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L. Galvin  to  P.E. Gwyer
L. Galvin
Son (with two brothers and two sisters) of Laurence Galvin (1856-1924), and Sarah Lally (1858-1935).
Married (03.07.1915, Collingbourne Ducis, Wiltshire) Ethel Maud Neate (27.04.1894 - (03?).1972), daughter (with three brothers and six sisters) of Thomas Neate (1863-), and Julia Elizabeth Gage (1865-1916); seven children.
Blackburn, Lancashire
Airedale Hospital, Keighley district, West Riding of Yorkshire (formerly of Silsden, nr Keighley)
Cpl. ?
Sgt. ? [13282] (reld Class Z 10.05.1919)
AC2 1920 [357443]
Wt.Off. ?
F/O (prob) 08.08.1944 [55806]
F/O 08.02.1945 (retd 10.10.1945; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
(T) F/Lt. ?
Distinguished Conduct Medal DCM 01.01.1918 *
1915 Star 15 St - -
British War Medal 1914-1920 BWM 14|20 - -
Victory Medal VM - -
Mention in Despatches MID WW I ?
1939-1945 Star 39|45 St - -
Burma Star Bur St - -
Defence Medal Def M - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
Mention in Despatches MID 01.01.1945 India
RAF Long Service Good Conduct Medal LSGCM - -
* For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. For over two years he has been employed as battalion signalling serjeant, and has during a period of eight months been serjeant instructor. His zeal and devotion to duty are very largely responsible for the high state of efficiency of the battalion signallers.
1915     served as a Signaller, 9th Battalion West Riding Regiment (Duke of Wellington's) [served in France & Belgium from 15.07.1915]
31.01.1924     enlisted, RAF (Equipment Branch)
      various postings in the UK
? - 20.09.1926 M Squadron (UK)
      served for many years in the Middle East (two tours)
21.09.1926 - 13.11.1928 Air Division, Iraq (in hospital Hinaldi, 20.03.1928-30.03.1928)
14.11.1928 - 14.12.1928 HQ Middle East (Depot)
15.12.1928 - ? Wireless Telegraphy Station Middle East
? - 21.11.1929 6 (AC) Squadron
22.11.1929 - 18.12.1931 HQ Middle East (Depot)
19.12.1931 - 30.12.1931 HE (?)
31.12.1931 - 09.10.1934 RAF Base Gosport
10.10.1934 - 24.10.1934 RAF Base Aden
25.10.1934 - 15.02.1939 Stores & Supplies Depot Aden [in hospital 09.12.1935-23.12.1935, then in Aden & Aboukir]
16.02.1939 - 26.02.1939 HE (?)
27.02.1939 - 26.07.1942 RAF Base Catterick
27.07.1942 - ? Air Stores Park, India
08.08.1944     commissioned, RAF (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
01.10.1944     to New Delhi, eventually also service in Burma
22.06.1945     No. 104 Personnel Dispersal Centre RAF
William James Martel
W.J.M. Gatehouse
Neath district, Wales
Ealing district, London
? [569018]
(A) P/O (prob)
23.12.1943 [53805]
06.10.1944, seniority 23.12.1943
(WS) F/O
(WS) F/Lt.
06.05.1947, seniority 06.04.1945
01.07.1963 (retd 07.04.1973; medical unfitness)

commissioned, RAF (Technical Branch) [emergency commission]
extended service commission

permanent commission
Alan Antill
A.A. Gawith
New Zealand
(A) P/O (prob) 20.08.1938 [41012]
... ...
Sq.Ldr. ?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 15.05.1941 ?
20.08.1938     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]

Gawith sailed for the UK on 20 May 1938 and went to 11 E&RFTS, Perth on 27 June for his ab initio training moving to 6 FTS, Little Rissington in September. On 15 April 1939 he joined 23 Squadron at Wittering. Flying from Ford on 11 October 1940 he damaged a Ju 88. On 8 March 1941, on an intruder flight over Beauvais aerodrome, he damaged a He 111 and a Do 17. In a bombing attack in early May he destroyed the entire telephone communication system of the German bomber group at Deume, near Eindhoven. Awarded the DFC (15.5.41), he was posted in June to command 1451 Flight operating with Turbinlite Havocs. In January 1942 he was posted to HQ 9 Group, Preston as Ops Night. He went to RAF Staff College in August 1943 and afterwards joined the staff at HQ ADGB to work on plans for the invasion of Europe. In mid-April 1944 he became Senior RAF Liaison Officer at the US 9th Air Defence Command. He crossed to France on 26 June, spent six weeks in the beach-head area and then remained in France with the Americans returning to England in December 1944 to command RAF Cleave. On August 2 1949 he received the Bronze Star (US) for his service in 1944.

Samuel Richard
S.R. Gent
Son of Samuel Richard and Amy Gent
Husband of Vera Gent, of Greenford.
Sunderland district, Durham / Tyne and Wear
[age 29]
[Golders Green Crematorium, panel 2]
? [519819]
P/O (prob)
30.07.1942 [49885]
(WS) F/O (prob)
(WS) F/Lt.
Commendation Cmdn
for valuable service in the air

commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
pilot, 46 Squadron RAF [based at RAF Stoney Cross]
Edward John
E.J. George
Sq.Ldr. 01.04.1937
Peter Henry
P.h. Gibbings
Son of ... Gibbings, and ... McCormick.
Northampton district, Northamptonshire
Saighton, Chester/Ellesmere Port district, Cheshire
(A) P/O (prob)
06.06.1933 [34068]
(T) Sq.Ldr.
17.10.1946, seniority 01.01.1941 (emgcy list) (reld 28.02.1957; retaining rank of W/Cdr.)
(T) W/Cdr.
(A) Gp.Capt.
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) OBE

