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A Framed Memorial in memory of the 4 aircrew and 13 civilians killed in The Winslow Air Disaster was presented by The Aircrew Remembrance Society to the Royal British Legion, Winslow branch, on the 3rd November 2018, in association with their local remembrance dedications for the 11th November 2018. First displayed in the Winslow Parish Church of St Laurence prior to the 11th November, it is now permanently displayed in The Legions memorial hall. “We Will Remember Them”

28.10.18

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This is one of a number of losses associated with Finmere Airfield and No. 13 O.T.U. (Operational training Unit) researched by the society over the years, reproduced in this memorial format to create awareness of the current threat to the Finmere Control Tower, and in support of the societies project to save the tower as a memorial, to all aircrew killed during training in Buckinghamshire and surrounding counties. These also support further plans in conjunction with the preservation of the tower, for a Historical Learning Centre, Museum and Garden of Remembrance.

13.10.18
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This is one of a number of losses associated with Finmere Airfield and No. 13 O.T.U. (Operational training Unit) researched by the society over the years, reproduced in this memorial format to create awareness of the current threat to the Finmere Control Tower, and in support of the societies project to save the tower as a memorial, to all aircrew killed during training in Buckinghamshire and surrounding counties. These also support further plans in conjunction with the preservation of the tower, for a Historical Learning Centre, Museum and Garden of Remembrance.

12.10.18

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Crews from many nations flew from Finmere including a large number from the Dutch Naval Air Service, most of these destined to join 320(Dutch) Squadron flying Mitchell’s with the 2nd T.A.F. The crew of North American Mitchell II FL194, were killed on the 15th February 1944, when the aircraft crashed at Buckingham Road Gawcott when an engine failed on take-off from RAF Finmere. Officer. Henri Joseph Pierre Janson RN, Korp. Jan George Egter van Wissekerke RN, Sgt. Henri Jean Boots RN. P/O David Hudson RAF. We will remember them.

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Remembering RAF Veteran, the late Flying Officer Leslie Valentine. Leslie did his conversion training onto Bostons and Blenheims, after training at 13 O.T.U. Bicester and Finmere. He later flew with 88 Squadron 2TAF and was on the dangerous low level smoke laying operation over the Normandy beaches on D Day. As well as being marked with black and white invasion recognition stripes, their aircraft also had their noses painted white as further recognition, to prevent them being fired on by our invasion craft, but they were still fired on by small arms fire. We are most Honoured that Leslie’s son Dudley, has kindly signed our petition save Finmere Control Tower.

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Eye witness to three WW2 aircraft crashes provides the society with valuable historical information, sites now being researched for possible further investigation.

15th May 2018.

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The Aircrew Remembrance Society is launching a campaign to save The Finmere Control Tower. It will involve the creation of a new society to attract as many supporters as possible. It is feared that the tower may soon disappear from the airfield skyline, as plans to develop the airfield are now in progress. It will be a big project that will take a lot to achieve through many stages, but in can be done with enough support. Please join us to pledge your support now. There will more details regarding research into the site already under taken on our face Book page, with news updates on future development plans for the preservation of the tower, as a lasting memorial to all those aircrews lost during training from O.T.U. Groups 6, 7, 91, 92, and 93 in Buckinghamshire and surrounding counties, as well as H.C.U.’s, L.F.S.’s and all other training units in other parts of the country. Detail of future plans to incorporate a heritage learning centre, museum, archive record centre and memorial garden will follow.
David King. (Chairman, Aircrew Remembrance Society.)
FaceBook Page. Save Finmere Control Tower Society

Sign the Petition
here

15th May 2018.

The Aircrew Remembrance Society launched their Facebook group (Save Finmere Control Tower Society) in remembrance of all those aircrew killed during training. A full description for the reason this Tower needs to be saved is out lined in detail on the petition page. Please consider supporting us through this Petition link
HERE and join us in this long overdue memorial to a long forgotten few.

Save Finmere Control Tower Facebook Group
Can be viewed
HERE

Lets not deprive future generations of this important link to history.
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3rd April 2018

These few tragic items recovered from a crash site at the time, have just been passed on to The Aircrew Remembrance Society, in the hope that it may be possible to return them to any surviving relatives. They belonged to a Radio/Op: Gefreiter Albert Rasch, Born 15.11.1923 in Hallstadt (Bamberg), Albert was killed along with the rest of his crew on the night of 14th/15
th March 1944, when their Do217 crashed near R.A.F. Friston, Eastbourne, Sussex. If anyone has any information that may assist us in returning these items, please contact the society here
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25th March 2018.
Crew Remembered on 75
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(This email and photos sent to pilots grandson Henning Hiestermann)
I hope that you don't mind, but as this morning was the 75th Anniversary of the loss of your Grandfathers aircraft, my Wife Evelyn and I bought a small bunch of flowers and visited the memorial at Darlingfield to lay them down. I just felt that it should not be forgotten. Photos are attached.
It was a nice morning and very peaceful, probably so different to 1943. I hope that you are well, and I'm sure that we'll be in touch soon.
Best wishes from Scotland.
David Irvine.
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Left: This new photograph of the crews original grave has recently been unearthed from the C.W.G.C. archive, it shows the original communal grave for the crew in Fogo Churchyard, Berwickshire. Soon after this was taken in June 1959 the crew were exhumed and reburied in Cannock Chase German Military Cemetery. (C.W.G.C.) Right: The pilot’s daughter Irmtrud Hiesterman and his grandson Henning Hiesterman at the same spot in the cemetery, 26th September 2015. (Alexander King)
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Latest News

10th March 2018.

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Due to the continued expansion of our remembrance activities, the Aircrew Remembrance Society is currently in the process of building a new web site to accommodate this expansion, along with another major project that will be incorporated into the site.

During this period some sections of the site will be unobtainable while this transition is undertaken.

We apologise to all our visitors both regular and new for this disruption, to our on line memorial at this time, while we work on the new web site and our new major remembrance project.

We thank you for your support and hope you will also support our new hands on memorial venture, once we have it up and running and are able to outline our plans in detail.

We will keep this site running and regular updates will be posted in our latest news section, eventually details of our new project and new site links will be introduced.

Again we apologise for the disruption and thank you for your support, please continue to visit our latest news section for regular updates.

David King.
Melvin R Brownless.
Alexander D King.

16th September 2017.

The moving story of a missing World War Two airman recently identified, sent to us by our German researcher Henning Hiestermann
. Which also involved our good friend and aviation archaeologist Rudiger Kaufmann.

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Olaf Hansen and his Elisabeth married in 1944. When the war ends, the pilot is lost. But the family continues to search.

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Olaf Hansen was buried next to his wife in Elmshorn on September 8th 2017

The full account of this most moving story can be read
Here

7th July 2017. DB603 Engine Comes Home.

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Stolen from our Chairman’s museum at Booker in the early 1990’s, an Me410 DB603 engine has been tracked down and returned to the society. We extend our thanks and gratitude to those with a true interest in our remembrance and preservation activities, who brought to our attention that the engine was up for sale and its whereabouts. We would also like to thank P.C. Sharp of the Thames Valley Police who investigated the reports on our behalf, and insured that the engine was not removed from its discovered location, until we were able to arrange transportation. The engine is now safely back in the societies collection.

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Remembrance page relating to the loss of this aircraft and crew Here


1st July 2017

Australian Air Gunners Relatives Visit his Memorial in Watlington, England.

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Jamie left, with her mother, father and two sisters at the crash site location (David King)


Following the societies success in locating the crash site of Vickers
Wellington R1451 on the 16
th September 2011, along with the unveiling
of the memorial the following year on the 3
rd September 2012, in association with the land owners, David and Lynne Parker, we were again for a third time privileged to meet with relatives of another victim of the crash, the rear gunner Ronald Clifford. After being contacted by Jamie Clifford we were able with the assistance of the land owners, to arrange the visit in the morning of the 1st of July, on behalf of her father, Nephew to Ronald Clifford. Later that afternoon they were also able to visit Ronald’s grave at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery, at Botley, Oxford.

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A new photo of Ronald given to the society by the family. Ronald’s grave at Botley.


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Jamie and her family at the memorial (Paul Cannon)


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A number of fragments found at the site were presented to the family by the society (Paul Cannon)



5th April 2017

High Ground Wreck Exhibits at Coalhouse Fort.
Sabre exhibit under construction relating to the collision of XD707 and XD730

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The current display at, The Thames Aviation Museum, Coalhouse Fort, Tilbury, Essex.

Back in 2015 we reported on the acquisition of a High Ground Wreck collection by our webmaster Alex, to assure its preservation. The opportunity had arisen for us to obtain a large collection of historic interest thanks to John Ownsworth. The collection began as far back as the 1960s, an impressive preservation achievement by a dedicated group of guys with an interest in aviation. Those involved in creating this collection, include, John Ownsworth, Jim Chatterton, Alan Jones, and the late Martin (Sef) Johnson.
Our hope was to make this large collection of items available for public viewing. This is now under construction thanks to the work of Elliot Smock, with the support of The Thames Aviation Museum, housed at the historic Coalhouse Fort, Tilbury, Essex. The High Ground Wreck Collection joins the recovered aircraft exhibits already displayed by the group, these along with other exhibits relating to this historic fort on the Thames, along with its known paranormal activity, makes this a compelling site to visit for anyone with an historical interest.

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Details relating to opening times, along with the forts history and other attractions can be found here
http://www.coalhousefort.co.uk/serving-units.html

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Alex King with port side Sabre gun ports, retained in The Aircrew Remembrance Society Collection 6th January 2017.


