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Crews of 462 Squadron RAAF, Bomber Command, UK

Crews posted to 462 Squadron RAAF, Bomber Command, UK:-

462 Squadron RAAF, 4 Group at Driffield in Yorkshire from August to December 1944, or to
462 Squadron RAAF, 100 Group, Foulsham in Norfolk from January to September 1945.

For crews stationed in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia (1942/1943/1944) please visit 462 Squadron RAAF, Middle East.

Link to photos of 462 Squadron at Driffield, August 1944 to end December 1944; also some more recent photos of the former RAF Driffield site.

Link to photos of 462 Squadron at Foulsham, January and September 1945, but mostly during February/March/April 1945 – full Squadron with Halifax; Pilots; Navigators; Bomb Aimers; Wireless Operators; Flight Engineers; Air Gunners A Flight, Air Gunners B Flight; Special Duties; "Top Brass".

Operational Air Crews August 1944 to May 1945.

Special Duties (Window) Twelve Wireless Operators were posted to 462 Squadron in January 1945, to carry out that role. A second group of 12 W/Ops carried out Special Duties (WINDOW) from late April 1945, but were not named in POSTED IN lists.

Special Duties (Radio Counter Measures) Twelve Air Force personnel, with various former roles, were posted to 462 Squadron in early 1945 to carry out this role. A second group of 12 personnel who arrived in April 1945 may also belong to this section, but are currently included with the un-aligned Air Crew personnel in the following section.

Un-aligned Air Crew personnel Names of those who were POSTED IN with other Air Crews between August 1944 and April 1945, but who were not listed in any subsequent Ops. They are listed by month of arrival, but they have not yet been matched with any crew, and their crew positions are not yet known. This list was updated for 6 April 2017.

Non-Operational Crews POSTED IN during late April or May 1945, or in June, July or August 1945, listed by month of arrival. The named crews were identified by Pilot and Crew members, after contact by some former Veterans of these crews, or by their family or friends. These Crews are not listed in Squadron Operational flights, but carried out training flights, and may have flown on Ruhr Tours, and bomb disposal by jettisoning over the North Sea. Some may have transported Senior personnel to and from Germany or Denmark, and possibly transported of ex-Luftwaffe PoWs to the UK. Such flights were mentioned in the Squadron ORB, however Pilots were not usually listed by name, but when they were, the names of the crew were not included.

Non-Operational personnel POSTED IN May to August 1945, but not yet identified by crew. This list was updated for 6 April 2017.

Office Staff and Ground Crew are listed separately, and names will be added when personnel are identified. No list has yet been located of other non-operational staff, e.g. cooks and mess staff including waitresses, Officer's batmen and batwomen, drivers, control tower staff, radio operators, plotters, etc.

Wanted please: Photos of crews of 462 Squadron at Driffield or Foulsham, or during their prior training at OTU or HCU; or photos of individual crew members; also names of non-operational personnel including WAAFs. If you can assist with photos, or wish to advise of errors on this page, or can provide full names etc., please make contact, including your source of information for verification. All contributors will be acknowledged. Thank you.

Information has been sourced from 462 Squadron Operational Record Books (ORBs); WW2 Nominal Roll; National Archives of Australia (NAA, Service Files, Casualty Files, and Aircraft Loss Files); Australian War Memorial; New Zealand Defence Force (Personnel Archives and Medals); Air Force Lists; London Gazette; and Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Various books and websites were also consulted to compare details, however discrepancies were noted between official records and authors. ORBs also contained typographical and factual errors. Some pages of the Squadron ORBs are difficult to read, especially when the carbon paper on the original pages had obviously required replacement, and the type-writer keys were worn and/or misaligned. This may be the reason for the differences in Names and Service Numbers, as quoted by various authors. Those names without Service Numbers and Air Force (i.e. RAF/RAFVR, RNZAF, RCAF), will have those details added after verification. Further errors have been noted in that some members were listed as POSTED IN, but were not in the POSTED OUT lists; others were not in the POSTED IN lists, but were later POSTED OUT. Some complete crews or groups were omitted in some month's documents (e.g. not POSTED IN were Breusch's Crew 30 during September 1944, Friend's Crew 36 during September or October 1944; Ely's Crew 39 during November 1944, and Lodder's Crew 44 during November 1944, Scharer's Crew 54 early January 1945; and a second group of 12 W/OPs for SD/WINDOW duties in April 1945). To further confuse issues, some members were listed in POSTING IN for two consecutive months (e.g. Langworthy's crew 34 POSTED IN October 1944 and again November 1944), similarly some members were POSTED OUT twice (e.g. Joseph Davidson DFC in July and August 1945). The lists of names on this web page have been compiled from monthly Squadron POSTING IN lists, monthly POSTING OUT lists (ORB Forms 540), and crew names from Ops (ORB Forms 541). Due to the state of the original records, these lists may still be incomplete.
(Please refer to Acknowledgements page for details of books and internet sites.)

Operational Air Crews August 1944 to May 1945

The list below is an amalgamation of information from all sources, following attempts to verify the accuracy of information.
Column 1 – Crew number. There does not appear to be any official list of crew numbers allocated by 462 Squadron during WW2. However on this site, the number relates to each crew, in the sequence of their posting to 462 Squadron. This system was used in "Phoenix – Book 2: The Reincarnation" by A.G.Batten; also by Authors of "Brave & True" (466 Squadron); as well as by the 466-462 Squadron Association for their records. Other authors simply refer to each crew by the Pilot's name.
Column 2 – Pilot, listed alphabetically by surname.
Columns 3 to 8 – Crew members, listed by their Role in that crew. Some crews had a sequence of members over time. These have been listed as 1, 2, 3 etc, in the relevant crew position. Some personnel flew with more than one Pilot, or flew with a different crew to "catch-up" on Ops if they had missed an Op with their usual crew. Others were not assigned permanently to a particular crew, see also see Column 9.
Column 9 "Special Duties" – additional 8th Crew member who was EITHER ....
.... the "Spare Bod" with no permanent crew or someone who wanted to "catch-up" an Op, and who dispensed WINDOW; OR ....
.... the German-speaking Special Duties Operator (SDO) who operated the Radio Counter Measures Equipment.
On some occasions, if both were required for a particular Op, there were 9 in that crew.
The substantive role for the "Spare Bod" (WINDOW Dispenser) when on ops with their usual crew is included in brackets after their name, e.g. Column 9 Special Duties, Leslie Edward Miles (F/Eng) 1894484 RAFVR was Killed in Action (KIA) in the role of Special Duties dispensing WINDOW with the Astill Crew, but he was usually a Flight Engineer with another crew (pilot Donald Grant Uther).

Those who were not permanently with any crew may also be listed separately. However, if they were on an Op with a crew that did not return, they are listed with that crew. Details of aircraft loss, grave sites, and PoW/Evader status will be included in each crew's page, to be created as an ongoing project.
Those with two Service Numbers include those who were commissioned, and whose original Service Number was changed (e.g. RAF/RAFVR). Note that some of the RAAF Service Numbers begin with the upper-case letter O, not the number zero/nought 0. On this web page, the Service Number as initially recorded in the Squadron ORBs is placed first.

Please note that this list is still a work in progress, initially concentrating on crews who were Killed in Action (names in RED), or who already have a page on this site, or who were mainly RAAF and records are therefore readily accessible. Click on the blue hyperlinks to go to a Crew page or to a page for an individual crew member which may include a photo of their crew.
PoW (in red) after a crew member's name indicates that he was taken Prisoner of War after the loss of that crew's Halifax.
Evader (in red) after a crew member's name indicates that he evaded capture (with or without assistance), and returned safely to the UK.
Any name followed by a ..... (?) .... indicates that details require verification.

