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No . 9 Squadron Royal Air Force



August 1939 

4th September 1939 Raid

18th Dec 1939 Aircraft Lost  Wellington bomber squadrons undertook a number of sweeps over the North Sea during October and November 1939 against any enemy shipping. However a mission on 18th December 1939 proved disastrous. A force of 22 Wellingtons, six from No. 37 and the remainder from Nos. 9 and 149 Squadrons, were met by Bf109s and 110s to which the Wellingtons had no reply owing to their limited fields of fire. In this operation No. 37 lost five of its six aircraft. A direct outcome of this air battle was the decision to fit Wellingtons with armour plate and self-sealing fuel tanks to make them more robust.

18th Dec 1939 Aircraft Lost

20th April 1940 Move

10th May 1940 Aircraft Lost

10th May 1940 Aircraft Lost

15th May 1940 Raids

12th Mar 1941 Night Ops

31st Mar 1941 Aircraft Lost

17th Apr 1941 Eleven Aircraft Lost

26th Apr 1941 Aircraft Lost

3rd May 1941 Aircraft Lost

16th May 1941 Aircraft Lost

9th Jun 1941 9 Squadron Wellington lost

9th Jun 1941 Aircraft Lost

7th Jul 1941 Aircraft Lost

8th Jul 1941 Aircraft Lost

10th Jul 1941 Aircraft Lost

12th Aug 1941 Aircraft Lost

19th Aug 1941 Aircraft Lost

26th Aug 1941 Aircraft Lost

27th Aug 1941 Aircraft Lost

7th Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost

26th Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost

28th Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost

30th Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost

9th Nov 1941 Aircraft Lost

6th Dec 1941 Aircraft Lost

5th Jan 1942 Aircraft Lost

31st May 1942 Daylight Raid

1st Aug 1942 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

7th August 1942 Squadron relocated and re-equipped

17th Sep 1942 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

17th Sep 1942 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

30th Sep 1942 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

8th Nov 1942 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

10th Dec 1942 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

20th Dec 1942 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

3rd Jan 1943 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

14th Jan 1943 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

17th Jan 1943 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

29th Jan 1943 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

31st Jan 1943 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

31st Jan 1943 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

4th Feb 1943 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

14th March 1943 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

3rd Apr 1943 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

14th April 1943 On the move

7th Apr 1943 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

1st May 1943 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

21st May 1943  Training accident

16th Jul 1943 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

30th Jul 1943 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

31st Aug 1943 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

6th Sep 1943 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

7th Sep 1943 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

22nd October 1943 Gunner killed

2nd Dec 1943 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

3rd Dec 1943 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

16th Dec 1943 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

17th Dec 1943 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

21st Feb 1944 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

2nd Jan 1944 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

25th Feb 1944 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

23rd Mar 1944 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

30th Mar 1944 Aircraft Lost

22nd Apr 1944 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

11th May 1944 7 Squadron Lancaster lost

22nd May 1944 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

25th Jun 1944 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

4th July 1944 Raid

8th Jul 1944 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

8th Jul 1944 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

21st Jul 1944 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

12th Sep 1944 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

12th November 1944 Ship Targeted

22nd Dec 1944 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

1st Jan 1945 9 Squadron Lancaster lost

July 1945   Airfields at which No. 9 Squadron was based during WW2:
  • Honington 1939 to 7 Aug 1942.
    • Lossiemouth (detachment)2 Apr 1940 to 15 Apr 1940
  • Waddington 7 Aug 1942 to 14 May 1943
  • Bardney 14 May 1943 to 6 Jul 1945
    • Woodhall Spa (detachment) 26th Aug 1943 - Sept 1943
  • Waddington from 6 Jul 1945



July 1945 


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Those known to have served with

No . 9 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Arnold Roy George Claingbould. W/Cmdr.
  • Axon Robert Percy. F/Lt.
  • Bailey Arthur. Sgt (d.8th Oct 1943)
  • Bicker Ron.
  • Black I. C.B.. P/O. (d.16th Dec 1943)
  • Blow Harold. Flt.Lt.
  • Bolton Frank. Sgt (d.22nd Mar 1944)
  • Brett Henry.
  • Charlton James Reginald. Flt.Sgt.
  • Cole Ted.
  • Culley Clem. Flt.Sgt.
  • Currigan Stanley William Guy. F/Sgt. (d.1st Jan 1945)
  • Daribshire J. N.. Sqn. Ldr.
  • Darling Eric Thomas Henry. Sgt.
  • Dawes Kenneth Edward. Warrant Officer
  • Fereday Sidney Lascelles. Flt.Sgt. (d.22nd Mar 1944)
  • Fox C. W.. F/Lt. (d.30th Jul 1943)
  • Gill Ken.
  • Gill T. H.. P/O. (d.5th Sep 1943)
  • Gregory Wilfred. Sgt.
  • Hannaford Henry John. Sgt. (d.29th Jul 1942)
  • Harrison William Kenneth. WO.
  • Hart Alan Douglas. Sgt.
  • Hasson George.
  • Herkes Jack Marshall. F/O
  • Hills Ken. P/O.
  • Hooper Fred. Flt.Sgt.
  • Jenkins Harry Goodwin. Sgt. (d.17th Jan 1943)
  • Jennings Douglas Alan.
  • Johnson Thomas William. W/O (d.2nd Jan 1945)
  • Jolliffe Henry T.. Sgt.
  • Jones Archibald Donald. Sgt. (d.23rd Sep 1944)
  • Jones Richard E. Flt.Sgt. (d.3rd Dec 1943)
  • Jordan John Fredrick. F/Sgt. (d.14th Feb 1945)
  • Ledger Harry. Sqd. Ldr. (d.29th July 1942)
  • Liversedge Ronald Stanley. Flight Sergeant
  • Lodge Richard. W/O
  • Lynes James William. FO (d.20th Dec 1942)
  • Machin Alan. Flt.Sgt.
  • McDonagh Kevin. (d.6th Sep 1943)
  • Mitchell George. F/Lt.
  • Moore Clayton C.. P/O.
  • Moseley Reg. Flt.Sgt.
  • Overend Tom.
  • Owen Brian John. F/O.
  • Parker Gerry.
  • Parsons Fred.
  • Petts Frank. Sgt.
  • Phillips William David. Flt.Sgt. (d.31st July 1944)
  • Pickering Alfred Luther. W/O
  • Plant Walter Harry. W/O
  • Porter Alec. Sgt. (d.22nd May 1944)
  • Ramwell Peter James. P/O.
  • Richmond William Burns. Flt.Sgt. (d.25th Apr 1942)
  • Rimscha Walter Maurice. Sgt. (d.10th Dec 1942)
  • Roberts Alan Lestocq.
  • Siddle William E. Flt.Lt.
  • Siddle William Elliott. F/Lt.
  • Sullivan Edward. Sgt.
  • Ward G.. P/O. (d.2nd Jan 1944)
  • Warwick K. E.. P/O. (d.2nd Dec 1943)
  • Wells R. F.. F/Lt. (d.2nd Jan 1942)
  • Whitfield Fred. WO
  • Wilson Alan.
  • Woods George Edward. Flt.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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Ron Bicker 9 Squadron

