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No. 514 Squadron Royal Air Force



   No: 514 Squadron was formed on 1st September 1943 Foulsham, Norfolk, a heavy-bomber squadron flying Lancasters in No. 3 Group. A total of 3,675 operational sorties were flown during the war. Its personnel won 1 DSO, 84 DFCs, 1 bar to the DFC, and 26 DFMs. 514's first operation in WWII was on the 3rd/4th November 1943 when 2 Lancasters were despatched to bomb the Mannesman Works at Düsseldorf. 1 aircraft bombed primary & the other, unable to pin-point it, joined main attack on Düsseldorf. On same night 4 other Lancasters laid mines in Frisian Isles area. The last operation in WWII was on 24th April 1945 when 13 Lancasters bombed marshalling yards at Bad Oldesloe. The last mission before VE Day was on 7th May 1945 when 20 Lancasters from the squadron dropped food supplies to the starving Dutch people and after the end of hostilities they ferried liberated POWs back to England.
Airfields No: 514 Squadron flew from.
  • Foulsham, Norfolk. from Sep to Nov 1943
  • Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire. from Nov 1943 onwards


 

31st Jan 1944 514 Squadron Lancaster lost

30th Mar 1944 Aircraft Lost

22nd May 1944 514 Squadron Lancaster lost

30th June 1944 Aircraft Lost

3rd Aug 1944 514 Squadron Lancaster lost


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Those known to have served with

No. 514 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Adams R A. Sgt. (d.9th May 1945)
  • Allan William. F/O
  • Ansell Frederick Neale. Sgt. (d.16th June 1944)
  • Austin Leslie E.. Sgt.
  • Bate Gordon Harrison. F/O.
  • Baxter S.. F/S
  • Black Joseph. Sgt. (d.16th June 1944)
  • Bloom Benjamin. Sgt. (d.16th June 1944)
  • Boanson J. G. S.. F/S (d.8th Jun 1944)
  • Bonell W. S.. F/S (d.30th Jul 1944)
  • Bryan K. E.. W/O (d.8th Jun 1944)
  • Burdett Cyril.
  • Carter Harold Gordon. Sgt. (d.29th July 1944)
  • Chitty W. E.. P/O (d.30th Jul 1944)
  • Clark J.. Sgt.
  • Clayton Thomas Charles. Flight Engineer
  • Clayton Thomas Charles.
  • Coles Eric Charles. F/Sgt. (d.30th June 1944)
  • Cragg Kenneth Leonard. Sgt. (d.20th February 1944)
  • Davies G J. Flt.Sgt.
  • Davis Daniel George. P/O (d.16th June 1944)
  • Day Richard. Sergeant (d.22nd Mar 1944)
  • Dennehy F. W.. F/S
  • Ding L. A.. W/O (d.30th Jul 1944)
  • Doherty Hilary Louis. P/O (d.30th June 1944)
  • Durham A. N.. W/O
  • Eason Richard Frederick. P/O (d.1st May 1944)
  • Eley Jim. Ft. Lt.
  • Eley Norman James. F/O
  • Eley Norman James. F/Lt.
  • Etherington Ronald. F/O
  • Eyre W. E.. WO2
  • Finfer Leslie Maurice. Sgt. (d.28th August 1943)
  • Fox R.. Sgt
  • Garland Earl Robert.
  • Gilmore H. . F/S
  • Gosnold Peter Andrew. Sgt. (d.21st Nov 1944)
  • Gosnold Peter. Sgt.
  • Guy Charles Mathieson. Sgt. (d.30th Jul 1944)
  • Guy Robert Calder. Flight Sargeant (d.8th Jun 1944)
  • Guy Robert Calder. F/S (d.8th June 1944)
  • Hargreves Bernard Alburn James. Fgt.Sgt.
  • Hatton D.. F/S
  • Hogg Wilfrid.
  • Holmes Arthur Albert. Sgt. (d.16th June 1944)
  • Hookway Frederick. F/O
  • Hutt Raymond Harold. F/Sgt. (d.16th June 1944)
  • Ive L. A.. Sgt
  • Jacobson George Alexander. F/O (d.23rd April 1944)
  • Jenner E. W.. F/S (d.30th Jul 1944)
  • Kell Lancelot. Flt.Sgt. (d.14th Jan 1944)
  • Kenny Douglas. (d.20th Feb 1944)
  • Kerr H. G. S.. F/O. (d.5th March 1945)
  • Kingham Ernest Arthur. F/O (d.16th June 1944)
  • Lane Robert. Sgt. (d.28/29 July 1944)
  • Lewis L. W. C.. W/O
  • Longson Francis. F/O (d.30th June 1944)
  • Lowe J.. F/S
  • Martin John Livingstone. F/O. (d.14th Jan 1944)
  • McClenaghan J. R.. F/S
  • McGowan W. L.. P/O
  • McGown William Lachlan. Flying Officer
  • Middleton Thomas James. F/O (d.25th Jul 1944)
  • Morgan-Owen Maurice Linden. F/O. (d.23rd April 1942)
  • Morrison A. H.. F/O
  • Neale Edward John. Flt.Sgt.
  • Ness John Freeland. F/Lt.
  • Osborn Henry Albert. Sgt. (d.16th June 1944)
  • Parker Bill. F/O.
  • Paterson Donald Lloyd.
  • Pattison Allen Bruce. Sgt (d.31st Mar 1944)
  • Porrelli John. Sgt. (d.16th Jun 1944)
  • Porrelli John. Sgt. (d.16th June 1944)
  • Pratt C.. Sgt
  • Prowles Charles Frank. F/Sgt. (d.16th June 1944)
  • Pugh Ronald W.. Sgt.
  • Reid J. D.. Sgt.
  • Richardson J. E.. F/S (d.30th Jul 1944)
  • Roberts Alan Lestocq.
  • Roberts Eric James. Sgt. (d.20th Dec 1943)
  • Rosher Frank. (d.14th Jan 1944)
  • Saltmarsh Leonard James. Sqd.Ldr.
  • Scully Jim. Sgt
  • Shanks Ernest Thomas. F/Sgt. (d.30th June 1944)
  • Shepherd Joseph. Sgt (d.31st Mar 1944)
  • Smith Sidney. Flt Sgt. (Nav) (d.5th Mar 1945)
  • Smitt Sydney. Flt.Sgt. (d.5th Mar 1945)
  • Sparkes William Joseph. (d.14th Mar 1945)
  • Spencer Frank Richard. F/Sgt. (d.16th June 1944)
  • Spencer Ronald Bernard. F/Sgt. (d.16th June 1944)
  • Stromberg Gordon. Flt/Sgt. (d.9th June 1944)
  • Surtees Raymond. Sgt. (d.16th June 1944)
  • Thompson Albert George. Cpl. (d.9th May 1945)
  • Topham J. B.. F/S
  • Udell William Charles. F/Sgt. (d.30th June 1944)
  • Walters John. Flt Sgt. (d.19th Mar 1944)
  • Watson Louis Gadsby.
  • Wells G. C.. F/S (d.30th Jul 1944)
  • Wigley Harold.
  • Wigley Harold Man.
  • Williams W.. F/S
  • Woods Douglas Austin. F/O (d.30th June 1944)

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F/S J. B. Topham pilot 514 Sqd.

On the 3rd of August 1944 at 11:58 F/S Topham took off in Lancaster LL716, JI-G2 from RAF Waterbeach to attack a flying-bomb supply facility at Bois de Cassan. The aircraft was shot down at 1410, crashing 10 km south of Beaumont (Oise), France, all the crew survived. Topham evaded capture along with F/S Dennehy, the other's were taken as prisoners of war.

  • F/O J.B.Topham
  • Sgt J.D.Reid
  • F/O S.Baxter
  • F/S J.R.McClenaghan
  • F/S H.Gilmore
  • F/S F.W.Dennehy
  • Sgt J.Scully
  • W/O W.E.Eyre

Alan Costello



F/S J. R. McClenaghan 514 Sqd.

Having been shot down on the 3rd of August, F/S McClenaghan was interned in Stalag Luft 3.

Alan Costello



F/S S. Baxter 514 Sqd.

Having been shot down on the 3rd of August, Sgt Baxter evaded capture until the 9th when he was captured in Paris. He was incarcerated in the notorious Parisian Prison at Fresnes and eventually transported to Buchenwald. Luftwaffe officers obtained his release and he was interned in Stalag Luft 3.

Alan Costello



Sgt. J. D. Reid 514 Sqd.

Having been shot down on the 3rd of August, Sgt J.D.Reid evaded capture until the 9th when he was captured in Paris with his crew mates, they were taken to Buchenwald before internment in Stalag Luft 3

Alan Costello



F/S F. W. Dennehy mid upper gunner 514 Sqd.

