register

Your comments

Hello Team, I live near where the bomber PB528 crashed. As a volunteer metal detector searcher, on behalf of the Lower Saxony State Monuments Office, I am allowed to search near the village of Alvesrode. That's where the Lancaster crashed. The farmer, on whose field the bomber lay, also told me a story about it. His mother witnessed the crash. During my search I found some parts of the bomber. Many greetings Arne Greve
Thanks Jean for the update. When I have more time I will add these images, by date, in the 332 Harbor Craft Company category
James Burrough posted a comment in Overley Park X1OP (C)
No. 14 SLG (Satellite Landing Ground) Overley, Duntisbourne Rouse. County: Gloucestershire District: COTSWOLD Parish: DUNTISBOURNE ROUSE NGR: SO 96 04 Monument Number: 21175 HER 21175 DESCRIPTION:- Airfield History: Satellite Landing Grounds (SLGs) stemmed from the need to store aircraft from Maintenance Units (MUs) so that they dod not make tempting targets for the Luftwaffe. No. 14 SLG (Satellite Landing Ground) Overley, Duntisbourne Rouse, was chosen by 20 MU Aston Down (SMR 21182) in January 1941 and was completed in January 1942. Aircraft were widely dispersed among the trees around the landing area to the north of Park Corner making it necessary to introduce guards on the airfield. In June 1942 Oxfords of 3 SFTS started to use the strip as a Reserve Landing Ground (RLG). At the same time Overley started to see four engined aircraft dispersed on the airfield and in October the runway was extended across the road. Accomodation made to look like civilian property was also built in t...
This was my Grandfather's plane, I have a detailed account of his time following his crash near Chatres-sur-Siene, his evasion, capture in Paris and time spent in the Buchenwald concentration camp and then two POW camps before liberation and return home. An interesting first-hand account can be found in his debrief by MI9 here: https://e6b5cfc5-e3ca-494c-ab2a-f48fefb80b2f.usrfiles.com/ugd/e6b5cf_d7ec08624f694b65aad0e6de1bbc12c8.pdf
Fred Vogels posted a comment in Abbreviations
A new location for my 15K+ abbreviations. More comfortable to search in. Please enjoy and leave your comments if needed.
The date of this operation was 6 October 1944 (6-10-1944), not 10 June 1944 (1944-10.6). See ORB - 7 Squadron 6 October 1944. And also Commonwealth War Graves Commission: https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/2036026/archibald-cattanach-davidson/ Kind regards, Robin Marriott
I might have info regarding his evasion.
Due to the poor health of my father, born in 1924, my parents applied for a place in a nursing home and moved there at the beginning of 2010. In September of that year, my father died as a result of several strokes. On the day he moved to the nursing home, he knew that the last phase of his life was finally beginning and handed me a few personal things that were important to him. Among them was a document related to the shooting down of the Typhoon and the death of "Flying Officer Denis Ivan Vize". My father grew up in southern Germany in the Ravensburg district, his parents had run a small farm. He was the eldest son and had two brothers and sisters. In 1942, after he was 18 years old, he was drafted into the military, he did his basic training in Ulm. I know not much about his other military assignments; I only know that he was in France and later transferred to Italy when the Allies advanced northwards from southern Italy. At the end of the war he was taken prisoner by the Americans...
sorry, I forgot the picture. Us ST 488 in rosneath[img]https://www.facebook.com/RemorqueurUsst488/photos/a.684117121603420/684119781603154[/img]
332nd harbor craft company stayed in Le Havre (France) from october 44 to mid 1946. They owned tugs and one (usst 488) is still here (2022) . I'm one of the present crew members (enthusiasts) . I have the fisrt log book from this ship.
Hi Diana. I'm having a bit of a problem using the site, so I hope you get this! I'm interested in the rocker pedestal cap - is it for sale by any chance? My interest is that my grandfather, a local 'bobby' on Romney Marsh, lent Sgt Domagala, the pilot of Z2523, money to get back to RAF Kenley after he'd baled out. Sgt Domagala sent a letter to my grandfather thanking him for doing so and returning the £1 he'd been lent. I have the original letter - part of the Hurricane would be an interesting piece to go with it. I'm aware that bits of Z2523 turn up from time to time - but I haven't seen anything recently... Many thanks! Chris
The Survey Company Repro 5 went on a mission to Goch in November 1944. The objective was to map the entire terrain of the Goch sector. The company was brigaded to work in tandem with the 521 Field Survey Company to perform survey work along the R. Dyle. After two weeks of work, the survey units were withdrawn from the front line, but continued to support the Canadian Army Troops Engineers.
I am running the Spitfire 10 k in a couple of weeks and have the honour of having Maxwell Paul Digby Worsley name on my number Is there anyway I can get a photo to pin on my shirt in his memory Yours Del Appleton
My wife is Shevaun Webster-Fennell and her grandfather was 1st Lt K. E. Webster. Her father Ken's son was born the day after he was shot down. Sam spent 6 months as a German POW.
As most WWII Veterans, my Father-in-law talked very little about his service, His grandson (my son) will be traveling to the Beaches of Normandy the end of the month. If you can shed any light on Capt. Dale W. Kern's landing at Omaha Beach I would appreciate it. I am attaching several of his discharge papers if this will help.
My Great uncle, Charles Shaw, was the Flight Engineer on that flight. There were 3 KIA and 4 POWs as a result of the crash. Charles ended up a PoW in Stalag Luft 1. I have his flight book, and plenty of other information on this raid.
According to the war diary of the USS LST 291 on Monday 24 July 1944 at 2025 hours 1 officer, 43 men and 32 vehicles of the 3574th Quartermaster Truck Co. were landed on Utah Beach. Also landed at that time were 2 officers, 68 men and 29 vehicles of the 3689th Quartermaster Truck Co. My uncle was a Coxswain on the 291.
Brian Thomas Colgan was my uncle
LT woodward is buried in a village cemetery about 5 kms NE of Evreux. Its a War Graves headstone.
My father flew a Halifax Mark III that was also designated EQ-Q of 408th Squadron, after they had moved their operations to Linton-on-Ouse. He and his crew were shot down on March 31, 1945 on a mission to Hamburg, but all survived and were POWs in Stalag Luft I.
Pilot Officer J N Brady: killed; Mustang, AG461, 268 Squadron, aircraft failed to return from operational flight over the coast of Holland, 29 July 1942
My grandfather was William Shields and was in the RAF flying a Spitfire could be the same person.
Find My past have just released a database that shows this flight was a collision between two aircraft ( both Blenheims IVF from 248 Sqn) A relative of mine sergeant James May aged 23 ( wireless operator/rear gunner) was killed when the plane was fying off Wick, Caithness Scotland)
Find My past have just released a database that shows this flight was a collision between two aircraft ( both Blenheims IVF from 248 Sqn) A relative of mine sergeant James May aged 23 ( wireless operator/rear gunner) was killed when the plane was fying off Wick, Caithness Scotland)
My father, William Slater Gavin passed away in 2005. My mother passed away in April of this year. My sister and I have been cleaning out the estate andd I came across a booklet which reads; 537 Ordnance Heavy Maintenance Company Field Army in the E.T. O. There was also a handmade booklet that I believed was made to give to everyone in the company as it contains the names and addresses of many men who served in alphabetical order. Daddy never discussed the war. I have no idea where he went..if he fought..nothing. I was just curious about this company. If you could shed some light...I would appreciate it. Sandra Gavin Davis
My Uncle was Sgt Frank Saunders Mid upper on this plane WS-V LL901 Now lies in Holten Cemetery with the rest of the crew. R I P
Spitfire MkVc Registration: AB457 331sqn( Norway) RAF pilot Pilot Lt. H. Sognnaes was killed shoot down by Feldwebel R. Flecks of the 6./JG 1, flying an Fw 190A from Woensdrecht airfield. His victory number 6th Spitfire MkVc Registration: EE726 610( County of Chester) sqn RAF Location: North Sea off Dutch coast Pilot: F/O. A.S. Barrie was killed shoot down by Feldwebel R. Flecks of the 6./JG 1 His number 7th Victory He was Feldwebel Flecks second victory of the day and number 7th in total
Spitfire MkVc Registration: AB457 331sqn( Norway) RAF pilot Pilot Lt. H. Sognnaes was killed shoot down by Feldwebel R. Flecks of the 6./JG 1, flying an Fw 190A from Woensdrecht airfield. His victory number 6th Spitfire MkVc Registration: EE726 610( County of Chester) sqn RAF Location: North Sea off Dutch coast Pilot: F/O. A.S. Barrie was killed shoot down by Feldwebel R. Flecks of the 6./JG 1 His number 7th Victory He was Feldwebel Flecks second victory of the day and number 7th in total
Declan Monnier posted a comment in Krijn Chef D'hotel 1942-08-08
Krijn was my great Uncle. So was Jacques and Hendrix, his brothers. De Waarteid forever. If anyone here can contact me with any documents of them, please respond here.
My uncle , Hugh Raymond Wood was on this flight .
Wilhelmus de Wilde posted a comment in The Algonquin Regiment liberation of Steenbergen
My father was a liberator from Steenbergen. His first name was Robert, and he was wearing neat trousers, that is the only thing I know. I was born on 26-07-1945. The name of my mother is Anna Hector. The name de Wilde is from my foster parents. Can you help me? Thank you. Wilhelmus.
