World War 2  - Roll of Honour

 Men of St Aidans who gave their lives during the Second World War.

 

If you have any further details or possibly photographs or documents relatiing to any of the listed I would be please to recieve for inclusion herein. doug.crew@icloud.com.

 

Robert  Burnell

Eric Calway

Arthur Council (Counsell)

Herbert Francombe (Frankham)

Clifford Mountain

Dennis Waddell

 

The above six casualties appear on the St Aidan’s Roll of Honour for those who lost their lives serving in the Second World War. I do believe, however, that the following airman should have been listed.

 Sergeant Wireless Operator John Aidan Rogers, No 900084, 82 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

I make this claim as John was the first baby to be born in the St Aidans Vicarage. He was the son of the then incumbent the Reverend William John Rogers & Mrs Ethel Annie Rogers.  Reverend Rogers was vicar at St Aidan’s from 1920 until 1936. It appears the Rogers loved St Aidans so well they gave their child the second name Aidan.

No 82 Squadron was equipped with Bristol Blenheim Mk IV bombers and flew many missions over France & into Germany in support of the B.E.F. On 7th July 1940 John(Jack) Aidan Rogers aircraft No P4843 left the squadron's base at RAF Watton in Norfolk together with 11 other squadron aircraft , the mission to attack targets in Germany. The pilot was Sergeant Frank Hutton , from Preston, and the observer was Charles Pickering, from Hull.  John Aiden as wireless operator made up the 3 man crew. P4843 was the only aircraft not to return , either shot down or crash landed in Germany 20 year old John Aiden together with the pilot & observer were all killed and are buried and remembered with honour at the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Some of the airmen buried in the cemetery lost their lives in supporting the advance into Germany, but most died earlier in the war in the intensive air attacks over Germany. Their graves were brought in from cemeteries and isolated sites in the surrounding area.

The crew of Blenheim P 4843 are buried side by side;-

 Image by D R Crew; taken on 7th April 2019 whilst visiting Reichwald Forest War Cemetery.