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Corporal Graham LANE (638609) of the Royal Air Force


Death of Death 1945-07-29 .

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AIR81/3160Sergeant E A Hares, Sergeant W G Lane: killed; aircraft accident, Brockworth, Harvard P5885, 15 Service Flying Training School, 9 September 1940.C16472522
AIR81/5897Flying Officer J G Lane, Sergeant S Cross: missing believed killed; aerial combat, aircraft shot down at sea off coast of Norway, Beaufighter T3238, 252 Squadron, 16 April 1941 -.C16755195

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Young pilots flying bombers from CanadaThe newly-minted Sergeant pilot or Pilot Officer would not be a candidate for a ferry crew, Having spent more than 200 hours (if that) aircraft no more advanced than a Harvard or Anson, one would be risking good airplanes to entrust them to such amateurs. If his first posting was an overseas assignment, he would almost invaraibly go by boat. Ferry Command crews were a cosmopolitan lot - civilians and military, and just about every nationality in the Allied cause. The service (i.e. air force) Ferry Command people going overseas would likely have a great deal of extra flying between getting their wings and setting out for overseas. Some had been retained in Canada as instructors and logged many hours in all weathers before getting an overseas posting. Others had been retained for Home Defence duties, including transport work and anti-submarine operations. Even the "new" RCAF pilot engaged in ferry work would have had some advanced training, either at the Ferry Command OTU or at one or another of the RCAF or RAF OTUs and Maritime Reconnaissance Schools in the Maritime provinces, as well as No.111 OTU in Bermuda. Carl Christie points out that although some men made a career of ferry work, others were "one trippers" whose temporary assignment to Ferry Command was a quick way of proceeding overseas. In a few cases, the crews might have an operational tour under their belt, have returned to Canada, and then were ferrying an aircraft back to the UK as a preliminary to doing a second tour. When the RCAF took delivery of the first Canadian-built Lancaster (KB700) they brought back a crew of Bomber Command veterans to perform the task. Most (if not all) had been decorated and the pilot - Squadron Leader Reg Lane - may have been chosen because he was incredibly handsome - a PR officer's dream ! ....Read More.HughAHalliday on 23rd March 2008 05:29:07
Help Please: 10 Group Roadstead - June 15th 1943Hi Paul I'll look for the Spitfire squadron's ORBs when I'm back with my files, but, in the meantime these are my transcriptions of the SURFAT reports etc. Note that they are my notes/transcriptions and not literal copies: RAF Museum, 263 Sqn A Flt Diary: Shipping recces, Cotton s/d flak after bombing, F/S Ridley hit. Warmwell ORB 4 aircraft of 263 escorted by 16 Spitfires carried out armed shipping reconnaissance locating 4 minesweepers 3m NW of Sark. 2 Sweepers claimed as Cat III. We lost PO Cotton. Ibsley ORB: At dawn 16 a/c of 504 and 616 escorted 4 Whirlybombers of 263 on armed shipping recce. 4 enemy minesweepers found and attacked NE of Sark. All were damaged by cannon fire and 2 were bombed. F/ Sim (Aus) of 616 and 1 Whirlybomber are missing from this operation. AIR 27/1551/224, Armed Shipping Recco, 15 June 1943: 616/504/263, 16 Spitfires VB/C and VI, 4 WB 2 x 250 11 seconds delay, Spits 0535-0705 Ibsley, WB 0543-0650 Warmwell. TOA 0620, 4 Minesweepers, Hit with cannon fire and MG, 2 bombed claim Cat 3. FO RJ Sim (NZ) 616 lost and PO Max Cotton 263 lost. General: r/v with WB Warmwell 0549. Formation led by S/L Lucas set course S/l for N of Guernsey, 8 a/c 616 as antiflak, 8 of 504 as escort cover. When 1.5-3 miles NE of Sark turned left and almost immediately saw 4 Minesweepers going in two sections of 2 line ahead towards Cap de la Hague 4-5 miles NE Sark. Climbed to 400 ft when 1000 yds away and then dived to attack. All 4 ships opened up with intense fire together and Yellow 4 of 616 was seen to burst into flames when 400 yds away from the ships, seen to pull up to 500 ft still smoking. Further fate unknown. Hits with cannon and MG registered on all 4 ships. 