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#Name* (↑)First NamesTitleRankRAF Equivalent RankService No.BornNationalityRoleAwardsAir Force (↑)Command (↑)Unit (↑)DateofIncident *See Note (↑)Aircraft (↑)TypeSerialCodeVictories (Fighters)BaseTimeMission                        Incident                        FateCommemoratedPhoto (Click to Expand)Referring DatabaseLinks/Archive Reports                        Notes                        
1751 YuileArthur McLeodFlying OfficerC/1328CanadianPilotRCAFFighter Command1 Sqd RCAF
1940-09-01HurricaneIR4171YO-RAF Northolt1430PatrolShot down in an action against Do17s, abandonned aircraft.SafeNone - survived the warAccident ReportRead Archive Report
1752 YuileArthur McLeodFlying OfficerC/1328CanadianPilotRCAFFighter Command1 Sqd RCAF
1940-09-15HurricaneIL1973YO-ERAF Northolt1445PatrolDamaged in combat with a Bf-109 over West Malling, Kent. Wounded with a bullet in the shoulder, managed to fly the aircraft back to baseWoundedNone - survived the warAccident ReportRead Archive Report
1753 KellyArthur JosephPilot Officer136917Age 19UKCrew memberRAFVRTraining Command62 Operational Training Unit. 81 Group1943-02-19AnsonIDJ686-RAF Usworth, Durham0907TrainingSee archive report for further brief detailsKilledChandlers Ford Cemetery (Pine Road) . Sec. B. Grave 31Son of Arthur H. Kelly and Florence M. Kelly, of Chandlers Ford. Grave inscription: 'Until The Day Break And The Shadows Flee Away'
1754 MannersLawrence AllenCpl.1485911Age 22UKWireless Equipment MechanicRAFVRTraining Command5 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit. 21 Group1943-11-07AnsonIN4934-RAF Tern Hill, Shropshire1350TrainingSee archive report for further brief detailsKilledStand Churchyard (All Saints). Lower Ground. Grave 702Son of Arthur and Elsie Manners, of Bramhall, Cheshire.
1755 CarterDenis FrankFlight Sergeant658594Age 24UKPilot U/TRAFTraining Command5 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit. 21 Group1943-11-07Miles MasterIEM281-RAF Tern Hill, Shropshire1325TrainingSee archive report for further brief detailsKilledBraintree Cemetery. Grave 8179.Son of Arthur and Lois Hannah Carter, of Guilden Morden, Cambridgeshire. Grave inscription: 'So He Passed Over And All The Trumpets Sounded For Him On The Other Side'.
1756 MacmillanDavidFlight Sergeant1550989Age 21UKNavigatorRAFVRCoastal Command249 Sqd
1943-11-22HudsonIIIAFK758UA-?RAF Reykjavic, IcelandTrainingSee archive report for further brief detailsKilledReykjavik Cemetery (Fossvogur) Grave: C48. 2

Courtesy Oleg Marin

Born on the 25th November 1922 in Glasgow, Scotland. Enlisted on the 19th May 1941 in Edinburgh. Started training as a pilot but remustered on the 10th December 1941 for training as an observer. Awarded his observers badge and promoted to sergeant in November 1942. Son of John Arthur and Isa Macmillan, brother of Margaret and Campbell of 13 Harrington Road, East Killbride, Scotland and husband of Ellenor Macmillan (nee Spraque), of 708 Goulding Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Grave inscription: 'At Dawn Our Beloved David Flew To That Beautiful Isle Of Somewhere'.
1757 LewisPercival ArthurLeading Aircraftsman547112Age 20UKW/Op/Air/GunnerRAFBomber Command12 Operational Training Unit. 6 Group1940-06-11BattleIK9463-RAF Benson, Oxfordshire0205TrainingSee archive report for further brief detailsKilledSouth Stoneham Cemetery. Sec. H. 6. Grave 183Son of Edwin Percival and Ada Lewis of Southampton, England
1758 GibbEric Arthur FawnsFlying Officer104430Age 22UKObserverDFM


