No. 214 (Federated Malay States) Squadron
Royal Air Force

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The information on this page has been obtained from many sources. The idea is to gather any and all information on each individual member of 214 Squadron and record it here. Eventually, as enough information is received for each individual, a separate section will be set up for them with photos, memories and their personal story. If you served with the squadron, or know someone who was with the squadron, please contact me (remove the xxx to send an email) and help build this memorial / tribute to the squadron.

 

NOTE : To see the information for each individual, find their name in the HONOUR ROLL in the left column and if the name is underlined click on it. If the name is not underlined, then no further details are available yet.


Flt/Lt Edward Donald Baker DFC

Edward Donald Baker



 

Flt/Lt Edward Donald Baker DFC, J/5060, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 1 April 1942, Aged 23

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C X9939 BU-E
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C Z8842 BU-?

Named on the following Memorial : Runnymede Memorial Panel 99

Born 23 October 1918

Born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island

Son of Albert E. And Irene Baker, (Schurman) of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

His home was in Charlottetown.
He enlisted in Moncton, New Brunswick on 19 July 1940.
Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 November 1940), No.3 EFTS (graduated 18 January 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 4 May 1941). Commissioned April 1941.
DFC Award effective 30 March 1942 as per London Gazette dated 16 March 1943 and AFRO 616/43 dated 9 April 1943. Award presented to next-of-kin, March 1944.
NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8755 has original recommendation dated 30 March 1942 when he had flown 21 sorties (119 hours 53 minutes):

11 September 1941 Berlin
29 September 1941 Stettin
3 October 1941 Antwerp (docks)
21 October 1941 Bremen
23 October 1941 Kiel (port)
31 October 1941 Bremen
3 November 1941 Brest (docks)
7 November 1941 Berlin
9 November 1941 Dunkirk (docks)
26 November 1941 Emden
30 November 1941 Hamburg
18 December 1941 Brest (docks)
11 January 1942 Brest (battle cruisers)
17 January 1942 Bremen
26 January 1942 Brest (docks)
28 January 1942 Munster
12 February 1942 Scharnhorst and Gneisenau (in North Sea)
17 February 1942 Essen
25 February 1942 Kiel (port)
25 March 1942 ssen
28 March 1942 Lubeck


"This officer has spent six months in this squadron. He came here on 9th September 1941 and has now taken part in 21operations involving a total of 119.53 hours. On every occasion he has displayed a great enthusiasm in carrying out operations against the enemy and has pressed home his attacks with great determination and courage. As second in command of "A" Flight he has proved himself an able organizer."


NEWSCLIPPING
"Flight Lieut. Baker Reported Missing"
For several months he was the only Canadian in a Royal Air Force squadron but was recently transferred to a Royal Canadian Air Force Unit. It was while engaged in air operations with the latter that he failed to return to base."...


NEWSCLIPPING
London - March 15 1943- (C.P. Cable)
"The RAF today announced the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to three Canadian officers, acting Sqdn. Ldr. William Anderson, Deceased, of Winnipeg; Acting Flt-Lt. Edward Baker, deceased, of Charlottetown, PEI, and FO Herbert Lindsay Coons of Ontario. Baker, 25, completed numerous sorties, inclulding attacks on Berlin, Stettin, Kiel, Brest, Hamburt and Libeck, and his citation said "he at all times displayed
enthusiasm for operations and pressed home his attacks with vigor."


THE LAST FLIGHT
With undoubtedly a lot of good natured practical jokes and wisecracks this 1 April 1942, April Fool’s day , a year to the month after receiving his commission, F/L Edward Baker lifted off the runway at Stradishall piloting Wellington IC Z8842 on what was to be his last flight. Indeed it would be for all the crew. It was 20:19 Hrs and they were off to bomb the railway yards in Hanau (Operation Limeshoot) with 13 other aircraft. They
would never be heard from again. Of the 14 aircraft which set out that day, only 7 would return. It is believed that Z8842 was brought down by flack and crashed into the sea off the Dutch coast. Only two bodies were ever recovered, the rest of the crew has no known grave.
Due to the location of the two bodies found, and other discrepancies, there is sufficient cause to question where the plane actually crashed. The family has always believed this to be the North Sea.


The following story and personal background on Ed was written by his Niece Cathy Cook.

