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The Battle of Britain clasp (worn on the 1939-45 Star – or a silver gilt rosette if medal ribbons only are worn) is restricted to aircrew from 71 defined units
of RAF Fighter Command, Coastal Command or the Fleet Air Arm, who flew at least one operational sortie between 00:01 July 10 1940 and 23:59 October 31 1940.

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Readers are referred to the following sites which we have used to cross-check information and we acknowledge and thank them as respected sources for some of the material in this database:
VintageWings.ca: comprehensive listing of artworks
bbm.org: Comprehensive listing of RAF personnel and service records
Wikipedia: Life stories of leading pilots and crew
AircrewRemembered Paradie Canadian Archive Database: 45,000 Service Records of RCAF personnel
AircrewRemembered Allied Losses and Incidents Database: Covering 120,000+ Allied aircrew 1939 - 1945
AircrewRemembered Archiwum: specialist database with details of Polish personnel (in Polish)
AircrewRemembered Kracker Luftwaffe Archive: 31,000 Luftwaffe pilot and crew details
AircrewRemembered LOST: Rob Philips Memorial Archive: Dutch losses in Europe
bel-memorial.org: Comprehensive site on Belgian aircrew

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#Name (↑)First NamesRankService No.Air ForceCountry of Origin* (↑)SquadronsAwardsAircraft (↑)VictoriesFate in BattleFate After BattleDateOfDeathNotesPhoto
1901 MossWilliam James MarchSub Lt (FAA)FAABritish213 Sqd

BlenheimMIA1940-08-27 Age 23 ARAeS (Associate of the Royal Aeronautical Society) Lee on Solent Memorial Bay 1 Panel 3 England
1902 MottWalter HenrySgt139388British141 Sqd

Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
1903 MottramRoyPlt Off42870RAFBritish92 Sqd
SpitfireKIA1941-08-31Wounded when he crashed and burned Spitfire I (N3193) after combat with a Bf 109 over Hollingbourne, Kent, on 18 September 1940 at 09:55hrs. KIA in a Spitfire V on 31 August 1941 with 54 Sqd on a fighter sweep over France. Merville Communal Cemetery

1904 MouchotteRené AdjRAFFree French245 Sqd

615 Sqd

Croix de Guerre

DFC

Legion d'Honneur

Compagnon de la Libération

Hurricane2KIA1943-08-27After arriving in Britain Mouchotte trained at RAF Old Sarum and RAF Sutton Bridge on Hawker Hurricanes, before being posted to 615 Sqd RAF at RAF Northolt. First operational sortie 11 October 1940. Squadron moved to RAF Kenley in December 1940 and in August 1941 Mouchotte participated in the shooting-down of a Junkers 88. In November 1941 he transferred to RAF Turnhouse, where the Free French 340 Squadron RAF was training on Spitfires; he became a flight commander in February 1942 and subsequently squadron commander of 65 Sqd RAF, DFC 1 September 1942. Finally he took command of 341 Squadron (Groupe de Chasse n° 3/2 "Alsace") with the Biggin Hill Wing. On 15 May 1943, S/L 'Jack' Charles (611 Sqd) and Mouchotte both destroyed a Fw 190 of I./JG 2, as the Biggin Hill Wing's 999th and 1,000th kill claim. He was shot down and killed in combat with Fw 190s of JG 2 during Ramrod S.8, escorting Flying Fortresses on the first daylight raid to Blockhaus d'Éperlecques in the Pas de Calais on 27 August 1943. His body was later washed ashore on 3 September and was buried in Middelkerke, Belgium. After the War in 1949, his body was exhumed, repatriated and buried in the family tomb at Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris on 3 November after a memorial service with full military honours conducted at Les Invalides in Paris. He is buried at Merville, France.


1905 MouldEdward Anthony 'Tony'Sgt (later FO)67599RAFVRBritish74 Sqd

85 Sqd

SpitfireWIAKIA1943-01-20Born in Mill Hill, Middlesex on 28 February 1917. Joined RAFVR February 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1 September 1939. Sent to 74 Sqd at Leconfield in May 1940. On 22 May he shared in destroying a Ju88. Flying patrol over France, brought down 24 May 1940. Returned to England by boat. On 8 July Mould damaged a Bf109 of JG51, which made a forced -landing on Bladbean Hill, Elham, Kent. Forced landing on 10 July 1940 after battle damage to Spitfire (P9446) whilst attacking 26 Dorniers escorted by fighters over a convoy near Dover. Shot down by a Bf 109 of JG 26 off Dover on the 28 July 1940 at 14:20 in his Spitfire I (P9336). Baled out and was wounded. Shot down by Bf109s in combat off Dover on the 28 July and baled out, wounded from Spitfire, P9336, which crashed on the roof at Buckland Mill, north of Dover. Commissioned in May 1941. Killed on 20 January 1943 as a Flying Officer with 85 Sqd, aged 26. Mosquito II came down in the Blackwater Estuary, cause unknown. Navigator, P/O W Fisher, was also killed. Brookwood Military Cemetery Age 26


1906 MoultonEric WalterSgt630470British600 Sqd

Blenheim
1907 MounsdonMaurice HewlettPlt Off72871British56 Sqd

Hurricane4WIA2019-12-08Joined 56 Sqd in June 1940. Claimed a Ju 87 on 25 July and a Bf 110 on 13 August 1940. Added two more fighters before being shot down in Hurricane I (R4197) by Bf 109s over Colchester on the 31 August 1940 at 08:40hrs. Hospital for nine months. Died Age 101
1908 MountChristopher John 'Micky'Flt Lt36162British602 Sqd

DSO

DFC
Spitfire18 August 1940 his aircraft damaged in a fight with a Bf 109 from III Gruppe of JG 27 near Bognor at 14:35hrs. He landed the aircraft at Westhampnett.
1909 MowatRobert InnesSgt974191British248 Sqd

53 Sqd

353 Sqd

249 Sqd

MBE

BlenheimSurvived war22nd October 2002Born Lybster, Caithness, Scotland 17 November 1915. Joined RAFVR on 8 December 1939 as an Airman u/t WOp/AG. Posted to 248 Sqd at Sumburgh on 9 October 1940. Joined 53 Sqd at Bircham Newton on 10 July 1941. 11 December 1941 to a Hudson ferrying unit for service in India. Joined 353 Sqd Dum Dum on 1 June 1942 and served in India and Burma until March 1944. Then to 294 Sqd, an Air Sea Rescue unit on Wellington and Walrus aircraft along the coast of North Africa, Egypt, Palestine and Cyprus. Back to the UK in February 1945, released from the RAF on 30 October 1945 as a Warrant Officer. MBE in 1998 for services to the Lhaidhay Croft Museum, Dunbeath.


