I encourage anyone that has more information (Flight Log Book entries) or photos on 112 Squadron please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org before the history is lost.
Internet Finds of RAF 112 Sqn Personnel
M to RR to S
Sgt John McIver
Note the plugs in the exhaust ports to keep the sand out of GA G possibly ET902 not confirmed
LAC Arthur Masterwas a rigger with RAF 112 Sqdn serving in Africa , Sicily and Italy. His grandson Peter has little information to go on and would appreciate any help that could be given. Please e-mail if you can help out.
Contributed by Peter Izzard
Squadron Leader Ernest MMason, 40734, RAF DFC, 261, 92, 112, 274, 94 Sqns. KIA 1942
London Gazette issue 35073, 11 February 1941, page 8 of 44
Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Flying Officer Ernest Mitchelson Mason (40734),No. 274 Squadron.
In January, 1941, this officer destroyedthree of a formation of nine enemy aircraft. He has continually shown a fine
fighting spiritand has contributed materially to the heavy losses caused to enemy aircraft. He has shown outstanding
courage and initiative andprobable.
From the photo of him on the 1940 Photo page and the photos below it is hard to determine which MacDonald is which McDonald
Sergeant Edward Mc Cormack, Service Number, 404181, RAAF, ?/9/41 to 16/9/41. KIA
Date of Birth: 10 January 1919
Son of John and Emily Constance McCormack, of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Tomahawk Mk IIB, AM 403.
Sgt Edward McCormack during a ferry flight from 108MU, heading for LG102 which the Sqdn
had moved to near Sidi Haneish, the engine cut out on take off at 150 to 200
feet altitude he tried to turn to regain the runway lost control and spun in...... pilot KIFA
Photo sent in by John McCormack
Pilot Officer Robert Haldane "Mac"McDonald, RAF 42316, RAF 112 Sqdn service 30/7/40 to 9/3/41
Photo of what is now thought to be McDonald taken in Greece ( Joe Fraser's daughter confirms it is not her Dad.)
The under mentioned Acting Pilot Officers
on probation are graded as Pilot Officers on
probation on the dates stated: —
20th Feb. 1940.
Percy Drinkwater STRONG (42277) as yet to be confirmed
Lenard Lawrence BARTLEY (42182).
Jack Lawson GROVES (42305).
Robert Haldane McDonald (42316) All thought to have (some confirmed) to have RAF 112 Sqdn connections
The under mentioned Pilot Officers on probation
are confirmed in their appointments
on the dates stated: —
I5th May 1940.
Jack Lawson GROVES (42305).
Robert Haldane MCDONALD (42316).
The under mentioned Pilot Officers are
promoted to the war substantive rank of
Flying Officers: —
Pilots of 112 Squadron at Yanina, Greece.Photo courtesy of Colleen Bowker and family
(Left to right) Pilot Officer Robert Haldane "Mac" McDonald, Flying Officer Acworth and Pilot Officer Bowker.
Sgt John Henry McDermott, service number 776098 information provided by
Chris Buzy and Pilot Sgt J H McDermott's' son Anthony quote follows
On page 3 of your photo section, you have FL 714 GA-F.
I have had information from Buz and Sue ( some of Dad's sortie dates below) that my Dad, John Henry McDermott also flew this craft on the 18 April 1943 as Fighter sweep and indeed this 'was' his aircraft from 20/03 until 20/04 when he moved on to FR520.
Nevertheless, exciting for me to think this photo maybe Dad; either way he obviously flew with Wilfred and I am trying to see what memories I can coax from him
It is with great sadness that I report my Father's death on 02 Nov It is with great sadness that I report my Father's death on 02 Nov 2006, in Harrogate, Yorkshire.
Lest we forget
"Per Ardua Ad Astra"
Acting Flight Lieutenant John George MEJOR (119016), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve,
No. 112 Squadron.
London Gazette issue 36468, 11 April 1944, page 2 0f 2
Distinguished Flying Cross.
Flying Officer John Archibald Milne, RAF 42758 (Canadian from Yorkton, Saskatchewan)
prior service in the Battle of Britain, with RAF 112 Squadron from12/6/42 to 26/6/42
John joined the RAF in 1939, after a brief stint in Aston Down for OTU he was posted to 72 Squadron (Spitfires) in June 1940.. He never flew with 72 squadron as he was immediately sent to RAF 605 Squadron in Drem, Scotland flying Hurricanes. During August of that year the squadron was posted to the South of England, John saw alot of action in the Battle of Britain.. Action on the 20th October 1940 From :
Gretzyngier, Robert. Poles in Defence of Britain: A Day-by-Day Chronology of Polish Day and Night Fighter Operations, July 1940 - June 1941. London: Grub Street, 2001
The windy morning with much broken cloud resulted in almost a repeat of the actions of 20th, when 605 Squadron was again engaged by Freie Jagd Messerschmitt 109s over Tunbridge Wells. The pilots involved were as follows:
This time however the RAF pilots were not surprised and managed to engage their attackers. P/O Witold Glowacki:
"While on patrol near Tunbridge Wells we were attacked by two Me 109s which dived on us out of the sun. The squadron was circling right-handed and losing height when a Me 109 broke into the formation firing at me. I was then rather higher than the rest of the squadron and the Me. after a short burst over-shot me and I was able to give him a long burst from 300 yards closing to 50 yards. I saw him shudder and try to climb away, but he could not do so and dropped away. This is confirmed by Yellow 1 but neither of us could watch him as another Me 109 was then in position to attack and we had to break away The second enemy aircraft climbed back to join the rest of the formation alone."
