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Request 1106. Posted 18 May 2013
My name is Stuart Currie and I'm trying to find any information or photos of my Grandpa Mr Duncan Currie who served with No. 9 Squadron, 617 Dambusters and then Tiger Force during WWII.
He's an amazing man who has lived an unbelievable life!!
Request 1105. Posted 17 May 2013
Is there anyone, or relatives of those who either flew with Wellington Squadron 215 to the Far East in March 1941. My father, Wing Commander G N Warrington, was in command and served subsequently with 221, 223 Groups in India and HQ 177 Wing, ACSEA.
I Would like to speak to anyone connected with these units. He returned from the Far East in June 1945 and went to HQ Northern Ireland until his accidental death in September 1945. Would be most interested in any information about him and/or the activities of these Groups in S E Asia.
Request 1104. Posted 12 May 2013
I’m looking for information about my granddad John (Jack) Sells #1594690 RAFVR. He served during WW2 in 582 Squadron (Pathfinders) based at Little Staughton and was Acting Flight Sergeant when awarded the DFM in 1945. I know very little about him and would welcome any information, no matter how small. thank you
Request 1103. Posted 12 May 2013
I'm looking for pictures of my grandfather. Federico A. B.G. Wonham was Navigator on the Squadron 61, then step on the IAAS No. 1. (1660)
The crew of Squad 61 was: J V Coockshott, Liddlel, Townsend, Cullham, Reid.
Request 1102. Posted 3 May 2013
My name is Nicole Morley and I'm trying to find any information or pictures about squadron 129. My Great Uncle Arthur James Horrell was in that squadron until it switched to 443. I'm also trying to locate any information or living relatives of Louis Paul Emile Piche and his wife Mary E Piche. Louis died alongside my Great Uncle on October 11, 1944. We do know that Louis and his wife lived in New London Connecticut at one point in time and after Louis died we know that his wife moved to Florida (not sure which part). If you have any information about squadron 129 or Louis Paul Emile Piche please contact me using the link above. Thanks.
Request 1101. Posted 26 Apr 2013
94 Squadron Shield, motto "AVENGE", Queens Crown for sale £20.
I can be contacted by email or on Facebook or L/L 01494 447275. I will be pleased to give further details of the shield then, regards Chris Chadwick.
Request 1100. Posted 21 Apr 2013
Hello out there,
I know it’s a long time ago! Anybody remember Winston Caterer, fighter pilot, ended RAF service circa 1946?
He led part of the RAF parade in Brussels 1946?
Request 1099. Posted 21 Apr 2013
I was recently going through my grandfather's old photo album when I came across this photograph. Here is all I know of it:
1. It was taken in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon)
2. The ten men in the photo belong to an 'R.A.F. Football Team' (which I know thanks to my grandfather's caption)
3. It may have been taken during or after the war (most likely before 1948).
I have no relation to these men whatsoever but would like someone to identify them for me -- just out of plain curiosity. Also, this photo could be of use to anyone out there searching for a photograph of a lost relative. I would be more than glad to be of help.
Request 1098. Posted 14 Apr 2013
Hi, I am trying to contact anyone who served at or had relations/friend who served at any of the above stations at Land's End Cornwall. This is a local history project.
Request 1097. Posted 6 Apr 2013
Having served 24 years in the RAF, my wife bought me, from a second hand shop, an RAF mug coloured dark blue with the RAF motto on one side and the maker's name, Denby stamped on the bottom. I think it previously belonged to a Flt/Lt (now deceased, as is his wife) and wonder how rare or otherwise it might be. Any help would be appreciated. Sincerely, Bryan J. Beames.
Request 1096. Posted 5 Apr 2013
My name is Andrea and I am looking for my grandfather, but only have a picture of him, but I do not know his name and the picture is the only information I have got. My grandmother was German and her name was Irmgard Adelberger. She worked at the Bracht, B.A.O.R. 34 / SWRB/AR at that time as shorthand typist, OC´s secretary, interpreter, Chief clerk´s assistant to Major S.W.R. Baker in the autumn of 1949. During that time she must have had a relationship with my grandfather. I am not sure, if you can see from his uniform, what function he had, but any hint would help me. Attached please find the picture of my grandfather ,maybe someone does recognize him. If you can give me any other suggestions, what else I can try to find out, who he is, please feel welcome to do so, I would appreciate your help very much.
Although my mother and I never got to know him, I feel a great gap in my life and I want to find out, who my grandfather is. My grandmother kept it as a secret and we found his picture behind a picture of my mom as a child in here old children´s bedroom after my grandma passed away
If you can give me any hints or information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Request 1095. Posted 30 Mar 2013
I would like to see if there is anybody out there that has info about 293 squadron . My father Charles Stanley Horrell (STAN) was a member of the AIR SEA RESCUE UNIT (293)Any info would be appreciated. My Uncle Arthur James Horrell (AJ) was a member of squadron 443 he was killed in action October 11/1944.We would like to know about the pilot that died with him Louise Paul Emile Piche of New London Connecticut. You can contact us at email@example.com
Request 1094. Posted 14 Mar 2013
For many years we have owned a small ale tankard, pewter, given to F/Sgt Gooding, from class 134, 3.2.41. This instructor (?) would be either English or Canadian. He would be no doubt long deceased, but there may be family who would want this remembrance. If anyone can assist in locating relatives, we would be most thankful.
Mrs. Lorna Parkinson, Ont. Canada.
Request 1093. Posted 10 Mar 2013
I'm looking for a good photograph of Herbert Massey who was the Senior British Office in Stalag Luft III at the time of "The Great Escape".
Request 1092. Posted 1 Mar 2013
I am looking for any information/ photographs of my father-in-law BILL SUDDES who served as Flight Engineer with 259 Squadron from 1943 -1945 in Africa on CATALINAS. He was stationed at DAR-ES-SALAAM, KIPEVU, KENYA and PORT VICTORIA< SOUTH AFRICA. Many thanks.
WOLSINGHAM, Co. Durham
Request 1091. Posted 1 Mar 2013
I AM TRYING TO GET A PHOTO OF MY STEPFATHER WHO SERVED IN THE RAF WHO FITTED RADIOS INTO FIGHTER PLANES HE TOLD ME HE WORKED ALONGSIDE THE AMERICAN EAGLE SQD .I DONT KNOW HIS RANK HIS FULL NAME WAS WILLIAM HENRY PINCHIN. MY NAME IS LESLIE ROGER SYDNEY HALL AND I NOW LIVE IN AUSTRALIA.
Request 1090 Posted 15 Feb 2013
My brother Sgt. Edward Vincent Norman 962166 was shot down and killed in Morkhoven and was gunner on Lancaster Mk.1 R5610 OL-G RAF 83 Squadron operating from Wyton Hunts. Does anyone have any photos of this crew, as no family records can be found.
Request 1089. Posted 21 Feb 2013
I’m just doing some research of a friend of the family a Mr Jack Marks he was at Barton in the Clay 1944 any more information would be appreciated.
