I encourage anyone that  has more information (Flight Log Book entries) or photos on 112 Squadron please send an e-mail to   raf_112_sqdn@yahoo.com before the history is lost.

 

   Nominal Roll 1939 -1945 112 Squadron RAF

 

These are all I have listed if you have more please e-mail me with details

WIA= Wounded In Action. KIA=Killed In Action, MIA = Missing In Action, POW=Prisoner Of War, BNF=Body Never Found, RTU = Returned To Unit

 

A very special thanks for details on all the SAAF Members goes to

Anne Lehmkuhl 

Professional researcher 

specializing in South African historical & genealogical research 

20+ years experience, helping clients world-wide finding people - dead or alive! 

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# Last Name First/Middle Names Service # Air Force Posted To Posted From  Remarks
1 van Aardt (Lt) A 580774V SAAF 14/4/45 1/8/45 .
2 Abrahams  (Fg Off) granted rank of Sqdn Ldr, 12 Feb. 1943, London Gazette, 35989  Richard James   37663   RAFVR  

29/8/40

4/3/41

He returned to the UK, where he briefly served with 41 Squadron.

http://brew.clients.ch/PilotsA.htm

Arrived-

41Sqdn

21 September 1941

Departed-

41 Sqdn

27 September 1941

Decorations

OBE (1949)

Commanded 41 Squadron for one week in the absence of Sqdn. Ldr. Lionel M. Gaunce He commanded 129 Squadron from September 1941 – January 1942, when he was posted to:

Air Ministry (Directorate of Plans).

On 1 July 1943 he was promoted to Wing Commander. Abrahams ended the war with 2 biplane victories, these being claimed while flying Gloster Gladiators.

He remained in the RAF after the war, reaching the rank of Group Captain on 1 January 1954.

Abrahams retired from the service on 27 July 1967, having been awarded an OBE.

3

Acworth  Plt Off)

DFC (25 July 1941)

Richard Alvin  "Acky" 40496 RAF 16/5/39 28/10/40 112 to 71 OTU to 55 OTU to118 Sqdn, 4276 THE LONDON GAZETTE, 25 JULY, 1941, DFC Flying Officer Richard Alvin Acworth (40496), No. 112 Squadron.
4 Adye (Sgt) Edward "Ted" B. 776184 . 14/4/42 11/6/42

POW 1.5 victory claims

 

5 Agnew  (WO)

NOT CONFIRMED

possible James Boucher "Paddy"

Not Confirmed

Possible NCO 745107

Officer

133806

RAFVR

 5/6/ 42 

31/3/43

ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.

GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.

To be Plt. Offs. on prob. (emergency): —

Flt. Sgts.

745107 James Boucher AGNEW (133806). 

2nd Aug. 1942.

Fig. Off. to Fit. Lt. (war subs.): 

2nd Aug. 1944.

J. B. AGNEW (133806)

6

Ahern  (Flt LT)

DFC

Lance Neville "Happy" 402781 RAAF 29/3/44 5/4/44

2066 SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 5 May 1944, Flight Lieutenant Lance Neville AHERN (Aus.4O2781),

Royal Australian Air Force, No. 112 Squadron. This officer has completed a very large number of sorties and has invariably displayed a high degree of skill and courage, qualities which have been well illustrated on many recent occasions. One day in April, 1944, he flew with much distinction

in a successful attack on ground targets. The next morning, Flight Lieutenant Ahern led a formation of aircraft in an attack on shipping

during which an enemy motor vessel was, sunk. The same afternoon he led the squadron in an engagement against a number of fighters, 3 of

which were shot down. By his inspiring leadership and outstanding determination, Flight Lieutenant Ahern contributed materially to the

successes obtained.

went on to become Sqdn Ldr discharged 26 Oct 1945

7 Allison (Plt Off) George Frame  402782 RAAF 3/5/42 27/2/42 Went on to become Sqdn Ldr discharged 28 Sep 1945
8 Alves (Sgt) John 1001427 . 31/10/41 12/12/41 POW till 44, 12 Dec 41 - At 1530 hrs 112 Sqdn RAF and 3 Sqdn took to the air, 18 Tomahawks on a sweep of the Derna area, over Tmimi they spotted a large formation of Axis aircraft and attacked, F/O Barr (3 Sqdn) got a Bf 110 and F/O Gibbes (3 Sqdn)  damaged a Ju 87 for the Australians, but two of their Tomahawks collided, P/O Eggleston (3 Sqdn)  crashing. 112 Sqdn RAF lost P/O Jefferies, Sgt Alves and Sgt Houston, while F/L Humphrey's aircraft was damaged. P/O Bartle claimed a Bf 109 and damaged a MC 202, while two other pilots damaged fighters.
9 Ambrose (Fg Off ) DFC, London Gazette, 35580, 24 Feb. 1942 Charles Francis

42583

RAF 21/11/41 12/12/41

Fought in Battle of  Britain earned CBE and AFC retired 1972 from RAF

Pilot Officer Charles Francis AMBROSE (42583)—

No. 46 Squadron. This officer has taken part in 100 operational missions during which he has destroyed at least two enemy aircraft and damaged several others. He has displayed outstanding courage and a

fine fighting spirit throughout.

10 Amis (Sgt) P W  1804379 . 27/3/45 17/4/45 .
11 Amos (LAC) Sidney "Curly" 1271698 RAF ?/8/41 . Swede from Rural Kent
12

Arthur (Canadian

(Wg Cmd 

239 Wing))

Charles Ian Rose "Duke" 41241 RAF ?/11/44

with 239 wing

 .
13 ATKINSON (Plt Off) (Canadian ERIC   J/8414   RCAF  

22/5/42

04/06/42 KIA, BNF, Son of Francis Atkinson, and of Winefred Atkinson, of Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada.
14 Bain (Sgt) Tracking the service number, Pilot Officer Gordon Eric ELLIS (47993) relinquishes his short service commission on account of "ill-health, 11 Feb. 1941.

To be Pit. Offs. on prob. (emergency):— Wt. Off. 518517 William BAIN (47993). 2 Jan. 1942.

The above entry makes this fellow confirmed.

William Bain  went on to be a  Pilot Officer (47993) with 2 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit, shot down, 23/10/1942, Son of George Smith Hendrie Bain and Isabella Lawson Bain)

NCO

518517

OFFICER

47993

.RAFVR  

7/6/41

 

15/10/41 On 18 May 1941 two Hurricanes and two Gladiators from Heraklion were airborne and after an air attack on this field they were ordered to land instead at Retimo. The remaining Hurricane and Gladiators at Heraklion were no longer flyable. On arrival at Retimo the four pilots were ordered to evacuate to Egypt, and after refuelling, all took of. Flying Officer A R Costello and Sergeant W Bain flew the two Hurricanes, Flight Lieutenant Dennant and Pilot Officer Westenra the Gladiators. All arrived safely. There is a possibility that a P/O William Bain with 2 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit, Service Number 47993, KIA 23/10/1942, Son of George Smith Hendrie Bain and Isabella Lawson Bain. maybe the same man as new service numbers where often given out to Commissioned Officer Pilots (No 2 PRU was raised to squadron status as No 680 Squadron.)
15 Bailey   Bill    ? ? ?  .
16 Baker  (Plt Off) Aubrey Cyril   64892   RAFVR

?

?/?/42

BoB pilot 610 Sqn, Joined 610 on 27 July. Destroyed Bf109s on 24 and 29 August. Awarded DFC 4Dec42.
17 Balden  (Sqn Ldr) Duncan Whitely  33154 RAF 27/6/41 13/10/41 CO formerly from A Flight 261 Sqn Hal Far Fighter Flight flew Hurricane N2672, flew his plane off the deck of HMS Argus on 2nd August 1940, and landed at Luqa to increase the number of aircraft to defend Malta. In command of 261 Squadron August till December 1940, when he was posted to H.Q. Luqa with the rank of Squadron Leader (Admin). Retired from the Royal Air Force 1966
18 BANKS  (Sgt) (George Cross, 5 Nov 1946, London Gazette, 37776) ARTHUR   1607992   RAFVR 9/8/44 29/8/44 POW,murdered
19 BANKS (Pilot Off) EDWIN THOMAS  "Teddy"  40978   RAF 16/5/39 13/03/41 KIFA (Killed In Flying Accident)
20 Barber  Fitter II E (Fitter Engines trade group 2) Jack  (Ali)    . . . Deceased, worked with Robert "Jock" Sinclair on GA ? from June 44 till May 1945
21

Barclay ( Fg Off)

M.B., Ch.B.

Gordon Powell (Medical Off) 78223 RAF 4/1/41 5/6/41 .
22 Barlow (Sgt) (Americian) Lawrence Daniel Patrick  83050 RCAF ?/8/42 28/9/42 POW till 44
23 Barnes (Flying Off) (Aus)

Alonzo Roy Trevallon "Buckshot"

40980 RAF thought to be 16/5/39

thought to  have been demoted and posted out for this incident and posted to 31 Air Stores Park (Fuka), From there he was posted into 211 Sqdn on

3 January 1940

Then F/O Barnes got out his shot gun and started stalking the Orderly Officer, P/O Evans, his favorite target, with the result that F/O Barnes was posted to a ground job in the desert and nicknamed ‘Buckshot’.

August 1938 Alonzo Roy Trevallon Barnes Acting Pilot Officer
January 1939 as above (no unit) London Gazette 6 September 1938 p5678
The under mentioned are granted short service commissions as Acting Pilot Officers on probation on the dates stated
20 August 1938 Alonzo Roy Trevallon Barnes

London Gazette 4 October 1940 p5833
The under mentioned Pilot Officers are promoted to the rank of Flying Officer:
3 September 1940
Alonzo Roy Trevallon Barnes (40980) 

London Gazette 35387, 

19 December 1941 page 19 of 58

Flg. Offs. to be Flt. Lts. (war subs.): 

3rd Sept. 1941.

A. R. T. BARNES (40980).

London Gazette Second Supplement Tuesday, 4 July, 1944
Transfer to reserve
The undermtd. (and called up for air force service):
Flt Lts:
27 June 1942
London Gazette Supplement, 23 April, 1946 p2013
RESERVE OF AIR FORCE OFFICERS
GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH
Commission relinquished
Flt Lt ART BARNES (40980) (on account of medical unfitness for Air Force service), retaining his rank, 10 April 1946.

24 Barnes (Plt Off)

Harold James Martin 

(Boomerang ?)

112407 RAFVR 19/1/43,  15/2/44 This Barnes had prior service in an Artillery unit before joining the RAF and 112 Sqdn
25 BARROW  (Plt Off) JOHN SATTERTHWAITE   118054   RAFVR   ? /6/42 22/7/42 KIA
26 Bartle  (Plt Off) (April, 1942, "B" Flight Commander 112 Sqdn) John Phillip (Jack) or Bart  406171   RAAF 31/8/41 27/5/42 Also served as CO 450 Sqdn and in 1 Ambulance Sqdn discharged 20/7/45
27 Bartlett (Engine Fitter) H E . . . . .
28 Barlett (Fg Off) Stephen  Peter  40875 RAF 17/11/40 12/2/41

40875,  takes rank and precedence as if his appointment as Pilot Officer bore date, 01 Aug. 1939. Reduction to take effect from 28th Nov. 1939. (From A/Flt Lt)

29 Barlow (Sgt ) (American) Lawrence Daniel Patrick "Larry" 83050 RCAF .?/8/42 28/9/42 Shot down POW, from Burke, South Dakota
30 Bartley  (Plt Off) (Can) Leonard Lawrence ‘Len’ ( London Gazette spells 1st name Lenard) 42182   RAF   30/7/40  31/5/41

POW Crete escaped ,originally  from Saskatoon Saskatchewan, Canada

31 Barton (LAC) . . . . . .
32 Barwick (Mechanic AC 1) Bill (Yippie)   RAF . .

Prior service with 654 Squadron

Hey don’t you come from Olney?’ He was from Weston Underwood a couple of miles from Olney. He took my name and address and wrote home for his folk to tell my folks he’d seen me and that I was O K. I think they were pleased

33 Bates (Sgt)  P O  779038 . 2/4/41 5/9/41 .Must have served in Greece and Crete by 5/6/41 he was a Pilot in "A" Flight
34 Bax (Sqn Ldr)  Alfonso Rudolf Gordon "Porpoise" 33018 RAF 1/8/40 24/6/40 Temp CO, went to 211 Sqdn, taken POW 9/6/41
35 Bennett  (Plt Off) Richard John  "Benny" 40982   RAF   16/5/39  31/5/41 POW, Crete, he and Len Bartley where captured while evacuating Crete in McLennan's barge on or about 3 June 1940
36 Bird (Flt/Sgt) B J K  1806115 . 22/7/45 22/11/46 .
37 Blackburn (Lt) W A  206143V SAAF 26/4/45 28/7/45 .
38 Blair (Sgt) P M 1583246 . 5/6/44 5/1/45 .
39 Blake (listed on most sources as American, he was from Canada living in Corpus Christi, Texas) Walter Richard "Blackie" or "Dickie" R97463 RCAF 14/1/43  7 /7/43  Signed up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, trained at St. Catherines (No. 9 EFTS), and Dunnville (No. 6 Service Flying Training School), Ontario. He and "Goose" Guess came to the Sqdn straight from OTU. Tour expired he returned to Canada
40 Blatchford (2/Lt) Ellis Frederick 580779V  SAAF 5/10/44   22/5/45 Blatchford (2/Lt) E F Estate file of Ellis Frederick BLATCHFORD, born 08 May 1925, died 17 Aug 1996. File held at the Master of the High Court (Cape Town). "Anne" <zafamilyhistory@gmail.com> 
41 BLOM WREFORD DEVISME 581737V SAAF 16/4/45 26/7/45 KIA
42 Bloomfield (Sdn Ldr) Peter Stanley  47767 RAF 23/10/45 4/12/45 CO
43 Bluett (Flt Lt later Acting Sqdn Ldr) DFC and Bar Anthony Peter Questil  "A Flt Cmd" 43539 RAF 22/5/43  29/3/44

1502 SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 20 -MARCH, 1945 Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross.

Acting Squadron Leaders.

Anthony Peter Questil BLUETT, D.F.C (43539), R.A.F., 112 Sqdn.

44 Booth (Fg Off ) William Arthur  35358 RAF 16/5/39  13/2/40

COMMISSIONED ENGINEER OFFICERS. The under mentioned Warrant Officers are granted commissions as Flying Officers on probation with effect from the dates stated and with seniority of I2th June 1939: 14th Aug. 1939. William Arthur BOOTH (35358).

45 Bosch (Lt) A C J  32874V  SAAF 17/1/45  28/7/45  .
46 Bowker (Plt Off) later Flt Lt 5 Jan 1942, DFC Neville  "Bowks"

NCO 779035

Officer 89773  

Southern Rhodesia Air Unit / absorbed by the RAF, 1939, 

RAFVR  

14/2/41  27/12/41 POW, 2x, 1st, briefly in Crete escapes from hospital, rejoins unit only to be later shot down again, recaptured (2nd over desert)  he receives a shot gun blast to legs while captured, walks again only after extensive surgery after his release.