My father, Ron Bicker, served with 9 Squadron. I am unable to tell you his rank but he was a rear gunner. Sadly he passed away a few years ago.

Paul Bicker



Sgt. Edward Sullivan DFM. 9 Squadron

I would like to hear from anyone who would remember me, from 9 Squadron. My skipper was Squadron Leader J.N. Darbishire, my navigator was Ken Gill, our radio operator was called Eric, bomb aimer was Tom Overend, the mid upper gunner was Ted Cole and our rear gunner Fred Parsons.

Eddie Sullivan



Sgt. Walter Maurice Rimscha (d.10th Dec 1942)

Walter Rimscha is my only uncle on my father's side of my family. I have a photos of him as a young man and wish to know more of what may have happened to him during his flight over Marolles Sur Seine, France. I have his death and birth certificates, which I obtained GRO England. I live in New Zealand and I am interested in 9 Squadron where he served giving his life for his country. He was 21 years old when he went missing. Any information would be most appreciated.

Maria Gilson



Warrant Officer Kenneth Edward Dawes 9 Squadron

My father Kenneth Dawes,served with 9 Sq. his aircraft crashed on take-off at 07:50 1st Jan 45.

On 1st Jan, Bomber Command Diary read, "January 1st Dortmund-Ems Canal again breached by aircraft of No.5 Group. Following night Mitteland canal also breached" Actually the Dortmund-Elms canal had been drained three times but, such was its importance, that the Germans repaired it at once, and a fourth attack was ordered for the 1st January.

At Bardney, No.9 Squadron were notified of the operation, after a night of great celebrations, and when no operations had been expected. Ten crews were briefed, but two crashed on take off, Lancaster PD368 WS-A, which had completed only six operational trips was one of four Lancasters lost on this operation. They took of at 07:50 from Bardney to attack the Dortmund-Ems Canal. PD368 crashed immediately. Sgt.Dawes was slightly injured.

The crew were:

  • F/O J.W.Buckley, RAAF
  • Sgt K.E.Dawes
  • F/O Nolan
  • F/S I.L.Moore, RAAF
  • Sgt R.G.Round
  • Sgt R.A.C.Copperwaite
  • F/O W.C.Shutler

Victor Dawes



Sqd. Ldr. Harry Ledger 9 Sqnuadron (d.29th July 1942)

Erica Stuart



Sgt Frank Bolton 9 Sqd. (d.22nd Mar 1944)

I am trying to collate information about my uncle Frank Bolton for my mum and would be grateful if anyone has any memories of him or information to give.

Dorothy Eaton



Sgt Arthur Bailey 9 Sqdn (d.8th Oct 1943)

I don't really know much, but I was told that Arthur Bailey was a wireless operator airgunner and was shot down over France. I was told this when I was 10 year's old, I am now 54 years old, and have found out, through the internet that he was actually shot down,in Germany near Kiechlinsbergen and is buried in Durnbach War Cemetery, outside Munich. I am going to visit his grave soon. His own mother did not know this information,so no one has ever visited.

Editors Note:

The crew were:

  • Lt E.G.Roberts, USAAF
  • Sgt P.Shaw
  • F/O F.G.Arliss
  • P/O W.Chadwick
  • Sgt A.Bailey
  • Sgt T.H.Tibbles
  • Sgt R.J.Darby

Keith Obrien



W/O Thomas William Johnson DFM. 9 Squadron (d.2nd Jan 1945)

I would be interested to learn about air gunner Thomas Johnson, the award of his DFM in August 1943 and his death in January 1945. I have photographed his CWGC headstone at Allerton Cemetery in Liverpool and am writing up stories of the men who lie there.

R.Daglish



Flt.Sgt. Sidney Lascelles Fereday 9 Squadron (d.22nd Mar 1944)

My uncle, Sidney Lascelles Fereday, flew on Lancasters with 9 Squadron as a Flt Sgt. He died on March 22nd 1944 killed over Morscheid Germany after op to Frankfurt from RAF Bardney. His pilot was Angus J Jubb. On 18/3/44 he was flying with P/O Young and plane made crash landing over Kent.

