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I love this site and have Bookmarked it for future use. It's very informative, and user friendly. I will certainly be visiting again in the near future.
I was searching for an obituary on my Uncle, AVM HAC Bird-Wilson and was most pleased to find what I needed in these web pages. Thank you
I stumbled across this site when looking for information on the Single Pioneer. I was Single Pioneer Flight Commander on 209 Sqn at Seletar from 1967 to the end of 1968 when we transferred to 20 Squadron to become C Flight with the Single Pins (A & B Flights were Hunter FGA 9s). The SP in 209 had a very distinguished career with many very interesting operations over much of SE Asia. The aircraft markings varied enormously, but were generally standard RAF camouflage with the falling red eagle squadron badge and the unnofficial Snoopy badge on his kennel. We generally had our names on individual aircraft: mine was on XL702 and tyen on XL705. Our roles were Tactical Transport, with both STOL airfield ops and Para drop, VIP transport, visual reconnaissance, forward air control for both ground attack aircraft and artillery and the euphemistically named 'Special Operations'.
It was never boring. In my time we lost a lot of the aircraft to accidents, plus two cases of aircraft shot down a long way from Seletar. The Major Accident/incident loss rate was allegedly the highest of any aircraft then in RAF service: the good news is that we suffered no fatalities, though it was a close run thing from time to time.
The carrier landings were very interesting, mainly because the carriers would usually not slow down enough for our 30kt threshold speed!
Very interested to read that 116 squadron was recognised in Feb 1941. My father was there at Hatfield at that time. He was a sergeant wireless operator and air gunner.
Sadly, he was killed in action over Elba in March 1944
well I think your site is quite good- easy to navigate your way around!
However, I am looking for information on my grandfather who served in the RAF and was awarded an MBE from the queen for his service. His name is Frank Mason. If you could please help me out in finding anything at all or could tell me where to look, I'd really appreciate it!
Norman Hobbs 600 sq City of London
Service No 1339537 sends warmest best wishes from Cape Town South Africa to all ex RAF 600 personnel & wishes them all good health in 2007. Any contact from Ex 600's from 1941-45 should be made via my son Clive Hobbs on the e-mail address above
I was a Dog Handler from 1957 to 1959. I competed in the Dog Trials At Netheravon and due to my own late command dropped to 3rd position. I later took part in the Royal Tournament one of the last ones with operational dogs before the Demo Team started with "Wendy" as the head dog. My 4587 AD Skipper did the double criminal run and the 12 foot High jump. Brian (5050001 Cpl )
I AM LOOKING FOR A RAY KING SCUNTHORPE 1950 HEATHER MAY SPRING TO MIND I AM HER YOUNGER DAUGHTER BORN 1960
A very interesting web site. I was on 600 Squadron as a National Serviceman in 1955-6 as an Air Radar Mechanic. As the only two aircraft fitted with radar (IFF3 and Rebecca 7) crashed within weeks of my arrival, I did my service driving the Land Rover.
Alan Putt (SAC 2737639)
Very interested to see your website. I was a Met Air Observer 1945 to 1947 and therefore good to see the brevet again !
Wonder if there is a Met Air Observers group ?
Hi my name is paul.
I'm trying to find out about my second couson His name was Russell Boyde 19yrs and a Sergeant on a Lancaster.
p.s great site
Fascinating reading. I was trying to glean any details about my uncle Jack Danes, his Halifax was shot down on May 24th/25th 1944 and he served out his time in a POW camp (diary at Elvington air museum).
Malcolm Barrass has created a very fine and ever-growing source of RAF organisation and personnel history. From time to time we exchange information for enquiries and other Air of Authority entries - I'm undertaking something of similar sort for one RAF unit, No 211 Squadron.
Their story is recounted on my website at www.211squadron.org. I'd be very pleased to hear from any surviving ex-members or from anyone who has any information they would like to see become part of the Squadron's story.
Contact: Don Clark
Hello, nice site!
Really enjoyed your site. My wife worked in the house of The Earl of Bandon in Fontainebleau, France. I was there 1964-67. She was there 1961-67.
1 JAMES HAMILL WAS STATION WITH 541 SQUADRON IN GERMANY 1953 DOES ANY ONE KNOW ME .
What an excellent resource! I've just found my late father shown as a station OC of RAF Uetersen. He left some photos & I have his post war flying log (the wartime one having been lost in a mess fire in Japan), but no mention if this station.
Useful for contacts and research. My Dad has written a book (Familiar Voices) that will interest those who want to know more of RAF life flying Blenheims, 82 Sqn Watton 1940, 105 sqn Malta 1941 and 60 sqn India and Burma 1941 on.
Many thanks for the hard work that must be involved in putting such an informative and excellent site together.
I came across it whilst delving for a bit more information on the 'antics' of a late relative, Flt Lt F R Pugh of No 90 Sqdn (Stirlings) in 1943. I have his log books but these of course only tell a small part of the story.
Please keep up the good work.
M J Smith
I am Looking for an old school friend He is a R.C.A.F. Officer retired. if you think you might be able to assist me with this , would you e-mail me and I will give you more details.
Hi, I'm Hugh Spencer, only just discovered the website. I was a wireless operator with 61 Sqdn at Skellingthorpe from March to May 1945. Notice has been put on other relevant websites to try to find the rest of my crew - we disbanded without any arrangements made to keep in touch. There's still a chance I hope.
As a WWII and Bomber Command Historian I have found these pages of use many times. Many Thanks.
Chris, Malton, North Yorkshire.
I Think it is an excellent site, myself have served at RAF SWINDERBY, RAF LYNEHAM, RAF AKROTIRI, 280SU RAF TROODOS AND RAF STAXTON WOLD.
I did my National Service at Rufforth 1953-55 The CO during that period was Wing Commander Thomas. The Adjutant was Fl Lt Anderson it was HQ for 64 Group Home Command.
also on the Station was 60 MU and Crash Unit headed by a Sgt Lake I served my 2 1 months there under the Catering Officer WO Fountain as the Clerk Messing my RAF number was 2589081.I visited the site last week. The airfield is now used by a Glider Club.
Most interesting. My Dad was transferred from the Army to the RFC at the near end of WW1 with the rank of S/Ldr, having been Actg Major prior to that. I held A/S/Ldr when demobbed at the War's end.
I found your pages when searching for Togs Mellersh with whom I served at The N F I U at Ford and, also, my friends Brance Burbridge, at the C F S at W Raynham, and Batchy Atcherly who ran #1 N/F course at Church Fenton in '41 and who became a lifelong chum! I have lived in the U S since '48. My rank doesn't seem to have come up to snuff with theirs!
Thanks for doing what you do, and best wishes
Michael F. Wynne-Willson A F C. 89625!(87 yrs young)
12 Jackson Pond Road, Dedham, MA. 02026. USA: Phone 781/329-4680:
This is an extremely interesting site.
Fantastic, and a much needed resource. Well done that man!
I've been looking for info. on my maternal grandfather...Air Marshall Sir Albert Durston. I tapped his name into google and up came not only a picture but also his full service history. Thank you so much.
My name is Niall Grant, BELFAST, my father William Niall Grant served with 76 Squadron, Bomber Command, during World War 2
There's good stuff on here. I came by to try and find info on my great uncle W A Southey. Unaccountably he is recorded as a South African Ace. Does any one know why this might be, as he was in fact English.
I like this site.
wandered onto your site while researching 6fts tern hill, very interesting site, thank you
Hi: I would like very to contact Ms.E.D.S. Chamberlayne, who is the daughter of F.R.D.Swain, she had a note in the guest book but when I e mailed her it was returned as not reckognised. Can anyone help me contact this lady ?? Ferdie Swain held the world altitude record in 1936 and went on to a great career. Thanks....
This must have taken you years if not decades to complete. Fantastic site, well done, I take my hat off to you.
Superb site full of excellent information Keep up the good work
Great site! Keep up the good work!
Pat Dunbar (583981)
A nice site, indeed. Took ages going through the postings to see if any Stirling entries, but worth the effort!
Re. your entry for Air Commodore T.B. Prickman, he was born in 1902 and died in 1992 and was OC RAF Kenley during the Battle of Britain receiving the Battle of Britain clasp to his 1939-45 Star and the Order of Ornage Nassau. Other than that your entry is substantially correct. Thank you.
Found your site looking for my old station badges for a screensaver, very informative, marked it as a favourite and will be reading page by page with interest, great work, no station missing that i can think of, well done to the creator and and hi to all who remember me - Martyn Simpson (SAC-Telecomms) aka Fletch (prev Fletcher)
hello there trying to trace anyone who knew my father "taff" john spencer geater 15/16 sqn raf reg 1966/1975 any hello's greatly appreciated.
Congratulations on a great site. I served in the RAF March 1949 thru 1957, trained at Wittering, Feltwell, Stradishall, and then as pilot, (Meteor F8s) on 263 Squadron at Wattisham.
Finished up as a Gunnery instructor at Pembrey for a year, and for the last two and a half years, as a flight Instructor at Oxford University Air Squadron, flying out of Kidlington. Since settled in Canada and the U.S. working with Industry and the Airlines.
Regards to all I have ever met during a great career.
Phil Rogers (3037643)
Many thanks to the hard working staff that complete this excellent site. If only I knew how you did it!
Looking for a history of RAF BALDERTON, just south of Newark, Notts, as part of my WW2 research on our village war memorial. One of ours flew out from there and now lies in the Netherlands with his colleagues of 408 RCAF. The RAF B.C.. 60th has somehow got its a. & t.'s mixed up for Balderton and I was looking for a station history, but your site doesn't have one either. Typical. Just my luck. Anyone out there got one please?
Also looking for any information at all about 270 Sqdn WW2 thought to be in or around Nigeria in 1944. Again one from our village who didn't return. Any pointers for any information on 270 appreciated. Thought, may be Coastal Command?
A very interesting site especial anyone having served with the Royal Air force, Was stationed at RAF Chivenor 1950-51 National service Nursing Attendant Aircraft there at the time, Spitfires 5 an 17 Squadrons, Beaufighters, Ansons, Devon's, Dakotas, Havards, Mosquitos, Brigands, Havards, Auster, Meteors, Vampires, Martinets, and an old Walrus that used to visit us from Plymouth Mountbatten with dispatches.
I´m Bastian Huebsch from germany.
