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No. 428 (Ghost) Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force



   

No. 428 "Ghost" Squadron was formed at RAF Dalton, on 7th November 1942, with No. 4 Group. On 1st January 1943, 428 transferred to No. 6 (RCAF) Group, The squadron moved to Middleton St. George in June 1943 remaining there until 1945 when 428 returned to Canada.


The 2016 RAF Middleton St George Memorial Service will take place at memorial garden outside the St George Hotel at 10.30am on 11th November 2016 all are welcome, please arrive in good time. If you would like to lay a wreath please let us know before the service begins. Our memorial garden has recently been refurbished to remember those whose ashes lie in this place. If family members of those who served would like to have ashes placed in the garden, please get in touch so arrangements can be made.


The annual Middleton St George remembrance and reunion weekend will take place on the second weekend of June 2016 at the St George Hotel, Durham Tees Valley Airport. This event is open to all who wish to attend:

  • Memorial service, 10.30am on Saturday, please arrive in good time.
  • Three Course Dinner and Entertainment on Saturday evening, must be booked in advance.
  • Special offer on accommodation at the St George for those attending.
  • Raffle to support the Memorial Association, donation of prizes would be most welcome.
  • Come along for the whole weekend or just part of the celebrations.

Airfields at which No. 428 "Ghost" Squadron were based:

  • Dalton. Nov 1942 to June 1943
  • Middleton St George. June 1943 to 1945


  Read the incredibly moving story of one man's bravery and the long campaign to ensure that he will never be forgotten.  



 

17th Aug 1944 428 Squadron Lancaster lost

27th Feb 1945 Night Ops

2nd Mar 1945 Night Ops

3rd Mar 1945 Night Ops

7th Apr 1945 428 Squadron Lancaster lost

8th Apr 1945 Night Ops

9th Apr 1943 A Difficult Flight

13th Apr 1945 Night Ops

22nd Apr 1945 Night Ops

30th Apr 1945 428 Squadron Lancaster lost

30th Apr 1945 Lancaster Lost


If you can provide any additional information, please add it here.



Those known to have served with

No. 428 (Ghost) Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Armour. W. . P/O (d.20th Dec 1943)
  • Armstrong Harold Alexander. F/O (d.25th Oct 1944)
  • Bailey. F .
  • Baldwin Stanley Michael. Sgt.
  • Barske P. J.. Sgt (d.26th Nov 1943 )
  • Bassett. G .
  • Bates. L S .
  • Beggs J. R.. S/Ldr.
  • Blake William Vincent. F/O. (d.23rd Apr 1944)
  • Bohn Arthur Reginald. Sergeant (d.23rd September 1943)
  • Bongard E. . Sgt
  • Bourassa Gerald Edmond. Corporal
  • Boyce. R. R.. (d.17th Aug 1944)
  • Braithwaite. H .
  • Brown Donald. Fl/Sgt.
  • Brown H. . F/Sgt
  • Brown W. . Sgt (d.7th Sep 1943)
  • Brown William.
  • Brown. L. C.. (d.17th Aug 1944)
  • Brushard James. (d.20th March 1944)
  • Bryans S F. F/O
  • Burke Edmond Armstrong. F/O.
  • Buttler. L .
  • Chilver Kenneth Graham. Sgt. (d.28th May 1943)
  • Clark. S .
  • Clement. J .
  • Corbet C M. P/O
  • Cotton Leonard. Sergeant (d.23rd September 1943)
  • Coupe L. . F/Sgt (d.20th Dec 1943)
  • Cousineau Thomas J.. Sgt.
  • Crampton. Charles . Sgt. (d.24th Aug 1943 )
  • Cullen Bill . F/O
  • Curley. D .
  • Dagnall T. . Sgt
  • Dagnall Thomas Stanley Roy. Sergeant (d.20th December 1943)
  • Dawson. J .
  • Day. G A .
  • Deakin. A .
  • Devine. F .
  • Dickson Walter Edward. Flight Sergeant (d.23rd September 1943)
  • Eadie. R D .
  • Eggleton. G W .
  • Elie J W M .
  • Elko P. . Sgt
  • Enfield Richard G. Sgt. Nav.
  • Enfields Richard G. Sgt
  • England John George. F/O (d.20th April 1944)
  • Evansy R O .
  • Fairgrieve. W. C.. P/O (d.17th Aug 1944)
  • Ferguson. J .
  • Francis J.. Sgt
  • Gaskin. V M . F/O.
  • Gay. Wilfred . F/Sgt
  • Goldberg Melville Moisha. Leading aircraftman
  • Good. Ralph Edward. P/O
  • Gorton Clifford. Sgt. (d.25th June 1943)
  • Goulding. Cecil .
  • Gourd Albert Ernest Edwin. (d.28th/29th Aug 1943)
  • Gravelet-Chapman. J. B.. WO. (d.30th Aug 1944)
  • Greer H M .
  • Gregson. G K .
  • Hanlin Stu.
  • Harling Donald.
  • Harper. W..
  • Harris. D .
  • Hawley. K T .
  • Hawthorn K..
  • Hickman. T H .
  • Houston James Talbert. WO
  • Huggins. J W .
  • Jeffery Donald Ernest. Sergeant (d.23rd September 1943)
  • Jessiman G. . Sgt
  • Jessiman George Herkis. Sergeant (d.20th December 1943)
  • Jones L. F/O
  • Jones. G .
  • Keating J A.
  • Keating. J. A. . (d.3rd Feb 1945)
  • Keighan H.. F/Sgt.
  • Keighan J L . Flight Sergeant
  • Keighan J L. Flight Sergeant
  • Kensall G. . Sgt
  • Kensall George. Sergeant (d.20th December 1943)
  • Knight. . George
  • Krivda. A.. WO.
  • Lamb. W. A.. (d.17th Aug 1944)
  • Laporte J W M .
  • MacNaught A. R.R.. Sgt.
  • Malins Richard .
  • Marshall. Bob .
  • Maxer N..
  • McFarlane J.. Sgt (d.30th Aug 1944 )
  • McGregor John Allan. F/O.
  • Mckay H J .
  • McMaster J. P.. Flt. Sgt.
  • McMaster J. P.. F/S
  • McMullen William Stuart. P/O (d.13th Jan 1945)
  • McMullen. William Stuart . P/O (d.13th Jan 1945)
  • McQuade James Joseph . Sgt.
  • McRae Hector Earl. Flying Officer (d.22nd September 1943)
  • Meadows Trevor .
  • Melcombe. D E .
  • Miller Edward George. Sergeant (d.23rd September 1943)
  • Millington .
  • Milloy. W D .
  • Moore F.. Sgt
  • Moorehead William Gerald. F/O.
  • Morris. P .
  • Mosher K.. F/O
  • Mosher Keith Maxwell. Flying Officer (d.20th December 1943)
  • Ossington Edward . F/Sgt.
  • Page S. . Sgt (d.20th Dec 1943)
  • Parkins James A.. FO
  • Pauli. G. R.. F/O
  • Perrett. G .
  • Pickup J. . Sgt
  • Playter. . R (d.3rd Feb 1945)
  • Poulter. J.
  • Powers. N D.
  • Pratt. G .
  • Prendergast. H .
  • Pritchard Harry . Sgt
  • Qualey T. C.. Sgt
  • Ratcliff. K.
  • Read Harry Allen.
  • Redwood G. W.. Sgt
  • Revell Philip Charles. P/O (d.15th Aug 1944)
  • Roberts David James. Sgt.
  • Roberts David James. F/O.
  • Robson DFC. Robbie . F/Lt.
  • Ruff G. M. . F/O
  • Russell W.A.. F/O
  • Russell W.A.. F/O
  • Sage. William A. . F/O
  • Sanderson Delmer Ray . Sgt
  • Sandes C. . F/O (d.20th Dec 1943)
  • Scott-Jones. E .
  • Scott. A..
  • Sharrock. Bob .
  • Shaw Arthur. P/O. (d.21st Apr 1944)
  • Slater J. . Sgt
  • Slater John Patrick. Sergeant (d.20th December 1943)
  • Slater. H.. F/O (d.17th Aug 1944)
  • Smail Robert Fenton. Flt.Sgt.
  • Smith Pete . Sgt
  • Sparkes. D. A.. Sgt (d.30th Aug 1944)
  • Srigley. J. R. . (d.17th Aug 1944)
  • Swartz Stan . Sgt
  • Taylor. J. . Sgt.
  • Taylor. R..
  • Tibbitts Alice.
  • Toneri L. E.. P/O (d.25th Oct 1944)
  • Toomey Robert E..
  • Toomey. Robert E.. Sgt
  • Twist. D .
  • Tycoles E. . W/O2
  • Tycoles Elmer Lawrance. Flight Sergeant (d.24th December 1943)
  • Van Tighem John Victor. FO
  • Walker J. M.C..
  • Walker John M. C..
  • Weigh. A. Des.
  • West. J .
  • Whalley. M G .
  • Whyte. G. E.. (d.15th Aug 1944)
  • Willard. I E .
  • Williams. E .
  • Williams. H.. Sgt
  • Wilson Thomas John Jack . Sgt (d.28th Sep 1943)
  • Woychuck . Sgt
  • Wright H.. (d.25th Oct 1944)
  • Wright James. Sergeant (d.23rd September 1943)
  • Wright James. Sergeant
  • Wright James. Sgt. (d.23rd September 1943)
  • Yanko Ronald James.
  • Yates William Steven . Sgt

