Roll of Honour

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96 Names – Our Roll of Honour
Click HERE for details of this years Act of Remembrance at Moseley

To commemorate the 96 former pupils who lost their lives during World War Two a memorial fund set up in 1946 under the supervision of three bereaved parents, three members of the school and three old boys, led to the unveiling, in 1950, of the Roll of Honour in the school’s entrance hall. It was decided to list names and initials only, and not rank or decoration. Made of bronze and set on a surround of Caen stone, the Memorial was dedicated by the Vicar of Moseley at a service attended by a large number of parents, and is now used annually by The Moseleians Association for their Act of Remembrance each November.

The Roll of Honour originally listed 93 names with three more names being added on a plaque beneath at a later date. Moseleian Association members Keith Townsend and Richard Cobb have been tracking down their stories.

Click on the name below

A |  ADAMS Kenneth William | ANDERSON Ian Cunningham

B | BAYLEY Gilbert | BAYLEY Robert | BENTING Alan WilliamBICKERDIKE James Arthur | BISHOP Norman Reginald | BLACKBURN Dennis | BORG Gerard | BRIAN Raymond Frank | BRODIE Aubrey Norman | BUTCHER Rodney Victor (also see Lewis) | BUTLER Ernest John

C | CLARK William Edward | COLDICOTT Cedric Nils | COLVIN Ian William | COPE Maurice Henry | COX Alfred Douglas | COX Gerald Norman | COX John Herbert Arthur | CRAIG James William Barrie | CRAVEN Frank | CROMBLEHOLME Francis John | CUMMING John

D | DAVIS Fred | DYKES Stanley Clarence

F | FOX George Stanley | FRANCIS John Steven | FRECKLETON John Dolphin | FRIEND Keith Charles

G | GEORGE Bert Aidan | GOLDSMITH George Howard | GREATHEAD William Albert | GRIFFITHS Philip Leonard | GRIFFITHS William Stanwell

H | HANDY John Bennett | HARPER Robert | HARRIS Ernest Edward James | HARRISON Jeffrey Frederick | HARRISON Trevor Gordon | HART Sidney John | HASSALL Lawrence Stuart | HATFIELD Alfred Eric | HATHAWAY Stanley George | HAWKES Frederick Owen | HOBDAY John Roland | HOLDING Arthur David | HOLTON Herbert Harold | HUGHES Clifford

J |  JENNINGS Brian Roland | JOHNSON Graham | JOHNSON Philip Henry Roderick Duke | JOHNSTONE Peter | JOYNER Ronald Ernest

K | KEEN Norman| KING Frederick Lewis | KITSON William

L | LAWSON Frederick Fenwick | LEWIS George Bertram (also see Butcher) | LEVY Jack | LOWE Dennis Joseph

M | MARGETTS Leonard Charles | MASON Frederick Edwin | MASON James Alfred | McBRIDE Alexander | MERRINGTON Sidney John | MOBLEY Innis Edward  | MORRIS Edward John Stanley | MOSS Michael Nolan  | MURRAY William John

N | NOVEMBER John

O | ORDWAY William John | OWEN Arthur Edward

P | PARAMORE David James John | PERKINS Bernard Frederick | PETFORD Reginald Gilbert | PURVEY Harold Arthur

R | READ Dennis Arthur | REVILL Francis Charles Henry | RICHARDSON Peter Harry | ROGERS Eric Arthur

S | SHORTHOUSE Robert Harold | SMART Harold Edgar | SMITH Maurice George | STITT John Thomson | STREETER Stanley Robert

T | TALLIS Dudley Arthur Ronald | TAYLOR Thomas Lewis Norman | TERRY Hubert Joseph  | TURNER Kenneth Victor

W | WARD Alan James | WATTS Leslie William | WESTBROOK Cyril Thomas | WILLIAMS Samuel Harry Arthur | WOODS Peter John | WYSS Ernest


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In Memory of
Flt/Sgt Kenneth William Adams
(18/02/1922 – 6/05/1944) BACK

1575629, 114 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Kenneth was the navigator on a Douglas Boston 3 flying from Marcianise, Italy.
Who died age 22 on 16 May 1944

Son of William Frederick and Jessie Selina Adams, of Moseley, Birmingham.

Aircraft: Boston III
Serial No: BZ373

Reason for loss: As part of a formation Boston BZ373 attempted to take off from its base at Marcianise, Italy, at 23.55 on 16 May 1944 but crashed while doing so. Flt Sgt Adams died in the crash. All other crew members survived and were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Crew List:
P.O. J. Pitts, Pilot
Flt Sgt K. W, Adams, Navigator
Flt Sgt B. D. Willia
ms, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
Sgt W. S. H. Jones, Air Gunner Crew List:

Remembered with honour
CASERTA WAR CEMETERY

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

5

ADAMS
KENNETH
WILLIAM

Flight Sergeant(Navy.Bomber)

1575629

Royal Air Force
Volunteer Reserve

16/05/1944

22

VII, B, 16.


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In Memory of

Trooper Ian Cunningham Anderson
(01/09/1922 – 01/03/1945)

7948259 44th Royal Tank Regiment, R.A.C.
Who died age 22 on 01 March 1945

The Sherman tanks of 44th Royal Tank Regiment left Tilbury on 23 February to take part in the battle against the Seigfried Line, concentrating near Goch, Germany, just over the Dutch border, on 26 February. During considerable fighting between 26 February and 3 March the regiment suffered the loss of two officers and a number of enlisted men before being withdrawn to Nymegen to begin training on DD amphibious tanks on 7 March.

The regiment took part in Operation Market Garden under the command of 101 Airborne Division and and was one of the first units to cross the Rhine at Zanten.

 Information courtesy of Major Colin Hepburn (Retd), Regimental Secretary, Royal Tank Regiment.

Remembered with honour
REICHSWALS FOREST WAR CEMETERY

Anderson

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

121

ANDERSON, IAN CUNNINGHAM

Trooper

7948259

Royal Tank Regiment, R.A.C

01/03/1/45

22

46. A. 18.


In Memory of
LAC Gilbert Bayley R.A.F.V.R.
(17/05/1920 – 28/12/1942)

Leading Aircraftsman Gilbert Bayley
Service No: 1164594,
who died age 22 on 28 December 1942

Son of Walter and Kate Annie Bayley

LAC Gilbert Bayley died following a road traffic accident which occurred on the previous day in Wisbech, Cambs.

Remembered with honour
SOLIHULL CEMETERY

Their Names Liveth For Ever More

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In Memory of
RAF Sergeant Robert Bayley
(2/12/1921 – 16/10/1942)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Mission: Köln (Cologne)
Date: 15/16th October 1942
Unit: No. 12 Squadron
Type: Wellington III
Serial: BJ606
Code: PH-S
Base: R.A.F. Wickenby, Lincolnshire
Location: Limburg, Holland

Pilot: Sgt. Robert Bayley 1210044 R.A.F.V.R. Age 20. Killed (1)
Nav: Sgt. Alec Gordon Willans 1381545 R.A.F.V.R. Age 30. Killed
Nav 2: Sgt. Geoffrey Charles Willis 1023440 R.A.F.V.R. Age 32 Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: F/O. Jack Johannesen 412146 R.A.A.F. Age 22. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. John Edward Freese Martin 403060 R.A.A.F. Age 31. Killed
Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Edmund St. Aubin Richardson R/82608 R.C.A.F. Age 31. Killed

Reason for loss: Took off at 18.42 hrs. from R.A.F. Wickenby to join a total of 289 aircraft (109 Wellington’s, 74 Halifax’s, 62 Lancaster’s and 44 Stirling’s) to bomb Cologne.

Not a successful raid as the weather forecast was not as predicted with winds different. The pathfinders had great difficulty marking the target away from the huge decoy fire site which attracted the majority of the bombs.

The report from Cologne states that 1 x 4,000 lb. exploded in the city (71 were carried by the bombers), 3 x high explosive bombs (Out of 231 carried), 210 incendiary bombs exploded (68,590 carried!) causing very little damage with 226 houses hit and only 2 of these were classed as serious damage. 4 people on the ground were injured.

The allies suffered terrible losses on this raid with 21 aircraft being lost. 106 aircrew lost their lives, 15 made P.O.W. and a further 12 survived after crash landings on return to their bases in England. All of these aircraft were lost after the raid and were intercepted on the homeward bound flight.

Wellington BJ606 was intercepted at 23.24 hrs by Oblt. Wilhelm Telge (2) of 4./NJG1 and shot down 1 km. North west of Wintershoven at 2,500 Mts. This was his first kill of the war.

(1) Robert Bayley attended Moseley from 1932 to 1937.

(2) This was the first of Oblt. Telge’s14 kills of the war before he was killed on the 31/01st September 1943 when he rammed a Stirling south west of Berlin. This Stirling has not been positively identified. His crew member managed to bail out and survived after the Bf110 G-4 G9+AN sheared a wing.

Weather: En route. Over the North sea, variable medium and low cloud. Low cloud base 2,000′ ops 6-8,000′, medium cloud base 14,000′. Some icing. Target. No cloud, slight haze, with good visibility. Later crews en-counted 4 to 8/10th cloud at 5/7,000′.

BJ606 PH-S – Bomb load: 1 x 4,000lbs

Opposition: Moderate heavy and light flak. Searchlights co-operating in large numbers but were hampered by cloud conditions. Balloons were reported up to 10,000′. Some night fighters operating over the target and en route.

Marking: Long sticks of flares will be dropped. PFF will the drop 6 X 4,0001b incendiary bombs in pairs.These will burn with a pinkish red flame. The marking technique was of considerable assistance.

Assessment of attack: Large fires were observed north of the aiming point. Though it was thought that dummy flares received some attention. Fires were visible for 100 miles on return. It is thought that some crews attacked Bonn.

Burial details: Sgt. Robert Bayley. Heverlee War Cemetery. 3.D.15 Son of Walter and Kate Bayley; husband of Edna Bayley, of Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
Sgt. Alec Gordon Willans. Heverlee War Cemetery. 3.D.13
Son of Thomas Gordon Willans and Edith Willans, of Bardsey, Yorkshire.
Sgt. Geoffrey Charles Willis. Heverlee War Cemetery. 3.D.17 No further details as yet.
F/O. Jack Johannesen. Heverlee War Cemetery. 3.D.14 Son of Jakob Bertin Johannesen and Bessie Johannesen, of Punchbowl, New South Wales, Australia.
Fl/Sgt. John Edward Freese Martin. Heverlee War Cemetery. 3.D.12
Son of Edward James Martin and Jessie Eleanor Martin, of Elizabeth Bay, New South Wales, Australia.
Fl/Sgt. Edmund St. Aubin Richardson. Heverlee War Cemetery. 3.D.16
Son of Edmund St.Aubin Richardson, and of Helen Richardson, of Leith, Edinburgh.

Researched by: Kelvin T. Youngs (A.R. Society) for the Moseleians Association

Acknowledgments: With thanks to the following: Keith Townsend (Moseley Grammar Historian), R.A.F. Wickenby Memorial Museum, Bill Chorley – “Bomber Command Losses”, Theo Boiten – “German Nightfighter War Diaries”, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt “Bomber Command War Diaries”, the

superb work of the C.W.G.C

On Sunday 15th October 2017, exact 75 year after Wellington BJ606 was shot down, near the town of Wintershoven in Belgium during World War ll, a memorial plaque was unveiled by the town. Pilot Robert Bayley and his crew now has a memorial in the village where they died.

Click HERE to download a booklet, created in collaboration between the Heemische Kring van Kortessem and the town council of Kortessem which commemorates the event.


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In Memory of
Pilot Officer Alan William Benting
(20/02/1022 – 24/09/1944)
MA and Aircrew-Remembered

 Mission: Ladbergen

Date: 23/24th September 1944benting-headstone
Unit: No. 617 Squadron
Type: Lancaster I
Serial: NF923
Code: KC-M
Base: Woodhall Spa,
Location: Vordense Binnenweg, Holland

Crew: Pilot: Fl/Lt. Geoffrey Stevenson Stout D.F.C. 145510 R.A.F.V.R. Age 23. Killed
Fl/Eng: P/O. Alan William Benting 182038 R.A.F.V.R. Age 22. Killed (1)
Nav: F/O. Clyde Euan Miles Graham M.i.D. 159937 R.A.F.V.R. Age 23. Killed
Air/Bmr: F/O. W.A. Rupert R.C.A.F. Evaded capture.
W/Op/Air/Gnr: F/O. R.J. Allen D.F.C. P.O.W. No: 6165 Camp: Stalag Luft Barth Vogelsang (L1)
Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Peter L. Whittaker D.F.M. P.O.W. No further details, but escaped from the Gestapo in Holland, February 1945.
Air/Gnr: F/O. R.R. Petch Evaded capture

REASON FOR LOSS: Took off at 1918 hrs to breach the Dortmund-Ems canal north of Münster. Selected for the fact that the water level at this point was significantly higher than the surrounding land, 136 Lancaster’s and 5 Mosquitos from No. 5 group RAF Bomber Command attacked this target. Despite the rather heavy and low clouds, the dyke was successfully breached, resulting in the draining of the Nazis’ important waterway over a length of 9 km. An important element of this attack was the two direct hits by Tallboy-bombs delivered by 617 Squadron.

This aircraft NF923 was also armed with the “Tallboy” Barnes Wallis bomb. Failed to see the target to drop the bomb and under instructions to return with it if that happened On the homeward bound flight, the aircraft was attacked by a night fighter and 3 engines were knocked out, also a fire started in the bomb bay. The pilot instructed the crew to bail out whilst he held the aircraft steady. 6 of the crew did so, one crew member did not survive the jump and P/O. Benting died of his injuries some two days later. The pilot died in the aircraft when it crashed near Lochem.

It is “probable” that this Lancaster was the victim of Hptm. Heinz Wolfgang Schnaufer (2) who intercepted at 23.15 hrs over Vreden-Borken at 3,900mts.

(1) P/O. Alan William Benting attended Moseley Grammar School, now Moseley School, from 1933 to 1938.

(2) Hptm. Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer of Stab IV./NJG1,already an ace at this time with an incredible 97 kills, survived the war but was killed in a car accident in France in 1945. (Total of 121 night kills)

Burial details: Fl/Lt. Geoffrey Stevenson Stout D.F.C. Lochem New General Cemetery Row 1. Grave 2. Son of Jacob Stevenson Stout and Emma Stout, of Whitehaven, Cumberland. B.A. (Cantab.).
P/O. Alan William Benting. Enchede Eastern General Cemetery. Joint grave 200-201 Son of William and Elizabeth Benting, of Acocks Green, Birmingham.
F/O. Clyde Euan Miles Graham M.i.D. Arnheim Oosterbeek War Cemetery Grave 4.C.13. Son of Major-General Sir Miles Graham, K.B.E., C.B., M.C., and of Lady Evelyn Graham (nee King); husband of Daphne Marion Graham, of Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.

Researched by: Kelvin T. Youngs (A.R. Society)

Acknowledgments: With thanks to the following: Keith Townsend historian of Moseley School memorial records, Bill Chorley – “Bomber Command Losses”, Theo Boiten – “German Nightfighter War Diaries”, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt “Bomber Command War Diaries”, the superb work of the C.W.G.C.


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In Memory of
Lance Corporal James Arthur Bickerdike
(06/07/1918 – 19/05/1940)

5830012, 5th Bn., Green Howards (Yorkshire Regiment)
who died aged 21 on 19 May 1940

Son of Thomas and Annie May Bickerdike

Remembered with Honour
DUNKIRK MEMORIAL
Dunkirk Memorial

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

333

BICKERDIKE, JAMES ARTHUR

Lance
Corporal

5830012

Green Howards
(Yorkshire Regiment)

19/05/1940

21

Column 49

Additional information:
The 5th Battalion, The Green Howards formed part of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) serving in France in 1940. After the Phoney War, the Battle of France began in earnest on 10 May 1940. To the east, the German Army Group B invaded and subdued the Netherlands and advanced westward through Belgium. In response, the Supreme Allied Commander—French General Maurice Gamelin—initiated “Plan D” which relied heavily on the Maginot Line fortifications. Gamelin committed the forces under his command, three mechanised armies, the French First and Seventh and the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) to the River Dyle. On 14 May, German Army Group A burst through the Ardennes and advanced rapidly to the west toward Sedan, then turned northward to the English Channel, in what General-Feldmarschall Erich von Manstein called the “Sickle Cut” (known as “Plan Yellow” or the Manstein Plan), effectively flanking the Allied forces. On 19th May the British 5th Infantry Division, including 5th Bn Green Howards were holding the line to the River Scarpe, east of Arras. What became the Battle of Arras began the following day.


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In Memory of
RAF Sgt Norman Reginald Bishop
(27/10/1923? – 04/05/1944)

Mission: Mailly-le-Camp
Date: 3/4th May 1944
Unit: No. 101 Squadron
Type: Lancaster III
Serial: LM467
Code: SR-J
Base: Ludford Magna. Lincolnshire.
Location: Voué, France
Pilot: F/O. Kenneth William Angus Muir 146137 R.A.F.V.R. Age 22. Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. James Bailey 1591915 R.A.F.V.R. Age 19. Killed
Nav: Fl/Sgt. Nigel Arthur Lacey-Johnson 1576434 R.A.F.V.R. Age 23. Killed (1)
Air/Bmr: Sgt. Norman Reginald Bishop 1578199 R.A.F.V.R. Age 20. Killed (2)
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Gregory Woods 1486640 R.A.F.V.R. Age ? Killed

W/Op/ABC: P/O. John Joseph Gorman 168781 R.A.F.V.R. Age 25. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Eric Edward Borton 1868872 R.A.F.V.R. Age ? Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Arthur James Bowles 1590669 R.A.F.V.R. Age 19. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS: Lancaster LM467 took off from R.A.F. Ludford Magna at around 21.30 hrs to support the troops on the invasion of Europe. The target for the 346 Lancasters and 14 Mosquitoes was the German military camp close to the French village of Mailly.
The operation was a success as far as the bombing was concerned with 114 barrack buildings destroyed, 47 transport sheds and some ammunition buildings in the camp destroyed, 192 vehicles, 37 tanks were also hit. 218 German soldiers were killed and a further 156 injured. 1,500 tons of bombs were dropped. But, due to the delays in signalling the main force to come in and bomb, Luftwaffe night fighters were waiting for them. 43 were lost this night – 177 aircrew killed, 18 taken p.o.w. and 31 evading capture.
LM467 was one of four 101 squadron Lancasters lost on this operation:
ME564 SR-Z Flown by Fl/Lt. John A. Keard killed along with 6 other crew, one being made a p.o.w.
DV275 SR-X2 Flown by F/O. George Baker killed with all 7 crew.

LM417 SE-A Flown by P/O. Thomas J. Drew killed with 6 other crew members, one being taken p.o.w.
Lancaster LM467 crashed at Voué soon after the attack was completed.

Sgt. Norman Reginald Bishop was a pupil of Moseley Grammar School from 1934 until 1939

Burial details: F/O. Kenneth William Angus Muir. Voué Churchyard Coll Grave 2.
Son of William Angus and Clara A. Muir; stepson of Nora Muir, of Whatlington, Sussex.
Sgt. James Bailey. Voué Churchyard Coll Grave 2. Son of John and Alice Bailey, of Harden, Yorkshire.

Fl/Sgt. Nigel Arthur Lacey-Johnson. Voué Churchyard Coll Grave 2. Son of Richard Arnold Lacey Lacey-Johnson and Florence Christine Lacey-Johnson, of Christmas Common, Oxfordshire.
Sgt. Norman Reginald Bishop. Voué Churchyard Coll Grave 2. Son of Herbert Reginald and Elsie Bishop, of Billesley, Birmingham.
Sgt. John Gregory Woods. Voué Churchyard Coll Grave 2.
P/O. John Joseph Gorman. Voué Churchyard Coll Grave 2. Son of John William and Hilda Gorman.
Sgt. Eric Edward Borton. Voué Churchyard Coll Grave 2.
Sgt. Arthur James Bowles. Voué Churchyard Coll Grave 2. Son of Lieut.-Comdr. Herbert Bowles, formerly R.N.V.R., and of Hilda Bowles, of Gosforth, Newcastle-on-Tyne.


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BLACKBURN, DENNIS
NO DETAILS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE


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In Memory of

Lieutenant Gerard Borg
(19/05/1919 – 16/07/1944)

268001 144th (8th Bn. East Lancashire Regt.)

Royal Armoured Corps
who died age 25 on 16 July 1944

Gordon Borg (1934)

Gordon Borg (1934)

Son of Philip Anthony and Edith Borg, husband of Beryl Cynthia Borg

of Stratford-upon-Avon.

Lt Gerard Borg was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School from 1930 to 1935

The 59th Division tank and infabtry assault on the town of Noyers lasted for two days. Operation Goodwood, a diversion for the British 2nd Army assault of July 19 pinned down German troops south pf Caen, allowing American fprces to break out of the Normandy beach head.

Lt. Borg’s troop of tanks crossed the start line at 05.30 hrs, hit a British minefield and lost direction and radio contact in the morning mist and dust of battle. They headed straight for the heart of the action and overran the trenches manned by the 277th Volksgrenadier Infantry Division.

Lt. Borg was shot in the head whilst firing his submachine gun at German soldiers who had overrun his tank. His crew kept firing for a considerable time, until they were able to recover his body and drive to safety, burying him temporarily in an apple orchard near Fontenay Le Pesnel.

Lt. Borg was a poet and, entirely against orders, is known to have signified his location to his wife at various times by means of poetical references which only she would have understood. He left behind a wife and one year old daughter.

Remembered with honour
St MANVIEU WAR CEMETERY, CHEUX

St Manvieu War Cem

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

123

BORG, Gerard G.

Lieutenant

268001

Royal Armoured Corps

16/07/1944

25

X.C.16.

144th Regiment RAC began to land in Normandy on 14 June 1944 and went into ‘harbour’ near Bayeux. It could be assigned to support any infantry division that required the assistance of tanks. Its first action was during Operation Pomegranate, supporting 59th (Staffordshire) Division in an attack on Noyers. This was a deliberate infantry assault preceded by an artillery barrage, with the tanks of 144 RAC in close support. The advance was badly hampered by minefields (both Allied and German), and 144 RAC had 20 tanks disabled, mostly by ‘friendly’ mines. In three days’ fighting, 144 RAC lost 13 officers and other ranks killed, 9 missing, and 61 wounded. In addition to the tanks disabled by mines, it had five tanks ‘brewed up’, one written off and 11 damaged or ditched, as well as a scout car and a half-track lost.


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In Memory of

RAF Sergeant Raymond Frank Brian
(14/03/1921 – 28/08/41)
MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Mission: Rotterdam docks
Date: 28th August 1941
Unit: No. 21 Squadron
Type: Blenheim IV
Serial: Z7435
Code: YH-S
Base: Watton, Norfolk
Location: Rozenburg (Zuid Holland)
Pilot: Sgt. Kenneth Hayes 1254653 R.A.F.V.R. Age 20. Killed
Obs: Sgt. Allan Arthur Cecil Shaddick 916694 R.A.F.V.R. Age 21. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Raymond Frank Brian 1169141 R.A.F.V.R. Age 20. Killed (1)

REASON FOR LOSS: This aircraft took off at 14.46 from R.A.F. Watton in Norfolk. The target was Rotterdam docks where they were to carry out a low level raid on cargo ships. Two ships were hit and further damage was caused to the docks.
This aircraft crashed at Rozenburg (Zuid Holland), 16 km WSW of Rotterdam. The cause of the crash has never been established but it is probable due to flak. In total 18 Blenheim’s had been involved in this raid with 1 crashing on take off and 7 others being lost during the raid.

(1) Sgt. Raymond Frank Brian was a former pupil of Moseley Grammar School from 1932 to 1938

Burial details: Sgt. Kenneth Hayes. Hook of Holland General Cemetery. Row F. Grave 40
Son of Frank Stanley and Mabel Helen Marian Hayes of South Norwood, Surrey
Sgt. Allan Arthur Cecil Shaddick. Hook of Holland General Cemetery. Row F. Grave 39
Son of Charles Herbert and Dorothy Ethel Shaddick of East Dulwich, London
Sgt. Raymond Frank Brian. Hook of Holland General Cemetery. Row F. Grave 41
Son of Roland Benjamin and Catherine Brian (nee Langley) of Birmingham
Researched by Kate Tame for the A.R. Society and the relatives of the crew.
Acknowledgments: With thanks to the following: Keith Townsend historian of Moseley School memorial records, Bill Chorley – “Bomber Command Losses”, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt “Bomber Command War Diaries”, the superb work of the C.W.G.C.


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In Memory of
Flight Lieutenant Aubrey Norman Brodie R.A.F.V.R.
(20/02/1921 – 27/03/1945)

170642, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
who died age 21 on 27 March 1945

Son of H. I. and Mrs Elizabeth Brodie, of Moseley, Birmingham.
Aubrey Norman Brodie was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School from 1932 until 1937
Liberator (Commando) II Al504 lost between Azores and Ottawa. Cause Unknown

Casualties.
W/C William Hugh Biddell QBE DFC, Pilot
F/Sgt Aubrey Norman Brodie, Co-Pilot
Flight Lieutenant Kenneth George Shea RAAF, Navigator
Flight Lieutenant David Buchanan RCAF, Navigator
Frederick William Williams, Radio Officer
Pilot Officer Douglas James Spence RCAF
Victor Claude James Bannister Steward
Air Marshal Sir Peter Roy Maxwell Drummond KCB DSO & Bar QBE MC
Commander Rupert Arnold Brabner DSO DSC MP, Under Secretary of State for Air
Sir John Bradley Abraham
Squadron Leader Elisha Gladdis Plum
Herbert Albert Jones
Eric Robinson
Edward Twentyman

Remembered with honour
RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Runnymede Memorial March 2007

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

2127

BRODIE, AUBREY NORMAN

Flight Leiutenanty

170642

Royal Air Force Volunteer Rederve

27/03/1945

24

Panel 265

On 27 March 1945, en route to Canada, the Liberator in which he was travelling was lost near the Azores. The aircraft was never found.


