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In Search of Answers

  In response to a request from Belgium I have decided to include a page for people wanting information on specific important issues relating to 103 Sqn. Requests must be brief and include contact details.

  Send Enquiries to - David W Fell

  2nd May 2017

  A lady in the Netherlands seeks photos and info concerning the 103 Sqn crew of Halifax W1220 shot down by a night fighter on the 4th Sept 1942

  04/09/1942 - Bremen - W1220 - Sgt EL Davies - 24 - Nundah, Queensland, Australia - RAAF - K
04/09/1942 - Bremen- W1220 - Sgt JJ Parish - 22 - Winson Green, Birmingham - RAFVR - K
04/09/1942 - Bremen- W1220 - F/O SF Belbin - 33 - Ulverstone, Tasmania, Australia - RAAF - K
04/09/1942 - Bremen- W1220 - Sgt AH Beesley - 26 - Mount Morgan, Queensland, Australia - RAAF - K
04/09/1942 - Bremen- W1220 - Sgt JD Whitehead - 22 - Gamston, Nottinghamshire,.RAFVR - K
04/09/1942 - Bremen- W1220 - Sgt JG Crockett - 33- Sydney, New South Wales, Australia - RAAF - K
04/09/1942 - Bremen- W1220 - F/S SM Selway - 22- Harlesden, Middlesex - RAFVR - K

  The crew are buried at Leeuwarden (Jelsum) Protestant Churchyard.

  Contact - David W Fell

  24th April 2017

  Ben Whiting in Australia will welcome info and photos re the crew of Sgt Bray and Wellington Z1142. This aircraft was damaged by flak over Wilhelmshaven 10th Jan 1942. A  flare ignited in the fuselage of the aircraft was on fire and full of fumes. The pilot ordered the crew to bale out. Sgts H D Whiting, A Frais and R M Coghlan and P/O G E McGill left the aircraft and were made POW. However the co-pilot Sgt Spooner was able to extinguish the blaze and the aircraft returned to the UK. Bray and Spooner were later killed flying with 103 Sqn. Whiting, Frais and Coghlan survived as POWs. P/O G E McGill was murdered by the Germans in the aftermath of the Great Escape in March 1944.

  Contact - David W Fell

  22nd Feb 2017.

  Carol in the UK seeks info and photos of P/O A Simons killed in a crash at Elsham Wolds 1st Aug 1942 Halifax R9379. Any info or photos will be greatly appreciated. Also any of the other airmen involved in this incident.

  Contact - David W Fell

  20th Feb 2017

  Michael, a German contact, is interested in any additional info re 103 Sqn Halifax BB214 which crashed in the Laacher See. He has all the info on the website but seeks other details etc of this crew etc.

  Contact - David W Fell

  10th Feb 2017.

  Bernard in France wishes to contact family of the crew of F/L J C Mc Rose RAAF listed below KIA 21/22 December 1942. A memorial to this crew will be unveiled in August this year.

  

21/12/1942

Munich

W4787

F/L

JCMcI

Rose

21

East Malvern, Victoria, Australia

RAAF

21/12/1942

Munich

W4787

Sgt

FJ

Fisher

 

 

RAF

21/12/1942

Munich

W4787

Sgt

GT

Hawkins

27

Wembley, Middlesex

RAF

21/12/1942

Munich

W4787

Sgt

PL

Donald

20

Coventry.

RAFVR

21/12/1942

Munich

W4787

F/S

WE

Ryan

24

Leeds, Yorkshire.

RAFVR

21/12/1942

Munich

W4787

Sgt

EJ

Smith

 

 

RAFVR

21/12/1942

Munich

W4787

Sgt

F

Trimmer

20

Finchley, Middlesex

RAFVR

  Contact - David W Fell

  26th Jan 2017

  John in the UK will be interested to hear if anyone has any information regarding the fate of

  

19/03/1945

Hanau

NG491

P/O

AW

Essex

19/03/1945

Hanau

NG491

Sgt

CH

Gregory

19/03/1945

Hanau

NG491

Sgt

WJ

Jewiss

19/03/1945

Hanau

NG491

Sgt

AE

Whiteing

19/03/1945

Hanau

NG491

Sgt

S

Armitage

19/03/1945

Hanau

NG491

Sgt

JE

Aldridge

19/03/1945

Hanau

NG491

Sgt

C

Pendleton

  P/O A W Essex and crew were lost on the night of the 18/19th March 1945 in raid on Hanau. They have always been recorded officially as missing but anecdotal reports may suggest otherwise.

