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Aircraftman 2nd Class Jack Shea, 1177116, 935 Balloon Sqn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Buried Clonmacnoise Cem, Offaly. 24th November 1940.

Son of Patrick and Mary Shea of Ballyhearth, Clonfanlough, Co Westmeath.

AC2 Shea was serving with 935 Balloon Sqn, based in Bristol when he was knocked down by a motor vechicle on 24th October 1940, at Patchway, in Bristol.

Corporal Bridget White, 425046. Women's Aux Air Force.

Buried Clonmacnoise Cem,Offaly 29th September 1944.

Daughter of Thomas and Bridget White, of Ballinahown, Co Westmeath.

Cpl White was serving with the No3 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit based at RAF South Cerney, when she was knocked down by a lorry on 29th September 1944 on the Cricklade Road, Cirencester. Cpl White died on 30th September 1944.

Sergeant Brendan James Holden, 650357. 612 Squadron. RAF.

Buried 22nd March 1941, Kilcurley Cem., Co Offaly, aged 23.

Son of William and Christina Holden of Moate.

Sgt Holden was serving with 612 Squadron, based at RAF Dyce, when he died in a Flying Accident on 22nd March 1941. The crew members where in a Whitley T4287 which crashed at 22:55 at Stoneywood near Dyce. Other members of the crew where;

754753 Sgt Ronald Charles Durbridge- Pilot

91231 Pilot Officer William Finlay Crockart- Navigator

 

Pilot Officer Ivor Ernest Smithson, J/89117. Royal Canadian Air Force.

Buried 11th March 1944, Ballyconneely Cem, Co Galway.

P/O Smithson was employed as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner serving with No 407 Squadron RCAF, based at Raf Linton on Ouse. The crew where on an anti-submarine patrol in a Wellington HF311 when the aircraft went missing. P/O Smithsons body was washed ashore at Derriglinlagh, Co Galway. The others members of the crew are missing belived killed.

J20049 Flight Officer Hugh Campbell Sorley RCAF -Pilot

J90591 Pilot Officer Franklyn Leroy Travers RCAF -Wireless Operator/Air Gunner

J89118 Pilot Officer Reginald Carl Gaudet RCAF -Wireless Operator/Air Gunner

J18993 Pilot Officer Charles Grant RCAF -Navigator

J16923 Flight Officer Michael ODonnell RCAF- Pilot

 

Flight Sergeant Alfred Tizzard, 540427, 210 Squadron RAF

Buried Inishmore, Aran Islands, 21st April 1941.

Son of Cecil and Emily Tizzard, of Littlehampton, Sussex.

F/Sgt Tizzard was serving with No 210 Squadron based at RAF Oban. The crew where on patrol in a Catalina AH532 when the aircraft went missing on 21st April 1941. F/Sgt Tizzard'a body was washed ashore on 9th September 1941 at Kilmurvey, Inishmore Island, (largest Aran Island) Galway, and he was buried the same day at Kilmurvey. The body of Sgt Tann was also washed ashore. Sadly the remainder of the crew are all listed as missing presumed killed they are;

33379 Flight Lieutenant Henry Francis Dempster Breese -Pilot

590299 W/O Clifford Bond

755963 Sergeant Alexander Vaughan McRae-Observer

571761 Sergeant Walter Henry Balch

901158 Sergeant Horace Arthur Tann- Wireless Operator/Air Gunner

523495 Flight Sergeant Leslie Stewart Dillnut Distingushed Flying Medal

652680 Aircraftsman 1st Class James Frank Woodward

1063639 Aircraftsman 2nd Class Herbert Vernon Norton

 

Leading Aircraftswoman Kathleen Mollaghan, 2059892. 945 Balloon Sqdn.

Women's Aux Air Force. Buried Drumlish, Co Longford. 12th April 1943, age 23.

Daughter of John and Mary Mollaghan, Drumlish, Co Longford.

LACW Mollaghan was employed as a telephone operator serving with 945 Ballon Sqaudron based in Glasgow. She was admitted to hospital at RAF Station West Kirby on 25th February 1943 seriously ill and died on 12th April 1943.

Sergeant Edward Alexander McCord, NZ413264. Royal New Zealand Air Force.

Died October 15th 1942. Buried Ardagh, Co Longford. Aged 26.

Son of John and Francis Maria McCord, Aughintemple.

