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 Lancaster III JA708



Prisoners of War for Lancaster III JA708

RankName, Number, Trade & DetailsDate CapturedUnitPOW NoCamp
J F Beesley (1433345) Lancaster III JA708 1943-09-2397 SqdnStalag 357 Kopernikus

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Lancaster JA708Lancaster JA708 was lost 23 September 1943. I would like confirmation as to whether this aircrafts's Squadron identification was OF Z or OF P. Regards, David Layne ....Read More.David Layne on 20th May 2012 06:03:38
Lancaster JA708Hi David, Bruce Robertson's book Lancaster-The Story of A Famous Bomber has JA708 as OF-Z Wayne. ....Read More.Wayne on 20th May 2012 10:39:36
Lancaster JA708Hello, Take your pick! No.97 Squadron. (1) http://www.97squadronassociation.co.uk/flightops3.html (Jan-July 1943) (2) http://www.97squadronassociation.co.uk/flightops4.html (Aug-Dec 1943) Use Control + F search for JA708. Col. ....Read More.COL BRUGGY on 20th May 2012 11:37:19
Lancaster JA708Following on from Col’s lead I checked out the excellent 97 sqdn web site where JA708 is mainly listed as P and Z, but also appears as E, L, N, R and S – some of these could be corruptions of P and Z. What is of interest is a copy of a painting provided by the son of Wally Layne DFC showing JA708 as P, it appears Wally first flew in JA708 on September 22/23, 1943 to Hanover. Looking back I find that it is Wally’s son David who originated this post ! It is looking increasingly likely that Bill is correct and it was re-coded during service. Ian ....Read More.ian94avenge on 21st May 2012 04:48:36
Hanover 22 September 1943 Raid Squadron list97 Squadron's contribution. 22/23 September 1943 - Hanover JA923H F/L A.Eaton-Clarke, F/O J.H.Nicholls (2nd Pilot), Sgt G.E.Dunning, W/C R.C.Alabaster, P/O A.E.Carlton, F/Sgt G.K.Smith, Sgts E.Hambling, P.A.Walder. Up 1849 Down 0002. 16 flares white, 2 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 6 x 1000lb. Primary target bombed. 19,000’. No moon, no cloud, visibility good. Fires burning well and raid appeared to be well concentrated. 120 bundles of windows dropped at 20,000’. Bombed on H2S and visually. JA960E F/Sgt A.C.Jones, Sgt W.Jackson, F/O A.W.Pepper, F/S gt F.T.Williams, Sgts J.Sansam, T.Hesselden, C.J.Billows. Up 1855 Down 2305. 8 flares white, 1 x TI red, 1 x 4000lb, 104 x 30lb incs. Oldenburg bombed from 20,000’. TIs cascaded and flares effective. Red TIs all dropped on built up area. No moon, no cloud but slight haze. Too early on target to give any information on results. JA908N S/L J.H.Sauvage, F/Sgt W.G.Waller, F/L H.A.Hitchcock, F/O F.P.Burbridge, W/O E.Wheeler, F/L J.E.Blair, F/Sgt G.W.Wood. Up 1840 Down 2355. 1 x TI green, 4 flares white, 1 x 1000lb, 216 incs. Hanover attacked from 14,500’. Target identified from fires only. No cloud but slight haze. Green TI concentration quite good. Large area of fires seen creeping up from eastern side of target visible 15 minutes after leaving target – 70 miles away. JB221W F/L B.H.Berridge, F/Sgt V.A.Davis, W/O S.C.Bremner, P/O E.Osler (AB), F/L R.H.Watts (AB), W/O A.E.Flowerday, F/Sgt R.S.Bennett, W/O G.Pearce. Up 1850 Down 2358. 2LBTI Green, 2 x TI green, 1 x 4000lb, 6 x 1000lb. No moon, no cloud over primary target Hanover. Bombs released from 14,300’. 4000lb bomb seen to burst near to yellow TI. TIs well concentrated. JA963Q F/L D.I.Jones, F/Sgt M.Hemming, P/O A.J.Silk, F/L T.Hodkinson, W/O J.L.Hannah, F/Sgt F.Strange, F/Sgt J.R.Burke. Up 1851 Down 2349. 2LB, 2 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 6 x 1000lb. Hanover primary target identified by red TI and visually. Built up area brilliantly lit up by flares and detail of town seen. Markers seemed well placed. JB119F F/L D.Mackenzie, S/L Lawton (2nd Pilot), F/Sgt J.T Pratt, Sgts R.F.Marshall, J.G.Stevens, A.Hunter, M.Lang, K.Kirby. Up 1853 Down 0010. 2LBTI, 1 x 4000lb, 6 x 1000lb. Bombs released on Hanover. 18,000’. Visibility good. Many bomb bursts seen in area of TI concentration which seemed very good. Lancaster passed within 50 feet of aircraft. Fires seen burning north wets and south east of aiming point. JA708P F/L R.A.Fletcher, F/Sgt J.Nelson, F/Sgt J.Dunn, F/Sgt J.F.Beesley, W/O W.H.Layne, F/Sgt V.White, F/Sgt H.R.Page. Up 1856 down 2351. 2 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 6 x 1000lb. Hanover bombed from 19,500’. Green TIs were not seen to cascade owing to searchlights and enemy action. God concentration of fires seen on aiming point. Lancaster seen over target with navigation light on. ED868A W/O L.Stevenson, Sgt J.Brett, F/Sgt R.G.Christie, Sgts J.D.Bradford, H.G.Mitchell, J.Mallaber, T.G.Pugh. Up 1857 Down ....Read More.David Layne on 18th August 2013 06:13:18
Roger Gunter Simmons POW No. 1350Thanks 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


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