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My first cousin (once removed was also on this flight I believe. Flight Sergeant Ronald Vincent Fielding RAF service no. 1383094.
Readers may be interested to see these links about the 1916th Ordnance Ammunition Company at Earsham Hall, Norfolk, UK: http://www.heritage.norfolk.gov.uk/record-details?mnf46410 http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=630847&y=289877&z=115&sv=630847,289877&st=4&ar=y&mapp=map.srf&searchp=ids.srf&dn=623&ax=630847&ay=289877&lm=0 Earsham Hall is a lovely 'stately home', which has Tea Rooms. It is possible, by the side of surrounding roads, to discern remains of the ordnance storage with hard-standings and concrete-capped brick platforms.
Stirling bij Sluizen Tijdens de nacht van 5/6 juni 1942 is het weerom de stad Essen die het moet ontgelden. Op de terugweg werden ondermeer de Stirlings van het 149 Sqdn onderschept. Om 2u27 hing de Messerschmitt van Oblt Barte en zijn 'Bordfunker' Uffz Pieper (4.Staffel) in de staart van de W7508 'OJ-D'. In hun gevechtrapport lezen we : "Om 1u33 startten we voor een inzet in sector 6B. De hemel was wolkenloos, het zicht bedroeg 8 tot 10 km. Om 2u10 zette de Jägerleitoffizier, Ofw Büchte, ons in het spoor van een thuisvliegend vijandelijk toestel. Na meerdere correcties bemerkte ik om 2u21 het vliegtuig, rechts van mij, zo'n honderd meter hoger. Ik zette me vervolgens onder het vliegtuig en herkende het als een Short Stirling. Op 50 meter afstand schoot ik vanuit een hoek van 45° op de linkerbinnenmotor, die direct met heldere vlammen brandde. Het vliegtuig dook omlaag en verloor snel hoogte. Ik begeleidde de machine tot het op zo'n 1000 meter hoogte hing, waar ik zag dat de linkervleugel afbrak. Bij het neerstorten om 2u27 bemerkte ik een explosie en een kleine brand." De staartschutter, Sgt Goldsmith zou waarschijnlijk nooit geweten hebben wat hem overkwam. Hij herinnerde zich slechts dat zijn machine door "Flak" geraakt ...
My father, Charles (Chuck) H Bavis was shot down and was able to find a ride back to England on a fishing boat. He did fly several more missions afterwards. He passed away April 3, 1986.
Fred Vogels posted a comment in 1941-10 overview month
Thanks Donald! I am proud to be your friend for many years now. People should read your story with the 29th Infantry Division. A great division!
Donald Koos posted a comment in 1941-10 overview month
FRED YOU ARE THE BEST. DON KOOS. 29TH LETS GO
I was recently in Brittany with my husband in a small coastal town called Lezardrieux. At Lezardrieux they have a small memorial to Flight Lieutenant MeHarry and I therefore assume he died,there as Lezardrieux is at the mouth of the Trieux River. The memorial is in the form of a Spitfire wing carved of stone and is very beautiful. We took a plant and left it there at the memorial. I found the experience of finding his memorial very moving, especially as he died so far from home. Christina Burgess
The pilot of ND802 'The Flying Scotsman' was Sergeant Francis Alexander Scott NZ 421105. Fl/Sergeant Steven Astley Cook NZ 421142 was Air Bomber - both men perished along with Wireless Operator Ronald Howson RAFVR 1437112. The remainder of the crew, including Second Pilot Ronald Thomas Clark NZ 422369 baled out and became POW's.
I have just found my Uncle William D Kirton on this site. So pleased they have been remembered.
My uncle, Frank John Austen was also killed in this aircraft (Avro Lancaster III (DV201 DX-M) on the return from a bombing raid over Mannhein on the 23rd Sept 1943. He was the Pilot. We recently visited his war grave for the second time in Reinberg with my father (now 88). How emotional it was to see my Dad's brothers grave with his crew by his side, including Frederick William Cornwall mentioned above.
You don't see often photos of airplane crashes with the victims beside the airplane. In a way it is difficult for me to publish these kind of photos. I know that the family is aware of this crash, but perhaps never seen this photo before. Although. My only excuse to publish is that this event was 75 years ago. It shows what a crash in WWII looked liked, just after the incident. If people feel uncomfortable with this photo, please let me know.
Fred Vogels posted a comment in George Klein, the man who wanted to be a Ranger
I feel sorry for George Klein. It looks like he has a kind of mental problem as a result of the war. He was not the only one. I do hope the family will have the time to find out the cause of this strange behaviour. George was not the first one who lied about his past. And probably not the last.
