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inmemoriam

We mark the passing of those who served this country. Contributions from comrades and families welcome

ANDERSON Sqn Ldr Murray Crichton Bell Anderson DFC & Bar 7 December 1919 - 22 March 2016

131 phot recce missions Spitfires 41-43 W Europe, N Africa. 161 (Spec Duties) Sqn dropping SOE agents. 65 (East India) Sqn 70 sorties Mustangs. Far East Dakota transports

ASHMORE Admiral of the Fleet Sir Edward Beckwith Ashmore 11 December 1919- 28 April 2016 Son and brother of admirals. CDS 1977

HMS Jupiter, Norway. 2ic HMS Middleton Malta (DSC), Arctic convoys. Signals HMS Duke of York Scapa Flow (covering off Norway) On USS Missouri for Japanes surrender

BALLINGER Major Richard George Ballinger died 28th May 2016

COOK Cdr Kenneth Cook OBE died 19 May 2016 aged 90

COX Major Dr Michael Christopher Langton Cox died 25th May 2016 aged 90

EELES Elsie Eeles died 17 May 2016 aged 93 SOE, FANY, Force 136, ME25, Jedburgh Group, Ceylon

FAWCETT Jane Carolin (Hughes) Fawcett MBE 4 March 1921 - 21 May 2016 decoder at Bletchley Park (Hut 6)

HOFRICHTER Jaroslave Hofrichter 23 September 1923 - 9 May 2016

Czech who flew with RAF 311 Squadron gunner, flight engineer on Wellingtons 700 ops inc Coastal Command. Only rehabilitated in homeland post 1989

STOPFORD May Gen Stephen R A Stopford CB, MBE died 27 May 2016

SYMES Major James Michael Symes MC and Bar died 18 May 2016 aged 96

Captured (surrendered) after landing on Gurnsey by MTB Malaya 1955 attack on terrorist camp

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