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No. 158 Squadron Royal Air Force
No 158 Squadron was originally formed and disbanded in late 1918 without ever becoming operational.
It re-formed at Driffield as a bomber squadron in No 4 Group, beginning with Wellington medium bombers in February 1942, converting to Halifax heavy bombers over the summer of 1942. No 158 took part in many major raids on naval and industrial targets, and participated in the mine-laying campaign. No 158 Squadron's final wartime operation was an attach on Wangerooge in April 1945. The squadron was disbanded on the 16th August 1945.
Airfields No. 158 Squadron flew from:
- RAF Driffield, Yorkshire from the 14th February 1942 (formed. Wellington II)
- RAF East Moor, Yorkshire from the 6th June 1942 (Halifax II. detached to Coastal Command)
- RAF Beaulieu, Hampshire from the 25th October 1942 (Halifax. returned to Bomber Command)
- RAF Rufforth, Yorkshire from the 6th November 1942
- RAF Lissett, Yorkshire from the 28th February 1943 (Halifax III. to Transport Command May 1945)
History of RAF Lisset
10th Apr 1942 Wellington Lost
14th Apr 1942 Wellington Lost
8th Nov 1942 Halifax Lost
3rd Apr 1943 Aircraft Lost
16th Apr 1943 Halifax Lost
16th Apr 1943 Halifax Lost
26th Apr 1943 Halifax Lost
28th Apr 1943 Aircraft Lost
3rd Aug 1943 158 Squadron Halifax lost
18th Aug 1943 158 Squadron Halifax lost
3rd Nov 1943 Bomber Command
3rd Nov 1943 Bomber Command
21st Dec 1943 158 Squadron Halifax lost
15th Feb 1944 158 Squadron Halifax lost
20th Feb 1944 Halifax Lost
19th Mar 1944
24th Mar 1944 Aircraft Down
31st Mar 1944 158 Squadron Halifax lost
10th Apr 1944 Aircraft Lost
11th Apr 1944 Halifax Lost
18th Apr 1944 Halifax Lost
18th Apr 1944 Halifax Lost
18th Jul 1944 Aircraft Lost
26th Jul 1944 Aircraft Lost
25th Oct 1944 Bomber Command
25th Oct 1944 158 Squadron Halifax lost
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Those known to have served with
No. 158 Squadron Royal Air Force
during the Second World War 1939-1945.
- Andrews Frank Henry. Flt.Sgt.
- Bartsch . F/Lt
- Chambers Harold. Flt.Sgt.
- Durrant Eric. Sgt.
- Furniss John William. Sgt. (d.11th December 1942)
- Grey James Leslie Rixon. Flt Sgt.
- Hall Don. F/O
- Hare Stan. F/Sgt.
- Jenkins Gwyn.
- Johnstone Eric. P/O
- Mewis Les.
- Reed Samuel. LAC
- Robertson William A..
- Ryan Alan Howard.
- Salter A. G..
- Sibbley Cyril. Sgt.
- Smith Kenneth L..
- Toogood .
- Westmoreland George. Flt/Lt.
- Widdowson Alan Charles. F/Sgt.
The names on this list have been submitted by relatives, friends, neighbours and others who wish to remember them, if you have any names to add or any recollections or photos of those listed, please Add a Name to this List
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A. G. "Pop" Salter pilot 158 Sqd.My father, Gwyn Jenkins, flew 16 sortees with A.G. "Pop" Salter from Lisset. Pop Salter was completing his second tour. If anybody remembers my father or any of the others in Pop Salters crew please send me an email.Peter Jenkins
Gwyn "Snowy" Jenkins flt eng. 158 Sqd.My father, who is the last surviving member of A.G. "Pop" Salter's crew was based at Lisset from June 1944 until the Squadron moved to Stradishall and exchanged their Halifaxes for Stirlings and changed destinations from Fortress Europe to India. Dad flew 36 operations, 16 of them as "spare" Flight Engineer as Pop Salter "only" had to do 20 ops to complete his second tour. If anybody remembers my father or any of the others in Pop Salters crew please send me an email.Peter Jenkins
Flt Sgt. James Leslie Rixon Grey 158 SquadronThe little I know of him is as follows. First from a family contact, the second info from www.ww2roll.gov.au
James Leslie Rixon Grey. Enlisted WWII RAAF. Rel: Baptist. Service No: 421086. Warrant Officer. Promoted to Flight Sergeant 20th February 1943. Missing, believed killed 15th July 1943 in operational flight behind enemy lines. Captured 28th July, taken POW at Stalag 357.