Squadron Leader RN Chudleigh wasn't killed during this duty. The flight was shot down and his navigator, H. O. Ayliffe, was killed. RN Chudleigh was rescued by the resistance and eventually arrived back in England 2nd Sept 1944. Report is at National Archives, reference WO 208/3322/61
C J Aldred was my father. On 16 June 1944 he was escorting Mitchell bombers - target Alencon. His propellor and engine were damamged by shellfire over the target. He turned out of the formation and was abe to glide in a north-westerly direction, eventually crash-landing on a farm at St Lo. He was captured by the Germans a couple of days later and spent the rest of the war as a POW at Stalaguft 7 and later Luckenwalder.
I am Major KC Kuhlmann's granddaughter. My father and uncle can probably help with a bit more information on this page from my grandfather's memoirs.
Flt Lt J L Goldby is my father. He was 640 Sdn's bombing leader, and only joined the crew of MZ939 on that op as replacement for the regular bomb aimer. Dad has never known what happened to bring the Halifax down, apart from there having been a massive bang at the back of the fuselage. In response to his enquiry, the MoD wrote that there had been reports of a German nightfighter colliding with a Halifax, which would have been consistent with the impact, so we would both be interested to know whether that can be substantiated. Does anyone know how we would set about finding any information about this nightfighter?
Hello, My name is David King. My Uncle Sgt Gordon Atkinson flew with P/O Ridley and Aircraftman 1st class J S Thomson, On that day May 14th 1940. Aboard K9189-GB. at 15-40 hour's. I have his log book for which i am very proud to look after in his memory. I would like to thank you on behalf of his family who are no longer here, But feel they would be deeply honored as i do, That you maintain their memory in this way. I would dearly like to pay my respects to Gordon and his fellow crew members. One day at the cemetery (Donchery ) where they now lie together. Thank you all so very much. God Bless you. Grateful Thank's. David King.
13th/18th Royal Hussars support men of No. 4 Army Commando Fantastic action photo. My father was driver of one of these tanks,. He landed on Sword beach in his Sherman DD tank of 5th Troop, B Squadron 13/18 Royal Hussars QMO and battled his way through Ouistram, Ranville and Caen. He continued into Belgum and Holland, finishing up at the end of the war in Germay. I am trying to put together his route through Europe and I would be very pleased to hear from anyone who has any images or information on his unit.
My Uncle Sergeant Wilfred Goode was lost on this flight. He was only 19. He was the wireless operator air gunner.
Fred Vogels posted a comment in 7 Armoured Division (UK)
Thanks Andrew!
In 1944 the 733rd F.A.Battery arrived in Denbigh, North Wales. Five soldiers were billeted with my family, in our two up/two down terraced house. Although I was just four years old at the time, I have quite clear memories of their stay. Three were allocated an attic "bedroom" (a bare unfurnished, uninviting place) and two were placed in the bedroom that I and younger brother John shared (we had to move out and squeeze in with our parents). Of the five, I can only recall the names of four - Eddie Murphy (a cook), Deptula, Counterman and a very tall country boy nicknamed Zeke. Eddie Murphy was quite boisterous when in his cups, which resulted in many apologies to my mother. These were invariably accompanied by presents of fresh doughnuts, tinned chicken etc, which were gratefully received. My lasting memory of Zeke is my dad (height 5' 6") standing on a stool every morning reaching up to tie Zeke's tie: being a farm boy he had never had occasion to wear one until he joined up. Whilst they were in Denbigh, the soldiers were pestered by young children shouting "any gum chum?". The gum and candy that was generously handed out was devoured in a flash.
Andrew Wright posted a comment in 7 Armoured Division (UK)
My father drove the squadrons reconnaissance half-track in Normandy and would totally disagree with the comments about there performance not being up to earlier campaigns. Dad always said it was the experience of the old Desert boys that kept him and many others alive in Western Europe, they knew their enemy Well and had to deal with elite German units including SS and Panzer Lehr in a new and difficult terrain. This was highlighted at Villers Bocage when lesser battle hardened elements of the 7th Armoured Division pushed to far forward and stopped on open ground even so the next day they cut off Panzer divisions heading for the U.S sector. Certainly the most famous British Armoured Division.
