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#Name* (↑)First NamesTitleRankRAF Equivalent RankService No.BornNationalityRoleAwardsAir Force (↑)Command (↑)Unit (↑)DateofIncident *See Note (↑)Aircraft (↑)TypeSerialCodeVictories (Fighters)BaseTimeMission                        Incident                        FateCommemoratedPhoto (Click to Expand)Referring DatabaseLinks/Archive Reports                        Notes                        
1 PaytonArthurSergeant15476791914Wireless Operator/Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command622 Sqd
1944-07-28LancasterIL7576GI-KMildenhall2200StuttgartCrashed at 0130 hours into woods at Pot-de-VinKilledPetitmont Communal Cemetery Grave 1. Son of George and Harriet Payton; husband of Elizabeth Payton, of Connah's Quay, Flintshire
2 A'Court (Acourt)Gladstone ArthurPilot Officer418496AustraliaRAAF467 Sqd RAAF
1944-06-22RAAF Honour Roll
3 AaronArthur LouisFlight SergeantPilotVictoria Cross

RAFVRBomber Command218 Sqd
1943-08-12StirlingIIIEF452HA-ODownham Market2135Torino Crash landed at Bone airfield Algeria Injured
VC Citation: On the night of 12th August, 1943, Flight Sergeant Aaron was captain and pilot of a Stirling aircraft detailed to attack Turin. When approaching to attack, the bomber received devastating bursts of fire from an enemy fighter. Three engines were hit, the windscreen shattered, the front and rear turrets put out of action and the elevator control damaged, causing the aircraft to become unstable and difficult to control. The navigator was killed and other members of the crew were wounded. A bullet struck Flight Sergeant Aaron in the face, breaking his jaw and tearing away part of his face. He was also wounded in the lung and his right arm was rendered useless. As he fell forward over the control column, the aircraft dived several thousand feet. Control was regained by the flight engineer at 3,000 feet. Unable to speak, Flight Sergeant Aaron urged the bomb aimer by signs to take over the controls. Course was then set southwards in an endeavour to fly the crippled bomber, with one engine out of action, to Sicily or North Africa. Flight Sergeant Aaron was assisted to the rear of the aircraft and treated with morphia. After resting for some time he rallied and, mindful of his responsibility as captain of the aircraft, insisted on returning to the pilot’s cockpit, where he was lifted into his seat and had his feet placed on the rudder bar. Twice he made determined attempts to take control and hold the aircraft to its course but his weakness was evident and with difficulty he was persuaded to desist. Though in great pain and suffering from exhaustion, he continued to help by writing directions with his left hand. Five hours after leaving the target the petrol began to run low, but soon afterwards the flare path at Bone airfield was sighted. Flight Sergeant Aaron summoned his failing strength to direct the bomb aimer in the hazardous task of landing the damaged aircraft in the darkness with undercarriage retracted. Four attempts were made under his direction; at the fifth attempt Flight Sergeant Aaron was so near to collapsing that he had to be restrained by the crew and the landing was completed by the bomb aimer. Nine hours after landing, Flight Sergeant Aaron died from exhaustion. Had he been content, when grievously wounded, to lie still and conserve his failing strength, he would probably have recovered, but he saw it as his duty to exert himself to the utmost, if necessary with his last breath, to ensure that his aircraft and crew did not fall into enemy hands. In appalling conditions he showed the greatest qualities of courage, determination and leadership, and, though wounded and dying, he set an example of devotion to duty which has seldom been equalled and never surpassed. Extract from “The London Gazette” of 5th November, 1943
