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No. 100 Squadron Royal Air Force



   100 Squadron was first formed in 1917, the first night bomber squadron.

At the outbreak of the Second World War they were based in Singapore where they remained until the Japanese advanced on the island. Early in the afternoon of January the 26th, ten 100 Squadron Wildebeests took off to attack enemy shipping at Endau. 100 Squadron suffered terribly, losing six of its planes. Later on that day in a last ditch effort, Nine Wildebeest, from 100 and 36 Squadrons, took off to face the enemy, they encountered a number of Japanese Zero aircraft. Badly outmatched, Five Wildebeest failed to return, the survivors all being from 36 Sqd. Thus 100 Squadron were wiped out.

In December 1942 100 Squadron reformed at RAF Waltham (Grimsby). The squadron was allocated 16 Lancaster MkIIIs The first operational sortie took place on March the 4th 1943, with a mine laying (gardening) operation to St. Nazaire, loosing its first two aircraft on this raid. ED559 crashed in the target area, and ED549 crashed at Langar Airfield in Nottinghamshire whilst trying to land.

100 Squadron dropped a total of 18,108 tons of bombs in 3,984 individual sorties. The squadron lost 113 Lancasters during the War, costing the lives of 593 young men.

Airfields at which 100 Squadron were based:

  • Seletar, Singapore. 1934 to Jan 1942
  • Grimsby, Lincolnshire. 15 Dec 42 to April 1945
  • Elsham Wolds Lincolnshire. from 01 April 1945


 

4th Sept 1939 On Alert

8th December 1941 Kota Bharu

11th Jan 1942 Night Ops

26th Jan 1942 Invasion

31st Jan 1942 Evacuation

8th March 1942 Landings

26th May 1943 100 Squadron Lancaster lost

28th Apr 1944 100 Squadron Lancaster lost

27th Aug 1944 100 Squadron Lancaster lost


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Those known to have served with

No. 100 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Armon A. J.T.. P/O
  • Barends Charles Alexander. Sgt
  • Bayes Leonard Whatmore.
  • Bayes Leonard.
  • Bowden L. D.. Sgt.
  • Boxhall G. R.. Sgt.
  • Cohen Leonard. Sgt. (d.20th October 1943)
  • Cowling Peter Radford. Sgt. (d.20th October 1943)
  • Cox D. B.. Sgt.
  • Fairbairn Douglas Thomas George. P/O. (d.11th Jun 1944)
  • Gibb Clarence William. Sgt. (d.20th October 1943)
  • Gibson Hugh.
  • Godseff Gerald James. Sgt. (d.20th October 1943)
  • Goode Kenneth Frank. Sgt. (d.18th Aug 1943)
  • Hayton John William. Sgt. (d.4th Sept 1943)
  • Isaac Gordon James Ross.
  • Jones D..
  • Lower Alfred William Nelson. Sgt. (d.20th October 1943)
  • McDermott Raymond Michael. W/O.
  • Montague James. F/Sgt. (d.21st May 1945)
  • Morgan Thomas Hurley. F/O. (d.4th Oct 1943)
  • Parker Richard. F/O (d.30th Jan 1944)
  • Parry Eric Frank. (d.27th Apr 1944)
  • Parry Eric Frank. Sgt. (d.27th Apr 1944)
  • Robertson John Maxwell. F/Sgt. (d.25th Apr 1944)
  • Robertson John Maxwell. F/Sgt. (d.25th Apr 1944)
  • Roots Leslie Charles. Flt. Sgt. (d.18/19th July 1944)
  • Sadler Anthony Graham. F/Lt..
  • Sadler Anthony Graham. F/Lt.
  • Scarbrough William Edward. Sgt. (d.15th Feb 1943)
  • Schaffhausen Fred.
  • Simpson T. L.. P/O (d.20th Oct 1943)
  • Simpson Theodore Leonard. P/O (d.20th Oct 1943)
  • Smith Philip.
  • Snowden-Johnson Christopher. A/Sqd.Ldr.
  • Storey Douglas Simpson. WO (d.20th October 1943)
  • Sutherland John William Elwison. Sgt. (d.19th January 1943)
  • Thrower Frank.
  • Weedon R. F..
  • Wightman David.
  • Willey R. W.. Sgt.

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F/O Richard Parker pilot 100 Sqd. (d.30th Jan 1944)

We are trying to find a book where RAF Officer Richard (Dicky) Parker was named during the Battle of Berlin.. He flew Lancasters from Lincolnshire airfields. In the book at one point a crew were coming back with damage and the "Skipper " was asked if they would make if back to the base as he had a pint waiting for him at the Oswald pub in Scunthorpe.. We live in the house where Dicky lived with his parents and sister Jean. we have his service photo we have seen the book through the library but would love our own copy. Can anyone help with the title, author and publication date?

