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Sergeant T H Edwards .     RAF 59 Squadron

Sgt. Thomas Edwards .     Royal Air Force flt. eng. 619 Squadron   from 9, Glade Road, Marlow, Bucks.)

My Father's Crew were:

  • F/lt Holmes F.
  • Sgt Edwards T (my Dad)
  • F/Sgt Kennedy A. O.
  • F/O Stringer A.
  • F/O Cunningham J.
  • F/O Cunningham L.
  • P/O James or Jones S.
They joined 619 squadron 18th Apr 1945 from 1654 HCU. I can find no records of them from that time to end of war. Does anyone have any more information?

Gnr. William Edwards .     Home Guard E Coy. LAA Bty. Workington Btn.

Flying Officer William Henry Edwards DFC..     Royal Air Force 107 Squadron   from Leichhardt, NSW, Australia)

My Grandfather, William Henry Edwards DFC, was posted to 107 Squadron, after war was declared, when on a Bristol Blenheim Ferry flight from Palestine to England. After numerous missions flying from RAF Wattisham and RAF Lossiemouth, he was awarded the DFC for gallantry displayed during a bombing mission over Stavanger in Norway. He was awarded this at an Investiture at Buckingham Palace in April 1940 by the King, along-side his C.O Wing Commander Basil Embry DFC and another pilot Peter Townsend. 8 Days later he was shot down bombing the Maastricht bridges over Belgium, and spent the rest of the war in German Prison camps including Camp 357. His Navigator, Sgt V G L Luter, also was captured, and spent time at camp 357. Their story can be found on the 211 Squadron website. I would sincerely love to hear any stories that may exist about my Grandfather`s time in the camps.

Willie Edwards .     Merchant Navy Queen Mary   from 41 Great Mersey Street, Liverpool)

(d.3rd May 1941)

I am reserching my family tree.And willie Edwards was married to my mothers aunt, her name was bridgid and they lived somewhere in liverpool in the uk.Willie Edwards as far as i know served on the Queen mary during WW11.He was home in liverpool on leave when he died in a bombing raid.Willie and Bridgid had 3 kids Phil,Annie, and Queenie.i would appreciate any information or photos you might have on willie. yours faithfully WILLIE WALSH.

Douglas George Edy .     British Army Royal Signals   from Surrey)

I would like to hear from anybody who served with my Father, Douglas Edy in Eygpt in World War 2. I am not sure of the years. He is now 85 and I would love to reunite him with some of his fellow 'Signallers'.

Capt. Michael Efthyvoulos .     British Army Cyprus Regiment   from Nicosia, Cyprus)

Captain Michael Efthyvoulos

My grandfather, Captain Michael Efthyvoulos, served in WW I prior to his service in WW II. He rejoined the Cyprus Regiment with his two sons, Leonidas and Dimitri, at the outbreak of war. Michael Efthyvoulos was captured in 1941 in Greece in the Peloponnese campaign.He was at HQ when the unit was over-run by the Germans and was captured returning from HQ to be with his men. He spent time as a Prisoner of War at Stalag 4B and also I believe at Stalag 17. He also mentioned going to Colditz Castle.

Tom "Rags" Eglin .     British Army Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers   from Hexam)

My Dad, Tom Elgin was called up in 1940 and joined the REME and was posted first of all to Titchborne in Leicester and then deployed to both Africa and Italy where I think he finished his service. He was a driver mech with the rank of CFN for a while he was attached to 'M' section 750 base in Worksop.

Frederick Elliot Ehmann .     United States Army   from Doylestown, PA)

His wartime experiences, were a highlight of his life to Frederick Ehmann. In his 90s, he learned to use a computer and wrote of being an Army gunner in a B-24 bomber shot down over northern Italy on Dec. 28, 1943.

The plane was on a mission to bomb oil refineries in Ploiesti, Romania, when it was hit. Remaining behind in the crippled aircraft to rescue a fellow gunner, he was burned before bailing out and parachuting into a canal. "Don't shoot. I am an American," he told the elderly man on the ground who held a gun to his head.

Turned over to the Germans, he was sent to Stalag 17B in Krems, Austria, where he and 4,500 other prisoners struggled to survive the subzero cold and thin rations of rutabaga soup and bread. There was no brutality. If anyone tells you something other than that, they're a liar. There was a shortage of food. We would be fed once a day. Sometimes it would be a lousy soup. The men's quarters were abandoned World War I buildings, unheated except for two potbellied stoves that were stoked with boards stripped from the latrine building. Despite the conditions, morale remained high. The prisoners never had a two-way radio or a working tunnel system, as depicted in Hogan's Heroes. But they did build a crystal radio for listening to the BBC. The radio antenna was hidden in the prisoners' clothesline, the other pieces throughout the barracks. The POWs stayed busy planning and carrying out exploits to upset their captors.