Regards John Britton
Request 1088. Posted 15 Feb 2013
Hi my name is Steve Jenkins. I have been researching over the last three years the events leading up to and the final mission of Lancaster serial No: W4275 which was my uncle, Sgt Samuel Jenkin's plane. It was lost returning from Cologne on 9/7/43 I have found his, and three other crew members grave site in Marley Gomont Northern France. My family and I plus the family of PO Geofery Parker who also lost his life that night are planning to travel to Marley this coming July on the seventy the anniversary of the crash to pay our respect to our fallen family members. I would be very greatful if you have any more information regarding this aircraft and it's crew. Many thanks regards S. C. Jenkins.
Request 1087. Posted 3 Feb 2013
I am trying to find out some information about my father, who served at Little Norway in Canada from late 1941 until February 1945 when records show he was transferred to England. I'm trying to determine how long he was in England before returning to Canada, where he had married a Canadian girl. I was born in September 1945 so I'm unsure if he was still in England at that time. He was discharged September 1, 1946.
I am writing a history of my father's journey from Norway to Canada and am trying to fill in some of the blanks, since he passed away more than 25 years ago.
Here is some information about my father:
Name: Per Hvidsten
Rank: Sgt. at Little Norway, Muskoka (Bracebridge/Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada) where he was a member of the "Link Trainer Group".
Middle Corporal - February 24, 1942
Middle Sergeant - February 1, 1942
to September 3, 1942
Wing Sergeant - January 4, 1944
He was listed as Sergeant #1738 and duty #165 when he recieved the Haakon VII Medal.
I would most appreciate if you could provide me with any information about his time in England and when he returned to Canada?
Request 1086. Posted 3 Feb 2013
I am searching for any photographs or video clips including Flight Lieutenant Duncan Harold McArthur, #36243, 108 Squadron. He's my grandfather.
Sadly, he never met his only child, my father. Lt. McArthur died in May of 1942, less than a year after my father was born. My father cherishes the one picture he has of his dad. I'd love to find him more.
If you can help, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you very much,
Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Request 1085. Posted 1 Feb 2013
My dad, "Bill" Cawthorne was posted to Africa (East Africa and the desert air force) 1940 -1944. While in Sudan we think he may have met a SAAF lieutenant, James Drummond, 7843, whom we have recently discovered was murdered on 13 April 1941 in The Sudan - this is a very strange story which I have been researching since late last year following a chance remark by an ex South African lady now residing in UK. She mentioned that her uncle (Drummond) had apparently been murdered in Kenya. As I was born and brought up there I was able to find out that he did in fact have a grave in our War Cemetery in Nairobi. Since then all sorts of facts have come to light, and a fortnight ago I found the Sudan connection. I am now obsessed with finding the last few bits of this puzzle, especially as there now seems to be a likelihood that he may have been stationed with my late dad. Can anyone throw any light on this? We would love to know why he was buried in Kenya, and any details of the incident
Request 1084. Posted 20 Jan 2013
I'm seeking a picture of my deceased Father-in-Law, Squadron Leader Kenneth WJ Tarrant DFC in order that it can be included in a display case with his medals.
Any/all help will be greatly appreciated.
Request 1083. Posted 26 Jan 2013
My name is Wim Rhebergen and I am a Dutch war historian and author. I was born in the town of Aalten, the Netherlands which is just 3 km away from the German border.
I recently ordered a 35 mm film from the Imperial War Museum. It is a day attack on 26 March 1945 by a Hawker Typhoon 1B of No. 124 Wing RAF, 182 Squadron on the villages of Aalten and Winterswijk filmed by on board cameras. The camera plane was piloted by Warrant Officer S.L.T. Brett, service number 1385571. At the time 182 Squadron was based at Helmond Airfield (B.86) in the south of Holland. From 12-5-1944 until 30-4-1946 the squadron was a Rocket Projectile unit equipped with the Hawker Typhoon.
I already have copies from the Operations Record Book 182 Squadron RAF, 1 until 31 March 1945.
So on the 26th of March 1945 W/O S.L.T. Brett has attacked my birthplace AALTEN and some other villages nearby; "Armed Recce Aalten, Borken, Bocholt" Borken and Bocholt are towns in Germany. According to ORB, other pilots involved were Flight Lieutenant Lloyd, Flight Lieutenant Hobbs, Flight Lieutenant White, Flight Lieutenant Sharp and Flying Officer Jackson. The ORB says that "the attacks were made as a warning to the Dutch to move out before the two places were bombed".
I am trying to get more information about this particular mission on 26-3-1945 and the pilot Warrant Officer S.L.T. Brett 1385571. Perhaps he's still alive. If so, I want to track him down.
I am desperately searching for help.
Does anyone know where I probably can find more information about him and a picture?
Request 1082. Posted 26 Jan 2013
70 Squadron RFC - Looking for any information regarding 70 Squadron RFC in particular Lieutenant Francis Matt Lawledge shot down on 10th Oct 1917
Steve & Maggie Law
Request 1081. Posted 20 Jan 2013
I am searching for my birth father and have only the slimmest of descriptions; I was orphaned at birth (1952) in the U.S. and the only notes left me were as follows:
Joined RAF 1938
Decorated Hurricane, Spitfire pilot
5 feet 9 inches tall, muscular
Post-war profession: engineer, perhaps electronics
He was described as very outgoing, handsome, charming.
I am aware that there is only a one-in-a-million chance that someone will recall a pilot by that description, but I feel I must try. If anyone has a lead I can be reached in the U.S. at email@example.com.
Thank you all for taking the time to read this.
Key West, Florida
Request 1080. Posted 20 Jan 2013
My message is one of importance while I want to know if there is stilll somewhere familiy left of
MAYDON, GEORGE EDWIN Sergeant 538737 04/07/1940 22 Royal Air Force United Kingdom Grave 215. OOSTVOORNE PROTESTANT CEMETERY
He was crashed above the South West of the Netherlands early in July 1940 together with others.
The pilot Ivor Worthington Wilmer was also found in the vicinety of Oostvoorne near Rozenburg ZH where I live.About 10 km from Oostvoorne near Rozenburg ZH Now I also know that this crash was somewhere not noted in some archives in the UK maybe.
Thanks to the help of a relative in Australia I could still an only find an uncle of Ivor in Canada.
So I am very thankfull that I solved this loss.
Now his co-pilot or RAF man in the plane was as above mentioned.
I really like to know if there is still any family living of George Edwin Maydon in the Uk or somewhere else because maybe they do not know where their beloved ones are burried.
I sincerely hope that you can help me with this tragic story.
So that I can take the pieces together and give the left family their rest and knowledge of the place where he is burried as a victim of WW2.
I would really appreciate your help to solve this question.
