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Request 1190 Posted 10 Dec 2014
Any help re No 45 (Atlantic Transport) Group operating from Windsor Field Bahamas 1942-1944 or any links to William Frederick Morris- Radio Officer, Elwood Palmer Walmsley - pilot or Peter Leonard Taylor - air gunner who were the crew of a Martin Baltimore aircraft FA427 which crashed on take off killing pilot and radio officer.
Request 1189 Posted 25 Nov 2014
I am trying to find info on Jonathan Joseph Dennis he served at Thorny and at Locking during early/mid 1960s, any assistance great fully received, Jon Gilbert
Request 1188 Posted 22 Nov 2014
Having looked at your very interesting and informative site. My uncle Flt Sgt William M Patterson RAFVR was rda/nav on 96 Sqn Mosquito MM451 piloted by P/O John Cecil Owen Allen both reported missing on the night of 7/6/44 baled out 10miles seaward of Manson due to engine failure search made but not found, I understand from another site that P/O Allen had a son, I have been trying to find out more as my cousin Flt Sgt Pattersons son would hope to get in contact if possible so far without luck and was hoping someone with aid of your site might help.
Many thanks Brian Patterson
Request 1187 Posted 22 Nov 2014
I am submitting an enquiry for any information/images of Ronald Manning who I believed served in the RAF as a LAC in Oldenberg, Germany between 1952-1955.
He was engaged and later married to April Privett. I believe the address his letters were sent to was:
4067384 LAC Manning
No 3 M.R.S.U
Any information or help would be greatly appreciated!
Please email me using the link above.
Request 1186 Posted 10 Nov 2014
I am wondering if anyone new Patrick (Pat or Paddy) Joseph O'Brien, born in 1920 and I believe served in Burma, Air Sea Rescue. He died in 1985, when I was 18 years, and I know little about him. Many thanks. Cathie
Request 1185 Posted 8 Nov 2014
Can anyone tell me the date when RAF Wildenrath was visited by the AOC, 2TAF to carry out a full station inspection? I think it was sometime in May 1953.
Request 1184 Posted 5 Nov 2014
Hi my name is Rob and I am trying to find old pictures of Madley air base or anything related as my now late grandad was based there. His name was Sgt David Cook and no. 3035178 I have found his flight record and he was in unit 4 RS Madley. I'm not holding out much hope but any info or where to go for pics etc would be greatly appreciated.
Request 1183 Posted 30 Oct 2014
Albert Harold Ernest PARKER (Known as Harold or 'Hal')
Albert was my father and I believe he was in the RAF in WW2, possibly a Flt Sgt and possibly in Burma?
Unfortunately my parents separated when i was 3 years old and I never met my father again - I recently found out that he died in 1981.
I am working on my family tree and I'd very much appreciate input from anyone who knows anything about him.
Request 1182 Posted 28 Sep 2014
Could anyone please help me find information on my Great Uncle Sergeant PETER ALLAN RAF PILOT.... Died 1 August 1930 result of an air crash at Bedford, England Parents Susannah & the late P.A.Allan of Edinburgh, Scotland. PETER had 1 Sister. Don't know of any other siblings PETER is my grandmothers 1/2 brother.
Susannah is my grandmother's mother... My grandmother was SARAH ROBERTSON ROSS of Edinburgh, Scotland.
My grandmother came to N.Z. as a young bride with her Kiwi husband Charles Beloe..
Grandmother told us PETER was once the King's Pilot???????
Any information or photos for our family in New Zealand would be appreciated.
Thanks, Judy Philpott nee Beloe....
Request 1181 Posted 30 Aug 2014I'm attempting to find a photo(s) of the Wellingtons used by No. 109 Squadron RAF in their missions to the Middle East in October, 1941.
Six Wellingtons were modified with the Jostle II communications jammer for use during Operation Crusader in November, 1941. As stated earlier, they left the UK in October. This photo is for use in an upcoming book to show the installation and to also compare it to a similar device tested by the USAAC.
Can anyone assist me or know someone who might be able to?
Request 1180 Posted 17 Aug 2014
My name is Leon Janssen, and I have a RAF motorcycle. I'm looking now for pictures of RAF motorcycles! And motorcycles in the area of Sheffield during the second world war!
Request 1179 Posted 14 Aug 2014
I am trying to trace my late Father-in-Laws RAF Record. The information I have at present is:-
Name:- John (Jack) R Downing.
He was shot down on 21/22 Feb 1945 in Aijen. He survived but I cannot find a POW number. (Non listed) At the time he was in 170 Sq based at Hemswell. I recall him telling me this was his first flight from Hemswell and he had lost his lucky silk scarf before this trip.
I am trying to find out where he was prior to this. I believe he was a rear gunner in Lancs during his war service.
After he was demobbed he rejoined the RAF and served all over the place, Ceylon (I think this was post 1945), Burma (again post 1945) Aden, Cyprus, Christmas Island, Maralinga, Germany ,as well as the UK.
He was very reluctant to talk about his service in the RAF but I am trying to gather as much information about him that I can. Any help would be appreciated.
Request 1178 Posted 2 Aug 2014
My father John Morey served with 62 Squadron before and during WW2. He has now died. Is anyone out there who was a member of 62 Squadron? Just looking for a bit more information about the Squadron's roles and work. Thank you. Julia Holder
Request 1177 Posted 2 Aug 2014
I have recently found some photographs from RAF Basra, Iraq, from 1929 -1931. I have no information about these photos, apart from the name LAC Hathaway, and the soldier studying him is called Jack. If anyone recognises any of the people in these photos, I’d love to learn more about them.
Request 1176 Posted 27 Jul 2014
I am looking for information on Sopwith snipes flying from Netheravon in 1925. In particular the most likely colour schemes , and especially any info on the Snipe that Gilbert Insall would have flown.
Request 1175 Posted 24 Jul 2014
I'm seeking info concerning
my father, Cpl Fred Crompton, RFC 26218 as I found a photo of him a few days ago
whilst researching mechanics, observation balloon sections, Palestine 1917.
Could anyone assist in providing more information on his career?
Request 1174 Posted 11 Jul 2014
My name is Mikael from Sweden and I am helping my dear friend Sandra to find out more about the story around her grandmother Annemarie Booge and the unknown soldier who had her pregnant soon after the Second World War ended. In that time Annemarie lived in the village Uetersen not so far from the famous Rosarium.
We have been told that his name was
Alexander, a Canadian soldier so we guess that he was stationed at the RAF
controlled base in Uetersen with some of the Canadian Squadrons there? It was
about here my interest started.. Today we know a little bit more about the life
at the base because we came in contact with Mr Peter Jackson who had written two
wonderful books about the soldiers mission 45-55 at Uetersen. The baby girl (Kerstien)
was adopted away very soon after her birth in May 1946 to a couple in the region
of Hamburg. Annemarie past away in 2003 but before that her daughter Kerstien
had a chance to speak to her about her father. Unfortunately there is not so
much more than that he was a Canadian soldier and that they met at the Barracks.
We also know that she told Kerstien that she was their Lovechild. The reason why
she adopted her away was because she was not able to take care of her and her
life shouldn’t have been as good as if a loving couple took good care of her.
Some months before her birth Alexander was called back home so he asked a friend
to take care about Annemarie.
In the beginning of June this year me and my friend had a road trip to Germany to found out more about her relatives and found out that Annemarie born 3.2.1923 short after the adoption start working for the RAF base herself.
Photo’s of Annemarie at that time she worked on the base.
In 1949 she met a Polish man with name Horst Gustav Richard Klimaschewski born 24.1.1926 in Stettin, Poland who worked for the Englishman as a telegraph man at the base. They married in 1950 and had two boys but they never lived together which is very curious? He lived in Hamburg and met a younger girl..
At the road trip we also went to a small village called Bliesdorf-Kunersdorf were Annemarie’s loved brother RIP with many other soldiers near the Polish border, Oder. We found out that he was killed the 20th of February 1945 in Ortwig just before the hell brooked down in Seelow Heights. The boy soldier will now have his grave stone that the grave is missing; he died only 19 years old.
One day Sandra’s Father told Kerstien
that he got an employment in the famous factory Hasselblads in Gothenburg so
they had the possibility to move to Sweden and start a new life there. Sandra’s
oldest brother was born in Germany but she and her younger brother was born in
Gothenburg/Bergsjön, Sweden, a place with fantastic nature and a lake to play
with their friends. Kerstien and her daughter both became great artists and the
talent must have came from Alexander. Annemarie has told Kerstien that he had
drawn a great picture of her.
Some questions which you maybe can help us with:
Can you please post the photos of Annemarie and Mr Klimaschewski in hope that anyone may recognize them?
Who was Alexander? Are there any picture of him and Anne Marie?
Is there any photos to find out with her at the base 1945-52?
Any photos of Mr Klimashewski and who was he?
Have any of your readers some idea or some photos were any of them appear?
Request 1173 Posted 11 Ju1 2014
My grandfather served in the RAF, 541 Sqn in 1949, his name is Ronald Foskett. It's his birthday next month and I am desperately trying to find some information or photographs to give to him as a present.
If anyone has any information please get in touch using the link above.
Request 1172 Posted 15 Jun 2014
I am currently researching and writing Victors' War which is about the RAFVR and WAAF "war stories" of my late parents, Victor Seymour Swain and Dorothy Iris Swain nee Huggins. Vic Swain served in 114 (RAF West Raynham, North Africa, Italy) and 13 Squadrons (North Africa, Italy) and 232 Wing (Hassani, Greece); won the DFC in 1945 (attacking the Polesella bridge over the River Po); was seconded to USAAF in North Africa; remained in the RAF post-war until 1966; his last posting was as Wing Commander (Flying) at RAF Benson under a Group Captain O'Neill (as I recall); became a Principal in the Civil Service at the Ministry of Defence, involved (I understand) in personnel security vetting. Dorothy Iris Huggins served at RAF West Raynham (tailoring shop). I am especially interested in memories, stories and anecdotes by anybody who knew either of them at any time in their RAF careers, or who can recount "everyday life" in the above squadrons in WW2. David Swain
Request 1171 Posted 15 Jun 2014
My name is Heather Holden nee Blake and I am trying to identify the RAF Officer in the attached photo.
I am researching my fathers war record with his photos. I believe this was taken at Aswan Airport about June /July 1942 when the papers from Cairo were being sent to London after "Ash Wednesday".
My father (Sgt. Basil Blake) is at the back on the left and his friend (Sgt.Robert E Hall) at the back on the right behind who I believe to be ATS Margery Lassiter.
Any help would be most appreciated,
Request 1170 Posted 15 Jun 2014
296 Squadron – Sgt Edgar Bonser Flew with F/Lt Stp Hilton in Albemarle V1810 on D Day – RAF Brize Norton
Would anyone have any information about the following men:
F/Lt S. HILTON – Pilot
F/Sgt E.J. PARSLOW
W/O E.H. TURNER
Sgt. E.F. BONSER
ST. G.L. WARREN
(Crew arrived at RAF Brize Norton in April 1944, flew on D Day but had to crash land at Greenham Common)
Edgar Bonser was seconded in to 297 Sq on 27th August to fly on a mission to France with F/Sgt Alan Busbridge. The plane crashed on return to RAF BRize Norton and all the crew were lost.
I would be interested to know if any of his regular crew are still alive.
Request 1169 Posted 15 Jun 2014
I am looking for anyone with memories of WW2 fighter ace
Brendan 'Paddy' finucane. Perhaps you were based at the same station or one of
your relatives knew him.
Request 1168 Posted 15 Jun 2014
I am looking for a photograph of Sergeant Peter Neville HEWITT. He was a air gunner in the Volunteer reserve in No 103 Sqn and later No 12 OTU at Chipping Wwarden and died in 1944 aged 20 near Northampton. I am desperately trying to find a picture of him or him with his crew.
Request 1167 Posted 2 Jun 2014
Hi My Name is John Lancashire and I am interested in finding more about My Uncle ‘s Time in the second world His Name was Albert Bishop Lancashire, he was a navigator in bomber command I believe based in various bases on the east coast, He also helped to teach the American air force bombers to navigate at night. The family do not have his flight log it went missing a long time ago . So I am asking if anyone could help find his log book or let me know if they served with my uncle. Have information or stories they could let me know would be greatly appreciated.
