PETERBOROUGH WAR MEMORIAL

Burning Aircraft
Second World War
Royal Air Force

ARBON, FREDERICK JAMES, 45, Hankey Street. 1869934, Sergeant, Air Gunner, Bomber Command, 51 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 2nd May 1944, aged 20, missing on operations. Buried in Wevelgem Communal Cemetery, Wevelgem, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave E. 454.  
Rear-Gunner in a Handley Page Halifax Mk III, Serial No MZ593, Code Letters MH-Z. T/o 2212 from Snaith on an operation to bomb rail installations at Mechelen. Shot down by a night-fighter. Three others in crew died, three became POW.

BARRETT, LEONARD CHARLES, Albert Place. 1467119, Sergeant, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 12 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 26th February 1944, missing on operations. Buried in Choloy War Cemetery, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France. Grave reference: 4. D. Coll. Grave 1-6.  
W/Op in Avro Lancaster Mk I, Serial No ME632, Code Letters PH-P. T/o 1836 from Wickenby to bomb Augsburg. All seven crew were killed.

BARWELL, PHILIP REGINALD, Peterborough. 22062, Group Captain, Royal Air Force, DFC. Died 1st July 1942, aged 35, missing on air operations. Buried in Calais Canadian War Cemetery, Leubringhen, Pas de Calais, France. Grave reference: 5. G. 1.  
From "Men of the Battle of Britain"
"Barwell, of Peterborough, Northamptonshire, was born in 1907, commissioned into the RAF in September 1925 and posted to 19 Squadron at Duxford, under instruction. On September 9 1929 he went to a staff appointment at CFS, Upavon and on August 5 1930 was posted to the Home Aircraft Depot, Henlow for an engineering course. With this completed he went to the Aircraft Depot, Hinaidi, Iraq. On June 1 1933 Barwell moved to the engineer section at Hinaidi, on the staff of Iraq Command. He returned to Britain in late 1934 and on January 7 1935 was posted to CFS, Upavon as an instructor. Barwell took command of 46 Squadron at Digby on January 4 1937 and led it until late October 1939. He was awarded the DFC (28.1 I .39) for leading a flight of six aircraft on October 21 over the North Sea to intercept enemy bombers approaching a British convoy about thirty miles out. He shot down one enemy aircraft and shared in the destruction of another. Whilst commanding RAF Coltishall in October 1940 Barwell flew three operational sorties with 242 Squadron on the 5th of the month, in Hurricane R 4115, thus qualifying for the Battle of Britain clasp. He took command of RAF Biggin Hill in June 1941 and sometimes flew as No 2 to Sailor Malan on fighter sweeps. On July 4 1941 he shared a probable Bf 109 with Malan and a week later he destroyed a Bf 109. One day in early 1942 Barwell's engine cut out on take-off and he crash-landed just beyond the runway and broke his back. He still took part in operations and flew for several months encased in plaster, which made it difficult for him to turn his head. On July 1 1942 Barwell, accompanied by Squadron Leader RW 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, perhaps being too hampered by his plaster cast. 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.
PO 28.9.25
FO 28.3.27
FL 14.5.30
SL 1.12.36
WC 1.1.40"
Barwell was flying Spitfire Mk Vb, Serial no AB806.

BEALES, RONALD, 176, Crown Street. 1868744, Sergeant, Flight Engineer, 576 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 8th March 1945, aged 38. Buried in Choloy War Cemetery, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France. Grave reference: 4. C. Coll. Grave 1-7.
F/E in Avro Lancaster Mk I, Serial No PD363, Code Letters UL-K2, Aircraft was named, "Mighty Atom" T/o 1655 from Fiskerton to bomb Dessau. All seven crew were killed.

BEETON, WILFRED ROY, Newark Avenue, Peterborough, 1359941, Sergeant Wireless Operator Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reseve. Son of Wilfred Beeton and of Elsie Amelia Beeton (nee Carter); husband of Beatrice Mary Beeton, of East Bergholt, Suffolk. Died 17th January, 1942, aged 29. Buried in Old Fletton Cemetery, Section 6, Grave 128.

BIGGS, ALFRED HENRY GEORGE, 26, Brownlow Road. 169653, Pilot Officer, 219 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 24th May 1944, aged 34. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 210.  