With most respect,
Ron J W de Goeij
Request 1079. Posted 20 Jan 2013
I have in my possession a photo album which belonged to an officer in No 143 MU Malta in 1943, the officer is not named in any of the pictures although several others are named - Ron Bannister, Jimmy Wilson, Bunny Blunsden, S/L Levers, Hignet,Alan Jones, Ginger Harrup, a group photo entitled “Farewell to Beefy Sutton”, Roger Turner, Ron Collins, Bob Williams (4 pictures of him) “Smithy”, “Sidford” Lizzie” and “Davey”. the album also contains postcards of island views, official looking pictures of naval ships, snapshots of an air-raid taking place at valetta and many more subjects. I know that my parents served in Malta – my father in the RAMC and my mother as a QA nursing sister. I think that my mother brought the album home with her. I would love to know something about the album – especially who the officer was.
Thanks, Mike Warnock
Request 1078. Posted 20 Jan 2013
I'm transcribing some interwar RAF orders of battle from some documents I copied at the National Archives last year. Most of them give the squadron, its location and the type of aircraft it was equipped with, but usually not its Initial Equipment and even more rarely its Immediate Reserve. I want to do this so I can compare the progress that was made with the progress that was planned to have been made under the expansion schemes.
Does anybody else have this information or an organisation that might have it. Preferably somewhere within driving distance of Teesside.
Request 1077. Posted 16 Jan 2013
My husband and I have been clearing out some books which belonged to my father and have come across a volume signed on the inside cover - by, I think ' B C Robertson, Squadron Leader' RAF vr HQFTC with another handwritten dedication 'Kindest Regards M D, 1942'
I'm reasonably sure that my dad did not know either of the individuals, having been born in 1938, however would be interested to know if SL Robertson ( I do hope that this is the correct designation) survived the war and whether his family would like the book returned. I suspect that my dad came into possession of this as a result of a Jumble Sale or suchlike but think it apposite to ask before throwing it away
Request 1076. Posted 16 Jan 2013
I am seeking information on 430310 Flying Officer E. H McDonald RAAF He was a member of 251 Sqn RAF (Coastal command) late in the war. His aircraft (Hudson FK 739) was listed as missing on a meteorological reconnaissance mission SW of Iceland on 17 March 1945. No trace was ever found. Those on board with him were F/O Hughes (RAF), F/O Evans (RAF), F/O Yorkston (RAAF) and SGT Fielding (RAF).
I am seeking more precise details of the sortie itself and subsequent search.
Request 1075. Posted 16 Jan 2013
Desperately seeking picture(s) of Avro Anson C19 VM363 at RAF Bassingbourn in the summer of 1957? Anticipatory thanks Bob Harriman
Request 1074. Posted 13 Jan 2013
I am writing the history of Ramridge House, located in Weyhill near Andover, Hants.
The house was originally purchased to be used as the location of the RAF’s new Staff College in 1939 and became RAF Ramridge but the outbreak of war changed all that and it was used for a variety of roles by the RAF before being sold in 1957.
Any information on RAF Ramridge would be greatly appreciated and any material used will be acknowledged
Request 1073. Posted 13 Jan 2013
I looking for information on: -
Flight Lieutenant Matheson
Request 1072. Posted 7 Jan 2013
I would very much like to contact the next of kin (or other relatives) of F/O Lewis Kenneth Fennel, DFC.
My father and his crew flew with him as an instructor in early 1944 when they were training at Rufforth (Yorkshire) with 1663 Heavy Conversion Unit.
In his log book there is still a newspaper cutting with a photo of F/O Fennel on the day he received his DFC, and I'd be glad to send a copy if they haven't one.
Request 1071. Posted 3 Jan 2013
The two photographs below were taken in 1922/3 in Palestine. My father, Sgt. A W Townsend, is in both. I have tried to trace some of the others, but without any success. On the back of the first photo are the words "NCO's of No1 ACC RAF Jerusalem Palestine 1922-3". On the second, the larger group, is the legend "C section No1 ACC RAF Jerusalem Palestine".
There are names to the men on the front row of the NCO photo, which are as follows: from left to right Sgt Checksfield, Sgt Kendall, no name, WO Bolt, F/lt Hardiman, F/s Kinna, Sgt Smith & Sgt Townsend. There are several other names to those in the back row, Cpl's Vincent, Chegwidden, Singey & Durman. Also a Goddard & Hobbs (no rank) are listed.
I would be very interested if anyone has knowledge of any of the men or the group. I believe my father joined the RAF c.1920 and was stationed at Bircham Newton in Norfolk. He was a motor fitter and spoke of driving steam lorries from Norfolk to London (Northolt). Was it this section that went to Palestine?
Any help would be greatly appreciated and I could send copies, via email or post, to anyone wanting them
Request 1070. Posted 16 Dec 2012
I am searching for info on Edward Hall, who served as an officer pilot in 244 Sqn during its short existence at Bangor in WW1, and then as Adjutant (flight lieutenant) in 73 Sqn in 39/40, later moving on to Balloon units. I have quite a bit on his WW2 service, but am looking specifically for a) his Service Number, and b) the citation for his AFC, awarded in 1919.
Any leads would be most welcome.
Request 1069. Posted 16 Dec 2012
Hi, I'm trying to find pictures of my father Lieutenant Francis Charles Mayaka. He came to Cranwell in 1980 with The Kenyan Air force to do some training. I have never met him and would love just photograph if possible of him.
Desperate plea for any help at all
Request 1068. Posted 9 Dec 2012
I am the brother of Sergeant Cyril Armstrong, who was the Engineer on the above 'plane which crashed on the Mull of Kintyre on Oct. 10th. 1956. I am now an octogenarian and would like to contact any members of the Squadron who attended the briefing at Ballykelly before the ill-conceived experiment. I heard the supposedly correct version from a member of the crew of one of the other 'planes attending the briefing, when I attended the Mull Memorial, but would like to hear from any other members who can help. I would like a degree of "Peace of Mind" before I throw off this mortal coil.
In hope, Eric Armstrong.
Request 1067. Posted 25 Nov 2012
Please could anyone help - has anyone got any aircrew photos - of any quality, individual or group and aircraft - of 534 squadron/1455 Flight (turbinlite) at Tangmere, particularly mid-late 1942.
I am especially interested in F/ Sgt Wilfred "Jimmy" Cleall and the squadron adjutant, P/O John Lindley. I already have a photo of F/O Michael Winter, but would be more than happy to see more.
They would be useful as I am writing an an account of how their Boston aircraft came to crash on our local cinema in September of that year
Request 1066. Posted 29 Nov 2012
The RAF Aircrew Rank Badges worn between 1946 – 1950 had blue stars for Category ‘A’ and white stars for Categories ‘B’ and ‘D’. Can anyone help by telling me what these Categories mean? Also, what happened to Category ‘C’?
With best wishes
Request 1065. Posted 29 Nov 2012
I’m looking for pictures of Don Kingaby's aircraft W3320 namely the scoreboard and cartoon
Any help will be much appreciated
Request 1064. Posted 25 Nov 2012
You may be aware of this story; BBC News - WWII pigeon
message stumps GCHQ decoders (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20456782).
