RAF losses May 1940. An update.

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  1. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    The following thread was started some time ago by our Paul Reed, but its post #16 that I have an interest in. A list of RAF losses during May 1940. If no one has any objection I would like to add a little more info to each loss (if I have said info and the time) I'll not delve too deeply, just use the details I have at hand. Ground crew losses might prove a bit difficult to log as they sadly are not documented with the same detail as aircrew.



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  2. Peter Clare

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    BASS, FREDERICK JOHN 580902 Sergeant (Obs.) 01/05/1940
    BUTTERY, HAROLD 650521 Aircraftman 1st Class 01/05/1940
    GRAY, KENNETH NEIL 40342 Flying Officer (Pilot) 01/05/1940 DFC
    HART, ALFRED WILLIAM HENRY 632176 Aircraftman 1st Class (W. Op.) 01/05/1940
    HOPPER, JOHN HAMILTON 518878 Sergeant (Pilot) 01/05/1940

    102 Squadron
    Whitley V N1500 DY-
    Op. Ferry

    Crashed 1059 hrs while staging between Kinloss and Driffield. The aircraft came down on the northern slopes of Hill of Foundland 6 miles SE of Huntley Aderdeenshire, Scotland.

    BCL. Chorley
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    BELL, KENNETH 565626 Sergeant 01/05/1940
    HAYTER, ALFRED HENRY 41289 Pilot Officer 01/05/1940
    KELLY, GEORGE 522560 Sergeant 01/05/1940
    WELSH, GEORGE 617385 Leading Aircraftman 01/05/1940

    269 Squadron
    Hudson I N7278
    Op. Bombing Sola

    Took off tasked with a bombing attack on Sola Aerodrome. Shot down about 10 miles west of the coast of Norway at 0823 hrs by Ltn G. Schirmbock of 4./JG77.

    CC Losses. McNeill
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    BOWEN, JAMES THOMAS 515101 Sergeant 01/05/1940
    BRADFORD, RIDLEY LEWKENOR 33019 Squadron Leader 01/05/1940
    BURNETT, ERIC WILLIAM 613517 Leading Aircraftman 01/05/1940
    KNOWLES, BASIL ELLES SHARP 580790 Sergeant 01/05/1940
    MORRISON, JAMES DOUGLAS 41096 Pilot Officer 01/05/1940
    TYLER, PHILIP ANDREW 541348 Leading Aircraftman 01/05/1940

    37 Squadron
    Wellington IA P9213 LF-
    Op. Stavanger

    Took off 1735 hrs Feltwell. Last seen in combat with enemy fighters off the Noregian coast.

    BCL. Chorley
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    BRENT, JOHN WILLIAM LEWIS GOLDIE 355953 Flight Sergeant (Pilot) 01/05/1940
    CUNNINGHAM, PETER CHRIS 580784 Sergeant (Obs.) 01/05/1940
    LILLEY, DONALD 631565 Aircraftman 1st Class (W. Op./Air Gnr.) 01/05/1940
    MULLER, HERBERT GAGE 39558 Flying Officer (Pilot) 01/05/1940
    O'SULLIVAN, MICHAEL JOHN 621221 Aircraftman 1st Class (W.Op./Air Gnr.) 01/05/1940
    POOLE, GERARD ARTHUR HUGH 76015 Pilot Officer (Air Gnr.) 01/05/1940

    99 Squadron
    Wellington IC P9276 LN-
    Op. Stavanger

    Took off 1800 hrs Newmarket. Believed to have been lost over the Wash.

    BCL Chorley
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    CLARKE, EDWARD JOSEPH TAYLOR 39375 Flying Officer (Pilot) 01/05/1940
    MARSHMAN, JOHN 77039 Pilot Officer (Air Gnr.) 01/05/1940

    115 Squadron
    Wellington IC R3154 KO-Q
    Op. Stavanger

    Took off 0315 hrs Marham. Crashed in poor visibility between Hutton-le-Hole and Lastingham, 7 miles NW of Pickering, Yorkshire.

