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* NOTE ON DATES: IMPORTANT: For consistency, the Date is given as the date the mission TOOK OFF since the precise time of a loss is not always certain. Our date is always the Take Off date as this is unambigous and fixed in the official records, but obviously in those cases where the incident occurred before midnight UK time, then the Take Off Date will be the same as the Incident Date. Of course, most Bomber Command missions flew through midnight, therefore a Luftwaffe claim against a plane - or a locally generated crash report - may record the incident as occurring on the day following our Take Off Date. Bear this in mind when cross-referencing to our Luftwaffe Victories by Name/Date Database and other Luftwaffe sources. In some cases other sources may quote the date following our date, using locally generated reports as their source. (Earlier readers may remember we stated our date was the Briefing Date, but it is in fact the TAKE OFF date). To add to the potential for confusion, remember to take into account a Luftwaffe recorded date will be in local time, 1 hour ahead of UK time. When we discover a validated Incident Date date we change our record if necessary

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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                        
501 FaulkIvor George ArthurPilot Officer 83803Age 29Air BomberRAFVRBomber Command103 Sqd
1942-12-21LancasterIW4820PM-SElsham Wolds1738MunchenShot down by Lt. Ferdinand Christiner of 5./NJG4 at 2004hrs and crashed near Vavincourt, FranceKilledVavincourt Communal Cemetery. Grave 2. Remembered on the Worcester Royal Grammar School War Memorial

Courtesy Mark Rogers

502 FaulknerArthurSergeant W/Op Air Gunner1030315RAFVRBomber Command405 Sqd RCAF
1943-06-16HalifaxIIHR832LQ-RAF Gransden Lodge, CambridgeshireNot known crash time 19.05Cross country training flightTraining - crashed Clifton Farm, Clenchwarton, NorfolkKilledWallesey (Rake Lane) Cemetery. Sec. 20C. Grave 543 Read Archive Report
503 FayWillard BewleySergeant2022139610th August 1917AmericanTogglierAM (2 Oak Leaf Clusters)


US Army Air Force8th Air Force848th Bomber Squadron (490th Bombardment Group (H))1945-03-17B-17G43-380467W:?Eye (Station #134), Suffolk, EnglandBitterfeld, GermanySee Archive report for detailsKilledRepatriated and interred on the 14th April 1949 at the Beverly National Cemetery, Beverly, New Jersey in Plot H,0,162
504 FayArthur EdwardFlight SergeantR/61629CanadianAir GunnerDFM

RCAFBomber Command78 Sqd
1942-08-11HalifaxIIW1061EY-Middleton St George2137MainzConed in the target area and severely hit by flak, taking out both port engines and injuring several of the crew. Finished off by a night-fighter and crashed at Wommelgem, east of Antwerp. Claim by Oblt Kurt Loos 1/NJG1 - 1km South East of Wommelgem: 600m at 0305.Evaded via the Comete Line - Returned to UK via Dakota on 7 November 1942Paradie Archive DatabaseFlt Sgt Fay was awarded the DFM whilst with 78 Squadron. Gazetted 5 February 1943. "Flight Sergeant Fay was the Air Operator / Air Gunner in an aircraft which took off from Middleton St. George at 2100 hours on 11th August 1942 to bomb Mainz. After completing the operation, the aircraft were attacked and the crew were forced to bail out. Flight Sergeant Fay showed determination and courage in evading capture and finally arrived safely back in this country. I recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal”

Following his evasion, F/S Fay RCAF returned to Canada where he took a pilot’s course, gaining his flying badge during October 1943.
505 FennellArthur JamesAircraftman Class 164932AustraliaRAAF5 Service Flying Training Uranquinty1943-07-03RAAF Honour Roll
506 FerrisReginald ArthurSergeant1272104Age 21Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command466 Sqd RAAF
1943-01-26WellingtonXHE368HD-LRAF Leconfield, Yorkshire1704LorientSee archive report for further brief detailsInjuredSurvived the war.