1
No.
2
Pilot
3
Navigator
4
Bomb Aimer
5
Wireless Operator
6
Flight Engineer
7
Mid-Upper Gunner
8
Rear Gunner
9
Special Duties
45 Henry Robert ANDERSON (Andy)
428018 RAAF

( Crew )
George Frederick HICKS
1803292 RAF (VR?)
K. J. FAITHFULL (Ken)
1603341 RAF (VR?)
1. Bruce Alfred BELL (Dinger)
417941 RAAF
2. William Argo TURNER
410108 RAAF
Arthur A. NEWSTEAD (Duke)
1593580 RAF (VR?)
Astley GORDON (Aggie)
1819897 RAF (VR?)
F. SATHERLEY (Fred)
1211556 RAF (VR?)
Various
52 Alan Edwin ASTILL
421143 RAAF
( Crew )
Phillip SWARBRICK
427410 RAAF
Stanley James MINETT
423814 RAAF
Sydney Robert FULLER
421198 RAAF
George Arthur Edgar SANDAY
1896933 RAFVR
(KIA in ELY crew)
Mervyn George ISAAC
433727 RAAF
Neville Owen REED
435209 RAAF
Various including Leslie Edward MILES (F/Eng)
1894484 RAFVR
46 Victor Thomas BAILEY
425821 RAAF
1. Frank Lewis BIRCH
434165 RAAF
2. Kenneth John BROWN
410302 RAAF
Kenneth Stewart BANNERMAN
435086 RAAF
Reginald Keith PARNELL
428350 RAAF
J W NEALE
1853959 RAF (?)
1. Sidney WHITE
431213 RAAF
2. T GODSALL
1579155 RAF (?)
William Alfred WARMAN
435139 RAAF
Various
59 Alfred Desmond John BALL
427182 RAAF
( Crew )
Neil Vernon EVANS
436113 RAAF
Murray FRANK
409532 RAAF
Ronald Reginald TAYLOR
432346 RAAF
Frederick BROOKES
546437 RAF
John Mickle TAIT
430788 RAAF
Maxwell James HIBBERD
435342 RAAF PoW
Various including
John HEGGARTY
179888 (1238295) RAFVR
25 William Stowell BLACK
411864 RAAF PoW
William John MARRIS
428535 RAAF PoW
Frank LAND
428719 RAAF PoW
Cecil Bruce PALMER
426957 RAAF PoW
W S MacPHERSON (Geordie)
1590727 RAF (?)
Evader
K BUCKLEY
1534164 RAF (?)
Evader
1. W A (or W H) GLENISTER
1868837 RAF (?)
2. W SHOEMAKER
J.87246 RCAF (substitute) Evader
Not applicable at Driffield
40 John Nelson Bryson BOYD
182590 RAFVR
John MORTIMER (Jock)
1423760 RAFVR
K E HAMILTON (Ken)
1322547 RAF (?)
W EVANS (Willie)
1373790 RAF (?)
F C TAYLOR (Frank)
1804309 RAF (?)
Kenneth SPRIGGS (Ken)
1869863 RAF
B COMPTON (Bernie)
1850671 RAF (?)
Various
30 Rex Burnett BREUSCH
426032 RAAF
Bernard Francis Percival GODWIN
23242 RAAF
L PEDLEY
1621164 RAF (?)
Charles Bernard KING
425944 RAAF
J OATES
1386333 RAF (?)
F HALLSWORTH
1534685 ? RAF (?)
J L HIGGISON
1595916 ? RAF (?)
Not applicable at Driffield
47 Leo BRITT
427373 (later O5844) RAAF ( Crew )
Austin James Bruce CRUICKSHANK
430276 RAAF
Archibald Hay CRESWICK
418524 RAAF
John Philip Bowley CHAPLIN
432754 (later O23443) RAAF
1. R T BUNTING
1796238 RAF (?)
2. Reginald George Weston RICHARDS
155392 RAFVR
3. John TYLER
54867 RAF
4. Dennis Claude COLEMAN
3005236 RAFVR
5. R K DAUGHTERS
1895166 RAF (?)
6. William Folger READHEAD (Tam)
50956 RAF
7. John Laurence LAKIN 2221256 RAFVR
8. John LORD
1517126 (195715) RAFVR
Raphael John MERKEL
433288 RAAF
John Timothy SPILLANE
435002 RAAF
(later A211647)
Various
3 James Thomas BROPHY
418734 RAAF
Ronald Keith LAUMAN
426354 RAAF
Conrad Frederick FONTAINE
418744 RAAF
Desmond Allan RYAN
419341 RAAF
J BARLEY
1894497 RAF (?)
Hedley Richard Philip DAVID
427808 RAAF
Wesley Colwyn LEWIS
419817 RAAF
Not applicable at Driffield
16 John Edward BYROM
415615 RAAF
Philip Arthur KELLY
432209 RAAF
W W MAXWELL
1341921 RAF (?)
Owen Emmett O'BRIEN
426466 RAAF
J L MORTON
3040044 RAF (?)
Henry Aaron Owen HARTOP
1455815 RAFVR
M J KAVANAGH
1796875 RAF (?)
Various
69 Jack Marshall CAIRNS
10624 (later O31473) RAAF
Andrew Ernest John SCOTLAND
430983 RAAF
1. Geoffrey Huey SATTLER
434807 (later O14183) RAAF
2. Joseph Arthur BARNARD
15131 RAAF (substitute)
Edwin James PARKER
428504 RAAF
J BARKER
2206775 RAF (?)
William Alfred MITTING
419324 RAAF
Gordon Victor PASS
434006 RAAF
Various
17 Sydney John CARTHY
1389580 (187561) RAFVR, later KIA post Tour. ( Crew )
1. James Edward PEASLEY
428622 RAAF
2. William Thompson Hamilton WATT
174957 RAFVR
3. William McCORKINDALE
1568425 RAF (PoW in MITCHELL crew)
John Walker HORRIDGE (Jack)
1576752 (later 190747) RAFVR
William Alex McKINNON
426951 RAAF
1. Eric Kerr LEYDEN
1823520 RAFVR
2. H P MURRAY (Pete) 1866940 RAF (?)
1. L W WITT
1450908 RAF (?)
2. Geoffrey HARRISON-BROADLEY
1458627 RAFVR (KIA in TOOTAL crew)
3. Robin Eugene NICHOLLS
434168 RAAF
4. T GODSALL
1579155 RAF (?)
H L RUNDELL
1111227 RAF (?)
Not applicable at Driffield
20 Albert John COCKERILL
424372 RAAF
Henry Reeves DAY
437093 RAAF
Sydney Alfred GREEN
1393292 RAFVR
Kenneth Allan SAXBY
424824 RAAF
John LORD
1517126 (later 195715) RAFVR
C C WALKER
3040268 RAFVR (?)
F SMITH
1187024 RAF (?)
Not applicable at Driffield
29 Gerald COLEMAN
178780 RAFVR
( Crew )
Philip Hedley Malcolm LEVEY
429588 RAAF
Alan James WARD
1581798 RAFVR
John Newton TRESIDDER
424477 RAAF
Ronald Charles STOPP
1892044 RAFVR
Archibald James MOUAT
1378208 RAFVR
Denis Roy MUXLOW
1590607 RAFVR
Not applicable at Driffield
23 William Bolton COOKSON
413028 RNZAF
( Crew )
1. Owen Dallas PRATT
425934 RNZAF
2. Basil Gordon NICHOLS 1339111 (later 190760) RAFVR
3. Maxwell Arthur SMITH
424803 RAAF
4. Frank Lewis BIRCH
434165 RAAF
5. D E MILLER
1397845 ? RAF
1. Wilfrid Henry TOLHURST
427168 RAAF
1. Leslie John POWER
436481 RAAF
2. William Argo TURNER
410108 RAAF
3. William Anthony BOWDEN
418792 RAAF
4. Frank Maxwell BARKLA
407924 RAAF
5. Clifford Kingsley BARNETT
432090 RAAF
1. Leonard Henry JONES
1896549 later 190273 RAFVR
2. William Folger READHEAD (Tam)
50956 RAF
1. R D ELLIOTT
R.219749 RCAF
2. H J IRONS
1383213 RAF (?)
3. T GODSALL
1579155 RAF (?)
4. W E TOEWS
R.278376 RCAF
5. F T HUTTON
1826421 RAF (?)
1. W E TOEWS
R.278376 RCAF
2. Neville Owen REED
435209 RAAF
3. R D ELLIOTT
R.219749 RCAF
4. R HANDYSIDE
1825585 RAF (?)
Various
(Total 9)
7 Alan George CUTTRISS
410634 RAAF
( Crew )
Keith Thomas CLARKE
422421 RAAF
1. John Robert GIBSON
423454 RAAF
2. William Oliver HEFFERNAN
53925 RAF
3. Jack WILLIAMS
54458 RAF
John Daniel TROWBRIDGE
417321 RAAF
Dudley George HALL (Nobby)
525537 RAF
William Edward DYER
427638 RAAF
Leo Kevin RAHALEY
434116 RAAF
Not applicable at Driffield
49 Bruce Kempton DRINKWATER
416660 RAAF
1. R G LINTORN (Reg)
1604886 RAF (?)
1. Thomas PAWSEY
163583 RAFVR (KIA in RIDGEWELL crew)
2. Lionel DITTMANN
429529 RAAF
3. H W PAYNE
1268659 RAF (?)
4. Moses SEGAL
RCAF (?)
Ronald Keith JOHNSTON (Ron)
432535 RAAF
John HOLGATE
2216235 RAF (?)
1. A E BEST (Bert)
1799482 RAF (?)
2. R COURTNEY
1397530 RAF (?)
3. Astley GORDON
1819897 RAF
4. T GODSALL
1579155 RAF (?)
1. D B PATTERSON 1827279 RAF (?)
2. R E POWELL
1880512 RAF (?)
3. Robert McGARVIE
1572467 RAFVR (KIA in LODDER crew)
4. William Alfred WARMAN
435139 RAAF
5. Peter A WHITT
or WITTS
1606452 RAF (?)
Various
39 Vivian Clive ELY
426221 RAAF
( Crew )
Denis James CRITCHLEY
1684278 RAFVR
Peter MILLHOUSE
153804 RAFVR
John Hubert HERING
419001 RAAF
1. Rodney HETHERINGTON
1826680 RAFVR

