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Craftsman F E Algar Craftsman; R.E.M.E.; 21st August 1943 (RoH) Name: ALGAR, FRANK EDWARD Rank: Craftsman Regiment/Service: Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Age: 30 Date of Death: 21/08/1944 Service No: 7616876 Additional information: Son of Percy James Algar and Ethel Daisy Algar; husband of Doreen Algar, of Bungay, Suffolk. Grave/Memorial Reference: VI. D. 5. Cemetery: AREZZO WAR CEMETERY Note incorrect date quoted on the Roll of Honour Page - the invasion of mainland Italy didn’t even start until the 3rd September 1943, (barring the possibility that Frank was a POW). ******************************************************************* ANDREW Lieutenant (name not on memorial but on plaque (b)); Royal Navy; At Sea Possibly Name: ANDREW, PETER LE MESURIER Rank: Sub-Lieutenant Service: Royal Naval Reserve Unit Text: H.M.S. Vortigern Age: 21 Date of Death: 15/03/1942 Additional information: Son of Captain Bertram Le Mesurier Andrew and Mary Andrew. Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 71, Column 1. Memorial: PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL (Only Navy Officer with this surname) HMS Vortigern - 15th March 1942 Sunk off Cromer by E-Boat S104 during defence of Coastal Convoy with HM Corvette GUILLEMOT. Casualty List was published on 16th May 1942. (Note : 110 of ships’ company were killed with only 14 survivors. This was the heaviest loss of life of RN personnel in any one ship in defence of an east coast convoy.) On 15 March 1942 HMS Vortigern (Lt.Cdr. Ronald Stanley Howlett, RN) was torpedoed and sunk off Cromer in position 55º06'N, 01º22'E by the German motor torpedo boat (E-boat) S-104. HMS Vortigern was escorting coastal convoy FS-749 at the time of her loss. The wreck lies in 17 meters of water in position 53º13'06"N, 01º06'54"E. The loss of HMS VORTIGERN In the early hours of 15th March 1942 convoy FS49 was proceeding South. When near the 57D buoy seventeen miles north of Cromer they were attacked by E boats. S 104 (Captain Oberleutnant Roeder) of the German 4th MTB Flotilla, sank HMS VORTIGERN with torpedoes. The other escort vessel HMS GUILLEMOT, a corvette based in Harwich following Naval Orders. ignored the survivors in the water and continued with her duty of escorting the convoy. At dawn, the GUILLEMOT turned round and found the wreck with two survivors clinging to the stern. The VORTIGERN had been torpedoed forward and had plunged down with her bow on the sea bed. The sea all round was strewn with bodies several of which were later recovered by the Cromer and Sheringham lifeboats. The search by the GUILLEMOT recovered only 14 men. 147 men lost their lives, making this the worst incident recorded off the east coat during the Second War. At a later board of enquiry it was found that contrary to standing regulations most if not all the Carley Floats had been lashed down and few of the crew had been wearing lifejackets. Surprisingly the wreck site has never been declared an Official War Grave. Nicholas Monsarrat who served on GUILLEMOT as an officer described the event in his book “Three Corvettes” . Details of the VORTIGERN are included in "Ship-Wrecks off North Norfolk". ******************************************************************** Sergeant Robert Arthur George Bailey Sergeant (Air Gunner) 3006845, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died in Morayshire, Scotland 14th August 1944. Aged 19. Son of James Robert and Gladys Emily Bailey, of Bungay. Buried in BUNGAY CEMETERY, Bungay, Suffolk. Section O. Grave 85. (RoH) No match on Lost Bombers ********************************************************************* Able Seaman John Neville Boland Royal Navy; At Sea; 1940 (RoH) Name: BOLAND, JACK NEVIL Rank: Able Seaman Regiment/Service: Royal Navy Unit Text: H.M.S. Willamette Valley Date of Death: 29/06/1940 Service No: C/SSX 22470 Grave/Memorial Reference: 35, 1. Memorial: CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL The HMS Willamette Valley was actually a “Q”ship, the Edgehill, a converted merchant seaman with hidden guns out hunting for U-Boats. She was torpedoed on this day and sank with the loss of 68 lives. At 0012, decoy ship HMS Edgehill was hit by one torpedo from U-51 amidships and stopped but did not sink due to her buoyant cargo. The U-boat surfaced and fired a coup de grâce at 0106, but it needed a third torpedo at 0124 to let the vessel sink slowly by the stern. Built as motor ship West Lynn (4702 tons), 1931 renamed Willamette Valley for Sir William Reardon Smith and Sons Ltd, Cardiff. On 17 Sep 1939 requisitioned by the Royal Navy and converted to a decoy ship, commissioned as special service vessel (SSV) HMS Edgehill (X 39). The ship had a concealed armament of nine 4in guns and four torpedo tubes and carried a buoyant cargo to help keep her afloat if hit. 49.27N, 15.25W - Grid BE 3476 *********************************************************************** Lance-Corporal Godfrey Nicholas Hammond Brill Lance-Corporal; 2nd Bn. Irish Guards; Normandy; 3rd August 1944 (RoH) Name: BRILL, GODFREY NICHOLAS HAMMOND Rank: Lance Corporal Regiment/Service: Irish Guards Unit Text: 2nd Bn. Age: 25 Date of Death: 03/08/1944 Service No: 2719764 Additional information: Son of Herbert Francis and Beatrice Ann Christobel Brill; husband of Florence May Brill, of Westfield, Woking, Surrey. Grave/Memorial Reference: V. F. 11. Cemetery: ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY On 1 August, the Guards were called up to continue the rapid advance that the 11th Armoured had created against the two German infantry divisions (326. and 276.). The next two weeks would see intense bocage fighting as the Germans, reinforced with the 21. Panzer, 1., 9. and 10. SS-Panzerdivisions, fought for every mile of French ground. By 15 August, the German 7th Army began to withdraw only to be caught in the infamous Falaise Pocket. The Guards were able to withdraw for refit, rest and restructuring. ********************************************************************* W.O. Walter Randall Cook W.O. Flight Engineer; Royal Air Force; Venloo; 24th May 1943 (RoH) Name: COOK, WALTER RANDALL Rank: Sergeant (Flt. Engr.) Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Unit Text: 101 Sqdn. Age: 31 Date of Death: 24/05/1943 Service No: 1116625 Additional information: Son of Harry and Rosemond Cook, of Lowestoft, Suffolk; husband of Winifred Maud Cook, of Lowestoft. Grave/Memorial Reference: Coll. grave 16. C. 4-7. Cemetery: JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY Lancaster W4919 Information Type....................................................Lancaster Serial Number..................................W4919 Squadron..........................................101 X1D....................................................SR-A Operation..........................................Dortmund Date 1................................................23rd May 1943 Date 2................................................24th May 1943 W4919 was delivered to 101 Sqdn ex-5MU Feb43, loaned to 207 Sqdn - no dates. No other key Operations traced. No record of total hours. W4919 was one of two 101 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation. See ED775. Airborne from Holme-on-Spalding Moor. Shot down by a night-fighter, crashing 0233 24May43 at Bergen (Limburg), a small town on the E bank of the Maas and about 4 km inside Holland from the border with Germany. The crew were initially buried in the temporary Military Cemetery at Venlo. They have been subsequently re-interred in the Jokerboos War Cemetery. F/S J.H.T.Hayes RAAF KIA Sgt W.R.Cook KIA Sgt P.G.Eames KIA Sgt J.Park KIA Sgt J.W.C.Evans KIA Sgt O.H.Sibson RCAF KIA Sgt L.G.Smith RCAF KIA 'Air Battle of the Ruhr', A.Cooper, records Sgt O.H.Sibson as Sgt O.H.Gibson. ********************************************************************* Sergeant Stanley Ecclestone Sergt (Navigator); Royal Air Force; Berlin; 1st/2nd January 1944 (RoH) Name: ECCLESTONE, STANLEY Rank: Sergeant (Nav.) Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Unit Text: 207 Sqdn. Age: 21 Date of Death: 02/01/1944 Service No: 1268286 Additional information: Son of Emma Ecclestone, of Bungay, Suffolk. Grave/Memorial Reference: Coll. grave 6. J. 1-7. Cemetery: HANOVER WAR CEMETERY Lancaster DV370 Information Type..........................................................Lancaster Serial Number........................................DV370 Squadron.................................................207 X1D...........................................................EM-L Operation................................................Berlin Date 1......................................................1st January 1944 Date 2......................................................2nd January 1944 DV370 was a Mk.1 and was delivered to 207 Sqdn 11Nov43. DV370 took part in the following key Operations: Berlin 18/19Nov43- aborted; Berlin 22/23Nov43; Berlin 23/24Nov43; Berlin 2/3Dec43; Berlin 16/17Dec43; Berlin 23/24Dec43n Berlin 29/30Dec43; Berlin 1/2Jan44-Lost When lost this aircraft had a total of 95 hours. P/O Bottrell and his crew flew all eight Berlin ops with DV370. DV370 was one of two 207 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation. See: W4892 Airborne 0003 1Jan44 from Spilsby. P/O Bottrell is commemorated on Panel 204 of the Runnymede Memorial; his crew are buried in Hannover War Cemetery. P/O W.J.Bottrell KIA Sgt F.Holland KIA Sgt S.Ecclestone KIA Sgt J.C.O'Mahony KIA Sgt F.W.Porteous KIA Sgt K.H.H.Wardle KIA Sgt R.Clark KIA " *********************************************************************** Petty Officer Henry Guy Flatt Engine Room Petty Officer; Royal Naval Reserve - H.M.D. "Boy Andrew"; Granton Harbour; 9th November 1941 (RoH) Name: FLATT, HENRY GUY Rank: Engineman Service: Royal Naval Patrol Service Unit Text: H.M. Drifter Boy Andrew. Age: 27 Date of Death: 09/11/1941 Service No: LT/KX 106767 Additional information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Flatt, of Bungay, Suffolk; husband of Kathleen Flatt, of Bungay. Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 6, Column 3. Memorial: LOWESTOFT NAVAL MEMORIAL Built in 1918 she was originally named Sunburst and served with the Royal Navy during WWI. In 1940 she was renamed Boy Andrew and used as an Admiralty Drifter. On 9 November 1941 Boy Andrew was heading East along a swept channel in the Firth of Forth. Sailing along the same channel was the steamship St Rognvald. The steamship was gradually overtaking Boy Andrew at a lateral distance of about 100 feet. With the St Rognvald on her starboard quarter Boy Andrew suddenly swerved to starboard and both ships collided. Boy Andrew sank with the loss of her skipper George F Ball and 11 crewmen. This included two brothers, Frederick and Robert Goodwin from Edinburgh. The National Archives has a file on this collision, TS32/479 The “Boy Andrew” had become famous in 1936 when it won the Madame Prunier trophy for the biggest shot of herring during the East Anglican Autumn season ************************************************************************ Able Seaman Douglas Alan Honeywood Able Seaman; Royal Navy; Mediterranean; 17th June 1944 (RoH) Name: HONEYWOOD, DOUGLAS A. Rank: Able Seaman Regiment/Service: Royal Navy Unit Text: H.M.S. Copra Age: 24 Date of Death: 17/06/1944 Service No: D/JX 216869 Additional information: Son of Mrs. D. Honeywood. Grave/Memorial Reference: IV, G, 5. Cemetery: BOLSENA WAR CEMETERY HMS Copra was a base name for