Fredericks, Godfrey, Coates, Clarke

Crummy, Clegg, Trask, Stronach

  Barclay, Chapman, Heffernan, McMillan

Houldsworth, Dennis, Altstedter, Stallard

L-R Sgt Grant Ellergodt, F/Sgt Samuel Grosman, Sgt E.H. Johnston,

Sgt Albert Glass

RUTTAN (3) Commanding Officer

Pilot                      W/Cdr    G.G.        Ruttan, DSO        

Navigator             F/O         A.W.       Hornbrook

WO/AG                 P/O        R.A.        Swainston           

WO/AG                 Sgt          D.K.        Stroud

    

SARGENT        KIA   29 May 1942

Pilot                      P/O        D.H.        Sargent

Navigator              P/O        M.           Edwards

WO/AG                 F/Sgt      J.A.    McWilliams

WO/AG                 Sgt          A.F.       Conway 

 

SAVAGE

Pilot                      Sgt          W.R.R.    Savage                 

Navigator             P/O          F.A.         Brockwell

WO/AG                 Sgt          J.E.          Mason  

WO/AG                 Sgt          S.J.          Babyn 

 

SENECAL 

Pilot                      P/O        J.H.        Senecal

Navigator             P/O        T.            Burtch

WO/AG                 P/O        J.            Legan

WO/AG                 Sgt        F.E.        Dorken

 

SMITH

Pilot                      F/O         G.L.         Smith

Navigator             F/Sgt      E.J.          Rowe

WO/AG                 P/O        O.W.       Boville

WO/AG                 F/Sgt      H.           Walters

  

STRONACH     KIA    14 June 1943

Pilot                      S/Ldr        J.G.        Stronach

Navigator              WO1        W.A.       Trask

WO/AG                 P/O          J.A.        Town             (Killed on GLC Flight 10 Apr 43)

WO/AG                 P/O          A.B.        Clegg

WO/AG                 F/O          G.K.        Crummy        (Replaced Sgt Town)

Left to right: Bud Robertson, Paul Ramage, Bob McBride and Gordon Clubb.

L/R:  Sgt J.F.C. Cabot, F/Sgt H.E. Davies, F/Lt J.R Sumner, Sgt L. Arter

McGEE                       KIA   17 May 1943

Pilot                      F/Sgt      L.E.         McGee                 

Navigator             F/O        L.G.         Burgess (RAFVR)

WO/AG                Sgt         E.J.          Ramey

WO/AG                Sgt         G.B.        Jackson  

 

McLEOD               Shot down 23 March 1943

Pilot                      F/O        J.D.P.      McLeod (POW)

Navigator             P/O        C.M.       Chambers (KIA)

WO/AG                 Sgt        W.W.E.   Haddock (POW)

WO/AG                 P/O        D.H.        Wraith (POW)

 

McMILLAN (1)

Pilot                      P.O         W.D.       McMillan

Navigator             P/O          J.K.        Chapman

WO/AG                 F/Sgt      J.R.         Barclay


WO/AG                 Sgt          D.J.        Heffernan

McMILLAN (2)

Pilot                      F.O         W.D.       McMillan

Navigator             F/O         J.K.          Chapman

WO/AG                 F/Sgt      C.S.V.     Kent

WO/AG                 Sgt          D.I.C.      Kinch

Navigator             P/O        G.A.        Taylor X 2

 

McNEIL-WATSON

Pilot                      Sgt         D.B.        McNeil-Watson

Navigator               P/O        W.          Tyler

WO/AG                 Sgt        E.S.         Roberts

WO/AG                 Sgt        A.F.         Wright

 

MONTGOMERY   Killed in Trg 3 April 1943

Pilot                      Sgt          D.           Montgomery      

Navigator             Sgt          W.J.        MacKay

WO/AG                 Sgt          J.W.        Whipple

WO/AG                 Sgt          J.D.         Scott

 

PEEL

Pilot                      W/O      H.W.         Peel

Navigator             P/O        R.B.         Walker

WO/AG                 Sgt         A.E.         Dowie

WO/AG                 Sgt         M.P.       Wilson

 