2. Stanley George
ROTHER
3030064 RAFVR (?)
(substitute
)
(PoW in JAMES crew)

Matthew OGILVIE
1595990 RAFVR
Geoffrey ROBINSON
1595325 RAFVR
Various including George Arthur Edgar SANDAY (F/Eng)
1896933 RAFVR
8 David Leslie EVANS
405579 RAAF
Arnold Pearce DERRINGTON (Derry)
157333 RAFVR
W A JONES
1586030 RAF (?)
Sidney Thomas WINSOR
153891 RAFVR
(previously 1398215)
D CAMPBELL
1895014 RAF (?)
D A CLEAVER
3031887 RAF (?)
1. Charles DARBY
1897788 RAF (?)
2. R WILSON
1818219 RAF (?)
Not applicable at Driffield
66 Colin Allan FERGUSON
425839 RAAF
Lawrence BARWICK
422379 RAAF
Joseph Arthur BARNARD
15131 RAAF
Edward George WATTS
427763 RAAF
R F WATSON
1491921 RAF (?)
John Joseph HARVEY
437850 RAAF
Desmond Campbell HARRY
437849 RAAF
Various
15 Peter Hamilton FINLEY
412294 RAAF
Kenneth John BROWN
410302 RAAF
1. Roger John EVANS
410202 RAAF
2. William Oliver HEFFERNAN
53925 RAF
3. A F CLARK
J.29686 RCAF (?)
4. Ronald James SMITH
12060 RAAF
5. Jack WILLIAMS
54458 RAF
1. Robert Thomson CRAIG
410632 RAAF
2. Frank Maxwell BARKLA
407924 RAAF
3. William Anthony BOWDEN
418792 RAAF
4. Robert Lambert MANTTAN
434513 RAAF
5. Frank William HALE
1377927 RAFVR
1. R J CONSTABLE 1279880 RAF (?)
2. H P MURRAY (Pete) 1866940 RAF (?)

Mervyn John COLEMAN
436070 RAAF
1. Richard Henry GEE 408220 RAAF
2. D WHITEHEAD 1322318 RAF (?)
Not applicable at Driffield
60 James Gidley FLEMING
429180 RAAF
1. Colin Thomas BENN
414884 RAAF
2. Maxwell Garrod TAYLOR
434714 RAAF
1. James IRWIN
429572 RAAF
2. Edmund Theodore PERRIGNON
432718 RAAF
Vincent Anthony COUGHLIN
430441 RAAF
J L FITCH
1811685 RAF (?)
Darwin Courtney FRUNKS
440244 RAAF
Thomas HANDLEY
439759 RAAF
Various
56 William John FRAZER
422040 RAAF
Norman Clarence DOBBIE
430142 RAAF
Donald George CAMPIGLI
430361 RAAF
Arthur Herbert
DE LEACY
434905 RAAF
1. Neil CAMPBELL
1595734 RAF (?)
2. J HOLLINS
1595479 RAF (?)
Charles Rex FIELD
433281 RAAF
David McRae HOWIE
433635 RAAF
Various
36 Walter Donald FRIEND
421196 RAAF
( Crew )
Phillip SWARBRICK
427410 RAAF
(KIA in ASTILL crew)
Stanley James MINETT
423814 RAAF
(KIA in ASTILL crew)
Sydney Robert FULLER
421198 RAAF
(KIA in ASTILL crew)
George Arthur Edgar SANDAY
1896933 RAFVR
(KIA in ELY crew)
Mervyn George ISAAC
433727 RAAF
(KIA in ASTILL crew)
Neville Owen REED
435209 RAAF
Not applicable at Driffield
68 George Ward FULLER
428558 RAAF
Charles Harrison DAY
416748 RAAF
Alan Edwin HILL
433333 RAAF
Kevin Tudor PEARCE
430192 RAAF
W H SQUIRE
535733 RAF
Archibald William THORNE
430563 RAAF
Grant Leslie PIEPER
12837 RAAF
Various
67 Trevor Ross GALLOP
427820 RAAF
( Crew )
Allan Joseph SUTHERLAND
426242 RAAF
1. Ronald Bruce PHILPOTT
433023 RAAF
2. James IRWIN
429572 RAAF (substitute)
1. Leslie Charles DOOLEY
432136 RAAF
2. Alan Hutchison SEED
430673 RAAF (substitute)
Ron W JOHNSTON
1596218 RAF (?)
Donald GLEESON
442422 (later A4578) RAAF
Bryan Douglas MEADE
439898 RAAF
Various
62 Harold Eric GRANT
432151 RAAF
Peter Vernon ROBERTS
437059 RAAF
1. Donald Martin MUIR
419832 RAAF
2. Edmund Theodore PERRIGNON
432718 RAAF (substitute)
Robert STOREY
432660 RAAF
W COLLINS
1826423 RAF (?)
1. Ronald Sidney MEYER
66041 RAAF
2. Arthur Howarth Sydney BROWN
437673 RAAF (substitute)
3. J A NEWBOLD
755811 RAF (?) (substitute)
Peter Garnsey DUNN
433582 RAAF
Various
31 Harold Bain HANCOCK
416958 RAAF
Keith Eric McKAY
428977 RAAF
Leslie Matthew HOLLAND
990383 (later 190824) RAFVR
Ronald LEHMANN
428450 RAAF
D HULBERT (Don)
1593796 RAF (?)
J K HOLMES
595585 RAF (?)
A HAWKINS
1894148 RAF (?)
Various
9 Ronald Roy HICKEY
425654 RAAF
John Crothers COCKRAM
419379 RAAF
William Johnston WOOD
419373 RAAF
1. Leonard ROWE
427663 RAAF
2. Lawrence Graham MOYLE
423828 RAAF (substitute)
Leslie Robert DUCHESNE
1602301 (later 184922) RAFVR
1. Richard Hamilton Hugh McCLELLAND
428339 RAAF
2. Leonard Stanley REES
157141 RAFVR
3. Mervyn George ISAAC
433727 RAAF (KIA in ASTILL crew)
4. L W WITT
1450908 RAF (?)
Haden Maurice DRAPER
429109 (later O17914) RAAF
Not applicable at Driffield
65 Ronald Maxwell HINES
432466 RAAF
Raymond Henry PHILBRICK
436664 RAAF
Harold Lewis Spencer BROWN
427183 RAAF
John Wilfred SIBBALD
436007 RAAF
J J BOWDEN
2219305 RAF (?)
John Jeremiah O'DONOGHUE
35752 RAAF
Francis William HUGHES
433208 RAAF
Various
33 Edmund HOURIGAN
420882 RAAF
1. Bernard DUFF
1239630 RAFVR
2. Keith Allison WORRALL
423969 RAAF
3. James Edward PEASLEY
428622 RAAF
1. K LILLEY
R.165082 RCAF
2. Harry Napier COWAN
135629 RAFVR
3. William Oliver HEFFERNAN
53925 RAF
4. Edward Alfred Osmond REVELL
418568 RAAF
1. John ROBERTSHAW
146279 RAFVR
2. Alexander Gordon TAYLOR
423491 (later A22061) RAAF
1. William Folger READHEAD (Tam)
50956 RAF
2. Reginald George Weston RICHARDS
155392 RAFVR
3. H P MURRAY (Pete)
1866940 RAF (?)
1. Lancelot Andrew KEMP
417851 RAAF
2. H J IRONS
1383213 RAF (?)
3. Leonard Stanley REES
157141 RAFVR
Edward Crawford PRIEST
421458 RAAF
Not applicable at Driffield
14 Colin William JACKSON
418533 RAAF
Edward HALL
419042 RAAF
1. Ronald James SMITH
12060 RAAF (PoW in MITCHELL crew)
2. J F LATIMER
1551478 RAF (?)
3. A F CLARK
J.29686 RCAF
4. P MILLHOUSE
153804 RAFVR (KIA in ELY crew)
5. Desmond Noel KEHOE
415429 RAAF (KIA in RATE crew)
6. William Kenneth WATSON
154341 RAFVR (PoW in RIDGEWELL crew)
7. MORTIMER ?
8. W W MAXWELL
1341921 RAF (?)
9. HICKS ?
10. J CUNNINGHAM
1671629 RAF (?)
1.William Argo TURNER
410108 RAAF
2. William Anthony BOWDEN
418792 RAAF
1. Ernest Edward ROSE
1701134 RAFVR
2. H P MURRAY (Pete)
1866940 RAF (?)
3. William Folger READHEAD (Tam)
50956 RAF
1. Douglas Charles Henry FARRINGTON 427235 RAAF
2. Hedley Richard Philip DAVID
427808 RAAF
3. W TOEWS
R.278376 RCAF
4. Leonard Stanley REES
157141 RAFVR
5. Astley GORDON
1819897 RAF
1. Michael John STAFFORD
425907 RAAF
2. Archibald RUDD
159685 RAFVR
Various
24 Frank Herbert JAMES
427482 RAAF PoW
Trevor Hector McFARLANE
417654 RAAF PoW
Neville Hamlin TEEDE
436224 RAAF PoW
John Donald FRASER
436322 RAAF PoW
Stanley George ROTHER
3030064 RAFVR (?)
PoW
Thomas Patrick LEDWITH
38427 RAAF PoW
Harold William CALMAN
423631 RAAF PoW
Various including Peter William Clayton HUTTON (W/Op)
434743 RAAF PoW
4 Robert Venters JUBB
426609 RAAF
Evader
H J BURDEN
1581371 RAF (?) PoW
R D EADIE
1527066 RAF (?) PoW
Peter Brabazon BRETT
434238 RAAF PoW
H BRYDON
1035149 RAF (?) PoW
Bruce Theodore SHARPE
423486 RAAF PoW
H P CHRISTENSEN
1819753 RAF (?) PoW
Not applicable at Driffield
11 V C KELLY
(ORB error, see ELY)
(See ELY crew) (See ELY crew) (See ELY crew) (See ELY crew) (See ELY crew) (See ELY crew) (See ELY crew)
5 Aubrey William LANE 22873 RAAF
( Crew )
William Edward HUGHES
425015 RAAF
John Patrick O'SHEA 420708 RAAF Robert Kimber BRADLEY
417792 RAAF
Laurence BEECHER 548799 RAF
(later 55953)
Donald Charles DUNKLEY 1895161 RAFVR Alan Wenfred ORCHARD 430583 RAAF Not applicable at Driffield
34 Geoffrey Maxwell Michell LANGWORTHY
428848 (O215086) RAAF
Ivan Harold CAMPBELL
415506 RAAF
D F WADEY
1602161 RAF (?)
James Francis O'BRIEN
428657 RAAF
A J CASEY
1808969 RAF (?)
J BIRKETT
1520464 RAF (?)
J A WEBBER
1875012 RAF (?)
Various
44 Allan Morris LODDER
426118 RAAF PoW
( Crew )
Edward WINDUS
1601854 RAFVR
Peter Athorn NAYLOR
1671430 RAFVR PoW
Cecil Reginald Henry FOSTER
434183 RAAF
1. Joe Hollins
1595479 RAFVR (not on last flight)
2. C HALDEN 1452632 RAF (?) (substitute)

