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Gnr. Frederick Faben . British Army 25 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, 81 Bty. Royal Artillery
My uncle Fred Faben was a prisoner of war in Italy POW Camp number 53, Sforza Costa. Records have cropped up of him being in a POW camp in Poland. I am curious, now, after further reading, whether or not he escaped Sforza and was recaptured and sent to Poland.
Matthew John Fabrick . Canadian Expeditonary Force from Canada)
My late father, Matthew John Fabick, was a prisoner of war at Stalag 11B. I have a Postcard or Postkarte sent from the Kriegsgefangenenpost which he wrote from the camp February 17, 1945. He wrote it to his brother Pete in Rosetown, Saskatchewan letting him know he was well. I imagine it was part of the Geneva Convention allowing some contact with home. My Dad spoke very little about the war and I would really like to find out more about this camp and his life there.
Pte. William Facer . Royal Navy Royal Marines from Birmingham)
My father joined the Royal Marines in 1938 just before the outbreak of the 2nd World War. Some of his service was aboard HMS Cumberland and he was based in Gibraltar when war with Germany was declared.
During the Battle for Crete he was captured and taken as a prisoner of war and was incarcerated in Stalag 17, from where he was eventually freed in 1945.
William Facer . Royal Marines
My father, William Facer, was a Royal Marine from 1937 to 1947 and was stationed in Crete in 1941, from where he was captured and taken to Stalag 306XVIIID.
As far as I am aware, he remained there until the end of the War, although he often spoke about being held in a Stalag at St. Anton, in Austria. Unfortunately, I have not been able to identify which Stalag this may have been. The only photographs that I have of him during the war are ones that he sent to his father from Stalag 306XVIID. Sadly, the photographs are not date stamped so I cannot identify when they were sent.
At the time of his capture my father would have been 20 years old. Although he did not pass until October 1993, he seldom spoke about his time in the Marines or during the war, so my knowledge is very limited.
Sgt S. Fackley . 102 Squadron
PFC Arthur Facter . United States Army 119th Regiment 30th Infantry Division from Skokie, Illinois)
PFC. Harold Francis "Red" Fagan . United States Army from Lowell, Massachusetts)
My father, Harold F. Fagan, was a PFC in the U.S. Army. He saw combat in Europe, where he marched through Paris with American troops when the city was liberated. Later, while in Luxembourg on a short leave, he was captured by German troops and transferred to Stalag 9C. He was imprisoned until the end of the war. While he did not give a lot of detail about his experiences in the camp, he did say that they were starving and had to steal garbage to survive. It is my understanding that he spent about nine months there before they were liberated. As he was unable to shave and did not have access to a mirror, he did not know that he had a red beard until people started referring to him as "Red".
Pte. Harold Francis Fagan . United States Army from Lowell, Massachusetts, USA)
My father, Harold F. Fagan, was a P.O.W. in Stalag 9c from 1944-1945. He was a private, first class with the US Army. Captured in Luxembourg, he was brought to Germany sometime after the liberation of Paris. He was imprisoned at Stalag 9C until the camp was liberated in 1945. Anyone having information concerning his time in 9c, please feel free to contact me. Thank you.
John McGee McKay Fagan . British Army Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders from Edinburgh)
My Father, John Fagan, fought for the Argylls during the Second World War. He was in the Cameron Highlanders until WW2 broke out but his big brother was a Sgt in the Argylls and got him transferred. He is in a book in George 4th Bridge Edinburgh called the First Argylls 1939-1945 by F.C.C Graham. I saw the picture of him in a guard of honour for General Matt Clarke it was taken in Florence in 1944.
Pvt. Thomas Dale Fagan . United States Army ORD V Intcp Cmd FEAF from Montana)
Sergeant J Fage . RAF VR 59 Squadron
Bert Faggetter . British Army 8th Army
There must be some "Ancient Warriors" out there who were the "Desert Rats" in Africa or the "D Day Dodgers" in Italy. The men who remember "Monty" and "The Desert Fox", or the "horrors" of war such as "V" cigarettes and "Soya Links" sausages, flies, fleas and sandstorms, scorpions and "No mail from home" - (which meant no toilet paper). So let's hear from you mates. You are not "Up the Blue" now, so get writing, mo more "allakeefik".
P/O Edward Fahy . Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve flight eng. 419 Sqd. from Rhyl, Flintshire, Wales)
(d.17th Jun 1944)
F/O F. P. Fahy . Royal New Zealand Air Force 615 Sqdn.
