Leamington's fallen Royal Air Force soldiers

By Kevin Unitt 19/07 Updated: 04/01 08:26

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Royal Leamington Spa, War Memorial's

Roll of Honour: 1939+

ROYAL AIR FORCE

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DAVIDSON, Oswald, 108660;

Pilot Officer (RAFVR) 18th November 1941, Aged: 29.

Stationed: RAF Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire.

Killed in action on Sunday 18th November 1941, son of: Cllr Oswald and Ethel Davidson, of: "Whiteacre Lodge" 14 Lillington Avenue, Leamington Spa.

Before the war Oswald was a partner at P.H.Woodward and Company.

Oswald was buried on the 21st November 1941(Rev: M.P.Charlesworth) in the Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridgeshire grave ref: A6361 and commemorated on the Holy Trinity Church War Memorial, Leamington Spa.

1939;

WALTON, Bertie Greville, 550292;

Sergeant (9th Squadron) 4th September 1939, Aged: 20.

Killed in action on Monday 4th September 1939, son of: Ellen Mary Walton, (Bertie's father had been killed during World War 1) of: 116 Plymouth Place Leamington Spa.

Bertie took of from RAF Honington (previously stationed at Manston) in Wellington1, L4275 Whisky Sierra-Hotel (previously Heyfords) on anti-shipping operations; it was over Brunsbuttel during this operation that he was shot down with the loss of five of the crew.

Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey and on the All Saint's Church War Memorial, Leamington Spa.

1940;

BATHO, Reginald Frank, 580629;

Sergeant (49th Squadron) 6th August 1940, Aged: 24.

Motto: "Cave Canem" ("Beware of the Dog")

Badge: A Greyhound Courant

Formed: 15th April 1916

Killed in action on Tuesday 6th August 1940, son of: Frank and Laura Batho, of: Coventry.

Reginald took of RAF Scampton in his Handley Page Hampden1, P4377 Echo-Alpha Kilo, for mining operations off Denmark; it was during this operation that his aircraft crashed with the loss of four of its crew.

Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey and on the Leamington College for Boys War Memorial, now located at North Leamington School, Leamington Spa.

DAVEY, John Arthur Joseph, 44182;

Pilot Officer (1st Squadron) 11th August 1940, Aged: 20.

Died on Sunday 11th August 1940, son of: Arthur Hammond and Elise Marie Davey, of: Leamington Spa.

Previously being awarded a cadetship to the RAF College at Cranwell from RAF Halton.

John took of on the 11th August in Hurricane I, P3172 and had been in combat with enemy aircraft when he attempted to force-land, his Hurricane crashed during the attempted landing.

John was buried at the Sandown Cemetery, Sandown, Isle of Wight on 15th August 1940, Grave: A.14.

His address at the time of death was "The Fairway", Recreation Ground, Lake, Sandown the ceremony was performed by Reverend Father J.Flynn.

The inscription reads; Lux Perpetua Luceat Ei, Thy Kingdom Done, Thy Will Be Done, R.I.P.

Commemorated on a Memorial Plaque nearby to where John crashed at the Sandown High School, unveiled in 1993, the inscription reads: "One Of The Few".

Also on the Battle of Britain Memorial, on the Embankment in London.

PEMBERTON (DFC) David Alwyne, 33036;

Squadron Leader (1st Squadron) 3rd November 1940, Aged: 28.

Born: 1912

Died on Sunday 3rd November 1940, son of: Guy and Emily Muriel Pemberton, of: Broadway, Worcestershire.

The brother of: John Francis (1910)-1961) Elizabeth (b: 1920- )

Who married Geoffrey Danne and lived in Melbourne, Australia.

David who was born in Stratford upon Avon was educated at Stowe School and at the RAF College, Ranwell before being commissioned in 1932.

David was promoted to Flying Officer in 1934, Flight Lieutenant in 1936 and Squadron Leader in 1939.

David's Distinguished Flying Cross Citation reads: Having displayed outstanding leadership since his Squadrons return from France, the Squadrons tally of destroyed or damaged enemy aircraft reached fifty-one, the first being a Dornier DO17 on the 30th October 1939.

David is buried at the Broadway (St Eadburgh) New Churchyard, Worcestershire.

He is also commemorated on the Lillington and Stratford upon Avon War Memorials and on the Battle of Britain Memorial, the Embankment, London.

1941;

BUCKBY, Peter, 1156870;

Sergeant (75th New Zealand Squadron) 30th November 1941, Aged: 21.

75 Squadron was the first Commonwealth Squadron to be formed, in 1937.

Killed in action on Sunday 30th November 1941, son of: Arthur and Harriet Wesley Buckby, of: Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire.

Employed at Lockheed Brake Company, Leamington Spa.

