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    Default Sgt Kendall John Topham 61 sqn RCAF

    Hello,

    I was at Florennes cemetery this 4th July for the crew of F/O Oldham and crew who were killed in my village and notice a grave with a photo.

    I took the photo of the grave and a photo of Sgt Kendall.

    If one of you would like the photo please feel free to contact me.

    Best regards

    Rene

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    Rene
    No doubt you already have this information from Bomber Command Losses and CWGC

    103 Squadron Lancaster Mk III with Merlin 28 engines. Serial Number: W5012. Coded: PM-P. Operation: Cologne. 3rd / 4th July 1943
    W5012 also took part in the Key Operation against Oberhausen 14/15 June ‘43. When lost this aircraft had a total of 64 hours. W5012 was one of two 103 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation. (See: JA672) Airborne 23:01 3rd July ‘43 from Elsham Wolds. Shot down by a night fighter (Oblt Wilhelm Telge, V./NJG1) crashing between Gesves and Assesse (Namur), 16 km ESE and 15 SE respectively of Namur, Belgium. All are buried in Florennes Communal Cemetery.

    Name: OLDHAM, LAWRENCE PHILIP. Initials: L P. Rank: Flying Officer (Pilot)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Unit Text: 103 Sqdn.
    Age: 20. Date of Death: 04/07/1943. Service No: 126832
    Additional information: Son of Harry Robert and Gladys Oldham, of Quinton. Birmingham.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Row 3. Coll. grave 35-38. Cemetery: FLORENNES COMMUNAL CEMETERY

    Name: BETTS, ELMER. Initials: E. Rank: Sergeant (Flt. Engr.)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force. Unit Text: 103 Sqdn.
    Age: 25. Date of Death: 04/07/1943. Service No: 642091
    Additional information: Son of Maud Mary Betts, and stepson of Leonard Arthur Amos, of Ashford, Kent; husband of Marjorie Betts.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Row 3. Coll. grave 35-38. Cemetery: FLORENNES COMMUNAL CEMETERY

    Name: LAMB, ROBERT KENNETH. Initials: R K. Rank: Flying Officer (Nav.)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Unit Text: 103 Sqdn.
    Age: 26. Date of Death: 04/07/1943. Service No: 130389
    Additional information: Son of Archibald James Lamb and Jessie Lamb, of Hornsey, Middlesex.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Row 3. Coll. grave 35-38. Cemetery: FLORENNES COMMUNAL CEMETERY

    Name: WILKINS, PERCY ERIC. Initials: P E. Rank: Sergeant (Air Bomber)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Unit Text: 103 Sqdn.
    Date of Death: 04/07/1943. Service No: 1231499
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Row 3. Grave 34. Cemetery: FLORENNES COMMUNAL CEMETERY

    Name: FOSTER, STANLEY. Initials: S. Rank: Sergeant (W.Op./Air Gnr.)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Unit Text: 103 Sqdn.
    Date of Death: 04/07/1943. Service No: 1144201
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Row 3. Coll. grave 35-38. Cemetery: FLORENNES COMMUNAL CEMETERY

    Name: INGRAM, ROY HENRY. Initials: R H. Rank: Sergeant (Air Gnr)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Unit Text: 103 Sqdn.
    Age: 20. Date of Death: 04/07/1943. Service No: 1607348
    Additional information: Son of William Henry and Pearl Kathleen Ingram, of Fratton, Hampshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Row 3. Grave 32. Cemetery: FLORENNES COMMUNAL CEMETERY

    Name: FREEMAN, RONALD WILLIAM. Initials: R W. Rank: Sergeant (Air Gnr)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Unit Text: 103 Sqdn.
    Age: 23. Date of Death: 04/07/1943. Service No: 1210564
    Additional information: Son of Charles and Ella Lydia Freeman; husband of Irene May Freeman, of Parkstone, Dorsetshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Row 3. Grave 33. Cemetery: FLORENNES COMMUNAL CEMETERY

    thank you and all your village for tending these graves without expectation of reward on behalf of their families who may not have been able to visit. There is so much that we know little about of cases like this.

    On their 67th anniversary, We Will Remember Them.
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    Default Sgt Kendall John

    Hello Kevin

    Thank for the info you have written, as you mentioned I had them, since 1996 I have done research and could trace 6 of the 7 crew families, some of them I had the pleasure to meet

    I have completed the story of the crew and it is in process of relecture due to the fact that it is in French and English (my grammar is terrible).

    The only family that I could not trace is from F/O Lamb, i do know from an extract of the Hornsey Journal that he had a brother but no luck .

    Thank you for your answer

    Best regards

    René

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    Rene, yes, unfortunately his brother also died:
    Name: LAMB, ALEC
    Initials: A
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Gunner
    Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
    Unit Text: 112 (The West Somerset Yeomanry) Field Regt.
    Age: 26
    Date of Death: 30/04/1945
    Service No: 944818
    Additional information: Son of Archibald James Lamb and Jessie Elenor Lamb, of Hornsey, Middlesex. His brother Robert Kenneth also died on active service.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 15. A. 13.
    Cemetery: BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY

    That must have hit them hard, so close to the end of the War.

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    Default Sgt Kendall John

    Hello Kevin

    Thank you for your reply regarding F/O Lamb's brother, it's certainly close the hope to contact a next of kind.

    Best regards

    René

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    Hi Rene
    Had a look on the RAFRA site and 103 dont have an Assn of their own but it says see RAF Elsham Wolds Assn... http://walter9.info/RAFEW/ I am sure its worth contacting them to see if they would like a copy of your research....
    Dee

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