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 Donald James Rae

Sgt Donald James Rae, Air gunner RAAF 406681. Nationality Australian, KIA over Germany  27/03/1943, aged 21. Commemorated on panel 129 AWM

See CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling BF453 BU-L

Buried at Hanover War Cemetery

Son of Leonard Clarkson Rae and Irene Eddleston Rae, of Katanning, Western Australia.

Source : John Cripps re: http//www.awm.gov.au, Eric Matthews relative of Eric Greenhalgh, Ian Hunt and CWGC


Fg/Off Charles William A Haughton Rafter

Fg/Off Charles William A Haughton Rafter, 41203, Pilot, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 11 October 1940, Aged 22

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C L7840 BU-?

Buried in HARBORNE (ST. PETER) CHURCHYARD. Reference : Old Part. Joint grave.

Son of Charles Haughton Rafter and Lady Katharine Rafter, of Harborne, Birmingham

Jonathan Shipley has a postcard sent from Charles Rafter to his parents.

When Fg/Off Rafter was killed he had flown a total of 308 hours, of which 18 were on Wellingtons

Source : Bill Stubbs and CWGC and Jonathan Shipley

Date record last updated : 14 June 2009


Sgt J S Reid

Sgt J S Reid, Sgt Reid'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
 Sgt Thomas Frank Richardson


Sgt Thomas Frank Richardson, 951197, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 11 April 1943, Aged 21


SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I BK612 BU-Z

Named on the following Memorial : RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL Panel 163.

Son of Ernest and Edith Lillian Richardson, of Walsall, Staffordshire.

Enlisted in 1940. Age 21. Son of Mr & Mrs E Richardson, 44 Stafford St. An Old Boy of St Peters and the Blue Coat Schools. Prior to enlisting he worked in his fathers Cycle business. Thomas had two other brothers serving in the RAF and one brother in the Royal Army Service Corps.

Source : Cheryl Garner, Great Niece of Thomas Frank Richardson and CWGC.

Date record last updated : 30 December 2011

FS Robert Hendry Ritchie


FS Robert Hendry Ritchie, 817140, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force (Auxiliary Air Force), Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 3 July 1942, Aged 22

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I BF313 BU-T

Buried in WESTERNIELAND GENERAL CEMETERY, DE MARNE. Reference : Grave N.476

Son of George and Jane Ritchie, of Aberdeen.

Flight Sergeant Robert Hendry Ritchie was from Aberdeen

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

Date record last updated : 22 June 2014

 Flt/Lt Norman Rix DFC

Flt/Lt Norman Rix DFC, Pilot, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, Date taken POW 14 March 1945, POW number NK

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

Husband of Margaret

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

Flt/Lt Rix was captured and became a POW. It is not known which POW camp he was sent to.

As a PoW, Rix saved the Bavarian village of Ettringen from destruction by the advancing U.S. 7th Army. Having been marched to Ettringen, he persuaded his guards to lay down their arms and then took control of the village. The next day, he went forward to meet an American tank patrol and informed the astonlshed commander that Ettringen was already in British hands. A formal handover was arranged for the following day. No shots were fired and no civilians injured. Sadly, Rix's achievement was never recognlsed by the authorities, but the villagers of Ettringen have not forgotten what he did.

After the war he went on to become a noted Architect.

The site administrators have a list of Flt/Lt Rix's operations from 13 Aug 1944 to 14 Mar 1945. If you would like further details please contact the site administrators.

Source : Ian Hunt, ORB of Flt/Lt N Rix and Caroline Rix Taylor (daughter) and 'Footprints on the sands of time' by Oliver Clutton-Brock

Date record last updated : 20 September 2011


Sgt George Marsh Robinson

Sgt George Marsh Robinson, 1169566, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom. KIA on 28 January 1942 on operations over Germany aged 20.

Son of Thomas William and Annie Elizabeth Robinson, of Wigston, Leicestershire.

See CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mk1c X9890 BU-F

Named on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL. Panel 92.