3. John Edmund Arthur GRAY (substitute)
1595698 RAFVR
1. Robert McGARVIE
1572467 RAFVR

2. J MACKIE 1824762 RAF ? (Substitute)
Ronald Eric CASTERTON
1684825 RAFVR PoW
Various including
Errol Dallas TISDELL (W/Op)
432388 RAAF
32 Noel Edward MARCHANT
418859 RAAF
John Neil O'DONOGHUE
427255 RAAF
Edgar George TATTERSALL
437020 RAAF
Raymond BLUNDELL
432001 RAAF
L G BROCKLESBY
(Len) 1594323 RAF (?)

Rollo Roy Stephen SHARPE
427558 RAAF
1. Leslie Gordon Marshall MANNELL
429052 RAAF (KIA in ROHRLACH crew)
2. D Whitehead 1322318 RAF (?)
Various
2 Bernard John MacDERMOTT
207838 RAAF
Leslie Thomas SANDERS
178566 RAFVR
Walter Aubyn HINES 422181 RAAF Trevor EVANS
1337594 RAFVR
N McA BROWN
1690310 RAF (?)
W SHOEMAKER J.87246 RCAF W V DODD
RAF (?)
Not applicable at Driffield
19 Edward McGINDLE
418612 RAAF
1. R. BOYLE (Bob) 1429144 RAF (?)
2. William Thompson Hamilton WATT (Paddy) 174957 RAFVR
Cecil Frederick BALDWIN (Fred) 1452215 RAFVR
Edward George WHELAN (Mick)
434231 RAAF
Stuart Leslie SOAMES (Stew) 1159268 RAFVR 1. W E OFFLEY (Eric) 2218499 RAFVR PoW
2. Robin Eugene NICHOLLS
434168 RAAF
1. J A SMITH (Joe) 2211862 RAF PoW
2. Berry Gordon MEDWAY
415947 RAAF
Various
21 Robert Richard MITCHELL
418452 RAAF
( Crew )
William McCORKINDALE
1568425 RAF PoW
1. J F LATIMER 1551478 RAF
2. Ronald James SMITH
12060 RAAF PoW
Robert Walter SCOTT
418184 (A310601) RAAF Evader
Albert KELLARD
2205580 RAF PoW
Terence Liddell MAGUIRE
430548 RAAF PoW
Albert Eric THORNTON
436120 RAAF
Not applicable at Driffield
28 Frank Edward NELDER
419561 RAAF
( Crew )
Ernest Hartley RICHARDSON
427259 RAAF
John Maurice GRACE 419701 RAAF Evader
Edward Phillip AUSTIN
429105 RAAF
Douglas Darrah PETTIT
1895178 RAFVR
Malcolm Langley WOOD
435026 RAAF
Allan FARMER
436820 RAAF
Not applicable at Driffield
43 John Willoughby O'SULLIVAN
34053 RAAF
John Marshall SMITH
15647 RAAF
1. Desmond Noel KEHOE 415429 RAAF
(KIA in RATE crew)

