Greetings from Wakefield Quebec....Served in 408 1979-1981. Per Ardua Ad Astra
So excited to find your facebook group for 408 squadron. My great uncle, Pilot Officer James Allan Earle, died on Jan 14, 1944 in a Lancaster assigned to target Brunsweig, Germany. The when crew was lost and are now buried on Hanover cemetary. It means a lot to me to be able to connect with the 408. I only knew Allan through home movies. He was my grandfather's youngest brother, and I understand he was probably the nicest and kindest of the 6 siblings. Their father died in 1928, and I think the death of Allan must have been almost unbearable for his mother. I would live to have known him.
Past member it is nice to read and bring back good memories. Cheers
I made an error in my 18 Apr entry for my first tour dates at 408 Sqn. It should have read 1979 - 1983. From 1977-1979 I was with 444 Sqn in Lahr. Sorry for the mistake. Brian
I had two tours with the Squadron: July 1977-July 1983 as an LOH Flt Observer and from July 1985-July 1992 as LOH Flt Warrant and Squadron Sergeant-Major. They were good times in my career and I made many good friends and memories.
I flew as a FE between 1980 to 1981 Loved that time and adventures.
I have good memories of my time flying Twin Hueys at 408 Sqn, 1982-86. Currently doing some research on my wife’s uncle, Sgt Donald Henderson, missing on a mission to Wilhelmshaven 10 Jan 1942. I doubt there are any survivors that would remember him, but worth a shot. In the meantime, research. For the moderator: I am willing to poke through ORBs and the like to help answer questions that might have answers found within them.
Did one of the SFOR tour with 408 in 2001 while attached to 403. 408 is an awesome unit to work with. Ad Astra
I would be interested if there are any living members in the Victoria area that were in the 408 Squadron that would have known my father F/O Fred Wood during WW11. Regards Martin Wood (250.882.9253)
I transferred over to 408 Sqn from 450Sqn when 408 was reactivated with Col. Argue as its Commanding Officer
8-9 May 1942 408 Squadron Hampden I AE288 EQ-H Warnemunde Took off from RAF Balderton at 21:24. Hit by 1/lei Flak Abt 836, 1/lei Flak Abt 844 and 1/Marine Flak Abt 204. 408 Squadron Hampden I AE297 EQ-F Warnemunde Took off from RAF Balderton at 21:22. Coned by 11 & 13/Flak Regt 25. Hit by 1/Res Flak Abt 251, 1/Res Flak Abt 224 and 2 & 4/Res Flak Abt 227. Crashed near Rovershagen at 01:24.
A World War 1 centenial commemoration will be held at Forenville Military Cemetery, near Cambrai in Northern France where 100 mostly British soldiers are buried having been Killed in action on 8th October 1918. This memorial event lead by the local French people will take place on Sunday 7th October 2018. To the left flank of these men were battalions of Canadians. In this same cemetery are the graves of 6 members of an RCAF 408 squadron Lancaster that crashed close to the cemetery on the night 12/13th June 1944, shot down by a night fighter while on a mission over Cambrai. The aircraft was DS726 EQ\"Y\" and you have details on this website. I just wanted to assure you all that while the centenary event is obviously not for these men, that we will observe a fitting remembrance of them. Those men will NEVER be forgotten. David Richardson United Kingdom
Hi Guys I thought that I would let you Know that The Book Station of Nations The History of RAF Balderton is now available through the RAF Balderton Research Group. It is receiving great reviews and sales are going great.
On Sunday the 8th April the RAF Balderton research group held a reunion for all the families of those who served at the Airfield and I have some photo\'s I would like to share with you. We had 2 families of former 408 Squadron aircrew at the event which was attended by over 70 people. We have planted a Red Maple in the memorial garden at Newark Air Museum and we have a plaque placed on a small piece of the runway and we had a service by the tree and I laid a wreath in commemoration of 408 Squadron RCAF with photo\'s of 2 air crew who gave their lives during 1942, they were F/Sgt Clarence Henry Finkbeiner who lost his life in Hampden AE297 EQ-F on the 09/05/1942 and WOII Lionel Greer Chaston who lost his life in Hampden P1244 EQ-Y on the 27/08/1942
Many great memories of Rockcliffe as a very young boy. My father was Sgt. WJ Smith (Hangar Line) 55-61