The names on this list have been submitted by relatives, friends, neighbours and others who wish to remember them, if you have any names to add or any recollections or photos of those listed, please Add a Name to this List

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Flt. Sgt. J. P. McMaster 428 Sqd

Flt Sgt McMaster flew with My uncle, F/S Paul Barske a Canadian, in 428 Squadron "B" RCAF. His partial diary was handed down to me from my grandmother.

The crew were:

  • S/L J.R.Beggs RCAF
  • Sgt T.C.Qualey
  • F/S J.P.McMaster RCAF
  • Sgt P.J.Barske RCAF
  • F/O G.M.Ruff RCAF
  • Sgt F.Moore RCAF
  • Sgt G.W.Redwood

Halifax NA-G, Serial Number LK969, took off from Middleton St.George on the 25th of November 1943 at 23:33. The aircraft was shot down at 19,000 feet over Frankfurt by a night-fighter. The opening burst set the starboard inner engine on fire and its second pass killed Sgt Barske as well as setting light to the outer starboard engine. The rest of the crew survived but were all captured and taken prisoners of war; S/L J.R.Beggs was held in Stalag 9C with F/S J.P.McMaster who also spent time in Stalag 357. Sgt F.Moore was held in Stalag 4B, with Sgt T.C.Qualey and Sgt G.W.Redwood, the later also spent time at Stalag Luft 3. F/O G.M.Ruff was held at Stalag Luft 1. Sgt Barske was buried in the Durnbach War Cemetery.

Can anyone tell me more?

Linda Gillis



Alice Tibbitts 428 Ghost Squadron

My mother, Alice Gilbert (nee Tibbitts), was attached to the 428 Ghost Squadron at Middleton-St-George during the WW2 conflict. I understand she was one of WAAF's that charged the batteries for the plane's wireless.

Lorraine Hand



WO James Talbert Houston DFC 428th

I was doing some research on my grandfather in an attempt to find the other three men that were members of his flight crew with 428 "Ghost" Squadron when I found your site. Warrant Officer James Talbert Houston served in the RCAF as a rear-gunner during the Second World War. During a mission in February 1944 his Halifax bomber was attacked and he was shot in the shoulder. Though he was injured WO Houston gave clear and concise orders which allowed the pilot to evade fighters on several occasions and return to base safely. For his skill and bravery, WO Houston was awarded the DFC. Unfortunately later that month, Houston and crew were shot down over Sweden and subsequently interned, until the end of the war. In an article written about my grandfather there are three other men mentioned: Flight Officer W.A. Russell of LeRoy?, Sask, Warrant Officer D. Lightfoot of Burnham, Sask and Sgt. W.J. Walton of Toronto. The latter two men were both awarded the DFM and the first was also awarded the DFC. Any information that anyone has would be appreciated. I think your site is terrific and a very valuable source of information.

Katie Houston



Corporal Gerald Edmond Bourassa 428 Ghost Squadron

My Father, Gerald Edmond Bourassa was a corporal in the Royal Canadian Air Force, Ghost Squadron. What I remember of what he told me was that he was ground crew, and they were responsible for loading ammunition, guns and bombs. He had also told me that he had many friends.

I wonder if anyone has any pictures or stories that included my Dad?

Bill Souther



Sergeant James Wright 428 Squadron (d.23rd September 1943)

I would be glad to get in contact with anyone who may remember the crew of Halifax LK-635 NA-H of 428 squadron, pilot F/O Mcrae. In his crew was Sgt James Wright an great-uncle of my wife. All killed on Ops 22/23 Sept 1943 Hannover Raid.

