Many thanks for an outstanding website. I read about top ace nightfighter Helmut Lent. It's correct that Lent took 1 Gladiator down on 9th April 1940. (Norwegian Gladiator 427) However, Fornebu was an airfield by Oslo, Norway – not Denmark. Lent was ordered to (force) land at the airport – still in Norwegian hands! Other ZG-76 pilots did the same and they used their parked aircrafts to cleared the airfield for approaching soldiers in Ju-52s! The pilots (in ZG-76) parked their aircarfts in a pattern that allowed them to strife the whole area with their canons/guns. Lent landet with one engine operational (due to fuel shortage he had to “kill” one engine) – and stopped just short of a house – outside the end of the runway, through a fence and damaging the aircraft.
Today my father (91) unveiled the monument of the Lancaster F2-H.
And the name of the new concrete bike path.
I have researched the story of the crew of w4762 ed491. pilot p/o francis
fl/eng sgt bates
nav p/o clarke
air gunners Ivatt Stott and greening
Please know, if you can tell me anything to my father
Alfred Hoyer, who was killed on March 29 1944 during an
Fight near Brunswick
have found the family headstone of sgt john t williams. RAFVR. 70 squardron. Interred at Tobruk. Family plot is St Catherines Barton, Salford Manchester uk. The sdn were using Wellington bombers operating from LG 140. 2 crew men from 70 Sdn were KIA 4 dec 1942. I dont know if they were on the same aircraft. Any living relatives?
you can take them. III.8./KG 100. Do 217 M 11 (6N+JP)
WN.: 336473 CIA Barfleur / Normandie.
a) Fhj/Fw KLEMP, Gerhard, *08.12.1916 Berlin
b) Olt / StFhr KOEZLE, Siegfried, *06.10.1916 Kattowitz
c) OG /Bm PELKA, Franz, *16.07.1922 Oberglogau
German War Cemetery: Pornichet / F, Dép. 44_Loire-Atlantique; Plot 1; Row 24; Grave 620/621.
WONDERFUL WEBSITE...WELL DONE. WANTED TO READ ABOUT SIR BASIL EMBRY.. NOTHING... VERY DISSAPOINTING..
02.06.1943 No 461 Squadron Short Sunderland GR3 EJ134 N F/Lt Colin Braidwood Walker
An amazing and inspirational account. Australians must be very proud of this account.
Many thanks for this uncredible work to find out all these informations on your site.I'm Elsassien french gay north of Strasbourg in France.Was looking for a crashed lancaster North of Strasbourg and found at last in your stories.GREAT THANKS AND BEST REGARDS.ALSO THANKS TO USA,ENGLAND,AUSTRIA FOR THE HELP TO LIBERATE US 1944/45
Nice to see people still care, My great uncle was killed over Germany in JB141. A friend who I see has already found this resource is trying to create a web page commemorating this crew and though it's going well he is struggling to find information relating to George Edmund Powell, I believe he trades as Reg Gibson on Facebook. I only include this information to get an entry nearer the top.
Thanks to all for caring.
Hi Kelvin, Trying to get your emailaddress but failed to do so. I am researching Halifax JD361 for a very long time and I was on my search for the relatives of F/O D.H.V.Davis visiting your website and suddenly a name Sorrel Marks and a photo of F/O Davis appears. As you brought me in touch with the relatives of Keith Wood is it possible to put me in touch with Sorrel marks???? Many Thanks,
I am very impressed and delighted that this sight exists. It is a wonderful tribute to the men and women who served in the RAF. I have just seen the pictures of my father's aircraft shot down on the 12th of May 1941 over Carpiquet airfield. He was the air gunner who was one of two of his crew who survived. Even although I've seen 2 of the 4 pictures it is still hard for me to grasp how anyone survived. I remember vividly my father's version of the events leading up to and during the final moments before the crash. And his words while in hospital after.
I am Gordon Laurie, my father was F/Sgt Thomas Murdoch Laurie Navigator 158 Squadron, he is mentioned in this site, he was shot down 05/06 January 1945 evaded capture for a few days then was POW'd in Stalag Luft 1
Thank you very much for all the information especially about the 419 squadron Halifax II JD113 VR-Z
these brave men are burried in my village DAlen in Holland.
If you need any info, recent pictures from the curchyard let me know.