Ed Baker was born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, on October 23, 1918, the youngest of three children of Albert and Irene (Schurman) Baker. When Ed was four years old the family moved to Charlottetown.
Ed was a mischievous and adventurous boy and was loved by all who knew him. In the summer of 2002, I was introduced by someone I knew, to his younger brother, now in his mid 70s. When I was introduced as Florence's daughter he asked me, "did you know Eddy?" I answered that I had been born after his death. Fifty-one years after Ed's death, it brought tears and an almost heartbroken look to this man's eyes as he tried to explain to me how special Ed was and how much he's missed to this day. This man was some eight years younger than Ed and Uncle Ed was more likely a friend of this man's two older brothers, who were his own age. When I think about my own experiences, little brothers of friends were "pests". How many teenagers would pay enough attention to a friend's little brother that he would mean so much? This adds to, and tends to confirm the impression of Uncle Ed that I grew up with, of a kind and generous boy and young man.
In his youth, Ed spent much time in the summers at the farms of his Grandmother and his Aunt. He always said he like to visit his Grandmother, "because she cuts the pie in four". His Mother was a wonderful cook, but still - the pies were cut in six at home.
Another family story often told by Ed's Mother was that when he was young he was caught jumping from ice flow to ice flow in Charlottetown Harbour in the early spring, when the harbour ice was breaking up. She told him in no uncertain terms, that it was dangerous and he was not to do it again. Ed promised, but it became just too much for him and one day he came home wet and cold. His mother admonished him for breaking the rules. His response - that he was tempted to join the other boys on the ice, but knew he'd been told not to and, "so I said, `Get thee behind me Satan', and he did - and he pushed me".
After he completed high school, Ed, with his brother Earle ran a service station in Charlottetown. Both served in World War II, Ed in the Air Force and elder brother, Earle, in the Canadian Army.
In July of 1940 Ed enlisted in the RCAF. He received his wings in a graduation ceremony on April 21, 1941 and he went Overseas in June of that year. Once in England, he was assigned to the RAF and remained with the RAF until his death. His last posting was to the 214 Squadron, "A" Flight, at RAF Stradishall.
Ed loved the Air Force and flying, and he was proud to serve. We know that he was an excellent pilot. That is evidenced by the recommendation for his DFC. His parents received the telegram informing them that he was missing in action on Easter Sunday 1942, just as they were leaving the house to attend Easter Service at their church.
Although we, his two nephews and one niece, were all born after his death, his memory was kept alive for us through our Grandmother, who was very proud of her youngest son.
While growing up, I spent two months each summer with my Grandmother. After the initial greetings to family, there was always a trip to the attic to the green wooden box my older brother, Edward, had shown me. The box contained an Air Force Uniform. I put on Uncle Ed's cap and then carefully put it back where I had found it. I was a little afraid that I shouldn't be looking in the box. I remember many times my Grandmother opening the small boxes she kept in a cabinet in her dining room, and showing me Ed's Distinguished Flying Cross and her own Mother's Cross and then she'd tell me about him. When I was nine years old, Grandma handed me Ed's Air Force issue New Testament. She told me that if I could memorize the whole of Chapter 14 of the Gospel of John, I could have it to keep in memory of Uncle Ed. That summer I worked very hard at memorizing and the treasure was mine before I returned home in September. Now on November 11th I take it to the Service at the Cenotaph, and on the Sunday prior, I carry it to our Church Service. It's always in my hand for the time of "Silence" in remembrance. My brother Ed was the only family member of our generation in the Canadian Forces. He, as it should be, was given Uncle Ed's DFC and my Grandmother's Mother's Cross and while he was serving at a Canadian Air Force Base he had them mounted and framed.
In, I think the 1960's, a young boy in England wrote to Charlottetown for information on the City for a project he was doing at school. At the bottom of his letter, his teacher wrote a note, asking if he could be put in touch with any living relatives of Edward Donald Baker, DFC. Earle was given the information and took it to his Mother. She wrote to the teacher. It turned out that he was at Stradishall and had been Ed's batman. He wrote a bit about their time at Stradishall and sent her some pictures of the base. That was a very moving and emotional time for my Grandmother, who very much appreciated the contact and letter although there was sadness as well. I've always considered this man's contact a very kind and thoughtful gesture.
My Mother, Ed's sister Florence, never did get over the death of her younger brother. They were very close. She could talk about him as a child and a youth, but could not bring herself to discuss much about his time in the Air Force, except to say how proud she was of him. Until the end of her life, she couldn't face the November 11th, Remembrance Day services. She was unable to bring herself to go to the cenotaph, or to watch the service from Ottawa on television. The memories for her were just too shattering. I do remember one Cenotaph Service she did attend. I was the Colour Bearer for my Girl Guide Unit and I begged her to go. In the years after that, I went on my own because I realized how hard it was for her to attend. Her November 11th was a private time of mourning.
All we who are left can do is to honour those who served and those who died for our freedom and thank them for their service and sacrifice........... We can't ever forget them.

~~~~~ Cathy Cook~~~~~


LOG BOOK ENTRIES


#3 EFTS (elementary flying training school) London Ont. 7 November 1940 to 6 January 1941
Training on a single engine Fleet Canuck
25:50 hrs Dual 23:55 hrs Pilot 5:00 hrs Night ( Instrument)


#8 Service Flying Training School 2 February 1941 to 17 April 1941
Training on twin eng. Avro Anson
47:15 hrs Dual 44:10 hrs Solo 10:00 Night (Instr)
30.VI. 41 Night vision test B'MOUTH above average (very handy, all RAF Bombing was at night)


#23 O.T.U. (Operational Training Unit) Pershore Worc.
Training on Wellington 4 August 1941 to 28 August 1941
Grand Total hrs 199:35


No. 214 Squadron Stradishall 11 September 1941 to 1 April 1942
Qual. As 1st Pilot Day 28 August 1941 Qual. As 1st Pilot Night 9 November 1941

Ed flew aircraft X9939 most of his time with 214, but other aircraft he flew were:
DV509, H9752, R1505, R1759, T2850, X9660, X9744, X9758, X9890, X9939, Z1139, Z1158, Z8373, Z8858, Z8943, Z8953, Z8970.
His final flight was on Z8842.
Other names noted in the log are Flt/Lt Hilton, Plt/Off Watson, Plt/Off Barford, Sgt Masters, Sgt Page, Sgt Norton, Sgt Stevens & Sgt Lancaster.

Flt/Lt Edward Baker's log and other documents are in the care of Edward Saunders LAC RCN

The website admnistrators also have a digital copy of each page of his log book

Source : CWGC and Cathy Cook (niece) and Log Book and CWGC and Edward Saunders

Date record last updated : 4 March 2012


FS Wilfred Barham 

FS Wilfred Barham, 755880, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 7 June 1942, Aged 24

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I N3761 BU-E

Buried in TERSCHELLING (WEST-TERSCHELLING) GENERAL CEMETERY. Reference : Grave 42.

Son of George and Gertrude Barham. of Barnsley, Yorkshire; husband of Doris Barham, of Smithies, Barnsley.

FS Barham had done one tour on Wellingtons before joining a new Stirling crew.

Source : Kate Brettell (niece of Flt/Lt Turtle). Kate has retrieved information from the National Archives Canada, The PRO in England and CWGC

Date record last updated : 22 June 2014


Sgt H Barnes

 

Sgt H Barnes, Date taken POW 9 May 1941, POW number Not known

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C R1447 BU-?

Imprisoned at POW camp Not Known

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

Source : Wim de Meester of The Netherlands and Chorley and 'Footprints on the sands of time' by Oliver Clutton-Brock

Date record last updated : 30 July 2011


Sgt Hubert William John Barr

Sgt Hubert William John Barr, 759105, Wireless Operator, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 12 May 1941

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) N2802 BU-A
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C R1462 BU-?

Buried in HAMBURG CEMETERY. Reference : 5A. F. 2.

Hubert Barr joined 214 Squadron in November 1940 and flew as wireless operator in Pilot Officer Jack Wetherly's crew.

When Wetherly completed his tour, the crew was taken over by Pilot Officer John Topliss.

Source : Christopher Jary - Author and Ian Hunt and CWGC

Date record last updated : 10 October 2009


FS Rodney Claude Bartlett

FS Rodney Claude Bartlett, 1850398, Flight Engineer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 6 November 1944, Aged 26

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB788 (6 November 1944) BU-B

Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 13. D. 7.

Son of Claude and May Bartlett, of Basingstoke, Hampshire; husband of Joan M. Bartlett, of Basingstoke.

Source : CWGC and Chas Chambers (family connection) and Matt Baars

Date record last updated : 16 May 2009


Fg/Off Charles Edward Baumfield


The picture above was taken the day he got his commission. He was 18.

 

Fg/Off Charles Edward 'Lofty' 'Ted' Baumfield, Bomb Aimer, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Nationality : New Zealand

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB817 BU-G
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III KJ101 BU-H
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III KJ114 BU-B

Jennifer Baumfield, Charles daughter writes:
"My father received the highest marks of any New Zealander that went through the training schools in Canada during the war, which is, I assume, why he was selected for this Squadron. After hostilities ceased his Squadron Leader selected him as the Navigator for a special flight to take the bigwigs of 100 group to Norway for the peace signing there. He got to visit Grove, Denmark, the main German night-fighter base and control centre for northern Europe and was able to watch the operation of a raid from the German side (Dummy raids were run from England covered by 100 Group Squadrons and this enabled those at Grove to see the effects of their counter-measures).
The nickname Lofty came about as he was only 5' 3" but following the RAF he was known as "Ted".
Only Chalky and Alan are still alive. (2005)
(Both confirmed still alive 2009 Carol Edwards Site administrator-spoke to Alan Mercer 21 February 2009) I met all the others, except for "Olly", who was killed in a crash just after the war. As the Special Operator, Olly kept apart from the rest of the crew so they did not know him well.
My father was asked repeatedly to stay on in the RAF, but wanted to return home to New Zealand, having left his home at 17. He turned 21 the day the troopship left for New Zealand."

A REMARKABLE COINCIDENCE
In one of lifes little coincidences, the day after Jennifer had contacted me from New Zeland regarding her father (in fact the very next email I recieved to the site) I also received a letter from Kevin Green in Calgary Canada. Kevin had purchased a box of papers on Ebay, within which was a letter from a chap named Fg/Off Baumfield written to a young lady in Canada during the war. Out of curiosity, or perhaps destiny, he decided to see if he could track down the writer Fg/Off Baumfield and his search ultimately led him to the 214 Squadron web site. Unbelievably, Fg/Off Baumfield was none other than Jennifer's father!!! What forces were at work to bring two total strangers from the absolute opposite ends of the earth together at precisely the same moment in time and precisely the same place. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. After an absence of sixty years the letter has now found its way back home.

Special thanks to Kevin Green for the wisdom to know this would be a treasure to the family, and for his thoughtfullness "against ridiculous odds" to try and search them out.


Dated Sun, 28 October 1945
The letter can also be read in Photo Album 4

Source : Jennifer Baumfield (daughter) and Ian Hunt and Kevin Green

Date record last updated : 22 February 2009


Wg/Cdr John Leighton Beck DFC & Bar MiD

 

Wg/Cdr John Leighton Beck DFC & Bar MiD, Pilot

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) N2776 (pre September 1940) BU-G

Born in Chiswick, London

Born in 1912.

Educated at Ardingly, John Leighton Beck joined the RAF on a short service commission in 1936. After pre-war service in Egypt, he returned to England and was posted to 214 Squadron in February 1940. Here he flew his first tour. In November 1940, he was the first member of 214 Squadron to be awarded the DFC. The King visited Stradishall and held an investiture there, at which Beck received his award.

A spell at Bomber Command HQ was followed by a posting to a Liberator squadron in the Middle East, where he was mentioned in Despatches for his part in bombing Rommel's ports. After Alamein, the squadron moved on to Bengal, from where they bombed Japaness airfields, supply dumps and troop concentrations in Burma. At the end of this tour John Beck was awarded a Bar to his DFC and posted to a series of staff jobs with General Slim and Lord Mountbatten. Demobilised in 1946, he joined his family printing business in Leeds before moving to Jersey, where he established a firm of estate agents. His Wellington aircraft was G-BU which was featured on a Jersey stamp in 2000.

Married since 1939, he and his wife had two daughters. He died in January 2003, aged 90

His obituary can be found here
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1419067/Wing-Commander-John-Beck.html

Source : George Coates (grandson) and Christopher Jary, Author - Portrait Of A Bomber Pilot

Date record last updated : 16 May 2009


Sgt Robert L Bennett

 

Sgt Robert L Bennett, 1826290 A/G Served at Oulton flying Stirlings and Flying Fortress aircraft. His main pilot on operations was F/O Haynes.

 

Trained at No.2 AGS Dalcross

14/10/43-10/12/43

 

214 Squadron

24/1/44-7/5/45

 

Wellington serials of aircraft flown:

3594  617 1603 483 617 826 3566 221 479 554 978 151 587 492 254 266 242 786 113

Pilots: PO Williams F O Armstrong PO McGubbin FL Lewis FL Lowe FS Wood

 

Stirling serials of aircraft flown: S111

Pilots: FO Mason FO Jackson FL Ashley PO Eccles

 

Fortress serials of aircraft flown:

SR376 379 380 378 383 HB803 774 793 803 796 780 787 788 779 785 782 801 802 378 818 816 817 819 SR388 HJ110 KJ114 104 107 793 111 101