Having been shot down on the 3rd of August, F/S Dennehy evaded capture.

Alan Costello



F/S H. Gilmore 514 Sqd.

Having been shot down on the 3rd of August, F/S Gilmore was interned in Stalag Luft 7.

Alan Costello



WO2 W. E. Eyre 514 Sqd.

Having been shot down on the 3rd of August 1944, WO2 Eyre was interned in Stalag Luft 7. He had previously flown with 15 Sqd. and had a narrow escape from death by burning when Stirling LS-C crashed into a pond at Potash Farm, Brettenham, near Ipswitch, on the 11th of August 1942 at 03:37 while trying to land at RAF Wattisham. The aircraft had been badly damaged by two Ju88s, one of which was claimed damaged by return fire. F/S Eyre was saved by the heroic actions of three men, Jim, John and Stan Arbons, who chopped their way into the fuselage and dragged the injured airman to safety. The rest of the crew perished. They were: F/S A.A.B.McCausland, Sgt P.Bushby, Sgt J.B.Hammond, Sgt F.Nixon, Sgt R.Tree and Sgt J.Mile.




Sgt Jim Scully rear gunner 514 Sqd.

My uncle was a rear gunner based at RAF Waterbeach 1944 he flew numerous missions and was shot down 3 8 44, and was a POW his pilot was mainly F/S Topham his name was Sgt Jim Scully I would like to hear from anyone who knew Jim I have his logbook POW and release papers Alan Costello nephew

Alan Costello



Flight Sargeant Robert Calder Guy Air Rear Gunner 514 Sqdn (d.8th Jun 1944)

Robert Calder Guy who along with twin brother Charles Mathieson Guy stationed at Waterbeach from 1943 to mid Summer 1944 when both were killed in action during June and July '44. Robert went down at La Celle Le Bordes France on the 8th of June 44 and is buried in the village along with two colleagues, his twin brother was lost when his aircraft went down returning from Caen over the English Channel, I am trying to trace P/O W.L. Mc Gowan from Glasgow who evdaded capture when Robert's aircraft came down or any person who was on the operation to bomb rail facilities in tactial support at Massy Palaiseau.

Robert's crew was:

  • P/O W.L.McGown
  • Sgt J.Clarke
  • W/O A.N.Durham RAAF
  • P/O L.W.C.Lewis
  • W/O K.E.Bryan RAAF
  • F/S J.G.S.Boanson
  • F/S R.C.Guy KIA

Jean Calder Guy Ronald



Sgt Joseph Shepherd mid upper gunner 514 Sqd. (d.31st Mar 1944)

Joseph Shepherd was the mid upper gunner of P/O Chitty's crew, he lost his life when Lancaster LL645 A2-R returned to Waterbeach on the 31st of March 1944. While attempting to go around after an aborted landing the aicraft struck the ground, ripping off the undercarrage. He was 19 years old and is buried in Heywood Cemetery, Lancashire.




Sgt Allen Bruce Pattison bomb aimer 514 Sqd. (d.31st Mar 1944)

Sgt Pattison was a member of P/O Chitty's crew, he lost his life when Lancaster LL645 A2-R returned to Waterbeach on the 31st of March 1944. While attempting to go around after an aborted landing the aicraft struck the ground, ripping off the undercarrage. He is buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery, he was 23 years old. His brother John was also killed whilst serving as a signalman with the 1st Canadian Division.




Sgt C. Pratt 514 Sqd.

Sgt Pratt was a member of P/O Chitty's crew, he survived a serious crash when Lancaster LL645 A2-R was returning to Waterbeach on the 30th of March 1944. While attempting to go around after an aborted landing the aicraft struck the ground, ripping off the undercarrage.




F/S G. C. Wells 514 Sqd. (d.30th Jul 1944)

F/S Wells was lost without trace over the English Channel on the 30th of July 1944 when his Lancaster failed to return to Waterbeach after a raid on Caen.




Sgt L. A. Ive 514 Sqd.

Sgt Ive survived a serious crash when Lancaster LL645 A2-R was returning to Waterbeach on the 30th of March 1944. Their landing was aborted and whilst attempting to go around the aicraft struck the ground, ripping off the undercarrage.




Sgt R. Fox 514 Sqd.

Sgt Fox was a member of P/O Chitty's crew, he survived a serious crash when Lancaster LL645 A2-R was returning to Waterbeach on the 30th of March 1944. Their landing was aborted and whilst attempting to go around the aicraft struck the ground, ripping off the undercarrage.




F/S E. W. Jenner 514 Sqd. (d.30th Jul 1944)

F/S Jenner was lost without trace over the English Channel on the 30th of July 1944 when his Lancaster failed to return to Waterbeach after a raid on Caen.




F/S J. E. Richardson 514 Sqd. (d.30th Jul 1944)

F/S Richardson was lost without trace over the English Channel on the 30th of July 1944 when the aircraft failed to return to Waterbeach after a raid on Caen.




P/O W. L. McGowan 514 Sqd.

I am trying to trace P/O W.L. Mc Gowan from Glasgow who evdaded capture when his aircraft came down at La Celle Le Bordes France on the 8th of June 1944 whilst on a bombing raid to Massy Palaiseau.

Jean Calder Guy Ronald



Sgt. J. Clark 514 Sqd.

Sgt Clark survived the loss of Lancaster DS822 JI-T when it came down at La Celle Le Bordes France on the 8th of June 1944 whilst on a bombing raid to Massy Palaiseau. He evaded capture until the 19th of July when he was picked up in Paris and taken to the Buchenwald Concentration Camp, he was later transferred to Stalag Luft 3.




W/O A. N. Durham 514 Sqd.

W/O Durham survived the loss of Lancaster DS822 JI-T when it came down at La Celle Le Bordes France on the 8th of June 1944 whilst on a bombing raid to Massy Palaiseau. He evaded capture.




W/O L. W. C. Lewis 514 Sqd.

W/O Lewis survived the loss of Lancaster DS822 JI-T when it came down at La Celle Le Bordes France on the 8th of June 1944 whilst on a bombing raid to Massy Palaiseau. He evaded capture until the 16th of August and was then taken to Stalag 12a and later to Stalag Luft 1.




W/O K. E. Bryan 514 Sqd. (d.8th Jun 1944)

W/O Bryan was killed when Lancaster DS822 JI-T came down at La Celle Le Bordes France on the 8th of June 1944 whilst on a bombing raid to Massy Palaiseau.




F/S J. G. S. Boanson 514 Sqd. (d.8th Jun 1944)

F/S Boanson was killed when Lancaster DS822 JI-T came down at La Celle Le Bordes France on the 8th of June 1944 whilst on a bombing raid to Massy Palaiseau.




Sgt. Charles Mathieson Guy flight eng. 514 Sqd. (d.30th Jul 1944)

Charles Mathieson Guy stationed at Waterbeach from 1943 to mid Summer 1944 along with twin brother Robert Calder Guy. Both were killed in action during June and July '44. Charles was lost when his aircraft went down returning from Caen over the English Channel on the 30th July 1944. Robert went down at La Celle Le Bordes France on the 8th of June 44 and is buried in the village.

Charles had survived a serious crash on return from Nuremburg on the 31st March 1944. On return to Waterbeach they were baulked on finals by another Squadron aircraft and crash-landed while attempting to go around. The crew were:

  • P/O W.E.Chitty
  • Sgt C.M.Guy
  • Sgt L.A.Ive
  • Sgt R.Fox
  • Sgt A.B.Pattison
  • Sgt C.Pratt
  • Sgt J.Shepherd

Charles' second crew were lost without trace and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

  • F/L W.E.Chitty
  • Sgt C.M.Guy
  • W/O L.A.Ding
  • F/O W.S.Bonell
  • F/S J.E.Richardson
  • F/S E.W.Jenner
  • F/S G.C.Wells

Jean Calder Guy Ronald



P/O W. E. Chitty pilot 514 Sqd. (d.30th Jul 1944)

P/O Chitty was injured in a serious crash on return from Nuremburg on the 31st March 1944. On return to Waterbeach his aircraft was baulked on finals by another Squadron aircraft and crash-landed heavily whilst attempting to go around. The crew were:
  • P/O W.E.Chitty
  • Sgt C.M.Guy
  • Sgt L.A.Ive
  • Sgt R.Fox
  • Sgt A.B.Pattison
  • Sgt C.Pratt
  • Sgt J.Shepherd

On recovery he formed another crew, retaining his flight engineer Charles Guy. They were lost without trace on the 30th of July 1944 and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

  • F/L W.E.Chitty
  • Sgt C.M.Guy
  • W/O L.A.Ding
  • F/O W.S.Bonell
  • F/S J.E.Richardson
  • F/S E.W.Jenner
  • F/S G.C.Wells




W/O L. A. Ding 514 Sqd. (d.30th Jul 1944)

W/O Ding was lost without trace over the English Channel on the 30th of July 1944 when the aircraft was returning to Waterbeach after a raid on Caen.




