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No. 295 Squadron Royal Air Force




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Those known to have served with

No. 295 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Arnold Ivor William. Sgt. (d.19th February 1943)
  • Arnold Ivor William. Sgt. (d.19th February 1943)
  • Bretherton Basil.
  • Burness .
  • Clarke Jim.
  • Crichton-Miller Campbell. Sq.Ldr. (d.19th February 1943)
  • Croker Michael Edward Jackson. Fl/Lt. (d.19th February 1943)
  • Croker Michael Edward Jackson. Fl/Lt. (d.19th February 1943)
  • Hayes Malcolm Cedric. F/O (d.19th February 1943)
  • Holland Thomas William. F/Sgt. (d.19th February 1943)
  • John Ewart Stephan. Sgt. (d.19th Sep 1944)
  • Lysaght Philip Michael Vaughan. Wing. Co. (d.19th February 1943)
  • Marshall Keith Reynold. F/Sgt. (d.19th February 1943)
  • Mather Walter. Sgt. (d.19th February 1943)
  • McIlwrick James Hamish Cameron. P/O (d.19th February 1943)
  • Sasseville Joseph Elzear. WO/2 (d.19th February 1943)
  • Savage A..
  • Smith A. G..
  • Upsher David. F/O (d.19th February 1943)
  • Upsher David Herbert. F/O (d.19th February 1943)
  • Upton D..

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Burness 295 Sqdn.

My father was a wireless operator, flying in Halifaxes towing gliders. He flew with 295 and 644 Squadrons and was involved in the invasion of Sicily, Pegasus Bridge, North Africa and drops over France.

William Burness



Jim Clarke 295 Sqdn.

My father, Jim Clarke, served with 295 Squadron from 1943 through to just before VE day, when he was finally screened from operations. He flew as a tail gunner for A. G. Smith (pilot), D. Upton (navigator) and A. Savage.

Stephen Clarke



A. G. Smith 295 Sqdn.

A. G. Smith was a pilot with 295 Squadron and flew with Jim Clarke (tail gunner), D. Upton (navigator) and A. Savage.




D. Upton 295 Sqdn.

D. Upton was a navigator with 295 Squadron and flew with Jim Clarke (tail gunner), A.G. Smith (pilot) and A. Savage.




A. Savage 295 Sqdn.

A. Savage served with 295 Squadron and flew with Jim Clarke (tail gunner), A.G. Smith (pilot) and D. Upton (navigator).




Basil Bretherton 295 Sqdn.

My grandfather, Basil Bretherton, was a New Zealander and flew in both 295 and 644 Squadrons throughout the war. He was a pilot flying Halifaxes on operations in Sicily, Pegasus Bridge, North Africa and France.

Dan Mellsop



F/O David Upsher 295 Sqdn. (d.19th February 1943)

Does anyone have information on the period September 1942 to February 1943 at Netheravon, 295 Squadron? I am the grandson of F/O David Upsher, killed on 19th February 1943 in Saumur flying a Halifax from Netheravon.

Mark Brookes



F/O David Herbert Upsher 295 Sqdn. (d.19th February 1943)

I am looking for information on 295GT Squadron, based at Netheravon, Wiltshire in 1943, Halifax equipped, February 19th 1943 mission with two planes over Loire valley, France. One plane was lost, one returned. My grandfather F/O David Upsher was the pilot of the lost Halifax. The crew are buried in Saumurelcome.

Update.

Fourteen aircraft from 295 Squadron were tasked with a raid on three electricity transformers at Distre, near Saumur. Two aircraft were brought down by anti-aircraft fire. The crew who died on this mission and are buried in Saumur Communal Cemetery are:

  • F/O D.H. Upsher (pilot)
  • Sgt I.W. Arnold (navigator)
  • Sq.Ldr C. Campbell-Miller
  • Fl/Lt M.E.J. Croker (airgunner)
  • F/O M.C. Hayes (pilot)
  • F/Sgt T.W. Holland (airgunner)
  • Wing Co. P.M.V. Lysaght (pilot)
  • F.Sgt K.R. Marshall (wop/airgunner)
  • Sgt W. Mather (navigator)
  • P/O J.H.C. McIlwrick (pilot)
  • WO/2 J.E.S. Sasseville (wop/airgunner)

  • Mark Brookes



    Sgt. Ivor William Arnold 295 Sqdn. (d.19th February 1943)

    I am looking for information on 295GT Squadron, based at Netheravon, Wiltshire in 1943, Halifax equipped, February 19th 1943 mission with two planes over Loire valley, France. One plane was lost, one returned. My grandfather F/O David Upsher was the pilot of the lost Halifax. The crew are buried in Saumurelcome.

