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Waddingham,
Fred
F. Waddingham
Son of Fred Waddingham, and Martha Bromfield, of Louth.
03.01.1923
Louth, Loughborough district, Lincolnshire
-
20.01.1945
Rugby district, Northamptonshire
[age 22]
[Louth Cemetery, Lincolnshire, Compt. 66. Grave 28]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1583032]
P/O (prob) 26.11.1943 [154503]
(WS) F/O 26.05.1944
26.11.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      No. 14 Elementary Flying Training School RAF
Waddington,
Gilbert Fettes
G.F. Waddington
Son of Albert Waddington (1869-1937), and Louisa Montier Strange (1872-1952).
Married ((03?).1938, Uxbridge district, Middlesex) Eileen Effie Warren ((03?).1913 - ), daughter of ... Warren, and ... Kimber; two daughters, three sons.
28.06.1910
Windsor, Berkshire
-
05.01.1974
Liddington, Wiltshire
Ldg.Acm. ? [1376535]
P/O (prob) 10.09.1941 [106072]
(WS) F/O 10.09.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 10.09.1943
04.02.1947, seniority 20.12.1943 (reld 28.06.1955; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
10.09.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Waddington,
Patrick William Simpson
P.W.S. Waddington (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
19.08.1900
Great Ouseburn district, West Riding of Yorkshire
-
02.1987
York district, Yorkshire
P/O (prob) 02.08.1940 [83402]
(WS) F/Lt. 22.10.1943
02.08.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(07.1941)     No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
 
Wade,
James Yorke
J.Y. Wade (Photo courtesy of Mr Peter Yorke-Wade) J.Y. Wade (Photo courtesy of Mr Peter Yorke-Wade)
Son (with one brother and two sisters) of James William Wade (1875-1941), and Daisy Margaret Clarke (1892-1965).
Married ((06?).1940, Southend on Sea district, Essex) Helen Margaret Mahoney; two sons.
03.09.1917
India
-
06.11.1957
Southend on Sea district, Essex
Ldg.Acm. ? [656182]
P/O (prob) 03.07.1942 [125478]
(WS) F/O (prob) 03.01.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 03.07.1944 (reld 02.01.1950; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
(T) Sq.Ldr. ?
F/O 02.01.1950 (reld 02.01.1955)
1939-1945 Star 39|45 St - -
Aircrew Europe Star AC Eur St - & clasp
Africa Star Afr St - -
Burma Star Bur St - & clasp
Defence Medal Def M - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
India Independence Medal Ind IM - -
General Service Medal Gen SM - & clasp Malaya
03.07.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
02.01.1950 - 02.01.1955 commissioned, RAFVR (Reconstituted Section) (General Duties Branch)
His son writes: "After returning from Dunkirk he transferred to the R.A.F. learnt to fly in Canada. On return to England flew with Coastal Command in the Med. Took part in the Burma Campaign. At the end of the war after being de-mobbed flew with B.E.A. from Lands End, Cornwall to the Scilly Isles. Took part in the Berlin Airlift flying from Exeter. Left B.E.A. after a short spell as a publican, joined the Colonial Police and went to Malaya in 1951. Returned to England in 1957 at the end of his contract, successfully applied to join the R.C.M.P. but unfortunately died of a heart attack before going to Canada."
Wadsworth,
William Deakin
W.D. Wadsworth
Son of John Aspinall Wadsworth (1882-1960), and Helena Hoskin (1883-1969).
Married Mary E. Bailey.
20.02.1917
Trail, British Columbia, Canada
-
30.03.1993
Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (formerly of Duncan, B.C.)
P/O (prob) 30.08.1940 [85129]
07.11.1941, seniority 30.12.1940
(WS) F/O (prob) 30.12.1941 (reld 26.02.1943)
      transferred from Canadian Army (service number K-7049) for officer's training course at Loughborough College, Leicestershire
30.08.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) (for special duties) [emergency commission]
> 07.1941 < 09.1941     transferred, RAFVR (Technical Branch) (Signals Officers)
Electrical contractor.
Wagland,
James Leslie William
"Waggy"
J.L.W. Wagland
Married (04.1945) Molly Cleevely (died 1999); one son, one daughter.


04.11.1913
West Ham, Essex / Greater London
-
02.04.2005
Bromley district, Kent
P/O (prob)
16.06.1940 [81937]
P/O
16.06.1941
(WS) F/O
16.06.1941
(A) F/Lt.
?
(WS) F/Lt.
16.06.1942
(A) Sq.Ldr.
?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
22.08.1941
?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
19.10.1943
*
Mention in Despatches MID
24.09.1941
?
Mention in Despatches MID
01.01.1946
?
Vliegerkruis (Flying Cross) (The Netherlands) VK
09.10.1945
? [date of Dutch Royal Decree: 03.07.1945]
* This officer has undertaken a large number of sorties and his navigational ability throughout has been outstanding. On 2 occasions in September, Squadron Leader Wagland participated in sorties which demanded skill and determination of a high order. In addition to his good work in the air, Squadron Leader Wagland has rendered excellent service in the training of other members of aircraft crew.
summer 1939


volunteered for the RAFVR
16.06.1940


first commission RAFVR - General Duties Branch (Air Observers)
08.1940
- 1942?
78 Squadron RAF (Ditchford, Yorks.)
1942?
-
11.1942
HQ RAF Bomber Command
11.1942
-
1945
navigation staff (soon to be: senior navigator) at RAF Tempsford, the home of the special duties squadrons flying clandestine operations for the Special Operations Executive (SOE) into Occupied Europe
?
-
04.11.1958
Emergency List - RAFVR
Wagstaff,
William John
W.J. Wagstaff (Photo courtesy of Mrs Diana Davies)
?
-
(A) P/O (prob) 31.12.1941 [115070]
31.12.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Technical Branch) [emergency commission]
Wainwright,
Alex George
A.G. Wainwright
Of St Albans, Hertfordshire.
?
-
21.01.1941
[Alamein Memorial, Egypt, column 241]
Sgt. ? [742052]
P/O (prob) 10.08.1940, seniority 04.08.1940 [84675]
10.08.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      151 Squadron RAF
? - 21.01.1941 73 Squadron RAF
Walker,
Arnold Edgar
"Blondie"
A.E. Walker

04.04.1917
Warley Edge, Halifax, West Yorkshire
-
09.11.2008
Perth, Western Australia
Sgt. ? [1381205]
P/O (prob) 01.12.1941 [115919]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 01.12.1943 (reld 1946)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 08.08.1944 *
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 14.11.1944 ?
* This officer has achieved much success in attacks on shipping, railway communications and mechanical transport. He has displayed the greatest determination throughout and his example in the face of the enemy has been most inspiring. One night in June, 1944, he attacked a small convoy and caused the destruction of a lighter. The following night, Flight Lieutenant Walker participated in a most successful attack on a small convoy consisting of 10 small craft, all of which were attacked with destructive effect. His keenness and devotion to duty have been outstanding.
Education: Heath Grammar School, but left early to join his father's building firm.
01.12.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
08.1942     94 Squadron RAF
(1944)     6 Squadron RAF (DFC and Bar)
Walker,
George William James
G.W.J. Walker
Son of ... Walker, and ... Collins.
08.07.1914
Warwick district, Warwickshire
-
02.1993

Cheltenham district, Gloucestershire
Sgt.
? [852023]
P/O (prob)
01.05.1945 [197282]
P/O
04.11.1945
(WS) F/O
04.11.1945
F/O RAF
29.01.1948, seniority 04.05.1947
F/Lt. RAF
19.06.1952
Sq.Ldr. RAF (Supplementary List)
01.01.1963 (retd 08.07.1969)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) MBE
31.12.1960
New Year 61
01.05.1945


first commission RAFVR (General Duties Branch)



served as a pathfinder
1946
-
1948
at RAF Binbrook
29.01.1948


transferred, RAF (Secretarial Branch) [short service commission]
01.1949
-
(09.1950)
sent to Aden
10.06.1952
 
 
permanent commission RAF (Secretarial Branch)
Walker,
Harold Curtis
H,C, Walker (Photo courtesy of Mrs Diana Davies)
?
-
(A) P/O (prob) 31.12.1941 [115067]
31.12.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Walker,
John Richard
"Jack"
J.R. Walker
Husband of Margaret E. Walker, of Southgate, Middlesex.
1911 ?
-
06.06.1942
(MPK) [age 31]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 72]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1314777]
P/O (prob) 31.01.1942 [118969]
31.01.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 06.06.1942 D Flight, 20 Operational Training Unit RAF (Lossiemouth)
[Vickers Wellington Mk 1C DV713 (ZT-W) took off from Lossiemouth for a navigation exercise. Whilst over the sea, the crew encountered a severe electrical storm and while trying to get beneath the cloud base, had the misfortune to fly straight into the sea some 8 miles ESE of Peterhead on the Aberdeenshire coast. All the crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.]
Walker,
Kenneth George
K.G. Walker
?
-
Ldg.Acm. ? [1385173]
P/O (prob) 09.06.1943 [143766]
(WS) F/O (prob) 09.12.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 09.06.1945
09.06.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 13.08.1944 bomb aimer, 640 Squadron RAF
[Halifax III MZ345 (C8-G) had taken off 21.35 hrs 12.08.1944 from Leconfield for an operation against Russelsheim and was lost on the operation. Four of the crew died, four were captured.]
13.08.1944 - 1945 POW in German captivity
Walker,
Stanley Herbert
S.H. Walker (Photo courtesy of Mr Alan Mitchell)

Son of Herbert Walker, and Elsie May Goldsack, of Bexley Heath, Kent.
(09?).1921
Elham district, Kent
-
09.10.1943
(MPK) [age 22]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 130]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1395051]
P/O (prob) 08.02.1943 [151250]
(WS) F/O (prob) 08.08.1943
08.02.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 09.10.1943 bomb aimer, 431 Squadron RAF
[Halifax V DK265 SE-C took off 22:49 hrs 08.10.1943 from Tholthorpe for a bombing mission over Hannover. The aircraft was lost without trace with a crew of seven.]
Walker,
William Louis Buchanan
W.L.B. Walker
Son of Maj. Louis E. Walker, and Edith Smith, of Ditchling, Sussex.
Married (08.1941, Newton Abbot district, Devon) Claudine Ella "Coy" Mawby (10.08.1922 - 13.09.2012); seven children.

24.08.1913
Hampstead, London
-
21.10.2012
Sgt. ? [741947]
P/O (prob) 18.06.1940 [82662]
(WS) F/O 18.06.1941
(WS) F/Lt. 18.06.1942 (reld 09.1945) (Emgcy List) (reld 24.08.1958; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
Education: Brighton College.
Joined his father in the brewery trade (ending up as Chairman of Ind Coope).
02.09.1938     enlisted RAFVR (at Kidlington, Oxford)
01.09.1939     mobilized
15.11.1939     1 Initial Training Wing RAF (Cambridge)
17.02.1940     No. 2 Flying Training School RAF (Brize Norton, Oxfordshire)
18.06.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
1940 - 26.08.1940 pilot, 616 (South Yorkshire) Squadron RAuxAF (Leconfield) (shot down & wounded)
      He returned to flying after six months’ treatment, joining an aircraft ferry unit before transferring to No 116 Squadron on anti-aircraft co-operation duties.
Wallace,
Derek Reeve Lindsay
D.R.L. Wallace
Son of ... Wallace, and ... Reeve.
Married; ... children (one son?).
15.01.1914
Edmonton distriect, Essex / Hertfordshire / Middlesex
-
01.2002
Chichester district, Sussex
Ldg.Acm.
? [1250554]
P/O (prob)
12.07.1941 [101581]
(WS) F/O
12.07.1942
(A) F/Lt.
?
(WS) F/Lt.
12.07.1943 (Emgcy List) (reld 15.01.1959; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
(A) Sq.Ldr.
?
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) MBE
01.01.1945
New Year 45
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
27.07.1943
?
12.07.1941


first commission RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1943)
 
 
614 Squadron RAF
Architect.
Wallace,
Herbert John
H.J. Wallace (Photo courtesy of Mrs Diana Davies)
?
-
(A) P/O (prob) 31.12.1941 [115059]
31.12.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Walsh,
Leslie
L. Walsh (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
?
P/O (prob) 18.10.1940 [87213]
(WS) F/O ?
18.10.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(07.1941)     No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
 