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

flying training, No. 4 Flying Training School, Abu Sueir, Egypt

RAF Station, Ismaila, Egypt
Central Flying School, Upavon

transferred, Reserve of Air Force Officers (and called up to air force service)
Captain, Delamere Forest Golf Club in Cheshire, 1968.
Edward Philip Patrick
E.P.P. Gibbs
Son of Lt. Philip Henry Samuel Gibbs Royal Engineers (1877-1919), and Annie Bertha McDonald (?-1958).
Married 1st (25.04.1934, London) Marjorie Kathleen Mary Foster (15.02.1905 - (03?).1963).
Married 2nd ((12?).1951, Coventry district, Warwickshire) Mary Eileen Beatrice Fry (11.08.1920 - 03.2003), daughter of Maxwell Stewart Fry (1875-1943), and Jessie Eva Beatrice Ruddock (1889-1980).
Straits Settlements, Singapore
Queen Alexandra Military Hospital, Westminster district, London (formerly of British Embassy, Cairo)
(A) P/O (prob) 02.09.1932 [32225]
P/O 02.09.1933
F/O 02.04.1935
F/Lt. 02.04.1937
(T) Sq.Ldr. 01.06.1941
(WS) Sq.Ldr. 01.09.1942
(T) W/Cdr. 01.06.1942 (retd 02.1946) (reld 21.02.1955)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 27.01.1942 for gallantry displayed in flying operations against the enemy *
Mention in Despatches MID 11.06.1942 ?
* This officer has been engaged on active operations over a long period and has participated in many sorties over France. During a sortie near Calais, in July, 1941, Squadron Leader Gibbs was involved in combat with 4 enemy fighters and shot down i and damaged another of the attackers. Since assuming command of No. 130 Squadron, Squadron Leader Gibbs has, by his excellent leadership and devotion to duty, raised the unit to a high standard of operational efficiency. In December, 1941, during a bombing attack on Brest, Squadron Leader Gibbs probably destroyed 1 of 3 Messerschmitt 109s which attempted to intercept our bombers.
02.09.1932     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch)
17.09.1932 - 08.1933 No. 5 Flying Training School, Chester
28.08.1933 - 03.1936 41 Squadron RAF (flew Siskins, and then Demons) (UK)
18.09.1935 - 01.11.1935 attached 8 (B) Squadron RAF (Aden)
01.11.1935 - 10.03.1936 41 Squadron RAF (re-attached upon its arrival in Aden)
05.1936 - 08.1936 Flying Instructors Course, Central Flying School, Upavon
08.1936 - 03.1938 Instructor, No. 9 Flying Training School
02.03.1938     transferred, Reserve of Air Force Officers, Class A
03.1938 - 11.1940 Instructor, No. 8 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School, South Cerney (11.1939 renamed: No. 3 Flying Training School)
11.1940 - 12.1940 56 Officer Training Unit, Sutton Bridge
12.1940 - 01.1941 232 Squadron RAF (supernumerary)
01.1941 - 05.1941 Commanding Officer, 3 Squadron RAF
05.1941 - 06.1941 56 Squadron RAF
06.1941 - 09.07.1941 616 Squadron RAF
[went down with his Spitfire IIa [P8070] 12 miles East of Le Touquet, France; evaded and escaped via Spain & Gibraltar]
10.1941 - 07.1942 Commanding Officer, 130 Squadron RAF
07.1942 - 10.1942 Wing Leader at Middle Wallop
10.1942 - 12.1942 sent to tour the USA
12.1942 - 01.1943 HQ 11 Group RAF
01.1943 - 02.1943 night fighter OTU at Cranfield
02.1943 - 09.1943 HQ 93 Group RAF
09.1943 - 02.1944 attended the Empire Central Flying School, Hullavington
02.1944 - 09.1944 Commanding Officer, RAF Station Kenley
09.1944 - 09.1945 Commanding Officer, RAF Satation Woodvale
09.1945 - 11.1945 posted to Germany
11.1945 - 02.1946 HQ, 2 Group, BAFO
21.05.1944     Bf 109 dam, Hurricane IIb, Z2767, St Omer, 56 Sqn
22.06.1944     Bf 109 prob, Spitfire IIa, P7838, Hazebrouck, 616 Sqn
09.07.1941     Bf 109, Spitfire IIa, P8070, Mazingarbe, 616 Sqn
09.07.1941     Bf 109 prob, Spitfire IIa, P8070, Mazingarbe, 616 Sqn
30.12.1941     Bf 109 prob, Spitfire Vb, AP370, Brest, 130 Sqn
19.08.1942     ½ Do 217, Spitfire Vb, EP120, Dieppe, Middle Wallop Wing
Joined Hawkers, 02.1946. In September 1946 he was attached to the Iranian Air Force to instruct pilots on Hurricanes. On his return to the UK in April 1949, he spent some time delivering Furies by air to Pakistan.
Published: It's further via Gibraltar (1961).
Guy Penrose
G.P. Gibson

Son of Alexander James Gibson and Norah Mary (Strike) Gibson. Married (1940) Eve Mary (Moore) Gibson, of Westminster, London.
Cousin of P/O Patrick Llewelyn Gibson, RAF.
Simla, India
Steenbergen, Netherlands
(KIA) [age 26]
[Steenbergen- en-Kruisland, Roman Catholic Cemetery, Netherlands]
(A) P/O (prob)
31.01.1937 [39438]
(T?) F/Lt.
(WS) F/Lt.
(A) Sq.Ldr.
(T) Sq.Ldr.
(WS) Sq.Ldr.
(A) W/Cdr.
Victoria Cross VC
Distinguished Service Order DSO


Distinguished Service Order DSO
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
Commander, Legion of Merit (US) LoM

in recognition of valuable services rendered in connection with the war

Education: St Georges Prep School, Folkstone & St Edward's School, Oxford.

joined RAF

transferred to Yatesbury

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

No 24 Depot

No 6 Flight Training School

83 Squadron

No 14 Operational Training Unit

No 16 Operational Training Unit

29 Squadron

transferred to Reserve of Air Force Officers (and called up for air force service)

No 51 Operational Training Unit

No 51 Group Headquarters (No. 5 ?)

