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NOTE: KIA = Killed In Action. WIA = Wounded In Action. KIFA = Killed in Flying Accident. = Jewish as per jewishvirtuallibrary.org
Fate In Battle is date of incident between July 10 1940 and October 31 1940. Fate After Battle is date of death after the Battle



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.

To see a larger database covering the entirety of WWll, refer to our Allied Losses and Incidents database. This database is the result of research into all known sources of information on the crews which fought the Battle of Britain on the Allied side. It is surprising that for the most significant air battle of WW2, and even after 80+ years, there remains any uncertainty at all about who took part and in some cases, what they did. We have made it our objective to develop this database into a most comprehensive and accurate record which brings to life those heroic deeds. You can help: send corrections and additional information via our Helpdesk.
We believe this database to be among the most useful records extant in terms of its searchability: for example, it is easy to determine all Blenheim crews, or losses on a specific date or the members of a particular squadron.

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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401 CarburyBrian John GeorgeFg OffNZ/40288RNZAFNew Zealander603 Sqd

DFC & Bar

SpitfireSurvivedDiedOne of only 3 'Aces In A Day' for shooting down 5 1940-08-31. Born 17 February 1918 Wellington, New Zealand - Died 1 July 1962 Age 44 Bourne End, Buckinghamshire. Enlisted 27 June 1938 Age 19 Shoe salesman/Civilian

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402 CardellPhilip MelvillePlt Off80818RAFVRBritish603 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-09-27Pilot Forced landing at Ilford 1940-09-01 at 16:45hrs. Spitfire I (L1020) writen off but he escaped injury. Killed 1940-09-27 when he baled out Spitfire I (N3244) after combat over the Channel. His parachute failed to deploy. Great Paxton Churchyard England

403 CardnellCharles FrederickPlt Off80807RAFVRBritish23 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-08-08Pilot. With crew ( Sgt C.Stephens ) were killed on the 8th of August 1940 whilst on night patrol. They crashed their Blenheim If (L1448) near Peterborough. Highgate Cemetery Age 22
404 CareyFrank ReginaldFlt Lt43132RAFBritish43 Sqd

CBE

DFC & 2 Bars

DFM

Silver Star (USA)
Hurricane23Died Chichester Age 922004-12-06Official Ace. Born 1912-05-07 in Brixton South London. Posted to 43 Sqd (Fighting Cocks) for three years. Engineering course then applied for flight training. In 1935 posted back to 43 Sqd at Tangmere as Sergeant Pilot. Good aerobatic pilot in the Hawker Fury. On 1940-01-30 scored 43 Sqd first kill of the war. Got 2 more before end of February. DFM 1940-03-01 and commissioned. Posted to 3 Sqd to France. Got 3 Sqd first kill, added 5 more. Shot down and wounded. DFC and Bar 1940-05-31. Rejoined 43 Sqd mid June as a Flight Commander. On 1940-06-19 shot down a Bf 109 and damaged another. 7 more kills including a Bf 110 1940-07-09 and another Bf 109 on the 19th of July. On 1940-08-18 Hurricane I (R4109) damaged, he had been hit by a stray bullet in combat over Thorney Island and force landed near to Pulborough. Second bar to DFC 1942-03-24 and the AFC on 1945-01-01. Awarded CBE and Silver Star USA.

Commanded 135 Sqd RAF, as acting squadron leader, in August 1941. In December the Squadron began moving to India, with Carey leading the formation against the Japanese invasion of Burma. In February 1942 he was promoted to wing commander and by the end of the year had shot down nine Japanese aircraft. Carey was taken off operations and sent to RAF Amarda Road in India as Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Air Fighting Training Unit 1 in 1943. In November 1944 he was promoted to group captain and left Burma for Egypt as AOC at OTU 73. Carey was mentioned in the 1945 New Year Honours list. In July 1945 he moved to England as Group Captain Tactics at the Central Flying Establishment until the Japanese surrender on 2 September 1945.
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405 CarlinSydney 'Timbertoes'Plt Off81942RAFVRBritish264 Sqd

Military Cross

DFC

Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
KIAArchive Report Hull Crematorium Age 52
406 CarlsonDSqd LdrRAFNew Zealander74 Sqd
Spitfire2Born in Owhango, New Zealand on 1912-10-04. Joined RAF in August 1937. By the outbreak of war he was an experienced pilot and by 1941 was a flight commander with 74 Sqd. On sorties in June and July 1941 he shot down two Bf 109's with two listed as probables and one damaged.
407 CarnabyWilliam FlemingFg Off90157RAF AAFBritish264 Sqd

85 Sqd

Defiant/Hurricane

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
KIA1943-02-05Pilot  Newmarket Cemetery Age 29
408 CarnallRalphSgt48169British111 Sqd

HurricaneDiedInjured 1940-08-16 when Hurricane I (P3029) shot down near Paddock Wood at 12:30hrs.


111 Sqd Pilots 1940. L-R: Sgt Ralph Carnall: P/O Ronald Brown: P/O Jack Copeman:F/O David Bruce:P/O Peter Simpson
409 CarpenterJack ConwaySub Lt (FAA)FAABritish229 Sqd

46 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-09-08Killed 1940-09-08 at 12:30hrs. Baled out of Hurricane I (P3201) after being shot down off Sheppey. Buried at sea. Lee on Solent Memorial Age 21

410 CarpenterJohn Michael VowlesPlt Off42191British222 Sqd

SpitfireBaled out Spitfire I (P9375) safely after combat with fighters over Rochford 1940-08-30 at 16:30hrs. 1940-09-04 Spitfire I (P9378) was shot down by British A.A. fire and he was blown out of the cockpit. Spitfire crashed at Boughton, Kent.
411 CarrWilliam JosephFg Off (later Sqd Ldr)36127RAFBritish235 Sqd

AFC

BlenheimKIA1942-08-26 Age 29Morning Lane LCC Elementary School. Joined RAF as an Aircraft Apprentice on 27th August 1929 and passed out on 19th August 1931. Applied for pilot training and was a Sergeant-Pilot. Permanent Commission on 24 February 1938. Posted to the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment at Martlesham Heath. To 235 Sqd on 2nd June 1940. Damaged a Do17 on 1st July. 22 October 1940 Carr was back at the A&AEE. AFC 1st July 1941. Involved in five major aircraft accidents before the one in which he lost his life on 26th August 1942. He was one of four men killed when Warwick BY214 crashed 2 miles southwest of Shrewton, Wiltshire, after fabric detached from the port mainplane. Also lost were: Mr. ER Staniland, civilian employed A&AEE, Cpl. R Leigh, Cpl. FW Shenton Mill Hill St Paul Churchyard England