Peter took off from RAF Feltwell in Wellington 1C, Z1099, Alpha-Alpha for operations over Emden.

His aircraft was shot down by an enemy night-fighter with the loss of all six crew.

Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial Surrey, and on the Lockheed Brake Company War Memorial, Leamington Spa.

To be included on the Bomber Command Memorial, London being constructed.

CHESTER, Albert George, 1164376;

Leading Aircraftman (RAFVR) 30th June 1941, Aged: 30.

Killed in Staffordshire on Monday 30th June 1941, son of: Thomas and Myra Chester, of: Lutterworth, Leicestershire.

The husband of: Elsie May Chester, of: 44 Comyn Street, Leamington Spa.

Albert now rest at the Leamington (Whitnash Road) Cemetery, Leamington Spa.

CLENCH, Stanley Vincent, 1186224;

Leading Aircraftman (RAFVR) 20th November 1941, Aged?

Died on Thursday 20th November 1941, son of: George and Daisy Clench, Husband of: Joyce Isobel Clench, of: Leamington Spa.

Employed by the County Council, Shire Hall, Warwick.

Wreckage of Stanley's aircraft was spotted on the Western shore of Prince Edward Island.

Commemorated on the Ottawa Memorial, Ontario, Canada.

FREEMAN, Edward, 751931;

Flight sergeant (59th Squadron) 28th April 1941, Aged: 20.

Died on Monday 28th April 1941, son of: Henry and Lydia Freeman, of: 15 Raleigh Terrace, Leamington Spa.

Before the war Edward was employed at Lockheed Brake Company, Leamington Spa.

Edward was lost during a general reconnaissance mission flying a Bristol Blenheim out of Thorny Island.

Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial Surrey and on the Lockheed Brake Company War Memorial, Leamington Spa.

PEERS, William Edgar, 88011;

Pilot Officer (58th Squadron) 15th January 1941, Aged: 36.

The Squadrons Motto: "On the wings of the night".

Killed in action on Wednesday 15th January 1941, son of: Cecil William and Harriet Emma Peers, of: Leamington Spa.

The husband of: Christina Mary Peers, of: York.

William took of from RAF Linton-on-Ouse in a Whitley V, N1521, Golf Echo-Juliet for operations over Wilhelmshaven; his aircraft was shot down by an enemy night-fighter with the loss of all five of her crew.

William now rests at the Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery, Noord-Holland, Netherlands and is commemorated on the All Saint's Church War Memorial, Leamington Spa.

To be included on the Bomber Command War Memorial, being constructed in London.

ROBERTS, Frederick George, 80841;

Flying Officer 'Observer' (59th Squadron) 9th May 1941, Aged: 23.

Killed in action on Friday 9th May 1941, son of: George and Gertrude Roberts, of: 19 St Mary's Road, Leamington Spa.

The husband of: Margaret Olive Roberts.

Frederick was lost during a General Reconnaissance Mission out of Thorny Island, flying a Bristol Blenheim IV.

Frederick is buried at the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

Commemorated on the Holy Trinity Church War Memorial, Leamington Spa.

TIMMS, John Douglas, 580630;

Flight Sergeant (105th Squadron) 15th August 1941, Aged: 21.

The Squadron Motto: "A battle axe, the battle axe, a powerful weapon"

Died on Friday 15th August 1941, son of: William and Catherine Timms, of: Leamington Spa.

John was lost after an operation from Malta (Luqa, Jul-Oct after leaving Lossiemouth in May 1941) against targets in the Mediterranean and North Africa in support of the 8th Army.

Commemorated on the Malta Memorial, Malta.

WHALLEY, Francis Kenneth Basil, 977309;

Sergeant 'Wireless Operator /Air Gunner' (221st Squadron) 11th April 1941, Aged: 19.

1940 saw the worst Merchant shipping losses to U-Boat actions and in response 221st Squadron was formed at Bircham Newton on England on the 21st November 1940.

The crews were made up from members of various other Squadrons and a period of training began in long-range overseas navigation.

A small airfield in Langham was selected for night flying training having snatched Wellingtons from ex Bomber Command training units.

In March 1941 the Squadron was equipped with Wellingtons with the new Air to Surface Vessel (ASV) Radar.

On the 1st March "B" Flight were ordered to transfer to Limavady in County Derry to team up with 502 Squadron and immediately began flying Atlantic patrols.

In this month alone the Germans lost three U-Boats to 221 and 502 Squadrons including one commanded by Gunter Prien (Scapa Flow-HMS Royal Oak-1939).

At 05.55 hrs on Friday 11th April 1941 Wellington W5653 "Wimpey" took of from Limavady on a routine Convoy Escort Patrol.

On her return journey she over flew Limavady air base at 14.35 hrs due to very heavy mist, sending a signal to the air base they advised the Wellington on her bearing by Q.D.M.