4 AbbissLeslie WilliamFlight Lieutenant82184Age 41Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command218 Sqd
1943-05-29StirlingIIIBK688HA-ARAF Downham Market, Norfolk2308Wuppertal See archive report for further details KilledSchaffen Communal Cemetery. Collective grave 12-14.Read Archive Report
5 AbbottArthur FrankFlying Officer1307191912Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command83 Sqn
1944-01-21LancasterIIIJB365OL-XRAF Wyton, Cambridgeshire 19:57MagdeburgJB365 was claimed by Fw. Andreas Hartl, his 2nd, from 6./JG302 west of Berlin at 23:15 hours. The Lancaster was attacked approaching Magdeburg and set on fire, abandoned and crashed at Pretzien (Nachtjagd Combat Archive (1 January - 15 March 1944) Part 1 - Theo Boiten)KilledBerlin 1939-1943 War Cemetery Plot 1 Row H Grave 15Son of Frank William and Charlotte Louise Abbott; husband of Gwenyth Eileen Abbott. of South Tottenham, Middlesex
6 AbbottStanley ArthurFlight Sergeant436790AustraliaRAAF463 Sqd RAAF
1944-08-31RAAF Honour Roll
7 AbrahamCharles FrederickSergeant10357241914Flight EngineerRAFVRBomber Command61 Sqd
1943-02-07LancasterIED359QR-FSyerston1912LorientCrashed target areaKilledGuidel Communal Cemetery Row 4. Grave 21 Son of Arthur and Amy Jane Abraham, of Wellingborough, Northamptonshire; husband of Violet Elizabeth Kent Abraham, of Wellingborough
8 AdamsRonald ArthurSergeant5111739Age 26Passenger7th Bn. Royal Warwickshire RegimentBomber Command514 Sqd
1945-05-09LancasterIII RF230JI-BJuvincourt1215Exodus See archive report for further details KilledClichy Northern Cemetery Plot 16. Row 12. Grave 1 Read Archive Report
9 AdamsFrederick CoulsonSergeantR/54373PilotRCAFBomber Command10 OTU. (Operational Training Unit)1941-07-05WhitleyVZ6667Not knownRAF Abingdon, Oxfordshire240Training See archive report for further details KilledBrookwood Military Cemetery. Grave 30.G.7Paradie Archive Database Read Archive Report
10 AdamsArthur ErnestFlight Lieutenant692AustraliaRAAF32 Sqd RAAF
1942-05-23RAAF Honour Roll
11 AdamsEdmund ArthurFlying Officer411093AustraliaRAAF450 Sqd RAAF
1945-01-30RAAF Honour Roll
12 AdamsDonald ArthurF/ONZ/41859Age 24New ZealandPilotMiDRNZAFMiddle East40 Sqd1942-09-25WellingtonICHF846PLG 213. Kabrit, Egypt2001TobrukSee archive report for detailsMissing - believed killedAlamein Memorial. Panel 265Born on the 11th September 1918 at Auckland. Worked as a bank officer for the Bank of New Zealand prior to enlisting on the 09th February 1941 as a pilot under training. Son of Cecil Walter Adams and of Florence Mary Adams (née Jordan), of Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand. Flew a Wellington to Egypt via Gibraltar in June 1942. 372 flying hours logged and completed at least 10 operational sorties.
13 AdamsDonald ArthurF/ONZ/41859-New ZealandPilotLater MiDRNZAFMiddle East40 Sqd1942-07-12WellingtonICHX373NLG 213. Kabrit, EgyptTobrukSee archive report for detailsSurvived - killed later (see HF846)-Born on the 11th September 1918 at Auckland. Worked as a bank officer for the Bank of New Zealand prior to enlisting on the 09th February 1941 as a pilot under training. Son of Cecil Walter Adams and of Florence Mary Adams (née Jordan), of Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand. Flew a Wellington to Egypt via Gibraltar in June 1942. 372 flying hours logged and completed at least 10 operational sorties.
14 AddisonWilliam Walter GeorgeSergeant1313919W/Op/Air/GnrRAFVRBomber Command207 Sqd
1943-08-27LancasterIIIED627EM-NLangar2129NurnbergCrashed at SchwabischKilledDurnbach War Cemetery
Story, witness report, video at here
15 AdolphArthur AlbertSergeant413719AustraliaRAAF1 OTU Bairnsdale1942-11-17RAAF Honour Roll
16 AhernJohn ArthurSergeant400909AustraliaRAAF70 OTU RAF1942-04-23RAAF Honour Roll
17 AitkenArthur MatthewFlying Officer415570AustraliaRAAF14 Sqd RAAF
