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My brother TJB ZADWORNY was a pilot in RAF Sqns 289 in Scotland and No 114 in Italy where he was KIA. I would love to hear from anyone who knew him. Thanks.
Hello my grandfather was in 459 squadron in North Africa in 1943 to 1944 and died in an accident in February 1944. Would love to hear from anyone with connections.
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Very interesting. I joined 541 somewhere about July/August 1956 as a electrical/mech air and remained there as an SAC until it was disbanded Sept 1957. After that I joined No 2 at Geilenkirchen until I was demobilised Feb 58. Still have a photo of the disbandment day in my possession. Air Marshall Sir Humphrey Edwards Jones, AVM Ubee sitting in the front row. Certainly brings back memories.
hello my grandfather was in 2713 squadron at predannack and I would love to hear from anyone who knew him thank you
My Grandfather Leonard William Cooper was one of the tragic
crew that died on 11th Jan 1955 in the Shackleton crash
Fantastic web site. For other interested folk, my research centres around RAF Watnall where my father S/L M F Perrins was CO from 09/1945 - 01?/1946. Also my father's service in India 1942 - 45, where he spent most of it in Filter Rooms, is also of interest.
Interestingly, the complex which still exists at Watnall is in the process of being turned into a family home & eventually a B&B by Jamie Brown & his wife! (Featured recently on TV)
My late father flew Wellington bombers on anti submarine and Atlantic convoy escort duties (26 Squadron SAAF seconded to RAF 298 Wing ), based at Takoradi during WW2. Being fascinated by all things Air Force & flying, particularly WW2, I found this site absorbing and have spent quite a bit of time browsing it.
If anyone has any info/pics pertaining to 26 Squadron SAAF, or the RAF activities at Takoradi, I would love to hear from you.
26 Squadron SAAF has a website at http://www.26squadron.co.za and is constantly looking for more information & material to add.
Did anyone know my deceased father : Glasgow. William Taylor, RAF 949498.
Career :-- 2/4/40 RAF Cardington, 6RTP, AC2. 609 Sqdn, 26/4/40. IW9 Melksham 9/9/40 Instrument Repairer 21/11/40. 1941 AC1 to LAC. Then 46 MU 27/11/40 - 1/10/42, then to 44MU 20/11/42 and NWAAF 12/3/43. To 156 MU Blida, Algeria, 10/4/44, and to 9(P)AFU, RAF Errol 27/4/44, then 5(P)AFU RAF Ternhill 21/6/45.
Ending at RAF East Fortune 1945 when he was married, to a Mearnskirk, Glasgow nurse, Mary Green Halloran, also deceased, prior to demob.
I would be interested in any knowledge of my father or mother prior to, and
during the war, as I have recently started my family history. Son,
My thanks to the originator of this very useful facility.
What a wonderful website this is! I was able to look up my Dad's old squadron (180) and see the emblem they used and a picture of a Mitchell bomber too. Dad was a navigator in World War 2.
Thanks so much for the effort you have put in!
Came across your site by chance, and although rather late in the day wondering if any of my former RAF colleagues are still around. Was at RAF Chivenor 1949/1951. Interested in finding Norman Furzeman who was in Clerks office there, and David Smith who was at RAF St. Athens clerical side. Both "lads" were originally from Plymouth.
I have found my ancestor and heaps of information about him, but am still in need of more. An excellent website. My ancestor, whom I never knew existed was Sir Harold Thomas Lydford, Air Marshall – b.1898, r.1956, d.1979. The Air Force records do not mention marriage or children.
We share a 4/6 x gt. grandfather born in 1759. I live in Western Australia, originally from New Zealand. I am now trying to find if he and his wife, Isabel Smart, had any children but have found none in England, and am now looking in overseas births. My father married one Verena Mary Smart so I tell people I know I am at least half smart.
I think you have an excellent website.