1 WB (Cotton) seen to blow up when over ships. Heavy flak also experienced from Guernsey to Sark. FO Lee-White and Sgt Wood attacked ship No 3 from below mast height, smoke seen but no other results seen. Cotton and Ridley attacked ship No 1. Cottons bomb splashes seen amidships on water line and ship was seen to smoke. The explosions could not have been seen owing to the 11 seconds delay. 2 Ships claimed cat 3. Whirlibombers state antiflak excellent. A 5th small ship was seen some way behind the main formation but was not attacked. 10/10 cloud at 1500 over CI and Peninsula. CCG used. TNA: AIR 27/1551/226-227, Draft Surfat Report, Escorted Armed Shiping Recco, 15 June 1943 Draft Surfat report: Lee-White (Red1), Wood (Red 2), Cotton (Blue 1), Ridley (Blue 2), 10/10 cloud at 1500, TOA 0620, 49 28 N, 02 17 W, 4 warships steaming NE at about 8 knots followed by an armed trawler. Ships 1 and 2 were abeam of each other about 60 yds apart, ships 3 and 4 in same formation about 150 yds astern. Ship 5 was perhaps 700 yds astern of the others. Ships 1 and 2 were identified as M class minesweepers, Ships 2 and 4 were two funnel warships very like the escort vessel (Geleiteboote) depicted on P54 of OU 6392. All port beam attacks, 8 x 250, GP,11 secs, results n ....Read More.NiallC on 30th September 2009 06:01:41
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Did Marine Units recover bodies?Brian you do not mention the location of a possible crash but I have read of ships picking up bodies when out at sea (rather than coastal forces). Their identities were checked, and then given a proper burial at sea. But I have also read about coastal forces, in the Channel etc, finding floating bodies, and they were brought back. As for aircraft, floaters in shipping lanes were sunk, either by naval guns or even by bombing. But in some cases attempts at towing were made....I believe one such case is mentioned in "Even The Birds Were Walking." A ....Read More.Amrit on 22nd July 2010 06:14:37
Distill Operations Fighter CommandDear all, A Distill Operation was a code name for intercepting minesweeping Junkers Ju 52's (nicknamed Mausi) equiped with a electro magnetic ring to detonate magneting mines in the shipping lanes along the enemy coastline. I'm looking for additional information about these operations. When did these kind of operations start and end in WW II and is there anything known about the successes? Also, which FC Squadrons or Groups were involved? As far as I know 611 Squadron carried out such a mission on 23rd August 1943. Perhaps someone has seen a document in TNA covering this matter? If so I would be happy to learn the reference number. Thanks in advance, Hans Nauta ....Read More.Hans Nauta on 11th September 2010 08:08:38
Use of special Lancasters on 24-25 March 1944?Theo, Lt. Gen. Reg Lane was my friend, as was his R/G on this op, F/L Jimmy Scannell. Reg told me that the Lanc they flew, while performing the M.C. duties this night, performed more like a fighter than any bomber he'd flown in his prev. 60 or so ops. I'm lucky to have a copy of Jim's, log detailing 89 ops with both 35 & 405 PFF & 617 sqdns, from mid. 42 to war's end. His log entry for this final Berlin op. of March 24/25, 44 with Lane & crew states: "25 minutes spent over target". Cheers. Paul ....Read More.Paul61 on 24th March 2011 05:27:35
Use of special Lancasters on 24-25 March 1944?Theo / Peter, As per Lt. General Reg Lane DSO, DFC & Bar: "In 35 sqdn. I flew Halifax Mk.I & Mk.II aircraft. In 405 sqdn. I flew Lancaster Mk.III & Mk.VI aircraft. The latter was unique as it was fitted with the Merlin Mk.XXII 2 speed, 2 stage supercharged engines and could fly at a much higher altitude than the Mk.III. It also was much faster and performed more like a fighter than a bomber. It was a beautiful airplane." Cheers. Paul ....Read More.Paul61 on 26th March 2011 09:29:56