PERRY

Pilot                      F/Sgt      R.A.        Perry

Navigator             P/O        D.T.         Wood

WO/AG                Sgt         E.R.         Saunders

WO/AG                 Sgt        J.S.          Young

 

PILKINGTON 

Pilot                      F/O        W.G.       Pilkington

Navigator             F/Lt         R.S.         Arrand

WO/AG                 Sgt         W.N.       MacEachearn

WO/AG                 Sgt          I.R.         Parliament

Teakles, Jones, Vaughan, Ward

Crummy, McIlrath, Briggs, Blandford

Glass, Brenner, Vautier, Rowe

KEILLER          

Pilot                      F/O         H.G.        Keiller

Navigator             P/O         C.A.         Wondolowaski

WO/AG                 W/O       E.             Dorval

WO/AG                 Not Assigned



LAWRENCE

Pilot                      P/O        G.H.        Lawrence

Navigator             P/O        K.R.         Maffre

WO/AG                Sgt         L.S.         Sharp

WO/AG                 F/Sgt     R.E.         Vokey

BOYTON          KIA    4 October 1942

Pilot                      Sgt          C.R.         Boyton (RAAF)

Observer              P/O        J.H.           Barton (RAFVR)

WO/AG                 Sgt          J.F.          Maher (RAFVR)

WO/AG                 Sgt          J.G.         Stuckless (RAFVR)

 

BRENNER (1)

Pilot                      F/O         A.B.        Brenner

Observer              F/Sgt      E.L.L.       Rowe

WO/AG                 Sgt          G.K.        Summers

WO/AG                 Sgt          R.            Zumar

 

BRENNER (2)

Pilot                      F/O         A.B.        Brenner

Observer              F/Sgt      E.L.L.       Rowe

WO/AG                 Sgt          E.A.        Vautier (RAF)   (replaced by Stroud)

WO/AG                 Sgt          H.A.        Stroud 

WO/AG                 Sgt          H.E.        Bowman 

Parliament, MacEachearn, Arrand, Pilkington

ARMSTRONG

Pilot                      F/O         R.            Armstrong          

Navigator             F/O         H.R.D.S.  Cuddon

WO/AG                 Sgt          J.             Maher   

WO/AG                 Sgt          J.             Bileski
 

ARNOLD          Killed in Trg 9 Sept 1943

Pilot                      P/O        R.S.         Arnold

Navigator             P/O        C.E.          Coons

WO/AG                 Sgt          D.K.        Stroud

WO/AG                 P/O        R.A.         Swainston       (not on board when accident occurred)

 

ASHFIELD

Pilot                      Sgt          K.T.         Ashfield               

Navigator             Sgt          G.N.         Brown

WO/AG                 Sgt          B.W.        Forbes  

WO/AG                 Sgt          J.S.          Buchanan

 

BATCHELOR
    Killed in Trg 11 June 1943

Pilot                      Sgt          F.U.        Batchelor (RAF)

Navigator             P/O         S.            Viatkin (RAF)

WO/AG                 Sgt         E.H.        Johnston

Fitter 2E                LAC        E.J.        Dockendorff

 

BATTEN          

Pilot                      F/Sgt      R.L.         Batten

Navigator             Sgt          C.            Ellwood

WO/AG                 Sgt          A.C.        Smith

WO/AG                 Sgt          H.A.        Stroud

 

BEAN     Command  11 November 1942

Pilot                      S/Ldr      W.W.      Bean

Navigator             P/O        N.W.G.    Hill

WO/AG                 P/O        T.N.        Chessell

WO/AG                 Sgt          W.R.      Cornish

Roy Ennis, Mandle Bloomfield, Bud McComb, Jack Labelle

DONALD (1)   

Pilot                      F/Sgt      J.C.          Donald                   

Navigator             Sgt          C.A.         Brown

WO/AG                 Sgt          T.V.        Sullivan

WO/AG                 Sgt          S.           Price

 

DONALD (2)

Pilot                      P/O        J.C.          Donald         (Killed from injuries a mid-air                                                                                         collision 24 April 1943))     

Navigator             Sgt          C.A.         Brown

WO/AG                 Sgt          A             Glass

WO/AG                 Sgt          R.H.        Johnston

 

