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LACW Joan Charlton .     Women's Auxiliary Air Force Clerk Accounts. 938 Squadron   from Willington, County Durham)

My gran, Joan Hobson (nee Charlton) 468897, enlisted in November 1942. She went to RAF Innsworth initially, then on to no.3 WAAF depot, Morecambe, for the remainder of her training. (from 1st December 1942),

She joined 16 BC which I think is Balloon Command/Centre, on 16/02/1943. She then went on to 929 Squadron (Balloon squadron) on 13/04/43. Finally joining 938 squadron in December 1943. The only story we have is one event whereby during an air attack on the base or airfield where she was stationed, she dived for cover behind sandbags, hurting her ankle in the process. Luckily, she escaped the bombs.

Her trade was a clerk in accounts. She married in August 1944, and was discharged on compassionate grounds in November 1944. If anyone remembers her it would be fantastic to hear from you. Sadly, Joan passed away in August 1980.

She rarely talked about her service years and it is only through recent research and with the assistance of RAF Cranwell, that we have discovered the above. Please get in touch if you remember her.

Pilot Officer M Charlton .     RAAF 59 Squadron

William Stanley Charlton .    

My husband's stepfather William Stanley Charlton, known as Stan, was at Stalag 8B from 1941 to 1945. He cannot talk about it but often has terrible nightmares still ...trying to find out as much as we can.

Sgt. Herbert P D Charlton. .     RAFVR 1664 HCU (d.9th Oct 1943)

Donald Charlwood .     Royal Air Force 103 Squadron

Don Charlwood RAAF flew as a navigator with 103 squadron from 1942 on. He died recently at the age of 96 and was quite well known in Australia for his autobiography 'No Moon Tonight' which covered his experiences with 103 Squadron during 1942/43

Pte. Keith Joseph Charman .     Australian Army

Stanley Charman .     British Army Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers   from Worthing)

My grandfather Stanley Charman, who I sadly never met, was in R.E.M.E during WW2 and has the Italy and Africa Star. I would like to find out more, if you knew him or knew of him, please let me know.

J. L. Chartland .     Royal Canadian Air Force 419 Sqd. (d.2nd May 1944)

Pte. Harry Charvill .     British Army Northampton Regiment   from Nether Heyford, Northants)

My father-in-law Harry Charvill, who has just passed away aged 90 was a D-Day veteran. He landed on Sword Beach at Lion-Sur-Mer with his Lincolnshire Regiment. His best mate, Reg, was shot and Harry ran to his aid carried him up the beach where he was attended and they both survived and stayed great friends. Harry also served in Palestine.

Carmen Chase .     Royal Air Force 614 Sqdn.

PFC. Harry Arthur Chase .     United States Army Quartermaster Corps   from New York)

P/O Robert Fleming Chase .     Royal Air Force 106 Squadron   from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada)

(d.17th Sep 1942)

P/O Robert F. Chase (d. 17 Sept 1942) was with the 106 Squadron, stationed in Coningsby. He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial.

Band.Mstr. William Chatfield .     British Army

I would be very interested to contact anyone who heard of my grandfather, William Chatfield, a bandmaster serving at Catterick in WW2.

Ord. Seaman W. Chattery .     Royal Navy HMS Forfar

W. Chattery is listed as one of the survivors of the sinking of HMS Forfar.

Fred Chatwin .     Royal Canadian Air Force w/op 419 Sqd.

Sgt. Rex Joseph Chatwin .     Royal Air Force 106 Squadron   from Blackheath, Staffordshire)

(d.19th Sep 1944)

Uncle Rex was my mother's brother who died on 19th September, 1944. He was 19 years old. He was based at RAF Metheringham and was "tail end charlie" gunner on a Lancaster bomber that was shot down either on the way or on the way back from a night bombing raid to Rheydt. The plane crashed at Elmpt. We believe of the 7 occupants, 6 were killed but this has not been confirmed.

JEM Keshar Singh Chaudhari .     British Indian Army 1/18 Royal Garwhal Rifles   from India)

Pvt. Henry Huey "Cheif" Chavis .     US Army   from )

We don't know too much, Dad was in the North African threat. He was wounded and captured on Anzio beach. Dad was shot in the right hand and he was taken to the German hospital where they removed his index finger on his right hand. He was held in Stalag 7b. We know he was in the Army, he was station at Fort Bragg N.C.

Cpl. Angelo Sam Chavos .     United States Army CE Hq Co. 803rd Engr Bn (Avn) Corps Of Engineers   from New York)

F/Sgt. Adam Philip Chawanski .     Royal Canadian Air Force air gunner. 419 Sqd.   from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Canada.)

(d.23rd May 1944)

Sgt. George Cheadle .     RAF(VR) w/op 101 Sqd. (d.4th Sep 1943)

A. Cheal .     Auxiliary Fire Service Horsham

Cpl. Bill Cheall .     British Army Green Howard's   from Middlesbrough)

With The Green Howard's, 50th Division at Dunkirk

I donít know how, but we made our way to the waterís edge and looked out to sea across to the horizon and saw the ships going to Dunkirk, further along the coast. We then made our way back to the deep sand dunes in order to gain some protection from the bombing and strafing which was taking place. Many of the boys on the beach were in a sorry state; the Stukas had just been over.