    Update.

    Fourteen aircraft from 295 Squadron were tasked with a raid on three electricity transformers at Distre, near Saumur. Two aircraft were brought down by anti-aircraft fire. The crew who died on this mission and are buried in Saumur Communal Cemetery are:

  • F/O D.H. Upsher (pilot)
  • Sgt I.W. Arnold (navigator)
  • Sq.Ldr C. Campbell-Miller
  • Fl/Lt M.E.J. Croker (airgunner)
  • F/O M.C. Hayes (pilot)
  • F/Sgt T.W. Holland (airgunner)
  • Wing Co. P.M.V. Lysaght (pilot)
  • F.Sgt K.R. Marshall (wop/airgunner)
  • Sgt W. Mather (navigator)
  • P/O J.H.C. McIlwrick (pilot)
  • WO/2 J.E.S. Sasseville (wop/airgunner)




  • Sq.Ldr. Campbell Crichton-Miller 295 Sqdn. (d.19th February 1943)

    I am looking for information on 295GT Squadron, based at Netheravon, Wiltshire in 1943, Halifax equipped, February 19th 1943 mission with two planes over Loire valley, France. One plane was lost, one returned. My grandfather F/O David Upsher was the pilot of the lost Halifax. The crew are buried in Saumurelcome.

    Update.

    Fourteen aircraft from 295 Squadron were tasked with a raid on three electricity transformers at Distre, near Saumur. Two aircraft were brought down by anti-aircraft fire. The crew who died on this mission and are buried in Saumur Communal Cemetery are:

  • F/O D.H. Upsher (pilot)
  • Sgt I.W. Arnold (navigator)
  • Sq.Ldr C. Campbell-Miller
  • Fl/Lt M.E.J. Croker (airgunner)
  • F/O M.C. Hayes (pilot)
  • F/Sgt T.W. Holland (airgunner)
  • Wing Co. P.M.V. Lysaght (pilot)
  • F.Sgt K.R. Marshall (wop/airgunner)
  • Sgt W. Mather (navigator)
  • P/O J.H.C. McIlwrick (pilot)
  • WO/2 J.E.S. Sasseville (wop/airgunner)




  • Fl/Lt. Michael Edward Jackson Croker 295 Sqdn. (d.19th February 1943)

    I am looking for information on 295GT Squadron, based at Netheravon, Wiltshire in 1943, Halifax equipped, February 19th 1943 mission with two planes over Loire valley, France. One plane was lost, one returned. My grandfather F/O David Upsher was the pilot of the lost Halifax. The crew are buried in Saumurelcome.

    Update.

    Fourteen aircraft from 295 Squadron were tasked with a raid on three electricity transformers at Distre, near Saumur. Two aircraft were brought down by anti-aircraft fire. The crew who died on this mission and are buried in Saumur Communal Cemetery are:

  • F/O D.H. Upsher (pilot)
  • Sgt I.W. Arnold (navigator)
  • Sq.Ldr C. Campbell-Miller
  • Fl/Lt M.E.J. Croker (airgunner)
  • F/O M.C. Hayes (pilot)
  • F/Sgt T.W. Holland (airgunner)
  • Wing Co. P.M.V. Lysaght (pilot)
  • F.Sgt K.R. Marshall (wop/airgunner)
  • Sgt W. Mather (navigator)
  • P/O J.H.C. McIlwrick (pilot)
  • WO/2 J.E.S. Sasseville (wop/airgunner)




  • F/O Malcolm Cedric Hayes 295 Sqdn. (d.19th February 1943)

