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No. 150 Squadron Royal Air Force

   No. 150 Squadron was fisrt formed at Salonika, Macedonia, on 1st April 1918 as a fighter squadron and saw action operated both in Macedonia and Turkey. 150 Squadron disbanded in 1919

150 Squadron re-formed as a bomber squadron in 1938 flying Fairey Battles. At the outbreak of the Second World War, No. 150 served with the Advanced Air Striking Force in France and in May 1940 attacked the Meuse bridges in an attempt to halt the German advance. In June 1940, the suqdron withdrew to England and bconverted to Wellingtons to join the night-bombing offensive. In December 1942 150 Squadron was posted to North Africa and took part in the Tunisian, Sicilian and Italian campaigns. In early October 1944, No. 150 was disbanded in Italy but re-formed in England in November as a Lancaster squadron and went on to fly 827 operational sorties dropping more than 3,827 tons of bombs on enemy targets. At the end of hostilities 150 was employed in dropping food supplies to the starving Dutch people and transporting ex-P0W's from Belgium to England as well as ferrying personnel home from Italy.
Airfields 150 Squadron flew from.

  • Challerange. France. 3rd Sep to 11th Sep 1939
  • Ecury-sur-Coole. France. 11th Sep 1939 to 15th May 1940
  • Pouan. France. 15th May to 6th Jun 1940
  • Houssay. France. 6th to 15th Jun 1940
  • Abingdon. 15th Jun to 19th Jun 1940
  • Stradishall. 19th Jun to 3rd Jul 1940
  • Newton. 3rd Jul 1940 to 10th Jul 1941
  • Snaith. 10th Jul 1941 to 15th Oct 1942
  • Kirmington. 15th Oct 1942 to Sep 1944
  • Fiskerton. Nov 1944
  • Hemswell. 22nd Nov 1944 onwards.