RAF units off the Normandy beaches on 6 June 1944Brian , i am still watching this thread , and although i am not sure if the following helps any but here it is anyway 15th June 44 FDT 216 had returned to PORTSMOUTH ,,to repair collision damage sustained when an american LCT collided with her,FDT 217 ,TOOK HER PLACE WITHIN THE AMERICAN SECTOR,Because NO 15082 G.C.I,WAS NOT FULLY OPERATIONAL by this time,, FDT 217 was able to leave her latter postion to do this as No 15083 G.C.I,had taken control in the british sector. The allied shipping lanes had not been attacked and FDT13, was not used to control fighters during ther first 7 days of the landings ,,FDT 13 therfore returned to port to refueland take on fresh supplies , When FDT 13 returned she took up a position some 20mls off the coast in a position E.N.E.of BARFLEUR , to track Torpedo and mine laying aircraft around the cherbourg peninsular , it may be at this time that FDT 13 was subjected to enemy air attack but luckily was unsucsesfull On the 23rd June FDT 217 said farewell to the AMERICAN SECTOR AFTER 17 DAYS CONT SERVICE and returneds to anchorage , it was intended that she would return to Normandy and repalce either FDT 13 OR 216 ,in MID CHANNEL, nut as the advance on the continent progressed she was not needed ,However FDT 217 was detailed to go to the WALCHEREN ISLANDS ,Withe a flotilla of Rocket firing LCT'S (six ships), ex F/SGT John Glen takes up the story At the last moment the order was cancelled since the mobile radar stations that had landed at Normandy had move north through france . so, the rocket firing LCT'S moved off on their own , It was a disaster only one managed to make it back to COWES ,and knocked a hole in FDT217 above the waterline in an attempt to come along side , the LCT FLAK ship , WAS ALL SHOT UP THE COOLING WATER PUMPS HAD FAILED AND THE DECKS WERE ALL SCORCHED AND BURNT UP . and so it goes on , hope this is of some use to you . phill jones ....Read More.phill jones on 27th June 2011 10:03:17
RAF units off the Normandy beaches on 6 June 1944What an interesting thread. The comment about RAF personnel changing into khaki uniforms is also found in most books on the subject. Although the Luftwaffe did not attack the shipping lanes they did carry out bombing attacks on the ships off the beaches including Mistel - whcih appear to have gone unnoticed by the Allies. I'd have assumed that the FDTs would also have been controlling nightfighters. One minor point on terminology: only battleships, battlecruisers and fleet carriers count as capital ships. Not Bulolo. ....Read More.Graham Boak on 28th June 2011 04:28:21
Anson loss on 12 December 1943Found this on the Net: FRANK CLEGG from Harrogate was the W.Op on an Anson operating out of RAF Millom, Cumberland. On 12 Dec 1943 he was on a training flight over the Irish Sea when the aircraft had engine failure and ditched - fortunately in the shipping lanes. After 10 hours in the dinghy he was spotted by a Free French cargo boat and taken into Liverpool. Source: Can someone provide me the Anson serial and type, and the names and fate of the remaining crew ? I would also be interested in the ID of the Free French cargo, with which I could search more in the French archives. Best regards ....Read More.Laurent Rizzotti on 12th December 2012 07:09:04
What and where was '29 LC Sqn'Hi All, Mick Davis at the GWF has cracked it, here is is reply to my question: "Is it not TC Sqn? 29 Training (Control) Squadron was formed at Hendon 1.8.1918, ex the Medical Flight, to return debilitated (physically or mentally) pilots to flying. The unit moved to Edgware (Stag Lane) five days later and to Croydon on 14.12.1918. It then moved to Netheravon on 30.6.1919 and disbanded into 8 Training Squadron on 14.7.1919." ....Read More.dfuller52 on 6th December 2013 11:37:02