ratings, (mid-shipman and below), who were assigned to Combined Ops -- essentially manning the various landing craft and small support craft required for an amphibious assault such as D-Day or Anzio & Salerno. Able Seaman Honeywood appears to have lost his life in the Italian Campaign - a number of the graves at Bolsena were re-located from the Island of Elba which was taken from the Germans by an amphibious assault which commenced on the 17th June 1944. A very full account of the destruction suffered by the landing crafts, (later there were allegations of a major security breach), and the fate of the RN ratings who helped with the capture of a German warship in the harbour can be read about here. - Op Brassard.htm ******************************************************************** Seaman Hubert Thomas Honeywood Ordinary Seaman; Royal Navy - H.M.S. "Neptune"; Off Crete; 19th December 1941 (RoH) Name: HONEYWOOD, HUBERT THOMAS Rank: Ordinary Seaman Regiment/Service: Royal Navy Unit Text: H.M.S. Neptune Age: 21 Date of Death: 19/12/1941 Service No: P/SSX 33974 Additional information: Son of Charles Henry Honeywood, and of Elsie Honeywood, of Bungay, Suffolk. Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 50, Column 3. Memorial: PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL The Cruiser HMS Neptune ran into an uncharted minefield in the Mediterranean off Tripoli, and sank with the loss of 764 officers and men. Just one man was rescued by an Italian torpedo boat, after 5 days in the water ********************************************************************* Engineer William Frederick Hutchinson 3rd Engineer; Merchant Navy - S.S. "Victoria"; At Sea; 1940 (RoH) Name: HUTCHINSON, WILLIAM FREDERICK Rank: Fourth Engineer Officer Service: Merchant Navy Unit Text: S.S. Victoria City (Bideford) Age: 20 Date of Death: 02/12/1940 Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 114. Memorial: TOWER HILL MEMORIAL The U-140 only had one raiding patrol, under her first captain, Hans-Peter Hinsch. He took her round the north of Scotland in December 1940 following her work-up program, and it was here she sank her first victim, twelve days into the cruise. He sank two more six days later north of Ireland before he headed home towards retirement for the boat. (The first ship sunk, on the 2nd December, was the SS Victoria City) At 21.42 hours on 3 Dec, 1940, the Victoria City (Master Alfred Longstaff), a straggler from convoy HX-90, was hit underneath the bridge by one G7a torpedo from U-140 and sank by the bow within 15 seconds west of the North Channel. The master and 42 crew members were lost. ******************************************************************** Lance-Bombardier Robert Alexander Hutton Lance-Bombardier; Royal Artillery; Italy; 22nd October 1944 (RoH) Name: HUTTON, ROBERT ALEXANDER Rank: Gunner Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery Unit Text: 7 Mountain Field Regt. Age: 22 Date of Death: 22/10/1944 Service No: 1461426 Additional information: Son of Robert and Flora Hutton, of Bungay, Suffolk. Grave/Memorial Reference: VII. E. 1. Cemetery: FAENZA WAR CEMETERY ********************************************************************** Lt Frederick John Ingram Lieutenant; R. Engineers Bomb Disposal Sectn; Wales; 10th September 1940 (RoH) Name: INGRAM, FREDERICK JOHN Rank: Second Lieutenant Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers Age: 36 Date of Death: 10/09/1940 Service No: 136316 Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. QQ. Grave 313A. Cemetery: BRISTOL (CANFORD) CEMETERY The night of the 10th September saw raids on South Wales, the first for several days. This may of course be a co-incidence - Lt Ingram may have died from natural causes, accident or dealing with a bomb from earlier raids. ********************************************************************** A/Sqdn Leader George Francis Henry Ingram A/Squadron. Leader (Pathfinder), D.F.C.; Royal Air Force; Nienwpoort; 23rd/24th June 1944 (RoH) Name: INGRAM, GEORGE FRANCIS HENRY Rank: Squadron Leader Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Unit Text: 35 Sqdn. Age: 22 Date of Death: 24/06/1944 Service No: 116714 Awards: D F C Additional information: Son of Frederick George Hubert Ingram, and of Elizabeth Anne Ingram, of Bungay, Suffolk. Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 200. Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL Lancaster ND734 Information Type..................................................Lancaster Serial Number................................ND734 Squadron........................................35 X1D..................................................TL-H Operation........................................Coubronne Date 1..............................................23rd June 1944 Date 2..............................................24th June 1944 ND734 was delivered to No.35 Sqdn, ex-32MU Mar44. ND734 took part in the following Key Raids: Berlin 24/25Mar44; Nuremberg 30/31Mar44; Montdidier 3/4May44; Dortmund 22/23May44. ND734 was rammed on the ground at Graveley on return from Essen 27Apr44 by a Mosquito - NL977 - No.692 Sqdn. Killing the Tail Gunner and badly injuring the MU Gunner. Repaired and re-issued to No.35 Sqdn. When lost this aircraft had a total of 77 hours. Airborne 2344 23Jun44 from Graveley to ground-mark a flying-bomb site. Homebound was shot down by a night-fighter from 11,000 feet near Dunkirk. S/L Ingram is commemorated on Panel 200 of the Runnymede Memorial. P/O Weatherill, whose father served as Speaker of the House of Commons, gained his DFC with No.158 Squadron, details being Gazetted 23May44, but that awarded to F/S Gill was not Gazetted until 25Jan46. S/L G.F.Ingram DFC KIA F/S D.B.Gerrard DFM PoW F/O V.J.Murphy RCAF PoW F/L G.W.Rushbrook PoW F/O M.J.Spencer Inj F/S S.Jackson PoW F/S R.H.J.Gill DFM PoW P/O D.A.Weatherill DFC KIA Note the eight-man crew. F/S D.B.Gerrard was interned in Camp L7, PoW No.215. DFM Gazetted 23May44 (10 Sqdn). This was his 48th operation. F/S R.H.J.Gill in Camp L7, PoW No.216. DFM Gazetted 25Jan46. F/S S.Jackson also in L7, PoW No.225. F/O V.J.Murphy in Camp L3, PoW No.6503 with F/L G.W.Rushbrook, PoW No.6505. F/O M.J.Spencer was confined in Hospital due injuries. No PoW No. " There are six claims for “4-engined aircraft” in the Luftwaffe records in the early hours of the 24th June, all in the Belgium\Pas de Calais area. *********************************************************************** Sergeant Eric Noel Jolly Sergt.; Royal Air Force; Settin Raid; 16th/17th August 1944 (RoH) Name: JOLLY, ERIC NOEL Rank: Sergeant (Flt. Engr.) Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Unit Text: 405 (R.C.A.F.) Sqdn. Age: 20 Date of Death: 17/08/1944 Service No: 1871640 Additional information: Son of Herbert and Lottie Elizabeth Jolly, of Bungay, Suffolk. Grave/Memorial Reference: Grave 917. Cemetery: KIRKEBY CHURCHYARD Lancaster PB239 Information Type............................................................Lancaster Serial Number..........................................PB239 Squadron..................................................405 X1D.............................................................LQ-D Operation..................................................Kiel Date 1.......................................................16th August 1944 Date 2.......................................................17th August 1944 PB239 was a Mk.111 and was delivered to 405 Sqdn ex-32MU Jul44 PB239 also took part in the tactical support of the Normandy Battle Area 7/8Aug44. When lost this aircraft had a total of 56 hours. Airborne 2115 16Aug44 from Gransden Lodge. Crashed in the sea off the W coast of Denmark. F/O Fisher, a veteran of 53 sorties, and WO1 Billingsley are buried in Kiel War cemetery; three are buried in Danish Cemeteries, while F/L Bruce who was a Master Mariner from sour lake, Texas, and F/S Carter are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. F/O C.h.Fisher DFC RCAF KIA Sgt E.N.Jolly KIA F/L J.S.Bruce KIA F/O K.D.Kemp RCAF KIA WO1 F.D.Billingsley RCAF KIA F/O K.a.Nordheimer RCAF KIA F/S J.W.Carter RCAF KIA This site is from a survivor of 405 Squadron, Frank Miseferi, who flew during 1943/1944 with a crew that included an Englishman called “Erik” Jolly who was the engineer. The skipper was a Canadian called Charlie Fisher. Sometime after D-Day the crew was broken up following a crash which left Frank unable to carry on. There are pictures of Kemp, Carter & Nordheimer here, *********************************************************************** W. O Herbert Alfred William Jolly DFM Warrant Officer (Wireless Operator) 629823, 35 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died in England 25th January 1944. Aged 22. Son of Herbert and Lottie Elizabeth Jolly, of Bungay. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal (D.F.M.). Buried in BUNGAY CEMETERY, Bungay, Suffolk. Section P. Grave 84. (RoH) No match on Lost Bombers Using a search engine, I can find no other 35 Squadron casualties on the CWGC database on this day. ************************************************************************ Lance Corporal Alfred Knowles Lance-Corporal; 4th Bn R. Norfolk Regiment; Thailand; 22nd September 1944 (RoH) Name: KNOWLES, ALFRED Rank: Lance Corporal Regiment/Service: Royal Norfolk Regiment Unit Text: 4th Bn. Age: 27 Date of Death: 21/09/1944 Service No: 5772045 Additional information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Knowles, of Bungay, Suffolk. Grave/Memorial Reference: Column 48. Memorial: SINGAPORE MEMORIAL The 4th Battalion were captured with the Fall of Singapore, with many prisoners subsequently being worked to death by the Japanese. *********************************************************************** Private Reginald George Locke Private; The Loyal Regiment; Florence, Italy; 25th August 1944 (RoH) Name: LOCKE, REGINALD GEORGE Rank: Private Regiment: The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire) Unit Text: 1st Bn. Age: 21 Date of Death: 25/08/1944 Service No: 14216960 Additional information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Locke, of Bungay, Suffolk; nephew of Robert Charles and Alice Amelia Wilby, of Bungay. Grave/Memorial Reference: IV. K. 11. Cemetery: FLORENCE WAR CEMETERY ************************************************************************ Sergeant J Moores Sergt.; No. 2 Commando, C.M.F.; C. Mediterranean; 1944 (RoH) Name: MOORES, JACK ERNEST Rank: Serjeant Regiment/Service: Royal Norfolk Regiment Secondary Regiment: Commando Secondary Unit Text: and No. 2 Age: 37 Date of Death: 29/07/1944 Service No: 5767479 Additional information: Son of Walter and Alice Moores; husband of Vera Lucy Moores, of Cambridge. Cemetery: TIRANA PARK MEMORIAL CEMETERY Sergeant Moores may well be amongst the group shots of No 2 Commando held here: Albania On Jul 28 1944 a small party of 40 porters drawn from No 9 Commando was involved with No 2 Commando, a company from the HLI and others, in a raid on Albania, codename 'Healing II.' It was designed to open up the coastline south of the Linguetta Peninsula because the partisans were in desperate need of supplies. The action against the 150 strong German garrison at Spilje was designed to create a relatively safe landing area. However, a combination of events conspired against the raiding party. Albanian Quislings had alerted the Germans so the element of surprise was lost and they were well prepared. In addition radio communications were adversely affected by surrounding trees with predictable consequences in not achieving the best use of the resources available. Machine gun nests took an increasingly heavy toll and, with time running out, the Commanding Officer, Colonel Fynn, had no choice but to withdraw his exhausted men including the wounded. 