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RAF Stradishall



14th Sep 1941 214 Squadron Wellington lost

29th Oct 1941 138 Squadron Whitley lost

27th Dec 1941 Aircraft Lost

1st Apr 1942 Aircraft Lost

31st May 1942 109 Squadron Wellington lost

22nd Oct 1943 Aircraft Lost


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Those known to have served at

RAF Stradishall

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Browne Anthony John. Sergeant (d.6th January 1942)
  • Browne Anthony John. Sergeant (d.6th January 1942)
  • Butcher Reginald Alfred. Sergeant (d.6th January 1942)
  • Coon M T.
  • Cornes C J. (d.6th January 1942)
  • Findley George Fenwick.
  • Gray Phillip.
  • Herriot Frank Sidney. LAC.
  • Lawrence R H W.
  • Matthews Albert David. Sergeant (d.6th January 1942)
  • Menzies Thomas. Aircraftman 1st Class (d.6th January 1942)
  • Miniken Frederick Thomas. Flight Sergeant (d.6th January 1942)
  • Perham Ivy Emily. Aircraftwoman 1st Class (d.25th Aug 1942)
  • Wolstenholm Herbert. Sergeant (d.6th January 1942)
  • Wright James Benjamin. F/O.

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Aircraftwoman 1st Class Ivy Emily Perham RAF Stradishall (d.25th Aug 1942)

My Aunt was killed at RAF Stradishall on 25 August 1942. I would very much like to get in touch with anybody who knew her or anybody who has information related to her death, believed to have been crushed by an ambulance although this is not that clear.

Martin Cole



Sergeant Anthony John Browne (d.6th January 1942)

My uncle, Sgt Anthony John Browne 643058 (Newmarket Cemetery) was killed on 6 January 1942 when a Wellington bomber from RAF Stradishall, No 3 Group Training Flight piloted by Flight Sergeant Frederick Thomas Miniken 903047 (Clacton Cemetery) crashed shortly after take off.

RWH Lawrence and MT Coon survived. Would anyone have any idea of the squadron markings as I am building a replica model? Others killed were

  • Sergeant John Philpin Williams 983072 (Uzmaston (St. Ismael) Churchyard)
  • C J Cornes
  • Sergeant Herbert Wolstenholm 545778 (Hucknall Cemetery)
  • Sergeant Albert David Matthews 615644 (Yeovil Cemetery)
  • Sergeant Reginald Alfred Butcher 1200354 (Dover (St. Mary's) New Cemetery)
  • A/C1 Thomas Menzies 1037647 (Manchester Southern Cemetery)

    Any other information of the event or of my uncle would be most welcome. God Bless them all.

  • Tony Lenton



    Sergeant Anthony John Browne (d.6th January 1942)

    My uncle, Sgt Anthony John Browne 643058 (Newmarket Cemetery) was killed on 6 January 1942 when a Wellington bomber from RAF Stradishall, No 3 Group Training Flight piloted by Flight Sergeant Frederick Thomas Miniken 903047 (Clacton Cemetery) crashed shortly after take off. Would anyone have any idea of the squadron markings as I am building a replica model?

    Others killed were

  • Sergeant John Philpin Williams 983072 (Uzmaston (St. Ismael) Churchyard)
  • C J Cornes
  • Sergeant Herbert Wolstenholm 545778 (Hucknall Cemetery)
  • Sergeant Albert David Matthews 615644 (Yeovil Cemetery)
  • Sergeant Reginald Alfred Butcher 1200354 (Dover (St. Mary's) New Cemetery)
  • A/C1 Thomas Menzies 1037647 (Manchester Southern Cemetery)

    RWH Lawrence and MT Coon survived.

    Any other information of the event or of my uncle would be most welcome. God Bless them all.

  • Tony Lenton



    Flight Sergeant Frederick Thomas Miniken (d.6th January 1942)

    My uncle, Sgt Anthony John Browne 643058 (Newmarket Cemetery) was killed on 6 January 1942 when a Wellington bomber from RAF Stradishall, No 3 Group Training Flight piloted by Flight Sergeant Frederick Thomas Miniken 903047 (Clacton Cemetery) crashed shortly after take off. Would anyone have any idea of the squadron markings as I am building a replica model?

