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    My Grandfather SGT Fredrick James Marks was a Wireless Operator / Gunner flying on Wellingtons & Hampdens in WWII. Coastal command.

    I have his log book and trying obtain copies of any material, past crew names & photos etc from this time. The names of the pilots in the log book are;

    F/L Toombs, F/O Moynihan, F/L Parsons

    He was based in RAF Bricham Newton July 1944 -Oct 1944 ( 524)
    Also RAF Station Davidstow Moor early 1944

    Any information would be very much appreciated .

    Thankyou Kelvin Marks

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    Kelvin,

    Moynihan will be;

    From Colin Hanson’s 'By Such Deeds - Honours and Awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999':

    MOYNIHAN, Squadron Leader Frederick Kingsmill, DFC.
    NZ412005; Born Nelson, 2 Jun 1921; RNZAF 22 Mar 1941 to (kao) 17 Jun 1944; Pilot.
    Citation Distinguished Flying Cross (3 May 1944): (489 Sqn RNZAF (Beaufighter)] This officer has taken part in four successful torpedo attacks during which he himself scored at least two hits. In January, 1944, his aircraft was one of a formation sent to attack an enemy convoy off Lister. After delivering a successful attack, Flight Lieutenant Moynihan’s aircraft served as a protection to other bombers which were attacking a large enemy vessel. His fine fighting tactics and courage played no small part in the success of the operation. At all times he has displayed initiative, skill and courage of a high order. Kao during an anti-E-boat patrol off the Dutch coast on 17 Jun 1944 with 489 Sqn, on his 35th sortie. No known grave. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

    Errol

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    Toombs will be:

    From my 'For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 (Volume Three: Biographies & Appendices)'
    TOOMBS, Flight Lieutenant William Henry Clemens.
    NZ414359; b Chch 4 Sep 18; Chch West HS; clerk - NZ Farmers Co-op, Chch. RNZAF Levin/ITW as Airman Pilot u/t 27 Jul 41, 1EFTS 6 Sep 41, 1FTS c.18 Oct 41, Pilots Badge [wef 29.11.41] & Comm 10 Jan 42, att RAF & emb for UK 30 Jan 42, 3PRC 14 Mar 42, 15(P)AFU 27 Apr 42, 7PRC for GR cse 22 Jun 42, 5(C)OTU (Hampden) 25 Aug 42, TTU [redesignated 1TTU 1.1.43] (Hampden) 5 Dec 42, Wick 13 Jan 43, 489 Sqn RNZAF (Hampden, Beaufighter; 24 ops) 23 Jan 43 [att 1510 Flt (Oxford &/or Anson) for BABS cse 17 Aug-5 Oct, att 11OTU (Wellington) for engine cse 19-22 Dec], crashed in f/ldg after engine fire (uninj) 5 Dec 43, kaa 29 Dec 43. Chch (Bromley) Crematorium - Rose Tree Garden (cremated at Dundee Crematorium, Angus, Scotland). Son of Percy Ralph & Elsie May Toombs (née Clemens), Chch; h of Heather Isobel Toombs (née Forbes, later Foster), Chch.


    And from my Vol Two: Fates 1943-1998:

    Wed 29 Dec 1943
    COASTAL COMMAND
    Familiarisation flight
    455 Squadron, RAAF (Leuchars, Fifeshire - 18 Group)
    Beaufighter TF.X LZ193 - took off at 1049 piloted by a member of 489 Sqn, RNZAF, to give a demonstration flight to a pilot of 455 Sqn. Entered a low speed stall near the ground, crashed into a stone wall and burned out near Boarhills, 4 miles ESE of St Andrews, at 1110. Both pilots died, the New Zealander’s remains being cremated at the Dundee Crematorium, Angus. Contrary to normal procedure, his ashes were later brought to New Zealand, where he is commemorated in the Rose Garden Memorial at Bromley, Christchurch.
    Pilot: NZ414359 Flt Lt William Henry Clemens TOOMBS, RNZAF - Age 25. 657hrs (25 on Beaufighter) 24 ops.

    Errol

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    Hi Errol,

    " near Boarhills, 4 miles ESE of St. Andrews..."

    I cannot find Boarhills on Google Maps. There is, however, a place called Brownhills in that area.

    Can you confirm Boarhills please ?

    Thanks.

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    angelsonefive,
    Boarhills is at 56.316045 -2.693325 3.89 sm ESE of St Andrews.
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    Peter Davies
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    Thanks, Resmoroh.

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    anglesonefive

    For Boarhills go to http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=356500&y=714500&z=120&sv=boarhills&st=3& tl=Map+of+Boarhills,+Fife+[City/Town/Village]&searchp=ids.srf&mapp=map.srf

    There is a zoom facility.

    The Streetmap website is an excellent tool for locating places (http://www.streetmap.co.uk/)

    Brian

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    Hello,

    F/L Parsons, possibly:

    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/36926/supplements/759

    Col.

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    To Lyffe at #7.

    Thank you for the link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gogetta1 View Post
    Hello

    My Grandfather SGT Fredrick James Marks was a Wireless Operator / Gunner flying on Wellingtons & Hampdens in WWII. Coastal command.

    I have his log book and trying obtain copies of any material, past crew names & photos etc from this time. The names of the pilots in the log book are;

    F/L Toombs, F/O Moynihan, F/L Parsons

    He was based in RAF Bricham Newton July 1944 -Oct 1944 ( 524)
    Also RAF Station Davidstow Moor early 1944

    Any information would be very much appreciated .

    Thankyou Kelvin Marks
    Hello Kelvin,

    I hope you are still "looking" for info about your Grandfather - I have some I shall be very pleased to give you. I have the SQN Ops Record Book covering your Garandfather's time on 524 Sqn as it was the same dates as my Father (RIP) Sgt LCR Wayt (later F/O) was serving on the Sqn with the same "job" - a WOP/AG.

    The first date I see your Grandfather appear on the strength of the Sqn was an entry under his pilot, F/L JAC Parsons, on the night of the 10th into the 11th July 1944 (an "armed recce").
    He did quite a lot of OPS and I see your Grandfather was posted out on the 30 Oct 1944. He left the Sqn as a W/O (Warrant Officer Service Number NZ415546).
    If you are still 'around' please give me your private email and I shall be only too happy to cut/paste the relevant pages.
    My PM is: aqpm55 at dsl dot pipex dot com
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    Best wishes
    TG

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