2. Jack WILLIAMS 54458 RAF
Robert Lambert MANTTAN
434513 RAAF
T A BROWN
1787696 RAF (?)
Leonard John MONGAN
427836 RAAF
Donald Henry McLEAN
441359 RAAF
Various
58 Thomas Ian PALTRIDGE
429991 RAAF
Kevin Joseph SHANAHAN
414732 RAAF
John Bede HARRINGTON
433510 RAAF
Kevin John DENNIS
437121 RAAF
Charles Gallagher WELSH
1837071 RAFVR
Laurence George HYMUS
441320 RAAF
John Samuel STEVENS
439918 RAAF
Various including
Ronald Eric CASTERTON (AG)
1684825 RAFVR (PoW in LODDER crew)
53 Peter McCallum PAULL
270815 RAAF
Henry Reeves DAY
437093 RAAF
Sydney Alfred GREEN 1393292 RAFVR 1. Kenneth Allan SAXBY 424824 RAAF
2. Leslie John POWER
436481 RAAF
1. John LORD
1517126 (later 195715) RAFVR
2. Reginald George Weston RICHARDS 155392 RAFVR
C C WALKER
3040268 RAFVR (?)
F SMITH
1187024 RAF (?)
Various
13 Allan John RATE
423892 RAAF
( Crew )
Edwin Joseph MASLIN
1469853 RAFVR
Reginald Albert GOULD
1801500 RAFVR PoW
Victor Joseph TRUNK
434431 RAAF
Stewart John Alfred PEGRAM
1895058 RAFVR
James HOLLOWAY
1812795 RAFVR
Malcolm John HUSBAND
1717816 RAFVR
Various including
Desmond Noel KEHOE (B/A)
415429 RAAF
37 Frederick Harold RIDGEWELL
149967 RAFVR
( Crew )
Wilhelm Julius MANN
437274 RAAF PoW
William Kenneth WATSON
154341 RAFVR PoW
John Raymond BOYCE
432692 RAAF PoW
Robert Greenwell HODGSON
1592935 RAFVR PoW
George Edward ROLLS
644506 RAF
John George LYNCH
650438 RAF
Various including Thomas PAWSEY (B/A)
163583 RAFVR
18 David John ROBERTSON
419444 RAAF
Percival Albert Clifton DERMOND
432132 RAAF
Phillip George CHANT
427636 RAAF
Edward Douglas WILSON
419104 RAAF
R K DAUGHTERS
1895166 RAF (?)
George Leon GOLDSTEIN
433588 RAAF
Frederick Joseph RANDLE
24779 RAAF
Various
63 Lyle David ROBINSON
428792 RAAF
( Crew )
1. Frederick Alexander FILMER 436241 RAAF
2. J F HEALY RAF (?) (substitute)
Lionel DITTMANN
429529 RAAF
Bernard Francis ROBINSON
424343 RAAF
Ron GIBSON
1827822 RAF (VR?)
Franklin Keith McKenzie ANDREW
431712 RAAF
Grant BOYS
437388 RAAF
Various
10 John Thomas RODGERS
425190 RAAF
( Crew )
Ivan Alexander ARCHER (Sandy)
425261 RAAF
David John Bates MERCER
424431 RAAF
Lawrence Graham MOYLE
423828 RAAF
F CRAWFORD
642712 RAF (?)
Pierre Rene Yan DONALDSON
432134 RAAF
Douglas John DOBINSON
424530 RAAF
Not applicable at Driffield
48 Mervin Walter ROHRLACH 417761 RAAF ( Crew ) John Scaife SANDERSON
1685244 RAFVR
Norman Stanley SCOTT
1399603 RAFVR
Douglas Henry LAWRENCE
437426 RAAF
PoW
Joseph David BEARDSMORE
1594654 RAFVR
Vivian Claude TOPHAM
1852943 RAFVR
Eric Gordon BAKER
3050406 RAFVR
Various including
Leslie Gordon Marshall MANNELL (A/G)
429052 RAAF
27 Russell William SANDERSON
428797 RAAF
D L BAVERSTOCK
1655437 ? RAF
C R LYNCH
1578063 ? RAF
Myles Joseph KANE
429578 RAAF
R ROWE
1059639 ? RAF
A C STEPHENSON
1592780 ? RAF
Donald KENNEDY
436467 RAAF
Not applicable at Driffield
54 Lloyd George SCHARER
402673 RAAF
Anthony George John CHANDLER 107985 RAFVR John Anthony STEWART
409246 RAAF
Isaac John BROWN
983206 (later 198025) RAFVR
1. John Laurence LAKIN 2221256 RAFVR
2. H P MURRAY (Pete) 1866940 RAF (?)
3. John TYLER 54867 RAF
E JOHNSON
133372 RAF (?)
D R SMITH
1616243 RAF (?)
Various
64 Walter Henry SCOTT
426982 RAAF
( Crew )
David Frew DURIE
428845 RAAF
Donald Miller REID
434268 RAAF
Wilfred Francis O'DONNELL
433128 RAAF
J M MORRISON
1827665 RAF (?)
Bernard Peter PARDY
430801 RAAF
William Joseph COLLYER
439396 RAAF
Various
1 David Eliot Strachan SHANNON
400493 RAAF
Basil Gordon NICHOLS 1339111 later 190760 RAFVR John Arthur CROSS
405798 RNZAF
Frank Maxwell BARKLA
407924 RAAF
H P MURRAY (Pete)
1866940 RAF (?)
T GODSALL
1579155 RAF (?)
D WHITEHEAD 1322318 RAF (?) Not applicable at Driffield
41 George Christopher Barr SHARP
425509 RNZAF
( Crew )
George Sinton BLAND
1587032 RAF (VR?)
H W PAYNE (Harry)
1268659 RAF (VR?)
Kenneth Cavalier PEACHEY
436272 RAAF
C HALDEN (Cliff)
1452632 RAF (VR?)
J MACKIE (Mack)
1824762 RAF (VR?)
Richard E POWELL
1880512 RAF (VR?)
Various
50 Philip Stuart SHERREN
419622 RAAF
F A McALEESE
1398547 RAF (?)
W A QUYE
1802290 RAF (?)
Alan Hutchison SEED
430673 RAAF
1. W S MacPHERSON (Geordie)
1590727 RAF (?)
2. John Laurence LAKIN 2221256 RAFVR
T A CASTLE
1862268 RAF (?)
D B (or D P) PATTERSON
1827279 RAF (?)
Various
38 Bruce Anthony SIMMS
424925 RAAF
Jeffrey CARR
1458228 RAFVR
R NICKLIN
1670112 RAF (?)
Albert Edward MORRIS 433235 (A216619) RAAF M A HEWLETT 3031333 RAF (?) A N (or A H) BUIST
1826777 RAF (?)
K N (or K K) KIFT
1875516 RAF (?)
Various
51 Jack Roy SMITH
427264 RAAF
( Crew )
1. M WALL
1399817 RAF (VR?)
2. Denis James CRITCHLEY
1684278 RAFVR (KIA with ELY Crew)
3. John MORTIMER 1423760 RAFVR
4. Kenneth John BROWN
410302 RAAF
5. Ivan Harold CAMPBELL
415506 RAAF
6. Frank Lewis BIRCH
434165 RAAF
Albert Edward PERKES (Alf)
429346 RAAF
Gordon Leo GOLDIE (Bill)
430428 RAAF
1. W T PARKER (Wilf) 1897610 RAF (VR?)
2. J A CRANE
R.117206 RCAF
3. Ernest Edward ROSE
1701134 RAFVR
4. R J CONSTABLE
1279880 RAF (VR?)
1. E N STEVENSON (Steve)
1596367 RAF (VR?)
2. Archibald RUDD
159685 RAFVR
3. Sidney WHITE
431213 RAAF
Albert Buckley OAKES
(Al)
1880661 RAF (VR?)
Various
61 Neil Stephen SULLIVAN
434110 RAAF
Keith CURRIE
436316 RAAF
Arthur COWLEY
50704 RAAF
Wilson Alfred RAILTON (Bill)
436211 RAAF
Thomas WALKER (Tom)
1590544 RAF
David Maxwell GRIBBLE (Max)
431621 RAAF
John Cairns LEE (Jock)
430571 RAAF
Various
55 Alan Gibson SWANN
401175 RAAF
Maxwell Garrod TAYLOR
434714 RAAF
Edmund Theodore PERRIGNON
432718 RAAF
Herbert Ernest Alfred STANTON
428058 (O35041) RAAF
John Edmund Arthur GRAY
1595698 RAFVR
(KIA in LODDER crew)
1. Athol William CADDY
441345 RAAF
2. W E TOEWS
R.278376 RCAF
Arthur Howarth Sydney BROWN
437673 RAAF
Various
12 Donald Maxwell TAYLOR
415196 RAAF
Maxwell Arthur SMITH
424803 RAAF
Arthur Charles LOBB
410164 RAAF
Francis William WESTON (Frank)
432299 RAAF
Herbert Allen Raymond MANNING (Mick) 1891464 later 187960 RAFVR 1. Charles Henry REES
(Taffy or Chum)
1420557 RAFVR
2. Dennis P SOMERVILLE
1654863 RAF (?)
1. Dennis P SOMERVILLE
1654863 RAF (?)
2. Charles Henry REES
(Taffy or Chum)
1420557 RAFVR
Various
6 Ronald James THOMAS
418205 RAAF
( Crew )
John Damian Kearney SCHMIDT
414856 RAAF
John Charles MANN
426363 RAAF
Alfred Henry GREEN
422500 RAAF
Thomas John CUNNINGHAM
1796254 (later 191848) RAFVR
Athol William Scott SHILLAKER
429896 RAAF
Maxwell James MARTIN
424007 (O25163) RAAF
Not applicable at Driffield
57 John Stuart TOOTAL
116056 RAFVR
( Crew )
William Francis DUNCAN
13488 RAAF
Ernest Ronald William OLIVER
427542 RAAF
Norman Joseph HALL
425647 RAAF
Trevor Ephraim DAVID
1837005 RAFVR
Patrick John Paul CARLON
432936 RAAF
Murray Arthur SMITH
442286 RAAF
Various including Geoffrey HARRISON-BROADLEY (A/G)
1458627 RAFVR
35 Thomas Walter TRIGGS
16496 RAAF ( Crew )
Keith Allison WORRALL
423969 RAAF
Edward Alfred Osmond REVELL
418568 RAAF
Lawrence Graham MOYLE
423828 RAAF
G J (or C J?) REYNOLDS
1169328 RAF (?)
Robin Eugene NICHOLLS
434168 RAAF
Berry Gordon MEDWAY
415947 RAAF
Not applicable at Driffield
26 Donald Grant UTHER
423361 RAAF
( Crew )
D E MILLER (Dusty)
1397845 ? RAF
J CUNNINGHAM (Geordie)
1671629 RAF (?)
Clifford Kingsley BARNETT
432090 RAAF
1. Leslie Edward MILES
1894484 RAFVR
(KIA in ASTILL crew)
2. R J CONSTABLE 1279880 RAF (?)
F T HUTTON (Frank)
1826421 RAF (?)
Richard HANDYSIDE
1825585 RAF (?)
Various
42 Peter Freston WHATLING 1389305 later 195582 RAFVR
( Crew )
Warwick Denis YOUNG
430297 RAAF
John William HARRIS
1337631 RAFVR
Llewellyn George EDWARDS (Lew)
419117 RAAF
Dennis Claude COLEMAN (Ron)
3005236 RAFVR
James Sunderland WHITWORTH (Jim)
1582513 RAFVR
J WHYTE (Jock)
3020584 RAF (?)
Various
  Charles Victor Douglas WILLIS
33354 RAF (2nd Pilot)
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
22 Paul Dean WILSON
417687 RAAF
Donald Archie PLUMB
424934 RAAF
1. William Young ALLAN 428748 RAAF 2. Ronald James SMITH 12060 RAAF
3. James Kennedy MUNDLE 126905 RAFVR

