The Second World War in Northern Ireland

The Second World War in Northern Ireland

Foreign Fields

Northern Ireland Servicemen Buried in Oosterbeek War Cemetery, Arnhem, Netherlands

Serjeant Charles Thomas Brackstone was serving with 2nd Wing, The Glider Pilot Regiment, Army Air Corps. He was the Son of Rupert and Lily Ada Lydia Brackstone and the Husband of Ethne Brackstone from Dundonald.

Private James Cameron, 21st Independent Parachute Company died on 26th September, the seventh day of Operation Market Garden.

He had received a serious leg wound and was taken to the Casualty Clearing Station where he succumbed to his wounds.

He was the Son of Thomas and Ellen Cameron from Carrickfergus.

Corporal Anthony Leslie Clarke was serving with 1st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps and was from Northern Ireland.

Private Francis George Dolaghan was serving with Headquarters 4th Parachute Brigade, Army Air Corps. 

He was the Son of James and Maria Dolaghan from Belfast.

Private Robert Alexander Dougan was serving with 1st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps.

He was the Son of Arthur and Sarah Elizabeth Dougan from Lower Glenanne, County Armagh.

Private Sidney Ellis was serving with 1st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps. He was the Son of William and Clara Ellis and the Husband of Elizabeth Ellis.

He was from Belfast and it is worthy of note that he was a paratrooper at 38 Years Old!

Private John Mallon Hamilton was serving with 156th Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps. He was the Son of John and Margaret Mallon Hamilton and was the Husband of Robertina Hamilton. He was from Belfast.

Staff Serjeant James Frederick Boyd was serving with 1st Wing The Glider Pilot Regiment, Army Air Corps. 

He was the Son of Jeanie Boyd from Portstewart.

Lance Corporal Ernest Lynas was serving with 156th Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps. 

He was the husband of Violet Lynas and from Portadown.

Lance Corporal John McClune was serving with 11th battalion, The Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps.

He was the Son of Mr and Mrs James McClune and from Belfast.

Private George Tansley was serving with 156th Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps.

He was from Northern Ireland.

Private Joseph Walker was serving with 1st Airborne Battalion, The Border Regiment. 

He was the Son of James and Sarah Walker from Moira and the husband of Irene Walker.

The photographs above were taken during "The Airborne March" which takes place every year and stops at Oosterbeek Cemetery.

The photograph on the right shows Danish Soldiers after they had paid their respects at the Cross of Remembrance.

Northern Ireland Servicemen Buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany

Flying Officer Pilot Joseph Edward Adams was serving with 207 Squadron, Royal Air Force. He took off from R.A.F. Spilsby in Lancaster III ND555, EM-D on a Mission to Gravenhorst. He was killed in action with the rest of his Crew.

Joseph was the Son of Joseph Edward and Margorie Adams. He was the Husband of Maude Adams and was from Belfast.

Private William Ernest Adams was serving with 9th (Essex) Battalion The Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps. He had taken part in the Rhine Crossing during Operation Varsity.

William was the Son of William and Annie Adams from Ardmore, Londonderry.

Fusilier John Akehurst was serving with 4th Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers and was the Son of John and Nelly Akehurst from Belfast.

Flying Officer George Frederick Alderdice was serving with 61 Squadron, Royal Air Force and was flying in Lancaster III ED613 from Syerston to Essen in Germany.

He was the son of Gerald Leslie and Katherine Anne Hay Alderdice from Lisburn.

Flight Sergeant William George Allingham was serving with 640 Squadron, Royal Air Force. He was in Handley Page Halifax III MZ494 C8-B on a mission from Leconfield to Witten when the aircraft was hit by Flak and shot down. He was the Son of Robert and Margaret Hanna Allingham from Belfast.

Lance Corporal James Ballantine was serving with 4th Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was the Son of James and Elizabeth Ballantine from Donegal Pass in Belfast.

Rifleman George William Bell was serving with 1st Airborne Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles. He had seen action in Normandy and The Ardennes and was killed during Operation Varsity, the largest one day Airborne Operation in history, which was to cross the river Rhine.

George Bell was the Son of George William and Mary Jane Bell from Banbridge.

Sergeant William Bell was serving with 44 Squadron, Royal Air Force. He was in Handley Page Hampden P2087 and had flown from Waddington to Krefeld. The aircraft was hit by Flak near Munster putting the starboard wing and engine on fire.

William was the Son of Samuel and esther Bell from Doagh, County Antrim.

Richard "Dickie" Bolitho, The 617 Squadron Dambuster From Portrush.

Sergeant Air Gunner Richard "Dickie" Bolitho was a member of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve serving with 617 Squadron, Royal Air Force.