Courtesy Oleg Marin

Survived the war and remained in the RAF, reaching the rank of Squadron Leader
507 FerrisArthur B 2nd LtO-1995970USAPilotUSAAFXIX Tactical Air Command425th Night Fighter Squadron
1944-12-25Northrop P-61 Black Widow1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource:
ETO (European Theatre)
508 FidlerReginald ArthurFlight Sergeant1320670NavigatorRAFVRBomber Command515 Sqn
1944-09-30MosquitoVIPZ4403P:?Forward Operating Base St. Dizier12:00RangerDay Ranger to the München-Linz-Wein area with NS993. Strayed into Swiss airspace and was damaged by 20mm cannon fire from a local defence battery near Zürich, Switzerland. Crashed at VolketswilInternedNote: the Squadron code was hasterly added to the aircraft but had been incorrectly painted ats"P3"

Fidler tried to escape several times and eventually suceeded in boarding a train carrying French refugees. He was back in England by the end of 1944
509 FiggArthur HarrySergeantR/60716ObserverRCAFBomber Command103 Sqd
1941-08-29WellingtonIcR1213PM-RAF Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire2031Mannheim See archive report for full details KilledFlushing Northern Cemetery (Flushing) Row B. Grave 7 Paradie Archive Database Read Archive Report
510 FinchThomas ArthurSergeant1331869Air/BmrRAFVRBomber Command12 Sqd
1944-01-14LancasterIIIJB542PH-MRAF Wickenby1621Braunschweig See archive report for further details KilledHanover War Cemetery. Grave 3.F.2 Read Archive Report
511 FinlaysonRobert HamiltonSergeant W/Op. Air Gunner1568579RAFVRBomber Command90 Sqd
1944-08-25LancasterIIILM588WP-F RAF Tuddenham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk 2021Russelsheim Probably victim of night fighter attack in target area KilledDurnbach War Cemetery Coll. Grave: 7.F. 7-11. Read Archive Report
512 FinnEric MorganSergeantR/72026Age 22CanadianPassenger Wireless mechanicRCAFBomber Reconnaissance Squadron10 Sqd (RCAF)1943-10-19B-24 Liberator3701HGander, Newfoundland2216TransportSee archive report for further brief detailsKilledSt. Donat Roman Catholic Cemetery Collective Grave Lot GE 34Son of Arthur James and Hilda (nee Morgan) Finn of Toronto, Ontario
513 FischerArthur BenjaminFlying Officer429454AustraliaRAAF49 Sqd RAF
1945-04-04RAAF Honour Roll
514 FisherArthur VivianPilot Officer43702Born on the 18th February 1917 Age 23New ZealandPilotRAFBomber Command12 Operational Training Unit1940-08-06BattleIL4943None issuedRAF Benson, Oxfordshire2315TrainingSee archive report for further details KilledBenson Churchyard Extension (St. Helen). Row B. Grave 7.Read Archive Report
515 FitchettJames ParkerSergeant1150600Age 21Flight EngineerRAFVRBomber Command100 Sqd
1943-05-27LancasterIIIED821HW-ARAF Grimsby, Lincolnshire2232Essen See archive report for further details KilledWonseradeel Protestant Churchyard (Witmarsum). Row 36. Grave 16Read Archive Report
516 FitzgeraldArthur MarcusPilot Officer148128PilotRAFVRBomber Command207 Sqd
1943-08-27LancasterIIIED627EM-NLangar2129NurnbergCrashed at SchwabischKilledDurnbach War Cemetery
Story, witness report, video at here
517 FletcherArthurFlight Sergeant1527064PilotRAFVRBomber Command51 Sqd
1943-07-29HalifaxIIJD309MH-RAF Snaith, Yorkshire2251Hamburg see archive report for further details Missing - believed killedRunnymede Memorial Panel 136 Read Archive Report
518 FlowerIan ArthurSergeant1166146ObserverRAFVRBomber Command214 Sqd
1941-11-30WellingtonIcZ8953BU-?RAF Stradishall, SuffolkHamburgSee archive report for detailsMissing - believed killedRunnymede Memorial. Panel 43 Read Archive Report
519 FogelstromEugene B. Staff Sergeant37317934AmericanTop TurretUS Army Air Force8th Air Force68th Bomber Squadron (44th Bombardment Group (H)),1944-08-24B-24 'Lone Ranger'J44-40098WQ-BShipdham, Norfolk, EnglandLangenhagen airfield, GermanySee Archive report for detailsPoW, Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow
520 FollettRonald William ArthurSergeant Air Gunner 1293633RAFVRBomber Command218 Sqd
1942-11-09StirlingIW7475HA-HRAF Downham Market, Norfolk1755HamburgShot down by flak. Crashed at Lashorst, North Rhine-Westphalia, GermanyKilledHannover War Cemetery. Coll Grave No. 12.G.13-19
Read Archive Report
521 FooteArthur JamesSergeantAUS/407557Air/GnrRAAFBomber Command11 Operational Training Unit1942-02-10Wellington IcX9905Not issuedRAF Steeple Morden1827Training See archive report for further details KilledBassingbourn Cum Kneesworth Cemetery. Row EE. Grave 11 Read Archive Report
522 FooteArthur JamesSergeant407557AustraliaRAAF11 OTU RAF1942-02-10RAAF Honour Roll
523 FordArthur Hanley Flying Officer1395871912PilotRAFVRBomber Command77 Sqn
1944-06-16HalifaxIIIMZ698KN-JFull Sutton2320SterkradeSee Archive ReportKilledEindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery Plot KK. Coll. Grave 85-88
524 FordArthur WilfredSergeant1310041W/Op/Air/GnrRAFVRBomber Command11 Operational Training Unit1942-02-10Wellington IcX9905Not issuedRAF Steeple Morden1827Training See archive report for further details KilledBassingbourn Cum Kneesworth Cemetery. Row EE. Grave 9 Read Archive Report
525 FordhamArthur StanleySergeant18665011925Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command10 Sqn
1944-01-06HalifaxIIIMZ584ZA:VMelbourne15:14V1 site at St-Martin L’HortierSee Archive ReportKilledPoix-de-Picardie Churchyard, Row A. Coll. Grave 7-9
526 ForwardEdward JohnSergeant568299Flight EngineerRAFBomber Command218 Sqd
1943-01-27StirlingIN6077HA-VRAF Downham Market, Norfolk1703Gardening See archive report for further details KilledHannover War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 3. A11-17
Read Archive Report
527 FosterHarold ArthurPilot Officer177401Bomb AimerRAFBomber Command115 Sqn
1944-06-07LancasterILL864A4:HRAF Witchford, Cambridgeshire00:27Chevreusse (communications) See Archive Report for detailsKilledGiverny Churchyard

