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Veto Iavecchia .     United States Army Air Force 2nd Air Division 389th Bomb Group   from Mayfair, PA)

Veto Iavecchia enrolled in Army Air Forces flight school during World War II and was qualified as a bambardier in the 389th Bomb Group, Second Air Division, Eighth Air Force.

He was stationed in England and participated in two missions on D-Day. On a 20th June 1944, bombing run to destroy the synthetic-fuel supplies in Politz, Germany, his B-24 bomber, "Mistah Chick", with 11 aboard, was hit by enemy fire. The flak disabled the plane's hydraulics and caused fuel to leak. Unable to return to England, and uncertain how long the fuel would hold out, the crew voted to try and make it across the Baltic Sea to neutral Sweden. The crew jettisoned everything, including the machine guns, through the bomb bay doors. The plane made it across the Baltic, and, with the landing gear inoperable, the pilot landed on a dirt field. The crewman suffered only minor injuries. The Swedish Government interned the crew. Unaware of what had happened, the War Department sent telegrams to the men's families saying the crew was "missing in action and last seen over Politz, Germany". Five weeks later, the families learned that the crew of the "Mistah Chick" had been located; five months after that, the crewmen were freed.

S. Flynn



Phyllis Iddison .     Womens Land Army   from )

I am trying to trace any information and/or photographs of my late mother-in-law Phyllis Iddison, she served in the Land Army during the Second World War. I do not know where was based but believe she came from Yorkshire. Any information would be gratefully received.

Carole Caple



J. A. Ijselstein .     Royal Air Force http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._320_(Dutch)_Squad   from Holland)

(d.8th June 1944)

On 8th June 1944 a RAF air craft, a Mitchell FR182 of 320 squadron, collided with FR150 during night flight at 00:35 hrs (GMT) shortly after take-off and crashed nr. Horsham.

Crew Members were:

  • J.A. Ijselstein - KIA
  • G. Mulder - KIA
  • Sgt. P. Engels - KIA
  • Sgt. Th.P. Mensingh - KIA

All buried at 13.6.1944 at Brookwood American Cemetery (3 mls N. of Guildford).

S Flynn



Flight Sergeant D C Imeson R/67534.     RCAF 59 Squadron

Lorenzo del Mann



Sgt. G. P. Imison .     97 Squadron




Jean Inaudi .     French Army   from France)

(d.18th April 1944)

John Inaudi, my husband's grandfather, was sent to Stalag IB in 1940 and then seconded to one of the many Arbeitskommandos working near Preuss Holland (next to a town called Karuviden?), where they extracted peat for plants producing electricity in the region. Then he was assigned to Mulhausen to a butchers 10 miles away. He was in this village with Bruand Edouard, Andrew Bresseau, Jean Bovencourt and Andre Jacquinot. He was repatriated to France in 1942 following the death of his wife.

In 1943 he was arrested and deported to Sachsenhausen Oranienburg, where he died during Allied bombing on 18th April 1944.

Manguin Ullern



Lt. Bjarne Indseth .     RNAF 76 Sqd (d.17th Jan 1943 )




Sargeant C Inge .     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.

Crew:

  • 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 Ridley

    Ron Rix



  • Midshipman Patrick R. Ingldby .     Royal Navy HMS Nelson (d.12th Aug 1942)




    Lt. Arthur Ray Ingle DFC.     South African Air Force 15 Sqdn.   from Cape Province, SA)

    (d.31st July 1943)

    Lt Ingle served with 15 Squadron. His Stirling bomber EF428 LS-N, took off from Mildenhall at 22.46 hours for operations to Remscheid. The aircraft crashed at Kleinbroich, 9km east of Monchengladbach. All the crew except for F/Lt Dillicar, who is buried in Rheinburg War Cemetery, have no known graves and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. The full crew were:

  • Sgt A.V.E. Cobby
  • F/Lt J.C. Dillicar, pilot
  • F/O B.L. Jackson
  • Sgt G.H. Beck
  • F/Sgt I.G. Ramsay
  • Sgt P.K. Middleton
  • Sgt A.J. Gibbons
  • Lt A.R. Ingle




  • George Ingleby .     Royal Navy HMS Garth

    I served aboard HMS Garth in 1940-1 and HMS Echo 1941-44 covering the Arctic and Malta convoys and the Sicily-Italy campaign. I would be pleased to hear from any old shipmates.

    George Ingleby



    Pte. Albert Inglis .     British Army Royal Engineers   from Dover, Kent)

    I would dearly love to hear from anyone who knew my father, Albert Inglis, he died 13 years ago and is still missed greatly. He served with the Royal Engineers in the following campaigns: India 13/2/42-3/5/43. Egypt 4/5/43.20/8/44 C.M.F. 21/8/44-15/2/46.

    Anita Youle



    Pte. James Thomas Inglis .     British Army Royal Northumberland Fusiliers   from Morpeth, Northumberland)

    My Grandfather died before I was born and I Know that his family came from Gretna in Dumfrieshire, have been searching his army records for several years. Recently I have found that he joined the Blackwatch in 1939 and was then transferred to the Royal Fusiliers with whom he was sent on the British Expedition to France, he was posted from there back to England and then to Iceland where he was posted for two years before being sent back to Kingston in the UK for a further two years before being posted on the British North African Force.

