Warrant Officer Frederick Taylor, DFM, Air Gunner
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GROUP CAPTAIN TERENCE JOHN ARBUTHNOT

576 Sqn Wing/Cmdr Basil Arthur Templeman-Rooke

576 Sqn Flt/Lt Leslie Brown

576 Sqn. Flt/Sgt Eddie Wise

49 sqn Flt/Lt Charles Dunnet

49 Sqn Fred Cooper.

576 Sqn F/O William Carland Johnston

49 Sqn Flt/Lt Victor Medway Arnold

576 Sqn Flt/Lt Charles Roach

 49 Sqn Sgt. E.B.(Ted) Cachart.

49 Sqn Sgt Douglas D.R. Dalaway

576 Sqn Flt/Lt Bertram W. Roberts

576 Sqn Flt/Sgt Johnny Musgrave

576 Sqn Flying Officer Edward L Saslove

49 Sqn Pilot Officer Edgar R. G. Haines D.F.M.

576 Sqn Flt/Lt Herbert Benson

576 Sqn Flying Officer Frank Wilson

576 Sqn Flt/Sgt Dennis Ovenden

576 Sqn Flt/Sgt Danny Ranchuk

576 Sqn Flt/Sgt Ken Tamkin.

49 Sqn Flying Officer Alexander V Bone

576 Sqn Sgt Stanley Lloyd

576 Sqn Warrant Officer Frederick Taylor, DFM

576 Sqn Warrant Officer Reg Croot

49 Sqn. S/L J.E Raw-Rees D.F.C.

576 Sqn Sgt Alfred Thorpe Turton

 576 Sqn Warrant Officer Eugene Patrick (Jimmy) Collins

576 Sqn. F/O R Bastick & Crew

576 Sqn. Sgt. George Lynn.

576 Sqn Airman Ron Kent

576 Sqn. Sgt. D.Girling.

576 Sqn F/O A.J.L Ridge

576 Sqn F/O Archibald de Largy Greig

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MEMORIAL PAGE

These pictures and documents were supplied by Frederick's son Peter. Many thanks to Peter for his valued contribution on his Late fathers wartime service with the RAF.

Fred Taylor was a Rear Gunner with the crew of Flt/Lt Sleight. This crew were all on their second tour of Operations. The First Tour of 30 Operations was with 100 Squadron at RAF Grimsby (Waltham). The second Tour was with 576 Squadron, however the crew only did four operations with 576 Squadron as Flt/Lt Sleights promotion to Sqn/Ldr meant the crew being posted to 101 Squadron at RAF Ludford Magna, The Commands Special duties Squadron equipped with Lancasters fitted with radio counter measures equipment manned by a German speaking operator, These Lancasters known as 'Airborne Cigar' flew among the mainforce Lancasters with the special radio operator sending signals to confuse and jam German night fighter communications.      


Fred taylor,Picture taken in 1944
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Testimonial from Peter Taylor on his Fathers service with the RAF.Fred completed Two Tours of duty with Bomber Command completing 47 operations against some of the most heavily defended German Targets.





No 7 Air Gunner’s School, April / May 1943.Fred Taylor back row, 2nd from left.Bernard Heaton back row, 3rd from right.Bernie Phillips front row, 2nd from right.

 No 7 Air Gunner’s School, April / May 1943.l-r:- Bernard Heaton, (WOP/AG), killed 16th December 1943.Fred Taylor, (Rear Gunner), Bernie Phillips, (Mid-Upper Gunner).

576 Squadron picture March (?) 1945

Detail from Squadron picture. I think that my father, Fred Taylor, is the man circled in blue. The man circled in yellow may be Vivian Hazell. This would date the picture to between 1st – 8th March 1945, if I am correct.


Log Book showing Fred's Operations on his second Tour with 576 Sqn.The crew flew in ME801 N-Nan² the Lancasters 95th operation. This  Lancaster Centurion had 115 Operations to her Credit. 


ME 801 N-Nan² Lancaster Centurian with 115 Operations completed.The Lancaster is seen here at the eastern Head (28) of RAF Fiskertons main runway a few days after completing its 100th operation on 12th March 1945 against the German city of Dortmund.The pilot on this operation being Flt/Lt Leyton-Brown. The Lancaster is seen displaying her 100 Bomb tallies and the DFC badge below the pilots port side window.

Order of Battle for 2/3 March 1945 against the German city of

Cologne. Flt/Lt Sleight and Crew shown allocated ME801 N-Nan²


7377 Lancaster airframes were made from 1942 to 1945. Only 35 Lancasters achieved or exeeded 100 operations. Of these 576 Sqn had on charge 3 Centurions.

ED888-147 Operations, 83 Operations with 576 Sqn, 64 with 103 Sqn at RAF Elsham Wolds. 

ME801- 115 Operations

LM594-109 Operations 

Source F.K.Mason, The Avro Lancaster