Pilots: FL Haynes FO Woods FO Scholes

 

Sgt R.L. Bennett

 

Unidentified crew, possibly Sgt Bennett front row far left.

 

Note: Robert's log book is intact and held by his son Bob.  

Source: Bob Bennett, Norwich (son of Robert senior)


Sgt Victor Lawrence Bagley

 

Sgt Victor Lawrence Bagley, 754080, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 13 March 1941, Aged 21

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C N2746 BU-M

Buried in GRONINGEN (ESSERVELD) GENERAL CEMETERY. Reference : Plot RP. Row Class 2. Coll. grave 26.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Smith Bagley; husband of Jeanette Lilian Bagley.

Source : Stevin Oudshoorn and CWGC and Chorley

Date record last updated : 16 January 2014


FS Arthur Bowers

FS Arthur Bowers, 1452264, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 11 April 1943

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I BK612 BU-Z

Named on the following Memorial : RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL Panel 35.

Source : Cheryl Garner, Great Niece of Thomas Frank Richardson and CWGC.

Date record last updated : 30 January 2011


FS Norman James 'Jack' Bradley DFM


FS Norman James 'Jack' Bradley DFM, 1587915, Waist Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, Date taken POW 15 March 1945, POW number None

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB779 BU-K

Born 12 November 1924
Born in Cornwood, Devon

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

DFM awarded 17 October 1944 while with 166 Squadron.

Norman was a rear gunner on the following 2 crews with 166 Squadron:
Avro Lancaster BI ME647(AS-J),
Avro Lancaster BIII ND628 (AS-Y),

While with 214 Squadron on 14 March 1945 he and the rest of the crew of HB779 had to bale out of the aircraft over Germany. He was kept in Buhl prison before being transferred by foot into Luftwaffe custody on 17 March 1945. Upon reaching Huchenfeld he was locked into the boiler room of the Neuen Schule (New School) along with 6 others of his crew. A crowd of civilians demanded access to the 7 men, demanding revenge , and dragged them outside. Bradley and 2 other men escaped to be recaptured. Four others were taken to the cemetery and shot.

Vinall and Bradley took the opportunity to hide between a wall and a car, escaping using the shadows.

Norman Bradley explains,
"I heard two screams of pain. Vinall moved forward and I followed him. The last I heard of Vinall was him shouting at me to follow him. I shouted back that he was going the wrong way, towards the shootings then I heard nothing more. I ran across some fences and wire netting and escaped across a field into the woods. There were about six shots fired when Vinall shouted to me for the last time.
Later, while I was crossing the wire fence I heard shots from automatic weapons, several bursts. I was later captured about 22 miles the other side of Pforzheim. The day after I was captured 2 of my guards told me that 2 members of my crew had been shot."

A year later, in June 1946, Tom Tate and Norman Bradley returned to Germany as witnesses in the war crimes trials against 22 men and youths who had taken part in the killings.

His death was reported in the Winter / Spring 2008 Nightjar newsletter.

Source : Norman Bradley & Carol & John Edwards (family connection to Sidney Matthews) and "Footprints on the sands of time" by Oliver Clutton-Brock and Nightjar Newsletter and various news articles and Matthew Boucher (grandson of Norman).

Date record last updated : 30 April 2011


Sgt Jesse Clemence Brakeman 

Sgt Jesse Clemence Brakeman, R/68117, Air Gunner, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 3 September 1941, Aged 21

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C R1717 BU-Z?

Buried in DUNKIRK TOWN CEMETERY. Reference : Plot 2 Row 2 Grave 20.

Son of Jesse Clair Brakeman, and of Rose Adele Brakeman, of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.

Source : Captain Glen McKay Retd (Canadian Armed Forces), (nephew of FS James Patrick McKay) and CWGC

Date record last updated : 29 December 2010


Flt/Lt J V Brigham

 

Flt/Lt J V Brigham,   RAFVR 138944. Navigator. Flt/Lt Brigham passed away in 2000.

(no other info yet)

 

SOURCE: Anthony Hennessy Melbourne, Australia   XXXantncet@alphalink.com.au


WO Keith Mortimer Bright

 

WO Keith Mortimer Bright, 426496, Royal Australian Air Force, Nationality : Australian, KIA 6 November 1944, Aged 21

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB788 (6 November 1944) BU-B

Named on the following Memorial : Australian War Memorial Panel 119

Born 11 April 1923

Born in London England

Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 13. D. 5.

Son of Frank Mortimer Bright and Ivy Kathleen Bright, of Coorparoo, Queensland, Australia.

Enlisted in Brisbane Australia

Source : CWGC and Chas Chambers and Matt Baars and John Cripps and National Archives of Australia and Geoff Swallow (Australian Researcher)

Date record last updated : 14 February 2010


Sgt John Broderick

Sgt John Broderick, 1254086, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 4 April 1943, Aged 22

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I W7621 BU-G

Buried in KIEL WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 5. B. 13.

THE MYSTERY: Sgt Broderick was found on the little island Amrum in the North Sea, all other crew member are missing. The Dobersdorfer See is an inland lake not connected to the North Sea so it is a mystery how his body came to be found on Amrum. If you study the maps, the only possible explanation is that he baled out of the aircraft and made his way overland to the North Sea. This theory does not explain how he came to be drowned in the sea. Nils Hempel.

Source : CWGC and Nils Hempel of Kiel Germany

Date record last updated : 24 March 2009


Sgt Harold Wignell 'Boyk' Brook


Sgt Harold Wignell 'Boyk' Brook, 581316, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 25

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C R3208 (17 November 1940)
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C R3208 (5 November 1940)
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C R3208 (7 November 1940)
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C T2470 (28 October 1940) BU-K
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C T2471 BU-?
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) T2709 (25 October 1940)

Named on the following Memorial : Runnymede Memorial Panel 12

Born in Melton Mowbray Leicestershire England

Son of Edgar and Annie Brook, of Stanton by Dale, Derbyshire.


Sgt Brook is on the left of the photo in the forefront with a cigarette in his hand. Can anyone name the other two gentleman? Photograph provided by Hilary Sharman (relative of Sgt Brook)

Harold was born in 1915.

Mike Brook wrote:
Harold was my father's (Tom Kenneth) brother. I was 3 when Harold was killed but remember Grandma ( his mother Annie ) listening to the radio for news of Harold's war and eventually wearing the RAF wings in memory of him.

Source : Ian Hunt and W R Chorley's book 'RAF Bomber Command Losses 1939-1940' and CWGC and Nightjar Newsletter Spring 2006 and Hilary Sharman (relative of Sgt Brook) and Richard Williams (joint author of Sway at War 1914-1945) and Mike Brook (nephew of Harold)

Date record last updated : 30 January 2011


Sgt Sydney Burtwell DFM






Sgt Sydney Burtwell DFM, 1172870, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 2 April 1942

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C R1789 BU-?

Buried in DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 2. F. 2.

Source : Ian Hunt and CWGC and Diana Beach (niece of Sidney Burtwell) and Christine Head (neice of John Dunn)

Date record last updated : 4 March 2012


Cpt Harold MacRae Butterworth

 

 

Cpt Harold MacRae Butterworth, 179138, Rear Gunner, Royal Artillery, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 11 April 1942, Aged 20

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C HF856 BU-?

Born in Manchester, England

Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 19.F.3

Son of Harold McAvoy Butterworth and Margaret E. Macrae Butterworth, of Inverness.

Captain Harold Butterworth of Inverness Scotland was the oldest of two brothers, Douglas being the younger brother and was predeceased by one sister, Opel. He was born in Manchester England, as was his father, but grew up in Indian Head Saskatchewan Canada. It is said his father spoke with a very heavy Canadian accent even though he had lived for many years in Inverness where he had gone to recover after getting wounded in 1916 with the 10th Infantry Division in France. The honour and sense of duty must run deep in the Butterworth blood, as Harold, "like his father before him", rose to the call of duty himself when once again the world went to war. Prior to enlisting, Harold was a popular, fun loving scholar with a bright future after school in one of Inverness's top legal companies.

Alan Butterworth from South Africa writes: "My Uncle Captain Harold Butterworth was killed while serving with 214 Squadron on attachment from the Royal Artillery. He was with A.O.P. as a rear gunner/observer. He was the third Royal Artillery officer to be killed that month and after that no more officers were sent on this duty. Harold now lives on in the memory of his niece and nephews, Fiona, Alan and Neil."

If you have any further information on Captain Butterworh please contact Alan at XXXbutterworth@telkomsa.net (please remove the XXX spam protection from the email address).

Please CLICK HERE to read Alan's search to find his Uncle Harry.

Source : Alan Butterworth (nephew of Cpt Butterworth) and Ian Hunt and Chorley and CWGC

Date record last updated : 28 March 2015


Sgt J Burchell

 

Sgt J Burchell, Sgt Burchell's  crew as recorded on their first 5 ops entries listed in the ORB seem to give the crew as:-

                          F/Lt J W Lucas

                          F/Lt W H Taylor

                          F/O N W Manners

                          F/Sgt R Jeffcock

                          W/O S C Hopkins

                          Sgt W C Heley (spelt Healey in the first entry but Heley in the next four)

                          F/Sgt J Parkinson

                          Sgt C W Pearson

                          Sgt J Burchell

 

This crew seems to be listed consistently in this order in the ORB, although it doesn't give their individual crew functions. HOWEVER, the tenth crew member (possibly the jamming equipment Special Operator?) changed a bit over the first 5 ops.

                          - Firstly it was Sgt J S Reid (1st op);

                          - then F/O W E Gronau RCAF (2nd op);

                          - then Sgt C Kerr (next 3 ops).

It may be that this was how the crew settled down to be (ie with Kerr).

 

SOURCE & RESEARCH: Ian Hunt


Sgt Geoffrey Bunning


Sgt Geoffrey Charles Bunning, 932988, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 31 May 1942

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling (model unknown) W7534 BU-E

Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY. Reference : Coll. grave 19. E. 7-14.

Son of Charles Henry Bunning and his wife Ethel Maud Bunning

Geoffrey's parents farmed at Faulkeners House Farm, Walton Highway near Wisbech. He was one of two brothers and a sister and he was educated at Norfolk High School which was on Norfolk Road, Wisbech. In 1939 Geoffrey started a career as a journalist with the Wisbech Advertiser and the Ely & Wisbech Advertiser. He then moved into Wisbech to live with his aunt and her two children, Doris and John Rilett at 39 Colville Road. Geoffrey and John became close friends and this research has been conducted as a result of a conversation with my father-in-law, John Rilett, in 2001. (Emrys Jones)

In early 1941 Geoffrey volunteered for service with the RAF as a pilot. He was not accepted as such, so instead he volunteered his services as a wireless operator/air gunner, training at RAF Yatesbury.


Taken at RAF Yatesbury on 20 February 1941. Geoffrey is third from right.

Following completion of his training, Geoffrey served with 214 at Stradishall as a Sgt wireless operator/air gunner.

FOOTNOTE: From Emrys :
"On Sunday 25th January 2004, I visited the Reichswald Forest with a friend, Ian Coyne, and laid a wreath on Geoffrey's grave on behalf of the family. It was a very special moment, perhaps made more so when a local Dutch family on their regular Sunday walk asked about our pilgrimage. They paid tribute to those who gave their lives to liberate Europe and promised to visit the graves of W7534 on future visits to the Cemetery."


Laid on behalf of John Rilett
in proud and loving memory of his cousin
Sgt Geoffrey Charles Bunning RAFVR
Aged 21 years, Killed in action
30-31 May 1942
During Operation Millenium

Source : Emrys Jones (relative of Sgt Bunning) and CWGC

Date record last updated : 14 June 2009


Flt/Lt Charles 'Charlie' Brown

 

Flt/Lt Charles 'Charlie' Brown, Rear Gunner

Flt/Lt Charles Brown 'Charlie', He served from around 1942/3 to 1945 on 214 Squadron in Norfolk, finally ending up (in '45 at St Athans.) Sadly Charlie passed away in 2003, and is fondly referred to by his nephew Tim as a remarkable and lovely man. Charlie was a gunner, a 'tail end' Charlie! "It is not difficult to imagine the good natured jokes that Charlie would have had to put up with from the other boys over this".

Although Charlie would not talk of his service much, Tim recalls some of the stories that were relayed to him over the years...........................

Shot up after a raid, they bailed out into the channel off Dover. He was very cross because he lost his favourite lighter. Shot up again, the rear turret had filled with fuel, presumably up to his knees. He prayed he would not see a fighter because firing off a round would probably ignite the lot. After another raid on the way home, a squadron a/c not well versed in the art of recognition, kept firing at them. Sufficed to say, that on arriving back at base, a scuffle ensued. I presume, that as Squadron boxing champ, he won his fight!

Again, on arrival home, while 'making safe', his harness caught in the firing mechanism and a round was discharged into the tarmac. Apparently, procedures were changed to prevent a repetition. To combat the cold, a heated suit was trailed. It didn't work very well, heating the body to boiling point down one side, and freezing off the other side. He flew Lancs and I believe possibly the Fortress as well?

After the war he became a councillor for the Conservatives at Wirksworth Derbyshire, President of the Well Dressing Society, and a senior Freemason. Flt/Lt Charles Brown, aside from his wife, a son and daughter and his nephew Tim, is also survived by his sister.

Source : Tim Broxton, RAF retd. Family of Flt/Lt Brown, Contact xxtimbroxton@tiscali.co.uk

Date record last updated : 14 June 2009


Sgt John Arthur Brown