Patricia J Wells



Sgt. John William Hayton Air Gunner 100 Squadron (d.4th Sept 1943)

My Uncle was lost without trace on his 3rd operation. Berlin 3/4 Sept 1943. He was the Rear Gunner on Lancaster MK111 JA969 HW-N Remembered with pride never to be forgotten. HONOUR THE BRAVE

Steve Hayton



Sgt. Kenneth Frank Goode 100 Squadron (d.18th Aug 1943)

Sgt Kenneth Goode was my great uncle and I'm looking for information about his time in the RAF, eg. his age on joining or his age when he was killed, his mission, details of his flight etc. I am collating information about the Goode family and am having trouble locating Kenneth Goode on any of the genealogy sites.

Editors Note:

The crew took off in Lancaster ED647, HW-T at 21.24 on the 17th of August 1943 from Grimsby on a mission to Peenemunde. The aircraft crashed in the target area.

The crew were:

  • F/O H.I.Spiers RNZAF
  • Sgt C.W.Torbett
  • P/O J.Weaver
  • Sgt K.F.Goode
  • Sgt S.J.Cassell
  • Sgt O.M.Atkins
  • Sgt J.Francis
Sgt Cassell was buried locally on the 30th of August 1943, but he, with five of his comrades are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. Sgt Francis is buried in Poland at Malbork Commonwealth War Cemetery.

Huw Davies



Gordon James Ross Isaac 100 Squadron

My Granda, Gordon Isaac, served with 100 squadron as a Flight Engineer from 1943 - 1945. He completed over 30 missions.My mam told me that his hair turned white after one mission! My mam has the letter from the Air Ministry in 1943 confirming that he had been selected to train for the RAF.

He became an electrician after the war and after moving to London he worked for Thames Television. He lived in Muswell Hill and was a member of Muswell Hill Golf Club. He lived near Whitley Bay and moved to London when my mam was 15. My mam was born in that house and still lives there today. I only met him a few times but he was a real gentleman. I would be grateful If anyone has any information about him.

Julie Shanks



Leonard Whatmore "Bill" Bayes 100 Sqdn.

Seletar Incident. c.1939, RAF Seletar, Singapore

A quote from page 90 of "Time and Chance", an autobiography by Peter Townsend. Published by Collins 1978

"Outside my ground-floor bedroom was an asphalt space where I parked my beautiful, blue, long-nosed M.G. (which consisted of the bits and pieces of two or three others, put together by an ingenious Chinese). One afternoon I was changing the right, rear tyre when something made me stop and walk over to my bedroom, ten yards away, to look for a rag. During the few seconds I was there I heard an aeroplane pass over the mess, approaching to land. A moment later I was back beside my car; the right rear mudguard was deeply gashed and on the ground beside it lay a string of lead beads, the kind that were attached to the end of a trailing aerial. The weighted aerial would have cut me in half like a piece of cheese, had not that kindly unseen hand pushed me out of the way just in time."

This incident must have happened at RAF Seletar in Singapore, not long before World War II started in 1939. The aircraft involved are Vickers Vildebeest aircraft, rugged torpedo bombers, which were stationed at Seletar in two Squadrons. Townsend was flying with 36 Sqdn and my Dad, Leonard Bayes, was with 100 Sqdn. These lumbering biplanes were the only aircraft available to defend Singapore when the Japanese invaded in 1941.

With reference to Townsend's account; in actual fact, the "weighted aerial" was the hawser from which a target sleeve had been attached. The anti-aircraft (ak-ak) people practised using this sleeve as an airborne target. This sleeve had to released and towed in the air from the plane on many hundred yards of hawser, and after the practise, it had to be hauled back into the aircraft. This was my Father's job.

This particular day they had done well and shot away the sleeve. The sleeve had the added advantage of giving some stability to the assembly, without it the hawser whipped around in the slipstream. This made it extremely difficult for Dad to haul in the hawser, using this particular aircraft's air-powered winch. The pilot announced his intention to land at RAF Seletar. Dad said, "You can't land yet, I've still got a lot of hawser to haul in!" The pilot said that he had no option, as they were running out of fuel. As the pilot approached the landing area, you can imagine my Dad's thoughts as he cowered in the cockpit, listening to various ominous crashes and bumps as the hawser left a swathe of damage to anything in it's path!

A short while later, as Dad was splicing on another sleeve, the Adjutant marched up and barked, "Bayes! Do you realise you nearly killed someone, and what's more, you went through the C.O.'s telephone wire!"

Of course, Dad was subsequently absolved of any blame, but until he read the page quoted above, he had no idea who he had nearly killed. Townsend must have been a Pilot Officer in those days, later he became a fighter ace and rose to Group Captain. From 1944 he was Equerry to King George VI, Father of our current sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II. It was during this time as Equerry, that he had his ill-fated love affair with the Queen's beautiful sister, the late Princess Margaret.

