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Lancaster Mk I ME-835 AS-T         Lost: 4/5-11-1944  166 Squadron RAF        Take/Off  Kirmington: 17:25 h      Op: Bochum       Crew of 7.  Lost without trace. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

F/O J.R. WILSON Pilot, Sgt J.A. FENTON, F/S N.R. BOOTH, F/S K.F. BULL, F/S E. BOWRING, Sgt J.H. CROOKS, Sgt D. CHAPMAN.

See photo of aircraft on      http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/album/black-26-white-photos/p5972-avro-lancaster-bmki.html

 

And info on 166 Squadron site -       http://home.cogeco.ca/~dswallow4/GraveLocationC.htm



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Hello Barnsley,

On June 13, 1944 a Lancaster (ME777)crashed at Zelhem in the Netherlands. All men in the plane were killed and are buried on the cemetry in Zelhem. Here are the names of the crewmembers: Joseph Eric Bawtree, Harry Arthur Bulger Brown, Herbert William Davies, William George Grant (pilot), Leslie Thomas Hunt, Keith James Moses, John Henry Stopp (five Australians en two British). Do you know more about their backgrounds? Are their relatives who have information or pictures? Or who are interested in the facts concerning the crash. I have all the details (as far as I could trace) from the Zelhem point of view, but are interested in the stories from the other (forus mostley hidden) side.

 

Thank you in advance, with kind regards,

Jan Oonk

Zelhem

info@janoonk.nl



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Hello Barnsley,

On June 13, 1944 a Lancaster (ME777)crashed at Zelhem in the Netherlands. All men in the plane were killed and are buried on the cemetry in Zelhem. Here are the names of the crewmembers: Joseph Eric Bawtree, Harry Arthur Bulger Brown, Herbert William Davies, William George Grant (pilot), Leslie Thomas Hunt, Keith James Moses, John Henry Stopp (five Australians en two British). Do you know more about their backgrounds? Are their relatives who have information or pictures? Or who are interested in the facts concerning the crash. I have all the details (as far as I could trace) from the Zelhem point of view, but are interested in the stories from the other (forus mostley hidden) side.

 

Thank you in advance, with kind regards,

Jan Oonk

Zelhem

info@janoonk.nl



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I am putting together some information for my grandsons regarding their great grandfather who was a pilot with 166 Sqdn. His name was J.R. Hayward. His logbook has been mislaid. At least some  of his service was at Kirmington. Unfortunately I cannot afford a copy of the squadron history - used they appear to command a price in the hundreds of pounds!. Thank you.



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From Blackforest to Quintrell. Hello, This is a renewed attempt to get in touch with you concerning Thomas-Henry LUSCOMBE's nephew and family. (you posted your sole message right underneath Seargent RADBOURNE's grave large photo on page 1). I left you a 3rd message dated Apr 30 (2014) on your whiteboard. It looks as though you did not found  them. If you ever come back to this site, please e-mail me at : djuray7@gmail.com. Over the years, I keep hoping for a breakthrough concerning Thomas' family. Thank you very much. 



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Hello Paul,

email me on mjc41ukATyahoo.co.uk and I will see if I can help. The crew arrived on 166 squadron on 13.3.45 and flew about 11 operations. Chers B



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Just wondering if there are any available crew pictures of 166 Squadron with James Burton as the pilot.

Reports show they were shot down on Oct 26/44 over Heligoland. My great uncle James Burleigh Hill was the Air Bomber on this plane. Our Family has no pictures of him after he left for war.

If you find anything and can send me an email that would be great ( bobbyh@gracom.ca )

Thanks



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Tried to email you but it was rejected. Email me direct on mjc41ukATyahoo.co.uk for info on BURTON CREW



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I am the grandson of Flight Officer Sisson. I loved my grandfather more than life itself. It makes me tear up to read about a part of his life I know little about. So I know how important it is to discover and record the history of our loved ones.

Answer  to question c) the the "R" stands for ROGER.  Or R is for Roger! My grandfather had such a sense of humor that it was no surprise to me that the R was kind of a light hearted way of dealing with the seriousness of war.