SUPPLEMENT- TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 1 OCTOBER, 1943 4357, DFC, Flight Lieutenant Neville BOWKER (89773), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 112 Squadron, awarded with effect from 6th January, 1942.

47 Brett (Fg Off)

Leonard Darke Dashwood

 (Intel Off)

115330 RAFVR 1/7/45 5/10/45 .
48 Brierly   (Sgt)  Lawrence William 1581057 . 19/6/44 24/8/44 Later KIA
49 Brooks (cook) E . . . . .
50 Brown   (Sgt) David B  "Fat" (because he was so thin) 1381428   RAF   2/9/42  9/12/43  .
51 Brown   (Plt Off I9th Jan. 1940, Fg Off 25 Nov 1940, Flt Lt 25 November 1941) Ephraim Hugh "Brownie"   41777   RAF   30/10/40  14/4/41  .
52 Brown  (Sdn Ldr) Harry Lennox Innes  (Adj)  37060   RAF   4/9/40 

3/4/41

Served with PeterWykeham-Barnes and Pattle, 1938 while in 80 Sqdn at Ramleh on "Airpin" operations

53 BROWN  (WO I)  WILFRED DAVID "Canada" or "Western Desert" R/86267   RCAF   7/10/42  19/9/43 KIA, BNF
54 Bruce (Fit Sgt ) C T O  528156 .  1/5/44  10/5/44 .
55 BRUCE (Plt Off) DAVID ALISTAIR 80213 RAFVR   27/5/42  10/3/43 KIA, may have flown Spitfire mark vb Serial W3657, with 92 Sqdn October 1941
56 BRUNTON (Fg Off)  PETER CHARLES LINDSAY  

NCO 779034

Off 

89774  

RAFVR   14/1/41  3/2/42 KIA
57 Burcham (Plt Off) John Alexander

NCO 1210837

Officer 119713

RAFVR 24/2/43  7/3/44

POW

ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.

GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.

To be Pit. Offs. on prob. (emergency): —

Sgts.12 October 1943

1210837 John Alexander BURCHAM (119713)

Fg Off 24 January 1944

58 BURNEY   Plt Off HENRY GEORGE  (Tom) 402343   RAAF   8/8/41  30/5/42 KIA. BNF, brother to Stanley William Burney, RAAF, also a  pilot, he flew with No 5 Squadron,
59 Bullock (Plt Off)

John Henry  

Cypher Officer

293135 RAAF 15/10/41 18/8/42 Became a Flt Lt discharged 21 Sep 1945
60 Burgess (AC1) F G 1721704 . 11/3/44 . Graduate of Air Training Corps  (Air Cadets)
61 Burrows (LAC) Thomas   610175 RAF ?/?/39 ?/?/43 Returned to England
62 Butcher (Pit Off ) Arthur Richard  "Jack" 70104 RAF 16/5/39   30/10/40 POW
63 Butler (Sgt  ) Albert "Bert" (Fitter) . . . . .
64 Butterworth (Fit Sgt ) William  H  1474220 . 26/9/45 20/6/46  Came from 213 Sqdn
65 Caldwell  (Sqn Ldr) Clive Robertson   402107 RAAF   13/1/42  27/4/42
66

Camm (Flt Lt)

M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P.

Austen Clough (Medical Off) 100468 RAFVR 28/5/45 10/11/45 Attended to 250 and 112 Sqdn
67 CARR  (Sgt) JAMES ROY   1620942   RAFVR 24/5/44  2/6/44 KIA
68 Carroll  (Fg Off)

Geoffrey "Jeff"

(Intel Officer)  

101105 RAFVR to RAAF 5/6/41  14/3/43 The under mentioned relinquish their commns. on transfer to the Royal Australian Air Force. 30 June,1941. Any Promotions in the R.A.F.V.R. which, have been promulgated subsequentto this date are hereby cancelled.
69 Carson  (Sgt) Kenneth Francis   404233    RAAF ? /10/41  16/6/42 POW, became a Flt Lt discharged 17 Oct 1945
70 Carson  (Plt Off) later (Flt Lt) William Edward    404168    RAAF ? /10/41  ? /1/42 Became a Flt Lt discharged 11 Mar 1946
71 Cassell (Sgt) Stuart  Dymock 402307    RAAF   18/2/42  12/6/42 Became a Flt Lt discharged 10 Jan 1947
72 Carter (LAC) Arthur Jeffrey 1235771 RAFVR 1942 (North Africa) 1945 (Italy) He worked as ground crew, working as a radio tech, I believe his rank was LAC. He stated that he worked on all the Squadron aircraft. He joined the squadron when Billy Drake was Squadron Commander. Dad is still alive approaching 87yrs. He has a photo album with 100+ photos of his time with the squadron
73 Carter (Flt Sgt) H  W (NCO i/c "A" Flight 1237091 RAF .not confirmed 16/05/39 31/5/41 POW, captured in Crete
74 Cauley (LAC) S S E (Sanitation Personnel) 518131 RAF . . .
75 CHAPMAN, (Cpl) THOMAS CHARLES 635953 RAF . 01/07/1944 .
76

Chapman (Plt Off)

Robert Hugh 40510 RAF, 

Promoted to Flying Officer 6 July 1940

to Flt Lt  6 July 1941

Flt Lt to Sqdn Ldr temp 1 July 1943

Sqdn Ldr substantive, 10 August 1945,extends service for 4 years on active list 18 December 1945 with seniority date of 1 December 1942 relinquishes Sqdn Ldr to Flt Lt 1 November 1947, 

16/5/39 10/9/40
Name CHAPMAN, Robert Hugh
Number 40510
Rank Squadron Leader
Nationality British
Born Hong Kong, 9 February 1919

Arrived

41 Sqdn

28 May 1944

Departed

41 Sqdn

28 August 1944
Decorations None
Notes 41 Sqdn, CO, 28 May to 28 August 1944; retired March 1958
 
77 Charnworth or Churnworth (Cpl) . . . ?/?/39 ?/?/? With Sqdn Helwan, Christmas 1939
78 Cherry (Fg Off later Flt Lt) DFC while with 250 Sqdn Leonard (Len) Henry 

NCO

1337230

Off

114723

RAFVR 14/2/43 6/3/44

My father, was killed on 15 th July 1955 at the age of 33 in a peacetime flying accident in Germany, 71 Eagle squadron

Best wishes
Angela Simmons (editors note....I think they where flying Sabres out of Wildenrath, Germany in 1955) Confirmed Thanks Rob, He was in 71 Sqdn in '54/'55 as well, in Wildenrath, Germany. He was landing in Bruggen when he was killed, moving his Sqdn to his new posting there.
Thanks again
Angela

79 Christidis   Dr. George Greek Interpreter  . . .
80 Christie John . . . . Served approximately 1 year with 112 Squadron in Treviso as a cook.
81 Christie (Sgt) (Can) Ronald Henry . RCAF 31/10/41 14/4/42 Flew for brief time in 32 and 245 Sqdn, Tour expired returned to Canada
82 Churchill (Lt) H F  207324V SAAF 3/1/44 5/6/44 POW
83 CLARK  (Plt Off) GEORGE GORDON (Knobby)  185335   RAFVR 6/5/44  9/11/44 KIA, graduate of Air Training Corps  (Air Cadets)
84 Clarke  (2/Lt) D A H  328908V SAAF 28/5/44  30/9/44  .
85 Clarke (Sgt) N A  1169208 RAFVR 22/2/42 13/1/43 .
86 CLARKE ROBERT HUGH "Bobbie" or "Happy" 40513   RAF probably 16/5/39 31/10/40 KIA
87 Clayton Taff . . ?/?/39 ?/?/? With Sqdn Helwan, Christmas 1939
88 Clear (LAC) promoted to Cpl 25/7/44 J (Medical Personnel) 970301 . 31/7/44 . Posted to 5 R.F.U.
89 Cleary (Ground Crew, Metal Rigger) John 542103 RAF 16/5/39 ?/?/39 I have just found your web site on the internet. My father, John Cleary (542103 RAF) came out to Egypt on Argus and was in B Flight of 112 Sqdn until he moved to No 33 Sqdn at the end of 1939. He subsequently went to Greece and Crete with 33 Sqdn and got back.
90 Cockram (Sgt later WO, Plt Off then Flg Off) Kenneth (Ken) Newton

1425541 (NCO)

191882 (OFF)

RAFVR 3/6/43 24/6/44

Appointment to commission.

As Plt. Offs. on prob. (emergency):

Wt. Offs.

1st Feb. 1945.

1425541 Kenneth Newton COCKRAM (191882)

ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.

GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.

Confirmation and promotion.

Plt. Offs. (prob.) confmd. in appts. and to be

Flg. Offs. (war subs.):

1st Aug. 1945.

K. N. COCKRAM (191882).

Survived the war

91 Cochrane  (Flt Lt) (DFC) (Can) Homer Powell "Cockers" 40991   RAF   19/6/41 13/10/41

Went on to 204 Group and then 238 Sqdn posted to CO 112 Sqdn 6/10/41 he had 159 sorties behind him on 7/11/41 he was sent to train Turkish Pilots  From Vernon B.C., like his brother enlisted in the RAF as a pupil pilot prior to the outbreak of the war. He flew with Nos. 112, 238 and 525 Squadrons racking up a score of 9 enemy aircraft destroyed, 2 probable, and one other damaged.

During the Albanian campaign his squadron encountered a vastly superior number of enemy aircraft. Cochrane, observing his leader's plane being attacked by four enemy aircraft, went to his assistance and the leader escaped. During the air battle Cochrane destroyed two enemy aircraft. DFC, 4864 THE LONDON GAZETTE, 22 AUGUST, 1941, 

Acting Flight Lieutenant Homer Powell COCHRANE- (40991), No. 112 Squadron

92 Cocking   Des    . . .  .
93 COCKS  (Flt Sgt) WILLIAM EDWARD 1393866   RAFVR   17/9/43  7/4/44 KIA
94 Cordwell  (Sgt )  W E C  1260984 . 20/1/42 1/5/42 .
95 Colenbrander  (Lt) Adrian Montague P/102667 SAAF 10/6/40  ? /7/40  KIA while in 2 SAAF Sqn, 13/11/1942 Colenbrander (Lt) A M Estate file of Adrian Montague COLENBRANDER, dated 1942, held at the National Archives of South Africa (Pietermaritzburg) The South African National Museum of Military History, in Johannesburg, has a photo (reference: B/EA021/PA1) dated 1941, entitled "Abyssinian Campaign (1940-1941). Group of three South African Air Force Pilots. 2nd Lt B Fritz, Lt A Colenbrander and Lt B Guest." Rank: Major Regiment/Service: South African Air Force Unit Text: 2 Sqdn. Age: 25 Date of Death: 13/11/1942 Additional information: Son of Adrian Leopold Brunner and Lilian Colenbrander (maiden name WOOD, she was born at sea near Australia), of Magut, Natal. Father died in 1941. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: Column 265. Memorial: ALAMEIN MEMORIAL "Anne" <zafamilyhistory@gmail.com> 
96 Costello  (Pit Off)   Alfred Reuben 41781 RAF 30/10/40 

18/4/42

6/10/41

1/5/42

He was posted away from 112 Squadron on 6 October 1941 but returned, as a Flight Lieutenant, in April 1942 after having served as an instructor. He was, however only to serve for a fortnight before being posted away finally from 112 Squadron on 1 May 1942.
97 Cookson Jack (Fitter) . . . . .
98 Costeuizen Capt., DFC Edward Delville 2O5796V SAAF unknown unknown 4224 SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 21 AUGUST, 1945
99 Cotton (RAF Boxing Champ) Henry . .
100 Cowburn Johnny . . . . .
101 Crawford Jock Sqdn Equipment Officer (tent mate of Dukes)

Possibly :

ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.

GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.

To be Pit. Offs. on prob.. (emergency):

4th Oct. 1941.

Colin Gerald CRAWFORD (108075). NOT Confirmed

. . . .
102

Crews (F/Lt)

L.M.S.S.A.

Edward Washington "Peter" (Medical Officer) 120425 . 3/2/1944 17/3/45 .
103 Crichton  (Can) Joseph Micheal S   J5032   RCAF 22/5/42  11/1/43 Previous service with 126 Sqdn in Malta, POW
104 CROCKER   ALBERT THOMAS 1259818   RAFVR ? /1/42  4/1/42 KIA
105 CROFT Aircraftman 1st Class HERBERT 539303 RAF . 11/8/43 KIA, high explosive bomb during an air raid on the base
106 Cross (LAC) . . . . . .

107

Crowther (Sgt to Plt Off ?) W Johnny 1670847 RAFVR 5/6/44  30/12/44  .
108 CUDDON  (Plt Off) BRIAN ANTHONY FREDERICK   115619   RAFVR 1/5/42  11/12/42 KIA. BNF
109 CURPHEY (Plt Off) (Can) LEWIN HENRY  "Bunny" J 7769   RCAF 5/7/42  13/1/43 Previous service (6 weeks) 81 Sqn ETO, KIA, BNF
110 Daniell (Sgt ) L G  1602798 
5/6/44  14/1/45 .

111

Darwin (Fit Lt ) Christopher William Wharton 42050 RAF  21/2/42  21/4/42 .
112 DARWEN   JOHN  "Jackie" or Prissy 33237   RAF was with 239 wing KIA
113 Davenport (Lt ) W O  542975V  SAAF 30/4/45  28/7/45  ...
114 DAVEY  (Sgt) (Can) JOHN VERNON   R/74906   RCAF 22/2/42  18/5/42 KIA, BNF from Victoria , BC
115 Davies (Sgt)  Robert Desmond  1422019 . 19/6/44  28/6/44 A new arrival he slightly bent a Mustang 23/6/44 which earned him a posting to 450 Sqdn
116 DAVIS   GEORGE FREDERICK   1614505   RAFVR   1/5/44 31/5/44 Transferred in from 239 Wing Training Fligt, KIA
117 Davison (Plt Off)  Thomas  Harkness

 "Tommy"

39863  RAF 16/9/39 12/3/40 .
118 Dawes  (Lt) J K N  543152V  SAAF 18/4/45  28/7/45 .
119 Dawson  (Lt) G N  580784V  SAAF 16 4 45  28 7 45 .
120 Day   Robert (Armourer) . . . . .
121 DE BOURKE  (WO II) (American) RICHARD   R/79049   RCAF 10/7/42  10/3/43 From Dorchester, Mas. , USA, KIA, BNF
122 De Hond  AC 1 Bernard "Benny" 1238984  RAF joined unit in Sicily .  .
123 de K. Viljoen (Capt) Servaas  102785V SAAF 19/5/40 ? / 6/40

Went on to serve with 1 SAAF Fighter Squadron 

Frequently the Gladiators scrambled at the sound of aircraft but no contacts were made until 4 October 1940.

Captain Boyle, Lt. A. Duncan and Lt. S. de K. Viljoen took off from Azzoza that morning with the intention of looking for trouble over Tessenei. As they mounted into the early morning sky they encountered a patrol of

three C.R.42's flying some 500 feet above them on the starboard beam. The Italians flying in line astern broke on sighting the Gladiators and went into the attack.

