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E-mail:  davidbanford<AT>icloud.com
Date:  7 Jan 2013
Time:  05:08

Comment 

Hi my name is David Banford I started looking into rad because I was taking down a house in Vancouver Canada and came across and now have a number of maps with stamps on them that say "map branch 31 may 1939 air ministry"  Royal Air Force maps from Scotland sheets 2-10 and England sheets 2-12 and 1 Great Britain sheet 1 my email is davidbanford@icloud.com if anyone has any info or etc thanks


E-mail:  helenlewis26<AT>icloud.com
Date:  7 Jan 2013
Time:  22:14

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Sir Hugh Pugh Lloyd

Watching a television programme this evening about Malta brought back memories of that lovely gentleman Hugh Lloyd.

In 1969 my late first husband Victor Hopkins, Chief Flying Instructor at Swansea Flying Club (now sadly no longer in existence) flew with one of his pupils -16 year old Linda Murray- to collect Sir Hugh from Kidlington (Oxford) airfield to open an Air Day at Fairwood Aerodrome- Swansea Airport.  This charming bear of a man took enormous pleasure in flying our little Cherokee PA 28-140 aircraft back to Swansea and then again on the return flight to Oxford- jacket off and sporting shirt and braces! How he enjoyed the day, and wrote to us from his home, Peterley Manor, Gt. Missenden to thank Vic. He later sent us a signed copy of 'Briefed to Attack'.

I have some wonderful photographs of the day and  still even now at just over 70  remember the event so well.  I did obtain my PPL a few years later- sadly now lapsed.

Kind regards,

Helen Lewis

(Formerly Hopkins)


E-mail:  bowles317 <AT>sympatico.ca
Date:  26 Jan 2013
Time:  15:59

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Squadron No.'s   257,  151,  451,  417.

Did anyone know Thomas Hough, pilot officer. He flew in England, West Africa, North Africa and Italy. I would love to hear from anyone who flew in these squadrons, or perhaps knew him. He was born in Sudbury and lived his post war days as a lawyer in Ottawa, Canada.

Thank you for this amazing site!

Teri


E-mail:  bowles317<AT>sympatico.ca
Date:  26 Jan 2013
Time:  13:59

Comment 

Squadron No.'s   257,  151,  451,  417.

Did anyone know Thomas Hough, pilot officer. He flew in England, West Africa, North Africa and Italy. I would love to hear from anyone who flew in these squadrons, or perhaps knew him. He was born in Sudbury and lived his post war days as a lawyer in Ottawa, Canada.

Thank you for this amazing site!

Teri


E-mail:  edmund.harrison<AT>o2.co.uk
Date:  9 Feb 2013
Time:  11:28

Comment 

Thank you for your splendid research.

I served in the RAF Police between November 1952 and October 1957. I was stationed at RAF Gatow, Berlin, between June 1953 and December 1955, and so was there during the East Berlin riots, and at the height of the Cold War. Quite an experience!

EDMUND HARRISON   Ex-Corporal No 3514929.


E-mail:  colin<AT>shreq.co.za
Date:  10 Feb 2013
Time:  12:37

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Hi I am Colin Bain son of Victor Albert Bain who flew with 143 Squadron in 1941 to 1943.  He was shot down in May of 1943 and taken prisoner of war.

I have researched and found a number of interesting photographs etc. but am looking for any data on the squadron during this period.

I have some photographs of the squadron attaching shipping.

Can you put me in touch with interested parties or point me in the right direction.

Regards

Colin Bain

Now in SA


E-mail:  kwmeston<AT>aol.com
Date:  13 Feb 2013
Time:  13:11

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I was in the Met Office in Hong Kong from shortly after itsvreoccupation for two years.  I was initially based in the Royal Observatory then at Kai Tak.  I went to Mingaladon in Burma in 1947 and stayed there until Burma got its independence.  Are there any records to your knowledge of the units I served with?   I was (Cpl.) Kenneth CB Wilkie 3210047.  Thanks for any help.


E-mail:  creeksidepublications2 <AT>gmail.com
Date:  14 Mar 2013
Time:  22:58

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I am writing a biography of my father F/LT Frederick Arthur Weicht RAF Regiment who served from 1940 to 1946 in the UK and South East Asia.

I have found this site most informative and am appreciative of all the effort that your members have contributed.

I am a retired RCAF officer and pilot later spending over 50 years with Canadian Airlines. In retirement I have written and published eight books on Northwest Canada's rich aviation history, visit my web site <creeksidepublications.ca> Regards,

Captain Chris Weicht RCAF (Retired)


E-mail:  burghart65<AT>gmail.com
Date:  4 Apr 2013
Time:  12:04

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I am looking for SIB member Tom Burghart 1941-4 Anyone know of him?