ELLERGODT

Pilot                      Sgt          G.O.        Ellergodt

Navigator             F/Sgt        S.E.        Grosman

WO/AG                 Sgt          E.H.        Johnson

WO/AG                 Sgt          A.            Glass

 

ENNS      

Pilot                      P/O        J.A.         Enns

Navigator             P/O        W.C.L.    De Pelham

WO/AG                 Sgt          R.F.      Morrison

WO/AG                 Sgt          H.         Calvert

TAGUE

Pilot                      2/Lt        M.F.         Tague (US)

Navigator             Sgt          P.            Clarkson              

WO/AG                 Sgt          K.A.        Roche

WO/AG                 Sgt          G.A.        Slater

 

THOMSON 

Pilot                      P/O        D.C.       Thomson             

Navigator             P/O        A.H.        Bartlett

WO/AG                 Sgt        R.F.         Wells     

WO/AG                 F/O         M.W.      Cole




TIPPET             KIA    20 November 1942

Pilot                      Sgt          A.J.         Tippet (RAAF)

Pilot                      P/O        J.J.           Lynn (RAFVR)                    

WO/AG                 Sgt         W.J.D.?     Miller (RAFVR)

WO/AG                 Sgt          R.R.T.?          Sleep 

 

WALTER          KIA    16 July 1943

Pilot                      F/Sgt      R.            Walter (RAFVR)

Navigator             P/O        V.C.J.      Steer (RAFVR)

WO/AG                 Sgt          H.A.       Huntington

WO/AG                 Sgt          J.L.L.       Janisse

 

WATHEN         KIA   17 May 1943

Pilot                       P/O       K.C.         Wathen (RAAF)

Navigator              F/O        J.M.         Crawford (RAFVR)

WO/AG                 Sgt          M.D.       Maxwell  (survived on course – replaced by Sgt Sykes)

WO/AG                 Sgt          J.H.         Steward (RAFVR)

WO/AG                 Sgt          I.M.         Sykes (RNZAF)

 

WATT

Pilot                      Sgt          R.H.        Watt                    

Navigator             F/O         A.F.         Boyd

WO/AG                F/O         R.A.        Gauthier

WO/AG                Sgt          H.J.         Mihell

 

WURTELE (1) Commanding Officer

Pilot                      W/C       E.L.         Wurtele

Navigator             P/O        J.             Baird

WO/AG                 F/Lt                       Bostock

WO/AG                 F/Sgt      G.           Angus

EVANS             Command 16 March 1943

Pilot                     W/C       G.H.D.   Evans

Navigator            F/O        W.H.      Main    (Replaced by Wallace)

Navigator            F/O        T.           Wallace

WO/AG                Sgt         E.H.      Smith, DFM

WO/AG                F/O        D.N.      Fleming

COWAN  

Pilot                      S/Ldr      E.W.        Cowan

Navigator             Sgt          G.J.         Jobe

WO/AG                 Sgt          R.            McCloy

WO/AG                 Sgt          R.            Urban

 

CROSS

Pilot                      P/O        C.D.        Cross

Observer              Sgt          S.E.       Grossman

WO/AG                 Sgt          R.          Zumar

WO/AG                 Sgt          G.K.      Summers

Navigator              P/O        W.H.       Main    (replaced Grossman)

              

DEL CAMPO 

Pilot                      P/O        M.          Del Campo

Navigator             P/O        A.W.       Hornbrook

WO/AG                 P/O        R.A.       Gauthier

WO/AG                 Sgt          J.          Bileskie

 

DENNIS           Command 6 August 1942

Pilot                      S/Ldr      R.            Dennis

Navigator              P/O                       Altstedter

WO/AG                 Sgt          D.A.       Stallard

WO/AG                 P/O        A.G.        Houldsworth

GRAINGER      KIA    26 July 1943

Pilot                     F/Sgt       R.            Grainger (RAFVR)

Navigator             Sgt          A.            Millican (RAFVR)

WO/AG                 Sgt          T.A.         Ivey

WO/AG                 Sgt          R.B.        MacKenzie

 