The South Africans accepted the Italians' head-on attacks and flew straight at the enemy-right into the tracers streaking from the Fiat's cannons. Captain Boyle felt his Gladiator (N5852) being hit but pushed on with his

attack and saw the Italian going dow n to his ow n guns. It was Boyle's first victory. L t Viljoen downed another. The third escaped. It is almost certain that their opponents were 412 a Squadriglia.

 (de K. Viljoen (Capt) Servaas Estate file dated 1972 for Servaas de Kock VILJOEN, born in Cape Town, married to Maureen Gladys VILJOEN (maiden name BOSMAN). Held at the National Archives of South Africa (Pietermaritzburg) "Anne" <zafamilyhistory@gmail.com> 

124 DEEBLE  (Plt Off) ROBERT JAMES   181078   RAFVR   . 6/11/44 KIA
125 Derma  (Sgt) Józef   784742 PAF 9/2/41 5/5/42  .
126 Dick (Sgt) James McNab 1672409 RAFVR 5/6/44 1/7/44 ?/6/44 he injured himself in an accident and was posted out of the Sqn, later KIA while with 250 Sqdn
127 DICKINSON (Plt Off) ERIC "Dicky" 64920   RAFVR 28/4/42 28/5/42 KIA, shared a tent with Duke
. Dodge (LAC) John L 1378528 RAF . ?/?/42 He was transferred to 161 MU, MEF, either Cairo or Alex? after catching pneumonia, probably early in 1942? He had run a pub in London before the war, but his forwarding address was to 73, North Esk Road , Montrose, Angus , Scotland , where his wife had gone to live.
128 Donaldson  (Sgt)   George Millar 'Paddy'   580315 (NCO); 49277 (Off) RAF 16/3/40 30/5/41 112 & 501Sq, 1493 Flight, 1494 Flight
129 DONKIN  (Sgt) ALEXANDER TAIT   1055285   RAFVR 23/11/41  8/2/42 KIA
130 Dorrington (Flt Lt ) Possibly Philip James not confirmed 70186 not confirmed RAF ? 4/42   27/5/42

Fit. Lt. P. J. DORRINGTON (70186) resigns his commission. 2nd Sept. 1942

Past connections to 112 Sqdn pilots:

The under mentioned Pilot Officers on probation

are confirmed in their appointments

on the dates stated: —

I5th Dec. 1939.

Henry Bell KIRK (70808).

2nd Jan. 1940.

Arthur Richard BUTCHER (70104).

20th Mar. 1940.

Philip James DORRINGTON (70186).

131 Dottridge   (2/Lt)  E W  328288V  SAAF 21/12/43 23/7/44 .
132 Dowling (Sgt) Alan Albert 1803433 RAFVR 21/5/44 24/8/44 Later KIA while with 213 Sqdn
133 Down (Flt Lt) 18 August 1941 (April, 1942, "A" Flight Commander 112 Sqdn) Peter Derrick McLeod  39934  RAF 2/23/42  21/5/42

RESERVE OF AIR FORCE OFFICERS.

GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.

Transfer between branches.

Fit. Lt. P. D. M. DOWN (39934) to the Admin.

and Spec. Duties Br. 15th Feb. 1945.

134 Dugdill (LAC)  "A Flight" Thomas 1021007 RAF 19/9/40 7/12/45 Dad corrects me on something I told you – I said it was standard procedure to wash the inside of the planes with paraffin, but that was only changed after dad’s incident, he believes – Up until his accident, they cleaned them out with aviation fuel! Dad said that British planes used hydraulic switches but the American ones were electric – He saw the other ground crew member do something with the joystick on the Kittyhawk, then saw the spark but could do nothing about it, too late. Injury thought to have occurred Late Jan early Feb 1942. Dad told me a little story which made me chuckle – When they got back to port after the war, Gourock near Glasgow, the same port he had left from, the dockers went on strike as they were about to disembark. Our armed services, battle-hardened men who had not been home for years, gave the Glaswegians five minutes to change their minds – They did, within 2 minutes!
135

Drake (Sqn Ldr)

DFC and Bar, DSO

Billy 39095 RAF 25/5/42  15/1/43 3302 SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 28 JULY, 1942, Bar to DFC

Acting Squadron ^ Leader Billy DRAKE, D.F.C. (39095)", No. -112 .Squadron.

Squadron Leader Drake is a skilful pilot and a fine leader. He has displayed great energy and has led his squadron on every sortie in the latest battle of -Libya. One day in June, 1942, an attack was made against Gazala aerodrome which resulted in a number of enemy aircraft being destroyed or damaged on the ground. Squadron

- -'Leader Drake has personally scored hits on enemy transport vehicles and on a heavy tank. In addition he has destroyed at least 5 enemy aircraft and damaged a number of others in air combats.

4 December 1942, 

THIRD SUPPLEMENT TO

The London Gazette Of TUESDAY, the 1st of DECEMBER, 1942, 5265, Distinguished Service Order

Squadron Leader Billy DRAKE, D.F.C. (39095), No. 112 Squadron. Since being awarded a Bar to his Distinguished Flying Cross, Squadron Leader Drake has continued to display the utmost courage and determination in operations against the enemy. In September 1942, he led his wing with great determination, against a formation of enemy dive bombers escorted by fighters. In the ensuing combat 4 bombers and 1 fighter were destroyed. On a number of other occasions this officer has led bombing and low-level machine gun attacks with devastating results. His leadership and magnificent fighting spirit have been an inspiration

went to 203 Training group,1 & 213Sq, 421 Flight, 128 & 112Sq, 20 Wing

136

DREW  (Flt Sgt)

DFM

ROY ARTHUR  "Rick ?" 407415   RAAF 30/10/41  17/6/42

SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 11 JUNE, 1943 2679, DFM, Aus-4O7415 Flight Sergeant Roy Arthur DREW,

Royal Australian Air Force, RAF  No. 112 Squadron (deceased). Awarded with effect from 2nd June,1942.

KIA, BNF

137 de K Dudley (2/Lt)  S  . SAAF 10/6/40  ? 7/40  Attached
138 Drown  (Flt Sgt) Reginald  W   1190809  RAF 24/4/43  19/5/44 After training in England he joined 112 in 1943 flying the P40 and completing a total of 125 Sorties, 185.05 Ops hours on various missions.
139

Duff (Plt Off)

(Austrailian)

Bert Benjamin Edye 

(Bertie)

40684 RAF 16/5/39 12/11/40

Flg. Offs. to be Fit. Lts. (war subs.): 3 September 1941

Fit. Lts. (temp. Sqdn. Ldrs.): 7 March 1942, We have completed our checks, and although Bertie Applied for a cadetship with the RAAF he did not go on to serve with the RAAF. His file has a notation that he was accepted into the RAF, therefore not eligible for inclusion on our WW2 Nom inal Roll.

140

Duke  (Plt Off)

DFC

Neville Frederick "Dookie"  61054 RAFVR 12/11/41  22/4/42

THE LONDON GAZETTE, 17 MARCH, 1942 1215, DFC, Pilot Officer NevilleFrederick DUKE (61054), Royal

Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 112 Squadron. One day in February, 1942, Pilot Officer Duke was the leader of a section of a wing when he sighted 35 enemy aircraft. He informed the wing leader and led his section to attack. In the ensuing combat n enemy fighters were destroyed by the squadron, 2 being destroyed by Pilot Officer Duke. This officer's leadership contributed materially to the success achieved. He has destroyed 8 enemy aircraft and probably destroyed and damaged a further 6.

 24/4/42 went to Ballah joining Conversion and Refresher School converting pilots to Kittyhawks via Harvard's and Tomahawks,92, 112 & 145Sq

141 Dunstan (Cpl) J. G. (N/Ord) 976313 . . 4/45 .
142 Duncan (Coporal) "Dilly" . . . . .
143 Duncan (WO) (Can) J S (Pilot) R131740 RCAF 19/9/44  11/1/45 Injured
. East (LAC) John A 1021004 RAF . . 73, Inwood Road, Hounslow, Middlesex
144 Eaton  (Gp Capt) Brian Alexander   O344   RAAF with 239 wing  .
. Eatough (LAC) Jack 1021006 RAF . . 59, Tudor Close, Farringdon Park , Preston , Lancs
145 Eberle  (Flt Lt) Alan James Fuller (Medical Off ) 110805   2/5/42  2/6/43 MBE
146 Edmett (Mbr of Ground Crew) Les . . . . .
147 EDWARDS  (Plt OFF) FELIX FRANCIS JOSEPH   80140   RAFVR 14/4/42  13/6/42 KIA
148 EDWARDS (Capt) GORDON  HILTON 11208V SAAF 22/4/45  26/7/45 KIA
149 ELLIOTT (Sgt)   PHILIP THORNTON   404618   RAAF 30/10/41  9/3/42 KIA
150 ELWELL  (Sgt) GUY WILTON   1160921   RAFVR 20/1/42  8/2/42 KIA, he was a Pupil of the Imperial Service College
151

Evans (Plt Off)

P/O 26 June 1940, Fg Off 1 February 1941

David 

(Orderly Officer)

42491 not confirmed

RAFVR 15/5/39 31/8/40 "K" Flight  ?
152 Evans  (Flt Lt, London Gazette, 35606, 10 Feb 1942) Emlyn "Taffy or Yanto" (Adjutant ) 61615  RAFVR 27/6/42 9/11/44  Longest serving member Left 112 Sqdn with rank of Squadron Leader

153

Evans (Ground Crew) H A . . . . From Doncaster
154 Evans (Sgt ) (Can) Robert Bishop "Punk" . RCAF  20/1/42  1/5/42 Previous service with 56 & 601 Sqdn in England, posted out to 238 Hurricane Sqdn on 28 April 1942
155 EYEARS (Sgt) GEOFFREY PETER NEWTON 575856 RAF 7/7/45  26/7/45 KIA
156 Faulk (Lt) Ivor George Arthur Cypher Officer 83803  RAF 30/7/40  2/5/41 .
157 Featherstone (Capt)  Denis Wescott 103902V SAAF 2/11/44  24/7/45 Featherstone (Capt) Denis W South African National Museum of Military History, in Johannesburg, has the following: Copies of parts of his log book with information on his schedules and types of planes he flew in WW2 and his RAF Identification Card dated 1945. Denis Westcott FEATHERSTONE and Joyce Doreen FEATHERSTONE (maiden name LAMBERT) were divorced in 1960. "Anne" <zafamilyhistory@gmail.com> 
158 FERGUSON  (Sgt) ARCHIBALD HENRY   404542   RAAF 30/10/41 20/12/41 KIA, BNF
159 FISHER  (Plt Off) JOHN REDVERS   118192   RAF 3/5/42 18/5/42 KIA
160 Fletcher (Plt Off, Flt Lt London Gazette, 36175) Vernon Dudley "Jumbo" (Intel Off) 88518 RAFVR 24/11/40 8/5/42 Went on to become the CO of 51 M.T..
161 Flower (LAC) . . . . 1942? .
162 Forester, DFC,  (Sqn Ldr) Paul Melville 106650 RAFVR joining the RAFVR in November 1940 he flew Spitfires with 603 Sqdn in Malta and Hurricanes and Typhoons with 186 and 245 Sqdn. He flew 175 sorties with 112 on the P40 and P51 later bombing Venice Harbour with 239 Wing.

.
19/6/44 29/4/46 CO, 

Flight Lieutenant Paul Melville FORSTER (106650),

R.A.F.V.R., 112 Sqdn.

This officer has completed a large number of sorties during which he has most effectively attacked a variety of enemy targets, including aircraft on the ground, locomotives and mechanical transport. In March, 1945, Flight Lieutenant Forster piloted an aircraft in an attack against the harbour installations at Venice. Despite heavy fire from the ground defenses, Flight Lieutenant Forster pressed home a most accurate attack which resulted in the destruction of a portion of the quayside. This officer displayed great skill and courage

throughout.

163 FOSTER  (2/Lt) WILLIAM EWEN  "Fossie" 207365 V   SAAF . 23/4/44 KIA, FOSTER (2/Lt) WILLIAM EWEN "Fossie" Estate file of William Ewen FOSTER, dated 1944, held at the National Archives of South Africa (Pietermaritzburg) Rank: Lieutenant Regiment/Service: South African Air Force Age: 20 Date of Death: 23/04/1944 Additional information: Son of Gildart Fettes and Shelagh Mary O'Dwyer Foster, of Newcastle, Natal. Father was born in Newcastle, died in 1957. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: II. H. 16. Cemetery: BOLSENA WAR CEMETERY "Anne" <zafamilyhistory@gmail.com> 
164 Fraser  (Plt Off) DFC. London Gazette 37119 Joseph Frederick 'Joe'   70229   RAFVR 18/5/39 13/6/41

 "B" Flight Cmder, 112 Sqdn

also commanded the original detachment sent to Greece,1902 THE LONDON GAZETTE,  1 April 1941, Flight Lieutenant Joseph Frederick FRASER (70229), No. 112 Squadron. This officer has led a detached flight with great success. He has destroyed at least 10 enemy aircraft, 9 of which he destroyed within a period of 14 days. He has proved a skilful and courageous fighter pilot.

165 Fry  (Flt LT, DFC, commission relinquished on apportionment to RAAF, 27 Aug 1942, London Gazette, 37269 ) Charles Horace  "Digger" (40047, RAF) 267607 RAAF   RAF 16/5/39 18/5/41

POW , DFC, 4864 THE LONDON GAZETTE, 22 AUGUST, 1941, 

Flight Lieutenant Charles Horace FRY (40047),

No. 112 Squadron

166 Gale (Plt Off) James Oswald (Equipment Officer)

31219

EQUIPMENT BRANCH.

The under mentioned are granted permanent

commissions as Pilot Officers on probation.

2nd Jan. 1939:—

The under mentioned Pilot Officers on probation

are confirmed in their appointments

and promoted to the rank of Flying Officer

on the dates stated:—

2nd Jan. 1940

Air Ministry,11th March, 1941.

ROYAL AIR FORCE.

The under mentioned promotions are made

with effect from 1st March 1941:

Flying Officers to be Flight Lieutenants (temporary).

James Oswald GALE (31219).

16/5/39

?/??/?? Found your site when researching for info about my dad James Oswald Gale (then probably just a P.O.) who joined the Sqdn as Equipment Officer on HMS Argus in Portsmouth; after a few months at Helwan he was posted to 33 Sqdn at Qasaba (Information from his son Dave)
167 Gale (Plt Off)          (Intel Off) 48026 not confirmed RAF 8/5/42 25/5/42

To be Pit. Offs. on prob.

(emergency): Sgts.25th Feb. 1942. (Seny. 10th Dec. 1941.)

516486 William James GALE (48026)

Actg. Pit. Offs. (prob.) to be Pit. Offs.

(prob.): — 25th Apr. 1942. (Seny. 10th Feb. 1942.)

