I came here to research some family history. I found the man that shot down my uncle's B-17 in Italy in 1943. Schmitz, Günther is listed here along with some notes on his kills. My uncle's is the B-17 on 6 Oct. 1943
Superb Website who honoured all the RAF boys who didn't came back. Currently I am researching 102 sqdn Halifax W7882,DY-P, crashed 2 February 1943 over Luijksgestel. Got in touch with the families of Watt and Gwillam and I looking forward to get in touch with other relatives of the crew among them of Sgt R.W.Goffin, Sgt G.Guerrier, Sgt H.J.Naylor and Sgt R.F.Lillywhite DFM.
I would be interested to know of any further info about my second cousin once removed, Sgt. John Bennett, who was killed on a mission 24 Sept 1942 over Flensburg. Details: Son of Harold & Violet Bennett of Lower Compton, Warwickshire, Service No. 573729. While flying in Halifax Mark II bomber: Serial 1055 D-YF, Stationed at Polkington. Time of crash 0016. Mission Flensburg, crashed near Flensburg. Memorial in his Honour at Runnymede, Surrey.
Just found your site. Congratulations. A resource I will come back to regularly in my research on the PAF.
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My uncle was Flight Engineer Sgt. Ronald Hoole. On 15th/16th March 1944 together with the crew of Lancaster ND474 (49 Squadron) he flew from Fiskerton on mission to Stuttgart. All the crew were killed when they were shot down over Bolstern, Germany.
P/O T.W. Waugh Pilot
Sgt R. Hoole F/E
F/S T.C. McEneaney NAV
Sgt W.E. Hardy WOP
Sgt D.B. Birbeck A/G
F/O J.J. Knowles A/B
Sgt J.G. Wise A/G
I'm now in contact with five families of the seven crew but I'm still looking for the families of John Joseph Knowles and Douglas Brigg Birbeck. If anyone has any information about these two crew members, I would be most grateful. We Will Remember Them
Bobbie Barkley Brownfield
I am the niece of Rufus O. Barkley, Jr and I recently came across a letter from my uncle Rufus written to my father who was serving in France a few weeks prior to his final flight. Thanks for the information about his last mission and for not letting their story be forgotten.
Danielle de La Bastide
My great-great uncle was Flight Lieutenant Lionel Arthur Sydney Hodge. He was a Lancaster pilot and died in 1945 over Germany. I'm currently writing about my grandfather and his brother who were both Royal Navy pilots during the Korean War. Would love to know more about Lionel, he's fascinating to me and was obviously very brave.
Fantastic website. I wouldn't be asking this question if it weren't for its existence.
I refer to 25.05.1945 No 296 Squadron Halifax III NA291 Fl/Lt. Fraser
I would very much like to be put in contact with Marianne Walsh. The reason being is that we share the same story. I am in fact the son (born in 1960) of Beryl mentioned in her copy about Alan Gates. I think we may have a lot to talk about.
To whom it may concern:
I am searching for a Bristol Beaufighter , MIA 1942 over
Please can you help me in this respect.
I am writing a book about a Polish Naval Academy graduate, Ludwik Skoczylas, a Fleet Air Arm pilot who escaped from Poland and eventually wound up in England as a pilot in Special Duties, Flight 1586, flying out Brindisi, Italy. He survived the war, only to die of a heart attack in my hometown of East Harford, Connecticut,USA in December of 1959.
Your site is a valuable resource for me in obtaining lots of background information. Particularly interesting to a person like me who is half Polish. I am having difficulty in finding information about the Polish Naval Academy in the early 1930s and the training of naval pilots at Puck. Any info about those two subjects will be helpful. Thanks.
Thank you for providing the stories of so many. I am currently restoring a aircraft that was used to train so many of these airmen. The airplane was stationed at Virden 19 EFTS. If you have any further detail surrounding this location, I would be grateful to hear from you.
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.
I am very happy to have found the Kracker Database on your site to verify other information scattered around out there on the Internet. Also found a bit of new information that has helped me understand events that I am researching. Appreciate your effort to preserve all of this information and making it accessible. Very well done //waf
I am so happy that you take care about our pilots .Specially about my lovely Uncle .IF you do not mind send me more info cos my aunt Connie his wife is so old lady and she does not remember all .I know a lot even I have some pics but better is as much as possible .I want to keep all info about him our proud of our family from Wejherowo Poland
Wife of Kenneth John Higgs ,who was named after his uncle Kenneth George Higgs killed in action aged 20 years. He died 25/26.05 1943. 428 Squadron Wellington X HZ476. We are now trying to track down his medals. My husband was born on 25/05 1949
I would like to contact any close relatives of F/O Philip Sidney Burgess. He was Navigator on AJ-E which crashed on the way to the Sorpe Dam on 16th May 1943.
Lidija Grgich Nothdurft
How to find my granpapa Karl Nothdurft born in Jugoslavia,Serbia ,he was solder as I heard on Estern front.Lost in the WW2
Friday,December 19.2014 12.01 PM
It's a very good site of informations, i read your informations with pleasure, it's great, bravo.
airman remembered -henry antony james marsh age 38(known as tony) shot down 13th august 1940 over portland, dorset flying a hurricane, in 238 squadron, panel 17 runnymede memorial