  Contact - David W Fell

  8th Jan 2017.

  Phil in Canada would like to make contact with family of the 2 airmen listed below who flew in the crew of F/L Albert Laviolette DFC RCAF in late 44/45. Albert was Phil’s father.

  F/S. H. A. Young RAFVR Wireless Op.

W/O. Charles W. Ellam RCAF (R192609) Navigator.

  Contact - David W Fell

5th Jan 2017

  Clifford in the UK and Paul in the Netherlands seek information and photos regarding S/L Clive Saxelby and crew 103 Sqn shot down 6th Sept 1942 over Holland.

  

06/09/1942

Duisberg

W1219

S/L

CK

Saxelby

06/09/1942

Duisberg

W1219

Sgt

R

Thompson

06/09/1942

Duisberg

W1219

Sgt

TP

Milligan

06/09/1942

Duisberg

W1219

F/L

LC

Pipkin

06/09/1942

Duisberg

W1219

Sgt

J

Lamb

06/09/1942

Duisberg

W1219

F/S

WJ

MacLean

06/09/1942

Duisberg

W1219

F/O

DAT

Churchward

06/09/1942

Duisberg

W1219

Sgt

CE

Benstead

  Sgt Charles Benstead was sadly killed and is buried at Jonkerboos War Cemetery. F/L Len Pipkin DFC and bar evaded and returned to the UK via Spain. He was killed in a firearms accident in Aug 1944. We have quite a lot of info about FL Pipkin already plus a couple of photos. The others were taken POW.

  Contact - David W Fell

  4th Jan 2017

  Ray in the UK seeks information and photos of F/S Arthur Tilley who served as a pilot with 103 Sqn in 1941/42.

  Contact - David W Fell

  21st Dec 2016

  Janene in the USA seeks photos and info regarding AC1 Horace Sewell killed 12th May 1940 when flying as WOP/AG with P/O Barry Morgan-Dean Fairey Battle L5512. Horace was the son of Horace and Gladys May Sewell, of Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton. Buried Haraucourt Churchyard, Ardennes, France.

  Contact - David W Fell

26th Nov 2016

  A well established author is researching a new book on Fairey Battle operations in France 1939/40. He would welcome new unpublished photos and copy log books etc relating to 103 Sqn from that era for research and possible use. This subject is of particular interest to me as well as it happens.

  Contact - David W Fell

  7th Nov 2016.

  John Brookes seeks information and particularly photos regarding the crew of Lancaster JB670 Val Richter and crew. This aircraft was involved in a collision over Ulceby in Dec 1943.

  

16/12/1943

JB670

F/S

V

Richter***

22

Chingford, Essex.

RAFVR

16/12/1943

JB670

Sgt

FS

Copping

21

Walthamstow, Essex.

RAFVR

16/12/1943

JB670

F/O

CR

Jaques***

30

Winterton, Lincolnshire.

RAFVR

16/12/1943

JB670

Sgt

TLH

Kay

28

Redhead, New South Wales, Australia.

RAAF

16/12/1943

JB670

Sgt

P

Coopman

21

Cropthorne, Worcestershire.

RAFVR

16/12/1943

JB670

Sgt

CW

Plampton***

 

 

RAFVR

16/12/1943

JB670

Sgt

FS

Furrie

 

 

RAFVR

  Contact - David W Fell

  16th Dec 2015

  W/O H Campbell and crew - 103 Sqdn - Lost 16th Dec 1943. This crew started their tour with 103 Sqdn in the summer of 43 and were shot down on north of Berlin in Dec 43 having completed approx 20 ops. Shaun Turner will be interested in any photos of this crew and further info regarding the crew members. See crew details below. Any info can be sent to me David W Fell and I will pass this on to Shaun

  

16/12/1943

Berlin

JB658

W/O

H

Campbell

27

Yandanooka, Western Australia

16/12/1943

Berlin

JB658

Sgt

PW

Alderton

24

Dagenham, Essex.

16/12/1943

Berlin

JB658

F/S

M

Hartley

26

Manchester.

16/12/1943

Berlin

JB658

Sgt

D

McGrath

24

Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, Republic of Ireland.

16/12/1943

Berlin

JB658

Sgt

TW

Moore

23

High Howdon, Wallsend, Northumberland.