RAFVRBomber Command28 Conversion Flight. 4 Group

1941-12-22HalifaxIL9522-RAF Leconfield, Yorkshire1025Ferry flightSee archive report for further brief detailsKilledEdinburgh Cemetery (Warriston). Sec. A. 1. Grave 441Son of Clement Arthur Gibb, J.P., and Jean Burnet Fawns Gibb, of Edinburgh, Scotland. Completed 33 operational sorties. DFM Citation 23rd September 1941 whilst with 35 squadron; 'Sgt. Gibb is an observer of outstanding ability possessed of a high order of courage. He has been the navigator in F/Off. Owen’s crew over a long period of operations and has contributed in a marked way to the successes achieved. He is strongly recommended for the recognition of the Distinguished Flying Medal'.
1759 HancockJames AnthonyCpl.648598Age 21UKPassengerRAFVRBomber Command28 Conversion Flight. 4 Group

1941-12-22HalifaxIL9522-RAF Leconfield, Yorkshire1025Ferry flightSee archive report for further brief detailsKilledGrantham Cemetery. Sec. 17. Row M. Grave 9Son of James Arthur and Florence Beatrice Hancock. Husband of Elsie Hancock, of Blackburn, Lancashire. Grave inscription: 'His Life Was An Emblem Of Love And Devotion, His Death An Unspeakable Sorrow'.
1760 MarshallReginald ArthurFlying OfficerNZ/413226Age 24New ZealanderPilotRNZAFMediterranean Air Command152 Sqd
1943-07-25SpitfireVcJL245UM-?Lentini, Sicily1015SweepSee archive report for further brief detailsKilledCatania War Cemetery. Grave IV.L.47

Courtesy AWMM

Born on the 12th August 1918 at Palmerston North. Worked as a warehouseman for Morris, Back and Matheson Ltd prior to service. Enlisted at Blenheim on the 04th June 1941. Awarded his pilots badge and received his commission on the 24th April 1942. Joined 152 squadron on the 05th April 1943. Son of Daniel and Jessie Lilian Marshall of Mt Albert, Auckland, New Zealand. 363 flying hours logged and on his 59th operational sortie when he was killed.
1761 CurrieRonald JamesPilot OfficerJ/21861Age ?CanadaPilotRCAFFighter Command59 Operational Training Unit. 9 Group1943-07-14HurricaneIV7173-RAF Millfield, Northumberland0955TrainingSee archive report for further brief details - collided with P3475Safe - killed on the 18the August 1944Bretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery. Grave XVII. B. 10

Courtesy Operation Picture Me

A bank clerk prior to service. Awarded his pilots badge on the 18th December 1942. Son of the late Arthur Victor and Gladys Annie Currie (nee Wickwire). Husband of Margaret Merriam Morse Beutel of Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. Joined 184 squadron from 59 Operational Training Unit on the 27th January 1944.
1762 PearceArthur LeslieSub/Lt. (A)Age 21New ZealanderPilotRNZNVRRoyal Navy Fleet Air Arm747 Squadron1945-01-27BarracudaIILS954-Ronaldsway, Isle of Man. HMS Urley1055TrainingSee archive report for further brief detailsMissing - believed killedNew Zealand Naval Memorial, Devonport, Auckland. Panel 9