Sgt John Arthur Brown, 1303478, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 13 May 1943, Aged 20

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I BF381 BU-P2

Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 5. B. 3.

Son of Frederick and Amelia Brown, of Acomb, York.

Source : Ian Hunt and CWGC

Date record last updated : 29 October 2010


FS Harold Beard

 

FS Harold Beard, 1398508, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 5 November 1945, Aged 22

Named on the following Memorial : MALTA MEMORIAL Panel 18, Column 1.

Son of William A. and Minnie E. Beard, of Gillingham, Kent.

Source : CWGC

Date record last updated : 29 October 2010


Sgt Sydney Herbert Bryant



Sgt Sydney Herbert Bryant, 1851276, Flight Engineer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 22 June 1944, Aged 20

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB773
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark II SR377 BU-M
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark II SR382 BU-B

Named on the following Memorial : Gostrey Meadows, Farnham, Surrey
Named on the following Memorial : Parents grave

Born in Rowledge, Farnham, Surrey

Buried in UDEN WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 5.B.3

Youngest son of Arthur William and Elsie May Bryant, of Farnham, Surrey.

Qualified as a Flight Engineer November 1943 and teamed with John Cassan. Became co-pilot when 214 was re-equipped with American built B17 Flying Fortresses in late January 1944. During the first six months of that year John was instructing him to become a full pilot.

His death must have been hard on Sydney's parents, as his brother was also in the RAF, flying Hawker Typhoons for 198 Squadron.

Syd's nephew John recalls that Syd had a steady girlfriend by the name of Dorothy Palmer, (known as Doff). Perhaps they may have got married, don't really know. Although Syd was "missing" at the time she attended my christening and as I grew up I always referred to her as Aunty Doff. She died about twenty years ago. Perhaps more oddly are the dates that Syd's parents died, given the fact he was killed on the 22nd June 1944. His father was taken seriously ill on the 22nd June 1952 and died six days later. His mother after a short illness suddenly died on the 23rd June 1977. (Beware the Ides of June as I used to tell my mother). Syd had one brother Aurthur, and one sister. (John Cripp's mother) When Aurthur destroyed the lock gates at Veere in Western Holland, his brother in law (John's Father) who was with the Royal Engineers, was one of the ones who had to help re-build them several weeks later. As John put it, "nothing like keeping the business in the family - "you blow it up and I'll repair it".

See also the 198 Squadron website http://www.198squadronraf.co.uk for more information on Sydney's brother Aurthur who flew Typhoon fighter aircraft for the Squadron. The 214 being a bomber squadron, this site gives a perspective from the Fighter Squadron point of view. Although they both worked toward a common cause there was a world of difference in their day to day lives and activities.

Sidney's Air Training Corps Cadets Manual and his Fying Log Book have been presented to the Imperial War Museum in London.

Source : John Cripps (Sydney's nephew) and CWGC

Date record last updated : 17 November 2008


Sgt Kenneth Reginald Burton DFM

Sgt Kenneth Reginald Burton DFM, 1385331, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 4 April 1943, Aged 20

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I W7621 BU-G

Named on the following Memorial : Runnymede Memorial Panel 144

Son of Arthur Cooksey Burton and Rachel Burton; husband of Cecilia Margaret Burton, of Kensington, London.

London Gazette 35966 2 April 1943
DFM awarded
One night in March, 1943, this airman was the pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack Stuttgart.
On the outward flight, one engine in the bomber failed. The target was still 150 miles distant but Sergeant Burton continued his flight and
eventually bombed his target from a low level. On the return flight, Sergeant Burton was unable to maintain height above 3,000 feet and there was the possibility of the petrol becoming exhausted, but he finally succeeded in flying the aircraft back to base. By his perseverance and skill this airman was undoubtedly responsible for the safe return of the aircraft and its crew.

Source : CWGC and Nils Hempel of Kiel Germany

Date record last updated : 24 March 2009


Sgt William James Bushell

Sgt William James Bushell, 1310132, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : British, KIA 27 August 1942, Aged 29

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I R9155 BU-Q
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling (model unknown) R9317 (03 June 1942)

Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY. Reference : Coll. grave 28. H. 8-13.

Son of William James & Ellen Bushell, of West Brompton, London

Source : Arthur Skone and Chorley and CWGC

Date record last updated : 22 June 2014


Sgt Fred Bonser

Sgt Fred Bonser, 992516, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 11 April 1942, Aged 23

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C HF856 BU-?

Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 19. F. 6.

Son of Fred and Hester Bonser, of Birmingham; husband of Madge Evelin Bonser, of Alum Rock, Birmingham.

Source : Alan Butterworth (nephew of Cpt Butterworth) and Ian Hunt and Chorley and CWGC

Date record last updated : 29 March 2015


FS Ted Bonner

 

FS Ted Bonner

FS Ted Bonner, Wireless Operator

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB785 (Corke) BU-A

Source : Pilot Officer William Foskett

Date record last updated : 23 May 2009


Plt/Off Berry

 

Plt/Off Berry

Staff Training pilot, Stradishall, flew crews under training.

Date record last updated : 14 June 2009


FS Eric Norman Bird

 

FS Eric Norman Bird, 1386978, Air Bomber, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 26 July 1943, Aged 20

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III BK686 BU-C

Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 6. C. 17.

Son of Frederic Arthur and Dorothy Maud Bird, of Newcastle-on-Tyne.

Source : CWGC and Ian Hunt

Date record last updated : 8 August 2009


Sgt Robert Charles Bishop

Sgt Robert Charles Bishop, 653306, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 21

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C R3208 (17 November 1940)
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C R3208 (5 November 1940)
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C R3208 (7 November 1940)
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C T2470 (28 October 1940) BU-K
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C T2471 BU-?
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) T2709 (25 October 1940)

Named on the following Memorial : Runnymede Memorial Panel 12

Son of Albert Philip and Emmie Bishop, of Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire.

Sgt Bishop was an ex Haverfordwest Grammer school pupil and had taken part in many operational flights over Germany. He volunteered for the Air Force before the outbreak of war. He had 2 brothers who were serving in the South African Rifles and the R.A.P.C., one gave up a banking appointment in Nairobi to volunteer for service.

Also related to Robert Bishop was Thomas George Lewis, his cousin, who was also a member of 214 Squadron and Charles H.B. Lewis killed in Italy in 1943.

If you require further information about relatives of Sgt Bishop you can contact Owen Vaughan via the Squadron adminstrators.

Source : Ian Hunt and W R Chorley's book 'RAF Bomber Command Losses 1939-1940' and CWGC and Richard Williams (joint author of Sway at War 1914-1945) and Nightjar Newsletter Spring 2006 and Owen Vaughan (researcher)

Date record last updated : 5 January 2014


Sgt Lionel Black

 

Sgt Lionel Black, 948150, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 3 September 1941, Aged 21

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C R1717 BU-Z?

Buried in DUNKIRK TOWN CEMETERY. Reference : Plot 2 Row 2 Grave 23.

Son of Harry and Charlotte Emma Black, of Hoylake, Cheshire.

Source : Captain Glen McKay Retd (Canadian Armed Forces), (nephew of FS James Patrick McKay) and CWGC

Date record last updated : 29 December 2010


Wg/Cdr D F Balsdon

 

Wg/Cdr D F  Balsdon, RAF C Flight commander. Jimmy Balsdon, nicknamed God by his men, commanded 'A' Flight of 214 Squadron in the latter part of 1940, being succeeded by Squadron Leader Jimmy Sharp.  By December 1941 he was commanding 97 Squadron, then equipped with the under-powered Avro Manchester.  On 18 December, returning from a daylight attack on Gneisenau in the port of Brest, Balsdon's aircraft, a Halifax, which had been damaged by anti-aircraft fire over the target, crashed on landing at Coningsby and the whole crew were killed.  (The incident is described in Guy Gibson's Enemy Coast Ahead.)  Balsdon is buried in Scotland.

 

NOTE: Separate sources show W/C Balsdon as commanding A flight or C flight.

SOURCE & RESEARCH:  Christopher Jary - Author,  Sheila Bryne


Plt/Off Joseph Harold Andrew Baker

 

Plt/Off Joseph Harold Andrew Baker, 69491, Co-pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 1 April 1942, Aged 21

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C X9979 BU-O
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C X9979 (Autumn 1941) BU-O

Buried in DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY. Reference : Coll. grave 2. B. 19-21.

Son of Joseph and Katherine Mabel Baker, of Ellesmere, Shropshire.

Source : Ian Hunt and records of Fg/Off Venner and Chorley and CWGC

Date record last updated : 16 June 2010


FS Fred Barber

 

FS Fred Barber, Flight Engineer

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB785 (Corke) BU-A

Plt/Off Bill Foskett recalls: "Our flight engineer was FS Fred Barber. He was a very genuine Londoner the salt of the earth. He was an extremely efficient man who knew his job inside out, and expected everyone on the ground crew to be likewise. They certainly" popped to" when he was about, he was really meticulous. Anyway; on the flight test prior to the Gelsenkirchen Op on 21 June 1944 as we got off the bus the ground crew
were hovering,and one of them was heard to say " watch it lads; here comes Ali Barber and the 40 clangers" I've not heard from him since we finished our tour, but the last thing he mentioned to me was that he was going to set up an estate agency in south London. I wonder if he ever did?"

Source : Pilot Officer William Foskett

Date record last updated : 23 May 2009


Plt/Off Harold Broadbent

Plt/Off Harold Broadbent, 143698, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 13 May 1943, Aged 29

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I BF381 BU-P2

Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 5. B. 2.

Son of Mark and Gertrude Broadbent, of Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire.

From notes from the squadron's ops record book, Plt/Off (then still shown as Sgt) Broadbent (and thus presumably Plt/Off Catch within the crew) had only flown one op before this one: a 'gardening' (mine-laying) trip to the area 'Nectarines I' off the Frisian Islands on the night of 5-6 May 1943 where they laid 5 mines from 1,000 ft at location 5335N / 0517E at 00.16, but had to bring one mine home as it had 'hung up' (failed to release).

Source : Ian Hunt and CWGC

Date record last updated : 29 October 2010


Plt/Off Victor Kingsley Brown

Plt/Off Victor Kingsley Brown, 60071, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 14 July 1941, Aged 25

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C R1614 BU-H

Buried in BERGEN-OP-ZOOM WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 28. A. 6.

Son of William Kingsley Brown and Victoria Olive Brown; nephew of Mabel L. Thomas, of Rustington, Sussex.

Source : Ian Hunt, extracted from Operations record book, PRO and CWGC

Date record last updated : 29 October 2010


Sgt Kenneth Ronald Buckle

Sgt Kenneth Ronald Buckle (Flight Engineer),1686318, Nationality : United Kingdom. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. KIA 11/08/1943

Son of George Eric and Gertrude Mary Buckle, of Hyde Park, Leeds.

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling BF516 PX-E

Buried at LEEDS (LAWNS WOOD) CEMETERY. Sec. V. Grave 257.

Source : Mrs Shirley Whitlock neice of one of the crew, Ian Hunt and CWGC.


Sgt Horace Sydney 'Chic' Barker

 

Sgt Horace Sydney 'Chic' Barker, 646994, Flight Engineer, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 25 June 1942, Aged 23

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I DJ973 BU-A

Born in 50 Medcalf Road, Enfield Lock, UK

Buried in ENFIELD (HERTFORD ROAD) CEMETERY. Reference : Sec. C. Cons. Grave 5882.

Son of Alfred George and Lydia Barker, of Enfield.

Source : Neil Leveratt nephew of Sgt Brothers and Ian Hunt and CWGC and Charlie Barker (great-nephew)

Date record last updated : 7 November 2009


Sgt Peter Grenville Brothers

Sgt Peter Grenville Brothers, 1250057, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 25 June 1942, Aged 22

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I DJ973 BU-A

Buried in HAVERHILL CEMETERY. Reference : Sec. U. Grave 244

Son of John Archibald and Lydia Mary Brothers, of Lee, London.

Source : Neil Leveratt nephew of Sgt Brothers and Ian Hunt and CWGC

Date record last updated : 22 August 2010


FS Eddie Hester Brown

 

FS Eddy Hester Brown, R/83258, Air Gunner, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 25 June 1942, Aged 20

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I DJ973 BU-A

Buried in HAVERHILL CEMETERY. Reference : Sec. U. Grave 194.

Son of J. M. L. Brown and Ada Brown, of Big Spring, Texas, U.S.A.


Source : Neil Leveratt nephew of Sgt Brothers and Ian Hunt and CWGC

Date record last updated : 20 August 2009


FS Black

FS Black, Starboard Waist Gunner

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark II ??Ingham BU-

Source : John Ritchie, son of Sgt J Ritchie

Date record last updated : 8 June 2009


FS Brookes

FS Brookes, Rear Gunner, Nationality : New Zealand

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark II ??Ingham BU-

Source : John Ritchie, son of Sgt J Ritchie

Date record last updated : 8 June 2009


Sgt B Burgess

Sgt B Burgess, Port Waist Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, Date taken POW 14 March 1945, POW number NK

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB802 BU-O

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

POW camp not known

Back in the UK on 26 April 1945

Source : 'Footprints on the sands of time' by Oliver Clutton-Brock and Ian Hunt and ORB

Date record last updated : 20 September 2011


Sgt Alex Ballentine

Sgt Alex Ballentine, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, Date taken POW 11 June 1942, POW number 304

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I R9326 BU-G