Mike Burghart


E-mail:  lester.stenner<AT>gmail.com
Date:  4 Apr 2013
Time:  21:15

Comment

Excellent website with an exceptional amount of info.


E-mail:  kennykms69<AT>googlemail.com
Date:  15 Apr 2013
Time:  12:57

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Very nice will have a good read later :) good job Ken Smith


E-mail:  joymal<AT>ozemail.com.au
Date:  14 May 2013
Time:  03:05

Comment 

I was just looking for info of Detmold where I was stationed 1953 to 1955.

I was a SAC, Mechanic, in 652 AOP Squadron,

I thought I may see someone who was there the same time as me,

I like your site & will keep looking at it,

                                                         Malcolm Kirk.   2588624


E-mail:  tommycullen<AT>virginmedia.com
Date:  15 May 2013
Time:  16:51

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Tommy Cullen 249 (Gold Coast) Squadron, Hon Sec/ Treasurer.

Excellent Site


E-mail:  jon<AT>specie84721.adsl24.co.uk
Date:  16 May 2013
Time:  

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Dear Sir,

             Something I feel should go on record was what I watched one day as a boy in about 144/1945.

I lived in an area known as Sundorne in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

At this period I recall that every day Lancaster's would fly overhead each morning around dawn.

One day I recall they woke me up before dawn with their labouring engines, some seemed to struggle to stay aloft. This continued all day, I repeat all day, and until after dusk which is why it stands out in my mind, it has always been prominent as a memory.

The direction was roughly from the north west coming over the house in Sundorne and heading in the rough direction of Kidderminster.

Of course I cannot remember the day and am guessing it had something to do with a big event, but it must have been very important.

Kind regards,

John Eden


E-mail:  georgecoo<AT>hotmail.co.uk
Date:  26 May 2013
Time:  21:46

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On this day,  the 26th May, it is 70 years since w5001 was shot down over holland, with the loss of 5 crew members including my uncle, Stanley Arthur James Cook. We still remember you.


E-mail:  franhills<AT>gmail.com
Date:  15 Jun 2013
Time:  10:20

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My father was Edward George Alford GM and ended his career as a Squadron Leader I am now living in SA in Cape Town and my surname is now Hills .

Just so proud of this amazing man I had the privilege of growing up with.

Thank you

Fran Hills


E-mail:  jimmyjohannsen<AT>freenet.de
Date:  23 Jun 2013
Time:  14:19

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Flt Lt. E.G. Keep is looking for Members of 75 MTLRU 1945/46  Please contact me I have a number of Photos of this Unit stationed in Harburg Northern Germany 1945.  0049 4331 448855   Heinz Johannsen   or e-mail


E-mail:  danholmes<AT>shaw.ca
Date:  8 Jul 2013
Time:  09:19

Comment 

I really like your web page as it has quite a bit of information, particularly that of my Great Uncle Robert Dickinson Oxland.

Thank you for keeping history alive and well, it is very much appreciated over here in Canada.

Dan Holmes


E-mail:  David<AT>fun-shack.com
Date:  12 Aug 2013
Time:  20:11

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I've just found out my father Jack Desmond Parker served in 98 Squadron during WW2, our understanding is that he was a rear gunner and survived the war.

If anyone has any information could they let me know David Parker


E-mail:  member<AT>massingham99.freeserve.co.uk
Date:  3 Sep 2013
Time:  22:17

Comment 

SISTER LAURENCE MARY

Known to us as Sister Laurie

Passed away 2.30pm 28-8-2013 at Rickmansworth

Born 12-7-1933 Rosemary Ashworth, she worked in the Cotton Mills in Lancashire.

In 1953 she made Profession into the Catholic faith with “The Daughter’s of Jesus.”  She lived with the Community at Little Massingham Manor, St. Mary’s Retreat.  Here over 13 years she formed a RAF Museum in The Stable Block due to many visits of former Officers who had been billeted there throughout WW2.  She faithfully recorded everything, coping Flight Log Books, Operations & Raids on the enemy.

She kept in touch with all Her Lads over many years.  In 1988 a Roll of Honour (all hand written by Laurie) was Dedicated at St. Andrews Church, Little Massingham.  The Retreat was sold and in1999 the entire Museum was removed to the safe care of Massingham Historical Society.  In 2000 the entire exhibition was displayed in our St. Marys Church and grandly unveiled by Kenneth Wolstenholme DFC & Bar naming it “The Sister Laurence RAF Massingham Museum.”  It has been erected every year since.

A truly wonderful achievement.

Thank you Laurie and God Bless you.