Walters,
Ian Basil
I.B. Walters (Photo courtesy of Mr Ian Walters)
Son (with three brothers and two sisters) of Samuel Hendrik Walters (1892-1980), and Vera Dagmar Ellin Mercer (1892-1956).
Married 1st Noel Mary Cochrane Pare; one son.
Married 2nd Helen Marjorie Sowter (26.11.1922 - 01.12.2000).
23.10.1917
Worcester, Western Cape, South Africa
-
11.01.1983
Worcester, Western Cape, South Africa
Ldg.Acm. ? [1292132]
P/O (prob) 19.07.1941 [103009]
(WS) F/O 19.07.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 19.07.1943 (commission resigned 08.03.1945)
19.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      served at Watchfield (UK)
(07.1943)     instructor, No. 22 Service Flying Training School RAF (Thornhill, Southern Rhodesia)
[10.07.1943 while pilot of Harvard Mk. II AJ675 failed to put the undercarriage down when landing. This accident was due to gross carelessness.]
      served at Kumalo (Southern Rhodesia)
Dentist. Amateur botanist.
Walton,
Charles Leslie
C.L. Walton (Photo courtesy of Mr Mike Walton) C.L. Walton (Photo courtesy of Mr Mike Walton)
Son of George Walton, and Rebecca Shaw.
Married ...; two sons, one daughter.
(12?).1912
Hampstead, London
-
1976
Vancouver, Canada
Sgt. ? [1337102]
P/O (prob) 05.01.1942 [117659]
(WS) F/O 01.10.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 05.01.1944 (reld 25.08.1947; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
1939-1945 Star 39|45 St - -
Africa Star Afr St - -
Italy Star ItSt - -
Atlantic Star Atl St - -
Defence Medal Def M - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
      training in Canada (trained at Mount Hope, near Hamilton Ontario, and in Brandon, Manitoba)
05.01.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      served as an Observer, later Navigator in Egypt, Italy, Iraq
Walton,
William Coltart
"Wally"
W.C. Walton (Photo courtesy of Mr John W. Walton) W.C. Walton (Photo courtesy of Mr John W. Walton)

Son of Louis Walton, and Martha W. Coltart.
Married Mary Orinda Waller (11.08.1920 - 09.08.1989); two sons.
23.12.1920
Chorlton district, Lancashire
-
12.04.1994
Wheaton, Du Page, Illinois, USA
Sgt. ? [1261966]
P/O (prob) 26.03.1942 [119499]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 26.03.1944
F/Lt. 02.05.1947, seniority 26.09.1945 (retd 15.06.1953; own request)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 04.12.1942 ?
mid 1940     joined RAFVR, completing his training at 56 Operational Training Unit RAF
      flying training (Canada)
26.03.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
07.1942     posted out to Malta, flying off HMS Eagle to the island on 21.07.1942
21.07.1942 - 1943? 1435 Squadron RAF (was engaged frequently during the October 'Blitz'; promoted Flight Commander late 1942, and claimed his final successes 12.1942, whilst interdicting supply aircraft operating between Sicily and Tunisia) (DFC)
03.1943 - 10.1943 flying instructor, 56 Operational Training Unit RAF
10.10.1943 - 27.07.1944 pilot, 234 Squadron RAF
[Flew a Spitfire Vb with serial BM200 for this duty: Rhubarb. His mission was not completed. Circumstances of the aircraft loss: abandoned at Quimperle, Germany. Captured.]
1944 - 1945 POW (No. 6966) in German captivity (Stalag Luft III, Sagan and Belaria, Poland)
1946     Flight Commander, 263 Squadron RAF (flying Meteors)
15.06.1948 - 15.06.1953 commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [permanent commission]
His son writes: "My father was sent to Toronto, Canada, to learn to fly (where he met my mother) after the war started. His flight logs first entry is January 1, 1941, the aircraft is listed at DH 82A which is a De Havilland Tiger Moth. His last entry in the log book is Aug 19, 1952 in a Prentice. He flew missions on D-Day in a Spitfire giving cover on the beaches. He was shot down 3 times and the third time he was captured by the Germans and was held in Stalag Luft III (shortly after the great escape) where he was a POW from July 1944 till several of them escaped when the Russians took over the camp."
Ward,
Arthur William
A.W. Ward (Photo courtesy of Mrs Diana Davies)
?
-
(A) P/O (prob) 31.12.1941 [116651]
31.12.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Ward,
Joseph William
J.W. Ward
Son of Joseph Ward, and Helena Maude Findlay.
31.05.1912
North Skelton, Guisborough district, North Riding of Yorkshire
-
30.11.1991
Central Cleveland district, Cleveland
Airman 28.10.1940 [1381295]
Sgt. ?
P/O (prob) 01.04.1942 [120024]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942
(A) F/Lt. (1944)
(WS) F/Lt. 01.04.1944
(A) Sq.Ldr. (1945)
F/Lt. 16.11.1950
13.08.1951, seniority 31.07.1951 (retd 31.03.1961; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 06.06.1944 ?
Air Force Cross AFC 07.09.1945 ?
Education: Guisborough Grammar School; St John’s College, York.
28.10.1940     enlisted RAFVR
01.04.1942 - 01.06.1949 commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1944)     102 Squadron RAF
(1945)     1663 Heavy Conversion Unit RAF
01.06.1949 - 16.11.1950 short service commission, RAF (Education Branch)
16.11.1950 - 13.08.1951 permanent commission, RAF (Education Branch)
13.08.1951 - 31.03.1961 transferred, RAF (Aircraft Control Branch)

Ware,
David Rutherford
D.R. Ware D.R. Ware

13.09.1922
-
20.09.2010
F/Sgt. ? [1120297]
P/O (prob) 05.11.1943 [169023]
(WS) F/O 05.05.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 05.11.1945
... ...
Sq.Ldr. 01.10.1954 (retd 15.02.1964)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) MBE ? ?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 22.05.1945 ?
Air Force Cross AFC ? ?
05.11.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1945)     635 Squadron RAF (DFC)
      permanent commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)
Wareing,
Maurice Vincent
"Vince" / "Vic"
M.V. Wareing (Photo courtesy of Mrs Dyan Tucker)

Youngest of three sons of Charles Arthur Wareing, and Jane Ellen Hodson.
Married (14.10.1939) Joyce Elizabeth Robertson; one daughter Teresa (deceased).
18.07.1916
Erdington, Aston district, Warwickshire
-
31.01.1944
Blue Stack Mountains, Donnegal, Ireland
(KIA) [age 27]
[buried at Erdington (Ss. Thomas and Edmund of Canterbury) Roman Catholic Cemetery, Warwickshire, row AC, grave 14]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1214671]
P/O (prob) 10.07.1942 [129072]
(WS) F/O (prob) 10.01.1943
Education: St Philips Grammar School.
Garage owner, Erdington.
1941     pilot training, Michigan, USA
10.07.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 31.01.1944 pilot, 228 Squadron RAF (Coastal Command) (flying Sunderlands) [had done 138 hours on Sunderlands, 282 on all types, 62 hours on Instruments and 420+ hours on Link Trainers]

Wareing is listed as first pilot on DW110 when it crashed though reports say he was not in the cockpit at the time. They were on anti-submarine patrol and could not return to base at Pembroke Dock and were re-directed to Castle Archdale, Ireland; they slammed into the mountain side in poor weather. Memorial website is www.freewebs.com/dw110 Those killed were F/Lt Charles Armstrong DFC S/No 42383, F/Lt Maurice Gillingham 104369, Sgt Cyril Greenwood 1129218, F/Sgt Frederick Green RCAF R/184005, Sgt John Parsons 1315937, Sgt Frederick Copp 614970. Survivors were F/O Joseph Trull 128117 (later to die on 11 December 1944 in another Sunderland which exploded), W/O John Richardson 523921, Sgt C S Hobbs 1644857, Sgt James Gilchrist 1338328, F/Sgt A Gowans 105592. The deeds of the crew are mentioned in John Quinns "Down in the Free State" which gives and account of the incident when Armstrong got his DFC also the history of the crash is recorded in the book "The World War II aeroplane crash in the Blue Stack Mountains" by Liam Briody. The Blue Stack Ramblers take regular guided tours to the site of the crash and the memorial stone, there is still the wreckage of fuselage and engines all over the site.
 

Warming,
Christian Stuart
C.S. Warming
Son of Sophus and Fanny Heath Warming, of Reigate, Surrey.
1912 ?
-
10.06.1944
North Sea
(KIA) [age 32]
[Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey, 22.D.9]

Sgt.
? [1582915]
P/O (prob)
25.05.1944 [179198]
25.04.1944


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
?
-
10.06.1944
navigator, 219 Squadron RAF (RAF Bradwell Bay)
[crashed with his plane, a Mosquito NF.XVII [HK358] during a defensive patrol over the Channel]
Warner,
Leslie George
L.G. Warner
?
-
Cpl. ? [1259877]
P/O (prob) 17.11.1944 [167330]
(WS) F/O 17.05.1945
17.11.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Warner,
Stanley Douglas
S.D. Warner
Son of Stanley William Phelps Warner and Lucy Isabella Corson.
Married ((09?).1935, Bilston district, Staffordshire) Winifred Wentworth Herbertson, of Tettenhall.
(09?).1911
Atcham district, Montgomeryshire / Shropshire
-
25.10.1942
Newton Abbot district, Devon
[age 31]
[Tettenhall Regis (St Michael) Churchyard]
(A) P/O (prob) 31.01.1942 [117810]
P/O (prob) 31.03.1942
31.01.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      151 Squadron RAF
? - 25.10.1942 No. 1 Depot RAF (Uxbridge)
[the home in which he was convalescing was reportedly bombed]
Warnes,
Leonard George Victor
L.G.V. Warnes (Photo courtesy of Mrs Diana Davies)
?
-
(A) P/O (prob) 31.12.1941 [115066]
31.12.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Warren,
Charles Stanley
C.S. Warren (Photo courtesy of Mr Ian Brown)
23.02.1909 ?
-
02.1982

Ldg.Acm. ? [756088]
(A) P/O (prob) 28.01.1943 [138277]
P/O (prob) 25.03.1943
(WS) F/O (prob) 25.09.1943 (Emgcy List) (reld 23.02.1955; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
28.01.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
Warren,
Collyn Warwick
C.W. Warren

Son of John Watkin Warren, a land agent & surveyor, and Irmgard Margherita Walburga Ziegler, of Wood Park, Northwood, Middlesex.
17.08.1922
Cologne, Germany
-
31.07.1944
[age 23]
[Oxford Crematorium, right hand column]

Acm.
22.07.1941 [1322569]
Ldg.Acm.
31.12.1941
P/O (prob)
01.01.1943 [150005]
(WS) F/O (prob)
01.07.1943
Worked for Lloyd's.
22.07.1941
-
31.12.1942 
enlisted service, RAFVR
01.01.1943


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
01.01.1943
-
15.11.1943 
No. 1 British Flying Training School RAF (Terrell, Texas, USA)
16.11.1943
-
24.04.1944
7 Personnel Reception Centre RAF (54 Group RAF) (Harrogate, West Yorkshire)
25.04.1944
-
10.07.1944
20 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit RAF (23 Group RAF) (Weston-on-the-Green, Oxfordshire)
11.07.1944
-
31.07.1944
12 Operational Training Unit RAF (92 Group RAF) (Edgehill)
[taken off at 15.02 hrs from Edgehill for an initial dual training sortie in Wellington III [BK455]; at 15.18 hrs eyewitnesses saw the bomber stall at one hundred feet and upon hitting the ground, it rolled onto its back and began to burn fiercely]
Warren,
Robert Douglas
R.D. Warren

Son of George and Louise Warren, of Slough; husband of Aline Jeannette Warren, of Slough.
(12?).1920
Windsor district, Berkshire / Surrey
-
15.05.1944
[age 23]
[Slough (Stoke Road) Cemetery, Church of England plot, joint grave 2083]

Ldg.Acm.
? [1285527]
P/O (prob)
23.08.1943 [147941]
P/O
23.02.1944
(WS) F/O
23.02.1944
23.08.1943


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
?
-
15.05.1944
pilot, 96 Squadron RAF
Warwick,
James Brown
"Jim"
J.B. Warwick
10.10.1921
Belfast, Northern Ireland
-
19.09.1944
(KIA) [age 22]
[Steenbergen en Kruisland Roman Catholic War Cemetery, the Netherlands]

Sgt.
? [1393272]
P/O (prob)
04.08.1943 [156612]
(WS) F/O
04.02.1944
(A) F/Lt.
05.02.1944
(A) Sq.Ldr.
25.08.1944
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
15.02.1944
?
Education: Boys Model School.
Joined the Civil Service and employed at the Air Ministry, 1938.
08.1941


enlisted RAF, then to Canada followed by Miama (Florida, USA) for navigator training
04.08.1943