After heading back out to sea to get a bearing of their position through cloud breaks they re-approached flying towards Limavady.

Dropping Altitude as they approached they flew over Lough Swilly and flew straight into Urris Hill at a height of 1200 feet and speed of 160 mph killing all six crew, the plane was a mere 100 feet from safety!

Irish Soldiers from Dunree and Leenan Forts were sent out to search the area for the plane and any survivors.

A single rifle shot rang out indicating that the plane had been located.

It wasn't until the following evening that the crew were removed from the site and taken to the village of Lenankeel and then shortly afterwards to the Blockhouse at Dunree Fort prior to transfer to England for burial in their various home Towns.

Today a cross with a simple but moving inscription marks the spot where Wellington W5653 came to grief on the clouded Urris Hills;

"It seems an obscenity that in such a peaceful and beautiful place six young airmen disorientated by thick fog and struggling to recognize a familiar landmark in unfamiliar terrain, should die in such tragic circumstances"

In Memory of;

Flying Pilot Officer, Alfred Patrick Cattley: Aged 25, Russian born.

Pilot Officer, James Montague: Aged 24, Buckinghamshire.

Sergeant, (Observer) John Bateman.

Sergeant, (Wireless Operator / Air Gunner) Francis Kenneth Basil Whalley: Aged 19, Leamington Spa.

Sergeant, (Wireless Operator) Frederick Neil: Aged: 22, West Hartlepool.

Sergeant, (Wireless Operator / Air Gunner) Brinley Badman, Pontypool, Monmouthshire.

The son of: Charles Harold and Agnes Whalley, of: 18 Victoria Street, Leamington Spa.

Francis is buried at the Leamington (Whitnash Road) Cemetery, Leamington Spa, and commemorated on Urris Hills, County Derry.

WILLOUGHBY, Cyril Arthur, 949185;

Aircraftman 1st Class (RAFVR) 26th August 1941, Aged: 21.

Died in RAF Holton Hospital on Tuesday 26th August 1941, son of: Harry Edward and Emily Willoughby, of: 11 Chandos Street, Leamington Spa.

Cyril is buried at the Leamington (Whitnash Road) Cemetery, Leamington Spa.

Commemorated on the Holy Trinity Church War Memorial and on the Leamington Spa Liberal Club War Memorial.

1942;

CHURCHILL, (DSO, DFC) Walter Myers, 90241;

Group Captain 605th Squadron (County of Warwick) 27th August 1942, Aged: 35.

The Squadrons Motto: "I Never Sleep".

Killed in action on Thursday 27th August 1942, son of: William Algernon and Violet Churchill.

The husband of: Joyce Churchill, of: 14 Guys Cliffe Avenue, Leamington Spa.

Walter who was born in Malvern was commissioned as a Flying Officer in 1931, awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for shooting down three enemy aircraft during the Battle of Britain while flying with No 3 Squadron where he sustained injuries to an arm.

Later during operations over France Walter was also awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for shooting down four more enemy aircraft in 1941.

During a low level sweep over Biscara, Walters's aircraft received a direct hit from an enemy anti-aircraft gun.

Walter is buried at the Syracuse War Cemetery, Sicily, Italy.

CLARKE, Harold Frank, 1183538;

Sergeant (207th Squadron) 24th July 1942, Aged: 21.

The Squadron Motto was: "Always prepared".

Killed in action on Friday 24th July 1942, son of: Harry and Annie Clarke, of: Leamington Spa.

Harold took of from RAF Bottesford in his Lancaster I, R5632, Echo Mike-November, for operations over Duisburg, during this operation Harold's aircraft crashed into the North Sea with the loss of all seven crew.

Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial Surrey and the Lockheed Brake Company, War Memorial, Leamington Spa.

To be included on the Bomber Command War Memorial, the Embankment, London, being constructed.

DAVIS, Leslie, 741375;

Flight Sergeant 'Pilot' (49th Squadron) 7th April 1942, Aged: 24.

Motto: "Cave canem" ("Beware of the Dog")

Badge: A Greyhound Courant

Formed: 15th April 1916

Killed in action on Tuesday 7th April 1942, son of: Arthur Henry and Edith Ellen Davis, of: Leamington Spa.

In 1940 the 49th were flying Hampdens from RAF Scampton helping to inaugurate Bomber Commands Sea mining campaign

Leslie took off from RAF Scampton in Hampden I, AT126, Echo Alpha-Zulu, for operations over Essen, during this operation the aircraft crashed with the loss of all four crew.

Leslie is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.

HARRIS, Reginald Maddern, 117159;

Pilot Officer (RAFVR) 9th June 1942, Aged: 32.

