PETERBOROUGH WAR MEMORIAL

Burning Aircraft
Second World War
Royal Air Force

AKASS, Charles Richard – Corporal 930476, 2757 Squadron, RAF Regiment, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 25, on the 16th December 1944. Believed killed when a V2 rocket hit a cinema in Antwerp. The son of Francis and Ethel Akass and the husband of Vera Akass of Peterborough. Buried in Schoonselhof Cemetery, Antwerp, Belgium. Grave V. D. 73.

ARBON, Frederick James – 45 Hankey Street, Peterborough. Sergeant (Air Gunner) 1869934, Bomber Command, 51 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 20, on the 2nd May 1944. He was the Rear Gunner in a Handley Page Halifax Mk III, Serial No MZ593, Code Letters MH-Z. The aircraft took off from Snaith to bomb rail installations at Mechelen. The plane was shot down by a night fighter. Four of the seven man crew died. The son of Mr and Mrs A. Arbon of Peterborough and the grandson of Mr and Mrs Alfred Arbon of Peterborough. Buried in Wevelgem Communal Cemetery, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave E.454.

BAKER, Leonard Alec – Sergeant 526668, 113 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died, aged 24, on the 11th January 1942. The son of William and Elsie Baker of Woodston, Peterborough. Buried in Moascar War Cemetery, Egypt. Grave 1. A. 10.

BALCHIN, Bernard James – Flight Lieutenant (Pilot), 46515, Royal Air Force. Died, aged 27, on the 22nd March 1944. The son of George and Lily Balchin and the husband of Gladys Balchin of Peterborough. Buried in Eastfield Cemetery, Peterborough. Div. 1. Block 17. Grave 7449.

Balchin B J   Bernard James Balchin

BARRETT, Leonard Charles – Albert Place, Peterborough. Sergeant, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, 1467119, 12 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, age unknown, on the 26th February 1944. He was the Wireless Operator in Avro Lancaster Mk I, Serial No ME632, Code Letters PH-P that took off from Wickenby to attack Augsburg. All seven crew died. The son of Stanley and Beatrice Barrett and the husband of Gladys Barrett. Buried in Choloy War Cemetery, Meurthe- et- Moselle, France. Collective Grave 4.D.1-6.

BARWELL, Philip Reginald – Peterborough. Group Captain 22062, Royal Air Force, DFC. Died, aged 35, on the 1st July 1942 when Barwell, accompanied by Squadron Leader Oxspring, took off from Biggin Hill an hour before sunset on a standing patrol between Dungeness and Beachy Head. Control at Biggin Hill warned of unidentified aircraft in the area, which proved later to be two Spitfires from Tangmere flown by inexperienced pilots. Barwell, apparently oblivious to the warning, was attacked by one and shot down in flames into the sea. Although Oxspring saw him trying to open his hood Barwell did not bale out. Despite intensive searches no trace of him was found. His body was washed up on the French coast and he is buried in Calais Canadian War Cemetery, Grave 5.G.1. The son of Reginald and Alice Barwell and the husband of Mary Elizabeth Barwell of Peterborough.

Philip Reginald Barwell   Philip Reginald Barwell

BEALES, Ronald – 176 Crown Street, Peterborough. Sergeant Flight Engineer 1868744, 576 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 38, on the 8th March 1945. He was the Flight Engineer in Avro Lancaster Mk I, Serial No PD363, Code Letters UL-K2 and named ‘Mighty Atom’ that took off from Fiskerton to attack Dessau. All seven crew died. The son of Fanny Beales of Peterborough and the husband of Kathleen Beales of Peterborough. Buried in Choloy War Cemetery, France. Collected grave. 4. C. 1-7.

Beales R   Ronald Beales

BEETON, Wilfred Roy – Newark Avenue, Peterborough. Sergeant (W.Op./Air Gnr.), 1359941, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 29, on the 17th January 1942. The son of Wilfred Beeton and Elsie Amelia Beeton (nee Carter) and husband of Beatrice Mary Beeton, of East Bergholt, Suffolk. Buried in the Old Fletton Cemetery, Peterborough. Grave 128, Section 6.

BIGGS, Alfred Henry George – 26 Brownlow Road, Peterborough. Pilot Officer 169653, 219 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 34, on the 24th May 1944. The son of Alfred and Elizabeth Biggs and the husband of Dora Biggs of Harrogate. No known grave he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 210.

BLACKADDER, William Smith – Pilot Officer (Wireless Op / Air Gunner) 134028, 18 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 21, on the 24th July 1942. He was the Pilot Officer in a Blenheim, Serial No Z7428 that took off from Wattisham for an Intruder operation to Vechta airfield. The cause of loss was not established. The son of John and Maggie Blackadder and the husband of Rita Blackadder of Woodston, Peterborough. All three crew died. Buried in Sage War Cemetery, Oldenberg, Germany. Grave 14. C. 1.

BLOM, Walter Michael – 33 Vere Road, Peterborough. Flight Lieutenant, DFC, 150 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died, aged 23, on the 27th July 1940 when, being the pilot of a Fairey Battle aircraft, Serial Number L5528, Code Letters JN, a bomb fell off the plane at its base at Newton, Nott’s, and exploded killing Blom, his two crew and four ground crew. The husband of Catharine Winifred Blom of Peterborough. Believed to be the Brother in Law of Ronald Henry Orton who was also killed. Buried in East Bridgeford (St Peter) Churchyard, Nott’s. Grave 3A.

