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

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
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.

582 SQUADRON

AIRCRAFT TYPE; LANCASTER III


Photograph of No 550 Squadron Lancaster
BIII PB707/G 'BQ-L' - this aircraft survived the war.

22 / 23 April 1944

Took off from Little Staughton at 22.14. Task was to bomb railway yards. The plane was shot down by a night fighter and exploded, crashing in flames at Dives, north-east of Compiegne, with a loss of the whole crew.

WALLIS

Bernard Forfar

Pilot Officer 413326. Pilot 582 (R.A.F.) Sqdn., Royal New Zealand Air Force. Died Sunday 23 April 1944. Age 20. Son of William Forfar Wallis, and of Anne Elizabeth Wallis (nee Thomson), of Wellington, New Zealand. Buried: ROYE NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Ref. Plot 2. Row AB. Coll. grave 16-18.

COLLINS

Henry William

Sergeant 1808961. Flight Engineer. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Sunday 23 April 1944. Age 19. Son of Eli and Annie Gertrude May Collins of Maidenhead, Berkshire. Buried: ROYE NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Ref. Plot 2. Row AB. Grave 14.

FALLOON

Henry Reid

Flight Sergeant 423939. Nav. 582 (RAF) Squadron Royal New Zealand Air Force. Died Sunday 23 April 1944. Age 22. Son of Arthur Henry Reid Falloon & Evelyn Margaret Falloon of Masterton, Wellington, New Zealand. Buried: ROYE NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Ref. Plot 2. Row AB. Coll. Grave 16 – 18.

SQUIB

William Albert Frederick

Flying Officer 151601. Bomb Aimer. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Sunday 23 April 1944. Buried: ROYE NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Ref. Plot 2. Row AB. Grave 12

STURGEON

John Alfred

Sergeant 1585202. W.Op./Air Gnr. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Sunday 23 April 1944. Buried: ROYE NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Ref. Plot 2. Row AB. Coll. grave 16-18.

LYALL 

George

Sergeant 1569054. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Sunday 23 April 1944. Age 21. Son of George and Isabel Lyall, of Ashington, Northumberland. Buried: ROYE NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Ref. Plot 2. Row AB. Grave 13.

McGINN 

Joseph Peter

Sergeant 1590360. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Sunday 23 April 1944. Age 19. Son of John Joseph and Veronica McGinn, of Esh Winning, Co. Durham. Buried: ROYE NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Ref. Plot 2. Row AB. Grave 15.

3 / 4 May 1944

Took off from Little Staughton at 22.45. Task was to attack the airfield. Intercepted by a night fighter and shortly afterwards exploded, with a loss of the whole crew.

BERTELSEN

Frederick Castell

Flight Lieutenant J/9077. Pilot. 582 (RAF) Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force. Died Thursday 4 May 1944. Age 22. Son of Albert Frederick & Florence Rebecca Bertelsen of Salmonhurst, Victoria Co., New Brunswick, Canada. Buried: MONTDIDIER FRENCH NATIONAL CEMETERY, Somme, France. Ref. Coll. Grave 5822 – 5824.

LOVEGROVE 

Reginald George

Sergeant 967425. Flt. Engr. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 4 May 1944. MONTDIDIER FRENCH NATIONAL CEMETERY, Somme, France. Ref. Coll. grave 5822-5824.

RITCHIE

James Leigh

Flying Officer J/23721. Nav. 582 (R.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal Canadian Air Force. Died Thursday 4 May 1944. Son of Ralph L. and Lottie Ritchie, of Chatham, Ontario, Canada. Buried: MONTDIDIER FRENCH NATIONAL CEMETERY, Somme, France. Ref. Grave 5826.

SCHWERDFEGER

Glenwood Allan

Warrant Officer R/150897. Air Bomber. 582 (R.A.F.). Sqdn, Royal Canadian Air Force. Died Thursday 4 May 1944. Buried: MONTDIDIER FRENCH NATIONAL CEMETERY, Somme, France. Ref. Coll. grave 5822-5824.

SLATTERY

Edward Kenneth

Sergeant 1580782. W.Op./Air Gnr. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 4 May 1944. Age 20. Son of Edward and Doris Nellie Slattery, of Birmingham. Buried: MONTDIDIER FRENCH NATIONAL CEMETERY, Somme, France. Ref. Coll. grave 5822-5824.

MANSBRIDGE 

Ronald

Sergeant 1876639. Air Gnr. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 4 May 1944. Age 19. Son of William Charles and Ellen Louisa Mansbridge, of Harrow, Middlesex. Buried: MONTDIDIER FRENCH NATIONAL CEMETERY, Somme, France. Ref. Grave 5827

CLYNE

Geoffrey Albert

Flight Sergeant 410454. Air Gunner 582 (RAF) Squadron Royal Australian Air Force. Died if air battle Thursday 4 May 1944. Age 20. Son of Albert Henry and Monica Clyne, of 19 Esplanade, Elwood, Victoria, Australia. Originally a juniot clerk before being called up. Born Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Buried: MONTDIDIER FRENCH NATIONAL CEMETERY, Somme, France. Ref. Grave 5825. Commemorated on the St Kilda War Memorial. Reference to be found in the Australian War Memorials AWM148 Roll of Honour cards, 1939-1945 War, Air Force

3 / 4 May 1944

Took off from Little Staughton at 22.57. Task was to bomb the aerodrome. Crashed at Beaulieu-les-Fontaines, north west of Noyon. One crew member, Flying Officer J B Armstrong, survived and was taken prisoner. Aircraft: ND910/60-F

O’NEILL

Charles James Erskine

Pilot Officer J/87299. Pilot 582 (R.A.F.) Sqdn., Royal Canadian Air Force. Died Thursday 4 May 1944. Buried: ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Ref. Block "S". Plot 4. Row T. Coll. grave 17-22.

MANSFIELD

James Arthur Augustus

Sergeant 1804226. Flt. Engr. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 4 May 1944. Age 21. Son of James William and Clara Louise Mansfield, of East Greenwich, London. Buried: ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Ref. Block "S". Plot 4. Row T. Coll. grave 17-22.

HEWITT

Stanley

Pilot Officer 173119. Navigator. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 4 May 1944. Age 29. Son of Edward Charles and Annie Bedilia Hewitt; husband of Doris Ivy Hewitt of Horndean, Hampshire. Buried: ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France. Ref. Block "S". Plot 4. Row T. Coll. Grave 17 – 22.

INGHAM 

James Roy

Flight Sergeant 1479625. W.Op. [Air] 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 4 May 1944. Age 23. Son of Tom and Fanny Lizzie Ingham, of Shaw Heath, Stockport, Cheshire. Buried: ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Ref. Block "S". Plot 4. Row T. Coll. grave 17-22.

COON

George Adrian

Flight Sergeant R/178848. Air Gunner 582 (RAF) Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force. Died Thursday 4 May 1944. Age 20. Son of Albert John Coon and of Mary Elizabeth Coon of Hines Creek, Alberta, Canada. Buried: ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, SEINE-MARITIME, FRANCE. Ref. Block "S". Plot 4. Row T. Coll. Grave 17 – 22.

HOLMES

Frank Norman 

Flight Sergeant 577142. Air Gnr. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 4 May 1944. Age 23. Son of Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Holmes, of Winterton, Lincolnshire. Buried: ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Ref. Block "S". Plot 4. Row T. Coll. grave 17-22

24 / 25 May 1944

Took off from Little Staughton at 00.20. Hit by flak and fell onto Schutzenstrasse in the centre of Aachen, with the loss of all the crew.

LITTLE , DFC

Stuart Walker

Flight Lieutenant J/21422 582 (R.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal Canadian Air Force. Died Thursday 25 May 1944. Age 30. Son Of Arthur John and Mary Christine Little, Of Agincourt, Ontario, Canada. Buried: RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Ref. 6. A. 5.