Died on Tuesday 9th June 1942, son of: Harold Maddern and Mabel Irene Harris, of: Leamington Spa.

The husband of: Mrs M.A.Harris, of: Leamington Spa.

On 9th June 1942 Reginald went to Coniston in the Lake Disrtict mountain climbing (Coniston Old Man).

Reginald was reported missing later that day and a search party went out on the 10th and again each day until the 13th, when one of the parties led by PC Leak (Coniston) at 1 pm found his body in front of a part known as the High Weather Grag, the Red Dale Coniston.

Reginald had fallen 100 ft and had sustained serve multiple head injuries which caused instant death.

The inquest was held in Coniston on the 15th June 1942 and the verdict of accidental death was recorded.

Reginald was subsequently transported to Leamington.

Reported in the Westmoreland Gazette on Saturday 20th June 1942

Reginald now rests at the Leamington (Milverton) Cemetery, Leamington Spa.

(Courtesy of Kendall Library)

HIND, Peter, 1166572;

Sergeant (41st Squadron) 8th July 1942, Aged: 25.

Stationed: RAF Merston.

Squadron Codes: Echo Bravo.

Duty: Fighter Command: Supermarine Spitfire: Mk's 1-XII.

41 Squadron was involved in supporting the Dunkirk operation and later the Battle of Britain, after in 1942 the RAF began to "Lean over the Channel" attempting to lure the Luftwaffe out.

Died on Wednesday 8th July 1942, son of: Albert and Eva Hind, of: Leamington Spa.

The husband of: Margaret Hind, of: Coventry.

Peter is buried at the Clichy Northern Cemetery, Hauts-de-Seine, France.

HUNT, John Howard, 1191011;

Sergeant (101st Squadron) 16th April 1942, Aged: 21.

Killed in action on Thursday 16th April 1942, son of: Frederick Sydney and Jessie Hunt, of: 20 Avenue Road, Leamington Spa.

John was educated at Warwick School afterwards employed at the Midland Bank, Warwick.

John took off from RAF Bourn at 23:55 hrs on the 15th April 1942 in Wellington III, X3694 Sierra Romeo-Uniform for operations over Dortmund; it was during this operation that John's aircraft crashed at Lutrebois (Luxemburg) 5 km SSE of Bastogne, Belgium, with the loss of all six crew.

John is buried at the Charleroi Communal Cemetery, Charleroi, Belgium, Grave Ref: U.1D with the all his crew, commemorated on the Warwick School War Memorial, soon to be added to the Bomber Command War Memorial, now under construction in London.

LAWS, Stanley John, 1186751;

Sergeant 'Observer' (RAF) 22nd May 1942, Aged: 30.

Killed in a flying accident on Friday 22nd May 1942 at Moreton in Marsh, son of: Mr and Mrs B. Laws, of: 4 Newbold Street, Leamington Spa.

Before the war Stanley was employed at both in the insurance business and at Shire Hall, Warwick.

Stanley was previously stationed at RAF Bobbington, Worcester.

Buried at the Leamington (Whitnash Road) Cemetery, Leamington Spa.

MOREY, Paul Herrick, 917067;

Flight Sergeant 'Observer' (108th Squadron) 16th March 1942, Aged: 22.

Squadron Motto: "With gathered strength".

Stationed: Kabrit (Egypt)

Flew: Liberators / Wellingtons.

Missions: Night bombing missions targeting ports on the Libyan coast and Greece and also bombing and supplying dropping missions over the Balkans.

Killed in action on Monday 16th March 1942, son of: Herbert George and Jessie Morey, of: 9a The Parade, Leamington Spa.

Paul now rests at the Shirley (St John) Churchyard, Surrey, England.

RAE, George, 1179958;

Flight Sergeant 'Pilot' (112th Squadron) 2nd October 1942, Aged: 20.

Died on Friday 2nd October 1942, son of: George and Sophie Lillian Rae, of: Peterborough, Northamptonshire.

At the time of George's death the Squadron were based at Amriya, operating in the fighter-bomber role, flying the Kittyhawk, flying support missions to the ground troops prior to and during the Battle of El Alamein.

George is buried at the El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt.

STRONG, Percy Drinkwater, 42277;

Flight Lieutenant (232nd Squadron) 19th August 1942, Aged: 25.

Motto: "Strike"

Badge: A dragon-ship under sail, oars in action

Formed: 20th August 1918

On 10th April 1942 232 reformed after serving in Singapore at Atcham with Spitfires , previously flying Hurricane IIB's, becoming operational on the 30th May before moving south to Turnhouse, Debden and Gravesend in August.

The Squadron flew its first sweep across France on the 17th of August 1942.

Two days later in support of the Dieppe Raid on Wednesday 19th August 1942, Percy while flying Spitfire: Vb EN845Y was shot down by a FW190 and killed

The son of: Elijah and Christina Elizabeth Strong, of: Leamington Spa.

