|Roger Gunter Simmons POW No. 1350||Thanks Nick. Will send you a PM.
Here is what I have found out on the prisoners listed in my father's POW "Wartime Log." There are a few missing but hopefully someone can help.
Allen Chas(Tim) 70 Warren road, Washwood Heath, Birmingham. Sgt. Rear Gunner, 75 Squadron,
Lancaster PB520 20 Nov 44, Op Homberg, Lancaster PB520
Bean L.F. Sgt F/E 432 Squadron Halifax LW597, shot down 25/26 February 1944 by night fighter near Ulm on operations to Augsburg.
Beesley, J. 176 Woodland Ave. Handsworth, Birmingham. F/S Bomb Aimer 97 Squadron Lancaster JA708. Shot down by night fighter 23/24 September 1943 after bombing Mannheim. (One of the crew members when my father was shot down)
Beeston, Bob (A.H.) W/O Pilot of 51 Squadron Halifax HR750 shot down 27/28 May 1943 on raid to Essen, all crew survived.
Benson, A.J. "OK" Goondriwindi, Queensland. Sgt. Pilot 10 O.T.U. Whitley BD220 At 14.39 hours, 14 June 1943 two U boats inbound for their French base in Bordeaux were spotted by the Whitley in the Bay of Biscay and shadowed. U-564 was unable to dive after an air attack the day before and was being escorted back to France by U-185. At 16.45 hours, the fuel of the aircraft was running low the pilot Sergeant Benson decided to attack U-564. Both boats opened fire and hit the bomber, but its depth charges caused more damage on the boat and she sank at 17.30 hours. The hydraulics and the starboard engine of the Whitley were damaged, so the crew was forced to ditch into the Bay of Biscay approximately 80 miles south west of the Isles of Scilly. The crew were picked up three days later by a French trawler and ended up as German prisoners of war. A good account is in Norman Franks book ' Search, Find and Kill' . Benson was awarded the D.F.M for this action. [url]http://www.crookwellgazette.com.au/story/1499555/the-sinking-of-u-564-june-14-1943-arthur-benson-crookwell/[/url]
Calvert, Les. Sgt. 106 Squadron Lancaster W4842 on May 27th 1943 on an operation to Essen. No relation to crew member George F. Calvert, listed below.
Calvert, George F. 11 Mallett Crescent, Bolton. F/S 106 Squadron Lancaster W4842 on May 27th 1943 on an operation to Essen. According to Lancaster at War 3 (Pages 68-72) George was not related to crew member Les Calvert. George Calvert also has an account in Cooper's 'Air Battle of the Ruhr' (Page 80). The crew survived a Whitley crash landing on 9 Dec 42 whilst with 19 OTU Kinloss, a first ditching in Lancaster R5892 on 21 Feb 43 with 1661 HCU and then a second ditching after the Essen raid although on this occasion they were picked up by the Germans.
Charlton, J. Allen 9 Dick Road, Kilmarnock. Air Corporal RAF 981256
Collins, Laurie W. "Sackville House." 4 Littlefields Land, Grimsby, Lincs. A/G 57 Squadron Wellington R1369 operation to Kiel shot down and crashed in the sea near the Frisians
Coulbeck, R. 97 Ravendale St. Scunthorpe. Pvt. R.A.O.C. POW# 6084 Service# 7615370
Denton, J.N. 4 The Terrace, Chyand ....Read More.||David Layne on 18th February 2014 04:34:52|
|LEJ Davenports POW Wartime Log - A List of names???||Here are the men named in my father's POW "Wartime Log" which can be viewed here [url]http://wallyswar.wordpress.com/pow-log/[/url]
I am attempting to get photographs of each individual and so far have got 13. Any further information about these prisoners and photographs would be greatly appreciated.
ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF PRISONERS IN WALTER LAYNE’S “WARTIME LOG.”
Allen Chas(Tim) R.A.F. 70 Warren road, Washwood Heath, Birmingham. Sgt. Rear Gunner, 75 Squadron,
Lancaster PB520 20 Nov 44, Op Homberg, Lancaster PB520 (page 87)
Bean, Leonard Frank R.A.F. Sgt F/E 432 Squadron Halifax LW597, shot down 25/26 February 1944 by night fighter near Ulm on operations to Augsburg. From [url]http://www.robineau.ca/2012/11/rheal-robineau-the-rest-of-the-crew/[/url]
NAME. Bean L. F. Flt/engineer. We left base, East Moor, after dark, somewhere around 21:30. Fairly cloudy weather, but clear, 3/4 moon above 10,000 feet. Only light flak was encountered until the target, but even here we seemed to be above most of it. We flew all the way at approximately 21,000 feet. We arrived at the target on time but no flares had been dropped by P.F.F so the skipper having flown over the target circled back into bomber stream. Flares were down by this time. We bombed the target and turned onto track. Approximately, half hour later, skipper asked me to check that bomb doors were isolated on the hydraulics. I went back to check, taking my log to fill in. As I plugged into the intercom, I heard the skipper warning the gunners that there were fighter flares going down ahead. As far as I remember we stayed on course and did not weave. A few minutes later, approximately 2:00 I heard a banging noise underneath and the overload tank in the bomb bay exploded. I then heard the skipper give the order to bale out and went forward and handed him his chute, as he was leaving his position. I then got my chute and went to follow him into the nose, but stayed on the steps. Later when the aircraft had dropped quite a height the wireless operator managed to open the hatch. The order of leaving the aircraft was wireless operator, pilot, navigator, bomb aimer and myself (flt/engineer). After pulling the ripcord I blacked out and remember nothing until I came to in the snow. I had no chute or harness or Mae west and 2 German landwatch with shotguns were standing around, apparently waiting for me to recover. When the tank exploded, it blew the floor in and the flames came through. Window was being dropped. Upward firing guns. (page 19)
Beesley, J. R.A.F. 176 Woodland Ave. Handsworth, Birmingham. F/S Bomb Aimer 97 Squadron Lancaster JA708. Shot down 23/24 September 1943 by Messerschmitt 110 night fighter piloted by Unteroffizie Josef Brunner operating out of Venlo in Holland 1 minute after bombing Mannheim. (One of the crew members when my father was shot down) (page 7, 51, 87)
Beesley is second from right, picture taken at the time of his repat ....Read More.||David Layne on 5th November 2014 04:52:47|