528 FosterCedric ArthurSergeant944444Wireless Operator/Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command77 Sqd
1941-09-20WhitleyVZ6934KN-Leeming1843Berlin?KilledBerlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery Coll.grave 7.K.19-22.Son of William and Margaret Foster husband of Laura Foster
529 FosterLeslie ArthurWarrant Officer Class 2R6033525th June 1917 at Medicine Hat, Cypress, AlbertaCanadianAir Gunner (Mid Upper)RCAFBomber Command405 Sqn RCAF
1944-04-27LancasterIIIJA976LQ:SGransden Lodge00:01Montzen railway yards, BelgiumSee archive report for detailsKilledWebbekom Churchyard Grave 2Paradie Archive Database
530 FoulstonJames ArthurFlying OfficerJ/25075Air BomberRCAFBomber Command1664 HCU
1943-12-02HalifaxVDG282Not knownRAF Croft, Yorkshire1740TrainingSee archive report for detailsKilled Harrogate Cemetery (Stonefall). Sec. C. Row F. Grave 10Paradie Archive Database Read Archive Report
531 FountainWilliam Arthur HoraceFlying Officer132839Age 30UKNavigatorRAFVRBomber Command115 Sqd
1944-06-08LancasterIIIND790KO-HRAF Witchford, Cambridgeshire0034ChervreusseND790 the following pilots could claim this aircraft: Lt Gerhard Wagner 8/NJG5 – St Clair-Houdan area (UD-AD): 1,600m at 02:03 or Mantes-Houdan area (AD): 1,600m at 02:06. Lt Martin Tschiersch 6/NJG2 - St Clair-Houdan area (UD-AD) at 02:08. The aircraft crashed and exploded with a full bomb load at Houdan,Yvelines area, killing all 7 crew members. (Information courtesy John Jones)KilledHoudan Communal Cemetery, Collective Grave

Courtesy Colin Jarrold

Son of William and Louisa Maria Fountain and husband of Maud Spencer Fountain, of Camberwell, London. Grave inscription: 'Words Fail Our Loss To Tell; In Heaven We Hope To Meet Evermore With Him To Dwell'.
532 FoutsMalcolm M.2nd LieutenantPilot OfficerO-7690271920AmericanBombardierUS Army Air Force8th Air Force358th Bomber Squadron (303rd Bombardment Group (H))1944-08-15B-17 Bad pennyG42-31183VK-YMolesworth (Station #107), Cambridgeshire, EnglandWiesbaden airfields (Mission #554), GermanySee Archive report for detailsPoW, Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang
533 FowlieJohn MackintoshFlight LieutenantJ/13989CanadaOBS/ Air BombardierRCAFBomber Command1664 HCU1945-03-16HalifaxMZ481Cross country training exerciseKilled 1945-03-16 Age 24Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, United Kingdom.
Paradie Archive DatabaseCommemorated Runnymede Memorial, Panel 278. United Kingdom. Son Of M. Mackay Fowlie And Margaret Fowlie, Of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.