I hope this helps!

v/r

SFC Sisson



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'DOC' SISSON DFC RCAF 166 SQUADRON

Thanks for your post. Email me on mjc41ukAT yahoo.co.uk. I replied to your post on the other 166 thread on this site. Cheers, B.



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hallo , can you help me please . My grand mothers brother flew lancasters with 166sqd . He was shot down over germany but survived . His name is MUNCER, Kevin Patrick, FO - DFC - 451030 - 166 Sqn - RAFVR. Thank you for any help . martin.keters@telenet.be 

 



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Hi there, I have sent an email to you about Kevin Muncer. He and the Navigator, F/O Gerrard were the only survivors from the plane which flipped on its back after the night fighter attack. Muncer lost an arm in the combat and had his life saved by the German farmers family on to whose land his parachute brought him down.

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I am Chairman of Kirmington Parish Council I we would like some information on 166 Sqn RAF Kirmington on the Manna food drops in 1945 if you could help us the area of Holland were 166 Sqn did their food drops



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Hello, yes I would be happy to help with information about 166 Squadrons role in the Manna food drops. What sort of thing would you like to know? Sorties flown, tonnage dropped that sort of thing? Email me direct on mjc41ukATyahoo.co.uk



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Hello Barnsley,

Actor Donald Pleasance being a little camera shy in this pre D-Day publicity shot. W/Cmdr Garner O/C 166 Sqn is standing on the left.

Cheers

166 DONALD PLEASANCE.jpg bandlaw49



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Hello Barnsley

Could you please identify and date this 'crash on take' off from Kirmington.  I 166 i item red.jpgunderstand the pilot was F/O Lewis.

Thanks

bandlaw49



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AS I 'Item', Lancaster ME647. F/O Lewis and crew. Burst tyre on take off for Revigny 14.7.44. Crew safe. Aircraft Cat AC. Photo appears in W. E. Jones book 'Bomber Intelligence'. Cheers, B

PS I would be interested to know where you obtained pic from. B



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Hello B

Photo from same source....Jones's brilliant book....just did a little tinting.

Regds bandlaw



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Hi, Are you still looking for information on P N Hickman? If so, please email me at : lyndacrisp@Hotmail.co.uk.



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Hi,

 

My late father started with Bomber Command in 166 Sqn. Would you have any information on him & his all Australian crew please. Dads name was Francis (Frank) William Simon (2211910). He was F/S Engineer & his skipper was Harold Mettam. They were posted to 153 Scampton late 1944.

Any info or photos would be greatly appreciate.

Thanks in anticipation.

 

regards

Jill



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Jill, 

       They were posted to 153sqdn in October 44, when the squadron was reformed, from a fighter squadron to a bomber squadron. They flew their first op with 153sqdn, on 25th Oct 44, to Essen. If you would like info on other ops flown at 153sqdn, please let me know.

Regards.....Alan.



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Do you have any information on Sgt Jack Bullock who was wireless operator/gunner on a Lancaster from 166 squadron shot down over Germany in the autumn of 1942?  There is a war grave near Hanover.

 

Regards

 

David Whiteley (nephew)

 



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Hi, Sgt Jack Bullock 1215473 RAF was the WOP/Ag in the crew of Warrant Officer P. F. Chesterton. They flew 3 operations with 166 Squadron (having transfered in from 103 Squadron in September), including the final one to Hanover. Chesterton was a deputy flight commander Their aircraft was hit by flak and crashed at 23.56 hours. The Air Bomber, Sgt K, Cave was the only survivor. If you want more information please email me on mjc41ukATyahoo.co.uk

Cheers, Barnsley



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                                         Re SGT JACK BULLOCK WIRELESS OPERATOR/AIR GUNNER

Sorry I forgot to say in my reply above that the crew were shot down on 27.9.1943 not 1942 as you mentioned in your post. B



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Hi my name is Barry Kay and I live in New Zealand and I am trying to trace a chap called Lofty Reid who flew in 166 squadron with my uncle Jim Stronach. JI'm is 82 and would love to see if his friend is still alive .

other crew members were Don Philips, pilot,  Joe Laufman gunner, Jim Stronach navigator. 

