Friday, October 29, 2010

#12 Sgt Sidhu

The crew are commemorated on the Runnymede War Memorial.As I had posted earlier , since the crew were missing in action,their names are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.The Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede commemorates by name over 20,000 airmen who were lost in the Second World War during operations from bases in the United Kingdom and North and Western Europe, and who have no known graves. They served in Bomber, Fighter, Coastal, Transport, Flying Training and Maintenance Commands, and came from all parts of the Commonwealth. Some were from countries in continental Europe which had been overrun but whose airmen continued to fight in the ranks of the Royal Air Force. The memorial was designed by Sir Edward Maufe with sculpture by Vernon Hill. The engraved glass and painted ceilings were designed by John Hutton and the poem engraved on the gallery window was written by Paul H Scott.
Initials: D S
Nationality: Indian
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 75 (R.N.Z.A.F.) Sqdn.
Date of Death: 28/04/1943
Service No: 946455
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 147.

The crew are all there--
Sgt. Keith Halliburton Panel 199.
Son of William Francis and Susan Halliburton, of Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Sgt. Devinder Singh Sidhu Panel 147

Sgt. Patrick Torre Hunter Panel 199
Son of Patrick Hunter and of Helena Hunter (nee Torre), of Havelock North, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.
Sgt. Leslie Thomas Scarfe Panel 164
Son of Edward Tevelin Scarfe and Sarah Grace Scarfe, of Hornsey, Middlesex.
Sgt. David Church Panel 145
Son of James Arnold and Alice Mary Church; husband of J. Church, of Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.
Sgt. Charles Henry George Boxall Panel 143

Sgt. Alexander Clunie Howell Panel 199
Son of William James Stanley Howell and Ella Isabell Howell, of Wairoi, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand And yes , in the next post I will tell you how I was helped by the Air Historical Branch , Kevin King,the CWGC , Air of Authority-- (a site on the net --M B Barrass) , the 75 Sqn Association--Friends of 75( New-Zealand) Sqn Association , Kelvin Youngs( Aircraft Remembrance Society) and Mike Harrison amongst others-- keep following


  1. Do put in the names of Sgt Devinder Singh's mother and father.

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  3. Hello Tony,
    I see we are related somehow.
    Sgt Devinder Singh Sidhu was my grandfather's elder brother and my grandmother was engaged to him before he left for the war.
    I am glad you saved me a lot of time and effort to find out more about him
    I would like to discuss more on the subject drop me a line at