Once, the prisoners were given a giant sausage. It looked good from a distance, but was full of maggots. The prisoners named it Adolf, dressed it in a uniform, and laid it out on a board. Then they marched it around camp and gave it a decent burial in the latrine. The prank brought armed guards on the run. One who spoke English wanted to know what the men were doing. After he was told, he smiled and said, "You all are crazy,"

On April 15, 1945, after 15 months, a German captain gave an order to evacuate the next day. We were told that the Russians had captured Vienna, which was only 35 kilometers away, and that they would be taking the camp in less than two days. After nine days of forced march, the POWs arrived at their new camp in a forest at the fork of the Inn and Salzach Rivers. On the other side of the water was Germany. On the morning of our fifth day, I was sitting by the edge of the road when a military jeep came by with four American officers and a machine gun. Several of us stood up and shouted that we were Americans. The officers stopped and said, 'What the hell are you guys doing here?' They said they would be back within 24 hours with help. They left us, and we all had a feeling I will never be able to describe. The next day, American soldiers arrived with trucks. Within an hour, they had subdued the German guards. We were finally able to say we were free.

Frederick Ehmann's captivity officially ended May 2, 1945. He was awarded a Purple Heart and a European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three bronze service stars.

Pte. Hyman "Harry" Eichen MID..     British Army 7th Batallian Seaforth Highlanders   from London)

(d.15th Feb 1945)

My father Harry Eichen died on 15th February 1945 during a Battle in Reichswald Forest, Nr Cleve. He was part of Operation Veritable. I understand from an article in the Walthamstow Guardian that he was Mentioned In Dispatches for his part in capturing a German unit as he could speak German. I was 3 years old so never knew him. I have letters from his Captain and chaplain sent to my mother.

He is buried in the Commonwealth War Grave in Reichswald Forest and I was able to visit his grave in 1997, travelling from Australia. I wonder if anyone remembers him. He was 34 years old when he died and both he and his brother volunteered as soon as war broke out. I believe prior to being posted to the Seaforth Highlanders he was a gunner in the Royal Artillery.

Henry Eintracht .     United States Marine Corps 1st Division   from Cherry Hill, NJ)

Henry Eintracht participated in the capture and defense of Guadalcanal.

Sgt. Wallace J. Eisenhauer .     British Army 5th Btn. East Yorkshire Regiment

My Dad, Wallace J. Eisenhauer - who is still alive at the age of 86 - was a POW at the following POW camps until the liberation by Russians: Jacobstahl, Benghazi, Tuturano, Stalag IVB. He has much memorabilia including his POW dog-tag from Stalag IVB and a suberb cloth signed by over 100 fellow POW's ! He collected this whilst encarcerated - so they are original names from over 60 years ago! He was a Sargeant in the 5th Battalion of the East Yorkshire Regiment

I would love to hear from others who are still with us or their relatives.

Brig-Gen. John Eisenhower .     United States Army 71st Infantry Division   from Trappe, MD)

John Eisenhower, son of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, was a member of an accelerated wartime program at West Point, graduating on June 6, 1944 -by coincidence, the date of the Allied invasion of Normandy presided over by his father. Part of the new lieutenant's graduation leave was spent in Europe as an aide to his father.

The next month, he went to infantry school at Fort Benning and in October was assigned to the 71st Infantry Division, which was later sent to Europe

Donkeyman James Elder .     Merchant Navy SS. Athenia (d.3rd Sep 1939)

Rosalind Elder .     Timber Corps

Ldr. Rosalind A. M. "Linda" Elder .     Women's Timber Corps   from Scotland)

F/O Norman James Eley .     Royal Air Force 514 Sqd.   from Sidcup, Kent)

F/Lt. Norman James Eley .     Royal Air Force 514 Squadron   from Sidcup, Kent)

The 30th April 1945 was a day I shall always remember. I piloted a Lancaster to Rotterdam to drop a number of food panniers to the starving Dutch people. 514 squadron flew low over the city and one could see the Dutch people waving and running to get the food as they had been reduced to eating any garbage they could find including tulip bulbs, plants, leaves and roots. I hope our efforts helped save some Dutch people from starvation. Henk Dijkxhoorn, a distinguished and dedicated citizen of Rotterdam now in his 80's clearly remembers the occasion when he was only a schoolboy of 11 yrs. of age. Memories live on.

