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Stowe School aircrew losses
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This online memorial is dedicated to the 86 known airmen who lost their lives during World War II, who were former pupils of Stowe School. This memorial is part of The Aircrew Remembrance Society, Buckinghamshire Aviation Memorial Collection, with details of their loss, service and burial location, researched and presented here in alphabetical order. It also represents a minute fraction of the society’s achieve collection preserved and collected over five decades. It is our hope that these thousands of records, photos, documents and artefacts could eventually be displayed at a permanent location for public viewing, Education and Historical reference, and Remembrance.
The Society is currently working on plans to felicitate this requirement in connection with its “Save the Finmere Control Tower” Project, to include a Buckinghamshire Aviation Heritage learning centre, Peoples Buckinghamshire Memorial Tower and garden. Sponsorship and support of all kinds is needed and is currently being sort.


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Acland S. J. D.

Flight Lieutenant Simon John Dyke Acland Royal Air Force, was born on the 20th September 1916. He was the son of Capt Hubert Edward Peter Dyke Acland and Dorothy Marion Thorold. He was captured in Singapore and died in Tokyo, Japan, from pneumonia, while a prisoner of war on the 29th December 1942, aged 26. He is buried at the Yokohama War Cemetery, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. Plot Brit. Sec. P. A. 14.




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Allsebrook R. A. P.

Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) 62267 Ralf Athelsie Pole Allsebrook Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve D.S.O., D. F. C. was the son of George Clarence and Dorothy Allnutt Allsebrook, of Cark-in-Cartmel, Lancashire. Qualified for B.A. (Oxon.). Ralf Allsebrook is buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Section 24. Row G. Grave 14.

Ralf was killed in action on the 16th September 1943 while serving with No. 617 Squadron. He was the pilot of Lancaster Mark III EE130 AJ-A lost during an operation to Ladbergen. Take-off from Coningsby was at 0001hrs., tasked to bomb the Dortmund – Ems Kanal near Ladberge. The aircraft is believed to have been shot down by light flak crashing at Bergeshovede, 8 km West-North-west of Ibbenburen. All eight crew members were killed and all now lie together in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. F/L Allsebrook had gained his awards, gazetted 9th July and 14th April respectively while serving with No. 49 Squadron. Another member of his crew F/O Grant, had also been awarded the D.F.C., he too had flown with No. 49 Squadron, his D.F.C. being published on 18th may 1943.

The other members of Ralf’s crew were as follows, F/S P Moore, P/O N A Botting, F/S R B S Lulham, F/O J M Grant D.F.C., Sgt I G Jones, F/S W Walker and F/S S Hitchen.




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Atkin – Berry H. L.

Pilot Officer (Pilot) 41360 Harold Leslie Atkin – Berry, Royal Air Force, was the son of Herbert Courtenay and Edith Mary Atkin-Berry, of Storrington, Sussex. Harold is buried at Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille. Plot 19. Row A. Grave 4.

Harold was killed in action on Wednesday, 10
th July 1940 while serving with No. 107 Squadron, he was 20 years of age. Harold had taken-off with a number of other 107 Squadron aircraft from Wattisham to attack Amiens, he was flying a Bristol Blenheim IV L9468 UX-? The aircraft had been borrowd from No. 82 Squadron. The Squadron met with heavy opposition and five of its aircraft were lost, L9468 crashing at Aigneville (Somme), 18km South-West of Abbeville, France. Harold and his two other crew members, Sgt R. D. Cook and Sgt R Mercer were all killed.




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Barclay J. A,

Pilot Officer (Pilot) 111329 James Arthur Barclay, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, youngest son of Lt. Colonel J. F. Barclay and Constance Barclay, of Hanworth, Norfolk. James was involved in a tragic accident during an operation to Catania on the 8
th December 1941, while serving with No. 18 Squadron based at Luqa, Malta. He took-off from Luqa at the controls of Bristol Blenheim IV, Z7613 ‘B’ in the company of three other squadron aircraft ‘A’ ‘N’ and ‘Z’, detailed to bomb the aerodrome at Catania. At 1453, en route, flying North-West in starboard echelon formation at sea level, a ‘Tally Ho’ was given by either ‘B’ or ‘Z’ when an enemy aircraft was sighted. The aircraft broke formation and ‘B’ and ‘Z’ collided, crashing into the sea. The remaining crews searched fruitlessly, and then returned to base without completing the mission. The six men lost are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. P/O J. A. Barclay, Sgt H. B. Lee, Sgt W. B. Allan, aircraft Blenheim IV Z7613 ‘B’ and Sgt W. J. Cumming, Sgt R Tollett, Sgt J. H. Pilley D.F.M., aircraft Blenheim IV Z9719 ‘Z’.




