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J.S. O'Brien  to  M.N. Oxford
O'Brien,
Joseph Somerton
"Joe"
J.S. O'Brien
Son (with one brother) of Wulstan Hubert O'Brien (1883-1917), and Edith Somerton (1885-1971).
Married (09.07.1938, Church of English Martyrs, Streatham, Wandsworth) Marguerite Josephine O'Reilly (04.01.1918 - 15.12.1996), daughter of Gerald O'Reilly, and Phyllis Morse; one daughter.

09.04.1912
Calcutta, India
-
07.09.1940
(KIA) [age 28]
[Orpington (St Mary Gray) Cemetery]
(A) P/O (prob) 16.03.1934 [34171]
P/O 16.03.1935
F/O 16.10.1936
(A) F/Lt. 16.10.1937
F/Lt. 16.10.1938
(T) Sq.Ldr. 01.06.1940
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 30.07.1940 ?
Mention in Despatches MID 11.07.1940 ?
16.03.1934     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch)
(06.1940) - 01.07.1940 23 Squadron RAF
[his Bristol Blenheim Mk. IF [YP-X] crashed near Newmarket while on nihgt patrol; baled out into safety, two others died]
01.07.1940 - 17.08.1940 attached, 92 Squadron RAF
17.08.1940 - 07.09.1940 Commanding Officer, 234 Squadron RAF  (Middle Wallop)
[his Spitfire Mk.1 P9466 was shot down at 18.25 hrs over Kent by enemy aircraft and crashed near Biggin Hill]
      5 victories, of which 4 official: 1 Ju 88 21.08.1940, 1 Bf 109 24.08.1940, 2 Bf 109 06.09.1940
O'Connor,
Charles Patrick
C.P. O'Connor
Son of Charles William Patrick O'Connor, and Constance Wharton Price.
Husband of Mary Loveday O'Connor, of Burrington, Devon; ... children (one son?).
(09?).1919
St Marylebone district, London
-
13.11.1944
(MPK) [age 25]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 203]
Sgt.
581059
P/O (prob)
09.08.1941 [46516]
P/O
09.08.1942, seniority 09.08.1941
(WS) F/O
09.08.1942
(WS) F/Lt.
09.08.1943
Mention in Despatches MID
?
?
09.08.1941


commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
?
-
13.11.1944
407 Squadron RAF (Coastal Command)
[seconded to the RCAF to do special duties (with a new type radar when missing over the Irish sea & NW approaches)]
O'Driscoll,
Finan
F. O'Driscoll (Photo courtesy of Mr James O'Driscoll) F. O'Driscoll (Photo courtesy of Mr James O'Driscoll)
Son of Florence O'Driscoll, and of Eily O'Driscoll; husband of Elizabeth Marion Herdman O'Driscoll, of Kensington, London.
18.07.1916
Liverpool
-
16.01.1942
(KIA) [age 25]
[Singapore Memorial, column 411]
(A) P/O (prob)
24.08.1936 [39109]
P/O
03.07.1937
F/O
03.07.1939
F/Lt.
03.09.1940
(T) Sq.Ldr.
01.12.1941
1939-1945 Star 39|45 St
?
?
Pacific Star Pac St
?
?
Defence Medal Def Med
?
?
British War Medal 1939-1945 BWM
?
?
Education: King's College School, Wimbledon
28.06.1936


