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First Lieutenant Edward J McFarland .     US Army Air Force

My father, Edward J McFarland, flew on B-24H-15-FO Liberator serial # 42-52413 and was shot down and emergency landed near a village named Nagyberki in Hungary. All members were captured and transported to the penitentiary in Budapest. The officers, which should include my Dad, were imprisoned in Stalag-Luft 3 in Sagan. I would like to research this and get more info about my Dad's term as a POW.

Jim McFarland

First Lieutenant Edward J McFarland .     USAAF

My Father, First Lieutenant Bombardier Edward J McFarland, flew on B-24H-15-FO Liberator, serial # 42-52413, and was shot down and emergency landed near a village named Nagyberki in Hungary. All members were captured and transported to the penitentary in Budapest. The officers, which should include my Dad, were imprisoned in Stalag-Luft 3 in Sagan. I would like to research this and get more info about my Dad's term as a POW.

Jim McFarland

Cpl. William John McFarland .     British Army Royal Irish Fusiliers   from Coventry)

William McFarland was my father, who I know nothing about, as he died one month before I was born in 1946, but was buried with a Union Jack covering his coffin. He was a Prisoner of War, in Stalag Moosburg (Isar). Could anyone tell me anything about him, or even have a photo, as I don't know what he looked like.

John McFarland

Pilot Officer D A McFarlane .     RAF 149 Squadron

Dan Gardner

Assistant Steward George McFarlane .     Naval Auxiliary Personnel HMS Forfar (d.2nd Dec 1940)

Sgt J. McFarlane .     428 Sqd. (d.30th Aug 1944 )

Cpl. Ronald Mcfarlane .     South African Army 2nd Battalion Royal Durban Light Infantry   from Pietermaritzbureg)

My Grandfather Ronald Mcfarlane was a POW at Stalag 4B he was captured at Tobruk on 21 June 1942.

Rene Walker

G. McFerran .     Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 419 Sqd.

2nd Lt. Robert L. McFetrich .     United States Air Force 510th Bomb Squadron   from Champion, Trumbull County, Ohio)

(d.29th March 1944)

Robert McFetrich was killed in a mid air collision between B24's near Halesworth, Suffolk, England on the 29th of March 1944. A cemetery memorial for Robert is at Champion Township Cemetery, Champion, Trumbull Co., Ohio.

Bonnie Diehl

Vernon McGarity .     United States Army 393rd Infantry   from Memphis, TN)

President Harry Truman awarded the Medal of Honor to Vernon McGarity in October 1945. According to the U.S. Army Center of Military History, Mr. McGarity was a technical sergeant in the 393rd Infantry, 99th Infantry Division, during World War II. He was wounded in an artillery barrage that preceded a German counteroffensive near Krinkelt, Belgium, in December 1944. He received treatment but refused to be evacuated and returned to battle. He rescued two wounded soldiers, immobilized a tank with a round from a rocket launcher, replenished the unit's ammunition under heavy fire, and destroyed a German machine gun. Mr. McGarity received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and two Belgian medals in addition to the Medal of Honor.

S. Flynn

Pte. D. McGarry .     British Army Gordon Highlanders

Sgt Robert Robinson McGarvey .     Royal Air Force 460 Squadron   from Glasgow)

My late father, Bob McGarvey, was only 20 when he signed up as an RAF VR in Glasgow in May 1941. Based at Binbrook as a a WOP/AG, his Pathfinder Lancaster aircraft ED 658 crashed 8/9 October 1943 at Bahnof during Operation Hanover. All the crew became POWs. Dad was in Stalag Luft 6 and Stalag 357 until he was repatriated in 1945. Since I was only two when dad died, I would be interested to hear from any of the family of the crew or Bomber Command who included:

  • Pilot F/O M C Caffyn (RAAF)
  • Flight Engineer Sgt C W J Marshall (RAF)
  • omb Aimer F/S N L Wulff (RAAF)
  • Navigator F/O F Brown (RAAF)
  • Air gunner A/G Sgt R N Cannon (RAF)
  • Air Gunner F/S T A Richardson (RAF)