Sgt McCord was employed as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner serving with No 11 Operational Training Unit based at RAF Bessingbourn. Whilst taking part in a cross country flying exercise in a Wellington DV717, the plane crashed at Breke farm, Maypole Beck, Nottinghamshire at 20:55 on 15th October 1942, with the loss of the entire crew who where;

NZ414640 Sergeant Vincent Xavier Kirby-Pilot

NZ411969 Sergeant Richard John Fuller-Navigator

NZ413438 Sergeant John Llewellyn Lloyd-Observer

NZ413282 Sgt Ivan Raymond Styles- Air Gunner

 

Aircraftwoman 1st Class Nancy Fahey, 2081009.Women's Aux Air Force

Died 6th November 1945 aged 25, buried St Coman's, Roscommon Town, Co Roscommon.

Daughter of Thomas and Bridget Fahey, Ballybohan, Co Roscommon.

Aircraftman 2nd Class Michael John O'Connor,1902486. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Died 10th April 1944 aged 44. Buried Ballyglass Cemetery, Co Westmeath.

Son of John and Hannah O'Connor, husband of Margaret O'Connor, Mullingar.

AC2 O'Connor served with the No 202 Maintance Unit based at RAF Longparish. He was on leave when he died at Jervis Street Hospital or Hostel? on 10th April 1944.

 

Stanley William Holmes, 49192 Flight Lieutenant, 158 Squadron, Royal Air Force,

He is buried in Hanover War Cemetery, Niedersachsen, and died on 20/02/1944.

Husband of Lillian Holmes, Athlone, Co Westmeath.

F/Lt Holmes was serving with No 158 Squadron based at RAF Lissett, as a Pilot. The crew took off from base at 00:06 on 20th February 1944 in a Halifax LW501 NP-M for a raid on Liepzig. The aircraft was shot down by a night fighter and crashed at 02:40 near Beedenbostel, Germany. the crew where originally buried in the Polish Cemetery at Beedenbostel on 22nd February before being re-interred in the War Cemetery, Hanover. It was stated in an RAF losses book that Stanley Holmes was a gifted Sportsman, gaing Halton honours in Boxing, Cricket and Rugby.

The crew consisted of;

2215851 Sergeant George John Barrett-Flight Engineer-taken Prisioner of War

1600078 Sergeant James Alfred Filby-Navigator

1219651 Flight Sergeant Leslie Alfred Horton-Air Bomber

1543271 Sergeant Anthony Rogerson- Wireless Operator/Air Gunner

2216242 Sergeant William Wakefield- Mid Upper Gunner

 

553845 Sergeant Noel Francis Boxwell

Noel Boxwell was the son of Ambrose Harvey and Margaret Boxwell, of Dublin, and is buried in St George's burial ground, Dumcondra, Dublin.

Sgt Boxwell was employed as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner attached to No15 Operational Training Unit when he lost his life, He was part of a crew of a Wellington T2557 when it was in collision with a Oxford T1339, and crashed at 0520hrs at Chipping Norton, he was 19 years old.

616695 Leading Aircraftman Thomas John Coyle

Thomas Coyle was the son of Patrick and Bridget Coyle, and the husband of Florence Marie Coyle. he is buried in Frosses Cemetery in County Donegal.

LAC Coyle was attached to No9 Air Observers School when he was killed in a motor car accident on 22nd September 1940 aged 33.

 

522263 Sergeant Sydney James Epps

Sydney Epps was the son of Sydney Read and Elizabeth Epps, and is buried in Milltown Malbay Church of Ireland Churchyard, County Clare.

Sgt Epps was employed as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner serving with No 201 Squadron RAF. He lost his life on 3rd December 194, aged 25 when his aircraft a Sunderland W3988 lost radio aids whilst on patrol and flew into high ground at Doonbeg, Co Claire, at approximately 1830hrs.

553897 Sergeant Frederick Henry Erdwin

Frederick Erdwin is buried in Blessington (St Mary) Church of Ireland Churchyard, County Wicklow.

Sgt Erdwin was serving with No 50 Squadron, RAF, and was a member a Hampden AD730 that flew into high ground on the return from Berlin at Blackhill, 4 miles south of Blessington, on the night of 17/18 April 1941.

40696 Flight Lieutenant Walter Berry-Barclay Harry Griffith

Walter Griffith is buried in Newcastle Church of Ireland Churchyard, County Wicklow.

F/Lt was attached to No 11(Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit at the time of his death. He was at Condover Satellite aerodrome when he fractured his skull on the 21st September 1942. He was admitted to RAF Hospital Cosford, but sadly died on 24th September 1942.