At 21.59 on 16th May 1943 he was Rear Gunner on board Avro Lancaster III ED864 AJ-B which left R.A.F. Scampton as part of the Final Section of the First Wave of aircraft to attack the Mohne Dam in Operation Chastise however his aircraft crashed into electric cables and crashed in flames with the loss of all on board.

Richard Bolitho was the Son of William and Jane Bolitho from Portrush.

Sergeant Flight Engineer William Robert Bryans was serving with 804 (Royal Canadian Air Force) Squadron. He was flying in Handley Page Halifax JD216 EQ-P from R.A.F. Leeming on a mission to Gelsenkirchen when the aircraft was lost.

William was the Son of William Robert and Annie Bryans and the husband of Jane Bryans. He was from Belfast.

Flight Sergeant John Kean Burnside was serving with 61 Squadron of R.A.F. Bomber Command based at Skellingthorpe.

He was the Son of Samuel and Agnes Burnside from Belfast.

Sergeant Richard Sweet Cruise was from Belfast.

He was serving with 214 Squadron, Royal Air Force as a Flight Engineer.

On 30th May 1042 he was on board Short Stirling W7534 BU-E which took off from R.A.F. Stradishall on a mission to Cologne as part of Operation Millenium.

This was the largest Bombing Raid to date with over 1000 aircraft taking part.

When BU-E was reported as missing a Crew Member of another aircraft reported that on passing Munchengladbach he had seen a Wellington, which is believed to have been climbing to avoid flak, collide with a Stirling from below. 

The result of the impact was that the tail of the Stirling was detached and the Wellington exploded on impact while the Stirling exploded on hitting the ground.

Pilot Officer Sydney Campbell was an Air Bomber serving with 90 Squadron, Royal Air Force. He was the Son of Albert James and Rebecca Campbell from Belfast.

Warrant Officer Second Class, Company Sergeant Major William Stanley Carter was serving with 1/5th Battalion The Welch Regiment.

William was the Son of Francis and Ellen Hennessey Carter and the husband of Grace Carter. He was from Belfast.

Sergeant William Clyde was an Air Gunner serving with 106 Squadron, Royal Air Force. He was in Lancaster LL953 ZN-O which took off from R.A.F. Metheringham at 16.30 on 16th November 1944 on a mission to Gravenhorst. The aircraft was lost over Gravenhorst and is believed to have been shot down by Hauphtmann Modrow of 1 Nachtjagd Force at 19.24 hours.

William was the son of William and Francis Maud Clyde and was from Bushmills.

Sergeant Thomas Foster Darragh was serving with 218 (Gold Coast) Squadron, Royal Air Force.

He was the Son of Robert and Elizabeth Mary Darragh and was from Ballymagorry, County Tyrone.

Lieutenant Henry Wharton Derbyshire was serving with The Staffordshire Yeomanry, Royal Armoured Corps.

He was the Son of Henry and Eleanor Derbyshire and Husband of Edith Jean Hurst Derbyshire and was from Lisburn.

Guardsman Robert James Devine was serving with 3rd Battalion Irish Guards and was the Son of Samuel and Martha Devine.

He was from Londonderry.

Rifleman John Elkin was serving with 1st Airborne Battalion, The Royal Ulster Rifles. 

He was the son of Thomas and Sarah Jane Elkin. From Drumquin, County Tyrone.

Sergeant John Green was a Flight Engineer serving with 106 Squadron, Royal Air Force.

He was the Son of Frederick and Ellen Green and was from Ballymena.

Sergeant Flight Engineer Samuel John Greer was serving with 214 Squadron, Royal Air Force. He was in Stirling Mk3 BK686 BU-C in a mission to Essen. The aircraft crashed at Essen-Borbeck.

Samuel was the Son of J.H.W. and Mary Greer and was from the Bloomfield area of Belfast

Sergeant Pilot Jay Andrew John Duke Hatton was serving with the Royal Air Force.

He was the Son of Jabez George and  Helen Izett Hatton and was from Belfast.

Rifleman Francis Hilton was serving with 1st Airborne Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles. He was killed in action when the Battalion was moving between Coesfeld and Greven. There were 9 casualties on that day.

Francis was the son of Frederick and agnes Hilton and was from Ballymena.

Sergeant Observer William Arthur Hughes was serving with 144 Squadron Royal Air Force. He was the Son of Charles and Alice Hughes and the huband of Evelyn Hughes.

He was from Crumlin, County Antrim.

Sergeant Thomas Leith-Ross was serving with 408 (Royal Canadian Air Force) Squadron and was in Halifax II JB790 EQ-V on a Mission from R.A.F. Leeming to Bochum.

His aircraft was shot down by HPTM Egmont Prinz Zur Lippe Weissenfeld of 3/HJG 1 at 01.22 over Sellen.

Thomas was the son of James Alexander Ross and Margaret Ross from Carclinty, County Antrim.