F/S W. S. Bonell 514 Sqd. (d.30th Jul 1944)

F/S Bonell was lost without trace over the English Channel on the 30th of July 1944 when the aircraft failed to return to Waterbeach after a raid on Caen.




Flt/Sgt. Gordon Stromberg 514 Squadron (d.9th June 1944)

My grandmother died not so long ago, and although I had always know about my great uncle who died during the war, it wasn't until clearing out the house that my mother and I came across his flight log book. My great uncle was Flt/Sgt Gordon Stromberg No1386539 a w/op. From his log book he was posted to Waterbeach on November 1943. His first flight was on a Lancaster C on the 25th of November 1943 with no 1678 otu and flew ops with 514 Squadron. His first op was on the 29th of December 1943 to Berlin in a Lancaster S which ditched in the North Sea. He flew various other ops, mostly in C, until he was shot down on 7th June 1944 and died as a POW on 9th June 1944. I am trying to get as much information as possible as we were always told he died with his aircraft until his log book indicated he died two days later as a POW. I would welcome any information that anyone may have or advice on how I might proceed further. It would be great to piece together this family mystery.

Chris Wortley



Douglas Kenny 514 Squadron Royal Air Force (d.20th Feb 1944)

Doug Kenny was a rear gunner on Lancasters and was killed on 20th Feb 1944. He was my great uncle. I recently went to the Imperial War Museum and they have a database which told me the date he was killed. It prompted me to find out more about his service. I was born on 20th Feb 1964, and as my grandmother always told me I was very much like him, it compels me to learn more about him and his time in the RAF. If anyone has any information I would be really interested and grateful to hear about him and the squadron.

Andrew Heaton



Flying Officer William Lachlan McGown DFC and Bar 514 Squadron, 162 Squadron

Flying Officer William Lachlan McGown was pilot of Lancaster DS822 of 514 Squadron that came down at Le Celles Les Bordes in France on the night of 7th of June 1944. He parachuted down along with 3 colleagues and evaded capture. My wife's cousin flew with him on the fateful night when the Lancaster came down. He too was killed and laid to rest in Le Celles Les Bordes. France with a further two colleagues. F/O McGown returned to Britain and moved onto 162 Squadron.

I understand he left the RAF in 11th April 1946 and return to his native Scotland where he passed away in 1984 aged 70 years, a true hero. I would like to hear of anything from living relatives of his second crew at 162 Squadron.

Sinclair T Ronald



F/S Robert Calder Guy 514 Squadron (d.8th June 1944)

I have been tracing my wife's late cousin F/S Robert C Guy and have come across the story of Sgt. J. Clarke who was in the same Lancaster Bomber that crashed landed at Le Celle Les Bordes on that fateful evening 8th June 1944, I have traced all the colleagues of Robert's plane, also traced Sgt J Clarke through Buchenwald C.Camp to Stalag 111. I would like to know if J Clarke is still alive or any relatives that has any knowledge of the crash, as we have visited the cemetery in France and the graves of the 3 colleagues who did not survive plus the 4th unknown person who died that night mentioned on the memorial put up by the French villagers in their memory. I would like to hear if P/O L.W.C Lewis is still alive or where he was taken when captured in Paris during Aug 1944 POW no. 86489 in Camp 12A/L1.

S T Ronald



Frank Rosher DFM 514 Squadron (d.14th Jan 1944)

I know nothing about Frank as a person, but would greatly value hearing from anybody who may have known him.

Gerry Seal



Sergeant Richard "Jock" Day 514 Squadron (d.22nd Mar 1944)

My father's brother Sgt R J Day was a wireless operator with 514 Squadron and he was shot down in a Lancaster B2 L.L 684 J.I.N. in the village of Zwartemeer near Emmen(west of the Kamerlingswijk) a mile or so from the German border during an operational flight to or from Frankfurt on the night of 22 March 1944.

The aircraft crew who lost their lives were

  • F.O. IJF Rich
  • Sgt H John
  • Sgt JB Underwood( pilot)
  • Sgt AW Johnson
  • Sgt RJ Day (wireless operator)

Two members were apparently saved by parachute, but were imprisoned by the Germans. A copy of my uncle's RAF Observers & Air Gunner's Flying Logbook is now in a local museum near to his grave in Neiuw-Dordrecht:

Collectie Brands (Hans Brands), Heerenstreek 11, 7885 AT, Nieuw Dordrecht.

If any surviving family members of the aircrew wish to they can make contact with me.

Richard Day



Sgt. Eric James Roberts 514 Squadron (d.20th Dec 1943)

Eric James Roberts was the father of Eric James Roberts, the son he never met. His wife Adelaide was pregnant when he was shot down over Frankfurt-on-Main by Hauptman Wilhelm Herget on 20/21 December 1943. They were on flight DS817 which took off from Waterbeach on the 20th December, 1943. The crash site was near a small town called Rettert where the six crew were originally buried. They are now at Rheinberg Cemetery. My husband died over 2 and a half years ago but he did get to visit Rheinberg with me and our two children. The pilot, Flight Sergeant G. J Davies survived the crash and became a POW, he escaped three times and was re-captured three times.

Barbara Anne Roberts



Flt Sgt. (Nav) Sidney Smith 514 Squadron (d.5th Mar 1945)

Sidney Smith was my uncle. Although he died almost ten years before I was born and my mother spoke very little about him. Therefore, I only have a few family tales to relate but one poignantly is that he wrote home from training in Canada to say that flying was so wonderful, it was worth dying for. Family history is that he lied about his age so that he could enlist into the RAF. Tragically he and his crew-mates were killed towards the end of the War. I have been told that they flew a Wellington although I am not confident that is correct. They were shot down over Belgium and the crew were buried there together. Much more than that I do not know. He had spent his childhood in an orphanage and was, I understand, a strong character. He had not long turned 21 when he died. We do have a lovely photograph of him walking arm-in-arm with two pretty girls, he is in RAF uniform.

R Libson



Flt Sgt. John Walters 514 Squadron (d.19th Mar 1944)

I am trying to find details of my uncle John's death. He was a Flight Engineer on a training flight in a Lancaster which crashed at Martelsham Heath, probably Lancaster II J I - A DS.820 on 19th March 1944 from 514 Squadron. My uncle is John Walters from Marshfield, South Wales. I believe they crashed with no flaps deployed and landed at Martelsham believing it was Sutton Heath.

Michael Walters



P/O Richard Frederick Eason 514 Squadron (d.1st May 1944)

Dick Eason was a Bombadier. His plane was on a training mission over the English Channel when it was shot down, there were no survivors. He was officially listed as Lost at Sea.

Richard A. Eason



William Joseph Sparkes 514 Sqd. (d.14th Mar 1945)

My Uncle, William Joseph Sparkes, served with 514 Squadron, he was a WOp/Gunner and was killed by flack whilst returning from the Rhur, which I believe he had volunteered for, on 14th March 1945.

He was part of the crew which comprised of:-

  • Captain; K. G. Condict
  • Navigator; E.G. Winterbourne
  • Bomb Aimer; E. L. Thistlewood
  • MUG; P. L. Capon
  • Rear Gunner; E. Cornwell
  • WOP; W. J. Sparkes
If anyone can add to these details or point me in the right direction to do further research, I would be very pleased to hear from you.

Michael Cheal



Fgt.Sgt. Bernard Alburn James Hargreves DFC & Bar 514 Sqd

Looking for more information on my father's service record. His name was Bernard Hargreves and he was awarded the DFC on 4/5 November 1944. I hope to come to Waterbeach this summer and see if there is any info there. I would be very gratefully for any info anyone might have as my father didn't talk about the War.

Bernard Hargreaves



F/O Thomas James Middleton 514 Squadron (d.25th Jul 1944)

Flying Officer Thomas Middleton was my uncle, married to my mother's sister, Kathleen. When I was young my mother and father told me many stories about the war, one of which that Tom was worried about the severe loss of life and that many of the men were not coming back. He warned my aunt that this might happen to him, which it did. I have my aunt's will and in it she mentions him missing presumed killed after a raid over Stuttgart on the night of 24/25 July 1944 but I cannot seem to find any reference to this raid. I have inherited the engagement ring he gave my aunt before the war, they never had any children, they were such a good looking couple.