20 men were killed in this action and 60 wounded. However, the result was better than had first appeared. Many of the German defenders had been killed and wounded together with a number of Quislings. The garrison strength had been weakened to such an extent that local partisans had rounded up the remaining Germans thus taking control over the coastal strip in the area. Brigadier Davey, in a note to Colonel Fynn, considered the mission a 'complete success' notwithstanding the casualties. 9 Commando.htm *********************************************************************** Seaman Cyril George Peck 3rd. Seaman; Royal Navy - H.M.S. "Fiji"; Off Crete; 23rd May 1941 (RoH) Name: PECK, CYRIL GEORGE Rank: Ordinary Seaman Regiment/Service: Royal Navy Unit Text: H.M.S. Fiji Date of Death: 23/05/1941 Service No: C/JX 218937 Additional information: Son of William G. and Rosanna Peck, of Bungay, Suffolk. Grave/Memorial Reference: 44, 3. Memorial: CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL On 22 May 1941 she was acting in company with the destroyers HMS Kandahar and HMS Kingston shortly after the loss of HMS Gloucester. She had already expended all of her AA ammunition fighting off numerous air attacks that persisted for two hours. She was attacked and hit by several bombs from Messerschmitt Bf 109s before an aircraft of Jagdgeschwader 77 dropped a bomb close alongside to port. This blew in Fiji’s bottom plates and caused a list to port. Fiji lost power and came to a standstill. She was now largely defenceless, having practically exhausted her 4 inch ammunition. She was then hit by three bombs dropped by a Junkers Ju 87. Captain William-Powlett gave the order to abandon ship and at 2015 Fiji rolled over and sank. The destroyers dropped floats and withdrew to the south. They returned after dark to pick up 523 survivors. 241 men had gone down with the ship. On 30 May 1941, in a letter to the First Sea Lord, Sir Dudley Pound, Admiral Cunningham wrote, "The sending back of Gloucester and Fiji to the Greyhound was another grave error and cost us those two ships. They were practically out of ammunition but even had they been full up I think they would have gone. The Commanding Officer of Fiji told me that the air over Gloucester was black with planes." On 22 May, 1941, HMS Fiji (58) (Capt P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, RN) was bombed and sunk by German aircraft southwest of Crete in 34º35N, 23º10E. ******************************************************************** Seaman R G T Powley [Listed on memorial as Thomas but on plaque as R G T (b)] Ord. Seaman (Cook); Royal Navy - H.M.S. "Curacoa; Off N. Ireland; 2nd October 1942 (RoH) Name: POWLEY, THOMAS JAMES Rank: Cook Regiment/Service: Royal Navy Unit Text: H.M.S. Curacoa Age: 23 Date of Death: 02/10/1942 Service No: C/MX 65032 Additional information: Son of John and Edith Powley; husband of Joan May Powley, of Beccles, Suffolk. Grave/Memorial Reference: 64, 2. Memorial: CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL From Alfred Johnson It was 1942 and I was 22 years old and a Seaman in the Merchant Navy on the Queen Mary. We were returning to Glasgow from New York, which was a four / five day journey. The Queen Mary was carrying about 20,000 American Troops to join the Allied Forces. She was known as a 'hornets nest' in the war as there were lots of nationalities on the ship. There were 2 of us on the poop deck on the aft of the ship and we were manning the 6 inch gun - incase we came under attack. What good we could have done with one gun, I've no idea! A cruiser called HMS Curacao met us 200 miles off the coast to escort us into Greenock. I could see her clearly as I was on the aft. We could see our escort zig-zagging in front of us - it was common for the ships and cruisers to zig-zag to confuse the U-boats. In this particular case however the escort was very, very close to us. I said to my mate "You know she's zig-zigging all over the place in front of us, I'm sure we're going to hit her." And sure enough, the Queen Mary sliced the cruiser in two like a piece of butter, straight through the six inch armoured plating. The Queen Mary just carried on going (we were doing about 25 knots). It was the policy not to stop and pick up survivors even if they were waving at you. It was too dangerous as the threat of U-Boats was always present. ****************************************************************** W O. Leslie George Remblance Warrant Officer; Royal Air Force, Coastal Command; North Sea; 1st October 1944 (RoH) Name: REMBLANCE, LESLIE GEORGE Rank: Warrant Officer Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Unit Text: 461 Sqdn. Age: 23 Date of Death: 01/10/1944 Service No: 619992 Additional information: Son of George and Emily Remblance, of Bungay, Suffolk. Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 214. Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL In February 1944 No. 461 Squadron was equipped with the more advanced Mark III Sunderland. This aircraft allowed the Squadron to operate at night. Equipped with these improved aircraft the Squadron continued to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Atlantic, including patrols in support of the Allied landing in Normandy. During 1944 the squadron sank three submarines and damaged a further three. With the liberation of southern France the submarine threat emanating from ports there declined, and in turn, so did the intensity of the 461 Squadron’s operations. At the end of September 1944, six of its aircraft were deployed to Sullom Voe in the Shetland Islands to conduct operations along the Norwegian Coast. Beginning on 30 September, these lasted until 29 October, when the detachment returned to Pembroke Dock. From 461 Squadron’s Operational Record Book. 1st November. The first operational sortie of the month brought, after a period of ten months, the loss of an aircraft and crew, F/O, (A/F/LT) H M Godsall and his crew in ML 735, (‘A’), failing to return from patrol, (flown from SULLOM VOE), 30 miles west of Bergen in Norway. In spite of search in the area, nothing has been seen or heard of the crew or aircraft, and it must be presumed that the crew were taken by surprise and shot down before a signal could be got off. F/Lt Godsall and seven of his crew had previously been in action together in March last, when they successfully fought off a twenty minute attack by four JU88s in the Bay of Biscay, and the majority of the crew have been together for a considerable time. The minutiae of disposing of effects, letters of condolence to next of kin, etc have also been digitised at the Australian Archive. The crew were Flight Lieutenant H M Godsall Flight Sergeant G L Toose RAAF (AUS 423627) Pilot Officer E B Willis RAAF (AUS 419103) Sergeant F Reed 619357 Warrant Officer P H Brewin RAAF (AUS 418247) Flying Officer D J Jennings RAAF (AUS 418152) Flying Officer H H Turnbull RAAF (AUS 418211) Flight Sergeant J C Cottier RAAF (AUS 423654) Sergeant J Cottam 1147382 Fight Sergeant Percival Richard Criddle RAAF (AUS 417621) There do not appear to be any Luftwaffe claims for a Sunderland shot down during this time on any of the usual sources. ******************************************************************* Pilot Officer Norman Charles Arthur Simms Pilot Officer (Pilot) 152100, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died at Darby, Staffordshire 25th September 1943. Aged 20. Son of Charles Robert and Gladys Rose Simms, of Bungay. Buried in BUNGAY CEMETRY, Bungay, Suffolk. Section DX. Grave 102. (RoH) There are no specific incidents on this day on my normal source for air crashes in the Midlands area, although there was a collison on landing between two training unit Wellington’s at RAF Bramcote on the 24th. The website has no details of injuries or of the crews involved. ****************************************************************** Pilot Noel Geoffrey Sprake B A Pilot Officer; Royal Air Force Vol. Reserve; Duisb.; 21st July 1942 (RoH) Name: SPRAKE, NOEL GEOFFREY Rank: Pilot Officer (Pilot) Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Unit Text: 142 Sqdn. Date of Death: 26/07/1942 Service No: 109943 Grave/Memorial Reference: 4. B. 6. Cemetery: KVIBERG CEMETERY Wellington Z1287 Information Type......................................................Wellington Serial Number....................................Z1287 Squadron............................................142 X1D......................................................QT-Q Operation.............................................Duisburg Date 1..................................................25th July 1942 Date 2..................................................26th July 1942 Airborne 0039 26Jul42 from Grimsby. Presumed lost in the North Sea. P/O Sprake was washed into the Baltic and he was buried 13Sep42, at Ko_n. though he is now buried at Kviberf Cemetery, Sweden. The others have no known graves. P/O N.G.Sprake KIA P/O B.N.Ward KIA Sgt O.Kedgley KIA Sgt R.A.mansell KIA Sgt D.W.Moss KIA " Pilot Officer Sprake had joined the squadron on the 9th April 1942. There are four Wellington’s claimed by Luftwaffe Pilots as shot down in this raid. However Pilot claims are usually exaggerated, with the same plane being claimed by several. Lost Bombers has 8 Wellington’s lost on this raid - one ditched due to engine failure, one shot down by night fighter, one shot down by flak and one crashed on landing after having to abort due to mechanical issues. The cause of loss of the rest is not known. ******************************************************************** Pilot Officer George Roland Tart Pilot Officer; Royal Air Force Vol. Reserve; Bay of Biscay; 1942 (RoH) Name: TART, GEORGE ROLAND Rank: Pilot Officer Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Date of Death: 15/10/1942 Service No: 123966 CasualtGrave/Memorial Reference: Panel 71. Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL No match on Lost Bombers. There are various Luftwaffe claims for Whitleys and a Wellington, two of which are definitely in the Bay of Biscay, but Pilot Officer Tart’s name does not come up as a crew member. In the summer of 1942, through a combination of new technology, the transfer of obsolescent aircraft from Bomber Command such as earlier marks of the Wellington Bomber, and a growing number of air-crew being produced by the Dominion Air Schools, Coastal Command achieved notable successes in the war against the U-Boats , as they sailed from France via the Bay of Biscay to their huntings grounds on the Atlantic seaboards of North and South America. However, from September the pendulum swung the other way. The U-Boat losses prompted the dispatch of long-range fighter units, principally flying JU-88’s to provide air-cover and re-establish German control. Coastal Command losses rose dramatically. On the 15th October 1942, the official Luftwaffe claims include a Whitley bomber shot down by Lieutenant Heinz Olbrecht at 17.23, in a position which if I’ve interpreted the grid position correctly corresponds to the Bay of Biscay. Lost Bombers has no Whitley recorded as lost on that day, which makes it likely that the plane was from Coastal Command. None of this proves that Pilot Officer Tart was on board, so the search will need to continue. (See