BRANKER, Ronald – 39 Croyland Road, Walton, Peterborough. Leading Aircraftman 1723550, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 23, on the 15th June 1945. No known next of kin. Buried in Paston Churchyard, Peterborough. Grave D.15.

BROADHURST, James – Sergeant 522691, Royal Air Force. Died, aged 29, on the 29th November 1943 while a Japanese prisoner of war. He was on a Japanese transport ship, the Suez Maru, which was taking a number of sick prisoners of war and sick Japanese to Java. The ship was torpedoed by the American submarine the USS Bonefish in the Java Sea. Many drowned but a large number managed to swim away from the sinking ship. A Japanese mine sweeper, acting as an escort, opened fire on the survivors and rammed lifeboats and rafts. All prisoners were murdered in the water. The escort saved as many Japanese survivors as it could before leaving. The son of Henry and May Broadhurst of Atherton, Lancashire and the husband of Gladys Broadhurst of Dogsthorpe, Peterborough. No known grave he is commemorated on the Singapore Memorial. Column 425.

BROOKER, Bernard Chapman – Peterborough. Flight Lieutenant (Navigator) 172486, DFC and Bar, 156 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 25, on the 11th March 1945. He was the Navigator in Avro Lancaster Mk III, Serial No PB669 that took off on a training flight from Warboys. At the time he was attached to the Pathfinder Force Navigation Training Unit. The aircraft crashed at high speed at Old Weston near Spaldwick, Huntingdonshire. All eight crew died. He received his DFC in May 1944 as an acting Warrant Officer and the Bar in October 1944 as an acting Flight Lieutenant. Both were awarded while serving with 35 Squadron. The husband of Joan Brooker of Peterborough. Buried in Eastfield Cemetery, Peterborough. Grave 6618.Div.1. Block 16.

BUTT, Thomas Alfred George – Peterborough. Sergeant 801506, 90 Squadron, Royal Air Force (Auxiliary Air Force). Died, aged 25, on the 15th February 1943. He was in a Stirling bomber, Serial No BF438 that took off from Ridgewell to attack Cologne, Germany. The aircraft was lost without trace. All seven crew died. The son of George and Myra Butt and the husband of Celia Butt of Old Fletton, Peterborough. No known grave he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 144.

CADMORE, Edgar – 234 Gladstone Street, Peterborough. Sergeant (Air Gunner) 1331075, 76 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 21, on the 12th June 1943. He was a gunner in Handley Page Halifax Mk V, Serial No DK200, Code Letters MP-L. The aircraft took off from Linton – on – Ouse to bomb Dusseldorf when it crashed at Scherlebeck near Recklinghausen. Three died and four became prisoners. The son of Sidney and Ethel Cadmore of Peterborough. Buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany, Grave 18.B.8.

CAIRNS, Eon Arthur – 47 Exeter Road, Peterborough. 1614727 Sergeant, Air Gunner, Coastal Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 21, on the 17th February 1944. The son of Robert and Mary Cairns of Whiteley Village, Surrey. No known grave he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 226.

CHAPMAN, Lewis William – The Spital Bridge, Westwood Street, Peterborough. Pilot Officer 179798, DFM, Coastal Command, 244 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, age unknown, on the 31st July 1944. P/O Chapman was killed when a 44 Squadron Dakota, Serial No KG690, was transporting 244 Squadron personnel from Riyan to Salalah when it crashed into a mountain 30 miles from Salalah. Apparently the approach was very difficult and should only have been undertaken in good visibility. In this instance there was heavy cloud. Five South African crew were killed along with twenty-seven passengers of whom P/O. Chapman was one. Chapman received his DFM in January 1944. The citation reads;
On October 16th 1943 the above mentioned NCO Pilot was on patrol in the Gulf of Oman when he sighted a submarine on the surface. He carried out a brilliant attack which resulted in the damaging and possible sinking of the U-Boat. Confirmation is awaited. Although Sgt Chapman has only been in 244 Squadron for a period of two months and is new to the job, he showed great initiative and clear-headedness in a situation that could have been ruined by the slightest error or delay.
Nb. U-533 was sunk 16 October 1943 in the Gulf of Oman by depth charges from a British Bisley (Blenheim) aircraft (244 Squadron). The son of Frank and Emily Chapman of Bournemouth. No known grave he is commemorated on the Alamein Memorial, Egypt. Column 279.

  Chapman L W   Lewis William Chapman

CHAPMAN, Raymond Henry – Eversden, Marholm Road, Peterborough. Flight Sergeant (Flight Engineer) 1615749, 356 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Awarded the French Croix de Guerre. Died, aged 21, on the 16th September 1944. He was a crew member in a Mk VI Liberator bomber that collided with another Liberator while flying in formation at 1,000 feet during a bombing operation to Maymyo Railway Station, Burma. Seventeen others also lost their lives. The son of Horace and Emma Chapman of Peterborough. Buried in Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar. Collected Grave 28.F.8-17.

COLEMAN, John Arthur – 73 Vere Road, Peterborough. Flight Sergeant (Navigator) 1600603, Transport Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 21, on the 6th February 1945. The son of Charles and Olive Coleman of Peterborough. Buried in Oundle Cemetery. Grave 23. Sec L.L.

COLLIN, Henry Oswald – 211 Dogsthorpe Road, Peterborough. Sergeant 1880273, 207 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 23, on the 21st March 1945. He was the Mid Upper Gunner in Avro Lancaster Mk I, Serial No PA196, Code Letters EM-D that took off from Spilsby to attack a synthetic oil plant at Bohlen. The aircraft was lost without trace. All seven crew died. The son of Arthur and Martha Collin of Peterborough. No known grave he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 274.