Editor's Note: The raids which took place that night were a heavy raid on Stuttgart, an attack on the oil depot at Donges and on a flying-bomb site at Feray. Bomber Command lost 25 aircraft that night from the 1088 which took off.

Pauline Neal



Thomas Charles Clayton 514 Sdq.

Thomas Clayton was my Grandfather, he served as a Royal Air Force Flight Engineer for 514 Squadron. I don't know much about his service, but the Lancaster he flew for most of the war was blown up by its own bombs. While being re-armed in a rain shower by the ground crew, a static discharge caused the bomb bay to release its load on the ground. The ground crew were all killed.

He survived the war, emigrating to Canada in 1956 with his son Roger, and his wife Gertrude Chitty who had served in the WAAF.

Todd



Sqd.Ldr. Leonard James Saltmarsh DFC and bar. 7 Squadron

Leonard Saltmarsh served before and after the war in the Surrey Constabulary and I am working on the history of that force. In December 1942 he trained in a Tiger Moth and went on to fly Wellingtons and Lancasters with 7 Squadron, Pathfinders. He was awarded the DFC for actions on the 26th of August 1944 in a raid over Kiel. He flew 99 Operational sorties.

D.F.C. London Gazette 3 October 1944. The original recommendation states:

‘Flying Officer L. J. Saltmarsh has so far completed 17 successful sorties as Pilot and Captain of Lancaster aircraft, and has been most conspicuous at all times for his extremely high standard of courage and resoluteness. On two difficult occasions during daylight attacks on Vaires on 12 July 1944 and on Emieville on 18 August 1944, he observed a crippled bomber proceeding at a very reduced speed away from the target. On both occasions he dropped behind the main bomber stream in order to escort the damaged bomber safely back to England. On 15 August, during a daylight attack on the airfield at St. Trond, one of his engines became unserviceable on the way to the target and the propellor had to be feathered. But inspite of the fact that he was getting behind the main stream, owing to his reduced speed, he pressed on and bombed the target, and secured an aiming point photograph. On the way back from the target another engine became unserviceable but did not deter Flying Officer Saltmarsh from proceeding to and bombing an alternative airfield target with a bomb that had failed to be released over the primary target, and once more he secured an aiming point photograph. He eventually arrived safely over base and made a perfect two-engined landing. It was not until after he had landed that he reported the fact that two engines had become unserviceable during the sortie. This very gallant pilot is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.’

Bar to D.F.C. London Gazette 16 November 1945. The original recommendation states:

‘This officer has completed 53 operational sorties, of which 28 have been carried out in the squadron, in the Path Finder Force, 18 of them as Captain of a Marker Crew. Flight Lieutenant Saltmarsh is an efficient and skilful pilot who has always shown a strong devotion to duty and a cheerful confidence which has always inspired a high standard of morale in his crew. He has always displayed exceptional fearlessness in the face of danger, complete disregard for personal safety and has pressed home his attacks against the enemy with the utmost determination.’

Leonard James Saltmarsh commenced pilot training at No. 31 E.F.T.S. at De Winton, Alberta in December 1942, and graduated from No. 34 E.F.S. at Medicine Hat in June 1943. Back in the U.K., he attended No. 11 A.F.U. at Shawbury, prior to joining No. 26 O.T.U. at Little Harwood in early January 1944, where he gained experience on Wellingtons, and then attended a conversion unit for Lancasters at Waterbeach, at which place he joined No. 514 Squadron that June.

Thus ensued his first tour of operations, commencing with a strike against L’Hey on the 23 June and ending with another against Emmerich on 7 October, the intervening period witnessing him attack numerous French targets in support of the Allied invasion, but also a number of heavily defended German targets, including Bremen, Dortmund, Saarbrucken, Stettin and Stuttgart. And as confirmed by the recommendation for his D.F.C. after 17 sorties, several of these trips were not without incident, his flying log book further stating that his Lancaster received flak damage during strikes against enemy panzers and transport at Villiers Bocage on 30 June and against a supply depot at Beauvoir on 2 July. Similarly, too, during a visit to Bremen on the night of 18-19 August.

In October 1944, Saltmarsh attended the Path Finder Force’s training centre at Warboys, as a result of which he was transferred to No. 7 (P.F.F.) Squadron at Oakington in the following month, flying his first such sortie on the night of the 11th-12th, against Dortmund. A daylight strike against enemy communications at Julich, in support of General Patton’s troops, followed on the 14th and a night operation to Sterkrade on the 21st, Saltmarsh’s flying log book again noting flak damage. Then on the 29th he flew as support aircraft to the Master Bomber on a raid to Dortmund, a role that he would fulfil with growing regularity over the coming months. Such heavily defended targets as Duisburg, Essen (twice) and Karlsruhe formed the backbone of his operational agenda in December, while January 1945 saw him attacking, among other locations, Hanover, Magdeburg, Munich and Stuttgart, his flying log book noting an encounter with a Ju. 88 on the Munich run. February witnessed his Lancaster carrying out strikes against Dortmund, Gelsenkirchen, Ludwigshaven and Pforzheim, in addition to participating in the famous “firestorm” raid on Dresden on the 13th, an action that Saltmarsh would robustly defend in years to come.

March saw him completing five more sorties to German targets, three of them in daylight, and April another four, two of these in daylight, including Bremen on the 21st, which latter operation marked the end of his operational tour. He did, however, fly three “Cook’s Tours” to the Rhur in May, and ended his career with an appointment in Transport Command in December 1945. Over and above all of this, however, it would appear that he flew 56 “unspecific” sorties of a secret nature, evidence for which is to be found in the following endorsement from “Bomber” Harris. He also flew: Diversions, experimentation of special equipment, including radar, photographic reconnaissance, these top secret sorties and others. In May 1945 he was selected and volunteered to form a new squadron for the continuation of hostilities against Japan.’

Any information on Mr Saltmarsh DFC and Bar would be appreciated

Robert Bartlett



Earl Robert "Judy" Garland 514 Sqd.

Earl Garland "Judy" was a member of "Red" Campbell's crew in 514 Squadron at Waterbeach, flying Lancaster A2-C which was shot down on the night of the 28th - 29th of July 1944, near my small village. The Germans took him here, in my village but after I don't know what happened. Another crew member, Bob Giffin was killed and is buried in the cemetery of Saint Cloud en Dunois, near my house. Other members of the crew evaded by Freteval camp. I am looking for information, can you tell me where was prisonner Earl Garland?

Leroueil Michel



F/O Frederick Hookway 514 Squadron

My Father, Frederick Hookway, was a Flying Officer at Waterbeach in 1945.

His crew were,

  • Bobby, Rear Gunner from London.
  • George, Mid upper Gunner from Toronto, Canada.
  • Harry, Navigator from Birmingham.
  • Dennis, wireless Operator from Cornwall.
  • Cyril, Flight Engineer from London and
  • Sandy, Bombaimer from Scotland.

I would love to hear from anyone who knew him.

Linda Denny



Sgt. Robert Lane Mid Upper Gunner 514 Squadron (d.28/29 July 1944)

My uncle (my father's brother) was Sgt Robert Lane RAF VR N514 Squadron, Waterbeach, a mid-upper gunner in Lancaster LM206. He was shot down May 28/29, 1944 over Neufchateau. There were two survivors. The five airmen sadly killed that night were buried on July 30, 1944 in the Communal Cemetery by the towns people of Neufchateau. I have written Robert's biography and amassed a lot of information on what happened that fateful night.

Michael J Lane



Sgt. Harold Gordon "Nick" Carter 514 Squadron (d.29th July 1944)

I am trying to find out as much information as possible about my father, Harold Carter, known as Nick. I was just 2 years old when he was killed in action. My Mother, who is now deceased, told me little about him and his wartime exploits. If any one can help me I would be most grateful.

Ian Carter



Harold Wigley 514 Squadron

Harold Wigley served in the RAF 514 Squadron as an Engineer and Pilot making several flights to Berlin in the Lancaster. Later he joined the Royal Marines as an Engineer, again working on the Lancaster type planes. He also worked on the Queen's private planes for a while. Any photos of Harold or his work colleagues during this time would be much appreciated as he has since lost the only photos he had.

Mrs A J O'Connor



Harold Man Wigley 514 Sqd.

Harold Wigley served as an engineer with 514 Squadron, Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire. He remembers drying his uniform after washing it using the stream of hot air from the engines of the Lancaster planes inside the hanger. He says that his squadron was the most smartly dressed!