Ivor was my uncle and I remember meeting him when he came over to see my dad Arthur Arber. I can see him now leaning on the mantlepiece in his RAF uniform. We lived in Warrington at the time. I also recall his famous TT victory in1951 when he beat Wicksteed who was riding a Triumph. Ivor came off on an oil slick at Governors Bridge and managed to keep his Manx Norton going, got back on and caught Wicksteed and passed him to win an epic race. I am going to the Manx TT again this year and once again I will pay my respects at Hillberry corner where Ivor crashed the following year and tragically lost his life. George Arber
In June 1950, Squadron Leader [later Group Captain] James Dudley FORD (41917) signed the visitors book that was kept in the officers' mess at RAF Leuchars. He gave "18 Group, Pitreavie Castle" as his address. I would welcome biographical information about him. I have read his entries in 14 editions of the London Gazette between 2 May 1939 and 2 July 1965. The Leuchars visitors book contains almost 4,000 signatures between 1938 and 1966. It's a "Who's Who" of aviation and military history. It contains the signatures of many escapees, evaders and Special Operations Executive agents (including hundreds of Norwegian agents) who were flown from Bromma Airport, Stockholm, often in the bomb bay of a Mosquito.
There is no 100 percent evidence that this plane was the HF544. Read my article https://www.backtonormandy.org/nederlands/135-nederlands/626-een-verrassend-slot-aan-de-berging-van-de-wellington.html in Dutch. It says that the crew is probably burried in Amsterdam as Unknown. Due to regulation these graves may not be openend to check with DNA. Its is also not certain that this plane is the HF544, but it is possible. There are more planes missing in that period.
Was the plain ever recovered? I'm related to one of the crew would like to know what happens after this process
I visited the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France in July of 2017. Our tour guide had very thoughtfully provided roses for us to place at the tomb of a relative, friend, of someone from our home state. I found the tombstone of PFC Zeagle C. Arnett from Oklahoma and proudly placed a red rose at the base of his cross. I have a photograph. If a family member or friend would like to have it, I would be honored to mail it to you. Send a mailing address to: D. Puddy, 255 N. Egret Bay, League City, Texas 77573
Dear Fred, Details of this flight and pilot can be found at: http://www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/BaileyJCLD.htm Visiting the commemoration site (Maidstone) tomorrow. Kind regards, Pieter Mantel
This is my grandfather. He was shot down over ABBEVILLE escorting Blenheim bombers. any further information please contact me
Fred Vogels posted a comment in Don McCarthy
Rest in Peace Don
In our neigherhood the plane has crashed, please visit https://www.tracesofwar.com/sights/15831/Memorial-Lancaster-ED-973-Grashoek.htm for more information.
This aircraft, a Spitfire LF IX e, was piloted by my late father, then F/Sgt. Edward (Ted) Sargeant of Newport, S. Wales, UK. As a 132 Sqn. aircraft it carried the letters FFE & the commission number NH 476. It was operating from airfield B 70, Antwerp & carrying out a patrol in the Nijmegen area where it was hit by flak & landed wheels up on a full drop tank. Ted was taken prisoner shortly thereafter & liberated from Luckenwalde after a 'long walk' from Stalag Luft 7, Bankau.
Hoping for any details that can be published. Photo, crew members, their story, etc
What kind of information are you looking for? I am one of PNJ Logan's sons.
Blenheim L-9465 crashed near Beekseweg 33 (het Kwartier) between Babberich and Beek (Gld). The picture shows the wreckage of Hampden L-4079 crashing at Giesbeek 31-08-1940. The tail section of the Hampden is visible !! There are Germans investigating the wreckage and this shows that it could never be the L-9465. On April 14, 1940 Babberich was not occupied by the Germans !!!!!
This is not a picture of the wreckage of Blenheim L-9465! The pictures shows the wreckage of Hampden L-4079 of 50 Squadron shot down near Giesbeek (Netherlands) . L-9465 took off at 15.15 hours! In front of the two cars you can see the tail section of the Hampden! Regards Karl Lusink ARGA http://www.arga-nl.nl
P.w lefevre's Typhoon was leading an attack against an enemy minesweeper off the coast at Abwr Wrach, Brittany. He was hit by coastal flak and bailed out at 200 feet,. The chute had no time to deploy and he was killed on impact, his spread out body being seen, but not subsequently recovered by enemy or locals. He was a very popular and effective leader of his squadron, noted for his sense of humour.
I am the younger and last surviving brother of Corran Perry Ashworth. In June 2006 a memorial stone to my brother was unveiled on the banks of the river Seine opposite the place where his remains are believed to lie in the river. The ceremony was attended by a large crowd including the New Zealand Ambassador to France, a representative of the German Government, the French armed services, the RAF, the RNZAF and other local celebrities. The beautiful memorial to my brother was made possible by the work of an amateur military historian, M. Fabrice D'Hollande of Oisell. While researching the fate of other allied pilots in Normandy, quite by accident he discovered a local Gendarmerie report describing the shooting down of Corran's Mustang. I later wrote a book about my brother entitled 'For Our Tomorrow He Gave His Today.