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On the 6
th January we heard the sad news that Steve Hall had passed away. Steve was one of the pioneers of what would come to be known as Aviation Archaeology, formerly as a member of the Wealden Aviation group and, amongst other things, one of the originators of the concept of a museum at Tangmere. Steve worked for many years with our leading Luftwaffe historian Melvin Brownless, he enriched the lives of all of us that were privileged to know him. We will never forget his friendship, kindness and his sense of humour, always the prankster and comedian he would often lead you on with some yarn, so you always had to stay sharp. Along with these precious memories Steve also leaves us another Legacy, that which is the large catalogue of historical aviation archives, work collated by him over many decades, much of which was undertaken before the computer age, when letter writing was the means of communication that had to be used. Without this painstaking work hundreds of documents, photos and stories would have been lost. The Aircrew Remembrance Society is proud to be able to reproduce much of his work in many of our web site remembrance pages, a legacy which now in turn is a lasting memorial of remembrance to this legend in our field. Our Missing Man, Our Friend, Steven Hall.

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We will never forget your smile Steve! (Photos from, Peter Wainwright and Melvin Brownless)

9th November 2016

New Memorials to two JU88 Crews.

Back in 2015 we reported on the society’s erection of a memorial cross to the missing KG6 crewman Werner Walter in Scotland. In October 2016 a second cross unveiled at the site in memory on the entire crew, in the presence of the pilot, Paul Rouge’s grandson Henning.

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Reports of these memorials have now been reported in the German press and the Luftwaffe magazine “Jagerblatt”

On his return from Scotland Melvin also visited a second crash site, that of Ju 88A code 4U+GH, werk nr. 0115 that crashed on Eston Moor on the 30.3.1941 after being engaged in combat.

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The Memorial for the Wolfgang Schlott crew was placed on the 23.10.16 close to the crash site by Melvin Brownless and Mick Hegney .The land owner Mr John Rider attended the memorial placing.

23rd October 2016.
Newspaper Report from
Diepholzer Kreisblatt, Regarding the work of Volker Urbansky relating to the crash at Syke-Pestinghausen of Lancaster EE126 (19./20.02.1944)

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On 23.10.2016, a wonderful, impressive day in the middle of a foggy flower field directly at the crash site a wreath-laying ceremony took
place.

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The two daughters of the Gunner Phil Paddock, as well as 30 other Englishmen from the town of Spilsby, the airfield the Lancaster, took-off from were also present.

6th October 2016. New Memorial for eight Lancaster crewmen (Four still missing)
City of Cloppenburg, Staatsforsten, Germany.

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The new Lancaster crew memorial at Staatsforsten.

Report from one of our researchers in Germany, Henning Hiesterman.
(Translation from local Cloppenburg News report.)

Brits pay thanks for a place to mourn.

Stone marked crash place in Staatsforsten Exactly 72 years after the crash, a foundling that discovered the bomber that had been shot down, reminded of the death of the eight young soldiers. Relatives yesterday thanked him for this gesture.

Cloppenburg.
In a moving celebration, the city of Cloppenburg and the family members yesterday in Staatforsten unveiled a memorial in honor of eight young soldiers who died on 6 October 1944 in the crash of an allied Lancaster bomber. Four of the men between the ages of 21 and 35 would not have found a grave to this day, reminded Debbie Bartlett one of the granddaughters of the killed board mechanic Ronald P. Barton. “This memorial site gives us a place where we can mourn”. Together with her sister Julie Barton (53) and Douglas Stewart, the son of the pilot, Bartlett thanked yesterday in a short speech at the railway tracks of Staatsforsten, the city, the people of the village and the society “fliers - airplanes – fates” for the clarification of the circumstances of death and for the support in the intensive investigation of the soil.
That the excavations only reveal wreckage today is a guarantee that no human remains have been forgotten in the soil said Enrico Schwartz. His organization MAACRT (Missing Allied Air Crew Research Team) had set up one of the two teams that had been sweeping the ground for three days in May last year. The granddaughters dug with their bare hands at the place that Volker Urbansky from Cloppenburg had localize. Urbansky who nonsalaried investigates flier fates thanked the city for their willingness and help.
Andreas Krems the general representative of the mayor regarded the memorial as a peace mark and a sign of remembrance, he stated that " These things can only be achieved when there are people who donate it”. That reconciliation was possible, Germans and Britons would have experienced in a laborious and protracted process. “The silent commemoration is a moment of wondering what the dead of that time have to say to us, and what we can do today against war and violence” said Krems to about 60 guests of the public celebration.
Representatives of the Heimatvere in Cloppenburg, of the parties in the Council and of the interest group to the preservation of the neighboring Luftschutz-Bunker also participate. It stands only a stone's throw away from the new memorial. What the victims of the second world war still feel today was made clear yesterday by private narratives. Douglas Stewart, who bears the name of his father, believed that his father had crashed over the North Sea in the squadron of the returning bombers, up to the investigations of the volunteer aviation historians. As a soldier, the son was stationed in Nienburg and made a friendship there with a German, with Ursula Kastenschmidt. She accompanied him to the memorial service yesterday. Debbie Bartlett reported that her grandmother until her death had been expecting her missing husband to come sometime healthy through the door. “We humbly hope that we can make a contribution to preserve the dignity of the victims”, Enrico Schwartz said.

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(Left) Unveiling at Staatsforsten: (from left) Douglas Stewart, the son of the pilot, with the two granddaughters of the board mechanic, Julie Barton and Debbie Bartlett, as well as Andreas Krems, the general representative of the mayor. (Right) The graves of Flt/Lt. John C. Barlow, Sgt. Ronald Paul and two unknown airmen, when first buried at Becklingen War Cemetery.

1st October 2016

New Memorial planed for crew of LIBERATOR FK242, ‘K-KING’ of 224 Squadron, RAF
UPDATE – From Rob Jones 1st October 2016.

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(Left) A 224 Squadron Liberator. (Right) Proposed new designed memorial (Rob Jones)

The Memorial

There’s some excellent news to report - Dartmoor National Park Authority have agreed to the placement of the memorial on Plaster Down near to where the Liberator came down. They had already given tacit approval with provisos about maintenance, insurance and ownership. I have been able to give assurances about maintenance and continued ownership and now the Authority has agreed to include the memorial on its insurance providing it is set in place by their Conservation Team. That cleared the way for a site meeting and a few days ago Nigel Rendle and I met with Jon Stones, Assistant Head Ranger (Works), to agree the location.
There is more good news concerning the provision of the memorial post. A neighbour of mine, Pat Patterson, recently uncovered a granite post in his garden. Pat is an ex Royal Marine who used to fly in Sea King helicopters over Dartmoor and when I explained why I was casting covetous eyes on his find, he readily agreed to donate it for such a worthy cause. Jon Stones and Andy, the Park’s stonemason, picked up the granite post four days ago – they needed a small crane, and it now resides in the workshop at Bovey Tracy awaiting the plaque. I’m currently in discussion with a company that specialises in the manufacture of bronze memorial plaques.

The Location

The memorial post will be located on Plaster Down at map reference SX517719. The site is some 300 metres from where the Liberator struck the trees and is close to the car park at the southern end of the down. Although slightly further away than originally envisaged, the position is more convenient for both visitors and those with commoner’s rights to that part of the moor.
The DNPA Conservation Team have a pretty busy schedule but it is hoped to have the post, with the plaque affixed, ready in the New Year when it will be placed at the same time as restoration work is carried out to the bank of a nearby leat.
The Dedication
It is hoped to have a simple ceremony to dedicate the new memorial sometime next spring. 2017 will see the 75th anniversary of the loss of the Liberator, and all those who have given so much support to the project will be invited to attend; without you I don’t think we would have got this far. I’ll make sure you are kept informed of the date: we’re aiming for a day in early April – by then the Dartmoor weather might be a bit more amenable!

The Crew

So far we have only managed to make contact with relatives of three members of the crew – Flying Officer Victor Crowther, Pilot Officer Bill Martin and Sergeant Dennis Pass. However I have been contacted by Christopher Wheeler regarding Flying Officer Gavin Sellar who was the captain of the Liberator. Gavin had been a pupil of Charterhouse and Christopher, himself a former pupil and master at the school, tells me he has no knowledge of any known relatives, however as an Old Chartusian who looked unsuccessfully for the crash site a while ago, he is very interested in seeing the memorial in place.
Bill Martin, nephew of Pilot Officer Bill Martin, has placed a letter in the local Glasgow newspaper to locate any relatives of Sergeant William Fraser who came from Newton Mearns, but there’s been no response so far. Of the others, I understand that Pilot Officer William Cruickshanks was from North Shields and Sergeant Harry Dawe came from Wallasey. It would be fitting if we could let any relatives know of the memorial and the dedication.

Other People Involved

I only recently became aware of the family that were occupying Fullamoor Farm at the time of the crash. Harry and Rene Palmer were the farmers there at the time and were instrumental in helping to assist the sole survivor, Dennis Pass, from the wreckage. They continued to farm there long after the war and when they retired they moved to a house the other side of Plaster Down. The current occupant of the farmhouse has no connection with the Palmer family.
On a recent holiday in Devon, Tim Rodgers, a grandson of Dennis Pass, went with me to Plaster Down and Fullamoor Farm. Tim told me his grandfather had regularly kept in touch with the Palmers until they passed away. He also provided me with a poignant photo of Dennis placing the original memorial plaque on the gatepost at Fullamoor Farm in 1983. That was the single act that set all this in motion.
 
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(Left) Dennis Pass placing the original memorial plaque on the gatepost at Fullamoor Farm in 1983. (Right) The 1983 plaque as it looks today.(Rob Jones)
Please do contact us if you are in anyway related to a crew member (Here), and we will of course be more than happy to pass of your details to Rob Jones, organizer and coordinator of the memorial and its dedication.

