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.