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No. 10 Squadron Royal Air Force



   No. 10 Sqn was formed on 1st of January 1915. It was an artillery observation squadron throughout WW1, based at Chocques in the Pas de Calais for most of the conflict. It was disbanded in 1919.

The squadron was reformed as a night bomber unit at RAF Upper Heyford on 3 January 1928, moved to RAF Boscombe Down in 1931 and then to RAF Dishforth in 1937. At beginning the Second World War 10 Squadron was the first to operate the Armstrong Whitworth Whitley bomber.

Airfields at which 10 Squadron were based:

  • Dishforth. 3rd Sept 1939 to 8th July 1940
  • Leeming. 8th July 1940 to 19th Aug 1942
  • Melbourne. 19th Aug 1942


 

1st October 1939 Aircraft lost

19th March 1940 Bombing raid

10th June 1940 Sortie to Italy

11th June 1940 First attack on Italy

8th July 1940 On the move

7th Sep 1940 10 Squadron Whitley lost

8th May 1941 Aircraft Lost

10th May 1941 Aircraft Lost

12th Jun 1941 Aircraft Lost

18th Jun 1941 Aircraft Lost

18th Jun 1941 Aircraft Lost

27th Jun 1941 Aircraft Lost

30th Jun 1941 Aircraft Lost

5th Jul 1941 Aircraft Lost

7th Jul 1941 Aircraft Lost

8th Jul 1941 Aircraft Lost

25th Jul 1941 Aircraft Lost

August 1941 

8th Aug 1941 Aircraft Lost

16th Aug 1941 Aircraft Lost

18th Aug 1941 Aircraft Lost

22nd Aug 1941 Aircraft Lost

6th Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost

11th Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost

20th Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost

1st Oct 1941 Aircraft Lost

30th Nov 1941 Aircraft Lost

7th Dec 1941 Aircraft Lost

11th Dec 1941 Aircraft Lost

18th December 1941 Attack on the Scharnhorst

29th Dec 1941 Aircraft Lost

3rd Jan 1942 Aircraft Lost

15th Jan 1942 Aircraft Lost

31st Jan 1942 First Attack on the Tirpitz

30th Mar 1942 Aircraft Lost

31st March 1942 Second Attack on the Tirpitz

27th April 1942 Third Attack on the Tirpitz

28th April 1942 Fourth Attack on the Tirpitz

31st May 1942 10 Squadron Halifax lost

19th August 1942 On the move

30th Mar 1944 Aircraft Lost

17th Jun 1944 Halifax Lost

28th Oct 1944 Halifax Lost

May 1945 Transfer to Transport Command


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



Those known to have served with

No. 10 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Aberdeen . Cook.
  • Ashton J. . Sgt (d. 3rd Feb 1945 )
  • Bailey Alfred. Sgt. (d.27th Jun 1944)
  • Bailey Allfred. Sgt. (d.29th June 1943)
  • Baldwin Jack. F/Lt.
  • Barrett Gerald. Sqd.Ldr.
  • Beales Fred. Sgt. (d.10th June 1944)
  • Bell John Rogerson. AC1. (d.2nd Oct 1939)
  • Berry Albert James. Flt.Sgt. (d.14th Feb1945)
  • Bole Jimmy. F/Sgt
  • Booth AW. Sgt. (d.1943-06-29)
  • Bradshaw Reginald Eric. P/O (d.1943-06-29)
  • Brant. . P/O
  • Britton Maurice Henry. Sergeant (d.20th December 1943)
  • Britton Maurice Henry. Sergeant (d.20th December 1943)
  • Brown David D. Sgt (d.1943-06-29)
  • Bryne . Sgt
  • Buckner Ronald George Edwin. Flight Sergeant (d.20th December 1943)
  • Buckner Ronald George Edwin. Flight Sergeant (d.20th December 1943)
  • Cameron Robert. P/O. (d.3rd Nov 1943)
  • Chell L. H. . F/S (d. 3rd Feb 1945 )
  • Clarke Henry James. Sgt. (d.15th Feb 1944)
  • Cook Eric T.. Sgt. (d.16th July 1943)
  • Cook P. . F/O
  • Cox Charles Dudley Gough.
  • Cross Herbert Ernest. P/O (d.1943-06-29)
  • Davenport Bob . P/O. (d.5th March 1945)
  • Dickinson Robert J . P/O
  • Ellyatt John. F/O. (d.10th June 1944)
  • Elsome. Doug . Flight Sergeant
  • Entwistle Clifford C. Flt/Sgt. (d.1943-06-29)
  • Fearnley Fred . Flt Sgt. (d.5th March 1945)
  • Ferguson Thomas. Flt Sgt.
  • Geddes Roy Hamilton. P/O (d.1943-06-29)
  • Gibbs. R. A. . F.O. (d. 3rd Feb 1945 )
  • Grant Robert Bickerton. F/Lt.
  • Grayshan John. F/O. (d.14th Feb 1945)
  • Greenmon Phillip. Sgt. (d.29th Dec 1943)
  • Griffiths. Harry . Sergeant
  • Hanigan Lawrence. W01.
  • Hayes Peter Mill. Flight Sergeant (d.20th December 1943)
  • Hayes Peter Mill. Flight Sergeant (d.20th December 1943)
  • Hill Alfred Francis. AC1 (d.2nd Oct 1939)
  • Hodgson Steve . Flt Eng
  • Hughes . Sgt
  • Johnston Norman. Sgt. (d.27th Aug 1940)
  • Kinney J R. Flight Officer
  • Kinney J R. Flight Officer
  • Lawrence. Doug . Flight Sergeant
  • Lear Kenneth Seymour. Flying Officer
  • Lear Kenneth Seymour. Flying Officer
  • Lindsey Angus MacDonald. F/Sgt. (d.18th Nov 1943)
  • Marshall. Allan . Flying Officer
  • McClements Robert. Flt.Lt.
  • McClements Robert. WO.
  • McIntosh Angus . Sgt
  • Moss Desmond . Flt Lt
  • Muldoon Jock . Flt Eng.
  • Mullinex George Arthur. WO.
  • Neville. Leslie P . Sgt
  • Norton K R. Sergeant (d.20th December 1943)
  • Norton K R. Sergeant (d.20th December 1943)
  • Parham W. P. . F/O (d. 3rd Feb 1945 )
  • Paxton. Fraser . Sergeant
  • Priest Cyril. Pilot Officer (d.20th December 1943)
  • Priest Cyril. Pilot Officer (d.20th December 1943)
  • Rostron Alfred. Sgt. (d.27th Sep 1943)
  • Seabridge. William Henry . (d. 3rd Feb 1945 )
  • Shannon R. Sgt
  • Slaughter Todd. F/Lt.
  • Smith T. C. . Sgt (d. 3rd Feb 1945 )
  • Somerville. . Sgt
  • Tasker John . (d.5th March 1945)
  • Thornley. Jack . Sergeant
  • Tomlinson. D G . F/Lt
  • Trobe Jack Hewson. Ac /Sqd Leader
  • Tuck. Reg . Sergeant
  • Turner Harry.
  • van Willem Jacob. F/O (d.10th Jun 1944)
  • vanStockum. Willem Jacob . (d.10th Jun 1944)
  • Walters . Sgt
  • Webster Lindsay . W/O. (d.5th March 1945)
  • White Robert Stirratt. Sgt (d.1943-06-29)
  • Whitmarsh Alan Walter. Light Lieutenant (d.20th December 1943)
  • Whitmarsh Alan Walter. Light Lieutenant (d.20th December 1943)
  • Wicks Edward Charles. Flt.Sgt. (d.10th Jun 1944)
  • Young James David. FO.