After his death family received a letter from a WAAF saying that she was having Sid's baby. His mother, Nellie, refused to believe it and burned the letter. Recently we have found out that Sid's name appears on the Bilston War Memorial, Wolverhampton although he had no known connection to Bilston.

I am visiting Sid's grave in Rheinberg in Nov 2010 with his now 80 yr old brother Terence. Would love to know if anyone remembers Sidney or has any information about him.

Karen Fereday



Sgt. Henry John Hannaford 9 Sqd. (d.29th Jul 1942)

My great uncle Henry Hannaford was killed on 29th July 1942 on the return from a raid. This was over the North Sea as is recorded in the squadron records I was wondering if anyone knew him or his crew and if there are any photos of his crew.

Paul Newton



Flt.Lt. Harold Blow DFC. No. 9 Squadron

My father, Harold Blow was a Lancaster pilot during the war and flew 30 missions, including 13 raids on Berlin whilst based at R.A.F Bardney. He continued to fly after the war with 616 squadron R.Aux.Air Force based at R.A.F. Finningley. Unfortunately he was killed in a flying accident in May 1954.

I would like my father's name to be remembered.

P.O.Blow



Sgt. Harry Goodwin Jenkins No. 9 Sqn (d.17th Jan 1943)

My Grandfather, William Jenkins was serving with the 10th btn rifle Brigade when he heard of the death of his brother. He was told of Harry's death by his Mother by letter, a letter which also informed him of the death of his best childhood freind who was then serving with the 2nd Hampshires, also in North Africa. Harry's plane was lost on a raid on Berlin, it was neve found and he has no known grave. If anyne has any memories orf Harry it would be a joy to share them with William who is now 91.

John O'Reilly



Sgt. Henry T. Jolliffe 9 Squadron

Sgt H T Jolliffe, Bomb Aimer was serving at RAF Bardney,with 9 Squadron in January 1944 and was shot down in Lancaster ED721( WS-S) whilst on an operation to Brunswick on 14th /15th January 1944. He and the Flight Engineer Sgt W Lyons were the only survivors and they were taken as Prisoners of War to Stalag IVB and incarcerated until the end of the war. Henry had been due to go on Leave the next day and the crew had sought replacements after their bomb aimer had been injured whilst they were ditching Lancaster, ED700 in the North Sea off Gt Yarmouth, persuading Henry to stand in for him!

Henry is still alive but in poor health and I value his friendship and his amazing survival story.

Bas Hanrahan



Flt.Sgt. Fred Hooper 9 Squadron

Fred Hooper was my brother-in-law. He married a Land Army girl in Sheffield later moved to Skegness, Lincs. Fred was a Rear Gunner on a Lancaster and took part in the bombing of the Turiptz. Fred would sometimes spend up to 10 hours in the rear gunner position. On the 12th Nov 1944 British Lancasters equipped with 12000 tall boy bombs destroyed the Terpitz. The attack was by RAF operating from Yagodnik near Archangel in Rushia. No. 9 and 617 Squadrons took part.

Fred's ashes and memorial are at East Kirkby, Lincolnshire along with others, his log books are fully detailed and held by his sons.

Elizabeth Mears



Douglas Alan Jennings 57 Squadron

My uncle, Dougls Jennings, joined the RAF in November 1941. After training as a bomb aimer he joined 57 Squadron in 1943 flying in Wellingtons. His crew was.
  • Sgt. Guilyn (Ginger) Guy - Pilot
  • F.O. Victor Spalding - Navigator
  • Sgt, Grenville (Lofty) Hyde - Wireless Operator
  • Sgt. Eric (Taffy) Raffels - Rear Gunner
  • Ft Lt Douglas Jennings - Bomb Aimer

Later they converted to 4 engine Sterlings and then Lancasters. This required 2 extra crew

  • Joe Hatter - Flight engineer
  • Alan (Al) Applegarth - Mid-upper Gunner

On or about their 18th operation on the 21st June 1944 they were shot down over Belgium. Ginger saved his crew by remaining at the controls whilst the others bailed out, but didn't make it himself and was killed. My uncle met up with the Belgium resistance and was hidden by them until they were liberated.

On return to England, he joined 9 Squadron which flew similar raids to the more famous 617, dropping 12,000lb Tallboys. After the war he returned to civilian life and lives today on the South Coast. In 2005 he published a book "Jump or Die" chronicling his experiences.

Peter Jennings



Kevin McDonagh 9 Squadron (d.6th Sep 1943)

Kevin was my uncle, I would like to hear from anybody who may have known him.

Kevin McDonagh



Sgt. Eric Thomas Henry Darling 9 Squadron

My father-in-law Eric Darling, following training, joined 9 Squadron at Honington in mid September 1941 and flew in 34 operational flights as a wireless operator from that date until 26th June 1942 including the first three 1000 bomber raids against Cologne,Essen and Bremen. He flew his early missions with Sgt Bulford and later missions with Sgt Bernard Patrick in Wellington X3594. Eric made contact with Sgt Patrick in 1977 and learnt he had remained a pilot after the war. After operations Eric joined 12 OTU to train new recruits in the skills of W/O ending his war in India.

I have Eric's log book and a noseart section from a Wellington and if anyone has information about Disney Characters painted on Wellingtons I would like to know.

Steve Holland



Sgt. Alec Porter 9 Squadron (d.22nd May 1944)

My uncle Alec Porter was, I think, bomb aimer on Lancaster DV395 code letters WSV on a bombing mission over Duisberg on the night of 21/22 May 1944 & was missing presumed killed. He was 20 years old. He trained in Canada originally as a pilot but failed a medical. I'm not sure if he was a bomb aimer or navigator.

M. Jakeman



F/O Jack Marshall Herkes 9 Squadron

My father, Jack Herkes, flew as a navigator with 9 Squadron. I still have his flying log book from his RAF service.