Me and my family where stationed at Wattisham from 1979-1982.My father was a backseater from the GAF in Wittmund for an exchange.
I just wanna know if some people remember him or my family...I´m looking for my friend who has been in the kindergarden with me.
We lived on base and I remember a few things from the past.
If someone could help me please mail back on this site or to my e-mail bastian.huebschATgmx.de See ya Bastian
I enlisted in the RAF May 1941 and became a GG with 2819 Squadron at Chelveston. I was later tranferred to various units but spent the last two years of my service with 2829 Squadron until my demob in 1946. I was proud to have served in "The Mob" and often wonder how my old mates are getting on. In those days we were known as "Khaki Types"
My Uncle Fred was also in the regiment and was a Flight Sergeant but I don't remember his Regiment.
Hi - Stumbled across this via another link. Need help! Trying to find out where my father (Micheal George Calvert)was likely to have been based whilst he was in Transport Command in the 39/45 war. Think he was a navigator and was wounded in the leg once only, returning to flying soon after.Know nothing about his Squadron No., Base or anything except he was demobbed in '46. Anyone out there with any info - please get in touch - Many Thanks John W Calvert
A fantastic source of information for both serving and veteran RAF personnel. A great website.
As the son of a Lancaster crew member I found this site very interesting
Very interesting site, was pleased to find it since it gave me some information about a distant relative for my genealogy
Feb. 14 1945 Lancaster pb183 and Lancaster pd232 collided over Remlingen (Wurzburg) Germany. This loss occurred on the way to Dresden. Any details on the final ops of pb183 would be appreciated. Bill Cowley, on another Lancaster (number unknown), saw the explosion. Sadly, he passed away a short time ago. Any other witnesses may assist me in finding out why these aircraft collided, and what occurred at the crash site. My name is Norm Garrett.
I thought your site was excellent - served in the RAF for 35 years and was stationed at many stations which feature in your reunion page - this is the moat comprehensive list I have seen. thank you.
I liked your site
I am seeking the location of the loss of a 487 Squadron Mosquito IV EG-K serial PV173 lost 22 January 1945 supporting Operation Blackcock. The crew were pilot Flt Lt Leslie Graham and navigator Sgt Ron Batch, both killed, buried Rheinburg War Cemetary.
The RAF seems to have been active around Montfort on this date. Any further details would be greatly appreciated
I was very interested in your well informed website. My main interest was the details on 502 Squadron as I was posted there from late 1952 until mid 1955.During this time we were presented with THE STANDARD.
The actual date was 24th May 1954, It was presented by the Governor of Northern Ireland, Lord Wakerhurst, K.C.M.C.
Perhaps you would like to add this to your Standards record.
Thanks for your fine website.
John.( I have proof if required)
Many thanks for your time and trouble.
Have found your site invaluable in learning about our WW2 RAF casualties and the organisation itself, of which I was so ignorant previously. I shall no doubt keep coming back to it as other information comes to light. It will also be at the top of my recommended sites for others.
Very interesting site. Came across it while searching for info about my mother A.C.W./2, RAF, Isabella Adams Meikle. She served from 1942 - 1944 and never spoke of what she did so researching has been very difficult. My dad said she was a cryptographer or decoder in the Inverness area. He thought at a place called "Bunker Hill" but I've never found any sites in Scotland by that name. They met in Inverness at a dance. My dad was in the 22-24 Company of the Canadian Forestry Corp. If anyone knows of any links for searching for women who were in the service during WW2 I would greatly appreciate any assistance. Cheers, Barb Bowles
We are looking for any information regarding my uncle P/O Jack Kenneth Ferguson [Fergie] who flew with RCAF 401 squadron out of Biggin Hill October 1941-August 17 1942 when he was lost on his 80th mission on US bomber escort flying Spitfire MK9 YOP possibly named Leila III. Thanks
I came across the site after I read a guest book request on the RAF Eindhoven Association site. They were doing research on The RAF In Holland and did not Know where to find any. Very, Very helpful. I will use this site again
I enjoyed browsing through your web site
I am looking for information on the No.7 Flight A Squadron Padgate Can you help? I have a lovely picture of the above squadron with a Lancaster Bomber in the background.
It was interesting to read the page for No 600 Squadron relating to the ill fated raid on Waalhaven Airfield in Rotterdam. My mother's brother Leading Aircraftman HCW Hawkins was on one of the aircraft shot down and was as I understand, only reported missing in action at the time. It was only some years later that it was discovered he had in fact been killed and is now buried in Spijkenisse General Cemetery in Holland.
I was WRAF storekeeper, Cpl. (Kibble) at the Joint School of Photography 1970- 1972. Found the information on this site very interesting.
Can I say what a marvelous site well done, I was in the RAF myself from 1979-1994. serving at Swinderby, Akrotiri, Staxton Wold,280 SU Troodos Lyneham, and of course training at Hereford, and a stint on the Falklands. was a supplier.
Can any one help me with a strange request, looking for info on the RAF in west Africa in particular Dakar.
many thanks Geoff Bridgman
Very informative - As a serving SNCO of the RAF I was looking for some information for a forthcoming 'Top Table' function and found it on your website - Thank you, Sgt Andrea Culley
Hi, what an interesting site - I stumbled upon it accidentally!
After 3 yrs as a Halton App. '61-'63, I served at Little Riss, North Front, Little Riss, RAAF Darwin, Wittering, Wildenrath, & Little Riss!
Any old friends out there?
Have visited this wonderful site many times but have never previously visited the Guestbook. I recognise its importance now that we have one on our website and wished more visitors took the trouble to leave their comments.
Joynt WW11 Pilot Squadron 225 Spitfire
FO A.E.Joynt -J/29889 - was killed 1944 march 14 when his parachute became entangled in the wing - remains not found until 1948, his remains are buried in Milan Cemetery. I have his complete war record in the binder. Photo of his tombstone - Defense medal 1939-1945 In memory of Flying Officer ALFRED EARL JOYNT who died on March 19, 1945.
Service Number: J/29889
Force: Air Force
Regiment: Royal Canadian Air Force
Unit: Squadron 225
Born in Kazubazua, Quebec 29 April 1914. Son of Daniel and Ellen (née Mulligan) Joynt, of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. He was the brother of William, Hazel, Don, Alfreda, Edwin and Angus. He attested in Toronto, Ontario on 10 October 1940 stating he was single and his occupation was with the Police Force. He attended Grades 1 through 8; 1921 to 1928 at Cunard Public School and Grades 8 through 10; 1929-1931 at Rouleau High School. He went on to attend Luther College in Regina, Saskatchewan for 1933 - 1934..
Commemorated on Page 529 of the Canadian Second World War Book of Remembrance.
I have photos from the Milan Cemetery in Italy and the medals awarded.
I am Air Marshal Sir John D'Albiac's grand-daughter. I now live in Virginia USA.
I was pleased to find this site and very interested in his biography. I had only known him as my granpa who lived on the Isle-of-Wight.
I found this site by accident, but now I have book marked it, I am Cpl Bob Brookes 4144105,I was stationed at RAF Seletar with the RAF Police from 1960 to 1963,I would be very pleased to hear from any of my old comrades from my Seletar days
I was researching my mother's story and found her photos of when she was flying barrage ballons. She was LACW Dorothy Hunt 2027976 of 904/5 Squadron, E Flight. She flew balloons at Manchester in 1942 and after that at Tilbury Docks in London. I have many photos of her and her flight and group photos at training camps. If these are of interest I will happily scan them and send them on.
Thanks for telling me more than I knew!
Thanks for your great website.
My father, Hugo M Woodward, was an RAF Pilot assigned to 74 Sqdn as well as several others during WWII. I enjoyed reading about the assignments of the squadrons and their history.
I also like seeing the markings of the aircraft and the types used at specific times.
I will come back from time to time to see your progress and latest additions.
An excellent site, full of much information for military/family historians. I an particularly interested in the entry re AVM Raymond Collishaw, after who the (former) Cassidy Airport, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia Canada is now re-named as Nanaimo - Collishaw Airport.
Incidentally, there is a first rate Military museum situated on Vancouver Island. It is the Vancouver Island military Museum, within the Rutherford Shopping Mall, Nanaimo, BC. and has many, many displays of all aspects of Canadian military service, including a VC gallery, and a comprehensive tribute to AVM Collishaw. There is no charge for admission, staffed by friendly, helpful volunteers who have a wide range of military service and knowledge. It really is a must for anyone interested in military activities. I know, I've visited the museum 7 times since April 2005! (And I live in the UK!!!).- Michael Green.
I found you site quite interesting, having been in the RAF for 25 years, but You have missed out on RAF Morton Hall. It closed in 1958 or thereabouts to become an open prison. It was one of my better postings in the UK
Great Site, I might find some old 'Erks yet! I have tried Service Palls a few times ,no luck when you get old like me you remember old Palls when you were fit and well and life seemed an adventure.
I wonder how life treated them, I would love to have a natter about old times.
I served at RAF 21OTU.from 43-45 ATDU Gosport and 16 MU Stafford (Hixon) Happy days.
If anyone who knew me is out there get in touch.
I hope that I have not outlived them all!!
(As we used to say 'Don't let the Bas-ds grind you down') keep up the good work...
Don Griffiths, MBE Ex. RAF
Very comprehensive site... an informational treat for someone stuck on the other side of the Atlantic!
Great site. And very helpful for my research.
Interesting but I cant find the badge I wore when seriving in the RSAF in 1946
This site is a valuable source of information an d I will add it to my bookmarks. I have to give a talk on Hughie Edwards to the local primary school for ANZAC Day. I found your article on him most useful. Ken Parish, formerly Flg. Off. Parish RAAF. Brunswick Junction Western Australia
My grandfather flew dh9's during the ww1 and i'am trying to find out more I know he flew in 206 squadron from Deuxville in France. He was shot down and survived. He also was used to take recci photos and did mainly daylight bombing runs.
Many stories were said while sitting on his knee as a young boy.
Can you help fill in some details?
regards Andrew Woodall
A fantastic site. We have been looking for a family relative for many years and found him on your site. Thank you so much
You have made the site easy to read.
Alexander White 4032230 RAF Cardington, Weeton mu driving school, Brize Norton hut no, not known. Oxford, Far eastern command RAF Changi attached to Hospital, my job was driver, crane, fire engine, A.T.C. ambulance for the hospital signed on for five years demobbed 1952. Back room boys in the Malaya Times transporting patients on to air ambulance D.O.B.24-01-1931.