    BCL Chorley
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    DITMAS, PATRICK HAROLD DEVEREUX 550777 Corporal 01/05/1940
    HEAYES, CECIL ROBERT 562741 Flight Sergeant 01/05/1940
    PEEL, HARVEY ALDERSON 527531 Sergeant 01/05/1940
    ROBERTSON, DAVID 633753 Aircraftman 1st Class 01/05/1940
    TOMLINSON, LEONARD FRANK 580338 Sergeant 01/05/1940

    58 Squadron
    Whitley V N1465 GE-
    Op. Stavanger

    Took off 2045 hrs Linton-on-Ouse. Last heard on w/t at 2355 hrs.

    BCL Chorley
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    FRIEND, JACK ERNEST ANTHONY 40818 Pilot Officer (Pilot) 01/05/1940
    FROST, CHARLES 580650 Sergeant (Obs.) 01/05/1940
    GLOVER, CHARLES WILLIAM 39659 Flying Officer (Pilot) 01/05/1940
    GREENALL, JOHN BELL 547006 Aircraftman 1st Class (W.Op./Air Gnr.) 01/05/1940

    61 Squadron
    Hampden I L4119 QR-
    Op. Aalborg

    Took off Hemswell. Crashed 0440 hrs after more than 9 hours in the air, at Croxton Kerrial, Leicestershire, 6 miles SW of Grantham, Lincolnshire.

    BCL Chorley
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    GILMER, JOHN MARTIN 41690 Pilot Officer (Pilot) 02/05/1940

    51 Squadron
    Whitley IV K9039 MH-
    Op. Oslo/Fornebu

    Took off 1900 hrs Dishforth. Crashed on a coll 1,350 ft above sea level between Burn fell and Dunsop Fell, 3 miles WNW of Slaidburn on the west Yorkshire moores some 16 miles west of Skipton.

    P/O Gilmer died from his injuries on 2 May 1940 while being treated at the Queen Victoria Hospital, Morecambe, Lancashire.

    BCL Chorley
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    BUTTERWORTH, JOHN LESLIE GILBERT 40798 Pilot Officer (Pilot) 03/05/1940
    PEARCE, MAURICE GEORGE ARTHUR 565936 Sergeant (Obs.) 03/05/1940
    WOOD, ROBERT ARTHUR 624992 Aircraftman 2nd Class 03/05/194

    53 Squadron
    Blenheim IV L9329
    Op. Recce Ruhr

    Shot down near Hornisgrinde.

    The Bristol Blenheim Warner


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    CARTER, REGINALD JOHN 78271 Pilot Officer (Pilot) 03/05/1940
    LAMBERT, WILLIAM KIRBY 358419 Aircraftman 1st Class (W.Op./Air Gnr.) 03/05/1940
    LONGLEY, JOHN MILLER 581463 Sergeant 03/05/1940
    WADMAN, CHRISTOPHER ARTHUR 630909 Aircraftman 2nd Class (Air Gnr.) 03/05/1940

    No.2 School of Army Co-operation
    Blenheim IV

    Engine cut just after take-off from Andover, aircraft stalled and spun into the ground.

    The Bristol Blenheim Warner
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    TOWNEND, ERNEST 535545 Leading Aircraftman (Air Gnr.) 03/05/1940

    206 Squadron
    Hudson I N7319 VX-C
    Op. Reconnaissance

    Took off 0345 hrs Bircham Newton. Damaged by Me109s of II(J)TrGr 186 off the Elbe Estuary. The hydraulics were damaged by the machine-gun fire and the aircraft was belly-landed at 0800 hrs on the return.

    CC Losses McNeill
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    ARSCOTT, GORDON OWEN 41145 Pilot Officer (Pilot) 04/05/1940
    BARFORD, GEORGE HARRISON 560547 Sergeant (Obs.) 04/05/1940
    FROOM, PETER WILLIAM 619761 Aircraftman 2nd Class (W. Op/Air Gnr.) 04/05/1940

    59 Squadron
    Blenheim IV L4857

    Crashed attempting night overshoot at Poix and destroyed by fire.