John Elgar .     Royal Air Force 44 Squadron

I am trying to see if there are remaining crew members that flew Lancasters in 44 Squadron with my Grandad, John Elgar or anyone who knew him as he is 90 this year in October. I would love to contact some of his buddies.

Joyce Elkington .     Land Army

My Mom, Joyce Elkington would love to see her name on the list of Land Girls because she worked so hard and loved the Land Army so much.

F/S E J Ellery .     RAAF 460 Squadron

Capt. Bertrum E. Ellingson .     USAAF 360th Fighter Squadron 356th Fighter Group

Captain Bertrum E. Ellingson served at Martlesham Heath during World War II, with my uncle, Lt. Joseph Obosla. He served in the 360th Fighter Squadron, 356th Fighter Group.

2nd Lt. Keith Elliot VC..     New Zealand Army 22nd Battalion 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force   from New Zealand)

Keith Elliott was born in Apiti, New Zealand. When he was 26 years old, and a Sergeant in the 22nd Battalion, 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force he was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 15 July 1942 at Ruweisat, Western Desert, Egypt.

"Sergeant Elliott, while leading his platoon in an attack under heavy machine-gun and mortar fire, was wounded in the chest. Nevertheless, he carried on and led his men in a bayonet charge which resulted in the capture of four enemy machine-gun posts and an anti-tank gun. Seven of the enemy were killed and 50 taken prisoner. In spite of his wounds Sergeant Elliott refused to leave his platoon until he had reformed them and handed over the prisoners, the number of which had by then increased to 130."

Flight Sergeant Osric Brownrigg Elliot .     RAAF 463 Squadron (d.3rd March 1945)

I wish to find any survivors of Sgt Charles Billard's crew. His Lancaster from 463 Squadron was shot down on 3-4th March 1945 whilst on a mission over the Dortmund Ems Canal. Two survived: Sgt J M H Millar RAF and Flt/Sgt Eugene Foreman RAAF.

If any family, friends, other air crew or groundcrew knows the whereabouts of any of these men or has any information I would be grateful if they would contact me.

Other members of the crew were

  • Sergeant Charles Edward Billard, RAF 1595492. (my relative) Killed, age 27 (Reichswald Forest War Cemetery)
  • Flight Lieutenant Francis John Howells, RAAF 419044, killed age 20 (Reichswald Forest War Cemetery)
  • Flight Sergeant Douglas Bates, RAF VR 1594894, killed age 19 (Reichswald Forest War Cemetery)
  • Flight Sergeant Philip Tyers Barlow, RAF 1802589, killed age 21 (Reichswald Forest War Cemetery)
  • Flight Sergeant Osric Brownrigg Elliott RAAF 432217, killed age 21 (Reichswald Forest War Cemetery)

    They flew from RAF Waddington.

  • Sergeant W A Elliot .     RAF 35 Squadron

    My grandfather was a pilot in 35 Squadron: Robert Thomas Morris, born September 1912. He died as a 'tail-end-Charlie' on 1 August 1942. He was a RAF Volunteer Reserve from Eccleshall, and his grave in marked in Flushing, Netherlands. He was a member of the crew flying in Halifax II, W1100, TL-G of 35 Squadron at RAF Linton-on-Ouse.

    They were on a raid to Dusseldorf and were hit by flak over the target but managed to get as far as Holland before crashing near Serooskerke (Zeeland), on Schouwen. Two of the crew, my grandfather and Sgt B S Braybrook RAAF, were killed and the rest were taken prisoner.

    Does anyone have any information, and even a picture of him?

    The full crew was

  • P/O C.C. Spencer POW
  • Sgt C.A.C. Pithers POW
  • P/O R. Casey POW
  • Sgt W.A. Elliott POW
  • Sgt H. Clarke POW
  • Sgt Bertram Stanley Braybrook RAAF 403470. KIA, age 22 (Vlissingen Northern Cemetery)
  • Sgt R.T. Morris, RAF VR 1230755. KIA, age 29 (Vlissingen Northern Cemetery)
  • P/O R. Casey was interned in Camps 8B/344/L3. POW No.25114 with
  • P/O C.C. Spencer, POW No.25120.
  • Sgt H. Clarke in Camps 8B/344, POW No.25118 with
  • Sgt W.A. Elliott, POW No.25116 and
  • Sgt C.A.C. Pithers, POW No.25117.