106 Squadron

No. 5 [Group?] Headquarters

617 Squadron

Special Duties

transferred to Air Ministry

28 Group Course

No 54 Base Headquarters
Published: Enemy coast ahead (1946); Pilot's flying log book No. 2 (1976; facsimile of his log)
Literature: Jan van den Driesschen, De dammenbrekers : de roemruchte aanval van Guy Gibson en zijn 'Dam Busters' op de stuwdammen in het Ruhrgebied tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog (1979; in Dutch); Susan Ottaway, Dambuster : a life of Guy Gibson, VC, DSO, DFC (1994); Richard Morris with Colin Dobinson, Guy Gibson (1994)
* This officer continues to show the utmost courage and devotion to duty. Since joining his present unit, Squadron Leader Gibson has destroyed three and damaged a fourth enemy aircraft. His skill was notably demonstrated when, one night in July, 1941, he intercepted and destroyed a Heinkel 111.

** Since being awarded a Bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross, this officer has completed many sorties, including a daylight raid on Danzig and an attack at Gdynia. In the recent attack on Le Creusot, Wing Commander Gibson bombed and machine-gunned the transformer station nearby from 500 feet. On 22nd October, 1942, he participated in the attack on Genoa and, two days later, he led his squadron in a daylight sortie against Milan. On both occasions, Wing Commander Gibson flew with great distinction. He is a most skilful and courageous leader whose keenness has set a most inspiring example.
*** This officer has an outstanding operational record, having completed 172 sorties. He has always displayed the greatest keenness and, within the past 2 months, has taken part in 6 attacks against well defended targets, including Berlin. In March, 1943, he captained an aircraft detailed to attack Stuttgart. On the outward flight engine trouble developed but he flew on to his objective and bombed it from a low level. This is typical of his outstanding determination to make every sortie a success. By his skilful leadership and contempt for danger he has set an example which has inspired the squadron he commands.

**** This officer served as a night bomber pilot at the beginning of the war and quickly established a reputation as an outstanding operational pilot. In addition to taking the fullest possible share in all normal operations, he made single-handed attacks during his "rest " nights on such highly defended objectives as the German battleship Tirpitz, then completing in Wilhelmshaven. When his tour of operational duty was concluded, he asked for a further operational posting and went to a night-fighter unit instead of being posted for instructional duties. In the course of his second operational tour, he destroyed at least three enemy bombers and contributed much to the raising and development of new night-fighter formations. After a short period in a training unit, he again volunteered for operational duties and returned to night bombers. Both as an operational pilot and as leader of his squadron, he achieved outstandingly successful results and his personal courage knew no bounds. Berlin, Cologne, Danzig, Gdynia, Genoa, Le Creusot, Milan, Nuremberg and Stuttgart were among the targets he attacked by day and by night. On the conclusion of his third operational tour, Wing Commander Gibson pressed strongly to be allowed to remain on operations and he was selected to command a squadron then forming for special tasks. Under his inspiring leadership, this squadron has now executed one of the most devastating attacks of the war—the breaching of the Moehne and Eder dams. The task was fraught with danger and difficulty. Wing Commander Gibson personally made the initial attack on the Moehne dam. Descending to within a few feet of the water and taking the full brunt of the antiaircraft defences, he delivered his attack with great accuracy. Afterwards he circled very low for 30 minutes, drawing the enemy fire on himself in order to leave as free a run as possible to the following aircraft which were attacking the dam in turn. Wling Commander Gibson then led the remainder of his force to the Eder dam where, with complete disregard for his own safety, he repeated his tactics and once more drew on himself the enemy fire so that the attack could be successfully developed. Wing Commander Gibson has completed over 170 sorties, involving more than 600 hours operational flying. Throughout his operational career, prolonged exceptionally at his own request, he has shown leadership, determination and valour of the highest order.

Patrick Llewelyn
P.L. Gibson (Photo courtesy of Mrs Hazel Eugenie Finbow) P.L. Gibson (Photo courtesy of Mrs Hazel Eugenie Finbow)
P.L. Gibson (Photo courtesy of Mrs Hazel Eugenie Finbow) P.L. Gibson (Photo courtesy of Mrs Hazel Eugenie Finbow)
Son (with five half-brothers) of William James Gibson (1892-1973), and Eugenie Schwartz (1894-1920).
Cousin of W/Cdr. Guy Penrose Gibson, VC, DSO*, DFC*, RAF.
Married (10.08.1940, Lincoln) Mary Elizabeth Nicholl (1918 - 1994), daughter (with four brothers) of John Nicholl (1876-1962), and Mary Elizabeth McQuiston (1884-1926); one daughter, one son.
Ealing, London
Staines, Middlesex
(A) P/O (prob) 21.12.1936 [38278]
P/O 12.10.1937 (reld 29.06.1941)
21.12.1936     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
16.01.1937     No. 10 Flying Training School RAF (Tern Hill)
07.08.1937 - 05.1939 49 (Bomber) Squadron RAF (Worthy Down)
      144 Squadron RAF
      61 Squadron RAF
c.02.1941     transferred, Reserve of Air Force Officers (between 01.1941 and 03.1941)
Arthur Vernon
A.V. Gifkins A.V. Gifkins
A.V. Gifkins (Photo courtesy of Jane Gifkins) A.V. Gifkins (Photo courtesy of Jane Gifkins)
A.V. Gifkins (Photo courtesy of Jane Gifkins) A.V. Gifkins (Photo courtesy of Jane Gifkins)  
Son (with one sister and two brothers) of Arthur Vernon Gifkins (1867-1958), and Eva Elizabeth Russell (1888-1980).
Married 1st (25.05.1944, Chapelry of St Peter, Formby, Crosby district, Lancaster) Evelyn Jones; one son.

Married 2nd ...; three sons, three daughters.