    My grandfather was in the army for a total 7 years. In 1952 he emigrated to America and settled in New Jersey where he passed away in 1964 aged just 46. I would love to hear first hand accounts from anyone who may have served in the same Regiments or who served in the same places as my grandfather

    Sharon Meek



    Gn Joseph John Inglis .     British Army Royal Artillery   from Eastleigh, Hampshire)

    Valerie Davidge



    Sgt. William Inglis .     British Army 374 Bty. Royal Artillery (d.2nd Nov 1944)

    William Inglis who died aged 31 was the son of of William and Rose Inglis (nee McNulty) and husband of Violet Inglis (nee Potts) of Jarrow.

    William is buried in Jarrow Cemetery and is commemorated on the WW2 Roll of Honour Plaque in the entrance of Jarrow Town Hall.

    Vin Mullen



    Flt.Sgt. Eric Harold Ingram .     Royal Canadian Air Force 214 Squadron   from Campbellford, Ontario, Canada)

    (d.15th Apr 1943)

    Sergeant Eric Harold Ingram

    Stirling Mark 1 EF331 BU-H took off from Chedburgh at 21:26 (9:26pm) on the crews 6th operation, flying to Stuttgart. They were Shot down by a night-fighter and crashed at Sept-Saulx 19km South-East of Reims, France. All are buried in the Sept-Saulx Churchyard, Marne, France

    Crew consisted of:

    Sgt Harold Charles Dent 1384029, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, age 26

    Sgt Robert Ernest Dutton 1338700, Air Bomber, age 27

    Flight Sgt Eric Harold Ingram R/119142, Air Gunner, age 23

    Pilot/Officer Leslie Powell 144037, Pilot, age 22

    Flight Officer Edward Henry Scott 127266, Navigator, age 30

    Sgt Thomas Shepherd 573650, Flight Engineer, age 21

    Sgt John William Williams 1094029, Air Gunner, age 31

    Lorraine Wager



    F/Sgt. Kenneth Herschel Callender Ingram .     Royal Air Force 50 Squadron (d.2nd Oct 1944)

    Kenneth Ingram served as flight engineer on T.B.Coles crew




    Lloyd Ingram .     Royal Navy HMS Penelope   from East Farleigh, Kent)

    Peter Bullion



    W/O11 Max H. Ingram .     Royal Air Force 433 Sqd.   from Windsor)

    Robert Smith



    Sgt. William Frederick Ingram .     British Army 2nd Buffs   from Kent)

    William Ingram died one year after the war, of his wounds.

    Julian Ingram



    Merle Inman .     United States Army

    Merle Inman was a POW at Stalag 4B after being captured by the Germans on 1st January 1945.

    Mona Gainey Lanier



    Douglas Lloyd Innes .     British Army Black Watch

    My Grandad was in the Black Watch and was a POW at Stalag. He recently passed away and I have been given his diary which records the last few days of their imprisonment then the journey to their freedom.




    Sergeant T H M Instone .     RAF 59 Squadron

    Lorenzo del Mann



    Sea. Chapman Ireland .     Royal Navy HMS Acheron   from Peterhead)

    My uncle, Chapman Ireland, who is now nearly 95 was aboard the Acheron when it was sunk. He was one of the survivors. He went on to serve in the Far East with the Royal Navy. He has the Atlantic star and the Burma star.

    Wilma Daly



    Dvr. Thomas Patrick Ireland .     British Army Royal Army Service Corps   from 5 Stanley Lane, Belfast)

    (d.11th Aug 1944)

    Thomas Ireland served in the Royal Ulster Rifles 1920-1927. He rejoined in 1940 for home service and immediately volunteered to be posted to the Royal Army Service Corps at the age of 40. He was killed shortly after D day in an explosion, aged 44 he is buried in Beaux war cemetery close to the Normandy beaches

    Charles Ireland



    Drvr. Thomas Patrick Ireland .     British Army 282 General Transport Coy Royal Army Service Corps   from 6 Stanley Lane, Belfast)

    (d.11th Aug 1944)

    Charlie



    Rfm. Samuel David "Boy" Irons .     British Army 2nd Btn. Kings Royal Rifle Corps   from Bermondsey)

    I am trying to trace the war history which relates to Samuel David Irons, army no:6850848 of the 2nd Battalion Kings Royal Rifle Corps. He was a pow in Stalag 344.

    I hope anyone who recognizes anyone in this picture you can please get in touch. Thanks

    Sadie Merrell



    James Balfour Irvine .     South African Army

    My grandfather was a South African soldier who ended up at Stalag 4B via an Italian camp after he was captured in Tobruk. I have all his letters, including telegrams from the Vatican radio listeners that they posted to my grandmother whenever they heard news of him. I have found the rehabilitation booklet which POWs were given on their return to civilisation.

    Philippa



    Spr. Thomas Irvine .     British Army 192nd Docks Operating Company Royal Engineers (d.24th Feb 1944)

    Thomas Irvine died aged 28. He was born in South Shields in 1919 the son of Thomas and Ellen Irvine (nee Murray) of Jarrow.

    Thomas is buried in Catania War Cemetery, Sicily and is commemorated on the WW2 Roll of Honour Plaque in the entrance of Jarrow Town Hall.

    Vin Mullen



    Lieut N. C. Irvine. .     Royal Navy HMS Nelson (d.26th May 1944 )





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