No. 214 (Federated Malay States) Squadron
Royal Air Force

PERSONNEL
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The information on this page has been obtained from many sources. The idea is to gather any and all information on each individual member of 214 Squadron and record it here. Eventually, as enough information is received for each individual, a separate section will be set up for them with photos, memories and their personal story. If you served with the squadron, or know someone who was with the squadron, please contact me (remove the xxx to send an email) and help build this memorial / tribute to the squadron.

NOTE : To see the information for each individual, find their name in the HONOUR ROLL in the left column and if the name is underlined click on it. If the name is not underlined, then no further details are available yet.


Sgt Thomas Garside

Sgt Thomas Garside,   KIA  29/04/1937 during a mid air collision between two Harrows aircraft from Feltwell. (Further details pending)

The crash took place on April 29th.1937 Three aircraft flying in formation when one of the rear planes sliced the tail of the leading plane with the prop. I think 5 men died altogether. I recall a couple of names, Thomas Garside, Joseph McCarthy. Pilot Officer Wilfred Warner and a John Simpson who was apparently thrown clear of the wreckage but died later in hospital. One of the aircraft was recovered from the River Wissey, in this plane were the bodies of Thomas Garside and one other, a dredger from the Great Ouse Catchment was used to recover the wreck from the river. The incident was reported in the Daily Express and the Daily Herald on the 30th. April 1937.

Peter Garside, family of Thomas: This Monday just gone (November 2004) I drove up to Leeds and collected my aunt and took her to the grave at Feltwell. It is in the cemetery behind the small church next door to the Chequers pub in Feltwell. Two of the other crew are buried alongside.

SOURCE & Research: Peter Garside, Family of Thomas.


 Plt/Off Daniel Buntin Gaunt

Plt/Off Daniel Buntin Gaunt (80446) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.214 Squadron - awarded as per London Gazette 15 June 1943.  Born in Pennant Creek, Saskatchewan, 25 September 1920; home there. Left Canada 20 September 1937 to become a mining technician in Southern Rhodesia (the mine owner was a Quebec industrialist); applied to join "Rhodesian Wing of the RAF", although his acceptance was deferred and he apparently had trouble getting back to Canada.  Enlisted in RAF as an AC2 (service number 778553), 3 January 1941; remustered from Aircraft Hand to Air Gunner under Training, 6 May 1941; trained as a gunner at Evanton, 1 September to 12 October 1941; promoted LAC, 25 August 1941; confirmed as Air Gunner, 13 October 1941; commissioned 14 October 1942; promoted Flying Officer, 14 April 1943; promoted Flight Lieutenant, 14 October 1944, Injured 18 November 1943 when Halifax of No.192 Squadron overshot on landing; three others in crew killed; he was rear gunner; missing (POW), 25 May 1944 on Special Duty mission, No.192 Squadron, to Aachen. Transferred to RCAF with effect from 24 November 1944 (C97012); repatriated 6 August 1945; released 16 October 1945. AFRO 1338/43 dated 16 July 1943 reporting his award - but as a DFM) and AFRO 1444/44 dated 7 July 1944 (reporting him missing) identified him as a Canadian in the RAF.  Air Ministry Bulletin 10534 refers.  Flight, 5 August 1943, published the following:

Pilot Officer Gaunt's operational missions have included sorties against such heavily defended targets as Berlin, Hamburg, Turin and Genoa.  He has experienced attacks by enemy night fighters on several occasions.  These have invariably been beaten off or evaded successfully as the result of the skilful direction given by Pilot Officer Gaunt.

NOTE: DHist cards have a more detailed account, published in AFRO 1338/43 dated 16 July 1943.

Pilot Officer Gaunt is a rear gunner who has served in this squadron since July 1942.  His operational missions have included sorties against such heavily defended targets as Berlin, Hamburg, Turin and Genoa.  He has experienced attacks by enemy night fighters on several occasions.  They have invariably been beaten off or evaded successfully as the result of the skillful direction given by Pilot Officer Gaunt.  He has always set an excellent example to other aircrewss and much of his success as an air gunner has been due to the care and efficiency with which he prepares for operations.

 NOTE: On a form dated 26 July 1945 he stated he had flown two tours with Nos.214 and 192 Squadrons (30 and 18 missions respectively), June 1942 to 24 May 1944, totaling 280 operational hours.  Nothing to indicate when he began his tour with No.192 Squadron, but as he took a Gunnery Leader Course at Sutton Bridge, December 1942 to January 1943, it would appear the course marked the conclusion of his first tour.


Sgt H E Y Gillies

Sgt H E Y Gillies, Date taken POW 9 May 1941, POW number 25

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C R1447 BU-?

Imprisoned at POW camp Thorn (Torun), Poland OR Oerbke (Fallingbostel), Germany - dates unknown
Imprisoned at POW camp Wolfsberb / Spittal am der Drau, Austria

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

Source : Wim de Meester of The Netherlands and Chorley and 'Footprints on the sands of time' by Oliver Clutton-Brock

Date record last updated : 30 July 2011


Sqn/Ldr Robert Raymond 'Ray' Glass DFC

Sqn/Ldr Robert Raymond 'Ray' Glass DFC, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) ??Glass (1941)
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling (model unknown) ??Glass (42/43)

Ray Glass flew two tours with 214 Squadron. The first, on Wellingtons, when he flew as a Sgt Pilot from early 1941. The second, on Stirlings, he flew as a Flight Lieutenant in 1942-43, earning a DFC.

