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No. 405 (Vancouver) Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force



   No 405 (Vancouver) Squadron was the first RCAF squadron formed overseas and the only RCAF Pathfinder squadron. It was formed at Driffield, Yorkshire on the 23rd April 1941, and flew Wellingtons until April 1942 when it converted to Halifaxes. It took part in the 1,000 bomber raid on Cologne.

In October 1942 No 405 flew with Coastal Command carrying out anti-submarine patrols over the Bay of Biscay during the North African convoy movements, and conducting anti-shipping sweeps against Germany's coastal shipping.

Returning to Bomber Command in early March 1943 in No 6 (RCAF) Group, No 405 was selected for No 8 Pathfinder Group. In late 1943 No 405 was the first unit operating a Canadian-built Avro Lancaster X.

Airfields No. 405 Squadron flew from:

  • RAF Driffield, Yorkshire from 23rd April 1941 (formed, Bomber Command 4 Group. Wellington II)
  • RAF Pocklington, Yorkshire from the 20th June 1941 (Halifax II)
  • RAF Beaulieu, Hampshire from the 25th October 1942 (detached to Coastal Command)
  • RAF Topcliffe, Yorkshire from the 1st March 1943 (returned to Bomber Command, 6 Group)
  • RAF Leeming, Yorkshire from the 14th March 1943
  • RAF Gransden Lodge, Bedfordshire from the 18th March 1943 (8 Group. Lancaster B.MkIII)
  • RAF LInton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire from the 26th May 1945 (6 Group. Lancaster B.MK VI, B.MkX)
  • to Canada on the 16th July 1945


 

23rd Apr 1941 405 Squadron formed  No. 405 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force was formed at Driffield, Yorkshire, on the 23rd of April 1941, equipped with the Vickers Wellington.

23rd Apr 1941 405 Squadron formed

16th Jun 1941 Aircraft Lost

6th Jul 1941 Aircraft Lost

14th Jul 1941 Aircraft Lost

24th Jul 1941 Aircraft Lost

2nd Aug 1941 Aircraft Lost

14th Aug 1941 Aircraft Lost

28th Aug 1941 Aircraft Lost

1st Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost

7th Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost

8th Sep 1941 405 Squadron Wellington lost

18th Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost

19th Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost

22nd Oct 1941 Aircraft Lost

24th Oct 1941 Aircraft Lost

7th Nov 1941 Aircraft Lost

30th Nov 1941 Aircraft Lost

12th Jun 1941 405 Squadron operational

22nd Dec 1941 Aircraft Lost

28th Dec 1941 Aircraft Lost

6th Jan 1942 Aircraft Lost

17th Jan 1942 Aircraft Lost

4th Jul 1943 405 Squadron Halifax lost

15th Jan 1944 405 Squadron Lancaster lost

31st Jan 1944 Bomber Command

9th May 1944 405 Squadron Lancaster lost

3rd Jun 1944 405 Squadron Lancaster lost

17th Aug 1944 405 Squadron Lancaster lost

21st Feb 1945 405 Squadron Lancaster lost


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Those known to have served with

No. 405 (Vancouver) Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Butterworth Robert Stuart. F/O. (d.19th Mar 1945)
  • Carrott Derek. Sgt. (d.29th July 1944)
  • Coules Edwin Charles Alfred. Sgt. (d.3rd September 1942)
  • Cutting Edward John. Sgt. (d.3rd September 1942)
  • Dennis John Edward. F/O
  • Ewing Arthur Colin. F/Sgt. (d.3rd September 1942)
  • Hillier Lawrence David. Ft/Sgt. (d.3rd September 1942)
  • Hiscott Roger Wilson. F/Lt.
  • Johnson O. O.. WO1.
  • Lane Eric Arthur. Sgt. (d.14th January 1944)
  • McGrath Bernard Arthur. F/Sgt. (d.3rd September 1942)
  • Mitchell Keneth Ederic Michael. P/O (d.3rd September 1942)
  • Muir Alexander Douglas. Sgt. (d.3rd September 1942)
  • Perry Keith Oliver. W/O. (d.23rd Aug 1943)
  • Price William. WO1
  • Quinn Gerald Edgar. P/O (d.17th Jun 1944)
  • Roberts George William. F/Sgt. (d.3rd September 1942)
  • Smedley Ivan Edward. Flt.Sgt. (d.31st Jan 1944)
  • Swartz Reg.
  • Swartz Reginald Arthur. F/Lt.