Request 1063. Posted 24 Nov 2012
I am attempting to research the history of Ariel House in Malta. This is now the Russian Embassy but was formerly the Residence of the Air Commander Malta and prior to that the AOC’s Residence. If anyone has any photographs, documentation or memories of the Residence I would be pleased to hear from them.
Request 1062. Posted 23 Nov 2012
I was leader pilots of a patrol "METRO MIKE" of two french Mirage5f , and we fly for a representation during the meeting the 22 october 1990 at finningley.
I search any photos or vidéos of my flight this day.
Request 1061. Posted 10 Nov 2012
I am trying to trace information for a Norwegian family. They have in their possession a pint mug with the following inscription.
If anyone can assist in this matter I would much appreciate it.
Request 1060. Posted 10 Oct 2012
I am trying to locate a photograph of the crew of a bomber based at RAF East Kirkby with No 630 Squadron.The skipper was Flt/Lt or Sqdn/Ldr Cliff Rogers DFC. His Flight Engineer was Bill Cox DFM who on completion of his tour went to 1354 HCU at RAF Wigsley . He flew as a Staff F/E Instructor and was killed when a Stirling aircraft,on a cross country flight ,31/8/1944,crashed shortly after take off.
Details of the awards to Cliff and Bill would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks in anticipation.
Request 1059. Posted 8 Nov 2012
I live in Australia
I just published a book on my father in law Flying Officer Alfred Wiilliam Gayford 1915-1944. This book was presented to the Purfleet Military Museum for display along with a framed photograph of him. I also compiled a book on another crew member James Robertson 1919-1944 who was killed in the same crash
My question: I am trying to find a photograph of the Pilot on the night in question. My father in law I have just learnt was his second Pilot. The Pilot and training Officer was Flying Officer Stanely Henry Martin OBE who on retirement was a Wing Commander. What I have researched and found about Stanley Martin was he was born 9th November 1919 and had a wonderful career in the Air Force retiring on 2nd June 1968. Stanley received an OBE in 1966
I would love a photograph so I could organised a framed copy to go to the Military Museum in Essex. I am also trying to find other crew members family so that it will be a section at the Museum on these men
You maybe able to assist!
Helen Gayford J.P.
Request 1058. Posted 19 Oct 2012
I am trying to build a history of RAF Newmarket (50's-60's) Eastern Communications Centre, No 7909 Reserve Flight. The camp was in those days mostly staffed by Nat. Servicemen and Waaf's with Regular NCO's and Officers. I have had limited success apart from contact with one ex-airman and another enquiry from another interested party.
Thanks in anticipation
Request 1057. Posted 21 Oct 2012
I am part of the website called Norfolk Uncovered. We film and document historical places of interest, mainly ww2 related in Norfolk. Currently we are focusing on RAF NORTH CREAKE. We would love to here from any RAF crew who were based there, and record there stories. Can you please help us find those heroes so we can document there gallant bravery for the future generations.
Request 1056. Posted 19 Oct 2012
I'm looking for anyone that new my
father Roy Griffiths Rank L.A.C. who was stationed at I believe at RAF Station
Church Lawford between 1951 & 1954. Sadly he passed away on 5th October 2012 and
its only now we have come across his certificate of service book.
Request 1055. Posted 14 Oct 2012
I am seeking information on the WW2 service of my father, LAC Ralph Spilberg, RAF 1940-45. He was trained as a Wireless Operator, but was never aircrew. As far as I have been able to discover, he was under the command of 80 (Signals) Wing, initially I think as p[art pf the Beam-bending operation based in Hertfordshire, before being posted to Egypt.
In the Western Desert he was part of a unit which I have hitherto found no trace of or reference to whatsoever. The unit had a special peculiarity, in that the personnel were partly Army, partly RAF, at least until the Army men re-mustered as RAF as the pay was better. The unit was composed of a number of trucks, each equipped with a wireless transmitted. These trucks were deployed well in advance of British positions, strung out at intervals from the coast, well into the interior. The crew consisted of two RAF wireless operators (watch-on , and watch-off, I presume) and two drivers, an NCO i/c, and one other (mechanic?) all of whom were army - my father thought Royal Artillery, but maybe not.
The job was to go to whatever map-reference they were ordered to, and stay there until ordered to move, reporting back to Desert Air Force HQ everything they saw in the air and on the ground. My father said he transmitted only in Morse, using a one-time-pad code. They kept a radio watch on German & Italian transmissions also, I believe.
After the end of the desert campaign, my father was briefly on Malta, still with his truck, and then in Sicily (Catania airport). He ended up at the Med Allied Air Forces HQ in Caserta, until the end of the war.
At some point his immediate commander was Sq. Ldr William John ("Jack") Reason. My father was a talented portrait painter, and in Italy he painted the portrait of Jack Reason - I have a tiny black-and-white photo of it.The portrait itself must be with the Reason family.
I would very much like to have contact with anyone who knows anything at all about my father's obscure unit, and also with anyone who might have any contact with Jack Reason or his family, as I would dearly love to know if my father's painting still exists, and to have a colour photograph of it. My father's career took a very different turn post-war, and he painted very little thereafter; his corpus if work is very small, but very good. I would love to have a complete record of it.
Request 1054. Posted 10 Oct 2012
Ref. RAF Mauripur/Karachi WW2
I wonder if anyone knew of William Thorburn Reid a young officer stationed in RAF Mauripur during the war. Its believed he was involved in aircraft safely/investigation of accidents. He worked for the Air Ministry in London after the war and died there (Hospital for Tropical Diseases) early 1969.
He had lost touch with his son. His grand son would like to know more about him if possible.
Request 1053. Posted 29 Sep 2012
In June 1945 A Royal Air Force Douglas Dakota C.III VIP transport aircraft KG770 of No. 24 Squadron RAF carried King George VI and his wife, Queen Elizabeth, to the Channel Islands following their recent Liberation from German Occupation. Can anyone help with an itinerary of this Royal Tour and the names of the crew and other passengers in the Royal retinue. I am trying to write up the story for the son of one of the people on board that flight - not for money, I hasten to add.
If you can help, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Request 1052. Posted 29 Sep 2012
Does anyone have any information on Sergeant Ross.
He was stationed at Coningsby in 1944-1945, Group 5, and was in telecommunications.
Request 1051. Posted 29 Sep 2012
RAF SPECIAL DUTIES 148 SQUADRON, BRINDISI ,1944.
