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No. 75 Squadron Royal Air Force

   No. 75 Squadron RFC, was formed on 1st October 1916, as a Home Defence unit and was disbanded in 1919. Reforming in 1937 as a heavy bomber squadron, becoming an Group Pool (Training) squadron in March 1939. On the 4th April 1940, 75 Squadron transferred to the Royal New Zealand Air Force heavy bomber flight in No. 3 Group at Feltwell, Norfolk.

No. 75 (NZ) Squadron was the first Commonwealth squadron to be formed in Bomber Command

Airfields at which No.75 Squadron were based:

  • Harwell Sep 1939 to Apr 1940
  • Squires Gate.
  • Carew Cheriton.
  • Honington
  • Feltwell. Apr 1940 to Aug 1942
  • Salon, France. (Detachment) Jun 1940.
  • Mildenhall. Aug 1942 to Nov 1942
  • Newmarket Nov 1942 to Jun 1943
  • Mepal Jun 1943 onwards


9th April 1940 Night Ops

10th May 1940 Aircraft Lost

10th May 1940 Aircraft Lost

6th May 1941 Aircraft Lost

3rd Jul 1941 Aircraft Lost

7th Jul 1941 Aircraft Lost

13th Jul 1941 Aircraft Lost

15th Jul 1941 Aircraft Lost

24th Jul 1941 Aircraft Lost

11th Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost

15th Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost

17th Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost

20th Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost

28th Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost

10th Oct 1941 Aircraft Lost

12th Oct 1941 Aircraft Lost

15th Oct 1941 Aircraft Lost

22nd Oct 1941 Aircraft Lost

26th Oct 1941 Aircraft Lost

7th Nov 1941 Aircraft Lost

8th Nov 1941 Aircraft Lost

23rd Dec 1941 Aircraft Lost

27th Dec 1941 Aircraft Lost

6th Apr 1942 75 Squadron Wellington lost

11th Aug 1942 Bomber Command

11th Aug 1942 Bomber Command

12th Aug 1942 75 Squadron Wellington lost

5th March 1943 75 Squadron Stirling lost

29 April 1943 75 Squadron Stirling lost

12th Jun 1943 75 Squadron Stirling lost

22nd May 1944 75 Squadron Lancaster lost

21st Jul 1944 75 Squadron Lancaster lost

12th Sep 1944 75 Squadron Lancaster lost

30th Aug 1944 75 Squadron Lancaster lost

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

Those known to have served with

No. 75 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Abrahams Gerry. W/O
  • Biggar John Matthew. Flt.Sgt. (d.12th Sep 1944)
  • Crowther Frederick Edward William. Flt.Sgt. (d.3rd Oct 1943)
  • Fernie John Alexander. F/Lt.
  • Glass James.
  • Gore Desmond Wallace. Sergeant
  • Gore Desmond Wallace. Flt.Sgt.
  • Hadley Wilson Orchard. F/O. (d.12th Sep 1944)
  • Hall Robert Ewen. Sgt. (d.24th Feb 1944)
  • Howells L. W/O
  • Kahler Hyman Chaim Mordecai. Sgt. (d.19th Apr 1944)
  • Laud Ronald Hugh. Squadron Leader (d.12th Jun 1943)
  • Littlewood Eric John. Flt.Sgt.
  • Marquet Raymond Thomas. W/O.
  • Marquet Raymond Thomas. W/O.
  • Maryan Ronald Alfred. Sgt
  • Mulligan John. Sgt. (d.19th Apr 1944)
  • Murray Henry James. F/O (d.19th April 1944)
  • Pinney Doreen Eva.
  • Staple Owen David. Wing Commander
  • Stewart Francis Barkhouse. Sgt. (d.3rd March 1943)
  • Trott James.
  • Ward James Allen. Sgt. (d.15th Sep 1941)
  • Woollam Peter. Sgt. (d.19th Apr 1944)

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Wing Commander Owen David Staple DFC 107 Squadron 14 Squadron 75 squadron 41 Squadron 40 Squadron

Owen David Staple was from Dec-1942 with 36(Mosquito) Operational Training Unit in Canada as a pilot; from February 1944 with 60 OTU in the United Kingdom; from June 1944 with 107 Squadron (Mosquito); from April 1948 14 Squadron in Japan; from November 1954 75 Squadron; from September 1959 with 41 Squadron in Malaya.