Dwane Herkes



FO James William Lynes 9 Squadron (d.20th Dec 1942)

Flying Officer Lynes was my father. He was killed one month before I was born. His plane was Avro Lancaster ED347 on which he was the Navigator. I grew up knowing little about him or my paternal family, but after the death of my mother and with the advent of Broadband I have been able to discover what sort of man he was. I feel deeply proud of him and all the young men of Bomber Command. What I have been hoping for is that I may discover someone whose family might have known F/O Lynes or known of him. If such person is out there I would very much like to hear from them.

Liz Lynes



W/O Alfred Luther Pickering 9 Squadron

My Dad, Alfred Pickering, joined up in 1941 and did some of his basic training in, of all places, the Royal Albert Hall in London. After basic training whilst waiting to do is courses for aircrew, the RAF sent him and his mates to work in a cider factory in Somerset. He said he had never seen so many wasps in is life. He passed his courses and eventualy joined an aircrew with 9 Squadron.

He flew on 31 ops the extra op came about because of a sad accident. After bombing Berlin in April 1944 on returning they had to land at a differant airfield. Flying back the next day, on returning the pilot P/O K L Porter asked Dad to go back with him to collect a bomb sight, which had been left at the other airfield. But Dad had two days leave so asked another wop to go instead and gave him ten shillings. So they took off with some air cadets on board and sadly flew into the ground on the way back. Several people were killed including P/O Porter, dad's best frend. When my brother was born in september that year dad and mam named him Kenneth Luther Pickering after his friend. One good thing was the wireless operator didn't die in the crash

Because dad then had no crew. He was transfered to 57 squadron at East Kirkby and the crew he was there with had done one op less than him so rather than let them fly there last op with another operator, he did it with them. He carried on with the RAF until 1946 as an instructor. Sadly dad is no longer here but lived a full life and died when he was 81. If anyone remembers him, please get in touch.

Allan Pickering



Flt.Sgt. George Edward Woods No. 9 Squadron

My dad, George Woods, who was born in 1920 was a Tool Maker at the beginning of the war. He met my mother and, because she wouldn't (initially) marry him he signed up for the RAF and ended up being sent over to the USA, on one of the Queens, to begin training to fly. He soon gained his wings as a F/Sergeant and then went on to convert to multi engined planes. On arrival back in the UK he converted to flying Lancasters MKI and was also promoted to F.Lt. He joined No. 9 Squadron at Bardney. His Log Book (which my Brother has) shows numerous training flights, including Corkscrew dives.

His first operational sortie was in Lancaster MKI WS-C on June 26th 1944 as the Engineer. This was normal practice for new pilots to the squadron, as they took over the Engineer's seat of an experienced crew, before they flew on an operational sortie with their own crew. During the flight, presumably after the aircraft had sustained damage, the pilot ordered my father to bail out. His Log book shows him as Missing (in red ink).

My Dad didn't remember anything about bailing out as he passed out and came to on the ground. (I believe this was very common for aircrew to black out when bailing out from high altitudes.) When he revived, a local German Farmworker was threatening to run him through with a pitch fork but, luckily the Luftwaffe Police turned up and took him into custody. This probably saved his life. Eventually he was taken to Stalag Luft III, Sagan where he joined the other POWs. Soon after arriving he met another inmate who vouched for my father. The POWs were very aware that the Germans would attempt to infiltrate their ranks, especially as this was only a few months after the Great Escape and you needed to be vouched for by another brother Officer.

My dad soon put his skills for engineering into projects in the camp, like using tin cans to fabricate air ducts, etc. Although he never mentioned to me about the march from Sagan to NW Germany, he did tell me they persuaded the guards to protect them from the SS and other fanatics. I also understand a Fire Engine or two may have been liberated to be used in high jinks towards the end of the war.

He was brought back to England and nine months later my brother was born. The next aeroplane he flew was a Tigermoth at Hornchurch, where he became an instructor with the RAF VR. I understand he nearly looped the loop when he took off; well, there is a slight difference between the Tigermoth and a Lancaster.

My dad never proved it but he thought WS-C returned from that raid in June 1944. Long after he died, in 1970, I borrowed a book from a friend that detailed every Lancaster that had flown during the war. (His brother had been killed whilst flying on Lancs.) I was able to identify the airframe that was WS-C in the period about June 26, 1944 and discovered it was scrapped in 1947. So the aircraft did get back! I sometimes think maybe it was best that things turned out as they did as, let's face it, Bomber Command was the most dangerous place to be, mind you, his old crew did survive the war, flying in No. 9 Squadron.

Raymond Woods



Henry "Piggy" Brett 9 Squadron

My father Henry Brett, first joined the Royal Flying Corp (RFC) 9th Squadron, in 1916 when he was 17 or 18 years old. He had previously been in the Royal Ambulance Corps.

At the beginning of World War II, Henry, or Harry as he was more commonly known, joined the squadron and became a flight controller. Harry earned the nickname Piggy, and was wounded a number of times while rescuing aircrew from crash landings, and for which he was twice decorated. There is a cartoon of him holding a mic talking a wounded pilot down on one engine, titled 'Piggy Control'; the cartoon is signed on the back by the squadron. Harry later joined Headquarters Bomber Command at High Wycombe where he worked with the New Zealander "Square" Mckee. Although not in the best of health, my father survived the war, and left as Squadron Leader. He returned home to my mother, brother and me,and we were lucky enough to have him with us until his death in 1957. Harry enjoyed going to reunions with his great friend "Batchy" Batchelor who did so much to support the RAF Bombers. Batchy and my father would be cheered no end to know that finally, and despite such controversy, a memorial was erected outside St Clements Danes in the City of Westminister to commemorate the efforts of the RAF Bomber Command.