Percy now rests at the Boulogne Eastern Cemerty, Pas de Calais, France and is commemorated on the Lillington War Memorial, Leamington Spa.

YOUNG, Ronald Arthur, 616117;

Corporal (RAF) 23rd September 1942, Aged: 22.

Died of wounds received during an air raid in the Middle East on Wednesday 23rd September 1942, son of: Lawrence Edmund and Rose Violet Young, of: 2 Baker Street, Leamington Spa.

Ronald was educated at the Central School, after employed at Messrs Locke and England.

Buried at the Alexandria (Hadra) War Cemetery, Egypt.

1943;

COLLINGRIDGE, John, 1575031;

Sergeant (RAFVR) 28th January 1943, Aged: 20.

Killed during training on Thursday 28th January 1943, son of: Alfred William (late RSM of the Royal Horse Artillery-WWI / WWII) and Mabel Collingridge (-1927), of: The Clarendon Tavern, Russell Street Leamington Spa.

Twin brother of the late: Robert Collingridge (-2004), of: Quarry Street, Leamington Spa.

Brother of: Joan (nee: McGuire) Collingridge, of: Cottingham (Near Hull).

Uncle of: Paul McGuire

John "Jack" was born on the 15th November 1922.

Called up in September 1941 John reported for duty in London on the 29th that month for Aircrew Training hoping to become a Wireless Operator.

In May 1942 he attended class 42J DARE Aerotech Albany, Georgia USA for training eventually becoming a Bomb Aimer , later in June 42 he moved to MPO303 at Trenton, Ontario, promoted to Sergeant.

John was in training at 20 Officer Training Unit (OTU) 'B' Flight RAF Lossiemouth.

John took off from RAF Lossiemouth for a night time cross country exercise in Wellington Ic Z8896, carrying 8 flash bombs, photo flashes, reconnaissance flares, sea markers and smoke floats.

It was not long after take off that the aircraft was reported missing, during the following search an empty dinghy was found, it is believed that the aircraft was forced to ditch in the Moray Firth at 21.45 hrs, with the loss of all 5 crew.

In Memory of;

P/O P.D. O'Carey, P/O J.D.Birch, Sgt J. Collingridge, Sgt R.H. Credland and Sgt E.S. Bala

Before the war John was employed as an Apprentice at Alfred Herbert Engineering, Coventry.

John is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey and also on the Bomber Command War Memorial presently under construction in London.

HARPER, John Francis, 1083168;

Sergeant 'Wireless Operator / Air Gunner' (78th Squadron) 31st July 1943, Aged: 30.

Killed in action on Saturday 31st July 1943, son of: William and Fanny Harper, husband of: Margaret Harper, of: 2 Regent Street, Leamington Spa.

John took off from RAF Breighton in his Halifax II, JD329 Echo Yankee-Golf for operations over Remscheid, during this operation he was shot down by German night-fighters with the loss five out of the seven crew.

John now rest at the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Westfallen, Germany and is commemorated on the Warwick School War Memorial.

Also to be included on the Bomber Command War Memorial, now finally under construction in London.

HAYES (DFC) Ralph Gamble, 120087;

Flying Officer (105th Squadron) 15th November 1943, Aged: 22.

Killed in action on Friday 15th November 1943, son of: Harold and Edith Hayes, of: Leamington Spa.

Ralph was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) which was announced in the London Gazette on Friday 12th February 1943.

Ralph had taken off from RAF Marham in his Mosquito IV, DZ587 Golf Bravo-, for operations over Leverkusen, Germany.

On his return journey with the aircraft damaged, it crashed in Norfolk killing both crew.

Ralph now rests at the Wandsworth (Putney Vale) Cemetery, London.

JOY (AFC) Wilfred George, 39614;

Squadron Leader (141st Squadron) 26th March 1943, Aged: 30.

Killed in action on Friday 26th March 1943, son of: Frederick Thomas and Bessie Maud Joy, husband of: Ellen Joy, of: Stoke Golding, Leicestershire.

Promoted to Flying Officer in 1939, awarded the Air Force Cross in 1942.

During an intercept mission over Bordeaux Wilfred's Beaufighter 1FX7846 was lost with both crew.

Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.

MACKENZIE, Arthur Allan, 1204045;

Flight Sergeant (254th Squadron) 5th February 1943, Aged: 23.

Squadron Motto: "To fly, to watch and to strike".

254 Squadron was stationed in Scotland from May 1941, converting from Blenheims to Beaufighters in June 1942 as part of the strike wing at North Coates

Died on Friday 5th February 1943, son of: Allan and Emma Jane Mackenzie, husband of: Norma Evelyn Mackenzie, of: Leamington Spa.