Raymond did not die on the 7th of July 1945 but on the 19th of June 1944
Dutch newspaper Echo van het Zuiden (june 1961) mentions that Langston's Typhoon was hit by flak, which was situated near Doeveren, Noord Brabant, the Netherlands. The plane crashed October 24th in an area called Baardwijkse Buitenpolder. A farmer got seriously injured. Two years later the new owner of the land got permission to start digging near the crash site and found a shoe with some remains of the pilot. He handed it over to the police, newspaper says. In 1961 some more pieces of the wreck were found and Dutch War Graves Commission informed the British Army. British troops from Cologne started looking for the plane and found evidence that this was Langston's aircraft. They also found Langston's watch. Pictures of the search: http://www.salha.nl/archieven-en-collecties/beeld/beeldbank/detail?q=doeveren&page=8&asset=8408b109-aa8f-ac7c-cbdf-30c315b5d07b
The aircraft code was EM( )W. After being hit by a nightfighter one of the engines ran hot and Lewis brought the aircraft down on the beach of Ameland
My grandfather log book from Oct 43 shows him as the wireless op with ruches crew doing 4 flights on jb189 around this time including op munich on 2/Oct 43..
I would love to see the picture of Ralph and his platoon. He would have been my Great Uncle. This account is interesting as the family has not known this.
Flying Officer Alf Farren was the pilot of Short Stirling Mark IV LJ823 L9-M on a re-supply drop to the airborne forces at Arnhem. His aircraft was damaged by flak and was shot down by three German fighters. He crash-landed the Stirling at Megen, south of Arnhem on 21st September 1944. Three of the crew of nine were killed. (Alf was my uncle)
N2319 was indeed lost oversea during battle. However the pilot was Group Captain Michael J Howlett who did survive. The date the plane was lost was much later than 1940.
Wellington DF639 75 Squadron 6/7 October 1942 Osnabruck Shot down by a Lichtenstein radar equipped Do. 217J night fighter coded D5+LH flown by Lt. Hans Krause: 1 Stab I./NJG3. Claim: Wellington 1 km. N. Slagharen: at 3,100 m. at 23.04. Aircraft was from 75 Sqn Wellington B Mk III Serial DF639. Squadron Code [email protected] aircraft code letter Not Knowm RHODES, GEORGE WILLIAM. Rank: Sergeant. Trade: Pilot. Service No: 1331658. Date of Death: 06/10/1942. Age: 20. Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 75 Sqdn. Grave Reference: Row A. Grave 13. Cemetery: HARDENBERG PROTESTANT CEMETERY. Additional Information: Son of Richard Allen Rhodes and Annie Rhodes, of Wembley, Middlesex SLATER, GEOFFREY. Rank: Sergeant. Trade: Air Bomber. Service No: 1287890. Date of Death: 06/10/1942. Age: 22. Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 75 Sqdn. Grave Reference: Row A. Grave 15. Cemetery: HARDENBERG PROTESTANT CEMETERY. Additional Information: Son of Harold and Ivy Marie Slater, of Sheffield. FORMAN, JOHN. Rank: Flight Sergeant. Trade: Wireless Op./Air Gunner. Service No: R/80334. Date of Death: 06/10/1942. Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force 75 (R.A.F.) Sqdn Grave Reference: Row A. Grave 11. Cemetery: HARDENBERG PROTES...
Arthur (Pete) Gordon was my Great Uncle, He was born in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, on March 3, 1912. He Joined the RCAF on July 2, 1935; transferred to RAF June 1936; Pilot Officer July 22, 1936; Flying Officer Jan 22, 1937; Acting Flight Lieutenant July 22, 1938; Flight Lieutenant Jan 22, 1939; Squadron Leader March 1, 1940; Wing Commander Dec 1, 1941; Lost with no grave June 1, 1942. Arthur was in 19th Fighter Squadron from Oct 25 1936 until May 31, 1939; including when the unit was the first to receive the Spitfire, in 1938. After that he bounced around a bit according to what I have for military records. 2 stints at the School of Air Navigation, at Station Leuchars Dec 27, 39, but not sure what unit he was attached to. Then at HQ for No 61 Group, and No 7 Op Training Unit, before Joining 151 Squadron as Squadron Leader on July 29, 1940, command Aug 8. On Aug 11, Arthur "damaged" a Ju 87 On Aug 14, Arthur destroyed an Me 109 On Aug 15, Arthur was wounded in the head and leg during a dogfight with 109's, but made it home. On Aug 18, as reported in this article, Arthur was forced to bail out of his Hurricane, which was on fire. Aug 18, 1940 was the so called bloodiest day of the Battle of Britain, with the most losses s...