Decorations,Medals,Awards: DFC-1945, AFC-1960, 1939/45 STAR, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal 1939/45 War Medal, New Zealand War Service Medal, General Service Medal (Malaya).

Wing Commander Owen David Staple past away in 1974 at the age of 49. I am looking for more information on him as he died when I was 3 months old. The information is going towards the family tree so we do not forget the memories of the brave men and women of war.

Michael David Staple

Squadron Leader Ronald Hugh Laud 75 Squadron (d.12th Jun 1943)

I would be grateful for any information or photos etc. regarding Sqd Ldr Ronald Laud of 75 Squadon.

Ivan Laud

Sgt Ronald Alfred Maryan Wireless Operator/ Air Gunner 75 Squadron

I was 10 years old when my eldest Brother got married. He served with 75 Squadron RAF, during WW2.His crew were New Zealanders, and he was a Wireless Operator/ Airgunner. (p)My Mother and two Sisters and I caught the Train from London to Aylesbury and on to Worminghall Village where he was married. The Reception was held in the Village Hall, The Pilot Officer was playing the Piano, the main tune being "Now is the Hour when we Must Say Goodbye." (p)I remember the rest of the Aircrew doing a Maouri dance. His Squadron was stationed at an Airfield near Worminghall, Buckinghamshire, They flew a Lancaster Bomber named "W Willie". My Brothers name was Ronald Maryan. My next Brother in line was Richard Maryan, he volunteered for the 1st Airborne Division, "A Company 2nd Batallion". He had several skirmishes in Sicilly and North Africa, and finally ended up being taken Prisoner at Arnhem. He was wounded in Africa where he was shot in the leg and taken to a Tent which was Guarded, but they escaped through a flap in the back and with help managed to get to a Hospital Ship which got them back to their unit.When they were taken Prisoner on the Arnhem Bridge he was taken by Cattle Truck to Stalag 4b and then on to a Stalag in "Halle" Germany, Colin Maryan.

W/O. Raymond Thomas "Ray" Marquet 75 Squadron

My father Thomas Marquet was shot down on his 13th operation over Benghazi. He and his crew bailed out over the Western Desert. All survived. They were taken in by the local Arab tribesman and looked after for a while. Unfortunately, greed took over and the Arabs "sold" the information that they had an aircrew with them to the Germans. The next thing they knew a Nazi tank squadron arrived to pick them up and all were incarcerated for the duration of the war. First in Dulag Luft, where my father was kept longer than was usual as he had excellent piano playing skills which the Germans enjoyed. Then he was moved to Stalg Luft 4 for the rest of the war.

Julia Dunseath

Sergeant Desmond Wallace Gore 75 Squadron

My father, Flight Sergeant Desmond Wallace Gore, was a 75 Squadron (Lancasters) flight Engineer stationed at Mepal, and was shot down in 1944 over Holland (he was the only survivor) and captured in Boxtelle. He ended up as a POW in Stalag Luft 7 and was an internee until the end of the war.

Barry Gore

Sgt. Robert Ewen Hall 75 Squadron (d.24th Feb 1944)

My great-grandfather, Sergeant Robert Ewen Hall, was in No. 75 Squadron. He was killed in action on the night of 24th Feb 1944 in a Stirling, serial no: EH948, during a gardening operation in Kiel Bay.

Harry Rickards

F/Lt. John Alexander Fernie 75 Squadron

After taking part in many missions and sustaining a small injury my Father, John Fernie was transferred to Western Canada towards the end of the war to train the Canadian pilots. The war ended and he immigrated to the US to enjoy great success as an artist up until his death in 2001. During many Sunday dinners at our home in Connecticut we were told stories by my Father and his visiting fellow RAF men many who ended up with BOAC. I have always felt very lucky to have heard first hand the stories of great bravery from members of the greatest generation. As a boy many of my summer vacations were traveling back to the UK and taking road trips to the old airfields. He is remembered and missed daily.

