|Corporal ‘Tommy’ George ATKINS|
Nos 1(F) & 43(F) Sqns, in pre-war motor industry serviced BATTLE OF BRITAIN HURRICANES, SPITFIRES in ITALY & 1944/45 LANCASTERS
One of many GROUND TECHNICIANS who played a vital role throughout.
|Harold Balfour, First Lord BALFOUR of Inchrye PC MC* (9 e/a)|
Flight Lieutenant Commander as 43(F) Sqn was formed by 23yr old Major Sholto Douglas MC; flew Western Front Sopwith Strutters & Camels; Churchill’s 1938-44 USofS for Air
Representing the Royal Flying Corps & Royal Air Force
Roland Prosper BEAMONT
|Wing Commander Roland Prosper ‘Bee’ BEAMONT CBE DSO DFC* USAAF DFC FRAES (6-9 e/a + 31 V-1s)|
87, 79, 56 Flight Lieutenant & Commander TYPHOON, OC609, TEMPEST Wing Leader 3,486, 56 Sqns, Battles of France & Britain, 1942-78 leading test pilot
Harold A C BIRD-WILSON
|Air Vice-Marshal Harold A C BIRD-WILSON CBE DSO DFC* AFC* (9 e/a)|
Flying ace. Second Archibald McIndoe ‘guinea pig’ after pre-war crash, No.17 Sqn Battles of France & Britain, Lieutenant Commander 234, OC 124 & 66, 121 & 122 Wgs & Mustangs
|Mrs Margaret ‘Maggie’ BLYTH (née EDWARDES-JONES)|
Cryptographer, and sister of Air Marshall Sir Humphrey ‘EJ’ Edwardes-Jones, first SPITFIRE test pilot & BATTLE OF BRITAIN OC 213Sqn, Harold Blyth‘s widow. NAVAL INTELLIGENCE BLETCHLEY PARK & SIS
|Air Chief Marshal Sir Harry BROADHURST GCB KBE DSO* DFC* AFC|
41, 19, CFI No.4 FTS Abu Sueir, OC 111 Sqn, CO Wittering & Hornchurch, Desert Air Force, Cdr 83 Gp, C-in-C 2nd TAF, Bomber Cd & Cdr AFCE
|Mrs Wendy BRYAN+ (née HULL)|
Wife of COMMANDO Captain Gerald BRYAN CMG CVO OBE MC (BATTLE of LITANI RIVER).
In memory of her two RHODESIA & SOUTH AFRICA brothers killed, Robin (ARMY) & Squadron Leader Caesar HULL DFC BATTLE OF BRITAIN, OC: 43(F) HURRICANE Squadron & 263 GLADIATOR Squadron NORWAY (d. 7Sep40)
Frank R CAREY
|Group Captain Frank R ‘Chota’ CAREY CBE DFC** AFC DFM (28+ e/a)|
43, 3, 43, 245, OC 135 Sqn & Burma 267 Wg Ldr India, CO Fayid with 28-35 Hurricane German and Japanese victories in BATTLE OF BRITAIN and the Far East
Edward D CREW
|Air Vice-Marshal Edward D CREW CB DSO* DFC* MA (12+ e/a & 21 V-1s)|
NIGHT-FIGHTER ace. Civil Air Guard & CAMBRIDGE UAS, RAFVR 604, 85, 96 (& 1950 Malaya 1945) Sqns BEAUFIGHTERS & MOSQUITO; e/a included many He-111s.
