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RAF Linton on Ouse



   RAF Linton on Ouse is situated 8 miles North West of York in Yorkshire. The airfield opened in 1937 and was home to No 4 Group Headquarters until June 1940 when the HQ was transferred to Heslington Hall. When the airfield transferred to Coastal Command for two months being home to No 4 Squadron who flew Lysanders. Bomber Command then returned. For a short time at the end of 1942 Linton on Ouse was home to No 6 Group Headquarters (RCAF) before it transfered to Allerton Park Castle. In June 1945 the base transferred to No 4 Group Transport Command

The station is still in RAF use today.

Squadrons stationed at Linton on Ouse

  • No: 4 Squadron. Army Co-operation Command. June to Aug 1941
  • No: 2 BAT Flight from Feb to April 1941
  • No:35 Squadron. from Dec 1940 to Aug 1942
  • No:35 Squadron Conversion Flight from Jan to Sept 1942
  • No:58 Squadron. from Feb 1940 to April 1942.
  • No:76 Squadron. from May to June 1941 and
  • 77 Squadron. from Aug to Oct 1940 and Sept 1942 to June 1943
  • No:78 Squadron. from Dec 1939 to July 1940
  • 102 Squadron. from Oct to Nov 1940
  • No:426 (Thunderbird) Squadron. RCAF from April 1944 to May 1945
  • No:408 (Goose) Squadron. RCAF from Oct 1942 to Oct 1943 and Sept 1944 to June 1945
  • No:405 Squadron. (RCAF) from May to June 1945


 

August 1939 

3rd Sep 1939 Night Ops  On the first night of the warm 3rd/4th September 1939m three of the squadron's Whitleys were part of the first 'Nickel' or leaflet raid over Germany.
http://www.raf.mod.uk/history/bombercommandno51squadron.cfm


3rd Sep 1939 Night Ops

3rd September 1939   

No. 58 Squadron first went into action on the night of 3rd/4th September, 1939, when it made a leaflet raid over Germany.

3rd September 1939 

6th Oct 1930 Convoy Duties

24th Nov 1939 

February 1940 On the Move

April 1940 Long Range Ops

7th June 1940 Coastal patrols

18th Jun 1940 58 Squadron Whitley lost

Aug 1940 Air-Sea Rescue

27th Aug 1940 Training

3rd Oct 1940 58 Squadron Whitley lost

Dec 1940 Moved for Operations

12th March 1941 Ops

15th Jun 1941 Aircraft Lost

9th Jul 1941 35 Squadron Halifax lost

17th Jul 1941 Aircraft Lost

6th Aug 1941 Aircraft Lost

3rd Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost

29th Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost

12th Oct 1941 Aircraft Lost

9th January 1942 Attack

8th April 1942 Patrols

August 1942 Designated Pathfinder Squadron

2nd Oct 1942 78 Squadron Halifax lost

5th May 1943 78 Squadron Halifax lost

24th May 1943 78 Squadron Halifax lost

9th Sep 1944 Aircraft Lost

24th Dec 1944 408 Squadron Halifax lost


If you can provide any additional information, please add it here.