*****It is interesting to note that the Townland in which he lived is written on his headstone*****

Sergeant James Anthony Lynch was serving with 2nd Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles. He was the Son of James Edward and Mary Lynch and was from Belfast.

Sergeant Air Gunner William Matchett Mahaffy was serving with 158 Squadron, Royal Air Force. He was Tail Gunner in Wellington W5525 which was on a Mission to Essen in Germany. The aircraft was lost and he was Killed in Action. 

William was the Son of William Irwin and Jeannie Mahaffy and was from Bangor.

Sergeant Howard Torrens McQuigg was serving with 35 Squadron Royal Air Force. He was in Halifax L9500 involved in a mission to Magdeburg when he was killed in action.

Howard was the Son of William and Annie Torrens McQuigg from Aghadowey, County Londonderry.

*****It is interesting to see that his home townlandof Knockaduff, Aghadowey is written on his headstone.*****

Private Robert John McShane was serving with 5th Battalion, The Seaforth Highlanders.

He was the son of Frank and Mary Ann McShane and was from Ballymena.

Sergeant Air Gunner John Hubert O'Farrell was serving with 75 Squadron, Royal Air Force.

On 30th July 1943 he was in Stirling Mk III BF458 JN-P taking off from R.A.F. Mepal to join 273 aircraft on a raid to Remscheid in the Southern Rhur area of Germany.

Sergeant O'Farrell was Mid-Upper Gunner when the aircraft was brought down North of Krefeld near Bockum with the loss of 5 of the 7 Crew.

Sergeant O'Farrell was from Dundrum, County Down.

Private Robert O'Hare was a member of the Army Catering Corps and was attached to 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles.

He was the Son of Thomas and Brigid O'Hare from Belfast.

Sergeant Air Gunner Charles O'Neill was serving with 83 Squadron, Royal Air Force.

He was the Son of Edward and Mary Ann O'Neill and was from Armagh.

Sergeant Navigator Norman Peter Plenderleith was serving with 10 Squadron, Royal Air Force.

On the night of 23rd/24th May 1943 he was on board Halifax HR696 on a mission when the aircraft crashed with the loss of all crew.

Norman was th son of James p and Essie E Plenderleith from the Balmoral area of Belfast.

Lieutenant Samuel Ralph Ritchie was a member of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers who was attached to 7th Battalion The Seaforth Highlanders.

He was the Son of James and Kathleen Ethel Ritchie from Belfast.

Corporal Martin Ryan was serving with 1st Battalion The East Lancashire Regiment

He was the Son of Tim and Ann Ryan and was from Holywood, County Down.


Sergeant Pilot Randal Archibald Scott, Service Number 981198,was serving with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and is shown above.

On the night of 27th / 28th December 1941 he was with 58 Squadron and was based at Linton-on-Ouse from where he flew on a Mission to Dusseldorf.

Sergeant Scott was flying an Armstrong-Whitworth Whitley Mk V Aircraft, number Z9210 which was shot down by Anti-Aircraft Fire over the city of Moers which lies to the west of Duisburg.

He was the Son of Randal Brown Scott and Mary Catherine Scott. It is interesting to note that "Ballydonaghy, Crumlin, County Antrim, Northern Ireland" is written on his Headstone.

An Armstrong-Whitworth Whitley aircraft is shown below.

(Thanks very much to Randal Scott for Information and Photograph)

Sergeant Eric Shaw was serving with 101 Squadron, Royal Air Force.

He was the Son of John and Margaretta Shaw and was from Belfast.

Rifleman David Topping Spence was serving with 1st Airborne Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles. He died of wounds received during Operation Varsity.

He was the Son of Robert and Agnes Spence and was from Whitehouse, County Antrim.

The photograph above shows that Robert O'Hare and David Spence, although Killed at different times, are buried Side By Side.

Corporal James Stewart was serving with Kings Shropshire Light Infantry, 1st Battalion The Herefordshire Regiment.

He was the Son of Mr and Mrs William Stewart and was from Slatt, Ballymena.

Rifleman Samuel Thompson was serving with 1st Airborne Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles.

He was the son of William and Agnes Thompson and was from Belfast.

Private John Troy was serving with 6th Battalion The Kings Own Scottish Borderers.

He was the Son of John and Isabella Troy from Lisburn.

Private Henry McDowell Wales was serving with 7th Battalion The Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps.

He was the Son of James and catherine Wales and was from Belfast.

Sergeant William Wilson was serving with 514 Squadron, Royal Air Force and was aboard aircraft DS669 JI-C during a mission into Germany.

It is believed that the aircraft was hit by Flak or collided with DS828 and crashed in the target Area at Ecke Rethel / Schubertstrasse in Dusseldorf.

William was the Son of Henry and Isabella Jane Wilson and was from Douglasbridge, County Tyrone.