R Michael CROSLEY
|Commander R Michael CROSLEY DSC* RNVR, RN|
Fleet Air Arm ace and later a test pilot. FAA fighters & MALTA Convoys, EAGLE sinking (160 lost), TORCH LANDINGS, IMPLACABLE, PACIFIC, JAPAN, KOREAN
Representing METROPOLITAN POLICE (501 lost)
|Group Captain John “Cat’s Eyes” CUNNINGHAM CBE DSO** DFC* AE DL FRAeS (20+ e/a)|
Great Airborne Interception (AI) Radar success, mostly with Jimmy RAWNSLEY on BEAUFIGHTER & MOSQUITO NIGHT FIGHTER OPS; post-war test pilot
|Miss Lettice CURTIS ATA|
“arguably the most remarkable woman pilot of the Second World War” (Telegraph) One of the first women pilots to join the British Air Transport Auxiliary, she flew continuously throughout the war, later flight test engineer & air racing pilot: her book The Forgotten Pilots illustrates country’s debt to Lords Beaverbrook & (No. 13: Lord Balfour), and AIR TRANSPORT AUXILIARY. Also wrote her autobiography. “In 1992 she gained her helicopter licence, but three years later decided that, at the age of 80, her flying days were over.”
Representing WOMEN PILOTS & the FERRY POOLS.
Thomas F DALTON-MORGAN
|Group Captain Thomas F DALTON-MORGAN DSO OBE DFC*|
22 Sqn Vildebeestes BATTLE OF BRITAIN 43 Sqn long OC, HURRICANE, 17ftr victories, IBSLEY WG LDR, brilliant 2nd TAF Group Captain Ftr Ops Plan D-DAY & EUROPE
Alan C DEERE
|Air Commodore Alan C DEERE DSO OBE DFC* DFC (US) Croix de Guerre (17+ e/a)|
Later Wing Leader at HORNCHURCH & BIGGIN HILL, the Central Gunnery School & No.145 (FRENCH) WING, author of Nine Lives.
Representing NEW ZEALAND
|Group Captain Billy DRAKE DSO DFC* (20 e/a)|
No. 1(F) Sqn HURRICANES in FRANCE, 213 Sqn, 421 Flight BATTLE of BRITAIN, SPITFIRE FR, OC 112 Sqn KITTYHAWKS WESTERN DESERT, Wing Ldr MALTA,then 20 WG TYPHOONS and at SHAEF HQ
Boleslaw H DROBINSKI
|Squadron Leader Boleslaw H DROBINSKI VMKW DFC (7 e/a) |
Polish flying ace. 65, 303, 317, OC 303 Squadron &
Representing POLISH airmen, in RAF known as ‘Ski’, victories were in Spitfires May 1941-March 1942; later when OC 303 flew Mustangs
|Wing Commander JFD ‘Tim’ ELKINGTON|
RAFC Cranwell 1939-40, No.1(F) Sqn in Battles of France & Britain, went with 1941 No.151 Wing Hurricanes to VAENGA RUSSIA and on catapult Hurricane Atlantic CAM ships
|Group Captain Sir Edward FENNESSY CBE BSc FIEE FRIN|
Representing the vital operation and repair of early RADAR GCI stations in BATTLE of BRITAIN & later development of the NAVIGATION and BOMBING AIDS
Alexander B FRASER-HARRIS
|Commodore Alexander B FRASER-HARRIS DSC* CD** US LofM RN & RCN|
NOVA SCOTIA. 803, 759, 801 & 807 SQNs, HMS Glorious’ SKUAS Bombing of Königsberg, BERGEN, FURIOUS, N.AFRICA ,CDR OP TRG in South Africa
John AA GIBSON
|Squadron Leader John AA ‘Johnny’ GIBSON DSO DFC* (e/a 12)|
RAF & RNZAF (destroyed c.14, damaged l2 e/a) for NEW ZEALAND in BATTLES of FRANCE & BRITAIN, 501SQN, No.53 OTU, in PACIFIC, RHINE CROSSING at REES, 5th time shot down, BURMA,VIP pilot
|Group Captain Denys GILLAM DSO** DFC* AFC (8 e/a)|
RAF Fighter Pilot Ace. 29, 616, 312, OC 306 & 615 Sqns & 146 Wg Ldr & Hurricane flakship buster, with fastest enemy a/c victory on take-off from Speke (Ju88); Typhoons & 2TAF
|Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir John GRANDY GCB GCVO KBE DSO|
RAF 54 & 604 Sqns, OC London UAS, Battle of BRITAIN OC 249 Sqn, 1st Typhoon Wing, N Africa 73 OTU, OC 341 DAKOTA Wing, 1967-71 Chief of Air Staff