This year we celebrate, thanks to this men our 75th celebration off Freedom
heel mooi om lost aircrew te herdenken
en zoals u heeft gedaan, respectvol,
bewonderingswaardig zoveel speurwerk
en interessante foto’s
we gaan eens zoeken in de databases
p.s. we zijn familie van 320 pilot Adriaan Manschot
geboren 10 mei 1916
veel succes !
Congratulations on your outstanding website. I have been researching my father Kajetan Ignatowski for many years and now intrigued to see there is a Jan Ignatowski both followed the same path in the PAF so look forward to researching.
I have just started researching my uncle and I am amazed that I have been able to find George Drake, his grave in Hanover War Cemetary and a bit of information about the raid he died in on 16/12/1943. To find out that he was a navigator, his plane was ED411 a Lancaster based at RAF Kirmington and that his squadron was 166 has been humbling - thankyou so much.
I will continue to look around the site to see what else I can discover but this has been more than I expected already...
The missing aircraft of 97 Sqn was the Lancaster III JA960 OF-E that took off from RAF Bourn at 0051 hours. Homeboud, the Lancaster was hit by Flak in Aachen area, and crashed without survivor at 0507 hrs (local time) into a hill near Neu-Moresnet, then in Germany, now a part of the commune of La Calamine, in Belgium (to which it belonged before 1940).
Someones knows other shoot down aircrafts near Kelmis La Calamine Hergenrath Altenberg
Thanks a lot
MY FATHER WING COMMANDER R.H.BUNKER DSO DFC AND BAR WAS FLIGHT COMMANDER AT RAF BARDNEY 9 SQUADRON DURING 1943 AND HIS AIRCRAFT WAS O ORANGE,
Congratulations for this web site. I discovered it only these is somes days. The allied crews deserve this remembered. I hope this web site will be a good tool for me to find families and informations about crews fall in my department: la Sarthe, around the town of Le Mans. With all my gratitude.
Congratulations on a robust, information rich website!
A project that may be of interest – a memorial plaque is planned for unveiling September 2019 at a Lancaster crash site near Mauschendorf, Germany. My uncle, Lancaster Pilot Officer Roy Thibedeau, 50 Squadron, from Echo Bay, Ontario (born in Manitoba) Canada, was killed in action March 30/31 1944 on a mission to Nuremburg. He was the rear gunner and perished with Navigator Sergeant Dennis Alfred (Chas) Chaston from Coventry, England and Mid Upper Gunner Sergeant Donald Leslie Sehlin, from Millet, Alberta. Other crew members survived and were taken prisoners of war: Pilot Flight Sergeant Garth Alex ‘Jimmy’ Waugh New Zealand; Flight Engineer Sergeant George Prince, New Malden, Surrey; Bomber Aimer Sergeant Denis C. ‘Jerry’ Lynch Buckinghamshire, England; Wireless Operator Sergeant R.J. ‘Jack’ Dunn, Cornwall, England. More information upon request.
Excellent Site thanks to all who give and Gave Amen
Hendrik Gerrit Merison
I was 12 years old at the time of the attack on that train; living as a "vluchteling" from Arnhem we lived at "Kasteel Rheederoord" owned by the Baron van Heeckeren. My sister, Helena Anna Adelaide was on that train and was killed. As a nosy boy I went to look at that crashed aircraft that was lying on the street next to the houses and was guarded by two German soldiers, one of which said: "Ich rauch fleisch" which I thought to mean that he referred to burning flesh of the deceased pilot? Even in 2004 (last time I was in the Netherlands) I could still see the evidence of where the aircraft clipped the trees, though my memory has a more detailed picture. My sister was buried at the same cemetary as P/O McLeod.