Wie meer wil weten moet hier verder lezen: http://www.jachthoornblazers.nl/JHB/Wim-Slangen-Donald-P-Breeden-NL.html
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk V Z6470, Code EY-G, 78 Squadron On 27/28 March 1941 11.05 pm in Mariaveen between Sevenum/Helenaveen NL. Armstrong Whitley Mk V Z6470 EY-G of 78 Squadron Departed from Airfield Dishforth (Yorkshire UK) Departure time: 7.29 pm Target: Düsseldorf Cause of the crash: Shot down by Nachtjager Oberfeldwebel G. Herzog, 3 / NJG 1 Venlo Time of the crash: 11.05 pm Crew: * Pilot/Officer: Kenneth Frank Seager (Service. Nr. 85289) Age 25, From Great Totham (Jonkerbos Nijmegen 20 F 6) * 2nd Pilot Sgt: Alan Kingsley Mills (Service Nr.742274) Age 20, From Leicester Son of Frederick Edwin Herbert and Lily Mills. (Jonkerbos Nijmegen 20 F 7) * Wireless Operator Sgt: Jack Mitchell (Service. Nr. 942752) Age ??, From ?? (Jonkerbos Nijmegen 20 F 8) * Wireless Operator/Air Gunner Sgt: Ernest Alfred Francis Grunsell (Service. Nr. 752233) MiD. Age 20, From Hounslow Middlesex UK. Son of Francis George Grunsell and Rose Grunsell (Jonkerbos Nijmegen 16 C 9) * Squadron Leader/Observer Sub Lt. Peter John Hoad, Service Nr. ????? MiD. Age 22, From Esher Surrey UK. Son of John en Florenc...
Dear Sir, Thank you very much for your comment. I will pass on your message to the family of the one who sent back the ring to Mrs Moore. I am sure they will be pleased to read your message. It would be wonderful if you could contact me on my e-mail [email protected] On October 2017 a memorial will be unveiled at the spot of the crash of the Shorts Stirling OJ-N of which Ernest Moore was crew member. You and family members of Ernest Moore will be very welcome to attend the unveiling!! Of course I'll be happy to send photos of the unveiling in case you are not able to attend the ceremony. Hope to hear from you by e-mail. Best wishes, Piet Snellen
On October 2017 a memorial will be unveiled at the spot of the crash of the Shorts Stirling OJ-N. Families of two crew members (fourteen persons) have already promised to attend the unveiling. The organising committee as well as the community of Kronenberg NL is very happy to welcome them all. We are still searching for families of the crew. They will be very welcome at the ceremony. We are also searching for information about the crew members like photos, stories etc. If you are family/ friends with one of the crew members, please contact me on e-mail [email protected] or telephone ** 31 6 833 34 010. Piet Snellen
We visited Ralph at the American Cemetery in October of 2016. Our last name is Zortman as well so we searched the database on site and found him. It was a very moving experience overall and to find that what I presume to be a relative gave his life in service of our country as pretty incredible. My husband's family name is Zortman , and they are primarily located in Wisconsin . It is not a common last name, so I would be pretty sure there is a family tie there. Thanks to all who sacrificed for our freedom. Mary Zortman Boise, Idaho [email protected]
Good morning Mister Vogels, My name is Mehdi Schneyders, I am a colored Belgian - South African and I live in Belgium. Working as a cartoonist - illustrator, I am also a true R.A.F. and Commonwealth air forces enthusiast. I have just read your short article over the Avro Manchester Mark I L7316 ( EM - U ). First of all, No. 207 Squadron was an R.A.F. squadron. Secondly, Flight Sergeant Reginald Wilfred Gray ( 553874, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner ) was a British citizen, aged 19. Well, he was not fully British, because his mother, a Belgian woman, married his father in 1914 - 1918. As a matter a fact, I am in contact with Reginald's first cousin, ex - Flying Officer Fernand L.E.R. Jaumoulle, aged 96 ( S.A.A.F., R.A.F.V.R., No. 576 Bomber Squadron ). He told me about his cousin during our last meeting, a week ago. Here is Reginald's aircrew : P/O Thomas Roberts Gilderthorp, Australian, Pilot ( 43482, R.A.F., aged 19 ). P.O.W. No. 9979, Stalag Luft III ( Sagan, Silesia ). P/O Peter Guy Campbell Wood, British, 2nd Pilot ( 60568, R.A.F.V.R. ). Killed in action. Sgt Leonard Charles Parker, British, Observer ( 742547, R.A.F., aged 25 ). P.O.W. No. 9540. Sgt Ben Akrigg, British, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner ( 937390, R.A.F.V.R., a...
