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Men of 104 Operational Training Unit 1943-44 - page under development

As part of the background research into our Wellington, Z1206, we are compiling a list of the men and women of 104 Operational Training Unit. If you or a member of your family is on the list, please can you contact us? We aim to build an archive of 104 OTU that will become a resource for families and researchers alike, by copying original material. This is is very incomplete and we will welcome any additions or corrections. Lists of crews at 104 OTU, course photographs, or any photos of the aircraft or crews would be very helpful.

Abbreviations
AC1
Aircraftman first class
ACW2
Aircraft Woman second class
A/G
Air gunner
CO
Commanding Officer
Cpl Corporal
E/Asst
Engineering assistant
Fitter E
Fitter engines
F/Lt Flight Lieutenant
F/O Flying Officer
F/Sgt Flight Sergeant
G/C
Group Captain
LAC
Leading Aircraftman
MO
Medical Officer
OC
Officer commanding
P/O Pilot Officer
S/Ldr Squadron Leader
Sgt Sergeant
W/C Wing Commander
W/O Warrant Officer
WO/AG
Wireless operator/ air gunner
WT/AG
Wireless telegrapher/ air gunner

Courses at 104 OTU
Course and dates
Comment (refs. 104 OTU ORB except where noted)
1 course - 15 June to 19 September 1943
9 pupil pilots had no twin engine experience and were replaced. Five 2nd pilots were posted to BOAC and 10 crews to 1 Ferry Crew Pool. The unit started with 13 flying instructors, of which 5 were found unsuitable and were due to be replaced. (Ref. 44 Group ORB). 6 Wellington crews had been detached to 104 OTU from 1 FCP for conversion training, returning on 8 September (ref. 1 FCP ORB).
2 course - 13 July to 10 October 1943
12 crews on the course, 11 completed and all were posted to 1 Ferry Crew Pool (ref. 44 Group ORB).
3 course - to 31 October 1943
3 trained crews were posted to BOAC and 6 to 1 Ferry Crew Pool (ref. 44 Group ORB).
4 course - to 30 November 1943
4 trained crews were posted to 45 Group Ferry Crew Pool (Canada), 1 to BOAC and 6 to Middle East (ref. 44 Group ORB).
5 course - to 18 December 1943
Completed conversion training at Mullaghmore on 9 November. 4 trained crews were posted to 45 Group (Canada), 2 to 216 Group [probably 3 Aircraft Delivery Unit, Oudja], 4 to 512 Squadron and 4 to 1 Ferry Crew Pool (ref. 44 Group ORB).
6 course - 12 October 1943 to 18 January 1944
Sent to Mullaghmore for conversion training on 10 November. 3 crews were posted to BOAC, remainder to Talbenny [3 Overseas Aircraft Despatch Unit].
7 course - commenced 2 November 1943
Sent to Mullaghmore for conversion training on 5 December, returning 22 December. 16 crews, all ex 31 and 36 OTUs (Coastal) in Canada. 14 crews completed the course and all were posted to Talbenny [3 Overseas Aircraft Despatch Unit] except 2 to BOAC.
8 course - to 29 January 1944
16 and 17 January 1944 returned from A flight at Mullaghmore, to commence training with B flight at Nutts Corner. 19 crews completed the course, 3 posted to BOAC and the remainder were posted overseas sic (ref. ORB) [at least 3 and probably all to 3 Aircraft Delivery Unit, Oujda via 304 FTU, Melton Mowbray]. Unit disbanded 5 February 1944.

 104 OTU personnel
Rank
Inits
Surname
Comment (refs. 104 OTU ORB except where noted)
S/Ldr

Abthorp-Webb
Pilot instructor? circa 10/08/1943 to 31/10/1943 (ref. Spencer log book and group photo);
Sgt
F
Allaire
RCAF R164637; Sgt Joseph Gaudias Fernand Allaire was W/Op to Sgt C Matthews at 31 OTU, Derbert, Canada (32 course: crew 197 Matthews/ Cooke/ Allaire/ Dickie, ref. 31 OTU ORB); W/Op to Sgt C Matthews on 8 course at 104 OTU (ref. Matthews log book); known as Fernand Allaire.
F/Sgt
H S
Allen
RCAF R99123; F/Sgt Hector Spence Allen was W/Op to P/O Dyson at 31 OTU, Derbert, Canada to 25/08/1943 (32 course: crew 195 Dyson/ Wilson/ Allen/ Evans, ref. 31 OTU ORB) but not clear whether he remained with the crew at 104 OTU: see also Evans;
F/Lt
T D
Atkinson
44216; station admin officer; 15/11/1943 posted from 44 Group to Nutts Corner (ref. 44 Group ORB);
Sgt
L D
Avery
1394455; pilot; 31 OTU, Derbert, Canada to 25/08/1943 (Sgt Leonard David Avery 1394455 32 course: crew 185 Avery/ Flint/ Hamilton/ Chambers, ref. 31 OTU ORB); 18/01/1944 unhurt when Wellington R1795 of 104 OTU overshot at Nutts Corner (Sgt Avery, ref. ORB);
F/Lt

Bagnall
Pilot instructor? (ref. Bines log book); 


Baker
Pupil W/Op? Trained at 104 OTU circa 10/08/1943 to 31/10/1943 (ref. Spencer group photo);
F/O
A L
Baker
89169; A&SD; 27/08/1943 posted from Nutts Corner to 512 Sqn as squadron adjutant but remained attached to Nutts Corner (ref. 512 Sqn ORB);
Sgt

Ball
Probably aircrew on 6 course (ref. Bines log book); 
Sgt

Billinge
Pilot instructor? (ref. Bines log book); 
Sgt
D R
Bines
Pilot; trained in Canda; 6 course at 104 OTU (flying there 11/11/1943 to 13/01/1944); eventually flew Dakotas in the Far East (ref. Bines log book); Sgt Derek Bines.
F/Sgt

Binning
Pilot; 04/12/1943 unhurt when Wellington Z1395 of 104 OTU swung on landing at Nutts Corner (ref. 44 Group casualty record);
Sgt
R A
Bint
RCAF R170826; W/Op; 31 OTU Derbert, Canada (33 course: crew Mason/ Conan/ Bint/ Mahoney, ref. 31 OTU ORB) but not clear whether he remained with the crew at 104 OTU: see also Mahoney;
Sgt

