Air Forces-Air Despatchers members

Only those who flew dropping and supply missions to Arnhem between 17-23 September 1944 are mention in this part, as for now I don't have a list with names of men of fighter planes who flew specific missions to Arnhem or Oosterbeek to provide air cover and are missing since. However if someone can provide me with names and prove (accounts/ORB,etc,etc) that a person who flew such specific missions and is missing since, I am more then willing to add his name to the list.

Name: THOMSON, Henry  William

Rank: Driver

Age: 22

No. T/1836995

Unit: 223 Air Despatch Company, RASC

Missing since:18-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Henry Logan Thomson, and of Margot Thomson, of Leith, Edinburgh.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

 

KIA Information: He was an air despatcher on board of the Dakota KG-428, 48 RAF Squadron. The plane was shot down on 19-9-1944 and crashlanded in National Park Hoge Veluwe.

Henry Thomson was wounded in the groin and taken POW with the other survivors, However shortly afterwards he died of his wounds and is missing since.

 

 

 


National Archive Record WO361/679


Name: HALL, Ray Ashley

Rank: Flight Sergeant/Pilot

Age: 22

No. 1803436

Unit: 295 Squadron RAF

Missing since:19-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Mr and Mrs S.H. Hall  of Southborough, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Runnymede Memorial Panel: 218

 

KIA Information: He was  the Pilot of the Stirling LK-170, 295 Squadron RAF, which crashed in German held territory near the house of Mr F.B. van Rie, Eede, Municpal Aardenburg on 19-9-1944, at 15.50hrs.

The area was inundated, and only 2 bodies could be recovered from the wreckage. As the aircraft came down nose first it was completely compressed and destroyed so the remains of 5 crewmembers and one air despatcher therefore were declared unrecoverable.


Name: MARSTON, Arthur

Rank: Flight Sergeant/Navigator

Age: 22

No. 1578493

Unit: 295 Squadron RAF

Missing since: 19-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Harold and Lilian Edith Marston of Walsall, Staffordshire.

Runnymede Memorial Panel: 220

 

KIA Information: He was  the Navigator of the Stirling LK-170, 295 Squadron RAF, which crashed in German held territory near the house of Mr F.B. van Rie, Eede, Municpal Aardenburg on 19-9-1944, at 15.50hrs.

The area was inundated, and only 2 bodies could be recovered from the wreckage. As the aircraft came down nose first it was completely compressed and destroyed so the remains of 5 crewmembers and one air despatcher therefore were declared unrecoverable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: BOWERS, James

Rank: Driver

Age: 41

No. T/14662693

Unit: 63 (Airborne) Division Composite Company RASC

Missing since: 19-09-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of M.A. Bowers, of Ribbleton, Preston, Lincolnshire.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

 

KIA Information: He was  one the 4 Air Despatchers on board of the Dakota KG-388, 575 Squadron RAF, which crashed to the North of the Arnhem "Zijpendaal" German Military Cemetery (1944) at about 15.15Hrs.

The crew were buried at the entrance of the Menthenberg house.

 

Dark brown hair-5.11ft-13 stone

 

Grave 21.C.19 On Oosterbeek War Cemetery holds the body of an unknown RASC soldier, killed at 19-09-1944. Found near the Sylvalaan, Arnhem and most likely one of the Despatcher of the KG-488.

 

 


Name: WESTON, George leslie

Rank: Driver

Age: 23

No. T/14663278

Unit: 63 (Airborne) Division Composite Company RASC

Missing since: 19-09-1944

Next of Kin: Worksop, Nottinghamshire

Groesbeek Panel: 9

 

KIA Information: He was  one the 4 Air Despatchers on board of the Dakota KG-388, 575 Squadron RAF, which crashed to the North of the Arnhem "Zijpendaal" German Military Cemetery (1944) at about 15.15Hrs.

The crew were buried at the entrance of the Menthenberg house.

 

Brown hair-5.10ft-11 stone

 

Grave 21.C.19 On Arnhem-Oosterbeek War Cemetery holds the body of an unknown RASC soldier, killed at 19-09-1944. Found near the Sylvalaan, Arnhem and most likely one of the Despatcher of the KG-488.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: HADLEY, John Thomas

Rank: Driver

Age: 25

No. T/5623132

Unit: 253 (Airborne) Division Composite Company RASC

Missing since: 20-09-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of T Hadley, of Forest Gate, Essex

Groesbeek Panel: 9

KIA Information: He was one of the Air Despatchers on board of the Stirling LK-127,which crashed in a marshy meadow, along the Polderstraat at Heteren at about 18.00hrs. He is missing since.