Ray Glass was best man at Sgt Ralph Reginald Shipley's marriage and Jonathan Shipley (grandson of Ralph) was in touch with Ray until his death, attended his funeral, and is still in touch with Ray's family.

Source : Christopher Jary, Author - Portrait Of A Bomber Pilot and Jonathan Shipley (grandson of Sgt Ralph Shipley)

Date record last updated : 27 June 2009


Sgt Sol Glazer


Sgt Sol Glazer, 40621, Navigator / Observer, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Nationality : New Zealand, KIA 13 March 1941, Aged 29

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C N2746 BU-M

Buried in GRONINGEN (ESSERVELD) GENERAL CEMETERY. Reference : Plot RP. Row Class 2. Coll. grave 26.

Son of Samuel Glazer and of Polly Glazer (nee Nissenbaum), of Wellington City, New Zealand.

Sol Glazer was from Wellington City, New Zealand. He was on his 5th mission when he died.


Source : Stevin Oudshoorn and CWGC and Chorley and www.basher82.nl

Date record last updated : 22 June 2014

FS Thomas Duke 'Tommy' Glenn

FS Thomas Duke 'Tommy' Glenn, 1516790, Navigator, Royal Air Force, Nationality : British, Date taken POW 24 May 1944, POW number 18

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark II SR384 BU-A

Imprisoned at POW camp Bankau (Bakow), Poland
Imprisoned at POW camp Luckenwalde

Born 26 October 1922

Born in Retford, Nottinghamshire

Son of Cecil Thomas Glenn and Eva Glenn

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

CWGC states that Thomas was born in Newcastle upon Tyne. Family information states Retford Notts.

Thomas's aircraft was shot down 25th May 1944. He was handed over to the Germans on 27 May 1944.

From FS Tommy Glenn's POW diary held by his daughter-in-law Roz Glenn. On one page Tommy has written the following:
"In memoriam P/O Hockley, Alan James Noel [sic.] Our "Skipper" and pilot, who gave his life, so that we may live, remaining at the controls of the aircraft, thus allowing all but one of us to parachute to safety. He was a native of Sydney, Australia, aged 26, who was always tolerant, generous, sporting and certainly one of the best pilots in the RAF or RAAF."

After Tom's flight was shot down he was taken to Stalag Luft 7, Bankau, Germany (now Poland), in Jan 1945 they were all moved to Stalag 111A, Luckenwalde, Germany.

FS Glenn died in Newcastle upon Tyne in February 2000 aged 77.

Roz Glenn and family have now published a book called POW Wartime Log of F/Sgt T D Glenn. ISBN 978 0956373373

Source : Ryan Dudley (nephew of Allan Hockley) and "Footprints on the sands of time" by Oliver Clutton-Brock and Roz Glenn (daughter-in-law of FS Thomas Glenn)

Date record last updated : 22 June 2014

Sgt A Jim Goldson

Sgt A Jim Goldson, Port Waist Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, Date taken POW 7 March 1945, POW number Not known

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III KJ106 BU-G

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

POW camp not known

Source : "Footprints on the sands of time" by Oliver Clutton-Brock

Date record last updated : 20 October 2008

Sgt Albert John Gordon

Sgt Albert John Gordon, 1376471, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 4 April 1943, Aged 29

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I W7621 BU-G

Named on the following Memorial : Runnymede Memorial Panel 151

Son of Albert Edward and Ellen Louise Gordon; husband of Gladys Amy Gordon, of Greenford, Middlesex.

Source : CWGC and Nils Hempel of Kiel Germany

Date record last updated : 24 March 2009

FS Robert Reid Gray

FS Robert Reid Gray, R/93121, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 27 August 1942, Aged 22

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I R9155 BU-Q

Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 28. H. 7.

Son of Robert & Jane Gray, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Source : Chorley and CWGC and Arthur Skone

Date record last updated : 22 June 2014


Fg/Off W E Gronau

Fg/Off W E Gronau, F/O Gronau's  crew as recorded on their first 5 ops entries listed in the ORB seem to give the crew as:-
                          F/Lt J W Lucas
                          F/Lt W H Taylor
                          F/O N W Manners
                          F/Sgt R Jeffcock
                          W/O S C Hopkins
                          Sgt W C Heley (spelt Healey in the first entry but Heley in the next four)
                          F/Sgt J Parkinson
                          Sgt C W Pearson
                          Sgt J Burchell

This crew seems to be listed consistently in this order in the ORB, although it doesn't give their individual crew functions. HOWEVER, the tenth crew member (possibly the jamming equipment Special Operator?) changed a bit over the first 5 ops.
                          - Firstly it was Sgt J S Reid (1st op);
                          - then F/O W E Gronau RCAF (2nd op);
                          - then Sgt C Kerr (next 3 ops).
It may be that this was how the crew settled down to be (ie with Kerr).

SOURCE & RESEARCH: Ian Hunt


Plt/Off Oliver William 'Ollie' Green


Plt/Off Oliver William 'Ollie' Green, 183526, Special Operator, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 25 January 1947, Aged 22

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB817 BU-G
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III KJ101 BU-H
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III KJ114 BU-B

Buried in KIRKEE WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 9. C. 4.

Son of Joseph William Henry and Alice Green, of Whitchurch, Buckinghamshire.

As the Special Operator, Olly kept apart from the rest of the crew so they did not know him well.

