KENNETH CHRISTOPHER HOLLAND 754503. SGT. AUSTRALLIAN.
Originally from Sydney, Holland came under the care of a guardian, who lived in Camelford in Cornwall. He was with 152 Sqn at Acklington in early july 1940. In September the 17th he shared in the destruction of a Ju 88 and on the 19th destroyed a Ju 88. On September the 25th he attacked a He 111 and set it on fire. Seeing a parachute he went in for a closer look but was shot down by a gunner, still in the Heinkel. His Spitfire N 3173, crashed near Church Farm, Wolverton and he was killed. The enemy aircraft also crashed at Church farm. Four of the crew were killed. The pilot baled out and was captured. Holland was cremated at Weymouth Crematorium. He was 20 years old.
FREDERICK HENRY HOLMES 76583. P/O. BRITISH.
Holmes of Lincolnshire, was instructing before he joined 152 Sqn at Acklington in June 1940. On the 25th July he shared in the destruction of a Do 17, In August the 18th he claimed a Ju 87 destoyed and on the 21st he shared a Ju 88.On December the 4th 1944 Holmes was killed, as a Flight Lieutentant with 487 Squadron, aged 31 years old. He is buried in the Reichswald Forset War cemetery, Cleves, Germanay.
P/O.24.12.39. F/O. 24.12.40. F/L 24.12.41.
PETER HARRY HUMPHREYS 84961. P/O. BRITISH.
Humphreys, of Lymington, he joined 152 sqn at warmwell on 29th September 1940. He remained with the Squadron until the spring of 1941. He was posted to 92 Squadron at Biggin hill. In November 1941 he flew to middle east in a Sunderland and joined 112 Squadron at Sidi Heneish, as a Flight Commander. On April the 24th 1942 he was posted to Fighter school at El Ballah, as an instructor. He returned to operations in early 43. when he rejoined 92 Squadron at Castel Benito, as a Flight Commander. He destroyed a Bf 109 on the 7th of March. He took command of the Squadron on the 6th of May and led it to Malta in June and then on to Sicily and Italy. He was credited with two enemy aircraft destroyed and awarded the D.F.C (1.10.43). He was posted away in November 43 and given command of 111 Squadron at Lago, Italy in April 44. He returned to the UK in November 44 and was station Commander at RAF Castle Bromwich in 46 and afterwards served on the staff of HQ 12 Group, Nottingham. On the 11th November 1947 he went as a passenger in a Lincoln during fighter affiliation exercises, to observe mock attacks. A Hornet , making a head-on attack, misjudged the breakaway and collided with the Lincoln. All in the bomber and the fighter were killed. He was cremated at Bournemouth Crematorium. He was 27 years old.
P/O.7.9.40. F/O.7.9.41. F/L.7.9.42 S/L.20.6.45
RICHARD FREDERICK INNESS 41292. F/O. BRITISH.
Educated at Eton, He joined the RAF on a short service commission in August 1938. He was with 152 Sqn at Warmwell in July 1940. He claimed a Ju 88 destroyed on the 26th of September and a Bf 109 on the 27th. In early 41 he was posted to 53 OTU, Heston as an instructor. He was given command of 130 Squadron from October 1943 to February 1944 and then onto 222 Squadron until 1944. He was released from the RAF in 1946, as a Squadron Leader.
APO.29.10.38. P/O.29.8.39. F/O. 3.9.40. F/L.3.9.41. S/L.1.7.44
JOHN SINCLAIR BUCKNALL JONES 33467. P/O. BRITISH.
Jones of Marlborough, Wiltshire entered RAF College, Cranwell in January 1938 as a Flight cadet. He graduated in October 1939 and joined 152 Sqn at Acklington in early july 1940. Shortly afterwards the Squadron moved south to Warmwell Dorset. On the 11th of August 1940 he was shot down in combat with a Bf 109’s in mid channel, in Spitfire R6614. He baled out but was killed he is buried in Sainte Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, France. He was 21 years old.
ALBERT WALLACE KEARSEY 60518. SGT. BRITISH.
He joined 152 Sqn at Warmwell in August 1940, prior to the Battle of Britain he was a staff pilot at 10 BGS, Warmwell. On the 30th September he claimed a Bf 110 destroyed and shared in the destruction of a Ju 88 west of Shaftesbury on the 14th November 40. He was commissioned in January 1941 and released from the RAF in 1946 as a Flight Lieutenant. He joined the RAFVR in April 1948.
