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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                        
351 CottonMaxwell TylneyPilot OfficerAUS/408204Born on the 02nd May 1921 Age 22AustralianPilotDFC

RAAFFighter Command263 Sqd
1943-06-15WhirlwindIP7000HE-?RAF Warmwell, Dorset543Shipping RecceSee archive report for brief detailsMissing - believed killedRunnymede Memorial. Panel 190. Son of Arthur Tylney Cotton and Louisa Kate Cotton, of Swansea, Tasmania, Australia
courtesy Australian Archives
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352 CottonIvorFlight Sergeant1575868(Age 39)UKRAFVRFighter (Coastal Command?)307 Sqd (Polish)
1943-09-25MosquitolVHJ658RAF Predannack DownInstep PatrolRunnymede Memorial - Surrey, United Kingdom. Panel 135Son of Arthur Thomas Cotton and Ethel Cotton; husband of Ena Rosetta Cotton, of Rushall, Staffordshire
353 CouchWilliam M.1st LieutenantFlying OfficerO-76901014th December 1919 in Long Island City, Queens County, New YorkAmericanNavigatorUS Army Air Force8th Air Force303rd Bombardment Group (H), 359th Bombardment Squadron (H), 1st Air Division1944-11-21B-17 Heller’s AngelsG42-102484BN:KMolesworth (Station #107), Huntingdonshire, EnglandMerseburg (Mission #720), GermanySee Archive report for detailsMurderedRepatriated and buried at the Mount Olivet Cemetery, Section A on Clinton Avenue, Maspeth, Queens County, New York
354 CouperJames ArthurFlight SergeantNZ/417027PilotRNZAFBomber Command75 Sqd RNZAF
1943-08-02StirlingIIIBF577JN-M (C Flight)Mepal2331Hamburg See Archive report for further details KilledHamburg Cemetery. Collective grave 4A.D.10-12 Read Archive Report
355 CousinsAlec HenryFlight Sergeant1321669Air/BmrRAFVRBomber Command35 Sqd (Madras Presidency)
1944-12-24LancasterIIIPB366TL-SRAF Graveley, Cambridgeshire1535Koln See archive report for further details KilledMaidenhead Cemetery. Sec. C.C. Row W. Grave 30 Read Archive Report
356 CowieArthurFlight Lieutenant45949Age 25Air GunnerDFM

RAFBomber Command199 Sqd
1943-02-13WellingtonIIIX3870EX-SRAF Blyton, Lincolnshire1730Lorient See archive report for further details KilledGuidel Communal Cemetery. Row 5. Grave 3. Read Archive Report
357 CoxArthurFlying Officer184305PilotDSO

RAFVRBomber Command463 Sqd RAAF
1945-04-25LancasterIRA542JO-ZWaddington2014TonsbergEmergency landing at Satenas airfield Wounded. InternedArchive Report RA542
358 CoxArthur Cromwell LlewellynPilot Officer182638Age 33NavigatorRAFVRBomber Command626 Sqd
1944-09-12LancasterILM137UM-G2RAF Wickenby1825Frankfurt1.5 miles North of PlittersdorfMissing - believed killedRunnymede Memorial. Panel 210. Son of Walter George and Sarah Ann Cox; husband of Emily Winstanley Cox, of South Shore, Blackpool, Lancashire, England Information courtesy Traugott Vitz
359 CoxLeonard Arthur1384083Age 43NavigatorRAFVRBomber Command40 Sqd1943-08-11WellingtonXHZ544BL-ZHani West, Tunisia2200Messina See archive report for further brief details Missing - believed killedAlamein Memorial. Panel 269 Read Archive Report
360 CozensGeorge ArthurPilot Officer148793PilotDFM