Julie McGarvey

Pte. Francis John McGaughey .     British Army Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   from Fintona, Co Tyrone, N Ireland)

My father, Private Francis John McGaughey, was a POW in WW2. He joined the Boys’ Service of the Army on 12th July 1938, in Omagh, Co Tyrone, N Ireland. He enlisted in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and served 5 years 2 days with them. From 14th July 1943 until 5th June 1944 he was in the AAC. From 6th June 1944 until 21st May 1945 he was in the Paras in North West Europe, he remained in the Paras on his return home on 22nd May 1945 until he left the army on 12th August 1952.

He landed in France with the 6th Airbourne Division and was captured in July 1944. His POW number was 82290. He writes that at first he was in a camp within sight of Chartres Cathedral. Then he was put on a train with many others in terrible conditions. They arrived in Chalons and were marched to some barracks where they stayed for a while. He was eventually sent to a large Stalag Luft in Germany. From this Stalag Luft he was sent to (Chomutov- Czech name) Komotau in Czechoslovakia. He worked in an open cast mine there. There was a long, bitter winter and the workers were starving.

Actual words from my dad’s notes: “Hear guns in distance all the time. Now fighter aircraft quite common, bombers around the clock and refugees increase. 8 May 1945 our guards are gone. No work today and Russian soldiers arrive.”

My Dad returned home and finished his time in the army. He married my mother and became a fire fighter with the Surrey Fire Brigade and they became parents to me and my brother. We have our own families now.

My dad never really talked about the war, only rarely would he mention being a POW in Czechoslovakia. He passed away in 1994 and we miss him a lot. I found some notes of his, some old photos and his AAC wings and badge. I was too upset to look at them properly until recently. I’m very proud and honoured to have had a father like him. Would be grateful to hear from anyone who knew my Dad or has information to share.

Respects to all the brave men and women who fought.

Margaret Sabuncu

Len McGaughey .     Royal Canadian Air Force bomb aimer 419 Sqd.   from Canada.)

McGee .     Royal Navy HMS Nelson

Assistant Steward Patrick McGee .     Naval Auxiliary Personnel HMS Forfar   from Walton, Liverpool)

(d.2nd Dec 1940)

Boyd Reynolds "Mac" McGeoch .     Royal Navy HMS Hunter

My father Boyd McGeoch, who served on HMS Hunter. I am trying to find out about my late father's wartime experiences, I noticed that Alan Stevenson Cuthbutson has a printed book on survivors of this ship during WW2, if Alan could get in touch I would be most grateful.

Carole Frost

Boyd Heath Reynolds "Mac" McGeoch .     Fleet Air Arm 807 Sqd.   from Leicester)

My father "Mac" McGeoch served with the Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm 807 Squadron on HMS Hunter. I am trying to contact Andrew Stevenson Cuthbutson, about a book on called 'Never the time nor the tide'. It is about life on HMS Hunter. I would dearly love a copy of this work, can anyone help?

Carole Frost

James White "Jascket" McGhee .     British Army   from Paisley, Scotland)

Lewis Ferguson

Steward G. G. McGill .     Naval Auxiliary Personnel HMS Forfar

Steward G McGill was amongst those who surved teh sinking of HMS Forfar in 1940.

F/O J. A.D. McGill .     Royal Australian Air Force 97 Squadron

G. McGillivray .    

Assistant Cook James Wilson McGinlay .     Naval Auxiliary Personnel HMS Forfar (d.2nd Dec 1940)

Isabel McGonnigal .     Timber Corps

Flt.Sgt. James Lennon McGookin .     Royal Air Force

My father, James Lennon McGookin served at RAF Hawkinge during the Battle of Britain as a Flight Sergeant.

Rodney McGookin

Lance Corporal Joe McGoran .     British Army 2nd Btn Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders   from Glasgow)

Joe McGoran is my father. He was conscripted into the Army early in 1940 and sent up to Inverness (Fort George) for Basic Training. During his first leave in March 1940 he returned to Glasgow to marry my mother (Isabella McLeod McLeish) and they had a few days in Inverness before he returned to base.

