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The following was originally compiled by the RAF Cranwell Association,
and subsequently updated by ex-Entry members.
There could still be errors or omissions.

In January 1932, 79 young hopefuls arrived at RAF Cranwell as the 4D (25th) Entry to train as Instrument Makers or Wireless Operator Mechanics.
During their training, they gained 3 from the 24th Entry, 2 of their number was re-classed to a later Entry and 4 Ceased Training. This left 76 to Pass Out in December 1934.
(Of those 76 no less than 17 died While On Active Service, plus one in a flying accident - almost a quarter!)

The Entry List below is presented in alphabetical order:


25th ENTRY ROLL CALL

NUMBER

SURNAME

INITS

KNOWN AS

CLASS

REMARKS

565850

Adams

G R

 

4D-1

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

565846

Alberry

A E

Albert

4D-2

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  MBE.  Mentioned in Despatches.  Died While On Active Service on 6th March 1944. Buried Adwick-le-Street (St. Lawrence) churchyard, Yorkshire.

565851

Armer

W

 

4D-3

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

565853

Ashton

W J

 

4D-3

Wireless Operator Mechanic.
Died (in the Far East) 18th May 1938.

565999

Bartells

W J D

Dudley

4D

Instrument Maker.  Died 17th December 1998.

565856

Beckett

L E

 

4D-x

Instrument Maker.

565848

Bell

D H

 

4D-1

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

565852

Bell

J

 

4D-1

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

566007

Bibby

J W T

 

4D-1

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

565858

Bickle

F G

 

4D-3

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

565849

Bolter

D J

 

4D-1

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  Mentioned in Despatches.

565845

Bousfield

F R

Francis

4D-x

Died While On Active Service with 233 Sqdn on 7th January 1940. Buried Oldham (Hollingwood) Cemetery.

566004

Buckley

N B

 

4D-x

Instrument Maker.  DFC. AFC.  Mentioned in Despatches.

565881

Carbutt

D

Denis

4D-1

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  Died While On Active Service with 61 Sqdn on 24th March 1944. Buried Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery.

565689

Clark

R S

 

4J-1

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  Joined with 24th Entry.

565865

Clarke

I J

 

4D-3

Instrument Maker.  Ceased Training.

565862

Close

J A

 

4D-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

565866

Cooke

A J

 

4D-2

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

566001

Cooke

G H

 

4D-3

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

565855

Cornell

F J R G

 

4D-3

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

565871

Craig

J

James

4D-x

Instrument Maker.  Died While On Active Service with 255 Sqdn on 29th August 1941. Buried Kirton-in-Lindsey Burial Ground, Lincs.

565880

Dales

L C

 

4D-2

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

566000

Dewis

D W

 

4D-3

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

565877

Etheridge

R

Ronald

4D-2

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  Died While On Active Service with 61 Sqdn on 15th April 1940. Listed Panel 14 of the Runnymede Memorial.

566005

Evans

B F

Basil

4D-2

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  Died While On Active Service 26th October 1939. Buried Dirleton Cemetery, East Lothian.

565889

Eyles

P R

Peter

4D-x

Instrument Maker.  Died While On Active Service with 92 Sqdn on 20th September 1940. Listed Panel 14 of the Runnymede Memorial.

565888

Findlay

A G

 

4D-3

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

565876

Fraser

A

 

4D-3

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

565899

Gibbins

G H

 

4D-2

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

565885

Gilmour

F

 

4D-3

Instrument Maker.  Ceased Training.

565898

Goodman

J

Johnnie

4D-1

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  CBE.

565882

Graham

J

 

4D-2

Instrument Maker.  Ceased Training.

565989

Houlston

J E

Jack

4D-1

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  DFC.  AFC.  Died While On Active Service 139 Sqdn on 20th Decenber 1942. Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.

565900

Hurrell

T

 

4D-1

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  Played soccer for RAF.

565923

Jenvey

V G

Jen

4D-3

Died 28th August 1995.

565907

Kettell

S F

Frank

4D-2

Died 25th September 1988.