Imprisoned at POW camp Beninia?, Poland
Imprisoned at POW camp Heydekrug (Silute), Lithuania
Imprisoned at POW camp Sagan (Zagan) & Belaria, Germany

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

The crew of R9326 were filmed as part of a Pathe News Gazette wartime film called ‘Take it on the Chin’ about the bombings raids over Germany, which they took part in. This can be viewed by visiting : http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=22954

Source : Ian Tonkin and "Footprints on the sands of time" by Oliver Clutton-Brock

Date record last updated : 3 October 2008


FS L C Beagles


FS L C Beagles, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, Date taken POW 11 June 1942, POW number 306

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I R9326 BU-G

Imprisoned at POW camp Heydekrug (Silute), Lithuania
Imprisoned at POW camp Sagan (Zagan) & Belaria, Germany
Imprisoned at POW camp Thorn (Torun), Poland OR Oerbke (Fallingbostel), Germany - dates unknown

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

The crew of R9326 were filmed as part of a Pathe News Gazette wartime film called ‘Take it on the Chin’ about the bombings raids over Germany, which they took part in. This can be viewed by visiting : http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=22954

Source : Ian Tonkin and "Footprints on the sands of time" by Oliver Clutton-Brock and Len Lane (nephew of FS L C Beagles)

Date record last updated : 17 December 2010


Plt/Off R T Bowen

Plt/Off R T Bowen, Navigator

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C ??Enright (22 December 1941)

Was part of the first aircrew to be seconded to 215 Squadron on 22 December 1941.

See Photo album 4 "The exodus of the 214 to the 215".

Source : Colin Burningham

Date record last updated : 16 June 2009


Sgt Anthony John Browne

Sgt Anthony John Browne, 643058, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 6 January 1942

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C ??Enright (22 December 1941)

Buried in NEWMARKET CEMETERY. Reference : Plot P. Grave 448.

Was part of the first aircrew to be seconded to 215 Squadron on 22 December 1941.

On 6 January 1942, he was killed in an accident to Wellington L7863 of 3 Group Training Flight at Newmarket while seconded to 215 Squadron.

See Photo album 4 "The exodus of the 214 to the 215".

Source : Colin Burningham and CWGC

Date record last updated : 16 June 2010


FS L E Baxter

FS L E Baxter, R/56098

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) ??Lewendon

Was part of an aircrew to be seconded to 15OTU for 215 Squadron on 09 March 1942.

See Photo album 4 "The exodus of the 214 to the 215".

Source : Colin Burningham

Date record last updated : 29 May 2010


Sgt B G Brown

Sgt B G Brown, R/49849, Air Gunner

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) ??Smith

Was part of an aircrew to be seconded to 15OTU for 215 Squadron on 11 March 1942.

See Photo album 4 "The exodus of the 214 to the 215".

Source : Colin Burningham

Date record last updated : 29 May 2010


Flt/Lt Norman Maxwell Boffee DFM

Flt/Lt Norman Maxwell Boffee DFC

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) L7847 (11 & 12 August 1940)
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) L7847 (15 Aug, 17 Aug, 19 Aug, 24 Aug, 5 Sep 1940)
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) N2994 (5 August 1940)

On the 25 March 1940 he was posted to 214 Squadron and it appears from his log book that he was there until 7 September 1940. He then went on to serve with 75 Squadron.

He was awarded the DFC in 1940 flying Wellington`s with 75 Squadron for a bombing mission over Munich. He went on to serve in India and North Africa.

On 1 July 1943 he was promoted to Wing Commander. From his log book it appears that he flew a total of 27 aircraft, starting with an Avro Tutor and finishing with Meteors in 1957 at St Athan when he retired.

He passed away on the 25th August 1987 at the age of 76.

Source : Mark G Boffee (Son) and Sheila Scott Byrne (daughter of Wg/Cdr Peter Doig Scott)

Date record last updated : 10 July 2011


Sgt Harry William Baldock

Sgt Harry William Baldock, 657240, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 5 March 1943, Aged 23

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III BK662 BU-K

Named on the following Memorial : RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL Panel 141

Son of James E. and Elsie Baldock, of Grimsby, Lincolnshire; husband of Anne Baldock.

Source : Nightjar Newsletter and CWGC and Chorley

Date record last updated : 5 January 2014


Sgt K N Butler

Sgt K N Butler, Mid-upper gunner?.

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Fortress KJ119 BU-O

Source : Ian Hunt.


Sgt George Henry Bainbridge

Sgt George Henry Bainbridge, 581078, Navigator / Observer, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 30 August 1940, Aged 29

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C T2559

Born 25 February 1911

Buried in ZELHEM (HALLE) PROTESTANT CEMETERY. Reference : Coll. grave.

Son of Henry and Barbara Bainbridge, of Carlton, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire. Husband of Ethel Wright

He joined the forces when he was young, originally serving with the Royal Navy. After a few years he was obliged to switch to the Royal Air Force when he turned out to be colour blind. This was apparently not a problem with the RAF; either that or he managed to conceal the fact.
On 21 July 1936 he married Ethel Wright and on 30 May 1937 their son Brian was born. The young couple were not to enjoy their newfound parenthood for long; Ethel died three weeks after giving birth, aged just 26.
It was not easy for George to combine the care for Brian with serving in the Air Force. A befriended couple, Auntie Nell and Uncle Jack French helped out and often took care of the little boy, as did his grandparents.

Source : Bennie Eenink (researcher in the Netherlands) and CWGC and Nightjar Newsletter Spring 2006 and Chorley

Date record last updated : 31 December 2014


Sgt G 'General' Booth

Sgt G 'General' Booth, Wireless Operator, Date taken POW 29 November 1942

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling R9194 BU-N

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

Source : Capitaine Herve Savary (French Gendarmerie Officer) and Nightjar Newsletter and Arthur Gatland

Date record last updated : 10 January 2016


Plt/Off Pat M W Butler

Plt/Off Pat M W Butler, Navigator, Date taken POW 29 November 1942

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling R9194 BU-N

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

Source : Capitaine Herve Savary (French Gendarmerie Officer) and Nightjar Newsletter and Arthur Gatland

Date record last updated : 10 January 2016


FS Harry 'Barny' Barnfield

FS Harry 'Barny' Barnfield, 1059973, Navigator, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 4 March 1945, Aged 24

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB815 (4 March 1945) BU-J

Buried in SALFORD (AGECROFT) CEMETERY. Reference : Sec. 28. Grave 52.

Son of Edward and Mary Barnfield, of Salford.

Please see the following link to the BBC website WORLD WAR 2 - PEOPLE'S WAR, which tells the story of the death of FS Harry Barnfield and his comrades whilst returning to their airbase at Oulton when they were apparently shot down by a German fighter whilst preparing to land.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/19/a1073819.shtml

See the chapter named OULTON AIRBASE


He had suffered with frostbite 6 months before.

Source : Nightjar Newsletter and CWGC and BBC website WORLD WAR 2 - PEOPLE'S WAR

Date record last updated : 5 August 2009


Fg/Off Harry Bennett DFC

Fg/Off Harry Bennett DFC, 190245, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 4 March 1945, Aged 24

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB815 (4 March 1945) BU-J
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB815 (7 February 1945) BU-J


Buried in ISLINGTON CEMETERY AND CREMATORIUM. Reference : Sec. Z. Block 28. Grave 21989.

Son of Harry and Chrissy Ivy Bennett, of Islington, London.

Please see the following link to the BBC website WORLD WAR 2 - PEOPLE'S WAR, which tells the story of the death of Flying Officer Harry Bennett and his comrades whilst returning to their airbase at Oulton when they were apparently shot down by a German fighter whilst preparing to land.

Bennett had a girlfriend and they were getting engaged. She was a nurse at the sick quarters but she wasn’t on duty that night. During the next few days she enquired where Bennett was. No one was game enough to tell her but she looked in the morgue and saw his body amongst the large number in there.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/19/a1073819.shtml

See the chapter named OULTON AIRBASE

London Gazette published 23 February 1945, Supplement 83957 Page 1122
Harry Bennett 933832 (190245) on 18 December 1944 appointment to commission of Pilot Officer on probation (emergency).

London Gazette published 23 March 1945, Supplement 36997 Page 1596
Harry Bennett 190245 RAFVR 214 Squadron awarded DFC.

Fortress Ops flown = 17
(* Actually 'operational take-offs'. Does not disregard aborted ops, early returns etc)

Source : Nightjar Newsletter and CWGC and BBC website WORLD WAR 2 - PEOPLE'S WAR and Ian Hunt and BBC website "A bomber's story" by Bill Knight and London Gazette

Date record last updated : 2 June 2017


Sgt Leslie Ernest Billington

Sgt Leslie Ernest Billington, 2205644, Flight Engineer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 4 March 1945, Aged 20

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB815 (4 March 1945) BU-J

Buried in BLICKLING (ST. ANDREW) CHURCHYARD. Reference : Grave 685.

Son of George Alfred and Doris Billington, of Wythenshawe, Manchester.

Please see the following link to the BBC website WORLD WAR 2 - PEOPLE'S WAR, which tells the story of the death of Sgt Billington and his comrades whilst returning to their airbase at Oulton when they were apparently shot down by a German fighter whilst preparing to land.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/19/a1073819.shtml

See the chapter named OULTON AIRBASE

Source : Nightjar Newsletter and CWGC and BBC website WORLD WAR 2 - PEOPLE'S WAR and Photograph of grave supplied by Peter Clarke.

Date record last updated : 5 August 2008


FS William Briddon

FS William Briddon, 1817057, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 4 March 1945, Aged 27

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB815 (4 March 1945) BU-J

Buried in SOUTH WINGFIELD (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD

Son of William and Ellen Briddon, of South Wingfield

Please see the following link to the BBC website WORLD WAR 2 - PEOPLE'S WAR, which tells the story of the death of FS Briddon and his comrades whilst returning to their airbase at Oulton when they were apparently shot down by a German fighter whilst preparing to land.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/19/a1073819.shtml

See the chapter named OULTON AIRBASE

Source : Nightjar Newsletter and CWGC and BBC website WORLD WAR 2 - PEOPLE'S WAR and Dan Foster (relative of FS William Briddon)

Date record last updated : 27 February 2011


FS William Herbert Browell

FS William Herbert Browell

FS William Herbert Browell, 754853, Co-pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 May 1941, Aged 25

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) N2778 (01 January 1941) BU-R
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) N2778 (19 December 1940) BU-R
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) N2778 (25 February 1941) BU-R
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) N2778 (29 January 1941) BU-R
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C R3208 (9 May 1941)
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C T2542 (09 January 1941) BU-J
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C T2841 (15 January 1941) BU-K

Buried in BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 26. D. 8.

Son of William Herbert and Isabel Browell, of Blaydon-on-Tyne, Co. Durham.

Simon Dean recalls that his father told him they were flying over Hamburg and that Sgt Browell's body was found in the river there. Simon knows that the rest of the crew were never found, but their names are on the Runnymede Memorial.

Source : Ian Hunt and CWGC and Simon Dean (nephew of Sgt Alan Dean) and Nightjar Newsletter Autumn 2005 and Chorley

Date record last updated : 6 December 2011


Sgt Albert Samuel Biffin

Sgt Albert Samuel Biffin, 1313932, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 3 August 1943, Aged 21

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III EF409 BU-V

Named on the following Memorial : Runnymede Memorial Panel 142.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Samual Charles Biffin, of St. Denys, Hampshire.

Source : CWGC

Date record last updated : 11 February 2008


Sgt Arthur Buckley

Sgt Arthur Buckley, 614046, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 20 June 1942, Aged 23

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I N3762 BU-C
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling (model unknown) R9322 (1 June 1942)

Buried in OMMEN GENERAL CEMETERY. Reference : Grave 6

Son of Arthur and Annie Buckley of Huddersfield

Source : CWGC, Chorley, Ian Hunt and Anthony Dickinson (Great nephew) and www.basher82.nl and Don MacDonald


Date record last updated : 22 June 2014


Sgt J H Bailey

Sgt J H Bailey, Nationality : United Kingdom, Date taken POW 20 June 1942, POW number 303

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I N3762 BU-C

Imprisoned at POW camp Beninia?, Poland
Imprisoned at POW camp Heydekrug (Silute), Lithuania
Imprisoned at POW camp Sagan (Zagan) & Belaria, Germany

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

Source : Chorley, Ian Hunt & "Footprints in the sands of time" by Oliver Clutton-Brock

Date record last updated : 17 February 2008


WO L R Burgin

WO L R Burgin, Nationality : United Kingdom, Date taken POW 20 June 1942, POW number 312

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I N3762 BU-C

Imprisoned at POW camp Beninia?, Poland
Imprisoned at POW camp Heydekrug (Silute), Lithuania
Imprisoned at POW camp Sagan (Zagan) & Belaria, Germany

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

Source : Chorley, Ian Hunt & "Footprints in the sands of time" by Oliver Clutton-Brock

Date record last updated : 17 February 2008


Sgt Peter Richard Keith Burley

Sgt Peter Richard Keith Burley, 1152213, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 12 May 1941, Aged 20

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C R1462 BU-?

Buried in HAMBURG CEMETERY. Reference : 5A. F. 3.

Son of Richard Sandford Burley and Hilda Elsie Burley, of Ewell, Surrey. British (Junior) and Public Schools Steeplechase Champion and Record Holder, 1939.

Source : Christopher Jary - Author and Ian Hunt and CWGC