Good site, interesting/informative
I found this site when looking for info on Donald Macdonell. If anyone reads this and has info which they would like to share, please contact me at:
My name is W A Broad R A F service number 4030596
I served in 394 MU RAF Heany Southern Rhodesia 1950-1953. Am looking for any one who remembers me from that era ,especially Ted Burton or members of Chiefy Marshall's Electrical Section. Great times in Bulawayo Maybe someone will recognise the DONK.
I was A.V.M. Bateson's personal steward at Stanmore Park. He was one of the best officers that I ever met in the R.A.F. I remember on one occasion he was to take a parade just after lunch. As usual he came into the kitchen to thank me for lunch, he also enquired how my old Zundapt motor bike was going.I informed him that I was having a bit of trouble with it ,without hesitation he rolled up his sleeves and got stuck. Half an hour later he had it fixed and of he went to the parade cuffs of his shirt covered with oil. It was a pleasure to know such a gentleman. John McCann
I like your web-site very much. I was stationed at RAF Alconbury from 88-92. I was in the 10th TFW 509th AMU and deployed to Saudia Arabia December 24, 1989. If anyone remembers me, I'd love to hear from you. I was a maintenance FOL trainer going to Alhorn, Germany on several occasions. I was an expediter for the 509th AMU. Please contact me .
Name: Danny Lewis
This website is great, have just read the El Adem reunion how I wish I had seen this before I have looked for a long time for old friends. I was one of six WRAF that worked at the SSQ, I also worked in TEARS. I was known as Chalky Wearmouth
I have enjoyed this site very much, in April May 1950 I was posted to Chivenor to where I remained to June 16th 1951 when my service with the RAF finished, all the time I served at Chivenor 5 & 17 Squadrons where there equipped with Spitfires a couple of Mosquitoes, Beaufighters, Ansons, Oxfords, Harvards, Devons, Buckmasters, Dakotas and Martinets, Trusting this may be of some use to you. I was a Nursing Attendant.
Keep up the great work - it is vital that first hand accounts this history is recorded now before it is too late
I have just found out that my father flew Beauford II out of Thorney Island in 1941/42. He was killed in Jan 42 near Manston but I have no more details. He was killed 3 weeks after I was born.
Any information about his death would be appreciated. He was Sgt Eric Voy
Hi. What a great site. Like many others, I stumbled across it one evening and stayed up way beyond my bedtime!!
I was able to respond to a couple of queries in the "Request" area, and would like to add one of my own.
My name is Malcolm Hughes, I came to Canada in 1966 so lost touch. National Service September 1955 - 57. Reception at Cardington; Square Bashing at Padgate; Radar Training at Compton Bassett; Ops at Hopton (type CHEL) until it shut down, then Trimmingham for some up-grading on Type 80 before posted to 143 SU at Bempton for the final year (listed as member of the experimental team). Demobbed Sept 14 '57 as 2770209 SAC. Met some great guys (and as a result of being near seaside resorts and holiday camps, some great gals!!). I played rugby for Yarmouth and Lowestoft while at Hopton, and for Bridlington while at Bempton. I have come across a few letters from some of the guys (and gals) that came to light as I helped clean out my mother's home in Castleford, Yorkshire after she passed away in 2004.
Last year I took my wife to visit most of the places but found little if any evidence of any of those stations. A brass plate on a pillar at Compton; a Caravan site at Bempton with a couple of building relics on the site; The Airship sheds at Cardington; nothing at Hopton.
I have letters from 3147047 Friston, J ("Tubby" from Beccles), 2747057 Urpeth, D. J. (Charlie?); 2770173 Bond, R., 4174256 Durnin, J., Mike Howell (who mentioned Johnny Cross), along with names of others including 2770182 McCallister, ?., 3147058 Beange, ?.
Excuse the long winded stuff (I became a teacher so that explains it!). Anyone out there from those times, would love to hear from you. "Red"
What a great site. I have spent hours here since I stumbled across it (much to my wife's chagrin; not at the topic but at the time perched in front of the computer).
Haven't spotted anything that relates to my NS time, but one never knows. Did provide some gen for a couple of requests.
Keep this up
Very good and informative site.Have been interested in aviation, from early age ATC Cadet in 1440 Sqd from 51 til 58 then served RAF 58 to 81 and still my interest has not waned. Attend Waddington Airshow, and was involved in Shoreham RAFA Airshow as Wings Appeal Organiser 11 years.Served Seletar,Kai Tak, Dishforth, Wildenrath, Scampton, Muharraq, St Mawgan, Acton, Rudloe Manor. Phew. Thanks for your dedication with this spendid Site Gerry White
I was born at RAF Wegberg hospital on 27/11/1956, my fathers Name was Francis Anderson (Known as Andy)
and had the rank of Sgt at the time. My father is still alive and has just celebrated his 81st birthday. I am so glad I have found this web site and have found many interesting details. Thank you so much. Angie Daglish.
Fantastic website, my grandfather, Flt Sgt Jim Feasey served with 171 Sqn on Halifaxes as a tail gunner. His plane was E Easy. Still have crew and sqn photos on display. My grandfather was very proud to have served with 171 Sqn.
Very useful information. I linked via 74 Squadron website. This will help me to identify the time periods in various photographs. Thank you.
Laurence Lewin, M.D.
Santa Ana, CA
I have now spent "several" (my wife has another word to describe them) hours on the site, and find myself increasingly drawn to it. So far nothing has shown up that I can relate to on a 'personal' service level, but how very interesting the entire site is from an old erk's perspective. I shall continue to return until I find something that is of direct appeal to me.
What an excellent site with a lot of in depth compiled information regarding the history of the Royal Air Force and associated arms. Lots of 'remembrances' which got the old grey matter working. Where are the Hospitals? They provided a sterling support to our forces and should also be remembered here (my viewpoint).
Dave Hodgson RAF Retd
I recently opened the back of an old religious photograph and found a certificate to DAVID SMITH SCRIVEN, an officer of the RNZAF. The document is a notice of promotion, dated 12th November, 1948 and applies from 1942 and signed by Governor General Freyberg. I am interested in returning the document to the family of this man.
The RAF site is fantastic and as I am researching my husbands family, I had success with this site immediately. I wonder if anyone knows of Air Commodore C F H GRACE (15193) e.g. if he had any family etc. I would welcome any information on this gentleman who was related to us.
I have been trying to find anyone who knew my father, Robert James Henderson who flew with the Ferry Command from Nassau Bahamas.
This might be the web site to do it
I have looked everywhere for the USAF based at RAF West Drayton in the 1950s had no luck at all. Can anyone help ? Great Site.
I find this a very good site I'm looking for old friends who served with me in signals 1960-1970 at Cosford, Uxbridge, Digby, Pergamoss. It would be nice to get in touch.
My father, Flying Officer Rod Hamilton McHaffie, of the RNZAF/RAAF Squadron 489 was based in Scotland sometime from 1943 - 45. He flew Beaufighters. He was killed in 1952 in a car accident in Kaitia NZ. I have one photo of him standing fully kitted out for a mission in front of a Beaufighter with his navigator. I would love to hear from anyone who knew him, or who has photos. I would attend any reunion of the Squadron if I knew about them. I just recently received his Service Medals. I would be so appreciative for any information.
Great Site. Have visited many times .I'm an old sweat, joined . 1936 Service No 528359 Cpl F2A Uxbridge, Manston, Henlow, Dishforth, Peterborough. Tern Hill, Petah Tiqva. Aqir.--Ring a bell with any survivors out there?
Delighted to see such a complete web site.
Towards the end of the war I served in Italy as an A.G with 40 Squadron. In October 1945 I was posted to 148 Squadron. After 148 disbanded I spent 1946 with AHQ Levant, Jerusalem.
Recently I have been communicating with a young historian whose mother, at the age of two, was on the ground at Freilassing. She lived near the marshalling yards and that was the last target of 40 Squadron and the rest of 205 Group. (25.4.1945). I find it incredible that his grandmother knew we were coming.
Omnia vidermus (We see all things) 268 sqdn.
pse correct: VIDEMUS
Wonderful site, we shall never forget what you did for us in WW II.
Hans Vles, Middelburg, Holland.
I came on this site by chance looking for info on pilots who flew Spitfires during 1944, I am totally mad about these planes and love to hear their engines as often as I can. Luckily my husband is as fond of them too, he has been designing parts of planes in Hamble for over 40 years and altho' retired--officially--is still working and loving the job as much. Any opportunity to get to see a show we go, wherever it is, altho' this is a little more difficult for me as I am now disabled, but just to hear the sound of the Spitfire engine I would go anywhere!! Luckily living in Southampton UK we have had quite a few flying displays, which were fantastic.
Does anyone know of any pilots who were killed in 1944 whilst flying specifically a Spitfire, and their lives before flying during the war, plus flying history please? Ann Biles aged 62 (my first husband was in the RAF from 1962--68 including a stint in Borneo for 1 year 1965-66, if anyone remembers him I'd like to hear from them too, Michael Besley ''Belsen Mick''!! .
A very informative site. I would be interested in hearing from any body who remembers my husband George Worley, 600 squadron, Biggin Hill 1946 - 1948.
This is an excellent site, and it is obvious that alot of hard work has gone into compiling it.
I take it that you will add more names to it as time goes on?, ie Air Commodore Sir Frank whittle.
If anyone looks at this excellent site they may like to view mine and make contact.
I spent 19 months as a radar operator from 53/55 at Foreness, on the Kent coast.
This is a Great site and needs considerable study which I will be doing.
I'm wondering if anyone has any information about James Russell Dick, he flew with SQ. 608
Would like to hear from Trevor Williams re Terence Webster's family
I am currently searching for details on a Flt Lt Robert Brook 174668 (460212), who was flying with 405 Squadron at the time of his death on the 16th of September 1944. Any information regarding him, or any information as to where I may find a crew photo would be greatly appreciated.
Great work. It is a great source.
I'm visiting this site on behalf of my godfather Arthur Ronald Kenn who served with 271 Squadron, along with Jimmy Edwards. Really pleased to find the Squadron badge.