The crew were:

  • F/O Hector Earl McRae RCAF J/20195, killed age 23 (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt Donald Ernest Jeffery, RAF VR 1862968, killed (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt Leonard Cotton, RAF VR 1516171, killed age 22 (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Flt/Sgt Walter Edward Dickson RCAF R/1556913, killed (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt Arthur Reginald Bohn, RAF VR 1415741, killed (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt James Wright, RAF VR 1590868, killed age 30 (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt Edward George Miller, RCAF R/183626, killed, age 19 (Runnymede Memorial)

  • Nick Brown



    Sergeant Edward George Miller 428 Squadron (d.23rd September 1943)

    I would be glad to get in contact with anyone who may remember the crew of Halifax LK-635 NA-H of 428 squadron, pilot F/O Mcrae. In his crew was Sgt James Wright an great-uncle of my wife. All killed on Ops 22/23 Sept 1943 Hannover Raid.

    The crew were:

  • F/O Hector Earl McRae RCAF J/20195, killed age 23 (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt Donald Ernest Jeffery, RAF VR 1862968, killed (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt Leonard Cotton, RAF VR 1516171, killed age 22 (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Flt/Sgt Walter Edward Dickson RCAF R/1556913, killed (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt Arthur Reginald Bohn, RAF VR 1415741, killed (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt James Wright, RAF VR 1590868, killed age 30 (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt Edward George Miller, RCAF R/183626, killed, age 19 (Runnymede Memorial)

  • Nick Brown



    Sergeant James Wright 428 Squadron

    I would be glad to get in contact with anyone who may remember the crew of Halifax LK-635 NA-H of 428 squadron, pilot F/O Mcrae. In his crew was Sgt James Wright an great-uncle of my wife. All killed on Ops 22/23 Sept 1943 Hannover Raid.

    The crew were:

  • F/O Hector Earl McRae RCAF J/20195, killed age 23 (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt Donald Ernest Jeffery, RAF VR 1862968, killed (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt Leonard Cotton, RAF VR 1516171, killed (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Flt/Sgt Walter Edward Dickson RCAF R/1556913, killed (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt Arthur Reginald Bohn, RAF VR 1415741, killed (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt James Wright, RAF VR 1590868, killed (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt Edward George Miller, RCAF R/183626, killed, age 19 (Runnymede Memorial)

  • Nick Brown



    Flying Officer Hector Earl McRae 428 Squadron (d.22nd September 1943)

    I would be glad to get in contact with anyone who may remember the crew of Halifax LK-635 NA-H of 428 squadron, pilot F/O Mcrae. In his crew was Sgt James Wright an great-uncle of my wife. All killed on Ops 22/23 Sept 1943 Hannover Raid.

    The crew were:

  • F/O Hector Earl McRae RCAF J/20195, killed age 23 (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt Donald Ernest Jeffery, RAF VR 1862968, killed (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt Leonard Cotton, RAF VR 1516171, killed (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Flt/Sgt Walter Edward Dickson RCAF R/1556913, killed (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt Arthur Reginald Bohn, RAF VR 1415741, killed (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt James Wright, RAF VR 1590868, killed (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt Edward George Miller, RCAF R/183626, killed, age 19 (Runnymede Memorial)

  • Nick Brown



    Sergeant Donald Ernest Jeffery 428 Squadron (d.23rd September 1943)

    I would be glad to get in contact with anyone who may remember the crew of Halifax LK-635 NA-H of 428 squadron, pilot F/O Mcrae. In his crew was Sgt James Wright an great-uncle of my wife. All killed on Ops 22/23 Sept 1943 Hannover Raid.

    The crew were:

  • F/O Hector Earl McRae RCAF J/20195, killed age 23 (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt Donald Ernest Jeffery, RAF VR 1862968, killed (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt Leonard Cotton, RAF VR 1516171, killed (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Flt/Sgt Walter Edward Dickson RCAF R/1556913, killed (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt Arthur Reginald Bohn, RAF VR 1415741, killed (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt James Wright, RAF VR 1590868, killed (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt Edward George Miller, RCAF R/183626, killed, age 19 (Runnymede Memorial)

  • Nick Brown



    Sergeant Leonard Cotton 428 Squadron (d.23rd September 1943)

    I would be glad to get in contact with anyone who may remember the crew of Halifax LK-635 NA-H of 428 squadron, pilot F/O Mcrae. In his crew was Sgt James Wright an great-uncle of my wife. All killed on Ops 22/23 Sept 1943 Hannover Raid.

    The crew were:

  • F/O Hector Earl McRae RCAF J/20195, killed age 23 (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt Donald Ernest Jeffery, RAF VR 1862968, killed (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt Leonard Cotton, RAF VR 1516171, killed age 22 (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Flt/Sgt Walter Edward Dickson RCAF R/1556913, killed (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt Arthur Reginald Bohn, RAF VR 1415741, killed (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt James Wright, RAF VR 1590868, killed (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt Edward George Miller, RCAF R/183626, killed, age 19 (Runnymede Memorial)

  • Nick Brown



    Flight Sergeant Walter Edward Dickson 428 Squadron (d.23rd September 1943)

    I would be glad to get in contact with anyone who may remember the crew of Halifax LK-635 NA-H of 428 squadron, pilot F/O Mcrae. In his crew was Sgt James Wright an great-uncle of my wife. All killed on Ops 22/23 Sept 1943 Hannover Raid.

    The crew were:

  • F/O Hector Earl McRae RCAF J/20195, killed age 23 (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt Donald Ernest Jeffery, RAF VR 1862968, killed (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt Leonard Cotton, RAF VR 1516171, killed age 22 (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Flt/Sgt Walter Edward Dickson RCAF R/1556913, killed (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt Arthur Reginald Bohn, RAF VR 1415741, killed (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt James Wright, RAF VR 1590868, killed (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt Edward George Miller, RCAF R/183626, killed, age 19 (Runnymede Memorial)

  • Nick Brown



    Sergeant Arthur Reginald Bohn 428 Squadron (d.23rd September 1943)

    I would be glad to get in contact with anyone who may remember the crew of Halifax LK-635 NA-H of 428 squadron, pilot F/O Mcrae. In his crew was Sgt James Wright an great-uncle of my wife. All killed on Ops 22/23 Sept 1943 Hannover Raid.

    The crew were:

  • F/O Hector Earl McRae RCAF J/20195, killed age 23 (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt Donald Ernest Jeffery, RAF VR 1862968, killed (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt Leonard Cotton, RAF VR 1516171, killed age 22 (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Flt/Sgt Walter Edward Dickson RCAF R/1556913, killed (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt Arthur Reginald Bohn, RAF VR 1415741, killed (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt James Wright, RAF VR 1590868, killed (Runnymede Memorial)
  • Sgt Edward George Miller, RCAF R/183626, killed, age 19 (Runnymede Memorial)

  • Nick Brown



    Stu Hanlin 428 Squadron

    My father Stu Hanlin was flight engineer on a Lancaster bomber NA-Z in 428 (Ghost) Squadron. He was lucky, completed his tour and returned home.

