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Charles Bledsoe . United States Army from Sioux Falls, South Dakota)
As Army soldier, Charles Bledsoe was being loaded into a Jeep with a gunshot wound to the abdomen nearly 70 years ago, he head someone say: "Give him his last rites."
"I looked around to see who that was getting the last rites," Bledsoe recalled, "I went, 'The hell,' It was me."
He recovered, but the April 19, 1945 wound was never recorded on his discharge papers so he hadn't received a Purple Heart. The oversight was corrected as Sen. Tim Johnson presented the 88-year-old World War II veteran with a Purple Heart and Bronze Star in Sioux Falls. He had not really pushed for the medal until about a year ago when he tried to become a member of the Sioux Falls chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.S. Flynn
Pte. Arthur Blerkom . British Army 5th Btn. East Yorkshire Regiment from London)
(d.6th June 1944)
I never knew my father. But honour him and all the other brave men on 6th June and Remembrance Day, every year. My son and I have visited his grave at Bayeaux Cemetery, Normandy which was very upsetting as there were so many young men buried there. Thank God we had such brave heroes to save us from the tyranny of Nazi Germany.Doreen Blerkom
C. U. Block .sbflynn
John Harvey Bloedorn . United States Army from Watertown, Wisconsin)
My grandfather, John H. Bloedorn, was a prisoner of war in Stalag IVB. He was captured before the Battle of the Bulge and liberated by the Russians. He is alive and well in Watertown, Wisconsin. Please reach out if you knew him or would like to be in contact with him.Sarah Sweeney
Sld. Pieter Bloemendaal . Dutch Army from Holland)
Cpl. Bernardus Johannes F. Blok . Dutch Armysbflynn
William James "Doc" Blomeley . Royal Air Force 432 squadron from Kingston, On)
My father, Bill Blomeley, served in WW2, as a rear gunner in "willie the Wolf", a Halifax bomber. I still have his log book of all the bombing runs over Germany.Jo Anne Gerrard
Sub Lt. (E) Blood . Royal Navy HMS Forfar
The above photo is from the album of Sub Lt Broadhurst, a boxing tournament on board HMS Forfar, Sub Lt Blood weighed in at 142lbs and OS. Walker at 141lbs. The contest was won by Walker with a technical knockout in the third round. On the horrizon the ship whihc the Forfar was escorting at the time can be clearly seen.
Sgt. J. H. Bloomer . Royal Air Force 138 Sqd.
Flt.Lt. Harold Blow DFC.. Royal Air Force No. 9 Squadron from Alford, Lincolnshire)
My father, Harold Blow was a Lancaster pilot during the war and flew 30 missions, including 13 raids on Berlin whilst based at R.A.F Bardney. He continued to fly after the war with 616 squadron R.Aux.Air Force based at R.A.F. Finningley. Unfortunately he was killed in a flying accident in May 1954.
I would like my father's name to be remembered.P.O.Blow
Margaret Blower . Land Army
My sister in law Margaret Mogford nee Blower served in the land army during ww2. She likes talking of her bit she did as a land army girl.John W Tyson
Margaret Blower . Womens Land Army
I still have fond memories of my time in the Land Army which were very happy times spent mainly in Warwickshire. My dearest friend was Flo Lockey who married a man from Shipston-on-Stour and I would dearly love some information about Flo. My other friend was a girl named Maud nickname Ginger for obvious reasons, who married a Canadian and went to live in Canada. The place she lived was in Manitoba. They were great friends and I truly missed them when I left the Land Army for family reasons.Margaret Mogford
Pte. Selwyn James Bloxham . Australian Army 2nd Australian Imperial ForceSB Flynn
Cpl. Stanely Joseph Blujus . United States Armysbflynn
Sergeant L Blundell . RAF 578 Squadron
Handley Page Halifax III, NA568 LK-Q, took off 11th September 1944 16.04 hrs, Op: Gelsenkirchen. The aircraft was hit by flak and crashed 18.30 hrs. in Kirchhellen. All crew survived and made POW except Sgt J A Ridley who sadly was killed. Sgt J A Ridley is buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.
P/O T S Coram RAAF Sgt L Blundell F/S J M Tregoning F/S J Callingham RCAF Sgt C Inge Sgt J A Rix Sgt J A RidleyRon Rix
Gnr. Fred Blunden . British Army Royal Artillery Maritime Regiment
My Dad, Fred Blunden, was on the last ship to be lost to U-boats in the Med in WW2, the SS Fort Missanabie. He served as a DEMS Gunner with the Royal Artillery Maritime Regiment.Jan
Private Edward Frederick David Blundy . Army from Coventry)
I am writing as Ted Blundy's second son....he sadly died back in '80. Now that I am in my 50's, I am keen to learn more of his war service from anyone who knew him and served with him. Our family has a lot of Dads's war photos from the desert campaigns but there a many gaps in our knowledge. Can you help? Alan BlundyAlan Blundy
Sgt Winifred Enid "Billy" Blunt . First Aid Nursing Yeomanry from Kenya)
I Would be grateful for any information of the years my mother Winifred Blunt above served with the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry while in Kenya during WW2. She was 100 years old in Sept 2010 and lives with us.Nick Blunt
Ldg Seaman. H. Blythe . Royal Navy HMS Forfar
Ldg Seaman Blythe survived the sinking of the Forfar.
