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.


 FS Harry Ernest Hall BEM


FS Harry Ernest Hall BEM, 1436050, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 22 September 1943, Aged 21

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III BF516 PX-E
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I EF393 BU-R

Born 14 February 1922

Born in Birches Green, Birmingham

Buried in HANOVER WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 12. B. 14.

Son of Harry Ernest and Edith Hall, of Erdington, Birmingham.

Harry was regarded by his kin as the 'bright' one of the family. He started his working life as an electrician and joined up for war service with the RAF on the 28th May 1941.

TRAINING
His rank on joining the RAF was LAC (leading aircraftman) with a serial number of 1436050. His records indicate that he was sent for pilot training to Canada.
He joined 36 Elementary Flight Training School on 13/03/1942.
Moved to 33 SFTS(?) on 23/05/1942
Moved to 31 D.D.(?) on 15/09/1942.

Having successfully completed his flight training he disembarked in the UK on 7th Oct 1942
Joined 3 PRC(?) on 8/10/42
Joined 14(P)AFU 3/11/1942
Joined 29 Operational Training Unit 26/01/1943
Attended 1660 Con(version?) Unit 1/06/1943
Joined his operational squadron (214) 3/07/1943 with the rank of Flight Sargeant

CAREER
Awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) in November 1943. The citation from the London Gazette (12 November 1943) reads:

One night in Aug 1943, FS Hall was pilot of an aircraft which was returning from Operations. When approaching the South Coast of England the aircraft ran out of fuel and dived almost out of control into the sea. The crew were temporarily knocked out by the impact and the aircraft filled rapidly with water. FS Hall was the first to recover and his first thoughts were for the safety of his crew. He found the wireless operator injured and floating just below the astrodome, and in spite of the rapidly rising water and with complete disregard for his own safety, he succeeded in extricating him from the aircraft and securing him safely in a dingy. He then returned to the aircraft to search for the navigator and Flight engineer who were missing. Five members of the crew were subsequently picked up by an air/sea rescue launch. In a desperate situation, aggravated by darkness, FS Hall displayed extreme courage and coolness throughout.

After this daring rescue Harry was admitted to Swanborough Manor Naval Hospital (Lewes in Sussex?) on 11 August 1943 where he stayed until the 15 August 1943.

LAST MISSION
He died on the 23 September 1943 in a raid over Germany. The raid On the night of 22/23 September 1943 a mixture of 711 heavy bombers, including 214 squadron Stirlings were detailed to attack Hannover. Harry was the pilot of Stirling EF 393 BU-R which took off from RAF Chedburugh at 19:10 hrs on 22/09/1943 but failed to return.

The story that has been relayed to me was that the bomber was critically hit and was going out of control. Harry held the plane steady while the other members of the crew bailed out. Unfortunately Harry could not bail out as he could not release the controls without the plane spinning. This was told by members of his crew who became POWs to the next of kin either through letters or after the war was over.

Source : John Fowler (relative of Harry Hall) and CWGC

Date record last updated : 20 July 2011


Fg/Off Gordon Albert Hall MiD

Fg/Off Gordon Albert Hall MiD, Non Com 1258412 Com 149916, Wireless Operator, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 17 March 1945, Aged 22, Date taken POW 15 March 1945, POW number None

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB779 BU-K

Named on the following Memorial : Hastings War Memorial
Named on the following Memorial : Huchenfeld Church, SW Germany
Named on the following Memorial : Llanbedr Church, North Wales
Named on the following Memorial : RAFA Ely Cambs Branch Memorial Rose Garden

The RAFA Ely Cambs Branch Memorial Rose Garden is situated at what used to be the RAF Hospital, which is now the NHS Princess of Wales Hospital. Tom Tate attended the dedication ceremony which was held in 1999.


Buried in DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 9. H. 5.

Son of Albert Henry and Elsie Hall; husband of Cornelia Hall, of Caerau, Glamorgan.

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

Prior to joining 214 Squadron he flew in Wellingtons and Lancasters with 9 Squadron.

After baling out of the aircraft he was kept in Buhl prison before being transferred by foot into Luftwaffe custody on 17 March 1945. Upon reaching Huchenfeld he was locked into the boiler room of the Neuen Schule (New School) along with 6 others of his crew. A crowd of civilians demanded access to the 7 men, demanding revenge , and dragged them outside. 3 escaped to be recaptured.
Hall and four others were taken to the cemetery and shot.


The graves at Huchenfield Germany. Flt/Lt Sidney C Matthews DFC., Fg/Off James Vinall, Fg/Off Harold Frost, Fg/Off Gordon Hall, FS Edward Percival


The French soldiers who had been the first of General Patten's army to enter the area had Inscribed each cross with simple but telling words: 'British airman, assassinated by the SA, 17/18 March 1945.'

Mentioned in Despatches recorded in the London Gazette Issue 37598 published on the 4 June 1946. Page 63 of 68.

Glen Hall (son of Gordon Hall) and CWGC and "Footprints on the sands of time" by Oliver Clutton-Brock and John & Carol Edwards (family connection to Sidney Matthews) and Reg Kemp (nephew of Harold Frost)

Date record last updated : 17 January 2010


Sgt Walther William Charles 'Bill' Hallett

Sgt Walther William Charles 'Bill' Hallett, Flight Engineer, Nationality : British, Date taken POW 24 May 1944, POW number 24

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

Imprisoned at POW camp Bankau (Bakow), Poland

Born 1 May 1922

Born in Andover, Hampshire

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

Sgt Hallett emigrated to Australia in 1951. He is still alive living in Northern NSW. (Jan 2009)

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 Clifford Hambleton

Sgt Clifford Hambleton, 955336, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 3 September 1941, Aged 26

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C R1717 BU-Z?

Buried in DUNKIRK TOWN CEMETERY. Reference : Plot 2 Row 2 Grave 21.

Son of Wilfred and Hilda Hambleton; husband of Louie Hambleton.

Source : Captain Glen McKay Retd (Canadian Armed Forces), (nephew of FS James Patrick McKay) and CWGC

Date record last updated : 29 December 2010


 Sgt Colin Leslie Hanna


Sgt Colin Leslie Hanna, 407642, Royal Australian Air Force, Nationality : Australian, KIA 20 September 1942, Aged 27

Buried in DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 6. J. 1.

Son of William Leslie and Elsie I. Hanna, of North Gumeracha, South Australia.

Tim Hanna reports the date of death is actually 19 September 1942, the date of the 20th is likely meaning the night of the 19th. It is also Tim's understanding that some crew survived and were captured.

Source : John Cripps, from http//www.awm.gov.au and Tim Hanna, nephew to Sgt Colin. He can be reached at xxxTimothy.Hanna@team.telstra.com (remove xxx from email address) and Geoff Swallow (Australian Researcher)

Date record last updated : 14 February 2010

Plt/Off David Hardie

Plt/Off David Hardie, 184768, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 6 November 1944

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB788 (6 November 1944) BU-B

Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 13. D. 2.

Source : CWGC

Date record last updated : 16 May 2009


Plt/Off William Ralph Harding

Plt/Off William Ralph Harding, 184635, Navigator, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 6 November 1944

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB788 (6 November 1944) BU-B

Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 13. D. 1

Son of George Pool Harding and Laura Beatrice Harding, of Milton, Martock, Somerset.

Family contact: John Harding 1 Thorton Close, Newham, Daventry, Northants NN11 3HW

Source : CWGC and John Harding (family contact)

Date record last updated : 16 May 2009


 Sgt Clayton Edward 'Ted' Hargest DFM


Sgt Clayton Edward 'Ted' Hargest DFM, Wireless Operator

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) N2776 BU-G
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) N2776 (pre September 1940) BU-G

After completing operational training, Clayton Hargest, Evans and George Steven who had become good friends, narrowly escaped fate when they were posted to a squadron based in Newmarket - the horse racing track. The day before they arrived the squadron had lost six of their eight planes (shot down) and all six crews perished. Since there were no aircraft left the three were then posted on to 214 Sqdn at Stradishall and operations.

In early 1941 he went to Malta and the Middle East and flew another tour with 148 Squadron. The London Gazette of 31 October 1941 lists the award of a DFM to Ted Hargest in recognition of 62 sorties (32 in Europe and 30 in the Middle East). He survived the war.

Source : Christopher Jary (author of "Portrait of a bomber pilot")

Date record last updated : 11 April 2009

 Flt/Lt Maurice Walter Hartford DFC


Flt/Lt Maurice Walter Hartford DFC, Co-pilot, Royal Air Force

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) L7847 (8 Sep 1940)
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) N2776 BU-G
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) N2776 (pre September 1940) BU-G

Maurice Hartford flew a tour as a pilot officer with 214 Squadron in the latter half of 1940. Originally he flew as second pilot to Flying Officer John Leighton Beck; most of his operations as captain were with Pilot Officer Jack Wetherly as second pilot. In early 1941 he went to Malta and the Middle East, where he flew with 148 Squadron. Hartford was awarded the DFC in the London Gazette of 26 September 1941.