    Fourteen aircraft from 295 Squadron were tasked with a raid on three electricity transformers at Distre, near Saumur. Two aircraft were brought down by anti-aircraft fire. The crew who died on this mission and are buried in Saumur Communal Cemetery are:
  • F/O D.H. Upsher (pilot)
  • Sgt I.W. Arnold (navigator)
  • Sq.Ldr C. Campbell-Miller
  • Fl/Lt M.E.J. Croker (airgunner)
  • F/O M.C. Hayes (pilot)
  • F/Sgt T.W. Holland (airgunner)
  • Wing Co. P.M.V. Lysaght (pilot)
  • F.Sgt K.R. Marshall (wop/airgunner)
  • Sgt W. Mather (navigator)
  • P/O J.H.C. McIlwrick (pilot)
  • WO/2 J.E.S. Sasseville (wop/airgunner)




  • F/Sgt. Thomas William Holland 295 Sqdn. (d.19th February 1943)

    Fourteen aircraft from 295 Squadron were tasked with a raid on three electricity transformers at Distre, near Saumur. Two aircraft were brought down by anti-aircraft fire. The crew who died on this mission and are buried in Saumur Communal Cemetery are:
  • F/O D.H. Upsher (pilot)
  • Sgt I.W. Arnold (navigator)
  • Sq.Ldr C. Campbell-Miller
  • Fl/Lt M.E.J. Croker (airgunner)
  • F/O M.C. Hayes (pilot)
  • F/Sgt T.W. Holland (airgunner)
  • Wing Co. P.M.V. Lysaght (pilot)
  • F.Sgt K.R. Marshall (wop/airgunner)
  • Sgt W. Mather (navigator)
  • P/O J.H.C. McIlwrick (pilot)
  • WO/2 J.E.S. Sasseville (wop/airgunner)




  • Wing. Co. Philip Michael Vaughan Lysaght 295 Sqdn. (d.19th February 1943)

    Fourteen aircraft from 295 Squadron were tasked with a raid on three electricity transformers at Distre, near Saumur. Two aircraft were brought down by anti-aircraft fire. The crew who died on this mission and are buried in Saumur Communal Cemetery are:
  • F/O D.H. Upsher (pilot)
  • Sgt I.W. Arnold (navigator)
  • Sq.Ldr C. Campbell-Miller
  • Fl/Lt M.E.J. Croker (airgunner)
  • F/O M.C. Hayes (pilot)
  • F/Sgt T.W. Holland (airgunner)
  • Wing Co. P.M.V. Lysaght (pilot)
  • F.Sgt K.R. Marshall (wop/airgunner)
  • Sgt W. Mather (navigator)
  • P/O J.H.C. McIlwrick (pilot)
  • WO/2 J.E.S. Sasseville (wop/airgunner)




  • F/Sgt. Keith Reynold Marshall 295 Sqdn. (d.19th February 1943)

    Fourteen aircraft from 295 Squadron were tasked with a raid on three electricity transformers at Distre, near Saumur. Two aircraft were brought down by anti-aircraft fire. The crew who died on this mission and are buried in Saumur Communal Cemetery are:
  • F/O D.H. Upsher (pilot)
  • Sgt I.W. Arnold (navigator)
  • Sq.Ldr C. Campbell-Miller
  • Fl/Lt M.E.J. Croker (airgunner)
  • F/O M.C. Hayes (pilot)
  • F/Sgt T.W. Holland (airgunner)
  • Wing Co. P.M.V. Lysaght (pilot)
  • F.Sgt K.R. Marshall (wop/airgunner)
  • Sgt W. Mather (navigator)
  • P/O J.H.C. McIlwrick (pilot)
  • WO/2 J.E.S. Sasseville (wop/airgunner)




  • Sgt. Walter Mather 295 Sqdn. (d.19th February 1943)

    Fourteen aircraft from 295 Squadron were tasked with a raid on three electricity transformers at Distre, near Saumur. Two aircraft were brought down by anti-aircraft fire. The crew who died on this mission and are buried in Saumur Communal Cemetery are:
  • F/O D.H. Upsher (pilot)
  • Sgt I.W. Arnold (navigator)
  • Sq.Ldr C. Campbell-Miller
  • Fl/Lt M.E.J. Croker (airgunner)
  • F/O M.C. Hayes (pilot)
  • F/Sgt T.W. Holland (airgunner)
  • Wing Co. P.M.V. Lysaght (pilot)
  • F.Sgt K.R. Marshall (wop/airgunner)
  • Sgt W. Mather (navigator)
  • P/O J.H.C. McIlwrick (pilot)
  • WO/2 J.E.S. Sasseville (wop/airgunner)