Birket
Pupil W/Op? trained at 104 OTU circa 10/08/1943 to 31/10/1943 (ref. Spencer group photo);
Lt

Bjorkesye ?
1132; Royal Norwegian air force; 24/08/1943 posted from 512 Sqn to 104 OTU (ref. 512 Sqn ORB);
LAC
A J
Blackburn
17/07/1943 unhurt when Wellington Z1460 of 104 OTU crashed on take off from Nutts Corner (ref. 44 Group casualty record);

J W
Blanksby
Possibly a navigator at 104 OTU (ref. RAFM sight log book);
F/Sgt

Bland
Probably aircrew on 6 course (ref. Bines log book); 
F/Sgt

Blundell
Probably aircrew on 6 course (ref. Bines and Robinson log books); 


Boon
Pupil W/Op? Trained at 104 OTU circa 10/08/1943 to 31/10/1943 (ref. Spencer group photo);
Sgt
M A E
Botham RCAF R164562; Sgt Malcolm Alan Edward Botham was W/Op to Sgt Hynes at 31 OTU, Derbert, Canada to 25/08/1943 (32 course: crew 196 Hynes/ Taylor/ Grigsby/ Botham, ref. 31 OTU ORB) but not clear whether he remained with the crew at 104 OTU: see also Grigsby; 

J
Bowen
Pupil W/Op? Jack Bowen. Ref. family.
F/Lt
J
Bowie
76307; pilot; 17/07/1943 unhurt when Wellington Z1460 of 104 OTU crashed on take off from Nutts Corner (ref. 44 Group casualty record);
Sgt

Bremner
Pupil pilot? Trained at 104 OTU circa 10/08/1943 to 31/10/1943 (ref. Spencer log book and group photo);
F/Sgt
F
Brenton
RAAF A418051; navigator; 31 OTU (33 course, ref. 31 OTU ORB); 104 OTU (8 course, crew Patterson/ Brenton/ Sturtridge); 26/01/1944 unhurt when Wellington Z1206 of 104 OTU ditched at Uigg, Isle of Lewis on night navigation exercise no. 4 (ref. Patterson log book);
Sgt
T
Brewin
1575830; pupil W/Op; 12/09/1943 killed when Wellington X9820 flew into a hillside 3 miles south of Byronsford, County Down (ref. 44 Group casualty record).
Sgt
W H
Brodie
RCAF R138999; Sgt William Havelock Brodie was W/Op to Sgt E L Robinson at 31 OTU, Derbert, Canada to 26/07/1943 (30 course: crew 170 Robinson/ Treagus/ Green/ Brodie, ref. 31 OTU ORB) but not clear whether he remained with the crew at 104 OTU: see also Green;
F/O
A W
Bull
RAAF A418055; P/O Alan Wilfred Bull was nav/ B to P/O Murray at 31 OTU, Derbert, Canada to 25/08/1943 (32 course: crew 194 Murray/ Bull/ Gallacher/ Clark, ref. 31 OTU ORB) but also flew with Sgt Linnell there (ref. Linnell photo); nav/ B to Sgt Linnell at 104 OTU January 1944 (crew Linnell, W/O Johnstone, F/O Bull, ref. Linnell log book);
ACW2
J C
Bullock
2133584; 17/07/1943 unhurt when Wellington Z1460 of 104 OTU crashed on take off from Nutts Corner (ref. 44 Group casualty record);
F/Sgt

Burton
Pilot instructor? (ref. Robinson log book); 
Cpl
J N
Calloway
1221176; 17/07/1943 unhurt when Wellington Z1460 of 104 OTU crashed on take off from Nutts Corner (ref. 44 Group casualty record);
Sgt

Carmody
Pupil? Trained at 104 OTU circa 10/08/1943 to 31/10/1943 (ref. Spencer group photo);
F/Sgt
C M
Chambers
RCAF R108296; F/Sgt Clarence Matthew Chambers was W/Op to Sgt Avery at 31 OTU, Derbert, Canada to 25/08/1943 (32 course: crew 185 Avery/ Flint/ Hamilton/ Chambers, ref. 31 OTU ORB) but not clear whether he remained with the crew at 104 OTU: see also Hamilton;
F/O

Chew
Pilot instructor (ref. Bines, Matthews, Patterson log books); possibly F/Lt Clifford Archibald Chew 116439, killed 24/03/1945 in Dakota FZ649 of 512 Sqn, which was shot down near Wesel during an airborne landing; 
F/Sgt
D
Clark
RCAF R106192; F/Sgt Donald Clark was W/Op to P/O Murray at 31 OTU, Derbert, Canada to 25/08/1943 (32 course: crew 194 Murray/ Bull/ Gallacher/ Clark, ref. 31 OTU ORB) but not clear whether he remained with the crew at 104 OTU: see also Gallacher;
P/O
J
Cockshoot
Flight Engineer in command of Flight Engineers at 104 OTU September 1943 and at 511 Sqn by April 1944 (ref. Cockshoot log book);
Sgt
F R
Conan
RAAF A423070; navigator; 31 OTU Derbert, Canada (33 course: crew Mason/ Conan/ Bint/ Mahoney, ref. 31 OTU ORB); Francis Raymond Conan (ref. Australian National Archives);
Lt
J F
Conway
Link trainer officer (ref. Bines log book); 
Sgt
D F
Cooke
1322533; Sgt Denis Frederick Cooke was nav/ B to Sgt C Matthews at 31 OTU, Derbert, Canada (32 course: crew 197 Matthews/ Cooke/ Allaire/ Dickie, ref. 31 OTU ORB); navigator to Sgt C Matthews on 8 course at 104 OTU (ref. Matthews log book);
F/O
K A
Coombe
RAAF A416829; navigator; 22/12/43 posted from 104 OTU to 512 Sqn (probably with his crew, but not named, ref. 512 Sqn ORB); 07/06/1944 killed in Dakota KG347 of 512 Sqn, which was missing from a supply drop to the Normandy beaches and crashed at the mouth of the River Orne. F/O W S Brennan RAAF and P/O H W S Toyne RAAF were also killed. F/O Keith Anzac Coombe RAAF. (Ref. personnel file).
Sgt
J E R
Cote
RCAF R136824; pupil W/Op; 12/06 to 06/09/1943 31 OTU Derbert; 19/09/1943 arrived UK; 02/11/1943 104 OTU (Nutts Corner from 21/12/1943); 31/12/1943 killed when Wellington R1520 flew into a hill at Nutts Corner (Sgt Joseph Edmond Romeo Cote RCAF) (movements from personnel file).
F/Lt
L
Davis
Pilot; 01/09/1943 - not clear whether he was a pupil or instructor (ref. Spencer log book);
F/Lt
V G
Daw
41561; flying duties; 27/01/1944 posted from 104 OTU to 105 OTU (ref. 105 OTU ORB); 