Recorded from Flying Officer F.P.Fahy NZ411980 RNZAF and RAF 615. Fighter Squadron Pilots Log Book
(BAF Personnel Bureau (NZ) Assn.Doc.A1)
On the 10th August 1944, all of our aircraft RAF 615 (County of Surrey) Fighter Squadron were flying from Palel in Assam to Baigachi, Bengal. We where about 80 miles east of Calcutta when we flew into a monsoon storm.
I saw the C.O.'s Section disappear above me and I glanced in the cockpit, my instruments had, had it. There was no visability and none of the plane's controls were working. I made up my mind that it was time I parted company with the aircraft. This wasn't easy, the hook stuck and I had a hell of a job. Finally, it came away and to the right mainplane about three feet from the centre-section. Hell's teeth I thought I had been in a hurry up until then, but I really got going now. In fact I jumped out helmet and all plugged in. I must have swung like a pendulum going around for a few seconds, that seemed like hours, waiting for the thud of the ground, when I felt a jerk.
I looked up and from that moment on I have a passion for mushrooms. There above me was the chute letting me down and the chute began to fold in and spill air. I pulled on the rigging lines, as I had been told and was able to control the rate of descent. It was about 20 seconds before I saw the ground or should I say river. Yes, I landed up to my neck in water. I was helped by natives to shelter. After an hour's rest, I heard news of another pilot who was a few villages away who had been injured. I was able to get to him later that day and a sampan took us to the nearest motorable road. We arrived in Calcutta the following day. Here we received news that the C.O. had been killed and three others. Eight of the other machines got through safely after being sucked right out of the cloud into brilliant sunshine. An L.A.C. at Ops was able to vector them in safely. This airman for his wide awake action received a Mention in Despaches. The C.O.'s body was the only body recovered as it was thought the others were in an area that it would not be possible. So, these were posted missing believed killed.
The C.O. was buried in Calcutta. He was thought so much of by his Squadron, that a letter was sent to his mother asking what she would like as a memorial to him. Funds were raised and a stainless glass window is now installed in the church in his home town in Australia.
He was held responsible for the accident by a court of enquiry, but I still wonder if it was an error on his part. Three pilots bailed out successfully and one force-landed.
Casualty List 10th August 1944
Lost SQD Leader D McCormack DFC & Bar RAAF (Killed) F/O W S Bond RCAF (Missing believed killed) F/O M Pain RAAF (Missing believed killed) W/O Chappell RAAF (Missing believed killed)
Flying Officer Costain RAF (Broken leg) F/O Armstrong RCAF (Dislocated knee cap) F/O F.P.Fahy RNZAF (Twisted knee)
F/O Watson RAF (Unhurt)
8 other Squadron aircraft and pilots landed safely.
'LEST WE FORGET'
Pvt. Alvin Harrison Fails . United States Army A Btry. 515th CA Regt (AA) from Clovis, NM)
Alvin Fails survived the Bataan death march and was a POW in Camp Fukuoka 17 in Japan.
Pvt. Nauburn Taylor Fair . United States Army
PO Maurice Elmer Fairall . Royal Canadian Air Force 433 Squadron from Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
(d.17th August 1944)
Pilot Officer (Air Gunner) Fairall was the son of Clarence Horace and Lillian Fairall of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
He was 23 when he crashed Southwest of Langeland, Denmark. He is buried in a Joint grave 2-60 in the Bogo Churchyard in Denmark.
P/O. Douglas Thomas George Fairbairn . Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 100 Squadron from Holborn, London)
(d.11th Jun 1944)
I am the cousin of Doug Fairbairn. I have visited his grave in Serazereux Communal Cemetery, near Chartres, France. Here are the details I know:
On the night of the 10th June a Lancaster Mk III bomber (ND.594 ‘P’) flown by Pilot Officer Fairbairn with a crew of 8. The aircraft took off from Grimsby at 22.55 in good weather with 19 other Lancasters from 100 sqdn. The crews had been placed on standby for the mission early in the day. Orders identifying the target had not been received until 16.00.
Their mission was to bomb the railway near Archeres. To the west of Archeres towards Paris was a marshalling yard and nearby were twin junction switches on the rail network. The operations log for 100 sqdn records the junction was “already a much bombed tactical objective but still passing German military traffic to the Western front”. Indeed the aircraft had been had navigated there four days earlier with P/O Fairbairn and bombed the target on the night of the 6/7th June landing back at Grimsby at 03.05
As the aircraft crossed southern England the aircraft encountered low cloud that continued over the Channel and then the weather cleared. 17 planes reached Archeres and dropped 68 tons of high explosive. I aircraft arrived too late over the target and was forced to jettison its bomb load into the sea on the return.