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WO1. O. O. Johnson 405 Sqd.

I was wondering if anyone had any information on WO1 O.O. Johnson who was interned in Camp 4B, POW No 261446 in October of 1943 being the only survivor of Lancaster JB348, 405 Pathfinders. My mother's twin brother F/Sgt E C Brunet RCAF was the tail gunner in the Lancaster.

Charles R Morris



Flt.Sgt. Ivan Edward Smedley 405 Squadron (d.31st Jan 1944)

My brother, Ted Smedley, joined the RAF in February 1943 aged 19. After training at 14 Training Wing, then Rootes Securities and 1659 Conversion Unit in Yorkshire. He joined 405 RCAF Pathfinder Squadron at Gransden Lodge, Bedfordshire England on 29th November as a Flight Engineer.

On the 30th of January 1944, 13 Lancaster aircraft were detailed for bombing raid on Berlin.a 25 minute air test was all that was carried out on the flying programme for the day, as preparations for operations prevented further progress on the ground. Ten aircraft successfully returned but 3 were missing, including Lancaster ND 462.

My brother was the Flight Engineer on ND 462 which took off in fairly fine weather from Gransden Lodge on the night of 30th/31st January 1944. Lancaster bomber ND 462 was part of a force of 534 aircraft consisting of 440 Lancasters, 82 Halifaxes and 12 Mosquitoes which caused widespread damage to the City of Berlin. Although the raid was a success, 33 bombers, including ND 462 failed to return. Many aircraft of which were lost to enemy night fighters.

ND 462 crashed in the District of Magdeburg as a result of enemy fire. The full crew of seven who were killed are buried in the Berlin War Cemetery, Brandenburg, Germany.

Peter G Smedley



F/O. Robert Stuart Butterworth 405 City of Vancouver Sqd. (d.19th Mar 1945)

My mother's twin brother Robert Butterworth was killed Mar 19 1945 on bombing mission target Witten, Germany age 26. Does anyone have any photos from the Squadron?

John Mcadam



Sgt. Eric Arthur Lane 405 Squadron (d.14th January 1944)

Eric Arthur Lane was my father's cousin who, had it not been for a passing comment by my father about "wanting to pay a visit to Eric's grave "before his days were up", I would have known nothing about him. This has led me into a field of research I never even realised existed which has brought a whole new world, and many new friends, into my life. As Eric was an Englishman attached to the RCAF Pathfinders, very little is documented about him as an individual although, through various research avenues, I have managed to piece together information relating to the flight and raid in which he lost his young life. Eric was the Flight Engineer of a crew piloted by Gordon Drimmie DFC (RCAF), that took off from Gransden Lodge at 16:57 on 14th January, 1944. They were part of a large raid of c.650 aircraft on the Brunswick/Braunschweig area of NW Germany. The raid was far from successful and resulted in the loss of c.36 Lancasters with minimal damage to the intended targets. Eric's Lancaster was intercepted en route at 18:45 by a Night Fighter, believed to be that of Oberst Helmut Lent of NJG3 based on Luftwaffe claims for that date, and crashed at Uepsen in the district of Diepholz. All seven members of the crew were KIA and were buried in Hoya Cemetery before being interred in Hannover War Cemetery after the War. Eric's plane, Lancaster III ND423, was transferred to 405 squadron on 8th January, 1944 and this was it's maiden operational flight. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of my Uncle's passing, I and my father will be travelling to Germany to pay our respects to Eric at his grave and will also be visiting the reported crashsite in Uepsen.

Dave Lane



WO1 William "Lucky" Price DFC. 405 Squadron

My brother Bill Price joined the RAF just before the outbreak of the war. He served initially as Ground Crew but applied for aircrew and joined the Desert Air Force as an Air Gunner, flying in U.S. made Baltimores. He flew 60 sorties across the desert and over Italy and was sent home to Glasgow on leave at the end of 1943. After leave, he joined 405 (Vancouver) Squadron in the Pathfinder Force and flew a further 28 sorties until being stood down in early 1945. On the very next sortie his crew were lost over Germany. Bill was awarded the DFC. He survived the war and now lives in Canada.

