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