John Bayes



P/O. Douglas Thomas George Fairbairn 100 Squadron (d.11th Jun 1944)

I am the cousin of Doug Fairbairn. I have visited his grave in Serazereux Communal Cemetery, near Chartres, France. Here are the details I know:

On the night of the 10th June a Lancaster Mk III bomber (ND.594 ‘P’) flown by Pilot Officer Fairbairn with a crew of 8. The aircraft took off from Grimsby at 22.55 in good weather with 19 other Lancasters from 100 sqdn. The crews had been placed on standby for the mission early in the day. Orders identifying the target had not been received until 16.00.

Their mission was to bomb the railway near Archeres. To the west of Archeres towards Paris was a marshalling yard and nearby were twin junction switches on the rail network. The operations log for 100 sqdn records the junction was “already a much bombed tactical objective but still passing German military traffic to the Western front”. Indeed the aircraft had been had navigated there four days earlier with P/O Fairbairn and bombed the target on the night of the 6/7th June landing back at Grimsby at 03.05

As the aircraft crossed southern England the aircraft encountered low cloud that continued over the Channel and then the weather cleared. 17 planes reached Archeres and dropped 68 tons of high explosive. I aircraft arrived too late over the target and was forced to jettison its bomb load into the sea on the return.

432 aircraft from Bomber Command - 323 Lancasters, 90 Halifaxes, 19 Mosquitos - attacked railway targets at Achères, Dreux, Orléans and Versailles that night. All targets were believed to have been hit but few further details are available. 15 Lancasters and 3 Halifaxes were lost 2 of those Lancasters were from 100 Sqdn and failed to return to Grimsby.

It was later discovered that the aircraft had crashed at Serazereux 20 kilometres north-north-west of Chartres and about 15 kilometres south-south-east of Dreux. All 8 crew died. They were buried in a communal grave in Serazereuz Cemetery and are the only service personnel in the cemetery. The cemetery is east of the village on the road to the neighbouring village of Ormoy. I have a photograph of the grave.

Below is the flight log:

100 Sqd. 18-Mar-44, Lancaster JB289 HW-T, Ops Munich, F/S DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, P/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall , Sgt JR Logan took off at 19.45, over target at 22.01, returned 01.10 flight time 5hrs25mins

100Sqd. 22-Mar-44, Lancaster JB289 HW-T, Ops to Frankfurt, F/S DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, P/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall, F/S CL Foster. Took off 19.15, over target 22.12, returned 00.55. Flight time 5hrs.40mins

100Sqd. 24-Mar-44 Lancaster JB289 HW-T, Ops to Berlin, F/S DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, P/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall, F/S CL Foster. Took off 19.05, over target 22.40, returned 02.40 Flight time 7hrs.35mins.

100Sqd. 26-Mar-44, Lancaster ND328 HW-W Ops Essen, F/S DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, P/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder Sgt LE Gibbons Sgt WS Tunstall Sgt RA Bacon. Took off at 20.05 over target 22.07 returned 00.55 flight time 4hrs 50mins.

100 Sqd. 30-Mar-44, Lancaster JB603 HW-E, Ops Nuremburg, F/S DTG Fairbairn Sgt HR Tufton, P/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall , Sgt JG Woockey. Took off at 22.20, over target 01.22 retunred 05.45 flight time 7hrs 25mins.

100Sqd, 11-Apr-44, Lancaster ND594 HW-P, Ops to Aachen, F/S DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, P/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall , Sgt FH Taylor. Took off 20.45 over target 22.47 returned 00.40 flight time 3hrs55mins.

100Sqd. 20-Apr-44 Lancaster ND594 HW-P Ops to Cologne, P/O DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, F/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall , Sgt FH Taylor. Took off 23.43 over target 02.10 returned 04.16 flight time 4hrs33mins

100 22-Apr-44, Lancaster ND594 HW-P Ops to Dusseldorf, P/O DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, F/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall , Sgt FH Taylor. Took off 22.43 over target 01.19, returned 03.25 flight time 4hrs 42mins. Notes:H2S U/S.

100Sqd. 24-Apr-44, Lancaster ND594 HW-P Ops to Karlsruhe. P/O DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, F/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall , Sgt FH Taylor. Took off 21.38 over target 00.45 returned 04.10 flight time 6hrs32mins.

100Sqd. 26-Apr-44 Lancaster ND594 HW-P Ops to Essen, P/O DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, F/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall , Sgt FH Taylor. Took off 23.05 over target 01.38 returned 04.00 flight time 4hrs 55mins.

100Sqd. 27-Apr-44 Lancaster ND594 HW-P Ops to Freidrichshaven. P/O DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, F/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall , Sgt FH Taylor. Took off 21.50 over target 02.09 returned 05.50 flight time 8hrs

100Sqd. 30-Apr-44 Lancaster ND594 HW-P Ops to Maintenon. P/O DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, F/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall , Sgt FH Taylor. Took off 21.41 over target 23.55 returned 02.19 flight time 4hrs38 Notes: H2S U/S.

