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    I have 'activated' Facebook comments on the old Board Archived threads. The response has been good, Atleast a comment every day.. will post them here so that members can follow up. The links to the name take you the the Facebook Profile - Feel free to reach out.

    Peter Solari Commented on Lancaster ME453 was Ronald Victor Smith, Flight Sergeant, bomb aimer
    I have come accross this some years after you wrote it. My grandad was John Henry Rayns (Mid-Upper Gunner). He was in contact with many old Lank flyers and engineers/ground crew up until his death in 1988. His wife Jean is still alive and fairly well at the ripe old age of 97. Harry (as we all called him) flew with Fisher, Beamish etc. I did see an email about Beamish being a retired butcher and still around about seven years ago.
    Kind regards,
    Peter Solari
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    Cliff Clegg Commented on 3-1-1945 - Liberator - 215 Sqdn

    In November 2015, an Australian led expedition to the trace of the railway in Myanmar located the crash site of KH214 in the village of Anankwin (one of many spellings). Wreckage was recovered, including small aircraft parts, burnt wiring, and damaged 50 calibre cartridges. No large metal was found. The local Karen farmers would have scavenged any metal they found at the time, and since. The parts found by our expedition are presently in the museum at Thanbyuzayat.

    Captain Sakai, the purported commander of the near-by POW camp, may have spun a story to the War Graves Team, leading to the memorial service conducted by Padre Babb at a bomb crater in the area. Some of his dates were wrong, his description of the crash, however, was reasonably accurate..

    I doubt that the burial of the airmen ever took place. The location of the supposed grave was meticulously marked and noted by the leader of the location team, a British Lieutenant Eldridge. When the graves recovery team came thro...See More
    Public Aug 27, 2017 9:14pm

    Gilbert Thomas Commented on RE: Heninger brothers RCAF

    Ray Heninger passed away in Calgary Alberta. He worked for Imperial Oil. He has two children Gillian Heninger - she may use the surname Maitson - who last lived in Vancouver BC and Daryl Heninger who may be the son of Harold - but address unknown.
    Public Aug 26, 2017 7:33pm

    GeoffLynne Raebel Commented on P/O 43945 Richard Remer BANKER

    raebel robert
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    Rudy de Bruin Commented on Flt/Sgt Leonard Arthur Townrow, NZ42294, skipper of ED821 w
    Hey Klaas,

    Old post but can you contact me?

    Public Aug 20, 2017 1:32pm

    Paul Kraus Commented on DFC citations, A and B

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    Graham Vitty Commented on 18/19 March 1944. Frankfurt

    625 Squadron 19th March 1944
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    Nigel Mykura Commented on Mykura Walter - need help

    I am his nephew and met all of his children last week. What information are you after?
    Sept 9 4 hrs
    Georg Stromme Commented on Lt E.S. STROMME, Norwegian in No. 64 Squadron

    Hi Joss!
    My name is Georg Stromme. Im writing to you about my uncle Eiliv S. Stromme. I would like to get in contact with you. My Email adr. is Please reply if this will reach you.
    Regards Georg Stromme
    Public Sep 8, 2017 5:57am
    Ross Stewart Commented on Two intriguing DSOs

    14 years have past since the last post on here, but for the record in my research as Curator of RAF Wethersfield Museum, 196 & 299 Squadrons were at the base from October 44 to January 45. The Mushroom Farm became the HQ of the SAS 20th Liasion Unit to the SAS 3rd and 4th Free French.

    It was led by Major Oswald Carey-Elwes, his deputy was Captian Pat Smith (Sdrn Ldr RAF) and my Grandfather by very strange coindence Lt Adam Ross Stewart.