Request 1166 Posted 30 May 2014
My father, Fred Hockings, was stationed at Cairo West during WW2 with Ferry Squadron, he was an aircraftsman. I am trying to find out more about his time there, he died 6 years ago, we did take him back to Cairo before he died but so much had changed.
If anyone has any information or tales of their time there I would love to hear about it.
Request 1165 Posted 25 May 2014
I was an engine mechanic at Martlesham Heath 1952-1954 and my memory is failing me as regards recalling the name of the Station No 2 ie Station Adjutant at that time to CO Wing Commander Oldbury DFC.
I’d be grateful - even over the top - if sks (some kind soul) could help me win the day against this appalling memory setback that I have the misfortune to be encumbered with.
Someone out there must have a memory in better shape than this old codger’s. Here’s hoping; as the saying goes, hope springs eternal.
Request 1164 Posted 16 May 2014
I’m researching RAF Clyffe Pypard and would like to contact anyone who served there from its opening (as No 29 Elementary Flying Training School) in September 1941 to closure (by then relegated to use as a transit camp for Lyneham) in the early 1960s.
I’ve consulted the official records (F.540/Operational Record Books, local government records, aircraft records etc), but need personal recollections, log book details and photos – anything in fact, to properly document this little-known airfield.
Request 1163 Posted 24 Apr 2014
I would like information on Jas. A. Robb , Rail Transport Officer, No. 45 (Atlantic Transport) Group, Royal Air Force, Montreal Airport, Dorval P. Que. About Oct 1944. I am hoping to be able to link him to my father, Henry J. Drew, Inspector, and his planned trip to South America, Galapagos Islands.
Henry B Drew
Request 1162 Posted 13 Apr 2014
My name is Derek Goffin and I and my older brother would be grateful if anyone could assist us with information regarding to our father’ Jack Herbert Goffin [April 1927-February 2000] (FMA) About his time served [as far as we know] in the 82 Squadron between 1940! till late 1945. First here in England and then in India/ Burma from about 1942-1945 when he return to England and left the RAF. Any information about Jack Goffin or of 82 Squadron would be greatly received as well as any photos you may have?.
He came from Norwich, Norfolk, England. I have enclose three photos, one of Jack Goffin and another with him [back far left] and five other lads, on the back of this photo is ”Norwich lads on squadron Kolar, 1943”(no idea who the other fire lads are. do you) And the other has on the back of the photo ”1000th sortie celebration".
Request 1161 Posted 18 Apr 2014
My Grandfather, Norman Quick, 130698, was a Flight
Lieutenant, Navigator on Lancasters with 150 Squadron from November 1944 to May
I would like to appeal to anyone who may have information on these aircraft or even better photographs of them?
The purpose of my appeal is my mums birthday is coming up and I'd like to put photographs of an actual Lancaster my Grandfather was on in a frame with a portrait of her Dad.
Request 1160 Posted 18 Apr 2014
I'm researching a TV documentary. Can you help me find
Rafael Gray, approx 96-7 yrs old. He was flight sergeant in 81 Sqn in 1944
Request 1159 Posted 13 Apr 2014
I am trying to find either the survivors or relatives of the survivors of the crew of Wellington XIII, NB824 - F Freddie. The bomber, of RAF Coastal Command, Langham, Norfolk, crashed on take-off on the 26 March 1945, killing the four members of the crew who were in the front of the plane. These were:-
W/O John Brogan Pilot
Flt/Sgt Frederick A Harris Co-pilot
Flt/Sgt Leonard Shelton Cuthbert
Sgt Leonard Lewis Laming
I am a relative of Flt Sgt Frederick A Harris and have now traced relatives of the other three who were killed.
The survivors were:-
Sgt J Marston From a letter written to Flt Sgt Harris’ father I know that he came from Hathershaw, Oldham
Sgt D R Carter 1295425
W/O C E Loftus
It would help if I knew the forenames of the survivors. I have had no success with Sgt Carter even though I have his service number. There may well be a commemoration of the crash of this Wellington on the 70th anniversary next year and it would be a pity not to have relatives of the survivors there as well as those killed.
Any help would be appreciated.
Request 1158 Posted 13 Apr 2014
I am looking for some Information or photo's of my Gran's Brother who was killed during world war II.
His name was Sgt Kenneth Henry Dean and he was a flight engineer in 61 Sqn RAF.
I understand from some research he was a crew on Lancaster ND727 which I believe was shot down on 19/03/1944 on a mission to bomb Frankfurt, Germany.
If anyone has any more information, copy reports or photograph's I would really appreciate your help.
Request 1157 Posted 6 Apr 2014I am looking for information on the following airman, killed in action over the Netherlands while on a bombing raid to Kassel on 28 August 1942, while serving as a pilot with 12 Sqn RAF:
Sergeant Douglas Spencer Ewart McNeil 1312485 RAFVR, he served in following locations during training, and then with 12 Sqn:
Blackpool (he was there in Jan 41)
Flight 3B, Intake 40, at No. 1 Initial Training Wing, Babbacombe, Devon in May 41
Torquay in May 1941
Binbrook (12 Sqn)
Douglas gained his wings in December 1941. It appears as of Easter 1942
he was flying Beaufighters, but then went on to Wellingtons.
The radio call sign of X3802 was PH – J.
RAAF records indicate the aircraft "crashed in the garden of Mr Giezman-Nieuwenweg, 58 of Poeldijk on the south west outskirts of Den Haag, (Zuid-Holland)".
The family has been looking for years for a photo of him while in the air force.
Request 1156 Posted 23 Mar 2014
Does anyone have any information on 2nd Lt William Reason Bishop or 2nd Lt Douglas Fraser Mackintosh (who Served as George Matthews) of 55 Squadron Royal Flying Corps.
Their DH4 was shot down on 2nd October 1917 near Meulebeke Belgium on a raid on the airfield at Marcke near Kortrij, both Bishop (pilot) and Matthews (observer) were killed
I am a great, great-nephew of 2nd Lt Bishop and have been researching his and Matthews story and would be really interested and grateful to hear from anyone who knows anything about them or 55 Squadron in September and October 1917. Does anyone have any photographs of 55 Squadron or the airfield at Boisdinghem at this time?
Thanks and Regards
Request 1155 Posted 23 Mar 2014
I am looking for any information about my cousin Harold Thomas Lydford b.1898, d.1979, flew in WWI and served in WWII. Member RAF Delegation to Washington DC in 1942, Promoted to Air Marshal, and received CBE in 1945.
Regards, Pamela Lydford
Request 1154 Posted 13 Mar 2014
I'm Looking for information about his (my) grandfather Anthony Szczepanski born 01/17/1904 in Brzeźno. Until 1939 he lived in Koronowo, Poland.
Until the end of the war - promoted to Sergeant
Request 1153 Posted 9 Mar 2014
Does anyone know where in Lossiemouth the women of the NAAFI were housed during WW11? My mother was there during the war and I'd like to visit the place she stayed if possible.
Regards, Jeanette Dunlop.
Request 1152 Posted 5 Mar 2014
My name is Rob Bangma and I live in the Netherlands nearby Rotterdam. I have a Dive Center at the Oostvoornse meer in the south of Holland. On July the 4th 1940 a Bristol Blenheim, L8866 was shot down and crashed near Oostvoorne. The captain Ivor Worthington-Wilmer and Sgt George Edwin Maydon where buried at in Oostvoorne and Zwartewaal. However Sgt Jesse George Stanley was never found.
We are searching the lost bomber and possible remains of Stanley. I have only one photograph of captain Ivor Worthington-Wilmer and am looking for photographs and possible family contacts. Could anyone help me to get further information?
Request 1151 Posted 1 Mar 2014
I am searching for information about 1301604 LAC Jack Bennett of 215 A.M.E.S and then later 2198 Squadron stationed in the Middle East until 1944. Jack was in correspondence with my late great aunt until 1944 and any information on him would be greatly appreciated. Please email me on the above or at email@example.com
Request 1150 Posted 1 Mar 2014
Today I received an email from Michael Servos, in Australia, about a photo of his great uncle with my father Flt. Lt. Richard Davies 61 Squadron.
I was thrilled to be able to send him the photo. My father was killed in 1943 and his great Uncle in 1945. I wonder if any of the men in the photo survived the war?
Request 1149 Posted 1 Mar 2014
I wonder if anyone remembers my father Flight Lieutenant Basil Proddow who flew in Squadron 174 in the Second World War. I know his spent the second part of the war as a prisoner of war. I enclose the squadron picture with him highlighted.
Request 1148 Posted 20 Feb 2014
I would be grateful if anyone could assist me with information regarding my father. (who, I assume, is now dead)
Harold Walter Kelly 137886. Name mentioned in the London Gazette Supplement issue 23rd March 1943 (to be Pilot Officer on prob (emergency) 23rd Jan 1943.
Mentioned again in LGS 22nd July 1947 issue; As Flying Officer, extended service (four years on active list)
Mentioned again in LGS 15th February 1949 issue; Appointment to commission as Flight lieutenant (permanent)
Harold Walter Kelly was married to Priscilla Elizabeth Kelly (formerly Erbach), (Divorced).
I would be grateful for any information. I have looked at every RAF website but have gleaned nothing.
I have applied for a copy of H W Kelly's wedding certificate but I have had to take a guess at the year he married (1935?) and so do not know if my application will be successful.
Request 1147 Posted 20 Feb 2014
I am researching the aircraft my dad flew during his RAF service 1942-6. He flew Avro Ansons at No. 61 Air School, George during 1944 and though I have the log books, I’m struggling to find the aircraft based there as his log book entries for them do match the standard type ref nos.
The ones I have are:
Can anyone help please?
Request 1146 Posted 2 Feb 2014
Can anybody help please .I have a WW1 WRIST id tag and possibly an Officers W.HAMMOND RFC 282321 and on the Reverse Queens RWS...Cant find anything about him at all.
Request 1145 Posted 15 Jan 2014
I recently found this photograph in my mother's possessions. I know it was taken around Christmas time, no idea which year, during the WW2, in Derby. If anyone knows the names of the people on the picture I would be interested to know. My mother Francis (usually known as Fran) probably took the picture. I believe they were men from the 21 Squadron.
Request 1144 Posted 12 Jan 2014
I found this chap dumped at the local tip, any idea who he could be?
Request 1143 Posted 8 Jan 2014
Hello, I'm an airline captain retired, but now an aviation books writer.
As my parents helped two RAF Halifax members to escape from the enemy in April/May 1943, I'm writing this story. Those crewmen are Jim Alderdice and David Jones shot down during the night of 16-17 April 1943, flying the Halifax II DT690 MH-A Bar, according to the RAF Bomber command losses book. I'm searching information about Snaith airfield at that time. Who was the station commander ? I'm in contact with Alderdice daughters but nothing about Jones. We presume he died a few time after war. I'm interested by any pictures of Snaith airfield and 51 Squadron. Thank you. Best regards. Bernard
Request 1142 Posted 7 Jan 2014
I am looking for anyone that assist me in gathering information about my fathers time spent in England from March 1944 to June 1945.
His name was Harold (known as Pat) Hindle and was with RAAF 461 Squadron based at Pembroke Dock and spent some time at Sullom Voe.
Request 1141 Posted 21 Dec 2013
I am trying gather what information I can on Flying Officer/ Navigator - John Campbell RAFVR, service number 1670594/(164124) of 608 Squadron RAF Downham Market.
He was badly injured when the Mosquito he was in crashed killing the pilot on November 10th 1944 He was later medically discharged on November 13th 1945 retaining his rank of Flying Officer.
Does anyone know what happened to him or have any details at all?
Request 1140 Posted 23 Nov 2013
I am trying to locate a photo of No 3 (SERVICING) Wing No 10 OTU taken in August 1945 at RAF Abingdon, it is for my brother who is Deaf /Blind, and is a picture of our Father with all of the crew in front of the plane in the front of the hanger. We have the original Photo which is damaged and I would like to get a copy for him before his sight goes completely. Could anyone possibly help me in any way. My Father's name was LAC George James Marsh, nickname (Curly Marsh) and was stationed at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland during the war. He was from Sheffield and returned there after the war. He was well known as a Drummer in all the Bands.