Hatfield district, Hertfordshire
(A) P/O (prob) 19.08.1939 [42498]
P/O (prob) 18.02.1940
P/O 26.06.1940
(WS) F/O 18.02.1941
(WS) F/Lt. 18.02.1942
(WS) Sq.Ldr. 05.03.1946 (reld 14.03.1946)
(A) W/Cdr. 1946?
1939-1945 Star 39|45 St - & clasp Battle of Britain
Aircrew Europe Star AC Eur St - & clasp France & Germany
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
19.08.1939     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
19.05.1940     RAF Station Marham
06.10.1940     264 Squadron RAF
10.02.1941     151 Squadron RAF
13.02.1941     255 Squadron RAF
21.02.1941     24 Squadron RAF
05.05.1941     56 Squadron RAF
15.04.1942     RAF Station Duxford
11.02.1943     181 Squadron RAF
29.06.1943     1 Specialist Low Attack Squadron (ISLAIS) RAF (Milfield)
05.03.1944     HQ Air Defence Great Britain
12.03.1944     HQ 9 Group RAF
15.03.1944     RAF Station Woodvale
30.05.1944     RAF Station Kenley
31.07.1944     RAF Police HQ (Burnham)
12.09.1944     Control Commission School
21.10.1944     Deputy Assistant Provost Marshal
26.02.1945     No. 9 Personnel Dispatch Centre RAF (1 Wing) (for posting overseas to Germany as Area Provost Marshal)
04.03.1945     2nd Tactical Air Force Police Unit (Pool) RAF (as Area Provost Marshal)
08.04.1945     83 Group Police Unit RAF (as Area Provost Marshal)
11.04.1945     2nd Tactical Air Force Police Unit RAF (as Provost RAF Police Command Detachment)
20.11.1945     A.H.Q. (Admin) BAFO Bad Eilsen
14.03.1946     100 Personeel Dispatch Centre RAF
26.06.1945     transferred to reserve (and called up for air force duties)
A son writes: "His time in the reserve officially ended on the 26/5/48, so he must have had time off to attend the Fitness Assessment of Reserve Air Force Officers on 25/5/48.  - The results were listed as: 'Await Air Ministry Instructions'. Returns to No. 1 Reserve Flying School - 20/8/48-3/9/48 - Attends a 15 Day course for people who had been on reserve, for training. On the 1st of July 1959, fifteen years after the war, his Commission was relinquished and he was given notice that he retained the rank of Wing Commander, and was authorised to wear the 1939/45 Star and Ribbon. By this time he was in Nyasaland. After this there are no further references to his service career."
Colin Leslie
C.L. Gilbert C.L. Gilbert (Photo courtesy of Mr Noel Baker)
C.L. Gilbert (Photo courtesy of Mr Noel Baker) C.L. Gilbert (Photo courtesy of Mr Noel Baker)
Son of Mr & Mrs Leslie M. Gilbert, of Adelaide, South Australia.
Married ((06?).1940, Newmarket district, Suffolk) Daphne Edna H. Corbett (31.03.1916 - (06).1983), daughter of Capt. Noel Marcus Francis Corbett, RN (1888-1962), and Alice Jane Averina Hughes (1886-1936); one son.

Maitland, York Peninsula, South Australia
(KIA) [age 23]
[Mannheim Cemetery, field 1, row 1, grave 2, in 1946 reburied at Durnbach War Cemetery, Bayern, Germany, 2.G.4]
P/O 19.02.1937 [39458]
F/O 19.09.1938
(A) F/Lt. 07.07.1939-07.08.1939,
(WS) F/Lt. 21.09.1940
(A) Sq.Ldr. 22,06.1941, seniority 11.05.1941
(T) Sq.Ldr. 01.12.1941
Education: Prince Arthur College (where a member of the Cadet Force, the ‘Force’s Shooting Team which won a presitgious shooting competition, and the school’s Rowing Eight).
Member of Kilkenny Amateur Cycling Club (under 16 South Australia State cycling champion).
31.01.1936     student pilot, No.1 Flying Training School RAAF (Cook Point, Australia)
10.12.1936     commissioned Pilot Officer in the RAAF (left Australia for UK 07.01.1937)
19.02.1937     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
06.03.1937 - 21.03.1937 No. 3 Flying Training School RAF (Grantham)
22.03.1937 - 29.06.1937 No. 9 Flying Training School RAF (Thornaby)
30.06.1937 - 12.10.1939 214 (Bomber) Squadron RAF (Feltwell)
13.10.1939 - 15.05.1940 99 (Bomber) Squadron RAF (Mildenhall)
16.05.1940 - 20.09.1940 15 Operational Training Unit RAF (Harwell)
21.09.1940 - 27.11.1940 75 (Bomber) Squadron RNZAF (Feltwell) (operations over Germany & occupied Norway 1940/41) [21.10.1940 injured when crash landing on return from bombing operation over Hamburg]
28.11.1940 - 13.02.1941 RAF Station Feltwell (supernumerary; sick)
14.02.1941 - 20.11.1941 15 Operational Training Unit RAF (Harwell)
02.1942?     transferred, Reserve of Air Force Officers
21.11.1941 - 07.05.1942 460 (Bomber) Squadron RAAF (Molesworth) (from 01.12.1941 Flight Commander, 'A' Flight)
[On 8th sortie of his first tour with 460 Squadron, and while flying his Vickers Wellington bomber Z1254 [UV-L], shot down and killed over Stuttgart. Casualty report here.]
Humphrey Trench
H.T. Gilbert H.T. Gilbert
Son of Cdr. Walter Raleigh Gilbert (1889-1977) and Lady Beryl Franziska Kathleen Biance Le Poer Trench (1893-1957) [first married Stanhope, then Gilbert, then Groves], of Revesby Abbey, Lincolnshire.