39th Anniversary The Battle of Britain. Jeffrey Quill Test Pilot. Personally Signed by Robert I Mowat 248 Squadron Wireless Operator & Air Gunner Battle of Britain
1910 MowattNoel JosephFg Off (later Sq/Ldr, W/Cdr)2404RNZAFNew Zealander245 Sqd

DSO

MiD

HurricaneKIA1946-11-07

Read Archive Report

Munster Heath War Cemetery Age 32

Courtesy Auckland Library Heritage Collection

1911 MoynhamHarold Frederick JohnSgt634201RAFBritish248 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-11-03Runnymede Panel 17
1912 MrázekKarelPlt Off (later W/C)82561RAFVRCzech310 Sqd Czech

43 Sqd

46 Sqd

257 Sqd

313 Sqd Czech

Czech Wing
DSO

DFC
Hurricane4Died1998-12-05Died Jablonec nad Nisou
1913 MuchowskiKonrad AntoniSgtP-2208PAFPolish85 Sqd

501 Sqd

Medal Lotniczy (x2)

HurricaneDied1988-05-04Posted to 5 OTU Aston Down 19 August 1940. Joined 85 Sqd at Castle Camps on 10 September and moved to 501 Sqd at Kenley on 23rd October. Posted to 308 Sqd at Baginton on 9 March 1941. CGS Warmwell as a staff pilot 25 June. On 22 July 1942 sent to 4 FIS for an instructors course and then went to 25 EFTS Hucknall on 23 October 1941. Posted to 16 FTS Newton til release from the Polish Air Force in November 1946 as a Flight Lieutenant. He had married Eleanor S Hellawell in Huddersfield in June that year. Helped form the air force of Pakistan after 1947. Died Huddersfield Age 70
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1914 MudieMichael RobertPlt Off42073RAFBritish615 Sqd
HurricaneKIA1940-07-15Hurricane (L1584) shot down by Bf 109 from JG 53 at 15:30hrs 14 July 1940 on convoy patrol. Baled out over Dover and rescued but he died 15 July 1940. Molesey Cemetery
1915 MudryWłodzimierz MirosławSgt780416PAFPolish79 Sqd

ML (x3)Hurricane1988-06-01Died in Grantham Age 71
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1916 MuirheadIan JamesPlt Off43362RAFBritish605 Sqd

DFC
Hurricane6.5KIA1940-10-15Born in 1913 at West Ham. He was educated at Nelson School, Wigton. Joined RAF in September 1929 as an Aircraft Apprentice, passing out in August 1932. Selected for pilot training. Served with 151 Sqd. Commissioned in April 1940. Joined 605 Sqd at Wick on 6 April. On the 10th damaged a He 111. Moved south to Hawkinge during the Battle of France. Got a He 111 and damaged another on 22 May, got a Hs 126 and two Ju 87s on the 25th and got a Bf 110 on the 26th, however as he was patrolling Dunkirk he was shot down. Baled out, was rescued from the sea and admitted to hospital. Muirhead returned to 605 on 15 July. DFC. He caimed a He 111 on 15 August and shared a Do 17 on 24 September. ‘B’ Flight Commander on the 29th and promoted to acting Flight Lieutenant. Shot down in combat with Bf 109s over south London on 7 October and baled out, unhurt. His Hurricane crashed and burned out at Bexley. In the action he damaged a Bf 109. Eight days later Muirhead was shot down and killed by Bf 109s over Maidstone. His aircraft crashed at Spekes Bottom, Darland, near Gillingham. He was 27.

Baled out Hurricane I (V7305) safely 7 October 1940 over Bexley, Kent at 11:45hrs after combat with a Bf 109. Promoted to Flight Lieutenant in October 1940. On 15 October 1940 baled out of Hurricane I (N2546) too low at Darland, Nr Gillingham, Kent and was killed. He had been in combat with Bf 109s over Maidstone at 11:45hrs. Holme Cultram St Mary Churchyard Age 27


1917 MümlerMieczysławSqd LdrP-1288PAFPolish302 Sqd Polish (CO)

CBE

Virtuti Militari

DFC

Krzyz Walecznych (x2)

Medal Lotniczy (x4)

Hurricane5Died1988-09-05Fighting in Groupe de Chasse II / 7. After the surrender of France, he flew his plane flew to Algiers. Through Casablanca, later by sea he got to Great Britain. He was the organizer and the first commander from July 26, 1940, 302 Sqd - He participated in the Battle of Britain. - October 24, 1943 he became a liaison officer in the 84 Tactical Air Group, and later a liaison officer in RAF Fighter Command. In 1946 he was dismissed from aviation as a colonel. His tally of kills was 5 plus 1 shared and 2 damaged. DiedAge 86 in London - buried at Gunnersbury Cemetery,
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1918 Mungo-ParkJohn ColinFlt Lt (later Sqd Ldr)40008RAFBritish74 Sqd
DFC & Bar

Hurricane/Spitfire11KIA1941-06-27Joined 74 Sqd 5 September 1939 Became Commander of the Squadron in April 1941. Killed by Bf 109 in a fighter sweep over France on the evening of the 27 June 1941 in Spitfire V (X4668). Adinkerke Military Cemetery Belgium Age 23
Archive Report

Wikipedia Bio



Drawing by Eric Kenningon

1919 MunnWellesley SpencerFSgt45255British29 Sqd

DFM

BlenheimDied
1920 MunroJohn GraySqd Ldr36016British263 Sqd


1921 MurchLeonard CharlesPlt Off41946RAFBritish253 Sqd

HurricaneWIADied1943-09-16Unhurt when crashed at Nonnington, Kent 3 September 1940 when engine cut during a forced landing in Hurricane I (P3610) at 07:00hrs. Injured 11 October 1940 when baled out of Hurricane I (V6570) with a broken armafter combat over Tunbridge Wells at 12:00hrs. Died of polio in Libya. Benghazi War Cemetery Age 22
1922 MurlandWilliam JohnSgtNew Zealander264 Sqd

Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
Died
1923 MurrayAlan DuncanSqd Ldr34168British46 Sqd

501 Sqd

73 Sqd

DFC
Hurricane
1924 MurrayJamesSgt (later W/O)519400RAFBritish610 Sqd

74 Sqd

Spitfire1.5KIA1943-04-03Joined the RAF March 1935 as an Aircrafthand. Accepted for pilot training. 7 OTU Hawarden on 2 September 1940 to convert to Spitfires. Joined 610 Sqd at Acklington on 16 September 1940. To 74 Sqd Biggin Hill on 28 October. Destroyed a Me109 and shared another on 5 December 1940. Killed in the Middle East on 3 April 1943 as a Warrant Officer with the Aden Communications Flight. Vickers Vincent K4678 struck a hill while low-flying along the Yemeni border near Harib. His body was not recovered. Alamein Memorial Column 269 Egypt North Africa

Aden Communication Flight/Aden Communication Unit/Aden Protectorate Communications and Support Squadron. This was formed on 21 April 1942 under the control of Khormaksar as the Aden Communication Flight, being retitled HQ British Forces Aden Communication Flight on 21 March 1943.



1925 MurrayPatrick HattonSgt (later Flt Sgt)968359RAFVRBritish73 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1942-12-08Kiel War Cemetery Age 22
1926 MurrayThomas BurnleyPlt Off90991British616 Sqd

AFC

SpitfireDied
1927 NaishKenneth EdwardSgt45447British235 Sqd

236 Sqd

DFC
BlenheimSurvived war18th November 2007.Born 1913 Pontypridd Wales. Joined RAF in January 1936 as a direct-entry Airman u/t Pilot. Joined 235 Sqd in June 1940. On 24th August his Blenheim, Z5736, was attacked in error by Hurricanes of 1 Sqd (RCAF) Squadron over Thorney Island and badly damaged. He crashed on landing but he and his gunner, Sgt. H Owen, were unhurt.

