The son of Percy Hamilton Meredith and Margaret Hilda Meredith, Richard Meredith was born in Runcorn in October 1914. He married Marjorie Honey in Liverpool during January 1938.
From Invercargill, he learned to fly privately with Southland Aero Club pre-war, joining the RNZAF in 1939, arriving in Britain with 11 other Kiwis the following year - seven would killed in action, and two more captured.
Among those killed in the bombing raids which devastated Kenley on the 18th August, 1940, was Flight Lieutenant Robert Cromie, No.615 Squadron's much loved Medical Officer.
Stanley Wilbur Matthews was born on 29th November 1918 in Winnipeg, Canada. He was the son of William Herbert Matthews, a supervisor at T. Eaton’s department store, and Ethel Rose Johnson.
Thomas Glyn Finlayson Ritchie was born on 30th November, 1913, in Milngavie, Dunbartonshire. He was the son of Thomas McGown Ritchie and Jane Finlayson.
John Raby Liken, known as "Jack" was born in Oamaru, New Zealand, on 25th November 1913.
Leonard was born at Alma, on Prince Edward Island, Canada, in 1918. He joined the RCAF in August 1940, and was posted overseas to England in May 1941.
George was born 16th January, 1922, in Yorkshire. His Father, Gibson Uttley, a Yorkshireman, was working as a Special Investigator for the Department of Pensions and National Health, in Toronto, when George enlisted in May 1941. His Mother, Ethel Smith, was from Leicestershire.
André Paul François Vilboux was born in Rennes, Departement d’Ille-et-Vilaine in Brittany. When the Germans invaded France in May 1940, he was a student pilot in the French Air Force with No.23 Training School near Le Mans.
Arthur Henry Hill, born on 20 April 1922, was the eldest of four children born to Charles Henry Hill & Mary Gladys Hill (nee Boyce), of Elsternwick, Victoria.
Bruce Herbert Nickel was born 30th June, 1921, in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.
"Mac" was 21 years old, the son of Robert Taylor McKim, a clergyman, and Mary Annetta Renfrew Gilchrist, of Westfield, New Brunswick.
'Curly' Hill had taken part in a dozen operational sorties when he lost his life on 29th November landing after a Squadron Formation practice.
George Hatch was the fifth child of John Lionel Hatch and Annie Elizabeth (French) Hatch, born in the New Forest at the end of 1911.
Harold Mark 'Hank' Batters, was born 2nd September, 1918, at Portage-la-Prairie, Manitoba, Canada.
Flight Sergeant John Desmond O'Connor was born 21st September 1919, in Rotherham, Yorkshire.
John Stewart Harries was the son of William and Florence Mabel (nee Dunford) Harries. He was probably born in Cardiff in 1919.
Joseph Louis Osias Primeau was born 12th May, 1920, in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, Canada. During his Initial training for the RCAF, it was noted that he was: "One of a large family who has had to work hard for what he got."
Richard Byrne Honeycombe was born 5th February, 1922, in Toronto, Ontario.
Victor Howard Miller was born on 5th February, 1920, in Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A. His Father, Howard Miller, was a mechanic from Richmond, Indiana, and his Mother, Margery (nee. Ashton) was born in Middletown, Ohio.
On the afternoon of Thursday 26 March 1942 485 Sqn (RNZAF) flew on Ramrod 17 from Kenley to Tangmere to escort a bombing raid to Le Havre. The Squadron’s Operations Record Book described the operation as a success but on the return leg they encountered enemy aircraft.
William Thomas Jones was the son of Thomas and Agnes Jones of Rhosymedre, Denbighshire and husband to Doris Gwendolyn Jones of Leytonstone.
Alistair John Oswald Jeffrey joined the RAF in March 1937 on a short service commission. Following a period with 2FTS at Brize Norton, he was posted to the SHQ staff at RAF Church Fenton in June 1938.
On 30th August, 1940, Bell was shot down, his Spitfire crashed and he was killed. Bell was the fourth pilot from 616 to lose his life whilst the squadron was stationed at Kenley.