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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Sgt. AW Booth 10th Squadron (d.1943-06-29)

My father's cousin, Sgt A.W Booth, was stationed at Melbourne. He was an air gunner and flew with the 10th Squadron from Melbourne on the raid on Cologne on the 28th of June 1943. The Halifax was shot down near Limburg in the early hours of the 29th. The only survivor was Flt Sergeant Shannon who was captured. The dead are buried at Jonkerbos War Cemetery in Holland. I would be very interested to find out if anyone is still around who may have known Sgt Booth.

Colin Booth



Ac /Sqd Leader Jack Hewson Trobe DSO.DFC 10 Sqd

I am looking for any information regarding Jack Trobe and his war service inc, any names of his crew members. Some of crew mates in Nov 1943 were F/S William Mowatt, mi-upper gunner, Sgt Robert Clough Bridge, flight engineer and Sgt Thomas Ernest Bisby, the wireless operator. These three crew members were all wounded.

Colin Clayton



Light Lieutenant Alan Walter Whitmarsh DFM 10 Squadron (d.20th December 1943)

My husband's father, F/O Kenneth Seymour Lear, served in WW2 and flew in a Halifax bomber. We were told by my husband's mother, who is now deceased, that her husband was stationed at Marston Moor. I am trying to find out any history for him as he was reported missing in action and I think in the end declared dead on the 20th December 1943. My husband, like so many born during the war, never knew his father. We don't even have any photos of him. How can I find out if he was stationed at Marston Moor and if he was, if anyone has any pictures of him. He did also go to Canada for training. Can anyone help? We also don't have a date of birth for him but know he was 20 when he died.

Information from lostbombers.co.uk:

Halifax HX164, Operation Frankfurt, airborne 1637 20th December 1943 from RAF Melbourne. Cause of loss not established. Crashed near Dahlen, where those killed were buried. Their graves are now located in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.

F/L Whitmarsh gained an Immediate DFM, Gazetted 31Aug43 for his outstanding airmanship during a raid that same month to Mannheim.

  • Flight Lieutenant Alan Walter Whitmarsh DFM KIA
  • Sgt P.M.Hayes KIA
  • P/O C.Priest KIA
  • F/O J.R.Kinney RCAF PoW (confined in hospital due injuries)
  • F/O K.S.Lear KIA
  • F/S R.G.E.Buckner KIA
  • Sgt M.H.Britton KIA
  • Sgt K.R.Norton KIA

  • Tracy Lear



    Flight Sergeant Peter Mill Hayes 10 Squadron (d.20th December 1943)

    My husband's father, F/O Kenneth Seymour Lear, served in WW2 and flew in a Halifax bomber. We were told by my husband's mother, who is now deceased, that her husband was stationed at Marston Moor. I am trying to find out any history for him as he was reported missing in action and I think in the end declared dead on the 20th December 1943. My husband, like so many born during the war, never knew his father. We don't even have any photos of him. How can I find out if he was stationed at Marston Moor and if he was, if anyone has any pictures of him. He did also go to Canada for training. Can anyone help? We also don't have a date of birth for him but know he was 20 when he died.

    Information from lostbombers.co.uk:

    Halifax HX164, Operation Frankfurt, airborne 1637 20th December 1943 from RAF Melbourne. Cause of loss not established. Crashed near Dahlen, where those killed were buried. Their graves are now located in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.

    F/L Whitmarsh gained an Immediate DFM, Gazetted 31Aug43 for his outstanding airmanship during a raid that same month to Mannheim.

  • Flight Lieutenant Alan Walter Whitmarsh DFM KIA
  • Sgt Peter Mill Hayes KIA
  • P/O C.Priest KIA
  • F/O J.R.Kinney RCAF PoW (confined in hospital due injuries)
  • F/O K.S.Lear KIA
  • F/S R.G.E.Buckner KIA
  • Sgt M.H.Britton KIA
  • Sgt K.R.Norton KIA

  • Tracy Lear



    Pilot Officer Cyril Priest 10 Squadron (d.20th December 1943)

    My husband's father, F/O Kenneth Seymour Lear, served in WW2 and flew in a Halifax bomber. We were told by my husband's mother, who is now deceased, that her husband was stationed at Marston Moor. I am trying to find out any history for him as he was reported missing in action and I think in the end declared dead on the 20th December 1943. My husband, like so many born during the war, never knew his father. We don't even have any photos of him. How can I find out if he was stationed at Marston Moor and if he was, if anyone has any pictures of him. He did also go to Canada for training. Can anyone help? We also don't have a date of birth for him but know he was 20 when he died.

    Information from lostbombers.co.uk:

    Halifax HX164, Operation Frankfurt, airborne 1637 20th December 1943 from RAF Melbourne. Cause of loss not established. Crashed near Dahlen, where those killed were buried. Their graves are now located in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.

    F/L Whitmarsh gained an Immediate DFM, Gazetted 31Aug43 for his outstanding airmanship during a raid that same month to Mannheim.

  • Flight Lieutenant Alan Walter Whitmarsh DFM KIA
  • Sergeant Peter Mill Hayes KIA
  • Pilot Officer Cyril Priest KIA
  • F/O J.R.Kinney RCAF PoW (confined in hospital due injuries)
  • F/O K.S.Lear KIA
  • F/S R.G.E.Buckner KIA
  • Sgt M.H.Britton KIA
  • Sgt K.R.Norton KIA

  • Tracy Lear



    Flight Officer J R Kinney 10 Squadron

    My husband's father, F/O Kenneth Seymour Lear, served in WW2 and flew in a Halifax bomber. We were told by my husband's mother, who is now deceased, that her husband was stationed at Marston Moor. I am trying to find out any history for him as he was reported missing in action and I think in the end declared dead on the 20th December 1943. My husband, like so many born during the war, never knew his father. We don't even have any photos of him. How can I find out if he was stationed at Marston Moor and if he was, if anyone has any pictures of him. He did also go to Canada for training. Can anyone help? We also don't have a date of birth for him but know he was 20 when he died.