Bomber Command Veteran Records His Memories
10th September 2016.

(1) (Left) Alex King with Roy Maddock-Lyon
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Following research undertaken by our webmaster Alexander King, we were honoured to be invited to the home of Roy and Shirley Maddock-Lyon, to record Roy's exploits as a Flight Engineer flying Halifax's with No.10 Squadron Bomber Command. A three hour audio tape has now preserved Roy's story. Now aged 91 Roy gives his harrowing account of being shot down over Denmark, his evasion with the help of the Danish underground, and his work with them to bring valuable secret information back to England after escaping to Sweden, and returning in the bomb bay of a Mosquito on the Stockholm ball bearing run. All these details will shortly be reproduced in a Remembrance page for Roy and his crew.

(2) The remains of Roy's Halifax III MZ793 ZA-X
The remains of Roy's Halifax III MZ793 ZA-X


Visit at the Sister of Ernst Glück 14.07.2016 by Henning Hiestermann.

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Thursday, 14.07.2016 Henning Hiestermann with Elisabeth Lewien,(born Glück),
the youngest sister from Ernst Glück

Dear Friends,

Yesterday evening I get back from my trip to southern Germany. On
Thursday, 14.07.2016 I visited Elisabeth Lewien, born Glück. She is
the youngest sister from Ernst Glück, the observer of my grandfathers
crew. She lives in Waiblingen, near Stuttgart and is now 86 years old.
The other three sisters of Ernst have already died. Unfortunately,
Elisabeth has mild dementia, but she can still remember her brother
very good. He has always cared very much about his smallest sister and
played often with her. She can still very well remember that he has
often worn her on his shoulders.
On 23.10.1942 she received a letter from Ernst to her 13th birthday. I
attached you the letter and a translation of his words. Unfortunately
Elisabeth can tell no further details about Ernst. He came right after
finishing his school career to the air force. When the war began he
was only 19 years old and he already died with 22 years.
Elisabeth left the family in Geislingen/Steige right after the war at
the age of only 15 years and moved to Stuttgart. Later, she married
and moved to Waiblingen. Unfortunately the contact to her sister Eva
broke off completely. Therefore, she can not say why Eva is later
moved to Aberdeen in Scotland and if that had anything to do with her
brother's death. But she was informed that Eva died, but could
unfortunately not remember the year of death.
Elisabeth also showed me a photo album with family photos. On three
pictures Ernst was shown as a child, but unfortunately Elisabeth has
no further photos, not even from the estate of the parents. Her father
Friedrich died already in 1969, her mother Luise in 1979.
Although many documents were not available, so it was a very special
afternoon with her. It's something special, considering that formerly
my grandfather sat daily beside her brother on the plane and now after
more than 70 years the grandson of the pilot and the sister of the
observer sit together and talk about the events of that time. That was
something unique!
Attached I send you a photo of Mrs. Lewien and me. This photograph was
taken by Mr. Range, a friend of Mrs. Lewien, who was also present at
our meeting.
Mrs. Lewien was very pleased about my visit and she thanked us very
much for the great research on her brothers case.
I then visited my aunt and then my brother. There I still get a
valuable treasure in respect to my grandfather.
But more about that in my next mail...

Kind regards,
Henning

Letter from Ernst Cluck to his sister Else 23-10-1942.

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1st May 2016

Research From our Good Friend Henning Continues into the loss of Ju88 Wknr. 144550
 
Following our visit to Scotland to remember a Luftwaffe crew and a missing man, we have remained in touch with the grandson of the pilot (Paul Rogge) Henning Hiestermann. Henning has worked tirelessly to assist us with further research into this tragic loss. Working for us in Germany his work is priceless! Reported here are his latest investigations in relation to the radio operator on his grandfather’s crew, Karl Brinkman.
 
Report from Henning 1st May 2016.
 
Today I was for a few hours in Holzhausen/Porta Westfalica.
This is the village where Karl Brinkmann, the radio operator of my grandfather’s crew was born. I visited the church and met after the service the pastor Schierbaum.
He showed me a book in which all the fallen Holzhausener of World War
II are listed. I took a picture of the bookside (see attached file).

 
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(Left) Henning taken last year at the crash site. (Right) Karl Brinkmann.
 
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The church where Karl Brinkmann is remembered, and their book of remembrance.
 
Then we went to the community centre, where a few elderly Holzhausener
drinking coffee after the service. I told them the story and there was
an old woman who said that her 91 years old husband Herbert had known
Karl Brinkmann. Unfortunately, he had not come with her to church
today. But Herbert just called me by phone and told me something about
Karl. He was a very kind and educated man. He completed an
apprenticeship as a merchant from 1936 to 1939 at the Mindener
Lagerhaus-Gesellschaft (MILAG). After the war began, he came to the
air force. His then fiancee called Erna Hartmann, born Schinkel and she should
still be alive and is now 94 years old !
I'll try to contact her in the next few days.
Karl had a brother named Willi, but he is already dead and he had no
children. The father of Karl named also Karl and he was after the war
for a long time mayor of Holzhausen. Also a cousin of Karl is still
alive and live near Holzhausen. I'll also try to contact him the next
time. Herbert was very interested in the story, because he also was a radio
operator in WW II. He and a few others are working on a local chronicle from Holzhausen and he wants to examine whether he can take the story there.
That's it from me for today. Now you know, what I'm doing at the moment...
 
Kind regards,
Henning

Missing Stirling LJ850 “Yorkshire Rose” found in France!

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Researchers in France have uncovered aircraft parts that are believed to be from Short Stirling LJ850. The Aircrew Remembrance Society has been contacted by relatives of members on board, and is supporting them in their quest for a registered grave for their loved ones.

A list of those missing on board is reproduced below. If you have any connection with those listed, please contact the society, we will offer you our full support, and if requested with you consent we can put you in contact with other relatives of those missing, in the hope you may be able to assist each other in bringing closure to this tragic event, which has left 23 men missing for over 70 years.

Two recent articles published in the Times from close relatives relating to there quest for the recovery of this aircraft are reproduced below.

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CBC News Documentary relating to relatives of Canadian crewman and the discovery of LJ850
CBC News Documentary relating to relatives of Canadian crewman and the discovery of LJ850



List of 23 missing men

AIRCREW                                                                
 
CRANE, ROBERT WILLIAM (Age 24.)
Pilot Officer  413533
Royal Australian Air Force    
Panel 258. RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Son of William Henry and Margaret Crane, of Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia.
 
JOHNSON, FRANK NORMAN (Age 29.)
Flight Sergeant 1395038
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Panel 219. RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Son of John William and Rose Lilian Johnson; husband of Eileen Mary Johnson, of Bristol.
 
CLASPER, JOHN PERCY (?)         
Warrant Officer Class II R/159971
Royal Canadian Air Force
Panel 254. RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Next of kin unknown?
 
EVANS, DAVID WYNNE (Age 23.)
Sergeant 1407968
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Panel 229. RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Son of John David and Edith Maud Evans, of Nantymoel, Glamorgan.
 
STOPFORD, GRANVILLE WILLIAM (Age 25.)
Flight Sergeant 657479
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Panel 222. RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Son of Arthur and Helen Stopford; husband of Mary Joyce Stopford, of Stonehouse, Gloucestershire.
 
PROFIT, BENJAMIN JAMES (Age 31.)
Flight Sergeant R/189226
Royal Canadian Air Force
Panel 255. RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Son of Christine Profit; husband of Thelma Frances Profit, of North Burnaby, Vancouver, British Columbia. Canada.
 
WILDING, PHILIP (Age 22.)
Sergeant 1345156
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Panel 240. RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Son of John R. and Ethel Wilding, of Glasgow.
 
 
S.A.S.                                                                                                 
 
CAIRNS, LESLIE GEORGE (Age 24.)
Lieutenant 164967
Special Air Service Regiment, A.A.C.
Panel 18, Column 2. BAYEUX MEMORIAL
Son of Mr. and Mrs. George Cairns; husband of Irene Jessie Cairns. M.A., Hons. (Edin.).
 
ARBUCKLE, JAMES FLEMING SPIERS (Age 25.)
Private 2985863
Special Air Service Regiment, A.A.C.
Panel 18, Column 2. BAYEUX MEMORIAL
Son of Robert and Janet Arbuckle, of Kirkliston, West Lothian; husband of Alice Steel Arbuckle, of Polmont, Stirlingshire.
 
BOWEN, JOHN SEYMOUR (Age 22.)
Private 899930
Special Air Service Regiment, A.A.C.
Panel 18, Column 2. BAYEUX MEMORIAL
Son of Ernest John Bowen, and of Kate Bowen, of Solihull, Warwickshire.
 
BROOK, HAROLD (Age 25.)         
Lance Corporal 2615070
Special Air Service Regiment, A.A.C.
Panel 18, Column 2.BAYEUX MEMORIAL
Next of kin unknown ?
 
BRYSON, WILLIAM           (Age 23.)
Corporal 2880083
Special Air Service Regiment, A.A.C.
Panel 18, Column 2. BAYEUX MEMORIAL
Next of kin unknown ?
 
CREANEY, WILLIAM JOHN (Age 22.)
Private 7019654
Special Air Service Regiment, A.A.C.
Panel 18, Column 2. BAYEUX MEMORIAL
Son of Mr. and Mrs. William George Creaney, of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
 
GALE, DONALD MAURICE (Age 24.)
Private 5726852
Special Air Service Regiment, A.A.C.
Panel 18, Column 2. BAYEUX MEMORIAL
Son of Wallis and Ellen Mildred Gale; husband of Lily L. Gale, of Verwood, Dorsetshire
 
HAYES, GEORGE MALGWYN (Age 28.)
Private 6085839
Special Air Service Regiment, A.A.C.
Panel 18, Column 2. BAYEUX MEMORIAL
Son of George Frederick and Lizzie Hayes, of Guildford, Surrey.
 