He is mentioned in John Sweetman's book about the Dams Raid as, in the spring of 1943, as a test pilot at Boscombe Down, Hartford was flying Upkeep Lancasters. Happily, we know he survived the war because Ian Lawson met him at a Farnborough Air Show in the fifties.

Source : Christopher Jary (author of "Portrait of a bomber pilot") and Sheila Scott Byrne (daughter of Wg/Cdr Peter Doig Scott)

Date record last updated : 10 July 2011

Flt/Lt Wilfred Arthur Harris

Flt/Lt Wilfred Arthur Harris, 33256, Co-pilot, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 7 December 1940, Aged 24

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) R3209 BU-H
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) T2470 BU-K

Buried in OYE-PLAGE COMMUNAL CEMETERY. Reference : Row 1. Grave 16.

Son of James and Edme Harris, of Bletsoe, Bedfordshire.

The following is an excerpt from the personnel entry of S/Ldr Geoff Cole:
On 7 December 1940 his crew and two others were despatched half an hour ahead of the main force to act as pathfinders by locating and marking the target, Dusseldorf, with incendiaries. The weather was atrocious and Geoff Cole's aircraft lost both engines, falling several thousand feet before he was able to start them again. The other two 'pathfinder' aircraft, captained by Flight Lieutenant Harris* and Flying Officer Dadswell, were both lost.

* This is undoubtedly Wilfred Arthur Harris, being researched by Tim Jackson, England.

Source : Tim Jackson & CWGC

Date record last updated : 11 April 2009


Flt/Lt Norman Harrison

Flt/Lt Norman Harrison, 116554, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 7 June 1942, Aged 31

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I N3761 BU-E

Named on the following Memorial : RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL Panel 65.

Son of George Robert and Thomasina Harrison; husband of Anne Harrison, of Newcastle-on-Tyne.

Source : Kate Brettell (niece of Flt/Lt Turtle). Kate has retrieved information from the National Archives Canada, The PRO in England and CWGC

Date record last updated : 29 December 2010


Plt/Off Ronald William Stanley 'Ronnie' Hayes

Plt/Off Ronald William Stanley 'Ronnie' Hayes, 69424, Pilot, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 2 April 1942, Aged 25

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C Z8979 BU-P

Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 9. C. 6.

Son of William Alfred and Edith Hayes, of Ernesettle, Plymouth.

Nicola Davies wrote:

"Pilot Officer Ronald (Ronnie) Hayes of Wellington Z8979 was engaged to my Great Aunt. I believe their wedding was imminent and gifts had been sent from Canada where I understand he may have trained.
My Great Aunt is still alive at 96 although she has never spoken to us directly about her loss. She had photos and letters regarding him but they were stolen whilst she was travelling not that long afterwards.
It is my understanding that Pilot Officer Hayes' father was a submariner who died in an accident off Plymouth when he was very young."

Source : Ian Hunt and CWGC and Nicola Davies

Date record last updated : 23 August 2009


FS Douglas Conway Houghton


FS Douglas Conway Houghton, 420469, Rear Gunner, Royal Australian Air Force, Nationality : Australian, KIA 1 September 1943, Aged 20

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III EE970 BU-B
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling (model unknown) Mackett crews

Named on the following Memorial : Australian War Memorial Panel 124

Born 20 January 1923

Born in Hunters Hill New South Wales

Buried in BERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 6. D. 4.

Son of William Donald and Florence Annie Elizabeth Houghton, of Waverley, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Enlisted in Sydney.

At No 26 Operational Training Unit in 1943 Douglas crewed up with Pilot Bob Mackett, Bomb Aimer Bill Wilkinson, FO Alan Deadman, Wireless Operator Gordon Lowe and Mid Upper Gunner Bruce Taggert. In July 1943 Flt Eng Stan Newton joined the crew and they all joined 214 Squadron at RAF Chedburgh the end of the month.

He flew with Robert Mackett's crew until, on 1 September 1943, he volunteered to fill the place of a sick airman with Stirling EE970 BU-B and lost his life in a flying battle over North West Europe.

The aircraft over Berlin, had been hit by flak, caught fire, and going down in flames the pilot ordered the crew to bail out.

Douglas, reaching for his parachute found it on fire and useless and at the urging of another crew member, put his arms around him and the two jumped together. When the chute snapped open, Douglas fell free and his body was found a few days later in a woods.

Frank Edge adds: "A good account of what happened was published in Canadian papers The Sunday Star Metro and The Toronto Star on 7 November 1999. "

Source : John Cripps and CWGC and Geoff Swallow (Australian Researcher) and Ian Hunt and Chorley and National Archives of Australia and Robert Mackett and Frank Edge (researcher) and Vic Pheasant 214 Squadron Association

Date record last updated : 21 February 2016

Sgt W C Healey

Sgt W C Healey, Sgt Healey'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 Clifford A Hellewell



Sgt Clifford A Hellewell, 935937, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 11 October 1940, Aged 20

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

Born in Bradford

Buried in BRADFORD (SCHOLEMOOR) CEMETERY. Reference : Cons. Sec. N. Grave 824.

Son of Alfred and Emily Hellewell

Born in 1920

Source : Bill Stubbs and CWGC and Mark Hellewell (great nephew of Clifford Hellewell)

Date record last updated : 30 October 2010


WO J Henderson

WO J Henderson, Mid Upper 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

Plt/Off Harry Leonard Henderson


Taken in 1943


This is his headstone at Becklingen War Cemetery. He was originally buried at the church cemetery in Moisburg.

Plt/Off Harry Leonard Henderson, J/95282, Air Gunner, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 7 March 1945, Aged 19

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

Born 11 July 1925

Buried in BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY. Reference : Plot 14. Row C. Grave 14.

Son of John Valentine Henderson and Lavina Henderson, of Innisfail, Alberta, Canada.

Source : CWGC and Patrick Henderson (nephew)

Date record last updated : 27 February 2010

FS Frank B Herlihy


FS Frank B 'Curly' Herlihy, Air Gunner, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Nationality : New Zealand

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

Source : Ian Hunt and Alan Mercer

Date record last updated : 21 February 2009

Sgt Cornelius Matthew Flinders Hitchcock


Sgt Cornelius Matthew Flinders Hitchcock, 904310, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 April 1941

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

Buried in KIEL WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 3.A.6.

Cornelius's brother, (Will Hitchcock's Grand Father) John Samuel Hitchcock AFC DFC was also a bomber pilot. He served right through the war, and saw operation in 37, 57 and 78 squadrons. He died in 1979.

Source : CWGC and Will Hitchcock and Nightjar newsletter and Nils Hemple and Aled Leyshon (grandson of Mervyn Leyshon)

Date record last updated : 2 October 2009

Plt/Off Allan James Neville 'Skipper' Hockley





Plt/Off Allan James Neville 'Skipper' Hockley, 420197, Pilot, Royal Australian Air Force, Nationality : Australian, KIA 24 May 1944, Aged 27

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

Named on the following Memorial : Australian War Memorial panel 124

Born 12 May 1917

Born in Enfield, NSW, Australia

Buried in YERSEKE GENERAL CEMETERY. Reference : 171

Son of Walter James Hockley and Minnie Blanche Hockley (Hogan), of Strathfield, New South Wales, Australia.

You can get an updated version of Hockley's Heroes from Ryan Dudley at XXXryan_dudley@yahoo.com.au Please remember to remove the XXX

Allan enlisted with the Royal Australian Air Force on 11 October 1941 before which he worked as a bus driver in the Sydney area.

Allan trained for 12 months in Australia prior to embarking for the United Kingdom in November 1942 arriving on 29 December 1942.
In England Allan was sent to 15 (Pilot) Advanced Flying Unit in Andover later transferring to 11 Operation Training Unit in Westcott in June 1943 and then 1657 Conversion Unit in Stradishall in August.

After a month in Stradishall Allan transferred to 214 Squadron in Sculthorpe on 18 September 1943 being at that time a Flight Sergeant but later being promoted to Pilot Officer in January 1944.