Collin H O   Henry Oswald Collin

CREEVY, Douglas William – 292 Dogsthorpe Road, Peterborough. Sergeant 1330741, 12 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 22, on the 26th May 1943. He was an air bomber in Avro Lancaster Mk III, Serial No ED967, Code Letters PH-F that took off from Wickenby to attack Dusseldorf. The aircraft crashed at Ratingen where all seven crew died. The son of William and Katie Creevy of Peterborough. Buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany. Grave 5.D.13.

CROOKS, Leslie – 221 Lincoln Road, Peterborough. Wing Commander (Pilot), 44054, DSO, DFC, 426 (RCAF) Squadron, Royal Air Force. He died, aged 33, on the 18th August 1943. He was the pilot of Avro Lancaster Mk II, Serial No DS681, Code Letters OW-. The aircraft took off at 2132 on 17th from Linton-on-Ouse to attack the V1 & V2 research facility at Peenemunde. Crooks was the Commanding Officer of 426 Squadron and was killed on the eighth operation of his second tour. Probably shot down by a night-fighter. One member of the crew survived. The son of Arthur and Bertha Crooks and the husband of Flora Crooks of Peterborough. Buried in Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery, Brandenburg, Germany. Collected Grave 7.Z.11-13.

Leslie Crooks   Leslie Crooks

DODRILL, Kevin Sean – 1 The Crescent, Woodston, Peterborough. Flight Lieutenant 49027, DFC, 107 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, age unknown, on the 17th March 1944. The son of George and Margaret Dodrill from Dublin and the husband of Dorita Angela Dodrill (nee O’Dell) of Woodston, Peterborough. Buried in Woodston Cemetery, Peterborough. Section 7, Grave 57.

Dodrill K S   Kevin Sean Dodrill

DORMAN, Edward Jack – 44 South Street, Stanground, Peterborough. Flying Officer (Pilot) 122472, 28 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died, aged 22, on the 10th October 1943 believed in a flying accident in India. The son of Edward and Martha Dorman of Stanground, Peterborough. Buried in Imphal War Cemetery, India. Grave 6.D.4.

DRAWWATER, Matthew Infield – Pilot Officer (Pilot) 40374, 37 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died, aged 28, on the 18th December 1939. He was the pilot in a Wellington, Serial No 2935, that took off from Feltwell on a reconnaissance mission. The aircraft was shot down by fighters and fell into the sea west of Schillig Point, Germany when all five crew died. The son of John and Florence Drawwater of Peterborough. Buried in Sage War Cemetery, Germany. Grave 7.A.4.

ELLIS, John Robert – 95 Taverners Road, Peterborough. Sergeant, Air Bomber, 50 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 22, on the 19th March 1944. He was the air Bomber in Lancaster Mk I, Serial No ED308, Code Letters VN-J that took off from Skellingthorpe to attack Frankfurt. Three of the seven man crew died. The son of Frank and Lillian Ellis of Peterborough and the husband of Betty Ellis of Peterborough. Buried in Durnbach War Cemetery, Bayern, Germany. Grave 1.H.16.

EMMINGTON, Leonard – 46 St Leonards Street, Peterborough. Sergeant 749032, 99 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Before the war he was employed as a fitter’s labourer at the Newall Engineering Company in Peterborough.  Joined the R.A.F. just before the outbreak of war and had been stationed in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) for three years. Died, aged 41, on the 14th September 1944 in the India Command Hospital at Bombay, following a short illness from toxic hepatitus. The son of George and Louise Emmington and the husband of Edith Emmington of Peterborough. Buried in Kandy War Cemetery, Sri Lanka. Grave 6.B.4. 

EVANS-EVANS, Anthony Caron – Peterborough. Group Captain (Pilot) 19108, 83 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died, aged 43, on the 21st February 1945. He was the pilot of an Avro Lancaster Mk III, Serial No NE165, Code Letters OL-Y, which took off from Coningsby to mark the Mittelland Canal near Gravenhorst in Germany for bombers from Number 5 Group to attack. This was a very experienced crew, four of whom were decorated. Evans-Evans had the DFC, which was announced on 16th February, five days previously. The aircraft was shot down by a night-fighter and crashed in Holland. All seven crew died. At 43 he was one of the oldest senior officers to die on bombing operations during the war. He was, at the time, also Station Commander of RAF Coningsby. The son of Anthony and Margaret Evans and the husband of Joyce Evans-Evans of Peterborough. His brother Roland Gwynne Evans-Evans was killed in action in 1944. Buried in Mierlo War Cemetery, Holland. Grave VIII.D.5.

Anthony Caron Evans - Evans   Anthony Caron Evans-Evans

EVANS-EVANS, Roland Gwynne – Peterborough. Flight Lieutenant 123750, 2804 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died, aged 30, on the 2nd October 1944. The son of Anthony and Margaret Evans-Evans of Peterborough and the husband of Hilda Evans-Evans of Stilton, near Peterborough. His brother Anthony Caron Evans-Evans also died in 1945. Buried in Leopoldsburg War Cemetery, Belgium. Grave VI.D.16.