|Wing Commander W J ‘Sticks’ GREGORY DSO DFC* DFM VR|
3 CATERPILLAR, l GOLDFISH.
In memory of Wing Commander JRD ‘Bob’ BRAHAM DSO** DFC** and representing 29, 141 & 107 Sqns (29+ e/a) and BEAUFIGHTER/MOSQUITO OPS
|Wing Commander HJL ‘Jim’ HALLOWES DFC DFM* (c. 19+ e/a)|
43, 96, 43, 65, OC of 122, 222, 165 & 504 Sqns after Halton 1932 & Sgt Pilot 1936; in BATTLE OF BRITAIN destroyed his Bf-109 attacker once when on fire, Stn Cdr Dunsfold
Avis J HEARN
|Aircraftwoman (later Flight Sergeant) Avis J HEARN (Parsons) MM|
One of only 6 WOMEN’S AUXILIARY AIR FORCE members during the war honoured with the Military Medal. 4’11” of courage: in BATTLE OF BRITAIN, 18Aug40, stayed at reporting post as secret POLING RADAR station bombed: “about 30 planes dropped about 90 bombs on us.”
James E JOHNSON
|Air Vice-Marshal James E ‘Johnnie’ JOHNSON CB CBE DSO** DFC* (c.38+ e/a)|
700 operational 1941-1944 sorties: 19, 6!6, OC 616, Wg Ldr Kenley & 127, 125 &124 Wing top ~Ftr mdr
Representing SPITFIRE Squadrons & in memory of Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader CBE DSO* DFC* 23, 19, 222, 0C242
Ronald G KELLETT
|Wing Commander Ronald G KELLETT DSO DFC VM AE*|
RAF Flying Ace.
Representing Auxiliary Air Force & Polish contribution: Nos 600, 616, 249 Sqns, founding OC 303 Polish Squadron, the most successful Battle of Britain Squadron & OC 96 Sqn
|Wing Commander JI ‘Killy’ KILMARTIN OBE DFC (13+ e/a)|
born Dundalk, BATTLE OF FRANCE and BATTLE OF BRITAIN, HORNCHURCH SPITFIRE & 136 TYPHOON Wings, 2TAF HQ and on Far East THUNDERBOLTS
|Squadron Leader James ‘Ginger’ LACEY DFM* AFM Croix de Guerre (28+ e/a)|
501, 602, OC155 & 17, 72 & 43 Sqns; 57 OTU instructor for 249 top scorer (31+ e/a) Fg Off George ‘Screwball’ Beurling DSO DFC* DFM* of 403, 41, 249, 412 Sqns
Henri Lucien LAFONT
|Colonel Henri Lucien LAFONT Cdr Légion d’Honneur, Comp. de la Libération, G.Off de l’Ordre de Mérite, Croix de Guerre|
Dramatically escaped Vichy-held Algeria for England, flew HURRICANES, one of 13 French pilots in the BATTLE of BRITAIN. 1938-65 L’Armée de l’Air & RAF 245, 615, 341 Alsace Sqns.
In memory of his friends Commandant René MOUCHOTTE, Bernard DUPÉRIER, and some 300 FRENCH pilots killed in the war.
Miroslav A LISKUTIN
|Squadron Leader Miroslav A ‘Tony’ LISKUTIN DFC|
RAF, fighter pilot and later post-war RAF & civilian flying instructor
In memory of friends FRANTISEK, KUCERA & SMIK and representing all CZECHS + 511 Czech WW2 airmen killed.