Canadians on D-DayG'day This is a story I wrote on the Canadian contribution on D-Day. Cheers...Chris [U][/U][B]The Coming Storm[/B] In February of 1943, A high-level conference took place at Casablanca, Morocco between the President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and their respective advisors. They were there to discuss the future conduct of the war. It was decided that plans for the re-entry in to Europe must be given top priority. The concentration of forces and materials needed for the forthcoming invasion commenced. In March 1943, U.S. Army General Dwight D. Eisenhower selected the British Army's Acting Lieutenant General Frederick Edgworth Morgan as Chief of Staff to the Supreme Allied Commander of the allied force that would invade northern Europe. Morgan is credited as being the original planner for the invasion of Europe. Lingering concerns and differences of opinion on Operation Neptune, the assault phase of Operation Overlord, were addressed at the Quebec Conference in August 1943. It was agreed that the invasion of France take place in May 1944. On the 28th of November 1943, General Dwight D. Eisenhower affectionately known as ‘Ike’ was appointed the Supreme Allied Commander. His duty was no less than to enter the continent of Europe in conjunction with all other allied nations, undertake operations aimed at the heart of Germany and destroy its forces. The proposed execution date of the 1st of June 1944, set the time for an invasion on a scale never attempted before. Due to unforeseen problems including extremely inclement weather, the date was set back to the 6th of June. The entire daring escapade was a monumental logistics nightmare. In all, over 7,000 vessels carrying more than 150,000 troops would have to cross the English Channel to France undetected and arrive exactly on time to forge a beachhead. Once the details of invasion were coordinated, the land forces under Field Marshal Sir Bernard L. ‘Monty’ Montgomery put forth the logistical requirements. All allied air operations would be under the command of Royal Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory The build-up had to provide for the debarkation of reinforcements without interruption for five to six weeks after the landing…any delay would carry heavy consequences. The initial landing was delayed due to menacing weather, which also indirectly caused the sinking of the minesweeper U.S.S. Osprey. Additionally, an American tank landing craft US LCT2498 broke down and subsequently capsized and sank in the vicious swell. Mother Nature, not the Germans had dealt the first blows against Operation Overlord. Nevertheless, D-day arrived at the beaches of Normandy with full force on the morning of the 6th of June. [U][/U][B]Pegasus Up [/B] The crack 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion (1 Can Para) led by Lt. Col. G.F.P. Bradbrooke was part of the tough and tumble 3rd Brigade of the British 6th Airborne Division. ....Read More.Dakota on 6th June 2014 10:12:05
RAF fatalities, 1927BREWERTON, Cyril Fraser, F/L, DSC - killed 18 January 1927 in an Avro Bison, No.423 Flight, Malta; with F/O E. Chafe, F/O and Lieutenant (RN) Guy Owen Owen-Jones, and J39729 Leading Telegraphist George William Burton. Account in Flight of 27 January 1927 read as follows: “The aeroplane had just taken off and, still flying directly into the wind, approached the coast where the cliff is about 300 feet high. Here the air was unusually disturbed by a gusty wind blowing seawards at about 30 miles an hour. The machine, at a height of 50 feet, was thrown out of control, the starboard lower wing struck the ground near the cliff edge and the machine plunged into the sea. There is no indication of any defect in the aircraft or engine. Flight Commander C.F. Brewerton, who commanded the Flight, was a most skillful pilot with many years experience, both during and since the war.” CHAFE, Edwin, F/O and Lieutenant, RN - killed 18 January 1927, Avro Bison, No.423 Flight, Malta; see entry for F/L C.F. Brewerton. OWEN-JONES, Guy Owen, F/O and Lieutenant, RN - killed 18 January 1927, Avro Bison, No.423 Flight, Malta; see entry for F/L C.F. Brewerton. BURTON, George William, J39729 Leading Telegraphist, RN - killed 18 January 1927, Avro Bison, No.423 Flight, Malta; see