RAFVRBomber Command149 Sqd
1943-07-03StirlingIIIBF530OJ-BRAF Lakenheath2327Koln See archive report for further information KilledHeverlee War Cemetery. Leuven, Belgium. Grave 3.A.1 Attacker
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361 CracknellStanley ArthurSergeant1800178RAFVRCoastal Command280 Sqd (Air Sea Rescue)
1944-10-08Vickers WarwickNot knownBV290Not knownRAF BecclesAir Sea RescueSee archive report for detailsMissing - believed killedRunnymede Memorial. Panel 227 Read Archive Report
362 CraigArthur ErnestSergeant358376Age 33ObserverRAFBomber Command18 Sqd
1940-05-21BlenheimIVL9325WV-?RAF Watton, Norfolk1200ReconnaisanceInitially - lost without trace - see archive report for updateKilledColl. Rancourt Military Cemetery. Grave BB.1-3Read Archive Report
363 CramptonRoy Arthur VernonFlight Lieutenant66010PilotRAFBomber Command139 Sqn (Jamaica)
1943-08-17MosquitoIVDZ465XD:Wyton20:49BerlinShot up by flak. On return, crash landed at Swanton Morley airfield, NorfolkInjured
364 CranfieldAstley ArthurFlight Sergeant420155AustraliaRAAF460 Sqd RAAF
1943-09-22RAAF Honour Roll
365 CresswellArthur BryceSergeant1575726NavigatorRAFVRBomber Command78 Sqd
1943-07-30HalifaxIIJD375EY-PRAF Breighton, Yorkshire2210Remscheid See Archive report for further details KilledRheinberg War Cemetery Coll. grave 9.J.15-21 Read Archive Report
366 CrokerArthur JamesSergeant527080Age 23W/Op/Air/GnrRAFCoastal Command217 Sqd1941-02-01BeaufortIL9835MW-WRAF St. Eval1455Brest See archive report for further details Missing - believed killedRunnymede Memorial. Panel 41. Son of Frank and Ethel Croker and husband of May Croker (née Williams), of Newquay, Cornwall, England Read Archive Report
367 CropleyAlan ArthurFlight Lieutenant416078AustraliaRAAF530 Sqd Bombardment USAAF
1944-10-29RAAF Honour Roll
368 CrossJames ArthurSergeant Flight Engineer1092054RAFVRBomber Command49 Sqd
1943-03-29LancasterIIIED469EA-ARAF Fiskerton, Lincolnshire2145Berlin Shot down by night fighter - crashed at Eilvese, north of Neustadt Am R?_benberge, Germany KilledHanover War Cemetery. Grave 12.F.12. Read Archive Report
369 CrossGarfield WallaceFlying OfficerJ/36865Age ?CanadaAir BomberRCAFBomber Command158 Sqd
1945-01-05Halifax IIIMZ432NP-QRAF Lissett, Yorkshire1701HanoverSee archive report for further detailsPoW Stalag Luft 1None - survived the warParadie Archive DatabaseCaptured near Dörverden at 10:30 hrs on the 07th January 1945
370 CrowArthur MauriceFlight Lieutenant116137NavigatorDSO