C George LOTT
|Air Vice Marshall C George LOTT CB CBE DSO DFC (5 e/a)|
“One of the very first of the few”. Halton, 1 of only 3 airmen taught to fly on 19 Sqn trial, 41 Sqn, Iraq, OC 43(F) Sqn, lost eye on eve of BATTLE OF BRITAIN combat, CO Hornchurch, Sector Cdr & RAF Delegation to USA
Thomas F NEIL
|Wing Commander Thomas F ‘Ginger’ NEIL DFC DFC* AFC AE (17 e/a)|
249 Sqn HURRICANES, BATTLE of BRITAIN, then to MALTA in May off ARK ROYAL to Dec4l; in l944 shared 16 e/a strafed + USAF 9th AIR FORCEWing Commander Bransome A ‘Branse’ BURBRIDGE DSO* DF’C* DFC (US) (21 e/a & 3 V-1s)
Top scorer, with Sqn Ldr FS ‘Bill’ SKELTON, on MOSQUITO in UK and 100 GROUP long range support
Representing the NIGHT-FIGHTER WAR
|Squadron Leader AH ‘Peter’ PIPER DFC|
236 Squadron BLENHEIMS. Peter re-trained as a pilot and flew transport supply.
Representing all other aircrew, and non-fighter aircraft types, in and beyond the BATTLE OF BRITAIN.
|Mrs Claire QUILL née (Wg Off) LEGGE WRAF|
Adviser Battle of Britain film, Test pilot Jeffrey QUILL OBE AFC’s wife,
Representing Lord DOWDING’s CONTROL and REPORTING, FIGHTER COMMAND’s WAAF, PLOTTERS, & FIGHTER CONTROLLERS
|Group Captain David ROBERTS MBE MM|
At RAF Kenley, he engaged 3 Dorniers from the ground in “one of the most unusual exploits of air defence in the Battle of Britain”, bringing down one and damaging two. ~ As LAC [Leading Aircraftsman] MM 18Aug40 PARACHUTE & CABLE [RAF KENLEY] BATTLE OF BRITAIN Dornier kill; in SUEZ, v. mining e/a, DESERT, Aleppo, CYPRUS, OC BATTLE SCHOOL.
Representing RAF REGIMENT.
|Air Chief Marshal Sir Fred ROSIER GCB CBE DSO|
43 (F) Sqn on Furies & Hurricanes at Tangmere 1936 to 1939, in France, UK, Western Deser t and Europe, developing close tactical fighter support with 22. ~ Harry Broadhurst ~
Irving S SMITH
|Group Captain Irving S ‘Black’ SMITH CBE DFC*|
RNZAF 151& 487 Sqns, HURRICANE & DEFIANT (8+ e/a) led 487 Sqn MOSQUITO raid on AMIENS Gestapo Prison 18Feb44 (OPERATION JERICHO) and on Vincey
Peter W TOWNSEND
|Group Captain Peter W TOWNSEND CVO DSO DFC* (11+e/a)|
36, 43, OC 85 & 605, 611 Sqns Battle of Britain, on day & night fighters, Stn Cdr West Malling & Drem, Equerry HM King George VI 1944-52, HM The Queen, Elizabeth II R 1950-53
RR Stanford TUCK
|Wing Commander RR Stanford TUCK DSO DFC** (27+e/a)|
65, 92, OC 257 Sqns, Duxford & Biggin Hill Wgs.
Representing PRISONERS of WAR & 50 Stalag Luft III Escapees killed, including ‘Big X’, 92 Sqn OC Squadron Leader Roger BUSHELL
|Air Commodore Sir AL ‘Archie’ WINSKILL KCVO DFC*|
AE: 603 SQN,1st via PAT O’LEARY LINE to SPAIN/GIBRALTAR. led 232 Sqn to N.AFRICA, CFI CGS, OC 17 SQN Japan
Representing ESCAPE NETWORKS