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Courtney Courtney wrote on March 9, 2015:
Howdy! I am trying to acquire a vector logo of the 408 squadron to replicate a service emblem/print for a WW2 veteran of the 408th squadron. Ideally I\'d like to have it reissued with gold foil but I\'m not sure who to contact and veterans affairs and the airforce have been no such luck. If I had the logo in vector format, I could do it myself - would you be able to help, or direct me to someone who could? Thanks very much! I can be reached at 250-751-2994 or via email. - Courtney
George R McKillop George R McKillop wrote on February 12, 2015:
Wilma Kuysten Your 408 Goose Squadron Posting of January 5th 2015. Surname of Individual Eli /Ely or Baker ? You seem to be sure that he returned to Canada but not so sure he went to California. 408 Squadron Wartime Casualty List and related sources of information is as follows: Ely A B Flight Lieutenant Pilot Service Number J/22783 RCAF Canadian April 25th 1945, Halifax VII NP796, EQ-M, Operation Wangerooge Killed In Action, Date of Death April 25, 1945 Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery or Memorial Name: Runnymede Memorial Panel 278. Would appreciate your comments and/or any additional information. George R McKillop New Westminster BC
Karen Hering Karen Hering wrote on February 2, 2015:
I am trying to get some information about my uncle who went missing in action on May 24, 1943. He is listed as URETZKY, Harry Flying Offr J/14818 RCAF Runnymede Memorial I believe he was the first bombadier to train in Edmonton and the target for his last mission was Dortmund. An uncle has said his plane went down over a place in Germany called Ompsoomhoven or something like that. I have never heard this before. Would you have any further information about his time overseas and where his plane was shot down and if anyone from his plane survived? Thank you kindly, Karen
Phyllis Hope Lafler Phyllis Hope Lafler wrote on February 1, 2015:
Thank you for commemorating the sacrifice of my cousin George Frederick Clough, pilot officer killed on 22 March 1944 and the many other brave men of the RCAF. I remember his visits on leave during the War while I was growing up in Cheshire. He was a lovely young man and a credit to the service. He was the only child of Joe and Julia Clough of Guelph, Ontario.
wilma kuysten wilma kuysten wrote on January 5, 2015:
I am looking for information regarding ww 2 goose squadron member Eli (Bill) Baker. He was missing in action in Holland but returned to Canada post war and i believe moved to california. He was from Ottawa. Any ideas or suggestions? I would like to know what happened to him after he went to california.
Anne Gafiuk Anne Gafiuk wrote on December 5, 2014:
Hello, I am researching George Douglas Britland, crew member of Lancaster LL765. He died on July 11, 1944, Leicestershire, England. His brother, Lionel, was killed in September 1941 east of Vancouver, BC. I have quite a bit of information about Lionel, as I have written a story about the accident he was involved in. I am thinking of writing a story about the loss of two sons...two brothers for another article, coming upon your website as George was part of the 408 Goose Squadron. If you would like a photo of George Douglas Britland and more information from his files at the Library and Archives in Ottawa, I would be happy to send it all to you. Please contact me at Thank you! Anne
George R McKillop George R McKillop wrote on December 2, 2014:
David Served as groundcrew with 408 Squadron in the UK, late November 1941, early December 1944 and have updated the 408 Squadron Wartime Casualty List from the Squadron History Book. W. R Chorley Bomber Command Losses of WWII Volume 5, Lancaster Mark II, LL687 EQ-M Operation Hamburg, crashed near Spreckens. Flying Officer Pilot, Ryan D T, J21669, KIA 29/07/1944, Age 24, RCAF, Canadian, Becklingen War Cemetery Grave 17. D. 7. Flying Officer Navigator, Whitson R D, J87963, KIA 29/07/1944, Age 28, RCAF, Canadian, Becklingen War Cemetery Grave 17. D. 5. Pilot Officer Air Bomber, Durnin A H, J85681, KIA 29/07/1944, Age 22, RCAF, Canadian, Becklingen War Cemetery Grave 17. D. 8. Flight Lieutenant Wireless Operator Air Gunner, Croucher G, J26857, KIA 29/07/1944, Age 29, RCAF, Canadian, Runnymede Memorial Panel 244 Pilot Officer Air Gunner, Truscott H E, J88730, KIA 29/07/1944, Age 23, RCAF, Canadian, Runnymede Memorial Panel 253. Pilot Officer Air Gunner, Imrie J A K, J88662, KIA 29/07/1944, Age 19, RCAF, Canadian, Becklingen War Cemetery Grave 17. D. 4. Sergeant Flight Engineer, Scott D, ?, POW 29/07/1944, Age ?, RAF, United Kingdom, Sergeant Air Gunner, Blais J L A, J89105, KIA 29/07/1944, Age ?, RCAF, Canadian, Becklingen War Cemetery Grave 17. D. 4. Virtual Canadian War Memorial. You should be able to find Additional Information and Family Relationships on all of the Canadian RCAF members of the aircrew on the Virtual Canadian Memorial. The personal files of aircrew Killed In Action are archived and available for research in the Canadian Library and Archives, Ottawa. Found your uncle’s military records under Service Files of the Second World War - War Dead 1939 - 1947. Suggest you request a copy of everything on his personal file since it’s not very expensive. It’s more difficult to find information on aircrew surviving the war since access to their personal files is restricted. Sergeant Flight Engineer D Scott was Royal Air Force and the RAF is even more restrictive. Hope this helps . George R McKillop New Westminster, BC