    In 1982 I met a man named Bob Mosher. We were talking one day and he told me about his uncle Keith Mosher who wasn't so lucky. His uncle was in 428 squadron and was killed on his very first sortie. At that time 428 squadron were flying Halifax.

    Today Bob is one of my best friends. If it wasn't for the bravery that his uncle and my father had we, perhaps would never have become fast friends. We owe a lot to them.

    John Hanlin



    Flight Sergeant J L Keighan 428 Squadron

    Halifax LK928 Squadron 428 Operation Frankfurt Date 1 20th December 1943 Date 2 21st December 1943 LK928 was one of two No.428 Squadron Halifaxes lost on this operation (the other was EB252). Airborne 1614 20Dec43 from Middleton St.George. Cause of loss not established. Crashed at Glees some 7 km NNW of Mendig. Burials are reported from Glees 27Dec43; their graves are now located in Rheinberg War Cemetery.

    The brother of Sgt Jessiman, William Herkis Jessiman, was also KIA. F/S Tycoles survived the crash as his death is reported to have taken place at Reserve Lager Maria Loast 24Dec43.

  • F/S J.L.Keighan RCAF PoW
  • Sgt George Herkis Jessiman RCAF R/68645 KIA age 22
  • F/O Keith Maxwell Mosher RCAF J/21553 KIA
  • F/S Elmer Lawrance Tycoles RCAF R/128073 Inj
  • Sgt John Patrick Slater RAF 1516173 KIA age 29
  • Sgt George Kensall RAF 1052337 KIA age 22
  • Sgt Thomas Stanley Roy Dagnall RAF 1600759 KIA
  • F/S J.L.Keighan was interned in Camps L6/357, PoW No.1463.




  • Sergeant George Herkis Jessiman 428 Squadron (d.20th December 1943)

    Halifax LK928 Squadron 428 Operation Frankfurt Date 1 20th December 1943 Date 2 21st December 1943 LK928 was one of two No.428 Squadron Halifaxes lost on this operation (the other was EB252). Airborne 1614 20Dec43 from Middleton St.George. Cause of loss not established. Crashed at Glees some 7 km NNW of Mendig. Burials are reported from Glees 27Dec43; their graves are now located in Rheinberg War Cemetery.

    The brother of Sgt Jessiman, William Herkis Jessiman, was also KIA. F/S Tycoles survived the crash as his death is reported to have taken place at Reserve Lager Maria Loast 24Dec43.

  • F/S J.L.Keighan RCAF PoW
  • Sgt George Herkis Jessiman RCAF R/68645 KIA age 22
  • F/O Keith Maxwell Mosher RCAF J/21553 KIA
  • F/S Elmer Lawrance Tycoles RCAF R/128073 Inj
  • Sgt John Patrick Slater RAF 1516173 KIA age 29
  • Sgt George Kensall RAF 1052337 KIA age 22
  • Sgt Thomas Stanley Roy Dagnall RAF 1600759 KIA
  • F/S J.L.Keighan was interned in Camps L6/357, PoW No.1463.




  • Flying Officer Keith Maxwell Mosher 428 Squadron (d.20th December 1943)

    Halifax LK928 Squadron 428 Operation Frankfurt Date 1 20th December 1943 Date 2 21st December 1943 LK928 was one of two No.428 Squadron Halifaxes lost on this operation (the other was EB252). Airborne 1614 20Dec43 from Middleton St.George. Cause of loss not established. Crashed at Glees some 7 km NNW of Mendig. Burials are reported from Glees 27Dec43; their graves are now located in Rheinberg War Cemetery.

    The brother of Sgt Jessiman, William Herkis Jessiman, was also KIA. F/S Tycoles survived the crash as his death is reported to have taken place at Reserve Lager Maria Loast 24Dec43.

  • F/S J.L.Keighan RCAF PoW
  • Sgt George Herkis Jessiman RCAF R/68645 KIA age 22
  • F/O Keith Maxwell Mosher RCAF J/21553 KIA
  • F/S Elmer Lawrance Tycoles RCAF R/128073 Inj
  • Sgt John Patrick Slater RAF 1516173 KIA age 29
  • Sgt George Kensall RAF 1052337 KIA age 22
  • Sgt Thomas Stanley Roy Dagnall RAF 1600759 KIA
  • F/S J.L.Keighan was interned in Camps L6/357, PoW No.1463.




  • Flight Sergeant Elmer Lawrance Tycoles 428 Squadron (d.24th December 1943)

    Halifax LK928 Squadron 428 Operation Frankfurt Date 1 20th December 1943 Date 2 21st December 1943 LK928 was one of two No.428 Squadron Halifaxes lost on this operation (the other was EB252). Airborne 1614 20Dec43 from Middleton St.George. Cause of loss not established. Crashed at Glees some 7 km NNW of Mendig. Burials are reported from Glees 27Dec43; their graves are now located in Rheinberg War Cemetery.

    The brother of Sgt Jessiman, William Herkis Jessiman, was also KIA. F/S Tycoles survived the crash as his death is reported to have taken place at Reserve Lager Maria Loast 24Dec43.

  • F/S J.L.Keighan RCAF PoW
  • Sgt George Herkis Jessiman RCAF R/68645 KIA age 22
  • F/O Keith Maxwell Mosher RCAF J/21553 KIA
  • F/S Elmer Lawrance Tycoles RCAF R/128073 Inj
  • Sgt John Patrick Slater RAF 1516173 KIA age 29
  • Sgt George Kensall RAF 1052337 KIA age 22
  • Sgt Thomas Stanley Roy Dagnall RAF 1600759 KIA
  • F/S J.L.Keighan was interned in Camps L6/357, PoW No.1463.




  • Sergeant John Patrick Slater 428 Squadron (d.20th December 1943)

    Halifax LK928 Squadron 428 Operation Frankfurt Date 1 20th December 1943 Date 2 21st December 1943 LK928 was one of two No.428 Squadron Halifaxes lost on this operation (the other was EB252). Airborne 1614 20Dec43 from Middleton St.George. Cause of loss not established. Crashed at Glees some 7 km NNW of Mendig. Burials are reported from Glees 27Dec43; their graves are now located in Rheinberg War Cemetery.