Date record last updated : 13 February 2008


Sgt Albert T Boosma

Sgt Albert T Boosma, Wireless Operator

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I EF362 BU-N

Sgt Boosma was injured in the crash of EF362 on 30 March 1943

Source : Ian Hunt and Nightjar Newsletter Spring 2004 and Joyce Birch (cousin of WG Cooper) and Jeremy Kearns (son of Robert Kearns)

Date record last updated : 21 February 2016


FS Charles Roberts William Braithwaite




FS Braithwaite standing left, with unknown crew

FS Charles Roberts William Braithwaite, 1812034, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 22 March 1945

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress III KJ112 BU-P

Named on the following Memorial : Runnymede Memorial Panel 270

Please see the entry for FS James McFarlane for a letter sent by the family of FS Charles Roberts William Braithwaite.

Source : Chorley and CWGC and Nightjar Newsletter Spring 2003 and Catherine Stewart (relative of WO James McFarlane) and Kevin Stacey (nephew)

Date record last updated : 30 January 2017


WO Donald Oliver Bradburn

WO Donald Oliver Bradburn, 1590843, Flight Engineer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 22 November 1945

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Liberator (model unknown) KL587

Buried in SUDA BAY WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 16. C. 15.

He also served with 34 Squadron and the South African Airforce.

Source : Steve Levi (nephew) and CWGC and Peter Walker and Jock Whitehouse

Date record last updated : 5 September 2010


Fred Bailey

Fred Bailey

Named on a photograph of 214 Squadron members at Brackla, January 1945 - see Album 4


Brackla near Nairn in Invernesshire. It was the hutted camp of ACAC, Air Crew Allocation Centre, a clearing house for tour expired aircrew. In spite of heavy losses, far more had survived than could be used for further flying duties and it was quite a problem finding suitable niches for all.

Source : Gerhard Heilig

Date record last updated : 7 March 2008


Sgt E J Barrett

Sgt E J Barrett, Waist Gunner

Was an occasional replacement for crew members of HB774.
Is listed on Battle Orders for 22 August 1944.
Is also listed on returning operational aircrew on 31 August 1944

Source : David Wright (son of Flt/Lt George Wright) and George Mackie

Date record last updated : 4 August 2009


FS John 'Johnny' Bates

FS John 'Johnny' Bates, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB774 BU-G

Is listed on Battle Orders for 22 August 1944.

Is also listed on returning operational aircrew on 31 August 1944

Transferred to 238 Squadron in February 1945, along with Flt/Lt Wright and Plt/Off Fred Mullenger, serving in the Far East and then Australia.

Sadly John passed away in August 2015, aged 94.

Source : David Wright (son of Flt/Lt George Wright) and George Mackie and Nightjar Newsletter August 2014

Date record last updated : 13 December 2016


Sgt Stan E C Bayliss

Sgt Stan E C Bayliss, Special Wireless Operator

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB774 BU-G

Husband of Rona Bayliss

He was a Special Wireless Operator because he spoke German.

Is listed on Battle Orders for 22 August 1944.

Catherine Sommer writes (July 2009): "Roland Williams and his wife Elsie regularly attended the Squadron reunions, and greatly enjoyed meeting their old friends there. Elsie Williams, now aged 93, continued to attend until a couple of years ago, together with Stan and Rona Bayliss, but has been unable to do so any more since Stan's death three years ago."

Source : David Wright (son of Flt/Lt George Wright) and Marham News February 1977 and George Mackie and Catherine Sommer (daughter of Roland Williams)

Date record last updated : 4 August 2008


Fg/Off H Blythe

Fg/Off H Blythe

Was an occasional replacement for crew members of HB774 BU-G

Source : David Wright (son of Flt/Lt George Wright)

Date record last updated : 4 August 2009


FS A E Brown

FS A E Brown

Was an occasional replacement for crew members of HB774 BU-G

Source : David Wright (son of Flt/Lt George Wright)

Date record last updated : 4 August 2009


Flt/Lt Tom Bayliss

Flt/Lt Tom Bayliss, Pilot

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress (model unknown) ??Bayliss
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB773
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark II SR377 BU-M

Fortress Ops flown = 39
(* Actually 'operational take-offs'. Does not disregard aborted ops, early returns etc)

Source : Ian Hunt and Tony Carter (Son of Gordon Carter) and John Cripps (nephew of Sydney H Bryant)

Date record last updated : 14 October 2008


Flt/Lt G J 'Jimmy' Beardsall


Flt/Lt G J 'Jimmy' Beardsall, Pilot

Fortress Ops flown = 2
(* Actually 'operational take-offs'. Does not disregard aborted ops, early returns etc)

Source : Ian Hunt

Date record last updated : 28 May 2008


Sqn/Ldr Kenneth J 'Beetlejuice' Bettles DFC


Sqn/Ldr Kenneth J 'Beetlejuice' Bettles DFC, 133994 / 237644, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB774 BU-G
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB780 (13 September 1944) BU-C
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB780 (9 September 1944) BU-C
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB787 (12 August 1944) BU-J
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB788 (12 September 1944) BU-B
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB793 (17 September 1944) BU-S
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark II SR378 (12 July 1944) BU-D
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark II SR383 BU-F / BU-X
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark II SR388 (7 July 1944) BU-H

Born 30 October 1920

Born in St Marylebone, London

Son of Frederick George Bettles and Gertrude Bult

His service record was as follows :

Date Unit
09 October 1942 75 Squadron (Wellingtons and then Stirlings)
21 April 1943 1483 Flt
24 April 1943 Mildenhall
26 January 1944 161 Squadron (Hudsons)
11 March 1944 149 Squadron (Stirlings?)
07 April 1944 214 Squadron (B-17 Flying Fortress)
04 October 1944 1582 CU and then 1332 HCU
14 March 1945 3 Flying Instructor School
01 June 1945 158 Squadron
06 June 1945 1332 HCU
07 June 1945 232 Squadron
02 November 1945 Lyneham
14 March 1946 HQ Transport Command
05 May 1946 9 Personnel Dispersal Unit
09 May 1946 232 Squadron
21 May 1946 1 Personnel Dispersal Unit
29 May 1946 Transport Command
22 July 1946 104 Personnel Dispersal Unit
24 July 1946 Released
05 January 1947 Uxbridge
13 January 1947 HQ Transport Command
14 February 1947 HQ 4 Squadron
10 March 1947 Transport ICU (Avro York Aircraft)
17 June 1947 Dishforth
01 December 1947 40 Squadron
21 September 1949 31 Squadron (Anson survey)
21 November 1949 Abingdon
08 January 1951 Transferred to Reserve
21 May 1955 Relinquished commission on enrolment in the RCAF

Chorley reports that his service number suggests he joined as a trainee volunteer reserve pilot in the Spring of 1937 However he does not list the service number.
Interestingly, there is a fundamental inconsistency concerning Bettles service number - 237664. He maintains that he had only one throughout his service with the RAF although there is a Gazette record for Flt/Lt KJ Bettles - correct name rank and Squadron but seemingly wrong service number. 133994

Kenneth's son, Keith Bettles writes:
"Apparently he had trained as an 'Air Observer' in 1939 - early 1940 (deemed unsuitable) and transferred to the RASC.
Then from there to the RAF as an A II cook in September 1940! Promoted to LAC in August 1941 and qualified as a Sergeant Pilot in February 1942.
There are no details of his initial flying training which I believe was near Stoke-on-Trent nor of his conversion to (then) 'heavies' at Cranfield.
While with 214 Squadron in 1944 he flew 11 Fortress operations between 7 July 1944 and 17 September 1944.
I'm sure that there are more stories than the list conveys. I know that in his time at Tempsford with 161 Sqn he flew Hudsons into occupied France which left him with nightmares for the rest of his life.
Kenneth flew DC-4 Skymasters ferrying military VIPs to-and-from Sydney, Australia and also from Hendon in the Berlin Airlift.
He moved to Canada in 1955 & joined the RCAF flying search & rescue ex Winnipeg, Manitoba."

His DFC details are:
Air Ministry, 16th January, 1945.
The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards: -
Flight Lieutenants Kenneth John BETTLES (133994), R.A.F.V.R., 214 Sqn.

Sadly Kenneth passed away on 23rd July 2011 at a veteran's home in Royal Oak, Victoria, BC, Canada just 3 months short of his 91st birthday. His ashes were scattered at sea.

Source : Ian Hunt and Flt/Lt Donald MacGilchrist and Keith Bettles (son of Kenneth)

Date record last updated : 30 December 2011

Wg/Cdr Robert L Bowes DFC

Wg/Cdr Robert L Bowes DFC, 70072, Pilot

Fortress Ops flown = 2
(* Actually 'operational take-offs'. Does not disregard aborted ops, early returns etc)

It was Murray Peden, as instructor, who "checked out" Robert on the Fortresses.

His first operation with 214 Squadron was on 16 April 1945.
His last operation with 214 Squadron was on 2 May 1945.

Source : Ian Hunt and Roger Mills

Date record last updated : 13 September 2009


Sqn/Ldr Jeff Bray DFC

Sqn/Ldr Jeff Bray DFC, Pilot

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress (model unknown) ??Bray

Fortress Ops flown = 26
(* Actually 'operational take-offs'. Does not disregard aborted ops, early returns etc)

Previously flew Stirlings with 214

Squadron Leader Jeff Bray died on 7 December 2008 at the age of 90.

Source : Ian Hunt and Nightjar Newsletters April 2009 and August 2014

Date record last updated : 25 January 2015


Sgt George Henry Benson

Sgt George Henry Benson, 989053, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 13 September 1944, Aged 23

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB767 BU-A

Named on the following Memorial : Runnymede Memorial Panel 225

Son of William and Laura Benson, of Spennymoor, Co. Durham.

Source : CWGC and John Cripps

Date record last updated : 7 June 2008


Sgt Thomas Hornby Billington

Sgt Thomas Hornby Billington, 1044838, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 13 September 1944, Aged 22

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB767 BU-A

Named on the following Memorial : Runnymede Memorial Panel 225

Son of Leonard and Alice Kelsall Billington, of Garstang, Lancashire.

Source : CWGC and Jennifer Bottomley (niece of Sgt T H Billington)

Date record last updated : 13 February 2008


Sgt Ronnie Birkby

Sgt Ronnie Birkby, 1549729, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 13 September 1944, Aged 22

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB767 BU-A

Buried in CALAIS SOUTHERN CEMETERY. Reference : Plot R. Grave 8.

Son of James and Ann Birkby, of Elland, Yorkshire.

Source : CWGC and John Cripps

Date record last updated : 7 June 2008


FS P Barkess

FS P Barkess, Mid Upper Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, Date taken POW 25 August 1944, POW number 52666

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB763 BU-T

Imprisoned at POW camp Bad Sulza / Muhlhausen, Germany

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

Is listed on Battle Orders for 22 August 1944.

Was taken POW whilst on a mission to Russelsheim.

Source : George Mackie and "Footprints on the sands of time" by Oliver Clutton-Brock

Date record last updated : 28 July 2008


FS George Boag DFM

FS George Boag DFM, 1554282, Waist Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 26 August 1944, Aged 23

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB763 (25 August 1944) BU-T

Buried in HOTTON WAR CEMETERY. Reference : Coll. grave IX. C. 4-6.

Son of Joseph Boag and of Elizabeth Boag (nee McGovern), of Dundee; husband of Mary Ellen Boag, of Dundee.

Is listed on Battle Orders for 22 August 1944.

FS Boag had flown his first tour with 49 Squadron and details of his award had appeared in the London Gazette on 15 February 1944.

Source : George Mackie and CWGC and Chorley

Date record last updated : 30 December 2011


Flt/Lt Terry Bliss

Flt/Lt Terry Bliss, Captain

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Victor Mark I - 3 point tanker XA936

Source : Tom Robson

Date record last updated : 23 January 2010


Flt/Lt Bill Bowen

Flt/Lt Bill Bowen, Navigator / Radio Operator

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Victor K Mark I XH588
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Victor Mark I - 3 point tanker XA937

Attended the 62 Victor Mk1 Course. See photo album 4 for photograph taken 24 November 1965.

Source : Tom Robson and John Brown

Date record last updated : 17 April 2010


Sgt Richard Brown

Sgt Richard Brown, 944326, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 April 1941, Aged 22

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C T2542 (9 April 1941)

Buried in KIEL WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 3. A. 7.

Son of Richard and Isabella Brown, of Upton, Pontefract, Yorkshire.

Source : CWGC and Nightjar Newsletter and Nils Hemple and Aled Leyshon (grandson of Mervyn Leyshon)

Date record last updated : 2 October 2009


Flt/Lt Paul Byram

Flt/Lt Paul Byram, Navigator / Radio Operator

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Victor Mark I - 3 point tanker XA936

Source : Tom Robson

Date record last updated : 23 January 2010


Fg/Off Barrett

Fg/Off Barrett, Navigator

Was part of Fg/Off Woodley's main crew.

Source : Emily Ward (Great niece of Fg/Off Ernest Woodley)

Date record last updated : 28 August 2008


FS Brown

FS Brown

Was part of the main crew of Flg/Off E Woodley.

Source : Emily Ward (Great niece of Fg/Off Ernest Woodley)

Date record last updated : 28 August 2008


WO Burn

WO Burn

Was occasionally part of the crew of Flg/Off E Woodley.

Source : Emily Ward (Great niece of Fg/Off Ernest Woodley)

Date record last updated : 28 August 2008


FS K William 'Bill' Bailey

FS K William 'Bill' Bailey, Flight Engineer, Royal Air Force, Nationality : British

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress (model unknown) ??Peden
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark II SR381 BU-F

Source : Michael Phillips (son of Jack Phillips) and Nightjar Newsletter Spring 2003 and Return of operational Aircrew at 16:00hrs on 31 August 1944

Date record last updated : 31 October 2008


Sgt H J Bidmead

Sgt H J Bidmead

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling (model unknown) BK600

Source : Squadron ORB

Date record last updated : 29 December 2008


Sgt H J Bourgeois

Sgt H J Bourgeois

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling (model unknown) BF318 (20 December 1942)
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling (model unknown) R9186 (15 December 1942)
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling (model unknown) R9186 (8 December 1942)
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling (model unknown) W7631

Source : Squadron ORB