P/O.22.1.41. F/O.22.1.42. F/L.22.1.43. F/O (RAFVR) 22.4.48.
ZYGMUNT KLEIN 780685. SGT. POLISH. 234 & 152 Sqn’s.
He was born on the 24th of August 1918. He joined 234 Squadron at St Eval on the 6th of August 1940. He claimed a Bf 109 destroyed on the 7th of August. He was posted to 152 Sqn at Warmwell on the 5th of October 40. On the 7th he damaged a Bf 110, on the 26th of November he crash landed near Torquay, having run out of petrol. He was reported missing two days later and belived to have been shot down while in combat with Bf 109’s in the Isle of Wight area in Spitfire P9427. He is remembered on the Polish Air Force Memorial at Northolt.
ERIC SIMCOX ( BOY) MARRS 33572. P/O. BRITISH.
“Boy” Marrs was born in Dover on the 9th of July 1921. He entered RAF College, Cranwell in April 1939 as a flight cadet. He was granted a permanent commission on the 7th of March 1940 and joined 152 Sqn at Acklington ten days later. On the 13th of August he claimed a Bf 110 destroyed, on the 16th a probable He 111, on the 18th a Ju 87, and on the 22nd shared a Do 17, on the 25th a Bf 110, on the 17th of September a shared Ju 88 and on the 28th a Bf 109. He destroyed a Do 17 north of Warmwell on the 4th of July 1941. He was awarded the D.F.C (7.1.41) and became a flight Commander in April 41. He shared a He 111 over Scilly Isles on the 18th of July. The Squadron now based at Porthreath provided close escort for Hampdens detailed to bomb the ‘ Scharnhorst’ and ‘Gneisenau’ at Brest. On the 24th of July 1941 the Squadron encountered heavy flak over the target and Marrs was shot down and killed. He is buried in Kerfautras Cemetery, Brest, France. Its mentioned in the Squadron ORB that he was admired and loved by everyone and his name in this Squadron will live for evermore. He was 20 years old.
P/O. 7.3.40. F/O. 7.3.41.
EDWARD HOWARD MARSH “JENY” 156314. SGT. BRITISH.
Jeny joined the RAFVR in July 1939 and flew a few times at 14 E&RFTS, Castle Bromwich before being called up to full time service on the 1st September 1939. In early October he was posted to ITW, St Leonards. He did a link trainer course at Derby in december then returned to ITW and moved on to 22 EFTS, cambridge on the 12th of April 1940. He completed his flying training at FTS, Sealand, then went on to 7 OTU, Hawarden on the 18th of September and converted to Spitfires and joined 152 Sqn at warmwell on the 28th. He flew many sorties during the latter stages of the Battle of Britain, damaging enemy aircraft in dog-fights over the channel. In March 1941 he destroyed a Ju 88 off Portland, on the 18th July shared a He 111, on the 28th of August damaged an Me 109 and on the 7th destroyed another. He was posted to CFS, Upavon on the 4th of October 1941 for an instructors course, after which he went to 10 FTS, Tern Hill. He later instructed at 2 FIS, Montrose and 3 FIS, Hullavington, Babdown Farm, Castle Combe and Lulsgate bottom. He was commissioned in July 1943, He was released from the RAF in 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant. He worked for Wolverhampton Aviation, obtained his private and commercial licenses and flew until 1953, when bad hearing forced him to give up.
P/O.22.7.43. F/O.22.1.44. F/L.22.7.45. F/O (RAFVR) 30.7.47
PETER GEOFFERY St GEORGE O’BRAIN 33329. F/L. CANADIAN.
He was born in Toronto on the 16th of September 1917. He entered RAF College, Cranwell in January 1936 as a flight cadet. He was awarded the sword of Honour when he graduated in December 1937. On the 18th of December he joined 26 (Army Co-operation) Squadron at Catterick. In August 1940 he volunteered for Fighter Command and joined 152 Sqn at warmwell. On the 27th he shared in the destruction of a He 111 and on the 17th September shared a Ju 88. He took command of the new reformed 247 Squadron at Roborough on the 24th of September 1940. He was awarded the D.F.C (2.12.410 and led the Squadron until May 1942. He was awarded a bar to the D.F.C (6.8.43). He stayed on after the war, he was made an OBE (1.1.54) and retired on the 18th of July 1959 as a Group Captain. He was ADC to the Queen in 1958.