James Price



W/O. Keith Oliver Perry 405 Squadron (d.23rd Aug 1943)

Keith Oliver Perry was my Mom's cousin. I do not know much about him other than he was with the RCAF 405 Squadron in England during World War II. He was shot down and captured sometime around March-April 1943. On 27th of Apr-1943 his status was changed from missing to Prisoner of War in the Lethbridge Hearald. He died in Stalag Luft VI in Heydekrug, East Prussia (now Macikai, Klaipedos Apskritis, Lithuania). He is buried in the cemetery just northeasterly of the camp. In 2007, a stone to honor him was placed in the cemetery.

Ken Whitehorn



Sgt. Derek Carrott 405th Squadron (d.29th July 1944)

My father's cousin, Derek Carrott served as a sergeant and flight engineer, on Lancaster mkIII LQ-M JB707 in 405 squadron. His Lancaster went down on night of 28th/29th July 1944 after a raid on Hamburg. My Dad adored his older cousin and Derek was just 18 when lost, both of them being pranksters in their youth according to Derek's sister [now 85] and Derek was a family hero. Not the least because my Dad worshipped his cousin and would have tears in his eyes when telling me and my sister about his cousin Derek, some forty years later.

Derek's log book simply states Missing Presumed Killed for the fateful raid. We now know that his Lancaster went down in Ring Kobing Fjord off the Danish coast and although Derek was never found, his crew member Colin Blyth was found on the beach nearby and buried with full military honours by the Germans at Haurvig cemetery in Denmark. Until her dying day in the nineteen seventies, his mother, my great aunt Jessie hoped and prayed that Derek had baled out, been captured and then escaped to Switzerland perhaps and would eventually return safely. The wishes of thousands of mothers no doubt?

RIP Derek, probably still ling with the wreckage of his Lancaster and still with his crew I expect.You are a hero to us and never forgotten I hope my Dad and you are enjoying your pranks once again?

Julian Earl



F/Lt. Roger Wilson Hiscott DFC & Bar. 405 Sqdn.

Roger Hiscott was a bomb aimer in 405 Squadron and completed two tours. He was awarded the DFC and Bar. He was born in St. Catharines, Ontario, in 1916, and lived in Sutton West, Ontario. He enlisted in Toronto, on the 8th of March 1941 and Trained at No.5 ITS where he graduated on the 1st of August 1942, moving on to No.1 BGS (graduated 21 March 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 20 August 1943). He was commissioned in 1943.

Distinguished Flying Cross Award effective 1st of December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. "In recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." Public Records Office Air 2/8882 has recommendation dated 20 September 1944 when he had flown 48 sorties (163 hours eight minutes), 30th March to 17th September 1944.

  • 30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (6hrs.54mins.)
  • 9 Apr 44 Lille (2.53)
  • 10 Apr 44 Laon (3.48)
  • 11 Apr 44 Aachen (3.33)
  • 20 Apr 44 Lens (2.59)
  • 22 Apr 44 Laon (3.51)
  • 26 Apr 44 Essen (3.45)
  • 3 May 44 Montdidier (2.56)
  • 6 May 44 Nantes Gassicourt (2.50)
  • 19 May 44 Mont Couple (1.52)
  • 22 May 44 Dortmund (3.41)
  • 27 May 44 Rennes Airfield (3.41)
  • 28 May 44 Mardick (1.41)
  • 31 May 44 Mont Couple (1.57)
  • 5 June 44 Longues (3.02)
  • 7 June 44 Foret de Cerisy (2.23)
  • 9 June 44 Rennes (4.12)
  • 11 Jun 44 Toures (5.12)
  • 12 Jun 44 Amiens (2.41)
  • 15 Jun 44 Lens (2.13)
  • 16 Jun 44 Sterkrade (3.34)
  • 17 Jun 44 Oisemont-au-Bois (2.23)
  • 24 Jun 44 Middle Straete (1.54)
  • 4 July 44 Biennais (2.22)
  • 5 July 44 Watten (1.38)
  • 6 July 44 Croixdale (2.28)
  • 7 July 44 Caen (2.28)
  • 9 July 44 Mont Condon (2.04)
  • 12 Jul 44 Acquet (2.40)
  • 14 Jul 44 Anderbelck (1.40)
  • 17 Jul 44 Caen (2.28)
  • 18 Jul 44 Acquet (1.31)
  • 23 Jul 44 Kiel (5.17)
  • 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.01)
  • 25 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.18)
  • 28 Jul 44 Stuttgart (6.16)
  • 30 Jul 44 Battle area (2.15)
  • 1 Aug 44 Belle Croix (1.55)
  • 4 Aug 44 L'isle Adam (2.59)
  • 7 Aug 44 Totalize 5 (2.21)
  • 8 Aug 44 Lucheux (3.10)
  • 9 Aug 44 Coulonvilliers (3.32)
  • 10 Aug 44 La Pallice (5.18)
  • 12 Aug 44 La Pallice (5.22)
  • 28 Aug 44 Cezembie (3.16)
  • 5 Sept 44 Le Havre (2.15)
  • 6 Sept 44 Le Havre (2.02)
  • 8 Sept 44 Le Havre (2.14)
  • 10 Sep 44 Le Havre (2.16)
  • 12 Sep 44 Wanne Eickel (3.35)
  • 17 Sep 44 Boulogne (1.35)
Flight Lieutenant Hiscott is an extremely capable and efficient Bomb Aimer, now on his second tour of operations. The crew, of which he is a member, has on a great many occasions been employed on special duties of a highly important and at the same time dangerous nature. In spite of this danger he has very ably carried out all his duties with exceptional skill and determination and has contributed largely to the many successful sorties carried out by the crew. He has set a fine personal example of courage and devotion to duty which has done much to keep the morale of his fellow crew members at a very high standard.