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In Memory of
RAF Sergeant Rodney Victor Butcher
(14/05/1919- 9/07/41)
MA and Aircrew-Remembered

See also Flt/Sgt G. B. Lewis

Mission: Hamm

RV Butcher (1934)

RV Butcher (1934)

Date: 8/9th July 1941
Unit: No. 10 Squadron
Type: Whitley V
Serial: Z6627
Code: ZA-?
Base: Leeming, Yorkshire.
Location: North Sea – Off Holland
Pilot: Fl/Sgt. George Bertram Lewis 805396 R.A.F. (Auxiliary) Age 26 Killed (2)
Pilot 2: P/O. Frank Wilson 89362 R.A.F.V.R. Age ? Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Rodney Victor Butcher 962421 R.A.F.V.R. Age 21. Killed (1)
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Cyril John Bevan 755892 R.A.F.V.R. Age 25. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS: Took off at 22.29 hrs. from R.A.F. Leeming to join 45 Hampdens and 28 Whitleys on an operation to Hamm, Germany. For various reasons only 31 aircraft managed to bomb the target and the results of the raid are unknown. However, 8 aircraft were lost with 25 aircrew killed, 5 being taken prisoner and one airman, according to reports, swam 9 miles back to shore to raise the alarm about his aircraft, another Whitley from 78 squadron, Y4209 EY-W, flown by Sgt. William McQuitty R.A.A.F. but despite a search no survivors were found.
Z6627 was intercepted and shot down by Lt. Rudolf Schoenert (3) of 4./NJG1 at 03.40 hrs. The aircraft came down according to records in the North Sea 60 km. north west of Vieland, Holland.

(1) Sgt Rodney Victor Butcher was a pupil of Moseley Grammar School from 1930 to 1935.
(2) Fl/Sgt. George Bertram Lewis was a pupil of Moseley Grammar School from 1926 to 1931.
(3) This was the second kill for Lt. Rudolf Schoenert who survived the war as a Major, with 67 confirmed kills.

Burial details: Fl/Sgt. George Bertram Lewis.Runnymede memorial Panel 37.
No further details apart from his former address, 64 Southam Road, Hall Green, Birmingham.
P/O. Frank Wilson.Runnymede memorial Panel 35.
No further details as yet.
Sgt. Rodney Victor Butcher.Runnymede memorial Panel 40.
Son of George Thomas Butcher and Edith Maud Butcher, of Doddington, Cambridgeshire.
Fl/Sgt. Cyril John Bevan.Runnymede memorial Panel 35.
Son of Ernest James Bevan and Eva Bevan, of Okehampton, Devon.
Researched by Kate Tame for the A.R. Societyand for all relatives of the crew.
Acknowledgments: With thanks to the following: Keith Townsend historian of Moseley School memorial records, Bill Chorley – “Bomber Command Losses”, Theo Boiten – “German Nightfighter War Diaries”, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt “Bomber Command War Diaries”, the superb work of the C.W.G.C.


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In Memory of
Flying Officer Ernest John Butler
(29/08/18 – 15/02/1943)

124152, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
who died age 24 on 15 February 1943

Son of Ernest and Ethel Butler of Northfield, Birmingham.

Ernest John Butler Norman Brodie was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School from 1929 until 1934
Remembered with honour
KARACHI WAR CEMETERY

karachi_war_cemetery61

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

83

BUTLER, ERMEST JOHN

Flying Officer (Pilot)

124152

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

15/02/1943

24

3.D.3.

Ernest BUTLER was killed on Monday 15 February 1943 whilst the pilot of Vengeance Ml 1 AN844 of 154 Bomber OTU that crashed on a bombing range at Peshawar, then India, now Pakistan.. F/O Butler failed to recover from a dive.


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In Memory of
Sergeant (Pilot) William Edward Clark R.A.F.V.R.
(19/05/1922 – 06/01/1945)

1584406, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
who died age 22 on 6 January 1945

Son of William and Mabel Clark of Kings Heath
Birmingham.
William Edward Clark was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School from 1934 until 1938

Sgt Clark died of injuries sustained in a ground accident after being struck by the wing tip of Hotspur Glider HM486 on the 5th January 1945.

Remembered with honour
BRANDWOOD END CEMETERY
BIRMINGHAM

Their Names Liveth For Ever More

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In Memory of
RAF Sergeant Cedric Nils Coldicott
(5/06/1920 – 25/09/42)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Mission: GardeningColdicott
Date: 24/25th September 1942
Unit: No. 61 Squadron
Type: Lancaster I
Serial: R5679
Code: QR-O
Base: Syerston
Location: Viborg, Denmark

Pilot: Sgt. Leavis Wilson Morrison 656649 R.A.F.V.R. Age27. Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. Cedric Nils Coldicott 570285 R.A.F. Age 22. Killed (1)
Nav: Fl/Sgt. John Alvin Duffield R/68670 R.C.A.F. Age 21. Killed
Air/Bmr: Sgt. Alexander McGee Cormack 1290672 R.A.F.V.R. Age 34. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Edwin Dyson 1059428 R.A.F.V.R. Age 20. Killed
Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. William Young Emerslund R/92023 R.C.A.F. Age 22. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Thomas Ralph Bevan 1317942 R.A.F.V.R. Age 19. Killed

Lewis Wilson Morrison 656649 Sgt Pilot RAF. Killed in Action 25 September 1942. He piloted the Avro Lancaster Bomber with 6 other crew on the nightime sea mine laying operation. It was hit over Denmark by a night fighter piloted by Oberleutnant Willi Eistermann (himself KIA in 1945) Only one the crew bailed out, but was too low for his canopy to open. The aircraft crashed in flames near Gronhoj north of Karup in Denmark. None of the crew survived. All the crew are interred together in Denmark in a local cemetery ( Frederikshavn), with a set aside location, for British war dead. Source: David Gedds

Lewis Wilson Morrison
656649 Sgt Pilot RAF. Killed in Action 25 September 1942.
He piloted the Avro Lancaster Bomber with 6 other crew on the nightime sea mine laying operation. It was hit over Denmark by a night fighter piloted by Oberleutnant Willi Eistermann (himself KIA in 1945)
Only one the crew bailed out, but was too low for his canopy to open.
The aircraft crashed in flames near Gronhoj north of Karup in Denmark. None of the crew survived.
All the crew are interred together in Denmark in a local cemetery ( Frederikshavn), with a set aside location, for British war dead.
Source: David Gedds

REASON FOR LOSS: Took off from R.A.F. Syerston, Lincolnshire at 1950 hrs. on a gardening operation (Laying mines-see abbreviations) with 50 other aircraft laying in various locations. They were to drop magnetic mines in the shipping lanes off the Frisian island chain.
One aircraft was lost on this raid. Lancaster R5679 was intercepted and shot down from 1,900 mts. by Oblt. Willi Eistermann (2) 6./NJG3 at 01.22 hrs 8 km south west Viborg. One crew member did manage to bale out of the aircraft but it was to low for his parachute to deploy.

1) Sgt. Cedric Nils Coldicott was a former pupil of Moseley Grammar school (Now secondary/grammar school.

We are working very closely with the school’s historians to remember all the ex pupils who died whilst serving with the RAF and recorded on the school memorial.

(2) This was the 5th kill (6 in total) for Oblt. Willi Eistermann before he lost his life on the 2nd February 1945 when he was shot down by flak.

Burial details: Sgt. Lewis Wilson Morrison. Frederikshavn Cemetery Allied Plot. Grave 31.

Son of Lewis and Jessie Morrison, of Aberdeen. M.A., Hons.
Sgt. Cedric Nils Coldicott. Frederikshavn Cemetery Allied Plot. Grave 28.
Son of Reginald John and Olga Coldicott, of Sparkhill, Birmingham.
Fl/Sgt. John Alvin Duffield. Frederikshavn Cemetery Allied Plot. Grave 32.
Fort William, Ontario, Canada. N.O.K details not available as yet.
Sgt. Alexander McGee Cormack. Frederikshavn Cemetery Allied Plot. Grave 30.
Son of Robert Cormack and of Margaret Cormack (nee McGee); husband of Gladys Evelyn Cormack.
Sgt. Edwin Dyson. Frederikshavn Cemetery Allied Plot. Grave 33.
Son of Arthur and Lily Dyson, of Hillsborough, Sheffield.
Fl:Sgt. William Young Emerslund R.C.A.F.
Fl/Sgt. William Young Emerslund. (Courtesy V.A. Canada). Frederikshavn Cemetery Allied Plot. Grave 29.
Son of Hjalmer August and Edna Young Emerslund, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Sgt. Thomas Ralph Bevan. Frederikshavn Cemetery Allied Plot. Grave 27.
Son of John and Annie Bevan, of Pontardulais, Glamorgan.
Researched by: Kelvin T. Youngs (A.R. Society) for the relatives of the crew.
Acknowledgments: With thanks to the following: Keith Townsend historian of Moseley School memorial records, Bill Chorley – “Bomber Command Losses”, Theo Boiten – “German Nightfighter War Diaries”, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt “Bomber Command War Diaries”, the superb work of the C.W.G.C.


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In Memory of
Sergeant Ian William Colvin R.A.F.V.R
(04/12/21 – 12/10/1943)

1575088, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
who died age 21 on 12 October 1943

Son of William A T and Florence Colvin of Moseley , Birmingham.
Ian William Colvin  was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School from 1933 until 1938

Halifax III BB333 of 462 Sqdn RAAF

Mission: Raid on airfield at Maritza, Rhodes, the crew’s first trip with 462 Squadron.

Crew List: 1386008 F/Sgt (Pilot) Kenneth Ernest Mark MARSH RAFVR + (6.E.13)
NZ421941 F/Sgt (Nav.) Mitchell RIDLAND* RNZAF + (6.G.4)
1575088 Sgt (Bomb Aimer) Ian William COLVIN RAFVR + (6.E.12)
1800355 Sgt (Flt. Eng.) Edward James STICKLAND RAFVR + (6.E.14)
1331844 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Sydney Ernest TILLEY RAFVR + (6.E.15)
1016325 Sgt. (Air Gnr.) Thomas James KELLY RAFVR + (6.E.10)

Reason for loss: Took off from Terria, Libya at 2351 and seven minutes later, after completing a ‘tight’ circuit, crashed from 800-1000 feet, two miles north of the airfield. The bomb load exploded after impact, destroying the wrecked Halifax to such an extent as to make investigation of the cause impossible.

Remembered with honour
BENGHAZI WAR CEMETERY

Benghazi War Cemetery

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

201

COLVIN IAN WILLIAM

Sergeant (Air Bomber)

1575088

RAFVR

12/10/1973

21

6.E.12


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In Memory of
Sergeant Maurice Henry Cope
(06/10/19 – 30/08/1941)

964384, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
who died age 21 on 30 August 1941

Son of William Henry and Frances Edna Cope of Billesley, Birmingham.
Maurice Henry Cope was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School from 1931 until 1935

Wellington W5559 of Overseas Delivery Unit on ferry flight from Cornwall to Malta via Gibnraltar. Shot down 8 miles south of Lampedusa by an Italian Cr42, probably of 23 Gruppo.

Sgt Cope was a member of staff at Birmingham City Library and is commemorated on their war memorial

Crew list
Sgt. William Francis Butler (1185908) (pilot)
Sgt David Dawson Todd (530811)
Sgt. Thomas Preston Butterfield (1100615)
Sgt. Maurice Henry Cope (964384)
Sgt. Donald Robert Arthur Garrick (927275)

Remembered with honour
MALTA MEMORIAL

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In Memory of
RAF Sergeant Alfred Douglas Cox

(13/11/18 – 2/03/41)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Mission: Cologne (Köln)
Date: 1/2nd March 1941
Unit: No. 61 Squadron
Type: Hampden I
Serial: X3147
Code: QR-B
Base: Hemswell, Lincolnshire.
Location: Syderstone, Norfolk.

Pilot 1: Sgt. Richard William Tudor Clarke 745499 R.A.F.V.R. Age 20. Killed
Pilot 2: Sgt. Alfred Douglas Cox 754176 R.A.F.V.R. Age 22. Killed (1)
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Percy Thomas 967631 R.A.F.V.R. Age 19. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Henry George Loates 617644 R.A.F. Age 25. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS: Took off at 20.14 hrs from Hemswell, Lincolnshire to attack Cologne (Köln) joining 131 aircraft on what was considered a very successful raid with the docks being hit on the Rhine near the city centre. Further damage including a military store and 13 warehouses burnt out. 21 people were killed on the ground with another 35 injured.
The R.A.F. suffered huge losses though, reporting that 11 aircraft were lost (On Cologne Operation) some as a result of combat but the majority through severe fog conditions over England. (See below). After running out of fuel searching for a place to land during the severe fog conditions QR-B Hampden I crash landed at Syderstone, Norfolk at 04.14 hrs and the aircraft burst into flames killing all the crew.
Sgt. Richard Clarke (who had carried out 17 operations over Europe including attacks on the Tirpitz and Berlin) and Sgt. Henry Loates were buried in a joint funeral with full military honours on the 7th March 1941. Sgt. Clarke’s parents, sister and other relatives were present at the funeral.

(1) Sgt Alfred Douglas Cox was a pupil at Mosley Grammar School from 1930 to 1935.

Burial details: Sgt. Richard William Tudor Clarke. Great Bircham (St. Mary) Churchyard, Norfolk. Plot 1. Row 2. Grave 19
Fulham Cross, London
Sgt. Alfred Douglas Cox. Birmingham (Brandwood End) Cemetery. Sec B.3. F.C. Grave 869
Son of Alfred and Lily Cox, of Billesley, Birmingham.
Sgt. Percy Thomas Llanpumpsaint (Bethel) Calvinistic Methodist Chapelyard. N.W. part.
Son of Rees and Lizzie Thomas of Gwarcwm, Llanpumpsaint.
Sgt. Henry George Loates. Great Bircham (St. Mary) Churchyard, Norfolk. Plot 1. Row 1. Grave 19
Son of Herbert George Loates, and of Elizabeth Loates, of Vancouver, British Columbia. Canada.

This article prepared for the niece of Sgt Clarke and the other relatives of the crew. With thanks to the following: Bill Chorley – “Bomber Command Losses Vol 2”, The C.W.G.C.


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In Memory of
RAF Sergeant Gerald Norman Cox
(13/11/18 – 2/03/41)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Mission: Cannes
Date: 11/12th November 1943
Unit: No. 78 Squadron
Type: Halifax II
Serial: LW321
Code: EY-T
Base: R.A.F. Breighton, Yorkshire
Location: La Brosse, Droue, France.
Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Alan Berry 658784 R.A.F. Age 24. Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. George Hubert Charles Horne 641601 R.A.F. Age ? Killed
Nav: Sgt. Leslie Austin 1516660 R.A.F.V.R. Age 20. Killed
Air/Bmr: Sgt. John Robert Cowen 1555819 R.A.F.V.R. Age 22. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Gerald Norman Cox 1230240 R.A.F.V.R. Age 22. Killed (1)
Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Edward Taylor 1606590 R.A.F.V.R. Age 19. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Herbert Barkwell R/163850 R.C.A.F. Age 19. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS: Took off at 18.02 hrs from R.A.F. Breighton, Yorkshire to bomb the marshalling yards and railway installations on the main coastal line to Italy. 134 aircraft took part in what was a very disappointing raid. The night was clear and the targets marked accurately by the pathfinders but most of the bombing completely missed the target and hit the middle class suburbs killing 39 local people in the village of La Bocca. The French at first were thrilled to see the R.A.F overhead but local newspapers reported them afterwards as pure savages and the raid was nothing but murder for British Glory – too much like a sport!
A total of 5 aircraft were lost on this raid with the loss of 17 aircrew killed and a further 6 being taken prisoner.
Halifax LW321 was shot down by Hptm. Helmut Bergmann (2) of 8./NJG4 2 km. South west of Droue west of Chateaudun with combat taking place at 4,000 mtrs at 01.00 hrs. on the homeward bound trip.

(1) Sgt. Gerald Norman Cox was a pupil of Moseley Grammar school from 1932 to 1937.
(2) This was the 16th kill for Hptm. Bergmann – he went on to claim a total of 34 kills before he was killed on the 6/7th August 1944 when he was shot down by Fl/Lt. John Surman in a Mosquito MM449 from 604 squadron.

Burial details: Fl/Sgt. Alan Berry. St. Desir War Cemetery. Calvados, France. Joint Grave VII.A. 8-9.
Son of John and Jane Berry, of Whitefield, Lancashire; husband of Rita Elizabeth Berry, of Whitefield.
Sgt. George Hubert Charles Horne. St. Desir War Cemetery. Calvados, France. Grave VII.B. 8.
Sgt. Leslie Austin. St. Desir War Cemetery. Calvados, France. Grave VII.B. 4.
Son of Thomas James Austin and Florence Elsie Austin, of Durham.
Sgt. John Robert Cowen. St. Desir War Cemetery. Calvados, France. Grave VII.B. 7.
Son of Nicholas Moore Cowen and Louisa Cowen; husband of Sarah Elizabeth Cowen, of Whalley Range, Manchester.
Sgt. Gerald Norman Cox. St. Desir War Cemetery. Calvados, France. Joint Grave VII.A. 8-9.
Son of Arthur and Mary Elizabeth Cox, of King’s Heath, Birmingham.
Sgt. John Edward Taylor. St. Desir War Cemetery. Calvados, France. Grave VII.B. 13.
Son of Howard and Kathleen Taylor, of Holcombe, Somerset.
Sgt. John Herbert Barkwell. St. Desir War Cemetery. Calvados, France. Grave VII.B. 6.
Son of Roy L. and Helen L. Barkwell, of Isham, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Researched by: Kelvin T. Youngs (A.R. Society) for relatives of the crew.
Acknowledgments: With thanks to the following: Keith Townsend, historian of Moseley School memorial records, Bill Chorley – “Bomber Command Losses”, Theo Boiten – “German Nightfighter War Diaries”, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt “Bomber Command War Diaries”, the superb work of the C.W.G.C.


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In Memory of
Sergeant JOHN HERBERT ARTHUR COX
(14/09/1919 – 06/02/1942)

748658, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
who died age 22 on 6 February 1942

Son of Arthur & Mary Elizabeth Cox of Kings Heath, Birmingham.
John Herbert Arthur Cox was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School from 1930 to 1935

Sgt. Cox died of wounds received from a crash which occurred a month earlier

Aircraft: Wellington X9825 of 22 OTU ‘A’ Flight Training.

Took off from Wellesbourne Mountford. Came into land slightly off the centre line of the runway and began to overshoot. Visibility in the area was marginal, with heavy snow showers and at 1825 the Wellington flew into Loxley Hill, roughly a mile or two south of the airfield. Two died from their injuries; P/O Allen rests in Worsley (St.Mark) Churchyard, while it seems likely that WO2 Cuthbert RCAF had relatives in Scotland as he is buried in Glasgow (Craigton) Cemetery.

Sgt. J H A Cox  Pilot, Injured
P/O. J E Allen Injured
WO2. A D W Cuthbert RCAF Injured
Sgt. Allen Injured

Chorley’s OTU losses volume does not mention that Cox died from wounds, but Flight magazine has him injured, and then dying from injuries a month or so later.

Remembered with honour
BIRMINGHAM (YARDLEY) CEMETERYTheir Names Liveth For Ever More

 


 

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In Memory of
RAF Sergeant James William Barrie Craig
(20/03/19 – 10/02/41)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Mission: Recce patrol
Date: 10th February 1941
Unit: No. 254 Squadron (Coastal Command)
Type: Blenheim IV
Serial: N3528
Code: QY-?
Base: Sumbergh, Shetland.
Location: Småbergan

Pilot: F/O. Kenneth Ian Mackenzie 42140 R.A.F. Age 25. Killed
Obs: Sgt. James William Barrie Craig 751594 R.A.F.V.R. Age 22. Killed (1)
Air/Gnr: AC2. Herbert John Twinn 650673 R.A.F. Age 22. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS: It is likely that the Blenheim had been hit by flak and was looking for a place to land. The Blenheim was seen circling the city at low altitude when it finally crashed into the roof of the barracks which was occupied by German officers. No casualties apart from the crew were reported.
One of the engines hit a house in Haldens Gate and started a fire, the actual aircraft crashed into Stadsingenior Dahis Gate. All crew members were killed.

(1) Sgt. James William Barrie Craig was a pupil of Moseley Grammar School from 1930 to 1936.

Burial details: F/O. Kenneth Ian Mackenzie. Trondheim (Stavne) Cemetery. Norway. A IV British L.13.
Son of Rear-Admiral K. H. L. Mackenzie and Ila May Mackenzie; husband of Joan Elizabeth Mackenzie, of Deal, Kent.
Sgt. James William Barrie Craig. Trondheim (Stavne) Cemetery. Norway. A IV British L.12.
Son of James Donaldson and Ann Finnie Craig, of Newlands, Glasgow.
AC2. Herbert John Twinn. Trondheim (Stavne) Cemetery. Norway. A IV British L.10.
Son of William and Louisa Twinn.
Researched by Kelvin T. Youngs (A.R. Society)
Acknowledgments: With thanks to the following: Keith Townsend, historian of Moseley School memorial records, Flyvrak, a Society researching lost WW2 aircraft in Norway and Finland, the superb work of the C.W.G.C. and to Tore Eggan for the superb crash photographs.


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In Memory of
RAF Sergeant Frank Craven
(24/12/1926 – 9/12/1942)

MA and Aircrew-RememberedMission: Gardening
Date: 08/09th December 1942
Unit: No. 149 Squadron
Type: Stirling I
Serial: W7639
Code: OJ-Q
Base: R.A.F. Lakenheath, Suffolk.
Location: Brandon, Suffolk.

Pilot: P/O. John Philp B.E.M. 133028 R.A.F.V.R. Age 33. Killed (1)
Fl/Eng: Sgt. William Stanley Hughes 570930 R.A.F. Age 22. Killed
Obs: Fl/Sgt. George Edward Hills 1258086 R.A.F.V.R. Age 31. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: P/O. Christopher William Higgins 134511 R.A.F.V.R. Age 20. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Frank Craven 1185176 R.A.F.V.R. Age 25. Killed (2)
Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Thomas Harold Harris 1201186 R.A.F.V.R. Age 23. Killed
Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Thomas Glenville Williams 545642 R.A.F. Age 24. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS: Took off at 16.34 hrs for a mining operation in the Jasmine region (Baltic). The pilot experienced technical difficulties and returned. During the trip the aircraft crashed at 21.35 hrs. at Fenhouse Farm, Brandon in Suffolk. No further details are available as yet.

1) P/O. John Philp had been awarded his B.E.M. earlier in September, when the Stirling (BF334 OJ-R) he was piloting suffered engine failure and they were forced to ditch. Both he and another crew member towed severely injured Sgt. Frederick King as they swam ashore. Sgt. King had unfortunately died during their 4 hour swim when they were finally picked up by a small fishing boat.

(2) Sgt. Frank Craven was a pupil of Moseley Grammar school from 1927 to 1933.

Burial details: P/O. John Philp B.E.M. Beck Row Churchyard Row C. Grave 11.
Son of Peter and Mary Philp; husband of Victoria Melita Philp, of Southsea, Hampshire. M.P.S., F.S.M.C.
Sgt. William Stanley Hughes. Beck Row Churchyard Row C. Grave 12. Son of Thomas Stanley and Jessie Duncan Hughes, of Liverpool.
Fl/Sgt. George Edward Hills. Woolwich Cemetery Sec 3. Grave 395. Son of Sydney Albert and Elizabeth Margaret Hills, of Woolwich.
P/O. Christopher William Higgins. Sheffield R/C. Cemetery Sec. G.R. Grave 235. Son of Martin and Kathleen Higgins, of Sheffield.
Sgt. Frank Craven. Birmingham Cemetery Sec. 15. R.C. Class B. Grave 2330 Son of Fred and Daisy Elizabeth Margaret Craven; husband of Dorothy Isabel Anne Craven, of Handsworth Wood, Birmingham.
Fl/Sgt. Thomas Harold Harris. Rhondda Cemetery Plot C.Row 3. Grave 33. Son of William and Catherine Mary Harris, of Taylorstown.
Fl/Sgt. Thomas Glenville Williams. Merthyr Tydfil Cemetery Uncons. Sec. Row T.6. Grave 42. Son of Thomas Henry and Myfanwy Williams, of Cefn Coed.

Researched by: Kelvin T. Youngs (A.R. Society) for relatives of crew.
Acknowledgments: With thanks to the following: Keith Townsend, historian of Moseley School memorial records, Bill Chorley – “Bomber Command Losses”, the superb work of the C.W.G.C.


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In Memory of
PRIVATE FRANCIS JOHN CROMBLEHOLME
(29/10/1926 – 12/01/1945)

5393317 Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
who died age 18 on 12 January 1945

Son of Richard F and Mabel L Crombleholme of Warstock,
Birmingham
Francis John Crumbleholme was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School from 1937 to 1940

Remembered with honour
HOTTON WAR CEMETERY

Hotton_Cem

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

132

CROMBLEHOLME
FRANCIS JOHN

Private

5393317

Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders)

12/01/1945

18

IX.A.3.