Source : CWGC

Sgt Douglas Cyril 'Ginge' Rowland



Sgt Douglas Cyril 'Ginge' Rowland, 910608, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 April 1941, Aged 21

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C T2542 (9 April 1941)

Born in West Ham, England

Buried in KIEL WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 2. B. 9.

Son of William Rowland, and of Eleanor Townshend Rowland, of Romford, Essex.

Douglas was born in 1920.

At the age of 16 Doug borrowed a shovel from a neighbour in Romford Essex, then gave his age as 18 to be able to gain employment digging the Ilford Underground with the Irish Navies.

Doug sang on the RAF radio.

Doug's sister Joan sent his photo to the Red Letter Book and he won the title of 'Best looking man in England' competition.

Doug's best mate in the Airforce was Sgt Richard Brown (944326), who was shot down in the same aircraft.

2 November 1940 Douglas qualified as an air gunner
4 October 1940 Douglas qualified as a wireless operator with a Morse speed of 18 wpm

Douglas's first flight was on 7 September 1940 in R5924. It was a dayime flight that lasted 1hr and 15 minutes.

In total he flew 73 hours during the day and 171/2 hours at night.

Source : CWGC and Nightjar Newsletter and Nils Hemple and Aled Leyshon (grandson of Mervyn Leyshon) and Samantha Simmons (Great Niece of Douglas Rowland) and Joan Scorey (sister of Douglas Rowland) and Andy Durrant (great nephew of Douglas)

Date record last updated : 25 September 2011

 Fg/Off Walter Rowley DFC

Fg/Off Walter Rowley DFC, 128492, Navigator

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling (model unknown) ??Dixon
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III BK663 (29 March 1943)

Born 29 March 1918

Born in Pontefract Yorkshire

DFC awarded as per London Gazette dated 18 January 1944 for services in No.214 Squadron.
Canadian connection not certain from cards; AFRO 462/44 dated 3 March 1944 (announcing DFC) describes him as Canadian in the RAF. Royal Air Force Personnel Management Agency, in a letter to H.A. Halliday dated 21 February 2000, states he was born 29 March 1918 at Pontefract, Yorkshire.

...a keen and determined navigator this officer has successfully completed numerous operational sorties, covering targets at Rostock, Hamburg, southern Germany and Italy. Throughout he has displayed a consistently high standard of navigation combined with determination to complete his mission regardless of enemy opposition or adverse weather. In August 1943, his aircraft was seriously damaged by a hostile fighter when over Nuremburg. By skilful navigation Flying Officer Rowley enabled his captain to fly the badly damaged bomber safely back to England.

There is more information on the crew record for Stirling ??Dixon.

Source : Crew details given by John Jewsbury (son of R F Jewsbury) and an unknown source has provided all other information.

Date record last updated : 7 July 2009

 Wg/Cdr D D Rogers

Wg/Cdr D.D. Rogers, O/C of 214 Squadron.

SOURCE: P/O Bill Foskett Log

 Sgt Joe 'Spike' Rogers

1914-1996

The following is an excerpt from a magazine article  written by Joe in tribute to his friend Peter Townsend, who's contribution he felt, had never been properly recognized. The few words in this excerpt are all he included about himself .  

"I am greatly grieved that Peter's magnificent services to the nation, well beyond the call of duty, have never been properly acknowledged or published and hope that this little effort will go someway to produce for the record, a memorial to a most kind, generous, brave and gallant English gentleman. They don't seem to be made like that any more".......................

*NOTE: Joes modesty is obvious, but the fact that this perceived injustice troubled him nearly half a century after the fact, is also a very strong statement on Joe's own character and the same could surely be said of Joe himself. The absolute irony here is that Joe (although a pilot himself) ended the war as ground crew who were unjustly among the most overlooked, unsung hero's of the war; his pilot friend Peter would have basked in the limelight by comparison. Underscoring his own ( valuable contribution), he seeks only recognition for his friend. To quote Joes own words, "They don't seem to be made like that anymore".