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
29.04.1943
-
13.01.1944
49 Squadron RAF (Fiskerton) (two operational tours on Lancasters)
14.01.1944
-
04.02.1944
1465 Bombing and Gunnery Flight RAF
05.02.1944
-
24.08.1944
1661 Heavy Conversion Unit
25.08.1944
-
?
Station Navigation Officer, 54 Base RAF (Coningsby) (screend off operational duties)
19.09.1944
-
19.09.1944
attached, 627 Squadron RAF
[died in a crash coming back from a raid on Rheydt nr. Mönchengladbach acting as Master bomber flying a Mosquito KB267 [AZ-E] out of Woodhall Spa with W/Cdr. Guy P. Gibson]
Watkins,
Charles
C. Watkins (Photo courtesy of Mr Michael Handley)
Son (youngest of six, with one brother, four sisters) of Charles King Watkins, a vicar, and Margaret Underwood.
Married 1st (divorced); one daughter.
Married 2nd (1959); one daughter.
15.06.1908
Holbeach St John, Lincolnshire
-
08.1997
Carmarthen district, Carmarthenshire
Sgt.
? [1869556]
P/O (prob)
01.05.1944 [175989]
P/O
01.11.1944
(WS) F/O
01.11.1944 (reld 23.12.1945; medical unfitness, retaining rank of F/O)
01.05.1944


first commission RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
?
-
06.07.1944
flight engineer, 149 Squadron RAF (Methwold)
[taken off at 22.43 hrs from Methwold in a Stirling III [LJ477 OJ-M] on Operation Gondolier 16 (in support of SOE), setting course for France; on return, tried to land at Thorney Island airfield in Sussex, but crashed at 04.52 hrs while doing so; one crew member died, all others were injured; Watkins suffered burns of face and hands] 
06.07.1944
-
28.07.1945
St Richards Hospital, Chichester, next day transferred to Queen Victoria Hospital, East
Grinstead
22.05.1945
 
 
transferred, Administrative and Special Duties Branch
Engineer at Raleigh’s near Derby.
Watson,
Frank
F. Watson (Photo courtesy of Mrs Diana Davies)
?
-
Ldg.Acm. ? [1378526]
(A) P/O (prob) 31.12.1941, seniority 05.09.1941 [114984]
31.12.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Accountant Branch) [emergency commission]
Watson,
James
J. Watson
Son of James and Rebecca Watson, of West Linton, Peebleshire.
1921 ?
-
16.04.1945
(KIA) [age 24]
[Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery, Poland, collective grave 5.B.1-5]

F/Sgt.
? [1021021]
P/O (prob)
31.01.1944 [174282]
(WS) F/O
01.1945?
31.01.1944


first commission RAFVR - General Duties Branch [emergency commission]
?

-

16.04.1945

air gunner, 617 Squadron RAF
[his Lancaster I [NG228 KC-V] took off at 1349 hrs from Woodhill Spa for an operation against Swinemünde, armed with 12 x 1,000 lb bombs to attack the pocket battleship Lützow; it was hit by Flak and the port wing came off before spinning into a wooded region of the target area]
Watson,
Wallace Lynton
"Tony"
W.L. Watson
Son (with one sister) of George Wallace Watson, and Amy Appleby.
Married ...; ... children (one daughter?).
14.04.1920
Hexham, Cumberland

-
(03?).1982
Surrey Northern district, Surrey
Sgt. ? [745854]
P/O (prob) 15.06.1940 [82659]
(WS) F/O 15.06.1941
(WS) F/Lt. 15.06.1942?
(A) Sq.Ldr. (1944)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 30.01.1942 ?
Commendation Cmdn 01.09.1944 for valuable service in the air
31.12.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1941)     148 Squadron RAF (DFC)
(07.1943)     "A" Flight Commander, 511 Squadron RAF (Lyneham)
Watts,
Eric Cameron
E.C. Watts (Photo courtesy of Alexandra Cameron-Watts)

Married ((09?).1932, West Ham district, London) Lilian Mary Ann Collier; one son.
11.11.1908
Islington district, London
-
04.06.1965
Keston, Bromley district, Kent
Acm. 1 19.01.1941 [1355178]
Ldg.Acm. 19.02.1941
(T) Cpl. 05.08.1941 [trade Gunner]
P/O (prob) 31.02.1942, seniority 18.11.1941 [118979]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942
(A) F/Lt. 02.01.1943
(A) Sq.Ldr. 01.06.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 01.06.1944 (dispersal 30.11.1945) (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
02.08.1940 - 11.08.1941 RAF Station Church Fenton
13.02.1942 - 27.06.1942 RAF Station Bradwell Bay
31.02.1942     commissioned, RAF Regiment [emergency commission]
28.06.1942 - 31.10.1942 RAF Regiment Squadron 2885
01.11.1942 - 17.11.1942 RAF Regiment Squadron 2801
18.11.1942 - ? RAF Regiment Squadron 2814
(1944)     served at Hunsdon, Essex
(1945)     served at Scharfoldendorf, Germany
Watts-Williams,
Arthur
A. Watts-Williams A. Watts-Williams
A. Watts-Williams
 
Son of J. Williams, of Bryn Glas, Newport.
12.05.1895
Newport, Monmouthshire
-
15.06.1955
Kenya
P/O (prob) 01.11.1940, seniority 29.08.1939 [88193]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.02.1941
(WS) F/Lt. 01.02.1942, seniority 03.09.1941
(T) Sq.Ldr. 01.07.1944
(WS) Sq.Ldr. 20.05.1945 (reld 29.09.1945)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 04.11.1918 ?
Mention in Despatches MID 01.01.1945 ?
Education: Repton School (09.1909-12.1912).
Served Army Service Corps (Pte., 08.1914), 4th Dragoon Guards (2nd Lt.; 12.1914-1916), Royal Naval Air Service (F/S.Lt.; 1916-1918), RAF (Lt.; 01.04.1918-1919) & 99th Royal Field Artillery (Territorial) (1922-?).
01.11.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Waugh,
James
J. Waugh
?
-
Ldg.Acm.
? [1558375]
P/O (prob) (emgcy)
11.09.1943 [155041]
F/O
19.05.1947
F/Lt.
01.03.1951, seniority 16.12.1949 (reld 19.05.1952)
11.09.1943


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Weatherley,
Stanley Robert Edward
S.R.E. Weatherley
Son of Stanley George Weatherley, and Gertrude Maude Leech, of Whetstone.
(12?).1915
St Pancras district, London
-
06.12.1940
(KIA) [age 25]
[Hendon Cemetery and Crematorium, Middlesex, sec. F.7, grave 507865]
Sgt. ? [740374]
P/O (prob) 24.08.1940, seniority 18.08.1940 [84003]
24.08.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 06.12.1940 pilot, 53 Squadron RAF (Thorney Island)
[His Blenheim Mk. IV [V5420] overshot the landing in heavy rain and hit some trees at 15:30 hrs while doing an air test. Weatherley and two Sergeants were killed.]
Webber,
John Charles
J.C. Webber
?
-
Ldg.Acm.
? [1315750]
P/O (prob)
29.10.1943 [154082]
P/O
28.04.1944
(WS) F/O
28.04.1944
(WS) F/Lt.
29.10.1945
29.10.1943
 
 
commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1944)
-
24.09.1944
61 Squadron RAF
[Lancaster LM718 (QR-K) was airborne 1917 hrs 23.09.1944 from Skellingthorpe to breach the Dortmund-Eems Canal at Ladbergen, just to the N of Münster; the aircraft crashed onto farmland near Deurne (Noord-Brabant, The Netherlands), some 9 km ESE of Helmond, after being abandoned by the crew; F/O Webber was captured]
24.09.1944
-
1945
POW in German captivity (Camp Luft 1, PoW No. 5987)
Webster,
George William
G.W. Webster

Son of George W. and Catherine Webster, of Newcastle-on-Tyne.
1921 ?
-
16.08.1943
(MPK) [age 22]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 130]
F/Sgt. ? [759129]
P/O (prob) 23.11.1942 [136712]
(WS) F/O 23.05.1943
23.11.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 16.08.1943 wireless operator/air gunner, 58 Squadron RAF
[Halifax II HR746 (M for Mother) took off from Holmsley South at 13:30 hrs for an anti-submarine patrol over the Bay of Biscay and was shot down by Hauptmann Hans Morr of 15/KG40 100 km west north west Cap Ortegal at 19:30 hrs.]
Webster,
Sedgwick Whiteley
S.W. Webster
Of American descent, living in London (self-declared British subject to join the RAFVR). Unmarried (at the time).
28.10.1904
South Africa
-
03.1980
Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
(A) P/O (prob) 09.03.1940 [77955]
P/O (prob) 22.04.1940
P/O 09.03.1941
(WS) F/O 22.04.1941
F/Lt. 22.04.1942 (resigned commission 20.12.1945)
09.03.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
03.1940 - 11.05.1940 204 Squadron Training Unit
12.05.1940 - 06.06.1940 Air Gunner, 9 Squadron RAF (Honington, UK)
[his aircraft, a Wellington IA (P9232 WS-M), was hit by Flak on an operation to Duisburg after crossing the Dutch coast; the plane crashed near Simonshaven (near Geervliet, province Zuid-Holland, the Netherlands) and he was taken POW on his seventh mission]
06.06.1940
06.06.1940
10.06.1940
16.06.1940
05.07.1940
04.1942
01.04.1943
02.1945
02.05.1945
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
02.05.1945
10.06.1940
13.06.1940
05.07.1940
04.1942
01.04.1943
28.01.1945
04.1945
POW in German captivity [POW No. 2253]
Dulag Luft 
Stalag XIIA, Limburg a.d. Lahn, Germany
Oflag IIA, Prenzlau, Germany
Stalag Luft I, Barth, Germany
Stalag Luft III (East Compound), Sagan, Germany
Stalag Luft III (North Compound), Sagan, Germany
Marlag und Milag Nord, Germany
liberated outside Lübeck
Worked for Dorland's ad agency after the war (probably in New York) and was very likely with them in London before it.
Weight,
Christopher Joseph
"Chris"
C.J. Weight

Son (with five sisters and one brother) of Joseph William Weight (1878-1958), and Hannah Mary Nash (1878-1945).
Married ((09?).1934, Camberwell district, London) Marguerite Beatty Clayton (05.09.1915 - 11.2001); one son. Marguerite Weight remarried (1946) James Simpson.
25.12.1913
Southwark district, London
-
04.01.1945
(KIA) [age 31]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 268]
F/Sgt. ? [927267]
P/O (prob) 19.07.1944 [184374]
19.07.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 04.01.1945 103 Squadron RAF
[Lancaster III ND861 (PM-H) took off for training at 14:24 hrs from Elsham Wolds. The weather deteriorated during the course of the sortie and as the crew tried to regain their base, they encountered a blizzard and crashed at 14:40 hrs into the River Humber near the fishing and commercial port of Hull. All six crew member were missing, presumed killed.]
Weiss,
Paul
P. Weiss

Son of ... Weiss, and ... Weisman.
Married ...; ... children.
(12?).1920
Whitechapel district, London
-
2004
Ldg.Acm. ? [1384927]
P/O (prob) 09.10.1942 [131061]
(WS) F/O (prob) 09.04.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 09.10.1944 (reld 31.07.1946; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
09.10.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Welch,
Patrick Palles Lorne Elphinstone
P.P.L.E. Welch P.P.L.E. Welch

Son (with two sisters) of Brig.Gen. Malcolm Hammond Edward Welch, CB, CMG (1872-1946), and Irene Frances Elphinstone.

12.08.1916
Sturminster district, Dorset
-
15.05.1998
Farnham, SW of London
Sgt.
? [741651]
P/O (prob)
23.11.1940, seniority 20.11.1940 [88429]
P/O
23.11.1941, seniority 20.11.1940
(WS) F/O
23.11.1941, seniority 20.11.1941
(WS) F/Lt.
23.11.1942, seniority 20.11.1942
F/O
03.01.1949 (reld 03.01.1954)
Education: Stowe School
23.11.1940


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]


 
shot down on his fourth raid, captured
05.1942
-
04.1945
POW in German captivity (Stalag Luft III [escape attempt 06.1943], then Colditz)
03.01.1949
 
 
commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) (Reconstituted Section)
Returned to Farnborough to work on rocket motors before becoming chief instructor of the Surrey Gliding Club at Redhill, a test pilot for new aircraft for the British Gliding Association and a British team pilot in four world championships.
Wellington,
William Percy
W.P. Wellington W.P. Wellington
W.P. Wellington
W.P. Wellington
Married (12.1939) Eunice ...