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In Memory of
S/Ldr John Cumming, DFC & Bar
(1918 – 7/09/46)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Service No: 43935
Mission: London to Buenos Aires
Date:7th September 1946
Unit: British South American Airways
Type: Avro 685 York Mk 1.
Serial: G-AHEW

REASON FOR LOSS: The aircraft, code name Star Leader, was on a flight from London to Buenos Aires via Lisbon, Bathurst, Natal, Rio de Janeiro and Montevideo. It had arrived at 02:43 hr at Bathurst (now Banjul) Gambia,  where a new crew took over. At approximately 04:08 hr the York took off again for Natal. The weather was fair, with visibility 10 miles and cloud base 1,500ft. 3/10 strato-cumulus. The wind was WSW at two knots.
Shortly after takeoff the aircraft had crashed in the bush nearly two miles south of the airfield. The port wing first struck trees 40-50 feet high and then crashed through more trees as it rolled over to the left. The airplane burst into flames, killing all 20 passengers and four crew.
The accident flight was the captain’s first York flight on a scheduled service, and it was also the first take-off he made in a York loaded to more than 69,000 lb.

Squadron Leader John Nisbet Scott Cumming was a pupil of Moseley Grammar School from 1931 to 1936.

Burial details: Grave: Communal, Banjul Cemetery, the Gambia.

Note; S/Ldr Cumming had served with distinction throughout the war, having joined the RAF as a flight sergeant almost immediately after leaving school. He flew a number of bomber raids over enemy territory before transferring to “pathfinder” duties, illuminating targets with flares in 1944. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in September 1944 and a second such medal, known as a bar, in February 1945.


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In Memory of
Flight Sergeant FRED DAVIS
(1922 – 12/06/1945)

(Flight Engineer)
2215224, 358 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
who died age 23 on 12 June 1945

Son of Wilfred George & Violet Davis, husband of Elizabeth Davis.

Aircraft: Liberator KH350

Took off for an operational flight over S.E. Asia at 02.50 hours and 1½ minutes afterwards crashed about 3 miles N.W. of the runway. All nine men were killed. The aircraft crashed into the open paddy fields and burst into flames, The cause of the accident is unknown.

Crew:
1493778 F/S. K. M. Hodgson, Pilot
1607295 Sgt. F. H. Crighton, 2nd Pilot
165993 F/O. S. Grayon. G.D. Navigator
2215224 Sgt. F. Davis, Flight Engineer
166166 F/O. W. C. Lewington G.D. Air Bomber
1565487 Sgt. A. E. Crosby, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
1681685 Sgt. F. Priestley, Air Gunner
1827315 Sgt. J. Freeland, Air Gunner
1827503 Sgt. D. Mc. P. Murray, Air Gunner

Remembered with honour
CHITTAGONG WAR CEMETERY

Chittagong_War_Cemetry

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

1

DAVIS, FRED

Flight Sergeant

2215224

RAFVR

12/06/1945

23

3. C. 4.


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In Memory of
Pilot Officer STANLEY CLARENCE DYKES
(18/10/1922 – 18/07//1943)
(Flight Engineer)

137546 (Air Bomber), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
who died age 20 on 18 July 1943

Son of Clarence Percival and Elsie Emily Dykes of Shirley,
Solihull

Remembered with honour
BIRMINGHAM MUNICIPAL CREMATORIUM

Lodge_Hill_Crematorium

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

1

DYKES STANLEY CLARENCE

Piolot Officer

2215224

RAFVR

12/06/1945

213

Col 1

P/O Dykes was part of the crew of Lancaster 1 W4947, GP-Z, of 1661 HCU, which took of for a night navigation sortie over the Irish Sea. It is suspected that the aircraft ditched at around 02.40, possibly betewwn Barrow in Furness and St Bees Head, ssw of Whitehaven on the Cumberland coast.

Two are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, three bodies were later claimed by n.o.k. while Sgt Loftus of Morden Surrey and Sgt Leverton from Sherwood, Nots were buried in Chester (Blacon) Cemetery.


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In Memory of
Sergeant GEORGE STANLEY FOX
(06/11/1919 – 14/04//1942)

1152586, 39 Sqdn, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
who died age 22 on 14 April 1942

Son of George & Maud Emily Fox of Moseley, Birmingham

Aircraft: Beaufort N1169.of 39 Squadron.

Eight strike force aircraft were sent out from Bu Amud for an attack on an Italian convoy. This crew was lost when it was attacked by enemy aircraft when returning to Malta. One of 6 Beauforts lost that mission.

F/Lt Robert Graham Webster Beveridge pilot Killed
Lt Peter Leverick RN (Observer) Missing Believed Killed
Sgt George Stanley Fox (WOP/AG) Missing Believed Killed
Sgt Norman Austin Payne (AG) RCAF Missing Believed Killed

Remembered with honour
ALAMEIN MEMORIAL

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In Memory of
RAF Sergeant John Steven Francis
(14/04/24 – 22/06/44)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Mission: Wesseling
Date: 21/22nd June 1944
Unit: No. 101 Squadron
Type: Lancaster I
Serial: ME613
Code: SR-M2
Base: Ludford Magna
Location: Drunen, Holland

Pilot: F/O. Spencer Waddy Cook J/25395 R.C.A.F. Age 34. Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. A.C. Peyton P.O.W. No: 52470 Camp: Stalag Luft Wetzlar (DL)
Nav: Sgt. John Stevens Francis 1580571 R.A.F.V.R. Age 20. Kiled (1)
Air/Bmr: Fl/Lt. W. E. Lockwood P.O.W. No: 4706 Camp: Stalag Luft Barth Vogelsang (L1)
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Albert Ernest Holmes 1581012 R.A.F.V.R. Age 20. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr(Specialist): Sgt. Donald Jagger 2205762 R.A.F.V.R. Age 19. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. J.M. Starr R.C.A.F. P.O.W. No: 53425 Camp: Stalag Luft Bankau-Kreulberg
(L7)
Air/Gnr: Sgt. M.G. Gillespie R.C.A.F. P.O.W. No: 6297 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria (L3)

REASON FOR LOSS: Lancaster ME613 took off from R.A.F. Ludford Magna at 23.14 hrs. on an operation to bomb the oil refinery works at Wesseling, along with 132 other Lancaster’s and 6 Mosquitoes.
Although the weather forecast was clear the bomber stream encountered very low cloud over the target area.
Bombing was thought not to have been successful, with only slight damage to the plant according to the post-raid reconnaissance. However it later transpired from German secret reports that the bombing did in fact cause a 40% loss of production. 15 Germans, 5 foreign workers and a pow were killed in the surrounding area.
The allies lost a huge amount of aircraft, with 38 Lancaster’s failing to return. The loss of life from crew members totalled 207 killed, 42 taken prisoner and 8 evading capture.
ME613 was shot down by Uffz. Koppelmayer (2) of 6./NJG1 at 02.09 hrs. some 14 k.m. west of Hertogenbosch, eventually crashing at Drunen, Holland.

(1) Sgt. Francis was a pupil of Moseley Grammar School from 1935 to 1940
(2) Uffz. Koppelmayer – this was his first of two confirmed victories and he survived the war.

Burial details: F/O. Spencer Waddy Cook. Bergen-Op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery. Grave 12.F.10 Son of Dr. Maximilian M. Cook, and Minnie W. Cook, of Santa Fe, Tennessee, U.S.A.
Sgt. John Stevens Francis. Jonkerbos War Cemetery Grave 12.J.8 Son of William S. and Winifred M. Francis, of Hall Green, Birmingham.
Sgt. Albert Ernest Holmes. Jonkerbos War Cemetery Grave 12.J.7 Son of Joseph and Hilda May Holmes, of Wednesbury, Staffordshire.
Sgt. Donald Jagger. Jonkerbos War Cemetery Grave 12.J.9 Son of Frederick William Jagger, and of Mary Jagger, of Tyldesley, Lancashire.

Researched by: Kelvin T. Youngs (A.R. Society) for relatives of the crew.
Acknowledgments: With thanks to the following: Keith Townsend, historian of Moseley School memorial records, Bill Chorley – “Bomber Command Losses”, Theo Boiten – “German Nightfighter War Diaries”, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt “Bomber Command War Diaries”, the superb work of the C.W.G.C.


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In Memory of
Flying Officer John Dolphin Freckleton
(10/19/1923 – 13/10/1945)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Mission: Melsbroek, Belgium
Date: 13th October 1945
Unit: No 206 Squadron
Type: Liberator VI
Serial: KL595
Code: LB-30-A
Base: Oakington
Location: Belgium?

Crew: Pilot: Fl/Lt. Peter Green 132597 R.A.F.V.R. Age 26. Killed
Pilot: F/O. John Dolphin Freckleton 154708 R.A.F.V.R. Age 22. Killed (3)
Fl/Eng: Fl/Sgt. Dennis George Nightall 1869611 R.A.F.V.R. Age 20. Killed
Nav: F/O. Bernard Connor 153904 R.A.F.V.R. Age 23. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: F/O. Harry Thomas Walter Alderton 196153 R.A.F.V.R. Age 33. Killed

Passengers: Sq/Ldr. Richard Charles Rivaz D.F.C. 78999 206 Squadron R.A.F. Age 37. Killed (1)
Dvr. Rowland George Ashton T/14675656 R.A.S.C. Attached 223 Field Ambulance R.A.M.C. Age 20. Killed
Dvr. William George Bayfeild T/14542657 R.A.S.C. Attached R.A.M.C. Age 33 Killed
Dvr. George Henry Bowyer T/14524657 R.A.S.C. Attached R.A.M.C. Age 34. Killed
Dvr. Leslie John Brannon T/14754143 R.A.S.C. Attached R.A.M.C. Age ?. Killed
L/Cpl. Frederick John Edwin Cooper T/203154. R.A.S.C. Attached 163 Field Ambulance R.A.M.C. Age 34. Killed
Cpt. Philip Brian Crosby 211452 Army Dental Corps. Age 26. Killed
Dvr. Sydney Crouch T/14696052 R.A.S.C. Attached R.A.M.C. Age 20. Killed
Pte. Cecil Henry Ellis 14618394 attached 163 Field Ambulance R.A.M.C. Age 42. Killed
Pte. Eric Joshua Ellis 14591379 attached 163 Field Ambulance R.A.M.C. Age 20. Killed
Pte. James Etheridge 14507981 attached 163 Field Ambulance R.A.M.C. Age 36. Killed
Pte. Cyril James Evans 14376873 attached 163 Field Ambulance R.A.M.C. Age 35. Killed
Pte. Richard Evans 14300336 attached 163 Field Ambulance R.A.M.C. Age 21. Killed
Pte. Bernard Fannon 14366866 attached 163 Field Ambulance R.A.M.C. Age 21. Killed
Pte. Thomas Fleming 14333396 attached 163 Field Ambulance R.A.M.C. Age 21. Killed
Pte. Thomas Henry Forsyth 14637389 attached 163 Field Ambulance R.A.M.C. Age 24. Killed
Dvr. Albert Garner T/14404917 R.A.S.C. Attached 223 Field Ambulance R.A.M.C. Age 33. Killed
Dvr. George Gibson T/14710540 R.A.S.C. Attached R.A.M.C. Age 33. Killed
Dvr. Albert Edward Hubble T/14431383 R.A.S.C. Attached 223 Field Ambulance R.A.M.C. Age 20. Killed
Dvr. William James Keeley T/14253682 R.A.S.C. Attached 223 Field Ambulance R.A.M.C. Age 22. Killed
Dvr. Kenneth Mann T/14583298 R.A.S.C. Attached R.A.M.C. Age 20. Killed
Dvr. Derick Moore T/14371881 R.A.S.C. Attached 223 Field Ambulance R.A.M.C. Age 21. Killed
Dvr. Charles Mark Old T/10630390 R.A.S.C. Attached R.A.M.C. Age 25. Killed
Cpl. Reginald Walter Pluck 7536802 Army Dental Cops. Age 28. Killed
Dvr. Reginald Pritchard T/10669595 R.A.S.C. Attached R.A.M.C. Age 29. Killed
Pte. Geoffrey Jack Withers 1075934 Army Catering Corp. Attached R.A.S.C. Age 25. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS: This aircraft was tasked with transporting troops back to the UK from Belgium. It took off at night with 5 crew and 26 passengers on board. The pilot made an attempt to get the aircraft off the ground before flying speed had been reached, but failed and sank whilst crossing a hollow at the end of the runway and crashed, bursting into flames. A total of 31 people on board lost their lives. (2)

(1) Sq/Ldr Rivaz had already published a book in 1943 entitled “Tail Gunner” describing his experiences with 35 and 102 Squadrons and was researching for another book on RAF Transport Command when he was killed.
In late 1941 the then Flight Lieutenant Rivaz was awarded the D.F.C. for his part in the bombing of the battleship Schamhorst in Brest harbour.

(2) Reason for loss: Accident card
Raises a number of issues. It suggests that pilots who are involved with repatriation flights should have special training for operational flights with a full load. Any extra crew not directly involved with the flight should not be permitted on the flight deck. That the runways used for this type of aircraft should be over 2000 yards long and, that the loading of freight should be reviewed when using Liberators. Other issue suggested that the aircraft might have been over weight or incorrectly trimmed.

(3) F/O. John Dolphin Freckleton was a pupil of Moseley from 1934 to 1938.

Burial details: F/Lt. Peter Green. Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium. Grave X.32.16.
Son of James McGregor Green and Ann Brown Green of Lochgelly, Fife
F/O. John Dolphin Freckleton. Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium. Grave X.32.17
Son of John Arthur and Florence Mary Freckleton of Sparkbrook, Birmingham
Fl/Sgt. Dennis George Nightall. Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium. Grave X.32.20
Son of Alfred George and Louise Vera Nightall of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
F/O. Bernard Connor. Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium. Grave X.32.18.
Son of Bernard and Gladys Conner; husband of Robertha Conner of Kirkintilloch, Dunbartonshire
F/O. Harry Thomas Walter Alderton. Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium. Grave X.32.19.
Son of Harry and Ethel Alderton; husband of Eva Doris Alderton of Polegate, Sussex
Sq/Ldr. Richard Charles Rivaz. Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium. Grave X.32.15
Son of Cecil Arhtur Glencairn and Edith Rivaz; stepson of Evelyn Rivaz of Hove, Sussex
Dvr. Rowland George Ashton. Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium. Grave X.28.54.
Son of Frank and Maud Eliza Ashton of March, Cambridgeshire
Dvr. William George Bayfeild. Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium. Grave X.28.49
No further details as yet
Dvr. George Henry Bowyer. Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium. Grave X.28.33.
Son of Fred and Alice Bowyer of Coventry; husband of Doris Bowyer of Coventry, Warwickshire
Dvr. Leslie John Brannon. Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium. Grave X.28.51
No further details as yet
L/Cpl. Frederick John Edwin Cooper. Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium. Grave X.28.40.
Son of Fred and Annie Gertrude Cooper of Wilton, Wiltshire; husband of Rebecca Lily Cooper of Wilton, Wiltshire
Cpt. Philip Brian Crosby. Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium. Grave X.28.39
Son of Berkley Cecil and Bessie May Crosby; husband of Mary Cosby of Oswestry, Shopshire. L.D.S, B.Ch.D.
Dvr. Sydney Crouch. Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium. Grave X.28.30
Son of Frederick and Emma Crouch of Elham, Kent
Pte. Cecil Henry Ellis. Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium. Grave X.28.47
No further details as yet
Pte. Eric Joshua Ellis. Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium. Grave X.28.48
Son of Agnes Mary Ellis of Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire
Pte. James Etheridge. Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium. Grave X.28.42
No further details as yet
Pte. Cyril James Evans. Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium. Grave X.28.46
Son of David and Lilian Evans of Winson Green, Birmingham, West Midlands
Pte. Richard Evans. Brussels Town Cemetery. Belgium. Grave X.28.45
No further details as yet
Pte. Bernard Fannon. Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium. Grave X.28.36
No further details as yet
Pte. Thomas Fleming. Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium. Grave X.28.36
Son of David and Margaret Fleming of Strathaven, Lanarkshire
Pte. Thomas Henry Forsyth. Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium. Grave X.28.37
Son of David H and Mary E Forsyth of Hull, Yorkshire
Dvr. Albert Garner. Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium. Grave X.28.43
Son of George Henry and Hannah Garner of Clayton, Manchester
Dvr. George Gibson. Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium. Grave X.28.50
Son of Philip and Jessie Gibson of Newcastle-on-Tyne
Dvr. Albert Edward Hubble. Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium. Grave X.28.44
Son of Thomas Henry and Daisy Florance Hubble of East Acton, London
Dvr. William James Keeley. Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium. Grave X.28.41
Son of Charles Arthur and Dorothy Violet Keeley of Walworth, London
Dvr. Kenneth Mann. Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium. Grave X.28.34
Son of John and Alice Mann of Rochdale, Lancashire
Dvr. Derick Moore. Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium. Grave X.28.52
Son of Edward and Edith Moore of Derby, Derbyshire
Dvr. Charles Mark Old. Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium. Grave X.28.32
Son of Edwin and Emily Old of Yeovil, Somerset; husband of Olive Fanny Old of Preston Plucknett, Yeovil
Cpl. Reginald Walter Pluck. Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium. Grave X.28.38
Son of Herbert John and Florence Pluck; husband of Enid Frances Pluck of Shepreth, Hertfordshire
Dvr. Reginald Pritchard. Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium. Grave X.28.35
Son of Herbert Archibald and Mary Elisabeth Pritchard of Coventry, Warwickshire
Pte. Geoffrey Jack Withers. Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium. Grave X.28. 53
Son of Thomas and Rosena Withers; husband of Vera Jean Withers of Harringay, Middlesex

Researched by: Kate Tame for the A.R. Society for relatives of all the crew and the many passengers.
Acknowledgments: With thanks to Keith Townsend Moseley School memorial records historian, R.C. Rivaz -“Tail Gunner”, Collin Cummings – “The Price of Peace”, C.W.G.C. for there superb work.


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In Memory of
RAF Sgt Kenneth Charles Friend
(12/11/1920 – 17/10/1940)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Mission: Gardening
Date: 16/17th October 1940 (Wednesday/Thursday)
Unit: No. 49 Squadron
Type: Hampden I
Serial: L4129
Code: EA-?
Base: R.A.F. Scampton, Lincolnshire.
Location: Gironde, France

Pilot: Sgt. Dennis Sydney Imber 748039 R.A.F.V.R. Age 21 Killed
Pilot 2: Sgt. Robert Frederick Rose 740263 R.A.F.V.R. Age 25. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Kenneth Charles Friend 747724 R.A.F.V.R. Age 19. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Frank Corbett 618707 R.A.F. Age 22. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS: Took off from Scampton together with other Hampden’s to lay mines off Bordeaux. Shot down by German Flak near Amares-et-Lagrave, which is 11 km north east of Bordeaux.
A disastrous raid for 49 squadron who lost 4 aircraft on this operation:
L4195 Flown by F/O. Evans who managed to return to England but crashed at 04.50 hrs at Lenham near Ashford in Kent. He was injured, another crew member was killed and the third escaped injury.
P2143 Flown by F/O. Charles Pitman, also crashing in England when short of fuel – all crew were killed.
X2900 Flown by Sgt. Bates, crashed in Andover when overshot the runway – all crew were safe. It is thought that most of these crashes were caused by the extremely bad fog conditions over England on their return.

Sgt. Kenneth Charles Friend was a pupil of Moseley Grammar School from September 1932 until July 1937.

Sgt Kenneth Charles Friend Crash site (1)

Sgt Kenneth Charles Friend crash site

Sgt Kenneth Charles Friend Crash site (2)

Sgt Kenneth Charles Friend crash site

Burial details: Sgt. Dennis Sydney Imber. Ambares-Et-Lagrave Communal Cemetery Sp. Mem C. Son of Sidney Albert John and Grace Elizabeth Imber, of Cambridge.
Sgt. Robert Frederick Rose. Ambares-Et-Lagrave Communal Cemetery Sp. Mem C.
Son of Bertie Percy and Florence Jessie Rose, of Peckham, London.
Sgt. Kenneth Charles Friend. Ambares-Et-Lagrave Communal Cemetery Sp. Mem C.
Nephew of Mrs. V. Chandler, of Brington, Huntingdonshire.
Sgt. Frank Corbett. Ambares-Et-Lagrave Communal Cemetery Sp. Mem C.
Son of George R. Corbett and Emma Corbett, of Great Houghton, Yorkshire.

Researched by Aircrew Remembrance Society on behalf of the families.


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In Memory of
Aircraftsman Class 2 BERT AIDAN GEORGE
(06/11/1919 – 14/04//1942)

905114, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
who died age 22 on 07 December 1940

Son of Sarah Elizabeth Taylor of Cheltenham,
Gloucestershire

Bert Aiden George died of natural causes during war service.

Remembered with honour
GODERICH (MAITLAND) CEMETERY

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In Memory of
RAF Sergeant George Howard Goldsmith
(03/07/1918 – 4/07/1940)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Mission: Air Sea Rescue
Date: 4th July 1940
Unit: No. 206 Squadron
Type: Hudson I
Serial: N7368
Code: VX-?
Base: R.A.F. Bircham Newton, Norfolk.
Location: Texel, Netherlands

Pilot: P/O. Selby Roger Henderson D.F.C. 40826 R.A.F. Age 22. Killed (1)
Nav: Sgt. George Howard Goldsmith 526218 R.A.F. Age 22. Killed (2)
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Gordon Clifton Sumner 568173 R.A.F. Age ? Killed
Air/Gnr: L.A.C. John Lindsay Williamson 534498 R.A.F. Age 22. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS: Took off from R.A.F. Bircham Newton at 05.50 hrs together with another Hudson P5162 VX-V from 206 squadron (3) to search for survivors of a 44 Squadron Hampden P4352 KM-J (4) which was lost earlier on in the morning on a gardening operation in the Great Belt area. These aircraft were lost in the Texel area and is thought that both were hit by flak.

(1) P/O. Selby Roger Henderson D.F.C. London Gazette 2 January 1940. The recommendation states: ‘At 11.45 on 8 November 1939, when pilot of a reconnaissance aircraft on duty over the North Sea, Pilot Officer Henderson encountered two large enemy flying boats. He engaged the leading boat with utmost resolution; bursts were seen to enter the engines and after part of the flying boat’s hull, the enemy Rear-Gunner was incapacitated and eventually the flying boat went down partially out of control. Pilot Officer Henderson then attacked the second enemy aircraft with equal determination and silenced its fire before exhausting all his ammunition.’
Henderson received his D.F.C. at an investiture at Buckingham Palace in February 1940 and was married to a Norfolk girl that May.

(2) Sgt. George Howard Goldsmith was a pupil of Moseley Grammar school from 1929 to 1935
(3) The pilot of P5162 P/O. James Mackinnon and all his crew were killed.
(4) Hampden P4352 KM-J flown by P/O. Desmond A. Todd and all his crew were killed.

Burial details: P/O. Selby Roger Henderson D.F.C. Runnymede Memorial Panel 8.
Son of Selby and Elaine Henderson; husband of Joan Louise Henderson, of Hunstanton, Norfolk.
Sgt. George Howard Goldsmith. Runnymede Memorial Panel 14.
Son of George Henry Goldsmith, and of Charlotte Ella Goldsmith, of Hall Green, Birmingham.
Sgt. Gordon Clifton Sumner. Runnymede Memorial Panel 20.
No further details as yet.
L.A.C. John Lindsay Williamson. Runnymede Memorial Panel 24.
Son of John Francis and Esther Hilda Williamson; husband of Barbara Williamson, of Peckham, London.
Researched by: Kelvin T. Youngs (A.R. Society) for relatives of the crew.
Acknowledgments: With thanks to the following: Keith Townsend, historian of Moseley School memorial records, Ross McNeil – “Coastal Command Losses”, the superb work of the C.W.G.C.


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In Memory of
Private WILLIAM ALBERT GREATHEAD
(29/03/1924 – 19/01/1944)

14405704, Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry
who died age 19 on 19 January 1944

Son of Albert and Martha Ethel Greathead of Sparkhill,
Birmingham

Remembered with honour
MINTURNO WAR CEMETERY

MINTURNO WAR CEMETERY

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

64

GREATHEAD, WILLIAM ALBERT

Private

14405704

Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry

19/01/1944

19

V1 A 25

In the Italian campaign during 1944 7th Ox and Bucks took part in the landings at Salerno and Anzio and had heavy casualties. The Battalion fought its way up Italy to the Gothic Line near Rimini.


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In Memory of
Lance Corporal PHILIP LEONARD GRIFFITHS
(10/04/1919 – 28/05/1940)

5114054, 8th Bn., Royal Warwickshire Regiment
who died age 21 on 28 May 1940

Son of Leonard & Dorothy Griffiths of Tanworth-in-Arden

Remembered with honour
COMINES (KOMEN) COMMUNAL CEMETERTY

COMines (Komen) Communial Cemetery

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

8

GRIFFITHS, PHILLIP LEONARD

Lance
Corporal

5830012

Royal Warwickshire Regiment

28/05/1940

21

British Plot
Grave 87

During the withdrawal of the British Expeditionary Force to Dunkirk in May 1940, there was heavy fighting in the area around Calonne-sur-la-Lys, and most of the inhabitants left the area. The school was used by the Germans as an aid post, and British soldiers who died at Calonne, either in battle or of wounds while prisoners, were buried by the Germans in the field behind the school. In 1942 the local people moved these graves into the communal cemetery.


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In Memory of
Flying Officer William Stanwell Griffiths
(1916 – 5/12/44)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Service No: 170418
Mission: Duren, Cologne, Solgen, Dusseldorf.
Date: 5th December 1944
Unit: No. 541 Squadron
Type: Spitfire PR XI
Serial: PL882
Base: R.A.F. Benson

REASON FOR LOSS: Flying Officer Griffiths left RAF Benson at 10.28pm on the night of 5th December 1944 in an unarmed Spitfire PR XI to photograph potential targets in Germany. Some time later he called up on R/T to say that his engine had failed. Nothing more was heard from him. It was later reported that his aircraft had crashed in the vicinity of Roernond, Netherlands.

F/O William Stanwell Griffiths was a pupil of Moseley Grammar school from 1927 to 1932.

