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    My name is Daniel an i live in Marbehan, Belgium, location of the crash of Lancaster W4236 , QR-K ( mission Syerstone-Mannheim august 10 1943)

    On the past June 2006 I had been able to receive technical information as well as the "form78" of the aircraft from the RAF museum in Hendon, and other informations by the radio operator Ernest Gardiner escaped with help of local population.I have his story on a document.

    I'm writing to you in hope you might still have one or the other story or photographs of Syerstone base


    Thank’s to you

    kindest regards.

    Sorry for my bad english

    Daniel

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    Hello,

    There is a 5 pages concerning the crew in the book Lancaster verliezen in Belgie Deel 2 written by Wim Govaerts.

    Il y a dans le livre Lancaster verliezen in Belgie part2 de Wim Govaerts 5 pages concernant ce Lancaster , attention c'est écrit en néerlandais.

    Best regards from Gesves

    René

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    Hello

    Merci René pour ces indications je vais essayer de me procurer ces pages et les faire traduire... je ne connais pas un mot de neerlandais...

    cordialement,
    Daniel

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    Dan

    There is a small book called 'thundering trough the clear air', by Derek Brammer. This can be found on the internet for sale. it has three? photos of W4236.

    This aircraft also flew on the Plzen raid of 16/17th April 43 but with the below crew

    Lancaster W4236 QR-K 61 Sgt Shipway A.G. Capt
    Sgt Cummins E. F/E
    Sgt Moorcroft B. Nav
    F/S Brown F. A/B
    Sgt Silk R.W. WT/AG
    Sgt Denoon B. AG1
    Sgt Lewis P.L.T. AG2

    My Uncle was killed when his Lancaster W4317 QR-R was shot down 17th April 43 at Givry in your homeland. I wrote a book about this Plzen raid.

    Shipway's log is at RAF Hendon

    Peter

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    Hi Peter

    What are the details of your book please?

    Regards

    Ian

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    Ian

    I have sent you a private message re book.
    P

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    Hello Peter,
    Thanks

    This aircraft (W4236) on 10 august 1943 was not their own aircraft. It was a "borrowing" aircraf, the crew was in leave in this moment.
    SgtE.F Gardiner
    Sgt J.T Kendall
    Sgt J.C Whitley
    Sgt P.B Smith
    Sgt W Walker
    Sgt N.T Holmes
    Sgt G.W Spriggs

    I have a photograph of this crew

    Givry is at 40Km of my home near Bastogne
    Daniel

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    Hello,

    Here you can find some info about the escape story of Peter Bellamy SMITH / 1333883 of 61 sqn:

    http://www.cometeline.org/fiche158.html

    The next link will give you an article of the Globe and Mail of the 21 of September 1943 about the loss of Sgt Kendall John T R/178673:

    http://collections.civilisations.ca/warclip/pages/warclip/ResultsList.php
    (Use the detailed search for "Kendall"/"Air force casualties")

    Did you also asked the "Bomber Command Loss Card" at RAF Hendon?

    Greetings,

    Alexander

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    Dan Guest

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    Hello,
    thank you for the links

    Yes i have the "Bomber Command Loss Card" from Hendon, they sent me it two years ago for the unveiling of a stele to the memory of the 3 members of crew killed in the crash.
    commemoration with the presence of a wing commander B. Horton of the R.A.F, the Belgian army and the war veterans " les chasseurs ardennais"
    The stele- a one tonne carved stone- has a plaque portraying the names of those whose lives were lost and a relief carving of the Lancaster showing its leters QR-K (link of photograph)

    http://i37.tinypic.com/2uervvk.jpg

    Best regards
    Daniel

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