Dines
Pupil observer? Trained at 104 OTU circa 10/08/1943 to 31/10/1943 (ref. Spencer group photo);
F/O
K G
Dyson
151570; pilot; 31 OTU, Derbert, Canada to 25/08/1943 (P/O Keith Gordon Dyson 151570 32 course: crew 195 Dyson/ Wilson/ Allen/ Evans, ref. 31 OTU ORB); (F/O Dyson, ref. Patterson log book); 
LAC
E H
Edwards
1120174; 17/07/1943 unhurt when Wellington Z1460 of 104 OTU crashed on take off from Nutts Corner (ref. 44 Group casualty record);
W/O
L T
Erickson
RCAF R104961; pupil W/Op; born in Finland; 31 OTU Derbert to 25/08/1943 (on 32 course 31/05 to 11/08/1943: crew 191 Fletcher/ Jeffs/ Erickson/ Labelle, ref. 31 OTU ORB); 23/11/1943 104 OTU; 26/01/1944 killed when Wellington Z1490 went missing on a night navigation exercise: body washed up Tiree 27/01/1944 (see also Fletcher and Stobie). Movements from personnel file. W/O Leif Tapio Erickson. 
F/Sgt
R A
Evans
RCAF R103927; F/Sgt Richard Arthur Evans was W/Op to P/O Dyson at 31 OTU, Derbert, Canada to 25/08/1943 (32 course: crew 195 Dyson/ Wilson/ Allen/ Evans, ref. 31 OTU ORB) but not clear whether he remained with the crew at 104 OTU: see also Allen;
S/Ldr
V J
Fenwick
39868; navigator; 30/05/43 to Nutts Corner for navigation duties (ref. 44 Group ORB); 17/07/1943 unhurt when Wellington Z1460 of 104 OTU crashed on take off from Nutts Corner (ref. 44 Group casualty record); 04/03/1945 killed in Mosquito MM640 of 169 Sqn which crashed near Coltishall, presumed shot down by an intruder. S/Ldr Victor Jack Fenwick.
F/Lt
P F or P J
Finlayson
Pilot and OC A flight (ref. Bines and Spencer log books); 
P/O

Fitzgerald
RCAF; pilot; 30/11/43 unhurt when Wellington Z1481 of 104 OTU had an accident due to its undercarriage on return from a day navigation exercise (ref. 44 Group casualty record).
F/Sgt
M J
Fletcher
1294557; pilot; 31 OTU, Derbert, Canada to 25/08/1943 (F/Sgt Matthew John Fletcher 1294557 32 course: crew 191 Fletcher/ Jeffs/ Erickson/ Labelle, ref. 31 OTU ORB); 26/01/1944 missing in Wellington Z1490 of 104 OTU on a night navigation exercise (see also Erickson and Stobie).
Sgt
C B
Flint
1456341; Sgt Charles Brian Flint was nav/ B to Sgt Avery at 31 OTU, Derbert, Canada to 25/08/1943 (32 course: crew 185 Avery/ Flint/ Hamilton/ Chambers, ref. 31 OTU ORB);
W/O

Flower
Probably aircrew on 6 course (ref. Bines log book); 
G/C
R J A
Ford
16151; 06/05/1943 to Nutts Corner for flying duties (ref. 44 Group ORB);
F/Sgt
M E
Gallacher
RCAF R108282; F/Sgt Michael Edmund Gallacher was W/Op to P/O Murray at 31 OTU, Derbert, Canada to 25/08/1943 (32 course: crew 194 Murray/ Bull/ Gallacher/ Clark, ref. 31 OTU ORB) but not clear whether he remained with the crew at 104 OTU: see also Clark;
Sgt

Garner
Pilot; 08/01/1944 unhurt when Wellington Z1400 of 104 OTU was damaged on landing at Nutts Corner;
LAC
L G
Genley or Geuley
115896; 17/07/1943 unhurt when Wellington Z1460 of 104 OTU crashed on take off from Nutts Corner (ref. 44 Group casualty record);
F/O

Gill
Pilot at 104 OTU 31/08/1943 (not clear if he was a pupil or instructor, ref. Spencer log book);
F/Sgt