412 Carr-LewtyRobert AlbertSgtBritish41 Sqd

AFC

SpitfireDiedRelinquished Commisions in July 1956, retaing the rank of Flt Lt. He then became a Doctor. Born in Bradford, Yorkshire 6 July 1911.
413 CarriereJean CharlesPlt OffCanadian219 Sqd

DFC
Blenheim
414 CarswellMalcolm KeithFg Off39780RAFNew Zealander43 Sqd

HurricaneSurvivedDiedForced to ditch Hurricane I (L1744) in the English Channel off Cocquet Island on 1940-02-09 owing to engine failure during combat with a He 111. Picked up unconscious by the vessel he was trying to protect and saved by CPR. Rested 3 months. Shot down over Dunkirk 1940-06-01 in Hurricane I (N2584), suffering burns. Picked up by a destroyer. Shot down again on 1940-09-02, following combat with a Bf 109 near Ashford, Kent. Baled out of his Hurricane I (P3786) at 13:30hrs was burned and wounded by cannon splinters. He was grounded for medical reasons. Regained his flying category in April 1945. Born 25 July 1915 Invercargill, Southland - Died 7 July 2003 Enlisted 4 January 1937 Age 22 Grounded on medical advice due to injuries sustained, then worked as fighter controller in England, Malta, Scotland
415 CarterCAWBritish611 Sqd

Spitfire
416 CarterLaurence RichmondSgt754236RAFVRBritish610 Sqd 41 SqdSpitfireMIA1941-07-06Baled out Spitfire I (X4554) 1940-10-11 after colliding with F/O D.H.O'Niel in another Spitfire I (X4052) whilst climbing to engage Bf 109s at 16:25hrs. Runnymede Age 21
417 CarterPeter Edward GeorgePlt Off41375RAFBritish73 Sqd

302 Sqd Polish

HurricaneKIA1940-10-18Scrambled in bad weather against Messerschmitts. Four Pilots off in just one sortie hitting the ground: Borowski, Carter, Wapniarek, Zukowski. P/O Carter died just 250 yds from Borowsk who was his wingman. Borowski, was posthumously awarded the VM. Pupil at St Joseph`s College, South Croydon,London 1928-1930. Croydon Queens Road Cemetery Age 21
418 CarterVictor ArthurPlt Off85966British607 Sqd

Hurricane
419 CarverJohn ChampionFg Off (later Sqd Ldr)72396RAFVRBritish87 Sqd

DFC
HurricaneMIA1942-06-06Runnymede Age 26
420 CarverKenneth MaltbyPlt Off79730British229 Sqd

HurricaneBaled out Hurricane I (N2466) on 1940-09-11 at 16:20hrs. Wounded during attack on He 111 over Maidstone in Kent.
421 CaseHerbert RobertPlt Off83272RAFVRBritish34 Sqd
SpitfireKIA1940-10-12KIA 1940-10-12. Crashed near Folkestone in Spitfire I (P9338) at 09:20, cause unknown. Withycombe St Nicolas Churchyard England Age 24

422 CassidyErnestFg Off40507British25 Sqd

DFC
Blenheim
423 CassonLionel Harwood 'Buck'Plt Off91000British79 Sqd

616 Sqd

DFC

AFC

Spitfire/Hurricane5+DiedOfficial Ace In combat with Do 215 over Kenley on 1940-09-01 at 14:20hrs. Spitfire I (R6778) a write off but he escaped injury.
424 CastleColin Ewart PatrickSgt966825RAFVRBritish219 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-11-13Air Gunner Cathcart Cemetery
425 CaveJohn GeoffryPlt Off39271British600 Sqd

BlenheimDied
426 CawseFrederick NormanPlt Off80543RAFVRBritish238 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-08-11 Age 25Pilot Shot down in Hurricane I (P3222) and killed by a Bf 109 on 1940-08-11 at 10:50hrs. Buried at Cayeux sur Mer, France

427 CebrzyńskiArsenFg OffP-1516PAFPolish303 Sqd Polish

Krzyz Walecznych (x2)

Medal Lotniczy

Hurricane2WIA1940-09-11After the fall of France, he was evacuated in July 1940 to Great Britain. In August 21, 1940, he was assigned to 303 Sqd. He died during the Battle of Great Britain. -from RAF Northolt in Hurricane V6667- attacking German bombers. During a fight with German fighters, he was shot down above Pembury. The plane crashed near Turnbridge Wells in Kent. Died from injuries received in action. Northwood Cemetery Age 28 Died from injuries received in action. Northwood Cemetery Age 28
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428 CháberaFrantišekSgt (later Flt Lt)787698 115117RAFVRCzech312 Sqd Czech

96 Sqd

68 Sqd

Hurricane5Died1999-10-21Departure 6.1939 to Poland then via ship Chrobny to France, retraining in Chartres, from 12.1939 service at GC II / 5 on Hawk H-75, 5 kills, 20.6.1940 departure to Algiers. 8.1940 admitted to the RAF 312 Sqd Hurricane, participant in the Battle of Britain, from 3.1941 night fighter at 96 Sqd on Defiants and then 68 Sqd on Beaufighter. From 5.1942 to IR. 8.1942 return to the 312 Sqd on Spitfire. 2.1944 with a group of F. Fajtla to the USSR, Commander of the 2nd Squadron 1st MS. SSLP, SNP, 1st prev. down. 4.1945 fighting in Silesia. Return 5.1945. Zalétávací pilot at VTLÚ in Letňany, 12.1948 arrested, 6.1949 sentenced to 5 years, imprisoned at the camp Vojna near Příbram. 1953 released, working class, persecuted by the Communists. 1990 rehabilitation. Patron of the 211th Tactical Squadron. Died Litomērice
429 ChadwickDennis FrederickSgt101519British64 Sqd

SpitfireDied
430 ChaffeRonald IvorPlt Off (later Sqd Ldr)79529RAFVRBritish245 Sqd 43 SqdHurricaneKIA1942-02-22Malta Memorial Age 27
431 ChalderHarry HutchinsonPlt Off43691British266 Sqd

41 Sqd

SpitfireWIA1940-11-10Seriously wounded. Born Newcastle upon Tyne 1915. Died of wounds 10 November 1940, RAF Halton Hospital.
432 Chaloner LindseyPatrickPlt Off41036RAFBritish601 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-07-26Shot down in Hurricane I (P2753) by a Bf 109 of JG 27 1940-07-26 at 10:00hrs, 2 miles off St Catherines Point. Buried at Wimereux, France Age 20.Wimereux Cemetery Age 20