BLOM, WALTER MICHAEL, 33, Vere Road. 40041, Flight Lieutenant, DFC, 150 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 27th July 1940, aged 23. Buried in East Bridgeford (St. Peter) Churchyard, Nottinghamshire. Grave 3A.  
Pilot of a Fairey Battle , Serial No L5528, Code Letters JN-. Aircraft was being "bombed-up" at its base , Newton, Notts. A bomb fell off, began to burn and eventually exploded, Blom, his two crew , and four ground crew were killed.

BRANKER, RONALD, 39, Croyland Road, Walton. 1723550, Leading Aircraftsman, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 15th June 1945, aged 23. Buried in Paston (All Saints) Churchyard. Grave D.15.  

BROOKER, BERNARD CHAPMAN, Peterborough. 172486, Flight Lieutenant DFC and Bar, (Navigator), 156 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 11th March 1945, in flying accident in England, aged 25. Buried in Peterborough (Eastfield) Cemetery. Div. 1. Block 16. Grave 6618.  
Nav in Avro Lancaster Mk III, Serial No PB669. Aircraft T/o on a training flight from Warboys. Crashed at Old Weston near Spaldwick, Hunts., at 1430. All eight on board were killed. Brooker recd his DFC in May 1944 as an acting Warrant Officer, and the bar in October as an acting Flight Lieutenant. He was awarded both while serving with 35 Sqdn.

CADMORE, EDGAR, 234, Gladstone Street. 1331075, Sergeant, 76 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 12th June 1943, aged 21. Buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany. Grave reference: 18. B. 8.  
Gunner in Handley Page Halifax Mk V Serial No DK200, Code Letters MP-L. T/o 2254 from Linton-on-Ouse to bomb Dusseldorf. Crashed at Scherlebeck near Recklinghausen. Two others in the crew were killed, four became POW.

CAIRNS, EON ARTHUR, 47, Exeter Road. 1614727, Sergeant, Air Gunner, Coastal Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 17th February 1944, aged 21. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 226.  

CHAPMAN, LEWIS WILLIAM, The Spital Bridge, Westwood Street. 179798, Pilot Officer, DFM, Coastal Command, 244 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 31st July 1944. Commemorated on the Alamein Memorial, Egypt. Column 279.  
P/O Chapman was killed when a 44 Sqn. Dakota, Serial No KG690 was transporting 244 Sqn. 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 recd his DFM in January 44, citation read;
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 iniative and clear-headedness in a situation that could have been ruined by the slightest error or delay.
U-533 was sunk 16 Oct, 1943 in the Gulf of Oman, in position 25.28N, 56.50E, by depth charges from a British Bisley (Blenheim) aircraft (Sqdn. 244). 52 dead and 1 survivor.

CHAPMAN, RAYMOND HENRY, "Eversden", Marholm Road. 1615749, Flight Sergeant, 356 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 16th September 1944, aged 21. Buried in Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar. Grave reference: Coll. Grave 28. F. 8-17.  
Myanmar is the new name for Burma. Chapman was a crew member in a Liberator bomber that collided with another Liberator while flying in formation at 1000 feet during a bombing operation.16 other men were killed.

COLEMAN, JOHN ARTHUR, 73, Vere Road. 1600603, Flight Sergeant, Navigator, Transport Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 6th February 1945, aged 21. Buried in Oundle Cemetery. Grave 23.

COLLIN, HENRY OSWALD, 211, Dogsthorpe Road. 1880273, Sergeant, 207 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 21st March 1945, aged 23, on operations over Germany. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 274.  
Mid Upper Gunner in Avro Lancaster Mk I, Serial No PA196, Code Letters EM-D, T/o 2343 on 20th March from Spilsby to bomb a synthetic oil plant at Bohlen. Aircraft lost without trace, all seven crew commemorated at Runnymede.

Henry Oswald Collin

 

 

   Henry Oswald Collin

CREEVY, DOUGLAS WILLIAM, 292, Dogsthorpe Road. 1330741, Sergeant, Bomber Command, 12 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 26th May 1943, aged 22. Buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany. Grave reference: 5. D. 13.  
Air Bomber in Avro Lancaster Mk III, Serial No ED967, Code Letters PH-F, T/o from Wickenby 0037, to attack Dusseldorf. Crashed at Ratingen, all seven crew killed.

