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No. 578 Squadron Royal Air Force



   578 Squadron was formed in January 1944, flying Halifax mkIII

They flew from the following airfields:

  • Snaith. from 14 January 1944 to 6th Feb. 1944
  • Burn. from 6th Feb. 1944 to 15 April 1945.


 

14th Jan 1944 Detachment

21st Jan 1944 Ops

30th Mar 1944 Aircraft Lost

21st Jul 1944 

22nd Feb 1945 578 Squadron Halifax lost


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Those known to have served with

No. 578 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Blake P.. Sgt. (d.2st Feb 1945)
  • Blundell L. Sergeant
  • Callingham J. Flight Seargeant
  • Coram T S. Pilot Officer
  • Inge C. Sargeant
  • Maton Ronald J.. (d.31st Mar 1944)
  • McLean Daniel. Flying Officer
  • Morgan Leonard Robert. Sgt. (d.24th March 1944)
  • Pink Philip Claude. Flt.Sgt. (d.21st Jul 1944)
  • Pope Percy William S. Sqd.Ldr.
  • Ridley J A. Sargeant (d.11th September 1944)
  • Rix James A. Sergeant
  • Tregoning J M. Flight Seargeant
  • Westmoreland George. Flt/Lt.

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Sgt. P. Blake air gunner. 578 Sqd (d.2st Feb 1945)

Sgt P Blake

My uncle Sgt P. Blake was a gunner with 578 sqdn he died on 21.02.1945 while flying on a raid over Germany bombing the Rhenania Ossag oil refinery at Dusseldorf. They flew out of Raf Burn. He was the son of David and May Blake of Edinburgh.

Joan Davies



Sergeant James A Rix 578 Squadron

My uncle, James A Rix, flew from RAF Burn with 578 Squadron in 1944.

Handley Page Halifax III, NA568 LK-Q, took off 11th September 1944 16.04 hrs, Op: Gelsenkirchen. The aircraft was hit by flak and crashed 18.30 hrs. in Kirchhellen. All crew survived and made POW except Sgt J A Ridley who sadly was killed. Sgt J A Ridley is buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

Crew:

  • P/O T S Coram RAAF
  • Sgt L Blundell
  • F/S J M Tregoning
  • F/S J Callingham RCAF
  • Sgt C Inge
  • Sgt J A Rix
  • Sgt J A Ridley

    I have a copy of the crew photo taken at my uncle's wedding shortly before being shot down. James Rix now lives in Australia with his wife and had 3 daughters

  • Ron Rix



    Pilot Officer T S Coram 578 Squadron

    Handley Page Halifax III, NA568 LK-Q, took off 11th September 1944 16.04 hrs, Op: Gelsenkirchen. The aircraft was hit by flak and crashed 18.30 hrs. in Kirchhellen. All crew survived and made POW except Sgt J A Ridley who sadly was killed. Sgt J A Ridley is buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

    Crew:

  • P/O T S Coram RAAF
  • Sgt L Blundell
  • F/S J M Tregoning
  • F/S J Callingham RCAF
  • Sgt C Inge
  • Sgt J A Rix
  • Sgt J A Ridley

  • Ron Rix



    Sergeant L Blundell 578 Squadron

    Handley Page Halifax III, NA568 LK-Q, took off 11th September 1944 16.04 hrs, Op: Gelsenkirchen. The aircraft was hit by flak and crashed 18.30 hrs. in Kirchhellen. All crew survived and made POW except Sgt J A Ridley who sadly was killed. Sgt J A Ridley is buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

    Crew:

  • P/O T S Coram RAAF
  • Sgt L Blundell
  • F/S J M Tregoning
  • F/S J Callingham RCAF
  • Sgt C Inge
  • Sgt J A Rix
  • Sgt J A Ridley

  • Ron Rix



    Flight Seargeant J M Tregoning 578 Squadron

    Handley Page Halifax III, NA568 LK-Q, took off 11th September 1944 16.04 hrs, Op: Gelsenkirchen. The aircraft was hit by flak and crashed 18.30 hrs. in Kirchhellen. All crew survived and made POW except Sgt J A Ridley who sadly was killed. Sgt J A Ridley is buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

    Crew:

  • P/O T S Coram RAAF
  • Sgt L Blundell
  • F/S J M Tregoning
  • F/S J Callingham RCAF
  • Sgt C Inge
  • Sgt J A Rix
  • Sgt J A Ridley

  • Ron Rix



    Flight Seargeant J Callingham 578 Squadron

    Handley Page Halifax III, NA568 LK-Q, took off 11th September 1944 16.04 hrs, Op: Gelsenkirchen. The aircraft was hit by flak and crashed 18.30 hrs. in Kirchhellen. All crew survived and made POW except Sgt J A Ridley who sadly was killed. Sgt J A Ridley is buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

    Crew:

  • P/O T S Coram RAAF
  • Sgt L Blundell
  • F/S J M Tregoning
  • F/S J Callingham RCAF
  • Sgt C Inge
  • Sgt J A Rix
  • Sgt J A Ridley