GRAYSTONE

Pilot                      F/Sgt      C.S.         Graystone

Navigator             F/O         T.M.         Parnell

WO/AG                 Sgt          A.S.        Richards

WO/AG                 Sgt          H.M.A.    Schneider

 

HARRIS            KIA    15 August 1943

Pilot                      S/L         P.N.        Harris, DFC (RAFVR)

Navigator              P/O        R.V.        Procter (RAFVR)

WO/AG                 P/O         A.G.        Innes (RAF)

WO/AG                 Sgt          G.H.        Clemson (survived – he was replaced by Postode)

WO/AG                 F/Lt          J.O.        Bostock (RAFVR)

 

HARRIS                       

Pilot                      F/Lt        P.          Harris (RAF) (Harris & Seales were supernumery)

Navigator             P/O        M.J.        Seales (RAF)

WO/AG                 F/Sgt      W.M.     Comba

WO/AG                 Sgt          M.         Staffanick

  

HERBERT         Killed in Trg 12 March 1942

Pilot                      P/O        J.R.          Herbert

Observer              F/O         W.L.        MacKay

WO/AG                 Sgt          H.R.        Hatfield

WO/AG                 Sgt          A.T.P.     Murtha

 

HILDEBRANDT  

Pilot                      F/Sgt      A.F.         Hildebrandt        

Navigator             F/Sgt      W.           MacCausland

WO/AG                 Sgt         N.S.        Hastings              

WO/AG                 Sgt         W.K.       Mailman

 

HOBBS

Pilot                      F/Lt        A.C.         Hobbs

Navigator             F/Sgt      C.R.         Taylor

WO/AG                 Sgt          F.W.       Lobb

WO/AG                 Sgt          J.H.        Savoie

 

HURL               Killed in Trg 19 March 1943

Pilot                      Sgt          W.L.        Hurl

Navigator              F/O         B.A.        Johnson (RAFVR)

WO/AG                 Sgt         W.C.R.    Foerster

WO/AG                 Sgt          R.H.        O’Brien

 

JAMES             KIA    1 July 1942

Pilot                      F/O         G.G.O.    James

Observer              F/Sgt      A.K.         Farnie

WO/AG                 Sgt          T.           Gibbons

WO/AG                 F/Sgt      G.A.        Pearce

 

JAY                  Killed in Trg 23 March 1942

Pilot                      F/Sgt      C.H.        Jay

Observer              Sgt          P.G.        O’Brien

WO/AG                 Sgt          R.R.       Oliver

WO/AG                 Sgt          M.F.        Ramsey

 

JONES

Pilot                      F/Lt        M.E.       Jones

Navigator             F/O         D.A.       Ward

WO/AG                 F/O         J.M.      Teakles

WO/AG                 P/O        R.P.       Vaughan

BRIGGS

Pilot                      F/Sgt      C.E.         Briggs    

Observer              F/Sgt      J.             McIlrath

WO/AG                 F/Sgt      P.H.        Blandford

WO/AG                 Sgt          G.K.        Crummy              

Navigator              F/O         M.F.         Baird       (replaced McIlrath) 

LIVINGSTON

Pilot                      F/Sgt                     Livingston

Observer              Sgt                         Hunter

WO/AG                 Sgt                         Kent

WO/AG                 Sgt                         Kinch

 

MACKIE    

Pilot                      P/O        P.D.        Mackie

Observer              P/O        E.            McFarland

WO/AG                 Sgt        J.L.A.       Champoux

WO/AG                 Sgt          V.W.       Eldridge

 

MAHN             KIA   04 June 1942

Pilot                      P/O        F.H         Mahn (survived)

Observer              F/Sgt      J.W.       Stirling

WO/AG                 Sgt         W.          Peebles

WO/AG                 Sgt          E.         Thomas

 

McBRIDE         POWs    7 November 1942

Pilot                      F/Sgt      R.F          McBride

Navigator             Sgt          A.M.H.     Robertson

WO/AG                 Sgt          P.R.        Ramage

WO/AG                 Sgt          G.W.       Clubb

REIGATE          Killed in Trg 11 March 1943

Pilot                      Sgt          J.N.         Reigate

Navigator             Sgt          D.T.         Hodgson (RAFVR)