Revesby, Lincolnshire
(KIA) [age 22]
[Saffron Walden Cemetery, Essex, compt. 41, grave 17]
(A) P/O (prob) 19.02.1938 [40530]
P/O (prob) 06.12.1938
F/O 03.09.1940
(WS) F/Lt. 03.09.1941
(A) Sq.Ldr. 1942?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 29.05.1942 *
* This officer has been engaged on operational flying since August, 1940, and fought through the Battle of Britain. He has completed numerous operational sorties over enemy occupied territory and although he has been shot down and wounded, he has always displayed great keenness to engage the enemy. Since February, 1942, Squadron Leader Gilbert has participated in a number of operational sorties, including an attack on German battleships. In this operation he destroyed one enemy aircraft and damaged another. He has led his squadron, and occasionally the wing, with considerable success and his fine leadership and determination have been an inspiration to his pilots. Squadron Leader Gilbert has destroyed 5 enemy aircraft.
Education: Durnford School; Cheltenham College (01.1934-07.1937).
12.1937 - 18.02.1938 No. 7 Elementary & Reserve Flying Training School RAF (Desford)
19.02.1938     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
19.02.1938 - 04.03.1938 No. 1 Depot RAF (Uxbridge) (for short disciplinary course)
05.03.1938 - 16.09.1938 No. 9 Flying Training School RAF (Hullavington) [awarded pilot wings 01.06.1938]
17.09.1938 - 22.10.1938 73 Squadron RAF (Digby)
23.10.1938 - 01.1939 Central Flying School RAF (Upavon) [qualified as instructor 22.12.1938]
01.1939 - 1939 Flying Instructor, 504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron AuxAF
1939 - 02.08.1939 No. 9 Flying Training School RAF
03.08.1939 - 15.08.1939 6 Operational Training Unit RAF (Sutton Bridge)
16.08.1939 - 02.09.1941 601 Squadron RAF (Debden) [from 04.1941 "B" Flight commander]
03.09.1941 - 31.10.1941 Flight Commander, 71 (Eagle) Squadron RAF (Martlesham Heath)
01.11.1941 - 22.12.1941 Commanding Officer, 222 Squadron RAF (North Weald)
23.12.1941 - 02.05.1942 Commanding Officer, 65 Squadron RAF (Debden) (DFC)
[his Spitfire BL372/YT-Z crashed at Loves Farm, Cutlers Green, Thaxted, Essex *]
      achieved 3 full + 2 shared victories [officially 3,75]
* They took off from Great Sampford, the Debden satellite, having consumed 6-8 bottles each of Benskins Colne Springs beer, according to the licensee of the pub. This info was not revealed until after the Court of Enquiry. The CO tried to borrow a Magister but his flight sergeant, realising that he was in no fit state to fly, told him it was unserviceable. The CO then took a Spitfire.
Kenneth McLeod

K.M. Gillies at RAF Duxford, c. 1939 (Photo courtesy of Mr John Gillies) K.M. Gillies

Son of R.W. Gillies and Mary R. Gillies, of Great Crosby, Liverpool.
Married; one son.

He took off with two colleagues from RAF Gravesend to intercept a single German raid (Heinkel He-111) which they intecepted heading south east from London. In very bad weather they chased the enemy aircraft losing it a number of times in cloud and pressing home inconclusive attacks. Ken finally pushed in a stern attack, result not known, and was heard to say on the R/T that he has been hit but thought he could make it back to base. It is also recorded that he stated he thought he was over the sea. He was not seen again and his body was washed up at Covehithe - 21 days later. The other two pilots attacked the enemy a/c again but it escaped into cloud. They returned to Gravesend. The action took place between Hastings and Dungeness. Fom reasearch carried out, my personal conclusion is that he went down in the English Channel and his body was pushed by tide, wind and weather through the Straits of Dover and on to the Suffolk Coast at Covehithe. [Information provided by his son, Mr John Gillies.]

(KIA) [age 27]
[Thornton Garden of Rest, A.50]
(A) P/O (prob)
04.05.1936 [37799]
(A) F/Lt.
Education: Merchant Taylor's School, Great Crosby.

joined RAF

commissioned, RAF [short service commission]

ab initio flying training, No. 1 Elementary Flying Training School, Hatfield

advanced flying training, No.8 Flying Training School, Montrose
66 (F) Squadron RAF (at RAF Duxford)
posted to 254 (Blenheim) Squadron RAF (at RAF Stradishall) to bring up to operational state for convoy duties
66 (F) Squadron RAF (at RAF Coltishall till 03.09.1940, then RAF Kenley till 11.09.1940, then RAF Gravesend)

while on patrol failed to return from interception of He 111 at 1535 hrs; his Spitfire I X4320 crashed probably into the sea and he washed up at Covehithe, Suffolk on 21.10.1940 [see also "personal touch" button]


