Box Hill's War Memorial, St Andrew's Church
image: Haslam 15 Mar 09
IN MEMORY OF
OF BOX HILL
FH BARTLE W COLLINS
AG BUTCHER D KEENAN
DA LEAGE KE LEAGE
Where a name is hyperlinked this is to what appears to be the relevant record in the
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) database or to a page about the person.
# see Notes for more detail or comment on the person.
Pte FRANCIS HAROLD BARTLE
7th Bn, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
Husband of Elsie K Mitchell (formerly Bartle), of Keepers Cottage, Box Hill Rd, Tadworth, Surrey
Pte WILLIAM COLLINS #
6th Bn, The Queen's
(Royal West Surrey Regiment)
Son of George and Ann Collins; husband of Laura Collins, of Upper Farm, Box Hill, Dorking.
Sgt ARTHUR GORDON BUTCHER #
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Son of Arthur John and Ethel Mary Charlton Butcher, of Box Hill, Tadworth, Surrey.
Sgt DAVID KEENAN #
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Husband of Elizabeth Gibb Fisher Keenan, of Box Hill, Tadworth, Surrey.
ARNHEM (MOSCOWA) GENERAL CEMY/NL
Lt DONALD ALFRED LEAGE #
HM Landing Craft Flak 37
Son of Edward Albert and Constance Leage, of Box Hill, Surrey.
Captain of the School and Captain of Shooting Eight, Dulwich College.
CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL
Sub-Lt (A) KENNETH EDWARD LEAGE #
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Son of Edward Albert and Constance Leage, of Box Hill, Surrey, England.
DIEPPE CANADIAN WAR CEMY,
From May 1943-March 1945 the squadron operated with the Vickers Wellington Mk X. Following the capture of airfields in Tunisia it moved further forward and in December 1943 crossed to Italy, from where it added the Balkans and Northern Italy to its target list. From 30 December 1943-21 October 1945 it was based at Foggia Main airfield.
Sgt Arthur Gordon Butcher was a Wireleass Operator/Air Gunner flying with W/O RWF Bodley, captain of Wellington X LP464/D. Their target was the key marshalling yards of Porto Nuovo at Verona which was on the line from the Brenner Pass and were of crucial importance in directing supplies destined for the German front.
24 hours previously, 40 Squadron had visited the yards, without loss, but the bombing had been pretty ineffectual. However, the attack on October 11th/12th, 1944, was well concentrated and much useful damage was inflicted, albeit at the cost of two Wellingtons missing - LP464/D and MF630/S - possibly shot down by the ground defences which are described as fierce and accurate.
From these bombers, not a single airman survived and all are commemorated on the Malta Memorial:
W/O R W F Bodley
F/S L R Johnston RAAF
Sgt G Coyle
Sgt A G Butcher
F/S E C Fitgerald RAAF
Source: David Gunby's Sweeping the Skies, the History of No.40 Squadron, published by Pentland Press in 1995, via Bill Chorley.
William Collins - is also on the Mickleham War Memorial
Night of 29/30 March 1943 - source RAF Bomber Command Losses of WWII - 1943 (WR Chorley)
166 Sqn RAF Kirmington Wellington mkX HE545 AS-H Op: Bochum
take off 2004. Shot down by a night-fighter (Oblt Werner Streib, /NJG1), crashing at Schaarsbergen (Gelderland), 7km NNW of Arnhem. Three lie in Arnhem (Moscowa) General Cemetery, while both Canadians rest at Groesbeek War Cemetery.
Pilot: Sgt JRA Hodgson
Navigator: F/S SR Farley
Air Bomber: P/O FLE Dupre RCAF
Wireless Operator: Sgt D Keenan
Air Gunner: Sgt RA Weese RCAF
LCF.37, ex-LCT.725, Walcheren landings, operation Infatuate, ship loss
LCF.37 image and report of loss
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