Thank you for keeping this site up to date My Uncle Arthur Lloyd Stepharnoff was shoot down over Nirenberg 1945. His Lancaster was NG492 all were lost. I have a photo of him if there is a way to attach it to his profile
Thank You again
Ron Wright Sr
FROM MIKE MALPASS RE TWO MISSING LANCASTERS MARK3 TYPE LOST ON THE 24TH JUNE 1943 FROM 156 SQN RE LANCASTER EE127 CODE GTX LANCASTER ED858 CODE NOT KNOWN BUT WHERE ABOUT OF EE127 GTX ARE KNOWN TO MYSELF AND THE BOMBER IS THE ED858 CREW ARE ALL IN GRAVES THAT ARE ALL MESSED UP THANKS TO CWGC I HAVE A FILE STATING 585 CREW WHERE BURIED AND ONLY P/O HUDSON ,S BODY THEY COULD NOT ID AS THE EE127 GOES AND 585 I CLAIM SOLE RIGHTS TO THE WORK ON BOTH THE LANCASTERS AND AS FAMILY WAS ON EE127 AND BOTH PIOLTS WHERE AUSTRALIAN I THINK ITS TIME THAT THESES CREWMEN GET THE RESPECT EVEN WHEN THE GRAVES ARE IN A CEMETERY AND SOME ONE COULD NOT EVEN PUT A NAME ON A STONE AND YET IN THESE REPORTS THE MEN HAD A BODY A GRAVE AND KNOWN ITS JUST ON A WALL VERY SAD FOR THE CREW OF 585 BUT 127 IS SAFE MIKE MALPASS
I wish to make contact with Garth Bedwell, nephew of Frank Liddon Vines, who appears on your website. I am doing a Talk on the Warden/ Liddon family who originate from Charmouth for our local history society. I would love to find out more about Frank Vines and use the photographs that are on your website of him. If you could assist in any way I would be grateful as I do not have his email address. regards Neil Mattingly, Charmouth
My dad was a rear gunner 408 squadron Linton-on-Ouse. Visited 26th September 2018 before RAF Linton-on-Ouse closes. Thanks for the tour by the RAF police and the guided tour and visit to the memorial room.
My Grandad (deceased) was charles fredrick pummery ..
Tomorrow the 15 of August is the 75th Anniversary of the execution of the Pelembang 9 all Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Aircrew beheaded by the Japanese on Changi Beach after Hirohito call on his troops to lay down their Arms. For full story google PELEMBANG NINE.
I have just discovered your web site and will enjoy exploring your information and archives. I have attached my story and search.
My Grt Uncle Ft/sgt Stanley Edward Martin flew with FO J H Mason
1660 HCU Sterling at 21:32 on a night exercise at Carlton-Le-Moorland soon after departing. He died of his injuries. Any information about my Grt uncle would be greatly received, especially information of his wife.
He may also be the unknown person in the phot with FO Mason (top right in first photo of three shown)
Thanking you in advance
I was married to Howard Evans and am in touch with him daily. His brother Robert died sadly but Nicholas is well and has a son, Christopher. Kenneth Ernest Philip Evans was married to Kathleen Lydia Evans for sadly only six years before the death of her beloved Kip, the love of her life. Sadly she passes away still loving her husband who she lost when the children were 5, 3, 1 yrs. They lived in Cove, Farnborough, Hampshire.
My father carried out his glider pilot training and flying with Bob Shepherd, but they were reassigned for operation Varsity. Sadly Bob went missing. Dad crash landed with his co pilot and the nose cone broke free, saving their lives. Dad is 95 now and still talks about Bob. He often gives talks to local schools and groups about his wartime experiences.
I kindly ask you to help me if you have any information about the following RAF crew (Luqa airfield. Malta) :
Martin Maryland I
10th Jan 1941
Recco. Naples and Messina
Time up 09.30
Time down 14.25
Thanks a lot for your appreciated help and understanding.
Best personal regards.
Just wanted to thank you for compiling this very informative site. I found it by chance when researching a collateral ancestor - sorry about that term which, although correct, does seem cold when set in context of the many brave men who gave their lives.
The photos blew my mind and the information you have can only be described as amazing. My father was Sgt George Ritchie. I remember he told me everything about that fateful night in 1941. He actually was not supposed to be flying but the crew he went with was a make up crew. He originally was flying with a Captain Mark Banning a Canadian who was first class captain and pilot. He told my father do not get involved in switching. He did and then the rest was history. This is a great site. For so long I've only had images from his verbal descriptions. I've never forgotten them. I would love to be able to get some pictures. To get to look at those you have on the site is amazing. My father was 74 when he died in 1989. He talked about how young his fellow crewmen were. Seeing the pictures of the cemetery is indeed moving to say the least. I would love too talk to you guys. I do thank you for this and I know if he were alive he to would be very grateful to you.
Great site ,,grew up with raf lossiemouth as my neighbour from 1940 on ..
HI Between1948 and 1952( I think)a lancaster or similar large bomber was on final approach to RAF Lossiemouth when it started breaking up most of it landing on the beach...Ibelieve it was crewed by by free french aircrew and the pilot may one captain LeVac (unsure) any help appreciated.......Frank....
