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Within RAF East Kirby, Lincolnshire are two nameboards listing over 600 men who died between 1943 and 1945 from 630 Squadron and 57 Squadron. This database contains all the names of the men from 630 and 57 Squadron who died between 1939-1947 including those names on the boards. We may have missed some but hopefully that details can be added to later on. More can be found about RAF East Kirkby also 630 Squadron has an Association website. There are 93 Australians, 168 Canadians, 52 New Zealanders, 2 South Africans and 1,114 from the United Kingdom plus 3 Norwegians and 2 United States of America airmen. Where information has been found relating to a specific man on a site other then the CWGC then a link has been added to that information under the memorial link.


You can enter all or fields or none to search. Eantering part of a field will mach that single value. For instance, entering ED in Surname and 5 in Squadron would return entries for EDMUNDS, John 57 Squadron, Edwards, Ernest James 57 Squadron.

To see all entries for 'New Zealand' select that entry from the list.

To see all burials or commemorations in 'France' enter 'France in the box. To see all entries for 'RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL' simply enter 'RUNNYMEDE' in the box or 'RUNNY' or any starting section.

Not all records used to build this database refer to a man's squadron; when a man is latterly discovered to be 57 or 630 Squadron and deceased then these records are being added as soon as they are identified. Sorting of records is based on the first few characters of the surname and may appear out of order at times.

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RAF Bomber Command controlled the RAF's bomber forces from 1936 to 1968. Along with the United States Army Air Forces, it played the central role in the strategic bombing of Germany in World War II. From 1942 onward, the British bombing campaign against Germany became less restrictive and increasingly targeted industrial sites and the civilian manpower base essential for German war production. In total 364,514 operational sorties were flown, 1,030,500 tons of bombs were dropped and 8,325 aircraft lost in action. Bomber Command crews also suffered a high casualty rate: 55,573 were killed out of a total of 125,000 aircrew, a 44.4% death rate. A further 8,403 men were wounded in action, and 9,838 became prisoners of war.

Bomber Command stood at the peak of its post-war military power in the 1960s, the V bombers holding the United Kingdom's nuclear deterrent and a supplemental force of Canberra light bombers.

In August 2006, a memorial was unveiled at Lincoln Cathedral. A memorial in Green Park in London was unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II on 28 June 2012 to highlight the price paid by the aircrews.

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The IBCC Losses Database records the details of 57,861 Bomber Command deaths during WWII. It provides one of the most comprehensive record of these losses in the world.

The work to create this database, which now contains almost 4 million pieces of data, has taken our team of volunteers 5 years. Led by our Losses Archivist, and volunteer, Dave Gilbert. The team have cross referenced the data with innumerable sources including national and international Rolls of Honour, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Squadron Association logs, the Chorley Volumes and POW records.

The database now contains over 3 million individual pieces of information and will help you discover the story behind each loss. The work on the database continues with the aim to record every single loss during WWII from those who served or supported Bomber Command.

630 Squadron   57 Squadron

The squadron was formed at RAF East Kirkby, near Spilsby in Lincolnshire on 15 November 1943 from 'B' Flight of No. 57 Squadron RAF, equipped with Lancaster Mk. I bombers as part of No. 5 Group RAF in Bomber Command. It re-equipped with Lancaster Mk. III bombers the same month, carrying out strategic bombing roles. Between 18/19 November 1943 and 25 April 1945, the squadron took part in many major raids, including each of the 16 big raids made by Bomber Command on the German capital during what became known as the "Battle of Berlin".

The units first operation was the night of 18/19 November 1943 when 9 of its Lancasters bombed Berlin and its last bombing sortie was 25 April 1945 with 5 Lancasters bombing Obersalzberg. Its last military operation was minelaying in Onions area (Oslofjord off Horten) on 25/26 April 1945.

Following April 1945 the squadron became involved in Operation Exodus: ferrying POWs back to Britain, finally disbanding on 18 July 1945.

[Source: Wikipedia]

57 Squadron was established during World War 1 and was operational during the inter-war period.

Following the outbreak of the Second World War the squadron moved to France as part of the Air Component of the British Expeditionary Force, operating from Roye/Amy from 24 September 1939 in the strategic reconnaissance role and moving to Rosières-en-Santerre on 18 October. Following the German invasion of May 1940, the squadron re-added bombing to its reconnaissance duties, but was forced to frequently change bases to avoid the German advance, moving to Poix on 17 May and Crécy-en-Ponthieu (the site of the Battle of Crécy in 1346) before evacuating to England on 21 May. After a brief stay at Wyton the squadron was tasked with carrying out anti-shipping strikes against the coast of Norway and moved to RAF Elgin in Scotland.

