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RAF MEN FROM BIDEFORD WHO APPEAR 

ON THE WW2 MEMORIAL IN ST. MARY'S CHURCH

 

W. S. BACKWAY



1587191 Sergeant William Sidney Backway of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 142 Squadron. Son of Reginald and Olive Backway of Bideford. Born in Bideford in the December Quarter of 1923. Died 28 August 1943 aged 19. Commemorated on the Commonwealth Royal Air Force Memorial in Floriana, Malta. 
R. BREAKS

2202497 Sergeant Raymond Breaks (Flight Engineer) of the RAF VR, 156 Squadron. Son of Christopher and May Breaks of Bideford. Born in 1926. Died 29 January 1945 aged 19.
N .G. CLARKE


657357 Sergeant Pilot Norman George Clarke of the RAF VR. Son of George and Mabel Clarke. Born in Exeter in the December Quarter of 1916. Died 27 September 1942 aged 26. Buried in St Margaret's Churchyard, Northam. 
E. CORNISH




575796 Flight Sergeant Eric Cornish of the RAF. Son of Eli and Dorothy Cornish of Bideford; husband of Diana Cornish. Born in Bideford in the December Quarter of 1922. Died during the night of 23/24 June 1944 aged 21 when the Lancaster in which he was flying as crew crashed at Warrem (or Warhem), Nord, France.
F. W. HEYWOOD


120542 Pilot Officer Kenneth Walter Heywood of the RAF VR. Son of Louisa Jane Heywood and the late Walter Heywood. Born in Bideford in the September Quarter of 1916. Died 5 May 1942 Buried in Bideford Public Cemetery.
L. HOCKING

1190480 Sergeant Leonard Hocking of the RAF VR, 179 Squadron. Son of Mabel Hocking and the late Frank Hocking. Born in Bideford in the March Quarter of 1922. Died 12 July 1943 aged 21.
R. T. HOOKWAY


1656685 Leading Aircraftman Robert Taylor Hookway of the RAF VR, 2783 Squadron. Son of Robert and Mary Hookway; husband of Vera Hookway of Bideford, Born in Bideford in the June Quarter of 1904. Died 7 July 1944 aged 40. Buried in St. Mary's Churchyard, Bideford.
P. LOWTHER
104490 Pilot Officer (Pilot) of the RAF VR, 18 Squadron. Son of John and Mary Lowther of Bideford. Born in Tonbridge in the June Quarter of 1922. Died 18 July 1942 aged 20. Buried in Bideford Public Cemetery.
G. R. MANLEY-TUCKER


157750 Flying Officer George Reginald Manley-Tucker of the RAF VR 172 Squadron. Son of Mr and Mrs Arthur Manley-Tucker; husband of Elsie Doris Manley-Tucker of Instow. Born in Bristol in the June Quarter of 1916. Died 15 June 1944 aged 36.
R. R. H. ROWE
116026 Pilot officer (Observer) Rowland Richard Henry Rowe of the RAF VR. Son of Richard and Jessie Rowe; husband of Daisy Rowe of Southampton. Born in Penzance in the March Quarter of 1911. Died 2 June 1942 aged 31.
K. G. SHORT
1168328 Leading Aircraftman Kenneth George Short of the RAF VR, 152 Squadron. Son of Alfred and Matilda Short of Bideford. Born in Bideford in the September Quarter of 1916. Died 8 January 1948 aged 28.
W.R.SHORT
149601 Flying Officer William Ronald Short of the RAF VR. Son of William and Susannah Short. Born in 1916. Died 27 April 1945 aged 29.
E.SQUIRE
1316095 Flight Sergeant Ernest Squire of 215 Squadron. Son of Charlie and Maria Squire. Born in the March Quarter of 1912. Died 1 June 1944 aged 32.
W.L.TUCKER
1087445 Leading Aircraftman Walter Leslie Tucker of the RAF VR. Son of William and Eliza Ann of Bideford; brother of Peter (see above). Born in Bideford in the June Quarter of 1911. Died 27 February 1943 aged 31.
F.R.WESTCOTT
1187605 Sergeant Pilot Frederick Richard Westcott of the RAF VR. Son of Walter and Louisa Westcott of Bideford. Born in Bideford in 1913. Died 24 July 1941 aged 28. Buried in Langtree churchyard.

 


 
 
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