100Sqd. 01-May-44 Lancaster ND594 HW-P Ops to Lyons. P/O DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, F/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall , Sgt FH Taylor. Took off 21.23 over target 01.06 returned 04.34 flight time 7hrs.11mins.

100Sqd. 03-May-44 Lancaster ND594 HW-P Ops to Mailly le Camp. P/O DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, F/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall , Sgt FH Taylor. Took off 21.55 over target 00.18 returned 03.25 flight time 5hrs.30mins.

100Sqd. 09-May-44 Lancaster ND644 HW-N Ops to Merville. F/L P Sherriff , Sgt E Bruce, F/O F Toverey, F/O RM Girvan, Sgt RL Onions P/O GR Dixon, Sgt S Kneller , 2nd Pilot P/O W Castle, 2nd B/A F/O E Grundy. Took off 21.50 over target 23.41 returned 01.05 flight time 3hrs.15mins.

100sqd. 27-May-44 Lancaster ND594 HW-P Ops to Merville. P/O DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, F/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall, Sgt HW Gee. Took off 23.38 over target 02.00 returned 03.51 flight time 4hrs.13mins Notes: Bomb sight went U/S while orbiting the target.

100 31-May-44 Lancaster ND594 HW-P Ops to Tergnier. P/O DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, F/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall, Sgt HW Gee. Took off 23.41 over target 05.05 returned 5.24 Notes: Abandoned Could not release bombs. All hung up.

100Sqd. 02-Jun-44 Lancaster ND594 HW-P Ops to Bernaval. P/O DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, F/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall , Sgt HW Gee. Took off 23.30 over target 01.27 returned 03.30 flight time 4hrs.

100sqd. 05-Jun-44 Lancaster ND594 HW-P Ops to St Martin de Varreville. P/O DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, F/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt AM Nyland, Sgt HW Gee. Took off 21.40 over target 23.51 returned 01.55 flight time 4hrs.15mins.

100sqd. 06-Jun-44 Lancaster ND594 HW-P Ops to Vire. P/O DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, F/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall , Sgt HW Gee. Took off 22.20 over target 00.38 returned 03.05 flight time 4hrs.45mins.

100sqd. 07-Jun-44 Lancaster ND594 HW-P Ops to Foret de Cerisy. P/O DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, F/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall, Sgt HW Gee. Took off 23.05 over target 01.43 returned 03.45 flight time 4hrs.40mins.

100Sqd. 10-Jun-44 Lancaster ND594 HW-P Ops to Acheres. 173760 P/O DTG Fairbairn, 1343965 Sgt RS Millar, 151163 F/O F Toverey, 1335126 Sgt PA Kemp, 1800349 Sgt F Sedgwick, Sgt J Hancock, 1517079 Sgt HW Gee, 2nd Pilot 172480 P/O KA Wells. Took off 22.55 Lost Crashed at Serazereaux

Doug Douglas



Hugh Gibson 100 Squadron

My Dad, Hugh Gibson, was an RAF Flight Engineer with 100 and 355 Squadrons between 1944 and 1946.

Linda Storey



Sgt. Eric Frank Parry 100 Squadron (d.27th Apr 1944)

My Grandad, Sergeant Eric Frank Parry was killed in WW2, he was a member of 100 Squadron and died on 27/04/1944. Unfortunately my Mum was so young, only two, when he died so she didn't get to know him and only recently when my nan died did she get to know some details about him. So far I have taken her to Kleve to see his War Grave, I have managed to obtain birth, marriage and death certificates for him and last year I had his medals issued to her which she has never seen before nor knows what happened to them. My Mum has asked for a picture of a Lancaster Bomber, (the plane he flew in) he was a gunner, and my husband suggested that whilst you can get hold of pictures of a Lancaster Bomber anywhere, wouldn't it be nice to get a picture of one with the correct initials on the side that he would have had on his plane. How I can obtain anymore details about where he was stationed, the flight he was on when killed but most importantly where I may be able to get hold of a picture with the correct initials on etc. it would be the missing piece of a rather difficult jigsaw.

Lynne Darroch



Leonard Bayes 18 Squardron

My Father, Leonard Bayes joined the RAF in 1935. In the early hours of the 21st of January, 1936, he was a member of the duty crew at RAF Bircham Newton in Norfolk when, following the death of King George V at nearby Sandringham, the ill-fated new King, Edward VIII, arrived to fly off to London. He was in no great hurry and chatted pleasantly to the people there, until an official suggested that they really should leave. No doubt the new King was dreading the formalities awaiting him. They then climbed into a De Havilland Rapide and it took off for the Metropolis. Dad therefore witnessed the first ever flight by a reigning Monarch.

Dad served in 18 Squadron at Upper Heyford flying Hawker Harts and at the ourbreak of WWII, he was stationed at Seletar, Singapore with 100 Squadron, equipped with Vickers Vildebeests. Heading home to the UK for training, he stopped off at Egypt, where he helped to re-assemble the long range flight Vickers Wellesleys. He then went on to Crete, where he missed the evacuation and was captured by the Germans. He ended up in Stalag Luft III, and was part of the evacuation March in January 1945. He was eventually repatriated in May 1945.