joined RAF
24.08.1936


first commission RAF - General Duties Branch



started flying Tiger Moths at Filton Flying Training School
03.07.1940


transferred, Reserve of Air Force Officers (and called up for air force service)
?
-
16.01.1942
34 Squadron RAF (flying Hawker Hart, then Hawker Audax, then Bristol Blenheim Mk1's, until the squadron was re-equipped with Mk1V Blenheim's)
Ogden,
Cecil Victor
"Micky"
C.V. Ogden (Photo courtesy of Mr Michael Ogden) C.V. Ogden (Photo courtesy of Mr Michael Ogden)
Married (02.1945, Algiers) Agnes Elizabeth "Betty" Mansell (23.01.1908 - 06.2001); one son, one daughter.
10.07.1903
Kasauli, India
-
21.10.2002
Glamorgan
P/O (prob) 15.03.1929 [28003]
P/O 15.03.1930
F/O 15.09.1930
F/Lt. 01.04.1937, seniority 01.04.1936
(WS) Sq.Ldr. 17.01.1943 (Emgcy List 1947) (retd 10.02.1954; retaining rank of W/Cdr.)
(T?) W/Cdr. ?
Education: Bishop's High School, Poona; King Edward V Grammar School, Lichfield; Gosport Secondary School, Gosport, Hampshire.
1922     enlisted RAF
15.03.1929     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
04.03.1930     26 Squadron RAF (Catterick)
1931     qualified as instructor, Central Flying School
16.12.1931     No. 5 Flying Training School RAF (Sealand)
19.07.1933 - 1934 16 (AC) Squadron RAF (Old Sarum)
15.03.1934     transferred, Reserve of Air Force Officers (General Duties Branch) (Class A)
Joined the Bristol Aeroplane Company as a test pilot, and the Wessex Aero Club as a flying instructor.
01.11.1941     activated
23.11.1941     2 Operational Training Unit (Catfoss)
18.01.1942     236 Squadron RAF 9Carew Cheriton, South Wales)
02.1942     272 Squadron RAF (from ... as Commanding Officer)
09.1942    
posted to defend Teheran with a wing of Hawker Hurricanes
02.03.1943     wing commander in Malta and Algeria in preparation for the Allied landings in the south of France
10.1943     posted to Takali
18.02.1944 - 01.07.1944 Station Commander, RAF Halfar (Malta)
07.1944     Senior Air Staff Officer, Maison Blanche, Algiers
Ogilvie,
Donald Gordon
D.G. Ogilvie (Photo courtesy of Mr Mark Ogilvie) D.G. Ogilvie (Photo courtesy of Mr Mark Ogilvie)
D.G. Ogilvie (Photo courtesy of Mr Mark Ogilvie)
D.G. Ogilvie (Photo courtesy of Mr Mark Ogilvie)
Married Iris "Fluff" Jones (12.04.1915 - 18.12.12006) (who was renowned for being one of only two nursing sisters present at the Normandy landings; she remarried 1949 Maj. William Bower).
03.11.1916
-
13.06.1943
(KIA) [age 26]
[burial 15.06.1943 Flushing (Vlissingen) Northern Cemetery, the Netherlands, E.20]
(A) P/O (prob)
09.08.1937 [40010]
P/O
24.05.1938
F/O
24.12.1939
(A) F/Lt.
1940?
F/Lt.
24.12.1940
(T) Sq.Ldr.
01.03.1942
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
11.02.1941
?
09.08.1937
 
 
commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
(1941)


44 Squadron RAF
?
-
13.06.1943
180 Squadron RAF
[took off about 08.45 hrs in his Mitchell II [FL677] for an attack on the Schelde Shipyard & Dornier aircraft wing factory at Flushing, the Netherlands; was shot down over sea by Marineflakabteilung 810 at 09.16 hrs some 2½ km WNW of Flushing, 800 m from the dunes]
Oliver,
George Robert
G.R. Oliver
01.10.1895
-
Sq.Ldr.
01.07.1936
W/Cdr.
?
(T) Gp.Capt.
01.01.1943 (retd 01.10.1945)
01.04.1918


first commission RAF
       
Ommanney,
Montagu Douglas
M.D. Ommanney
?
-
Sq.Ldr.
01.12.1936
Education: psa
       
O'Neill,
John Anthony
"Tony"
J.A. O'Neill
Married Phyl (predeceased him); one daughter.
07.10.1915
-
15.05.2008
Surrey
P/O
15.03.1935 [37117]
...
...
W/Cdr.
01.07.1947 (retd 29.11.1957; retaining rank of Gp.Capt.)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
30.07.1940
?
15.03.1935


commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch)
...
-
...
...
Opie,
William Alfred
W.A. Opie
?
-
Sq.Ldr.
01.12.1936
Education: psa