1943-09-09RAAF Honour Roll
18 AkeroydTerence CliftonAir GunnerJ/553511Age 20PilotRAFBomber Command179 Sqd
1944-02-21WellingtonXIVHF307RH-LRAF Gibraltar21:38Anti-Submarine See archive report for further details Missing - believed killed Malta Memorial. Panel 14. Column 2. Read Archive Report
19 AldenArthur JohnSergeant1850102Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command640 Sqn
1944-08-25HalifaxIIINA578C8:?RAF Leconfield, Yorkshire18:30WattenSee archive report for further informationKilledLonguenesse Souvenir Cemetery (St. Omer). Plot 6. Row C. Collective Grave 2.
20 AldersonArthur EdwardAircraftman Class 16517AustraliaRAAF5 Elementary Flying Training School1940-08-08RAAF Honour Roll
21 AlexanderThomas Arthur HughesLACNZ/402154Age 26New ZealandPilotRNZAFBomber Command3 Service Flying Training School1940-12.30OxfordIR6226None issuedRNZAF Ohakea, New Zealand745TrainingSee archive report for further details KilledAuckland Cemetery ( Waikumete). Ang. Block H, Row 10, Grave 27
courtesy courtesy Auckland Cenotaph
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22 AlexanderArthur Eugene2nd LieutenantPilot OfficerO-712264AmericanBombardierUS Army Air Force8th Air Force551st Bomber Squadron (385th Bombardment Group (H))1944-11-02B-17G43-37888HR:LGreat Ashfield, (Station #155), Suffolk, EnglandMerseburg (Mission #698), GermanySee Archive report for detailsPoW, Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia, Germany, now Żagań in Poland
23 AlexanderArthur K 1st LtO-1699474USAPilotUSAAF355th Fighter Group358th Fighter Squadron
1944-12-05P-51 Mustang1.5 Luftwaffe destroyedSource:
ETO (European Theatre)
24 AlgerPercy ArthurSergeant1600090RAFVRCoastal Command280 Sqd (Air Sea Rescue)
1944-10-08Vickers WarwickNot knownBV290Not knownRAF BecclesAir Sea RescueSee archive report for detailsMissing - believed killedRunnymede Memorial. Panel 223 Read Archive Report
25 AllanJames Arthur LaurenceSergeantR802358th November 1922 in Winnipeg, ManitobaCanadianFlight EngineerRCAFBomber Command419 (Moose) Sqn, RCAF
1943-04-28HalifaxIIJB923VR:QMiddleton St George20:42GardeningSet course for the Silverthorne (Codename for the Kattegat Region) Area. Claimed by Lt. Werner Speidel from 10./NJG3 over the sea 50km. NW of Hjörrin at 01:29 hrs. (Nachtjagd Combat Archive (1 January - 22 June) 1943 Part 1 - Theo Boiten)KilledRunnymede Memorial 186Paradie Archive DatabaseSon of James Alexander and Marion Emma (née West) Allan, of St. James, Manitoba, Canada.
26 AllanJames Arthur LaurenceSergeantR80235CanadianFlight EngineerRCAFBomber Command419 (Moose) Sqn, RCAF
1943-03-28HalifaxIIDT669VR:?Middleton St George19:41St-NazaireAfter being caught in searchlights the aircraft was turned over by a burst of flak. Captain gave the order to abandon the aircraft and the Bomb Aimer baled out. The Rear Gunner was on the point of bailing out when the Captain regained control at 7,000 ft. Only the Bomb Aimer bailed out. The aircraft returned to base landing at 02:08 hrsSafe/KiA 28 April 1943419 Sqn, Halifax II, JB923
27 AllenArthur GeorgeWarrant Officer49722Observer (Instructor)RAFVRBomber Command23 OTU
1942-07-31WellingtonICX9917BY-NRAF Pershore, Worcestershire2322Düsseldorf See archive report for full details PoW No: 25667 Camp: Marlag Ind Milag Nord, Westertimke (Tarnstedt) None - understood to have survived the war Read Archive Report
28 AllenGeorge ArthurSergeant5657AustraliaRAAF5 Embarkation Depot Perth1942-03-17RAAF Honour Roll
29 AllenArthur GeorgeSergeant566894UKObserverRAFVRBomber Command103 Sqd
1940-05-28BattleIL5515PM-SRheges/St Lucien Ferme1000Pontoon bridgesForce landed ?.InjuredSgt. Allen W/O. (49722) on the 20th August 1942. Shot down on the 01st August 1942 whilst an instructor with 23 Operational Trains Unit. Wellington IC X9917 BY-N shot down by Lt. Hans Autenrieth. All 5 crew survived as PoW.