Henry Brett



George Hasson 9 Squadron

Sgt G Hasson flew with 9 Squadron his Lancaster Serial ME579 based Bardney crashed near Belvoir Castle Leicestershire on return flight June 6th 1944, he was the only survivor.




F/Lt. Robert Percy Axon 9 Squadron

My grandfather served with 9 Squadron, Bomber Command he was Flight Leutenant Robert Percy Axon.

Nigel Bliss



W/O Walter Harry Plant 9 Squadron

My father Wally Plant was the wireless operator with 9 Squadron Lancaster Lonesome Lola. I was just wondering if anyone has any stories or pictures? Unfortunately, he died in 1985.

Andrew Plant



Sgt. Alan Douglas Hart 101 Sqd.

Sgt Alan Hart joined the RAF in 1941 aged 17. He trained as a wireless operator/ air gunner. In 1943 he flew with Squadron 9 which was part of 5 group. In 1943 he and his crew were targeting Berlin. They also targeted Colognes, Hamburg, Bremen, Willemshaven, Nurnberg, St.Nazaire, Pilsen, Dortmund, Duisberg, Dusseldorf, Stettin, Wuppertal, Stutgart and Hanover. Then in 1944 he was posted to 101 Squadron, no 1 group. They carried "Air born Cigars" and an "extra crew mwmber". Grandad said he never knew who they were as they boarded and disembarked the plane before and after the crew did. He joined Flight officer Knights crew on a few missions. Saddly Sgt Alan Hart passed away in February 2013,taking with him many more stories of his time with the RAF.

Imogene Fallis



Sgt. Archibald Donald Jones 9th Squadron (d.23rd Sep 1944)

My uncle flew with the 9th Squadron as upper gunner. His first sortie was on 31st July 1944 and his last was on the 23/9/1944. Lancaster LL 914 WS"U". They were equipped with a 12000lbs Tallboy bomb. He and the rest of the crew were shot down over Wierden and all were killed.

The crew of LL914 were as follows.

  • Pilot P/O W .Begg.
  • Eng. Sgt E Haskins
  • Nav H.H. J.Bromley.
  • B/A. F/ S T.A. Harrington RCAF.
  • W/O Sgt. J. Moreton.
  • M/ U. Sgt A.D. Jones.
  • R/ G. Sgt F. Wilcock.
  • T.A. Harrington
.

My uncle is buried in a joint grave 12 and F. Wilcock is buried in 13 all in the Wierden General Cemetery.

The rest of the crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. May they all Rest in Peace. Melbourne, Australia

Mike Jones



F/Sgt. Stanley William Guy Currigan 9 Squadron (d.1st Jan 1945)

My mother often spoke about her brave brother Stan, she knew he was a wireles operator/rear gunner of a Lancaster, who sadly was killed in action.

Later we found out more details; Flight Sergeant Stan Currigan was the wireless operator/air gunner of Lancaster aircraft NG223 from No 9 Squadron which took off from Bardney at 0745 hours on the 1 January 1945 to attack the Dortmund Ems Canal. Crew members were:

  • 182747 F/O P W Reaks - Pilot - Killed
  • 1569472 Sgt T Scott - F/Eng - Killed
  • 1581274 F/Sgt F Alton - Navigator - POW
  • 658883 W/O Bates - Air Bomber - Killed
  • 1593005 F/Sgt S V Peace - Air Gunner - POW
  • 1675387 F/Sgt W G Bamworth - Air Gunner - POW
It was later reported by the International Red Cross Committee that the aircraft was shot down by flak at 1120 hours on the 1 January 1945 near Schmiedshausen killing four of the seven crew members including my uncle. The other three crew members were taken Prisoners of War.

My uncle, F/O Reakes and Sgt Scott were buried by the Germans at the scene of the crash and Sgt Bates in the cemetery at Graven. After the war my uncle, F/Sgt Currigan and his comrades were reverently re-interred at the Reichswald Forest British Military Cemetery in the district of Kleve,Germany. I would love to hear from anyone who has any stories about Stan or any association, thanks.

George Smith



Sgt. Frank Petts 9 Squadron

Frank Petts was my grandfather. His stories of Battle of the Heligoland Bight are well documented so I won't repeat myself here. Half of the Wellingtons on this mission were lost, my grandfather was able to get his home though. Corgi models have made a replica of his aircraft and there exists a painting depicting his return from this mission.

Kieron



F/Lt. George Mitchell 9th Squadron

I entered McDonalds in Barry, Ontario at 06:00 hrs. on 5th May 2014. Flt. Lt. George Mitchell (91 yrs. old) was having breakfast in his veteran’s uniform which he does every morning so I sat with him and began chatting. This continued for the next 6 weeks and I was able to learn this much about him.

He joined the RAF at 18 and trained in Moose Jaw - Saskatchewan. After graduation, he became captain of a Lancaster (call sign unknown) and was posted to Number 9 Squadron RAF. He remained with them throughout WWII and is credited with 34 trips over Europe - mainly from RAF Lossimouth.

Notably, he participated in the 3 Tirpitz raids and the 1,000 bomber raids on Dresden, Hamburg and Cologne. He received a citation for dropping food supplies to the Dutch People. George finished the war as a Lancaster instructor.