 

Brown hair-5.7

 

Graves 2.A.12 and 2.A.18 on Heteren General Cemetery likely holds the 2 missing crew members of Stirling LK-127 who crashed at Heteren on 20-09-1944

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: SLEET, George Patrick

Rank: Driver

Age: 32

No. T/1579884

Unit: 233 (Airborne) Division Composite Company RASC

Missing since: 21-09-1944

Next of Kin: London

Groesbeek Panel: 9

 

KIA Information: He was  one of the Air Despatchers on board of the Dakota KG-346,which crashed in Dengie Flats, near Bradwell, off the coast of Essex at about 19.00hrs, and is missing since.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: HACKETT, John Charles Henry

Rank: Flight Sergeant/Co-pilot

Age:36

No. 1290199

Unit: 437 Squadron RCAF

Missing since: 21-09-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of Margaret Hackett, of Felling, Co Durham

Runnymede Memorial Panel: 218

 

KIA Information: He was  Co-pilot of the Dakota KG-376,which crashed southwest of Keldonk, Netherlands at about 16.30hrs , and is missing since.

 


Name: PRING, Walton Ralph

Rank: Pilot Officer/Pilot

Age:26

No. 174905

Unit: 48 Squadron RAF

Missing since: 23-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Harold and Agnes Mary Pring, of Hounslow, Middlesex

Runnymede Memorial Panel: 212

 

KIA Information: He was  Pilot of the Dakota KG-370,which crashed in the Rosandepolder at Oosterbeek, and is missing since. 


National Archive Record WO 361/677

Name: SMITH, Frederick  William

Rank: Driver

Age: 33

No. T/10684001

Unit: 61 (Airborne)  Divisional Company, RASC

Missing since:19-09-1944

Next of Kin: London.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

 

KIA Information: He was an air despatcher on board of the Stirling EF-248, 196 RAF Squadron.

The plane was shot down on 19-9-1944  after dropping their supplies and crashed (location still unknown).

Presumable Frederick Smith jumped from the plane like the other crew members, some were killed descending others were taken POW. The other air despatcher was also wounded and later died of his wounds in a POW camp.

 

 


National Archive Record W0361/692


Name: JOHN, Ewart, Stephen

Rank: Sergeant/Flight Engineer

Age: 20

No. 1836381

Unit: 295 Squadron RAF

Missing since:19-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Stephen and Sarah John of Penygraig, Clamorgan.

Runnymede Memorial Panel: 232

 

KIA Information: He was  the Flight Engineer of the Stirling LK-170, 295 Squadron RAF, which crashed in German held territory near the house of Mr F.B. van Rie, Eede, Municipal Aardenburg on 19-9-1944, at 15.50hrs.

The area was inundated, and only 2 bodies could be recovered from the wreckage. As the aircraft came down nose first it was completely compressed and destroyed so the remains of 5 crewmembers and one air despatcher therefore were declared unrecoverable.

 


Name: ENDERBY, Norman

Rank: Driver

Age: 21

No. T/10679621

Unit: 253 (Airborne) Division Comp Company RASC

Missing since:19-09-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of Florence May Enderby of Woodlands, Doncaster, Yorkshire.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

 

KIA Information: He was  one of the Air Despatchers  on board of  Stirling LK-170, 295 Squadron RAF, which crashed in German held territory near the house of Mr F.B. van Rie, Eede, Municpal Aardenburg on 19-9-1944, at 15.50hrs.

The area was inundated, and only 2 bodies could be recovered from the wreckage. As the aircraft came down nose first it was completely compressed and destroyed so the remains of 5 crewmembers and one air despatcher therefore were declared unrecoverable.


National Archive Record WO 361/714


Name: CROSS, William Desmond

Rank: Driver

Age: 33

No. T/14663327

Unit: 63 (Airborne) Division Composite Company RASC

Missing since:19-09-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of Alice Eleanor Cross of Steeple Claydon, Buckinghamshire. Son of Mr and Mrs F.E. Cross.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

 

KIA Information: He was  one the 4 Air Despatchers on board of the Dakota KG-388, 575 Squadron RAF, which crashed to the North of the Arnhem "Zijpendaal" German Military Cemetery (1944) at about 15.15Hrs.

The crew were buried at the entrance of the Menthenberg house.

 

Black Hair-5.7ft-11 stone

 

Grave 21.C.19 On Oosterbeek War Cemetery holds the body of an unknown RASC soldier, killed at 19-09-1944. Found near the Sylvalaan, Arnhem and most likely one of the Despatcher of the KG-488.