Date record last updated : 29 December 2008


Sgt A H Bradley

Sgt A H Bradley, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Nationality : New Zealand

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I W7584 BU-D

Managed to bail out of Stirling Mk1 W754 BU-D before it crashed.

Source : Nightjar Newsletter Spring 2004

Date record last updated : 13 February 2009


Sgt H Brookfield

Sgt H Brookfield, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I W7584 BU-D

Managed to bail out of Stirling Mk1 W754 BU-D before it crashed.

Source : Nightjar Newsletter Spring 2004

Date record last updated : 13 February 2009


Sgt Francis Thomas Buckingham

Sgt Francis Thomas Buckingham, 758023, Co-pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 7 December 1940

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C R2476
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) T2476 (29 November 1940) BU-X

Named on the following Memorial : Runnymede Memorial Panel 12

Source : Nightjar Newsletter Winter / Spring 2006 and CWGC and Ian Hunt

Date record last updated : 11 April 2009


FS Blake

FS Blake, Waist Gunner

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark II ??Van Den Bok (December 1944) BU-C

Source : Roger Mills (son of John Tudor Mills)

Date record last updated : 16 May 2009


Sgt Robert John Bennett

Sgt Robert John Bennett, 908791, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 May 1941, Aged 20

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C R3208 (9 May 1941)

Named on the following Memorial : Runnymede Memorial Panel 39

Son of John Gardner Bennett and Fanny Bennett, of Kessingland Beach, Suffolk.

Source : CWGC and Nightjar Newsletter Autumn 2005 and Chorley

Date record last updated : 6 December 2011


Sgt Alfred Bulley

Sgt Alfred Bulley, Port Waist Gunner

No information known.

Date record last updated : 14 June 2009


Harrold Bennett

Harrold Bennett, Wireless Operator

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling (model unknown) ??Dixon
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III BK663 (29 March 1943)

There is more information on the crew record for Stirling ??Dixon.

Source : John Jewsbury (son of R F Jewsbury)

Date record last updated : 7 July 2009


Sgt Harry Leister Burt

Sgt Harry Leister Burt, 411789, Rear Gunner, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Nationality : New Zealand, KIA 29 March 1943, Aged 25

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling (model unknown) ??Dixon
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III BK663 (29 March 1943)

Buried in HAVERHILL CEMETERY. Reference : Sec. U. Grave 196.

Son of Harry and Bertha Burt.

There is more information on the crew record for Stirling ??Dixon.

Source : John Jewsbury (son of R F Jewsbury) and CWGC

Date record last updated : 7 July 2009


WO T W Burke

WO T W Burke, Wireless Operator, Royal Australian Air Force, Nationality : Australian, Date taken POW 3 February 1943, POW number None listed

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I R9282 BU-Q

Imprisoned at POW camp Lamsdorf (Lambinowice), Germany - until 1943 when it became Stalag 344

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

On first op. Repatriated February 1945

On the 26th September 1945, Warrant Officer T. W. BURKE put on record his thoughts on the shooting down of the No. 214 Squadron Stirling Bomber aircraft Piloted by Squadron Leader Bill Clarke on the night of 3rd /4th February 1943. The report was to the Air Officer Commanding Royal Australian Air force, Overseas Headquarters. The report is given in full as follows (retyped due to the poor quality of the original):

To: A.O.C. R.A.A.F. O'SEAS Hqs.
From: W/O BURKE. T.W.
Date: 26th February. 1945.

On the night of 3rd/4th February 1943 the Stirling Bomber Q for Queenie with Sqd-Ldr. W. Clarke as Captain, departed from R.A.F. station Chedburgh Su. (214 F.M.S. Sqn.) approx 1900 hours for an operational mission to Hamburg. On reaching the Dutch coast bad weather was experienced and on the V2-hourly broadcast from Group the a/c was asked for a weather report. It was given and an R received. Approximately one hour before reaching the target the cockpit lighting and instruments, with the exception of the A.S.I., became u/s and Sqd-Ldr. Clarke without the use of his artificial horizon, carried on the mission.

We arrived 2mins. ahead of our E.T.A. and as the captain turned the a/c the P.F.F. force was seen and the flare was seen to drop directly in front of our a/c. The bomb load of incendiaries was released with the exception of the port wing bomb-bay, which the engineer was unable to open electrically or manually.

On our course home and on the outskirts of the target, a flak burst hit the fuselage forward of the rear turret but no serious damage was sustained. When a/c was approx. 15 mins from the Dutch coast, thick cumulus cloud lay ahead of our course, and it was necessary to gain 800/1000 ft. altitude to clear the cloud, the Captain started to climb to approx 21,000 ft. while the a/c was climbing the m/u gunner and r/gunner only started losing their supply of oxygen without being conscious of it. (Previous hit by flak may have contributed to this failure.)

At this moment an enemy a/c J.U.88 attacked from astern and with its first burst, shot one engine u/s. The r/g then reported e/f but was presumably killed immediately afterwards as no reply was received from him on the i/c.

At this same time, the m/u gunner aroused and fired two bursts. The e/f second burst made another engine u/s and set fire to the incendiaries in the port wing bomb bay. The third engine cut, I presume, to a petrol leakage.

At an early stage in the combat the Captain had the presence of mind to turn 180° and fly inland, avoiding the sea and giving his crew an opportunity to bale out over land. With the order to "bail out" the Engineer, Bombardier and Navigator were unable to abandon a/c due to cannon fire directly below the a/c and as we were in a steady dive with one motor running, valuable height was lost.

As I left the wireless operator's position Sqd-Ldr. Clarke's words were "I'm sorry chaps, I couldn't do better than this". After e/f finally broke away, the Engineer baled out, then the Bombardier. As I reached the front escape hatch the Captain was still at the controls and the Navigator on the right hand side of the hatch.

I was in the air a very short time an when the parachute opened I saw the a/c hit the ground and a sheet of flame rise up and then fade. A week later I was told by a German Interrogating Officer that they were able to identify the remains of the bodies in the wreckage.

As I am alive today due only to Sqn-Ldr Clarke's bravery and unshakable courage to his duty, I submit this statement to you Sir, for your recommendation and approval. Further information on Sqn-Ldr. W. Clarke's outstanding behaviour can be obtained from the undermentioned members of the crew, who are prisoners of war in Germany:
Sgt. J.T. Lawson R.A.F. Bombardier.
Sgt. D. Connlarn. R.A.F. Engineer.
Sgt. R. Crawley. R.A.F. M/U Gunner.

I have the honour to be, Sir, Your obedient servant

Abbreviations used: R.A.A.F. = Royal Australian Air Force. 214 F.M.S. Sqn. = No 214, Federated Malay States, Squadron. Sqd-Ldr. = Squadron Leader. A/c = aircraft. E.T.A. Estimated Time of Arrival. P.F.F. = Path Finder Force. m/u. = mid-upper. r/g. = rear gunner. i/c. = inter- comm(unication). E/f. = enemy fighter. R Roger, the term for message received and understood.

Source : Nightjar Newsletter Spring 2004 and Spring 2008 and "Footprints on the sands of time" by Oliver Clutton-Brock

Date record last updated : 13 July 2009


Sgt G A Barrow

Sgt G A Barrow, Nationality : United Kingdom, Date taken POW 17 September 1942, POW number 27173

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I R9350 BU-T

Imprisoned at POW camp Lamsdorf (Lambinowice), Germany - from 1943, was previously Stalag 8B
Imprisoned at POW camp Lamsdorf (Lambinowice), Germany - until 1943 when it became Stalag 344

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

Source : "Footprints on the sands of time" by Oliver Clutton-Brock and Nightjar Newsletter Spring 2004 and Chorley

Date record last updated : 30 April 2011


Wg/Cdr John Richard Brown FRAeS

Wg/Cdr John Richard Brown FRAeS, 4232145J, Pilot, Royal Air Force, Nationality : British

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Victor K Mark I XH588

Born 12 January 1945

Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Son of Charles & Joyce Brown. Husband of Joan Brown.

Attended the 62 Victor Mk1 Course. See photo album 4 for photograph taken 24 November 1965.

Posted from 57 Squadron, Marham, on 1 September 1966 to the newly reformed 214 Sqn until 1968.
Further tours at Marham:
1975 to 1979 (OC 232 OCU) and 1955-87 (Flt Cdr STANEVAL 55 Squadron).
OC 1 Group and 38 Group STANEVAL February 1992 to June 1995.

Source : John Brown

Date record last updated : 17 April 2010


WO Leslie Bostock


WO Leslie Les Bostock, 1521003, Bomb Aimer, Nationality : British

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress (model unknown) ??Austin BU-O
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress (model unknown) ??Wynne

Born 24 July 1923

Born in Buxton, Derbyshire

He flew the following aircraft during his career: Tiger Moth, Anson, Bolingbroke, Wellington, Stirling, B17 Fortress, Lancaster.

Source : Leslie Bostock

Date record last updated : 27 October 2009


Sgt Alfred 'Alfie' Butler

Sgt Alfred 'Alf' Butler, Port Waist Gunner

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress (model unknown) ??Austin BU-O
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress (model unknown) ??Wynne

Source : Leslie Bostock

Date record last updated : 27 October 2009


Sgt Robert Gordon Burnett

Sgt Robert Gordon Burnett, 1053569, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 7 August 1941

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C X9750 BU-?

Named on the following Memorial : Runnymede Memorial Panel 40

Son of Robert Edward and Elizabeth Burnett, of Liverpool.

Source : Chorley and CWGC

Date record last updated : 10 October 2009


Sgt Maurice Butler

Sgt Maurice Butler, 985083, Flight Engineer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 1 September 1943, Aged 24

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III EE959 BU-E

Buried in BERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY. Reference : Coll. grave 5. F. 24-29.

Son of Harry Watlin Butler and Mary Butler; husband of Margaret Butler, of Lincoln.

The body of Sgt Butler was found nearly 7km from the wreckage at Caputh, 6km SW of Potsdam Germany.

Source : Adrian Lee (son of Frank Lee) Chorley and CWGC

Date record last updated : 27 November 2009


Sqn/Ldr John Merlin Brown

Sqn/Ldr John Merlin Brown, J5317, Navigator / Observer, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C Z8858 BU-B

Was with 214 Squadron until 3 May 1942 when he transferred to 156 Squadron before moving to Transport Command with the RCAF and 435 Squadron.

Source : Malcolm Brown (son)

Date record last updated : 29 December 2009


Sgt J I Burbridge

Sgt J I Burbridge, 958282, Date taken POW 29 September 1941, POW number 18331

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C X9884 BU-?

Imprisoned at POW camp Heydekrug (Silute), Lithuania
Imprisoned at POW camp Lamsdorf (Lambinowice), Germany - until 1943 when it became Stalag 344
Imprisoned at POW camp Thorn (Torun), Poland OR Oerbke (Fallingbostel), Germany - dates unknown

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

From Knebworth, Hertfordshire, UK

Nicola Jones names him as Sgt Burbage

Source : Nicola Jones (daughter of Sgt Leslie Hancock) and 'Footprints on the sands of time' by Oliver Clutton-Brock and Chorley

Date record last updated : 30 December 2009


Sgt Ronald Sydney Blake

Sgt Ronald Sydney Blake, 1220818, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 26 May 1943, Aged 32

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III BK659 BU-N

Named on the following Memorial : RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL Panel 142

Son of Sydney Alfred and Florence Mary Blake, of Exeter.

After his aircraft crashed into the North Sea his body was never found.

Source : CWGC and Geoff Swallow (Australian researcher) and Chorley

Date record last updated : 31 January 2010


Sgt William Taylor Banner

Sgt William Taylor Banner, 2221107, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 February 1945, Aged 37

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB796 (09 February 1945) BU-T

Buried in SUTTON-IN-ASHFIELD CEMETERY. Reference : Sec. C. Grave 10289.

Son of Thomas and Ruth Elizabeth Banner, of Sutton-in-Ashfield; husband of Martha Alice Banner.

Source : CWGC and Geoff Swallow (Australian researcher) and Chorley

Date record last updated : 2 February 2010


WO Lionel John Bennett

WO Lionel John Bennett, 42287, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Nationality : New Zealand, KIA 9 February 1945, Aged 25

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB796 (09 February 1945) BU-T

Named on the following Memorial : RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL Panel 285

Son of John William Bennett and of Minnie Bennett (nee Carpenter), of Whangarei, Auckland, New Zealand.

Source : CWGC and Geoff Swallow (Australian researcher) and Chorley

Date record last updated : 2 February 2010


FS Peter George Buckland

FS Peter George Buckland, 1337316, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 February 1945

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB796 (09 February 1945) BU-T

Named on the following Memorial : RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL Panel 270

Source : CWGC and Geoff Swallow (Australian researcher) and Chorley

Date record last updated : 2 February 2010


Sgt William Bunyan

Sgt William Bunyan, 1118147, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 February 1945, Aged 35

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB796 (09 February 1945) BU-T

Buried in BOLTON (ASTLEY BRIDGE) CEMETERY. Reference : Div. L.B. Sec. L. Nonconformist. Grave 88.

Son of John Thomas Bunyan and Jane Bunyan, of Bolton; husband of Mary Ann Bunyan, of Eagley Bank, Bolton.

Source : CWGC and Geoff Swallow (Australian researcher) and Chorley

Date record last updated : 2 February 2010


Sgt Burley

Sgt Burley

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling (model unknown) R9322 (1 June 1942)

Source : Don MacDonald

Date record last updated : 19 March 2010


LAC Alfred Broyden Birch

LAC Alfred Broyden Birch, 1675037, Leading Aircraftman, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom

Born 6 February 1905

Born in Manchester UK

Son of Robert Birch

Alfred Broyden Birch served with 1653 at Stradishall and Chedburgh.

He died on 26 December 1983 aged 77.

Source : Graham Birch (son)

Date record last updated : 10 July 2010


Peter Biggadike

Peter Biggadike, Crew Chief