Those known to have served at

RAF Linton on Ouse

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Adlam Leonard F P. Sgt (d.20th Oct 1940 )
  • Allan. Leslie Alexander . F/O (d.3rd/4th Mar 1943 )
  • Allberry. Charles Robert Cecil Austin . F/O (d.3rd/4th Apr 1943)
  • Angus. Jack Norman . Sgt.
  • Austin. J E . F/O.
  • Baker Edna.
  • Bartman Mike.
  • Baxter. David . Sgt (d.13th May 1943 )
  • Baxter. Malcolm . Sgt
  • Bergman .
  • Biggerstaff Richard A . P/O (d.5th Mar 1945 )
  • Boily Joseph Omer Emile Jules. F/Sgt
  • Boyd Allan Bernard . F/O (d.25th Apr 1945 )
  • Bozier George Alfred . P/O (d.11th May 1943 )
  • Bragg. Richard Edward . P/O (d.13th May 1943 )
  • Brambleby. James Edwin E . W/O (d.25th Apr 1945 )
  • Branton H J . Sgt
  • Braybrook Bertram Stanley. Sergeant (d.1st August 1942)
  • Brophy Joseph Benedict. Sgt.
  • Brown Douglas Edwin William. P/O (d.7th November 1941)
  • Brown. Ernest Henry . P/O (d.20th Oct 1940)
  • Brown. Stephen Hugh Colin . Sgt (d.17th Apr 1943 )
  • Butchart G R . P/O
  • Campbell S E . Sgt
  • Campbell Thomas Marnoch. F/O. (d.5th Mar 1945)
  • Caryll-Tilkin Marcel C . Sgt (d.20th Oct 1940)
  • Casey R. Pilot Officer
  • Chiasson Alcide Joseph. Flt.Sgt.
  • Clark Charles F . Sgt (d.6th Nov 1942)
  • Clark Russell S . F/O
  • Clarke H. Sergeant
  • Clinging. Brodie John . Sgt (d.17th Apr 1943 )
  • Colverson. Raymond Leonard . Sgt (d.3rd/4th Mar 1943)
  • Coones Maxwell W . P/O (d.5th Mar 1945)
  • Crisp . Sgt
  • Curzon Dennis Rupert Humphrey . Sgt
  • David. John Arthur Ayliffe Morgans . P/O
  • Davies. Maurice Alfred Torwerth . Sgt
  • Davison K L . Sgt
  • Dee Timothy I Anson . Sgt
  • Delaney Terry.
  • Dempsey S W . F/O
  • Dopson Trevor.
  • Dumbbell. Alexander . P/O
  • Dunlop. Robert Obsourne Mitchell . Sgt (d.3rd/4th Apr 1943 )
  • Eades. George Hadley Templeton . (d.26th March 1943 )
  • Edgehill C M . Sgt
  • Elliot W A . Sergeant
  • Elliott W A. Sergeant
  • Evans Reginald Gordon . W/O
  • Farrell. John Miller . W/O (d.13th May 1943 )
  • Fidgeon Francis Christopher . Sgt (d.17th Apr 1943 )
  • Fletcher James H . Sgt (d.16th July 1940 )
  • Francoeur Eugenie Frankie.
  • Franklin Claude.
  • Fraser M. . F/O
  • Fredrickson. Turner . F/O (d.30th Sep 1944 )
  • Freeman. J. E. . F/O (d.2nd Dec 1944 )
  • Garries. Irl . F/O
  • Gell H E . W/O
  • Golding William Ronald . F/O (d.3rd/4th Mar 1943 )
  • Gosling. . Sgt
  • Green Cyril S G . Sgt (d.23rd Oct 1940 )
  • Green Peter Harry Barrowclough P . Sgt (d.17th Jan 1943)
  • Grey Robert . Sgt
  • Grey. Robert . F/Lt (d.13th May 1943 )
  • Harris Richard W . P/O (d.7th Oct 1940)
  • Harvey J D . F/Sgt
  • Harvey Marcus R . Sgt (d.7th Oct 1940)
  • Heaton. William . P/O (d.20th Dec 1943)
  • Hicks Earl William . F/Sgt
  • Hitchen. Keneth . Sgt (d.3rd/4th Mar 1943 )
  • Hodgson Joyce. Dvr.
  • Hodgson Nancy. Dvr.
  • Hull Arthur Horace . F/Lt. (d.11th May 1943 )
  • Humphries Harry L . F/O (d.6th Nov 1942)
  • Hurd E J . Sgt
  • Indseth Bjarne . Lt. (d.17th Jan 1943 )
  • Irwin D. . P/O
  • Isaac DFM. Robert T .
  • Jefferson. Guy .
  • Jenson Martha.
  • Jonasson. Leonard Norman . Sgt (d.17th Apr 1943 )
  • Jones MM & Bar MID. . Arthur Thomas. F/O.
  • Jones R. . P/O