16/12/1943

Berlin

JB658

Sgt

C

O'Neill

29

Greenock.

16/12/1943

Berlin

JB658

Sgt

WH

Chambers

21

Hull.

  17th Jan 2015

  John Stevenson Stubbs DFC AFC - Captain Stubbs was a pilot with 103 Squadron in 1918 and was the highest scoring ace flying the DH9 aircraft. He was credited with 11 kills. Michael Zeh and myself are most interested in this airman and are searching for any information and/or photos concerning him.

  Stubbs was born and in Walton Liverpool in 1894 and enlisted in the South Lancashire Regiment in WW1. He later qualified as a pilot serving with 27 Squadron in 1917 and was wounded. He recovered and spent a short time as an instructor in the UK and then was transferred to 107 Squadron as a Flight Commander.

  In April 1918 he was posted to 103 Squadron where he was a very highly regarded and successful flight commander. Stubbs was awarded a DFC and also AFC in late 1918. He left the RAF in 1924. Nothing is known of his subsequent life apart from his death in 1963 in Wrexham.

  Please send any information or photos etc to - David W Fell and Micheal Zeh

  29th Nov 2014

  Dominique Juray of Moelan-sur-Mer, Finistre near Lorient, France is researching Sgt Arthur Henry Radbourne RAFVR of 166 Sqdn Kirmington and his crew. Sgt Radbourne is the only Commonwealth War Grave in the local cemetery.

  Sgt Radbourne was a pilot with 166 Sqdn at Kirmington. He and his crew were missing from an operation on the 3/4th April 1944 when their Wellington Mk X HE 631 crashed into the sea on a mine laying operation off Lorient. He was the only one given up by the sea. The remaining four are Missing and commemorated on the Runneymede Memorial. On the 6th Sept 2012 there was a service of

  Commemoration for Arthur Radbourne and his crew at Molelan sur Mer attended by Sgt Radbourne's nephew, many local French people and around 40 expat Brits who live in that part of France. The other four crew members were Sgt E W Aldridge, Sgt W Carter, Sgt J Stock and Sgt T H Luscombe all RAFVR.

  At approximately 1930hrs on 3 Apr 43, Sgt Radbourne’s 166 Sqn Wellington Mk X (HE631, AS-V) departed RAF Kirmington, Lincolnshire, to conduct “gardening” (mine-laying) operations in the vicinity of Lorient harbour. Reportedly, the aircraft was hit by Flak and crashed into the sea about 12 miles off shore. Only Sgt Radbourne escaped the crash but he died of hyperthermia in the cold sea (he also had a broken leg from the crash). The next day, Joseph LE TORREC, skipper owner of the fishing yacht “l'Ange Gardien” sailed from Port Brigneau after obtaining the necessary authorization to fish from the Germans. Driven by a strong north wind, the ship was heading due south when the five-man crew came upon the body of Sgt Radbourne floating in his life jacket. The body was taken aboard and the boat returned immediately to Brigneau where the Germans seized the body and placed under guard. Reportedly, the Germans planned to conduct a discrete burial on 5 Apr but when the news spread the local population gathered at the church for a Mass and the city centre to express emotion and gratitude to the young airman. The Germans refused to deliver the coffin and dispersed the crowd by firing shots into the air. At daybreak the next morning, 6 Apr, the young pilot was buried with full military honours in the cemetery." Info from David Balaam.

  Dominique will be interested in any further info about these airman. Please send to me David W Fell and I will pass this on.

  8th Dec 2011

  Sue Pittard would like to contact family of the crew of P/O M A Mathieson RAAF who were shot down on the 7th Jan 1945. Also anyone who has information relating to or photos of this crew.

  

07/01/1945

Munich

NF999

P/O

MA

Mathieson

22

RAFVR

K

07/01/1945

Munich

NF999

Sgt

EW

Evans

19

RAFVR

K

07/01/1945

Munich

NF999

F/S

J

Bickerton

20

RAFVR

K

07/01/1945

Munich

NF999

F/S

HF

Stephens

 

RAFVR

K

07/01/1945

Munich

NF999

F/S

C

Pollard

21

RAAF

K

07/01/1945

Munich

NF999

Sgt

D

Sleep

19

RAFVR

K

07/01/1945

Munich

NF999

Sgt

EA

Marett

 

RAFVR

K

  Anyone having any details please contact David W Fell and I will pass the information

