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!