I invite you to the Polish side about the 304 Squadron, where you can contact families looking for your relatives who were pilots of the 304 Squadron, and exchange information, the site is on facebook find : 304 Dywizjon Bombowy Anglia
I am the author of "Caro valoroso Migliavacca, le imprese di un pilota varesino"
Please, kindly write me if you have any info concerning my research on a Bristol Blenheim IV shot down near Naples on Jan. 10th, 1941.
Thank you very much for your appreciated support and co-operation.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
With the occasion, please accept my best personal regards.
Great database, but could not find my Uncle (A.E.Churches b.06-1920 d.1979) who flew in W.W.2 based in Britain somewhere. He trained in Canada for 6-8 weeks in 1941, before being transferred to England. I have a number of letters written by him to his sister (my Aunt) during the war years. He flew on Hurricanes, Spitfires and finally Mosquito's. Unknown if he was an RAF Pilot or RAAF Pilot. He returned to Australia in 1946.I do have his Australian Service ID when he continued service with RAAF in Australia until his death in 1979. Regards....Barry Churches
25/26.02.1944 No. 61 Squadron Lancaster I LL775 QR-O Fl/Lt. Einarson DFM DFC
I have just finished reading a book about Barney Greatrex the only crew member to amazingly escape from the ill fated final flight of the extraordinary Canadian Air Force pilot Wally Einerson. It is titled "Barney Greatrex From Bomber Command to the French Resistance - The Sterling Story of an Australian Hero". The ISBN is 978-0-7336-3723-0. Kind regards David Gordon
I am looking for information about my Father Alfred Hoyer,
a pilot in the 3/1 Jagdgeschwader, who was killed at
29 of March 1944 near Schönningstedt in the area of
Thanks for information
Alfred Hoyer (the son)
Adrian van Zantvoort
Dear Kelvin, I have seen that you add photographs from Almer Raine(Halifax JD215). I was in touch many years ago with Raine's nephew Donald Raine. He was then unable to obtain any info from Almer. I see that a Nancy Rose (or anyone else) are in touch and send you the pics?? Is it possible to send me some pics and maybe Nancy's address?? I am in touch with the relatives of Fowler, Agnew,Mayes and Hood. Also thanks to an informant from Waalre who brought me to the site where JD215 went down.
Hi the rear gunner in this Wellington was my grandad JR Clark
DEARKelvin thankyou for you email unfortunately I don't have any photos of myfather and his crew but ,I know he was a warrant officer and served at upwood and wickenby with 156 squadron in addition published a book called rear gunner pathfinders in 1988 by crecy publishers thankyou so much for your help will be in touch
please contact me in Cyprus jack Watson Cleland and crew its been 7 years also reletines if issacson 156 squadron
martin stewart smith
my father the late ronald smith dfm was a rear gunner with cuthill and crew upwood and wickenby he spoke to me about opps on germany particularly berlin cologne and the ruhr
i miss him so much and would love to communicate with any ex lanacaster crew members by the way you tube as some very good videos on ex lanc opps over germany god bless martin s smith
MY FATHER WAS A REAR GUNNER WITH CUTHILL AND CREW 156 SQUADRON UPWOOD AND WICKENBY I AM A MEMBER OF THE 156 SQUADRON FORUM AND SUPPORT ALL EX LANCASTER CREWS IT WAS A GREAT TO SEE YOUR WEBSITE YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED HOW MANY RELATIVES OF EX LANCASSTER CREWS KEEP IN TOUCH KEEPMUP THE GOOD WORK REGRADS MARTIN STEWART SMITH ADDITION ANY OF YOUUR MEMBERS OR RELATIVES OF PFF AN DBOMBER COMMAND WHO WANT TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH ME IN CYPRUS I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM THEM
I can't believe I misspelled my last name!
It's Russell W. Betts Jr.
I'm in the process of scanning the military records since they are over 75 years old and the paper is deteriorating.
My father was LT.Col. Russell W. Beets Jr. 0413048,AC Ret.
He completed his flight training in Class 41-C, Barksdale Field. He was appointed 2nd Lt. Air-Res. on April 25, 1942.
On June 16, 1941 he was ordered to report for duty at heo the Air Corps Advanced Flying School, Albany Georgia.
i have all of the original extracts of his orders form his initial acceptance into training thru retirement in 1964. These records contain themes and orders of other men serving with him at that time. in addition to the extracts and orders I have photographs, letters, and correspondence during his career of military service.