Northern Ireland Servicemen Buried in Jonkerbos Cemetery, Nijmegen, Netherlands

Private William Hodge was serving with Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment) 1st Battalion The Glasgow Highlanders.

He was the Son of Herbert and Margaret Hodge from Limavady, County Londonderry.

Private Patrick Leonard was serving with 7th Battalion The Seaforth Highlanders and was the Son of Mr and Mrs Felix Leonard from Boho, County Fermanagh.

Private Stanley George Sheldon was serving with 7th Battalion The Hampshire Regiment. 

He was the Son of George and Hannah Sheldon and the husband of Mary Charlotte Sheldon from Richill in County Armagh.

Corporal Edward Howlett Spence was serving with 5 / 7th Battalion The Gordon Highlanders. 

He was the son of William and Jane Spence from Sydenham, Belfast.

Northern Ireland Servicemen Buried in Anzio Beach Head Cemetery

Serjeant Frank Louis Baines was 27 years old and serving with 6th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment when he was killed on 28th February 1944. He was from Waringstown.

Private Robert John Brown was 33 years old and serving with 7th Battalion Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry when he was killed on 16th February 1944. He was from Belfast.

Fusilier Desmond Robert Crozier was 33 years old and serving with 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed on 20th May 1944. He was from Newtownbutler, County Fermanagh.

Lance Serjeant Robert samuel Crozier held the Military Medal and was 26 years old. He was serving with 252 Field Company, Royal Engineers when he was killed on 24th April 1944. He was from Caledon, County Tyrone.

John James Cunningham was 30 years old and serving with 2nd Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment when he was from Londonderry and was killed on 13th March 1944.

Captain James Lang Gibson was 24 years old. He was serving with the Royal Army Service Corps and Number 9 Commando and was killed on 4th July 1944. Captain Gibson was from Lisburn.

Fusilier John Graham was serving with 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was 22 years old when he was killed on 2nd May 1944 and was from Garvagh, County Londonderry.

Private William Heyburn was 29 years old and serving with 1st Battalion Kings Shropshire Light Infantry when he was killed on 25th April 1944. He was from Larne, County Antrim.

Fusilier George Johnston was 32 years old and serving with 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was from Lurgan and was killed on 13th April 1944.

Lance Corporal Robert Lyness was 30 years old and serving with 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was killed on 25th April 1944 and was from Lisburn.

Corporal John Anderson Moffit was 21 years old and serving with 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was killed on 2nd May 1944 and was from Aughnacloy, County Tyrone.

Corporal Michael Murphy was 28 years old and serving with 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was from Omagh, County Tyrone and was killed on 10th April 1944.

Private Bernard McCrystal was 46 years old and serving with 79 Company Pioneer Corps. He was from Ballymena and was killed on 2nd April 1944.

Lance Corporal Samuel McFeeters was 22 years old and serving with 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was killed on 15th April 1944 and was from Londonderry.

Fusilier John O'Brien was 21 years old and serving with 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was killed on 15th March 1944 and was from Londonderry.

Rifleman Harold Orr was 20 years old and serving with 1st Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles, The London Irish Rifles. He was killed on 1st March 1944 and was from Belfast.

Fusilier William Alexander Patrick was 27 years old and serving with 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was from Newtownstewart, County Tyrone and was killed on 27th May 1944.

Fusilier John Phillips was also serving with 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and was 33 years old when he was killed on 20th March 1944. He was from Lisburn.

Fusilier James Ramsey was serving with 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was 22 years old when he was killed on 2nd May 1944 and was from Ballymoney, County Antrim.

Private Norman Roy was 21 years old and serving with 2nd Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment. He was killed on 13th March 1944 and was from Belfast.

Lance Corporal Robert Sprott was serving with 1st Battalion The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire) He was 23 years old and was killed on 18th February 1944. He was from Belfast.

Fusilier Gordon Turnbull was 20 years old and serving with 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was killed on 2nd May 1944 and was from Kilrea, County Londonderry.

Serjeant James Wylie had won the Distinguished Conduct Medal and was serving with 1st Battalion, Irish Guards.

He was from Belfast and was 37 years old when he was killed on 24th February 1944.

Northern Ireland Servicemen Buried in Anzio War Cemetery

There are thirteen Servicemen from Northern Ireland who are buried in the Anzio War Cemetery - All their headstones are shown here.

These three Guardsmen from 1st battalion, Irish Guards were killed on the same day, 30th January 1944 and are buried side by side.

Guardsman John O'Neill was 20 years old and from Belfast.

Lance Corporal William Samuel Johnston was 28 years old and from Ballymoney.

Lance Serjeant Frederick Charles Cartlidge was 23 years old and from Belfast.

Major David Hutcheon was 39 years old and serving with 6th battalion Gordon Highlanders.He was from Castlerock, County Londonderry and was killed on 4th February 1944.