Roger was awarded a Bar to his Distinguished Flying Cross with No.405 Squadron. Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23rd of March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. The citation for his bar reads: "Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Flight Lieutenant Hiscott has participated in further sorties against such heavily defended targets as Wilhelmshaven, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe and Duisburg. He has invariably displayed keenness and a high sense of responsibility. His fearlessness and devotion to duty have has a most inspiring effect on all members of his squadron." Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation by G/C W.F.M. Newsom dated 20 December 1944 when he had flown 61 sorties (205 hours 33 minutes), of which 13 sorties (41 hours six minutes) had been since previous award. The added sorties and text of recommendation were as follows:

  • 20 Sept 44 Calais (2.24)
  • 24 Sept 44 Calais (2.16)
  • 25 Sept 44 Calais (2.42)
  • 26 Sept 44 Cap Gris Nez (2.27)
  • 28 Sept 44 Cap Gris Nez (1.56)
  • 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (3.53)
  • 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.19)
  • 28 Oct 44 Walcheren (2.09)
  • 16 Nov 44 Julich (3.12)
  • 18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (4.04)
  • 2 Dec 44 Hagen (5.39)
  • 4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe (5.05)
  • 18 Dec 44 Duisburg (4.26)
Flight Lieutenant Hiscott is a most capable and keen Bomb Aimer who has now completed two tours of operations. He has participated in attacks on such heavily defended enemy areas as Stuttgart, Kiel and Dortmund. He is an exceptional type of officer, with a sound knowledge of both the theoretical and practical side of his work. He has invariably displayed a keenness for operational duty and a high sense of responsibility, unselfishly subordinating his own interests to those of the service. His fearlessness and keen sense of devotion to duty has had a most inspiring effect on all aircrew in the squadron.

Post war he was employed at DeHavilland Aircraft at Downsview, Toronto. He died in White Rock, British Columbia in 2001.

Bob Mckittrick



F/Lt. Reginald Arthur Swartz DFC. 405 Sqdn.

My late father Reginald Swartz was a navigator, bomb-aimer in 405 (Canadian Pathfinder) Squadron.

Jim Swartz



F/O John Edward Dennis Navigator 433 Sqdn.

Jack Dennis enlisted on 27th July 1942 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He received training at several locations in Canada including: Brandon, MB; Dauphin, MB; Regina, SK; Edmonton, AB; Portage la Prairie, MB; and Halifax, NS. He completed training and left Boston, MA for the UK on 9th October, 1943. He disembarked in the UK on 17th October 1943. The early days in Britain involved several transfers to various bases. Jack began service with the Skipton on Swale 433 Squadron on 15th June, 1944.