    Others killed were

  • Sergeant John Philpin Williams 983072 (Uzmaston (St. Ismael) Churchyard)
  • C J Cornes
  • Sergeant Herbert Wolstenholm 545778 (Hucknall Cemetery)
  • Sergeant Albert David Matthews 615644 (Yeovil Cemetery)
  • Sergeant Reginald Alfred Butcher 1200354 (Dover (St. Mary's) New Cemetery)
  • A/C1 Thomas Menzies 1037647 (Manchester Southern Cemetery)

    RWH Lawrence and MT Coon survived.

    Any other information of the event or of my uncle would be most welcome. God Bless them all.

  • Tony Lenton



    C J Cornes (d.6th January 1942)

    My uncle, Sgt Anthony John Browne 643058 (Newmarket Cemetery) was killed on 6 January 1942 when a Wellington bomber from RAF Stradishall, No 3 Group Training Flight piloted by Flight Sergeant Frederick Thomas Miniken 903047 (Clacton Cemetery) crashed shortly after take off. Would anyone have any idea of the squadron markings as I am building a replica model?

    Others killed were

  • Sergeant John Philpin Williams 983072 (Uzmaston (St. Ismael) Churchyard)
  • C J Cornes
  • Sergeant Herbert Wolstenholm 545778 (Hucknall Cemetery)
  • Sergeant Albert David Matthews 615644 (Yeovil Cemetery)
  • Sergeant Reginald Alfred Butcher 1200354 (Dover (St. Mary's) New Cemetery)
  • A/C1 Thomas Menzies 1037647 (Manchester Southern Cemetery)

    RWH Lawrence and MT Coon survived.

    Any other information of the event or of my uncle would be most welcome. God Bless them all.

  • Tony Lenton



    Sergeant Herbert Wolstenholm (d.6th January 1942)

    My uncle, Sgt Anthony John Browne 643058 (Newmarket Cemetery) was killed on 6 January 1942 when a Wellington bomber from RAF Stradishall, No 3 Group Training Flight piloted by Flight Sergeant Frederick Thomas Miniken 903047 (Clacton Cemetery) crashed shortly after take off. Would anyone have any idea of the squadron markings as I am building a replica model?

    Others killed were

  • Sergeant John Philpin Williams 983072 (Uzmaston (St. Ismael) Churchyard)
  • C J Cornes
  • Sergeant Herbert Wolstenholm 545778 (Hucknall Cemetery)
  • Sergeant Albert David Matthews 615644 (Yeovil Cemetery)
  • Sergeant Reginald Alfred Butcher 1200354 (Dover (St. Mary's) New Cemetery)
  • A/C1 Thomas Menzies 1037647 (Manchester Southern Cemetery)

    RWH Lawrence and MT Coon survived.

    Any other information of the event or of my uncle would be most welcome. God Bless them all.

  • Tony Lenton



    Sergeant Albert David Matthews (d.6th January 1942)

    My uncle, Sgt Anthony John Browne 643058 (Newmarket Cemetery) was killed on 6 January 1942 when a Wellington bomber from RAF Stradishall, No 3 Group Training Flight piloted by Flight Sergeant Frederick Thomas Miniken 903047 (Clacton Cemetery) crashed shortly after take off. Would anyone have any idea of the squadron markings as I am building a replica model?

    Others killed were

  • Sergeant John Philpin Williams 983072 (Uzmaston (St. Ismael) Churchyard)
  • C J Cornes
  • Sergeant Herbert Wolstenholm 545778 (Hucknall Cemetery)
  • Sergeant Albert David Matthews 615644 (Yeovil Cemetery)
  • Sergeant Reginald Alfred Butcher 1200354 (Dover (St. Mary's) New Cemetery)
  • A/C1 Thomas Menzies 1037647 (Manchester Southern Cemetery)

    RWH Lawrence and MT Coon survived.

    Any other information of the event or of my uncle would be most welcome. God Bless them all.

  • Tony Lenton



    Sergeant Reginald Alfred Butcher (d.6th January 1942)

    My uncle, Sgt Anthony John Browne 643058 (Newmarket Cemetery) was killed on 6 January 1942 when a Wellington bomber from RAF Stradishall, No 3 Group Training Flight piloted by Flight Sergeant Frederick Thomas Miniken 903047 (Clacton Cemetery) crashed shortly after take off. Would anyone have any idea of the squadron markings as I am building a replica model?

    Others killed were

  • Sergeant John Philpin Williams 983072 (Uzmaston (St. Ismael) Churchyard)
  • C J Cornes
  • Sergeant Herbert Wolstenholm 545778 (Hucknall Cemetery)
  • Sergeant Albert David Matthews 615644 (Yeovil Cemetery)
  • Sergeant Reginald Alfred Butcher 1200354 (Dover (St. Mary's) New Cemetery)
  • A/C1 Thomas Menzies 1037647 (Manchester Southern Cemetery)

    RWH Lawrence and MT Coon survived.

