Royal Air Force War Grave Photos for Reference.

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  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Sergeant (Flight Engineer) DENNY, ALBERT JOHN
    Service Number 1863320

    Died 07/02/1944

    Aged 28

    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

    Son of Charles Albert and Ellen Mary Denny, of Tooting, Surrey.


    INSCRIPTION
    HE DIED THAT ENGLAND MAY BE FREE - DAD. I AM PROUD - MOTHER. WE'LL MEET AGAIN - IAN

    Buried at STREATHAM CEMETERY

    Location: London, United Kingdom
    Number of casualties: 385

    Cemetery/memorial reference: Block 14. Grave 98.
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  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Aircraftman 2nd Class KEEN, ANDREW MARTIN
    Service Number 3061608

    Died 15/07/1946

    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Buried at AMERSHAM CONSECRATED CEMETERY

    Location: Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
    Number of casualties: 21

    Cemetery/memorial reference: Grave 2768.
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  3. Bostonwayne

    Bostonwayne Member

    I have taken photos of
    818148 Smith
    523089 Merrill
    From burngreave cemetery Sheffield and
    4613955 Battye
    Wakefield cemetery. However the file is too large to post on here can anyone help on how to make smaller
     
  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Remembered Brockley Cemetery SE London


    Sergeant (Navigator (Bomber) HERBERT, CHARLES HENRY
    Service Number 1220683

    Died 01/05/1943

    Aged 32

    77 Sqdn.
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

    Son of William and Maria Louise Herbert, of Brockley, London. A.C.I.S.


    INSCRIPTION
    TO LIVE IN HEARTS WE LEAVE BEHIND IS NOT TO DIE


    Buried at REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY

    Location: Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
    Number of casualties: 7500

    Cemetery/memorial reference: 17. E. 2.


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  5. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Corporal COWELL, JAMES ERIC CURDON
    Service Number 520079

    Died 11/05/1940

    Royal Air Force
    Buried at LADYWELL CEMETERY

    Location: London, United Kingdom
    Number of casualties: 248

    Cemetery/memorial reference: Sec. D. Grave 3866A.


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  6. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Sergeant (Pilot) IMESON, KENNETH FRANK CHARLES
    Service Number 1392791

    Died 23/11/1943

    Aged 25

    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

    Son of Frank and Annie Elizabeth Imeson, of Brockley; husband of Louisa Jessie Rhoda Imeson, of Crofton Park.


    INSCRIPTION
    IN FONDEST MEMORY OF OUR DEAR KEN. LOVED BY ALL FOREVER WITH US

    Buried at LADYWELL CEMETERY

    Location: London, United Kingdom
    Number of casualties: 248

    Cemetery/memorial reference: Sec. C. Grave 697A.
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  7. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Sergeant (Pilot) SPRINGTHORPE, LESLIE JOHN
    Service Number 1330688

    Died 06/06/1942

    Aged 20

    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

    Son of John Stait Springthorpe and Alice Francis Springthorpe, of Brockley.


    INSCRIPTION
    IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR DEAR LES.

    Buried at LADYWELL CEMETERY

    Location: London, United Kingdom
    Number of casualties: 248

    Cemetery/memorial reference: Sec. B. Grave 1234.
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    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Sergeant (Pilot) SUTTON, VICTOR RONALD
    Service Number 528254

    Died 31/07/1941

    142 Sqdn.
    Royal Air Force
    Buried at BROCKLEY CEMETERY

    Location: London, United Kingdom
    Number of casualties: 198

    Cemetery/memorial reference: Sec. Y. Grave 676.



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  9. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

    420606 - Unaccounted airmen - 6-6-1942

    "
    Lundon was flying V6698, the Montrose ORB recored their Medical Officer attending a fatal crash from 56 OTU 3 miles south of Montrose and the deceased pilot as P/O W.E. Lundon.

    Springthorpe was recorded in the 56 OTU ORB along with Lundon.