LAW, GEORGE DALTON (Age 22.)
Private 3603627
Special Air Service Regiment, A.A.C.
Panel 18, Column 2. BAYEUX MEMORIAL
Son of Arthur and Annie Law, of Salford, Lancashire.
 
LEADBETTER, WILLIAM (Age 21.)
Corporal 921086
Special Air Service Regiment, A.A.C.
Panel 18, Column 2. BAYEUX MEMORIAL
Son of William and Jeannie Leadbetter, of Stow Midlothian.
 
MACFARLANE, CHARLES (Age 34.)
Private 215922
Special Air Service Regiment, A.A.C.
Panel 18, Column 2. BAYEUX MEMORIAL
Son of Charles and Lillian Macfarlane; husband of Margaret Macfarlane, of Cryers Hill, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.
 
MILLER, RONALD (Age 24.)
Sergeant 1578003
Special Air Service Regiment, A.A.C.
Panel 18, Column 2. BAYEUX MEMORIAL
Next of kin unknown ?
 
McBRIDE, DOMINIC (Age 25.)
Private 14643720
Special Air Service Regiment, A.A.C.
Panel 18, Column 2. BAYEUX MEMORIAL
Son of John and Mary McBride, of Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Irish Republic.
 
O'REILLY, JAMES (Age 21.)
Private 1602722
Special Air Service Regiment, A.A.C.
Panel 18, Column 2. BAYEUX MEMORIAL
Foster-son of Michael and Ellen Raher, of Ballygunner, Co. Waterford, Irish Republic.
 
ROGERS, JOHN KENNETH           (Age 22.)
Private 1835335
Special Air Service Regiment, A.A.C.
Panel 18, Column 2. BAYEUX MEMORIAL
Son of Vere Warner Rogers and Myfanwy Rogers, of Bentley, Doncaster, Yorkshire.
 
WORTLEY, REGINALD JOSIAH (Age 24.)
Sergeant 4863732
Special Air Service Regiment, A.A.C.
Panel 18, Column 2.
BAYEUX MEMORIAL
Son of Edwin John and Elizebeth Rebecca Wortley, of Shepshed, Leicestershire.


Further details will be posted here in the coming weeks.

9th March 2016
 
Border Telegraph report regarding Earlston Ju88 crash.

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26th September 2015

New Aircrew Remembrance Society Memorial to fallen German Aircrew.

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Crash Site Attended by pilots Daughter and Grandson.

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On a quiet Scottish hillside Irmtrud Hiestermann stood in wonder at the site before her, with her son Henning at her side at last she could stand at the place where the father she had never known, had tragically lost his life so many years ago.
At the time of her father Paul Rogge’s death, Irmtrud was just six months old.  Personal items found at the crash site at this time, included a treasured photo of Irmtrud that Paul had carried with him, returned to the family by the Red Cross, this tragic artefact the only remaining token of her father’s love she would ever know.

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Memorial Service for Luftwaffe crew and missing man.

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A most moving memorial service for the crew was conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods. Julie’s presentation and thoughtfulness on the day, with prepared copies of her program, along with German translations for the family, truly encapsulated all our emotions on a most tearful day that all who attended will never forget, along with our introduction to the Scottish word ‘Greetin’.
More photos and service sermon, Here

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The Quest for a grave for missing man Werner Walter

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Although three of the crew were recovered at the time of the crash, a fourth member Werner Walter, still remains missing to this day. Following a request from relatives for further information relating to Werner and the location of his aircrafts crash site, for that last year intensive research has been undertaken, led by our Luftwaffe researcher and Historian, Melvin R Brownless. A wealth of material has now been uncovered and along with the kind support of the land owner, Lord Haddington, and a written request Werner Walter’s surviving relatives, the society will be making an application for a licence under the Protection of Military Remains Act, in the hope that Werner’s remains can be found and indeed protected, and reunited with his comrades at Cannock Chase. During our visit a survey of the site was undertaken and many readings were registered and logged, thanks to the support of Lord Haddington and his estate manager

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Emotional Visit to Fogo Church

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Later in the day we were able to take Irmtrud and Henning to Fogo churchyard where Paul and two of his crew had first been buried (Later re interned at Cannock Chase) This was another very moving occasion for Irmtrud and Henning, as treasured photos they possessed of Paul’s first burial place, close to the shelter at the church entrance, appeared frozen in time


Allied Airmen Remembered at Fogo

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During our visit to Fogo the society was able to pay their respects to the sixteen allied airmen buried there, research into their losses is now underway and it is hoped that remembrance pages can constructed for them all, at least ten of them were from 54 O.T.U. based at nearby Charter Hall airfield.


26th September 2015

Werner Walter Missing Luftwaffe Airman Remembered
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New Society Memorial For Missing Airman.
Messages of thanks received from 12 O’Clock High Members.

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12 O'Clock High

Remembrance details for the loss of this crew HERE

16th July 2015

New Direct Link Feature to our previous Archived work held at The British Library. Now available direct in each of our year of loss records.
WEB LARGE
As most of you know our first site was forced to close after four years at the end of 2012, with our current site restarting from scratch in January 2013. In November 2013 we were pleased to announce that access to our old site archived at The British Library was now linked to our new .co.uk. Address Domain. This still meant however that those wishing to see these archives would need to visit the British Library site and make individual searches. Thanks to some pains taking work by our webmaster Alexander King, all individual pages will now be accessible direct from our sites individual loss year pages.   

July 2015

Forth Coming High Ground Wreck Museum Display

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F-86 Sabre and B-29 “Over Exposed”

As reported earlier this year, regarding the preservation of the high ground wreck items purchased by our web master, Alexander King, on behalf of the society to assure their preservation in the future, as well as preserving the memory of those crew members that sadly lost their lives in these tragedies, we are pleased to announce that in cooperation with a close friend and contact Elliot Smock, well known as the founder of “The Whitley Project”, a display at a well know London Museum will soon come to fruition. The display will centre around two major incidents, the major exhibit being the main cockpit construction and components from one of the F-86 Sabre’s, XD707 and XD730 that crashed on the 22
nd July 1954, the other being the tragic crash of B-29 Super Fortress “Over Exposed”

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Third generation Aircrew Remembrance Society member Adam King, son of our webmaster Alex, and grandson of our chairman David, pre-flight checks his F-86

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All seems OK so full throttle!!!!!

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Who needs a scooter when you have an F-86 in the Garden!!!

February 2015

Following our acquisition of a High Ground Wreck collection last year, the opportunity has arisen for us to obtain another large collection of historic interest, thanks to John Ownsworth. This collection began as far back as the 1960s, an impressive preservation achievement by a dedicated group of guys with an interest in aviation. This is a large collection and our hope is to be able to make these items available for public viewing, some items will be retained in the society’s remembrance collection, but a home for the larger items is being sort for permanent public display. Those involved in creating this collection, include, John Ownsworth, Jim Chatterton, Alan Jones, and the late Martin (Sef) Johnson.

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(Above) John Ownsworth on Broomhead Moor in 1981, with the remains of Wellington DV810, that crashed on 9-12-42 (All seven crew survived)
(Below) John (Right) with our webmaster Alex in Februry 2015.

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November 2014

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Commonwealth War Graves Commission Education Outreach Program.

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Our Chairman David King centre back row, with one of three C.W.G.C. school visits this year to Botley Cemetery.
Back row far left, Alan Johns Volunteer.

The Societies connections with education now spans over four decades. Our chairman David King is now a representative for the C.W.G.C. at Botley Cemetery, Oxford. After over forty years of research relating to those interned there, David’s knowledge is now being passed on to the next generation. He has already produced numerous case files for Botley cemetery relating to this C.W.G.C. project, and he is currently working on numerous case files for other cemeteries, soon to be included in this C.W.G.C. Education Outreach project. The project is open to all schools and youth groups, please get in touch through our contact page for further details.

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David explaining the tragic loss of F/O John Gould’s 582 Squadron crew, among their graves at Botley during a recent school visit.
John and five of his crew were killed when their Lancaster PB475, crashed at Bellingdon near Chesham Bucks, returning from a raid
on Chemnitz on 6
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August 2014

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Aircrew Remembrance Society stall at The Bucks County Show.

To further the remembrance work of the society, a stall was obtained at The Buck’s County show in August. Many new contacts were made with farmers and as a result two further crash sites are now under investigation. We were also able to assist numerous members of the public with research information relating to loved ones, and further remembrance pages are soon to be added to the site. A special thanks to Alex King and Ryan Stevens for organising the event, and the distribution of many leaflets on behalf of the society.

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Some of the many photo brought to light were those from our meeting with Carole Paternoster, in memory of her father Thomas Ecclestone,
and his Navigator John Shimmin. To view their remembrance page
click here


21st june 2014: B-17 Crash Investigation and C-47 Memorial Fly past at Bletsoe
In Association with Bletsoe Church Fete

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Remains of B-17 42-31469 the day after the crash. (King A.R.S. Archives)

On the 21
st June 2014 the Aircrew Remembrance Society undertook an investigation under M.O.D. Licence 1773, into the loss of B-17 42-31469 of the 306th Bomb Group. The aircraft had crashed on take-off on the 26th April 1944, following an engine fire. It completely disintegrated and burned, killing everyone on board except the tail gunner Sgt. George Littlefield. (A full report can be found in our 1944 U.S.A.A.F. Losses.)

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(Left to right) David King and Melvin R Brownless, talk with Cedric Ellingworth at the A.R.S. stall regarding the crash,
and a remembrance page for his brother, lost on Halifax HR918 over Germany. (Paul Cannon)

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Some of B-17 items recovered displayed at the fete. (Paul Cannon.)