Transferred to 84 Sqdn.after 1945

Source : CWGC and Ian Hunt and Alan Mercer

Date record last updated : 22 February 2009

 Sgt Samuel John Greer

Sgt Samuel John Greer, 611098, Flight Engineer, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 26 July 1943, Aged 22

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III BK686 BU-C

Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 6. C. 15.

Son of J. M. W. and Mary Greer, of Bloomfield, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Sgt Greer's uncle states his role as Navigator, the CWGC states his role as Flight Engineer.

Source : CWGC and Jack Greer (nephew) and Ian Hunt

Date record last updated : 8 August 2009

 Sgt Frank Morton Griggs DFM

Sgt Frank Morton Griggs DFM,  400468 RAAF.  Pilot


On the night of 27/06/1942 Stirling N3751 coded BU-P  set out for operations to Bremen. After bombing the target the crew encountered Luftwaffe nightfigters who often frequented the bomber routes home.  Enduring an unforgettable night of horror N3751 and crew, although severely damaged by flak, attacked by five enemy fighters and shot at over the sea managed to bring their aircraft home.  At 0500 be it a miracle or skill, N3751 returning to base, skidded down the runway wheels up and came to a rest. Although not officially verified yet  it is almost certain that Stirling BU-P never flew again. All surviving crew members were awarded the DFM. The citation as follows tells the harrowing story:  

3196 SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 21 JULY,1942
Award of the Distinguished Flying Medal to:

953982 F/Sgt James Ian Cunningham Waddicar,  Gunner
Aus- 4OO468 Sergeant Frank Morton GRIGGS  RAAF,  Pilot
1378114 Sergeant  Arthur 'O'HARA,  Navigator
953982 Flight Sergeant James Ian Cunningham WADDICAR
1014907 Sergeant Ronald WATSON,  Gunner
527989 .Sergeant Thomas Noel Castree PROSSER,'
1052356 Sergeant 'William WILDEY  1st Wireless Operator

These airmen (listed above) were members of the crew of an aircraft detailed to attack Bremen" on ' the night' of 27th June, 1942 ( 27/06/1942 ), Sergeant Griggs acting as captain. The objective was successfully bombed., but over the target area the aircraft sustained much damage from anti-aircraft fire. One of  the starboard engines was hit and put out of action. Shortly afterwards the bomber  was subjected to an attack by an enemy fighter, fire from which caused further damage. Almost immediately a second  fighter opened fire and Sergeant Wildey, the 1st wireless operator, was wounded in the arm. The first fighter then returned to the attack but was met with a long and vicious burst from Sergeant Waddicar's guns which sent the enemy aircraft spinning towards the ground, where it exploded on impact.

Some time later, after crossing Holland, Sergeant O'Hara, the navigator, who had "skilfully guided his captain' thus far, observed 2' enemy fighters closing in. Sergeant Watson, who was tending the injured wireless operator, immediately attempted to man his turret but it was jammed. With the assistance of Sergeant O'Hara, who held his legs, he managed to reach his guns and he then delivered an effective burst at the leading fighter, which caused it to dive towards the sea completely out of-control. Meanwhile, Sergeant Waddicar, with commendable ingenuity, had temporarily repaired one of his guns which had failed and opened fire at the second aircraft from close range.. The attacker dived away and exploded before hitting the water!  The bomber was not yet out of danger, being subjected to machine gun fire  from the sea. A few minutes later another fighter appeared opening fire with a long burst but Sergeant Waddicar's return fire caused it to break off the engagement.

Sergeant Griggs, displaying fine airmanship, eventually flew his severely damaged aircraft safely back to base where he made a crash landing. Throughout the operation, these airmen displayed unflinching courage, great fortitude and splendid team work in foiling the attacks of 5 enemy fighters, 3 of which were shot down. Their conduct upheld  the highest 'traditions of the Royal Air Force.


FS Robert Yewen 'Bob' Gundy

FS Robert Yewen 'Bob' Gundy, Bomb Aimer, Nationality : New Zealand, Date taken POW 24 May 1944, POW number 23

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark II SR384 BU-A

Imprisoned at POW camp Bankau (Bakow), Poland

Born 2 May 1920

Born in Pukekohe, South Auckland, New Zealand

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

Source : Ryan Dudley (nephew of Allan Hockley) and "Footprints on the sands of time" by Oliver Clutton-Brock and Roz Glenn (daughter-in-law of FS Thomas Glenn)

Date record last updated : 28 February 2010

Sgt G B Gallagher

Sgt G B Gallagher, Date taken POW 16 April 1943, POW number 1067

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III BK653 BU-A

Imprisoned at POW camp Barth, Germany
Imprisoned at POW camp Heydekrug (Silute), Lithuania
Imprisoned at POW camp Thorn (Torun), Poland OR Oerbke (Fallingbostel), Germany - dates unknown

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

Sgt Gallagher was taken POW when Stirling BK653 BU-A, crashed in the village of Bonneuil les Eaux, Northern France on 16 April 1943

Source : Julien Saguez, French Researcher and Chorley and 'Footprints on the sands of time' by Oliver Clutton-Brock

Date record last updated : 30 July 2011


Flt/Lt W G Grove

Flt/Lt W G Grove, 146424, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 24 March 1944, Aged 24

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III BK653 BU-A

Buried in RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 11.E.16

Son of Robert Elvey Grove and Margaret Annie Grove, of Dunvant, Swansea.

