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Crews of 462 Squadron RAAF, Egypt and North Africa (Middle East)

 

Crews posted to 462 Squadron RAAF, 205 Group, Middle East Command:-

Fayid, Egypt from initial formation on 06 September 1942, to mid November 1942;
Libya (Cyrenaica) in various locations from mid November 1942 to end of February 1944;
Moved to Italy end of February 1944 (and re-named as 614 Squadron).
462 Squadron RAAF ceased to exist on 01 March 1944. It was reformed in the UK in August 1944.

For crews at Driffield (4 Group) and Foulsham (100 Group), UK, please visit page for 462 Squadron Bomber Command, UK.

Information on this page has been sourced from 462 Squadron Operational Record Books (ORBs); Air Force Lists; London Gazette; The National Archives (TNA) UK; and Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). Various books and websites were also consulted to compare details, however discrepancies were noted between official records and some authors. (Please refer to Acknowledgements page for details of books and internet sites.)

The ORBs also contained typographical and factual errors. Some pages of the Squadron ORBs are very 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. The 462 Squadron ORBs for 1942, 1943, and early 1944 did not include the service numbers of mentioned aircrew, and only occasionally the member's Air Force, and some handwritten initials had been added at a later time. Those names without Service Numbers and Air Force will have those details added after verification.

Please note also that only Officers were listed in the POSTINGS TO and POSTINGS FROM in the ORB for 462 Squadron, 205 Group, Middle East Command (Form 540 for each month). However service numbers as recorded for some Officers have proven to be incorrect.
Other Ranks were not listed in the Postings, however if they were members of Air Crew, they were listed in the Ops (Forms 541, Detail of Work Carried Out, for each month). Those who received a DFM, are sometimes named in the Form 540s.
Other personnel (e.g. aircraft maintenance, catering, transport, admin/office staff) were not usually mentioned by name, so information is difficult to source. However, non-operational personnel may be listed at a later date, if able to be identified.

Link to page – Memorials for 462 Squadron, Middle East – which list those members of 462 Squadron who lost their lives during 462 Squadron's existence in the Middle East. All personnel who died were listed, and information has been cross-referenced with the CWGC. They are buried in various cemeteries, as detailed on that page. Those with no known grave, have their names listed in the Air Force Panels of the Alamein Memorial in Egypt. If anyone has photos of any of the Squadron's graves, or photos of names on the Alamein Memorial, and would be able to contribute to this site, please make contact.

The list in the Table below is an amalgamation of information from all sources, following attempts to verify the accuracy of information. Column headers have the titles and sequence as per the ORB for the Middle East.

Column 1 – Crew number (yet to be determined, if such a list existed). Crews have been added in the order in which they first appear in the Forms 540 (Ops), from 06 September 1942, until late February 1944.
Column 2 – Captain / Pilot
Columns 3 to 8 – Crew members, listed by their Role in that crew. Mid-upper gunners were not required for Ops after mid-June 1943. On 30 April 1943 approval was received for the removal of mid-upper turrets and front turrets. The last Op and Halifax which required a Mid-Upper Gunner was on 12 June 1943.

Those who were not permanently with a crew may also be listed separately. However, if they were on an Op with a crew that did not return, they will be 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.
Airmen acting as substitutes in place of the usual crew members, are listed on that crew's page.
Similarly, second pilots are listed with the main crew on that crew's page.
If found to be without a permanent crew, such names will be added to this page in due course.

Those with two Service Numbers include those who were commissioned, and whose original Service Number was changed (e.g. RAF or RAFVR personnel, and some RCAF personnel). On this web page, the Service Number that would have been current at the time of their service in 462 Squadron is placed first.

Please note that this list is a work in progress, initially concentrating on crews who were Killed in Action (names in RED), or those for whom records are readily accessible; or information has been received from a family member.
More crews will be added as names and details can be verified. There were at least 70 crews in 462 Squadron, 205 Group.
Click on the blue hyperlinks to go to the Crew page.
Survivor after a crew member's name indicates that he survived the aircraft loss.
Any name followed by a ..... (?) .... indicates that details require verification; nr – not recorded; tba – to be added;
MM – Military Medal; OBE – Order of British Empire (Military Division); DFM – Distinguished Flying Medal
DFC – Distinguished Flying Cross; DSO – Distinguished Service Order; AFC – Air Force Cross.
MiD – Mentioned in Despatches.

Wanted please: Photos of crews who served with 462 Squadron, 205 Group, Middle East Command, in their various locations; or during their prior training at OTU or HCU; or photos of individual crew members. If you can assist with photos, or wish to advise of errors on this page, or can provide full names or service numbers etc., please make contact (and please include your source of information for verification). Thank you in advance.