Official records show that Allan's Fortress aircraft SR384 took off from Oulton at 23:38 on 24 May 1944 on an operational flight to Antwerp. Nothing more was heard from the crew after take off and Allan was presumed dead by air ministry on 25 May 1944. In July 1944 the RAAF received a telegram from International Red Cross Committee (IRCC) quoting German information stating 25 May FS Lyall captured, Raoul Trichon `Tom' Lyall being the only other Australian in Allan's crew, but no further news had been received about Allan. Four months after this initial telegram the RAAF received another telegram from the IRCC dated 27 November 1944 reading Berlin communicates following deceased airmen:- 420197, Hockley; A.J.N. Washed ashore 11 June in the Harbour Yerseke buried communal cemetery Yerseke grave 172. Yerseke General Cemetery, (Zeeland) is located on the island of Zuid Beveland some 13km from Goes.

Two bodies were actually recovered from the sea and buried in Yerseke the second being the planes rear gunner 20 year old Raymond George Victor Simpson of King's Lynn, Norfolk. Of note it was actually Raymond buried in grave 172 and Allan in grave 171. Family lore says that the remainder of the crew parachuted into a flooded area of Holland being picked up by Gestapo shortly after swimming to dry land.

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."

Source : Ryan Dudley (cousin twice removed) and CWGC and John Cripps and Geoff Swallow (Australian Researcher) and Roz Glenn (daughter-in-law of FS Thomas Glenn) and www.basher82.nl

Date record last updated : 10 January 2016

Plt/Off John Barry Holdsworth

Plt/Off John Barry Holdsworth, 115722, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 7 June 1942, Aged 21

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I N3761 BU-E
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling (model unknown) R9317 (03 June 1942)

Named on the following Memorial : RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL Panel 70.

Son of Gilbert Knight Holdsworth and Adelaide Holdsworth, of Bickley, Kent.

His brother, Frank Dare Holdsworth, also died on service.

Source : Kate Brettell (niece of Flt/Lt Turtle). Kate has retrieved information from the National Archives Canada, The PRO in England and CWGC and Chorley

Date record last updated : 22 June 2014


Fg/Off Bryan Frank Robert Hotson

Fg/Off Bryan Frank Robert Hotson, 405276, Navigator, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Nationality : New Zealand, KIA 1 March 1943, Aged 27

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I R9145 BU-K

Buried in KIEL WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 5.D.4

Son of Claud and Margaret Hotson, of Otorohanga, Auckland, New Zealand

Shot down in raid on Berlin 1 March 1943 and abandoned the aircraft. He was killed by a shell splinter as he decended.

Source : Chorley and CWGC

Date record last updated : 10 January 2016


WO Sidney Charles Hopkins

WO Sidney Charles Hopkins, 520203, Royal Air Force

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB819 (Date unknown) BU-U

Conspicuous Gallantry Medal awarded to WO Hopkins

Source : London Gazette October 1945

Date record last updated : 25 October 2015


Sgt George William Hunt

Sgt George William Hunt, 39922, Co-pilot, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Nationality : New Zealand, KIA 11 October 1940, Aged 22

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) L7840 BU-?

Buried in STRADISHALL (ST. MARGARET) CHURCHYARD

Son of the Revd. George William Hunt and Roberta Hunt, of Miramar, Wellington, New Zealand.

Chris Hammond would like to be contacted by any relatives of Sgt Hunt.
He can be contacted at XXXchris.p.hammond@ntlworld.com (remember to remove the XXX)

Buried in St Margaret's Churchyard, Stradishall

Source : Bill Stubbs and CWGC and Chris Hammond

Date record last updated : 13 February 2009


Fg/Off Howard Switzer Hunt DFC

Fg/Off Howard Switzer Hunt DFC, J18053, Bomb Aimer, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III BK659 (20 April 1943) BU-N
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III EH699 BU-X

Born in Loreburne, Saskatchewan, Canada

Born in 1922.
His home was in Ministo, Saskatchewan
Enlisted in Saskatoon 12 March 1941.
Trained at No 2 ITS (Graduated 27 August 1941).
Trained at No 4 AOS (Graduated 13 April 1942).
Trained at No 4 BGS (Graduated 23 May 1942).
Trained at No 1 ANS (Graduated 3 July 1942).
Howard was commissioned in 1943.
Served with 214 from 28 February 1943 to 29 July 1943. The crew were based at Chedburgh, Suffolk flying Stirlings.


See Stories and Tall Tales ("N" for nuts section) for a story written by F/Lt Wallace about one of the crews Ops over Germany when their Stirling was shot up by another Stirling injuring the pilot Geoff Shattock.


Fg/Off Hunt went on to 427 Squadron and was awarded a DFC on 5 February 1945, as listed in the London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.
The recommendation was made on 19 November 1944 when he had flown 39 sorties totalling 203 hours and 40 minutes. This was split as follows; from 4 April 1943 to 3 July 1943 with 214 Squadron - 16 sorties totalling 82 hours and 10 minutes and from 12 August 1944 to 2 November 1944 with 427 Squadron - 23 sorties totalling 121 hours and 30 minutes.


"This bomb aimer has completed two operational bombing tours against the enemy. At all times his work has been of a very high calibre and his coolness and devotion to duty a splendid example, not only to his crew but to the entire Squadron".

Source : Dave Wallace, son of Flt/Lt A Wallace and Sarah Bond (daughter of Plt/Off Shattock)

Date record last updated : 30 April 2011


Sgt Alfred Hyam


Sgt Alfred Hyam, 749403, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 28

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C R3208 (17 November 1940)
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C R3208 (5 November 1940)
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C R3208 (7 November 1940)
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C T2470 (28 October 1940) BU-K
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C T2471 BU-?
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) T2709 (25 October 1940)

Named on the following Memorial : Runnymede Memorial Panel 15

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Hyam, of Coventry.


Alfred Hyam's signature is one of many on the picture of Wellington L4215 in Photo Album 4.


Martin Hyam (nephew) wrote:

"You talk of strange happenings my Grandmother, Alf’s mother died on the night of 11 Nov 1940 the night of the Coventry blitz so was spared the news that one of her sons had died. I have a letter from Alf to his brother Harold telling him that they were at R.A.F. Driffield to do a Air gunners course , no date on it but he mentions no Easter leave as they are working 7 days a week."

Source : Wendy Bockman (Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Neice of Sgt Alfred Hyam) and Ian Hunt and W R Chorley's book 'RAF Bomber Command Losses 1939-1940' and CWGC and Nightjar Newsletter Spring 2006 and Richard Williams (joint author of Sway at War 1914-1945)

Date record last updated : 31 December 2014

Sgt William Frederick Walter Hards

Sgt William Frederick Walter Hards, 1332273, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 13 May 1943

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I BF381 BU-P2

Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 5. B. 1.

Source : Ian Hunt and CWGC

Date record last updated : 29 October 2010


Sgt J Hall

Sgt J Hall

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

Sgt Hall evaded capture 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

Date record last updated : 30 July 2011


WO R Hanna DFM

WO R Hanna DFM, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling (model unknown) ??Scantleton

Source : John Scantleton (son of Flt/Lt V L Scantleton)

Date record last updated : 4 August 2009


Sgt J Hanna

Sgt J Hanna (Mid-upper gunner?)

See CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling BF516 PX-E

Source : Mrs Shirley Whitlock neice of one of the crew and Ian Hunt.


Sgt John Alfred Hitchins

Sgt John Alfred Hitchins, 1323326, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Nationality : United Kingdom. KIA 24 June 1943, Aged 19

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III EE883 BU-T

Named on the following Memorial : Runnymede Memorial. Panel 153.

Son of John Owen Hitchins and Gladys Lilian Hitchins, of Boscombe, Hampshire.

He has no known grave.

Source : Ian Hunt and CWGC


Sgt W D Horne

Sgt W D Horne, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, Date taken POW 11 June 1942, POW number 327

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

Imprisoned at POW camp Beninia?, Poland
Imprisoned at POW camp Heydekrug (Silute), Lithuania
Imprisoned at POW camp Sagan (Zagan) & Belaria, Germany

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

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

Date record last updated : 3 October 2008


FS Charles Cyril Honychurch

FS Charles Cyril Honychurch, Observer, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, Date taken POW 11 June 1942, POW number 326

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 in Brooklyn, America

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

Stuart Inglis (son-in-law of Sgt Len Tonkin) has advised us that his full name is Cyril Charles Honychurch RCAF, not Charles L Honeychurch as previously advised by several other sources. This has been corrected to Charles Cyril by his granddaughter, Katherine Matz.