    June 6th 1942, “Flying accident Hurricane No.V6993, Purgavie Farm, nr Kirriemuir. Pilot 1330688 Sgt Springthorpe (Flying Instructor D Flight) killed. Aircraft caught fire in air, pilot baled out but failed to pull rip-cord. Flying accident, Hurricane 6698 three miles southwest of Montrose Basin. Pilot, P/O W.E. Lundon, 120530, killed. Engine failed and pilot collided with trees on attempting force landing"

    Regards,

    Dave
     
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  10. The Cooler King

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    Name CREIGHTON
    First Names Allan David
    Rank P/O
    Service RCAF
    Service Number J19870
    Crew Position Air Gunner
    Age 26
    Date of Death 22/06/1944
    Cemetery Rheinberg War Cemetery Germany

    P/O Creighton's DFC:
    The award was presented by the Canadian Governor General tohis next-of-kin on the 10th December 1947. The citation calls him a pilot, but the casualty list and training school list make clear he was an air gunner.

    Pilot Officer Creighton, as pilot [sic] , has completed numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude and devotion to duty.

    Note: Although letters of condolence were often standard, the following excerpt from a letter dated 22nd June 1944 from the Commanding Officer, No.49 Squadron, to his widow may explain his award in some part:

    "During the time your husband has been with the squadron he has taken part in many operational sorties, and he has shown himself to be a very efficient and keen air gunner who was always willing to
    give the benefit of his knowledge and experience to the new gunners as they came to the squadron."

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    Grave Inscription - "We Loved Our Lad and he died that we might live "Blessed are the Peacemakers"
     
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  11. The Cooler King

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    Ronald Alfred William Beaumont

    Born: 1919, Knighton, Radnorshire

    Rank: Ground Engineer, promoted 23rd October 1943 to Acting Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) (Pilot Officer Probationer)

    Unit 57 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

    Date of Death: 22nd June 1944

    Age: 24

    Memorial: Rheinberg War Cemetery

    57 Squadron, Lancaster, NN696 DX-H Operation:: Wesseling, took off at 23.00 hours from East Kirkby, Lincolnshire.
    They were attacked by a nightfighter and crashed West of Geilenkirchen. All 7 crew were killed.
    In the London Gazette, dated Friday 25th January 1946, Ronald Alfred William BEAUMONT (162506), R.A.F.V-.R., 57 Squadron, was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, with effect from 21st June, 1944.

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  12. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

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  13. The Cooler King

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    W/CMDR D B Falconer DFC AFC, 156 SQR RAF.
    Falconer & crew were shot down by flak attacking Cologne on 30/31/12/1944. They are buried in Rheinberg War Cemetery.

    Their aircraft crashed after suffering a direct hit from flak, and that Falconer had commanded the squadron for only five weeks. He had flown 55 sorties.

    Grave Inscription - Lord God of Hosts Be with Us, Yet lest we forget lest we forget

    Rank: Wing Commander
    Service No:87052
    Age:28
    Regiment/Service:Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 156 Sqdn.
    Awards: D F C, A F C
    Additional Information:Son of James Falconer, M.B.E., and of Gertrude Marion Falconer, of Concession, Southern Rhodesia.

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  14. The Cooler King

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    Ft/Lt Kenneth F J Winchester DFC RAFVR.

    Kenneth Winchester was posted to 103 Squadron at Elsham Wolds on the 12th October 1941 from 15 OTU at Harwell and flew 10 ops as co-pilot with his pal |Ken Wallis. He was Ken Wallis’ best man at his wedding.
    He was made captain of his own crew in June 42 and completed 14 ops being lost on his 15th. He was awarded a DFC which was Gazetted 21st Aug 1942.

    103 Squadron detailed 11 aircraft for this attack on the German city of Cologne. Conditions were cloudy but with good visibility and in the target area nil to 8/10ths with big gaps.
    Flak was intense but not co-operating with searchlights which did not appear to be able to cone and this is thought to be due to the use of the IFF jamming device by our aircraft.. Balloons were observed at 6000 ft. F/L Winchester and crew and F/L Parker and crew failed to return. All other aircraft returned to base.

    Rank, Pilot – died aged 25 – 103 Sqn - Son of Percy Talbot Winchester and Leonora Winchesters of Battersea, London; husband of Madge Mary Winchester of Battersea - Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.

    Grave Inscription - At the Going Down of the Sun and in the Morning, we will remember them.