    Information from lostbombers.co.uk:

    Halifax HX164, Operation Frankfurt, airborne 1637 20th December 1943 from RAF Melbourne. Cause of loss not established. Crashed near Dahlen, where those killed were buried. Their graves are now located in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.

    F/L Whitmarsh gained an Immediate DFM, Gazetted 31Aug43 for his outstanding airmanship during a raid that same month to Mannheim.

  • Flight Lieutenant Alan Walter Whitmarsh DFM KIA
  • Sergeant Peter Mill Hayes KIA
  • Pilot Officer Cyril Priest KIA
  • Flight Offficer J.R.Kinney RCAF PoW (confined in hospital due injuries)
  • F/O K.S.Lear KIA
  • F/S R.G.E.Buckner KIA
  • Sgt M.H.Britton KIA
  • Sgt K.R.Norton KIA

  • Tracy Lear



    Flying Officer Kenneth Seymour Lear 10 Squadron

    My husband's father, F/O Kenneth Seymour Lear, served in WW2 and flew in a Halifax bomber. We were told by my husband's mother, who is now deceased, that her husband was stationed at Marston Moor. I am trying to find out any history for him as he was reported missing in action and I think in the end declared dead on the 20th December 1943. My husband, like so many born during the war, never knew his father. We don't even have any photos of him. How can I find out if he was stationed at Marston Moor and if he was, if anyone has any pictures of him. He did also go to Canada for training. Can anyone help? We also don't have a date of birth for him but know he was 20 when he died.

    Information from lostbombers.co.uk:

    Halifax HX164, Operation Frankfurt, airborne 1637 20th December 1943 from RAF Melbourne. Cause of loss not established. Crashed near Dahlen, where those killed were buried. Their graves are now located in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.

    F/L Whitmarsh gained an Immediate DFM, Gazetted 31Aug43 for his outstanding airmanship during a raid that same month to Mannheim.

  • Flight Lieutenant Alan Walter Whitmarsh DFM KIA
  • Sergeant Peter Mill Hayes KIA
  • Pilot Officer Cyril Priest KIA
  • Flight Offficer J.R.Kinney RCAF PoW (confined in hospital due injuries)
  • F/O K.S.Lear KIA
  • F/S R.G.E.Buckner KIA
  • Sgt M.H.Britton KIA
  • Sgt K.R.Norton KIA

  • Tracy Lear



    Sergeant K R Norton 10 Squadron (d.20th December 1943)

    My husband's father, F/O Kenneth Seymour Lear, served in WW2 and flew in a Halifax bomber. We were told by my husband's mother, who is now deceased, that her husband was stationed at Marston Moor. I am trying to find out any history for him as he was reported missing in action and I think in the end declared dead on the 20th December 1943. My husband, like so many born during the war, never knew his father. We don't even have any photos of him. How can I find out if he was stationed at Marston Moor and if he was, if anyone has any pictures of him. He did also go to Canada for training. Can anyone help? We also don't have a date of birth for him but know he was 20 when he died.

    Information from lostbombers.co.uk:

    Halifax HX164, Operation Frankfurt, airborne 1637 20th December 1943 from RAF Melbourne. Cause of loss not established. Crashed near Dahlen, where those killed were buried. Their graves are now located in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.

    F/L Whitmarsh gained an Immediate DFM, Gazetted 31Aug43 for his outstanding airmanship during a raid that same month to Mannheim.

  • Flight Lieutenant Alan Walter Whitmarsh DFM KIA
  • Sergeant Peter Mill Hayes KIA
  • Pilot Officer Cyril Priest KIA
  • Flight Offficer J.R.Kinney RCAF PoW (confined in hospital due injuries)
  • Flying Officer Kenneth Seymour Lear KIA
  • Flight Sergeant Ronald George Edwin Buckner KIA
  • Sergeant Maurice Henry Britton KIA
  • Sgt K.R.Norton KIA

  • Tracy Lear



    Sergeant Maurice Henry Britton 10 Squadron (d.20th December 1943)

    My husband's father, F/O Kenneth Seymour Lear, served in WW2 and flew in a Halifax bomber. We were told by my husband's mother, who is now deceased, that her husband was stationed at Marston Moor. I am trying to find out any history for him as he was reported missing in action and I think in the end declared dead on the 20th December 1943. My husband, like so many born during the war, never knew his father. We don't even have any photos of him. How can I find out if he was stationed at Marston Moor and if he was, if anyone has any pictures of him. He did also go to Canada for training. Can anyone help? We also don't have a date of birth for him but know he was 20 when he died.

    Information from lostbombers.co.uk:

    Halifax HX164, Operation Frankfurt, airborne 1637 20th December 1943 from RAF Melbourne. Cause of loss not established. Crashed near Dahlen, where those killed were buried. Their graves are now located in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.

    F/L Whitmarsh gained an Immediate DFM, Gazetted 31Aug43 for his outstanding airmanship during a raid that same month to Mannheim.

  • Flight Lieutenant Alan Walter Whitmarsh DFM KIA
  • Sergeant Peter Mill Hayes KIA
  • Pilot Officer Cyril Priest KIA
  • Flight Offficer J.R.Kinney RCAF PoW (confined in hospital due injuries)
  • Flying Officer Kenneth Seymour Lear KIA
  • Flight Sergeant Ronald George Edwin Buckner KIA
  • Sergeant Maurice Henry Britton KIA
  • Sgt K.R.Norton KIA

  • Tracy Lear



    Flight Sergeant Ronald George Edwin Buckner 10 Squadron (d.20th December 1943)

    My husband's father, F/O Kenneth Seymour Lear, served in WW2 and flew in a Halifax bomber. We were told by my husband's mother, who is now deceased, that her husband was stationed at Marston Moor. I am trying to find out any history for him as he was reported missing in action and I think in the end declared dead on the 20th December 1943. My husband, like so many born during the war, never knew his father. We don't even have any photos of him. How can I find out if he was stationed at Marston Moor and if he was, if anyone has any pictures of him. He did also go to Canada for training. Can anyone help? We also don't have a date of birth for him but know he was 20 when he died.

    Information from lostbombers.co.uk:

    Halifax HX164, Operation Frankfurt, airborne 1637 20th December 1943 from RAF Melbourne. Cause of loss not established. Crashed near Dahlen, where those killed were buried. Their graves are now located in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.

    F/L Whitmarsh gained an Immediate DFM, Gazetted 31Aug43 for his outstanding airmanship during a raid that same month to Mannheim.