My dad Sgt John Frederick Cairney Rae, 2210115, Rear Gunner ,Halifax JP162FS-S was stationed at Brindisi, Italy, May through August 1944 His plane Failed to Return on August 4/5th1944 after dropping supplies to the Polish partisans.It crashed near the village of Wojnarowa near Krakow
The crew were:
F/O Gavin James McCall RAFVR Pilot KIA
Ft/Eng Sgt R O Anderson RCAF Evader
Air/Bmr Sgt P J Anderson RCAF Evader
W/OP/Air Gun Sgt A Jolley RAFVR Evader
Air/Gun Sgt John Frederick Cairney Rae RAFVR KIA
Air/Gun Clifford Aspinall RAFVR KIA
Sgt Underwood Evader
Four crew baled out and returned to the UK in March 1945 with the help of the partisans. My dad ,F/O McCall and Sgt Aspinall were buried by the villagers and later reinterred at Krakow Rakowicki Cemetery by CWGC. There were many crew members lost on that mission all buried at Krakow.
I am trying to trace any crew members their families or anyone who may have known my dad during his service with RAFVR Bomber Command. I have recently heard from the grandson of F/O McCall so I am hopeful there may be others willing to share their stories.
Like many others of my age I did not know my dad but I am trying to keep his and his crew members memories alive by finding out about his short service in RAFVR .At the age of 33 he was "the grandfather "of his crew.
Please contact me at email@example.com if you have any information.
Rosemary Edmeads nee Rae
Request 1050. Posted 16 Sep 2012
Can anyone identify the RAF officer
shown here with his wife and daughter in Colombo (1944), my father is in the
middle, was out there with the Admiralty.
Request 1049. Posted 31 Aug 2012
I am trying to find as much information as I can about REGINALD FREDERICK THOMAS SAUNDERS.
Reginald was born on 17th May 1920. The remainder of the information I have is a bit sketchy as follows:-
He attended the Northampton Medical Board on 11th July 1940. His enlistment notice was to go to the Eastern Divisional office in Cambridge on Monday 29th July 1940 where he joined the RAF. His registration number was BMC 714. His service number was 1175181
Believe he had to report to Cardington near Bedford.
His service release book shows:- Rank CPL, Service number 1175181, Surname Saunders, Initials R F T, Class of release A, Age and service Group 32.
He served in R A F V R form 30-7-1940 until 23-4-1946 and spent 6 months in India. He was awarded the Burma Star, War medal with Oak Leaf and the Defence medal.
He was mentioned in dispatches on 11th June 1942 for distinguished service and the birthday honours list of July 3rd 1942 as an Aircraftman 2nd class. He died on or about 24th July 1985.
If anyone can throw any light on any of the above or explain generally any information it would be greatly appreciated.
Request 1048. Posted 31 Aug 2012
Does anyone remember the crew of Halifax EB 129 of 161 Squadron that crashed on 10/11 November 1943 in France, with my father ,Jack Pilkington , air bomber, the only survivor ?
His colleagues were –
Captain P/O M. A. Line Aus
2nd Pilot Lt Gross USAAF
Navigator F/Sgt E.R Watts
Wireless Operator Sgt H.R. Batten
Flight Engineer R. Cotterill
Air Gunner F/Sgt E. Harrison Aus
Air Gunner F/Sgt W.R.R. Shore Can
Request 1047. Posted 26 Aug 2012
I'm looking for dates of death for the following 2 Irish aces:
Robert McLaughlin (Born 23-Jul-1896, Belfast)
Alfred Stanley Mills (Born 26-Jun-1897, Belfast)
The latter had a short spell in prison and was stripped of his DFC in 1924 but I can't follow his whereabouts thereafter.
There have been suggestions that either/both may have died in World War II but from non-combat causes, e.g. unlike Victor Henry Huston (killed in an air raid) or Edward Caulfield Kelly (killed by American torpedo of Japanese POW vessel).
Any information on the later stages of McLaughlin or Mills' lives would be gratefully received. (As you may guess, I'm conducting research on the Irish aces of WWI).
Best regards and thanks in anticipation for any information,
Request 1046. Posted 26 Aug 2012
My great Uncle was the pilot of 44sqn Lancaster Mk1. Serial number DV329 (Sqn Code KM-W) which crashed near Rastdorf on 23/11/43.
The crew were:
Flt Lt Charles Ellison HILL - Pilot - KIA
PLT OFF E.G.Wright - Flt Engineer - KIA
A second Lancaster (JB537) (PH-N) of 12 Sqn also crashed the same night about 3 miles from DV329 killing all on board. Both crews were buried together in a mass grave by the Germans at Oldenburg a day or so later. At wars end they were retrieved from this grave but the authorities were only able to positively identify Ledsham from DV329 and a crew member Ferndell from JB537. These two are in separate graves next to the collective grave of the remains of both other crews.
I am hoping to fine some relatives of both crews to try and shed some light as to how these two planes were lost as some research indicate Flak the others shot by night fighter?
Can anyone help.
Request 1045. Posted 26 Aug 2012
I would be interested in hearing from anyone who knew my mother Olive Harman who served in the W.A.A.F. from 01/12/1942 until 09/05/1946. She became a driver having completed a course in the Lake District and was then posted to Oakham Rutland. By the time Olive left, she was based at Upper Heyford. I have an R.A.F. card which has been signed by the following people:-
Paddy MacManauty (?)
J D Boswell
R F Waters
Eric Sidney Barber
Any information regarding my mother (or any of the people listed) would be very much appreciated.
Request 1044. Posted 19 Aug 2012
Does anyone have info about Melbourne Harvey (my father) who fixed spitfires in the Battle of Britain
Request 1043. Posted 19 Aug 2012
I'm hoping someone out there may have information, photos and memories of my uncle. His name was 1432606 Flight Sergeant Harold Wyrill. He and his crew never returned after bombing Frankfurt on 18/19th March 1944. He was part of 61 Squadron, his Lancaster's number was ND727 and was based at RAF Coningsby.
The Full Crew list is:
P/O Cannon L
Sgt Dean KH
F/S Hull GJ
Sgt Stones R
Sgt Wyrill H (my uncle)
Sgt Sherliker H
F/S Green JM
If anyone can give his family any information, however small it would be greatly appreciated.
Request 1042. Posted 4 Aug 2012
Information re George Alfred Cottrill AC1 654123 awarded Military Medal for shooting down enemy aircraft whist on board a transporter taking civilians from Singapore at its fall. Believe to Oz or Nz. Recorded London Gazette 1942. What became of him?
Request 1041. Posted 27 Jul 2012
I am attempting to locate a photograph (from any era) and post-war service details for Derek S. V. Rake (1945 RAF squadron 41, SN124494; OBE AFC, retired 1976 rank of Group Captain).
James B. Rake, Ph.D.
Request 1040. Posted 22 Jul 2012
Can anyone shed some light about Leon John Prentice who served with the RAF and was based in Calcutta as a navigator in 1943-1944?
Request 1039. Posted 6 Jul 2012
I am the Chairman of the South West Battle Group and Living history. On the 5th 6th and 7th August this year we are holding an event at the Land’s End Visitors Complex in Cornwall. It is an event to turn Land’s End back to WW2. I have stumbled on the fact that there is a vast amount of RAF history here regarding RAF Sennen and RAF Main Castle, These were early warning Radar stations code CHL 17. I have also happened upon a LACW Norah Leggatt 2027926. Can anyone help me with information and or photo’s please.