Sgt Grove evaded capture on 16 April 1943 and was later commissioned. He was killed on an operation to Berlin, while flying with 15 Squadron.

Source : Julien Saguez, French Researcher and Chorley and CWGC

Date record last updated : 30 July 2011


Sgt Eric Greenhalgh

Sgt Eric Greenhalgh, 1379905, Nationality : United Kingdom. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 27/28 March 1943

The following information was provided by Eric Matthews who has a family connection to Sgt Eric Greenhalgh :

Eric volunteered in 1940. He was trained at Calne in Wiltshire in October 1940, Blockpool 1941, then later posted to Isle of Islay, then Lossiemouth. He pasted out as a W/O AG August 1942 and was then posted to Stradishall.
He came home on leave for his 21st birthday in January 1943. In February he was burned face and head during a raid and was allowed home to convalesce. During this time he attended my Aunts 21st Birthday, she was his fiance. He returned to Stradishall on 17 March 1943. She never saw him again. He was reported missing after a raid on Berlin. The crew of BF453, BU-L were all killed on the night of 27 March 1943.
I have the front page of the morning newspaper following the raid.which reads 'On the night of the 26/27 March 1943 a raid took place on Berlin involving 396 aircraft. 9 were lost, 4 Halifax, 3 Lancasters and 2 Stirlings.'


The grave of Sgt Eric Greenhalgh at the Hanover Military Cemetery.

Son of William and Elizabeth Ann Greenhalgh, of Astley Bridge, Bolton, Lancashire.

For crew photograph and flight details see Crews and Losses for Stirling BF453.

Source : Eric Matthews, Ian Hunt and CWGC


Sgt R Gamble

Sgt R Gamble, Starboard Waist Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, Date taken POW 14 September 1945, POW number NK

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB802 BU-O

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

POW camp not known

Back in the UK on 9 April 1945

Source : 'Footprints on the sands of time' by Oliver Clutton-Brock and Ian Hunt and ORB

Date record last updated : 20 September 2011


Sgt Stanley George Goodey


Sgt Stanley George Goodey, Air Gunner, Date taken POW 11 June 1942, POW number 39727

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I R9326 BU-G

Imprisoned at POW camp Bad Sulza / Muhlhausen, Germany
Imprisoned at POW camp Beninia?, Poland
Imprisoned at POW camp Heydekrug (Silute), Lithuania

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

He was born in 1916 and initially joined 600 squadron aged 19. He joined 214 squadron "Conversion flight" on 5 April 1942 when he transferred from 115 squadron.

The crew of R9326 were filmed as part of a Pathe News Gazette wartime film called ‘Take it on the Chin’ about the bombings raids over Germany, which they took part in. This can be viewed by visiting :
http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=22954

When taken POW his leg was damaged, requiring surgery in a German hospital.

His son Richard Miller, was able to get in contact with Stanley and met him after a 50 year gap in 2007.
Sadly Stanley died around 8:00 pm on Monday 10th September 2007, aged 90, at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead London. Please go to the following link to see a tribute from his son Julian Francis Miller :
http://www.elec.york.ac.uk/intsys/users/jfm7/Stanley%20George%20Goodey.htm

Source : Richard Miller and Julian Miller (sons) and Nightjar Newsletter Summer / Autumn 2004 and "Footprints on the sands of time" by Oliver Clutton-Brock

Date record last updated : 17 December 2010


FS C M Gillis

FS C M Gillis, R/56399, Pilot

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) ??Williams

Was part of an aircrew to be seconded to 15OTU for 215 Squadron on 11 March 1942.

See Photo album 4 "The exodus of the 214 to the 215".


Source : Colin Burningham

Date record last updated : 29 May 2010


FS John Gambold


FS John Gambold, 577445, Signaller.

Also know as "Taff". Born Abercrave, South Wales, 21 December 1922. Enlisted in the RAF on 7 October 1939. Re-enlisted in 1941 as a wireless operator. Trained initially with 272 Squadron, then 227 Squadron. Posted to Khartoum October 1944. Then to 230 OCU Scampton. After which he was posted to 148 Squadron, Upwood joining 214 Squadron on 18 September 1951 where he stayed until joining 7 Squadron on 7 January 1955. He finally joined 1426 Flight in January 1956. He flew Avro Lincolns at 214 Squadron serving in Kenya during the offensive against the Mau-Mau and until the Squadron was disbanded. He was a member of the first NCO crew to win the Laurence Minot bombing trophy with 7 Squadron. He remained in the RAF after his flying ended transferring to telecommunications serving in Rudloe Manor, Malta, Cyprus, Gan and the MOD, until retiring to civvy street 20 December 1968. After the RAF he worked for Honeywell Computers until his retirement.


Crew photograph

Avro Lincoln RE320



Air check certificate


He transferred from 214 Squadron to 7 Squadron date unknown.

Source : Dave Gambold, son of John Gambold.


FS Frank Ellison Gatland DFM


from 1943 RNZAF Gazette



Flt/Lt Frank Ellison Gatland DFM mid, NZ411970, Pilot, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Nationality : New Zealand, Date taken POW 29 November 1942, POW number 27404

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I R9194 BU-N

Imprisoned at POW camp Lamsdorf (Lambinowice), Germany - from 1943, was previously Stalag 8B
Imprisoned at POW camp Lamsdorf (Lambinowice), Germany - until 1943 when it became Stalag 344
Imprisoned at POW camp Sagan (Zagan) & Belaria, Germany

Born 14 April 1917

Born in Onehunga, New Zealand

Son of Arthur raglan Gatland and Eliza Gatland

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

DFM awarded November 1942.