30th Sep 1939 150 Squadron Battle lost

30th Sep 1939 150 Squadron Battle lost

30th Sep 1939 150 Squadron Battle lost

30th Sep 1939 150 Squadron Battle lost

10th May 1940 150 Squadron Battle lost

10th May 1940 150 Squadron Battle lost

10th May 1940 150 Squadron Battle lost

10th May 1940 150 Squadron Battle lost

10th May 1940 Aircraft Lost

12th May 1940 150 Squadron Battle lost

13th Jun 1940 Aircraft Lost

13th Jun 1940 Aircraft Lost

14th May 1940 150 Squadron Battle lost

14th May 1940 150 Squadron Battle lost

19th May 1940 150 Squadron Battle lost

7th Jun 1940 Aircraft Lost

8th Jun 1940 Aircraft Lost

10th May 1941 Aircraft Lost

27th May 1941 Aircraft Lost

26th Jun 1941 Aircraft Lost

16th Jul 1941 Aircraft Lost

30th Jul 1941 Aircraft Lost

6th Aug 1941 Aircraft Lost

14th Aug 1941 150 Squadron Wellington lost

14th Aug 1941 Aircraft Lost

22nd Aug 1941 Aircraft Lost

27th Aug 1941 Aircraft Lost

2nd Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost

20th Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost

22nd Oct 1941 Aircraft Lost

24th Oct 1941 Aircraft Lost

7th Nov 1941 Aircraft Lost

15th Nov 1941 Aircraft Lost

14th Dec 1941 Aircraft Lost

15th Jan 1942 Aircraft Lost

2nd Apr 1942 Aircraft Lost

9th Sep 1942 150 Squadron Wellington lost

5th May 1943 156 Squadron Lancaster lost

10th Aug 1943 15 Squadron Wellington lost

18th August 1944 Aircraft Lost

15th Oct 1944 Reorganisation

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

Those known to have served with

No. 150 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Barclay George Stanley. Sgt.
  • Boxwell William Desmond. Sqdn. Ldr.
  • Bramley Ronald Arthur. Sgt. (d.8th Nov 1941)
  • Braybrook Stanley George. Flt.Lt
  • Brown . Sgt.
  • Chandler Robert. P/O
  • Daniels Norman. AC2 (d.21st June 1943)
  • Edmunds Lewis. Flt.Sgt. (d.31st July 1943)
  • Edwards William Stanley. (d.21st Sep 1944)
  • Fish Frederick Stephen. Sgt. (d.3rd Sept 1942)
  • Hayes Maurice. Sgt.
  • Husson William Franklin. F/Lt.
  • Hutchinson . S
  • Jones Ronald F.. Sgt.
  • Kay . Sgt.
  • Lewis Montague. Sgt. (d.14th Dec 1941)
  • Magness. K.. Sgt (d.28th Nov 1942 )
  • Malcolm Robert M.. F/Lt.
  • Marshall Francis Eric. Flt.Sgt
  • Martin Sydney. AC1 (d.14th May 1940)
  • McTeer Anthony Patrick. Sgt.
  • Neale Alan.
  • Perry Colin Gordon. Sgt.
  • Phillips Donald Leslie. SAC
  • Quinn . Sgt.
  • Riley. D. R.. Sgt (d.28th Nov 1942 )
  • Roy . F/Lt.
  • Smith. D. G.. Sgt (d.28th Nov 1942 )
  • Taylor Jack Hugh. Flt.Sgt. (d.13th March 1945)
  • Taylor Maurice.
  • Thomas Dilwyn Henry. Sqd.Ldr.
  • Vernon James Edward. P/O (d.7th Jun 1940)
  • Whittaker Joseph Frank. Sgt. (d.30th Jul 1944)
  • Wood. J.. Sgt (d.28th Nov 1942 )
  • Woodlock Thomas David. Flt.Sgt.
  • Young . Sgt.

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Maurice "Mo" Taylor rear gunner 458 Sqd.

Mr Taylor is a very long standing family friend, he is now 86 yrs. old, over the years he has told me many things about his wartime years.

He joined the RAF in 1938 and served with various units - 458, 460, 150 and possibly others. Holme on Spalding Moor, Molesworth, Binbrook are bases he remembers in the early part, flying in Wellingtons as a rear gunner. At this point in time he was shot down to which even today he finds hard to come to terms with and at the same time I would not press him to talk about. Beyond this point he served in Ceylon on various sqd's until 1946. I would love to find out more as the tales he tells me never cease to amaze me

Reuben H Holmes

Sgt. Frederick Stephen Fish 150 sqd (d.3rd Sept 1942)

Please can you tell me if anyone remembers my grandad, Fred Fish, he was based with 150 squadron at Snaith in 1941/42. He and the rest of his crew were shot down over the french coastline on their way back from ops at KARSRUHE on 3rd September 1942, it was their 23rd op. The other crew members were pilot L.H.Clarke,D. Laing, R.J.Deans, ad S.B.Ronaldson. I would love to know if anyone remembers anything. He was listed missing presumed dead, which devastated my nan and his 3 children.


Flt.Lt Stanley George Braybrook 150 Squadron

Learnt to fly in the US at Lancaster, California before USA was in war. Went on to Canada for Navigator training. Returned to UK on Queen Elizabeth. First posted to Coastal Command, then on Wellingtons in North Africa with 150 Squadron. Bombing focused on Sicily, Italy and Rumania. Was on one of the RAF raids on the Ploesti Oil Refinery. We still have log books, aerial photos and escape memorabilia. Ended the war flying a Liberator out East. A bomb dropped, Pacific war ended so ferried aircraft back from India to UK. Involved in early tests on ILS using Lancasters. Has written an autobiography, "Warts And All" published in Perth, Western Australia in 1993. Born in the UK in November 1920. Passed away in Perth, Western Australia during November 2000.

Michael G. Braybrook

AC1 Sydney Martin 150 Squadron (d.14th May 1940)

Syd Martin was killed on one of the worst days of the Battle of France. He was the wireless operator/rear gunner (WOP/AG) of Fairey Battle P2182. He had only been married for just over five weeks when he and the other two members of of the crew were shot down whilst taking part in a raid on the Meuse River bridges, Ardennes.

Vic Martin

Flt.Sgt. Lewis Edmunds DFM. 150 Squadron (d.31st July 1943)

My dad Lewis Edmunds died in July 1943 only a few months after I was born. He died an awful death, in an iron lung and of polio. A friend said, only a few months ago, that the odds of dying this way must have been very high. To my young mother his death must have been devastating and she left the air force base where they were living and moved back to her parents in the North of England. Eventually she remarried and in 1959, she and my stepfather and my half sister and I emigrated to NZ.