  • Flight Lieutenant Alan Walter Whitmarsh DFM KIA
  • Sergeant Peter Mill Hayes KIA
  • Pilot Officer Cyril Priest KIA
  • Flight Offficer J.R.Kinney RCAF PoW (confined in hospital due injuries)
  • Flying Officer Kenneth Seymour Lear KIA
  • Flight Sergeant Ronald George Edwin Buckner KIA
  • Sgt M.H.Britton KIA
  • Sgt K.R.Norton KIA

  • Tracy Lear



    Light Lieutenant Alan Walter Whitmarsh DFM 10 Squadron (d.20th December 1943)

    My husband's father, F/O Kenneth Seymour Lear, served in WW2 and flew in a Halifax bomber. We were told by my husband's mother, who is now deceased, that her husband was stationed at Marston Moor. I am trying to find out any history for him as he was reported missing in action and I think in the end declared dead on the 20th December 1943. My husband, like so many born during the war, never knew his father. We don't even have any photos of him. How can I find out if he was stationed at Marston Moor and if he was, if anyone has any pictures of him. He did also go to Canada for training. Can anyone help? We also don't have a date of birth for him but know he was 20 when he died.

    Information from lostbombers.co.uk:

    Halifax HX164, Operation Frankfurt, airborne 1637 20th December 1943 from RAF Melbourne. Cause of loss not established. Crashed near Dahlen, where those killed were buried. Their graves are now located in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.

    F/L Whitmarsh gained an Immediate DFM, Gazetted 31Aug43 for his outstanding airmanship during a raid that same month to Mannheim.

  • Flight Lieutenant Alan Walter Whitmarsh DFM KIA
  • Sgt P.M.Hayes KIA
  • P/O C.Priest KIA
  • F/O J.R.Kinney RCAF PoW (confined in hospital due injuries)
  • F/O K.S.Lear KIA
  • F/S R.G.E.Buckner KIA
  • Sgt M.H.Britton KIA
  • Sgt K.R.Norton KIA

  • Tracy Lear



    Flight Sergeant Peter Mill Hayes 10 Squadron (d.20th December 1943)

    My husband's father, F/O Kenneth Seymour Lear, served in WW2 and flew in a Halifax bomber. We were told by my husband's mother, who is now deceased, that her husband was stationed at Marston Moor. I am trying to find out any history for him as he was reported missing in action and I think in the end declared dead on the 20th December 1943. My husband, like so many born during the war, never knew his father. We don't even have any photos of him. How can I find out if he was stationed at Marston Moor and if he was, if anyone has any pictures of him. He did also go to Canada for training. Can anyone help? We also don't have a date of birth for him but know he was 20 when he died.

    Information from lostbombers.co.uk:

    Halifax HX164, Operation Frankfurt, airborne 1637 20th December 1943 from RAF Melbourne. Cause of loss not established. Crashed near Dahlen, where those killed were buried. Their graves are now located in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.

    F/L Whitmarsh gained an Immediate DFM, Gazetted 31Aug43 for his outstanding airmanship during a raid that same month to Mannheim.

  • Flight Lieutenant Alan Walter Whitmarsh DFM KIA
  • Sgt Peter Mill Hayes KIA
  • P/O C.Priest KIA
  • F/O J.R.Kinney RCAF PoW (confined in hospital due injuries)
  • F/O K.S.Lear KIA
  • F/S R.G.E.Buckner KIA
  • Sgt M.H.Britton KIA
  • Sgt K.R.Norton KIA

  • Tracy Lear



    Flying Officer Kenneth Seymour Lear 10 Squadron

    My husband's father, F/O Kenneth Seymour Lear, served in WW2 and flew in a Halifax bomber. We were told by my husband's mother, who is now deceased, that her husband was stationed at Marston Moor. I am trying to find out any history for him as he was reported missing in action and I think in the end declared dead on the 20th December 1943. My husband, like so many born during the war, never knew his father. We don't even have any photos of him. How can I find out if he was stationed at Marston Moor and if he was, if anyone has any pictures of him. He did also go to Canada for training. Can anyone help? We also don't have a date of birth for him but know he was 20 when he died.

    Information from lostbombers.co.uk:

    Halifax HX164, Operation Frankfurt, airborne 1637 20th December 1943 from RAF Melbourne. Cause of loss not established. Crashed near Dahlen, where those killed were buried. Their graves are now located in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.

    F/L Whitmarsh gained an Immediate DFM, Gazetted 31Aug43 for his outstanding airmanship during a raid that same month to Mannheim.

  • Flight Lieutenant Alan Walter Whitmarsh DFM KIA
  • Sergeant Peter Mill Hayes KIA
  • Pilot Officer Cyril Priest KIA
  • Flight Offficer J.R.Kinney RCAF PoW (confined in hospital due injuries)
  • F/O K.S.Lear KIA
  • F/S R.G.E.Buckner KIA
  • Sgt M.H.Britton KIA
  • Sgt K.R.Norton KIA

  • Tracy Lear



    Flight Officer J R Kinney 10 Squadron

    My husband's father, F/O Kenneth Seymour Lear, served in WW2 and flew in a Halifax bomber. We were told by my husband's mother, who is now deceased, that her husband was stationed at Marston Moor. I am trying to find out any history for him as he was reported missing in action and I think in the end declared dead on the 20th December 1943. My husband, like so many born during the war, never knew his father. We don't even have any photos of him. How can I find out if he was stationed at Marston Moor and if he was, if anyone has any pictures of him. He did also go to Canada for training. Can anyone help? We also don't have a date of birth for him but know he was 20 when he died.

    Information from lostbombers.co.uk:

    Halifax HX164, Operation Frankfurt, airborne 1637 20th December 1943 from RAF Melbourne. Cause of loss not established. Crashed near Dahlen, where those killed were buried. Their graves are now located in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.

    F/L Whitmarsh gained an Immediate DFM, Gazetted 31Aug43 for his outstanding airmanship during a raid that same month to Mannheim.

  • Flight Lieutenant Alan Walter Whitmarsh DFM KIA
  • Sergeant Peter Mill Hayes KIA
  • Pilot Officer Cyril Priest KIA
  • Flight Offficer J.R.Kinney RCAF PoW (confined in hospital due injuries)
  • F/O K.S.Lear KIA
  • F/S R.G.E.Buckner KIA
  • Sgt M.H.Britton KIA
  • Sgt K.R.Norton KIA

  • Tracy Lear



    Pilot Officer Cyril Priest 10 Squadron (d.20th December 1943)

    My husband's father, F/O Kenneth Seymour Lear, served in WW2 and flew in a Halifax bomber. We were told by my husband's mother, who is now deceased, that her husband was stationed at Marston Moor. I am trying to find out any history for him as he was reported missing in action and I think in the end declared dead on the 20th December 1943. My husband, like so many born during the war, never knew his father. We don't even have any photos of him. How can I find out if he was stationed at Marston Moor and if he was, if anyone has any pictures of him. He did also go to Canada for training. Can anyone help? We also don't have a date of birth for him but know he was 20 when he died.

    Information from lostbombers.co.uk:

    Halifax HX164, Operation Frankfurt, airborne 1637 20th December 1943 from RAF Melbourne. Cause of loss not established. Crashed near Dahlen, where those killed were buried. Their graves are now located in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.

    F/L Whitmarsh gained an Immediate DFM, Gazetted 31Aug43 for his outstanding airmanship during a raid that same month to Mannheim.