One must remember that not all soldiers are hard-bitten individuals and some of the younger lads showed great emotion. I saw young soldiers just standing, crying their hearts out and others kneeling in the sand, praying. It is very easy to pass critical remarks about these lads, but we others knew the ordeal these weaker-willed boys were going through, and helped them as much as we could during their emotional and distressful ordeal as medical help was a very scarce thing on the beaches. So much had been bottled up inside these young soldiers that, at last, the bubble had burst and it was uncontrollable.

Dead soldiers, and those badly wounded, lay all over the place and many of the wounded would die. It was tragic to see life ebbing away from young, healthy lads and we could not do a thing about it - it was heartbreaking. What few stretcher-bearers there were always gave of their best - they were extraordinary. How does one quantify devotion to duty under the conditions which prevailed in those days? The folk at home could not possibly have any idea what their boys were going through. There was no panic, just haste.

We joined this mass of tired and hungry lads. Amidst all this tragedy, the Stukas would return, machine-gunning the full length of the thousands of men. They could not miss and a swathe of dead and wounded would be left behind; really it was awful. Many of us fired our rifles at the planes, but they were useless. Nobody can imagine what it is like to be bombed by a German Stuka. They came out of the sky, screaming straight down, then dropped their bombs and pulled up into the sky again. I don't know why we ran - it was just instinct, I suppose.

Near the shoreline, one boy of about twenty, not far from me, had his stomach ripped open and he was fighting to live, asking for his mum and crying. A few of us went to him but he was too bad for us to help him; blood was everywhere. That poor boy soon died, out of pain, to join his mates.It is the most dreadful experience to see a comrade killed in such a way. Some young lads who had lost their nerve went crazy and lay on the sand crying; others knelt and prayed. Mind you, I am sure we all prayed in our own way. No one, of course, could help behaving like this - it was just because of the trauma they had endured and had at last given way to their feelings.

The near impossibility of getting back to England left many of us rather stunned, as it just did not look possible. Our lads, or what was left of our Battalion, stuck together among the dunes to obtain some protection from the bombing and strafing. We had had nothing to eat except hard tack biscuits and bully beef - we hadn't had a hot meal for God knows how long and the lads who usually shaved looked really haggard.

None of us could see any sign of the 23rd Divisional assembly area and nobody seemed to know what to do for the best. Then the planes came over again, causing more deaths. Only twenty yards from me some lads had been hit by shrapnel and one of them was in a serious condition - the medics were there - but he would not live. A sleepless night was ahead of us.

This is an extract from my dad's war memoirs, published in the book Fighting Through: From Dunkirk to Hamburg- A Green Howards Wartime Memoir To read the entire chapter upon which it is based please visit where you can also read more about the background to his service, together with many photographs and maps.

Hubert Ethridge Cheatham .     British Army

My father was a POW from 19th February 1943 to 8th May 1945 in Luckenwalde. I understand that there were two camps at Luckenwalde, but his records do not indicate which one he was interned in.

He participated in three battles in Tunisia between 25th January 1943 and 22nd February 1943, including the Battle of Kasserine Pass in which he was declared MIA on 20th February 1943. He was liberated by the Russians on 22nd April 1945 in Luckenwalde and made contact with American troops on 8th May 1945.

F/Sgt. R. H. Cheatle .     Royal Australian Air Force 97 Squadron

Joseph Cheberenchick .     United States Army 81st Combat Engineers 106th Infantry Div.

I am trying to find out which POW camp my father-in-law, Joseph Cheberenchick, was sent to. He was in the 81st Combat Engineers of the 106th Infantry Division and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a POW somewhere in Germany. Did anyone know him as a POW?


You can get his POW records from the International Red Cross, Geneva. If you find their website you can email the archives for a cost (probably around $40US). (Pete)

Sgt. C. J. Chedd .     Royal Air Force w/op 12 Sqd

Pte. Arthur William Cheek .     British Army

George Richard Cheek .     British Army

My Grandad Geroge Cheek was captured by the Afrika Corps and then handed over to the Italians. He escaped from them just to get to the Germans and got machine gunned for his efforts. He got better treatment with them though.

W/O Alfred Charles Cheese .     Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Air Bomber 171 Sqn   from Bethnal Green, London)

(d.6th Jan 1945)

My great uncle Alf Cheese was an air bomber with 171 Squadron and went down with his crew on the 6th of January 1945 over Belgium where he and his crew were layed to rest in Ambly Communal Cemetery.

His plane was Halifax 111 NA687 6Y-A and his crew were:

  • F/Lt G Cox,Sgt
  • S R Fenwick,
  • F/O R Maden,
  • F/S A E Meekings,
  • W/O F E T Davy,
  • W/O2 C D Mison (RCAF) and
  • F/S C D C Farlie

W/O Davy was the specialist equipment operator and Alf was W/O A C Cheese and they flew out of North Creake but never to return. The poor crew were buried a total of three times; first after the crash then after the war as one of the crew was RCAF. They were all reburied as RCAF but then they were dug up and reburied where they are now at rest in Ambly.

In May 2010 I drove and found him and the crew in Belgium in a very lovely cemetery. Not long after the war my mother went to see him. His sister (my nan) is no longer with us but now with him and he still has a sister and brother living life but are to old to go and see him.

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