Pamela Gaye Lydford
Looking for the chaps that knew my dad John Spencer Geater (Taf) he's on your rock ape roll of honour was wonderful to read. Many thank you`s kind regards Lisa R Geater
Just checking a
Kai Tak 1956-1957. Station Armoury. best posting I ever had.
I have just moved and found information about my RAF
My Dad [Jim Johnstone] was a pilot with 299 squadron in 1944-45 and has clear memories of towing gliders and delivering stuff to Norway. He's 93 next month and still going strong.
I think it is a very helpful looking site, I have just sent an email re My Uncle Albert Bishop Lancashire for info hopefully someone will reply
I have finally come across a site which really means something.
Served in the RAF as an airframe mechanic from 1963-1968. I served at Tengah on 64 Sqn and on 61 Sqn after 64 Sqn was disbanded. I would be interested in contact with any ex 64 Sqn people reading this email / site. Dixie Deane
I am looking for any member of the RAF Regiment stationed at RAF Oldenburg 1956 to 1957, or any member of the station cross-country team, ie Don Shelly, Graham Stark, Roy Vass Cpl Daly,
Thanks for a very interesting web site. I have used it on numerous occasions in my research and intend to join. Keep up the good work.
A very interesting site.
I finally found reference to a badge I have in my possession.
The RAF Medical Branch Hat Badge 1918 – 1920, showing the Ankh.
Thank you for making the site available to the public.
I was at RAF Biggin Hill in 1992 as it closed
Ex sac Andrew bailey
We appreciates your very special pages about our Belgians airmen who fighting the Germans enemies during the WW2.
Much congratulations about your sites !!
Thank you very much for to keep the memories en always for we staying stand by prepare a new battle for our democracy !! Each day we support our friends of NATOS organization.
Long life to our British Friends. Live Our Queen ! en Respect for her.
Musée de la Résistance de Belgique
(National Museum of the Belgium Résistance)
Was looking at your very extensive site. My father flew Hudsons I believe over Burma. He was D F T Kingdon believe based at Palam. Anyway I do not have a pay pal account and I think my sons may have, lovely site so far,,,,M Kingdon
Uncle, Mr Walter Frank Avenell (service no 650506) was a Sergeant Fitter (ground
crew) with 38 Group (formerly 38 wing) 296 Squadron between 1942 and 1945. He
was stationed in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Gibraltar and the U.K. He had been
corresponding with a few of his fellow servicemen until sadly they died and
would now be very interested to discover whether or not there are any other
surviving members of this group who might remember him and would like to get in
touch. Please reply to my E-Mail address with contact details, as my Uncle is
not on the internet. I will then pass them on to him so that he can write or
My grandfather, Kenneth James Potter was a Canadian Wellington pilot on loan to the RAF WW2, he flew with squadron 221 around North Africa and Tripoli for submarine patrol. My brother has most of his diaries, logbooks etc but I'm looking for anyone who has any info, memories, connections to Ken and his crew. One of his crew members was Bill Fulcher from Arkansas, USA.
Thank you so much,
I am conducting even more inquiries of my father's service in the RAF during World War Two.
I know he served in 320 Squadron in September 1944 and was active during Operation Market Garden. He also was a member of the Royal Netherlands Naval Airforce subsequent to 320, as a pilot with 860 Squadron in Northern Ireland. Also the #6 Auster Squadron after that. He trained in Canada under the Commonwealth Air Training program in 1943.
I have all log book entries and an album showing/indicating my father's initial status as a Dutch Army soldier in 1940, his escape to Porthcawl Wales in May 1940, and his attachment to the RAF subsequent. I have his original operations RAF wings.
My father: Robert H de Hartog ( 1916-1994).
Robert de Hartog (jr)
My name is Jim Humphrey and am/was related by marriage to A/M Sir Frances Fressanges
I am the son of Wing Commander John A Vigor (RAF Retd.), who was stationed at Binbrook from about 1951-1953, during the period when Group Captain N.C. Hyde was Commanding Officer. We lived in OMQ on the Station and I attended Binbrook Primary School. I have many recollections of our time there.