entry for F/L C.F. Brewerton. FRASER, Cyril, F/L, DSC - died 18 January 1927 at Malta following an aeroplane accident. SATTIN, Arthur, F/O - drowned 27 January 1927 following an accident in a Fairey Flycatcher, No.405 Flight, off the coast of Portugal; sole occupant of aircraft; failed attempt to land aboard HMS Furious. CAMPBELL, Gordon Thursby, F/O and Lieutenant, RN - drowned 28 January 1927, southwest coast of Spain, Blackburn Dart, No.462 Flight, HMS Furious. MEGGITT, William Geoffrey, F/L, MC - killed 28 January 1927, in Siskin of No.41 Squadron, Norbury, London MILLS, John Yarnton, F/O and Lieutenant, RN - killed 1 February 1927 at Benghis Point, Malta, in collision of a Fairey Flycatcher of No.402 Flight and a Fairey IIID of No.441 Flight; Mills was sole occupant in the Flycatcher. “Flying Officer Alexander Harold James Howlett, the pilot of the Fairey IIID aircraft was uninjured and his passengers, Wing Commander Gilbert George Herbert Cooke, DFC, AFC and No.61875 Flight Sergeant Arthur Edmund Lawrence Worster, sustained only slight injuries.” LEWIS, Gomer Flower, P/O - killed 2 February 1927 in a Wookcock aeroplane of No.3 Squadron. EVANS, Sidney Arthur Vernon, P/O - Killed at Rottingdeane, Sussex, 4 February 1927 in a flying accident, Gloster Grebe No.56 Squadron, Biggin Hill. WALKER, John Matthew, F/O, RAFO - Killed 10 March 1927 RIGG, Robert Owen, F/O and Honourary F/L - Killed 12 March 1927 in a Fairey IIIF, No.60 Squadron, at Peshawar. Also killed were 362688 LAC Patrick John Sexton and 327848 LAC William James Meaden. SEXTON, Patrick John, LAC (362688) - Killed 12 March 1927 in a Fairey IIIF, No.60 Squadron, at Peshawar. See entry for F/O R ....Read More.HughAHalliday on 4th August 2014 07:06:24
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RAF fatalities 1929Hugh Here are a few: COURTNEY, Reginald Aloysius - died at the R.A.F. Hospital, Cranwell - source is the National Probate Calendar. BUTLER, Leonard - The Dover Express of May 24 1929 reports that he was "one of the airmen" killed at Letchworth whilst practising for a flying display, due to have been given by a manufacturing company. He was the brother of Maidstone's Chief Constable. The Eastern Gazette of May 31st 1929, reports the two airmen were killed: Captain Leonard Butler and Mr. Hilbert G. Hamer, who co-incidentally was the son of the Chief Constable of Barnsley. This report states that the plane crashed at Odsey, Cambridgeshire, after [I]"it looped the loop twice. The engine was shut off, and the machine descended in a nose spiral and dived to the ground."[/I] The ASN website has DH.60 Moth G-EBUW, owned by the Irving Air Chute Company. WALLACE, Michael Hugh - died at Hinaidi - source is the National Probate Calendar. The Dundee Courier of August 3rd reports that he died of malaria. ESLER, Dermott Patrick Howard - there are several newspaper reports covering this one. The Dundee Courier of July 5th 1929 reports that two people were killed and one injured in an Avro private aircraft crash at Stag Lane Aerodrome, Edgware, at 9.30 on July 4th. Those killed in the crash were Mr. W. J Williams and Mr. Anthony Barnett. The third man is Elser, of Shoreham. The Derby Daily Telegraph of July 8th reports that the enquiry found that the aircraft crashed due to an error of judgement by the pilot, as he tried to land downwind. The Yorkshire Post of August 10th reports Esler's death due to multiple injuries. He is described as a journalist. GROSVENOR, Lord Edward Arthur - the Yorkshire Post of August 27th reports his death on the Isle of Wight, aged 37. HALLIWELL, John Hassall - died at North Lonsdale Hospital, Barrow-in-Furness - source is the National Probate Calendar. SIMS, Charles John D.F.C. - the Hartlepool Mail of December 31st reports that he was found dead in his bedroom at the Officers' Mess, R.A.F. Farnborough, by his batman. He died of a gunshot wound, and a revolver was found near by his body. It reports [I]"only 30 years of age, he was regarded as a brilliant officer, especially in research work. at the age of 18 1/2 years he won the D.F.C. during the war for attacking from very low altitude some Fokker biplanes." "His state of mind was normal, but he was put on special work because of his health. [His batman] found Sims lying on the floor. The room was disordered, and the drawers had been turned out...An open verdict was recorded."