Buried at the Lemvig Cemetery, Denmark and commemorated on the St Mary's Church, War Memorial, Leamington Spa.

REITH, Alexander, 1179228;

Leading Aircraftman (RAFVR) 21st July 1943, Aged: 32.

Died as a Japanese prisoner of war on 21st July 1943, husband of: Mabel Reith, of: 35 Eagle Street, Leamington Spa.

Educated at Gloucester School before being employed at Holloway's the Ironmongers, Regent Street, Leamington Spa.

After escaping from Singapore Alexander was recaptured in Java in February 1942.

Buried in the Ambon War Cemetery, Indonesia.

TOONE, Reginald Seymoor, 125437;

Flying Officer (RAFVR) 28th December 1943, Aged: 26.

Died on Tuesday 28th December 1943, son of: Harry Edwin, Jeweler at Evans, Upper Parade (October 1889'Leamington'-March 1968'Leamington') and Annie Elizabeth Toone (July 1885'Aston'-December 1952'Leamington') of: "Cambridge House" Lansdowne Circus, Leamington Spa.

Brother of: Ronald, Laurence (Laurie) and Harry (Basil) Toone

Uncle of: Liz and Helen.

Great Grandson of: John Toone (1787-1875) "a wealthy builder who was responsible in the 1800's for building large areas of Leamington including Binswood Avenue, parts of Warwick Street and the Parade, Mill Street Chapel, Guy Street Chapel ,the Leamington Brewery and the old Convent Garden Market ", etc.

Born: 18th August 1917

Educated at Campion School after which Reginald was employed at the "50 Bob Tailors" in Coventry and then by Neville Strangers (Gents Outfitters) Leamington Spa before joining the RAFVR in 1937.

After training in Stranraer and Northern Ireland he began flying Lockheed Hudson's for Coastal Command, including one flight taking the PM Sir Winston Churchill on one of his trips to the U.S

In 1942 Reginald was then posted to 111 OTU in Nassau (Oakes Field) on Providence Island in the Bahamas for 12 Months rest from flying and as an Armaments Instructor.

Reginald died of Stomach Cancer following a medical operation

Reginald now rest at the Nassau War Cemetery, Bahamas.

Grave Ref: West.A.2.

VALENTINE, Maurice George, 172107;

Pilot Officer 21st Squadron (South African Air Force) RAFVR, 28th November 1943, Aged: 32.

Squadron Motto: "By strength we conquer"

Killed in Italy on Sunday 28th November 1943, son of: Mr and Mrs Victor George Valentine, husband of: Irene Valentine, of: 15 Priory Terrace, Leamington Spa.

Buried at the Bari War Cemetery, Italy.

To be included on the Bomber Command Memorial, now under construction in London.

WAGGETT, William Emerson, 1581818;

Sergeant 'Flight Engineer' (10th Squadron) 28th May 1943, Aged: 21.

Killed in action on Sunday 28th May 1943, son of: Emerson and Elizabeth Waggett, of: 152 Tachbrook Road, Leamington Spa.

Educated at Campion School, William was employed as a polisher at Lockheed Brake Company, Leamington Spa, before joining the Royal Air Force in 1942.

William took off in Halifax II, JB960 Zulu Alpha-November from RAF Melbourne for operations over Essen, during this operation Walter's aircraft crashed with the loss of all seven crew.

Buried at the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Westfallen, Germany.

William isn't commemorated on the Lockheed Brake Company War Memorial.

1944;

ATKINS, James Arthur, 1195452;

Sergeant (612th Squadron) 23rd June 1944, Aged: 23.

Squadron Motto: "We stand guard by vigilance"

Flown: Wellington Bombers.

Killed in action over the English Channel on Friday 23rd June 1944 during operations over the Bay of Biscay, husband of: Dorothy Atkins, of: 37 Kinross Road, Lillington, Leamington Spa.

James was educated at Campion School and afterwards employed as a printer by Messrs A.Tombes Printers.

Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey and on the Lillington War Memorial, Leamington Spa and also on the being constructed Bomber Command War Memorial in London.

BASCOTT, Anthony William, 1044212;

Sergeant 'Flight Engineer' (12th Squadron) 29th July 1944, Aged: 21.

Killed in action on Saturday 29th July 1944, son of: Alfred William and Edith Emilie Bascott, of: 27 Lime Avenue, Leamington Spa.

Anthony took off from RAF Wickenby in Lancaster III, ND699 Papa Hotel-Papa for operations over Stuttgart; it was during this operation that his aircraft crashed with the loss of all seven crew.

During the period March to August 1944 the Squadron lost a total of forty aircraft.

Buried at the Durnbach War Cemetery, Bayern, Germany and is commemorated on the Lillington War Memorial, Leamington Spa and to be included on the Bomber Command War Memorial under construction in London.