29.01.1911
Wellington, New Zealand
-
16.07.2010
Dunedin, New Zealand
P/O (prob) 02.07.1941 [108873]
(WS) F/O 02.07.1942 (Emgcy List) (reld 29.01.1956; retaining rank of F/O)
Education: Otago Boys High School (1925-1928); Otago University (Bachelor of Commerce, 1936).
02.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Accountant Branch) [emergency commission]
02.1942     captured at the fall of Singapore
02.1942 - 1945 POW in Japanese captivity (various camps in Indonesia)
Businessman. Served on the College Board of Governors, Selwyn College, NZ, from 1947 to 1978. Fellow of the College.
Wells,
Arthur Charles
C.E. Wells

Married ...; ... children (one son?).
21.07.1914
-
10.09.1970
Ldg.Acm. ? [1602981]
P/O (prob) 09.11.1943 [159150]
(WS) F/O 09.05.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 09.11.1945
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 27.03.1945 ?
09.11.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      76 Squadron RAF (DFC)
Wells,
Cyril Ernest
C.E. Wells
?
-
?
Sgt. ? [1168886]
P/O (prob) 08.08.1941 [103580]
(A) F/O (1942)
(WS) F/O 08.08.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 08.08.1943
F/Lt. 01.10.1952
Sq.Ldr. 10.01.1957 (retd 01.08.1963; own request)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 04.08.1942 ?
Education: BSc.
08.08.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1942)     12 Squadron RAF (DFC)
10.10.1949     short service commission, RAF (Education Branch)
01.10.1952     permanent commission, RAF (Education Branch)
Wells,
Leonard Harry
L.H. Wells (Photo courtesy of Mrs Diana Davies)
?
-
(A) P/O (prob) 31.12.1941 [115051]
31.12.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Wells,
Patrick Hardy Vesey
"Pat" / "Cockeye"
P.H.V. Wells
Son of Eric Francis Vesey Wells (1885-1933), and Marjorie Louise Gregory (died 1958).
Married (late 1940s, Kenya) Jessie Theresa Coster; one son, one daughter.

16.03.1917
Johannesburg, South Africa
-
03.04.2002
Constantia, South Africa
P/O
15.02.1938 [72098]
F/O
11.04.1940
(WS) F/Lt.
02.06.1941
(T) Sq.Ldr.
01.07.1943
Sq.Ldr.
? (reld 06.07.1950; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
Distinguished Service Order DSO
23.05.1944
?
Mention in Despatches MID
08.06.1944
?
Education: Bedford School; studied Mining Enigneering, London Univeristy
15.02.1938


first commission RAFVR - General Duties Branch
late 1939


training, RAF Cranwell
1939
-
1940
No 5 Operational Training Unit (Aston Down)
06.1940


pilot, 249 Squadron RAF (Church Fenton) (wounded 07.09.1940)



pilot, 73 Squadron RAF
(1944)
 
 
pilot, 255 Squadron RAF
Aircraft salesman, Southern Africa.
Welsh,
Ernest
E. Welsh

Son of Ernest R. Welsh, and Jessie Jarvis.
Married ...; ... children (one daughter?).
(06?).1912
Streatham, Wandsworth district, London
-
(A) P/O (prob) 09.11.1939 [75818]
P/O (prob) 22.01.1940
P/O 09.11.1940
(WS) F/O 22.01.1941
(T) F/Lt. 01.03.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 15.11.1943
09.11.1939     commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
West,
Reginald
R. West

Son of William West, and Blanche Holdsworth, of Worsley.
(03?).1921
Bucklow district, Lancashire
-
23.06.1944
[age 23]
[Worsley (St Mark) Churchyard, Lancashire, grave 1021]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1065737]
P/O (prob) ? [151264]
(WS) F/O (prob) 19.08.1943
19.02.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 23.06.1944 navigator/wireless operator, 236 Squadron RAF
West,
Robert Alexander
R.A. West

Son of Robert T. West, and Florence Grace W. Bates (1883-), of Bolton, Lancashire.
1921 ?
-
27.01.1944
[age 23]
[Hanover War Cemetery, Germany, collective grave 4.A.1-10]
Sgt. ? [1149751]
P/O (prob) 08.05.1942 [124663]
(WS) F/O (prob) 08.11.1942
08.05.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 27.01.1944 pilot, 61 Squadron RAF (Skellingthorpe)
[Lancaster DV400 QR-Y was airborne 1740 hrs for a bombing operation over Berlin. Aircraft was lost and all crew were killed.]
Weston,
Denis Mark
D.M. Weston (Photo courtesy of J.G. Weston)
D.M. Weston (Photo courtesy of J.G. Weston)
D.M. Weston (Photo courtesy of J.G. Weston) D.M. Weston (Photo courtesy of J.G. Weston)
D.M. Weston (Photo courtesy of J.G. Weston)

Son (with one brother and three sisters) of Rev. Percy Moss Weston (1878-1957), and Margaret Ellen Edgson (1886-1958), of Malvern Link.

01.02.1920
Halifax, Yorkshire
-
29.05.1941
[age 21]
[Malvern (Malvern Wells) Cemetery, grave 1530]
Ldg.Acm. ? [938070]
P/O (prob) 11.01.1941, seniority 05.01.1941 [60070]
11.01.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 04.1941? Army Co-operation Squadron RAF
04.1941? - 29.05.1941 11 Operational Training Unit RAF
[Wellington IC R1299 took off from Bassingbourn for a training. It lost control while making an approach towards the runway at Cranfield areodrome in Bedfordshire, crashing circa 02:15 hrs some 2 miles South-West of the airfield. Only P/O Weston lost his life during the accident. The other five crew members survived.]
Weston,
Fred
F. Weston

Married Dorothy ... (predeceased him).
1916 ?
Yorkshire ?
-
17.04.2012
at The Royal British Legion, Lister House, Ripon (formerly of Beadlam, Nawton)
Sgt. ? [946921]
P/O (prob) 01.07.1942 [126909]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.01.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 01.07.1944
F/Lt. 24.05.1951 (reld 21.11.1960)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 15.06.1943 ?
Education: Bangor, North Wales (BSc, 1948).
01.07.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
21.11.1950 - 21.11.1960 extended service commission, RAFVR (Reconstituted Section) (General Duties Branch)
Chief Forest Officer, Northern Ireland Forest Service, 1950-1952. Former Forestry Officer for Hambleton District and Deer Patrol Officer for the North of England.
Weston,
Frederick Thomas
"Taffy"
F.T. Weston (Photo courtesy of Mr Fred Weston)
F.T. Weston
F.T. Weston (Photo courtesy of Mr Eric Jones) F.T. Weston (Photo courtesy of Mr Eric Jones)

Son (with two brothers) of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas John Weston.
Married (24.10.1942, Llansantffraid Church, Bridgend district, Glamorgan) Dilys Maud Pearse (22.12.1909 - 16.07.1996), of Bryncethin; one son.
09.11.1908
Ebbw Vale, Bedwellty district, Monmouthshire
-
31.08.1943
(killed on active service) [age 34]
[St Bride's Minor (or Llansantffraid) (St Bridget) Churchyard, Glamorganshire]
F/Sgt. (1943) [1397411]
Sgt. ?
P/O (prob) 29.06.1943 [155995]
Education: Ebbw Vale Grammar School; Cardiff Univeristy (BA (Hons); Education); Sorbonne University, France.
Assistant Master, Wallingford-on-Thames Grammar School. Master, Queen's College of Guyana, 1935-1941. Arrived back in UK 06.10.1941.
06.06.1942     qualified as air observer/navigator, No. 6 Air Observers Navigation School RAF (Staverton)
12.01.1943     qualified as radio navigator, 5 Operational Training Wing
29.06.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
01.1943 - 31.08.1943 navigator/wireless operator, "A" Flight, 157 Squadron RAF (Castle Camps, from 17.03.1943 Bradwell Bay, from 05.1943 Hunsdon, Hertfordshire)
[his Mosquito DZ739 (2F54) came down at a farm near Hunsdon airfield, killing both him and his pilot *]
* Mr Eric Jones wrote: "On 31 August 1943, P/O Weston and his pilot, P/O Bernard Walter Jobling, received orders to carry out a night flying test in their Mosquito Night Fighter 2. They took off that day from Hunsdon airfield, Hertfordshire, and on their way to the test area, flew over P/O Joblin’s service quarters where his wife could be seen in the garden. The pilot playfully waggled the aircraft’s wings in greeting to her before opening wide the aircraft’s throttles and steering into a climbing turn. Suddenly and without warning the aircraft stalled and plunged helplessly downwards completely out of control. It crashed into the fields of the nearby Olives Farm, Stanstead Abbott, Hertfordshire."
Weston,
George Byatt
G.B. Weston

Son of Frank Weston, an Anglican Missionary, and Dorothy Byatt.
Married (divorced) ...; ... children (one son?).
07.09.1919
Kobe, Japan
-
1996
Hereford, Herefordshire
P/O (prob) 09.08.1940 [83907]
(WS) F/O 09.08.1941
(T) F/Lt. 01.07.1943
F/Lt. RAF 01.07.1946, seniority 01.09.1945
Sq.Ldr. RAF 01.01.1953
W/Cdr. RAF 01.07.1960 (retd 06.04.1968)
Education: Selwyn College, Cambridge (Mechanical Sciences Tripos, Class II, 06.1940; MA).
09.08.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
02.03.1941     transferred, RAFVR (Technical Branch)
      probably stationed in Egypt, returning to the UK late 1943 and may have been based at RAF Andover
01.07.1946     permanent commission, RAF (Technical [later: Engineering] Branch)
1959     Cooke Air Force Base
15.08.1966     Department of Air Member for Supply and Organization
CEng, AFRAeS. Technical officer with the British Standards Institution.
Weyer,
Albert Reginald
"Bert"
A.R. Weyer (Photo courtesy of Mr Colin Weyer)
A.R. Weyer (Photo courtesy of Mr Colin Weyer)
A.R. Weyer (Photo courtesy of Mr Colin Weyer) A.R. Weyer (Photo courtesy of Mr Colin Weyer)

Son of Albert Alfred Weyer, and Sarah Anne Garood.
Married 1st (29.09.1923, Croydon district, London) Doris Elizabeth Harrison (27.06.1903 - 10.02.1995), daughter of Frederick William Harrison (1876-), and Edith Laycock (1878-); ... children (one daughter, one son).
Married 2nd (06.1949, Ploughley & Bullingdon district, Oxfordshire) Irmgard Galus; ... children (two sons).
18.09.1900
Ranikhet, United Provinces, India
-
02.01.1982
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
P/O (prob) 16.03.1940 [78045]
(WS) F/O 16.03.1941
(T) F/Lt. 01.06.1942
F/Lt. 24.10.1946, seniority 01.09.1945 (reld 24.10.1954)
(A) Sq.Ldr. 1949
1918     Officer Cadet, being demobilized before his commission
16.03.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
04.1940 - 06.1940 served at Harstad/Bardufos, Norway
1940 - 1944 42nd Air School, Port Elizabeth, S Africa
1945 - 1948 84 Group HQ Celle, Germany
24.10.1946     extended service commissioned, RAF (Technical Branch)
01.01.1947     transferred, RAF (Secretarial Branch)
1948 - 1949 served at Kirkham
1949 - 1950 Station Adjutant, Bicester
24.10.1950     transferred to Reserve (Class B)
Played cricket (Surrey Second XI (Minor Counties Championship: 1921-1923); Mitcham (Miscellaneous: 1919)).
Wheeler,
John Parkin
J.P. Wheeler (Photo courtesy of Mr Pierre van Dalen)
Son of Thomas J. Wheeler, and Ethel Parkin.
15.06.1924
Warwick district, Warwickshire
-
1997 still alive
Ldg.Acm. ? [1583493]
P/O (prob) 12.11.1943 [154229]
P/O 12.05.1944
(WS) F/O 12.05.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 12.11.1945 (reld 07.12.1953)
F/O RAF 07.12.1953
F/Lt. RAF 27.12.1956 (retd 30.07.1968)
12.11.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1944) - 24.09.1944 61 Squadron RAF
[Lancaster LM718 (QR-K) was airborne 1917 hrs 23.09.1944 from Skellingthorpe to breach the Dortmund-Eems Canal at Ladbergen, just to the N of Münster; the aircraft crashed onto farmland near Deurne (Noord-Brabant, The Netherlands), some 9 km ESE of Helmond, after being abandoned by the crew; F/O Wheeler was captured]
24.09.1944 - 1945 POW in German captivity (Camp Luft 1)
21.06.1949 - 08.10.1952 commissioned, RAFVR (Training Branch)
07.12.1953     short service commission, RAF (Fighter Control Branch)
01.12.1955     permanent commission, RAF (General Duties (Ground) Branch)
01.10.1967     transferred, RAF (Engineer (Photography) Branch (Supplementary List))
Wheeler,
Lionel Herbert
L.H. Wheeler
28.09.1914
-
Ldg.Acm.
? [1261879]
P/O (prob)
29.06.1941 [102114]
P/O
29.06.1942
(WS) F/O
29.06.1942
(WS) F/Lt.
29.06.1943
29.06.1941


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]



flew new pilots over the Atlantic to pick up American planes in Canada and guide them back to England
Whiffen,
George Kenneth
G.K. Whiffen