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The first of a number of trenches on the recovery day. (Alexander King.)

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Memorial fly-past by C47 (Melvin R Brownless)

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While Alex King prepares to open a second predetermined trench with the mini digger,
Ryan Stevens begins metal detecting in trench one. (David King.)

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C-47 circling the crash site before leaving. (Alexander King.)

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A special thanks to our sponsors Robert and Daniel Tuckwell, and the land owner Mary Laws Without their support events such as this would not be possible.

Recovery team: David King, Melvin R Brownless, Alexander King, Ryan Stevens and Paul Cannon (Society photographer)

The Society is sorry to have to announce the sad loss of fellow researcher and historian Martin Johnson, who passed away suddenly in March 2014, aged 51. All of us at the Society offer our heartfelt condolences to all Martins family and friends at this sad time.

 
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Martin during one of his many high ground investigations,
here in May 1999 with main undercarriage from B-24H 42-9841. 492nd Bomb Group.
 
During his lifetime Martin built up a large collection of artifacts from the many sites he visited over many decades, building a substantial data base and photographic record, centered mainly around high ground wrecks in the Peak District. The Aircrew Remembrance Society is honored to preserve this collection in Martins memory. Over the next few months we will be constructing numerous new remembrance pages, incorporating Martins researched work and photographic records, not only for the crews they relate to, but also to Martin himself, a dedicated researcher who will also be remembered on the pages to those his life time’s work remembers, not only on our present day pages, but also along with all our work, recorded by The British Library for all future generations to come.  We would like to thank Martin’s long-time friend John Melton for his help in our preservation of Martin’s material, and his support for the family.  

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5th October 2013: Finmere Airfield Investigation.

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The societies mascot “Poppy” Like’s the look of this hole!

Following a number of reports of aircraft remains being buried at Finmere Airfield, the society began investigating the area described. The investigation was led by Alex King who first made contacted with the land owner Mrs. Collins in 2012. Permission was granted and a number of visits were made to survey the site in 2012. (Full report to be placed in Aviation Archaeology section. (Airfields)). It soon became apparent from these visits that large quantities ruble from tracks and demolished buildings from the bomb dump area, had been thrown into this large deep war time storage hole, which was ramped at one end from ground level, down to over 20 feet deep in the center. If any aircraft parts had been discarded after the war there, they would be below many feet of rubble, and the only chance of finding them, would have to be by deep machine excavation. An extensive search of the area revealed many remnants of former airfield constructions, but sadly no aircraft
remains were discovered.

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Among the rubble was found this electricity Danger warning sign from one of the war time buildings.

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An identical sign is seen here on the restored control tower at Elvington.

Photos: Paul Cannon and Alexander King.
Special thanks to Mrs.Collins for her support in this investigation, and special thanks to Robert and Daniel Tuckwell for their continued support.

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30th November 2013. British Library

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As Co-founders of The Aircrew Remembrance Society in January 1995, David King and Melvin R Brownless, are pleased to announce that our recorded archives held at the British Library, are now correctly linked to our current live site. The previous dishonest false link that was set up, using our old .com site link, to deceive and direct people to another site, has now been revoked.

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The British Library

Investigation into the loss of Vickers Wellington Mk X HZ375
28th/29th September 2013.

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Investigation Day (1) 28th September 2013. Metal detector search in area (B), Main crash area as indicated by eye witness Robert Plant.

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Marked area of surface finds and deeper readings

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Surface finds on day one.

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Interesting find from day one was this brake lever from the control column.

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Investigation Day (2) 29th September 2013. Area marked for mini digger.

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The Societies Web Master Alex King, manning mini digger, removing top layer of soil from marked crash area.

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First sign of parts a section of engine cowling and wing spar.

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While Melvin searches a burnt layer David (top left) speaks with the land owners son, Ben Tutt. Our special thanks
to him and his father Adrian, for their support in this investigation.

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At the depth of around six feet no further signs of the aircraft were found, and virgin clay was soon in evidence. The remains of this damaged steel cable that must have been left behind by the R.A.F. recovery team at the time, is evidence of their commitment to the recovery of this aircraft.

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Eye Witness to the crash Robert Plant (right) looks on with interest as David and Melvin look through some of the days finds.

Roberts account of the crash.

At the time I was aged about 11, along with some friends I was playing in the street outside my home in Charndon, all of a sudden we heard a loud bang overhead, we looked up to see an aircraft that had broken in two, a large section just missed the house at the end of our street, then we heard an explosion and saw smoke rising from a field just out of the village on the road to Marsh Gibbon, my friends and I took off on our bikes, and as it was down hill all the way arrived at the crash first, the field was on fire and ammunition was exploding, just inside the entrance of the field there was a large wheel and tyre from the aircraft, then I heard someone calling “help my friends, my friends, over and over again, then just behind the tyre I saw the badly injured man who was crying out, trying to crawl through the damaged burning crops. By then a number of adults had arrived and we were led away, as an RAF truck arrived. It is a day I shall never forget.


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Artist impression of the crash.

Although the majority of this aircraft was removed at the time of the crash, still many interesting small finds were made, all of these will be added to our Aviation Archaeology page, along with other recovery photos.

This recovery was undertaken in memory of eight crew killed when this aircraft crashed. Before the recovery started a few words were spoken on behalf of the crew, and a minutes silence held.

Lest we Forget

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Lawrence Edward MacAdam. DFM. 141102. R.A.F.V.R. Age 28. Killed.

Pilot U/T: Fl/O. Ian MacKenzie Angus. 429413. R.A.A.F. Age 22. Killed.

Air/Bmr: P/O. Richard John Taylor. 163727. R.A.F.V.R. Age 22. Killed.

W/Op/Air/Gnr U/T: F/Sgt. Norman Lindsay Newbey. 427015. R.A.A.F. Age 23. Killed.

Air/Gnr: F/Sgt. Sidney Brown. DFM. 1211203. R.A.F.V.R. Age 37. Killed.

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Ronald Thomas Ankers. 2210700. R.A.F.V.R. Age 21. Killed.

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Thomas Aspin. 3041184. R.A.F.V.R. Age 19. Killed.

Cadet 1st Class Frederick James Dennis Harris. Air Training Corps. Age 18. Killed.

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Ian, Norman and Ronald.

A special thanks to, Adrian and Ben Tutt, (Land owners) and to Robert Plant (Eye witness) for their help in this recovery.
Special thanks also to Robert and Daniel Tuckwell, for their support of our Society.

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22nd August 2013.
Relatives from Australia visit pilots grave and the site where his Mitchell aircraft crashed.

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Flying Officer John Ledgerwood’s grave at Botley.

On the 22nd of August our Chairman David King arranged  to meet with Jane McGrath and her husband Peter in Oxford, on the occasion of Jane’s pilgrimage to England on behalf of her mother, to visit the graves of her Uncle Flying Officer John Ledgerwood and his crew. Upon arriving at the Botley Cemetery Oxford, David was able to show Jane to the grave locations, whereupon framed photos, crosses and flags prepared by A.R.S. were placed upon the graves to co-inside with Jane’s Visit.
Later that morning David drove Jane and Peter to the crash site of John’s Mitchell Bomber at Steeple Claydon, a distance of some 25 miles from the cemetery.

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Peter photographing Jane at John’s grave, in the foreground the grave of one of John’s crew, Flt/Sgt. Bailey.

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Jane and Peter at the crash site of 13 O.T.U. Mitchell FL193.

21st July 2013
World War Two R.A.F. Bomb Explodes in Germany.

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Police seal off crater after explosion on Sunday. (Special thanks to Aircrew Remembrance Society researcher Horst Jeckel, who took this photo and supplied details.)

On Sunday morning the 21st July at 7.30 a.m., a large explosion awoke the people around the town of Alten Buseck Germany, when a WW2 bomb exploded unexpectedly without any outside interference, leaving a large crater. Fortunately the explosion took place in an open field and no one was hurt. It is believed that the bomb was part of the load carried by a Halifax bomber that crashed nearby on the 31st March 1944, a victim of the infamous ill fated Nuremburg raid.  The aircraft was LV 879 a Halifax Mk.III from the 424 Sq RCAF  QB-A. Taking off from Skipton-on-Swale at 21:35 hours on the evening of March 30th,1944, on a bombing operation to Nuremburg, Germany. Shot down by night fighter early hours of 31 March/44, about 0030 hours, 1 k.m. west of Alten Busek near Giessen, Germany. The aircraft caught fire and exploded at a very great height with wreckage scattered in an area of 1 k.m. Crew on only their 2nd operation.

28th May 2013.
Buchanan family visit to England, Wellington R1451 crew memorial.

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On Tuesday 28th May a party of five relatives of F/Lt M.S. Buchanan D.F.C., his sister, three nephews and a niece, called in to pay their respects at the crash site memorial to the crew of Wellington R1451. The family were on their way to Leeds to visit the crash site and grave of F/Lt  Buchanan, who was sadly killed in the crash of Halifax MZ810. The organizer of the trip was John Buchanan, (second left wearing bush hat in photo above), who is a relative by marriage to Patricia ne ‘Johnston’ (Niece of P/O S.M. Johnston) the Navigator killed on Wellington R1451.

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Sadly the weather was against us as seen here as John protects camera prior to taking a photo,
to the right of the photo is the land owner Lynne Parker.

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An overall view of the memorial site location in preparation.

In October last year a service for the crew was held around the plaque that was temporarily placed in the centre of field close to the crash site. It has since been moved to this position within a strip of woodland bordering the field. The site is currently under development and will eventuality incorporate an adequate ground covering, surround and bench seating, along with a memorial area for visitors to leave personal tributes. The memorial itself will eventually be built into an oak surround and placed on a plinth as the memorial centre piece.