Roland Gwynne Evans - Evans   Roland Gwynne Evans-Evans

FAIRBAIRN, Neil Joseph – 15 St. Mark’s Street, Peterborough. Flying Officer 50478, Bomber Command, 622 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died, aged 21, on the 25th April 1944. He was the navigator in Avro Lancaster Mk I, Serial No ME693, Code Letters GI-F that took off from Mildenhall to attack Karlsruhe. All seven crew died. The son of Walter and Bernice Fairbairn of Peterborough. Buried in Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany. Collected grave 20.A.23-25.

FOX, Kenneth David – Warrant Officer 751873, 206 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 24, on the 28th September 1944. The son of Bertram and Frances Fox and the husband of Jean Fox of Peterborough. No known grave he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 213.

GAGE, John Watson – 169 Fletton Avenue, Peterborough. Flying Officer 151085, 463 (RAAF) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 24, on the 3rd January 1944. He was a Navigator in Avro Lancaster Mk III, Serial No JA902, Code Letters JO-D that took off from Waddington to bomb Berlin. The aircraft crashed into water which has since been reclaimed to form the Noor-Oost-Polder in Holland. All seven crew died. Four were buried on various dates in Holland. The others have no known grave and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. The son of Harry and Minnie Gage of Peterborough. He was one who has no known grave and is therefore commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 206.

Gage J W   John Watson Gage

GAUTREY, Reginald William – 127 Cromwell Road, Peterborough. Flight Lieutenant 37674, Royal Air Force. Died, aged 27, on the 23rd May 1941 while serving in No 45 Group and whose mission was to ferry Catalina aircraft from America to Britain. It is believed that he was flying Catalina I AH560 of OADU that went missing between the Azores and Portugal on the 23rd May 1941. The son of Mr and Mrs J. F. Gautrey of Peterborough. No known grave he is commemorated on the Malta Memorial. Panel 1. Column 1.

Gautrey R W   Reginald William Gautrey

GENT, Patrick Noel – 212 Cromwell Road, Peterborough. Sergeant (Pilot) 1615002, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 21, on the 12th October 1941 in a flying accident. The son of Arthur and Mabel Gent of Peterborough. Buried in Chester (Blacon) Cemetery. Grave 1029. Sec.A.

GILL, William Percy – 15 Marholm Road, Peterborough. Aircraftman 2nd Class 1633962, Base Signals and Radar Unit, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, age unknown, on the 7th November 1944. No known next of kin. No known grave he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 243.

GOODWIN, Laurence Frederick Bransby – Peterborough. Sergeant R/225325, Royal Canadian Air Force. Died, aged 21, on the 14th January 1945. The son of Laurence and Phoebe Goodwin of Peterborough. No known grave he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 282.

GURNEY, Francis William – Peterborough. Sergeant (Wireless Operator / Air Gunner), 932499, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 22, on the 15th February 1943. The son of William and Florence Gurney of Peterborough. Buried in the Old Fletton Cemetery, Peterborough. Section 6, Grave 166.

HALL, John Derek – 4 Williamson Avenue, Peterborough. Sergeant, Flight Engineer 1869558, 186 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 20, on the 14th February 1945. He was the Flight Engineer in Avro Lancaster Mk I, Serial No NG353, Code letters AP-X that took off from Stradishall as part of operation Thunderclap to attack Dresden. All seven crew died. The son of Ernest and Gladys Hall of Peterborough. Buried in Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery, Germany. Grave 8.C.14.

HANCOCK, Charles William – St. Margaret’s Road, Fletton, Peterborough. Sergeant 909505, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 23, on the 26th June 1941. He was a gunner in a Handley Page Hampden Mk 1, Serial No AD788, Code Letters EA-V that took off from RAF Scampton to attack Kiel. The Pilot survived and became a POW but the other three crew were killed. The son of John and Mary Hancock and the husband of Ivy Irene Hancock of Old Fletton, Peterborough. Buried in Kiel War Cemetery, Germany. Grave 3.C.2.

Hancock C W   Charles William Hancock

HARBOTTLE, George Raymond – Sergeant 538409, 57 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died, aged 25, on the 5th April 1943. He was in Lancaster, Serial No W4252 that took off from Scampton to attack Kiel. All seven crew died. The son of George and Florence Harbottle and the husband of Dora Harbottle of Peterborough. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 152.

HARDY, Desmond George – Pilot Officer (Navigator) 195329, 48 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 24, on the 21st September 1944. It is believed that all crew died when their Dakota aircraft crashed during a supply mission in support of Operation Market Garden. The son of George and Annie Hardy of Peterborough. Buried in Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery, Holland. Collective Grave 4.C.2.

HAWKINS, Ronald Arthur – 19 Princes Road, Fletton, Peterborough. Warrant Officer 1333580, 177 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, age unknown, on the 1st December 1944. No known grave he is commemorated on the Singapore Memorial, Column 433.

HICKLING, Norman Victor – Sergeant (Wireless Operator / Air Gunner) 1272101, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 21, on the 22nd June 1943. He was a crew member of a Halifax bomber, Serial No JB852, which was shot down by flak crashing onto a German artillery range in Holland. The son of Albert and Elsie Hickling of Watford. Buried in Ede General Cemetery, Holland. Collective Grave H. 7-11.

HILL, John William Rowland – Princes Gate, Peterborough. Flying Officer (Nav) 149695, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. The holder of the DFC. Died, aged 22, on the 22nd January 1945 in Rauceby hospital of heart failure after an appendicitis operation. The son of Rowland and Hannah Hill of Wroxham. Buried in Wroxham (St Marys) Churchyard.