My Dad was in the 3609 he was Emmett J Williams Jr. from Georgia. He passed away on 1/14/2011 at 88 yrs. Old. Don’t know if anyone ever checks this site but want you to know. Before his dementia got so bad he would talk about the people he serviced with he thought a lot of all. He didn’t get to make one reunion, he was found to have an aneurysm right before they were to leave he was so disappointed. He had a great time at the one he was able to come to. Also was wondering how many of you are left. Thanks for your service.
Just sorting out stuff in our house.. Came across this.... Can anyone give any info as to whether it's worth keeping? Thanks[video]https://photos.app.goo.gl/w2s2hLMrgqM4dPwo7[/video]
Re Lancaster bomber ND624, 103 Sqn, RAF Elseham Wolds, crashed Systig in the early hours of 25 May 1944. Back Row left to right FS E H Calvert/Sgt D J Jones/Sgt W McCulloch/FS J Williams - this should read the Bottom Row. FS Williams was my Uncle. Best wishes, Mike Williams
Re Lancaster bomber ND624, 103 Sqn, RAF Elseham Wolds, crashed Systig in the early hours of 25 May 1944. Back Row left to right FS E H Calvert/Sgt D J Jones/Sgt W McCulloch/FS J Williams - this should read the Bottom Row. FS Williams was my Uncle. Best wishes, Mike Williams
Re Lancaster bomber ND624, 103 Sqn, RAF Elseham Wolds, crashed Systig in the early hours of 25 May 1944. Back Row left to right FS E H Calvert/Sgt D J Jones/Sgt W McCulloch/FS J Williams - this should read the Bottom Row. FS Williams was my Uncle. Best wishes, Mike Williams
The navigator's name was Flight Sergeant H C Wiles - my father. He survived the incident but badly broke his right leg when landing by parachute. He was taken to hospital in Bremen where his leg was plastered and then to a PoW camp where he remained for the last few months of the war. Folowing repatriation to the UK, he had to have the leg broken and reset and the hospital in Germany had set it over an inch shorter than the left leg. He carried metal screws in h=is leg for the rest of his life.
No, Davies survived and became a prisoner of war
Hello, can anybody help me.. My great grandfather was a mixed race American GI. Supposedly he was in the 392nd Engineer General Service Regiment because my gr grandma lived near a segregated regiment and my grandma's dad was half black so it makes sense he would of been in that regiment. My Gr grandad seems very difficult to find, his name apparently is Danny Parker. However I believe he is adopted because of his mother being white. His mother seems to be from Texas but my family believe that he was from New Jersey so that's what is making me think he is adopted. I believe his mother potentially got rid of him and a Parker family took him in from up north or maybe New Jersey is just where he was deployed from, which would add up because my other great grandfather was from Georgia but he was also deployed from New Jersey. Anyway his mother was born in 1905 so he had to be born around 1922 - 1927 however my dad believes he was born in 1910 - 1912 which can't be true as his mother was ...
I’m sitting in a peaceful campsite, Thursday 16th June 2020, not far from the commonwealth graves which are in the general cemetery at Vaassen, the Netherlands. One of the crew was Sgt Thomas John Jack Wilson, my mother’s cousin. I go tomorrow to pay my respects . Unfortunately my mum passed away two years ago 27 Sep 1943 • bombing raid on Hanover[url="http://http://www.6bombergroup.ca/Sept43/Sept27~28.html Germany. Sgt J. Farmer RAF and crew, flying Halifax EB-215 coded NA-T, failed to return from this operation. Sgt J. Satchell RAF Sgt D. Griffin RAF–POW Sgt T. Wilson RAF Sgt E. Springett RAF Sgt A. Stuart [url="http://https://www.ancestry.co.uk/family-tree/person/tree/153541343/person/392033506571/facts"] One crew member , Sgt D Griffin was badly injured but survived and was liberated at the end of the war from a prison camp. He later emigrated to Australia but I believe he travelled many times to pay is comrades his respect....
Hello Tammy, I am writing a book about Adolf Galland, and I have his combat report from that occasion. Email me at [email protected]
[img]https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=2089141345943&set=a.2089140705927[/img] [img]https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10227095951282490&set=a.2089140705927[/img]
My dad, Thomas Henry Turner was a Sgt Pilot with PFF. I have a photo of OL-F with his crew about to board. The guns from the mid-upper had been removed to save weight for the mission, which I believe was repatriating PoWs from Italy. I've just requested his military war records and hope to research his squadrons, training etc.
Today June 9 2022 I visited the grave of p.o. E.K. Whitechurch RNZAF. The grave is situated in a very small graveyard in a little town in West Denmark. E.K. Whitechurch seems to be the only crewmember that was found; his body drifted ashore on the beach of Vejers Strand in Denmark. That's the place where me and my wife are for a holiday right now. If I see a wargrave of the commonwealth, I always pay a visit. Lest we forget.. (I'm Dutch)
Hello, Larry was killed in June,11 1944 near Carentan. Best regards Max
This is my Grand Uncle. I met his sister, my great grand mother, a couple times when I visited family in Texas. Hopefully I can post a picture that I have of him
Charles "Jerry" Butts posted a comment in Mickey Rooney
I met a Donald Van Roosen now LTC retired who was with Mickey Rooney on or abour D-Day 1944 the picure (I guess by Stars and Stripes) was titled Mutt and Jeff or something to that effect.....they posted the picture wheo Mr Van Roosen received an award from the Occoneechee Boy Scout Council.
Squadron Leader WD Winward & Pilot Officer CK Wood of 68 Squadron were the first »Ranger« crew to go missing. They took off from Coltishall at 20:05Z in Beaufighter VIF (V8325). They were hit by light flak over Texel and crashed in the Waddenzee off Wieringen at 22:03Z. The pilot left the aircraft and survived but the body of the navigator was recovered from the Amstelmeer on 22 February 1943. On 12 March 1943 the squadron learned that S/L William Dudley Winward was a POW and wounded. Three days later the squadron received news that F/O Charles Kenneth Wood (23) RAFVR was reported missing, presumed killed. He rests in the Bergen-op-Zoom War Cemetery.
I found this location in "Peel en Maas" about 2 weeks ago. There is only a small information board with the text: R.A.F. and date 1944 okt 28 and 4 deads/doden.
BLENHEIM V5645 CRASHED Flutplaz Marx Narrative: Takeoff at 21:24 hrs for an intruder operation in support of the first 1000 bomber raid on Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen. The aircraft was coned by a searchlight and hit by a light Flak battery, both belonging to the 4./Marine-Flak-Abteilung 252. The three crew members rest at Sage War Cemetery: Pilot / 41320 Plt Off John Joseph Fox RCAF - Sage War Cemetery 13. C. 2. / injured - died of injuries 24 hours later in a German hospital Observer / 1365293 Sgt John Leonard - Sage War Cemetery 3. B. 10. Wireless Operator/Air Gunner / 1306692 Sgt Alfred Smithson - Sage War Cemetery 13. C. 1 Kriegstagebuch (KTB) von Flugst’u’tzpunkt Kdo. (Kommando) 11 / XI Marx / Ostfriesland War log (book) of the airfield commander 11/XI Marx / Ostfriesland 31.5.’42 - Luftgefahr 23.40 Uhr, Alarm 23.50 Uhr. Starke Feindt’a’tigkeit. Um 0.35 Uhr Abwurf von 7 Spreng und 6 Glitterbomben auf den Rollfeld ohne besondere Sch’a’den. Bombentrichter dur...
Thanks for the film and I put from the footage with the record
I would like to submit a photo and newspaper article for my cousin Eugene F Cummings. Thanks! Rebecca Hamlin Kawa [email protected]
Not much is written about the 1340 Combat Engineers on D-DAY because only 17 of them were attached to the 1st infantry. My father in Law - Nick Gray (Nicholas Grapanovich) was with those 17 attached engineers on the the first wave on Easy Red. His actions on D-Day earned him a Bronze Star and he lived to be 100 years old. Three weeks ago, my wife and I visited the Normandy American Cemetery to retrace my dad's path through France during the war. We were fortunate to track down the grave of 2nd Lt Douglas A Chambers who could have possibly been Nicks commanding officer on DDAY and who lost his life a day after landing. We had a ceremony at his grave site on May 10, 2022. A video record of that event is recorded in my blog. If you are a relative of this man, please reach out to my wife at her email [email protected] https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/715024030
When you have a photo, that would be great!
Thank you very much for honoring and remembering my uncle. He was the oldest brother of my mom and she remembered him until the day she died in 2020. She told me many stories about him and how much she loved him. The day they received the telegram that he had passed was a day she would never forget even though she was only 13 years old at the time.
I volunteer at Biggin Hill Memorial Museum. We have acquired a Merlin engine, which is said to have come from Hurricane V6601. I'd be interested if anyone can throw any light on the recovery of this engine. The plane crashed into the River Colne near Brightlingsea after F/O Henderson baled out. Essex Aviation Group Archaeology appear to have recovered parts of the aircraft in 1979, but there's no mention of their recovering the engine.
Hi. I live near Tiefenbronn, Germany. There's a marker in a field here that this aircraft crashed there on 27.4.1944. Did you know this?
