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FOR THOSE WHO SERVED...

Supporting the project in the name of those who were lost, and the few who survived.

To date, no complete listing of all those who served in RAF Photo Reconnaissance during WW2 has been collated. From the PDU in 1939, through 1-4 PRU during 1940 to 1942, and then all the subsidiary Squadrons between 1942 and 1945, around 1,500 men flew operational sorties in all theatres of war. Tragically so many of them did not return, their names only hidden deep in archive records, rarely spoken of or referred to.

Project AA810 looks to change this, to recognise all those who served both in the air and on the ground. Earlier this year the Project began to collate these names from hundreds of documents to ensure nobody is forgotten. The process will take some time to complete and we are very grateful to those historians who are helping with our research; it is hoped that by the summer of 2023 we will have collated and confirmed every individual. The developing list published below contains known names and fates of those operational crews we have identified so far who flew in WW2. On top of this, those who carried out the vital work of Photo Interpretation will be added this year so recognising the work of those on the ground.

With our long-term goal of commemorating, on a National Monument, all those who served now gaining momentum,  we also want to honour those forgotten. Every single name listed here will be reproduced on the inside of the top cowling of AA810; every time Sandy's Spitfire flies their names will fly too.

The tragic losses are clear to see, and we hope that our followers will consider adopting the name of someone who served so they are not forgotten. Did you have a relative who flew with the unit? Do you share a name with somebody lost?

If you would like to take part in our campaign please review the list below and click on the button to adopt a name and remember those who served. Names already adopted are starred '*' in the 'Adopted Name' column. Names with a '+' are currently under research.  