[/I] The Western Gazette of January 3rd reports [I]"Squadron Leader Costello, senior medical officer, said that after Sims' return from Irak [sic] recently he had to go into hospital. He was unfit for service abroad, and partly owing to his highly-developed intelligence he had a neurasthenic aspect, but he was definitely not 'mental'". Squadron Leader Costello described the track of the wound, and s ....Read More.wwrsimon on 4th November 2014 12:27:32
RAF fatalities 1928Hello, 23/01/1928 - DAUNCEY - Date should read 13/02/1928. Blackburn F.1 Turcock G-EBVP (allotted civil registration for test flying and speed trials). " Blackburn's Turcock fighter arrived at Martlesham Heath for testing in a civilian guise, as this beautifully streamlined biplane had not met with success in getting a place in the R.A.F. However, its makers, not wishing to abandon this design, looked for a foreign buyer and received some encouragement from Turkey. As the previous design had been named Lincock, it followed that this machine became the Turcock. Whilst carrying out speed trials on 13th February, 1928, Flying Officer Dauncy [sic], passed over the measured mile in one direction, followed at a greater speed in the opposite way, and then followed by a much faster run from the eastern end of the course. Hitting a tree at the western end, the Turcock cartwheeled along the ground, the pilot being killed instantly." See: Martlesham Heath:The Story of the Royal Air Force Station 1917-1973. Kinsey,Gordon. Suffolk:Terence Dalton Ltd.,1975. pp.155 & 232. 30/01/1928 - FISHER/OMEARA - Aircraft No.45 Sqn. De Havilland D.H.9A J8118 '2'. Crashed. 02/03/1928 - MALTMAN/MASON - No.207 Sqn. "Sad to say, the squadron suffered a fatal accident on 2 March, 1928, when a (Fairey) IIIF ,(possibly S1195), crashed on the Isle of Grain, with the loss of Sgt W MALTMAN, LAC S C MASON and AC1 W G LOWMAN." See: Always Prepared/Hamlin.p.34 02/04/1928 - WOOD/WAUGH - No.30 Sqn. De Havilland D.H.9A J7854. Spun in from 500' attempting to land near stranded aircraft, caught fire, 2 bombs exploded. Cat. W. 25/04/1928 - TURNER - No.27 Sqn. De Havilland D.H.9A H3450. Flew under Attock Bridge and crashed in Indus River. Subsequently repaired, then lost 21/09/1928, still with 27 Sqn. 21/05/1928 - DREW - De Havilland D.H.60X (c/n.471) G-EBUU. Crashed Renfrew, Scotland. 28/05/1928 - COOPER - Avro 504K G-EBLA. Forced-landed in sea off Weymouth (aircraft registered to A G Cooper). 03/08/1928 - MOORE - De Havilland D.H.60X (c/n.672) G-EBYD. Broke up in air near Stag Lane - 2 killed. 31/08/1928 - SAUNDERS/FLETCHER - No.14 Sqn. De Havilland D.H.9A J7833. Stalled on downward turn landing, dived in, burnt out. Cat. W. 02/09/1928 - ALDRIDGE - No.605 Sqn. De Havilland D.H.9A J8107. Crashed on cross-country, caught fire, near Great Glen, Leicester. Cat. W. 09/11/1928 - MADDOCKS - RAF S.E.5A G-EBQQ (ex-C1091). Crashed at Brooklands (aircraft registered to Maddocks). Col. ....Read More.COL BRUGGY on 11th December 2014 06:42:16
450729 - Unaccounted Airmen - 29-07-1945Hello, 450729 - Unaccounted Airmen - 29-07-1945 From Henk's List - NEW ZEALAND NZWAAF CORBOY, Ivy Ellen - LACW - W/1594 - NZWAAF - Christchurch ( Bromley ) Cemetery, Christchurch City, New Zealand. IRAQ JORDAN, George Goodfellow - Cpl - 1016869 - RAFVR - Habbaniya war cemetery, Iraq. ITALY FORREST, John Frederick Ronald - LAC - 1059040 - RAFVR - Udine War Cemetery, Italy. LANE,Graham - Cpl - 638609 - RAF - Bari War Cemetery Italy. LIBYA SMITH, Robert charles - Cpl - 1273908 - RAFVR - Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya. UK BARNES, James Snowden - Sgt - 530385 - RAF - Burton-Upon-Trent Cemetery, Staffordshire. JONES, Samuel Lloyd - F/L - 109128 - RAFVR - Merthyr Tydfil (FFRWD) Cemetery, Penderyn, Glamorganshire. MUNNOCH, Alexander Robertson - Cpl - 970103 - RAFVR - Whitstable Cemetery, Kent. ZIMBABWE BLACKWELL, Leslie Robert - W/O (Pilot) - 1186447 - RAFVR - Harare (Pioneer ) Cemetery, Zimbabwe. STANLEY, Henry William - Cpl - 907567 - RAFVR - Harare (Pioneer ) Cemetery, Zimbabwe. From CWGC & Geoff's sites - Alex ....Read More.Alex Smart on 29th August 2015 08:46:12