  • P/O James Hamish Cameron McIlwrick 295 Sqdn. (d.19th February 1943)

    Fourteen aircraft from 295 Squadron were tasked with a raid on three electricity transformers at Distre, near Saumur. Two aircraft were brought down by anti-aircraft fire. The crew who died on this mission and are buried in Saumur Communal Cemetery are:
  • F/O D.H. Upsher (pilot)
  • Sgt I.W. Arnold (navigator)
  • Sq.Ldr C. Campbell-Miller
  • Fl/Lt M.E.J. Croker (airgunner)
  • F/O M.C. Hayes (pilot)
  • F/Sgt T.W. Holland (airgunner)
  • Wing Co. P.M.V. Lysaght (pilot)
  • F.Sgt K.R. Marshall (wop/airgunner)
  • Sgt W. Mather (navigator)
  • P/O J.H.C. McIlwrick (pilot)
  • WO/2 J.E.S. Sasseville (wop/airgunner)




  • WO/2 Joseph Elzear Sasseville 295 Sqdn. (d.19th February 1943)

    Fourteen aircraft from 295 Squadron were tasked with a raid on three electricity transformers at Distre, near Saumur. Two aircraft were brought down by anti-aircraft fire. The crew who died on this mission and are buried in Saumur Communal Cemetery are:
  • F/O D.H. Upsher (pilot)
  • Sgt I.W. Arnold (navigator)
  • Sq.Ldr C. Campbell-Miller
  • Fl/Lt M.E.J. Croker (airgunner)
  • F/O M.C. Hayes (pilot)
  • F/Sgt T.W. Holland (airgunner)
  • Wing Co. P.M.V. Lysaght (pilot)
  • F.Sgt K.R. Marshall (wop/airgunner)
  • Sgt W. Mather (navigator)
  • P/O J.H.C. McIlwrick (pilot)
  • WO/2 J.E.S. Sasseville (wop/airgunner)




  • Fl/Lt. Michael Edward Jackson Croker 295 Sqdn. (d.19th February 1943)

    Fourteen aircraft from 295 Squadron were tasked with a raid on three electricity transformers at Distre, near Saumur. Two aircraft were brought down by anti-aircraft fire. The crew who died on this mission and are buried in Saumur Communal Cemetery are:
  • F/O D.H. Upsher (pilot)
  • Sgt I.W. Arnold (navigator)
  • Sq.Ldr C. Campbell-Miller
  • Fl/Lt M.E.J. Croker (airgunner)
  • F/O M.C. Hayes (pilot)
  • F/Sgt T.W. Holland (airgunner)
  • Wing Co. P.M.V. Lysaght (pilot)
  • F.Sgt K.R. Marshall (wop/airgunner)
  • Sgt W. Mather (navigator)
  • P/O J.H.C. McIlwrick (pilot)
  • WO/2 J.E.S. Sasseville (wop/airgunner)




  • Sgt. Ivor William Arnold 295 Sqdn. (d.19th February 1943)

    Fourteen aircraft from 295 Squadron were tasked with a raid on three electricity transformers at Distre, near Saumur. Two aircraft were brought down by anti-aircraft fire. The crew who died on this mission and are buried in Saumur Communal Cemetery are:
  • F/O D.H. Upsher (pilot)
  • Sgt I.W. Arnold (navigator)
  • Sq.Ldr C. Campbell-Miller
  • Fl/Lt M.E.J. Croker (airgunner)
  • F/O M.C. Hayes (pilot)
  • F/Sgt T.W. Holland (airgunner)
  • Wing Co. P.M.V. Lysaght (pilot)
  • F.Sgt K.R. Marshall (wop/airgunner)
  • Sgt W. Mather (navigator)
  • P/O J.H.C. McIlwrick (pilot)
  • WO/2 J.E.S. Sasseville (wop/airgunner)




  • Sgt. Ewart Stephan John 295 Squadron (d.19th Sep 1944)

    Ewart John flew as Flight Engineer on Stirling L170, easy peter on the 19th September 1944 on a mission to reisupply paratroopers at Arnhem, Holland during operation Market Garden. Out of 17 planes, sadly, only Ewart and the rest of his crew, along with two serving airborne soldiers, were shot down near the village of Eede. Only the rear gunner and one of the soldiers have a known grave situated at Adegem Canadian Cemetary.

    Pete Mansell







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