John A.E. Vigor.
E-mail: e-mail address supplied
My great grandfather. (John Chapman) was a member of the Halifax 76 squadron, beginning his service at RAF Finningley. He never made it home from the end of WW2. He was a front gunner, unfortunately his plane was shot at; he managed to eject himself but unfortunately his parachute caught fire meaning he never survived the decent. He fell through a factory roof in 1944. My great-grandmother was pregnant, she was so distraught when she received her telegram that she tore it up and threw it in the fire. my grandmother never got to meet her father.
The final member of the crew passed away 11-13 years ago now. Luckily my grandmother managed to trace him and he was able to fill in blanks like only he would. We are very lucky to have the information we do. Not everyone has half of the information our family does.
My father Fred Boulter was trained by Air Commodore Critchley in the Second World War to fly over Berlin in a Lancaster bomber. He is now 93.
What an interesting site you have produced, my interest is in JOHN MAITLAND SALMOND, I am researching my tree and JOHN was my 1st cousin 2R. The characters in my family are a very adventurous lot and scattered over the world.
In our small village we are having an exhibition on WW1 in September withe help of the lottery, so I am putting together a life story of JOHN, which you have helped with enormously.
My name is Bob Price. Discovered your excellent site by accident. I was stationed at No.IV District RAF Police Headquarters RAF Duxford in 1948 and 1949. I can name almost all the personnel there. Is anyone still alive? I am 85 years of age so the chances are not good.
I would like to make an entry into your guest book about my
grandfather, Charles Lycett, please. He enlisted with the army and was a gunner
at Uxbridge, then soon transferred to the RFC/RAF. I would love to try and find
anyone who might have info on him or his squadron.
Terrific source of data. I found just what I was looking for re my Dad’s WW2 Sqn – 605(County of Warwick). Thanks, I’ll be back.
Bill Birrell Sqn Ldr (RAF Retd)
Thank you so much your web page is really interesting to me as JOHN MAITLAND SALMOND was my 1c2r He really had a fascinating life, in my village (Brancepeth Durham) we are having an exhibition of WW2, so I am gathering as much information as possible to display in September.
Thank you again.
I am searching on behalf of my husbands family. My father-in-Law, Fred Smith, served at RAF Wythall in 1947. We know that he fathered a daughter around that time. Sadly Fred has passed away, but we are desperate to find his daughter. I would be interested in hearing from anyone who knew him. I would particularly like to hear from Gillian. We think this is his daughters name.
Wonderful web site and full of information on WW2 and RAF.
Can any one help me trace some more information on my late uncle ?
Ivan John Williamson ( Jack ) New Zealander. Flying Officer DFC
NZ416675 Wireless operator-Air gunner. RNZAF 30 November 1941 to 7 July 1946.
Jack flew 44 sorties, 19 with 115 Squadron in Lancasters and 25 with 75 Squadron.
In between 115 and 75 Squadrons he instructed at 11 OTU RAF.
Jack was in a crash while testing a new Lancaster for 115 Squadron, feathering of engines under test could not be restarted,
Jack and one other survived another.
I have seen his log book which is in New Zealand Air Force museum, and have a copied letter which as it has been copied
so much it is hard to make out, but would like to see any more information that is available especially on the crash as the story
went that the engines could not be refeathered as a ground crew had left a fuel cock in the off position, this and the fact that the
feathering was at 12,000 feet instead of the 20,000 that was normal, possibly mandatory.
My father (now deceased) was a lorry driver with 45 Squadron RAF during WW2. They were in Egypt, then Burma. I know that they had Vultee Vengeance dive bombers, because I have some photos in my Dad’s albums. He was in Rangoon at some point, and he was also near the Irrawaddy river near Mandalay. My Dad was also in Calcutta, but I think this was later. Family accounts indicate that the Squadron was “wiped out” at some point. My Dad talked sometimes about his friend being blown up in a fuel tanker, but his accounts were a bit hazy.