433 ChałupaStanisław JózefPlt OffP-1300PAFPolish302 Sqd Polish
Virtuti Militari

Krzyz Walecznych

Medal Lotniczy (x2)

Croix de Guerre

Hurricane4DiedIn France, after training at the Montpellier Base in March 1940, he flew intensely fighting Luftwaffe bomb expeditions. Evacuated to England, he flies in 302 Sqd during the Battle of Britain. During fight on August 20, 1940 with Ju88 bombers he shot down one plane for sure and the other probably. However, his Hurricane was shot in battle, crashing to a forced landing. The pilot was so seriously injured that after leaving the hospital he could not fly operationally. He shot down four planes. After the war, he emigrated to Canada. In 1990 he returned to Poland. He died in Katowice. He was buried in the military cemetery in Rakowice-Kraków. His Croix de Guerre from 1940 received in 2000
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434 ChamberlainJoseph Thomas RonaldPlt Off81677RAFVRBritish235 Sqd

BlenheimSurvived war21st September 2011.

Archive Report on the loss of this aircraft

Born 1916 in Hardingstone, Northamptonshire England. Joined RAFVR in June 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Trained at 6 E&RFTS Sywell. 23rd October 1939 went to No. 1 EFTS Hatfield. 18th March 1940 posted to 6 FTS Little Rissington. 5 OTU Aston Down on 13th July converting to Blenheims. 5th August 1940 joined 235 Sqd at Bircham Newton and served with it in the Battle of Britain. Returning from a dusk patrol over the North Sea on 14th February 1941 landing at Bircham Newton when the lights were put out because of enemy aircraft. Flew on to the satellite at Langham, 15 miles away, and as he was about to touch down, the lights there went out. The aircraft hit a tree. The navigator, P/O ER Phillips, was killed and the air gunner Sgt. Burns slightly injured. Chamberlain seriously injured and spent the next eight months receiving treatment at hospitals at Ely and Torquay. In October 1941 he went to a ground job at RAF Langham. On 11 May 1942 he was attached to 2 Armament Practice Camp at Thorney Island, on flying duties. Released from the RAF in 1946.


435 ChandlerHoratio HerbertSgt106245British610 Sqd

AFC

Spitfire6Official Ace. Non-flying member 610 Sqd before the war. Qualified as a Sergeant-Pilot rejoined 610 Sqd April 1940. DFM 1940-10-22, 6 enemy aircraft destroyed. AFC 1943-04-03.
436 ChapmanVictor RonaldSgt754146British264 Sqd

Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
437 ChappellAlan KingsleyPlt Off80808British236 Sqd

Blenheim
438 ChappellCharles GordonFg Off40672British52 Sqd

65 Sqd

609 Sqd

SpitfireSurvived war25th January 2006 in ManchesterBorn 7 September 1915. Joined RAF. Training began 7 March 1938. To 2 AOS Acklington on 17 December 1938 as a staff pilot. On 1st September 1939 he joined 52 Sqd at Alconbury, on Fairey Battles. On the night of 3rd November he took off from Benson on a night training exercise and crashed through some trees, injuring himself and the other crew member. Volunteered to serve with Fighter Command in August 1940 and on the 5 August he went to 5 OTU Aston Down for conversion to Spitfires. Joined 65 Sqd at Turnhouse Scotland on the 19 August 1940. Four operational sorties with the squadron, on 4th, 12th, 14th September and 7th and 14th October.Then apparently to 609 Sq at Middle Wallop on 9 October 1940 but there is no mention in the squadron ORB. Further service history unknown til released from the RAF in 1945 as a Squadron Leader. Commissioned May 1938; relinquished commission April 1965. Born Manchester, 7 September 1915.
439 ChappleDouglas William ErnestSgt902225RAFVRBritish236 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-06-28Runnymede Age 24
440 ChardWilfred ThomasSgt746805British141 Sqd

Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
441 CharlesEdward Francis John 'Jack'Fg OffCanadian54 Sqd

DSO

DFC
SpitfireDied
442 CharnockGerardAC21002641British25 Sqd

BlenheimDied1988-06-29Joined RAF June 1940 and trained as a Wireless Operator. Joined 25 Sqd in late September 1940 as an AC2. He flew operationally for the rest of the Battle. Possibly Radar trained for Battle
443 CharnockHarry WalpoleSgt147902British64 Sqd

19 Sqd

DFC

Order of Leopold (Belgium)

SpitfireDiedCommissioned on graduation from RAF College Cranwell, December 1925; cashiered by General Court Martial for low flying, December 1930. Re-joined RAFVR as NCO pilot, September 1939. Crashed Spitfire I (K9903) near Ternhill, Shropshire 1940-09-06 at 08:30hrs. Unhurt but the aircraft was a write off. re-commissioned January 1943; relinquished commission, January 1955; Also awarded Belgian Knight in the Order of Leopold. Born Chorley, Lancashire, 20 June 1905.
444 ChaterGeorge FrederickSqd LdrSouth African247 Sqd (CO) 3 SqdDFC
Hurricane
445 CheethamJohn CowperSgt46208RAFBritish23 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1944-07-15Runnymede Age 35
446 ChełmeckiMarianPlt Off (later Flt Lt)76690PAFPolish56 Sqd

17 Sqd

308 Sqd Polish

317 Sqd Polish (CO)

Virtuti Militari

Krzyz Walecznych (x3)

Medal Lotniczy (x3)

Hurricane3DiedJanuary 1940 arrived in Great Britain, after short training at 6 OTU, from 01 July to 31 October 1940, he actively participated in the Battle of Britain. In the period from October 1941 to September 1943, he flew in combat in 308 Sqd and 302 Sqd. On August 28, 1944, he became 317 Sqd Commander. Died in Zabrze, Silesia - buried on Cmen. Kom. in Nowy Sącz Poland
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447 ChestersPeterPlt Off84960RAFVRBritish74 Sqd
SpitfireKIFA1941-04-10Southend on Sea Sutton Rd Cemetery England Age 21

448 ChethamCharles Arthur CopelandPlt Off82946RAFBritish1 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1941-04-05Lost control of Hurricane I (P3897) in searchlights 1940-08-27. Baled out safely in Buckinghamshire. Phaleron War Cemetery Age 21