RAFVRPhoto Reconnaissance 540 Sqd1944-12-29MosquitoPR.IXNS791Not issuedRAF Benson, Oxfordshire1114ReconnaissanceShot down Survived then MurderedHanover War Cemetery. Grave 10.C.16 See Vitz Archive for details
371 CroweEric ArthurSergeantR/185340NavigatorRCAFBomber Command18 OTU
1944-06-27WellingtonIIIZ1592WP-?RAF Finningley, Yorkshire1335Cross country training sortieAircraft caught fireKilledHarrogate Cemetery (Stonefall). Sec. B. Row H. Grave 1Paradie Archive Database Read Archive Report
372 CullenArthur SamuelFlying Officer406519AustraliaRAAF1 OTU East Sale1945-05-04RAAF Honour Roll
373 CummingsHarold Arthur JohnFlight Sergeant414006AustraliaRAAF150 Sqd RAF
1943-05-15RAAF Honour Roll
374 CundyArthur C 2nd LtO-697006USAPilotUSAAF353rd Fighter Group352nd Fighter Squadron
1944-11-27P-51 Mustang1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource:
ETO (European Theatre)
375 CundyArthur C 1st LtO-697006USAPilotUSAAF353rd Fighter Group352nd Fighter Squadron
1944-12-24P-51 Mustang1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource:
ETO (European Theatre)
376 CundyArthur C 1st LtO-697006USAPilotUSAAF353rd Fighter Group352nd Fighter Squadron
1945-01-14P-51 Mustang1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource:
ETO (European Theatre)
377 CundyArthur C 1st LtO-697006USAPilotUSAAF353rd Fighter Group352nd Fighter Squadron
1945-03-02P-51 Mustang3 Luftwaffe destroyedSource:
ETO (European Theatre)
378 CurdNicholSergeant1110218Wireless Operator/Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command9 Sqd
1942-11-07LancasterIW4265WS-LRAF Waddington, Lincolnshire1753Genoa, ItalyCollided with another Lancaster over base. Both aircraft crashedKilledPenshaw (All Saints) Churchyard, County Durham Section 5. Row 2. Grave 5. Read Archive Report
379 Cure George ArthurSergeant15779761922NavigatorRAFVRBomber Command30 OTU1943.05.15WellingtonXHE468HixonNight NavigationReturned to base only to dive and crash at 0357 hours out of control at Mountford Farm, Salt HeathKilledBirmingham (Hansworth) Cemetery, Sec. 14. C. of E. Class B. Grave 8233 Son of Sidney and Clara Cure, of Great Barr Birmingham.
380 CurrieEdgar JamesFlying Officer1912 LondonW/Op1939-45 Star; Air Crew Europe Star; War Medal 1939-45RAFVRBomber Command97 Sqd (Straits Settlements) Pathfinder Force
1944-03-30LancasterIIIND390OF-SBourn2215NurnbergShot down by a night fighter of Maj Martin Drewes lll./NJG1 and crashed over Coburg whilst on a bombing raid to NurembergCrashed AhornKilledDurnbach War Cemetery
initially with 78 Squadron. He had joined the squadron as a new crew in October 1942, and between November 1942 and May 1943 took part in 24 operational sorties, including raids on Lorient (three times), Genoa, Turin (four times), Hamburg (where the aircraft was severely damaged by Flak), Wilhelmshaven, Cologne, Dortmund, and Nuremberg. Currie was sent to 15 O.T.U. at the end of this tour and then on Pathfinder Force training on P.F.F. course 78 on 8 March 1944. Posted to 97 (Straits Settlements) Squadron, Pathfinder Force on 11 March 1944, he was part of an experienced crew, which included Flight Lieutenant R. D. Trevor Roper, D.F.C., D.F.M., who had previously served with 617 Squadron, and had been awarded his D.F.C. for the famous Dams’ Raid. They flew their first operational sortie on 15 March 1944, a bombing raid on Stuttgart, where they encountered fierce night fighter combat over the target area. Currie was killed in action when Lancaster ND390, piloted by Flight Lieutenant D. H. Rowlands, D.F.C., was detailed to attack Nuremberg, as part of the main force of 795 aircraft, and was shot down by an Me.110 flown by Major Martin Drewes, III./NJG1, and crashed in the south west suburbs of Coburg, on 30-31 March 1944. All the crew were killed. Nuremberg, the Blackest Night in R.A.F. History, by Martin Bowman gives the following account: ‘At 01:20 a.m. Drewes and his crew singled out their third victim of the night. It was Lancaster III ND390 NF-S of 97 Squadron which was being flown by 23 year old Flight Lieutenant Desmond Harold Rowlands D.F.C., of Kenton Middlesex. “At 700 metres” said Handke “we could see it was another Lancaster. We were about to attack from the rear again when Petz announced that he had cleared the stoppage in our cannon. With the oblique cannon now working we could attack from below and to the side of the bomber with less risk of being seen. Drewes edged the night fighter closer and for a few seconds we were almost on a parallel course. Unaware the Lancaster flew on. Then Drewes raked it with a long burst aimed into the wing. Flames fanned from the engines to acknowledge the accuracy of his shooting.” Rowlands and his crew were mostly second tourists who were on their third operation with the Pathfinders. The bodies of 19 year old Sergeant Robert Myall Lane, the flight engineer of Richmond Surrey; Arthur Robert Cadman D.F.M., the 24 year old navigator of Kingswinford Staffordshire (whose award had been granted in 49 Squadron in 1940); Albert Stanley McFadden the 28 year old bomb aimer of Walton, Liverpool and Flying Officers Edgar James Currie the 32 year old wireless operator whose wife Coralie Currie lived in Dulwich, London and Fred Coleville the mid upper gunner of Chester-Le-Street, County Durham were found near the main fuselage on the edge of a wood at Ahorn in the South West suburbs of Coburg. The tail came down some distance away and the body of 28 year old Flight Lieutenant Richard Algernon Dacre Trevor Roper D.F.C., D.F.M. was found still in the rear turret.’ Currie is buried along with his crew in Dürnbach War Cemetery, Germany. His medals were sent to his widow, Coralie Mabel Currie. 99 Upper Richmond Road, Putney, SW15