L-R: Fl/Lt. Frank Earl Connors, Fl/Lt. John Mackintosh Fowlie, Fl/Sgt. Arthur Henry Jones, F/O. James Charles Pearson. Seated: Fl/Sgt. John Howard James Grahame, Fl/Sgt. James Graham, (courtesy Ken Greenaway)

Archive Report MZ481
534 FoxKenneth Edward ArthurSergeant2201592Age 20Flight EngineerRAFVRBomber Command514 Sqd
1944-06-30LancasterIIIPB178JI-PRAF Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire1818Villers-Bocage See archive report for further details KilledAcomb (St. Stephen Churchyard. Row G. Grave 31. Read Archive Report
535 FoxArthur John DennisFlight Sergeant NavigatorR/15142RCAFBomber Command625 Sqd
1944-03-15LancasterIIIDV194CF-FRAF Kelstern, Lincolnshire1908Stuttgart Aircraft exploded over Obereschach, Germany KilledDurnbach War Cemetery Grave 11.E.14.Paradie Archive Database Read Archive Report
536 FoxArthur LeonardFlying Officer15727AustraliaRAAF1413 Flight RAF1945-05-11RAAF Honour Roll
537 FoxleyArthur HaroldFlight Sergeant413848AustraliaRAAF228 Sqd RAF
1943-12-24RAAF Honour Roll
538 FoyBlake GordonFlying OfficerJ/13833Age ?CanadianWireless Operator/Air GunnerRCAFBomber Command190 Sqd1944-07-23StirlingIVLJ882L9-HRAF Fairford, GloucestershireSOE 'Rupert' See archive report for further details KilledGraffigny-Chemin Communal Cemetery. Collective grave 12-22Paradie Archive DatabaseRead Archive Report
539 FranklinGeorge RubinWarrant OfficerNZ/404681Age 24New ZealandW/Op/Air/GnrRNZAFBomber Command15 Sqd
1944-06-21LancasterIIILM576LS-DRAF Mildenhall, Suffolk1116TrainingCrashed at Barton MillsKilledHendon Cemetery. Section D 11 Collective Grave 55860 (Screen Wall Panel 2)

Courtesy Jennifer Lemaire

Information courtesy John Jones April 2021Born on the 15th October 1919 at Masterton. Prior to service worked as a farmer for Gibsons Farm at Rahotu. Enlisted at Levin on the 23rd November 1940. Embarked for Canada on the 06th January 1941. Awarded his W/Op/Air/Gnr and promoted to sergeant on the 21st June 1941. Son of George Douglas Franklin and of Evelyn Cooper Franklin (nee Reid), of New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand. Husband of Gwendoline Kathleen Franklin(nee Potter, later Broughton), of Finchley, Middlesex, England. A total of 468 flying hours logged and on his 02nd operational sortie.

One of two crew that survived a crash landing on the 26th February 1944. Returning from an operation to Augsburg Lancaster I ED383 flown by 23 year old, Fl/Sgt. Joseph Anthony Davis 1431240 RAFVR attempted to land at RAF Lakenheath but overshot the runway, overturned and caught fire. W/O. Franklin was taken to RAF Ely hospital, but rejoined 15 squadron on the 11th March.

540 FrapwellArthur WesleySergeant13161581911ObserverRAFVRBomber81 OTU1943-05-13WhitleyVEB346-GWhitchurch Heath2139Night Navigation Detail2 Hours into the sortie, the port engine failed and the was feathered. At about 2344 hours, control was lost and the a/c crashed less than a mile NE of Fridaythorpe, 9 miles WNW of Great Driffield, Yorkshire.KilledFrome (Christ Church) Churchyard, New Ground. Sec. E. Grave 1.Son of Wesley Alfred and Lavinia Mary Frapwell, of Frome; husband of Melina Elizabeth Frapwell, of Frome.
541 FreakesKennethFlight Sergeant1604876Age 21NavigatorRAFVRBomber 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
542 FredmanNorman HenryFlight Lieutenant1156241921NavigatorDFC