............."With the expectation of getting back to the Squadron in time for the 'invasion', Peter Townsend got me posted for flight training with Tiger Moths which then lead to operational duties, flying Wellington aircraft with 99 Squadron. I was put on conversion to fly 4-engine Stirling bombers from Stradishall and 214 Squadron at Waterbeach, Cambs until late 1943, when I lost most of my sight due to heavy flak and strafing from enemy aircraft. I reverted to ground duties with a flight of my own to look after in a different command; so we lost track of each other for nearly half a century! Peter's subsequent career as an Equerry to the King and his wholly unjustified 'banishment' to the diplomatic service is public knowledge."

Joe (at cockpit)  assisting F/O Lewis prepare
 his Hurricane for takeoff.

NOTE: The above information was obtained from Joe's son, Paul Rogers who has an excellent site with further information on his dad and a wealth of photos at the location listed below, it is well worth a visit. Unlike myself, Paul is not an armchair historian, he is extremely active with the Cambridge Bomber and Fighter Society and a driving force in a remarkable project to build / restore a flyable Hawker Hurricane MK 1.

Any donations toward this worthy project, no matter how small, would be deeply appreciated by Paul and the many volunteers who have selflessly donated their time and skills.
http://homepages.tesco.net/~mrogers/CBFS/CBFS.html

FS Len Roose


FS Len Roose, Air Gunner

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


A grand event, one of the crew gets married. FS Len Roose is third from left, his bride next to him.

Source : Pilot Officer William Foskett

Date record last updated : 26 May 2009

Sgt John Ritchie

Sgt John Ritchie, 1367646, Air Gunner

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark II ??Ingham BU-

Served at Oulton from 25 July 1944 to 17 April 1945 as an airgunner (qualified 12th of March 1944) on Fairey Battle Bolingbroke, Wellingtons, Stirling Mark III's and finally Fortresse Mark II's.

He flew 31 sorties with an operational hours total of 202 hours 40 mins, completing his first tour on 17 April 1945.
His regular pilot was Flight Sergeant who became Flt/Lt Ingham. His log is signed off by J J Bray as Squadron Leader and finally by R l Bowes Wg/Cdr OC 214.

He always regarded himself as flying with a very lucky crew.

After the war he was a deputy under manager in a large coal mine, since closed but his shift reports and records are in the mining museum as clear examples of the day to day workings of the mines.

He died in 1985 aged 62.

John's son, John, has a copy of his flying log book as do the website administrators.

Source : John Ritchie (son)

Date record last updated : 8 June 2009


Sgt Geoffrey Herbert Ransome


Sgt Geoffrey Herbert Ransome, Co-pilot, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, Date taken POW 11 June 1942, POW number 353

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

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

Born 22 March 1920

Born in Norwich, England

Son of George and Emma Ransome

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

Geoff wrote:

" I was called up and joined the RAF in 1941. I trained as a pilot at Wellesbourne on Tiger Moths, then went to Canada to a training aerodrome at Medicine Hat and learned to fly twin engined Ansons. When I returned to the UK, I was sent to 214 Squadron at Stradishall to fly four engined Stirlings. We were billetted at Branches Park which was a large country mansion, characterised by a large sunken bath, panelled walls and extensive grounds. We were transported daily to the airfield."

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

Sgt Geoffrey Ransome died on 27 November 2011, aged 91.

Source : Nightjar Newsletter Summer / Autumn 2004 and "Footprints on the sands of time" by Oliver Clutton-Brock and Geoff Ransome and Penny Ransome (wife of Geoffrey Ransome)

Date record last updated : 31 December 2014


Sgt L D Richardson

Sgt L D Richardson, Date taken POW 11 June 1942

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

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

Taken POW on 11 June 1942 but not listed in "Footprints on the sands of time" by Oliver Clutton-Brock

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

Source : Ian Tonkin and Nightjar Newsletter Summer / Autumn 2004

Date record last updated : 3 October 2008


Plt/Off John Rea

Plt/Off John Rea, 42647. Royal Air Force. Nationality : United Kingdom. KIA 28 September 1940.

See CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mk1c L7843

Buried at HEVERLEE WAR CEMETERY.
Joint grave 12. E. 10-11.

Source : Nightjar newsletter Winter / Spring 2006 and CWGC.


Sgt Bernard Raper

Sgt Bernard Raper, 548176, Wireless Operator, Royal Air Force, KIA 6 June 1940

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I N2993 BU-?

Buried in LIVERPOOL (FORD) ROMAN CATHOLIC CEMETERY. Reference : Sec 2A. Grave 13A

Source : CWGC and Jock Whitehouse and Traces of WW2 website and Nightjar Newsletter and Chorley

Date record last updated : 8 August 2011


Plt/Off R A Russell-Forbes


Plt/Off R A Russell-Forbes
, KIA 14 December 1939.

See CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington MK1 R2699

Source : Nightjar Newsletter.


Sgt Rothorn

Sgt Rothorn.

See CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington MK1C T2841 BU-K

Source : Nightjar Newsletter.


FS Alistair Frederick Rose

FS Alistair Frederick Rose, 416542, Navigator, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Nationality : New Zealand, KIA 13 August 1943, Aged 20

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I EF390 BU-A

Buried in LA BUSSIERE-SUR-OUCHE COMMUNAL CEMETERY. Reference : Coll. grave 3-4.

Son of Alexander Frederick and Mary Rose; nephew of Charlotte Aitken, of Gisborne, Auckland, New Zealand.

Source : CWGC, Nightjar Newsletter Summer / Autumn 2003 and J. Michael Townsend, Chairman of the RAFA French Riviera Branch.

Date record last updated : 18 February 2008


Sgt Roy Frederick Reynolds

Sgt Roy Frederick Reynolds, 1265583, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 14 September 1942

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I R9166 BU-H

Buried in RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY. Reference : Joint grave 17. G. 20-20A.

Source : CWGC and Nightjar Newsletter Winter / Spring 2004

Date record last updated : 21 February 2008


WO Alfred Read

WO Alfred Read, 1492091, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom

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

He was born in 1910

He died in 1992 aged 82.


Alfred's nephew, Ian, writes:


There are too many aircraft tail numbers to list, but a summary of aircraft flown from the flying log is detailed below :

Defiant - No 2 AGS (Air Gunnery School), Dalcross (February -March 1943)

Wellington III & X - 26 OTU (April - June 1943)
1483 Bomber and gunnery training flight at Newmarket Heath from July 1943 until joining 1651 Conversion Unit, Waterbeach later that month.

Stirling I ?- No 1651 Conversion Unit, Waterbeach (July 1943)

Stirling III ? - 214 Sqn, Chedburgh (July-November 1943)
Stirling III ? - 214 Sqn, Downham Market (December 1943 - January 1944)
Fortress I & II - 214 Sqn, Sculthorpe (February-May 1944)
Fortress I & II - 214 Sqn, Oulton
( May - July 1944)
214 Sqn Tour expired on 16/07/44 having done 20 operational sorties and 108 hours 45 mins operational time.

Alfred then attended 63 AGI (Air Gunner Instructor) course at EAAS Manby December 1944.using Wellingtons (mark not known)

Other postings after this date is believed to be as follows :

16 OTU, Upper Heyford
85 OTU, Husbands Bosworth ?
A Rec, Hull ?
17 OTU, Silverstone
Bruntingthorpe
233 MU
Market Stainton
Unfortunately I do not have any detailed information for the above.
Other aircraft types flown in are Oxford and Wellington XIII but do not have detail of when this was from log book.

Source : Gerhard Heilig and Ian Thayre (nephew of Alfred)

Date record last updated : 30 April 2011


WO Don F 'Robbie' Robson

WO Don F 'Robbie' Robson, Waist Gunner

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB774 BU-G

Is listed on Battle Orders for 22 August 1944.