BRADBURY, Robert, 182408;

Pilot Officer (RAFVR) 10th September 1944, Aged: 21.

Killed in action on Sunday 10th September 1944, son of: William Henry Cave and Mabel Bradbury, nephew of: Miss M.Bradbury, of: Park Hill, Derbyshire.

Robert joined the RAF in 1940, completing his first over enemy territory in 1941.

It was during a raid over the German Port of Kiel that he was wounded by flak causing Robert to attempt a crash landing on its return.

Buried at the Clichy Northern Cemetery, Robert is also commemorated on the Cubbington War Memorial and the Warwick School War Memorial.

BROWN, Charles Derek, 1581033;

Sergeant 'Specialist Operator' (101st Squadron) 3rd January 1944, Aged: 21.

Killed in action on Monday 3rd January 1944, son of: Charles Henry and Agatha Gertrude Brown, of: 3 Maple Road, Leamington Spa.

The husband of: Mrs Brown, Smith Street, Leamington Spa.

Charles was educated at the Leamington College for Boys before being employed at the Lockheed Brake Company, Leamington Spa, prior to enlisting in June 1942.

Charles took off from RAF Ludford Magna in Lancaster III, DV269 Sierra Romeo-Mike for operations over Berlin; it was during this operation that the aircraft crashed after being shot down by a German ME565 with the loss of four out her eight crew.

During Charles time with 101 Sqn he had flown with the same crew fourteen times over, Düsseldorf, Berlin, Brunswick Magdeburg, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Schweinfurt.

Charles was laid to rest at the Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Berlin, Grave Ref: 5.J.37.

Commemorated on the Lockheed Brake Company War Memorial, Leamington College for Boys War Memorials(North Leamington School) and on the All Saint's Parish Church War Memorial, where each year a cross is placed from his Brother.

Also to be included on the Bomber Commands War Memorial now 'finally' under construction in London

DUNN, Raymond Frank, 104435;

Flight Lieutenant (224th Squadron) 20th March 1944, Aged?

Squadron Motto: "Faithful to a Friend"

Stationed at: St Eval

Flown: Liberator V/VI

Died on Monday 20th March 1944, son of: Frank Edgar Annie Lillian Dunn, husband of:

Olga Mary Dunn, of: Leamington Spa.

Raymond is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey and also on St Mary's Church, War Memorial, Leamington Spa.

To be included on Bomber Commands War Memorial now under construction in London

FOSTER, James Joseph William?

Flight Sergeant (622nd Squadron) 13th August 1944, Aged: 21.

Died on Sunday 13th August 1944, son of: Sydney and Isobel Foster, of: 176 Radford Road, Leamington Spa.

James was educated at the Leamington College for Boys and after employed in the Borough Treasurer's Office.

James took of from RAF Mildenhall in Lancaster III, LM466 Golf India-Papa for operations over Russelheim; it was during this operation that James aircraft crashed with the loss of all seven crew.

Buried in the Durnbach War Cemetery, Bad Toiz, Bayern, Germany, and commemorated on the Leamington College for Boys War Memorial (North Leamington School) and on the St Mary's Church, War Memorial, Leamington Spa.

Also to be included on the Bomber Commands War Memorial under construction in London

GRAVES, Charles Septimus Aliband, 1817484;

Sergeant (101st Squadron) 24th June 1944, Aged: 30.

Killed in action on Saturday 24th June 1944, son of: Charles Thomas and Florence Annie Graves, of: 10 Willes Avenue, Leamington Spa.

Charles was educated at the Leamington College for Boys.

Buried in the Southam (St James) Churchyard, Warwickshire

Commemorated on the Leamington College for Boys (North Leamington School) War Memorial and on the St Mary's Church, War Memorial, Leamington Spa.

GREEN, John, 1576108;

Sergeant 'Wireless Operator / Air Gunner' (150th Squadron) 22nd April 1944, Aged: 23.

Squadron Motto: "Always ahead".

Flew: Wellington IC and III.

Operational Campaigns: Tunisian, Sicilian, and Italian.

Died on Saturday 22nd April 1944, son of: Mrs E.Reid, of: Leamington Spa.

John now rests at the Salerno War Cemetery, Italy.

To be commemorated on Bomber Commands War Memorial now under construction in London

HARRISON, Frank, 1584164;

Sergeant (142nd Squadron) 'Navigator' 17th September 1944, Aged?

Killed in action over Brescia, Italy, on Sunday 17th September 1944, son of: Mrs Harrison, of: 34 Portland Place, Leamington Spa.

Frank who was educated at the Leamington College for Boys was later employed at Lloyds Bank, Warwick.

At the time of Frank's death he was the Navigator of a Wellington Bomber.