I am in the process of creating a website with more information on Thomas McTighe Kilgore, and his death date here is wrong. Kilgore died June 20, 1944. https://thomaskilgore.webador.com/
Hallo Over dit vliegtuig heb ik ooit informatie gevonden op de site van Dutch Air Way Studygroup 1939-1945 /Studiegroep Luchtoorlog 1939-1945 . 4 man hadden de crash niet overleeft . Ze waren eerst begraven in Tubbergen . In 1946 zijn ze over gebracht naar Margraten naar de Amerikaanse begraafplaats . De Capt is overgebracht naar Amerika en de drie anderen zijn er begraven . Mijn oma heeft in 1946 het graf van 2nd Lt J.P Egan (Navigator) geadopteerd .Op dit moment zijn wij de derde generatie die het graf een paar keer per jaar bezoeken . Dit vinden wij wel het minste wat wij kunnen doen / betekenen voor wat die jongens toen voor onze vrijheid gedaan hebben Mvg Pascal Geensen
Barry Leech posted a comment in Hockley Heath X3HC (A)
Just saw this website. We were housed at RAF Hockley Heath at the end of WW2. My younger brother David was born on the airfield on 26th August 1947 and we moved into newly constructed council houses in Bentley Heath soon thereafter. Our father used to take us back to the airfield during the early 1950s to fly model aircraft on the disused site, although if I recollect correctly, it became part of Goode's Farm. Maybe the airfield had some influence on our future, David became a Gulfstream 5 pilot among many other types, and I joined the Fleet Air Arm in 1961. I still fly model aircraft to this day, although they are now radio controlled.
David Moeller posted a comment in 1104th Engineer Combat Group HQ in Maastricht
My friend, LT John Hamilton was billeted in Maastricht during the Battle of the Bulge. He and a SGT were setting charges on one of the main bridges in the event the Germans broke through. However, he and the SGT fell off the bridge. The SGT was swept out and LT Hamilton hung onto some wire cabling until rescued. He returned to Maastricht in the late 1980s and gave his .45 pistol to the local museum. I am trying to find anyone who has unit rosters or any documentation on him. i thought he was with the 3053d EN BN but maybe it was this unit. Any assistance would be appreciated.
I’m sorry I never got a chance to know you. You were taken by war before I was born. RIP Your nephew Joe
Dad was with the 551st and told us about his arrival at a beautiful estate in Poole, Dorset until they were sent out on the ships and to await their turn to land on Omaha Beach.
My Dad Paul Cochran was part of the 190th artillary stationed in Bude during WW2. He met my Mom there..she was from Bude..(Vera Mills)
hi, can anyone help me. my mum used to go to eastern manor in ww2 and was with an American based there called lucky, i think his surname was strike first name will i think, can anyone tell me if they knew him, mum used to tell me about someone she was going to marry but he was called home home and was told he died. she is not to well and is always talking to a man called will. i would so like to find out if he was based there, a long shot i know. but thanks for helping. my mums name was sally and she was there with her friend Dolcie, she would always tell me how she sat in the tree house with him and dance on the lawn. the tree house has been rebuilt bit she to old to go see it. thanks again, i look forward to hearing from someone. thanks Lisa x
Uncle Peter was not killed in the war. He survived dying in 2005.
I believe that Brigadier General Theodore III Roosevelt was stationed in our English Village of Hurley, Berkshire, UK prior to D-Day. He lived in Hurley House and opposite his quarters was the SOE Code Station Victor. My back garden, a few houses away was taken over as their Motor Pool and my House was occupied by the Auxiliary Fire Brigade, this is a TINY Village. Across the River (Thames) is RAF Medmenham which was where all the Photo Recce pictures were developed. These were then sent across the river by rope ferry across to the village. Q. Does anyone have anymore info. on this war hero, who landed on D Day aged 56? Highly decorated and popular soldier by all local accounts. Any info. appreciated [email protected] Trevor Hart, Hurley.
[img]https://d2exd72xrrp1s7.cloudfront.net/www/000/1k4/68/680backx225svy9sc5kpjf1y3dlq2bbw-uhi13334969/0?width=3072&height=2304&crop=false&q=70[/img]
The information on F/Lt Holloway and Mustang AP263 is false. Check out AIR 27/222/43 and AIR27/222/46 in the National Archives, Kew. Holloway survived and was picked up from his dinghy by an ASR Walrus, 35 milis NW of Sept Iles, Brittany on september 2nd, 1943.
Joe Davidson was my mother's uncle He died on 4th May 1945 but as your note say he died in the English channel. This is incorrect. He was with 19 son who were escorting the Banff wing of mosquitos on an anti shipping patrol in the Skagerak. He went down after a mid air with younger pilot (circumstances unknown). His resting place is somewhere off Denmark
A correction to the above, if I may: Len and his crew were shot down over Belgium, not Holland. My memory is playing tricks on me.
I worked with Len Collins from 1979 to 1985 and knew that he'd been both an RAF wireless operator and a Prisoner of War. He would only reluctantly talk about his experience, but I did learn the following: After baling out over Holland he spent some time on the run until taken in and hidden, along with an American escapee, by a Dutch woman. Unfortunately, some person unknown betrayed them and they were both captured. For some reason the Gestapo were interested in the American, and they took him away separately from Len. The unfortunate American subsequently disappeared without trace, presumably murdered by the Gestapo, while Len eventually was sent to a Stalag Luft in (I think) Poland, where he remained until liberated by the Russians. I didn't learn the fate of the Dutch woman, but I can guess it wasn't good. Interestingly, Len said that he began having 'out of body' experiences (astral projection) during his captivity. Also of interest is the fact that his real name was Cohen, and was...
George Percy Edington is my grandfather.
Fred Vogels posted a comment in Broniki murders by Red Army
Google stopt advertising on Back to Normandy. Because of this photo.
My father T-5 Albert Wm Giegold 508 2nd Batt. 'F' Company wrote this about Gene T. Hare: " Gene along with a couple of other fellows was on patrol entering a small village in France. The village was heavily occupied by German troops. IN their effort to get information as to the amount of equipment the Germans had, they were discovered. The Germans lowered an 88 firing it point blank at the fellows hitting Gene in the shoulder. The shell did not explode when it hit Gene, but blew his shoulder away. Those of us who remained in-waiting word from the patrol laid out in an orchard. The patrol assisted by carrying Gene back where he was laid beneath an apple tree dying so thereafter."
Im the grandaughter of FL Walter Nicholls DFC, would love to hear from other family members of the other crew
C.H. Japing posted a comment in The Story of “Tail End Charlie”
No, that was my father. He passed away in 2005 at 81 years of age. He was indeed born in Uleele. How do you know him?
C.H. Japing posted a comment in The Story of “Tail End Charlie”
No, that was my father. He passed away in 2005 at 81 years of age. He was indeed born in Uleele. How do you know him?
Bam Tandjung posted a comment in The Story of “Tail End Charlie”
Dear Hans Japing, By any chance, are you Henk Japing's brother? And were you born in Uleele, Banda Aceh, Indonesia (previously Netherland Indies)?
My Great Uncle was CPL Howard Friedman of the D Battery of the 559th. From my own research they were involved in the battle of the Bulge. I found a really great piece on one of his fellow battery members Charles Cummings whose story you can read here, and it has a bit of their travels and info on their work during this time! https://opvets.org/charles-a-cummins/
From what I know of my own family's history the 559th WERE in fact involved in the Battle of the Bulge. My great uncle was Corporal Friedman who was of the D Battalion with Private First Class Charles Cummings whose story I found here: https://opvets.org/charles-a-cummins/ and it gives some backstory on their travels! Hope this helps!
Correct details here with translation - he was a pilot officer and not killed in this misson. http://www.aircrewremembered.com/ArchiwumPSP1939-1947/?q=Czerwinski&qand=&exc1=&exc2=&search_only=&search_type=exact Translation of war details: On September 23, 1943, flying on a combat mission in 308DM shot down over France, he avoided capture and in November 1943 returned to Great Britain. A year later, taking off from the airport in 1944, RAF Coltishall- "Mustang" -HB857- combat flight, covering bombers of the Coastal Defense Aviation, died. - Shot down into the sea by a German fighter in the Gossen area.
Mr Bailey was brought down near Rheine and was captured in Emsdetten (ca 9-10 mls south of Rheine) where he came down with his parachute. Story is told, that some Folkssturm-guys wanted to execute him, when he was found. A farmer (Mr Spaning) on who’s ground Nr Bailey came down, prevented him from this fate and Bailey was brought to hospital, where my grandpa (Dr Hans Hefter) gave him surgical tratment. He was liberated by the Royal Army and went back to Australia to become a physician / MD himself. Greetings Kay Hefter
I live in an apartment in a converted hospital that housed officers of 517 Port Battalion Transportation Corps during WW2. The name of the apartment block is called Hayes Point. I am the communications manager for the 500 residents of the site. My main publication or newsletter is produced once a month or so, and I would be very interested in obtaining any photographs or other items of interest from that time. My local beach still has the concrete ramp laid by the US servicemen to permit easier access to the beach. They made a good job of it! The beach has high historical interest in that it is mainly a rocky foreshore covered in numerous dinosaur footprints. Keith Wigley.