Details here:

The Archive Report

30 AllisonGeoffrey ArthurSergeant552647Wireless Operator/Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command107 Sqn
1940-07-10BlenheimIVR3606OM:?WattishamAmiensReason for loss unknownPoW No.146, Stalag 357
31 AllsoppWilliam ArthurSergeant411063AustraliaRAAF35 Sqd RAF
1942-07-26RAAF Honour Roll
32 AndersonAlastair MacdonaldSergeant7895001921 in NewfoundlandAir GunnerRAFBomber Command10 Sqd
1942-06-01HalifaxIIW1098ZA-WLeeming2354EssenClaim by Fw Heinz Woltersdorf 7/NJG1 - near Oeding SE Winterswijk (4B) at 0208.KilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery Plot 21 Row E Collective Grave 9-12.Son of Arthur R. Anderson, M.B., C.M., and Clara B. Anderson, of Newfoundland.
33 AndersonReginald StephenSergeant1280773ObserverRAFVRBomber Command106 Sqd
1942-02-23HampdenIP4323ZN-ZRAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire200GardeningSee archive report for detailsKilledKiel War Cemetery. Grave 3.B.17 Read Archive Report
34 AngwinGordon ArthurSergeant1386110W/Op/Air/GunnerRAFVRBomber Command61 Sqd
1943-08-15LancasterIIIW5002QR-LRAF Syerston2029MilanoCrashed at Rugles FranceMissing - believed killedRunnymede Memorial. Panel 140 Read Archive Report
35 AnnellsHarold Paull StanfieldFlight SergeantAus/408008ObserverRAAF (Middle East Command)Bomber Command223 Sqd
1942-11-05Martin BaltimoreIIIAG941Landing Ground 86, Bir Abo Ogos II Egypt14:14Army Co-operation - 2nd Battle of AlameinCollided with Baltimore AG966 and crashed near the Daba Matruh Road, Maaten Baggush, EgyptKilledEl Alamein War Cemetery - Grave XXXI.A.11.Read Archive Report
36 AnnellsGeorge ArnoldFlight SergeantAus/407760Age 27AustraliaNavigatorRAAFMiddle East Air Command14 Sqd1943-02-21MarauderIAFK377CX-?LG221, Fayid, Egypt1245Enemy shippingSee archive report for detailsMissing - believed killedAlamein Memorial. Column 272

Born on the 25th May 1916 at Kadina. Son of Arthur Gladstone Annells and Elizabeth Christopher Annells; husband of Louisa Daphne Annells, of Hawthorn East, Victoria, Australia. B.Ec., Dip. Commerce.
37 Anthony Raymond Gwilym Gwyn Sergeant1313821Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command9 Sqd
1942-11-07LancasterIW4265WS-LRAF Waddington, Lincolnshire1753Genoa, ItalyCollided with another Lancaster over base. Both aircraft crashedKilledMaes Yr Arian Cemetery. Glenboi, Mountain Ash - Grave 9022 Read Archive Report
38 AppletonL.J.Flight LieutenantPilotRNZAFFighter Command486 Sqd RNZAF
1945-01-13TempestVEJ752SA-HALG B80 (Volkel)1400Air cover See archive report for further details Survived - seriously injuredNone - survived the war Some details within: Read Archive Report
39 ArchibaldArthur Herbert PercyP/O (A)NZ/3171Age 23New ZealanderPilotRNZAFFleet Air Arm781 Sqd1943-07-19BarracudaIIDP868-H.M.S. Daedalus, Lee-on-Solent, HampshireDelivery flightSee archive report for further brief detailsKilledFogo Churchyard. Sec. E. Grave 9