  • Jordan. Wilbur Haldayne . Sgt
  • Kerrick. Reginald John . Sgt (d.3rd/4th Apr 1943 )
  • Kerry . P/O
  • Kershaw John . F/O (d.16th July 1940)
  • Kew. Allan Alfred . F/Sgt (d.13th May 1943 )
  • Kirby . Sgt
  • Labelle P. . F/O
  • Lamb. Leslie . Sgt (d.17th Jan 1943 )
  • Langfield. Robert E . Sgt
  • Laws Hilda.
  • Laws. Andrew. A. . P/O
  • Layman T. . F/O
  • Lee Nancy.
  • Macdonald. Roy . W/O
  • MacLachlan. Clayton D . F/Sgt
  • Marynowski Michael E . F/O
  • Masterton L G . Sgt
  • Matches. Rodger David . Sgt (d.13th May 1943 )
  • Mathews. Philip Edwin . Sgt (d.11th May 1943 )
  • McCarthy Benedict J . P/O (d.5th Mar 1945)
  • McCormick. John . Sgt (d.3rd/4th Apr 1943 )
  • McDonald. Alexander . Sgt
  • McKay A. . P/O
  • McPhee. Verne Alexander . P/O (d.30th Sep 1944)
  • Metcalfe John.
  • Mills J G . Sgt
  • Moody. Malcolm Charles . Sgt (d.17th Jan 1943 )
  • Morgan L A . Sgt
  • Morris Robert Thomas. Sergeant (d.1st August 1942)
  • Morrison. Les . P/O
  • Myers Frank MacGregor . F/O (d.5th Mar 1945)
  • Nicholson. A N . F/O
  • Nunn Wilfred.
  • O'Grady Alan Leo. AC/2
  • Oliver George.
  • Painter. Walter John . P/O (d.11th May 1943 )
  • Payne. Cecil William . Sgt
  • Pelechaty. Ignatius Thomas . P/O (d.30th Sep 1944 )
  • Pithers C A C. Sergeant
  • Pringle Robert Henry.
  • Pritchard Edwin . Sgt Pilot (d.13th May 1943 )
  • Reynolds Thomas.
  • Richardson. James W .
  • Richardson. Thomas Herbert Ottewill . F/Lt. (d.3rd/4th Apr 1943 )
  • RNAF Bjoern Naess.. Capt. (d.17th Jan 1943 )
  • Roberts Ronald . Sgt
  • Robideau Leo.
  • Robinson Le Edward. F/O (d.30th Mar 1944)
  • Ross John Douglas Carlisle . F/O
  • Ross. Francis Owen . F/Sgt (d.17th Apr 1943 )
  • Rutter Albert Leroy . F/O (d. 25th Apr 1945 )
  • Ryan Donal Thomas. F/O. (d.29th July 1944)
  • Ryan. Gerald Ernest . P/O (d.30th Sep 1944 )
  • Salmon. Edward . F/Sgt
  • Saunders Alan Richard . Sgt (d.17th Jan 1943)
  • Sayer. George Charles Daniel . Sgt (d.4th Mar 1943 )
  • Shadwell. Lancelot Rodney Cayley . F/O (d.3rd/4th Apr 1943 )
  • Smith George .
  • Spencer C C. Pilot Officer
  • Steinhauer. George . Sgt
  • Stinton. Alan Victory David . Sgt (d.17th Jan 1943 )
  • Strachan. John . Sgt (d.17th Apr 1943 )
  • Strange. Malcolm Block . Sgt
  • Sullivan. John . Sgt (d.30th Sep 1944)
  • Swinwood Joe.
  • Taylor DFC.. Larry . F/Lt
  • Teskey Stanley James . F/Sgt
  • Thompson. John Jocelyn . Sgt. (d.3rd/4th Mar 1943)
  • Togwell William A . P/O (d.5th Mar 1945)
  • Tuplin James Chester . W/O
  • Turner George T . F/L (d.6th Nov 1942 )
  • Turner Hal.
  • Turnguist D E . F/Sgt
  • Uff . Sgt
  • Warnock. James Leslie . LAC
  • Watts Humphrey S . F/O (d.5th Mar 1945)
  • Way William A . F/Sgt (d.5th Mar 1945)
  • Wayte Clarence. Sgt. (Rear Gunner)
  • Webb. Thomas Henry . Sgt. (d.3rd/4th Apr 1943 )
  • Webber. Royston Robert Issac . Sgt (d.3rd/4th Mar 1943)
  • Wedderburn. Brian Walter Edward . Sgt (d.17th Apr 1943 )
  • Westall. Edward George . Sgt
  • White Eric. Sgt. (d.13th May 1944)
  • Whittley. John René . Group Capt.
  • Williams Edward. Flt.Sgt.
  • Wood Kenneth R . Sgt
  • Wright Eric . Sgt
  • Wright. Allan . P/O (d.20th Dec 1943)
  • Yeo Lloyd J . F/Sgt
  • Young. Alexander McDonald . Sgt