  7th September 2010

  A Canadian researcher is very interested in contacting relatives or friends of the crew of F/L MR R Norem RAFVR who were lost on a raid to Chemntiz on the 5th March 1945. All were killed. The crew is as follows

  

05/03/1945

Chemnitz

PB563

F/L

MR

Norem

23

RAFVR

K

05/03/1945

Chemnitz

PB563

P/O

K

Jackson

24

RNZAF

K

05/03/1945

Chemnitz

PB563

F/O

GL

Taylor

22

RAFVR

K

05/03/1945

Chemnitz

PB563

F/S

JA

Wright

21

RAFVR

K

05/03/1945

Chemnitz

PB563

F/S

JA

Green

32

RAFVR

K

05/03/1945

Chemnitz

PB563

F/O

FW

Elliott

25

RAFVR

K

05/03/1945

Chemnitz

PB563

Sgt

RS

Brown

33

RAFVR

K

05/03/1945

Chemnitz

PB563

Sgt

W

Seeckts

 

RAFVR

K

  Anyone having any details please contact David W Fell and I will pass the information

  15th February 2010

  F/L J P D Bartleet and crew - 103 Squadron.

  The above crew were shot down on the 14 Aug 1944 over France. The sole survivor was Sgt D MacTaggart.who was taken prisoner. the complete crew was a follows and those killed now rest at  Banneville La Campagne War Cemetery

  

14/08/1944

Fontaine Le Pin

ND613

F/L

JPD

Bartleet

21

RAFVR

K

 

14/08/1944

Fontaine Le Pin

ND613

Sgt

C

Barnes

19

RAFVR

K

 

14/08/1944

Fontaine Le Pin

ND613

F/S

D

MacTaggart

 

 

 

POW

14/08/1944

Fontaine Le Pin

ND613

Sgt

DS

Armstrong

 

RAFVR

K

 

14/08/1944

Fontaine Le Pin

ND613

Sgt

FL

James

26

RAFVR

K

 

14/08/1944

Fontaine Le Pin

ND613

Sgt

KL

Chiles

 

RAFVR

K

 

14/08/1944

Fontaine Le Pin

ND613

Sgt

WK

Jones

20

RAFVR

K

 

  Contacts in France would very much like to make contact with the family of Dugald MacTaggart and/or any other of the families of this crew.

  Anyone having any details please contact David W Fell and I will pass the information

  27th Oct 2009

  Beauchery Communal Cemetery France

  Residents of Beauchery are keen to make contact with surviving family of the 2 crews who are buried in their local cemetery. One is from 103 Sqdn and the other from 12 Sqdn. Both aircraft were shot down on the 3/4 May 1944 in the attack on Mailly-le-Camp.

  The airmen concerned are

  103 Sqdn -  P/O J.E.Holden KIA Sgt J.E.Moore KIA Sgt T.W.Sykes KIA F/S C.S.Gay RAAF KIA Sgt R.A.Wilson KIA Sgt A.A.McCallum RCAF KIA Sgt F.C.Hoxford RCAF KIA.

  12 Sqdn -  P/O J.D.Carter KIA W/O D.E.Close RAAF KIA Sgt T.S.Hayhurst KIA F/O R.J.Ward KIA Sgt K.N.Read KIA Sgt G.Long KIA Sgt A.P.Simpson KIA Sgt S.Johnson PoW

  Note the eight-man crew. Sgt S.Johnson was interned in Camps L6/357, PoW No.3845.

  Anyone having any information regarding these airmen and/or their families please contact David W Fell and I will pass the information on.

  17th Sept 2009

  Flying Officer Cyrill John Plummer 125161, 103 Sqdn went missing over Berlin on 24th March 1944. He was awarded the DFC with 103 Sqdn during his first tour in 1943. Surviving family members are trying to trace the DFC and are willing to pay for it. It is believed a family member sold it to a dealer or collector in Middlesborough or Stockton in 1982.

  Anyone having any details please contact David W Fell and I will pass the information

  7th April 2009

  P/O R Whitley and crew of 103 Sqdn Lancaster JB733.  Missing from operations 11th May 1944. Steven Volckaerts in Belgium informs us that the the local council has given permission for a Memorial to be erected in Hallaar to  It is thought that the unveiling of this memorial will take place in Oct 2009. Steven will be most interested to make contact with the families of any of the crew of this aircraft

  Contact Steven Volckaerts.

   

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