Attacker Maj Martin Drewes lll./NJG1
381 CurtisLeonard WilliamPte6025725Age 22PassengerArmyArmy Air Corp2nd SAS Regt1944-07-23StirlingIVLJ882L9-HRAF Fairford, GloucestershireSOE 'Rupert' See archive report for further details KilledGraffigny-Chemin Communal Cemetery. Collective grave 12-22
Image courtesy Special Forces Roll Of Honour
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382 CushwayArthur WilliamSergeant12853061913Wireless Operator/Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command1651 CU
1942-07-28StirlingIN6069BS-GWaterbeach2325HamburgLost without traceKilledRunnymede Memorial Panel 81Son of William Arthur and Emily Jane Cushway; husband of Winifred Beatrice Cushway, of Dagenham, Essex
383 CuykendallRalph AllenTechnical SergeantFlight Sergeant6041712AmericanBombardierUS Army Air Force8th Air Force303rd Bombardment Group (H), 359th Bombardment Squadron (H), 1st Air Division1944-11-21B-17 Heller’s AngelsG42-102484BN:KMolesworth (Station #107), Huntingdonshire, EnglandMerseburg (Mission #720), GermanySee Archive report for detailsPoW, Dulag Luft 12 Groß-Tychow Pomerania
384 CwiklinskiArthur C 2nd LtO-820236USAPilotUSAAF4th Fighter Group334th Fighter Squadron: Fighting Eagles
1944-06-20P-47 Thunderbolt. (P-51 Mustang from mid 1944)0.5 Luftwaffe destroyedSource:
ETO (European Theatre)
385 CwiklinskiArthur C 2nd LtO-820236USAPilotUSAAF4th Fighter Group334th Fighter Squadron: Fighting Eagles
1944-08-18P-47 Thunderbolt. (P-51 Mustang from mid 1944)2 Luftwaffe destroyedSource:
ETO (European Theatre)
386 DabsonCyril ClaudeSergeant13301741913Wireless Operator/Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command100 Sqn
1943-06-16LancasterIIIED553HW:RGrimsby22:45KolnED553 was claimed by Uffz. Rudolf Frank, his 10th Abschuss and 1st of two this night, from 2./NJG3. detached from 2./NJG1, over Wommelgen at 50m at 01:00 hrs. ((Nachtjagd Combat Archive (1 January - 22 June) 1943 Part 1 - Theo Boiten). Aircraft crashed at 01:04 at Wommelgen (Antwerpen) some 7 km ESE from the centre of Antwerpen.KilledSchoonselhof Cemetery II.F.10Son of Arthur William and Zora Leonora Dabson; husband of Gladys Irene Dabson, of Framfield, Sussex
387 DaceyGeorgeSergeant1016932Age 35Flight EngineerRAFVRBomber Command158 Sqd
1945-01-05Halifax IIIMZ432NP-QRAF Lissett, Yorkshire1701HanoverSee archive report for further detailsKilled - Sgt Dacey is reported to have bailed out but his body was never found.Runnymede Memorial Panel 274
Son of Henry and Rose Dacey, of Liverpool, England. The family have also placed his name on the grave of his parents at the Ford Cemetery. Plot 0275
388 DackPhillip Robert ArthurPilot OfficerJ/8988222 February 1904CanadianAir GunnerRCAFBomber Command434 Sqd RCAF
1944-01-20HalifaxVLL179WL-KCroft1615BerlinPossible claim by Hptm Leopold Fellerer Stab II/NJG 5. German documents show that the aircraft crashed 1.5km H. Nerdrand, Mückendorf , 3km NW of Baruth, 14 km North West of Golßen (Brandenburg)KilledRunnymede Memorial Panel 249 Paradie Archive Database Those who perished were initially buried in Mückendorf Municipal Cemetery on 25 January 1944.

