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RAF Downham Market

21st Aug 1942 218 Squadron Stirling lost

14th May 1943 218 Squadron Stirling lost

22nd May 1944 635 Squadron Lancaster lost

22nd June 1943 218 Squadron Stirling lost

25th Sep 1943 623 Squadron Stirling lost

4th Jun 1944 Lancaster Lost

5th Apr 1945  635 Squadron Lancaster lost

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Those known to have served at

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during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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George Fenwick Findley 218 (Gold Coast) Squadron.

My uncle George Fenwick Findley was the last of his crew members of 218 Gold Coast Squadron. They were:
  • Bill Streeter RAF
  • Tom Mankelow RAF
  • Robert Daniel Stirling DFC, pilot RAAF
  • Paul Chase Miller RAAF
  • Lancelot Keith Gregory RAAF
  • George Seymour RNZAF

Uncle George was an air gunner. He enlisted at No2 ITS Bradfield park and trained at No2 WAGS parkes, Port Pirie, Bradfield Park, Melbourne. He travelled to England and continued his training at 11OTU, 1657CU RAF Stradishall, 1483 RAF Newmarket and joined 218 Squadron. He flew from Downham Market, Tempsford, Woolfox Lodge, and Methwold. Operations he flew were:

  • 3/10/1943 ops mining
  • 24/10/1943 ops mining Frisian islands
  • 7/11/1943 ops mining Bordeaux
  • 18/11/1943 ops Mannheim
  • 19/11/1943 ops Leverkusen
  • 22/11/1943 ops Berlin
  • 1/12/1943 Skaggerack
  • 28/1/1944 ops mining Denmark
  • 4/3/1944 special target
  • 7/3/1944 special target
  • 18/4/1944 ops mining Keil Bay
  • 20/4/1944 ops bombing Chambley
  • 22/4/1944 bombing Laon
  • 23/4/1944 ops bombing Brussels
  • 25/4/1944 ops bombing Chambley
  • 1/5/1944 ops bombing Chambley
  • 7/5/1944 ops mining La Rochelle
  • 13/5/1944 ops mining Cherbourg
  • 5/6/1944 ops special duties for D-Day
  • 17/6/1944 ops bombing Montider
  • 21/6/1944 ops mining Guernsey
  • 24/6/1944 ops bombing Rimeux
  • 23/7/1944 ops mining Brest
  • 25/8/1944 ops bombing Russelsheim
  • 29/8/1944 ops bombing Stettin
  • 31/8/1944 ops bombing
  • 10/9/1944 ops bombing le Harve
  • 14/10/1944 ops bombing Duisburg
  • 14/10/1944 ops Duisburg
  • 18/10/1944 ops bombing Bonn
  • 22/10/1944 ops bombing Neuss
  • 23/10/1944 ops bombing Essen
  • 26/10/1944 ops Leverkusen
  • 30/10/1944 ops bombing Wesseling
  • 31/10/1944 ops bombing Bottrop
The aircraft he flew in are: Wackett, Fairy Battle, Wellington, Stirling 111, Lancaster 1. He was a member of 218 squadron from 29/9/1943 to 21/10/1944 in the crew of Lancaster HA-E.

Evelyn E Hill

Sgt. Thomas Arthur Jamieson 218 (Gold Coast) Squadron (d.13th May 1943)

Sgt Thomas Arthur Jamieson, the only son of James and Ellen, was born on 12th February 1923 in Larch Road, Balham, London. He volunteered for the RAF and after training as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, joined 218 (Gold Coast) Squadron on 23rd April 1943. He flew his first combat operation on 5th May. His second combat op commenced on13th May, taking off from RAF Downham Market, Norfolk at 00:25 on a course for Bochum in Germany's Ruhr valley. En-route, at approximately 01:45, an unseen enemy aircraft came up from the port and underneath and opened fire with a long burst from cannon and machine gun. This killed the rear gunner, wounded the mid-upper gunner, disabled the intercom and severely damaged the plane. Jettisoning their bombs and losing fuel, they limped off towards the nearest friendly aerodrome - Chedburgh, Suffolk - where they crash landed at approximately 04:00. Of the seven crew, five were killed and the Pilot was badly injured. Only the Navigator was relatively unharmed. Thomas Jamieson was 20 years old and is buried with his father in Wandsworth (Streatham) Cemetery, London. The aircraft was Stirling III HA-G EF367. The crew:
  • Sgt Nichols T J (Pilot)
  • P/O Pierce E G (Navigator)
  • Sgt Jamieson T A (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner)
  • Sgt Gargest J P V (Bomb Aimer)
  • Sgt Cleveland S G (Mid-upper Gunner)
  • Sgt Howard J S (Rear Gunner)
  • Sgt Wurr I (Flight Engineer)

David J Redman

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