Is any of this material of interest to you or the organization? Feel free to contact me by email.
Fl Lt Dick Shardlow (1944). I recently dug out from my "photo box" some photos of an uncle's gravestone in the Queenstown cemetary, Eastern Cape, South Africa. I took these pics when I visited Queenstown in about 1981 ( I live in Durban, South Africa). I never knew him and was only vaguely aware that he trained in South Africa, only to be killed on a training flight. I found him in your archives - remarkable! I will send you the pics.
What an amazing website, a true tribute to those who laid down their lives. Yes, we will remember.
No 61 Sqn Hampden BI X2979 - Operation Merseburg 16/17 October 1940. Pilot Officer William Herbert Clemerson is my relative on my mothers side. I was trying to find out how to make contact with the relatives of the rest of his crew F/O EC Gardner, Sgt WH Hewitt & Sgt D Flanangan. All killed on that fateful morning of 17 October 1940.
Dear Aircrew Remembered I have just discovered your great site and would like to commend yourselves for all the hard work that goes into remembering our brave aviation heroes
Dear Aircrew remembered,
I have been on a quest to trace relatives on behalf of my father.It has taken 20+ years. I recently discovered his natural father along with dead and living relatives. Sgt Peter Edwin Bell as pictured in your article of 622 squadron HK644, COBLENZ night raid is my great uncle, my fathers Uncle. I would really appreciate any other information any of the other contributors may have of the operation, the squadron itself or any photographs in existence. This discovery today has made me so proud as I can now see what my great uncle looked like.
Many thanks Ellen x
Looking for information on the crash of Lancaster I, PD431 on 4th March 1945 near the village of Edith Weston in which a distant Uncle of mine, Seargeant William Gordon Ratcliffe after the van he was driving was hit by the Lancaster after it bounced on landing at RAF North Luffenham died the following day
Outstanding work!!! A simply invaluable resource! Thank you for you efforts in preserving and compiling our history! From an RCAF historian.
Researching my cousin Fl/Lt Joseph Oliver who was killed off the Norfolk coast on 28 July 1944
I a trying to contact Dominique Joyce who made a comment on
1 January 2015 concerning her father Reginald William Joyce, if anyone knows her I would like to speak to her as I help to organise an event in honour of Huguette Verhague which takes place the 1st Sunday of September of every year, it would be an honour to have a member of Reginald's family attend our ceremony. Details concerning this years event can be found on the Facebook page 'Les Héros a Lyons La Forêt'. All are welcome.
Here is uoted text from Dominique Joyce.
"28/29.06.1944 No. 102 Squadron Halifax LW143
Halifax crash Operation: Railway yards, Blainville, France,
Date: 28/29th June 1944 (Wednesday/Thursday)Unit:
No. 102 Squadron
Type: Halifax III
Location: Gisors-Gournay area, France
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Reg W.I. Joyce PoW No: 8100 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria
I was absolutely overwhelmed with pride when I came upon the Air Crew Remembered site - 28/29.06.1944 No. 102 Squadron Halifax LW143. My father is Reginald William Joyce, air gunner on the Halifax 111 LW143. He died peacefully on Monday, 29th December 2014 aged 89 years. Seeing the photographs of him and his crew was incredibly moving. He often talked of his crew with great respect and never ever forgot them. After the war my father went back to Lyons-la-Forest to give his thanks and gratitude to Huguette Verhague for the bravery and kindness she gave to him and his crew. It was there that he met, fell in love and married a local French girl, my mother Janine Colzy who actually watched LW143 being shot down. Little did she know her future husband was in that aircraft. My grandfather was Gustave Colzy (code name ‘Olaf’) a much respected member of the French Résistance. I have my father’s leather helmet and attachments which he wore when he was shot down, a great piece of history. What a story!
In memory to all those great men and women who fought and gave their lives for the peace we have today Amen.
Thursday, January 01 2015 - 01:38 PM"
Major SS Urry is my cousin, and my mother is Nanette Brousse de Gersigny, living in Ireland. She spoke so often of Selwyn, her aunts son, and how he was lost during the war, and no one knew what happened. Now to find this is so amazing. There are pictures and history of Selwyn Urry aplenty here. I thank you so much for this website, and cannot express what I am feeling right now, but the tears are flowing.
very interesting events , and great respect to all those concerned, perhaps Anthony Patrick McTeer was related to myself ,as my father Maurice McTeer was also from near Scotswood , son of Joseph McTeer . Many thanks to Nigel McTeer for your airing the events ,Gordon in Galashiels now . .