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

FS Honychurch is mentioned in the article "Until they cry Enough" from http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,795814-1,00.html

FS Honychurch is also mentioned in the New York Times archives:
BOMBING DEPICTED BY BROOKLYN FLIER; Flames of Cologne Prevented Observation of Hits, Says Sergeant Honychurch June 2, 1942, Tuesday
http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F2091EFF3C5E17738DDDAB0894DE405B8288F1D3

Source : Ian Tonkin and Nightjar Newsletter Summer / Autumn 2004 and "Footprints on the sands of time" by Oliver Clutton-Brock and Stuart Inglis and Richard Miller, son of Sgt Stanley Goodey and Katherine Matz (grandaughter of FS Honychurch)

Date record last updated : 11 April 2009


Sgt B F Hoskins

Sgt B F Hoskins, 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


Sgt John Robert Hall

Sgt John Robert Hall. 740620 Pilot Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 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 G Hill

Sgt G Hill, 946109, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner

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 'Jersey' Heys


FS John 'Jersey' Heys, 1927783, Engine Fitter

With 214 Squadron from 1961 to 1964.


Resume of John's career sent to us on 8 March 2007 :

"I joined the RAF at the tender age of 15.5, as a Boy Entrant at RAF Cosford after having to leave Public school owing to the collapse of my Father's company, and after 18 very interesting months training, I was posted to RAF Odiham to 46 Squadron with Meteor nf 12's and 14's. Then onto Germany, back to Marham and 214 and world travelling. Went to St Athan in 64 on instructional duties, dragged off that screaming and kicking to go to Zambia on 29 sqdn with the terrible Javelins as I was very experienced on them, and Kenneth Kounda demanded protection from Ian Smith in Rhodesia . Back to St Athan instructing, then onto Buccaneers, and finished as a Flight Sergeant on 3 Sqdn servicing the fantastic Vulcans. I served for 24 years, and came back to Jersey in 77.
I never miss the Boy Entrant reunion at Cosford, where about 290 of us turn up for the weekend and have a wonderful time. We have actually located 9 boys from Hut H9 which we were all in, and it is an emotional weekend but hugely enjoyable. We all form 3 flights and take part in the Battle Of Britain Parade, and are considered to be the smartest bunch there, it is so funny to be taking the mick out of high flying company directors , factory owners and road sweepers, we are all boys once again!!, and strangely sad to be driving out of the gates on the Sunday. I have many experiences to relate from my 24 years, and it is so interesting to hear what the others got up to then and since becoming civilians."

John had two articles published in the Winter / Spring 2007 Nightjar Newsletter (Three Jerseymen and a Guernseyman - Chance meeting in the frozen North and To the East and back in a month - An encounter with a remarkable Jerseywoman).

Source : John Heys

Date record last updated : 13 October 2011


Sgt Sydney John Haldane

Sgt Sydney John Haldane, 551723, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 30 August 1940, Aged 19

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C T2559

Buried in ZELHEM (HALLE) PROTESTANT CEMETERY. Reference : Coll. grave.

Son of Herbert Sydney and Kathleen May Durrant Haldane, of Hayes, Middlesex.

Source : Bennie Eenink (researcher in the Netherlands) and CWGC and Nightjar Newsletter Spring 2006 and Chorley

Date record last updated : 31 December 2014


FS Herbert Allenby Harris





FS Herbert Allenby Harris, R/80735, Mid Upper Gunner, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 3 December 1942, Aged 26

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

Buried at COUVRON-ET-AUMENCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY. Row A. Grave 6.

Son of Henry Garfield Harris and Margaret Harris, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Injured 29 November 1942 died 03 December 1942.

Source : Capitaine Herve Savary (French Gendarmerie Officer), CWGC and Nightjar Newsletter.

Date record last updated : 4 March 2012


FS Leslie Arnold Hadder

FS Leslie Arnold Hadder, 1804649, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 4 March 1945, Aged 20

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB815 (4 March 1945) BU-J
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB815 (7 February 1945) BU-J

Born 30 October 1924

Born in Bromley

Buried in THORPE-NEXT-NORWICH (ST. ANDREW) CHURCH CEMETERY

Son of George Henry and Elizabeth Annie Hadder (Nichols), of Thorpe.

After working as a Motor Mechanic's Mate from the age of 14 when the family moved to Norwich Leslie volunteered for the RAF on 31 March 1942 when he was seventeen and a half years old. He was placed in the Reserve on the following day, apparently at Euston. Nearly a year later, on 1 February 1943, he reported to the No.1 Aircrew Reception Centre, which was possibly at Lords Cricket Ground. He was described as 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a 31 inch chest, brown hair, grey eyes, fresh complexion, and with four vaccination scars on his left arm.


Entries in his Service Record under the heading "Mustering" show that when he was called up he was considered for pilot training. However his eyesight was not sufficiently good and this entry has been crossed out. He began his training as an AC2, Aircraftsman 2nd Class, and was promoted to LAC, Leading Aircraftsman, on 11 June 1943 when he was considered for training as a navigator, bomb aimer or wireless operator. But when he was promoted to T/Sgt on 21 October 1943 he was training as an Air Gunner. At the end of the year, and again a year later on 31 December 1944 Leslie's character was described as very good, and his proficiency as satisfactory.


Leslie's training began on 20 March 1943 at No.10 Initial Training Wing at Scarborough. In July 1943 he spent some time with an Elementary Training Wing under canvas at Ludlow.


In September 1943 he went to No.2 Air Gunners School at Dalcross near Inverness, and on 21 October 1943 he qualified as an Air Gunner and was promoted to T/ Flight Sergeant. Five days later he was posted to No.11 Operational Training Unit at RAF Bassingbourn in Cambridgeshire.


There were at least three Base HQs in 3 Group (31, 32 and 33) and during the first four months of 1944 Leslie moved through a number of units at 31 Base HQ at RAF Stradishall; No.1657 CU was the Heavy Conversion Unit at Stradishall (3-4 weeks course to become a proficient heavy-bomber crew); 1483 was the (Bomber) Target and Gunnery Flight based at RAF Marham (specialist gunnery training); and No.3 LFS was the Lancaster Finishing School based at Feltwell. He also spent some time during February 1944 at the Aircrew School at Methwold in Suffolk.


From late April 1944 Leslie spent three months in and out of Ely Hospital, though his Service Record does not specify why. During this time Ely Hospital was preparing for D Day, so he was sent for convalescence to Hoylake Remedial Centre in Liverpool. While in hospital the rest of his crew were killed when their plane was shot down over France. On discharge he was posted back to No.1657 CU at Stradishall, and on 28 September from there to 214 Squadron at Oulton, just west of Blickling Hall. This was one of the airfields in Norfolk used by No.100 (Bomber) Support, and where he trained with 1699 CU on Fortresses. However his Service Record has no more entries until "Killed in Action."


Leslie survived 13 crash landings altogether.


By December 1944 Leslie had finished training and was involved in Special Duties flying out to Osnabruck, Frankfurt, Munster and Coblenz. Some secret flights were not written down. In January 1945 there was only 18 hours and 35 minutes flying time due to bad weather, but Special Duties were carried out at Vohwinkel, Giessen and Mainz.


In February 1945 Special Duties took them to Mannheim and Wiesbaden before being shot up on 7th while returning from Dortmund.


Leslie Barker (nephew) has set up a website in memory of Leslie Hadder. http://www.arxitecture.org.uk/lh1.htm


Please see the following link to the BBC website WORLD WAR 2 - PEOPLE'S WAR, which tells the story of the death of FS Hadder and his comrades whilst returning to their airbase at Oulton when they were apparently shot down by a German fighter whilst preparing to land.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/19/a1073819.shtml

See the chapter named FLYING OPERATIONS AND OULTON AIRBASE

Source : Nightjar Newsletter and CWGC and BBC website WORLD WAR 2 - PEOPLE'S WAR and and BBC website "A bomber's story" by Bill Knight and Leslie Barker (nephew)

Date record last updated : 7 November 2009


FS Frank Hares DFM

FS Frank Hares DFM, 1581827, Air Bomber, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 4 March 1945, Aged 21

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB815 (4 March 1945) BU-J
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB815 (7 February 1945) BU-J

Buried in COALVILLE (HUGGLESCOTE) CEMETERY. Reference : Sec. A. Grave 217

Son of James and Beatrice Mary Hares, of Hugglescote.

Please see the following link to the BBC website WORLD WAR 2 - PEOPLE'S WAR, which tells the story of the death of FS Hares and his comrades whilst returning to their airbase at Oulton when they were apparently shot down by a German fighter whilst preparing to land.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/19/a1073819.shtml

See the chapter named FLYING OPERATIONS AND OULTON AIRBASE

Source : Nightjar Newsletter and CWGC and BBC website WORLD WAR 2 - PEOPLE'S WAR and BBC website "A bomber's story" by Bill Knight

Date record last updated : 5 August 2009


Sgt Patrick James Healy



Sgt Patrick James Healy, Air Gunner, 1300369, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom. KIA 4 March 1945 aged 24.

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB815 (4 March 1945) BU-J

Buried in LEYTONSTONE (ST. PATRICK'S) ROMAN CATHOLIC CEMETERY. Reference : Plot 11A. Row 3. Grave 198.