Is also listed on returning operational aircrew on 31 August 1944. On both occasions he is listed as mid upper gunner

Source : David Wright (son of Flt/Lt George Wright) and George Mackie

Date record last updated : 28 July 2008


Sqn/Ldr Thomas 'Tom' Robson

Sqn/Ldr Thomas 'Tom' Robson, 0508195R, Pilot, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Victor Mark I - 3 point tanker XA936
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Victor Mark I - 3 point tanker XA937

Born in 1942

Born in North Yorkshire

He served on 214 Sqn from 3 July 1969 to 30 January 1972.

Was a Flight Lieutenant while Co-Pilot on XA936 and XA937

Source : Tom Robson

Date record last updated : 23 January 2010


Chf/Tech Thomas 'Tom' Raine

Chf/Tech Thomas 'Tom' Raine, F4145410, Crew Chief, Royal Air Force, Nationality : British

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Victor Mark I - 3 point tanker XA932
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Victor Mark I - 3 point tanker XA937

Born 16 October 1934

Born in Northumberland

Thomas Raine worked with most crews of 214 Squadron during the period 1970 to early 1976.
He had a Commander in Chief's Commendation whilst serving with 214 Squadron.

Source : Tom Robson and Tom Raine

Date record last updated : 17 January 2010


Fg/Off Regan

Fg/Off Regan

Was occasionally part of the crew of Flg/Off E Woodley.

Source : Emily Ward (Great niece of Fg/Off Ernest Woodley)

Date record last updated : 28 August 2008


Plt/Off James Peter Robertson

Plt/Off James Peter Robertson, 422318, Pilot, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Nationality : New Zealand, KIA 9 February 1945, Aged 23

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB796 (09 February 1945) BU-T

Buried in BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY. Reference : 2. AA. 6.

Son of William Aexander Robertson and of Violet Bessie Robertson (ne'e Neas), of Waikiwi, Southland, New Zealand.

Source : CWGC and Geoff Swallow (Australian researcher) and Chorley

Date record last updated : 2 February 2010


Sgt G T Ramm

Sgt G T Ramm, 973062

On 18 October 1941 he was posted to 214 Squadron (as per ORB for 230TU Pershore)

Source : Colin Burningham

Date record last updated : 14 September 2008


Sgt Norman Ramsbottom


OTU 19 graduation picture

Sgt Norman Ramsbottom, 1115867, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : British, KIA 2 April 1942, Aged 27

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) Z1156

Buried in DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY. Reference : Coll. grave 2. F. 10-18.

Son of Walter and Alice Ramsbottom, of Audenshaw, Manchester.

Source : CWGC and Chorley's "Bomber Command Losses" 1942 volume and Mike Smith (great nephew of W R West)

Date record last updated : 10 January 2016


Sgt G F Roughton

Sgt G F Roughton, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, Date taken POW 7 July 1941, POW number 39233

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C T2992 (7 July 1941) BU-J

Imprisoned at POW camp Bad Sulza / Muhlhausen, Germany
Imprisoned at POW camp Sagan (Zagan) & Belaria, Germany

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

Sole Survivor of this crew

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

Date record last updated : 13 February 2009


Sgt Maxwell George 'Buster' Robertson

Sgt Maxwell George 'Buster' Robertson, 1063077, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 9 May 1941, Aged 24

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C R3208 (9 May 1941)

Named on the following Memorial : Runnymede Memorial Panel 59

Born 28 August 1917

Born in St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada

Son of William and Sarah Robertson, of St. John's, Newfoundland.

Source : CWGC and Nightjar Newsletter Autumn 2005 and Chorley and Robert MacLeod (nephew)

Date record last updated : 14 July 2014


WO/II William Arthur Routley


Plt/Off William Arthur Routley, J/93926, Navigator, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 21 March 1945, Aged 31

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB785 (21 March 1945) BU-A

Born in Canada

Buried in DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY. Reference : Joint grave 7. D. 9-10.