Louise "Pip" Blythe . Land ArmySandie Bravery
Tpr. Thomas Robinson Boal . British Army 23rd Hussars Royal Armoured Corps (d.27th Dec 1944)
Thomas Boal died aged 19, he was the son of David and Lily Boal (nee Robinson) of Jarrow
Thomas is buried in Brussels Town Cemetery.Vin Mullen
F/S J. G. S. Boanson . Royal Air Force 514 Sqd. (d.8th Jun 1944)
F/S Boanson was killed when Lancaster DS822 JI-T came down at La Celle Le Bordes France on the 8th of June 1944 whilst on a bombing raid to Massy Palaiseau.
Pte. Herbert Boardman . British Army Durham Light Inf from St.Helens, Lancs)
F/Sgt. Angelo Joseph "Boccy" Boccinfuso . Royal Canadian Air Force 103 Squadron RAF from Ormond Street, South, Thorold, Ontario, Canada)
Angelo Boccinfuso enlisted on the 22nd of September 1943, he was discharged on the 20th of February 1946.
Sgt. August Wilhelm F. Bochardt . Dutch Army from Holland)
S/Sgt. Norbert H. "Bock" Bockerstette . U.S. Army 2nd Battalion, HQ Co., Ani-Tank Â Platoon 84th Div. 334th Inf. Regt. from Cincinnati, Ohio, USA)
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Mary Boddy . WAAF 106 Sqd.
My Aunt Mary Boddy and my mother Winifred Boddy, as they were then known, were attached to 106 Sqd, my father Flt Lt John O'Leary flew with 106 Sqd.Shaun O'Leary
Winifred Boddy . WAAF 106 Sqd.
Mother Winifred Boddy and her sister Mary Boddy, as they were then know were attached to 106 Sqd, my father Flt Lt John O'Leary flew with 106 Sqd.Shaun O'Leary
Dvr. Stanley Walter Boden . British Army 229 Coy Royal Army Service Corps from Fulham)
My father, Stanley Walter Boden, was born on the 7th August 1923, to Walter William Boden and Lillian Kate Boden (nee Iggulden). Dad had three brothers, Cyril, Fred and Henry.
Stanley Walter Boden joined the army on the 18th February 1943 at the age of 19 years and 7 months, (having already served in the Home Guard) and after having been transferred to the Royal Army Service Corps (R.A.S.C) reported to number 2 training battalion at Heckfield, Maidstone on the 31st March 1943 with the rank of private and was immediately given the rank of driver and his service number was prefixed “T”. His next posting was to 229 Company R.A.S.C. on the 12th April 1943. Dad seems to have led a rather un-eventful life until 29th January 1944 when he was awarded 10 days F.P (Field Punishment) by the Commanding officer for refusing to obey an order and using obscene language to an NCO. 229 Coy RASC moved to Southgate House, Clowne, Derbyshire which was a Small country house owned by the Bowden family. It would appear that this is where he met my mother Iris as she lived in the village of Balborough which is a couple of miles away.
On the 1st May 1944 at 04:00hrs, the company moved from Southgate House, to Surrenden Dering in Kent, (Surrenden Dering was a manor house, located in Pluckley, Kent) having staged overnight in Stevenage where they arrived at 16:00hrs on the 1st May. Leaving Stevenage at 10:00hrs on the 2nd May they arrived at Surrenden Dering at 18:00hrs. From the 2nd May 1944 until the 11th May 1944 the company, under the command of Major H Shaw appears to have just waited for embarkation to North West Europe. On the 23rd May 1944 at 10:00hrs, the company embarked on a signals exercise called “Slasher” which concluded on the 24th May at 10:00hrs. On the 25th May 1944 at 10:00hrs the company commenced on signals exercise “Ramsey” which ended on the same day at 19:00hrs and the following day at 10:00hrs took part in signals exercise “Heinrich” which ended at 19:00hrs.
On the 30thMay 1944, 6 officers and 125 other ranks attended a “Service before battle” in Canterbury Cathedral. Coincidentally I believe that my Grandfather, Dad's dad, also attended a Service before battle at Canterbury Cathedral in August 1914 before going the France with the 9th (Queens Royal) Lancers.
On the 16th July 1944 the company moved to the marshalling area in London, arriving at 08:15 hrs. and 2 OR’s were dispatched to hospital. On the 17th July at 07:00hrs half of the company embarked from the London docks and on the following day the remainder of the company embarked and the arrived at Arromanches on the 21st July, half of the company disembarking at “Gold Beach” and a detachment took up positions at Sommervieu, which is 13.5 Km (9 miles) from Cully where the mystery photo was taken and I think adds weight to mum's claim.
On the 23rd July the remainder of the company disembarked on Juno Beach. On the 24th July the remaining elements of the company arrived and on the 28th July moved location to Cahagnolles, arriving on the 29th July 1944. On the 30th July the company reached Les Mesnil where it set up forward ammunition and petrol point and 1 OR was wounded and evacuated to 34 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station).
On the 1st August the forward ammunition and petrol point which was near Caumont was shelled with 1 OR wounded and on the 4th August the Coy moved to St. Martin des Besaces to set up an ammunition and petrol point, and on the 9th August Dvr W Price was declared a deserter. By the 11th August the company had moved to Tinchebray where it absorbed the rear point on route and one OR was admitted to 11 light field ambulance. On the 20th August the company moved forward to a location given as 724287 where a detachment was sent to Beny Bocage to assist in forming the Falaise cushion.Eric Boden
F/O Robert Bodie . Royal Canadian Air Force 419 Sqd.
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