  • Ron Rix



    Sargeant C Inge 578 Squadron

    Handley Page Halifax III, NA568 LK-Q, took off 11th September 1944 16.04 hrs, Op: Gelsenkirchen. The aircraft was hit by flak and crashed 18.30 hrs. in Kirchhellen. All crew survived and made POW except Sgt J A Ridley who sadly was killed. Sgt J A Ridley is buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

    Crew:

  • P/O T S Coram RAAF
  • Sgt L Blundell
  • F/S J M Tregoning
  • F/S J Callingham RCAF
  • Sgt C Inge
  • Sgt J A Rix
  • Sgt J A Ridley

  • Ron Rix



    Sargeant J A Ridley 578 Squadron (d.11th September 1944)

    Handley Page Halifax III, NA568 LK-Q, took off 11th September 1944 16.04 hrs, Op: Gelsenkirchen. The aircraft was hit by flak and crashed 18.30 hrs. in Kirchhellen. All crew survived and made POW except Sgt J A Ridley who sadly was killed. Sgt J A Ridley is buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

    Crew:

  • P/O T S Coram RAAF
  • Sgt L Blundell
  • F/S J M Tregoning
  • F/S J Callingham RCAF
  • Sgt C Inge
  • Sgt J A Rix
  • Sgt J A Ridley

  • Ron Rix



    Flying Officer Daniel McLean 578th Squadron

    Daniel Mclean was the sole survivor of aircraft, LKL, which was shot down over Germany, 21st February 1945. As bomb aimer during bombing run, the nose cone was blasted off by an attack of ME109s, at 10,000 feet. He was shot on his left side, but managed to get his right arm hooked into the harness during freefall and open chute. He was captured and was not given any medical attention.

    He was transfered from a German police cell to Dulag Luft near Wetzlar, then onto Stalagluft111A (Stalag X111d) southeast of Nuremberg. On April 17th 1945, General Patton and his tanks arrived at the camp gates and he was given medical attention also Freedom. This is confirmed in the book Based at Burn Mk11.

    James Miller



    Sqd.Ldr. Percy William S "Paul" Pope DFC. Air Gunner 13.28.51.78.234.578.Squs

    Paul Pope enlisted in 1931 to be an engineer but became air gunner in India Wariston Campaign. He joined 51Sq in 1937. on 23rd Jan 1940 he transferred to 234Sq as an air gunner and flew during the Battle of Britain including 35 hours of fighter sorties over Dunkirk in 3 days. By April 41 he had completed 81 sorties and moved to 39MU Nightfighter Development unit at Colerne. He was involved in an interesting event publicised during Bath bombing when he took off in spare Defiant to defend city.

    In June 1942 he joined 78Sq and November 1943 he returned to 51Sq. Completing 507 hours of combat flying. On the 14th of January 1944 he transferred to 578Sq.

    After the war in October 1946 he joined the Diplomatic Corp in Denmark and became King Gustarv's buddy having to stay with him all times. Particularly during the King's pub crawling on his bicycle. They had a drinking bet and Paul won himself the Order of the White Elephant. He was Adjutant of 84Group HQ during the Berlin Airlift and was involved with rebuilding airfields. He retired 15.3.1954 and became a significant member of the Airgunners Association London Branch. He died in September 1981.

    Chris Pope



    Ronald J. Maton 578 Sqd. (d.31st Mar 1944)

    Ronald Maton was a Wireless Operator in 578 Squadron, stationed at RAF Burn. He was killed on 31st March 1944 at Silverstone, whilst returning from raid on Nuremburg.

    David Rogers



    Flt.Sgt. Philip Claude Pink 578 Squadron (d.21st Jul 1944)

    Because my family (The Pinks) is almost extinct, I am desperate to find out more about my first cousin, Philip Pink, who was tragically killed in action at the young age of just 21 while serving with Bomber Command. Philip was the son of Ada Pink, my father's sister, born in Sutton, Surrey c1923 but actually brought up by our grandmother, Harriet, to avoid the stigma associated with illegitimacy at that time.

    He was a flight sergeant based at RAF Burn with 578 Squadron and was killed on 21st July, 1944. I would love to hear from anyone who can remember him or has any information about him or his wife, Muriel, who he married in 1942, or their baby girl who I think was called Jean. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    David William Pink



    Flt/Lt. George Westmoreland DFC. 578 Sqd.

    My father George Westmoreland served in 578 Squadron as a navigator. He retired from the RAF in 1971 with the rank of Flight Lieutenant. He continued flying until 1966 when he was serving in 209 Squadron in Singapore. I remember he had a mounted 578 squadron crest, which I still have somewhere.

    He also served in 158 Squadron and his crew in that squadron did an almost complete tour of about 23 operations, as a result of which he received a DFC, and other members of the crew were also awarded medals. I know this because as a relative I was invited several years ago to an exhibition at the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester, along with other crew member relatives including the widow of the pilot from George's crew. I have somewhere a list of the operations George's crew undertook for 158 squadron. I would be very interested to find out what my father did with 578 squadron.

    Geoff Westmoreland Geoff Westmoreland



    Sgt. Leonard Robert Morgan 578 Squadron (d.24th March 1944)

    My late uncle, Sgt W/Op/Air Morgan died on 24th March 1944.

    Paul/Cardiff







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