I have gleaned a little bit of information and I am trying to fill in the gaps and also confirm, if possible the details of what happened.
If anyone has information about these wartime events relating to 45 Squadron Royal Air Force. I would very interested in sharing information.
My Dad was awarded the Africa Star, the Burma Star and 3 other medals, all of which are now in my possession.
True Cause of Crash of RAF Vulcan XA897 at London Airport in 1956
HANSARD 1803-2005 → 1950s → 1956 → December 1956 → 20 December 1956 → Commons Sitting This was a travesty of the truth due to both pilots lying to the enquirers.
Squadron Leader Howard, the official pilot and AVM Broadhurst refused to act upon three Class A Diversions that
The Air Ministry had already diverted other aircraft carrying the Bolshoi Ballet to alternative airfields and considered that a GCA was not possible.
I as senior F/Sgt in charge of the HQBC Operations signals unit was ordered to send a Class A Diversion Order to Squadron Leader Howard, pilot of the Vulcan. This order was acknowledged by the Vulcan’s Electronics Officer, Sqdn Ldr Gamble, but ignored by AVM Broadhurst.
At about 1300 hours a further Class A Diversion Order was transmitted and again it was received, acknowledged and ignored. Just minutes before the aircraft attempted to land I sent a third Class A Diversion Order, which was also acknowledged but again the pilots ignored the order.
Why did AVM Broadhurst insist on trying to land? A Grand reception was waiting to glorify his accomplishment.
When we heard that the Vulcan had crashed killing the four rear cabin crew members whilst the pilots ejected to safety, we were horrified. All condemned Broadhurst for his total lack of regard for his crew.
We were immediately ordered that there was to be no mention of the incident and it was not to be discussed with anyone outside HQ. I was so incensed that I ‘phoned the newspapers and it was I who was threatened with a Court Martial. A 50 year Security D Notice was issued which disallowed any reporting of the true facts.
No pilot of an RAF aircraft can refuse even one Class A diversion order, it would be the end of his career. Refusal in any other circumstances would have meant a court martial.
Were they court martialled for killing their crew? No. Broadhurst lied to the House of Commons Court of Enquiry placing all of the blame onto Howard.
After the Court’s conclusion, Broadhurst promoted Howard to Wing Commander and he himself was moved over to NATO.
There is no doubt that Broadhurst had a brilliant war time career, and had been highly and rightly decorated for gallantry but this was not war, and his only aim was self aggrandisement.
Maurice R Hamlin Ex RAF Air Signaller - 3000117 !943/1964. Now 90, retired to Spain
My Grandad was 1652936 Sergeant Owen Noel JONES, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 90 Squadron. I would love to hear from anyone who remembered him. Thank you.
I've just accessed your website for the first time and my
first impressions are very good!
I would love to hear from anyone with service numbers beginning 1921***; FME Locking. No 5 S of TT
Living in Townsville, Queensland.
P.S. Love the site.
I'm searching on behalf of my husbands family. My father-in-Law, Fred Smith (Gregory), served at RAF Wythall in 1947. I would be interested in hearing from anyone who knew him. I would particularly like to hear from Gillian. She would have been born sometime during the period of 1947-49. We think Fred may have been her father.
Thanking you in advance.
I live in Melbourne Australia since 1980 Born UK Devon 1940 My father was in the RAF VR from 1940 to 1946. He was a pilot starting off in OUT 22 Some of his records is in RAF records for RAFVR I have both his log books a few cutting and photos but little else . His AFC, and a brief mention on his operational flying, He flew a range of aircraft and in his log book Num 2 AVM Addison , WC Bufton , AVM Bottomley AVM Atcherley. He signed his last flying assessment crossing out all flying assessments and putting in exceptional He few a me 108 which was attached to Carswell. It was staff communication no number on record, Most of his flights were in DH 89, Ansons , Proctors + Miles Master,Hurricane
There are many gaps in his records . My uncle a pilot in the Fleet air Arm said he was lucky to live after 2 operational tours .