A OConnor



F/Lt. Norman James Eley 514 Squadron

The 30th April 1945 was a day I shall always remember. I piloted a Lancaster to Rotterdam to drop a number of food panniers to the starving Dutch people. 514 squadron flew low over the city and one could see the Dutch people waving and running to get the food as they had been reduced to eating any garbage they could find including tulip bulbs, plants, leaves and roots. I hope our efforts helped save some Dutch people from starvation. Henk Dijkxhoorn, a distinguished and dedicated citizen of Rotterdam now in his 80's clearly remembers the occasion when he was only a schoolboy of 11 yrs. of age. Memories live on.

Jim Eley



F/O George Alexander Jacobson 514 Sqn (d.23rd April 1944)

George Jacobson was a country lad from near the provincial large town of Gympie 200 km north of Brisbane who could ride and was well regarded. Is there anyone who has any detail of the action over Holland that fateful night/morning that resulted in the loss of a Lancaster and either whole or part of the crew of 514 Sqn on either 23/11/44 or 23/4/44. George was the navigator.

Col Edwards



Sgt. Peter Andrew Gosnold A Flight 514 Squadron (d.21st Nov 1944)

Peter Gosnold's crew

Peter Gosnold was a Flight Engineer having volunteered for the RAF in 1942. He joined the crew of Sgt (later F/O) Geoffrey France and was posted to 514 Squadron at Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire. The crew's first op was to Watten on 5th July 1944. On 21st November 1944 the crew were tasked to take part in an operation to Homberg, flying Lancaster I PD265, JI-G. The aircraft took off from Waterbeach at 12.28hrs. Whilst approaching the target, the Rheinpreussen synthetic oil production plant at Meerbeck outside Homberg, the aircraft was hit by flak, initially in one engine. There was a fire and the aircraft became uncontrollable, crashing in the waterway surrounding the Guildhall at Moers. The loss of this aircraft was witnessed by a 75 Squadron Pilot Harry Yates D.F.C. and is described in his book "Luck and a Lancaster". Its crash location was provided by a German historian in Moers.

Simon Hepworth



F/O. Gordon Harrison "Butch" Bate 514 Squadron

Gordon Harrison Bate enlisted on June 26, 1942 and was a Flight Navigator with 514 and 115 Squadrons.

514 Sqd

Jan Bate



F/O. Bill Parker 514 Sqd.

My brother-in-law of Bill Parker was a rear gunner. A book written by His Honour Judge S.S. Gill, Galdersby, Thirsk in 1984 tells a story of his crew.

Tony Howarth



Sgt. R A Adams Royal Warwickshire Regiment (d.9th May 1945)

Sgt R.A. Adams from the Royal Warwickshire Regiment was among those killed in an air crash on the 9th May 1945. The aircraft a Lancaster Bomber III, RF230-JI-B, from 514 Squadron was detailed to take part in Operation "Exodus “, the evacuation of ex-prisoners of war.

In addition to the crew of the bomber there were 24 army POW’s, ranging from private to captain from various regiments, as well as a lieutenant in the U.S.A.A.F, who was not on the manifest.

All the names of the aircrew and ex-POWs on board the aircraft are listed below.

Aircraft Crew Members.

  • D. Beaton F/Lt.
  • A. McMurrugh F/Sgt.
  • R.B. Hilchey F/Off. RCAF
  • J.G. Brittain F/Sgt.
  • R.M. Toms P/Off. RCAF
  • O.C. Evers P/Off. RCAF
List of POWS on board aircraft.
  • Name. Regiment or Corps. Camp. Pow.No.Army No. Rank. Born.
  • R.W. Wheeler Royal Engineers 07B 340 85759 Capt. Kent
  • P.A.T. Campbell Royal West Kent Regt. 07B 224 124175 Lt. Southend-on-Sea
  • E.T.T. Snowdon Royal Artillery 07B 1123 94190 Lt. West London
  • R. A. Adams. Royal Warwickshire 344 12497 5111739. Sgt. Coventry
  • E. L. Belshaw. East Surrey Regt 383 6774 2650397 Cpl. Wigan
  • A. G. Thompson Worcestershire Regt. 344 6259 5253245 Cpl. Worcester
  • G.W. Franks Kings Royal Rifle 8B 2584 6844798 L/Cpl. London
  • H. Cummings Lancashire Fusiliers 344 35265 3461448 Fus. Salford
  • O. Parkin Lancashire Fusiliers 21D 4948 3448706 Fus.
  • J. Roe Irish Guards 8B 3308 2719806 Gdsm Birmingham
  • A.J.S. Crowe Royal Artillery 7A 125860 840450 Gunner Preston
  • A. N. Labotake SAA Gunner
  • W.L. Lindhelmer PAL
  • M. Maschit PAL
  • T. Anderson Cameron Highlanders 7A 137173 2940187 Pte. Glasgow
  • W. L. Ball Queens Royal Regt 8B 7289 804169 Pte. Ashford,Mx
  • S.J. Bayston Green Howards 7A 4751822 Pte. London
  • R.A. Betton K.S.L.I. 344 139030 4032985 Pte. Shropshire
  • R.E. Clark Royal Scots 7A 14286 5954856 Pte. Bedfordshire
  • W. Croston Pioneer Corps 8B 3737 2185985 Pte. Salford
  • R. Danson East Surrey Regt 7A 135108 3392078 Pte. Lancashire
  • R. Turnbull Durham Light Inf 8B 35785 4451208 Pte. Gateshead
  • P. Yates Leicestershire Regt 07B 83763 14208422 Pte. London. SW
  • T.J. Edwards Rfn.

The Lancaster took off at 0726 on the 9th May 1945 for the continent from Waterbeach and commenced the return flight from Juvincourt in France at 1215 hours. A message giving their time of arrival was received at his base at 1219 from the pilot, shortly afterwards the pilot reported he was experiencing trouble with the controls and was putting back to Juvincourt. But a further message sent by the aircraft at 1225 stated that it was making a forced landing. Flares were fired off from an airfield on route indicating permission to land to which no acknowledgment was received.

At 1230 hours this aircraft was seen by a number of witnesses on the ground to approach Roye Ami airfield from the west at a height of 10,000 feet. After circling the airfield twice the aircraft was seen to go into a steep bank to port, before going into a flat spin and crashing into the ground one mile east of Roye Ami.

On investigation into the crash, it was not possible to account for the necessity for a forced landing, as the aircraft seemed to be fully serviceable or to establish definitely the cause of the crash, which must therefore remain obscure. The position of the passengers to the rear of the fuselage however indicated that the aircraft may have been tail heavy, this could have resulted in the pilot finding the aircraft to be dangerously heavy and believing that there was something seriously wrong with the aircraft, he prepared to make a force landing at the nearest airfield, where he lost control and crashed. But whether their incorrect positions were assumed before or after difficulties arose when the aircraft became out of control could not be determined.

All the passengers and crew lost their lives and were buried at Clichy Northern Cemetery, which is on the northern boundary of Paris.




Sgt. Peter Gosnold 514 Squadron

my great uncle Sgt Peter Gosnold was a member of 514 Sqd. I am researching and writing the history of 514 Squadron and I would like to hear from anyone with or seeking information.

Simon Hepworth



Flt.Sgt. G J Davies 514 Squadron

Flight Sergeant G.S. Davies was the only survivor of DS817 which was shot down on the evening of 20/21 December, 1943. I believe he was a prisoner at Stalag 4B Muhlberg (where I believe he escaped and was recaptured and sent to Stalag Luft 7 at Bankau, near Kreulberg, Silesia.

Does anyone know what happened to him after Luft 7? I am the daughter-in-law of Sergeant Eric James Ronerts, the Navigator on DS817, now buried at Rheinberg.

Barbara Roberts



Flt.Sgt. Edward John Neale 514 Squadron

My uncle Ted Neale joined 514 squadron on October 29th 1943 and then moved to Bottisford in March 1945, finishing at Swinderby in August 1945. He survived the war as a rear gunner in a Lancaster. He was a Flight Sergeant and his widow tells me that his pilot was Percy (she thinks) Carter. She recently received his Posthumous medal ribbon as he was part of Bomber Command. Shamefully they were never recognised until long after his death in 1999. I know about that much, he never really spoke about it. His widow has his log book and I plan to visit her to see if I can find out any more about his service and colleagues

Terry Neale



Sgt. Leslie Maurice Finfer 519 Sqn (d.28th August 1943)

Maurice Finfer was my cousin. He volunteered for the RAF hoping to become a pilot. He duly did so going to Canada or pilot training. After passing out as a pilot he was assigned to bombers, something he apparently objected to. So, he was stripped of his pilots rate, and retrained as a navigator/gunner/radio operator.