Lofty lived in Timaru New Zealand and Jim would like to get in touch with any of the guys if they are still around



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                               Jim Stronach and Lofty Reid, Don Phillips DFM RCAF crew 166 Squadron 1945

Hello, thanks for your post. Don Phillips and his crew joined 166 in feb 1945. The crew were, Phillips, D. I Pilot, Bartlett, W Flight Engineer, Nutall, F.S, Air Bomber, Stronach, J. E, Nav, Read, A.W WOP, Goode, F.J, Mid Upper Gunner, Laufman, J.F, Rear Gunner.

I was in touch with Bartlett many years ago. email me direct on mjc41ukATyahoo.co.uk please for more info.

Phillips was awarded an immediate DFM for a raid on Plauen in April 1945.

Cheers, Barnsley



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Hi Barnsley 

that email address keeps getting rejected

kind regards

Barry



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Barnsley my email address is barry@tahimanaestate.com

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sorry about that. I don't know why that is happening. Don't forget to replace AT with @ in the address mjc41ukATyahoo.co.uk  Cheers, B



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Please send me an email to davidwh109@hotmail.co.uk - the address you have given me is rejected by hotmail (I have already changed AT to @).

 

Regards

 

David Whiteley



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I don't know why my email mjc41uk@yahoo.co.uk keeps getting rejected but I have now emailed you direct. Sorry! B



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Regrets again - I have not received an email from you!

Regards

 

David Whiteley



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I have sent it again David. That is my email address above. Let me know if it gets through and if not we will have to think of something else. B



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I wonder if anyone can help me to find out about 1473809 John William Latham.

He was my great uncle and received the DFM and I'd like to know what for. Unfortunately all family that may have now are no longer with us.

Years ago I found his mention in the London Gazette but now can't find the page on the internet. We also have the invitation card for him and my Great Grandmother to attend Buckingham Palace to receive the award.

He was a navigator and we pictures of him with his colleagues beside various Lancasters, one of which was Frandsen's Frolics ...

Any help in discovering why he was awarded the DFM would be much appreciated to lesley marriott 902 @ btinternet. com (remove the spaces)

Many thanks



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Hello Lesley, your Great Uncle was the the Navigator in the crew of Roy Frandsen and was posted in to 166 Squadron in November 1943. Frandsen was on his second tour of operations and had to fly 20 operations instead of 30 that your Uncle had to fly on what was his first tour, so he completed the remaining 10 ops with different pilots. He was awarded the DFM at the end of his tour. He was posted out of 166 in August 1944. I will email you directly with further information from the 166 Squadron operations record book. I may have a copy of his DFM recommendation as well and a combat report for the crew. A picture of 'Frandsens Frolics' appears in Lancaster at war 2 by Garbutt and Golding. My email is mjc41ukATyahoo.co.uk



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Hello,I'm trying to track anyone who might have known my uncle, P/O James (Jim) Finlay Tosh, who I understand was shot down over Berlin on 30/31 January 1944.

Thanks!

Charles Dalgity



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Hello,

Re: James Findlay Tosh, Pilot Officer 16915

your Uncle flew the following operations with 166 Squadron;

28.01.44 Berlin 

30.01.44 Berlin-Failed to return

5 of the crew were killed when their aircraft was shot down by a night fighter on a raid on Berlin at 20.10 hours and it is believed to have crashed in one of the lakes in the area. The aircraft blew up as the crew attempted to abandon it. 3 crew survived to be POWs, Engineer, Mid Upper Gunner and Wireless operator.

If you care to email me on mjc41uk@yahoo.co.uk I would be delighted to hear from you (it is 'my' thread). Do not use the 'wizard' to contact my email address, type it in independently to your email provider when you compose your message because some people say it gets rejected.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              



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We need to know we're in Holland 166 Sqn made their food drops as the village of Kimrimgton is look to looking to twin will a village in holland near to the drop zone the only information we have it was some ware north of Rotterdam we are hoping to complete the twinning before the 5th April 2015 the 70  Annanversity of  the Manna food drops 



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Hi Terry, I sent you a PM but Im afraid that the 166 Squadron records are not very helpful on the point. The only reference I can find is "near the Haque". Not very helpful. There is a book on the Manna food drops by Haans Onderwater. That might be more use to you.Sorry. Best Wishes B