Gordon
Probably aircrew on 6 course (ref. Bines log book); 
Sgt

Graham
Pupil pilot; trained at 104 OTU circa 10/08/1943 to 31/10/1943 (ref. Spencer log book and group photo);
Sgt
H W
Green
651321; Sgt Harold William Green was W/Op to Sgt E L Robinson at 31 OTU, Derbert, Canada to 26/07/1943 (30 course: crew 170 Robinson/ Treagus/ Green/ Brodie, ref. 31 OTU ORB) but not clear whether he remained with the crew at 104 OTU: see also Brodie;
Sgt
H P H
Grigsby
RCAF R164591; Sgt Harold Percy Hardy Grigsby was W/Op to Sgt Hynes at 31 OTU, Derbert, Canada to 25/08/1943 (32 course: crew 196 Hynes/ Taylor/ Grigsby/ Botham, ref. 31 OTU ORB) but not clear whether he remained with the crew at 104 OTU: see also Botham;
AC1
R C
Hair or Plair
1027794; 17/07/1943 unhurt when Wellington Z1460 of 104 OTU crashed on take off from Nutts Corner (ref. 44 Group casualty record);
W/C
M
Hallam
34193; general duties (flying); 06/10/1943 posted from 104 OTU to 44 Group (ref. 44 Group ORB);
F/Sgt
S S
Hamilton
RCAF R104987; F/Sgt Stuart Smythe Hamilton was W/Op to Sgt Avery at 31 OTU, Derbert, Canada to 25/08/1943 (32 course: crew 185 Avery/ Flint/ Hamilton/ Chambers, ref. 31 OTU ORB) but not clear whether he remained with the crew at 104 OTU: see also Chambers;
Sgt
K J
Hansen
RNZAF NZ422992; pupil wireless operator; trained in New Zealand and Canada; 12/06/1943 36 OTU, Greenwood, Novia Scotia; to UK; 02/11/1943 to 104 OTU; 21/12/1943 to 44 Group; 11/01/1944 to 1 Ferry Crew Pool, Melton Mowbray, flying with 1 Overseas Aircraft Despatch Unit; 06/03/1944 killed in Wellington LP199 of 1 OADU which crashed in the sea on approach to Gibraltar, on a ferry flight from UK (pilot F/O George Ballard RAAF A425417, also F/O Ronald Gee 151919). Memorial page to Kenneth Hansen. Sgt Kenneth Joseph Hansen.
F/Lt
G
Harwood
09/06/1943 posted to 44 Group from 104 OTU (ref. 44 Group ORB);
F/O
A C
Henderson
17/12/1943 unhurt when Wellington Z1253 of 104 OTU broke its undercarriage in a heavy landing at Nutts Corner (F/O Henderson sic, ref. 44 Group casualty record); A C Henderson (ref. log book at RAFM);
F/Lt
P J or P F
Heppell
90780; 17/07/1943 unhurt when Wellington Z1460 of 104 OTU crashed on take off from Nutts Corner (ref. 44 Group casualty record);
F/Sgt
S J
Holder
RAAF; navigator; 05/01/1944 posted from 104 OTU to 271 Sqn at Doncaster, still flying Handley Page Sparrows (ref. 271 Sqn ORB); 10/12/1944 killed in Dakota KG584 of 271 Sqn, which crashed at Leith Hill near Gatwick (F/O Sydney John Holder RAAF A416965) (ref. Australian National Archives). Also killed were pilot P/O E Gibson 186995 and W/Op F/O Robert McNeil Smith 155955.


Houston
Pupil pilot? Trained at 104 OTU circa 10/08/1943 to 31/10/1943 (ref. Spencer group photo);
Sgt
J T
Hynes
RAAF A414690; pilot; 31 OTU, Derbert, Canada to 25/08/1943 (Sgt John Terrance Hynes 32 course: crew 196 Hynes/ Taylor/ Grigsby/ Botham, ref. 31 OTU ORB); not yet confirmed at 104 OTU but other crews numbered 191 to 197 were at 104 OTU and Sgt Taylor went on to serve with 2 Aircraft Delivery Unit in the Middle East which fits the pattern of subsequent postings;
F/Lt

Ingleby
Instructor (ref. Robinson log book); 


Jardine
Pupil pilot? Trained at 104 OTU circa 10/08/1943 to 31/10/1943 (ref. Spencer group photo);
Sgt
C H
Jeffs
1580402; Sgt Charles Henry Jeffs was W/Op to Sgt M J Fletcher at 31 OTU, Derbert, Canada to 25/08/1943 (32 course: crew 191 Fletcher/ Jeffs/ Erickson/ Labelle, ref. 31 OTU ORB);
Sgt

Jepson
Pupil pilot? Trained at 104 OTU circa 10/08/1943 to 31/10/1943 (ref. Spencer group photo);
W/O
H V A
Joce
740981; pilot; 15/10/1943 posted from 104 OTU to 24 Sqn (ref. 24 Sqn ORB);
W/O
M B
Johnstone
RCAF R84982; F/Sgt Murray Burnal Johnstone was W/Op to Sgt Linnell at 31 OTU, Derbert, Canada to 08/08/1943 32 course crew 192 Linnell/ Frost/ Johnstone/ Rafter, ref. 31 OTU ORB); at 104 OTU January 1944 (crew Linnell, W/O Johnstone, F/O Bull, ref. Linnell log book);
F/Lt

Jones
Pilot instructor (ref. Patterson and Robinson log books); 
F/Sgt
R F
Joyce
RCAF R122536; F/Sgt Robert Frederick Joyce was W/Op to Sgt Mitchell at 31 OTU, Derbert, Canada to 25/08/1943 (32 course: crew 185 Mitchell/ Raper/ Smyth/ Joyce, ref. 31 OTU ORB) but not clear whether he remained with the crew at 104 OTU: see also Smyth;
F/Sgt
T A
Kemp
RNZAF NZ422412; pupil pilot; 18/11/1943 unhurt when Wellington Z1395 of 104 OTU overshot on take off from Nutts Corner (ref. 44 Group casualty record); 24/11/1943 killed flying Wellington Z1313 of 104 OTU, which flew into a hillside, Mt Divis, Ireland (ref. 44 Group casualty record).
Sgt

Kenny
Pupil pilot; trained at 104 OTU circa 10/08/1943 to 31/10/1943 (ref. Spencer log book and group photo); 17/11/1943 unhurt when Wellington Z1403 of 104 OTU overshot landing after a night navigation exercise;
F/Sgt

Knight
Pilot instructor? (ref. Patterson log book); 
Sgt

Lees
Pupil W/Op; trained at 104 OTU circa 10/08/1943 to 31/10/1943 (ref. Spencer group photo);
Sgt
M C
Lellan
RCAF R180571; 20/12/1943 slightly injured when Wellington Z1378 of 104 OTU overshot Nutts Corner (ref. 44 Group casualty record);
Sgt
P
Linnell
Pupil pilot; trained in Canada; 01/05 to 08/08/1943 31 OTU Derbert, Canada (Sgt Philip Linnell 778143 32 course crew 192 Linnell/ Frost/ Johnstone/ Rafter, ref. 31 OTU ORB); 23/11/1943 104 OTU (crew Linnell/ Bull/ Johnstone); 11/02/1944 304 FTU; 16/03/1944 3 Aircraft Delivery Unit, Oujda; 24 to 29/10/1944 267 Sqn; November 1944 returned to UK. Ref. Linnell log book except where noted above. 
W/C
T H A
Llewellyn
OC 104 OTU; 11-18/11/1943 at Mullagmore for a Transport Command conference, 31/12/1943 Nutts Corner (ref. Spencer log book);
F/Lt