According to Carlyle Chevalier they joined the 405 Pathfinder Squadron stationed at Gransden Lodge base on 27th August 1944, before finishing the first tour of duty. Their first mission with the 405 was on 13th September, 1944 - No. 21, Op Gelsenkirchen, Ruhr, Germany, a daylight mission. The crew consisted of pilot Jim Hartley, navigator Jack Dennis, rear gunner Don Snell, mid upper gunner E S Connolly, bomb aimer Ted Knox-Leet, engineer William Richard (Bill or Taffy) Williams and wireless operator Carlyle Chevalier. From information shared by Jack and Carlyle, this trip turned into near disaster. The Lancaster Bomber that they were flying was hit by flak and the plane dropped six thousand feet before the pilot and engineer were able to pull it out of the dive. One fragment went through the Perspex in front of the pilot, another bounced off the set-operators oxygen mask and some went through the mid-upper turret slicing the gunner’s collar, scarf and tie, narrowly missing his neck. The rear turret was hit and the gunner was hurt quite badly on the head, arm and seat. A piece cut Carlyle’s oxygen tube in two and went into the wireless set in front of him. He recalled wondering how he would be able to breathe at 22,000 feet, but the sudden drop to a lower altitude had solved that problem. There was a huge hole in the port wing where petrol was dripping out of a punctured tank. Luckily the tanks were self healing which prevented the loss of more fuel. As they could not regain altitude, they had to fly low on the return trip on a route that was full of balloon barrages. They put on their parachutes in case it became necessary to bail out. After crossing the English coast, they crash landed at an emergency drome at Woodbridge with no air in the port tyre. Fortunately this runway was almost as wide as it was long because upon landing, the plane did not slide to the usual stop – it went into a circular motion and finally came to a halt. The kite was full of holes, the port rudder useless and the elevator fabric ripped. The trip had lasted three hours and no one was lost. Years later the engineer told Carlyle that the aileron connections had been severed – they were not only lucky to have pulled out of the dive, but also to have made it back to England.

Most of the original members of the crew went on to complete almost two successive tours of duty. At that point they decided they would like to apply for leave back to Canada – something airmen could be eligible for after one full tour of duty. On 14th June 1945, Jack was struck off strength on completion of a term of voluntary service during an emergency and was transferred to Class “E” of the General Section of the Reserve. His medals included Navigator’s Badge, RCAF Operational Wings, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp and a temporary award of the PFF Badge.

Jack Dennis passed away on 20th September 1989. The families of the men on this crew were lucky – so many were not. A huge thank you to all of those who sacrificed so much to ensure the good life that we all enjoy today.

Maureen Anderson



P/O Keneth Ederic Michael Mitchell 405 Sqdn. (d.3rd September 1942)

My grandfather, Keneth Ederic Kichael Mitchell was killed in action on 3rd September 1942. He served in 405 Squadron and was based at Topcliffe. The other members of the crew were:
  • Sgt Edward John Cutting, RAFVR
  • F/Sgt George William Roberts, RCAF
  • Sgt Edward Charles Alfred Coules, RCAF
  • F/Sgt Arthur Colin Ewing, RCAF
  • F/Sgt Lawrence David Hillier, RCAF
  • Sgt Alexander Douglas Muir, RCAF
  • F/Sgt Bernard Arthur McGrath, RCAF They are all buried in Hotton War Cemetery, Belgium




  • Sgt. Edward John Cutting 405 Sqdn. (d.3rd September 1942)

    Sgt Edward John Cutting, RAFVR, was killed in action on 3rd September 1942. He served in 405 Squadron and was based at Topcliffe. The other members of the crew were:
  • Keneth Ederic Michael Mitchell, RAFVR
  • F/Sgt George William Roberts, RCAF
  • Sgt Edward Charles Alfred Coules, RCAF
  • F/Sgt Arthur Colin Ewing, RCAF
  • F/Sgt Lawrence David Hillier, RCAF
  • Sgt Alexander Douglas Muir, RCAF
  • F/Sgt Bernard Arthur McGrath, RCAF They are all buried in Hotton War Cemetery, Belgium




  • F/Sgt. George William Roberts 405 Sqdn. (d.3rd September 1942)

    F/Sgt George William Roberts, RCAF was killed in action on 3rd September 1942. He served in 405 Squadron and was based at Topcliffe. The other members of the crew were:
  • Keneth Ederic Michael Mitchell, RAFVR
  • Sgt Edward John Cutting, RAFVR
  • Sgt Edward Charles Alfred Coules, RCAF
  • F/Sgt Arthur Colin Ewing, RCAF
  • F/Sgt Lawrence David Hillier, RCAF
  • Sgt Alexander Douglas Muir, RCAF
  • F/Sgt Bernard Arthur McGrath, RCAF They are all buried in Hotton War Cemetery, Belgium.