Guardsman Edward Michael Kelly was 32 years old and from Belfast. He was serving with 1st Battalion, Irish Guards and was killed on 30th January 1944.

Private Thomas John Martin was 21 years old and serving with The North Staffordshire Regiment when he was killed on 8th February 1944. He was from Belfast.

Lieutenant Christopher Michael Musgrave was 20 years old and serving with 1st Battalion, Irish Guards. He was the son of Lieutenant -Colonel Sir Christopher Norman Musgrave of the 6th Battalion and Lady Musgrave from Strandtown, Belfast. He was killed on 30th January 1944.

Guardsman William Rawlings was serving with 1st Battalion, Scots Guards. He was 23 years old when he was killed on 11th February 1944. He was from Lisburn.

Private Joseph Edward savage was serving with The Queens Royal Regiment (West Surrey) 2/5th Battalion and was from Belfast. He was killed on 23rd February 1944.

Driver Frank Vallely was 30 years old and serving with the Royal Army Service Corps when he was killed on 7th February 1944. He was from Cladybeg, Mowhan, County Armagh.

Lance Bombardier Alfred Williams was 30 years old and serving with Royal Artillery, 312 Battery, 90 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment when he was killed on 17th February 1944. He was from Londonderry.

Lance Corporal Walter Willis was 20 years old and serving with Royal Ulster Rifles, 1st Battalion, The London Irish Rifles. He was killed on 6th February 1944 and was from Belfast.

Lance Corporal Andrew Woods was 34 years old and serving with 1st Battalion, Irish Guards. He was from Tempo, County Fermanagh and was also killed on 6th February 1944.

Northern Ireland Servicemen Buried in Rome War Cemetery

Guardsman John James Duffy was serving with 1st Battalion Irish Guards and was 29 years old when he was killed on 8th February 1944. He was from Monea, County Fermanagh.

Guardsman Robert John Frazer was serving with 3rd Battalion Welsh Guards when he was killed on 22nd May 1945. He was from Belfast.

Gunner Bernard Ignatius McSperitt was 28 years old. He was serving with Royal Artillery attached to 4th Battalion, Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps and was killed on 2nd March 1945. He was from Belfast.

Aircraftsman 1st Class George Douglas Nethery was 23 years old and serving with Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He was killed on 28th June 1944.

He was from Drumquin, County Tyrone.

Lance Serjeant Frederick James Wray was 21 years old and serving with the North Staffordshire Regiment.

He was killed on 8th February 1944 and was from Waterside, Londonderry.

Northern Ireland Servicemen Buried in Hamburg.

Shown here are the headstones of 14 Servicemen from Northern Ireland who are buried in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Plot within Ohlsdorf Cemetery in Hamburg, Germany. 

Sergeant William Yarr Alderdice was a member of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and was serving in Bomber Command with 408 Royal Canadian Air Force Squadron which is known as "Goose Squadron"

On 28th April 1942 he was a Wireless Operator / Air Gunner in Hadley Page Hampden Bomber AE 426  which had flown from R.A.F. Balderton on a Mission to Keil, Germany.

At some stage during the mission this aircraft was shot down.

Sergeant Alderdice was the Son of George and Mary Alderdice from Belfast.

Private William Joseph Cushnie was serving in the Pioneer Corps . He was the Husband of Isabella Cushnie and the Son of Mr and Mrs William Cushnie from The Maze near Lisburn.

G.S. Davies (Unfortunately I cannot find the name of this Soldier) was a member of 2nd Battalion, The Rifle Brigade. He was the Son of William Charles and Kate Davies and the Husband of Mary A. Davies. He was from Banbridge.

Ronald Edgar Gilfillan was a Leading Aircraftsman with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and the Son of William and Mary Gilfillan.

He was from Crindle in County Londonderry and is shown in the two pictures above. (My sincere thanks goes to Matt Gilfillan for the photographs)

Lance Corporal Mark Harrigan served with 279 General Transport Company of the Royal Army Service Corps. He was the Son of William and Bridget Harrigan and the Husband of Mary. He was from Londonderry.

Sergeant Samuel Hugh Albert Jess was a Wireless Operator / Air Gunner in an Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Bomber of 102 Squadron, Royal Air Force.

The aircraft he was flying in, T4273, took off from R.A.F. Topcliffe and was shot down by FLAK at Kampstrasse, Hamburg.

Whilst visiting Hamburg I photographed one of the huge FLAK Towers which remain in the City and indeed the one shown here is on Feldstrasse being only 2 streets from where the Aircraft in which Sergeant Jess was flying crashed after being struck by FLAK.

This Bundesarchiv picture shows the same FLAK Tower that I have photographed below, as it looked in 1945.

This picture shows Sergeant Jess buried with other members of his Crew - Pilot A.C. Elliott, Pilot A.L.R. Cook, Observer J.M. Oxley and Wireless operator / Air Gunner N.R. Skinner.