David Doyle David Doyle wrote on November 7, 2014:
I am looking for more information concerning my uncle Flight Officer Donal Thomas Ryan (J/21669 R77065) - downed on July29, 1944 and is buried in BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY. We have a copy of his logbook and also his medals and know his aircraft iden as Lancaster EQ-H. What my family is seeking is information about his aircraft (name) and whatever we can find out about the crew. Any assistance that can be provided would be much appreciated by all our family members. David
Colin Cripps Colin Cripps wrote on October 23, 2014:
I\'m researching any Aircrew who passed through 49 (Bomber) Squadron RAF. I would like some more info on a Sgt A J Rea 1162829 Pilot (later Fl/Off 132174), who was seconded to 49 Squadron from 408 Squadron at Syerston. He served with us from the 28th of July 1941 to 21st of August. He returned to 408 Sqdn and was awarded a DFM. Rea I believe was then posted to 105 Sqdn on Mosquito MkIV\'s, and was killed on landing at RAF Marham after an \'Op\' on the 27-28th of May 1943. Here is a hyperlink to his niche on our website Many thanks for any assistance.
Keith Baker Keith Baker wrote on October 4, 2014:
Hello, I had an Uncle William Baker who served with the squadron during WWII as a waist gunner/radio operator in the Halifax Bomber. Our family has his flight log book, which takes him through training, bombing missions, right up to the point he was shot down and his German POW ID card. We also have a few photos. The family wants to keep all the original documents. However I scanned everything and would be happy to share this. Who should I contact from the squadron who might be interested in this material? Thanks Keith
Frank Johnston-Banks Frank Johnston-Banks wrote on August 17, 2014:
FYI this image is up on ebay if any of your members would like to acquire it. best regards Frank Johnston-Banks Easingwold Tourist Information (takes in Linton, Eastmoor and Tholthorpe Canadian bases)
Libbey Griffith Libbey Griffith wrote on July 4, 2014:
Hi, I am looking for recordings of the \'RCAF band, No. 1 Manning Depot\', with my father, H. Carl Griffith, playing lead sax. He was signed on to the band by pianist Frank Hammon . Quoting my father, \"We were on the air though two weeks of Canadian National Exhibition. We broadcast every afternoon. We were on stage at the C.N.E. and most of the summer we had gone out playing all over the country.... as part of their recruiting programme.\" Love to hear from anybody who remembers. Thanks.
George R McKillop George R McKillop wrote on June 18, 2014:
Paul Simmons, Email questions of Wed, 11 June 2014 I\'m researching information for a planned book about the former RAF station at St Mawgan in the SW of the UK. In June 1945 over 160 RCAF Lancasters passed through on their way home to prepare for Tiger Force operations. Are you able to confirm the dates of departure from Linton-on-Ouse for 408 Sqn. ? (I believe it was 15th June) 408 Squadron History Book Copyright 1984. the Hangar Bookshelf ISBN 0-920002-32-3 Return to Canada, page 37 “On June 14th the trans-Atlantic journey to Canada via the Azores began and several days later it was completed without incident.” and did they all leave on the same day? Doesn’t seem like it but unable to confirm. I think the 2nd Linton squadron (405) departed on the 17th. 426 Squadron was the other squadron based at Linton-on-Ouse, 405 was a pathfinder squadron based in southern England. Hope these Sites will be useful in your future research: RAF Station St Mawgan 405 RCAF Squadron Lancaster 10 Bombers Ferried to Canada George R McKillop New Westminster, BC.
Paul Simmons Paul Simmons wrote on June 11, 2014:
I\'m researching information for a planned book about the former RAF station at St Mawgan in the SW of the UK. In June 1945 over 160 RCAF Lancasters passed through on their way home to prepare for Tiger Force operations. Are you able to confirm the dates of departure from Linton-on-Ouse for 408 Sqd (i believe it was 15th June) and did they all leave on the same day. I think the 2nd Linton squadron (405) departed on the 17th
Danielle Ashworth Danielle Ashworth wrote on May 6, 2014:
Looking for a shoulder patch circa early 1970\'s of the goose Squadron for a friend. I was a member myself of 408 and retired 1976 myself If you can help me out it would be appreciated T Y