Many Thanks for any assistance anyone can give me
Request 1139 Posted 20 Nov 2013
In October 2014 we will unveil a plaque in
memory of member of Lancaster ND755 (TL-J) of 35 Squadron shot down 20 October
1944 at Wintzenbach in eastern France. Could anyone help us to find the families
of the eight airmen killed in action. I would also like a picture of the crew of
the pilot F/O RW Brown (DFC), if anyone can help
commune de Wintzenbach
Request 1138 Posted 17 Nov 2013
I am looking for a photograph of this navigator, Flt Lt H.G.
Innes DFC and /or his crew who were shot down in their Lancaster JA919 GT, on
operations to Hanover on 27th September 1943 flying from RAF Warboys,,156
Squadron, PFF, his 29th operation
Request 1137 Posted 13 Nov 2013
My name is Paul Brenson my grandfather was called George Brenson . He was part of 977 Sqn in 1941 stationed out in North Africa . He was a barrage balloon operator I think. I have some great photos of my grandfather and his Sqn on board HMD Highland Monarch in Dec 1941. Also photos in Egypt North Africa, South Africa and El Kantara. If anyone knew my gentleman grand farther or has any interest on the rear of the Sqn photo on the HMS Highland Monarch is the names of everyone in the photo.
Request 1136 Posted 1 Nov 2013
Gosport D-Day Fellowship was formed last year to increase knowledge and interest, both for residents and visitors, in the huge role which Gosport played in the preparations and embarkations for Operation Overlord.
We are hoping to initiate an annual ceremony of commemoration in Gosport for all involved and to place information boards around the town at strategic sites. We also wish to place a leaflet/booklet in local Tourist Information Centres, Museums, etc, with further information, to enhance the information boards. We also hope to give talks on the subject with slide shows.
If anybody has any personal stories, or stories passed on by a relative, about Gosport at this time, which we could mention in the booklet and when giving talks, we would be most grateful if you would contact us through the link above.
Request 1135 Posted 1 Nov 2013
Wellington MKX111 Serial NB824. 524 Squadron Coastal Command.
I am searching for relatives of the Crew of this aircraft which crashed on take-off at RAF Langham, Norfolk on 26 March 1945 killing four of the seven crew. I know the details of the crash having obtained a copy of the Flying Accident Card.
W/O John J Brogan Pilot )
Flt/Sgt Frederick A Harris Co-pilot )
Flt/Sgt Leonard Shelton Cuthbert Navigator ) All killed
Sgt Leonard Lewis Laming )
I am a relative of Flt/Sgt Harris and am in touch relatives of W/O Brogan and Sgt Laming, but to date I have been unsuccessful in finding relatives of Flt/Sgt Cuthbert.
Sgt J Marston I know that he came from Hathershaw, Oldham.
I have had no success from writing to the local press.
Sgt D R Carter
W/O C E Loftus
I do not know the Christian names of the three survivors or their service numbers. It is possible there will be a ceremony for the 70th anniversary of this crash in 2015 so I am keen to find relatives of all the crew if possible. I have identified W/O Brogan, Flt/Sgt Harris and Sgt Laming in a photograph I have, but cannot name the other three.
Any help would be much appreciated.
Request 1134 Posted 1 Nov 2013
My name is Didier HINDRYCKX and I am a senior Flight Lieutenant MiD (Retd), Belgian Air Force. I am looking for information on WO Richard, Francis, BADMAN (1376196). He was a member of 178 Squadron, RAF, and lost his life (MIA) on the 19/20 March 1944 on a raid to PLODIV flying a B-24. I obtained his medals and some paperwork and I would like to include the story of his life to these medals. Many thanks in advance.
Request 1133 Posted 23 Oct 2013
Flying Officer Peter George Corbin No 114713.
I am researching the RAF service of a friend’s father who served during WW2
I have obtained his service records but have one or two queries which someone might just be able to help with?
F/Lt Corbin was part of RAF Photographic Interpretation Unit based at RAF Medmenham (1942-3). He was then posted to HQ NWAAF (1943) at Maison Blanche airport- Algiers, then La Marsa airfield, Tunisia (1943) serving under Lt Col Eisenhower (son of the US General) and finally San Severo, Italy (1944-45). When in Italy, following the many changes of reporting lines, his unit finally came under the command of 336(PR) wing, MAAF. Have only the briefest details which I have managed to obtain about the PI unit of the 336 (PR) wing does anyone have any info on this PI unit? Additionally, family rumour has it that F/Lt Corbin undertook several ‘covert’ air operations into Yugoslavia, with members of SOE/ISLD operating from San Severo; can anyone verify this?
Request 1132 Posted 23 Oct 2013
I wonder if anymore information about the above gentleman exists, I worked for him after WW2 and got to know him quite well. He never spoke about his war years but I know this to be typical. I would be happy to relate what I know about him.
Request 1131 Posted 18 Oct 2013
40 Squadron, Foggia, Italy, May 1944. Appeal for photographs. A Wellington X captained by F/O Huggler failed to return to Foggia from a mission over southern France on 10 May 1944. Damaged by flak, it crashed on a desolate hillside near the village of Simiane, with the loss of the crew of five. Every year since then, the local resistance group and villagers have met on 10 May to hold a memorial service at the small shrine that they had secretly erected at the site.
Next year, on 10 May 2014, the 70th anniversary of the crash, they plan to hold a special service and inaugurate a newly-rebuilt memorial. They urgently need to trace photographs of the crew, F/O J Huggler (pilot), F/O H C Lane (navigator), F/Sgt NP B Green (wireless operator/air gunner), Sgt K W Jackson (air bomber), Sgt E J N Howell (air gunner).
Some photographs have been traced, but so far none for Sgt Jackson or Sgt Howell.
Has anyone a squadron or group photograph showing any or all of F/O Huggler’s crew?
Request 1130 Posted 15 Oct 2013
I would like to make contact with any V-force aircrew, and especially AEOs, who took their mighty machines on tracks that lead to, or away from, 112 S.U. Stornoway for ECM measurement in order to hear their experiences whether for high-level or low-level assessment
Many thanks in advance
Request 1129 Posted 9 Oct 2013
A friend of a friend, is researching his relative, Captain Oliver Simon Huss, born 1903 in Richland County, ND, USA. He was one of the first aviation students at Wahpeton and had been an instructor at Chamberland Field, Minneapolis and UND, Grand Forks. He went down over the Atlantic in 1942, ferrying bombers for the Royal Air Force Transport Command and he was never found. He had flown over 30 trips. He flew out of Dorval Airport and was reported missing on or about November 30, 1942. Any information with respect to dates, crew etc., would be appreciated. The information will be used to honor him in the North Dakota Aviation Hall of Fame.
Request 1128 Posted 3 Oct 2013
My father Flt. Lt Geoffrey Brigham was adjutant for 35 Pathfinder Squadron as a non combatant during WWII but there is very little information available concerning his stay in Bari, Italy at the end of the war. If you have any interesting pieces of information or photo's I would be very pleased to receive them.
Request 1127 Posted 3 Oct 2013
Hi, I was wondering have anyone has information/photos of P/O Ellis Edward(Joffre) Huxter? He was with 623 squadron at Downham Market in 1943, unfortunately he was killed along with the rest of the crew on a bombing raid to Berlin 31/01 August. Joffre was the Navigator also on the mission was Wing/Cmdr Little DFC.
Also could anyone help me with the colour of the aircraft markings, lettering and numbers etc. any info can be forwarded to the link above.
Request 1126 Posted 29 Sep 2013
I was wondering if anyone had any information about Cyril Garrett (who often went by the name Garry). He was my grandfather and I know he was in 605 Squadron and was a PoW in Japan. He didn't talk about it much and I don't have any pictures of him (I don't speak to my father's side of the family), so if anyone knows anything or has any pictures, please don't hesitate to share them!
Request 1125 Posted 29 Sep 2013
For the past seven years I have photographed and interviewed 24 WWII pilots in six countries www.combatpilotsofwwii.com (including my father who flew Mosquitoes and Beaufighters).
I am trying to find surviving RAF pilots who flew heavy bombers or were in Coastal Command. I am also trying to find Battle of Britain pilots who flew on our side (I have two German pilots who took part in the battle, but no allied pilots). And I am yet to find RAF pilots who were in combat against the Japanese (I have several American and RAAF pilots who were in that theatre, but no RAF pilots).
I would be very grateful if I could be put in touch with WWII pilots that any of you may know - especially pilots who experienced combat.
Many thanks in advance.
Request 1124 Posted 20 Sep 2013
I am trying to find information about my English
father (name: ? ) who served as RAF pilot (?) with the RAF in Indonesia (Java,
BATAVIA) in the years 1945-1946...
Many thanks, regards.
Patrick (Paddy) van Asdonck
Request 1123 Posted 20 Sep 2013
I'm interested in the crash of Lancaster Mk II, DS734,
KO-Y. This bomber crashed in the night of 24-25 april 1944 near Mechelen.
Request 1122 Posted 7 Sep 2013
I'm trying to locate any information or pictures on 443 Squadron and 293 Squadron. My Great Uncle Arthur James Horrell was in 443 Squadron and my Grandfather Charles Stanley Horrell was in 293 Squadron (Air Sea Rescue Squadron). Any information or pictures your willing to share would really help me in my family history research on both of these two great men. You can contact me through the link on the RAF website.
Request 1121 Posted 7 Sep 2013
Does anyone have any info regarding (latterly) Flight Lieutenant; William Howard Turner (b 1904), who joined the RAF before eligible age, using his elder brother's details, (Claud Andrew Turner). He went on to have successful service career, teaching at Uxbridge (two of his children were born on camp) and Cosford as a PTI and specialising in fencing. I'm unsure at exactly what stage he changed his service details back to that of his own; I was told that he once took the royal salute, at the Royal Tournament (Earls Court).
He was my paternal grandfather, but I don't have any of his service details, so am unsure how to find same to carry out any genealogical research
I can't even find him, his brother or his father (William Turner) in the 1911 census, I believe they may also have been born to a serving 'soldier' but don't know if their records were held separately.
Many thanks in advance
Request 1120 Posted 7 Sep 2013
XV Squadron 1942: The
Godmanchester Crash of Stirling N3703
Request 1119 Posted 7 Sep 2013
This request has been answered and removed
Request 1118 Posted 18 Aug 2013
I’m currently working on a memoir with a woman who worked as a nurse based at the Save the Children Fund orphanage in Schlutup between November 1947 and October 1948. She met her husband while she was there, an RAF engineer based in Lubeck.
I’d very much appreciate hearing from anyone who was working there at the time – or knows someone who did.
Please contact me by email on the link above.
Request 1117 Posted 17 Aug 2013
I have been investigating Lancaster ED328SR-S of 101sqn. My uncle Sgt John Phillips was part of the crew, they were killed in action on 23/24.08.1943 on a raid over Berlin, in the last month, an investigation team (LAO) from Finowfurt aviation museum nr Berlin has found the crash site and started to recover parts. Can anyone help with info on the plane, the crew, or any photos, also can anyone help with identifying the parts found.
Request 1116 Posted 17 Aug 2013
I have just found a letter dated April 12th 1934 from a Pilot Sergeant F C Standen his address was Sergeants' Mess RAF No 84 (B) Squadron, Shaibah, Iraq. I would like to know what happened to him, and also to give his relatives the letter. Thank you.
Request 1115 Posted 2 Aug 2013
Help needed in finding relatives to downed airman over southern Denmark 19th August 1942.
I have just come into possession of a leather flying helmet, life vest and parachute harness belonging to Air observer Sgt. Cyril Samwell (Samuel ?) Crutchley. The items were found hidden under the floorboards of a farmhouse close to the place where the plane crashed. The items were found during a restoration of the house in 1991 but was of no interest to the local museum, and have been in the loft of the house until now.