  • Flight Lieutenant Alan Walter Whitmarsh DFM KIA
  • Sergeant Peter Mill Hayes KIA
  • Pilot Officer Cyril Priest KIA
  • F/O J.R.Kinney RCAF PoW (confined in hospital due injuries)
  • F/O K.S.Lear KIA
  • F/S R.G.E.Buckner KIA
  • Sgt M.H.Britton KIA
  • Sgt K.R.Norton KIA

  • Tracy Lear



    Flight Sergeant Ronald George Edwin Buckner 10 Squadron (d.20th December 1943)

    My husband's father, F/O Kenneth Seymour Lear, served in WW2 and flew in a Halifax bomber. We were told by my husband's mother, who is now deceased, that her husband was stationed at Marston Moor. I am trying to find out any history for him as he was reported missing in action and I think in the end declared dead on the 20th December 1943. My husband, like so many born during the war, never knew his father. We don't even have any photos of him. How can I find out if he was stationed at Marston Moor and if he was, if anyone has any pictures of him. He did also go to Canada for training. Can anyone help? We also don't have a date of birth for him but know he was 20 when he died.

    Information from lostbombers.co.uk:

    Halifax HX164, Operation Frankfurt, airborne 1637 20th December 1943 from RAF Melbourne. Cause of loss not established. Crashed near Dahlen, where those killed were buried. Their graves are now located in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.

    F/L Whitmarsh gained an Immediate DFM, Gazetted 31Aug43 for his outstanding airmanship during a raid that same month to Mannheim.

  • Flight Lieutenant Alan Walter Whitmarsh DFM KIA
  • Sergeant Peter Mill Hayes KIA
  • Pilot Officer Cyril Priest KIA
  • Flight Offficer J.R.Kinney RCAF PoW (confined in hospital due injuries)
  • Flying Officer Kenneth Seymour Lear KIA
  • Flight Sergeant Ronald George Edwin Buckner KIA
  • Sgt M.H.Britton KIA
  • Sgt K.R.Norton KIA

  • Tracy Lear



    Sergeant Maurice Henry Britton 10 Squadron (d.20th December 1943)

    My husband's father, F/O Kenneth Seymour Lear, served in WW2 and flew in a Halifax bomber. We were told by my husband's mother, who is now deceased, that her husband was stationed at Marston Moor. I am trying to find out any history for him as he was reported missing in action and I think in the end declared dead on the 20th December 1943. My husband, like so many born during the war, never knew his father. We don't even have any photos of him. How can I find out if he was stationed at Marston Moor and if he was, if anyone has any pictures of him. He did also go to Canada for training. Can anyone help? We also don't have a date of birth for him but know he was 20 when he died.

    Information from lostbombers.co.uk:

    Halifax HX164, Operation Frankfurt, airborne 1637 20th December 1943 from RAF Melbourne. Cause of loss not established. Crashed near Dahlen, where those killed were buried. Their graves are now located in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.

    F/L Whitmarsh gained an Immediate DFM, Gazetted 31Aug43 for his outstanding airmanship during a raid that same month to Mannheim.

  • Flight Lieutenant Alan Walter Whitmarsh DFM KIA
  • Sergeant Peter Mill Hayes KIA
  • Pilot Officer Cyril Priest KIA
  • Flight Offficer J.R.Kinney RCAF PoW (confined in hospital due injuries)
  • Flying Officer Kenneth Seymour Lear KIA
  • Flight Sergeant Ronald George Edwin Buckner KIA
  • Sergeant Maurice Henry Britton KIA
  • Sgt K.R.Norton KIA

  • Tracy Lear



    Sergeant K R Norton 10 Squadron (d.20th December 1943)

    My husband's father, F/O Kenneth Seymour Lear, served in WW2 and flew in a Halifax bomber. We were told by my husband's mother, who is now deceased, that her husband was stationed at Marston Moor. I am trying to find out any history for him as he was reported missing in action and I think in the end declared dead on the 20th December 1943. My husband, like so many born during the war, never knew his father. We don't even have any photos of him. How can I find out if he was stationed at Marston Moor and if he was, if anyone has any pictures of him. He did also go to Canada for training. Can anyone help? We also don't have a date of birth for him but know he was 20 when he died.

    Information from lostbombers.co.uk:

    Halifax HX164, Operation Frankfurt, airborne 1637 20th December 1943 from RAF Melbourne. Cause of loss not established. Crashed near Dahlen, where those killed were buried. Their graves are now located in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.

    F/L Whitmarsh gained an Immediate DFM, Gazetted 31Aug43 for his outstanding airmanship during a raid that same month to Mannheim.

  • Flight Lieutenant Alan Walter Whitmarsh DFM KIA
  • Sergeant Peter Mill Hayes KIA
  • Pilot Officer Cyril Priest KIA
  • Flight Offficer J.R.Kinney RCAF PoW (confined in hospital due injuries)
  • Flying Officer Kenneth Seymour Lear KIA
  • Flight Sergeant Ronald George Edwin Buckner KIA
  • Sergeant Maurice Henry Britton KIA
  • Sgt K.R.Norton KIA

  • Tracy Lear



    Harry Turner 10 Squadron

    My dad, Harry Turner, was in 10 Squadron until his demob in 1945/6. Unfortunately, Dad died 15 years ago but I still have his demob card and flying log books, and a few crew photos. Does anybody out there remember him?

    Paul Turner



    Sgt. Allfred Bailey Air Gunner. 10 Squadron (d.29th June 1943)

    Sgt. A. Bailey was a young lad that came from Rotherham. He worked for Guest & Chrimes, Ltd., when he left to join the RAF. The staff all chipped in to get him a wrist watch and wishing him the best of luck. In March 1941 his brother Syd had joined the RE..so it was a sad time for all.

    Alfred was sent to No 10 Squadron at Melboune just ouside York. He must have had some fun because he bought a bicycle to get round on. Some of his mates were from all over, Canada, one from Sheffield, Derby, and Liverpool.

    This was some of his crew. The crws knew that planes get lost and never return and on the night of the 27th June 1943 he sat down and wrote a letter to his Mom ...sad to say, his last.On that same day he posted it, that same day he and his crew went on an operations raid.. No one knows what..but on that night the Halifax Crew of 7 were reported missing.They were all under 22 years of age.

    The crew were

    • Sg. A Bailey, WO/AG
    • Sgt. H. Pape from Liverpool
    • FO. H. Pearson from Derby
    • PO S. Peat from Sheffield
    • Sgt. H. Ericson from Canada
    • Sgt P.L. Rakoczy from Canada and
    • Sgt. J.G. Sweeney also from Canada

        In October 1944 the crew was laid to rest at Woensel Cemetery, Holland.

        It was then it came to light that the plane had been shot down by Night Fighers over Holland.All that I know is that the target was Colione.The sad thing is that they did the bombing raid and got shot down on the way back.