W. J. GALE (48026).

168 GARDENER   KEITH RONALD   103554   RAFVR 12/6/42 26/10/42 KIA
169

Garton  (Flt LT) DFC, London Gazette, 36041

17 Feb. 1943

Geoffrey William   67034   RAF 24/6/42 16/11/42  "B" Cmder, 42, 73, 250 & 112Sq, 239 Wing, 232 & 87Sq
170 Gauntlett (Lt) Eric John Gerard "China" 542882V SAAF 8/3/45 28/7/45 He had over 70 hours of operation ground strafing in Italy during the
Second World War. Killed post war assigned to, or attached to, the Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force and was flying Spitfire Mk.F24 serial PK719 when, after an engine failure, the aircraft stalled & dived into the sea off Port Shelter Island Hong Kong on 12 June 1954. Entry confirming these details appears in Colin Cummings book 'To Fly No More', which gives Sqdn Leader E J G Gauntlett's age as 28
171 Gazda  (mjr/Flt Lt) Feliks   P-O414 PAF 10/4/42 5/5/42 Died in Montreal Canada 1970
172 Geddes (Fg Off) Eric some sources have (R Geddes) 162242 . 23/7/45 20/6/46 .
173 Geraty (2/Lt) H. H   47478V   SAAF 27/9/40 19/11/41 Posted to 3 SAAF Squadron to take part in the campaign in East Africa., On 11 June 1941 he returned to the Union
174 Gibson (Sgt) R J A 1569002 . 5/8/45 15/11/46 .
175 Giedroyć  (por/ F/O) Witold or Wiktor P-2804 PAF 10/4/42 . Living 1995 in Glasgow G73 UK
176 GLASGOW  (Sgt) FREDERICK DUNFORD  (Gussy) NZ402469   RNZAF ?/11/41 25/11/41  KIA,Sergeant F. D. Glasgow; born Edinburgh, 16 Nov 1921; clerk; joined RNZAF 9 Jul 1940; killed on air operations, 25 Nov 1941.
177 Goar (Plt Off)

Andre Joseph 

 (Intel Off)

75723 RAFVR 7/4/40 30/8/40 "K" Flight  ?
178 Goodwin (Sgt) D C 1601215 . 5/6/44 ?/11/44 Injured 9/8/44
179 Gosschalk (Plt Off)

Edward David

 (Eng Off)

75940 . 2/3/40 3/11/41

EQUIPMENT BRANCH.

Fig. Off. E. D. GOSSCHALK (75940) is transferred. to

the Admin, and Spec. Duties Br. 17th Dec. 1942. London Gazette, 35837

180 Graham (Sgt) G W 1522182 . 10/7/44 23/2/45 .
181 Gray (American) James Osborne J16543   RCAF 18/9/43 31/7/44 Prior service with 94 Sqdn some sources have him in 112 Sqdn on 15/7/43
182 GRAY-WORCESTER ANTHONY  "Tony" 33338   RAFVR 16/5/39 18/7/40 KIFA
183 Greagan (AC1) B (Sanitary Personnel) 1096790 . . . .
184 Greaves (Sgt) Dennis Franklin 131855 RAFVR 21/2/42 20/10/42 POW, Pit. Offs. to be Fig. Offs. (war subs.): 3 March 1943
185 GREAVES  (Sgt) PETER LANDLESS   1808528   RAFVR  

11/12/44

2/5/45

23/1/45

13/5/45

Missing, RTU

KIA

186 Green  (Plt Off) Flt Lt to Sqn Ldr (temp) London Gazette, 37508, 1 July 1944 Percy Oliver Valentine 41015   RAFVR 16/5/39 31/8/40 "B" Flight to "K" Flight 
187 GREENAWAY (Sgt)  JACK ROBERT 184791 RAF 16/5/44 2/9/44 KIA, graduate of Air Training Corps  (Air Cadets)
188 Gregory (Sgt) R 1807193 . 7/7/45 28/11/46 .
189 Grondowski  (Sgt/  st.sierż / WO) Stanislaw   782063 PAF 15/2/42 5/5/42

Went on to RAF 315 Sqdn, shot down in Spitfire 11/09/1943 age 32

buried in Ireland

190

GROVES  (Plt Off)

DFC 30 January 1942

JACK LAWSON   42305   RAF 30/7/40 6/12/41 KIA, 7 victories, 112 Sqn, On 21 June 1942 he became lost in unexpectedly very bad weather conditions whilst on a flight in Hurricane P3170, and crashed into the sea in Doone Bay, near Kirkudbright, Scotland, losing his life. 502 SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 30 JANUARY, 1942, DFC
191 Grubb (Sgt) later Plt Off Derrick Warren 1323923 RAF 26/4/44 22/5/44

POW, (four years on the Active List followed by four years on the

Reserve, period of service to count from date of commencement of extended aircrew service, 8th

Mar. 1946).

192 Guess (Sgt) (Can) Ray Douglas "Goose" J10277 RCAF 18/1/43 4/8/43 Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada,  POW
193 GUNDRY  (Plt Off) KENNETH CRADOCK 81371   RAFVR   ?/4/42 22/5/42 KIA, BNF, previous service in No.257 Squadron flying Hurricanes, 30 May 1941, P/O. K. C. GUNDRY posted from 145 Squadron for duty as flying instructor in 52 OTU
194 Hamilton (armourer) Edward (Ted) John Ormsby 945862 RAF . . .
195

Hamlyn  (Plt Off)

promoted to Flying Officer 12 July 1940

Jack   40109   RAF 16/5/39 31/8/40, "B" Flight to "K" Flight  112 & 250 Sqdn, South African in the R.A.F, He was decorated with a DFC on 19 September 1941., He scored the Tomahawks first victory with 250 Sqdn in early June 1941, he was shot down 18 June 1941 and returned on foot 4 days later. Hamlyn didn’t see further action following the end of his tour, but was promoted Squadron Leader in July 1943
196 HARBOTTLE (Sgt) (Can) later WO Class II Ronald Winfred R91806 RCAF 17/8/42 24/8/42 Became sick and was posted off to No 134 MU, from Dummer, Saskatchewan trained in Portage La Prairie, Yorkton, and Ismalia he had no previous operational experience, KIA 13/3/43
197 Hanreck  (Flt Lt) Harold John

207359V

SAAF 6/12/43 29/7/44 Hanreck (Flt Lt) H.J. Harold John HANRECK was married to Sylvia HANRECK. Their daughter, Thelma, married a EPSTEIN. "Anne" <zafamilyhistory@gmail.com> 
198 Harman ((Plt Off) Charles John  170726 . 28/8/45 20/9/45 .
199 Harrington (LAC)    . . .  .
200 Harris (Fg Off) Lawrence Aeired  184819 . 19/8/45 17/11/45 .
201 Harrison  (Plt Off) Henry  same man as below 40910   RAF 3/2/40 ?/5/41 Trouble escaping Crete, same man as below
202 Harrison (Flt Lt ) Henry Willoughby ‘Jerry’("A"flight Cmdr) 40910   RAF 9/6/41 31/10/41 Flew his last sorties with 112 Sqdn on 10/10/41 then was posted to RAF Station Aqir on attachment to N0.335 Sqdn of the Royal Hellenic Air Force
203 Harrison (AC ) (Rigger) . . . . The rigger’s job was to inspect the fuselage and wheels etc, whilst the fitter checked the fuel, oil and warmed up the engine.
204 Hart (Sqn Ldr), DFC (Can) John Stewart   41696   RAF 4/4/45 19/8/45 3272 SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 22 JUNE, 1945, CO,

Acting Squadron Leader John Stewart HART (41696), R.A.F.O., 112 Sqdn. This officer has participated in a large number

of varied sorties, including many attacks on heavily defended targets such as road and rail bridges, gun positions, strong points and

mechanical transport. Throughout, he has displayed skilful leadership, great -determination and devotion to duty. In April, 1945, Squadron

Leader Hart took part in an armed reconnaissance during which n locomotives were successfully

attacked. Some days later, Squadron Leader Hart

-- -participated in another sortie during which a number of locomotives and trucks were most

effectively attacked. This officer has invariably

displayed the greatest keenness and has set a fine example to all.

205 Hawkins (Cpl LAC) James W. "Harry" 546046 RAF 16/5/39 ? ?/?/43 Airframe fitter, was with 112 Sqdn on the Argus and evacuated from Crete, returned to England prior to Sqdn deployment to Italy
206 Haynes "Chiefy" . . . . Professional roller skater
207 HAYWARD  (Plt Off) JACK MAURICE   40111   RAF 16/5/39 6/11/40 KIA,  HAILEYBURIAN
208 HEADLAND  (Sgt  ) ALBERT EDWIN 1584911 RAFVR

7/7/45

27/11/45 KIFA
209 HEARN  (Flt Lt) RAYMOND VINCENT  :"Steely Grey" 102547   RAFVR

22/5/43

29/7/44

17/11/43

18/2/45

1st tour

KIA, 2nd Tour

210 Van der Heijden (Plt Off) Pieter Robert Marie 40190 RAF 16/5/39 28/7/40 Attempting a slow roll Sidi Barrani, crashed, pilot injured and did not return to the Sqdn.  Later with rank of  Sqdn Ldr he flew with 541 Squadron
211 Helfield (Plt Off) James Edward  (Intel Off0 75717 . 22/8/40 unknown .
212 Herbert (Cpl) Keith "Herbie" 575845 RAF ?/4/42 . Fitter 2/E, stoutish Yorkshireman
213 Hibbert (Cpl) . . . . . .
214 Hill Cypher Off 42004 not confirmed RAF 16/5/39 ? 19/5/40 ?? dates are a guess

Possible

The under mentioned Acting Pilot Officers on probation are graded as Pilot Officers on probation on the dates stated: — 6th Nov. 1939.

Arthur Joseph HILL (42004).

The under mentioned Pilot Officers are promoted to the war substantive rank of Flying Officer: —  6th Nov. 1940. Arthur Joseph HILL (42004).

215 Hirons (Flt Sgt ) later Acting Flt Lt, DFC Geoffrey Lindley

NCO

1190809 

Off

176564 

RAFVR

26/9/43

31/12/44 

21/5/44

16/11/45

1st Tour

2nd Tour

3620 SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 13 JULY, 1945

(176564), R.A.F.V.R., 112 Sqn.

This officer has proved a valuable asset to the squadron.. He has participated in a large number

of varied sorties and has displayed skill, courage and tenacity of a high order. On three occasions in April, 1945, Flight Lieutenant Hirons led small formations of aircraft in attacks on various targets in the battle area. On one occasion the target was a fortified factory and four gun sites. The attack was well pressed home. The factory was

demolished and the gun sites, rendered useless. On another occasion the target consisted of several field guns well placed for defense and which were giving considerable trouble to our ground forces. Flight Lieutenant Hirons led his section into the attack with great skill. As a result three of the gun positions we're put out of action. In other sorties this determined pilot has been responsible for destructive attacks on much mechanical transport, several barges and a number of locomotives. He has at all times displayed the greatest

coolness and set a splendid example to all.

216 HOARE   BRIAN PATRICK   404365   RNZAF   26/11/41  8/2/42 KIA, BNF, Flight Sergeant B. P. Hoare; born Hawera, 3 Sep 1921; clerk; joined RNZAF Nov
1940; killed on operations, 8 Feb 1942.
217 Hogg Wallace Daniel "Stalin"

420401 or

748555 ?

RAAF 14/4/42  21/10/42 POW
218 Hogg  (Plt Off ) R P (Gnd Def Off) 176313 . 12 2 42

 ? 

.
219 Hollis (Fg Off ) A P  163285  . 19/8/45  27/6/46 .
220 HOLMAN  (Sgt)  NEVILLE   932152   RAFVR   15/11/41  11/2/42 KIA
221 Hooper (Fg Off ) Thomas 264704  RAAF 5/12/43  15/7/45 Discharged 3 Dec 1945
222 HOLMES (WO)   ERNEST DOUGLAS 403927 RAAF 31/5/43  12/2/44 KIA, BNF
223 Horden  (Fg Off) H A "Bert" 120778 RAF 14/3/43  14/5/44  .
224 Horobin Arthur Lesley . . ?/?/? ?/?/? Ground Crew North Africa
225 HOUNSELL  (Flt Sgt) JOHN TREVOR   1268030   RAFVR   6/2/43 22/4/43 KIA, My uncle John Trevor Hounsell 1268030 was in 112 squadron but was KIA over North Africa. I have just found a photo of him on your website which I will show my mother (his sister). Will read a lot more but until then has anybody any stories about him ? Email me for contact information for Rose Oak,.....Thanks Rob
226 HOUSTON  (Sgt) WILLIAM EARL   402473   RNZAF   4/11/41  12/12/41

Sergeant W. E. Houston; born Hastings, 7 May 1922; clerk; joined RNZAF Jul 1940; killed on air operations, 12 Dec1941 KIA.BNF,

I am researching my uncle Bill and his time with 112 and have found this site to be a treasure trove. W E Bill Houston RNZAF 402473,KIA 12/12/41 Any info or contacts will be appreciated. mark.houston@clear.net.nz

227 Howe  (Flt Sgt) (Can), later WO Class II David Joseph "Dave" 74045 RCAF 2/10/42

4/3/43

From Pembroke, Ontario, Canada, flew Hurricanes over Malta with 605 Sqn,  was promoted to WO2 while with 112 Sqn, treated in hospital for malaria from there went on attachment to 53 RSU and then left 112 Sqn to test aircraft with 107 MU
228 de la Hoyde (Plt Off)

Duncan Edward

Promoted to Flying Officer 23 March 1940

40517    16/5/39 3/11/40 . From photo page one Hockey team
229 HOYLE  (2/Lt) JOHN CLIFTON   282449V   SAAF 3/8/44  23/8/44 KIA
230 Hubbard (Armourer) Albert "Bert"   .  . . . Served as an armourer from the desert to Northern Italy
231 HUMPHREYS   PETER “Hunk”  HARRY   NCO 754083  Officer 84961 RAF ?/1/42 12/4/42 KIA
232 Huntley (Pit Off )  Edward Charles (Eqpt Off) 173645  . 14/6/44  11/11/44  .
233

IBBOTSON  (Sgt)

DFC, 23 February 1943 while with 601 Sqdn

DESMOND   129238   RAFVR 16/6/42  12/10/42

KIA,  DFC, 

Pilot Officer Desmond IBBOTSON (129238), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 601 Squadron. In the campaign in the Western Desert, Pilot Officer Ibbotson has flown with great distinction and has destroyed at least 7 enemy aircraft. Throughout, his keenness and determination have

been inspiring. On one occasion, he crash landed near Mersa Matruh but, aided by friendly Arabs, he was enabled to rejoin his unit.

234 ILLidge (2/Lt) William J "Bill" 328963V SAAF 16/5/44  11/12/44 .
235 Illingworth  (Sqn Ldr) Peter Frederick   39529   RAF 15/7/43  30/5/44 Previous service with 260 Sqdn, CO,  missing from 22/3/44 to 5/4/44
236 JACKSON  (Sgt) (Can) EARL MORSE   R/75046   RCAF 22/1/42  27/2/42 Previous service with 73 Sqn, KIA
237 JANDER  (por/Fg Off) WITOLD   P-76746   PAF 8/2/42  21/2/42 KIA, Died in RAF hospital in Torquay , buried Exeter (ZK/89)UK
238 JEFFRIES  (Plt Off) ROBERT JAMES DANIEL "Butch" 406179   RAAF 31/8/41  13/12/41 KIA.BNF
239 Jellett  (Flt Sgt) Jack Lynn   1318164   26/9/43  31/7/44  
240

Jenkins

From Gunby & Temple's recently published ' Royal Air Force Bomber Losses in the Middle East and Mediterranean' , pub by Midland Counties:

Via E-mail from Errol Martyn

 

17 Nov 1941

14 Sqdn Blenheim IV T2241

Swung on take off 0630, LG15 (Maaten Bagush Satellite), in poor visibility and hit a tent, killing three off-duty 14 Squadron aircrew. The crew escaped with only slight injury to the air gunner, though the aircraft caught fire and the bomb load exploded. The dead are buried in El Alamein War Cemetery.