I'm looking for anyone from the 759 Tank Battalion 3rd Armor Division that might have known a Albert (Al) Davis. I'm a bi-vocational pastor and I teach middle school history. Al Davis was a church member and very close friend of mine. He passed away a few years ago here in the state of Alabama.
Mary Ellen posted a comment in Maurice Solomon photographic memory of D-Day
I worked with Maury in my first job. He was a humble man who loved his family dearly and spoke of them in glowing terms. I remember when he brought a book about WWII into work and was shocked when it contained a photo of him on Normandy Beach.
Neil Roberts posted a comment in Looking for info about 123 Fire-Boat Company
Hi, I have been sorting through my late grandmother's belongings and found a hand written letter from a Captain Duncan Smith of 123 Fireboat Company BLA dated 2 Jan 1945 to my grandmother, reference my grandfather George Roberts of 123 Fireboat Company. What I do know is that my grandfather went over to Normandy with Mulberry Harbour from Loch Ryan and did get as far as Antwerp where he was hospitalised following an attack on Antwerp which we believe to be a V2 attack. I am trying to find out more information about my grandfather's service, because despite surviving the war it was not something that he spoke about with us.
I am researching this crash and am trying to find the exact crash-location. Can anyone give me some information.
I am researching this crash and am trying to find the exact crash-location. Can anyone give me some information.
I am Daniël Napiorkowski's grandson..i am the son of Inge Hage Streefkerk.She is Daniël's daughter.Maria Stradtmann was pregnant of Daniël...they were not married..so i t was a great taboo..Daniël died 7th september,my mother was born to early at 10th dec.1944...Just Lately i discovered that Daniël was my grandfather...I always was a fan of the Spitfire MK9C....and he flew one!...WX-H...MK370..i even found a very short YouTube clip of his plane,i am proud to be a grand son of such a hero!!
Hi, I grew up in Zeist and my father was a teenager during the war he witnessed the stricken Blenheim fly over his house he jumped on his bicycle and headed towards the direction of were the plane went down. The crashsite was already being guarded by german and dutch troops. My father picked up some of the wreckage which my brother still has today. Some 50 odd years later we tried to search for the crashsite becasue he remembered that there were 3 big trees knocked down during the crash unfortunatly we never found it. Both crewmembers that perished A.M. Clark and R.A. Percy are buried at the local cemetery (Zeister Bosrust) which is just a couple of hundred meters away from were they died. Each year at national memorial day on 4th of May i bring flowers to the grave of the airmen and my parents who are buried at the same cemetary. A. A. Stanley who succesfully parachuted out was found by local woodcutters and taken home by one of them who fed him and gave him clothes then put him o...
Henry Bascom Maguffee, known as HB to his family, was my father's uncle; the brother of his father. My dad, suffering from dementia now, endlessly tells me one story of his Uncle HB. He remembered him as very kind to the children of the family. HB's brother, my dad's dad, was known to be very stern and austere. HB seemed to be different, often interacting with and listening to the kids. Interesting how he remembers that. When dad was 5, the Maguffee's held a going away party for HB before he shipped out for the European Theater during WWII. HB gave my dad a dime, which was a big deal in this family of Arkansas share croppers. Dad remembers looking at him in awe in his crisp army uniform. HB was the gunner for a Sherman tank that landed on Utah Beach on D Day, June 6, 1944. Their tank took direct hits by German artillery. It exploded and burned causing the death of 3 of 5 crewmen. HB was on of the 3. It is thought the three were incinerated and/or essentially vaporized...
Hi I’m trying to verify whether my grandfather’s unit (559th anti-aircraft artillery automatic weapons battalion) was actively involved in the battle of the bulge
Alles wat ik weet staat online. Maar definieer je oproep hier. Eventueel ook in Engels.
Geachte heer Vogels, Toevallig op uw site terecht gekomen. "Op vrijdag 13 oktober 1939 vertrok een lid van het 57 Sqdn, Aircraftman 1st Class TJ Jervis, vanuit Metz-Frescaty in Frankrijk. Het vliegtuig vertrok om 12:40.Hij vloog met een Bristol Blenheim (type IV, serienummer L1147, code DX-)." Ik zocht via Google naar details over Harry Melville Arbuthnot Day, die op vrijdag 13 oktober 1939 in zijn Blenheim vlakbij Metz werd neergeschoten door een duitse jager, wrschl een Me-109. Hij was de eerste RAF officier die in duitse krijgsgevangenschap raakte en is ook bekend vanuit de verhalen van Colditz en de film The Great Escape. 6 jaar gevangen gezeten, 2x ontsnapt maar gelukkig niet terechtgesteld. Bij het vervaardigen van de film The Battle of Britain was hij nog betrokken als adviseur. In onze familie noemen wij hem 'Wings'. Ik ben nog altijd naar sporen van hem aan het zoeken. Heeft u info over hem of deze gebeurtenis? M vr gr Ytzen van der Werff
Data of Cpl. Carl F. Robert’s. 283rd Port Company. Wounded at Antwerp in early 1945 and evacuated to a field hospital. Any info would be appreciated. Thank you
Hi Marie I'm researching the 703rd Medical Sanitary Company for a television documentary, would you be happy for me to get in touch and have a quick chat with you about your research? Best wishes Yasmine
You are right Bill. These are no German uniforms. Thanks for the update!
Levesque went missing with the serial AA746.
These are not German units but, I believe, Romanian, operating in, perhaps, Transnistria. The photo is one of three of this particular happening that I've been trying to find information on, so far with no luck. The photos can be seen on a 3 part documentary on Netflix, "Einsatzgruppen" where they preceded a part of the documentary focusing on the holocaust in Transnistria, but information and context concerning the photos was not revealed.
Corrections to this webpage. My father G H Wylde ditched successfully and got into the dinghy dry. He was picked up by a rescue launch shortly afterwards with a reporter on board and had a story in the Sunday Express! The a/c was a Tempest V not as in the photo on this webpage and I believe was actually EJ559. He survived the war and died in 1994.
Hi Penny, Hugh and Ben I'm very happy to be contacted at [email protected]
we are looking for the nose art for MK11 Lancaster DS846 OF 426 Sqd WE THINK IT WAS OLD BLACK MAGIC
I am the daughter of S/L PVK Tripe. If you go to my blog, you will see that Dad's Spitfire was badly damaged by friendly fire on Jan. 16/45. He managed to get back to the town of As in Belgium where he baled out behind a favourite pub with a wounded arm. He lived until Dec. 31/82. http://philtripe.blogspot.com/2009/12/back-story.html
I am the daughter of S/L PVK Tripe. If you go to my blog, you will see that Dad's Spitfire was badly damaged by friendly fire on Jan. 16/45. He managed to get back to the town of As in Belgium where he baled out behind a favourite pub with a wounded arm. He lived until Dec. 31/82. http://philtripe.blogspot.com/2009/12/back-story.html
Phil Newson posted a comment in Looking for info about Frigate
My father was aboard the frigate HMS Hargood on D-day. More info on the website I put together about his ship. They were at Omaha beach escorting ships and on anti-submarine duty. https://hargood.weebly.com/1944---d-day.html Kind regards Phil Newson
I am trying to find out when and where the 202nd Ordnance Depot Company landed in Normandy. Can anyone help?
hi richard my name is stuart hayman i run a research group called raf culmhead Reserch group and ive noticed you are looking for information regarding your relative in ref to E h fracis, well as a group which is on facebook im sure our team can help gather some inforamtion regarding the crash and any information. if u would then please contact me on [email protected]
Harry , volgens mij hebben wij elkaar gesproken toen ik met mijn metaaldetector aan het zoeken was bij “ the hill” , ik heb wat kleine alluminium brokstukken gevonden waarvan ik denk dat het van een vliegtuig geweest kan zijn , mede omdat de eigenaar van de akker vertelde dat er in ww2 een vliegtuig was neergestort . Er staat onder andere Alcoa B2005 op. Hoe kan ik met je in contact komen ? Groeten , Peter Mientjes ,0653650210
I am looking forward to your information at backtonormandy (at) gmail.com. From there I can help you.
I am looking forward to your information at backtonormandy (at) gemail.com. From there I can help you.
I am looking forward to your information at backtonormandy (at) gemail.com.
I am looking forward to your information at backtonormandy (at) gemail.com. From there I can help you.
I am looking forward to your information at backtonormandy (at) gemail.com
I am looking forward to your information at backtonormandy (at) gemail.com
Thanks for the photo: published! I am looking forward to your information at backtonormandy (at) gemail.com
I am looking forward to your information at backtonormandy (at) gemail.com
My dad, Lt. James R. Mooneyhan was there and I have video interviews of him talking about this time, riding a bicycle to Totnes at night to round up his men and Christmas dinner. I would love to see pictures of this time. They of course were training for DDay.
