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(174) Peter R Sweetzir
Sat, 18 November 2017 20:46:43 +0000

My father was a member of the RCAF, 408 Squadron. His plane was shot down and he was taken prisoner.
The only information I have is the incident report of 2357 Hrs 1/1/44 when LLC631 EQ-G was hit.
My father S R Sweetzir was in Stalag 357. There were more than one of these as the records show two locations. Kopernikus and Oerbke?
Would like to touch base with other offspring of the surviving aircrew. My father was the tailgunner,so I am living proof the Luftwaffe didn't get them all!
He never spoke of his ordeal.
Also,I don't know what the two bars on his Europe Aircrew Medal were for?
Fascinating stuff!
Peter Sweetzir

(173) Chris Sturgess
Tue, 15 August 2017 18:24:50 +0000

Dear members of 408,
I'm hoping that someone may be able to help me in information concerning the Handley Page Halifax in which my Uncle lost his life. The aircraft was EQ-P (JD 216) The crew members were- F/O H.B Lancaster,SGT.J.J Stefanchuck, SGT.J.M McDonald,SGT. W.R Byans,SGT.G.V Reid,SGT.J.H.C McChung,F/O J.W Richardson and my Uncle(Tail gunner) J.W Sturgess. Their aircraft F.T.R from a raid on Gelsenkirchen in the Ruhr Valley on the night of 10th/11th of July 1943. As I now have many varying Halifax model kits to make the variant of whatever Mk B 2 EQ-P was. If anyone can help,I'd be very thankful as I'd like to build a true representation.

(172) Kristof Jacobs
Wed, 17 May 2017 14:53:52 +0000

My name is Kristof Jacobs from Belgium, and I’m an active member the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 35 in Belgium. Also I am a local WWII history author.Tn this view I search for any kind of info about Flight Officer HJ Stephens based in Edmonton in 1943. Can Anyone help me?

Best regards,


(171) Alexander Blacklock
Wed, 10 May 2017 19:29:19 +0000

Dear 408 Sqn Association

I am a Medical Officer in the RAF. My grandmother's half brother was an Englishman called Jack Crammond. He was a Sergeant and was killed on the night of 30-31 Jul 1943 in a Halifax II serial JD365. He was with 408 Sqn. They took off from RAF Leeming. The raid was on Remscheid and apparently caused huge destruction. The aircraft crashed near Düren.

His name is recorded on the Runnymede Memorial.

I was wondering if the association had any records of this aircraft and its crew? Was everyone lost, or did some survive?

Due to the complexities of families it seems little is known about this. I'm told his wife waited for years in case he came home. Some did after being released from PoW camps.

Any information would be gratefully received.

Many thanks for your work in keeping the association going.

Sqn Ldr Alex Blacklock

(170) Chad
Wed, 8 February 2017 21:21:23 +0000

I collect RCAF from WW2 and in my hunt I bought a Cap from 1959- from 4096 WO2 KW Loud from 408 Sqn Rockcliffe.
I thought it was WW2 but alas its not so I am trying to sell it to someone who collects this era.
Its in very nice shape and has the removable rain guard.

Do you know of anyone who may want this cap due to its tie to 408Sqn or Warrant Officer Loud?

Vernon, BC.

My Grandfather was in Pathfinder Force 405 Sqn and was one of the Lancs that bombed Berchestgarden, Bavaria.

(169) Therese Allen
Fri, 3 February 2017 00:27:48 +0000

Hi, I am looking for any information regarding my uncle, Ronald Ayliffe Schrapel who served two missions in RCAF 408 Squadron. Ron (dec) was Australian but flew with the RCAF, I think he was a rear gunner. I can be contacted at
Thank you

(168) Nancy Kelly
Fri, 20 January 2017 06:19:07 +0000


My father WO II Garfield Kelly was in Squadron 408 during the war.

(167) Andrew Yeates
Tue, 4 October 2016 16:21:34 +0000

I'm a serving member of the RAF in the UK and I'm trying to conduct some research into my family history. Ive got a photo that was taken during WW2 in York at the Castle Hotel on Castlegate and the lady in the centre of the picture is my Mums Mum her name was Vera Green she was the landlady at at the Castle Hotel, she's sadly now passed on. I would like to try and trace some off the men in the picture, it's a long shot but I'm guessing that they were members of 426 or 408 Sqn as RAF Linton on Ouse is/was the nearest RAF base to York and I know that 426 and 408 served there during WW2.

Also could you let me know how I can get the picture published on your website?

Many thanks.

(166) Lloyd Truscott
Wed, 28 September 2016 14:47:07 +0000

Hi, I want to touch base with the Association but there are no contacts listed. On July 29, 2017, me a a few others will be dedicating a Memorial to the crew of 408 Sqn Lancaster LL687 EQ*M at the Spreckens Germany cemetery. LL687 was lost on July 29, 1944 at Spreckens. My Uncle F/S Harold Truscott was MUG on that Lancaster. All crew were killed except RAF Ft Eng David Scott who was PoW ( I have tracked down members of each crewmans families and several of us have decided to erect this Memorial with the support of the local German authorities. I would like to know if the Association wants to be part of this dedication. As a point of interest, Wally Kasper's MUG, Andre Blais, was mid under gunner on this Lancaster.

Please contact me as soon as possible.

Thank you.
Lloyd Truscott

(165) David Richardson
Thu, 8 September 2016 16:09:57 +0000

In your Book of Remembrance for the 13th June 1944 you have listed 6 members of the crew of Lancaster EQ-Y who are buried in the Forenville Military Cemetery near Cambrai in Northern France.

They appear to have been part of a raid on the Cambrai area and were not the only crew lost. Did anyone from this crew survive? as I guess a Lancaster crew would be at least 7 normally.

This cemetery at Forenville is small, in a lovely rural setting, and is beautifully maintained. It is, in the main, a World War 1 cemetery of just over 100 men and these 6 airmen are the only WW2 casualties in there.

My reason for contacting you relates to the fact that the majority of those buried there (including my grandfather) were killed in action on the 8th October 1918. I am organising a small commemorative centenary event at Forenville on the 8th October 2018 and have contacted the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the local Mayors office.

Things are very much at an initial stage with more than two years to go, but I wanted any descendants or family of these 6 Canadians to be aware of the event. Although our focus will be on the centenary of the WW1 loses - you can be assured that we will observe fitting remembrance of these 6 men as well.

I can be reached at the email address I have appended to this entry.