Sgt V C Royals

P/O G L A McKenny

Sgt C C Murfitt injured

F/Sgt R W Chubb +

F/Sgt A L Ellis +

F/Sgt B L Jenkins +

Is he :

 

BRIAN LESLIE

Flight Sergeant

RAFVR

747945, age 21

KIFA 17/11/1941

14 Sqdn

 

Son of Capt G. W. Jenkins, D.C.M., and W. Jenkins; husband of Joan Jenkins, of Earley, Reading, Berkshire

 

He may have been part of "B" Flight transferred to "K" Flight which in time came under 14 Sqdn control

Possible:

6 Nov 1939, P/O probation David Nicholas Owen JENKINS (41930)

23rd Nov. 1939.

P/O probation Stanley Gordon JENKINS (74291).

P/O 

23rd Nov. 1939 to P/O substantive

Stanley Gordon JENKINS (74291).

I doubt he is any of the men listed due to what appears to be ribbons under his wings, which where probably earned in WW I  

        

6 Nov 1939

P/O probation Reginald Hugh JENKINS (75138)..

16/5/39 .
. Johnson (LAC) Eric 1021001 RAF . . 1, Queens Terrace, Stanning Road , Newton -Hardhorn? Near Blackpool
241 JOHNSON, (F/Sgt) STANLEY CHARLES 404504  RAAF 30/10/41 5/1/42 KIA
242 Johnson (Plt Off ) William Alexander Jenkinson "Johnny" NCO 1365708 Officer 115625 RAFVR 14/7/42  24/7/42

(London Gazette) GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.

To be Pit. Offs. on prob. (emergency) 2nd Dec. 1941 (Date, 17 March 1942, Issue number, 35491, Page number, 1218) Pit. Offs. (prob.) to be Fig. Offs. on prob. (war subs.), 1st Oct. 1942: — (Date, 1 December 1942, Issue number, 35809, Page number, 5274

Fig. Offs. to be Fit. Lts. (war subs.): — 2nd Dec. 1943 (Date, 7 December 1943, Issue number, 36280, Page number, 5383) POW, 26 July 1942 - May 1945

243 JOHNSTON (2/Lt)  FAIRBANKS KOEN 102205 SAAF 8/8/41  20/8/41 KIA
244 JONES  (Lt)   ARTHUR HENRY 524665V SAAF 29/6/44 1/8/44 KIA
245 Jones   (Flt Sgt ) Arthur Watkin 1621438 . 9/8/44 30/8/44 .
246 Jones (Sgt) John Kenneth (Medicial) 170728 . 28/8/45 20/9/45 .
247 JONES  (Sgt) OWAIN GWYNFOR  "Taffy Parsons?" 570249   RAF 19/11/44  11/3/45 KIA
248 Jones (LAC) (Sanitary Personnel) . . . . .
249 Joseph, M.R.C.S.,  L.R.C.P. (Fg Off ) Cyril 78653  . 20/8/41  1/5/42  .
250 Kaye (LAC) Victor, ) Fitter and later propeller specialist 747198 RAF . . Italy
251 Keighley (LAC) . . . . . .
252 Kirk (Plt Off) (Harold, London Gazette has him as Henry)"Harry" Bell 70808 RAF 16/5/39 6/11/40 POW
253 Klibanksi  (Sgt) 7765616 . 21/7/45  ?/8/45 .
254 Knapik  (por/Plt Off/Flt Lt) Henryk   P-1302  PAF 10/2/42  26/5/42 Went on to RAF 317 Sqdn, Died 21/12/1994, age 78, Tarnowska Gora Silesia Poland
255 KNOLL  (Plt Off) FELIKS   P0768  PAF 8/2/42  10/7/42 KIA
256 LAMONT (Sgt) MICHAEL HUGH   776196   RAF ?/9/42  22/4/43 KIA
257 Lean  (Pit Off )  John Thompson (Armament Off) 74163 RAF 25/4/40 23/8/40 To "K" Flight ?
258 Lecours   Joseph Gerard Roger "Jerry"   R79289   RCAF 14/10/42  5/2/43 From Montreal, Quebec, Canada, POW
259 Lee  (Flt LT) (Flight Commander) Kenneth Norman Thompson  72998 RAF

??/12/41 another source has 30/5/42

18/9/42 another source has 7/7/42

501, 79, 112, 260 & 123 Sqdn
260 Lees (Sgt)   F C  1577276 . 11/5/45  7/3/46 .
261 Legg (Plt Off)

Herbert  T  "Bert"

(Eng Off )

. . . 5/6/43

Only one I can find so far is Ldg. Acm,  31st July 1942.

1388947 Hugh Percival LEGG (127535) to P/O probation, 

Pit. Offs. (prob.) to be Fig. Offs. on prob. (war subs.): —

31st Jan. 1943. H. P. LEGG (127535).Fig. Offs. (prob.) confmd. in appls.: — H. P. LEGG (127535). 31st July 1943

262 Lemkus (2/LT)   W D 581884V . 18/4/45  28/7/45 .
263 Leu  Flt Lt, DFC, (born in Canada)   Rudolf Maurice   404178   RAAF 31/5/42 21/6/42

THE LONDON GAZETTE, 17 MARCH, 1942 1215, DFM,

AUS 7404178 Sergeant Rudolph Morris LEU, Royal Australian Air Force, No. 112 Squadron.One day in January, 1942, (25 January 1942,  Sgt R M Leu Kittyhawk Mk. I AK637, 1 Bf 109F, Agedabia, head on attack Leu shot the wing tip off, it was seen to go in by Msus, pilot parachuted to safety) Sergeant. Leu was fly hag at the rear of his formation, which was operating as close escort to a squadron of bombers, when an attack was made by a formation of German fighters. In an engagement lasting over

20 minutes, this airman repeatedly engaged the enemy, destroying one of their aircraft and probably destroying another. The enemy was

finally beaten off. Sergeant Leu has led the squadron and wing on many occasions and has dis-played outstanding courage and ability. He has destroyed at least 7 enemy aircraft. POW, discharged from 450 Sqdn, 10 Dec 1945

264 Liebenberg Christiaan J  542464V SAAF 29/6/44  12/10/44 Lived in Canada after the war

265

Littlewood  (Pit Off )  Roy Thomas  199527 . 13/8/45 30/1/46 .
266 Livingstone (Plt Off) Thomas (Tom) 61967 RAFVR 27/8/42  20/6/43

When he completed his tour with 112 Sqdn he went on to work out of Cairo with Transport Command. He survived the war.

267 Longmore (Fit Lt )   William James Maitland 40723 RAF 18/7/43  14/4/44 .
268 Lovell (Fit Lt)  Peter Wilson 42351 RAF 30/6/44  21/9/44 .
269 Loree (Plt Off) (Can) Joseph "Joe" Ernest J7471 RCAF 5/7/42 28/8/42 Previous service 129 Sqdn, POW
270 LUND  (Lt) JOHN RAYMOND   329087V   SAAF 29/6/44  22/10/44 KIA, KEARSNEY COLLEGE

271

Luton (Cpl) . . RAF . . .
272 MacCauley  (Sgt) (Can) John McIver Sherman 77152 RCAF 11/8/42  2/7/43 From Gould, Quebec, Canada
273 MacDonald  (Plt Off, Acting Wing Commander, 1944, London Gazette, 36239, Commission resigned 17 July 1946, London Gazette, 37668 Flt Lt retaining the rank of Sqdn Ldr) Douglas Gordon Haig   76160   RAFVR 20/9/40  7/11/41  .
274 MacDonald (LAC) Murdoch (Mac) 535577 RAF 16/5/39 ?/?/45 With Sqdn Helwan, Christmas 1939
275 McDonald (Plt Off) Robert Haldane "Mac" 42316 RAF 30/7/40 9/3/41 .
276 Madgett (Fg Off) Ronald Horace 48202 RAF 16/3/45 22/1/45 .
277 Magner (Plt Off made Plt Off on probation 22 July, 1941 London Gazette, 35260, Flying Officer, 18 April 1941, London Gazette,35266, Acting Flight Lt, Air Force Cross (Greek), 12 March 1943, London Gazette, 35963) Thomas (Adj) 83097 RAFVR 25/7/40 4/7/42 There is some controversy raised by V D Fletcher (Int Off) in regard to how this man acted in the evacuation of Crete
279 Malloy (LAC)  . RAF . .  .
280 MANN (Sgt) KENNETH RICHARD 1332895 . 5/6/44 5/8/44 KIA
281 Markham (AC)(Fitter) Freddy . . . .

Was with the Unit Feb 1942

282 Marriott (Fg Off )    William Henry Eyre (Adj) 100167 . 7/11/44 ?/1/46 .
283 MARTIN  (Sgt) ARTHUR FREDERICK GEORGE   R/97115   RCAF 28/8/42  30/10/42 From Belleville, Ontario, KIA
284 MARSDEN  (Sgt) THOMAS (Tom) ARTHUR   993301   RAFVR 3/10/42  27/2/43 POW
285 Masson (Lt) A Q P1026561 SAAF 10/6/40 ? /7/40 .
286 Massey (Cpl) . . . . . .
287 MATTHIAS  (Flt Lt) MAURICE NEVILLE   119867   RAFVR 29/5/44 15/7/44 KIA
288 MATUSIAK  (Fg Off) CZESLAW   P0304   PAF 8/2/42  12/2/42 KIA
289 MAYERS  (Wg Cdr) HOWARD CLIVE   77976   RAFVR 239Wing . KIA
290 McBrvde (Fit Lt)  Lucus 407005 RAAF 7/5/43  3/12/43 Went on to become a Sqdn Ldr discharged 16/11/45, DFC
291 McCORMACK  (Sgt) EDWARD   404181   RAAF ?/9/41  16/9/41 KIA
292 McDermott (Sgt) John Henry "Red" 776098 . 24/2/43  23/7/43 Went on to fly a Spitfire called Um Ruaba with 237 (Rhodesia)  Sqdn (Corsica Aug 1944),  where he served with Ian Smith the future Prime Minister of Rhodesia
293 McDONALD  (Plt Off) ROBERT HALDANE   42316   RAF 30/7/40  9/3/41 KIA
294 McFIE  (Lt) GRAHAM  542252V SAAF . 25/9/44 KIA
295 McGregor

"Doc" 

MEDICAL BRANCH.

The under mentioned are granted commissions

for the duration of hostilities as Flying

Officers on the dates stated:

25th Sept. 1939.

'Donald MCGREGOR, M.B., Ch.B. (75359)

.not confirmed as the right man RAF 16/5/39 .
296 McGilroy "Tiny" (airman) . . . . .
297 McIntyre  (Plt Off)

Murdock

 ( Engr Off)

330978 NCO

46140 Off

RAF 23/6/41  22/4/42 .
298

McKenzie (Ft Lt)

M.B., Ch.B.

Roderick Eddison (Medical Officer) 79346 RAF 29/5/43  18/2/44 Posted to 244 wing

299

McKeag George Walton (ground crew) 949125 RAF ?/ 02/40  26/07/43 N Africa, Greece (Yannina Aerodrome) , Crete, Cyprus, Commissioned to RAF Regiment 26/07/43
300 McLean   (Capt ), DFC, 4642 SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 10 OCTOBER, 1944 Angus Edward 47852V SAAF 22/4/44 28/7/44 "B" Flt Commander, McLean (Capt )Angus E Estate file of Angus Edward McLEAN, dated 1999, held at the Master of the High Court (Cape Town)."Anne" <zafamilyhistory@gmail.com 
301 McLennan (AC1, Fitter IIE) G R "Jock" 539503   RAF 16/5/39 . Mc Lennans barge, Crete
302 McQueen (Sgt) Donald Neil 402530 RAAF 30/10/41  15/2/42 Badly wounded 15/2/42 read about it in plane losses page, went on to become a Flt Lt discharged 4/9/46
303

Mejor, Acting Flt Lt 

DFC

John George 119016 RAFVR Going by Gazette promotions sometime after 20 March 1944 .

THE LONDON GAZETTE, 5 MAY, 1942 1975

ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.

GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.

To be Pit. Offs. on prob. (emergency): — 2oth Mar. 1942

1117414 John George MEJOR (119016).Around 09:00 on 8 May 1942,, The first formation made contact, Sergeant Potts of 229 Squadron claiming damage to a Ju88, whilst Pilot Officer Tilley and Pilot Officer John Mejor jointly damaged a Bf109.  (No 229 Squadron
Flew Hurricanes in the Battle of Britain, initially from Wittering, moving to RAF Northolt, in north London, in September 1940. Its first action came on 11 September 1940 when it destroyed four aircraft with a loss of three. It was in action throughout September 1940 on routine patrols and combats with smaller formations later in the month, moving overseas in May 1941, (To LG07, Middle East, 20/05/41.) the above linked action took place over Malta)

SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 20 AUGUST, 1943 3737

Pit. Offs. .(prob.) to be Flg. Offs. on prob.- (war subs.): —

1st Oct. 1942, J. G. MEJOR (119016) 

l6l2 SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE.. 7 APRIL, 1944

 FLT Off. granted the- rank of Flt. Lt (war subs.): — 20th Mar. 1944.

J. G. MEJOR (119016).

1712 SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 14 APRIL, 1944, DFC, Acting Flight Lieutenant John George MEJOR (119016), 

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 112 Squadron.

SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 15 OCTOBER, 1946, 5081, 

Flight Lieutenants (war subs.) to Flight Lieutenant:—1st July 1946

J. G. MEJOR, D.F.C. (119016).

SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 28 FEBRUARY, 1947, 975, 

• Air Ministry, 28th February, 1947.

"•ROYAL AIR FORCE.