Gordon Stewart Woollands RICHARDSON
415592 (later O51099) RAAF
E R CANN
544513 RAF (?)
Harold Edward STOKES
430636 RAAF
Ian Oliver ELLIS
428405 RAAF
Not applicable at Driffield

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Special Duties (WINDOW) – Group of 12 Wireless Operators, all Flight Sergeants, RAAF, who were POSTED IN to 462 Squadron in January 1945, to dispense WINDOW. They were not permanently assigned to any one crew, however some flew regularly with a particular crew (e.g. Taylor with the Sharp crew). "19/20 Ops" means 20 Ops recorded in ORB, less one early return not counted in final tally. "15 or 17 Ops" means that person is on record for the lower number of Ops, but may have had the higher number of Ops, however inaccuracy in names means it cannot yet be determined. Photos of a group of these Special Duties Airman on VE morning may be seen on the 462 Squadron page.

Name (Special Duties, WINDOW)
Posted In January 1945
Service Number Force Ops
Victor William CHAFFER 433195 RAAF 19/20 Ops
Gregory Patrick FARRELL 432776 RAAF 18 Ops
Garth FINK 435339
(later A11415)
RAAF 17/18 Ops
Peter William Clayton HUTTON PoW) 434743 RAAF 10/11 Ops
Ronald George IRMINGER 437308 RAAF 17 Ops
James Wallis KIMBER 436523 RAAF 21 Ops
Maurice Kevin MOORE 432059 RAAF 15 or 17 Ops
Stewart Edmund TAYLOR 433176 RAAF 25 or 26 Ops
Stanley Ernest TILLS 17596 RAAF 18/19 Ops
Errol Dallas TISDELL (KIA 17 April 1945) 432388 RAAF 21/22 Ops
Michael Patrick TOOHEY 429056 RAAF 20 Ops
John Francis WALL 432918 RAAF 16 Ops

Other Airmen also carried out multiple Ops as Special Duties, WINDOW, e.g. Alexander Gordon TAYLOR, 423491 RAAF, who was initially a WOP/AG, later WOP; but carried out 16 of his 25 Ops as WINDOW Dispenser with various crews. There is no record of his POSTING IN to 462 Squadron, but his Ops were from 4 November 1944 to 2 May 1945.

A second group of 12 RAAF Wireless Operators carried out Ops as SD WINDOW Dispensers from 17 April to 2 May 1945. There are no records of their POSTING IN (probably early April 1945 ?) but all were posted out in September 1945. All were Flight Sergeants except for Warrant Officer MacNish. They were not assigned to a permanent crew.

Name (Special Duties, WINDOW)
April & May 1945
Service Number Force Ops
Lionel Owen BILLIN 433888 RAAF 2 Ops
Robert Ernest BURNS 430838 RAAF 2 Ops
Kenneth John DANSON 431279 RAAF 2 Ops
Percy Herbert Bryce EDWARDS 431769 RAAF 1 Op
John Campbell EMSLIE 429541 RAAF 3 Ops
William Henry GELL 433869 RAAF 2 Ops
John Crosby HANTKEN 442423 RAAF 1 Op
George Sandford KING 436814 RAAF 2 Ops
Keith Jefferey MACNISH 436925 RAAF 3 Ops
David John McRAE 436439 RAAF 2 Ops
William THOMSON 437601 RAAF 2 Ops
Henry Richard WILLIS-JONES 431650 RAAF 2 Ops

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Special Duties (Radio Counter Measures) – Group of 12 Special Duties Operators (SDO), who were posted to 462 Squadron in 1945, to operate the Special Top Secret Equipment used in Radio Counter Measures. Only a select number of the Squadron's aircraft were fitted with this equipment. These SDO were not permanently assigned to any one crew, however some flew more than one Op with a particular crew. They were fluent in the German language so were able to listen in on Luftwaffe transmissions and broadcast to them if necessary. Some Ops were described as Protective Patrols (PP), others as Special Duties. Sometimes they were the 8th member of crew. However on several Ops when WINDOW was also released by the 8th member of crew, the SDO was the 9th crew man. These RCM/PP Ops commenced in mid-March 1945 and continued to early May 1945.

Names have been extracted from the Operation Record Books Form 540 (Postings IN and Postings OUT) and from Forms 541 Operations. However many variations occur for the same person's initials, surname and Service Number. Please make contact if you are able to make corrections. Thanks go to David Champion, researcher of 101 Squadron who recognized names and Service Numbers of several ABC Operators who had been posted from 101 Squadron. Additional information is now included in Tables 1 and 2 below (updated 6 Feb 2017).

Table 1: SDO, RCM – with Ops

Name (Special Duties, Radio Counter Measures)
March, April, May 1945
Service Number Force Ops
O C CLEYN
Posted from 101 Sqdn in April 1945, previously served there as ABC Operator for RCM;
Surname had been anglicized from Klein;
In 462 Sqdn ORB as O C / C C / D L CLYN / CLEYN / CLYEN
J.94117 RCAF 1 Op
J H (or J N) COHEN J.43638 or J.42638 RCAF 3 Ops
J EPPLER R.180016 or R.180816 RCAF 4 Ops
Leonard James FLETCHER 55652 RAF 4 Ops
John Edward GEEHMAN 435052 RAAF 2 Ops
H GOODWIN (also listed with variation of HOSIE's Service number) J.45521 RCAF 3 Ops
John HEGGARTY (KIA 10 April 1945, with Ball Crew)
Had previously served as Rear Gunner at 76 Squadron, but was posted to 462 Squadron from 27 OTU.
179888 RAFVR 2 Ops
J HOSIE J.44681 or J.44581 RCAF 4 Ops
W F KEEHN (also listed with Eppler's Service Number) R.164634 RCAF 4 Ops
Leslie PUGH 165109 RAFVR 4 Ops
E C REINKE R.218397 RCAF 4 Ops
P SAWATSZY (or SATWETZKY or SAWATSKY) J.47915 RCAF 3 Ops

Additional RCAF and RAFVR personnel, some with names of possible German descent, were posted in during April 1945, but they were not listed in any Ops prior to cessation of hostilities. Information received from David Champion indicates that several were posted from 101 Squadron, where they were ABC Operators for RCM. Their names and details are included in the following table. The 101 Squadron ORBs also have variations in initials, and spelling of surnames, as do the 462 Squadron ORBs.

From David: ..... "By the time ABC operators were posted to 462 Squadron, their ABC training would have been at RAF Ludford Magna. ABC started with trials at 101 Squadron in August 1943. The ABC operators were German speakers but they did not actually converse with the German Pilots or other personnel. They needed the ability to differentiate between German and other allied languages, e.g. Czech and Polish. ABC Operators wore their usual "trade" wing on their uniform."