RAF fatalities 1929Hello, With what Simon has to say (Post #4), on ESLER, Dermott Patrick Howard (05/08/29 - D.O.I.), I have the following: Avro 504K - G-AAED - A/c. registered to John Sale and Anthony Barnett 28/01/29. Crashed at Stag Lane 04/07/29. Col. ....Read More.COL BRUGGY on 14th March 2016 11:53:35
MURDIE, THOMAS SYDNEY WALKER & WALLS, CHARLES LESLIEAnother two local to me killed in RTC's at RAF Balderton : MURDIE, THOMAS SYDNEY WALKER Rank: Leading Aircraftman Service No: 632298 Date of Death: 03/02/1944 Age: 23 Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Grave Reference: New Sec. Grave 974. Cemetery: ASHINGTON (HOLY SEPULCHRE) CHURCHYARD Additional Information: Son of Margaret Elizabeth Murdie, of Ashington. Knocked down and killed in Spring Lane, Balderton, by a Jeep driven by Joe Lee Blenkinship of the US Army Air Force. WALLS, CHARLES LESLIE Rank: Aircraftman 2nd Class Service No: 1526894 Date of Death: 11/12/1941 Age: 21 Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Grave Reference: Grave 2398. Cemetery: ASCOT (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD EXTENSION Additional Information: Son of Leslie Henry and Florence Grace Walls, of Ascot. Was killed as he strolled towards his lunch on Spring Lane, Balderton, when he was struck by a lorry driven by a fellow airman. A greasy, mud-caked road was blamed at the subsequent inquest. And just for note Newark upon Trent and RAF Balderton are and were most definitely in Nottinghamshire not like stated on some sites. Reported in the Newark Advertiser and Newark Herald held at the Newark Library. ....Read More.noggin1969 on 23rd January 2017 04:41:22
Flt Lt Robert H. C. Usher MC AFC, KIFA 5 June 1924Steve There are several contemporary newspaper reports, all of which are almost word for word identical. They report The loss of Usher and a DH.42 Dingo at Northolt, (his death is registered at Uxbridge). However Putnam's DH volume records "DH.42A Dingo J7006 crashed at Martlesham 5/6/1924 and the wreckage returned to Stag Lane." You may well be on to something with the serial mix up but the newspaper reports, being so similar in content, are no doubt gleaned direct from a press release. From the RAF? regards DaveW ....Read More.davew on 3rd February 2017 05:02:11
Flt Lt Robert H. C. Usher MC AFC, KIFA 5 June 1924OK.. De Havilland aircraft since 1909 - Page 180 " J7005 was first flown at Stag Lane ion July 25, 1923 and made its public debut in the New Types Park at the Hendon, RAF Display June 28, 1924" This is after 5th June 1924.. So I go with him being killed in " D.H.42A Dingo I; crashed at "Martlesham" 5.6.24, wreck returned to Stag Lane 1924 " Only NOT at Martlesham, it may have been based their, but did not crash there ....Read More.paulmcmillan on 6th February 2017 10:31:12
411211 - Unaccounted airwomen and airmen - 11-12-1941WALLS, CHARLES LESLIE Rank: Aircraftman 2nd Class Service No: 1526894 Date of Death: 11/12/1941 Age: 21 Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Grave Reference: Grave 2398. Cemetery: ASCOT (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD EXTENSION Additional Information:Son of Leslie Henry and Florence Grace Walls, of Ascot. Aircraftman 2nd Class 1526894 Charles Leslie Walls, 21, was killed as he strolled towards his lunch on Spring Lane, Balderton, when he was struck by a lorry driven by a fellow airman A/C1 Frances James Hyde RCAF. A greasy, mud-caked road was blamed at the subsequent inquest. ....Read More.noggin1969 on 8th May 2017 11:53:14