Shotdown by Me109s over Larissa Greece 15 April 1941

Archive Report P3897



449 ChevrierJoseph Armand JacquesPlt OffC/856RCAFCanadian1 Sqd

HurricaneMIA1942-07-06Son Of Dr. Aurele Chevrier And Rina Chevrier, Of St. Lambert, Province Of Quebec. ADC to His Excellency the Governor General, the Earl of Athlone, from 1 August 1941 to 31 March 1942. Commemorated Ottawa Memorial, Panel 1. Column 4.
450 ChewClifford ArchibaldSgt116439RAFVRBritish17 Sqd
AFC

HurricaneKIA1945-03-24Hotton War Cemetery Age 27
451 ChippingDouglas JamesSgt67603British222 Sqd

SpitfireDied
452 ChisholmRoderick AeneusPlt Off90233British604 Sqd

DSO

DFC
BlenheimDiedLater Air Commodore
453 ChłopikTadeusz PawełFlt Lt76692PAFPolish302 Sqd Polish
Krzyz Walecznych (x2)

Medal Lotniczy

Hurricane1KIA1940-09-15After training at 6 OTU at Sutton Bridge on Hurricane aircraft, he is allocated 302 Sqd. From RAF Duxford in Hurricane P2954 on combat with German bombers. He shot down a German plane, but a few minutes later he was down over North Weald, Epping Essex Killed 1940-09-15 at 14:55hrs. Baled out of Hurricane I (P2954) while in combat but was dead when he landed. Southend on Sea Cemetery Age 32
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454 ChomleyJohn Allison GeorgePlt Off84668RAFRhodesian257 Sqd

HurricaneMIA1940-08-12Killed in Hurricane I (P3662) shot down over the Channel off Portsmouth at 13:00hrs 1940-08-12. Runnymede Age 20
455 ChoranMaurice Philipe CesarAdjFrench64 Sqd

SpitfireMIA
456 ChristieGeorge PattersonFg Off40081RAF (RAFO)Canadian242 Sqd

66 Sqd
DFC
Spitfire/BlenheimWIAKIA1942-07-05Wounded 1940-09-05 at 16:00hrs. Spitfire I (K9944) crashed at Gillingham, Kent after combat with Bf 109s over the northern part of Kent. Pointe Claire Lakeview Memorial Gardens Age 24
457 ChristieJohn McBeanSgt741898RAFVRBritish152 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-09-26Shot down an killed 1940-09-26 at 16:50 hrs. Spitfire I (K9882) was attacked by Bf 109 off Swanage. Renfrew Arkleston Cemetery Scotland Age 22

458 ChristmasBeverley EPlt Off (later Grp Cpl)C/925RCAFCanadian1 Sqd (RCAF)

Hurricane41988-05-17Destroyed 4 enemy aircraft during the Battle of Britain.
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459 ChrystallColinSgt46538New Zealander23 Sqd

235 Sqd

485 Sqd (RNZAF)

123 Sqd

243 Sqd

206 Sqd

DFC

MiD

Blenheim1Survived warDied 28 July 1961Born 21 November 1916 Foxton, Manawatu New Zealand. Embarked as a Trainee wireless operator, rank unknown. Joined the Royal Air Force in July 1939 with which he served until he transferred to the Royal New Zealand Air Force in July 1945. He remustered as a Wireless Operator (Air) on 1st May, was posted to 23 Sqd at Wittering. First operation on 20 September 1939. Chrystall went to No. 1 Air Armament School for a gunnery course on 7th October and passed out with the rank of LAC. He returned to 23 Squadron and began North Sea patrols. On the 29th his Blenheim had engine failure and the crew baled out. The aircraft crashed at Ravensfleet, near Gainsborough. March 1940 Chrystall applied for pilot training. In late May he joined 235 Sqd at Bircham Newton and was promoted to Sergeant. The squadron flew patrols over Dunkirk and operated in support of Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain. When Chrystall was posted away for pilot training on 10th May 1941, he had flown 133 operational sorties, involving 450 flying hours. 9 EFTS Ansty, where he was commissioned in August and received a Mention in Despatches 24th September 1941 for services with 235 Sqd. Posted to 8 FTS Montrose on 1st November. To 59 OTU Crosby-on-Eden to convert to Spitfires. Joined 485 (NZ) Sqd in June 1942, first operational sortie as pilot on 3rd July 1942. Destroyed a Fw190 over Dieppe on 19th August. In mid-September posted to the Middle East, arriving at El Ballah for a course on Hurricanes on 23rd November after which he joined 123 Sqd at Mehrabad, Persia. In April 1943 the squadron returned to Egypt. In July Chrystall went to 322 Wing Training Flight at Sorman and on 10th August he flew a Spitfire to Lentini, Sicily to join 243 Sqd at Pachino. In February 1944 posted to 206 Group as a test pilot but soon rejoined 243, then in Egypt. In April 1944 it moved to Corsica and then to the Italian mainland. On 6th June 1944 Chrystall was leading his section in a low-level attack on enemy transport east of Cencina. His propeller was damaged by flak and he made a forced-landing behind enemy lines. With the help of peasants, he avoided capture for two weeks. On his way to a pick-up point on the coast, Chrystall was skirting a German gun emplacement when he stepped on a mine and lost the lower half of his right leg. German soldiers treated him well and after hospital treatment he was sent to Stalag XIIID in Germany. He was repatriated to the UK in September 1944. After a further operation, Chrystall was fitted with an artificial limb. He was awarded the DFC (gazetted 15th January 1945). He transferred to the RNZAF on 1st July 1945 and returned to New Zealand in June 1946, being released on 20th July. Chrystall became a successful farmer. On 28th July 1961 he and a contractor were at the bottom of a ten feet deep hole when the sides caved in. Both men were killed. Member of the Caterpillar Club.