Brian Willey



Sgt. Wilfred Gregory 9 Squadron

Wilfred Gregory was my father in law. He served in 9 Squadron RAF as Flight Engineer on Lancasters. In his log book he wrote in red the date his plane bombed the Tirpitz. His flying officer was a Canadian called Newton who was later killed in action. He was last based at RAF Waddington before leaving the service. His daughter and wife lived on the station

He was a very kind man who never talked about his flying experiences. Sadly he died aged 60 in 1982. Prior to dying he had joined the Sale Manchester branch of the RAFA where he acted as Treasurer. He met a Mr Hunter there who had served with him in 9 Squadron and believed he had been killed so it was a lovely surprise for him to find him alive and well.

Gordon Jones



W/Cmdr. Roy George Claingbould Arnold 9 Squadron

I am seeking anyone who may have known the crew of Wellington Ic serial R1758 code WS from 9 Squadron which took off from RAF Honington at 1530 on 09.06.1941 for an armed recognisance of the French and Belgium coasts and was intercepted NE of Calais by Me 109's and shot down into the sea off Zeebrugge.
    The crew were;
  • Wing Commander (Pilot) Roy George Claringbould Arnold. Son of James and Daisy Arnold; husband of Vera Constance Arnold, of Daventry, Northamptonshire he is buried at Blankenberge town cemetery.
  • 928273 Sgt J M Pinkham taken POW pow no. 18298 Stalag 357 Kopernikus
  • 45272 F/O D Bruce AFM taken POW pow no.1356 Oflag O4C Saalhaus Colditz
  • 627802 Sgt H A Wink taken POW pow no. 18297 Stalag 357 Kopernikus
  • Sgt R H Barratt taken POW pow no. 18299 Stalag 357 Kopernikus. Exchanged identity with rifleman G.S. Godden of the Rifle Brigade.
  • F/O T A Bax taken POW
Does anyone have a picture of Sqn.Ldr Arnold or does anyone know any of the survivors of R1758?

Wim de Meester



Flt.Sgt. William David Phillips 9 Squadron (d.31st July 1944)

My great, great uncle, William David Phillips, served in the 9th Squadron. He was killed on the 31st of July 1944, over Rilly La Montagne in France. I believe he was the radio operator during his last mission, which was an attempt to destroy the storage of German flight bombs in the Tunnel de Rilly-la-Montagne. He was just twenty years old when he died.

I never met William, but his sister, my great grandmother has very much been a part of my life, and I will remember William's sacrifice and those who died along with him on that mission, forever. And I hope others will too.

Rhiannon Morris



Flt.Lt. William E Siddle DFC & Bar. 83 (Pathfinder) Squadron

Flt Sgt Bill Siddle joined 9 Squadron at Bardney from the Operational Training Unit at Upper Heywood on 21st July 1943. The other members of his crew arriving with him were: Navigator: WO Dick Lodge, Bomb Aimer: F/O Ken Hill. Wireless Operator Sgt Clem Culley, Flight Engineer: Sgt Reg Moseley Mid-Upper Gunner: Sgt Dick Jones, Tail Gunner: F/O Clayton Moore (RCAF).

On 6th September 1943 at the end of their eighth sortie their damaged Lancaster made a crash landing short of Bardney airfield, in which the plane was destroyed but all crew members survived. Ken Hill and Reg Moseley sustained injuries which ended their flying careers. They were replaced by: Bomb Aimer: W/O Norman (Mike) Machin DFC, and Flight Engineer: W/O Alan (Jock) Wilson.

Mid-upper gunner Dick Jones was killed in action when flying with another crew on 3rd December 1943. His replacement was W/O Gerry Parker DFC, an American.

The crew completed a tour of duty (30 active trips) and then on 24th January 1944 Bill Siddle transferred to No 83 Pathfinder Squadron at Wyton. His initial crew there included many who transferred with him and comprised: Navigator: W/O Dick Lodge, Bomb Aimer: W/O Norman (Mike) Machin DFC, Wireless Operator F/O Alan MacDonald DFC, Flight Engineer: W/O Alan (Jock) Wilson, Mid-Upper Gunner: W/O Gerry Parker DFC and Tail Gunner: F/O Clayton Moore (RCAF)

Gerry Parker transferred to the US 8th Army Air Corps in June 1944 and his replacement was W/O J J (Paddy) Blanche, who only undertook a single flight with the crew before transferring to the new 617 (Dambusters) Squadron and being replaced by P/O E D Hine. After only three sorties he transferred out of 83 Squadron and the new Mid-Upper Gunner was W/O W (Bill) G Trotter.

Bill completed his second tour of 30 sorties with 83 Squadron and was demobbed at the end of hostilities, returning to Penrith to run the Crown Hotel which had been in the family for three generations before him. He later moved to Grimsby where he died in 1970.

A detailed account of the greater part of Bill's wartime service is given in the book Lancaster Valour written by tail-end gunner Clayton Moore and published in 1995.

Peter Fuller



F/Lt. William Elliott Siddle DFC. 9 Sqdn

William E. Siddle, known as “Bill” came from Penrith, Cumberland, where he worked in the family hotel. He joined the RAF in 1941 or 1942 aged 22 and was trained to fly by the United States Army at their Flying School at Moody Field, Georgia, receiving his pilot’s Flying Certificate on 9th October 1942.

He was a Flight Sergeant when he attended operational flying training at Upper Heyford and he formed his crew there in June 1943:

  • Navigator – Flight Sergeant Dick Lodge from Barking
  • Wireless Operator – Flight Sergeant Clem Culley from Leicestershire
  • Flight Engineer – Flight Sergeant Reg Moseley from Bristol
  • Bomb Aimer – Pilot Officer Ken Mills
  • Tail Gunner – Clayton Moore (RCAF)
  • Mid Upper Gunner – Flight Sergeant Dick Jones from Wallasey

From 21st July 1943 the crew’s first operational posting was with 9 Squadron of 5 Group Bomber Command at Bardney, Lincolnshire. On their 8th mission on 6th September 1943 to Munich the plane was badly hit by flak. Bill was given priority landing as they were losing fuel and they nearly made it back to Bardney but Bill had to put the plane down in a field in Minting when all engines failed. Everyone survived, although Bill lost teeth from being flung through the windscreen; Moseley, Mills and Jones suffered back injuries; Lodge broke his arm getting off the downed plane. Moore was found still in his rear turret under a hedge and he suffered concussion. There is a picture of the crashed ED-975 in Clayton Moore’s book, 'Lancaster Valour'.