Son of Patrick Sullivan Healy and Anna Christina Healy, of Forest Gate

Please see the following link to the BBC website WORLD WAR 2 - PEOPLE'S WAR, which tells the story of the death of Sgt Healy and his comrades whilst returning to their airbase in Oulton when they were apparently shot down by a German fighter whilst preparing to land.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/19/a1073819.shtml

See the chapter named OULTON AIRBASE

Source : Nightjar Newsletter and CWGC and BBC website WORLD WAR 2 - PEOPLE'S WAR and Richard Shipman (nephew)

Date record last updated : 5 August 2009


Flt/Lt Donald Howard AFM

Flt/Lt Donald Howard AFM, Navigator / Radio Operator, 2238475, Royal Air Force , Nationality : United Kingdom. KIA 11 September 1959 Age 31.

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Valiant B Mark I XD869

Date of Birth 11 May 1928 in Finsbury Park, London.

Stationed at RAF Marham.

He is buried in MARHAM CEMETERY. RAF Grave 9.

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

Source : Jock Whitehouse and Armed Forces Memorial


Flt/Lt Murray Frederick Hyslop AFM

Flt/Lt Murray Frederick Hyslop AFM, Navigator / Plotter, 3514067, Royal Air Force , Nationality : United Kingdom. KIA 11 September 1959 Age 27.

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Valiant B Mark I XD869

Date of Birth 24 February 1932 in Plymouth, Devon.

Stationed at RAF Marham.

He is buried in Horson Cemetery, Torpoint, Cornwall.

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

Source : Jock Whitehouse and Armed Forces Memorial


Sgt D T Hatch


Sgt D T Hatch, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB803 (06 October 1944) BU-L
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB819 (14 February 1945) BU-U

Source : Ian Hunt and Angus Cameron

Date record last updated : 18 June 2008


FS E T Hutchinson

FS E T Hutchinson, Royal Air Force, Nationality : British, POW 23 May 1943, POW number 1251

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III BF528

Imprisoned at POW camp Barth, Germany

In A Cooper's book "Air battle of the Ruhr" he is recorded as Sgt E T Hutching.

Source : Dave Pointer (grandson of Sgt WS Clifton-Moggs) and "Footprints in the sand of time" by Oliver Clutton-Brock

Date record last updated : 29 January 2008


Sgt Gerhard 'Harry' Heilig
Click on name for personal page


FS Albert Douglas Harris

FS Albert Douglas Harris, 415529, Air Gunner, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Nationality : New Zealand, KIA 13 August 1943, Aged 23

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

Buried in LA BUSSIERE-SUR-OUCHE COMMUNAL CEMETERY. Reference : Grave 2

Son of Frederick John Linton Harris and Amelia Rose Harris, of Huntly, 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


Fg/Off Frank Wilfred 'Dutch' Holland

Fg/Off Frank Wilfred 'Dutch' Holland, 132094, Air Bomber, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 13 August 1943, Aged 32

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 Frank and Emma Holland, of Brighton, Sussex.

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

Date record last updated : 29 October 2010


Flt/Lt Patrick Roderick Hughes DFC

Flt/Lt Patrick Roderick Hughes DFC, 60804, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 12 February 1942

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C Z1081 BU-B

Named on the following Memorial : Runnymede Memorial Panel 65

Source : Tony Da Vall and CWGC and Ian Hunt

Date record last updated : 24 March 2008


Sgt Albert William Hodgson

Sgt Albert William Hodgson, 636770, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 28 December 1940, Aged 20

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C L7849

Buried in BRIDLINGTON CEMETERY. Reference : Sec. H. Grave 394.

Son of Albert and Lavinia Ellen Hodgson, of Bridlington; husband of Marjorie Anne Hodgson, of Hatfield Moors.

He was killed 9 days after getting married

Source : CWGC and Nightjar Newsletter Winter / Spring 2006 and Brid Guard spreadsheet

Date record last updated : 10 January 2016


Sgt John Francis Huxtable

Sgt John Francis Huxtable, 901860, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 28 December 1940, Aged 24

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C L7849

Named on the following Memorial : Runnymede Memorial Panel 15

Son of John Roland and Leila Violet Huxtable, of West Worthing, Sussex.

Source : CWGC and Nightjar Newsletter Winter / Spring 2006

Date record last updated : 21 February 2008


Sgt Hewitt

Sgt Hewitt, Waist Gunner

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

Source : Gerhard Heilig

Date record last updated : 24 March 2008


Sgt Jimmy Hollingsworth

Sgt Jimmy Hollingsworth, Wireless Operator

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

Source : Gerhard Heilig

Date record last updated : 24 March 2008


Plt/Off Ken Hovers

Plt/Off Ken Hovers, Navigator

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

Source : Gerhard Heilig

Date record last updated : 8 March 2008


Sgt Bill Howard

Sgt Bill Howard, Flight Engineer

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

Source : Gerhard Heilig

Date record last updated : 8 March 2008


Sgt Gilbert Leslie Hislop

Sgt Gilbert Leslie Hislop, 1594952, Flight Engineer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 16 November 1944, Aged 32

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB787 (16 November 1944) BU-J

Buried in GOOLE CEMETERY. Reference : Sec. D. Plot 3. Grave 2088.

Son of Thomas Dagg Hislop and Mollie Hislop, of Goole; husband of Elsie Hislop, of Goole.

Source : CWGC and Nightjar Newsletter Spring 2003

Date record last updated : 28 June 2008


Fg/Off Hill

Fg/Off Hill, Pilot

Mentioned in the Flying Log Book of Sgt Fulton James Logan

Source : Ron Belanger (son in law of Sgt Fulton James Logan)

Date record last updated : 5 May 2008


Sgt Jean Pierre Hanet

Sgt Jean Pierre Hanet, 1819763, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 13 September 1944

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB767 BU-A

Named on the following Memorial : Runnymede Memorial Panel 230

Son of Gaston and Florence Hanet.

Source : CWGC and John Cripps

Date record last updated : 7 June 2008


Sgt P N Herbert

Sgt P N Herbert, 931389, Navigator

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) Z8900
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) Z8900 (15 November 1941)

On 18 October 1941 Sgt Herbert was posted to 214 Squadron from 23OTU.
He was flying as part of a crew in 214 Squadron from 18 October 1941 (as per ORB for 230TU Pershore) till January 1942.
On 19 January 1942 he was posted 99 Squadron.
On 23 February 1942 he was posted to Portreath from Waterbeach.
On 26 February 1942 he was posted from Portreath direct to Malta, en-rote to to ME fro 99 Squadron in India, being seconded to 215 Squadron, on arrival, until rejoining 99 Squadron in Oct 1942 until at least 1943.

Source : Colin Burningham and W.R.Chorley

Date record last updated : 4 October 2009


FS 'Honeymoon' Honeyman

FS 'Honeymoon' Honeyman, Flight Engineer

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark II SR378 BU-D

Is listed on Battle Orders for 22 August 1944.

Is also listed on returning operational aircrew on 31 August 1944

Source : George Mackie

Date record last updated : 6 August 2008


Flt/Lt Dudley Percy Heal DFM

Flt/Lt Dudley Percy Heal DFM, Navigator, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, Date taken POW 15 March 1945, POW number None

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB779 BU-K

Imprisoned at POW camp Augsburg, Bavaria

Born 5 August 1917

Born in Edinburgh

Edward Heal and Ellen Heal nee Kimpton

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

Flt/Lt Heal flew the following aircraft:
Flying Fortresses 214 Squadron: HB816, HB785, KJ106,HB803, HB779
Lancaster: 617 Sqn: ED918/G (F for Freddie)
Lancasters: 44 Sqn: W4829, W4831,W4305,W4838, R5898, ED716
Whitley V (training) : BD261, Z6751, AD684, Z6971, Z6658, Z6975, Z6875

One of the most memorable things that happened to him during the War was being selected for a secret mission with 617 Sqn. That mission was the Dambusters Raid, "Operation Chastise", flown on 16 May 1943, for which he was awarded the D.F.M. His aircraft and crew were detailed to attack the Sorpe Dam, which was later to be revealed as indestructible, being made of earth, as against the brick construction of the other 2 dams breached.

He continued to fly with 617 Squadron after the dams raid with the crew and was one of the last of the original crews to leave, having by that time been commissioned as a Pilot Officer on 8 September 1943 and further promoted to Flying Officer on 8 March 1944. On 12 December 1943, Dudley, along with the rest of the crew, was attached to No. 138 (Special Duties) Sqn. For 9 days, during which time they dropped supplies to Resistance forces in France, taking off from RAF Tempsford.