He was a crew chief on 214 from 1972 until it disbanded in 1977.

He has his own website http://www.users.waitrose.com/~g8jan/

Source : Peter Biggadike

Date record last updated : 22 August 2010


Sgt R L Bouttell

Sgt R L Bouttell, 1892607, Mid Upper Gunner

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III EF445 BU-J

Source : Chorley

Date record last updated : 3 October 2010


Ken J Bolton

Ken J Bolton

Was a crew member as part of Alan Brown & Perter Doig Scott's crew.

Source : Guy Hudson

Date record last updated : 26 July 2015


FS Raymond Gerard Brasnett

FS Raymond Gerard Brasnett, R/86619, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Canadian Air Force, KIA 15 October 1942

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I R9146 BU-S

Buried in UDEN WAR CEMETERY. Reference : Coll. grave 4. B. 10-12.

Source : CWGC

Date record last updated : 9 October 2010


Plt/Off Alan Hedges Barford

Plt/Off Alan Hedges Barford, 102076, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Buried in WANDSWORTH (STREATHAM) CEMETERY. Reference : Block G. Grave 329.

Source : CWGC

Date record last updated : 29 October 2010


Plt/Off Richard Watt Belshaw DFM

Plt/Off Richard Watt Belshaw DFM, 147743, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 25 July 1943, Aged 21

Buried in BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 20. A. 9.

Son of David and Mary Belshaw, of Dalmuir, Dunbartonshire.

Source : CWGC

Date record last updated : 29 October 2010


Plt/Off Thomas Best

Plt/Off Thomas Best, J/7030, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, KIA 2 April 1942, Aged 23

Buried in RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 1. D. 2.

Son of Jeremiah and Ann Best; husband of Thelma Elizabeth Best, of Woodstock, Ontario, Canada.

Source : CWGC

Date record last updated : 29 October 2010


AC1 Ivy Craig Haining Black

AC1 Ivy Craig Haining Black, 1550173, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 24 June 1941, Aged 23

Named on the following Memorial : RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL Panel 39.

Buried in MOSUL WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 1. D. 10.

Son of James and Margaret Black, of Dunscore, Dumfrieshire.

Source : CWGC

Date record last updated : 29 October 2010


Sgt William Barnes

Sgt William Barnes, 1266491, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 25 July 1943, Aged 34

Buried in BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 20. A. 13.

Son of Rufus and Sarah Barnes; husband of Marjorie Eileen Barnes, of Ruislip Manor, Middlesex.

Source : CWGC

Date record last updated : 29 October 2010


Sgt Kenneth Judson Barton

Sgt Kenneth Judson Barton, R/64730, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 24 June 1941

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C R1609

Named on the following Memorial : RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL Panel 60.

Source : CWGC

Date record last updated : 12 October 2011


Sgt Reginald Sydney Bayly

Sgt Reginald Sydney Bayly, 1393907, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 22 September 1943

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I R9258 BU-W

Buried in HANOVER WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 1. D. 9.

Source : CWGC

Date record last updated : 13 August 2017


Sgt John Charles Eric Black

Sgt John Charles Eric Black, 955681, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 24 June 1941, Aged 23

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C R1609

Named on the following Memorial : RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL Panel 39.

Son of John Black and Kathleen Alice Black (nee Levy), of Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire.

Source : CWGC

Date record last updated : 12 October 2011


Flt/Lt Charles Milne Brodie

Flt/Lt Charles Milne Brodie, J/24393, Royal Canadian Air Force, KIA 3 January 1945

Named on the following Memorial : SINGAPORE MEMORIAL Column 455.

Source : CWGC

Date record last updated : 29 October 2010


Sgt John Robert Boland

Sgt John Robert Boland, 1054956, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 30 November 1941, Aged 24

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C Z8953 BU-?

Buried in TEXEL (DEN BURG) CEMETERY. Reference : Plot K. Row 4. Grave 75.

Son of John William and Mary Jane Boland, of Norton, Stockton-on-Tees, Co. Durham; husband of Rita Frances Boland.

Source : CWGC

Date record last updated : 29 December 2010


Sqn/Ldr Eric Frank 'Jim' Bonner




Ercolani is in the centre of the picture pointing at the map and Eric Bonner is 2nd from the right


Eric Bonner in Singapore

Sqn/Ldr Eric Frank 'Jim' Bonner, 68723, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom

Born 23 April 1919

Born in Beckenham, Kent

Son of Charles and Ann Bonner

Eric's short service commission as Pilot Officer was terminated at the outbreak of World war 2, so he joined up as a Volunteer Reserve and started as rear-gunner.

He ended up as Squadron Leader in the service. After the war, he was then transferred to Singapore on Mountbatten's staff.

Sadly he died at the age of 46 in 1965.

Entries found in the London Gazette:

Issue 35217
Granted commission for the duration of hostlities as Pilot Officer on probation 27 May 1941

Issue 35643
Pilot Officer on probation confirmed in appointments and to be Flying Officer (war subs) 27 May 1942

Issue 36059
Flying Officer to Flight Lieutenant (war subs) 27 May 1943


Issue 39158
Flight Lieutenant retaining rank 7 November 1950

Issue 40636
Commission relinquished 7 November 1955

Source : Sandy Edwards (daughter of E F Bonner) and London gazette

Date record last updated : 8 August 2011


Sgt Charles Bernard Brown

Sgt Charles Bernard Brown, 411576, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 30 July 1943

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III EF407 BU-A

Named on the following Memorial : RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Panel 143

Son of Charles Bernard and Annie May Brown, of Blackpool, Lancashire.

Source : Chorley & CWGC

Date record last updated : 30 April 2011


Flt/Lt Beck

Flt/Lt Beck

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) N2800 (3 January 1941)

Source : Sheila Scott Byrne (daughter of Wg/Cdr Peter Doig Scott)

Date record last updated : 10 July 2011


Sgt Alan M Brown


Sgt Alan M Brown, Pilot

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) L7847 (10 Sep - 16 Oct 1940)
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) R1046 (5 November and 7 November 1940)
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C R3208 (28 October 1940)
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) T2542 (20 October 1940)
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) T2562 (1 November 1940)
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) T2562 (10 October 1940)

"Sgt. Alan Brown was the son of Sam Brown, the famous Avro test-pilot who flew the early Lancasters". (Geoff Cole)

Source : Sheila Scott Byrne (daughter of Wg/Cdr Peter Doig Scott)

Date record last updated : 20 September 2011


Plt/Off Don Beaton


Plt/Off Don Beaton, Air Bomber, Nationality : Nyasaland (Malawi)

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark II SR388 (2 June 1944) BU-H

Source : Mike Day (son of Sqn/Ldr Day)

Date record last updated : 31 August 2011


FS A H E Bamsey


FS A H E Bamsey, Nationality : United Kingdom, Date taken POW 27 September 1943, POW number 583

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III EF402 BU-E

Imprisoned at POW camp Heydekrug (Silute), Lithuania
Imprisoned at POW camp Thorn (Torun), Poland OR Oerbke (Fallingbostel), Germany - dates unknown

Born 15 March 1923

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

Died 26 August 2002

Source : 'Footprints on the sands of time' by Oliver Clutton-Brock and Paul Bamsey (son)

Date record last updated : 14 July 2014


Sgt R G Bentley

Sgt R G Bentley, Nationality : United Kingdom, Date taken POW 27 September 1943, POW number 269828

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III EF402 BU-E

Imprisoned at POW camp Muhlberg am der Elbe, Germany
Imprisoned at POW camp Sagan (Zagan) & Belaria, Germany

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

Source : 'Footprints on the sands of time' by Oliver Clutton-Brock

Date record last updated : 8 August 2011


FS C Brown

FS C Brown, Nationality : United Kingdom, Date taken POW 27 September 1943, POW number 598

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III EF402 BU-E

Imprisoned at POW camp Heydekrug (Silute), Lithuania
Imprisoned at POW camp Thorn (Torun), Poland OR Oerbke (Fallingbostel), Germany - dates unknown

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

Source : 'Footprints on the sands of time' by Oliver Clutton-Brock

Date record last updated : 8 August 2011


Sgt Cecil 'Bill' Brown

Sgt Cecil 'Bill' Brown, 1892486, Waist Gunner

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III KJ103 BU-M

Sgt Cecil Brown served with 214 Squadron from 25 June 1944 to 16 January 1945 at Oulton. He flew with several pilots. His Pilot in the main was a Fg/Off Hill, although other Pilots were Fg/Off Scholes; Kingdom; Stewart; Scott; Morrison: Jackson; Scantleton; Wg/Cdr McGlinn; and WO Archibald.

The final entry in his log book was for the flight on KJ 103.

Source : Chorley and Peter Brown (son)

Date record last updated : 31 August 2011


Flt/Lt Boyd

Flt/Lt Boyd

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Valiant (model unknown) XD812

Source : Judi Wright (daughter of Flt/Lt David Wright)

Date record last updated : 28 December 2011


LAC 'Bob' Butler

LAC 'Bob' Butler, Engine Fitter

Bob was an LAC engine fitter from 1943/45.

He died on 16 July 2012, aged 88.

Source : Squadron Association

Date record last updated : 27 September 2013


Sqn/Ldr John Allin Brown


John Allin Brown wings graduation solo

Sqn/Ldr John Allin Brown, 689215, Pilot, Royal Air Force, Nationality : Dual UK / USA

Born 15 April 1947

Born in Kettering, Northants, England

Son of Roy Sancton Brown and Nancy Brown (Shellard)

John's parents both served during World War 2, Roy as a RAF Sergeant and Nancy as a WAAF.

John joined 214 Sqn as a copilot in July 1969 after training with Flt Lt G W (Moff; he’d be mortified if he had written ‘Godfrey’) Moffatt’s crew.

He was assigned to Flt Lt John Longhurst’s crew after initial training on 214.

Intermediate Copilot Course in September 1970.

Crewed with OC 214 Wg Cdr Tucker toward the end of his tour.

Last flight as copilot in October 1971 prior to retraining as captain..

232 OCU October 1971 to February 1972, rejoining 214 as a captain.

His first overseas trip as a captain (Near East Lone Ranger to Cyprus) was with a crew all named ‘John’ -- Defty, Keable, Foot and Barford. Cockpit communication issues arose!

Became a supervisory captain (allowing co-pilots to fly in the left hand seat).

Continued with 214 until January 1975 when he joined the first operational course on the Victor K2.

Broader aviation experience:

Joined RAF in September 1963 as a Locking Apprentice
To No 1 Initial Training School, RAF South Cerney August 1966
Primary Flying Squadron (Chipmunks) December 1966
No 3 Flying Training School, RAF Leeming (Jet Provost) March 1967
No 5 Flying Training School, RAF Oakington (Varsity) April 1968
Dominie Sqn, RAF Stradishall (Dominie) October 1968
Victor 1 training March 1969
Victor K2 training, RAF Marham January 1975
Empire Test Pilot School, A&AEE Boscombe Down January 1978
B Squadron, A&AEE December 1978

Retired from the RAF April 1985

Emigrated to the USA

National Test Pilot School, Mojave California August 1985
Northwest Airlines, Eagan Minnesota November 1988
The Boeing Company, Everett Washington September 1996 to date

Source : John Allin Brown

Date record last updated : 31 December 2014


FS 'Jock' Baldwin

FS 'Jock' Baldwin, Bomb Aimer

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for

Born in Scotland?

He was a regular crew member with Flight Lieutenant William Jack Humphries.

He replaced Sgt Norman Ventham when he died.

Source : Ross Humphries

Date record last updated : 25 January 2015


Geoff Barrell

Geoff Barrell, Captain / Pilot

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Victor Mark I - 3 point tanker ??Barrell (July 1969)
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Victor Mark I - 3 point tanker XA937 (10 October 1966)

Geoff joined 214 Squadron in 1966. He has written an article about is career in an article called 'Ready to Fly' in the Nightjar Newsletter May 2013.

His last flight with his final crew for 214 Squadron was in July 1969.

Source : Nightjar Newsletter May 2013

Date record last updated : 25 January 2015


Sgt Bill Broadfield

Sgt Bill Broadfield, Navigator

He was a regular crew member with Flight Lieutenant William Jack Humphries.

Source : Ross Humphries

Date record last updated : 25 January 2015


SAC Peter E Brown

SAC Peter E Brown, 4047596, Engine Mechanic

SAC Brown was posted to 214 from ASF (Aircraft Servicing Flight) at RAF Upwood. He had just become an engine mechanic. The reason the Squadron needed extra engine mechanics was that during detachment they would have to carry out the ‘primary star’ inspections on the aircraft rather than, as at Upwood, where ASF did them. This was around June 1951, and he just had time to settle in before the Squadron was preparing for its detachment to Shallufa on a two month tour called operation SUNRAY. On the 1st July 1951 seven aircraft left Upwood bound for Shallufa, but most of the ground crew had left earlier by a civil airliner, a DC3 .

Shared a tent with David Haylett and John Wright while out in Shallufa, Egypt in 1951. They have since met up together several times. At one meeting they met at Duxford, where SAC Brown is the B17G "Sally B’s" Chief Engineer. He was getting the aircraft ready for the film Memphis Belle, when they met up, which was nearly fifty years after they shared a tent.

He has written an article called '214 Squadron on Detachment at Shallufa (Egypt)' in the Nightjar Newsletter May 2013.

Source : Nightjar Newsletter May 2013

Date record last updated : 25 January 2015


Gp/Capt D A Boyle

Gp/Capt D A Boyle, Pilot

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C X9758 BU-G

Gp/Cpt Boyle was Stradishall's Station Commander.

Source : Ian Hunt and ORB

Date record last updated : 29 March 2015


FS Brown

FS Brown, Nationality : United Kingdom, Date taken POW 4 June 1942, POW number 26998

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I W7537 BU-H

Imprisoned at POW camp Lamsdorf (Lambinowice), Germany - from 1943, was previously Stalag 8B
Imprisoned at POW camp Lamsdorf (Lambinowice), Germany - until 1943 when it became Stalag 344

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

Source : Chorley and Oliver Clutton-Brock Footprints in the sand of time and www.aircrewremembered.com

Date record last updated : 2 June 2017


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