Als 11 jähriger Bub habe ich den Absturz erlebt und bis heute mich damit befasst. Absturz brennend 01:15/21 Uhr 31.03.1944 Aufschlagstelle zwischen Kleingeschaidt / Tauchersreuth. Abs. F. Ziegler
My uncle F/O Ralph P Davies was the pilot of Wellington HF542 when it was shot down with the loss of all crew members. He is buried along with 2 others of his crew in a designated area of the Varsseveld town cemetery.
My uncle, Lt. Lawrence Waring, served in the 234th and was friends with Lt. Goodnow. Lt. Waring had worked straight thru 24 hours handling details of a temporary bridge over the Siene at Aubergenville. When bedding down for the night, an order came down to send a message to the men at the other end of the bridge. Lt. Goodnow volunteered to take the message since Lt. Waring was so tired, but Goodnow was discovered missing the next morning. Upon searching for Lt. Goodnow, he and his driver were found dead in their jeep. They had been shot in the back of the head. Exactly what happened was never determined. My uncle owed his life to Lt. Goodlow, who went on the errand in his place.
This is my great grandfathers plane. Robert graham Peter piloted this. Any more pics.
Hi there Karen and the Back to Normandy crew, My names Nina, I am currently creating for the present owner, a large pictorial map of Park farm, Truro, Which is the crash site for pilot H E Walter and his Mustang 1 AG587. I'm very exited to find out a little more, I'm wondering if either of you might be able to help me as I seem to have some conflicting information regarding this crash. That is that, (on my small bit of paper iv been handed) it says that the plane belly landed, and the sole occupant (F.O Walter) was uninjured. However the information above says that he died under circumstances unknown, was this at the scene or later? I'm just trying to ascertain the immediate circumstances at the time. His plane will be accurately depicted in about 1 cm squared on a series of permanent maps placed around the farm as a public guide for the farms prehistory to modern history. And be a tip of the hat to his and so many peoples efforts during world war 2. Kind Regards, Nina Perrott
The information regarding ED799, is according to my research incorrect. On 23 April 1943 this aircraft with my uncle JA Bland aboard, set out from Waddington and flew to the Cabo Higuer lighthouse on the French Spanish border. The Lancaster was brought down by ground fire after rounding the lighthouse which was witnessed by a following Lancaster. Crew member Ken Dagnall was the witness and, is related in Gordon Thorburn's book, "Bombers first and Last". This is also confirmed by the operational reports of 9 Squadron in my possession. Air Crew Remembered site, also has the correct information regarding this aircraft. Regards : Hugh Bland
A statement from a family member about Harold's time in Normandy: Harold had to poke his head out of the tank to guide the driver as they were pushing a disabled tank off a bridge into St. Mere-Eglise. This disabled tank was holding troop movement up and exposing our soldiers to German gunfire. Harold was shot in the head during this risky procedure. This was June 6 1944. Eloise (His wife) was notified Harold had been 'injured' around Sept 1944 and then was notified he had died in December 1944.
The story concerning the return of the ring is quite correct. I knew Ernest Moore's mother who lived in Leicester. She showed me the ring and could not get over the honesty of the people involved in it's recovery. She was very grateful to all concerned and still found it very hard to discuss his death. I am ex RAF and offered to show her pictures of his grave but she could not face it even in 1984. I was not aware he was still alive at the crash site. Thank you to all involved. Mrs Moore died in 1984, her son's medals are safe and will always be treasured, my promise to her.
Further information: - Flight Lieutenant J.H. McCullough's service number is J-16210. Source: http://www.thisisme.ca/439squadron/113a.htm - I know the above information because I have his wristwatch: a rare 'Solar Aqua' model made by Rolex and sold exclusively through Canadian retailer Eaton's, with the following inscription on the case back: J-16210 To John from Dad Xmas 1943 - According to the unofficial 439 Squadron web page, he was flying SW423; SW525 as stated here does not appear on that day's 439 Sqn roster (unsure which record is correct). Source: http://www.thisisme.ca/439squadron/113a.htm - Circumstances of aircraft loss: Enemy flak (see below) Detail regarding April 23, 1945 from 439 Sqn's web site: One pilot failed to return from operations today, he is J16210 F/l J.H. McCullough. His kite was hit by flak causing it to smoke badly so that he forced landed in Germany. His operational record is; 18 sorties on his second tour, 140:00 operational hours on his first tour and 17:05 hours on his second, making a total of 157:05 operational hours and giving him a grand total of 821:55 flying hours. -...
Cecil John SANDERS was my uncle. He was the brother of my mother, Gwenith Mary SANDERS. I was born in 1950 so obviously did not know my uncle. I have one surviving brother, Peter. He has visited both the airfield where my uncle was posted and his grave in Belgrade. My surname is KIRBY-SMITH. MY contact details in England are 07854944752 should anyone want to contact me. I live at 35 Leamington Avenue, Orpington, Kent. BR6 9QA.