In accordance with A.M.O. A. 146/47 the under mentioned

officers are granted the seniorities in their substantive ranks as stated: —

Flight Lieutenants:— 20th Sept. 1945, J. G. MEJOR, D.F.C. (119016)

304 McWilliam   (Sgt) Charles Farquhar 404183 RAAF 20/5/41  28/10/41 Went on to become Flt Lt discharged from 2 Air Ambulance Sqdn discharged 4/3/45

MIDDLEMIST (Sgt) KENNETH FORREST  "Ken" 1376378   RAFVR   13/11/42  15/9/43 KIA
305 MILLS  (Sgt) EVERARD HARVIE   404180   RAAF ?/7/41  31/8/41 KIA
306 Milton (Engine fitter) "Scoop" . . . . .
307 Milne (Fg Off) (Can) John Archibald 42758 RAF 12/6/42 26/6/42 Prior service in the Battle of Britain,72 Spitfire Sqdn, injured in take off accident, posted he was from Yorkton. Sask

308

Mitchell (Flt Sgt) P A 1621361 . 5/8/45 25/6/46 .
309 MITCHELL  (Plt Off) STUART STEWART 41348   RNZAF 25/5/42  31/5/42 KIA,BNF, Pilot Officer S. S. Mitchell; born Wellington, 28 Dec 1920; bank clerk; joined RNZAF
19 Jan 1941; killed on air operations, 31 May 1942, Pilot Officer Mitchell didn’t return from one of his first combat missions carried out with the Squadron. He died killed by his own bomb, which exploded when the “Kittyhawk” was shot near Acroma
310 Molloy (Ground Crew) Richard ? "Dick" . . . . A Yorkshire lad who had been taken prisoner then escaped from Crete in a dinghy with another escapee.
311 Money  (Sgt)  William "Bill" 1378132     24/8/42 24/6?/42  .
312

Morello  (Sqn/Ldr)

P/O to Fg Off  11 February 1939

Francis Victor  (Tony) 39256   RAF 28/10/41  4/1/42  .
313 Monk (LAC) . . . 16/5/39 ?/?/? With Sqdn in Helwan,  Christmas 1939
314 Morrison  (Sgt) T H  41144 RNZAF 18/8/42  30/9/42 Flying Officer T. H. Morrison; born Auckland, 8 Jun 1920; shop assistant; joined
RNZAF 2 Mar 1941
315

Mould  (Sgt to Flt Off)

William (Bill) Edward

1623064 NCO to

195493 Plt Off,  2 June 1944

Flt Off War Sub 2 Dec 1944

RAFVR  3/8/44  5/10/44 Initially with 213 Sqdn he joined 112 in 1944 flying both the P40 and the P51 and completing a total of 100 operations. He was shot down over Croatia but evaded capture and returned to the unit in Italy within two weeks.
316 Musther (Sgt to Plt Off) William David

1399599, NCO

187271, Off

RAFVR 19/6/44  29/3/45 .
317 Myerscough  (LAC) Johnny (mechanic ) 1058495 RAF ?/8/41 ? From Lancashire
318 NEDWILL  (Sqn/Ldr) (NZ) RICHARD JOHN COURTNEY   31469   RAF . 26/3/41 KIA,Greece, 'Air Force Cross, G.VI.R., unnamed, base of cross dated '1941'; New Zealand Memorial Cross (RAF 31469 S/L. R.J.C. Nedwill A.F.C.), Squadron Leader Richard John Courtney Nedwill has been employed as a flying instructor at No.4 S.F.T.S. for over two years, and is at present in charge of advanced training. He is a most capable pilot and an excellent exponent of the art of front gun attack. By his perseverance and hard work he has produced excellent results. Squadron Leader Nedwill has completed over 1000 hours instruction/ flying.'
Squadron Leader Richard John Courtney Nedwill, A.F.C., born Christchurch, New Zealand; served in 112 Squadron, Royal Air Force; killed 26.3.1941, aged 27; buried in Phaleron War Cemetery, Greece.
319 Newton  (Sgt)

Later Flt Lt

Raymond H "Ray" 411437 RNZAF

25/5/42

1/7/44 

?/4/43

25/12/44

1st Tour

2nd TourFlight Lieutenant R. H. Newton, DFC; born Wellington, 8 Oct 1918; civil engineer; joined RNZAF 2 Mar 1941.

320 Nichol  (WO ) N R N  1027201   28/9/45 2/2/46 .
321 NIXON  (Lt) JOHN HELLON   542313V   SAAF 15/3/45  20/4/45 KIA
322 Nordstrand  (Sgt  ) G S 41220 RNZAF 3/6/43  16/5/44 Warrant Officer G. S. Nordstrand; born Whangarei, 1 Apr 1919; labourer; joined RNZAF 14 Jan 1941.
323 North (Sgt)  L W  1682639 .  6/5/44  14/10/44 Graduate of Air Training Corps  (Air Cadets)
324 NORTON  (Sqn/Ldr) GEORGE HAROLD 89308   RAF 17/5/43  13/7/43 From 450 Sqdn, KIA
325 Nuyten (2/Lt )  Peter 207347V  SAAF 21/12/43  16/9/44 Nuyten (2/Lt ) P Peter NUYTEN and Shirley Mary NUYTEN (maiden name WOOD) were divorced in 1960 "Anne" <zafamilyhistory@gmail.com> 
326 OLIVER (Sgt) (Can)  JOHN HENRY   R/84086   RCAF 24/2/43  10/3/43 From St Catharines , Ontario, previous service with 403 Sqn RCAF flying Spitfires from 21 January to 7 April 1942, KIA,BNF
327 Oosthuizen (Lt)  Edward "Ted"  Deville 205796V SAAF 2/11/44  28/7/45  Oosthuizen (Lt) Edward "Ted" D Estate file of Edward Delville OOSTHUIZEN, dated 1959, held at the National Archives of South Africa (Pretoria). He was married to Una Gertruida OOSTHUIZEN (maiden name OTTO) "Anne" <zafamilyhistory@gmail.com> 
328 Page (Plt Off )   Leslie Murden  (Cypher Officer) 78155 RAF 20/5/40 18/8/40  To "K" Flight
329 Page   (Flt Lt )  Robert ( Engr Off) 49511 RAF 22/4/44 16/3/45 .
330 Pallet (Cpl) L (Medical Personnel) . . . . .
331 PARK (Lt) RONALD DAVID 543052V SAAF 2/4/45  26/7/45 KIA
332 Parker (Plt Off ) Francis Ernest  406260 RAAF 31/8/41 15/10/41 Injured, posted, went on to become a Sqdn Ldr, discharged 21/11/45
333 Parker (Pit Off ) John  Edward 

NCO 656060

Officer

190332 

RAFVR 17/7/45   10/9/45

ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.

GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.

Appointment . to. commission.

As Pit. Offs. on prob. (emergency):

Wt. Offs.

656060 John (Edward PARKER (190332). 

16th Nov. 1944.

334 PARKINSON  (Sgt)  CHARLES JOHN   1800971   RAFVR 24/5/44  29/5/44 KIA
335 Parson Gerry (airman) . . . . .
336 Partis Jack . RAF . . Jack served between 1937 and 1946 although i'm not sure how long he served with 112 Kittyhawk squadron.He was with them in NAfrica,Crete and Greece finishing his service(i believe) in 1945/46 in India.He was in or attached to the RAF regiment and reached the rank of Sergeant spending some(or all?)of his time as a cook. He was stationed at various UK bases such as Cardington,Cosford and in Lincolnshire (Scampton or Waddington?). Whilst in Lincolnshire he served with Alvar Liddell the BBC radio announcer/presenter. (Sent in by his son Bill Partis)
337 Passfield "Pru" (airman) . . . . .
338 Paul (2/Lt)    D G 543129V SAAF 16/11/44  28/7/45 .
339 Peeps (AC1) . . . . . .
330 Pepper  (Fg Off)  Josiah Hektos   Tech Off 103294  . 6/8/42 14/12/43   .

341

Perry (LAC) Gordon . . ?/?/42 ?/?/45 .
342 Peters  (Flt Sgt), DFM Bernard Hyland  (Bernie) A409439 later? O33112  RAAF 26/9/43  31/7/44

See personnel page, went on to become Flt Lt, DFM, discharged 2/4/54

3958 SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 25 AUGLJST, 1944

Distinguished Flying Medal.

Flight Sergeant.

Aus.409439 Bernard Hyland PETERS, 112 Sqdn.

343 Phillips  (American) Howard Lynn  "Tex" J/8653   RCAF 24/7/42  11/11/42 Badly burned on the 11th he was evacuated to England for treatment, see plane losses from San Antonio, Texas he went on to serve again in 412 (Spitfires) Sqdn
344 Piper (Fg Sgt) N L H  181506 . 28/8/45 20/9/45 .
345 Pitts (LAC) H.J. (Medical Personnel) 1266486 . 27/7/44 . .
346 Pittuck  (Fg Off  ) William Ernest Stanley (Eqpt Off) 141721 . 13/12/43  27/3/44  .
347 Pollock  (Sgt) (American) William (Bill) E 63166 RCAF / USAAF  21/8/42  17/12/42 Leaves 112 Sqdn to join his compatriots in the USAAF
348 PRAIN  (Sgt) ARCHIBALD EDWARD   1366355   RAFVR 22/4/43  12/1/44 KIA
349 Prentice   (Lt ) D F 329061V SAAF 3/8/44  30/10/44  POW, escaped 8/5/45
350 Price-Owen (Fg Off)  Waldo Barker "A Flight 10/6/40" 39829   RAF 1/1/40  18/8/40 Transferred to 80 Sqdn
351 Preston (Fit Sgt )  D M  1787395 . 22/7/45 22/7/45 .
352 RAE  (Flt Sgt) GEORGE   1179958  

RAFVR

 30/9/42  2/10/42 KIA
353 Rayner (Cpl) A. (AGH/GD) 844248 . . . .
354 Rees (Sgt) P L 930745 RAF 6/5/44  30/5/44 POW, graduate of Air Training Corps  (Air Cadets)
355 Redfern   "Fangs" Dentist  WAS  WING DENTIST .  .
356 Reynolds (Lt) G A P 580826V SAAF 26/10/44  28/2/45 .
357 Rhodes  (Plt Off) Stanley James, Sqdn Engineering Officer 108850  RAF 4/9/42  1/6/43  .
358 ROBERTS  (Flt Sgt) THOMAS PHILIP   1623387   RAFVR 25/3/45  12/4/45 KIA
359 ROBERTS  (Lt) ERNEST NOEL 328730V SAAF 26/10/44  12/4/45 KIA
360 Robinson (LAC) . . . . . .
361 Robinson (Sgt) Robert "Robbie" B 576014 . 25/3/45 12/4/45 .
362 RONEY (Fg Off) Jacques William James 156137 RAFVR 2/7/44  16/11/44 Son of William Leonard and Solange Jeanne Roney, of East Sheen, Surrey
363 Ross (Fg Off) Albert Melville 40142 RAF 16/5/39  9/12/40 Flying Officer Anthony Gray-Worcester of 112 Squadron, was killed on 18 July 1940,  while leading a formation down through cloud. He was probably flying Gladiator K6130, which was lost during the day when it hit a hill obscured by a cloud at Qaret el Naga.
Flying Officer A. M. Ross became temporary Flight Commander until the arrival of Flight Lieutenant Schwab, who arrived on 23 July 1940, Ross went to 274 Sqn KIA 20/5/41
364 Ross  (Flt LT) Edward 115030 RAF 24/2/43 29/5/44 Pilot's Mess catering Officer then ,Commander "A" Flight
365 Routledge (Sgt) later Plt Off Bruce  Thomas Alfred

NCO

1324827

Off

196534

RAFVR 26/10/44  14/8/46

Amendment.

In notification of 22nd June, 1945 i(p. 3272, col. 2)

below citation for Captain A. Q. DE WET (48142X0,

S.A.A.F., delete heading " Distinguished Flying

Medal." For " 1324827 Flight Sergeant (now Pilot

Officer) Bruce Thomas Alfred ROUTLEDGE,

R.A.F.V.R., 112 Sqdn." read " Pilot Officer Bruce

Thomas Alfred ROUTLEDGE (196534), R.A.F.V.R.,

112 Sqdn. 3272 SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 22 JUNE, 1945

Distinguished Flying Medal.

1324827 Flight Sergeant (now Pilot Officer) Bruce

Thomas Alfred ROUTLEDGE, R.A.F.V.R., 112

Sqdn. This airman is a keen and efficient pilot. He Has completed a large number of varied, sorties and

his example of courage in pressing home his attacks has been most commendable. In April. 1945.

Flight Sergeant Routledge led a section of aircraft on an armed reconnaissance. Some 12 miles west of Trieste an attack was pressed home on a train just as it was heading for a tunnel. As a result, the locomotive was destroyed and 20 trucks derailed.

In other- sorties, Flight Sergeant Routledge has put out of action numerous locomotives, secured hits on various bridges and has destroyed a number of mechanical vehicles. His skill and daring have set an excellent example

366 Rowe  (Sgt) Alec George 

1336895 NCO

(182341 Flt Sgt, 8 July 1944)

RAF 3/6/43 3/1//44 .
367 Rutherford  (Plt Off) (Can) George Wallace "Wally"  J.16548   RCAF 25/4/43  17/11/43 From Campbellton, Ontario, flew Hurricane with 94 Sqdn over the delta, 31/9/42 to 25/4/43
368 Rózański  (Sgt/ por/Flt Lt) Jerzy Władysław P-1818 PAF 9/2/42  18/5/42

Went on to RAF 300

Sqdn, Faldingworth-„Lancas’r”

shot down 13/06/1944, age 34

(Buried)  w Amersfoort k/Oud Leusden Holandia (2002/12/12)

369

SABOURIN  

DFC,  6 October 1942 while with 145 Sqdn

JOSEPH JEAN PAUL   "Sab" J/3519   RCAF 12/11/41  27/12/41 Posted out of 112 Sqdn to a Training Unit then KIA, 145 Sqdn Sept 1942,  7 victories
370

Sanderson (Plt Off)

promoted to Flying Officer 3 September 1940

John Harwood "Doom"

39189 RAF 16/5/39  31/8/40 "B" Flight to "K" Flight  Acting Pilot Officer on probation John Harwood SANDERSON (39189) is confirmed in his (appointment and graded as Pilot Officer with effect from I5th Apr. 1939 with seniority of I5th Oct. 1938.
371 Sands   Alec  .  . . .  .
372 Sands  (Plt Off) Kenneth Royce  (Sandy) 406265   RAAF 31/8/41  23/12/41 Went on to 450 Sqdn
373 Salkin  (Sgt)  A  1623665 . 22/7/45  28/8/45 .
374 SAVAGE  (Flt LT) KENNETH HOWARD  "Pete" 37483   RAF 16/5/39 6/11/40 KIA
375

SAVILLE (Capt)

DFC and Bar

Eric Cowley (Danny) 103255V  RAF

P.103255 while with 2 SAAF Sqdn

SAAF 15/8/42 17/5/43

5337, SECOND SUPPLEMENT

TO The London Gazette Of FRIDAY, the 4th of.DECEMBER, 1942"

8 December 1942, Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross.

Captain Eric Cowley-SAVILLE, -D.F-.C. (P.IO3255),

South African Air Force, No. 112 Squadron.One day in October,. 1942, this officer led a formation -of -fighter aircraft on an interception

patrol. A number of Messerschmitt 109s was observed and engaged after a short pursuit. During the combat, Captain Saville destroyed 2 enemy aircraft. Subsequently, he skillfully led his formation to base where, in spite of .difficulties a

perfect landing was effected. This officer has invariably displayed outstanding leadership, great

courage and devotion to duty. Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross he has destroyed at least 3 enemy aircraft.

KIA 2 SAAF, Tomahawk  AN311, letters reversed C-TA, 21/11/41,  112 and 260 Sqdn 8 victories

376 Sawyer (Ground Crew) Leslie Clarence . RAF . . Painted Shark Mouths on Kittyhawk
377 Sayle  (Can) Fg Off Robert G 115773 RCAF 15/9/42 13/1/43 POW,
378 Scott (Flt Off) "Scotty" possibly 

Eric Gresham SCOTT (39688). NOT CONFIRMED

.
.