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  15. The Cooler King

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    Sgt Bernard William Vaughan DFM RAFVR

    Bernard William Vaughan was 35 years of age at the time of his death and not 43 as shown on the CWGR. However 35 is still old for aircrew duties. Also his parents listed by the CWGR are incorrect.
    Bernard was born in 1907 in Kingston-on-Thames and later lived in Margate with his parents and 3 siblings.
    Sadly his father died in 1912 and his mother in 1916. As a young man he worked in an office in Birmingham and then went to Australia. He later returned to England and settled in the Birmingham area.
    At this time he married his wife Elizabeth in 1932 and they had 2 children - Marjorie Elizabeth and Ian Frederic. Tragically his wife and children were killed in bombing in December 1940. Also his brother Reginald was killed a year later. Reginald was a commissioned air gunner with 144 Squadron and had been awarded a DFC.
    It is not clear at what stage Bernard joined the RAF. By October 1942 he was a very experienced air gunner having been on ops since early 1942 and had regularly flown with P/O J F Brookes plus a few others. When he was killed he must have been approaching the end of his tour. Bernard was awarded a DFM which was gazetted on the 6th November 1942.

    Ft/Lt Kenneth F J Winchester DFC (Previous post was his pilot) and is buried close to him at Rhienberg Cemetery.



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  16. The Cooler King

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    Ft Sgt Arthur Cox DFM

    This Halifax returned to base safely but lost four of its crew on a raid to Duisburg/Germany on 8/9 April 1943.
    They were hit by flak on return and the Halifax had all the engines quit and go into spin. Second Pilot, P/O G. BISSON, RCAF, Flt.Eng Sgt A. WHITTERON, RCAF, Midupper F/Sgt W. WAGNER, RCAF and the reargunner F/Sgt A. COX, RAF, all bailed out.

    P/O Stovel was able to get the Halifax under control at 1,000 feet and three engines were started again. This process was completed one more time, before they safely made it back to base.

    P/O G.E. BISSON, J/16354 was PoW (L3/1075), Sgt A. WHITTERON, R/66720 was PoW (357/1052), F/Sgt W.A. WAGNER, R/126995 was PoW (4B/1046), unfortunately F/Sgt Arthur COX, RAF(VR) 952028, DFM was killed and initially buried on 14th April 1943 at Monchengladbach (Hauptfriedhof), after the war exhumed and reburied in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.

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  17. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

    J16835 P/O Clifford Campbell Stovel was awarded an immediate Distinguished Flying Cross for bringing this No. 405 Squadron aircraft home.

    He was then posted to No. 408 Squadron and by 28 July 1943 was a Flight Lieutenant. On 28 July 1943 while on ops to Hamburg his aircraft, Halifax DT749 EQ-O, was shot down. Of the crew of eight, Stovel and four crew were killed, three survived to become POWs.

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    Flying Officer (Navigator) KENNEDY, JAMES APHONSUS
    Service Number 148471
    Died 13/09/1944
    Aged 23
    239 Sqdn.
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    D F C
    Son of John and Margaret Kennedy, of Glasgow.

    F/O. Breithaupt DFC was flying Mosquito aircraft # DZ 254 which was co-piloted/navigated by J.A. Kennedy DFC and was escorting bombers over Germany when he was shot up by a German ME-110 fighter aircraft near Cologne, Germany. The ME-110 overshot the Mosquito and was in turn shot down by the Mosquito. Breithaupt & Kennedy was killed but the crew of the enemy aircraft survived. Flying Officer Pilot Breithaupt & Flying Officer Kennedy are buried in the War Cemetery at Rheinberg, Germany.

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    Flying Officer (Pilot) BREITHAUPT, WILLIAM RANSOM
    Service Number J/17271
    Died 13/09/1944
    Aged 24
    239 (R.A.F.) Sqdn
    Royal Canadian Air Force
    D F C
    Son of William Walter and Gertrude Hughes Breithaupt, of York Mills, Ontario, Canada.
    F/O. Breithaupt DFC was flying Mosquito aircraft # DZ 254 which was co-piloted/navigated by J.A. Kennedy DFC and was escorting bombers over Germany when he was shot up by a German ME-110 fighter aircraft near Cologne, Germany. The ME-110 overshot the Mosquito and was in turn shot down by the Mosquito. Breithaupt & Kennedy was killed but the crew of the enemy aircraft survived. Flying Officer Pilot Breithaupt & Flying Officer Kennedy are buried in the War Cemetery at Rheinberg, Germany.

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