CROOKS, LESLIE, 221, Lincoln Road. 44054, Wing Commander, Pilot, DSO, DFC, 426 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 18th August 1943, aged 33. Buried in Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Brandenburg, Germany. Grave reference: Coll. Grave 7. Z. 11-13.  
Pilot of Avro Lancaster Mk II, Serial No DS681, Code Letters OW-. T/o 2132 on 17th from Linton-on-Ouse to attack the V1 & V2 research facility at Peenemunde. A famous raid. Crooks was the Commanding Officer of 426 Sqdn and was killed on the eighth operation of his second tour. Probably shot down by a night-fighter. One member of the crew survived. Crooks was awarded the DFC as an acting F/Lieutenant on 58 Sqdn in 1941.
Leslie Crooks, Wing Commander, DFC (44054, Royal Air Force) - No.426 Squadron - Distinguished Service Order - awarded as per London Gazette dated 28 May 1943. Born in Bishop Aukland, 1910; home in York, Yorkshire. Enlisted as apprentice, 1927; Sergeant pilot in Iraq, 1935-1937; commissioned 1940. Awarded DFC, February 1941 for services with No.58 Squadron (Air Ministry Bulletin 2957).
"As a Squadron Leader took part in No.426 Squadron's third operation, 21 January 1943; date of award incident was 26 April 1943; Commanding Officer of unit, 15 February to 17 August 1943 (missing, Peenemunde raid). This officer's courage and skill were admirably demonstrated during a recent attack on Duisburg. When approaching the target his aircraft was raked by cannon fire from an enemy fighter. Wing Commander Crooks skilfully evaded the attacker, but his aircraft had sustained much damage. Although one aileron and half the port tail plane had been shot away, while the hydraulic and electrical systems were rendered inoperative, Wing Commander Crooks flew the bomber back to this country. Unfortunately, it was impossible to effect a safe landing, but when the crew were forced to abandon aircraft, all descended safely. In the face of heavy odds, Wing Commander Crooks set an example worthy of high praise."

DORMAN, EDWARD JACK, 44, South Street, Stanground. 122472, Flying Officer, 28 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 10th October 1943, aged 22, in flying accident in India. Buried in Imphal War Cemetery, India. Grave reference: 6. D. 4.  

ELLIS, JOHN ROBERT, 95, Taverner`s Road. 1471352, Sergeant, Bomb Aimer, Bomber Command, 50 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 19th March 1944, aged 22. Buried in Durnbach War Cemetery, Bayern, Germany. Grave reference: 1. H. 16.  
Air Bomber in Avro Lancaster Mk I, Serial No ED308, Code Letters VN-J, T/o from Skellingthorpe 1915, to attack Frankfurt.Three crew killed, four POW.

EVANS-EVANS, ANTHONY CARON, Peterborough. 19108, Group Captain, (Pilot), 83 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 21st February 1945, aged 43, on operations. Buried in Mierlo War Cemetery, Netherlands. Grave reference: VIII. D. 5.  
Pilot of Avro Lancaster Mk III, Serial No NE165, Code Letters OL-Y, T/o from Coningsby 1707 to mark the Mittelland Canal, (83 was a Pathfinder Force (PFF) squadron). Evans-Evans was the Station Commander. 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 killed.

Anthony Caron Evans-Evans

 

 

   Anthony Caron Evans-Evans

EVANS-EVANS, ROLAND GWYNNE, Peterborough, Flight Lieutenant. The son of Anthony and Margaret Evans-Evans of Peterborough. The husband of Hilda Evans-Evans of Stilton. Killed in action 2nd October, 1944. Buried in Leopoldsburg War Cemetery, Belgium.

FAIRBAIRN, NEIL JOSEPH, 15, St. Mark`s Street. 50478, Flying Officer, Bomber Command, 622 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 25th April 1944, aged 21. Buried in Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany. Grave reference: Coll. Grave 20. A. 23-25.  
Navigator in Avro Lancaster Mk I, Serial No ME693, Code Letters GI-F, T/o from Mildenhall 2210 to attack Karlsruhe. All seven crew killed.

GAGE, JOHN WATSON, 169, Fletton Avenue. 151085, Flying Officer, 463 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 3rd January 1944, aged 24, missing on air operations. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 206.  
Navigator in Avro Lancaster Mk III, Serial No JA902, Code Letters JO-D, T/o from Waddington 2313, to attack Berlin, 463 was an Australian Sqdn and five of the crew were Australians.All seven crew killed.