Table 2: SDO – RCM – No Ops

Name Service Number Force Officer/NCO POSTED IN
C D RUPPEL J.43554 ? RCAF Officer April 1945
ex 101 Sqdn
G I or G J GOMAN
(also as GORMAN in 101 ORBs) ?
J.46564 ? RCAF Officer April 1945
ex 101 Sqdn
I S or A SCHAEFER ? J.42681 ? RCAF Officer April 1945
ex 101 Sqdn
H L WALKER ? J.43571 ? RCAF Officer April 1945
Richard BLITZ 196263
(prev 1379295)
RAFVR Officer April 1945
R HOFSTETTER ?
(Robert/Bob, also as Daniel, also as Hoffstetter in 101 Sqdn)
R.217154 ? RCAF NCO April 1945
ex 101 Sqdn
J W ENGLER R.213843 ? RCAF NCO April 1945
ex 101 Sqdn
Lloyd William LEMKE (Bill) of Morris, Manitoba, Canada;
previous role was Air Gunner;
Also in 462 Sqdn ORB as LEMPKE; Posted from 462 Sqdn to 424 Sqdn on 15 July 1945;
posted to 427 Sqdn on 2 Oct 1945; repatriated to Canada late 1945;
retired from the RCAF in 1947;
passed away 1983.
R.287988 RCAF NCO 23 April 1945
ex 101 Sqdn
C COOPER ? 1595367 ? RAFVR ? NCO April 1945
Henry O'Connell Jacques VAN GEFFEN 1896587
(later 199910)
RAFVR NCO April 1945
ex 101 Sqdn

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Un-aligned Air Crew personnel (24) who were POSTED IN with other Air Crews between August 1944 and April 1945 but who were not listed in any subsequent Ops. They are listed below by month of arrival, in the order of their arrival with Officers first, then NCOs. They have not yet been matched with any particular crew, and their crew positions are not yet known, but arrival sequence may indicate crew groupings. RAAF and RNZAF names and Service Numbers have been confirmed, as have those for RAF/RAFVR Officers. However errors may occur in the listings for RAF/RAFVR NCOs or RCAF personnel, as the ORB's are frequently difficult to read, and details differ between POSTING IN and POSTING OUT.
There were 12 new arrivals in April 1945. Of those 12, Cleyn carried out 1 Op in the RCM role, so is listed in the Table 1 above (SDO – RCM – with Ops). 10 of the 12 are now listed in Table 2 above (SDO – RCM, no Ops), having now been identified as previously serving as ABC Operators at 101 Squadron, but not carrying out any Ops in that role at 462 Squadron. Several have names of German extraction, and were possibly able to speak the German language as required for the RCM role.
If you can assist with corrections or crew identifications, please make contact.

Name (Un-aligned personnel)
August 1944 to April 1945
Service Number Force Officer/NCO Crew Position POSTED IN POSTED OUT
Sidney Raymond HOWARTH 411792 RNZAF NCO   Oct 1944  
Basil Noel STEPHENSON 419896 RAAF Officer Pilot 29 Nov 1944 FROM 61 Base 10 Dec 1944 TO 640 Sqdn
Ian Allistair SIMPSON 421855 RAAF Officer Pilot 28 Nov 1944 FROM 1663 HCU 11 Dec 1944 TO 640 Sqdn
Alan DANSEY 433776 RAAF Officer   Nov 1944  
Geoffrey Arnold GARNER 164052
(prev 1809446)
RAFVR Officer Nav Nov 1944  
Frederick William POWELL 176246
(prev 1315572)
RAFVR Officer   Nov 1944  
T E or J E WOODS ? 1452046 ? RAFVR ? NCO   Nov 1944  
Paul Herbert LAMBERT 428718 RAAF NCO W/Op/AG 29 Nov 1944 FROM 1664 CU 10 Dec 1944 TO 640 Sqdn
E A SIMPSON ? 3030763 ? RAFVR ? NCO   Nov 1944  
R D or R W SAMPSON ? R.197524 ? RCAF NCO   Nov 1944  
R C SPRINGALL or SPRINGHALL ? 1612603 ? RAFVR ? NCO   Nov 1944  
Vernon Stuart HOWARTH, Dr;
Medical Branch;
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Sydney University
261522 RAAF

Officer
Rank of S/Ldr

Medical Officer 14 Jan 1945 FROM 54 Grp (prev 10 Sqdn) 24/30 May 1945 TO 11 PDRC
Frederick Dollis (or Dellis ?) SMITH 155970
(prev 1219212)
RAFVR Officer   Mar 1945  
Gilbert CURRIE 415007 RAAF Officer   April 1945  

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Non-Operational Air Crews POSTED IN to 462 Squadron during April and May 1945, and June, July and August 1945 after cessation of hostilities. The first table below lists identified crews, in order of arrival by month. They were identified by Pilot and Crew, after contact by some former Veterans of these crews, or their family or friends.

April 1945, 19 aircrew personnel were POSTED IN, one crew of 7 listed below, and the other individuals listed in the tables above.
May 1945, 35 aircrew personnel were POSTED IN. This indicates possibly 5 crews of seven, but crews have not yet been identified.
June 1945, 36 aircrew personnel were POSTED IN. Five complete crews have been identified by name and crew position, and are listed below in order of crew arrival. Two RAAF members of Forte's crew arrived on 31 May 1945, but the ORB lists the crew's POSTING TO the Squadron as June 1945.
July 1945, 3 aircrew personnel were POSTED IN to the Squadron, and in August 1945 another 11 were POSTED IN, possibly a complete crew of seven plus extras, but these have not yet been identified by crew.
September 1945, there were only POSTINGs OUT, due to the Squadron's disbandment.
RAAF and RNZAF names and Service Numbers have been confirmed, as have those for RAF/RAFVR Officers. However errors may occur in the unverified listings for RAF/RAFVR NCOs or RCAF personnel. The ORB's are difficult to read, and details often differ between POSTING IN and POSTING OUT. If you can assist with corrections, please make contact.

1
No.
2
Pilot
3
Navigator
4
Bomb Aimer
5
Wireless Operator
6
Flight Engineer
7
Mid-Upper Gunner
8
Rear Gunner
9
POSTED IN
70 W J HINTON (Bill) R.193114 RCAF F G SPRATT (Fred) R.212584 RCAF L A STUCKEY or STUKEY or STUCKLEY ? R.196336 RCAF R E or P E COULSON R.164067 RCAF P E JONES (Phil) 3007497 RAFVR ? T C ANDERSON (Tom) R.290043 RCAF L J or A G DAWKINS (Glen)
1853081 RAFVR ?
April 1945
? ? (To be identified) ? ? ? ? ? ? May 1945
? Bruce FORTE
429688 RAAF
( Crew )
Henry SCHEFE
435414 RAAF
Boris SANTICH
442434 RAAF
Donald REYNOLDS 427941 RAAF Kenneth MITCHELL 1813502 RAFVR William SUTTOR 432904 RAAF Patrick John WILSON 431652 RAAF June 1945
? Alan Edmund WILSON 436673 RAAF Jeffrey Eric DODDS 431922 RAAF Duncan King SAXELBY
44139 RAAF
Patrick Edward O'LOUGHLIN
430976 RAAF
A W CARSWELL 1335759 RAFVR ? Thomas Hamilton ANDREWS
66548 RAAF
Michael Vincent BRADY
435762 RAAF
June 1945
? Owen Valentine O'MALLEY
422673 RAAF
Maurice JAMES 432640 RAAF Alan Hugh GIBSON 433587 RAAF Kevin William CAHILL 411859 RAAF W H or W R CHIDLOW 3051631 RAFVR ? William Gundry McNEEL
430147 RAAF
William James Edward DAVEY
419899 RAAF
June 1945
? Ronald Virgo HINDS 414796 RAAF John Louis SLATTER 418190 RAAF Jack BROWN
434863 RAAF
John Trelevan DUNN 433382 RAAF T KANE
3023001 RAFVR ?
William Francis MAGUIRE
37552 RAAF
Daniel William HOOD 430519 RAAF June 1945
? Harvey Stewart DONALDSON
436638 RAAF
( Crew )
George Boag BOND 427867 RAAF Mervyn Vivian Murray SKITCH
442482 RAAF
William Jack PRING 433011 RAAF L GABOUREL 1829085 RAFVR ? Joseph John HOBBS 431357 RAAF George Arthur Douglas LYNCH 429711 RAAF June 1945
? ? (To be identified) ? ? ? ? ? ? July 1945
? ? (To be identified) ? ? ? ? ? ? Aug 1945

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Non-Operational air crew personnel POSTED IN during May, June, July or August 1945. The majority are RAAF, except fro three RAFVR Officers in June and July 1945. Some of the names have been matched with a particular crew, and some of their crew positions have also been identified. For others, the crew and crew position are not yet known.

Known crews have been grouped together, otherwise the names are listed by month of arrival, in the order of their arrival with Officers first, then NCOs. There appears to be a code to identify the crews of 7, but one first needs to identify the Pilot, to then match up the other six crew members in a pre-determined sequence. Can you assist? If so, please make contact.

Arrivals for July and August 1945 appear to have been listed in numerical order of Service Numbers, so may or may not be complete crews.

This list was updated for 6 April 2017, after information was received from Michael Stark advising that ten had been posted from 192 Squadron, with Pilot Matthew and W/Op Dixon from the same crew. The list was again updated for 6 May 2017, with extra detail about the former 192 Squadron personnel.

Information has also been sourced from the relevant RAAF Service Files to identify some who were posted from 199 Sqdn, or 171 Sqdn, or other Halifax Squadrons, as the ORB does not list the locations of previous or later postings. Their crew positions were also sourced from the Service Files.