TRUMAN

Wilfred Cyril

Sergeant 999898. Flt. Engr. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 25 May 1944. Age 26. Son of Tom and Sarah Bertha Truman, of Rochdale, Lancashire; husband of Mabel Truman, of Sudden, Rochdale. Buried: RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Ref. 6. A. 7.

FLYNN

John Patrick

Flight Lieutenant J/14167 Nav. 582 (RAF) Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force. Died Thursday 25 May 1944. Age 25. Son of John Thomas Flynn and Lillian Belle Flynn of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Buried: RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Ref. 6.A.8.

JONES 

Gwynfor

Pilot Officer 176137. Nav. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 25 May 1944. Age 22. Son of Idwal and Myfanwy Jones, of Treharris, Glamorgan. Buried: RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Ref. 6. A. 6.

ORAM

Alfred Wishart

Flight Sergeant 1346171. W. Op. [Air]. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 25 May 1944. Age 22. Son of James Dunn Oram and Christina Oram, of Dundee. Buried: RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Ref. 6. A. 4.

WEBB

Bernard William

[Memorial book has initial R] Flight Sergeant 1874126. Air Gnr. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 25 May 1944. Age 20. Son of Charles William and Winifred Jane Webb, of Whaddon, Hertfordshire. Buried: RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Ref. 6. A. 3. Also commemorated on the Whaddon War Memorial, Cambridgeshire.

RAWLINSON

Neville Ayrton

Flight Sergeant 2216259. Air Gnr. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 25 May 1944. Age 19. Son of John and Ellen Rawlinson, of Twiston, Lancashire. Buried: RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Ref. 6. A. 9.

27 / 28 May 1944

Took off from Little Staughton at 23.25. Task was to attack the aerodrome at St. Jacques.
Crashed on the western edge of the target area, with the loss of all the crew.


Leonard Cudlipp and the crew
Photograph Courtesey & Copyright © Maureen Rawlings 2003

HENEY, DSO

Harold Wright

Squadron Leader 39918 Pilot. 582 Squadron (RAF) Royal New Zealand Air Force. Died 28 May 1944. Age 23. Son of Harold and Ann Ada Heney of Kaiapoi, Canterbury, New Zealand; husband of Jane Mary Heney of Maidenhead, Berkshire. Buried: RENNES EASTERN COMMUNAL CEMETERY, ILLE-ET-VILAINE, FRANCE. Ref. Sec. 18. Plot 1. Row D. Grave 7.

Special Note: Squadron Leader Heney was a very experienced pilot with at least 59 sorties to his credit.

CUDLIPP

Leonard William

Sergeant 1606835. Flight Engineer. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Sunday 28 May 1944. He was about 19 years old when he died, his mother was May Beryl Cudlipp. He was a keen cyclist. Buried: RENNES EAST COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Ille-et-Vilaine, France. Ref. Sec. 18. Plot 1. Row D. Grave 8.

Photographs Courtsey of, and Copyright © 2003, Maureen Rawlings

LAMB 

Ronald David

Flight Lieutenant 42300. Nav. 582 (R.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal New Zealand Air Force. Died Sunday 28 May 1944. Age 24. Son of Reuben David and Minnie Mary Lamb, of Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand. Buried: RENNES EASTERN COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Ille-et-Vilaine, France. Ref. Sec. 18. Plot 1. Row D. Grave 9.

BROWN

Stephen Watson

Flight Lieutenant 413849. 582 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force. Died in air battle Sunday 28 May 1944. Age 21. Son of Stephen Edward and Ethel Maud Brown of Mosman, New South Wales, Australia. Buried: RENNES EASTERN COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Ille-et-Vilaine, France. Ref. Sec. 18. Plot 1. Row D. Grave 6. Reference to be found in the Australian War Memorials AWM148 Roll of Honour cards, 1939-1945 War, Air Force

WEBB

Frank Sidney

Flight Sergeant 1387510. W.Op./Air Gnr. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Sunday 28 May 1944. Age 23. Son of J. W. A. Webb and Elizabeth Webb, of Woolwich, London. Buried: RENNES EASTERN COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Ille-et-Vilaine, France. Ref. Sec. 18. Plot 1. Row D. Grave 12.

ROSS

Francis Robert

Pilot Officer 42341. Air Gnr. 582 (R.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal New Zealand Air Force. Died Sunday 28 May 1944. Age 23. Son of Charles Bradlaugh Ross and of Kate Ellen Ross (nee Carley), of Hokitika, Westland, New Zealand. Buried: RENNES EASTERN COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Ille-et-Vilaine, France. Ref. Sec. 18. Plot 1. Row D. Grave 10.

HARRINGTON

Allan George

Pilot Officer 421276. Air Gunner. 582 Squadron (RAF) Royal New Zealand Air Force. Died Sunday 28 May 1944. Age 24. Son of Frederick Samuel Harrington and Emily Mary Harrington (nee Burnett) of Masterton, Wellington, New Zealand. Buried: RENNES EASTERN COMMUNAL CEMETERY, ILLE-ET-VILAINE, FRANCE. Ref. Sec. 18. Plot 1. Row D. Grave 11. Reference to be found in the Australian War Memorials AWM148 Roll of Honour cards, 1939-1945 War, Air Force

5 / 6 June 1944

Took off from Little Staughton at 03.03. Task was to bomb coastal battery. Aircraft loss without trace.

RAYBOULD, DSO, DFM

Arthur William

Squadron Leader 122402. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Tuesday 6 June 1944. Age 23. Son of Joseph William and Elizabeth Melville Raybould, of Noctorum, Cheshire. Commemorated: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 201.

Special note: Squadron Leader Raybould had 78 sorties to his credit. His DFM was gazetted 4th April 1942 when he was with 101 Squadron.

RAMSEY

Gerald Longfield

Flying Officer 52871. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force. Died Tuesday 6 June 1944. Age 20. Son of James Herbert and Ethel Anna Ramsay, of Letham, Angus. Commemorated: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 208.

FEELEY, DFC

Arthur

Flight Lieutenant 142914. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Tuesday 6 June 1944. Commemorated: RUNNEYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 202.

GRANGE

Arthur Hugh

Flying Officer J/27158. 582 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force. Died Tuesday 6 June 1944. Age 27. Son of Arthur and Edna Grange; husband of Mary P. Grange of Picton, Ontario, Canada. Commemorated: RUNNEYMEDE MEMORIAL, SURREY. Panel 246.

KITTO, DFM 

Henry

Warrant Officer 619406. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Tuesday 6 June 1944. Age 25. Son of Thomas and Eliza Ann Kitto, of St. Helens, Lancashire; husband of Edith Kitto, of St. Helens. Commemorated: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL Surrey. Panel 214.

Special note: Warrant Officer Kitto’s DFM was gazetted 6 November 1942

PAPWORTH, DFC

John Norris

Pilot Officer 169510. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Tuesday 6 June 1944. Age 24. Son of Frederick William and Martha Ann Papworth, of New Eltham, London. Commemorated: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 212.

JOHNSON, DFC

Dennis

Flight Lieutenant 48317. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force. Died Tuesday 6 June 1944. Age 25. Son of Alec and Ethel Johnson, of Brierley Hill, Staffordshire. Commemorated: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 202

Special note: Flight Lieutenant Johnson was a pre-war regular officer who had trained as an air gunner.

14 / 15 June 1944

Took off from Little Staughton at 00.24. Task was to bomb rail facilities. Believed to have been shot down by a night fighter south west of Adinkerke in Belgium, with the loss of the whole crew.

HEWITT, D.F.C.

John Henry

(I.H. in Memorial Book) Flight Lieutenant 161083. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 15 June 1944. Buried: COXYDE MILITARY CEMETERY, KOKSIJDE, WEST-VLAANDEREN, BELGIUM. Ref. V.H. 2 - 5.