?/?/39

good guess would be 16/5/39

?/2/40 Another evening F/O ‘Scotty’ Scott and F/O ‘Buckshot’ Barnes started celebrating in the mess until the ‘spirits’ loosened their repressed feelings.  Scotty decided to throw all the old gramophone records up into the ceiling fan which proved to be expensive, as well as causing him to get posted, as some of the C.O.s  favorite Harry Lauder records were broken as well. 

SCOTT, F/L Eric Gresham (39688) - Mention in Dispatches - awarded as per London Gazette dated ? January 1941.  Born 1916 in England; home in Estevan,  Saskatchewan, Canada for a time, though most of education seems to have been in England.  Appointed Acting Pilot Officer on Probation, RAF, 9 May 1937.

Distinguished Flying Cross - Wing Commander Scott,  No.90 Squadron - awarded as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945.  Air Ministry Bulletin 19737/AL.1070 refers.   No citation.

379

Schwab (Flt Lt) (Can)

DFC and Greek DFC

Lloyd Gilbert 'Algy'   37831   RAFVR 23/6/40 26/7/41 From Niagara Falls Ontario, Prior service with 17 Sqdn which formed 80 Sqdn during March 1937 then to 112 Sqdn 23/6/41 back to 80 Sqdn, 11 July 1941 Acting Squadron Leader Lloyd Gilbert SCHWAB (37831), No. 112 Squadron. This officer has led his squadron in combat against the enemy with considerable skill and has personally destroyed eleven of their aircraft. He has displayed great courage and determination.
380 Schwikkard (Lt) later Capt, DFC Graham Wyatt 205771V SAAF 27/8/44 29/3/45 Schwikkard (Lt) Graham W Graham Wyatt SCHWIKKARD was still alive in 1959 "Anne" <zafamilyhistory@gmail.com> 

Captain Grahame Wyatt

3082 SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 12 JUNE, 1945 SCHWIKKARD (205771V),

S.A.A.F., 112 Sqn.

This officer has taken part in a large number of varied sorties, including many harassing attacks on the enemy's railway system. On one occasion in January, 1945, he led a formation on a sortie during which several successes were obtained.

First, two trains near Zagret were most effectively attacked and some 30 yards of the permanent way

was destroyed. Afterwards, another train consisting of trucks containing mechanical vehicles and troops was subjected .to a fierce attack. As a

result the locomotive and some of the freightage were destroyed, whilst a good number of enemy

troops were effectively machine-gunned as they

tried to dash to cover. Before the reconnaissance ended 3 more locomotives and many trucks were

successfully attacked. On this occasion. Captain Schwikkard amply demonstrated his great skill,

gallantry and determination and contributed in  good measure to the success achieved.

381 SCHOFIELD (Sgt) (Can) HAROLD VERNE R/83903 RCAF 1/8/42 15/8/42 From Woodstock, Ontario, KIA
382

SCORRER Plt Off

K Flight 14 Sqdn

From Leading Aircraftman to

 Pilot Officers on probation.11th Nov. 1940.

(Seniority 9th Nov. 1940).

THOMAS HENRY

Going by date of promotion it is unlikely he spent time with RAF 112 Sqdn going directly to K Flight under 14 Sqdn control.

NCO 779032

Officer

89780

RAFVR or South Rhodesian Air Force ? prior to being absorbed into the RAF 1939 I think but not confirmed 10/6/40 08/02/1941 From Southern Rhodesia he was with "K" Flight / 14 Sqdn when killed see In Memory of page
383

Scoular   (Flt Lt)

K Flight 14 Sqdn

John Evelyn  "Ian" 37756   RAF

not confirmed

??/11/41 ?

.01/04/41 ?

Prior Service with 73 Sqdn, 

When returning from France he instructed at 6 OTU from 24 June 1940 as a Flight Lieutenant.
In July he was awarded a DFC for his success in France.

He was then posted to the Middle East, where he took command of 'K' Flight when it was formed in November with Gladiators.

On 9 December, 1940, ‘K’ Flight at Port Sudan dispatched six Gladiators Mk.IIs and one Mk.I, accompanied by a 47 Sqdn, Wellesley carrying a fitter and a rigger, to Heliopolis to reinforce 112 Squadron during the upcoming Operation Compass. Flying Officer Oliver Green and Flying Officer R. B. Whittington of this Flight arrived at Sidi Hanaish from Heliopolis on 12 December while Flight Lieutenant Scoular and Sergeant E. N. Woodward arrived on 16 December. At this later date, Flying Officer Jack Hamlyn had already been detached to 112 Squadron, flying his first known sortie on 13 December.

In February 1941, he led ‘K’ Flight to East Africa, moving up to the front on 13 February, 1941

On 22 February 1941 ‘K’ flight saw its first action since its return to operations when Scoular on an early patrol over Mersa Taclai in Gladiator N5828 saw some Blenheims passing and escorted these to Massawa. There he spotted a lone S.79 in flight, and shot it down. There is no Italian record of this loss and it may in fact have been a transport Savoia.

In April the flight formed the nucleus of 250 Squadron, re-equipped with Tomahawks and he was promoted Squadron Leader to command. He was to lead the unit in the Western Desert during the Battleaxe and Brevity offensives, where he made further claims to become 1st CO of 250 Sqdn, He left the RAF as a Wing Commander, subsequently joining Rolls-Royce. Scoular died in August 1986, aged 75

384 Searles Cpl William "Bill"  . RAF . . Wounded in the hand, Searles, William "Bill".  With great sorrow we announce the passing of Bill at the Lakeshore General Hospital oh Saturday, December 13, 2003 at the age of eighty-three.  Retired professor and former chairman of Math and Science, Faculty of Ed, McGill University.  In 1939-1945 Bill served in the Royal Air Force, first with 74 Squadron and then with 112 Squadron in the Western Desert.  He is survived by his loving wife Louise Searles (Howe), his children Brian and Lynne (Shaun Medicott), grandchildren Julia and William.
385 Seely (AC) . . . ?/?/39 ?/?/? With Sqdn Helwan, Christmas 1939
386 Sharpe (2/Lt) N G 328278V SAAF 21/1243 13/9/44 .
387 Shaver  (Sgt) (Can)  Clarence Lyle  J17058  RCAF 17/12/42  26/9/43

Started his second tour 17 Nov 1944 with 439 Tiger Sqdn RCAF  having completed his first with 112 Squadron in Africa believe he also served with 41 Sqn (7 weeks), from Avonmore, Ont.

388 Shaw (Sgt) (Canadian)  Albert "Artie" 83102  RCAF 11/8/42  19/2/44

GA-W, FR264, A friend of mine flew with 112. Al Artie Shaw is still alive and well. Nice to see the memory of 112 Sqdn is being maintained. irish@kelcom.igs.net Sgt Shaw may have had prior service with 154 Sqn (6 weeks)

Passed away 17 August, 2007, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

389 SIMONSEN (Sgt) ROBERT EMIL 69710 RCAF 1/8/41 14/3/42 KIA, prior service with 17 Sqdn in England
390 SIMPSON (Sgt) STANLEY OLIVER  402987 RAAF 18/2/42 13/3/42

KIA, BNF,  450 Sqn

5/7/42, see personnel page r to z

391 Sinclair (Fitter IIA, (F.IIA  (Airframes)) Robert (Jock)
RAF ??/8/42 ??/8/46 Wife Olive , Son Tony, still in good health 23 Sept 2007
392 Skey  (Plt Off) Peter Henry (Cypher Off) 78588 . 10/8/40  18/1/41 .
393 Smith (WO), MBE units. unknown, armourer and engineer . RAF ? ?. .

MBE, for twin bomb rack design, only one that MIGHT be him: 

CENTRAL CHANCERY OF THE ORDERS

OF KNIGHTHOOD.

St. James's Palace, S.W.I.

October, 1942.

The KING has been graciously pleased to

give orders for the following appointments to

the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

To be Additional Members of the Military

Division of the said Most Excellent Order

Mr. Ralph Cuthbert Smith, Acting Temporary Warrant Shipwright, Royal Navy. For determination and resource while serving in H. M.S. Newcastle in the Mediterranean

394 Smith  (Plt Off) Denis Herbert Vincent "Smithy"  70631   RAF 18/8/40  22/10/41  .
395 Smith  (2/Lt) E R . SAAF 27/9/40 29/10/41 .
. Smith (LAC) H L "Little Smith" 648263 RAF . . Forwarding address 94, Alexander Road,St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex
396 SMITH  (Sgt) (American) RUDOLPH CHARLES CARLYLE   J/16175   RCAF 1/8/42 10/3/43 Previous service 412 and 19 Sqdn, from Detroit, Mich KIA
397 Smith  (Fg Off) Robert Higson 36161   RAF 16/5/39 10/9/40 Flt Lt to temp Sqn Ldr  16/12/1941

398

Smith  (Flt LT) (Can)

DFC

Robert Rutherford   40952   RAFVR 17/11/42 10/3/43

930 SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 23 FEBRUARY, 1943, DFC,

Flight Lieutenant Robert Rutherford SMITH (40952), 112 Squadron.

Flight Lieutenant Smith is a courageous fighter. In October, 1942, on his first, sortie with the

squadron, he shot "down 1 of 4 Messerschmitts which were intercepted. Some days later, during

a bombing sortie, he destroyed an Italian aircraft after evading an enemy fighter which had pursued him. In December, 1942, Flight Lieutenant Smith destroyed 2 enemy aircraft on 1 sortie, bringing his total victories to 8. He has displayed great keenness and determination. from London, Ontario, POW,  229 and 112 Sqdn, 8 victories

399 Smither  (Plt Off) 

Geoffrey Buxton

DFC 1945

41484 RAF 6/12/39  2/1/40,  "K" Flight  He transferred from 253 Wing and was only part of 112 Squadron for 1 month before moving on to K Flight and then 250 Squadron. He served as Sqn Ldr in 152 (Hyderabad)  Sqdn,  May 1946 to June 1946 
400 Snelgrove  (Flt Sgt) (Canadian)  Herbert Simeon "Herbie"  . RCAF 14/10/42  9/12/43 From RAF 112 Sqdn  he then went on to 73OTU near Cairo until the wars end. Worked for Canadian General Electric until his retirement and passed away about 10 yrs. ago (Information from his nephew John)

401

Snowden (LAC) Robert 701292 RAF . 6/6/41 POW, Crete
402 Sodon (Plt Off)  John Flewelling 42903
12 /11/41 27/12/41 To Operational Training Unit Aden
403 Sommerville  (Sqn Ldr) Duncan MacDonald "Slim " 32113 RAF 16/5/39 29/9/40  .
404 Stanley George (Armourer) . . . . Believed to be the painter of the Shark Mouth
405 Stanners Jock . . 16/5/39 ?/?/? With the Sqdn at Helwan, Christmas 1939
406 STAVELEY  (Sgt) RONALD WILLIAM   1231263   RAFVR 14/3/43  18/9/43

KIA

407 STIRRAT  (Sgt) IAN HARPER   404186   RAAF ?/8/41  3/10/41 KIA
408 Stinson (Sgt) J L . . 30/10/41 . .

409

Stokes (Flt Sgt ) K S  656779  . 26/9/43  21/5/44 .
410 Strahan  (Fg Off) Peter Edward Campbell 36154   RAF 16/5/39  24/9/40 Greece/Crete/and desert, He relinquished his commission on 23 August 1941 on account of ill-health
411 Strange (WO) P 656370 . 21/7/45 10/9/45  .
412 Strever (2/LT) Robert W 543007V SAAF 14/11/44 21/2/45 .
413 Stringer (LAC) Fredrick (FME 2) 1168616 . 30/8/40 15/4/45  .
414 Strong (Flt Off) (Flt Lt) "Stinker" information sort of points towards Percy Drinkwater Strong 42277 at this time

 

27th July 1940 F/O to F/L Philip Dennis James STRONG (37699) 6 August 1940 David Malcolm STRONG (37616).

John Austin STRONG (84162).

. 16/5/39 .  The only man I have found so far that fits the time frame is Percy Drinkwater Strong 6 year short service commission to acting Pilot Officer, 24 June 1939. service number 42277 commissioned Pilot Officer 21 February 1940 Percy Drinkwater STRONG (42277) P/O 20 February 1940 commissioned 1 April 1940, Fg Off,  31 January 1940 Flt Lt to be Sqdn Ldr temp 20 February 1942 His name is on a  List of names taken from the fiche of Monumental Inscriptions for
St Mary Magdelene's Church in Lillington, KIA 19/08/42  with rank of Flt Lt, while with 232 Sqdn , Son of Elijah Strong, and of Christina Elizabeth Strong, of Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

In November 232 Squadron finally departed for the Middle East, but on arriving in South Africa, it was diverted to the Far East following the Japanese invasion of Malaya.  Although the ground echelon arrived in Singapore, by the time the air echelon, aboard HMS Indomitable, was within flying off range, there were no airfields left in British hands, so the squadron flew off to Java on 27 January 1942.   Both echelons met up again  on 2 February at Palembang in Sumatra, but a further withdrawal to Java was required following the Japanese invasion of Sumatra. By mid February 1942, the situation regarding serviceability was so grave, that No 232 was merged with No 242 and its ground crews were evacuated to Ceylon.  Here they were re-allocated to other units and No 232 ceased to exist on 25 February.

The squadron reformed at Atcham on 10 April 1942 as a Spitfire unit becoming operational in May.  In August it moved to Debden, from where it flew offensive sweeps over France, but in September it moved to Turnhouse and began preparing for overseas deployment once again.  Leaving the UK in November, the ground echelon  arrived in Gibraltar, being joined by the aircrew and aircraft in December.  It moved to North Africa in early December and immediately began undertaking ground attack and fighter operations in support of 1st Army, continuing this task until the end of the North African campaign

415 Strutt (LAC) Bernard 1547070 RAF ??/8/42 21/2/43 Went on to 2930 Squadron. Formed at Castel Benito as “A” Squadron RAF Regiment in February 1943 in the Light Anti-Aircraft role, it later served at Mareth, Gabe, Azizia, Benghazi, Khanka, Helwan,, Gaza East and Hadera, disbanding in April 1944
416 Sweeney Desmond . RAF ????? ????? He repaired the body work on the Kittyhawks
417 Swinton  (Flt Sgt) Norman Ernest   401547    RAAF 31/5/43  27/5/44 Went on to become Flg Off discharged 28/9/45
418 Tackaberry (Sgt) (Can) Thomas Bourke 261069 RCAF 22/1/42 9/2/42 Came from 73 Sqdn was soon posted out to the Air Delivery Unit
419 Tait (Sgt) Charles John Wilson 565362 RAF 3/1/40  18/6/40 KIFA
420 Taussig  ((Fg Off) Kurt 163112 Czechoslovak airmen in the Royal Air Force 28/8/45 20/9/45

Former service, 225 Squadron TAC/R pair returning from Bologna over the Apennines, January 1945. EN199, The Malta Spitfire is being flown by F/O A.S. Holt (the artist) with F/O Kurt Taussig weaving.)