The names on this list have been submitted by relatives, friends, neighbours and others who wish to remember them, if you have any names to add or any recollections or photos of those listed, please Add a Name to this List

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Sergeant C A C Pithers 35 Squadron

My grandfather was a pilot in 35 Squadron: Robert Thomas Morris, born September 1912. He died as a 'tail-end-Charlie' on 1 August 1942. He was a RAF Volunteer Reserve from Eccleshall, and his grave in marked in Flushing, Netherlands. He was a member of the crew flying in Halifax II, W1100, TL-G of 35 Squadron at RAF Linton-on-Ouse.

They were on a raid to Dusseldorf and were hit by flak over the target but managed to get as far as Holland before crashing near Serooskerke (Zeeland), on Schouwen. Two of the crew, my grandfather and Sgt B S Braybrook RAAF, were killed and the rest were taken prisoner.

Does anyone have any information, and even a picture of him?

The full crew was

  • Sgt Bertram Stanley Braybrook RAAF 403470. KIA, age 22 (Vlissingen Northern Cemetery)
  • Sgt R.T. Morris, RAF VR 1230755. KIA, age 29 (Vlissingen Northern Cemetery)
  • P/O R. Casey was interned in Camps 8B/344/L3. POW No.25114 with
  • P/O C.C. Spencer, POW No.25120.
  • Sgt H. Clarke in Camps 8B/344, POW No.25118 with
  • Sgt W.A. Elliott, POW No.25116 and
  • Sgt C.A.C. Pithers, POW No.25117.

  • Cat Turner



    Sergeant W A Elliott 35 Squadron

    My grandfather was a pilot in 35 Squadron: Robert Thomas Morris, born September 1912. He died as a 'tail-end-Charlie' on 1 August 1942. He was a RAF Volunteer Reserve from Eccleshall, and his grave in marked in Flushing, Netherlands. He was a member of the crew flying in Halifax II, W1100, TL-G of 35 Squadron at RAF Linton-on-Ouse.

    They were on a raid to Dusseldorf and were hit by flak over the target but managed to get as far as Holland before crashing near Serooskerke (Zeeland), on Schouwen. Two of the crew, my grandfather and Sgt B S Braybrook RAAF, were killed and the rest were taken prisoner.

    Does anyone have any information, and even a picture of him?

    The full crew was

  • Sgt Bertram Stanley Braybrook RAAF 403470. KIA, age 22 (Vlissingen Northern Cemetery)
  • Sgt R.T. Morris, RAF VR 1230755. KIA, age 29 (Vlissingen Northern Cemetery)
  • P/O R. Casey was interned in Camps 8B/344/L3. POW No.25114 with
  • P/O C.C. Spencer, POW No.25120.
  • Sgt H. Clarke in Camps 8B/344, POW No.25118 with
  • Sgt W.A. Elliott, POW No.25116 and
  • Sgt C.A.C. Pithers, POW No.25117.

  • Cat Turner



    Sergeant H Clarke 35 Squadron

    My grandfather was a pilot in 35 Squadron: Robert Thomas Morris, born September 1912. He died as a 'tail-end-Charlie' on 1 August 1942. He was a RAF Volunteer Reserve from Eccleshall, and his grave in marked in Flushing, Netherlands. He was a member of the crew flying in Halifax II, W1100, TL-G of 35 Squadron at RAF Linton-on-Ouse.

    They were on a raid to Dusseldorf and were hit by flak over the target but managed to get as far as Holland before crashing near Serooskerke (Zeeland), on Schouwen. Two of the crew, my grandfather and Sgt B S Braybrook RAAF, were killed and the rest were taken prisoner.

    Does anyone have any information, and even a picture of him?

    The full crew was

  • Sgt Bertram Stanley Braybrook RAAF 403470. KIA, age 22 (Vlissingen Northern Cemetery)
  • Sgt R.T. Morris, RAF VR 1230755. KIA, age 29 (Vlissingen Northern Cemetery)
  • P/O R. Casey was interned in Camps 8B/344/L3. POW No.25114 with
  • P/O C.C. Spencer, POW No.25120.
  • Sgt H. Clarke in Camps 8B/344, POW No.25118 with
  • Sgt W.A. Elliott, POW No.25116 and
  • Sgt C.A.C. Pithers, POW No.25117.

  • Cat Turner



    Pilot Officer R Casey 35 Squadron

    My grandfather was a pilot in 35 Squadron: Robert Thomas Morris, born September 1912. He died as a 'tail-end-Charlie' on 1 August 1942. He was a RAF Volunteer Reserve from Eccleshall, and his grave in marked in Flushing, Netherlands. He was a member of the crew flying in Halifax II, W1100, TL-G of 35 Squadron at RAF Linton-on-Ouse.

    They were on a raid to Dusseldorf and were hit by flak over the target but managed to get as far as Holland before crashing near Serooskerke (Zeeland), on Schouwen. Two of the crew, my grandfather and Sgt B S Braybrook RAAF, were killed and the rest were taken prisoner.

    Does anyone have any information, and even a picture of him?