CROSBY, DFM

Vincent Brian

Pilot Officer 179049. Flight Engineer. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 15 June 1944. Age 33. Son of Vincent & Charlotte Crosby; husband of Kathleen Crosby of Collooney, Co. Sligo, Irish Republic. Buried: Buried: COXYDE MILITARY CEMETERY, Koksijde, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. V.G.3.

Special Note: Pilot Officer Crosby was awarded his DFM whilst serving with 156 Squadron. It was gazetted on 2 June 1944.

WILSON, DFM

Harry Louis

Pilot Officer 172790. Nav. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 15 June 1944. Age 27. Son of Henry George and Minnie Wilson, of Peckham, London; husband of Ivy Anne Wilson, of Peckham. Buried: COXYDE MILITARY CEMETERY, Koksijde, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. Coll. Grave V. H. 2-5.

Special Note: Pilot Officer Wilson was awarded his DFM whilst serving with 156 Squadron. It was gazetted on 2 June 1944.

CLENAHAN, DFC

Robert Lonsdale

Pilot Officer 175564. Nav. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 15 June 1944. Age 23. Son of Robert and Harriet A.H. Clenahan; husband of Vera Clenahan of Derby. Buried: COXYDE MILITARY CEMETERY, Koksijde, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. V.H.6.

FLYNN, DFC

Denis

Pilot Officer 177272 Nav. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 15 June 1944. age 31. son of Denis and Margaret Flynn. Buried: COXYDE MILITARY CEMETERY, Koksijde, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Coll. Grave V.H. 2 – 5.

SMITH, DFC

Walter

Warrant Officer 1483335. W. Op./Air Gnr. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 15 June 1944. Age 21. Son of Joseph and Jessie Smith; nephew of Edna Brookes, of Stretford, Lancashire. Buried: COXYDE MILITARY CEMETERY, Koksijde, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. V. G. 2.

COTTRELL

Gilbert Valentine

Flight Sergeant 1350378. Air Gunner. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 15 June 1944. Age 23. Son of Samuel James and Elizabeth Ann Cottrell; husband of Marjorie Ellen Cotrell of West Cross, Glamorgan. Buried: COXYDE MILITARY CEMETERY, Koksijde, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. Coll. Grave V.H. 2 – 5.

BOUCH, DFM

Albert

Flight Sergeant 1336404. Air Gunner. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 15 June 1944. Age 21. Son of Mr. & Mrs. F.A. Bouch of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. Buried: COXYDE MILITARY CEMETERY, Koksijde, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. V.G.1. Also commmeorated on the Wisbech War Memorial, Cambridgeshire.

Special Note: Flight Sergeant Bouch was awarded his DFM whilst serving with 582 Squadron. It was gazetted on 25 January 1946.

15 / 16 June 1944

Took off from Little Staughton at 23.55. Task was to bomb railway yards. Crashed in the north west suburbs of Arras. It is likely the aircraft was shot down by a night fighter. Flight Sergeant R.F. Boots survived, but the rest of the crew were lost.

TUTT

Norman James

Pilot Officer 176275. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Friday 16 June 1944. Age 21. Son of Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Tutt, of Maidstone, Kent. Buried: STE. CATHERINE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. Row 2. Grave 4.

PARR

Sidney

Flight Sergeant 622838. Flt. Engr. 582 Sqd., Royal Air Force. Died Friday 16 June 1944. Buried: STE. CATHERINE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. Row 2. Coll. grave 5.

HARRIS

Harold

Flight Sergeant 1458651. Navigator. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Friday 16 June 1944. Age 21. son of Wolfe and Jennie Harris of Hull. Table tennis Champion of Hull. Buried: ST. CATHERINE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, PAS-DE-CALAIS, FRANCE. Ref. 1941. Row 2. Coll. Grave 5.

AMES

Richard Harry

Flight Sergeant 1321473. Air Bomber. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Friday 16 June 1944. Buried: STE. CATHERINE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas-de-Calais, France. Ref. Row 2. Coll. Grave 5.

LONG-HARTLEY

Paul

Flight Sergeant 1388549. Air Gnr. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Friday 16 June 1944. Age 20. Son of Arthur Norman and Rosa Pauline Hartley, of Muswell Hill, Middlesex. Buried: STE. CATHERINE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. Row 2. Coll. grave 5.

WILLIAMS

William Thomas

Flying Officer 53787. Air Gnr. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force. Died Friday 16 June 1944. Age 23. Son of Florence Williams; husband of Irene Williams, of Willesden, Middlesex. Buried: STE. CATHERINE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. Row 2 Coll. grave 5.

28 / 29 June 1944

Took of from Little Staughton at 22.50. Task was to mark the railway yards. Crashed and exploded at Coincy, killing three members of the crew. Of the remainder, Pilot Officer S A Spierenburg was taken prisoner, Flight Lieutenant W H Siddons, and Flight Sergeants W E Foley RAAF and L Hood escaped.

AUSTIN

John William

Flight Sergeant 1320627. W.Op/Air Gunner. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 29 June 1944. Age 21. Son of John Thomas Austin & Catherine Dorothy Austin of Walthamstow, Essex. Buried: COINCY ISOLATED GRAVES, Aisne, France. Ref. Grave 3.

CHELU

Robert William

Sergeant 1807401. Air Gunner. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 29 June 1944. Buried: COINCY ISOLATED GRAVES, Aisne, France. Ref. Grave 2.

COOLE

Douglas Albert Frederick

Sergeant 1587024. Air Gunner 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 29 June 1944. Age 22. Son of Mr & Mrs F. Coole; husband of Lilian Kate Coole of Wimbledon, Surrey. Buried: COINCY ISOLATED GRAVES, AISNE, FRANCE. Ref. Grave 1

5 / 6 July 1944

Took off from Little Staughton at 23.25. Task was to attack a flying bomb site. Lost without trace.

MANSON 

Donald Hendry

Pilot Officer J/85487. 582 Sqdn., Royal Canadian Air Force. Died Thursday 6 July 1944. Age 28. Son of George Henderson Manson and Margaret Ann Hendry Manson, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Commemorated: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 251.

GEEVES

John

Sergeant 1717745. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 6 July 1944. Age 19. Foster son of Mrs. S. Hurrell of Knebworth, Herts. Commemorated: RUNNEYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 230.

STAPLETON

John Wilkins

Flying Officer J/23460. Royal Canadian Air Force. Died Thursday 6 July 1944. Age 28. Adopted son of Winifred H. Stapleton, of Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada. Commemorated: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 248.

SALOMAA

Ero Albaunus

Flying Officer J/25513. 582 Sqdn., Royal Canadian Air Force. Died Thursday 6 July 1944. Age 31. Son of N. and Eva Salomaa, of Timmins, Ontario, Canada. Commemorated: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 248.

FRETWELL

Alan

Flight Sergeant 1577087. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 6 July 1944. age 23. son of Edwin Fretwell and of Ellen Fretwell of Hollingwood, Derbyshire; husband of D. Fretwell of Hollingwood. Commemorated: RUNNEYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 217.

EGGLESTON

Douglas

Sergeant 752767. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 6 July 1944. Age 23. Son of Frederick & Allison Denholme Eggleston; husband of Alicia Maude Eggleston of Raskelf, Yorkshire. Commemorated: RUNNEYMEDE MEMORIAL, SURREY. Panel 228.

SMITH, DFM

Edward George

Warrant Officer 1316567. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 6 July 1944. Age 21. Son of Walter and Letitia Smith, of Bridgwater, Somerset. Commemorated: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 214.

Special Note: Warrant Officer Smith was awarded his DFM whilst serving with 61 Squadron. It was gazetted on 19 October 1943.

20 July 1944

Took off from Little Staughton at 14.20. Was shot down whilst leading an attack on a flying bomb site. Some crew members had been attached from 109 Squadron.

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.

Note: S/L Foulsham appears under 109 Squadron in the Memorial Book.