        But the family did get to go to the resting place of their brave son and his crew in 1948.

        the loving mother died 1981. Some of her ashes lie with him today.

        The other point is that his bicycle was stlen by someone on the base.

        All of the paper work from the Air Ministry on Sgt. A. Bailey was, and still is, with the family.

    Andrew Fox



    Flt.Sgt. Edward Charles Wicks 10 Sqd. (d.10th Jun 1944)

    I found my Grandfather's war time pilot, a Willem Jacob van Stockum, while researching his wartime station at Melbourne in Yorkshire. I would love to find any info on him or the names of the rest of the crew. My Grandfather was Edward Wicks and he flew with 10 Squadron.

    Nigel Hayes



    Sgt. Henry James Clarke Navigator 10 Squadron (d.15th Feb 1944)

    Harry was a navigator for bombing raids. He joined the RAF after lying about his age. He pretended to be 7 years older than he actually was. One day after he had finished all his missions he came across a friend of his who was ill and had to do a mission. He took on his friend's mission and it was on this mission that he was shot down and killed. He died at the age of 24.

    Alex Cope



    Flt Sgt. Thomas Ferguson 10 Squadron

    My dad, Thomas Ferguson was a Mid Upper/Gunner with 10 Squadron flying Halifax's from 1944-1945. From research, he was the last surviving member of his crew, having past away in January 2008.

    His fellow crew members were:

    • Pilot - Albert Beer
    • Bomb Aimer - Harry Brooks
    • Navigator - Stanley Hobbs
    • Engineer - Leslie ?
    • Wireless Operator - John E Rhodes
    • Rear Gunner - Jimmy McKay

    Cathy Heaton



    AC1. John Rogerson Bell 10 Squadron (d.2nd Oct 1939)

    I never knew my Uncle John and whilst my Mum had told me he had died during WW11, it is only as a result of a recently re-awakened interest in family history that I have begun delving into John's life. John Bell came from a large family of (fairly) prosperous farmers just over the Border in Scotland and his interest in aeroplanes was ignited when Alan (later Sir) Cobham brought his flying circus to the area in the 1930's and used the fields of John's parents farm as a landing ground. During WW11 these same fields were used as relief landing ground for 15EFTS based at Kingstown in Carlisle. My mother was a time-keeper on the airfield and one of the young pilots who flew was later to become my father after his marriage to mum in 1947.

    I knew that John's name appeared on the War Memorial at Kirkpatrick Fleming and that his name appeared on his parents' grave in the churchyard.... but I never knew his full story until recently. It was with tears in my eyes that I discovered that John had died on his first ever operational mission (a leaflet drop over Berlin) on the night of 1st/2nd October 1939. He was only 20 years old. This was the first ever flight over Berlin by the RAF in WW11 and was made by 4 Armstrong Whitworth Whitleys. The raid was made in foul weather and sadly my Uncle John's plane was the only one of the four that failed to return. His plane was last heard of 180 miles from St Abbs Head. John has no war grave, but he is, however, honoured at the RAF's Runnymede Memorial, which I have now vowed to visit one day.

    Gary Neile



    F/Lt. Jack Baldwin DFC. 10 Squadron

    Jack Baldwin's log book, with added commentary, became a small book 'Jack Baldwin's War', a copy of which was presented to the Allied Air Forces Memorial at Elvington in 2011.

    Jack was a bomb-aimer, navigator in a crew piloted by Canadian Ivan Scott DFC, with Syd Butler DFC as Flight Engineer, Ivan Aram DFC as, I think, radio operator and a small guy nicknamed Titch as rear gunner.

    One of Jack's best stories concerned Titch and a device that triggered an alarm when enemy aircraft approached from the rear. The alarm sent the skipper into immediate and dramatic evasive action. Having been hurled about several times in a short time with no sign of enemy aircraft around, Scotty sent Jack back to see if anything was amiss. Turned out that Titch was so short, he had a box to stand on to see out , but every time he stood on it, the alarm went off!

    On another occasion, just off the south coast, the Halifax became tough to handle, yawing away. Scotty asked Jack to look out and check the port inner engine. It was not there! 'It was there when you left' commented their mechanic when they eventually, some days later, returned to Melbourne.

    Graham Baldwin



    Sgt. Alfred Bailey 10 Squadron (d.27th Jun 1944)

    Alfred Bailey was a Wireless Operator with 10 Squadron. He was killed on the 27th June 1943 and is buried in Eindhoven. He was 21 years old.




    Sqd.Ldr. Gerald Barrett 10 Sqd.

    I note that the novel "The Sky Remembers" by Dan Brennan (Nordon 1977) has a dedication to:
    • Gerald Barrett Squadron Leader No.10 Squadron RAF and also
    • Pilot Officer Harry MacDaniels,
    • Pilot Officer Redge Folkes,
    • Squadron Leader Harry Ratcliffe,
    • Flight Sergeant Bus Hill,
    • Flight Sergeant Mac Mullaney
    Does anyone have any information which might shed light on this dedication?

    Dan Brennan



    Sgt. Norman Johnston 10 Squadron. (d.27th Aug 1940)

    I recently came into possession of the above letter. It was sent to my wife's father, Corporal Stanley Johnston to inform him of the loss of his brother Norman Johnston of 10 Sqd Leeming. He had been shot down on a mission to bomb an aircraft factory in Northern Italy.

    Peter Howard



    P/O. Robert Cameron Pilot 10 Squadron (d.3rd Nov 1943)

    Pilot Officer Robert Cameron was a cousin of my late mother, Christina Hunter Currie (Mrs J. McClure). The family lived in Lindsay Drive, Glasgow. Robert joined the RAFVR in the late 1930's and trained as a pilot. I have no details of his service in the early years of the war but by 1943, he was a pilot flying Halifaxes with Number 10 Squadron at R.A.F. Melbourne.

    On 3rd November 1943 at 16.52 he took off in Halifax serial number HX179 on a raid to Dusseldorf. Returning from the raid, the aircraft crashed at 21.16 and was burnt out at Park Farm, 1 mile north of Shipham Airfield in Norfolk. Mr Ernest Bowman, a member of the local Home Guard, dragged one of the crew, Sergeant Winstanley from the wreck. For this act of bravery Mr Bowman was awarded the BEM. Sadly Sergeant Winstanley died from his injuries two days later. The other members of the crew were killed in the crash. Aboard HX179 were:

    • P/O Robert Cameron,
    • Sgt. S, Eyre,
    • F/S R.A. Tann,
    • F/L R. J. Fielder,
    • Sgt J Hutton,
    • Sgt A.N. Williamson,
    • Sgt J Winstanley

    Robert was commemorated in New Kilpatrick Cemetery, Bearsden, near the home of his parents, Charles and Christina Hunter (m/s Currie) Cameron in Glasgow. There were two other Halifaxes lost on that operation.