Maybe these items will be of more interest to relatives, so I would like to turn them over to people who will respect them and the history they represent.
I have managed to get some details of who may have hidden the items so long ago. I am in pursuit of further details on the subject, also to help the historians in Denmark that actually care.
I have found these details on the “airwar over Denmark” site. All credits to Søren Flensted. See: http://www.flensted.eu.com/194249.shtml for more details of the flight.
Halifax II W1226 crashed near Sønderborg 19/8-1942
The aircraft belonged to RAF 35 Sqn.
Bomber Command and was coded TL-J.
On its way to the target W1226 was attacked by a night fighter from 5./ NJG 3 piloted by Feldwebel Herbert Altner. A fire started at the rear end of the fuselage and at 00:08 it crashed to the ground in a field belonging to “Ladegården” farm near Sønderborg.
Crew members were:
G.A. Brassey RAF
W.B. Cooper RAF
C.S. Crutchley RAF
R.G. Humphreys. RNZF
A.J.O. Leo RAAF
J. Smith RAF
R.F. Wall RAF
All info is much appreciated.
Christian Flamand, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Request 1114 Posted 18 Jul 2013
Looking for leads to see if I can “find” civilians who worked, in any capacity, for what became the Royal Air Force No. 45 Group (Atlantic Transport) Ferry Command in WW II - out of Montreal, QC, Canada - or out of any other of its world-wide bases, starting from 1939 through to 1945.
I am closing research on a manuscript titled Earth Angels Rising, which is my tribute to some 3,500 civilian men and women - and some military aircrew - who created and sustained what became the original aviation Ferry Command of them all … these civilians came from 23 allied nations to rescue the combined air forces of Canada, Great Britain and the United States of America to deliver, eventually, some 250,000 aircraft of all kinds to and when they were needed around the world … the initial thrust was for Ferry Command to deliver 10,000 Hudson bombers assigned to it - it did deliver 9,442 of them, but with a terrible loss of 500 of the 1,500 aircrew who were the core group for this massive operation - their success rapidly triggered a positive, demonstrative and explosive response from the air forces of the three nations above, who quickly jumped on the bandwagon in support of what the civilians began - at a time when “experts” considered it suicidal to even try to fly bombers across the world’s oceans.
For those interested who may be able to provide me with names, or with memorabilia if any member of their family served with the Ferry Command, I welcome them to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org in Welland, ON - Canada … or visit my Facebook page on the operation for more information … https://www.facebook.com/pages/Civilians-of-RAF-Ferry-command-in-WW-II/196958153711884
Thanks for taking a look - Ted Beaudoin. (Tel.: +1 - 905- 714-1788)
Request 1113 Posted 7 Jul 2013
I am trying to get together a family history, for my grandchildren, and I am looking for a photo of the Catholic Chapel in Changi. We were there from 1947-49. I made my 1st Communion there, and would like to find a picture of it, also the school if possible. I have snap shots of our time there, but nothing of the Church or school.
Request 1112 Posted 6 Jul 2013
I am researching the service use of the Fairchild Cornell trainer by the RAF and RCAF. I would be very grateful for photocopies or digital copies of personal log books recording exercises flown on these aircraft.
The Fairchild PT-26 (known as Cornell in RAF and Commonwealth service) was a development of the US Army Air Corps PT-19 series and was used in the following training schemes.
British Commonwealth Air Training Plan - The RCAF and RAF in Canada; elementary and flying instructor and Central Flying School – 1942 to 45. Training pilots of Britain, Canada and other Commonwealth countries, plus exiles from the Occupied Countries for service in the RCAF, RAF and Fleet Air Arm
Rhodesian Air Training Group – elementary, flying instructor and Central Flying School – 1943 -46. Training pilots from Britain, the Commonwealth, plus exiles from Occupied Countries for service in the RAF.
India – No.2 EFTS – 1944 to 46. Training Indian pilots for service in the RAF and RIAF – plus Army Glider pilots for the Burma campaign.
Norwegian – the Norwegian schools in Canada 1941 to 44 and in the UK during 1945.
Thank you, Tony Broadhurst
Request 1111 Posted 30 Jun 2013
I am trying to find information about my uncle, John Victor Welsh (RCAF), who served as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner with the RAF's No. 13 Squadron in North Africa in late 1942. The squadron arrived in North Africa in November, 1942 and was stationed at Blida and then Canrobert, Algeria. My uncle was listed as missing in action on December 18, 1942 in operations over La Mersa and the Bizerte docks, and after the war the MRES (the Missing Research and Enquiry Service) determined that an unidentified twin-engine aircraft that crashed into the sea on the morning of Dec. 18th was likely his plane (the pilot was P/O Jickling).
While it's likely that this is all the information that we will ever receive about Victor's death, I have a slim hope that there may be somebody out there who may know more. I'm also interested in knowing if there are any photographs or personal memoirs by other members of No. 13 Squadron RAF from that period in North Africa -- November/December, 1942 -- that could help me get a sense of what my uncle may have experienced during the last months of his life. I would be most grateful for any information or assistance that comes of this -- and especially any connections with those who may have served with No. 13 Squadron in 1942, or their relatives. Many thanks,
Request 1110 Posted 28 Jun 2013
I would like to get in touch with pilots from No 257 (Burma) squadron . I'm looking for a pilot named F.R. Logan. He flew with this squadron and they had Typhoon planes, he had to bail out with parachute on 11-12-1944 and landed safely after his plane engine failed. I would like to know more about this person . Maybe he is still alive ??? or friends / family who can tell me more ??
Request 1109 Posted 16 Jun 2013
I wonder if you can help?
My name is Dr. Anne Cunningham and I am an historian living in Sydney. I am researching the parents of Sir Arthur Coningham DFC, known as Arthur and Alice Coningham who lived in Australia from their marriage in the 1890's to 1901 before they took up residence in New Zealand. The couple divorced circa 1912 and Alice with her three children, the future Sir Arthur, Mabel and Vincent Francis settled in England shortly before the outbreak of WW11. To date I have been unable to find any photographs of Mabel or Vincent Francis. My records show that both siblings were buried with their mother in Bricknoll, Somerset during the 1980's. Sir Arthur as we know was killed tragically in an air accident in 1948. I know Mabel never married. As regards Vincent, he too appears not to have married (this may not be accurate but I can find no record of a wife or issue). It is to the descendants of Sir Arthur Coningham that I am appealing to for help. My history of Arthur and Alice's involvement in a celebrated divorce case that occurred in Sydney in 1900/1 would be greatly enhanced if I were able to include photographs of Vincent Francis and Mabel. Sir Arthur's life is well documented.
Request 1108. Posted 2 Jun 2013
I am trying to find a photograph of 41979 Pilot Officer William Radclyffe Assheton of No 222 Sqn and 90727 Pilot Officer James Storrs Morton of No 603 SqnN. Thanks
Request 1107. Posted 24 May 2013
I am trying to find out some information about Reginald William Chartres who was with he RAF, and possibly was with the RAF Ferry Command in Montreal. He was married to my aunt in Canada during the war.
Request 1106. Posted 18 May 2013
My name is Stuart Currie and I'm trying to find any information or photos of my Grandpa Mr Duncan Currie who served with No. 9 Squadron, 617 Dambusters and then Tiger Force during WWII.
He's an amazing man who has lived an unbelievable life!!
Request 1105. Posted 17 May 2013
Is there anyone, or relatives of those who either flew with Wellington Squadron 215 to the Far East in March 1941. My father, Wing Commander G N Warrington, was in command and served subsequently with 221, 223 Groups in India and HQ 177 Wing, ACSEA.
I Would like to speak to anyone connected with these units. He returned from the Far East in June 1945 and went to HQ Northern Ireland until his accidental death in September 1945. Would be most interested in any information about him and/or the activities of these Groups in S E Asia.
Request 1104. Posted 12 May 2013
I’m looking for information about my granddad John (Jack) Sells #1594690 RAFVR. He served during WW2 in 582 Squadron (Pathfinders) based at Little Staughton and was Acting Flight Sergeant when awarded the DFM in 1945. I know very little about him and would welcome any information, no matter how small. thank you
Request 1103. Posted 12 May 2013
I'm looking for pictures of my grandfather. Federico A. B.G. Wonham was Navigator on the Squadron 61, then step on the IAAS No. 1. (1660)
The crew of Squad 61 was: J V Coockshott, Liddlel, Townsend, Cullham, Reid.
Request 1102. Posted 3 May 2013
My name is Nicole Morley and I'm trying to find any information or pictures about squadron 129. My Great Uncle Arthur James Horrell was in that squadron until it switched to 443. I'm also trying to locate any information or living relatives of Louis Paul Emile Piche and his wife Mary E Piche. Louis died alongside my Great Uncle on October 11, 1944. We do know that Louis and his wife lived in New London Connecticut at one point in time and after Louis died we know that his wife moved to Florida (not sure which part). If you have any information about squadron 129 or Louis Paul Emile Piche please contact me using the link above. Thanks.
Request 1101. Posted 26 Apr 2013
94 Squadron Shield, motto "AVENGE", Queens Crown for sale £20.
I can be contacted by email or on Facebook or L/L 01494 447275. I will be pleased to give further details of the shield then, regards Chris Chadwick.
Request 1100. Posted 21 Apr 2013
Hello out there,
I know it’s a long time ago! Anybody remember Winston Caterer, fighter pilot, ended RAF service circa 1946?
He led part of the RAF parade in Brussels 1946?
Request 1099. Posted 21 Apr 2013
I was recently going through my grandfather's old photo album when I came across this photograph. Here is all I know of it:
1. It was taken in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon)
2. The ten men in the photo belong to an 'R.A.F. Football Team' (which I know thanks to my grandfather's caption)
3. It may have been taken during or after the war (most likely before 1948).
I have no relation to these men whatsoever but would like someone to identify them for me -- just out of plain curiosity. Also, this photo could be of use to anyone out there searching for a photograph of a lost relative. I would be more than glad to be of help.
Request 1098. Posted 14 Apr 2013
Hi, I am trying to contact anyone who served at or had relations/friend who served at any of the above stations at Land's End Cornwall. This is a local history project.
Request 1097. Posted 6 Apr 2013
Having served 24 years in the RAF, my wife bought me, from a second hand shop, an RAF mug coloured dark blue with the RAF motto on one side and the maker's name, Denby stamped on the bottom. I think it previously belonged to a Flt/Lt (now deceased, as is his wife) and wonder how rare or otherwise it might be. Any help would be appreciated. Sincerely, Bryan J. Beames.
Request 1096. Posted 5 Apr 2013
Does anybody know the young pilot in the picture? It seems to be taken around summer of 1949 and I would like to put a name to the man in the picture. If you have any ideas or a name, please do send an email to email@example.com
Thank you and best regards
Request 1095. Posted 30 Mar 2013
I would like to see if there is anybody out there that has info about 293 squadron . My father Charles Stanley Horrell (STAN) was a member of the AIR SEA RESCUE UNIT (293)Any info would be appreciated. My Uncle Arthur James Horrell (AJ) was a member of squadron 443 he was killed in action October 11/1944.We would like to know about the pilot that died with him Louise Paul Emile Piche of New London Connecticut. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Request 1094. Posted 14 Mar 2013
For many years we have owned a small ale tankard, pewter, given to F/Sgt Gooding, from class 134, 3.2.41. This instructor (?) would be either English or Canadian. He would be no doubt long deceased, but there may be family who would want this remembrance. If anyone can assist in locating relatives, we would be most thankful.
Mrs. Lorna Parkinson, Ont. Canada.
Request 1093. Posted 10 Mar 2013
I'm looking for a good photograph of Herbert Massey who was the Senior British Office in Stalag Luft III at the time of "The Great Escape".
Request 1092. Posted 1 Mar 2013
I am looking for any information/ photographs of my father-in-law BILL SUDDES who served as Flight Engineer with 259 Squadron from 1943 -1945 in Africa on CATALINAS. He was stationed at DAR-ES-SALAAM, KIPEVU, KENYA and PORT VICTORIA< SOUTH AFRICA. Many thanks.