    The full crew was

  • Sgt Bertram Stanley Braybrook RAAF 403470. KIA, age 22 (Vlissingen Northern Cemetery)
  • Sgt R.T. Morris, RAF VR 1230755. KIA, age 29 (Vlissingen Northern Cemetery)
  • P/O R. Casey was interned in Camps 8B/344/L3. POW No.25114 with
  • P/O C.C. Spencer, POW No.25120.
  • Sgt H. Clarke in Camps 8B/344, POW No.25118 with
  • Sgt W.A. Elliott, POW No.25116 and
  • Sgt C.A.C. Pithers, POW No.25117.

  • Cat Turner



    Pilot Officer C C Spencer 35 Squadron

    My grandfather was a pilot in 35 Squadron: Robert Thomas Morris, born September 1912. He died as a 'tail-end-Charlie' on 1 August 1942. He was a RAF Volunteer Reserve from Eccleshall, and his grave in marked in Flushing, Netherlands. He was a member of the crew flying in Halifax II, W1100, TL-G of 35 Squadron at RAF Linton-on-Ouse.

    They were on a raid to Dusseldorf and were hit by flak over the target but managed to get as far as Holland before crashing near Serooskerke (Zeeland), on Schouwen. Two of the crew, my grandfather and Sgt B S Braybrook RAAF, were killed and the rest were taken prisoner.

    Does anyone have any information, and even a picture of him?

    The full crew was

  • Sgt Bertram Stanley Braybrook RAAF 403470. KIA, age 22 (Vlissingen Northern Cemetery)
  • Sgt R.T. Morris, RAF VR 1230755. KIA, age 29 (Vlissingen Northern Cemetery)
  • P/O R. Casey was interned in Camps 8B/344/L3. POW No.25114 with
  • P/O C.C. Spencer, POW No.25120.
  • Sgt H. Clarke in Camps 8B/344, POW No.25118 with
  • Sgt W.A. Elliott, POW No.25116 and
  • Sgt C.A.C. Pithers, POW No.25117.

  • Cat Turner



    Sergeant W A Elliot 35 Squadron

    My grandfather was a pilot in 35 Squadron: Robert Thomas Morris, born September 1912. He died as a 'tail-end-Charlie' on 1 August 1942. He was a RAF Volunteer Reserve from Eccleshall, and his grave in marked in Flushing, Netherlands. He was a member of the crew flying in Halifax II, W1100, TL-G of 35 Squadron at RAF Linton-on-Ouse.

    They were on a raid to Dusseldorf and were hit by flak over the target but managed to get as far as Holland before crashing near Serooskerke (Zeeland), on Schouwen. Two of the crew, my grandfather and Sgt B S Braybrook RAAF, were killed and the rest were taken prisoner.

    Does anyone have any information, and even a picture of him?

    The full crew was

  • P/O C.C. Spencer POW
  • Sgt C.A.C. Pithers POW
  • P/O R. Casey POW
  • Sgt W.A. Elliott POW
  • Sgt H. Clarke POW
  • Sgt Bertram Stanley Braybrook RAAF 403470. KIA, age 22 (Vlissingen Northern Cemetery)
  • Sgt R.T. Morris, RAF VR 1230755. KIA, age 29 (Vlissingen Northern Cemetery)
  • P/O R. Casey was interned in Camps 8B/344/L3. POW No.25114 with
  • P/O C.C. Spencer, POW No.25120.
  • Sgt H. Clarke in Camps 8B/344, POW No.25118 with
  • Sgt W.A. Elliott, POW No.25116 and
  • Sgt C.A.C. Pithers, POW No.25117.

  • Cat Turner



    Sergeant Bertram Stanley Braybrook 35 Squadron (d.1st August 1942)

    My grandfather was a pilot in 35 Squadron: Robert Thomas Morris, born September 1912. He died as a 'tail-end-Charlie' on 1 August 1942. He was a RAF Volunteer Reserve from Eccleshall, and his grave in marked in Flushing, Netherlands. He was a member of the crew flying in Halifax II, W1100, TL-G of 35 Squadron at RAF Linton-on-Ouse.

    They were on a raid to Dusseldorf and were hit by flak over the target but managed to get as far as Holland before crashing near Serooskerke (Zeeland), on Schouwen. Two of the crew, my grandfather and Sgt B S Braybrook RAAF, were killed and the rest were taken prisoner.

    Does anyone have any information, and even a picture of him?