545756 Warrant Officer Walter Thomas Jackson

Walter Jackson was the son of William and Sarah Annie Jackson of Hacketstown Co Carlow

W/O Jackson was employed as a wireless fitter at RAF Aldergrove. He was admitted to Waringfield Military hospital on 9th June 1947 seriously ill and died on 19th July 1947., aged 28.

He is buried in Kiltegan (St Peter) Church of Ireland Churchyard, County Wicklow.

4005704 Acting Corporal Francis Joseph Kelly

Francis Kelly is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery , Dublin.

Cpl Kelly was employed as a driver attached to No7 Recruits Center. He was on leave when he drowned in an accident on May 25th 1947 in the River liffey near Butt Bridge.

42620 Acting Squadron Leader Michael Robert MacClancy

Michael MacClancy was the son of Michael MacClancy M.R.C.V.S. (Vet) and Nancy MacClancy of Raheny, Dublin, and husband of Beatrice Campbell MacClancy. He is buried in Sutton (St Fintan's) Cemetery, Dublin.

S/Ldr MacClancy was serving with No 226 Squadron as a pilot. he lost his life in a Flying accident on 12 April 1942 at Hemswell aerodrome whilst Flying a Boston W8334 on an authorised low flying exercise. He was aged 22.

42069 Acting Flying Officer Henry Noel Masterson

Henry Masterson was the son of Thomas and Esther E. Materson of Rathmines, Dublin. He is buried in in Mount Jerome Cemetery, County Dublin.

F/O Masterson was serving as a pilot with No 15 Flying Training School when he lost his life in a flying accident on 21st November 1939, aged 20. He was asked to carry out a spin and observe the stalling characteristics of a Harvard P5871 when the aircraft spun out of control at Oakridge.

4007954 Aircraftman 2nd Class Peter Paul McCormack

Peter McCormack was the son of Patrick and Mary McCormack of Ardee, Co Louth. He is buried in Ballypousta churchyard, County Louth.

AC2 McCormack was employed as a Mechanic/Assistant serving with No.30 Maintenance Unit . he was off duty when he was killed in a motorcycle accident on 1st August 1947 at West Town near Bristol., aged 20

580800 Sergeant Cornelius Thomas Murphy

Cornelius Murphy was the son of John Joseph and Doris Isabella Murphy of Montenotte Park, Cork. He was buried in St Finbarr's Cemetery , County Cork.

Sgt Murphy was serving with No.9 Squadron RAF when he lost his life in a flying accident on 8th March 1940. He was part of a crew of a Wellington N3017 that stalled just after take of and crashed at Brooklands aerodrome.

616375 Flight Sergeant Michael John Noonan

Michael Noonan was buried in Charleville Cemetery (Holy Cross) in County Cork but is commemorated on the screen wall panel in Grangegorman.

F/Sgt was employed as a Clerk/Accounts at RAF Station Padgate. he was admitted to the station hospital on 25th October 1946 and died on 26th October 1946.

552026 Aircraftman 2nd Class William Attrata O'Brien

William O'Brien was the son of Peter and Sarah O'brien of Ballynoe, Co Carlow, he is buried in Ballon Churchyard County Carlow.

AC2 O'Brien was serving with No 210 squadron RAF. he lost his life on 18th september 1939, aged 19 whilst flying in a Sunderland l2165, which crashed whilst attempting to land at Milford Haven, probably due to lack of fuel.

52653 Flying Officer Edmond St John Brendan O'Callaghan

Edmond O'Callaghan was the son of John and Mary O'Callaghan, of Fermoy, Co Cork.

F/O O'Callaghan was serving as a Pilot with No.197 Squadron RAF. He lost his life in a Flying accident on 18th December 1943, aged 21, whilst flying a Typhoon JP967. The aircraft was on a non operational flight when it crashed at Bow Hill, 6 miles north of Chicester at 11:15am.

46537 Flying Officer Denis Patrick O'Regan

Patrick O'Regan was the son of Bartholomew and Margaret O'Regan, of Clonakilty, Co Cork and the husband of Margaret Vera O'Regan of Sandiway, Cheshire, England. He is buried in Ardfield burial ground, Co Cork.

F/O Regan was attached to No.2 Operational Training Unit when he lost his life in a flying accident on 4th April 1943, aged 23. He was taking part in a camera gun exercise in a Beaufighter T5152 when the Aircraft crashed at 15:20 hrs at Catfoss.

40593 Flying Officer George Charles Boyce Peters

George Peters was the son of George Henry Boyce and Marion Peters of Aldwick, Sussex. He is buried in Rathnew Cemetery, County Wicklow.