Courtesy AWMM

Born on the 06 February 1923 at Christchurch. Worked as a postman for Postal and Telecommunications in Christchurch. Enlisted at Rongotai on the 27th April 1942. Transferred to the RN/FAA on the 16th March 1943 as aircrew under training. Trained in Canada. Joined 747 squadron on the 16th December 1944. Son of William Percival and Daisy Elizabeth Pearce (née Watkins), of Avonside, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
1763 WakelyHerbert WilliamSub/Lt. (A)Age 19UKNavigatorRNVRRoyal Navy Fleet Air Arm747 Squadron1945-01-27BarracudaIILS954-Ronaldsway, Isle of Man. HMS Urley1055TrainingSee archive report for further brief detailsMissing - believed killedLee-On-Solent Memorial. Bay 6, Panel 6Son of William Henry and Amy Doris Wakely, of Bristol, England.
1764 WoodheadTerence NevillePilot Officer (A)FAA/FX. 95670Age 21UKW/Op/Air/GunnerRNRoyal Navy Fleet Air Arm747 Squadron1945-01-27BarracudaIILS954-Ronaldsway, Isle of Man. HMS Urley1055TrainingSee archive report for further brief detailsMissing - believed killedLee-On-Solent Memorial. Bay 6, Panel 1Son of Wilson and Alice Woodhead, of Heaton Chapel, Stockport, England.
1765 AustenDesmond ThomasPilot OfficerNZ/404881Age 22New ZealanderPilotRNZAFCoastal Command235 Sqd
1943-01-13BeaufighterICT4764LA-TRAF Dyce, Aberdeenshire1440TrainingSee archive report for detailsMissing - believed killedRunnymede Memorial. Panel 115

Courtesy Jennifer Lemaire

Born on the 19th May 1919 at Napier. Worked as a clerk for the Postal and Telecommunications Department prior to service. Enlisted at Levin on the 30th November 1940. Awarded his pilots badge and commission on the 24th May 1941. Joined 235 squadron on the 19th November 1941 from No. 2 Coastal Command Operational Training Unit. Son of Arthur James Austen and of Ada Mary Austen (née Hills), of Hastings, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.
1766 WandWalter Edgar AnthonyPilot Officer84312Age 21UKPilotRAFTraining Command 7 Group17 Operational Training Unit1941-08-12BlenheimIL1245-RAF Upwood, Huntingdonshire2300TrainingSee archive report for further brief detailsKilledHill Churchyard (St. Paul). Row 1. Grave 7Son of Walter Arthur and Florence Amelia Wand. of Mill Hill, London, England.
1767 AllenArthur GeorgeSergeant566894UKObserverRAFVRBomber Command103 Sqd
1940-05-28BattleIL5515PM-SRheges/St Lucien Ferme1000Pontoon bridgesForce landed ?.InjuredSgt. Allen W/O. (49722) on the 20th August 1942. Shot down on the 01st August 1942 whilst an instructor with 23 Operational Trains Unit. Wellington IC X9917 BY-N shot down by Lt. Hans Autenrieth. All 5 crew survived as PoW.

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1768 GreentreeAthol GeorgeFlying OfficerNZ/414974Age 31New ZealandPilotRNZAFMediterranean Air Command47 Sqd
1943-11-12BeaufighterTF.XLX912KU-?Sidi Amor, Tunisia - El Adem (Kambut) Libya1145Torpedo StrikeSee archive report for further brief detailsMissing - believed killedAlamein Memorial. Column 277

Courtesy Jennifer Lemaire

Born on the 21st June 1912 at Morrinsville. Prior to service worked as a assistant accountant for John Chambers and Son of Dunedin. After serving for 2 years on the territorial army enlisted into the RNZAF at Levin on the 07th September 1941. Trained at 1 EFTS and awarded his pilots badge on the 10th January 1942. Promoted to sergeant on the 28th February 1942. Embarked for England on the 08th March 1942. Received his commission on the 12th February 1942. After serving with various units joined 47 squadron on the 25th August 1942. Son of Henry Arthur and Alice May (née Waldron) Greentree of Morrinsville and husband of Winifred Annie Greentree (née Tham), of 23 Mitchell Street, Invercargill, New Zealand. 460 flying hours logged. Four brothers served during WW2: Pte. Stuart Frances Greentree 25167 Born 14th July 1915 - Died 08th September 1996 age 81 21 Infantry Battalion PoW 22nd July 1942 Stalag Lamsdorf. Chief Petty Officer Ralph Waldron Greentree RNZN 1456 Born 20th April 1921 - Died 18th August 1979 Age 58. Nelson Charles Greentree. Born 01st August 1919 - Died 07th March 1995 age 76.
1769 WoodgateArthur JohnFlight LieutenantNZ/412300Age 21New ZealandPilotRNZAFBomber Command516 Squadron. 105 Wing. 26 Group.1944-02-06HurricaneIICLF207Not issuedRAF Dundonald, Ayreshire1445TrainingSee archive report for further brief detailsKilledDundonald Cemetery (Troon). Section K.1. Grave 187