Request 1038. Posted 6 Jul 2012
I am seeking help, information and perhaps photographs of my great uncle F/Sgt John Lindsay Wilson 1128900, the crew and the aircraft he was lost in on the night of 11/12 June 1943 returning from a mission to Munster. The aircraft is believed to have ditched off the Norfolk coast. The aircraft was Stirling R9286 MG-C of C Flight, No 7 Squadron , Oakington. The aircraft was piloted by F/O Deville EF. No trace of the aircraft or crew was ever found.
The full crew list was…… F/O Deville EP ,
Flt Lt Theobald WM
F/Sgt Davies JM
F/Sgt Wilson JL (my great uncle)
F/Sgt Bainbridge TJ
F/Sgt Humphreys H
F/Sgt Harrington J
Many thanks for all and any help, information, photographs or memories of these brave men which can be found. I can be contacted at on the link above
Request 1037. Posted 6 Jul 2012
I have been doing some family history and searching for my mothers birth parents (any living relatives).
I have information that her mother, Doris Parsonage, was in the WAAF as a nursing orderly- it does not state the years, but my mother was born in 1947 and she had been with the WAAF for 4 years apparently. Her service number was 2483339.
Her Father, Peter Charles William Hayes, service number 2279677. He achieved rank of aircraftman 1st Class.
I believe they both met each other at an Elation Dance at Bridgnorth Shropshire. So wether they were both based there, I don't know.
If anyone knew of either of them, I would love to hear anything about them! no matter how small!
Request 1036. Posted 2 Jul 2012
I was wondering if anyone remembers my father who was an Australian pilot in Squadron 101. His name was Bill McPherson and flew in the Hamburg raids. He married my mother in Goole on July 27th 1943. They lived in Brisbane for the rest of their lives.
Request 1035. Posted 1 Jul 2012
I am hoping that someone out there remembers my father, Donald Bell. He served as a JNCO (I believe) with the RAF in Africa during the second world war and I have several photos of him in the middle of nowhere in the desert with 'Suez' mile posts in the background. He once said he was involved with retrofitting aircraft to carry stretchers but sadly he died when I was quite young and I never got the chance to ask him more.
He was brought up in Leigh in Lancashire and his father was a headmaster. He wanted to be an architect before he joined up, however after the war he trained as a Dental Surgeon and later joined the RADC. When my mother met him he spoke fluent German but I'm not sure when he learnt that. He would be in his 80s now so this may be a long shot but if anyone knew him we would dearly love to know more about his time with the RAF.
Request 1034. Posted 29 Jun 2012
Could anyone help with any information on the colour scheme(s) of the Airspeed Oxfords used at 3 (P) AFU, South Cerney, Gloucestershire, in 1943; and especially whether they had the gun turrets installed or not.
My 2nd cousin - Lewis Woodward Cordey - was an instructor there and was killed on 21 Aug 1943 when Oxford EB 861 crashed near Hawkesbury Upton, Gloucestershire.
Request 1033. Posted 29 Jun 2012
I have found a picture of Wellington 111, number Z-1679-B, with RCAF, 420 Squadron members on a raid from London, England to Hamburg ,Germany, on November 9. 1942. The aircraft crashed in the sea. My brother was the Navigator: R-79500 F-Sgt. Marcel Armand Joseph Smith. He has a cross in Runnymede Memorial in London, Panel 106. The Pilot was: R-102069 Sgt. Walter Stanley Beale, and is in Panel 102. The Air Bomber was: R-83354 Sgt. Charles Snider, and is in Panel 106. The Air Gunner was: R-107349 Sgt John Duncan MacDonald and is in Panel 105. The W.O.A. was: R-77433 Sgt. C. Collard, and is buried in Hamburg, Germany, Ohlsdorf Cemetery, 4AD7. His body was found two weeks after the crash. I sure hope to find someone who can help me on this. My name is William Smith, I was 3 years old
Request 1032. Posted 29 Jun 2012
Hi am trying to locate a Syrian air force officer who was stationed at HENLOW RAF base in 1954, his first name was Kadri and he and his mates went to Hitchin for the dances, a lass named Alma interested in finding him Rob Lavender
Request 1031. Posted 8 Jun 2012
The town of Metz-en-Couture intend to hold a memorial commemoration next July (2013) for the crew of Lancaster DS 660 KO-P. I'm trying to contact relatives of the following, killed 13/14 July 1943 115 Sqn Op. Aachen
Sgt M JONES
F/O F L YATES
Sgt P WILLIAMS
Sgt D MURPHY
Sgt J A T NEWTON
I am looking in particular for the descendants of Sergeant Peter Williams, born 1922 in Bolton, died in Metz-en-Couture (France) July 13, 1943, son of Arthur and Margaret H Williams . Howell was born.
Peter Jackson Williams married Nellie in 1942 at St Barnabas Church in Bolton, whose parents were Nellie George William Jackson and Elizabeth Ann.
Peter Jackson Williams had a brother Samuel, born in 1918.
Peter and Nellie lived at 3 Lincoln Road in Bolton (Nellie's parents lived to 31 in the same street), until the day of Peter's death in 1943. They had no children.
In 1947, Nellie, who was still living at the same address (until 1950), remarried William P. Smit They had two children: Irene Smith in 1950 and Ann Smith in 1952.
Nellie seems to have died in 2000.
Samuel's brother, Peter, seems to have married three times:
1 / in 1939 with Annie Green in Bolton,
2 / in 1941 with Hilda Haseldeane the church of Christ in Bolton
3/1945 with Irene Higson at St Mary the Virgin in Bolton.
Thank you kindly help me find these people ... or (s) descendant (s).
Request 1030. Posted 8 Jun 2012
I'm looking for anyone who may know of my grandfather James Edward Wainwright went into the RAF as a reserve in 1941 at Padgate and Blackpool.
Leading Aircraftman in 1941 then sergeant in 1943. Based in Trebelzue which became St Mawgan. Injured spent some time in hospitals in Plymouth, Headland , Locking and Newquay. I have a service number but no squadron as yet as I'm still researching.
Request 1029. Posted 26 May 2012
TED ADAMS, 115 SQN, 3 BOMBER COMMAND.
A request was posted on this site some time ago but was removed when the contact details were lost: -
“34 ops 115 Sqn RAF ..... I think he may have been something to do with Bomber Command. ...... I am looking for any information about my Great Uncle Ted Adams who piloted Lancasters out of RAF Witchford between August and December”
However, a reply has been received and I would like the person who placed to the original request to contact me so I can pass on the new details.
Request 1028. Posted 26 May 2012
Trying to find any information on my half brother Ron Bentley. He served at Coltishall as a senior technician in the sixties working on Lightnings. I presume that means he was part of 226 OCU.