Moseley and Mills retired from flying duties as a result of their injuries. Their replacements were:

  • Flight engineer Alan (Jock) Wilson
  • Bomb aimer Flight Sergeant Alan (Mick) Machin

    Dick Jones (who had returned to the crew after recovering from the Minting crash) flew on 2nd December as spare mid-upper gunner with another aircraft (WS/C) which did not return. Gerry Parker, an American from the USAAC, was then added to the crew as mid-upper gunner.

    After a first tour of duty (30 missions) the crew applied to join a pathfinder squadron and on the 26th January 1944 they were assigned to 83 pathfinder squadron at Wyton, Cambridgeshire. After a particularly difficult mission to Essen in adverse weather on 26th March 1944, Bill was awarded the DFC. The Squadron relocated to RAF Conningsby and, after a mission on 23rd July to St Vitry le Francoise, Bill was promoted to Flight Lieutenant and a bar was added to his DFC as: “By skilful and evasive tactics, Flight Lieutenant Siddle manoeuvred his aircraft and continued to make a steady run, although his aircraft was plainly visible in the light of flares around the target”.

    Bill Siddle remained on active service until the cessation of hostilities having then completed more than 60 operational sorties. His last day of service was 1st April 1946. He died in Grimsby in 1970 aged 48.

  • Peter Fuller



    W/O Richard Lodge DFM. 83 Squadrom

    Richard Lodge DFM came from Barking and was a navigator in bomber command from 21st July 1943. His first posting was to 9 squadron at Bardney, but he transferred in April 1944 to 83 Squadron Pathfinders at Conningsby. He eventually completed 60 missions and was demobbed at the end of hostilities. He subsequently worked at Heathrow and died on 23 Nov 1977.

    An Account of most of his service is in Lancaster Valour by Clayton Moore




    Flt.Sgt. Clem Culley 83 Squadron

    Clem Culley came from Loughborough and was wireless operator in bomber command from 21st July 1943. His first posting was to 9 squadron at Bardney, but he transferred in April 1944 to 83 Squadron Pathfinders at Conningsby. He retired from operational flying in September 1944.

    An Account of most of his service is in Lancaster Valour by Clayton Moore




    Flt.Sgt. Reg Moseley 9 Squadron

    Reg Moseley came from Barking and was a flight engineer in bomber command from 21st July 1943. He was posted to 9 squadron at Bardney. He was injured in a crash landing on 7th Sep 1943 and taken off operational duties. He subsequently served as an engine fitter at various air bases and was in Burma on V-J Day. Subsequently he worked as an engine design engineer for Bristol Aero Engines.

    An Account of most of his service is in Lancaster Valour by Clayton Moore




    P/O. Ken Hills 9 Squadron

    Ken Hills from London was a bomb aimer in Lancaster bombers from 21st July 1943 and served in 9 Squadron. He was injured in a crash landing on 7th Sep 1943 and taken off operational duties.

    An Account of most of his service is in Lancaster Valour by Clayton Moore




    P/O. Clayton C. Moore 83 Squadron

    Clayton Moore came from Prince Albert in Saskatchewan in Canada. He was a rear gunner in Lancaster bombers from 21st July 1943. His first posting was to 9 squadron at Bardney, and on 7th September 1943 he was injured in a crash landing. He transferred in April 1944 to 83 Squadron Pathfinders at Conningsby. He eventually completed 45 missions but, due to belated after effects of injuries sustained in the crash landing in 1943 he resigned his commission in November 1944.

    He went back to Canada but later returned to England and married Edith Jones, the widow of mid-upper gunner Dick Jones of the same aircrew, and settled in West Hartlepool.

    Clayton Moore is author of Lancaster Valour, an account of his wartime service.




    Flt.Sgt. Richard E Jones 9 Squadron (d.3rd Dec 1943)

    Richard (Dick) Jones came from Wallasey where he had been a joiner and cabinet maker. He was mid-upper gunner in Lancaster bombers from 21st July 1943. His was posted to 9 squadron at Bardney. He was involved in a crash landing on 7th September 1943 and while on sick leave he married Edith on 13th November. He returned to duty but was killed in action on 2nd Dec 1943. Lancaster - Serial Number DV334 WS-C of 9 Squadron was lost on Operations to Berlin on 2nd December 1943. Shot down by German fighter on 3rd Dec 1943 while on the approach to Gamston Airfield, Notts. The crash site is identified as Markham Clayton. His widow Edith subsequently married tail gunner Clayton Moore from the same aircrew.

    An account of most of Dick's service is in Lancaster Valour by Clayton Moore




    Alan "Jock" Wilson DFM. 83 Squadron

    Flight engineer Alan (Jock) Wilson from Glasgow flew in Lancaster bombers with 9 squadron. In February 1944 he transferred to 83 Pathfinder Squadron and continued until January 1945. He was awarded the DFM. After the war he moved to Nottingham where he died on 13th Dec 1981.

    Part of his service is recorded by Clayton Moore in his book Lancaster Valour




    Flt.Sgt. Alan "Mick" Machin 83 Squadron

    Bomb aimer, Flight Sergeant Alan (Mick) Machin came from Spennymoor in Co. Durham. He completed 48 sorties in Lancasters, first with 9 Squadron and then with 83 Pathfinder Squadron and then transferred out of operational flying in October 1944. He left the RAF in 1949.