Courtesy Jennifer Lemaire

Born on the 20th June 1922 in Barnet, England. Emigrated to New Zealand in 1927. Worked as a draughting cadet for Land and Survey Department at Dunedin. Enlisted at Levin on the 13th April 1941 as a pilot under training. Embarked for Canada on the 22nd July 1941. Awarded his pilots badge and commission on the 07th November 1941. After this embarked for England on the 14th November 1941. After conversion training with 56 Operational Training Unit he joined 486 squadron on the 24th March 1942. Embarked for Sierra Leone on the 27th August 1942 joining 128 squadron. Embarked for England on the 25th March 1943. Son of Arthur Frederic and Kathleen Demaret Woodgate (née Connor), of Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand. A total of 461 flying hours logged with 172 solo on the Hurricane. At least 16 operational sorties carried out.
1770 StephenJohn EdwardWarrant Officer903322Age 24UKPilotRAFVRBomber Command516 Squadron. 105 Wing. 26 Group.1944-02-06HurricaneIICLF160Not issuedRAF Dundonald, Ayreshire1445TrainingSee archive report for further brief detailsKilledWarblington Cemetery. Sec. 3. Grave 746.

Courtesy Oleg Marin

Son of Major E. F. Stephen and Constance Stephen, of Havant. Grave inscription: '516 Squadron The Dawn Of Ampler Life'.
1771 FiggisClaude Laurence DundasFlying Officer776102Age ?UKPilotRAFVRBomber Command516 Squadron. 105 Wing. 26 Group.1944-02-06HurricaneIICLF180Not issuedRAF Dundonald, Ayreshire1445TrainingSee archive report for further brief detailsForced landing - safe

Courtesy Oleg Marin

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1772 WolzAlbert ArthurStaff SergeantSergeant35607161AmericanRadio OperatorUS Army Air Force15th Air Force456th Bombardment Group (H), 746th Bombardment Squadron (H)1944-06-26B-24H41-28638Not allocatedStornara airfield, ItalyMoosbierbaum, Lower AustriaSee Archive report for detailsPoW, Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow, Pomerania
1773 BrockRonald ArthurFlight SergeantR/218221Age 21CanadaWireless Operator/Air GunnerRCAFTransport Command575 Sqd RAF
1945-02-06DakotaIIIKG630I9-?RAF Broadwell, Oxfordshire0935Ferry FlightSee archive report for further brief detailsKilledBrookwood Military Cemetery. Grave 56.G.7.
Courtesy Jen John Eigl