WO/AG                 Sgt          J.H.M.    Ker

WO/AG                 Sgt          J.A.E.      St.Laurent

  

RIDGEWAY

Pilot                      P/O        B.H.        Ridgeway

Observer              P/O        J.R.          Murray

WO/AG                 Sgt          F.A.         Steele

WO/AG                 Sgt          G.E.        Pratt 

 

RIDLEY             KIA     24 June 1942

Pilot                      F/Sgt      J.A.         Ridley

Observer              F/Sgt      R.W.       Veit

WO/AG                 Sgt         H.A.        Clarson

WO/AG                 Sgt         G.O.        Klarner



RITSCHER        Killed in Trg 6 Sept 1943

Pilot                      P/O        R.E.        Ritscher

Navigator             P/O         C.A.        Wondolowski (not on board)

WO/AG                P/O        O.K.        Main

WO/AG                Sgt          H.J.    Hanson

              

 

RIVERS  

Pilot                      F/Sgt      L.W.        Rivers

Navigator             P/O        A.F.G.     Hughes

WO/AG                 P/O        G.           Nathan

WO/AG                 P/O        H.E.        Maguire

 

ROBSON          Shot down 19 August 1943, POW

Pilot                     Sgt          W.A.       Robson (RAF)

Navigator             Sgt          H.G.        Laverick (RAF)

WO/AG                 Sgt          H.G.        Gnam

WO/AG                 Sgt          H.E.        St-Jean

 

RUTTAN (1)

Pilot                      S/Ldr      G.G.        Ruttan  

Navigator             WO         S.            Grossman

WO/AG                 P/O        D.I.R.      Angus

WO/AG                 F/Sgt      N.W.       Lobb

 

RUTTAN (2)  Commanding Officer

Pilot                      W/Cdr    G.G.        Ruttan, DSO        

Navigator             F/Sgt      C.            Ellwood

WO/AG                 P/O        A.G.        Smith, DFM         

WO/AG                 Sgt          W.C.       Norquay

EWING

Pilot                      P/O        D.F.         Ewing

Navigator             1/Lt        H.             Pinckes (US)

WO/AG                 Sgt          E.           Steele

WO/AG                 Sgt          M.R.       Jones

 

GARFIN          KIA      27 June 1942

Pilot                      F/Sgt      I.W.        Garfin

Observer              Sgt                         Billard    (Did not fly that day)

Observer              Sgt          V.B.        Whelpley

WO/AG                 Sgt          B.A.        Dakin

WO/AG                 Sgt          D.            Pearce

 
 

GATES   

Pilot                      P/O        R.O.        Gates

Navigator             P/O        V.T.         Rice

WO/AG                 P/O        D.D.        Stemp

WO/AG                 Sgt          M.E.       Smith

 

GIBSON

Pilot                      F/Lt        M.W.      Gibson

Navigator             Sgt          A.R.       Armitage

WO/AG                Sgt          R.           McGilvray

WO/AG                Sgt          F.           Ladd

 

GODFREY       

Pilot                      P/O        J.N.         Godfrey                 KIA   - Crash landing 1 November 1942

Navigator             P/O        R.G.        Frederick

WO/AG                 Sgt          D.M.       Coates

WO/AG                 Sgt          R.A.        Clarke

Metcalf, Adams, Leblanc, Sutton

BROOKS

Pilot                      Sgt                         Brooks  

Navigator             Sgt                         Hussey

WO/AG                 Sgt                         Rigby     

WO/AG                 Sgt                         Jensen

 

BROUGHTON 

Pilot                      P/O        F.W.        Broughton           

Navigator             Sgt          J.M.        Dawkins

WO/AG                 Sgt          L.           Ross      

WO/AG                 Sgt          J.B.M.    McMillan

 

CAMPBELL      Killed in Trg 18 Feb 1943

Pilot                      Sgt          P.B.       Campbell

Observer              P/O        K.R.         Maffre

WO/AG                 Sgt          Z.M.       Niblock

WO/AG                 Sgt          R.E.        Vokey

 