I have a handful of photographs which belonged to my late uncle, Alan Whalley, who was with RAF ground staff from age 18 in 1942, to at least 1947. All were taken in various locations in India - Cawnpore 1945, Sidrapong 1946, Darjeeling 1946-7, Juhu Beach Bombay 1947, RMS Andes from Bombay to Southampton Feb-March 1947.
He was in Mechanical Engineering from at least 1945 and probably before that. One photograph is of him as a Sergeant with his Mech Eng co-instructor, Flt. Lt. Gilbey, in Sidrapong October 1946 and one is of the Machine Shop Team, Winners of the Inter-Section Cup 1945/46 (football). Other photographs give a few clues - Station Football Team, No. 11 Hill Depot, Darjeeling 1947; 202 Hut Cawnpore 1945. A few of the photographs are dated, and many have the names of his colleagues listed on the back, but unfortunately there is no detail regarding his home Station or Unit name - if anyone knows any more about the India or UK stations or remembers him I'd be very pleased to hear from them.
This particular uncle had a very quirky sense of humour; for some reason I have never quite been able to fathom, he sometimes referred to himself as "Jansen" or "Jansen Spreedle". This must be some private joke - or else it is some RAF thing/radio comedy thing of which I am not aware. I am hoping this may ring a bell with someone...
Here is the list of what I have in the way of photos, and if anyone finds they have a link to anyone, I am happy to scan the photo and e-mail it.
Cawnpore 1945- Harry Miles, Vic, Jim Evans, Bill Mayfield, Dick Eames Cawnpore 1945, 202 Hut - Len (prob. Len Mills), Frank, Nobby, Arthur Norman, Brummy Bert (prob. Armstrong), Ginger (prob. Irving) & Alby Machine Shop Team, Winners of Inter-Section Cup 1945/46
Sidrapong October 1946 - Sgt. Jim Dabock Sidrapong October 1946 - Flt Lt Gilbey Darjeeling 1946 - Art Whitehead
Darjeeling 1947 - Smudge, Hiram B, Tom Davies Darjeeling 1947 - Ben Woods, Hiram B, Tommy Davies Darjeeling 1947 Station football team, No. 11 Hill Depot (Hiram B may have only been a nickname, not certain)
Bombay 1947, Jubu Beach - Jim Morrison, Gin Irving and Taffy Bombay 1947, Jubu Beach - Harry Peck, Jim Morrison, Gin Irving and Taffy
RMS Andes, Bombay-Southampton Feb-March 1947 Andes 1947 - Harry Peck Andes 1947 - Jim Morrison Andes 1947 - Ginger Irving
Personnel in undated photographs sometime between 1945-47, India:
Wacker Anderson; Bert Armstrong; Patch Armstrong; Bill Battrick; Paddy Becket; ........... Bolton; Tich Chester; Reg de la Pole; Bert Godden; Dave Jennings; Reg Law; .......... McKendry; ......... Mc Kinnon; Len Mills; Dave Oddie (from Blackburn); Cpl. Rose; Ned Semple (from Poguestown, Larne, C. Antrim); Bern Septhon; Harry Tallis; Tommy Walker; Chalkie White; Eric Whittle ; Geordie Wilson; ......... Wytcherley.
Thompson & Wilson with Paddy in the centre The Machine Shop Tug of War Team
Other photo captions that may jog a memory or two, same time, same place:
"This is "K Ration and pet water buffalo, at the moment it is painted to represent a Blighty bound tin trunk"
"The Himalayan Railway from Siliguri to Darjeeling"
"Memorial in Lucknow, about 500 years old. It is called Mukbara of Kibir Bagh"
"These people are some of the starving millions of Madras Presidency. They were eating food which we had previously thrown out as bad, onto the cinders"
"By the camp at Jalapahar, Darjeeling, Oct 1946"
"The Machine Shop Fruit Wallah"
"Brickworks behind the camp"
"The Lido Pool and Restaurant, Cawnpore, India 1945"
"Guess Who, with Kanchenjunga on the extreme left. India 1947"
"Me in a canoe made from an emergency petrol tank"
Metro Cinema - film showing was "Her Highness and the Bellboy" with Hedy Lamarr, Robert Walker, June Allyson. Possibly Calcutta.
There are also some quite terrifying photographs of one single and one double roofed long building with thatched or grass roof and verandahs, in various stages of going up in flames because the roofs have caught fire. Single storey building, arched windows, pattern of rows of squares over windows and doors. Corrugated iron lean-to at rear of double building. One photograph looks as though this occurred in a fenced compound - I think this must have been one of the RAF camps.
Michael F. Wynne-Willson. A F C
89625. R A F V R. S/L (Retd.)
Most helpful and thanks so much.
Great site, the most comprehensive I've been able to locate. My father flew with RCAF squadron 415 in Wellingtons out of Thorney Island. His flight log indicated that his last operational flights were made attached to RAF 524. One flight of 415 went with RAF 119. Thanks to your site I was able to complete my research on my father's military past.
I knew James Leathart when he was OC RAF North Coates, then a Bloodhound Training Base, and I was based in the Ministry of Defence. He was a very friendly and pleasant person and I recall that he organised a lottery in the Officers' Mess based on estimating the date when a missile would be accidentally fired from North Coates but no one ever won the lottery. Gordon Galletly, Sqn Ldr RAF (Ret'd)
Tim E Senkow
Grandson of John C. P. O'Connor(J22860) No. 101 Squadron
My father E. J. Wyatt is 85 years old and was was in the 172 Squadron during the 2nd. world war. Thank you for your work. If you would like any information from him please contact me on email@example.com
Michael Lamont in Ottawa Ontario, Canada.
I am researching the death of WO2 Daniel Joseph Somers, RCAF who died on June 28,1943 in North Africa. Was with 458 Sqdr RAAF, but their ORB shows none of their aircraft missing that night.
Aircraft was Wellington Mark 8,serial LA993. RAF records indicate aircraft was assigned to 458 RAAF.
Aircraft crashed 6m SW of L.G.106.
I would be grateful for any info or leads.
As an ex RAF Apprentice, B flight 3 Squadron, 305th Entry, RAF Hereford, I am amazed at the amount of information contained in the site.
The amount of work must have been tremendous.
Can anyone guess which RAF Form my email address comes from eg B206059.
>From SAC Fisher J.E, 1004 Signals Unit, HMS Jufair, BFPo 63, 2/6/69 to 5/7/70
Good day, I am a Canadian ex-airforce member an a model builder and a fun of all that has to do with aviation history and this is by far the best site I found on the net yet....thank you very mutch!...
By the way, It will sound strange with a name like Doyle but I am a French Canadian so forgive me for the possible writing mystakes!...best of luck with this site!
I'm looking for information about James Connor from Belfast. He served in WW2 as an Air Gunner and ended as a WO2 (AG). His service is a bit vague as he has had a stroke and his speech is not as it was. I do know that he served out in Seirra Leone so he might have been in Coastal Command (?) He might also have served at Castle Archdale, NI.
Any info is most welcome
I am the Head warden of John's Lee Wood Scout Campsite in Markfield Leicester.
We have a cabin which was donated by the father of richard (Dick) Curtis and his brother Philip (phil) Curtis.
The cabin is named the Dick n Phil Cabin in memory of them losing their lives as spitfire pilots in the 2nd world war.
We are upgrading the cabin and intend to theme the cabin on the era of Dick and Phil Curtis.
We would be interested to find out more about them and would love any pictures of them perhaps with their planes (a tall order I know) but you never know.
My details and the campsites details are all on the website that I have put in this message above.
Look forward to anything you can help us with.
Yours Barry Fairman Head Campsite warden
My home e mail address is jlwwardenATgooglemail.com and my work one is b.fairmanATwilliamfreer.co.uk
I served three years at RAF Upper Heyford, England as the First Sergeant of the 20th OMS/AGS. This was the favorite tour of my career. One day it is my desire to revisit the base again.
Otis L. Jones
Update for RAF Nicosia
84 Squadron pulled out of Nicosia in 1982 when they changed from Whirlwinds to Wessex helicopters
Good site and loads of good info
I am trying to discover my father's life in the air force. He was stationed at Hemswell in 1950, on 100 squadron. His name is Flt.Lt Leslie Andrews and I would love to hear what he did during his time there. Sadly he died in 1999 on November 1st he was 79 years old. My name is Mary King
BRENDA MORLEY CAN U CONTACT ME ON LC3763@HOTMAIL.COM
interesting.....Mick Champ ex RAF 1949-1971 FEAF,MEAF. AAFCE.LOVE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE WHO REMEMBERS MICK & GWEN. RETIRED WO 1971 NOW IN AUSTRALIA.
super site ,great information ,thank you for your time and efforts.
I have read what you have to say about 295 Squadron, thank you. My father served on 295 and was killed in February '43. He was one of the rear gunners in the Halifax that was shot down over Saumur in the Loire Valley in France. along with a Whitley. 11 very brave men lost their lives that day, 19th February. There was one survivor, a great chap to whom I have spoken on the telephone. I have a great deal on information about that mission, if anyone is interested. the crews of the two air craft were honoured by the French last year, and I was privileged enough to be asked to lay the wreath. If you are interested in any of this, please contact me at the address above.
The content on this site is really good, and we have added a link from our own web site, www.HistoricalWarfare.com, which has a comprehensive directory of good Military History orientated web sites. Keep up the good work.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Pugh Lloyd
I am the nephew of the above. Any relative wishing to get in contact please contact me.
Me and my brother reunited all my dads air crew together sadly my father has since died along with all but one is left Cyril Allan Cook. Donald Pleasance was wireless operator with them for 2 or 3 ops sadly he died the day before my father. They are all waiting for Cyril before they go together on there last opp.166 squadron bomber command Kirmington My father was TED PETERS W/O. FLIGHT ENGINEER on V-VICTOR ALAN PETERS.
I'm learning a great deal, not only about my late great relative FO Frederick V Bainbridge 69 Squadron, but also how many other brave young men died.
Its thanks to you and them that my parents survived therefore me too.
Hut 77 RAF Bridgnorth March/April 1958, would like to hear from any of the lads, been trying for 20 plus years to no avail.
Contact me on address above.
Derrick Etches 4237677.