E-mail:  ropd01<AT>tiscali.co.uk
Date:  8 Sep 2013
Time:  10:02

Comment 

Lovely site, my father was in the RAF 228 Sqn flying out of Pembroke Dock ( PD ), His name was Harold Hughes - Harry OR better known as " YOZZER ".  Sadly he was killed in 1950 in an road traffic accident.  He was a sergeant and his service number :- 525906.  It would be great to hear from any one who knew him.
 

Keep up the good work your site is fascinating reading

Yours faithfully
R Hughes-Deakin


E-mail:  garyeason<AT>gmail.com
Date:  15 Sep 2013
Time:  05:39

Comment 

Excellent site which routinely turns up when I am researching my Flight Artworks pictures. Thank you for doing it.


E-mail:  tonyrivers007<AT>gmail.com
Date:  15 Sep 2013
Time:  16:21

Comment 

Hello, my name is Tony Rivers. My father, L/Ac Stanley Rivers (942868)  was in 271 Squadron 1939-1942 under F/O Steve Wetham. He was a fitter in 'A' flight at Doncaster. He worked mainly on Harrows (BJ-B) but said he also had a spell on Lancasters. He regularly flew with aircrew to far flung places delivering parts etc. which I'm sure was as every bit as scary as actually 'going on a mission'
His mates that he could remember at the time (sadly he passed away 2007) in 'A' flight were:  "Buzz" Wetherby; Wilf Pope; Jimmy Lowe and Phil Nyrenstein. He regularly kept in contact with Alan Hartley right up until his death (via me mostly) so he kept up to date with the goings-on although he wasn't well enough to attend any get-togethers.
He wasn't shipped to Down Ampney when 271 Squadron moved because he was sent on morse code missions and electrical installation missions which I wasn't able to get much out of him but of course I'd love to know now just what he was up to!!

E-mail:  tonyrivers007<AT>gmail.com
Date:  15 Sep 2013
Time:  16:21

Comment 

Hello, my name is Tony Rivers. My father, L/Ac Stanley Rivers (942868)  was in 271 Squadron 1939-1942 under F/O Steve Wetham. He was a fitter in 'A' flight at Doncaster. He worked mainly on Harrows (BJ-B) but said he also had a spell on Lancasters. He regularly flew with aircrew to far flung places delivering parts etc. which I'm sure was as every bit as scary as actually 'going on a mission'

His mates that he could remember at the time (sadly he passed away 2007) in 'A' flight were:  "Buzz" Wetherby; Wilf Pope; Jimmy Lowe and Phil Nyrenstein. He regularly kept in contact with Alan Hartley right up until his death (via me mostly) so he kept up to date with the goings-on although he wasn't well enough to attend any get-togethers.

He wasn't shipped to Down Ampney when 271 Squadron moved because he was sent on morse code missions and electrical installation missions which I wasn't able to get much out of him but of course I'd love to know now just what he was up to!!

Your sincerely,

Tony Rivers


E-mail:  johnmartinbradley<AT>gmail.com
Date:  27 Sep 2013
Time:  16:24

Comment 

Your site is the sort of thing that makes the Internet a remarkable thing.

Thanks for all your hard work.

Kind regards

John Bradley


E-mail:  cbooker<AT>neo.rr.com
Date:   6 Oct 2013
Time:  23:03

Comment 

Spent some time flying out of Kinloss in VP93 with 201 as host.  Went to this site to research Maj. Charles Dawson Booker.  Believe we are related.  Ironic because my Dad and I were both Naval Aviators (aircrew).  Maybe it runs in the family.  


E-mail:  alan<AT>esp-computers.com
Date:  12 Oct 2013
Time:  23:56

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I would like to sign the Guest book for 120 squadron. I am looking for information about my grandfather Alan Pattison who was killed in action on 12/08/1942


E-mail:  chdh007<AT>btinternet.com
Date:  29 Oct 2013
Time:  20:18

Comment

Denis Howard great grandon of
Major Cecil Erick Howard Transjordon force 1935


E-mail:  potesta<AT>bigpond.com
Date:  4 Dec 2013
Time:  21:17

Comment 

A great site – I am a RC scale modeller always looking for that touch of unusual yet authentic and your site provides  it. Current project is a 60 inch span Vickers Virginia – probably be  in 7 Sqn markings thanks to your site.

Terry Potesta

Sydney

RAF  - retired 1989


E-mail:  ianclarkid<AT>gmail.com
Date:  26 May 2014
Time:  20:41

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I was a member of 139 sqdn 1956/7 at Binbrook and went to Cyprus with them as air instrument technition. Not a pleasant experience for all at that time.


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