Here he paired-up with Sergeant Kenneth ‘Skipper’ Naish, a 1936 direct entrant himself and newly transferred from Thorney Island. The morning of the 24th August 1940 offered a gentle sunrise and relative calm over the aerodrome at Detling: ‘Despite the chaotic conditions and increasing threats, outside ground crew filled sandbags and played an impromptu game of cricket using the spade as a bat as someone tossed a cricket ball. Elsewhere on the station new panes of glass were being fitted. The smell of cut grass mingled with the stench of 100 percent high-octane fuel and oil, interspersed with the salty sea breeze’ (Coastal Dawn, Blenheims in Action, refers). At 15.40 p.m. Ventnor RDF reported a large enemy formation approaching the Isle of Wight and upon notification, controllers at 11 Group ordered Sqd Ldr Ernest McNab to scramble his fledgling Canadian pilots of 1 Sqd RCAF, some of whom had less than 20 hours of flying experience and only a limited period on aircraft recognition. At around the same time, three Blenheim fighters were scrambled from Detling to give protection over Portsmouth, Fighter Command being at full stretch. Chaos ensued. Rather than engage the enemy force of approximately fifty Ju. 88s of Lehrgeschwader 1, escorted by Bf 110s of a similar number, the British and Canadian pilots intercepted one another, the Canadians coming down from the 11 o’clock position and despatching Blenheim T1804 - piloted by David Woodger - into the Channel at Bracklesham Bay, near Chicester. This ‘friendly fire’ incident cast a long shadow over the two pairs of crew who managed to escape. Naish and Owen in Blenheim Z5736 managed to return to base, but both had been slightly injured and the aircraft damaged. In the late afternoon the body of an airman was found by a boat off West Wittering. It was Woodger’s gunner, Sergeant Daniel Wright: ‘The Gunner’s body was riddled with bullets. The limp body was wrapped in blankets and placed on a stretcher.’ The medical orderlies bowed their heads as the Adjutant, Flying Officer Charles Pinnock said: “I can’t give you a hand; You’re for the promised land, My comrade good and true.”

Commissioned in February 1941, Naish was posted away from 235 in July. DFC 19th May 1944 as a Flight Lieutenant with 236 Sqd. April 1944 he had taken part in an attack on a convoy off the Dutch coast. His aircraft was hit by flak and one engine set alight but he pressed home his attack. Whilst putting out the flames, he was heavily engaged by ship and shore flak batteries. Naish got back to base and made a successful crash-landing. Released in 1945, as a Squadron Leader. He rejoined the RAF in 1946 and served for some years in the Fighter Control Branch.




1928 NameFnameRankService NoNationalitySqd during BattleAwardsAircraftBoBFateDateKilledNotes
1929 NaruckiAleksander RyszardPlt Off754002PAFPolish607 Sqd

Medal Lotniczy

HurricaneKIFA1941-05-11Hurricane BZ3433 flight training at Kenley During landing collided at the airport with another Hurricane and died.
Archiwum Database


1930 NaughtinHarold ThomasSgt754002RAFVRBritish235 Sqd

BlenheimMIA1941-05-28 Age 21Born in 1919 in Edmonton England. Joined the RAFVR June 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up 1 September 1939. Joined 235 Sqd on Bristol Blenheims 5 August 1940. On 28th May 1941 Naughtin, now a Flight Sergeant, was lost in Blenheim Mk IV, V5453 LA-O of 235 Sqd, shot down off Texel, Frisian Islands, Holland by fighters. Also lost were Sgt. Stanley Gordon and Sgt. Ronald Oldroyd. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. Runnymede Panel 37

1931 NeerSgtBritish29 Sqd

Blenheim
1932 NeilThomas Francis 'Ginger'Plt Off (later W/C)47651RAFVRBritish249 Sqd

41 Sqd (CO)

DFC & Bar

AFC

Air Efficiency

Bronze Star (USA)

Hurricane1311 July 2018 Age 96Joined RAFVR on 17 October 1938 at age 18. Posted to No. 8 Flying Training School 1 December 1939. Posted 15 May 1940 to 249 Sqd RAF at RAF Church Fenton. Flew Hurricanes from RAF North Weald during the Battle of Britain alongside Tich Palliser. The enemy aircraft he destroyed with the squadron included six Messerschmitt Bf 109s, two Heinkel He 111s, a Messerschmitt Bf 110, a Junkers Ju 87, a Junkers Ju 88 and a Dornier Do 17. Flew 141 combat missions during the Battle of Britain. 7 November 1940 mid-air collision with another Hurricane and lost the rear section of his aircraft. Managed to bail out and survived with a minor leg injury. Asked in an interview how he survived so many missions virtually unscathed, he said that in addition to being very lucky and spending a lot of time ducking and weaving, it is important in aerial combat to have the sensitivity to know instinctively what is around you and he was lucky to have that ability. DFC on 8 October 1940 and a Bar 26 November 1940. He embarked with 249 Squadron on HMS Furious on 10 May 1941 and sailed for Gibraltar. On arrival the squadron transferred to Ark Royal. The squadron flew to Ta' Qali on 21 May to take part in the Battle of Malta and he shot down a Macchi C.200 fighter on 12 June 1941. On 26 December 1941 Neil left Malta and in 1942 he became tactics officer for No. 81 Group, then he served with No. 56 OTU and was officer commanding 41 Sqd. He then became liaison officer to the US 9th Army Air Force's 100th Fighter Wing. This posting led to the award of the Bronze Star Medal. He was awarded the AFC in the 1950s and retired from the RAF in 1964 at the rank of Wing Commander in 1964.