From London Gazette Issue 35791 published on the 17 November 1942.
"One night in October, 1942, Flight Sergeant Gatland was captain of an aircraft detailed to attack a target at Genoa. Heavy cloud obscured the target but despite this and opposing fire from the ground defences, Flight Sergeant Gatland courageously pressed home his attack from a low
level, while his gunners engaged the searchlights and gun emplacements. This airman, throughout his many operational sorties, has set a fine example by his determination, ability and devotion to duty."



From November 1942 he spent the rest of the war in and out of POW camps before being repatriated in 1945 and returning to New Zealand :
Stalag VIIIB
Work Party E283 Stramburg (escape)
Work Party E585 Jaderndorf (escape)
Work Party Leobshutz (escape)
Stalag Luft III
Marlag-Milag Nord Camp

He spent the last 8 years of his life writing his memoirs, primarily for family interest. His son Arthur has now taken on the challenge of updating his memoirs, particularly looking for more photographs.

Frank died in New Zealand ion 12 June 2007, aged 90.

In May 2013 a memorial service for the crew of Stirling R9194 was held in France, arranged by Herve Savary. Arthur Gatland, son of Frank Gatland, attended along with Cyril Penna, the last survivor of the crash.


From Left to Right Herve Savary, Cyril Penna and Arthur Gatland, son of New Zealand pilot Frank Gatland. May 2013

Source : Arthur Gatland (son) and Capitaine Herve Savary (French Gendarmerie Officer) and Nightjar Newsletter and London Gazette and "Footprints on the sands of time" by Oliver Clutton-Brock

Date record last updated : 10 January 2016


LAC John Erskine Glen

LAC John Erskine Glen, R166646, RCAF.

Born in Shanghai China in 1920 and emigrated to Canada as a British citizen in 1927. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942 and was discharged in the Autumn of 1945. In 1943 he was serving with 214 Squadron at RAF Downham Market in Norfolk. In 1944 he was at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk. He was either a radio or radar technician. At some time during WW2 he was with 172 Squadron at Chivenor in Devon.

Source : Donna MacIver, Great Niece of John Glen.


Flt/Lt William Anthony Gallienne AFM

Flt/Lt William Anthony Gallienne AFM , Captain, 3132036, Royal Air Force , Nationality : United Kingdom. KIA 19 August 1968 Age 36.

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Victor K Mark I XH646

Named on the following Memorial : Armed Forces Memorial
Named on the following Memorial : Rolls of Honour, Church of St Clement Danes, London

Born 18 December 1931
Born in Limehouse, London.

Buried in MARHAM CEMETERY. Reference : Row 3. Grave 18.

Stationed at RAF Marham.

Source : Jock Whitehouse and Armed Forces Memorial and Ian Andrew

Date record last updated : 9 March 2009


Flt/Lt Brian Gregory

Flt/Lt Brian Gregory , Adjutant, 4066621. Died 28 July 1958 Age 26.

Date of Birth 10 June 1932.

He is buried at ECCLESFIELD CEMETERY.

Named on the following Memorials :
Rolls of Honour, Church of St Clement Danes, London

Stationed at RAF Marham. Born in Sheffield Yorkshire. Killed in a motoring accident while on leave.

Source : Jock Whitehouse and Armed Forces Memorial


Plt/Off Gilbert

Plt/Off Gilbert, Co-pilot

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) N2778 (10 February 1941) BU-R
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) N2778 (14 February 1941) BU-R

Source : Ian Hunt

Date record last updated : 7 January 2010


Sgt A B Grainger

Sgt A B Grainger, Navigator, Nationality : United Kingdom, Date taken POW 2 August 1943, POW number 222407

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III EF409 BU-V

Imprisoned at POW camp Muhlberg am der Elbe, Germany

On 2/3 August, 1943, at approximately 0200 hours orders were given to abandon the aircraft off Wilhemshaven. He alighted in the sea, a poor swimmer and wounded, near to his pilot Sgt McGarvey who, despite his own wounds, which rendered his legs almost useless, swam towards him. Searchlights were being played on them both as they tried to swim to the nearest shore position. When dawn broke they set course for a light vessel which could be seen in the distance. The tide was, however, carrying them- away from the vessel. Sgt Grainger was only just conscious and Sgt McGarvey, discarding his " Mae West," swam to the light vessel to obtain assistance. At 10.30 hours Sgt Grainger was rescued in an unconscious condition but recovered after artificial respiration had been applied. Warrant Officer McGarvey had assisted him for 8½ hours, eventually saving his life in most difficult and dangerous circumstances.

Source : London Gazette 14 August 1945

Date record last updated : 11 February 2008


Sgt Arnold Walker Gibson

Sgt Arnold Walker Gibson, 749389, Navigator, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 12 May 1941, Aged 26

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C R1462 BU-?

Buried in HAMBURG CEMETERY. Reference : 5A. F. 1.

Son of Ernest and Laura Gibson, of West Hartlepool, Co. Durham.

Source : Christopher Jary - Author and Ian Hunt and CWGC

Date record last updated : 13 February 2008


Sgt Zanwel Goldfinger

Sgt Zanwel Goldfinger, 1330847, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 24 May 1943, Aged 24

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III BF478 BU-G

Named on the following Memorial : Runnymede Memorial panel 150

Son of Chajim Leib Goldfinger and Dewora Goldfinger, of Haifa, Israel.