Son of Mr  & Mrs Charles Whiffen.
Married ((09?).1939, Southampton district, Hampshire) Doreen Mary Fry, of Southampton.
(09?).1916
Farnham district, Hampshire / Surrey / Sussex
-
05.07.1944
(MPK) [age 28]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 204]
Sgt. ? [742141]
P/O (prob) 06.07.1940 [81668]
(WS) F/O (prob) 06.07.1941
(WS) F/Lt. 06.07.1942
06.07.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 05.07.1944 pilot, 105 Squadron RAF
[his Mosquito IX ML913 GB-E had taken off 23.39 hrs (5 July) from Bourn for an operation against Scholven-Buer; his aircraft, navigated by F/O D.K. Williams, was lost without a trace]
White,
Charles Derek Bovet
C.D.B. White
13.11.1913
Hornsey, London
-
01.1996
Lewes district, East Sussex
Sgt.
? [785033]
P/O (prob)
17.10.1942 [135139]
(WS) F/O (prob)
17.04.1943
(WS) F/Lt.
17.04.1944? (reld 02.04.1947; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
14.09.1945
?
17.10.1942


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]



487 (RNZAF) Squadron (flying Mosquitos)
After the war he served in Malaya and ended up as Commanding Officer of the Royal Malayan Air Force until 1961 flying Harvards.
White,
Kenneth Douglas
"Ken"
K.D. White
?
-
F/Sgt.
? [1391664]
P/O (prob)
25.02.1944 [173835]
P/O
26.08.1944, seniority 25.02.1944
(WS) F/O
26.08.1944
(WS) F/Lt.
26.02.1946
Distinguished Flying Medal? DFM ?
?
?
25.02.1944


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Whiteley,
Leslie Howard
L.H. Whiteley
?
-
 
(A) P/O (prob) 28.11.1941 [112815]
P/O (prob) 28.01.1942
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942 (emgcy; retd 10.02.1954, retaining rank of F/Lt.)
28.11.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
08.04.1942     transferred, RAFVR (Equipment Branch)
Whiting,
Jack Maxwell
"Max"
J.M. Whiting (Photo courtesy of Mr David Whiting) J.M. Whiting (Photo courtesy of Mr David Whiting)
Born as Jack Maxwell W. Leslie as son of Norman Leslie, a motor company's traveller from Adelaide (Southern Australia), and Kathleen Davidson.
Adopted (27.11.1913) by Harry Scott Whiting and Mary Louisa Lewis.
Married (24.08.1935, Pembury, Kent) Muriel Albino (22.03.1908 - 20.11.1993), of Great Bounds, Kent; one son. Muriel Whiting remarried (25.09.1951, Caxton Hall) Air Chief Marshal Hugh Caswall Tremenheere Dowding, Baron Dowding of Bentley Priory, GCB, GCVO, CMG.
06.12.1912
Eastbourne, Sussex
-
22.05.1944
(KIA) [age 31]
[Esbjerg (Fourfelt) Cemetery, collective grave , A.12.18-24]
Aircraftman 2nd cl. 23.06.1942 [1686793]
Aircraftman 1st cl. 03.12.1942
(T) Sgt. 31.12.1943
P/O (prob) 09.01.1944 [171177]
23.06.1942 - 06.07.1942 3 Reception Centre RAF (23.06.1942 Aircraft Hand/Flight Mechanic (Engines))
07.07.1942 - 19.08.1942 9 Reception Centre RAF
20.08.1942 - 05.01.1943 4 School of Technical Training RAF (23.12.1942 Flight Mechanic Engines 2nd class)
06.01.1943 - 18.05.1943 1 School of Technical Training RAF (01.05.1943 Fitter 2nd class Engines/Under Training)
19.05.1943 - 15.06.1943 105 (Technical) Operational Training Unit RAF [23.05.1943-04.06.1943 Moreton in Marsh]
16.06.1943 - 30.07.1943 4 School of Technical Training RAF [from 03.07.1943 M/S Avroe] (16.06.1943 Fitter 2nd class Engines/Under Training/Flight Engineer; 26.07.1943 Flight Engineer)
31.07.1943 - 23.09.1943 Flight Engineer, 1161 Conversion Unit RAF
24.09.1943 - 14.11.1943 Flight Engineer, 9 Squadron RAF
09.01.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
15.11.1943 - 22.05.1944 Flight Engineer, 630 Squadron RAF
[Lancaster I LL950 LE-Y had taken off at 22.18 hrs 21.05.1944 from East Kirby for a 'Gardening Forget-Me-Not' operation against Kiel Bay. Shot up  by a German fighter of 10.NJG3 (Unteroffizier Heinz Koppe), causing the aircraft to explode in mid-air. The plane crashed at 02:00 hours just south of the railroad line west of the small village of Vesterlund.]
Whitley,
Peter Percy
P.P. Whitley
Son of William Whitley, and Elizabeth Whitley.
Brother of Capt. Edward Neil Whitley, MRCS, LRCP, RAMC (1918-1944).
Married ((06?).1938, Newton Abbot district, Devon) Primrose Vinen Heron Varwell (31.03.1914 - 09.1991), of Teignmouth, Devon, daughter of Edward Heron Varwell (1880-1960), and Winifred Janet Vinen (1886-1963); two daughters. Primrose Whitley remarried (1946) Noel Brett Young.
(06?).1910
Totnes district, Devon
-
16.10.1942
(MPK) [age 32]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 72]
[commemorated at Buckland in the Moor]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1316232]
P/O (prob) 02.05.1942 [118892]
02.05.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 16.10.1942 57 Squadron RAF
[Lancaster I W4130 (DX-) took off 19:06 hrs 15.10.1942 from Scampton for a bombing raid on Köln (Cologne). The aircraft was lost without trace.]
Whitmill,
Henry
"Harry"
H. Whitmill (Photo courtesy of Mr Simon Fisher)
Son of Henry Whitmill, and Annie Gardiner.
Married ((03?).1944, Wellington district, Shropshire) Joyce Fryer. Joyce Whitmill remarried (1947) Louis Allen.
06.11.1919
Brentford district, Middlesex
-
10.04.1944
(KIA) [age 24]
[Villeneuve St. Georges Old Communal Cemetery, Val de Marne, France, grave 98]
Wt. Offr. ? [929435]
P/O (prob) 12.06.1943 [149354]
(WS) F/O (prob) 12.12.1943
14.10.1940     first training flight
17.08.1941     pilot, 257 (Burma) Squadron RAF (flying Hurricanes, Spitfires, Typhoons)
21.09.1942     pilot, 535T Squadron RAF (flying Hurricanes)
12.06.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
06.11.1942 - 10.04.1944 pilot, 515 Squadron RAF (flying Defiants & Mosquitos)
[Mosquito NS948 [3P-?] was airborne 22:55 hrs 09.04.1944 from Little Snoring in support of the Main Force on the Lille operation. Cause of loss not established. Crashed near Coulommiers (Seine-et-Marne) where F/O H. Whitmill and F/O D.L. Biggs were buried, later being reinterred.]
Whitmore,
Charles Bernard
C.B. Whitmore (Photo courtesy of Mr Geoffrey Way)
Son of James William Whitmore, and of Theresa Langley, of Ealing, Middlesex.
(06?).1922
Richmond district, Surrey
-
30.08.1944
(KIA) [age 22]
[Kiel War Cemetery, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, collective grave 5.E.13-19]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1601809]
P/O (prob) 25.06.1943 [152649]
(WS) F/O 09.01.1944
25.06.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 30.08.1944 navigator, 103 Squadron RAF
[Lancaster LM116 (PM-D) took off 21:11 hrs from Elsham Wolds for a bombing operation over Stettin. On the return flight the aircraft was attacked by a night fighter piloted by Hauptmann Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow of 1. Staffel/Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 while flying at 3000 metres. The Lancaster caught fire and at 03:51 hrs hours it crashed in a field near Karup killing all onboard. The Germans buried the remains of the crew on the crash site. In 1949 the RAF Missing research and Enquiry Unit excavated the crash site and found the remains of the crew. They were laid to rest in Kiel War Cemetery. They were: Pilot F/O William Nixon, Navigator F/O Charles B. Whitmore, Flt. Engr. Sgt. William C. Sadler, Air Bomber Sgt. Thomas Barton, W/Op. F/Sgt. Thomas Adcock, Air Gnr. Sgt. Sidney W. Allen and Air Gnr. Sgt. Niel G. McSporran.]
Wilberforce,
Noel Alfred Gratian
N.A.G. Wilberforce
Son of Tennyson Wilberforce, and Mabel Woods.
Married ((06?).1935, Wandsworth district, London) Enid Gwyneth Williams, of Welbourn, Lincolnshire.
1913 ?
-
10.10.1942
(MPK) [age 29]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 72]
Sgt. ? [951000]
P/O (prob) 18.04.1942 [120707]
18.04.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 10.10.1942 502 Squadron RAF (St Eval, Cornwall) (Coastal Command)
Wild,
Brian Denzil
B.D. Wild
?
-
(A) P/O (prob)
30.08.1941 [105635]
P/O (prob)
30.10.1941
(WS) F/O (prob)
01.10.1942 (emgcy) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
(T) F/Lt.
?
Mention in Despatches MID
01.01.1943
?
30.08.1941


commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Wild,
Gilbert
G. Wild
Married ...; ... children (one son?).

?
-
F/Sgt. ? [656105]
P/O (prob) 29.01.1943 [141086]
(WS) F/O (prob) 29.07.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 29.01.1945 (reld 20.05.1952; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
F/O ?
F/Lt. 26.02.1957 (reld 20.05.1966; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
Efficiency Medal (Territorial) EM 04.07.1947 -
29.01.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
1944? - 08.1944 68 Squadron RAF (Castle Camps, nr Cambridge)
08.1944 - ? 501 Squadron RAF (Manston)
[Tempest V [EJ603] shot down on 23.09.1944, F/Lt. Wild bailed out. ]
20.05.1952     commissioned, RAFVR (Reconstituted Section) (General Duties Branch)
04.08.1954     transferred to Secretarial Branch
Wilkinson,
David
D. Wilkinson (Photo courtesy of Wendy Palmer-Hughes)
1920 ?
-
F/Sgt. ? [1357376]
P/O (prob) 25.05.1943 [149071]
(WS) F/O (prob) 25.11.193
(WS) F/Lt. 25.05.1945
Distinguished Flying Medal DFM 27.10.1942 *
* Sgt. Wilkinson has proved himself an outstanding member of a gallant crew, He has had a varied experience of attacks on targets in the Rhineland, at Kiel, Hamburg, Rostock and Warnemunde and in France.
(1942)     460 Squadron RAF (DFM)
25.05.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1945)     RAF Tilstock
Wilkinson,
George Leslie William
G.L.W. Wilkinson (Photo courtesy of Mr Philip Wilkinson)

Son of Dudley George Wilkinson (1879-1954), and Muriel Octavia Dearle (1886-1944).
Married 1st (20.05.1939, Uxbridge, Surrey Mid Eastern district; marriage dissolved 1950s) Barbara Kathleen Read (08.12?.1918 - 07.2002), daughter of ... Read, and ... Quinnell; one son. Barbara Wilkinson remarried (1954) Neville S. Jacobs.
Married 2nd ((06?).1955, Isle of Wight) Eileen A. "Judith" Beaumont (1928? - ); one son.
12.05.1914
Kingston district, Surrey
-
25.06.1988
Norfolk
Ldg.Acm. 1941?
Sgt. 1942?
Wt.Offr. 1943 [906787]
P/O (prob) 03.05.1943 [147966]
(WS) F/O (prob) 03.11.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 03.05.1945 (reld 1945) (Emgcy List; reld 12.05.1959; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
(1941) - (1942) 70 Squadron RAF (Heliopolis, Egypt)
03.05.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Wilkinson,
Jeffrey Stephen
J.S. Wilkinson
(09?).1918 ?
Christchurch district, Hampshire ?
-
08.2007
Fairfield, Buxton ?
P/O (prob)
01.05.1939 [31299]
P/O
23.01.1940
(T) F/O
01.05.1940
(T) F/Lt.
01.06.1941 (reld 24.10.1942)
P/O
24.10.1942
(WS) F/O
24.04.1943
(WS) F/Lt.
24.10.1944
F/O
20.02.1947
F/Lt.
06.09.1950 (reld 06.09.1957)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
15.09.1944
?
Education: BSc
01.05.1939


first commission RAFVR (Equipment Branch)
24.10.1942


relinquished rank of F/Lt. at own request and transferred to General Duties Branch in rank of P/O
23.01.1943
-
20.02.1947
transferred, Reserve of Air Force Officers (General Duties Branch) (and clled up for air force service)
(1944)
 