- GREY, JAMES LESLIE RIXON
- Service Royal Australian Air Force
- Service Number 420186
- Date of Birth 27 Jun 1921
- Place of Birth CROYDON PARK, NSW
- Date of Enlistment 11 Oct 1941
- Locality on Enlistment HAMILTON
- Place of Enlistment SYDNEY, NSW
- Next of Kin GREY, WILLIAM
- Date of Discharge 29 Oct 1945
- Rank Warrant Officer
- Posting at Discharge 2 MEDICAL REHABILITATION UNIT
- WW2 Honours and Gallantry None for display
- Prisoner of War YesJoye Rixon Walsh
Kenneth L. Smith 158 SquadronMy grandfather, Kenneth L. Smith, served as Rear Gunner 158 Squadron, on Halifax, J-Jiggs out of Lissett England. We would love to be able to find someone that flew with him or served at the same time as him.Sue Sharpe
Flt.Sgt. Harold Chambers 158 SquadronHarold Chambers was my father. He very rarely talked about his experiences and we have only a few things that we know. He was with 158 Sqaudron at Lissett. He was the Flight Sgt on a Halifax 111 bomber, MZ734 NP-U. They took off from Lissett at 12:42 hours on 25th October 1944, the target being Essen, unfortunately they were shot down and the crew were taken prisoners. The crew consisted of
Sgt Williams died in captivity on the 13th of April 1945, he was only 19 years old. Dad arrived back in England March 1945, which was earlier that other POW's. Rhis information was given to me by Rodger Stanton from the WW2 Escape Lines Memorial Society. Dad told us that he had escaped during the long march but this does not seem to fit with when others say the camp was moved. If anyone can advise on this I would be most grateful
- Flt Lt WD Harrison pilot
- Fl Officer H Lanzetter
- F1 Officer RJ Armstrong
- Sgt H Chambers
- Sgt TW Rutland
- Sgt GR Johnson
- Sgt WT WilliamsBeverley Eccleston
Sgt. John William Furniss 158 Squadron (d.11th December 1942)Sergeant John Furniss (1575389) was an Air Gunner (Rear Gunner) in 158 Squadron. He was originally from a farming family in rural Northamptonshire, before joining the RAF during World War 2.
On December 11th 1942, his Halifax Mark II bomber (Serial DT579 Code NP-V)took off from RAF Rufforth at 1645h, as part of a formation of 82 aircraft on Operation Torino (destination Turin). Many of the aircraft had to turn back however due to icing on the wings. Sadly John's aircraft was hit over central France by a heavy barrage of flak. The aircraft crashed near the village of Villeneuve-en-Montagne, with debris spread over a wide area. All crew were lost - John was 19 years old when he died. The villagers attended the crash site and hid the bodies of the crew from the Germans, before giving them a burial in their village cemetery - Only 2 of the bodies were identifiable due to the situation of the crash. To this day all 7 crew lay in a collective grave in this quiet rural corner of France. Their sacrifice is regularly honoured by the local community.Anne-Marie Walduck
F/O Don Hall 158 SquadronFlying Officer Don Hall served with the Royal Canadian Air Force during WW2. He was posted to 158 Squadron and was later shot down over Holland and spent the rest of the war in various POW Camps initially Stalag XIIIB.
The external link connects to a very detailed website relating his full story.
Flt/Lt. George Westmoreland DFC. 578 Sqd.My father George Westmoreland served in 578 Squadron as a navigator. He retired from the RAF in 1971 with the rank of Flight Lieutenant. He continued flying until 1966 when he was serving in 209 Squadron in Singapore. I remember he had a mounted 578 squadron crest, which I still have somewhere.
He also served in 158 Squadron and his crew in that squadron did an almost complete tour of about 23 operations, as a result of which he received a DFC, and other members of the crew were also awarded medals. I know this because as a relative I was invited several years ago to an exhibition at the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester, along with other crew member relatives including the widow of the pilot from George's crew. I have somewhere a list of the operations George's crew undertook for 158 squadron. I would be very interested to find out what my father did with 578 squadron.Geoff Westmoreland Geoff Westmoreland
Alan Howard Ryan DFC 158 Sqdn.Alan Ryan served as an Air Bombardier with 158 Squadron.