Source : CWGC and Nightjar Newsletter Summer/Autumn 2003.

Date record last updated : 18 February 2008


FS 'Paddy' Gilpin

FS 'Paddy' Gilpin, Mid Upper Gunner

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark II SR386 BU-N

Source : Gerhard Heilig

Date record last updated : 8 March 2008


Sgt J A E Giblin

Sgt J A E Giblin, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, Date taken POW 31 August 1943, POW number 222698

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III EE970 BU-B

Imprisoned at POW camp Muhlberg am der Elbe, Germany

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

Source : Ian Hunt and "Footprints on the sands of time" by Oliver Clutton-Brock and Chorley and Geoff Swallows (Australian Researcher)

Date record last updated : 31 January 2010


Flt/Lt John 'Gulli' Gulliver

Flt/Lt John 'Gulli' Gulliver, 8024813H, Navigator / Plotter, Royal Air Force, Nationality : British

Born 30 March 1948

Born in London

Flew Victor K Mark I B1A2P aircraft.

John is a member of the 214 Squadron Association Committee.

Source : John Gulliver

Date record last updated : 18 June 2008


WO Gibbons

WO Gibbons, Navigator

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB763 BU-T

Is listed on Battle Orders for 22 August 1944.

Source : George Mackie

Date record last updated : 28 July 2008


WO A C Gallop

WO A C Gallop, Pilot

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I R9289 BU-O

Source : Roy Tebbutt (Carpetbagger Aviation Museum, Harrington, UK) and Lost Bombers website (http://www.lostbombers.co.uk)

Date record last updated : 3 August 2008


Plt/Off Gilbert

Plt/Off Gilbert, Pilot

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress (model unknown) ??Gilbert (21 May 1944) BU-H
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress (model unknown) ??Gilbert (24 April 1944) BU-H
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress (model unknown) ??Gilbert (8 May 1944) BU-?
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress (model unknown) ??Gilbert (22 April 1944) BU-F

Source : Donald Gilchrist

Date record last updated : 20 September 2008


Sgt Dennis Owen George

Sgt Dennis Owen George, 1164451, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : British, KIA 2 April 1942, Aged 22

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) Z1156

Buried in DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 2. F. 9.

Son of William Charles and Jane Louise George, of Brighton, Sussex.

Source : CWGC and Kerry R Martin (relative) and Chorley's "Bomber Command Losses" 1942 volume

Date record last updated : 3 October 2008


FS Green

FS Green, Flight Engineer

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark II ??Van Den Bok (December 1944) BU-C

Source : Roger Mills (son of John Tudor Mills)

Date record last updated : 16 May 2009


Sgt Gregory

Sgt Gregory

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB785 (Corke) BU-A

Source : Pilot Officer William Foskett

Date record last updated : 26 May 2009


Jnr/Tech Dennis Charles 'Gilly' Gilliland

Jnr/Tech Dennis Charles 'Gilly' Gilliland, 681577, Royal Air Force, Nationality : British

Born 6 April 1940

Born in Felixtowe

Source : Dennis Gilliland

Date record last updated : 13 July 2009


'Dickie' Gunton

'Dickie' Gunton, Engineers' Leader

See WO Roland Williams personnel entry for a mention of Dickie Gunton.

Source : Catherine Sommer (daughter of Roland Williams)

Date record last updated : 4 August 2009


FS Nelson 'Geoff' Godfrey

FS Nelson 'Geoff' Godfrey, Navigator

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress (model unknown) ??Austin BU-O
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress (model unknown) ??Wynne

Geoff still remains undiscovered by Leslie Bostock, who is still searching for him. Can anyone help with information please?

Source : Leslie Bostock

Date record last updated : 27 October 2009


Sgt Raymond Mordue Gibbney

Sgt Raymond Mordue Gibbney, 1527965, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 14 May 1943, Aged 24

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I R9242 BU-O

Named on the following Memorial : Runnymede Memorial Panel 150

Son of Thomas Marshall Gibbney and Alice May Gibbney, of Wallsend, Northumberland.

Source : Chorley and CWGC

Date record last updated : 10 October 2009


FS R F Gullick

FS R F Gullick, Date taken POW 14 May 1943, POW number 155

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I R9242 BU-O

Imprisoned at POW camp Heydekrug (Silute), Lithuania
Imprisoned at POW camp Thorn (Torun), Poland OR Oerbke (Fallingbostel), Germany - dates unknown

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

Source : Chorley and "Footprints on the sands of time" by Oliver Clutton-Brock

Date record last updated : 10 October 2009


Sgt Leslie Charles Gale

Sgt Leslie Charles Gale, 1384752, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 1 September 1943, Aged 21

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III EE959 BU-E

Buried in BERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY. Reference : Coll. grave 5. F. 24-29.

Son of Charles Hartley and Olive May Gale; husband of Doris Jane Gale, of East Finchley, Middlesex.

Adrian Lee's mother kept contact with Leslie's widow for quite along time after the war.

Source : Adrian Lee (son of Frank Lee) and Chorley and CWGC

Date record last updated : 27 November 2009


Fg/Off Jack Arthur Gibbs


Fg/Off Jack Arthur Gibbs, J/17248, Mid Upper Gunner, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 5 February 1945, Aged 29

Buried in HOTTON WAR CEMETERY. Reference : IV. B. 2.