HIRST, Tom William – 21 Balmoral Road, Walton, Peterborough. Sergeant 567589, Flight Engineer, Transport Command, Royal Air Force. Died, aged 23, on the 13th August 1942. The son of William and Mary Hirst and the husband of Muriel Hirst of Walton, Peterborough. Buried in Habbaniya War Cemetery, Iraq. Grave 2.E.1.

HOWLETT, Thomas Samuel– 206 St. Pauls Road, Peterborough. Sergeant (Flight Engineer) 1614728, 138 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 22, on the 8th January 1944. He was the Flight Engineer in Handley Page Halifax Mk V, Serial No LK743, Code Letters NF-J that took off from Tempsford on the 7th January. 138 was a Special Duties (SD) Squadron, its role was to drop and pick up agents of the Special Operations Executive in occupied Europe and also to drop supplies by parachute. On this operation the Halifax was returning from Belgium with three Belgian agents on board. The aircraft crashed at Tetworth Hill near Bedford. All seven crew and the three agents were killed. The son of George and Lucy Howlett of Peterborough. Buried in Eastfield Cemetery, Peterborough. Div. 3. Block 6. Grave 2662.

IGGULDEN, Humphrey Vint – 88 London Road, Peterborough. Pilot Officer 129056, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 19, on the 12th September 1942. He had been flying training in South Africa when he was returning on the HMT Laconia that was sunk by the German submarine U-156. The son of Henry Vint and Ellen Iggulden of Peterborough. No known grave he is commemorated on the Alamein Memorial, Column 248.

JENKINS, Alfryn James – Pilot Officer 161735, 100 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 31, on the 24th March 1944. The son of William and Mary Jenkins of Penclawdd, Glamorgan and the husband of Mary Jenkins of Penclawdd. Pilot Officer Jenkins was a serving Police Officer with the Peterborough Police Force. Buried in the Berlin War Cemetery. Grave 1.Z.3.

LIGHTFOOT, Horace – Orton Longueville, Peterborough. Leading Aircraftman 1467078, Base Signals and Radar Unit, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 38, on the 7th November 1944. The son of Edward and Helen Lightfoot and the husband of Alice Lightfoot of Orton Longueville, Peterborough. Buried in Oostende New Communal Cemetery, Oostende, Belgium. Grave 21.Plot 9. Row 2.

LISTER, Leslie Harold – Peterborough. Flying Officer (Wireless Operator / Air Gunner) 49790, 53 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died, aged 23, on the 15th November 1943 when a Coastal Command Liberator, BZ817, crashed after take-off two miles from Beaulieu, Hampshire. The son of Christopher and Edith Lister and the husband of Joan Lister of Peterborough. Buried in Eastfield Cemetery, Peterborough. Grave 6671. Div.1. Block 17.

MARLOW, Wilfred – 15 George Street, Peterborough. Sergeant, Air Gunner, 1177760, Bomber Command, 57 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 23, on the 2nd August 1943. He was a gunner in Avro Lancaster Mk III, Serial No JA696, Code Letters DX-J. The aircraft took off from Scampton to bomb Hamburg. All seven crew died. The son of William and Ida Marlow of Peterborough and the husband of Freda Mary Marlow of Peterborough. Buried in Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany, Grave 11.F.5.

NEVILLE, Edward – 13 Gladstone Street, Peterborough. Sergeant (Air Gunner) 1880703, Bomber Command, 50 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 20, on the 12th September 1944. He was a gunner in a Lancaster Mk I, Serial No PD294, Code Letters VN-A which took off from Skellingthorpe to attack Darmstadt. Four of the seven man crew died. The son of Ernest and Emily Neville of Peterborough. His brother William also died, in 1942, on active service. Buried in Durnbach War Cemetery, Bayern Germany. Grave 1.C.2.

NEWMAN, Charles Hugh – 82 Eastgate, Peterborough. Flight Sergeant (Pilot) 1201836, 77 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, age unknown, on the 30th March 1943. He was the pilot of Handley Page Halifax Mk II, Serial No JB842, Code Letters KN-E. The aircraft took off from Elvington in North Yorkshire, part of a bomber force of 329, to bomb Berlin. During the operation 21 aircraft were lost. This aircraft crashed in the Fehmarn Belt in Denmark, the cause of which was never established. All seven crew died. Next of kin unknown. Buried in Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery. Collective Grave 2.L.12-16.

O’DELL, Austin Roy – Flight Sergeant (Air Gunner) R/101932, 428 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force. Died, aged 21, on the 20th December 1942. He was a crew member in a Halifax, Serial No DT570 of 76 Squadron that took off from Linton-on-Ouse. The cause of loss was not established. The plane crashed near Weeze, 6 km from Goch. All seven crew members died. The son of Mr and Mrs Charles O'Dell and the husband of Annie O'Dell of Dogsthorpe, Peterborough. Buried in the Reichswald War Cemetery, Germany. Grave 2.G.9.

ORTON, Ronald Henry – 33 Vere Road, Peterborough. Pilot Officer 62313, 11 Operational Training Unit, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 19, on the 26th June 1941. His aircraft, a Wellington IC R1292, had taken off from Bassingbourn on 21st June 1941 for a night flying detail. While in the circuit, the port engine failed, thus necessitating a forced-landing at 02:15 hours in which the aircraft hit some trees to the West of Wendy, a little over 10 miles SW of Cambridge. Five days after the accident, Pilot Officer Orton died from his injuries. Two others died as well from their wounds. The son of Luke Henry Orton and Eva Ruth Fairchild. Believed to be the Brother in Law of Walter Michael Blom who was also killed. Buried in Eastfield Cemetery, Peterborough. Grave 4198, Div. 1. Block 11.

