Photograph Courtesy & Copyright Ken Dutton-Topping

Ken Dutton Topping is currently researching this crash as the plane has been found recently. He would very much like to contact any remaining family or next of kin of the pilot or navigator. Any further information or help please email him:

k-ktopping@ic24.net

There is a separate section here detailing their mission and what happened to Ray Hutchings Logan and C.K. "Fritz" Chrysler.

The story was told by Mr. Chrysler himself in May 2005 to the people of the CRASH Foundation (Crash Research in Aviation Society Holland). They also have an Air War and Resistance Museum in Lisserbroek, The Netherlands (www.crash40-45.nl). Mr. Chrysler was in Holland because the propeller of his Mosquito had been found. It was his first time back in Holland since 1943. His story was recorded and a transcription appeared in their magazine "Contrails". Sadly Mr. Chrysler passed away on 10th September 2006, but he did check the story.

22 October 1943

Training flight from unknown base. Mosquito IV

JACKSON

Frederick Roy

Flying Officer 400989. Royal Australian Air Force. Died Friday 22 October 1943. Age 24. Son of Frederick William and Una Agnes Jackson, of Sale, Victoria, Australia. Buried: CAMBRIDGE CITY CEMETERY, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom. Ref. Grave 14123.

13/14 January 1944

Took off from Marham. Mosquito IV. Flying Officer P. Y. Stead DFC was taken prisoner of war.

FLETT, DFM

Adam Herd

Warrant Officer 910709. Nav. 109 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Friday 14 January 1944. Age 29. Son of George Smith Flett and Nancy Flett; husband of Elizabeth Bartie Flett, of East Croydon, Surrey. Buried: REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Ref. 3. F. 13.

9/10 February 1944

Took off from Marham. Mosquito IV. Flight Lieutenant M. R.Breed Royal New Zealand Air Force was taken prisoner.

LEIGH

Robert Eric

Flying Officer 412240. 109 (R.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal New Zealand Air Force. Died Thursday 10 February 1944. Age 22. Son of Benjamin John and Hilda Leigh, of Auckland City, New Zealand; husband of Vera Frances Leigh, of Grey Lynn, Auckland. Buried: EINDHOVEN (WOENSEL) GENERAL CEMETERY, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands. Ref. Plot EE. Grave 122.

4/5 April 1944

Lost when the aircraft returning from an attack on Krefeld lost an engine and temporaily went out of control.

MITCHELL, DFC

Peter Edward

Flying Officer 135429. Nav. 109 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died when he baled out of his Mosquito Wednesday 5 April 1944. His body was found the following day by a RN warship. Age 31. Son of Alexander and Agnes Mitchell, of Glasgow. Buried: Sec. E. (New Part). GLASGOW (EASTWOOD) CEMETERY, Glasgow, United Kingdom. Ref. Grave 682.

8/9 April 1944

Took off from Little Staughton at 20.50. Mosquito IX. Shot down by a night fighter and crashed near Herkenbosch. S/L Stephens had flown at least 68 sorties.

STEPHENS, DFC

Harry Bernard

Squadron Leader 106237. Pilot 109 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 6 May 1944. Age 32. Son of Arthur Abraham and Mary Annie Stephens, of Tuckingmill, Cornwall; husband of Dorothy Maud Stephens. His brother, Wing Cdr. John Douglas Stephens, D.F.C., also died on service. Buried: JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY, Gelderland, Netherlands. Ref. 24. E. 8.

FREDMAN, DFC

Norman Henry

Flight Lieutenant 115624. Nav. 109 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 6 May 1944. Age 23. Son of Henry Arthur and Gladys Fredman, of Ilford, Essex. Buried: JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY, Gelderland, Netherlands. Ref. 24. E. 9.

18/19 October 1944

Took off from Little Staughton at 00.08. Mosquito XVI. Crashed in Belgium. S/L Kay had flown at least 46 sorties.

KAY

Desmond Hayward Sidley

DFC and Bar. Squadron Leader 42006. Pilot. Royal Air Force. Died Thursday 19 October 1944. Age 25. Son of Albert Sidley Kay and Rosamond Emily Hayward Kay, of Thurlestone, Devon. Buried: ADINKERKE MILITARY CEMETERY, De Panne, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. E. 22.

HYNES

Keith Frederick

Flying Officer 403514. Royal Australian Air Force. Died Thursday 19 October 1944. Age 24. Son of Thomas Patrick and Muriel Eliza Hynes, of Bondi, New South Wales, Australia. Buried: ADINKERKE MILITARY CEMETERY, De Panne, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. E. 23.

16 November 1944

Took off 13.45 from Little Staughton. Mosquito IX. Returned to base and encountered extremely poor visibility. He lost control whilst trying to avoid HT cables, the aircraft stalled and crashed near the aerodrome.