    Gerry Parker DFM. 83 Squadron

    American citizen Gerry Parker was a student at Oxford University at the outbreak of war and he subsequently joined the RAF as a mid-upper gunner. He served in 9 Squadron until February 1944 when he transferred to 83 Pathfinder Squadron. He was awarded the DFM. He transferred to the US 8th Army Air Corps in June 1944.




    F/Lt. C. W. Fox 9 Squadron (d.30th Jul 1943)

    C.W. Fox was pilot of Lancaster JA692 WS-D of 9 Squadron which was lost on Operations to Hamburg on 30th July 1943. Airborne at 2223hrs on 29th of July 1943 from Bardney, the plane was hit by flak and crashed in the target area. All members of the crew lie in Hamburg War Cemetery, Ohlsdorf.




    P/O. T. H. Gill 9 Squadron (d.5th Sep 1943)

    Pilot Officer T.H. Gill was in command of Lancaster ED666 WS-G of 9 Squadron which was lost on Operations to Mannheim on 5th of September 1943, crashed at Ludwigshafen.




    P/O. K. E. Warwick 9 Squadron (d.2nd Dec 1943)

    Pilot Officer K.E.Warwick was piloting Lancaster DV334 WS-C of 9 Squadron on Operations to Berlin on 2nd of December 1943. The plane was shot down by a German fighter on 3rd of December 1943 while on the approach to Gamston Airfield, in Nottinghamshire. The crash site is identified as Markham Clayton. Five crew members were killed but two survived. Those who were killed were taken for burial to various parts of the UK.




    F/Lt. R. F. Wells 9 Squadron (d.2nd Jan 1942)

    Flight Lieutenant R F Wells was pilot of Lancaster DV332 WS-D of 9 Squadron which was lost on Operations to Berlin on 2nd December 1943, killing all the crew. The plane crashed to the NE of Brunsendorf. All are buried in the 1939-1945 War Cemetery in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin.




    P/O. I. C.B. Black 9 Squadron (d.16th Dec 1943)

    Pilot Officer ICB Black was pilot of Lancaster EE138 (or possibly EE188?) WS-B of 9 Squadron which was lost on Operations to Berlin on 16th December 1943. They crashed at Salzbergen 7 km NW of Rheine. All are buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.




    P/O. G. Ward 9 Squadron (d.2nd Jan 1944)

    Pilot Officer G Ward was piloting Lancaster JA711 WS-B of 9 Squadron when it was lost on Operations to Berlin on 16th of December 1943. Outbound, they crashed at Weyhausen, and all are buried in Hannover War Cemetery.




    F/Sgt. John Fredrick Jordan 9 Squadron (d.14th Feb 1945)

    My grandad was F/S John Jordan with 9 Squadron based at Bardney. He flew in a Lancaster which, during 25th July 1944, was in a collision which resulted in the plane losing its port tail and fin. I have a photo of the plane flying in this condition with the two US fighters in the background. Does anybody have any memories of this?

    Andrea Green



    Flt.Sgt. William Burns Richmond 9 Squadron (d.25th Apr 1942)

    Flight Sergeant Richmond of 9 Squadron RAF was killed in action during a Bombing mission to Rostock on Wellington X3226




    P/O. Peter James Ramwell DFC. 9 Squadron

    Pete Ramwell flew with 9 Squadron.

    Dylan Prentice



    Alan Lestocq Roberts DFC. 9 Sqdn.

    I work for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and have been asked if I can find any information or contacts for Alan Roberts, the father of one of our supporters. Details I have so far are that Alan's numbers were non-commissioned 1169273 and commissioned 115023 and he flew with 9 and 514 Sqn - he was a good friend of Roderick MacRoberts whose death led, in part, to the purchase of 'MacRoberts Reply'.

    Update:

    Air Ministry 4th April 1944. The King has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallantry displayed in flying operations against the enemy: Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - Acting Squadron Leader Alan Lestocq Roberts, DFC (115023), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No 514 Squadron. One night in February 1944, this officer captained an aircraft detailed to attack Schweinfurt. Early on the outward flight it was discovered that, owning to a broken pipe-line, the whole of the oxygen supply had been lost. Nevertheless Squadron Leader Roberts came down to a lower altitude and flew on to the target. Whilst over the area the aircraft was set on fire but the flames were extinguished and Squadron Leader Roberts flew back to base to complete his mission successfully. This officer displayed great determination throughout, setting a high example of devotion to duty.

    The above from London Gazette Issue 36453 published on the 31 March 1944 I believe he was awarded his DFC in 1942 when he was with 9 Squadron but will have to do further digging for info on that.

    Martin Henshaw



    WO Fred Whitfield DFM Bomber Command 9 Sqd.

    Fred Whitfield served with 9th Squadron Bomber Command RAF Bardney 1943 to 1945 as a rear gunner on Lancaster Bomber Q Queenie.

    He was awarded the DFM for shooting down 3 enemy night fighters on one mission.

    Crew Members were:

    • Phil Jackson (Bomb Aimer)
    • Ron Adams (Skipper)
    • JM Lynam (Navigator)
    • Jack Faucheux (Wireless Operator
    • Frank Stebbings (Mid Upper Gunner)
    • Lary Brown (Flight Engineer)




    F/O. Brian John Owen DFM. 9 Squadron

    I have very little to tell, suffice to say that for many years my father, Brian Owen and I only met intermittently. It was only in the last 20 years of his life that we got to know each other and I was lucky to be with him for a short time before he flew his last mission, as there's always bloody something.

    Roger Owen







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