Three Foxton-born Chrystall brothers served in the RAF or RNZAF in WW2 - Flight Lieutenant Colin Chrystall DFC, MID (RAF), Pilot; Bernard McGregor Chrystall MiD, Chaplain; and Donald Chrystall (NZ415060)


460 ChurchesEdward Walter GilliesPlt Off39900RNZAFNew Zealander74 Sqd
SpitfireMIA1941-04-19Joined 74 Sqd Spitfires 1940-08-21 at Kirton-in-Lindsay from No 7 OTU. Runnymede

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461 ChurchillWalter MyersSqd Ldr (later Grp Cpt)90241RAF AAFBritish605 Sqd

DSO

DFC
HurricaneKIA1942-08-27 Age 35605 Sqd Commanding Officer until F/L A.McKellar took over command September 1940-09-11. 1907-1942. Syracuse War Cemetery Sicily

462 ČížekEvženPlt Off (later Grp Cpt)85921RAFVRCzech1 Sqd

HurricaneKIFA1942-11-26
463 ClacksonDavid LawrenceFlt Lt90087British600 Sqd

MBE

Blenheim
464 ClandillonJames AlbertSgt117778RAFVRBritish219 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1943-02-18Littlehampton Cemetery Age 28
465 ClarkDavid de BrasseySqd Ldr90086British600 Sqd

CBE

Blenheim
466 ClarkGodfrey PercivalSgt144706British604 Sqd

DFC
Blenheim
467 ClarkHenry ReginaldFlt Lt33382British66 Sqd 610 SqdHurricaneSurviving aircrew
468 ClarkWilliam Terence Montague 'Terry'Sgt (later Flt Lt)819004 (126026)RAF AAFBritish615 Sqd

219 Sqd

488 Sqd RNZAF

DFM

Air Efficiency

Blenheim2020-05-07 Age 101Surviving aircrew. Beaufighter radar navigator. On his passing he left only one surviving Battle of Britain survivor.

Born 11 April 1919 Croydon England was a British nightfighter navigator/radar operator in the Royal Air Force from 1938 to 1945. Clark enlisted in the Auxiliary Air Force in 1938 joining 615 Sqd at Kenley in March 1938 as an aircrafthand, then trained to be an aircraft gunner in Hawker Hectors on Army cooperation duties. He joined 219 Sqd then flying Bristol Blenheims at Catterick on 12 July 1940, later training on radar as a radio observer, flying in Bristol Beaufighters. On the night of 16/17 April 1941 Clark flew with the commanding officer of 219 Sqd, Wing Commander T.G. Pike, when Pike's own navigator was taken ill. They intercepted and destroyed a Junkers 88 and a Heinkel He 111 in the Guildford area. During the night of 27/28 April 1941, flying with Flying Officer D.O. Hobbis, his regular pilot, Clark assisted in the destruction of an unidentified enemy aircraft, on each of 1/2 June and 13/14 June 1941 they shot down a Heinkel He 111. DFM 8 July 1941. In July 1941 he was posted to 1455 Flight, then forming at Tangmere with Turbinlite Havocs. In May 1942 he went to 1451 Flight at Hunsdon on the same duties, locating enemy aircraft by radar in the Havoc, for accompanying fighters to attack and destroy. The scheme was not a success and was eventually abandoned. Commissioned as a Pilot Officer in May 1942, moved to 60 OTU in October 1942 as a Navigation/Radar Instructor. In May 1943 he was posted to 488 Sqd (NZ) at Ayr as Navigator to the newly-arrived 'A' Flight Commander, S/Ldr. DO Hobbis, his original pilot from 219 Squadron and 1455 and 1451 Flights. On 20th December 1943 Clark was flying with P/O D Robinson when they destroyed a Me410 over Sussex. At the end of his tour in March 1944 Clark went to North Weald Sector Operations, where he trained as a Controller. Whilst there he was given leave to visit 488, then at Colerne. He went to dispersal to see Robinson, now a Flying Officer. His navigator was unfit to fly and Clark offered to take his place. On this sortie, a beachead patrol on the night of 28th/29th July, they destroyed a Ju188. Clark returned to North Weald next day. He rejoined 488 in August 1944 but two months later went to RAF Honiley Ground Approach School, after which he took No. 1 GCA Unit to Prestwick, as second-in-command. Clark had reached the rank of Flight Lieutenant by the end of the war. Post war Clark joined the reconstituted Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR) in 1949 serving in the Fighter and Aircraft Control Branches before resigning his commission in 1954.




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469 ClarkeArthur WilliamPlt Off42485RAFBritish504 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-09-11Born in Altrincham, Cheshire December 26 1919. In January 1931 his father having died, he and his sister went to Cheadle Hulme (Manchester Warehousemen and Clerks’ Orphan) School. Work in the Meteorological Department of the Air Ministry before leaving to join the RAF on a short service commission in June 1939. Clarke joined 504 Sqd on 13 April 1940. On 11 September he was shot down in combat over the Kent coast, in Hurricane P3770, and reported ‘Missing’. Squadron Leader John Sample DFC (Clarke's CO) wrote to his mother holding out the hope that he had come down in the Channel and was a prisoner of the Germans. No such news came. Much later, however, an investigation of an aircraft that crashed and burned out near Newchurch on Romney Marsh proved that it was Hurricane P3770. The remains of Pilot Officer Clarke were still in the cockpit. It was decided by relatives he should lie undisturbed and a memorial was placed at the side of the road close to the crash site. It was dedicated on 11 September 1986, the 46th anniversary of Arthur Clarke’s death.

Shot down and killed 1940-09-11 at 16:00 in Hurricane I (P3770) over Romney. Runnymede Panel 7



Monument at Romney
470 ClarkeGordon StuartSgt747818RAFVRBritish248 Sqd

BlenheimMIA1940-10-01He and the other crew (C.C.Bennett & G.B.Brash) killed in action flying in Blenheim IVf (R3626) on 1940-10-01.FTR from a Recce/Sortie off the Norwegian coast. Runnymede Age 19
471 ClarkeGordon ThomasSgt748034British151 Sqd

AFC

HurricaneWIAKIFA (?)Joined 151 Sqd early July 1940. Shot down and wounded by Bf 109s over Ramsgate 1940-08-24, at 15:55hrs Crash-landed Hurricane I (P3273), admitted to hospital. AFC on 1945-09-07.
472 ClarkeHenry ReginaldSgt102587British66 Sqd

610 Sqd

Air Efficiency Award

SpitfireBorn 1918
473 ClarkeRaymond WalterFg Off70849RAFBritish79 Sqd

238 Sqd

HurricaneMIA1940-11-16Runnymede
474 CleaverGordon Neil S 'Mouse'Fg Off901935British601 Sqd

DFC
Hurricane9DiedOfficial Ace . With 601 Sqd in France. Shot down 3 before 601 withdrawn to England. Shot down further three before the 8th of August, and three more afterwards. 1940-8-15 Hurricane cockpit was shattered by cannon shell and his eyes were filled with perspex splinters. Returned to base and was rushed to hospital. Sight saved, but he never flew operationally again. DFC 1940-09-13.
475 ClenshawIan Charles CooperSgt745067RAFVRBritish253 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-07-10First Casualty of the Battle of Britain. July 1940-07-10 in Hurricane (P3359) on dawn patrol in bad weather from Kirton in Lindsay crashed at Irby-on-Humber, Lincolnshire. Lost his life. Kelvedon St Mary Churchyard
476 ClerkeRupert Francis HenryFlt Lt36108British32 Sqd