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Squadron Leader 74661 (Pilot) Richard George Arthur Barclay D.F.C. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Richard was the son of the Revd. Gilbert Arthur Barclay, M.A., and Dorothy Catherine Topsy Barclay, of Langley Rectory, Maidstone, Kent. He served during The Battle of Britain and was one of the Few. He was killed in action serving with 238 Squadron in North Africa on Friday the 17th July, 1942. He is buried at El Alamein War Cemetery, Plot XI. Row H. Grave 7. Age 22.




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Bates P A

Squadron Leader 111258 Peter Anthony Bates Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve D.F.C. Peter was the son of Percy and Ethel Gladys Bates, of Hove, Sussex. Peter was killed on the 7th February 1945; he is buried at Hanover War Cemetery, Germany, Plot 10. Row E. Grave No.1. His age was 23.




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Berger C S

Sergeant 1211177, Cyril Seymour Berger, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Cyril was the son of Samuel and Sophia Berger, of Hampstead, London. He was reported missing on Sunday the 28th February, 1943. Aged just 20 he is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel No. 142.




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Bolton D M

Pilot Officer 61493 David Malcolm Bolton, Royal Air Force. David was the son of David Colfox Bolton and Katherine Bolton, of Oakamoor, Staffordshire. He was reported missing on Monday the 23rd of June 1941. David is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial. Panel No. 31.




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Bowring R A H

Sergeant (Air Gunner)1333462 Robert Abner Hugh Bowring. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Robert was killed in action serving with No. 35 Squadron on Sunday the 4th of July, 1943. He is buried at Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium. Plot. 5. Row. A. Grave No. 3.




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Brown G R

Flight Lieutenant 45420 Guy Richard Brown Royal Air Force D.F.C. Guy was the s on of Capt. William Brown, J.P., and of Kathleen D. M. Brown (nee Illingworth), of Aldbourne, Wiltshire. Guy died in Egypt on Thursday the 6th September, 1945 (Cause unknown) He is buried at Heliopolis War Cemetery, Plo. 4. Row. H. Grave No. 21. Age 24.




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Bruxner – Randall L G W L

Flying Officer 33534 Julien Walter Lowndes Royal Air Force. He was the son of Walter Bruxner-Randall and of Dorothy Bruxner-Randall (nee Montgomery), of Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, Irish Republic. Cranwell First Prize Cadetship, 1939. Julien was killed in a flying accident on Friday the 2nd of May, 1941. He is buried at Kirk Malew (St. Malew) Churchyard Extension, Isle of Man. Row W. Collective Grave 10. Age. 20.




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Buller A J

42391 Pilot Officer (Pilot) Alexander John Buller. Royal Air Force. Alexander was the son of Admiral Sir Henry Tritton Buller, K.C.V.O., C.B., and Lady Hermione Buller, of Southwater. He was killed in a flying accident on the 6th of June, 1940. He is buried at St Mary the Virgin Churchyard Shipley, Horsham District, West Sussex, England. Grave C. 2. Age 20.




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Cable J D S

Pilot Officer 139683 John Duncan Skelton Cable. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. John was reported missing on Wednesday the 18th August, 1943. He was the son of Eric Grant Cable and Nellie Margaret Cable, of Radlett, Hertfordshire. He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel No. 131. Age 19.




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Chamier P A

Sergeant 900818 Patrick Anthony Chamier. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He was the son of Air Commodore Sir John Adrian Chamier C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., O.B.E. and Lady Chamier (nee Lordly), of Warsash, Hampshire. Patrick was killed in a flying accident on Monday the 11th of November, 1940. He is buried at Harare (Pioneer) Cemetery, Zimbabwe. War graves Plot. Grave No. 13.




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Chapman P

Leading Aircraftman 902898 Percy Chapman. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Percy was killed in a flying accident on the 21st of September 1940. He is buried at St Andrew Churchyard, Cranwell, North Kesteven District, Lincolnshire, England. Plot 2. Ro. D. Grave. 14.




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Clarke P P

Pilot Officer 109113 Peter Puleston Clarke. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Peter was the son of Frederick Percy and Ethel May Clarke, of Saltburn. He was killed in a flying accident on Sunday the 19th July, 1942. He is buried at Saltburn and Marske-By-The-Sea (Saltburn) Cemetery Plot. Q. Row. A. Grave. 16. Age. 21.