    Marion C. Donald



    Sgt. Eric T. Cook 10 Squadron (d.16th July 1943)

    My great uncle Eric Cook was a flying spanner for the 10th Squadron and he never returned from a mission 16 July 1943. I am trying to trace the history of my great uncle Eric T. Cook or Cooke. Any images of the period and time at Melbourne would make my day and help my family trace the life of this man who died at the age of 21 in service of his country. If you have any information on him or just have any images of life at Melbourne that you could share. Anything at all would be gratefully received.

    Phil Cook



    P/O. Bob Davenport 10 Sqd. (d.5th March 1945)

    Wing commander Ralph Frederick Davenport aged 32 of Belleville,Ontario.Pilot of 431 squadron,RCAF & commanding officer

    Wing Commander Ralph Frederick Davenport aged 32 of Belleville, Ontario.Pilot of 431 squadron, RCAF & commanding officer

    Wendelin Rink,air bomber,aged 21 from Kendal,Saskatchewan.,431 squadron RCAF.

    Wendelin Rink, air bomber, aged 21 from Kendal,Saskatchewan.,431 squadron RCAF.jpg

    Clarence Lecky aged 28, air gunner 431 squadron  RCAF of Port Arthur,Ontario.

    Clarence Lecky, aged 28 air gunner 431 squadron RCAF of Port Arthur,Ontario.jpg

    These photos are part of the crew of the Davenport crew. Wing commander Ralph Davenport was only a commanding officer at Croft between jan 14th 1945 to March 11th 1945,when he and his crew ,flying Lancaster KB853 SE-A,were shot down over Essen. They took off at 11.42 from Croft & crashed in the target area. All were laid to rest in the Sud-West Friedhof. Six are now buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, while P/O gunner Clarence Lecky was exhumed by an American Graves inspection team & interred on 17th May at Hargraten. Since then his remains have been recovered to Venray War Cemetery. The other crew members who also did not survive this mission were Navigator Donal Kevin Joseph Hector aged 24,a graduate of the University of Toronto & from Toronto,Canada. Wireless operator Charles William Fraser,aged 24 from Windsor,Ontario,Canada. P/O & M/Upper gunner Hubert (Bertie) Bishop,aged 30 from Glace Bay,Nova Scotia.& P/O Flight engineer Arthur Clifford Pettifor aged 29 from Beaver Mines,Alberta,Canada. On the Essen raid on 11/3/1945 only 3 crews were shot down-The Davenport crew of 431 squadron. The Fern crew of 434 squadron who also flew out of Croft. & the Gibbins crew of 153 squadron.




    Flt Lt Desmond Moss 10 Sqd

    My Mother Evelyn Brown (nee Ross) has a photograph of a halifax crew of 10 squadron whom she and her older sister (Cath) knew during the early 1940's when they lived at Canal Head near Pocklington. From what names my mother gave me I think the list below was the full aircrew. From what I have managed to find out they crashed over Germany on 5th March 1945 and sadly only the first three on the list survived.

    As I could find no records of what happened to the survivors I have not been able to trace if any of them are still alive.I am sure my mother would love to know what happened to them,so if any information is available it would be greatly appreciated.

    • Flt Lt Desmond Moss
    • Flt Eng Steve Hodgson
    • Flt Eng Jock Muldoon
    • P/Off Bob Davenport
    • Flt Sgnt Fred Fearnley
    • Airc John Tasker
    • W/O Lindsay(Buzz) Webster




    William Henry Seabridge. 10 Sqd. (d. 3rd Feb 1945 )

    My Uncle, William Henry Seabridge flew with 10 Squadron from RAF Melbourne in Yorkshire I do not have a photo of my Uncle, but I do have a photo of his F.O. R.A. Gibbs. Their Halifax was shot down over Holland and only one member of the crew survived. Date of crash was 03/02 1945.

    Update: Their aircraft was Halifax RG443 X1D ZA-Q and their target was Wanne-Eickel. The crash was west of the Maas between the villages of Haelen (Limburg) and Nunhem, 17 km E of Weert. Three of the crew are buried in the Jonkerbos War Cemetery and three in the Venray War Cemetery, F/O P.Cook survived the incident and was confined in Hospital due injuries until the liberation.

    • F/O R.A.Gibbs
    • Sgt J.Ashton
    • F/S L.H.Chell
    • F/O P.Cook
    • F/O W.P.Parham
    • Sgt T.C.Smith
    • Sgt W.H.Seabridge

    Pat Hague



    F/O Willem Jacob van 10 Sqd. (d.10th Jun 1944)

    Willem van Stockum is my mother's brother. He was the person who introduced my parents in 1932. He died in 1944 and my father told my mother "the wrong man came back", meaning that Willem was more important to her than he was, and that his bravery made him the one who deserved to come home. He was Dutch. A book has been written about Willem Time Bomber by an Army Major and pediatrician, Dr. Robert Wack.

    John Tepper Marlin



    W01. Lawrence Hanigan 10 Squadron

    Uncle Larry Hanigan served in WW2 and was a wireless operator air gunner with 10 squadron from 1940 to 1942. He flew on 39 missions over enemy territory and then became an instructor. He died in 1967

    Dave Fournier



    F/Lt. Robert Bickerton Grant DFC. 10 Squadron

    My father, Flight Lieutenant Bob Grant was a young Canadian pilot who flew out of Melbourne, Yorkshire. I'd love to hear from anyone who remembers him.

    Vicki Grant



    Charles Dudley Gough Cox 114 Squadron

    Charles Cox Qualified as Air Crew Wireless Operator (WOP sending and receiving morse at 18 words per minute) with effect from 6th of August 1941 at Yatesbury. He Qualified as Air Gunner (AG) with effect from 25th of July 1942 at No1 A.G.S Pembrey.

    From 26th of August 1942 to 3rd of October he flew with 42 O.T.U from Andover as a WOP/AG. From the 19th of October to 30th of November he flew from Ashbourne WOP/AG, then during December from Thruxton. In January they moved to Hartford Bridge and on the 21st of February returned to Ashbourne. Charles and his crew transferred to 301 flight training unit on the 12th of March 1943 at RAF Lyneham qualifying on the 20th of March 1943. On the 4th of April they joined 13 Squadron at Oulmene, then transferring to 114 Squadron on the 20th of May 1943, flying from Grombalia until the 7th of August 1943. They moved to Comiso, Sicily from 9th to the 28th of August then flew from Gerbini, Sicily from the 1st to 14th of September. From the 20th to 30th of October they were based at Brindisi in Italy, then from the 1st of November 1943 to the 30th of April 1944 they flew from Foggia I, Italy. On the 1st of May until the 2nd of June they flew from Marcianese. On the 23rd of September 1945 Charlie joined 10 Squadron at Mount Batten, Plymouth. He flew a total 62 Bombing Raids and his log book is signed by Flight Lt C.H Thomas Commanding Officer.

