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P/O Gerald D'Arcy-Wright .     Royal Air Force 61 Sqdn. (d.5th Oct 1940)

I am trying to find out about my great-uncle P/O Gerald D'Arcy-Wright No. 40162, (he also used just Wright) who served from RAF Hemswell as a Hampden Pilot. He was a member of 5 group, 61 squadron before his plane crashed into the Yorkshire Moors on 5th October 1940. I am trying to find a picture or squadron picture of that era, or maybe someone knew him, or if he was married.

Update: Your great uncle was the pilot of Hampden X2920 which crashed, as you state, on the Yorkshire Moors near Leeming airfield. The crew were:

  • P/O G.D. D'Arcy-Wright (buried Leeming St John the Baptist Churchyard)
  • Sgt W.A. Cannon (buried South Shoebury Churchyard)
  • Sgt W.B. Rayment (buried Henfield Cemetery)
  • Sgt A. Algar (buried Derby (Nottingham Rd) Cemetery)




  • Sgt. Horace Melvin D'Sena .     British Indian Army   from Rajahmundry)

    My father Horace D'Sena joined the army in Bangalore, India. He was stationed at the North Frontier after volunteering to go to Burma and fought in Kohema.




    P.O. Charles Arthur Dabbs .     Royal Navy HMS Cairo   from Birmingham)

    My father has passed away but served on HMS Cairo and many other ships in WW2, in Malta, North Africa and the Med.

    I am in the process of getting his service records. He become Petty Officer but I am unsure whether that was on the Cairo or the other ships he sailed on. If anyone knew my father, please get in touch.




    PO. Charles Dabbs .     Royal Navy HMS Indomitable   from Birmingham, England)

    I am researching the ships my father sailed on in the Royal Navy 1939-1945. I am in the process of requesting his service records. I know some of the ships he did sail on. He was in the Med campaign, namely Malta, France and North Africa. I can remember he did talk of the Cairo, Indomitable, and Ariadne, but know there must have been many more. He became petty officer while serving, and loved being at sea. His name was Charlie Dabbs and was born in Birmingham. Like many lads at that time, he lied about his age to get in the services. If anyone has any information, or contacts who may remember my father, I would be very gratefull.




    Sgt P R A Dack .     Royal Air Force 434 Bluenose Squadron. (d.20th Jan 1944 )




    Gunner Huntley DaCosta .     Royal Air Force




    Gregory Dadajan .     Soviet Army   from Kafan)

    My uncle, Dadajan Gregory, was a Soviet Prisoner of War in Stalag IVB. Just recently found this information on-line. He did not return from the war. If anyone has any information or suggestions how to continue our search, please let me know.




    Pte Hedley Albert Dadd .     Australian Imperial Force 2/1st Btn   from Balmain NSW Australia)

    Hedley Dadd served with the Australian Army during WW2.




    Sgt. Jack Daendels .     Dutch Army




    Lt. Hargrave John Dafforn MC.     British Army Royal Artillery   from Pinnocks Wood, Burchetts Green, Maidenhead)

    Captured in the rear guard action at Dunkirk. Wounded by a Howitzer shell landing some feet away, so in hospital elsewhere for a considerable period before arriving at the camp. His family were not aware he had survived for approximately a year.




    Norman Daggett .     Royal Air Force

    My father, Norman Daggett, joined the RAF from his home town of Chilton, Co Durham. He was stationed in Dyce initially as an air-gunner, but was transferred to the Military Police. He was subsequently stationed in Gravesend and India.




    Norman Daggett .     Royal Air Force

    My father-in-law, Norman Daggett, joined the RAF as a gunner, but was transferred to the RAF Police. I know that he spent some time training in Kent and served in India.




    Spr. Edward Graham Daglish .     British Army 233 Fld Coy. Royal Engineers (d.6th Jun 1944)

    Edward Graham Daglish died aged 23 on teh 6th of June 1944. He was the son of William Richard and Alice Daglish (nee Jones) of Primrose, Jarrow.

    Edwards is buried in the Bayeux War Cemetery.




    William Daglish .     British Army




    Sgt T. Dagnall .     RAF 428 sqd

    Sgt Dagnall was shot down on ops to Frankfurt on 20th/21st Dec 1943 with 428 Sqd.




    Sergeant Thomas Stanley Roy Dagnall .     RAF 428 Squadron (d.20th December 1943)

    Halifax LK928 Squadron 428 Operation Frankfurt Date 1 20th December 1943 Date 2 21st December 1943 LK928 was one of two No.428 Squadron Halifaxes lost on this operation (the other was EB252). Airborne 1614 20Dec43 from Middleton St.George. Cause of loss not established. Crashed at Glees some 7 km NNW of Mendig. Burials are reported from Glees 27Dec43; their graves are now located in Rheinberg War Cemetery.