WEIGHTMAN, DFC

John Bentley

Squadron Leader 43255. Pilot 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force. Died Thursday 20 July 1944. Buried: DIEPPE CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, HAUTOT-SUR-MER, Seine-Maritime, France. Ref. O. 4.

GRESTY

James

Sergeant 1685127. Flight Engineer. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 20 July 1944. Age 21. Son of James and Emily Gresty of Lower Broughton, Salford, Lancashire. Buried: DIEPPE CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, HAUTOT-SUR-MER, Seine-Maritime, France. Ref. O.6.

AUNGIERS

Graham Bice

Flight Lieutenant 143845. Nav. 109 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 20 July 1944. Age 22. Son of Sydney Charles & Adeline Mary Aungiers of Perranporth, Cornwall. Buried: DIEPPE CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, HAUTOT-SUR-MER, Seine-Maritime, France. Ref. Coll. Grave O. 7 – 10.

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. Ref. Coll. grave O. 7-10.

Note: F/L Swarbrick appears under 109 Squadron in the Memorial Book.

BOWER

Thomas Charles

Flight Sergeant 1338406. W/Op. 109 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 20 July 1944. Age 21. Son of George & Elizabeth Jane Bower of Langton Matravers, Dorsetshire. Buried: DIEPPE COMMUNAL WAR CEMETERY, HAUTOT-SUR-MER, Seine-Maritime, France. Ref. Coll. grave O. 7 – 10.

MACARTHUR 

George Reginald

Pilot Officer J/91058. Air Gnr. 582 (R.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal Canadian Air Force. Died Thursday 20 July 1944. Buried: DIEPPE CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, HAUTOT-SUR-MER, Seine-Maritime, France. Ref. O. 3.

PRATT

Edgar Walter Roslyn

Flight Sergeant 1325000. Air Gnr. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 20 July 1944. Age 20. Son of Edgar Spencer Pratt and Ivy Christina Edith Pratt, of Wheatley, Oxfordshire. England. Buried: DIEPPE CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, HAUTOT-SUR-MER, Seine-Maritime, France.

23 / 24 July 1944

Took off from Little Staughton at 22.22.

REMBER

Raymond Alexander

Flying Officer J/85674. 582 (R.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal Canadian Air Force. Died Monday 24 July 1944. Age 24. Son of Archibald Raymond Rember, and of Barbara Blackwood Rember, of Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A. Buried: KIEL WAR CEMETERY, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Ref. Coll. grave 1. F. 20-21.

WHYBROW

Leonard Gilbert

Sergeant 1217557. Flt. Engr. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Monday 24 July 1944. Age 20. Son of Bertram John and Maud Whybrow, of Great Clacton, Essex. Buried: KIEL WAR CEMETERY, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Ref. Coll. grave 1. F. 20-21.

RADCLIFFE

Edward Ernest

Flying Officer J/23119. Nav. 582 (R.A.F.). Sqdn, Royal Canadian Air Force. Died Monday 24 July 1944. Age 22. Son of Francis D. and Grace V. Radcliffe, of Penticton, British Columbia, Canada. Buried: KIEL WAR CEMETERY, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Ref. Coll. grave 1. F. 20-21.

SMALLEY

R. W.

Warrant Officer Class II. R/165429 Air Bomber. 582 (R.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal Canadian Air Force. Died Monday 24 July 1944. Buried: KIEL WAR CEMETERY, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Ref. Coll. grave 1. F. 20-21.

HIBBERT

Keith

Flight Sergeant 1238246. W.Op. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Monday 24 July 1944. Age 22. Son of Bertha Hibbert, of Luton, Bedfordshire. Buried: KIEL WAR CEMETERY, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Ref. Coll. grave 1. F. 20-21.

TWEEDIE

James

Sergeant 1567240. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Monday 24 July 1944. Age 20. Son of James Irving Tweedie and Annie Hamilton Tweedie, of Dunfermline, Fife. Buried: KIEL WAR CEMETERY, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Ref. Coll. grave 1. F. 20-21.

PHILLIPS

Dennis Herbert

Sergeant 1280695. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Monday 24 July 1944. Age 31. Son of William John and Elizabeth Mary Phillips, of Plumstead, London. Buried: KIEL WAR CEMETERY, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Ref. Coll grave 1. F. 20-21.

25 / 26 July 1944

Lancaster attacking Stuttgart.

DICERBO

Philip

Sergeant 1825388. Flight Engineer. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed by cannon fire from a German nightfighter Tuesday 25 July 1944. Age 19. Son of Antonio & Pasqualina Dicerbo of Moffat. Buried: MOFFAT CEMETERY, DUMFRIESSHIRE. Ref. Grave 152.

28 / 29 July 1944

Took off from Little Staughton at 22.30. Crashed south of Heimerdingen. The aircraft is thought to have exploded, the Pilot, Squadron Leader V G F Coleman ejecting, and being taken prisoner. However S/L Coleman appears as kia in the Memorial Book. The rest of the crew were killed.

LEWIS

Reginald Charles Lindfield 

Flight Sergeant 1441139. Flt. Engr. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 29 July 1944. Age 39. Son of Georgina Lewis; husband of Edith A. Lewis, of Finchley, Middlesex. Buried: DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY, Bad Tolz, Bayern, Germany. Ref. 11. E. 25.

BUNTING, DFM

William Frederick

Pilot Officer 173443. Nav. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 29 July 1944. Age 23. Son of Edmund Frederick and Alice May Bunting of Ugley, Hertfordshire. Buried: DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY, Bad Tolz, Bayern, Germany. Ref. 11.E.23.

Special Note: Pilot Officer Bunting was awarded his DFM whilst serving with 150 Squadron and after he had completed 40 sorties. It was gazetted on 13 April 1943.

MARGACH, DFC

Donald Sinclair

Flight Lieutenant 115985. Air Bomber. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 29 July 1944. Age 32. Son of William and Janet Sinclair Margach, of Edinburgh; husband of Margaret Sivess Sinclair Margach, of Blackhall, Edinburgh. Buried: DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY, Bad Tolz, Bayern, Germany. Ref. 11. E. 26.

TAYLOR

Geoffrey David

Flight Sergeant 998259. Air Gnr. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 29 July 1944. Age 24. Son of Harry Randolph and Lilian Taylor, of Bowdon, Cheshire. Buried: DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY, Bad Tolz, Bayern, Germany. Ref. 11. E. 27.

WALDRON

William

Warrant Officer 1065821. W. Op. [Air] 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 29 July 1944. Age 25. Son of Anthony and Mary Waldron, of Brighouse, Yorkshire. Buried: DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY, Bad Tolz, Bayern, Germany. Ref. 11. E. 28.

BAINES

Alfred Peter

Warrant Officer 1334065. Air Gunner. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 29 July 1944. Buried: DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY, Bad Tolz, Bayern, Germany. Ref. 11.E.22.

CRAGGS

David

Flight Sergeant 651886. Air Gunner. Royal Air Force. Died Saturday 29 July 1944. Buried: DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY, BAYERN, GERMANY. Ref. 11.E.24

7 / 8 August 1944

Took off from Little Staughton at 22.11. Task was to bomb a strong point in the Normandy Battle area. Crashed at St-Vigor-d’Ymonville. The Pilot, Squadron Leader R Wareing, and Flight Lieutenant R V King RAAF were taken prisoner, and Warrant Officer J Tourans and Flight Lieutenant A P Hill escaped. The rest of the crew were killed.

HAWKER

Edwin James

Warrant Officer 1354388. Air Bomber. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Tuesday 8 August 1944. age 24. Son of J. & Margaret Hawker; stepson of Mr. R. Day of Merton, Surrey. Buried: ST. VIGOR-D’YMONVILLE CHURCHYARD, Seine-Maritime, France.