GARCIA-WEBB

Joseph

Warrant Officer 1280538. Pilot 109 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 16 November 1944. Age 28. Son of Richard and Frances Garcia-Webb; husband of Miriam Garcia-Webb, of Brockley Hill. Buried: WILLESDEN JEWISH CEMETERY, Middlesex, United Kingdom. Ref. Sec. R. Row 4. Grave 16.

WENDES

Robert John

Warrant Officer 1380740. Nav. 109 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 16 November 1944. Age 23. Son of Samson and Blanche Ethel May Wendes, of Newport. Buried: CARISBROOKE CEMETERY, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom. Ref. Sec. F. Grave 95.

27/28 November 1944

Took off from Little Staughton at 18.38. Mosquito XVI. Crashed in the Ijsselmeer. The Pilot, Flight Lieutenant M Williamson was taken prisoner.

KITCHEN, DFC

Alfred Edward

Flying Officer 173155. Nav. 109 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Tuesday 28 November 1944. Age 24. Son of Arthur and Emma Kitchen; husband of Edna Kitchen, of Letchmore Heath. Hertfordshire. Buried: KAMPEN GENERAL CEMETERY, Overijssel, Netherlands. Ref. Plot 10. Grave 5.

21/22 December 1944

Took off from Little Staughton at 16.24. Mosquito XVI. Was returning to base when the aircraft came down amongst trees near Saxmundham, Suffolk.

KERR

William Thomson

Flying Officer 171678. 109 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 21 December 1944. Age 22. Son of John Thomson Kerr and Georgina Inches Kerr, of Cardenden. Buried: Eastern Division, DUNFERMLINE CEMETERY, Fifeshire, United Kingdom. Ref. Grave 6107

WEARE, DFC

Derek Arthur

Flying Officer 156001. Nav. 109 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 21 December 1944. Age 21. Son of Frederick Weare, and of Margaret Weare, of Teddington Middlesex. Buried: CAMBRIDGE CITY CEMETERY, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom. Ref. Grave 15157.

23 December 1944

Took off from Little Staughton at 10.31. Mosquito XVI. As Deputy Master Bomber, shot down by a fighter in the target area.

CARPENTER

Eric Charles

Flight Lieutenant J/4918. 109 (R.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal Canadian Air Force. Died Saturday 23 December 1944. Age 25. Son of Harry Sidney Carpenter, and of Blanche Carpenter (nee Hodkinson); husband of Margaret Holmes Carpenter (nee Richardson), of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Buried: RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Ref. 11. A. 17.

LAMBERT, DFM

William Tharves

Flying Officer 145181. Nav. 109 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 23 December 1944. Age 36. Son of William and Caroline Lambert; husband of Barbara Alice Lambert, of Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. Buried: RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Ref. 11. A. 16. F/O Lambert was awarded his DFM whilst serving with 102 Sqdn. It was gazetted 13 July 1943.

27 December 1944

Took off from Little Staughton at 13.00. Mosquito XVI. Crashed at Keent, Holland. Flying Officer Cork DFM was uninjured and returned to Little Staughton.

HODGSON, DFC

William McKellar

Flight Lieutenant 129945. A.F.M. R.A.F. (V.R.). 109 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died on Wednesday 27 December 1944. Age 24. Son of Ernest Ralph Waterhouse Hodgson and Mary Lees McKellar Hodgson, of Cardal, Florida, Uruguay. Buried: GROESBEEK CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, Gelderland, Netherlands. Ref. XII. F. 6.

5/6 March 1945

Took off from Little Staughton at 18.53. Mosquito XVI. Crashed whilst trying to land at Brussels-Melsbroek, following a successful mission.

PAYNE

Alfred Migal

Flying Officer 161730. 109 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died: Monday 5 March 1945. Buried: BRUSSELS TOWN CEMETERY, Evere, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium. Ref. X. 25. 15.

EVANS

John Vernon

Flight Lieutenant 124672. Nav. 109 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Monday 5 March 1945. Age 26. Son of David John and Hannah Jane Evans, of Gwaun Cae Gurwen, Glamorgan. B.A. (Lampeter). Buried: BRUSSELS TOWN CEMETERY, Evere, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium. Ref. X. 25. 16.

6 March 1945

Took off from Little Staughton at 14.53. Mosquito XVI. Task was to mark enemy movements. Whilst taking over lead formation of six Mosquitos, collided with MM 193 and crashed.

SMITH

George Miller

Squadron Leader. 68790 109 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Tuesday 6 March 1945. Age 24. Son of William Bennett Smith and of Margaret Smith (nee Miller); husband of Eleanor Margaret Smith, of Upton, Andover, Hampshire. Commemorated: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey, United Kingdom. Panel 265.