 

1
No.
2
Captain
3
Observer/Nav
4
Wireless Operator
5
Flight Engineer
6
Tail Gunner
7
Bombardier
8
Mid-Upper Gunner
0 Jeffrey BRYAN
63479 RAFVR
September 1942 KIA
ex 76 Sqdn
Stanley H ROBINSON
1181872 RAFVR
September 1942 PoW
ex 76 Sqdn
Alan POTTS
1109273 RAFVR
September 1942 KIA
ex 76 Sqdn
W R YOUNG
570392 RAF(?)
September 1942 PoW
ex 76 Sqdn
Thomas Phillip Edward BLATCH (OBE)
976618 RAFVR
September 1942 PoW
ex 76 Sqdn
Not recorded with crew
(duties carried out
by Obs/Nav ?)
C R JONES
1029352 RAFVR
September 1942 PoW
ex 76 Sqdn
0 Alan Egbert HACKING
63487 RAFVR
September 1942 KIA
ex 10 Sqdn
N H TURNER
J.15376 RCAF
September 1942 PoW
ex 10 Sqdn
Joseph Deed BRADLEY (MM)
1057447 RAFVR
Sept 1942 Evader
ex 10 Sqdn
John William MacFARLANE (MM)
568967 RAF
Sept 1942 Evader
ex 10 Sqdn
William Jeremiah PORRITT (DFM)
R.58432 RCAF
September 1942 KIA
ex 10 Sqdn
nr Allan Edwin CARSON
404537 RAAF
September 1942 KIA
ex 10 Sqdn
? Harold Adrian BROWN (DFM, DSO)
1257552 RAFVR
(later 126488)
ex 76 Sqdn
Anomaly – The first crew listed in the ORB, Form 541, 07/09/1942, but as a Ferry flight; their first Op was not until 10/10/1942.
1. G M ARMSTRONG
ex 76 Sqdn
2. John Edward EARNSHAW (DFC) 120705 RAFVR
ex 76 Sqdn
3. Peter EARLE
44315 RAF ex 76 Sqdn;
KIA en route to UK, in air accident 17/12/1942
4. R K THOMSON R.62253 RCAF
ex 76 Sqdn
1. R W LONG
? ?
ex 76 Sqdn
2. R FULTON
? ?
ex 76 Sqdn
3. J H DICKSON (or J R)
? ?
ex 76 Sqdn
James INWARD
569858 RAF
(later 51944, DFC)
ex 76 Sqdn
G L SHAW (or L G)
? ?
ex 76 Sqdn
nr E G WESTALL
? ?
ex 76 Sqdn
? David Oswald YOUNG (DFC, AFC, DSO)
70764 RAF
ex 76 Sqdn
Francis George Tims COLLINS
107924 RAFVR
ex 76 Sqdn
KIA in later posting
R M CRAINE
J.15268 RCAF
ex 76 Sqdn
J A SPRIGGS
? ?
ex 76 Sqdn
D O MOORE
? ?
ex 76 Sqdn
nr A E PATCHETT
? ?
ex 76 Sqdn
? Victor Douglas KNOX (DFC)
63842 RAFVR
ex 76 Sqdn
J C DAVIDSON
J.15307 RCAF (?)
ex 76 Sqdn
J D ROGERS
? ?
ex 76 Sqdn
G H NICHOLSON
? ?
ex 76 Sqdn
Leslie George BURDEN (DFC)
1180696 RAFVR (later 158909)
ex 76 Sqdn
nr E D THORN
? ?
ex 76 Sqdn
? Henry Drury ALCOCK (AFC)
403298 RNZAF
ex 76 Sqdn
1. Arthur John HAWKEN 1251076 RAFVR
(later 129207)
ex 76 Sqdn
2. R K THOMSON (as above)
3. G MILES
798568 RAF (?)
1. Alexander Edward ORAM (DFC) 1275885 RAFVR (later 171879)
ex 76 Sqdn
2. John Archibald Robert CARRAD (DFC and Bar) 1180182 RAFVR (later 148914)
ex 76 Sqdn
3. W H MENNELL
? ? ex 76 Sqdn
1. James INWARD (as above)
2. Alexander Riach McKAY 967111 RAFVR (later 160505)
ex 76 Sqdn
3. Thomas LATHAM 570482 RAF
(later 56200)
ex 76 Sqdn
K G MITCHELL
751705 RAF (?)
ex 76 Sqdn
2. J HOLMES
? ?
ex 76 Sqdn
3. Frederick Joseph GERRISH
701272 RAFVR
(later 159671)
ex 76 Sqdn