    Any other information of the event or of my uncle would be most welcome. God Bless them all.

  • Tony Lenton



    Aircraftman 1st Class Thomas Menzies (d.6th January 1942)

    My uncle, Sgt Anthony John Browne 643058 (Newmarket Cemetery) was killed on 6 January 1942 when a Wellington bomber from RAF Stradishall, No 3 Group Training Flight piloted by Flight Sergeant Frederick Thomas Miniken 903047 (Clacton Cemetery) crashed shortly after take off. Would anyone have any idea of the squadron markings as I am building a replica model?

    Others killed were

  • Sergeant John Philpin Williams 983072 (Uzmaston (St. Ismael) Churchyard)
  • C J Cornes
  • Sergeant Herbert Wolstenholm 545778 (Hucknall Cemetery)
  • Sergeant Albert David Matthews 615644 (Yeovil Cemetery)
  • Sergeant Reginald Alfred Butcher 1200354 (Dover (St. Mary's) New Cemetery)
  • A/C1 Thomas Menzies 1037647 (Manchester Southern Cemetery)

    RWH Lawrence and MT Coon survived.

    Any other information of the event or of my uncle would be most welcome. God Bless them all.

  • Tony Lenton



    R H W Lawrence

    My uncle, Sgt Anthony John Browne 643058 (Newmarket Cemetery) was killed on 6 January 1942 when a Wellington bomber from RAF Stradishall, No 3 Group Training Flight piloted by Flight Sergeant Frederick Thomas Miniken 903047 (Clacton Cemetery) crashed shortly after take off. Would anyone have any idea of the squadron markings as I am building a replica model?

    Others killed were

  • Sergeant John Philpin Williams 983072 (Uzmaston (St. Ismael) Churchyard)
  • C J Cornes
  • Sergeant Herbert Wolstenholm 545778 (Hucknall Cemetery)
  • Sergeant Albert David Matthews 615644 (Yeovil Cemetery)
  • Sergeant Reginald Alfred Butcher 1200354 (Dover (St. Mary's) New Cemetery)
  • A/C1 Thomas Menzies 1037647 (Manchester Southern Cemetery)

    RWH Lawrence and MT Coon survived.

    Any other information of the event or of my uncle would be most welcome. God Bless them all.

  • Tony Lenton



    M T Coon

    My uncle, Sgt Anthony John Browne 643058 (Newmarket Cemetery) was killed on 6 January 1942 when a Wellington bomber from RAF Stradishall, No 3 Group Training Flight piloted by Flight Sergeant Frederick Thomas Miniken 903047 (Clacton Cemetery) crashed shortly after take off. Would anyone have any idea of the squadron markings as I am building a replica model?

    Others killed were

  • Sergeant John Philpin Williams 983072 (Uzmaston (St. Ismael) Churchyard)
  • C J Cornes
  • Sergeant Herbert Wolstenholm 545778 (Hucknall Cemetery)
  • Sergeant Albert David Matthews 615644 (Yeovil Cemetery)
  • Sergeant Reginald Alfred Butcher 1200354 (Dover (St. Mary's) New Cemetery)
  • A/C1 Thomas Menzies 1037647 (Manchester Southern Cemetery)

    RWH Lawrence and MT Coon survived.

    Any other information of the event or of my uncle would be most welcome. God Bless them all.

  • Tony Lenton



    Phillip Gray 186 Squadron

    My name is Philip Gray, born in Ladybank on the east side of Scotland.

    During WWII I was a pilot with 186 Squadron, Stradishall, Suffolk. This was a heavy bomber squadron using Lancasters Marks I and III. My crew were -

    • F/Sgt. Gerry Merrick, navigator.
    • F/Officer Jack Marner, air bomber.
    • F/Sgt. Harry Jenkinson, Wireless operator.
    • F/Sgt. Frank Parkhouse, enginer.
    • F/Sgt. Ivor 'Blondie' Foster, mid-upper gunner.
    • F/Sgt. Clin Booth, rear gunner
    .

    We bombed Gelsenkirchen four times, the target each time being a coking plant where the Germans made synthetic petrol. These plants were located all over the Reich. In all we took part in 16 raids on Germany.

    It's all there in my book 'Ghosts Of Targets Past' published by Grub Street, London, which is now in its third edition and 10th print. I've had favourable reports on this book from all over the planet.