    The full crew was

  • P/O C.C. Spencer POW
  • Sgt C.A.C. Pithers POW
  • P/O R. Casey POW
  • Sgt W.A. Elliott POW
  • Sgt H. Clarke POW
  • Sgt Bertram Stanley Braybrook RAAF 403470. KIA, age 22 (Vlissingen Northern Cemetery)
  • Sgt R.T. Morris, RAF VR 1230755. KIA, age 29 (Vlissingen Northern Cemetery)
  • P/O R. Casey was interned in Camps 8B/344/L3. POW No.25114 with
  • P/O C.C. Spencer, POW No.25120.
  • Sgt H. Clarke in Camps 8B/344, POW No.25118 with
  • Sgt W.A. Elliott, POW No.25116 and
  • Sgt C.A.C. Pithers, POW No.25117.

  • Cat Turner



    Sergeant Robert Thomas Morris 35 Squadron (d.1st August 1942)

    My grandfather was a pilot in 35 Squadron: Robert Thomas Morris, born September 1912. He died as a 'tail-end-Charlie' on 1 August 1942. He was a RAF Volunteer Reserve from Eccleshall, and his grave in marked in Flushing, Netherlands. He was a member of the crew flying in Halifax II, W1100, TL-G of 35 Squadron at RAF Linton-on-Ouse.

    They were on a raid to Dusseldorf and were hit by flak over the target but managed to get as far as Holland before crashing near Serooskerke (Zeeland), on Schouwen. Two of the crew, my grandfather and Sgt B S Braybrook RAAF, were killed and the rest were taken prisoner.

    Does anyone have any information, and even a picture of him?

    The full crew was

  • P/O C.C.Spencer POW
  • Sgt C.A.C.Pithers POW
  • P/O R.Casey POW
  • Sgt W.A.Elliott POW
  • Sgt H.Clarke POW
  • Sgt Bertram Stanley Braybrook RAAF 403470. KIA, age 22 (Vlissingen Northern Cemetery)
  • Sgt R.T.Morris, RAF VR 1230755. KIA, age 29 (Vlissingen Northern Cemetery)
  • P/O R.Casey was interned in Camps 8B/344/L3. POW No.25114 with
  • P/O C.C.Spencer, POW No.25120.
  • Sgt H.Clarke in Camps 8B/344, POW No.25118 with
  • Sgt W.A.Elliott, POW No.25116 and
  • Sgt C.A.C.Pithers, POW No.25117.

  • Cat Turner



    Trevor Dopson 35 Squadron

    Both my mother Hilda Dopson, née Laws, and father Trevor Dopson served at RAF Linton on Ouse and were married in uniform in 1941 (I have the photo). We have just found a electro-silver plated drinking tankard that was given to my father who worked in the officers mess. The person the tankard belonged to told him that if he didn't come back he had to have it. The initials on the tankard are G A, we were wondering does anyone know who G A was?

    Keith Dopson



    Hilda Laws

    Both my mother Hilda Dopson, née Laws, and father Trevor Dopson served at RAF Linton on Ouse and were married in uniform in 1941 (I have the photo). We have just found a electro-silver plated drinking tankard that was given to my father who worked in the officers mess. The person the tankard belonged to told him that if he didn't come back he had to have it. The initials on the tankard are G A, we were wondering does anyone know who G A was?

    Keith Dopson



    F/O Le Edward Robinson 426 Squadron (d.30th Mar 1944)

    I am named after my Uncle Roy who was a gunner on a Lancaster Bomber stationed at Linton-On-Ouse during WW2. He, along with his crew, were killed during the Nuremberg Raid on March 30th, 1944. I am trying to find out more of his story and perhaps locate a crew photo. The pilot was W. Cracknell.

    Curtis Robinson



    P/O Douglas Edwin William Brown 58 Sqd. (d.7th November 1941)

    My brother, Pilot Officer Douglas Brown, served with 58 Sqdn at Linton on Ouse during 1941. His last mission was to Berlin night of 7.11.41 being shot down by ack ack over Kiel Canal returning from the Operation. I am hoping to visit the Memorial Room at Linton.

    Eric Brown



    Sgt. Eric White Bomber Command 426 Squadron (d.13th May 1944)

    Eric White 653213 was my father's great uncle and Dad asked me to try and find out as much as I could about him as he was never told. I was able to find out that he was the Flight Engineer of Sqdn 426 Bomber Command. He flew in a Halifax mark 111 serial NA510. Others on board were
    • Sqdn leader I M McRobie
    • Flying officer G W Bedford
    • WO 2nd class M A Brazey
    • WO 2nd class C A McLeod
    • Flight sgt A H Hammond
    • Flight sgt Bremrose

    They took of from RCAF air base Linton-on-Ouse in North Yorkshire heading towards their target Cambrai, France. The Aircraft caught on fire and crashed near Villers-Les-Cagnicourt in Pas-De Calais on 13th June 1944. I believe once they knew they were in trouble they decided to evacuate the plane but Eric White and I M McRobie stayed on board to keep the plane level. It eventually crashed killing both on impact the locals found the body of Eric but McRobie was never found. A H Hammond, C A McLeod and Bremrose all managed to evade with the help of the locals but Bedford and Brazey were taken prisoner.