John Watson Gage

 

 

   John Watson Gage

GAUTREY, REGINALD WILLIAM, 127, Cromwell Road. 37674, Flight Lieutenant, 201 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 23rd May 1941, aged 27. Commemorated on the Malta Memorial, Malta. Panel 1. Column 1.  
F/L Gautrey had transferred to No.45 Group and was involved with Catalina Atlantic Ferry duties at the time of his death. Catalina I AH560 of OADU went missing between Azores and Portugal on this date.

Reginald William Gautrey

 

 

   Reginald William Gautrey

GENT, PATRICK NOEL, 212, Cromwell Road. 1615002, Sergeant, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 12th October 1944, aged 21, in a flying accident. Buried in Chester (Blacon) Cemetery, Cheshire. Grave reference: Sec. A. Grave 1029.  

GILL, WILLIAM PERCY, 15, Marholm Road. 1633962, Aircraftman 2nd Class, Base Signals and Radar Unit, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 7th November 1944, lost at sea. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 243.  

GOODWIN, LAURENCE FREDERICK BRANSBY, Son of Laurence Albert and Phoebe Amelia Goodwin, of Peterborough. Sgt R/225325, Royal Canadian Air Force. Died 14th January, 1945, aged 21. Commemorated on the Runnymede memorial to the missing. Panel 282.

GURNEY, FRANCIS WILLIAM, Peterborough. 932499, Sergeant, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 15th February 1943, aged 22. Buried in Old Fletton Cemetery. Grave reference: Section 6. Grave 166.  

HALL, JOHN DEREK, 4, Williamson Avenue. 1869558, Sergeant, Flight Engineer, 186 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 14th February 1945, aged 20, in a Lancaster bomber over Dresden. Buried in Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Brandenburg, Germany. Grave reference: 8. C. 14.  
F/E in Avro Lancaster Mk I, Serial No NG353, Code Letters AP-X, T/o from Stradishall 2203, to attack Dresden. All seven crew killed.

HANCOCK, CHARLES WILLIAM, St. Margaret`s Road, Fletton. 909505, Sergeant, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner. 49 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 26th June 1941, aged 23, on operational flight over Germany. Buried in Kiel War Cemetery, Germany. Grave reference: 3. C. 2.  
Gunner in Handley Page Hampden Mk I, Serial No AD788, Code Letters EA-V, T/o from Scampton to attack Kiel. Pilot survived as POW, other three crew killed.

HAWKINS, RONALD ARTHUR, 19, Princes Road, Fletton. 1333580, Warrant Officer, (Fighter Pilot), 177 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 1st December 1944, missing from operations over India. Commemorated on the Singapore Memorial, Singapore, column 433.  

HIRST, TOM WILLIAM, 21, Balmoral Road, Walton. 567589, Sergeant, Flight Engineer, Transport Command, Royal Air Force. Died 13th August 1942, aged 23. Buried in Habbaniya War Cemetery, Iraq. Grave reference: 2. E. 1.  

HOWLETT, THOMAS SAMUEL, 206 St. Paul`s Road. 1614728, Sergeant, Flight Engineer, 138 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 8th January 1944, aged 22, returning from operations. Buried in Peterborough (Eastfield) Cemetery. Grave reference: Div. 3. Block 6. Grave 2662.  
F/E in Handley Page Halifax Mk V, Serial No LK743, Code Letters NF-J, T/o from Tempsford 2032 on 7th January. 138 was a Special Duties (SD) Sqdn, its role was to drop and pick up SOE agents in occupied Europe and also to drop supplies by parachute. On this operation the Halifax was returning from Belgium with three Belgium agents on board. The aircraft crashed at 0115 at Tetworth Hill near Bedford. All seven crew and the three agents were killed.

IGGULDEN, HUMPHREY VINT, 88, London Road. 129056, Pilot Officer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 12th September 1942, aged 19, when his ship was sunk while returning from flying training in South Africa. Commemorated on the Alamein Memorial, Egypt. Column 248.  

LIGHTFOOT, HORACE, Orton Longueville, 1467078, Leading Aircraftman, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 7th November 1944, aged 38. Buried in Oostende New Communal Cemetery, Oostende, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot 9. Row 2. Grave 21.  