    The brother of Sgt Jessiman, William Herkis Jessiman, was also KIA. F/S Tycoles survived the crash as his death is reported to have taken place at Reserve Lager Maria Loast 24Dec43.

  • F/S J.L.Keighan RCAF PoW
  • Sgt George Herkis Jessiman RCAF R/68645 KIA age 22
  • F/O Keith Maxwell Mosher RCAF J/21553 KIA
  • F/S Elmer Lawrance Tycoles RCAF R/128073 Inj
  • Sgt John Patrick Slater RAF 1516173 KIA age 29
  • Sgt George Kensall RAF 1052337 KIA age 22
  • Sgt Thomas Stanley Roy Dagnall RAF 1600759 KIA
  • F/S J.L.Keighan was interned in Camps L6/357, PoW No.1463.




  • Sergeant George Kensall 428 Squadron (d.20th December 1943)

    Halifax LK928 Squadron 428 Operation Frankfurt Date 1 20th December 1943 Date 2 21st December 1943 LK928 was one of two No.428 Squadron Halifaxes lost on this operation (the other was EB252). Airborne 1614 20Dec43 from Middleton St.George. Cause of loss not established. Crashed at Glees some 7 km NNW of Mendig. Burials are reported from Glees 27Dec43; their graves are now located in Rheinberg War Cemetery.

    The brother of Sgt Jessiman, William Herkis Jessiman, was also KIA. F/S Tycoles survived the crash as his death is reported to have taken place at Reserve Lager Maria Loast 24Dec43.

  • F/S J.L.Keighan RCAF PoW
  • Sgt George Herkis Jessiman RCAF R/68645 KIA age 22
  • F/O Keith Maxwell Mosher RCAF J/21553 KIA
  • F/S Elmer Lawrance Tycoles RCAF R/128073 Inj
  • Sgt John Patrick Slater RAF 1516173 KIA age 29
  • Sgt George Kensall RAF 1052337 KIA age 22
  • Sgt Thomas Stanley Roy Dagnall RAF 1600759 KIA
  • F/S J.L.Keighan was interned in Camps L6/357, PoW No.1463.




  • Sergeant Thomas Stanley Roy Dagnall 428 Squadron (d.20th December 1943)

    Halifax LK928 Squadron 428 Operation Frankfurt Date 1 20th December 1943 Date 2 21st December 1943 LK928 was one of two No.428 Squadron Halifaxes lost on this operation (the other was EB252). Airborne 1614 20Dec43 from Middleton St.George. Cause of loss not established. Crashed at Glees some 7 km NNW of Mendig. Burials are reported from Glees 27Dec43; their graves are now located in Rheinberg War Cemetery.

    The brother of Sgt Jessiman, William Herkis Jessiman, was also KIA. F/S Tycoles survived the crash as his death is reported to have taken place at Reserve Lager Maria Loast 24Dec43.

  • F/S J.L.Keighan RCAF PoW
  • Sgt George Herkis Jessiman RCAF R/68645 KIA age 22
  • F/O Keith Maxwell Mosher RCAF J/21553 KIA
  • F/S Elmer Lawrance Tycoles RCAF R/128073 Inj
  • Sgt John Patrick Slater RAF 1516173 KIA age 29
  • Sgt George Kensall RAF 1052337 KIA age 22
  • Sgt Thomas Stanley Roy Dagnall RAF 1600759 KIA
  • F/S J.L.Keighan was interned in Camps L6/357, PoW No.1463.




  • Flight Sergeant J L Keighan 428 Squadron

    Halifax LK928 Squadron 428 Operation Frankfurt Date 1 20th December 1943 Date 2 21st December 1943 LK928 was one of two No.428 Squadron Halifaxes lost on this operation (the other was EB252). Airborne 1614 20Dec43 from Middleton St.George. Cause of loss not established. Crashed at Glees some 7 km NNW of Mendig. Burials are reported from Glees 27Dec43; their graves are now located in Rheinberg War Cemetery.

    The brother of Sgt Jessiman, William Herkis Jessiman, was also KIA. F/S Tycoles survived the crash as his death is reported to have taken place at Reserve Lager Maria Loast 24Dec43.

  • F/S J.L.Keighan RCAF PoW, interned in Camps L6/357, PoW No.1463
  • Sgt George Herkis Jessiman RCAF R/68645 KIA age 22
  • F/O Keith Maxwell Mosher RCAF J/21553 KIA
  • F/S Elmer Lawrance Tycoles RCAF R/128073 Inj
  • Sgt John Patrick Slater RAF 1516173 KIA age 29
  • Sgt George Kensall RAF 1052337 KIA age 22
  • Sgt Thomas Stanley Roy Dagnall RAF 1600759 KIA




  • Sgt. Stanley Michael Baldwin Bomb aimer. 428 Squadron

    If anyone is looking for information on aircrew (living or dead) who flew from Middleton St George between 25 July and 5 October 1943, I have all names of aircrew who took part, and details of the raids they flew on. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are researching for your loved ones.

    Della



    F/O John George England 428 Squadron (d.20th April 1944)

    I am trying to learn more about the death of this brave flyer on behalf of a relative of his who has contacted me for assistance. According to the information she has sent me, John George England took off from Middleton St. George on 20th or 21st April 1944 to carry out a bombing raid on German occupied France. He was flying a Halifax II, Somewhere between Middleton St George and Didcot the plane developed trouble and it was necessary for the crew to bail out. John George apparently died when his parachute failed to open due to the fact it had suffered shrapnel damage on an earlier mission. If anyone has any information that might help me build a picture of the event, or has knowledge of the man himself please contact me.

    Update: Halifaz JP199 coded NA-O took off at 21:15 on the 20th of Apr 1944 from Middleton St.George to lay mines in French waters. Shortly after reaching 20,000 feet an engine caught fire and the pilot was unable to maintain control so ordered his crew to bail out. The Halifax came down about a mile north east of Dielert Ladygrove Farm near Didcot, Berkshire. Two crew men were killed, Sqd Ldr McGugan and F/O England, they are buried in Brookwood Military cemetery.

    The crew were:

    • S/L F.R.McGugan RCAF
    • Sgt R.F.Ellis RAF
    • F/O T.L.Steele RCAF
    • F/O G.A.England RCAF
    • WO2 N.C.Mason RCAF
    • Sgt J.W.Eyre RAF
    • Sgt L.Lapond RCAF

    Alan Marron



    James "Butch" Brushard 428 Squadron (d.20th March 1944)




    F/Sgt. Edward Ossington Rear Gunner 428 Sqd.