F/o Peters was serving as a Pilot with No.79 Squadron RAF when his aircraft Hurricane P2719, went missing some 50 miles north west of St David's head at 18:50 hrs on 29th September 1940.

581108 Sergeant Cornelius Gerard Roughan

Cornelius Roughan is buried in in Drumcliffe Cemetery, Ennis, County Claire.

Sgt Roughan was employed an Air Observer serving with No. 1143 Flight, 15th Officer Traing Unit . He lost his life in a Wellington DV442. which crashed 1/2 miles north of South Stack Lighthouse, Anglesey at 13:50hrs on 30th April 1942.

637135 Aircraftsman 1st Class James Charles Ryan

James Ryan was the son of Charles and Catherine Ryan, of Dublin. He is buried in Kilgobbin Old Church Cemetery, County Dublin.

AC1 Ryan was attached to No.51 Wing. he was returning from Flanders on HMS Bideford when the ship was attacked by the enemy on 31st May 1940 during the evacuation of Dunkirk.1

42080 Flight Lieutenant Thomas Derek Saul.

Thomas Saul was the son of John Thomas and Amy Matilda Saul of Dublin, and the husband of Elizabeth Margaret saul, of Lossiemouth, Morayshire, Scotland. He is buried in Mount Jerome Cemetery, County Dublin.

*F/Lt Saul was mentioned twice in dispatches, and was serving with No.44 Maintenance Unit on Flying Duties. He became seriously ill on 25th June 1943, with a duodenal ulcer. According to the CWGC he died on the 15th December 1947 aged 28, and was a member of 64 Squadron RAF.

36119 Group Captain David William Stannard

David Stannard was the son of William and Mary Stannard and Husband of Ursula Stannard, of Surbiton, Surrey. He is buried in Killiney Churchyard, County Kerry.

Gp Capt Stannard was a passenger in a Sunderland G-AGES that crashed on 28th July 1943 at Sleive Glass, Co Kerry, 1 mile west of Brandon Head. He was 34.

550950 Sergeant Robert Tod Tomlinson

Robert Tomlinson was the son of Thomas Singleton and Ida Gertrude Tomlinson, Of Dublin. He is buried in Mount Jerome Cemetery, Co Dublin.

Sgt Tomlinson was serving with No. 12 Squadron RAF. he was part of a crew in a Wellington W5365, which was taking part in a Air to ground firing practice when it crashed between the landing ground and Ratcliffe road on 8th February 1941. He was 22.

618798 Sergeant Denis Daniel Twomey

Denis Twomey was the son of John and Mary Twomey of Castletown, Berehaven, Co Cork. he is buried in St Finian's Cemetery, Castletown, Berehaven, Co Cork.

Sgt Twomey was employed as an Air Bomber serving with No.14 Operational Training Unit. He was part of a crew in a Wellington R1669, taking part in a training exercise when it crashed 1 mile north of Husband's Bosworth airfield at 22:49hrs, which is 10 miles north east if Rugby in England.

03098 Acting Wing Commander Archibald Graham Weir MA (Oxon)Worcester College.

Archibald Weir is buried in Kilcommon Erris Church of Ireland Churchyard, Co Mayo.

Archibald Weir was aged 55 and the son of Archibald Egles and Anna Weir nee Ritter. He was the husaband of Mary Evelyn Oldfield Weir, nee Bartlett of Shaftesbury, Dorset. he had served in WW1.Wg Cdr Weir was stationed with No.1 Raf Deot Uxbridge. He on the SS Nerissa which was on it's way from Halifax (NS) to Liverpool when it was attacked by the enemy on the 30th April 1941 of the West Coast of Ireland. As well as Wg Cdr Weir being a casualty in WW11 his two son's also died. Flying Officer Archibald Nigel Wier DFC, was serving as a pilot with No.145 squadron RAF when he died on 7th November 1940, whilst flying a Hurricane P2720, which had been damaged by a BF109 and crashlanded about 1/4 miles south east of Woddy Point, Ventnor, IOW at approx 15:00hrs, and Major Adrian John Weir, Military Cross.

537995 Sergeant Thomas Ian Arthur West

Thomas West was the son of Arthur and Amy Elizabeth West of Cashelgarron. he is buried in St Columba, Church of Ireland Churchyard, Drumclifee, Co Sligo.

Sgt West was serving with No. 14 Operational Training Unit as a Pilot. He was the second Pilot in a Hampden P4303 that crashed at 21:50hrs on 12th september 1941 at Saltby Satellite Aerodrome after a collision in Mid Air. He was aged 23.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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