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(181) David Richardson
Wed, 27 June 2018 20:52:36 +0000
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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
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(180) pete stevens
Mon, 4 June 2018 19:49:25 +0000
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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.

(179) pete stevens
Fri, 13 April 2018 19:06:16 +0000
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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

(178) Jeff Smith
Fri, 22 December 2017 22:54:04 +0000
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Many great memories of Rockcliffe as a very young boy. My father was Sgt. WJ Smith (Hangar Line) 55-61


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

(176) Mick Stacey
Sat, 11 November 2017 12:07:22 +0000
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I am trying to find out more about the R .craven crew of the 408 squadron as my grandfather Sgt George mason is seen pictured on the far left with the crew with the nose art Vicky the vicious virgin ,

(175) Erik Wieman
Thu, 9 November 2017 22:29:06 +0000
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Dear all. My name is Erik Wieman from Germany and I am co-founder of IG Heimatforschung Rheinland-Pfalz / Historical Research Community Rhineland-Ppalatinate, Germany. I spoke to an eyewitness of WW2 in Leistadt and found the crash site of Halifax NP711 / 408 Sqn RCAF. It exploded on impact on a hillside not far from Leistadt/Germany. We already found many small pieces of the aircraft, laying on the surface. The crew, 6 Canadians and one englishman were KIA. We are still at the beginning but we plan to excavate the site in 2018. After the excavation we plan a memorial at the crash site. We would like to contact the descendants of the crew and in many cases we can find the families of all crew members, hopefully also in this case. If anyone could help us with pictures, documents etc. this woukld be very much appreciated. Kind regards from Germany Erik Wieman

(174) Jan Nieuwenhuis
Fri, 20 October 2017 19:23:49 +0000
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Hello all,

Some weeks ago my new website "World War II Allied Aircraft Crashes in The Netherlands and North Sea" was launched. The database connected to this website now holds the detailed information on 1359 crashed aircraft (of which 9 of 408 Sqn), 6435 crew members, and 622 cemeteries/memorials...
Just have a look at https://www.airwar4045.nl
Any comments/corrections and/or more data is most welcome...

Jan
(John in English :-)

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

Kristof

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