This is a brilliant website for the people who would like 2 in the future be dog handlers in the RAF ,it gives good info about it, well done
My father J.W. 'Chick' Fowles is very interested in conatcting old RAF chums, 253 Squadron. Particularly interested in contacting Richard Middleton 'Dickie Middleton', school friend who went on to fly as a navigator in Mosqitos, poss 540 Squadron - if Dickie reads this or anyone would like to contact my father - please email me jim.fowlesATbtopenworld.com
My father Edmund Dolata, was ground crew for Polish Squadron 300, 1940-1946. I am interested in any background.
I would like to say what a great web site this is. I recently saw a picture of my Great Grandfather his Name was Benjamin Southwell Born January 1892 and his service number was RFC 1293. At the end of world war two he was warrant officer and retired. I was searching for picture's of the Badges on his uniform so I could tell his name sake, my son Benjamin what they were. Thank you again x ( If any one reading this knew him or anything about him please email me firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hi i'm wondering if anyone can help im trying to trace a lady called Susan Wrightson who served in Leuchars air base in nineteen seventy nine she is originally from Harrogate She stayed in Spittlefield Ave cres
Any info would be appreciated
My name is Edward Roberts (Robbie) I served at R A F Bimbrook Linolnshire 617 squadron in 1953 -1955 I would like to hear from anyone who remembers me
WHAT AN AMAZING SITE
110% FOR CONTENT
BEING AN ENTHUSIAST IN AVIATION
IN PARTICULAR BRITISH MILITARY
I FOUND THIS TO BE WHAT I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR, FOR A VERY LONG TIME
THE SQUADRON AIRCRAFT & MARKIGS; PERFECT THIS WAS THE BIGGEST BONUS FOR ME, & NOT ONLY IS IT BOOKMARKED, BUT I WILL ADD A LINK TO MY REVISED WEBSITE NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION
A very interest site. Perhaps someone out there can help me? I am trying tom trace and create a logbook for evey Spitfire, Seafire, spitful and seafang ever buildt. Any info - services, tests flights, combat etc would be rally appriciated.
It is most helpful and timely, especially for those of us who were in the RAF/VR from 1939 - '46.
Many thanks indeed.
Michael F. Wynne-Willson
Looking for ANY info on 614 Squadron, am trying to find anybody who may have known my grandad. Any info or photos of the squadron would be MUCH appreciated! Please email me:
I am looking for any information on my uncle John Joseph "Paddy" Kavanagh DFM 508631 who died Palestine on 18th. October 1941.
Hi - my dad was in 69 Squadron and 431 Flight (he was Tich Whiteley) and I remember many of his stories about Warby (Adrian Warburton) and Frank Bastard in the Malta days. This is a great site as you have made clear to me the links with Tangmere which I always wondered about. Ros
Helpful, and informative. Many thanks to all involved in the research. My father was in 11 OTU during WW2 and your info coincides exactly with what I remember him telling me. He then went on to serve with 155 Sqn in Singapore & Sumatra, until the squadron was de-mobbed in 1946. Any further info regarding these units will be most interesting
Does anybody have any information on the American units being flown into England on a 90 day rotational in 1955/56 in particular North Pickenham in Norfolk. I am trying to trace a Robert Wilson who was stationed at North Pickenham. I am guessing they flew these units into Mildenhall or Lakenheath. I would be so grateful of any information.
I am so amazed and grateful that sites like these relating to the R A F in WW2 are still very much keeping the memory alive of all those young lads who did not survive the war,and never came back.
I am nearing the end of researching a brother
1866298 Sgt C A R DUMMER M U G 10 Squadron R A F V R he was killed at the age of 19 on the 17 6 44 on his 2nd op going to bomb the flying bomb depot at Domleger in France the plane Halifax LV825G crashed at Rawlcliffe in yourkshire 30 Minutes after take off. This is a shot in the dark as our family name of DUMMER is not very common I am wondering if anyone new of my brother, he was a very good pianist so could have been popular in the NAAFI, Thanks for a fantastic site
H A R Dummer
Just drifted in, rapid scan guestbook dictates a re-visit sharpish to absorb info.....looks good! Old Comrades sought on other sites will be added here as deafening silence prevails.....am I the only one with a pulse Padre? Ex: 4171629 SAC M.E. Cavanagh
(JOCK) EMG/E & I 1955-1967 Nos.1 & 3 BC, 9/148 SQD, 11Gp FC, 2TAF/RAFG, MEAF. Valiant/Vulcan, Mess Jankers Etc! Looking for special refs: No2 Armd/Car Sqdn. RAF, Western Desert 7th Armd Brgade 1942/43!
found interest in disbanded squadrons & where re-instated. ex 130 (punjab) squadron. Disbanded whilst I was on course in uk. 1957.
I met Air Commodore FRD Swain back in 1970 and I believe he may have settled in Washington DC. My family bought his former home in Emsworth, Hants. I wonder if you have an obit?
The world is full of old men with regrets and yet fond memories of the the world as it was then, surely the stanza "The moving finger writes and yet moves on"is very appropriate. My father flew in Lancasters as "a end charlie" but would never discuss any of his experiences other than to say "son I was scared stiff I am no hero". I subsequently served in the RAFP, counting the days to demob as do most others,and yet when I became a civilian I felt empty something was missing, and these many years later as an old man I too am drawn back to view with nostalgia websites such as this to remember perhaps "we were once warriors". Good Luck to you all.
Hello to the station cmdr between 77-79 at Laarbruch I was in your office aged 8 with my dad sgt galloway for breaking the family NAAFI windows oh those were the days.
I have just spent a most enjoyable and interesting whole hour wandering around your site. It is splendid ! Thank you for the forethought in setting it up. May it develop and grow. It is an invaluable historical record of bits of info you are unlikely to find elsewhere. Good luck in the future.
Terrific, Simply terrific. As a diecast collector I find the site invaluable for the information I require to identify models the manufacturer doesn't bother to. Reading the history of the squadrons gives me great pride. I lived in those times and I will always remember them.Passed along your site to others.It's a must have. Thank you. Bill W.
Very interesting and worthwhile !! I own Chipmunk WB556 if theres anyone who flew her out there,i`d be interested to hear from you. Martin
Very nice source of information on RAF and squadrons. Bookmarked your page also.
Hi I am doing family research and need a little help, my dad was a F M E with the RAF stationed in Aldergrove Northern Ireland 1943-1945,I have two photographs that were taken there, I am not sure of the date a Halifax Mk 111 the name Farouk is written on the side and both are group photographs of crew, if there is anyone out there that would remember anything about this plane or crew I would appreciate there help,
Regards. Lorraine Byrne
Really enjoyed your site. Most information I have found anywhere. My Brother Andrew Young served in 69 & 240 Sqn's In 240 Sqn he took part in 2 op's named "Paddle" Row2 & Row3. Another Op he remembers is " Jericko" Andy told me they got the names of "row2/3" from the cinema seats in the camp cinema. The paddle name was because someone had to paddle to shore and back again. Andy my brother is still alive and well living in Newcastle Upon Tyne.N/E UK. Again a great site. Bob Young.
interesting site, for family history purposes it will be a great asset as l am looking for any information on the following person of my family,
Name: ELLIOTT, JOHN
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Sergeant (Pilot)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Date of Death: 29/06/1942 Service No: 1271235 Additional information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Elliott, of Winchmore Hill.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. K. Grave 1958.
Cemetery: EDMONTON CEMETERY, Middlesex
I AM LOOKING FOR ANYONE WHO WAS STATIONED AT RAF BRIDGNORTH/STANMORE IN 1944. ALSO ON RAF BRIDGNORTH WEB SITE THERE IS A PHOTOGRAPH TITLED WINGS No 3 FLT 18 1948. THERE IS A GENTLEMAN ON THE BACK ROW, SIXTH FROM THE LEFT ON THIS PHOTOGRAPH. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHO THIS GENTLEMAN IS. MANY THANKS. KAREN JACKSON.
This is a fabulous website and I cannot imagine the hours of work to bring it to this status....congratulations,and many thanks.
Richard A Beardon, son of Group Captain D F Beardon known as "Cubie" to his friends!!
I would love to hear from anyone who knew or worked with my father at any time. Please email me at the address above
It Was Nice Time TO Surf Your Highly Reputed Site.
And Also YOur WebSite Contains Brilliant Piece Of Information.
I am researching No 15 Balloon Centre and WAAF Officer E B Goodwin. If anyone knows any information please reply
I think your web site is one of the best I have visited. I have used it to invite friends to email me and advertise our annual reunions.
Long may it continue.
Fantastic site. I have been interested in the eagles since I was a youngster back in 1942 when I saw the movie eagle squadron. In later years I agree with the eagles. The movie stunk, the first part showing some of those young men is great for posterity. I also read Byron Kennerly's book, when I read it back then I thought it was great, to bad he turned out to be an opportunist
Very nicely constructed. A wealth of info especially colours and markings.
I have only today, discovered this site, but look forward to future visits. There is quite a few comments on "600" Sqn. I had a lot of contact with those !bods! when I was station workshops at RAF Biggin Hill 1947/8. In 1953/4/5 I was at RAF Schleswig-Land, and to bring your station C/O's up to date, my C/O was Flt.Lt. "Gary" Garrat.
4023045 Cpl.Tech Don "Chippie" Snelling
Horace Raymond Cox .2583601. 17 sqdn national service 1953 / 1955 .main service CELLE. Happy times, like to hear from anyone serving there that time, gunner/driver 6 Wing Gibson block. Reunion held every year October.
Most interesting site
Like to hear from former members of 2502 Ulster RAF Regiment. I am Bill Bailie an SAC in B FLIGHT
I found this to be be an extremely well researched site, I am researching the Malayan Emergency period 1948-1960 and found it very helpful. I commend the Authors.
Excellent site for research - Thanks!
Can anyone advise please.
I am trying to find a Michael Parry who used to live in Hampshire and was known to have been in the RAF, probably late 1950s. He was born about 1937-1940.
I have found a reference to a Michael Parry, service number 5011429, Pilot Officer with Flying Training School 1956-1958. Does anyone know this gentleman or can anyone advise how I can find out his date of birth and thus, whether he might possibly be the person I am searching for.
Any help much appreciated. Thank you.
I am very impressed by this site, which has evidently gained the praise of ex personnel, and outsiders such as myself.