WOLSINGHAM, Co. Durham
Request 1091. Posted 1 Mar 2013
I AM TRYING TO GET A PHOTO OF MY STEPFATHER WHO SERVED IN THE RAF WHO FITTED RADIOS INTO FIGHTER PLANES HE TOLD ME HE WORKED ALONGSIDE THE AMERICAN EAGLE SQD .I DONT KNOW HIS RANK HIS FULL NAME WAS WILLIAM HENRY PINCHIN. MY NAME IS LESLIE ROGER SYDNEY HALL AND I NOW LIVE IN AUSTRALIA.
Request 1090 Posted 15 Feb 2013
My brother Sgt. Edward Vincent Norman 962166 was shot down and killed in Morkhoven and was gunner on Lancaster Mk.1 R5610 OL-G RAF 83 Squadron operating from Wyton Hunts. Does anyone have any photos of this crew, as no family records can be found.
Request 1089. Posted 21 Feb 2013
I’m just doing some research of a friend of the family a Mr Jack Marks he was at Barton in the Clay 1944 any more information would be appreciated.
Regards John Britton
Request 1088. Posted 15 Feb 2013
Hi my name is Steve Jenkins. I have been researching over the last three years the events leading up to and the final mission of Lancaster serial No: W4275 which was my uncle, Sgt Samuel Jenkin's plane. It was lost returning from Cologne on 9/7/43 I have found his, and three other crew members grave site in Marley Gomont Northern France. My family and I plus the family of PO Geofery Parker who also lost his life that night are planning to travel to Marley this coming July on the seventy the anniversary of the crash to pay our respect to our fallen family members. I would be very greatful if you have any more information regarding this aircraft and it's crew. Many thanks regards S. C. Jenkins.
Request 1087. Posted 3 Feb 2013
I am trying to find out some information about my father, who served at Little Norway in Canada from late 1941 until February 1945 when records show he was transferred to England. I'm trying to determine how long he was in England before returning to Canada, where he had married a Canadian girl. I was born in September 1945 so I'm unsure if he was still in England at that time. He was discharged September 1, 1946.
I am writing a history of my father's journey from Norway to Canada and am trying to fill in some of the blanks, since he passed away more than 25 years ago.
Here is some information about my father:
Name: Per Hvidsten
Rank: Sgt. at Little Norway, Muskoka (Bracebridge/Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada) where he was a member of the "Link Trainer Group".
Middle Corporal - February 24, 1942
Middle Sergeant - February 1, 1942
to September 3, 1942
Wing Sergeant - January 4, 1944
He was listed as Sergeant #1738 and duty #165 when he recieved the Haakon VII Medal.
I would most appreciate if you could provide me with any information about his time in England and when he returned to Canada?
Request 1086. Posted 3 Feb 2013
I am searching for any photographs or video clips including Flight Lieutenant Duncan Harold McArthur, #36243, 108 Squadron. He's my grandfather.
Sadly, he never met his only child, my father. Lt. McArthur died in May of 1942, less than a year after my father was born. My father cherishes the one picture he has of his dad. I'd love to find him more.
If you can help, please email me at email@example.com.
Thank you very much,
Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Request 1085. Posted 1 Feb 2013
My dad, "Bill" Cawthorne was posted to Africa (East Africa and the desert air force) 1940 -1944. While in Sudan we think he may have met a SAAF lieutenant, James Drummond, 7843, whom we have recently discovered was murdered on 13 April 1941 in The Sudan - this is a very strange story which I have been researching since late last year following a chance remark by an ex South African lady now residing in UK. She mentioned that her uncle (Drummond) had apparently been murdered in Kenya. As I was born and brought up there I was able to find out that he did in fact have a grave in our War Cemetery in Nairobi. Since then all sorts of facts have come to light, and a fortnight ago I found the Sudan connection. I am now obsessed with finding the last few bits of this puzzle, especially as there now seems to be a likelihood that he may have been stationed with my late dad. Can anyone throw any light on this? We would love to know why he was buried in Kenya, and any details of the incident
Request 1084. Posted 20 Jan 2013
I'm seeking a picture of my deceased Father-in-Law, Squadron Leader Kenneth WJ Tarrant DFC in order that it can be included in a display case with his medals.
Any/all help will be greatly appreciated.
Request 1083. Posted 26 Jan 2013
My name is Wim Rhebergen and I am a Dutch war historian and author. I was born in the town of Aalten, the Netherlands which is just 3 km away from the German border.
I recently ordered a 35 mm film from the Imperial War Museum. It is a day attack on 26 March 1945 by a Hawker Typhoon 1B of No. 124 Wing RAF, 182 Squadron on the villages of Aalten and Winterswijk filmed by on board cameras. The camera plane was piloted by Warrant Officer S.L.T. Brett, service number 1385571. At the time 182 Squadron was based at Helmond Airfield (B.86) in the south of Holland. From 12-5-1944 until 30-4-1946 the squadron was a Rocket Projectile unit equipped with the Hawker Typhoon.
I already have copies from the Operations Record Book 182 Squadron RAF, 1 until 31 March 1945.
So on the 26th of March 1945 W/O S.L.T. Brett has attacked my birthplace AALTEN and some other villages nearby; "Armed Recce Aalten, Borken, Bocholt" Borken and Bocholt are towns in Germany. According to ORB, other pilots involved were Flight Lieutenant Lloyd, Flight Lieutenant Hobbs, Flight Lieutenant White, Flight Lieutenant Sharp and Flying Officer Jackson. The ORB says that "the attacks were made as a warning to the Dutch to move out before the two places were bombed".
I am trying to get more information about this particular mission on 26-3-1945 and the pilot Warrant Officer S.L.T. Brett 1385571. Perhaps he's still alive. If so, I want to track him down.
I am desperately searching for help.
Does anyone know where I probably can find more information about him and a picture?
Request 1082. Posted 26 Jan 2013
70 Squadron RFC - Looking for any information regarding 70 Squadron RFC in particular Lieutenant Francis Matt Lawledge shot down on 10th Oct 1917
Steve & Maggie Law
Request 1081. Posted 20 Jan 2013
I am searching for my birth father and have only the slimmest of descriptions; I was orphaned at birth (1952) in the U.S. and the only notes left me were as follows:
Joined RAF 1938
Decorated Hurricane, Spitfire pilot
5 feet 9 inches tall, muscular
Post-war profession: engineer, perhaps electronics
He was described as very outgoing, handsome, charming.
I am aware that there is only a one-in-a-million chance that someone will recall a pilot by that description, but I feel I must try. If anyone has a lead I can be reached in the U.S. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you all for taking the time to read this.
Key West, Florida
Request 1080. Posted 20 Jan 2013
My message is one of importance while I want to know if there is stilll somewhere familiy left of
MAYDON, GEORGE EDWIN Sergeant 538737 04/07/1940 22 Royal Air Force United Kingdom Grave 215. OOSTVOORNE PROTESTANT CEMETERY
He was crashed above the South West of the Netherlands early in July 1940 together with others.
The pilot Ivor Worthington Wilmer was also found in the vicinety of Oostvoorne near Rozenburg ZH where I live.About 10 km from Oostvoorne near Rozenburg ZH Now I also know that this crash was somewhere not noted in some archives in the UK maybe.
Thanks to the help of a relative in Australia I could still an only find an uncle of Ivor in Canada.
So I am very thankfull that I solved this loss.
Now his co-pilot or RAF man in the plane was as above mentioned.
I really like to know if there is still any family living of George Edwin Maydon in the Uk or somewhere else because maybe they do not know where their beloved ones are burried.
I sincerely hope that you can help me with this tragic story.
So that I can take the pieces together and give the left family their rest and knowledge of the place where he is burried as a victim of WW2.
I would really appreciate your help to solve this question.
With most respect,
Ron J W de Goeij
Request 1079. Posted 20 Jan 2013
I have in my possession a photo album which belonged to an officer in No 143 MU Malta in 1943, the officer is not named in any of the pictures although several others are named - Ron Bannister, Jimmy Wilson, Bunny Blunsden, S/L Levers, Hignet,Alan Jones, Ginger Harrup, a group photo entitled “Farewell to Beefy Sutton”, Roger Turner, Ron Collins, Bob Williams (4 pictures of him) “Smithy”, “Sidford” Lizzie” and “Davey”. the album also contains postcards of island views, official looking pictures of naval ships, snapshots of an air-raid taking place at valetta and many more subjects. I know that my parents served in Malta – my father in the RAMC and my mother as a QA nursing sister. I think that my mother brought the album home with her. I would love to know something about the album – especially who the officer was.
Thanks, Mike Warnock
Request 1078. Posted 20 Jan 2013
I'm transcribing some interwar RAF orders of battle from some documents I copied at the National Archives last year. Most of them give the squadron, its location and the type of aircraft it was equipped with, but usually not its Initial Equipment and even more rarely its Immediate Reserve. I want to do this so I can compare the progress that was made with the progress that was planned to have been made under the expansion schemes.
Does anybody else have this information or an organisation that might have it. Preferably somewhere within driving distance of Teesside.
Request 1077. Posted 16 Jan 2013
My husband and I have been clearing out some books which belonged to my father and have come across a volume signed on the inside cover - by, I think ' B C Robertson, Squadron Leader' RAF vr HQFTC with another handwritten dedication 'Kindest Regards M D, 1942'
I'm reasonably sure that my dad did not know either of the individuals, having been born in 1938, however would be interested to know if SL Robertson ( I do hope that this is the correct designation) survived the war and whether his family would like the book returned. I suspect that my dad came into possession of this as a result of a Jumble Sale or suchlike but think it apposite to ask before throwing it away
Request 1076. Posted 16 Jan 2013
I am seeking information on 430310 Flying Officer E. H McDonald RAAF He was a member of 251 Sqn RAF (Coastal command) late in the war. His aircraft (Hudson FK 739) was listed as missing on a meteorological reconnaissance mission SW of Iceland on 17 March 1945. No trace was ever found. Those on board with him were F/O Hughes (RAF), F/O Evans (RAF), F/O Yorkston (RAAF) and SGT Fielding (RAF).
I am seeking more precise details of the sortie itself and subsequent search.
Request 1075. Posted 16 Jan 2013
Desperately seeking picture(s) of Avro Anson C19 VM363 at RAF Bassingbourn in the summer of 1957? Anticipatory thanks Bob Harriman
Request 1074. Posted 13 Jan 2013
I am writing the history of Ramridge House, located in Weyhill near Andover, Hants.
The house was originally purchased to be used as the location of the RAF’s new Staff College in 1939 and became RAF Ramridge but the outbreak of war changed all that and it was used for a variety of roles by the RAF before being sold in 1957.
Any information on RAF Ramridge would be greatly appreciated and any material used will be acknowledged
Request 1073. Posted 13 Jan 2013
I looking for information on: -
Flight Lieutenant Matheson
Request 1072. Posted 7 Jan 2013
I would very much like to contact the next of kin (or other relatives) of F/O Lewis Kenneth Fennel, DFC.
My father and his crew flew with him as an instructor in early 1944 when they were training at Rufforth (Yorkshire) with 1663 Heavy Conversion Unit.
In his log book there is still a newspaper cutting with a photo of F/O Fennel on the day he received his DFC, and I'd be glad to send a copy if they haven't one.
Request 1071. Posted 3 Jan 2013
The two photographs below were taken in 1922/3 in Palestine. My father, Sgt. A W Townsend, is in both. I have tried to trace some of the others, but without any success. On the back of the first photo are the words "NCO's of No1 ACC RAF Jerusalem Palestine 1922-3". On the second, the larger group, is the legend "C section No1 ACC RAF Jerusalem Palestine".
There are names to the men on the front row of the NCO photo, which are as follows: from left to right Sgt Checksfield, Sgt Kendall, no name, WO Bolt, F/lt Hardiman, F/s Kinna, Sgt Smith & Sgt Townsend. There are several other names to those in the back row, Cpl's Vincent, Chegwidden, Singey & Durman. Also a Goddard & Hobbs (no rank) are listed.
I would be very interested if anyone has knowledge of any of the men or the group. I believe my father joined the RAF c.1920 and was stationed at Bircham Newton in Norfolk. He was a motor fitter and spoke of driving steam lorries from Norfolk to London (Northolt). Was it this section that went to Palestine?