I knew very little about my dad, except that the warm sheepskin rug in my parent’s room had been brought from Australia by him. I also had his DFM medal, a certificate and gold presentation watch from the local council, his logbook and some newspaper cuttings and photographs that my mother had saved. Sadly, when we came to New Zealand the logbook was given away, but I remember it vividly and I would love to have it back. In 1985 I visited England on holiday and I was determined to visit his family and record his story, so I joined the NZ Genealogy Society to learn how to research my families.

Lewis went to Western Australia in 1929 at that time he was only aged 18, and it must have seemed a big adventure. He was also ‘honest, steady and industrious’ according to the vicar who wrote a glowing testimony for him. It also helped that he had an aunt and uncle living there, and he was able to stay with them for a while. He returned to England, on an Australian passport, in 1935. I suspect that it was only the Depression that sent him home. He learned bricklaying but later enlisted in the RAF in 1938, moving up the ranks and training to be an Air Gunner. He was posted around Lincolnshire and in May 1941, while returning from a sortie to Boulogne, the Wellington Bomber crashed into a hill near Halstead and he was the sole survivor, though his back was broken.

After many years I was able to get the commendation that his Station Commander had written, before his DFM was announced. The investiture took place at Buckingham Palace on the 18 May 1943. A week before he died, my mum said that they were going to a wedding, dad had the flu' but he said "I am going to this wedding if it kills me". The following day mum called the Base doctor and Dad was admitted to the hospital in Donnington, where he was diagnosed with polio, and he died the following weekend.

Hilary Ramshaw

Sgt. Ronald Arthur Bramley Navigator 150 Squadron (d.8th Nov 1941)

My Great Uncle, Ronald Arthur Bramley was a Navigator in 150 Squadron 150 during the Second World War. He was shot down over the Dutch coast on the night of the 8th of November 1941. Apparently weather conditions were terrible and many crews were lost that night. They flew from Snaith Airbase and were heading for Mannheim. Unfortunatly, he was never found but two of his crew are buried in Amsterdam. Rest in peace.

This is all the infomation I could gain from my Granddad. If anyone can help with more infomation I would be grateful. Are there any photos of 150 Squadron?

Nikki Burke

P/O James Edward Vernon DFC. 150 Squadron (d.7th Jun 1940)

James Vernon 1915 – 1940

James Edward Vernon was born on 21 August 1915, at Roxburgh, Central Otago, son of George and Jemima Vernon. The Vernons were a mining family, originally from Waikaia, subsequently moving to Roxburgh and later Glenorchy. James attended Otago Boys High School for three years secondary education from 1929 until 1931, passing his matriculation. He played rugby and cricket for his school, and later played senior rugby for Glenorchy, where his father was gold-mining. Following the family tradition James became manager of an alluvial gold mining company at Queenstown.

In 1937 James applied for a Short Service commission in the Royal Air Force, and on being selected was commissioned as a Pilot Officer and posted to No.1 Service Flying Training School, Wigram to undertake preliminary flying training and obtain his ‘A’ flying licence. On 15 November 1937 he was commissioned as a Pilot Officer at Wigram. On 18 July 1938 he embarked on the Akaroa at Auckland to proceed to the United Kingdom.

On reporting to the Air Ministry, Pilot Officer Vernon was instructed to proceed to RAF Depot Uxbridge, Middlesex on 23 August 1938, for a short disciplinary course. This completed, he was posted to 150 (Bomber) Squadron for squadron flying duties, flying Fairey Battle bombers. Shortly after the outbreak of World War II, 150 Squadron was moved to France as the part of the Advanced Air Striking Force and in May 1940 was one of the Battle squadrons which attacked the Meuse bridges in an attempt to stem the German advance.

The Fairey Battle first flew in 1936. After the First World War, relatively slow, light day bombers were considered militarily feasible until, early in the Second World War, Fairey Battles were blown from the sky by fast single-seat fighters and anti-aircraft fire. Their place in the military armoury was filled by fighter aircraft which were fast and could effectively defend themselves after dropping their bomb. The Fairey Battle has been described as a disaster, being too slow, vulnerable and under-gunned for air warfare in Second World War. Those surviving the early war years were reallocated to training duties.

James Vernon undertook a three months course in navigation at the School of Air Navigation from December 1939 to February 1940. Apart from that, he remained with his squadron in England and France undertaking operational flying for the remainder of his service. During this time he was promoted to Flying Officer.