I hope that somebody might be able to give me any memories of my father George Elsey, who was a Sergeant Tail gunner in Liberators flying convoy protection from Reykjavik. On VE day he was on patrol, and on landing he ran across an iced-up pond towards the mess to celebrate, fell through the ice, and was fortunately rescued. He received a reprimand for this. His flying log was lost within our family some time ago, and I have no memory of his squadron name or number, nor of his service record. Can anybody help me?
Just seen your website , most interesting i see you are using some of my research material, on No 516 squadron nice to see it being put to good use, please contact me if i can help further best wishes Phill Jones
I only served with 541 from 30.9.45 to 26.4.46 having transferred from 542 when it was disbanded.
The following may be of use to you : the flower in the crest is ,I'm told, the 'Birdseye Speedwell'; the Sq. was flying Meteors in Nov. 1945.Pilots were posted to 1335 Conversion Unit ,RAF Molesworth in Aug.45. on return to Benson we were not doing PRU. flying in the Meteors but we were flying Meteors and Spitfires. C.A. [Mickey] Tardif
Some information which may be of interest.
My father Hugh Scott CGM (525496). He passed away 1995. My fathers nickname was "Scotty" as in the cartoon "Bogside Types" The Airbag volume 1. No2.June 1944 He served with the RAF from 1935 right through to the end July 1945 he was an air gunner for the most part but did pilot and navigate sometimes they had to in the early days, he also served as an instructor before joining 223 Sq'd on window patrols. There were only two survivors from the original 269 sq'd at Abbotsinch before it was disbanded, there may have been others that joined but I am referring to the original group. My father did not talk very much about the war but did state a few things one is that by far the worst part of his time was with 269 (records lost) he reckoned you could double the flying hours recorded and some hair raising things which you would not believe. He stated that he survived three successive crash landings He also stated that the other survivor was court marshalled for refusing to go on further missions, I do not know his name but my dad stated that the only other survivor should not have been court marshalled as he had already done to much.
My father also served with other squadrons including 502 Sq,d as an instructor many people may not know this but there were many-many losses to 502 Sq,d due to sabotage of fuel etc.
My father was awarded the CGM with 223 Sq'd (100 group) the aircraft he flew in would fly over Germany then fly around in circles dropping window and drawing enemy fire whilst B17s bombers would fly in discharge their bombs only then would they return to base.
I have been reading the Pilots Flying Log Book of a W BARRIE YOUNG 2ND LIEUT. NO 3 Squadron B.E.F. France. Any info on squadron from 1st April 1916 -20th Oct 1916. regards John Rae
I would like to say "thankyou " what a wonderful website, Great to see that the per ardua spirit still is alive and well.
A wealth of history! It's amazing how much Britain had across the world, and although I only visited a handful of bases, seeing all the badges here in one place complete with the history of the bases took me down memory lane! Thank you!
Malcolm has created a fine site with detail covering many aspects of the RAF. Malcolm has been of particular help in locating the crest for 'Signals Centre RAF Eastleigh'...
The question now to be answered is "what is the difference between a 'Communications Centre' (CommCen) and a 'Signals Centre'?
A site section for the Commonwealth Air Force (CAF) Network, its history and links would be useful.
Neville Webb, JT(NS)
Contact: nevwebbAThotmail.com (Subject CommCen)
A useful reference site. mickchampATiprimus.com.au......former Adjutant 72 Sqn in the seventies. Love to hear from any one who remembers me.
I was very interested to read about Sir Edward Chilton as I have one of his cars a Rover P5B with FSH indicating his long ownership.
Very interesting and informative site. Could we have some photographs coupled to the biographies please.
(Family of Frank Howard Kirby VC) I have been doing research into the family history.
Looking for RAF Navigator Dick King. Flew Buccaneers, Tornados and served me in a US Navy A-6 squadron 1978-1979.
From 188 SAC Fisher J.E.
Nice to look back again since signing on the dotted line of 5/1/1966 for B Flt 3 Sqn, 305th Entry @ Hereford.
A great website for ex service personnel to get in touch with lost mates and family looking for information on relatives. Keep up the great work!!
I was born at St Athan hospital in July 1952. both parents served there and dad was also with the RAF Levies in Iraq in 1954 and 1955.
William (Jock) and Pat Daly. Both are doing well and living in Canada. They would love to hear from anyone who may remember them from the "good ole days."
Formerly Flt.Lt. Richard Bailey here! Now teaching civvies to fly. I have had the priviledge to get to know Terry Owen, also formerly of 57 Sqn. although his time was on Lancs during WW2. He was part of "Langridges Shower" the crew of DX D (Dog). Some years ago, I arranged to 'host' him at RAF Lyneham when 57(R) was the Hercules OCU, in the foyer, as most Sqns, we had old stuff, and the old OPs logbook open at the most famous raids of the war, and there he was, very prominently listed. He'd never seen it until then, it clearly brought memories and emotions back to him to see names of old mates and faces, many of course, that didn't come back. He was able to provide old photos from then, including enough pictures of "D Dog" to enable me to have an exact scale replica made in wood. It is beautiful and I will always treasure it. I could take pictures and post on 57 Sqn. notice board web pages if you know of any that would be interested? Please note* The photos clearly show (and my model reflects same) that the tail fins were not red/black striped, but all black with the standard RAF red, white, blue bars.
Probably got some old photos of my own from Operation Corporate showing 57 Sqn. Victors on Ascension Island.
looking for some help please, does anybody know where to get hold of a pin badge with the ww2 fitters motto "ubendum wemendum", i would be very grateful if someone could point me in the right direction.....my email address is email@example.com
Steve Gove 1953-65
Congratulations on a very interesting site.
I was on 114Sqdn.,1953-56 then16MU, Feltwell & Syerston. From1965 worked for B.Ae Warton on several contracts but mostly on Canberra
AT THE AGE OF 19,MY FIRST SQDN AFTER TRADE TRAINING AS A RIGGER,BASED AT RAF ACKLINGTON, A GREAT EXPERIENCE WORKING ON THE BEST EVER RAF FIGHTER,THE HUNTER,FROM F4'S TO GR9'S, FROM 1958 TO 1960, GREAT DETACHMENTS, FANTASTIC GROUND CREW AND PILOTS, MOST MEMORABLE WAS THE DET TO SKYDSTRUP IN DENMARK, THE WORST WAS TO EL ADEM.BUT GREAT DAYS.
RAF LANCASTER CRASH AT LUQA § December 30th, 1952
A Royal Force Lancaster (SW344) of No. 37 Long Range Maritime Squadron cartwheels across St. George’s Street, Luqa, bursting into flames as it crashes into a row of buildings. Three of the four crew are killed and two civilians injured. One family is rendered homeless and fourteen buildings are damaged after what should have been a routine mid morning training flight left a 300 yard trail of debris.
I would like, if possible, a photo of this true story. My father used to tell us all, that he was painting.
If anyone has a photo or does know someone of the crew, I will be happy to have a copy.
Good to know someone remembers.
Is there anyone else still around who served on 80 Sqdn. when at Laarbruch under Sqdn Ldr. Charlie Brown. No 4 hanger (behind the stn HQ.). I went back last year and it fair makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up (what bit we have left)just to walk around after 50 odd years. I'm certain I heard a voice tell me to get my B----y haircut.
What a fantastic site. I am trying to trace my maternal grandfather: J.C.Rattenbury D flight 4 squadron no. 11 TW October 1943 and as i'm here my late father Gerald Bernard Patrick Garrity was a member of the Royal Observer Corps. does anyone know if i were to say: The A4 log 1963(K2 calling) written by Ian Huntley. My father was in the air force( i think)
I am trying to get in touch with someone who served with 137MU in Malta, at Kalafrana, Hal Far or Tal Handaq underground workshops during 1944 - 1945.
Thanks. Bill Cox.
This is a great site and with all the people that visit it, I hope to be able to find information on 541 Sqn aircraft serial numbers and pilots, and perhaps people who would know my dad, who may have flown PR missions on Mustang III with 541 Sqn in 44-45 as an RCAF pilot. He crash landed his aircraft and was later medically discharged. According to his accounts, 541 Sqn is the most probable Sqn.
Hey mr barrass michael park here =] Might think im a immature little kid, but your site really educated me about raf around the world and now i feel like an EXPERTT, Ps Your an AMAZING teacher :p Parky
Does anyone remember Stevie Gibbons of 655 Squadron? I am his niece. Interested to know if he was significant. He will always be the biggest hero in my heart as he died aged 23 before I was born, bless him.
A most useful site - many thanks and keep up the good work
A great site, just happened to find it by chance. Keep up the good work and stories. Deborah Crooks nee Langcake.
I am Trevor Jones, rear gunner in 170 Squadron at Hemswell. I flew with Squadron Leader T T Wright in Lancasters. If there is anyone out there who remembers me or 'Tommy' Wright, please get in touch by email or telephone Cardiff (029) 2022 6730.
Love this site!
Can anyone help me get in touch with any RAF Policemen serving at RAF Honington, Suffolk from 1979 to 1981. Or members of the RAF Police dog Demo Team of 1976 particularly 'Snailwell'
Gerald Jerry Jones
Doe anyone remember my dad Thomas Alexander Brocklehurst who trained at Ely and then was at Nocton I think between 1975-1980. He then marrid my mum Evelyn Hodkinson. My dad Passed away after a car accident 1n 1993 and I would love to hear from any of his old friends to hear stories etc.. About him please Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you
A very useful site for those of us doing serious research. It's easy to follow and thankfully isn't covered in all singing, all dancing ads. Us oldies can't cope with them!
RAF Davidstow Moor has it's own website which might be useful. www.rafdavidstowmoor.org.
My grandfather was a mechanic with 261 squadron in Ceylon, India and the western desert. I have some black and white photos that he took if anyone is interested. There is one with the Duke of Kent on the wing of his hurricane with a bunch of blokes from the squadron.
my friends dad is 93 today, hes canadian and worked on spits at swansea airport wales uk ,his flying jacket still fits him and some of his children. nom de plum is J,E,JONES,from Winnipeg.can u help...?Nos ta cariad.
cool website, background is a bit boring tho. also i am a flight lieutenant in RAF
Still trying to locate anybody who might have known Robert Woodrow Wilson who in 1956 was serving with the United States Airforce in North Pickenham, Norfolk. Robert Wilson came from Florida and was born February 1932 his military no. was AF14474275 he served in the airforce from July 1952 to July 1956. Robert Wilson was on a 90 day rotational in 1956 the units in Norfolk were 7530th Ammunition Supply Squadron and 7410th Explosive Ordinance Disposal Squadron. If you knew Robert Wilsion, served with him in 1956 or was at North Pickenham anytime in 1956 or know anything about the units that were there please, please EMail me at eggletonfamATeggletonfam.fsnet.co.uk
Due to my daughters ww2 homework I have recently ploughed through a bundle of
photos left by my grandfather, Frank Harris. He was a keen photographer.