BLAYDON, DFM

Reginald William

Flying Officer 169133. W. Op. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Tuesday 8 August 1944. Age 29. Son of Thomas & Florence Blaydon of Sutton, Cambridgeshire. Commemorated: ST. VIGOR-D’YMONVILLE CHURCHYARD, Seine-Maritime, France. Commemorated on the Sutton War Memorial, Cambridgeshire also.

Special Note: Flying Officer Blaydon was awarded his DFM whilst serving with 9 Squadron. It was gazetted on 11 August 1942.

CAMPBELL

Robert George

Flight Sergeant 1301496. Air Gunner. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Tuesday 8 August 1944. Buried: ST. VIGOR-D’YMONVILLE CHURCHYARD, Seine-Maritime, France.

GAUGHRAN

Wilfred

W/O 640843. Air Gunner. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force. Died Tuesday 8 August 1944. Buried: ST. VIGOR-D’YMONVILLE CHURCHYARD, Seine-Maritime, France

8 August 1944

Took off from Little Staughton at 06.30. Task was to bomb a garrison in Normandy. Presumed crashed on target area. Pilot Officer G Mackenzie and Flying Officer A G Debeer escaped.

GODDARD

John Edward

Flight Lieutenant 420658. 582 (RAF) Squadron Royal Australian Air Force. Died in air battle Friday 8 December 1944. age 21. Son of Bertrand Decimus Goddard and Olive Lilian Goddard of Brookvale, New South Wales, Australia. Commemorated: RUNNEYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 256. Reference to be found in the Australian War Memorials AWM148 Roll of Honour cards, 1939-1945 War, Air Force

BAKER

Howard Warburton

Flight Lieutenant 151315. Nav. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Friday 8 September 1944. Buried: STE. MARIE CEMETERY, LE HAVRE, Seine-Maritime, France. Ref. Divn. 67. Row G. Grave 9.

DANIEL

William Neville

Pilot Officer 423996. Air Bomber. 582 (RAF) Squadron Royal Australian Air Force. Died in air battale Friday 8 September 1944. age 20. Son of Mr. & Mrs. W.I. Daniel of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. Buried: STE. MARIE CEMETERY, LE HAVRE, Seine-Maritime, France. Ref. Divn. 67. Row G. Grave 8. Reference to be found in the Australian War Memorials AWM148 Roll of Honour cards, 1939-1945 War, Air Force

LYTHGOE

George Edward 

Warrant Officer 964480. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Friday 8 September 1944. Age 26. Son of the Revd. George Edward Lythgoe and Mrs. E. Lythgoe; husband of Phyllis Anne Lythgoe, of Poolbrook, Worcestershir. Commemorated: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 214.

BEECROFT

Jack

Flight Sergeant 1438194. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Friday 8 September 1944. Age 21. Son of Mr. & Mrs. H.G. Beecroft of Bradford, Yorkshire. Commemorated: RUNNEYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Ref. Panel 215.

NEWTON

Robert Alexander

Flying Officer 155991. Air Gnr. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Friday 8 September 1944. Age 36. Son of Alexander and Gertrude Newton; husband of Catherine Newton, of Barkingside, Ilford, Essex. Buried: STE. MARIE CEMETERY, LE HAVRE, Seine-Maritime, France. Ref. Divn. 67. Row L. Grave 6.

12 / 13 August 1944

Took off from Little Staughton at 22.05. It was probably intercepted by a night fighter, and both engines caught fire. The Pilot, Flight Lieutenant E J Trotter RCAF, Flight Sergeant J Rawcliffe, & Squadron Leader B M Mathers DFC, were taken prisoner. The rest of the crew were killed.

PULLIN

Bernard Arthur

Pilot Officer 175556. Air Bomber. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Sunday 13 August 1944. Age 23. Son of Arthur and Winefride Pullin, of Magor, Monmouthshire. Buried: RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Ref. 8. G. 21.

BROAD

John Thomas

Flight Sergeant 1205696. W/Op. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Sunday 13 August 1944. Age 24. Son of George and Katie Broad of Perranwell, Cornwall. Buried: RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Ref. Coll. Grave 8.G. 22 – 24.

PARFITT

Walter Robert Charles

Flight Sergeant 922824. Air Gnr. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Sunday 13 August 1944. Age 28. Son of Alfred Walter and Melinda Parfitt, of Seend, Wiltshire. Buried: RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Ref. Coll. grave 8. G. 22-24.

ARCHIBALD

Kenneth

Flight Sergeant 1572931. Air Gunner. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Sunday 13 August 1944. Age 20. Son of Kenneth & Mary Archibald of Garmouth, Morayshire. Buried: RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Ref. Coll. Grave 8.G. 22 – 24.

29 / 30 August 1944

Took of from Little Staughton at 21.10. Crashed at Vorupuor, Denmark. All crew were killed.

FARRINGTON

Allan Leonard

Squadron Leader 40046. Pilot 582 Squadron Royal Air Force. Died Tuesday 29 August 1944. Age 29. Son of Cyril Hawley Farrington & Ellie Farrington; husband of Alison Jean Farrington (nee Barbour) of Balgowlah, Sydney, Australia. Buried: NORRE VORUPOR CEMETERY, Denmark. Ref. Coll. Grave 4. 126.

S/L Farrington had joined the RAF on a short service commission in the late 1930’s.

BRADLEY, DFM

George Richard

Flying Officer 53275. Flight Engineer. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Tuesday 29 August 1944. Buried: NORRE VORUPOR CEMETERY, Denmark. Ref. Coll. Grave 4.126.

Flying Officer Bradley’s DFM was gazetted on 14 May 1943.

STROUT

Alfred Carman

Flight Lieutenant J/9481. Nav. 582 (R.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal Canadian Air Force. Died Tuesday 29 August 1944. Buried: NORRE VORUPOR CEMETERY, Denmark. Ref. Coll. grave 4. 126.

TYNDALE

Lorne Vincent

Flight Lieutenant J/13758. Nav. 582 (R.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal Canadian Air Force. Died Tuesday 29 August 1944. Buried: NORRE VORUPOR CEMETERY, Denmark. Ref. Coll. grave 4. 126.

SILVERWOOD, DFM

Henry

Pilot Officer 56185. W.Op./Air Gnr. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force. Died Tuesday 29 August 1944. Age 24. Son of Arthur and Mary Jerome Silverwood, of Shipley, Yorkshire. Buried: NORRE VORUPOR CEMETERY, Denmark. Ref. Coll. grave 4. 126.

Pilot Officer Silverwood’s DFM was gazetted on 13 Sept 1943.

STEVENS

Douglas Edward John

Flight Sergeant 1576847. Air Gnr. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Tuesday 29 August 1944. Age 20. Son of John Richard and Sarah Stevens, of Yardley, Birmingham; husband of Winifred Stevens. Buried: NORRE VORUPOR CEMETERY, Denmark. Ref. Grave 4. 127.

STEWART, DFM

Charles Fullerton

Flying Officer 169048. Air Gnr. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Tuesday 29 August 1944. Age 22. Son of William and Sarah Black Stewart, of Clogher, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland. Buried: NORRE VORUPOR CEMETERY, Denmark. Ref. Coll. grave 4. 126.

Pilot Officer Stewart’s DFM was gazetted on 14 May 1943.

11 / 12 September 1944

Lancaster attacking Castrop Rauxel.

DAVIS, DFM

Victor Allenby

Warrant Officer 1172743. Flight Engineer. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed by a flak hit Monday 11 September 1944. Age 25. Son of Eva E.M. Davis of Farnborough, Hants. Buried: REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, GERMANY. Ref. 18.B.9.

W/O Davis’s DFM was gazetted 13 August 1943 whilst serving with 50 Squadron. He was a crewman on a Lancaster which took off from Little Staughton on 11 August 1944. The plane crashed in Germany and the crew were taken prisoner.

15 / 16 September 1944

Took off from Little Staughton at 22.25. Crashed into the North Sea. All the crew were killed.