Bruce John Fernie

Flt.Sgt. Desmond Wallace Gore 75 Squadron

My late father was interned at Stalagluft 7 Luckenwaalde. He was Flight Sergant Desmond Wallace Gore, of 75 New Zealand Squadron, Flying Lancasters out of Mepal Airfield, Cambs. He was shot down over Holland, the only survivor of his crew. He was also one of the 1500 prisoners to walk from Poland back into Germany to Stalag 111

Barry Gore

Doreen Eva Pinney 75 Squardron

My nan Doreen Eva Pinney, served at R.A.F Feltwell during WW11 from the years 1940 to 1943 in the MT section (Motor Transport)as a driver her service number is 2002699. she drove a small van and the ambulance but mainly took the men out to the field to collect their aircraft before the raids and also waited for them to come back. Her oppo (mate) was called "Rocky" Parker however the Rocky was her nickname and my grand mother can not remember her first name.

My grandmother has a few stories of her time. I shall give you an example; my gran remembers one late afternoon when the crews were back she remembers a lone German fighter swooped down on the field circled the airfield twice and then waggled his wings then flew off back home this pilot never shot up the planes or the field which surprised my nan and her oppo Rocky. In fact my nan was so impressed that she thought he was a cheeky little begger and she hoped he would make it home safe, as she has told me before that not every German was a Nazi!

Leo Blake

Sgt. James Allen Ward VC. 75 Sqdn (d.15th Sep 1941)

James Allen Ward served in the 75th Squadron Royal Air Force and the Royal New Zealand Air Force during WW2 and was killed in action on the 15th September 1941. He is buried in Hamburg Ohlsdorf Cemetery in Germany. He was the son of Percy Harold Ward and of Ada May Ward (nee Stokes), of Wanganui, Wellington, New Zealand.

The citation in the London Gazette for 5th August, 1941, gives the following details: On the night of July 7th, 1941, Sgt. Ward was second pilot of a Wellington which, while returning from a raid on Munster, was damaged by cannon shell and incendiary bullets from an attacking Messerschmitt 110. Fire broke out near the starboard engine which, fed by petrol from a split pipe, threatened to spread to the entire wing. Strenuous efforts by the crew failed to extinguish the fire, and they were warned to be ready to abandon the aircraft. Sgt. Ward then volunteered to try and smother the fire with an engine cover which chanced to be in use as a cushion. He got through the narrow astro-hatch and, by breaking the fabric to make hand and foot holds, succeeded in climbing on to, and then along, the wing, to a position behind the engine. Lying precariously there he smothered the fire in the wing fabric, and tried to push the engine cover on to the leaking pipe. It was blown back by the terrific wind, and on the second attempt was lost. Nevertheless, the fabric surrounding the pipe was destroyed, so that the fire could not spread and finally burnt itself out. Sgt. Ward, with assistance from the navigator, was able to struggle back into the aircraft, which eventually reached home and landed safely. The flight back was made possible by Sgt. Wards most conspicuous bravery in extinguishing the fire at the risk of his life.

S Flynn

W/O. Raymond Thomas Marquet 75 Squadron

My father, Ray Marquet, joined the RNZAF in 1940 aged 21. He was trained as an observer (gun aimer) at Jervis 1 Bomber school in Ontario Canada passing as a navigator on Ansons and later Wellington bombers.

He flew 13 operations before being shot down over Benghazi on 3rd of April 1942. He and all the crew bailed out safely with only the rear gunner Joe Galland spraining his ankle on impact with the Western Desert. They were taken in by the local tribesmen who initially looked after them, but after a few days alerted the local German troops of their whereabouts (an entire Wellington bomber crew would have been a good prize.)