JONES, DFC

William Anwyl

Flight Lieutenant 146013. 109 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Tuesday 6 March 1945. Age 24. Son of William and Mary Olwen Jones, of Meifod, Montgomeryshire. Commemorated: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey, United Kingdom. Panel 265.

24/25 April 1945

Took off from Little Staughton at 22.13. Mosquito IX. Tasked to attack an aerodrome. Homebound the crew tried to land at Brussels-Melsbroek, but overshot the runway and dived into the ground.

McGREAL, DFC

John Trevor

Flight Lieutenant 415706. 109 (R.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal New Zealand Air Force. Died Wednesday 25 April 1945 Age 32. Son of John McGreal and of Elsie May McGreal (nee Rogers), of Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand; husband of Nora Patricia McGreal, of Sandringham, Auckland. Buried: BRUSSELS TOWN CEMETERY, Evere, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium. Ref. X. 21. 53.

LYNN, DFC, DFM

Thomas

Pilot Officer 187095. Nav. R.A.F. (V.R.). 109 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Wednesday 25 April 1945. Age 29. Son of Thomas and Mary Jane Lynn, of Ferryhill, Co. Durham. Buried: BRUSSELS TOWN CEMETERY, Evere, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium. Ref. X. 21. 52.

See 582 Sqdn for details of the following:

FOULSHAM, DFC

James

Squadron Leader 37347. Pilot A.F.C. R.A.F. 109 Sqdn., Royal Air Force. Died Thursday 20 July 1944. Age 29. Son of James Pearson Foulsham and Agnes Ellen Foulsham; husband of Stella Marion Foulsham. Buried: DIEPPE CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, HAUTOT-SUR-MER, Seine-Maritime, France. Ref. Coll. grave O. 7-10. S/L Foulsham was attached to 582 Sqdn at the time of his death.

PALMER, VC, DFC and Bar

Robert Anthony Maurice

Squadron Leader 115772. Pilot 109 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 23 December 1944. Age 24. Son of Arthur Robert and Lillian Palmer, of Gravesend, Kent; brother of Douglas Palmer. Buried: RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Ref. Plot 14 Row C Joint Grave 13-14 S/L Palmer was attached to 582 Sqdn at the time of his death. Citation: The following is taken from the London Gazette of March 20th 1945:- This officer had completed 110 bombing missions. Most of them involved deep penetration of heavily defended territory; many were low-level "marking" operations against vital targets; all were executed with tenacity, high courage and great accuracy, so that he was invariably selected for particularly important missions. The finest example of his courage and determination was on December 23rd 1944, when he led a formation of Lancasters to attack the marshalling yards at Cologne in daylight. Before the target was reached heavy anti-aircraft fire was encountered and two of his plane's engines were set on fire. Squadron Leader Palmer ignored the double risk of fire and explosion in his aircraft and kept on. He made a perfect approach and his bombs hit the target. His aircraft was last seen spiralling to the earth in flames. Squadron Leader Palmer was an outstanding pilot. He displayed conspicuous bravery. His record of prolonged and heroic endeavour is beyond praise.

RUSSELL, DFC

George Russell

Flight Lieutenant 129583. Nav. 109 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 23 December 1944. Age 21. Son of James and Susan Wilson Russell, of Leven, Fife. Buried: RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Ref. Joint grave 14. C. 13-14. Note: F/L Russell was attached to 582 Sqdn at the time of his death.

SWARBRICK, DFC

John

Flight Lieutenant 125743. Nav. 109 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 20 July 1944. Age 32. Son of William and Madge Swarbrick, of Preston, Lancashire, England; husband of Marion Swarbrick, of Cadley, Preston. Buried: DIEPPE CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, HAUTOT-SUR-MER, Seine-Maritime, France Coll. grave O. 7-10. F/L Swarbrick was attached to 582 Sqdn at the time of his death.

No further information is available at present for the following men.

WILLIAMS, DFC

Douglas Knight

Flying Officer 155999. 105 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Wednesday 5 July 1944. Age 22. Son of Thomas Latimer Williams and Margaret Rose Williams, of Crynant, Glamorgan. Commemorated: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey, United Kingdom. Panel 210. It is not clear why a member of 105 Squadron based at RAF Burn appears in the 109 Squadron memorial book.

A stone memorial on the edge of the airfield reads:

ROYAL AIR FORCE
LITTLE STAUGHTON.
109 AND 582 SQUADRONS
8 GROUP
PATH FINDER FORCE
BOMBER COMMAND
1944 - 1945

Photographs Copyright © Brenda Asplin 2002

30 March 2005

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