Name: PRAGNELL, Robert Frank

Rank: Driver

Age:

No. T/61437

Unit: 63 (Airborne) Division Composite Company RASC

Missing since:20-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Frank and Lucy Pragnell of Swanage.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

 

KIA Information: He was  one the 2 Air Despatchers on board of the Stirling LK-556, 196 Squadron RAF, which crashed alongside Valburgseweg between Elst and Valburg at about 14.30Hrs, 1 crew member was killed,as were two  Air Despatchers.

 

Grave 23.C.7 on Arnhem-Oosterbeek War Cemetery holds the body of an unknown soldier, who was found at Elst in a field which is most likely that of an Air Despatcher, however there is no prove that it is Driver Pragnell.

 

 

 


Name: HECKFORD, Ernest Victor

Rank: Driver

Age:19

No. T/14430032

Unit: 398 (Airborne) Division Composite Company RASC

Missing since:20-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Mr and Mrs E.V.J. Heckford of Upton, Poole. Dorsetshire.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

 

KIA Information: He was  one the 2 Air Despatchers on board of the Stirling LK-548, 620 Squadron RAF, which crashed in a field on front of Verhoeven Family house on Meuwerweg 3, Vorstenbosch, Netherlands, at about 17.30hrs, 3 crew members and 1 Air Despatcher was killed, and are buried at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery in a common grave.

 

 

 

 


Name: HAMILTON, Charles Douglas

Rank: Flight Officer/Pilot

Age:28

No. 409695 RAAF

Unit: 233 Squadron RAF

Missing since:21-09-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of Daphe Egerton Hamilton, of  Fairfield,Victoria, Australia. Son of Charles Douglas and Mary Hamilton.

Runnymede Memorial Panel: 257

 

KIA Information: He was  Pilot of the Dakota KG-556, 233 Squadron RAF, which crashed near the "Sans Souci"farm on Zwaanstraat, Eindhoven on 17.34hrs and is missing since, the other crew members are buried at Woensel General Cemetery, Eindhoven.

 

National Archive Record WO 361/700


Name: MAHON Michael Stanley Reece

Rank: Flight Officer/Navigator

Age:28

No. J/87637 RCAF

Unit: 437 Squadron RCAF

Missing since:21-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Michael Thomas Graves Mahon and Maude Eleanor Mary Mahon, of Barbados, British West Indies.

Runnymede Memorial Panel: 247

 

KIA Information: He was  Navigator of the Dakota KG-376,which crashed southwest of Keldonk, Netherlands at about 16.30hrs , and is missing since.


Name: CROSSLEY, William Thomas Rank: Driver

Age:41

No. T/2184109

Unit: 253 (Airborne) Division Composite Company RASC

Missing since:23-09-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of Lilliam Crossley, of Yardley Wood, Birmingham.

Son of  William Thomas and Annah Mary Crossley.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

 

KIA Information: He was one of the air despatchers on board of this plane.

 

                        Brown hair-5.7ft

 

Believed to be the unknown soldier in grave 22.C.20 on Arnhem-Oosterbeek Cemetery

Name: FANTHORPE, Bernard

Rank: Sergeant/Wireless Operator

Age: 20

No. 1621519

Unit: 295 Squadron RAF

Missing since:19-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of T.W. and Doris Fanthorpe, of Winterton, Lincolnshire.

Runnymede Memorial Panel: 229

 

KIA Information: He was  the Wireless operator on board of the Stirling LK-170, 295 Squadron RAF, which crashed in German held territory near the house of Mr F.B. van Rie, Eede, Municpal Aardenburg on 19-9-1944, at 15.50hrs.

The area was inundated, and only 2 bodies could be recovered from the wreckage. As the aircraft came down nose first it was completely compressed and destroyed so the remains of 5 crewmembers and one air despatcher therefore were declared unrecoverable.



Name: McDONALD, Eugene Peter

Rank: Flight Sergeant/Bomb aimer

Age: 28

No. 950919

Unit: 295 Squadron RAF

Missing since:19-09-1944

Next of Kin:?

Runnymede Memorial Panel: 229

 

KIA Information: He was  the Bomb aimer on board of the Stirling LK-170, 295 Squadron RAF, which crashed in German held territory near the house of Mr F.B. van Rie, Eede, Municpal Aardenburg on 19-9-1944, at 15.50hrs.

The area was inundated, and only 2 bodies could be recovered from the wreckage. As the aircraft came down nose first it was completely compressed and destroyed so the remains of 5 crewmembers and one air despatcher therefore were declared unrecoverable.