565901

Lambert

R

 

4D-1

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

565904

Littler

J

 

4D-2

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

565928

Ludgate

F E

Felix

4D-3

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

565642

Mager

R S

Roy

4J-3

Joined with 24th Entry.

565992

Makins

A E

Arthur

4D-1

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

565988

McIntosh

J M

 

4D-1

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  Died While On Active Service in India on 9th March 1943. Buried Delhi War Cemetery.

565914

Menaul

S W B

 

4D-2

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  Hyde-Thomson Memorial Prize.  Officer Cadet.  CB.  CBE.  DFC.  AFC.  Died 22nd May 1987.

565997

Mills

F E

 

4D-x

Instrument Maker.

565919

Moulton

L

Leslie

4D-x

CB.  DFC.  Died 8th May 2006.

565915

Murphy

W D

 

4D-3

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

565998

Nash

W S M

 

4D-x

Instrument Maker.  DFC.

565931

Nowell

B F

Bernard

4D-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  Died While On Active Service with 810 Sqdn on 18th June 1940. Buried Ploudaiel Churchyard, France.

565922

Park

D C

 

4D-3

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

565936

Pearce

M G A

Maurice

4D-x

Instrument Maker.  Died While On Active Service with 53 Sqdn on 3rd May 1940. Buried Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany.

565930

Perrin

D S

Steve

4D-2

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  Mentioned in Despatches.  Died 2nd August 2002.

565938

Philpott

S J

 

4D-2

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

566006

Poole

D A M

 

4D-x

Instrument Maker.

565933

Potts

L

 

4D-3

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

565921

Pyne

T V

Titch

4D-x

Instrument Maker.  Died While On Active Service with 73 Sqdn on 4th May 1940. Buried Choloy War Cemetery, France.

565995

Race

J F

 

4D-2

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

565957

Ratlidge

G

George

4D-3

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  DFC.  Died While On Active Service 12th January 1942. Listed on Column 249 of the Alamein Memorial, Egypt.

565946

Robbins

G

 

4D-3

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

565964

Sadler

H S

Herbert

4D-1

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  Died While On Active Service with 611 Sqdn on 5th February 1941. Listed Panel 34 of the Runnymede Memorial.

565975

Sampson

R B

 

4D-1

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

565974

Sarbutt

D W

 

4D-x

Instrument Maker.  BEM.

565960

Satterthwaite

W E

Scats

4D-2

OBE.  Died 7th July 2004.

565757

Score

J B

 

4J-3

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  Joined with 24th Entry.  Mentioned in Despatches.

565982

Scruby

J M

Jim

4D-x

MBE.  CEng.  Died 28th March 1999.

565977

Smythe

G

 

4D-2

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  MBE. DFC.

565970

Southward

W

William

4D-1

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  Died While On Active Service with 22 Sqdn on 9th May 1940. Listed Panel 19 of the Runnymede Memorial.

565981

Sowerbutts

C W

 

4D-1

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  BEM.

565944

Stirling

D

 

4D-3

Died 14th January 2004.

565979

Strong

F R W

 

4D-2

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

565942

Tait

W A

 

4D-2

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

565996

Taylor

D J

James

4D-x

Mentioned in Despatches.

565941

Turner

F

 

4D-x

Instrument Maker.

565954

Turner

C F

 

4D-1

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  BEM.

565953

Tyrie

G F

 

4D-x

Instrument Maker.  Ceased Training.

565951

Upstone

G W

 

4D-x

Instrument Maker.

565990

Walker

F W

Frederick

4D-1

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  DFC.  Mentioned in Despatches.  Died While On Active Service 11th July 1942. Listed Panel 72 of the Runnymede Memorial.

565986

Weir

D H

 

4D-3

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

565950

Welch

H D

Horace

4D-x

Instrument Maker.  Died While On Active Service with 186 Sqdn on 12th May 1940. Buried Cement House Cemetery, Belgium.

565962

Westlake

G J

 

4D-1

Wireless Operator Mechanic.
Flying Fatality 19th February 1936.

565966

Whitford

J L

 

4D-1

Wireless Operator Mechanic.


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