Caterpillar Club badge, gold with ruby eyes, engraved to reverse 'P/O. T. F. Neil. DFC Pres. by Irving Co.', with original safety chain, extremely fine Thomas Francis 'Ginger' Neil was born on 14 July 1920 at Bootle, Merseyside, and educated at Eccles Grammar School. After taking his School Certificate in 1937 he took work at the District Bank in Gorton whilst training to be a pilot with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve from 17 October 1938. Called up for full-time service at the outbreak of the Second World War, Neil was commissioned Pilot Officer and posted on 15 May 1940 to 249 Sqd based at Church Fenton and North Weald. Baling out over the Garden of England - Caterpillar Club Member Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on 8 October 1940, Neil faced a serious mishap on 7 November 1940 when he collided with the Hurricane flown by Wing Commander Francis Victor Beamish, DSO AFC losing the rear section of his aircraft. The exact circumstances were uniquely described by Neil in a television interview conducted in 2016: 'The aircraft became uncontrollable and this was at 18,000 feet… I think it was, and I didn't really get out of the aircraft until about 2,000 feet, so I spent a long time in the aeroplane trying to make sense of an aircraft that didn't have a tail and I eventually got out. I landed in the top of a tree at a place called Walberswick in Kent, and when I came round I was surrounded by four sets of feet, two belonging to ladies and two belonging to men, and they were discussing whether I was on their side or the other side. The two ladies thought I looked English and that kept me going so to speak. The two men thought I looked German and they wanted to hang me and, anyhow, two Army officers rushed up and prevented them from doing that… and that's the story how I continued to serve in the Air Force for twenty odd years.' (Interviewer) 'What happened to Beamish's aircraft? Did he land OK?' (Neil) 'Yes, yes, he was out and totally fearless.' (Interviewer) 'I hope he bought you a beer!' (Neil) 'Pardon?' (Interviewer) 'I hope he bought you a beer…' (Neil) 'No! He said he was sorry… He was a wonderful man, and they all thought I'd been killed and never seen again because I disappeared through cloud… until I turned up the same night.' Beamish made a forced landing near Leeds Castle and was awarded the D.F.C. the next day (London Gazette 8 November 1940, refers). Neil was awarded a Bar to his DFC on 26 November 1940 and later fought during the Battle of Malta, shooting down a Macchi C.200 fighter on 12 June 1941. Appointed Officer Commanding 41 Sqd, Neil later became liaison officer to 100 Fighter Wing, USAAF. and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. Taking retirement from the RAF in 1964, Neil settled in Norfolk where he became a director in the shoe industry. In paying tribute to Neil, David Brocklehurst, MBE Chairman and Historian at the Battle of Britain Museum Trust said: 'We are greatly saddened by his death and our hearts go out to Tom's family - we have lost a true friend. He was the epitome of a Battle of Britain pilot. It was a great honour to have known him.'




Caterpillar Club Pin

Tom Neil Interview
1933 NelsonDickFlt Sgt74355RAFBritish235 Sqd

BlenheimSurvived war26th June 1972Born 16 January 1915. Elswick Road Central School in West Hartlepool. Joined RAF in January 1931 as an Aircraft Apprentice and passed out in December 1933 as a Metal Rigger. Applied for pilot training. June 1940 serving with 235 Sqd. Service recordn is unknown until commissioned in January 1942. Transferred to the Technical Branch in 1945. Remained in the RAF postwar. Retired on 26 February 1967 as a Wing Commander.
1934 NelsonWilliam HenryFg Off (later Flt Lt)39675RAFAmerican74 Sqd
DFC
SpitfireMIA1940-11-01Born in Montreal, Canada 1917-04-02, son of Henry and Sarafina Nelson of 4885 Cote St, Catherine Rd. Educated at Baron Byng High and Strathcona Academy. Joined the RAF in 1937 after working his way to England. On September 8/9 1939 he took part as Captain of a bomber in the RAF’s earliest operation, with 8 Whitleys dropping leaflets in NW Germany. After other operations he also took part in raids on Sylt and over Dunkirk during the evacuation. DFC by the King at Buckingham Palace 1940-06-04. First Canadian Jew decorated in WW2. His citation read 'Nelson carried out many flights over enemy territory, always showing the greatest determination and courage. After one attack on Stavanger, Norway, he encountered a balloon barrage and sent a report to base HQ in time to warn following aircraft. He wrote home that “ I thank God that I shall be able to help to destroy the regime that persecutes the Jews…..” Volunteering for Fighter Command and returning before his leave expired, he flew Spitfires from Hornchurch with 74 Sqd , shooting down a Bf 109, Bf 110 and damaging another Bf 110 on August 11 1940 when he took on six Bf 109s singehanded; damaging a Do 17 on the 13 August and destroying three more Bf 109s on October 17, 27 and 29. Killed 1940-11-01 by a Bf 109 attack over Dover in Spitfire P7312 at 1400 hrs. and crashed into the Channel. Listed as missing on the 52nd RAF casualty list on Nov 14 1940 but officially presumed killed on May 26 1941. He was 23 years old, left a wife (Marjorie Isobel) and young son and his name is inscribed on the Runnymede memorial, panel 4.

1935 Nelson-EdwardsGeorge HassallPlt OffBritish79 Sqd

DFC
HurricaneWrote off Hurricane I (N2345) 31 August 1940 at 09:30hrs. Crashed after combat near to Biggin Hill. 29 September 1940 baled out after combat with He 111 at 18:30hrs off the West Coast. Rescued.
1936 Nenage (?)TNSgtBritish29 Sqd

BlenheimKIA after battle
1937 NesbittArthur DeaneFg OffRCAFCanadian1 Sqd (RCAF)

OBE

DFC

HurricaneDiedDestroyed Bf 110 4 September 1940 and Bf 109 15 September 1940. Hurricane I (P3080) shot down this day by a Bf 109 over Tunbridge at 12:10hrs. Baled out wounded. Back in combat 9 October 1940, Hurricane badly damaged by Bf 109 but he landed safely unhurt. March 1941 took command of the re-numbered 401 Sqd. DFC 23 September 1941.
1938 NevilleWilliam JohnSgt741783RAFVRBritish610 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-08-11Joined 610 Sqd 27 July 1940. Force-landed in a marsh 8 August 1940, overturning his aircraft, but he escaped unhurt. On patrol off Calais in Spitfire I (R6630) 11 August 1940 reported MIA Runnymede Panel 17 Age 26
1939 Neville-ClarkeRonald Sqd Ldr29063RAFBritish235 Sqd

DFC
BlenheimKIA1941-03-04 Age 36Born at Handsworth, Staffordshire England 1904. Educated at Four Oaks College and Bishop Veseys Grammar School. Joined RAF in April 1930 on a short service commission. 3 FTS Grantham on 26th April 1930. Posted to the School of Naval Co-operation, Lee-on-Solent on 24 February 1933 and to 217 Sqd (General Reconnaissance) at Tangmere on 28 March 1937. July 1940 CO 235 Sqd, with one flight at Thorney Island and the other at Bircham Newton. He led the squadron in the Battle of Britain when it was seconded to Fighter Command. Mentioned in an article by Terry R Clegg. Little Aston St Peter Churchyard

1940 NewburyJohn CharlesPlt Off70497British609 Sqd

Spitfire
1941 NewhamEdward ArnoldSgt159832British235 Sqd

BlenheimSurvived warMarch 1976 in Eastbourne.Born 10 September 1912. Joined RAFVR in September 1939. Joined 235 Sqd at Bircham Newton on 23rd September 1940 as a WOp/AG on Blenheims. He flew his first sortie on 26 September and his last on 14 October 1940, a very short tour. There is very little information on his activities, unfortunately, but it is known he transferred out of flying to the Administrative Branch in November 1943, where he gained his commission, leaving the RAF before the end of the war, in fact in 1944 as a Flying Officer, which may indicate a medical issue
1942 NewportDouglas VictorSgt615682RAFBritish235 Sqd

BlenheimSurvived war12th December 1969 Sodbury Gloucestershire EnglandBorn 6 October 1920 Bristol England. Joined RAF in July 1938 as an Aircrafthand. Later changed to Airman u/t Air Gunner. Posted to 235 Sqd at Bircham Newton in early July 1940. Posted to RAF Aldergrove on 19 November 1940 where it combined with a flight from 236 Sqd to reform 272 Sqd on the 21 November. First sortie with 272 on the 23 November. On 21 December Blenheim IVF L9415 XK-T became lost in bad weather and ran out of fuel. The crew baled out safely and came down at Lough Swilly, County Donegal in the Irish Republic. The aircraft came down at Sladran, near Buncrana in County Donegal. The pilot Sgt. SJ Hobbs, Sgt. HW Ricketts and Newport (all Battle veterans) were interned in the Curragh Camp but later returned to RAF service either by escaping or being released. Newport escaped in August 1942. He served with 279 Sqd Air Se Rescue from December 1943 to November 1944.