Burial details: Grave/Memorial reference 5 B 4, Jonkerbos War Cemetery. Also remembered on Solihull War memorial. Son of Cornelius and Kate Griffiths. Husband of Margaret Jessie Griffiths of Solihull. Father of father of Michael and Pamela Griffiths.

Researched by: Melvin Brownless and David King (A.R. Society) for relatives of the crew.


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In Memory of
Pilot Officer JOHN BENNETT HANDY
(27/05/1924 – 19/07/1945)
(Air Bomber)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

193177, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
who died age 21 on 19/07/1945

Son of Thomas Alfred and Descima Janet Handy of Moseley, Birmingham

Remembered with honour
MOASCAR  WAR CEMETERTY

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

33

HANDY, JOHN BENNETT

Pilot Officer

193177

RAFVR

19/07/1945

21

2. E. 13

19th July 1945 Liberator V1 EV817 From 1675 H.C.U. Flying out of R.A.F. Abu Sueir, Egypt. Aircraft climbed to a height of 500 ft. Immediately after taking off. It then began to lose height, before climbing again. What followed was the aircraft then made a steep diving turn to port, from which it crashed and then destroyed by fire. The cause of the erratic flying was not positively determined but may have been a faulty artificial horizon or simply poor instrument flying. All the crew were killed:

Burial details: Moascar War Cemetery.

Pilot: Lt. P. Smit 207230V S.A.A.F. Age 21. Son of Izak T. Smit and Bermina F. Smit, of Oudtshoorn, Cape Province, South Africa.
Co-Pilot: Lt. Eric Frederick Houseman 581301V S.A.A.F. Age ? Killed N.o.K. details not available
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Thoma Benjamin Bishop 1876580 R.A.F.V.R. Age 20. Killed. Son of Thomas Francis and Frances Martha Bishop, of Rotherhithe, London.
Air/Bmr: P/O. John Bennett Handy 193177 R.A.F.V.R. Age 21. Killed. Son of Thomas Alfred and Descima Janet Handy, of Moseley, Birmingham.


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In Memory of
Flight Sergeant ROBERT HARPER
(09/09/1910 – 28/10/1943)

528681, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
who died age 33 on 28 October 1943

Son of Ernest Frank and Florence Mabel Harper of Kings Heath,
Birmingham

Remembered with honour
ALEXANDRIA (HADRA) WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY

hadra_egypt_cem


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In Memory of
RAF Sgt Ernest Edwin James Harris
(04/02/1923 – 22/06/1944)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Mission: Wesseling
Date: 21/22nd June 1944
Unit: No. 57 Squadron
Type: Lancaster III
Serial: LM573
Code: DX-U
Base: R.A.F. East Kirkby, Lincolnshire.
Location: Tilburg – Helmond area

Pilot: P/O. Norman Robert Carr 415507 R.A.A.F. Age 21. P.O.W. No: 4899 Camp Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria (L3)  (1)
Fl/Eng: Sgt. Ernest Edward James Harris1582210 R.A.F.V.R. Age 21. Killed (2)
Nav: P/O. Ronald George Odden 179200 R.A.F.V.R. Age 31. Killed
Air/Bmr: F/O. Angus John Black J/24704 R.C.A.F. Age 22. Killed (5)
W/Op/Air/Gnr: P/O. Samuel Ewart 179609 R.A.F.V.R. Age ? Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Jacky Ratcliffe 2209639 R.A.F.V.R. Age 19. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Kenneth Thomas Robbins 1852263 R.A.F.V.R. Age 19. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS: Lancaster LM573 took off from R.A.F. East Kirkby on an operation to bomb the oil refinery works at Wesseling along with 132 other Lancaster’s and 6 Mosquitoes. Although the weather forecast was clear the bomber stream encountered very low cloud over the target area.
Bombing was thought not to have been successful, with only slight damage to the plant according to the post-raid reconnaissance. However, it later transpired from German secret reports that the bombing did in fact cause a 40% loss of production. 15 Germans, 5 foreign workers and a pow were killed in the surrounding area.
The allies lost a huge amount of aircraft, with 38 Lancaster’s not returning. The loss of life from crew members totalled 207 killed. 42 being taken pow and 8 evading capture.

In addition to LM572 being shot down, 57 Squadron lost another 5 aircraft on this operation:
LM115 DX-M Flown by Fl/Lt. Alan Bailey killed with 2 other crew members, 2 made pow and 2 evading capture.
NN696 DX-H Flown by Fl/Lt. Ronald Beaumont D.F.C. killed along the rest of the crew of 6.
JB526 DX-D Flown by P/O. Weightman (3) pow with the remaining 6 crew killed.
LM580 DX-L Flown by P/O. Guilyn Guy killed with 3 made pow and the remaining 3 evading capture
ND471 DX-A Flown by P/O. A. Nicklin – ditched in North Sea off Gt. Yarmouth and all crew rescued by ASR launch RML514 out from Gt. Yarmouth.

It is thought likely that this Lancaster was shot down by Ogefr. Hans Mäckle (4) of 7./NJG2, with combat taking place at 01.10 hrs. over Tilburg – Helmond area. The aircraft is also thought to have exploded after the attack, throwing the pilot clear.

(1) P/O. Carr is understood to have tried to evade but was captured (We are unable to confirm this) He was repatriated in 1945 and left the R.A.A.F. in December of the same year, returning to University, where he obtained his B.Sc. rejoining the R.A.A.F shortly afterwards as a W/Cmdr. specialising in armaments and worked his way up the the rank of Air Commodore. It is understood that he left the service in 1968. Enlisted 9th November 1941 – lived in Mt. Lawlet, Western Australia.
(2) Sgt. Ernest Edward James Harris was a pupil of Moseley Grammar school (Now secondary/grammar school from September 1035 to June 1939.
(3) It is thought that P/O. Weightman was blown out of the aircraft, as it was reported to have exploded during a fighter attack.
(4) Ogefr. Hans Mäckle. This was his only kill of the war. On the 12/13th July 1944 it is thought that he lost his bearings and landed his Ju88 4R+UR at R.A.F. Woodbridge in Suffolk and taken pow.
Researched by Aircrew Remembrance Society for relatives of the crew.
Burial details:

Sgt. Ernest Edward James Harris. Bergen-Op-Zoom War Cemetery Grave. 4.B.3.
Son of William James Harris and Ellen Rosina Harris, of King’s Heath, Birmingham.
P/O. Ronald George Odden. Bergen-Op-Zoom War Cemetery Grave. 34.B.12.
Son of Ernest George and Daisy Emma Lauretta Odden, of Dursley, Gloucestershire. B.A. (Lond.).
F/O. Angus John Black. Bergen-Op-Zoom War Cemetery Grave. 27.B.5.
From Carman, Manitoba, Canada. No N.O.K. Details
P/O. Samuel Ewart. Bergen-Op-Zoom War Cemetery Grave. 24.A.1.
No details available as yet.
Sgt. Jacky Ratcliffe. Bergen-Op-Zoom War Cemetery Coll. Grave. 24.A.1.
Son of James and May Ratcliffe, of Billinge, Lancashire.
Sgt. Kenneth Thomas Robbins. Bergen-Op-Zoom War Cemetery Coll. Grave. 24.A.1.
Son of Charles Henry and Matilda Robbins, of Tetbury, Gloucestershire.


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In Memory of
Sergeant JEFFREY FREDERICK HARRISON
(27/11/1916 – 21/05/1941)
(Wireless Operator & Air Gunner)

95921, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
who died age 24 on 21 May 1941

Son of Frederick and Edith Annie Harrison of Kings Heath, Birmingham

Aircraft: Blenheim IV L9388 of 17 OTU.

Crew: Sgt L W Robertson Pryor
P/O G V Wilson
Sgt J F Harrison

Took off from RAF Upwood for a navigation exercise. Crashed at 16.30, while flying at high speed, on high ground near the Peak and Beck Reservoir, close to Dalton-in-Furness, 3 miles north north east of Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, due to poor visibility in bad weather. Crew all killed.

Remembered with honour
ROMSLEY (St KENELM) CHURCHYARD

ROMSLEY (St KENELM) CHURCHYARD

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

1

HARRISON, JERRREY FREDERICK

Sergeant

952921

RAFVR

21/05/1941

24


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In Memory of
Flying Officer Trevor Gordon Harrison
(26/04/1923 – 21/07/1944)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

177011, 578 Sqdn, Royal Air  Force Volunteer Reserve
who died age 21 on 21 July 1944

Son of William George and Irene Harrison of Moseley, Birmingham

Mission: Bottrop

T G Harrison

T G Harrison

Date: 20/21st July 1944 (Thursday/Friday)
Unit: No. 578 squadron
Type: Halifax III
Serial: MZ572
Code: LK-C
Base: R.A.F. Burn, Yorkshire
Location: North Sea – West of Den Haag, Holland.
Pilot: F/O. Trevor Gordon Harrison 177077 R.A.F.V.R. Age 21. Killed
Fl/Eng: P/O. Colin George William Whitehead 55845 R.A.F. Age ? Killed
Nav: P/O. Victor Thomas Glossop 177572 R.A.F.V.R. Age 33. Killed
Air/Bmr: Fl/Sgt. Harry William Cook 1551870 R.A.F.V.R. Age ? Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Philip Claude Pink 1322624 R.A.F.V.R. Age 20. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Rober Peter Arthur 1821788 R.A.F.V.R. Age 19. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Ronald Gresswell 1626370 R.A.F.V.R. Age 20. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS: Leaving R.A.F. Burn, Yorkshire, at 23.57 hrs to attack the synthetic oil refineries at Bottrop. 166 aircraft took part in this operation, 149 Halifaxes, 13 Mosquitoes and 4 Lancasters. Northern parts of the target were reported as badly damaged but no further information on casualties on the ground. 12 aircraft were lost during this operation, resulting in 61 aircrew killed, 13 taken pow, 1 evading capture with 4 crew members parachuting over friendly territory. A tragic night for this squadron losing 6 aircraft:

Halifax III LK834 LK-E Flown by Sgt William Davidson, killed with 7 crew when their aircraft collided with MZ696 over Balkholme, near Goole, Yokshire.

Halifax III MZ511 LK-M Flown by Fl/Lt. Alistair Hope-Robertson, killed with 4 other crew, 1 made pow and 1 escaping capture.

Halifax III MZ556 LK-P Flown by Fl/Sgt. Kenneth Hutton, killed with 2 other crew, 4 made pow.

Halifax III MZ617 LK-D Flown by Fl/Lt. Joseph Couture R.C.A.F. killed with all 7 crew.

Halifax III MZ696 LK-K Flown by F/O. Maurice Day, killed with all 7 crew.

This Halifax MX752 is reported as lost without trace. However, in the latest edition of the nightfighter war diaries it is marked as possibly being shot down by Fw. Erwin Egeler of 12./NJGI on the return flight home. The night-fighters chased the bomber stream over the Dutch coast and it is thought that he may have been intercepted over the North Sea between 25-60 km West of Den Haag with combat taking place at 02.16 hrs at 2.000 ft.

Burial details: F/O. Trevor Gordon Harrison. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 206. Son of William George and Irene Harrison, of Moseley, Birmingham
P/O. Colin George William Whitehead. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 213. No further details as yet.
P/O. Victor Thomas Glossop. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 211. Son of William Walton Glossop and Gertrude Elizabeth Glossop, of Totley Rise, Yorkshire.
Fl/Sgt. Harry William Cook. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 216. Son of Henry George and Isabella Cook, of Aberdeen.
Fl/Sgt. Philip Claude Pink. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 221. Son of Ada Pink; husband of Muriel Josephine Pink, of Bournemouth, Hampshire
Sgt. Robert Peter Arthur. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 224. Son of Robert and Ann Isbella Arthur, of Edinburgh.
Sgt. Ronald Gresswell. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 230.
Son of James Edward and Gertrude May Gresswell, of Bingley, Yorkshire.

Remembered with honour
RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

Runnymede Memorial March 2007

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

1

HARRISON, TREVOR GORDON

Flying Officer

177077

RAFRV

21/07/1944

21

Panel 206


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In Memory of
Lance Corporal SIDNEY JOHN HART
(11/07/1918 – 07/11/1940)

2322445. 8th Div, Royal Corps of Signals
who died age 22 on 7 November 1940

Son of Sidney Ernest John and Mary Hart of Birmingham

Remembered with honour
KEREN WAR CEMETERY

Keren War Cemetery

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

29

HART, SIDNEY JOHN

Lance
Corporal

2322445

Royal Corps of Signals

07/11/940

22

1. A. 12


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In Memory of
Signalman LAWRENCE STUART  HASSELL
(15/09/1916 – 17/01/1943)

2337145  27 Line Section, Royal Corps of Signals
who died age 26 on 17 January 1943

Lawrence died while a prisoner of the Japanese, working on the infamous Thai/Burma Railway. He was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School from 1929 to 1933

Remembered with honour
CHUNGKAI WAR CEMETERY

chungkai allied war cemetery

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

107

HASSALL LAWRENCE STUART

Signalman

2337145

Royal Corps of Signals

17/01/1943

26

12. E. 13.


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In Memory of
Second Lieutenant ALFRED ERIC HATFIELD
(05/04/1919 – 26/05//1943)

264025 Royal Army Service Corps
who died age 24 on 26 May 1943

Son of Harry and Elizabeth Hatfield of Quinton, Birmingham

Alfred Eric Hatfield was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School from 1932 to 1936

Remembered with honour
BIRMINGHAM (BRANDWOOD END) CEMETERY

Brandwood End Cemetery Birmingham

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

1

HATFIELD, ALFRED ERIC

Second Lieutenant

264026

Royal Army Service Corps

17/01/1943

24

Sec B. 11 F.C.
Grave 378


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In Memory of
Ordinary Signalman STANLEY GEORGE HATHAWAY
(21/08/1922 – 16/01//1943)

C/JX343190 HMS Pembroke, Royal Navy who died age 20 on 16 January 1943

Son of George Alfred and Clara Beatrice Hathaway of Yardley Wood, Birmingham

Stanley George Hathaway was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School from 1934 to 1938

Remembered with honour
BIRMINGHAM (BRANDWOOD END) CEMETERY

Brandwood End Cemetery Birmingham

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

1

HATHAWAY, STANLEY GEORGE

Ordinary
Signalman

2640425

Royal Navy

17/01/1943

24

Sec B.3 F.C.
Grave 1019


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In Memory of
Pilot Officer FREDERICK OWEN HAWKES
(15/10/1922 – 10/10/1943)

156941 238 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
who died age 20 on 10 October 1943

Frederick Owen Hawkes was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School from 1934 to 1938

P O Hawkes was piloting Spitfire MA480 when it dived into the ground. The cause of the crash was never determined.

Remembered with honour
ALAMEIN MEMORIAL

alamein-memorial

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

889

HAWKES, FREDERICK OWEN

Pilot Officer

156941

RAFVR

10/10/1943

20

Column 269


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In Memory of
Sub-Lieutenant JOHN ROLAND HOBDAY
(12/07/1924 – 30/03//1944)

H.M.S. Macaw, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
who died age 19 on 30 March 1944

Son of Harold Roland and Joan Pease Hobday of Moseley, Birmingham

John Roland Hobday was a pupil at Moseley Grammar Sxhool from 1935 to 1940

Remembered with honour
MURIE CEMETERY

Murie Cemetery

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

1

HOBDAY, JOHN ROLAND

Lieutenant (A)

Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

30/03/1944

19

Sec B.
Grave 368

Sub/Lt(A) John Roland Hobday was killed whilst undergoing training with the RAF. On 30 March 1944 he was flying Miles Magister T8559 from RAF Perth, Scotland. The aircraft was abandoned after icing up during night flying and crashed into the River Tay. S/Lt Hobday’s body was recovered from the river on 11 May 1944.


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In Memory of
Flying Officer Arthur David Holding
(31/08/21 – 20/01/44)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Mission: Training
Date: 20th January 1944
Unit: No. 617 Squadron
Type: Lancaster III
Serial: ED918
Code: AJ-F
Base: R.A.F. Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire.
Location: Snettisham, Norfolk.

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Thomas Vincent O’Shaughnessy 130132 R.A.F.V.R. Age 30. Killed
Pilot 2: F/O. Arthur David Holding 133575 R.A.F.V.R. Age 22. Killed (1)
Nav: F/O. A. Ward Injured
Air/Bmr: F/O. George Aldred Kendrick 135033 R.A.F.V.R. Age 23. Injured (2)

REASON FOR LOSS: Took off at 19.30 hrs. on a training exercise and crashed some 35 minutes later on the beach at Snettisham, Norfolk.
This aircraft took part on the raids against the Sorpe dam on the 16/17th May 1943.

(1) F/O. Arthur David Holding was a pupil of Moseley Grammar School from 1932 to 1937.
(2) Although F/O. Kendrick (Fl/Lt. at this time) survived, he was killed on the 12th January 1945 on an operation to Bergen. He did manage to bale out of Lancaster PD233 KC-G, piloted by Fl/Lt H.J. Pryor D.F.C, but it seems he was seriously injured during this and died some 3 days later, although his death is recorded as 12-01.1945. The remainder of the crew all survived to become prisoners of war.

Burial details: Fl/Lt. Thomas Vincent O’Shaughnessy. Gt. Crosby Roman Catholic Churchyard. Sec B. Grave 445.
Son of Captain Maurice John O’Shaughnessy and Elizabeth Marie O’Shaughnessy, of Waterloo, Liverpool.
F/O. Arthur David Holding. Birmingham Cemetery. Sec B.4. Cons. Grave 166.
Son of David S. and Gertie Holding, of 57 All Saints Road, King’s Heath, Birmingham.
F/O. George Aldred Kendrick. Bergen Church Cemetery. Grave D 5.
Son of Archibald and Sarah Alice Kendrick, of Erdington, Birmingham.
Researched by: Kelvin T. Youngs (A.R. Society) For relatives of the crew.
Acknowledgments: With thanks to the following: Keith Townsend, historian of Moseley School memorial records,
Bill Chorley – “Bomber Command Losses”, the superb work of the C.W.G.C.


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In Memory of
Trooper HERBERT HAROLD HOLTOM

(20/02/1913 – 21/09/1941)

 

7916094 11th Hussars, Royal Armoured Corps
who died age 28 on 21 September 1941

Herbert Harold Holtom

Herbert Harold Holtom

Son of Edwin and Beatrice Holtom of Shirley, Solihull
Husband of Winifred Holtom of Shirley

Herbert Harold Holtom was a pupil at Moseley Grammar Sxhool from 1924 to 1927

Remembered with honour
CAIRO WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY

Cairo War Memoria lCemetery

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

278

HOLTOM, HERBERT HAROLD

Trooper

7916194

Royal Armoured Coprs

21/09/1941

28

K. 144

Trooper, HOLTOM, Herbert (Bert) Harold, Died on the 21st September 1941 aged 28 of Peritonitis following Appendicitis after being admitted to the Cairo Military Hospital on the 15th September 1941 diagnosed with Acute Appendicitis.


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In Memory of
Flying Officer Clifford Hughes
(20/02/1913 – 24/12/1943)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Mission: Berlin
Date: 23/24th December 1943
Unit: No. 50 Squadron
Type: Lancaster III
Serial: ED445
Code: VN-L
Base: Skellingthorpe
Location: Lauterbach

Pilot: F/O. Derrick Wilson Herbert 133392 R.A.F.V.R. Age 21. Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. John Russell 1522694 R.A.F.V.R. Age ? Killed
Nav: Sgt. Philip Rex Pae 1515141 R.A.F.V.R. Age 20. Killed
Air/Bmr: Sgt. Charles Henry Kewley R.A.F.V.R. Age 19. Killed (1)
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. David John Poole 1075546 R.A.F.V.R. Age 23. Killed
Air/Gnr: F/O. Clifford Hughes 152393 R.A.F.V.R. Age 30. Killed (2)
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Thomas Leslie North 998917 R.A.F.V.R. Age 21. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS: Took off at 00.12 hrs from Skellingthorpe to attack Berlin. Part of an operation involving 379 aircraft to attack the heart of Berlin. Weather conditions were poor with heavy cloud resulting in a poor bombing. Damage was reported from the Germans as 287 houses and other buildings destroyed, a canal boat was sunk and 3 others seriously damaged. 178 people on the ground were killed. The allies lost 19 aircraft this night with 99 aircrew killed and a further 14 being made p.o.w.’s. ED445 is thought to have been shot down by flak as no claims can be matched with this loss. Lauterbach is to the south of Germany.

(1) Tragically Sgt. Kewley’s father Pt. Harry Kewley D/40967 serving with the 30th Btn Cheshire regiment was also killed on the 15th July 1944. Buried in Rome War Cemetery

(2) F/O. Clifford Hughes was one ofMoseley’s earliest pupils,attending from 1924.

Burial details: F/O. Derrick Wilson Herbert. Hanover War Cemetery Grave 5.D.12 Son of Thomas P. and Nora Herbert, of High Heaton, Newcastle-on-Tyne.
Sgt. John Russell. Hanover War Cemetery Coll. Grave 5.D.15-18
No further details as yet.
Sgt. Philip Rex Pae. Hanover War Cemetery Coll. Grave 5.D.15-18 Son of Reginald William and Catherine Janet Pae, of Pudsey, Yorkshire.
Sgt. Charles Henry Kewley. Hanover War Cemetery Coll. Grave 5.D.15-18 Son of Henry
Cowell Kewley and Florence Winifred Kewley, of Douglas, Isle of Man.
Sgt. David John Poole. Hanover War Cemetery Grave 5.D.13 Son of Robert and Jessie Poole; husband of Josephine Mary Poole, of Buxton, Derbyshire.
F/O. Clifford Hughes. Hanover War Cemetery Grave 5.D.14 Son of Charles and Daisy Hughes, of Little Bromwich, Birmingham.
Sgt. Thomas Leslie North. Hanover War Cemetery Coll. Grave 5.D.15-18   Son of Thomas John and Edith Ann North, of Spalding, Lincolnshire.

Researched by: Kelvin T. Youngs (A.R. Society) For all the relatives of the crew.

Acknowledgments: With thanks to the following: Keith Townsend, historian of Moseley School memorial records, Bill Chorley – “Bomber Command Losses”, Theo Boiten – “German Nightfighter War Diaries”, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt “Bomber Command War


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In Memory of
RAF Sergeant Brian Roland Jennings
(6/05/23 – 12/03/43)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Mission: Stuttgart
Date: 11/12th March 1943
Unit: No. 214 Squadron
Type: Stirling III
Serial: BF469
Code: BU-M
Base: R.A.F. Chedburgh, Suffolk.
Location: Fagnières

Pilot: P/O. Alexander Carruthers J/16064 R.C.A.F. Age 28. Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. Edgar Louis Eaglen 629071 R.A.F. Age 23. Killed
Obs: Sgt. Eric Parker 655812 R.A.F.V.R. Age 26. Killed
Air/Bmr: Sgt. Percy Pugh Oakes 1201575 R.A.F.V.R. Age ? Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Basil Carnell 798585 R.A.F.V.R. Age 21. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Brian Roland Jennings 1215579 R.A.F.V.R. Age 19. Killed (1)
Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. A.J. Tyrell P.O.W. No: 27746 Camp: Stalag Lamsdorf (344)

REASON FOR LOSS: 214 Squadron Stirling BF469 took off at 20.02 hrs from R.A.F. Chedburgh, Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk on an operation to Stuttgart. 314 aircraft took part to bomb the German city, one of a total of 53 raids which, after the war, left the centre of Stuttgart almost completely destroyed, with 4,477 people dead.
This raid was not a success as far as damage was concerned, with only a small packing store at the Bosch factory destroyed. Most of the bombing fell in open country but some fell on two small towns, killing 112 people and injuring 386. Mostly houses were hit, with 186 destroyed. The reason for the poor bombing is probably that although the pathfinders did drop accurate markers the main force arrived late and were also subject to German decoy markers, in use for the first time.
This operation cost 13 aircraft lost, with the deaths of 42 aircrew, 25 becoming prisoners of war. and 13 aircrew evading capture. 3 civilian maids were also killed when an abandoned, severely damaged Halifax, DT492 MP-H, from 76 squadron, crashed onto the residence of Colonel Loder at Slaugham, Horsham. Stirling BF469 was attacked and shot down by Oblt. Hans Autenrieth (2) of 6./NJG4 over Fagnières with combat taking place at 00.45 hrs.

(1) Sgt. Brian Roland Jennings was a pupil of Moseley GrammarSchool from 1934 to 1938
(2) Oblt. Hans Autenrieth, already an ace at this time with 10 kills, went on to make a total of 22 kill, before he was shot down on the 4th August 1944 and taken prisoner. He did manage to evade capture for 2 days before being caught by the French resistance.

Burial details: P/O. Alexander Carruthers. Chalons-en-Champagne East Communal Cemetery. Sec I. Coll. Grave 1591
Son of James D. Carruthers and Agnes D. Carruthers, of Tonawanda, New York, U.S.A.
Sgt. Edgar Louis Eaglen. Chalons-en-Champagne East Communal Cemetery. Sec I. Coll. Grave 1591
Son of A. Eaglen and Dulcie Eaglen, of Saham Toney, Norfolk; husband of V. Eaglen, of Holme Hale, Norfolk.
Sgt. Eric Parker. Chalons-en-Champagne East Communal Cemetery. Sec I. Coll. Grave 1591
Son of Arthur and Jane Parker, of Blackpool Lancashire.
Sgt. Percy Pugh Oakes. Chalons-en-Champagne East Communal Cemetery. Sec I. Coll. Grave 1591
No further details as yet.
Fl/Sgt. Basil Carnell. Chalons-en-Champagne East Communal Cemetery. Sec I. Coll. Grave 1591
Son of Harry and Eva Carnell; husband of Paula Carnell, of Newton Abbott, Devon.
Sgt. Brian Roland Jennings. Chalons-en-Champagne East Communal Cemetery. Sec I. Coll. Grave 1591
Son of Roland Bingham Jennings and Florence Amelia Jennings, of Hall Green, Birmingham.
Researched by: Kelvin T. Youngs (A.R. Society) For the relatives of the crew.
Acknowledgments: With thanks to the following: Keith Townsend, historian of Moseley School memorial records, Bill Chorley – “Bomber Command Losses”, Theo Boiten – “German Nightfighter War Diaries”, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt “Bomber Command War Diaries”, the superb work of the C.W.G.C.


