LOST MATES & HELP.

 

 

 

   LOST MATES & HELP.
 
Lost touch
 
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Personnel Records.
These are held at RAF Cranwell. If service number and details are known, please quote them in correspondence.
Cranwell will only divulge information to the person to whom it refers or, if he or she has died, to his or her immediate next of kin. Anyone else must obtain written permission from the person about whom they are enquiring, or from his or her next of kin, before any information will be given to them.
The information is free of charge to the person to whom the records refer or their widow or widower, for anyone else there is a charge of £30.00 for any information they provide.
 
An individuals RAF BASIC record is still available by writing to:-
 
TAKE NOTE:-  
 
THE NEW ADDRESS OF R.A.F. RECORDS IS NOW:-
 
DPA Room 220,
Trenchard Hall,
RAF Cranwell,
Sleaford,
Lincs,
NG34 8HB.
Enclosing details of their service number, and possibly, address at that time.      
 
 They also need proof of identity, such as copies of either, passport, utility bills or driving licence.
 
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     HELP.
 
I recieved the following E mail today, 16th march 2014, if anyone can help please get in touch with me.
 
Many thanks Les.
 
Hello Les,
I'm researching my dad's WWII history and writing it up as a story for the family. He's still alive. He's 92, fit and well.
I'm attaching, below, a rough timeline of where he was and what he did.
I've got the end part of his story and can't seem to find any details on the Internet about Bushey or is it Bushy.
He was working on ciphers at that time and his CO was Witney Straight, so it must have been for No.216 Group. He's a bit confused about where exactly he was stationed.
Is there anyone in your membership who was there in the war. And anyone who was in Aden in 1941/2? If so perhaps I could put him in touch with them.
Kind regards
Tina
 
Below are the details of Eric Dallman, Tina's Father's service.
September 1939 War declared
October 1940 ARP officer
May 1941 Joined RAF
Cardington
Weston-super-Mare
Southampton
Wilmslow
September 1941 Set sail from Liverpool, RMS Samaria
November 1941 Arrived Aden, Sheik Othman, 73 OTU
Journey: Somaliland, Eritrea, (Khartoum) Sudan, (Heliopolis) Egypt
(March or later) 1941 Amman, Jordon, No.3 Middle East Training School
(May or later) 1942 Khormaksa, No.8 Squadron
[plane crashed at Little Aden in June – so was that pre or post training?]
journey: Eritrea, Sudan, Egypt, Lybia
October 1943 Tunis
October 1943 Naples, Staging post 63
[January 1944, squadron 18 and 114 using Pomigliano]
[March 1944 Vesuvius erupted]
[Suggests shot down in March/ April or May]
May 1944 Corsica
Sardinia
France
Naples (on a ship to England)
Cipher school
Mildenhall
Bushy
October 1945 Oslo
April 1946 London
 
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Just had the following request, anyone help?????. 14/08/2013.
Good Morning,
I am trying to find information relating to the attached. The wooden plate is 11 - 12ins in diameter, with no markings on the reverse. It was the treasured possession of my late uncle, W.Op. Flt Sgt George Taylor (titch). Initally he flew with 101 sqn, but was detatched to 77sqn Transport Command, for the duration of the Berlin Airlift. After the Airlift he was posted to No2 Parchute Training School in India, where he obtained the local rank of W.O. He remained in the RAF until January 1952.
I have contacted the Berlin Airlift Association, and Bomber Command Museums in Lincs and Norfolk/Suffolk, regretfully none of them had ever seen a similar plate, so were unable to help.
Kind Regards
Linda Farley (Niece).
 
Berlin plaque picture 2
 
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The following is part of an E mail I had from Andrea Baers yesterday, 15/05/2013,
I only have a photo of her Grandfather but no name. If anyone recognizes the Pilot in the photo, please let me know, Les haines, Webmaster, and also andrea on her E mail address:-  
 
 andrea.nov@gmx.de  Just copy and paste.
 
Dear Mr. Haines,
My name is Andrea Baers and I am living in Germany. I am searching for my grandfather, who has been a pilot with the British airforce. My problem is that I do have only a picture of him and no name, We do assume that he was probably flying for the Berlin Airlift, but that is an assumption. Could you please let me know, if you or someone of your members recall him? I will attach a picture of him to this email, maybe someone does recognize him.
Kind regards from Bonn,
Andrea Baers.
 
     Andreas
    Andrea's Grandfather, Name????.
The picture might be taken around 1949?
 
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I Had the following E mail, today 30/03/2013, from Stephen Spencer, Re his Dad, as below.
If anyone has any information on George, please let me know, then I can pass it on to Stephen.
 
Hello Les,
Came across your site while trying to find out about my Dad's RAF service. I wonder if you can help solve this puzzle:
Dad (George Spencer, now aged 90) volunteered in 1941, trained as a wireless operator/air gunner, was seconded to Army Signals before otu. He then flew out of Poole, Dorset, mainly Middle East. Left the service in 1946.
He had 2 uniforms, RAF and BOAC (which he was married in), depending on where they were going.
I understand that BOAC and RAF Transport Command ran joint operations.
My query is, which squadron would he have been attached to - if any?
I hope you can throw some light on this conundrum.
Best wishes.
Stephen Spencer.
 