Jack Bayes



Sgt. R. W. Willey 100 Squadron

Sgt. (Navigator) R.W. Willey served with 100 Squadron at Grimsby during WWII. Any memories?

G.E.Willey



Sgt. William Edward Scarbrough 100 Squadron (d.15th Feb 1943)

My uncle Sgt W.E.Scarbrough flew with 100 Sqd, as a rear gunner (AG) in a Lancaster Mk111 Bomber, and was just three miles from RAF Waltham Lincs, when it crashed landed, due to the damaged that had been inflicted over Germany. We believe that three of the crew survived the crash, by bailing out before the bomber crashed in flames, killing the other crew, one of the survivors a Sgt Carson wrote to my uncle's mother, informing her of his death. This crash happened on the 15th February 1943, we are hoping that there is someone out there who knew Billy Scarbrough, or knows of the crash of the Lancaster, so that we can build up a better picture of what happened on that day.

His name will be on the new Bomber Command war memorial in Green Park, but it would be nice if we could find out, from someone what he was like, and what other RAF stations he might have served before, arriving at RAF Waltham Lincolnshire. If you can help please contact me.

Eddie Forbes



F/Lt.. Anthony Graham Sadler 100 Squadron

Tony Sadler and crew.

Tony was shot down on July 13th 1943 at about 0700 hrs over Brest. He was piloting a Lancaster Bomber EE 183 HW-P that had returned from a bombing raid on the Turin railyard, they were based at RAF Waltham (Grimsby) His crew members were ;
  • A G Sadler 148132
  • J Egleston 1487782
  • M J Maloney 1031746
  • W E Broxup 657446
  • R A A Howe 657446
  • R R W Parker 158598
  • A Burton Aust 413527
EE 183 came down below 1000 ft to get a visual as their instruments were damaged by an electrical storm earlier, they were supposed to land in Cornwall, refuel and retun to Waltham, unfortunately Cornwall turned out to be France! Not just any bit of France, but Brest one of the most heavily fortified harbours in Europe.

Machine gun fire opened up on them from a fighter, then all hell broke loose, ack ack, heavy machine guns, the works, now coming from the ground, 2 engines caught fire and the plane was well alight. Tony ordered the crew to bale out, unfortunately the rear gunner was trapped in his turret and badly wounded. Tony changed the order and started looking for somewhere to land. Bob Parker the upper gunner spotted an airfield a short distance away, this turned out to be Guipavas. Guipavas in 1943 was occupied by a German fighter squadron, and this was the airfield Tony landed on. Hydraulic fluid was now all over the cockpit windscreen making visibility very poor. Bob gave Tony instructions from his position to aid the landing. They were still been fired on, and a third engine caught fire, as was most of the aircraft. Bob said bullets were flying past him missing him by inches. Bob was very lucky and was the only person not wounded, even the mascot got its nose shot off! The plane landed but with no hydraulics. Tony swerved the plane round causing the undercarriage to collapse, but stopping the Lanc. before it hit a hanger. The Lanc burnt out on the airfield, totally destroyed. All the crew got out, wounded, apart from Bob, but safe.

They were all made POWs, Tony was taken to hospital in Paris for a month, recovering from a wound in his leg. He then went to Barth Stalag Luft 1, from 23/8/43 to 1/11/43, he was then moved to Stalag Luft 5 in Hyderkrug from 4/11/43 to 10/4/44. Then on 13/4/43 he was transfered to Sargan (Zagan) Staluft luft 3, Tony stayed here until the Great March as the Russians approached Sargan, and was moved out 28/1/45. Tony finally ended up at Tarmsted and was liberated on 7/4/45 and retuned to UK. It would appear that none of the crew ever met up again, all were interned in different camps,and all went their own ways after the war.

Mike Sadler



Flt. Sgt. Leslie Charles "Jimmy" Roots 100 Squadron (d.18/19th July 1944)

My uncle, Leslie Charles Roots, trained as a Navigator at Air School 44 in Grahamstown, South Africa and passed out as a Flight Sergeant navigator in May 1943. He returned to the UK and was stationed in Lincolnshire at various RAF stations with the RAF Volunteer 100 Squadron. He was part of a Lancaster crew and flew on several bombing missions. His final flight was on the night of 18th/19th July 1944 in Lancaster LM620 which left RAF Grimsby to drop bombs on the Synthetic Oil Plants at Scholven. His plane was shot down at 0140 hours and all the crew were reported as missing presumed dead. Their remains were buried initially at Hassel near Gelderskirchen but later moved to the cemetery at Reichswald.

He was born in 1921 and was just 22 years old when he died. If anyone has any further information in respect of my uncle, I would dearly love to make contact.