Letters between the Imperial War Graves Commission and the mother of Flt.Sgt. Mould indicate that as Mückendorf was in the Russian Zone of occupation it was not possible to corroborate the German records by locating the graves

Son of Albert Arthur and Ethel Mary Dack
389 DainesArthur HenrySergeant1591465Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command576 Sqn
1944-03-24LancasterIIILM469UL-E2Elsham Wolds19:00BerlinShot down. Exploded and crashed at Kohra, 3 km from Naunhof where those who died were initially buried on 28th March 1944KilledBerlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery Plot 1 Row Z Grave 11
390 DaleArthur RobertSergeant40706AustraliaRAAF31 Sqd RAAF
1943-03-15RAAF Honour Roll
391 DaleyThomas JamesSergeant1129286W/Op/Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command103 Sqd
1943-04-28LancasterIIIED733PM-XRAF Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire2057Gardening See Archive report for further details KilledEsbjerg Cemetery (Fourfelt). Grave A.10.7

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392 DaleyEdward ArthurWarrant Officer400785AustraliaRAAF145 Sqd RAF
1943-07-04RAAF Honour Roll
393 DanseyArthur PatrickSergeantAUS/400080ObserverRAAFBomber Command460 Sqd RAAF
1942-06-01WellingtonIVZ1344UV-WRAF Breighton, Yorkshire2321EssenSee archive report for detailsInjured - PoW No: 811 Camp: Stalag Luft Heydekrug L6None - thought to have survived the war Read Archive Report
394 DarkGWFlight SergeantPilot U/T RAFRBomber Command19 Operational Training Unit1944-05-04WhitleyVZ9361UO-FRAF Kinloss, Scotland240Training See archive report for further details Survived None - understood to have survived the war Read Archive Report
395 DatsonJohnFlight Sergeant1393998W/Op. Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command635 Sqd
1944-07-05LancasterIIIME621F2-RRAF Downham Market, Norfolk2310Wizernes See Archive report for further details Missing - believed killedRunnymede Memorial. Panel 216 Read Archive Report
396 DaviesArthur JamesSergeant1100499Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command1654 HCU
1944-06-07StirlingIIILK594Not knownRAF Wigsley, Lincolnshire300TrainingSee archive report for detailsKilled.Burgh Castle Churchyard (Ss. Peter And Paul) Read Archive Report
397 DaviesEvan ArthurFlight Lieutenant101537PilotRAFVRBomber Command50 Sqd
1943-02-13LancasterIIIED484VN-QSkellingthorpePMLorientCrashed in the seaKilledGavres Communal Cemetery. South West plot. Row 3. Grave 4 Read Archive Report
398 DaviesAlanFlight Sergeant1589151W/Op/Air/GnrRAFVRBomber Command103 Sqd
1945-03-16LancasterING492PM-DRAF Elsham Wolds1714NurnbergSee archive report for further detailsKilledDurnbach War Cemetery. Collective grave 11.J.17-20.Read Archive Report
399 DaviesLeslieSergeant2205993Age ?Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command115 Sqd
1945-02-14LancasterIII LM725KO-XRAF Witchford, Cambridgeshire2037Chemnitz See archive report for further details Killed Haveluy Communal Cemetery, France. Collective Grave. Read Archive Report
400 DaviesWilliam ArthurFlight Sergeant937521Air BomberMiDRAFVRBomber Command49 Sqd
1943-08-17LancasterIIIJA851EA-PRAF Fiskerton, Lincolnshire2143Peenemünde V2 Sites See Archive report for further details Missing - believed killedRunnymede Memorial. Panel 136 Read Archive Report

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