 
53 Squadron RAF
20.02.1947
-
06.09.1950
commissioned, Reconstituted RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
06.09.1950


commissioned, RAF (Education Branch) [short service commission]
06.09.1953
-
06.09.1957
transferred, Reserve of Air Force Officers (and called up for air force service till 06.03.1954)
Willden,
John Harold
J.H. Willden
Son of John Henry & Alma Louise Willden.
26.11.1906
Bowes Park, Edmonton district, Middlesex
-
07.1989
Enfield district, Middlesex
Acm. 2nd cl. ? [1514764]
(A) P/O (prob) 12.08.1943 [148989]
P/O (prob) 07.10.1943
(WS) F/O 07.04.1944 (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of F/O)
12.08.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      served Fighter Command
Willems,
Leon Ivan Cottam
L.I.C. Willems (Photo courtesy of Mr Edward Willems)
Married Pamela Edgehill; two sons.
25.01.1913
Georgetown, Guyana
-
1974
Georgetown, Guyana
Ldg.Acm. ? [1397397]
P/O (prob) 24.03.1944 [164544]
(WS) F/O 24.09.1944 (reld 22.12.1945)
Education: Collegiate School, Georgetown; Lodge School, Barbados; St. Jean Berchmans College, Antwerp, Belgium.
24.03.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Director, Willems Timber and Trading Co., Ltd.
Williams,
Douglas Knight
D.K. Williams
Son of Thomas Latimer Williams and Margaret Rose Williams, of Crynant, Glamorgan.
1922 ?
-
05.07.1944
(KIA) [age 22]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 210]
Sgt. ? [1315946]
P/O (prob) 14.08.1943 [155999]
P/O 14.02.1944
(WS) F/O  14.02.1944
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 10.12.1943 ?
14.08.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1943)     navigator, 76 Squadron RAF
? - 05.07.1944 navigator, 105 Squadron RAF
[his Mosquito IX ML913 GB-E had taken off 23.39 hrs (5 July) from Bourn for an operation against Scholven-Buer; his aircraft, flown by F/Lt. G.K. Whiffen, was lost without a trace]
Published: (ed. Mary M. Hill) The making of a Pathfinder : World War II letters from a Navigator F/O Douglas Knight Williams, DFC (1992)
Williams,
Eric
E. Williams (Photo courtesy of Mr Eric Tatham)
Son (with two brothers and one sister) of Charles Henry Williams (1864-1953), and Kate Reynolds (1878-1956), of Manor Park.
Brother of Lt. Harry Arthur Williams, RASC.
(03?).1910
Chadwell Heath, Romford district, Essex
-
22.10.1943

[age 33]
[City of London Cemetery and Crematorium, Manor Park, square 328, grave 111161]
Sgt. ? [846554]
P/O (prob) 20.11.1942 [134704]
(WS) F/O 20.05.1943
20.11.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 22.10.1943 1654 Heavy Conversion Unit RAF
[Lancaster I L7575 UG-Q took off 18.:55 hrs. from Wigsley on a training tasked for a Command Bullseye (i.e. simulated night bombing attack). It is suspected that the crew encountered very severe turbulence and, possibly, icing which led to structural failure of the outer wings and tail. Thus, at 20:12 hrs, debris literally rained from the skies over Warren House Farm at Colney Heath, 3 miles SE of St Albans in Hertfordshire. Complete crew of seven, including two Australians, were killed.]
Williams,
Frank
F. Williams
Married ...; ... children (one son?).
01.08.1915
-
03.1989
Braintree district, Essex
P/O (prob) 26.07.1940 [83138]
(WS) F/O 26.07.1941
(T) F/Lt. 01.01.1945, seniority 01.07.1944
26.07.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) (for administrative and miscellaneous duties) [emergency commission]
Williams,
Frederick
F. Williams
Son of Frederick and Mary Williams.
Husband of Evelyn Annie Williams, of Ranskill, Nottinghamshire.
1922 ?
-
05.08.1943

[age 21]
[Malta Memorial, panel 6, column 2]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1213873]
P/O (prob) 30.01.1943 [137634]
(WS) F/O 30.07.1943
30.01.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 05.08.1943 150 Squadron RAF
Williams,
John
J. Williams
Third of four sons of Frank and Margaret Williams.
Married (08.02.1930, Cardiff) Nellie Lewis, of Cardiff; two sons.
Residence: from 1939 Bournemouth.
07.12.1911
Cardiff, Wales
-
19.02.1943
(KIA) [age 31]
[buried 23.02.1943 at Ameland (Nes) General Cemetery, Friesland, the Netherlands, plot D, row 13, collective grave 15A-16A]
Aircraftman 24.05.1941 [1312718]
Leading Aircraftman 30.07.1941?
Air Gunner 2nd class 01.09.1941
Leading Aircraftman Air Gunner 10.11.1941
P/O (prob) 10.01.1942 [115798]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 24.04.1945 with effect from 18.02.1943
24.05.1941     called up and reported to No. 1 Receiving Centre RAF
14.06.1941     No. 3 Initial Training Wing RAF
30.07.1941     No. 15 Elementary Flying Training School (it is believed he failed his Pilot tests and transferred to Air Gunnery)
11.10.1941     RAF Tangmere
07.11.1941     No. 8 Air Gunnery School RAF
10.01.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
10.01.1942     No. 3 Air Gunnery School RAF (for air crew training)
16.04.1942     22 Operational Training Unit RAF
09.05.1942     No. 1483 T7 Air Gunnery School
24.05.1942     air gunner, 15 Conversion Flight RAF
06.06.1942 - 19.02.1943 air gunner, 15 Squadron RAF (Wyton, from 13.08.1942 Bourn, Cambridgeshire)
[Undertook 14 operational sorties between 08.06.1942 and 17.08.1942. Central Gunnery School for No. 43 Gunnery Leaders Course 19.08.1942. No. 7 Air Gunnery School for Free Gunnery Sighting Course, 03-06.01.1943. Squadron Gunnery Leader, 01?.1943. Undertook 4 operational sorties between 03.02.1943 and 16.02.1943. Failed to return on his final sortie with Stirling lll BF457 (LS-B) which took off from Bourn at 17:50 hrs for an operation against Wilhelmshaven. The aircraft was shot down by Oberleutnant Hans Joachim Jabs of IV. Staffel / Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 and crashed at 21:00 hrs at Ameland 5 km East of Buren in an area locally known as the Nijlandsrijt.]
Williams,
John Griffith Dillwyn
J.G.D. Williams (Photo courtesy of Mrs Diana Davies)
?
-
(A) P/O (prob) 31.12.1941 [106394]
31.12.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Williams,
John Stewart Maxwell
J.S.M. Williams
Son of Gp.Capt. Francis George Maxwell Williams, RAF, and ... Wallace.
Married (22.08.1956, Kenya) Edith Gilchrist Marie ...
(03?).1924
St Marylebone district, London
-
15.06.1962

Nakuru, Kenya (car crash)
Ldg.Acm. ? [1802951]
P/O (prob) 01.10.1943 [150616]
(WS) F/O 01.04.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 01.10.1945
F/O 06.11.1947 (reld 06.11.1952)
Mention in Despatches MID 14.02.1947 ?
Education: Oxford University.
04.12.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
06.11.1947     commissioned, RAFVR (Re-constituted section) (General Duties Branch)
Worked for Shell Company.
Williams,
Joseph Scott
J.S. Williams (Photo courtesy of Mrs Diana Davies)
?
-
Sgt. ? [916110]
(A) P/O (prob) 31.12.1941, seniority 02.10.1941 [114987]
31.12.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Technical Branch) [emergency commission]
Willis,
Charles Henry
C.H. Willis
Married ...; ... children (one son?).
09.03.1909
-
23.03.1990
Isle of Wight
Sgt. ? [740073]
P/O (prob) 29.03.1939 [73013]
P/O 29.03.1940
(A) F/O (10.1940)
(WS) F/O 16.10.1940
(WS) F/Lt. 16.10.1941 (reld 20.05.1947; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
(A) Sq.Ldr. ?
F/O 20.05.1947
F/Lt. 01.03.1951, seniority 20.05.1947 (reld 20.05.1962)
Air Force Cross AFC 10.1940 ?
29.03.1939     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
20.05.1947     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) (Reconstituted Section)
Willis,
Gordon Ernest
G.E. Willis (Photo courtesy of Mr Anthony Willis)
Youngest son of Ernest Willis, and Ethel Maud M. Jeeves, of Ealing.
Married (1952) Diana Le Poer Trench, only daughter of Gp.Capt. C.F. Le Poer Trench, and Mrs S. Le Poer Trench, of Farnaby, Sevenoaks, Kent.
27.01.1921
Brentford district, Middlesex
-
Sgt. ? [928756]
P/O (prob) 18.12.1940 [64880]
(WS) F/O 05.03.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 05.03.1943
(A) Sq.Ldr. (1945)
F/Lt. RAF 07.01.1947
Sq.Ldr. RAF 01.01.1949
W/Cdr. RAF 01.01.1957 (retd 21.02.1968)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 22.05.1945 *
Air Force Cross AFC 09.06.1949 ?
* This officer has proved himself to be an efficient and resourceful captain of aircraft. He has participated in a large number of sorties, including many attacks on enemy shipping during which he has achieved notable successes. This officer has at all times displayed the highest standard of devotion to duty and his record is one of persistent and determined endeavour.
Clerk.
06.1940     joined RAFVR
18.12.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1943)     489 Squadron RAF
05.1945 - 06.1945 Commanding Officer, 524 Squadron RAF
07.01.1947     permanent commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)
12.1956?     Commanding Officer, 224 Squadron RAF (Air HQ, Gibraltar)
Willis,
Robert Joseph
R.J. Willis (Photo courtesy of Mrs Diana Davies)
?
-
(A) P/O (prob) 31.12.1941 [114988]
31.12.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Technical Branch) [emergency commission]
Willis,
Sidney Charles
S.C. Willis
Son of Sidney Charles Willis, and Ethel M. Willis.
Husband of Nancy Eleanor Willis, of Henleaze, Gloucestershire.
15.02.1913
-
03.03.1945

[age 32]
[Bari War Cemetery, Italy, IX.A.1]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1586770]
P/O (prob) 04.12.1943 [162011]
(WS) F/O 04.06.1944
Mention in Despatches MID 01.01.1946 ?
Education: King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon.
04.12.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Willoughby,
Digby Hugh Callis
D.H.C. Willoughby
Son (with three sisters and one brother) of Hugh Michael Willoughby (1885-1967), and Mona Emily Munn (1890-1953).
Married (Australia) ...; three sons.
1921
Chapelton, Clarendon, Jamaica, West Indies

-
1967?
Jamaica, West Indies
Sgt. ? [1288344]
(A) P/O (prob) 21.08.1944 [183093]
(WS) F/O 21.02.1945 (reld 26.11.1946; retaining rank of F/O)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 27.03.1945 fortitude, courage & devotion on numerous sorties [presented by Governor-General at Admiralty House, Sydney 24.01.49]
Education: St Anthony's Academy, Port Antonio; Cornwall College, Montego Bay.
21.08.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1944)     405 (RCAF) Squadron (DFC)
Willson Jr,
Robert Early
R.E. Willson Jr. (Photo courtesy of Dana Ehlinger) R.E. Willson Jr. (Photo courtesy of Dana Ehlinger)
Son of Robert Early Willson and Dolcie Powell Willson, of San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.
1919 ?
-
26.09.1941
[age 22]
[Killay (St Hilary of Poictiers) Churchyard, Glamorganshire, grave 142]
P/O (prob) ? [100536]
?     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 26.09.1941 pilot, 79 Squadron RAF
Literature: Dolcie Suggs Ehlinger & Karen Guelfo Ehlinger, Letters from my son : a Texas boy's journey to the RAF (2011).
Wilmer,
John
J. Wilmer (Photo courtesy of Mr Roland Wilmer)
Son (with a twin brother and three other brothers) of Frank Arthur Wilmer (1878-1956), and Florence Beatrice Williams (1883?-1922). His father remarried (1922) Ada M. Pollen.
Married ((12?).1939, Hampstead, London) Joyce Margaret Keetch (26.08.1915 - 03.1991), of Hampstead, London. She remarried (1947) William J.F. Benning.
09.05.1918
Plymouth district, Devon
-
22.07.1944
St Ives district, Huntingdonshire
(killed on active service) [age 26]
[Golders Green Crematorium, Middlesex, panel 3]
Sgt. ? [656022]
P/O (prob) 13.04.1942 [120497]
(WS) F/O (prob) 13.10.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 13.04.1944
13.04.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 22.07.1944 1655 Mosquito Training unit RAF
[Mosquito Mk. IV DK300 took off 13:06 hrs 22.07.1944 from Warboys for an operational training exercise. Broke up and crashed 13:26 hrs near the village of Pidley, 7 miles NE from Huntingdon. Both crew members, F/Lt. J. Wilmer and F/O A.C.H. McConnell-Jones, died.]
Wilsdon,
Guy Charles Howell
G.C.H. Wilsdon
Married 1st ((03?).1944, Kensington district, London) Joan M. Farrow.
Married 2nd (12.1989, New Forest district, Hampshire) Jennifer A. Aylen.
29.05.1921
-
06.1995
New Forest district, Hampshire
Cpl. ? [1528645]
P/O (prob) 04.05.1944 [174474]
(WS) F/O 04.11.1944 (reld 03.08.1945; medical unfitness for air force service)
Education: Bristol University (electrical engineering).
04.05.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (Technical Branch) [emergency commission]
Went into the film industry post-war, later into farming in Essex.
Wilson,
Sir Arnold Talbot
A.T. Wilson
Son of the late Rev. Canon James Maurice Wilson, DD, MA, and Georgina Mary Wilson.
Married (1922) Rose, widow of Lieut Robin C. Carver, RAF, and daughter
of late C.H. Ashton of Ellesmere; one son, one daughter.
Residence: Saffron Walden, Essex.
18.07.1884
Barton Regis district, Gloucestershire
-
31.05.1940
(KIA) [age 56]
[Eringhem Churchyard, France, row 1, grave 2]
Army:

Cadet
?
2nd Lt.
19.08.1903
Lt.
19.11.1905
Capt.
19.08.1912
Maj.
03.06.1918 (retd 19.08.1921)
Bt. Lt.Col.
03.06.1918
RAF(VR):

(A) P/O (prob)
04.11.1939 [75684]
P/O (prob)
11.12.1939
Knight Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire KCIE
30.12.1919

valuable services rendered in Mesopotamia in connection with the War

Companion of the Star of India CSI
03.06.1919
HM's birthday 19
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George CMG
14.06.1912
?
Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire CIE
25.08.1917
?
Distinguished Service Order DSO
17.04.1916
?
Education: Clifton College; Royal Military College, Sandhurst (King's medal and Sword of Honour)
19.08.1903


commissioned, Unattached List
18.12.1904


transferred to the Indian Army
1904


32nd Sikh Pioneers
1909
-
1913
seconded to the Indian Political Department, on duty in Persia (British Consul at Mohammerah, 1909-1911 (MacGregor Memorial Medal, 1912); special duty, Luristan and Fars, 1911-1912; 2nd Assistant, Bushire, 1912-1913; special duty Luristan, 1913)
20.11.1913
-
1914
Deputy British Commissioner, Turco­Persian Frontier Commission (British Commissioner, July 1914)
1915


Deputy Chief Political Officer, Indian Expeditionary Force "D"
1916


Deputy Civil Commissioner
03.1918
-
10.1920
Acting Civil Commissioner and Political Resident in the Persian Gulf (Baghdad)
1921
-
1939
civil occupations (with Anglo­Persian Oil Co. Ltd, 1921-1932; Chairman Industrial Health Research Board, 1926-1933; Chairman International Exhibition of Persian Art, 1930; Chairman B. of T. Advisory Committee on Cinema Films, 1934-1938; Chairman, Home Office Committee on Structural Precautions against Air Attack, 1936-1938; Member Departmental Committee on Cinema Films Act, 1937; Richard Burton Memorial Medallist, 1937. Editor XIX Century and After, 1934-1938)
1933
-
1940
MP (Nat. C.) Hitchin (Herts) Division
04.11.1939


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties (Air Gunner))
?
-
31.05.1940
37 Squadron RAF (Feltwell, UK)
[his aircraft, a Wellington IC (L7791 LF-), crashed on an operation against Nieuwpoort]
Knight of Grace, Order of St John of Jerusalem, 02.12.1919; Justice of the Peace (JP); late Indian Political Department.
Published: The Persian Gulf, 1928; A Bibliography of Persia, 1930; Loyalties: Mesopotamia, 1914-1917, 1930; Mesopotamia, 1917-1920; A Clash of Loyalties, 1931; Persia (Modern World Series), 1932; The Suez Canal, 1933, 2nd ed. 1939; Walks and Talks, 1934; Walks and Talks Abroad, 1935, 3rd ed. 1939; Industrial Assurance, 1937; Burial Reform and Funeral Costs, 1938; Thoughts and Talks, 1938; Workmen's Compensation, 1938; More Thoughts and Talks, 1939; Gallantry: its recognition in Military and Civil Life, 1939; South­West Persia, a Political Officer's Diary, 1907-1914, 1940
Wilson,
Charles Thomas
C.T. Wilson (Photo courtesy of Mrs Sue Pearce)
Son of Charles Thomas Wilson and Alice Maude Wilson, of Kingsbury, Middlesex.
Husband of Kathleen Wilson (died 1939), of Osgodby, Lincolnshire; one daughter.
(06?).1911
Kingsbury, Middlesex
-
29.01.1944

[age 33]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 204]
Ldg.Acm.
? [1331591]
P/O (prob)
25.09.1942 [130614]
(WS) F/O (prob)
25.03.1943
(A) F/Lt.
?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
11.02.1944
? [posthumously]
25.09.1942
 
 
commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
?
-
29.01.1944
pilot, 97 Squadron RAF
[flew at "Black Thursday" (16/17.12.1943) in Lancaster JB312]
[flew 29.01.1944 an operation against Berlin, taking off from RAF Bourn at 0035 hrs in Lancaster III JB353 OF-L; the aircraft was lost without trace]

Wilson,
Frederick John
F.J. Wilson
Son of Frederick John and Florence Emily Wilson; husband of Eileen Elsie Wilson, of Sevenoaks, Kent.
(09?).1902
Milton, Kent
-
01.02.1942

[age 40]
[Saint Andrew Churchyard
Cranwell, Lincolnshire, 3.B.4]
T/Warrant Offr.
? [247538]
P/O (prob)
06.01.1942 [47867]
Air Force Medal AFM
?
?



pilot
Wilton,
Frederick Charles George
F.C.G. Wilton
Married (10.01.1931, Croydon district, Surrey) Winifred Jessie R. Cobb (26.01.1904 - 11.02.1999), daughter of Arthur James Cobb (1858-1935), and Ruth Waller (1865-1929); ... children (one daughter?).
20.07.1908
Wandsworth district, London
-
16.09.1972
East Preston, Worthing district, Sussex
Acm. 1st cl. ? [1658879]
(A) P/O (prob) 16.12.1943 [161846]
P/O (prob) 10.02.1944
(WS) F/O 10.08.1944 (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
(T) F/Lt. ? 1945/46 ?
16.12.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) (for administrative and miscellaneous duties) [emergency commission]
 
Wiltshire,
John Evan
J.E. Wiltshire
?
-
 
Ldg.Acm. ? [1544817]
P/O (prob) 10.07.1943 [146892]
P/O 10.01.1944
(WS) F/O 10.01.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 10.07.1945
F/O 05.02.1947 (reld 03.02.1949)
10.07.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1944)     pilot, 80 Squadron RAF
[25.09.1944 was hit by flak in his Tempest V [EJ650] and abandoned his aircraft over Steenbergen, crashing at Battenoord; Wiltshire was captured]
05.02.1947 - 03.02.1949 commissioned, reconstituted RAFVR
Winning,
Theodore Norman Gerald
G.A. Winter
Son (with three brothers and one sister) of Theodore Norman Winning, KC (1884-1946), barrister-at-law, and Florence Marshall Bonner (?-1955).
Brother of Sq.Ldr. Deryck Selkirk Winning, RAF.
His brother Sgt. William Burton Cecil "Borton" Winning, RAFVR (born 04.11.19??) , was missing, presumed killed 06.01.1941.
Married ((03?).1937, Sutton Coldfield district, Warwickshire) Joan Habberfield-Short, of Tanner's Green, Worcestershire.
27.05.1913
Paddington district, London
-
17.02.1945
[age 31]
[Elmdon (St Nicholas) Churchyard, Solihull, east boundary]
Wt.Offr. ? [741065]
P/O (prob) 19.02.1942 [116985]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 19.02.1944
Gained civil aviator's certificate (04.07.1932).
19.02.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 17.02.1945 pilot, 51 Squadron RAF
[Halifax III MZ765 (MH-E) had taken off at 11:59 hrs from Snaith for an operation against Wesel. Outboard, the starboard inner engine caught fire and the Halifax crashed 13:25 hrs at Manning's Heath, 2 miles SE of Horsham, Sussex. F/Lt. Winning succeeded in getting out of the aircraft but slipped through his harness and fell to his death. Two of the seven men crew did not survive the crash.]
Winter,
George Arthur
G.A. Winter
Son of William Henry and Irene Rebecca Winter.
Married ((09?).1937, East Ham district, London) Queenie Elizabeth Staples, of Oakdale, Poole, Dorsetshire.
1912
-
02.02.1945
[age 33]
[Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium, X.27.53]
Wt.Offr. ? [1313260]
P/O (prob) 25.01.1945 [191807]
25.01.1945     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 02.02.1945 navigator/bomb aimer, 98 Squadron RAF
[Mitchell FW224 took off at 18:45 hrs detailed to attack an important target in Holland. The aircraft slid out of the formation emitting grey smoke, and the pilot called for homings between 1000 and 1004 hours and was given a course of 205 degrees. It failed to maintain height on one engine and struck the ground. It crashed 2 miles south of Malines Belgium, and all the crew (4 men) were killed.]
Wise,
Leslie Francis
L.F. Wise
Son of ... Wise, and ... Jones.
Married ...; ... children (one daughter?).
29.01.1920
Reading district, Berkshire
-
08.01.1991
Reading and Wokingham district, Berkshire
(T) F/Sgt. ? [751597]
P/O (prob) 22.08.1942 [130143]
(WS) F/O (prob) 22.02.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 22.08.1944
07.05.1941     37 Squadron RAF (Egypt)
05.08.1941     No. 21 Medical Receiving Station RAF (Helwan, Egypt)
08.08.1941     No. 13 GHP [General Hospital?]
22.08.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) (navigators) [emergency commission]
Wisher,
Reginald Ralph
R.R. Wisher
Married ((09?).1922, Kingston district, Surrey) Edna Marie A. Baynham.
(12?).1898
Kingston district, Surrey
-
Lt.
19.01.1921, seniority 27.09.1919 (reld 19.07.1921) (reinstated ?) (reld 18.11.1922)
(A) P/O (prob)
17.05.1938 [72228]
F/O
17.11.1939
(T) F/Lt.
01.12.1940
(T) Sq.Ldr.
01.12.1941
(WS) Sq.Ldr.
17.12.1943 (reld 07.10.1947; retaining rank of W/Cdr.)
(T) W/Cdr.
01.07.1944
AEA
?
?
?
-
13.11.1919
commissioned, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment [temporary commission]
19.01.1921
-
18.11.1922
6th (DF) Battalion The Warwickshire Regiment - Territorial Force
17.05.1938


commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch)
?
-
?
?
Wodehouse,
Frank George
F.G. Wodehouse
Son of Harry Joseph Wodehouse, and Ethel May Hudson, of Norwich, Norfolk.
(12?).1922
Norwich district, Norfolk
-
08.08.1943
(KIA) [age 20]
[Vandenesse-en-Auxois Churchyard, France]
[commemorated at Thorpe Green War Memorial]
Ldg.Acm.
? [1332753]
P/O (prob)
28.08.1942 [129565]
(WS) F/O (prob)
28.02.1943
28.02.1943


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
?
-
08.08.1943
pilot, 106 Squadron RAF
[Lancaster DV196 ZN-K was airborne 21:04 hrs 07.08.1943 from Syerston for an operation against Milano. Homebound, shot down by a night-fighter crashing at Vandenesse-en-Auxois (Côte d'Or), 34 km SW of Dijon, France. Two of the crew of seven were killed.]
Wolstenholme,
Kenneth
K. Wolstenholme K. Wolstenholme

17.07.1920
Worsley, Lancashire
-
25.03.2002
Torquay, Devon
F/Lt. ? [748669]
P/O (prob) 01.05.1942 [121908]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.11.1942
(A) F/Lt. ?
(WS) F/Lt. 01.05.1944 (reld 15.12.1948)
F/O 15.12.1948 (reld 15.12.1953)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 30.06.1944 ?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 23.03.1945 ?
Worked in local newspapers until he joined the RAF.
01.05.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1944) - (1945) 105 Squadron RAF (DFC and Bar)
15.12.1948     commissioned, reconstituted RAFVR
BBC football commentator. Entered sports broadcasting in Manchester and commentated on his first televised match in 1948. Well known for his famous quip during the 1966 World Cup Final – ‘…they think it’s all over… well it is now’’. He was a loyal Wanderers supporter.
Wood,
David Thompson
D.T. Wood
?
-
20.01.1944
(MPK)
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 210]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1386454]
P/O (prob) 21.08.1942 [129415]
(WS) F/O 21.02.1943
21.08.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 20.01.1944 navigator, 415 Squadron RAF
[Sq.Ldr. E.W. Cowan and his navigator, F/O D.T. Wood, were reported missing in their Albacore X9280, presumed killed while flying from RAF Bircham Newton near Kings Lynn, Norfolk on an anti-shipping patrol off the French coast in the Calais area, where other crews had experienced intense flak. His aircraft carried six 250 pound bombs and his last known position was 00.01 North 40 degrees East. The Circumstantial Report for loss states that he was airborne at 20:17 hours. Following an attack on what was reported to be a destroyer (but was likely something less), he advised Swingate he was breaking off. His radar contact disappeared from screen at 22:00 hours and no further contact was made.]
Wood,
Dudley William Oliver
E.E. Wood
Son of ... Wood, and ... Baker.
Husband of Eileen Florence Wood, of Newbury Park, Essex.
(06?).1921
Edmonton district, Essex / Hertfordshire / Middlesex
-
04.09.1944
(KIA) [age 23]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 210]
Sgt.
? [1332674]
P/O (prob)
24.02.1943 [143222]
(WS) F/O (prob)
24.08.1943
24.02.1943


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
?
-
04.09.1944
515 Squadron RAF (Little Snoring)
[taken off at 13.20 hrs for a Ranger patrol (bomber support), his Mosquito VI MM420 (3P-) crashed at 16.00 hrs some 200 metres SW of Lindenberg and 16 km S of Demmin]
Wood,
Erroll Eveleigh
E.E. Wood
18.01.1920
Doncaster, Yorkshire
-
Ldg.Acm.
? [814235]
P/O (prob)
11.06.1943 [152481]
(WS) F/O (prob)
11.12.1943
(WS) F/Lt.
11.06.1945 (reld 16.04.1948; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
F/O
16.04.1948 (reld 19.11.1951)
11.06.1943


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
16.04.1948
 
 
appointed to Reconstituted RAFVR
19.11.1951
 
 
appointed to Royal Australian Air Force General Reserve
Wood,
Leslie
L. Wood (Photo courtesy of Mr Brian Wood) L. Wood (Photo courtesy of Mr Brian Wood)
L. Wood (Photo courtesy of Mr Brian Wood)
Son of Andrew and Gertrude Wood.
Husband of Jean Wood, of Bedford.