I am looking desperatly for the contact details of Peter Nolde, John Manrho or Ron Putz. My great uncle Haymo von Grebmer thought in the Luftwaffe during WWII and was interviewed for the book "Bodenplatte: The Luftwaffe's Last Hope".
I would like to get in touch with one of them in order to ask them for the interview transcript.
Lukas von Grebmer
Who can help me to give this man a name and a face. He rests on the general cemetery in Makkum Nederland.I would like to see the details and pictures of this air force soldier.
Thank you very much
Regards R.de Jong
Death: Jun. 26, 1942
Note: 1312340. Sgt, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 149 Sqdn.Stirling code OJ-Q. Serie No BK799 Airfield station Lakenheath.Age ??. Row N, Coll. Grave 36.
Found out a little more about my Great Uncle; FS Colin George Charles Frost. Never forgotten by his sister Audrey Deakin. The RAF tradition continues. I am the 3rd generation and still serve as a Sqn Ldr Engineer Officer. Will visit my Gt Uncle at Brookwood soon. Honoured to be at one of his descendants.
On march 27 1945 a Mosquito crashed in Roden, not far from Zevenhuizen. It was the RV 326, with Hudson and Gant. Last week I have interviewed a 87-year old lady, whitness of the crash. She was 15 years old at that time. I have hert story on tape and pictures are made. She was shocked because the plane almost hit the farmhouse where she was living. She clearly saw the two crew-,members in the blue plane. Is anybody interedted? This lady never talked about this crash, till last week.
Good evening. Coming week I have an interview with a lady of 87 about the crash of the Mosquito RV 326, that crashed on March 27 1945. She was a whitness.
I looking for the code KN-L. I think KN is 77 squadron but the L?
Served in the RAF as pilot for 39 years. Retired as Sqn Ldr. Flew most aeroplanes. Uncle, namesake PO De res Sharp, KIA 1943
En mémoire des sept aviateurs anglais tombés à Epernon le 3 juin 1944. Avec la ville d'Epernon je travaille à faire un livre souvenir de cet événement historique.
Je suis historien local.
With my best regards
I was hoping that someone could help me...trying to look up my grandfather who was in the Luftwaffe in ww2.His name is Karl Neu.
Looking for obits, stories mentioning W. J. (Willem Jacob) van Stockum, my uncle. He was shot down on June 10, 1944 after taking off with nine other Halifax bombers from RAF 10th Squadron in Melbourne, Yorks. Two were shot down that night. The other one was piloted by an Australian. My uncle was seconded from the RCAF to the RAF. The two crews, 14 men, were honored by a French remembrance group in Laval, France; two monuments were erected with photos of the crew members.
I HAVE TRIED TO CONTACT MY TWO SURVIVING COUSINS IN ENGLAND AS ONE OF THEM CONTACTED YOUR SITE A YEAR OR TWO BEFORE I KNEW ABOUT THE SITE. THE ELDEST COUSIN DIED. WE ARE ALL RELATED TO FLIGHT LT. KENNETH ERNEST PHILIP EVANS WHO WAS KILLED OVER SUSSEX 11 MAY 1957 IN THE VALIANT BOMBER ACCIDENT. THE AIR CRAFT EXPLODED NEAR A SCHOOL AND RAIL ROAD. I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO CONTACT MY REMAINING COUSINS SINCE I SAW THEM WHEN WE WERE VERY YOUNG AFTER THE FUNERAL NEAR RAF FARNBOROUGH,ENGLAND WHERE MY UNCLE WAS STATIONED. I AM VERY PLEASED TO SAY THAT I HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH GERALD WHO IS MY UNCLE'S FIRST SON BY HIS FIRST MARRIAGE. AND, HE AND HIS WIFE HAVE BEEN OVER TO THE STATES TO STAY IN MY HOME.WE KEEP IN TOUCH BY TELEPHONE AND E-MAILS ALL THE TIME.I HADN'T SEEN GERALD SINCE HE WAS A SMALL BABY.
IT WOULD BE LOVELY TO RE-UNITE WITH OUR MISSING COUSINS AS I AM GETTING CLOSE TO MY 80'S. TIME IS RUNNING OUT. I NAMED MY SON AFTER ONE COUSIN NAMED HOWARD EVANS.HIS BROTHER IS NAMED NICOLAS EVANS.PERHAPS ONE OF THEM WILL READ THIS LETTER.