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I received the following E mail from Vince gavin (Junior), son of J.V. Gavin, 22/02/2013.
If you can help him please,  copy & paste, his E mail address at the end on his message.
Les. Haines, Webmaster.
 
"Hello All.
My father - (JV Gavin) - Vince Gavin, enlisted on his 19th birthday in December 1941. After training as a signaller and wanging a transfer to Aircrew, he served in India in 1944/5 helping keep the troops supplied as they were chasing the Japanese out of Burma.
After the War he was in Kabrit, the Berlin Airlift (Lubeck). Then Upper Heyford, Watton (Norfolk), Germany (1958-60), Tangmere in the early 60's, Khormaksar-Aden '63-65, Coltishall 65/66& finished his RAF career 'down the hole' in Patrington, East Yorkshire, retiring in 1967.
And all sorts of stations/postings inbetween those places, as many of you had similar 20 odd year careers in the RAF can imagine.
Dad is now in his 91st year, ailing somewhat (for some reason.....) but still okay. If there is anyone out there who knew him, and one way or another lost touch, please email me on  vince.gavin@yahoo.co.ukand I'll pass all messages on.
Thanks and very best regards to all.
 
Vince Gavin (Junior)"
 
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I received the following item from George Derrick, 21/01/2013.
if you can help please E mail me.
Les Webmaster.
 
Hello,
I'd like very much to contact an old friend I met at Padgate June 4th 1947, PHILIP SMITH, (a Welshman).We did our square bashing at West Kirby, followed by a course ( F.M.A.'s ) at Cosford then spent balance of our time in the middle east, he in the Sudan and I with 249 squadron in Iraq. After our service he attended my wedding and I attended his.
The last address I had for him was in the Bristol area. Like me he would now be approaching 84 years.
Thank you.
 
George Derrick.
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I had the following E mail from Anna Belorusova, 4/01/2013,
asking for any information on her Grandfather Pyotr Kolesnikov, who served with the RAF,
as you will see, and was with the Air Force Transport Division .
 
If anyone has any further information on Pyotr (Peter), and R.A.F Station Errol,
please get in touch with me, Les Haines, Webmaster.
 
Dear Mr Haines
I am writing to you from St Petersburg, Russia regarding the following.
My grandfather, Pyotr Kolesnikov (1906-1948) was a Russian hero pilot during the Second World War. In 1943-44 he was at the R.A.F. Errol Station, Squadron 305, as part of the English-Russian training programme.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Errol.
My grandfather fought at all major fronts of the Second World War. Unfortunately, he died in 1948, aged 42, and most of the information about him and his visit to the UK is mainly based on my mother's childhood memories and very few of his papers left in our archive.
Last week I was at the National Archive in London and got hold of the 305 Squadron Operation Journal where I found detailed information about my grandfather..
He arrived at the Errol Station on 6th April 1943 for 'training at Errol after having completed a course on Hercules XI at the Bristol Aircraft Co' and left on 24th March 1944: "the following Russian officers ceased attachment to 305 F.T.U. and proceeded to Liverpool for embarkation. F/Lt B.Ward accompanied them as escort officer. Senior Lts Kolesnikov, Korolev, ....etc".
The Russian unit of the 305 Squadron was formed of the most experienced senior pilots, among them was the hero pilot Gruzdin (http://www.raf38group.org/ussr), hero pilot Polosukhin (who flew to Russia the Mosquito plane), and others.
I have good friends living in Scotland near Errol who would help me with the research on the site there. I am also going to approach the Moscow Air Force Museum.
I would be very keen to obtain any additional information about my grandfather's and would be very grateful to you for your possible thoughts!
With best wishes and thanks in advance from St Petersburg
Look forward to hearing from you,
Sincerely
Anna Belorusova
 
Since sending the above letter to me, Anna has found out a lot about her Grandfather, and has sent me numerous photos and information about his time with the RAF in Scotland. She has visited Errol with her Friends in Scotland and has stood looking out of the derelict Control tower, and walked up the runway where he would have taken off from,
Anna said to me this is very meaningful and emotional for me.
 
Below are some of the R.A.F.Errol photos and one with Anna.
Control tower 5    
   
 Control tower 6
 
Control tower 7
 
Control tower 10
 
  
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The photo above was placed there by the 'AIRFIELDS OF BRITAIN CONSERVTION TRUST'
The Website address of the trust is:- www.abct.org.uk
 
 
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I received the following item from George Derrick, 21/01/2013.
if you can help please E mail me.
Les Webmaster.
 
Hello,
I'd like very much to contact an old friend I met at Padgate June 4th 1947, PHILIP SMITH, (a Welshman).We did our square bashing at West Kirby, followed by a course ( F.M.A.'s ) at Cosford then spent balance of our time in the middle east, he in the Sudan and I with 249 squadron in Iraq. After our service he attended my wedding and I attended his.
The last address I had for him was in the Bristol area. Like me he would now be approaching 84 years.
Thank you.
George Derrick.
 