Surname
Forenames
Rank
Loss Details
Age
Nationality
Adopted Name *
Abel
Roy Frederick
P/o
27.03.41
20
UK
Acott DFC
William Ronald
F/o
UK
Adams +
C P
F/Sgt
Adcock
Douglas
F/Lt
KIA 11.08.44
30
UK
Adlam
Frank Percival
F/Lt
Returning from Ops 21.03.45
29
NZ
Ainley
Frederick Redfearn
F/o
KIA 29.03.41
26
UK
Ainsworth
Eric
F/Lt
UK
Aitken
James Mcginn
F/Sgt
MIA 21.01.44
21
UK
Alexander
Gordon Redvers Mitchell
F/Sgt
KIFA 22.02.42
20
UK
Allchin
James Cecil Alcuin
Sgt
MIA 08.11.41
21
UK
Allen
Basil Kingsley
P/o
POW 02.04.42
n/a
UK
Allen +
Anthony Michael (Michael?)
?
Allenton +
M C
F/Lt
?
Allinson
William Alfred
F/Lt
UK
Amos
Norman Newell
P/o
POW 08.11.42
n/a
Australia
Amos +
C D
Sgt
?
Amos +
J
W/o
?
Anderson
Alexander Barr
P/o
POW 12.01.43
n/a
UK
Anderson
William Edward
Sgt
MIA 18.03.42
22
Australia
Anderson +
L A
?
Anderson DFC and Bar
Murray Crichton Bell
F/Lt
UK
Andre De La Porte
Pieter Cornelis
Lt
KIA 24.08.44
Netherlands
Andrews DFC
Clifford Grainger
S/Ldr
NZ
Appleby BEM
Arthur William
F/Lt
Canada
Ardley
Guy Harrington
P/o
KIA 14.09.44
23
UK
Arkell +
R D G
P/o
?
Arkle
James
Sgt
Killed 20.05.43
21
UK
Armstrong
Gordon Wood
UK
Armstrong DFC
Rae Daly
F/Lt
UK
Arnold DFC
Charles Keever
F/Lt
USA
Arnold DFC
Keith Fergus
F/Lt
Killed 25.07.41
30
Canada
Arthur +
Sgt
?
Ashby
Henry Herbert
F/Sgt
KIA 15.07.44
21
UK
Ashton
Arnold
F/Sgt
Killed 19.03.45
21
UK
Askew
George Douglas
F/o
MIA 11.08.44
21
UK
Assheton DFC
William Radclyffe
S/Ldr
UK
Astin
John Kenneth
F/Lt
UK
Aston DFC
William George
S/Ldr
POW 29.01.44
n/a
UK
Atkinson DFC
Ronald William
S/Ldr
Killed 14.08.44
25
UK
Austin
James
Sgt
KIA 25.09.42
26
Australia
Aviss
Roger Melville St John
F/o
UK
Ayer
John Butler
F/o
MIA 10.04.42
21
USA
Ayres DFC
Robert William
F/Lt
MIA 25.05.41
20
UK
Bacon
Edward Gordon
P/o
UK
Bailey
Royston Stanley
F/o
UK
Bain
William Bruce
P/o
MIA 23.10.42
28
UK
Baird
Sexton Ivan
S/Ldr
NZ
Baird +
D F
F/o
?
Baker
Frank Ernest
F/Sgt
KIA 05.06.44
?
?
Baker +
C
?
Baker +
Lesley Bernard
W/o
UK
Ball
Thomas Humphrey
W/o
POW 12.04.42
n/a
UK
Ball KCB DSO DFC
Alfred Henry Wynne
AM
UK
Bamber MBE
Dennis Patrick
S/Ldr
UK
Banning +
F/Lt
?
Bannister DFC
Walter George
W/o
UK
Bantichain +
P/o
MIA 17.08.42
?
Barber
Anthony Perrinott Lysberg
F/o
POW
n/a
UK
Barber
Charles Bertram
P/o
MIA 24.04.42
22
UK
Barbour
David William
F/Lt
Australia
Barents
Rodney John
P/o
UK
Barker
Roy
F/Lt
?
Barnes
Peter Earle
S/Ldr
UK
Barnett
Redmond Lewis
F/o
MIA 13.02.43
26
USA
Barraclough
Ian Gurth
P/o
POW 16.09.42
n/a
Borneo
Barrett
Harry
W/o
?
Barron DFM
Alexander
F/o
UK
Bartley
Maxwell Logan
F/Sgt
KIA 04.01.44
23
NZ
Barwick
Victor John
F/Sgt
UK
Batchelor
Harold Bernard
F/Sgt
MIA 24.11.41
32
UK
Bateman DFM
Shawn Cato
F/Sgt
UK
Batenburg DFC
Raymond
F/Lt
NZ
Baudar
Maurice L J
F/o
Belgium
Baum
Francis William
Sgt
POW 15.06.42
n/a
UK
Baxter DFC
Ronald Edmund
W/Cdr
UK
Bayley DFC
Keith Hamilton
F/o
UK
Baylis AFM CdeG
Francis Joseph
W/o
UK
Bedford
Thomas
LAC
Killed in take off accident 30.03.43
28
UK
Beecroft
Brian Denis
Sgt
POW 29.07.41
n/a
UK
Bell
Ernest George
P/o
Killed 19.06.45
25
UK
Bell
Thomas
F/Lt
MIA 22.04.45
22
Canada
Bellerby DFC
Gordon
F/Lt
UK
Bendixson DFC
John
F/Lt
Canada
Bennett
Walter Edwin
G/C
Canada
Bennett DFC
Denis Barberry
W/Cdr
UK
Bennions
George Herman
P/o
UK
Benson
Albert Hazlehurst
W/o
UK
Benson +
Jack
F/Sgt
?
Benton
John Hudson
F/o
Killed 11.07.43
29
Canada
Beresford DSO DFC & Bar
Tristram
G/C
UK
Biddle +
H
Sgt
?
Bidgoo
Maurice Alfred
Sgt
MIA 10.01.43
30
UK
Bilton
Peter Richard
P/o
UK
Bird
John Stanbridge
F/o
MIA 16.10.42
23
Canada
Bishop DFC
John Gordon
F/Lt Act
UK
Black +
F/Lt
?
Blackwell
Charles Frederick
F/o
UK
Blackwood BEM
Francis John
P/o
MIA 02.06.42
28
NZ
Blagg
John
F/o
UK
Blair
Colin Campbell
F/o
MIA 01.09.41
26
UK
Blashell? +
A G
P/o
?
Blatchford DFC
Howard Peter