 Orton R H   Ronald Henry Orton

OWEN, Joseph Edward – 14 Clifton Avenue, Peterborough. Sergeant (Wireless Operator / Air Gunner), 1223682, 434 (RCAF) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 29, on the 3rd November 1943. He was in a Halifax Mk V, Serial No EB257, Code Letters IP-E that took off from Tholthorpe to bomb Dusseldorf. Four of the crew died. The son of David and Caroline Owen and the husband of Agnes Owen of Grantham. Buried in Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany. Grave 2.H.15.

PEARSON, John Leonard – 90 High Street, Fletton, Peterborough. Aircraftman 2nd Class 1462173, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 23, on the 14th November 1944. The cause of death believed to have been an accident in Greece. The son of John and Ivy Pearson of Peterborough and the husband of Joyce Pearson of Stanground, Peterborough. Buried in Phaleron War Cemetery, Greece. Grave 15.A.17.

POOLE, Christopher John Stafford – 28 Cromwell Road, Peterborough. Sergeant 580416, Royal Air Force. Died, aged 20, on the 10th May 1940 on bombing operations against German troops invading Luxembourg. He was an Observer in a Fairey Battle, serial number K9270, code letters PM. Aircraft took off at 1345 hours from Betheniville. The plane was shot down 9km NE of Marche-en-Famenne, Belgium. The pilot became a POW, two crew were killed. The son of Stafford George and Lillian Helen Poole, of Peterborough. Buried in Hotton War Cemetery, Belgium, Grave III.E.10.

Poole C J S   Christopher John Stafford Poole

POPELEY, Alec Charles – 25 Hankey Street, Peterborough. Aircraftman 1st Class, 405 (RCAF) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 25, on the 8th December 1941. No known next of kin. Buried in Eastfield Cemetery, Peterborough, Div. 1. Block 7. Grave 7377.

PRICE, Stanley Victor – Peterborough. Sergeant (Air Gunner) 1427176, 218 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 22, on the 23rd October 1942. He was a gunner in Short Stirling Mk 1, Serial No R9184, Code Letters HA-U that took off from Downham Market to bomb Nuremburg. All eight crew members were killed. The son of Albert and Dorothy Price of Peterborough. Buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Plot 6, Row T, Grave 2.

PRITCHARD, Thomas James – Flying Officer 44422, Royal Air Force. Died, aged 44, on the 5th April 1941. The son of Albert and Sarah Pritchard and the husband of Nora Pritchard of Peterborough. Buried in Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. 37. C. 13.

PURDY, Thomas Gordon – Leading Aircraftman 945632, Royal Air Force. Died, aged 23, on the 7th February 1941. The husband of Louisa Purdy of Peterborough. Buried in Eastfield Cemetery, Peterborough. Div. 4. Block 4. Grave 1703.

PYLE, Arthur John – Peterborough. Pilot Officer/Observer 103034, 40 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 25, on the 6th December 1941. The son of John and M. M. Pyle of Peterborough and the husband of F. F. Pyle. Buried in Salerno War Cemetery, Italy. Grave II.C.5.

RAE, George – 111 Northfield Road, Peterborough. Flight Sergeant (Pilot) 1179958, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 20, on the 2nd October 1942 when his Kittyhawk aircraft AL192 dived into the ground after take-off due to an engine fire. The son of George and Sophie Rae of Peterborough. Buried in Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt. Grave XXXIII.D.7.

Rae G   George Rae

REGAN, Charles – 58 Garton End Road, Peterborough. Aircraftman 2nd Class 1079339, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 22, on the 1st December 1942 in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. The son of John and Elizebeth Regan of Peterborough. Buried in Yokohama War Cemetery, Japan. Grave Sec. C.C.4.

SCARR, Frederick George – 1 Hereward Close, Peterborough. Sergeant, Flight Engineer, 1624092, 90 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 20, on the 28th August 1943. He was the Flight Engineer in a Short Stirling Mk III, Serial No EF439, Code Letters WP-H. The aircraft took off from Wratting Common to bomb Nuremburg. Six of the seven man crew died. The son of William and Catherine Scarr of Peterborough. Buried in Durnbach War Cemetery, Bayern, Germany. Grave II.J.21.

Scarr F G   Frederick George Scarr

SETCHFIELD, Trevor – 263 Clarence Road, Peterborough. Sergeant 1429948, Bomber Command, 550 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 22, on the 13th July 1944. He was the Air Gunner in Lancaster Mk I, Serial No LL796, Code Letters BQ-O that took off from North Killingholme to attack rail facilities at Revigny. The plane collided in the air with a 103 Squadron Lancaster. All seven crew died. The son of Walter and Pearl Setchfield of Woodston, Peterborough. Buried in Perreuse Chateau Franco-British National Cemetery, Seine-et-Marne, France. Collected Grave 20-23. Plot 2. Row B.

Setchfield T   Trevor Setchfield

SHARMAN, Alec James – Sergeant 1620530, 5007 Airfield Construction Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 39, on the 27th September 1943. The son of James and Emma Sharman of Peterborough and the husband of Elsie Sharman of Peterborough. Buried in Eastfield Cemetery, Peterborough. Grave 7437. Div. 1. Block 17. 