Crash of L9415 in Ireland

1943 NewtonEdwin FrankSgt614682British29 Sqd

Hurricane
1944 NewtonHarry SnowSgt134750British111 Sqd

AFC

HurricaneCrash landed Hurricane I (P3548) 11 August 1940 near Boyton in Oxfordshire, ran out of fuel after combat. Aircraft was a write off but he survived. Baled out of burning Hurricane I (P3943) safely on the 18 August 1940 during an attack on a Do 17 of KG 76 near Kenley, at 13:15hrs. Landed landed near Tatsfield Beacon in Surrey.
1945 NicholasJohn Beville HowardFg Off39798British65 Sqd

Spitfire
1946 NichollsDouglas Benjamin FletcherSgt114121RAFVRBritish87 Sqd

242 Sqd

151 Sqd

258 Sqd

DFC
HurricaneSurvived war6th December 2014.Landed safely after Hurricane X (P5182) damaged in battle with Ju 88 over the North Sea at 07:30hrs on the 30 September 1940.

Born near Swansea Wales 5 February 1919. Educated South Parade School and St James School, in Grimsby. Joined RAFVR in September 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Elementary flying training at 6 EFTS Sywell. To 8 FTS Montrose for No. 19 Course from 6th May to 16th August 1940. 5 OTU Aston Down on the 17 August but moved to 7 OTU Hawarden 2 daysn later. Converting to Hurricanes, joined 85 Sqd at Castle Camps on 4 September 1940. To 242 Sqd at Coltishall on the 11 September and he finally joined 151 Sqd at Digby on 21 September. On 30 Septemeber shared a Ju88 and returned to Digby but Hurricane P5182 was severely damaged by return fire. August 1941 to 258 Sqd at Martlesham Heath. To Debden 3 October for overseas deployment. Squadron pilots went to Abbotsinch on the 30 October and two days later sailed in HMS Athene for Gibraltar, with Hurricanes with wing-detached on board. After arriving the aircraft were due to be unloaded and taken by HMS Ark Royal to Malta later. However the carrier was sunk returning to Gibraltar so other plans were made. The 258 pilots left on Christmas Eve 1941 on the Athene. They berthed at Takoradi on 1st January 1942, disembarked, and the Athene left, taking their Hurricanes with her. On the 3rd they flew on the ferry route to the Middle East in a DC3, arrived at Port Sudan, from where they sailed in HMS Indomitable on the 9th, with Hurricanes aboard. They flew off on the 28th and later in the morning arrived at Airfield P2 at Palembang, Sumatra. In the afternoon they went on to Seletar airfield, Singapore and flew their first operation on 31st January. On 10th February 1942 the three surviving Hurricanes of 258 were withdrawn to Palembang. Of the fifteen surviving pilots, six were required to remain behind to fly with a reformed 605 Sqd. One was nominated, two volunteered and the other three were selected by cutting cards. Nicholls was one of the nine evacuated from Java to Ceylon in the SS Kota Gede. 258 Sqd was reformed at Ratmalana on 1st March 1942. Nicholls rejoined it on 7th March. Commissioned in December 1941, DFC 19th May 1944. August 1944 to HQ 224 Group, Burma as Squadron Leader Tactics. Returned to the UK in October 1945 and was released from the RAF in March 1946 as a Squadron Leader. After spells in Uganda and Botswsana he returned to Grimsby in 1978 and for four years taught at a local school before retiring. On 11th November 2011 he was present when a plaque on which he was honoured was unveiled at St. James School.

1947 NichollsThomas George FrankSgt532244RAFVRBritish23 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-04-10Air Gunner. Avelin Ennetieres Communal Cemetery France Age 26
1948 NicholsDennis HughSgt118094British56 Sqd

HurricaneWIADiedInjured when he baled out of Hurricane I (P3154) over Yeovil after combat at 16:00hrs on the 7 October 1940. His aircraft crashed at Alton Pancras, Somerset.
1949 NicolsonJames BrindleyFlt Lt (later W/C)39329RAFBritish249 Sqd

Victoria Cross

DFC

HurricaneMIA1945-05-02 Age 29James Nicholson, a Yorkshire man was Fighter Command's only VC for an action on August 16 1940. On that day, in Hurricane (P3576) with two other pilots from 249 Sqd, attacked enemy Messerschmitt 110s near Southampton. The three RAF planes were in turn attacked by Bf 109s: From the London Gazette, the 15th of November 1940 'During an engagement with the enemy near Southampton on August 16, 1940, Flight Lieutenant Nicholson's aircraft was hit by four cannon shells, two of which wounded him whilst another set fire to the gravity tank. When about to abandon his aircraft owing to flames in the cockpit, he sighted an enemy fighter. This he attacked and shot down although as a result of staying in his burning aircraft, he sustained serious burns to his hands, face, neck and legs. Flight Lieutenant Nicholson has always displayed enthusiasm for air fighting and this incident shows that he possesses courage and determination of a high order by continuing to engage the enemy after he had been wounded and his aircraft set on fire. He displayed exceptional gallantry and disregard for the safety of his own life.' After recovering from his severe burns and other injuries (other injuries included being shot in the buttock's by a trigger happy Local Defence Volunteer as he descended in his parachute), Nicholson returned to flying in April 1941 as a Squadron Leader. Tragically, he went missing while flying as a passenger in a Liberator over the Bay of Bengal on the 2 May 1945. Singapore Memorial Column 445


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1950 NicolsonPeter BethuneSgt (later Flt Sgt)740866RAFVRBritish232 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1941-05-29Alamein Memorial Column 242 Age 26
1951 NiemiecPawełFg Off (later Sqd Ldr)76748PAFPolish17 Sqd
Virtuti Militari

11062
Krzyż Walecznych (x3)

Medal Lotniczy (x2)

HurricaneDied1985-05-1117 Sqd RAF in Tangmere. In February 1941, transferred to 317 Sqd Polish. From March 5, 1943 commander of 308 Sqd Polish. In June 1944, he became commander of 306 Sqd Polish. 1945 he was commander of 316 Sqd Polish. In December 1946 emigrated. to Argentina. - died in Buenos Aires
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Archiwum Polish Database Niemiec
1952 NightingaleFrederick GeorgePlt Off44979RAFBritish219 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-12-17
1953 NivenHugh Glen 'Nuts'Plt OffRAF AAFCanadian601 Sqd

602 Sqd

Hurricane/SpitfireDied2008-04-08Born in Toronto, Canada in 1919. Moved to Scotland in June 1937. Joined 602 Sqd, Auxiliary Air Force at Abbotsinch on 7th May 1939 and began his training in Avro Tutors. Posted to 11 EFTS Perth on 25th October 1939. 15 FTS Lossiemouth on 23rd March 1940. 5 OTU Aston Down on 17th August to convert to Hurricanes. Rejoined 602 Sqd at Westhampnett, on 1st September 1940 but, having had no Spitfire experience, posted to 601 Sqd at Debden three days later. After much complaining he rejoined 602 Sqd on 21st September. Spitfire, X4603, was damaged in combat with Me109s over Maidstone on 29th October. Apart from a few days with 603 Squadron in late July 1941, Niven was serving with 602 until 23rd September 1941. Admitted to Horton Emergency Hospital on the 24th, suffering from TB. He was invalided out of the RAF on 12th March 1942 as a Flying Officer. He spent some years in hospital. When 602 Squadron was reformed in June 1946, Niven rejoined as a civilian clerk.