Courtesy Sonia Edwards, AWMM

Born on the 30th June 1920 at Opotiki. Worked as a clerk for New Zealand newspapers Ltd prior to service. Joined the RNZN on the 28th August 1941. Embarked for England on the 31st August 1941. Embarked for Canada on the 15th May 1942. Pilots badge awarded and promoted to P/O. (A) on the 11th September 1942 after training with No. 31 Service Flying Training School. Embarked for England on the 22nd October 1942. Joined 781 squadron on the 26th March 1943. Son of Percy Stanley and Ada Archibald (née Fryer), of Epsom, Auckland City, New Zealand. A total of 344 flying hours logged.
40 ArmitageJames LloydPilot Officer135457ObserverDFC

RAFVRBomber Command139 Sqn (Jamaica)
1942-12-20MosquitoIVDZ387XD-Marham08:52RheineCrashed at Lingen EmsKilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery 14.G.15DFC Gazetted 16th October 1942. Warrant Officer James Lloyd Armitage (936476), No. 139 Squadron. Citation: In September, 1942, Flight Lieutenant Ralston and Warrant Officer Armitage were pilot and observer respectively of one of a formation of bomber aircraft detailed to attack a factory at Wiesbaden. The sortie involved a flight deep into German territory in daylight. Nevertheless, the objective was reached exactly as planned and subjected to vigorous bombing, hits being obtained. Throughout the sortie, both Flight Lieutenant Ralston and Warrant Officer Armitage displayed exceptional skill and determination. Both of them have completed many sorties.

Son of Arthur and Mary Armitage, of Marsden, Yorkshire
41 ArmstrongGordon ArthurFlight Sergeant423597AustralianBomb AimerRAAFBomber Command77 Sqn
1944-06-16HalifaxIINA508KN:AFull Sutton23:15SterkradeSee archive report for detailsKilledRunnymede Memorial Panel 259
42 ArmstrongArthur RonaldSgt Flight EngineerR/291562RCAFBomber Command1659 HCU
1945-05-17HalifaxlllHX268RAF Topcliffe2235Conversion TrainingCrashed into seaKilledRunnymede Memorial Panel 282.Paradie Archive DatabaseThis aircraft was on a cross country exercise and was last seen spinning into the sea with its starboard engines feathered. This could indicate either engine failure or the fact that control was lost whilst practising flying with one or more engines feathered.. 1659 ORB is vague, saying a coast guard vessel and a convoy reported an explosion and fire on the sea 10 miles out to sea off Fife Ness. Crashed at 5621N 0158W 10 miles 070 degrees from Fifeness at 22.35
43 ArmstrongArthur RayAircraftman Class 155580AustraliaRAAF1 Mobile Works Squadron Ascot Vale1942-07-06RAAF Honour Roll
44 ArmstrongGordon ArthurFlight Sergeant423597AustraliaRAAF77 Sqd RAF
1944-06-17RAAF Honour Roll
45 ArmytagePeter Charles TustinFlying OfficerAUS/410431AustralianW/Op/Air GunnerRAAFBomber Command625 Sqd
1944-03-24LancasterIME684CF-VRAF Kelstern, Lincolnshire1843Berlin See archive report for further details PoW No: 5373 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and BelariaNone - survived Read Archive Report
46 ArnoldGordon ArthurFlight Sergeant402456AustraliaRAAF108 Sqd RAF
1942-07-06RAAF Honour Roll
47 ArnotArthur Gordon HerbertFlight Sergeant402840AustraliaRAAF1488 Flight RAF1942-08-31RAAF Honour Roll
48 ArthurC GFlight SergeantRAAFBomber Command101 Sqd
1944-03-15LancasterIME558SR-QLudford Magna1900StuttgartCrashed Mussig {Bas-Rhin}KilledMussig Churchyard
49 ArthurM JWarrant OfficerA415108RAAFBomber Command166 Sqd
1943-06-25WellingtonXHF589AS-WKirmington2343GelsenkirchenCrashed near UtrechtPoW
50 ArthurErnest MortimerSergeant185040325 December 1924 at Holborn, LondonBritish Wireless Operator/Air Gunner RAF Bomber CommandNo. 21 Sqn SAAF1945-03-08Martin MarauderIIIHD477R-WIesa, Italy16.45 Coal Jetty and wharf, Arsa Channel, Yugoslavia Shot down by aniti-acraft fire and crashed at Gilešici near Juršici, Croatia Baled out. Uninjured, evaded capture and returned to squadron. Read Archive Report

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