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Colley H J P

Leading Aircraftman 1890698 (U/T Radio Operator (Air)) Henry John Pomeroy Colley. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Henry was the son of George Pomeroy Colley (nee Finlay); husband of Eileen Patrice Colley, of Hertfordshire, England. He was killed during flying training in South Africa and is buried at Randfontein Cemetery, Transvaal, South Africa. Anglian Plot. Grave No. 3383. Age. 26.




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Coplestone A D

Pilot Officer (Observer) 84720 Anthony Drake Coplestone. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Anthony was the son of William Drake Coplestone, M.A., B.CH., and Edith Mary Coplestone, of Gorey, Jersey, Channel Islands. B.A. (Cantab.); Barrister, Member of Inner Temple; M.I.C.A. He was killed in a flying accident on Sunday the 22nd of September, 1940. He is buried at Boldre (St. John) Churchyard, Hampshire. Row. 1. Grave. 1. Age 29.




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Corbett H C

Flying Officer 72466 (Pilot) Hugh Christopher Corbett. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Huge was the son of Adrian and Nita Corbett. He was killed in action serving with 53 Squadron on Sunday the 4th of August, 1940. He is buried at Schoorl General Cemetery, Netherlands. Joint Grave 228. Age 22.





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Croom - Johnson O P

Pilot Officer 91109 Oliver Powell Croom-Johnson. Royal Air Force (Auxiliary Air Force). Oliver was the son of the Hon. Sir Reginald Powell Croom-Johnson, LL.B. and of Lady Croom-Johnson, M.A. (nee Hobbs), of Trull, Somerset; husband of Jean Groom Johnson (nee Finnie), of Pollockshields, Glasgow. He was killed in action on Thursday the 30th of May, 1940, serving with 611 Squadron. He is buried at Over Wallop (St. Peter) Churchyard. Hampshire, United Kingdom. Age, 27.




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Dalziel W E

Sergeant 1310496 William Edward Dalziel (Pilot). Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. William was the son of Peter B. Dalziel and Margery K. Dalziel, of Chelsea, London. He was killed in service on Tuesday the 9th June, 1942. He is buried at Stock (All Saints) Churchyard, Essex. Are, 19.




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D'Arcy - Irvine B W J

Flying Officer 72500 Brian William (Pilot) Jesse D’Arcy-Irvine. Brian was the son of Henry C. and C. D'Arcy-Irvine, of Serdang, Kedah, Malaya. Brain was a Battle of Britain Pilot killed in action on Thursday the 8th of August, 1940. Missing over the sea he is remembered on The Runnymede Memorial, Panel No. 5. Age, 22.




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Davis H R

Flying Officer 117300 (Pilot) Huge Ross Davis. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Hugh was the son of Colonel Cecil Davis and Kate Amy Davis, of Brockworth, Gloucestershire. He was killed in action flying with 232 Squadron in Cyprus Saturday 29th January 1944. He is buried at Nicosia War Cemetery Plot 2. Row A. Grave 6. Age 25.




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Dawson T D

Pilot Officer 101009 Thomas Derwent Dawson. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Thomas was the son of Thomas Wignall Dawson and Doris Mary Dawson, of Liverpool. He was killed in a flying accident while serving with a Coastal Command training unit on Wednesday the 14th January, 1942. He is buried at Heswall (St. Peter) Churchyard, Cheshire. West Extension. Section. 13. Row 3. Grave 5. Age 20.




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de Havilland J

John de Havilland (Civilian Test Pilot, Former R.A.F.) John was the son of Geoffrey de Havilland and Louie de Havilland (Geoffrey de Havilland was an aircraft designer and manufacturer, founder of the de Havilland Aircraft Company). John was kill in a mid-air collision during a de Havilland test flight on the 23rd of August 1943. He is buried at Terwin (St. Peter) Churchyard, Heartfordshire. Age 24.




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Dick I H

Warrant Officer 1167736 Ian Hillman Dick. (Observer) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Ian was the son of Maj. Thomas Sydney Dick and Dorothy Anne Dick, of Street, Ashton Lodge, near Rugby, Warwickshire. He was killed on Thursday the 25th May 1944, in an aircraft accident while serving with an aircraft delivery unit in Tunisia. He is buried at Massicault War Cemetery Tunisia. Plot VI. Row N. Grave 6. Age 25.