Any help would be greatly appreciated and I could send copies, via email or post, to anyone wanting them
Request 1070. Posted 16 Dec 2012
I am searching for info on Edward Hall, who served as an officer pilot in 244 Sqn during its short existence at Bangor in WW1, and then as Adjutant (flight lieutenant) in 73 Sqn in 39/40, later moving on to Balloon units. I have quite a bit on his WW2 service, but am looking specifically for a) his Service Number, and b) the citation for his AFC, awarded in 1919.
Any leads would be most welcome.
Request 1069. Posted 16 Dec 2012
Hi, I'm trying to find pictures of my father Lieutenant Francis Charles Mayaka. He came to Cranwell in 1980 with The Kenyan Air force to do some training. I have never met him and would love just photograph if possible of him.
Desperate plea for any help at all
Request 1068. Posted 9 Dec 2012
I am the brother of Sergeant Cyril Armstrong, who was the Engineer on the above 'plane which crashed on the Mull of Kintyre on Oct. 10th. 1956. I am now an octogenarian and would like to contact any members of the Squadron who attended the briefing at Ballykelly before the ill-conceived experiment. I heard the supposedly correct version from a member of the crew of one of the other 'planes attending the briefing, when I attended the Mull Memorial, but would like to hear from any other members who can help. I would like a degree of "Peace of Mind" before I throw off this mortal coil.
In hope, Eric Armstrong.
Request 1067. Posted 25 Nov 2012
Please could anyone help - has anyone got any aircrew photos - of any quality, individual or group and aircraft - of 534 squadron/1455 Flight (turbinlite) at Tangmere, particularly mid-late 1942.
I am especially interested in F/ Sgt Wilfred "Jimmy" Cleall and the squadron adjutant, P/O John Lindley. I already have a photo of F/O Michael Winter, but would be more than happy to see more.
They would be useful as I am writing an an account of how their Boston aircraft came to crash on our local cinema in September of that year
Request 1066. Posted 29 Nov 2012
The RAF Aircrew Rank Badges worn between 1946 – 1950 had blue stars for Category ‘A’ and white stars for Categories ‘B’ and ‘D’. Can anyone help by telling me what these Categories mean? Also, what happened to Category ‘C’?
With best wishes
Request 1065. Posted 29 Nov 2012
I’m looking for pictures of Don Kingaby's aircraft W3320 namely the scoreboard and cartoon
Any help will be much appreciated
Request 1064. Posted 25 Nov 2012
You may be aware of this story; BBC News - WWII pigeon
message stumps GCHQ decoders (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20456782).
Request 1063. Posted 24 Nov 2012
I am attempting to research the history of Ariel House in Malta. This is now the Russian Embassy but was formerly the Residence of the Air Commander Malta and prior to that the AOC’s Residence. If anyone has any photographs, documentation or memories of the Residence I would be pleased to hear from them.
Request 1062. Posted 23 Nov 2012
I was leader pilots of a patrol "METRO MIKE" of two french Mirage5f , and we fly for a representation during the meeting the 22 october 1990 at finningley.
I search any photos or vidéos of my flight this day.
Request 1061. Posted 10 Nov 2012
I am trying to trace information for a Norwegian family. They have in their possession a pint mug with the following inscription.
If anyone can assist in this matter I would much appreciate it.
Request 1060. Posted 10 Oct 2012
I am trying to locate a photograph of the crew of a bomber based at RAF East Kirkby with No 630 Squadron.The skipper was Flt/Lt or Sqdn/Ldr Cliff Rogers DFC. His Flight Engineer was Bill Cox DFM who on completion of his tour went to 1354 HCU at RAF Wigsley . He flew as a Staff F/E Instructor and was killed when a Stirling aircraft,on a cross country flight ,31/8/1944,crashed shortly after take off.
Details of the awards to Cliff and Bill would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks in anticipation.
Request 1059. Posted 8 Nov 2012
I live in Australia
I just published a book on my father in law Flying Officer Alfred Wiilliam Gayford 1915-1944. This book was presented to the Purfleet Military Museum for display along with a framed photograph of him. I also compiled a book on another crew member James Robertson 1919-1944 who was killed in the same crash
My question: I am trying to find a photograph of the Pilot on the night in question. My father in law I have just learnt was his second Pilot. The Pilot and training Officer was Flying Officer Stanely Henry Martin OBE who on retirement was a Wing Commander. What I have researched and found about Stanley Martin was he was born 9th November 1919 and had a wonderful career in the Air Force retiring on 2nd June 1968. Stanley received an OBE in 1966
I would love a photograph so I could organised a framed copy to go to the Military Museum in Essex. I am also trying to find other crew members family so that it will be a section at the Museum on these men
You maybe able to assist!
Helen Gayford J.P.
Request 1058. Posted 19 Oct 2012
I am trying to build a history of RAF Newmarket (50's-60's) Eastern Communications Centre, No 7909 Reserve Flight. The camp was in those days mostly staffed by Nat. Servicemen and Waaf's with Regular NCO's and Officers. I have had limited success apart from contact with one ex-airman and another enquiry from another interested party.
Thanks in anticipation
Request 1057. Posted 21 Oct 2012
I am part of the website called Norfolk Uncovered. We film and document historical places of interest, mainly ww2 related in Norfolk. Currently we are focusing on RAF NORTH CREAKE. We would love to here from any RAF crew who were based there, and record there stories. Can you please help us find those heroes so we can document there gallant bravery for the future generations.
Request 1056. Posted 19 Oct 2012
I'm looking for anyone that new my
father Roy Griffiths Rank L.A.C. who was stationed at I believe at RAF Station
Church Lawford between 1951 & 1954. Sadly he passed away on 5th October 2012 and
its only now we have come across his certificate of service book.
Request 1055. Posted 14 Oct 2012
I am seeking information on the WW2 service of my father, LAC Ralph Spilberg, RAF 1940-45. He was trained as a Wireless Operator, but was never aircrew. As far as I have been able to discover, he was under the command of 80 (Signals) Wing, initially I think as p[art pf the Beam-bending operation based in Hertfordshire, before being posted to Egypt.
In the Western Desert he was part of a unit which I have hitherto found no trace of or reference to whatsoever. The unit had a special peculiarity, in that the personnel were partly Army, partly RAF, at least until the Army men re-mustered as RAF as the pay was better. The unit was composed of a number of trucks, each equipped with a wireless transmitted. These trucks were deployed well in advance of British positions, strung out at intervals from the coast, well into the interior. The crew consisted of two RAF wireless operators (watch-on , and watch-off, I presume) and two drivers, an NCO i/c, and one other (mechanic?) all of whom were army - my father thought Royal Artillery, but maybe not.
The job was to go to whatever map-reference they were ordered to, and stay there until ordered to move, reporting back to Desert Air Force HQ everything they saw in the air and on the ground. My father said he transmitted only in Morse, using a one-time-pad code. They kept a radio watch on German & Italian transmissions also, I believe.
After the end of the desert campaign, my father was briefly on Malta, still with his truck, and then in Sicily (Catania airport). He ended up at the Med Allied Air Forces HQ in Caserta, until the end of the war.
At some point his immediate commander was Sq. Ldr William John ("Jack") Reason. My father was a talented portrait painter, and in Italy he painted the portrait of Jack Reason - I have a tiny black-and-white photo of it.The portrait itself must be with the Reason family.
I would very much like to have contact with anyone who knows anything at all about my father's obscure unit, and also with anyone who might have any contact with Jack Reason or his family, as I would dearly love to know if my father's painting still exists, and to have a colour photograph of it. My father's career took a very different turn post-war, and he painted very little thereafter; his corpus if work is very small, but very good. I would love to have a complete record of it.
Request 1054. Posted 10 Oct 2012
Ref. RAF Mauripur/Karachi WW2
I wonder if anyone knew of William Thorburn Reid a young officer stationed in RAF Mauripur during the war. Its believed he was involved in aircraft safely/investigation of accidents. He worked for the Air Ministry in London after the war and died there (Hospital for Tropical Diseases) early 1969.
He had lost touch with his son. His grand son would like to know more about him if possible.
Request 1053. Posted 29 Sep 2012
In June 1945 A Royal Air Force Douglas Dakota C.III VIP transport aircraft KG770 of No. 24 Squadron RAF carried King George VI and his wife, Queen Elizabeth, to the Channel Islands following their recent Liberation from German Occupation. Can anyone help with an itinerary of this Royal Tour and the names of the crew and other passengers in the Royal retinue. I am trying to write up the story for the son of one of the people on board that flight - not for money, I hasten to add.
If you can help, please contact me on email@example.com
Request 1052. Posted 29 Sep 2012
Does anyone have any information on Sergeant Ross.
He was stationed at Coningsby in 1944-1945, Group 5, and was in telecommunications.
Request 1051. Posted 29 Sep 2012
RAF SPECIAL DUTIES 148 SQUADRON, BRINDISI ,1944.
My dad Sgt John Frederick Cairney Rae, 2210115, Rear Gunner ,Halifax JP162FS-S was stationed at Brindisi, Italy, May through August 1944 His plane Failed to Return on August 4/5th1944 after dropping supplies to the Polish partisans.It crashed near the village of Wojnarowa near Krakow
The crew were:
F/O Gavin James McCall RAFVR Pilot KIA
Ft/Eng Sgt R O Anderson RCAF Evader
Air/Bmr Sgt P J Anderson RCAF Evader
W/OP/Air Gun Sgt A Jolley RAFVR Evader
Air/Gun Sgt John Frederick Cairney Rae RAFVR KIA
Air/Gun Clifford Aspinall RAFVR KIA
Sgt Underwood Evader
Four crew baled out and returned to the UK in March 1945 with the help of the partisans. My dad ,F/O McCall and Sgt Aspinall were buried by the villagers and later reinterred at Krakow Rakowicki Cemetery by CWGC. There were many crew members lost on that mission all buried at Krakow.
I am trying to trace any crew members their families or anyone who may have known my dad during his service with RAFVR Bomber Command. I have recently heard from the grandson of F/O McCall so I am hopeful there may be others willing to share their stories.
Like many others of my age I did not know my dad but I am trying to keep his and his crew members memories alive by finding out about his short service in RAFVR .At the age of 33 he was "the grandfather "of his crew.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any information.
Rosemary Edmeads nee Rae
Request 1050. Posted 16 Sep 2012
Can anyone identify the RAF officer
shown here with his wife and daughter in Colombo (1944), my father is in the
middle, was out there with the Admiralty.
Request 1049. Posted 31 Aug 2012
I am trying to find as much information as I can about REGINALD FREDERICK THOMAS SAUNDERS.
Reginald was born on 17th May 1920. The remainder of the information I have is a bit sketchy as follows:-
He attended the Northampton Medical Board on 11th July 1940. His enlistment notice was to go to the Eastern Divisional office in Cambridge on Monday 29th July 1940 where he joined the RAF. His registration number was BMC 714. His service number was 1175181
Believe he had to report to Cardington near Bedford.
His service release book shows:- Rank CPL, Service number 1175181, Surname Saunders, Initials R F T, Class of release A, Age and service Group 32.
He served in R A F V R form 30-7-1940 until 23-4-1946 and spent 6 months in India. He was awarded the Burma Star, War medal with Oak Leaf and the Defence medal.
He was mentioned in dispatches on 11th June 1942 for distinguished service and the birthday honours list of July 3rd 1942 as an Aircraftman 2nd class. He died on or about 24th July 1985.
If anyone can throw any light on any of the above or explain generally any information it would be greatly appreciated.
Request 1048. Posted 31 Aug 2012
Does anyone remember the crew of Halifax EB 129 of 161 Squadron that crashed on 10/11 November 1943 in France, with my father ,Jack Pilkington , air bomber, the only survivor ?