440203 - Unaccounted Airmen - 3-2-1944[QUOTE=noggin1969;125946]LAC Thomas Sydney Walker Murdie was hit by a jeep driven by a member of the USAAF Staple Lane RAF Balderton.[/QUOTE] Sorry Spring Lane : Was knocked down and killed in Spring Lane, Balderton, by a Jeep driven by Joe Lee Blenkinship, of the US Army Air Force. Joe told the subsequent inquest he had been temporarily blinded by the headlights of an oncoming vehicle and had not seen any pedestrians. ....Read More.noggin1969 on 9th May 2017 12:46:03
Pilot Harvey Holmes of 9 SquadronThank you for that Alain12. This fits in exactly with what I have now read in The Bomber Command War Diaries book... re the 11th and 12th June 1942. "Minelaying. 91 aircraft to Frisian Islands and off Swinemunde. 4 aircraft - 2 Lancasters, 1 Sterling, 1 Wellington - lost." Borkum Riff was part of the Frisian Islands. This area was/ is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. Just read there are still tons of bombs in the sea around there. I wonder if the aircraft was ever located? Presumably not. ....Read More.RAFwilko on 31st May 2017 05:27:39
266 Sqdn P.O Richard Keith Thompson & 144 Sqdn Sgt Roy Furnivall ThompsonHi Dave Sgt RF Thompson joined 144 Sqdn from 83 Sqdn on the 12 January 1942. He is probably the Sgt Thompson that flew to Brest on 25 January in P4347, Brest on the 27 January and again on the 31 January in AE392. He unfortunately recorded no debriefs on these operations before his death on the 7 February. Daylight mining operations were carried out on the 6 and 7 February off the Frisian Islands as part of operation ‘Fuller’. On the sixth, 34 Hampdens and 15 Manchester’s successfully laid 70 mines. 144 Squadron played their part on the seventh. The following is from my own family research. My father was a pilot with 144 Sqdn at this time. He was nearing the end of his tour, he had been involved in the end of January ops but crashed on take off on the 31 January and was rested until the Channel Dash 12 Feb. You will need a map of the Frisian Islands to be able to follow the events. 7 February Mining Nine 144 Squadron Hampdens, were part of a combined force of 32 Hampdens prepared by 5 Group. AE310 P5331 AE142 P1151 AE235 AE141(AD801)* AD832 AE392 AD824 * P/O Farrington has two aircraft listed against his name AE141 and AD801. Departing between 11.15 and 11.45am. Taking off in misty conditions all flew in a loose formation crossing the English coast north of Norwich near Cromer. Cloud base was at 2,000 feet over the North Sea.The debriefs would suggest that the majority, but not all 144 Squadron Hampdens, were mining in sea area ‘Yams’, between Wangerooge Island and Heligoland. All approached The Frisians on a parallel course to the coast some 30 miles off shore, turning position 54deg N. 06deg E. a guide based on debriefs and previous similar ops. They then chose individual courses to the intended mining area, encountering low cloud on reaching the Frisians. As a daylight operation it was the norm to carry a fifth crewman, Hampdens flown by P/O Farrington, P/O Frow and Sgt Huband went only with the regular four man crew, suggesting a shortage of air gunners. Hampdens from other squadrons had mining co ordinates from sea area ‘Mussels’ west of Terschelling, and along the three ‘Nectarine’ areas stretching the length of the Frisians. What would become problematic for some was a large convoy to the north of Spiekeroog, protected by Me109s out of Leeuwarden. The fortunes of different aircraft vary dramatically. 144 Squadron has on record five debriefs in the squadrons ORB from the seven aircraft that returned. S/Ldr Bennett filed his report as a Combat report, and P/O Adams in AD832 filed a combat report as well as an ORB entry but failed in both to give his take off and landing times. The second missing report from a returning Hampden is for AE235 flown by Sgt Taylor. An un recorded problem caused him to return early without dropping his mine. AE142 had a mild flak reception off the island of Juist. Using the island to pinpoint their position they were able to successful drop their mine in the shipping l ....Read More.WOODHEAD on 12th July 2017 10:26:30

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