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Duff R W J

Leading Airman FX91971 Ronald Walter James Duff. Royal Navy (Fleet Air Arm) Ronald was the son of Ronald Thomas Hilliard Duff and Margery Gordon Duff, of North Queensferry. He was killed in a road accident on Monday the first of March, 1943, while serving at Royal Navy Air Station H.M.S. Daedalus. He is buried at Dunfermline (Douglas Bank) Cemetery, Scotland. Grave No.112. Age. 19.




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Dundas J C

Flight Lieutenant 90334 (Pilot) John Charles Dundas, Royal Air Force (Auxiliary Air Force) D.F.C. and Bar. John was the son of Frederick James Dundas, and of Silvia Mary Dundas, of Blair Drummond, Perthsire. 1st Cl. Hons. Mod. Hist. at Christ Church, Oxford. He was killed during air combat reported missing over the Isle of White on Thursday the 11th November 1940, John has no known grave. He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel No. 4.




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Eaton G K

Pilot Officer 101066 (Pilot) George Kingston Eaton, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. George was the son of Frederic Ray and Ruth Evangeline Eaton, of Eaton, Norwich. He was killed in an aircraft crash on Sunday the 7th of December, 1941. He is buried at Eaton (St. Andrew) Old Churchyard Norwich, Norfolk. Age 20.




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Falkner P E

Flying Officer 151131 (Pilot) Patrick Eric Falkner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Patrick was the son of Lt.-Col. Mervyn Winfred Falkner and Lucie M. Falkner, of Bournemouth. He died following a flying accident on Sunday the 22nd August, 1943. He is buried at Bournemouth (Wimborne Road) Cemetery, Section E.3. Grave 7.S.




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Fox T R

Sergeant 864838 Terence Rochfort Fox (Air/Gunner) Royal Air Force (Auxiliary Air Force). Terence was the son of Walter Richardson Fox and Elizabeth Caroline Fox, of Devonport. He was killed in action on Monday the 6th of September 1943, when his Halifax bomber failed to return from a raid on Mannheim. He is buried at Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany. Plot. 7. Row K. Grave. 1.




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Franklin M H

Flight Lieutenant 33423 Michael Hilton Franklin (Pilot) Royal Air Force. He was the son of James Stewart Franklin and Constance Mabel Franklin, of Dorking, Surrey. Michael killed in action on Wednesday the 9th of April, when his Blenheim aircraft failed to return from an operational patrol over the North Sea. He is remembered on the Runneymede Memorial. Panel 29.




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Gaskell T R

Sergeant 967096 Trevor Roger Gaskell (Pilot) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Trevor was the son of William Ross Gaskell and Florence Helen Gaskell, of Tynron, Dumfriesshire. He was reported missing on Friday the 11th April 1941, following combat over the English Channel during a fighter patrol. He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial. Panel. 43. Age. 20.




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Gauvain J H P

Squadron Leader 75334 John Henry Percival Gauvain. (M.I.D.) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. (Medical Officer) John was the son of William Percy Gauvain and Gladys May Gauvain. He was killed in a flying accident on Monday the 14th August, 1944. He is buried at Moascar War Cemetery, Ismailia, Egypt. Plot 2. Row. D. Grave. 3. Age. 28.




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Genth A W

Pilot Officer 68769 Anthony William Genth (Pilot) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Anthony was the son of Charles Frederick and Gladys Elvina Genth, of Putney, London. He was killed in a flying accident on Monday the 11th August 1941. He is buried at Finningley, Holy Trinity & St Oswald Churchyard Extension, Nottinghamshire. War Graves Plot. Row. F. Grave. 3.




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Gethin J P D DFC

Squadron Leader 33188 John Percy Devaynes Gethin (Pilot) John was the son of Randolph George and Georgina Mary Gethin, of Carlow, Irish Republic. He was killed in action on Saturday the 10th May, 1941, when his aircraft was shot down while attacking Rutbah Fort, in Iraq. He is buried at Ramleh War Cemetery Iraq, Plot L. Grave 23. Age 23.




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Gilling - Lax G G




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Gough – Calthorp R A S




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Graeme N S




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Graham M A




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Griffith J L




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Grimston B D




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Harding P A




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Hooper J C I




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Jagger R H




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Langton AB




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Lee - Warner H P




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Macpherson C J




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Mallory W R




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Marshall G P




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Massy M I




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Mead R J




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Miall G C




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Mounsey H G P




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Pemberton D A




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Reid M G M




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Sutherland M A R




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