LISTER, LESLIE HAROLD, Peterborough. 49790, Flying Officer, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 53 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 15th November 1943, aged 23, in a flying accident. Buried in Peterborough (Eastfield) Cemetery. Div. 1. Block 17. Grave 6671.  
F/O Lister was killed when a Coastal Command Liberator BZ817 crashed after take off 2 miles east of Beaulieu, Hampshire.

MARLOW, WILFRED, 15, George Street. 1177760, Sergeant, Air Gunner, Bomber Command, 57 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 2nd August 1943, aged 23. Buried in Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany. Grave reference: 11. F. 5.  
Gunner in Avro Lancaster Mk III, Serial No JA696, Code Letters DX-J. T/o from Scampton 0007 on 3rd August to bomb Hamburg. All seven crew were killed.

NEVILLE, EDWARD, 13, Gladstone Street. 1880703, Sergeant, Bomber Command, 50 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 12th September 1944, aged 20. Buried in Durnbach War Cemetery, Bayern, Germany. Grave reference: 1. C. 2.  
Gunner in Avro Lancaster Mk I, Serial No PD294, Code Letters VN-A, T/o from Skellingthorpe 2109, to attack Darmstadt. Four crew were killed, Three were POW.

NEWMAN, CHARLES HUGH, 82, Eastgate. 1201836, Flight Sergeant, Pilot, 77 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 30th March 1943. Buried in Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. Grave reference: Coll. Grave 2. L. 12-16.  
Pilot of Handley Page Halifax Mk II, Serial No JB842, Code Letters KN-E . T/o from Elvington 2206 to bomb Berlin. All seven crew were killed, Four are buried in Berlin, one in Denmark, two are remembered at Runnymede.

ORTON, RONALD HENRY, 33, Vere Road. 62313, Pilot Officer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 26th June 1941, aged 19. Buried in Peterborough (Eastfield) Cemetery. Grave reference: Div. 1. Block 11. Grave 4198.  

OWEN, JOSEPH EDWARD, 14, Clifton Avenue. 1223682, Sergeant, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 434 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 3rd November 1943, aged 29. Buried in Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany. Grave reference: 2. H. 15.  
Handley Page Halifax Mk V, Serial No EB257, Code Letters IP-E. T/o 1630 from Tholthorpe to bomb Dusseldorf. Four crew were killed, three were POW.

PEARSON, JOHN LEONARD, 90, High Street, Fletton. 1462173, Aircraftsman 2nd Class, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 14th November 1944, in an accident in Greece, aged 23. Buried in Phaleron War Cemetery, Greece. Grave reference: 15. A. 17.  

POOLE, CHRISTOPHER JOHN STAFFORD, 28, Cromwell Road. 580416, Sergeant, 103 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 10th May 1940, aged 20, on bombing operations against German troops invading Luxembourg. Buried in Hotton War Cemetery, Hotton, Luxembourg, Belgium. Grave reference: III. E. 10.  
Observer in a Fairey Battle, Serial No K9270, Code Letters PM- , T/o 1345 from Betheniville. Pilot was POW, two crew killed. Aircraft was shot down 9km NE of Marche-en-Famenne, Belgium.

POPELEY, ALEC CHARLES, 25, Hankey Street. 1101568, Aircraftman 1st Class, 405 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 8th December 1941, aged 25. Buried in Peterborough (Eastfield) Cemetery, Div.1. Block/7. Grave 7377.  

PRICE, STANLEY VICTOR, Peterborough. 1427176, Sergeant, 218 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 23rd October 1942, aged 22, on air operations. Buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Plot 6. Row T. Grave 2.  
Gunner in Short Stirling Mk I, Serial No R9184, Code Letters HA-U. T/o 1835 from Downham Market to bomb Nuremburg. Eight in crew, all were killed.

PYLE, ARTHUR JOHN, Peterborough. 103034, Pilot Officer, Observer, 40 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 6th December 1941, aged 25. Buried in Salerno War Cemetery, Italy. Grave reference: II. C. 5.  

RAE, GEORGE, 111, Northfield Road. 1179958, Flight Sergeant, Pilot, 112 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 2nd October 1942, aged 20. Buried in Alamein war Cemetery, Egypt. Grave reference: XXXIII. D. 7.  
02-Oct-42 Kittyhawk I AL192 dived into ground after take-off from LG.90, Egypt due to engine fire.