If anyone remembers him, please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Request 1027. Posted 26 May 2012
Sgt Geoffrey Garlick
Request 1026. Posted 26 May 2012
I am looking for any kind of information on the 428 Repair and Salvage Unit that was stationed in France at CAMP BUC, near Versailles between 1944 and May / June 1945 - and in particular on a Corporal Reginald GLEDGY OU GHEDGY who belonged to it. If anyone knew someone who was there at the same time, please contact me here using the link above
I shall be most grateful for any help or lead.
Request 1025. Posted 13 May 2012
I am trying to find information on my uncle George who was killed in WWII before I was born, the death of his only son devastated my grandfather and it was something that was never discussed. I have a photograph and hand written on the bottom it says Flt Lieutenant G.E. Hammond 145 Squadron R.A.F but I am not sure if this was written by my uncle or another family member after his death. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Request 1024. Posted 13 May 2012
I am searching for my grandad. He was based at Bourn Airfield in 1944/45 time as ground crew, he used to go to 'The Hut' dance in Bourn village and that is where he met my nan. He was known as Johnny Byard/Biard. I have inacluded two photos. The photo of four he is the one in ourbottom right of the photo and the group shot he is the third one along from our left.
I really hope somebody can help, I have haqd no luck as yet.
Request 1023. Posted 13 May 2012
I am looking for contact information on Flt/Sgt Hugh "Jimmy" James who served with the 216 Squadron in North Africa in 1942. He was the pilot of a Bristol Bombay transport that was carrying General Gott to Cairo when the Bombay was shot down and General Gott was killed. Any information of Mr. James would be appreciated. Mark Anderson
Request 1022. Posted 4 May 2012
I try to find; JACK, RAF OFFICER , probably the ROYAL OBSERVER CORPS, based until the very last time December 1945 and longer on AIR BASE WELSCHAP EINDHOVEN and billeted in at my parents on the address; ZEELSTERSTRAAT 215, EINDHOVEN - the Netherlands.
Unfortunately I have only his calling name JACK, his age at that time about 40 – 43 and I have several pictures.
I should be very grateful with any information.
Request 1021. Posted 4 May 2012
I’m searching for the name of the officer commanding 230 OCU Scampton 1972, can anyone help?
Request 1020. Posted 4 May 2012
I am the son of the pilot F/L E Mirfin whose Lancaster was shot down over France on the night of April 26/27 1944. My father and 3 other crew membersdied but 3 survived. I have traced relatives of all those who died and very recently have been contacted by the son of one of the survivors. I am trying to contact anyone who might know or have information relating to the other 2 survivors in order that I can piece together as much as possible what happened that night.
The other survivors were F/S J Pinkney, and F/S R L Griffiths.
Any information would be much appreciated
Request 1019. Posted 3 May 2012
I wonder if you could help me locate my own RAF instructor Flt Lt Peter B Glover, who taught me to fly the T-37 at our Academy in 1975, where he was on an exchange tour. He was a former C-130 pilot and left the RAF in December 1975. He had been flying for the airlines and I lost track of him since. I have tried to raise several veterans' sources but no luck."
Air Cdre Tufail, Pakistan Air Force
Request 1018. Posted 29 Apr 2012
I would like to re-contact Hugh Green, who supplied photographs of Air Commodore J G Hearson recently, as I have lost his contact details.
Request 1017. Posted 22 Apr 2012
I am trying to contact a Flight Sergeant
John Anderson RAF or any possible relatives. He was the rear gunner and sole
survivor of a Halifax that crashed near Welney, Norfolk, April 25th 1944. My
uncle Sgt N.M Harrison was among the crew.
Request 1016. Posted 6 Apr 2012
I am trying to find out some info for my friend. She needs to find out about her father but has very little information on him.
His name was Michael Mahon, she doesn't even know if this is exact or spelt correctly.
He was stationed at Sutton Mepal aerodrome in the 1940’s. He was Irish and a civilian...not sure on this.
If anybody can help me with any information at all i would be extremely grateful.
Great site too!
Thank you very much.
Request 1015. Posted 30 Mar 2012
I am trying to find out more about Group Captain Hugh Lambert Reilly DSO.
Born in the 1886 (ish) he learnt to fly in 1912 whilst on leave from the Army. He died in 1954.
I know this is a long shot but if anyone does have any information I’d be very grateful. Please contact me on the link above
Request 1014. Posted 23 Mar 2012
I am trying to trace the trainee SRN's, who took part in the first scheme at RAF Hospital Wegberg from 1958 (?) - 61.
I think they were all SAC's or SACW's
Elizabeth Forbes Bryson
Request 1013. Posted 18 Mar 2012
We are looking for ex servicemen who served with Michael McIntyre(born 18/01/1937) during the years 1954 and 1956. He trained at Northolt and served in Malta and Tripoli.
We don’t know his service number. We are keen to learn of his service record and any other information that may bring comfort to his grieving family.
Michelle Page (Australia)
Request 1012. Posted 16 Mar 2012
I have a large collection of photographs from my late father in law John Cornish Donkin who was a professional photographer. He was serving in Ranchi Bihar India during the 1940’s in R.A.F Group 20 Medical Corp.
Some of the names include Group Captain Graham, Sir Thomas Rutherford, Hannah, Robinson, Thomas, Gilbert, Aylott, Good, Walton, Tonkin, Thorne, Harrison to name but a few. The photos also portray a hint of life in India at the time and include local traditions. For anyone who is interested please email me and I will forward the relevant photos to them. Kind regards, Karen Donkin.
Request 1011. Posted 16 Mar 2012
Wish to locate any colleagues of Flt Sgt Ronald V Cresswell 1293794 who knew him in training or later when he served with 517 and 518 Met Squadrons. I’m enquiring on behalf of his nephew, Ron Cresswell, who now lives in New Zealand.
PR8296 – Peter Rackliff
Request 1010. Posted 16 Mar 2012
I am trying to find any information about a long lost relative of mine who disappeared in Berlin sometime after the end of Second World War , i have the following information
Service Number 1518398
2798 or 2803 SQN RAF Regt
any info would be gratefully appreciated
Many Thanks Chris
Request 1009. Posted 16 Mar 2012
I am trying to obtain relations of Flight engineer Derek Colin Sykes from Bridgend – Glamorgan (GB) and wireless operator/air gunner Percival Henry Minton Jones , who lived in his childhood at Rhyd-y-Foel and moved with his mother to Welling – Kent.
Both were members of the crew of the Lancaster DV280 - JO-S which crashed in our neighbourhood in Holland.
They died in the crash, together with 5 others.
Any information is welcome.
Jan Ruijs – the Netherlands - email@example.com
Request 1008. Posted 16 Mar 2012
I search for personal documents flying team of RAF 511 Sqn at war , and RAF 301 UT in RAF Station Lyneham too. Very important point are materials from eyewitness like: pilots and ground crews - both former for 511 Sqn or contact with theirs famillies.