    The Brisol Blenheim Warner
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    HEPBURN, ANGUS 620438 Aircraftman 1st Class (Air Gnr.) 04/05/1940

    51 Squadron
    Whitley V N1406
    Op. Oslo/Fornebu

    Took off 1835 hrs Dishforth. Abandoned 0500 hrs while lost and in cloud. The Whitley crashed at Easingwold on the A19 midway between York and Sowerby, Yorkshire.

    BCL Chorley
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    BACKSHALL, ERIC OWEN 751665 Leading Aircraftman (W.Op.) 06/05/1940
    BECK, OSWELL 524300 Sergeant (Pilot) 06/05/1940
    FOSTER, JAMES 552135 Aircraftman 1st Class (W. Op.) 06/05/1940
    RAMSAY, KENNETH ALLAN 40430 Pilot Officer (Pilot) 06/05/1940

    14 OTU
    Hampden I P1274
    Op. Training

    Took off Cottesmore for night flying practice. Overshot the runway following a heavy landing and trying to go round again crashed 0050 hrs some 2 miles NNE of the airfield

    BCL Chorley
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    GIDDINGS, NORMAN FREDERICK FIDDLER 564658 Sergeant (Pilot) 06/05/1940
    GODDARD, CYRIL JAMES 551885 Leading Aircraftman (W. Op. [Air]) 06/05/1940

    88 Squadron
    Battle I RH-
    Op. Training

    Crashed near le Grand-Luce (Sarthe) 23 km SE of Le Mans, France.

    BCL Chorley
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    BERRYMAN, JOHN THEODORE 33506 Pilot Officer (Pilot) 07/05/1940
    22 Squadron
    Beaufort I L4466 OA-U
    Op. Training

    Took off 1500 hrs North Coates. During the approach P/O. Berryman decided to make another circuit and started to make a turn without retracting the flaps. The aircraft stalled and crashed onto the beach at 1530 hrs, just off the aerodrome.

    CC Losses McNeill
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    DELAHUNTY, MYLES JOSEPH 636904 Aircraftman 2nd Class 07/05/1940
    LUSK, DAVID JAMES THEODORE 70413 Flying Officer (Nav.) 07/05/1940
    MILLS, SIDNEY WILLIAM 623774 Aircraftman 1st Class 07/05/1940
    WOOLLATT, STUART PERCIVAL 39451 Flying Officer 07/05/1940

    22 Squadron
    Beaufort I L4472 OA-G
    Op. Shipping Strike

    Took off 1452 hrs North Coates. Formated with other squadron aircraft to bomb an enemy cruiser of the Nuremberg class which had been reported between Norderney/Juist. Claimed to have been shot down by Uffz Kaiser of II(J)/TrGR186 into the North Sea off Norderney but may have been shot down by flak north of the Dutch Frisians.

    CC Losses McNeill
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    ALLISON, VICTOR 519436 Sergeant (Pilot) 08/05/1940
    NEIRYNCK, VICTOR CHARLES EDWARD 645692 Leading Aircraftman (W. Op./Air Gnr.) 08/05/1940
    SCHMID, ERIC OLIVER FERDINAND 746761 Sergeant (Nav./Obs.) 08/05/1940

    235 squadron
    Blenheim IV-F P4844

    Crashed at Bircham Newton when lost height in turn during night circuit and dived into the ground.

    The Bristol Blenheim Warner
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    FALCONER, DOUGLAS GORDON BONNAR 523067 Sergeant (Obs.) 09/05/1940

    53 Squadron

    Blenheim IV R3634

    Took off from Metz, Found fog around Poix on return at 0245 hrs. Sgt Falconer killed baling out. Aircraft crash-landed near Rossiers, no further injuries.

    The Bristol Blenheim Warner

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