Hello, This is my Dad's uncle. I am in position of the flag that was presented to the family after his death. I would like to find out any information on he service. My email is [email protected] Thank you
Was on a tour of the Normandy American Cemetery and we were each given a rose to place on a grave. I picked George W. Wolf and said a prayer for him and his family. I'm glad I picked George because no one has made any comments on his site. He is not forgotten. I'm also from New York. What a brave young man.
I would like all information you can give me and if there is any of the men still alive that might have known Private Bryant H. Lipham. His family are members of our church back in the United States.
Private Lawruk's son, Robert Lawruk, serves as a federal court security officer at the United States courthouse in Chicago, Illinois. Robert is a Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam. Private Lawruk also has a daughter in law and a grandson.
This plane was brought down over Deleen Holland, unfortunately only 1 member of the crew survived
Flight Lieutenant Kenneth Bernard Wright was my father's cousin, My grandmother and his mother were sisters. He was born in Sept 1921 in Wellington Shropshire. ( My father was a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, I have his Normandy Medal) When I was growing up I was told he was lost at sea...I have added all his information to my family tree...Such a young age to go. His sister Betty died at age 23, only having been married for less than a year. So many brave young men never came back. May they all R.I.P.
J.C. Wickett was my Grampa, any info much appreciated! [email protected]
This plane was probably shot down by the mosquito flomn by Bob Bayley. I have a report written by him. His plane crashed in my homeplace Renswoude SGLO T3732. I would like to know more about Uffz J. Tank
Cecil Russell was my great uncle. I would love to know any more details if anyone has them.
On March 17th/18th 1941 Bartlett was shot down over Chiddingly, East Sussex, in Hurricane Z 2704. He baled out wounded while the aircraft crashed at Stream Farm.
The pilot was Sgt Albert Frederick Charles Saunders, killed on landing the aircraft. He was only 19 and is buried in Earlsfield Cemetery near Wandsworth.
I am looking forward to your info and perhaps photos. I know a little bit of Les Fleurs de la Mémoire. You do a great job!
Hello, I am a member of the French association Les Fleurs de la Mémoire, which goal is to honor the American soldiers who rest in the Normandy and Brittany American Cemeteries. Each member has the duty of visiting the grave of the soldier(s) he/she sponsors, and to honor his memory with a flower. Second Lieutenant Clair S. OLSON is one of the soldiers I'm proud of honoring every year, and I just wanted to let you know that he died on June 13, 1944 instead of January 7, 1945. I am still investigating on what happened to him and will be glad to share any information I might have. Best regards, Nathalie Ahués
Hello, The pilot of this aircraft is my Grandfather. If you would like any further information. please contact me at [email protected] Regards Tony
Thank you so much for posting. My Great Uncle was part of this crew and am looking for any and all information about the crew and what happened.
Thank you so much to all who helped to free my home town, Gdynia Poland! The air raids were necessarry and are remembered.
While visiting Normandy on April 9, 20017 I placed a rose on private Shuping's. grave site to thank him for his sacrifice.
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My name is stephen Jenkins my uncle, sgt Samuel jenkins was the wireless operator on Lancaster w4275 the aircraft was lost the night of 9/7/43 returning from a mission. Four of the crew members are buried in a small churchyard in a village called Marley Gomont in northern France one of which is Samuel Jenkins. The other three crew members escaped the damaged Lancaster, two became POW's and one got home with aid from the Frenc resistance.
My father was with the 903 Ordnance Heavy Automotive Maintenance Company (HAMS) through out the war. He mentioned a "castle" he was stationed at after the war ended. this must have been it...
PE sibeth was my grandfather. Definitely did not die in that crash
The exact location of the crash is : Den Dam, Breedenbroek (Gemeente Gendringen)
I have dug up Flight Lieutenant MS Fletcher ID tag whilst working as a landscape gardener, after cleaning off the dirt I have located him using resources like this! Any relatives or anyone interested can contact me on [email protected] I found it on Thursday March 30th in Colchester. Also his rank no. 24307767. blood O positive. and religion: Methodist.