Son of Edward Clement Gibbs and Florence May Gibbs; husband of Ceridwen Margaret Gibbs, of Penticton, British Columbia, Canada.

Fg/Off J A Gibbs RCAF completed a tour as a mid upper gunner wtith 214 sqn. starting in mid 1942.


Can anyone identify the names of the crew and the aircraft? They are marked from L-R as Jimmy, Tuck, Buck, Skipper, Eddie, JA (Jack) and Bill.

After his tour with 214 Squadron Jack taught at an Air Gunnery School and in 1944 he joined the Canadian 419 Lancaster Squadron. He was killed in action with this Squadron. The village of Hotton was the western limit of the great German counter offensive in the Ardennes in early 1945.

Source : Mark Gibbs (son) and CWGC

Date record last updated : 30 January 2011


FS Billy Orrin Gates

FS Billy Orrin Gates, R/74829, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : American, KIA 15 April 1942, Aged 25

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C Z1148 BU-?

Buried in HEVERLEE WAR CEMETERY. Reference : Joint grave 3. E. 17-18.

Son of Basil Roy and Aletta Margaret Gates, of Loveland, Colorado, U.S.A.

Sgt Gates was an American from Loveland Colorado, serving with the RCAF

Source : Chorley and CWGC

Date record last updated : 28 February 2010


Sgt Kenneth Sidney Gillard

Sgt Kenneth Sidney Gillard, 751698, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 June 1943, Aged 24

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III EH882 BU-O

Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY. Reference : Coll. grave 20. E. 1-3.

Son of Reginald Charles and Florence Annie Gillard, of Westcliffe-on-Sea, Essex; husband of Margaret Alice Gillard, of Rayleigh, Essex.

Source : CWGC and Chorley and Lesley Iles (historian of Southend School for Boys)

Date record last updated : 20 June 2010


FS P E Goldsmid

FS P E Goldsmid, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, Date taken POW 22 June 1943, POW number 318

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III EH882 BU-O

Imprisoned at POW camp Heydekrug (Silute), Lithuania
Imprisoned at POW camp Thorn (Torun), Poland OR Oerbke (Fallingbostel), Germany - dates unknown

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

Source : Chorley and "Footprints on the sands of time" by Oliver Clutton-Brock

Date record last updated : 20 June 2010


Sgt G S Graveson

Sgt G S Graveson, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, Date taken POW 22 June 1943, POW number 151

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III EH882 BU-O

Imprisoned at POW camp Heydekrug (Silute), Lithuania
Imprisoned at POW camp Thorn (Torun), Poland OR Oerbke (Fallingbostel), Germany - dates unknown

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

Source : Chorley and "Footprints on the sands of time" by Oliver Clutton-Brock

Date record last updated : 20 June 2010


FS Terence Noel Gallagher

FS Terence Noel Gallagher, 772724, Navigator, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 22 November 1945, Aged 20

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Liberator (model unknown) KL587

Buried in SUDA BAY WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 16. C. 19.

Son of Matthew Arnold and Eileen Emma Gallagher, of Kingston Hill, Surrey.

Source : CWGC and Jock Whitehouse

Date record last updated : 20 July 2011


David Garnham

David Garnham

No further information available yet.

Source : Guy Kennedy

Date record last updated : 3 October 2010


Sgt Gray

Sgt Gray

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I R9319 BU-S

Date record last updated : 3 October 2010


Sgt Adrian Harold Cooper Gill

Sgt Adrian Harold Cooper Gill, 404024, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal New Zealand Air Force, KIA 17 August 1942, Aged 24

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I BF330 BU-H

Buried in MANBY (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD. Reference : Grave 19.

Son of Theodore Gregory Cooper Gill and of Flora Gill (nee White), of Palmerston North, Wellington, New Zealand.

Source : CWGC

Date record last updated : 19 November 2010


Al Gardener

Al Gardener, Navigator, Royal Air Force

Buried in Mintlyn Crematorium, Kings Lynn

Husband of Florence Gardener

Al died in 2010 and his funeral took place on 10 December 2010.

Al was a navigator on the Victor on 214 in the early 70's. He had previously flown the Canberra and Valiant. He was heavily involved with the 2 V-Force reunions that have been held.

Source : John Gulliver

Date record last updated : 30 January 2011


Sqn/Ldr Colin Leslie Gilbert

Sqn/Ldr Colin Leslie Gilbert, 39458, Royal Australian Air Force, Nationality : Australian, KIA 7 May 1942, Aged 24

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I L4269
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I L4365
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I N2529

Born 14 January 1918

Born in Maitland, South Australia

Buried in DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 2.G.4

Son of Elisabeth and Les Gilbert of Maitland, York Peninsular, South Australia

Colin served with 214 Squadron from 1937 through to 1940. During that time, while captaining a Harrow he had to order abandon ship at 11,000 feet, at night, over Pontefract; and had to belly-land a Wellington with damaged under-carriage. These were two of the four crashes he survived before succumbing to Flak over Mannheim in 1942, again in a Wellington but with 460 Squadron.

Colin's History :

Colin attended Maitland High School. Aged 15 in 1933 he enrolled at Prince Alfred College Adelaide.

In 1935 he was awarded a flying scholarship and was selected for training at No1 FTS at Point Cook. He trained in a DeHavilland Gypsy Moth and and a Westland Wapiti light bomber.
On 7 December 1936 he was awarded his wings and given the rank of Pilot Officer, aged only 18 years old.

