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    Default Crash Lancaster W4888 - 101 Squadron - pilot Nicholas James STANFORD

    REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE.
    Leeuwarden/The Netherlands.



    On April 16, 2015 an information panel will be unveiled near the Dutch town of Workum.


    In the early morning hours of May 5 1943, Lancaster W4888 of No. 101 Squadron RAF was intercepted over the Norhern part of the Netherlands. After a short aerial combat the bomber was shot down by a German night-fighter flown by Lothar Linke. Six crewmembers were killed in the crash. They found their last resting place on the local cemetery. Bomb aimer R.D. Paterson succeed in bailing out. He was taken prisoner by the Germans and spent the rest of the war in a POW camp.

    After extensive inquiries we got in touch with relatives of six of the airmen. They provided information and photos which is of great help to compile the text and the lay out of the panel. Unfortunately we did not succeed tracing relatives of Nicholas James Stanford, RAF 80378. He was born in South Africa in 1915 and enlisted in 1941 in Salisbury, Rhodesia. After his training he arrived at 101 Squadron and flew several operations.


    The committee of the foundation will be extremely grateful if any member could provide us with a picture of Nicholas James or can direct us to the family.


    We are looking for a “track chart” of this particular raid also. The German town of Dortmund was the target during the night of 4/5 May 1943.


    Please contact Douwe S. Drijver,
    Stichting Missing Airmen Memorial Foundation,
    Treasurer and researcher.



    E-mail: d.drijver@friesmuseum.nl
    Telephone: 00-31-58-2661478.







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    My father was a pilot at Holme on Spalding Moor with 101 Squadron at this time. His log book refers to him as Beam Leader. A non operational role. His log entries for March 43 have him flying various Lancasters a Tiger Moth, which I think was borrowed to get him part way to London to receive his DFM from a previous tour, and a final entry for the month was 31 March flying an Oxford. On board with him in the Oxford is F/O Stanford and F/O Johnson. The duty is listed as BA (Beam Approach), either a refresher or the end of their training. It is the only entry for Stanford. As you are struggling for material on him do you want a scan of the page to add to your research.

    John

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    Dave Cnampion, aka "alieneyes", is the 101 Squadron gen-man on these boards. He's the man to help you if you aren't in touch with him already, and he'd also be very interested to hear about the memorial plaque too.

    L/O

    Greg
    "You can take the boy out of Wales,
    But you can't take Wales out of the boy!!"

    Greg Harrison
    100 Squadron and 100 Squadron Association Historian
    100 Squadron Researcher 1917 - present day
    1 Group Researcher 1940 - 1945

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    I'm afraid I have very little on this loss. I have F/O Lewis' RCAF service file but it is missing the MRES portion.

    In that section is ususally a copy of a telegram from Ludford Magna to the Air Ministry, Kingway with the names and May 1943 address of next of kins.

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Thanks for the replies.

    Yes, John, it would be great if you could send us a copy of the log book page on which F/O Stanford is mentioned (e-mail mentioned above). We already got in touch with the families of the whole crew, except for Nicholas James Stanford.

    We do know that he was born in South Africa in 1915, but it seems that there's no direct family left. We are searching for a portrait of Stanford for the information-panel, which will be unveiled next year. Any ideas where to find such a picture?

    A representative or researcher of 101 Squadron is of course very welcome to join the ceremony in April 2015!


    Douwe S. Drijver,

    St. Missing Airmen Memorial Foundation,
    The Netherlands

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    Hi

    I have sent you an email with the log entry attached. Best wishes on the memorial to W4888.

    John

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