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    Default Halifax JD297 DY-Q "Queenie" 102 (Ceylon) Squadron RAF

    In memory of F/O C.F. Read a distant relative of mine.

    Researching 102 Squadron I have read Chris Goss’s excellent book “It’s suicide but it’s fun” and Tim Wingham’s equally harrowing “Halifax down!”. Don’t read either if you are of a nervous disposition. Tom Winghams book highlights that all is not always what it seems.

    For further background I also have a copy of Mike Underwoods’ “RAF Pocklington and RAF Elvington War Diaries”.

    Any more information about the crew or other raids F/O C. F. Read was on would be very welcome.

    Are there any ways to find out more about the crash site? Is it marked in any way?
    The crash site being 10KM south of Maubeuge.

    The Halifax DY-Q “Queenie” was a Halifax HP59 MKII can anyone post a photo or link to the exact specification of this model ?

    "The men were very good to us and we were not hurt. They were a wall unto us both by night and day."
    1 Samuel 25:15-16.

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    Hello,

    As far as I can tell, there's no memorial at the crash site.

    I don't understand if you have the crew of Halifax II JD297. In case not, they're all buried in Maubeuge town cemetery and you'll be able to get the full names from the C.W.G.C. registers (easier than more me to retype) : W/C H.R. COVENTRY, DFC was the pilot (the Squadron commander), Sgt G.T. PINE-COFFIN was the flight engineer, F/L F.E. KING D.F.C. was the navigator, F/O C.F. READ was the bomb aimer, Sgt W. BROWN was the wireless operator, Sgt W. HARDY and F/L G.F. HOGG were the two air gunners, the Squadron Operations Record Book doesn't make the difference between mid-upper and rear gunner. What's more F/L HOGG was the Squadron's gunnery leader.

    The reference of the Operations Record Book for No. 102 Squadron is AIR 27/809 at the National Archives in Kew, London, if you're in a capacity to get there. I have copied the months of April 1943 and July 1943 (form 540 (monthly resume) in full but form 541 (daily resume) only for the 13/14 July 1943 raid) so can have a look at them and this won't be enough to list the missions he flew during these two months, if he was posted in in April or before.

    I can forward you pictures of the graves in Maubeuge. Send me an e-mail if you want them (click on my name, on the upper left corner, it will give you access to my profile, which has my e-mail address).

    We can't post pictures on this board (this is an anti-spam measure) but you'll find plenty of pictures and drawings of Halifax Mk II on the web, or in books.

    Joss

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    Hi Joss, many thanks. All information and pictures welcome. Email to follow.
    Kind regards Op-researcher.

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    This is so weird, and I assure you that I am not making this up.

    I am currently researching this crew as I have a coloured photograph of one of them. I was going to post today in the hope that someone would have some further information - and this turns up! How strange!

    Perhaps its fate!

    TEC

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    Further to this, I believe that F/L King was the squadron navigation officer - quite a senior crew!

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    Hello T-E-C,

    The Squadron ORB doesn't say F/L KING was the Squadron navigation leader, while it definitively says that F/L HOGG was the Squadron gunnery leader.

    His D.F.C. and that of W/C COVENTRY were published in the same London Gazette issue, but with no citation :

    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/36131/supplements/3630

    Who is the crew member whose portrait you have ?

    Joss
    Last edited by jossleclercq; 27th July 2010 at 07:40. Reason: adding link to London Gazette online page.

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    In my own act of rememberance to F/O C F Read I bought a copy of "The Man on the mantelpiece" by Janet Denny.

    Janet Denny is the daughter of a No.4 Group, 77 Squadron (Melbourne, Yorkshire) Flight Sergeant. With extracts from his diaries Janet has written a thought provoking politically and socially insightful biography. Also useful to aircrew historians are the accounts of locations of various ACRC's, ITW's and OTU's what they were like both then, from the diary accounts, and now from Janets own experiences.

    Bought it Saturday at Bosham Church Fete, had it signed by the author, met her mother the Flight Sergeants charming wife and finished reading it yesterday, it is a good read.

    Janets mother confirmed aircrew families were put in contact with one another to share news of lost crew memebers and from these contacts friendships formed which remained for the rest of their lives. While chatting, another lady rather loftily announced she had been machine gunned by the Germans! Apparently while her father was stationed at Biggin Hill. Janets mother was quick off the mark to mention she had had a similar experience! I was relieved to find the full version in the book.
    Last edited by OP-researcher; 14th July 2015 at 11:40.

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