Son of Frederick and Emma Maude Routley, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Is listed on CWGC as Pilot Officer

Source : CWGC and Nightjar Newsletter Spring 2003 and Chris Edwards from Garmisch

Date record last updated : 28 June 2014


Plt/Off John Reginald Rundle

Plt/Off John Reginald Rundle, 414346, Pilot, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Nationality : New Zealand, KIA 18 February 1943, Aged 24

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I R9163 BU-C

Born in New Zealand

Buried in BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY. Reference : 2. E. 1A.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Rundle, of Reefton, Nelson, New Zealand; husband of Nelly Rundle, of St. Andrews, Canterbury, New Zealand.

All survived the crash on 18 February 1943 except Plt/Off Rundle, who tragically was hit by a propeller. His body was found in woodland near Marks village in Hampshire.

Source : CWGC and Nightjar Newsletter Spring 2004 and John Jewsbury (son of R F Jewsbury)

Date record last updated : 7 July 2009


FS Harry Richardson

FS Harry Richardson, Wireless Operator

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

Harry was wireless operator in Don Austin's crew until April 1945 and after that in Johny Wynne's crew. They were transferred to No 192 squadron August 1945 initially still at Oulton, then Foulsham to end October 1945 then RWE (later CSE) Watton. He continued flying in Fortresses to March 1946 and after that mainly in Lancasters. From July 1946 he flew from the satellite airfield Shepherds Grove. He remained with CSE Watton until leaving the RAF in July 1950. He spent the remainder of his working life as a radio operator for GCHQ although had to retire early following a severe stroke in 1985.

He died in October 2007 aged 82.

Source : Leslie Bostock and Heather Andrews (daughter of Harry Richardson)

Date record last updated : 31 December 2014


Sgt Ruoff

Sgt Ruoff, Co-pilot

Occasional Co-Pilot with Crew ??Leyshon

Source : Aled Leyshon (grandson of Mervyn Leyshon)

Date record last updated : 4 October 2009


Sgt Arthur Edwin Rees

Sgt Arthur Edwin Rees, 934390, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 2 April 1942

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C R1789 BU-?

Buried in DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY. Reference : Coll. grave 2. F. 10-18.

Son of Edwin T. Rees and Sarah A. A. Rees.

Source : CWGC

Date record last updated : 29 October 2010


Sgt Charles Edgar Clarke Ransom

Sgt Charles Edgar Clarke Ransom, 994313, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 15 January 1943, Aged 31

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I W7637 BU-W

Named on the following Memorial : RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL Panel 162.

Son of Charles Edgar and Rose Annie Ransom; husband of Phyllis Ransom, of Market Weighton, Yorkshire.

Source : CWGC

Date record last updated : 30 October 2010


Sgt John William Rider

Sgt John William Rider, 1219496, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 3 March 1943, Aged 21

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I EF329 BU-C

Buried in SAGE WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 1.D.14.

Son of George and Elizabeth Rider, of Watford, Hertfordshire.

Source : CWGC and Chorley

Date record last updated : 21 June 2011


Francis Harold Adams Rowe

Francis Harold Adams Rowe

He flew Fortresses, Lancasters and Halifax aircraft.

Source : Charles Adams Carter (son)

Date record last updated : 20 July 2011


Sgt Ernest Albert Revell

Sgt Ernest Albert Revell, 514831, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 6 June 1940

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I N2993 BU-?

Buried in SUTTON CEMETERY. Reference : Sec. X Grave 2

His service number is also listed as 514881 on Jock's records.

Source : CWGC and Jock Whitehouse and Traces of WW2 website

Date record last updated : 8 August 2011


Plt/Off John Benjamin Ruston

Plt/Off John Benjamin Ruston, J/15002, Air Observer, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 21 September 1941

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

Buried in ROWLEY REGIS (ST. GILES) CHURCHYARD. Reference : Plot D.12 Grave 391

Source : CWGC and Chorley

Date record last updated : 31 December 2014


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