SIMPSON, Langdale Francis – 29 Hunting Avenue, Peterborough. Sergeant (Pilot) 1319895, 550 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 20, on the 27th January 1943. The son of John and Lily Simpson of Peterborough. Buried in the Old Fletton Cemetery, Peterborough. Section 7, Grave 28.

SIMS, Ronald Arthur – 73 Alexandra Road, Peterborough. Pilot Officer 42654, RAF Bomber Command. Died, aged 19, on the 31st March 1940. The son of Edward and May Sims, of Peterborough. Buried in Eastfield Cemetery, Peterborough, Grave 7059, Div. 1, Block 17.

Sims R A   Ronald Arthur Sims

SLY, Arthur Ernest – 46 Exeter Road, Peterborough. Sergeant (Flight Engineer) 1632077, 622 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 20, on the 18th November 1943. He was the Flight Engineer in Short Stirling Mk III, Serial No EF128, Code Letters GI-D. The aircraft took off from Mildenhall to bomb Mannheim, Germany. Seven crew died. Buried in Lachalade Churchyard, Meuse, France. Collected Grave 2-4.

SMART, Robert William – Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner), 1294239, 212 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, age unknown, on the 27th June 1944. The son of George and Ethel Smart and the husband of Winifred Smart of Peterborough. Buried in Madras War Cemetery, Chennai, India. Grave 6.D.3

SMITH, Alex James – 163 Belsize Avenue, Peterborough. Aircraftman 743465 1st Class, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 26, on the 12th August 1940. The son of William Alderman Smith and Annie Smith of Woodston, Peterborough. Buried in Woodston Cemetery, Peterborough. Grave 73, Section 7.

SMITH, Cyril Reginald – Pilot Officer 77168, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 40, on the 12th April 1940. The son of Claud Le Comte Thompson Smith and Ellen Smith and the husband of Joyce Langford Smith of Peterborough. Buried in Eastfield Cemetery, Peterborough. Div. 1. Block 17. Grave 7371.

SMITHDALE, Alan – 11 Fulham Road, Peterborough. Sergeant (Wireless Operator / Air Gunner) 1293011, 57 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 23, on the 20th April 1943. He was the Wireless Operator in Avro Lancaster Mk I, Serial No ED770, Code Letters DX-E. The aircraft took off from RAF Scampton to bomb Stettin. All seven crew died. The son of Alfred and Agnes Smithdale and the husband of Christine Smithdale of Salford. He is buried in Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery, Poland. Collective Grave 6.A.3-5.

SPRECKLY, Philip George – Probate Court, New Road, Peterborough. Sergeant (Wireless Operator / Air Gunner) 1271792, 51 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, age unknown, on the 12th June 1943. He was a Wireless Operator in Handley Page Halifax Mk II, Serial No DT742, Code Letters MH-Y. The aircraft took off from Snaith to attack Dusseldorf. The aircraft returned safely but was hit and shot down by anti – aircraft fire from a British convoy in the North Sea roughly 10 miles from Sheringham, Norfolk. The crew were rescued but Spreckly died. The son of Thomas Spreckly, D.C.M., and Norah Spreckly of Peterborough. Buried in the Eastfield Cemetery, Peterborough, Grave 42, Div. 3. Block 9.R.C.

STIMPSON, Peter – 60 Hall Lane, Werrington, Peterborough. Sergeant (Wireless Operator / Air Gunner) 1875441, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 19, on the 11th January 1945. The son of Edgar and Constance Stimpson of Werrington and the husband of Alice Stimpson of Werrington, Peterborough. Commemorated in Werrington Churchyard, Peterborough.

STURGESS, Francis Arthur – Corporal 1084398, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 34, on the 20th August 1944. The son of Ernest and Lizzie Sturgess and the husband of Doris Sturgess of Eastgate, Peterborough. Buried in Eastfield Cemetery, Peterborough. Div. 4. Block 20. Grave 8655.

TAYLOR, Edward Sidney – 117 Cromwell Road, Peterborough. Flight Sergeant 591419, 227 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died, aged 20, on the 20th September 1943 believed while on an operational flight over the Aegean Sea. The son of E. S. and Elsie Taylor of Peterborough. No known grave he is commemorated on the Alamein Memorial, Egypt. Column 270.

TEANBY, Thomas Edward – 34 Brook Street, Peterborough. Sergeant 1809870, 640 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 23, on the 14th February 1945. He was a gunner in Handley Page Halifax Mk III, Serial No MZ856, Code Letters C8-S that took off from Leconfield to attack Chamnitz. All seven crew died. The son of George and Mabel Teanby of Peterborough. Buried in Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany. Collected grave 5.A.7-10.

Teanby T E   Thomas Edward Teanby

THIMBLEBEE, Percy Hudson – 214 Palmerston Road, Peterborough. Flight Sergeant 963850, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 23, on the 27th May 1942. The son of Joseph and Sarah Thimblebee and the husband of Margaret Annie Thimblebee of Farcet, Peterborough. No known grave he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 76.

THOMAS, Ivor Llewellyn – Sergeant (Pilot) 580177, 40 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died, aged 24, on the 10th May 1940. He was the pilot of Blenheim, Serial No. L8831, which was one of five 40 Squadron Blenheim’s lost on this day. It took off from Wyton. The cause of loss was not established. The aircraft crashed in the vicinity of Den Haag (Zuid Holland).The son of George and Annie Thomas of Llanrhidian, Glamorgan and the husband of Joyce Thomas of Peterborough. His brother Albert George also died on service. Buried in The Hague General Cemetery, Holland. Allied Plot. Row 1. Grave 7.