nr 1. John Henry HART 1376069 RAFVR (later 161321)
ex 76 Sqdn
2. R S MORTHAM 1332299 RAFVR
ex 76 Sqdn
3. Harold Vivian MORTON
809193 RAFVR
(later 195653)
ex 76 Sqdn
? J S THOMAS
? ?
ex 76 Sqdn
tba tba tba tba nr tba
? James Donald McINTOSH
404350 RAAF
ex 76 Sqdn
tba tba tba tba nr tba
? Michael Desmond GRIBBIN (DFM)
1170186 RAF
(later 134492)
ex 10 Sqdn
tba tba tba tba nr tba
? John Henry KENNY 67700 RAFVR (previously 1187932)
ex 10 Sqdn
( Crew )
Robert George Albert BURGESS
403601 RNZAF
ex 10 Sqdn
R H STROUTS
J.17254 RCAF
ex 10 Sqdn
Thomas William LEMM 566092 RAF
(later 52821)
ex 10 Sqdn
Various (x 6) nr Rolf Leganger BUGGE 106153 RAFVR (previously 927836)
ex 10 Sqdn
? Peter George Batty
WARNER (DSO)
84972 RAFVR
ex 76 Sqdn
1942 Posting and Crew
(see also 1943 Crew)
tba tba tba tba nr tba
? Francis James Lyle WYATT (DFM)
1377121 RAFVR
(later 134493)
ex 10 Sqdn
tba tba tba tba nr tba
? Kenneth Arthur CLACK (DFM) 124623 RAFVR (prev 1257263)
ex 76 Sqdn
KIA in later posting
tba tba tba tba nr tba
? Ernest Fred ALLEN 1150772 RAFVR
(later 178970)
ex 10 Sqdn
tba tba tba tba nr tba
? D J O'DRISCOLL
(MiD June 1943)
R.65084 RCAF
ex 10 Sqdn
tba tba tba tba nr tba
? Douglas IVESON
(DFC and Bar, DSO)
86384 RAFVR
ex 76 Sqdn
tba tba tba tba nr tba
? A J CLARKE
J.16641 RCAF
ex 10 Sqdn
tba tba tba tba nr tba
? John Raymond
GOLDSTON
69428 RAFVR
ex 10 Sqdn
November 1942 KIA
J V WATTS (DFC)
? RCAF
November 1942
Evader
W N GUERTIN
R.68183 RCAF
November 1942 PoW
W G PLUMMER
913326 RAFVR
November 1942 PoW
James Francis Henry STEER
1256988 RAFVR
November 1942 KIA
nr Roy SPENCER
1184656 RAF
November 1942 KIA
? William Robert KOFOED (DFC, DSO)
404380 RNZAF
ex 76 Sqdn
( Crew in 1942 )
G MILES
798568 RAF (?)
Ian Ferrier Fraser
BATCHELOR
1101864 RAFVR
(later 190816)
Thomas LATHAM
570482 RAF
(later 56200)
Frederick Joseph GERRISH
701272 RAFVR
(later 159671)
nr Harold Vivian MORTON
809193 RAFVR
(later 195653)
? James Chisholm MURRAY
404399 RNZAF
ex 10 Sqdn
tba tba tba tba nr tba
? Benjamin John GIBBONS
402857 RAAF
ex 10 Sqdn
tba tba tba tba nr tba
? Albert George DECLERCK
402790 RAAF
ex 10 Sqdn
October 1942 KIA
( Crew )
Kenneth Hughes WHITMORE
999518 RAFVR
October 1942 KIA
Leslie Walter
GILES
1153580 RAFVR
October 1942 KIA
G F SIMPSON
538225 RAF
October 1942 PoW
John Wilson TYSON
551714 RAF
October 1942 KIA
nr Arthur Henry PEPPER
R.82619 RCAF
October 1942 KIA
? George Philip SEYMOUR-PRICE (DFC)
34056 RAF
ex 10 Sqdn
tba tba tba tba nr tba
? Harry William WICKHAM (DFC, MiD)
124631 RAFVR
ex 76 Sqdn
tba tba tba tba nr tba
? Herbert Frank BICKERDIKE (DFC)
64287 RAFVR
ex 76 Sqdn
KIA in later posting
tba tba tba tba nr tba
? Geoffrey William RAYMOND
102561 RAFVR
ex 76 Sqdn
tba tba tba tba nr tba