    They dropped into France near Epernay late October a team of 12.
    Public Sep 7, 2017 5:37am
    Bernard O'Connor Commented on Whitley Z9385 28/12/41 138Sq

    Whitley bomber Z9385 carrying two Soviet agents (40-year-old Pyetr Kousnetsov aka Bruno Kuhn aka Frederic Muller aka Ivan Roberts aka Robert Josef and Pavel Koubitsky) destined for Holland, crash landed at Stradishall on 27 December 1941 killing Koubistsky and some of the crew.
    Public Sep 7, 2017 3:08am
    Russ Williamson Commented on Boeing Washington crash

    A friend of my Dad was the only survivor of a B-29 crash. Sgt Bill Lindsay,still strapped in his Flt Eng seat. Was that the Coningsby crash?
    Public Sep 5, 2017 2:46pm
    Mike England Commented on landing ship losses

    My Grandfather 352560 Flight Sergeant John England was lost on LST 420, I've paid my respects together with my father at many of the known graves in Oostende and Blankenberge. His name appears on panel 217 at Runnymede.
    Public Sep 1, 2017 12:18pm
    Nicholas Hill Commented on Geoffrey Hill, 61046, 65 Squadron, Spitfire Mk II P7665

    Many thanks, very interesting reading.

    Kindest regards,

    Nicholas Hill (Grand-son 07871394165. nicholas^^
    Public Sep 1, 2017 1:33am

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    Julie Eversfield Commented on
    Thats my Grandpa
    Public Sep 18, 2017 1:39pm

    Ronald Lookyan Commented on
    I am Ronald Ulric's nephew from Trinidad at present in London and would like to get the location of the crash site.
    Public Sep 18, 2017 1:37pm
    Yimto Yim Commented on
    The dakota plane that crashed on 1/6/1944 have been found Just recently. Remains of crew members also found. One bracelet was found on which HG Tackaberry was inscripted. Contact me at for details.
    Public Sep 13, 2017 4:39am

    Michael James Commented on
    Would love to see a pic if you have one
    Public Sep 12, 2017 4:35pm

    Michael James Commented on
    My grandad flew(co pilot)fz 686 on d day dropping airborne into France, arnham on Sept 18th 1944 dropping paratroopers and many others, have long book with info, think he left that call dog and went to Australia around jan 45
    Public Sep 12, 2017 4:34pm

    Paul Fields Commented on
    My Father served with Sqn.116 in Gent, Belgium between 1944-45.
    He also witnessed Operation Bodenplatte on 1st.January1945, New Year's Day.
    Public Sep 11, 2017 1:28pm

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    Keith McQu Commented on
    Sorry, I'm 12 years late to the party. F.P Smythies joined HMS Petersfield as a Sub Lt on the day she was commissioned at Devonport on 21 April 1920.
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    Brian Atkinson Commented on J9403
    My Father flew in this aircraft as rear gunner in 1932 and 1933 I still have his log book.
    Public Oct 11, 2017 3:24pm
    Dennis Killeen Commented on
    Re Douglas Julian SALE (SN J9929) :

    These posts are very old, and I don't know if anyone is still interested, but -

    Sale was indeed shot down in May 1943, but survived and made his way back home via Gibraltar. I think that's why he was awarded the DSO. I understand he was awarded the DFC for crash landing a plane with a full complement of primed TIs on board after the bomb doors jammed. He ordered the rest of the crew to bale out, but one man's parachute was burned, so instead of baling out himself he flew it home. He managed to get clear before the whole lot went up.

    As I understand it he was in one of four Halifax III's (his being HX325) of Sqdrn 35 shot down 20th / 21st January 1944 whilst on a massive raid on Leipzig. We lost many other planes and crew that night.

    Squadron 35 (subsequently 635), was one of the elite Pathfinder Squadrons, which dropped TI (Target Indicator) incendiary bombs for the following aircraft to use as aiming points, so their navigation and bombing ...See More
    Public Oct 10, 2017 6:38pm

    Jon Brooke Commented on
    Hello there - John Vincent Brooke would have been my uncle had he lived longer. He was indeed flying to Anglesey having recently returned from training in Canada. As far as I have been informed het was flying in fog and crashed - no collision to my knowledge.
    Public Oct 8, 2017 12:35pm

    John Adcock Commented on
    Hi my aunt and uncle were tom and Mary he had a sister as well his parents never really got over losing him if you want to contact me please leave a message best wishes Margaret adcock
    Public Oct 4, 2017 2:21pm