They were taken to Germany and housed at Dulag Luft where my dad (who was a jazz pianist in his spare time before the war) entertained the troops. He was actually kept there longer than was normal as he was judged to be good for morale.

He was later sent to Stalag Luft 4B where he stayed for 3 1/2 years until the war ended. He never really talked about this time, but when he was demobbed and sent home to NZ he weighed 6 stone (he was a strapping 6 footer before the war).

Julie Dunseath

Flt.Sgt. Eric John "Rick" Littlewood 82 Squadron

Eric John Littlewood served in WW2 in 75 and 82 Squadrons. He served in New Guinea, Labuan Borneo and Milne Bay. He flew Kitty Hawks, Spitfires and others.


Flt.Sgt. Frederick Edward William Crowther 75 Squadron (d.3rd Oct 1943)

Frederick Crowther flew with 75 Squadron, RAF.

Mitchell Crowther

James Trott 75th Sqdn.

I am looking for anyone who remembers James Trott who trained at Dafoe, Saskatchewan and at McDonald, Manitoba. He graduated at Royal Alexander Hotel in Winnipeg in October 1942. I have a photo of a group which includes my mother Dorothy, Doug Skinner, James Trott, Snow Wilson, Irving Wick and Pearl, my mom's friend. Jim returned to New Zealand at the end of the war.

Pauline Braaksma

Sgt. Francis Barkhouse Stewart 75 Sqdn. (d.3rd March 1943)

I am looking for anybody who knew my uncle, Francis Barkhouse Stewart (sometimes called Frank). He was crew on AA-Q N6123 which was shot down over the Frisian Islands on 3rd March 1943. The crew and aircraft were lost without trace. The aircraft took off from Newmarket at 2003.

Martin Stewart

James Glass 75 Sqdn.

My grandfather James Glass served in 75 Squadron, flying a Lancaster coded AA-T. I am trying to find information or photos of his squadron, or the Lancaster he crewed.

Andrew Glass

F/O Henry James Murray 75 Squadron (d.19th April 1944)

Flying Officer (Pilot) Henry Murray was the Son of Gordon Luckhurst Murray and of Elizabeth Murray (nee Allan), of Albury, Canterbury, New Zealand. He was aged 26 when he died and is buried in a collective grave in the Gram Churchyard in Denmark.

s flynn

Sgt. John Mulligan 75 Squadron (d.19th Apr 1944)

Sergeant (Air Gunner) John Mulligan was the Son of Zachariah and Martha Mulligan, of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He was 20 years old when he died and is buried in a collective grave in the Gram Churchyard in Denmark.

s flynn

Sgt. Hyman Chaim Mordecai Kahler 75 Squadron (d.19th Apr 1944)

Sergeant (Flight Engineer) Hyman Kahler was the Son of Morris and Rachel Kahler, of Stoke Newington, London. He was aged 21 when he died and is buried in a collective grave in the Gram Churchyard in Denmark.

s flynn

Sgt. Peter Woollam 75 Squadron (d.19th Apr 1944)

Sergeant (Air Gunner) Peter Woollam was the Son of Frederick and Minnie Woollam, of Shavington, Cheshire. He was 19 when he died and is buried in a collective grave in the Gram Churchyard in Denmark.

s flynn

Flt.Sgt. John Matthew Biggar 75 Squadron (d.12th Sep 1944)

Flight Sergeant (Air Gunner) John Biggar was the son of Peter and Ivy Biggar, of Nakirikiri, Wellington, New Zealand. He was 22 years old when he died and is buried in a Joint grave in the Orslev Churchyard in Denmark.

S Flynn

F/O. Wilson Orchard Hadley 75 Squadron (d.12th Sep 1944)

Flying Officer (Pilot) Wilson Hadley was the son of Charles Hadley and of Ellen Hadley (nee Hawke) of Amberley, Canterbury, New Zealand and husband of Esme Elizabeth Hadley of St. Albans, Christchurch, Canterbury. He was 30 years old when he died and is buried in the Orslev Churchyard St. in a Joint grave in Denmark.

S Flynn

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