NIXON

Graham William

Flight Lieutenant 115143. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 16 September 1944. Buried: ESBJERG (FOURFELT) CEMETERY, Denmark. Ref. A. 13. 13.

LAMB

Michael George 

Sergeant 1852855. Flt. Engr. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 16 September 1944. Age 19. Son of George and Beatrice Mary Lamb, of Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. Buried: ESBJERG (FOURFELT) CEMETERY, Denmark A. 12. 26.

DURRANT

Kenneth Michael Arton

[note K.M.G. in memorial book. Possibly name should be Garton]. Sergeant 1801052. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 16 September 1944. Age 21. Son of Kenneth Garton Durrant and of Catherine Hermione Garton of Oatlands Chase, Weybridge, Surrey. Buried: KIEL WAR CEMETERY, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

WILKINS

Herbert

Flying Officer 153130. Air Bomber. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force. Died Saturday 16 September 1944. Age 23. Son of William Christopher and Isabel Violet Wilkins, of Rhiwbina, Glamorgan. Buried: KIEL WAR CEMETERY, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Ref. 4. F. 9.

ROBSON

Arthur

Sergeant 1671735. W.Op./Air Gnr. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 16 September 1944. Age 21. Son of Robert William and Elizabeth Robson, of Heaton, Newcastle-on-Tyne. Buried: NORRE HAVRVIG CHURCHYARD, Denmark.

FISHPOOL

Robert Vincent

Sergeant 1592874. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 16 September 1944. Age 19. Son of Robert and Sarah Elizabeth Fishpool of Middlesborough, Yorkshire. Commemorated: RUNNEYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 229.

NORRIS, DFM

John Thomas Webster Green

Pilot Officer 175851. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 16 September 1944. Age 20. Son of Walter Green Norris and Mary Evelyn Norris, of Newby, Scarborough, Yorkshire. Commemorated: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 212.

P/O Norris’s DFM was gazetted on 3 December 1943.

23 / 24 September 1944

Took off from Little Staughton at 10.42. Was on a fighter affiliation exercise. Reported to have lost control whilst making a diving turn at 8,000 feet and dived into the ground at 11.32. All the crew were killed.

SHIRLEY

William Lawrence

Flying Officer 424529. 582 (R.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal New Zealand Air Force. Died Saturday 23 September 1944. Age 22. Son of Sidney Shirley, and of Hilda Shirley (nee Lawrence), of Wangani, Wellington, New Zealand. Buried: BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY, Surrey. Ref. 8. AA. 11.

EVANS

Desmond Charles.

Sergeant 1836534. Flight Engineer 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 23 September 1944. Age 22. Son of Illtyd & Blanche Evans of Llantwit Major; husband of Elsie Ellen Evans of Llantwit Major. Buried: LLANTWIT MAJOR (TABERNACLE) CALVANISTIC METHODIST CHAPELYARD, Glamorganshire.

HILL

Frank David

Flying Officer 132036. Navigator. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 23 September 1944. Age 21. Son of Frank & Augusta Leticia Hill of West Park, Leeds, Yorkshire. Buried: BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY, Surrey. Ref. 21.D.11.

SMITH

Duncan Lewis Thomas

Flight Sergeant 1389708. Air Bomber. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 23 September 1944. Age 23. Son of William Thomas Smith and Nora Mary Smith, of Snaresbrook. Buried: CITY OF LONDON CEMETERY, Essex. Ref. 240. Grave 111928

BURCH

George John

Flying Officer 159512. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 23 September 1944. Age 20. Husband of Margaret May Burch, of Tilbury. Buried: THURROCK (CHADWELL ST. MARY) CEMETERY, Essex Grave 249.

MITCHELL

Colin James 

Flight Sergeant 417981. Royal Australian Air Force. Died in air accident Saturday 23 September 1944. Age 24. Farmer before enlisting. Son of William and Una Myrtle Kerr Mitchell; husband of Aileen Elizabeth Mitchell, of Kyancutta, South Australia. Buried: BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY, Surrey. Ref. 4. O. 11. Reference to be found in the Australian War Memorials AWM148 Roll of Honour cards, 1939-1945 War, Air Force. Commemorated on the Kyancutta Roll of Honour.

ALSTON

William Arthur George

Leading Aircraftman 1509278. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 23 September 1944. Age 22. Son of Arthur William George & Florence Alston; husband of Norah Charlotte Florence Alston of Upper Holloway, London. Buried: BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY, SURREY. Ref. 21.D.10.

28 / 29 October 1944

Took off from Little Staughton at 11.45. Task was to mark gun positions on Walcheren. Lost without trace.

CROFT

Lawrence Furby

Flying Officer 422079. 582 Squadron Royal New Zealand Air Force. Died Sunday 29 October 1944. Age 23. Son of Isaac Furby Croft & of Bertha Croft (nee Anderson); husband of Elizabeth Croft of Wadestown, Wellington, New Zealand. Commemorated: RUNNEYMEDE MEMORIAL, SURREY. Panel 262.

DAWSON, DFC

Eric Sidney

Flight Lieutenant 82210. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Sunday 29 October 1944. Commemorated: RUNNEYMEDE MEMORIAL, SURREY. Panel 202.

HODGSON 

Kenneth

Flying Officer 154238. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Sunday 29 October 1944. Age 20. Son of Capt. George Hodgson and Rhoda Hodgson, of Carlinghow, Yorkshire. Commemorated: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 206.

MAHONEY 

Rex Cecil

Flight Sergeant 1336772. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Sunday 29 October 1944. Commemorated: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 220.

POCOCK

Robert Leslie

Pilot Officer 185749. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Sunday 29 October 1944. Commemorated: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey Panel 212.

ROBERTS

William John Henry

Sergeant 1155381. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Sunday 29 October 1944. Age 23. Son of George and Eva Mildred Roberts; husband of Ethel Roberts, of Broadstairs, Kent. Commemorated: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 237.

WILSON

David Desmond

Sergeant 1573648. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Sunday 29 October 1944. Age 20. Son of James McCall Wilson and Elizebeth Small Wilson, of Glasgow. Commemorated: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 240.

WITTY

Wilfred Thomas

Flight Sergeant 1397910. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Sunday 29 October 1944. Age 21. Son of John and Mary Witty, of Chelsea, London. Commemorated: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 223.

11 November 1944

Event at Little Staughton.

MELLOR

Abel Jocelyn

Flying Officer 142199. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died at Little Staughton on the night of Saturday 11 November 1944. Age 21. Son of Abel and Barbara Janet Clelan Mellor, of Hungerford, Berkshire. Buried: CAMBRIDGE CITY CEMETERY, Cambridgeshire. Ref. Grave 15121.

3 December 1944

Took off from Little Staughton at 08.04. Task was to attack a dam on the River Roer. Was attacked by an Me262 over Holland. The pilot ordered the crew to bale out. The crew were rescued by American troops, but S/L Grillage was killed in the exchange of fire. The rest of the crew appeared to have got back to Little Staughton.

GRILLAGE

Frederick George

Flight Lieutenant 86729. Air Gunner. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Sunday 3 December 1944. Age 36. Son of Elsie Grillage; husband of Morfa Grillage of Woking, Surrey. Buried: VENRAY WAR CEMETERY, LIMBURG, NETHERLANDS. Ref. V.F.2.

12 / 13 December 1944

Took off from Little Staughton at 17.17. Was hit by flak on the bombing run and exploded. All the crew were killed.

KINMAN

Jack

Flying Officer 150440. Pilot 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Tuesday 12 December 1944. Age 22. Son of Thomas Hilary Kinman and Ella Attewell Kinman, of Bilton, Warwickshire. Buried: REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Ref. 13. G. 8.

MAWSON

Harry

Sergeant 1591864. Flt. Engr. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Tuesday 12 December 1944. Age 23. Son of Thomas and Sarah J. A. Mawson, of Stockton-on-Tees, Co. Durham. Buried: REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Ref. 13. E. 13.