On 26 May 1940, Flying Officer Vernon led an action for which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He took off at 0925 from Pouan, east of Paris, to attack a German headquarters at a Château at Roumont near Recogne in Belgium, some 250 kms away. His crew comprised Flight Sergeant G Busby and Leading Aircraftman L W Rutland. In the vicinity of the target the formation he was leading lost touch while flying through a storm, but Vernon went on to locate and bomb his objective. On the return flight he was attacked by six Messerschmitt 110s, but by skillful flying he evaded their initial attacks and his gunner was able to shoot down one Messerschmitt and set fire to another. However, the remaining fighters continued to attack and seriously damaged the British bomber. With its engine failing, the aircraft began to lose height rapidly and Vernon was forced to land in enemy territory near Avioth (Meuse), 6 km NNE of Montmedy, France. He assisted his wounded crew from the aircraft and set it on fire. A German patrol approached and took the wounded men prisoner, but Vernon managed to escape, reach the French lines, and make his way back to his unit. Sgt Busby was interned in Camp 357 (POW No.38248), and LAC Rutland in Camps 8B/L6/357 (PoW No.18162).

26th of May was the day that the evacuation of British forces in France was ordered to begin from Dunkirk. The evacuation was completed on 3 June, and on 13 June the Germans entered Paris. But just 12 days after he was shot down at Montmedy, Flying Officer Vernon was killed in action. With his crew Sergeant (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Jack F. Atkins, RAFVR 751819, age 20, and Sergeant (Obs.) George W. Clawley, RAF 533480, age unknown. He took off on 7 June 1940 from Echemines, southeast of Paris, to attack a vehicle convoy at Vergies, near Abbeville, south of Dunkirk, some 250 km away.

The aircraft failed to return, and Vernon and his crew were posted as missing. In due course his death was presumed to have occurred on 7 June 1940 as a result of air operations.

After the war it was established that he had been buried in the cemetery at Vergies. His grave is in Vergies Communal Cemetery Row 1. Grave 21. His crewmates are buried together in Graves 19-20. James was 24 years old.

Stuart Park

Sgt. Anthony Patrick "Mac" McTeer 150 Squadron

My Dad, Anothony McTeer was shot down on the first night raid on Budapest Hungary on the night of the 3rd/4th of April 1944, he was a rear Gunner on LN858 Wellington MK X based at Amendola Italy 1944. His Pilot Sgt G G Pemberton, four of the crew survived although wounded. In my Dad's case his ear was shot off, and the bullet went into his head, which he carried until the day he died. He thought, at the time, he was keeping a bit of his flying helmet for a keepsake! The Wop lost an eye, he was Sgt Redpath RAAF, the other two Sgts Taylor and Bennett were uninjured. The pilot Pemberton pulled off a masterful landing on Lake Balaton however he bled to death from a leg injury as he was hit. I have no knowledge of Taylor and Bennett, which is a shame.

I have been in contact with the German Pilot Hans Krause of NJG 101 based at Parnsdorf Austria, he was flying a Dornier Do 217N a converted Bomber, Hans told me that my Dad's aircraft was his last kill with Nose Guns as he then flew a Junker JU88. He said that he attacked LN858 from the rear but he got caught in the propeller back wash, causing him to use more ammo on this occasion than on any other. He hit the Port Engine and he waited for it to cause the aricraft to crash which he said happened more often that not, but the fire in the engine died out and all he could see was a red glow, he wanted to attack again but because of the hills all around Budapest he did not. He put in for a kill but the Luftwaffe Command said no as there was no proof. The next day he and his crew took off to have a look, and sure enough he saw LN858 in the water. Hans sent me more than ten shots of LN858 where I had only two photos of it, Hans also said that my Dad hit him quite a few times but no bad damage occurred.

My Dad wound up in Stalag 344 Lamsdorf where he stayed until he went on the Death March eventually being rescued by the Russians, which is another story.

Nigel McTeer

Sgt. Colin Gordon Perry B flight 150 Squadron

My Father, Colin Perry, served in the Air Force during WW2 joining up in 1939 at the age of 19 years. I know he qualified as an air gunner and wireless operator and flew many ops in North Africa and Sicily. He mainly flew in Wellingtons but his log book does show he also flew in Dakotas and Mosquitos.