He was posted to No.29 Operational Training Unit on 26 March 1944, for instructional duties and on 4 February 1945, to 214 Sqn., part of No. 100 Group (Bomber Support), flying American Flying Fortress aircraft on radio counter measure ops.

On 16 March 1945 Dudley was taken POW after bailing out from HB779 BU-L. He and Flt/Lt POW landed away from the rest of the crew.
Dudley was picked up by the German Army after he parachuted onto the roof of a factory on the German side of the border the crew had reached. He became a prisoner of war for 2 months until the end of the war, being repatriated on 17 May 1945.

It was only in 1993 that Dudley found out to his horror that 5 of the 214 Squadron crew with whom he bailed out over Germany in 1945 had been murdered. His former crewmate Tom Tate saw his name in the local paper in another connection and contacted him.


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He was a member of the Caterpillar Club as a result of his bail-out and was finally demobbed from the RAF as a Flt/Lt In March 1946. He had married in January 1946 in Gosport, Hants, his childhood home, to Thelma, and had two daughters, spending most of his life in Southampton.

He returned to his civilian job as a Customs Officer, initially at Southampton and later at the town’s Eastleigh Airport, retiring as a senior officer in 1978 with 42 years’ service.

His main hobby was gardening and after he retired he became a member of the RHS club in Southampton Membership was flagging and he built the club up, becoming Chairman. He was a gifted musician, playing the piano, a useful activity in the RAF Mess!

He passed away on 17 February 1999.

Source : Vivien White (daughter of Dudley Heal) and "Footprints on the sands of time" by Oliver Clutton-Brock

Date record last updated : 7 July 2009


Flt/Lt M F Hislop

Flt/Lt M F Hislop, Navigator / Plotter, Royal Air Force

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Valiant B Mark I XD869

Source : Peter Walker

Date record last updated : 6 August 2008


Plt/Off Hoffman

Plt/Off Hoffman, Special Operator

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark II SR378 BU-D

Is listed on Battle Orders for 22 August 1944.
George Mackie names him as Hoffnung.

Source : George Mackie

Date record last updated : 5 August 2008


Fg/Off R V 'Bob' Houston

Fg/Off R V 'Bob' Houston, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III KJ103 BU-M

Source : Nightjar Newsletter Spring 2003 and Chorley and John McCall (son of Keith McCall)

Date record last updated : 14 July 2014


Fg/Off Jock Henderson

Fg/Off Jock Henderson, Pilot

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling (model unknown) FEN959 (22 November 1943) BU-?
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling (model unknown) NEE876 BU-?

Jock and Donald Macgilchrist flew 14 operations together from July 1943.

On 22 November Jock's eardrums were damaged after his aircraft was heavily damaged and he was removed from operational flying.

Source : Donald MacGilchrist

Date record last updated : 20 September 2008


Plt/Off Hurley

Plt/Off Hurley, Pilot

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) C9606

Source : Donald MacGilchrist

Date record last updated : 20 September 2008


FS R H Hembrow

FS R H Hembrow, Special Wireless Operator, Royal Australian Air Force, Nationality : Australian

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark II SR381 BU-F

FS Hembrow was able to speak German.

FS Hembrow was one of the injured members of the crew on 21 June 1944 when SR381 BU-F crash landed at Woodbridge emergency aerodrome, crashing into a Lacaster that was fully loaded with bombs after being shot up twice in Germany . The other was Wireless Operator Stanley.

FS Hembrow had been slightly wounded, with a German cannon splinter in his shoulder.

Source : Nightjar Newsletter Spring 2003 and Roger Mills and Murray Peden

Date record last updated : 28 December 2011


FS Hopton

FS Hopton, Waist Gunner

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress (model unknown) ??Peden

Source : Return of operational Aircrew at 16:00hrs on 31 August 1944

Date record last updated : 31 October 2008


Sgt Hamilton

Sgt Hamilton

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) X3206

Source : Colin Burningham and W.R.Chorley

Date record last updated : 17 November 2008


Sgt Holdsworth

Sgt Holdsworth

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) X3206

Source : Colin Burningham and W.R.Chorley

Date record last updated : 17 November 2008


Sgt A C Harding

Sgt A C Harding

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling (model unknown) BF318 (28 November 1942)

Source : Squadron ORB

Date record last updated : 29 December 2008


FS Edward Everett Hale

FS Edward Everett Hale, R/58480, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 15 January 1942, Aged 25

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) R1759 BU-L

Buried in THORNABY-ON-TEES CEMETERY. Reference : Plot O. Row N. Grave 13.

Son of Edward E. Hale and Dorelle S. Hale; husband of Corinth Winston Eckman Hale, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

After his aircraft crashed into the North Sea off Whitby Yorkshire, his body was recovered after being washed ashore near Redcar.

Source : CWGC and Richard Allenby - www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk

Date record last updated : 9 March 2009


Sgt John Holt

Sgt John Holt, 749319, Navigator / Observer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 May 1941

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) ??Eddison
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C R1226 BU-L

Buried in BERGEN-OP-ZOOM WAR CEMETERY. Reference : Coll. grave 32. C. 2.

Source : CWGC and Nightjar Newsletter Summer / Autumn 2005 and Aled Leyshon (grandson of Mervyn Leyshon)

Date record last updated : 2 October 2009


Sgt Herbert Harker

Sgt Herbert Harker, Waist Gunner

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

Source : Mike Ashwell (son-inlaw) and Roger Mills (son of John Tudor Mills)

Date record last updated : 27 July 2010


FS Howard

FS Howard, Bomb Aimer

Source : Roger Mills (son of John Tudor Mills)

Date record last updated : 16 May 2009


WO Hepton

WO Hepton

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


Flt/Lt Bernard J Haynes

Flt/Lt Bernard J Haynes

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress (model unknown) ??Haynes (16 April 1945) BU-H

Joined 214 Squadron from 31 Base on 7 August 1944.
First Operation was on 17 September 1944.
Last operation was on 25 April 1945.
Promoted to Acting Flt/Lt 15 January 1945

43 Fortress operations were flown from September 1944 to April 1945. These are actual operational take offs, but do not disregard aborted operations, early returns etc.

Source : Ian Hunt and Roger Mills (son of John Tudor Mills)

Date record last updated : 27 June 2009


Sgt George Leonard 'Lennie' Hall

Sgt George Leonard 'Lennie' Hall, 960499, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 26 November 1941, Aged 21

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark II Z8373

Named on the following Memorial : Runnymede Memorial Panel 44

Born 6 September 1920

Born in Middlesborough, England

Son of George and Margaret Isabel Hall, of Acklam, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire.

Attended Middlesbrough High School and worked in the Borough Treasurers Office, Middlesborough Council before being called up.

News was received to say that, on 26 November 1941, the aircraft had never reached Germany. After setting off at 5.30pm they had engine trouble and had to return, giving their position every short while until they were 80 miles from the English Coast when, at 7.29pm communications ceased.
Rescue launchs and reconnaissance aircraft went out in search of the plane or it's crew, but unfortunately nothing was found.

Lists of Lennie's belongings was received but they were incomplete. After further checks nothing else was found so it was concluded that the greater part of his belongings had been pilfered.

Lennie had been on at least six missions over Germany. On one he had been over enemy territory on a bitterly cold night and the plane had used up almost all of it's fuel. On return they found themselves over Whitby and then Leicester where they would have to either all jump or make a forced landing. All searchlights were put on and they managed to land. It was noted that they had a door open ready to jump if neccessary!

During his trainings after returning from Ireland, the undercarriage would not come down so they made a belly landing and fortunately they all escaped unhurt.

Source : Ian Johnstone (relative of George Leonard Hall) and Nightjar Newsletter Spring 2005 and CWGC

Date record last updated : 10 August 2009


Frank Hudson

Frank Hudson, Rear Gunner

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB815 (7 February 1945) BU-J

Please see the following link to the BBC website WORLD WAR 2 - PEOPLE'S WAR.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/19/a1073819.shtml

See the chapter named FLYING OPERATIONS

Source : BBC website WORLD WAR 2 - PEOPLE'S WAR "A bomber's story" by Bill Knight

Date record last updated : 5 August 2009


FS Norman Gilbert Hettrick

FS Norman Gilbert Hettrick, R/68075, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 26 November 1941

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark II Z8373

Named on the following Memorial : Runnymede Memorial Panel 60

Source : Nightjar Newsletter Spring 2005 and CWGC

Date record last updated : 10 August 2009


FS Norman George Hickey

FS Norman George Hickey, R/75890, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 2 April 1942, Aged 22

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C Z8979 BU-P

Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY. Reference : Coll. grave 9. A. 3-6.