Lovet-Davis
Pilot instructor? circa 10/08/1943 to 31/10/1943 (ref. Spencer group photo);
Sgt
E F
Lurkins
1387934; pupil navigator; 24/11/1943 fatally injured in Wellington Z1313 of 104 OTU, which flew into a hillside, Mt Divis, Ireland (ref. 44 Group casualty record). Sgt Ebenezer Frank Lurkins.
F/O

Lyons
Pilot; 03/09/1943 - not clear if he was a pupil or an instructor (ref. Spencer log book);
F/Lt

Mackee
Pilot instructor from at least September 1943 (ref. Cockshoot and Patterson log books);
F/Lt
A C L
Mackie
Flight instructor of B flight (F/Lt Mackie sic, ref. ORB); 14/01/1944 unhurt when Wellington R165 (sic) of 104 OTU overshot landing at Sywell (F/Lt Mackie sic, ref. 44 Group casualty record); F/Lt A C L Mackie (ref. Matthews log book); became Air Commodore A C L Mackie (ref. rafweb).
Sgt
W J
Mahoney
RCAF R138790; W/Op; 31 OTU Derbert, Canada (33 course: crew Mason/ Conan/ Bint/ Mahoney, ref. 31 OTU ORB) but not clear whether he remained with the crew at 104 OTU: see also Bint;
F/O
A P
Mason
151404; pilot; 31 OTU Derbert, Canada (P/O Arthur Peter Mason 151404 33 course: crew Mason/ Conan/ Bint/ Mahoney, ref. 31 OTU ORB); noted as pilot at 104 OTU (ref. Linnell and Robinson log books); 
P/O
H E Massey
151470; pupil pilot; 31 OTU Derbert, Canada (33 course, ref. 31 OTU ORB); 02/12/1943 landed Wellington Z1375 of 104 OTU at Mullagmore with the undercarriage up (ref. 44 Group casualty record); 31/12/43 killed flying Wellington R1520 of 104 OTU, which flew into a hill near Nutts Corner. P/O Hugh Edmunds Massey.
Sgt
C H
Matthews
1577451; pilot; 8 EFTS; 35 EFTS, Canada; 41 SFTS, Weyburn, Canada; 22/02/1943 1 GRS Summerside, Canada; 05/1943 to 10/08/1943 31 OTU, Derbert, Canada (Sgt Charles Herbert Matthews 1577451 32 course: crew 197 Matthews/ Cooke/ Allaire/ Dickie, ref. 31 OTU ORB); 23/11/1943 pupil pilot on 8 course at 104 OTU; 304 FTU, Melton Mowbray (ref. Matthews log book); overseas ferry pilot (probably 3 Aircraft Delivery Unit, Oujda). Sgt (later F/O) Charles Herbert Matthews.
F/O
H W or E W
McCreanor
30995; pilot; 05/01/1944 posted from 104 OTU to 512 Sqn (F/O E W McCreanor sic, probably with his crew, but not named, ref. 512 Sqn ORB); 14/02/1944 posted from 512 Sqn to 575 Sqn (F/O H W McCreanor sic, ref. 512 Sqn ORB); 
G/C
J
McFarlane
7226; 18/11/1943 posted from 104 OTU to 44 Group (ref. 44 Group ORB);
F/O
M R S
McKay
131970; pilot; 05/01/1944 posted from 104 OTU to 512 Sqn (probably with his crew, but not named, ref. 512 Sqn ORB); 14/02/1944 posted from 512 Sqn to 575 Sqn (s/n 131520 sic, ref. 512 Sqn ORB); 
F/O
P J
McKeown
151406; pilot; 31 OTU, Derbert, Canada to 25/08/1943 (P/O Peter John McKeown 151406 32 course: crew 193 McKeown/ Stobie/ Simons/ Cannings, ref. 31 OTU ORB); (F/O McEwan sic at 104 OTU, ref. Patterson log book); 
Sgt

McTurk
Pupil pilot? Trained at 104 OTU circa 10/08/1943 to 31/10/1943 (ref. Spencer group photo);
S/Ldr
C N
McVeigh
40243; flying duties; 18/12/1943 posted from 44 Group to 104 OTU (ref. 44 Group ORB);
Sgt

Mellowship
Pupil observer? Trained at 104 OTU circa 10/08/1943 to 31/10/1943 (ref. Spencer group photo);
F/Sgt
W F
Mitchell
657900; pilot; 31 OTU, Derbert, Canada to 25/08/1943 (Sgt William Francis Mitchell 657900 32 course: crew 185 Mitchell/ Raper/ Smyth/ Joyce, ref. 31 OTU ORB); pupil pilot on 8 course; 18/01/1944 unhurt when Wellington Z1493 of 104 OTU crashed on take off from Mullagmore (F/Sgt Mitchell, ref. ORB); 01/05/1944 killed in Dakota FD549 of 216 Sqn, which crashed on take off for a supply dropping operation, at Aberdeen airfield, Indore, Burma. Pilot W/O Kenneth Edwin Robinson, 2nd pilot F/Sgt William Frank Mitchell, navigator W/O Arthur Jones and W/Op Sgt Sydney Crook were all killed and are commemorated on the Singapore Memorial. 2 army despatchers were also killed.
Sgt

Montgomery
Pilot instructor? (ref. Robinson log book); 
F/O
G E
Murray
55048; pilot; 31 OTU, Derbert, Canada to 25/08/1943 (P/O George Edward Murray 55048 32 course: crew 194 Murray/ Bull/ Gallacher/ Clark, ref. 31 OTU ORB); (F/O Murray, ref. Patterson log book); 
Sgt

Murray
Pupil W/Op? Trained at 104 OTU circa 10/08/1943 to 31/10/1943 (ref. Spencer group photo);


O'Hey
Pupil W/Op? Trained at 104 OTU circa 10/08/1943 to 31/10/1943 (ref. Spencer group photo);
F/Lt

O'Neil
Pilot instructor (ref. Bines and Patterson log books); 
F/Lt
G
Osborne
134024; navigator; F/Lt George Osborne (ref. battle blouse sold on auction site).
F/Sgt