His colleagues were –
Captain P/O M. A. Line Aus
2nd Pilot Lt Gross USAAF
Navigator F/Sgt E.R Watts
Wireless Operator Sgt H.R. Batten
Flight Engineer R. Cotterill
Air Gunner F/Sgt E. Harrison Aus
Air Gunner F/Sgt W.R.R. Shore Can
Request 1047. Posted 26 Aug 2012
I'm looking for dates of death for the following 2 Irish aces:
Robert McLaughlin (Born 23-Jul-1896, Belfast)
Alfred Stanley Mills (Born 26-Jun-1897, Belfast)
The latter had a short spell in prison and was stripped of his DFC in 1924 but I can't follow his whereabouts thereafter.
There have been suggestions that either/both may have died in World War II but from non-combat causes, e.g. unlike Victor Henry Huston (killed in an air raid) or Edward Caulfield Kelly (killed by American torpedo of Japanese POW vessel).
Any information on the later stages of McLaughlin or Mills' lives would be gratefully received. (As you may guess, I'm conducting research on the Irish aces of WWI).
Best regards and thanks in anticipation for any information,
Request 1046. Posted 26 Aug 2012
My great Uncle was the pilot of 44sqn Lancaster Mk1. Serial number DV329 (Sqn Code KM-W) which crashed near Rastdorf on 23/11/43.
The crew were:
Flt Lt Charles Ellison HILL - Pilot - KIA
PLT OFF E.G.Wright - Flt Engineer - KIA
A second Lancaster (JB537) (PH-N) of 12 Sqn also crashed the same night about 3 miles from DV329 killing all on board. Both crews were buried together in a mass grave by the Germans at Oldenburg a day or so later. At wars end they were retrieved from this grave but the authorities were only able to positively identify Ledsham from DV329 and a crew member Ferndell from JB537. These two are in separate graves next to the collective grave of the remains of both other crews.
I am hoping to fine some relatives of both crews to try and shed some light as to how these two planes were lost as some research indicate Flak the others shot by night fighter?
Can anyone help.
Request 1045. Posted 26 Aug 2012
I would be interested in hearing from anyone who knew my mother Olive Harman who served in the W.A.A.F. from 01/12/1942 until 09/05/1946. She became a driver having completed a course in the Lake District and was then posted to Oakham Rutland. By the time Olive left, she was based at Upper Heyford. I have an R.A.F. card which has been signed by the following people:-
Paddy MacManauty (?)
J D Boswell
R F Waters
Eric Sidney Barber
Any information regarding my mother (or any of the people listed) would be very much appreciated.
Request 1044. Posted 19 Aug 2012
Does anyone have info about Melbourne Harvey (my father) who fixed spitfires in the Battle of Britain
Request 1043. Posted 19 Aug 2012
I'm hoping someone out there may have information, photos and memories of my uncle. His name was 1432606 Flight Sergeant Harold Wyrill. He and his crew never returned after bombing Frankfurt on 18/19th March 1944. He was part of 61 Squadron, his Lancaster's number was ND727 and was based at RAF Coningsby.
The Full Crew list is:
P/O Cannon L
Sgt Dean KH
F/S Hull GJ
Sgt Stones R
Sgt Wyrill H (my uncle)
Sgt Sherliker H
F/S Green JM
If anyone can give his family any information, however small it would be greatly appreciated.
Request 1042. Posted 4 Aug 2012
Information re George Alfred Cottrill AC1 654123 awarded Military Medal for shooting down enemy aircraft whist on board a transporter taking civilians from Singapore at its fall. Believe to Oz or Nz. Recorded London Gazette 1942. What became of him?
Request 1041. Posted 27 Jul 2012
I am attempting to locate a photograph (from any era) and post-war service details for Derek S. V. Rake (1945 RAF squadron 41, SN124494; OBE AFC, retired 1976 rank of Group Captain).
James B. Rake, Ph.D.
Request 1040. Posted 22 Jul 2012
Can anyone shed some light about Leon John Prentice who served with the RAF and was based in Calcutta as a navigator in 1943-1944?
Request 1039. Posted 6 Jul 2012
I am the Chairman of the South West Battle Group and Living history. On the 5th 6th and 7th August this year we are holding an event at the Land’s End Visitors Complex in Cornwall. It is an event to turn Land’s End back to WW2. I have stumbled on the fact that there is a vast amount of RAF history here regarding RAF Sennen and RAF Main Castle, These were early warning Radar stations code CHL 17. I have also happened upon a LACW Norah Leggatt 2027926. Can anyone help me with information and or photo’s please.
Request 1038. Posted 6 Jul 2012
I am seeking help, information and perhaps photographs of my great uncle F/Sgt John Lindsay Wilson 1128900, the crew and the aircraft he was lost in on the night of 11/12 June 1943 returning from a mission to Munster. The aircraft is believed to have ditched off the Norfolk coast. The aircraft was Stirling R9286 MG-C of C Flight, No 7 Squadron , Oakington. The aircraft was piloted by F/O Deville EF. No trace of the aircraft or crew was ever found.
The full crew list was…… F/O Deville EP ,
Flt Lt Theobald WM
F/Sgt Davies JM
F/Sgt Wilson JL (my great uncle)
F/Sgt Bainbridge TJ
F/Sgt Humphreys H
F/Sgt Harrington J
Many thanks for all and any help, information, photographs or memories of these brave men which can be found. I can be contacted at on the link above
Request 1037. Posted 6 Jul 2012
I have been doing some family history and searching for my mothers birth parents (any living relatives).
I have information that her mother, Doris Parsonage, was in the WAAF as a nursing orderly- it does not state the years, but my mother was born in 1947 and she had been with the WAAF for 4 years apparently. Her service number was 2483339.
Her Father, Peter Charles William Hayes, service number 2279677. He achieved rank of aircraftman 1st Class.
I believe they both met each other at an Elation Dance at Bridgnorth Shropshire. So wether they were both based there, I don't know.
If anyone knew of either of them, I would love to hear anything about them! no matter how small!
Request 1036. Posted 2 Jul 2012
I was wondering if anyone remembers my father who was an Australian pilot in Squadron 101. His name was Bill McPherson and flew in the Hamburg raids. He married my mother in Goole on July 27th 1943. They lived in Brisbane for the rest of their lives.
Request 1035. Posted 1 Jul 2012
I am hoping that someone out there remembers my father, Donald Bell. He served as a JNCO (I believe) with the RAF in Africa during the second world war and I have several photos of him in the middle of nowhere in the desert with 'Suez' mile posts in the background. He once said he was involved with retrofitting aircraft to carry stretchers but sadly he died when I was quite young and I never got the chance to ask him more.
He was brought up in Leigh in Lancashire and his father was a headmaster. He wanted to be an architect before he joined up, however after the war he trained as a Dental Surgeon and later joined the RADC. When my mother met him he spoke fluent German but I'm not sure when he learnt that. He would be in his 80s now so this may be a long shot but if anyone knew him we would dearly love to know more about his time with the RAF.
Request 1034. Posted 29 Jun 2012
Could anyone help with any information on the colour scheme(s) of the Airspeed Oxfords used at 3 (P) AFU, South Cerney, Gloucestershire, in 1943; and especially whether they had the gun turrets installed or not.
My 2nd cousin - Lewis Woodward Cordey - was an instructor there and was killed on 21 Aug 1943 when Oxford EB 861 crashed near Hawkesbury Upton, Gloucestershire.
Request 1033. Posted 29 Jun 2012
I have found a picture of Wellington 111, number Z-1679-B, with RCAF, 420 Squadron members on a raid from London, England to Hamburg ,Germany, on November 9. 1942. The aircraft crashed in the sea. My brother was the Navigator: R-79500 F-Sgt. Marcel Armand Joseph Smith. He has a cross in Runnymede Memorial in London, Panel 106. The Pilot was: R-102069 Sgt. Walter Stanley Beale, and is in Panel 102. The Air Bomber was: R-83354 Sgt. Charles Snider, and is in Panel 106. The Air Gunner was: R-107349 Sgt John Duncan MacDonald and is in Panel 105. The W.O.A. was: R-77433 Sgt. C. Collard, and is buried in Hamburg, Germany, Ohlsdorf Cemetery, 4AD7. His body was found two weeks after the crash. I sure hope to find someone who can help me on this. My name is William Smith, I was 3 years old
Request 1032. Posted 29 Jun 2012
Hi am trying to locate a Syrian air force officer who was stationed at HENLOW RAF base in 1954, his first name was Kadri and he and his mates went to Hitchin for the dances, a lass named Alma interested in finding him Rob Lavender
Request 1031. Posted 8 Jun 2012
The town of Metz-en-Couture intend to hold a memorial commemoration next July (2013) for the crew of Lancaster DS 660 KO-P. I'm trying to contact relatives of the following, killed 13/14 July 1943 115 Sqn Op. Aachen
Sgt M JONES
F/O F L YATES
Sgt P WILLIAMS
Sgt D MURPHY
Sgt J A T NEWTON
I am looking in particular for the descendants of Sergeant Peter Williams, born 1922 in Bolton, died in Metz-en-Couture (France) July 13, 1943, son of Arthur and Margaret H Williams . Howell was born.
Peter Jackson Williams married Nellie in 1942 at St Barnabas Church in Bolton, whose parents were Nellie George William Jackson and Elizabeth Ann.
Peter Jackson Williams had a brother Samuel, born in 1918.
Peter and Nellie lived at 3 Lincoln Road in Bolton (Nellie's parents lived to 31 in the same street), until the day of Peter's death in 1943. They had no children.
In 1947, Nellie, who was still living at the same address (until 1950), remarried William P. Smit They had two children: Irene Smith in 1950 and Ann Smith in 1952.
Nellie seems to have died in 2000.
Samuel's brother, Peter, seems to have married three times:
1 / in 1939 with Annie Green in Bolton,
2 / in 1941 with Hilda Haseldeane the church of Christ in Bolton
3/1945 with Irene Higson at St Mary the Virgin in Bolton.
Thank you kindly help me find these people ... or (s) descendant (s).
Request 1030. Posted 8 Jun 2012
I'm looking for anyone who may know of my grandfather James Edward Wainwright went into the RAF as a reserve in 1941 at Padgate and Blackpool.
Leading Aircraftman in 1941 then sergeant in 1943. Based in Trebelzue which became St Mawgan. Injured spent some time in hospitals in Plymouth, Headland , Locking and Newquay. I have a service number but no squadron as yet as I'm still researching.
Request 1029. Posted 26 May 2012
TED ADAMS, 115 SQN, 3 BOMBER COMMAND.
A request was posted on this site some time ago but was removed when the contact details were lost: -
“34 ops 115 Sqn RAF ..... I think he may have been something to do with Bomber Command. ...... I am looking for any information about my Great Uncle Ted Adams who piloted Lancasters out of RAF Witchford between August and December”
However, a reply has been received and I would like the person who placed to the original request to contact me so I can pass on the new details.
Request 1028. Posted 26 May 2012
Trying to find any information on my half brother Ron Bentley. He served at Coltishall as a senior technician in the sixties working on Lightnings. I presume that means he was part of 226 OCU.
If anyone remembers him, please contact me: email@example.com
Request 1027. Posted 26 May 2012
Sgt Geoffrey Garlick
Request 1026. Posted 26 May 2012
I am looking for any kind of information on the 428 Repair and Salvage Unit that was stationed in France at CAMP BUC, near Versailles between 1944 and May / June 1945 - and in particular on a Corporal Reginald GLEDGY OU GHEDGY who belonged to it. If anyone knew someone who was there at the same time, please contact me here using the link above
I shall be most grateful for any help or lead.
Request 1025. Posted 13 May 2012
I am trying to find information on my uncle George who was killed in WWII before I was born, the death of his only son devastated my grandfather and it was something that was never discussed. I have a photograph and hand written on the bottom it says Flt Lieutenant G.E. Hammond 145 Squadron R.A.F but I am not sure if this was written by my uncle or another family member after his death. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Request 1024. Posted 13 May 2012
I am searching for my grandad. He was based at Bourn Airfield in 1944/45 time as ground crew, he used to go to 'The Hut' dance in Bourn village and that is where he met my nan. He was known as Johnny Byard/Biard. I have inacluded two photos. The photo of four he is the one in ourbottom right of the photo and the group shot he is the third one along from our left.