Son of Gordon Whitfield Hickey and Violet May Hickey, of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Source : Ian Hunt and CWGC

Date record last updated : 23 August 2009


Sgt Andrew William Hay


Sgt Andrew William Hay, 519077, Wireless Operator, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 5 November 1940

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C T2470 (5 November 1940) BU-K

Named on the following Memorial : Newmarket War Memorial

Buried in NEWMARKET CEMETERY. Reference : Plot P. Grave 485.

Source : CWGC and Chorley and Tony Pringle (Newmarket War Memorial)

Date record last updated : 30 January 2017


Padre Harrison GM

Padre Harrison GM, Squadron Chaplain

Wellington T2841 took off atf 03:02 hrs from Stradishall on 29 January 1941, on a mission to Wilhelmshaven. As the bomber left the ground with a full bomb load the port engine failed and the Wellington sank back onto the runway and burst in to flames. Fortunately none of the crew lost their lives. Pardre Harrison (Squadron Chaplain) who was nearby was one of the first to reach the scene of the accident and, despite the risk of explosion, he was instrumental in saving the lives of the crew. For this great heroism he was awarded the George Medal.

Source : Chorley and Aled Leyshon (grandson of Mervyn Leyshon)

Date record last updated : 4 October 2009


FS Edgar Edward Hartland DFM

FS Edgar Edward Hartland DFM, 1195242, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, Date taken POW 31 August 1943, POW number 250727

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

Imprisoned at POW camp Muhlberg am der Elbe, Germany

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

London Gazette Issue 36991 published on the 16 March 1945:
1195242 Edgar Edward HARTLAND, R.A.F.V.R., 214 Sqn., awarded the DFM with effect from 18th August, 1943.

Source : Adrian Lee (son of Frank Lee) and Chorley and 'Footprints on the sands of time' by Oliver Clutton-Brock and London Gazette

Date record last updated : 27 November 2009


WO Leslie 'Hank' Hancock

WO Leslie 'Hank' Hancock, 745181, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, Date taken POW 29 September 1941, POW number 18328

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C X9884 BU-?

Named on the following Memorial : Coventry Cathedral computer memorial

Imprisoned at POW camp Dulag Luft, Germany
Imprisoned at POW camp Fallingbostel Germany
Imprisoned at POW camp Heydekrug (Silute), Lithuania
Imprisoned at POW camp Lamsdorf (Lambinowice), Germany - until 1943 when it became Stalag 344
Imprisoned at POW camp Sagan (Zagan) & Belaria, Germany
Imprisoned at POW camp Thorn (Torun), Poland OR Oerbke (Fallingbostel), Germany - dates unknown

Born 13 February 1921

Born in Leicester, England

Son of Frank Hancock and Blanche Mabel Hancock (Nee Goulding)

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

Leslie signed up with the RAFVR 28 February 1939 aged 18.
No 1 Initial Training School Cambridge 18 September 1939
EFTS Desford 18 December 1939
10SFTS Ternhill 11 May 1940
Awarded flying badge 27 June 1940 from No 10 Flying School
20 OTU 20 August 1940
149 Squadron Mildenhall 14 October 1940
3PRU 4 December 1940

He joined 214 Squadron at Stradishall on 20 December 1940
He was injured on 5 February 1941 whilst investigating a problem on the runway. He fractured his skull and was in hospital in Newmarket.
Leslie returned to Stradishall in May 1941 and started ops with B flight in August 1941. His aircraft crashed and he was taken POW in September 1941.


Leslie was interested in calligraphy and indeed handwriting lessons in the camps to other POW's

Leslie also flew in the following Wellington aircraft:
R1789, T2918 and Z8900.


Leslie is in the top row far left. Can anyone name the other men?

Leslie died on 26 March 1973 aged 52.

Source : Nicola Jones (daughter of Sgt Leslie Hancock) and 'Footprints on the sands of time' by Oliver Clutton-Brock and Chorley

Date record last updated : 1 March 2010


Sgt Percy Heppenstall

Sgt Percy Heppenstall, 998624, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 16 April 1942, Aged 22

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) Z8951 BU-X

Buried in EINDHOVEN (WOENSEL) GENERAL CEMETERY. Reference : Plot JJ. Coll. grave 54-56.

Son of William and Beatrice Minnie Heppenstall, of Doncaster, Yorkshire.

Source : Adrian van Zantvoort and Chorley and CWGC

Date record last updated : 1 January 2010


Sgt Stanley Harold Hopkins

Sgt Stanley Harold Hopkins, 1604617, Flight Engineer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 1 September 1943

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III EF401 BU-Y

Buried in BERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY. Reference : Coll. grave 5. D. 34-37.

Source : CWGC and Chorley

Date record last updated : 2 February 2010


Plt/Off Robert Balfour Halliday

Plt/Off Robert Balfour Halliday, J/6652, Air Observer, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 15 April 1942, Aged 25

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

Buried in HEVERLEE WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 3. E. 16.

Son of John and Minnie Halliday of North Bay, Ontario, Canada.

Source : Chorley and CWGC

Date record last updated : 28 February 2010


Sgt Donald Albert Stanley Hamilton

Sgt Donald Albert Stanley Hamilton, 403547, Pilot, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Nationality : New Zealand, KIA 1 April 1942, Aged 22

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C X9979 BU-O

Buried in DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 2. B. 17.

Son of Joseph Robert and Elizabeth Hamilton, of Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.

Source : Chorley and CWGC

Date record last updated : 16 June 2010


Flt/Lt Werner John Hein

Flt/Lt Werner John Hein, 118668, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 June 1943

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

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

Source : CWGC and Chorley

Date record last updated : 20 June 2010


Sgt W E Humphreys

Sgt W E Humphreys, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, Date taken POW 31 August 1943, POW number 222608

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III EF401 BU-Y

Imprisoned at POW camp Muhlberg am der Elbe, Germany

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

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

Date record last updated : 20 June 2010


FS Frank Henry Hall

FS Frank Henry Hall, 1456163, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 22 November 1945, Aged 22

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Liberator (model unknown) KL587

Buried in SUDA BAY WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 16. C. 17.

Son of Edward and Lily Elizabeth Hall, of Dagenham, Essex.

Source : CWGC and Jock Whitehouse

Date record last updated : 5 September 2010


FS Ernest Henry Hartrey

FS Ernest Henry Hartrey, 1316863, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 22 November 1945

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Liberator (model unknown) KL587

Buried in SUDA BAY WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 16. C. 20.

Source : CWGC and Jock Whitehouse

Date record last updated : 5 September 2010


Sgt D C Hughes

Sgt D C Hughes, 1807915, Flight Engineer

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III EF445 BU-J

Source : Chorley

Date record last updated : 3 October 2010


Sqn/Ldr Heather

Sqn/Ldr Heather

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) T2470 (30 August 1940)

Source : Sheila Scott Byrne (daughter of Wg/Cdr Peter Doig Scott)

Date record last updated : 10 July 2011


Gp/Capt Peter Hill

Gp/Capt Peter Hill

No further information available yet.

Date record last updated : 3 October 2010


Sgt Holland

Sgt Holland

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

Date record last updated : 3 October 2010


FS Charles J Holmes

FS Charles J Holmes, Navigator / Bomber

He served on Fortresses with 214 Squadron 1944 /45.

Died 29 June 2014 aged 90.

Source : Nightjar Newsletter August 2014

Date record last updated : 25 January 2015


Sgt Ronald Douglas Hull

Sgt Ronald Douglas Hull, 912001, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 14 July 1941, Aged 19

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C R1614 BU-H

Buried in SOUTHEND-ON-SEA (SUTTON ROAD) CEMETERY. Reference : Plot R. Grave 12299.

Son of Hanslow Archibald and May Marion Hull, of Southend-on-Sea.

R1614 was presumed lost over the North Sea. The body of Sgt Hull was washed onto English beaches.

Source : Ian Hunt, extracted from Operations record book, PRO and CWGC

Date record last updated : 29 October 2010


Sgt Harold Hancocks

Sgt Harold Hancocks, 1314850, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 15 October 1942, Aged 21

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I R9146 BU-S

Buried in UDEN WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 4. B. 13.

Son of Reginald and Amelia Hancocks, of Fulham, London.

Source : CWGC

Date record last updated : 9 October 2010


Sgt Jack Holmes

Sgt Jack Holmes, 996754, Flight Engineer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 15 October 1942, Aged 30

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I R9146 BU-S

Buried in UDEN WAR CEMETERY. Reference : Coll. grave 4. B. 10-12.

Son of Joseph and Annie Holmes, of Leeds, Yorkshire; husband of Ivy Holmes, of Leeds.

Source : CWGC

Date record last updated : 9 October 2010


FS Basil Hyman

FS Basil Hyman, 778292, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : Rhodesian, KIA 30 July 1943

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III EF407 BU-A

Named on the following Memorial : RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Panel 137

Son of Maurice and Jane Hyman; husband of Sadie Hyman, of Gatoorna, Southern Rhodesia.