  • Capt. W. G. Elliot .     Home Guard A Coy. Workington Btn.

    Dean Elliott .     US Navy

    Trooper Dennis Elliott .     Royal Tank Regiment 1st Battalion   from Aldershot)

    Wartime Memories of Dennis William Elliott 1939 – The War began on September 34th, which was at the end of the school summer holidays, but as my school had no Air Raid Shelters our school holidays were extended until they were built.

    After 4 weeks we returned to school for 1 hour each day to collect homework and to return the previous days lessons. It was getting close to Christmas before the Air Raid Shelters were all built and we were able to go back to school all day.

    During these first months of the war we had to get used to the black out, all houses, shops, offices and factories had to make sure that no lights could be seen after dark and there were no street lights, so on a foggy night it was very difficult to find your way around.

    1940 – I left school during this year and started work at the Accounts Offices of the N.A.A.F.I. Although the Air Raid Sirens went quite often, only one raid was made on the barracks up the road one Saturday afternoon where Canadian soldiers were stationed. There was also a raid on a train at Tongham which was hit with ammunition on board. Quite a firework display at night.

    1941 - With my friends I joined the Air Training Corp, with an idea of eventually to the R.A.F., during the next 2 years I got 3 flights in wartime aircraft.

    1942 – All offices and factories had to protect their property from fire during Air Raids so the staff had to do what was called Fire Watching, all men over the age of 18 had to take their turn but when you were 16 years you could volunteer, for this you were paid 2/6 (12.5 p) which meant I could go to the cinema twice that week.

    1943 – The services accepted volunteers from the age of 17.5 and you could choose which one to join but at 18 you were conscripted and you had no choice of service you joined. So with my friends we decided that driving a tank would be far better than anything else so we volunteered for the Royal Armoured Corps. A few weeks later we received our call up papers and travelled to Bovington Camp to start our training.

    1944 – Soldiers at this time had to wait until they were 18.5 before being sent abroad so I was too young to take part in D-Day. It wasn’t until near the end of the year before I went to Ostend in Belgium and then onto Brussels.

    1945 – In Belgium I joined the 1st Royal Tank Regiment and went onto Holland, after a few weeks on patrol we returned to Belgium and then back to Holland again to a village near Eindhoven, a few days later we crossed the Rhine. At the end of March I was in the lead tank advancing to Osnabruck when the tank was hit twice. Fortunately I was halfway out of the tank when the second shell hit so was blown out by the blast. At this point I was taken prisoner and sent to Stalag 10B, which was at a place called San Bostel, this is a few miles east of the German Naval Base at Bremerhaven in the far North of Germany.

    I was liberated by the Grenadiers Guards and flown to Brussels and from there in a Lancaster Bomber to R.A.F. Wing in Buckinghamshire; V.E. Day came the day after I got home.

    Ernest Elliott .     Auxiliary Fire Service

    My Grandfather, Ernest Elliott lived in Chatham Kent and I believe he served in Kent. His brother Charles Edwin Elliott also served in the same unit. Does anyone remember either of them? Records for these Services are very difficult to find. Any further ideas? Where can one find photographic evidence? I am tracing my family tree and would like to learn more about the National Fire Service and the Auxiliary Fire Service in WW2. Are there any books dedicated to their heroic efforts?

    I discovered this site by chance and am very impressed and much in awe of the tales to be read. Thank you for any assistance that you may be able to pass on. Keep up the good work.

    Pte. Frederick Charles Elliott .     British Army 20th Btn. Kings Royal Rifle Corps   from 4 Dagmar Terrace, Islington, London)

    (d.27th Jul 1917)

    Frederick Charles Elliott was born in Richmond, Surrey in 1873. He practised boxing and was listed in two fights in London; one being at Smithfield, London. Probably in a local public House, so I assume from this that he was a strong and fit man. I sit and write this on Armistice day Sunday 11 November 2012. Fred married my grandmother on 11.11.1911. Their daughter my mother passed away on 11.11.2001 so today is a very personal day for me.

    Fred was killed in France on 27th April 1917. He was part of the Kings Royal Rifle Regiment, but as regiments became decimated he became part of the Royal Green Jackets. The war record diary is fully complete until that fateful day when it is a complete blank then continuing on the 28th April 1917. I finally found his resting place in Tilloy-Les-Mofflaines. France. His group were repairing roads & bridges often under heavy artillery fire. I wonder how many of his fellow soldiers were killed on that day at that particular site? I sadly have no photo of him nor can I find anything on the military sites and I have been advised that some of the records were lost in WW2.

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