Sergeant Jess was the Son of James and Ellen Jess and was from Killyleagh. (Some of this information from Worldnavalships.com)

Flight Sergeant Isaac Kennedy was a Wireless Operator / Air Gunner in Vickers Wellington Bomber BJ711 of Bomber Command 142 Squadron, Royal Air Force.

His aircraft took off from R.A.F. Waltham but failed to return. It is believed that the aircraft was a likely victim of FLAK (Aviationarcheology.org.uk)  

Isaac, who is shown above, was the Son of Robert and Margaret Kennedy from Ahoghill.

(Many thanks to Mildred Logan for the photograph of Isaac shown below)

Lance Corporal William John Laird was serving with the 2nd Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders when he died on 24th August 1945.

He was the Son of William and Margaret Laird from Galliagh, Londonderry.

Private Henry James Nixon was serving with 53 Company, Pioneer Corps.

He was the Son of James and Sarah Jane Nixon from Belfast.

Sergeant Daniel Patrick McAleese, who is pictured here, was serving in Bomber Command with 149 Squadron, Royal Air Force.

He was a Flight Engineer on Short Stirling R9253 QJ-C which took off at 16.35 on 8th December 1942 from R.A.F. Lakenheath being flown by Flying Officer Laurence Theodore Izzard of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

The force consisted of 80 aircraft from 1, 3 and 4 Groups Royal Air Force Bomber Command and was taking part in Mine Laying sorties to the German and Danish coast.

Sergeant McAleese's aircraft went to the Jasmine Region off the coast of Travemunde near Lubeck, Germany and crashed onto mudflats in the Westermarsch district of Lower Saxony with the loss of all on board. A total of 5 Bombers were lost on this Mission.

Sergeant McAleese was the Son of Daniel and Mary E. McAleese of Scarva.

(Photograph of Sergeant McAleese is from Poyntzpass History Society)

Sapper Robert Peters of the Royal Engineers was the Son of Robert and Agnes Peters from Broughshane.

Sergeant Frederick Livingston Roleston was a Wireless Operator / Air Gunner on a Short Stirling Aircraft of 218 Squadron, Royal Air Force.

His Stirling Bomber HA-Q, number N3762 flew from R.A.F. Downham Market with eight other aircraft on a Raid to Bomb a Submarine Yard at Herrenwyk, Lubeck.

During the flight this aircraft was hit by FLAK and crashed in a field at Hubertus, Hamburg.

Sergeant Roleston was the Son of Frederick Thomas and sarah Louisa Roleston from Benburb. (Some information from Hendersongoodwinfamilytree.weebly.com) 

Pilot Officer Wallace Robert Smyth was a Navigator on Bomber Command Lancaster ED616 of 57 Squadron, Royal Air Force. He took off from R.A.F. Scampton at 23.25 on 29th July 1943 on a Mission to Hamburg. and was shot down by FLAK crashing North of Hamburg at Fuhlsbuttel. All of the crew, including the Pilot G.A.N. Parker were killed.

Pilot Officer Smyth was from Holywood.

Commissioner Samuel Black Underwood of the Control Commission (B.E.) died on 1st June 1946.

He was the Son of Sam and Mary from Belfast.

Northern Ireland Airman Buried in Krakow

On 16th October 1944 at 4:30 AM B-24 Liberator bomber KH-152 F of 34 Squadron South Africa Air Force took off from the Celone airfield near Brindisi in the southern Italy on a Mission to drop supplies the Polish Home Army.

The crew consisted of Lieutenant J. A. Lithgow, Pilot (SAAF), Lieutenant K. B. Mac William, co-pilot, (SAAF) Lieutenant E. Colbert, Observer, (SAAF) Lieutenant G. C. Dicks, Air Gunner (SAAF), Lieutenant S. I. Fourie, Air Gunner, (SAAF) Sergeant T. Myers, Bomb Aimer, (RAF), Sergeant G. F. Ellis, Air Gunner, (RAF) and Sergeant W. F. Cowan, Air Gunner, (RAF)
At 8:30 AM the aircraft was approaching the Wisła River between Kraków and Tarnów, when it was shot down by a German night fighter piloted by Oberfeldwebel Karl Maisch from the 2. NJG 100 who had taken off from Udefeld airfield. (Which I believe is now Katowice Airport).

The Liberator crashed to the east of Krakow near Szczucin.

Five members of the Crew were killed.

Sergeant William Francis COWAN was 31 years old and from Belfast. His body was found by the Polish Resistance in the land of Kazimierz Lachut in Brzezowka where he was buried afterwards before subsequently being moved to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery in Krakow.
(The information above comes from the excellent 12oclockhigh.net Forum.)

Northern Ireland Servicemen Buried in Berlin.