Basil is listed as an "Honorary Secretary of our Congregation" as part of the Zimbabwe Jewish Community see http://www.zjc.org.il/showpage.php?pageid=172.

Source : Chorley and CWGC

Date record last updated : 30 April 2011


Sgt Haveland

Sgt Haveland

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark II SR388 (2 June 1944) BU-H

Sgt Haveland was an additional crew member for the flight on 2 June 1944

Source : Mike Day (son of Sqn/Ldr Day)

Date record last updated : 20 July 2011


Plt/Off John Denton Hargreaves

Plt/Off John Denton Hargreaves, 77035, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 4 April 1940, Aged 20

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) P9267

Buried in WEST ROW BAPTIST CHAPELYARD. Reference : Row 5 Grave 10

Son of Edith Hargreaves, of New Malden, Surrey.

Pilot Officer Hargreaves of New Malden, Surrey, was attached to No. 149 Squadron when he died.

Source : Jock Whitehouse and Traces of WW2 website and CWGC

Date record last updated : 8 August 2011


Sgt E A Harvey

Sgt E A Harvey, Nationality : United Kingdom, Date taken POW 27 September 1943, POW number 582

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III EF402 BU-E

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

Date record last updated : 8 August 2011


Fg/Off E T Hardman

Fg/Off E T Hardman, Royal Australian Air Force, Nationality : Australian

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III KJ103 BU-M

Source : Chorley and John McCall (son of Keith McCall)

Date record last updated : 14 July 2014


Sgt George Thomas Hunt

Sgt George Thomas Hunt, 944629, Observer / Bomb Aimer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 24 June 1941, Aged 21

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C R1609

Named on the following Memorial : RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL Panel 45.

Son of Albert Victor and Ethel Ann Hunt, of Dudley, Worcestershire.

CWGC gives a death date of 23 June 1941 which is incorrect.

Source : Mrs June Batley and Mrs Jeni Cook (both relatives of Sgt Hunt) Mrs Nadia Turrell (Sister of Sgt Hunt) and CWGC

Date record last updated : 12 October 2011


Flt/Lt Trevor Hurrell

Flt/Lt Trevor Hurrell

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Valiant (model unknown) XD812

Source : Judi Wright (daughter of Flt/Lt David Wright)

Date record last updated : 28 December 2011


John Hoskin

John Hoskin, Engine Fitter

John worked on Wellington and Stirlings.

He died in April 2012, aged 94.

Source : Squadron Association

Date record last updated : 27 September 2013


Roy Howard

Roy Howard, Navigator / Bomber

Ron crewed on Stirling / Fortress aircraft during 1943/45.

He died on 4 April 2011, aged 89.

Source : Squadron Association

Date record last updated : 27 August 2013


Sgt Ernest Halestrap

Sgt Ernest Halestrap, 948309, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 29 August 1941, Aged 26

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C R1604 BU-?

Buried in FLUSHING (VLISSINGEN) NORTHERN CEMETERY. Reference : Row B Grave 2

Son of Frederick and Mary Halestrap, of Upminster, Essex; husband of Joan Evelyn Halestrap, of Upminster.

Source : Chorley and CWGC

Date record last updated : 5 January 2014


Sgt Bert Hardington

Sgt Bert Hardington, Top Turret Gunner, Royal Canadian Air Force

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB819 (2 April 1945) BU-U

Source : F A Wilkes

Date record last updated : 16 January 2014

Fg/Off Jack Henderson


Fg/Off D Horwell

Fg/Off D Horwell, Navigator, Royal Canadian Air Force

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Flying Fortress Mark III HB819 (2 April 1945) BU-U

Source : F A Wilkes

Date record last updated : 16 January 2014

Colin Haigh

Colin Haigh, Navigator / Radar

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

Colin was a Navigator / Radar on the Victor K1. He was on the second crew to be trained on the Victor K1 when it took over the tanking role after the Valiant was withdrawn from service following structural failures in 1965.

He died in January 2014 - Aged 70.

Source : Nightjar February 2014 and Nightjar May 2013

Date record last updated : 25 January 2015


Sgt R A Hamlin

Sgt R A Hamlin, Flight Engineer

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I R9355 (2 July 1942)

Source : Arthur Skone

Date record last updated : 22 June 2014


Fred Hitchcock

Fred Hitchcock

Fred was a Halton Apprentice and joined 214 at RAF Scampton in 1936/7 where he was a ground engineer and also flew as a gunner on the Vickers Virginia.

He died at the end of 2013 aged 98 - Lived in Paris.

Source : Nightjar Febriuary 2014

Date record last updated : 22 June 2014


Plt/Off R C Hartwell

Plt/Off R C Hartwell, Date taken POW 24 August 1943, POW number 2268

Imprisoned at POW camp Sagan (Zagan) & Belaria, Germany

SEE PRISONERS OF WAR

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

Date record last updated : 31 December 2014


David Haylett

David Haylett, Engine Mechanic

Shared a tent with John Wright and Peter Brown while out in Shallufa, Egypt in 1951

Source : Nightjar Newsletter May 2013

Date record last updated : 25 January 2015


Fg/Off W H Hoult

Fg/Off W H Hoult

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I BF444 (18 February 1943) BU-N

Source : Chorley

Date record last updated : 25 January 2015


Flt/Lt William Jack Humphries DFC

Flt/Lt William Jack Humphries DFC, Flight Engineer, Royal Air Force, Nationality : British

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I BF326 (17 February 1943) BU-X
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I BF445 BU-H
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III BF481 BU-M
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I BK516 BU-K
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I BK593 BU-L
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III BK663 BU-T
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III BK686 BU-C
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark III BK707
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling Mark I EF332 BU-W
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling (model unknown) R9165 BU-Y
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling (model unknown) R9186 BU-F
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling (model unknown) R9191 BU-O
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling (model unknown) R9242 BU-O
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling (model unknown) R9282 BU-Q
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling (model unknown) R9323 BU-R
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling (model unknown) R9358 BU-A
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Stirling (model unknown) W7577 BU-P

Born 2 January 1921

Born in Wandsworth, London, England

Son of William Albert Humpries and Florence Samuels

Flight Lieutenant Humphries flew with many crew members during his time with 214 Squadron.
They included:
Pilot, Plt/Off Ross Campbell DFC. Canada.
Navigator. Sgt Bill Broadfield. Scotland.
Bomb aimer. Sgt Norman Ventham, Gravesend. On 6 December 1942 after preflighting a/c for trip to Mannheim, Sgt Ventham fell from the fire truck taking them back, struck his head and was killed.
Mid upper gunner. Sgt Johnny Woods, Purley Surrey. Johnny Woods was k.i.a. on his 2nd tour.
Rear Gunner, Sgt "Tubby" Fell, Manchester. Tubby Fell was P.O.W on his 2nd tour
Wireless Operator Sgt George Webber, Canada.
FS Jock Baldwin repalced Sgt Venham

Trained at No 4 School of Technical Training at St Athan.
Volunteered as Ft/Eng May/June 1942.
First flight in Stirling 31/8/42 in R9300,. The pilot was Sgt Terry.
7 Conversion Flight. Oakington.
1657 Heavy Conversion Unit Stadishall.
October 1942 he was posted to 214 Squadron at Chedburgh.
From August 1943 after finishing tour, he went to 1651 Conversion.Unit, Waterbeach.
On 20 November 1943 he went to Wratting Common.
On 1 December 1943 he transferred to Ground Training Flight.
In November 1944 he joined 514 Squadron, flying Lancasters, and flew another 17 operations, plus 2 trips of operation "Manna" and 2 trips of operation "Exodus".

Left RAF in either late 1945 or early 1946.

Flight Lieutenant Humphries died on 14 August 1997, aged 76, in Exeter.

Source : Ross Humphries (son)

Date record last updated : 25 January 2015


Sgt Hodge

Sgt Hodge, Co-pilot

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C Z8951(1 April 1942) BU-X

Source : Ian Hunt

Date record last updated : 29 March 2015


Sgt Allan John Hyde

Sgt Allan John Hyde, 1375119, Co-pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, Aged 21

SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C DV768 BU-?
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C Z1158 BU-S

Buried in KIEL WAR CEMETERY. Reference : 3. e.11

Son of William Edwin and Annie Louise Hyde, of Claygate, Surrey. L.R.A.M.

Source : Ian Hunt and ORB and Chorley and CWGC

Date record last updated : 29 March 2015


Doug Handbury

Doug Handbury, Navigator

Doug was a Stirling Navigator

Source : Nightjar Newsletter February 2016

Date record last updated : 13 December 2016


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