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In Memory of
RAF Sergeant Graham Johnson
(12/06/1924 – 30/12/1943)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Mission: Berlin
Date: 29/30th December 1943
Unit: No. 115 Squadron
Type: Lancaster II
Serial: DS834
Code: KO-F
Base: R.A.F. Witchford, Cambridgeshire.
Location: Tungelroij, Holland

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. J.Y. Lee Survived P.O.W No: 269857 Camp: Stalag Muhlberg-Elbe (4B)
Fl/Eng: Sgt A.F. Gunnell Survived Evaded capture via Comet Line
Nav: Sgt. H.L. Pike Survived P.O.W No: 270070 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria (L3)
Air/Bmr: Fl/Sgt. Keith Selwyn Bell 414457 R.A.A.F. Age 23. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Laurence Havard Jones 1576162 R.A.F.V.R. Age 21. Killed
Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Arthur Morley Wilkinson R/182329 R.C.A.F. Age 23. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Graham Johnson 1818684 R.A.F.V.R. Age 19. Killed (1)

REASON FOR LOSS: Took off at 17.28 hrs. from R.A.F. Witchford near Ely to bomb the heart of Germany, Berlin. A long approach route from the south, passing south of the Ruhr and within 20 miles of Leipzig, together with Mosquito diversions at Düsseldorf, Leipzig and Magdeburg, caused the German controllers great difficulty, leaving Berlin defended by few fighters. Bad weather on the outward route also hindered German fighters finding the bomber stream.

Berlin was cloud-covered. The Bomber Command report claiming a concentrated attack on sky-markers is not confirmed by the local report. The heaviest bombing was in the south and south-eastern districts, but many bombs also fell to the east of the city. 388 houses and other mixed properties were destroyed. 182 people were killed, more than 600 injured and over 10,000 bombed out.

21 aircraft were lost from the 712 that left for this raid. with 79 aircrew killed, 53 being made P.O.W.’s and just 1 escaping capture. DS834 was shot down by Lt Otto Fries (2) of 5./NJG1 after the Lancaster had dropped its booms and started the homebound route, with combat taking place near Tungelroij at 2,800 mts. The aircraft crashed at 22.16 hrs.

(1) Sgt. Graham Johnson attended Moseley from 1935 to 1939.

(2) This was the 5th victory for Lt Otto Fries making him an ace. He went on to claim a total of 14 kills and survived the war, despite being shot down 4 times!

Burial details:  Fl/Sgt. Keith Selwyn Bell. Tungelroij Roman Catholic Cemetery Row 1. Grave 4. Son of Gordon Percy and Minnie Bell, of Cunnamulla, Queensland, Australia.
Sgt. Laurence Havard Jones. Tungelroij Roman Catholic Cemetery Row 1. Grave 3. Son of Francis Arthur and Elizabeth Jones, of Bournville, Birmingham.
Fl/Sgt. Arthur Morley Wilkinson. Tungelroij Roman Catholic Cemetery Row 1. Grave 1. Son of Walter Morley Wilkinson and Zilpah H. Wilkinson, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Sgt. Graham Johnson. Tungelroij Roman Catholic Cemetery Row 1. Grave 2. Son of Esmond and Elsie Mary Johnson, of King’s Heath, Birmingham.

Researched by: Kelvin T. Youngs (A.R. Society) For relatives of the crew.

Acknowledgments: With thanks to the following: Keith Townsend historian of Moseley School memorial records, Bill Chorley – “Bomber Command Losses”, Theo Boiten – “German Nightfighter War Diaries”, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt “Bomber Command War Diaries”, the superb work of the C.W.G.C.


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In Memory of
RAF Sergeant Philip Henry Johnson
(20/02/1923 – 28/08/1943)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Mission: Nürnburg
Date: 27/28th August 1943
Unit: No. 149 Squadron
Type: Stirling III
Serial: EE877
Code: OJ-E
Base: R.A.F. Lakenheath, Suffolk.
Location: Köln, Germany.

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Geoffrey Sturtridge Steer 1316139 R.A.F.V.R. Age 20. Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. Philip Henry Johnson 1583490 R.A.F.V.R. Age 20. Killed (1)
Nav: Sgt. George Victor Cook 1319564 R.A.F.V.R. Age 21. Killed
Air/Bmr: Sgt. Harry Reginald Jack Richardson 1376652 R.A.F.V.R. Age 33. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Walter Crampton Havercroft 1243203 R.A.F.V.R. Age 23. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Victor Alfred Deacock 916898 R.A.F.V.R. Age 25. Killed
Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Donald George Booth R/172874 R.C.A.F. Age 19. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS: Took off at 21.33 hrs. from Lakenheath, Suffolk on route to Nürnberg with another 673 bombers. 33 were lost on this attack. weather for the raid was clear with a starlit sky – not good as far as attacks from the German night fighter were concerned. However to assist the allied bombers as soon as the first wave hit Nürnbeg “window” was dropped to jam the commentary by the German controllers on the ground and in addition the R.A.F sent four PPF Mosquito’s to make a harassing raid on Duisberg. This was timed badly as the Mosquito’s dropped their bombs some two hours before the main force attacked. Most of the bombers that did not return were attacked during the run in and five were lost on the return trip. Ten German night fighters were shot down during a fierce battle over the bombing area which lasted over thirty minutes. This Stirling EE877 may have been taken down with flak as no Luftwaffe claim can be identified as a positive claim. It crashed between Langel and Weiss.

Sgt. Philip Henry Johnson attended Moseley from 1934 to 1939..

Burial details: Fl/Sgt. Geoffrey Sturtridge Steer. Runnymede Memorial Panel 139. Son of Ernest Stafford Steer and Evelyn Alice Steer.
Sgt. Philip Henry Johnson. Runnymede Memorial Panel 155. Son of Maurice Frederick and Dorothy Johnson, of Hall Green, Birmingham.
Sgt. George Victor Cook. Runnymede Memorial Panel 146. Son of Charles Stephen and Gertrude Laura Cook, of Wembley, Middlesex.
Sgt. Harry Reginald Jack Richardson. Runnymede Memorial Panel 163. Son of Harry Robert Richardson and of Ethel Richardson (nee Webb); husband of Everal Frances Richardson.
Sgt. Walter Crampton Havercroft. Runnymede Memorial Panel 152. No further details as yet.
Sgt. Victor Alfred Deacock. Runnymede Memorial Panel 147. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Victor Deacock, of Oxted, Surrey; husband of Florence Sara Deacock, of Wallasey, Cheshire.
Fl/Sgt. Donald George Booth. Rheinberg War Cemetery 2.J.1. Son of John Oliver and Sarah Ellen Booth, Fort William, Ontario, Canada.

Researched by: Kelvin T. Youngs (A.R. Society) for all the relatives of the crew.

Acknowledgments: Keith Townsend historian of Moseley School memorial records, With thanks to the following: Bill Chorley – “Bomber Command Losses”, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt “Bomber Command War Diaries”, the superb work of the C.W.G.C.


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In Memory of
Driver  Peter Johnston
(29/03/1920 – 30/05/1940)

T/103281, 1 Troop Carrying Coy. Royal Army Service Corps
who died age 20 on 30 May 1940

Son of Mr & Mrs R. H. Johnston of Wythall, Worcestershire

Peter Johnston was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School from 1931 to 1934

Remembered with honour
LILLE SOUTHERN CEMETERY

Lille Southern Cemetery

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

10

JOHNSTON, PETER

Driver

T/103281

Royal Army Service Corps

30/05/1942

20

Plot 5, Row B, Grave 28


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In Memory of
Boy 1st Class  RONALD ERNEST JOYNER
(04/07/1924 – 15/12/1941)

C/JX 1820 H.M.S. Galatea, Royal Navy
who died age 17 on 15 December 1941

Son of Ernest Walter and Kathleen Mary Joyner of Yardley Wood,
Birmingham.

Ronald was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School from 1935 to 1939

Remembered with honour
CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL

Chatham Navel Memorial Kent

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

461

JOYNER, RONALD ERNEST

Boy 1st Class

C/JX
182036

Royal Navy

15/12/1942

17

45.2

HMS Galatea Sunk by U-557 off Alexandria on 14 December 1941.

In July 1941 she joined the Mediterranean Fleet via the Red Sea, and by November was based at Malta with Force “K”, operating against the Axis supply convoys to North Africa. On 14 December 1941 before midnight Galatea (Captain E.W.B. Sim) was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-557 off Alexandria, Egypt. Captain Sim, 22 officers and 447 ratings were killed. Some 100 survivors were picked up by the destroyers Griffin and Hotspur. Less than 48 hours later, U-557 was rammed by the Italian Torpedo Boat Orione and sunk with all hands.


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In Memory of
Aircraftsman 1st Class  NORMAN ALFRED KEEN
(08/01/1917 – 17/08/1942)

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

1

KEEN, NORMAN ALFRED

Aircraftman 1st Class

1545270

RAFVR

17/08/1942

25

Col. 2

1545270 Royal  Air Force Volunteer Reserve
who died age 25 on 17 August 1942

Husband of Maud E Keen of West Heath,
Birmingham.

Norman Alfred Keen was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School from 1929 to 1933

Remembered with honour
BIRMINGHAM MUNICIPAL CREMATORIUM

Lodge_Hill_Crematorium


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In Memory of
Sergeant  FREDERICK LEWIS KING
(08/01/1917 – 17/08/1942)

7942229 Royal Armoured Corps
(3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters)
who died age 32 on 10 July 1944

Son of Alfred Lewis & Lillian King, Husband of Georgina Sadler King
of Renishaw, Yorkshire

Frederick Lewis King was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School from 1923 to 1926

Remembered with honour
HOTTOT-LES-BAGUES WAR CENETERY

Hottot Les Bagues War Cemetery

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

35

KING, FREDDERICK LEWIS

Sergeant

7942229

Royal Armpoured Corps

10/07/1944

32

Viii. D1

The 3rd/4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters) was formed in July 1944 by the amalgamation at Carpiquet Airfield in Normandy of the two existing Sharpshooters’ regiments: the 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters) and 4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters), both of which were veterans of the 8th Army. Amalgamation was necessitated by the shortage of manpower constraining the British Army at that stage of the War, coupled with the losses sustained thus far in the Normandy campaign (including by 4th County of London Yeomanry at the disastrous Battle of Villers-Bocage in June 1944).

Sergeant King appears to have lost his life within a few days of the unit’s formation.


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In Memory of
Flight Sergeant  WILLIAM KITSON
(26/09/1914 – 20/02/1944)

1199896  576 Sqdn Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
who died age 29 on 20 February 1944

Stepson of Mr E. J. Field of Small Heath, Birmingham

William Kitson was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School from 1926 to 1930

Mission: Bombing raid on Leipzig.
Crew: F/Sgt A J. Kirk
Sgt. W. Moores
F/Sgt R L. Smith
Sgt. E M. Howard
F/Sgt W. Kitson
F/Sgt M. Churchman
Sgt. T. Finnerty

This was one of 78 aircraft lost by the RAF on that night.

Remembered with honour
RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

Runnymede Memorial March 2007

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

1

KITSON, WILLIAM

Flight Sergeant

1199896

RAFVR

20/02/1944

29

Panel 219


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In Memory of
Captain  FREDERICK FENWICK LAWSON
(19/03/1928 – 27/03/1945)

253007 Green Howards (Yorkshire Regiment)
who died age 17 on 27 March 1945

Son of Alfred and Minnie Lawson of Hall Green, Birmingham

Frederick was killed in action during the Rhine crossing offensive. He was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School from 1934 to 1939

Remembered with honour
REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY

REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY


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In Memory of
Flight Sergeant George Bertram Lewis
(14/05/1915 – 9/07/41)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

See also Sgt R. V. Butcher

Mission: Hamm
Date: 8/9th July 1941
Unit: No. 10 Squadron
Type: Whitley V
Serial: Z6627
Code: ZA-?
Base: Leeming, Yorkshire.
Location: North Sea – Off Holland

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. George Bertram Lewis 805396 R.A.F. (Auxiliary) Age 26 Killed (1)
Pilot 2: P/O. Frank Wilson 89362 R.A.F.V.R. Age ? Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Rodney Victor Butcher 962421 R.A.F.V.R. Age 21. Killed (2)
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Cyril John Bevan 755892 R.A.F.V.R. Age 25. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS: Took off at 22.29 hrs. from R.A.F. Leeming to join 45 Hampdens and 28 Whitleys on an operation to Hamm, Germany. For various reasons only 31 aircraft managed to bomb the target and the results of the raid are unknown. However, 8 aircraft were lost with 25 aircrew killed, 5 being taken prisoner and one airman, according to reports, swam 9 miles back to shore to raise the alarm about his aircraft, another Whitley from 78 squadron, Y4209 EY-W, flown by Sgt. William McQuitty R.A.A.F. but despite a search no survivors were found.
Z6627 was intercepted and shot down by Lt. Rudolf Schoenert (3) of 4./NJG1 at 03.40 hrs. The aircraft came down according to records in the North Sea 60 km. north west of Vieland, Holland.

(1) Fl/Sgt. George Bertram Lewis was a pupil of Moseley Grammar School from 1926 to 1931.
(2) Sgt Rodney Victor Butcher was a pupil of Moseley Grammar School frm 1930 to 1935.
(3) This was the second kill for Lt. Rudolf Schoenert who survived the war as a Major, with 67 confirmed kills.

Burial details: Fl/Sgt. George Bertram Lewis.Runnymede memorial Panel 37.
No further details apart from his former address, 64 Southam Road, Hall Green, Birmingham.
P/O. Frank Wilson.Runnymede memorial Panel 35.
No further details as yet.
Sgt. Rodney Victor Butcher.Runnymede memorial Panel 40.
Son of George Thomas Butcher and Edith Maud Butcher, of 113 Oakfield Road, Sparkhill
Fl/Sgt. Cyril John Bevan.Runnymede memorial Panel 35.
Son of Ernest James Bevan and Eva Bevan, of Okehampton, Devon.
Researched by Kate Tame for the A.R. Societyand for all relatives of the crew.
Acknowledgments: With thanks to the following: Keith Townsend historian of Moseley School memorial records, Bill Chorley – “Bomber Command Losses”, Theo Boiten – “German Nightfighter War Diaries”, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt “Bomber Command War Diaries”, the superb work of the C.W.G.C.


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In Memory of
Sergeant  JACK LEVY
(05/10/1913 – 07/03/1941)

548053 Sergeant (W/Op), Royal Air Force
who died age 27 on 7 March 1941

Son of Arthur and Amy Levy of Sparkhill, Birmingham
Jack Levy was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School from 1926 to 1929

Aircraft: Maryland AR706 of 69 Squadron
Mission: Recon flight over Taormina.

Several Hurricanes were up to cover the return of a reconnaissance Maryland AR706 of 69 Squadron, returning from recon over Taormina) and one of these – P2645 flown by Sgt Jessop on his first local flight – was shot down by Obfw Karl Kuhdorf of 7/JG26, the wounded pilot baling out into the sea, from where he was later rescued. At the same time the Maryland was attacked by Lt Hans Mietusch, mistaking it for a Blenheim, just as it crossed the coast, preparatory to landing al Luqa, It was set upon by six Messerschmitts. In spite of the fact that Sgt. Jessop came to the rescue the Maryland was soon on fire in one engine and the rear·gunner, Sgt J Levy, was killed by a cannon shell in the chest. In spite of being wedged in the glass nose, navigator Sgt J M Alexander managed to scramble out and descended safely by parachute.

At barely 250 feet, after holding the aircraft steady for the navigator to get out, pilot F/O Boys-Stones went over the side. Although the parachute had just time to spring out of its canvas cover before the pilot hit the ground, no time remained for the canopy to open and check his fall. The pilot was found alive but dying from multiple injuries, while the flaming Maryland crashed a mile or so north of Dingli.

Remembered with honour
MALTA (CAPUCCINI) NAVAL CEMETERY

MALTA (CAPUCCINI) NAVAL CEMETERY

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

81

LEVY, JACK

Sergeant (W/Op)

548053

Royal Air Force

07/03/1941

27

Prot. Sec (Men’s) Plot F
Coll. Grave 21.


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In Memory of
Flight Sergeant DENNIS JOSEPH LOWE
(05/10/1913 – 07/03/1941)

1216900 Flight Sergeant Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
(236 Squadron)
who died age 27 on 7 March 1941

Son of Arthur and Amy Levy of Sparkhill, Birmingham
Dennis Joseph Lowe was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School from 1934 to 1938

F/Sgt Dennis Lowe and navigator F/Sgt Sidney Wheatley went missing in their aircraft, Beaufighter LX845 (ND-Y), of 236 Squadron

Remembered with honour
RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

Runnymede Memorial March 2007


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In Memory of
Pilot Officer Leonard Charles Margetts
(2/02/15 – 4/05/44

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Mission: Mailly-le-Camp

Henry Robert Warren, James Wilkinson, James Frank Ineson, Leonard Charles Margetts Henry S Chappell, unknown instructor, T L M Porteous, Hugh Fraser Mackenzie.

Henry Robert Warren, James Wilkinson,
James Frank Ineson, Leonard Charles Margetts
Henry S Chappell, unknown instructor,
T L M Porteous, Hugh Fraser Mackenzie.

Date: 03/04th May 1944

Margetts Grave - Photographs courtesy of Jennifer Ineson-Graham

Margetts Grave – Photographs courtesy of Jennifer Ineson-Graham

Unit: No. 9 Squadron
Type: Lancaster I
Serial: LL787
Code: WS-Y
Base: R.A.F. Bardney, Lincolnshire
Location: Normee

Pilot: F/O. James Frank Ineson 144953 R.A.F.V.R. Age 22. Killed
Fl/Eng: P/O. Leonard Charles Margetts 188929 R.A.F.V.R. Age 29. Killed (1)
Nav: P/O. Hugh Fraser Mackenzie J/85814 R.C.A.F. Age 21. Killed
Air/Bmr: F/O. T.L.M. Porteous R.N.Z.A.F. P.O.W. No further details.
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Henry Robert Warren 1391942 R.A.F.V.R. Age ? Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. H.S. Chappell Evaded

Air/Gnr: Sgt. James Wilkinson 2209695 R.A.F.V.R. Age ? Killed

REASON FOR LOSS: Took off at 21.52 hrs from R.A.F. Bardney, Lincolnshire to support the troops on the invasion of Europe. The target for the 346 Lancaster’s and 14 Mosquitoes was the German military camp close to the French village of Mailly.
The operation was a success as far as the bombing was concerned with 114 barrack buildings destroyed, 47 transport sheds and some ammunition buildings in the camp destroyed, 192 vehicles, 37 tanks were also hit. 218 German soldiers were killed and a further 156 injured. 1,500 tons of bombs were dropped. But, due to the delays in signalling the main force to come in and bomb the Luftwaffe night fighters were waiting for them. 43 were lost this night – 177 aircrew killed, 18 being taken p.o.w. and 31 evading capture.
LL787 was thought to have been shot down by a night fighter but no positive claim can be placed against this loss. The Lancaster came down at Normee 8 km. north east of Fere-Champenoise. Sgt Chappell escaped with the assistance of the local Maquis.

(1) P/O. Leonard Charles Margetts was a pupil of Moseley Grammar school from 1926 to 1931.

Burial details: F/O. James Frank Ineson. Normee Churchyard Grave 2. Son of William and Sarah Jeanetta Ineson, husband of Monica W. Ineson, of New Farnley, Yorkshire.
P/O. Leonard Charles Margetts. Normee Churchyard Collective Grave 1. Son of William Luke and Lucy Margetts; husband of Frances Christine Margetts, of Edinburgh.
P/O. Hugh Fraser Mackenzie. Normee Churchyard Collective Grave 1. Son of George Fraser MacKenzie and Cecile Leonore MacKenzie, of Spirit River, Alberta. Canada.
Sgt. Henry Robert Warren. Normee Churchyard Collective Grave 1. No further details as yet.
Sgt. James Wilkinson. Normee Churchyard Collective Grave 1. No further details as yet.
Researched by: Kelvin T. Youngs (A.R. Society) for the relatives of the crew.

Acknowledgments: With thanks to the following: Keith Townsend, historian of Moseley School memorial records, Bill Chorley – “Bomber Command Losses”, Theo Boiten – “German Nightfighter War Diaries”, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt “Bomber Command War Diaries”, the superb work of the C.W.G.C.


 

MASON FREDERICK EDWIN – NO DETAILS AVAILABLE


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In Memory of
Flight Sergeant JAMES ALFRED MASON
(05/02/1922 – 20/03/1945)
(Pilot)

1579568 Flight Sergeant Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
who died age 23 on 20 March 1945

Son of Arthur and Ernest Robert and Minnie Mason of Moseley,
Birmingham

James was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School from 1934 to 1938

Remembered with honour
BRANDWOOD END CEMETERY
BIRMINGHAM

Brandwood End Cemetery Birmingham


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In Memory of
Leading Airman Alexander McBride, RN.
(1/12/1914 – 29/10/1942)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

McBride 1933

McBride 1933

Service No: L/JX226976
Position: Air gunner.
Mission: El Alamein area
Date: 29/30th October 1942
Unit: No. 821 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm.
Type: Fairey Albacore
Serial: T9136
Base: HMS Grebe, Dhekelia, Alexandria, Egypt, a shore base.

REASON FOR LOSS: Albacore T9136, crewed by Sub Lt. D F Manders, Sub Lt. Wesley Wilfred Taber and LA. Alexander McBride was dropping flares in the El Alamein region to illuminate targets for Wellington W5478 of 104 Sqn RAF when the two aircraft collided. The official navy report of the incident suggests that the Wellington was flying 500ft below its allotted height. The only member of either crew to survive was Sub Lt. Manders, who was taken prisoner by the Italian forces and liberated in June 1945.

LA. Alexander McBride was a pupil of Moseley Secondary School from 1926 to June 1933.

Burial details: Grave/Memorial reference Bay 3, Panel 2, Lee-on-Solent Memorial. Son of Thomas H and Olive McBride of Small Heath, Birmingham.

Researched by Aircrew Remembrance Society for relatives of the crew.

We are indebted to the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton, for additional information.


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In Memory of
Marine JOHN SIDNEY MERRINGTON
(17/11/1924 – 02/02/1945)

PO/X 108962 Royal Marines, H.M.S Indomitable
who died age 20 on 2 February 1945

Son of Wilfred Charles and Cissie Edith Merrington of Billesley,
Birmingham

John Sidney Merrington was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School from 1936 to 1940

Remembered with honour
PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

Portsmouth-Naval-Memorial

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

1342

MERRINGTON, JOHN SIDNEY

Marine

PO/X 108962

Royal Marines

02/02/1945

20

Panel 90
Col 1

I can’t be absolute about cause of death but the ship’s official log states: 29 Jan 1945. launched raids on Soengi Gerong oil refineries and airfields at Lembak and Tanglangbetoetoe (Operation MERIDIAN TWO).
(Note: These attacks were marred by various problems. All seven KAMIKAZE aircraft which attacked Fleet in retaliation were destroyed but 16 RN aircraft were lost in action and another 14 by deck landing accidents. 9 pilots captured after baling out were executed by the Japanese in August 1945.


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In Memory of
RAF Sergeant Innis Edward Mobley
(15/03/22 – 13/05/43)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Innes Mobley

Innes Mobley

Mission: Duisberg
Date: 12/13th May 1943
Unit: No. 431 Squadron (R.C.A.F.)
Type: Wellington X
Serial: HE440
Code: SE-Y
Base: R.A.F. Burn, Yorkshire.
Location: Huppel, Netherlands.

Pilot: Sergeant George Robert Yorston Wood 658403 R.A.F.V.R. Age 23. Killed
Nav: Sgt Edward Leo Gummer 1379214 R.A.F.V.R. Age 20. Killed
Air/Bmr: Sgt. Innis Edward Mobley. 1575533 R.A.F.V.R. Age 21. Killed (1)
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Thomas Haig Smith 993817 R.A.F.V.R. Age 26 Killed
W/Op: Sgt Andrew Cresswell. 1210978 R.A.F.V.R. Age 23 Killed

REASON FOR LOSS: Took off at 23.32 and joined 571 other aircraft heading for Diusberg. Approxinately four hours later, just short of the Dutch/German border HE440 was attacked and shot down by an M110 flown by Oblt. Manfred Meurer of 3/NJG1 (2). He440 caught fire and crashed in a wood at Huppel, near the Dutch town of Winterswijk at 02.25 on 13th May 1943. Sgt. Mobley managed to bale out of the aircraft but was too low for his parachute to deploy. His body was found some distance from the crash site.

Mobley wreckage

The Wellington lies, almost unrecognisable, among woodland. The person who took this photograph faced great personal danger, as taking such pictures was forbidden

 

(1) Sgt. Innis Edward Mlbley was a pupil of Moseley Grammar School from 1933 to 1938.
(2) This was the 24th of Oblt. Manfred Meurer’e 65 confirmed kills before he died on 24th January 1944 in a midaur collision with a Lancaster. He had been awarded the Kinghts Cross with Oak Leaves.

Burial details: All are buried at Winterswijk Cemetery, Netherlands.
Sgt George Robert Yorston Wood, Grave 27
Sgt Edward Leo Gummer, Grave 26
Sgt Innis Edward Mobley, son of Arthur & Nora Mobley, Yardley Wood, Birmingham, Grave 28
Sgt Thomas Haig Smith, Grave 25
Sgt Andrew Cresswell, son of Andrew & Elsie Cresswell, Wolverhampton. Grave 24

Researched by Peter Rhebergen, Netherlands and Keith Townsend, historian of Moseley School war memorial records.