He is now living in Erskine Home, Renfrewshire and will be 94 years of age in December this year.

In the summer of 1940 the Battalion was in the Cherbourg Peninsula in North West France as a rear guard against further German advances after the fall of France and the evacuations at Calais and Dunkirk. After withdrawal they were returned to Scotland. He says the Camerons were "defending Scotland" at this time and as the then 2nd Battalion was actually in Egypt fighting Rommel then he must have been a member of the 4th Battalion which was stationed, the records suggest, in Orkney and Shetland.

Sometime in 1941 he was sent to Aruba (Dutch West Indies) to guard the oil refineries there and remained for about 18 months until relieved by the Americans who had entered the war after Pearl Harbour. The Camerons were then shipped home via New Orleans and were the first British soldiers to sail up the Mississippi since the War of 1812. They transited via New York city where my father sang in front of a large audience of US troops and city dignitories. He had sung with a Dance Band in Glasgow before the war and was a popular performer with his comrades in arms. The 4th Battalion was then officially disbanded and reformed as the new 2nd Battalion in place of the heroic original 2nd Battalion soldiers who were exemplary in their valour and conduct at the fall of Tobruk.

In 1943 the new 2nds were then shipped as reserve troops to North Africa and thence to Sicily and the Italian mainland following in the footsteps of the advancing front line troops. In January of 1944 they entered the line at Monte Cassino and as part of the Indian Division held the Front at Cassino along with Ghurka and Polish troops.

Joe was a Bren gunner and has many startling tales of how the campaign was run, not all of them complimentary to tacticians or local NCOs! On the 25th of March 1944 while actually off duty in the watch rota my father and his loader were hit by an exploding German rifle grenade fired into their 'foxhole'. His right arm was blown off above the elbow and his right leg almost detached at the hip requiring a complete 'disarticulation' of the leg/hip. He was hauled down the mountain to a field hospital where the medical officer on duty saved his life by some magnificent surgery and suture work.

He was eventually shipped home to a Military Hospital in Birmingham and thence after some 5 months to Erskine Hospital in Renfrewshire where he spent almost a year in recovery. After returning home to his wife and two children in Glasgow he had to be fitted with prosthetic limbs and learn to walk, write, use cutlery, put coal on the fire and wash the dishes with only one arm and one leg.

In August of 1946 I was born. In 1948 Joe got a clerical job in the Ministry of Labour in Glasgow and worked there until a minor stroke caused his retirement at age 63 in 1979. He had learned to drive his own car and continued to do so until well into his 80's. He had fathered 4 more children and was a founder member and sometime Chairman of the Glasgow Branch of BLESMA (British Limbless Ex-Servicemen's Association) and a pillar of his Church and Community in the South West of the City where we had moved in November of 1948.

Although frail, and a widower of 15 years, Joe still enjoys conversation, company and singing when presented with the opportunity in the happy and supportive surroundings of the (now) Erskine Home.

We love you Dad and you'll always be our quiet hero!

Bob McGoran

P/O Francis Joseph McGovern DFC..     Royal Air Force Air Gunner 426 Squadron   from St.Helens, Lancashire)

David J.McGovern

Pte. James Peter McGovern .     British Army Cameron Highlanders   from Glasgow)

My Dad James McGovern served with the Cameron Highlanders. I am trying to find any information about my Dad.

Tom McGovern

Sig. Ernest McGowan .     British Army Royal Signals   from Glossop, Derbyshire)

(d.17th June 1940)

My uncle, Ernest McGowan from Glossop in Derbyshire, he was a signalman with the Royal Corps of Signals. Service Number 2587688.

He was aged 26 when he died, presumed drowned aboard the SS Lancastria on 17th June 1940. I suppose it would be too much to hope that anyone reading this would have any memories of him.

Rita Porter

Fireman J. McGowan .     Naval Auxiliary Personnel HMS Forfar

Fireman McGowan survived the sinking of HMS Forfar.

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