 

 

 


Name: HOLDSWORTH, Francis Cliffe

Rank: Driver

Age: 33

No. T/14394044

Unit: 253 (Airborne) Division Comp Company RASC

Missing since:19-09-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of Mary Elen Holdsworth of Bradford, Yorkshire. Son of Alfred and Edith Holdsworth

Groesbeek Panel: 9

 

KIA Information: He was  one of the Air Despatchers  on board of  Stirling LK-170, 295 Squadron RAF, which crashed in German held territory near the house of Mr F.B. van Rie, Eede, Municpal Aardenburg on 19-9-1944, at 15.50hrs.

The area was inundated, and only 2 bodies could be recovered from the wreckage. As the aircraft came down nose first it was completely compressed and destroyed so the remains of 5 crewmembers and one air despatcher therefore were declared unrecoverable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: HODGKINSON, Robert

Rank: Driver

Age: 33

No. T/14663278

Unit: 63 (Airborne) Division Comp Company RASC

Missing since:19-09-1944

Next of Kin: Ashton-upon-Ribble, Preston

Groesbeek Panel: 9

KIA Information:He was  one the 4 Air Despatchers on board of the Dakota KG-388, 575 Squadron RAF, which crashed to the North of the Arnhem "Zijpendaal" German Military Cemetery (1944) at about 15.15Hrs.

The crew were buried at the entrance of the Menthenberg house.

 

Brown Hair-5.7ft-12 stone

 

Grave 21.C.19 On Oosterbeek War Cemetery holds the body of an unknown RASC soldier, killed at 19-09-1944. Found near the Sylvalaan, Arnhem and most likely one of the Despatcher of the KG-488.

 

 


Name: LAMONT, Raymond Joseph

Rank: Pilot Officer/Bomb aimer

Age: 21

No. J/90746

Unit: 620 Squadron RAF

Missing since:20-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of James D. and Anna Edythe Lamont, of Fort William, Ontario, Canada

Runnymede Memorial Panel: 251

 

KIA Information: He was the bomb aimer of the Stirling LK-127,which crashed in a marshy meadow, along the Polderstraat at Heteren at about 18.00hrs. He baled out and came down in the Rhine, he was killed by Germans whilst in the water, its is also not excluded that he was wounded, taken out of the water and died of his wounds.

 

Grave 4.F.1 on Jonkerbos War Cemetery holds the body of an unknown RCAF Airman who was found at Driel. But there are also two unknown graves at Heteren General Cemetery, which could be connected to the above soldier.


Name: CAMPBELL, Colin Herbert

Rank: Captain/Pilot

Age: 25

No. 12211V (SAAF)

Unit: 48 Squadron RAF

Missing since:21-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of John W and Hilda M Campbell, of Claremont, Captown, South Africa

Runnymede Memorial Panel: 264

 

KIA Information: He was the Pilot of the Dakota KG-346,which crashed in Dengie Flats, near Bradwell, off the coast of Essex at about 19.00hrs, and is missing since.

 


National Archive Record WO 361/676


Name: THOMPSON, William George

Rank: Driver

Age: 25

No. T/84459

Unit: 253 (Airborne) Division Composite Company RASC

Missing since:21-09-1944

Next of Kin: Liverpool

Groesbeek Panel: 9

 

KIA Information: He was most likely one of the Air Despatchers on board of the Stirling LK-115, 295 Squadron, which made a belly landing north of the Nieuwenhuizen farm, north of Wolfheze, in the Planken Wambuis area at 14.27hrs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: ADAMSON, James

Rank: Lance/Corporal

Age: 29

No. T/249802

Unit: 800 Air  Despatch Company RASC

Missing since:21-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of James and Elizabeth Adamson, of Edinburg

Groesbeek Panel: 11

 

KIA Information: He was  of the four Air Despatchers on board of the Dakota KG-376,which crashed southwest of Keldonk, Netherlands at about 16.30hrs , and is missing since.

 


Name: SIMPSON, Francis William Richard

Rank: Lance/Corporal

Age: 34

No. T/10693502

Unit: 253 (Airborne) Division Composite Company RASC

Missing since:23-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of J. King E and Ethel Nellie Simpson, of Westgate, Kentmes and Elizabeth Adamson, of Edinburg

Groesbeek Panel: 9

 

KIA Information: He was  one of the air depsatchers on board of this plane.

He presumably  died of wounds in an first aid post or hospital. Believed to be in the Tafelberg Hotel.