'Nuts' Niven found an aircraft filling his sights on 29 October 1940 and opened fire only to find out that it was fellow Glaswegian, F/L Donald MacF Jack, in his Spitfire Mk Ia. During the same sortie, Niven's port wing tip and aileron were damaged over Maidstone and, as he spiralled down, said his prayers, 'Our Father, which art in heaven, get this sod off my tail'. He continued to drop until he reached 5,000ft and managed to land at his airfield.

1954 Nixon WilliamAC (later F/O)152339British23 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1944-08-30Pilot Kiel War Cemetery Germany Age 23
1955 NobleBrian RobertPlt Off81043British79 Sqd

Hurricane
1956 NobleDennisSgt742128RAFVRBritish43 Sqd

Hurricane1KIA1940-08-30Joined Sqd 3 August 1940. Shot down Ju 87 on 16 August. KIA 30 August 1940. Hurricane I (P3179) shot down by a Bf 109 over the Sussex coast, near to Hove at 11:50hrs. He was aged 20. [His body was recovered and buried in East Retford Cemetery. However, in July 1996, a wartime Hurricane crash-site was excavated, the pilot's remains were found and positively identified as being those of Sgt Noble. This raised the question of who was actually buried in his grave. No further information given in the newspaper report]. CWGC records East Retford Cemetery Sec AK Grave 232. Age 20
1957 NobleWilliam JohnSgt112500British54 Sqd

SpitfireDied
1958 Nokes-CooperBenjaminFg Off77362RAFVRBritish236 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-08-01Air Gunner. Killed 1 August 1940 along with the pilot (P.E.Drew) of Blenheim IV (N3601) during an attack on Querqueville, France at 17:15hrs. Bayeux War Cemetery France Age 32
1959 NorfolkNorman RobertPlt Off44929RAFBritish72 Sqd

DFC
Spitfire4Survived war13th March 2005.Born 21st November 1912. RAF on 29th June 1936 as a trainee pilot. Serving with 72 Sqd at Leconfield by 15th October 1939. He was still with the squadron at the start of the Battle of Britain. Returned to Croydon with a severely damaged tail unit after combat with Me109’s off Dungeness on 1st September 1940. The next day, after damaging a Me110, he was shot down in combat over Herne Bay in Spitfire K9938, which crashed and burned out at Garrington Farm, near Bekesbourne emergency landing ground. Norfolk baled out, unhurt. On the 7th and 11th he destroyed Do17’s, on the 15th he probably destroyed a He111, on the 27th he destroyed a Do17 and probably another and on 25th October he damaged a Me110. Commissioned on 17th September 1940. DFC 7th January 1941, with at least four enemy aircraft destroyed.

Crash landed Spitfire I (K9938) 2 September 1940 at 13:00hrs after combat over Herne Bay.


Combat Report 1 September 1940


1960 NorrisPhilip PurchellSgt740810RAFVRBritish213 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-08-13Shot down and killed 13 August 1940 in Hurricane I (P3348). Shot down off Portland at 16:50hrs. Etaples Military Cemetery France Age 22

1961 NorrisRobert Wilson CFg OffCanadian401 Sqd RCAF

Hurricane
1962 NorrisStanley CharlesFlt Lt40561British610 Sqd

DFC & Bar
Spitfire7Destroyed a Bf 109 over Dunkirk 29 May 1940. Destroyed two Bf 109s 25 July, plus two Ju 87s on 14 August and two more Bf 109s before the end of August. DFC 24 September 1940 and a Bar on 23 May 1944.
1963 NorthGeraldPlt Off83719RAFVRBritish257 Sqd

Hurricane1943-02-10Continued service as flight instructor in Canada. Bone War Cemetery Annaba, Algeria Age 22

1964 NorthHarold LeslieFg Off (later Flt Lt)New Zealander43 Sqd

DFC
Hurricane5KIA1942-05-01Shot down four aircraft during the month of August in his Hurricane. 26 August 1940 made a head-on attack on a formation of six bombers and was nearly hit as he broke away by some of the bombs being jettisoned into the sea. Returned to attack and, after two bursts, saw his He 111 begin to smoke, its undercarriage dropped and as at least one of the crew baled out the bomber dived away. At this point Hurricane (V7259) was hit by a cannon shell, splinters of which went into his shoulder, and his vision was impaired by pieces of perspex from his shattered hood. Recovering from the shock, he wiped his face and checked his aircraft, looking up he saw three He 111s passing overhead. He turned and used his remaining ammunition on the rear most of the three. North last saw it diving steeply inland with one engine smoking - it was later confirmed as destroyed. Hurricane (V7259) was now hit again and he baled out. After landing he was taken to hospital in Chichester. Added two more to his score after the Battle of Britain. MIA 1 May 1942. DFC 15 June 1942.
1965 North-BomfordDavid JohnSgt742833British17 Sqd
Hurricane18 August 1940 his Hurricane I was damaged in combat with Bf 109s off Dover at 13:50hrs.
1966 NorwellJohn King 'Jock'Sgt129717British54 Sqd

41 Sqd

AFC

Spitfire7Destroyed two Bf 109s over Dunkirk in May. Another kill before the Battle and 4 more during it. AFC. 1 January 1945. Commissioned July 1942; granted commission as Fg Off in RAFVR 1947; retired 1954. Born Perth, Scotland 4 October 1917.
1967 NorwoodRobin Keith CollenPlt Off85232British65 Sqd

SpitfireDied
1968 NosowiczZbigniewPlt Off76703PAFPolish56 Sqd

KW MLHurricaneDied17 September to Romania, then through Lebanon and France in January 1940 to England. After training in 5 OTU, assigned to 56 Sqd RAF. From 01.07 to 31.10.1940 he actively participated in the Battle. In February 1941 he was transferred to 316 Sqd. After being released from aviation, he remained in England
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1969 NowakTadeuszPO (later F/O)76704PAFPolish253 Sqd

VM KW (x3) MLHurricane4KIA1941-09-21Flew Hurricanes with 253 Sqd during the Battle. 4 confirmed 1 shared kill 1 probable and 1 damaged. Promoted to flying officer.
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Buried Quiberville Cemetery, France