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John deep in thought at the memorial.

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Left. P/O S.M. Johnston. Right F/Lt M.S. Buchanan.

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Memorial plaque P/O Johnston and his crew.

18th May 2013.
Relatives of Wellington crew to visit Memorial.

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David (centre) at the memorial dedication in October last year, with Frank J Nixon (left) Son of Sgt Francis Nixon,
and (right) Jeff Rickersey, son of Flt./Sgt Sydney Rickersey.

More relatives are due to attend the memorial unveiled last year to the crew of 11 O.T.U. Wellington R1451, on May the
28th. A report with photos will be added following the visit. Loss page for this crew can be viewed
Here

4th April 2013.
Memorial to B-17 Pilot Planned.

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Our Chairman David seen here when chairman of The Booker Aircraft Museum, in the museums U.S.A.A.F. section.
Items from the B-17 in Question recovered in the early 80s, that include a section of wing with national insignia,
and propeller blade can be seen on the right.

The society was recently approached for information regarding the crash of a B-17. The site had previously been
investigated by the societies co founders David and Melvin during the late 70s and early 80s. Further research into the
incident has revealed the bravery of the pilot 1st Lt. Don DeLisle on this, and a previous occasion, in saving his fellow
crew members, first from a successful ditching in the Channel, and sadly loosing his life staying at the controls of a
second B-17, long enough for the rest of his crew to bale out safely, but tragically not able to leave the stricken
aircraft in time for his chute to open. A page of remembrance is under construction so please watch out for this and the
compelling story of this tragedy. Further details of the proposed memorial will be added soon. Anyone wishing to contribute
to this proposed memorial, can do so through our donations page.

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An unidentified crew seen here with the 91st Bomb Group B-17 The Liberty Belle, it was this aircraft that Don Delisle was
forced to ditch in the Channel.

29th March 2013.
Vickers Wellington Dig Planned.

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Alex King with a section of wing spar found at the site 29th March.

The society currently has an M.O.D. Licence in force (No. 1737.) with regard to the investigation into the crash of an
O.T.U. Wellington. A preliminary scan of the site in March, in preparation for an in depth search around August when the
site has been harvested, reviled a number of readings, with the section of wing spar Alex is holding, that was protruding
from the soil.

1st February 2013.
New Site Update.

With general site layout, categories and links constructed, we had hoped that the site rebuild of previous material
constructed, would be able to proceed at a fairly reasonable pace. Unfortunately this is not the case, as back up files
previously prepared by our former webmaster, have proved totally inadequate, as they were saved at a very low resolution,
and the general quality of all items is sub standard. This means that all previous remembrance pages will have to be
constructed from scratch, using the material stored on our computers, held at numerous storage locations in our squadrons
archive collections. This will therefore be an ongoing task for some time, but it will be achieved in due course.
Numerous new pages are also under construction, with many new and old contacts providing material, the site will soon be
gaining momentum.

16th January 2013.

We are pleased to announce that our chairmans son and life long member of our remembrance society, Alexander King, has
now been appointed Webmaster for our site. We would also like to welcome Stephen Coombs who is also supporting the rebuild
of our site.

15th January 2013.

In order to retain our current respectful remembrance style format, we have today purchased a new Apple computer, along
with the necessary software to reproduce our site to it’s former respected design.

2nd January 2013.

In order to begin the reconstruction of our remembrance site without any further delay, we have today re registered our
site as aircrewremembrancesociety.co.uk


January 2013.

Aircrew Remembrance Society site forced to close.

October 3rd 2012:

New memorial unveiled today to the crew of Wellington R1451, 11 O.T.U. at Watlington, with 16 crew relatives in attendance.

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David King (centre) at the memorial, with Frank J Nixon (left) Son of Sgt Francis Nixon,
and (right) Jeff Rickersey, son of Flt./Sgt Sydney Rickersey.

September 2011: Under Sea Wreck Of Savoia Marcheti SM.79 Located. Search for Surviving Crew Members/relatives:
The Society has recently been contacted by Vasilis Mentogiannis a member of the UFR diving team, who have recently discovered the almost intact remains on an SM.79. The aircraft was forced to ditch returning from an operation against enemy shipping on the 4th/5th August 1944.

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Aircraft is laying near the island of Poros, at the depth of 60 meters.
The aircraft serial number is MM 222298, all crew members survived the ditching and the search is now on to try and locate them, or any of their surviving relatives or comrades.

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Crew: Pilot: Ten. Marcello Perina. 2nd Pilot: Ten. Gianfranco Neri. Engineer: 1 Av. Mat. Marcello Manfrino. Wireless: Serg. Marc. Giuseppe Apolloni. Armourer: Av. A. U. Arm. Franco Zanchi. Crew were attached to Aerosiluranti "Gruppo Buscaglia" No. 2a Squadriglia.

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Any help in tracing any survivors from this historical aircraft find would be very much appreciated. Contact us David King. Chairman: Aircrew Remembrance Society.
August 2011:

Messerschmidt Bf 109 G-14 of Luftwaffe Fighter Ace, Major Erich Leie, Recovered in Poland:
Details from Peter Sikora. Engine has been found in Drogomysl, Cieszyn Silesia, Poland.

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Major Erich Leie flew the Messerschmitt Bf 109 and the Focke-Wolf, FW190 . He claimed his first victory on the 14th May 1940 in the Battle of France. By the end of 1940 he had 11 victories to his credit. In 1940-41 during the Battle Of Britain, Erich Leie shot down a total of 21 planes and was awarded the Ritterkreuz. On the 19th of August 1942 he was shot down and wounded in the air battle over Dieppe, he baled out of is Fw 190-A3 and survived to fly again.

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He became commander of I/JG2 on the 2nd of May 1942 and was transferred to JG 51 on the eastern front. By the 11th of June 1943 he had scored his 100th victory, at the age of 28 Major Leie had flow continuous combat missions like most of the Luftwaffe pilots without any respite. On 7th of March, 1945 less than a month before the end of the war, during a large air battle again Russian Yaks, a downed fighter falling out of control smashed into Erich Leie's Black <1+ Messerschmitt G14 at an altitude of just 200 ft. Major Leie managed to break free of his cockpit but his parachute failed to open and Leie fell to death, thus ending the life of one of Germany's greatest pilots. Erich Leie flew over 500 missions and scored 118-121 victories. 76 over the Eastern Front and 42 in the Western skies. He had 30 victories over the Spitfire, 8 Hurricane victories as well as 32 IL-2 Sturmoviks among others. He served with distinction in JG 71, 5/JG51, III/JG2, Stab JG2, and Kommandeur of I/JG2, I/JG51 and was also Kommandeur of JG77. Victories: 118 Awards: Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (20 October 1942) Ritterkreuz (1 August 1941) Units: JG 71, JG 2, JG 51, JG 77 16-04-2011:

Search for relatives of Stirling crew lost 20/21st April 1943:
The Society is pleased to announce that following the inclusion of a recent page of remembrance to our site regarding the loss a 75 Squadron crew, along with additional details that we have been able to supply, relatives of two of the crew, Diane Ramsey (Nee Upton) and Lynne Truex (relative of Sgt Ellis), have now received a great deal of interest and support in their search. Both are seeking contact with relatives of other crew members, with the view of inviting them to attend a service, at the unveiling of a new memorial to the crew at the crash site in Denmark-. Firstly “The Kentish Express” have published the story this week:

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In New Zealand, Auckland TV will be running a feature, such is their interest that they will be flying Dianne Ramsey to their studio for the recording. Here in England “BBC South East Today” also want to run a feature, as do “ITV Meridian Tonight”. If you are in anyway connected with this crew, be it a relative, an old comrade that knew them during service, an old friend, or have any additional details or photos relating to this sad loss, please contact the society. David King. Chairman: Aircrew Remembrance Society. Contact (Here) Crew details (Here)
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08-04-2011:

Reburial of Flight Lieutenant Henry Smith:
The burial of Fl/Lt. Henry “Lacy” Smith will take place at Ranville War Cemetery, France with full military honours on 19 April at 10.30 am. We are indebted to a supporter of the society, Dale Heighway, who will be attending the service and taking photos on our behalf, which will be made available for display here courtesy of Dale following the service.

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Australian Flight Lieutenant Henry `Lacy' Smith was found when his Spitfire IX MJ789 was recovered from an estuary in Ouistreham, in Normandy, northern France, in November last year by French war museum owner Fabrice Corbin. More details of F/Lt Henry “Lacy” Smith (Here) Flight Lieutenant Henry L Smith will be buried in plot 5 row F grave 16, adjacent to fellow Australian F/Lt T.R.B Anderson of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). More details of Fl/Lt T.R.B Anderson R.A.A.F. (Here) 28-02-2011:

Search for brother Lancaster crash site:
The race in now on to find the location of a Lancaster crash site in Holland! Thanks to the intervention of Melvin Brownless responding to the request from relatives of Sgt. Leslie Brettle, contact has been made with fellow researchers in Holland. Hans Ooms and Jaap Woortman, are together working against the clock to locate the exact spot, to coincide with the brother of Leslie’s visit to his grave in Holland. Nephew Ray Brettle who will be visiting the cemetery of his Uncle, along with the sole surviving brother of Sgt Leslie Brettle, told us he had expressed the wish to be able to visit the location were the aircraft had come down, in December 1942. Both Hans and Jaap are currently searching through local records and are hopeful of unearthing details that will revile the location, in time for the families visit in early April this year. Contact us. 05th November 2010:

Hajo Herrmann died on November 5th 2010 Aged 97. Hajo was the Originator of the Wilde Sau, or Wild Boar, single-engine night-fighter tactics.