79 Sqd

DFC
Hurricane
477 CliftDouglas Gerald 'Duggie'Fg Off41828RAFBritish79 Sqd

Hurricane5Survived warDecember 31st, 2008. Age 89Born 15th March 1919. Joined RAF in January 1939. Training at 5 E&RFTS on 23rd January 1939. 11 FTS Shawbury. 11 Group Pool, St Athan on 24 October 1939 and after converting to Hurricanes, he joined 79 Squadron at Biggin Hill on November 17. On 10th May the squadron went to France. On the 16th Clift shared a Fw189 north of Gembloux and on the 17th he shared a Do17. The squadron returned to Biggin Hill on the 20th. Clift destroyed a Me110 over Dunkirk on 27th May. On 15th August 1940 he claimed a Me110 destroyed, on the 30th he shared in the destruction of a He111 and on 1st September he probably destroyed a Me110. His final victory with 79 was on 24th March 1941 when he probably destroyed a He111. In July 1941 he was posted to the Central Flying School at Upavon for an instructor's course. Clift later volunteered for the Merchant Ship Fighter Unit (MSFU) and served with it until October 1942. He remained on flying duties for the rest of the war, finishing up in South-East Asia with the Royal Indian Air Force (RIAF). After the war Clift served with 34 Squadron flying photo-reconnaissance Spitfires until its disbandment in August 1947. later he became a radar specialist,

478 CliftonJohn Kenneth GrahamePlt Off41902RAFBritish253 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-09-01Killed 1940-09-01. Shot down in Hurricane (P5182) over Dungeness at 14:00hrs. Staplegrove St John Churchyard Age 21
479 CloustonArthur EdmondSqd Ldr29162RAFNew Zealander219 Sqd

DSO

DFC
BlenheimBorn 07th April 1908 at Motueka. Sailed to England 1930. Enlisted 10th August 1930 age 22 Test pilot at Farnborough Retired 01st April 1960. Died 01st January 1984 at St Merryn, Cornwal. Son of Robert Edmund and Ruby Alexandra Clouston, of Upper Moutere, Nelson. DSO. DFC. AFC and bar. His brother 27year old, Fl/Lt. Falcon Nelson Clouston 40990 RAF was killed on the 29th May 1940 whilst with 229 squadron.

Courtesy Jennifer Lemaire

480 CloustonWilfred GrevilleFg Off39223RNZAFNew Zealander19 Sqd

DFC
Spitfire9Died1980-05-24Born in Auckland, New Zealand 1916-01-15.Posted to Duxford 19 Sqd. Operational at the outbreak of war protecting shipping in the North Sea. On 1940-05-11 Clouston shared in destroying a Ju 88 and on the 23rd of May he shot down a Bf 109. Squadron moved south on the 25th of May for operations over the Dunkirk beaches. Clouston destroyed two Ju 87s on the 26th of May, followed by one Do 17 and probably another on the 27th. On the 1st of June he destroyed one Bf 109, with another listed as probable and a third damaged. The evacuation having been successfully completed, No 19 Squadron returned to Duxford. Awarded the DFC. August 1940 the Squadron took part in the Battle of Britain and before it ended on the 31st of October 1940. Clouston claimed the destruction of three enemy aircraft, two as probables and shared another. Died in Waipukurau, New Zealand on May 24, 1980.
481 ClowesArthur VictorPlt Off (later W/C)44780British1 Sqd

DSO

DFC

DFM

MiD

Hurricane12.5Died1949-12-07 from cancerBorn in New Sawley, Derbyshire on 16th August 1912. Educated at Long Eaton Council Elementary School. Joined the RAF in January 1929. Serving with 1 Sqd at Tangmere at the outbreak of war. Sent to France. 23rd November 1939, shared a He111, his Hurricane was struck by a French Morane, losing one of his elevators and most of the rudder. Successful landing back at Vassincourt. 29th March 1940 destroyed two Me110's, on 14th May a Me109 and a Ju87, on the 23rd he shared a He111 and on 14th June he shot down a Me109. The squadron was withdrawn to Tangmere on the 18th and was fully operational again by the end of July. He claimed a He111 and a Ju88 destroyed on 16th August, a Me110 and a He111 damaged on the 30th, two Do17's and a Me110 probably destroyed on the 31st, a Me110 shot down on 7th September and a Do17 shared on 24th October. DFM for his work in France, commissioned in September, promoted to Acting Flight Lieutenant and given command of A' Flight on 10th October 1940. He led 1 Sqd first offensive sortie on 1st January 1941, strafing German installations between Calais and Boulogne with two other pilots. Posted to 53 OTU Heston on 29th April 1941. DFC 13th May 1941. Commanded 79 Sqd at Baginton from December 1941 to February 1942, 601 Sqd in the Western Desert from 21st August to 22nd November 1942 and 94 Sqd in the Eastern Mediterranean from June to September 1943.

Hurricanes in France and during the Battle of Britain. In France he shot down a Bf 109, 2 Bf 110's and a Ju 87. Commissioned in September 1940 and went on to become Wing Commander and was awarded DFM (in June 1940) DSO (in May 1941)


482 ClydeWilliam Pancoast 'Billy'Fg Off90154British601 Sqd

DFC
Hurricane9USA on 26 March 1985Born in Kent. Eton and Oxford University, lived in Switzerland, becoming an outstanding skier. He served with 601 Sqd in the Auxiliary Air Force. Went to France on 17 May 1940, with ‘A’ Flight of 601. On 19 May he destroyed a He 111. The flight returned to Tangmere on the 22nd. On the 27th claimed two Bf 110s destroyed in the Gravelines/Dunkirk area. DFC on 31 May. 6 June Clyde claimed a Do 17, on the 7th he destroyed a Bf 110, on 7 July he shared in the destruction of a Do 17, on 13 August he claimed three Bf 110s destroyed, a Ju 88 probably destroyed and a Bf 110 damaged, on the 15th a probable Ju 88 was added to his score with another shared, on the 16th, a Ju 87 destroyed and another damaged and on the 31st a Do 17 destroyed. Appointed ‘B’ Flight Commander on 7 September. He shot down a Bf 110 on 7 October. He was posted to HQ No 10 Group on 13 December 1940. Left the RAF as a Group Captain in 1945 and later lived in Mexico. His ashes were scattered over the Bay of Acapulco.

Official Ace. Part 601 Sqd Hurricanes in France. Shot down a Bf 110 in the two weeks he was in France. DFC 1940-05-31. 2 more kills before the 8th of August, and a further 6 kills before the end of the Battle.