As like most people I never asked him much about his war time experiences and he did not talk about it. He had a picture painted of his plane with the markings of JNV if this means anything to anyone. I have tried to trace some of the names mentioned as his crew:

  • Pilot F/Sgt S J Holmes,
  • Navigator Sgt JU Trewick, Bomb Aimer,
  • F.Sgt L Stanford,
  • Rear Gunner Sgt R J Sillwood
. I have a feeling some of this crew could be Canadian. The main dates of ops appear to be from late 1942 until December 1943. If anyone has any information about my Dad, or any of his crew, I would love to hear from them.

Alan Neale 150 Squadron

Alan Neale served in 150th Squadron as Navigator on Wellington bombers between August 1943 and July 1944.

No of sorties 38 operational hours 241.

The pilot on all majority of these flights was F/O Thomas. They flew from bases at Oudna, Cerignola, Amendola, Regina and Kairouan. Operations took them into Italy, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Yugoslavia and the Isle of Elba.

David Robinson

SAC Donald Leslie Phillips MM 150 Squadron

Donald Phillips retired from the RAF in 1953. He joined as a regular in 1937 and as an air gunner in 150 Squadron took part in the Battle of France flying Fairey Battles. He was shot down twice, first during the German attack on the Meuse, then near Rouen when he was taken prisoner. He was held in the fortress of Doullens before escaping across France to the Pyrenees. After enjoying General Franco's hospitality in a Spanish prison, he made it back to England through Gibraltar. This is submitted in honour of the memory of two very brave French citizens, Albert and Yvonne Eveloy-Dupuis of Compiegne, who at the risk of savage retribution sheltered and aided a very young RAF airman and his Army comrade on the run. Vive la France!


Sgt. Maurice "Paddy" Hayes 150 Squadron

My dad Maurice Hayes, was a Rear gunner with 150 Squadron and was based in Blida, North Africa. He was involved with the Tunisian, Sicilian and Italian campaigns. I have a picture of him and his crew and also their names. He wouldn't talk much about his activities during the war but retained his log book and flying mask. I do know that most times I went away on holiday to Europe he'd say "I flew over there" or "I dropped a few on there". That was always the only time he'd open up. But he kept the photo I am attaching of his colleagues in his treasure tin, so I am sure he looked at it many times and remembered the camaraderie and good times that I am sure were had in the face of the adversity.

The crew (I believe) are: L - R:

  • Sgt. J. Baxter, Scotland. Bombardier
  • Sgt. F. Doyle, Crosby, Liverpool. Navigator
  • Sgt. M. Hayes, Lismore, Ireland. Rear Gunner
  • Sgt. J. Umbers, Coulsdon, Surrey. Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
  • Flght. Sgt. SSM Tunstall, Boonah, Australia. Pilot

Margaret Craig

Sgt. Montague Lewis 150 Squadron (d.14th Dec 1941)

Sergeant Lewis was my aunt's first husband. He crash landed at Snaith in a Wellington on 14th of December 1941 during an air test. My mother tells me he had to be cut from the wreckage and died of his injuries about a week later. The family story is that he was towing a target when he was shot down, a job given to him and his crew because they had flown so many sorties and were about to go on leave. I'm hoping to clarify this from his service record but if anybody has further detail I would be most grateful.


F/Lt. Robert M. Malcolm 150 Sqdn.

My father, Bob Malcolm, was born in Winnipeg and enlisted in the RCAF in February 1941 at the age of 31. He received his commission in November of 1941 and was posted overseas one month later. He was trained as an observer and all of his 330 operational hours were gained on the Wellington Mk III bomber. His navigational training took place on Ansons, Manchesters and Wellingtons.

The first operations entry in Dad's log book is for 30th May 1942. His aircraft (Wellington W476 piloted by F/S Walters) participated in the first 1000-bomber raid of the war on Cologne. The entry simply reads, "Operations - Cologne - incendiaries - clear moonlight - target identified." Nothing hinted at the destruction below.

On the return from one mission over Frankfurt in August 1942, the starboard engine failed 25 miles southwest of Brussels. The engine was jettisoned and pilot Sgt. Bennee hard landed at Manston. Nobody was injured and the crew caught the next ferry home.

Dad served with 150 Squadron in Blida, North Africa from December 1942 until April 1943. His log book entries for that period note that he was aircrew aboard Wellington HF690, piloted by Sgt. Matthews, for many of his sorties. He also flew on HF674.