CLASPER

Pilot                      Sgt          H.R.        Clasper                

Navigator             Sgt          D.J.         Cartridge

WO/AG                 Sgt          M.L.        Parker   

WO/AG                 Sgt          A.D.        Donald

 

CLINE               KIA   10 April 1943

Pilot                      F/Sgt      G.A.        Cline                     

Navigator              F/O        W.B.        Keown (RAFVR)

WO/AG                 F/Sgt          J.M.        Ryan  (RNZAF)    

WO/AG                 Sgt          A.M.J.     Kelly

 

COATES           KIA    24 September 1942

Pilot                      Sgt          K.          Coates (RAFVR)

Observer              Sgt          D.R.        Bird (RAFVR)

WO/AG                 Sgt          A.H.        Gibbons (RAFVR)

WO/AG                 Sgt          A.            Higson (RAFVR)

 

COPPIN (1)

Pilot                      Sgt          C.S.         Coppin                 

Navigator              P/O        C.             Smith

WO/AG                 Sgt         J.E.L.       Renaud

WO/AG                 Sgt          T.H.        Dickson

COPPIN (2)

Pilot                      F/Sgt      C.S.        Coppin                 

Navigator             F/O         A.W.       Hornbrook

WO/AG                 Sgt         N.S.        Hastings

WO/AG                 Sgt         M.L.        Parker

WO/AG                 Sgt          A.D.       Donald

Lawrence, Vokey, Maffre, Sharp

Hill, Bean, Chessel, Cornish

Wurtele, Troup, Dennis, Marks​

McCALLUM       KIA    27 June 1942

Pilot                      F/Sgt      J.             McCallum

Observer              Sgt          H.F         Hasleden

WO/AG                 Sgt          R.M.       Neil

WO/AG                 Sgt          L.H.         Latimer

 

McCOMB         KIA    30 July 1942

Pilot                      F/Sgt      B.D.R.     McComb

Observer              F/Sgt      M.            Bloomfield

WO/AG                 Sgt          R.M.       Ennis

WO/AG                 Sgt          J.H.        Labelle

Gus Angus, Joe Baird, Wurtele, Tiny Bostock,  Bully the mascot

415 Squadron  Association

SUMNER

Pilot                      F/Lt        J.R.          Sumner

Navigator             Sgt          H.E.        Davies   

WO/AG                Sgt          J.F.C.     Cabot

WO/AG                 Sgt          L.           Arter

WURTELE (2)

Pilot                      W/C       E.L.        Wurtele

Navigator           
 P/O        A.W.       Troup

WO/AG                F/L         R.R.        Dennis

WO/AG                Sgt         H.R.        Marks

415 Squadron Crews – Hampden Era – 1942 to 1943

                                                                                                                        Last Update 5 Jan 2019

The first 415 Squadron crews commenced their operational training on the Bristol Beaufort, an effective torpedo-bomber, with a four member crew.  These planes were quickly reclaimed by the RAF and for a short period the obsolete Bristol Blenheim took their place.  By late 1941, the Handley Page Hampden was being withdrawn from Bomber Command operations and many of these aircraft were adapted by Coastal Command for the torpedo-bomber role.  In January 1942 the Squadron converted to the Hampden and crews continued their operational training ultimately flying the Squadron‘s first operational mission on 21 April 1942.

Crews consisted of four personnel: a pilot, navigator or observer and two wireless operators/air gunners.   Crew information, included crew photos, has been gathered through multiple sources. The rank shown is that which was assigned to the member at the time the crew was formed.  Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy in the reporting of 415 Squadron Hampden crews.  However, as the Squadron grew there were many changes to crew composition.  There were also a large number of losses, both training and operational, many of which were the result of operating antiquated aircraft.  As a result, some Squadron members flew on multiple crews and some crews were actually reformed part way through a tour of duty. 

Any errors or omissions that may be found in the information listed below are not intentional.  The 415 Squadron Association would be pleased to receive any input, including additional crew photos, which would enhance the accuracy of this record.


ADAMS

Pilot                      P/O        W.H.         Adams, DFC

Navigator             Sgt          B.F.         Sutton

WO/AG                 Sgt          W.C.       Metcalfe

WO/AG                 Sgt          T.A.         Leblanc