 
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I received the following E mail from Vince gavin (Junior), son of J.V. Gavin, 22/02/2013.
If you can help him please,  copy & paste, his E mail address at the end on his message.
Les. Haines, Webmaster.
 
"Hello All.
My father - (JV Gavin) - Vince Gavin, enlisted on his 19th birthday in December 1941. After training as a signaller and wanging a transfer to Aircrew, he served in India in 1944/5 helping keep the troops supplied as they were chasing the Japanese out of Burma.
After the War he was in Kabrit, the Berlin Airlift (Lubeck). Then Upper Heyford, Watton (Norfolk), Germany (1958-60), Tangmere in the early 60's, Khormaksar-Aden '63-65, Coltishall 65/66& finished his RAF career 'down the hole' in Patrington, East Yorkshire, retiring in 1967.
And all sorts of stations/postings inbetween those places, as many of you had similar 20 odd year careers in the RAF can imagine.
Dad is now in his 91st year, ailing somewhat (for some reason.....) but still okay. If there is anyone out there who knew him, and one way or another lost touch, please email me on  vince.gavin@yahoo.co.ukand I'll pass all messages on.
Thanks and very best regards to all.
Vince Gavin (Junior)"
 
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I received the following E mail from Alexander Peebles, (21/11/2012).
with referance to  Dakota KG584, 271 Sqn., Down Ampney.
 
Hello all,
I am writing in the name of my wife whose Uncle Robert(Bobby) Smith was Radio Operator on KG584.
Until a couple of weeks ago, all we knew was that he had crashed into a hill somewhere. We have now discovered that KG584 went into a hill just to the N.W. of Gatwick on a return trip to Down Ampney.
The aircraft was crewed by ;- P.O. Edward Gibson (24) Pilot; F.O. Sydney John Holder (24) RAAF, Navigator and F.O. Robert McNeil Smith (30) Radio Operator.
They had stopped off overnight on the continent and landed at Gatwick to drop off passengers. They took off again from Gatwick and were flying through broken cloud when they struck Leith Hill, Surrey, RH5 6HD.
We have discovered that the residents in that area, a village called Coldharbour have been holding a 'Remembrance Service' for the crew every year ever since, but were of the opinion that the crew were Canadians.
The incident occurred on the 10th December, 1944.
Sadly, three other Dakotas from 3rd Sqn. 1X Troop Carrier Command Pathfinder Group from Chalgrove, Oxfordshire crashed two weeks earlier at an identical location on 26.11.44 viz:-
42 - 93754 Orvel A. Bell
42 - 92837 Willard B. Branit
43 - 47975 Clyde D. Taylor
Of the 15 personnel aboard the three aircraft the Navigator and Radio Operator of 43 - 47975 were the only survivors. A fouth C - 47 of the same flight saw the explosions of the impacts and pulled up in time to clear.
It is our intention to attend the 'service' in 2013, at which I hope to be able to sound the 'Last Post'. Anyone reading this who would like to participate can contact me on Tel; 01642 557422.
I hope that this information 'ticks another box' on the board and brings closure to some more family members and Mates.
If anyone remembers Bobby Smith, we'd be happy to hear from you and we would like to hear what KG 584 was involved in operationally in the weeks prior to its loss.
Thank you all
Sandy Peebles
 
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I have just recieved the following request for information, 07/09/2012, from Derek King.
If you can help him please use one of the contacts in his letter.
 
Dear Mr Haines
Having just visited your Veterans web-site has given me pause for thought.
As an aviation historian and author, I have just been commissioned to write
another book by Air-Britain Historians Ltd. My first book published was a
history of the Bristol Type 170 Freighter and Wayfarer, which I am proud to
say has been very well received.
My new project is somewhat more daunting, and covers the history of three
famous RAF and civilian aircraft types under the working title of "From
Lancaster to York"
My history will cover the following:
The Avro 683 Lancaster - Civilian and Research aircraft ONLY
The Avro 685 York Full history
The Avro 691 Lancastrian Full history
Your web-site has made me think of a way to hopefully contact some surviving
veterans who may have been aircrew or have otherwise worked with any of the
types noted above, even just to having flown in them as a passenger.
I would very much like to obtain their stories to include in the book, and
any contributions will be clearly credited to the sender. If any of your
members would like to get in touch, either by e-mail or by letter my contact
details are below. I include my telephone number if you wish to verify my
credentials at all.
Photographs would be appreciated as well, and all will be scanned and returned.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours sincerely
E-mail address - derek.k@ntlworld.com
Postal address
Derek A King Telephone 01480 393214
4, Coldhans South
Huntingdon
PE29 1UN
England
Air-Britain Information Service Co-ordinator
BTAH - British Transport Aircraft Histories
 
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I received the following request from Dave Forster,
If anyone has some knowledge of this item please contact him on the following
E address:-   dforster_100@yahoo.com
 
"I am researching RAF participation in the US hydrogen bomb trials in 1954.
I'm looking to contact Hastings personnel (aircrew or groundcrew) involved in
the RAF detachment on Kwajalein in February-May 1954 for a book I'm preparing".
 
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