Dad was one of the lucky ones in that in all his missions while in North Africa, his crew suffered only one fatality, Sargeant Doug Baird of Abbotsford, BC. On a raid to Trapani, Sicily, on February 9, 1942, Dad's log states, "some heavy and lots of light flak - coned on run up and Baird wounded - bombed target - no W/T aids - landed Maison Blanche. Baird died in hospital."

After his stint with 150 Sqdn., Dad served as a ground instructor at RAF Bournemouth. He was transferred to the reserves in July 1946, having attained the C.V.S.M. and clasp, the 1939-45 Star, Africa Star and Clasp, Aircrew Europe Star, Defence Medal, RCAF Ops. Wings and Air Navigators Badge.

During the war, Dad met and eventually married Prydwen Thomas, a nurse from Betws-y-Coed, North Wales. After their wedding in December 1945, Mom and Dad returned to Winnipeg where Dad continued with the RCAF reserves, the Post Office, Department of Veterans Affairs and ultimately teaching. Dad passed away in 1981.

Duncan Malcolm

Sgt. Joseph Frank Whittaker 150 Squadron (d.30th Jul 1944)

Susan Hamel

William Stanley Edwards 150 Sqdn. (d.21st Sep 1944)

William S. Edwards served as a W.Op/Air Gnr. and is remembered on the WW2 memorial in St. Anne's Church, Aigburth, Liverpool. He had been a member of the church choir.

Richard Daglish

Flt.Sgt. Jack Hugh Taylor 150 Squadron (d.13th March 1945)

Flt Sgt Jack Taylor was a wireless operator in 150 Squadron and was killed on the 13th March 1945.

Ian Aalpol

F/Lt. William Franklin Husson 150 Sqdn.

My father, William F. Husson, was the pilot of a Lancaster C for Charlie, Cock of The North. He flew 33 missions over Germany. I got to know his crew from Canada but I never did know his crew from England. I believe there were two or three. If anyone remembers my father, please contact me, I have some memorabilia I could share.

Al Husson

P/O Robert "Ted" Chandler 150 Sqdn.

My father was a Canadian pilot at Snaith with RAF 150 Squadron from October to December 1941, flying Wellingtons (R1414, L7870, X9816, R1216). He had a crash on take-off and was hospitalised and didn't return to service in Canada until 1943. He died in 1971. His crew were Sgt Hutchinson, Sgt Kay, Sgt Quinn, Sgt Young, Sgt Brown and F/Lt Roy.

Hugh Chandler

S Hutchinson 150 Sqdn.

Sgt Hutchinson served with RAF 150 Squadron from October to December 1941, flying Wellingtons (R1414, L7870, X9816, R1216). The full crew were:
  • Sgt Kay
  • Sgt Quinn
  • Sgt Young
  • Sgt Brown
  • F/Lt Roy
  • P/O Robert Chandler
  • Sgt Hutchinson.

  • Sgt. Kay 150 Sqdn.

    Sgt Kay served with RAF 150 Squadron from October to December 1941, flying Wellingtons (R1414, L7870, X9816, R1216). The full crew were:
  • Sgt Kay
  • Sgt Quinn
  • Sgt Young
  • Sgt Brown
  • F/Lt Roy
  • P/O Robert Chandler
  • Sgt Hutchinson.

  • Sgt. Quinn 150 Sqdn.

    Sgt Quinn served with RAF 150 Squadron from October to December 1941, flying Wellingtons (R1414, L7870, X9816, R1216). The full crew were:
  • Sgt Kay
  • Sgt Quinn
  • Sgt Young
  • Sgt Brown
  • F/Lt Roy
  • P/O Robert Chandler
  • Sgt Hutchinson.

  • Sgt. Young 150 Sqdn.

    Sgt Young served with RAF 150 Squadron from October to December 1941, flying Wellingtons (R1414, L7870, X9816, R1216). The full crew were:
  • Sgt Kay
  • Sgt Quinn
  • Sgt Young
  • Sgt Brown
  • F/Lt Roy
  • P/O Robert Chandler
  • Sgt Hutchinson.

  • Sgt. Brown 150 Sqdn.

    Sgt Brown served with RAF 150 Squadron from October to December 1941, flying Wellingtons (R1414, L7870, X9816, R1216). The full crew were:
  • Sgt Kay
  • Sgt Quinn
  • Sgt Young
  • Sgt Brown
  • F/Lt Roy
  • P/O Robert Chandler
  • Sgt Hutchinson.