421 Tate (Fitter Armourer) John Robert    .  . . . As of 25 Nov 2007, alive and living in Ackworth in West Yorkshire and has many fond memories of his stint in the Shark Squadron. I don't have much more info on him except that he was with the RAF and was at some point promoted to Corporal. Based firstly in Sicily and then later in Italy, billeted with a local family.
422 Taylor (Sgt)   Andrew Walter John 404188 RAAF ?/11/41  . Date of discharge 29 Jan 1946 with rank of Flt Lt, posting at discharge 21 PTC
423 Taylor   Anthony (Tony) Knowles   328249   SAAF 3/1/44  4/4/44  .
424 Taylor (Cpl) E B (Sanitation Personnel) 947969 . . . .
425 TEMPLER (Lt) RAYMOND HUGH 581465V SAAF 15/3/45  26/7/45 KIA
426 Thomas (Sgt) H G E NZ405000 RNZAF . 5/9/42 POW,Warrant Officer H. G. E. Thomas; born Masterton, 25 Nov 1919; shepherd; joined RNZAF 30 Nov 1940; prisoner of war, 5 Sep 1942; safe in UK 24 Apr 1945
427 Thompson ( Fg Off?) S (possible Cypher Off  info scarce) N/A ? / 4/41 ? /5/41 . Very good possibility this might be Flight Lieutenant Stanley Edward Thomson, 406604, RAAF he enlisted 3 Feb 1941 at PERTH, WA  and was a POW, discharged 15 Jan 1946 (not confirmed)
428 du Toit (Lt) Paul 207341V SAAF 26/4/45 28/7/45

Date of Birth:  31 March 1919

Transferred to 44 Sqdn SAAF before returning to the Union on 30/ 11/45 and Posted to 68 Air School in Pretoria

Remained at 68 Air School until Released from Full-time Service on 8/1/46

His address was Kensington in Johannesburg and he was Married but at the time of discharge, had no children.

If he is still alive, he would be 88 years of age this year (2007)

Source: Col Graham Du Toit (Ret)

429 Thorne (Fit Sgt)    W J  1605514 .  21/7/45  30/9/45 .
430 TICKNER  (Sgt) ERIC   1800763  RAFVR 6/5/44  5/6/44 KIA, graduate of Air Training Corps  (Air Cadets)
431 Tingle LAC J A 1078498 RAFVR . . .
432 Trees  (Plt Off, Flg Off to Flt Lt, 8th April 1946) Edward (Twigs)

NCO

1808835

Off

181077

RAF 17/8/44  6/11/44

As Fig. Offs., extended service (four years on the

active list)^:

21st Feb. 1946

Promotion (substantive).

Flight Lieutenant (war subs.) to Flight Lieutenant

(subs.):

8th Oct. 1947

joining 112 in August 1944 he flew the P40 and P51 completing 132 operations mainly on ground attack missions over Yugoslavia, Italy and Austria in support of the ground troops.

433 TRELOAR  (Flt Sgt) Ian  401551   RAAF 31/5/43  7/8/43 KIA
434 Trett (Sgt) Harry (cook) . . . . .
435 Tunnah  (LAC) Jim 1374022   RAF . .  .
436 Urbanczyk   (st.sierż./WO) Zbigniew Edward 781038 PAF 9/2/42 5/5/42 Went on to RAF 306 Sqdn, zmarł (died 31/08/1986, age 68) w Blackpool UK
437 Usher (Flt Lt later Sqdn Ldr) DFC,  (New Zealand) George Lawry 88251 RAFVR

14/3/43

26/9/44

18/7/43

20/3/45

Summer of 42 he was with 94 Sqdn 

1st Tour top dates

2nd Tour as CO bottom dates

Flight Lieutenant George Lawry USHER (88251),

R.A.F.V.R., 112 Sqdn.

Flight Lieutenant Usher has completed numerous sorties on his third tour of operational duty. He

has successfully attacked a wide variety of targets, including bridges, rolling stock and an oil tanker.

Flight Lieutenant Usher has invariably shown high courage,

438 VANCE (American)  (Flt Sgt) FRED RENSHAW   R/80721   RCAF 24/4/43  13/7/43 From Durango, Colorado, flew with 121 Eagle Sqdn 3/4/42 to 11/7/42, then with 185 Sqdn over Malta from October 1942 to April 1943, KIA
439 Viljoen (2/Lt) Servaas de K 102785V SAAF 19/6/40 ? /7/40 On attachment from 1 SAAF
440 Wadsworth (LAC) William "Bill or Waddy"" 1181560 RAFVR ?/10/42 9/11/44 We lost our instrument basher at Yesi. Waddy claimed fame as the Kings watchmaker on civvy street. He used to wind up the King’s watch he said. He normally lived in Bennie’s tent, where he would lie in his bed most evenings. Getting drunk under some four or five bods who were using his bed as a seat whilst they got drunk, but for some reason he moved into a sort of flat with some of the gang in Yesi.
Waddie’s flat was several stories up and somehow he managed to topple over the rail and fall down the stair well. I had only just got to know him, but he was a great bloke and we missed him
441 WALKER  (Sgt) COLIN   553859   RAF 25/3/45  3/4/45 KIA, BNF
442 WALKER  (Flt LT) (Can) JAMES ARTHUR  "Johnnie" or "Jimmie" 40768   RAF 6/6/42 22/7/42 25/4/42 to 31/5/42 served with RAF 94 Sqdn after 112 Sqdn he was posted out became CO of 250 Sqdn, KIA with 31 Sqdn 8/2/44, served in 111.603. 610.94, 112, 250 and 31 Sqdn, 6 and 1 shared Victories from Gleichen, Alberta
443 Wallis (LAC later Cpl) H R V (N/ Ord ) 1259391 . . . .
444 Walton (Sgt) J J 576995 . 22/7/45 ? /11/45 .
445 Warburton  (Flt Sgt) Kenneth Crawford "Slim" 1435351 RAF 31/12/43 7/4/44 POW,
446 Watson (LAC2) Jack (Jock) S    . RAF . . WIA
447 Watson (Sgt) D S "Butch" 516585 RAF ?/10/42  13/1/43 POW, after the war he rejoined the RAF and served at Acklington and Waddingham
448 Watt (AC1) A B (AGH/GD) 1040018 RAF . . .
449 Watts  (Sqn/Ldr) Walter Kenneth   400827   RAAF 29/3/44  6/4/44 POW,
450 WEBB  (Sgt) RAYMOND   1313162   RAFVR 23/10/42  7/11/42 KIA, BNF
451 WEEBER  (2/LT) JACOBUS HERCULES  280286V   SAAF 5/10/44  181/1/44 KIA
452 Wells  (Can) Stanley Anton ‘Stan  

NCO

779025  Off

89781   

RAFVR Posted directly to K Flight .9/11/40  From Weston, Ontario went on to become a member of 250 Sudan Squadron, KIA 27 Sept 1941 with 250 Sqn
453 Weir (Sgt)

(James?) the only other I have found is 

ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.

GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.

To be Sgt 

3rd Oct. 1941.

967512 Walter WEIR (110543). The dates are wrong for RAF 112 Sqdn service

1063792 RAFVR ?/5/41 12/6/41? Not confirmed as the right Weir for 112 Sqdn may have been attached only died with 148 Sqdn, 27/09/1942
454 Whelehan (2/Lt) D E 543191V SAAF 26/10/44 6/5/45 .
455

Westenra  (Plt Off)

DFC

Derek Fitzgerald  

NCO 774058

Off

89782

RNZAF 4/3/41  21/4/42 1556 SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 7 APRIL, 1942, DFC awarded, eventually went on to be the CO of 93 Sqn, 14/9/43 to 7/2/44, during Sicily to Italy campaign  Squadron Leader D. F. Westenra, DFC and bar, m.i.d.; born Christchurch, 29 Apr1918; farmer; joined RNZAF 16 Feb 1940; transferred RAF 11 Nov 1940; retransferred RNZAF 1 Jan 1944; commanded No. 93 Sqdn, Middle East, 1943–44, and No. 65
Sqdn, 1944. also 601 Sqdn
456 Wheelhouse John William (was the Cook) . RAF . . .
457 Weston (Plt Off)

Jack

 (Eng Off, Dep Adj)

NCO 566918 Off 

49706

. 3/6/43 27/4/44 .
458 WHITAMORE  (Fg Off) WILLIAM "Babe" MICHAEL  Flew "Blonde Bombshell" 102107   RAFVR 13/5/42  20/8/43 KIA, 17/03/1944, 66, 92, 112, 601 & 81Sq;
459 WHITE  (Sgt) DONALD JEFFREY BIRCHALL   1016777   RAFVR 30/4/42  15/12/42 KIA
460 WHITE  (Lt) MICHAEL GRANT 75645V   SAAF 6/12/43  3/5/44 KIA
461 Whittington (Plt Off) Richard Basil  "Dickie" 40159 . 16/5/39 31/8/40 ."B" Flight to "K" Flight 
462 Wickham (Plt Off) later Wing Commander Peter Reginald Whalley 33403 RAF 16/5 ? /39

or ?/ 8/39 ?

30/10/40 33, 112, 33 Sqdn flying Hurricanes in Greece, 111 & 122Sq, 122 Wing, Peterhead Wing , he and W.J.M. Longmore crossed paths on 12 September 1939 P R W Wickham entered Cranwell as a members of the January 1937 entry. Peter Reginald Whalley Wickham, 33403, P/O 17 December 1938, General Branch, Wickham, P.R.W. P/O 17May’39 - RAF Middle East, attached H.Q. Soudan Defence Force, Khartoum (pending posting to No.112 Squadron).
463

Wild  (Sgt to Ft Lt)

DFC

Reginald Albert  407884 RAAF

28/8/42 

1/6/44

4/9/43

14/10/44

SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 23 JULY, 1943 3327, DFC, Pilot Officer Reginald "Albert WILD (Aus.407884),-

Royal Australian Air Force, RAF No. 112 Squadron.

discharged 21/1/46 rank Flt Lt, DFC

464 WILEY  (Sgt) (Can) GEORGE WILLIAM   J/7234   RCAF 1/8/42 10/3/43 POW,, murdered
465 Wilkinson (Plt Off)

Robert Matthew

"Hawkeye" also “Old Wilkinson” &  “Letchie Wilkinson”,

NCO

1430438 

Off

135092 

RAF 25/5/43  20/12/43 POW,
466 Williams (fitter) Cpl D 530802 . . . Worked on Neville "Bowks" Bowker's plane
467 Williams  (Flt Lt) John Edwin Ashley   40652   RNZAF 11/4/42  21/4/42 Became CO of 450 Sqdn shot down 31/10/42 . PoW, Sagan, murdered
468 Williams (Sgt) T R E 1673051 . 10/7/44  ?/4/45 .
469 Williams (Flt/Lt) (Aus) Wallace "Wally" Cowling  . . 16/5/39 18/7/40 OC "A" Flight, 1939, the London Gazette lists a Wallace Cowling Williams as a Pilot Officer with service number 39010, RAF, 21 May, 1940 then 09/09/41 Flt Lt to temporary Squadron Leader

The RAAF lists a Squadron Leader Wallace Cowling Williams with service number 297404, now the mystery is to determine which one was with RAF 112 Sqdn, my bet goes to the RAAF man, knowing our man was Australian points to this man

470 Wilson (Plt Off) Ronald Kenneth   115949   RAF 3/5/42  1/6/42

POW

471 Winter (2/Lt) H O (Intel Off) 76848V SAAF 31/3/43 11/10/43 .
472

Wolsey  (Plt Off)

To Fg Off 25 Nov 1940

To Flt Lt 25 Nov 1941

To temp Sqdn Ldr 

2 Jan 1943

Gordon Albert 41811 RAF 30/1/40

31/8/40

From "K" Flight to14 Sqdn to 250 Sqdn

Became a member of 250 Sqdn on its formation, The first serious use of the P-40 as a fighter occurred when Iraqi forces led by Rashid Ali El-Ghailani rose against the British in Iraq on May 2, 1941. When the Germans and Italians sent aircraft to assist the revolt, staging from Vichy French bases in Lebanon and Syria, the British sent two RAF 84 Sqdn.  Bristol Blenheims to bomb the air base at Palmyra on May 14, escorted by two Tomahawks of No. 250 Squadron, RAF, flown by Flying Officers G.A. Wolsey and F.J.S. Aldridge. The Iraqi revolt was crushed by May 30,

He sees more action on the 16th all with 250 Sudan Sqdn.

 http://users.cyberone.com.au/

clardo/cfr_clark.html

Bill Baird’s log (211 Sqdn Blenheims) records this sortie in similar terms:

    “16th May '41 0930 L4910 Sgt Marshall pilot, Sgt Clark Obs., self as W/op.AG
    To Nicosia Cyprus escorting 2 Tomahawks - time l hour 30, returning 1530 to base in the same time.”

When 250 Squadron was withdrawn to the Delta in mid May, this small flight was detached for duty in Cyprus: FO Wolsey and PO Caldwell (later Group Captain CR Caldwell DSO, DFC & Bar). The nature of the 211 Squadron escort duty (navigating) perhaps reflects the long over-water leg. Not impossible to navigate in single-seaters but somewhat risky, as the various tragedies trying to get aircraft into Malta attest.

However, navigation was not the sole purpose of the jaunt. The 211 Squadron ORB records this as the only duty that day:

    “Aqir May 16th Sgt Pilot Marshall with Sgts Clark & Baird in Blenheim L4910 [a Mark I] escorted two Tomahawks to to CYPRUS and took ground guns and ammunition to our forces there. The Blenheim returned the same day.”

Shores' Dustclouds... pp 186-187 provides the clincher on the 250 Squadron pilots:

    “Fri 16 May [...] A Blenheim of 211 Squadron escorted Flg Officer Wolsey and Plt Officer Caldwell to Cyprus, where they were to be ready to defend the island against air attack.”

473 Woods   Paddy  ?  ? ? ?  .
474 Woodward (Sgt) E Norman

566289

.

3/1/40

31/8/40

."K" Flight
475 Woolley (Rigger) Frank W 645591 RAF 16/5/39 ??/6/41 Taken POW, on Crete
476 Worbey (Flt Sgt ) Stanley  Thomas  174081 RAFVR 6/2/43  13/3/44 Stanley Worbey was transferred to No.3 Squadron, now flying Tempests, on April 30 1945 he was shot down and killed by Flak at Schwerin Airfield. He was then flying Tempest JF-W(EJ598)., read more in personnel pages
477 Worsfold James "Jim (Fitter) ? ? ? ? .
478 Wright (Plt Off), DFC (Can)

John Garn "Gary"

 

J 7233 RCAF 5/7/42  24/5/43 2320 SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 25 MAY, 1943, DFC, 

Flying Officer John Garn WRIGHT (Can/J.7233), Royal Canadian Air Force, RAF No. 112 Squadron.

This officer has taken part in a large number of sorties, including numerous fighter bomber attacks against enemy airfields and mechanized transport. In air combat he has destroyed at

least 3 enemy aircraft. Flying Officer Wright has displayed great keenness, skill and determination. He later served with the Royal Canadian Navy

479 Wright (Sgt) later WO Robert A (Wilbur)

1024883

RAF

26/10/44

16/12/45

Married an Italian lady and had 3 children
480 Young  (Sgt) later F/O Cedric Don   411490   RNZAF 10/7/42  15/9/42 WIA, Flying Officer C. D. Young; born Taradale, 19 Jan 1920; clerk; joined RNZAF 2 Mar
1941. went from 112 Sqdn to 94 sqdn
 
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