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innis

Innis Mobley

JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT on May 12 1943 Wellington Mk X bomber HE 440, coded SE -Y, of 431 Squadron, took off from its base at RAF Burn, near Selby, Yorkshire and flew south to join 571 other aircraft heading for the German town of Duisberg. It never completed the journey. Just short of the German border it was intercepted by a German night fighter and crashed at Huppel near the Dutch town of Winterswijk at 02.25 hrs the following morning, killing all five members of its RAFVR crew.

Among them was bomb aimer, 21 year old Sergeant Innis Mobley, from Yardley Wood. A former Moseley Grammar School pupil, Innis had joined the RAF two years earlier. Mourned by his family and later recorded on the school’s war memorial, Innis joined the roll of many thousands on both sides who lost their lives in the service of their country, memory of whom has dimmed with time.

For one small group, however, time was irrelevant. Innis’s grave was adopted by the children of a Winterswijk primary school and is tended by successive pupils to this day. The children of Juliana School place flowers on the grave each year, on Dutch Remembrance Day, May 4th. It seems that a number of children had, over the years, asked questions about the airman whose memory they revered, until their head teacher determined to find out more. He approached local historian Peter Rhebergen, who had researched many wartime crash sites near the town. Peter immediately contacted the Birmingham Mail, who appealed for anyone connected with Innis to come forward. Before long the Mail’s Nick McCarthy had heard from members of Innis’s family, an old school chum and the Moseleians Association.

innis with siblings7After leaving Moseley, Innis, one of five children, worked for an insurance company before joining the RAF, which sent him to South Africa for training. Of his four siblings, brother Brian died 16 years ago and sister Catherine four years ago, leaving sisters Barbara Zealand and Rita Left, who was only six years old when Innis died. Barbara visited Innis’s grave in 1947 and Rita did so during the fifties, taking their mother with her. Barbara said, “He brought the house to life and he did everything he could for his family. I remember he came back one time and searched all round Birmingham for a doll for Rita. She was only six and somehow he managed to get one, which wasn’t easy during the war.”

Innis’s family were distraught to learn of his death. Barbara said, “They sent a young lad with a telegram. It was devastating to both my mom and my dad. He was the apple of my mom’s eye.”

innis aircrew

Innis with RAF colleagues

This had not been Sgt. Mobley’s first sortie to Germany. His RAF record shows that he had already completed a number of successful bombing raids. Sadly, it was to be his last. Reliable eyewitness reports tell us that the aircraft caught fire under a hail of bullets and although Sgt. Mobley managed to bail out the stricken bomber had been losing altitude rapidly and by the time he was clear he did not have enough height for his parachute to open properly. His body was found some distance from the area of woodland where the aircraft came down. All five crew members were buried in the local cemetery in Winterswijk, entirely without ceremony.

 

Mobley-Juliana-School

Pupil from Juliana School in Winterswijk, Holland attend Innis’s grave

Some years later Sgt. Mobley’s grave was adopted by the children of Juliana School as part of a programme in which each local school adopts a different war grave, taking responsibility for its upkeep. As part of this programme Sgt. Mobley’s grave recently received a new headstone. Speaking to me from his home in Winterswijk, Peter Rhebergen said, “The children of Juliana School regard it as an honour to tend Sgt. Mobley’s grave. innis ircrew2There is always great competition among them to be chosen to visit the cemetery. They have been amazed and delighted by how much they have now been able to learn about this brave airman and the mission he was on when he died. He continued,” A memorial stone is only a brick with a name on it. Now this memorial has a face, a person whose story the children know. That’s very important to these children, so that they will have a far better idea of what happened so many years ago”.

Others who died alongside Sgt. Mobley were Sgt. Andrew Cresswell from Wolverhampton, Sgt. Edward Gummer and Sgt. Thomas Smith, both from Lancashire and pilot, Sgt. George Wood from North Shields. The average age of the crew was only twenty two.

 


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In memory of
Flying Officer Edward John Morris
(5/05/1923 – 06/03/1945)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Mission: Chemnitz

Edward John Morris

Edward John Morris

Date: 05/06th March 1945
Unit: No. 153 Squadron
Type: Lancaster I
Serial: PB872
Code: P4-X
Base: Scampton
Location: Prague

Pilot: F/O. William James Bailey 189698 R.A.F.V.R.

E J Morris - Crash site

E J Morris – Crash site

Age 20. Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. James Howard 1898834 R.A.F.V.R. Age 27. Killed
Nav: F/O. Reginald George David Adlam 4212786 R.N.Z.A.F. Age 23. Killed
Air/Bmr: F/O. Edward John Stanley Morris 164354 R.A.F.V.R. Age 21. Killed (1)
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. J. Dixon 1463894 R.A.F.V.R. Age 24. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. William Boyd Meecham R.A.F.V.R. Age 19. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Walter Simpson 3020020 R.A.F.V.R. Age 19. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS: Took off from Scampton, Lincolnshire at 16.40 hrs with the weather forecast unfavourable, a predicted severe icing which caused losses of 9 aircraft crashing near their bases soon after departure. One Halifax crashed in York, killing 5 civilians and 18 others were injured. (The majority were killed when an engine went through the roof of a local primary school). Another raid under operation “Thunderclap” (2) resulting in huge fires in the City with many casualties.
498 Lancasters, 256 Halifaxes, 6 Mosquitos took part in this attack and they suffered heavy losses from both the night fighters and the fierce flak. 22 further aircraft were lost on the raid (31 in total) and it is thought that PB872 was hit by flak. Fire broke out in the port wing between engines 1 and 2 and the pilot tried to crash land the aircraft but a fuel tamk explopded. The outer section of the port wing fell away and the aircraft crashed at 21.30 hrs local time (20.30 GMT) near Rossbach, eastern Germany, now Hranice, Czech Republic. All were killed. The fuselage was burned out, which may be explained by the fact that Pb872 was carrying incendiary bombs which may have exploded on impact. Both the rear gunners were ex A.T.C. cadets from Scotland.

(1) F/O. Edward Morris was a pupil at Moseley from 1934 to 1939.
(2) Operation Thunderclap: At the beginning of 1945 a series of heavy air raids was being considered on German cities by the British Air Ministry. The idea was that this would cause such confusion and consternation that the end of the war would be hastened. Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig and Chemnitz were considered as suitable targets as they were at this point just behind the German lines on the eastern front. Considered to be important communication and supply hubs they were also full of refugees from the overrun German eastern territories. As well as the effect on morale there was also the intention to prevent the Germans from moving reinforcements from the west to face the successful Soviet advance. The Air Ministry issued a directive to Bomber Command at the end of January for raids on Dresden, Leipzig and Chemnitz. On the 4th February 1945 at the Yalta Conference the Soviets asked for raids of this type to be carried out, although these requests came after the plans had been drawn up. The Americans were asked to help and they agreed to do so.

Burial details: F/O. William James Bailey. Prague War Cemetery. Grave II.C.7. Son of William James Bailey and Lydia Jane Bailey, of Sandleheath, Hampshire.
Sgt. James Howard. Prague War Cemetery. Grave II.C.10. Son of James and Mary Howard; husband of Annie Margaretta Howard, of Cricklewood, Middlesex.
F/O. Reginald George David Adlam. Prague War Cemetery. Grave II.C.4. Son of John David and Gladys Nellie Adlam, of Auckland City, New Zealand.
F/O. Edward John Stanley Morris. Prague War Cemetery. Grave II.C.5. Son of Thomas Stanley Morris and Ethel Annie Morris, of Edgbaston, Birmingham.
Sgt. J. Dixon. Prague War Cemetery. Grave II.C.8. Son of Walter G. and Rosa C. Dixon, of East Ruston, Norfolk.
Sgt. William Boyd Meecham. Prague War Cemetery. Grave II.C.6. Son of Thomas and Helen Meechan, of Dalmellington, Ayrshire
Sgt. Walter Simpson. Prague War Cemetery. Grave II.C.9. Son of William and Janet Simpson, of Larkhall, Lanarkshire.


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In Memory of
Bombadier MICHAEL NOLAN MOSS
(18/10/1913 – 19/08/1943)

869467 Royal Artillery
190 Bty., 10 H.A.A. Regiment
who died age 29 on 19 August 1943

Son of Matthew and Elizabeth Ellen Moss of Olton, Birmingham

Michael Nolan Moss was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School from 1925 to 1929

Remembered with honour
PEMBROKE MILITARY CEMETERY, MALTA

Pembroke Military Cemetery Malta

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

29

MOSS, MICHAEL NOLAN

Bombadier

869467

Royal Artillery

19/08/1943

29

Coll. Grave
1.1.14

Bombadier Michael Nolan Moss died of gunshot wounds, which must have occurred some six weeks earlier, as the last Axis air raid on Malta took place early in July 1942.


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In Memory of
RAF Sergeant William John Murray
(1919 – 25/07/1943
(Pilot)

657378 Sergeant William John Murray, 51 Squadron, Royal Air Force
who died age 24 on 25 July 1943

Son of William and Olive Murray, husband of Gwendoline Murray of Minehead, Somerset.

William John Murray - Halifax Hr940 crash site

William John Murray – Halifax Hr940 crash site

William John Murray was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School from 1930 to 1935

Halifax II HR940 of 51 Squadron, Bomber Command left RAF Snaith at 22.56 pn 24 July to attack Hamburg.

Crew: Sgt William J. Murray,, Pilot. Sgt Douglas C. Ford, Flight Engineer.
Sgt Ronald A. Fleming, Air Bonber.
Sgt Harry Cousin, Air Gunner.
Sgt Bernard T. Walsh, Air Gunner.
Sgt Reginald E. Livermore, Wireless Operator.
Sgt Thomas McLaughlin, Air Gunner.

On its way to the target HR940 was attacked and shot down by Oberleutnant Günter Köderi

ch, operating JU 88, D5+AW of IV./NJG 3. The crew were Feldwebels Walter Kramel and Walter Heidenreich. The Halifax crashed at Kær Hesthave, Denmark at 02:10. Sgt McLaughlin and Sgt Livermore were retrieved from the burning wreck by Danish policemen and taken to hospital in Sønderborg. The remaining crew, including Sgt Murray, died in the crash. While work was being carried on in the wreck a bomb exploded at 02:25 hours, killing a German Oberfeldwebel and wounding a member of Kær Civil Air Defence.

The flyers were all laid to rest in Aabenraa cemetery on 29/7-1943. A memorial stone have been erected on the crash site.

Remembered with honour
AABENRAA CEMETERY, DENMARK

AABENRAA CEMETERY, DENMARK

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

1

MURRAY, WILLIAM JOHN

Sergeant

657378

Royal Air Force

25/07/1943

24

Allied Mil Plot,
Row 3,
Joint Grave 13


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In Memory of
RAF Sergeant John November
(11/06/1920 – 22/09/1940)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Mission: Training

John November

John November

John November - 1934

John November – 1934

 

Date: 22nd September 1940 (Sunday)
Unit: No. 17 O.T.U. (Operational Training Unit)

Type: Blenheim I
Serial: L8610
Base: R.A.F. Upwood.
Location: Abersychan, Wales

Pilot: Sgt. Hubert Henry Wilson 745159 R.A.F.V.R. Age 22. Killed
Obs: P/O. Anthony Drake Coplestone 84720 R.A.F.V.R. Age 29. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. John November 938877 R.A.F.V.R. Age 20. Killed (1)

REASON FOR LOSS: On a training exercise with 11 other Blenheim’s from the unit. Weather conditions were described as low cloud base as they took off to carry out navigational training.
L8610 was heard by locals in the Garndiffaith area as flying very low when shortly afterwards at around 15.10 hrs it crashed into the summit of Garn Wen in the south eastern corner of the Breacon Beacons.
The official course of the accident was placed as pilot error, but investigations at this stage of the war were not as thorough as perhaps they could have been.

(1) Sgt. John November was a pupil of Moseley Grammar school from 1931 to 1937.

Burial details: Sgt. Hubert Henry Wilson. Bury Cemetery (Huntingdonshire) Row c. Grave 22. Son of Frederick George and Annie Maud Wilson, of Muswell Hill, Middlesex.
P/O. Anthony Drake Coplestone. Boldre (St. John) Churchyard. Row 1. Grave 1. Son of William Drake Coplestone, M.A., B.CH., and Edith Mary Coplestone, of Gorey, Jersey, Channel Islands. B.A. (Cantab.); Barrister, Member of Inner Temple; M.I.C.A.
Sgt. John November.Yardley Wood (Christ Church) Churchyard Sec. F. Grave 110. Son of David and Maud F. November, of Hall Green, Birmingham.

Researched by Kelvin T. Youngs (A.R. Society)
Acknowledgments: With thanks to the following: Ken Clark who has researched this loss and produced a booklet in association with Abersychan and Garndiffaith local history group, Keith Townsend historian of Moseley School memorial records, Bill Chorley – “Bomber Command Losses”, the superb work of the C.W.G.C.


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In memory of
Flight Sergeant William John Ordway
(7/06/13 – 26/08/41)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Mission: Heligoland

William John Ordway

William John Ordway

Date: 26th August 1941
Unit: No. 82 Squadron
Type: Blenheim IV
Serial: T2165
Code: UX-W
Base: R.A.F. Bodney, Norfolk.
Location: Target area

Pilot: Sq/Ldr. Francis Alfred George Lascelles D.F.C. 40398 R.A.F. Age 29. Killed (1)
Obs: Fl/Sgt. William John Ordway 529743 R.A.F. Age 28. Killed (2)
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Cecil Pollock Weir 551626 R.A.F. Age 21. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS: Took off at 10.32 hrs from R.A.F. Bodney, Thetford in Norfolk to carry out coastal sweeps with 2 ships claimed as sunk. This squadron suffered multiple losses, with 4 aircraft being lost on this operation.
T2165 is believed to have been shot down by Lt. Dahne of 2./JG52 – all crew killed. Also lost from this squadron on this daylight operation:
R3767 UX-R. Flown by Sgt. Reginald Greenough killed with other 2 crew members.
V6435 UX-V. Flown by Fl/Lt. Harold Shuttleworth killed with other 2 crew members.
Z7277 UX-F. Flown by Sgt. Alexander Dick killed with other 2 crew members.

(1) Sq/Ldr. Francis Alfred George Lascelles D.F.C. Later posthumously promoted to Wing Commander.
(2) Fl/Sgt. William John Ordway was a pupil of Moseley Grammar School from 1924 to 1929.

Burial details: Sq/Ldr. Francis Alfred George Lascelles D.F.C. Sage War Cemetery Grave 13.D.8 Son of Sir Alfred George Lascelles, Kt., K.C., and of Lady Lascelles (nee Thynne), of Terrington, Yorkshire.
Fl/Sgt. William John Ordway. Sage War Cemetery Grave 13.D.13 No further details – last known address: 181 Bromyard Road, Hall Green, Birmingham.
Fl/Sgt. Cecil Pollock Weir. Sage War Cemetery Grave 13.D.7 Son of George and Maud Weir, of Portrush, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Researched by Kelvin T. Youngs (A.R. Society) For relatives of the crew.
Acknowledgments: With thanks to the following: Keith Townsend, historian of Moseley School memorial records, Bill Chorley – “Bomber Command Losses”,Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt “Bomber Command War Diaries”, the superb work of the C.W.G.C.


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In Memory of
RAF Sergeant Arthur Edward Owen
(9/06/16 – 25/07/1941)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Mission: Emden
Date: 24/25th July 1941
Unit: No. 103 Squadron
Type: Wellington IC
Serial: R1397
Code: PM-?
Base: RAF Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire.
Location: Bozum, Holland.

Owen-and-crewPilot: P/O. Mervyn Sydney Lund 40979 R.N.Z.A.F. Age 23. “Missing”.
Pilot 2: Sgt. Arthur Edward Owen 1163347 R.A.F.V.R. Age 25. “Missing”. (see note)
Obs: Sgt. John James Cox 921698 R.A.F.V.R. Age 24. “Missing”.
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Roy Penry Williams 1251179 R.A.F.V.R. Age 21. “Missing”.
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Alfred John Le Poidevin 924197 R.A.F.V.R. Age 23. “Missing”.
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Frank Gordon Walker 1019154 R.A.F.V.R. Age 30. “Missing”.

Further progress has been made by the Dutch researchers – they have proved that the crash site found is of R1397 – Now they need to convince the CWGC to change the headstones.
Update September 2015: CWGC and the RAF have accepted that the graves marked are that of the crew and will be renamed.

REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off at 23.40 hrs to attack Emden. 47 Aircraft took part in this raid made up of 31 Whitleys and 16 Wellingtons.
During this period there were also operations to Brest to attempt the sinking of the Scharnhorst (1), Cherbourg – as a diversion for the Brest raid (2) and a raid on La Pallice by 15 Halifaxes to bomb the Scharnhorst.(3)
Wellington R1397 was intercepted and shot down during the early hours of the 25th July at 03.54 hrs. by Oblt. Helmut Lent (4) of 4./NJG1 over Oosterwierum south, south west of Leeuwarden at 4,500 mtrs
This crew has ‘no known grave’ and despite pressure from researchers in Holland who have researched this loss and identified the grave marked as ‘unknown airman’ these graves are still classified as such. This research group want that to be changed and also to place a memorial to the crew.

(1) This changed at the last minute as it had already left the port – the raid continued as the Gneisenau was still there. Reports of 6 hits but unconfirmed. Luftwaffe fighters were very active and despite the long range escort of 3 Spitfire Squadrons, 12 aircraft were lost.
(2) Escorted by Spitfires 36 Blenheims attacked the port. with good results, but the raid did not have the effect of the planned diversion and no combats with Luftwaffe reported. No aircraft lost.
(3) Unescorted the Halifaxes were attacked fiercely by the Luftwaffe and 5 aircraft were shot down by either them or flak. The raid was a success however with the Scharnhorst being badly damaged and forced to return to Brest for several months for further repairs.
(4) This was the 19 victory for Oblt. Lent who went on to claim 102 night fighter kills and a further 8 day kills before, on the 7th October 1944 he died after suffering injuries sustained during a crash landing on the 5th October 1944 during a crash landing in his Ju 88 G-6 at Paderborn Airfield following engine failure and subsequent collision with a high tension cable. His crew were rescued – injured from the crash. However, Walter Kubisch (radio operator) and Hermann Klöss (2nd radio operator) died the same day, Werner Kark (War correspondent and Air/Gnr) died the next morning.

(note)
News of the positive grave identification received by us from two separate contacts via the Aircrew Remembered help desk in September 2015. With thanks to Mr. Tom van der Meer and Mr. Dirk Munk for sending details.
Translation of the article:

Owen-Article

Article from the ‘Leeuwarder Courant’ 16th Sept 2015

“The crew of a British bomber that was shot down over Friesland in 1941, after 74 years is still to get a name on the grave. The Royal Air Force and the Stichting Missing Airmen Memorial Foundation (SMAMF) after years of research have overtaken the identity of the six occupants. It now appears there were five Britons and a New Zealander on board. Tuesday the new tombstones are blessed at the Northern Cemetery in Leeuwarden. Some relatives of the airmen will be present. Bombing The SMAMF and the Air Force discovered based on British, German and Dutch archives earlier that the aircraft should have been the Wellington R1397. The unit was on the way back after a bombing at the ports of the northern German city of Emden. With this information, organizations switched to the British authorities, which ultimately could find the names of the crew. The crew was buried anonymously after the crash at the cemetery in Leeuwarden. Previous attempts to trace their identity were unsuccessful.”

Owen-and-crew-headstones

Finally, headstones for the British Aircrew

Article from the ‘Leeuwarder Courant’ September 16th 2015 (Sent in with translation from Mr. Dirk Munk): Leeuwarden – For 74 years it was unknown which pilots were in the Wellington that crashed at Boazum. On Tuesday their names were placed on six (note) headstones at the Northern Cemetery at Leeuwarden.

John Cox, Mervyn Lund, Arthur Owen, Alfred Le Poidevin, Gordon Walker and Roy Williams finally get the recognition they deserve according to their relatives.

The six where in the burning Wellington that crashed on the early morning of 25 July 1941 at Boazum. Their remains were buried in a mutual grave.

“We are very grateful to The Netherlands for this gesture,” Ray Wells (78), a nephew of one of the pilots said. (note: Actually there are two headstones for these men).

The following clips were kindly supplied by Dirk Munk in September 2015:

In 2011 the Dutch researchers of the Stichting Missing Airmen Memorial Foundation (SMAMF) were convinced that the aircraft that crashed at Boazum in 1941 was in fact Wellington R1397. Seventy years after the crash, on July 25th 2011, a memorial was unveiled at the crash site. The ceremony was attended by the ambassador of New Zealand, the air force attaché of the British embassy in The Hague, officers of the British and Netherlands Royal Air Forces, the mayor of Littenseradiel, family members of the aircrew, school children, and others. Since at the time the British authorities had not yet officially confirmed the identities of the plane and the crew, the names of the aircrew were put in brackets.

The next clip is from a TV program, Alexander Tuinhout of the Missing Airmen Memorial Foundation is explaining what happened in 1941, what they have done to find the names of the aircrew, and the importance of the ceremony the next day. They also explain that they investigated Dutch, British and German archives, and from those investigations they concluded that it is certain that Wellington R1397 crashed at Boazum. Together with the Royal Netherlands Air Force they wrote a report about their findings, and handed it to the British authorities. However these authorities took such a long time to investigate, that the SMAMF decided to deliver a letter at the gate of No. 10 Downing Street, asking if the procedure could be speeded up. That worked.

It was also mentioned that the families had been told that R1397 had been lost over the North Sea, so they were very surprised when the SMAMF contacted them and told them that there was a grave. At the time Clifford Cox, the brother of Sgt. John James Cox was still alive, but he was well into his nineties. He died shortly afterwards, but before he died he expressed the wish that his ashes should be spread at the cemetery in Leeuwarden, so that in death he could be united with his brother.

The next clip shows the rededication ceremony that was held in Leeuwarden at September 15th 2015:

Burial details: Noorderbegraafplaats cemetery at Leeuwarden, Netherlands. (Formerly on the Runnymede Memorial) P/O. Mervyn Sydney Lund. Son of Gustaf Emanuel and Mary Ann Lund, of Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand. Sadly, Lund’s brother, Clarence Patrick Lund, died just over a year later, on 29 July 1942, while flying with 7 Squadron on an operation to Hamburg. He was injured during the crash and died in hospital a few hours later. Stirling I W7533 MG-G – the six crew killed were buried at Sage War Cemetery. One crew member survived as a Prisoner of War.

Sgt. Arthur Edward Owen. Son of Albert Joseph and Nellie Owen, of Birmingham, England.

Sgt. John James Cox. Son of William James Cox and Olive Marion Cox, of Knowle, Bristol, England.

Sgt. Roy Penry Williams. Son of Robert Penry Williams, and of Keturah Williams, of Bridgend, Glamorgan, Wales.

Sgt. Alfred John Le Poidevin. Next of Kin details currently not available.

Sgt. Frank Gordon Walker. Son of Frank and Annie Walker, of Clifton Street Hornsea, Yorkshire, England.

Researched by: Aircrew Remembered for Moseley School memorial records and for the relatives of the crew.

Acknowledgments: With thanks to the following: Keith Townsend historian of Moseley School memorial records, Bill Chorley – “Bomber Command Losses”, Theo Boiten – “German Nightfighter War Diaries”, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt “Bomber Command War Diaries”, the superb work of the C.W.G.C


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In Memory of
Flight Sergeant David James John Paramore
(17/04/1928 – 27/06/1945)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Mission: Transport flight

David Paramore

David Paramore

Date: 27th June 1945
Unit: No. 240 Squadron
Type: Catalina IVB
Serial: JX435
Base: Keeling and Cocos Islands, Indian Ocean
Location: As above.

Crew: Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Edward William George Denmark 1294159 R.A.F.V.R. Age 24. Killed
Pilot 2: W/O. Eric John Freeman 1320699 R.A.F.V.R. Age 23. Killed
Pilot 3: Fl/Sgt. Geoffrey Sims 982448 R.A.F.V.R. Age ? Injured (1)

David Paramore - Note: Incorrect seriel no. now corrected

David Paramore – Note: Incorrect seriel no. now corrected

Nav: P/O. Francise Arthur Marshall J/95597 R.C.A.F. Age 23. Killed
Fl/Eng: Fl/Sgt. David James John Paramore 1581676 R.A.F.V.R. Age 22. Killed (2)
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Edward Benn 1080445 R.A.F.V.R. Age 24. (1)
Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Eric George Spearing 1585079 R.A.F.V.R. Age ? Killed
Air/Gnr: Cpl. Fred Haworth 1199771 R.A.F.V.R. Age 24. Killed

Passengers: L.A.C. Eric Henry John Butler 1866566 684 Squadron R.A.F.V.R. Age ? Killed. Edward Allen, William Liverton, James Mitchell, Robert Short and Peter Collett, no further details, but although these survived, they were injured to various degrees.

REASON FOR LOSS: The pilot attempted to land downwind in a rough sea and the Catalina overshot the alighting area and the aircraft’s nose dug in, almost causing it to overturn but fell back in an erect position and then caught fire and sank in fairly shallow waters. Some reports state that the aircraft was overloaded with equipment etc but that the main cause was the landing direction. Interesting in that no windsock was in place and aircrews then relied on their own skilled observations. In this case a ship moored close to the alighting area was anchored at the stern and not the bow as was usual and at 180 degrees to the wind direction (Ships usually always anchor at the bow into the wind) So it is possible that this was the cause of the accident.

(1) Fl/Sgt. Sims and Fl/Sgt. Benn sadly died later from their injuries.
(2) Fl/Sgt. Paramore was a pupil of Moseley Grammar School from 1934 to 1938.