Halifax NA-514 RCAF POSTED BY NA514 ⋅ FEBRUARY 22, 2012 ⋅ 5 COMMENTS On June 17th,1944, this aircraft with a crew of 7 airmen, having flown on a nightly raid from Croft, UK, crashed in Holland, shot down by a nightfighter, while outward bound to Sterkrade, Germany. Three members of the crew were killed in the crash. Three menbers were eventually caught and became prisoners of war (POW). The Canadian navigator, F/O Roy Carter, evaded for three weeks before being caught in Tilburg with 2 other allied airmen(Australian and British). All three were executed by the German SD on Sunday, July 9th, 1944. This blog will attempt to tell the story of my brother, Roy Carter, and all the airmen and Dutch helpers, involved in his attempt to evade the enemy and return to his base in the UK. NA514( B-Baker) and F/O Roy E Carter (nav), 431 Squadron, RCAF
Dear Sir, I believe that the exact location of your fathers crash has been determined. If this message reaches you I would be happy provide all the information. Incidentally Spitfire P9337 was extensively excavated on a number of occasions. I was fortunate enough to acquire a number of its significant remains along with an identifying data plate and have since reconstructed the fuselage section. If this is of interest to you I would be happy to provide some photographs. Kind regards Jon Radford (Oxford UK)
My grandfather, James Mills (43016) was the rear gunner on 1941-01-23 in Wellington T2511. They took the aircraft for flight and gun tests at 11:05 for 30 minutes. This type of action I believe was done on the day prior to a mission. He did not fly on the mission that night if there was one for this aircraft.
Sir, The plane was shot down at 20.10 in the evening, and according to the info from, Airfield Gilze Rijen, that was in German hands at that time, they claimed that the plane was shot by flak, and got hit with the bombs still on board, and exploded. The flak and searchlights for that part of the country where also stationed on Gilze Rijen at and around the Airfield. The Airfield was in that time named Fliegerhorst Gilze Rijen. If you need more info maybe it is possible to ask at the museum at Gilze Rijen, "the Tradition room". They still have files and documents from that time, maybe that there is some info in it. I also have a website for you of a museum in Achtmaal where the plane crashed. They also wrote a story about it with exact places and circumstances of the crash. http://www.militairhistorischmuseumachtmaal.nl/vliegtuig-route/ According there information the Plane indeed crashed in the Air by flak, they write: "The Halifax LK959 ZL-D was scattered all over the cras...
I'm doing survey to writing an assignment mission to Goch it's really helpful but confused how to add Analytical Essay Outline to make more perfect
Oops! Typo error in my last post. Location should read: Cayeux en Santerre.
I am a great nephew of Flight Sgt Raul Ellery Thorpe. I also pass on my thanks for creating this page. I was aware that he and his crew were lost in a Wellington over the North Sea but did not know the details. The inclusion of images of C Charlie and of Raul Thorpe are greatly appreciated as this is the only adult image of him I have seen. Kind regards, James Arnold, Gold Coast, Qld, Australia.
Did anyone know, or have any records of, Louis Petrick? He ultimately served as a staff sergeamt. Many thanks, Richard Petrick
where were the crew members buried? how many were there? from where? My mother attended to some Allied airmen when they crashed near Achtmaal; she didn't speak of it, only when we annually unpacked the box of memorabilia, containing the bright yellow silk blouse that she had made from the piece of parachute material she received (but I never saw her wear the blouse). It is possible it was this plane. Any ideas?
Further to my information in the main text, I have found out that the aircraft crashed at Cayeux en Sancerre which is just north of Montdidier.
This unit was stationed in Bures, United Kindom at USAAF Staion526 UK Ordnance Survey Map reference TL 89149 32947
I presently live in Tetbury and I am trying to trace some historical information. I am given to understand that there were 3 Nissan huts in our back garden which accommodated troops which worked on the topography preparing for the D Day landings there is evidence of a sentry post still remain in the form a formidable slab of concrete and there is some local reference from our elderly next door neighbours who are in the their 90. There is also other evidence in the town where models of the landing were built. So my big question is is there a photograph of these huts which were based at the old bowling green in Cirencester Road Tetbury if so would love to have a copy, or does anyone have a copy of a book called 654 Engineer Topographic Battalion please. Kind regards Warren H
Steve Tippett posted a comment in 1104th Engineer Combat Group HQ in Maastricht
I have limited details but my father, Ed I believed was wounded at Maastricht and moved to a field hospital. He was attached to the 611 Light Engineer Company. I am curious if there is someone could point me to a site or where I can get more information. As you know some of this information was destroyed in a fire at the military records library. Thanks
I am researching this aircraft - AJ188- it contained my wife's great uncle - WOP/AG James Dunne, I cannot work out if it was shot down or a malfunction led it to crash into the sea, the Ventura was quite a difficult aircraft to fly in formation at low level. This was James and his crew's third mission. Only the pilot's body was recovered off of the Isle of Wight. Would you be interested in corresponding with me on this, I have done a lot of research on 464 Squadron and Operation Oyster, the first 464 mission to Holland, really interested to hear more of your Father's experiences. Phil Hunnisett
My Grandpa was Peter Cansfield. MU gunner. His best friend was Charlie Adair, the rear gunner. Grandpa tried to save him several times until he was forced to jump. By the. He had had most of his clothes burned off. He landed in a tree and was actually saved from the villagers by SS. He was a prisoner of war before returning home to Yorkshire! He died in 1997.
Joanne Kearney posted a comment in 84 Infantry Division (USA) HQ at Blier
I am wondering about something. My father was wounded Jan 11 1945 near the village of Samree BE. He was removed from the battle field strapped to the front of a jeep. later he was placed on a train that was heading to Calais... at some point his brain began to swell and the train was stopped and he was taken off by German POS. He was taken into a place he described as a Castle with elaborately painted ceilings. But it was not a hospital..yet they did have some medical personnel who cared for him until he was healthy enough to continue on. He had no idea where this was... but seemed to be the only patient.... at one point he wondered if this was Versailles...but I find nothing to support this.. but it occurred to me that he might have been at a headquarters of some sort... But this website noted that the 84th had headquarters on Jan 11 1945 near Blier... could that have been in the Chateau de Blier? If so.. are their ceilings elaborately painted and could there have been a rail line not...
My father, Lt. then Capt. Lester L Lombardi was the XO-Commanding Officer of the 305 MPEG Co. for much of the war. He joined the company on 10 Feb. 1943. The company was activated on 15 Jan. 1942. MY father left the company in Sept. of 1945 in France. I have his papers and a typewritten (by my father ) history of the 305th from it's activation in 1942 to Sept. 1945 when my father left to return to the states. I've already shared this info the a museum in Aliceville AL where the 305th received the first German POW's to be imprisoned on US soil.
My father was wounded on Jan 11 1945 near Samree Belgium. He was transported to Calais and then on to the UK. I have post cards that were sent to his parents updating them on his condition. Some say 4190 US hospital Plant between Feb - March '44.. but I have other correspondence from around the same time that says 83rd General Hospital. I wonder these designation refer to the same facility? I thought that the 83rd was in Wales and it appears that 4190 is as well..
Please follow this link: https://www.kenleyrevival.org/content/service-people/flying-officer-pilot-peter-james-christopher-king for all the information relating to what happened to N3060 on 05 Sept 1940
My dad was the Navigator
My uncle Edwin was F/E on ED476. My family hardly ever mentioned him to me when I was growing up (72 now!) I only found out about Duisburg from my last remaining aunt a few weeks before she passed away.
Sent them to me, I’ll post them for you. E-mail is at the bottom of this page (envelop)
My Dad was with the 827th from 42-43. I remember he was stationed near "cold and muddy Cheltenham." Later in the war he was editor of Stars and Stripes. His name was Gerald Greenberg. I have pictures. Can't post them.
NOT even a Lancaster 111, never mind LM439!!
This is my Uncle. So cool to find this site.
This is my Uncle. So cool to find this site.
Hello, My best friends father was the navigator on this mission. The crew survived after being shot down and spent the remainder of the war as pows.
I think I may have the WW2 Flight training and Air Navigation manuals for Flight Lieutenant D C Maltby. Dated 1938 and stamped Nottingham RAFVR on the front.
Please contact me regarding Oswald Peter Fagre. My name is Arve R. Pisani and anon-fiction writer of WWII books covering the Normandy Campaign. Years ago I corresponded with Oswals' best friend and he told me the story about Oswalds death. I do have some interesting information. email [email protected]
Crew member Segeant David Dickson is burried in Brielle. We will remember him on the 25th of december every year.
My father was the flight engineer on the Lancaster Bomber DS667 when it was shot down 2/1/1944. He was taken a Prisoner of War but never knew the fate of his colleagues. He is now deceased and I am trying to trace if any of his fellow crew are still alive. I know most barring the pilot did survive the crash and also became POW's but in different camps to my father. Any connections helpful.
I don't know who you are but you are DEFINITELY NOT the great nephew of John Bennett Charters. I am his niece so I know you are a liar! John wasn't even on this mission. He died on 28 July 1943 taking part in Operation Gomorrah. I don't know why you have done this, I think it is sick and it is also fraud. Message to the moderators of this site - please take down his comment immediately. It is fraudulent and it is upsetting to my family.
My Mother-in-Law's first husband was Flight Engineer on this flight, which was shot down over Mierlo, Netherlands. His wife remarried and, while Sidney and his crew mates' loss is sad, without Sidney Marsh's sacrifice, my husband, Simon Currie, would never have been born. We will remember him.
My wife's uncle FH Jones was the observer on this mission. The title of the item is misleading as the mission was to Paderborn 1940-7-30, not Dinant on 1940-7-29. We have his full RAF history from enlisting in 1924, and we have his medals. The photograph of a crashed Blenheim is not relevant to this mission, which crashed into a river.