F/o
MIA 03.05.43
31
Canada
Blight
Peter Harden Guyen
F/Lt
MIA 05.02.44
24
Australia
Bloomfield
Geoffrey John
F/o
KIA 27.10.44
22
UK
Blount DFC
John Hubert Lempriere
F/o
POW 09.04.41
n/a
UK
Blyth DSO DFC
Richard Lionel Cyril
P/o
UK
Boardman
Scott Reginald
F/o
UK
Bodey +
F A
W/o
?
Bollen
Lewis Cecil Theodore
Sgt
KIA 23.05.41
30
UK
Bolton
Montaque Harry Slade
F/Sgt
KIA 26.06.41
UK
Bone
Clarence Elliott
F/o
Australia
Bonnar DFC AFC
Norman John
P/o
Killed in testing 04.07.44
29
UK
Bools
Geoffrey M
Sgt
KIA 10.12.43
UK
Booth
Kenneth Stanley
F/o
KIFA 22.02.42
27
UK
Booth DFC
John Gifford
F/Lt
UK
Booth DFM DFC
Kenneth Robert
F/Lt
UK
Boothman DFC
John Nelson
A/Cdre
UK
Borrett
George Leonard
F/o
UK
Bottome
Nigel Leatham
S/Ldr
UK
Boughton
Terence Beville Adair
F/Lt
UK
Bourne DFC AFC
Ian Desmond
P/o
POW 25.4.42
n/a
Trinidad
Bowden
William Thomas Edward
F/Lt
UK
Bowen DFC
Richard Ian Mallafont
W/Cdr
UK
Bowes
John Foster Lyon
UK
Bowes
Samuel
P/o
MIA 30.06.41
25
UK
Bowyer
Edward Blackwell
F/o
UK
Boyd
Ernest George Gordon
P/o
POW 15.05.44
n/a
UK
Boyd
Kenneth Leslie
W/o
MIA 21.08.44
24
NZ
Boyd
Victor Leslie
W/o
KIA 04.05.43
22
Canada
Boyes
Arthur Singleton
F/Lt
KIA 25.04.44
24
Brazil
Boys-Stones
John Boys
F/o
KIA 07.03.41
22
UK
Brace
Arthur Henry
F/o
UK
Brachi
Basil John
F/Lt
MIA 29.01.44
22
UK
Bracken DFC
William James
F/o
Canada
Bradford DFC
John William
F/o
Canada
Bradley +
F S
P/o
Branton
Leonard
Sgt
Killed in accident 27.04.42
26
UK
Braun
Edward Charles
F/o
Killed in accident 19.02.44
30
UK
Bray +
Keith Oliver
P/o
MIA 26.09.43
UK
Brearley DFC
Peter Geoffrey
F/o
UK
Brennan
Charles Arthur
F/Lt
MIA 09.11.42
26
Canada
Brennan
Francis James
AC1
Died 25.11.44
23
UK
Brett
Edward Samuel John
Cpl
KIA 30.07.42
21
UK
Brew DFC
James Robert
F/o
Killed in testing 11.10.44
24
UK
Brewis
Alan Geoffrey
F/o
KIA 08.09.44
29
UK
Bridle +
H
F/Sgt
?
Briggs
Leonard
Sgt
MIA 02.12.41
21
UK
Bright AFC
Edgar Buhner
W/Cdr
UK
Brindle
Henry Alec
W/o
MIA 13.02.43
28
South Africa
Brister +
AC1
?
Brocklehurst
Philip James Robert
F/o
MIA 19.05.44
UK
Brooks
William Gwynfryn
F/o
KIA 03.03.45
27
UK
Brooks +
'Jacky'
F/Lt
?
Broome
Charles George
P/o
KIA 26.10.40
22
UK
Brown
Edwin Hanlon
F/o
KIA 05.05.43
25
Australia
Brown
Francis David Colin
W/o
NZ
Brown
Maurice Peter
S/Ldr
UK
Brown +
C T
P/o
?
Brown +
D B
F/o
Brown +
Roland Kenneth
Sgt
NZ
Brown +
W E
W/o
NZ
Brown +
W W
Sgt
?
Brown DFC
Anthony Malcolm
F/Lt
POW 02.10.41
n/a
UK
Brown DFC & Bar
Malcolm George
S/Ldr
Canada
Brown DFM
Maurice Alan Collingbourne
Sgt
UK
Browne DFC
John Patrick Joseph
F/o
?
Bruckshaw
William Michael
F/o
UK
Brumwell
William
Aircraftman
Killed 19.04.43
34
UK
Bryson +
Sgt
?
Buchanan DFC
Roy Currie
P/o
NZ
Buckingham
Henry Francis
F/Sgt
MIA 25.02.44
22
UK
Buckmaster +
F/Sgt
?
Buckner +
Sgt
?
Bullimore
Philip
F/Sgt
KIA 02.09.44
22
UK
Bunson +
A H
W/o
?
Burdett DFC
Thomas Henry
F/o
UK
Burfield DFC
Norman Milton
F/Lt
Australia
Burgess
John Henry Bateman
P/o
POW 25.11.42
n/a
UK
Burgess
Joseph Thomas
F/o
MIA 09.11.40
Canada
Burley
Frederick Arthur
W/o
UK
Burnet
Jack Bruce
F/Lt
MIA 02.10.43
27
NZ
Burniat DFC
Paul Ghislain
F/o
Belgium
Burns +
R
F/o
?
Burrows +
S/Ldr
?
Burrows +
J C
F/Sgt
?
Burtis
Samual Gordon
P/o
USA
Burton
Arnold
Aircraftman
Killed 11.02.45
20
UK
Burton
Charles Donald
F/o
UK
Burton DFC OBE
Frederick Elgar
W/Cdr
UK
Bury
Ronald Stancliffe
LAC
Killed 05.11.44
22
UK
Busbridge
George Norcott
P/o
MIA 10.09.41
26
UK
Butcher
John Ambrose
LAC
Killed in friendly fire 03.03.40
26
UK
Butler
Eric Henry John
LAC
Killed 27.06.45
?
UK
Butler +
K A
F/o
?
Butler +
P H
P/o
?
Butt DFC
Charles Thomas
F/Lt
UK
Butterworth +
Cyril
W/o
UK
Caiston? DFC +
C A
F/o
?
Calnan
Thomas Daniel
W/Cdr
POW
n/a
UK
Cameron
Phillip Greig
F/Lt
MIA 09.02.45
31
Australia
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