LAC Samuel Reed 158 Sqdn.I would like to hear from anyone who has information about 158 Squadron RAF Lissett. My father, Samuel Reed, was a LAC there in ground crew for the duration of the war and worked on Halifaxes.Barbara Lawrence
William A. "Robbie" Robertson 4th Bomber Group 158 SquadronI flew with 158 Squadron, 4 Bomber Group RAF.Wm A Robertson
F/Sgt. Alan Charles Widdowson 158 Sqdn.I am lookng for information regarding my grandfather Alan Widdowson who was a pilot. I believe he was stationed at RAF Rufforth, Yorkshire around 1945. Anyone who remembers him please contact me.
If your grandfather was Alan Charles Widdowson, 158 Squadron, F/Sgt Pilot, who went on to RAF Lissett from Rufforth, Halifax mark 3 bomber, he may well be my father's good friend and that of his crew, including Sgt Cyril Sibbley and Les Mewis. (David Towers)
My father was the navigator in this crew. (Neil Toogood)K Guest
Sgt. Cyril Sibbley 158 Sqdn.Sgt. Sibbley was a member of an aircrew along with Les Mewis, Alan Widdowson and Toogood.
Les Mewis 158 Sqdn.Les Mewis was a member of an aircrew along with Sgt. Sibbley, Alan Widdowson and Toogood.
Toogood 158 Sqdn.Sgt Toogood was a member of an aircrew along with Sgt. Sibbley, Alan Widdowson and Les Mewis.
F/Lt Bartsch 158 Sqdn.I am trying to trace Royal Canadian Air Force personnel who served with 158 Squadron, 4 Group at Lissett in early 1945. They are: F/Lt Bartsch and F/Sgt Stan Hare (upper mid gunner). Both flew in Halifax bombers.R Lawes
F/Sgt. Stan Hare 158 Sqdn.I am trying to trace Royal Canadian Air Force personnel who served with 158 Squadron, 4 Group at Lissett in early 1945. They are: F/Lt Bartsch and F/Sgt Stan Hare (upper mid gunner). Both flew in Halifax bombers.R Lawes
Flt.Sgt. Frank Henry Andrews Bomber Command 158 Sqdn.Flight Sergeant Frank Henry Andrews was serving with 158 Squadron when his Halifax Mark II No LW298 was shot down over Tongeren (Belgium) on 3rd/4th November 1943, when it was returning from a Dusseldorf raid. He was found by a local farmer, who contacted Comet Line to send him back to the UK. He was discovered by the Gestapo, together with Rear Gunner Ronald Stokes, on 5th December 1943 in the home of Robert Goffaux and his niece Jeanne Macintosh. All were arrested. Robert Goffaux was sentenced to hard labour, Jeanne (being a British national) was sentenced to death. Frank was sent to Stalag Luft 3 (IVB) on 13th January 1944.
Frank was released by Cossacks in April 1945 and exchanged with Americans for Soviet POWs as part of the Yalta Agreement. He watched the Soviets begging for their lives as they were loaded onto trains - they knew they would be shot or sent to a Gulag. He remained deeply shocked at Soviet POW treatment - they were left to die of starvation and typhus. They begged the Brits to scrape out the remains of empty Red Cross food tins.
When Frank returned to the UK he saw a story about Jeanne Macintosh in the Sunday Times and contacted her. In August 1944, following her death sentence, she was transported to Germany - as the Allies raced to liberate Brussels ten days later. She spent the rest of the war in prison until released from Waldheim Fortress in May 1945 by US troops.
Frank and Jeanne met again, fell in love and were married in September 1945. I was one of the baby boomers, born July 1946.Ginny Caldwell
Sgt. Eric Durrant 158 SquadronAir Gunner Sergeant Eric Durrant joined the 1658 HCU on 12th of April 1943 as the tail gunner for a Halifax bomber. Prior to this he was with a different squadron and was shot down, being the only survivor of that crew to make it back home. The day after arriving at the 1658 HCU they flew a mission and were shot down again. Sergeant Durrant was captured while trying to escape the continent and sent to a POW camp where he remained until sometime after D-day. I wish I could say more but he told his stories some 30 years ago and passed away about 24 years ago having moved to Canada immediately after the war.Robert Durrant
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