483 CobdenDonald GordonPlt Off41552RAFNew Zealander74 Sqd
SpitfireKIA1940-08-11Joined RAF in 1937/38. Forced landing 1940-07-10 in Spitfire (P9399) whilst attacking 26 Dorniers escorted by fighters over a convoy near Dover. On 1940-08-11 he was shot down and killed in Spitfire I (R6757) during combat with Bf 110s East of Harwich at 12:15hrs. Oostende New Communal Cemetery Belgium Age 26

484 CochraneArthur Charles 'Cocky'Plt Off42195RAFCanadian257 Sqd

DFC
HurricaneMIA1943-03-31 Age 24Born 1919 Vernon, British Columbia, Canada. Short service commission in 1939. Joined 263 Sqd in April of 1940 flying Gloster Gladiators against the Germans in Norway. The squadron suffered terrible losses in that campaign. Not possible to discover if Cochrane participated. By 23 May posted to 257 Sqd on Spitfires at RAF Hendon. Operational in June, the unit moved to RAF Northolt. Cochrane was seriously injured in a car crash, spending considerable time in hospital and it wasn’t until August of 1942 that he returned to operational flying, this time with 87 Sqd, a Hurricane unit at RAF Charmey Down. To North Africa with 87 Squadron. DFC in March of 1943. He failed to return from a fighter patrol near Tunis on 31 March 1943. Malta Memorial

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485 CockJohn ReynoldsFg OffRAFAustralian87 Sqd

DFC
Hurricane10.5Died1988 in AustraliaBorn in Renmark, South Australia 3 March 1918. Educated at Renmark High School, Prince Alfred College, Adelaide and Roseworth Agricultural College. He learned to fly privately. Early 1938 came to England, joined the RAF on a short service commission. Early 1939 posted to 87 Sqd at Debden, moving to France with the squadron when war was declared. On 10 May 1940 he claimed a Ju 88 destroyed and a Do 17 and a Bf 110 damaged, on the 12th a He 111 destroyed, a Bf 109 on the 14th, possibly a Ju 88 on the 16th, a Ju 87 destroyed and another damaged on the 18th and a Hs126 shared on the 19th. Squadron withdrawn to Debden and quickly moved to Church Fenton to refit. Early in July a further move, to Exeter. Soon after midnight on the 26th July shot down a He 111, which fell at Smeatharpe, near Honiton. On 11 August he shot down a Ju 88 and a Bf 109 and probably shot down a Bf 110 and another Ju 88. In this engagement his Hurricane was hit by a Bf 109 and he baled out, slightly wounded. A Bf 109 fired at him under his parachute, but was shot down by Pilot Officer Dennis David of 87. Cock landed in the sea off Portland Bill, swam ashore at Chesil Beach and was taken to hospital. Rejoined 87 on 11 September. On the 26th he claimed a Ju 88 destroyed and a Bf 109 damaged, on the 30th a Ju 88 destroyed and probably a Bf 109 and on 10 October he claimed another probable Bf 109. After his engine cut out on patrol on October 24, he was unable to avoid colliding with Pilot Officer D T Jay. He made a forced-landing but Jay was killed while attempting to bale out. Cock suffered shock as a result of this accident and spent some time non-effective sick. DFC on 25 October and became an instructor and then a Flight Commander on 453 Sqd. After time in Australia, he returned to the UK and did a tour with 3 Sqd in France, flying Tempests. Released from the RAF in February 1948, as a Squadron Leader. In 1983 saw the wreckage of his Hurricane, shot down on 11 August 1940, being lifted from the sea.

First Australian to shoot down an enemy aircraft in WW II. Baled out of Hurricane I (V7233) safely after being shot down off Portland Bill 1940-08-11 at 10:50hrs by Helmut Wick in a Bf 109. Swam ashore slightly injured. Hurricane I (V7233) LV-K was recovered in 1983 and was on display at Tangmere Aviation Museum.

486 CogginsJohnSgt (later Plt Off)44458RAFBritish235 Sqd

MBE

DFM & Bar

BlenheimMIA1940-12-16 Age 27Born 5 May 1913 Barnet, Hertfordshire England. Educated Nacton Voluntary School, Suffolk. Joined RAF as an Aircraft Apprentice in September 1929 and passed out on 19th August 1932 as a Fitter, Aero Engines. Later applied for pilot training and became a Sergeant-Pilot. Served in Palestine, awarded the DFM 22nd November 1938 and Bar 14th April 1939 for gallant and distinguished services there. Aero certificate 19033 at Ipswich Aero Club 11 July 1939. Joined 235 Sqd 2 June 1940. Commissioned in August. In September an aircraft carrying a full load of bombs crashed among parked aircraft and burst into flames. Coggins, F/O JH Laughlin and another officer immediately ran to these aircraft, started the engines and taxied them away. During this time two of the bombs exploded. Three aircraft were taken to safety without damage and a fourth with only minor damage. Laughlin and Coggins were awarded a MBE (gazetted 21st January 1941). Coggins would never receive it. 16 December 1940 as captain of Blenheim Z5754 on a minesweeper escort operation lost with his crew, P/O NA Sadler and Sgt. PR Prosser when the aircraft crashed into the sea, cause unknown. Runnymede Memorial, Panel 7.

His brother, F/O William Roger Coggins RAFVR died on 16 December 1943 (the third anniversary of John's death) while serving with 255 Squadron when his Beaufighter IVf V8877 crashed on takeoff from Grottaglie. Crewmember F/O AF Beckett was also killed. Coggins is buried in Bari War Cemetery, Italy.



487 CoghlanJohn HunterFg Off37719RAFBritish - Born in Shanghai on 7th September 191456 Sqd

DFC
Hurricane N24026Injured - killed laterKilled flying Lysander R2625 - together with his Belgian 'Agent', 37 year old, Henri Leenaerts1940-08-17Joined the RAF in January 1936

L.G. 30th July 1940

This officer has been a flight commander in his squadron on most of the recent patrols and has led the squadron on some occasions. At all times he has shown the greatest initiative and courage and has personally destroyed at least six enemy aircraft.

Son of Henry Hunter Coghlan and Katherine Mary Maud Coghlan; nephew of Beatrice M. J. Bourchier, of Southsea, Hampshire. Grave inscription: Thy Will Be Done'.