Owen
Pilot; 03/09/1943 - presumably a pupil pilot (ref. Spencer log book);
ACW2
E M
Page
2017499; 17/07/1943 unhurt when Wellington Z1460 of 104 OTU crashed on take off from Nutts Corner (ref. 44 Group casualty record);
Sgt

Parker
Pupil W/Op? Trained at 104 OTU circa 10/08/1943 to 31/10/1943 (ref. Spencer group photo);
Sgt

Parkes
Pupil W/Op? Trained at 104 OTU circa 10/08/1943 to 31/10/1943 (ref. Spencer group photo);
Sgt

Patrick
Probably aircrew on 6 course (ref. Bines log book); 
F/Sgt
G E
Patterson
RAAF A421545; pilot; 24/06/1942 10 EFTS Australia; 22/11/1942 12 SFTS Brandon, Canada; 26/03/1943 1 GRS Summerside, Canada; 28/05/1943 31 OTU Derbert, Canda (33 course, ref. 31 OTU ORB); 21/09/1943 arrived UK; 02/11/1943 104 OTU, Nutts Corner (pupil pilot on 8 course, crew Patterson/ Brenton/ Sturtridge); 26/01/1944 unhurt when Wellington Z1206 of 104 OTU ditched at Uigg, Isle of Lewis on night navigation exercise no. 4; 11/02/1944 304 FTU, Melton Mowbray; 17/03/1944 3 Aircraft Delivery Unit, Oujda; 01/04/1945 267 Sqn, Burma; 06/07/1945 232 Sqn, Delhi to 18/01/1946 (ref. Patterson log book); F/Sgt George Ernest Patterson RAAF.
F/Lt

Peters
Pilot instructor (ref. Patterson log book);
F/Lt

Pinney
Pilot; 08/09/1943 - presumably an instructor (ref. Spencer log book);
Sgt

Plastow
Pupil pilot? Trained at 104 OTU circa 10/08/1943 to 31/10/1943 (ref. Spencer group photo); 
F/Sgt
J S
Price
RNZAF NZ421759; pupil pilot; 12/09/1943 killed flying Wellington X9820 of 104 OTU, which flew into a hillside 3 miles south of Byronsford, County Down (ref. 44 Group casualty record).
F/Lt
W E M
Price
44790; general duties (flying); 08/09/1943 posted from 104 OTU to 44 Group (ref. 44 Group ORB);
Sgt
E
Raper
1455788; Sgt Edward Raper was nav/ B to Sgt Mitchell at 31 OTU, Derbert, Canada to 25/08/1943 (32 course: crew 185 Mitchell/ Raper/ Smyth/ Joyce, ref. 31 OTU ORB);
Sgt
A A
Richardson
1666170; pupil W/Op; 24/11/43 seriously injured in Wellington Z1313 of 104 OTU, which flew into a hillside, Mt Divis, Ireland (ref. 44 Group casualty record); 02/12/1943 off seriously injured list and recovering;
W/O

Robertson
Pilot instructor from at least September 1943 (ref. Bines and Cockshoot log books);
Sgt
E L
Robinson
1452069; pupil pilot; 31 OTU, Derbert, Canada to 26/07/1943 (30 course: crew 170 Robinson/ Treagus/ Green/ Brodie, ref. 31 OTU ORB); confirmed on 8 course at 104 OTU (Robinson log book); Melton Mowbray; ferry unit in North Africa. Sgt Ernest Loius Robinson.

R
Robinson Pupil W/Op? Trained at 104 OTU circa 10/08/1943 to 31/10/1943 (ref. Spencer group photo). Robert Robinson.
Sgt

Rowbottom
Pupil observer? Trained at 104 OTU circa 10/08/1943 to 31/10/1943 (ref. Spencer group photo);
Sgt

Rush
Probably aircrew on 6 course (ref. Bines log book); 


Sculley
Pupil pilot? Trained at 104 OTU circa 10/08/1943 to 31/10/1943 (ref. Spencer group photo);
P/O
K R
Simons
1322717; P/O Kenneth Richard Simons was W/Op to P/O McKeown at 31 OTU, Derbert, Canada to 25/08/1943 (32 course: crew 193 McKeown/ Stobie/ Simons/ Cannings, ref. 31 OTU ORB) but not clear whether he remained with the crew at 104 OTU (Sgt K L Cannings RCAF joined 22 OTU, 56 course on 16/11/1943); (Simmons sic, ref. Spencer group photo);
Cpl
J A
Sinclair
949144; 17/07/1943 unhurt when Wellington Z1460 of 104 OTU crashed on take off from Nutts Corner (ref. 44 Group casualty record);
F/O
G A
Smee
131656; WO/AG; 17/07/1943 unhurt when Wellington Z1460 of 104 OTU crashed on take off from Nutts Corner (ref. 44 Group casualty record);


Smith
Pupil W/Op? Trained at 104 OTU circa 10/08/1943 to 31/10/1943 (ref. Spencer group photo);
F/Sgt
H P
Smyth
RCAF R83274; F/Sgt Hugh Patrick Smyth was W/Op to Sgt Mitchell at 31 OTU, Derbert, Canada to 25/08/1943 (32 course: crew 185 Mitchell/ Raper/ Smyth/ Joyce, ref. 31 OTU ORB) but not clear whether he remained with the crew at 104 OTU: see also Joyce;
Sgt
G J E
Spencer
Pupil W/Op; trained at 104 OTU 10/08/1943 to 31/10/1943; later served with BOAC on Sunderlands, flying from Poole (ref. Spencer log book and family). Sgt George James Edward Spencer.