    I earned my 'wings', pilots brevet, at Falcon Field, Mesa, Arizona, USA.

    As the war faded away in 1945 we were occupied with the 'clean up' jobs -

    • Operation Mana, dropping food to the people of The Netherlands.
    • Operation Exodus, flying back ex-POWs from France to GB.
    • Operation Baedeker, low flying over Germany to allow ground crews and admin staff to monitor the bomb damage.
    • Operation Post Mortem, testing German radar
    .

    Leaving Bomber Command I carried out two mini tours of duty for Transport Command at Syerston airfield, towing military gliders and dropping food to British farmers.

    In the mid 1950s on invitation, NOT AN ORDER, I flew for Fighter Command on the Island of Sylt, West Germany, as a staff pilot. There I flew Hawker Tempests, Mosquitos and Meteors on the four air-to-air firing ranges. For the record we lost more pilots there than on my bomber squadron during WWII. We were under the command of the 2nd Tactical Army on the Rhine. There was an emergency of one kind or another every single day on the Island of Sylt during that time. With club flying in both Scotland and New Zealand I then went on to fly for 46 years in all.

    Philip Gray



    George Fenwick Findley 218 (Gold Coast) Squadron.

    My uncle George Fenwick Findley was the last of his crew members of 218 Gold Coast Squadron. They were:
    • Bill Streeter RAF
    • Tom Mankelow RAF
    • Robert Daniel Stirling DFC, pilot RAAF
    • Paul Chase Miller RAAF
    • Lancelot Keith Gregory RAAF
    • George Seymour RNZAF

    Uncle George was an air gunner. He enlisted at No2 ITS Bradfield park and trained at No2 WAGS parkes, Port Pirie, Bradfield Park, Melbourne. He travelled to England and continued his training at 11OTU, 1657CU RAF Stradishall, 1483 RAF Newmarket and joined 218 Squadron. He flew from Downham Market, Tempsford, Woolfox Lodge, and Methwold. Operations he flew were:

    • 3/10/1943 ops mining
    • 24/10/1943 ops mining Frisian islands
    • 7/11/1943 ops mining Bordeaux
    • 18/11/1943 ops Mannheim
    • 19/11/1943 ops Leverkusen
    • 22/11/1943 ops Berlin
    • 1/12/1943 Skaggerack
    • 28/1/1944 ops mining Denmark
    • 4/3/1944 special target
    • 7/3/1944 special target
    • 18/4/1944 ops mining Keil Bay
    • 20/4/1944 ops bombing Chambley
    • 22/4/1944 bombing Laon
    • 23/4/1944 ops bombing Brussels
    • 25/4/1944 ops bombing Chambley
    • 1/5/1944 ops bombing Chambley
    • 7/5/1944 ops mining La Rochelle
    • 13/5/1944 ops mining Cherbourg
    • 5/6/1944 ops special duties for D-Day
    • 17/6/1944 ops bombing Montider
    • 21/6/1944 ops mining Guernsey
    • 24/6/1944 ops bombing Rimeux
    • 23/7/1944 ops mining Brest
    • 25/8/1944 ops bombing Russelsheim
    • 29/8/1944 ops bombing Stettin
    • 31/8/1944 ops bombing
    • 10/9/1944 ops bombing le Harve
    • 14/10/1944 ops bombing Duisburg
    • 14/10/1944 ops Duisburg
    • 18/10/1944 ops bombing Bonn
    • 22/10/1944 ops bombing Neuss
    • 23/10/1944 ops bombing Essen
    • 26/10/1944 ops Leverkusen
    • 30/10/1944 ops bombing Wesseling
    • 31/10/1944 ops bombing Bottrop
    The aircraft he flew in are: Wackett, Fairy Battle, Wellington, Stirling 111, Lancaster 1. He was a member of 218 squadron from 29/9/1943 to 21/10/1944 in the crew of Lancaster HA-E.

    Evelyn E Hill



    LAC. Frank Sidney Herriot 90 Squadron

    Frank Herriot served in the RAF with 90 and 186 squadron, at Dumfries, Gibraltar, Tuddenham, Stradishall and in Italy.

    M Herriot



    F/O. James Benjamin Wright 186 Squadron

    186 squadron; Dad & crew

    My dad, James Wright served as navigator with 186 Squadron on Lancasters flying out of Tuddenham, then Stradishall, from February to June 1945, flying 18 missions over Germany. His pilot was F/Lt Head.

    John Wright







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