                           

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hello,my father is 90 yrs old this month and I wonder if there is anyone from his squadron left, I know little other than his name of course, Francis Robert lamb, squadron 166 kirmington, tail gunner and his plane was called something excretum. I hope this post is still going and someone remembers my dad



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Hello Viki. Lancaster NN970 'Semper ad Excretum; had a swastika with a cleaver through it painted on its nose and carried the code AS-B on its fuselage. Your farther' Sgt FR Lamb 1596562 RAF, was the tail gunner in the crew of Pilot Officer A.J, Bridge and the arrived at RAF Kirmington (now Humberside International Airport!) on 20/03/45. They flew operations to Plauen on the 10/04/45  and Potsdam on the 14/04/45. The full crew was;

Sgt T. C. Hardy Engineer

F/O J. W. Caldwell Air Bomber

Sgt K. W. Friswell  Navigator

Sgt I. R. Hill Wireless Operator

Sgt W. E. Murray  Mid Upper Gunner

If you care to email me on mjc41uk@yahoo.co.uk I would be pleased to hear from you (please note that sometimes the email wizard rejects my email address if you just click on it so it is best to copy it and use your own email provider to send it)

Best Wishes, B



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hello and huge thank you,  dad remembers some of the names, I will talk to him later in depth ;)

 

 



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Terry Marsden

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Thanks I Have met with Hans Onderwater and he has been very helpful he is putting me in connect with a village between Rotterdam and The Hague near to the spot were 166 Sgn made their food drops during operation. Manna to look at the possibility of twinning with the village of Kirmington 

terry Marsden



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I'm hoping you can help. My father George White (A Canadian) was attached to the 166 in 7-10-44 till being released 14-03-45 He rank was Sargent / air gunner At one point a Douglas George White (also Canadian) was a tail gunner who lost his life in a flight. I also understand they crashed at one point some where in England prior to making it back to home base. Any help would be greatly appreciated

Thanks



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George White was Martins Mid Upper Gunner. Email me on mjc41uk@yahoo.co.uk for more info. Use your own email provider to email me as the wizard sometimes rejects it for some reason. Cheers (and sorry for the hasty reply I am off to work). Barnsley



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Thank You

I have emailed you with kwhite13@cogeco.ca

Kevin White



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Hi, if you are still providing information i would like to find out more about flt engineer walter dawson of 166, i know he is buried at Reichswald,  and flew in lancasters and at 31 was quite old for the job.



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                                                                                                               SGT WALTER DAWSON RAF

Hello Des, Sgt Walter Dawson 1616285 RAF was the Flight Engineer in the crew of Flying Officer Thomas Teasdale RCAF. Here are the operations he flew;

15.03.44 Stuttgart

18.03.44 Frankfurt

22.03.44 Frankfurt

24.03.44 Berlin- Failed to return (one survivor, the Bomb Aimer)

Are you a relative? You can email me on mjc41uk @yahoo.co.uk and I may have further information. Do not use the email wizard, type my email address into your email provider.

Best Wishes

B



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Hello - I used to own a secondhand bookshop, & am in possession of a book on the Lancaster Bomber. It belonged to a member of 166 Squadron, & I cannot decipher all of his writing on the flyleaf. I can make out "Sergeant" & "956487", but his name is unclear. I thought it may be R A C Coyle, then found the name "Coryton" on various sites - but he was a squadron leader, I think, not a sergeant. The information under the name also states "ex 166 Squadron (unreadable word) No 1st Group - Kilmington Command, April /45-46 Lancasters Flight of 36". Various page references in the book are written down, & there is a photograph of a memorial on the village pub affixed. There is also a small booklet with the book, which appears to be information for personnel arriving at RAF Kilmington, & this sergeant's name is on the front of this also. I am interested to know his exact name; the writing is a little wobbly as if he wrote it in old age. I wonder can you help?



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Thanks barney for your reply (see email) with the name of Thomas Teasdale i have found this which includes a photo of the plane (correct)http://www.626-squadron.co.uk/willem14b.htm



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