Caroline Wood nee Roots



F/Lt. Anthony Graham Sadler 100 Sqd

1942

My father Anthony Sadler piloted EE183, a Lancaster Bomber, out of RAF Waltham/Grimsby on July 12 1943. They were shot down after returning from a bombing raid on the Turin railyards. Dad crash landed EE183 on a German airfield near Brest. The crew all survived but all were wounded. Dad first was taken to a Luftwaffe hospital in Paris, 14/7/1943 to 18/8 /1943. After a month he was sent to: Stalag Luft 1 Barth 23/8/1943 to 1/11/1943 then Stalag Luft 6 Hyderkrug 4/11/1943 to 10/4/1944 then Stalag Luft 3 Sargan 13/4/1944 to 28/1/1945 then after the Long March Stalag Luft 3 Tarmstedt 3/2/1945 to 7/4/1945 Shortly after this he returned to the UK.

I have no information on anyone who knew Tony in Stalag Luft 3 or on the Long March. Any information gratefully received.

Michael Sadler



F/Sgt. John Maxwell Robertson 100 Squadron (d.25th Apr 1944)

"I am trying to find out info on a cousin of mine, John Maxwell Robertson (he may have used his 2nd name of Max) who was killed in action on the 25th April 1944. He was an Australian serving in 100 Squadron RAF as a rear gunner on a Lancaster Bomber and was returning on his last mission when his plane was shot down over Belgium. I have been searching the net for any small bit of info about him, but to no avail. Could someone please help?

UPDATE:

Taken from Bomber Command Losses 1944 (W.R.Chorley) 100sqdn Lancaster,ND328, HW-N. Took off from Grimsby at 22.16hrs for operations to Karlsruhe, reported to have crashed near St Martens-Voeren, 21km NE of Liege. All the crew were originally buried by the Luftwaffe at St Truiden, after the war they were exhumed and taken to the Heverlee War Cemetery.
  • P/O A.J.T. Armon.
  • Sgt D.B. Cox.
  • F/O R.F. Weedon.
  • Sgt G.R. Boxhall, RCAF.
  • Sgt D. Jones.
  • Sgt L.D. Bowden, RCAF.
  • F/Sgt J.M. Robertson, RAAF.
Your cousins casualty report file is available on request from the National Archives Australia

Alan

"

Wayne Robertson



P/O T. L. Simpson 100 Squadron (d.20th Oct 1943)

My friend, P/O Theo ("Tony") L. Simpson, seated second from right, failed to return on 20 October 1943. Having trained in Rhodesia, (Induna and Kumalo) he progressed to the following Stations.
  • Oct 42 - Dec 42 14 A.F.U., Ossington
  • Dec 42 - Jan 43 18 O.T.U., Wymeswold
  • Jan 43 - Apr 43 Satellite, Castle Donington
  • Apr 43 - Jun 43 1662 C.U., Blyton
  • Jun 43 - Oct 43 100 Squadron, Grimsby

I should be extremely pleased to hear from anyone who can identify the site or any of the other personnel in the photograph

Aubrey Sinden



F/Sgt. John Maxwell Robertson 100 Squadron (d.25th Apr 1944)

"I am trying to find out info on a cousin of mine, John Maxwell Robertson (he may have used his 2nd name of Max) who was killed in action on the 25th April 1944. He was an Australian serving in 100 Squadron RAF as a rear gunner on a Lancaster Bomber and was returning on his last mission when his plane was shot down over Belgium. I have been searching the net for any small bit of info about him, but to no avail. Could someone please help?

UPDATE:

Taken from Bomber Command Losses 1944 (W.R.Chorley) 100sqdn Lancaster,ND328, HW-N. Took off from Grimsby at 22.16hrs for operations to Karlsruhe, reported to have crashed near St Martens-Voeren, 21km NE of Liege. All the crew were originally buried by the Luftwaffe at St Truiden, after the war they were exhumed and taken to the Heverlee War Cemetery.
  • P/O A.J.T. Armon.
  • Sgt D.B. Cox.
  • F/O R.F. Weedon.
  • Sgt G.R. Boxhall, RCAF.
  • Sgt D. Jones.
  • Sgt L.D. Bowden, RCAF.
  • F/Sgt J.M. Robertson, RAAF.
Your cousin s casualty report file is available on request from the National Archives Australia

Alan

"

Wayne Robertson



Philip Smith 100 Squadron

My granddad, Philip Smith, was a wireless operator during WW2. He was based at Waltham and was part of the 100 Squadron. This is all I know but if anyone has any information at all then I would be more than grateful if you could get in touch. I'm looking for photos and information, I'm hoping to surprise my Nan for her birthday some bits and bobs about Granddad.

Adam Ramsay



Sgt Charles Alexander "Barney" Barends 100 Squadron

My dad Charles Barends was a rear gunner stationed at RAF Grimsby (known as Waltham) during WW2. He was in Crew 100 of the 100 squadron. His crew did night bombings over Germany.