02.01.1893
-
20.01.1942
[age 48]
[West Norwood Cemetery and Crematorium, section 93, grave 37306]
P/O (prob) 13.06.1940 [80659]
(WS) F/O (prob) 11.04.1941
F/O (prob) 13.06.1941
(A) F/Lt. ?
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) MBE 24.09.1941 for distinguished services in operational commands of the RAF 01.10.40-31.04.41 *
* For his work in airfield lighting to assist pilots returning from bombing raids to land safely at the airfield.
Chartered accountant.
WW I     served in the Royal Flying Corps
Accountant in his father’s firm Monkhouse Stonehan and Co, London Wall.
13.06.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 20.01.1942 Senior Duty pilot, RAF Horsham, St Faith, Norfolk
[Died in an air accident. The aircraft, a Tiger Moth, stalled for no apparent reason in normal flying conditions. The pilot, an experienced man, was injured and an enquiry followed the accident.]
 
Wood,
Ronald Charles
R.C. Wood
Son of Alfred Wood, and Alice Mary Walton, of Woking, Surrey.
(12?).1917
Dunmow district, Essex
-
03.06.1943
[age 25]
[Brookwood Military Cemetery, 23.C.12]
Sgt. ? [960373]
P/O (prob) 07.03.1942 [122251]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942
07.03.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 03.06.1943 flying instructor, 20 (P) Advanced Flying Unit RAF (Kidlington)
[Died in a mid-air collision between Oxford II, V3821 and Oxford I, X6871]
 
Woodcock,
Wallace George
W.G. Woodcock
Son of Harry Woodcock, and Maud A. Ainge.
Married (02.06.1945, St Giles Parish Church, Sheldon) Phyllis M.F. Eades (born 1918); one son, two daughters.
13.03.1917
Small Heath, Birmingham, Aston district, Warwickshire
-
22.05.1994
University Hospital, Tampa, Florida, USA
F/Sgt.
? [1181290]
P/O (prob)
01.04.1943 [147362]
(WS) F/O (prob)
12.10.1943
(WS) F/Lt.
12.04.1945 (reld 11.05.1949)
01.04.1943


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
 
 
served 235 Squadron RAF (Coastal Command) (mainly flying reconnaissance De Havilland Mosquito Mk IVs)
(12.1944)
 
 
pilot, 248 Squadron RAF (flying Mosquitoes)
Emigrated to the Philadelphia area (USA), in 1950. He was a linotype printer, retiring from the Philadelphia Inquirer. 
Woodington,
Jack Derek
J.D. Woodington
Married ((09?).1937, Kensington district, London) Annie F. MacDonald.
(03?).1909
Fulham district, London
-
18.11.1973
London SW7
Ldg.Acm. ? [1082459]
(A) P/O (prob) 17.06.1942, seniority 06.02.1942 [123160]
P/O (prob) 03.09.1942, seniority 11.04.1942
(WS) F/O (prob) 03.03.1943 (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
(A) F/Lt. (1945)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) MBE 01.01.1946 New Year 46
17.06.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
      probably served in Burma
Business consultant.
Woodley,
Alfred Cuthbert
"James" / "Jim"
A.C. Woodley
(12?).1909
West Ham district, London
-
Sgt. ? [746896]
P/O (prob) 01.01.1941, seniority 11.12.1940 [60318]
(WS) F/O 01.01.1942, seniority 11.12.1941
(A) F/Lt. ?
(WS) F/Lt. 01.01.1943, seniority 11.12.1942 (reld 21.10.1945)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 18.09.1942 148 Squadron RAF *
* Before joining this squadron this officer completed 27 operations, including attacks on such highly defended targets as Berlin, Mannheim, Hamburg and other important places in Germany and German-occupied territory, and on the Channel ports. In the Middle East he has acted as rear gunner on many occasions against targets in Cyrenaica and Crete, and from Malta against Comisq. No duty has ever been too arduous. For the past few months he has been employed as squadron leader. By his zeal, skill and personality he has established a high standard of air gunnery in the squadron. He still insists on flying with new crews as rear gunner on their first operational mission.
01.01.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1942)     148 Squadron RAF (DFC)
Woods,
Eric Norman
E.N. Woods E.N. Woods
Son of William H. Woods, and of Kate Dora Woods, of Harborne, Birmingham.

08.05.1910
Buenos Aires, Argentina
-
16.12.1943
(MIA) [age 33]
[Malta Memorial, panel 6, column 1]
Ldg.Acm.
? [925682]
P/O (prob)
18.01.1941, seniority 14.01.1941 [60119]
P/O
18.01.1942
(WS) F/O 
18.01.1942, seniority 14.01.1942
(WS) F/Lt.
25.11.1942
(A) Sq.Ldr.
?
(A) W/Cdr.
?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
14.07.1942
?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
03.11.1942
?

for details see "biography" buttons on the left

Woods,
George Edward
G.E. Woods (Photo courtesy of Mr Raymond Woods)

Married ...; ... children (one son?).

12.10.1920
-
(03?).1970
St Pancras district, London
Sgt. ? [1324033]
P/O (prob) 15.05.1944 [176378]
(WS) F/O 15.11.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 13.05.1946
F/O 19.06.1950
F/Lt. 23.11.1953 (reld 19.06.1960)
15.05.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
11.06.1944 - 21.06.1944 9 Squadron RAF (Bardney)
[On his first operational sortie (in the Engineers seat of Lancaster Mk. I LM548 [WS-C]) with P/O Horne & crew, he had to bale out. On the 21st June, the first of many attacks on synthetic oil industry took place with a raid on Gelsenkirchen, where many fighters were present. P/O W.R. Horne was engaged by one which caused fires in an engine and rear turret. The crew were ordered to prepare to bale out as the aircraft went into a steep dive, whereupon two members took to their parachutes. The captain finally regained control after losing 16,000 feet and eventually landed at base.]
21.06.1944 - 1945 POW (No. 6315) in German captivity (Stalag Luft III, Sagan and Belaria, Poland)
19.06.1950     commissioned, RAFVR (Reconstituted Section) (General Duties Branch)
Woods,
Harry Stephen
H.S. Woods (Photo courtesy of Mr Rick Cannam)
(09?).1921
Burnley district, Lancashire
-
Sgt. ? [1281101]
P/O (prob) 09.07.1941 [104418]
(WS) F/O 09.07.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 09.07.1943
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 03.03.1944 ?
09.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1943/44)     145 Squadron RAF (Italy) (DFC)
Woodward,
Joseph Samuel Stockwell
J.S.S. Woodward (Photo courtesy of Mrs Diana Davies)
?
-
(A) P/O (prob) 31.12.1941 [114992]
31.12.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Woolveridge,
Harold Tewson
H.T. Woolveridge
Son (with two brothers) of Arthur Harold Woolveridge (1881-1955), and Ethel Beatrice Tewson (1882-1971).
Married ((09?).1961, Winchmore Hill Congregational Church, Wood Green district, London) Margery Kathleen Uglow (14.10.1913 - 16.09.2004), earlier married to Frank Roland Bone (1912-1943), and daughter (with four sisters and six brothers) of William Ernest Uglow (1860-1944), and Florence Annie Watson (1871-1958).
16.10.1911
Stamford Hill, Hackney, London
-
04.09.2007
Stevenage, Hertfordshire
Ldg.Acm. ? [1335287]
P/O (prob) 20.11.1942 [137072]
(WS) F/O (prob) 20.05.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 20.11.1944 (Emgcy List) (reld 16.10.1956; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
20.11.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Banker.
Wormald,
Dennis Percy
D.P. Wormald
Son (with two sisters) of Frederick Percival Wormald (1888-1930), and Nellie Gertrude Matthews (1892-1963).
Married ((03?).1956, Malvern district, Worcestershire) May A. Davis; two sons.
13.06.1922
Barnet district, Oxfordshire
-
14.10.1985
Malvern, Worcestershire
[Great Malvern Cemetery, Worcestershire]
Hon. F/O 14.07.1942 (reld 07.10.1943; on cessation of duty)
Air Force Cross (Greece) GrkAFC 03.05.1946 Battle of Crete 41
14.07.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [honorary commission]
His son writes: "Served AMES 252 and AMES 220. Also in Middle East until 1943."

Wraight,
Norman William
N.W. Wraight
Son of William L. Wraight, and Grace Winifred B. Noyce.
Married ((03.)1939, Watford district, Hertfordshire) Marjorie E. Hastwell, of Boreham Wood, Hertfordshire; ... children (one daughter?).
09.08.1915
Croydon district, London
-
03.04.1945
(MPK) [age 30]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 266]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1166183]
P/O (prob) 11.05.1941 [66566]
(WS) F/O 11.05.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 11.05.1943
11.05.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 03.04.1945 210 Squadron RAF
[Catalina JX257, Q/210, was airborne at 10:30 hrs on 02.05.1945 for anti-submarine patrol NE of Faeroe Islands. SOS message received at 00:38 hrs 03.04.1945 from KJOR 1515, but no indication as to trouble. Plane last heard from at 01:09 hrs. The following 9-man crew MIA: F/L N.W. Wraight (captain); F/Sgt. J. Uher (copilot); P/O J. McIlrath (navigator); Sgt. S.G. Perrett (F/Eng.); F/Sgt. R.F. Harrison (FME/AG); F/Sgt. K. Jerynes (1st WOP); F/Sgt A.W. Patterson (2nd WOP); F/Sgt. A.G.W. Payne (3rd WOP); W/O K.L. Roth (A/G).]
Wright,
Frank Thomas
F.T. Wright (Photo courtesy of Mrs Diana Davies)
?
-
(A) P/O (prob) 31.12.1941 [114993]
31.12.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Technical Branch) [emergency commission]
Wright,
John William
J.W. Wright
?
-
P/O (prob) 16.08.1940 [83924]
(WS) F/O 16.08.1941
(T) F/Lt. 01.09.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 16.08.1944 (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
16.08.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) (for administrative duties) [emergency commission]
 
Wylie,
Neil Alvah
N.A. Wylie
Son (with three brothers and two sisters) of Sir Francis James Wylie, MA, LL.D. (1865-1952), and Lady Wylie (Kathleen Kelly) (1882?-1969), of Boar's Hill, Oxford.
Married (1952?) Frances Anne Willson, daughter of M.F.C. Willson (1884-1944), and Frances Kate Willson (1898?-1958), of Victoria, B.C.; three sons, one daughter.
(09?).1910
Oxford, Oxfordshire
-
20?.08.2010
Prince George, B.C., Canada
Ldg.Acm. ? [1335230]
P/O (prob) 16.01.1942 [120630]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 16.01.1944 (reld 15.11.1949; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
F/O 15.11.1949 (reld 15.11.1952)
Education: Oriel College, Oxford (masters degree in forestry).
      training, Commonwealth Training Station, Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada
16.01.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
09.1942     225 Squadron RAF (North Africa)
      served in Italy & Yugoslavia
15.11.1949     commissioned, RAFVR (Reconstituted Section) (General Duties Branch)
Emigrated to Canada, 1950, settling in Prince George, B.C. in 1952, where he worked in a variety of forestry and lumber related jobs until retirement.
       

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