The graves of the crew can be found in Tolkamer (The Netherlands). http://nl.tracesofwar.com/artikel/2257/Oorlogsgraven-van-het-Gemenebest-Tolkamer.htm
For me, this plane crashed at Durnal (currently city Yvoir), between Dinant and Ciney, in the province of Namur, Belgium. This is a proof by the absurd, as the mathematicians say. A plane has disappeared over Belgium and we do not know where, you say. A plane crashed at Durnal that night and it is not known which, say the village elders. In french,in the book of Jacques Brilot : La nuit du 27 au 28 avril 1942, un bombardier anglais explose en plein vol, au-dessus du territoire de Durnal, "al taye des loves" (lieu dit). Harcelé par des chasseurs allemands, l'avion (vide), revenu de l'est, surgit en une boule de feu éclairant le village comme en plein jour. Les débris ont été dispersés de "la Briqueterie" aux carrières des "Pirettes" et les corps des 6 soldats emportés par les Allemands. Bravant l'occupant, le curé Godefroid a célébré une messe de requiem à leur intention le 23 septembre (catafalque vide)." In english, this book of Jacques Brilot : On the night of April 27th to 28th, 1942, an English bomber explodes in flight, over the territory of Durnal, "al taye des loves" (place). Harassed by German fighter planes, the (empty) plane, coming from the east, emerged into a ball of fire lighting up the village as in da...
My father served in this unit. According to his separation papers, They were there for thirteen months and then sent to the Phillipines. Any other information on the unit would be appreciated.
A relative of my wife was married to Flight Officer Adrian Loving, and she was given his Purple Heart. We would like to give it to any relative of his. Thank you Bob Villa Richmond, Va

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My first cousin (once removed was also on this flight I believe. Flight Sergeant Ronald Vincent Fielding RAF service no. 1383094.
Readers may be interested to see these links about the 1916th Ordnance Ammunition Company at Earsham Hall, Norfolk, UK: http://www.heritage.norfolk.gov.uk/record-details?mnf46410 http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=630847&y=289877&z=115&sv=630847,289877&st=4&ar=y&mapp=map.srf&searchp=ids.srf&dn=623&ax=630847&ay=289877&lm=0 Earsham Hall is a lovely 'stately home', which has Tea Rooms. It is possible, by the side of surrounding roads, to discern remains of the ordnance storage with hard-standings and concrete-capped brick platforms.
Stirling bij Sluizen Tijdens de nacht van 5/6 juni 1942 is het weerom de stad Essen die het moet ontgelden. Op de terugweg werden ondermeer de Stirlings van het 149 Sqdn onderschept. Om 2u27 hing de Messerschmitt van Oblt Barte en zijn 'Bordfunker' Uffz Pieper (4.Staffel) in de staart van de W7508 'OJ-D'. In hun gevechtrapport lezen we : "Om 1u33 startten we voor een inzet in sector 6B. De hemel was wolkenloos, het zicht bedroeg 8 tot 10 km. Om 2u10 zette de Jägerleitoffizier, Ofw Büchte, ons in het spoor van een thuisvliegend vijandelijk toestel. Na meerdere correcties bemerkte ik om 2u21 het vliegtuig, rechts van mij, zo'n honderd meter hoger. Ik zette me vervolgens onder het vliegtuig en herkende het als een Short Stirling. Op 50 meter afstand schoot ik vanuit een hoek van 45° op de linkerbinnenmotor, die direct met heldere vlammen brandde. Het vliegtuig dook omlaag en verloor snel hoogte. Ik begeleidde de machine tot het op zo'n 1000 meter hoogte hing, waar ik zag dat de linkervleugel afbrak. Bij het neerstorten om 2u27 bemerkte ik een explosie en een kleine brand." De staartschutter, Sgt Goldsmith zou waarschijnlijk nooit geweten hebben wat hem overkwam. Hij herinnerde zich slechts dat zijn machine door "Flak" geraakt ...
My father, Charles (Chuck) H Bavis was shot down and was able to find a ride back to England on a fishing boat. He did fly several more missions afterwards. He passed away April 3, 1986.
Fred Vogels posted a comment in 1941-10 overview month
Thanks Donald! I am proud to be your friend for many years now. People should read your story with the 29th Infantry Division. A great division!
Donald Koos posted a comment in 1941-10 overview month
FRED YOU ARE THE BEST. DON KOOS. 29TH LETS GO
I was recently in Brittany with my husband in a small coastal town called Lezardrieux. At Lezardrieux they have a small memorial to Flight Lieutenant MeHarry and I therefore assume he died,there as Lezardrieux is at the mouth of the Trieux River. The memorial is in the form of a Spitfire wing carved of stone and is very beautiful. We took a plant and left it there at the memorial. I found the experience of finding his memorial very moving, especially as he died so far from home. Christina Burgess
The pilot of ND802 'The Flying Scotsman' was Sergeant Francis Alexander Scott NZ 421105. Fl/Sergeant Steven Astley Cook NZ 421142 was Air Bomber - both men perished along with Wireless Operator Ronald Howson RAFVR 1437112. The remainder of the crew, including Second Pilot Ronald Thomas Clark NZ 422369 baled out and became POW's.
I have just found my Uncle William D Kirton on this site. So pleased they have been remembered.
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