THANK YOU AGAIN FOR PUBLISHING MY PREVIOUS LETTER IN 2015
SINCERELY, NANETTE SCHELL.
See my guestbook entry for 6 Dec 2015 - I am planning a commemoration in November of the 75th anniversary of the loss of the Hampden shot down over SW Norway, killing my uncle Raymond Alvey, pilot John Hird, bomb aimer Davidson Hepplewhite, and wireless operator/air gunner Richard Coles. Would welcome contact from any relatives/descendants of the crew.
There is visibly a bunch to know about this. I feel you made certain good points in features also.
Keep working ,impressive job!
Pls correct your archive re:
Flt. SheeBy is incorrect spelling it is SHEEHY he was KIA
on DEC.24, 1944 over Germany.
Thank you would appreciate a respone.
Impressive web site and knowledge base. Very interesting.
Forgive me if I already wrote to you. I have sent many mails to the UK.Maybe another person has read it.
It is about the Wellington W5704. That plane bombed our village Roden, in the North of the Netherlands, on october 24 1941. It was a mistake. The target was Emden. I have written a book about that bombing. I would love to know more about the crew. Sgt. Gray, Austin, Tomlinson, Whitton, Gill and Cox. Those names come from thge RAF-reports. The plane could be from sq.99 Waterbeach, 149 sq. Mildenhall, 57 sq. Feltwell, 75 sq. Feltwell and 214 sq. Stradishall. Could anybody help me?
Thnak you very much. Tjerk Karsijns, Roden Holland.
I would like to contact David Rees, son of Noel Rees from Cymbran.Noel was shot down with myself on 2nd November 1944 over Dusseldorf. We were crew members in sqadron 576 flying in Lancaster bombers.
I recently submitted a personal history to this site. They promptly listed the story. And they quickly and cheerfully made a few corrections and additions for me. The result looks wonderful and I am proud to see it on the site.
I just wished to offer my unreserved recommendation to any who are in search of more understanding on those we lost that the staff of this site and one Kate Tame Senior Research Editor in particular are singularly helpful and knowledgeable. I feel extremely greatful to Kate for he assistance in helping me to piece together more of an understanding on my maternal grandfather's service and unfortunate death. I regret only that I did not discover this valuable resource in time to help my mother with closure as I know that little nine year old girl missed her daddy her entire life. The assistance I got here however will do much to help me not disappoint my uncle and for that I am deeply touched and know he will be as well. Thank you Kate and everyone at Aircrew Remembered.
I have completed full research (with photos) into F/O Moodie DFC and his crew from 44 and 97 Squadrons. I have tried sending it to you but your address is shown as not valid. Is there another e Mail address I can use?
I was searching your site before and was able to find my father R.S. Down. Now it returns no results?? In the list I see 3 listings for Down, but none come up? I read all instructions, so... help
MY ONLY UNCLE FLIGHT LT. KENNETH ERNEST PHILIP EVANS WAS KILLED IN THE VALIANT BOMBER CRASH IN SOUTHWICK, SUSSEX. MY MOTHER AND I ATTENDED THE MILITARY FUNERAL FOR THE THREE MEN WHO DIED ON 11 MAY.
I HAVE TRIED TO FIND MY COUSINS. HOWARD EVANS AND NICKOLAS AND CHRISTOPHER. I DID NOT KNOW THE ELDEST COUSIN WAS NAMED
ROBERT. I SHOULD VERY MUCH LIKE TO BE ABLE TO HEAR FROM THEM AS IT HAS BEEN OVER 59 YEARS SINCE I STARTED MY SEARCH FOR MY FAMILY MEMBERS. MY HUSBAND AND I VISITED THE GRAVES IN ENGLAND ABOUT TEN YEARS AGO AND I HAVE THREE LITTLE GREEN STONES FROM MY UNCLE PIP'S GRAVE. KENNETH ERNEST PHILIP EVANS.
OUR GRAND FATHER'S NAME WAS WILLIAM EVANS AND GRAND MOTHER WAS ANNIE EVANS.
MY MOTHER WAS THE SISTER OF FLT.LT K E P EVANS.HER NAME WAS AGNES LESLEY ETHEL EVANS BEFORE SHE MARRIED MY FATHER IN 1938.