Burial details: Fl/Sgt. Edward William George Denmark. Singapore Memorial. Column 450. Son of Walter George and Florence Maud Denmark, of Mile Cross, Norwich, Norfolk.
W/O. Eric John Freeman. Singapore Memorial. Column 448. Son of William and May Freeman; husband of Beatrice Nora Freeman, of Cambridge.
Fl/Sgt. Geoffrey Sims. Kranji War Cemetery. 12.C.11 No further details as yet.
P/O. Francise Arthur Marshall. Singapore Memorial. Column 457. Son of F. A. and Lucy H. Marshall, of White Rock, British Columbia, Canada.
Fl/Sgt. David James John Paramore. Singapore Memorial. Column 450. Son of Frederick B. and G. E. Paramore, of Harborne, Birmingham.
Fl/Sgt. Edward Benn. Kranji War Cemetery. 12.C.6 Son of F. Benn and Margaret Benn, of West Hartlepool, Co. Durham.
Fl/Sgt. Eric George Spearing. Singapore Memorial. Column 450. Son of George and Florence Spearing; husband of Christina McGown Spearing, of Yeovil, Somerset.
Cpl. Fred Haworth. Singapore Memorial. Column 452. Son of Harold and Edith Haworth, of Elworth, Cheshire.
L.A.C. Eric Henry John Butler. Singapore Memorial. Column 453. Son of Henry Thomas and Gladys May Butler, of Northfleet, Gravesend, Kent.

Researched by: Kelvin T. Youngs (A.R. Society) For relatives of the crew and passengers.
Acknowledgments: With thanks to the following: Mr David Legg of the Catalina Society, Colin Cummings – “The Price Of Peace”, Keith Townsend, historian of Moseley School memorial records, the superb work of the C.W.G.C.


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In Memory of
Squadron Leader BERNARD FREDERICK PERKINS, A.F.C.
(1918 – 24/01/1946)

No 1510 Beam Approach Beacon System Flight
89830 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
who died age 28 on 24 January 1946

On 26 January 1946 S/Ldr Bernard Frederick Perkins was a member of the crew of five who left Rearsby, Leicestershire, to fly to Melbourne, Yorkshire aboard Avro Anson EG113 of 1380 TCU, RAF. The aircraft never arrived and no trace of it has ever been found. Official sources suggest that it probably came down in the Humber.

Crew List W/O. Reginald Arthur Webb
W/O. Kenneth Crabtree
Ft/Lt John Ireland
Flt/Lt Leonard Jack Lawrence, DFC
Sdn/Ldr Bernard Frederick Perkins, AFC

Squadron Leader Perkins’s Air Force Cross was awarded posthumously on 13 June 1946. Son of Frank and Daisy Hannah Perkins of Hall Green, Birmingham

Bernard Frederick Perkins was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School

Remembered with honour
RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

Runnymede Memorial March 2007

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

1

PERKINS, BERNARD FREDERICK

Squadron Leader

89830

RAFVR

24/01/1946

28

Panel 285


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In Memory of
Fusilier REGINALD GILBERT PETFORD
(16/01/1916 – 29/11/1943)

7676504 Royal Irish Fusiliers
who died age 27 on 29 November 1943

Husband of Eva May Petford of Moseley,
Birmingham
, Reginald Gilbert Petford was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School from 1929 to 1933

Remembered with honour
SANGRO RIVER WAR CEMETERY

Reginald Gilbert Petford

Reginald Gilbert Petford

Fusilier Petford actually was killed on 29th Nov 1943 near to Fossacesia – 14 men from the 1st Bttn Royal Irish Fusiliers (nicknamed the Faughs) were killed on that single day, a total of 23 from the 38 (Irish) Brigade, which comprised 1 Faughs, 6 Inniskilllings (6 Skins) and 2 London Irish Rifles (2 LIR) on that day alone.

Looking at Reginald’s Army No, it seems to correspond to a Royal Army Pay Corps block number (7657001-7681000), which isn’t as strange as it seems, as he may joined the army on one basis to transfer to the Faughs later. Having a direct Irish ancestry connection also wasn’t a prerequisite to join an Irish regiment at this stage. During this period, the Faughs had suffered tremendous levels of casualties so reinforcements were coming through all the time. Reginald was also relatively mature – 27 and married, he would have probably been conscripted in 1939/40, but due to his marital status may not have been sent overseas until 1943.

Reginald Gilbert Petford - Grave

Reginald Gilbert Petford – Grave

As background to the 1 Faughs war time, they had served in France during 1939/40, and were heavily involved in the retreat to Dunkirk. As mentioned, Reginald’s front line connection with them probably started after Nov 1942 – 1 Faughs arrived in Aligiers on Dec 1942, and then battled their way through Tunisia for the next 5 months to enter Tunis victoriously in May 1943. After 2 months resting/training, the Faughs arrived in Sicily for a short, hard campaign to the west of Etna. In late Sept 1943, they sailed to Taranto, and then on 5th October landed at Termoli and this was a prelude to a bitter, bloody 8 week campaign of action up the Adriatic coast which culminated in the decisive battle of the River Sangro from 29th November onwards when the Irish Brigade took a leading part in achieving ultimate, decisive “success”.

On 29 Nov 1943, the Faughs joined with the rest of the Brigade for that breakthrough push. I attach a copy of the Faughs’ war diary for that day and would join your attention to the 0900 entry when “a German SP (self propelled artillery) gun landed in the gulley (sic) killing 19 men,, and wounding twenty seven”. This may well be (in fact, most probably) when Fus Petford died – about a mile north west of the Sangro River.

Information courtesy of Richard O’Sullivan www.irishbrigade.co.uk. Reginald is listed on their Irish Brigade roll of honour http://www.irishbrigade.co.uk/pages/remembering-the-fallen/they-shall-not-grow-old.php  at No 634.

No. Name Rank Service Regiment Date of
Death
Age Grave / Memorial
67 PETFORD REGINALD GILBERT Fusilier 7676504 Royal Irish Fusiliers 29/11/1943 27 Vlll.C.5

 

Reginalds brother John and sister Jenny at the Moseleians Association Act of Remembrance Nov 2012

Reginalds brother John and sister
Jenny at the Moseleians Association
Act of Remembrance Nov 2012

Three generations of Petford Family at the Moseleians Association Act of Remembrance Nov 2012

Three generations of Petford Family
at the Moseleians Association
Act of Remembrance Nov 2012

Petford - Link to article on The Irish Brigade website

Petford – Link to article on
The Irish Brigade website

Petford-Reginald-Gilbert War Diary---

Petford, Reginald Gilbert War Diary

 


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In Memory of
Flight Sergeant Harold Arthur Purvey
(19/03/1917 – 14/01/1945)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Mission: Training
Date: 14th January 1945
Unit: No. 11 O.T.U.
Type: Wellington X
Serial: LN403
Code: OP-V
Base: R.A.F. Westcott, Buckinghamshire.
Location: Wotton

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Herbert Tricks D.F.M. 169063 R.A.F.V.R. Age 32. Killed
Pilot 2: Fl/Sgt. Norman Steventon Shaw 4213940 R.N.Z.A.F. Age 30. Killed
Nav/W/Op: Sgt. Leslie John Tarr 1605916 R.A.F.V.R. Age ? Killed
Air/Bmr: Fl/Sgt. Harold Arthur Purvey 1578843 R.A.F.V.R Age 27. Killed (1)
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Bertram Leslie Ireland 432207 R.N.Z.A.F. Age 33. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. James Hollingsworth 1132602 R.A.F.V.R. Age ? Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Brown. No further details Survived, injured.
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Dickie. No further details Survived, injured.

REASON FOR LOSS: Took off from R.A.F. Westcott at 13.35 hrs. on a simple flying practice operation. On approach to runway No. 7 the Wellington was seen to turn away and then crash at 16.44 hrs near Wotton Underwood Railway Station, about 8 miles north north west of Aylesbury. Amazing that the two air gunners escaped from the inferno with only slight injuries.
The pilot, Fl/Lt. Tricks gained his D.F.M. in the Middle East serving with 148 Squadron. In a statement regarding the accident Sgt. Dickie wrote that he was of the opinion that the controls had jammed.

(1) Fl/Sgt. Harold Arthur Purvey was a pupil of Moseley Grammar School from 1928 to 1933.

Burial details: Fl/Lt. Herbert Tricks D.F.M. Leicester City Crematorium. Panel 6. Son of John Lawrence and Gertrude Tricks; husband of Joan Monica Tricks, of Leicester.
Fl/Sgt. Norman Steventon Shaw. Oxford (Botley) Cemetery. Plot H/3. Grave 162. Son of Alexander and Irene Syers Shaw; husband of Bernice Violet Shaw, of Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand.
Sgt. Leslie John Tarr. Easton-In-Gordano Churchyard. No further details as yet.
Fl/Sgt. Harold Arthur Purvey. Birmingham (Brandwood End) Cemetery. Sec. B.9. C of E. Grave 183 Son of Arthur James Purvey and Sophia Purvey, of Birmingham; husband of Cissie Purvey, of King’s Heath, Birmingham.
Fl/Sgt. Bertram Leslie Ireland. Oxford (Botley) Cemetery. Plot H/3. Grave 161. Son of William Ireland and of Bertha Ireland (nee Rowe), husband of Winifred Ireland, of Birkenhead, Auckland, New Zealand.
Fl/Sgt. James Hollingsworth. Stalybridge (New St. George) Churchyard North of Church tower Range 4. Grave 7. No further details as yet.

Researched by: Kelvin T. Youngs (A.R. Society) For relatives of the crew.
Acknowledgments: With thanks to the following: Keith Townsend, historian of Moseley School memorial records, Bill Chorley – “Bomber Command Losses”, the superb work of the C.W.G.C
.


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In Memory of
Private DENNIS ARTHUR READ

(31/07/1920 – 25/03/1943)
7349813 Royal Army Medical Corps
who dies age 22 on 25 March 1943

Son of Arthur and Emily R Read of Shirley, Warwickshire

Dennis Arthur Read 1934

Dennis Arthur Read 1934

Dennis Arthur Read was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School from 1931 to 1938

Remembered with honour
EL ALIA CEMETERY

EL ALIA CEMETERY

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

28

READ, DENNIS ARTHUR

Private

7349813

Royal Army Medical Corps

25/02/1943

22

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In Memory of
Stoker Furst Class FRANCIS CHARLES REVILL
(10/01/1924 – 20/03/1945)

P/KX 597102 Royal Navy
H.M.S. Lapwing
who died age 21 on 20 March1945

Son of Harry and Lily Revill of Birmingham

Francis Charles Revill was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School from 1936 to 1939

Remembered with honour
PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

Portsmouth-Naval-Memorial

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

1738

REVILL, FRANCIS CHARLES

Stoker 1st Class

P/KX 597102

Royal Navy

20/03/1945

21

Panel 89
Column 3

HMS Lapwing (Cdr. John Alexander Binnie, RN, (retired)) was torpedoed and sunk off Northern Russia north of Murmansk in position 69º26’N, 33º44’E.
61 survivors, 158 men died.

In the afternoon on 20 March 1945, U-968 attacked the convoy JW-65 en route to Kola Fjord, Russia and reported a destroyer and a Liberty sunk and another Liberty ship torpedoed. In fact, the sloop HMS Lapwing of the 7th Escort Group and the Liberty ship Thomas Donaldson were sunk. HMS Lapwing was hit amidships at 13:25 and sank 20 minutes later. Position 69.26N, 33.44E – Grid AC 8867. 168 men died, 61 survivors.


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In Memory of
RAF Sergeant Peter Harry Richardson
(29/06/24- 21/07/44)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Mission: Homberg
Date: 20/21st July 1944
Unit: No. 90 Squadron
Type: Lancaster I
Serial: LM185
Code: WP-D
Base: R.A.F. Tuddenham, Suffolk
Location: Boxtel, Holland

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. William Lane 613629 R.A.F. Age 23. Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. Edward John Flaherty 1219836 R.A.F. Age 23. Killed
Nav: Sgt. William Norman Morgan 1651121 R.A.F.V.R. Age 21. Killed
Air/Bmr: Fl/Sgt. Hugh McBeath Brown 1415876 R.A.F.V.R. Age 24. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Peter Harry Richardson 1580737 R.A.F.V.R. Age 20.Killed (1)
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Arthur Forster Marshall 1699568 R.A.F.V.R. Age 19. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Reginald Percy Naylor 2212864 R.A.F.V.R. Age 35. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS: LM185 took off from it’s base at R.A.F. Tuddenham, Suffolk at 23.02 hrs. as part of a group of 147 Lancaster’s and 11 Mosquitoes to attack the oil plant situated in the town of Homberg. German night fighters caught the Lancaster’s by surprise and 20 were lost.
This Lancaster is thought to have been intercepted and shot down by Lt. Josef Forster (2) of 8./NJG2 at 01.45 hrs with the aircraft crashing into the suburbs of Boxtel. Two other Lancaster’s from 90 Squadron were also lost on this raid. LM183 P-L piloted by Fl/Lt. Philp Rossington all the crew of 7 were killed. LM189 WP-U flown by F/O. Frank McGlone and his crew of 6 were also all killed.

(1) Sgt. Peter Harry Richardson was a pupil of Moseley Grammar School from 1935 to 1940.
(2) Lt. Josef Forster survived the war with 15 confirmed claims.

Burial details: Fl/Sgt. William Lane. Boxtel R/C Churchyard Grave 6. No further details as yet.
Sgt. Edward John Flaherty. Boxtel R/C Churchyard Grave 7. Son of Isabel Flaherty, and stepson of Robert Priestley, of Batley, Yorkshire.
Sgt. William Norman Morgan. Boxtel R/C Churchyard Grave 1. Son of George Robert and Edith Joyce Morgan, of Newport, Monmouthshire.
Fl/Sgt. Hugh McBeath Brown. Boxtel R/C Churchyard Grave 8. Son of Dr. William Brown, M.B., and Margaret Elizabeth Brown, of Penyfai Lane, Glamorgan; husband of Elizabeth Brown.
Sgt. Peter Harry Richardson. Boxtel R/C Churchyard Grave 5. Son of Robert Tait Richardson and Jessie May Richardson, of Billesley, Birmingham.
Sgt. Arthur Forster Marshall. Eindhoven Gen Cemetery Plot KK. Grave 117. Son of Arthur and Caroline Marshall, of Low Fell, Gateshead, Co. Durham.
Sgt. Reginald Percy Naylor. Eindhoven Gen Cemetery Plot KK. Grave 118. Son of Arthur Lewis Naylor and May Naylor; husband of Sarah Naylor, of Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.

Researched by: Kelvin T. Youngs (A.R. Society) For relatives of the crew.
Acknowledgments: With thanks to the following: Keith Townsend, historian of MoseleySchool memorial records, Bill Chorley – “Bomber Command Losses”, Theo Boiten – “German Nightfighter War Diaries”, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt “Bomber Command War Diaries”, the superb work of the C.W.G.C.


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In Memory of
Sub-Lieutenant A ERIC ARTHUR ROGERS
(13/01/1922 – 13/01/1945)

Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
H.M.S. Illustrious
who died age 23 on 13 January 1945

Eric Arthur Rogers was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School from 1933 to 1937

S/Lt Rogers was serving with 1833 Sqdn, FAA aboard HMS Illustrious in the Far East. On 12 Jan 1945 he was flying Vought Corsair II JT576. He accepted a voluntary wave-off from a landing attempt then turned too tightly and crashed into the sea. His body was not recovered.

Remembered with honour
LEE-ON-SOLENT MEMORIAL

Lee On-Solent Memorial

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

164

ROGERS, ERIC ARTHUR

Sub-Lieutenant (A)

Royal Navel Volunteer Reserve

13/01/1945

23

Bay 6
Panel 4

Rogers was serving with HMS Illustrious at the time of his death. HMS Illustrious was involved in air strikes against the Polumbo oilfields during January 1945.

Sub/Lt(A)  Eric Arthur Rogers was serving in the Far East with 1833 Squadron Fleet Air Arm. On 13 January 1945 he was flying Vought Corsair JT576. He turned sharply whilst in a landing circuit and the aircraft spun into the sea. His body was not recovered. He had served with 1833 Sqn since July 1943.


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In Memory of
Lance Bombadier ROBERT HAROLD SHORTHOUSE
(14/07 1919 – 21/01/1945)

1437594 160 Field Regt., Royal Artillery

Robert Harold Shorthouse 1934

Robert Harold Shorthouse 1934

who died age 25 on 21 January 1945

Harold Robert Shorthouse was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School from 1930 to 1935

Remembered with honour
RANGOON MEMORIAL

Rangoon Memorial Taukkyan

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

1671

SHORTHOUSE, ROBERT HAROLD

Lance Bombadier

1437594

Royal Artillery

21/01/1945

45

Face 2

During January 1945 160 Field Regt., Royal Artillery formed part of the Indian XV Corps fighting to retake Burma. The Battle of Ramree Island was fought for six weeks during January and February 1945. The battle started with Operation Matador, an amphibious assault to capture the strategic port of Kyaukpyu – located at the northern tip of Ramree Island, south of Akyab across Hunter’s Bay – and the key airfield near the port. Reconnaissance carried out on 14 January 1945 disclosed Japanese forces busily placing guns to sweep the landing beaches on Ramree, so the Royal Navy assigned a battleship and an escort carrier to provide heavy naval support to the task force.

On 21 January, an hour before the 71st Indian Infantry Brigade was to land, the battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth opened fire with her main battery while planes from the escort carrier HMS Ameer spotted for her. The light cruiser HMS Phoebe also joined the bombardment, along with B-24 Liberators and P-47 Thunderbolts of No. 224 Group RAF, (under the command of HQ RAF Bengal and Burma), which strafed and bombed the beaches. The assault troops landed unopposed and secured the beachhead; the following day, the 4th Indian Infantry Brigade landed.


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In memory of
RAF Sgt HAROLD EDGAR SMART
(25/04/14 – 19/09/1940)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Mission: N.W. Germany

Date: 18/19th September 1940 (Wednesday/Thursday)
Unit: No. 99 Squadron
Type: Wellington IC
Serial: P9242
Code: LN-B
Base: Newmarket
Location: Osnabrück

Pilot: P/O. Michael Cunningham Andrews Linden 42134 R.A.F. Age 20. Killed
Pilot 2: Sgt. Maurice Ernest Langton Wood 754548 R.A.F.V.R. Age 23. Killed
Obs: Sgt. Harold Edgar Smart 747711 R.A.F.V.R. Age 26. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Thomas Watson 965301 R.A.F.V.R. Age ? Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Douglils Thom Heard 647632 R.A.F. Age 20. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Victor Beverley 651939 R.A.F. Age 22. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS: The purpose of this raid was to bomb various targets in the channel ports although some were diverted to bomb German railway targets.
Wellington P9242 was thought to have been shot down by the heavy flak and crashed at Stahlwerkplatz, Osnabrück, Germany. 174 aircraft were sent. A costly night for Bomber Command with the loss of 9 aircraft – all the crews killed / missing:

Sgt. Harold Edgar Smart was a pupil of Moseley Grammar School from September 1925 until July 1930,

Burial details: P/O. Michael Cunningham Andrews Linden. Rheinberg War Cemetery Coll Grave 9. B. 20-23. Son Of Garnet Harold and Evelyn Mowbray Linden, Of Ealing, Middlesex.
Sgt. Maurice Ernest Langton Wood. Rheinberg War Cemetery Grave 9. B. 19. Son of Ernest Richard and Dorothy Mabel Wood, of Sheffield.
Sgt. Harold Edgar Smart. Rheinberg War Cemetery Coll Grave 9. B. 20-23. Son of Edgar Standish Smart and Gertrude Avis Smart, of Welford Road, Shirley, Warwickshire.
Sgt. Thomas Watson. Rheinberg War Cemetery Coll Grave 9. B. 20-23. No further details as yet.
Sgt. Douglas Thom Heard. Rheinberg War Cemetery Coll Grave 9. B. 20-23. Son of Edward and Louisa Heard, of Ewell, Surrey.
Sgt. Victor Beverley. Rheinberg War Cemetery Coll Grave 9. B. 20-23. Foster-son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Beverley, of Sheffield.


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In Memory of
RAF Sergeant Maurice George Smith
(26/08/24- 28/04/44)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Mission: Friedrichshafen
Date: 27/28th April 1944
Unit: No. 101 Squadron
Type: Lancaster I
Serial: LL750
Code: SR-P
Base: R.A.F. Ludford Magna, Lincolnshire
Location: Alp Grappelen, Switzerland.

Pilot: W/O. Bertram Bernard Noble M.i.D. 2 bars 562236 R.A.F. Age 32. Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. R.K. Bridges Interned
Nav: F/O. John Raymond Burton 151079 R.A.F.V.R. Age 22. Killed
Air/Bmr: F/O. H.S. Prowse R.C.A.F. Interned
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. William Gowland Anderson 1501026 R.A.F.V.R. Age 21. Killed
W/Op/Specialist Operator: Sgt. Maurice George Smith 1817166 R.A.F.V.R. Age ? Killed (1)
Air/Gnr: P/O. Oscar Jacob Albrecht J/92032 R.C.A.F. Age 39. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Francis Henry Bathmaker 1892488 R.A.F.V.R. Age 21. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS: Took off at 2140 hrs from Ludford Magna to attack the small town of Friedrichshafen the reason being that it contained important factories manufacturing gearboxes and engines for the German tank force. The attack was arranged on a moonlit night to make the bombing more successful. Although more dangerous doing this the town was south of the country and on the very limit of Luftwaffe night-fighters.
The bomber stream approached and bombed the target with no interception from fighters. However, during the attack the Luftwaffe arrived. 18 of the 322 Lancaster’s were brought down.
The attack itself proved very successful with 1,234 tons of bombs being dropped resulting in an estimated 99 acres (67%) of the town being devastated – the gearbox factory was destroyed along with other important buildings. Civil reports state that 136 people were killed and a further 375 injured, with 656 houses destroyed and 421 damaged to a severe degree.
Lancaster LL750 was one of two 101 Squadron losses on this raid and was shot down by Hptm. Gerhard Friedrich (2) of 1./NJG6 at 02.19 hrs. with combat taking place at 6.300 mtrs. The Lancaster had left the target and the attack occurred within 5 minutes of that. The aircraft crashed after exploding at between 11,000 and 9,000 ft throwing the two air gunners clear. After a brief period as internees they were allowed to cross into France.

(1) Sgt. Maurice George Smith was a pupil of Moseley Grammar School from 1935 to 1940.

Burial details: W/O. Bertram Bernard Noble M.i.D. 2 bars. Vevey Cemetery Grave 96. Son of Albert Edward and Amy Louise Noble; husband of Dorothy Emily Noble, of Awbridge, Hampshire.
F/O. John Raymond Burton. Vevey Cemetery Grave 94. Son of John Alfred and Mary Leslie Burton, of Hutton Rudby, Yorkshire.
Sgt. William Gowland Anderson. Vevey Cemetery Grave 92. Son of William and May Anderson, of Murton, Co. Durham.
Sgt. Maurice George Smith. Vevey Cemetery Grave 95. No details as yet.
P/O. Oscar Jacob Albrecht. Vevey Cemetery Grave 93. Son of Louis B. and Elizabeth Albrecht; husband of Julia O’Connor Albrecht, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Sgt. Francis Henry Bathmaker. Vevey Cemetery Grave 97. Son of H. George and Winifred Alice Bathmaker, of Kensal Rise, Middlesex.

Researched by: Kelvin T. Youngs (A.R. Society) for relatives of the crew.
Acknowledgments: With thanks to the following: Keith Townsend, historian of Moseley School memorial records, Bill Chorley – “Bomber Command Losses”, Theo Boiten – “German Nightfighter War Diaries”, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt “Bomber Command War Diaries”, the superb work of the C.W.G.C.


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In Memory of
Private JOHN THOMSON STITT
13/02/1927 – 04/08/1945)

S/14936992 Royal Army Service Corps
who died age 18 on 4 August 1945

Son of William and Elizabeth Stitt of Hall Green, Birmingham
John Thomson Stitt was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School from 1940 to 1943

John Stitt died from injuries sustained in a road traffic accident while returning home for leave.

Remembered with honour
BIRMINGHAM MUNICIPAL CREMATORIUMLodge_Hill_Crematorium


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In Memory of
Flying Officer Stanley Robert Streeter DFM
(6/12/1920 – 2/04/1943)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Mission: Ranger

Stan Streeter 1934

Stan Streeter 1934

Date: 1/2nd April 1943
Unit: No. 85 Squadron
Type: Mosquito II
Serial: DD742
Base: RAF Hunsdon, Hertfordshire
Location: Hove, Sussex

Pilot: Sq/Ldr. Ken R. Sutton D.F.C. R.N.Z.A.F. Injured
Navigator: F/O. Stanley Robert Streeter D.F.M. 50119 R.A.F. Age 22. Killed (1)

REASON FOR LOSS: Returning from a Ranger patrol

Stanley Robert Streeter

Stanley Robert Streeter

(2), it is thought that it may have been damaged when tragically the Mosquito was shot down by anti-aircraft fire near Hove, Sussex. The navigator F/O. Streeter D.F.M. was wounded and unable to get out so S/Ldr. Sutton D.F.C. tried to get the aircraft down but finally had to bale out at very low level losing his left arm and foot. F/O. Streeter was killed in the crash.

(1) F/O. Stanley R Streeter D.F.M. was a pupil of Moseley Grammar School from 1931 to 1936
(2) “Ranger” – Large formation freelance intrusion over enemy territory with aim of wearing down enemy forces.

Burial details: F/O. Stanley Robert Streeter D.F.M. Birmingham (Brandwood End) Cemetery Sec. B.8. Cons Grave 197 Son of Arthur Humphrey and Edith Gertrude Streeter, of King’s Heath Birmingham.