Hello, Flt Sgt J.C.Lee was aboard that flight. He rests in Clay Lane Cemetary, Yardley, Birmingham.
He lands damaged by Flak on 10 June 10 Jun. North American Mustang III FX994 (UZ-N) F/Lt E. Tomanek. Damaged by flak force-landed on Allied side in Normandy. Pilot safe returned to the unit. Then 23 Jun. North American Mustang III FX873 (UZ-T) F/Lt E. Tomanek Shot down over Dreux by FW190. POW
Thank you for this amazing historical record and honouring of the crew of VN-AD828. Although it is now over 80 years since, some things require stating for the record. Pilot Officer David Evan Frank Powell was my uncle - although he was killed-in-action 24 years before my birth. He died only 4 months after his 20th birthday. His Hampden light bomber was shot down by a German Luftwaffe night fighter. David's loss devastated and affected his mother Susanne Powell (my grandmother) for life and his sister Anne (my mother), lost a doting brother at only 8 years of age. We still have the beautiful teddy bear David gave his sister shortly before he went on his final mission. It is treasured. Because so many Air Ministry records of that time were destroyed in German air raids, all of the facts of VN-AD828's last mission have not survived. Whilst David was killed, his 3 other crew members survived - just. Captured by the Germans as POWs for the duration of the war, they informed both their...
I am creating a Profile of Mustang III UZ T FX873 flown by F/L E. Tomanek with 306 Squadron. This information was given to me by his daughter, he survived the war. The photo you have with his information is a P-51D whereas F/L Tomanek was flying a Mustang III FX873 with a 'Malcom Hood'
I live very close to the crash site and my late father recounted details of the crash. I know the exact location of the crash site. This was a dummy airfield in the valley nearby. It was used to attract enemy bombing away from populated areas. The halifax was low on fuel and attempted to land on what appeared to be a safe runway. Unfortunately the aircraft crashed into the valley. Surviving crew attempted to reach the local village but sadly all perished. I am hoping to raise awareness and erect a memorial at the site. John
Is the any more information on the1958 Quartermaster Truck Company?
Arthur Lee (Navigator) was the only survivor of LM380 and was taken prisoner. After the war the German soldier who took him prisoner erected a 3metre tall Cross in Katzenelnbogen forest in remembrance of the crew of LM380. The Cross has the same words on it as the Cross in Coventry Cathedral "Father Forgive".
My father was in the 3012th and trained with them in Texarkana in the winter of 1944 before heading out to the UK. He was PFC Theodore W. Wolff and he photographed their training FTX. Note the pictures and the unit photograph to include their names. I alos have patches and images of his stay in the UK and their cross channel shipping. https://flic.kr/s/aHsmX13bCv Ted Wolff
My uncle Charlie Cartwright was the sole survivor from Lancaster JB 7205, call sign OF-S ,shot down on a bombing raid to Stettin . 5/6 Jan. 1944. Flt. Sgt. /Engineer. Landed on a frozen lake , cuts to his head believed to be inflicted by his captors. Ultimately transferred to Stalag Luft 111, Sagan. Was apparently planning an escape from Stalag Luft 111 with a French Commando. Unable to shed any more information with regard to his time spent as a prisoner, or subsequent Post-War release. Is anybody able to offer any further information ? Would be v.grateful. Alan Oyston Nephew.
My father flew this aircraft (LL948) in May/June/July/August 1944 during his first Tour with 106 Squadron at Metherington (I have his log book) He was Flight Engineer and then went on to become an instructer with a different squadron. The remainder of his crew were Canadian and the captain was F/O Harris. I am assuming this is a stock photo of a Lancaster I aircraft?
Stephen M. Fochuk posted a comment in Flying Officer Richard Cyril Joseph Brown
Puff of Smoke. Was this written by you? Stephen
https://fcafa.com/2013/02/01/otakar-kresta-and-the-parker-pen-spitfire/
My maternal grandfather, James J Blessing, was in Company A of the 3111 Signal Service Battalion. He departed the US for the ETO on 03/31/1944 and arrived in the UK on 04/06/1944. Battles and campaigns include the Ardennes, Central Europe, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland. Any further information would be greatly appreciated!
John Cheyney survived the war, and subsequently moved to Brazil, where he died earlier this year (Setember 2021.)
Where did the 85th Ordnance Battalion arrive at and depart from which ports? Dates?
His name was Graham Francis Breckon and his amazing account of being shot down in WW2 can be found here: https://collection.motat.nz/objects/55208/motat-oral-history-interview-with-graham-breckon
Can you provide information for the 501st Transportation Company during Red Ball Express as the unit had another number identification assigned then while as a Quartermaster Truck Company? Where did the unit train at in England prior to D-Day?
To whom it may concern, This message concerns the matter of Lancaster JB226. I was a volunteer at the Greenwood Military Museum located at the Greenwood RCAF base in Nova Scotia Canada for 4.5 yrs. While there, I saw the restoration of a Lanc. for display purposes only. IE. non flightworthy status. The aircraft was painted with the fuselage number JB226/LQ G. After moving back to Ontario, I was contacted by one of the men still working at the museum, to ask if I was willing to take on another project for them. I had previously, when living in Nova Scotia, been given the project of restoring the Tactical Crew Procedures Trainer. That was the electronics section of an Argus sub hunter. They were quite satisfied with the result. The museum has yet to find a replacement for me, which is why they asked me to help with the latest project. It is a memorial diorama for the 405 Sqdn. crews who flew Lancs. in WW2. In researching the project, I was shocked to find that the REAL JB226 had been sho...
Is the 3812 QM truck Company the same as 501st Transportation Company inactivated in 1995?
Trying to find an aerial photograph of HMS Campania anchored in Sandown Bay June 1944
Good Day Fellow Veterans! I am writing with information that I have letters send to local newspapers from November 1944. These are amazing letters with mind blowing stories. I would love to share them with everyone. These are special to me as, my grandfather was one of you and his letter is one of them. I never got to meet him as he did just days before I was born. Would love to learn more about this unit and share these letters with as many as I can every Veteran's Day to keep this unit and their dedication alive. Please feel free to contact me at the enclosed email and I will share my phone with you as well. Hope to hear from someone soon!
The Callsing is incorrect. instead AA-P it should be JN-P. The Lancaster RA564 with onboard the Barr crew was part of the "C-flight" of the 75(NZ)Sqd RAF. The Call signs used by the 75(NZ)Sqd RAF were AA for the "A-flight"and "B-flight". JN was used for the "C-flight" This mistake is made very often.
Hi , im researching the crash of R1166 for my friend, who's father was on that mission, D youlden. Could you please email me. Richard m
Pvt Henry Nigbor died on Christmas Eve 1944. His troop ship the SS Leopoldville, on the way to Cherbourg, was hit by a torpedo from U 486. The torpedo hit the compartment where his unit Co F ,262 Inf. , 66th Infantry Division was stationed. Most of the survivors from Co F we’re on other parts of the ship.
Activity over the enemy's airfields picked up in late September and on the night of the 26th nine aircraft were airborne on intruder missions. Three Mosquitoes were sent to patrol the airfields of Varrelbusch and Ahlhorn, and of these three only one crew returned. The four men lost were F/Lt John N. Andrews and his navigator Sgt Bill Freeman and F/Lt Johnny L. Storer and his navigator F/Sgt Norman J. Lees. The aircraft that did return was piloted by S/Ldr Welch who had encountered much searchlight activity and very accurate flak combined with poor visibility which made conditions extremely hazardous.
My father, pvt. David Benjamin Swaim, served in the 3712th Quartermaster Trucking Company from Oct. 30/1942 - Nov 19/1945. Since I am a Baby Boomer, born in 1957, when he was 430, I really don't know much about his time in the army. This is all I really know. He never taqlked much about it. I have a picture of him in uniform, and I am very proud of his service, even though he was really not healthy after having meningitis when he was 17 (1934). He was deaf in one ear, and almost blind in one eye, and a family trait is flat feet (We all have those!!!) So, he couldn't do a lot of marching, but he sure could drive a truck!!! Any information would be so very welcome. [img]Daddy 001.jpg[/img]
He was my Uncle and I was named after him. I would like to find out more about my Uncle.
C.H. Japing posted a comment in The Story of “Tail End Charlie”
Beste Jaap, Mooi document over de oorlogsgeschiedenis van Mirns! Maar ik kan nog wat aanvullen over de steen die al jaren bij het kerkhof staat... Mijn ouders hebben in '68 een huisje gekocht op de Mirnserdijk. Via via hoorden we dat er in de grond van dat huisje nog een zwerfkei moest liggen die door die bommenwerper omhoog is gewerkt. Het verhaal ging namelijk dat de bommenwerper één of meerdere bommen heeft afgeworpen om gewicht te verliezen. Een van die bommen kwam in het veld achter Mirnserdijk 2 terecht en daarbij vloog een kei de grond uit die op de rand van de krater bleef liggen. Die steen is later weer teruggeduwd in de krater en weer begraven. Als tieners vonden mijn broer en ik dat erg interessant en hebben bij de plaatselijke aannemer een lang betonijzer gebietst. Daarmee zijn we in de grond gaan prikken en vonden uiteindelijk de kei achter in de tuin. Die hebben we met een aantal vriendjes uitgegraven en de plaatselijke staalfabriek heeft de steen met een kraanwagen o...