I have identified 19 Servicemen from Northern Ireland who are buried in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission 1939 - 1945 War Cemetery in Berlin and during a visit I have photographed all their Headstones which are shown here.

Serjeant John James Caves was serving with the Glider Pilot Regiment, Army Air Corps. He was the Son of Jack and Ann Caves from Lisburn.

Private Percy James Edwards was serving with 1st battalion The Welch Regiment and was Husband of Winnifred Edwards from Belfast.

Serving with the New Zealand Infantry was John Gilmore whose parents John and Margaret were from Belfast.

Corporal Desmond Mary Grant was from Toomebridge and the Son of James and Ellen Grant. He was serving with the Royal Air Force. Desmond had been taken Prisoner of War  on 24th May 1941 in Crete and following his death he was initially buried in the Military Cemetery (Garnisonfriedhof) at Doberitz, Berlin in the section of the cemetery reserved for prisoners of war.

In 1948 his remains were removed from this cemetery and reinterred at the British Military Cemetery, Berlin. (Thanks very much to Eileen McKay for this information about her Uncle)

Private Thomas Hancock was the Husband of Kathleen Hancock from Belfast. He was serving with The Welch Regiment.

Pilot Officer John Graham McComb was in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and a Pilot with 9 Squadron. He was the son of Samuel and Elizabeth McComb from Belfast.

Pilot Officer David Whiteside McConnell D.F.C. was serving with 101 Squadron R.A.F. and was the Son of David and Ruby McConnell from Newry.

Sergeant Andrew Leslie McConnell was a Wireless operator / Air Gunner serving with 463 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force. 

Sergeant John Ritchie McDowell was a Flight Engineer serving with 101 Squadron, Royal Air Force.

He was the Son of John and Mary Ann McDowell from Hillsborough.

Sergeant Robert McKeag was an Air Gunner serving with 50 Squadron. R.A.F. and was the Son of Robert and Agnes McKeag from Belfast.

On the left is another photograph of Sergeant Robert McKeag's Headstone as it looked after a visit from his relatives.

Below is the letter sent to his family following his death along with his Air Gunner insignia, Sergeant chevrons and three medals.

The three medals are, from left to right the 1939 - 1945 Star, The Air Crew Europe Star and the 1939 - 1945 War Medal.

(I wish to thank Sharon Kerridge for her considerable assistance with this photograph)


Sergeant Robert Charles McLaren was from Sixmilecross, County Tyrone. He was serving in the Royal Air Force with 626 Squadron as a Navigator and was the Son of Thomas and Emma McLaren. 


Pilot Officer James Stirling Moore was serving as a Navigator with 78 Squadron R.A.F.

He was the Son of Thomas and Miriam Moore from Belfast.

For more information about the shooting down of the aircraft in which Pilot Officer Moore was flying please visit http://www.78sqdnhalifax.me.uk/acclast.htm

(Thank-you very much to Fiona Moore for providing this photograph and link)

Sergeant Walter Leonard Sargent was serving as an Air Bomber with 103 Squadron, Royal Air Force. He was the Son of Mr and Mrs Leonard Sargent from Rostrevor, County Down and it is worthy of note that his home town is referred to on his Headstone.

Flight Sergeant Gerald Eagleson Scott was a Wireless Operator / Air Gunner with 514 Squadron, Royal Air Force. He was the Son of David and Elizabeth Scott from Belfast.

Gerald Eagleson Scott joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in 1939 and on completion of training he served as a Flight Sergeant / Rear Gunner on an Avro Lancaster which was a particularly hazardous position.

The mission was to be the last major raid on Berlin. It was scheduled for the night of 21st/22nd March 1944 however was postponed until 24th March 1944.

Gerry Scott is shown on the right of the photograph immediately below with a fellow Airman.

Gerry and his Best Friend, Flight Sergeant R.B. McAllister (From Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada) were enjoying a well earned Leave following the completion of their requisite number of missions and Gerry was in Belfast when he was recalled to Duty.

The two friends were assigned to Lancaster L.L. 625-C with 514 Squadron based at Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire.

The mission consisted of a total force of 811 aircraft with 577 being Lancasters, 216 Halifaxes and 18 Mosquitos.

There were 72 aircraft lost of which 44 were Lancasters and 28 Halifaxes.

The Lancaster in which Gerry was flying crashed on the return journey from the Raid. The cause of the crash is unknown.

It crashed near Worlitz which is a small town South of the River Elbe and East Northeast of Dressau.

All of the crew were killed except for one survivor – Gerry’s best friend, Ron McAllister who is shown here.

Gerry was posthumously awarded Defence Medal, 1939-1945 War Medal, Air Crew Europe Star and 1939 – 1945 Star.

The Aircrew are Flying Officer J.R. Laing, Sergeant P.C.K. Bennett, Sergeant A. Vickers, Flight Sergeant J. Knights, Flight Sergeant G.E.Scott, Flight Sergeant R.B. McAllister (R.C.A.F. Prisoner of War) and Sergeant C.A. Salt.