There are pictures of No 124 (Baroda) Squadron (6124 Servicing Echelon) taken in
Coltishall March 1945, along with others. If you would like a copy for your
family research please contact me. There is one of a Dam, but I cannot identify
My name is Stephen Marshall - Son of John Seccombe Marshall (Johnny) who was a Warrant Officer in 184 squadron from Dec 1944 to demob 1945 flying Hawker Typhoons.
He is (I think) standing far right on the wing in the photo entered in the 184 squadron section.
I would like to hear from anyone who knew him or has any photos or information from that time.
I served at RAF Mildenhall/Lakenheath (as it was known in 1953) Mildenhall was the main base and Lakenheath was a satelite(sp) Sept 1953 to Dec 1955 with 3910th ABG Munitions. I have seen a picture with a Lakenheath Crest Patch (In color) but have been looking for one that had Mildenhall on it. (For a Jacket) I have one in a "Sand" color that is not as colorful. Does anyone know where I can get one??
Howard R. Roby, 3640 Harmony Lane, Zanesville, Oh 43701, USA
E-mail: address withheld
I am unsure if this is the right page or section to announce the death of Richard Keith SOULSBY
He was part of the Mountain Rescue Team at RAF Leeming until he was discharged with a broken ankle incurred during a rescue. The exact date I am uncertain of but was just before he got married in Northallerton around 1969
Sadly Richard (Always preferred to be called Keith) suffered from Motor Neurons, Bulbar disease for around 5 years but was severely affected by this disease during his last 18 months
He died at St Leonard’s Hospice In York at 1150 hours on Friday the 12th October 2007
The Service and Cremation will be held Bishopthorpe Crematorium in York at 1430 hours on Monday 22nd October 2007
The Widow Mrs Moira Ann Soulsby has requested no flowers but donations to the Hospice will all be gratefully received to:
St. Leonards Hospice, 185, Tadcaster Road, York YO24 1GL
Any messages of condolences should please be sent to
Mrs Moira Ann Soulsby, 79,Ebor Court, Millbank, Selby, Yorkshire, YO8 4YS
The relationship of the undersigned is Brother in Law and can be contacted by landline if needed and while in York for the Service the main phone will be redirected to the mobile also noted below
Mr. R.E Badgery, 30,Fairfield Road, Kingskerswell, Newton Abbot, Devon. TQ12 5HQ
Telephone 01803 872 548, Mobile (REB) 0771 433 6804
my name is Susanne. I'm searching vor Andy Todt (Todd??) who was based at RAF Wildenrath Germany.
Then he went to Saudi.
(Sorry my english is terrible) Would like to hear from you, Andy!
I uncovered a Christmas Menu 1941 from R.A.F Station Usworth and decided to investigate further into my Papa's past. Many thanks for the info
A great site
I am looking for a Fred Slater who was an airman stationed at RAF Montrose in 1940-41 before he was posted to canada
william neil watson r a f graduated from 12 s f t s mid 1944, are there any survivors who would like to contact me?
I am trying to locate information on Flt Lt Walter Hughes Wasey DFC and joined the RNZAF in June 1941 He was posted to 226 Sqn sometime before the D-Day landings Regards Winton Wasey
Further to my request for anybody remembering anything about North Pickenham 1955/56 and in particular Robert Woodrow Wilson United States Airforce. I have now found out that Robert Woodrow Wilson came from Florida and not Wisconsin he was over in England on a 90 day rotational and was certainly in Norfolk December 1955 January and possibly February 1956 the units that were over at North Pickenham were 7530th Ammunition Supply Squadron and 7410th Explosive Ordinance Disposal Squadron. Does anybody know anything about these units or were you stationed at North Pickenham in 1955/56 and did you know Robert Wilson then if so could you please EMail me on email@example.com
I just came upon my grandfather's record with his birth date and death date! W H Hutton who received a CBE from the King in 1946. i thankyou for including his details on this site.
john Tyner from wicklow ireland
I served with the RAF from 1952 to 1974 and am doing some research for a book I am writing. I am finding this website most useful - thank you.
Hi I was a Canadian RCAF radar mech attached to 43 sqdn 1942 to 1945 Lloyd Snell
I am amazed ! Thank you so very, very much for your prompt reply re the fate of my great uncle Sgt George Telfer of 102 Squadron. I will be in touch with you re retrieving his service records etc. Can't wait to update my folks this evening. Mum will be thrilled with some concrete info. Thanks so very much Malcolm. I shall return to join the site as a member and make a donation naturally. I am delighted.....cock-a-hoop in fact. Regards, Angela Ness on behalf of Eileen Ness in Newcastle upon Tyne. (nee Eileen Rae of Jedburgh, Roxburghshire)
I looked on the site for my Dad who served in WW2 in squadrons 47 and 70. I have printed off some history for him which he has found most useful.
Signed in to this website by accident and going through the guest book, I noticed a message from John Rose - my namesake - re Comms. Flt RAF Buntingsdale Hall 1954/7
I was on Comms. Flight RAF Ternhill, billeted at Buntingsdale Hall during my National Service from June 1955 until July 1956 - Junior Technician Air Wireless Fitter, direct from RAF Yatesbury.
Is it John Rose from the Yorkshire area - if my memory serves me right? If it is,do you remember Tom Shaw from Swansea (Air Radar Mechanic) - I am still in contact with him - and Ken Rawlings. Other names that come to mind are AVM Fullergood (AOC 22 Group) Flt. Lt Jimmy Besant, F/O Lake,Chief Technician Little, Sgts Donaldson and Waterhouse, Cpl Bull, Gwyn Vaughan, Gordon Veal, John Wright, and 'Buster' the driver.
I have recently joined the National Service (RAF) Association, following a visit to the former AVRoe works at Woodford, Cheshire where I was interested to find that the serial number of a Mark 21 Anson - WJ561 - the last one built for the RAF - has been preserved for posterity. The memories came flooding back - I then came up with the serial numbers of the other Ansons on Comm Flt - VM 359 (the AOC's aircraft), WD410 and WJ 560 - although I could not remember the serial number of the Mark 12, with wooden mainplanes - PH ? There was a Chipmunk - WD 390 - plus two Percival Prentices - serial numbers ?? - which possibly left Ternhill late 1955. My further enquiries with RAF Ternhill, Shawbury and the RAF Museum have failed to add to this information. I know that it is some time, John, since you put the message on the web but any contact, information, exchange of stories would be appreciated - or from other ex-Comm Flight guys.
It's beautiful website, but I not understand who are squadron from RAAF (Australia) Thank you for your answer Giuseppe Marciano
I am trying to find Alan Wolfenden, if anyone has any information, please get in touch.
I recollect seeing a photograph of Air Commodore RM Groves in No.2 Wing institute at RAF Halton. Two Wing was known as Groves Barracks when I was a lad.
What ever happened to Liberator G86 KH347 Coastal Command that sunk the german uboat U534 on May 5 1945?? My father was on the aircraft and I would love to know where it is and what happened to it?
Any help would be greatly appreciated?
My second cousin, John James Clifton, was a Sgt WOP/air gunner with 150 squadron based at Snaith. His aircraft, a Wellington III X3674 JN-H, was shot down on the night of 5/6th June 1942 while on a raid to Essen. The aircraft came down at Benschop near Utrecht and he is buried at Amersfoot cemetry, Netherlands. The other crew members were: Sgt. G.F.G. Bonner (wop/airgnr) Sgt. H.R. Camfield (pilot) Fl.sgt. J.R. Cooper (wop/airgnr) Fl.sgt. T. Kay (pilot) Fl.sgt. A.D. Robert (observer I would appreciate any information/photographs any one may have on Snaith, 150 squadron at the time or the incident in question. Thank you very much Andrew Clifton
A most interesting site . Should anyone read this who served on Valettas air dropping supplies to jungle forts in Malaysia ,with myself being commander of Fort Brooke, I'm looking for ariel photographs of jungle forts for a book I'm writing on the subject. So if you can help please contact me
May I congratulate you on this Website. it has already answered many of my queries. In return, may I offer my offer of assistance, should you ever required it.
I was based at RAF Changi, Singapore, from 1960 to 62, and am at present the Chairman of RAF Changi Association (inc. HQFEAF)
Mr Mike James (Chairman)
My uncle, Denis Crowther, crewed Liberators from Tain during WWII. He once told me that after the truce a U Boat attempted to escape from the Reich and 3 crews were sent to intercept. One of the Liberators was shot down by the U Boat but the other two crews managed to sink it. Are these facts correct or has he had a senior moment?
Stuart R Harris, Sherborne, Dorset.
What a great site, already book-marked! Discovered, I must admit, by accident whilst researching my old squadron (54) Audax Omnia Perpeti. Retired in 1978 and now living in the Philippines but still remember my R.A.F. "family" with great affection. With many thanks, Edward "Teddy" Grieves.
I was born on 21 April 1926 in the United States. (Same day as the queen). However, in my previous life, I was shot down over France on 21 April 1918. The only other thing I remember was that my name was Campbell. I don't remember my first name. Can anyone help me fill in the blanks? Thank you.
I am an Ex RAAF Police Dog Handler in Australia.
I joined the RAAF in 1967 as a Police Dog Handler and it was the best time of my life.
Great site....does anyone out there have any memories of my father - A E CHALLINOR, better known as TED CHALLINOR - he was with the Central Band of the RAF and stationed in several places during the 1950s and 1960s, notably Singapore and Uxbridge (where I, his son,was born in 1963). I hardly knew because due to ill health he left the RAF in the mid 1960s and died three days before my 5th birthday in December 1968.
My mum rarely gave me any indication of the kind of chap he was when I was growing up, but I think he enjoyed having fun! He was director for the Central Band for a while, and the march he composed, FLYING REVIEW, is still widely available on CD.
Please, any memories woould make my Christmas...
Great website, keep up the good work
To help me research my family history does any one have any information on Air Commodore Stephen King (2467630) A D King.