1970 NowakiewiczEugeniusz Jan AdamSgt (later F/O)P-1913 793583PAFPolish302 Sqd Polish
Virtuti Militari

Krzyz Walecznych (x3)

Medal Lotniczy (x3)

Hurricane4PoW1998-05-01Crashed and taken Prisoner. Died Bury Hospital cremated at Blackley Crematorium Age 79
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1971 NowierskiTadeuszPlt Off (later W/C)76803PAFPolish609 Sqd

Virtuti Militari

DFC

Krzyz Walecznych (x4)

Medal Lotniczy (x4)

Spitfire3Survived war1983-04-02Saved when he baled out Spitfire I (N3223) over Sailsbury Plain after undercarriage failure on the 5 October 1940 at 18:15hrs. January 10 1942, he became commander of 308 Sqd Polish. From February 15 1943 he was in 58 OTU as a Pilot Instructor. - On June 20, 1943 appointed commander of the 2nd Polish Wing.
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1972 NunnStanley GeorgePlt Off81935British236 Sqd

DFC
Blenheim
1973 NuteRomilly Ronald JamesSgt523120RAFBritish23 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-03-11Air Gunner. St Pierre Cemetery Amiens France
1974 NutterReginald CharlesSgt108855British257 Sqd

DFC
HurricaneSurviving aircrew
1975 O'BrianPeter Geoffrey St.GeorgeFlt LtCanadian152 Sqd

257 Sqd

DFC
Gladiator/SpitfireDied
1976 O'BrienJoseph SomertonSqd Ldr34171RAFBritish92 Sqd

234 Sqd
SpitfireKIA1940-09-07Killed 7 September 1940 at 18:30hrs. Shot down in Spitfire I (P9466) attacking Dornier Do 17s over Kent. St Mary Cray Cemetery
1977 O'Brien (O'Brian?)Flt LtBritish247 Sqd

Gladiator
1978 O'ByrnePeterSgt740334British73 Sqd

501 Sqd

HurricaneDied1998-06Born in Coventry 7 August 1917. Joined RAFVR on 12 June 1937, as an Airman u/t Pilot. May 1940 on Hurricanes, he was sent to France. 28 May joined 73 Sqd. Returned to the UK in June. In combat with Bf 110s on 27 September, O’Byrne’s Hurricane suffered engine damage and he made a wheels-up landing in a Surrey wood, tearing his wings off. 25 October O’Byrne was posted to 501 Sqd at Kenley. Four days later he made a crash-landing near Leatherhead, during a routine patrol, but again escaped unhurt. Moved to 601 Sqd on 21 December but the stay was short. Embarked on HMS Furious on 1 March. After a period in the Middle East Pool and at HQ Abu Sueir, posted to 112 Sqd in Crete. 4 days later withdrawn as the Germans advanced. Returned to the Middle East and rejoined 73 Sqd. Served with Met Flight and was promoted to Warrant Officer. Posted to 267 Squadron at Bari, Italy on Dakotas, supply drops to partisans in Yugoslavia. Returned to the UK, then served in Burma. In 1946 he left the RAF as a Warrant Officer. Joined Aer Lingus as a pilot. He went on to fly with Jersey Airlines, as a Captain, until his retirement.

Crashed Hurricane I (V7595) near Leatherhead 29 October 1940. Safe

1979 O'ConnellAnthonyFg Off432060British264 Sqd

Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
Died
1980 O'LearyArthur AlexanderSgt54654British604 Sqd

DFC
BlenheimDied
1981 O'MalleyDerek Keppel ColeridgeFg Off72475RAFVRBritish264 Sqd

Defiant I N1628

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
KIA1940-09-04 Read Archive Report

Born on the 07th November 1910 at 14A Northcote Avenue, Ealing, the son of Barret Lennard Albemarle O'Malley and of Lorna O'Malley (née Coleridge) and husband of Rachel Mary Genevieve O'Malley (née MacDonald), of Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England. They married shortly after the outbreak of the war. Commemorated Kirton in Lindsay Cemetery England

Rachel's brother, Major Andrew David Macdonald 126497 of the 5th Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers was killed on the 16th February 1945 and buried at Milsbeek War Cemetery in the Netherlands. (F/O. O'Malley was a Batchelor of Arts, Oxford)


1982 O'MearaJames JosephPlt Off40844British64 Sqd

72 Sqd

421 Recon/Flt
DSO

DFC
Spitfire11DiedFlew Spitfire (P9554) between 12 and 15 August 1940 shooting down 2 Bf 109s, JU 88 with 3 He 111s damaged. End of war: 11 destroyed, 1 shared, 1 unconfirmed, 4 probables and 11 damaged.

1983 O'NeillDesmond HughFg Off40638RAFBritish611 Sqd

41 Sqd

SpitfireKIFA1940-10-11Streatham Park Cemetery Age 25
1984 O'NeillJohn AnthonyFlt Lt37117British601 Sqd

238 Sqd

DFC
HurricaneDied2008.Born in 1915 Joined the RAF with a short service commission at 19. Served with 99 and 58 Sqds. With 58 he flew a Whitley over Germany on the night of 3/4 September 1939 on a sortie to drop leaflets. On the return flight the aircraft suffered engine trouble and landed in a French cabbage field. Squadron transferred to Coastal Command and then returned to Bomber Command. DFC for his service with 58. In September 1940, O’Neill fulfilled a long held ambition to become a fighter pilot. He joined 601 Sqd, quickly moving to 238 Sqd, another Hurricane outfit, as a Flight Commander. Took up a training post, served at No 10 Group HQ and in 1942 went to India, where he held various operational appointments but was invalided home at the end of 1943. Station Commander at West Malling and Bradwell Bay. His post-war appointments included air attache in Israel and at NATO headquarters. He retired from the RAF in 1957 as a Wing Commander, retaining the rank of Group Captain
1985 OaksTrevor WalterSgtRNZAFNew Zealander106 Sqd

235 Sqd

69 Sqd

294 Sqd

BlenheimSurvived war18th July 1971Born in Gisborne New Zealand 17 October 1915. Education at Wellington Technical College. Volunteered for aircrew in early October 1939. Enlisted on 24 October, training as an air gunner. March 1940 he changed to Airman u/t Observer at the Air Observers School, Ohakea. Qualified and promoted to Sergeant on 28 May. Sailed for the UK on 7 June 1940 in the RMS Rangitata. 30 July Oaks was posted to 17 OTU Upwood. Converting to Blenheims joined 106 Sqd at Finningley on 3 October. 12 October moved to 235 Sqd at Bircham Newton. To 69 Sqd in Malta on 5 May 1941 for general reconnaissance duties over the Mediterranean. To the Sea Rescue Flight, Middle East on 1st December, operating from Benghazi and later Alexandria. To 294 Sqd on 24 September 1943 on Air Sea Rescue. 8 November posted to 76 OTU Aquir, Palestine to instruct. Commissioned in April 1944, returned to New Zealand in November and was released from the RNZAF on 6 February 1945 as a Flying Officer.
1986 OdbertNorman CyrilSqd Ldr24213British64 Sqd