    Jonathan Markley Commented on
    NS963 (H). Lost 22/2/1945. F/Lt PCW Sage; F/O Cockburn.
    HP933 (N). Lost 22/2/1945 P/O Peter Harold Burne, F/Lt. Allan Jerry Vickers.
    HR177 (U). Lost 22/2/1945 F/Lt. D Potts; Sgt. F. Valentine.
    PZ395 (E). Lost 22/2/1945 Wing Co. Reginald Baker; F/Lt. Alexander John Fowler.
    NS 981 (B). Lost 22/2/1945. F/O LD Gilbertson; F/O SAJ Askew. I believe these bailed out and were POWs.
    PZ395 & NZ963 were brought down near Bevern, but NOT the Bevern NW of Hamburg as stated above. People seem to have been confused by the fact there are two villages called Bevern. Sage, Cockburn, Baker & Fowler were all buried in the village of Bevern that is just south of Bremervorde. The location is almost due west of Hamburg, and a little to the south. (I have the MRES reports for these four men, who were exhumed on October 2nd 1946, and later reburied at Becklingen.)
    Public Oct 3, 2017 1:32pm

    Jonathan Markley Commented on
    All these comments are from 2002, but if Mark is still following, I visited John Cockburn's grave last year. I went to find my uncle's grave (AJ Fowler, navigator in the other mosquito brought down together with Sage & Cockburn's). Baker, Fowler, Sage & Cockburn are all buried side by side at Becklingen Cemetery, but they were originally buried in the Bevern village cemetery under a single wooden cross saying "Unknown British Airmen". Each two man crew was buried in a single coffin. They were dug up and identified by MRES 18 months after their deaths, and reburied at Becklingen. (By the way, the information above that the village of Bevern is 7km East of Elsmhorn is incorrect, though you'll find it in several places. There are actually two different villages of the same name, and the one near Elmshorn is the wrong one. The correct Bevern can be found by following the 71 south of Bremervorde.
    Public Oct 3, 2017 12:52pm

    Shaun Noble Commented on
    14/15 March 1945 Lancaster PA214 227 Sqn Take off RAF Balderton 1705 hrs to bomb the Wintershall Synthetic Oil Plant. Intercepted and shot down at 23.18 by a Ju 88 night fighter piloted by Hptm Gerhard Friedrich NJG6 killing all the crew. All are buried in Durnbach War Cemetery. Most of the crew had been involved in a serious landing accident on return from Sassnitz a week previously. On the night of 16/17 March 1945, Hptm Friedrich collided with Lancaster PB785 576 Sqn near Stuttgart at 21:00 hours. Friedrich and his crew were killed in Ju 88 G-6 2Z+LB along with the seven crew of the bomber. Friedrich had been awarded the Ritterkreuz on the 12 March and married for only a couple of weeks at the time of his death.
    F/L Matthew Bell - Son of Thomas Henderson Bell, and Ann Whitfield Bell; husband of Isabel Bell, of Dean Bank, Co. Durham.
    F/L Stanley Rouse - Son of Thomas Charles and Ada Louisa Rouse; husband of Doris Marjorie Rouse, of Cliftonville, Margate.
    F/O Leonard Smith - Son of Ge...See More
    Public Oct 3, 2017 4:36am

    Cheryl DeCarlo Commented on
    I am Clare McWilliams niece. My mother Dorothy Eileen McWilliams Rollins is his sister. She is 92. We will continue to contact Matt. Regards and thanks from our Family. We are very grateful for any information.Is it best we contact you via email or with Matt.
    Public Sep 27, 2017 4:54am View Thread