P/O. 18.2.37. F/O. 18.6.39. F/L. 16.2.40. S/L.1.12.41. W/C. 1.7.44.G/C 1.7.56
FREDERICK HYAM POSENER 41735. P/O. SOUTH AFRICAN.
He joined the RAF ao a short service commission in December 1938. He was posted to 152 Sqn at Warmwell in early July 1940. On the 27th he was shot down By Oberleunant Homuth of 3/JG 27 over the channel off Swanage, in Spitfire K9880. He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial panel 9. He was 23 years old.
APO. 4.3.39. P/O.23.9.39.
LESLIE ARTHUR EDWIN REDDINGTON 742516. SGT BRITISH.
Reddington, of Allesley, Warwickshire, servedan apprenticeship at the Daimler Engineering Co at Coventry and later taught mathematics and technical drawing at coventry Technical College in the evenings. He joined the RAFVR in 1938 and began his flying training at 9 E&RFTS, Ansty. He was called up at the outbreak of war and after completing his training he joined 152 Sqn at Warmwell in August 1940. On the 30th September during combat over Portland he was shot down, in Spitfire L 1072 and is believed to have crashed into the sea. He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial Panel 18. He was 26 years old.
DENIS NORMAN ROBINSON 60515. SGT. BRITISH.
He joined the RAFVR in March 1938 and began his flying training at 21 E&RFTS, Stapleford. Later continuing at 26 E&RFTS, Oxford and 22 E&RFTS, Cambridge. He was called up to full time service in October 1939, after completing his training he was posted to CFS, Upavon for an instructors course. He then went to 14 FTS, Kinloss on the 15th of November, moved to 14 FTS, cranfield on the 19th April 1940, 6 EFTS, Sywell on the 24th of May and finally to 11 EFTS, Perth on the 11th of June. He was posted to 152 Sqn at Acklington on the 21st of june 1940. He probably destroyed a Bf 109 on the 25th of July and destroyed another on the 5th of August. He was shot down by Bf 109’s of 11/JG 53 off Swanage on the 8th, in Spitfire K9894. He decided against baling out and crash landed in a field near Wareham. He was unhurt but the aircraft was a write off. On the 15th of August he claimed a Bf 109 destroyed, on the 17th a Ju 87 and on the 4th of September a Ju 88. He was posted away to CFS, Upavon on the 26th of September 1940 and from the 7th of October he was instructing at 6 FTS. Little Rissington. He was commissioned in January 1941, he remained there until the 17th of November 1941. He was then sent to instruct in Canada, firstly at 39 SFTS, Swift Current, then briefly at 35 SFTS, North Battleford and finally at 32 OTU, Patricia Bay until June the 19th 1944. When he was posted away to return to the UK. He went to 109 OTU, Crosby on August the 27th to convert to transport aircraft and on the 1st of March 1945 he was seconded to BOAC at Whitchurch. He was released from the RAF in 1946 as a Flight Lieutenant. He then joined BOAC, later flying for British Caledonian and British Island Airways before retiring in 1978.
P/O. 15.1.41. F/O. 1.11.41. F/L. 1.11.42.
DOUGLAS CLAYTON SHEPLEY 33464. P/O. BRITISH.
He was born at Carlton-in-Lindrick in 1918. He was the youngest of five brothers and one sister, he was at Oundle school from September 1931 until 1935, when he left to join his Fathers business. He entered RAF College, Cranwell in January 1938 and graduated in september 1939. He was posted to 152 Sqn then reforming at Acklington. On the 8th and 11th of August he claimed Two Bf 109’s destroyed. He was reported missing on the 12th of August after an attack on a Ju 88 south of the Isle of Wight, in Spitfire K9999. He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial Panel 10. He was 22 years old.
EDMUND ERIC SHEPPERD 566529. SGT. BRITISH.
He was born at Binstead, Isle of Wight in 1917. In the mid thirties he joined the RAF and was a pre-war airman pilot. He joined 152 Sqn at Acklington at its reformation on the 1st of October 1939. He claimed a Bf 109 destroyed on the 25th of July 1940, a Ju 88 on the 12th of August and a Ju 87 on the 18th and another Ju 88 on the 7th of October 40. He was killed on the 18th of October when his Spitfire R 6607, crashed at Tadnoll Mill near Dorchester, Dorset. Cause unknown, he is buried in Binstead Cemetery. He was 23 years old.