On 22nd October 1940, John was shot down and wounded by an Me 109, He crash landed his Hurricane I (V6783) near Dorking at 14:30hrs. He had a broken hip. Recovering John was sent to 52 OTU as an instructor, he continued as an instructor when in December he was posted to 73 OTU at Sherk Atham in the Aden Protectorate training South African and Rhodesian pilots. He joined RAF 112 Squadron at Gambut Main on 12 June 1942. John fractured his spine in a take off accident. We backed up to strip 075, Sidi Aziez, Sollum and eventually Sidi Haneish near Mesa Matruh. Here on the 26th, we were scrambled to evacuate the strip about 10:00 p.m. as Jerry tanks were reported advancing on our strip. In taking off I collided with another aircraft. Where it came from I do not know as it was quite dark. Then by way of 86 Hospital, Hospital ship and train to Baragwanath in South Africa, he spent the next six months in a plaster cast, arrived back in UK in November 1942
John mentioned that his Flight Log Book was in the Kittyhawk storage compartment when the plane crashed and burnt.
Supplement To The London Gazette,
11 September, 1942 3963, The Under mentioned
are granted the rank of Sqn Ldrs (temy.):- J. A. Milne (42758), 21st May 1942.
30 November 2006I have just gotten off the phone with John, he still resides in Yorkton, he was with his wife for 64 years, having lost her just last year. They have 3 children together. His keen sense of humour is still very active as he had a bad fall while we where talking on the phone, after recovering from that he stated "fortunately I am short so it is not far to fall!!!!"" He still fondly remembered Rudy Leu and James Arthur Walker another Canadian that signed into RAF 112 Sqdn at the same time as John, James was also was a survivor of the Battle of Britain. Picture used with Johns permission.
39256 Wing Commander Francis Victor Morello RAAF
Flt Sgt Benard Hyland Peters, Ex-112 Squadron pilot B H (Bernie) Peters passed away, on
27 November2005 Flt Sgt Benard Hyland Peters (Australian). 409439, only Australian record
found is the following with different service number: The different service numbers maybe due to
enlisted rank and then an officers service number
My father, Flt Sgt BH (Bernie) Peters, was a 112 sqdn pilot, who joined the squadron in Sept 43 and left in late
July, 44. He features on your "claims" page in April 44, when he was credited (I think) with an FW190 over Rieti.
He finished his own "war in Europe" as Flt Lt Peters (DFM), being recalled to Australia in late 44. He went on to a
long career in military & civil flying, logging 22000 hrs before he quit around 1981. Sadly, Bernie may not be with us
much longer. At age 83, he has just been diagnosed with untreatable cancer - and I fear he has little time left. I am
writing this hoping that some of Dad's surviving comrades are still around to wish him well. If so, please reply - and
I am hoping I can pass on your wishes. Many of the names on your web-site were folk-lore to me, during my
childhood. Dad could come up with so many stories of life with "the happy crew of 112". (Well, anyway, that's how
they sounded to me - as a small boy).
Greg Peters Sydney Australia.
is a bit of sleuthing, 64 years on.
Hope you find this useful –
may add a couple of small details to your site.
free to use the photo if you like. And keep up the great work.
your 112 site recently, I looked at the section Sqdn
planes, Damage and Losses 1939-1945. For
the entry of 20 Dec 1943, it seems Fg Off Wilkinson had a very bad day – being
both shot down in P40 FR-864 (M) (& made a POW), and sustaining Cat II
damage in P-40 FR-801 (H) .
late father, Bernie Peters, had a photo
a pic of F/O
Wilkinson (enclosed), and Dad’s diary has commentary on 20 Dec 43.
Coincidentally, Bernie’s log book records that P40 FR-801 (H) was Dad’s
“personal mount”, for some weeks up to Dec 20 (he logged 16 flights in it,
the last on Dec 18th).
book “History of 112” (p121) records that F/O Wilkinson was indeed
in FR 864 in Dec 43, and states also that “one aircraft returned Cat
II” around the same date (without naming the pilot, or the plane).
log entry for Dec 20, 43 is:
section in italics was apparently added later (different pen).
had heard the extended version of this story verbally,
many times over the decades.