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    Mariane Armstrong Commented on
    I am one of W.N. Armstrong's children - there are three of us. Sadly, our father died in 1994. We were touched to see your post and wish we had seen it earlier. Thank you for reaching out.
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    Colin Scott Commented on
    I know this is years old .. but W D Scott was my uncle. Are there any more details of what happened to this flight?
    Public Nov 11, 2017 1:30pm
    David Mott Commented on
    DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS to Flt Lt Brian John George Carbury, Spitfire, Battle of Britain ace No 603 Squadron.
    Coming up for auction on the 7th of December at THE SWAN ANTIQUES CENTRE TETSWORTH.
    Public Nov 11, 2017 11:59am
    Yvette Bottomley Commented on
    *Her grave states date of death as 13th July 1944.
    Public Nov 9, 2017 8:39am
    Yvette Bottomley Commented on
    Captain Eleanor (Susan) Slade was also a Girl Guide Captain (Leader) with Stokenchurch, Buckinghamshire, Girl Guides. Her grave is in the old cemetery behind School Close in Stokenchurch. It has a War Grave headstone. I place aPoppy Cross with a Brownie and Guide Trefoil added each year. I have a photograph. Yvette Bottomley (Guider, GirlguidingUK)
    Public Nov 9, 2017 8:23am
    Ian Jenkins Commented on
    So many of those involved in the raid on Cologne died before 12 September. I wonder how many of them were marked for awards?
    Public Nov 6, 2017 4:56pm
    Giuseppe Caucci Commented on
    Hello to all,
    in this discussion, there is a response from the user Dg, which refers to a Spitfire Vc JL122 of 111s (shot down by flak at Garigliano, Campania).
    Is it possible to have more information about this? I found Spitfire's remains in the area and I'm conducting historical research.
    thank you all.
    Public Oct 30, 2017 5:28am
    Eric R Anderson Commented on Lancaster MkIII PB129, en Anglais
    Thank you for remembering this brave crew, My father would have been proud and humbled by this memorial - F/L Hugh John Anderson DFM
    Public Oct 29, 2017 7:24pm
    Christina Mills Commented on
    Hello Alan W, are you a relation of Hector's?
    Public Oct 29, 2017 4:54am
    Ted Lewis Commented on
    Hey there!
    l was wondering if anyone could please give me information on surviving family members of the late Elwood Maurice William Bolton who was aboard the 37Sqn Wellington over Crete.
    If so can please message me at
    Thanks Ted
    Public Oct 27, 2017 7:35pm
    Dave Johnson Commented on
    Re George William Curry, his sister Olive Swanson Curry is still alive aged 105 years and lives with her daughter in Newcastle upon Tyne.
    Public Oct 25, 2017 4:30pm

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    Kath Mounce Commented on
    Yimto Yim Ernest Squire was my Uncle - I believe he was on this plane.
    Public Dec 7, 2017 10:56am

    Cory Adrien Commented on
    Mortimer is my grate grate uncle
    Public Dec 6, 2017 6:43pm
    Jacky Churcher Commented on
    I am a relation of Alec Ian Lindsay. Please let me know if you need information we may have, or if we can learn more about him.
    Public Nov 27, 2017 2:37pm
    Bart Smulders Commented on
    Is one of you interested in a copy of this date from the original logbook of S/Ldr R.A. Hobbs?
    Public Nov 27, 2017 12:50pm
    Kev Rush Commented on
    It is so nice to see my fathers name mentioned in the list of 13th Hellenic Light Bomber Squadron. I can now compare the names to ones mentioned in his log book and photographs...
    Public Nov 25, 2017 6:09am
    Stephen Howlett Commented on
    Hello. My father William Howlett was stationed at 45 Air School in Oudtshoorn until the end of WW2. He was an electrician in the ground crew. melaniejane, you mention the Ossewa Brandwag. My father was beaten up by them whilst on leave in (I think) Cape Town and was rescued by a farmer and his sons, who took him back to their farm to recuperate. Any details about that would be most welcome.

    Public Nov 21, 2017 11:33am
    Fergus Curley Commented on
    Hi I am searching for my granddads cousin who left Galway, Ireland to fight in the second world war.

    His name was Dereck, his dad passed away and his mother headed back to England so he was raised by my Great grandmother who already had eleven other kids. We believe he kept the surname Curley and was very happy to adopt his new family. Times were tough.

    I understand that he was a pilot and flew Lancaster bombers. My father remembers his grandmother reading letters from Dereck during the war. Unfortunately the letters stopped and despite prayers being said every evening Dereck did not return.

    In those days as you are aware experiences were not shared openly so my dad knows very little of what happened after that.

    When I googled Derek Curley there was a Derek Curley listed with 426 Sqn on your web page.

    It would be great to get any additional information or perhaps you could point me in the right direction. Regards Fergus Curley
    Public Nov 17, 2017 10:09am
    Joann Gibson Commented on
    I need to find out how to obtain a marker plack for a member of the RAF my husband was in during the early sixties.
    Public Nov 14, 2017 4:29pm

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