Gerry’s name is inscribed on the War Memorial in Ballynahinch Town Square.

This is Ronald Bayne McAllister, R.C.A.F.  J92512 (R174878) (Thanks very much to  Roger Guernon for providing this photograph)

(Thanks very much to Nuala Scott for the information and photographs of her Great Uncle Gerald Eagleson Scott.)

Sergeant Peter Tristan Smith was a Navigator with 61 Squadron, Royal Air Force. He was the Son of Leonard and Lilian Smith from Bangor, County Down.

Lance Corporal George Sterritt was serving with the Pioneer Corps. He was the son of James and Catherine Sterritt from Cookstown, County Tyrone and the Husband of Annie Sterritt.

It is worthy of note that he was 50 Years Old!

Sergeant Edward John Wright was a Wireless Operator / Air Gunner serving with 15 Squadron R.A.F. and the Son of James and Mabel Wright from Belfast. 

Private John Johnston was serving with the Royal Army Service Corps. He was the Husband of Mary and had a Daughter Sadie. From Belfast.

Bombardier Thomas McCutcheon was serving with 5 Battery, 2 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery.

He was the Son of William and Margaret McCutcheon from Bangor, County Down.

Northern Ireland Servicemen Buried in Hermanville Cemetery, Normandy

This is the Entrance to the Cemetery which has the British 3rd Infantry Division Unit Insignia on the ground.

Rifleman Patrick Mullen was from Rosslea in County Fermanagh and served in A Company and was killed by a shrapnel wound to the head at "Farm Gazelle"

Rifleman Cecil Wilson was from Lurgan and was wounded by shrapnel on 9th June at Cambes. He died on 24th June.


Other Men from Northern Ireland who are Buried at Hermanville are

William Griffin who was from Derrygonnelly, County Fermanagh and serving with 2nd Battalion, Irish Guards

Corporal Eric Boyd, from Rosevale Street, Belfast who was serving in an Anti-Tank Platoon of Support Company 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles.He had been wounded in the legs by shrapnel at Cambes on 9th June 1944 when his Bren Gun Carrier was struck by shellfire.Boyd received treatment and had a leg amputated however he died the following day from his wounds.

Northern Ireland Servicemen Buried in Bayeux Cemetery, Normandy

Captain Reginald Norman Morgan was serving with the 1st (Airborne) Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles when he was Killed in Action near Ste Honorine.

He had been listed as "Missing in Action" on 7th June 1944 and his body was found on the 11th June 1944.

When I visited this Cemetery I did not have a List of the Northern Ireland Servicemen who are laid to rest there with me however these men are listed below.


Albert Edward Berry, From Downpatrick, 4th Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

Robert Black, From Coleraine, B Squadron, 61st Regiment, Reconnaissance Corps, Royal Armoured Corps

John Casselles Browne, From Glengormley, 6th Durham Light Infantry

James Crawford Clarke, From Belfast, Able Seaman on H.M.S. Copra

William Gibson, From Belfast, 1st battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment

James Hanna, From Larne, Air Gunner with 630 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

William Harper, From Ballycastle, 2/6th Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment

Thomas Ireland, From Belfast, Driver with 282 general Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps

Hugh Francis Kelly, from Belfast, 2nd Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles

David Hugh Kerrigan, From Fivemiletown, 1st battalion, Worchestershire Regiment

William Robert King, From Newry, Flying Officer with 181 Squadron, Royal Air Force

William Alexander Millar, From Belfast, Sergeant Pilot Royal Air Force

William Moore, From Newtownstewart, Rifleman with 9th Cameronians, Scottish Rifles

William Charles Morris, From Belfast, 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles

John Henry McAreavy, 806 Company, Pioneer Corps

Thomas Moreland McBride, From Downpatrick, 109 Company Pioneer Corps

Joseph McCusker, From Brookeborough, 211 Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps

Charles McDowell, From Londonderry, 1049 Port Operating Company, Royal Engineers

William McWilliams, From Derryharney, County Fermanagh, 119 Battery, 75 Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery

Frank Osterfield, From Belfast, 1st Royal Tank Regiment

Arthur Potts, rom Lisburn, Guradsman with 3rd Battalion, Irish Guards

Edward Eli Reynolds, From Londonderry, 2nd Battalion, South Wales Borderers

William John Rowe, From Lisnaskea served with 5th/7th Gordon Highlanders

John Alexander Smith, From Londonderry, Royal Marine with 41 Commando

John Thomas Snape, From Banbridge, 1st Hampshire Regiment

Andrew McNeilly Wright, Master of SS Eskwood.

                                                       *****PLEASE REMEMBER EVERY ONE OF THESE MEN WAS A VOLUNTEER! *****