    The brother of Sgt Jessiman, William Herkis Jessiman, was also KIA. F/S Tycoles survived the crash as his death is reported to have taken place at Reserve Lager Maria Loast 24Dec43.

  • F/S J.L.Keighan RCAF PoW
  • Sgt George Herkis Jessiman RCAF R/68645 KIA age 22
  • F/O Keith Maxwell Mosher RCAF J/21553 KIA
  • F/S Elmer Lawrance Tycoles RCAF R/128073 Inj
  • Sgt John Patrick Slater RAF 1516173 KIA age 29
  • Sgt George Kensall RAF 1052337 KIA age 22
  • Sgt Thomas Stanley Roy Dagnall RAF 1600759 KIA
  • F/S J.L.Keighan was interned in Camps L6/357, PoW No.1463.




  • Harry Dahill .     British Army Leicestershire Rgt.   from Mansfield)

    Harry Dahill served with the Leicestershire Rgt with the 8th Army at Tobruk and El Alamein.




    Slr Charles William Dahmen .     Dutch Army




    F/Sgt. L. B. Daitz .     97 Squadron




    Cpl. Leonard Grant Dake .     United States Army   from Pine River, WI.)

    My father, Leonard Dake, never talked about the war. The only story I know is he always said "You don't know what hunger is, until you catch and eat a raw chicken.... if you were lucky". For his service he was awarded the Purple Heart.




    Cpl. B. H. "Beat" Dalby .     Royal Australian Air Force   from Manton)




    Ord.Sig. Denis Peter Dalby .     Royal Navy HMS Royal Arthur   from Ilford, Essex)

    Denis Dalby trained at HMS Arthur between November 1943 and March 1944.




    Harry Dalby .     Army 1st Battalion The Black Watch, 51st Highland Division

    My late grandfather Harry Dalby was a POW in Stalag XXA. I have had his prisoner of war records translated and they give 2.K Batlingen, Batlingen 20 and Reigersfeld as work camps.

    My grandfather, while in one of the camps, had what can only be described as a large hankie or part of a sheet with his Battalion's badge and two soldiers in highland dress on either side of it. This was drawn in ink we were told. It also has HE YDEBRECK written on the top of it which I believe is Batlingen. We have no idea who made this for him so if anyone has any idea or info I would be very greatful.

    He was in the 1st Battalion The Black Watch, 51st Highland Division captured St.Valery 16/6/40.




    Pte. Harry Dalby .     British Army Black Watch

    My late grandad, Harry Dalby, was captured at St Valery on 12th June 1940 and became a POW at Stalag XXA.




    Pte. Harry Dalby .    

    I am researching my grandfather, Pte. Harry Dalby, POW No. 19116.




    Harry Dalby .     British Army 1st Btn. Black Watch

    My late grandfather, Harry Dalby, was a POW in Stalag XXA. His POW records have been translated and they give 2.K Batlingen, Batlingen 20 and Reigersfeld as work camps. My grandfather, while in one of the camps, had what can only be described as a large hankie or part of a sheet with his battalion's badge and two soldiers in Highland dress on either side of it. This was drawn (possibly in ink). It also has HEYDEBRECK written on the top, which I believe is Batlingen. We do not know who made this for him, so if anyone knows who did or has information about it, I would like to hear from them. He was in the 1st Battalion The Black Watch (51st Highland Division) and was captured at St Valery on 16th June 1940.




    Albert Stanley Dale .     Army Nottingham Regiment

    My father Albert Stanley Dale, who sadly is no longer with us, served in the Rats of Tobruk, Nottingham Regiment.

    Dad never had any photographs so I am looking for any information or photographs. All I know is that Dad served with Johnny Player who I think died.




    C. Dale .     British Army

    We have in the Hampshire Scout Archives an embroidered handkerchief for the Stalag 7a POW camp 1st Cosmopolitan Rover Crew. I mention it because of the comments from one of your contributors who said his dad was in it. We also have an unused Prisoner of war Airmail postal letter and a copy of the Camp newsletter Issue Number 4 written in pencil on toilet paper with the editors name of C. Dale, Sub editor J. Beanett and artist H. Bowring. It is dated 19th June 1943.




    Cpl. Dewey N Dale .     United States Marine Corps K Co. 3rd Bn. 4th Marines Battery A (AA)




    Sgt J. W. Dale .    





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