    The locals buried Eric White in Cagnicourt and every year hold a ceremony over his grave.

    T. Rayner



    Joe Swinwood

    Joe Swinwood served as ground crew, from late 1944 at Linton-on-Ouse, does anyone remember him? Thanks for the memories!

    Rob Colt



    Dvr. Joyce Hodgson

    Does anybody remember two York sisters who were in the WAAF based at Linton on Ouse in the 1940's? Their names were Joyce and Nancy Hodgson. They were both drivers.

    Ian Hart



    Dvr. Nancy Hodgson

    Nancy Hodgson & her sister Joyce were both drivers in the WAAF based at Linton-on-Ouse in the 1940s. Does anyone remember them?

    Ian Hart



    F/O. Thomas Marnoch Campbell 426 Sqd. (d.5th Mar 1945)

    My relative, F/O Thomas M Campbell was the bomb aimer of the ill fated Halifax bomber from 426 Squadron, Thunderbirds LW210 OW-Y flown by Ft Lt Emerson, which crashed shortly after take off from RAF Linton on 5th March 1945. Thomas died in the crash, but I have no photo of him, the aircraft or the crash site. Does anyone have a photograph? Any pictures would be of great help to me. Thank you.

    Steven Campbell-Collins



    Flt.Sgt. Edward Williams 426 (Thunderbird) Squadron

    My Dad, Flight Sergeant Edward Williams served as a tail gunner with 426 (Thunderbird) Squadron during WW2. He was at Linton on Ouse from 1943 to wars end. As a tail gunner he didn't have a high life expectancy. My mother said she stopped reading newspapers when she read that the life expectancy of a tail gunner in combat was 9 minutes.




    Edna Baker

    My Aunt was a WAAF and was stationed at Linton and Holme during the war, I have several photos of bombers and crews, with no names, also her autograph book from that period, and also a control tower log book from one of the airfields. One name in her book I know is Cheshire, and two marvellous pen drawings by a G.D Clay. of the Shambles in York and Lydd Romany marsh dated Linton 1942. My Aunt died in 1951 but I do have pictures of her Her name was Edna Baker and she came from near Skegness Lincs.

    Pat Baker



    Martha Jenson 408 Squadron

    Martha Jensen was stationed in Linton-on-Ouse as a wireless operator, around 1942, She was from Western Canada I believe, does anyone have any info on her?

    Jamie Hachey



    Thomas Reynolds 408 Squadron

    My grandfather, was working in the Belgian underground as a member of the escape line Comete. He moved Clayton Maclachlan and Tommy Reynolds who belonged to the 408 squadron, in Brussels, from one safe place to another.

    I learned that they had to jump out of their Lancaster in fire and that they fell in Deurne-Tessenderloo on 20th December 1943. They were both hidden in the neighborhood of my grandfather where I am still living. I should be very glad if I could come in touch with one of them or with a member of their family.

    The crew were:

    • Les Morrison. pilot RAAF
    • Allan Wright. nav.
    • Clayton MacLachlan. bomb aimer
    • Alexander Dumbbell. W/op
    • Thomas Reynolds flt eng.
    • William Heaton. mid upper gunner
    • Edward Salmon. Rear gunner

    Their Lancaster II, DS-704 code EQ-W was shot down December 20, 1943 on Ops to Frankfurt.Heaton and Wright were killed, Salmon was taken POW after spending time with the resistance. The rest of the crew evaded capture.

    Clayton MacLachlan & Tommy Reynolds evaded arrest with the help of the resistance until Brussels’ liberation. Ted Salmon joined the resistance at Diest, East of Brussels. He was taken to Brussels four days later and stayed at various houses. At the last house the people were engaged in sabotage. One was captured and the house was surrounded in the middle of February. He was taken to St. Giles prison till May 12th. then was moved to an interrogation camp, Dulag Luft. Later Ted was sent to Stalag Luft 6, Heydekrug. Moved to Thorn, in Poland and eventually to 357 at Folling Bostel. He was released while on the march, in May 1945.