Lancaster ME615 took off from RAF Waddington at 2224 hours on the night of 28/29th July 1944 to bomb Stuttgart, Germany. Bomb load 1 x 2000 lb (pound) (900 kg) bomb, 12 x 500 ‘J’ clusters. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it did not return to base. Nineteen aircraft from the Squadron took part in the raid and one of these ME 615 failed to return. Post war it was established that the aircraft was shot down by a night fighter and crashed at Rohrbach (Les Bitche) France. The crew members of ME615 were: Flight Sergeant Frank Edgar Fischer (417826) (Bomb Aimer) Warrant Officer Norman Francis Gelder (409041) (Navigator) Flight Sergeant Mervyn Walter Harrison (432668) (Mid Upper Gunner) Flight Lieutenant Brian Charles Moorhead DFC (109518) (RAFVR) (Rear Gunner and Squadron Gunnery Leader) Flight Sergeant Bernard Reece (427106) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner) Flying Officer Ernest William Starling (623359) (RAF) (Flight Engineer) Flying Officer John Anthony Howard Wilkinso...
Hello Miss J.McDonald / Burton , My name's Nicojan Dijkman from the Netherlands Tolbert/Boerakker is't Possible to get in contact with you by Email [email protected] . Or See Facebook NICOJAN DIJKMAN about the crash DV267 SR-K Raf 101 sqdn crashed 19/20 feb 1944 . I am searching information in connection with the plane crash . Maybe you can help me with more information about your Father Leslie Burton Rafvr 1451691 and information about Kibble . they are helped with the resits group here in my village to get in Zwolle and The Hague. with best regards NICOJAN DIJKMAN [email protected]
This was my great uncle Gordon Easley’s Aircraft, he was the nav.
My uncle is Donald Huemoeller if anyone has more information.
My father was Les Burton the navigator. I have his wartime log book and prisoner of war diary and the story of the night they were shot down. The photos were printed in the London Illustrated magazine so there are several of the crew on the airfield and briefing room
Additional information regarding my late uncle, Squadron Leader W D Winward. DFC Service number : 43078 Prisoner of War number : 42720 Stalag Luft 3, Zagan. Poland Awarded DFC at Buckingham Palace on 9 February 1943 Shot down in Zider Zee on 18 February 1943. Photos and newspaper clippings available on request.
My 1 cousin x 2 removed, was an air gunner and he was on that Lancaster Bomber Sgt Graham Howard White 1852873 The crew were returning home after the raid, but the plane ditched into North Sea, 40 miles west of Denmark 54N 07E
Thank you for your work Roland Camier was a 2nd cousin of my mine, so grateful to get to know him
I'm researching a grave marker for a pet named "Ras Bueten Born in England 1943 Died in Dallas Texas 1952 Pet of 581 Ordnance Ammunition Company" Please contact me if you have any information.
Flying Officer 150348 Anthony Keith-Thomas RAF Volunteer Reserve must have survived this incident, as he is reported as killed on November 6 1944 when his Mustang FB213 crashed on landing at RAF Andrews Field when he returned early from RAMROD 1361. He is commemorated at https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/2435152/ANTHONY%20KEITH-THOMAS/
I am doing research on 2047 Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon, all members died on 9 DEc 44 in Chastres, France when B26 tail # 42-107844 blew up after crash landing. Specifically, info on Commander of platoon, Lt Laurence E Radlinger. Anyone with info, photos, etc pls contact me. We want to honor him and his crews at 9/11 ceremony here in Rapid City SD. thanks
John Morey please contact me as I have comprehensive information on this crew.
Not wireless operator. Warrant Officer Royal Australian Air Force.
Hello, My father landed on Omaha beach with the 103rd Evacuation Hospital. His rank then Major Henry C Vedder and was a surgeon who worked 12 hours without rest day in and day out helping the fallen soldiers. I would love to hear any stories about their landing date. His map for his unit starts at Caretan on July 20th, 1944 but he sId he landed only a few days after D -Day. He said he waded off a ship and had to progress through ropes marking where bombs were. Does anyone else have more info. ? I would love to hear more about his 103rd Evacuation Hospital. Melissa Vedder Murray
Drumond Jamie Sutherland Menzies Ross posted a comment in Handley Page Halifax III (MZ524 MP-P) on a mission to Nucourt on 1944-07-16
I am fascinated to read about this flight. Sgt Colin Sutherland Menzies was my Paternal Grandfather and all I knew is he had died in the war. I had no further information as well as the origins of the Sutherland middle name which I shared with my Father Colin Mohr Menzies
Hello Ian Hulley, I would like to get in touch with you. It is about your uncle William Norman Eales. Thank you very much.[img][/img]
This, I believe, is my grandfather. His plane was shot down by an American AA unit on the 2nd last day of the war (7th May 1945), mistaking it for a HE 111. Both he and his navigator survived, although the navigator was injured. The story goes that he was interned in an allied POW camp for a few days, despite having a north English accent, because he had the look of a stereotypical German pilot. He survived the war and became an airline pilot for British South American Airways. http://www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/JonesJFR.htm https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/165270
In 2006 I visited the crash site of BB343 near the village of Lesquielles St-Germain in Aisne. There I met an eye witness to the crash and was given detailed information from two informants. I also visited the graves of the crew of that Halifax bomber. In addition to information contained in the following web page http://www.piloninternational.ca/international/archives/francoisrolland/francoispilon.html I produced a video with the interviews that can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/agzbi0Z7GYk Thanks.
I have been researching one of Pilots of one of the three Halifax bombers lost on this raid
Account here https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/57/a8966857.shtml the crashed Lancaster is visible at the end of a video clip https://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675071144_United-States-troops_men-on-sled_United-States-aircraft_aircraft-take-off
Smarden Local History Society has just received what appears to be a page from a September 1940 log book. It has no pilot name but contains duty descriptions of dogfights, hours flown and references Spitfires X4170 and x4237. There is also a mention of other flown aircraft X4424, P7421 and P7428. Looking now for pilot identity.
Greetings - My Dad was a paratrooper with the 82nd airborne in Normandy. I'm trying to figure out why his Ike jacket has a Seventh Army insignia on the sleeve. After being wounded in the bulge in Jan. '45 he was in the hospital until May and then sent to a bakery unit until returning home in October. Looks like the 3011 Bakery Company, and perhaps others, was attached to the Seventh Army in May of that year. Just wondering if there's a roster of those in the outfit from that time. Any knowledge you could impart would be appreciated, Dave
Mark Skoyles posted a comment in 1 South Lancashire Regiment landed at Sword Beach
This website is a very interesting website run by thousands of people who can make a contribution with stories, photos. Every contribution will be published unless the content is not appropriate. The owner of the website is a composer and publisher not a historian. As he proclaims himself: “my work is to bring people together who has their history in WWII and I am writing music, making films. There are probably millions of mistakes on the website, but people help me with correcting the data”. https://www.backtonormandy.org/the-history/divisions-infantry/3-infantry-division-uk/8-infantry-brigade-uk/1%20The%20South%20Lancashire%20Regiment/380-1-south-lancashire-regiment-landed-at-sword-beach.html
Two of my family members died in this night in a bunker at the rubber factory...
My name is Gini Malloy. My father was Col. Bud Malloy. He was stationed with Bronnie at Kenley during the war. I have inherited my father’s war diary. He mentions Bronnie Trask often. They seem to have been very good friends. He thought very highly of Bronnie. The diary is such a treasure. He talks about his life and friends on and off the battlefield . Such brave men!!
Just checked my father's log book and he was on this Ops. He was the navigator in Halifax MH Q of 51 Sen and it was his last Ops of the war, safely completing 38 Ops in total and 192 hours. He was 20 years old.
Thanks Keith, I am not an expert. I hope you have the right photo.
Sorry if someone else has already mentioned it but the photograph captioned Avro Lancaster VI (JB713 F2-Z) on a mission in Harburg on August 19, 1944 above is not accurate, the aircraft shown is a Mk II with Bristol Hercules radial engines. These are easily identified by the large air intakes on top of the cowling which the MkVI Merlin 85's didn't have. Interesting that the aircraft in the photo seems to be flying on one engine! JB713 was the only MK VI out of the nine or ten converted from MK III's to be lost, the rest survived and were then used by Rolls Royce as test beds.
You are very right. I knew that as you see the stone. Thanks!
This is Bergen in Norway not the Netherlands.
Hallo, ich bin ein Nachfahre aus dem Ort Sistig - meine Eltern haben als Kinder den Absturz der Lancaster miterlebt (... und nachher das Aluminium des zerstörten Flugzeugs eingesammelt ...). Die toten Besatzungsmitglieder wurden meines Wissens nach vom damaligen Ortsbürgermeister Pütz und Pfarrer Berens mit einigen Freiwilligen bei Nacht und Nebel noch geborgen und an der Kirche notdürftig aber in allen Ehren beigesetzt, bevor die SS am nächsten Tag die Absturzstelle sicherte ... - später wurden die Toten dann umgebettet. Wir würden den gestorbenen britischen Soldaten an der Absturzstelle gerne ein Gedenkkreuz aufstellen und dafür ggf. auch die Portraitfotos verwenden - es wäre schön, wenn sich der ein oder andere Angehörige melden würde ... - es dauert ja nicht mehr lange, dass sich der schreckliche Todestag zum 80. Mal jährt ...