    Edward was my brother who is dead now. He was in the Army from 1941 to 1943. He got hurt returned home and then joined the C.A.F. as a tail gunner. Was shot down in 1944 spent some time with a French farmer then to a prison camp until the end of War. I was only eight at that time but remember that for five months we did not know what had happened. Only two of the crew lived.If you have any information I would be pleased to have it.

    Editor's note: Edward flew with 428 Squadron from RAF Middleton St George, The crew took off in Lancaster KB770 NA-D, at 16.38 on the 28th of January 1945 on a mission to Stuttgart. The pilot S/L Kay was on his first sortie as a Flight Commander. The aircraft is believed to be lost on a raid concentrated around the Hirth aero-engine plant in Zuffenhausen. Shot down by an Enemy Night fighter

    The crew were:

    • S/L H.L.Kay RCAF
    • Sgt R.W.Gullick RAF
    • F/O R.L.Stapleford RCAF
    • F/O G.J.Liney RCAF
    • F/O J.W.Blades RCAF
    • F/S F.L.Jolicoeur RCAF
    • F/S E.F.Ossington RCAF

    F/S E.F.Ossington and F/O R.L.Stapleford (who was sucked out of an aircraft window) were confined in Hospital due injuries until Liberation Thier crewmates all perished and are buried in Durnbach War Cemetery.

    Ken Ossington



    Sgt Thomas John Jack Wilson 428 Sqd. (d.28th Sep 1943)

    My Mother has given me a "Missing in Action" letter dated Sept 29th 1943 Royal Canadian Airforce Overseas, from S/L W.B.Jennings R.C.A.F.Chaplain at Middleton St George, about her cousin T.J.Wilson.

    I believe he was born about 1922 in Northern Ireland, at one time she was close to him but as she is now 83, she doesn't remember too much. It has always troubled her that she never found out what happened & exactly where he is buried. I have a small Box Brownie type photograph that shows his & his crew's burial plots which I believe are somewhere near Arniem in the Netherlands.

    I have been searching for information no avail. She lost track of him when she was evacuated in Scotland U.K. and had not realised that he had even gone to Canada.

    Editor's Note: Thomas was serving with the RAFVR, and was flying with 428 Squadron RCAF. The squadron had a mix of Canadian, British and other Commonwealth nationalities, so it is likely that Thomas did not actually go to Canada. The aircraft, Halifax EB215 NA-T took off from RAF Middleton St George at 19:17 on the 28th of September 1943. They were shot down by Flak over Holland and crashed at 17 minutes past midnight at Oosterhof, near Vaassen. There was only one survivor, Sgt Griffin who was taken POW.

    The crew were:

    • Sgt J.E.Farmer
    • Sgt J.W.Satchell
    • Sgt D.A.J.Griffin
    • Sgt T.J.Wilson
    • Sgt E.T.Springett
    • Sgt A.Stuart
    • Sgt W.E.Mussen

    Thomas and his crew mates are buried in the Epe General Cemetery at Vaassen, 7 kilometres north of Apeldoorn in the Netherlands.

    Yvonne Butler



    Donald Harling 419 Sqd.

    This is a photo that my mother left me of my dad, Donald Harling and others, her notes show that it was taken at Middleton St. George in 1942. He was a radar technician and worked on the radar sets in the bombers. He is the one in the back row under the arrow. I do not know the names of any of the others.

    He mentioned, many years ago, that he had been in the Moose (419) and Ghost (428) squadrons. He worked on the radar sets in the bombers and remembers touching the high voltage wires more than once. He said it would straighten out his arm so fast, the screw driver would sometimes punch a hole in the side of the plane. On a sadder note, he occasionally had to clean out a gunners position for those who didn't make it.

    If you have any information about others, please feel free to e-mail me.

    John Harling



    P/O William Stuart McMullen 428 Squadron (d.13th Jan 1945)

    As an ex-Darlington resident I am very interested to learn more about William Stuart McMullen, Canadian Pilot killed when his Lancaster crashed on the outskirts of the town in 1945. Our family does have some connection to the McMullen story as my father was apparently one of the first on the scene after the crash. He did tell my mother that he helped to extricate the pilot from the plane but on reading the documented reports it would appear that P/O McMullen had already been ejected from the plane when it crashed, so maybe my father helped remove him from the debris and from the seat which he apparently was still strapped to. Details of P/O McMullens injuries were passed on to us but obviously that is something which needs no re-telling. I have no reason to doubt my father’s claims and indeed he was quite emotional in the re-telling of the event. I recently learned that Mr McMullen is buried in Stonefall Cemetery Commonwealth War Graves section here in Harrogate and on Saturday I visited his grave. I’m so glad I took some flowers as his is one of the few graves which does not bear any floral tribute. Almost all of the others have a rose bush or some other shrub and the overall effect is one of tranquil beauty. I found the experience very emotional and the connection with Darlington, my late parents etc was quite overwhelming. This brave pilot saved the lives of so many and who knows, maybe I wouldn’t be here to tell this tale had he baled out and allowed the aircraft crash onto Eastbourne area of the town which my parents lived in. I am very surprised that for his heroic gesture McMullen was not recognised with some sort of posthumous commendation/medal and wondered if there was any way of setting the wheels in motion in order for this to happen? Also, I would love to make contact with his daughter, Dona Mae Barber, in Canada or other relatives to ascertain what, if anything, they would like to have put on his grave. I would love to dedicate this with a rose or similar floral tribute.

    Lesley Tudor



    P/O. Arthur Shaw MID. 428 Squadron (d.21st Apr 1944)

    From a Target Token dated 5/6-09-43 Arthur Shaw was a member of the following crew:-
    • P/O C C Ford
    • P/O F S Pearse
    • Sgt B H Howard
    • Sgt J W Carrigan
    • Sgt R F Buckman
    • Sgt P L Emms

    Philip Shaw



    Sgt. Kenneth Graham Chilver 428 Sqd. (d.28th May 1943)

    Kenneth Chilver, is a distant relative who has captured my imagination, probably because information is not easy to come by. He was the son of Benjamin and Lily Chilver, husband of Gwennie Chilver, of Middlesbrough, Yorkshire. He was lost on the 28th of May 1943 whilst flying with 428 (RCAF) Squadron when he was 24 years old. He has no known grave and is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial. The information I have is from the back of a photo and states that he died on the Essue Raid. The Essue is unclear but as far as I can tell this is what it says. Unfortunately this is the only info I have and hope that someone will be able to help me find out more.

    Editors Note: The raid on the 28th of May 1943 was to Essen.