GISBY

Michael

Flying Officer 153015. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Tuesday 12 December 1944. age 22. Son of Herbert Arthur and Ida Mary Gisby. Commemorated: RUNNEYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 206.

PLIMMER, DFM

Albert Leslie

Flight Sergeant 1620607. Nav. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Tuesday 12 December 1944. Age 21. Son of Albert and Ethel Plimmer; husband of Gladys Sarah Plimmer (nee Wood), of Armthorpe, Yorkshire. Buried: REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Ref. 13. G. 5.

F/S Plimmer’s DFM was gazetted on 17 Oct 1944 whilst he was serving with 101 Squadron.

HUGHES, DFM

Patrick Anthony

Flying Officer 175594. Air Bomber 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Tuesday 12 December 1944. Age 28. Son of James and Florence Hughes, of Seven Kings, Ilford, Essex. Buried: REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Ref. 13. G. 7.

P/O Hughes’ DFM was gazetted on 27 June 1944.

EVANS

Ernest Edward

Flight Sergeant 1800212. W.Op / Air Gunner 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Tuesday 12 December 1944. Age 22. Son of Ernest Edward & Florence M. Evans. Buried: REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, GERMANY. Ref. 13.G.6.

WRIGHT

Stanley John

Flight Sergeant 1896094. Air Gnr. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Tuesday 12 December 1944. Age 20. Son of Stanley John Wright, and of Hilda Gertrude Wright, of Wallington, Surrey. Buried: REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Ref. 13. G. 3.

TREVIS

Sidney Charles

Flight Sergeant 1584991. Air Gnr. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Tuesday 12 December 1944. Buried: REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Ref. 13. G. 4.

23 December 1944

Took off from Little Staughton at 10.29. Hit by flak and then shot up by Me109s. Crashed onto a street in Cologne. Flight Sergeants J MacLennan RCAF and R E Pearce RCAF were taken prisoner.

REIF

Arndt Walther

Flight Lieutenant J/86455. 582 (R.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal Canadian Air Force. Died Saturday 23 December 1944. Age 29. Son of Arndt Johannes and Margot Walther Reif; and stepson of Emmy Reif, of Baker, Oregon, U.S.A. Buried: RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Ref. Coll. grave 7. C. 22-25.

PATERSON

John

Sergeant 1823399. Flt. Engr. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 23 December 1944. Buried: RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Ref. Coll. grave 7. C. 22-25.

AUSTIN

Kenneth Harry

P/O J/90857. Nav. 582 (RAF) Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force. Died Saturday 23 December 1944. Buried: RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, GERMANY. Ref. Coll. Grave 7.C. 22 – 25.

UZELMAN

Peter

Pilot Officer J/93105. Air Bomber. 582 (R.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal Canadian Air Force. Died Saturday 23 December 1944. Buried: RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Ref. Coll. grave 7. C. 22-25.

OWEN

George

Flight Sergeant 1622728. W. Op. [Air]. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 23 December 1944. Age 21. Son of F. Owen and Hannah Owen, of Lower Kersall, Salford, Lancashire. Buried: RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Ref. Coll. grave 7. C. 22-25.

23 December 1944

Took off from Little Staughton at 10.28. Shot down by a fighter over the target area and crashed into a marshalling yard. Both Flying Officer H E Parratt DFM and Flight Sergeant R K Shirley survived despite crashing into a marshalling yard from 20,000 feet in a flat spin. They and other members of the crew, Flight Lieutenant R C Hockl(e)y, Sergeant D Spier, Flying Officer O H Smith & Flight Lieutenant V J D Jehan survived and were taken prisoner. The only fatality was:

HEWITT, D.F.M.

Kenneth William

Pilot Officer 183777. Flight Engineer. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 23 December 1944. Age 24. Son of William Buxton Hewitt and Jessie Florence Hewitt of Cricklewood, Middlesex. Buried: HEVERLEE WAR CEMETERY, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium. Ref. 10.D.9.

P/O Hewitt’s DFM was awarded his DFM whilst serving with 460 Squadron. It was gazetted on 21 April 1944.

23 December 1944

Took off from Little Staughton at 10.27. Shot down by flak in the target area. One member of the crew, Flight Sergeant R K Yeulatt RCAF was taken prisoner. The rest of the crew were killed.

PALMER, VC, DFC and Bar.

Robert Anthony Maurice

(S/L Palmer is recorded in 109 Squadron Memorial Book). Squadron Leader 115772. Pilot 109 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died on 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.

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.

MILNE, DFC

Owen Strachan  

Flight Lieutenant 132625. 109 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 23 December 1944. Buried: RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Ref. 14. C. 12.

CARTER, DFC

Albert Leslie

Squadron Leader 44553. Nav. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force. Died Saturday 23 December 1944. Age 29. Son of Thomas and Alice Emma Carter; husband of Ruby Eileen Carter of Wroughton, Wiltshire. Buried: RHEINBURG WAR CEMETERY, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Ref. 14.C.10.

RUSSELL, DFC

George

[F/L Russell is recorded in 109 Squadron Memorial Book]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.

NUNDY

Bert

Flight Sergeant 1671822. W.Op. 109 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 23 December 1944. Age 21. Son of Herbert Stanley and Florence Alice Nundy, of Hull. Buried: RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Ref. 14. C. 9.

DALGARNO

William

Flying Officer 161283. Air Gnr. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 23 December 1944. Buried: RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Ref. 14. C. 11.

23 December 1944

Took off from Little Staughton at 10.29. Believed to have crashed at Opitter. Flying Officer W E Vaughan RCAF, Flight Lieutenant A R Whitaker, Warrant Officer H Fuller and Sergeant G Fallon were taken prisoner. The remainder of the crew were killed.

THOMAS, DFC

Peter Alfred

Flight Lieutenant 172593. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 23 December 1944. Age 22. Son of Alfred Nicholas and Dorothea May Thomas, of North Cheam, Surrey. Buried: HEVERLEE WAR CEMETERY, Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium. Ref. 6. D. 21.

HOBBS 

Vivian George

Flight Sergeant 816098. Flt. Engr. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 23 December 1944. Age 20. Son of George William and Gwendoline Florence Hobbs, of Cyncoed, Cardiff. Buried: REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Ref. 30. E. 18.

 

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CAMPBELL

Frederick William

Pilot Officer J/94493. Air Gunner. 582 (RAF) Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force. Died Saturday 23 December 1944. Age 29. Son of William True Campbell and Bertha Lillian Campbell of Pembroke, Hants Co., Nova Scotia; husband of Dorothy Glennon Campbell. Buried: GROESBEEK CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, Gelderland, Netherlands. Ref. XVII.B.7.

16 January 1945

Took off from Little Staughton at 18.35. Task was to mark the Braunkohle-Benzin synthetic oil plant. Presumed abandoned over Allied held territory, whilst homebound. Flying Officer P J McVerry, Sergeants’ D Fallon and T Myatt, Flying Officer W B Thorby and Flight Sergeants J A Denton and J Carroll RAAF escaped. One crew member was killed.

McNAMARA 

Nicholas

Sergeant 1798690. Air Gnr. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Wednesday 17 January 1945. Age 21. Son of Nicholas McNamara and of Bridget McNamara (nee Liston), of Limerick, Irish Republic. Buried: CLICHY NORTHERN CEMETERY Hauts-de-Seine, France. Ref. Plot 16. Row 10. Grave 9.

23 February 1945

Took off from Little Staughton, as Master Bomber. Attacked over the target by an Me110 (possibly Hptm Gerhard Freiedrich, II/NJG1) whose fire shattered one engine and holed the fuel tanks. Attacked again by the fighter which knocked out a second engine. Homebound, it lost height and the crew were ordered to bale out. Captain Swales held the aircraft steady, but hit high tension cables before he was able to escape. The crew, Flight Sergeants G W Bennington DFM, C Dodson DSO DFC, & B Leach; Squadron Leader D P D Archer DSO DFC; and Pilot Officers R A Wheaton RAAF, A V Goodacre RAAF and N Bourne RCAF all escaped. Captain Swales was killed.