RAFVRBomber Command109 Sqn
1944-05-06MosquitoIXML958HS:?Little Staughton21:30LeverkusenShot down by a night-fighter and crashed near Herkenbosch (Limburg), 6 km SE from the centre Roermond in Holland. Claimed by Oblt. Werner Baake, his 27th Abschuss, from 2./NJG1, 7 km NE Herkenbosch at 8000 m at 23:35 hrs. (Not. Victory achieved in co-operation with searchlight. (Nachtjagd Combat Archive (16 March 1944 - 11 May 1944) Part 2 - Theo Boiten)KilledJonkerbos War Cemetery 24.E.9DFC awarded whilst with 109 Sqn, gazetted 27th June 1944

Son of Henry Arthur and Gladys Fredman, of Ilford, Essex
543 FreemanRichard AlbertSergeant1389597Age 20Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command149 Sqd
1943-08-23StirlingIIIEE894OJ-RRAF Lakenheath, Suffolk2035Berlin See archive report for further details Missing- believed killedRunnymede War Memorial. Panel 150 Read Archive Report
544 FreemanReginald Thomas ArthurFlight Sergeant415777AustraliaRAAF458 Sqd RAAF
1943-11-27RAAF Honour Roll
545 FrenchHerbert JohnFlight Sergeant1337669Age 22Air BomberRAFVRBomber Command149 Sqd
1943-08-23StirlingIIIEE894OJ-RRAF Lakenheath, Suffolk2035Berlin See archive report for further details Missing- believed killedRunnymede War Memorial. Panel 136 Read Archive Report
546 FrewinLawrence William ArthurPilot Officer Air Bomber129176RAFVRBomber Command405 Sqd RCAF
1943-06-16HalifaxIIHR832LQ-RAF Gransden Lodge, CambridgeshireNot known crash time 19.05Cross country training flightTraining - crashed Clifton Farm, Clenchwarton, NorfolkKilledCity of London Cemetery and Crematorium, Manor Park. Cremation. Panel 9 Read Archive Report
547 FridayJack WilliamSergeantR/186609RCAFBomber Command419 Sqd RCAF
1944-06-12LancasterXKB726VR-A RAF Middleton St. George, County Durham 2144CambraiShot down by night fighter piloted by Friedrich Thörl - Crashed at Gaudiempre PoW No: 214 Camp: Stalag Luft BankanNone Paradie Archive DatabaseRead Archive Report

548 FridayArthur IanSergeant408805AustraliaRAAF13 Bomber Squadron (USAAF)1942-05-25RAAF Honour Roll
549 FrostArthur HenrySergeant1801136RAFVRBomber Command7 Sqd
1944-10-14LancasterIIIPB357MG-SOakington2330Operation Hurricane 1000 bomber raid on Thyssen Mines at DuisburgLost without traceKilled Age 27Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Coll. Grave 25. B. 2-6Part of a very experienced crew who spent their entire operational life together. Having ‘crewed up’ and completed crew training, the crew went for conversion, in early 1944, at 31 Base, Tempsford to the four engined heavy bombers, On 19 March 1943 they were posted to 218 Squadron and on 22 March they were posted immediately to 75 Squadron where they began their operational duties firstly on Short Stirlings and later on Lancasters. They took part in 26 operational sorties, 16 with 75 Squadron and 10 with the 7 Squadron as part of the Path Finder Force. From March to July 1944 the crew were engaged on bombing missions to targets such as Courtrai, Duisberg, Dortmund, Gelsenkirchen oil plant, bombing Le Harve E Boat Flotillas that had been attacking the D-Day invasion fleet, bombing the 2nd and 9th Panzer Divisions in Villers Bocage, and the Walten and Beauvoir V1 flying bomb sites. At the end of July 1944 the crew were transferred to 7 Squadron Pathfinder Force. Target Marking amongst other cities included Soesterberg, Bremen, Russelheim, Emden, Karmen, Gelsenkirchen, and the Wanne - Eickle GAVEG chemical works. Killed in action when Lancaster PB357 was lost without trace whilst taking part of the attacking force in Operation Hurricane, when over 1,000 aircraft attacked the Thysen Mines at Duisburg, on 14-15 October 1944. All the crew were killed. Crew buried together in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
550 FrostRobert ArthurSgt
Flight Lieutenant
RAFVRBomber Command61 Sqd RAF
Anti Submarine Atlantic Medal

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