432 aircraft from Bomber Command - 323 Lancasters, 90 Halifaxes, 19 Mosquitos - attacked railway targets at Achères, Dreux, Orléans and Versailles that night. All targets were believed to have been hit but few further details are available. 15 Lancasters and 3 Halifaxes were lost 2 of those Lancasters were from 100 Sqdn and failed to return to Grimsby.
It was later discovered that the aircraft had crashed at Serazereux 20 kilometres north-north-west of Chartres and about 15 kilometres south-south-east of Dreux. All 8 crew died. They were buried in a communal grave in Serazereuz Cemetery and are the only service personnel in the cemetery. The cemetery is east of the village on the road to the neighbouring village of Ormoy. I have a photograph of the grave.
Below is the flight log:
100 Sqd. 18-Mar-44, Lancaster JB289 HW-T, Ops Munich, F/S DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, P/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall , Sgt JR Logan took off at 19.45, over target at 22.01, returned 01.10 flight time 5hrs25mins
100Sqd. 22-Mar-44, Lancaster JB289 HW-T, Ops to Frankfurt, F/S DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, P/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall, F/S CL Foster. Took off 19.15, over target 22.12, returned 00.55. Flight time 5hrs.40mins
100Sqd. 24-Mar-44 Lancaster JB289 HW-T, Ops to Berlin, F/S DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, P/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall, F/S CL Foster. Took off 19.05, over target 22.40, returned 02.40 Flight time 7hrs.35mins.
100Sqd. 26-Mar-44, Lancaster ND328 HW-W Ops Essen, F/S DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, P/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder Sgt LE Gibbons Sgt WS Tunstall Sgt RA Bacon. Took off at 20.05 over target 22.07 returned 00.55 flight time 4hrs 50mins.
100 Sqd. 30-Mar-44, Lancaster JB603 HW-E, Ops Nuremburg, F/S DTG Fairbairn Sgt HR Tufton, P/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall , Sgt JG Woockey. Took off at 22.20, over target 01.22 retunred 05.45 flight time 7hrs 25mins.
100Sqd, 11-Apr-44, Lancaster ND594 HW-P, Ops to Aachen, F/S DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, P/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall , Sgt FH Taylor. Took off 20.45 over target 22.47 returned 00.40 flight time 3hrs55mins.
100Sqd. 20-Apr-44 Lancaster ND594 HW-P Ops to Cologne, P/O DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, F/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall , Sgt FH Taylor. Took off 23.43 over target 02.10 returned 04.16 flight time 4hrs33mins
100 22-Apr-44, Lancaster ND594 HW-P Ops to Dusseldorf, P/O DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, F/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall , Sgt FH Taylor. Took off 22.43 over target 01.19, returned 03.25 flight time 4hrs 42mins. Notes:H2S U/S.
100Sqd. 24-Apr-44, Lancaster ND594 HW-P Ops to Karlsruhe. P/O DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, F/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall , Sgt FH Taylor. Took off 21.38 over target 00.45 returned 04.10 flight time 6hrs32mins.
100Sqd. 26-Apr-44 Lancaster ND594 HW-P Ops to Essen, P/O DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, F/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall , Sgt FH Taylor. Took off 23.05 over target 01.38 returned 04.00 flight time 4hrs 55mins.
100Sqd. 27-Apr-44 Lancaster ND594 HW-P Ops to Freidrichshaven. P/O DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, F/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall , Sgt FH Taylor. Took off 21.50 over target 02.09 returned 05.50 flight time 8hrs
100Sqd. 30-Apr-44 Lancaster ND594 HW-P Ops to Maintenon. P/O DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, F/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall , Sgt FH Taylor. Took off 21.41 over target 23.55 returned 02.19 flight time 4hrs38 Notes: H2S U/S.
100Sqd. 01-May-44 Lancaster ND594 HW-P Ops to Lyons. P/O DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, F/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall , Sgt FH Taylor. Took off 21.23 over target 01.06 returned 04.34 flight time 7hrs.11mins.
100Sqd. 03-May-44 Lancaster ND594 HW-P Ops to Mailly le Camp. P/O DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, F/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall , Sgt FH Taylor. Took off 21.55 over target 00.18 returned 03.25 flight time 5hrs.30mins.
100Sqd. 09-May-44 Lancaster ND644 HW-N Ops to Merville. F/L P Sherriff , Sgt E Bruce, F/O F Toverey, F/O RM Girvan, Sgt RL Onions P/O GR Dixon, Sgt S Kneller , 2nd Pilot P/O W Castle, 2nd B/A F/O E Grundy. Took off 21.50 over target 23.41 returned 01.05 flight time 3hrs.15mins.