IF ANYONE CAN PASS MY INFORMATION TO MY COUSINS IN ENGLAND IT WOULD BRING CLOSURE AFTER ALL THESE LONG YEARS TO MYSELF AND FAMILY. I AM NOW IN MY LATE SEVENTIES. THANK YOU FOR THE INFORMATION ON YOUR SITE WHICH I RECEIVED TODAY FROM MY
COUSIN WHO WAS FL.LT K E P EVAN'S FIRST SON GERALD.
PLEASE CONTACT ME. NANETTE SCHELL.
Sadly many names seem to be missing from your website.
For example I am trying to find a reference to one Hector Meadus who served with RCAF as a navigator in WW2 but there is no mention of his name anywhere.
What is the history of Lancaster bomber aircraft R.5666
John Proffitt Chairman, BAF Bureau
Please accept our sincere thanks for providing the article regarding missing Air Crew from WWII and to assist in search for relatives.
It is believed that my father is a cousin of Pilot Officer William Proffitt White of Halifax LK709 that did not return after a bombing raid over Berlin in January 1944.
We did search for information for a number of years and
this will bring some closure to know of what happened and also that a rededication service with military honours will take place to commemorate the Air Crew of RAF Halifax LK709 after all these years.
Congratulations for the memory of World War II Veterans. Great site dedicated to the history.
Seeking information on the aircraft Dornier DO 217 E - 4, which was the gunner WILHELM PYTTEL, 11. March 1943 r. The mission of the Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Greetings from POLAND.
I have the original POW Bracelet from the 60s with John s Finley the third on it. Would love to let the family know
Hi, for more than thirty years I am searching all about
Spitfire Mk.VIII F, JF344 flown by John McAndrew Brodie, 32. squadron RAF, Foggia Italy. Pilot died at 14.02.1944 near Baska Voda, Yugoslavia.
I need a personal letter of the aircraft that comes after "GZ" squadron code. Where to look?
Congratulations with your fine website and with the major and important remembrance aim ! Best to you and good luck further on.
I am trying to find any information on FS Leslie Robert Willis Flight Engineer 170 Sqn based at Hemswell, shot down in Lancaster NN744 TC-V over Aijen (Limburg) Holland on the night of 21/22 Feb 1945, he survived the crash but died of his wounds in a german hospital on 6 Apr 45. Any photos or information on their final mission would be greatly appreciated. He also served for a short period with 103 Sqn at Elsham Wolds and indeed survived a crash landing in Lancaster LM293 on that base.
I am trying to find any photographs of the flight crew of my uncle's Lancaster 111. His name was James Tweedie, Service No. 1067394. He was in 156 pathfinders Squad. Aircraft EE122 and was shot down and killed in June 1943
Any information would be most hepful
I'm ex RAF and live walking distance from the crash site of 515 Sqn Mosquito PZ344-3P within which Flt/Lt L'Aime and F/O Smith lost their lives. I've inspected the site and found various pieces of wreckage which has been confirmed as belonging to a Mosquito. The location details posted on this site are slightly inaccurate, not too far off though. I will be honouring these gentlemen regularly an would be happy to share any information.
Hello all, I'm looking for information on my Grandad. He was Flight Sargeant Henry Walter Gibson. I believe he was of 7th Squadron. He passed in an accident from RAF Oakhampton on 15 October 1959.
We don't have many living who can tell me more about his RAF life I would love to know more.
My uncle, Sgt RH Alvey, was a WO/AG in Coastal Command (489 sqdn, then briefly in 144 sqdn). His Hampden was shot down over SW Norway - all four crew were killed: Pilot was S/Ldr JRD Hird, Bomb aimer was Sgt DW Hepplewhite, the other WO/AG was Sgt RJ Coles. They are commemorated at Runnymede. MRES could find no evidence of burial on land - thought to have been buried at sea by the Germans. I am writing a biography of my uncle. Would welcome contact with families of other crew members.
I have a picture of my uncle Fl/Eng PO Norman Alfred Smith of 424 Squadron Halifax III MZ901 downed Oct 15/44 buried in Idom Denmark. I would like to add Norman's Picture to the site and would welcome contact from family of the other 6 crew members.
Excellent site! Hoping to get my late father (Sqn Ldr Peter Stevens MC) added.
WILLIAm ARTHUR GRIFFIN 620429 42 Sqdn. Royal Air Force
I am looking for more info on the above cousin of mine
any picturesor info on how he died etc
You have an excellent forum Kelvin.