Comments below for more information on the fate of Pilot Officer Tart) ******************************************************************* Corporal John Leslie Alexander Twiddy Corporal; Royal Army Service Corps; Normandy; 9th August 1944 (RoH) Name: TWIDDY, JOHN L. Rank: Corporal Regiment/Service: Royal Army Service Corps Age: 41 Date of Death: 09/08/1944 Service No: T/14301334 Additional information: Son of William and Clara Twiddy; husband of Gertrude Mary Twiddy, of Bungay, Suffolk. Grave/Memorial Reference: III. E. 4. Cemetery: LA DELIVRANDE WAR CEMETERY, DOUVRES ******************************************************************* Flt Lt David Frank Walker Flight Lieutenant; Royal Air Force Vol. Reserve; Trondheim Raid; 6th February 1942 (RoH) Name: WALKER, DAVID FRANK Rank: Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Unit Text: 608 Sqdn. Age: 28 Date of Death: 07/02/1942 Service No: 72415 Additional information: Son of Reginald Hope and Kathleen Walker; husband of Monica Walker, of Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. B.A. (Oxon.). Grave/Memorial Reference: A IV British. K. 6. Cemetery: TRONDHEIM (STAVNE) CEMETERY 608 Squadron was flying Hudson’s at the time. There are no claims for a Hudson shot down in the official Luftwaffe records for this day. An Andrew Dawson was seeking information about David Walker, for whom he was intending to write a biography. He describes him as the “the Oxford University and Norfolk cricketer. …..David was killed in February 1942 when his Hudson was shot down off the Norwegian coast. He is buried in the military cemetery at Trondheim” ****************************************************************** Private Bernard Cecil Watson Private; 4th R. Norfolk Regiment; Singapore; 11th February 1942 (RoH) Name: WATSON, BERNARD CECIL Rank: Private Regiment/Service: Royal Norfolk Regiment Unit Text: 4th Bn. Age: 23 Date of Death: 11/02/1942 Service No: 5774015 Grave/Memorial Reference: 17. B. 12. Cemetery: KRANJI WAR CEMETERY The 4th Battalion were trapped in Singapore at this point, subject to constant attack and without air cover. Three days later, Singapore would surrender, with many prisoners subsequently being worked to death by the Japanese. ****************************************************************** Leading Aircraftman Timothy Gurney Whiteland Leading Aircraftman; Royal Air Force; Carberry, Manitoba; 3rd December 1943 (RoH) Name: WHITELAND, TIMOTHY GURNEY Rank: Leading Aircraftman Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Age: 20 Date of Death: 03/12/1943 Service No: 1399640 Additional information: Son of Arthur and Una Whiteland, of Bungay, Suffolk, England. Grave/Memorial Reference: Lot 4. Block B. Sec. 27. Cemetery: BRANDON CEMETERY, Manitoba Carberry was an Elementary Flying Training School, where new aircrew learnt the basics of flying. This was many bases set up in Canada, South Africa and Australia, as well as secretly in the US prior to December 1941. A taste of what these training camps involved can be read here ********************************************************************** Private Peter George Whyte Private; 4th Bn. Wiltshire Regiment; Normandy; 6th August 1944 (RoH) Name: WHYTE, PETER GEORGE FRANK Rank: Private Regiment/Service: Wiltshire Regiment Unit Text: 4th Bn. Age: 19 Date of Death: 06/08/1944 Service No: 14577121 Additional information: Son of Herbert Frank and Doris Elizabeth Whyte, of Bungay, Suffolk. Grave/Memorial Reference: VII. C. 13. Cemetery: ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY St Charles de Percy War Cemetery is the southernmost of the Normandy cemeteries. The majority of those buried here died in late July and early August 1944 in the major thrust made from Caumont l'Evente towards Vire, to drive a wedge between the German 7th Army and Panzer Group West. The cemetery contains 809 Second World War burials. The 4th Battalion had been heavily engaged since landing in Normandy, including this action at Hill 112 which Private Whyte possibly took part in and survived. They then took part in Operation Bluecoat, which would culminate with the capture of Pinchon on the 6th August. Later in August the unit would be tasked with establishing the first crossing of the Seine. ********************************************************************** Private Ernest Arthur Wilson Private; 4th R. Norfolk Regiment; Off Singapore; 21st September 1944 (RoH) Name: WILSON, ERNEST ARTHUR Rank: Private Regiment/Service: Royal Norfolk Regiment Unit Text: 4th Bn. Age: 26 Date of Death: 21/09/1944 Service No: 5774378 Additional information: Son of Arthur and Edith Wilson; husband of Muriel Mabel Wilson, of Bungay, Suffolk. Grave/Memorial Reference: Column 54. Memorial: SINGAPORE MEMORIAL At first I assumed Ernest was lost in the sinking of the Toyofuku Maru on this day, but that was sunk by US warplanes of the Philipines in an attack which left over 1,000 Allied PoW dead. There is an E V Wilson listed but the rank is Corpoal and the service number is completely different. ******************************************************************** L\Aircraftman Dennis Wood Leading Aircraftman (Radio Operator) 956838, No. 24 Air Sea Rescue Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died off Lowestoft 28th June 1944. Aged 28. Son of Thornton and Sarah Wood; husband of Eva Andelinda Wood, of Ipswich. B.A., Hons. (Bristol). Buried in BUNGAY CEMETERY, Bungay, Suffolk. Section DX. Grave 101. (RoH) Name: WOOD, DENNIS Rank: Leading Aircraftman Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Unit Text: 24 Air Sea Rescue Sqdn. Age: 28 Date of Death: 29/06/1944 Service No: 956838 Additional information: Son of Thornton and Sarah Wood; husband of Eva Andelinda Wood, of Ipswich. B.A., Hons. (Bristol). Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. DX. Grave 101. Cemetery: BUNGAY CEMETERY Note slight discrepancy in date of death. Throughout the Second World War No.24 Squadron served as a communications and transport squadron, operating a wide range of aircraft. When war broke out it had been planned to replace the mixed bag of aircraft then in use with twenty Miles Mentors, but this plan had to be abandoned, and the squadron would not begin to concentrate on a single type until April 1942. As the senior transport squadron it often carried V.I.P.s. In March 1943 it was given the task of operating Churchill's personal Avro York, soon named "Ascalon". The first two production Yorks were also given to the squadron, also as V.I.P. transports. The month after the arrival of the first York, the squadron began to standardise on the Douglas Dakota. The smaller aircraft remained with the squadron until August 1943, when they were transferred to No.512 Squadron. The scope of the squadron's operations reflects the nature of the war. From 1939 until the summer of 1940 No.24 frequently flew into France. From 1940 until April 1942 the majority of flights were within Britain. In that month the squadron joined Ferry Command and began to operate between Britain and Malta. In the last few years of the war the squadron was used to transport Churchill and other key personnel to the wartime conferences. ******************************************************************** Lance Corporal Harry Theodore Woodhouse Lance-Corporal; France; 16th September 1944 (RoH) Name: WOODHOUSE, HARRY THEODORE Rank: Lance Corporal Regiment/Service: Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Date of Death: 16/09/1944 Service No: 7634710 Additional information: Son of Eustace Charles and Constance Alice Woodhouse; husband of Joyce Woodhouse. Grave/Memorial Reference: Divn. 67. Row R. Grave 4. Cemetery: STE. MARIE CEMETERY, LE HAVRE ******************************************************************* Glider Pilot J H Woodland [Listed on memorial as J H but as J J on the plaque (b)] Glider Pilot; Royal Air Force (RoH) There is no J H or J J listed on the CWGC site. Most likely is Name: WOODLAND, HERBERT JAMES Rank: Serjeant Regiment/Service: Glider Pilot Regiment, A.A.C. Unit Text: 1st Age: 27 Date of Death: 09/07/1943 Service No: 5778071 Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 12. Memorial: CASSINO MEMORIAL Within the cemetery stands the CASSINO MEMORIAL which commemorates over 4,000 Commonwealth servicemen who took part in the Italian campaign and whose graves are not known. As mainland Italy wasn’t invaded until the 3rd September 1943, it is a bit of a mystery why Serjeant Woods is remembered here as it was actually the invasion of Sicily that took place on this date. The British 1st Airlanding Brigade mounted in 137 gliders, were the first to land. They were to seize the Ponte Grande Bridge south of Syracuse. These landings were, on the whole, unsuccessful. Of the 137 gliders, 69 came down in the sea, drowning some 200 men. A further 56 landed in the wrong area of Sicily and just 12 reached the target area and managed to take the bridge. ******************************************************************** Flt Lt Charles Woodward Flight Lieutenant; R. Canadian A.F., Coastal Command; English Channel; 23rd December 1942 (RoH) CWGC details for above Name: WOODWARD, CHARLES WALTER Rank: Flying Officer Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force Unit Text: 407 Sqdn. Date of Death: 23/12/1942 Service No: J/6867 Additional information: Son of Alfred and Amelia Woodward, of Tilbury, Ontario, Canada. Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 99. Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL At the time 407 Squadron was flying the Hudson III/V There are no claims in the Luftwaffe records for a Hudson shot down on this day. ****************************************************************** Private Frederick [George] Woolner Private 5957986, the Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey). Died at Roehampton 10th December 1943. Aged 32. Son of Henry William and Alice Woolner, of Bungay. Buried in BUNGAY CEMETERY, Bungay, Suffolk. Section DX. Grave 76.(RoH) See brother William below ********************************************************************* Private William Woolner Private; 4th Bn. Suffolk Regiment; Singapore; 14th June 1943 (RoH) Name: WOOLNER, WILLIAM Rank: Private Regiment/Service: Army Catering Corps Secondary Regiment: Suffolk Regiment Secondary Unit Text: attd. 4th Bn Age: 30 Date of Death: 14/06/1943 Service No: 5824779 Additional information: Son of Henry William and Alice Woolner; husband of Violet Lily May Woolner, of Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. Grave/Memorial Reference: 2. L. 74. Cemetery: KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY See brother Frederick above The 4th Battalion were captured with the Fall of Singapore, with many prisoners subsequently being worked to death by the Japanese. ******************************************************************** Guardsman Reginald Ernest Wooltorton Guardsman; The Grenadier Guards; North Africa; 4th May 1943 No Wooltorton or Woltorton matches - CWGC has Name: WOOLTERTON, REGINALD ERNEST Rank: Guardsman Regiment/Service: Grenadier Guards Unit Text: 5th Bn. Date of Death: 04/05/1943 Service No: 2616401 Grave/Memorial Reference: 1. F. 17. Cemetery: OUED ZARGA WAR CEMETERY Guardsman Woolterton was one of 5 fatalities the 5th Battalion was to suffer on this day. In one source he is recorded as having Died of Wounds. ************************************************************************* BUNGAY ROLL OF HONOUR. THE SECOND WORLD WAR. 1939 - 1945.

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