  • Sgt. Edwin Charles Alfred Coules 405 Sqdn. (d.3rd September 1942)

    Sgt Edwin Charles Alfred Coules, RCAF was killed in action on 3rd September 1942. He served in 405 Squadron and was based at Topcliffe. The other members of the crew were:
  • Keneth Ederic Michael Mitchell, RAFVR
  • Sgt Edward John Cutting, RAFVR
  • F/Sgt George William Roberts, RCAF
  • F/Sgt Arthur Colin Ewing, RCAF
  • F/Sgt Lawrence David Hillier, RCAF
  • Sgt Alexander Douglas Muir, RCAF
  • F/Sgt Bernard Arthur McGrath, RCAF They are all buried in Hotton War Cemetery, Belgium.




  • F/Sgt. Arthur Colin Ewing 405 Sqdn. (d.3rd September 1942)

    F/Sgt Arthur Colin Ewing, RCAF was killed in action on 3rd September 1942. He served in 405 Squadron and was based at Topcliffe. The other members of the crew were:
  • Keneth Ederic Michael Mitchell, RAFVR
  • Sgt Edward John Cutting, RAFVR
  • F/Sgt George William Roberts, RCAF
  • Sgt Edwin Charles Alfred Coules, RCAF
  • F/Sgt Lawrence David Hillier, RCAF
  • Sgt Alexander Douglas Muir, RCAF
  • F/Sgt Bernard Arthur McGrath, RCAF They are all buried in Hotton War Cemetery, Belgium.




  • Ft/Sgt. Lawrence David Hillier 405 Sqdn. (d.3rd September 1942)

    F/Sgt Lawrence David Hillier, RCAF was killed in action on 3rd September 1942. He served in 405 Squadron and was based at Topcliffe. The other members of the crew were:
  • Keneth Ederic Michael Mitchell, RAFVR
  • Sgt Edward John Cutting, RAFVR
  • F/Sgt George William Roberts, RCAF
  • Sgt Edwin Charles Alfred Coules, RCAF
  • F/Sgt Arthur Colin Ewing, RCAF
  • Sgt Alexander Douglas Muir, RCAF
  • F/Sgt Bernard Arthur McGrath, RCAF They are all buried in Hotton War Cemetery, Belgium.




  • Sgt. Alexander Douglas Muir 405 Sqdn. (d.3rd September 1942)

    Sgt Alexander Douglas Muir, RCAF was killed in action on 3rd September 1942. He served in 405 Squadron and was based at Topcliffe. The other members of the crew were:
  • Keneth Ederic Michael Mitchell, RAFVR
  • Sgt Edward John Cutting, RAFVR
  • F/Sgt George William Roberts, RCAF
  • Sgt Edwin Charles Alfred Coules, RCAF
  • F/Sgt Arthur Colin Ewing, RCAF
  • F/Sgt Lawrence David Hillier, RCAF
  • F/Sgt Bernard Arthur McGrath, RCAF They are all buried in Hotton War Cemetery, Belgium.




  • F/Sgt. Bernard Arthur McGrath 405 Sqdn. (d.3rd September 1942)

    F/Sgt Bernard Arthur McGrath, RCAF was killed in action on 3rd September 1942. He served in 405 Squadron and was based at Topcliffe. The other members of the crew were:
  • Keneth Ederic Michael Mitchell, RAFVR
  • Sgt Edward John Cutting, RAFVR
  • F/Sgt George William Roberts, RCAF
  • Sgt Edwin Charles Alfred Coules, RCAF
  • F/Sgt Arthur Colin Ewing, RCAF
  • F/Sgt Lawrence David Hillier, RCAF
  • Sgt Alexander Douglas Muir, RCAF They are all buried in Hotton War Cemetery, Belgium.




  • Reg Swartz 405 Sqdn.

    My granddad, Reg Swartz, was attached to the 405 Pathfinders Force. Gransden Lodge was where he hung his hat during the war. I wrote a short bio about him featuring his wartime efforts, and another about an airframe mechanic who spent time in both Britain and Italy. Does anyone remember him?

    Kathy







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