Dear Laura Grove, My name is Ben van Drogenbroek from Holland. As a prisoner of war your grandfather Reginald Harold Jacoby participated in the play "A Midsummer Night's Dream", performed at the East Compound of Stalag Luft 3 on August 1, 1943. The play found its origins at Oflag XXI-B Schubin, which prisoners were transferred out in April 1943. Can you tell me if your grandfather was also at Oflag XXI-B Schubin? The reason is that I am writing a book about Oflag XXI-B My e-mail address is [email protected] Many thanks in advance. Ben van Drogenbroek
My grandfather (John Preston Thompson) was a member of the 793 Field Artillery. he passed away in 1972. he spoke spoke to me several times of a few of his experiences. One was his description of being close to the front edge of something that could not be stopped when it came in contact with something that could not be moved. he said he felt like a gnat in a hurricane. he tried to describe what it was like when the guns would fire.. said night became day... and that it had to be just horrible to be on the receiving end of those guns. i can only imagine what an eight inch gun could do... John Preston (JP) Thompson also served as a cook for crew.. and said he was happy to show them good eats from (Bailey) North Carolina.
Helen Toms was a physical therapist in the 114th General Hospital at Kidderminster. She told stories of her time there and left a photo album. She was very proud of her service there.
This man, Brigadier General Nelson Macy Walker, was my grandfather.
Hello, Member of the association "The flowers of memory", I flower the grave of Mr. Ferguson. First, there is an inconsistency (typing error) between the date of his death in the text and in the title. Mr. Ferguson did indeed pass on July 27, not July 07. I am looking for all the information (family, descendant) on this man who gave his life for our freedom. have a good day. Eric
Tim , If you have any more Photos .. Its my Great Grandad Jack Laurens it would be great . [email protected]
Als hier de QR-P bedoeld wordt, die landde op 27-8-1940 veilig op het strand van Vlieland. Daar zijn zelfs foto’s van in het archief van de gemeente Vlieland.
Good evening, i am a volunteer at atlantikwall bunkers in Holland, and want to make a model of L8831,crashed near ockenburgh Den Haag Holland 10-5-40. Does anyone have a picture or colour scheme of this aircraft? Many thanks ? [email protected]
Fred Vogels posted a comment in The Unfinished
Hi Fred, Thank you for sending me “The Unfinished”. What a terrific theme and background for your compositions. Being visually oriented, I found the images of the unfinished paintings very effective – they give you a look ‘behind the curtain’ of the work painters do. Seeing life and presence in the eyes, in the limbs, in the positionings of the finished sections of the painting, then revealing the sketched-but-not-finished canvas surrounding them was very effective. Your music, as always; wonderful, evocative and heartfelt. I feel so lucky to have listened to your work over the years. Thank you. Great work from you and Hilke – a great team. Best wishes to you both and congratulations on this wonderful work! Sending you much love from Vancouver!
Fred Vogels posted a comment in Angela Merkel
An impressive message for the Dutch people. As a child from a slavelabourer her message convinced me.
Terry Jeffreys posted a comment in H.M.S.Nith hit by a Mistel
My father was on board the Nith as a Telegraphist. I am trying to contact any members of the crew and their families. I have set up a Facebook group for HMS Nith.
While reviewing family records, I found a letter from my father-in-law that was dated December 28th, 1942. In the letter, he stated that he was currently stationed in Africa. He listed his unit as 703rd Ord (Lt Maint) Co.
Mark, if you ever find yourself in Ottersum for the second time, I'd like to have a picture of yet, I hope you don't ask too much? Wikipedia editing services
My dad, sgt Hobart I Saunders was in the 3113 and landed at etretat fr. he was in charge for getting comma back in France and had a group of French telephone workers working for him.
Hi I have a bit more detail on this after interviewing a witness. Please see the Facebook page 616 squadron. So they did actually complete the mission and had been received by another pair of aircraft. Both Rodgers and Smith were flying back to Tangmere, or they were supposed to. Going to the site of the double crash, you can see what happened. From the channel you can cut across Sandown Bay making a turn back for home. As there is a nice land contour but ....the hills rise steeply towards Stenbury Down. The conditions that day for flying was poor. Fog visibility down to 500 yards and thunderstorms. Making their turn and in the poor visibility both pilots sadly misjudged their height. Both pilots crashed with 30 seconds of each other 25-30 yards apart. Smiths aircraft ended up in a short piece of wall leaving a clue today as to the spot. Smiths plane caught fire sadly with him in it. Rodgers was more lucky sustaining a head injury. A local farm boy at Span Farm heard the calls for ...
This is my grandfather. He was flying Typhoon H.H.U on the day flack hit his plane and he had to bale out. Unfortunately the wind carried his parachute over enemy lines and he was captured by the Germans and taken as POW to Stalag Luft 1 where he saw out the war. In his log book it says "Attack on MET East of Falaise". Not sure what MET is. I am assuming that the photograph in this entry is a stock photo and not of him?
Bonjour je suis membre de l'association Les Fleurs de la mémoire et à ce titre je fleuri la tombe au moins une fois par an du Lt Kimsey Harold William. J ai beaucoup de mal à obtenir des renseignements sur ce héros. Quelqu un peut il m aider ? Par avance merci. Cordialement
Wendy, my grandfather was also on that flight - I would be happy to share what I know with you. David Gilchrist
I see that it is written, "He gave his life for our freedom on Tuesday 06 June 1944.", yet his grave says "June 18 1944" I thought you may want to confirm this.
On board ME799 was a relative - Air Gunner Sgt Albert Miles B Cutting s/n 1806570. He survived the crash was captured and sent to Stalag Luft III - the “Great Escape” camp. He survived the war. Any further information would be appreciated.
Hans Boorsma posted a comment in Amersfoort concentration camp
Weet iemand wat de afkorting A.E.R. betekent? Dit staat op een document (soort persoonskaart) vermeld bij "Grund:" oftewel de reden voor internering.
Ronald Cheeseman joined the RAF with the service number 1052600. He trained as a Mid Upper Gunner and rose to the rank of Flight Sergeant. He spent time with the 75 Sqd at Feltwell before going over to the 166 Sqd. On 14th January 1944 as part of 166 Sqd Ronald boarded the Lancaster III EE137 AS-C2 at the airfield in Kirmington, Lincolnshire. They took off at 16.29 hours for a bombing mission at Brunswick, Germany. Events went wrong and the plane Crashed into woods 5 km south west of Stockse near Wienberg-Weser. Sadly Ronald lost his life in the crash, aged 23. The crew consisted of the following members. W/O. W V. Butler ( Killed ) Sgt. R E W. Cheeseman ( Killed ) F/S. J W. Thomas ( pow ) Sgt. J. Holden ( pow ) Sgt. F C. Collins ( killed ) Sgt. R. Soo ( Killed ) Sgt. J M. Preston RCAF ( Killed )
Do you have any photos of the crew or plane, Frank? I would be interested in anything you might be able to share. Alfred was born in Derby and had three sisters. Sadly, even though Alfred was 31 when he died, he was not married. Martin
Alfred Cheetham was my grandmother's brother. He was the Flying Officer on the Lancaster.
To Margaret Evans, Michael Negus was my father's cousin, ie my first cousin once removed. Do get in touch if you wish Rupert Negus
Hello thanks for sharing this, Alaister was my grandad and it's very interesting reading about him, what was your source for this? I would like to find out more
My cousin once removed (dad’s cousin) flew this plane with 44 (Rhodesia) squadron May-June 1943, and this could so easily have been him. I’m transcribing the Operations Records for this period, for my own interest. They have a lot of errors, including the fact that the plane was wrongly recorded as ED.507.R on this mission. On another date they have pilot’s comments from my cousin who was not actually recorded as being on that operation at all, which is confirmed by his logbook. He was RNZAF; his crew were British RAF.
I am wondering if there is any way of finding a quality copy of Jb226. I have my uncle's flight log, (Edwin Florence Uren) , his insignias, badges etc, even the original letter stating he was missing in action. I would like to do a framed picture with this memorabilia and a picture of the original aircraft would be awesome. Thanks for any information that you can give. Bob Uren
bonjour jai l honneur de moccuper de la tombe de GILBERT WT COMBS des que je peux aller en normandie je vais me recueillir ainsi que sur les 3 autres que je parraine sinon un fleuriste y va pour moi trouver sa famille est ma mission...mais pas facile
Dear Ian, In Alkmaar lives Cees Slot, he is active on Facebook.”je bent Alkmaarder als” If anyone know it’s Cees Slot. A post on Facebook and the Alkmaarders will react, Greetings, Mark Kruger
A beautiful collection of photos and stories.
Picture on right is Ray Cameron. Died in March, 2014 in Mount Vernon, OH
Join me also in music and film
Join me at Spotify, Vimeo and my website with the music of Back to Normandy and so much more
Join me at Spotify, Vimeo and my website with the music of Back to Normandy and so much more