10 Dec 1942 – 462 Squadron ordered to move to LG237 (Kilo 40).
14 Dec 1942 – Arrived at LG237; 462 Squadron became a temporarily non-operational Unit; and operationally tour expired aircrews were to be returned to the UK.
02 Jan 1943 – The original aircrews ex 10 and 76 Squadrons, operationally tour expired, were posted to 23 P T C, to await passage to the UK (i.e. all of the above).
14 Jan 1943 – W/Cdr SEYMOUR-PRICE was posted to HQ Middle East, for passage to the UK.
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The following crews were posted to 462 Squadron, 205 Group, during 1943 and 1944 (many more to be added).

? Douglas Anthony FORDHAM
39976 RAFO
February 1943
Survivor
Ronald MOORHOUSE
121921 RAFVR

February 1943
Died from injuries
A RICH or RICK (?)
? ?
February 1943
Survivor
E LOOMES
? RAFVR ?
February 1943
Survivor
Not named

February 1943
Survivor
Not listed with crew
(duties carried out
by Obs/Nav ?)
Not named

February 1943
Survivor
? Humphrey Ralph GREEN
1381429 RAFVR

February 1943 KIA

( Crew )
George Henry HALE
1318812 RAFVR

February 1943 KIA
William Sutherland MURRAY
987911 RAFVR

February 1943 KIA
Michael Denis McHALE
1087959 RAFVR

February 1943 KIA
Thomas Edward MACKRILL
944296 RAFVR

February 1943 KIA
Henry Nicholson BALMFORTH
1434390 RAFVR

February 1943 KIA
Donald McCARDLE
1425873 RAFVR


February 1943 KIA
? Peter George Batty
WARNER (DSO)
84972 RAFVR

July 1943
KIA
(Crew)
(See also 1942 Crew)
Stanley James ELPHICK
116532 RAFVR

July 1943 KIA
Robert Davies COPLEY
1289545 RAFVR

July 1943 KIA
E LOOMES
? RAFVR ?
July 1943
Survivor (2nd time)
Roy Edward PARSONS
129972 RAFVR

July 1943 KIA
Charles Robert Borden AINLEY
1451753 RAFVR
July 1943 Survivor
Not applicable
? Frederick Brook BIRMINGHAM
113268 RAFVR
August 1943
KIA
Ernest Frederick BASS
157436 RAFVR
August 1943 KIA
Charles Sydney HOLTER
161300
RAFVR
August 1943 KIA
Albert Arthur SCOTT
16890 RAAF
August 1943 KIA
Alfred WHITING
1380793 RAFVR
August 1943 KIA
Not listed with crew Not applicable
? Robert Hilary Vivian THOMAS
123947 RAFVR (previously 994133)
September 1943 Survivor
( Crew )
Ernest Goldsmith PAGE
407623 RAAF
(later O4406)
September 1943 Survivor
Donald Cuthbert MUNROE
? RCAF
September 1943 Survivor
John Hewson THOMAS
RAF or RAFVR ?
September 1943 Survivor
Charles WESTON
1325255 RAFVR
September 1943 Survivor
Charles Robert Borden AINLEY
1451753 RAFVR
September 1943 Survivor (2nd time)
Not applicable
? Michael Frank HALL 1190798 RAFVR
October 1943 KIA
( Crew )
Frank Richmond Vincent NELLO
R.97524 RCAF

October 1943 KIA
Albert GRIFFIN
1379996 RAFVR

October 1943 KIA
Gordon Frederick William LAWRENCE
1218515 RAFVR

October 1943 KIA
Raymond Llewellyn FENNELL
1262360 RAFVR

October 1943 KIA
Melbourne Glaister FRASER
1061575 RAFVR
October 1943 KIA
Not applicable
? Kenneth Ernest Mark MARSH
1386008 RAFVR

October 1943 KIA

( Crew )
Mitchell RIDLAND
421941 RNZAF

October 1943 KIA
Sydney Ernest TILLEY
1331844 RAFVR
October 1943 KIA
Edward James
STICKLAND
1800355 RAFVR

October 1943 KIA
Thomas James KELLY
1016325 RAFVR
October 1943 KIA
Ian William COLVIN
1575088 RAFVR


October 1943 KIA
Not applicable
? Stanley James NOURSE
416782 RAAF
( Crew )
T N HEEPS
42188 (?) RNZAF
R A HAY W A LARKMAN William John COLE
426014 RAAF
P W PENNY Not applicable
? Lyle Anzac LAWSON 414243 RAAF
March 1944 KIA
614 Sqdn
( Crew )
James Martin WITHERS
1318127 RAFVR
March 1944 KIA
614 Sqdn
Frederick Henry WORTHINGTON
952045 RAFVR
March 1944 KIA
614 Sqdn
David John LEWIS
1583102 RAFVR
March 1944 KIA
614 Sqdn
David Roland WILLIAMS
1740034 RAFVR
March 1944 KIA
614 Sqdn

Vivian DICKSON
405905 RAAF
March 1944 KIA
614 Sqdn
Not applicable
? Francis Milford James HOGAN
408998 RAAF
( Crew )
J BLACK
J.14680 RCAF
D B O'NEIL (or D D ?)
RAF ?
R H HOOK
RAF ?
James Angus WARD
50976 RAF
H FINDLAY
RAF ?
Not applicable

 

 

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