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22nd August 2010:

Having recently visited Grangemouth in Scotland we met up with a representative from the 1333 Squadron ATC. THey are hoping to raise funds to place a Spitfire near the memorial wall recently erected. Further information will follow how you can help with this superb memorial.

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14th August 2010:

It is with regret that we announce the loss of our great researcher friend from Holland, Rob Philips. He died last week aged just 58 peacefully at home surrounded by his close family.
Rob dedicated himself to preserving the memories of those airman who fought the good fight in the skies over his beloved Holland in those dark days of the Second World War. He has earned his own wings and flies with them - "through adversity to the stars" a tribute to Rob. The Aircrew Remembrance Society are proud that he had chosen us to continue with his work and over the coming months add to his great research. Our thoughts are of course with his family at this time. Stil van verdriet en met respect voor de enorme hoeveelheid getoonde wilskracht laten wij u weten dat van ons is heen gegaan: Robert Guy Philips.

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5th May 2010:

Our Researchers from Holland continue to honour the graves of the recovery we all helped happen. Below and also see "
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14th March 2010:

Our friends over in Saint Nazaire have just recovered a propeller that we understand is from a downed B-17 - the item is in superb condition and further research is also being undertaken to establish which aircraft this is from and of course the story behind it. More follows!

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14th February 2010:

We would like to place an appeal for any surviving relatives of the crew from Stirling EE873 lost on 13/14th July 1943. Please see the article "
HERE". The owner of the land a Mr. Sylvester Colson has built a superb memorial to the crew and is seeking relatives to contact him (Via us) in order to arrange a visit.

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1st September 2009:

A.R. Society contacted again by Laurent Taveau from France regarding the Polish fighter pilot, Chudek - with no known grave. A probable location has been established and a recovery is planned for the recovery of the body later this year. Following this a proper burial will be arranged. Parts from the aircraft and the watch from the pilot have been recovered. More to follow.


1st September 2009:

A day of commemorations is taking place in Poland to mark the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II.

The first ceremony took place at dawn on Westerplatte peninsula near Gdansk, where a German battleship fired the first shots on a Polish fort in 1939.

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An article especially prepared for the Aircrew Remembrance Society by a relative of the Halifax crew.


On 28 August 2009 I attended a beautiful ceremony in Banica, southern Poland for the unveiling of a monument to seven brave Polish airmen who had been shot down by the Luftwaffe 65 years earlier. Prior to the dedication of this monument, there had been no official recognition of the tragedy - even though it had been investigated, written about and discussed by several interested researchers over many years. A small memorial had been erected at the site of the crash many years ago – but this had been inscribed “in memory of seven unknown Polish airmen”. My father was a member of this brave crew and I have been deeply moved by the dedication and passion of members of the local community who planned and developed the new monument - and also prepared a wonderful ceremony on the day of the commemoration. In particular, Mr. Aleksander Gucwa whose kindness and commitment have been outstanding.

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The crew members of Halifax JP-295 ‘P’ were part of the Polish Air Force Special Duties Squadron 1586 based in Brindisi, Italy and were engaged in flying supplies to the Polish Home Army to assist the Warsaw Uprising which began on 1 August 1944. The captain and navigator of the Halifax was F/Lt Franciszek OMYLAK. The others were - F/O. Kazimierz WIDACKI - pilot P/O. Konstanty DUNIN-HORKAWICZ - bomb-aimer Sgt. Jan OZGA - radio operator Sgt. Wilhem BALCAREK - flight engineer F/O. Tadeusz MROCZKO - gunner Fl/Sgt Jozef SKORCZYK – gunner

The crew had carried out several missions from Brindisi to Warsaw since arriving from Britain on 10 August 1944. The flights to Warsaw were long and dangerous - and on the night of the tragedy they were in Halifax JP 295 which had been borrowed from RAF Squadron 148. Shortly after take-off the aircraft lost radio contact - and as it never returned to base, the assumption was that the aircraft had been lost in the Adriatic Sea. This was the official record for many years.

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Ten days before the loss of Halifax JP 295, Liberator EW 275 with a Polish crew was shot down in Olszyny a small village 30 kms away from Banica, also on a Warsaw mission.. Only five bodies had been located at the time of the crash and they were buried in the village cemetery. This tragedy had been remembered in great detail by the local people and also photographs had been taken, which exist today. The bodies of the five Liberator crew members were removed to Rakowice, the military cemetery in Krakow, in 1965.

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When Halifax JP 295 crashed in Banica, ten days after the Liberator crash, locals described the horrific damage to the aircraft and how dreadfully the bodies of the crew had been mutilated. There are witnesses to the crash who were small children at the time - and who are living in the area today. They still talk about the horror of the crash. Shortly after the crash the remains of the Halifax crew were buried in the nearby cemetery at Krzywa. Significantly, in 1980 a group from a senior airmen’s club in Krakow removed bodies from the Halifax graves and organized a burial in Rakowice Cemetery for the two missing Liberator crew. The names of the two Liberator crew members were placed on new grave stones, making a full complement for the Liberator. It was claimed by this group that the Liberator had bounced 30kms from Olszyny to Banica!! During the mid 1990s aviation enthusiasts who were interested in the Banica crash found aircraft parts at the site which showed that the aircraft was definitely a Halifax, not a Liberator. Indeed, one fragment had ‘Halifax’ clearly visible. One of the enthusiasts, Mr. Tomasz Sikorski wrote an article in a Polish aviation magazine about this find – together with his views about the crash. There had been earlier articles by other writers in various journals supporting the theory of two separate crashes, but now evidence had been found.

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More articles - and a film made by Professor Andrzej Olejko in 2005 for Polish television about the two crashes - further supported the view that the aircraft in Banica was a Halifax, not a Liberator which had been thought to have bounced there. Importantly, in 2006 a team led by Professor Krzysztof Wielgus, an aviation archeologist from Krakow Politechnik, carried out excavation at the Banica site. The team found almost 200 artifacts which were identified as Halifax and not Liberator. The results of the excavation was widely broadcast in Poland both in newspapers and on television, however no effort was made by the government to rectify the erroneous removal of Halifax crew from their graves and burial with incorrect names in the Military Cemetery in Krakow. Fortunately the local community in Sekowa, where the village of Banica is located, realized that the brave crew members of Halifax JP 295 should have recognition for their sacrifice - and early in 2009 plans were developed for a superb new monument in Banica, the site of the Halifax tragedy.

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It was a beautiful sunny day on 28 August 2009 – the day of the 65th anniversary of the crash of Halifax JP 295. It was a wonderful event – as all crew members’ families had been found and invited to the commemoration. First of all Mass was held at the local 100-year old wooden church with three priests officiating - these were Roman Catholic, Greco Catholic and Orthodox, thus representing the community. This was followed by a splendid unveiling ceremony, attended by over 300 people including the military, veterans and government representatives. After lunch a conference was held at SÄ™kowa School which included an exposition of Halifax parts which had been excavated, together with presentations about the aircraft mix-up and research. Speakers included Mr. Tomasz Sikorski, Professor Olejko, Professor Wielgus and others – also many other aviation enthusiasts were present. There was also a performance of music, song and poetry by the students of the school which was very poignant. Thanks to Mr. Aleksander Gucwa I was fortunate enough to meet Christopher Mackey, who is the son of Brunon Malejko crew member of Liberator EW 275. Chris’s story can be read "HERE".

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Thank you to the following people whose research and writings unraveled the Halifax mystery and therefore made the development of this monument possible: Mr. Franek Grabowksi; Mr. Tomasz Sikorski; Mr. Szymon Serwatka; Professor Andrzej Olejko; Professor Krzysztof Wielgus; Mr. Wojciech Zmyslony; members of 300 Squadron group and Kresy-Siberia group for their assistance in locating the crew’s family members; also Mr. Aleksander Gucwa and the Sekowa committee for building this fine monument. The day and events of 28th August 2009 will be in my heart forever.
Please note that four members of the crew (my own father included) had been arrested and deported to the USSR shortly after the Russian invasion of Poland in 17 September 1939. They were interned in Soviet gulags until 1941, when they were released under the Sikorski-Maisky agreement to join the fight against Hitler. A long and arduous journey was undertaken by these heroic men from Siberia, Kazakhstan, Iraq and Palestine to England during 1941 and 1942 to join the Polish Air Force and the Allies in Britain. Their families are hoping that proper graves can now be provided in Rakowice Cemetery for this gallant crew.

Frances Gates

23rd July 2009:

We recently supplied small memorial plaques for a relative to place at the crash site in France of a Halifax in 1944. Now added see
here.

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30th June 2009:

Alexander Chudek memorial unveiled in Normandy this week. Massive media coverage of the event. Further pictures being prepared for the website.

Pictures kindly supplied direct to us by Laurent Taveau from France who has been one of the main organisers of this splendid memorial plaque.

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13th October 2008

Former R.A.F. Halifax crew member discovers the remains of his friend Sgt. John Bremner after 64 years!


On 20th January 1944 the aircraft he was on operations with was shot down by flak over Berlin. Four of the crew managed to bail out and were taken prisoners of war. Four others were killed after the aircraft crashed in the area of Hirschgarten Friedrichshagen, Berlin. Two of the crew's bodies were recovered and buried in 1946 in the Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery - P/O Eric Arthur Church the wireless operator and air gunner and Sgt. Kenneth Frederick Stanbridge who was the co-pilot on this mission. Two were classed as missing - W/O II Charles Gordon Dupueis another air gunner and Sgt. John Bremner the flight engineer. These two are remembered at the Runnymede War Memorial. Until now ..........

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Reg Wilson visited Berlin in 2005 with his German speaking daughter, Janet Hughes, to try and find some answers to the question that had been burning in his mind "Where are these two other colleagues they class as missing?"