Dad enjoyed telling it over a few beers. As he put it, the hole near the
wing root was big enough for two men to stand in, and he swore
that he owed his life to the tough construction of the Kittyhawk.
Dad was right about this, I wondered why his Cat II was not in your site’s
And, could it have been
the un-named Cat II which returned that day, as per Robyn Brown’s book?
I did also wonder if
Cat II was perhaps wrongly accredited.
would not explain things either, because he was (supposedly) flying
FR-801, not FR-388.
I then turned to Bernie’s diary, which reads:
20 Sabato S
bloody heavy day.
1st show me, in (Z). Gun fire & Ack Ack something
terrific. I got a hell of a clobber in leading edge of left wing root at 200ft
after shooting a big tank.
On way back 3 Spits shot at me.
My kite was a Cat II.
No ASI and kite stalled if you breathed hard. Didnt have guts to bail
out, so returned. Runway was cleared for me & after doing a perfect
3-pointer (with ring twitch), I found I had no left brake. Skidded off right of
runway, straight at bunch of
twin types, who ran.
Cut engine, but didn’t turn over & did a beautiful twizzle beside a
row of tents, thumbing the types as I skidded by backwards.
Cocks shot down but OK.
F/O Wilkinson on fire and bailed out at 1500ft. POW if OK.
2 other Cat II kites and one destroyed. 2 Yanks bailed out. This may be
the last entry. I have just been informed that I am on the same target tomorrow.
way of explanation:
By “types” Dad just means “people”, and
so “twin types” were people (=aircrew) who flew
twin-engine bombers. This was a big base, and there were lots of Martin
or Douglas twins
there, lining the airfield. “Cocks” was Flt Sgt WE Cocks, whom Dad
had known for some time, from advanced training in Egypt and Libya. The 2 other
Cat II kites may have been in other squadrons at the base (as were the
“Yanks”). “Maleish” was common slang on the squadron
(?Arabic) – meaning
“so be it” (with thanks to Ken Cockram
who told me that recently – after I contacted him thru your site).
The above diary entry didn’t throw any light on what happened to FR 801
(H) that day. But, this mention of Sgt Cocks turned out to be useful, when
considered in light of a later diary entry:
fly again. A practice flip in my new-old kite H.
Cox lobbed old H in a river. Dog fought Tex & Worby...”
diary entry is listed under “Dec 29th “, but from Dad’s log
book, I gather it refers to either Dec 21st or Dec 30th.
(the diary doesn’t have all dates filled in, and
go wherever there is space). “Cox” here is Flt Sgt Cocks (spelling
wasn’t Dad’s strong point); Tex =Tex Grey, and Worby=Stan Worby. What is
informative here is the reference to Cocks “lobbing the old H in a river”,
and Dad’s referring to “my new-old kite H”.
The reference to Cocks is supplied parenthetically here -as background on
a replacement H. According to Dad’s log book, the replacement H
[= “new-old H”] was FR-257 . He first flew this on Dec 21, and next
on Dec 29th. He went on to log 38 flights in it, eventually.
As mentioned, his previous (and first) H was FR-801, which he first flew
on Nov 2nd. Dad’s log shows that he never flew 801 again after Dec
18th. [FR-801 is the higher serial number, hence
“newer” than the “new-old” FR-257]. So, the “old H” that
Cocks lobbed in the river must have been FR-801, and this would have been when
Cocks was shot down on Dec 20th.
It seems that your Cat II for FR-801 on Dec 20, 1943, should be
attributed to Sgt Cocks, not F/O Wilkinson.
doubt that FR-801 is
the Cat II plane that Robyn Brown’s book refers to anonymously. That
Cat II plane, the book states, did not end up in a river, but “returned”.
So, it seems to me that this last Cat II plane must be FR-388 (Z), flown
by Bernie Peters. If you find this convincing, please add another entry to your
Damage and Losses 1939-1945, for
the date of 20 Dec 43. That will make three for the day.
As Dad put it: “A
bloody heavy day” .
Yours, Greg Peters, Sydney Australia
Master Tecnician Lenord Francis "Paddy" Paddock, 546274 RAF, Captured in Greece held in Crete, Lamsdorf, Luft 3 and Belaria for the duration of the war.
Service Record Book, and a drawing of Gladiator K6140 done in Stalag Luft III during 1944
Sgt W E Pollock RCAF, 63166, 21 August 1942 to 21 November 1942 Vx 1, 1 damaged
Flying Officer Waldo B. Price-Owen , RAF no. 39829, 112 & 80Sqn, victories 8
Photo supplied by Patricia Malloy daughter of J. F. Fraser
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