I really hope somebody can help, I have haqd no luck as yet.
Request 1023. Posted 13 May 2012
I am looking for contact information on Flt/Sgt Hugh "Jimmy" James who served with the 216 Squadron in North Africa in 1942. He was the pilot of a Bristol Bombay transport that was carrying General Gott to Cairo when the Bombay was shot down and General Gott was killed. Any information of Mr. James would be appreciated. Mark Anderson
Request 1022. Posted 4 May 2012
I try to find; JACK, RAF OFFICER , probably the ROYAL OBSERVER CORPS, based until the very last time December 1945 and longer on AIR BASE WELSCHAP EINDHOVEN and billeted in at my parents on the address; ZEELSTERSTRAAT 215, EINDHOVEN - the Netherlands.
Unfortunately I have only his calling name JACK, his age at that time about 40 – 43 and I have several pictures.
I should be very grateful with any information.
Request 1021. Posted 4 May 2012
I’m searching for the name of the officer commanding 230 OCU Scampton 1972, can anyone help?
Request 1020. Posted 4 May 2012
I am the son of the pilot F/L E Mirfin whose Lancaster was shot down over France on the night of April 26/27 1944. My father and 3 other crew membersdied but 3 survived. I have traced relatives of all those who died and very recently have been contacted by the son of one of the survivors. I am trying to contact anyone who might know or have information relating to the other 2 survivors in order that I can piece together as much as possible what happened that night.
The other survivors were F/S J Pinkney, and F/S R L Griffiths.
Any information would be much appreciated
Request 1019. Posted 3 May 2012
This request has been answered and is now closed
Request 1018. Posted 29 Apr 2012
I would like to re-contact Hugh Green, who supplied photographs of Air Commodore J G Hearson recently, as I have lost his contact details.
Request 1017. Posted 22 Apr 2012
I am trying to contact a Flight Sergeant
John Anderson RAF or any possible relatives. He was the rear gunner and sole
survivor of a Halifax that crashed near Welney, Norfolk, April 25th 1944. My
uncle Sgt N.M Harrison was among the crew.
Request 1016. Posted 6 Apr 2012
I am trying to find out some info for my friend. She needs to find out about her father but has very little information on him.
His name was Michael Mahon, she doesn't even know if this is exact or spelt correctly.
He was stationed at Sutton Mepal aerodrome in the 1940’s. He was Irish and a civilian...not sure on this.
If anybody can help me with any information at all i would be extremely grateful.
Great site too!
Thank you very much.
Request 1015. Posted 30 Mar 2012
I am trying to find out more about Group Captain Hugh Lambert Reilly DSO.
Born in the 1886 (ish) he learnt to fly in 1912 whilst on leave from the Army. He died in 1954.
I know this is a long shot but if anyone does have any information I’d be very grateful. Please contact me on the link above
Request 1014. Posted 23 Mar 2012
I am trying to trace the trainee SRN's, who took part in the first scheme at RAF Hospital Wegberg from 1958 (?) - 61.
I think they were all SAC's or SACW's
Elizabeth Forbes Bryson
Request 1013. Posted 18 Mar 2012
We are looking for ex servicemen who served with Michael McIntyre(born 18/01/1937) during the years 1954 and 1956. He trained at Northolt and served in Malta and Tripoli.
We don’t know his service number. We are keen to learn of his service record and any other information that may bring comfort to his grieving family.
Michelle Page (Australia)
Request 1012. Posted 16 Mar 2012
I have a large collection of photographs from my late father in law John Cornish Donkin who was a professional photographer. He was serving in Ranchi Bihar India during the 1940’s in R.A.F Group 20 Medical Corp.
Some of the names include Group Captain Graham, Sir Thomas Rutherford, Hannah, Robinson, Thomas, Gilbert, Aylott, Good, Walton, Tonkin, Thorne, Harrison to name but a few. The photos also portray a hint of life in India at the time and include local traditions. For anyone who is interested please email me and I will forward the relevant photos to them. Kind regards, Karen Donkin.
Request 1011. Posted 16 Mar 2012
Wish to locate any colleagues of Flt Sgt Ronald V Cresswell 1293794 who knew him in training or later when he served with 517 and 518 Met Squadrons. I’m enquiring on behalf of his nephew, Ron Cresswell, who now lives in New Zealand.
PR8296 – Peter Rackliff
Request 1010. Posted 16 Mar 2012
I am trying to find any information about a long lost relative of mine who disappeared in Berlin sometime after the end of Second World War , i have the following information
Service Number 1518398
2798 or 2803 SQN RAF Regt
any info would be gratefully appreciated
Many Thanks Chris
Request 1009. Posted 16 Mar 2012
I am trying to obtain relations of Flight engineer Derek Colin Sykes from Bridgend – Glamorgan (GB) and wireless operator/air gunner Percival Henry Minton Jones , who lived in his childhood at Rhyd-y-Foel and moved with his mother to Welling – Kent.
Both were members of the crew of the Lancaster DV280 - JO-S which crashed in our neighbourhood in Holland.
They died in the crash, together with 5 others.
Any information is welcome.
Jan Ruijs – the Netherlands - firstname.lastname@example.org
Request 1008. Posted 16 Mar 2012
I search for personal documents flying team of RAF 511 Sqn at war , and RAF 301 UT in RAF Station Lyneham too. Very important point are materials from eyewitness like: pilots and ground crews - both former for 511 Sqn or contact with theirs famillies.
At first I'm searching for :
1. ANY photos of Liberator Mk II AL -523 , fabric number : 21
nose name ; St. Anthony .
Until to day I couldn't found any photo of AL -523 at service time.
I search everywhere !
2. ANY materials belong to thats aircraft in his service at 511 Sqn .
3. Any materials about his crews , especially I pilot F/L Eduard Maximiliam PRCHAL .
4. Any materials of Prchal's crew .
5. Any materials about Walace Lynton WATSON from RAF Lyneham Station .
May be some peoples have materials from journey / flying routes - from Lyneham to Gibraltar .
Very important are materials about performances and opinion and characteristic of Liberator series AM but better AL
Im also looking to get a contact with peopels / families - which was at war time In RAF Transport Command service , especially RAF Station Lyneham and RAF Station Gibraltar : years 1942 -1944. My e-mail : email@example.com. Regards - Mike
Request 1007. Posted 16 Mar 2012
I am writing up a number of anecdotes from my childhood in Cairo, Egypt, during WWII, mainly for my family. I am puzzled about a period of a month or two I spent in Port Said with my grandmother, Mrs. C. C. Adams, who had -- I think -- volunteered through the Y.M.C.A. to organize "things" (living quarters? entertainment?) for the New Zealand (?) nurses stationed there. It would have been sometime in 1941, possibly July-August, when there is an unexplained gap in my grandmother's Cairo Visitors book. There were many air-raids; our building was not in a targetted area, but there was apparently some reason why we were always visited by Squadron-Leader Claude G. Whiteside and his batman "Goldie"every time there was a raid. He was very kind to me, and Goldie was my favourite! I particularly remember a paint factory a couple of miles away being hit by an incendiary, which turned it (to my eight-and-a-half-year-old imagination) into a glowing, multi-coloured fairytale castle! Whiteside appears in my grandmother's book in September and October, once with Port Said as his address, and once with "Royal Air Force & 58 Dumbreck Road, Dumbreck, Glasgow." I have not been able to find any gen about him at all, so far -- or the Port Said paint factory for that matter!
I would be very grateful for any light shed on this episode; there are so many uncertainties that organizing my many snippets of recollection into a coherent story is somewhat tricky.
Request 1006. Posted 9 Mar 2012
1. I have for years been trying to find out what the initials A.C.T. stand for on a lapel badge. Leo Carter learnt to fly in 1938 in the Civil Air Guard in the North. The Lancashire Flying Club do not know either. All I can remember him saying he was a cadet. Air Cadet Trainee maybe? Imperial War Museum and R.A.F don't know. See attached photo.
2. Leo Carter was in No 9 Squadron. Honington 1941-1943. He was a pilot. I have three pictures of him in a film made for the M.O.D. as a morale boosting exercise for the Canadians based here. He, and his colleagues on the Base were extras in the film. One photo has a man leaning over the desk with 'Canada' on his sleeve. On another photo there looks a very young Jack Watling or is it Richard Green ? On the back of three photos are U.F.P.U. I have tried several combinations. United Film Publicity Unit, Universal Forces Publicity unit etc.
He did not put the dates on the back of the photographs, where it was shot, nor the name of the film. I have exhausted every avenue. Imperial War Museum, M.O.D. Shepperton, Pinewood studios. Honington, R.A.F archives. Kew archives. Put a photo in the No 9 Squadron newsletter (8 years ago) but no replies. See attached photos.
I would dearly like to find the answers. Most men would be gone by now but I hope someone's children may have a photo or recollections of being told of the filming. Leo died in 2001, I was his partner.
Request 1005. Posted 9 Mar 2012
I would love to find some information on my father's military activity or anyone who knew him. He was an RAF pilot and flew a Sunderland sea plane. His name was Robert (nmi) "Bob" Wilson, born 7/17/1921. I know that there was a Robert Wilson who was killed in the war who was born in 1916, but my father survived. He left the UK in 1948 and was killed in the Caribbean in 1953.
My mom survives but at age 86, she has little knowledge of his activities in the RAF. No. 201 Squadron, possibly No. 210. There were several squadrons that he may have been associated with. I would love to find some photos or anyone who might have served with him. I was 5 when he died and since he and my mom left the UK after the war, they did not keep up with anyone.
I also know that he had a commanding officer, at some point, named Owen "Bobby" Roberts.
Request 1004. Posted 9 Mar 2012
I would like to know if anyone might have known my late father – 1449234 LAC Arthur Charles Curtis (Fitter II Engines) during the Second World War.
He joined in July 1941 at Cardington and then seemed to roam around the UK a fair bit until embarking at Liverpool for Algiers 13 Aug 1943.
He arrived Algiers 24 Aug 1943 and then was at Blida, Bone and Fort De L'eau between then and 28 Mar 1944.
Unfortunately, I don’t know which units he was with except;
284 Sqn, April 1944 at Alghero, Sardinia;
156 MU, Sep 1944 to Jan 1946, Blida & Fort De L’eau;
351 MU, Jan 1946 to Jul 1946, Hussein Dey (Algiers).
Dad was demobbed 22 Aug 1946.
I have several photos taken during a convoy in what looks like North Africa and probably taken mid-1944. The people in the photo’s are named as:
Darkie, Fred, ACC, Daisey, Ray, & Jack (Cpl). One of the photo’s is attached and the men are in the order given here.
Dad was great friends with ‘Daisey’ and (inevitably) they were known as ‘Gert & Daisey’. ‘Daisey’ was known to have worked in a garage in Ely, Cambridgeshire in the mid-1950’s.
Any info on the men in the photo's, or if you would like copies of them, please contact me through this site, or russellf97 <at> gmail.com.
Request 1003. Posted 9 Mar 2012
Among family papers I have a pocket edition of Lamb's Last Essays of Elia in which is inscibed 'W Atchison,34 Sqdn RAF. This intrigues me and I wonder if I could find out more about this person.
Any help you could offer would be gratefully received as I have no knowledge of such a person having any connection with my family
Request 1002. Posted 2 Mar 2012
I am researching the brief history of 126 Squadron RAF and would welcome any information on the unit, particualrly photographs, logbooks (or relevant extracts), diary's etc.
Request 1001. Posted 2 Mar 2012
I am trying to establish status and whereabouts of my father—REGINALD ROLAND HILL- served in ground crew at RAF KUMALO, Bulawayo, later to Cranborne in the then Salisbury.
My Mother is alive at 87 yrs, her memory gone. I have no I D for him. He was I think a L/C. I never knew him, apparently just left the house in Salisbury in around 1946, not seen or heard of since.
Father`s birth date was 7/12/1918. Maybe REQUEST 308—LAC BLAKEWAY may have known him? Father originated from U.K or Ireland. My contact detail is firstname.lastname@example.org, my name is WINSON WILKINS HILL [NOW STEELE by deed poll, when my Mom remarried}
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