OBESpitfire
1987 OelofseJohannes Roelof StephanusPlt Off13606RAFSouth African43 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-08-08Joined 43 Squadron February 1940. KIA in combat ten miles south of the Isle of Wight on 8 August 1940 in Hurricane I (P3468). Tangmere St Andrew Churchyard Age 23

1988 OgilvieAlfred Keith 'Skeets'Plt OffCanadian609 Sqd

DFC
Spitfire1.5PoW1998 Ottawa CanadaBorn in Ottawa, Canada on September 14 1915. Short-service commission on August 11 1939. Arrived at Middle Wallop 20 August 1940, posted to 609 Sqd as a replacement for Mac D Goodwin. Destroyed Bf 109 and claiming the probable destruction of an Bf 110 on 7 September 1940, Spitfire I (N3280) suffered some damage in this combat and he returned to base with a damaged tail unit. 15 September shared in the destruction of the Dornier Do 17 with Sgt. R.T.Holmes of 504 Sqd which crashed on Victoria Railway Station. Probably destroyed Do 17 on 24 September. September 27 he shot down a Me 110 off Portland. Taken prisoner 4 July 1941 on Circus 32 escorting 12 Blenheims attacking the Khulman chemical works and the power station at Chocques, three miles west of Bethune. Shot down by Bf 109s and wounded in the arm and shoulder and baled out, landing in a field. DFC on July 1941. Retired from the RCAF on the 14 September 1962 and returned to Ottawa where he lived until passing away in 1998. See Paradie Archive Database



Paradie Canadian Archive Database

'Funny this was, although I worked in banking, I had applied to get into the RCAF but it appeared that they didn't want me. With the war just started in England, I felt that I had a chance over there. At the time the RAF were taking just about anybody they could get their hands on. They had a terrific shortage of pilots, I think half of the pilots were from the Commonwealth, a lot of us were Canadians. I applied, I got called up on a Monday, had the medical on Wednesday and sailed for England on the Friday. '



1989 OgilvyCharles Alexander 'Alastair'Flt LtRAFVRBritish610 Sqd

DFC
DFCDied 23rd February 1995 aged 79Last name to be added to the Battle of Britain London Monument. Born 30 November 1915 – 1995

He joined the RAFVR in 1939 and was trained as a pilot at Woodley (Reading). He married in 1939 and two daughters were born, one in 1940 and another two years later. He joined 610 Squadron at Acklington on 14th October 1940 and flew two operational sorties on the 25th of that month, this qualifying him for the Battle of Britain Clasp. He later was posted to RAF Cranwell as a flying instructor, where he trained more than 120 pilots over a 3 year period in over 1000 flights. He was posted to 622 Squadron at Mildenhall in 1945, flying Lancasters, and took part in 16 bombing raids, as well as Operations Manna, Exodus, Baedecker, and Dodge Bari.


1990 OglivieDonald BrucePlt Off83287British601 Sqd

HurricanePOWCaptured November 1943 and made POW
1991 OldfieldTrevor GuestSgt819030RAF (A)British64 Sqd

92 Sqd

Spitfire I R6622KIA1940-09-27

Archive report

92 squadron was scrambled at 1445, Sgt. Oldfield, in R6622, and nine others intercepting Ju88’s and their Messerschmitt fighter escorts. Only nine aircraft returned to Biggin Hill at around 15:50 hours and it was found that Oldfield had crashed onto Hesketh Park in Dartford at about 15:15 hours. Eye witnesses on the ground claimed that the pilot had stayed with the aircraft in order to steer away from housing. The Spitfire had disintegrated on impact and Oldfield was killed. Killed 27 September 1940 at 15:20hrs. Spitfire I (R6622) shot down by a Bf 109 over Dartford. ?

Born in June 1919 in Hackney, London. Son of Archie Oldfield (died 18th April 1966, age 81) of Chertsey, London, England. Grave inscription: 'Not Just Today But Every Day In Silence We Remember'.



1992 OleńskiZbigniewFg Off76617PAFPolish234 Sqd

609 Sqd

Krzyz Walecznych

Medal Lotniczy (x4)

SpitfireDied1970-06-20Died Manchester. Age 63

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1993 OlesenWilfrid PallasenPlt Off72570British607 Sqd

HurricaneDied
1994 OlewinskiBolesławSgt780695PAFPolish111 Sqd

Medal Lotniczy

HurricaneKIA1940-11-03RAF Dyce in Hurricane V6560 on patrol Peterhead-Aberdeenshire. Shot down over sea by fighter. Body not recovered. Polish War Memorial Northolt.
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1995 OliveCharles Gordon ChalonerFlt LtRAAFAustralian65 Sqd

456 Sqd RAAF

CBE

DFC
Spitfire6 + 7 probablesDied1987-10-20Wartime Notes helped author Dennis Newton write 'Spitfire Ace'

193 sorties over three tours of duty between September 1939 and March 1941. Wounded during the Dunkirk evacuation. He destroyed at least 5 during the Battle of Britain. DFC on 24 September 1940. Shot down his sixth enemy aircraft in December 1940, and in June 1941 became CO 456 Squadron RAAF, Australia's only night-fighter squadron. Squadron Leader on 18 January 1942. Ill health in March made him non-operational. June 1943 he joined the RAAF officially, but he remained attached to the RAF. In October 1943 he returned to Australia and in February 1944 joined RAAF Command, becoming acting wing commander on 1 April. On 29 December he took over command of 101 Fighter Control Unit, moving to Air Defence Headquarters in Sydney in January 1944. From 16 July 1945 he was posted to Air Defence Headquarters in Morotai, Indonesia, and he was demobilised and transferred to the Reserve on 7 March 1946. He was state commandant of the Air Training Corps from 1948. Appointed MBE (1967) for his work organising the Empire Youth Movement and CBE (1978), he retired in 1981


1996 OliverGeorge DixonSgt936196RAFVRBritish23 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-09-08Brest Kerfautras Cemetery France Age 26
1997 Oliver (?)PBritish611 Sqd

Spitfire
1998 OlverPeterPlt Off84963British603 Sqd

DFC
SpitfireWIAPoW2013-02-14Injured when baled out Spitfire I (P7365) after combat with Bf 109s near Chartham, Kent at 10:15hrs on the 25 October 1940. Shot down, captured and taken PoW. Died 14 February 2013
1999 OmmanneyRupert JohnSgt (later W/O)742535British229 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1942-02-12Runnymede Panel 72 Age 26
2000 OrchardHarold CharlesSgt523288RAFBritish65 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1941-02-05 Age 24Aircraftman 2nd Class Orchard, H.C. joined the Royal Air Force on the 26th August 1935, exactly eight months after his eighteenth birthday. His designation was 'Aircrafthand'. When AC1 Orchard was posted to No.12 (Bomber) Squadron on 28th September 1936, the squadron had just returned from Aden.Harold was away from the squadron and Cranfield from 23rd October to 9th December, attending an Air Gunners course at No.2 Air Armament School, located at North Coates, Lincolnshire, returning to 82(B) with the new designation of 'Part-time Air Gunner'. During his absence, influxes of personnel and promotions had continued. Neufchatel-Hardelot New Communal Cemetery France

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