THORPE, Derrick Gordon Cobley – Flight Sergeant 132343, 576 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 22, on the 25th May 1944. He was a crew member of Avro Lancaster, Serial No NE171 that took off from Elsham Wolds. The aircraft was shot down by a night- fighter and crashed near Aachen, Germany. The son of James and Laura Thorpe of Peterborough. No known grave he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. Panel 222.

THORPE, Leslie John – 483 Fulbridge Road, Peterborough. Sergeant, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, 1389321, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 21, on the 3rd September 1943. The son of Joseph and Sarah Thorpe of Werrington, Peterborough. Commemorated in Werrington Churchyard, Peterborough.

TINKLER, Sidney Richard – Belsize Avenue, Peterborough. Sergeant 1320307, 214 (F.M.S.) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 21, on the 14th May 1943. He was a gunner in a Short Stirling Mk I, Serial No R9242, Code Letters BU-O. The aircraft took off from Chedburgh to bomb Bochum when it was shot down by a night – fighter and crashed near Heerlen in Holland. Four crew died while three were taken prisoner. The son of Albert and Fanny Tinkler of Woodston, Peterborough. No known grave he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 167.

TITMAN, Leonard – 453 Gladstone Street, Peterborough. Leading Aircraftman 1872912, 28 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 21, on the 30th April 1946. The son of Walter and Ada Titman of Peterborough. Buried in Kuala Lumpur Civil Cemetery, Malaysia. Grave 876.

WALKER, Lawrence Alan – 51 Huntley Grove, Peterborough. Pilot Officer, 148702, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 21, on the 4th September 1943 during an operational flight in North Wales. The only son of Mr L. A. Walker of 51 Huntley Grove, Peterborough. Buried in Llanbeblig Public Cemetery, Caernarvon. Grave 2216.

WARD, Reginald Thomas – 22 Queens Gardens, Peterborough. Sergeant 1379450, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, age unknown, on the 25th March 1942. The son of Reginald and Lilian Ward and the husband of Winifred Victoria Ward. No known grave he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 96.

WEBB, Windsor Francis Richard – Peterborough. Sergeant 1320645, 207 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 19, on the 25th November 1942. The son of Leslie and Florence Webb of Peterborough. No known grave he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 96.

Webb W F R   Windsor Francis Richard Webb

WELDON, Ernest Edward – 36 Silver Street, Peterborough. Sergeant Pilot 754906, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 23, on the 18th June 1941 when he was 2nd Pilot in an Armstrong – Whitworth Whitley Mk V, Serial No NL462, Code Letters GE – V that took off from Linton – on – Ouse to attack Cologne. His aircraft was shot down by a German night fighter. Four were killed and one was taken prisoner. The son of Horace Edward and Sarah Elizabeth Weldon and the husband of Eileen Mary Weldon of Doncaster. Buried in Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery, Holland. Plot JJ, Grave 22.

WHALLEY, Kenneth Edward – 144 Lincoln Road, Peterborough. Pilot Officer 61941, 451 (RAAF) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 23, on the 12th November 1941. His Hurricane I V7353 was shot down by a German BF-109 during reconnaissance at Salum, Egypt. The son of Edward and Mary Whalley of Werrington, Peterborough. No known grave he is commemorated on the Alamein memorial, Egypt. Column 241.

Whalley K E   Kenneth Edward Whalley

WOODWARD, Frank – Hicks Lane, Old Fletton, Peterborough. Sergeant 960435, 460 (R.A.A.F.) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 37, on the 25th February 1944. He was a mid-upper gunner in Avro Lancaster Mk III, Serial No JB742, Code Letters AR-D that took off from Binbrook to attack Augsburg. The aircraft crashed near Rotweill, a town on the River Neckar. All seven crew died. The son of Harry and Alice Woodward of Old Fletton, Peterborough. Buried in Durnbach War Cemetery, Bayern, Germany. Grave 11.B.18.

WRIGHT, Douglas William – Flying Officer (Navigator) 167956, 84 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 22, on the 9th August 1946. The son of William and May Wright of Peterborough. Buried in Rangoon War Cemetery, Myanmar. Grave 2.J.1.

WRIGHT, Frank – 5 Hurn Road, Werrington, Peterborough. Sergeant 1897971, 49 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 32, on the 4th April 1945. He was the air gunner in Avro Lancaster Mk III, Serial No ME308, Code Letters EA-F that took off from Fulbeck to attack German barracks in the town of Nordhausen to support advancing Allied troops. The aircraft exploded over the target and all seven crew died. The son of John and Sarah Wright of Peakirk near Peterborough. No known grave he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. Panel 277.

WYBORN, John Henry – Sallows Road, Peterborough. Flying Officer, Navigator, 124519, 7 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 28, on the 22nd March 1944. He was the navigator in Lancaster Mk III, Serial No JA964, Code Letters MG-P that took off from Oakington to attack Frankfurt. Four of the seven man crew died. John Wyborn was a former policeman stationed in Peterborough. He joined the R.A.F.V.R. and trained at Carlstrom Field in Florida, U.S.A. as a pilot and qualified for his wings, although he flew with the Lancaster on this raid as a navigator. The son of Frederick and Jessie Wyborn and the husband of Elizabeth Wyborn of Wolverton, Buckinghamshire. Buried in Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany. Grave 8.A.14.

Wyborn 251   John Henry Wyborn

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