REGAN, CHARLES, 58, Garton End Road. 1079339, Aircraftman 2nd Class, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 1st December 1942, aged 22, in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. Buried in Yokohama War Cemetery, Japan. Grave reference: Sec. C. C. 4.  

SCARR, FREDERICK GEORGE, 1, Hereward Close. 1624092, Sergeant, Flight Engineer, 90 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 28th August 1943, aged 20. Buried in Durnbach war Cemetery, Bayern, Germany. Grave reference: 11. J. 21.  
F/E in Short Stirling Mk III, Serial No EF439, Code Letters WP-H. T/o 2146 from Wratting Common to bomb Nuremburg. Six crew were killed, one POW.

SETCHFIELD, TREVOR, 263, Clarence Road. 1429948, Sergeant, Bomber Command, 550 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 13th July 1944, aged 22. Buried in Perreuse Chateau Franco British National Cemetery, Seine-et-Marne, France. Grave reference: Plot 2. Row B. Coll. Grave 20-23.  
F/E in Avro Lancaster Mk I, Serial No LL796, Code Letters BQ-O, T/o from North Killingholme 2137 on 12th July, to attack rail facilities at Revigny. All seven crew killed.

SIMPSON, LANGSDALE FRANCIS, 29, Hunting Avenue. 1319895, Sergeant, Pilot, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 27th January 1943, aged 20. Buried in Old Fletton Cemetery, Peterborough. Grave reference: Sec. 7. Grave 28.  

SIMS, RONALD ARTHUR, 73, Alexandra Road. 42654, Pilot Officer, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force. Died 31st March 1940, aged 19. Buried in Peterborough (Eastfield) Cemetery. Grave reference: Div. 1. Block 17. Grave 7059.  

SLY, ARTHUR ERNEST, 46, Exeter Road. 1632077, Sergeant, Flight Engineer, 622 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 18th November 1943, aged 20, on air operations over Germany. Buried in Lachalade Churchyard, Meuse, France. Coll. Grave 2-4.  
F/E in Short Stirling Mk III, Serial No EF128, Code Letters GI-D. T/o 1710 from Mildenhall to bomb Mannheim. Crew of eight as a NZ 2nd Pilot was on-board. Seven crew were killed, one POW.

SMITH, ALEX JAMES, 163, Belsize Avenue. 743465, Aircraftman 1st Class, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 12th August 1940, aged 26. Buried Woodston Cemetery. Grave reference: Sec. 7. Grave 73.  

SMITHDALE, ALAN, 11, Fulham Road. 1293011, Sergeant, Wireless Operator/ Air Gunner, 57 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 20th April 1943, aged 23, missing in air operations over Germany. Buried in Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery, Poland. Grave reference: Coll. Grave 6. A. 3-5.  
W/Op in Avro Lancaster Mk I, Serial No ED770, Code Letters DX-. T/o 2144 on 20th from Scampton to bomb Stettin. All seven crew were killed.

SPRECKLY, PHILIP GEORGE, Probate Court, New Road. 1271792, Sergeant, Wireless Operator, Air Gunner, 51 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 12th June 1943. Buried in Peterborough (Eastfield) Cemetery. Div.3. Block 9. R.C. Grave 42.  
W/Op in Handley Page Halifax Mk II, Serial No DT742, Code Letters MH-Y. T/o 2325 from Snaith to attack Dusseldorf. Aircraft returned safely until it was hit and shot down by anti-aircraft fire from a British convoy in the North Sea roughly 10 miles NE of Sheringham, Norfolk. The crew were rescued by lifeboat but Spreckly died and another man was injured.

Philip George Spreckley

 

 

   Philip George Spreckley

STIMPSON, PETER, 60, Hall Lane, Werrington. 1875441, Sergeant, Wireless Operator, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 11th January 1945, aged 19. Commemorated in Werrington (St. John The Baptist) Churchyard.  

TAYLOR, EDWARD SIDNEY, 117, Cromwell Road. 591419, Flight Sergeant, 227 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 20th September 1943, aged 20, on an operational flight over the Aegean Sea. Commemorated on the Alamein Memorial, Egypt. Column 270.  