He was then posted to 519 Sqn at Wick, Scotland. Where his duties included meteorological reporting and searching for enemy submarines and surface shipping over the North Sea up into the Arctic. They were flying very old and worn out Hampton mk3s. On the 28/08/43 he took off and was never seen again. There were several other losses around this time. If anyone has any further info on this please get in touch

Ron Snowball



Sgt. John Porrelli A Flight 514 Squadron (d.16th Jun 1944)

Funeral Procession

After the Funeral

Sergeant John Porrelli

A.H. Morrison DFC RAAF

Sergeant A.A. Holmes

Operational Flying: Bombing – Valenciennes.

Weather: Mainly fine and sunny all day. Some cloud.

Non-Operational Flying: Air Tests and Cross Country were carried out.

20 aircraft were detailed and took off. 17 aircraft attacked the primary target, 1 aircraft was abortive owing to navigational aid failures and returned early, 2 aircraft are missing. 10/10ths cloud at 10,000 feet was encountered over the target, crews were instructed to bomb below cloud by the Master Bomber. Markers were scattered, but concentration was slightly improved by Master Bomber and bursts observed across marshalling yards. No flak or searchlights. F/S RD Pick in LL666, JI-D reported: Bomb load 16 x 500 GP, 2 x 500 MC. Primary target: Valenciennes. Weather clear below cloud – base 1000 feet. Bombed at 0039 hours from 9000 feet on green TIs as instructed by Master Bomber. Good concentrated bombing. Much interference on R/T. Route very good.

DS816, JI-O. Shot down, probably at 0051 hours by Bf110 flown by Hauptmann Hubert Rauh of Stab II/|NJG4. Crashed at Croisilles (Pas de Calais) where those who died are buried in the British Cemetery.

  • F/S Charles Frank "Ted" Prowles Pilot
  • P/O Arnold Hughes Morrison RAAF Navigator
  • Sgt Raymond Surtees WOP/Air
  • F/S Ronald Bernard "Spence" Spencer RAAF Bomb Aimer
  • Sgt Arthur Albert "Bert" Holmes MU Gunner
  • Sgt John "Jack" Porrelli Rear Gunner
  • Sgt Henry Albert "Harry" Osborn Flight Engineer

Sergeant Porrelli was aged 35 when he died. He was the son of Lilly and Carmine Porrelli and husband of Mabel Elizabeth Porrelli, all of Bradford. He was the grandfather of author Andrew Porrelli. RAAF Flight Lieutenant Arnold Hughes Morrison was awarded the DFC for evading capture. Some 2800 people of Croisilles turned out to honour the dead of DS816, JI-O after it was shot down over the town. The Germans did not intervene to stop this moving tribute to the loss of Flight Sergeant Ted Prowles and his crew.

Arnold Morrison was discharged from the RAAF as a Flight Lieutenant on 30th May 1945. P/O Morrison later filed the following crash report for the RAAF: ‘About eight minutes after bombing the target, we were attacked presumably by a night fighter. Cannon shell raked the port side and the port wing was set on fire. The aircraft was losing height rapidly and at about 8000 feet, the Captain ordered the crew to ‘prepare to abandon’. By 2000 feet, the Air Bomber had not been able to remove the front escape hatch. I am not certain whether the Rear Gunner, Mid Upper Gunner or the WOP had baled out through the rear escape hatch but the remainder stayed in the aircraft. The pilot landed the aircraft on a fairly flat field and the aircraft disintegrated and was set on fire. I was unconscious for a while, and while still in a dazed condition looked without result to the numerous small fires for the remainder of the crew. I was informed by the Germans that their bodies were in the wreck and buried in the cemetery at Croisilles, France. The funeral was attended by about 2800.’

Source: Linda Miles, daughter of Pilot Officer AH Morrison, the only survivor from the crew.

"Lest We Forget"

Andrew Porrelli



F/O. H. G. S. Kerr 514 Sqdn. (d.5th March 1945)

F/O H G S Kerr, S Smith, F Clarke, A Olsen, C G Hogg, H P Thomas and W Marsden were killed in a crash at Bunsbeek, 50km from Brussels. They are buried at Heverlee War Cemetery near Leuven in Collective Grave 10, F1-7. They were returning from an attack on Gelsenkirchen, Germany. On 11th of November 2015 there will be a memorial at Bunsbeek.

Andre Bruyninckx



Flt.Sgt. Lancelot Kell 514 Sqdn. Royal New Zealand Air Force (d.14th Jan 1944)

During the Second World War many allied airmen trained on the Canadian prairies. They were assigned to families in the area for places to visit when on leave. Two young men from the RNZAF were assigned to my grandparents' home in Calgary, Alberta. One airman was Flight Sergeant Lance Kell (wireless operator/air gunner) who married my aunt before being sent overseas. He was assigned to 514 Squadron at Waterbeach. Kell was shot down near Hanover on a bombing run on 14th of January 1944 at the age of 29. Other members of the crew wereL Paul Mason RNZAF (pilot, 23), Ron Laishley RAF (flight engineer, 19), James Gallagher RNZAF (navigator, 22). All were killed. Two other crew members - Flight Sgt. Dimmock (bomb aimer) and Sgt. Dennis (rear gunner) may have survived.

David Ballantyne



F/O. Maurice Linden Morgan-Owen 514 Sqdn. (d.23rd April 1942)

Lancaster DS682 of 514 Suadron was supposed to return to RAF Waterbeach at 03.00 on Sunday 23rd of April. At 02.56, an SOS message was received from the aircraft. Their position was over the sea, approximately 70 miles west off the Dutch coast. Nothing more was heard from the aircraft. According to the acting Squadron Leader at the time, Barney Reid, at first light an Air Sea Rescue aircraft was despatched to look for the crew. Barney Reid personally took part in this. However, despite good visibility, nothing was found.

Paul Morgan-Owen



F/O. John Livingstone Martin 514 Sqdn. (d.14th Jan 1944)

John Martin served as an observer with 514 Sqdn.




Flt.Sgt. Sydney Smitt 514 Squadron (d.5th Mar 1945)

We had a commemoration for the crew of 514 Sqd. who crashed at Bunsbeek on the 5th of March 1945. There is now a memorial board on the crash place and a complete book about the crew and their mission to Gelsenkirchen GE.

Andre Bruyninckx



Ft. Lt. Jim Eley 514 Sqdn.

I was with 514 Squadron, Waterbeach, Cambs in 1944/45. I am trying to trace two of my Lancaster crew - Sgt. Ronald W. Pugh, Flt. Eng. and Sgt. Leslie E. Austin, M. Upp. Gunner. Any news would be great.

Jim Eley



Cpl. Albert George Thompson 7th Btn. Worcestershire Regiment (d.9th May 1945)

My father-in-law was killed in the crash of Lancaster RF 230 (514 Squadron) which happened on 9th May 1945 near Roye Ami, France. It was bringing home POW officers who had been liberated.

Ian Le Sueur



Alan Lestocq Roberts DFC. 9 Sqdn.

I work for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and have been asked if I can find any information or contacts for Alan Roberts, the father of one of our supporters. Details I have so far are that Alan's numbers were non-commissioned 1169273 and commissioned 115023 and he flew with 9 and 514 Sqn - he was a good friend of Roderick MacRoberts whose death led, in part, to the purchase of 'MacRoberts Reply'.

Update:

Air Ministry 4th April 1944. The King has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallantry displayed in flying operations against the enemy: Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - Acting Squadron Leader Alan Lestocq Roberts, DFC (115023), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No 514 Squadron. One night in February 1944, this officer captained an aircraft detailed to attack Schweinfurt. Early on the outward flight it was discovered that, owning to a broken pipe-line, the whole of the oxygen supply had been lost. Nevertheless Squadron Leader Roberts came down to a lower altitude and flew on to the target. Whilst over the area the aircraft was set on fire but the flames were extinguished and Squadron Leader Roberts flew back to base to complete his mission successfully. This officer displayed great determination throughout, setting a high example of devotion to duty.

The above from London Gazette Issue 36453 published on the 31 March 1944 I believe he was awarded his DFC in 1942 when he was with 9 Squadron but will have to do further digging for info on that.

Martin Henshaw



Wilfrid Hogg 514 Sqdn.

My father, Wilfrid Hogg, served as a mid-upper gunner with 514 Squadron between October 1944 and May 1945. His fellow crew members were: F/O Ronald Etherington, F/S D. Hatton, F/S J. Lowe and F/S W. Williams. I would love to hear from anyone who knew any of them.

Christine Wilson



Cyril Burdett 514 Sqdn.

I served with 514 Squadron from late 1943 on Lancaster Bombers as a flight engineer. I flew missions over the Rhur and Heligoland and did food drops over Holland. I remember Freddie (lady passengers welcome) Hookway, Biggins, Sandy ?, Hoskins, Baxter and George the Canadian.

