- Ralph Charles Wingrove
- Died Age 24 on 08/04/1945
- Oxford (Botley) Cemetery Plot H/1. Grave 180
Ralph Charles Wingrove was an RAF Wireless Operator who enlisted
in the RAF on 12 October 1937. He left England aboard SS Neuralia
on 5 November 1938 for service with 211 Squadron in the Middle
East. It is known that he flew at least 18 operations during his
time in the desert.
Wingrove documented his time in the Middle East in a 46-page,
leatherette photo album. Each image is carefully titled and dated,
the pages running from November 1938 through to August 1945. Take a
look at a few of his personal images, below.
AC Wingrove, right: SS Neuralia 5 November 1938
The Pile 'em Inn: Christmas 1938 Helwan
Lads of HQ [211 Squadron] Helwan late 38 or early 1939
By early 1945, Ralph was a Warrant Officer flying with No 1653
Heavy Conversion Unit out of North Luffenham. From here, he ran
training flights to prepare airmen for flying the newer 4-engine
heavy bombers, such as the Avro Lancaster. Unfortunately, it was
during one of these training flights that Ralph, and the rest of
his crew, lost their lives.
His Lancaster took off from North Luffenham on 8 April 1945 and
shortly after lost control crashing near Scraptoft on the eastern
outskirts of Leicester.
The six crew lost were:
F/O Norman Edward Cook, 23
Sgt J Winterbottom, 24
F/O Thomas Neale, 22
W/O Ralph Charles Wingrove, 24
Sgt Gerald Gore, 20
Sgt James Frederick John Stanley, 20
- Donald Bruce Woodhead
- Died Age 30 on 19/08/1944
Donald Woodhead was the son of Fred Baynes Woodhead and
Elizabeth Jane Woodhead and the husband of Betty Woodhead, of
Remuera, Auckland. He was educated at Auckland Grammar School &
Auckland University College, before qualifying as a
On the outbreak of the Second World War, he began pilots
training, and received his Wings in August 1941. A couple of
months later, having been promoted to Flight Sergeant, he left New
Zealand for the United Kingdom.
After a refresher course, he was attached to No. 21 Operational
Training Unit where he formed up with his crew and converted to
Wellington Bomber aircraft. The following July, after a short
course on long distance flying, he flew from England to Shallufa,
in the Western Desert, and reported for duties with the No. 40
He flew a total of 36 operational sorties in the Middle East
before returning to the UK in January and 1943 to train to become
an Instructor. He was attached to No. 92 Group Instructors Flight,
at Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire for an Instructor's course.
Following this he proceeded to No. 16 Operational Training Unit,
at the same place, for duties as an instructor. He stayed with this
unit on and off for the rest of his flying career except two short
postings to No. 3 Flying Instructors School and No. 14 (Pilots)
Advanced Flying Unit.
Woodhead died of injuries on 19 August 1944, . He was
buried on 24 August 1944.
- Harold Hartley Baron
- Died Age 34 on 07/02/1919
Captain Harold Hartley Baron was the second son John and
Isabella Baron, of Tunbridge Wells, Kent. He was educated at
Tonbridge school and Downton Agricultural College, before
emigrating to Rhodesia where he took up work as a fruit farmer.
On 4 August 1914, he joined the 1st Rhodesian Regiment, and
throughout the early months of the war he took part in the German
South West African campaign. When this was over he returned to the
United Kingdom to take up flying. He had been interested in
aeroplanes before, and had already become a member of the Royal
He received his aviators certificate on 19 December 1915 at the
Maurice Farman Biplane Military School, Brooklands. He went on to
spend over a year in France and Flanders working with the Royal
Artillery. He also spent time on the Italian front as an
Captain Baron died on 17 February 1919 of disease contracted
during the German South West African campaign. He was 34.