No. 57 Squadron Avro Lancaster with "Usual" area bombing load of 4000 pound blast bomb and incendiary bombs

The squadron moved to Feltwell in November 1940 to re-equip with the Vickers Wellington. In September 1942 the squadron moved to Scampton and converted to Avro Lancasters. This was followed by a move to East Kirkby in August 1943 from where it operated for the remainder of the war, until disbanding on 25 November 1945.

During the War the squadron flew 5151 operational sorties and lost 172 aircraft.

[Source: Wikipedia]
630 Squadron Memorial Board RAF East Kirkby
57 Squadron Memorial Board RAF East Kirkby
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Extract from Hampshire Telegraph - Friday 12 May 1944, page 15:

Gosport Pilot's Courage

TWO local flying officers of No. 57 Squadron, R.A.F., have been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in recognition of gallantry displayed in operations against the enemy--one on Berlin and the other on Leipzig.

Firstly there is Flying Officer Frank Albert Thomas, No. 57 Squadron, who has taken part in very many attacks on heavily defended targets in Germany and has displayed commendable skill, courage and devotion to duty.

One night in March, he was the pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack Berlin. Although one engine failed on the outward flight, Flying Officer Thomas flew on to the target, which he attacked with his usual determination.

On two other occasions recently this pilot has proved his skill by successfully attacking his targets despite technical difficulties.

This officer was born In 1921 at Pembroke, and his home is at Southsea. Hants. He enlisted for air crew in 1941 and trained In U.S.A. He was commissioned in 1942 and is entitled to wear the ribbon of the 1939/43 Star.

Acting Flight Lieut. John Sidney Ludford. No. 57 Squadron, in February, was the pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack Leipzig.

When some 100 miles from the target the aircraft was attacked by a fighter. The hydraulic gear and the starboard inner propeller was damaged: the electrical circuits were also damaged, causing a failure of the lighting and heating system.

In no way deterred, Flight Lieut. Ludford flew on to the target and made a successful attack, afterwards flying safely to base with the bomb doors open. This officer displayed praise-worthy courage and determination. He has completed many sorties, including eight attacks on Berlin.

Flight Lieut. Ludford was born in 1922 at Gosport. He was educated at North Kensington Central School. He enlisted as aircraft apprentice in 1938, later trained for air crew in Canada and was com-missioned in 1943. He is entitled to wear the ribbon of the 1939-43 star.


Extract from Western Morning News - Wednesday 20 September 1944, page 2:

D.F.C.s For Devon Officers

The D.F.C. has been awarded to Fig. Off. S. Paul, R.A.F.V.R., No. 51 Squadron. He entered for air crew in 1939, and was commissioned in 1942. He was born in 1910 at Madras, India, and was educated at Mount Radford School, Exeter, where his home is.

Flt. Off. A. J. Lucas, R.A.F.V.R., No. 630 Squadron, also gets the D.F.C. His home is at Plymouth, where he was born in 1923. He was educated at Sutton High School, Plymouth. Enlisting in 1941, he was commissioned this year.

Extract from Aberdeen Press and Journal - Thursday 30 December 1943, page 4:


A night fighter pilot who destroyed an F.W. 190 on its way to raid London, and later made perfect landing despite a bullet in his liver as a result of another engagement, receives the D.F.C. in a new list of RA.F. awards.

He is Sqdn. Ldr. John Barry Selway, No. 85 Squadron (A.A.F.), of Chalfont. St Giles, Bucks, who in his fight with the second raider, a Junkers 88, was severely wounded and momentarily lost control.

The D.S.O. is awarded to Actg. Sqdn. Ldr. Charles Bud John Porter, D.F.C., No. 51 Squadron, of Hammersmith, who has taken part in attacks against Berlin, Hamburg, and the Ruhr.

Fit. Sgt. James White, of No. 630 Squadron, who lives at Clarkston, Glasgow, pilot and captain of Lancaster which bombed Leipzig on December 3, wins the D.F.M.

With his plane badly damaged by an ME. 210, Sgt. White bombed his target, and by superb airmanship made a perfect landing on a strange airfield —with his bomb doors opn and a burst tyre.

Some sources used in building this database: Commonwealth War Graves Commission, National Archives of Canada, Australian War Memorial, South African War Graves Project, Roll of Honour pages, Auckland Museum Cenotaph, 1939 Register from, Baptism Records from, 1911 Census from, Burial Records from, The British Newspaper Archive, International Bomber Command Losses Database

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