½ Bf 110
½ Do 215
1 Do 17
1 He 111
½½½ Do 17
Alan David
A.D. Gillmore

Sq.Ldr. 01.02.1937 [16171]
Air Vice Marshal 01.07.1951 (retd 29.04.1959)
Education: psa.
Colin Russel
C.R. Glen
Son (with one brother, one sister and one half-sister) of Alexander Burns Glen (1879-1959), and Leonard Tilley Russel (1878-1960).
Married (1949) Barbara Eleanor Marriott (03.01.1917 - 04.11.1993), divorced wife of W/Cdr. Michael Edward Reid, DFC, RAF (1916-2000), and younger daughter (with one sister and one brother) of Lt.Col. Sidney Charles Marriott (1880-1972), and Cicely Kepp Adams (1888-1986), of Shord Hill, Kenley, Surrey; two sons, one step-son.
Bromley district, Kent
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
(A) P/O (prob) 18.09.1939 [42704]
P/O (prob) 123.04.1940
P/O 24.07.1940
(WS) F/O 12.04.1941
(WS) F/Lt. 13.04.1942
(A) Sq.Ldr. ?
Air Force Cross AFC 01.01.1944 ?
1939-1945 Star 39|45 St - -
Africa Star Afr St - -
Pacific Star Pac St - -
Italy Star It St - -
Defence Medal Def M - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
Mention in Despatches MID 02.06.1943 ?
18.09.1939     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
      216 Squadron RAF (Middle East)
24.07.1943     transferred to reserve (and called up for Air Force Service)
John Richard Duncan
J.R.D. Goadsby
West Derby, Lancashire
Chichester district, West Sussex
Sq.Ldr. 01.10.1936
      qualified at specialist signals course
Ralph Allan
R.A. Godsell
Son of Allan Henry Godsell (1881-1962), and Mary Janet Rosa Cole (1883?-1963).
Married ((06?).1934, Surrey South Western district) Margaret Ross.
Lurgashall, Midhurst district, Sussex
Uxbridge district, Sussex (formerly of Epsom, Surrey)
Wt.Offr. ? [362932]
P/O (prob) 11.12.1940 [45045]
(WS) F/O (prob) 12.01.1941
F/O 11.12.1941
(T) F/Lt. 01.03.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 05.12.1943
(T) Sq.Ldr. 01.07.1945
F/Lt. 01.09.1945
28.02.1947, seniority 01.03.1945
Sq..Ldr. 01.08.1947
W/Cdr. 01.07.1953
11.12.1940     commissioned, RAF (Technical Branch) [emergency commission]
01.09.1945     permanent commission
Peter Scott
P.S. Goffey
Sgt. ? [571308]
P/O (prob) 23.09.1943 [53036]
(WS) F/O 23.03.1944
(A) F/Lt. ?
F/O 24.02.1948, seniority 23.09.1944
F/Lt. 23.03.1947
Sq.Ldr. 01.07.1959 (retd 12.12.1975)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) MBE 08.06.1963 HM's birthday 63
Mention in Despatches MID 01.01.1945 ?
23.09.1943     commissioned, RAF (Technical Branch) [emergency commission]
01.07.1946     permanent commission


William Henry
W.H. Golder
Sq.Ldr. 01.07.1936
Distinguished Service Medal DSM ? ?
      qualified at specialist engineering course; additionally qualified at university course in engineering
George Ernest

G.E. Goodman
Son (with one sister and one half-sister) of Sidney Charles Goodman (1896-1974), and Bida Marie Lerner (1894-1984), of Lagos, Nigeria.
Although being born in the British mandate of Palestine, he was a British subject. Sometimes shown as being Palestinian, Israeli or Jew. Featuring on the AJEX roll of honour and being mentioned in an article on Jewish pilots, he is not mentioned in the authorative book by Henry Morris on Jews who died in the armed forces "We will remember them" (1989).
, Palestine
(KIA) [age 20]
[Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acorma, Libya, 10.C.21]
(A) P/O (prob) 02.09.1939 [42598]
(WS) F/O 28.02.1941
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 26.11.1940 ?
Education: Highgate School (09.1935-07.1938).
10.07.1939     No. 11 Elementary & Reserve Flying Training School RAF (Perth)
02.09.1939     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
02.09.1939     No. 2 Flying Training School RAF (Hullavington)
23.09.1939 - 17.02.1940 No. 15 Flying Training School RAF (Lossiemouth)
27.02.1940     11 Group RAF Pool (St Athan)
09.03.1940     RAF Sutton Bridge
01.05.1940     1 Squadron RAF (Vassingcourt, France, from 18.05.1940 Northolt)
10.11.1940 - 14.06.1941 73 Squadron RAF (Middle East)
Cedric Foskett
C.F. Gordon
Tonbridge district, Kent
Sq.Ldr. (retd) 30.06.1922
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE ? ?
Military Cross MC ? ?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC ? ?
John Farquhar
J.F. Gordon
Eastry, Kent
Sq.Ldr. (retd) 01.01.1926
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC ? ?
Cecil Leslie
H.W.S. Gouge
Son (with one brother and three sisters) of George James Gould (1876-), and Amelia Ann Tucker (1876-).
Married ((09?).1932. Norwich district, Norfolk) Ivy R. Baker; two children.
Devonport, Devon
Clacton-on-Sea, Colchester district, Essex
F/Sgt. ? [363595]
(A) P/O (prob) 28.06.1940, seniority 16.05.1940 [44023]
P/O (prob) 07.08.1940
P/O 28.06.1941
(WS) F/O 07.08.1941
(T) F/Lt. 01.09.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 26.09.1945
(WS) Sq.Ldr. 18.09.1946
Sq.Ldr. 07.01.1947, seniority 01.07.1946
25.02.1947, seniority 01.09.1945
(A) W/Cdr. ?
28.06.1940     commissioned, RAF (Technical Branch) [emergency commission]
07.01.1947     permanent commission

The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Jul 09, 1947:
"Wing Commander Cecil Leslie Gould, 39, and his two children were found shot dead in their home in Avondale Road, Clacton, early yesterday."

Charles Frederick Hallyburton
C.F.H. Grace

Portsmouth, Hampshire
Sussexdown, Storrington
29.12.1921 [15193]
(T) W/Cdr.
(T) Gp.Capt.
14.04.1942, seniority 01.03.1940
(A) A/Cdre.
(WS) Gp.Capt.
17.09.1943 (retd 15.02.1946; own request)
Mention in Despatches MID
Commander, Order of St Olav (Norway) St Olav
Education: psa.

commissioned, RAF (General Duties branch)
Air Staff, HQ No. 14 (Fighter) Group [RAF Kirkwall]

Senior Air Staff Officer (SASO), HQ No. 13. (Fighter) Group
R. Graham
Son of late William Graham, Yokohama. Married (1918) Phyllis (Nancy), only daughter of late Henry E. Farmer, MBE, FRIBA; two daughters.

[Yokohama ?]
[Sannox, Isle of Arran, Scotland ?]
see: Education: Private; St Joseph's College, Yokohama; Castle Douglas Academy, Scotland

Deputy Senior Air Staff Officer (SASO), HQ Fighter Command
Member, Air Mission to North Africa

Senior Air Staff Officer (SASO), HQ Flying Training Command ?