My dad and the co-pilot were both injured during landing returning from a night bombing raid over Germany. The following night the same crew went on another night bombing mission with a replacement co pilot and rear gunner and their Lancaster never returned. Many years later, the Lancaster bomber was discovered under water off the coast of France. It had been shot down trying to return to Grimsby Air base. How lucky were these two crew members!! My dad was only 17 years old when he went on the first mission (he lied about his age). He told us he thought it was going to be exciting but after the first night bombing mission he realised how terrible it was and told us most of the crew went AWOL !! No one went looking for them as they knew they would come back which they did.

He was a quiet man who I believed suffered most of his life from this experience and did not tell us too much, but what he did tell us was horrific. A couple of things he told us was sitting in the rear turret he did not have a parachute as there was no room in the confined space and if he would have had to bail out he would have had to find his parachute... so in other words no chance of survival! Imagine a Lancaster going down and those at the rear trying to claw themselves out at that angle of decent. Also he told us that many Lancs were lost as bombs hit those planes flying underneath them!!

Lynn Howles



Sgt. John William Elwison Sutherland 100 Sqdn. (d.19th January 1943)

Sgt John Sutherland served in 100 Squadron RAF. He was killed in action on 18th January 1943 and is buried in Hanover War Cemetery, Coll. Grave 2A.5.II.




F/Sgt. James Montague 100 Sqdn. (d.21st May 1945)

James Montague died on 21st May 1945 and is commemorated on Panel 272, Runnymede Memorial.

Roy Montague



Fred Schaffhausen 100 Sqdn.

I was a pilot with the 100BGH stationed in Thorpe Abetts from July to December 1944. Have been trying to locate friends from Potters Bar for 50 years, with no luck who resided at 44 Highfield Way, Potters Bar. They had a son named John and a daughter named Joy.

Fred Schaffhausen



P/O Theodore Leonard Simpson 100 Sqdn. (d.20th Oct 1943)

Pilot Officer T.L. Simpson, Lancaster Pilot, failed to return on 20th October 1943 and he, and his crew:
  • Warrant Officer D.G. Storey, Air Gunner
  • Sergeant L. Cohen, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
  • Sergeant P.R. Cowling, Air Bomber
  • Sergeant C.W. Gibb, Air Gunner
  • Sergeant G.J. Godseff, Navigator
  • Sergeant A.W.N. Lower, Flight Engineer

They were laid to rest at Eelde General Cemetery, Gronigen, Netherlands. All were RAFVR with the exception of the Warrant Officer who was RCAF. As a workmate of Pilot Officer Simpson (and also ex-RAF) I should very much appreciate it if anyone could reply with any information regarding their last op that I can pass on to his surviving sisters, who would also very much like to hear from anyone who knew Theo.

Update: The information on the aircraft from Bomber Command Losses 1943: 100 Sqdn Lancaster, ED555 HW-A, took off from Grimsby at 17.46 on 20th October 1943 for ops to Leipzig, was shot down by a nightfighter and crashed at 22.25hrs at Eelderwolde, 5km NNW of Eelde, Holland. (Alan)

Aubrey Sinden



WO Douglas Simpson Storey 100 Sqdn. (d.20th October 1943)

A 100 Sqdn Lancaster, ED555 HW-A, took off from Grimsby at 17.46 on 20th October 1943 for ops to Leipzig, was shot down by a nightfighter and crashed at 22.25hrs at Eelderwolde, 5km NNW of Eelde, Holland (from, BC Losses 1943). The crew were:
  • Warrant Officer D.G. Storey, Air Gunner
  • Sergeant L. Cohen, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
  • Sergeant P.R. Cowling, Air Bomber
  • Sergeant C.W. Gibb, Air Gunner
  • Sergeant G.J. Godseff, Navigator
  • Sergeant A.W.N. Lower, Flight Engineer
  • Pilot Officer T.L. Simpson, Pilot

    They were laid to rest at Eelde General Cemetery, Gronigen, Netherlands. All were RAFVR with the exception of the Warrant Officer who was RCAF.




  • Sgt. Leonard Cohen 100 Sqdn. (d.20th October 1943)

    A 100 Sqdn Lancaster, ED555 HW-A, took off from Grimsby at 17.46 on 20th October 1943 for ops to Leipzig, was shot down by a nightfighter and crashed at 22.25hrs at Eelderwolde, 5km NNW of Eelde, Holland (from, BC Losses 1943). The crew were:
  • Warrant Officer D.G. Storey, Air Gunner
  • Sergeant L. Cohen, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
  • Sergeant P.R. Cowling, Air Bomber
  • Sergeant C.W. Gibb, Air Gunner
  • Sergeant G.J. Godseff, Navigator
  • Sergeant A.W.N. Lower, Flight Engineer
  • Pilot Officer T.L. Simpson, Pilot

    They were laid to rest at Eelde General Cemetery, Gronigen, Netherlands. All were RAFVR with the exception of the Warrant Officer who was RCAF.