At first I'm searching for :
1. ANY photos of Liberator Mk II AL -523 , fabric number : 21
nose name ; St. Anthony .
Until to day I couldn't found any photo of AL -523 at service time.
I search everywhere !
2. ANY materials belong to thats aircraft in his service at 511 Sqn .
3. Any materials about his crews , especially I pilot F/L Eduard Maximiliam PRCHAL .
4. Any materials of Prchal's crew .
5. Any materials about Walace Lynton WATSON from RAF Lyneham Station .
May be some peoples have materials from journey / flying routes - from Lyneham to Gibraltar .
Very important are materials about performances and opinion and characteristic of Liberator series AM but better AL
Im also looking to get a contact with peopels / families - which was at war time In RAF Transport Command service , especially RAF Station Lyneham and RAF Station Gibraltar : years 1942 -1944. My e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org. Regards - Mike
Request 1007. Posted 16 Mar 2012
I am writing up a number of anecdotes from my childhood in Cairo, Egypt, during WWII, mainly for my family. I am puzzled about a period of a month or two I spent in Port Said with my grandmother, Mrs. C. C. Adams, who had -- I think -- volunteered through the Y.M.C.A. to organize "things" (living quarters? entertainment?) for the New Zealand (?) nurses stationed there. It would have been sometime in 1941, possibly July-August, when there is an unexplained gap in my grandmother's Cairo Visitors book. There were many air-raids; our building was not in a targetted area, but there was apparently some reason why we were always visited by Squadron-Leader Claude G. Whiteside and his batman "Goldie"every time there was a raid. He was very kind to me, and Goldie was my favourite! I particularly remember a paint factory a couple of miles away being hit by an incendiary, which turned it (to my eight-and-a-half-year-old imagination) into a glowing, multi-coloured fairytale castle! Whiteside appears in my grandmother's book in September and October, once with Port Said as his address, and once with "Royal Air Force & 58 Dumbreck Road, Dumbreck, Glasgow." I have not been able to find any gen about him at all, so far -- or the Port Said paint factory for that matter!
I would be very grateful for any light shed on this episode; there are so many uncertainties that organizing my many snippets of recollection into a coherent story is somewhat tricky.
Request 1006. Posted 9 Mar 2012
1. I have for years been trying to find out what the initials A.C.T. stand for on a lapel badge. Leo Carter learnt to fly in 1938 in the Civil Air Guard in the North. The Lancashire Flying Club do not know either. All I can remember him saying he was a cadet. Air Cadet Trainee maybe? Imperial War Museum and R.A.F don't know. See attached photo.
2. Leo Carter was in No 9 Squadron. Honington 1941-1943. He was a pilot. I have three pictures of him in a film made for the M.O.D. as a morale boosting exercise for the Canadians based here. He, and his colleagues on the Base were extras in the film. One photo has a man leaning over the desk with 'Canada' on his sleeve. On another photo there looks a very young Jack Watling or is it Richard Green ? On the back of three photos are U.F.P.U. I have tried several combinations. United Film Publicity Unit, Universal Forces Publicity unit etc.
He did not put the dates on the back of the photographs, where it was shot, nor the name of the film. I have exhausted every avenue. Imperial War Museum, M.O.D. Shepperton, Pinewood studios. Honington, R.A.F archives. Kew archives. Put a photo in the No 9 Squadron newsletter (8 years ago) but no replies. See attached photos.
I would dearly like to find the answers. Most men would be gone by now but I hope someone's children may have a photo or recollections of being told of the filming. Leo died in 2001, I was his partner.
Request 1005. Posted 9 Mar 2012
I would love to find some information on my father's military activity or anyone who knew him. He was an RAF pilot and flew a Sunderland sea plane. His name was Robert (nmi) "Bob" Wilson, born 7/17/1921. I know that there was a Robert Wilson who was killed in the war who was born in 1916, but my father survived. He left the UK in 1948 and was killed in the Caribbean in 1953.
My mom survives but at age 86, she has little knowledge of his activities in the RAF. No. 201 Squadron, possibly No. 210. There were several squadrons that he may have been associated with. I would love to find some photos or anyone who might have served with him. I was 5 when he died and since he and my mom left the UK after the war, they did not keep up with anyone.
I also know that he had a commanding officer, at some point, named Owen "Bobby" Roberts.
Request 1004. Posted 9 Mar 2012
I would like to know if anyone might have known my late father – 1449234 LAC Arthur Charles Curtis (Fitter II Engines) during the Second World War.
He joined in July 1941 at Cardington and then seemed to roam around the UK a fair bit until embarking at Liverpool for Algiers 13 Aug 1943.
He arrived Algiers 24 Aug 1943 and then was at Blida, Bone and Fort De L'eau between then and 28 Mar 1944.
Unfortunately, I don’t know which units he was with except;
284 Sqn, April 1944 at Alghero, Sardinia;
156 MU, Sep 1944 to Jan 1946, Blida & Fort De L’eau;
351 MU, Jan 1946 to Jul 1946, Hussein Dey (Algiers).
Dad was demobbed 22 Aug 1946.
I have several photos taken during a convoy in what looks like North Africa and probably taken mid-1944. The people in the photo’s are named as:
Darkie, Fred, ACC, Daisey, Ray, & Jack (Cpl). One of the photo’s is attached and the men are in the order given here.
Dad was great friends with ‘Daisey’ and (inevitably) they were known as ‘Gert & Daisey’. ‘Daisey’ was known to have worked in a garage in Ely, Cambridgeshire in the mid-1950’s.
Any info on the men in the photo's, or if you would like copies of them, please contact me through this site, or russellf97 <at> gmail.com.
Request 1003. Posted 9 Mar 2012
Among family papers I have a pocket edition of Lamb's Last Essays of Elia in which is inscibed 'W Atchison,34 Sqdn RAF. This intrigues me and I wonder if I could find out more about this person.
Any help you could offer would be gratefully received as I have no knowledge of such a person having any connection with my family
Request 1002. Posted 2 Mar 2012
I am researching the brief history of 126 Squadron RAF and would welcome any information on the unit, particualrly photographs, logbooks (or relevant extracts), diary's etc.
Request 1001. Posted 2 Mar 2012
I am trying to establish status and whereabouts of my father—REGINALD ROLAND HILL- served in ground crew at RAF KUMALO, Bulawayo, later to Cranborne in the then Salisbury.
My Mother is alive at 87 yrs, her memory gone. I have no I D for him. He was I think a L/C. I never knew him, apparently just left the house in Salisbury in around 1946, not seen or heard of since.
Father`s birth date was 7/12/1918. Maybe REQUEST 308—LAC BLAKEWAY may have known him? Father originated from U.K or Ireland. My contact detail is email@example.com, my name is WINSON WILKINS HILL [NOW STEELE by deed poll, when my Mom remarried}
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