Cyril Burdett



Sgt. Kenneth Leonard Cragg 514 Sqdn. (d.20th February 1944)

My great uncle, Sgt Cragg, was killed on 20th February 1944 while serving with 514 Squadron at Waterbeach. His aircraft was shot down in the Leipzig area. He is commemorated on panel 227 at Runnymede.




Louis Gadsby Watson 514 Squadron

He died in 1999

Gord Watson



F/O Ernest Arthur Kingham 514 Sqdn. (d.16th June 1944)

514 Sqdn Lancaster II LL690 JI-J took off at 2314 Waterbeach. Believed to have fallen victim to a night-fighter, coming down between Iwuy (Nord) and Rieux-en-Cambresis two small villages 9km NE and ENE respectively of Cambrai. Five lie in Rieux Communal Cemetery while F/S Hutt rests at Iwuy Communal Cemetery. Sgt Bloom is commemorated on panel 235 of Runnymede Memorial. The crew:
  • F/O E.A. Kingham
  • Sgt J. Black
  • F/S F.A. Spencer
  • Sgt B. Bloom
  • Sgt F.N. Ansell
  • Sgt D.G. Davis RCAF Also lost from 514 Squadron on this raid was Lancaster II DS816-JI-O. Crew:F/S C.F. Prowles, Sgt H.A. Osborn, F/O A.H.Morrison, F/S R.B. Spenser, Sgt R. Surtees, Sgt. J. Porelli and Sgt. A.A.Holmes.

  • John & Kathleen



    Sgt. Joseph Black 514 Sqdn. (d.16th June 1944)

    We have today acquired some papers and photographs of a Sergeant Joseph Black (Flt Eng) who is buried at Rieux Communal Cemetary together with 11 others who were lost the same day. All 12 died on 16th June 1944.

    514 Sqdn Lancaster II LL690 JI-J took off at 2314 from Waterbeach. Believed to have fallen victim to a night-fighter, coming down between Iwuy (Nord) and Rieux-en-Cambresis two small villages 9km NE and ENE respectively of Cambrai. Five lie in Rieux Communal Cemetery while F/S Hutt rests at Iwuy Communal Cemetery. Sgt Bloom is commemorated on panel 235 of Runnymede Memorial. The crew:

  • F/O E.A. Kingham
  • Sgt J. Black
  • F/S F.A. Spencer
  • Sgt B. Bloom
  • Sgt F.N. Ansell
  • Sgt D.G. Davis RCAF Also lost from 514 Squadron on this raid was Lancaster II DS816-JI-O. Crew:F/S C.F. Prowles, Sgt H.A. Osborn, F/O A.H.Morrison, F/S R.B. Spenser, Sgt R. Surtees, Sgt. J. Porelli and Sgt. A.A.Holmes.

  • John & Kathleen



    F/Sgt. Frank Richard Spencer 514 Sqdn. (d.16th June 1944)

    514 Sqdn Lancaster II LL690 JI-J Valenciennes took off at 2314 from RAF Waterbeach. Believed to have fallen victim to a night-fighter, coming down between Iwuy (Nord) and Rieux-en-Cambresis two small villages 9km NE and ENE respectively of Cambrai. Five lie in Rieux Communal Cemetery while F/S Hutt rests at Iwuy Communal Cemetery. Sgt Bloom is commemorated on panel 235 of Runnymede Memorial. The crew:
  • F/O E.A. Kingham
  • Sgt J. Black
  • F/S F.A. Spencer
  • Sgt B. Bloom
  • Sgt F.N. Ansell
  • Sgt D.G. Davis RCAF Also lost from 514 Squadron on this raid was Lancaster II DS816-JI-O. Crew:F/S C.F. Prowles, Sgt H.A. Osborn, F/O A.H.Morrison, F/S R.B. Spenser, Sgt R. Surtees, Sgt. J. Porelli and Sgt. A.A.Holmes.

    (Bob)

  • John & Kathleen



    Sgt. Benjamin Bloom 514 Sqdn. (d.16th June 1944)

    514 Sqdn Lancaster II LL690 JI-J took off at 2314 from RAF Waterbeach. Believed to have fallen victim to a night-fighter, coming down between Iwuy (Nord) and Rieux-en-Cambresis two small villages 9km NE and ENE respectively of Cambrai. Five lie in Rieux Communal Cemetery while F/S Hutt rests at Iwuy Communal Cemetery. Sgt Bloom is commemorated on panel 235 of Runnymede Memorial. The crew:
  • F/O E.A. Kingham
  • Sgt J. Black
  • F/S F.A. Spencer
  • Sgt B. Bloom
  • Sgt F.N. Ansell
  • Sgt D.G. Davis RCAF Also lost from 514 Squadron on this raid was Lancaster II DS816-JI-O. Crew:F/S C.F. Prowles, Sgt H.A. Osborn, F/O A.H.Morrison, F/S R.B. Spenser, Sgt R. Surtees, Sgt. J. Porelli and Sgt. A.A.Holmes.

  • John & Kathleen



    Sgt. Frederick Neale Ansell 514 Sqdn. (d.16th June 1944)

    514 Sqdn Lancaster II LL690 JI-J took off at 2314 from RAF Waterbeach. Believed to have fallen victim to a night-fighter, coming down between Iwuy (Nord) and Rieux-en-Cambresis two small villages 9km NE and ENE respectively of Cambrai. Five lie in Rieux Communal Cemetery while F/S Hutt rests at Iwuy Communal Cemetery. Sgt Bloom is commemorated on panel 235 of Runnymede Memorial. The crew:
  • F/O E.A. Kingham
  • Sgt J. Black
  • F/S F.A. Spencer
  • Sgt B. Bloom
  • Sgt F.N. Ansell
  • Sgt D.G. Davis RCAF Also lost from 514 Squadron on this raid was Lancaster II DS816-JI-O. Crew:F/S C.F. Prowles, Sgt H.A. Osborn, F/O A.H.Morrison, F/S R.B. Spenser, Sgt R. Surtees, Sgt. J. Porelli and Sgt. A.A.Holmes.

  • John & Kathleen



    P/O Daniel George Davis 514 Sqdn. (d.16th June 1944)

    514 Sqdn Lancaster II LL690 JI-J took off at 2314 from RAF Waterbeach. Believed to have fallen victim to a night-fighter, coming down between Iwuy (Nord) and Rieux-en-Cambresis two small villages 9km NE and ENE respectively of Cambrai. Five lie in Rieux Communal Cemetery while F/S Hutt rests at Iwuy Communal Cemetery. Sgt Bloom is commemorated on panel 235 of Runnymede Memorial. The crew:
  • F/O E.A. Kingham
  • Sgt J. Black
  • F/S F.A. Spencer
  • Sgt B. Bloom
  • Sgt F.N. Ansell
  • Sgt D.G. Davis RCAF Also lost from 514 Squadron on this raid was Lancaster II DS816-JI-O. Crew:F/S C.F. Prowles, Sgt H.A. Osborn, F/O A.H.Morrison, F/S R.B. Spenser, Sgt R. Surtees, Sgt. J. Porelli and Sgt. A.A.Holmes.

  • John & Kathleen



    F/Sgt. Raymond Harold Hutt 514 Sqdn. (d.16th June 1944)

    514 Sqdn Lancaster II LL690 JI-J took off at 2314 from RAF Waterbeach. Believed to have fallen victim to a night-fighter, coming down between Iwuy (Nord) and Rieux-en-Cambresis two small villages 9km NE and ENE respectively of Cambrai. Five lie in Rieux Communal Cemetery while F/S Hutt rests at Iwuy Communal Cemetery. Sgt Bloom is commemorated on panel 235 of Runnymede Memorial. The crew:
  • F/O E.A. Kingham
  • Sgt J. Black
  • F/S F.A. Spencer
  • Sgt B. Bloom
  • Sgt F.N. Ansell
  • Sgt D.G. Davis RCAF Also lost from 514 Squadron on this raid was Lancaster II DS816-JI-O. Crew:F/S C.F. Prowles, Sgt H.A. Osborn, F/O A.H.Morrison, F/S R.B. Spenser, Sgt R. Surtees, Sgt. J. Porelli and Sgt. A.A.Holmes.

    (Bob)

  • John & Kathleen



    Sgt. John Porrelli 514 Sqdn. (d.16th June 1944)

    My father, John Porrelli and crew were lost after a raid on Valenciennes on 16th June 1944. Six of the crew are buried at Croisilles British War Cemetery (one member survived and evaded capture). I have a photo of the funeral cortege. It was taken by the brave French resistance I believe. If anyone has an interest or further information about the crew please email me.