SWALES, VC & DFC

Edwin (Ted)

Major (Captain in Memorial Book). 6101V. 582 Sqdn., South African Air Force. Died Friday 23 February 1945. Age 29. Son of Harry E. and Olive M. Swales, of Durban Natal, South Africa. Buried: LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY, Leopoldsburg, Limburg, Belgium VIII. C. 5.

Citation: The citation in the London Gazette of 20th April, 1945, gives the following detail: Major Swales was the `master bomber' of a force of aircraft which attacked Pforzheim on the night of 23rd February, 1945. Over the target the aircraft was repeatedly attacked by an enemy fighter and severely damaged, two engines being put out of action. Major Swales remained to issue aiming instructions until he was satisfied that the attack had achieved its purpose. By skilful flying he was able to bring the aircraft back to friendly territory, where he ordered the crew to bale out. The aircraft became gradually more difficult to control and, as the last of the crew jumped, it plunged to earth; Major Swales was found dead at the controls. Intrepid in attack, courageous in the face of danger, he did his duty to the last, giving his life that his comrades might live.

He was the only SAAF airman to be so decorated.

Major Swales (fourth from the right) with crew

Photographs Courtesy of John Nunn

5 / 6 March 1945

Took off from Little Staughton at 17.33. Homebound when a TI which had failed to release exploded and sent the aircraft down near Chesham, Buckinghamshire. Sergeant G Hart managed to parachute clear.

GOULD

John Charles

Flying Officer 177586 Pilot. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Tuesday 6 March 1945. Age 23. son of Alfred and Gladys Emma Gould of Finchley, Middlesex. Buried: OXFORD BOTLEY CEMETERY, Oxfordshire. Ref. Plot H/1. Grave 188.

DENBIGH

Arnold

Sergeant 1588726. Flight Engineer. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died. Tuesday 6 March 1945. Age 19. Son of Ronald & Ann Elizabeth Denbigh of Accrington, Lancs. Buried: OXFORD (BOTLEY) CEMETERY, Oxfordshire. Ref. Plot H/1. Grave 190.

BARNETT

Ross Frederick

Flight Sergeant 417794. Royal Australian Air Force. Died in air explosion Tuesday 6 March 1945. Age 22. Born 11 September 1922 at Broken Hill, New South Wales. Son of Alfred William & Irene Pearl Barnett of 62, East Parade, Mitcham, South Australia. Buried: OXFORD (BOTLEY) CEMETERY, Oxfordshire. Ref. Plot H/1. Grave 187. Reference to be found in the Australian War Memorials AWM148 Roll of Honour cards, 1939-1945 War, Air Force. Commemorated on the Adelaide Roll of Honour.

TORR

Glen

Warrant Officer 417533. Royal Australian Air Force. Died in air explosion Tuesday 6 March 1945. Age 21. Son of John Harold and Clarice Torr, of Farrell Flat, South Australia. Buried: OXFORD (BOTLEY) CEMETERY, Oxfordshire. Ref. Plot H/1. Grave 186. Reference to be found in the Australian War Memorials AWM148 Roll of Honour cards, 1939-1945 War, Air Force.

HEMSWORTH

Ellis Wilby

Warrant Officer 423730. Royal Australian Air Force. Died in air explosion 6 March 1945. Age 21. Born 30th September 1923 in Sheffield, England. Son of Harold Edward & Margaret Jones Hemsworth of 106 Regatta Road, Five Dock, New South Wales, Australia. Buried: OXFORD (BOTLEY) CEMETERY, Oxfordshire. Ref. Plot H/1. Grave 185. Reference to be found in the Australian War Memorials AWM148 Roll of Honour cards, 1939-1945 War, Air Force. Commemorated on Sydney Roll of Honour.

RALPH

Gerald John Price

Sergeant 1811907. Air Gnr 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Tuesday 6 March 1945. Age 20. Son of Arthur William Ralph, and of Edith Eleanor May Ralph, of Purley, Surrey. Buried: OXFORD (BOTLEY) CEMETERY, Oxfordshire. Ref. Plot H/1. Grave 189.

7 / 8 March 1945

Lancaster attacking Dessau.

AUSTIN

Lewis Walter Castle

Flying Officer 174610. Air Gunner. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed by a flak burst Thursday 8 March 1945. Age 36. Son of Thomas Sutherland Austin & Maud Jane Austin; husband of Marjorie Edith May Austin of Worthing, Sussex. Buried: CAMBRIDGE CITY CEMETERY, CAMBRIDGESHIRE. Ref. Grave 15311.

15 / 16 March 1945

Took off from Little Staughton at 18.08. Lost without trace.

UNDERWOOD, DFC

William Harry Thomas

Flying Officer 145864. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 15 March 1945. Commemorated: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 268.

GOODWIN

William John

Sergeant 1593711. 582 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 15 March 1945. Age 19. Son of William Henry and Kathleen Florence Goodwin of Saffron Walden, Essex. Commemorated: RUNNEYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 275.

ROBSON

Richard William

Flight Sergeant 1602074. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 15 March 1945. Age 22. Son of Richard and Sarah Elizabeth Robson, of West Hartlepool, Co. Durham. Commemorated: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 272.

LEWIS

John William 

Flying Officer 147932. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 15 March 1945. Age 29. Son of William Thomas Lewis and Edith Lewis, of Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. Commemorated: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 267.

CANTWELL

Richard Power

W/O 424964. Royal Australian Air Force. Died in air battle Thursday 15 March 1945. Age 20. Son of Richard and Louisa May Cantwell of Marouba, New South Wales, Australia. Commemorated: RUNNEYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Ref. Panel 283. Reference to be found in the Australian War Memorials AWM148 Roll of Honour cards, 1939-1945 War, Air Force.

MURRAY

George

Sergeant 1898019. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 15 March 1945. Age 25. Son of William Murray, and of Elizabeth Murray, of Lanesboro, Co. Longford, Republic of Ireland. Commemorated: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 276.

WILLER

Gordon Oliver

Sergeant 2221374. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 15 March 1945. Age 22. Son of Thomas W. and Amplias E. Willer, of Quinton, Birmingham. Commemorated: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 277.

28 April 1945

Took off from Little Staughton. Iced up after flying into snow and lost power on both port engines. Crashed at 11.50 near Corby. Two of the crew were killed. The others escaped, but their names are not recorded.

TERPENING, DFC

Robert Patrick

Flight Lieutenant 424312. Royal Australian Air Force. Died in flying accident Saturday 28 April 1945. Age 24. Born 2nd April 1920 in Hawaii, Honolulu. Journalist on Sydney Daily Telegraph and drama critic. Son of Maurice Everett and Hester May Terpening; husband of Elisabeth Terpening, of Elizabeth Bay House, Elizabeth Bay, New South Wales, Australia. Buried: CAMBRIDGE CITY CEMETERY, Cambridgeshire. Ref. Grave 15503. Reference to be found in the Australian War Memorials AWM148 Roll of Honour cards, 1939-1945 War, Air Force. Commemorated on Sydney Roll of Honour.

WATSON, DFM

John Grylls

Pilot Officer 424485. Royal Australian Air Force. Died in flying accident Saturday 28 April 1945. Age 20. Born 6th August 1924 in Roseville, New South Wales. Shipping clerk before call up. Son of Edmund Lionel Grylls Watson and Hetty Ruth Watson, of 6, Bridge St., Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Buried: CAMBRIDGE CITY CEMETERY, Cambridgeshire. Ref. Grave 15502. Reference to be found in the Australian War Memorials AWM148 Roll of Honour cards, 1939-1945 War, Air Force. Commemorated on Manly Roll of Honour.

 

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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