TEANBY, THOMAS EDWARD, 34, Brook Street. 1809870, Sergeant, 640 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 14th February 1945, aged 23. Buried in Durnbach War Cemetery, Bayern, Germany. Grave reference: Coll. Grave 5. A. 7-10.  
Gunner in Handley Page Halifax Mk III, Serial No MZ856, Code Letters C8-S, T/o from Leconfield 1704, to attack Chemnitz. Pilot was Belgium. All seven crew killed.

THIMBLEBEE, PERCY HUDSON, 214, Palmerston Road. 963850, Flight Sergeant, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 27th May 1942. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 76.  

THORPE, LESLIE JOHN, 483, Fulbridge Road. 1389321, Sergeant, Wireless Operator, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 3rd September 1943, aged 21. Commemorated in Werrington (St. John The Baptist) Churchyard.  

TINKLER, SIDNEY RICHARD, Belsize Avenue. 1320307, Sergeant, 214 (F.M.S.) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 14th May 1943, aged 21, on air operations. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 167.  
Gunner in Short Stirling Mk I, Serial No R9242, Code Letters BU-O. T/o 0001 from Chedburgh to bomb Bochum. Shot down by a night-fighter and crashed near Heerlen in Holland. Four crew were killed, three were POW.

TITMAN, LEONARD, 453, Gladstone Street. 1872912, Leading Aircraftman, 28 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 30th April 1946, aged 21. Buried in Kuala Lumpur (Cheras Road) Civil Cemetery, Malaysia. Grave 876.  

WALKER, LAWRENCE ALAN, 51, Huntley Grove. 148702, Pilot Officer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 4th September 1943, aged 21, during an operational flight in North Wales. Buried in Caernarvon Cemetery, Caernarvonshire. Grave 2216.  

WEBB, WINDSOR FRANCIS RICHARD, Son of Leslie William and Florence Lily Webb, of Peterborough. Sgt 1320645, 207 Sqd., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 25th November, 1942, aged 19. Commemorated on the Runnymede memorial to the missing. Panel 96. Webb is on the Kings School Old Boys memorial in Peterborough Cathedral.

WELDON, ERNEST EDWARD, 36, Silver Street. 754906, Sergeant, Pilot, 58 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 18th June 1941, aged 23. Buried in Einhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery, Netherlands. Grave reference: Plot JJ. Grave 22.  
2nd Pilot in Armstrong-Whitworth Whitley Mk V, Serial No NL462, Code Letters GE-V, T/o from Linton-on-Ouse 2255, to attack Cologne. Shot down by night-fighter, (Oblt Wolfgang Thiming). One man was POW, four were killed.

WHALLEY, KENNETH EDWARD, 144, Lincoln Road. 61941, Pilot Officer, 451 (R.A.A.F.) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 12th November 1941, aged 23. Commemorated on the Alamein Memorial, Egypt, column 241.  
12-Nov-41 Hurricane I V7353 shot down by Bf-109 during reconnaissance at Salūm, Egypt.

WOODWARD, FRANK, Hicks Lane, Old Fletton. 960435, Sergeant, 460 (R.A.A.F.) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 25th February 1944, aged 37, missing on operations. Buried in Durnbach War Cemetery, Bayern, Germany. Grave reference: 11. B. 18.  
Gunner in Avro Lancaster Mk III, Serial No JB742, Code Letters AR-D, T/o from Binbrook 2129, to attack Augsburg. All seven crew killed.

WRIGHT, FRANK, 5, Hurn Road, Werrington. 1897971, Sergeant, 49 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 4th April 1945, aged 32. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, panel 277.  
Gunner in Avro Lancaster Mk III, Serial No ME308, Code Letters EA-F, T/o from Fulbeck 0629, to attack barracks at Nordhausen. All seven crew killed. Two of the crew have graves, the other five are commemorated at Runnymede.

WYBORN, JOHN HENRY, Sallows Road. 124519, Flying Officer, Navigator, 7 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 22nd March 1944, aged 28, missing on operations. Buried in Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany. Grave reference: 8. A. 14.
Navigator in Avro Lancaster Mk III, Serial No JA964, Code Letters MG-P, T/o from Oakington 1858, to attack Frankfurt. Four killed, three POW.

John Henry Wyborn

 

 

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