Born on the 13th August 1923 at Prince Albert. Enlisted on the 20th April 1943 at Saskatoon. Son of George Edward and Anna Brock (nee Simon) Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada.
1774 BamberSamuel ArthurLeading Aircraftsman1019395Age 30UKPassenger Ground crewRAFVRTransport Command575 Sqd RAF
1945-02-06DakotaIIIKG630I9-?RAF Broadwell, Oxfordshire0935Ferry FlightSee archive report for further brief detailsKilledBrookwood Military Cemetery. Grave 25.E.8.Son of Samuel Bamber, and of Florence Bamber, of Birkenhead. Grave inscription: 'Loves Sweet Memory Across The Years Will Come To Me Heartbroken Mother'.
1775 WilsonGeorgeLeading Aircraftsman1480091Age 22UKPassenger Ground crewRAFVRTransport Command575 Sqd RAF
1945-02-06DakotaIIIKG630I9-?RAF Broadwell, Oxfordshire0935Ferry FlightSee archive report for further brief detailsKilledBrookwood Military Cemetery. Grave 25.E.10-16.Son of James Arthur and Alice Wilson, of Hull. Grave inscription: 'Safe In God's Keeping Until We Meet Again'.
1776 LangdonCharles EdwardPilot OfficerNZ/43705Age 22New ZealandPilotRNZAFFighter Command261 Sqd
1941-02-26HurricaneIV7474FJ-?Credited with 1 enemy aircraft destroyedRAF Ta Kali, Malta1300InterceptionSee archive report for detailsMissing - believed killedMalta Memorial. Panel 1, Column 1


Courtesy Jennifer Lemaire /AWMM

Born on the 21st August 1918 at Hawera. Worked as a stock and station clerk for Farmers Co-Op prior to service. Selected for RAF short service commission and joined RNZAF on the 20th September 1939. Awarded his pilots badge on the 13th February 1940 and embarked for England on the 26th April 1940. Flew the Blenheim, Wellington, Anson, Battle and Hurricane aircraft with various units. Joined 261 squadron on the 29th January 1943. Son of Arthur Garner Langdon and Charlotte Maria Langdon (nee Gould), of Hawera, Taranaki, New Zealand. A total of 351 flying hours logged and on his 32nd operational sortie.
1777 KellyAlan CameronSergeantNZ/40771Age 24New ZealandPilotRNZAFFighter Command247 Sqd
1941-05-23HurricaneIV7016HP-?RAF Roborough, Devon (On attachment at St. Eval, Cornwall)0620PatrolSee this archive report for further brief detailsKilledIllogan Churchyard, (St Illogan). Row 1. Grave 2

Courtesy AWMM

Born on the 07th May 1917 at Dunedin. Prior to enlisting he had been a teacher at Mackandrew Bay School. Enlisting at Levin on the 12th March 1940 after serving with the territorial army. Trained with No. 1 Flying aTraining School and awarded his pilots badge on the 27th July 1940 and promoted to sergeant on the 21st September 1940. 06th December 1940 embarked for England and had further training with 56 Operational Training Unit. Joined 247 squadron on the 24th January 1941. Son of George Arthur and Mary Muriel Kelly (nee Cameron), of Gore, Southland, New Zealand. Brother of Ida and Joyce Kelly. A total of 203 flying hours logged and completed 10 operational sorties.
1778 CatchpolePeterWarrant Officer658202NavigatorDFC

DFC Bar

RAFVRFighter604 Sqn
1944-08-11MosquitoNFXIIIMM496RangerRan into HK516 during landing run at A.8 Picauville (After midnight). Written off from fireSafeDFC awarded to to 179137 Plt Off wihilst with 604 Sqn, Gazetted 24th October 1944 Citation redas: These officers have completed very many sorties in the role of Pilot and Observer repectively. They displayed a high degree of skill and resolution and destoyed 3 enemy aircraft at night. Pilot Officer Catchpoile has also assisted in the destruction of another enemy aircraft.

Bar to DFC awarded to 179137 Plt Off Catchpole with 604 Sqn, Gazetted 27th October 1944. Citation reads: Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross. Flight Lieutenant Reginald Arthur MILLER, D.F.C. (123201), R.A.F.V.R., 604 Sqn. Distinguished Flying Cross. Pilot Officer Peter CATCHPOLE (179137), R.A.F.V.R., 604 Sqn. These officers have completed very many sorties in the role of pilot and observer respectively. They have displayed a high degree of skill and resolution and have destroyed 3 enemy aircraft at night. Pilot Officer Catchpole has also assisted in the destruction of another enemy aircraft

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