Category: RAF WW2

June 05 – NI men who died with Kitchener. Rome freed. Roll of Honour

The 12 NI men who died with Kitchener in HMS Hampshire in 1916 included a young doctor who was the Commanding Officer of the Irish National Volunteers in Belfast. On this day in 1944, Rome celebrated its liberation and a Royal Air Force meteorologist… Continue Reading “June 05 – NI men who died with Kitchener. Rome freed. Roll of Honour”

June 04 – Ballymena RAF brothers in arms. Roll of Honour

In WW1 three Navy men in an infantry role who died at Gallipoli are recalled today. In 1917 William Andrews with links to Dungannon and Ballymena is killed in an RFC plane crash. Two Ballymena brothers in the RAF are remembered. One was lost… Continue Reading “June 04 – Ballymena RAF brothers in arms. Roll of Honour”

June 03 – Roll of Honour. Jerrettspass Flight Sergeant fatal crash in Equatorial Guinea

Today’s Roll includes John Gray from Portstewart who died of wounds in Egypt after service with Royal Marines in Gallipoli, James Hetherington from Moy with Canadian infantry, three Belfast RUR men at Dunkirk and three from RAF whose war memorials are in Singapore, South… Continue Reading “June 03 – Roll of Honour. Jerrettspass Flight Sergeant fatal crash in Equatorial Guinea”

May 30 – Roll of Honour. Coastal Command ace honoured by RAF

In May 2020 a new Poseidon aircraft is named for Ulsterman Terence Bulloch, the top U-boat hunter of WW2. Dunkirk fatalities continue including Patrick Hill of Limavady whose remains rest in Dunkirk Town Cemetery. The first 1,000 bomber raid occurs in 1942. Two naval… Continue Reading “May 30 – Roll of Honour. Coastal Command ace honoured by RAF”

May 21 – Roll of Honour. Bangor brothers costly RAFVR service

Geoffrey and Eric Bowman were both lost flying in WW2. Three NI submariners from Bushmills, Ballymena, and Greencastle die as their ship is attacked in tragic mistake. Both veterans today are from Coleraine. Timothy Carroll survived the Battle of Jutland in WW1. Air Vice… Continue Reading “May 21 – Roll of Honour. Bangor brothers costly RAFVR service”

May 20 – Roll of Honour and the Runnymede Memorial

On VE Day 2020 the iconic RAF Red Arrows undertake a flypast over the Runnymede Memorial in Surrey where men and women who served in the RAF in WW2 and who have no known grave are remembered. Roland Bradley, NIH and RFC, was one… Continue Reading “May 20 – Roll of Honour and the Runnymede Memorial”

March 31 – Roll of Honour

Aircrew from Northern Ireland were lost in a raid on Nuremberg, Germany, on the night of 30/31st March 1944 which was the RAF’s worst night in WW2. James Donnelly from Ballintoy was possibly the last member of the Royal Flying Corps to be killed… Continue Reading “March 31 – Roll of Honour”

September 19 – Ligoniel man was navigator for Guy Gibson VC

James Brown Warwick, RAFVR. Squadron Leader. (Navigator). DFC. 156612. Died 19/09/1944. Mosquito (KB 267 AZ-E) of 627 Sqdn. Piloted by Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC. Their graves are side by side in the Netherlands.