    Victor Schutters



    LAC James Leslie Warnock. 76 Sqd

    electrician




    F/O. Donal Thomas Ryan 408 Squadron (d.29th July 1944)

    My uncle, Donal Thomas Ryan, was a Flight Officer in 408 Goose Squadron and was based at RAF Linton-On-Ouse. He flew Lancaster EQ-H. He was shot down on July 29, 1944. Donal is buried at Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany. He was son of Leo George and Alice Ellen Ryan, and brother of Leo E. and Frances Geraldine Ryan(my mother)of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Donal's citations are; 1939-45 Star, Air Crew Europe Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and clasp, War Medal 1939-1945, Operational Wings awarded posthumously 8 January 1947. He was born December 11, 1920, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Donal was 23 years old.

    David Doyle



    Robert Henry Pringle

    Halifax Randy Andy

    My Late Father in Law, Harry Pringle served at Middleton St.George and Linton on Ouse during the second world war. I have a photo of a Lancaster Bomber and crew plus bombs to be loaded. The plane is named "Randyandy". Does anyone have any information about this plane and her crew?

    Esmond Black



    Flt.Sgt. Alcide Joseph Chiasson 408 Squadron

    Alcide Chaisson was my brother. He served with No.408 Goose Squadron based at Linton-on-Ouse in 1944. He wrote this a short memento in 1988 for the reunion: "I was the tail gunner on a Halifax Bomber in 408 Goose Squadron, 6th Canadian Bomber Group, Bomber Command. Out home base was Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire, England.

    On 24th of December 1944 we were assigned to a bombing mission on a German Air Base at Dusseldorf. Approximatley 250 aircraft were deployed on this raid, only two planes failed to return, ours was one of them. This, incidentally was our first daylight raid, we always flew at night. While over the target we were coned by Germany Ack Ack Fire resulting in several direct hits, setting the plane on fire. Out of a crew of seven, the pilot Bill Dunwoodie and myself were the only two who survived by parachuting out of that airborne inferno."




    Sgt. Joseph Benedict Brophy

    Joseph Benedict Brophy was a RCAF Sergeant Air Observer 'Special'. He was at Linton-on-Ouse with SQH Linton from 3rd March to 16th June 1943. Previous to that he was at Castletown and had crashed on the 2nd/3rd of March 1943 as the aircraft overshot the runway.

    He was shot down at least twice, the earlier time crashing into the sea. I am writing a biography about my dad and I'd like to find out more about these crashes, the other survivors and the circumstances surrounding the recoveries.

    Mike and Joy Brophy



    Sgt. (Rear Gunner) Clarence "Cal" Wayte 78 Squdron

    Flight planning Log of final flight

    Cal was rear gunner on Halifax II bomber (W7937) on a bombing raid from Linton-on-Ouse to Essen on 3/4April 1943. Due to the failure of the port inner engine. As the crew left the Halifax, two more engines cut. P/O Forster was unable to leave the aircraft; he has no known grave. Cal spent the rest of the war in POW Camps mainly in Poland.

    Mike Paling



    Wilfred Nunn

    Wilfred Nunn was stationed at Linton on Ouse in 1942.

    Jayne Heywood



    Hal Turner

    Hal Turner served as a Direction Finder operator at Linton on Ouse. He married Eugenie Francoeur who was also stationed at Linton.




    AC/2 Alan Leo O'Grady 426 (Thunderbird) Sqdn.

    York. Malone, McCrae, Al (O'Grady)

    Photo has been labelled

    Signatures on back of menu(see next photo)

    Christmas dinner Menu, 1944, Linton-on-Ouse

    When my dad was on his way to England, he was talking to a guy aboard the ship and told him his name was Al O'Grady. This man said "That's funny - I was just talking to another O'Grady, named Wilfrid, on the other side of the ship." It turns out that was my dad's brother, who was in the army. They didn't know they were on the same ship.

    The only thing he mentioned about being in York was that they would go to Bettys Bar and that he'd signed his name on the mirror there (along with 600 others). When I went there in the 1980s I couldn't find his name. I found a list of names online but it's not complete, and apparently part of the mirror was destroyed in a bombing attack.

    Catherine O'Grady



    F/O. Arthur Thomas "Joe" Jones MM & Bar MID.

    My Father Arthur Jones,was posted to RAF Linton on Ouse as a Flying Officer in 1939, newly promoted from the ranks. He was the station armament officer at Linton until being posted in April 1943 by which time he had been awarded the MBE and two MID's. No citations can be found as to how he won any of the awards, and next to nothing is known of his time there, although his name appears briefly in 58's Squadron Operations Book although he was part of the base personal, not a member of 58.

    We do have his full service records, from both wars. If you have other details about him, or his work I would dearly love to see them.

    Colin Jones







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