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488 CokeThe Hon. David ArthurFg Off73042RAFVRBritish257 Sqd

33 Sqd

80 Sqd
Hurricane2 + 2 probableKIA1941-12-09David Arthur Coke, born 4th December 1915 in Londonen. The family seat was Holkham Hall, Norfolk. Educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge. University Air Squadron and was commissioned in the RAFVR in June 1939. Called up on 1st September 1939, 5 OTU Aston Down on 20th April 1940. Converting to Hurricanes, to 257 Sqd, arrived on 14th May. On 12th August Hurricane P3776 was severely damaged in combat over Portsmouth. Admitted to the naval hospital at Haslar where a finger was amputated. To Debden on 12th September but returned to 257 on the 27th. Destroyed a Me109 over the Channel on 27th October. On 29th December 1940 posted to 46 Sqd. 33 Sqd in the Greek campaign and by late 1941 was serving with 80 Sqd in the Western desert. Killed aged 26 on 9th December 1941 when his Hurricane was shot down by fighters during a squadron sweep in the El Adem area. He is buried in Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma, Libya. Posthumous DFC (gazetted 26th December 1941) for an attack on enemy transport on the El Adem - Acroma road in November 1941. DFC citation: This officer participated in an attack on enemy transport on the El-Adem-Acroma road one day in November, 1941 in which a large number of vehicles, tanks and mechanised transport were bombed and machine-gunned. The damage inflicted played a very large part in the blocking of the road. By his skill and leadership, F/Lt. Coke contributed materially to the success achieved. In addition to the low flying machine-gunning operations which have been carried out, F/Lt. Coke has led the Squadron with great success in air combat. During an engagement 2 days later the Squadron shared in the destruction of 5 Messerschmitt 109s.'Wounded when Hurricane I (P3776) badly shot up over the Channel off Portsmouth at 13:00hrs 1940-08-12. Aircraft was repaired and used again. Later killed over Libya. Buried Knightsbridge War Cemetery Acroma Libya Age 26


489 ColeCharles Frederick JohnSgt745971British236 Sqd

Blenheim
490 ColebrookChristopherPlt Off86344British54 Sqd

SpitfireMIA
491 ColemanEdward JackPlt Off42800RAFBritish54 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1941-02-17South London Crematorium England

492 CollardPeterFlying Off90402RAFBritish615 Sqd
DFC

MiD
Hurricane6KIA1940-08-14Born in London in 1916. Joined 615 Sqd, AAF at Kenley in late 1937.Full-time service on 24 August 1939, he was detached from 615 to No 11 Group Pool, St Athan on 9 September for a Hurricane conversion course. Rejoined 615 three days later. Flew with the squadron to Merville in France on 15 November in a Gladiator. On 15 May 1940 he damaged a Hs 126 and another unidentified enemy aircraft. The squadron was withdrawn to Kenley a few days later. Claimed a He 111 probably destroyed on 22 June, a Ju 87 destroyed on 14 July and shared in the destruction of a He 59 over the Channel on the 27th. Failed to return from a combat off Dover on 14 August. Hurricane P 3109, crashed into the sea. Collard was 24. Buried in Oye-Plage Communal Cemetery, east of Calais. DFC on 23 August, the citation stating: “During operations in France, and in particular during a period in May, 1940, this officer took part in almost every patrol undertaken by the squadron and destroyed two enemy aircraft. Since his return to England, Flying Officer Collard has continued his excellent work – and has destroyed a further four enemy aircraft.” 1 January 1941 Peter Collard was Mentioned in Despatches. DFC 1940-08-11. Shot down and killed off Dover 1940-08-14 in a Hurricane I (P3109) at 12:45hrs. Oye-Plage Communal Cemetery Age 24

493 CollettGeorge RichardSgt745500RAFVRBritish54 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-08-22Joined 54 Sqd 1940-07-15. Destroyed a Bf 109 on the 24th of July and was injured running out of fuel chasing an enemy aircraft and had to force land on Dunwich Beach, Suffolk at 12:15hrs in Spitfire I (N3192). KIA 1940-08-22, at 13:15hrs. Shot down in Spitfire I (R6708) by a Bf 109 over Deal in Kent. Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery Age 24
494 CollingbridgeLeon WilliamPlt Off42196British66 Sqd

SpitfireAlso spelt Collingridge
495 CollinsAnthony RolandSqd Ldr29088British72 Sqd (CO)

46 Sqd
SpitfireSurvived war21st February 1976.Born 22nd June 1908. RAF in late June 1930. Trained at 2 FTS Digby. 3 Sqd at Upavon on 23rd June 1931. 30 Sqd at Mosul, Iraq on 28th February 1933. No. 1 Armament Training Camp at Catfoss on 28th February 1935. 2nd January 1938 Collins to the School of Photography, Farnborough, under instruction. 28th October he was appointed Officer i/c Photography at Coastal Command, Lee-on-Solent. On 18th June 1940 Collins went to 6 OTU for a refresher course. Commanded 72 Sqd Acklington on 18th July 1940. 2nd September 1940 slightly wounded in combat with Me110's over Herne Bay. Posted away from 72 on 5th October, Command of 46 Squadron at Stapleford Tawney for brief period. Retired from the RAF on 22nd June 1955 as a Wing Commander.

Wounded 1940-09-02. He had been in combat over the Thames Estuary at 17:30hrs in a Spitfire I.
496 CollynsBasil GordonPlt Off391342RNZAFNew Zealander238 Sqd

DFC
Hurricane7KIA1944-08-20Born Greymouth New Zealand 1913-02-13. Nelson College from 1925 to 1930 and spent two years at Lincoln Agricultural College before becoming a sheep farmer at Kaikoura. Posted to 238 Sqd 1940-09-28, On 1944-08-20 destroyed an FW 190 in a sweep over the Cherbourg Peninsula and was then shot down. Crashed near a railway crossing near Rouvres, thrown clear of his aircraft and killed instantly. His body was taken to the Mayor's house and at the funeral two days later the entire village attended with so many flowers the Germans protested. In October 1944 Collyns was posthumously awarded the DFC with seven enemy aircraft destroyed and many others damaged. Buried Villenueve St Georges Old Communal Cemetery France Age 31


497 ComelyPeter WoodruffPlt Off41831British87 Sqd

Hurricane1MIA1940-08-15Killed 1940-08-15. Hurricane I (P2872) was shot down by a Bf 110 off Portland at 18:05hrs but was seen to shoot a Bf 110 down before he was killed.
498 ComerfordHarry Alfred GeorgeFlt Lt24051British312 SqdAFC

Hurricane
499 ComptonJohn WilliamAC21157050British25 Sqd

Blenheim
500 ConnellWilliam CharlesPlt OffCanadian32 Sqd

Hurricane

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