Group Captain 'Wings' Day was CO at Schleswigland the whole time I was there - 1948-1949. He is not on your list
Alan N Owen Sunderland 19/11/07
I have just found your very interesting site and will make it one of my Favourite Sites so that I can come back to read it all in detail. I served at RAF Wahn as a Gunner/Signaller with 38 (LAA) Wing RAF Regiment,HQ Control Flight, right up to the base being handed over to the New Luftwaffe, who were great guys. I loved RAF Wahn and have many good memories, I was part of a permanent Guard of Honour for visiting V.I.P.s to the base, prior to moving to RAF Wildenrath in 1957. Keep up the good work and thank you. Ken Lobley (long time retired).
This is the best site I have come, or rather stumbled, across. It is both free and user friendly. If anyone can help with my research, I would be very grateful. I am researching into the Polish 304 Squadron and most particularly their very first loss, which I believe was a training accident. The crash was at Edmondsley, 5 miles west of Durham; the plane was a Wellington Mk 1c and its registration was R1268 NZ-T. Unusually, it had a crew of only 4, all of whom survived. Names I have are F/O M Kostuch and F/O JS Waroczewski. The latter was killed in 1941 in another Wellington. Please e-mail me if you can help at NEVandDOREEN@aol.com
Extremely interesting to read about Sir Walter Cheshire, having been immediate neighbours between 1966 & 1970 (aged 7-11) in Crowborough, Sussex. Used to regularly go for incredibly long walks with his wife and our dogs, one each, on Ashdown Forest. Even broke into their house once, on her behalf, having locked herself out, by climbing in through the loo window! Remember the Queen visiting for lunch, and even bringing her own soap!
I find your website to be of great interest. My father, George Bradshaw, was a navigator flying Beaufighters and Mosquitoes within 96 Squadron during WW II. Some of his records indicate that he was based at such places as Honiley, Church Fenton and Drem and I understand that he also spent some time in France. I still have one of his old Log Books. Additionally, he designed the 96 Squadron Badge, the framed original approved by George R.I. and the Inspector of Royal Air Force Badges remaining a treasured family keepsake.
Looking for anyone who served with my dad from 49 sqd during bomb tests off Xmas Island 1957/58 (Operation Grapple, B flight. Valiant ). His name is Paddy Graham and was an SAC. By the way..found Bob Birkett for my dad...It was a shock for them both after almost 50 yrs of no contact. Bless!
ps. I'm new at this but for me I think this is a great site packed with lots of interesting information.
Hi, I was Stationed at RAF Calshot from late 1959 to its closure, I had the Honour to be part of the closing down "Guard of Honour" Parade. If my memory serves me correct the officer in charge of the Guard was Flt Lt Dark, a Tall Dashing Fellow in true RAF Style. Enjoyed my posting there will always have fond memories.
PS Worked in the Tech Stores under Sgt Davis.
Peter R morris
Hornsea. Web sight is excellent.
Terrific website - I luckily found it via a book about Peakland air crash Sites.
Just paid a visit to your very intresting website.
loads of usefull info on it wish you continue successwith it.
I have just picked up a group of medals to a South African ( Lt E.H.LEWIS ) who was attached to 210 Sqn RAF during 1944. He served as a commissioned air gunner and I was looking up info on the Sqn. He then was posted back to SA and finished the war with 35 Sqn here in Durban.
I had the distinct pleasure of serving with 234 at RAF Geilenkirchen from April 1955 until disbanded in July 1957.Oh the joys of SYLT - NICOSIA - CHAUMONT . The biggest NATO exercise in 1955 "Carte Blanche" 20th June - June 27th. Can any one tell me what Happened to "YING TONG" the dragon rampant made in Pewter (I think). Fond memories and good friends Brian Tranter NSW Australia .
great website looking for Dick Aitken and Ken Fletcher both served with me Roy Gilmour (gilly) on 33Squadron 1957-59 Middleton St George
MY 2ND. VISIT TO THE WEBSITE, AND THIS TIME I HAD THE CHANCE TO VIEW SOME OF THE ENTRY'S, i noticed one from a guy who was at raf calshot.Ialso served there great unit, always remember when i first got there and was making my way down to work from the main site[and it was a long walk] when a car pulled up and a voice said: Do you want a lift airman?: to my surprise it was my station commander I humberly accepted his offer, w ould like to here from any of the guys who served there.best wishes haydn smith.
What an interesting site. I found it completely by accident and have bookmarked it for frequent future use.
If I may make one small comment regarding your entry for 7 Sqdn. As a brand new Air Radar Mechanic (NBS) in 1962 my first posting was to 7 Sqdn at RAF Wittering. The squadron was equiped with Valiants at the time. In your notes you have suggested that the squadron was at Marham until it disbanded in Sept 1962. I am not totally sure of the exact dates but it was at certainly at Wittering for some time over 1961/1962, if not before.
(FLT.LT. RAF Retired )
Thank you for this site, and many congratulations on it. I came across it when looking for my late uncle's (Sqdn Ldr Leslie George (Phil) Phillips )squadron (812) when he flew Swordfish in the first part of WW2. I therefore appreciated the illustrations. He went on to Egypt and was blown up in a jeep behind enemy lines on reconnaissance. He was rescued by one of our tanks but had to be strapped to the outside (no room within) and was machine-gunned. In hospital almost a year from his wounds. Then seconded to Egyptian government to form their own (Royal) Airforce. Retired c. 1977
do admire our website.. have done much research on RAF and Battle of Britain. It's all included in my new historical novel, "Snowflakes on the Don."
Unfortunatly, much of your website is limited to "Members Only." Since i am from other side of the Pond, that sort of eliminates me. I am including some RAFian vignettes from my book in e-mail to you... your fiend, E.Lee North --- g-g-g7 grandpa came here from England 1500's.
PS: would appreciate any ideas as to how i can get the book to attention of RAF folks.
My father, Joe Davies, who is 90 this year and still going strong, would be interested to hear from anyone who served on the balloons at North Stoneham, Eastleigh and also on a clean-up operation in Le Havre. He regularly entertained in the local "Cricketers" with his accordian. If anyone remembers him or their time in Eastleigh please contact me.
Hello just been on your site with the help of my daughter ,think it is a brill site and amazing ,i would like to find some friends of mine can uyou halp Stan Norris, Aiden O`connel, they be about 73ish
mr T Limbrick
contact me threw my daughters address
Thank you for such a comprehensive history. I found it quite interesting having served between 1965 - 1986 in a lot of locations throughout the world(but only as a cook who kept the troops happy?) I only have one minor compaint in that Penang doesn't seem to feeture very well?
having served there for 2 years i at a lost as to why there is no history???
E Mail address as it your form will not allow But once again thank you for your enthusiasum in upkeeping this web site. L1960391 Cpl Clay Catering section. E mail adres firstname.lastname@example.org
A very interesting and comprehensive site. If you don't find what you are seeking in regards to R.A.F. Commands then I can only suggest that you give up, Ray in Germany.
hi,great site.i was stationed at raf watton.1967/69.i was in the mtd section.i have recently returned to raf watton,and i was shocked to discover the state of the camp.i think its called progress.i dont think so.if any old friends from watton read this,please contact me,i was known as scouse,and moved to jersey ci,after my time at raf watton.thank you for such a very interesting page/site.francis dowse.
It brought back some happy memories of my younger days, and of the squadrons/ stations I served on.
It's a great pity I have lost contact with most of the people I knew.
very good site but not any of my ex colleagues from 152 squadron stationed at wattisham suffolk during 1954-1958 seem not to visit this site. keep up the good work
My father Dr. E.N. Reynolds was a Beaufort and Wellington pilot ( RCAF ) with Coastal Command attached to the RAF from 1941-1945. He was in the U.K. ( mother's a war bride ) the Middle East, North Africa and Malta. I recently found a photo of his Beaufort Crew which included Ed Lake, Andy Young, and Frank Woolmington. I've been trying to learn more about what he never spoke of.... I suspect there are many other son's and daughters who now feel the loss of that generation and would like to ask the questions we never dared.
My Great Uncle flew with 145 Squadron until 25/5/1940,it was interesting to see the picture of the Hurricane as it has helped with the research I am undertaking.
Keep up the good work
Just found this web site and found it most interesting.
My father (Richard Sandham was in 77 Squadron as a Flight Sargeant.He flew 5 missions over Germany and of those his plane was hit three times at the end of 1944.I think he was in hospital for shell shock for a couple of months before returning and joining 102 squadran to retrain on Liberators and ended up ferrying home troops from the far east. He was eventually demobbed in June 1946.
I always wished I had asked him more questions about his experiences.
One cannot imagine what those young men went through at so young an age but I am so immensly proud of him and all those like him.
If you want any more info I would be only to pleased to help you.
I find this site of great interest and inportance in bringing together collections of valuable archive research info.
I would like to receive any info, however small regarding the following airman, (He is one of five I am researching.) I requuire info on F/sgt Alfred John Cannell. Pilot. Service No. 564562 - Whent missing no trace 23/06/1941. Last flight From RAF Dumfries flying in a Hampden L4199. Unit ''Central Gunnery School. (Parents William and Elizabeth Cannell from Lowestoft, Suffolk. Regards Martyn Attwell
Very well laid out and easy to follow
Under 500 sqdn- Battle citations.- AF Blackwell awarded CGM medal
My dad John Joseph ('Jack') Parker served in 226 Squadron as a navigator in the early and mid 1940's. He was a Flight Sgt. He is alive living in Birmingham, England. Does anyone remember him?
I have recently discovered a draft history of my father's [LAC W.Fred Rigler - driver with No.11 detachment] service with 2876 Squadron from formation to disbandment. This I am copying, but see that there are many common points with B.W Davies narrative of the Squadron. This document appears to have been circulated to fellow members of the Squadron, and has come into my possession. I would be interested to hear from anyone who has more information on Squadron, or who through their father, remember the Rigler name.
A very interesting RAF History, I was particularly interested in finding information regarding No3 Radio School RAF Compton Bassett from its birth to its closure in 1964. I was also interested in finding information about RAF Stanbridge when it was Comm Cen Central. Hope someone can throw a little more light on these two stations to assist me in writing my service history, Kind regards to you all and well done the web site is a very interesting place to visit.
Gordon Fowler ex N1921670 Chf Tech