100sqd. 27-May-44 Lancaster ND594 HW-P Ops to Merville. P/O DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, F/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall, Sgt HW Gee. Took off 23.38 over target 02.00 returned 03.51 flight time 4hrs.13mins Notes: Bomb sight went U/S while orbiting the target.
100 31-May-44 Lancaster ND594 HW-P Ops to Tergnier. P/O DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, F/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall, Sgt HW Gee. Took off 23.41 over target 05.05 returned 5.24 Notes: Abandoned Could not release bombs. All hung up.
100Sqd. 02-Jun-44 Lancaster ND594 HW-P Ops to Bernaval. P/O DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, F/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall , Sgt HW Gee. Took off 23.30 over target 01.27 returned 03.30 flight time 4hrs.
100sqd. 05-Jun-44 Lancaster ND594 HW-P Ops to St Martin de Varreville. P/O DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, F/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt AM Nyland, Sgt HW Gee. Took off 21.40 over target 23.51 returned 01.55 flight time 4hrs.15mins.
100sqd. 06-Jun-44 Lancaster ND594 HW-P Ops to Vire. P/O DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, F/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall , Sgt HW Gee. Took off 22.20 over target 00.38 returned 03.05 flight time 4hrs.45mins.
100sqd. 07-Jun-44 Lancaster ND594 HW-P Ops to Foret de Cerisy. P/O DTG Fairbairn, Sgt HR Tufton, F/O F Toverey, F/O JM Wilder, Sgt LE Gibbons, Sgt WS Tunstall, Sgt HW Gee. Took off 23.05 over target 01.43 returned 03.45 flight time 4hrs.40mins.
100Sqd. 10-Jun-44 Lancaster ND594 HW-P Ops to Acheres. 173760 P/O DTG Fairbairn, 1343965 Sgt RS Millar, 151163 F/O F Toverey, 1335126 Sgt PA Kemp, 1800349 Sgt F Sedgwick, Sgt J Hancock, 1517079 Sgt HW Gee, 2nd Pilot 172480 P/O KA Wells. Took off 22.55 Lost Crashed at Serazereaux
F/Sgt. J. Fairbairn . 97 Squadron
Sgt Charlie Fairbairn. DFM. RAF 626 Sqn
Pte Lawrence Fairchild . (d.26th January 1945)
Held as a Prisoner in Fukuoka 3b.
Sgt. Frederick Keith Fairclough . Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 15 OTU from Farnworth)
(d.8th April 1942)
Sgt Fairclough was killed on 8th April 1942 when 15 OTU Wellington L7818 took off from Harwell for cross country excercise. It was involved in a collision with Spitfire R6686 from 57 OTU flown by P/O J.R. Lee. Both aircraft crashed a few hundred yards apart in the valley of the Broadwater stream near Cold Ashton 9 miles ESE of Bristol, all on board the Wellington were killed as was P/O Lee and are buried in various cemeteries in the UK. Wellington crew were: W/O G.E. Leeke Sgt W.F. Good F/Sgt S.W. Pook Sgt E. Coleman Sgt F.K. Fairclough Sgt W. Wilson The Spitfire pilot was from Texas
Pte Harry Fairclough . Queens Own Cameron Highlanders from Leeds)
2nd Pantryman. J. Fairclough . Naval Auxiliary Personnel HMS Forfar
Fairclough was one of the crew of the Montrose who had transferred with the ship under the T124X agreement. He was counted amongst the survivors brought ashore when the ship went down.
Ships Cook. S. Fairclough . Naval Auxiliary Personnel HMS Forfar
S. Fairclough was the ships cook on board HMS Forfar, he was amongst those who survived.
P/O W. C. Fairgrieve. . 428 Sqd. (d.17th Aug 1944)
Dvr. Ernest Stanley Fairhurst . British Army
CSM W. Fairley . British Army 8th Btn. Royal Scots
Cpl. William Taylor Fairley DSO. British Army Seaforth Highlanders
Billy Fairley is my father. He died in 1954 when I was 3 months old. The medics suggested that it was due to a lack of resistance caused by 4 years in places like Stalag 14 with very little food, especially before the Red Cross parcels started. He seemed his usual sporting fit self until the day before. I have the stags head and various other medals. If anyone has any info, please contact me. Thank you.
Sgt. John Fairlie . British Army Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
My father was Sgt. John Fairlie, from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He was captured in Tunisia in January 1943 and imprisoned in Stalag VIIIB (Lamsdorf) from about April 1943 to January 1945. He was force-marched 600 miles across Germany on the infamous death march. He refused to discuss details of his experiences. He died in 1991.
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