They met up with local historians and and found some witnesses and the following year he returned and with the help of various volunteers found the wreckage of his aircraft. Also found were human remains and with the aid of DNA samples taken from Sgt. Bremners sister, positively identified the remains. Sadly, to date, the remains of W/O II Charles Gordon Dupueis are still unrecovered. However there are many of us who are working to resolve this type of problem and in time all the boys can have their own resting place!

A funeral will be taking place on 16th October 2008 and Sgt. Bremners will be buried with full military honours at the Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery alongside his other fallen comrades. The other surviving members are amazed at what Reg has done and although Laurie Underwood is too ill to attend, Sgt Bremners sister Marjorie (89) will be joining Reg at the funeral. George Griffiths (The pilot) died in 1998. Rear gunner John Bushell added that his abiding memory of John is singing our hearts out together at a piano bar in York. He was a war hero who gave his life for his country.' John Bushell will also be attending the ceremony along with relatives of other crew members.

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Left above: Reg showing various articles recovered from Halifax LW337 Centre: Reg with his wife Barbara during the search for his aircraft. Right above :John Bushell showing his former "POW" ID card

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Halifax Crew Wedding Group

The survivors of the crash of Halifax LW337 gather at the wedding of Flying Officer Laurie Underwood on 6th June 1945 in Middlesbrough. From Left to Right: Pilot Officer Reg Wilson Bridesmaid (Unknown) Flying Officer George 'Gag' Griffiths Flying Officer Laurie Underwood plus late wife Beryl Bridesmaid (unknown) Sergeant John Bushell Bridesmaid and other guest (unknown)

(Photographs and information kindly supplied to the Aircrew Remembrance Society on the eve of Reg Wilson's trip to Berlin on the 13th October 2008 - we also thank the Daily Mail for bringing this information to the public eye and to other relatives of the crew who also contributed to this article)

20th September 2008

Daughter pays emotional visit to crash site of father's aircraft

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On the 20th September 2008 a small plaque and cross was erected by The Aircrew Remembrance Society, in memory of the crew of B25 Mitchell FL193. In a short but moving ceremony the cross was unveiled by the daughter of one of the crew, Trish Masters. Trish in the company of her daughter Karina were there to remember father and grandfather, Sgt. Eric Bailey and his three comrades, killed at the site on the 21st September 1943, the event of the ceremony therefore taking place on the eve of the 65th anniversary of the crash. Pictures show Trish at the unveiling.

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After the cross was unveiled Trish was presented with a framed plaque of her father by David King, which also contained a relic from his aircraft,
a •50 ammunition case recovered from the site. A further plaque was also presented to Eric Bailey's granddaughter, Karina.

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Flowers left at the base of the memorial by Trish.

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The national flags of Canada and Australia drift on the breeze in memory of the four fallen airmen.

F/O J Ledgerwood. (Pilot) R.A.A.F. P/O A G Olson. (Nav) R.C.A.F. Flt/Sgt. E G Bailey (A/G) R.A.A.F. Sgt. M J Tymms (A/G) R.A.A.F.
Also present at the site for ARS were, Melvin Brownless and Alexander King who filmed the occasion.
For details of this Aircrafts Loss
Click Here

Article in the edition of "Britain at War" magazine. britain-at-war-magazine

Wednesday 7th May 2008

Missing crew finally laid to rest

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In a poignant and moving ceremony the crew of a World War Two RAF Hampden bomber have been reunited and buried with full
military honours in the Netherlands, on Wednesday 7th May 2008, 67 years after being shot down by a German night fighter.

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The burial, at the Bergen General Cemetery, followed a Commemorative Service in the town conducted by the Reverend (Squadron Leader) Tim Wright and Father Kees Groenewout.
Hampden P1206 of 49 Squadron took off from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire at 1714 hrs on 8 November 1941 for an intruder sortie in the Bocholt area of Germany, but failed to return. The aircraft was attacked over the coast by a German night fighter and crashed shortly after 2100 hrs onto farmland along the Dorfstrasse of Berkhout in the neighbourhood of Hoorn.
The remains of two of the crew, Warrant Officer Christopher Saunders DFM (Distinguished Flying Medal) RAF and Sergeant James D'Arcy RAFVR (RAF Volunteer Reserve), were recovered at the time by the Germans and buried in Bergen General Cemetery.
Attempts to recover the other two crew members, Sgt. Stanley Mullenger RAFVR and Sgt. John (Jack) Kehoe RAF, were unsuccessful.
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Graves still looked after by Ed Ijsbrandij and family (A.R. Society researchers from Holland)

The two lay with their aircraft until August 2004 when a Dutch land owner approached a member of the DARE group at one of their exhibitions, he asked if it would be possible to trace relatives of two crewmen who still remained buried along with their aircraft in one of his fields. The field where they lay was used by him to grow potatoes which he felt so undignified as their last resting place, constantly ploughed year in year out and often still unearthing fragments from the aircraft, surely something could be done to provide them with a proper grave as their last resting place. So it was that the DARE group took up this challenge to obtain war graves for these two missing boys. The next day my good friend Ed Ijsbrandij, secretary of the DARE group, contacted me at The Aircrew Remembrance Society to ask if we could help them in tracing relatives, of course we were only to pleased to do so, and after just a few weeks I was able to make contact with a relative of one of the missing boys, Margaret Walsh (ne Kehoe) sister of Sergeant John (Jack) Kehoe.

So it was that the first link in the chain was forged, a chain that after nearly four years grew to have many, many links, created by many, many people, each one forged with dedication and compassion, overcoming many obstacles, and often in the face of great adversity. We all owe a debt of gratitude to The DARE group and all their supporters in Holland, for now two more of our boys are NO LONGER MISSING!

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Members of The Aircrew Remembrance Society, visit to the crash site in September 2005, to place a floral tribute on behalf of the families. (Left to right) Melvin Brownless (A.R.S.) David King (A.R.S.) Ed Ijsbrandij (D.A.R.E.)

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Members of the Queen's Colour Squadron (63 Squadron RAF Regiment) carry the coffin containing the remains of Sergeant Stanley Mullenger RAFVR and Sergeant 'Jack' Kehoe RAF to their final resting place

Margaret Walsh, Sergeant Jack Kehoe's sister, travelled to the Netherlands from southern Ireland to attend her brother's funeral. Her parents never knew what happened to their son and, reflecting on the family's anguish, the 89-year-old said:
"It's sad but I'm happy inside. It's taken 66 years and I'm thankful to all the people who have made this happen. I've nothing but good things to say, especially about the Dutch people."

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As the Queen's Colour Squadron lowered the coffin into its final resting place, a trumpeter from the Band of the RAF Regiment played 'The Last Post' and, as a tribute to the downed airmen, two Harvard AT-6 aircraft from the Royal Netherlands Air Force performed a flypast over the grave.

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Margaret Walsh , the sister of Sergeant 'Jack' Kehoe, at the graveside of her brother during the ceremony at Bergen General Cemetery.

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As a mark of comradeship, the remains of Sergeant Mullenger, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner on the Hampden, and Sergeant Kehoe, Air Gunner, have been laid in a single coffin beneath headstones lying back-to-back with the graves of their previously buried companions.
Sergeant Mullenger's niece, Penny Goodman, who was also at the funeral, said: "I feel honoured and privileged to be here and represent my mother. I didn't know my Uncle Stanley; I was born after he died but I do have memories of her telling me stories of him and the escapades he used to get up to!"

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As a further mark of respect, and one that reflects the gratitude so prevalent toward the Allied Forces, a memorial to the airmen close to the original crash site at Berkhout was unveiled by Koggenland Mayor, Leoni Sipkes.
She said: "May they and all the others that died for freedom and justice not be forgotten.
They gave us freedom and it is our duty to keep it."


Ian Sharpe, nephew of Sergeant Mullenger, summarised his feelings with sentiments echoed by his family, when he said:
"They've been together for nearly 70 years and now they'll be together for eternity - what could be better?"


David King.
12th May 2008
Chairman
Aircrew Remembrance Society

(All photographs copyright of Aircrew Remembrance Society and the D.A.R.E. Group Via Eric Molenaar.)

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On the left: John (Jack) Kehoe, right: Stanley Mullenger

New Memorial erected in Belgium for Wellington crew lost in 1944

The Aircrew Remembrance Society wish to thank Jean Michel Dominique and Pierre Vandervelden for attending the memorial ceremony and also for sending us the many photographs (See also 1941 "field" loss) We are proud that they work closely with us. Jean and Pierre run the inmemories website whose link can be found on our "links page section.

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The Mayor Mr. Jean-Francois Gatelier shown left giving his introduction speech. Mrs Moira Dryborough (Canada) and councillor Mr. Francois Ducarme at the naming of the "Impasse Wellington" (The track to their rear) shown on this picture below.

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UK representative, Mr. David Mole, after laying a wreath. David is the son of F/O Douglas John Mole, RAFVR, of 10 Sq, whose Hallie crashed at Taillette (08 - French Ardennes) on 18 December 1944.

Below from L to R:  Mr. René Dubray, ex-RAF, RAFA Belgium member and the man behind the erection of the memorial; Mrs. Camille Malcotte, President of the RAFA Belgium's Florennes branch; Mrs. Moira Drybrough, of Toronto, a relative of F/S Thomas Duxbury RCAF, a WOp/AG in the doomed bomber

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A superb memorial designed by by Mrs. Hélène Baily, a local artist


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The British Library is preserving this site for the future in the UK Web Archive at
www.webarchive.org.uk All Aircrew Remembered on our Remembrance pages, are therefor not just remembered here, but also subsequently remembered and recorded as part of our nation’s history
and heritage at The British Library.