Air Officer in charge of Administration (AOA), HQ Technical Training Command (Reading)

Air Officer in charge of Administration (AOA), HQ Bomber Command

Planning Staff (Overlord), Air Ministry

Chief of Staff (Air), HQ Combined Operations

Air Officer Commanding (AOC), AHQ West Africa

Commandant, RAF Staff College, Bulstrode Park

Commandant, RAF Staff College, Bracknell
Justice of the Peace (JP). Deputy Lieutenant (DL), Bute, 12.07.1961. Lord Lieutenant, Bute, 19.07.1963.
William Gilkinson
W.G. Graham (Photo courtesy of Mr David F. Boath)
Wt.Offr. ? [351314]
F/O (prob) 25.07.1941, seniority 27.05.1941 [46289]
... ...
? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
25.07.1941     commissioned, RAF (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Selwyn Harmer Cecil
S.H.C. Gray
Derby, Derbyshire
Deal, Dover district, Kent
Sq.Ldr. 01.04.1937
A/Cdre. ?
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) OBE ? ?
Charles Llewellyn
C.L. Green (Photo courtesy of Mr Rob Dawkins)
Married (26.05.1943, Duxford, Devon Central district) Leading Aircraftwoman Betty Jean Bowden, WAAF; two sons, three daughters.

Marandellas, Southern Rhodesia
Durban, South Africa
(A) P/O (prob) 14.12.1938 [41527]
P/O (prob) 03.09.1939
P/O 06.10.1939
F/O 03.09.1940
(WS) F/Lt. 03.09.1941
(WS) Sq.Ldr. 07.10.1943
(A) W/Cdr. (1944)
(T) W/Cdr. 03.12.1946, seniority 01.09.1941
(WS) W/Cdr. 13.02.1945 (reld 30.08.1945; on reversion to South Rhodesian Forces)
Distinguished Service Order DSO 05.09.1944


Distinguished Service Order DSO 03.10.1944 **
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 09.02.1943 ***
Mention in Despatches MID 11.06.1942 ?
Commander, Order of Oranje-Nassau with swords (The Netherlands) OON 23.01.1948 ?
Order of Lenin (USSR) Len ? ?
* This officer has led large formations of aircraft on very many sorties during which a wide variety of enemy targets have been attacked. The splendid results obtained are a fine tribute to this officer's brilliant leadership, great tactical ability and iron determination. His record is most impressive.
** Within recent weeks this officer has led formations of aircraft on numerous sorties during which outstanding successes have been obtained. On two occasions he was responsible for locating large concentrations of enemy armour which were subsequently attacked with great effect. Eighty-nine tanks were destroyed and a large number damaged; many other armoured vehicles, transport wagons and guns were also destroyed. Throughout these operations, Wing Commander Green set an example which inspired all. His leadership was exceptional and his skill and bravery of the highest order.
*** Squadron Leader Green has an impressive record of operational flights against the enemy. Since May, 1941, when he joined his present unit he has
participated in many operational sorties, acting as leader of his squadron on numerous occasions. In addition he has completed several other flights and defensive patrols and has destroyed 1 enemy aircraft. Squadron Leader Green has always displayed outstanding leadership and an intense desire to engage the enemy. By his example and keenness he has raised the efficiency of his
squadron to a very high standard.
Education: Umtali High School.
After a brief period farming with his father, he joined Imperial Airways as a clerk, serving at various southern Africa stations until he was appointed ground superintendent at Beira in Mozambique.
14.12.1938     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
11.1940     pilot, 500 (County of Kent) Squadron AuxAF
early 1941     pilot, 235 Squadron RAF (Bircham Newton, Norfolk)
      pilot, 266 (Rhodesia) Squadron RAF
      Commanding Officer, 266 (Rhodesia) Squadron RAF
06.10.1942     transferred, Reserve of Air Force Officers (and called up for air force service)
      chief flying instructor, 59 Operational Training Unit RAF
01.1944 - 08.1944 Wing Commander (Flying), No 121 Wing RAF (Nos 174, 175 and 245 Squadrons)
08.1944 - 26.12.1944 Commanding Officer, No 124 Wing RAF (Nos 181, 182 and 247 Squadrons) (shot down on a recce mission & crashlanded his Typhoon Mk IB MP-156 near St-Vith Belgium; captured)
26.12.1944 - 05.1945 POW in German captivity (Stalag Luft 1)
Returned to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and created a tobacco, maize and cattle farm from virgin soil south-east of the capital, Salisbury. In 1961, as a group captain, he became the first post-war commanding officer of the Royal Rhodesian Air Force Volunteer Reserve. In this period farming became less profitable and Green entered the tobacco trade. The Transcontinental Tobacco Company recognised his talents and sent him to Formosa (now Taiwan), and he continued to travel extensively to areas with substantial tobacco interests. In 1977 Green retired and moved in the following year to Devon; but after six years in Britain he decided he would prefer life in South Africa and settled in Durban, where he joined the Virginia Wings flying club.
Donald Salisbury
D.S. Green
Lambeth, Greater London
Windsor and Maidenhead, Berkshire
Sq.Ldr. RAFO 07.09.1939
Joseph Henry
J.H. Green
Hillingdon district, Greater London
P/O 01.04.1918 [04031]
F/Lt. 31.12.1920
Sq.Ldr. 01.07.1928 (retd 20.07.1935)
(T) W/Cdr. 03.12.1946, seniority 01.09.1941
(WS) W/Cdr. 27.05.1941
(A) Gp.Capt. ?
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) CBE ? ?
01.04.1918     commissioned, RAF
03.09.1939 - 26.11.1946 recalled to active service
? - 15.05.1948 Reserve of Air Force Officers (Class CC)
Albert Aaron
A.A. Greenberg (Photo courtesy of Mr Brian Deacon) A.A. Greenberg (Photo courtesy of Mr Brian Deacon)
A.A. Greenberg (Photo courtesy of Mr Brian Deacon) A.A. Greenberg (Photo courtesy of Mr Brian Deacon)
[Leuchars Cemetery, Fifeshire, S. 11 S]
(A) P/O (prob)
15.04.1939 [41919]
P/O (prob)
Education: King Edward VII School, Johannesburg, South Africa.

commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
pilot, 224 Squadron RAF *
* served together with M.B. Mallet & A.H. Deacon, but not completely clear whether this was in 224 Sqn or perhaps 242 Sqn
V. Greenwood
Sq.Ldr. (retd) 01.01.1924
William Eric Warr
W.E.W. Grieve (Photo courtesy of Mr Brian Grieve)
Married ((09?).1928, Brentford district, Middlesex) Dorothy Louise Watts (11.06.1905 - 09.1995); one son.
Lewisham district, London
Surrey Northern district, Surrey
P/O (prob) 06.01.1926
P/O 06.07.1926
F/O 10.01.1928
F/Lt. 03.09.1939
(T) Sq.Ldr. 03.09.1941
(WS) W/Cdr. 06.05.1943 (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of Gp.Capt.)
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) OBE 11.06.1942 HM's birthday 42
Mention in Despatches MID 24.09.1941 ?
Officer, Order of Leopold with Palme (Belgium) Leo 27.06.1947 ?
Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palme (Belgium) CdeG 27.06.1947 ?
Education: Margate Grammar School; Starborough College.
06.01.1926     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]
08.01.1927     RAF Depot, Uxbridge
18.02.1927     503 Squadron RAF (Waddington)
06.01.1931     transferred, Reserve of Air Force Officers (General Duties Branch) (Class A)
1939 - 1940 Commandant, No. 9 Air Observer and Navigation School RAF
1940 - 1941 Chief Instructor, 1 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit RAF
1942 - 1946 Command Training Officer, HQ Coastal Command
Chairman and managing director of Brooklands Aviation, Ltd.
John Francis
J.F. Griffiths
Sq.Ldr. 01.04.1947
      qualified by examination as interpreter
John Evelyn
J.E. Grindon
Son of Thomas Edward Grindon (killed in action, Ypres, Oct. 1917), and Dora (née Eastlake), Corisande,
East Pentire, Cornwall.
Married; one daughter, three sons.

Newquay, Cornwall
31.07.1937 [33206]
(T) Sq.Ldr.
20.11.1942, seniority 01.12.1941
(A) W/Cdr.
(T) W/Cdr.
01.07.1956 (retd 01.09.1959; own request)
Commander, Royal Victorian Order CVO
New Year 57
Distinguished Service Order DSO
Air Force Cross AFC
Education: Dulwich College; Fligh Cadet, RAF College, Cranwell (1935-1937)

commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch)
98 Squadron RAF (Hucknall, Nottinghamshire)
150 Squadron RAF (Advanced Air Striking Force, BEF, France)

two postings as an instructor in Canada and a spell on the navigation staff at Bomber Command
Flight Commander, 106 Squadron RAF
Commanding Officer, 630 Squadron RAF
Commanding Officer, 617 ("Dambusters") Squadron RAF
Chief Instructor, Long Range Transport Force
Commanded The Queen's Flight
V­bomber captain and Station Commander
Director/General Manager in printing/publishing, 1961-1971; Metropolitan Police, New Scotland Yard, 1976-1981.
Albert Edward
A.E. Groom (Photo courtesy of Kate Martinson) A.E. Groom (Photo courtesy of Kate Martinson)
Son (with three brothers and three sisters) of Ambrose Groom (1859-1913), and Lucy Ann Pettit (1865-1899).
Married ((12?).1916, Woodbridge district, Suffolk) Jessie Lilian Langmaid (18.03.1894 - 13.01.1981); one daughter.
Boyton, Woodbridge, Suffolk
Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire
P/O ? [13155]
F/O 01.10.1919 (without pay and allowances of that rank)
F/Lt. 14.05.1930
Sq.Ldr. 01.04.1937 [13155]
(T) W/Cdr. 01.06.1940 (retd 26.09.1943; retaining rank of W/Cdr.)
Member of the Order of the British Empire MBE 23.06.1936 HM's birthday 1936
Air Force Cross AFC 11.07.1940 ?
Distinguished Service Medal DSM 01.05.1918 for service in Royal Naval Air Service, as C.P.O. Mech., 2nd Gr. (O.N. 235356)
Education: qualified at specialist armament course.
03.10.1938     permanent commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)
24.04.1940     transferred, RAF (Technical Branch) (Armament)
Hugh Marsland
H.M. Groves
Sq.Ldr. 01.10.1936
C. Guppy
1901 ?
Bournemouth district, Hampshire
[age 48]
Sq.Ldr. 01.12.1936
John Hampden
J.H. Gurney
Son of James William Gurney, and Helen Hampden Gurney (1858-).
Married Anita Neilson Thompson (1880? - (06?).1959); one daughter.
Woolwich district, London
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Capt. ?
F/Lt. 23.04.1939 (reld 01.09.1939)
F/Lt. RAFVR 01.09.1939, seniority 20.03.1939 [75197] (cancelled 19.01.1940)
Sq.Ldr. 16.03.1942
W/Cdr. 01.09.1945 (reld 11.05.1947)
23.04.1939 - 01.09.1939 commissioned, Reserve of Air Force Officers (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) (Class CC) as Assistant Provost Marshal
01.09.1939     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission] (in London Gazette of 19.01.1940 this commission was cancelled, thus effectively resuming commission in RAFO)
01.09.1939 - 11.05.1947 commissioned, Reserve of Air Force Officers (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) (Class CC)
25.05.1944     appointed in the RAF as Assistant Provost Marshal (as F/O)
A grandchild writes: "Joined the Army in 1909, commissioned as 2nd Lt in 1914 with Worcesters, in 1939 was transferred to RAF (Substitution Scheme) to RAF Habbaniah as Assistant Provost Marshal, at end of war was posted to Germany, then joined the Control Commission."
Percy Edward
P.E. Gwyer
1888 ?
Saltdean, Brighton district, Sussex
[age 63]
Sq.Ldr. (retd) 01.01.1932
W/Cdr. ?
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) OBE ? ?
Member of the Order of the British Empire MBE ? ?

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