qualified at specialist engineering course
Over,
James Henry
J.H. Over (Photo courtesy of Mr Jonathan H. Over)
Son (with two(?) brothers and one(?) sister) of James Henry Over (1881-19141), and Nellie Boyer (1885-1950).
Married (Leuchars, Fife) Jean Alice Tait Gow (17.11.1909 - 07.1987), daughter (with three brothers and two sisters) of John Boyd Jock Gow (1882-), and Margaret Raich Gow (1881-1956), of Blairgowrie, Perthshire; one daughter, two sons.
05.06.1905
Byfield, Daventry district, Northamptonshire
-
08.09.1985
Scone, Perthshire, Scotland
(T) Wt.Offr. ? [356596]
F/O (prob) 31.05.1940, seniority 02.05.1940 [43672]
(WS) F/Lt. (prob) 01.03.1941
(WS) F/Lt. 31.05.1941
(WS) Sq.Ldr. 01.09.1942 (reld 08.07.1945; medical unfitness for Air Force service; retaining rank of W/Cdr.)
(A) W/Cdr. (1942)
Mention in Despatches MID 01.01.1942 ?
Mention in Despatches MID 11.06.1942 ?
Mention in Despatches MID 08.06.1944 ?
Education: Magdalene College School, Brackley, Northamptonshire.
31.05.1940     commissioned, RAF (Administrative and Special Duties Branch)
      served with 11 Group RAF
His son writes: "Served in India, Peshawar, on North West Frontier, 1928. later, 1930’s for period on the aircraft carrier HMS Furious. Wartime as ATC, service at a number of stations, including Rudlow Manor, under AVM Leigh-Mallory. Mentioned in despatches three times, unfortunately have no details."
Owen,
Norman Tudor
N.T. Owen
Son (with one brother) of Edward Tudor Owen (1887-1951), and Margaret Tees Trench (1895-1966).
Married ((03?).1945, Stafford district, Staffordshire) Ruby Margery Scruton (04.08.1925 - 17.06.2008), daughter (with one brother and two sisters) of Ralph Redvers Scruton (1900-1984), and Gladys Mary Mould (1903-1996); four sons.
08.07.1920
Toxteth Park district, Lancashire
-
11.2006
Stafford district, Staffordshire
Sgt. ? [551950]
P/O (prob) 29.03.1944 [54653]
(WS) F/O 29.09.1944
13.04.1948, seniority 20.03.1945
F/O 16.10.1946
03.03.1947, seniority 26.05.1945
13.04.1948, seniority 17.09.1945
F/Lt. 17.03.1949 (retd 26.12.1953)
29.03.1944     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 08.07.1944 57 Squadron RAF
[Taken off at 22:21 hrs 07.07.1944 from East Kirkby in Lancaster JB370 (DX-O) for an operation to destroy a flying-bomb storage depot at St-Leu-d'Esserent. Crashed at about 01:45 hrs in open country some 9 km SE from Montdiddier. Three members of the crew were captured, four others, including F/O Owen, evaded capture.]
17.07.1945     transferred, RAF (Administrative and Special Duties Branch)
16.10.1946     extended service commission
01.01.1947     transferred, RAF (Aircraft Control Branch)
Oxford,
Maxwell Norman
"Max"
M.N. Oxford (Photo courtesy of Mr Richard Hide) M.N. Oxford (Photo courtesy of Mr Richard Hide)
M.N. Oxford (Photo courtesy of Mr Richard Hide)
M.N. Oxford (Photo courtesy of Mr Richard Hide)
M.N. Oxford 
Married (01.1944) Audrey Mary Horsfall.

03.05.1905
Parkstone, Poole district, Dorset
-
01.08.1980
Topsham, Exeter, Devon
P/O (prob)
20.04.1928 [27040]
P/O
13.04.1929
F/O
20.10.1929, seniority 13.10.1929
F/Lt.
16.08.1937
(T) Sq.Ldr.
03.09.1941
(WS) Sq.Ldr.
21.12.1944
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) OBE
01.01.1959
New Year 59
20.04.1928


commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
08.10.1932


transferred, Reserve of Air Force Officers
(1932)
 
 
ADC to the Governor of Nyasaland [gained pilot's licence # 10829 at 12.10.1932]
11.08.1936


transferred from Class C to Class A
28.08.1939
 
 
mobilized
12.1941
 
 
escaped from Hong Kong



air attaché at the Chungking Embassy
Civil servant. Director of Civil Aviation, Federation of Malaya, late 1950s.


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