Steel
Pupil pilot? Trained at 104 OTU 10/08/1943 to 31/10/1943? (ref. Spencer group photo); possibly WO/AG Sgt Cyril Frederick Steel RCAF R60519 31 OTU to 28/12/1942, 12/01/1943 arrived UK, 06/04/1943 1(c)OTU, 04/06/1943 24 Sqn, 07/09/1943 1 OADU and missing while serving with 512 Sqn 25/12/1943 - i.e. not 104 OTU;
S/Ldr
G A
Stewart
14/11/1943 Assumed command of A flight at Mullagmore (S/Ldr Stewart sic, ORB); S/Ldr G A Stewart (ref. Matthews log book);
F/O
G G
Stobie
RAAF A418198; F/O Graeme Grieve Stobie was nav/ B to P/O McKeown at 31 OTU, Derbert, Canada to 25/08/1943 (32 course: crew 193 McKeown/ Stobie/ Simons/ Cannings, ref. 31 OTU ORB); 26/01/1944 killed when Wellington Z1490 of 104 OTU went missing on a night navigation exercise (see also Fletcher and Erickson): body washed up (at Coll?) 11/02/1944.
Sgt
D or N R J?
Stokoe
Pupil pilot; trained at 104 OTU circa 10/08/1943 to 31/10/1943 (ref. Spencer group photo and log book); Sgt Denis or Noel Richard James Stokoe?
Sgt

Stow
Pupil observer? Trained at 104 OTU circa 10/08/1943 to 31/10/1943 (ref. Spencer group photo);
Sgt

Stuart
Pupil W/Op? Trained at 104 OTU circa 10/08/1943 to 31/10/1943 (ref. Spencer group photo);
Sgt
E E
Sturtridge
RAAF A422818; pupil W/Op; 31 OTU (33 course, ref. 31 OTU ORB); 104 OTU (8 course, crew Patterson/ Brenton/ Sturtridge); 26/01/1944 unhurt when Wellington Z1206 of 104 OTU ditched at Uigg, Isle of Lewis on night navigation exercise no. 4 (ref. Patterson log book); Sgt Ernest Elijah Sturtridge (ref. Australian National Archives).
F/Sgt

Surrette
Probably aircrew on 6 course (ref. Bines log book); 
P/O
V
Tanner
152053; pupil navigator; 31/12/1943 killed in Wellington R1520 of 104 OTU, which flew into a hill near Nutts Corner (ref. 44 Group casualty record).
Sgt
E S
Taylor
RAAF A410573; Sgt Eric Stanley Taylor was nav/ B to Sgt Hynes at 31 OTU, Derbert, Canada to 25/08/1943 (32 course: crew 196 Hynes/ Taylor/ Grigsby/ Botham, ref. 31 OTU ORB); not yet confirmed at 104 OTU but other crews numbered 191 to 197 were at 104 OTU and Sgt Taylor went on to serve with 2 Aircraft Delivery Unit in the Middle East which fits the pattern of subsequent postings; 12/08/1944 killed when Baltimore FW770 of 2 Aircraft Delivery Unit crashed in Sudan.
F/Lt

Thomas
Staff pilot at 104 OTU in Sep 1943 (S/Ldr Thomas, ref. Cockshoot log book); 05/12/1943 to Mullagmore;
W/O

Toffs
Pilot instructor? (ref. Patterson log book); 


Tohnas
Pupil? Trained at 104 OTU circa 10/08/1943 to 31/10/1943 (ref. Spencer group photo);
Sgt
E M
Treagus
RAAF A417432; pupil navigator B; 31 OTU, Derbert, Canada to 26/07/1943 (30 course: crew 170 Robinson/ Treagus/ Green/ Brodie, ref. 31 OTU ORB); to UK; 02/09/1943 5 AOS; 23/11/1943 104 OTU (21/12/1943 RAF Nutts Corner, 15/01/1944 RAF Mullagmore); 18/02/1944 304 FTU; 27/03/1944 1 OADU Portreath to Middle East; 06/03/1944 216 Group; 01/04/1944 3 Aircraft Delivery Unit; 18/12/1944 70 SP; 1945 repatriated Australia. Movements from personnel file and also noted in Robinson log book. Sgt Edward Mervyn Treagus.
P/O

Treharne or Treherne
Pilot instructor (ref. Linnell and Robinson log books); 20/01/1944 unhurt when Wellington Z1339 of 104 OTU forcelanded at Ronaldsway due to a fire in the cockpit;
P/O

Tummon
Instructor (ref. Patterson log book); 
F/Sgt

Waites
Pilot instructor? (ref. Bines log book); 
Sgt
T A
Walters
1394347; pupil navigator; 12/09/1943 killed in Wellington X9820 of 104 OTU, which flew into a hillside 3 miles south of Byronsford, County Down (ref. 44 Group casualty record);
F/O
J M
Will
Pilot instructor and OC A flight (ref. Linnell, Matthews, Patterson log books); 
Sgt

Williams
Pupil pilot? Trained at 104 OTU circa 10/08/1943 to 31/10/1943 (ref. Spencer group photo);
F/O
T E
Wills
RCAF J21802; pilot; 22/12/1943 posted from 104 OTU to 512 Sqn (probably with his crew, but not named, ref. 512 Sqn ORB);
F/Sgt

Wilson
Probably aircrew on 6 course (ref. Bines and Robinson log books); 
P/O
R B
Wilson
RCAF J25588; P/O Richard Bruce Wilson was nav/ B to P/O Dyson at 31 OTU, Derbert, Canada to 25/08/1943 (32 course: crew 195 Dyson/ Wilson/ Allen/ Evans, ref. 31 OTU ORB);
F/O
W W
Winning
151212; pupil pilot; 31 OTU Derbert, Canada (33 course, ref. 31 OTU ORB); 09/12/1943 unhurt when Wellington Z1473 of 104 OTU suffered a tyre burst on take off from Mullagmore; 20/12/1943 slightly injured when Wellington Z1378 of 104 OTU overshot Nutts Corner (ref. 44 Group casualty record);
P/O
N V
Woods
149659; flight engineer; 12/02/1944 posted from 104 OTU to 24 Sqn (ref. 24 Sqn ORB);
P/O
G C
Young
RAAF A414860; pupil navigator; trained in Australia then Canada (1 General Reconnissance School Summerside and 31 OTU Derbert where he flew 28 hours on Hudsons, 3 Sqn flying 33 hours operationally on Hudsons); 19/09/1943 disembarked UK; 23/11/1943 104 OTU, flying 21 hours on Wellingtons; 11/02/1944 304 Ferry Training Unit, flying 40 hours on Wellingtons; 27/03/1944 to 14/08/1945 3 Ferry Unit/ 3 Aircraft Delivery Unit in 216 Group, Middle East, accumulating 480 hours ferrying. Movements from personnel record. He was the son of a Catholic priest. P/O Guilford Clyde Young.
F/Lt
H
Zinober
106499; medical officer; 27/11/1943 posted from 104 OTU to 44 Group (ref. 44 Group ORB);