    His Lancaster was DS816 JI-O. The full crew were:

  • F/Sgt C.F. Prowles, KIA
  • Sgt. H.A. Osborn, KIA
  • F/Sgt R.B. Spencer, KIA
  • Sgt. R. Surtees, KIA
  • Sgt. J. Porrelli, KIA
  • Sgt. A.A.Holmes, KIA
  • F/O A.H.Morrison, evaded capture

  • John Porrelli



    F/Sgt. Charles Frank "Ted" Prowles 514 Sqdn. (d.16th June 1944)

    F/Sgt Ted Prowles was lost after a raid on Valenciennes on 16th June 1944. Six of the crew of Lancaster II DS816 JI-O are buried at Croisilles British War Cemetery (one member survived and evaded capture). The full crew were:
  • F/Sgt C.F. Prowles, KIA
  • Sgt. H.A. Osborn, KIA
  • F/Sgt R.B. Spencer, KIA
  • Sgt. R. Surtees, KIA
  • Sgt. J. Porrelli, KIA
  • Sgt. A.A. Holmes, KIA
  • F/O A.H. Morrison, evaded capture




  • Sgt. Henry Albert Osborn 514 Sqdn. (d.16th June 1944)

    Sgt. H.A. Osborn was lost after a raid on Valenciennes on 16th June 1944. Six of the crew of Lancaster II DS816 JI-O are buried at Croisilles British War Cemetery (one member survived and evaded capture). The full crew were:
  • F/Sgt C.F. Prowles, KIA
  • Sgt. H.A. Osborn, KIA
  • F/Sgt R.B. Spencer, KIA
  • Sgt. R. Surtees, KIA
  • Sgt. J. Porrelli, KIA
  • Sgt. A.A. Holmes, KIA
  • F/O A.H. Morrison, evaded capture




  • F/Sgt. Ronald Bernard Spencer 514 Sqdn. (d.16th June 1944)

    F/Sgt R.B. Spencer was lost after a raid on Valenciennes on 16th June 1944. Six of the crew of Lancaster II DS816 JI-O are buried at Croisilles British War Cemetery (one member survived and evaded capture). The full crew were:
  • F/Sgt C.F. Prowles, KIA
  • Sgt. H.A. Osborn, KIA
  • F/Sgt R.B. Spencer, KIA
  • Sgt. R. Surtees, KIA
  • Sgt. J. Porrelli, KIA
  • Sgt. A.A. Holmes, KIA
  • F/O A.H. Morrison, evaded capture




  • Sgt. Raymond Surtees 514 Sqdn. (d.16th June 1944)

    Sgt. R. Surtees was lost after a raid on Valenciennes on 16th June 1944. Six of the crew of Lancaster II DS816 JI-O are buried at Croisilles British War Cemetery (one member survived and evaded capture). The full crew were:
  • F/Sgt C.F. Prowles, KIA
  • Sgt. H.A. Osborn, KIA
  • F/Sgt R.B. Spencer, KIA
  • Sgt. R. Surtees, KIA
  • Sgt. J. Porrelli, KIA
  • Sgt. A.A. Holmes, KIA
  • F/O A.H. Morrison, evaded capture




  • Sgt. Arthur Albert Holmes 514 Sqdn. (d.16th June 1944)

    Sgt. A.A. Holmes was lost after a raid on Valenciennes on 16th June 1944. Six of the crew of Lancaster II DS816 JI-O are buried at Croisilles British War Cemetery (one member survived and evaded capture). The full crew were:
  • F/Sgt C.F. Prowles, KIA
  • Sgt. H.A. Osborn, KIA
  • F/Sgt R.B. Spencer, KIA
  • Sgt. R. Surtees, KIA
  • Sgt. J. Porrelli, KIA
  • Sgt. A.A. Holmes, KIA
  • F/O A.H. Morrison, evaded capture




  • F/O A. H. Morrison 514 Sqdn.

    F/O A.H. Morrison evaded capture after a raid on Valenciennes on 16th June 1944. Six of the crew of Lancaster II DS816 JI-O are buried at Croisilles British War Cemetery. The full crew were:
  • F/Sgt C.F. Prowles, KIA
  • Sgt. H.A. Osborn, KIA
  • F/Sgt R.B. Spencer, KIA
  • Sgt. R. Surtees, KIA
  • Sgt. J. Porrelli, KIA
  • Sgt. A.A. Holmes, KIA
  • F/O A.H. Morrison, evaded capture




  • F/Sgt. Eric Charles Coles 514 Sqdn. (d.30th June 1944)

    Lancaster Bomber LL620 JI-T was brought down by flak near Villers Bocage on 30th June 1944. It is thought that the tail had been damaged. There were no survivors. The crew are all buried in Coulvain Churchyard, Calvados, France. They were:
  • F/O Douglas Austin Woods, pilot
  • F/Sgt Eric Charles Coles, flight engineer
  • Sgt Kenneth Royston Heron, wireless operator
  • F/O Francis Longson, navigator
  • F/Sgt Ernest Thomas Shanks, airbomber
  • F/Sgt William Charles Udell, airgunner
  • P/O Hilary Louis Doherty, airgunner




  • P/O Hilary Louis Doherty 514 Sqdn. (d.30th June 1944)

    Lancaster Bomber LL620 JI-T was brought down by flak near Villers Bocage on 30th June 1944. It is thought that the tail had been damaged. There were no survivors. The crew are all buried in Coulvain Churchyard, Calvados, France. They were:
  • F/O Douglas Austin Woods, pilot
  • F/Sgt Eric Charles Coles, flight engineer
  • Sgt Kenneth Royston Heron, wireless operator
  • F/O Francis Longson, navigator
  • F/Sgt Ernest Thomas Shanks, airbomber
  • F/Sgt William Charles Udell, airgunner
  • P/O Hilary Louis Doherty, airgunner




  • F/O Francis Longson 514 Sqdn. (d.30th June 1944)

    Lancaster Bomber LL620 JI-T was brought down by flak near Villers Bocage on 30th June 1944. It is thought that the tail had been damaged. There were no survivors. The crew are all buried in Coulvain Churchyard, Calvados, France. They were:
  • F/O Douglas Austin Woods, pilot
  • F/Sgt Eric Charles Coles, flight engineer
  • Sgt Kenneth Royston Heron, wireless operator
  • F/O Francis Longson, navigator
  • F/Sgt Ernest Thomas Shanks, airbomber
  • F/Sgt William Charles Udell, airgunner
  • P/O Hilary Louis Doherty, airgunner




  • F/Sgt. Ernest Thomas Shanks 514 Sqdn. (d.30th June 1944)

    Lancaster Bomber LL620 JI-T was brought down by flak near Villers Bocage on 30th June 1944. It is thought that the tail had been damaged. There were no survivors. The crew are all buried in Coulvain Churchyard, Calvados, France. They were:
  • F/O Douglas Austin Woods, pilot
  • F/Sgt Eric Charles Coles, flight engineer
  • Sgt Kenneth Royston Heron, wireless operator
  • F/O Francis Longson, navigator
  • F/Sgt Ernest Thomas Shanks, airbomber
  • F/Sgt William Charles Udell, airgunner
  • P/O Hilary Louis Doherty, airgunner




  • F/Sgt. William Charles Udell 514 Sqdn. (d.30th June 1944)

    Lancaster Bomber LL620 JI-T was brought down by flak near Villers Bocage on 30th June 1944. It is thought that the tail had been damaged. There were no survivors. The crew are all buried in Coulvain Churchyard, Calvados, France. They were:
  • F/O Douglas Austin Woods, pilot
  • F/Sgt Eric Charles Coles, flight engineer
  • Sgt Kenneth Royston Heron, wireless operator
  • F/O Francis Longson, navigator
  • F/Sgt Ernest Thomas Shanks, airbomber
  • F/Sgt William Charles Udell, airgunner
  • P/O Hilary Louis Doherty, airgunner




  • F/O Douglas Austin Woods 514 Sqdn. (d.30th June 1944)

    Lancaster Bomber LL620 JI-T was brought down by flak near Villers Bocage on 30th June 1944. It is thought that the tail had been damaged. There were no survivors. The crew are all buried in Coulvain Churchyard, Calvados, France. They were:
  • F/O Douglas Austin Woods, pilot
  • F/Sgt Eric Charles Coles, flight engineer
  • Sgt Kenneth Royston Heron, wireless operator
  • F/O Francis Longson, navigator
  • F/Sgt Ernest Thomas Shanks, airbomber
  • F/Sgt William Charles Udell, airgunner
  • P/O Hilary Louis Doherty, airgunner




  • Donald Lloyd Paterson 514 Sqdn.

    Does anyone remember my dad who served in 514 Squadron flying Lancasters? He was a bombaimer and his pilot was called Smith.

    Scott Paterson







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