Firstly thank you for creating this site.
I am cousin of Air Vice Marshal Sir Willet Bowen Buscarlet (05108). I had been trying to track our family history and the information on your site was very helpful.
I live in Corona del Mar, California now after being raised in Canada. I am the grandson of Sir Buscarlet's father's brother Willet Buscarlet.
If for any reason you needed any information in that regard I can be reached at my e-mail address:
I would be glad to be of any assistance.
William Francis Walker (Frank)
Thank you, I have been looking through your site and it has helped me identify the Squadron marking for the squadrons my father served in during WWII; he was in 298 (8A & 8T) for a short while and then spent most of his time in 644 (2P & 9U) for the remainder of his service. He may have done a very short posting with 47 squadron in Palestine but the hand written logs are difficult to make out and I am still working on making words and dates out.
I am ex RAF [& RNZAF] R4275745 SAC Deane AR, joined 1st May 1963 – 30th April 1965. Recruit Training at RAF Innsworth mustered Radio Operator to Compton Basset remustered Airframe Mechanic trained at RAF Weeton. Posted to RAF Valley – 4 FTS then to Singapore RAF Tengah 64 Sqn then 60 Sqn on disbandenment. Detachment’s to RAF Kai Tac and RAAF Butterworth, demobbed at RAF Innsworth April 1968.
Dixie [Tony] Deane
Very interested in your RAF Butzweilerhof feature, as I was stationed there 1958-1961 and where I met my wife(her father was based there too). The photographs were very good and of course we knew all of them ,but it has changed a little. We visited in 1990 and it was mostly intact, apart from accommodation blocks which had been re-built or demolished. Flats have been built on my old block (Salmond); progress.
Thoroughly enjoyed your site, especially references to many whom I knew. Thanks for a nostalgic trawl back over a much enjoyed period.
Michael Green(Corporal, Equipment Section) and Kathleen Green (nee Reid)( civilian in 420 R&SS).
I have read in a number of posts that there have been questions raised about my father J D Ford 41917 who was shot down over France on 23rd May 1940 during what became known as the Battle of France. He was with 253 Squadron. There is also a photo of his Hurricane on the ground with some German officers surveying the damage. The questions are was he killed, captured or did he escape.
He actually bailed out of the aircraft and during his decent received a cannon bullit in his back which rendered him un-conscious. Luckily he landed on territory still controlled by allied forces, and was transferred into a field ambulance. On his journey to Dunkirk the ambulance took a direct bomb hit and all the occupants except him and one other were killed. He received a blind eye, and for the rest of his life bomb splinters would periodically erupt from his body in bloody boils.
After 7 months recuperation he returned to active service, but because of his blind eye was no longer able to fly operationally. After a period in air defence ops rooms he was transferred to the RAF’s special branch and spent the rest of the was in Burma.
He had a full RAF career once the war ended, and retired s a Group Captain in 1974, having taken on ‘Group’ responsibility for Air Defence during the Cold War.
Volunteered 1955, Ser # 4175942 I was trained as an Air Wireless Fitter at RAF Yatesbury in 1955 Graduated as a Jun/.Tech.
Posted to RAF Ballykelly, N.I., 1956
Assigned to base avionics repair
Reassigned to 240 Squadron, 1956/7 (not sure!) Promoted to Cpl/Jnr. Tech 1957 Was sent to Christmas Island for Grapple X and the for Grapple Y Honourable discharge Nov 1958 Remember the Neptune crash on the Mull of Kintyre Oct '56 And the wheels up landing of a Shackleton MR1A.
David M Gropper.
Name Pete Jeffery.
Service nickname Gerbs.
I served in the RAF from 1973-95 initially as an Airframe Mechanic, then as a fitter (technician in modern parlance).
My Uncle Ron flew as a Mid Upper Gunner on Lancs with 103 Sqn out of RAF Elsham Wold, and was one of the lucky ones who completed their tour of ops.
A very interesting site with masses of detailed gen. Thank you very much.