    Denise Parker



    Fl/Sgt. Donald Brown DK257 Squadron 428

    Don Brown was a flight engineer on Halifax DK257 from 428 squadron from Middleton St George. He was shot down on his 2nd mission - the raid on Aachen on his 19th birthday 13/7/43.

    He was captured and we believe taken to Stalag Luft 6, however there are a few misleading pieces of information, one says camp 357, another L6. We have interviewed Don, and he is a very friendly gentleman, and has given us a lot of information, which we are trying to put together, but want it to be factually correct.

    Don recounts that he was in the camp next to to Stalag Luft 3 (the great escape camp), and he thought it was Stalag Luft 4. He was moved at one point, we think from L6 to L4, but thats a bit unclear. He also recounts the Black March in 1945, when carried his guards rifle.

    We have done an interview with Don, and tried to pull as much information together as we can, but if there is anyone out there who can provide some clarity or further information about the camp numbers, or details of others who were held, i'd love to hear from anyone.

    David Jackson



    Robert E. Toomey 428 Squadron

    My father-in-law was RCAF Flt engineer, Sgt Robert E. Toomey flying from Middleton St George. He was shot down over Denmark 17-8-1944, and was the only crew member who survived. I have much information as Robert Toomey kept a diary and scrapbook while in Stalag Luft VII and STALAG Luft IIIa. Please read article posted by a citizen of Sjervo who helped Sgt. Toomey on 17 August, 1944.

    Claude Lafleur



    F/O. Edmond Armstrong Burke DFC. 428 (Ghost) Squadron

    Ny father Edmond Burke flew with 428 (Ghost) Squadron. He was a mid-upper gunner. He received the DFC. He married a local girl from Darlington, Miss Winifred Johnson. My dad had finished his tour of ops and was on leave in Canada when war ended. His wife was one of the first war brides to come to Canada.

    Michael Burke



    William Brown 428 Squadron

    I and seeking a picture of the crew of Sgt William Brown of DK196, NA- Z 428 Sqd, I have done some research on the crash site, which is not far from my home.

    je recherche une photo de l'équipage du Sgt William Brown le DK196 NA-Z Sqd 428 je vais faire des recherches sur le lieu du crash qui se trouve pas très loin de chez moi.

    Philippe Ducastelle



    Harry Allen Read 428 Sqd

    My father Harry Allen Read was a pilot in the 428 Squadron flying a Halifax V bomber. On the night of Aug 23/24 1943 his plane was crippled by a night fighter over Berlin. Four of his crew baled out and were POW at Stalag IV B. One crew member a Sgt. Charles Crampton was tragically killed baling out. My father and Sgt. James Joseph McQuade baled out over Sweden and the plane eventually crashed there. I have been able to locate families of all the crew, except Sgt. J. Taylor.service #2216221. He was RAF. I would dearly love to hear from anyone who knows him or knows of him. Unfortunately I do not know his first name.He was the Mid Upper Gunner and was one of the POWs.

    Linda Read



    J. M.C. Walker 428 Sqd.

    My father J M C Walker flew in Halifax bombers (428 sqdn) he was a flight engineer and was shot down in 1943 and became a pow. He is almost 84 now and in good shape apart from failing eye sight

    Richard J C Walker



    Sgt. Thomas J. Cousineau 428 Sqd.

    My grandfather flew in Halifaxes in 428 Sqd. during the war, Sgt Thomas J. Cousineau. Flying Halifax V DK-196 coded NA-Z, they took flak over Munichon 7th of Sept 1943 and crashed in France trying to make for England. The pilot died in the crash. This was their tenth mission. The crew were:
    • Sgt W. Brown (pilot)
    • F/Sgt H. Brown
    • Sgt P. Elko
    • Sgt J. Pickup
    • Sgt J. Francis
    • Sgt E. Bongard
    • Sgt T. J. Cousineau

    Paul Snowdy



    Albert Ernest Edwin Gourd 428 Sqd (d.28th/29th Aug 1943)

    Albert Ernest Edwin Gourd was a Sergeant in the RAAF who was killed in action on the night of 28/29 August 1943, while serving in 428 (RCAF) Squadron. Albert was age 23. I believe he was a mid upper air gunner, and was killed in a night fighter attack. If anyone can tell me more about his aircraft and crew I would be most grateful. Sergeant Gourd was my wifes uncle. He is buried in Durnbach War Cemetery.

    Ian Green



    F/Sgt. H. Keighan 428 Sqd.

    Keighan crew of 428 Squadron RCAF

    Keighan crew of 428 Squadron RCAF, who were shot down on operations to Frankfurt on December 20/21, 1943.

    Back row from L to R: F/O K. Mosher RCAF, Navigator; Sgt J. Slater RAF Wireless Op;Sgt T. Dagnall RAF, Rear Gunner; Sgt G. Kensall RAF, Mid-upper Gunner.

    Front Row L to R: Sgt G. Jessiman RCAF, Flight Engineer; F/Sgt J. Keighan RCAF, taken POW, Pilot; W/O2 E. Tycoles RCAF, Bomb aimer.

    Gladys Tycoles



    Sgt T. Dagnall 428 sqd

    Sgt Dagnall was shot down on ops to Frankfurt on 20th/21st Dec 1943 with 428 Sqd.




    Sgt P. Elko 428 Sqd.

    St Elko was shot down on 7th of Sep 1943 and taken POW.




    Sgt J. Francis 428 Sqd.

    Sgt Francis was shot down on 7th of Sep 1943 and taken POW.




    Cecil Goulding. 428 Sqd.

    Cecil Goulding served as an Airframe Mechanic.




    Sgt G. Jessiman RCAF 428 Sqd.

    Sgt Jessiman served as Flight Engineer, he was shot down on ops to Frankfurt on 20/21 Dec 1943.




    Sgt G. Kensall 428 Sqd

    Sgt Kensall flew as a Mid-upper Gunner. His aircraft was shot down on ops to Frankfurt on 20/21 Dec 1943.




    Richard Malins 428 Sqd.

    Dick Malins was a wireless operator/air gunner with 428 Squadron. He was shot down on 14th of Sept 1943 taken POW




    Trevor Meadows 428 Sqd.