Researched by Kelvin T. Youngs (A.R. Society)
Acknowledgments: With thanks to the following: Keith Townsend historian of Moseley S chool memorial records, Norman Franks – “Fighter Command Losses” Vol 2, the superb work of the C.W.G.C.

The story of F/O Streeter’s war is told in Colours of the Day by P. A. Chapman, Country Books.


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In memory of
Pilot Officer Dudley Arthur Tallis DFM
(20/05/1921 – 31/05/1942)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Mission: Köln (Cologne)
Date: 30/31st May 1942
Unit: No. 22 O.T.U. (Operational Training Unit) (4)
Type: Wellington IC
Serial: R1235
Code: O
Base: Wellesbourne Mountford, Warwickshire
Location: Kalenberg

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Cyril James Mathews 1160730 R.A.F.V.R. Age ? Killed
Obs: Fl/Sgt. Philip Grimshaw Barclay R/80160 R.C.A.F. Age 21. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: P/O. William Frazer Caldwell D.F.M. 121509 R.A.F.V.R. Age 26. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Denis Henry Edwards 405515 R.N.Z.A.F. Age 22. Killed (5)
W/Op/Air/Gnr: P/O. Dudley Arthur Ronald Tallis D.F.M. 48958 R.A.F. Age 21. Killed (1)

REASON FOR LOSS: Took off at 22.55 hrs to bomb Cologne (Köln) on a thousand bomber raid made up of 602 Wellington’s, 131 Halifax’s, 88 Stirlings, 79 Hamden’d, 73 Lancaster’s, 43 Manchester’s and 28 Mosquitoes. (1,047 aircraft). 868 aircraft are said to have bombed the main target others bombing other targets. Huge losses were incurred on this raid with 41 aircraft lost which was classed as acceptable at the time! 22 O.T.U. lost 4 aircraft and crews on this raid: R1714 flown by Fl/Lt. Alwyn Hamman D.F.C. and bar killed with 3 other crew members and one being taken P.O.W. DV701 flown by F/O. Harold Blake D.F.C. killed with all 5 crew. DV843 flown by P/O. William Fullerton D.F.M. killed with all 5 crew. R1235 was intercepted and shot at at 01.43 hrs. by Oblt. Rolf Bockmeyer (2) of 5./NJG1 with combat taking place over Kalenberg 20 km west of Bonn.

P/O. Tallis D.F.M. (3) had a previous lucky escape. He was then serving with 102 squadron at Linton-On-Ouse. They had taken off at 20.15 hrs. when their Whitley V T4135 DY-S scheduled to bomb Merseburg was forced to return with faulty instruments. The aircraft crashed at 23.35 hrs on 6th November 1940, still carrying it’s full bomb load! All the crew escaped injury but were badly shaken.

P/O. Dudley Arthur Ronald Tallis D.F.M. attended Moseley from 1932 to 1937.

(2) Oblt. Rolf Bockmeyer survived the war with 4 night and 3 day kills to his credit, making him an ace.

(3) The D.F.M. Citation reads: “Sergeant Tallis has completed 31 operational bomber missions and in addition eight convoy patrols involving a total of some 300 hours operational flying. On 5 February 1941, he was the first Wireless Operator of a Whitley aircraft which was running short of petrol in adverse weather. Wireless operating conditions were poor and the skill displayed by Sergeant Tallis in obtaining quick Q.D.Ms from Abingdon were largely responsible for the safe arrival of the aircraft at that aerodrome. In addition to his individual skill this N.C.O. has rendered great service in building up the strength of first Operators within the unit. He has on many occasions flown in the tail turret with a U./T. Operator at the W./T. set, and by careful guidance has enabled doubtful Operators to gain sufficient confidence to qualify as First Operator.”

(4) In 1942 Wellesbourne aircraft were used in the 1,000 bomber raids on Germany, with many casualties. On the first bomber raid on Cologne on the night of 30th May 1942. Wellesbourne managed to put up 35 Wellingtons crewed by pupils and instructors. On 1st June 1942 the second 1,000 bomber raid was on Essen, Wellesbourne managed 34 aircraft and all returned safely to base. On the 25th June 1943, the 3rd bomber raid was on Bremen and the airfield managed 31 aircraft, 2 failing to return. On completion of these operations Wellesbourne returned to its training role. During the war period Wellesbourne lost 96 Wellingtons in operational and training accidents. 80 airmen were injured and 315 killed. These comprised of 243 Canadians, 59 RAF, 9 New Zealand, 2 Belgian, 1 Australian and 1 WAAF.

(5) Tragically, his brother was killed, just four days later on the 4th June 1942. Fl/Lt. Norman Edwards 79510 serving with the R.A.F.V.R. Piloting a Wellington III X3473 SR-S with 101 Squadron on a raid to Bremen. 2 other crew members were also killed and 2 taken P.O.W.

Burial details: Fl/Sgt. Cyril James Mathews. Rheinberg War Cemetery. Collective grave 14.C. 15-19. No further details as yet.
Fl/Sgt. Philip Grimshaw Barclay. Rheinberg War Cemetery. Collective grave 14.C. 15-19. Son of Philip Grimshaw Barclay and Mary Harvey Barclay, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
P/O. William Frazer Caldwell D.F.M. Rheinberg War Cemetery. Collective grave 14.C. 15-19. Son of Alfred J. F. Caldwell and Mabel H. Caldwell, of Davenport, Stockport, Cheshire.
Sgt. Denis Henry Edwards. Rheinberg War Cemetery. Collective grave 14.C. 15-19. Son of Henry Norman and Laura Gertrude Ellen Edwards, of Dannevirke, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.
P/O. Dudley Arthur Ronald Tallis D.F.M. Rheinberg War Cemetery. Collective grave 14.C. 15-19. Son of Cornelius Leslie and Nellie May Tallis, of Shirley, Birmingham.

Researched by: Kelvin T. Youngs (A.R. Society) Acknowledgments: With thanks to the following: Keith Townsend historian of Moseley School memorial records, Bill Chorley – “Bomber Command Losses”, Theo Boiten – “German Nightfighter War Diaries”, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt “Bomber Command War Diaries”, the superb work of the C.W.G.C


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In Memory of
Leading Air Mechanic THOMAS LEWIS NORMAN TAYLOR
16/06/1917 – 21/08/1942)

F.A.A/SFX 704
who died age 25 on 21 August 1942

Son of Henry and Elizabeth Taylor of Birmingham,

Leading Air Mechanic Thomas Lewis Norman Taylor died in Gibraltar Military Hospital from injuries received when HMS Indomtable was bombed. He was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School from 1928 to 1933.

Remembered with honour
LEE-ON-SOLENT MEMORIAL
Lee On-Solent Memorial

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

201

TAYLOR, THOMAS LEWIS NORMAL

Leading Air Mechanic

FAA/SFX 704

Royal Navy

21/08/1942

25

Bay 3
Panel 4

Leading Air Mechanic Thomas Lewis Norman Talor died on war service in Gibraltar Military Hospital, 21 Aug 1942. He had been serving on HMS Indomitable.


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In Memory of
Flight Sergeant Hubert Joseph Terry
(16/11/1923 – 2/03/1945)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Terry - A memorial to the crew, fixed to the trunk of the tree against which the aurcraft came to rest. Courtesy of Rob Collins

Terry – A memorial to the crew, fixed to the trunk of the tree against which the aurcraft came to rest. Courtesy of Rob Collins

Mission: Ladbergen
Date: 3/4th March 1945
Unit: No 44 Squadron
Type: Lancaster lll
Serial: ME442
Code: KM-V
Base: Spilsby, Lincolnshire
Location: Brocklesby Estate, Lincolnshire

Pilot: F/O. John Joseph Francis Ryan 428364 R.A.A.F. Age 33. Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. Thomas Handley Jarman 3010499 R.A.F.V.R. Age 19. Killed
Nav: Fl/Sgt. Richard Raven Russell 1801287 R.A.F.V.R. Age 21. Killed
Air/Bmr: Fl/Sgt. Hubert Joseph Terry 1580082 R.A.F.V.R. Age 21. Killed (1)
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Harry Birtch 1575035 R.A.F.V.R. Age 21. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Herbert Payne 1589407 R.A.F.V.R. Age 29. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. William Henry Rogan 2218611 R.A.F.V.R. Age 19. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS: Took off at 18.42 hrs from Spilsby, Lincolnshire to join 212 Lancasters and 10 Mosquitoes of 5 Group to attack the Ladbergen aqueduct, which was breached in two places and put completely out of action. Homebound and nearly over the airfield Lancaster ME442 was picked up by an enemy intruder aircraft and shot down at 01.00 to crash amongst trees in Grannington Park on the Brocklesby Estate near Grimsby, Lincolnshire.

(1) Fl/Sgt. Hubert Joseph Terry was a pupil of Moseley Grammar School from 1934 to 1940

Burial details: F/O. John Joseph Francis Ryan. Cambridge City Cemetery. Grave 15718 (A) Son of John Frederick and Julia Ryan; husband of Jean Elizabeth Ryan of Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia.
Sgt. Thomas Handley Jarman. Stretford Cemetery, Lancashire, England. Section W. Grave 40 (D) Son of John Thomas and Doris Jarman, of Offerton, Cheshire.
Fl/Sgt.. Richard Raven Russell. Hove New Cemetery, Sussex, England. Block 3. Grave 125 Son of James Henry and Alice Anna Russell, of Hove, Sussex.
Fl/Sgt.. Hubert Joseph Terry. Birmingham (Brandwood End) Cemetery, Warwickshire, England. Section 26. Grave 10361 (E) Son of George and Rose Terry of Balsall Heath, Birmingham.
Sgt. Harry Birtch. Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridgeshire, England. Grave 15717 (C) Son of John Henry and Elizabeth Ellen Birch of Nottingham.
Sgt. Herbert Payne. Liverpool (Kirkdale) Cemetery, Lancashire, England. Section 8. Nonconformist. Grave 241 (B) Son of Frederick and Margaret Payne of Walton, Liverpool.
Sgt. William Henry Rogan. Liverpool (Kirkdale) Cemetery, Lancashire, England. Section 27. C. of E. Grave 328 (F) Son of William and Gertrude Rogan of Liverpool.

Researched by: Kate Tame – A.R. Society, Keith Townsend historian of Moseley School memorial records and relatives of the crew.
Acknowledgments: With the thanks to Rod Collins for his research on this plaque and crew, also to the C.W.G.C. for there superb work, Bill Chorley – “Bomber Command Losses”, Theo Boiten – “German Nightfighter War Diaries”, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt “Bomber Command War Diaries”

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The Crash Site – Crannington Park, Brockelsby East, Lincolnshire

Thanks to information provided initially by MA member John Blakemore we now have more information about Hubert Joseph Terry, born 16/11/1923, left Moseley on 20/3/1940. Pretty soon he found himself in the RAF, where he was trained as a bomb aimer before being posted to 44 (Rhodesia) Squadron, based at RAF Spilsby, Lincolnshire, with the rank of Flight Sergeant.

At 1843 hrs on the evening of 3rd March 1945 his Lancaster Mk III, ME442, coded KM-V took off for what was to prove a successful raid on Ludbergen, Germany. Some seven hours later, while returning to base, the aircraft was attacked over Lincolnshire by a JU 88C night fighter which had been prowling the skies in wait for the returning bombers. This was the night of Operation Gisela, a new tactic whereby instead of attacking bombers on their outward run, German night fighters lay in wait for their return in large numbers, attacking either as they landed or were circling in readiness to land. Twenty Allied aircraft were destroyed in this manner in a single night.

Both sides describe the night as chaotic and records are incomplete but it appears likely that this particular Lancaster fell to the guns of Oblt Walter Breitleb, commanding officer of 7/NJG2, flying from Varel, Germany. He described having shot down a four engined aircraft (unidentified) in roughly the right area at about the right time.

Flt/Sgt Terry’s aircraft crashed in flames at Crannington Park, Brockelsby East, Lincolnshire, killing all crew members. It came to rest against a tree upon which the owners of the estate later fixed a memorial plaque to those who died in the crash. That tree has now perished but a new one has been planted in its place and once it is large enough the plaque will be fixed to it.

What is so tragic about this particular incident is that it occurred so close to the end of the war, when the Luftwaffe had been all but destroyed. Perhaps by then returning bomber crews were less vigilant than they might have been only a few months earlier but no-one seems to be able to explain how a German night fighter was able to roam the skies over Lincolnshire at that time without challenge.


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In Memory of
RAF Sergeant Kenneth Victor Turner
(17/07/20- 13/08/40)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Mission: Aalborg

Kenneth Victor Turner 1934

Kenneth Victor Turner 1934

Date: 13th August 1940
Unit: No. 82 Squadron
Type: Blenheim IV
Serial: R3904
Code: UX-F
Base: Watton, Norfolk
Location: Target area

Pilot: P.O. B.T.J. Newland P.O.W. No:1617 Camp: Stalag Sagan and Belaria (L3)
Obs: Sgt. George Cyril Ankers 581136 R.A.F. Age 24. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Kenneth Victor Turner 937492 R.A.F.V.R. Age 20. Killed (1)

REASON FOR LOSS: The squadron were ordered to bomb the German airfield at Hamstede, Holland. All 12 aircraft took off at 08.40 hrs from Watton in Norfolk. Sadly only 1 aircraft was to return home. Another devastating raid for 82 squadron, as earlier in the year, on the 17th May they lost 12 aircraft, also on a single operation!
R3904 was first hit by German flak and then attacked by fighters. The pilot was wounded in his shoulder and knew that the other crew members were either also wounded or dead. He ordered them to bale out and opened the escape hatch and pulled out with the slipstream.

(1) Sgt. Kenneth Victor Turner was a pupil of Moseley Grammar School from 1931 to 1936.
(2) W/Cmdr Edward Lart D.S.O. lost his brother just 5 days earlier. Cpt. John Lart R.A.M.C. killed on 8th August 1940 and buried at Cassino War Cemetery, Italy. 82 Squadron Vadum Cemetery Vadum Cemetery (Courtesy C.W.G.C.)

Burial details: Sgt. George Cyril Ankers. Vadum Cemetery Coll. Grave C. Son of George and Ann Ankers, of Wombwell, Yorkshire.
Sgt. Kenneth Victor Turner. Vadum Cemetery Coll. Grave C. Son of Mr. W.V. Turner of 75, Hazlehurst Road Kings Heath, Birmingham.

Researched by: Kelvin T. Youngs (A.R. Society) for relatives of the crews.
Acknowledgments: With thanks to the following: Keith Townsend historian of Moseley School memorial records, Bill Chorley – “Bomber Command Losses”, Middlebrook and Everitt “Bomber Command War Diaries”, the superb work of the C.W.G.C.


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In memory of
RAF Sergeant Alan James Ward
(17/06/23 – 10/10/44)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Mission: Bochum

WARD - 462 Squadron Halifax III MZ400 Z5-J Crew

WARD – 462 Squadron Halifax III MZ400 Z5-J Crew

Date: 09/10th October 1944
Unit: No. 462 Squadron (R.A.A.F.)
Type: Halifax III
Serial: MZ400
Code: Z5-J
Base: R.A.F. Driffield, Yorkshire.
Location: Reichswald area

Pilot: F/O. Gerald Coleman 178780 R.A.F. Age 24. Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. Ronald Charles Stopp 1892044 R.A.F.V.R. Age 19 Killed
Nav: Fl/Sgt. Philip Hedley Malcolm Levey 429588 R.A.A.F. Age 20. Killed
Air/Bmr: Sgt. Alan James Ward 1581798 R.A.F.V.R. Age 21. Killed (1)
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. John Newton Tresidder 424477 R.A.A.F. Age 20. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Archibald James Mouat 1378208 R.A.F.V.R. Age ? Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Denis Roy Muxlow 1590607 R.A.F.V.R. Age 19. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS: Took off at 17.30 hrs as part of a group of 435 aircraft – 375 Halifax’s, 40 Lancaster’s, and 20 Mosquitoes to bomb Bochum. The raid was not successful. The target area was covered by cloud and the bombing was scattered. The local report says that there was some damage in the southern districts of Bochum, with 140 houses destroyed or seriously damaged and approximately 150 people killed.
No details are available regarding the loss of this aircraft but it is thought most probable that it had dropped it’s bomb load and was on the return journey when probably intercepted by night fighters. No definite claim can be establish for this loss. Another Halifax from 462 Squadron was also lost on this raid. LL604 Z5-D flown by F/O. W.S. Black who was made a pow as was 3 others of his crew, the remainder managed to escape captivity when their aircraft crashed at Giesbeek in Holland.

Moseley Grammar School and Memorial

(1) Sgt. Alan James Ward was a pupil of Moseley Grammar School from 1934 to 1939.

Burial details: F/O. Gerald Coleman. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Grave 28.G.7. Son of Alfred and Elizabeth Coleman, of Tooting, Surrey.
Sgt. Ronald Charles Stopp. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Coll. Grave 28.G.8-13. Son of William Charles and Susan Hart Stopp, of Ponders End, Enfield, Middlesex.
Fl/Sgt. Philip Hedley Malcolm Levey. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Coll. Grave 28.G.8-13. Son of Francis Barnet Philip and Ruth Levey, of Eagle Junction, Queensland, Australia.
Sgt. Alan James Ward. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Coll. Grave 28.G.8-13. Son of Mr and Mrs A.J. Ward, 27 Sherwood Avenue, Hall Green, Birmingham
Fl/Sgt. John Newton Tresidder. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Coll. Grave 28.G.8-13. Son of Frederic Harry and Vera Constance Tresidder, of Kanwal, New South Wales, Australia.
Sgt. Archibald James Mouat. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Coll. Grave 28.G.8-13. No further details as yet.
Sgt. Denis Roy Muxlow. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Coll. Grave 28.G.8-13. Son of Maurice Stanley Muxlow and Edith Mary Muxlow, of Deeping High Bank, Lincolnshire.

Researched by: Kelvin T. Youngs (A.R. Soicety) for the relatives of the crew.
Acknowledgments: With thanks to the following: Keith Townsend, historian of Moseley School memorial records, Bill Chorley – “Bomber Command Losses”, Theo Boiten – “German Nightfighter War Diaries”, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt “Bomber Command War Diaries”, the superb work of the C.W.G.C.


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In Memory of
Squadron Leader Leslie William Watts DFC
(13/07/1916 – 29/04/1945)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

Mission: Recce
Date: 29th April 1945
Unit: No. 616 Squadron
Type: Gloster Meteor III
Serial: EE252 Code: YQ-G
Serial: EE273 Code: YQ-K
Base: Fassberg, Germany
Location: Luneberg

Pilot: Sq/Ldr. Leslie William Watts D.F.C. 117728 R.A.F.V.R. Age 28. Killed (1)
Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Brian Cartmel 1512014 R.A.F.V.R. Age 24. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:  On a recce patrol in the evening, collided in cloud with another 616 Squadron Meteor (2) EE273 YQ-K flown by Fl/Sgt. Brian Cartmel. Both aircraft crashed near Luneberg killing both crews.

(1) Sq/Ldr. Leslie William Watts D.F.C. had been Commanding Officer of 616 Squadron from July 1943 until July 1944. On the 23rd May 1943 as a Fl/Lt. during a “Roadstead” (3) he survived, when his Spitfire VI was hit by flak north of Guernsey. He managed to crash land the aircraft with no injuries. The aircraft was later struck off charge.
(note) Sq/Ldr. Watts D.F.C. was a pupil of Moseley Grammar Schoolfrpm 1927 to 1932.

(2) On July 12th 1944 616 Squadron became the first Squadron in the RAF, and that of the Allies, to become operational with Jet aircraft. They received the Gloster Meteor 1, which saw its first action on July 27th on ‘anti-diver’ patrols. The Meteors were very special aircraft. Their construction was in the same all metal tradition that the war had started but the massive innovation of the engines caused them to be banned from operating deep into enemy territory. The fear was that even at this late stage in the war a captured Meteor engine would provide the germans with sufficient information to copy the metals which were vital to the operation and longevity of the jet engines.

(3) “Roadstead” – a fighter operation against shipping.

Burial Details: Sq/Ldr. Leslie William Watts D.F.C. Becklington War Cemetery Joint grave 19.B.1-2 Son of William Charles Watts and of Gertrude Watts (nee Horton); husband of Joy Watts, of Sandbanks, Bournemouth, Hampshire.
W/O. Brian Cartmel. Becklington War Cemetery Joint grave 19.B.1-2 Son of Frederick and Grace Cartmel, of Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire.

Researched by Kelvin T. Youngs (A.R. Society)
Acknowledgments: With thanks to Keith Townsend, historian of Moseley School memorial records.  Also to the following: “Fighter Command Losses” – Norman Franks, the superb work of the C.W.G.C.


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In Memory of
Leading Telegraphist CYRIL THOMAS WESTBROOK
(13/02/1917 – 20/10/1940

P/JX 137776 Royal Navy
H.M.Submarine Triad
who died age 23 on 20 October 1940

Son of Thomas Charles and Helen Westbrook of Hall Green,
Birmingham
Cyril Thomas Westbrook was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School from 1928 to 1931

Remembered with honour
PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

Portsmouth-Naval-Memorial

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

714

WESTBROOK CYRIL THOMAS

Leading Telegraphist

P/JX 137776

Royal Navy

20/10/1940

23

Panel 40
Column 3

Submarine HMS Triad was assigned to the Mediterranean. On 9 October 1940 she sailed from Malta to operate in the Gulf of Taranto, with orders to reach Alexandria on completion of her patrol. She failed to make port and by 20 October the submarine was declared overdue. She was believed to have been lost in a minefield or sunk by Italian anti-submarine aircraft. New evidence suggests that Triad was engaged and sunk on the night of 14/15 October by the Italian submarine Enrico Toti.


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In Memory of
Major SAMUEL HARRY ARTHUR WILLIAMS
(06/12/1913 – 07/10/1945)

MA and Aircrew-Remembered

201540 Royal Artillery
who died age 31 on 07 October 1945

Son of Harry Arthur and Mary Gertrude Williams of Sparkhill, Birmingham

Samuel Harry Arthur Williams was a pupil at Moseley Secondary School from 1924 to 1928

Remembered with honour
RENNES EASTERN COMMUNAL CEMETERY

Rennes Eastern Communal Cemetery

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

1

WILLIAMS, SAMUEL HARRY ARTHUR

Major

201540

Royal Artillery

01/10/1945

31

Sec. 18, Plot 1
Row B, Grave 26

Major Samuel Williams, Royal Artillery was a passenge on a Short Stirling aircraft, LJ 668 when it crashed near Rennes en route from Cairo to the UK, 7 Oct 1945.

299 Squadron Stirling IV LJ668, 07-10-1945 Crashed near Rennes, France.

Special transport flight crew of 6 plus 20 passengers – including 3 married couples. Airborne for nearly 9 hours. Fuel running low as consumption had been higher than anticipated. Weather poor, limited visibility and a dark night. The pilot decided on an emergency landing at Rennes but was unable to make contact with ground control. Made his descent through cloud with a base of 200 ft. in an attempt to locate the airfield. The airfield was badly lit, with no sodium approach lights. The pilot attempted to overshoot the approach but with the undercarriage still down the aircraft struck the ground in a left hand turn and was totally destroyed in a fire.

Passengers included R.N.V.R., New Zealand Army Auxiliary Corps and army personal.


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In Memory of
Sergeant PETER JOHN WOODS
(05/08/1922 – 08/07/1944)
(Air Bomber)

1581815 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
(Air Bomber)
who died age 21 on 08 July 1944

Son of Bertie John and Ida Frances Lee Woods of Hall Green,
Birmingham

Peter John Woods was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School from 1935 to 1940

Remembered with honour
NORTHAMPTON AND COUNTIES CREMATORIUM

Northampton and Counties Crematorium

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

2

WOODS, PETER JOHN

Sergeant

1581815

RAFRV

08/07/1944

21


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In Memory of
Captain ERNEST MARIEL WYSS

148579 South Staffordshire Regiment

Ernest Wyss in 1934

Ernest Wyss
in 1934

Wyss E M 2

Wyss E M 2

2nd (Airborne) Bn.
who died age 25 on 20 September 1944

Ernest Mariel Wyss was a pupil at Moseley Grammar School from 1931 to 1935

Date and place of birth: 28 Feb 1919, Chester, Cheshire; son of Fritz Wytss and Florence Whittaker. Known as Oscar.

Remembered with honour
ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY

AABENRAA CEMETERY, DENMARK

No.

Name

Rank

Service

Regiment

Date of Death

Age

Grave/Memorial
Ref.

121

WYSS, ERNEST MARIEL

Captain

148579

South Staffs Regiment

20/09/1944

25

15. C. 10

On September 17, the British 1st Airborne Division was the northernmost of three Allied airborne divisions supporting the airborne phase of  Operation Market-Garden. Its mission was to seize the city of Arnhem and hold the bridges over the Lower Rhine until relieved by ground forces. The South Staffords, commanded by Lt. Col. W.D.H. McCardie, were flown to the battlefield in two lifts on successive days beginning September 17. The first glider lift landed at 1330. It consisted of some 420 men. The remainder of the battalion arrived with the second lift on the following day.

With a great sense of urgency, the 340 men remaining in the South Staffords started off at 0430, on 20 September. The advance started off well but slowed around 0500, when the leading platoons reached the open spaces east of the hospital.  Despite heavy fire from its front and both flanks, D Company cleared a series of enemy outposts strung out along the road. Urged on by their officers, the South Staffs advanced 300 yards farther before heavy losses forced them to ground. About 60 percent of the company had become casualties. Major Phillip had been shot through the stomach, and Lieutenant J.E. Erskine had also been wounded. Lieutenant Roebuck was killed near the hospital which was used as the Battalions base. Captain E.M. Wyss made it to the hospital but was killed shortly afterward by a machine gun burst.

Remembering Ernest Mariel Wyss