 1 Ferry Crew Pool personnel, possibly ex 104 OTU
Rank
Inits
Surname
Comment
F/Sgt

Barr
DFC; 1392525; nav/ B; 21/11/1943 posted from 1 FCP to 525 Sqn with 1st Lt Beresford and Sgt Nightingale (ref. 525 Sqn ORB);
1st Lt
R G
Beresford
0-886025; pilot; 21/11/1943 posted from 1 FCP to 525 Sqn with F/Sgt Barr and Sgt Nightingale (ref. 525 Sqn ORB);
F/Lt
A
Bollington
81107; pilot; 22/12/1943 posted from 1 FCP to 512 Sqn with F/Os Hall and Metcalf (ref. 512 Sqn ORB);
F/O

Bullock
RAAF; A405786; 06/12/1943 posted from 1 FCP to 525 Sqn (ref. 525 Sqn ORB);
Sgt
D R
Corbett
1535233; pilot; 03/01/1944 in a group of 7 pilots attached to 525 Sqn from 1 FCP (ref. 525 Sqn ORB);
P/O
T
Corlett
147659; navigator; 15/12/1943 posted from 1 FCP to 512 Sqn with F/O Thomas (ref. 512 Sqn ORB);
Sgt

Cox
1338615; pilot; 03/01/1944 in a group of 7 pilots attached to 525 Sqn from 1 FCP (ref. 525 Sqn ORB);
F/Sgt
J W G
Cyr
RCAF R132539; WO/AG; 22/12/1943 posted from 1 FCP to 24 Sqn with F/O Ward and F/Sgt Robertson (ref. 24 Sqn ORB);
F/Sgt
O
Dinsdale
RCAF R143058; pilot; 03/01/1944 in a group of 7 pilots attached to 525 Sqn from 1 FCP (ref. 525 Sqn ORB);
Sgt

Drinkwater
1335344; pilot; 03/01/1944 in a group of 7 pilots attached to 525 Sqn from 1 FCP (ref. 525 Sqn ORB);
F/O

Ferch
RCAF J20989; pilot; 11/01/1944 posted from 1 FCP to 525 Sqn (ref. 525 Sqn ORB);
Sgt
L A
Garvan
1322089; pilot; 05/01/1944 attached to 525 Sqn from 1 FCP (ref. 525 Sqn ORB);
F/O

Gillard
135515; 11/01/1944 posted from 1 FCP to 525 Sqn (ref. 525 Sqn ORB);
Sgt

Gleadall
1451559; pilot; 13/01/1944 posted from 1 FCP to 525 Sqn (ref. 525 Sqn ORB);
F/O
G M
Hall
148007; navigator; 22/12/1943 posted from 1 FCP to 512 Sqn with F/O Metcalf and F/Lt Bollington (ref. 512 Sqn ORB);
F/O
R L A
Hammill
141134; pilot; 05/10/1943 posted from 1 FCP to 512 Sqn (ref. 512 Sqn ORB); 25/12/1943 missing flying Dakota FD903 of 512 Sqn on a transit flight to Gibraltar, last heard from off the coast of Spain (navigator F/O B J Battersby was also missing). F/O Richard Lloyd Acton Hammill.
Sgt
S V
Hayes
1577371; pilot; 05/01/1944 attached to 525 Sqn from 1 FCP (ref. 525 Sqn ORB);
F/O
W J
Hewitt
146631; W/Op; 06/03/1944 posted from 1 FCP to 525 Sqn (ref. 525 Sqn ORB);
P/O
J R
Hicks
RCAF J18215; WO/AG; 22/12/1943 posted from 1 FCP to 512 Sqn with P/O Semple (ref. 512 Sqn ORB);
F/O

Lidkea
RCAF J22269; pilot; 13/01/1944 posted from 1 FCP to 525 Sqn (ref. 525 Sqn ORB);
F/O
P
Mace
122154; pilot; 04/12/1943 posted from 1 FCP to 525 Sqn (ref. 525 Sqn ORB);
F/O
G N
Metcalf
48793; pilot; 22/12/1943 posted from 1 FCP to 512 Sqn with F/O Hall and F/Lt Bollington (ref. 512 Sqn ORB);
Sgt

Nightingale
W/Op; 21/11/1943 posted from 1 FCP to 525 Sqn with 1st Lt Beresford and F/Sgt Barr (ref. 525 Sqn ORB);
F/Sgt
K M
Phillips
591017; pilot; 03/01/1944 in a group of 7 pilots attached to 525 Sqn from 1 FCP (ref. 525 Sqn ORB);
F/Sgt
D J
Robertson
RAAF A417237; navigator; 22/12/1943 posted from 1 FCP to 24 Sqn with F/Sgt Cyr and F/O Ward (ref. 24 Sqn ORB); Donald James Robertson RAAF (ref. Australian National Archives);
Sgt
J G
Sagar
1600448; pilot; 13/01/1944 posted from 1 FCP to 525 Sqn (ref. 525 Sqn ORB);
P/O
E Q
Semple
RCAF J14331; pilot; 22/12/1943 posted from 1 FCP to 512 Sqn with P/O Hicks (ref. 512 Sqn ORB);
F/O

Therian
RCAF J23844; pilot; 03/01/1944 in a group of 7 pilots attached to 525 Sqn from 1 FCP (ref. 525 Sqn ORB);
F/O
J A
Thomas
117656; pilot; 15/12/1943 posted from 1 FCP to 512 Sqn with P/O Corlett (ref. 512 Sqn ORB);
Sgt
J F
Tilley
1153607; pilot; 14/01/1944 posted from 1 FCP to 525 Sqn (ref. 525 Sqn ORB);
Sgt
J C
Tracey
1394358; pilot; 03/01/1944 in a group of 7 pilots attached to 525 Sqn from 1 FCP (ref. 525 Sqn ORB);
F/O
F J
Ward
136848; general duties (flying); 22/12/1943 posted from 1 FCP to 24 Sqn with F/Sgts Cyr and Robinson (ref. 24 Sqn ORB);

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