    I was sixteen years old at the outbreak of war, at eighteen I volunteered for aircrew duties with the RAF, all aircrew were volunteers. After passing the medicals and a two day selection board I was accepted. I was called to commence training early in 1942 I qualified as a Flight Engineer on heavy bombers and was posted to a heavy conversion unit in Yorkshire early in 1944 to fly Halifax four engine bombers. There I joined the six other members who were to make up my crew, they were all Canadians and we were to serve in 6 Group the RCAF bomber group. We completed the course, became a bomber crew and were posted to Middleton St George (now Teeside International Airport) to join No 428 — the Ghost squadron. Initially we flew old Halifaxes but then received Canadian built Lancaster X’s which we converted to on the squadron. In October 1944 we completed 32 operations over Germany and the occupied countries. The crew then split up, most of the Canadians returning to Canada. I then went through the reselection process, my first choice was to continue flying and I volunteered for Tiger Force in the Far East. However I was selected to take a course at the RAF School of Administration and Accountancy, all of the members of this particular course were tour expired aircrew officers. I completed the course successfully and was promoted to Flight Lieutenant, I was then twenty two years old. A few weeks before the end of the war I was posted to Germany together with eleven other tour expired aircrew officers. We were to be part of the RAF team that was to disarm and disband the Luftwaffe. Travelling by road through many towns and cities in Germany, including Hamburg, I was able to see at first hand the devastating effects of our bombing. Shortly after the end of the war I ended up at my destination, 8302 Air Disarmament Wing at Eggebek, a Luftwaffe airfield about twenty miles south of the Danish border. Several other airfields in the area with very large numbers of Luftwaffe personnel were also the responsibility of this unit to disarm and disband. My duties were with the German Air Force Administration section dealing daily with the Luftwaffe personnel. There was mutual respect between the two services and we were able to work well together. Not all of the Luftwaffe personnel were disbanded however, some were kept on to work for the RAF, they were called Dienstgruppen (Service Units). These were several hundred strong formed on military lines under Luftwaffe officers and NCO’s and with their own transport. These were called clutches and were commanded by a Flight Lieutenant. Later all of these personnel were discharged from the Luftwaffe but remained in the units and became known as the German Civil Labour Organisation. I believe this was because the Russians thought we had an ulterior motive in keeping some of the Luftwaffe on. After a few months I left Eggebek and became GCLO Clutch Commander at Husum a former Luftwaffe airfield on the North Sea coast. The German unit was to provide labour for rebuilding and extending the airfield in readiness for airborne troops. I was the senior officer at Husum, there were two airfield construction officer and an engineering officer who was a certain Flying Officer Cliff Michelmore who later became a well known TV personality. After working for more than a year on the airfield it turned out that it would no longer be required as the number of airborne troops expected had been reduced. I believe that the work on the runways and perimeter track that had been done was later blown up. I was then posted to Schleswig airfield a few miles to the south which was also being prepared for the airborne troops where I became the GCLO Clutch Commander. The Station Commander here was a Group Captain. However the GCLO was a separate little empire. I had my own offices away from the main block and was responsible to the officer in overall command of the GCLO at 83 Group HQ, a Wing Commander WW1 pilot. I spent three and a half years in this area of Germany and made friends with quite a number of ex Luftwaffe personnel and found that we had much in common once we got to know each other. Several have remained friends for a number of years, in particular an ex fighter pilot who later rejoined the Luftwaffe when it was reformed. We are friends to this day, we have visited each other many times and he has even been with his wife to our squadron reunion where everyone was very pleased to see them. To finish my story I come to the most important part. Late in 1945 I met the girl who was to become my wife, her name was Edith. That was in the town of Flensburg on the Danish border. She was then a teenager, a refugee from near Stettin in East Germany. Her mother and sister had been evacuated when the Russians were advancing, first to Denmark from where they managed escape from to Germany after the war. They were living in terrible conditions and I was able to help them. We were married in England at the end of 1948, we celebrated or Golden Wedding Anniversary in the ballroom of the mansion in Bletchley Park in 1998. This is my story which I think is unusual and it proves that some good things can come out of war.

    Treveor Meadows



    F/O K. Mosher 428 Sqd.

    F/O Moshes served as a Navigator, his aircraft was shot down on ops to Frankfurt on 20/21 Dec 1943.




    Sgt J. Pickup 428 Sqd.

    Sgt Pickup was shot down 7th of Sep 1943 and taken POW.




    Sgt J. Slater 428 Sqd.

    Sgt Slater served as a Wireless Op, he was shot down on ops to Frankfurt on 20th/21st Dec 1943.




    W/O2 E. Tycoles 428 Sqd.

    E Tycloes served as Bomb aimer, he was shot down on ops to Frankfurt on 20/21 Dec 1943.




    Sgt. David James Roberts DFC. 428 (Ghost) Sqd.

    James Roberts served with the RCAF 428 (Ghost) Squadron.

    R Broxson



    Sgt. Clifford Gorton 428 Sqd. (d.25th June 1943)

    My Uncle Clifford Gorton was in the 428 Sqdn R.C.A.F. He died on the 25th June 1943 and is buried in Eindhoven General Cemetery, Netherlands. I understand that he flew with the Canadians who were a man short for a mission. He was a rear gunner and radio operator. He was aged 23.

    I would love to hear from anybody who could shed more light on this brave man. I have just received his war medals and am honoured and indebted to have these momentos on his behalf. I now live in Malta and will visit Eindhoven soon to pay my respects in person. Thank you for any readers who can assist me.

    Chris Hadcroft



    F/O. William Gerald Moorehead 428 Squadron

    According to dad's log book he got to the big show, did a couple missions and the war ended. His name was William Moorehead.

    Robert Moorehead



    John M. C. Walker 428 Sqdn.

    My grandfather, John Walker served with the Royal Canadian Air Force, 428 (Ghost) Squadron. He was co-pilot of a Halifax Mk5 and was shot down over Son in Holland in 1943. I believe that all bailed out, except for the mid-upper gunner who was killed by flak or a fighter pilot on that last flight.

    Richard S. Carlton-Walker



    Flt.Sgt. Robert Fenton Smail E Easy 428 Squadron

    My father was regular RAF and was seconded to RCAF 428 Squadron and served as flight engineer on E Easy. He survived his tour and the war but was killed in a flying accident on board a Lincoln which crashed on 18th September 1950 whilst serving at the Empire Test Pilots School, Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough.

    Robert Smail



    Millington

    I live near Malton, Ontario where Sugar's Blues (Lancaster KB864 428 Squadron) and many more Lancasters were produced. My grandfather and other relatives worked for Avro (and subsequently McDonnell Douglas) who had a hand in building these planes. I am looking for members of the Millington family.

    Darrell Millington



    Sgt. James Wright 428 Sqdn. (d.23rd September 1943)

    Does anyone have information about the crew of Halifax LK-635 NA-H? The pilot was F/O Mcrea. In his crew was Sgt James Wright, my wife's great uncle. All were killed on an operation on the night of 22nd/23rd September 1943 in a raid on Hannover.

    Nick Brown







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