Actual dates are as recorded in the relevant RAAF Service Files, otherwise postings are by the month as per the 462 Sqdn ORB. The ten ex-192 Squadron personnel were all posted TO 462 Squadron on 28 May 1945, as were several from 199 and 171 Squadrons.

9 ACHU – 9 Air Crew Holding Unit, RAF Gamston.
11 PDRC – 11 Personnel Despatch and Reception Centre, Brighton.
192 Squadron – RAF Foulsham, flying Halifax
171 Squadron – North Creake, flying Halifax
199 Squadron – North Creake, flying Halifax

Name (Non-operational)
May to August 1945
Service Number Force Officer/NCO

Crew Position

Pilot (or crew) POSTED IN POSTED OUT
James Robertson MATTHEW 420228
(later O211943)
RAAF Officer Pilot Self
(J R MATTHEW)
28 May 1945 FROM 192 Sqdn Sept 1945
Leo Claud DIXON 434369 RAAF Officer W/Op J R MATTHEW 28 May 1945 FROM 192 Sqdn 17 Sept 1945
TO 9 ACHU
               
Albert George FIELD 425925 RAAF Officer Pilot Self
(A G FIELD)
28 May 1945 FROM 192 Sqdn Sept 1945
Gordon HAGGER 430311 RAAF Officer Obs/Nav A G FIELD 28 May 1945 FROM 192 Sqdn

17 Sept 1945
TO 9 ACHU

Lionel James TENNANT 435182 RAAF Officer Bomb Aimer A G FIELD 28 May 1945 FROM 192 Sqdn Sept 1945
George Charles TULLOCH 431799 RAAF NCO Mid-Upper Gunner A G FIELD 28 May 1945 FROM 192 Sqdn Sept 1945
Robin Archibald John STEWART 429249 RAAF NCO Rear Gunner A G FIELD 28 May 1945 FROM 192 Sqdn Sept 1945
               
Bruce Cooper LAUGHTON 417647 RAAF Officer W/OP RAF crews at 192 Sqdn 28 May 1945 FROM 192 Sqdn June 1945
Vaughan Thomas HILTON 430281 RAAF Officer W/Op/AG RAF crews at 192 Sqdn 28 May 1945 FROM 192 Sqdn 04 Jun 1945
TO 11 PDRC
Geoffrey Samuel BUTT 427739 RAAF NCO Bomb Aimer RAF crew at
192 Sqdn
28 May 1945 FROM 192 Sqdn 18 Sept 1945
TO 9 ACHU
               
Keith Martin McCALL 429614 RAAF Officer Nav  

May 1945
FROM ?

July 1945
David COHEN 429091 RAAF Officer ?   May 1945
FROM ?
July 1945
Alfred WHEALING 423565 RAAF Officer Nav   May 1945
FROM 199 Sqdn
19 Sept 1945
TO 9 ACHU
Lawrence Edward McKENZIE 408426 RAAF Officer ?   May 1945
FROM ?
July 1945
Berend Charles LAURITZ 418436 RAAF Officer Obs/Nav   May 1945
FROM 199 Sqdn
16 July 1945
TO 9 ACHU
John D'Arcy MURRAY 434430 RAAF Officer ?   May 1945
FROM ?
Sept 1945
Allan Sidmun CADDY 424366 RAAF Officer W/Op/AG   28 May 1945 FROM 199 Sqdn 19 Sept 1945
TO 9 ACHU
John Hugh McADAM 427003 RAAF Officer AG   28 May 1945 FROM 1699 TRN/FLT (1 tour with 90 Sqdn) 10 Aug 1945
TO 9 ACHU
Raymond Frank JONES, DFC 423244 RAAF Officer ?   May 1945
FROM ?
Sept 1945
Reynold James Stewart SHERWIN 426924 RAAF Officer Nav   28 May 1945 FROM 171 Sqdn 18 Sept 1945
TO 9 ACHU
Kenneth Edward ELLISTON 433584 RAAF NCO ?   May 1945
FROM ?
Sept 1945
Alfred William ELLIOTT 39892 RAAF NCO ?   May 1945
FROM ?
Sept 1945
John Frederick George BARRY 435325 RAAF NCO ?   May 1945
FROM ?
Sept 1945
Allan James PREEN 436090 RAAF NCO ?   May 1945
FROM ?
Sept 1945
John Joseph OLDFIELD 424112 RAAF NCO ?   May 1945
FROM ?
Sept 1945
Albert John COWELL 424854 RAAF NCO W/Op/AG   28 May 1945 FROM 171 Sqdn 19 Sept 1945
TO 9 ACHU
Stanley Alexander UPTON 432292 RAAF NCO W/Op/AG   28 May 1945 FROM 171 Sqdn 17 Sept 1945
TO 9 ACHU
Graham Drinkwater RYAN 434415 RAAF NCO ?   May 1945
FROM ?
Sept 1945
Norman Henry PAULET 419809 RAAF NCO ?   May 1945
FROM ?
Sept 1945
Daniel John BALDWIN 419743 RAAF NCO W/OP/AG   28 May 1945 FROM 171 Sqdn 17 Sept 1945
TO 9 ACHU
Raymond Mervyn BODEN 428096 RAAF NCO ?   May 1945
FROM ?
Sept 1945
Bernard Henry MITCHELL 431399 RAAF NCO ?   May 1945
FROM ?
Sept 1945
Brian James GLANCY 435090 RAAF NCO AG   28 May 1945 FROM 171 Sqdn 17 Sept 1945
TO 9 ACHU
Gregory HORTON 423241
(later O211713)
RAAF NCO ?   May 1945
FROM ?
Sept 1945
Joseph PASCOE 419808 RAAF NCO ?   May 1945
FROM ?
Sept 1945
               
Joseph DAVIDSON 174548
(prev 1137041)
RAFVR Officer ?   June 1945 July 1945
               
Joseph Alexander BLAIR 173085
(prev 1480504)
RAFVR Officer ?   July 1945 Sept 1945
Raymond Arthur HUMPHRIES 175982
(prev 1386257)
RAFVR Officer ?   July 1945 Sept 1945
Kendrick Walter Henry TONG 423266
(later O23786)
RAAF Officer ?   July 1945 Sept 1945
               
Ralph STEPHENS 31892 RAAF NCO ?   August 1945 Sept 1945
Alan Scott DUNNILL 415240
(later O51792)
RAAF NCO ?   August 1945 Sept 1945
Andrew Archibald McARTHUR 425876 RAAF NCO Nav   14 August 1945 FROM 9 ACHU (prev 71 Base, 1667 HCU) 17 Sept 1945
TO 9 ACHU
Edward Cunningham HURREY 430658 RAAF NCO ?   August 1945 Sept 1945
Ian Bruce BENNETT 431432 RAAF NCO W/Op/AG   14 August 1945 FROM 9 ACHU (prev 71 Base, 1667 HCU) 17 Sept 1945
TO 9 ACHU
Harold Leslie DAVIS 431441 RAAF NCO ?   August 1945 Sept 1945
Francis Robert LINSLEY 434606 RAAF NCO ?   August 1945 Sept 1945
Joseph John FLEMING 437588 RAAF NCO ?   August 1945 Sept 1945
Leslie Robert NISBET 439251 RAAF NCO ?   August 1945 Sept 1945
Robert Thomas MAGUIRE 439658 RAAF NCO ?   August 1945 Sept 1945
Raymund Charles LATHAM 439939 RAAF NCO ?   August 1945 Sept 1945

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Office Staff and Ground Crew.

Adjutant – Dudley Gilbert HIGHMAN, 406394 RAAF, POSTED IN 19 August 1944 at the rank of Flying Officer; Mentioned in Despatches June 1945 (London Gazette 37119, 14 June 1945); POSTED OUT September 1945 at the rank of Flight Lieutenant; was one of three members of the "Board of Survey for Disposal on Disbandment".

Arthur Howarth Sydney BROWN, 437673 RAAF; POSTED IN December 1944 at the rank of Flying Officer; crew position as Rear Gunner for S/Ldr Alan Gibson SWANN (crew 55); POSTED OUT Sept 1945 at the rank of Flying Officer; was the second member of the "Board of Survey for Disposal on Disbandment".

Ronald Charles BRAZIER, 31419 RAAF; date POSTED IN not recorded in ORB; POSTED OUT Sept 1945 at the rank of Sergeant; was the third member of the "Board of Survey for Disposal on Disbandment".

As members of the "Board of Survey for Disposal on Disbandment", F/Lt Highman, Sgt Brazier and F/O Brown were the last three from 462 Squadron to leave RAF Station Foulsham.

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