Commemorated on the Malta Memorial, Malta, Frank is also commemorated on the Leamington College for Boys (North Leamington School) Leamington Spa.

To be included on the Bomber Command War Memorial under construction in London

UPTON, Eric Basil, 1809229;

Sergeant (76th Squadron) 15th February 1944, Aged: 19.

Killed in action on Tuesday 15th February 1944, son of: Arthur Thomas and Dorothy Upton, of: 37 Kinross Road, Leamington Spa.

Eric was educated at Campion Central School and after leaving employed as an apprentice at Bedford Stores.

Eric took off in his Halifax Bomber V, LL140 Mike Papa-Alpha, from RAF Holme-on-Spalding Moor for operations over Berlin, it was during this operation that Eric's aircraft was shot down and all crew bailed out into the ice covered Schwerinersee in which he drowned.

Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey and also on the Lillington War Memorial, Leamington Spa and Bomber Commands War Memorial in London

WHITEHAND, Thomas William, 3000298;

Flight Sergeant (44th Squadron) 26th July 1944, Aged: 20.

Killed in action on Wednesday 26th July 1944, son of: Joseph and Edith May Whitehand, of: Holborn, London.

Nephew of: Mary Elizabeth Hewitt, of: Radford, Coventry.

Thomas took of from RAF Dunholme Lodge in Lancaster I, ME694 Kilo Mike-Lima, for operations over Stuttgart, it was during this operation that his aircraft crashed resulting in Thomas being the only fatality.

Buried in the St Pierre Cemetery, Amiens, France.

Commemorated on the Warwick War Memorial and also on the Ford Motor Company War Memorial, Leamington Spa

To be included on the Bomber Command Memorial, under construction in London.

1945;

BELLAMY, Ronald Arthur, 949120;

Leading Aircraftman (RAFVR) 25th July 1945, Aged: 26.

Died at home: 13 Guys Place, East Leamington on Wednesday 25th July 1945, son of: Arthur Ronald and Kathleen Bellamy, of: Leamington Spa, husband of: Anne Bellamy, of: Lillington.

Before the war Ronald was employed as a vehicle body builder.

Buried at the Leamington (Whitnash Road) Cemetery, Leamington Spa, commemorated on the Holy Trinity Church, War Memorial, Leamington Spa.

BURRIDGE, Colin Frederick Peter, 1867170;

Sergeant 'Air Gunner' (49th Squadron) 21st February 1945, Aged: 19.

Killed in action on Wednesday 21st February 1945, son of: Frank and Beatrice May Burridge, of: Leamington Spa.

Colin took off from RAF Fulbeck in Lancaster I, NG327 Echo Alpha-Kilo, for operations over Gravenhorst, it was during this operation that the aircraft was shot down, resulting in Colin being one of the five out of the seven crew killed.

Buried at the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Westfallen, Germany

Soon to be commemorated on Bomber Commands War Memorial, London

DEYES, Eric Edmund, 164687;

Flying Officer (232nd Squadron) 16th December 1945, Aged: 25.

Motto: "Strike"

Badge: A dragon-ship under sail oars in action.

Formed: 20th August 1918

Died on Sunday 16th December 1945, son of: Eric and Florence Maud Deyes, of: Leamington Spa.

The circumstances of Eric's death are at present unknown, but 232 Squadron at the beginning of the war were a fighter Squadron flying Hurricanes and Spitfires until the 15th November 1944 (See also: Sgt Francis Whalley-1941) when 232 reformed at Stoney Cross as a Bomber Squadron with a compliment of twenty-five Wellington s XVI's.

At the time of Eric's death the Squadron was a transport Squadron.

Buried at the Calcutta (Bhowanipore) Cemetery, Indian, Eric is also commemorated on the All Saint's Parish Church War Memorial, Leamington Spa.

TOON (DFC) Frederick John, 131939;

Flight Lieutenant, 404th (Buffalo) Coastal Fighter Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force.

Motto: "Ready to Fight"

Formed: April 1941-Thorney Island, England.

Aircraft: Blenheim-Beaufighter-Mosquito MKVI

Died on Saturday 24th March 1945, son of: Sidney Edward and Vera Vivienne Toon, of: Leamington Spa.

Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.

1947;

TAPLIN, Cyril Robert, 1010436;

Corporal (RAFVR) 29th August 1947, Aged: 29.

Died in Warwick Hospital on Friday 29th August 1947, son of: Mr and Mrs F. W. Taplin, of: 16 Prospect Road, Leamington Spa.

The husband of: Violet Taplin, of: Bath.

Buried at the Leamington (Whitnash Road) Cemetery, Leamington Spa.

Commemorated on the Lockheed Brake Company War Memorial, Leamington Spa.

Last Up-Dated: 18/01/2011.

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