  • F/Lt. Roy 150 Sqdn.

    F/Lt Roy served with RAF 150 Squadron from October to December 1941, flying Wellingtons (R1414, L7870, X9816, R1216). The full crew were:
  • Sgt Kay
  • Sgt Quinn
  • Sgt Young
  • Sgt Brown
  • F/Lt Roy
  • P/O Robert Chandler
  • Sgt Hutchinson.

  • Sqdn. Ldr. William Desmond "Boxy" Boxwell DFC. 150 Squadron

    William Boxwell was born in 1912 and died in 1984. He learned to fly in a Tiger Moth and BA Swallow in 1936/7 at Hooton Park in Cheshire, and in 1938 he joined the Civil Air Guard, and was commissioned as a PO in September 1939. In training he flew a wide variety of types including Hawker Hart and Hind, Gloster Gauntlet, Battle, Demon, Blenheim, Oxford and HP Harrow.

    In September 1940 he commenced operations (unit unknown) and between then and April 1941 flew 12 operations on Whitley Vs. He was then transferred to Instructional Duties with 18 and 19 OTUs and between then and early 1943 was mainly at Kinloss with the rank of Squadron Leader.

    In March 1943 he transferred to the infamous Manchesters and later Lancasters, taking a drop in rank to do so, but flew no operations on these, transferring in about August 1943 to Wellingtons and being posted with 150 Squadron to North Africa as a Flight Commander at Kairouan. He flew 28 ops between then and May 1944, taking command of the Squadron as a S/L during this period in succession to S/L.

    In May 1944 he was attached to 330 Wing (the only RAF unit to come under US command during WW2) and although it is not recorded in his logbook he spoke in the 1960s of having flown as an observer on the infamous Ploesti raid (Operation Tidal Wave) which was so costly for the USAF. A photograph from this period, now lost, described him as Acting Wing Commander. In July 1944 he was awarded the DFC.

    In late 1944 he flew two further ops on a Venbtura, and was then transferred to the Middle East where he spent the rest of the war instructing SAAF pilots in 76 OTU. His final posting was as Station Commander of the firefighting unit at Moreton-in-Marsh, and he was demobilised sometime in 1946, thereafter undertaking periodic refresher training on Tiger and Chipmunks up to mid-1953.

    Christopher Storey

    Sgt. George Stanley Barclay 166 Squadron

    NZ413369 Sergeant Pilot George Barclay on graduation in Canada 27th of March 1942

    New Zealander, Sergeant Pilot George Barclay joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force on 15th June 1941 and began his flying training in Tiger Moths at New Plymouth, New Zealand, on 6th September 1941. He left Auckland, NZ on 17th November 1941 on the SS Monterey and arrived in San Francisco on 5th December 1941. He then travelled by train to RCAF Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada where he joined No 44 Pilots course on 5th December 1941 to complete his flying training on Cessna Crane aircraft at No 4 SFTS. He arrived in UK on 13th May 1942 and joined Number 16 Course of 12 (P) Advanced Flying Unit (AFU) at RAF Grantham on 21st July 1942 where he flew Oxford Mk1 aircraft. The AFU course was completed on 15th September 1942 at which time he was posted to No 43 Course of 16 OTU at RAF Upper Heyford to fly the Wellington medium bomber. Having completed his training at 16 OTU on 23rd December 1942, he was posted to the Home Echelon of 150 Squadron to fly Wellingtons operationally from RAF Kirmington, Lincs, on 12th January 1943. In turn, the Home Echelon of 150 Squadron merged with the remains of 142 Squadron to form 166 Squadron on 27th January 1943. George flew with 166 Squadron until he baled out over Mezerolles, NW France, after an 'Op' on Duisburg on the night of 8th/9th of April 1943. He was a POW until escaping on 6th April 1945 and returned to UK on 17th of April 1945. George married a London girl on 16th of June 1945 and returned to New Zealand to raise a family. He turned 93 on 2nd May 2016.

    Jim Barclay

    Flt.Sgt. Thomas David "Woody" Woodlock 150 Squadron

    Thomas Woodlock was a mid-upper gunner on a Lancaster mixed crew piloted by Stewart Skinner, flying with 150 Squadron stationed at Hemswell from November 1944 to the end of the war. He died peacefully in his 94th year in Bowmanville, Canada, August 2006.

    Jeff Woodlock

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