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    Default 405 Squadron 1942

    I have recently found this old post in the archive - it popped up in a search for "halifax W1111". Sgt Eric Jackman was my mother's brother and would have been my uncle. Can anyone point me to the "Chad" who posted this notice as I would be very interested in taking a look at the photos he mentions.


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    Spurgeon (0 posts)
    24-Apr-04, 04:27 AM (GMT)
    "Sqdn 405 Halifax Photo I found..can someone provide more info?"
    Doing some research on my Grandfather (PERCY ROBERT (BOB) SPURGEON from the 405 and 148) and today I discovered a picture he had in his records. It shows a bomber crew, with individual photos and is described as follows:

    "CREW OF HALIFAX BOMBER RCAF SQUADRON 405 POSTED MISSING ON NIGHT OPERATIONS OVER ESSEN GERMANY NIGHT OF JUNE 8-9 1942"

    Names of the crew mentioned as follows:


    Flt/Sgt Will Plant (Toronto Canada)
    Flt/Sgt Eric Jackman (Bristol England)
    Flt/Sgt T.R.M. Cattle (Toronto Canada)
    Flt/Sgt Joseph Fleming (Bristol England)
    Flt/Sgt G.R. Montgomery (Chapleu Ontario, Canada)
    Flt/Sgt Reginald Holland (Bournmouth England)
    P/O D Gordon Morris (St Johns Newfoundland)


    Anyone have any information on this???

    Chad.
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    Thanks for any help,
    grouse

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    It's probable he only posted that once on the old forum, he may not have joined this new forum.

    I've found a family tree on ancestry.com with a matching name, might be Percy Spurgeon mentioned above, I'll ask them if their the Chad or know some one who might be them!

    Have you obtained the service records of the various Canadian airmen?
    Personnel Records Unit,

    Library and Archives Canada,
    395 Wellington Street,
    Ottawa,
    ON K1A 0N3

    fax: (613) 947 8456

    http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogie/022-913.001.03-e.html
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Thanks for your reply Dennis. I have not done much research on any of the crew though I did find that the pilot was from Newfoundland, a grad of Memorial university and an engineering student at McGill University in Montreal before he signed up. The McGill memorial site has a photo of D.G. Morris.

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    Ian Brown and Rich Allenby responded to the original post back in 2004, I have sent them a PM asking if they had any other correspondence with "Spurgeon" or Chad.

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    tah dah, the man who owns the tree is the .... son of Percy Spurgeon and the father of Chad! I'll get their email for you, could you send on your email to me perhaps, by email or PM via this site. dp_burke@yahoo.com
    Dennis Burke
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    Well done Dennis. I will email you for contact.

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    Default The "CHAD" in question.

    Hi,

    This is Chad, I posted the message originally regarding information on that photo.

    Sorry to have lost touch, how can I help.

    Chad

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    Hi Chad,

    Hopefully you see this. I just came across this forum and was really interested to learn about the photo of the airmen. My great uncle was Gordon Morris, the Pilot Officer. I'd be really interested in checking out that photo if that's at all possible?

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    Default Hi Chad, great uncle was the pilot officer David Gordon Morris. Please contact me

    Quote Originally Posted by Spurgeon View Post
    Hi,

    This is Chad, I posted the message originally regarding information on that photo.

    Sorry to have lost touch, how can I help.

    Chad
    Hi Chad,
    My great Uncle was the pilot officer of that crew.
    I am trying to research him, his crew and their last mission.
    Any information you could share would be so greatly appreciated.
    Please PM and I can give you my contact information, or send me yours. I would very much like to see that photo of the crew.

    best,

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    Hi Grouse, did you ever make contact with Chad.
    My great Uncle was the Pilot Officer of that crew. David Gordon Morris.
    I am looking for any information or photos anybody has. Trying to research the crew and mission.
    Please feel free to contact me, I would love to discuss and share what information can be had.

    thanks



    Quote Originally Posted by grouse View Post
    I have recently found this old post in the archive - it popped up in a search for "halifax W1111". Sgt Eric Jackman was my mother's brother and would have been my uncle. Can anyone point me to the "Chad" who posted this notice as I would be very interested in taking a look at the photos he mentions.


    Quote:
    Spurgeon (0 posts)
    24-Apr-04, 04:27 AM (GMT)
    "Sqdn 405 Halifax Photo I found..can someone provide more info?"
    Doing some research on my Grandfather (PERCY ROBERT (BOB) SPURGEON from the 405 and 148) and today I discovered a picture he had in his records. It shows a bomber crew, with individual photos and is described as follows:

    "CREW OF HALIFAX BOMBER RCAF SQUADRON 405 POSTED MISSING ON NIGHT OPERATIONS OVER ESSEN GERMANY NIGHT OF JUNE 8-9 1942"

    Names of the crew mentioned as follows:


    Flt/Sgt Will Plant (Toronto Canada)
    Flt/Sgt Eric Jackman (Bristol England)
    Flt/Sgt T.R.M. Cattle (Toronto Canada)
    Flt/Sgt Joseph Fleming (Bristol England)
    Flt/Sgt G.R. Montgomery (Chapleu Ontario, Canada)
    Flt/Sgt Reginald Holland (Bournmouth England)
    P/O D Gordon Morris (St Johns Newfoundland)


    Anyone have any information on this???

    Chad.
    End Quote.

    Thanks for any help,
    grouse

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