On 7 January 1937 Colin was selected for Special Training with the British Royal Air Force. He sailed to England on the Royal Mail ship "Orford", arriving in Britain in February 1937.

Colin was granted a "short service" commisson as a Pilot Officer on 6 March 1937 and was posted to No3 FTS at RAF Spitalgate for assessment on the Avro Tutor.

Two weeks later on 20 March 1937 he was posted to No9 FTS at RAF Thornaby where he progressed to the Hawker Hart and the Hawker Audax.

On 30 June 1937 he was posted to 214 Squadron at Feltwell flying in a Handley Page Harrow, the largest land-based aircraft in RAF service at the time.

Colin was promoted to Flying Officer on 19 September 1938 and to Acting Flight Lieutenant on 7 July 1939.

On 27 August 1939 214 Squadron, equipped with Wellington bombers, moved to Methwold.

Colin’s engagement to Daphne Corbett, the daughter of Captain Noel Corbett RN, was announced in the Adelaide Advertiser on 17th January 1940. Daphne’s father was a Naval Officer of some standing. He was Officer Commanding ‘A’ Turret in H.M.S. ‘Indomitable’ at the Battle of Jutland in the First World War, and had been called back from retirement to serve in the Second World War as senior Royal Naval officer on the Faroe Islands (27 Nov 1941 to 25 Feb 1945).

Colin and Daphne were married in the Parish Church at Newmarket, Suffolk, on 20th April 1940.

On 13 February 1940 Colin was posted to Flying Duties with 99 Squadron at Mildenhall.

On 17 May 1940 Colin was posted to RAF Station Harwell for ‘Flying Duties’.
No.15 OUT had been formed a month earlier, on April 8th, from No.3 Bomber Group Pool. Its function was to train night bomber crews using Wellington bombers. It would seem that Colin’s experience and competence was to be employed in training bomber crews in the skills required for effective night bombing of enemy targets. Although a training unit, as part of their training crews carried out nickeling missions over France, and later even bombing raids over Germany.

On 21 September 1940 Colin was promoted to Flight Lieutenant and posted to 75 (NZ) Squadron from for flying duties.

Colin's Service Record records that from 14 February 1941 he was again posted to No.15 OUT for "Flying Duties."

13 June 1941 Colin was promoted from Flight Lieutenant to Acting Squadron Leader, thought to have been the youngest Squadron Leader in the Commonwealth forces at the time. Colin and Daphne’s son, David, was born on this day.

On November 21 1941 Acting Squadron Leader C.L.Gilbert (Colin) was reportd having arrived at Molesworth from No.15 O.T.U. to be Flight Commander of ‘A’ Flight 460 Squadron R.A.A.F.

1942 December 4th-6th 460 Squadron moved to RAF Breighton. Colin’s family moved to be nearby at 14 Tranby Avenue (official correspondence says Cranby Avenue in error), on the outskirts of York.

The official casualty records contain this information:

Date of Death : 7 May 1942
Aircraft Type: Wellington
Serial number: Z 1254
Radio call sign: UV L
Unit: 460 Sqn RAAF

For a full history of Colin's story please visit http://www.users.greenbee.net/~noelbaker/colin.htm

Source : Noel Baker and CWGC

Date record last updated : 27 September 2013


Sgt Ivan John Green


Sgt Ivan John Green, 1154443, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 21 September 1941

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark II W5452 BU-U

Buried in ROWLEY REGIS (ST. GILES) CHURCHYARD. Reference : Plot M.28 Grave 1554

Source : CWGC and Chorley and Mike Tallis

Date record last updated : 31 December 2014


John Gallagher

John Gallagher

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Victor Mark I - 3 point tanker ??Barrell (July 1969)

Source : Nightjar Newsletter May 2013

Date record last updated : 25 January 2015


Plt/Off Gasper

Plt/Off Gasper, Co-pilot

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C X9758 BU-G

Source : Ian Hunt and ORB

Date record last updated : 29 March 2015


'Taffy' Gosling

'Taffy' Gosling, Rear Gunner

He was a regular crew member with Frank Gatland

Source : Arthur Gatland

Date record last updated : 10 January 2016


John 'Dan' Gurney

John 'Dan' Gurney, Co-pilot

John was a Victor Co-Pilot with 214 Squadron and a Victor Captain with 57 Squadron.

Sadly he died in March 2015

Source : Nightjar Newsletter February 2016

Date record last updated : 13 December 2016


Plt/Off Guild

Plt/Off Guild, Pilot

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C R1341

On 14 July 1941 R1613, R1614, R1341 and T2913 took off from Stradishall at 23:15hrs on a mission to Bremen.

Of the four aircraft sent by 214 Squadron this night, two returned to base which ultimately saved them from the disaster that lay ahead. R1341piloted by Pilot Officer Guild returned claiming that bad weather and icing conditions would not let aircraft climb.

Source : Ian Hunt

Date record last updated : 9 January 2017


Sgt Gwilliam

Sgt Gwilliam, Pilot

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C T2913

On 14 July 1941 R1613, R1614, R1341 and T2913 took off from Stradishall at 23:15hrs on a mission to Bremen.

Of the four aircraft sent by 214 Squadron this night, two returned to base which ultimately saved them from the disaster that lay ahead. T2913 piloted by Sgt Gwilliam returned claiming engine trouble.

Source : Ian Hunt

Date record last updated : 9 January 2017


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