    Sharon Jefferies



    Sgt. Phillip Greenmon 10 Sqd. (d.29th Dec 1943)

    My father, Sgt Phillip Greenmon made his last flight in Halifax JD314, from Seaton Ross on 29th of December 1943. The plane was shot down over Holland with the loss of everyone on board. I wonder if anyone had any photos of my father in their collection or if anyone remembers him?

    Pat Newby



    F/Lt. Todd Slaughter 10 Sqdn.

    At Hunsdon Airfield in Essex I met a dear chap called F.L. Todd Slaughter, aged 86. He is so interesting to listen to. Lots of  stories and experiences. He flew with No 10 Squadron. He joined at the age of 17.5 and soon became a pilot with 4 hours 20 mins to pass - 10 minutes faster than the examiner at the time, who had a bit of a reputation. He remembers his time in the Gypsy Moths and soon was flying  Sterling bombers, delivering mines to the Nazis over the Baltic. Tours in India and many more, not to mention the amount of different airplanes he has flown.

    Christopher Oskis



    WO. George Arthur Mullinex 10 Squadron

    My father, George Mullinex, was stationed at RAF Melbourne, Yorkshire, from 24th of November 1943 as a wireless operator with 10 Squadron. He flew 36 operations in Halifax bombers and has written several stories about his time as a crew member. My father is now aged 89 and considers himself to have been extremely lucky. He still has his flight log. >He was a Flight Sergeant at that time. When he finished his tour of duty, he was posted to Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire, as a wireless operator/instructor, flying in Vickers Wellingtons. Next he was promoted to Warrant Officer, posted to Castle Bromwich in Birmingham as a control operative.

    Just this weekend (5th March, 2010) my brother and I took Dad to Elvington, to the Yorkshire Air Museum (located on 20 acres of parkland, site of the former WW2 RAF Bomber Command Station). Dad donated the following items of uniform that had been stored in the back of his wardrobe: inner flying suit; helmet with mouthpiece, comms cord and jack plug;goggles with sun visor; undress uniform and kitbag.

    David Mullinex



    Sgt. Fred Beales 10 Squadron (d.10th June 1944)

    My uncle Fred Beales served in 10 Squadron at RAF Melbourne during WW2.

    Frank Beales



    Sgt. Alfred Rostron 10 Sdqn. (d.27th Sep 1943)

    Alfred Rostron was a pilot in 10 Sqdn. (4 Group) flying Halifax Bomber JD272 ZA-F on the night of 27th September 1943 on a bombing raid to Hannover. The aircraft was shot down over Wippingen, Germany by August Geiger. All seven crew members, sadly, lost their lives. Initially they were buried in Wippingen then re-interred in Reichswald Cemetery.

    Russ Jones



    AC1 Alfred Francis Hill 10 Sqn (d.2nd Oct 1939)

    Alfred Hill was a member of the same crew as J R Bell, he died on his first ever operational mission (a leaflet drop over Berlin) on the night of 1st/2nd October 1939. This was the first ever flight over Berlin by the RAF in WW11 and was made by 4 Armstrong Whitworth Whitleys. The raid was made in foul weather and sadly his plane was the only one of the four that failed to return. His plane was last heard of 180 miles from St Abbs Head. He is commemorated on war memorials at Burnt Yates, West Yorkshire, (at church and at primary school), and (I think) at nearby Summerbridge.

    R.J. Wheelwright



    F/Sgt Jimmy "Jock" Bole 429 Squadron

    Jimmy Bole(s) was my uncle. He flew as a W/Op/AG in Whitleys in 10 Sqn RAF and Wellingtons with 429 Sqn RCAF. He survived three flying accidents, baling out of an aircraft over the English Channel, a serious crash at East Moor in March 1943 and a further incident. He was awarded the DFM for service with 429 Squadron, Gazetted on 13th September 1943. He received his commission to the rank of P/O on probation (emergency) on 20th May 1943, rising to F/O on probation (war subs) on 20th November 1943 and F/Lt (war subs) on 20th May 1945. He transferred to the South African Air Force after the War and in the rank of Lt flying with No.1 Squadron he was sadly killed on 14th March 1952 flying in Harvard 7023 that crashed near Bryanston, South Africa just prior to being posted to Korea.

    Angus Mathie



    F/O. John Ellyatt 10 Squadron (d.10th June 1944)

    I am the representative in Mayenne French Remembrance which ensures the maintenance of the graves of French soldiers and foreigners in my department. In Laval, in particular, 14 airmen from two RAF crews of 10 Squadron Halifax fell in Laval on 10th June 1944. On May 8th, the colours of the RAF will rise above their graves, flowers laid by children and elders of the French Air Force and their honours are rendered. I would like to complete the record I have made of this sad event, if possible with a picture of these two crews. Does anyone have one?

    The crew members buried in Laval (Valfleury) Communal Cemetery, E Sub-Sec. D Row 1, are:

    • P/O Fred Beales, J/89951, age 20, Royal Canadian Air Force (Canadian), joint grave 42945-42946.
    • Sgt Hugh Bradbury, 1425774, age 20, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (United Kingdom), grave 42939.
    • Sgt Leslie Arthur Brotherton, 1576786, age 24, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (United Kingdom), grave 42937.
    • F/O Gilbert Daniel, 151788, age 22, Royal Air Force (United Kingdom), grave 42947.
    • F/O John Ellyatt, 51911, age 27, Royal Air Force (United Kingdom), grave 42943.
    • Sgt Philip Gaines, 1549492 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (United Kingdom), grave 42942.
    • F/O Norman Randall Henderson, 144341, age 21, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (United Kingdom), joint grave 42940.
    • P/O Thomas Whyndam Henderson, 415981, age 27, Royal Australian Air Force (Australian), grave 42941.
    • F/O Robert Keith Marshall, 151917, Age 30, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (United Kingdom), grave 42949.
    • Sgt Albert Mason, 2211801, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (United Kingdom), grave 42948.
    • Sgt Stanley William Peake, 1606629, age 36, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (United Kingdom), grave 42938.
    • Sgt Alfred Charles Perkins, 1461925, age 22, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (United Kingdom), joint grave 42945-42946.
    • F/O Willem Jacob Van Stockum, 144600, age 33, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (United Kingdom), grave 42944.
    • Flt.Sgt Edward Charles Wicks, 1376921, age 33, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (United Kingdom), joint grave 42940.

    Jean-Louis Cholet



    WO. Robert McClements 10 Squadron

    My dads brother uncle Bobby McClements, now 95 yrs old served as an air gunner on Halifax MZ430.




    F/O. John Grayshan 10 Squadron (d.14th Feb 1945)

    Flying Officer (Pilot) John Grayshan was the Son of William and Cecilia Grayshan; husband of Eunice Grayshan, of Norden, Lancashire. He was aged 23 when he died and is buried in Grave FF 94 in the Holbaek Ostre Churchyard in Denmark.

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