  • Sgt. Peter Radford Cowling 100 Sqdn. (d.20th October 1943)

    A 100 Sqdn Lancaster, ED555 HW-A, took off from Grimsby at 17.46 on 20th October 1943 for ops to Leipzig, was shot down by a nightfighter and crashed at 22.25hrs at Eelderwolde, 5km NNW of Eelde, Holland (from, BC Losses 1943). The crew were:
  • Warrant Officer D.G. Storey, Air Gunner
  • Sergeant L. Cohen, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
  • Sergeant P.R. Cowling, Air Bomber
  • Sergeant C.W. Gibb, Air Gunner
  • Sergeant G.J. Godseff, Navigator
  • Sergeant A.W.N. Lower, Flight Engineer
  • Pilot Officer T.L. Simpson, Pilot

    They were laid to rest at Eelde General Cemetery, Gronigen, Netherlands. All were RAFVR with the exception of the Warrant Officer who was RCAF.




  • Sgt. Clarence William Gibb 100 Sqdn. (d.20th October 1943)

    A 100 Sqdn Lancaster, ED555 HW-A, took off from Grimsby at 17.46 on 20th October 1943 for ops to Leipzig, was shot down by a nightfighter and crashed at 22.25hrs at Eelderwolde, 5km NNW of Eelde, Holland (from, BC Losses 1943). The crew were:
  • Warrant Officer D.G. Storey, Air Gunner
  • Sergeant L. Cohen, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
  • Sergeant P.R. Cowling, Air Bomber
  • Sergeant C.W. Gibb, Air Gunner
  • Sergeant G.J. Godseff, Navigator
  • Sergeant A.W.N. Lower, Flight Engineer
  • Pilot Officer T.L. Simpson, Pilot

    They were laid to rest at Eelde General Cemetery, Gronigen, Netherlands. All were RAFVR with the exception of the Warrant Officer who was RCAF.




  • Sgt. Gerald James Godseff 100 Sqdn. (d.20th October 1943)

    A 100 Sqdn Lancaster, ED555 HW-A, took off from Grimsby at 17.46 on 20th October 1943 for ops to Leipzig, was shot down by a nightfighter and crashed at 22.25hrs at Eelderwolde, 5km NNW of Eelde, Holland (from, BC Losses 1943). The crew were:
  • Warrant Officer D.G. Storey, Air Gunner
  • Sergeant L. Cohen, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
  • Sergeant P.R. Cowling, Air Bomber
  • Sergeant C.W. Gibb, Air Gunner
  • Sergeant G.J. Godseff, Navigator
  • Sergeant A.W.N. Lower, Flight Engineer
  • Pilot Officer T.L. Simpson, Pilot

    They were laid to rest at Eelde General Cemetery, Gronigen, Netherlands. All were RAFVR with the exception of the Warrant Officer who was RCAF.




  • Sgt. Alfred William Nelson Lower 100 Sqdn. (d.20th October 1943)

    A 100 Sqdn Lancaster, ED555 HW-A, took off from Grimsby at 17.46 on 20th October 1943 for ops to Leipzig, was shot down by a nightfighter and crashed at 22.25hrs at Eelderwolde, 5km NNW of Eelde, Holland (from, BC Losses 1943). The crew were:
  • Warrant Officer D.G. Storey, Air Gunner
  • Sergeant L. Cohen, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
  • Sergeant P.R. Cowling, Air Bomber
  • Sergeant C.W. Gibb, Air Gunner
  • Sergeant G.J. Godseff, Navigator
  • Sergeant A.W.N. Lower, Flight Engineer
  • Pilot Officer T.L. Simpson, Pilot

    They were laid to rest at Eelde General Cemetery, Gronigen, Netherlands. All were RAFVR with the exception of the Warrant Officer who was RCAF.




  • David Wightman 100 Squadron

    My grandfather David Wightman fought in WW2 with the RAF in 100 Squadron. He was born in Belfast in 1908 and died in Belfast 1968. He was married to Susan Shields also of Belfast. They had four children - David, Ronald, Denis and Doreen.

    Rhonda Wightman



    W/O. Raymond Michael McDermott 100 Squadron

    Mick with aircrew

    My grandfather, Mick McDermott, served as a wireless operator air gunner in a Lancaster crew. The other members of the crew included:
    • Gordon Kerr: Bomb Aimer
    • "Butch" Craven: Tail Gunner
    • Peter Wyga: Pilot
    • Ralph Robertson: Navigator
    • "Nigger" Crane: Mid Upper Gunner

    He arrived in the UK from Sydney in January 1944 and went initially to RAF Station Whitley Bay, then Padgate and Hoylake. Between July 1944 and March 1945 he was in 8 AFU, 29 OTU and 26 OTU. On 9 March 1945 he was at 71 Base, on 16th March 72 Base, 31 March RAF Bottesford and 11th May (ie after VE Day) 100 Squadron. On 26 June 1945 he went to 9 ACHU, then 11 PDRC and home to Australia in Nov 1945.

    Sharon McDermott







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